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January shatters mark for Israel’s wettest month

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February 1, 2012 | 10:35 am

The Kinneret. Photo uploaded byJFreeman/Wikipedia

The Kinneret. Photo uploaded byJFreeman/Wikipedia

Rainfall in the month of January broke Israeli records.

There were 29 days with some rain during the month, which broke the mark of 25 wet days in January 1947, as recorded by the national Meteorological Service. January 1969 and February 1992 had 24 days with some rainfall.

In most of northern Israel there were 26 wet days, but Nahariyah and the Galilee had 29 wet days, leading to the record.

In addition, the water level in the Sea of Galilee rose by 55 centimeters in January. Despite the significant rise, however, the Galilee’s water level is at 213.11 centimeters, which is still 11 centimeters below the sea’s lower red line, or the upper danger line.

Israel has suffered from low rainfall and drought for the past five years.

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