Kinneret Adds 2m; Hits Highest Level Since 2007


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

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.

The Kinneret’s water level is now 1.80 meters above its lower red line and 2.40 meters below its upper red line – the highest level recorded since 2007.

According to the Water Authority, the recent snowfall is expected to add an additional 50cm to the lake – not taking into consideration future rainfall this season.

According to the water authority, the amount of water added to Lake Kinneret in January alone make up two-thirds of the lake’s annual average.


{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. This article – as published here – is probably one of the sloppiest examples of original journalism I have ever seen.

    Let me explain:

    1. The headline provided by the sub-editor announces “Kinneret Adds 2m, etc”. Wow, that’s fantastic – I thought.

    2. In the body of the story we are then told “The KinneretÂ’s water level is now 1.80 meters above its lower red line and 2.40 meters below its upper red line – the highest level recorded since 2007.”

    My question is which figure is correct? Is the lake two meters higher since last week, or is it 1.80 meters higher or, then again, is it 2.40 metres?

    We are talking about millions of precious cubic meters of water here that will affect every living thing in Israel until next winter – but we have to tolerate very sloppy reporting standards. No Pulitzer Prize for YNet and – by extension – none for!

  2. #1, This is correctly reported. The two red lines are about 4 meters apart. At the start of the season the water was right around the lower red line. It rose significantly, not putting it 1.8 meters above the lower red line. But as the two lines are about 4 meters apart, we are still 2.4 meters off the upper red line.

  3. #1 The two red lines are constant measurements, not measurements based on the original depth of the water at the beginning of the season. At the beginning of this winter the Kinneret was .8 meters below the lower red line, or the “severe drought” line. Prior to this past week’s rainfall and snow, it had risen 60cm to .2 meters below the severe drought line. During the past week, it has b”h risen 2 full meters to 1.8 meters above the lower red line. Hence the title and contents of this article being on par. Thanks for thinking twice next time!


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