Kinneret at highest level since 2005

The water level in the Dead Sea has risen for the first time since February 2003.

The water level in the Kinneret rose another two centimeters this morning to 210.99 meters below sea level. Since Friday, January 4, the water level has risen 94 centimeters, and it has risen 1.34 meters from its low point. The water level is now at its highest level since August 2005, the Water Authority announced today.

The Kinneret is still 2.19 meters below its full level (the upper red line).

Last week's unusually heavy storm not only affected the Kinneret's water level, but also the water level of the Dead Sea. Measurements by the Water Authority's Hydrology Service found that, for the first time since February 2003, the water level has risen. The Dead Sea's water level has risen by 10 centimeters (compared with 29 centimeters in 2003), due to the strong flow of the Yarmukh River, which drains into the southern section of the Jordan River, as well as flash floods in the Harod River, Tavor River, and Yissachar River in the Lower Galilee and rivers on the Jordanian side.

Floodwaters in the Yarmukh River and the southern stretch of the Jordan River are rare, and last occurred in such strength ten years ago.

The water level of the Dead Sea is usually measured once a month, and in special cases, such as following last week's heavy strorm.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on January 16, 2013

© Copyright of Globes Publisher Itonut (1983) Ltd. 2013

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