Consistent rain over past 2 weeks not seen in Israel for 30 years

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter

View of the Beit Zayit reservoir near Jerusalem during heavy rains, January 28, 2024 (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
View of the Beit Zayit reservoir near Jerusalem during heavy rains, January 28, 2024 (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Over the past two weeks Israel has seen consistent rainy weather throughout the country not seen for more than 30 years, according to the Israel Meteorological Service.

Since January 22, most areas of the country have seen at least some wet weather on most days, almost without a break.

Amos Porat, director of Climate Services at the IMS, tells The Times of Israel that such continuous rain has not been seen since 1992.

“Usually, these weather systems stay for two to four days and then move on,” he says.

But apart from its length, the current period of rain, due to end Tuesday, has no irregular features, he adds.

Thanks to heavy downpours, many locations have already equaled or even exceeded their annual rain average, which is measured from August.

This is particularly true in the Lower Galilee, Haifa, and the Carmel areas south of Haifa as well as areas of the central coast.

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