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Winter Rains Delayed

January 12, 2023

by: Janet Aslin

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A rack of lonely umbrellas awaiting buyers in Jerusalem

Thursday, 12 January 2023| While it is true that the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) is nearly full, it is also true that rainfall in Israel is well below average for this time of year.

A quick check of the meteorological site which monitors the nation’s accumulated rainfall showed most stations at less than 50% of their normal precipitation by this date.

We received some rain but it was primarily during one storm that occurred in late December. There were heavy rains in northern Israel and along the coastal plain. In some parts of the country the rain was accompanied by lightning and heavy winds. Mount Hermon received its first snowfall of the season. But it was not enough.

At this time of year, we should need our umbrellas on a daily basis. Typically, the winter rains will begin to fall in earnest during December and will continue through March. We are approaching January’s halfway point without significant amounts of rainfall.

Israel’s desalination plants have taken the pressure off the Kinneret, allowing it to remain at “nearly full” levels even without the normal rainfall. However, the earth needs the gentle, soaking rain that will prepare it for planting time in the spring.

David, Israel’s great psalmist acknowledged God’s sovereignty and the importance of rain in this beautiful verse: “You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, whereby You confirmed Your inheritance, when it was weary” (Ps. 68:9).

Today we wait with longing hearts for the rain that falls from heaven.

Posted on January 12, 2023

Source: (Bridges for Peace, January 12, 2023)

Photo Credit: Janet Aslin/bridgesforpeace.com