Good News: Kinneret Almost Full

View of the Kinneret. (David Cohen/Flash90)

In the midst of the doom and gloom of coronavirus, there was a bright spot in the news Wednesday: The Kinneret needs less than half a meter of water in order to reach its full level. As of Wednesday morning, the lake was 46 centimeters (one and half feet) below its “upper red line,” the point at which the Kinneret is declared full and the sluice gates allowing the flow of water into the Jordan River takes place.

Earlier in March, the Water Authority had declared that that would not take place, but with winter apparently far from over, there is now a possibility that the lake could overflow. Heavy rains are forecast for this weekend, with a major storm sweeping in Thursday night and continuing through at least Sunday. Gishmei brachah are also expected next week, so the likelihood that the lake will pass the upper red line is a strong one.

If the sluice gates are open, there will be few Israelis to witness it. Due to the coronavirus crisis, all areas of the Kinneret coast are off-limits, and viewing areas will be empty when and if Water Authority officials open the gates.