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  1/14/2013, Shevat 3, 5773

Runoff Raises Kinneret 3 Centimeters


The Water Authority reported, Monday morning, that the water level of Lake Kinneret/the Sea of Galilee rose three centimeters/1.2 inches in the last 24 hours, bringing it to 211.04 meters/692.39 feet below sea level, 1.96 meters/6.43 feet above the lower red line, where officials don't want to withdraw water from the lake and 2.24 meters/7.35 feet below flood level.

The water level has risen 1.31 meters/4.3 feet since the start of the rainy season. The average for the whole season is 1.7 meters/5.6 feet. With more than two months to go before the end of the rainy season and runoff causing the lake to continue to rise through May, Water Authority officials expect all of Israel's reservoirs to fill significantly, although not enough to make them open the floodgates of the Degania Dam. The last time that happened was in 1992.