Kibbutz Reshafim, 10905, Israel  
 

The weather

Our weather isn't really much to write home about. There's very little of it: no real calamities, no tornadoes, no floodings, not even temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius Abu Dhabi can brag about. It's quite warm in Summer, and never gets really cold in winter. The most exciting thing about it is the rain, an annual average of about 300 milimetres during the winter months only, again not something to make your chest swell with pride and not really enough for the needs of a modern western society with a rather liberal thirst for water.
Still, like everybody else the whole world over, we like to talk about it (or show you a few pictures.) Below you'll find tables of rainfall. For a few years I've recorded also daily temperature maxima and minima, but that got really boring and I've stopped. Knock yourselves out.
 
Our metrically challenged friends overseas will forgive us for not using inches, cubits or other quaint units of measurement they may be accustomed to. The reasonable unit of length - suggested by God himself when he gave us ten fingers to count on, and sanctified by international science - is the metre, or, in our case, the millimetre. Just imagine we had to tot up measurements like 3/64", 17/128", 5/16" and 33/64". If you can do that in your head, then you are, even if your exertions are mental rather than physical - in the words of Flanders and Swann - 'a better man than I am, colonel Hunt'.

Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2016/2017

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                        PRECIPITATION                     TOTAL
--------------------------------------------------------------------
15/02/2017                       7                            222
14/02/2017                       9                            215
13/02/2017                      10                            206

31/01/2017                      10                            196
29/01/2017                      14                            186
28/01/2017                      13                            172
15/01/2017                       9                            159
04/01/2017                       4                            150
03/01/2017                       4                            146

28/12/2016                      22                            142
26/12/2016                      12                            120
25/12/2016                       8                            108
20/12/2016                      13                            100
19/12/2016                       5                             87
15/12/2016                      10                             82
14/12/2016                      38                             72
03/12/2016                       5                             34
02/12/2016                      25                             29
01/12/2016                       4                              4


Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2015/2016

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                        PRECIPITATION                     TOTAL
--------------------------------------------------------------------
24/04/2016                         5                           339

14/04/2016                         9                           334
13/04/2016                         8                           325

24/03/2016                         5                           317
17/03/2016                         3                           312
16/03/2016                         7                           309

24/02/2016                        10                           302
23/02/2016                         6                           292
22/02/2016                        10                           286
08/02/2016                        23                           276
07/02/2016                        21                           253

24/01/2016                        19                           232
19/01/2016                        23                           213
10/01/2016                        35                           190
08/01/2016                        12                           155
03/01/2016                         7                           143
02/01/2016                        13                           136
01/01/2016                        30                           123

31/12/2015                         5                            95
17/11/2015                         4                            88
10/11/2015                        18                            84
09/11/2015                        21                            66
07/11/2015                         4                            45

29/10/2015                         5                            41
28/10/2015                         2                            36
27/10/2015                         2                            34
26/10/2015                         2                            32
25/10/2015                        30                            30

Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2014/2015

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                        PRECIPITATION                     TOTAL
--------------------------------------------------------------------
13/04/2015                        16                           425
12/04/2015                        10                           409
01/04/2015                         7                           399

22/03/2015                         2                           392
12/03/2015                        13                           390

21/02/2015                        24                           377
20/02/2015                        30                           353
16/02/2015                        10                           323
15/02/2015                         4                           313
14/02/2015                        35                           309
12/02/2015                        15                           274

16/01/2015                         5                           259
15/01/2015                        10                           254
11/01/2015                        24                           244
08/01/2015                        52                           220
06/01/2015                         5                           168
05/01/2015                        10                           163

23/12/2014                         8                           153
14/12/2014                         6                           145

28/11/2014                         6                           139
27/11/2014                        13                           133
26/11/2014                        20                           120
23/11/2014                         6                           100
20/11/2014                        14                            94
16/11/2014                        27                            80
04/11/2014                        16                            53
01/11/2014                        13                            37

19/10/2014                        12                            24
16/10/2014                        12                            12

Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2013/2014

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                        PRECIPITATION                     TOTAL
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 9th May 2013                     17                           210
 8th May 2013                     16                           193

14th Mar 2013                      9                           177
13th Mar 2013                     15                           168
12th Mar 2013                     10                           153
10th Mar 2013                     18                           143

16th Feb 2013                      2                           125

15th Dec 2013                     33                           123 
13th Dec 2013                      7                            79 
12th Dec 2013                     18                            72 
11th Dec 2013                     23                            54 
 9th Dec 2013                      7                            31 
 8th Dec 2013                      8                            24 
 6th Dec 2013                     16                            16 

Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2012/2013

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                        PRECIPITATION                     TOTAL
--------------------------------------------------------------------
21st Apr 2013                     34                           423 

 7th Feb 2013                      4                           389 
 2nd Feb 2013                      6                           385 
 1st Feb 2013                     17                           379 

31st Jan 2013                     21                           362 
30th Jan 2013                     14                           341 
10th Jan 2013                     10                           327 
 9th Jan 2013                     72                           317 
 8th Jan 2013                     29                           245 
 7th Jan 2013                     35                           216 
 6th Jan 2013                     20                           181 
 5th Jan 2013                     15                           161 

23th Dec 2012                     13                           146 
21th Dec 2012                     34                           133 
11th Dec 2012                     13                            99 
 9th Dec 2012                     11                            86 
 5th Dec 2012                     10                            75 

25th Nov 2012                     12                            65 
23th Nov 2012                     10                            53 
13th Nov 2012                     10                            43
12th Nov 2012                     19                            33
11th Nov 2012                     14                            14

Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2011/2012

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                        PRECIPITATION                     TOTAL
-------------------------------------------------------------------- 
17th Mar 2012                      8                           402
16th Mar 2012                      4                           394
15th Mar 2012                      5                           390
04th Mar 2012                      6                           385
02nd Mar 2012                     24                           379
01st Mar 2012                     29                           355

29th Feb 2012                     12                           326
18th Feb 2012                     39                           314
02nd Feb 2012                     16                           275
01st Feb 2012                      9                           259

31st Jan 2012                     15                           250
29th Jan 2012                     11                           235
27th Jan 2012                      8                           224
23rd Jan 2012                     23                           216
15th Jan 2012                     15                           193
13th Jan 2012                      5                           178
12th Jan 2012                      9                           173
07th Jan 2012                      9                           164
03rd Jan 2012                      5                           155
02nd Jan 2012                      9                           150

26th Dec 2011                      3                           141
25th Dec 2011                     16                           138

21st Nov 2011                     16                           122
20th Nov 2011                     15                           106
18th Nov 2011                      9                            91
17th Nov 2011                      5                            82
15th Nov 2011                     20                            77

04th Oct 2011                     37                            57

25th Sep 2011                     20                            20


Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2010/2011

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                       PRECIPITATION                      TOTAL
-------------------------------------------------------------------- 
15th May 2011                      1                           318
14th May 2011                      5                           317

29th Apr 2011                     17                           312
06th Apr 2011                      5                           295
05th Apr 2011                      6                           290

25th Mar 2011                     24                           284
11th Mar 2011                     25                           260
10th Mar 2011                     28                           235

22nd Feb 2011                      7                           207
17th Feb 2011                      7                           200
11th Feb 2011                     10                           193
08th Feb 2011                     22                           183
05th Feb 2011                     20                           161
04th Feb 2011                     11                           141
01st Feb 2011                      2                           130

31st Jan 2011                     21                           128
17th Jan 2011                      5                           107
10th Jan 2011                     20                           102
  
31st Dec 2010                      7                            82
14th Dec 2010                      7                            75
13th Dec 2010                     48                            68
12th Dec 2010                     17                            20

     Oct 2010                      3                             3

Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2009/2010

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                      PRECIPITATION                      TOTAL
--------------------------------------------------------------------
28th Feb 2010                     53                           322

25th Jan 2010                     14                           269
21st Jan 2010                     17                           255
19th Jan 2010                     43                           238
10th Jan 2010                     10                           195

31st Dec 2009                      8                           185
20th Dec 2009                      5                           177
18th Dec 2009                     25                           172
13th Dec 2009                     12                           147
 8th Dec 2009                     16                           135
 7th Dec 2009                     14                           119

25th Nov 2009                      6                           105
18th Nov 2009                      3                            99
 4th Nov 2009                      4                            96
 3rd Nov 2009                     49                            92

31st Oct 2009                     18                            43
29th Oct 2009                     20                            25
10th Oct 2009                      5                             5

Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2008/2009

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                      PRECIPITATION                      TOTAL
--------------------------------------------------------------------
14th Apr 2009                     11                           325

29th Mar 2009                      9                           314
23rd Mar 2009                     10                           305
15th Mar 2009                      5                           295
 5th Mar 2009                     12                           290
 2nd Mar 2009                      8                           278
 1st Mar 2009                     21                           270

28th Feb 2009                     60                           249
23rd Feb 2009                     16                           189
22nd Feb 2009                     31                           173
11th Feb 2009                     20                           142
 2nd Feb 2009                     30                           122

18th Jan 2009                      8                            92

26th Dec 2008                      5                            84
25th Dec 2008                     33                            79

23rd Nov 2008                      7                            46

30th Oct 2008                     15                            39
29th Oct 2008                      5                            24
28th Oct 2008                      4                            19
27th Oct 2008                     15                            15

Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2007/2008

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                      PRECIPITATION                    TOTAL
------------------------------------------------------------------
09th May 2008                      6                           251

03rd Mar.2008                      8                           245

19th Feb.2008                     15                           237
15th Feb.2008                     12                           222
14th Feb.2008                      4                           210
13th Feb.2008                     15                           206

31st Jan.2008                     18                           191
30th Jan.2008                     41                           173
29th Jan.2008                      6                           132
27th Jan.2008                      1                           126
23rd Jan.2008                      5                           125
08th Jan.2008                      4                           120
06th Jan.2008                      9                           116
05th Jan.2008                      4                           107

21st Dec.2007                      5                           103
16th Dec.2007                      5                            98
09th Dec.2007                     27                            93
07th Dec.2007                      8                            66
02nd Dec.2007                      4                            58

22nd Nov.2007                     37                            54
21st Nov.2007                     15                            17
11th Nov.2007                      2                             2

Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2006/2007

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                      PRECIPITATION                    TOTAL
------------------------------------------------------------------
13th May.2007                     10                           335
12th May.2007                     10                           325

12th Apr.2007                      4                           315
01st Apr.2007                      5                           311

17th Mar.2007                      3                           306
17th Mar.2007                     16                           303
16th Mar.2007                     17                           287
15th Mar.2007                     20                           270

27th Feb.2007                      4                           250
26th Feb.2007                      5                           246
22nd Feb.2007                     12                           241
16th Feb.2007                     20                           229
10th Feb.2007                     14                           209
07th Feb.2007                     15                           195
06th Feb.2007                      7                           180
05th Feb.2007                      8                           173
04th Feb.2007                     10                           165

31st Jan.2007                     12                           155
26th Jan.2007                     15                           143
08th Jan.2007                      8                           128
07th Jan.2007                     12                           120
01st Jan.2007                     11                           108

27th Dec.2006                     22                            97

11th Nov.2006                      9                            75
03rd Nov.2006                      5                            66

29th Oct.2006                     28                            61
16th Oct.2006                     33                            33

Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2005/2006

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                      PRECIPITATION                    TOTAL
------------------------------------------------------------------
06th Apr.2006                     16                           307
03rd Apr.2006                     25                           291
02nd Apr.2006                     13                           266

10th Mar.2006                      6                           253

16th Feb.2006                     11                           247
15th Feb.2006                     12                           236
10th Feb.2006                     12                           224
09th Feb.2006                     33                           212

19th Jan.2006                     15                           179
12th Jan.2006                     13                           164
09th Jan.2006                     17                           151

26th Dec.2005                     10                           134
25th Dec.2005                     41                           124
18th Dec.2005                     15                            83

24th Nov.2005                     33                            68
16th Nov.2005                      2                            35
08th Nov.2005                      9                            33
07th Nov.2005                     12                            25

19th Oct.2005                     13                            13


Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2004/2005

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                      PRECIPITATION                    TOTAL
------------------------------------------------------------------
02nd Apr.2005                      6                           307

13th Mar.2005                     15                           301

13th Feb.2005                     30                           286
07th Feb.2005                      8                           256
06th Feb.2005                     67                           248
02nd Feb.2005                     25                           181

23rd Jan.2005                     14                           156
16th Jan.2005                     12                           142
05th Jan.2005                     13                           130
03rd Jan.2005                     17                           117

24th Dec.2004                     12                           100
21st Dec.2004                      6                            88
08th Dec.2004                     11                            82

26th Nov.2004                     17                            71
23rd Nov.2004                     27                            54
20th Nov.2004                     12                            27
19th Nov.2004                      5                            15
18th Nov.2004                     10                            10

Daily maximal and minimal temperatures
measured at Kibbutz Reshafim, 2004/2005

temperature chart

 


Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2003/2004

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                      PRECIPITATION                    TOTAL
------------------------------------------------------------------
15th Apr.2004                     11                           294

22nd Feb.2004                     13                           283
17th Feb.2004                      5                           270
16th Feb.2004                      5                           265
15th Feb.2004                     49                           260
03rd Feb.2004                     10                           211

28th Jan.2004                      5                           201
27th Jan.2004                     17                           196
26th Jan.2004                      8                           179
24th Jan.2004                     11                           171
15th Jan.2004                      6                           160
14th Jan.2004                     16                           154
13th Jan.2004                     10                           138
10th Jan.2004                      7                           128
09th Jan.2004                      6                           121
08th Jan.2004                     11                           115
07th Jan.2004                     16                           104

28th Dec.2003                     10                            88
20th Dec.2003                      1                            78
19th Dec.2003                     25                            77
07th Dec.2003                      3                            52
05th Dec.2003                      4                            49
04th Dec.2003                     10                            45
03rd Dec.2003                     12                            35

12th Nov.2003                      4                            23
11th Nov.2003                      8                            19
10th Nov.2003                      9                            11

04th Oct.2003                      2                             2

Daily maximal and minimal temperatures
measured at Kibbutz Reshafim, 2003/2004

temperature chart

 


Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2002/2003

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                      PRECIPITATION                    TOTAL
------------------------------------------------------------------
28th Apr.2003                      3                           606
27th Apr.2003                      8                           603
21st Apr.2003                      8                           595
15th Apr.2003                     10                           587

26th Mar.2003                     24                           577
25th Mar.2003                     26                           553
23rd Mar.2003                      8                           527
20th Mar.2003                     12                           519
19th Mar.2003                     12                           507
13th Mar.2003                     15                           495
07th Mar.2003                      5                           480
04th Mar.2003                      4                           475

27th Feb.2003                      8                           471
26th Feb.2003                     30                           463
25th Feb.2003                     43                           433
23rd Feb.2003                     27                           390
21st Feb.2003                     28                           363
20th Feb.2003                     16                           335
16th Feb.2003                     12                           319
14th Feb.2003                      6                           307
13th Feb.2003                      4                           301
11th Feb.2003                      7                           297
10th Feb.2003                      7                           290
09th Feb.2003                      9                           283
05th Feb.2003                     29                           274

30th Jan.2003                      8                           245
21st Jan.2003                     36                           237
19th Jan.2003                      1                           201
16th Jan.2003                      4                           200
15th Jan.2003                      2                           196
04th Jan.2003                      1                           194
03rd Jan.2003                      8                           193

31st Dec.2002                     15                           185
27th Dec.2002                      2                           170
26th Dec.2002                     10                           168
25th Dec.2002                      7                           158
21st Dec.2002                     13                           151
20th Dec.2002                     15                           138
18th Dec.2002                     48                           123
11th Dec.2002                      7                            75
10th Dec.2002                      6                            68
09th Dec.2002                     24                            62
01st Dec.2002                      8                            38

25th Nov.2002                      5                            30
19th Nov.2002                     19                            25

16th Oct.2002                      6                             6

Daily maximal and minimal temperatures
measured at Kibbutz Reshafim, 2002/2003

temperature chart
There has been some carping concerning the accuracy of the measurements taken with my Made in China Max-Min thermometer. To this I just say: 1500 million Chinese can't be wrong, can they?

 


Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2001/2002

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                      PRECIPITATION                    TOTAL
------------------------------------------------------------------
21st Apr.2002                      7                           336
03rd Apr.2002                     10                           329

31st Mar.2002                      4                           319
29th Mar.2002                      8                           315
27th Mar.2002                      4                           307
26th Mar.2002                     18                           303
22nd Mar.2002                     12                           285
18th Mar.2002                      2                           273

13th Feb.2002                      9                           271
12th Feb.2002                      8                           262
09th Feb.2002                      9                           254

30th Jan.2002                     17                           245
22nd Jan.2002                      4                           228
21st Jan.2002                      9                           224
10th Jan.2002                     19                           215
09th Jan.2002                     16                           196
08th Jan.2002                     35                           180
03rd Jan.2002                      5                           145

20th Dec.2001                     13                           140
15th Dec.2001                     12                           127
07th Dec.2001                      1                           115
06th Dec.2001                     22                           114
05th Dec.2001                     40                            92
01st Dec.2001                     20                            52

27th Nov.2001                      2                            32
26th Nov.2001                      6                            30
22nd Nov.2001                      6                            24
18th Nov.2001                      2                            18
11th Nov.2001                      4                            16
07th Nov.2001                      5                            12

29th Oct.2001                      2                             7
28th Oct.2001                      5                             5

Daily maximal and minimal temperatures
measured at Kibbutz Reshafim, 2001/2002

temperature chart

 


 

Precipitation in the Beit Shean Valley
measured at Reshafim, winter 2000/2001

all measurements in millimetres
DATE                      PRECIPITATION                    TOTAL
------------------------------------------------------------------
03rd May 2001                    3                            270
02nd May 2001                   20                            267

10th Mar.2001                   12                            247

22nd Feb.2001                    3                            235
21st Feb.2001                   10                            232
18th Feb.2001                    6                            222
17th Feb.2001                    3                            216
16th Feb.2001                    2                            213
15th Feb.2001                   10                            211
08th Feb.2001                    7                            201
05th Feb.2001                   15                            194
04th Feb.2001                    4                            179

26th Jan.2001                    5                            175
25th Jan.2001                   22                            170
24th Jan.2001                    5                            148
21st Jan.2001                    6                            143
20th Jan.2001                   12                            137
19th Jan.2001                    5                            125
04th Jan.2001                    3                            120

26th Dec.2000                    1                            117
25th Dec.2000                   10                            116
24th Dec.2000                    2                            106
22nd Dec.2000                    2                            104
21st Dec.2000                   17                            102
20th Dec.2000                    8                             85
15th Dec.2000                    1                             77
14th Dec.2000                    9                             76
13th Dec.2000                   11                             67
12th Dec.2000                   13                             56
09th Dec.2000                    4                             43

26th Oct.2000                   12                             39
25th Oct.2000                   14                             27
24th Oct.2000                   13                             13
21st April 2001: Well, I suppose that's more or less (with the stress on less) it for this season. Another year of drought and the authorities doing bugger-all about it. For the last twenty years experts have been warning us this will happen. But is the waste water reclaimed? Of course not. Have desalination plants been built? Whatever for?
In our own little way, Reshafim is for once a shining beacon: We do reuse our waste water. After processing we irrigate our date palm plantation with it.

 

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