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Piketberg to Nieuwoudtville yesterday! 186km Well done Shaun Holliday! :))

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The weather and safety outlook for Thursday 7 December 2023.

There is an acronym index at the bottom of the report for those not understanding some of the weather jargon. ;)

7 December 2023

Good morning all you super cool Wild2fly people! Yesterday turned out to be strong even from early on so no flying at Map. I had no news from any of the snorbaard crews of any flying they did either. But while we were blown out and Theunis and Clement were driving back form their epic XC's, Shaun Holiday did a superb one from Piketberg to Nieuwoudtville for a worthy  186km. Mostly blue skies and over 8 hours of flying! Yoh! ;)
Today conditions in the interior are looking a bit better for some long XC flights - the trough is well difined. The only problem is running into OD and CB's towards the later part of the flying... Hhhmm... Here around Wilderness we are having some pre-frontal stuff with strong subsidence in the upper air causing the low level coastal inversion. So things are not looking that exciting. Winds are light southerly with some low clouds over the ocean that might move onto the coast. Perhaps PR might offer something around midday. Sedge and Serps looking soft with climbs to just above TO. Once again the midday time period looking to be the best chance of getting some airtime. ;) Things are looking much better tomorrow. :))
Enjoy the day and as always, especially as we are just 18 days shy of "Christ"mas, dont forget to make a move in getting closer to God, every day! Thats what life is really all about! (Gal 5:13-26) :)

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Cloud base at 14:00 showing the trough line clearly today!! ;)


Wind and isobars for midday. :)


Sedge Spot at 12:00. :)


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Wild2Fly weather report Acronym sheet

IOH – Indian Ocean High Pressure System
SAH – Southern Atlantic High Pressure system
LSH - Lesotho High Pressure System
B/S - Boyancy Shear ration
CB - Charlie Bravo, Aviation term for Thunderstorms
CT – Cape Town
CP – Cape Point
CF - Cold Front
CATS - Clear Air Turbulence
GR - Garden Route
EL - East London
GE - Great Escarpment
LR – Lapse Rate
LH – Lions Head
SH – Signal Hill
SLP – Sir Lowries Pass
FB – False Bay
FH - Franschoek
RB - Rondebossie
PV – Porterville
PB - Picketberg
SB - Swartberg Pass
CP – CarPark
BH – Beach Hotel
WC – Western Cape
PE – Port Elizabeth
PA – Port Alfred
WWB - Wrong Way Bob
W – West
OD - Over development
Q's - Cumulous clouds
SW – South West
WSW – West South West etc
MIT - Metrology
MET - Meteoroly

If I have missed anything let me know.


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