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The weather outlook for Thursday 13 2020 (Lockdown Day 140)

Garden Route surface winds at 14:00


EC surface winds at 13:00

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CT surface wind at 14:00

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CT LogSKewTgraph for 14:00

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

Day 140 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating the WC weather with a weak ridge nudging in some cooler air over the western parts in the south. Still those very strong SW winds along the southern and especially the eastern parts but it moderates further west as we move towards the centre of the SAH ridge. Instability around everywhere and if the wind is not too strong (in the west) it should be good flying. Plenty of Q’s today too but it starts to dry out deeper inland. Mostly confined to the southern parts of the WC. Winds are W to NW up to 6k where a chance takes place – backing to the SW and then remains SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50-60kts finish. Freezing level around 10-11k.

CT – Looks like a sweet NW wind around 10-15kts with the inversion around 4k. Some clouds around, especially along the mountains. 12 Apostles would be really amazing today I think. Maybe SLP and FH. Watch the wind chance at 4k (NW to SW). Early is better with lighter winds around 10kts here I think.

RB – WWB out playing a lot lately…;)

PV – That W layer with a change at MNT top height – it seems funny stuff here with the forecasts saying it veers more north before a sudden backing to the SW. Hhhmm… I think it will just be West with the upper flow at the inversion changing to the SW. Should be good flying up to 4k… Some Q’s to the south.

Wilderness – Very strong Westerlies this morning with a slow backing to the SW but remaining strong until lunchtime. From lunchtime onwards it should moderate enough for some good coastal flying. There is even a chance of late afternoon flight at Sedge if the winds drop enough.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but stronger so not really happening for you guys today…

PE and PA – Very strong SW on the cards so it does not look like a flying day…

EL – Again the winds too strong today so it does look like some more eating games on the cards! ;)

Inland – Climbs to 5/6k with all westerly winds and SW above that. 10kts average mostly – the trend is increasing to the east and less in the west.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:11 and setting at 17:59 (Day length is 10 hrs and 487 min). Another windy day but late afternoon should be sweet for walking on the beach. Either way, go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C! 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
CATS - Clear Air Turbulence
GR - Garden Route
EL - East London
LR – Lapse Rate
LH – Lions Head
SH – Signal Hill
SLP – Sir Lowries Pass
FB – False Bay
FH - Franschoek
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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