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The weather outlook for Saturday 30 May 2020 (Lockdown Day 65)

Previously Epic Swartberg flying!


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

Day 65 of lockdown… Good morning you sweet bunch of Wild2Fly people! Don’t forget those incredible specials on at most schools – learn to fly at great discounts coming soon! ;) So the LSH dominating with N to NW in the interior and a SE trend along the southern coastal regions. The boundary layer not as high as expected after the passing front so nothing too special in terms of flying on the cards. The west coast is very stable with a low inversion but some convection depth along the southern parts. It does improve somewhat the further east we go. Mostly a blue day but a few spots of Q’s along the southern coastal areas. Winds go NW from 3k then backs to the SW after 10k with a 70kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level looks to be around 13-14k.

CT – Initially SW trend but then the wind-shadow should take over for the afternoon. Nothing strong. Sweet and light with instability up to 2k.

RB – A good direction but perhaps a bit light. Perhaps in a thermal some fun to be had.

PV – A low inversion with WSW trend on the surface but quickly going to the NW above 500/1000’. Great for propeller thingies…

Wilderness – light South initially but going SE. Some climbs around to 1500’ so Serps and Sedge should be great – even if it is a tad SE. Buffs will be great today and maybe maybe Map might have something late afternoon.

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies going to just over 2k….

PE and PA – A super cool and light onshore day with a SW trend mostly. ;)

Inland Mostly stable everywhere with 1-2k AGL convection depth. NW to W winds in general with the Sutherland Escarpment showing 15-20kts. The rest is much lighter winds so it should be great for the propeller thingies. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:25 and setting at 17:29 (Day length is 10 hrs 3 min). Ooohh almost just 10 hrs of day time. But a sunny day on the cards so plenty time to catch up on that vitamin D rays! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))
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
GR - Garden Route
LR – Lapse Rate
LH – Lions Head
SH – Signal Hill
SLP – Sir Lowries Pass
FB – False Bay
RB - Rondebossie
PV – Porterville
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
If I have missed anything let me know.


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