Water Authority releases winter rain statistics

March 9, 2015 20:06
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From the beginning of the rainy season through the end of February, Israel received 1.16 times the average amount of precipitation typical to the time period and 91% of the total annual average, the Water Authority reported on Monday.

Throughout the rainy month of February, Lake Kinneret's water level rose a total of 48 centimeters, bringing the basin to 212.12 meters below sea level by March 1 and 212.04 meters below sea level by Monday. The Kinneret's volume in February amount to 82 million cubic meters, slightly lower than the reservoir's average volume for February, but much higher than last February's record low of 11.5 million cubic meters, the Water Authority said.

The Dead Sea's water level rose by 7 centimeters in February, bringing this basin up to 428.82 meters below sea level by March 1. The increase in water level of the Dead Sea was caused both by direct rainfall over the basin as well as contributions from floodwaters and rivers that drain into the sea, like the Jordan River and Nahal Arava, the Water Authority  report said.

From the beginning of this hydrological season, the Dead Sea's water level fell a total of 22 centimeters, the data added.

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