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Iranian general accuses Israel of stealing Iran’s clouds

After head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali charged Israel with stealing Iran’s clouds and snow, the country’s meteorological service weather chief, Ahad Vazife rebutted, saying, “On the basis of meteorological knowledge, it is not possible for a country to steal snow or clouds.”



An Iranian general on Monday accused Israel of manipulating weather to prevent rain over the Islamic republic, alleging his country was facing cloud “theft,” before being contradicted by the nation’s weather chief.

“The changing climate in Iran is suspect,” Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization told a press conference, semi-official ISNA news agency reported. Continue Reading »

As Winter Approaches, Jordan River Reaches Record Low


The Galilee’s Jordan River water level is at 90-year low following years of inadequate rainfall.

By Israel Today Staff


Israel is on the cusp of another major drought with authorities reporting that the water flowing from the northern portion of the Jordan River into the Sea of Galilee is at a record low.

The Jordan River is the primary water source for the Sea of Galilee, which is in turn Israel’s primary fresh water reservoir.

And the water pressure today is lower than it’s been in the past 90 years, or since such measurements began.

Jordan’s tributary, the Hatzbani left side (after the River Dan merged) merges with the Banias (right side) to form the Jordan River, Feb.

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IN PICTURES: Rain pours in Israel


First massive rain & storm front covered most of Israel, ahead of what may be seen as a rainy weekend. Flooding reported in parts of central & northern Israel.

By Michal Margalit



Rain began to fall heavily Thursday evening, hitting the north and coast line, and is expected to continue with thunderstorms throughout Friday and Saturday in the Sharon region and Negev, as October comes to an end.


Tel Aviv – Photo: Yaron Brenner


Photo: Yair
Photo: Yair


Rain suprises beachgoers (Photo: Yaron Brenner)
Rain suprises beachgoers (Photo: Yaron Brenner)


Flooding in Ganey Tikvah (Photo: Naftali Yahlentzik)
Flooding in Ganey Tikvah (Photo: Naftali Yahlentzik)


Photo: Yair Yam Potzker
Photo: Yair Yam Potzker






Photo: Motti Kimchi
Photo: Motti Kimchi



Photo: Motti Kimchi
Photo: Motti Kimchi
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Unseasonal rain across Israel causing flooding in south

Heaviest rain fell in Arad & Ra’anana, measuring 50 millimeters of rain since Wednesday night leaving hundreds of tourists stranded.


Heavy rain fell Wednesday night across most of the country. The rain is expected to continue through Thursday afternoon and there may be some isolated storms Friday as well.

Jerusalem.- Photo by Reuters

According to Meteotech, the largest quantities of rain fell in Arad and Ra’anana, the latter registering 50 millimeters of rain since Wednesday night. There are reports of flooding in the south.

Police in Israel say rescuers are evacuating dozens of American tourists who were stranded overnight in a parking lot in the Negev desert due to rare heavy rains.

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After too long a dry season rain begins to fall in Israel

Rainfall from the Upper Galilee to desert flooding between highway 40 from the Zin Valley to Mitzpe Ramon.



With one of Israel’s driest winters on record nearing its end, light rain began to fall in various parts of the country on Sunday.

Rain in Jerusalem, March 9, 2014.- Photo MARC ISRAEL SELLEM

Both Arab & Jew get wet together from the Rain in Jerusalem, March 9, 2014.- Photo MARC ISRAEL SELLEM

As of 5 p.m. a wide band of rain stretched from north of the Sea of Galilee to the southern Negev.

Due to floods in the desert, police closed Highway 40 from The Zin Valley to Mitzpe Ramon on Sunday afternoon. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Water Situation: Lack of rain means farmers have to buy water

After earlier prediction of an over-abundance of water, Israel is again facing severe crisis following a lack of winter rainfall.

By Ryan Jones


Late last year, we reported that Israel was facing an over-abundance of water after seven years of drought. It would now seem such predictions were premature, with experts warnings that the coming year could see Israel up against yet another severe water crisis.

Lack of rain means farmers have to buy water – Source: Israel Today

The previous winter saw good rainfall, and the beginning of the current winter started much the same, leading Water Authority officials to put Israel’s large desalination plants on notice that their full output would not be required in the coming year. Continue Reading »

Israel receives welcomed weekend rain

Meteorologists predict weekend rains would continue overnight on Saturday & hopefully into Sunday, coming to an end by the afternoon.


The country experienced a welcome hiatus from the dry winter on Friday night and once again during the day on Saturday.

Pedestrians in rain - Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

Pedestrians in rain – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

The North received the most precipitation as of Saturday night, with 108 millimeters accumulating in Rosh Hanikra from Friday night through Saturday at about 8 p.m., on-duty weather forecasters at the Israel Meteorological Service told The Jerusalem Post.

Haifa received about 20 millimeters during that period, while Tel Aviv got approximately 16 millimeters. Continue Reading »

For many parts of Israel January was driest month in ages

Expert reports Israel’s record setting dry winter is caused by a phenomenon called “blocking,” where most rain systems are “stuck” in Western Europe.



Although the northeastern US may have spent January pummeled by snowstorms and frigid temperatures, Israel last month was troublingly dry, experts from the Water Authority and Israel Meteorological Services said on Monday.

Sunset at the Kinneret -  Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Sunset at the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) – Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Throughout the month, Lake Kinneret’s water level only rose 11 cm., while that of the Dead Sea dropped eight cm., according to the Water Authority’s Hydrological Services.

Nationwide the country has received only about 64 percent of its average annual precipitation since the beginning of the rainy season, the Water Authority said. Continue Reading »

Dead Sea water level continues to fall despite winter storms

Even though the Dead Sea’s level continues to fall, Lake Kinneret in the Galilee celebrated an increase of 11 cm. during the same period.



As rainstorms barreled through Israel in December, drenching fields and filling up reservoirs, the Dead Sea’s water level continued to drop.

The Dead Sea. - Photo: REUTERS

The Dead Sea. – Photo: REUTERS

By early January, the Dead Sea fell to 427.82 meters below sea level, three centimeters lower than the 427.79 m. below sea level measured the month before, according to Dead Sea and Arava Science Center researcher Eli Raz, citing raw data from the Water Authority’s Hydrological Services. Continue Reading »

Winter in Israel has finally arrived


Although this year’s winter arrived considerably late, Saturday night’s showers served as a stark reminder that winter has finally arrived.

Rain slammed down on Tel Aviv Sunday morning in a manner some would describe as violent.
A man stands on a bridge overlooking flooded railway tracks - Photo: Reuters

A man stands on a bridge overlooking flooded railway tracks – Photo: Reuters

Although winter arrived considerably late this year, Sunday’s post-Shabbat showers serve a stark reminder that winter has arrived.

The rarity of rain in the Holy Land usually makes for excitement, however the sudden downpour left Tel Aviv roads considerably dangerous today, says Tel Aviv resident Shahar Geist.

Although she is happy to see the Kinneret rise, Geist says the government doesn’t do enough to ensure road safety in extreme weather conditions.

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Kinneret rises & snow on Mount Hermon in Israel’s 1st winter storm of season

Scattered showers from the Galilee to the Negev broke the unseasonably warm weather.

Rain & lower temperatures forecasted to continue over weekend.




The first winter storm of the season hit Israel on Thursday as the unseasonably warm weather experienced throughout November gave way to rainfall and even snow.

A SOLDIER enjoys the weather on Mt. Hermon [file]

A SOLDIER enjoys the weather on Mt. Hermon – File Photo: IDF Spokesman

Lake Kinneret rose for the first time since April on Thursday morning – by 1 centimeter – as a direct result of ongoing rains, the Water Authority said.

The Kinneret’s water level is now 211.40 meters below sea level, 2.6 meters from full capacity. Continue Reading »

Sea of Galilee Still Rising as Winter Slowly Ends

The water level of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) is still steadily rising as the rainy season slowly comes to an end.

By Chana Ya’ar


The water level of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) is still rising as the winter season begins to wind down.

winter skies in the Galilee

Winter skies in the Galilee – IsraelandStuff/PP

The surface of the lake rose by four centimeters over the weekend, according to Water Authority officials. Over the Purim holiday last week, the water level rose by two centimeters, and by four centimeters more over the prior weekend due to Sabbath rains.

The surface of the lake now stands at 210 meters and 16 centimeters below sea level, just one meter and a few centimeters away from the upper “red line” – 208.80 meters below sea level – the point marking the lake as full. Continue Reading »

NASA reports catastrophic water loss for Middle East

Freshwater reserves in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria & along the Tigris & Euphrates river basins have lost an incredible 117 million acre feet (144 km³) of total underground freshwater, the 2nd fastest loss of groundwater storage loss after India.

By The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff



An amount of freshwater almost amounting to the volume of the Dead Sea has been lost in parts of the Middle East due to poor management, increased demands for groundwater and the effects of a 2007 drought, according to a NASA study.

An Iraqi woman checks her dried land. Turkey controls the Tigris and Euphrates headwaters, which dictates how much water flows downstream into Syria and Iraq.

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Kinneret Rises 10.5 Centimeters as Winter Rains Continue

In what is being seen as the most bountiful rainy season in a decade, Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) is continuing to rise!

By Chana Ya’ar


Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) is continuing to rise in what is being seen as the most bountiful rainy season in a decade.

Winter rains raised Kinneret level

Winter rains raised Kinneret level
Photo: Hana Levi Julian

In the past week, the lake rose by 10.5 centimeters (4.13 inches), bringing the level of the country’s largest single source of drinking water up to 210 meters (689 feet) and 80 centimeters (31.5 inches) below sea level.

More rain is predicted for Sunday night, and again later in the week, which Israelis hope will raise the level of the lake even higher. Continue Reading »

Sea of Galilee adds 2m hitting highest water-level since 2007

Week-long torrential rains gave Israel’s freshwater reservoir much needed boost.

Israel Water Authority expects additional half-meter rise from upcoming melting snow

By Ynet


Lake Kinneret enjoyed a robust six-day period resulting in a massive rise of nearly a meter, the Water Authority said.

Lake Kinneret Photp: AFP

Lake Kinneret – Photo: AFP

The weather system which brought a week-long rain storm to Israel has caused increased outflow in the rivers flowing to the lake, which is Israel’s only freshwater reservoir, resulting in an 80cm rise in water levels in the span of five days.

The Sea of Galilee has added 2 meters since the winter began and is now at 211.20 meters below sea level. Continue Reading »