Remember the Sea of Galilee? It’s Almost Full

While coronavirus dominates the headlines, the Kinneret continues to rise

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee is nearly full thanks to ongoing winter rainfall in Israel.
Photo: David Cohen/Flash90

All anyone can talk about these days is the coronavirus. But you know who’s not impressed by this global pandemic? The Kinneret, popularly known among Christians as the Sea of Galilee, whose water level continues its unprecedented rise.

Last weekend alone the Kinneret rose by another 9 centimeters (3.54 inches) and is not less than 50 centimeters (19.69 inches) from its maximum water level. This winter has seen heavier than usual rainfall, which has continued to fall this week in a series of showers and thunderstorms.

The heavy winter rainfall this winter has been a double blessing. It has replenished the country’s natural water sources and helped to convince people to remain indoors during the coronavirus crisis. With more sunny days ahead, it is hoped that Israelis will be able to contain their urge to get out into nature a little longer so that we can further curb the spread of COVID-19.

It is interesting to look back on the big stories of the past year. Before coronavirus was dominating the news, it was the heavy winter rain and the rising Sea of Galilee that had everyone’s attention. And before that the talk of the day was all about US President Donald Trump’s so-called “Deal of the Century.” Let’s see what surprise awaits us after the corona crisis has passed.

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