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February 12, 2016 / 3 Adar I, 5776

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Water Level Rising in Lake Kinneret

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

The water level in Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) rose again last night by three centimeters (a bit over one inch) after heavy rain Tuesday.

Israel’s Water Authority reported the lake now stands at 212.85 meters below sea level.

The level is four meters below the lake’s optimal capacity.

Lake Kinneret is the main source of drinking water for the population in the State of Israel.

Snow Falling on Mount Hermon, Winter Storm Starting in North

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

The winter season has finally arrived in Israel – for real – and the winter weather is here along with it. Hot chocolate, soup and fresh crusty bread with all the extras are definitely in order for the next few days.

Skiing fans are celebrating the light snow that began falling Thursday morning on Mount Hermon. But bundle up; it’s cold out there! According to reports from the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS), more snow is expected to blanket the mountain peaks by Thursday night.

The Hermon area is closed to visitors due to the winter storm conditions so the celebrations are a little premature. It’s going to take a little bit before the ski resorts can get their places underway.

Children in the Golan Heights likewise can expect to have a reason to pull out their sleds by Friday: the white stuff is predicted to drop upon the region in the Golan as well.

The snowstorm will send a few flurries towards the Galilee region, but that area is more likely to see raindrops than flakes – lots of rain.

Israel’s Water Authority in particular is hoping that the next few days of precipitation will be enough to restore the four centimeter drop in the water level of Lake Kinneret that was found when the basin was measured this week. The lake, also known as the Sea of Galilee, is considered Israel’s largest reservoir for drinking water.

Plunging temperatures, whipping winds and stormy conditions are expected elsewhere around the country starting towards the end of the day on Thursday and continuing to Sunday.

Likewise, the central and southern regions in Israel can expect to see rainfall. Flash flooding warnings have been issued in the Negev and around the Judean desert, particularly in the Dead Sea region.

The Snowman Cometh

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

The long-awaited winter storm, first reported by The Jewish Press.com here yesterday, is strengthening and is turning into a more of a monster than first predicted, with snow possible in Jerusalem.

Weather models still are not in agreement on how far south the snow will fall and if it will accumulate, but most models indicate that there will be snow on the ground in the Jerusalem in areas 900 meters high, which includes Neve Daniel in Gush Etzion and Hebron.

Snow is expected in Safed (Tzfat) and other areas in the upper Galilee and possibly in the central Golan Heights. More importantly, there will be rain, and lots of it, with up to four inches in some areas.

The precipitation now is expected to last through Saturday morning.

Very light and occasional rain fell in several areas of Israel Tuesday afternoon, and more will fall on Wednesday, but the serious stuff begins early Thursday morning.

Rain will fall from the north to the northern Negev with isolated thunderstorms, strong winds, and a strong chance of flash floods in the Arava and Dead Sea areas.

The white stuff will cover the Hermon and the upper Golan Heights and spread to higher peaks in the north and central regions.

If any snow accumulates in the Jerusalem area, it won’t be around for very long caucus temperatures are expected to rise on Sunday, although still below the norm for the season.

Lake Kinneret ‘Under the Weather,’ Water Level Dropping

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Lake Kinneret is a little ‘under the weather’ these days, according to Israel’s Water Authority.

The northern body of water which is Israel’s main source of drinking water is also known as the Sea of Galilee. It started this year “rainy season” with a head start but now is showing signs of heading into a drought level.

Israel’s Water Authority reported Tuesday that the lake’s water level has dropped four centimeters below the “lower red line,” and stands at 213.04 meters below sea level.

“Kinneret water level declines at the end of December are unusual circumstances, occurring most recently only in 2008,” the Water Authority said in a statement.

On Tuesday morning, a very brief flash of rain swept across the northern Negev – but it had no effect on the level of the lake.

It is hoped that the winter storm expected this coming weekend will bring with it enough precipitation to boost the basin back up to where it should be at this time of year.

The water level in Lake Kinneret really needs to reach above the higher red line in order to avoid a drought alert for the summer months.

Winter Finally on the Way with Snow Possible in North

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The long-awaited winter is finally on its way to Israel.

After a dazzlingly wet start that drenched the south in October, the country has been suffering from what has become a traditionally long dry spell after the first rains.

Rain so far this season has been concentrated in the south, but now it is the north’s turn. If the weather models do not change, snow is likely on the Hermon and possibly on the peaks in the Upper Galilee on Friday.

Up to four inches of rain are expected by Saturday morning in the Jerusalem area, three inches forecast for the upper Golan Heights and metropolitan Tel Aviv, and 2-3 inches for the Western Galilee and the upper Jordan Valley.

Nearly an inch of rain is predicted for Be’er Sheva and in the northern Negev.

The rainy season officially started after the Simchat Torah-Shmini Atzeret holiday, as in the last three years, got off to a dousing start but mainly in the south.

Precipitation in several areas, such as Ashkelon and Tel Aviv, still is 50 percent above the normal amount for this time of year, but northern farmlands are dying from thirst.

Rainfall is only 45 percent of the average for this time of year in some areas in the Galilee.\

That should change by Shabbat.

Dry winds from the east have parched Israel Monday, but temperatures will drop by Wednesday, when local rain will begin and develop into a storm in the north and central regions on Thursday.

The weather models sill are not clear how far south the storm system will spread. The optimistic models indicate that heavy precipitation will hit the north Negev and north of the Dead Sea on Friday and Shabbat.

Looking way ahead, an even more powerful system is on the distant horizon two weeks away, but weather predictions in Israel more than four days in advance have to be taken with a lot of salt.

8 Dead in Texas as Wild Winter Weather Whips State

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Eight people have died so far after wild weather swept across northern Texas this weekend.

A series of tornadoes, some with torrential rains, hail, thunderstorms and lightning, struck the Dallas area. Fires were reported in some locations.

In western Texas, a blizzard was expected to dump at least 16 inches of snow on the region by Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service. Farenheit temperatures had plunged into the teens.

By Sunday morning, four people had died in motor vehicle accidents, according to Garland police spokesperson Joe Harn. A fifth person in the town also perished but it’s not clear how.

Two people died in the town of Copeville and one person died in Blue Ridge, according to Fox 4 News. Rowlett police spokesperson Det. Cruz Hernandez was quoted as saying several in his town were injured but there was no specific number; two families were still barricaded in their homes.

Heavy Rains Flood Ashkelon Hospital [video]

Monday, November 9th, 2015

VENICE, Israel – A cloudburst exploded over the port city of Ashkelon Monday morning, turning the city into a lake, flooding the hospital and leaving drivers trapped in their cars on city streets.

Damage was heavy, but no one was injured. A baby was among those rescued from waterlogged cars, and divers were seen swimming to reach motorists and passengers.

More than an inch of rain drenched the city within a few minutes, and even old-timers said they never had seen such a torrential downpour in such a short time. Navy police were called out to assist rescue crews.

Water flooded parts of Ashkelon’s Barzilai Hospital, reaching the emergency room, hallways and several wards. The cemetery also was flooded, and a major road in the city collapsed.

The port city already has received twice the normal amount of precipitation for this time of year and a quarter of the rainfall for the entire winter, which started only a couple of weeks ago.

The weather forecast is for the rain to taper off by tonight, but isolated showers will continue from the north to the northern Negev on Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Warnings remain for flash floods in the Dead Sea area.

By Thursday, fair skies and warmer temperatures will return.

Click here to see video of rescuers riding boats in the city.

New river in Ashkelon.

New river in Ashkelon.

Cars and bus stranded in flooded street.

Cars and bus stranded in flooded street.

Road collapse in Ashkelon

Road collapse in Ashkelon

Rafting in Ashkelon.

Rafting in Ashkelon.

 

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