This week’s Storm Elpis, which brought heavy rains to the entire country and significant snow fall to the Galilee, Golan Heights, Mount Hermon, Jerusalem and Gush Etzion, also raised the water level in Lake Kinneret (also known as the Sea of Galilee).
Last weekend the level of the lake rose by two centimeters (nearly an inch) – but the previous week, the water level rose by a total of nine centimeters, nearly four inches.
Israel’s Water Authority reported Friday that the level of the lake rose by eight centimeters (three inches) this weekend.
The lake water now stands at 201.42 meters (690.7 feet) below sea level, less than two meters from full capacity.
The water level is now 1.62 meters (five feet, four inches) below the 208.8-meter (685-foot) point (also known as the “upper red line”) (below sea level) at which officials would open the Degania Dam to avoid flooding.