Several times a year southern Israel experiences heavy rain fall. The dry landscape and many dried up “wadis” or riverbeds fill up rapidly during these rainstorms and can become dangerous. As the rainwater gathers in the surrounding mountains and flows over the rocky valley, little of the water is absorbed and instead it collects into a stream which picks up speed as it rapidly drops down the steep cliffs. It could be a hot sunny day and then suddenly a distant rainstorm turns into a disaster on the shores of the Dead Sea. Caution is necessary, never underestimate the power of nature and keep up-dated on current weather conditions when touring in the Dead Sea area.