Israelis who celebrate Shushan Purim, which takes place today, won't have to spend the day hiding their costumes under their raincoats. Though it will rain again this morning, the showers will be light, and the rain will stop later in the day.
Several Purim events that were canceled due to the weekend's stormy weather have been rescheduled for today, including the Adloyada parade in Holon.
Rain deluged the center of the country during the Purim holiday yesterday, with Tel Aviv getting 22 millimeters and Jerusalem 38 millimeters. Altogether, more than 200 millimeters of rain fell this weekend - more than one-third the total annual rainfall for an average year.
However, the north and south of the country received much less rain than other parts of the country. As a result, Lake Kinneret rose by only eight centimeters. That brought it to 213.04 meters below sea level - still four centimeters below the lower red line, meaning that water still cannot be pumped out of the lake. The water level is fully 4.24 meters below the upper red line, which is the maximum the lake can hold before the Deganya Dam is opened.
That measurement, however, was taken early yesterday morning, and heavy rain fell throughout the day yesterday. This morning's measurement may well show that the lake has risen above the lower red line. If so, it will be the first time it has done so since June 2008.
Nevertheless, officials said the water situation remains dire. "The desirable situation is to be 2 to 2.5 meters above the lower red line," said Water Authority spokesman Uri Shor.
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