Kinneret Rises 5 Inches over Sabbath

Sea of Galilee has risen by 84 cm since rainy spell began.

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Gil Ronen,

Bird catches fish from the Kinneret
Bird catches fish from the Kinneret
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Kinneret (Sea of Galilee ) has risen by 13 centimeters, slightly more than 5 inches, since Thursday, when rain and snow stopped falling – as water from last week's precipitation continues to flow into the sea.

The fresh-water lake is currently at 211.07 meters below sea level.

From the start of the latest rainy spell, the Kinneret has completed a rise of about 84 centimeters, one of the sharpest in its recorded history.

The sea is currently 1.93 meters above its lowest red line, and 2.27 meters below the top red line that signals the Kinneret is full.

The Kinneret is already higher than it was at the end of last winter, and the Water Authority expects it to be in good shape by the time the rainy season ends. However, there will probably be o need to open the Deganya Dam, as was last done in 1992.

No rain is expected in the first few days of this week.