Kinneret Water Level Below Red Line

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View of the Kinneret as seen from Mitzpeh Ofir in the Golan Heights. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
View of the Kinneret as seen from Mitzpeh Ofir in the Golan Heights. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

While central Israel has seen heavy rains and flooding in recent months, the north has had rather little rain, and the water level in Lake Kinneret has sunk to the danger lines.

The Kinneret’s water level has dropped to a worrying 1.5 inches below the basin’s “lower red line,” the Water Authority said on Tuesday. It stands at 639 feet below sea level.

“Kinneret water level declines at the end of December are unusual circumstances, occurring most recently only in 2008,” a statement from the Water Authority said.

The relatively dry weather in the north over the first three months of winter has resulted in a decrease in the flow of streams and springs in the region generally.

However, the meteorological outlook for later in the week promises rainfall in the north that could bring the Kinneret water level back over the red line.