Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A bad winter for the Kinneret

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K is for Kinneret, the Hebrew name for the Sea of Galilee.


It is our only fresh water lake and is the source of lots of our drinking water.
But this winter now ending has disappointed us with very little rainfall, especially in the north.
Winter is supposed to be the season the Kinneret fills up, but instead it has actually gone DOWN by 5 centimeters.
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(Linking to ABC Wednesday.)
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17 comments:

Carver said...

I know how discouraging it can be when there isn't enough rainfall. We have had plenty in recent years but droughts are hard to deal with. I hope you get some rain soon. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Dina said...

Thanks Carver. But soon we move into the normal dry season (spring and summer), when it never rains.

Englepappa said...

The beautiful Kinneret! I've been there once, sailing in one of the "Jesus boats", and visiting the ruins of Capernaum. I love your country - the interesting history and the beautiful geography! I hope you get rain soon, before it's "to late"...

Dina said...

Shalom Englepappa. I'm so glad to hear that. I toured in your country once, in the late 1970s, and loved it. Norway has so much water and forest land!

Adullamite said...

Sad indeed as the water levels have been low for a while. The next war will be started by water.

Hels said...

What a nightmare :( A shortage of potable water is a certain way to bring a nation to its knees, whether it is because of climate change or malevolent diverting of the water supply. Thus Israel, and every other drought stricken nation, HAS to develop a reliable alternative eg desalination of sea water.

Ann said...

Would love to dip my feet in the Sea of Galilee where Jesus was!!
Ann

William Kendall said...

Very discouraging... I don't think I've heard it called the Kinneret before.

Petrea Burchard said...

We're getting scared in California, too. Some of our reservoirs are completely dry, and we've had very little rain.

Rob Siemann said...

A very well remembered view... Are you up there for a dig?

jeannettestgermain said...

I know about the worry of not having enough water (we had water rationing this winter in California, mind you - when there's not enough water we purchase water from another state. How does Israel cope with this?

Dina said...

Rob, I WISH I were on a dig up north right now. But no. The photos are from March 2012 when Reader Wil was here and we joined a 3-day learning tour based at Kibbutz Degania Bet.

Friends, we are OK. In the last several years Israel had built more desalination plants along the Mediterranean and on the Red Sea. So we won't go thirsty, no.
Israel is currently teaching California to go the route of desalination.

Roger Owen Green said...

Did NOT know that name of the sea! Sorry about your difficulties

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Israel.

Dina said...

Petrea, you're welcome. See

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-13/israel-desalination-shows-california-not-to-fear-drought.html

Suzanne said...

Oh Dear! Will pray for rain.

Sarah Beuzeville said...

Where I live in Australia, we have had less than half our normal summer rainfall. One of the dams near here is down to 14% capacity. We also had a dry winter last year. While we have had some rain and there is water in our river water supply however it is very dry. When it rains the grass may be green but the ground is rock hard and cracking. I feel for you this summer.