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The weather outlook for Tuesday 27 2020 (Lockdown Day 215)

SA isobars at mid day


WC thermal map 14:00

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WC Cloudbase at 14:00

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climbs rate and shear ratio for WC at 14:00

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Rain mid day

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CT surface winds at 13:00

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GR surface winds at 12:00


EC surface winds at 13:00

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Inland surface winds 15:00

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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 215 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Inland a very active trough running down the centre of the country with CB activity along that line and eastwards. Strong winds out there with NW reaching over 25kts in places. A CF approaching CT with loads of low cloud there today and NW flows… Along the southern coastal areas initially the IOH dominating with strong NE to E winds but quickly being eroded by a low moving up the coast bringing with it SW winds all the way to just shy of PA by end of day. Some low clouds spots around the coast but quickly rising as it hits the land. The SW winds will penetrate inland and strengthen reaching 20kts in many spots by late afternoon. The morning is light and sweet. Winds trend west from 4k upwards and then NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 90kts finish up there. Freezing level around 13-14k.

CT – Loads of low cloud and NW winds. Winds 10-15kts. Some depth in the instability with 3/4k but rising near the mountains. The southern ranges looking a tad strong with some 20kts post at the top but to the north it does moderate and improve.

RB – lol. Too much west in it today I think…

PV – A NW start going west low down but climbs up to 6k doable at the best times – 14:00 or so. So not a bad day out here by the looks of it. 10kts…

Wilderness – Low cloud start to the day but it should clear a bit with some climbs at Sedge doable to 1300’ I think. It is a tad more west up top and from 14:00 onwards a stronger upper west flow setting in making for bumpy conditions from then onwards… Probably too light along the coast. Hhhhmmm… Lets hope the forecast is wrong and it is better than predicted! ;)

Plett – Looking clearer here with Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 3k. Similar increase in winds at TOL. Up to 18kts up there. But could be sweet late morning.

PE and PA – Strong NE winds 20kts which will moderate and then go SW in the west later on. A slight chance of some CB activity inland to the north but probably more to the east…

EL – Strong NE winds all day with CB activity further inland.

Inland – Strong CB activity from Graafies region increasing to the east but clear and good stuff west of that. High base on the Sutherland escarpment. But winds picking up in the afternoon with 20kts plus in many spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:34 and setting at 18:54 (Day length is 13 hrs and 20 min!!) Summer time is here!!). A light wind day with initial low clouds clearing but the cirrus remaining. Perfect for doing anything and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 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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