Monks in rain in Jerusalem 390.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
While snow failed to coat the streets of Jerusalem this weekend – despite the
wishes of the Mayor Nir Barkat – it did hit much of the North.
northern Golan Heights received 20-25 centimeters of snow, according to the
Israel Meteorological Service. In the Galilee, as well as some mountainous
portions of the country’s center such as Hebron and Gush Etzion, several
centimeters of snow also fell, the IMS reported. About 14-18 cm. of water
drenched the Golan and the northern Galilee.
Although the Education
Ministry did not have details about individual school closures due to snow, the
Safed Municipality website said that school in the city and surrounding Upper
Galilee region was in session as normal on Sunday.
Mount Hermon skiing,
however, was still closed on Sunday due to the ongoing snowstorm, but every
effort was being made to reopen the site on Monday, which would occur pending
sufficient snow removal, according to the mountain resort’s
Meanwhile, rainstorms engulfed the North, Center and northern
Negev throughout the weekend, and the precipitation caused a 16-cm. rise in Lake
Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee), leaving the basin at 212.67 meters below sea
level on Sunday morning, the Water Authority said. Although the ample rain this
weekend is encouraging, as the Kinneret is now 33 cm. above the bottom red line,
the basin is still missing 3.87 meters, according to Water Authority spokesman
“This section of rain was the most significant rain that we
had in February up until now,” Schor told The Jerusalem Post.
heavy rains, the country’s central region also received exceptionally strong
winds, which occurred at speeds of up to 60-80 kilometers per hour, with gusts
of up to 100-110 kilometers per hour, IMS data said.
precipitation had visible effects upon the North, where rainfall increased river
flow in the Kinneret and Western Galilee region, Schor explained. Though ample,
the Center and northern Negev received much less rainfall than the North this
weekend, with Jerusalem getting about 8.4 cm. and Beersheba about 2.8 cm.,
according to the IMS.
Ashkelon only received 1.1 cm., Schor
While the rains were significant, the country is still under the
yearly average rainfall, he stressed.
“We are close to the average, but
the average is not enough,” Schor added.
Due to the seven years of
drought that have led to this season, the country’s water demand exceeds the
average amount of rainfall, according to Schor.
“But it was wonderful
weekend,” he said.