Kinneret water level rises 13 cm. in 5 days

Lake remains 38 cm. below "bottom red line" despite significant increase.

January 18, 2012 13:18
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The Kinneret at sunset

Kinneret at sunset 311. (photo credit: Joe Yudin)


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The Kinneret's water level rose a total of 13 cm. following several days of heavy rain.

The rainfall Tuesday night added 2 cm. of water to the 11 cm. registered over the weekend, bringing the lake's water level to 213.385 m below sea level, slightly below the "bottom red line" of 213 m below sea level.

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The Kinneret is one of three main water sources – the other two are the mountain and the coastal aquifers. In total, the country is short about 2 billion cubic meters of water, an amount equivalent to the consumption of all the households in Israel for three years.

The weather on Wednesday is expected to be partly cloudy with a chance of isolated light rain from the North to the Northern Negev, according to the Israel Meteorological Service. Temperatures remain unseasonably cool.

Sharon Udasin contributed to this story.

Israel Meteorological Service chart showing Kinneret water levels from 2004-2012.

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