Ramat Hanadiv, a plateau of moderate elevation, climbs and slopes from the east, breaking steeply on the west in a vertical cliff facing the seascape of the Mediterranean.
This physical structure entails certain climate conditions that virtually dictate the weather: strong western winds drive water drops eastward, resulting in up to 15% greater precipitation on the western side of the plateau than on its eastern side. During summertime, these western winds naturally condition the air and produce pleasantly cool weather, especially along the cliffs of Ramat Hanadiv.
On the 16th of December 2001, Ramat Hanadiv entered the meteorological history books after an extraordinary rain event, during which 240 millimetres of rain were measured. This is the greatest amount of rainfall to have been measured in a 24-hour period since documentation of precipitation commenced in Israel (courtesy of the Israeli Meteorological Service).