All of us who have traveled in Israel and the surrounding countries are well-aware of the importance of the winter rains for the well-being of the inhabitants of the area, local agriculture, and the water supply in general.
If you wish to “keep up” on how the Sea/Lake of Galilee (the Kinneret) is doing a “fun” place to go is the Kinneret Bot where the water levels of the lake are reported frequently (especially when it has been raining).
In addition, the Israel Meteorological Service maintains a web page (available in Hebrew and English) where current conditions and weather forecasts are available. In the winter I find myself looking at the home page, the three day forecast, and also at the “Rain Forecast Maps.” I the summer I tend to look at the “Heat Stress” tab under “Observations” (what is the HS at the Kinneret? Masada?@#!).
These two sources may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I have found them interesting and thought some of you might as well.
Many tour/study groups have enjoyed and profited from the view offered above the cliffs of Arbel looking over the Plain of Gennesaret and the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Plain of Gennesaret from the top of the Arbel Cliffs
However, since the Israel Nature and Parks Authority has taken control of the site, groups must enter before 4:00 pm (3:00 in winter; earlier on Shabbat) and this really cramps its availability for groups that are use to arriving in the Sea of Galilee area around 5:00 or 6:00 pm.
For groups arriving to late to visit the Arbel Cliffs a reasonable alternative is a visit and stop in the “Swiss Forest” (Heb. Ya’ar Shvaits). A good paved road runs through this forest and a number of observation platforms have been constructed.
From the Swiss Forest looking down on to Tiberias to the north