by: Janet Aslin
Tuesday, 18 January 2022 | Rain began falling over most of Israel on Friday and did not taper off until late Sunday evening. Water rushed down Jerusalem’s streets throughout the weekend, continuing on to the Judean Desert where flood watches were in effect. Police warned residents in coastal cities not to use underground parking, and even the most southern portion of the Negev got wet.
This winter has been a bit unusual as far as rainfall goes. Israel generally receives 70% of its annual precipitation spread over the period between November and March. Although most areas have received their normal amount of rainfall so far, it has happened in two three-day periods, with a considerable number of sunny days during an abnormally warm November. The two rainy events happened on December 19–21, 2021, and January 14–16, 2022.
The most recent storm brought more rainfall, at least to Jerusalem, than December’s Carmel storm. Jerusalem received 89.6 mm (3.52 in.) last weekend, which is almost twice the 41.8 mm (1.65 in.) that fell during the December storm. Much of the country received significant amounts of precipitation.
Water levels of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) rose five centimeters (1.97 in.) over the weekend. Although the Kinneret has not yet regained the 27-year record high water mark reached in September 2020, the weekend rains are bringing those levels up again, and only 1.1 meters (3.6 ft.) remain before the lake is once again at a record high level.
Some of the precipitation was snow! Mount Hermon received 10 centimeters (3.93 in.) at its lower level and 25 centimeters (9.84 in.) at the top. This is good news for skiers and for the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) alike, as snow melting in the spring will find its way there to bring the water levels even higher.
Thankfully this weekend’s rainfall did not cause the level of damage seen in the December storm, which included three deaths and widespread flooding. However, there was flooding in several coastal cities as well as an east Jerusalem neighborhood.
Although the rainfall seems to be coming in concentrated periods rather than gradually, we are grateful for the rain and snow that come down from heaven to “water the earth and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater” (Isa. 55:10).
Posted on January 18, 2022
Source: (Bridges for Peace, January 18, 2022)
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