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Winter Is Back—a Rainy Week in Israel

February 17, 2017

by: Ahiya Raved

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A rainy morning in Jerusalem

Friday, 17 February 2017 | Editor’s note: Rain has continued to fall in Israel since this article was originally published on 12 February. In Jerusalem, 36mm (1.4 in) of rain fell from Sunday through Wednesday.

It had rained throughout the night (Sunday) and some areas in the Greater Haifa area suffered from flooding with over 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain. Among others, a tunnel in the Haluzey Hataasia Street in Haifa was flooded where a man drowned in December.

Parts of road 58 and Yoseftal Street in Kiryat Yam were also heavily flooded. Rescue teams were called to the affected areas to aid stranded vehicles.

The heaviest amount of rain registered on Saturday was in the northern coastal plain, as the floods clearly showed. Acre had 55 mm (2.2 in) of rain and Haifa had 36 mm (1.4 in). Meteo-tech meteorologist, Lior Sudri, said that we are at the beginning of a very wintery week, where most rain would be concentrated in the south part of the country but could very well spread to the rest of the country over the week.

“This climate is expected to last until Friday and, according to our data, we should expect increases in precipitation in the early hours of the morning with a chance for floods,” Sudri said.

There was snowing in Mount Hermon and in the middle of the week there is expected snowing in northern Golan Heights.


Posted on February 17, 2017

Source: (Excerpt of article originally published by Ynetnews on 12 February 2017. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Katelyn Whitaker/ Bridges for Peace