Spring Storms in Israel bring Record Amount of Rain for May

Thursday, May 08, 2014 4:02 PM

After a particularly dry winter and a parched spring, a single night and day in May became the rainiest period in the history of the Israeli spring.

Flashflood in Nahal Tzelim.
Photo: Adi Yisraeli, KKL-JNF Photo Archive

The greatest amount of rain fell in Beit Shemesh. In the south, it stormed in earnest, with flashfloods and strong water flows in the dried out springs. Many roads were closed off in Israel's south, and the Tamar regional council even cancelled school for the day. Hikers and tourists were stuck in the Arava because of the flashfloods.

The water reservoirs and limans that KKL-JNF built in the Negev are expected to fill with water thanks to the recent flashfloods.

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