by: Janet Aslin
There are basically two seasons in Israel: summer and winter, dry and wet. During the summer season, the weather forecasters don’t really have a very challenging job. Sun, sun and more sun. The only variation is the degree of heat. The dry season typically lasts from April to October.
The first rain of the year is exciting—after all, it has been months since people have felt the gentle moisture of rain drops on their faces. This last week we were surprised by an earlier-than-usual rain that fell mainly in the north and in some of the central areas. While most of the rainfall was slight, meteorologist Tzahi Wachsman predicted that “downpours may very well occur here and there…with water accumulating on the ground” (Ynetnews).
Bridges for Peace CEO, Rebecca Brimmer, was in Karmi’el during just such a downpour on Monday morning. She reports it was a “gentle, soaking rain that knocked the dirt off the cars.” Although it did not last past the early morning, the rainfall did accumulate on the ground and was gladly welcomed as a blessing from the Lord and an encouraging beginning to Israel’s 2019–2020 winter season.
While summers are predictable in their weather patterns, winters are a bit more challenging. Israel, along with many other areas, has suffered extended drought in previous years. However, there was a good amount of rain during winter of 2018–2019. It caused the level of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), the main barometer of Israel’s water health, to rise significantly from a point that was perilously near the Black Line (historic low). Even now, after months of evaporation, the water level is still 4.4 ft (1.35 m) above the Lower Red Line! Of course there remains a lot of room in the Kinneret as the current level is still 9.4 ft (2.85 m) below the Upper Red Line which is the point at which the dam is opened and water allowed to flow out.
Along with the people of Israel, Bridges for Peace hopes that this early rain is an indication of abundant rain to come and fill the underground aquifers and the Kinneret!
Posted on September 19, 2019
Source: (Bridges for Peace, September 18, 2019)
Photo Credit: Rebecca Brimmer/Bridges for Peace
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