Kinneret water level rises 55 cm. in 1 month

Lake remains 10 cm. below "bottom red line" despite significant increase.

Kinneret at sunset 311 (photo credit: Joe Yudin)
Kinneret at sunset 311
(photo credit: Joe Yudin)
The water level of the Kinneret rose by 55 centimeters in January, however, it remained below the "bottom red line" by ten centimeters. From Tuesday to Wednesday the rainfall added another two centimeters of water into the lake.
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.
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The Israel Meteorological Service forecast for Wednesday frequent showers from the North to the Negev, accompanied by scattered thunderstorms and strong winds.
Temperatures were forecast to drop, becoming unseasonably cool. Rain was expected to weaken Wednesday evening and overnight.
Sharon Udasin contributed to this story.
Israel Meteorological Service chart showing Kinneret water levels from 2004-2012.Israel Meteorological Service chart showing Kinneret water levels from 2004-2012.