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Not-quite-apocalyptic storms hit Israel
December 21, 2012 13:46
Sure, the Water Authority says the weather system is a once-in-a-decade event, but it's not the end of the world.
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Israelis concerned that the world would end in a fiery, apocalyptic storm in line with the end of the Mayan calendar on Friday were instead confronted with the rain storms that hit the nation.

Though no once-in-a-civilization, earth-wrecking storms surfaced, the Israel Water Authority said the severity of Friday’s storms represented one of the most significant winter weather events of the past decade.

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Over 100 ml. of water fell in some towns in the North, and Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) rose some 20 cm., leaving it three meters and 19 cm. short of water. The level of the lake was expected to continue rising over the next day.

The Israel Water Authority said that water levels rose more in the month of December than in any other month in the past 10 years.

Mount Hermon was closed for visitors for the day after 25 cm. of snow fell on the ski site overnight, Israel Radio reported.

Though significantly short of tsunamis, giant waves closed docks in Haifa Port.

The storm tapered off on Saturday, but weather forecasters predicted more rainy weather beginning on Monday.
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