Israel blessed with rare summer rain

Sunday, August 14, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Israelis in the center of the country who happened to be awake during the early morning hours on Sunday witnessed a rare sight: rainfall in the middle of summer.

A light rain fell in Tel Aviv and surrounding areas just as the sun rose.

While the rain did not last long, and most of the precious water was quickly snatched up by a parched earth, Israelis hoped that it was a sign the coming winter would be good in terms of rainfall.

Israel is at the tail end of a seven-year drought that nearly left the Jewish state having to impose water rationing during the summer months. The drought has caused nearly irreversable damage to the Sea of Galilee and the mountain aquifers, Israel's main sources of fresh water.

But a healthy rainfall this coming winter would go a long way toward reversing the situation, and buy Israel a little more time to get a series of desalination plants operational.

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