In Two Days, Winter Storm Carmel Brings One Month's Worth of Rainfall to Israel

Israel's Meteorological Service records high rainfall as winter storm Carmel sweeps through the country. The snowy Mount Hermon will open to visitors on Thursday

Samuel Sokol is a freelance journalist based in Jerusalem. He was previously a correspondent at the Jerusalem Post and has reported for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the Times of Israel. He is the author of Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews.
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A view of Jaffa during winter storm Carmel, on Tuesday.
A view of Jaffa during winter storm Carmel, on Tuesday.Credit: Moti Milrod
Samuel Sokol is a freelance journalist based in Jerusalem. He was previously a correspondent at the Jerusalem Post and has reported for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the Times of Israel. He is the author of Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews.
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Winter storm Carmel has dropped more than 100 mm (3.9 inches) of rain on parts of Israel since making landfall on Monday, causing the Tel Aviv promenade to briefly flood and causing damage across the country.

Over the past two days, Ben-Gurion International Airport saw 153 mm of rain, while its monthly average for December stands at 138 mm. Beit Dagan, southeast of Tel Aviv, experienced 131 mm and the Tel Aviv coast received 117 mm, according to data from the Israel Meteorological Service.

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Karnei Shomron in the West Bank experienced 122 mm while 42 mm fell on Jerusalem, where police responded to dozens of incidents, including the collapse of trees and fences, faults in the traffic light system, floods and road accidents.

The Haifa beach, on Tuesday.Credit: rami shllush

A tree collapsed on the roof of a car near an educational institution, and on the Mount of Olives, a fence became detached from a construction site.

On Tuesday, the Tel Aviv promenade was briefly flooded after some 30 millimeters of rain within an hour. As heavy rainfall struck the country, Tel Aviv Municipality announced it would open shelters for people fleeing the storm.

Rain in central Jerusalem, on Tuesday.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

The Mikve Israel weather station near Holon experienced 175 mm of rainfall, 147 mm of which fell within the past day, a total only equaled or surpassed twice over the course of the past century.

Carmel arrived early Monday morning with rain along the coast accompanied by isolated thunderstorms. Snowfall began at Mount Hermon, Israel's highest mountain, on Sunday and intensified over the next two days. The site announced that it will be open for visitors on Thursday after having reached the minimum required 50 centimeters of snow at the mountain base, but will not allow skiing.

The northern Lake Kinneret saw a rise of 2 centimeters.

A 40-year-old man was in critical condition Monday morning after a tree fell in Netanya, injuring him, while a 25-year-old man was lightly injured after his vehicle got stuck in a pothole that was formed during the storm, according to the Magen David Adom rescue service.

Hebrew media reported that over the past several days, Israel saw three incidents of hypothermia, one of which led to the death of a 40-year-old homeless man in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

Isolated showers are expected to continue through Thursday, with Friday seeing possible light rain and unseasonable cold.

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