Lake Kinneret Still Rising (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 03/25/12)
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The water level in Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) is still rising,
even though there was little rain over the past week.
The much-welcomed rise in the level of the lake totaled five
centimeters this past weekend, bringing the level to 2.84 meters
below the flood level of the lake.
The winter began with an official forecast for another year of
drought, but a mammoth rain and snowstorm earlier this month buried
that prediction and brought desperately-needed moisture to Israel´s
Most of the nation has already received 100 percent of its annual
average rainfall, with the exception of the Negev, where 50 percent
is still lacking. Nevertheless, even in that desert area, the
normally brown stretches blooming with a bright, verdant green. Local
shepherds have taken advantage of the unusually thick ground cover,
with their flocks happily munching away on Israel´s northern Negev
hills and valleys.
Authorities note that as the snow of Mount Hermon and elsewhere in
the hills of the Golan Heights begins to melt, even more water will
flow into the lake, further raising its volume, but there is no
chance of the lake reaching its full level this year.
Meteorologists are forecasting rain in local areas for central and
northern Israel on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, as the winter
season draws to a close.
Prayers for rain in Israel are still welcome until the first day of
Passover, 13 days away. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/25/12)
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