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Israeli Winter Diarist: Rain, rain come again.


I know, I know: we Israelis are funny about rain. We get very excited when it makes an appearance, talking about it incessantly and even going out on trips to see it. But that’s what happens in a country with sporadic rainfall at best for only five months of the year and a national average which would barely fill a bucket. We even have words for the first rain of the year (yoreh יורה  ) and the last (malkosh  מלקוש ) – a concept which seems quite bizarre to most English speakers.

So you won’t be too surprised to hear that I was out and about today in the rain doing what we call in my family ‘stream hunting’. The reservoirs are still far from full – the past few winters have been drought years – but there is still a lot to enjoy. 

 

The Upper Jordan River

Israeli day-trippers watching a waterfall

The Aiyt waterfall

 

The Sea of Galilee from Korazim

Meeting the locals

So far, we’re not doing badly at all this year, with some areas in the north-west of the country having already reached their annual average rainfall and in the south the figure currently standing at 40-65%. Let’s hope for much more in the coming months before the malkosh arrives and the long hot dry season begins. 

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  1. Israelinurse, your photos are truly the best. They show the truth that Israelis have made the desert bloom, both literally and metaphorically in terms of Israeli culture and the Israeli economy. Kol hakavod.

    • We’re even wearing long sleeves this winter, Akus.

      @kinbot tells us that the Kinneret is now 27 cm below the lower red line: 66 cm above the level this time last year.

  2. “We even have words for the first rain of the year (yoreh יורה ) and the last (malkosh מלקוש ) – a concept which seems quite bizarre to most English speakers.”

    Sun is a bizarre concept to most Brits (bah humbug!). If we had to find words for our rain we’d likely fill a small pamphlet.

    Incidentally, that ‘bucketful’ you mention fell entirely on me when I visited last April 🙂

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  4. What great photos Israelinurse. I’m sure several of those bucketsful of rain have fallen on my own personal house, turning the empty plot opposite me to a mud lake. But my shkediya (almond tree) is in full blossom a month early, despite this being one of the coldest years for ages. Go figure!

    You didn’t mention the huge thunderstorms we’ve had either. In England we got thunderstorms in the summer. It took me a while to get used to the idea that it can thunder in winter. The electric fuse-box in my son’s caravan (in an eevil settlement) has been struck by lightning twice! I think G-d is trying to tell him something…:-)

  5. Wednesday 1st Feb is going to be real rainy.

    Gamla has had only 53% of its annual rainfall BUT, 99% of what is expected to fall until today.

    So the situation is ‘good’.

    Could be better though.

    I’m freezing. Only 15 C in my bedroom. Still. I have an electric sheet.

    • “’m freezing. Only 15 C in my bedroom. Still. I have an electric sheet.”

      JerusalemMite my heart bleeds for you

      Where I live in South Wales it is almost 6 p.m. in the evening and already down to -2.
      Brass Monkeys are roaming the streets desperately searching for Welders!