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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
While the water level of Lake Kinneret has risen more than 10 centimeters since
last week’s heavy rainfall began, officials still warn that this additional
deluge does not make Israel’s water needs any less severe.
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rain] was fantastic and we pray for more, but we shouldn’t forget that
altogether, if you look at the whole country, even this last winter wasn’t a
good winter, and it’s less than average when it comes to rainfall. Our demand
for water is larger than the average,” said Water Authority spokesman Uri Schor
On Sunday morning, the Kinneret was 212.54 meters below sea level, rising from
212.665 meters below sea level the previous Sunday, just before the weeklong
rainy spell began.
While a slight improvement, this measurement is still
only 1.735 meters above the dangerously low minus 214.4-meter “black
“This year was better last year; this March was better than last
March. If this March, for instance, Lake Kinneret rose 65 cm., last March Lake
Kinneret rose only 31 cm.,” Schor said.
“But we must also say that this
year and this March, even more than ever, there is a huge difference between the
rainfall in the North, which was quite good, and the center and the South, which
was very bad.”
Yet even if rainfall in the north was “good,” the
reservoir is still missing 3.74 meters, and will stop rising toward the end of
May, Schor predicted.
“This winter, we didn’t make up for our lack of
water and didn’t even fulfill this year’s demands,” Schor said.
continued in the North on Sunday and is expected to fall through Tuesday, when
showers may spread as far south as the northern Negev, the Israel Meteorological