Climate and precipitation regime in the Arava Valley, Israel

Yair Goldreich, Ora Karni

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The Arava Valley is characterized by a most extreme climate. Strong insolation, prominent dryness, high temperatures, and low annual rain of 25-50 mm, compared to high annual rates (3.500 mm) of evaporation, characterize this climate. Despite the high temperature, the central Arava is not free from frost hazards. Unfortunately, the Arava wind speed is not suitable for establishing wind farms. However, this area is suitable for establishing energy towers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalIsrael Journal of Earth Sciences
Issue number2-4
StatePublished - 2001


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