The current storm has swelled water flows in rivers in central Israel almost to the records set in the 1991-92 rainy season.
The Kinneret's water level has risen 110 centimeters since the start of the winter rainy season, the Water Authority reports. This week's storm boosted January's precipitation to over the multiyear average for the month. In some part of the country, 70-80% of the annual average rainfall has already fallen.
Water flows at some Hydrology Service stations in the Kinneret basin are at their highest levels since February 2003, especially rivers in the eastern Galilee: Dishon, Tzalmon, Amud, and Hatzor. The current storm has boosted water flows in rivers in central Israel almost to the records set in the 1991-92 rainy season. The water flow in the Ayalon River in Tel Aviv, had a water flow of 440 cubic meters per second yesterday, compared with its record of 460 cubic meters per second recorded in January 1992. The river flooded the Ayalon Highway yesterday closing it for nine hours.
This week's storm boosted the Kinneret's water level by 57 centimeters through yesterday, and the lake is 2.5 meters below the upper red line.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on January 9, 2013
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