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Wild2Fly weather report Acronym sheet


IOH – Indian Ocean High Pressure System
SAH – Southern Atlantic High Pressure system
B/S - Boyancy Shear ration
CB - Charlie Bravo, Aviation term for Thunderstorms
CATS - Clear Air Turbulence
GR - Garden Route
WWB - Wrong Way Bob
CT – Cape Town
CP – Cape Point
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
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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(26 October 2020) Day 214 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A great day of flying on the GR yesterday with coastal soaring in the morning and Sedge delivering the goods from mid-day till late – it was good to see the hangies also flying about! Today the strong IOH pushing in the strong wet SE winds onto the southern parts. Very windy and cloudy conditions with a chance of rain mostly to the east. The first mountains doing their part to block this moisture flow as it clears inland with just the dryer surface winds penetrating up to the Southerland escarpment areas by late afternoon. Pretty windy inland at that time too. A broad band of CB cells from the Graafies area eastwards and northwards along the east of the interior trough – to the west some good bases and good flying. From 6k the winds all trend NW along the southern parts. Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 80kts finish.

CT – The strong SE winds mostly to the south today with a SW curl around the Peninsula and then mainly west to NW winds along the western parts. The inland sites not so good with the SSE east winds dominating here but probably from DuToits and northwards it could start working.

RB – Too much west in it today I think…

PV – Looking great here again with climbs to around 5k and W to NW winds. 10kts average.

Wilderness – A very wet and windy start with strong SE winds on the cards 20kts plus for most of the day. No chance to fly really….

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. Low clouds and wet  stuff and strong SE winds…

PE and PA – Wetish and windy E to NE winds! All day!

EL – As above! lol

Inland – That broad CB activity with perhaps some spreading southward reaching the Oudshoorn SB region. Windy later on with 15-20kts in same spots (See graph) From 6k upwards it is all NW winds…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:35 and setting at 18:53 (Day length is 13 hrs and 18 min!!) Summer time is here!!). A wet and windy start with less rain later but a lot more wind! Find that sheltered spot with hot chocolate or go for a down wind walk on the beach. But go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 





(25 October 2020) 
Day 213 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating as it pushed in the CF onto the WC during the day. A line of CB activity along the Graafies escarpment running east west from west of BW into Lesotho. Some strong winds inland during the day especially in the east with 30kts late afternoon in many spots. Mostly S to SSE wind but it is SW to W in the west and deep interior. Along the southern coast the winds are SW with a Southerly around the Peninsula. Again some strong spots out there exceeding 20kts. The instability varying greatly with the influx of the CF with low base along the southern parts but quickly rising to the north of the mountains. 8/9k along parts of the little Karoo and north of the Southerland escarpment it goes to 14k and more. Winds go west from7k upwards and remain WNW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kts finish in the SW sector. Freezing level lowering from 15k to 13k along the southern parts.

CT – A cloudy start with fresh Southerly winds. The wind=shadow probably settling into action later on as the inversion lowers to 1500ft. Otherwise a windy day for the most part. The moutnains also not that good with the S to SE winds dominating – you have to go north to find those SW winds along the ranges…

RB – Looks like a good day here! Could be working form early to late!

PV – Looking great here to day with climbs over 5k and SW winds at midday. 10kts.

Wilderness – Another low cloud start but it will rise and it should be a sweet flying day at Sedge and Serps. Perhaps there will be enough for a morning coastal stint but from 12 onwards there should be good stuff at the Sedge shop…

Plett – Looking epic today with initial cloud at 2-2.5k but as soon as it clears climbs will go to 4k. Wind will trend southerly and some Q’s shaping up in the afternoon with base around 3500’. Keurbooms also getting in a shot from late moring into lunchtime by the looks of it. Sweet sweet!

PE and PA – Again that fresh SW start to the day which will moderate and back to the S in the afternoon. Initial a few spots maybe touching on 20kts but much less afterwards. Maitlands could be sweet late morning…

EL – Also the SW breezy start and a much later backing to the SSW. Very strong winds inland on the higher grounds with a southerly pushing 30kts in spots. CB activity over the bigger northerly ranges…

Inland – That line of CB activity from east to west along the Graafies escarpment but a spot or two perhaps further south than that. Winds get strong in the afternoon with 30kts in a few spots southerly.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:36 and setting at 18:52 (Day length is 13 hrs and 16 min!!) Summer time is here!!). A drizzly and misty start but lifting for a sweet light wind onshore day - perfect for doing almost everything day. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweetish 9 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 





(24 October 2020) 
Day 212 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Still that active trough inland with CB activity mostly around Tarkastad region and eastwards. High temps inland with high bases and great soaring if you are a lucky one to be out there. For the coastal regions its all rather misty and low cloudy this morning but it does seem to clear quickly as one moves inland. Both west and southern coastal regions affected but base rises to 1500ft and more just a few K’s form the beach in most areas and it does get less as the day progresses. Winds in general are westerly with some southerly components in the southern coastal areas. Again the dominating NW inland and above but late afternoon the southerly penetrating in to just shy of the Southerland escarpment. Not so windy out there so a rather pleasant day. Winds are WNW form 6k all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish. Freezing level around

CT – A foggy start but it should clear for some flying I think. It is however always threatening to fog up with the dew point and ocean surface temps so close to one another. Winds are SW but NNW above the shallow coastal inversion. But inland it warms up quickly and it doesn’t look to shabby at all for flying out on the mountains. W to SW lower down but NW higher up – climbs to 4k mostly. Stay low to make progress to PV ;)

RB –Hhhmmm… Just not enough oomph here today…

PV – Not a bad looking day here with climbs in the south to 5k but less to the north. West winds in general 5-10kts.

Wilderness – Misty start but again it should lift as soon as we move inland. A southerly trend in the wind today – nothing strong predicted with 5kts average and a few stronger bits here and there – mainly thermal driven I think. Sedge and Serps the spots to be with some sweet flying to be had I think – climbs to base around 1-1500’ on the cards. Mid day the best time.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing initial climbs to just over 2k but lowering later on. Winds S to SE. 5-10kts.

PE and PA – A fresh SW start to the day which will moderate and back to the S in the afternoon. Initial a few spots maybe touching on 20kts but much less afterwards. MAitlands could be sweet late morning…

EL – Also the SW breezy start and a much later backing to the south and even a slight SSE.  (again!) NE winds with 20kts plus later on. Looks like Hogsback action not so much into the good stuff with that a tad further north today…

Inland – A light wind start in the little karoo but it will pickup during the day for a 15-20kts finish mostly W to SW winds. The southerland escarpment starts with 15-20kts NW going 25kts later in the day. So a strong day out there… Those CB activity around the Graafies to Tarkastad areas and eastwards…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:37 and setting at 18:51 (Day length is 13 hrs and 14 min!!) Is summer here!!). A misty start but lifting for a sweet light wind onshore day - perfect for doing almost everything day. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another humid sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 





(23 October 2020) 
Day 211 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The trough in the interior has deepend and moved further south – even some CB activity around the Graafies area and southwards by mid afternoon (Note the patchy base hieghts in that area due to the CB activity - see graph). Very high temps in the area with upper thirties in many places – well, except for the winds which have also increased a bit with many 20kts spots around of NW flow out there. But we can dream and those very high cloud bases with some amazing flying to be had in the areas are going to be cool to drool at – watch those CB’s though! ;) Along the coast the IOH is dominating the coastal flows with strong NE winds along the eastern parts reaching all the way almost to Plett during the early morning but the coastal low moving up the coast from Agulhas bringing with it a spurt of SW winds. Low clouds along the southern coastal regions as the cold ocean air flows in under the warmer inland stuff with a strong inversion and even a few fog patches. So coastal flying varied but further inland

CT – A more unstable start with a SW trend with instability to 3/4k but from midday onwards the southerly will under cut that with a strong lower inversion and the typical large wind-shadow setting up along LH and SH area. Some 20kts spots around the Peninsula but it does drop quickly form 1k upwards with a SW to W trend up there. The mountains not looking too bad with climbs up to 4k and W to NW winds but a tad SW later on. Around 10kts I think…

RB –Hhhmmm… IT looks like a teasing day to me but a chance of strong enough stuff moving in for a later afternoon stint. But often Im wrong and it could be good all day… ;)  

PV – From launch to the south it is actually looking good with climbs up to 5k at the best moment – west winds with a SW trend later on. Kardoesie later on climbs lowering to less than 3k…

Wilderness – The coastal low bring in some SW winds but it does seem to be  pulsy in nature – so one and off stuff I think. Probably a coastal start with a chance of Sedge afterwards… The wind is a more West with hight and breezy up there with mid teens in knots. The coastal fog and low cloud could also complicate things a tad… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 2k but if the coastal low cloud doesn’t spoil things it looks like Keurbooms could be great from mid day onwards…

PE and PA – The NE winds dominating here all day but later the SW moving in from the west finishing between PE and PA late afternoon. All the action of course far inland today…

EL – Also (again!) NE winds with 20kts plus later on. The action is all further inland with strong specking out stuff – though a tad stronger wind wise today compared to yesterday – and a chance of some CB activity…

Inland – Light Northerly winds to start with but then the SW will move in form the south during the day getting to just past the SB mountains by late afternoon. NW winds form the Southerland escarpment northwards. Those CB activity around the Graafies/Middelburg and eastwards areas. Base over 13k in most places and winds pretty breezy with 20kts in many spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:38 and setting at 18:50 (Day length is 13 hrs and 12 min!!) Is summer here!!). Another light SE day making it perfect for doing almost everything day. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 





(22 October 2020) 
Day 210 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Still the pattern with the IOH in the east, the SAH to the west and the inland trough – NE winds to the east with a SE trend along the southern coasts, SW up the west coast and the Southerland escarpment and northwards it is NW. The trough and central areas with incredible good flying – base at 18k in a few posts – Hogsback with just shy of 14k today! See map!) For the coastal areas it is very stable with most spots showing an inversion much lower than 1k. So flying a bit frustrating today I think. Blue mostly with a few fog patches around the Overberg coastline. The winds go NNW from 6k upwards finishing W at the Tropopause at 60kts. Freezing level around 14/15k.

CT – Another typical summer pattern with strong inversion at 1k, winds up to 20kts in spots but dropping from the inversion upwards with a N flow above. So a good wind-shadow day form the looks of it. A bit too inverted along the mountains today too…

RB –This might be a good day for some fun especially late afternoon I think…

PV – Again the inversion is low – below the mountain tops. SW lower but NNW above. Not a good day…

Wilderness – Another light SE day with a strong er and lower inversion. Sedge might offer something around mid day but it will be just above TO and moderate in climbs. The coast looks very light to me…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with inversion at Uppies around 1500ft. SE winds up to 10kts but less in the bay…

PE and PA – A lighter start  but still those NE winds with the afternoon producing those 20kts spots along the coast.

EL – Also NE winds with 20kts plus later on. Go far inland to Hogsback today… Looks like specking out conditions to me! ;)

Inland – In the east it is east flows before the NW big air is encountered. Looks big convergence around the Hogsback area (see graph) But light NE to N for the little Karoo and then NW north of the Southerland escarpment. Strong in the north with the little Karoo fairly light with 5-10kts mostly. Climbs varying with a few spots going to 10k…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:39 and setting at 18:49 (Day length is 13 hrs and 10 min!!) Is summer here!!). Another light SE day making it perfect for doing almost everything day. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 




(21 October 2020) 
Day 209 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Some good flying yesterday along the western mountains and also along the Wilderness ocean cliffs. Today a much lighter day and lower inversion so nothing as exciting on the cards from most places – the exception the interior of the EC where soe high climbs and light winds can deliver some good flying. A weak IOH and SAH on either side of the country with two inland troughs dominating the weather. *(See the graphs). Winds are generally easterly with a more southerly trend around the Peninsula and up the west coast where some parts will have the SW flow up there but just inland it seems to be strong East. The winds go West again form 10k upwards for a 30-50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level at 13k.

CT – A strong inversion around 1k with a southerly below that – up to 15kts perhaps along the shore fronts but a good wind-shadow day it seems. The wind goes west and is lighter from 1k up wards. The inversion inland not helping any flying today…

RB –Too light it seems for a maybe late late afternoon…

PV – The winds are SW but trending south later on. Perhaps not the est day with climbs to 3500’4k.

Wilderness – A light SE day with a maybe maybe lightly soarable Map from mid day to mid afternoon. Sedge could offer something thermic wise from 11 till 13:00 I think with enough south in it before it goes to east. Buffs will cook. Maybe Gerrickes could be doable with a bench-up too… :))

Plett – SE flow with climbs at Uppies to 2k initially but then to perhaps just above 1500’. Around 10kts…

PE and PA – The strong NE winds around here all day… 10-15kts with a few spots reaching 20kts later afternoon.

EL – Also NE winds with 15-20kts later on. But inland it drops quickly and can be very good with Hogsback showing up to 10k climbs. There are some clouds to the east which will make their way westward reaching PA late afternoon…

Inland – All east flows even north of Southerland but from here it will start to back to the NE and then N. 10kts average with climbs to 11k along the escarpment. No clouds expected. Its E to NE just north of the southern mountains near the coast. Could be a sweet late afternoon powered thingy day… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:40 and setting at 18:48 (Day length is 13 hrs and 8 min!!) Is summer here!!). A light SE day making it perfect for doing almost everything day. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another mild 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

   

  

 

 

 

 

 




(20 October 2020) 
Day 208 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some sweet flying yesterday at Sedge and around the CT Peninsula. Today looking like more of the same though some big changes underfoot – the SAH dominating our weather today with its more westerly centre pushing the SW winds deep into the interior while the CF passed by us during the night now moving up into KZN. The interior trough and heat wave being displaced and so too all that great record flying weather. But we seem to be having it a bit better in the WC with sweet W to SW winds trending more south later in the day – including the interior. Strong spots in the east but lighter in the west. Sweet Q’s in the southern parts but quickly drying out north of the first ranges. Climbs 2/3k near the coast and 4/6k at the first mountains. The EC having their own mix with some good looking Q’s inland (See Cloud map). The winds remain SW all the way to 14k where a veering takes place to the W for a 100hts WNW finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 9/10k.

CT – Another good day on the cards with westerly winds in general. Some SW spots around LH and SH corners – 5-10kts with some 15k spots. Instability still around with base around 3/4k along the Peninsula but higher on the main mountains. Another day to go from SLP to PV and beyond! ;)

RB –Too west here all day or if the south comes through it might be too light…

PV – Another good day with 5-10kts of W winds trending more SW later in the day. Climbs to just shy of 5k…Q’s in the far south…

Wilderness – A strong SW start with the coastal cliffs flyable until mid day when it will moderate and the it looks like Sedge might be awesome for the afternoon – especially late afternoon with sweet climbs to 2500/3k! So something to look forward to. :))

Plett – Looking a bit strong and too much west early on but late afternoon from 15:00 onwards it looks like Keurbooms will be good and maybe even Uppies.

PE and PA – The strong SW winds dominating all day… 20-25kts. A tad of moderating in the west late in the day.

EL – The SW 20-30kts dominating here all day. It moderates inland and backs to the south with some good flying deeper inland before the wind gets too strong.

Inland – A SW breezy start but it does moderate a tad and backs to the S in most spots. Probably just too strong for the likes of SB and areas… 9/10k climbs north of the SB and Graafies with SW to S winds and climbs to 9k – towards Middelburg there are some Q’s and higher base. Could be good out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:42 and setting at 18:48 (Day length is 13 hrs and 6 min!!) Is summer here!!). A strong W to SW start moderating into the afternoon. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another mild 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 




(19 October 2020) 
Day 207 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Still that SAH dominating in the west while the inland trough is as good as it gets and the east has the NE winds form the IOH. The GR areas seemingly in the col between these three systems for another light wind day. Winds are SW to S along the southern parts then trending west to WNW further north. The exception is the far eastern coastal areas with the IOH pushing that warm air and NE winds along those eastern parts. Even CB activity out there but hardly anything for the WC on the cards. Some sweet looking Q’s around along the southern and western parts, slowly drying out further north. Good thermals to 1-2k along the southern coastal parts, rising quickly to 4/5k near the mountains and more further inland. The western parts looking exceptionally good with great flying to be had along the mountains from SLP to PV – perhaps picking up a tad on the strong side later in the day. The winds trending west to WNW with hight all the way to the Tropopause for a 130kts finish. Freezing level around 12k.

CT – A sweet unstable day with instability to 4k around TM a general SW trend with 15kts along the shore at times. Inland along the mountains should also be great with a SW trend and good climbs and hights.

RB –Too west here all day…

PV – A great day here with climbs to just shy of 5k and W to SW winds 5-10kts. Q’s in the far south…

Wilderness – Another light S day with sweet climbs along those coastal thermic sites. Sedge and Serps should deliver the goods. The coast also a maybe but possibly a tad on the light side. Further inland it gets so much better!

Plett – Another good day for Plett with Uppies showing climbs to around 3500’ around lunchtime with S winds trending SW with height around 5- 10kts. Even Keurbooms perhaps a tad light. ;)

PE and PA – A east to NE day here with spots reaching 15kts. Late afternoon the SW will start moving from the west. It gets really strong inland mid afternoon with 20kts spots around…

EL – The NE winds dominating here all day with 20kts and even more expected all day…It moderates a bit inland where it will veer quickly to the W as we strike that inland airmass… But that looks too strong to fly in.

Inland – A W to SW flow inland with some strong spots at 20kts plus, especially late in the afternoon. Climbs to 10k and just over along the higher mountains and Southerland Escarpment. So perhaps a too strong day to fly… That record breaking stuff in the trough much further north – north of Kimberley areas… (Again it is 15k plus base!)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:43 and setting at 18:47 (Day length is 13 hrs and 4 min!!) Is summer here!!). A light S to SW windy with some high clouds slowing down the sun. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another mild 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 




(18 October 2020) 
Day 206 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating the WC weather with that strong inland trough continuing to bring that heat wave and record soaring conditions for those that dare. ;) North of Kimberley and Uppington climbs to 14-18k doable in that broad band of epic thermic soaring trough. Temps in the upper 30s Celsius and even touching on 40 in a few spots. Back home we are spoilt by the cool air brought in from the ocean with more temperate temps – from 20 near the coast to 28 on the other side of the mountains. And so too it reflects the flying conditions with 1-2k inversion near the ocean but quickly going to 4-7k just before and otherside of the mountains. Some Q’s along the coast and coastal plains but it dries out to the north between the first and second mountains. And of course then those high Q’s within the centre of the trough but those are far north. Winds are S to SW along the southern parts but NW north of the Southerland escarpment. The wind goes NW from 6k upwards with a 110kt finish at the Tropopause over the southern coastal areas. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – Loads of cloud around and even soe fog patches along the coast. IT should clear partially for some flying with that S to SW winds around LH and SH – up to 15kts along the shore at times. But its pretty unstable so could be good… Maybe along the moutnains by DuTOits and FH it could work with enough West in it there… Hermanus also a maybe at mid day with enough south in it…

RB –It’s a maybe here for late afternoon as the southerly finds it way here with maybe enough oomph for the hangies to stay up. ;)

PV – Not looking bad with climbs to around 4k and W to SW winds… 5-10kts.

Wilderness – It looks similar to yesterday with the coast probably more flyable in the morning than later. And Sedge should be good from around 11 to around 15:00 from the looks of things. Partly cloudy day. Looking great further back near the mountains though…

Plett – This looks to be the place to be with Uppies showing climbs to just over 4k around lunchtime with SSW winds 10kts. Even Keurbooms is looking good at mid day /lunchtime. ;)

PE and PA – The SW dominant here with upper teens mostly. Maitlands possible. ;)

EL – The SW breezy here with 20kts all day… Some inland flying to be had with a SW to S trend here but then on the further higher grounds the hot temps and strong stuff happen …

Inland – Again mostly SW in the southern interior going West then NW further north. That record breaking stuff north of the great escarpment. Lower climbs to the south of that with up to 10k on the higher grounds. (But north it is 15k plus!)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:44 and setting at 18:46 (Day length is 13 hrs and 2 min!!) Is summer here!!). A SW windy start but moderating with some low clouds moving in from the ocean. Still no excuse to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a mild 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(17 October 2020) 
Day 205 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating in conjunction with a large inland trough with super high temps and record breaking flying weather far inland. (See graph and base!) IF you could get out there to break that record.. Locally the winds are all SW along the southern coastal areas but NE in the far east from the IOH. There is some low cloud along the coast which will complicate things for flying but probably some good air in between. Instability around 1-2k near the coast and rising further inland. Winds are W to SW inland near the coast but then veers to the west from around the great escarpment regions. (That’s when we move into that record breaking air!) ;) Winds remain westerly all the way to the Tropopause for a 90kts finish up there.

CT – The inversion around 2k with westerly trend above that. Surface winds around S to SW. It will probably trend more SW at LH and SH up to 15kts along the shore. Might have some lower cloud move in but only a maybe. So could be good…

RB –Still remaining too west here all day by the looks of it.

PV – Another not bad day with west to SW winds and later climbs to just over 4k. Maybe a tad more to the north. Around 10kts.

Wilderness – A possible early morning coast flying day otherwise it looks like it is going to be a Sedge and Serps day. Some low clouds moving in form the sea later on. But Sedge should keep working I think. Just over 10kts on the cards but maybe a few spots with a bit more. A sheltered bubble shaping up in the Wilderness to PR corner from the looks of things.

Plett – Looking good here today with less cloud but a tad stronger wind. Uppies with climbs to just shy of 3k and SW winds going SSW. Around 10kts but more earlier on. Keurbooms could also be good pending on the low cloud as it moderates and backs more SSW around mid day.

PE and PA – IT is strong SW moderating to the east going NE just short of EL.

EL – The NE winds will gradually weaken and back to the S and then SW as the SW starts to move to the east during the day…

Inland – Mostly SW in the southern interior going West further north. That record breaking stuff north of the great escarpment. Lower climbs to the south of that with up to 10k on the higher grounds. (But north it is 15k plus!)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:45 and setting at 18:45 (Day length is 13 hrs!!) Is summer here!!?). A SW windy start but moderating with some low clouds moving in from the ocean. Still no excuse to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 




(16 October 2020) 
Day 204 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! What an interesting days of flying at Sedgefield and the coast yesterday – the wind playing ping pong it seemed with pulses coming through varying from too strong to fly to nothing in between! But amazing flying was had none the less – pic from Kirsten! Today the IOH dominating with the usual easterly flow of air along the southern coasts but the East escapes past CP unable to make that quick turn towards CT so CT and west coast with a W to NW flow today. Far inland a trough with some amazing flying but it is north of Kimberley Pofadder area. (Check out the cloud street lines near the Nam border – it is very hot out there!) Drooling flying stuff hey! ;) Closer to home its kind of a normal pattern with east flows in the east that backs to the NE inland of the GR but it is NW north of the Southerland Escarpment. Few clouds except for some of the southern coastal areas (even a bit of rain in the EC coast) and then in the very far north. Winds are NW from 6/7k upwards then west from 10k all the way to the Tropopause for a 80/90kts finish up there. Freezing level very high at 14/15k.  

CT – Looks great with the NW to SW winds around the SH and LH areas. Maybe even in the mountains thought the wind is in the mid teens in knots out there so might be a tad strong. Early climbs to 5k on the cards there but lowering later on.

RB –It stay too west here all day by the looks of it.

PV – Not a bad day again with lunchtime climbs to just shy of 5k I think. Westerly with a slight more WSW finish. Around 10kts.

Wilderness – I picked up a strong flow between 5-700ft around 20-25kts with the winds much lighter low down and again dropping from above that mini jet” for lack of a better word. This might give us another one of those days where the wind seems strong but we don’t get that high! ;) Lets hope this is wrong and we get good flying . Hehe… Probably blown out after lunch but maybe even earlier… Sedge and Serps too strong and Buffs could have something early before blowing out.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – Uppies showing climbs to 1500ft and some sheltering in the bay from the wind in the morning – but its blowing just above!

PE and PA – That E to NE winds really doing its thing! 20-30kts!

EL – As above! 30kts plus! Chace of light rain along the coast this moring but clearing fromt he west. Far inland it is east 10-15kts with climbs to 5k perhaps. ;)

Inland – So that flow quite complex with east in the east, NW in the far north and NE inland of the GR but then west further west from there. All around 10-15kts. It all goes NW from 6/7k upwards trending west. Looks like a mixed day of flying with bumpy conditions probably for most of the day… Lol.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:47 and setting at 18:44 (Day length is 12 hrs and 58 min – almost that 13 hours of daylight time with just 11 for the night! Roll on summer!). A light wind and sunny start but then a quick pickup of the wind for a windy mid day and afternoon. Still no excuse to go get high on life! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(15 October 2020) 
Day 203 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating with a trough along the NW/SE axis inland. Some good soaring conditions along the trough with good hights to be had – 13/14k. Some streeting possible though not much cloud around. Closer to home the winds are Southerly in general with SE to the west and SW in the East. IT gets breezy inland in the afternoon with many spots showing 20kts plus winds all the way to the Southerland escarpment and then it is W to NW winds also breezy with 15-20kts out to the north. Some low clouds moving in from the south along the southern coastal areas as another CF is pushed in towards the WC – it should reach us during this evening. Winds go West from 10k and remain west all the way to the Tropopause for a 80kts finish. Freezing level at 13/14k.

CT – Another day of strong SE wind with an inversion around 2k. IT does moderate above that so there is a chance of a wind-shadow shaping up though it seems not a clear cut one. 20kt plus winds out there today…

RB – It could be a great day here just about all day long! ;)

PV – I think a good day possible with climbs to 5500’ on the cards with SW winds all the way up there. It does trend a tad more southerly later on in the south but at Kardoesie it looks great – winds 5-10kts start but mid teens late afternoon.

Wilderness – A SSW day with some sweet instability around with climbs starting off at 1000’ then getting better after lunch form the looks of things. Some cloud moving in with 1500ft base. It could be a great day of flying I think. Perhaps a tad light on the coast. But Serps and Sedge should be good.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the SSW winds 5-10kts. Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 3k. Keurbooms looking good around lunchtime too.

PE and PA – A SW start with 20kts spots but then moderating around PE spreading to PA later in the afternoon.

EL – Also that SW winds but remaining breezy here all day… Hogsback region showing 20kts later in the afternoon moving in from the coast. ;)

Inland – The SW moving in from the coast all the way to the Escarpment with 20kts plus in places. North of there it is W to NW winds with 10-15kts starts and finishing later with 20kts in some spots. A blue day mostly and perhaps even in the cloudless sky a chance to go some distance if you connect with one of those “streets”. Lol.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:48 and setting at 18:43 (Day length is 12 hrs and 56 min – the sun really stretching its legs now - roll on summer!). A light wind and sunny start with a few low clouds moving in this afternoon – still perfect for doing anything today! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(14 October 2020) 
Day 202 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! After a windy start the afternoon turned out great with lovely flying at the CarPark yesterday. Today the IOH dominating with an easterly flow – SE along the southern coastal areas and part ways inland were it will trend more east to NE and then N to NW around the great escarpments. No clouds expected except for the eastern coastal areas. Instability around 1-2k near the coasts and 4/5k AGL north of the mountains. The EC being better with some areas showing up to 9/10k climbs (Hogsback looking great today!) The winds will pickup over 20kts later in the day in a few spots along the Southern coastal areas and also inland as the sea breeze moves inland. The wind goes NW from 6k upwards then west to SW at the Tropopause for a 60kts finish.

CT – A shallow SE flow with NW trend above that (1/2k AGL) A good Wind-shadow day on the cards all day. Probably a SW trend at SH and LH. Some west trend along the mountains up to 4500 then it goes more NW. SO maybe some flying to be had out there too….

RB – The right direction but it doesnt look like the strong stuff reach RB today. Frustrating close… But maybe I could be wrong! ;)

PV – A frustrating day here I think with the lower SW up to near Mnt top height and the NE winds from there upwards. So could be a tad bumpy… ;) Climbs to 4k maybe…

Wilderness – A SE wind day with it being soarable from around 10 onwards I think. A chance of it being blow out later in the afternoon but it could hold all day here. Too stron SE from early for Sedge to work and Serps a maybe – down wind dash for Map is on around 10/11 I think for those that want a bit more excitement. ;) Buffs will be on in the morning before blowing out too…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the SE on from early at Uppies – low teens in knots with climbs to 2k initially then down to 1500.

PE and PA – A SW start but then it backs to the S and SE from late morning with a SE to E trend all day. Some spots reaching 20kts in the late afternoon.

EL – Same as above near the coast but inland some good air around – notably the Hogsback region with climbs to 9/10k on the cards and relatively light wind up there too… ;)

Inland – The winds are all around the 5-10kts SE to NE even during the morning but after lunch the more southerly spots picking up to 20kts SE. North of the Southerland Escarpment the winds are NW. Some good climbs expected out there especially in the eastern parts.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:49 and setting at 18:43 (Day length is 12 hrs and 54 min – the sun really stretching its legs now - roll on summer!). A light wind start but the SE picking up during the day for a more windy finish – still perfect for doing anything today! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(13 October 2020) 
Day 201 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A CF moving past during the night while the SAH is pushing in strong cold air from the SW onto the entire WC. Some light rain this morning and clouds which will clear during the day. Few clouds by this afternoon except in parts of the southern coastal areas and along the eastern escarpment regions (Graafies areas). Instability around 4/5k AGL inland and 1-3k along the coastal plains. Most areas too strong to fly but the GR showing an afternoon window of lighter winds. The winds remain SW all the way to the Tropopause for a WSW finish of 100kts up there. Freezing level around 12k.

CT – A strong S to SE flow with inversion around 2k. A slight wind-shadow on the cards today but I don’t think it will be enough to fly safely. The mountains also too much south in the wind and upper teens in knots so the strength also just a tad too much. (CT with 20ks in many spots)

RB – I think it could be a good day here. Start from early before it gets too bumpy… ;)

PV – Hhhmmm… Upper teens in knots and very South in direction. Best to drink coffee and weather watch… ;)

Wilderness – Strong WSW start with 20kts plus at times but it does show that it will moderate and should be flyable from around mid day onwards. If it moderates enough then even Sedge should be super great late afternoon. Otherwise it is all coastal soaring with the Hotel and PR being the places to be.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with more winds and it remains strong till later in the day. It does look like it just could be a great finish with both Keurbooms and Uppies being flyable from around 16:00 onwards…

PE and PA – The SW just blowing here all day…

EL – Same as above… Eish… ;)

Inland – The SW winds all the way to the Southerland Escarpment where it becomes more Westerly. That CF air still only around 4/5k in instability depth so not much to write home about from a flying point of view. Winds in the mid to upper teens in strength.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:50 and setting at 18:42 (Day length is 12 hrs and 48 min – love the sunrise before 6 now! Roll on summer!). A windy start but it could be a great ending to the day – still perfect for doing anything today! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(12 October 2020) 
Day 200 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating on the west and the IOH dominating in the east. A blue cloudless day form the looks of it with the WNW trend dominating with the exceptions along the coastal areas. Strong NE in the east with a SW presence in the west. The coastal areas a tad on the stable side with a low inversion but just a tad inland it quickly disperses with some sweet spring thermals despite the blue skies. (Oh some high cirrus around to dampen things out a bit) ;) 10-15kts in most areas but a few reaching 20 here and there. The EC showing some really good flying – Hogsback looking really good with climbs to 8/9k and winds around 10-15kts. The WNW winds remaining all the way to around 14k where it backs to the SW with a 70kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 13/14k.

CT – A light moderate NW start trending slightly to the SW. 12 Apostles beckoning but a strong gradient with 20kts up near TM top so be careful. Perhaps more a hangie day up there… SLP and FH also looking doable but for the chance of strong winds – especially later on.

RB – WWB is out! ;)

PV – A NW day with climbs to 4k. It doesnt look too bad with winds 10kts or just over.

Wilderness – A light wind day with stable conditions – weak climbs at Sedge and Serps on the cards. A S to SE trend in the wind. Too light for Map I think. Maybe maybe Buffs could offer something…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness, SSE winds up to 10kts with Uppies showing climbs to 1500’…

PE and PA – E to ENE winds here increasing in the afternoon to 20kts…

EL – 20kts NE winds along the coast but not too bad inland with Hogsback showing WNW winds and climbs to 9k…. ;)

Inland – WNW winds everywhere around 10-15kts. Thermic activity up to the inversion 5/6k along the first Mountains and then up to 8/9k past SW and Southerland. A good propeller thingy day I think…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:52 and setting at 18:41 (Day length is 12 hrs and 50 min – love the sunrise before 6 now! Role on summer!). A sweet sunny day - perfect for doing anything today! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a warmish 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(11 October 2020) 
Day 199 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating today with a SE flow over the entire WC. Still some moisture and rain along the eastern coastal areas with the Q’s limited to the eastern parts of the WC. Pretty windy along the GR and southern Overberg regions. As the wind reaches CP it curls around with a more southerly to SW direction up the west coast but this flow is shallow with the predominant flow SE from 3k upwards. High climbs on the west with the inversion around 4-7k. The southern coastal regions much less with base 2-4 but rising quickly near the mountains. 10-15kts inland SE remaining SE all the way past 10k where it does a veering to the South and then SW to the Tropopause for a 60kt finish up there. Freezing level down at 6k in the east but 10k over CT.

CT – A deep SE flow 15-20kts making way to the SW. It actually looks like a sweet day of flying along LH and SH today. The mountains a bit too much SE…

RB – A soft day here as most of the wind heading past way to the south…

PV – Perhaps a PB start but there is a lower SW coming through at mid day. PV probably a tad too much from the south with the upper SE trend. But some good climbs doable at the best times – 7k? 10-15kts but strong early…

Wilderness – It is looking like a cool SE day with Map the place to be. IT should be flyable from early into mid day but then quickly becoming too strong I think.:)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness, strong SE winds so Uppies very cross from the left.

PE and PA – The winds still SE but lighter here with 10-15kts on the cards. From PA and eastwards a chance of rain on the cards…

EL – SE winds with lower clouds and chance of rain inland.

Inland – SE winds everywhere with low deep clouds in the east but clearing to the west. IT is looking good at GR as the clouds should be opening here with sweet looking Q’. 7k climbs here and along the SB ranges with Southerland going to 8/9k but no clouds here…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:53 and setting at 18:40 (Day length is 12 hrs and 47 min – sunshine starting to accelerate at 2min a day! Role on summer!). A light wind start but windy later in the day. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(10 October 2020) 
Day 198 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Some awesome rain falls yesterday with over flowing dams! There are some inland high lying areas that had a light sprinkling of snow! The CF moving up towards Maputo while the SAH is pushing in cool and moist air onto the entire WC. Mostly a SE trend except for the eastern parts where it is still SW. Some rain along the southern coastal areas and some way inland but it will clear from the west. (I noticed an incredible sea breeze convergence line running up the west coast – you could go over 500k’s in that one today! ?) The SE winds penetrating far inland. It’s a very deep system with winds SE all the way to 10k where it veers to the SW and then eventually to the west for a 50kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 5500’.

CT – Strong SE winds with 20-30kts. Clouds are high with base around 4k. IT is a deep SE system so not much luck with a wind-shadow.

RB – Again a great direction but go early before the strong stuff!

PV – It is over the back here so it is a great great Picketberg day. High base at 7k! And around 10-15kts winds…

Wilderness – Winds trend SE picking up to around 5kts. Map should be excellent with a slight chance of it becoming too strong. Still a chance of some rain but some good clear spell in between I think so a good chance of some flying happening. :)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness, SE winds around 15kts and rain on and off…

PE and PA – Stronger winds with a SW start but then backing to the S and even SE in the west later on. Probably a greater chance of rain here…

EL – SW strong and rain…. ;)

Inland – It looks like SE winds everywhere with low cloud in many spots. Strong winds over the higher grounds. Probably not the best flying day out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:54 and setting at 18:39 (Day length is 12 hrs and 45 min – love the sunrise before 6 now! Role on summer!). A windy, rainy day so perfect for those indoor escapes! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a chilly 13 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(9 October 2020) 
Day 197 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A fantastic day at Sedge yesterday for the lucky few that made the trip! ;) Today the CF driven in by the SAH dominating the weather today. Strong winds from the S with some SW trends in the east and perhaps SE in the west. Lots of rain on the cards with low base in the south around 2k and tops between 10/14k. It does rise further inland with 4/6k by the SB mountains and then up to 10k from the Southerland escarpment and further north. There is a chance of some CB activity inland to the east of the great escarpment. Winds are all southerly but from 10k upwards it backs to the NW remaining NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 120kts finish up there. Freezing level at 5500/6500 in the far SSW.

CT –  A good morning for ran. Southerly winds around 20kts so a breezy wet day. The base does rise to around 3k later on but still high tops so chance of rain remaining.

RB – Good direction but the rain probably not allowing you guys to play. ;)

PV – Low base start with rain but it does rise to 3/4k late afternoon but so too the S to SSE winds…

Wilderness – Winds are SW to W and later more SSW. Low clouds with rain increasing at mid day I think. Some strong spots but if you are desperate you could hang out at the CP for aa short stint of play on the dunes. (Personally I choose the hot chocolate thing!) ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness today….

PE and PA – A chance of CB perhaps though it looks to be more to the east. Sunny spots on occasion. Looks quite gusty with all the rain around so not really flying weather. The winds west going SW later with rain moving in late afternoon.

EL – CB activity this morning with a partial clearing later today but then the frontal rain settling in this evening. Some sunny spots but also that varying winds so not the best day for flying.;)

Inland – A strong S to SW wind day with over 20kts on the higher grounds. Some rain cells reaching all the way north to the Southerland escarpment. Good for the farmers but not a good flying day. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:55 and setting at 18:39 (Day length is 12 hrs and 43 min – love the sunrise before 6 now! Role on summer!). A windy, rainy day so perfect for those indoor escapes! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool rainy 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(8 October 2020) 
Day 196 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH starting to push in that CF onto the WC – making landfall by late afternoon on the Peninsula with a few prefrontal sprinkles of rain along the southern coastal areas. The inland trough also more active with much more cloud development over the northern central Karoo and even some CB activity along the great escarpment (Southerland – BW). Winds are SW along the southern and western coastal regions but NW in the far north along the Southerland escarpment. Some breezy bits around CT especially later on when the front moves in with S winds exceeding 20kts. For the rest of the areas its around 10kts. Winds go NW from 4/5k upwards remaining NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 120kts finish up there. Freezing level up at 12k but it will lower to 8500’ early evening in the SW corner of the WC.

CT –  A great start to the day with high base and a SW wind trend. IT looks like a great day of flying around LH and SH but in the afternoon the base will drop to around 2k as the front moves closer. The mountains probably a tad on the stronger side but otherwise initially very good with good climbs and high bases (some spots perhaps at 6k)

RB – Another late afternoon day will be possible…. ;)

PV – A SW start with climbs to 4k initially but a sweet burst of good air preceding the front with the late afternoon finishing with a even higher climbs to 5/6k base and SW winds.

Wilderness – Still those low clouds hanging around along the ocean with a light SSW flow pattern. It might get soarable along the ocean cliffs but it seems a tad light at the moment. Sedge will start strong and should be flyable from early (from 10:30 onwards) and then a mellowing out from 13:30/14:00 onwards as the clouds will start to lower and the sun disappear. Maybe the base will lower earlier already making the flying window smaller. Serpentine should also be very good. :) Rain most probably from the afternoon – perhaps more towards the mountains. (Lets hope!) ;)

Plett – Uppies with initial climbs to 3800ft but then mid day sees the clouds lowering and climbs dropping to just 2k by 14:00. A bit light for Keurbooms I think.

PE and PA – A light SW trend all day long with some spots showing p to 15kts.

EL – Still that SW coastal flow but further inland at Hogsback very high climbs to 11000’. The wind is a tad strong with 20kts plus out there. ;)

Inland – Another cracking day on the cards with higher temps and high climbs. The escarpment going to 13k plus in spots. Some very high Q’s around in many areas however, the wind is starting to increase as the front is nudging closer. Probably a good day for the hangies more than the PG (Or sailplanes!) ;) The SB ranges showing base at 8/9k but then rain moving in from the south along the southern mountains ranges from late evening.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:57 and setting at 18:38 (Day length is 12 hrs and 41 min – we have broken the 5 o clock barrier! Role on summer!). A sweet light wind day with cool air becoming more cloudy from mid day onwads. Perfect to do everything! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature and another 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(7 October 2020) 
Day 195 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Well, looks like that “inbetween” the IOH and SAH/CF driven systems remaining parked over the WC areas. The coastal areas still having loads of low cloud and even some fog in places with a partial clearing during the day. Clouds mostly confined to the southern areas south of the mountains. The exceptions are the inland regions which are dominated by an inland trough with some exceptional soaring conditions around. Very few clouds out there, mostly indicating the convergence regions with high bases around the 13/14k level. What is sweet is that the winds are not that strong with mostly around the mid teens – so very flyable out there. NW far inland with the SW to S closer to the coast. The NE dominating along the eastern coastal areas. Also some amazing stuff around the EC at the Hogsback area. Winds go NW from 5k and remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 40kts finish up there. Freezing level up to 13-14k.

CT –  Another typical SE wind summer pattern from the looks of it. Clouds round the eastern and southern parts mostly with tops at TM hight – winds at the top are more westerly maybe a few fog patches on the western parts. Strong inversion/isotherm around 1-2k with the winds going west this time above the 1-2k inversion. Some strong SE around at 20kts near the surface. Loads of low cloud to the SE around Hermanus areas though…

RB – It could be a good early morning session but it gets blown out later in the afternoon… ;)

PV – Again a SW day with a slight more West in it further north (at Kardoesie) Its not looking too bad here with climbs just shy of 4k and west winds. PV slightly less…

Wilderness – We still have that low cloud marine air around but not so bad that we cant fly I think! ;) A foggy start but it should clear once again similar to yesterday – with climbs to around 1000’ on the cards. The ocean cliffs lightish again with a maybe maybe soarable spurt now and then.

Plett – Uppies with a nice S to SW wind and climbs to 2500ft. Also some clouds moving in later in the afternoon.

PE and PA – SW start but again trending S to SE. 5-10kts mostly. It is NE to the east near PA.

EL – NE dominating along the coast. The place to be is inland at Hogsback! ;)

Inland – A cracking day on the cards with higher temps and high climbs. The escarpment going to 13k plus in spots. Some very high Q’s in some spots too. NW winds 10-15/8knts. Def a day to fly out there I think. ;) Hogsback looking amazing too…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:58 and setting at 18:37 (Day length is 12 hrs and 39 min – we have broken the 5 o clock barrier! Role on summer!). A sweet light wind day with coolish becoming cloudy conditions. Perfect to do everything! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(6 October 2020) Day 194 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Some amazing flying around lately with Pieter DeBeer managing a respectful 55km from DuTOits farm site yesterday. But also WJ who got to 2300m in the PV valley with an amazing flight almost completing a large triangle out there. (See the pic) A SAH shaping up to the west of the country slowing down the approaching CF. The IOH still dominating to the east bringing us that moisture laden air along the eastern and southern coastal regions. Instability still sweet but very good in the east and further inland but slightly less energy around in the southern parts compared to yesterday. A slightly more complex airflow around too with a few wind direction changes around 7k and upwards – it can cause some CAT’s at those levels (If you climb high it could get bumpy up there) ;) A general S to SE flow all the way from the coast inland to past the Southerland Escarpment. Late afternoon picking up to 15kts in a few spots. The wind ends at 30/40kts SSW at the Tropopause today. Freezing level up to 15k.

CT –  A typical SE wind summer pattern from the looks of it. Strong inversion/isotherm around 1-2k with the winds going more east and dropping in strength up there. So a good wind-shadow on the cards with probably a SW trend in the flow in this area. The mountains with too much SSE in it today…

RB – It could happen mid/late afternoon today…. ;)

PV – A SW low down but it trend veery southerly at launch and even SE. Climbs to just shy of 4k. Perhaps not the best in terms of wind direction…

Wilderness – Still some low cloud around but I think it should clear quite a bit with lovely flying at Sedge and Serps. Maybe something in it along the PR coastal cliffs with the Southerly trend (or even CP but I think it might be too light here) Still some very low clouds over the ocean that can creep in now and then but probably dissipate as it moves inland.

Plett – Uppies a tad more SE today around 5-10kts and climbs to 2500’. A few Q’s around by the looks of things in the area. Frustrating direction on the coast and light.

PE and PA – SW start but quickly trending S to SE. 5-10kts mostly.

EL – SE with a NE trend in the far north. Inland it is excellent flying here with sweet Q’s and high base at Hogsback. Light east winds that go W near base.

Inland – It looks like another good day inland but with less clouds. Still some good stuff along the Southern ranges with winds SSE on the surface and higher up backing to the NW and then to the SW again. But there should still be some great flying to be had in the areas you can find a launch facing the wind (more or less) ;) Base around Sutherland around 10/11k. But just over 6k north of the Outenikwas – 4k along the southern parts…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:59 and setting at 18:36 (Day length is 12 hrs and 37 min – we have broken the 5 o clock barrier! Role on summer!). A sweet light wind day with cool cloudy conditions. Perfect to do everything! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature and another 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(5 October 2020) 
Day 193 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some good flying yesterday in the WC with FH being the better spot I think. Today some more of the same I think while we are having a reprieve between the frontal movements. The IOH dominating in the east with strong NE coastal winds and that shallow low cloud marine air pestering the boys on that side – some of that present around the coastline everywhere with low cloud and mist this morning and some spots persisting during the day. But a great area of good flying to be had around the first and second range of mountains with sweet Q’s and high bases around 5/6k and perhaps a touch more in some spots. Winds are all light and W to SW in direction except for the far east. Winds remain SW to west up to around 10k where it becomes fresh WNW and remains all the way to the Tropopause for a 40/50kts finish up there. Freezing level up to 12k.

CT –  It looks like a another good away from the Peninsula – unless the low cloud clears. SW around LH and SH and over 10kts along the shore. But the real places to be is inland along the mountains with FH and DuToits stealing the show. ;)

RB – A maybe baby day I think. Nothing making me too excited here…

PV – Another sweet day – blue by the looks of it with climbs to 4k and SW winds trending south higher up.

Wilderness – We are still having that low cloud marine air along the coast that clears as soon as it hits the warmer grounds. Mixed flying along the Serps and Sedge ridges seems to be what is on offer. Very similar to yesterday but for the wind direction being marked SW. (Which could be sweet!) ;) Inland it is rocking good!

Plett – Uppies def the place to be with high climbs around 4k early but then lower to just over 3k. S to SW winds with a W upper trend. Could be really sweet… Too light for the coast or Keurbooms to be exciting.

PE and PA – The SW still near PE but east of there the NE dominating. Looks like low clouds near the coast but for a short while just inland there is some good stuff happening! (The sea breeze will spoil it here early afternoon with up to 20kts East winds moving in.)

EL – Pure NE winds! 20-30kts at times!

Inland – The Southerland Escarpment showing good lift with few Q’s at 10/11k. West winds. The SB looking amazing. The Outnikwas also looking amazing for a short while before the Seabreeze spoils it. And of course my fav is near Riversdal – you could get a few K’s out there today. ;) Mostly S to SW winds in the little Karoo – 10kts average.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:01 and setting at 18:36 (Day length is 12 hrs and 35 min – 6 for sunrise – role on summer!). A sweet light wind day that is perfect to do everything! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(4 October 2020) 
Day 192 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Looks like we can fly today! ;) The IOH dominating today as the rain and convergence dissipate and move eastwards. Still some rain around PE and EL areas but this too will clear in the afternoon. Winds on that side are all fresh NE along the coast with low base. But to the west its looking sweet. A large pool of light calm air inland with a slight W to NW flow in it. Some high clouds around at 10k especially along the Southerland escarpment. The Southern coastal areas also light S to SE winds but to the west it is more SW to W. Base higher in these areas with some sweet flying around. Winds are all NW from 3/5k and upwards with a west finish at the Tropopause of 130kts! Freezing level around 11k.

CT –  An amazing day ahead with light NW to W winds. Some SW variations around some of the points and noekies but the general flow is W to NW. 5-10kts perhaps. In the afternoon a shallow SE will move through but LH should be well protected. Instability and cloud around 4k. SLP and especially FH should be fantastic!

RB – Hhhmmm… Looks too light to me today. ;) Wort driving to PV or FH!

PV – A great day here with W to NW winds as a start and climbs to 6k. It will trend more SW later on. Sweet Q’s to the south and over PB by the looks of it.

Wilderness – A light wind day with some sweet clouds over the mountains. 4-5k base out there. Winds starting of south but trending SE later on. Sedge and Serps the places to go with climbs to 1500/2000’ on the cards. Map a maybe late afternoon.

Plett – I think Uppies is looking good at lunch time with climbs to 3/4k doable. But later it lowers to just over 2k. The wind should straighten a tad and be more S before the SE returns.

PE and PA – Strong NE winds and the chances of rain from here and more towards the east.

EL – Same as above

Inland – Light NW start with the southerly moving in to reach the Sutherland escarpment late afternoon. Still light winds so a great day for flying out there. All day. Lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:02 and setting at 18:35 (Day length is 12 hrs and 33 min – Where is summer!?). A sweet light wind day that is perfect to do everything! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(3 October 2020) 
Day 191 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH still wrapped around the southern African point, ridging in along both sides but weakening of that inland trough so the CB activity not really happening today. So that crazy weather starting to shift towards the east – the convergence line (and trough) along the eastern escarpment with loads of rain around KZN. We are starting to see some clearing along the west coast but the southern coastal regions still windy SE with rain. As we move north from there past the first mountains the cloud base rises sharply – from just 2000’ or so to the south to 5/6k towards the north. Winds are easterly from the ground up to around 10k from where it starts to back to the west with westerlies settled from around 13k upwards. Still that jet inland but abating over the coastal areas – 120kts of GR but 60 over the coast. Freezing level around 8500’.

CT – The SE winds still dominating but trending a bit more easterly with height. That strong wave effect not around today – some windy parts in the morning but settling during the day – around 15ks but 20kts plus to the southern parts of the Peninsula. Base in the south low at 2k but 4/5k to the north. Perhaps even a wind shadow hapening today...

RB – IT just could happen here today… :)

PV – A short lunchtime window looking doable with SW winds to just over mountain top height. Trending south later. High base here…

Wilderness – Another windy and rainy day but no CB activity anymore. More time to watch the flying videos… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Also rainy and super strong SE winds but slightly less towards PA side… CB activity…

EL – Same as EL…. Inland its just OD and rainy…

Inland – Easterly to SE winds with 15-20kts in the south but moderating further north. It is ESE all the way past Southerland. Rain also possible past GR areas… Again no flying for anything to be honest… All day! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:03 and setting at 18:34 (Day length is 12 hrs and 31 min – Where is summer!?). More wind and rain but slightly less compared to yesterday… Still perfect for hot chocolate and something indoors, unless… Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another chilly windy 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(2 October 2020) 
Day 190 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Some crazy weather out there yesterday and some of that continuing today. Loads of LH and SH wind talkers with winds over 200kph! (The combination of lee side wave and venturi with that low level SE jet doing its thing!). (Look at the wave graph – 12 Apostle lee wave going to over 20k!) Yeeha! Lol. Seems slightly less today but still some strong stuff around today. The SAH wrapping around the strong inland trough with some extreme acceleration along the southern coastal regions with the climax the decent on the western side of the CT mountains. (There is a complex upper air stuff that is helping this unusually strong setup of winds – see the flow pattern at 14k – a sweet anticyclonic circulation in the mid levels) This is what is helping setting up the CB activity we will experience along the southern coastal areas as well as along that super strong convergence region as the moist air form the IO undercuts the moist mid level air coming from the NW. This will still hang around for another day or so before the SAH will break up and weaken that strong convergence out there… SO in the south a strong and very deep easterly flow and further north it is west. This shape is maintained more or less all the way to the Tropopause where the jet stream is north of BW (very far north). Freezing level in the south around 7500’.

CT – Still those very very very strong SE winds with more crazy stuff happening but moderating during the day. Not as strong as yesterday but look at that lee wave being TM. Climbs of 2m/s up to 20k! Hehehe…

RB – Say no more! ;)

PV – lol. Over the back and man – still blasting strong stuff but you could go look at Picketberg! ;)

Wilderness – Another windy and rainy (CB activity!) kind of day – 20kts plus with even 30kts gusts at times… All day. More time to watch the flying videos… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Also rainy and super strong SE winds but slightly less towards PA side… CB activity…

EL – Same as EL…. Inland its just OD and rainy…

Inland – 30kts winds SE in the south meeting along the escarpment areas. (See the pic of the convergence line!) CB activity along this area, drifting southwards form the upper air direction. Again no flying for anything to be honest… All day! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:05 and setting at 18:33 (Day length is 12 hrs and 29 min – Where is summer!?). Hehe… Loads of wind and rain and cold so perfect for hot chocolate and something indoors, unless… Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another super chilly windy 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(1 October 2020) 
Day 188 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Yesterday delivery some sweet flying at Sedgefield (See short video clip from Gideon) Some pilots getting to the white room at 2000ft ATO! Today is a typical black South Easter day with storm strength SE winds all over the WC. The SAH pushing in hard as it shapes up against the inland trough with a tightening of those isobars and the resulting acceleration of the winds. Look at the wind prediction for PV – I have never seen such a strong low level jet here, going up close to 50kts then down to almost zero at 6k! (See graph above) (Bet it will be interesting flying if you where up there!) lol. Loads of moisture from the ocean and later combining with that inland trough with some CB activity inland to the NE areas (These will move more central to the WC in the next few days). Rain all over with those 30kts plus winds in many spots. Some might even gust over 50! So not a flying day form the looks of it! ;) Winds remain SE then at 10k start to back to the N with a NW finish at the Tropopause of 30-40kts near the coast but quickly going 100kts inland. Freezing level around 6k in the south.

CT – Very very strong SE winds with crazy stuff happening everywhere mixed in with some rain now and then too! ;) Even some wave action over the city bowl and in the lee of the 12 Apostles… Nice! Hehe…

RB – Hahaha…! Perfect direction! ;)

PV – lol. Over the back and man – blasting strong stuff!

Wilderness – A windy and rainy kind of day – 20kts plus with even 30kts gusts at times… All day. Time to watch the flying videos from the last few days… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Also rainy and super strong SE winds but slighty less towards PA side…

EL – Slightly more southerly start but then going more SE to E later on with 20-30kts in the south but 15kts in the north… Inland its just OD and rainy…

Inland – Super strong SE winds all the way inland to the furtherst WC border. Loads of low cloud around in the south and rain on and off. 40ts just above so no flying for anything to be honest… All day! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:06 and setting at 18:33 (Day length is 12 hrs and 26 min – role om summer!). Loads of wind and rain and cold so perfect for hot chocolate and something indoors, unless… Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a super chilly windy 13 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(30 September 2020)

 

Day 187 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another awesome PR day along the GR with Gary Terry doing the jump to Gerrickes and back to the Hotel twice! ;) Sweet stuff Gary! (OK he was flying a hang glider!) lol. Today a very large SAH pushing up a CF from the SSW – it should make landfall late afternoon in CT with some rain. This system is setting up rain for the whole coming weekend by the looks o fit so if you can get your flying in today. ;) Still some great instability around with beautiful Q’s in most of the southern parts, even up into the PV valley today. Base around 4/5k but north of the mountains going up to 7/8k. SW winds in the west and southern regions but NW inland. The southern winds will reach the Southerland escarpment by end of day with some 25kt bits in there – so getting breezy! The eastern parts still dominated by the IOH with EL and close to PE experiencing those strong NE coastal winds. Winds go NW from around6k and then remains NW all the way to the Tropopause with a 110kts finish. Freezing level around 9k but late afternoon it lowers in the SW to 5500’ as the front moves in.

CT – A slightly light wind start but becoming fresh SW – its looking really good for Kommetjie again but do land before the rain moves in from the SW – it should be clearly visible over the ocean – some 20kts plus winds coming in then. Else some flying ta LH and maybe SH. The southern mountains perhaps too strong with upper teens up there.

RB – After  a good day yesterday it is out with WWB again!

PV – Actually not looking too bad here today with sweet Q’s and climbs to 4k and 10kts SW winds. IT will pickup later to 15kts SSW. But get up earlish and it should be great!

Wilderness – I think we are in for a really sweet day of flying with a light wind start and slowly picking up. Probably not more than 10kts. I think Sedge and Serps should be cool with just over 2k climbs – maybe more if you can connect with some of the clouds that should be 3/4k further inland. The clouds should lower from mid afternoon as some of that CF moisture starts to move in over the GR areas – OD then form 15:00. Maybe light rain early evening. In general a lighter coastal day but sweeter inland than yesterday. Still something there for the XC buffs! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies being good with 3500’ or just a tad more climbs from early already. Also that  early OD conditions from 14:00 I think but a good fun day of flying here. Keurbooms a maybe but looks a tad light.

PE and PA – Light SW in the west but it changes to NE in the East. The SW will move past PE around mid day…

EL – NE 20kts all day. Very good inland but perhaps just a tad on the strong side for PG- probably sweeter for a hangie… ;)

Inland – The southerly pushing inland to Sutherland escarpment and pretty breezy with 25kts over the bigger mountains. But a sweeter start. Good thermals inland with the east very good. Clouds confined to the S and the SW parts.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:08 and setting at 18:32 (Day length is 12 hrs and 24 min – daylight starting to win big time now!). A light wind day with clouds moving in in the early mid afternoon. Perfect for doing anything! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another cool 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(29 Septemeber 2020) 
Day 186 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Yesterday another cracking day on the GR (and almost everywhere else) :) Today the SAH still pushing in some cool unstable air form the SW, slightly stronger compared to yesterday. IT is more Southerly along the west coast and inland with even a slight SE trend in the west. Some sweet Q’s around along the southern ranges but it dries out further inland and to the east. Slightly lower climbs with that unstable layer around 4/5k in depth. The winds remain southerly till 10k where it backs to the SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish. Freezing level around 6500’ to 7k today.

CT – A strong southerly day with a slight wind shadow along SH side – it’s a tad too south for the shadow to be in the right position I think. Unstable to 4k here…

RB – Hehe… IT is on today! Probable even from early on already. Maybe strong at mid day but perhaps a sweet evening to be had…

PV – Another good day with climbs to 4/5k but a slight SE trend higher up. Not as good s the last two days…

Wilderness – Another great day on the cards with SW winds all day – it can be strong at times at the upper limits of flying but otherwise mostly around the 10kts mark. Serps and Sedge looks to be a tad on the strong side most of the day except late afternoon. Probably great for the hangies all day though! Climbs to 4k on the cards and sweet Q’s just inland. Possible OD conditions over the mountains. Still something there for the XC buffs! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. I think Uppies probably a bit on the strong side. Keurbooms should be superb late afternoon but maybe Uppies at that time too… ;)

PE and PA – Strong SW all day but a slight moderation ate afternoon….

EL – Also strong SW winds all day. Inland it is Westerlies around 15knts but great soaring stuff all the way to 8/9k! (Maybe just a tad strong!) ;)

Inland – Another amazing day for soaring with high base and super fine climbs on the cards. Wind is south to SE in the west. Clouds confine to SW and south of there I think. Around 10kts mostly… So sweet early and late powered fluing! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:09 and setting at 18:31 (Day length is 12 hrs and 22 min – daylight starting to win big time now!). A moderate SW wind day with some clouds mostly towards the mountains. Perfect for doing anything! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(28 Septemebr 2020) 
Day 186 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Yesterday a cracking day almost everywhere with reports of super good flying coming from lots of places. The southern coasts a bit strong so not much action inland but for a few strong pilots – Rouberre notably flying from Serpentine to Myoli beach in very strong stuff. But Perhaps Adam taking the prize for the day with epic flying in the PV valley – base at 6k and sweet clouds everywhere with light winds to boot! :) (See the pic!) Today still the SAH pushing in some cool unstable air form the SW, slightly drier with fewer clouds and lower climbs closer to the coast. The westerlies and SW winds all the way inland past the Southerland Escarpment. The convection depth around 6k AGL average but slightly less to the coast and more towards the North and the east. Winds remain West all the way to the Tropopause for that 110kts finish up there. Freezing level around 6500’ today.

CT – A perfect 12 apostles day with high clouds and instability to 5k with moderate NW to W winds. Some SW spots near the surface but a great day for flying. Also from the neighbouring mountains sites – SLP and FH and DuToit’s etc things will be amazing! ;)

RB – Hehe… Still WWB!

PV – Another amazing on the cards here with 5k climbs and some Q’s but mostly to the south while the north looks clear. 5kts SW in general.

Wilderness – Ooohh… so def lighter today so Serps and sedge should be good. Its not as high as yesterday but should still be plenty fun with 1500/2000’ climbs – just over the back things get really really good. 4/5k and some sweet clouds on the mountains. (Could be something int here for the XC buffs! ;)

Plett – Uppies is looking amazing today with a window in the late morning of connecting with the good stuff that can put you into the big mountain air for serious XC stuff…. ;) Fingers crossed!

PE and PA – A sweet moderate SW day with good good flying inland. Go find that secret spot and go somewhere!

EL – SW to SSE along the coast with 5-15kts at most I think. But inland it is amazing! Hogsback going to 9/10k with light 10kts winds west and more SW on the ground.

Inland – Another amazing day for soaring with high base and super fine climbs on the cards. Lucky if you are out in those areas… :) All west to SW winds.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:10 and setting at 18:31 (Day length is 12 hrs and 20 min – daylight starting to win big time now!). A light to moderate SSW wind day with blue skies and clouds to the mountains. Perfect for doing anything! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a chilly 14 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(27 September 2020) Day 185 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A large area of post frontal air over the entire WC as the SAH hits the sweet spot. The inland trough to the east leaving us with W to SW winds all over the show. Instability around 6k depth almost everywhere with a few spots near the coast showing less and some further inland a tad more. Nothing over 15kts except for the far eastern parts where there are still some 20kts SW spots lurking around. Loads of Q’s around to show those sweet 500ft/min climbs but a slight chance of some OD along the southern mountain ranges – even a spot of rain perhaps! Winds remain SW to around 10k then veers to the WNW all the way to the Tropopause for a 120kts finish in the north but 70k along the southern coastal areas. Freezing level up to 5500’ (Some light sow yesterday!) ;)

CT – From yesterdays amazing day to an even better one today with base around 5k and moderate W to SW winds – all the inland sites will be working so just go choose your spot! Even LH and NHP will also be on!

RB – Ai! Still WWB!

PV – An awesome day here with base looking like it might even go more than 6k! Sweet west winds up t 10kts trending more SW lower down later on.

Wilderness – A day to start early on the coast and then at mid day switch to Sedge. Sedge will be going off with super climbs to over 3k! (Serps too btw!!) Early OD perhaps but there should be a line of in between the mountains and the coat that could be worth following for the XC buffs! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms firing on all 8cylinders in the afternoon I think! Uppies also very very good apart form the possible OD.

PE and PA – Hhhmm the SW winds still a td on the strong side here with 20kts and even more on occasion. Showers out to sea perhaps influencing those stronger bits.

EL – Same as above!

Inland – A super awesome day for soaring with those light to moderate W to SW winds moving far inland. Could be a good day to fly from the Southerland escarpment and head to the east with the W tail winds… 10k base and more! Some OD in the southern ranges with the west to SW winds.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:12 and setting at 18:30 (Day length is 12 hrs and 18 min – daylight starting to win big time now!). A moderate SW wind day with partly cloudy skies. Perfect for sheltered forests or scarfed beached walks! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a chilly 14 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(26 September 2020) 
Day 184 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF strongly settled over the entire WC with westerly winds and passing showers. Base low in the west but rising towards the east and inland. 2k or less in the west and up to 8k far inland and to the east. Almost everywhere it is over 20kts. A tough day to find a flying spot! Westerly all the way to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish up there. Freezing level around 4500/5500.

CT – A WNW start but trending WSW around 10-15kts. Some rain showers but inbetween the western parts of the Peninsula could offer some flying for the hangies mostly. Pending on the base and rain of course… Too strong towards the bigger mountains.

RB – WWB!

PV – A low base start but rising and by the early afternoon it could be very soarable. Winds around 10kts so watch for cloud suck! ;)

Wilderness – Very strong westerlies all day with a slight SW trend later in the afternoon but then the chances of rain increases. Inside the Wilderness corner a maybe for some dune gooning for the hangies… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. Too strong and rainy especially later on.

PE and PA – Again those super strong SW winds. More westerly inland but all too strong to fly!

EL – Same as above!

Inland – A very windy day with 20kts plus in many places, especially on the high lying grounds. Slight chance of some showers in the SW areas. Not a flying day.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:13 and setting at 18:29 (Day length is 12 hrs and 16 min – daylight starting to win big time now!). A strong west wind day with rain moving in later in the day. Perfect for walks in the sheltered forests! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy and cool 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(25 September 2020) 
Day 183 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF already into the western parts of the WC with rain and strong winds. NW going SW on that side. Preceding the front the winds are strong but base is nice and high with 6/7k in the little Karoo regions but 10k and ore north and eastwards of the Southerland escarpment. There is a very strong convergence line preceding the strong coastal WSW winds as it moves up the coast. A def warning for pilots along the coastal regions for strong pulses of SW coming through during the day. Further inland the wind is 40kts at around 2k AGL with the 50kt mark from about 8k upwards. IT remains WNW all the way to the Tropopause for a 115kts finish. Freezing level around 7500’ in the west but 12/13k in the east.

CT – Strong NW winds start with rain going more SW and slight clearing late afternoon. Not looking much like flying weather today…

RB – Same as above….

PV – Clouds below the tops all day with rain. West winds…

Wilderness – A light wind start with the SW going S and even SE at times. Possible to find some flying moments in that time. But watch for that very strong SW winds moving in from the ocean – specifically around 15:00 when 30kts is coming in with rain follows – it should be clearly visible. ;)

Plett – Not much shelter here so strong WSW winds al day… Rain late afternoon too…

PE and PA – All strong SW winds all day long here.

EL – Same as above with mighty strong convergence just inland between the WNW and the WSW coastal winds…

Inland – A windy day with 40kts in the high lying grounds. Not a flying day. Rain moving in from the SW later in the afternoon in the southern parts.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:15 and setting at 18:28 (Day length is 12 hrs and 14 min – longer days now!). A light wind start but quickly picking up form the west. You can still go do stuff though so go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy but sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(24 Septemeber 2020) 
Day 182 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A large CF approaching form the west with a strong inland trough down the centre of the WC. Some influence in the far east from the IOH with some NE winds out that side. The inland mass very unstable with some super strong soaring conditions – climbs in excess of 13k in some spots on the cards with high Q’s in many spots. This mass moving pretty far south with the NW winds trending West in the south up to the Coastal ranges. South of these the winds and coastal air influences with shallow layer in resulting inversion. Winds are generally light S to SE. A few fog patches along the west coast. The winds are all WNW from 3k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 13500 to 15k.

CT – Another shallow Southerly day – it is lighter than yesterday wind wise with perhaps lower teens along the Western Peninsula. The inversion around 1k so LH and SH maybe flyable. Above this the wind is W to NW and increasing – the inland mountains like FH probably being too strong with 15-20kts except in the early morning where you could probably have some flying. Nothing too good with the inversion around 2500/3k.

RB – Not looking good today….

PV – IT could be doable at Kardoesie with some light west slowly increasing with hight. Inversion around 2500/3000’.

Wilderness – Another light wind day with that low inversion. Probably very similar to yesterday. Maybe Buffs late afternoon becoming strong enough for good soaring. So something at sedge at mid day maybe with a Southerly trend. ;)

Plett – Like yesterday, similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs at mid day to just 1500’….

PE and PA – Another light SE trending east day – perhaps reaching mid teens in knots in the bay area…

EL – Also east here but decidedly stronger inland with the westerlies around 20kts. If only you could get in the air - (Hogsback to 13k!)

Inland – A windy inland day with 30kts over the Southerland escarpment. Stronger thermals so very strong day with winds around 20kts W in the south but NW further north. Rough day for flying or if you are strong for going far in a hang glider today. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:16 and setting at 18:28 (Day length is 12 hrs and 12 min – longer days now!). A light wind day – perfect to do your holiday things. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(23 September 2020) 
Day 181 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet trough extending all the way down the central parts into much of the WC today. The IOH and SAH pretty weak close to the coasts with small influence. Light winds all over with a few exceptions – notable around the western Peninsula where close to 20kts SSW could be on the cards. Inland some good flying with deep instability and high climbs especially further north of Southerland. To the east around Hogsback it is up to 12k! 10kts surface winds so def flyable out there! ;) The coastal regions light and a bit stable with the inversion around 1000’. But near the mountains this rise steely with 4k at the first ranges and then 5/6k just beyond those. Winds are Southerly along the southern parts and NW further inland. From 5k it is all NW winds with a gentle backing to the SW form 10k upwards and a 40kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 13500.

CT – Again that very shallow SE (around 1000ft) with a strong inversion so the wind shadow in full effect. Winds are SW at SH, perhaps up to 20kts. FH again is very sheltered and should be good for flying from early already and staying flyable all day. Climbs perhaps to 4k at mid day. Hermanus also looking sweet I think

RB – A Maybe for the late afternoon again though I think it will be too light today…. ;)

PV – Not looking too shabby today with a late start -a round 12:30/13:00 only but climbs to 5k doable. SW lower winds but near 4/5k it goes NE. Not very strong so should be sweet…

Wilderness – Another light wind day with that low inversion. Possibly something at sedge at mid day. Its all a Southerly trend, maybe a tad more at Buffs today but it is all pretty iffy… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs at mid day to just 1500’….

PE and PA – Also light south to SE winds all day – not more than 10kts in a few spots by the looks of things…

EL – And the same here! :) I would trek inland for that awesome NW to W wind stuff! (Hogsback to 12k!)

Inland – Another good day for powered flying I think but perhaps more thermic with super high climbs, especially in the east and further North. Light variable winds in the south during the morning to mid day.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:17 and setting at 18:27 (Day length is 12 hrs and 10 min – longer days now!). A light wind day – perfect to do your holiday things. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(22 September 2020) 
Day 180 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! After a great day of flying on the GR yesterday some I am sure would be happy for the break in flying today – a more inverted day with poor flying prospects. The SAH domination on the west with the IOH on the east and a slight trough in the inland areas. Wide spread isobars so very light wind around – the exception being FB with soe 20kts late afternoon SE winds and in the far east some NE winds around EL also touching 20kts. For the rest its all less than 10 or 5kts. A blue day with no clouds around and coastal light instability between 1-2000’ AGL. North of the mountains it rises slightly with the best spots over the peaks with Southerland climbs to 7/8k. The winds inland are also quite variable but east north of the Southerland Escarpment. It also switches quite a bit on the way to the Tropopause but finishes SW around 40kts. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – a very shallow SE today (around 1000ft) with a strong inversion so the wind shadow in full effect. Winds are SW at SH, perhaps up to 15kts but later in the afternoon strong over FB and TB -at 20kts. FH however is very sheltered and should be good for flying from early already with the S to SE wind only reaching here around 15:00. Climbs perhaps to 4k at mid day.

RB – A Maybe for the late afternoon I think…. ;)

PV –  A very southerly day with east on top. So again not the best here…

Wilderness – Light wind start but trending S later in the day. IT s a tad more around Sedge and towards Buffs but lightly thermic so weak climbs around. Inversion just shy of 1000’. Probably mid day the best time at Sedge or Serps. A maybe also for a bench up at Gerrickes though it could be just too light. Even Buffs looking just too light…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs at mid day to just 1500’….

PE and PA – Also light southerly winds but turning east eastward of PE and increasing in strength.

EL – Looks like strong NE winds along the coast all day here… Inland looking sweetish with light winds and climbs to 4k on average… Hogsback also sweet…

Inland – A great day for powered flying I think but something in there for the thermal flyers too. ;) Light to mild lift with climbs to 7/8k around the higher peaks. Winds are variable in the south but east in the north.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:19 and setting at 18:26 (Day length is 12 hrs and 08 min – longer days now!). A light wind day – perfect to do your holiday things. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(21 September 2020) 
Day 179 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF moving up into the south of Mozambique while the SAH is pushing in cool unstable air onto the WC. Winds are fresh SW in the east but more S to SE in the west. Inland it curls more Easterly later in the afternoon. Early cloud and even rain along the southern coast but clearing during the day. Eventually a few Q’s along the southern parts of the WC. Winds trend S to with height and then just before the Tropopause it is SW for a 60kts finish. Freezing level around early this morning as low as 4500’ in a few spots but I rises quickly during the day to 11000.

CT – A partly cloudy start with SE winds – it will clear during the day. A cool wind shadow around LH and SH in the afternoon. It is over 20kts in many spots later on.

RB – Looking great for flying today! Seems better in the afternoon but could be working form early already! ;)

PV –  Not so good with a shallow SW and climbs maybe to Mnt top hight. The East is blowing above that,.. Maybe PB…

Wilderness – A strong west and rainy start but it will clear nicely and moderate while backing to the SW and even S later in the day. So early coastal cliff soaring and then a Sedge afternoon by the looks of it. Some mid day climbs at Sedge over 3k doable. But it looks strong at that time…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs at mid day to over 4k. But Keurbooms is looking sweet from lunchtime as the wind backs more to the S….

PE and PA – Those strong SW still dominating all day but it does moderate late afternoon at PE so Maitlands is looking really good.

EL – Looks like the SW is strong here all day long…

Inland – A strong southerly start in many spots but trending more SE inland during the afternoon. Above the inversion – around 78k at the most – the winds go back to the South… Hhhmmm… still not the best day to be flying I think;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:20 and setting at 18:26 (Day length is 12 hrs and 05 min – longer days now!). A strong westerly breeze with cloudy conditions in the morning but clearing beautifully later in the day. Perfect for everything! – go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 159 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(20 September 2020) 
Day 178 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF pushing through the entire WC with strong westerly winds and rain in the west spreading to the east late afternoon and early evening. Base low in the west around 2k but rising steadily and past the first mountain ranges inland it is 6-8k and looking good but for the strong winds. ;) It is 20kts in most places so just a tad too strong to fly. The exception might be a small window along the GR coast. Winds remains west all the way to around 25k then goes NW for a 110kt finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 10000’.

CT – Rainy and windy with a west wind all day long. Base around 2k so a small maybe chance to fly in a few spots around the Peninsula I think – more suited for hangies with the fresh winds. ;)

RB – Just not today…

PV –  A northerly start but the frontal west moving in in the afternoon. Base probably below the mountain tops so I doubt it’s a worthwhile flying day…

Wilderness – Strong West winds to start with then late morning it will back to the SW. IT is supposed to get strong later in the afternoon but there is a chance of some lighter winds in the Wilderness corner so the dunes might be flyable. Just keep your eyes open towards the ocean for signs of stronger wind. ;) Rain probably only late afternoon or most likely early evening.

Plett – Stronger W to SW winds so it doesn’t look like a flyable day here…

PE and PA – Those super strong SW dominating all day… Inland also strong.

EL – Same as PE…

Inland – Strong westerly winds everywhere today. 15-25kts o the surface and stronger with height. Hhhmmm… a day for hot chocolate out there! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:22 and setting at 18:25 (Day length is 12 hrs and 03 min – longer days now!). A strong westerly breeze with cloudy conditions all day. Perfect for sheltered forest walks or a rushing down wind jog on the beach walks – go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(19 September 2020) 
Day 177 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF moving past the N coast of KZN while we have some unstable air in its wake across the WC – though not the best as is usual in post frontal stuff! Convection depth around 2-4k up the first coastal ranges with some Q’s and even some OD in parts of the GR. Wind are generally light with a S to SE trend along the southern parts and into the Peninsula but then there is a curl around to the W for the inland parts of the West coast. The wind is still light inland with max 20kts later in the afternoon on the higher grounds but in the lower valleys it remains 10kts and less. Winds go NW above 5k then W from 18k to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish. Freezing level around 11500’.

CT – A Southerly wind moving around the Peninsula with a SW component along the SH and LH shore front. 15kts at times. However, as soon we move inland the wind veers to the W from mid day onwards. SLP might become doable after mid day but it looks like FH will be the spot today when the SE stops around mid day with climbs to 4k at 13:00 on the cards.

RB – Just not enough in the SSW today…

PV –  It looks like a sweet day here with climbs at times to 3500/4k. W to SW winds but north above the inversion.

Wilderness – Perhaps a chance of some OD during the day (According to the forecasts) with winds southerly and more SE later in the afternoon. There is a sweet unstable layer to play in it seems with climbs to 1500’ near the coast and close to 3k on the coastal plateau. Map might deliver something though it does look like the good winds just don’t get all the way there so could be a bit frustrating. Gerrickes could offer a bench-up if your timing is good. But Sedge and Serps are the best spots I think.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies S to SE winds 10kts and climbs to 3500 early on then lowering to 2500/3000’.

PE and PA – SE winds with some spots in the bay going to 15kts. Inland it is looking sweet with lightish winds and good soaring up to 3500ft near the coast but just further inland it goes to 5k.

EL – A S to SE coastal wind that backs to the E inland. Some good soaring inland with 5/6k on the cards.

Inland – NW winds north of the Southerland escarpment but light E to S south of there. Some good thermals with climbs 4/5k AGL in most places.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:23 and setting at 18:24 (Day length is 12 hrs and 01 min – a mile stone I think!). A light SE breeze with partly cloudy conditions all day. Perfect for forest and beach walks – go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(18 September 2020) 
Day 176 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Some great flying along the GR sites yesterday. ;) SLightly less on the caards today with the CF moving into CT today with the westerlies still dominating all over the WC. Some clouds around but confined mostly to the SW corner from the frontal activity. Not much of a prefrontal build wind wise ahead of this front (its not very deep) so light winds in the interior and still some super soaring conditions to be found. A SW trend along the southern parts but looking a tad light along the GR side, picking up again once we move eastwards of the Eden area. Inland it is all westerlies up to 20kts perhaps on the higher parts. Inland climbs going to 10k over the Escarpment area and down to 7/8k further south at the SB and then 4-6k along the first ranges. Some great conditions inland of PA for those willing to explore… lol Winds remain west to around 18k then veer to the WNW for a 70kt finish up there. Freezing level 11500 in the southern areas.

CT – A clear start but then the clouds shaping up around the 2k level. Thicken during the day with chance of some rain. Tops not much over 6k. Early on it is looking sweet along the SLP and FH side but SLP starting to OD mid day. FH holding on with base around 4/4500’ and 5-10kts of wind. Could be a great day here…

RB – Ag shame man…lol.

PV –  Promising start with SW winds and climbs to 3500’. Then it goes more south with a chance of some Q’s mostly in the South around 3500’.

Wilderness – Some high cirrus clouds dampening the shallow instability so a weaker day expected at Sedge and Serps. Late morning climbs to 1500’ maybe but dropping from lunchtime onwards. So go early I think. The mountains in the back looking very good though!

Plett – Looking lighter compared to yesterday with climbs to 3500 most of the day. Also that cirrus layer blocking the strong stuff but it looks sweet to me. SW winds 5-10kts.

PE and PA – Stronger SW here with some 15kt spots.

EL – SW to the west but NE further to the East. Inland though along the seabreeze front is where the action lies with super conditions and climbs to 9k in most places!

Inland – Another sweet day for flying everywhere with the light winds and unstable conditions. Mostly blue inland with climbs to 10k further north and 6-8k along the southern ranges. 10-20kts at most all the way to 10k before it picks up in the west winds.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:24 and setting at 18:23 (Day length is 11 hrs and 59 min). Another beautiful day ahead with beach and forest walks for everyone on the cards. Light breezes from the ocean. No excuse to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a coolish 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(17 September 2020) D
ay 175 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! We are right in-between the receding IOH to our east and the SAH to our west, which is helping along the next CF. But for today it looks like a sweet day and another one I would suggest dropping work and going flying. ;) Light winds everywhere with 5-10kts and a few spurts up to 15 on the higher grounds. The sea breezes moving inland from all around our coastlines with sweet instability from 2k to 4k then rising to 5/6k at the first mountain ranges and up to 8k at Southerland and the SB areas. Some Q’s around but not much. Winds remain light till 8/9k where it goes decidedly NW with a slow increase all the way to the Tropopause for a 60/70kt finish. Freezing back up to 13k…

CT – Looking super good for SH and LH and also for the 12 Apostles. NW to W all day 5-10kts. SLP and FH and the likes also very good with climbs to around 4k possibly higher along the mountains.

RB – lol. Not that time of year it seems. WWB is out today!

PV –  A good day for PV with SW winds up to Mnt top height but then it turns to light east to NE and even N. So climbs expected to just near or over the mnt tops…

Wilderness – A sweet day of flying ahead with a light SW start trendin South later on. 5-10kts mostly on the cards with Sedge and Serps looking amazing. Climbs to over 2k very doable. 4-500ft/min climbs on the cards by the looks of things. ;) Lets hope it it what they say it is today! Lol.

Plett – If you go early it say sweet climbs to 5k with some cumies too!. By 12/13:00 this will lower to 3500 for the rest fo the day while the wind backs to the SE. Perhaps on the light side and too east for Keurbooms…

PE and PA – The SW backing to south later on – a bit more here with 10-15knts.

EL – SW with a slight backing to the south but a super good seabreeze again moving inland. Some great flying at Hogsback and area with 9k on the cards and light winds too!

Inland – A sweet day for flying everywhere with the light winds and unstable conditions. Mostly blue inland with 4/5k AGL instability around. IT is NW higher up and further north but light S in the south.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:26 and setting at 18:23 (Day length is 11 hrs and 57 min). A beautiful day ahead with beach and forest walks for everyone on the cards. Light breezes from the ocean. No excuse to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(16 September 2020) 
Day 174 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! So yesterday some good flying reports with the DuToits gang doing some distance in tricky wind conditions. Here is a short clip of the climb over DuToits farm yesterday. Pieter DeBeer managed a respectable 50k’s. Sweet! Around Wilderness the easy locals made good use of a great flying day with all the sites working at some stage of the day. ;) But today its different as a Cold Front pushes its way into the Cape while the SAH is helping the westerlies to dominate all over. Inland still some good unstable air around with high bases at 8-10k in many spots. Some good Q’s around too. The wind is picking up a bit so some shear and mixing of the thermals around – 20kts in most spots. Just a tad on the strong side for sweet flying. The coast under the W to SW influence with the GR having a bit of a sheltered flow trending even SE in the Wilderness corner. The Strong SW moving in only early even by the looks of it with some rain. Winds remain westerly all the way to 18k where it backs more SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kt finish. Freezing level around 7500’ in the south and 8500 further north.

CT – Looks like the cloud will move in mid morning with strong NW winds – around 20kts all day long. Rain on and off too so not a flying day. (How was the flying yesterday?)

RB – Ai. WWB is out today!

PV –  A clear start but near mid day the clouds moving in and thickening with a chance of some rain. Base just below the mnt tops and tops around 6/7k. Westerly winds around 10-15kts.

Wilderness – It looks like a light S to SW day with some sweet flying I think late morning to early lunch. Probably too light for the coast to work but Serps and Sedge should be nice – climbs to just past 1000ft on the cards. The instability deteriorating from 13/14:00 and onwards with the inversion lowering and the thermals broken up then. So get out and start flying from 10 till 13:00. ;) A very strong SW buster moving in from 18:00ish with the rain. Just keep tabs on it – sometimes they move in earlier…

Plett – Uppies looking doable late morning but at mid day the SW pushing a bit strong over 10kts. But climbs could be up to 4k initially here and then a similar pattern to Wilderness – broken climbs and lowering of the inversion… Keurbooms could be sweet from 10-12. Then it looks like light switchy winds in that part of the bay…

PE and PA – The SW dominating with 20kt spots around all day…

EL – Similar to PE. But some strong Seabreeze convergence regions if your psot and timing is right. 8k climbs not far inland doable but winds lower to upper teens so perhaps on the strong side… But that Seabreeze still begging to be explored boys! ;) Lol.

Inland – Still good instability but a tad more wind around with all westerly flows. 20kts or just over in the big wind regions with mid teens in most other spots. The clouds and light rain moving in from the west but should be confined to the southern regions only.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:27 and setting at 18:22 (Day length is 11 hrs and 55 min). A beautiful day ahead with beach and forest walks for everyone on the cards. Some rain by early evening and a bit of wind in the afternoon. No excuse to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a coolish 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(15 September 2020) 
Day 173 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating along the southern parts with a wide spread trough inland bringing with it all a light wind day with superb soaring ocnditions. Drop what ever you are doing today and go fly! ;) Winds are light N to NW inland all the way to 8/9k where it does a marked backing to the NW. Along the south coast areas it is S to SE but still light with 5-10kts the average flow. Some sweet Q’s around too with base around 5/6k along the first mountains and higher further inland. Around 500ft/min climbs all round. Some thick high level clouds in a few spots that will put a damper on the climbs but it should still work I think. Winds remain NW to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish over CT but 100kt over PE. Freezing level around 6500 to 7500 further north…

CT – The Peninsula with a SW surface flow but N to NW from 2500 upwards. Instability to 4/5k. It looks absolutely amazing along the main mountains with a light NW wind and base up high at around 5k. SLP and FH will be going off big time with amazing sweet flying everywhere. It might be worth launching further north to do a cross down wind XC towards FH. 5-10kts with a few gusts over that.

RB – Again WWB is out today!

PV –  An amazing day here from the looks of it. Base around 5k and sweet 500ft,min climbs with NW to W winds. Later in the day there is a SW trend lower down.

Wilderness – A light S to SE wind day with sweet instability and even some Q’s to help show the way. Some models show climbs to over 4k at Sedge early on but then to 2500ft later. A S to SSE direction so Sedge should be going off all day. Serps too but airspace is in the way here… ;) Even some coastal soaring later but it looks light. Map could also have something later in the day….

Plett – Looks good for XC from Uppies too. Maybe fly to Map! :) Early climbs to 5k  but its north above 3500k. Later on 14:00 a inversion develops at 3700’. But super good flying to be had here today. Direction SSE 5-10kts.

PE and PA – Some strato layer here that could thow a spanner in the works as there seems to be some more moisture around pushed in by the IOH. Base at 3000’ more or less but looking like OD. It gets less further inland SE winds up 15kts in the bay.

EL – Similar especially to the west with some OD close to the coast but lessening further inland. There is a thick stratus layer at mid level further inland that can damper things a bit… A SW start but it backs to the SE with a marked Seabreeze moving inland, Explore that Seabreeze boys! ;) Lol.

Inland – A super good flying day inland. N to NW winds with high bases around Southerland escarpment – 10k… 10-15k winds. Slightly less to the south but SB showing light N to NW winds with base at 7/8k. The DuToits boys should be good early but watch the SE coming in as early as 13:30 already… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:28 and setting at 18:21 (Day length is 11 hrs and 53 min). A light wind day increasing on the coast later but perfect morning for doing almost anything. So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 



(14 September 2020) 
Day 172 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Still those CF westerlies dominating the WC weather today – strong along the coast but a def moderation compared to yesterday. A chance of some precipitation but base are still around 3k in the west rising inland to around 4/6k behind the first ranges and then 8/9k around the Southerland escarpment. Winds are still westerly, some WSW spots inland but more moderate at 15kts. Some 20kts posts on the higher grounds). Winds remain W to NW with hight with a 60kt finish over CT but 150kts over PE!) Freezing level around 5500’.

CT – SW winds with base around 2/3k around the Peninsula but lots of OD and even lower base along the mountains so DuToits not looking good. 10-15kts mostly. SLP a maybe – looking too S here to me…

RB – Again WWB is out today!

PV –  IT is looking sweet at mid day to 14/15:00 with base just clear of the tops. 5-10kts west winds. IT goes south later on. Some deep development so watch the cloud suck! ;)

Wilderness – Slightly less wind compared to yesterday but def more SW so some good flying along the coastal cliffs. There are signs of 25kts coming in from the sea so do keep your eyes open! Too strong for Sedg and Serps… Slight chance of rain too… But more likely later in the afternoon.

Plett – Same as Wilderness…. Too strong for Uppies and just to west for Keurbooms to be lekker…

PE and PA – Also strong SW winds here all day and slight chance of rain…

EL – It does moderate a tad here it seems but still SW and strong. Maybe those SW facing dune corners could work… ;) Lol.

Inland – West to WSW winds 10-15kts mostly. Some good flying possible with some good looking clouds around. A good day to go far from Southerland I think… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:30 and setting at 18:21 (Day length is 11 hrs and 50 min). A windy day along the coast later on with a chance of rain. Still perfect for those forest walks. So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(13 September 2020) 
Day 171 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front sweeping across the WC dominating with very strong Westerlies. It is pretty dry so not as much rain as normally associated with CF movements so some high bases and only a slight chance of precipitation – more on the western mountain ranges. But the winds are all 40kts plus in most places so a windy and non flyable day all over the WC. Though we have some climbs of 5/600ft/min the shear ration is bad so rough stuff on the cards (all theory of course – doubt anyone will try to see if that is the case!) ;) Base in the west near the coast around 3k but steadily rising towards the east with the EC base just ahead of the CF up at 14k plus! Winds remain W to NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 150kts finish up there! Freezing level down to 5500 in the SW but still up at 13k in the North and to the east.

CT – Chance of scattered showers with strong WNW winds all day…

RB – Again WWB is out today!

PV –  Also that strong NW 20kts plus! Slight chance of rain with some good looking Q’s streaking over those mountains to the west!

Wilderness – Sheltered along the coast with some sporadic calmer periods of SW to even S at times however those will be short lasting. Above its strong Westerlies (40kts at 2k!). Slight chance of showers but very slight. High base along the mountains at 4/5k…

Plett – Same as Wilderness….

PE and PA – Also strong WSW winds here all day…

EL – The SW and NE bumping heads in the EL area with before lunch the change to the west but then moving past EL around mid day finishing to the east in the afternoon. Some hectic stuff inland with the super strong WNW meeting the coastal flows… Strong convergence and very  high bases preceding the front. Good to watch! Lol.

Inland – The Southerland escarpment showing 50kts winds!!! So windy inland with high clouds and good weather watching stuff all over the place. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:31 and setting at 18:20 (Day length is 11 hrs and 49 min). A blistery day with the WSW winds. Best used for those protected forest walks. Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(12 September 2020) 
Day 170 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! That CF approaching CT while the IOH dominates on the east. Some strong winds along the coast and inland as those isobars tighten up preceding the front. We still have that deep unstable inland airmass that is being sucked closer to the coast – for the GR and EC people if you watch inland you should be able to see those very high Q’s at around 15k! Drool! ;) But the winds are 30-50kts up there so not a flying day for us. The GR coastal regions settling for that strong inversion again as the warmer upper air flows over the cold sea air creating that strong inversion. IT is very think so be careful when/if flying. Winds remain NW above it all the way to the Tropopause for a 129kts finish. Freezing level up at 13k!

CT – An strong surface inversion around with 16 degrees on the ground and 22 degrees at 1500’ in most areas which sets the scene for a strong wind gradient – it can be frustratingly mixy (or not!) with stronger winds just above the lacks surface flow. Its an added complication to the typical “prefrontal berg winds” Though the berg winds seem to be further eastwards towards the Overberg and GR areas. SLP looks too strong to me with 20kts at MT top so a good chance of some mixing taking place here. The upper winds build during the day but the shear factor seems to be reasonable. (10kts or less – but that can still be bumpy enough!) ;)

RB – WWB is out today!

PV –  A unstable layer with NW flow in the upper teens in knots up to 3500ft but then 20kts quickly above that. So probably not the best of days to fly…

Wilderness – Strong NW above with a shallow coastal layer along the coast. This layer will be eroded during the day as the W to SW moves up the coast by mid day… It doesn’t look like a good day with some strong shear in the SW… Maybe some coastal soaring but it looks bumpy.

Plett – Same as Wilderness….

PE and PA – Strong East flow here from the IOH – it will go SW in the afternoon form the west.

EL – Strong NE all day and super strong stuff inland with base over 15k in places. Drooling Q’s from the looks of it! (But too strong to fly)

Inland – A super strong wind day with 40-50kts just above the ground but high climbs with high bases in most places. OF course it is not a day to be in the sky I think! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:33 and setting at 18:19 (Day length is 11 hrs and 47 min). A calm start but it will get a bit windy later on. Still great to get your tes wet or chill in the forest. Up on the plains it is super windy and hot! (Bergy!) Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))


(11 Septemebr 2020) 
Day 169 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH/SAH and inland trough along the western interior dominating the WC weather today. Still loads of moisture today with the Indian ocean influx along the southern coast areas – low cloud and some rain for early morning but clearing during the day. Winds down there strong Easterlies all day with up to 25kts along the coast. This air penetrating inland quite far – all the way to the greater escarpment areas where it butts up against the dryer NW air mass which is giving us exceptional soaring conditions for this time of the year (A taste of summer!) high bases around 14k with around 20kts of NW winds. (See the thermal map). Perhaps Nieuwoudtville and Louriesfontein could be the spots today – if you can launch there you could cut cross down wind and head for BeauFort West! :) The East flowing layer up to around 5/6k where it backs quickly to the NW from 7k upwards. It remains NW all the way to the Tropopause where it backs slightly to the West for a 100kts finish. Freezing level still up at 13k.

CT – Strong SE at CP but it drops towards CT where it will be light SW around SH and LH but with a lower east and then at TM top a light N. Perhaps making Africa Face flyable today. Instability to MT top height. Some high cirrus cover for the most part.

RB – Hhhmm… Not looking very promising with the SE staying out to the south.

PV –  A shallow light SW layer with the winds N to NW at MT top height. The NW layer the good one but you need to move further inland to get into the good stuff. Nieuwouldville!

Wilderness – Wet and more wet with morning low cloud but clearing on the cards for late morning. The wind does look a tad on the strong side but perhaps a window in the mid to late morning available at Map. Else strong E to SE all day…

Plett – Same as Wilderness….

PE and PA – Also the strong East to NE winds here all day… Rain early on but clearing during the day…

EL – Strong NE all day… Not that good inland either – just NW of Hogsback is the good stuff though it looks a bit strong there…

Inland – The more stable airmass in the south with a S to SE trend all the way to the Escarpment where the good NW airmass takes over with epic flying stuff! Who will get into that today? Hhhmmm… (drool!) In the Little Karoo the winds go NW from 6/7k upwards…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:34 and setting at 18:19 (Day length is 11 hrs and 45 min). A cloudy wet start but clearing nicely later in the day. A windy day making it perfect for down wind walks on the beach or hiding in the wet forest. ;) Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(10 September 2020) 
Day 168 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF moving up the KZN coast while the SAH is feeding in a shallow layer of cool moist air in behind it. Mostly around 6-7k in depth) Winds are SE along the southern coastal regions with some chance of rain along the coast and first mountains but drying quickly after that. Further inland the winds are easterly all the way to the escarpment where we hit the dryer mass with a N to NW circulation and some superb soaring conditions today. (See thermal graph and line of good air!) Base out there at 14k today! But back home it’s a maybe day for most places. Winds go NW from around 8k upwards and remains NW all the way to the Tropopause with a 90kt finish up there. Freezing level still up at 13k.

CT – A strong SE day wit h instability up t 4k… The clouds confined to the east and windwards side of the SLP mountains. A slight chance of a wind-shadow at SH and LH. 20kts plus at CP and most of the southern Peninsula. Tricky day…

RB – IT might happen for the late afternoon. Looks like a wave pattern in the SE wind with 15kts on RB or missing it at ties… Instability to 3/4k…

PV –  SW in the layer up to launch height but then an east trend above that. The inversion just over 3k… So could be doable…

Wilderness – If the rain stays away then Map could be flyable. Sedge too east and it looks like OD and rain mostly… Probably only the coastal SE facing spots with a chance pending on the rain…

Plett – Same as Wilderness….

PE and PA – Also that East winds here with a chance of rain. Further inland is the best option if you are pressed to fly…

EL – SE winds trending NE as one moves inland. Some good flying in spots inland with base around 6k and 5-10kts winds in this layer…

Inland – The clouds running all the way to SB with base out there around 5/7k. SB pass could be flyable with S to SE winds up to 10kts. North of the escarpment it is a magic day with 20kts WNW and 14k base… (drool!)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:35 and setting at 18:18 (Day length is 11 hrs and 43 min). A cloudy day with rain on the cards. Hide in a book store or go wild and get wet in the forest! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(9 Septemeber 2020) 
Day 167 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH helping a cold front along to the SW of us with a SW flow moving up the coast. This meets the IOH NE flow down the coast around the EL area. (west of EL during the morning but late after noon then to the east of EL). Inland there is a slight trough down the central parts with winds SW in the southern areas then veering to the NW further north – around the Sutherland escarpment areas. The east once again very good flying with the west more influenced but the prefrontal NW winds, though some areas are having a reprieve as the front is more southerly moving. Some low cloud in most southern and western parts which should clear during the morning – a few fog patches on the northern west coast and base around 2/3k along most of the coastal plan areas. Mostly around 10kts with some stronger spots along the coast. Hogsback once again its into orbit time with climbs here to over 13k! Dress warm! Lol Winds go NW from 5k upwards all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish over Wilderness but 80kts over CT. Freezing level still high around 13k…

CT – A SW to NW trend with instability to just above TM top height. The low cloud should burn off leaving a sweet looking sky – some clouds around the Peninsula but with a SW wind that trends more S later in the afternoon. Should be great flying late morning mid day already I think. Then SLP and FH should deliver the goods too with the afternoon the better time as the winds moderate slightly up there…

RB – Maybe a late afternoon possibility though I think it will be too light and just too much west in it.

PV –  A west from launch height with instability to just below launch height and a more SW to S lower layer on the ground. Could be okish if the west dominates the lower stuff a bit more…

Wilderness – Looking like a great day of flying here. The coastal cliffs should work but also Sedge with climbs to 1600ft o the cards. Winds around the 10kt mark but some spots more with up to 15kts possible – just keep an eye on the wind lines – if there are white caps be ware of Sedge, if no white case then Sedge could be good. Possibly a late afternoon sweet time at Sedge I think…

Plett – A bit stronger here with Uppies at 15kts so probably a tad strong mostly – climbs to 2600ft. Keurbooms looks like it could be doable… :)

PE and PA – SW winds here all day with Maitlands looking very good.

EL – The change over area with SW in the west and NE in the east. But the days best stuff is way inland at Hogsback with climbs to 13k plus possible. Probably best for the hangies with the 15kts winds on the cards… But maybe…

Inland – Mostly WNW winds with SW in the south. The better stuff to the east and slower and lower climbs in the west. A few higher spots in the south becoming very windy with 20kts plus on those mountains…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:37 and setting at 18:17 (Day length is 11 hrs and 41 min). A cloudy morning but clearing and some windy stuff form the ocean but still beach walks and forest hikes are a go! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cooler 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(8 September 2020) 
Day 166 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another CF approaching form the west with a NW/bergwind trend shaping up on the western parts while the IOH is dominating in the east with strong NE winds along the eastern coastal regions. Inland it is generally NW with 20kts plus on the higher areas. A dry day with no cloud or rain on the cards. Perhaps a smidgeon around CP. Quite stable in most parts with the warm upper air overlying the cooler coastal areas. The west coats with 1000’ in convection depth, even less along the GR regions but within the Northerlies there is a bit more in it with around 4k depth and improving to the east. Hogsback looking particularly enticing today. ;) Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish. Freezing level very high, around 15-16k!

CT – A SW to W surface trend but it veers more NW at TM top height. Lightish winds up to 2k but then a gradual and strong increase from around 10kts to 40kts at 8k. Below the inversion the flying should be ok but I would be wary of the higher sites like SLP or FH though…

RB – WWB is out and about!

PV – Its 20kts at MT top hight with a shallow inversion around 1500’. Lighter on the ground but not the nicest of days…

Wilderness – Some offshore winds this morning then that SE trend from the spill-over of the IOH and strong NE around PE. Strong inversion around 500/800ft. A smidgeon of lift possibly at Sedge at mid day with the SE perhaps coming up just enough for a light thermal or two. Serps the same…

Plett – Same as Wilderness but even less of a climb at Uppies once the coastal breeze gets in.

PE and PA – Those easterlies dominating here all day. Stronger to the east…

EL – Very strong NE coastal winds but further inland once out of the coastal air flying is really good with a light enough W wind and climbs at Hogsback up to 9k doable. Around 10kts…

Inland – Thos strong winds on the higher parts with around 4k convection depth. Its more stable to the west with increased instability to the east. Early and late a nice propeller flying day…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:38 and setting at 18:17 (Day length is 11 hrs and 38 min). A beautiful summer in winter day so everything on the cards to do – beach walks and forest hikes. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a hot 24 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(7 September 2020) 
Day 165 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Japan struggling under the onslaught of Typhoon Haishen while we are being blessed with sweet light weather after all the rain. Some superb flying in a few spots – mostly the eastern parts with 6k bases and 500ft/min climbs. It convective depth gets shallower to the west with 3k along the west coast however into the bigger mountains its back up to the 6k lark. Winds are fairly light form the IOH influence with a light SE trend along the southern parts except for CP where it will reach over 20kts again though not getting much to the northern Peninsula. Winds are light all the way to 7k where it goes westerly and remains WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kt finish. Freezing level up high at around 13k.

CT – Another good day with the wind shadow working well. Still some instability around with climbs to just over TM tops doable. Perhaps more of an ENE flow above 1000’ so Africa Face more likely today than yesterday I think… The east making SLP and FH not really good options today. Paarl Rock could work though…

RB – Looks too light here…

PV – A shallow low SW but it goes East quickly and then backing all the way to the North at 6k. A funny inversion around 3500’ but into the Cederbergs you could get past this to around 6/7k… Its not looking that good though…

Wilderness – Seems like a good day on the cards with initial light SSE winds trending more SE later on. Map might work late afternoon – some lower clouds moving in from the ocean at that time too… But Serps looking the best with climbs to 1800ft on the cards for almost the whole day – and looks like some Q’s should be around too. It could be an XC day if you can skirt east of the airspace onto the mountains… Sedge with too much east in it but doable and climbs to 1300’… Buffs will be soarable from early on already and worth a trip out there…

Plett – Same as Wilderness but climbs at Uppies to 2300’ from the looks of things.

PE and PA – A slight chance of light rain but dissipating during the day. Looks like a light SE wind day… Some good spots inland if you can get to them.

EL – More SW start but then later it will trend to the SE along the coast. Inland it is looking really good! 6k bases with some great flying out there…

Inland – A day with light winds everywhere – trending SE in the south and more N to NW inland. Around 4-5k instability depth around. Clouds mainly in the far south. A sweet day for propeller things too – especially early and later in the day.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:40 and setting at 18:16 (Day length is 11 hrs and 36 min). A beautiful day after all the rains – perfect to go do just about anything! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 



(6 September 2020) 
Day 164 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! World extreme weather update e with Typhoon Haishen starting to strike Japan with sustained 215kmh winds and gusts to 250kmh. Its slightly less than the previous 300kkh but remains a super typhoon. Back home the IOH dominating with a large swath of SE to East circulation over the entire country – helped along with that mid level trough – this time it has shifted a bit more to the east – bringing that CB activity and wide spread rain over the southern coastal regions and the eastern interior. By the time the air flow has reached the western parts it has lost a lot of the moisture so the west no rain expected. This also leaves us with higher cloud base and better thermic conditions in the west. Surface winds are also very light with around 10kts in most places. So sweet in the west but wet and rainy in the south and east today. ;) Winds are 5-10kts E to SE all the way to around 10k where it backs to the NW but SW in the west. The SW to NW change goes with the mid level trough and remains all the way to the Tropopause for a 40-80kts finish. Freezing level around 8500 in the south but 11500 in the north.

CT – A sweet looking day with around 5-10kts of east wind around the Cape Flats and North side of the Peninsula with high climbs (perhaps over 4500k). There is strong SE winds at CP point which might move in a tad closer but it does look like a good wind-shadow day with being able to get high over SH and LH – perhaps onto Africa face even with the upper east winds… Watch airspace! ;) Paarl rock also looking sweet! :)

RB – It might be thermic on the eastern slopes – you need to time it right though…

PV – Mostly too east here but it does look very good for Picketberg! Climbs to 6k or more on the cards… - 5010kts wind making it extra sweet!

Wilderness – lol. Ag shame man. Its raining cats and dogs at the moment! ;) light southerly winds and a maybe of partial clearing late afternoon… (probably not!)

Plett – Same as Wilderness.

PE and PA – Also rain and variable winds – SW to NE along the coast with CB activity…

EL – Same as PA…. This is right under that mid level trough…

Inland – Some good flying to the west fo the trough today with high bases – perhaps 10k or more around Sutherland. Rain in the east but excellent flying in the west. Some of the central parts also looking good but only north of the Swartberg Ranges – south of these its OD and rain…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:412 and setting at 18:15 (Day length is 11 hrs and 34 min). A rainy day all day long it seems – so huddle up on a cosy couch for some good hot chocolate and book! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(5 Septemebr 2020) 
Day 163 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! While we all marvel at our strong winds when we get 50kts anywhere near the surface, I’m once again astounded at those tropical storms – the latest is Typhoon Haishen, the biggest storm to hit the west Pacific this year, just south of Japan. It is a category 5 Typhoon with sustained 120kts winds and gusts exceeding 300km/h! (See the graph!) Back home we have a perfect layout with SA forming the dividing line between the SAH and the IOH. What is of interest is that we have a active trough preceding the CF, with mid level convergence between the two pressure systems. (See the graph!) This is causing some CB activity and rain preceding the frontal rail – CT with frontal rain and the GR and into the interior and eastwards rain from the midlevel instability. By early even the frontal rain should arrive on the GR with the Trough moving more east. There are a lot of complex levels of cloud – low bases and spots around 10 in the west while more eastwards there can also be low bases with tops exceeding 20k. (In the far east around the Dragensberg there’s some epic high bases over 14k!) Nothing in it from a flying prospect but for lighter interior winds – except for under the mid level jet regions where some surface gusts can exceed 20kts. The coastal winds S to SE along the west coast, Varying along the GR but later trending SW. And the EC with SW winds following the coastal low moving into KZN. Wide spread rain also added in the mix so not really a flying day I think. Winds are NW with hight and remains so all the way to the Tropopause for around 60/70kts finish. Freezing level at 7500 in the west and 13500 in the east.

CT – a misty low cloud morning clearing to around 1000’ on the SH side with a strong gradient – 20kts at TM top height but it looks fairly sheltered on the beach with little wind. If not for the cloud it could have been a hangy day perhaps. SLP and FH way too strong and gnarly today… ;) Rain by tomorrow moring from the front it seems.

RB – Another WWB day!

PV – Some instability to perhaps 4k but the winds upper teens in know with NW winds. The BS ration not in our favour either. Weak climbs with 300ft or less.

Wilderness – A kinda light wind rainy day with varying wind. Initially S to SE even but then later it will trend to the SW. IF the rain stays away then maybe a soaring flight can be squeezed out on the coast somewhere…

Plett – Same as Wilderness.

PE and PA – More stronger SW winds from here on to the east. Rain and even CB activity from mid day onwards.

EL – Strong SW winds along the coast with the rain kinda inbetween here. Lots of mid to low level cloud but from Hogsback further north it goes into orbit stuff! ;) Conditions are improving inland and further east…

Inland – Some strong bits on the higher ground along the trough line at 20kts. But elsewhere light winds from the surface to around 5k. From there the mid level jet starts with 50kts NW winds (see graph). Varying Q’s with rain in this area. Probably interesting to look at! ;) Though in-between and early on looks like some sweet propeller flying time…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:42 and setting at 18:15 (Day length is 11 hrs and 32 min). A light wind, rainy day so dress for wet and go for that forest or each walk – or huddle up on a cosy couch for some good hot chocolate and book! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(4 September 2020) 
Day 162 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A typical winter pattern with the SAH on the west helping a CF to move towards the WC, a trough inland down the central regions and the strong IOH to the east dominating that side with the easterly winds. IT is very prefrontal with strong inland NW winds 30knts on the high parts. 30kts along the eastern coast with NE winds and 30kts SW at Agulhas, so lots of action (and big fear factors if you are in the wrong place!) ;) Some low cloud and fog in the west but this should clear during the day with a rising base to around 1/3k at the mountains. Some light instability in the lower layer but the winds are making it too broken up for any worthwhile climbs. However there is a isotherm layer above this and with the strong iwnds it’s a good wave day! Some 5m/s climbs in the right spots on the cards (for the sailplane guys if they are into it – for us its dreaming time) lol. (See the sweet forecast graphs with the wave patterns!) Wind remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kts finish up there. Freezing level way up at 13k.

CT – a misty low cloud morning clearing to around 1000’ on the SH side with a strong gradient – 20kts at TM top height but it looks fairly sheltered on the beach with little wind. If not for the cloud it could have been a hangy day perhaps. SLP and FH way too strong and gnarly today… ;) Rain by tomorrow moring from the front it seems.

RB – Another WWB day!

PV – Some instability to perhaps 4k but the winds upper teens in know with NW winds. The BS ration not in our favour either. Weak climbs with 300ft or less.

Wilderness – A kinda sweet day for the beach and forests but that northerly inversion settling in on the cooler coastal air so our local sites very inverted. We are in that col area between the SW moving up form the west and NE from the east, so nothing too strong on the cards however, there is some strong westerly flow over head producing some mixing in the lower surface layers making for some bumpy air. Perhaps the coast can be soarable at times but with that funny kinda bumps in the air. ;) There seems to be a slight deepening of the convective depth around Serps/Sedge for the afternoon but still a lot of mixing taking place so if you are getting in the air somewhere probably not the most comfortable flying conditions.

Plett – Same as Wilderness.

PE and PA – The change area between the NE in the east and SW to the west. Later in the day the NE seems to be trumping a bit making into the PE bay…

EL – Hhhmmm…., Hogsback showing climbs to 13k with a westerly flow but it is just in the unpleasant range of mid to upper teens in knots. Strong climbs expected here over 6000ft/min. But the coast blown out form the NE…

Inland – Strong NW winds all over (20kts plus) with around 4k instability in the west but deepening to the east. No ran expected. And not the coolest flying weather around. Def not for the Little or great Karoo!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:44 and setting at 18:14 (Day length is 11 hrs and 30 min). A moderate wind day making it perfect for forest and beach walks. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a warm 24 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(3 September 2020) 
Day 161 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! That cut off low dissipating far to the south of us while the IOH dominating the WC weather as it curls around the whole country bringing us northerly winds all over the WC. Some coastal influence too with a light S to SE trend along the southern coastal areas. Inland some spots getting to 20kts over the higher grounds but for the most part a lighter wind day. Mostly blue with a few clouds in the tip of the SW corner and then far to the east – east of Hogsback with some high base there of 10k. Varied flying with the west coast having some north in it and a shallow NW layer with inversion around 3k. IT gets better to the east and further inland. Winds go NW around 5k but then backs further west from 10k and finishes with WSW at the Tropopause 60kts. Freezing level around 14k.

CT – A northerly start and some breezy spots around but the winds will moderate from mid day onwards. Up at the inversion height the winds increase to near 20kts so be wary if you fly SLP or FH – inversions around 3-3500’.

RB – Again WWB is out in full force today!

PV – a shallow layer of SW but N above that so probably not the best conditions around. Weak climbs and a bit windy up there too…

Wilderness – A light onshore start that will back to the SE with maybe a 10kts at Map. Buffs will be very good with it being flyable there from late morning already. Maybe Sedge will offer something before it goes too east.

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 2k…

PE and PA – Light to moderate SE winds here but with a sweet sea breeze convergence setting up between the inland NW and the SE moving in from the coast. Some good heights and climbs in these area doable.

EL – Hogsback looking sweet with Westerly winds and climbs to near 10k! There is also that sea breeze moving in with the chance of connecting with it somewhere from your local secret spots! ;) See the graphs.

Inland – Light to moderate N to NW winds mostly. Some reasonable climbs in places with 4-5k layer of instability. The little Karoo and DuToits – looks thermic with climbs to just over 5k – improving slightly to the east – so maybe Luvain is better than Toits. Remember the SE will move in here around 15:00 so land before! (See graphs)  Could be exciting flying! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:45 and setting at 18:13 (Day length is 11 hrs and 28 min). A calm day ahead with a light onshore breeze picking up later in the afternoon but with comfortable temps making for perfect forest and beach walks. But go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(2 September 2020) 
Day 160 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! I cant believe we are on day 160 of lockdown... Hhhmmm... So that deep cut-off low has move just to the south of CT bringing loads of rain to that part of the WC. (most of ti is out to sea though). There is also a trough line running north south but will mostly be around the PE area with CB activity there today (It was all over the WC last night). The IOH helping to accelerate the winds to this low with very strong NE winds along the eastern coastal regions. But so too the feed into the low form the NW accelerating with a very shallow but deep 50kts layer along that side. (See the spectacular TH graph for CT with the low but deep 50kts winds). Low cloud base here around 1500 – 2000’with tops exceeding 14k. Just beyond the western mountains it changes dramatically with much higher base and little chance of CB’s but still those strong winds all over the WC. 12k base in a few spots far inland and to the east. All in all not a flying day but loads of action for the weather watchers with systems that don’t come together often! ;) Winds trend NW with height with 50kts up to 10k in the west but in the East there is a mid level jet with 110kts at 20k up to 24k before dropping again for just 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 7500 in the west but 11500 in the east.

CT – Rain and gale force NW winds all day…

RB – WWB is out in full force today!

PV – N to NW winds over 40kts at times with low clouds and rain and chance of CB activity!

Wilderness – NW winds for most of the day. A slight WSW trend later with perhaps some low coastal shelter but just a smidgeon above our heads the NW is very strong! Def not a flying day – the shear factor (or fear factor!) lol, in excess of 25kts!

Plett – Same as Wilderness…

PE and PA – Those upper strong Northerlies bringing in that mid level instability with CB activity for most of the day for your area… It looks like offshore winds all day here with the NE coastal stuff just around the corner towards PA.

EL – Very-very strong NE winds here all day… The NE penetrating far inland but just over head the NE to N winds blowing strong!

Inland – 40kts winds over the higher peaks with a belt of CB activity in the eastern interior. Exceptionally high wind shear factor today with 25kts in most places so not a day to go flying really… Also the rain on the western mountains…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:46 and setting at 18:13 (Day length is 11 hrs and 26 min). A very windy day but with comfortable temps making for perfect forest walks. The beach could be a bit sand-blasty! ;) But go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(1 September 2020) 
Day 159 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with a vengeance today, kept in strength by a strong and deep inland trough. The trough will deepen and move southwards bringing some CB activity with it down to the coastal regions of the WC by early evening. Winds are very strong easterly along the coast with 25kts average in most places. Inland very similar with the deep easterly flow backing slightly the further north we go as it follows the NE isobar lines form the trough. The CB activity are all mid level instability so base are high around 12k with tops near 30k. The southerly movement of the trough will cause a LP separation, almost like a cut off low with loads of rain for the SW areas of the WC tonight and into tomorrow morning. For today the winds remain easterly with a gentle backing to the NE with hight finishing with a north trend at the tropopause at 50kts. Freezing level at 8500 n the west and 12k in the east.

CT – Easterlies all day with thick mid level clouds. CB’s by mid night. 20kts average with a few slightly sheltered spots put it doesn’t look lekker for flying…

RB – Probably too east to be great fun. Only the short easterly face might be doable today…

PV – All easterly winds here today. So PB looks straight up but it will be too strong to fly with 20kts plus on the cards.

Wilderness – Light east start but picking up quickly to 20kts plus. Late afternoon and early evening will see those CB activity moving south from behind the mountains with possible showers increasing chances during the night.

Plett – Same as Wilderness…

PE and PA – East to NE winds and very strong stuff all day!

EL – Also that strong NE flow (20kts plus!) and a chance of rain during the day. CB chances increasing during the night.

Inland – Strong East winds with a NE trend in the north. High base near Sutherland escarpment around 13k. CB activity moving in with the trough as the mid level low moves to the south.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:48 and setting at 18:12 (Day length is 11 hrs and 24 min). Some high clouds around while the SE winds will pickup in the afternoon. Perfect for forest sheltered forest walks but don’t get caught on the river in a canoe! The wind will only allow you to go one way! ;) Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(31 August 2020) 
Day 158 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another fun day out on the GR yesterday but as expected the lions share to the guys flying the west mountains. Thanks for the video WJ! (See attached link!). Today a CF touching CT at this moment and will progressively move into the SW parts of the WC. The SAH high shifting to the south of us as it builds over the next few days with strong winds expected so try get your flying in today! ;) The West coast being under the CF influence so rain and OD during the course of the day. It is better to the east with some good flying expected along the eastern parts of the GR – especially if your timing is good. Some high climbs in a few spots going over 6k. Some high Q’s over the inland mountains around lunchtime. Winds along the southern parts trending southerly but going East to NE in the east. Inland though it is mostly westerlies with some of the higher grounds (to the west) going over 20kts. The wind remains westerly with hight all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish up there. Freezing level around 6500’.

CT – NW start then going SW as the front moves. Rain most of the day so not a flying day really… Base around 1500’ and tops over 10k.

RB – Same as above!

PV – Also with the CF taking over here by late morning with rain – low base and high tops at 10k.

Wilderness – A day with promise! Some deep instability around with the Outenikwas showing indications of lift going to 8k! Sedge and Serps at the swing of the sea breeze a chance to get very high and drift with the west winds for some XC distance on the cards. Winds stronger early but it trends around 10kts mid day. Maybe later in the afternoon a extra pulse moving in from the ocean. Just keep eyes on that. Else the coast should be just just soarable I think.

Plett – Uppies showing a sweet window of convergence today around mid day with as the wind comes up being able to climb over 6k today! Perhaps some good XC miles on the cards… A SSE trend in the bay at Keurbooms later on.

PE and PA – SE surface winds that will trend to the east and NE and strengthen later on. Also some good flying conditions around at all the inland sites – the Westerly airmass being superb!

EL – SE start but the NE taking over and picking up. Strong Seabreeze convergence as the NE winds move inland. Hogs should be amazing…

Inland – Light to moderate westerly winds with good climbs and good thermals going to 9k at Sutherland escarpment. Good Q’s preceding the CF from the west. Watch the high clouds forming over the high mountains ahead of the CF… If you fly dress warm! lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:49 and setting at 18:11 (Day length is 11 hrs and 22 min). No rain with a cool SW breeze from the ocean after midday. Dress warm and go for a forest or a beach walks! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(30 August 2020) 
Day 157 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some sweet but icy cold Post frontal air left over the WC with some good flying conditions, especially in the west and further inland. (The SAH continuing to feed that air in all day today). Good looking skies with cool Q’s in most places. Winds are West in the west, SW along the Southern coastal regions and then more Southerly inland. Light winds inland with less than 10kts in most spots. Some excellent flying to be had out there form your secret spots – maybe even those cool flight over the snow being on the cards today. Climbs over 500ft/min most spots. The exception is the eastern parts of the GR where there is still lots of wet ground and a bit more breezy conditions so not such strong climbs rates on the cards with a poor SB mixing ratio. Winds remain light S till around 10k where it veers a bit to the WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish up there. Freezing level around 4500’.

CT – Light westerly winds with deep instability – up to 4k around the Peninsula (Looks like base just above TM.) But all the spts working by the looks of it – SLP, FH, DuToits etc. You take your pic. All of them will be super sweet. Maybe some XC flying towards PV on the cards too…

RB – WWB is out today so time to go visit FH I think! :) (Oh did I mention to dress very-very warm!) ;)

PV – Looking very good here to day with les chances of Q’s. More to the south and deeper inland. But light Westerlies with climbs to 5k on the cards here…

Wilderness – Still that breezy Wests for the morning but backing to the SW from near mid day. The coastal cliffs looks good today with a chance for Serps and Sedge to deliver some exciting stuff! For the hardcore XC guys flying from Serps to wards Sedge or inland and beyond are doable. Winds up there on the strong side with 15kts on the cards. Some OD on the bigger mountains probable and some rain out there too. It increase to the east towards eastern Plett side. (Maybe even some CB’s!) ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but deeper vertical development in the clouds. 15kts plus winds. Base around 3500’. Chance of rain and OD in the mountains. Not as good as we thought it might be… Even Keurbooms remaining a bit too west

PE and PA – A good chance of rain with Maitlands a maybe after lunch… W to SW winds…

EL – Not looking like rain but strong SW winds on the coast and just too strong for inland flying with 15kts plus out there.

Inland – Into the central Karoo a good looking day – better to the west – with good Q’s and light winds with excellent flying on the cards today. Swartberg Pass my pick for today with probably snow on the peaks and good flying to be had here – a strong morning but mid day nice moderating of the wind to less than10kts and base 6/6500ft… (Dress warm!) lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:50 and setting at 18:11 (Day length is 11 hrs and 20 min). No rain but still a cold day with a SW breeze from the sea. Dress warm and go for a forest or a beach walks! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 12 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(29 August 2020) 
Day 156 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing in all that freezing cold weather form far south onto the entire WC. Winds are Southerly in the west but veers SW along the southern coastal regions and also westerly inland. Rain and snow on all the prominent areas all day. Even a chance of CB activity in places with those tops exceeding 20k. Winds are strong with 20-30kts in places. Base starting low around 1k but rising to around 4k in the west and higher inland with Sutherland Escarpment and further east to 10k. The GR with lower base around 1-2k. The strong winds making for turbulent conditions so not really any flying around – the exception being Rondebossie hill for the hangies – a maybe here this afternoon… Winds veer around 10k to the WNW and then finish with a mighty 170kts over EL but just 60kts over CT. Freezing level down to 3500ft in a few places.

CT – Low cloud this morning but base rising to just over 4k. Winds re 15-20kts Southerly all day. Rain this morning but clearing partially mid day onwards.

RB – Good wind and flying conditions for the hangies if the rain stays away. It looks promising for the afternoon… (Oh, dress very  very warm!) ;)

PV – Too much south in it and strong – 15-20kts so not really flyable…

Wilderness – Rain and strong winds all day it seems. More specifically it looks like strong SW at mid day but some calmer spots soon after with the winds veering more westerly at times… (Snow on the Outenikwas!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but stronger westerlies with rain and snow on the larger back ranges...

PE and PA – Here too more into the grips of the passing CF with very strong SW winds and rain.

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Winds are all W to SW in the southern parts with loads of snow, CB activity and rain. Icy cold stuff everywhere with freezing level down to 3500ft. Strong 20kts winds in most spots. Again a very high shear factor around so best to drink coffee!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:51 and setting at 18:10 (Day length is 11 hrs and 18 min). Rain and wind all day. Stay warm and dry with a good book and some red wine and chocolates! It’s also a way to get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 12 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(28 August 2020) 
Day 155 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some super flying at Sedgefield yesterday for a lucky few pilots! ;) Today the dominant feature is the CF moving into the WC – rain already in CT and spreading gradually to the west during the day. This one is helped along by a strong SAH to the west of us, pushing in some really cold air form the south. So expect some wide spread snow again form tonight and tomorrow over all the higher peaks (and the not so high ones!) ;) Winds will be all westerlies with some north and south variations in a few spots. Strong. Very strong with most inland and coastal spots exceeding 20kts and a few spots reaching 40kts at times! The BS ratio not cool so even with some instability around the thermals will be rather turbulent. Lol. Winds remain WNW all the way to the Tropopause for a 140kts finish up there! Freezing level dropping in the west to 4500’ from tonight spreading to the east.

CT – Looks like a typical winters day – strong NW winds and rain. Base around 2k with tops exceeding 14k!

RB – Same as above!

PV – Same as above too after a quick slightly clearer start…

Wilderness – Very westerly flow of air and the usual protection in the Wilderness corner but by mid day we expect some backing to a SW. There is very strong SW winds just out to sea that are hinting at moving onto the coast at Wilderness from late afternoon - possibly 25kts plus winds so do keep a good look out. It is expected to have moments of 15kts winds during the afternoon too so careful! (Stay away from Sedge btw! And if you don’t please don’t forget to tell us about it!) ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with very strong W to SW winds all day….

PE and PA – Also that strong SW along the coast with the west inland stuff…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – A shredded day from the looks of it but still some very high cloud with base around 10k in the central Karoo and Sutherland Escarpment areas. Very strong Westerlies – all prefrontal stuff so not great for flying! A very high shear factor around so best to drink coffee!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:53 and setting at 18:09 (Day length is 11 hrs and 16 min). Get out early for your forest and beach walks because late afternoon sees very very strong SW moving in from the sea. Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(27 August 2020) 
Day 154 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH to the west, the IOH to the east and a trough inland in the eastern parts with CB activity around the Drakensberg. An interesting mix with a small coastal low early on along the west coast which will dissipate but the N to NW winds along the west coast remains. Some early fog patches here and inland in a few spots – most will clear during the day. Some good looking Q’s in most places today with high bases – the lowest probably around the Peninsula with some as low as 2k later on. Some strong NW winds in the higher spots inland again, increasing towards the east as we move towards that trough. The coast winds a moderate SW along the southern coastal regions but in the east the IOH dominating with very strong NE winds up there (20kts plus!) The winds go NW form around 10k upwards remaining NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kts finish. Freezing level down to 7500’ in the west but 10k in the east.

CT – A NW start to the day but it backs to the SW later on with 10-15kts around the Peninsula. IT does look like a good flying day with maybe the winds being a tad on the strong side in a few spots. The mountains around SLP and FH def too strong at the top with 20kts in spots up there. Out in the valleys however it looks like nice base with some sweet flying conditions if you can stay away form the mountains!

RB – WWB out in full force!

PV – Perhaps just too much N in it but later it looks to go a tad more NW. But the 15kts plus perhaps just a tad too strong for any comfortable flying I think. Base around 3500 with tops at 6k. It seems to thicken later on…

Wilderness – That sweet SW layer of unstable coastal air abounding along the coastal plains with some nice thermic action today. The back ranges up to 5/6k with a few Q’s but Sedge only giving us that 1500’ climbs with 5-10kts of SW winds. IT goes a bit west higher up but seems not go over 10kts for quite a bit. Serp a good option to fly to Sedge today (or beyond!). The coast could be flyable with PR probably being the better bet.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies showing huge climbs to 5k from 11 till after 13:00! Also west higher up but not over 10kts so a cracking day! Keurbooms could deliver something playful I think with the SSW wind at times pushing in there with just over 5-7kts perhaps…

PE and PA – PE just on the edge of the Easterly influence but to the east it is all NE winds and strong.

EL – Very strong NE winds along the coast. A complex mix inland with strong WNW meeting the in-curling of the E to SE coastal winds. But some good base and flying possible if you are on the ball – personal I think it a bit strong…

Inland – An amazing day by the looks of things in the little Karoo and central parts with very high bases and westerly trends in the wind. A strong convergence line near the Sutherland escarpment running to the east between the inland WNW and the southern WSW winds… One could go far there today I think!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:54 and setting at 18:09 (Day length is 11 hrs and 14 min). A sunny day with moderate onshore winds. Just perfect for forest and beach walks - go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(26 August 2020) 
Day 153 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH moving in behind the Cold Front pushing cool moist air onto the WC. Winds are all easterly with some local modifications for a SE direction. This layer is pretty deep with the east flow up t 8k inland with some sweet looking flat Q’s out there. The clouds thicken a bit along the southern coastal regions but for the most it is a great soaring day with good climbs and instability within this layer. 4/5k base along most of the Eastern coastal areas, lowering a bit along the GR and Overberg spots (Some OD around) but then drying as the air moves over the western mountains again. A shallow SW flow in the PV valley but the east is dominant above. From 8k to 12k the wind backs to the NW and remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 90kts finish. Freezing level around 8k…

CT – A deep unstable SE wind north of the City – the strong stuff to the south near CP. A moving wind-shadow form the looks of it with 25kts out to sea around LH and SH – the wind drops dramatically further North and inland towards Dbnville. Maybe one could squeeze a flight out somewhere…

RB – IT could work later on but seems to be on the weaker wind line. Its thermic though!

PV – I think that Picket berg would be the better bet with even the odd high flat Q around. Climbs to 5/6k probably. PV self the wind at launch could be a bit over the back – even if the valley winds are S to SW.

Wilderness – Some sweet instability around with base probably around 2-3k. Sedge and Serps showing promise with sweet climbs at late morning in early lunch to 2500k with clouds… (Some OD around) I think Map will be the place with a sweet SE picking up in the afternoon reaching 15kts – perhaps even getting too strong! Before that it is looking sweet!;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies showing climbs to 3/4k at base but that SE direction around 10kts remaining. (Some OD around)

PE and PA – A S to SE direction along the coast but with that sweet unstable air inland making most sites flyable. Looks like 50ft/min climbs at the best parts dropping after 14:00. Could be a sweet short XC day… (Some OD around)

EL – A SW start that will gradually moderate and go more S to SE inland. Same good air as above near the coast but further inland some strong Easterlies around.

Inland – IT is looking like a good flying day out there with climbs and Q’s around to 67k in the little Karoo and even more further north. The winds are all Easterly within this layer but then above that backs to the NW.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:55 and setting at 18:08 (Day length is 11 hrs and 13 min). Cloudy this morning with a light SE wind picking-up in the afternoon. An amazing day for forest and beach walks - go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(25 August 2020) 
Day 152 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A CF making its way into CT during the day – light rain possible form this morning already – spreading eastwards during the day. Winds are NW prefrontal inland but trending SW to the south of the Sutherland escarpment and on the southern coast but strong NE in the eastern coastal parts. There are a lot of clouds around with good looking Q’s preceding the front covering most of the SW parts of the WC. Base starting high at 4k but then lowering to just 2k later on as the front moves in. Some very high climbs in the eastern interior up to 13k (mostly strong NW prefrontal stuff) but 7-8k around Sutherland, 6k in the little Karoo and of course much less on the coastal plains. Winds are all NW from 10k upwards finish at 130kts NW at the Tropopause. Freezing level 11k in the east but lowering to 8k in the west.

CT – Looks like rain for the day and increasing later on too. Low base with high tops around 10k. NW winds and breezy!

RB – WWB is out today (oh and the rain)

PV – The morning is looking good with westerlies at 10kts but as the front moves in the winds pickup and base drops from a cool 4k to less than 2k! And then rain…

Wilderness – A strong SW pulse moving up the coast expected to reach Wilderness just after lunch (13-14:00) so do keep your eyes open for this one. The coast probably the best bet but expect some bumps due to a stronger flow higher up (One report said 27kts at less than 2000’!). Sedge stable during the morning but the instability depth increasing as the SW pulse moves closer but so too the wind increase making Sedge a washing machine at mid-day so be careful if you venture out here…! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies showing climbs to 5k – however the winds then are all westerlies and near 20kts! It is looking too west for Keurbooms too…

PE and PA – The meeting  point between the NE form the east and the SW from the CF moving up the coast happens around PE – shifting to the east of PE in the afternoon.

EL – Very strong NE winds along the coast here all day…

Inland – Strong NW along the escarpments but SW in the little Karoo areas. Its all prefrontal so loads of shear and mixing around and not the best day to be out flying. Rain moving in from the west later on.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:57 and setting at 18:07 (Day length is 11 hrs and 11 min). A good morning but the wind will move in from mid day onwards. Still fantastic for forest and beach walks go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(24 August 2020) 
Day 151 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! So after a superb days flying yesterday along the GR today’s bit of rain a welcome rest! ;) Some moist air being shoved onto the WC from the SSE by a long finger ridge of the SAH bringing some light rain along the southern coastal areas. It does stretch inland to just north of the Swartbergs but only for the morning. Base will rise during the day with some good looking skies inland! Q’s inland all over the WC. SE winds around 10kts all the way inland to the Southerland escarpment where the upper NW takes over and dominates. NW 20kts there which also is the direction above the inversion and cloud tops to the south. The NW remains till around 11k where a gradual backing to the west sees a 120kts west finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 11k.

CT – A SE day with a good wind-shadow all day by the looks of things. Instability here to around 4k with the SE backing to the East and dropping in strength 5kts and less. There is a shallow SW flow near the mountains but the SE flows over the top so DuToits etc not on today.

RB – There is strong SE winds over FB but it doesn’t look like it is reaching DBNville…

PV – SW up to 3k then the N takes over. So inversion at the mountain tops…

Wilderness – A light onshore with some rain on the cards. To me it looks like the cloud depth not enough for any significant precipitation so perhaps we could get some flying in around or just after mid day. Later on the clouds look to thicken and base lowers which could spoil things a bit. Sedge could be good for an hour at 13:00 with high cloud base… And Map could switch on for a short while too before the lowering clouds (maybe rain) might spoil it late in the afternoon…

Plett – Also SE but a similar to Wilderness with Uppies base at just over 3k. It lowers in the afternoon too…

PE and PA – A Westerly start but near mid day the SE will move in from the ocean with lowering base and chances of rain. Up to 15kts.

EL – W start then the SE also moving in from the ocean with lowering base and chances of rain. Some spells of good flying inland with good looking base. Further inland there is that lurking strong NW flow…

Inland – Ontop of the Southerland Escarpment area it is 20kts NW winds but to the south it is all SE winds around 10kts. Some good flying in this layer with base at times up to 7k… Rain along the coastal ranges most of the day…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:58 and setting at 17:06 (Day length is 11 hrs and 09 min). Another day to explore this amazing area – forest and beach walks are all doable! But take your rain coat with! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(23 August 2020) 
Day 150 of lockdown

Yesterday another great day of fying at Sedgefield for all the newbies - and it looks like we are going to have more of the good stuff today! ;) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH circulation dominating inland but the SAH having the upper hand along the SW parts and along the Southern coastal regions. Deeper instability in the inland NW mass but stronger winds so not the best for flying for us but the SW trends along the southern parts is looking really good – up to 3k along the southern coastal areas and just a tad lower along the west coast. Around 10kts with the later afternoon seeing an increase along the west coast otherwise it is actually sweet and good to fly in. Winds veer from the SW to the WNW at 5k then remains WNW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – A southerly surface trend that veers quickly to the SW. 5-10kts in most places with the inversion high around the Peninsula and parts of the SW corner (4k!) but it lowers quickly near the mountains to around 3k. Still the wind directions could make many parts of the range soarable so DuToits looking good. But SLP and FH could be maybes but later the southerly could mess around things in these spots…

RB – WWB and light all day I think…

PV – A shallow SSW layer up to 2k with North above that so not looking the best here I think…

Wilderness – It is looking like a great day as soon as the winds back to the SW from the West start. Good climbs at Sedge and Serps expected at mid day with perhaps 2k gains! The coast looks a tad light…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies showing lift to just over 3k at 10kts… Keurbooms looking just too light and a bit west but it is a maybe…

PE and PA – Moderate SW winds here… IT backs to the south further east around 10kts…

EL – Southerlies all day with some good flying in this layer – inland climbs to 3500. Near Hogsback the WNW takes over but 20kts being just too strong to be of any use…

Inland – 20kts plus over the higher grounds WNW winds all day long. Instability up to 9k in places but the winds causing just too much mixing for things to be any pleasant for flying… South of the mountains in the ocean air is the pace to be today!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:59 and setting at 17:06 (Day length is 11 hrs and 07 min). A day to get out into the forest (or into those beach walks). Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(22 August 2020) 
Day 149 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Again the IOH dominating over most of the WC but the SAH influencing the SW corner. Some sweet instability in the inland NW mass with climbs to 9k doable, especially in the eastern interior. However, the wind is just a tad on the strong side with 20kts on average in most places. The southern coastal areas having a very shallow southerly push form the ocean that is wedging in under this inland NW causing a strong inversion around 500’ to 1000’ in most spots. So not the best soaring forecast on the cards. Winds are NW to the 10k level then backs to WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kt finish up there. Freezing level way up to 15k…  

CT – A W to NW trend mostly with the inversion around 1000’. Above this the wind increases sharply with the 20kt mark around 2000’. So maybe SH and LH could be doable if you stay low… SLP and FH all looking too strong…

RB – WWB and light all day I think…

PV – Starting N but it does look like a backing to the NW around lunch time. It is 15kts average so strong but some climbs doable here to 5k. Probably ore a hangie day I think. ;)

Wilderness – NW above our heads with a shallow SSW flow along the coast. The inversion around 500’ but it does look like the afternoon sees a slight raising of that to perhaps 1000’. Winds are light so perhaps nothing to get too excited about. Sedge and Serps the spots to try and squeeze some airtime out of the sky… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies a tad higher with 1500’ doable. IT turns west higher up.

PE and PA – Light west to SW trending NE in the east later on.

EL – Onshore SE backing to the NE in the afternoon. Far inland the NW just too strong to be flyable…

Inland – 20kts plus NW winds that trend westerly in the south later on. in most places with some 500ft/min climbs to 9k in the good spots. Just a tad too windy for decent thermals and flying…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:00 and setting at 17:05 (Day length is 11 hrs and 05 min). Another beautiful winters day ahead of us with light onshore winds – just perfect for weekend action. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(21 August 2020) 
Day 148 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A little bit of post frontal air around with some flying in a few spots it seems. A moderate IOH and SAH sharing the WC weather – mostly the IOH dominating the flow over the country while the SAH will nudge in a light bit of SE in the SW corner late in the afternoon. A blue day with few clouds even if the morning is showing some wide spread fog patches inland and a small patches along the coasts. This should all clear by mid day. Winds are NE in the east veering to the SE along the southern coastal areas while we have a NW general flow inland – trending NE in the northern parts of the west coast but backing more N to NW towards CT. Inland the boundary layer going up to 9k especially in the east Hogsback area while the little Karoo is just over 6k. Climb rates moderate with 500ft/min on the stronger bits, the coastal regions around 300ft/min. Winds remain N to NW to 10k where it does a quick backing to the SSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish up there. Freezing level up at 11000’.

CT – I think it can be a beautiful day here with initial NW to W flow up to 15kts in the strongest parts. The 12 Apostles beckon! Late afternoon sees a SW surface trend around SH and LH but the flow at 2k remains W. SLP a maybe and so too FH with a chance of it being a tad strong at 15kts at times. Maybe more for the hangies… :)

RB – WWB and light all day I think…

PV – A bit of an upper N to even NE trend from mountain top height and higher but perhaps the surface NW trend might keep it going up. 4k climbs in most areas except to the north near Kardoesie where the convergence can get you up to 6k! 10-15kts at times…

Wilderness – A light SSE trend today with some instability around. Climbs to 1500’ on the cards at Serps and Sedge but Sedge might trend too east later on. Map seems to be in a teasing mood and not delivering enough oomp for it to become soarable. Buffs is also teetering on the soaring side but most often it does get strong there so it is not a bad option for the afternoon… ;)

Plett – Also the SE trend here with Uppies showing initial climbs to just over 2k. Later it drops to 1500’

PE and PA – Light onshore winds in the morning with the SE picking up into the low teens in knots. Looks like an amazing seabreeze convergence setting up between PA and EL today….

EL – SE winds around 10kts with some good thermic flying along the Seabreeze possible as it moves inland.

Inland – General NW winds but around mid day there is more of a North trend making spots like DuToits very attractive for flying – getting to 6k is doable here… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:01 and setting at 17:04 (Day length is 11 hrs and 03 min). A sweet winters day that is great for beach walks and heading out into the forest. Either way, go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))





(20 August 2020) 
Day 147 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another Cold Front slipping through into CT during the night with rain this morning spreading to the GR by late afternoon. The SAH still active helping to push up the cooler air form the south with a W to SW component along the WC in most places. Again it is strong along the coast with 20-30kts Westerlies especially to the east. The Clouds confined to the SW areas of the WC with some high bases just north of the first ranges – it looks like some very sweet flying north of the Swartberg ranges – 8k bases with 500ft/min climbs on the cards! At the Southerland Escarpment it is up to 10k. The winds remain westerly all the way to the Tropopause with a 80knt finish up there. Freezing level around 7500’.

CT – Looks like a N to NW start backing all the way to the S late late afternoon. Base around 2k with tops up at 7/8k. Some rain on the cards so a iffy day…

RB – Maybe late late afternoon but I doubt it with all the rain on the cards…

PV – It could be a good day flying here with 10kts SW winds at launch, some Q’s around with base perhaps 3/4k but thickening clouds with a slight chance of rain in some. Could be good….

Wilderness – Westerly morning but there are signs that some SW bits will push through for a flyable spurt during the day before the rain gets here. Maybe two pulses - 12 and around 14:00... Rain moving in after that (or even some earlier – just keep an eye on it). Sedge looks a tad too west and too strong to be comfortable I think… ;)

Plett – Too strong and too much west with the rain popping in later in the afternoon…

PE and PA – Just inland there is some sweet climbs with high Q’s that will progressively develop over the mountains near the coast and then move inland and improving – again high base of 8k but then those darn winds. 15-20kts inland and more on the coast SW…

EL – Offshore winds backing to the West and then SW steadily increasing during the day…

Inland – Some amazing prefrontal flying as the SW moves inland during the day – 8k bases in the best spots with 10kts inland around the little Karoo increasing to the North. Rain moving in near the coast from the west. Swartberg pass looking a bit strong with 15kts… It seems to be a watch and drool day… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:03 and setting at 17:04 (Day length is 11 hrs and 01 min). Another cool day with rain moving in later. Go out early for a walk in the shelter of the forest and take off your shoes for some grounding exercises… Either way, go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(19 August 2020) 
Day 146 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! So with the level 2 lockdown the good news is that we are allowed to fly tandem again (with strict Covid19 procedures of course) But it is a bit closer to that sense of normalcy I guess! Yay!  Today the post frontal air all over the WC with some sweet instability up to 6k inland and around 3k near the coastal plains. Some clouds during the morning in most places but this will burn off during the day with just some Q’s mostly in the SW and southern areas. Wind from the SAH ridge is giving us a general westerly along the southern parts but it does a sweet backing to the south further inland and eventually more easterly north of Carnarvon Brandvlei De Aar etc… The northern west coast beign offshore. There should be lots of snow around and the winds inland are generally light with 10kts and less in most spots – so a perfect day for flying out there. Winds back from west to SW above the inversion and then remains SW all the way to the Tropopause for 70kts finish. Freezing level around 5-6k but rising in the west to 10k.

CT – West to SW trends 5-10kts with some Q’s in a few spots early on but will trend to dry later in the day. It is a perfect day for flying at SLP and DuToits and FH – most spots probably working all day long…

RB – Too light I think…

PV – A tad too much south in the direction for my liking but some instability to 3500ft in most of the spots so it is doable… Kardoesie areas looking the best.

Wilderness – Well, I think it is going to be an epic day. Stronger stuff during the morning with coastal soaring and then as the wind moderates and goes a tad more SSW Sedge should kick in with soe sweet thermic flying for after lunch part of the afternoon. Early climbs there possible to 4k but a tad too west to be attractive I think. Perhaps 2k later on?

Plett – Its looking a tad too west here to me for things to get really good or pleasant… Climbs possible to 5k but 10-15kts west up there. It doesn’t quite turn on for Keurbooms either…

PE and PA – Those strong Westerlies dominating with a chance of some showers for most of the day. It moderates a tad in the west – Maitlands could be an option…

EL – Stronger here with a slight moderation in the afternoon but it still looks a bit too strong to fly. Low clouds form the morning will rise during the day with base ending around 6k…

Inland – Light SW winds around the little Karoo with some good thermic activity and base at 6k… The clouds quickly dissipate from North of the Outenikwas during the day… Swartberg pass should be flyable too…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:04 and setting at 17:03 (Day length is 10 hrs and 59 min). Another cold windy day but with no rain. Go for a brisk beach walk or within the wet forests…. Either way, go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 14 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 



(18 August 2020) 
Day 145 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A quick note for Ric who did a quick 12 Apostle flight yesterday – from SH to Kommetjie before the CF pushed in! But of course the Cold Front dominating the WC weather (and news!) with freezing level down to 3500ft in many places. Not surprising there’s wide spread reports of snow – the Outenikwa pass has snow, Table mountain has snow and its vrot on the higher grounds inland… Winds are SSW in the west but more WSW in the east – stronger to the east as well with 30-40kts in some spots! Unfortunately there’s lots of rain so getting out the snow areas could be a bit of a sloshy affair. A big storm swell running along the coast with swell of 6/7m – so the surfers are happy I’m sure. But nothing out there that looks remotely like flyable conditions for today. Lol. Out of interest the North KZN coast enjoying a seriour SW buster with 20kts plus SW headd butting the 20kt plus NE along the coast. Now it is possible to air surf that wave! (See pic) ;) The winds remain SSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 80/90kts finish.

CT – Strong SSW winds with passing showers. 15-20kts. Base 2/3k with tops around 6/7k…

RB – As above…

PV – SSW winds 15-20kts with passing showers – base at 2/3k and tops at 6/7k…

Wilderness – Very strong Westerlies with rain all day long! lol

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with some CB activity out to sea…

PE and PA – Very strong Westerlies 25-35kts with rain and some CB activity – mostly out to sea…

EL – Same as PE and PA.

Inland – 15-30kts SW winds inland with rain and snow on the higher grounds. Base looks sweet out here with 6k from the Swartberg and 8/9k near Sutherland. Its very cold and windy out there so dress warm! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:05 and setting at 17:02 (Day length is 10 hrs and 57 min). A real winters day with rain and strong wind all day. Best to find hat perfect coffee and book corner and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 11 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(17 August 2020) 
Day 144 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Well, some amazing flying from yesterday around the western parts – Du Toits being really good and even I had a lucky gap at Swartberg pass for a flight over the light snow on these peaks. Today the CF striking CT at this very moment, spreading over the entire WC during the course of the day. It’s a Biggy bringing in snow all over the place form the looks of it by mid night and into the day tomorrow. Strong increasing NW during the course of the day with the cold and rain moving in form the west – rain and cold reaching Willowmore and the GR by end of the day. It doesn’t look flyable – perhaps in the east a few spots could offer something – but its mostly prefrontal so be ware. Winds remains NW all the way to 20k then backing to the west for a 80-100kts finish up there. Freezing level lowering during the day with midnight as low as 3500ft in a few places…

CT – Rain starting about now increasing during the day with strong WNW winds…

RB – NFG here…

PV – Rain also from this morning with strong WNW winds…

Wilderness – Breezy NW winds up there with a sheltered shadow over the coast. Winds here are trending southerly but very light with a quick veering to the west with height. There is a very strong SW pulse moving in by late afternoon – we expect it to be here anytime 1round 17:00. Keep your eyes open!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but more westerlies at Uppies and the SE in the bay very shallow – 5-800ft…

PE and PA – The E to NE winds dominating here with a slight moderating in the west as the SW and front moves in closer. But it remains NE to the east all day at 20-30kts in places…

EL – Same as PE and PA.

Inland – The strong W to NW prefrontal winds dominating everywhere with the exceptions being the near coastal areas around PE and EL where some flying is possible within this layer - - up to 4500ft. Du Toits areas all too strong WNW over 20kts… For the rest its bracing for the snow and approaching cold front and snow! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:06 and setting at 17:02 (Day length is 10 hrs and 56 min). A sweet day ahead with shelter and calm before the storm… Enjoy the outdoors today and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(16 August 20202) 
Day 143 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH ridging in over the country still lavishing the WC with cold post frontal unstable air. It is more windy to the east while the west is moderating during the day and will produce superb flying conditions for the day. But its cold! Snow in many of the high places from last night and freezing level still low at just 4500ft! lol. PV valley and those parts def the place to be with 4/5k bases and 500ft/min climbs on the cards – light SW winds to boot! For the rest of the province the winds are SW in general strong along the southern coastal areas with 15-25kts in most place and even 30kts in the east. The interior with SW winds 10-15kts in the east but less than 10 in the west. Some sweet looking Q’s around so def a good looking day for flying. But dress warm! Lol. Winds remain SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kts finish. Freezing level around 4500’.

CT – Moderate S to SW winds start but dropping during the day. Maybe 10kts at times near the shore at SH. But it looks like the od shower passing through during the day. DuToits probably the place to be for a flight to PV. IF its too rainy then move more north along the range for launch.

RB – a WWB day! ;)

PV – Super cool here for the day. Base around 4/5k with sweet flat Q’s. My spot for the day! :)

Wilderness – Strong West winds for the morning all the way to around 14:00 where it shows some sign of backing to the SW and moderating enough for a small chance of flying. Perhaps a window from 2 to 4 if the rain stays away… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but nor moderating enough here for flying and a slight more chance of rain moving in from the ocean,

PE and PA – Very strong SW winds with rain out to sea – CB activity out there in the moring and a slight chance of some of that making it to the coast…

EL – Same as PE and PA.

Inland – Sweet light winds in the west increasing slightly in the east to 15kts. It looks like a cold but perfect day to go fly out there (or watch the snow) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:07 and setting at 17:01 (Day length is 10 hrs and 54 min). A cold and windy day with a very small chance of rain. Dress warm and brave a walk – head into the protected forests and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 12 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 



(15 August 2020) 
Day 142 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Soe sweet flying yesterday in CT and along the GR with the students from Wild2Fly and Wallandair having an epic time. Here’s some pics of Adam enjoying the 12 Apostles yesterday – only in a hang glider folks! ;)Of course today in stark contrast with the CF having the WC in its full grips. The SAH well formed to shove some cold and even snowy conditions pushed up form far south onto the WC. (Snow tonight on the higher ground inland.) Winds are all strong South Westerlies with 20-30kts along the coast and also mid twenties inland. Good rain in CT this morning but it should moderate during the afternoon. The rain spreads into the interior during the afternoon passing GR late afternoon. Loads of clouds around with base varying from 1500’ along the GR rising inland to 5/6k. Tops up to 12k in places. Wind remains SW to around 15k then veers a tad to the WNW to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish up there. Freezing level down to 4500’ in places. Of interest is the very strong SW buster movign up the KZN coastline this afternoon. I got this depiction of the winds surrounding this phenomena from windy. Should be soem interesitng shear areas (and lift!) around there... :)

CT – Strong SW winds and rain all day – partial letting up in the afternoon.

RB – Rain and a WWB day! ;)

PV – Clagged in all day – maybe a slight lessening up late afternoon…

Wilderness – Looks like wind and rain all day long… A good rest day. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. Strong SW winds.

PE and PA – Rain from late afternoon with very strong SW winds…

EL – Same as PE and PA.

Inland – Strong West during the morning backing slightly to the SW during the day. Rain moving in form the west reaching GR and beyond by mid afternoon…. Cold and snow tonight on the high grounds…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:08 and setting at 17:00 (Day length is 10 hrs and 52 min). A cold rainy and windy day all day long! ;) Stay indoors with a good book or movie. Either way get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 13 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(14 August 2020) 
Day 141 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A very large SAH pushing a strong CF towards the WC with a large fetch behind it with cold and snowy conditions from tomorrow evening on. But not before we still have a shallow layer of post frontal air along most of the WC areas that promise some good flying. A general westerly flow pattern with NW inland and more Southerly along the southern coast. The inland NW with some deeper instability but the winds a tad too strong out there with 20-30 in a few spots (convection up to 9k in paces) but the shallow coastal air the more promising mass to fly in with convection from 1500 to 4k in the further eastern areas. Some Q’s around the SW parts with the rest a blue day. There is a isotherm layer around the 3k level in the SW promising some wave activity – you can see the surface wind prediction reflecting the wave patterns too. Winds remain NW to the Tropopause with a 80kts finish up there. The freezing level up at 11500’.

CT – NW winds around 15kts. Some cloud around lowering during the day to perhaps 2k around the Peninsula. It is higher to the east near the bigger mountains. Slight chance of some precipitation but the big rains moving in early tomorrow morning. It can work at SH and LH but watch the venturi areas I think…

RB – a WWB day! ;)

PV – NW winds 10-15kts with climbs to just below mountain top height. It will probably go to mountain top height but it is not that great flying conditions I think.

Wilderness – A sweet sheltered area with a light onshore flow for the mid parts of the day. Probably not enough for good soaring along the ocean cliffs but Serpentine and Sedgefield will be the places to hang out. Climbs to 1500 on the cards but the wind veers to the NW up there so if you climb that high it might get a bit bumpy. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with a tad more SSE trend and climbs at Uppies to 2500’ on the cards. IT could even be doable at Keurbooms…

PE and PA – Light SW to S winds along the coast. IT trends more East in the afternoon in the east.

EL – Strong West winds far inland with initially a SE trend along the coast penetrating to near Hogsback. Some convergence between the coastal winds and the inland West. The west looks a bit strong for flying with mid to upper teens but the SE more moderate with climbs to 4k in here. (The west winds the instability going much higher) The SE will trend more E to NE later on. (You guys must be getting vat this week with all the food Steff has supplied!) lol

Inland – Strong NW winds with some prefrontal trend in places – gusts exceeding 30kts in the higher spots. The coastal southerly surface wind penetrating to the SB late afternoon otherwise it is mostly westerly. It should be a sweet propeller day if you remain below 2500’ late afternoon on the coastal flats…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:09 and setting at 17:59 (Day length is 10 hrs and 50 min). A beautiful day with a slight bite in the air. Perfect for doing everything and anything. Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(13 August 2020) 
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! :))




(12 August 2020) 
Day 139 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another wintery day around the WC with the CF westerlies dominating – helped along by the SAH. Strong winds again as another CF is approaching CT even while they are still in some post frontal air. More rain for this evening expected when the CF makes landfall tonight. Strong NW to W winds in the interior with some spots again touching on that 40kts mark. Loads of low cloud around in the west during the morning with a slight chance of rain – base around 2k with tops in the 6k range. Drying out a lot towards the GR where the NW to W winds will dominate again. Towards PE and PA again the dominating SW winds on the cards but slightly less in the eastern interior with 10-15kts in a few spots – so maybe some flying to be had around Hogsback today… Winds remain WNW with height all the way to the Tropopause with a 100kts finish. Freezing level between 7k in the west and 10k in the east.

CT – Cloudy and some rain – most over the mountains with strong NW winds all day. Base around 2k…

RB – WWB strongly in action…;)

PV – Clagged in, base around 2k and tops at 6k with a chance of rain and strong NW winds all day…

Wilderness – Again those strong WNW winds dominating but a slight sheltered region in the Wilderness corner that might even produce short spells of some flyable conditions along the coast. It looks to be too west I think but we do live in hope! ;) Sedge is west but climbs could go to 5k! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but even stronger Westerlies all day…

PE and PA – Morning offshores that will trend to the SW in the afternoon.

EL – From PA side towards EL the coastal winds are lighter with a southerly trend. Late afternoon sees a complete backing to the NE from the east of EL. Inland the WNW dominate but around Hogsback there is some Southerly influence that in places could be flyable – possibly getting over 7k in some spots. Maybe less eating for the Hogsback guys today..? ;)

Inland – Again those very strong WNW winds with 40kts in some of the high places. Very cloudy towards the west with some clouds and good base further eastwards. IF not for the strong winds it could be a sweet day out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:12 and setting at 17:58 (Day length is 10 hrs and 47 min). Another windy day best spent in the sheltered forests. Or again in the lee of Gerrickes point if you are in the know! Either way, go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another windy 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(11 August 2020) 
Day 138 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Yesterday Grove flew at Lone hill to Louvain - getting to 6000' a few times! He says he was too cold (and too scared!) to take a picture for us but the views were of the best he has ever seen form p there! (Good flight Grove!) ;) Strong frontal movements the order of the days for this week by the looks of things as the frontal driven westerlies sweep across the WC – the exception being the eastern coastal part where the IOH still has some hold with NE coastal winds out there. There is a strong SW buster that will shape up and move up the coast between PE and EL this afternoon. The Cold Front rain being dropped along the west coast mountains leaving slightly drier air over the interior with passing showers out there. Base low in the west but rising to the east. Instability around but it is varied perhaps due to the wet ground in many places. Winds are 20-30ts in most places with a fee 40kts spots in the interior today. So west coast its westerly winds around 20kts, the interior its westerlies around 30-40kts, the southern coastal areas it is westerlies 20-30kts and even to the east in the EC it is westerlies 20-30kts. IT remains west all the way to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish up there. Freezing level around 5500’ in the west and 10k in the east as the front moves in.

CT – Rainy and strong westerlies with some clearing for the afternoon. It looks like it remains strong for flying but maybe some dune gooning for the hangies on the west coast in those secret spots?

RB – Again WWB is out and alive! (but there is a west facing slope up there!) ;)

PV – Clagged in, rainy and strong west winds all day I think…

Wilderness – Small chance of rain but mostly its very strong and gusty westerly winds going slightly WSW in the mid part of the day but it looks like its not enough south and remaining too strong… Hhhmm…

Plett – Even stronger Westerlies all day…

PE and PA – A deceptively sheltered start along part of the coastline here with some light winds around but then the SW will start to shape up and form into a strong buster between PE and EL this afternoon. (See graph)

EL – Light east winds to start  with but increasing and backing to the NE to the east during the day. The major change comes in the shape of a buster moving up the coast from the west reaching EL around 16:00… Strong W winds in the interior which will increase as the buster moves in. It is not looking good for flying around Hogsback. More eating for the Hogsback guys..? ;)

Inland – Exceptionally strong westerlies far inland with 40kts in places. High base along the Sutherland escarpment – perhaps at 10k. Some scattered showers intensifying to the west. Not good for flying…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:13 and setting at 17:57 (Day length is 10 hrs and 45 min). A windy day best spent in the sheltered forest walks. Or in the lee of Gerrickes point if you are in the know! Either way, go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 19 degrees11 C! Enjoy the day! :))



(10 August 2020) 
Day 137 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF leaving some sweet unstable air in its wake – there should be loads of Q’s around to show us a good looking sky! Circulation mostly dominated by the inland HP system with a large anticlockwise circulation around SA. NE winds along the norther west coast which backs more N to NW closer to CT. It is still a tad on the strong side here with 15-20kts and a slight chance of some precipitation. Winds are light in the interior with around 4-6k AGL depth of instability. A W to NW flow around the WC interior mostly. The southern coastal areas starting with strong Westerlies backing during the course of the day to finish with a SE trend along the GR. Further west it remains more SW all day and increases in strength. The EC with strong West inland and SW along the coast. Winds are N to NW initially but then backs to the WNW all the way to the tropopause for a 100kt finish. Freezing level around 10k.

CT – IT could be a great 12 Apostles day for the hangies most probably. Might be a tad strong for the PG. Late morning with some thicker clouds so the afternoon seems to be the better time to fly. SLP and FH too strong today…

RB – WWB is out and alive!

PV – N to NW wind initially but the late afternoon sees a slight backing to the NW. 10-15kts with some climbs around to 4k. Could be a good day to the south of Dasklip I think.

Wilderness – It is looking like a super flying day today with good soaring along the ocean cliffs for the late morning until after lunch. The backing and slackening making Sedge worth a look especially as the instability could see some good climbs – earlier perhaps to 4k though the winds will be strong at that point for flying here. Map could be good for students late afternoon.

Plett – Stronger W to SW flow here with the S coming in later in the afternoon. Keurbooms looking really sweet as soon as the wind straightens enough and Uppies has a window between 13 and 14 for climbs to 5k! (As soon as it is light enough to fly – seems a tad strong earlier on!)

PE and PA – The SW blowing just too strong all day here for anything to work – maybe Maitlands for the hangies?

EL – Also not looking that great with the strong flow following the CF up the coast – 15-20kts inland and more along the coast… Another day of eating out there? ;)

Inland – The strong winds confined to the coastal areas with lighter stuff inland around the central WC. A general W to NW flow pattern with some sweet instability all around. Du Toits farm could offer some late sunset veering to the N for a sweet sunset flight... Worth keeping an eye on that one. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:14 and setting at 17:57 (Day length is 10 hrs and 43 min). A windy start but moderating and going onshore to the SE later in the day. A walk along the beach or a walk in the shelter of the forests. Either way, go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a coolish 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(9 August 2020) 
Day 136 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A wave of Cold Fronts pushing through lashing the WC with strong westerly winds and loads of rain along the western mountain ranges. A few odd showers to the east of this line but blustery strong westerly winds all over the show. Cold inland temps today at 7 degrees with some instability around but of course the winds just shredding those thermals apart making for a high B/S ration everywhere. The 50kts level less than 1000’ AGL in a few spots today! (See graphs!) 25kts plus shear values around so highly unlikely to be a flyable spot around today. Winds remain westerly all the way up to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish. Freezing level down to around 6500’.

CT – Base around 2k with tops 10-12k. Lots of rain on the cards here today with westerly winds around the 20kt surface range.

RB – Rain and WWB is very active!

PV – Rain with base at 2 and tops at 10k with strong westerly winds all day.

Wilderness – Slight chance of rain but mostly just very windy with WNW winds 20kts but after lunch some moderation expected with a WSW direction. Highly unlikely the dunes will be flyable but fingers crossed anyways! ;)

Plett – Stronger Westerlies here with no S in it…

PE and PA – WNW trending more west during the day with some sheltered spots in the bay later in the afternoon on the surface only…

EL – Very strong Westerlies inland and even stronger SW along the coast all day long. Doesn’t look like a flyable day here so the Hogsback crowd probably going to eat themselves silly! ;)

Inland – Again those strong W winds spoiling any chance of flying with the 50kts level less than 1000’ AGL in a few spots! A few showers out there too…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:15 and setting at 17:56 (Day length is 10 hrs and 41 min). A windy day with WNW winds and a slight onshore trend later in the day. Walk down wind along the beach or find shelter in the forests. Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a coolish 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(8 August 2020) 
Day 135 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! And an amazing flying ay yesterday too – the pilots who risked going to DuToit’s farm rewarded with some great-great flying until way after sunset! (Grove flew Louvains - got just over 4k and landed at the guest farm!) :) Today a big prefrontal day with a coastal low preceding the front dominating the weather in the west while the IOH is doing its thing in the east and also in the interior. Mostly very strong NW winds (40kts at TM top expected) but 20-30kts in most interior places except for the southern coastal areas where there will be a light s to SE flow pattern as the IOH NE winds creep further down the coast. Strong wave effects today with 8m/s climbs over De Doorns! The wind remains NW with height with a 140kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 10-12k.

CT – Those very strong N to NW winds all day with strong wind shear expected.

RB – Again WWB is very active!

PV – Very strong N to NW winds here all day too….

Wilderness – A sheltered and light offshore start which will remain light for the day but trending to the S and SE later on. Sedge with a smidgeon of up flow but the inversion just about at launch height so nothing really good expected there today. Even Buffs is looking too weak…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with a tad more SE so not good there either…

PE and PA – Initial offshores then a easterly trend – picking up in the afternoon. PA strong NE all day here….

EL – NE from the start getting to 30kts later in the day in places. Inland its strong NW with a high wind shear factor in most places of 25kts…

Inland – Those strong NW winds spoiling any chance of flying as the CF approaches from the west. Wind shear exceeding 25kts in most spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:16 and setting at 17:55 (Day length is 10 hrs and 40 min). A sheltered light wind day for Wilderness making it perfect for walks on the beach or in the forest. Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a comfy 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(7 August 2020) 
Day 134 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A classic IOH dominance day – the air circulating anti clockwise inland so that the west coast is offshore (and strong in the north) and the southern coastal regions (close to the coast) northerly. The south coast having that E to SE wind direction trend while it is W to NW along the west coast in some spots. Some great flying on the cards in a few inland spots with some instability up to 5 perhaps 6k. No clouds expected so a blue day on the cards. The EC also having some good spots  -notably around Hogsback today. (See graphs) Winds remain N until above the inversion where it backs to the west all the way to the Tropopause for a 130kts finish. Freezing level around 10k.

CT – Light NW flow with gentle increase with height – 10kts at TM top height so it could be a sweet day if you can bench up at LH to get onto the 12 Apostles. SLP and FH could also be really good with light NW winds but just note around 3/4k the wind does veer back to the North so it could influence things a bit. (Makes flying not boring! Lol)

RB – WWB is out today. There is a sweet looking Sea Breeze convergence setting up over Atlantis – maybe that aero towing thing is a great idea to connect with this kind of thing… ;)

PV – There is a sweet but shallow SW with climbs perhaps to mountain top height. The only thing is the wind is N to NE above that making for an interesting mix… lol. It’s a maybe day I think – pending which airmass will dominate around MNT top height.

Wilderness – A NE start which will veer to the east to SE during the day. Some instability around with initial climbs at Serps and Sedge perhaps to 1500’ but the wind is very east so not too promising for flying. Map is a maybe in the afternoon though it is looking a tad light (but lets hope the forecasts are wrong!) My spot to chose for our area is Buff where the wind will be strong enough for good soaring. Might even get blow out here… ;) Gerrickes point is a maybe – doesn’t look south enough for a bench-up. The north sides is looking amazing today though…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with more east so not good there either… (Buffs is close enough!) ;)

PE and PA – Initial offshores then a SW trend that will back to the east late afternoon. Some Q’s from here and eastwards so it does look like a good flying day inland.

EL – SW coastal winds backing to the SE and E during the day. Inland SW but going NE in most spots. Hogsback showing some convergence today with climbs close to 9k and even some sweet looking Q’s. 3-600ft/min climbs at the best times – 12 – 15:00. Lekker!

Inland – Du Toits north looking very good with climbs to 5500’ and winds never exceeding 15kts at height. It could be one of those sweet days all the way till sunset… Further north - north of the SB it is N to NE winds – some 20kts spots over the high lying ground again but moderating during the day it seems.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:17 and setting at 17:55 (Day length is 10 hrs and 38 min). Still cold air around with the winds easterly in direction. No rain and no clouds expected. Looks great for walks on the beach else its hot chocolate and good book weather! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(6 August 2020) 
Day 133 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! So yesterday was a special but cold winters day of flying all over the WC. Here’s some cool pics of some of the province wide action – just love those colours form the Swartland valley (thanks for the pic Adam!). Today another strong CF passed through the night, this time leaving some snow in its wake on the higher grounds inland. A strong SAH helping to move the cold air far into the interior with a fresh S to SW flow of wind. Winds are pretty strong in most areas so not much prospects of flying except around the Peninsula and surrounds (A nice change!) ;) Still the cold unstable air with clouds around – base ranging from 2/3k near the coast up to 9k near Sutherland Escarpment where the southerlies are pushed even way further into the interior. Winds remain South with height with a veering to the West just before the Tropopause for a 130kts finish over the interior but 70kts S over the south coast regions. Freezing level around 5000’.

CT – Southerly winds around 10kts – nice and light with a large sheltered  area around LH and SH today. Later it will trend SW here but still probably less than 10kts. Base looks to be around 2-3k with a chance of some thermic activity here. SLP too much south in it (Herm too much SW!) FH similar with the southerly but Du Toits could be more SW however there’s a bit of a SSE at altitude… lol.

RB – Right direction but could be a bit light. Maybe maybe later in the day…

PV – Still looking good here like yesterday but with more wind and a southerly direction in it.

Wilderness – Strong SW up along the south coast today with a slight chance of the Wilderness corner moderating enough in the afternoon to be dune goonable. :) Inlnad some good clouds but the winds are just too strong today…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with more punt in the SW wind!

PE and PA – Also like Wilderness with a slightly better chance of rain and even more punt in the wind! Lol

EL – Strong SW winds along the coast and inland. Very cloudy with OD in places and just too strong to fly anywhere today.

Inland – The wind backing to the south further inland and moderating. Snow around the escarpment regions especially in the east. Some high and cold bases out here… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:18 and setting at 17:54 (Day length is 10 hrs and 36 min). A cold windy day but it does seem like the rain is not on the cards for the day. Looks great for walks on the beach else its hot chocolate and good book weather! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 14 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 



(5 August 2020) 
Day 132 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front sweeping past Maputo today while the SAH is shaping a sweet ridge along the southern parts with a trough in the central regions. There is an amazing mass of unstable air behind this front with what promises to be not a too a shabby winters flying day. :) (But dress warm!). Some sweet looking Q’s around marking those lovely thermals with climbs 3-500ft/min (might get some stronger ones around PV today). Winds are light S to SE in general along the southern parts except around the Peninsula with 15-20kts in places. Inland very similar with a gentle veering around to the west and then NW further inland we go. There’s rain mostly out to sea with the odd chance of a few spots reaching the shore, especially around the PE side. Winds go back to NW from 10k upwards with a slow backing to the W for a 150kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level just shy of 5k.

CT – Again some fresh SSE winds around 15-20kts. It is a deep layer withbase around 4k and little wind-shadow shaping up. Hermanus looks doable with enough south in the wind at launch at 10kts or so. SLP and FH with too much S and even SSE in it – so to Du Toits today. Maybe if you are hardcore! ;)

RB – IT is looking great to me!

PV – The better spot of the day I think. Strong climbs and some Q’s around all the way to 5k – maybe even a tad more. SSW winds up to 10kts.

Wilderness – A light SSE day but with amazing unstable air around. It is very wet from all the rain form yesterday so probably will only start working later than expected I think. Also a chance of some OD. But a good chance of some climbs close to 4k over Sedge doable today. 5-7kts mostly but possibly 10kts with some luck. I think the coast probably a tad too light but maybe light scratching possible at times. You will be close to freezing level once at cloud so dress warm! lol

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with a tad more SE in the direction.

PE and PA – Rain out to sea with a chance of some stuff moving onto the shore. Winds are S to SE light in the morning but picking up a tad in the afternoon.

EL – Similar to PE but with a tad more push in the East wind later in the day. Again the chance of some OD conditions inland otherwise also looking amazingly unstable for flying with sweet flat Q’s around – best window from 11:30/12 to maybe 14:00. East winds in general.

Inland – Light winds with an E to SE trend. A chance of some light rain and low cloud in the Langkloof and northwards of there at times. Otherwise very cold conditions with freezing level at mountain top near Swartberg. Unstable conditions but with the wet ground around there could be some sweet propeller flying areas around.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:18 and setting at 17:532 (Day length is 10 hrs and 35 min). A cold day with light winds around. If you are not flying walks on the beach should be cool else its hot chocolate and good book weather! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 12 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(4 August 2020) 
Day 131 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Yesterday some lucky pilots getting some good flying at  Sedgefield and DuToits pass near CT. Sweet! Today the CF dominating the WC weather today with cold rainy and windy conditions all over the region. Winds are SW with a southerly trend along the western parts and SW along the southern coastal areas. It is SW inland all the way to a line form Uppington to De Aar towards the EC coast, where it is NW (strong prefrontal). Rain for most of the southern regions with the large SB mountains blocking most of the rain from moving further north. Base around 2k in general with tops around 8k (It does vary slightly form place to pace). Rain probably putting  stop to any flying with the exception of CT for RB where the hangies might might have a shot at getting some strong Southerly air. The winds remain SW to around 10k where it veers to the West all the way to the Tropopause for a strong 150kts finish up there! Freezing level around 4000ft in the SW corner but seems there’s too much rain around for snow…

CT – Strong (20kts) deep Southerlies all day with base around 2k and tops at 8k with rain on and off.

RB – A maybe day if the rain stays away.

PV – Very southerly in direction but also the CF with 2k base and 8k tops. Rain on and off…

Wilderness – Strong SW winds with the rain on the cards for most of the day. (You had to have had your chance yesterday it seems!) ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Very strong SW winds along the coast with rain on and off all day.

EL – Similar to PE are with strong SW coastal winds and then the SW penetrating inland during the afternoon making for some very turbulent and sheary conditions where it mixes with the inland W to NW winds.

Inland – SW winds for the Oudtshoorn valley and north of there. Some good looking clouds north of that but strong wins at 15kts increasing with height. It is very cold out there so dress warm for you adventure!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:19 and setting at 17:52 (Day length is 10 hrs and 33 min). A real winters day with rain and strong winds. Dress warm for your outing or find a sheltered corner with hot chocolate and a good book! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 13 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(3 August 2020) 
Day 130 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF into CT today helped along by the SAH. A trough along the western parts of the country while the IOH is doing its thing in the east. Winds are NW inland with20-30kts along the higher grounds – a little less than yesterday – but conditions are still strong NW to W in the inland regions. A WSW along the southern parts and around EL the change over to the IOH NE winds along the eastern coastal regions. Still winter conditions with light to moderate climbs – mostly around 2-300ft/min with the best parts around 500ft/min. Winds are NW all the way up to just before the Tropopause where it backs to the West for a 120kts finish. Freezing level is around 11000’ but it is expected to drop to less than 4000’ by tomorrow morning so snow possible on the higher grounds.

CT – A cloud layer around 2k with the tops around 4k. IT looks like it will thicken later in the afternoon with an increased chance of rain. Winds are westerly with a few variations around the Peninsula. It is 20kts from 2k upwards except in the SW parts of the Peninsula so maybe some soaring along the lower ocean cliffs possible if the rain stays away. SLP and FH probably clagged in but also too strong.

RB – WWB.

PV – Looks like the best spot of the day with light westerly winds and climbs to 3-3500’. The larger cliffs o the south of Dasklip launch looking very sweet for a afternoon flight along them.

Wilderness – A SW day with some strong stuff out to sea – it might pop in to the coast so keep a good look out. Else it looks around 5-10kts mostly with Sedge also showing promise of offering a good day. Climbs to 4/500m possible.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies maybe going up to 2500’

PE and PA – SW winds along the coast with the inland parts too strong NW. Maitlands probably doable, The SW stops just after PA where the change over to the NE happens – settled east of EL.

EL – Too strong inland today I think with 15-20kts in most spots. The coast with light winds all within the change over region from SW to NE. (See graph)

Inland – Strong NW winds trending W further south. Again not the best of days with some prefrontal strong winds on the cards. 50kts around 8k…Strong wind shear north of the Outenikwas ranges (See graph) Some good flying along the coast possible.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:20 and setting at 17:52 (Day length is 10 hrs and 32 min) Some more cooler wind from the ocean today but still perfect for hiking in the forest or on the beach– go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(2 August 2020) 
Day 129 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! An approaching CF tightening those isobars so loads of strong bergwinds around today. Far inland the high spots around the Sutherland escarpment winds expected to reach the 40kts mark! Most of the WC with a shear value exceeding 20kts. So its not the best day to try go out flying. Lol. The inland high still dominating with the IOH doing its thing in the east with some strong NE coastal winds along the eastern coast. The offshores expected to dominate for most of the day along the southern coastal areas with very high temps (close to 30 in many spots!) but a SW pulse expected very late in the afternoon. The EC might be the exception with possibly some flying out there as the berg winds not quite reaching that far in the scary strength department for today. (But it is still a maybe around the Hogsback area). The wind remaining NW all the way up with a slight backing to the W at the Tropopause for a 60kt finish up there. Freezing level still up at the 13k level.  

CT – Some lighter surface wind but very strong higher up. 20kts plus lurking from around 2000’ upwards so be very careful if you get tempted to go fly anywhere. SLP and FH all scary conditions today so beware…

RB – WWB.

PV – All northerlies with 20kts plus at mountain top level and stable…

Wilderness – Strong NW winds all day with that SW pulse looking like it might get to us around 17:00. But even then it looks pretty strong and it could be a mixy turbulent one. Be careful if you are trying for that CP or dune gooning flight. lol

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but the SW not making it here…

PE and PA – Strong NW winds all day but the coastal NE making inroads from the afternoon onwards. It is NW inland and not good…

EL – A chance of some flying here as the NE form the IOH dominating and slightly less strength in the inland W to NW winds. Strong convergence again today so if you are on it you could pick a spot!

Inland – Those NW killing all flying today with that string wind shear factor of 25kts almost everywhere. So find a good book and some red wine to chill today… lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:21 and setting at 17:50 (Day length is 10 hrs and 30 min) A hot berg wind day – pretty windy but again some shelter in Lienkies corner for the beach goers. IT is however perfect for hiking – go way up into the mountains and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a really hot 27 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(01 August 2020) 
Day 128 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Today looking not too shabby. The IOH with a weak ridge along the southern parts, the inland trough along the west coast being the major players in the WC weather. Winds are NW inland in general and light S to SE along the southern parts and S to SW along the west coast areas. Some fog patches around in the south but this should all clear by late morning. No clouds expected. More stable in the west with an increase in the instability to the east along the coastal regions. Inland though the northerly air mass dry with some depth in the instability. This mas also gets better to the east (Once again the Drakensberg areas being superb for flying.) The usual 20kts plus over the higher escarpments but much lighter in the valleys with a West trend later in the day. The coastal southerly penetrating to around the Swartberg ranges too. The wind remains NW to around 0k where it starts to back to the west then SW at the Tropopause at 60kts. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – The surface winds trending SE but it backs quickly to the NE then N from around 1=1500ft AGL. Fairly light so a sweet windshadow around LH and SH with some light thermals to just above launch during the mid day part I think. Around 10kts at TM top height but perhaps more in the venturi’s… SLP looks like the shallow SE just enough to meddel the flying there… Same at FH but perhaps a better chance from lunchtime onwards of the NW taking over. Perhaps the corner on the DuToits pass could work for some light thermic soaring again…

RB – Too light…

PV – Again frustrating shallow surface inversion with the northerlies above that… To the far north just past Klawe it looks like a amazing seabreeze convergence moving in late afternoon (see graph) Not sure how you will connect with that one though… Maybe aero towing? Hhhmmm,,,

Wilderness – Some light soaring at Sedge yesterday but today actually looks a bit better. Winds looks like a light SSW start then backing ot the SE later in the day. It is weak with maybe 5-7kts at times. Some sweet instability at Sedge with just enough depth in it to have fun in. Climbs to 500m perhaps? Best time from as early as 10:30 with some luck otherwise just before mid-day before the wind goes too much SE.

lett – Similar to Wilderness but with more SE so Uppies direction not the nest. Climbs maybe to  just over 1500 but it is light…

PE and PA – Light offshore to WSW start that will back to the east eventually. Nothing above 10kts but lighter in most places. Again the inland W to NW coverging with the seabreeze ins some spots with some amazing conditions if you can pin point or luck into the right place. ;) See graph!

Inland – Dominating NW that will trend more west later in the day. 10kts average. Some light instability around with 3k AGL in general. The coastal southerly penetrating to the Swartberg Range mostly by 16:00. Excellenr propeller flying in the south all day long. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:22 and setting at 17:50 (Day length is 10 hrs and 28 min) Another amazing day with everything to play with on the cards. Light winds and mild temps. Perfect for walking on the beach or in a forest somewhere. (Or way up into the mountains even!) Go out and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(31 July 2020) 
Day 127 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A day of HPS dominating everywhere – not a cloud in the sky today. The SAH dominating in the west and the inland H inland with loads of subsidence in the west but some cool instability in the eastern parts of the country – over the Berg – Sanie Pass would be the place to launch to day with strong climbs to over 14k! (Hans you lucky ding!) ;) Back home its nothing of the sorts with winds W to NW inland with 20kts plus over the higher escarpments again – this will trend westerly in the south and NE offshores in the far northern west coast regions – perhaps 3k AGL instability in a few spots. A shallow Southerly in a few spots around CT but W above that. The southern coastal regions very light winds with 5-7kts on the cards. The inversion very shallow here today unlike the previous days action with around 1000’AGL the norm. Winds are NW up to 6k then backs to the WSW and remains WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50-60kts finish. Freezing level up at 13000’.

CT – light wind start with a southerly direction on the surface but it is WNW above that. IT will trend SW at SH and if you can bench-up high enough you could get onto the 12 Apostles today… SLP looks sweet as the shallow SE curls around for enough up here to fly. It could be strong higher up so just watch the penetration. FH in n similar fain – looks a tad strong just above launch…

RB – Too light and WWB…

PV – Shallow inversion in the valley with a SW down low but that NNW still doing its thing up at mountain top height I think….

Wilderness – After yesterdays awesome conditions today is a bit of a let down with weak climbs expected and light SSW winds along the coast. Maybe some climbs up to 1000’ at Sedge during the best part of the day but it looks a bit light and tricky to me. Maybe it will be good! Fingers crossed! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies weak and climbs to just shy of 2k a maybe.

PE and PA – Also not the best of conditions around here but it does look a bit better than down along the GR. It is light offshore then going light onshore before trending NE along the coast – perhaps touching 10kts in places. Still some cool convergence regions inland if you can find the spot!

Inland – NW to the north trending to the west in the south. In general 10kts but its 15kts just above with a few 20kts spots on the higher grounds to the north. The eastern parts of the country the in place to be by the looks of it… lol (Hans you so lucky dude!) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:23 and setting at 17:50 (Day length is 10 hrs and 27 min) A beautiful day – light winds and mild temps. Perfect for walking on the beach or in a forest somewhere. (Or way up into the mountains even!) Go out and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(30 July 2020) 
Day 126 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF passing us through the night, once again leaving some sweet post frontal flying conditions in its wake. The SAH dominating with a ridge extending along the southern coastal areas helping with lighter and more flyable winds. Direction is generally from the SW but a few variations around – notably more southerly along the west coast and CT area. Clouds confined again to the southern parts of the WC with a few spots of OD with strato Q’s. Base between 2500 and 6k further inland. Most of the strong winds following the CF up the coast with PE and beyond showing the usual 20kts plus stuff. The rain mostly offshore but from just beyond Plett it will reach the coast with some rain eastwards from there. The GR should be good – we should be able to see the convergence offshore with the rain out there as it moves past us. (We hope!) ;) Inland light southerlies around 5kts with a gentle increase with height in the SW. Few clouds out here. The wind remains SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish up there. Freezing level between 10 and 12k.

CT – A southerly start over the flats with light NW to the west of the Peninsula. Looks like the southerly will take over from mid-day onwards with SW trend around LH. SLP and FH also with that funny southerly at the wrong height seemingly messing up things. (Though FH looks flyable early on with the southerly messing it up after 12:30/13:00 only...) Perhaps Bainskloof should be better with the SW trend holding. Instability up to 3500 so perhaps not the best day for XC but maybe it could be soarable along the mountains here…

RB – Too light and frustrating I think.

PV – Once again that southerly component not making it the best and the instability just too shallow with perhaps 2k in depth.

Wilderness – An amazing day yesterday for flying. With a bit of luck we might get another good day. Probably stronger coastal soaring from 11 to 13:00 and then a late afternoon at Sedge my idea of Paradise. But for the hard core dudes Sedge looks like it will produce humdinger climbs to over 3500ft between 12 and13:00! Some sweet Q’s up there too. IT looks like it will be strong but doable for the big guns… See graphs.

Plett – Tricky here today with perhaps just too much west remaining in the wind for it to become super… Maybe some OD conditions around Uppies too… Keurbooms also seemingly remaining too much west in it – but lets hope I’m wrong! ;)

PE and PA – Some rain for the better part of the day but from late afternoon it should move on. Strong SW so n maybe for the hangies at Maitlands… PA and up to EL side also a very strong W to SW day…

Inland – North of the GR it is looking very sweet with some Q’s around to just north of the Outenikwas. IT is SW but along the SB it is south and light. It could be a good day for flying here with soarable conditions along most of the range. Further north it is all less than 10kts southerly but to the east it gets stronger and veers to the west.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:24 and setting at 17:49 (Day length is 10 hrs and 25 min) A string windy morning day with cool breeze from the ocean. The clouds should become less later in the afternoon. Grab a jacket and go for that walk - get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(29 July 2020) 
Day 125 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today almost a summer pattern with the SAH dominating along the west, the trough down the centre of the country and the IOH to the east. The SAH pushing in some sweet moisture laden unstable air bringing a chance of some good flying along the parts of the WC. Base around the 2-4k level depending how far inland we are. The clouds confined to the SW areas and the southern parts of the WC by the looks of it. Winds are westerly in general with some SW and even NW variations. Kimberly with climbs to 13k and then Underberg showing 14/15k with some clouds with temps up there at -9 degrees! (Dress warm Hans!) ;) EL area with a cool seabreeze convergence setting up between the inland W and the coastal SW. Winds are WSW all the way to just before the Tropopause where it goes WNW for a 10kts finish. Freezing level around 12k.

CT – A sweet looking day with light SW around CP and W to NW at LH in general. Base around 3k but later in the day looks like it lowers to 2k. SLP will work but some lower cloud around there. FH looking amazing for the afternoon – after a morning of some varying winds from the looks of it. Maybe a good day to go XC along the mountains to the North…

RB – WWB out today! ;) (See the video of those hangies hanging out there yesterday! And that cloud street!)

PV – Hhhmm,… A bit of a southerly trend from the looks of it. Seems better to the far south than up at Kardoesie – inversion around 2500/3000’. Excellent as soon as you cross over the back…

Wilderness – Yesterday was super good along the coast and today looks like another great day on the cards. Winds look a tad lighter to me so maybe Sedge could be the place to go with climbs to just shy of 2k at the better time. (BTW – it looks like tomorrow its going to be even better!) See graphs.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 3500’. But Keurbooms again looking like the better spot to me for some sweet soaring from mid-day onwards.

PE and PA – The SW dominating with some strong spots along the coast. Some cool convergence as the SW sea breeze moves inland. Some great potential here for you guys to explore!

Inland – The SW penetrating all the way to the Southerland escarpment but it goes WNW north of there. Super amazing thermic conditions to the east of Middelberg/DeAar areas as you move more to the centre of the trough. Closer to home it is all W to SW winds inland and around 10kts.  

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:24 and setting at 17:48 (Day length is 10 hrs and 24 min) We have another clear but cool day. Again perfect for forest or beach walks with a light jacket handy. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(28 July 2020) 
Day 124 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating with some influence inland form the inland HPS and then a small coastal low along the southern coastal parts helping the SAH to push in a bit of moisture for some low cloud and even a chance of light precipitation along the Overberg and the GR early evening. The winds are SE around CT and then veers to the SW along the southern coastal areas all the way to PE before the IOH influence does the E to NE winds so often found along the northern parts of the EC coast. Some strong winds inland with 20-30kts NW on the higher escarpments. But strong thermic activity inland with climbs to 12k doable in some spots if only it weren’t for the strong wind! Looks like the best spots to fly are within that shallow moist laden southerly along the southern parts of the WC today… ;) The Wind is NW with hight with a gentle backing to the W for a 130kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to around 10k.

CT – A fresh SE around 20kts with 25kts out to sea. A chance of a wind-shadow around but it looks dubious to me. Thin  layer of StratoQ’s around 2k. Maybe Hermanus might offer something if the clouds aren’t too low… Around 10kts there – supposedly. ;)

RB – Looks very sweet to me here all day long!

PV – Some instability up to 2500ft with a shallow SW. Looks like Kardoesie the best option with a nice West there for the afternoon and a soaring flight on the cards down to Skerpheuwel at least.

Wilderness – After yesterdays sweet winter SE at Map today is looking promising with a light SW along the coast – the chance of the ocean cliffs working and then Sedgefield too are all doable today I think. Sedge looks to offer some climbs to just shy of 2k on the best part. Late afternoon sees some low cloud moving in from the W. Around 10kts on the cards but there are some stronger bits out to sea which could move in though it is not predicted to do so.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 3000’. But Keurbooms also looking to produce some sweet soaring from mid-day onwards.

PE and PA – SW in the west with that NE in the east. The usual strong convergence regions with the inland west meeting the ENE from the coast – though the west is looking a tad strong for flying to me.

Inland – WNW winds making the winds just too west for flying in most the good spots. And of course the strength also a factor with 20kts plus in most spots. Climbs though can be really good with 600ft/min all the way past 10k possible in many areas inland. 12k also in a few spots. Great winter conditions if only for the 25kts winds up there! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:25 and setting at 17:48 (Day length is 10 hrs and 22 min) Another clear but cool day. Great for forest or beach walks with a nice jacket handy. Late afternoon sees some low cloud moving in and a slight chance of drizzle. ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(27 July 2020) 
Day 123 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The front far off to our east with the IOH starting to dominate again as it shifts in over land with the large anti clockwise surface flow bringing us the characteristic inland northerlies in the WC. A SE trend along the southern coast reaching upper teens in a few spots. Most of the SE moves past CP leaving CT sheltered from the strong flow. Some unstable air in the Cf wake but it is to as deep as we had hoped. Instability up to 3k AGL in the best spots. The southern west coast with just 1-2k of soaring depth but a bit further north there is a sea breeze convergence between the NE inland flow and the up moving southerly that curls west flowing inland here. (See graph) Inland the Northerlies reaching 20kts again over the higher grounds but it is much less in the valleys with the southern regions mostly less than 10kts. It trends NE here. The wind remains Northerly up to the 8/9k level before backing to the WSW but with a very distinct strength difference in the upper air – see graph. It is 100kts plus over CT while Plett has just 15kts. Freezing level around 12k.  

CT – A fresh SE in the south but it moderates into town. A shallow Southerly that changes around 1k backing to the east and then north all less than 10kts It is north at TM top height. SH and LH probably flyable most of the day…

RB – Too light and frustrating here today… ;)

PV – The inversion pretty low at 1-1500AGL and a surface southerly with the Northerlies above that. Not the best day out here…

Wilderness – Looking like a sweet soaring day here with some nice instability around – climbs to 2k mostly perhaps a tad higher over the back. Winds will start southerly but quickly back to the SE. The Map looks like it should be sweet after lunchtime with 10kts on the cards. Sedge will have a window between 10:30 and 11:30 of getting away in enough south to go XC. Maybe fly to Map today? Serpentine looking amazing with climbs past ceiling(careful!) but it should be easy to fly to Map from here… Buffs looks like a short window before becoming too strong by mid-day. Even Gerrickes having a moment of a bench-up to the top.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 2500. It is SE here all day.

PE and PA – An E to SE coastal flow around 10kts mostly so perhaps ome of those coastal spots working. Good convergence areas setting up between the inland Northerlies and the coastal inflow again.

Inland – The wind has too much NE in it for DuToits areas to be worth it. Climbs to just past 5k on the best time but the winds here going to much east I think. IT looks sweet for hike and fly along the Outenikwas though with light winds all the way up past 5k… :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:26 and setting at 17:47 (Day length is 10 hrs and 21 min) A clear but cold day. So go for that forest or beach walk but dress warm! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



( 26 July 2020) 
Day 122 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A big change from the last few summer in winter days as the CF moved in during the early hours of this morning onto the WC. Cold unstable air with rain everywhere. It does clear around CT with most of the rain from early this morning with a SE wind. The southern coastal areas with rain for most of the day with a SW wind, increasing in strength the further east we go. Base looks around 2k with tops early on around 10k but the tops will lower during the day and so too the chance of precipitation. Freezing level pretty high (6800’) ;) so no chance of snow this time around. Past the first mountain ranges the clouds should start to open up with some good looking Q’. Base mostly around 6k inland of the bigger mountains with above the Great Escarpment some Q’s at 9k. The winds are SW in the east and SE in the west. The CF layer Southerlies up to the 6-9k mark and then a sharp veering to the West. The west wind remaining all the way to the Tropopause with a huge 150kts finish up there!

CT – A fresh wet SE start with the SE at 15kts all the way to 4k. On the surface t will increase to 20ts for the afternoon. No usable wind-shadow today but it does clear with no rain probably from late morning already.

RB – As soon as the rain stops it could be a sweet day here! Muddy but sweet! ;)

PV – Mostly clear skies but the wind with too much South and even some SE in it.

Wilderness – Rain mostly but a chance of some clearing later in the afternoon as most of the rain should be inland on the mountains. The wind is SW trending a tad to the SSW around 10-15kts. It just might turn into an amazing coastal soaring day later on… Be ready for those gaps n the rain. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with a bit more wind – base around 3k. Uppies probably a bit strong and Keurbooms too much west in it.

PE and PA – The sweet soaring stuff now gone and instead we have the frontal westerlies – WSW on the coast and ore West inland but too strong to fly – 30kts plus on the coast! All day.

Inland – The wind most southerly with a SW trend in the east and SE in the west. The rain confined to the southern parts with the mighty Swartbergs doing the dividing. Wind 20kts in some higher spots but moderating north of the SB. Some sweet looking Q’s north of that.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:27 and setting at 17:46 (Day length is 10 hrs and 20 min) Its winter in all its glory. Find a warm fire with a good book and some hot chocolate. ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(25 July 2020) 
Day 121 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A typical winters pattern today as the approaching CF is setting the scene for usurping the IOH and its inland effects. The winds increasing today to the point that even for the eastern Cape things probably becoming a bit strong. Around CT the front moving onto CP by late afternoon already. Rain from early hours of the morning and then spreading to the Southern coastal regions by tomorrow late morning. The wind inland strong with the Great Escarpment with close to 40kts this morning and 20-30kts in on the other higher spots – the shear factor in many spots exceeding 25kts – so not really a flying day. One owuld expect wave with the strong winds but the isother layer aove the high inversion so wave only starting from 10k upwards today (For what its worth!) ;) Despite the strong wind that is spoiling the fun the sweet winter instability still around inland with lift up to that inversion around the 9k level. The Cookhouse area producing some of the best convergence I have seen in a long time (see the graph) and then those at Hogsback could luck into some sweet flying today by remaining in the convergence zone and avoiding the stronger wind. (See graph) But just to let the CT boys in on a West Coast secret there is that sweet Sea Breeze convergence setting up NW of Nieuwoudtville, just when the strong N makes way for a slightly lighter West moving in from the coast. Over 10k doable here with a bit of luck! (See graph) ;)  The wind remaining NW all the way to the Tropopause where it backs more westerly for a 110kts finish. Freezing level at 9500 over CT and 13k near EL.

CT – A cold surface layer with light NW winds wind some sporadic fog patches while the NW is blowing up top. 30kts at TM top height. Its strong NW everywhere so not a flying day. Maybe worth a drive to Nieuwoudtville and exploring the big passes out there? (Perhaps best suited to the Hardcore hangies - if they still exist!)

RB – WWB!

PV – Also the prefrontal NW winds and strong but late afternoon does see a backing to the west and moderating a tad – so could be some ridge soaring on the cards then…

Wilderness – The strong NW offshores dominating all day once again. Late afternoon sees the SW pulse moving up the coast but it does not penetrate with any brunt into Wilderness. Maybe around 17:00 if you are desperate along the coast you could find a drop in the bucket to play with…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Strong NW winds all day – it actually builds in the afternoon. There is still sweet unstable conditions inland and some strong convergences setting up around Cookhouse (WNW meeting up with the NNW here( while downwind from Hogsback there’s the sweet slack area of converging air between the NW from inland converging with the SW from the southern coast and the NE from the North coast. This area producing a col region where you can escape the strong and building NW winds. Go study those Apps and find the safe sweet flying spots!

Inland – The wind-shear expected to exceed 25kts in many places. Strong on the Sutherland escarpment at near 40kts. It’s a typical prefrontal day so if you have a choice stay on the ground. The only exceptions are in the far east where the winds are still not affected by the approaching CF. Lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:27 and setting at 17:45 (Day length is 10 hrs and 18 min) Its another sweet summers day in winter! The bergwinds making it great for forest walks or even getting a suntan on the beach! Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 25 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(24 July 2020) 
Day 120 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH inland flow still dominating with the changes happening in the west as an approaching CF is tightening up some of those isobars with stronger Northerlies in these areas. Still a slight ridge from the SAH causing things not to go the classic frontal approach pattern with a slight slackening late afternoon for the SW areas of the WC. A blue cloudless day it seems which just prevents the sweet winter soaring weather form being perfect. That sweet mass of dried inland air still delivering the goods with climbs up to 9k very doable in the east and parts of the southern WC. The south and to the west the wind is a tad on the strong side (20kts) so most of the spots not really flyable. (except for the hardcore hangies but they are not just endangered but rare as hen’s-teeth nowadays!) ;) Some amazing sea breeze convergence along the eastern Cape coastline – to the west of this the conditions remain amazing. (See graphs) An interesting difference on the west coast is north of Klawer where there is also a sweet sea breeze convergence area (partly also the influence of that SAH ridge nudge that helps to slacken the winds here producing some flyable stuff within the otherwise too strong Northerlies. (see graph) Nice! Winds remain NW with height around 20-30kts but around 30k it backs to the W for a 110kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 11-13000’.  

CT – Looks like the north wind is going to be strong here all day long. A slight slackening in the late afternoon but probably still to strong – except maybe for those hard to find hard core hangies!

RB – WWB!

PV – So inverted with the strong N winds. The Citrusdal valley the same but into the Cederbergs things start to happen – though the winds still to strong to be of any use…

Wilderness – The NW dominating all day long with some light spurts of onshore flow now and then. It looks shallow and short lived. Mostly the inland NW is very unstable and if you could get up into it (strong!) you should get very high today). Check out the surface inversion around the Sedge area for 7 tonight! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. If you have big cahunnas you could try Bufffelsnek today – lol – get up to 9k…

PE and PA – The wind is much lighter here inland side with NW around 5-10kts mostly. The coast with a strong NE wind, especially to the north that will curl in causing some amazing convergence along the coast there. (see graph) Still amazing thermic soaring inland here with climbs perhaps not as high as yesterday closer to the coast but 7k still plenty to go for!

Inland – Strong 20-30kts in the bigger escarpments and mountain tops. More wind in the west but it is much less to the east. Great winter instability with climbs to 9k in many spots. But the wind in the Outdshoorn areas just a tad too strong. Sporadic spots with up to 20kts wind shear. So perhaps not the best for propeller thingies.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:28 and setting at 17:45 (Day length is 10 hrs and 17 min) A hot winters day making it great for forest and beach walks. Go get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 25 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(23 July 2020) 
Day 119 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another day with the IOH dominating with a sweet ridge over the country – I say sweet since the pressure gradient is weak and winds are light with some amazing soaring conditions along the southern parts of the country – the inland parts of the WC enjoying these great conditions with climbs up to the 10k mark. The western parts however having some influence from the trough and approaching front with some acceleration in the wind strengths just causing enough mixing for conditions not to be so sweet. Warm temps for most of the WC except for the southern coastal areas where there is a lot of coastal fog and some mist in the low-lying areas along the coastal plains. Mot of these should burning off by midday but a few spots along the coast hanging around stubbornly. Winds are N to NW inland with an East influence along the coast. A few inland spots touching the 20kts mark but these are mostly in the west. To the east the winds are 10kts or less. The lower areas also sheltered. Again the coastal SE shallow and curling around CP with a SW influence around SH and LH. Winds remain NW till 10k were there is a backing to the WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts in the south and 100kts in the north finish. Freezing level around 12500 in the west and 10000’ in the east.

CT – Another fogie morning but most of this should clear by midday. Probably some flying to be had at SH and LH in the shallow area along the coast to be had but it looks a but strong N up at TM height. That north increasing in strength from 2000’ upwards. SLP and Franshoek looking a bit strong I think - 20kts at 3500/4000' so be careful if you do venture into the sly up there... ;)

RB – Too light.

PV – Still the low inversion (less than 1000’) with uncomfortable North winds above that…

Wilderness – We might have some stubborn foggie stuff around for most of the day. With some luck it might clear before mid day. Within this cooler ocean layer we should get some flying in at Sedge. Probably from 12 onwards with 13:00 looking to be the best time. At most up to 1000’ but later getting less - maybe 1-200ft ATO.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies avery shallow SE and climbs to maybe a 1000’. Buffs could work for a short window between 12 and 13:00. Then the wind will back and the sea air will spoil things.

PE and PA – Offshores that will veer to the East as the sea breeze moves. Around 15kts NE to East along the coast but lighter inland. Another awesome day for flying inland with plenty of convergence spots and climbs up to 10k in the light NNW winds up there… (see the graphs)

Inland – Some of the high spots still touching the 20kts but def lighter, especially to the east. But strong N in the west. Good climbs still around with 500ft/min and 10k climbs around the southern parts of the inland areas. Again a sweet propeller late afternoon day on the cards too.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:28 and setting at 17:44 (Day length is 10 hrs and 16 min) A foggie day for the coast with a slight chance of it clearing at midday. If you need warmth go inland. ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(22 July 2020) 
Day 118 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Looks like the IOH shaping a ridge into the interior curling around Botswana with the usual NW flow pattern in the inland WC areas. A trough along the west coast again. There is also a light SE flow along the southern coastal areas which continues around CP, turning SW up the west coast. Once again a very shallow flow perhaps 1000' in depth. The SW veering to the WNW with height quickly taking over. Some fog around here for the morning but it does look like this will clear by midday. Generally lighter winds compared to yesterday with some cool instability inland (well for winter anyway) some spots showing the NW climbs going up to 10k here and there with 500ft/min climbs. (BW and Graafies areas). The coastal plains very stable again with light climbs perhaps 1500’ AGL at best. Another sweet convergence inland of PA (see graph). Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause with a 100kt finish. Freezing level around 11000k.

CT – Fog for the morning (will clear by mid-day) with a light S surface flow. It veers to the WNW at TM top height with around 15kts here. Looks stable around SH with inversion at launch height. A surface SW trend later in the day. LH might be best to handle the SW and getting up with a chance to jump to TM. Franshoek looking good to me with 5kts surface winds and a steady increase with height – 15kts at 4000’. (Maybe strong during the midday part but could be flyable there all day…)

RB – Too light.

PV – Light SW surface flow quickly veering to the NNW. Inversion around 1000 AGL. Doesn’t look good – maybe some spots for a bit of ridge soaring…

Wilderness – The trend is S to SE with some shallow instability at Sedge and Serps. You could try the Serps to Map technical XC. Probably best at Sedge from 11 to 14:00 I think. Buffs in the very late afternoon could become soarable… Worth keeping tabs on that one.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies SE and climbs to 1500’.

PE and PA – Offshores that will back to the W then SW changing to the E just after mid-day. Perhaps reaching 10kts. (Strong Seabreeze convergence inland of PA – see the graph)

Inland – Lighter NW with up to 20kts on the higher spots but in general it is around 15kts and less in the shallow valleys. Some sweet winter instability south of the great escarpment with some climbs to 10k on the cards if you are a lucky pilot o be bale to get out there… A sweet propeller late afternoon day on the cards too.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:29 and setting at 17:43 (Day length is 10 hrs and 14 min) A sweet day ahead but slightly cooler to yesterday – still a good day to get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(21 July 2020) 
Day 117 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another sweet winters day for a lucky few. The LSH dominating inland flow with mostly the NW winds, a trough along the west coast, the IOH giving us that E to NE flow along the eastern coastal regions and the SAH with a slight SW influence in the SW corner of the WC. Still some spots touching 30kts NW over the higher escarpment areas but some interesting sea breeze convergence regions along the west coast (See Nieuwoudtville graph – climbs here perhaps to 9000’!) and on the east coast (inland of PA - see graph below). It is a blue day with no clouds and actually very stable conditions all over the show (the exceptions being the convergence regions). A slight chance of some wave in the lee of some of the bigger mountains but nothing exceptional. Along the south coast areas the NW offshores dominate for most of the day with only light onshores making it in sporadically in some parts of the afternoon. There is a slight SW push form the SW being strongest around the Agulhas areas but slowing down the further east it moves. The Peninsula showing the best promise for the day though. Winds are NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 115kts finish up there. Freezing level slightly down to 11000’.

CT – The strongest part of the day is the morning but from midday it will start to moderate. 20kts up at TM height but perhaps slightly less late afternoon. It looks like a great day for flying SH with the chance of doing the Apostle jump. Else looking epic up to 2000’ at SH/LH. SLP and FRH probably too strong but for that moderation late afternoon making them maybes. There’s still strong NW just above (20kts 4000) so this could spoilt things a bit.

RB – WWB is out.

PV – Same as yesterday - a light surface WNW but just above the NNW is still dominant. Very stable and probably too much North in it a the MT top height.

Wilderness – Looks like it might be too offshore today with warm temps. Probably some SSW onshore spurts during the day and if you are on it you could squeeze in a short soaring flight along the ocean side cliffs. Mostly this flow will probably be too light. Inland is a strong inversion – check out Sedge’s TH graph midday for 800ft level!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with some strong NW flows inland but sheltered and light onshore in the bay…

PE and PA – Those NW offshores but the IOH reaching here with those E to NE winds along the coast. Some convergence areas around where these meet – notably inland from PA – around the Stutterheim area. (See the convergence graph – climbs to 6/9k possible here!)

Inland – Still those higher spots showing strong 20-30kts NW but sweet light stuff in the  low lying valleys. Late evening in the southern parts is looking very sweet again. 15-20kts W at 5000’ but only light shear in a few spots (except near Cradock with 15kts shear around!).

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:30 and setting at 17:43 (Day length is 10 hrs and 13 min) A super duper day for the beach with warm temps – you could do the forest walks too and be just as high on life. ;) Max temperature a sweet 24 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(20 July 2020) D
ay 116 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another complex pattern with lots of influence from the pressure systems around us. The west coast trough still there with the IOH shaping a defined ridge inland maintaining those inland NW flow pattern. The SAH due south of us effecting the southern coastal areas with a light SE flow pattern with some initial low clouds except for the PE area where a small coastal low is shaping up causing a small area with a SW flow. Agulhas and CT area the SE strengthens a bit to 20kts but this be mostly out to sea as it flows past the Peninsula with a very sheltered CT and west coast region. And stable. Lol. The whole west coast area with a very shallow SW surface bit of instability up to 1000’ deep in the best of places I think. Just above the Northerlies dominate. Again just over 20kts NW over the Sutherland escarpment and a few other high lying areas with the usual winter sheltered valleys. Even out here the instability up to 2/3k AGL at the most. Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 90/100kts finish. Freezing level also 12500 region.

CT – Shallow SE around CP that will curl around the Peninsula for a WSW around SH but its very shallow. Above the wind is light up to 2k with a NE trend then backing to the N at TM top and above. Africa face could be doable with a NE of 5kts along here. Franshoek showing light NW but then from above the inversion a sharp increase in wind with 20kts at 5000. So could be sweet but depends if the top will penetrate or influence the lower areas…

RB – Again looks too light here…

PV – Same as yesterday - a light surface SW but just above the NNW is still dominant. Very stable too so not good here – too north for soaring too I think.

Wilderness – That cool SE ocean layer providing us with enough instability to create some usable thermals. The morning low cloud should disapte later this morning for a clear spel over midday but some moving in again late afternoon. Wind wise it is lighter today with less than 5kts along our ocean side – S to SE direction. So the thermic bit probably helping the flow at Sedge and maybe Serpentine for some flying. Best time looks to be 11:30 to 14:00. Sedge obviously going too east later on I think. Serps again might offer something to cling to and make your way to Map for that short XC challenge.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness (and yesterdays forecast) with Uppies showing climbs perhaps to 2-2.5k but the direction remains SE. Probably the best spot to try hang out – 2/300ft/min climbs.

PE and PA – Light offshore before the westerly shows up. It is light trending SW fr most of the day. Further up the coast it trends more NE…

Inland – Again those higher spots showing strong 20-30kts NW but sweet light stuff in the  low lying valleys. If you stay here it should be sweet propeller thingy flying. Late evening in the southern parts is looking very sweet I think. 20kts at 5000’ but only light shear in a few spots expected.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:30 and setting at 17:42 (Day length is 10 hrs and 12 min) Another cool day with a light SE breeze. Perfect for those beach walks and forest walks. ;) Max temperature a sweet 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(19 July 2020) 
Day 115 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A mix of weather system today but at least there’s nothing strong about any of them – a weak SAH in the west, a slight trough along the west coast and the IOH doing its thing in the east. Its NE to N inland during the morning but by mid-day it does trend to NW again. Inland 15kts in the strongest parts except for the Sutherland escarpment with up to 20ts spots otherwise around 5-10kts. The south coast SE trend that backs to the NE in the PE area. SE around CT too. Weak and shallow instability in most places – nothing more than 1500’AGL and of course some spots up to or just above the mountains tops. Winds are actually NNW not far AGL remaining NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – The SE looks very shallow today so many of the NW spots will probably work. LH and SH in the windshadow with light winds along the coast. SLP and also Franschoek are options today I think – perhaps and early SE shallow flow at these but it should all turn to WSW trending to the NW with height.

RB – Looks too light here…

PV – A light surface SW but just above the NNW is still dominant. Very stable too so not good here – too north for soaring too I think.

Wilderness – A light offshore ENE for the early morning but a def SE trend along the coast. Some reports showing a bit of hope for Map for just after lunch a bit of a stronger bit but I doubt it will be soarable. Sedge showing some instability up to 1500 though we probably be doing ok to get to 1000’ Its 2-300ft/min if we are lucky but the East direction probably not the best. I think from 11-12:30/13:00 the times the thermals could pull it straight enough for flying. But then Buffelsbay looking very promising today I think – could be an hour of sweet soaring on the cards here… Serps might offering something to cling to and make your way to Map for a short XC challenge.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs perhaps to 2-2.5k but the direction remains SE. Probably the best spot to try hang out – 2/300ft/min climbs. It looks very east and a low inversion up at Buffelsnek – the real N hanging out much further north.

PE and PA – Light offshore before a gently onshore turn during late morning. It will trend to the East and then even NE later on perhaps up to 15kts

Inland – Some strong 20-30kts NW along the Sutherland escarpment with less in the lower lying areas again. Some spots more westerly while in the south a SE trend near the coastal mountains. A low lying inversion with poor climbs in the shallow layer. Its not a bad day to eb flying propeller thingies though a few spots inland near the bigger mountains showing some higher values on the wind-shear scale.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:31 and setting at 17:42 (Day length is 10 hrs and 11 min) A cool day with a cooler SE breeze bringing the temp down just a bit. Still great for those beach walks and forest walks. ;) Max temperature a sweet 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(18 July 2020) 
Day 114 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The strong berg winds loosing power today as the CF to the south of us turns out to be a weakling, a sudden shaping up of a SAH ridge takes it out so it just a fizzles into a slight W trend with a few bits of shallow cloud. So winds around the Peninsula moderating. Further inland there’s still some oomph in the NW with 30kts on the higher spots – especially around 3k where the 20-30kts is blowing all over the WC but again it moderates later in the day and backs more westerly. Not much in instability around except in the southern areas where the SW starts to change things a bit. A bit late in the day though so the instability moving in only in the mid afternoon part of things – before this the inversion is low and strong. Winds are NW going WNW all the way to the Tropopause with a 70kt finish. Freezing level still around 13k.

CT – WNW winds with some low layers of cloud shaping up around mid day – it is thicker in the south of the Peninsula with probably a shorter spell in the north. It could be a grand apostle day flight with a layer of low cloud shaping up below making things really interesting! It looks like it does clear late afternoon so you should be able to land again. I would stay away from SLP for midday but late late afternoon could be sweet – a bit strong over the top early on.

RB – WWB is out!

PV – This place could be good in the later afternoon! Sweet convergence setting up from PB to Saron from lunchtime This will move more onto the southern PV mountains for a mid afternoon feast. 10-15kts WNW winds by then and 2-300ft/min climbs to 5k perhaps? Looks dope to the north though…

Wilderness – It looks like an interesting day for Wilderness. Starting off with strong NW winds that will eventually make place for a breezy SW but it is lazy to come in properly. The SW dances around the Wilderness corner with a bit of a stronger bit but then frustrates the hell out of us along the KK and PR parts while Sedge could be good or scary later in the day. As the upper Westerlies increase it will start to deepen the instability around Sedge so from 15:00 onwards climbs should get better and go a bit higher but so too the wind might veer a bit more west, which is not the most kind-hearted of directions for Sedge. ;) So keep you eye on the ball so to speak if you fly. In short around lunchtime we could get some sea breeze spurts to keep us busy and in the afternoon Sedge could be really exciting…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but actually less good today. Conditions stuff around a bit more here with the West and NW flow for longer... The SW never really gets in on the action at Uppies but Keurbooms is in with a shot around 14:00 with a strong bit moving in.

PE and PA – Offshore NW winds but the at lunchtime a few decent SW pulse pushes through with 15kts in them. Looks like at least 2 good one. (Some light NE bits in between but it should be easy to spot those…)

Inland – Strong 20-30kts NW again especially along the escarpments with 15knts in between. A warm day out there. Still strong gradients and high shear values. So not the best of flying days. It is more westerly later in the day…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:31 and setting at 17:41 (Day length is 10 hrs and 10 min) Another awesome summer in winters day. Great for the beach or forest walks.;) Max temperature a sweet 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(17 July 2020) 
Day 113 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A bergy day in most places as the large inland High with a approaching CF dominates our weather. Once again strong Northerly winds on the escarpments and high grounds with light winds in the sheltered valleys. Loads of subsidence towards the southern parts of the WC as the Northerlies descends with the help of the topography and HP. Very stable conditions along the entire west and southern coastal plains. The NNE offshore component along the west coast still present with a strong flow here reaching all the way to the Peninsula this time. The winds should build during the day with 20-30kts in many of those higher spots. The windshear value increase during the day too with 25kts in quite a few spots late afternoon. In short not a flying day it seems. The strong winds are only in the shallow layer near the ground and from around 5000’ upwards it decrease to around 20kts NW and from 30k it backs to the SW for a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up around 13500’.

CT – A strong gradient and chance of wind-shear. Probably sheltered around the LH and SH area but strong up at TM top height. Northerly. SLP becomes very bad in the afternoon.

RB – WWB is out!

PV – Again that super inverted breezy Northerly!

Wilderness – A light north wind day with maybe a light East component in the afternoon. No sign of anything usable around today. If you fly with a propeller thingy watch the northerlies – a very strong surface inversion with 25 degrees at 700’ and 10kts of north above that. There could be some spots with random mixing taking place. If you stay low along the coast it probably should be fine. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Offshore winds until late with a possible trend to the NE later on.

Inland – Strong N to NW winds especially along the escarpments. Strong gradients and high shear values. So not the best of flying days.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:40 (Day length is 10 hrs and 9 min) A awesome summer in winters day. Great for those beach or forest walks.;) Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(16 July 2020) 
Day 112 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The inland High still dominating but with a slight more east movement and a trough just offshore along the west coast. A lot more subsidence so very stable conditions all over with blue skies - no clouds expected. Winds again Northerly but NE along the west coast – some very strong spots here with a low level jet over Vredendal (40kts at 2500’!) The high lying grounds around 15-20kts perhaps but much less in the lower valleys. The wind is actually quite light all the way up to around 10k with just those few spots - and in the ground layers - being strong. Otherwise around 10kts average out there... The southern coastal areas a light easterly trend and around CT light SE surface winds but quickly trending E to NE. Winds remain NW with hight but then at 10-14k backs to the SW with a 30-40kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 13500’.

CT – Light east with flow moving around the Peninsula – SW along the LH/SH shore fronts. But perhaps one could get off for a Africa Face flight today with the upper flow light NE… Some lift expected along the east facing slopes.

RB – Too light out here…

PV – Breezy NE and very inverted.

Wilderness – Hhhmmm… a tricky day with the shallow coastal S trending East later and the North above that. With a bit of luck Map might might become lightly soarable in the afternoon. There’s a slight chance of Sedge offering something in the earlier southerly with climbs to 7/800ft but its probably going to be too light. Buffs looking more promising with a bit more in the wind strength there…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing SE and climbs to 1500’

PE and PA – Offshore winds until late when a light SW will make its appearance… 10kts..

Inland – Very stable inland with light climbs but perhaps DuToits and Luvaine showing a bit more in it than yesterday. In the right spot it might might become soarable for a bit or with some luck it could even be one of those magical evening glass off flights with a cool sunset… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:40 (Day length is 10 hrs and 7 min) Another beautiful day after the cold fronts with sun and sun – but the chill is in the air so dress warm for your outdoor excursions! ;) Max temperature up to a cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(15 July 2020) 
Day 111 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A beautiful clear sunny day with light winds in most spots so perfect for checking out all that snow! (And of course shacking the chills out of your wings too. ;) A large HP system over the entire country with widely spaced isobars except for the northern west coast areas – so a pool of shallow cold änd not so unstable air all over the show. Winds are NE in the far north, backing to the north in the south trending NW later in the day. 10kts in the strongest spots it seems except those west coast areas with 20kts NE winds out there. The instability not very deep with around 1500ÁGL average but some spots slightly higher (and others less!) The winds remain N to NW all the way to around 10k where it does an abrupt backing to the SW all the way t the Tropopause for a 30-40kts finish. Freezing level back up a 11k however a strong isothermic layer keeping the temps low for the lower layers – 5 degrees from 4k all the way up to around 9000’ ;)

CT – Looks like a fantastic day of flying out here with SH, LH and also SLP probably going off! W to NW 5-10kts with maybe a slight SW later in the day. Dress warm!

RB – WWB!

PV – A shallow SW flow of 5kts up to 2000’but then N to NW above that. Hhhmmm, I think the shallow SW might push up onto the tops so it could be doable. Perhaps not the best day here…

Wilderness – It looks like a lunchtime could bring us some onshore flow with Sedgefield probably offering some light thermal flying. Perhaps getting to 1000’in light lift. I doubt anything will be strong enough for the coast.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing WNW until late in the day with a smidgeon of hope as it swings 9Maybe not even that). 1500’on the cards then but it looks a bit iffy to me.

PE and PA – Offshore winds until late when a light SW will make its appearance… 10kts..

Inland – We had high hopes for Du Toits and Luvain’s north facing sites but the oomph in the north and instability losing some momentum. Weak lift on the cards here with some early morning spurts in the north that could be soarable, but it does go light and backs to the WNW. So not the best! Even further north to the Sutherland escarpment its shallow and cold with weak climbs.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:39 (Day length is 10 hrs and 6 min) A beautiful day after the cold fronts with sun and sun – but the chill is in the air so dress warm for your outdoor excursions! ;) Max temperature up to a cold 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(14 July 2020) 
Day 110 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another cold and wintery day ahead of us with strong W to SW flows inland and along the coasts as the SAH is still pushing in that freezing air onto the coast and deep into the interior. The SW wind flow very deep with only a slight veering to the west at the Tropopause – 50-70kts from 14k all the way to the top. Some instability in the lower layers with base varying between 2k to 4k in a few spots and tops around 8-10 mostly for the day. The strong winds not making for pleasant thermic conditions so probably a no flying day almost everywhere – the only exception I see is perhaps along the southern Peninsula with a few spots facing the SW where some flying could be on the cards in between the passing showers. Freezing level still around 4500’ so loads of snow possible inland – increasing to the east.

CT – SW around 10-15kts with some SW facing spots possibly offering some flying moments between the passing showers. ;)

RB – As above

PV – SW winds around 10kts so a slight chance between showers and if the base is high enough it could be doable…

Wilderness – The WSW winds probably too strong all day long here with a bit more rain on the cards. A slight chance of some clearing later in the afternoon with most of the activity, including CB cells out to sea. A very large swell running so watch the wash on the beach if you do venture down that way!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – 30kts plus wind just out to sea. Odd chance of a CB cell or two but most out to sea…

PE and PA – Westerlies 30-40kts with rain and chance of CB cells…

Inland – SW winds around 10 to 15kts with 20kts in the east with a backing to the SSW further north. Lots of snow around the escarpment and high lying areas such as Graafies and surrounds. Rain showers on and off but nothing drastic (There seems to be an upper inversion curbing the convection and precipitation depth – no developments over 10k mainly).

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:38 (Day length is 10 hrs and 5 min) Another strong WSW wind day with rain. Watch the big surf if you venture onto the beach! I recommend you find A WARM SHELTERED SPOT WITH A GOOD BOOK! ;) Max temperature up to 8 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(13 July 2020) 
Day 109 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The next CF starting to do its thing from the west with rain spreading to the east during the day. Exceptionally strong westerly winds with 40kts from just 1000’ AGL almost everywhere today. It is not a flying day for certain with the shear factor exceptionally high over 25kts across the entire WC all day. A worthy note is the very low freezing level – down to just 4000; in the west which will spread to the east as the front moves does its easterly dance. We are expecting a lot of snow over the next 24hrs! Unfortunately most of it further inland than our local Outenikwas but we are hoping we will get something along the GR mountains by tomorrow morning. ;) (I suppose a second worthy mention are the exceptionally large wave expected along the coast with up to 10m swell at times! Most will probably move past to the west out to sea but the deep exposed points might pick up some of that!). Winds remain westerly all the way to the Tropopause with a 115kts finish up there.

CT – Rain and wind all day…

RB – As above

PV – Rain and wind all day here too…

Wilderness – Less rain here today but very strong westerly winds… Some high cloud base just after lunch with ratty strong lift around the coast all the way up to 7000’ (Well so the forecast says!) ;) It might be worth looking out for the tell tale signs of this 6/700ft/min lift going up around Sedge! (I did get some early morning wave induce strato Q’s over Wilderness – see the pic).

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – 30kts plus wind just out to sea. Odd chance of a CB cell or two…

PE and PA – Westerlies 30-40kts…

Inland – North of the SB it is all 40kts plus surface winds! Rain increasing from the west. From mid-night and the early hours of tomorrow morning we expect the buld of the snow falls to happen…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:38 (Day length is 10 hrs and 4 min) Strong west winds with high clouds and some sun and rain mixed in! Find a good long book and wait for the weather to get better again. ;) Max temperature up to 8 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(12 June 2020) 
Day 108 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A reprieve day between the two massive Cold Fronts – a day you can all go out and enjoy the snow! Reports of good snow in many places. Unfortunately it is all prefrontal northerlies again so no flying anywhere on the cards – 20kts plus north winds just about anywhere. Its possible for some flying at Du Toits farm if you fly a hangie but there are just too few of them around these parts these days… It’s a blue day with no clouds expected – perhaps a few wisps of high cirrus clouds. Cold and windy conditions inland with strong north winds especially on the higher grounds. In the low-lying areas some shelter expected. Instability around but surprisingly not as good as expected – some spots up to 6k inland but then some wave conditions above that in the strong Northerlies expected. Winds back to the NW with hight all the way to the Tropopause for a 115kts finish. Freezing level early moring is low in many spots - around 6000' but as the day warms a bit it jumps to above the inversion to 11000’! (See the graphs how it works!)

CT – A clear day but the north wind is spoiling the fun. A strong gradient with 20kts plus just a 1000’ and above. Rain by midnight again as the next front moves in.

RB – WWB

PV – Northerlies here too and breezy at mountain height. Good to go watch the snow… ;)

Wilderness – Northerlies above but light on the surface. We might even get a slight east trend later on. But its very very light.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – The NE will start late morning and get up to 20kts later on!

Inland – A beautiful clear sunny day but breezy north winds. Some wave activity around with 20-30kts in some spots. Good to go look at the snow! Rain from the west again from mid-night onwards.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:37 (Day length is 10 hrs and 3 min) A light northerly wind day with sun. Try to get your Vitamin D shot today because the next CF is on the way! ;) Max temperature up to 8 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(11 July 2020) 
Day 107 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF pushing as far north into the Caprivi strip! Back home it is real wintery weather as the SAH is pushing in icy cold and snowy weather onto the entire WC. Strong W to WSW winds around 20-30kts but moderating in the west during the day. Rain also moderating with a chance of some flying to be had out in the west with 10-15kts of winds and high bases. Of course dress warm goes without saying! Lol Very unstable air with climbs in the sweet spots around 500ft/min. Winds remain WSW all the way up to the Tropopause with a 125kts finish. Freezing level down to just 5500ft!

CT – Clearing with base getting to above TM top and WSW winds around 15kts. Dress warm but it is very possible for some good flying along the southern Peninsula ocean cliffs to be had. Perhaps more a hangie day…

RB – WWB

PV – Also clearing with 5-10kts WSW winds on the cards. Base slightly lower than CT but also high enough for the tops to be clear later in the day. I think it could also be super flying along the westerly slopes with some good climbs here and there. Kardoesie probably the best bet from 14:00 onwards I think.

Wilderness – It looks like a stay I bed day to me… ;) Even if it clears (maybe later) it remains very west and strong…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Even stronger WSW winds here with 30kts possible…

Inland – initially its 20-30kts WSW winds – stronger in the east but moderating in the west. The rain will also start to get less from the west with just occasional showers. But there should be epic snow almost in all the high spots and even the not so high ones. ;) Very cold conditions with nothing going above 5 degrees today in the inland areas. Below freezing during the night of course.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:37 (Day length is 10 hrs and 3 min) Another windy and rainy day. Perfect for a good book, red wine and chocolate day! ;) Max temperature a cold 13 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(10 July 2020) 
Day 106 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The strong winds a thing of the past but still most spots between 20-30kts NW. The sweep of the rain reaching as far north as Walvisbaai. For the WC it is rainy and windy with CB activity in the western parts. A slight slackening in the rain around the GR for the afternoon with light E to SE winds. The trend is northerly just above this layer but not as strong as predicted. The snow starting early evening around Sutherland as the freezing temps lowers to 6000’ and the rain abates a bit. Saturday is the big snow day it seems with icy temps all over the WC. Still rain on and off. And another CF striking us on Sunday so its real wintery weather for the next4 days it seems – hardly a chance for flying unless something drastic changes. Fingers crossed! Winds remain NW with hight all the way to the Tropopause for a 158kt finish! Freezing level 6500 in the west but 8/9k in the east. This will lower too over the next 24hrs.

CT – Rain and CB all day long. Tops around 24k!

RB – As above

PV – As above.

Wilderness – Some rain this morning with base around3k. Apparently this will rise later on and the afternoon with a slight clearing… Hhhmm… Im not convinced! Light light ESE. At most 5-7kts at Buffs but it does try to go ENE so it doesn’t seem like its flyable anywhere.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – It doesn’t look like much rain here – perhaps tonight with a little bit. It looks light S to SW winds 10kts so maybe it could be playable at Maitlands?

Inland – 20-30kts NW along the high lying grounds. Strong rain in the west propagating to the east. Snow falls starting as early as lunchtime around Sutherland area but tomorrow loads all over – especially Graafies too… The strong winds not making for good flying but far inland some climbs to 10k in the 30-40kts NW up there! Lol. Otherwise its mainly rain and cold weather moving in from the west. Mid day at Sutherland and early evening by Graafies…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:36 (Day length is 10 hrs and 2 min) A windy ad rainy day. Def a books, red wine and chocolate day! ;) Max temperature a cold 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(9 July 2020) 
Day 105 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some serious stuff for storm chaser/watchers happening today. The mother CF making landfall today in CT – rain starting from anytime now onwards. The internal pressure of the centre of the “cold front” down to 955MB. The surface winds reaching 50kts NW in many places today. The exception will be the low lying areas and also parts of the GR with some spots (like Plett bay) with light winds for most of the day. There is a strong SW wind also creeping up the southern coast as the front moves closer. It should reach Wilderness around 17:00. Very high Q’s preceding the front with 10k base around Sutherland (but those super strong NW winds!) Of course loads of wave activity around with all the wind action. Very stable and low thermal index for all the coastal areas (only far inland some exceptions but of course the shear ration just unbelievable today – exceeding 25kts in most places!). The winds remain NW all the way up to the Tropopause with a 150kts finish up there! Freezing level around 8k in the west and up to 14k in the east. It lowers to 6k by tom morning.  

CT – Strong NW winds and rain all day! Later a chance of CB activity – flood warnings are out over the next 48hrs…

RB – As above

PV – As above.

Wilderness – Some "low" Strato Q’s at present – wave induced it seems - it might clear with the NW offshore winds dominating. Late afternoon the SW buster moving up the coast with a very slight chance of a dune gooning session on the cards. But it will probably be very sketchy! ;) Rain by midnight.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but a good spell of the calm before the storm out over the bay…

PE and PA – Strong NW winds until late afternoon when the SW will push in from the west.

Inland – Gale force winds in places with 50kts in some spots… Some interesting Q’s pre ceding the front in the west for those weather watchers. And looks like serious cold conditions over the next week even as another big CF is following this one for the guys out on the farms… Snow for a few days it seems…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:35 (Day length is 10 hrs and 1 min) The calm before the storm in a few spots but stormy already in others! Get the books, red and wood ready! ;) Max temperature a hot 25 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(8 July 2020) 
Day 104 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! So the talk is this biiig CF approaching CT that is supposedly going to bring loads of snow, wind and very cold weather from Thursday and into the weekend. Well, it looks like the rumours are true. Extremely strong NW winds tomorrow as the prefrontal stuff builds for the onset of this big guy. So be prepared. Today looks like the last possible flyable day for perhaps a week to come – lets hope Im wrong. Parts of the WC bathed in the col between the IOH and a trough on the west coast. Mostly a strong NE flow in the east, strong N inland and on the west coast but some light protected areas along the southern coast and it is within this area that there could be some flying to be had. Though early on Africa face in CT also looks flyable with light NE winds predicted for the morning only backing to the N from mid-day onwards. Here there will be a slow increase in the strength as the day unfolds. No clouds around but perhaps some high cirrus from the west as the CF starts to approach. Winds remain NW with height around 30kts mostly but then backing to the WNW near the Tropopause for a 60kts finish. Freezing level around 10000 in the east 12000’in the west

CT – NE winds 5-10kts all the way up to 4k during the morning but then backing to the N from mid-day onwards. Africa face looks doable for the morning… (Probably last day of flying for a while) ;)

RB – WWB

PV – Very north and very inverted day so not good for flying…

Wilderness – An easterly flow but it does look like a possible South in it early on at Sedge and Serps with some nice instability up to 2k initially but then 1k later on. It could start being flyable there from around 11:30 till 14:00. Fingers crossed! Buffs is also looking flyable with up to 15kts by mid-day. .

Plett – Uppies unfortunately disappointing today with hardly any depth in the instability east flow. It is very east and climbs perhaps just a tad above launch height. Some strong N just above here. Keurbooms also light and east…

PE and PA – Strong NE winds 15-20kts but a tad calmer in the bay.

Inland – Strong N winds especially on the higher grounds with 25kts for most of the day in many places. It is very stable with loads of subsidence all around – warm surface temps and already a slow build for the approaching CF. Winds are going to reach gale force NW tomorrow so be prepared.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:35 (Day length is 10 hrs!!!) A sweet winters day – enjoy it – it is the calm before the storm! ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(7 July 2020) 
Day 103 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH riding in behind the CF bringing with some sweet cold and unstable air. After the rain moves past there should be good flying in the right spots – the GR particularly sweet from 14:00 onwards. Winds are SW to SE but Westerly initially along the southern coasts but S to SE along the west. Further inland the wind backs nicely  from SW to SE beyond the Sutherland Escarpment as it follows the bend of the SAH. Instability up t 4k AG in a few spots from some sweet thermal flying – climbs around 4/500ft/min during the early afternoon. Q’s around along the southern coastal areas mainly but also a few further inland. The wind veers from 14k upwards to the NW for a 125kts finish at the Tropopause! Freezing level around 8k in the south and 9k further North.

CT – S to SE winds up to the low teens in knots. Perhaps there’s a wind-shadow but it doesn’t look that good to me… ;)

RB – Too light but the right direction!

PV – Good air but also too south and even some SE in the direction. The thermals will pull things up on launch but it could be a bit turbulent and slightly lee along the range..

Wilderness – Aaahhh… A tad west a bit rainy and windy for the morning but from 11 onwards it should start backing to the SW. It looks like we are for a good day – the ocean cliff for the beginning followed by sweet Sedge late afternoon I think. :) Some high climbs possible at sedge – maybe over 3k up! Windy at first but as soon as it drops enough to fly there should be climbs around 4/500ft initially then lowering to 2-300ft later on. )Spot on flying)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but a later backing to the SW perhaps only after 15:00. Climbs at Uppies going to 4500! Keurbooms should offer some soaring very late in the afternoon…

PE and PA – Strong SW winds 30kts!

Inland – Sweet CF southerlies all over – it backs to the SE further north. Nice unstable air for some good flying – Swartberg should be good with some good soaring to just above the peaks with a light southerly around 3-4kts – perfect for the bigger mountains. Around Graafies some sweet Qs around 6k base…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:34 (Day length is 9 hrs and 59min!). A cold and windy winters day. Late afternoon is better for the beach walk. :) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(6 July 2020) 
Day 102 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another CF fast approaching CT today with strong NW prefrontal winds everywhere. Some low lying areas are sheltered and the GR remaining sweet all day – a SW moving in here very late in the afternoon. CT with rain early evening and through the night but it should be clear again by morning. Stable conditions all over except a slight bit of instability in the inland NW with some spots showing weak climbs to 2k AGL but those in sync with the wave should produce better results reaching perhaps 6k. Strong wave around again with Dedoorns to Robertson showing strong wave – you could tow into it and connect around 4500’ and climb to 25000’ today with 5m/s lift most of the way! ;) Winds are NW all the wat to near the Tropopause where it backs slightly to the W with a 95kts finish. Freezing level still very high at 13/14k.

CT – NW with a strong gradient – it is 20kts plus at TM top. Clouds moving in by late afternoon.

RB – WWB

PV – The strong NW influence out this way all day too…

Wilderness – A sweet day for chilling with the NW 15-20kts at 2000’ above our heads. IT is very stable with the shallow onshore hardly above any of the low hills… Late afternoon sees a SW pulse moving in which could be flyable if you are on the coast and your timing and luck is in! ;) Rain setting in through the night.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. Even Uppies showing no lift in the light Southerly…

PE and PA – Strong Offshore flows here all day long. The SW reaching here only during the evening.

Inland – A Classic NW prefrontal day with strong winds reaching over 30kts in places. Oudshoorn surface sheltered again with light winds there. ;) IT remains like this all day long…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:34 (Day length is 9 hrs and 59min!). A sweet winters day with light winds and lots of sun. Be careful of walking on the beach – we still have a massive swell running. ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(5 July 2020) 
Day 101 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF just brushing past the south of the WC – rain in CT for today but slight clearing later in the afternoon. Strong west flow with a few protected spots in the lower valleys – 20kts in many places – a WNW start but a SW trend later in the day. Looks like some Q’s along the SW and Southern parts, again clearing slightly as the front moves further east. A slackening in the wind for the afternoon expected too. Weak thermal index with perhaps 300ft/min in the better parts. The stronger wind in the south not helping with that. ;) It  backs to the WSW from 14k up wards with a 120kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level still up at 13k.

CT – NW and rainiy start but backing to the WSW later. The cloud seems to remain though it is not as deep so the rain will stop later. Best bet is to head north towards PV.

RB – WWB

PV – It actually looks really sweet for Dasklip with the best part from there to Saron – sweet light west winds with climbs to 3500 – maybe a tad more with the help of the ridge lift.

Wilderness – Perhaps a similar day to yesterday – very west (20kts) just above our heads which will have a ratty effect on the surface winds. Poor instability around so nothing worthy at Sedge and Serps (and very cross again) Even along the coast it is looking frustrating with few forecasts showing a good enough backing to the SW. Maybe later in the day but then the wind drops too…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the west not really making things pleasant here… Uppies climbs to 3500k but 20kts west winds up there! Later it does back a touch to the SW but then a low inversion…

PE and PA – Strong WSW winds 20-30kts WSW!

Inland – a slight NW start on the higher spots with 20kts on the cards. IT remains upper teens for the morning mid-day but then a slackening later on. In the south the wind will back to the SSW. The Q’s confined to the South and SW areas. Some climbs over the higher mountains with 6/7k possible but the shear ration not in our favour.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:33 (Day length is 9 hrs and 58min!). Again some high cirrus clouds with a WSW wind and a hug swell so be careful If you are any where near the sea! ;) Max temperature around 20 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(4 July 2020) 
Day 100 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Wow! HArd to believe we have reached day 100 of this bad thing... Sigh. A sweet day of flying and training at Sedgefield yesterday. Different today with a tightening of the isobars as the another Cold Front approaches CT (Rain by early hours of tomorrow morning). A shallower layer of instability extending along the southern coastal areas – around 1000ft in the good parts, with further inland a bit better. However the stronger winds messing with that B/S ration and very few places getting above 200ft/min. The best bet is for some ridge soaring spots. ;) Some Q’s in the SW as that front moves closer but in general the wind is very westerly in direction with a small chance of a bit of SW moving in along the GR after mid-day. The wind remains W to SW all the way to the Tropopause with a 115kts finish over CT. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – NW trend with strato Q layer around 2k. Should be good flying below this so SH and SH probably good. 15kts so maybe breezy in a few spots.

RB – WWB

PV – Maybe some ridge soaring because the thermal index is NFG. ;) W to NW winds 3-10kts in spots.

Wilderness – A lot more west in the wind today – much moving past out to sea. Sedge looks like it could be doable but it is very west with climbs to 2-300ft ATO. Forecast shows it being too light on the coast but lets hope that is wrong and a sweet pulse comes through.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the west not really making things pleasant here… Uppies climbs up to 1500’…

PE and PA – 15-30kts WSW!

Inland IT is mostly WNW far inland and SW in the south. Most spots around 15-20kts so n breezy day out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:33 (Day length is 9 hrs and 57min!). Some high clouds around blocking the sun so a bit cooler than yesterday with an extra bit of wind. ;) Dress warm for the beach or just go enjoy hot chocolate and a good book. ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(3 July 2020) D
ay 99 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet layer of unstable air along the southern parts in the wake of the frontal movement but still slow along the west coast and most of the interior. Early morning low cloud in many spots but this will clear with some good looking Q’s along the GR area for most of the morning and early afternoon. A slight col area around the WC so not any strong winds expected. There’s a general W to SW flow along the southern parts and perhaps a touch NW further inland. Even the Sutherland escarpment with less than 10kts! Winds will trend more S to SW later in the day. Above the inversion (from around 3k in many spots) the wind goes NW but from 10k it backs to SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kt finish up there. Freezing level around 12500ft ASL.

CT – Light winds in most spots but later a def SW trend. Some convergence again along the eastern Peninsula slopes – being the best spots but SH and LH probably flyable…

RB – Too light

PV – light SW surface flow but then backing to the east around launch height – the inversion below so probably not even a chance of a thermal pulling it straight! ;)

Wilderness – The GR is where the action is today with a SW flow trending west with hight. But it will go more S later in the day. Instability up to 2500 near the coast at Sedge with some lowering to around 2k later in the day. There should be some sweet looking Q’s late morning and early afternoon. Climbs around 300ft/min but with the odd 500ft/min possible. Could be a tad strong around midday… Possibly an XC day for the experienced pilots too ;) There is a chance for the coast to work at times too but I think it might be light here mostly…

Plett – Similar here with Uppies showing climbs to just over 3500ft. Q’s here to play with and then going more south later in the day. Keurbooms looking sweet after mid-day when the wind backs a bit more..

PE and PA – W to SW winds 10-15kts…

Inland Light winds everywhere for the day – a sweet day. Most of the Q’s remaining south of the Outenikwas. Some thermic activity, especially over the bigger mountains with climbs perhaps up to 6k or so.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:32 (Day length is 9 hrs and 57min!). Partly cloudy during the morning and mid-day but clearing in the afternoon for the a great late afternoon beach walk. ;) Max temperature a cooler 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(2 July 2020) 
Day 98 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF making inroads in the CT area and will spread to the south coast areas from the late afternoon and onwards. Some low cloud form many parts of the WC this morning but all will clear with the exception of the SW parts associated with the CF. Winds start of NW but will quickly back to the WSW as the front moves in. Again some light instability inland with some areas showing climbs to 6/7k even but the strong west winds 20-30 up there will not make things that flyable. ;) I did find a 4m sec wave just north of Aberdeen which I though was unusual. (See the graph) Otherwise the winds remain WSW all the ay to the Tropopause for a 6-70kt finish. Freezing level around 12500’.

CT – The low cloud moving in from early already with good rain from late morning. Looks like the trend all day.

RB – See above ;)

PV – More westerly today around 10kts so a chance of getting in a flight before the CF. A shallow unstable layer up to2k thick with SW direction before going west. A layer of strato Q’s moving mid afternoon…

Wilderness – Some low cloudiness around but this will clear with a west ging SW flow along the coast. It looks like we might get around 10kts so probably a dune day. It’s a tad strong just above so I would be wary of going to Sedge. It might be ok for the more experienced guys. Not too much there in terms of thermals with the best part seeing climbs to just over 2k but then as the sea air moves in more it lowers to just below 1000’ if you are lucky I think. Probably from 11 – 14:00 the best time to fly but with a bit of luck it will extend beyond that. :)

Plett – Again stronger and remaining west here all day it seems. Uppies with all mid teens in knots with the best part showing climbs to 2500’ but with a lo to west in it. It does moderate late afternoon but remains westerly…

PE and PA – We are back to the strong WSW winds all day here 30kts at times…

Inland Starting off with a WNW flow by late morning this will all be W to SW flows. Up to 20kts early but moderating during the day to 10-15kts. The frontal stuff seems to be blocked by the mountains for now. Upper winds remain strong.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:32 (Day length is 9 hrs and 56min!). A cloudy start but some clearing during the day… I still gravitate towards that good book and bottle f red! hehe… ;) Max temperature a cooler 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(1 July 2020) 
Day 97 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet day of training at Map yesterday by many schools – it was so good to see so many newbies getting in some airtime again. :) The IOH dominating to the east and inland with east on the coats and northerlies inland while the SAH is nudging in in the west with another CF approaching the Cape – expecting rain by tomorrow in CT. It is a blue day with no clouds expected – perhaps some high cirrus in the SW corner of the WC. Surface winds reaching over 20kts NW over the inland higher mountains, especially along the Sutherland Escarpment with 30kts possible there at times all day long. A general WSW along the southern coastal region but much of the wind not making it in to the GR instead remaining out t sea. Some instability around further inland with a few spots reaching 2000’ AGL. The south and west coasts very stable with not much in terms of thermals around. The wind remains WNW all the way to the Tropopause with a 70kt finish up there. Freezing level around 14k in the west and 12500’ in the east.

CT – Some instability around Africa face and around the corner and SE facing areas for the hikers out there. Otherwise its light winds with a increasing NW trend with hight. SW probably around LH and SH coast in the afternoon perhaps 10-15kts at times. Could get to 20kts near the top of TM later on so just keep eyes open if you are lucky enough to get up there.. ;)

RB – Too light and WW is out.

PV – Again that pesky North from around MT height spoiling play I think… Shallow instability in the valley with perhaps a more westerly trend.

Wilderness – NW offshore for the morning with a chance of a bit of SW pulsing through after lunch time. There is some strong winds far out to sea but it is not reaching the coast from the looks of it. Just above the winds trend west and does move into the upper teens in knots. A shallow bit of instability at Sedge – maybe to 700 but seems weak in potential available energy so I don’t expect much. It could be doable but with a west trend in it around midday/lunchtime. Lets hope I’m wrong and it is better! lol

Plett – Def stronger but with too much west in it this time round. Uppies very west with after lunch perhaps climbs to 2k. Wind seems mid teens in knots with 20 not far above… Keurbooms too west all day I think. Robberg going over 15 at times..

PE and PA – Strong NW offshores but mid afternoon that SW coming through here in the id teens in knots. It gets to PA late afternoon but not too strong form the looks of it.

Inland It is all NW winds with 20kts plus on the higher mountains and S escarpment.  Some instability around 2000’AGL in a few spots going to just a tad above the mountain peaks. Low in the valleys some light winds in the sheltered areas. Also poor TPE.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:32 (Day length is 9 hrs and 56min!). Yay! We are on our way to summer! The days are getting longer hehe… ;) Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 



(30 June 2020) 

Day 96 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with East to Northerly flows today. Some early morning fog patches – widespread but clearing during the day – a blue day on the cards with a few wisps of high cirrus remaining. An easterly along the southern coastal areas but NE inland. A few spots reaching 15-20kts over the higher peaks. In the valleys it should be mostly near calm winds. The west coast with a strong inversion no more than 2k AGL and a light SW to S in this layer but t goes NE above that. In general it is wintery unstable so some climbs to perhaps 6k in the best spots inland but mostly around 4500’ ASL North of the Outenikwas with a N trend (Variations between NW and NE are around). Winds trend to the NW between 6-8k then backs hard to the SW from 10k upwards remaining SW all the way to the Tropopause. Freezing level around 14k.

CT – a general light wind day with a southerly trend in the south on the surface but Northerly above 2k. It is all light stuff with some 10kts SW around the LH and SH ocean front possible. A nice unstable layer around at lunchtime but it could be effected by the closeness of the ocean – so inside Africa face probably better (if you can get there!) ;)

RB – Too light here all day I think.

PV – Hhhmmm…. Not as good as expected after the CF passage – shallow instability but very little energy with light winds and a NE trend at MT top height so not good…

Wilderness – Its looking up for some good flying here today with a light SE from midday onwards on the cards. Map probably soarable in the afternoon. But Serps the in spot for the day I think with from 11 to 13:00 sweet runs on the cards from there to Map. :) Climbs to celling hight doable. Sedge also on between 11 and 13:00 I think with good climbs though the wind will be cross here. Buffs def on today and might get blow out there…

Plett – Too much east winds here today so it s a hard call. The hardcore pilots could get something at Uppies though I think it will be too east to be pleasant…

PE and PA – Light offshores with light onshore at starting at mid-day – a slight east trend. A sweet change!

Inland Northerlies as far as the ye can see! It is light with just over 10kts in a few spots (The early morning escarpment winds will die down quickly) so its looking like a sweet day for flying out there. Climbs to 6k near the bigger ranges possible.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:31 (Day length is 9 hrs and 55min!). A sweet SE day with around 10kts on the cards. Go early to get calm conditions on the beach and afterwards settle for a good books and some hot chocolate! ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(29 June 2020) 
Day 95 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating as it is pushing in behind the CF feeding cool and rainy conditions to the CT area and later to the southern parts today. Winds are NW to SW in the SW corner, strong WSW along the south coast areas, moderating inland and more southerly along the west. The wet grounds making thermals elusive and weak along the southern coastal plains and partway up the west coast. A smidgeon of hope flaring up towards PV but even here it is very subdued and too south in the wind. Further inland it dries a bit more and there’s some climbs up to 6k in most spots with a few good looking Q’s around too. ;) I did find an interesting bit of lee wave over the Swartberg north of DeRust. Nothing strong with 350ft/min climb but its there and I think the thermals below this area will probably be wave enhanced so could be interesting exploring around here... The wind remains SW with hight all the way to the Tropopause with a 65kt finish. Freezing level around 13k…

CT – Looks like rain all day long here but at least the winds have dropped – still NW trend…

RB – WWB

PV – The winds trending S to SW maybe. Clearing to the north. It’s a maybe if the wind plays along with some climbs to just over mountain top. Up to 10kts wind…

Wilderness – A clear day initially but rain moving in late afternoon. The wind still breezy W but it does look like soarable bit moving in just before the rain. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but the west trend remaining…

PE and PA – Still strong WSW of 25-30kts with the rain moving in from the ocean late afternoon…

Inland SW winds all the way past Sutherland and beyond. Instability around 2k depth in most spots north of the SB ranges. Some good looking Q’s in the area but also some strato Q layers in the south. 15-20kts but moderating further north. No rain on the cards here as the mountains seem to be blocking most of it.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:31 (Day length is 9 hrs and 55min!). Slightly less wind with good sun but rain again from around 17:00. Its still a day for books, fires and hot chocolate! ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(28 June 2020) 
Day 94 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The strong Cold Front still the flavour of the day but as it moves further east the winds backing a bit more towards the SW. Along the southern coast it will still trend a bit more westerly with very strong wind increasing to the east but moderating nicely in the west. The rain also becoming slightly less form the west but cloudy conditions persisting all day. Some instability around with around 3-500ft/min climbs in the best spots but the strong winds and wet grounds dampening the thermic development. The best spots in the west for this afternoon where I think enough clearing and moderation will take place for some flyable conditions around PV. Base around 2k in the west and southern parts and rising as you move further inland. Some sweet looking skies today inland with cool Q’s and SW winds around 10-15kts inland (but 20kts plus along the southern coastal areas). The wind remains SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 70k finish. Freezing level around 8500.

CT – SW winds around 15kts with rain during the morning but clearing in the afternoon. The base around 2-3k so n chance for some flying at SH or LH with the West winds…

RB – WWB

PV – Low base with the cloud tops covered but around mid day a partial clearing in a few spots with base rising to perhaps 3500’ and 10kts of West winds. (Maybe some WNW in it at times) But def n chance to get into the air in this area… ;)

Wilderness – Rainy at the moment and much of that persisting for the day with strong W to WSW winds. Hhhmmm… Looks like we have to wait for tomorrow…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Still 30-40kts West winds!

Inland The winds moderating sweetly north of the mountains with 10-15kts – the further north the lighter by the looks of it. Remaining SW all over the WC interior with a good looking base around 6-7k. Cold but very flyable – there’s a need to dress warm if you do get airborne. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:30 (Day length is 9 hrs and 55min!). Very strong W to WSW winds all day with cloudy and rainy conditions. Another day for books, fires and hot chocolate! ;) Max temperature a cold 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(27 June 2020) 
Day 93 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A very strong prefrontal day for the GR while CT and surrounds are having a serious case of winter! Rain and strong winds with the 50kts level below 2000’! (100kts at just 18000’ btw) The rain mostly along the western ranges but the front strong enough to move this inland though at a slower pace than expected. Rain to only reach Wilderness area by early evening. Not much of a thermic day anywhere with the strong winds shredding any lift in the weak instability but of course there are some prefrontal wave conditions going on again. I found a forecast of over 5m/s again north of De Doorns (There must a be a big mountain there somewhere…) lol. 120kts WNW at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 6500 in a few spots but over 7k mostly so not the best for snow by the looks of it.

CT – Serious rain and NW wind all day…

RB – As above

PV – As above! ;)

Wilderness – Already extremely gusty with 25kts shear factor – WNW winds that will go more west later in the day but remain very strong. Rain from early evening.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness… Oh yes, some huge swell around today (Going over 7m!)

PE and PA – 30-40kts West later on!

Inland Strong NW winds exceeding 30kts in places and rain moving in from the west reaching Lainsberg late afternoon. Looks like the Langkloof and little Karoo will get some rain during the night though…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:30 (Day length is 9 hrs and 54min!). Very strong winds all day long but we have sun until late afternoon at least. Def a day for books, fires and hot chocolate! ;) Max temperature a WINDY 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(26 June 2020) 
Day 92 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A winters day with cold westerly winds all over the WC. Rain in most spots but the lion’s share dropping along the west coast mountains. Base around 2-4k along the coast with tops varying from 17k in the west and south in the morning but lowering as there is partial clearing from the west. (Though there is another CF ready to pounce within 24hrs though). Even a chance of some CB activity – mostly along the southern coastal areas. Winds reaching 25kts at a few inland spots in the east but around 10-15kts in the west. Very little SW trend along the southern coastal areas so not looking that good for flying – besides the further east we go the stronger the wind (as we move closer to the tail end of the CF). No lee-wave around the WC today but perhaps some interesting spots of convergence -  Winds remain westerly with hight (besides a funny kink around 20k – between the two CF) ;) with around 80kts finish. Freezing level around 6k (so maybe a light sprinkling of snow on the highest mountains though not much predicted).   

CT – A rainy morning but it will clear during the day. A slight chance of getting into the air late afternoon though I think the clouds will probably not allow you to get onto TM. 10-15kts WNW.

RB – WWB

PV – A rainy morning but it also clears partially during the day. Base should lift to clear the mountain tops with a WNW wind around 15kts. A dubious day with all the cloud around…

Wilderness – A typical winters day with strong West winds and rain. The wind is very west but some indications of a few onshore enough pulse from around 13:00 onwards – pending on rain – mostly around 7-15kts.

Plett – Not as lucky as Wilderness with the winds remaining westerly all day here from the looks of it. Very strong out at Robberg with 25kts…

PE and PA – 25-35kts WSW winds all day …

Inland Some good looking skies around with deeply developed Q’s all over the inland parts of the WC. Still those strong westerly winds so not the best day for flying but a smidgeon of instability around with up to 500ft/min climbs in a few spots. Well, its worth dreaming hey… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:30 (Day length is 9 hrs and 54min!). A windy and rainy day – on off – still best for books, fires and hot chocolate! ;) Max temperature a cold 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(25 June 2020) 
Day 91 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another bergwind day as the CF approaches CT with rain setting in there around 17:00. Very strong NW winds all over the show with a high wind-shear factor of 25kts plus in many spots today (so not a good day for flying!) ;) Some instability shaping up along the west coast but the winds are just too strong to fly with 20kts (and more) in most places. The southcoast once again stable with the strong NW offshores and hot temps all round. Some reprieve moving in with a little coastal low from around mid-day with a cool shallow SW pulsing up the coast – reaching the GR around 15/16:00. Short lived with only a very slight chance of catching a soaring bit along the coast of your timing is right. Further east the NW offshore remains all day. Once again the strong NW winds with an isotherm layer causing some spectacular Pre-Frontal wave formations. Over 1000ft/min climbs in a few spots with the strongest one I could find just north of DeDoorns. (You could go past 40000ft with that one!) lol. The winds remain NW with hight with 120kts at the Tropopause over CT. Freezing level lowering to 9000ft.

CT – The cloud just thickening during the day with rain along the southern parts of the Peninsula from as early as 15:00 I think.

RB – WWB

PV – Strong N to NW winds so not a flyable day here…

Wilderness – Another strong NW day with that coastal low bringing in some SSW winds anytime between 15:00 and 17:00. It looks very short lived and not that strong so we will be lucky to get a good bit. Lets hope we do! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but the SW a tad later here…

PE and PA – NW offshores all day here too with perhaps more NE at PA…

Inland Again those very very strong NW blowing everywhere inland of the WC Strong today. Strong blustery conditions. Good for drinking beer! lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:29 (Day length is 9 hrs and 54min!). A bit more of a windy day but sunny non the less with plenty of vitamin D on the cards. ;) Max temperature a sweet 25 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(24 June 2020) 
Day 90 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! We have a new hang gliding out and return world record. 222miles! Read about it here. (https://www.willswing.com/owen-morses-new-out-and-return-world-record-flight-on-the-t3-154/?fbclid=IwAR38V51H0YQmH7z8dB-Su8W01-MmiEtz6gvOzBfSo8s8kTSoLy5eO_-OXlw) As for our weather today it is all prefrontal strong NW stuff. Strong shear turbulence in most place with the steep gradient between the lower and just above wind speeds. TM top is 40kts but 1000’ AGL it is 15kts. Still some fog patches along the west coast abut also along parts of the southern coastal areas too. These should clear up later in the day. Hot temps along the southern parts as the descending offshore air warms up. Many spots inland with 30kts plus. A bit sheltered along the southern coastal regions but not like yesterday – the shallow coastal bubble being eroded buy the strong NW above for most of the day leaving us with light offshore winds in these areas. Still that isotherm layer in the SW parts so a chance of some strong wave lift in the lee of the larger mountains. I found this one just to the east of Grabou… 900ft/min climbs – not too shabby! ;) The winds remain WNW with hight around the 40-50kts mark all the way to the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 14500’.

CT – Another foggy start but clearing. Strong bergwinds with 40kts up at TM top.

RB – WWB

PV – Also bergy with strong north winds all day.

Wilderness – Not a good day for the GR with the NW blowing just above our heads all day long. We might get light winds but it will have a N trend mostly.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – Uppies with 35kt NW! Its def time for more Great White shark watching! lol

PE and PA – NW offshores all day here too…

Inland Strong NW winds with 30kts in many spots. It’s a perfect day to stay on the ground!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:29 (Day length is 9 hrs and 54min!). Another amazing day for Wilderness if you are on holiday with plenty sunshine and warm weather. Its terrible for flying though ;) Max temperature a sweet 24 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(23 June 2020) 
Day 89 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another typical winters day over the WC with those NW inland flows and slight variations along the sheltered southern coast. Mostly a light SW trend here as the wind curls around the Agulhas point cutting in below the upper NW. Still those foggy areas along the west coast with some clearing happening only in the afternoon. Generally very stable with around 500-1000’ thick light convection depth across the western parts and even less in parts of the south coast. Even north of the first mountain ranges it barely rise to more than 1000’ AGL – the Sutherland Escarpment offering 2k AGL. Very strong NW winds here with up to 30kts at times. What is cool is the isotherm layer just above the shallow convection layer with 30-40kts winds above that – a prerequisite for some good wave conditions. The best one I could find is one of my favourites but not explored often enough is the dramatic lee-side of Hottentot mountains – kind over the Tierwaterskloof dam. Just over 3m/s climbs here to 30k on the cards here today! :) Winds remain WNW all the way to the Tropopause with a 40kt finish up there. Freezing level around 13500’.

CT – Another foggy day clearing only in the afternoon. 25kts at TM height so quite a dramatic gradient around with that cold Atlantic ocean air making for light winds on the surface. It’s a dubious afternoon for flying around LH or SH with some areas of shear around…

RB – WWB

PV – Very similar to yesterday with a low inversion and westerly surface flow but veering to the N at launch height. Pretty breezy up there too.

Wilderness – Hhhmmm, it does look like Sedge could offer something with climbs perhaps just shy of 1000ASL. Its very weak and light so probably lucky to get above launch I think. A small chance of something strong enough for light soaring along the ocean cliffs during the morning (we might see a spot of up to 10kts SW) but then it dies and is light for the remainder of the day.

Plett – Uppies showing promise with climbs to just over 2000’ around lunchtime – I think this is my choice spot for today. Keurbooms looking a bit light but some strong stuff around Robberg… It is marked NW from 3k up.

PE and PA – Moring offshores here and then a trend to SW in the afternoon. Around 10-15kts at most.

Inland Strong NW winds in most spots especially along the escarpments with up to 30kts in spots. Very stable conditions with hardly anything going more than 1000’ AGL. Its pretty breezy up there so perhaps not the sweetest day to up there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:29 (Day length is 9 hrs and 53min!). Another amazing day for Wilderness with plenty sunshine even if we have only gained 8 seconds in daylight, the march to summer has begun. ;)s Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(22 June 2020) 
Day 88 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Its down hill towards summer! Not that we are complaining because so far the winter flying has been great. ;) Today still the typical winter flow pattern with the NW inland flows as the IOH also ridging inland to shape up with the LSH dominate our WC weather. Some coastal wind variations with the action around the Jeffreys area today with a marked convergence setting up (If you are in the aera it might be interesting to watch as the inland WNW but heads with the Coastal East moving down the coast from PE side.) For the west coast it is again fog patches which mostly should burn of by mid-day. The boundary layer around the 2k AGL along the west with no clouds but some Q’s around the SW corner of the WC at 2/3k. The inland NW with deeper instability and spots getting to 9k at 400ft/min (notably north of the Sutherland Escarpment). The southern coastal areas a lot more stable compared to yesterday with the shallow ocean air wedging in under those NW offshores. Higher up the winds back to the SW for a moment at the mid-levels before veering back to the W for the last stretch to the Tropopause for a 70kt finish. The freezing level around 12k.

CT – Foggy start but it should clear with a chance of flying at LH and SH and even a jump to the TM areas. The winds are low along the surface but pretty breezy up at TM height form the looks of it. (SLP looking good to but maybe on the strong side above)

RB – WWB

PV – I think the winds just a tad too much north at MT level to make it sweet. The lower surface winds do have a west trend but it doesn’t look like it carries through to the top. But some climbs possible perhaps getting a 500’ ATO… Probably south of Dassies on the bigger cliffs the best soaring.

Wilderness – Well, after two great days it looks a bit iffy with light onshore surface winds and a strong inversion settling in. Sedge nothing as high as the last two days but I think still some flying to be had with maybe up to 400ft ATO doable. ;)  

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies remaining NW until very late in the afternoon. Probably not worth it. Even Buffels neck looking a tad strong NW before going west around mid-day.

PE and PA – The NE dominating here all day around 15kts with the change around Jbay with that convergence setting up. (See graph)

Inland Strong NW winds in most spots especially along the escarpments with more than 20kts in spots. Some instability with climbs to 9k on the escarpment. It backs during the day with a westerly finish in most places, especially in the south.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 9 hrs and 53min!). Looks like a sweet day in Wilderness with light onshore winds around the mid part of the day. Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 



(21 June 2020) 
Day 87 of lockdown

Good morning all you super awesome Wild2Fly people! With the longest night and shortest day of the year officially a thing of the past we are happier than usual. The days are now getting longer and we are finally on the down hill towards summer! :) And as mother Nature determined winter solstice produced some fine winter soaring weather along the GR with many pilots getting some well deserved airtime after the 3 months of rest. Hhhmm…

Today the CF heading up towards the KZN coast while a weak ridge is still nudging in that cool moist air along the Western Cape mountains with rain over the CT and adjacent areas for today. Loads of fog patches around for the morning but all of them clearing during the day. The rain unfortunately not reaching the GR or south coast areas but possibly enough South in the West wind here for another day of good flying on that side. The wind up high breezy with close to 20kts in most spots but low to mid teens near the surface. Some Q’s around with 2000’ and less in the west but rising sweetly towards the east with the GR around 4/5k along the coastal plains, 6k+  north of the first range of mountains and a tad higher further north over the higher grounds. Upper winds remaining W to WNW all the way to the Tropopause with a 100kts finish up there. Freezing level around 9000’.

CT – Looks like more sweet rain today with NW winds around 10-15kts. Partial clearing later in the day.

RB – See above!

PV – Similar to CT.

Wilderness – If you can get up it could be a good winter XC day with the high base and some good climbs 500ft/min on the cards. The wind is a bit too west and too strong for comfort. Sedge a maybe for late afternoon when it calms down a bit – with late afternoon climbs still possible to around 1500’ then. Hoping for some coastal soaring from mid-day onwards if there is enough South in the wind – looks like a lot of west in the direction unfortunately. Fingers crossed!  

Plett – Same as Wilderness with perhaps even less of a chance of the enough southerly appearing. Eish! The skies should look soooo good!

PE and PA – Strong WSW all day. 15-20kts.

Inland Westerly winds all over the show but strength moderating all the time as the front moves further east. The west of course cloudy and rainy with the skies looking sweeter further east from there. Westerly winds which should back to south by late afternoon in the south. Some amazing convergence over the SB at mid-day. (See the pic)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 9 hrs and 53min!). The wilderness corner should be sheltered for a cool walk on the beach. Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(20 June 2020) 
Day 86 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Happy winter Solstice day! Its officially the longest night and shortest day of the year. Only 9 hours 53min and 23. So I heard vitamin D is in short supply…

A slight front preceding the bog one today – already its making itself felt around CT. Still the NW winds in the interior but some curling in a shallow layer along the south coast with a SW backing to the south trend during the day. Above still fresh NW winds and over 30kts in a few spots in the interior. Looks like this front will bring some sweet rain again over the next 2 days to the west coast areas but it’s a bit shy for the rest of the WC with the GR not really looking like its going to get much from it – most of the rain dropping on the west coast and the upper NW flow keeping it out to sea along the southern coastal regions. Still some flying to be had in this shallow layer along the south coast I think but not looking so good anywhere else. Winds remain NW with a WNW finish at the Tropopause of 130kts. Freezing level over CT area around 8500’ and over BW at 10000’.

CT – around 10kts low NW winds but low clouds for most of the day – in the afternoon deeper instability moving in with base at 2k and tops over 20k… So rain on the cards increasing tonight. Of course no flying lol.

RB – See above!

PV – Possible to get off early today I think with mod NW winds but from 14:00 onwards the winds will increase and become strong – 15-20kts NW. Rain also for later on.

Wilderness – Some mid level clouds around with those strong upper NW winds making for a windy evening and morning. It should moderate nicely with a light SW moving in from mid/late morning. I think Sedge will probably the better spot to be with it backing more to the S as the day progresses. The sweet time perhaps lunchtime. Climbs to 1500’ perhaps…

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies showing a late start with 14:00 showing a window for climbs to 2500’ light SW going S. Above those NW remaining. Probably too light for Keurbooms but maybe…

PE and PA – The morning NW backing to the SW and then S later on. Strong but moderating later.

Inland Very strong bergwinds with gusts around 30kts in a few spots. It can also be sweet and calm in some of the low lying areas… The CF moving in, in the west with rain from late afternoon with good rain along the SW sector of the WC tonight and tomorrow. In general not the best day to go flying.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 9 hrs and 53min!). The 20 June we will see the longest night and shortest day! Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(19 June 2020) 
Day 85 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! We are celebrating winter Solstice – today and tomorrow – the longest night and shortest day of the year. Officially for George the day length is only 9 hours 53min and 23 Seconds with tomorrow being just 3seconds shorter (The shortest day). Then its down hill to summer! :)

Today the dominant feature is the approaching CF that is tightening those isobars against the tall standing LSH. Its another day of Bergwinds everywhere with N to NW winds. Stable conditions with strong subsidence especially along the west coast areas. To the east and further inland there is some shallow instability but its very broken up due to the strong wind/shear conditions. No clouds expected though from CT if you look towards the SW you should see the Front approaching from late afternoon. Warm temps especially along the southern parts for a summer in winter day! Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 120kts finish. Freezing level around 11k around CT but up to 13k to the east around Uniondale…

CT – Again that amazing low level Jet along the west coast with 40kts at TM top height, Northerly all the way as the air is sucked and squeezed to the south along the coast and approaching front. Rain probably by midnight or early hours of tom morning. Of course no flying lol. (If you can check out the winds with height all the way to the Tropopause - see the link with the low level jet with the mother load at the Tropopause!) Sweet! ;)

RB – See above!

PV – Same as above.

Wilderness – Again a day of NW winds for most of the day – perhaps a slight reprieve late afternoon with light surface flows but still NW just above.

Plett – Same as Wilderness but interesting one of the Apps showing some deep instability between Knysna and Plett with climbs to 5k but all NW winds around 20kts right to the coast. (The B/S ration indicating that it wont be very pleasant!) lol.

PE and PA – Moving into he NE from the IOH here with stronger stuff further east. Around 10-15kts at PA. PE mostly offshores all day with Northerlies…

Inland Very strong bergwinds with gusts around 30kts in a few spots. It can also be sweet and calm in some of the low lying areas… In general not the best day to go flying.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 9 hrs and 53min!). The 20 June we will see the longest night and shortest day! Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 



(18 June 2020) D
ay 84 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! Today the IOH still dominating with the northerly flow all over the WC. There is a CF approaching CT – should make landfall by Sat. But a typical bergwind day everywhere with loads of subsidence and acceleration along the west coast. Absolute stability today with no lift and loads of shear around. Up t 40kts low level jet along the west coast and over CT as well. Offshores along the entire south coast too all day long. Winds remain N all the way up to 20k where it goes to the SW with a WSW finish of 80kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 12500’

CT – Strong beregwinds with loads of shear around today. All northerlies….

RB – WWB

PV – Bergwinds galore! NNE winds and strong.

Wilderness – Northerlies all by the looks of it.  

Plett – Bergwinds all day long here too…

PE and PA – Norhterlies here too…

Inland Very strong bergwinds with gusts around 30kts in a few spots. It can also be sweet and calm in some of the low lying areas… In general not the best day to go flying.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 9 hrs and 53min!). The 20 June we will see the longest night and shortest day! Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))


(16 June 2020) 
Day 82 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOD dominating the weather today with a easterly trend all over the show. Mostly light winds with a few exceptions along the higher escarpment areas where the wind can reach up to 20kts. Around Stillbaai and Agulhas it will be 15kts. Inland it will trend more NE and even N in a few spots in the south but to the west it is all offshores with the easterly winds. The boundary layer pretty low with loads of subsidence around so again weak climbs to perhaps 3k AGL in the best spots (Above the Sutherland Escarpment). Stable along the west and southern coasts but a few convergence spots showing some potential (Perhaps a Q or two showing up in these areas). Winds go north with hight up to 7k then veers to the east with a fee dances from south to east before just shy of the Tropopause it veers to the SW fr a 20-30kts finish. Freezing level around 10k in the east but up to 12k on the west coast shores…

CT – Very stable easterly but light winds so the flow will move around the Peninsula with a SW component along the shores of LH and SH. Probably very light on launch. Looks like a bit of convergence to the SE of Africa face and Devils Peak – looks nice along the backside here… ;)

RB – To light and frustrating

PV – Very Easterly with even some NE at times and stable here all day long.

Wilderness – The offshore start to the day that will veer to the NE and E before around mid-day start with a ESE trend at Map. It might get light soarable at Map in the afternoon. The winds does trend NE with height. Sedge could be doable for a short window between 11:30 and 12:30 I think. Southerly here at that time with climbs to just shy of 2k. From 13:00 it will probably be too east. Serps perhaps the sweeter option for a light thermic flight from there to Map.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the SE flow – Uppies with climbs to just shy of 2k with that SE wind at 10kts. (I think Buffels could be the spot today)

PE and PA – Light NE start but the afternoon the East winds picking up to finish in the upper teens in knots.

Inland The light winds are all easterly with a few spots hosing NE trends. A blue day out here with relatively stable conditions except for the convergence spots – around the Kamanasie ranges and inland of Knysna today especially some convergence on the cards. (See the pic) climbs in these areas going to 5k…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 54min!). The 20 June we will see the longest night and shortest day! Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(15 June 2020) 
Day 81 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! That CF moving past KZN leaving behind it sweet cold unstable air over the WC. The SAH ridging in sweetly behind the CF pushing that cold unstable air over the entire WC region. Some fresh snow even possible over the Sutherland Plateau during the night and this morning. The rain this morning should also start to moderate and become less for the afternoon. Winds starting off W to SW along the southern coast but backing more southerly into the afternoon. Light winds mostly around 5-10kts with the CT area showing stronger SE winds up to 20kts in a few spots. Sweet Q’s around too with the boundary layer around 2kAGL along the coastal plains, going to 4k behind the first ranges and then 6k north of the second mountains. Climbs in general around the 300ft/min. All in all not a bad winters day. :) Winds remain southerly with hight with a SSW finish at the Tropopause at 30-50kts. Freezing level around 7500’.

CT – An unstable SE day with the wind-shadow shaping up in the afternoon.

RB – Seems like the SE never quite makes it out here… Light and frustrating.

PV – Very Easterly here all day long. 2k AGL instability so climbs probably going to just over the tops of the mountains but that east trend probably making it tricky. More southerly in the valley.

Wilderness – The morning rain should become less and if it stays away it really looks like a great day for flying here. Winds starting very west but going SW from 11 onwards. Around 5-10kts. Perhaps the ocean cliffs could offer something late morning. Probably Sedge being the best spot with strong climbs of 500ft/min on the cards I think – 2500ft around 11:30 doable but then lowering to 1500’ or so for the lunchtime stint.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a lunchtime  slot possible for Keurbooms but Uppies taking the lime light. Just after mid-day a slot open for climbs to 4500’ by the looks of it. It will drop a bit later as the wind here goes a tad more southerly. Some flat Q’s and even a spot of OD after lunch. But the place to hang today I think.

PE and PA – Lots of rain this morning but clearing later on. Winds 10-15kts SW

Inland For a change that NW not around with the winds very southerly all over the interior. It will even go SE in the afternoon. Nothing too strong with 15kts at most in a few spots – otherwise 5-10kts. Nice unstable air with sweet Q far inland. I think SW could be a strong option today…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 54min!). Approaching our longest night and shortest day! Max temperature a cool 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(14 June 2020) 
Day 80 of lockdown

Good morning all you supe duper Wild2Fly people! What an amazing flying day it was yesterday with Franschoek being the hot spot it seems – some pics one could be forgiven for thinking you were in the Alps! :) Today the isobars just tightening a bit more as another CF approaches the Cape – the winds a bit stronger so probably not as much fun as yesterday. Most of the higher mountains 15-20kts. Instability a tad lower too with 1-2k AGL in most spots. There is a low potential energy base so weak climbs on the cards. General NW flow inland that will trend a bit more SW in the south during the afternoon. High cirrus for most of the day and a bit of Q development in the SW parts of the WC as the front shifts closer – rain in CT probably by late afternoon already. Its 60kts WSW at the Tropopause and the freezing level around 9000’.

CT – Starting of with a NNW wind but backing to the west from around 1000’ up. IT does look like the 12 Apostles should be doable today though watch for some low cloud moving in from early afternoon. Light lower down but 15ks or just over near TM top.

RB – WWB

PV – Perhaps the best spot just north of Kardoesie with it becoming soarable on the steeper cliffs. Climbs to just over the tops of the peaks but with the lunchtime westerly it should become soarable. 2/300ft/min climbs to boost things along to. It does back more SW from 14/15:00 onwards…

Wilderness – The NW start but mid-day seeing a backing to the WSW. It just doesn’t seem to want to turn on for us with a lot of W in the winds. There should be enough in the strength for the coastal cliffs to offer something even if it will be very west. High cirrus most of the day with lower Q’s moving in late afternoon. Sedge and Serps showing some weak climbs but very westerly – I would hang out at hotel or Paradise dunes probably…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but perhaps even less of a chance of it backing to the SW enough for flying. Uppies remaining west and Keurbooms a maybe…

PE and PA – 20kts W all day.

Inland The NW this morning at over 20kts in the higher spots but less than 5 in the low sheltered areas like Oudshoorn valley. The wind will back to the WSW in the southern parts form after lunch reaching up to BW by 16:00. Very weak climbs with 1k AGL on average in the flats but some maybe reaching just past the top of the bigger peaks. 6k at the SB…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 54min!). Approaching our longest night and shortest day! Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 



(13 June 2020)  
Day 79 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly super heroes! The CF a thing of the past while the SAH has ridged into the interior, eventually morphing into the LSH. Slightly warmer temps all round with some light instability still available in a few spots. Still not the climbs we want but better than nothing! ;) Winds trending light NW in the interior and a tad WSW along the coast in general. The boundary layer around 2k AGL with a few exceptions along the coast (lower) and further inland (higher). A few Q’s around, the GR looking sweet and a spot of two in the SW section of the WC. The Swartberg area also with some Q’s (There should be some pleasant winter lift around here) but then blue further inland and to the west. The wind is 50kts West at the Tropopause with the freezing level around 7500-8000’.

CT – Some thick high cirrus moving in from mid-day but it does look like a great SH day with the 12 Apostles beckoning. Maybe 15kts up high… (Franshoek was epic!)

RB – WWB

PV – Very light conditions with up to 2k AGL instability but with weak climbs. IT also is a bit north around MT top height so perhaps not the best day here…

Wilderness – Still a too west trend, especially just 500 or so AGL. A light SW after midday expected but it all seems just too soft with not enough energy to produce good climbs – with a bit of luck 2-300ft/min. Sedge the best bet around 13:00-15:00 I think. High cirrus later too which will further block the surface heating.

Plett – Similar out look to Wilderness but I think Keurbooms could become straight enough around 14/15:00 for a maybe flight. Uppies showing very west… Maybe a look at Buffels with the WNW winds?

PE and PA – 20kts SW moderating to 15…

Inland Mostly light NW to W winds everywhere. Some sweet spots around the Kamanasie ranges, the SB and Outenikwas – Q’s on the cards here with base perhaps as high as 6k (unfortunately all WNW winds). Another beautiful day for flying on the cards especially for the propeller thingies that can reach those amazing snowy spots! :) (Guys flew DuToits but cross and weak climbs - few got up to 200ft ATO)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 55min!). A party cloudy day with light winds… Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(12 June 2020) 
Day 78 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Snow all over the show like Christmas! The big CF making its way out towards Southern Madagascar already but behind it the SAH ridging in behind it with a layer of super cold unstable air.  Some low cloud this morning in most places but later on the base will lift and the skies should be looking really good – the exception being some SW parts of the WC where a layer of stratoQ’s around 4k will block much of the heat of the sun. The winds mostly westerly but much calmer inland than yesterday. The South coast areas still very strong with 20-25kts from Agulhas and eastwards. Base from 2k along the coastal areas rising to 6k behind the first mountains with some spots up to 8/9k near the Great Escarpment. The winds remain westerly with hight with a slight WSW flow at the Tropopause but only 40kts around the SW parts of the WC. Freezing level around 6k.  

CT – Looks like a super nice day for the 12 Apostles. Mostly W to NW winds however the cloud near TM top showing OD so watch you don’t get misted out! ;)

RB – WWB

PV – Looking very sweet especially to the south with A NW to West flow. Its probably very wet but the unstable air should produce some climbs to around 4k. Some flat Q’s to the south mainly.

Wilderness – Looks like a strong westerly day with a slight trend to the WSW later in the afternoon. It moderates slightly then but still too cross and probably too strong. Sedge showing climbs to 4k but with 20-25kts winds just above launch lol. To west also…

Plett – Similar out look to Wilderness but again slightly stronger winds.

PE and PA – Again 30kts with some spots going close to 40kts WSW winds. 4m swell moving into Jbay so the surfers probably very happy…

Inland Partly cloudy for the most part otherwise clear skies with snow in many places. A cold unstable layer up to 4k thick in spots. Winds much lighter with 5-10kts all round so a beautiful day for flying on the cards especially for the propeller thingies that can reach those amazing snowy spots! :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 55min!). Still strong westerly winds all day… Max temperature a cold 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(11 June 2020) 
Day 77 of lockdown

Good morning all you Wild2Fly super heroes! The centre of the CF far south of us and moving eastwards pretty quickly while the SAH shifts in behond it - reaching far south and feeding all that cold air onto the entire country. We have icy cold conditions in the interior with a low freezing level bringing wide spread snow in man of those snowy hot spots. The big rains are over but still some lingering deep showers for the day – base around 2k with tops going past 20k so expect hail and lightning even... The winds have also gone down a notch with 20-30kts but a few spots moderating in the afternoon. The winds are all westerly in direction with SW in the west as the IOH curls the winds from the far south onto the country. Still too strong to fly mostly. The strong wave for the WC also dropped with the deeper instability in the atmosphere and the direction being more westerly than those better suited NW winds. (Except for the berg where things are still rocking with climbs exceeding 40000’! - see pic) Over the WC the winds remain westerly all the way to the Tropopause with 70kts over CT and 100kts inland from Uniondale further to the N and E. Freezing level down to just over 4000’ in a few spots – Sutherland area around 1000’AGL.

CT – Very strong WSW winds all day with showers. Too strong to fly.

RB – As above

PV – As above. Base around 1500-2000 with tops at 22k. Snow on the bigger peaks.

Wilderness – Its WNW this morning with a smidgeon of a WSW just after lunch and then WNW again – 20-30kts but late afternoon should see some moderation. Partly cloudy with chance of showers in the afternoon.

Plett – Similar out look to Wilderness but stronger winds.

PE and PA – Up to 40kts Westerlies here… Jaybay should start firing big time from today as the big 6m swell moves into the bay…

Inland Wide spread snow and very cold conditions especially with the strong Westerly winds bringing the wind chill down to below freezing in many places. 20kts but some spots over 30 at times…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 55min!). Strong westerlies with some sun and a chance of rain in the afternoon. Max temperature a cold 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)) 

 



(10 June 2020) 
Day 76 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! For the weather watchers the next few days are a feast – it is not often we get such a strong midlatitude cyclone perfectly shaped settling over the entire country! The pressure in the centre, which is some 500km due south from us, is down to 985Hpsc with sustained surface winds of 50kts! So again we have those strong NW winds with the brunt of the cold weather shedding rain on the western part of the WC. The topographical uplift and convergence created by the mountains along the west coast boosting the already CB filled skies causing much of the rain to fall out there leaving cold and dryer air with only scattered showers to feed in the interior. Winds here are up 40kts in places with 20-30kts the norm. The 50kts level around 3000’. Snow starting tonight already along the higher grounds on the west coast then spreading with falls possible over the next 2 days. There are some massive lee-wave activity over the Drakensberg and my forecasting app showing one bar with 4m/s climbs going past 12000MSLA! (The App cant show anything higher!) How high would one be able to go! Mind you, the winds up there is blowing at 110kts so not the easiest wave to fly I would guess but def doable! Freezing level over CT dropping by the hour with mid-day level around 6k and inland of the GR around 10k…

CT – Rain with CB possible and wind all day…

RB – As above

PV – As above. Base around 1500-2000 with tops at 22k…

Wilderness – The strong winds starting a tad later this morning as we are in a sweet sheltered bubble for the morning (This is such a cool place!) ;) But then the winds will pickup with WNW winds 20-30kts expected for the next 2-3days even. Rain today only from early evening but it will be scattered only with most of the good stuff left on the west coast side.

Plett – Similar out look to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Very strong NW winds with no letting up during the day.

Inland Those strong NW winds of 2-40kts in spots. Around 3000’ AGL the 50kts mrk so pretty wild conditions no matter what you are flying. There should be some amazing Q's preceeding the front with some spectacular wave clouds to the east.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:31 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 56min!). Not a bad day with the strong winds shaping up for the afternoon. ;) Max temperature a mild 22 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(9 June 2020) 
Day 75 of lockdown

Good morning all you super duper amazing Wild2Fly people! Well all the talk about town is this midlatitude cyclone shaping up over the next couple of days that will probably make life very interesting for all of us. Def warnings out of loads of rain starting around mid-night in CT tonight and perhaps wind damage in those exposed areas over the next few days. Very strong NW with most of the interior around 25kts surface winds today but this will increase to 30-40 knts in places over the next three days. (Looks like widespread snow by Thursday.) For today, some mid level and high cirrus clouds but mostly a stable day especially along the coastal plains with some fog along parts of the southern coastal areas. There’s some convergence inland along a slight north/south trough shaping up before the front moves in with climbs to 11k but of course it is all wishful thinking due to the very strong winds up there. ;)  50kts around 5000’ almost everywhere. This layer will lower over the next 24hrs as the front moves into the WC with a decidedly westerly direction – it is huge with a sweep extending far up the west coast reaching to past Luderitz in Namibia. Still those 120/140 kts NW up at the Tropopause and the freezing level slightly down to 10000’.

CT – A pretty sheltered start to the day with the winds only starting to build from mid-day onwards. IT even looks like it could be flyable in the morning around LH and SH. Lol. But from mid to late afternoon things will start heading south as the front starts to move in and by mid-night the rain should start in all earnest. Heavy falls for Wednesday on the cards…

RB – Hhhmmm WWB

PV – Stable and windy with NNW winds and 20kts from 1500-2000’ all ready. Also strong winds and heavy rains expected on Wednesday.

Wilderness – Its bergwinds with strong NW winds until late afternoon when a slight WSW pulse will come through and the winds will settle to a light West for the night. Stable conditions with no flying on the cards.

Plett – Similar out look to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Very strong NW winds with no letting up during the day.

Inland Those strong NW winds of 25kts almost everywhere. It increases with hight so a terrible day to be in the air no matter what you are flying.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:31 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 56min!). A berg wind day with summer in winter but be extra careful with any open flames today… ;) Max temperature a hot dry and windy 27 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 
(8 June 2020) 
Day 74 of lockdown

Good morning all you super awesome Wild2Fly people! A large CF approaching from the SW with the dominant NW wind building over the next two days – hot offshore conditions over the southern coastal areas starting today. Looks like good snow by Thursday ;) The LSH dominating for now with loads of subsidence and inverted conditions everywhere. A slight bit of instability around the central areas again but it is actually less than yesterday. Winds around 25kts in many inland parts and in the sheltered lower grounds, just 1-2000’ up we start with 20kts NW. Fog patches everywhere along the coasts today but it will clear during the day. Still those very strong WNW winds up at the Tropopause of 140kts. Freezing level around 11500’.

CT – Foggy morning but it should clear. However its close to 30kts NW at TM height so probably not very pleasant flying. Good chance of shear around for a bergy feel…

RB – Hhhmmm too light all day…

PV – Stable from even low down with those Northerly winds. Strong at MT top height.

Wilderness – A foggy start on the coast but clearing. Light winds along the ocean but just above those offshore NW are active. 20kts at 2k and 30 from 3-4k upwards. A no good day here…

Plett – Same as Wilderness but a slight East  trend in the afternoon.

PE and PA – Offshores and then late afternoon a NE trend.

Inland Very strong surface winds around 25kts in most of the high lying areas. Stable in the lower parts of the little Karoo and Oudshoorn valley. A chance of eave activity on the bigger mountains. Not a good day for flying with the strong NW winds from around 1-2k AGL and up. Loads of cirrus around especially in the west.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:30 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 57min!). Some fog patches along the coast but clearing during the day. ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(7 June 2020) 
Day 73 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some flying happening but not as much as expected! Maybe it has to do with the weather and today looking even less favourable to yesterday. The LSH dominating the inland parts with a slight east presence along the coasts. The NW flow still dominating from 1000’ or so and above. The boundary layer very low with the associated shallow convection layer. Some fog and low cloud around along the southern parts and a few in the west. Partial clearing during the day. Very light winds on the ground today. A few spots around the Peninsula with some local acceleration reaching perhaps 10-15kts. Far inland north of the Sutherland escarpment the winds are 25kts NW with some deeper instability with spots indicating up to 11k! (Looks like deepening instability due to the upper jet increasing in strength here). The winds remain NW steadily increasing for a 100kts finish WNW over CT but it is 150kts above this unstable area. Freezing level around 11000’.

CT – A stable day with low inversion – around 1000’ everywhere. SE low down but trending NW above the inversion. Just some local spots of wind acceleration around corners etc with some action. LH and SH should be working if the cloud doesn’t move in.

RB – Hhhmmm too light all day…

PV – A very shallow W but it goes N to NW above that. Another no good day out here.

Wilderness – A pretty cloudy day with a chance of some clearing later on. Still light SW going SE and some instability up to 1200’. But it depends on the surface heating if we will get any useable thermals… Best chance around mid-day.

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies showing something up to 2000’ just after mid-day. Depends on the surface heating…

PE and PA – Light W to SW winds up to 10kts.

Inland That upper air divergence possibly causing some deepening of instability over the central WC regions on the higher ground. Freezing level a tad lower but still those NW winds around the 20kts. In the lower parts of the little Karoo the surface winds are less with the Oudshoorn valley showing 5kts and very stable conditions in the NW flow. Loads of cirrus around especially in the west.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:30 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 57min!). Some low cloud around but a chance of it clearing later in the day. ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(6 June 2020) 
Day 72 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! Remember that most schools should be open for training if you feel like getting in the air. ;) The IOH dominant but with light winds and stable conditions all round. Again the inland NW flow with a few spots up at 20kts but mostly less than 10. The west cast with loads of fog clearing mostly during the day. Some spots along the southern parts. Winds along the surface light but it trends NW from 1/2000’ upwards. Some low clouds along the coastal parts in the south with a shallow layer of a bit of instability around there. North of the Sutherland escarpment the instability layer increases to perhaps 4k AGL. Otherwise mostly a blue day. Winds are NW from 2k upwards increasing in strength in general to 24k where it backs to the WSW for a 100kts finish. Freezing level still around 12k.

CT – Fog around but clearing during the late morning. A SW flow setting up around LH and SH. It should be flyable as soon as the fog clears.

RB – Very light SE late in the day…

PV – SSW surface flow up to 1000’ AGL but inverted from there with an E to N wind. Another no good day out here.

Wilderness – IT looks like we could have some flying at Sedge and Serps. A layer up to 1500 showing convection but still weak so probably 100ft/min average climbs to just over 1000’. Winds are light SW trending S later in the afternoon. IT should start working I think from about 11:30/12 till 14:00 best times. Too light along the coast.

Plett – Same as Wilderness but a SE trend. Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 2k.…

PE and PA – W to SW winds all day around 10-15kts at most.

Inland Another very stable day with NW winds all over. 20kts on the Sutherland escarpment but around less than 10 most other spots. That deeper instability north of Sutherland still around with climbs in spots to 8/9k.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:29 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 58min!). The full moon is up for much longer than the sun! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(5 June 2020) 
Day 71 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A wonderful day for flying as some schools have received their clearances to start training. :) Happy flying for those who are lucky enough to be near an Instructor! Today a bergwind kind of day – the LSH dominating inland with a slight trough along the west coast and a strong CF to the west of us. Offshore flows along the southern parts cause adiabatic warming with warm temps in the mid twenties mostly. IT also produces a strong inversion for the coastal plains. A very strong low inversion – on the surface in places with some light wind in this area but then it quickly picks up to 20kts by 2000’. Expect some strong mixing and shear with some wave activity in those lee parts of the bigger mountains. Winds stick to NW all the way to around 18k then it backs to the WSW for a 60kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 12k.

CT – Some fog patches along parts of the west coast. A NW flow pattern with a strong gradient between the surface and 1500 to 2000’. In a very shallow layer close to the surface you could get some sweet spots but it probably gets a big mixy further up. The hangies could try exploring the 12 Apostles…

RB – WWB is out!

PV – Generally northerly flows with strong surface inversion. Some 20kts spots to the north. Another no good day out here.

Wilderness – Again some high cirrus around. Mostly offshore flows but in the afternoon a shallow onshore flow will ensue. Probably too light to fly in along the coast. And def nothing in therms of thermic activity due to the strong inversion around.

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies remain NW all day except in the very late afternoon with a shallow S creeping in. Another not so lekker day for flying here either…

PE and PA – Strong NE winds here with very strong parts just offshore all day.

Inland Another very stable day with NNW winds all over. 20kts on the Sutherland escarpment but around 10-15kts most other spots. That deeper instability north of Sutherland still around with climbs in spots to 8/9k. Du Toits should be very sweet for soaring with a window around mid-day I think…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:29 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 9 hrs and 59min!). We are moving to winter solstice. But high vitamin D around today! ;) Max temperature around 24 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 



(4 June 2020) 
Day 70 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! Exciting times! Maybe we might be able to fly today already… Fingers crossed. ;) The IOH dominating with a large circulation out over the north of the country to curl around with a N to NW flow in the WC interior. It links up with the trough along the west coast and a CF to the west of us. It is very stable once again on all the coastal plains with no prospects of thermal lift. Only some sweet ridge soaring on the cards if you are in the right place. Low low inversions with wind around 20kts from 3/4k upwards. Loads of high cirrus clouds. Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish up there.

CT – A NE start but it will back during the day with a surface SW flow around LH and SH. Just above the wind quickly veers to the W and NW around 15-20kts so not impossible for epic 12 Apostles today…

RB – WWB is out!

PV – Generally northerly flows with strong surface inversion. Some 20kts spots to the north. A no good day out here.

Wilderness – Loads of high cirrus. A shallow coastal onshore flow trending to the SE even. But it is shallow and offering poor climbs at Sedge and Serps. 800’ but not strong enough for a glider to climbs in.

Plett – Same as Wilderness with 15kts NW from 2k up so not lekker here either…

PE and PA – The IOH really showing teeth eastwards from here with strong NE winds along the coast. Just offshore its going 20kts plus…

Inland A very stable day with NNW winds all over. 20kts on the Sutherland escarpment but around 10-15kts most other spots. North of Sutherland there is actually a cool layer of around 4k depth with nice thermic activity. Du Toits should be very sweet for soaring in the coming days I think…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:28 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 9 hrs and 59min!). Its depressing to think we have less than 10 hours daylight time… Some vitamin D out there though… ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(3 June 2020) 
Day 69 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly super heroes! So the courts are on our side it seems… Interesting times ahead. ;) The SAH dominating while its pushing along a weak CF affecting mostly the southern parts of the WC. Still in the far north around Sutherland escarpment that NW flow with the high grounds still close to 20kts. The southerly winds will reach there by end of day. There are loads of clouds around with very thick upper air stuff and the CF shallow stuff with base around 2 and tops around 4/5k. A smidgeon of rain along the southern parts. Above this layer the wind is NW and remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 10kts finish up there. Freezing level around 12k.

CT – A SE flow today with a good 20kts at the best part of the day. Of course loads of clouds but the wind-shadow seems to firing on all 4 cylinders all day…

RB – A super awesome day here all day long it seems…

PV – Still that low inversion around 1000k AGL with a mostly a southerly flow low down that trends easterly with height before the NW above that. So not a good day here…

Wilderness – Some cloud around with a westerly flow. It will go more onshore later on but it seems to remain teasing weak with just a few scratchy moments on the cards during late morning to mid day. Weak thermic index for Sedge and Serps especially with all the thick clouds around…

Plett – Same as Wilderness with late afternoon a slight nit of instability setting in at Uppies.  Weak climbs to just over 2k possible with the southerly flow that trends W with hight. Too weak for Keurbooms I think.

PE and PA – SW winds 20kts starters but slight moderation later on.

Inland The southerly with some sweet Q in the Oudshoorn valley up the Swartbergs but nothing after that. The southerly eventually getting to the Sutherland escarpment. NW winds from 5k upwards around 15-20kts.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:28 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 10 hrs!). Only 10 hours of day light – I don’t know about you but I feel like I am being robbed… ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))



(2 June 2020) 
Day 68 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! SAHPA is handing in our Covid SOP to CAA today… Fingers crossed! :)) Still the LSH dominance with those NW winds – strong on the high grounds 25kts in spots, while a shallow coastal layer will produces some SW to S winds along the southern coastal areas. Stable conditions near the coast with the exception in the far northern inland parts with some 2-3k AGL convection depth – but its still weak. What does make up for the lack of thermals is the high probability of strong wave activity in the SW parts of the WC. A perfect isotherm layer laying the foundation for this. :) The wind increases evenly from the surface all the way to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish. Freezing level around 13-14k.

CT – Some thick cirrus around with a chance of fog early on. A SW shallow bit around SH but its NW above with it a great 12 Apostle hangie day I think.

RB – WWB…

PV – Again very very stable with 500ft inversion and nothing happening above that. :) N to NW winds…

Wilderness – NW above with a shallow and light SW start on the surface trending to the SSE later on. A strong inversion with possibly in theory climbs to 1000’ a maybe but again I think it will be too weak. ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness but some strong WSW at Robberg which does not quite make it to Keurbooms. Stable inland with that thick high level cirrus.

PE and PA – SW winds 5-10kts becoming lighter late afternoon with a backing to the SE at PA.

Inland That strong winter NW winds again but with some strong wave activity form the high mountains – especially towards the SW. 25kts on the surface in places. But very calm in the shallow valleys. If you know what you are doing you could have a good propeller day… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:27 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 10 hrs 1 min). Another sweet sunny day and even a tad warmer than yesterday. Some high level clouds so perhaps not the best for vitamin D… ;) Max temperature a sweet 20ish degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))



(1 June 2020) 
Day 67 of lockdown

But first day of level 3! Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly heroes! Some exercising and work freedoms gained – the good news is that pretty soon we will be given the green light from SAHPA to resume training as part of the Govs effort to restart the economy. Still no free flying for sport. Hhhmm… The LSH still dominating with the NW winds all over the WC area. The southern coastal areas sheltered with a shallow layer of marine air causing a light onshore flow in most places. Some fog patches along the west coast during the morning with clearing taking place in most areas. Its pretty darn stable with a shallow inversion around 500’ in most spots and even where it is slightly deeper there’s not much lifting potential. Some strong NW wind spots inland around the top of the bigger mountains and the Sutherland Escarpment again. Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a WNW 80kts finish. Freezing level around 13/14k.

CT – The surface winds probably light SW but its NW higher up at TM top. The fg probably not good for the morning but it should clear later. Hhhmmm… Maybe a scratchy flight along LH but probably only foefie weather. ;)

RB – WWB and too light.

PV – Very very stable with 500ft inversion and nothing happening above that. :) N to NW winds…

Wilderness – Again those NW higher up with a shallow coastal layer on the coast. Some low cloud to the SW of us which might pop in. Light winds again with hardly any lifting potential so it will be very weak at Serps and Sedge. In theory one could get to 1000’ but I think it will be too light. ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness with a SE trend in the bay and at Uppies. Light light.

PE and PA – SW winds 5-10kts becoming lighter late afternoon.

Inland Again the typical winter patterns with strong NW winds on the high ground areas this morning – 20kts. IT stays strong in the higher spots while the Karoo and little Karoo have very sheltered spots in the lower areas of light winds. A sweet propeller day out here… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:27 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 10 hrs 2 min). Another sweet sunny day though slightly cooler than yesterday. Still enough to catch up on that vitamin D rays! ;) Max temperature a cooler 18 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))


(31 May 2020) 
Day 66 of lockdown

Good morning you amazingly cool bunch of Wild2Fly people! Happy Pentecost day to you all. Today the LSH dominating the interior with a tough along the west coast and a slight influence along the southern coastal areas from the westerly moving cyclonic systems. It’s a beautiful ate autumn day but its not much good in terms of flying. Very stable all over the show brought on by the subsidence from the LSH and the shallow cool ocean air along the coast is too shallow to produce anything worthwhile. Winds are generally N to NW inland and light SW to S along the southern coasts. No clouds expected. The best TOL inland around the Sutherland Escarpment with around 1500 – 2000’AGL. Winds are strong just above the inversion with 20kts at 3k and 30kts at 5k. It backs to the west from 10k with a 60kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 14k…

CT – I think it is a super day for the 12 apostles. Probably a tad strong up there so excellent for the hangies. Perhaps a tad SW at SH but it is more W to NW higher up.

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – Similar to yesterday with a low inversion and North above that. Its breezy at mountain top height. N to NW winds…

Wilderness – A light SW start and trending light S later on. A strong inversion with the top at 1500’ with a temp of 24 degrees up there! ;) It might be OK for first tie flights from the dunes… lol.

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies showing NW winds until very late and then the southerly is to shallow as it wedges in under the WNW winds…

PE and PA – Offshore flows until late – it will moderate and go light SW in the west but NE to the east around PA.

Inland Strong N to NW winds in places. The wind gradient pretty strong with some spots showing light winds but from 2000’ AGL the winds are blowing. Its very stable so it should be smooth with perhaps some spots having some CATS. Slight chance of wave activity too so watch the lee-side areas. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:26 and setting at 17:29 (Day length is 10 hrs 3 min). Another sweet sunny day on the cards so plenty time to catch up on that vitamin D rays! ;) Max temperature a balmy 21 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))




(30 May 2020) 
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(29 May 2020) 
Day 64 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! So things are looking up – we might be able to start training soon (yup the logic defies logic – training first then solo recreational flying after!?) lol. But it is what it is I guess. As for the weather it looks like some amazing flying deals coming up for new prospective students as all the schools are desperate for business. ;) Make sure you get the best deal out there! Heheh… Another CF brushing along the coastal regions mostly – it is not penetrating as far inland as the previous one but it is still big enough for loads of rain and strong winds along the coast. Base around 1000’ with tops around 8-10. Freezing level much higher (8000’ along the southern parts) so no snow expected anywhere. Winds are WSW with a southerly along the west coast. There’s no flying expected today even if there is a possible partial clearing around CT for later on. Some 20-30kts spots around but lighter in the west. Winds remain WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kts finish up there.

CT – Another winters day but winds more southerly

RB – As above.

PV – As above but with less wind and rain – clagged in with a slight lifting late afternoon…

Wilderness – WSW winds moderating in the afternoon. The rain should also lessen later on but it’s a stay at home day…

Plett – Same as Wilderness….

PE and PA – Same as above! ;)

Inland Looks like the rai is confined to the south of the Swartberg ranges becoming scattered in the afternoon/ Winds start W but will back and moderate to the SW later on.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:25 and setting at 17:29 (Day length is 10 hrs 4 min). Rain until mid-day then we expect some clearing taking place from the South with scattered showers. Book and bed weather! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))


(28 May 2020) 
Day 63 of lockdown
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A classic winters day for CT as the cyclonic westerlies from the CF movements dominate our WC weather. Rain and strong NW winds for the SW section of the WC. The rain will only shift to the east early tomorrow morning as the SAH moves to the east abating those NW flow along the interior and GR. But for today its strong winds (some spots with 50kts at just 2000’!) and relatively warm temps along the southern coastal areas. Very cloudy from a solid cover of cirrus clouds. Nothing much in it form a flying point of view with stable conditions – the exception being on the Sutherland Escarpment with some 2k AGL convection depth around there. Still strong NW though. ;) The wind backs to the WSW with height for a 80kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – As good a winters day as it gets – rain and strong NW winds…

RB – As above.

PV – As above but with less wind…

Wilderness – NW initially but backing a tad to the west later on. Bergwind trend. ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness….

PE and PA – NW winds around 30kts…

Inland Those strong NW winds all over the show today… ;) Maybe good for site seeing all those snow capped peaks…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:24 and setting at 17:30 (Day length is 10 hrs 5 min). A semi hot windy day with more rain for tonight and tomorrow. ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))



(27 May 2020) 
Day 62 of lockdown… Good morning you super awesome Wild2Fly people! The LH settling over the inland areas with the westerlies form the cyclonic systems dominating along the southern parts of the WC today. The CF up past Maputo leaving sweet snow in many places. Some reprieve today except around the Peninsula where it will remain cloudy and rainy with strong NW winds. Winds are westerly all over, strong in the south and to the west but moderating further inland. Sweet Q’s around in many places with base raining from 3/4k along the west and southern coastal areas to 8/9k far inland. Winds back to the SW with hight with a 90kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Another wintery rainy day with NW winds 15-20kts. …

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – Westerly winds around 5-10kts with base at 4k or so. It is a good day here today…

Wilderness – Hhhmmm…. Looks like it remains westerly all day but it will moderate in the afternoon especially. Looks like Sedge could offer climbs to just over 4k for most of the day… ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 4500’ but it is sadly very west…:)

PE and PA – Strong Westerlies with rain and a partial clearing later on.

Inland The strong westerlies around the south and western inland pats but moderating further north. Some good clouds around with base 6k average in most places. Sweet flat looking Q’s but of course ice cold weather. It should be so pretty to fly over those now capped peaks today! ;) If only!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:24 and setting at 17:30 (Day length is 10 hrs 6 min). A windy day but no rain expected today – still cold though! ;) Max temperature a cold 15 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))



(26 May 2020) Day 61 of lockdown
… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! We could probably say winter has officially started this week – today is as snowy and cold as it gets in SA. :)) The CF spread across the whole country with a SAH pushing in behind it. Winds are SW to S all over the show. Base around 2-3k with tops varying greatly with 8k in the west but way over 12k in the east. Max temps around 10 degrees for the coastal areas all day. The wind backs gently with height to finish southerly at the Tropopause at 100kts. Snow falls expected all over the interior all day long. So def no flying but if you are lucky you might be able to throw some snow balls around! lol

CT – A wintery rainy day with southerly winds. The wind-shadow seems to active all day…

RB – Could be a sweet day all day long! Muddy and wet though…

PV – light showers with SSW winds 10kts – base up at 3/4k with tops 8k.

Wilderness – More into the strong westerly flow with rain and 20kts WSW winds all day.

Plett – Same as Wilderness…:)

PE and PA – Rain and very strong WSW winds all day….

Inland Strong SW winds with low clouds and chance of wide spread snow in many spots. Freezing level down to around 4k. And very cold conditions.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:23 and setting at 17:30 (Day length is 10 hrs 7 min). A real winters day made for fires red wine and a good book! ;) Max temperature a cold 10 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))

(25 May 2020) Day 60 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Sixty days of no flying… Hhhmmm! But a massive CF covering the WC today – its over CT and will move further into the WC during the day – mid-day along the GR. Very strong NW to W winds 30-40kts in most places with strong wave activity in the pre-frontal areas (look for wave clouds over all the big mountains this moring!) ;) Loads of rain too with even CB activity this evening. Loads of cold air being pushed in from far south so some snow during the night and tomorrow on all the high grounds. Base around 2/3k and tops starting at 12k. It will deepen during the day and early evening (The CB tops will go to the Tropopause) 50ts at 8k and 100kts from 20k and up.

CT – Rain and strong wind all day!

RB – WWB!

PV – Rain and strong wind all day too!

Wilderness – A sweet warm morning with strong W winds but by mid-day the rain will start. We are in for a windy and rainy week by the looks of it.

Plett – Same as Wilderness but just a tad later with the rain… ;)

PE and PA – Rain arriving PE around 17/18:00. Strong W winds before then.

Inland Serious Westerlies all over with 20-40kts the norm. The rain will spread from the SW sector to the entire WC inland area by end of day. Very cold tonight with snow falls expected on all the high grounds.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:22 and setting at 17:31 (Day length is 10 hrs 9 min). A sunny morning but the rain will be here by mid-day. Strong West winds so batten down the hatches – things will be rainy and windy for a few days coming! ;) Max temperature a windy 21 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(24 May 2020) 
Day 59 of lockdown… Good morning you Wild2Fly super heroes! One day to go to 60 days of no flying – new records are being broken by so many pilots… lol. A very strong CF approaching the Cape – rain by midnight – and over the next few days even some snow on the high mountains of the WC. The SW parts under the prefrontal influence with low cloud around CT and strong NW winds inland. The southern coastal areas sheltered with a sweet layer of southerly with some last minute flying to be had today in that shallow layer – 1-1500’ thick. NW above that. Around 20kts from 4k upwards. Further inland there’s the usual deep unstable prefrontal stuff – strong NW winds 20kts plus with climbs to 11k. In the SW area a strong chance of good wave activity in the lee of the larger mountains today. The wind backs to the W with hight with a 70kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Low cloud and strong winds – 20kts plus at TM top. Probably not a flying day.

RB – WWB!

PV – Instability to perhaps 3k along the mountain ranges but otherwise 1.5-2k in the flats. W to NW winds around 10kts increasing with hight.

Wilderness – Another sweet day here with light southerly winds and instability to 1-1.3k 2/300ft/min climbs. Serps and Sedge the best spots.

Plett – Keurbooms not really shaping up today but Uppies still delivering – a tad SE with climbs to just shy of 2k.

PE and PA – Also beautiful here with light onshore winds later on. (The usual offshores in the morning).

Inland Again those strong spots in the higher ground of NW winds. 20kts at 4000’. The prefrontal thermic stuff preceding the front with climbs to 11k but strong NW winds. Up to just north of the SB climbs can exceed 600ft/min. But in the little Karoo if you stay low some great smooth flying to be had. It will progressively worsen form the SW as the front approaches. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:22 and setting at 17:31 (Day length is 10 hrs 10 min). A very sweet autumn day of sun and light winds. Perfect for anything!  ;) Max temperature another sweet 20 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))


(23 May 2020) 
Day 58 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A weak influence today from the IOH along the SW parts and the inland High for the inland parts. Mostly a westerly trend in the wind, some strong spots on the higher grounds but light in the valleys and lower down. Some sweet looking Q’s in the SW corner of the WC. The boundary layer not that high – around 2k AGL on average. Climbs in the 2-300’min range. Along the Sutherland Escarpment still those strong NW winds with 20kts all day. The wind trend west with height with a 65kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a sweet day for the 12 Apostles and also for SLP – though it could be a tad strong ontop here…

RB – WWB!

PV – HHhmm not as good as one would have thought with the wind aa tad too southerly to be sweet. Some climbs up to peak height but otherwise noting much above 1500/2k AGL.

Wilderness – A beautiful day for the whole southern coastal areas. Light SW winds trending south later on. But sweet climbs to 2k then later 1500’ at Serps and then Sedge.

Plett – Looks like a nice day on the cards for Plett with Keurbooms showing up around midday and Uppies from 12 onwards too. Climbs to just shy of 3k on the cards with a W trending a tad more south later on. Climbs will moderate later too with just over 2k…

PE and PA – Beautiful light SW winds here all day long…

Inland Again those strong spots in the higher ground of NW winds. 20kts at 5000’. Some thermic stuff on the escarpment going to 10k but in the Karoo its still 2k AGL on average. Later it could be sweet for propeller thingies but in the wrong place it could be interesting. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:21 and setting at 17:32 (Day length is 10 hrs 11 min). A very sweet autumn day of sun and light winds. Perfect for anything!  ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(22 May 2020) 
Day 57 of lockdown… Good morning you super cool Wild2Fly people! (I wish we could all be hanging in the sky…) :)) Cyclone Amphan has dissipated inland of India but left 84 people dead. Back home the WC is experiencing in between frontal air – cool and unstable layer lavishing the WC. It looks like a sweet flying day just about everywhere. Mostly a westerly flow with some variations in a few spots. The boundary layer around 3k AGL with some sweet looking flat Q’s in the SW corner of the WC. Further inland the NW is blowing again with still some 30kts spots on the Sutherland Escarpment. From 5k it is around 30kts NW then a gentle backing to the W for a 100kts finish.

CT – A sweet WNW for most of the day so an epic flying day for the 12 Apostle on the cards. Perhaps a tad on the strong side but super cool for the hangies.

RB – WWB! :)

PV – A sweet day especially in the south where around mid-day there should eb some sweet Q’s around 3-3500’. W to SW winds 5-10kts. Oh boy! Wish I could be cruising the ridges here…

Wilderness – A sweet light wind day with some instability so Sedge and Serps the hot spots. Climbs to 1500’ (or a tad more) on the cards. Mostly a southerly trend.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but more SE in direction and Uppies also around 1500 to 2k possible.

PE and PA – light SE trend later on.

Inland Some strong spots in the higher ground inland NW to westerly but more southerly in the south and lighter. From around 3/4k and up it is WNW 25kts increasing. Still some chance of wave activity over the higher mountains so watch if you are wanting to fly near them. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:20 and setting at 17:32 (Day length is 10 hrs 12 min). A sweet cool day with some chance of a bit of low clouds. Time to recover from yesterdays vitamin D over dose! ;) Max temperature a hot 29 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))



(21 May 2020) 
Day 56 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly heroes! (Hang in there friends!) :) Cyclone Amphan lashing East India and western Bangladesh with 80kts winds and flooding rains. Shame man – like corona isn’t enough… Back home the dominant feature is a CF moving into the WC – it has already making its presence felt in CT with some low clouds which will thicken during the day. Very strong NW winds preceding it with strong wave action over the mountains today. Zero thermal lift except for a short period of instability preceding the front up in the west coast. Far inland on the Sutherland Escarpment there’s good thermic climbs to 12k on the cards but the winds are 30-40kts! lol! ;) Offshore along the southern coastal regions spell strong bergwinds for most of the day. A SW moving in later as the leading edge of the front slides up the coast.

CT – Strong NW winds with thickening clouds and some rain. It doesn’t look like much rain though with clearing by late afternoon already.

RB – As above! ;)

PV – Very stable during the morning but then as the front moves in there will be a hour or so of a great looking sky and NW winds of hang gliding strength. But then the base will drop well below the peaks.

Wilderness – A strong hot bergwind day- after lunch some moderation and lighter winds from the WSW.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Strong NW winds until late afternoon the WSW arrives.

Inland The usual strong NW prefrontal winds. OK very strong NW winds! Wave action a plenty! Not for flying today… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:20 and setting at 17:33 (Day length is 10 hrs 13 min). A strong gerbwind day with very hot temps all around. Serious vitamin D shots today. Max temperature a hot 29 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! ;)

 


(20 May 2020) 
Day 55 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly heroes! (Are we hanging out or what!?) ? Cyclone Amphan making landfall on the border of Bangladesh and India… For us back home some large pressure systems dominating the southern hemisphere – the IOH dominating the whole of SA while a huge CF is gearing up to the SW of us – probably reach landfall by Thursday evening. A blue day expected but some coastal fog along the southern parts which should clear during the day. The winds mostly N to NW all over the WC with some 20-30kts spots in places. A strong inversion in the low levels, especially along the coastal plains with about a zero lift potential. It is a NFG flying day and great for sunning your bleak spots. Winds climb to 20kts before the 2k level and remains in the 30-45kts NNW region till 20k then backs to the WSW for a 60kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Bergwinds with a Northerly and some strong shear potential everywhere.

RB – As above! ?

PV – lol. Also strong Northerlies with a good horse you could go somewhere I think! ?

Wilderness – The fog is starting to clear and it will be a glorious day along the GR but just ot good for flying. A shallow SE trend along the coast getting stronger towards the east. It quickly goes North from around 5/800’. ?

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but perhaps a tad more SE trend later on.

PE and PA – NE around 15-20kts…

Inland it is all N to NW winds with some strong lee wave stuff in a few spots. 25kts along the Sutherland Escarpment and some dodgy areas behind the SB. Its best not to fly today though you might be tempted with some pockets of sweeter air – very temp and tempting! ?

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:19 and setting at 17:33 (Day length is 10 hrs 14 min). A light gerbwind day with sweet, hot temps all around. Serious vitamin D shots today ? Max temperature a hot 25 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! ?

 


(19 May 2020) 
Day 54 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly heroes! (Hang in there… hang in there…We will beat this thing!) ? The eastern part of India facing a strong Tropical Cyclone – Amphan with 120kts winds and a strong tidal surge. Locally things in stark contrast are so subdued with dead winter kind of weather. The IOH dominating the coastal regions – even on the west coast as the moist air has curled around the southern point of Africa and crept up to the north bringing some fog patches along most of the low lying costal regions today. Partial clearing during the day in most of the spots but along the coastal plains a low inversion and boundary layer – nothing above 1000’ AGL on the west with perhaps 50-100ft showing on your vario and another 500’ along the southern areas and slightly more on the vario dial there. ? Further inland beyond the first ranges the wind is WNW with some instability due to the inland trough but the winds are strong out there – all along the Great Escarpment. It’s a blue day with the wind backing to the west with hight and then a 60kt WSW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – When the fog clears it should be OK for SH and LH with a local SW wind. ?

RB – Too light and WWB s out. Another PHG day! ?

PV – lol. Another no good day with super low inversion and only strips of bogrole able to go up! ?

Wilderness – When the fog clears it could work at the usual Serps and Sedge with climbs to 1200’ ASL or so. 200ft/min or so… Light SW mostly all day. ?

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies going to just over 2k once the mist clears. Some strong SW out at Robberg 10-15kts…

PE and PA – WSW at PE up to 15kts and NE at PA up to 15kts but much stronger further out to sea.

Inland Another sweet day for flying in the little Karoo regions but further north it gets dodgy with that strong NW winds blowing in from the Grea Escarpment. 30kts in psots out there with thermic climbs to 10k. This line stretches all the way to GR it seems. But further south it is sweet, especially if you don’t go above 4k. ? Sweet propeller day!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:18 and setting at 17:34 (Day length is 10 hrs 16 min). We have reached a slowing down of the night robbing us from the day it seems. ? A misty day along the coast with a good chance of some clearing later in the afternoon. Very little vitamin D options around. ? Max temperature a cooler 19 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! ?



(18 May 2020) 
Day 53 of lockdown… Good morning you super awesome Wild2Fly heroes! (Hang in there my friends – we will beat this thing and be stronger on the other side!) ? The IOH dominating along the southern parts with the inland High giving us the NE backing to NW winds inland today. Another blue day but some thick cirrus moving in from the SW during the day. Once again the boundary low with 1-1500’AGL the order of the day. The west coast is very weak while the south coast areas has a smidgeon more lift. It is generally light winds everywhere except for the CP areas with some spots just shy of 20kts. The wind backs with hight with a WSW finish of 90kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Another sweet wind-shadow here all day long…?

RB – Looks too light here but it is coming up the front at least! A PHG day! ?

PV – It is a very stable day here with light lift to 500’ AGL! ? It is light NE to N above that.

Wilderness – A sweet day I think for Serps and Sedge with climbs to 1500’ from 10/11 this morning already. It will trend more SE during the day but remain light. A good day to fly from Serps to Map! ? Buffs might offer some soaring in the afternoon with a tad more SE there… ?

Plett – Another similar to Wilderness with Uppies going to just shy of 2k. But the high cirrus moving in later on.

PE and PA Also SE winds increasing to upper teens in knots.

Inland A sweet day for flying inland again with light NE as a start gradually backing to the NW especially in the far north. Nothing much in terms of thermals with weak climbs and 1k AGL in mot places. North of the Great escarpment some spots going to 3k AGL with NW winds. Sweet propeller day!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:17 and setting at 17:35 (Day length is 10 hrs 17 min). Another light wind day but with more high clouds around so not the best vitamin D options. Light winds also. ? Max temperature a cooler 18 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! ? 

 


(17 May 2020) 
Day 52 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly heroes! Remember wearing a mask is not to protect you – its to protect your friends from you. Another amazing autumn day but slightly less good compared to yesterday. The inland High dominating most of the weather with a slight coastal influence in the SW tip of the WC by the SAH. Winds are generally NW to westerly inland and a slight Southerly touch in spots along the south – all light winds except during the morning where the Great Escarpment sees 20kts NW downs slope flow and the northern west areas. The boundary layer a tad lower from yesterdays 2k AGL spread but a few spots likely to make that – mostly down to 1500AGL. A blue day but some cirrus moving in from the west during the day. The wind trends westerly with hight with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A sweet day here with LH and Signal SW flows all around and climbs to LH tops…. ?

RB – Another too light here today but you might catch a thermal! ?

PV – Light climbs along the mountains with Kardoesie showing the most promise. It is mostly a foefie day with 1000’ AGL climbs in the valley… ?  

Wilderness – Another light sweet autumn day with lower climbs at Serps and Sedge – perhaps to 800/1000’ ASL. But a window of an hour or so around mid-day. Light SW then Southerly… ?

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies going to around 2k. Looking sweet here…

PE and PA Light SW winds here as well. A stunning day.

Inland Another great day for propeller thingies with around 1-2k AGL inversion but weak climbs below it. Mostly westerlies with some stronger wests in the afternoon north of the SB ranges.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:17 and setting at 17:35 (Day length is 10 hrs 18 min). An amazing autumn day ahead of us with lots of sunshine and vitamin D options. Light winds also. ? Max temperature a sweet autumn 19 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! ?

 


(16 May 2020) 
Day 51 of lockdown… Good morning you Wild2Fly heroes! Remember wearing a mask is not to protect your – its to protect your friends from you. ? A sweet late autumn day ahead of us with the boundary layer around 2k AGL just about everywhere. Light winds as the inland High dominates with a northerly inland and a southerly along the coastal areas. It doesn’t look like any clouds today but for some cirrus in a few spots in the south. The wind above the inversion is north then trends westerly from about 10k with a 50kts WSW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Light southerlies with climbs to 2k and a pleasant LR. A sweet wind-shadow around with a SW trend at SH all day long. ?

RB – Too light here today but you might catch a thermal! ?

PV – Hhmm…. Still that 2k AGL in the valleys with climbs on the mountains getting to MT top. Even in the Cederbergs it is similar. SW to SSW winds mostly. ?  

Wilderness – Light southerlies with sweet climbs to 1500/2k early on at Serps and Sedge for most of the mid-day parts… the coast too light. ?

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies going to just shy of 3k initially but then gradually lowering during the day.

PE and PA A Offshore start but then it’s the SW trend here but it moderates later on.

Inland Sweet light winds with a N trend almost everywhere. Its more NE in the far north and western areas. That inversion still around 2k AGL but sweet climbs within this layer. A cool propeller thingy day…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:16 and setting at 17:36 (Day length is 10 hrs 20 min). A sweet but cool autumn day. Light winds and some good vitamin D around if you find that sheltered spot! ? Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! ?

 


(15 May 2020) 
Day 50 of lockdown… Good morning you Wild2Fly heroes! ;) Well done to the WC for being the best at covid testing in the whole country! A CF is sweeping past the WC today with very strong Westerly winds along the southern parts. Just moderate SW along the west coast. Some showers around with base at 2k and tops around 6/7k. Though there’s some instability around the BS ration pretty wild so very broken thermals on the cards. Inland of the mountains base rises to around 5/6k but to 8k near the Sutherland escarpment. Winds stay WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 80kts finish.

CT – Slight chance of rain but its mainly SW flow with clouds – base at2/3k and tops at 6. Could be very flyable… ?

RB – Too much west in it today…

PV – It could be a great day here with a SW flow. But some reports saying OD conditions while others say its pretty open with flat Q’s around 4k all over the show… ?  

Wilderness – It seems like the West wind will be too strong all day long and then after a late lunch when there’s some SW in the wind it also brings with it some showers… ?

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA very strong WSW winds at 30kts plus all day…

Inland the SW winds pushing in far inland but not bringing the rain and cloud with it. 15kts in most places with 20kts from around 4/5k and above.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:15 and setting at 17:36 (Day length is 10 hrs 21 min). Strong West winds all day with rain moving in mid afternoon. A sheltered spot will see high doses of vitamin D! ? Max temperature around 20 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! ?



(14 May 2020) 
Day 49 of lockdown… Good morning you awesomely-hanging-in-there wild2Fly people. After our president speech last night I suppose that’s what most of us are doing but probably only just! ? The Inland High dominating with the SAH having some influence in the west. A light wind day in most places but for a few spots inland on the higher mountains where 20kts NWs are possible. A rather disappointing boundary layer hight at 1k AGL along the western plains, perhaps a touch higher in the south. Further inland over the higher mountains things are better with climbs reaching 1k over the peak tops in places. On the big escarpment it is not bad with the boundary layer at 8/9k. It is mostly a blue day with some clouds on the cards for the Cape Peninsula. Light southerly trend in the lower levels but it goes N and NW from 2/3k up and then west from 14k all the way to the Tropopause for a 45kts finish up there.

CT – Soe good instability on the Peninsula today with climbs going above TM. Light south in the lower layers and then NW higher up still light up to 4k. Looks like a sweet day all over the area.

RB – not enough end WWB out today…

PV – A weak day here with low climbs up to 1k AGL. Winds SW in the surface layer then trending north. In stark contrast to yesterday… ?  

Wilderness – Again the offshore cold winds to the start of the day but it should go light south from mid-day with climbs to around 1k around Sedge and Serps. It will trend a tad SE later. ?

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies perhaps reaching just shy of 2k. SE trend later.

PE and PA those offshore morning flows with a light E to NE trend late afternoon.

Inland Du Toits looking good for at least an hour at mid-day with Northerlies at 10kts and climbs to just shy of 5k… But then it trends WNW. And so it is for most inland areas – a N start trending NW to W later on. A few spots with some strong winds like the Sutherland Escarpment.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:15 and setting at 17:37 (Day length is 10 hrs 23 min). Offshore winds but this will moderate and turn into a sweet cool autumn day – sunny and light winds. Max temperature around 19 degrees C today. Cyril se moer man! ?  Enjoy the day! ?

 
(13 May 2020) 
Day 48 of lockdown… Good morning you amazingly-hanging-in-there wild2Fly people. ?The SAH dominating with the westerly frontal flows dominating, especially along the southern coastal areas. Sweet unstable air around with some good thermic activity around and a relatively high base – the boundary layer around 4k along the western areas and a touch higher in the south and inland – up to 7k around the Swartbergs. A few passing showers possible but the precipitation will be light if any. Winds back to the SW with hight and remains so all the way to the Tropopause with a 60kt finish up there.

CT – Looks a NW wind with a more SW trend with height. Some cloud moving in from late morning and thickening to mid-afternoon. Base around 2k so it could have been flyable…

RB – WWB out today… But the skies should look sweet… ?

PV – The day should look awesome but the winds are a tad too south to be sweet. Still it is very flyable but one of those days when you launch and get out into the valley… Sweet flat Q’s around 4k… ?  

Wilderness – A WNW morning and strong. It should back a it in the afternoon with a slight chance of some dune gooning possible… The skies over the mountains should look sweet though… ?

Plett – Strong WSW here all day…

PE and PA 30kts WSW all day…

Inland Strong westerlies with a SW trend in the south and NW in the north. Some nive Q’s around with base at 5/6k in the south and then rising towards the North with some spots touching even 8k near Graafies area… But the strong winds just not sweet for any flying…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:14 and setting at 17:38 (Day length is 10 hrs 24 min). Strong WSW winds with cool air but some sun around for a vitamin D shot! ? Max temperature around 19 degrees C today. ? Enjoy the day! :))



(12 May 2020) 
Day 47 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome wild2Fly people. The SAH with a trough shaping up strongly over the central parts with the eye towards PE side making for some interesting conditions. Strong WNW winds up at the Sutherland escarpment and from around 4/5k upwards. To the south on the coastal areas the winds are light with a initial SSE influence but then trending SW. Strongish SE along the west coast again. The boundary layer varying with the west coast better today and the southern parts with 2k and less. Thick high cirrus clouds all day form most of the WC. Light rain in parts in the southern Agulhas parts from midday. Westerly finish at the Tropopause at 100kts.

CT – Again a SE flow touching on 20kts in places. It seems to be quite Southerly around LH and SH with a poor wind-shadow. Iffy and even more so later in the day.

RB – Looks like another possible day – not as strong as yesterday but who knows!? ?

PV – Around 3k AGL in the valleys and perhaps a tad higher over the mountains tops. SW trend all day with not a bad Autumn day on the cards. It is weak but should be loads of fun! ?  

Wilderness – Perhaps 1500’ at Sedge and Serps with the winds veering from SSE to SW later on. Sweet weak climbs. Ai… ?

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies showing up t 2k. Kearbooms not looking strong enough but a maybe as the wind backs veers from SE to SW later on.

PE and PA its light winds but from midday onwards NE around PA and going SW at PE.

Inland Hhhmmm a dubious propeller thingie day with strong winds higher up that always make me nervous. IT seems good lower down with light Southerlies in the little Karoo. So if you stay low – some thermals but weak ones. ? On the Sutherland Escarpment its looking very thermic with cool Q’s up at 10/11k. But of course those pesky strong WNW winds – 30kts…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:13 and setting at 17:39 (Day length is 10 hrs 26 min). Thick cirrus clouds around all day so not much from a vitamin D point of view. But who cares if its Rosies birthday! ? Max temperature around 19 degrees C today. ? Enjoy the day! :))


(11 May 2020) Day 46 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing wild2Fly people. The SAH dominating as it starting to push that CF towards CT = first rains late afternoon early evening at Agulhas spreading inland. Winds are SW in the southern parts but SSE up the west coast. The boundary layer a tad better from the stable conditions we have been having with climbs around 2k AGL in most places. Perhaps 4k at the mountains. The larger ranges further back to 6k and then again far west coast perhaps 8/9k! Some strong winds in places with 20kts SE around the CT area. Also some WNW spots inland at 20kts – especially the Sutherland Escarpment. The Southerly will penetrate more inland during the afternoon reaching the Sutherland escarpment by early evening. Winds WNW with height with a strong isotherm layer at the start of these winds (mostly in the southern parts of the WC) so once again a good chance of some wave activity. Up to 45kts in the mid-levels but then a sharp backing to the SW in the upper layers for a 70kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – SE flows but with a good wind-shadow especially in the afternoon I think.  

RB – Looks like a strong day but a great day all day into sunset. ?

PV – Some spots showing climbs to just shy of 4k. A SW flow all over the place. Kardoesie looking the worst today with low climbs. Probably a ridge soaring day there.  

Wilderness – The low cloud should clear mostly with a sweet SW wind. The coasts a maybe soarable at times but Sedge and Serps the places to be. Flyable for a large part of the day. Climbs early on up to 1500’ ?

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Kearbooms looking sweet around mid-day and Uppies with climbs to perhaps just past 2500’!

PE and PA its WNW winds all day up to 20kts.

Inland Again not a good day for propeller thingies. ? Strong wave conditions to the north and pushing SSW form the south. The Southerly will penetrate far inland later in the day. Bumps all around! Lol.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:12 and setting at 17:39 (Day length is 10 hrs 27 min). Another low cloud start but clearing and becoming a sweet day. Plenty time mid day for some vitamin D! ? Enjoy the day! :))



(10 May 2020) 
Day 45 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome wild2Fly people! ;) The LH really strong today with the trough more offshore along the westcoast and some shallow SAH influence along the coastal areas mostly along the southern coastal areas. Strong NW winds in most places today with 20kts plus in quite a few spots. In the south its bergwindy with adiabatic heating and strong gusts on the mountain tops. In general a strong isotherm layer not far AGL so a good chance of some strong wave activity in the lee side of most of the larger mountains. From a thermic side there’s nothing really worthwhile with hardly anything in our general flying area going above 500’AGL. In the far north – north of Vanryjnsdorp and Sutherland it is slightly better for thermals but then that NW wind is still blasting at 20kts so… ? A few fog patches still around along the southern coastal areas but most should clear. Winds are NW all the way to about 20k then it veers to the NE around 20-30kts. (Some interesting stuff with the positions of the Jet streams – loks like a big CF shaping up to the SW of us)

CT – Shallow southerly but otherwise strong N to NW winds above. Probably an iffy day with bergwind mixing I think. ?

RB – Hhmmm…

PV – Extremely stable with a surface inversion for most of the day. Winds start NE and then might go a tad NNW later. So it’s a bad day… lol ?

Wilderness – Warm light bergwinds here for the morning but a light southerly pushing in later on. But it is a shallow layer so its just NFG all day long… hehe… ?

Plett – Same as Wilderness!

PE and PA its N to NW winds here all day…

Inland Not a good day for propeller thingies. ? Strong wave conditions making for tricky to predict flying conditions. It could be a bit bumpy in some spots. Lol.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:12 and setting at 17:40 (Day length is 10 hrs 29 min). A low cloud start but clearing and becoming a glorious sunny day. Time to catch up with that vitamin D! ? Max temps for the Wilderness area around 26 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(9 May 2020) 
Day 44 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing wild2Fly people. The SAH and the LH with some influence from the IOH along the southern parts dominating the WC weather. Mostly still stable conditions around with the southern west coast very stable but a definitive line to the north where the trough influence is brining some sweet instability down with it. It might reach Kardoesie in the afternoon. Otherwise its 1000’ and less in the boundary layer, some fog patches and low cloud along the southern coastal areas – it should clear mostly later in the day. Light SE trend except for Buff and then south of CP. Light North inland except at the Sutherland Escarpment. ? Winds trend NW up to about 15k but then it backs to the South with a 30/40kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A relative light wind day with some coastal flows sucking around SH and LH into towards the flats. Sweet for flying there I think. ?

RB – Too light here all day long…. ?

PV – Another stable day with a N to NW wind around but some instability moving in from the north that could offer something interesting… ?

Wilderness – A south to SE light wind day. It doesn’t look like the Wilderness corner will clear much – small chance late in the day. But Buffs is the place to go to with some good winds on the cards there…. A stale inland day with nothing going up past 500’ ?

Plett – Very similar here but a better chance of clearing from the low cloud. Uppies stable with light SE winds – nothing above 1000’ there…

PE and PA light in the morning but the E to NE picking up to 15kts in the late afternoon.

Inland another great day for propeller thingies. A few spots with a bit more NW wind on the surface but in general light stuff around. Some instability north of the mountains but it is not strong with 2/300ft/min in the best spots. Of course on the west coast to the north it is brilliant. ? lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:11 and setting at 17:41 (Day length is 10 hrs 30 min). Pretty misty and low cloudy around Wilderness for most of the day by the looks of it. If you need vitamin D then head north! ? Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(8 May 2020) 
Day 43 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome wild2Fly people! The SAH and inland LH with a trough along the west coast dominating our weather. Winds are southerly along the west and southern regions but further inland it is NW – all light except for some spots along the Southern parts of the west coast. Still that winter subsidence and inversions around with poor thermic index – the boundary layer around 500-1000’ AGL in most places. The southern coastal areas a tad better with perhaps something on the cards to be had there. Fog patches along the southern coastal areas especially to the west. Winds trend W to SW with hight with a 40kts SW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – The wind shadow on all day long here… ?

RB – I think it will be too light and perhaps too much west in it. But Maybe late afternoon… ?

PV – Again a very stable day here with light SW winds mostly.

Wilderness – It does look like it can be a sweet day at Sedge and Serps. Climbs to around 1500’ on the cards for most of the day I think. Winds start SW but will trend SSE later on. Not strong but sweet smooth climbs – Sigh… ?

Plett – The same as Wilderness but Uppies showing climbs to around 2000’…

PE and PA that SW staying but moderating later in the day from 15kts to less than 10.

Inland another great day for propeller thingies with hardly any thermic activity and light winds all the way up to 8000’. It starts to move above 10kts from here onwards. Light thermals if any.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:10 and setting at 17:42 (Day length is 10 hrs 32 min). Another light wind all day with some Strato Q’s this morning but perhaps a clearing in the afternoon. Not much around in terms of vitamin D! ? Max temps for the Wilderness area around 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(7 May 2020) 
Day 42 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing wild2Fly people! Loads of subsidence around with the HP belt quite active but a slight trough along the west coast with Loeriesfontein area about the only place with some lift. For the rest of the WC it is a light wind day with a poor thermic index – zero energy predicted along both the west and southern coastal regions with only a slight improvement inland over the mountains. It is not helped by the presence of thick cirrus everywhere all day long. Winds are light southerly in general but N to NW far inland. Some coastal fog patches in the west and the south. The wind is west with hight with a slight SSW trend close to the Tropopause at 60kts.

CT – Only foefies at LH and SH on the cards I think. A SSW flow initially but the wind-shadow shaping up nicely in the late afternoon. ?

RB – There could be a pulse for some late afternoon sunset soaring…

PV – As stable as a pancakes bottom all day long… nothing available for thermic lift here today… ?

Wilderness – Also a stable day with zero energy available for thermic activity – the thick high cirrus not helping. Light winds all day here… ?

Plett – The same for here as Wilderness…

PE and PA a strong E to NE wind up the coast from the IOH that is slightly active…

Inland the best day for propeller thingies with hardly any thermic activity and light winds to boot. The Sutherland escarpment the only area with strong NW winds and showing some wave/thermic lee side mixing out there. And then of course north on the west coast its not bad… ?

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:09 and setting at 17:43 (Day length is 10 hrs 33 min). Light winds all day with thick high cirrus clouds blocking the sun. Not much around in terms of vitamin D! ? Max temps for the Wilderness area a warmer 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(6 May 2020) 
Day 41 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with wide spread isobars and light winds except for the CP area. A S to SE trend along the southern parts and S along the west. In land it is light with east in the east and west in the north. Along the west coast things are very stable with nothing going above 500’ it seems but further inland things improve with light climbs to the top of the peaks and up to 8/9k above the Sutherland escarpment side expected later today. Winds are SW from 8/10k up all the way to the Tropopause for a 30/40kts finish up there.

CT – A strong SE at CP up to 2kts but it does not reach CT where the wind-shadow is big and wide all day long. ? Light winds with not much in terms of thermic activity…

RB – IT is too light here all day long…

PV – Another even weaker stable winter day. Late afternoon sees some flow going up the mountains for a bit of light wind soaring but there’s almost nothing available for thermic lift here today… ?

Wilderness – Another sweet day ahead of us with light SSE winds and some thermic activity around some Q’s to boot. Probably too light for the coast. ?

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms a maybe – it might go to much to the SE but in with a shot before that happens. Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 3k at the best time then lowering with a 1500’ at 16:00…

PE and PA SW start but then going South in the south later on. Slight chance of light rain…

Inland Again a great day for propeller thingies with light winds and weak climbs around. The biggest mountains showing some good stuff with SB looking good with 7/8k possible here and light variable so one should be able to get off… ?

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:09 and setting at 17:44 (Day length is 10 hrs 35 min). Light offshores this morning then light SE for the afternoon. Still not much in terms of sunshine but find a sheltered corner and you will be ok ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area another cool 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)) 

 


(5 May 2020) 
Day 40 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing wild2Fly people! And amazingly we have survived 40 days of lockdown. ? A light CF brushing past the southern parts during the night. Today the SAH dominating – mostly cool shallow instability air fed up into the interior from the south – SW mostly but a area of SE flow above 3k in the west – else it is all SW trends. Few clouds today with some in the SW section of the WC. The boundary layer very shallow along the coastal plains with little energy available for any good thermals – weak climbs up to perhaps 1500AGL especially with loads of thick high level cirrus around. A tad higher over the mountains but you will be hard pushed to get much above them. S to SW winds far inland past Sutherland where there is some thermal activity with climbs to perhaps 3k AGL. The wind remains SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60-80kts finish.

CT – A SSE flow with a few spots touching 20kts. The wind-shadow should be active but quite a southerly trend so once again the strong cross shore flows at SH and LH.

RB – Aahhh a sweet day on the cards here. Flying from early on I think and a sunset boogie possible too…

PV – A real winter stable day here with nothing above the mountains and you are doing well if you get more than 1500AGL in weak stuff. The wind also trends SE from 3k upwards. No good convergence on the cards either… ?

Wilderness – A light but sweet day I think. A light SW start going SSE later in the day. Around mid-day and just after the best times for Sedge and Serps. Perhaps getting to 1000’ at the best time. ?

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but initially a stronger SW push early on. Uppies with climbs to 2500’ and SW around 5-10kts. It trends more south later but lower climbs. Keurbooms looks very promising to me with a late morning good spell – as the SW starts to back to S…

PE and PA the SW blowing here…

Inland Its all SW winds penetrating far inland. But its light at less than 5kts all the way up to 7/8k. Above that it picks up quickly to 20kts SW at 10k. So a great propeller thingie day. ?

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:08 and setting at 17:44 (Day length is 10 hrs 37 min). Light southerly winds with loads of high level clouds around. Not much in the sunshine and vitamin D to be had…! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area another cool 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(4 May 2020) 
Day 39 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome wild2Fly people! Some 40days of lockup coming in tomorrow... Given tradition it shoud be significant. ;) Post frontal conditions - the IOH dominating with her easterly flow patten along the southern coast and NE to NW inland. Some cloud around mostly in the eastern parts – base around 3k near the first mountain range but going up to 6k on the first mountains and into the little Karoo. The Sutherland escarpment with 9-10k base with a NW to W wind up there. Winds to the south are fairly light NE in the morning then going NW later in the day around 5-10kts at most. In the far south the coastal winds will be strong E to SE but moderating toward CP. From 8k and above the west wind pickup all the wat to the Tropopause with a 60kts WSW finish.

CT – A good looking day here with LH and SH working but its probably more a SLP and inland mountain day. Westerly winds out there with trends in spots from NW to SW. Climbs to just over the top of the higher peaks. Could be sweet scenic flights out there…

RB – Too much westerlies here today…

PV – A great PV day with a NW to W start and a WSW finish to the day. Climbs around 2-3k AGL but some spots of convergence going up t 5k. ?

Wilderness – Hhhmm… A cloudy morning with NE winds. These will make way for the ESE winds  with some strong spots around. Map and Gerrickes and Buffs )early buffs!) all possibilities. Not that good a thermic day near the coast with low climbs on the cards – unlike we expected from a postfrontal day. ?

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 2k. But the east winds dominating today – not as strong as Wilderness with the bay more sheltered.

PE and PA Easterly winds around 15kts…

Inland Spots of rain in the east till mid-day maybe. NE to N flows up to 6k then it starts to go NW to W. It will be a great DuToits morning and early afternoon before the SE comes through. A nice convergence going along with it with climbs to 6k on the cards here. The eastern Karoo with some sweet Q’s and not too shabby for flying today. ?

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:07 and setting at 17:45 (Day length is 10 hrs 38 min). A cold post frontal day ahead with strong East winds. Find a sheltered spot for some sunshine and vitamin D! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 
(3 May 2020) Day 38 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing wild2Fly people! The CF layering the SW parts of the WC with sweet cool rain as the CF moves further inland. Some good rain expected with cloud tops around 10k and base at less than 1k and loads of LWC around. Winds are southerly with a SW along the eastern south coast areas. The rain not penetrating much past the Swartberg ranges but the southerly winds going past Sutherland by end fo the day. Some good clouds out north of the SB ranges and also around the Cederbergs and inland from rhere. Winds are South up to 8/9k where it veers to the west and remains so all the way to the Tropopause for a 80kt finish up there.

CT – Low cloud and rain during the morning but clearing during the day. Winds are SSE up to 20kts with the wind-shadow shaping up late morning early afternoon but later eroding away…

RB – Looking sweet for RB today with mid-day being the best.

PV – Hhhmmm a maybe day here however I think too much cloud in the morning and then later when it clears the wind will be too south. But the rain is good! ?

Wilderness – Aahhh rain all day long from the looks of it…?

Plett – Similar to Wilderness… ?

PE and PA strong SW winds 20kts plus at ties.

Inland Rain all the way to the Swartbergs then scattered and dryer from there… Wind are southerly but westerly further north. End of day the south will be way past Sutherland too. There’s some good clouds and lift to be had in a few spots if we could get (and if we were allowed to fly!) ?

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:06 and setting at 17:47 (Day length is 10 hrs 40 min). Ahh sweet rain for a change! Looks like an al ‘dayer’ so settle down with a good book. ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(2 May 2020)
 Day 37 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome wild2Fly people! The approaching CF dominating our weather today. A generous SAH helping it along makinglandfall early evening today in CT and early morning tomorrow on the GR coast. Fog along the west coast for most of the day and some parts of the south coast too. Preceding is the usual strong W to NW flow – some bergwind conditions expected with very strong surface winds in places 30kts at times. Also lots of wave action today. I see one of the forecasts showing the wave over the Tierwaterskloof dam 3m/s up to 10k! ? Winds are west above the low inversion – up to 1500’AGL mostly. 20kts from 3000’ upwards with a 80-100kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – The fog stopping play but its bergy so not the best time to go flying. 20kts plus at TM hight.

RB – Too west here again…

PV – A very low inversion keeping things capped to 1-1500AGL almost everywhere. Weak climbs of 1-200ft/min possible however there seems to be a sweet convergence setting up from around 15:00 north of Dassies out into the valley – it trends northwards to bumpy by 16/17:00 with climbs possible here to 5000’ or just over. Winds are very strong west above this… ?

Wilderness – Also some coastal fog around with a slight chance of it clearing. Looks like Sedge could offer something to play in with climbs in SW winds to 1000’ or o. A very strong inversion present above tat with strong west winds above. 20ts at 3k. Strong SW out to sea but it seems it skips getting to the Wilderness coast. (Maybe good but perhaps too west most of the day)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around just over 2k. I actually think its not going to be so good here with strong shear near the inversion – there’s an abrupt change in wind strength from around 1500/2k to the 3k level. Keurbooms is in with a shot with light SSW winds pending on the fog…

PE and PA light SW winds up to 20kts.

Inland nothing sweet about inland flying today with strong NW going W wind. 30kts along the escarpments everywhere. Also strong wave activity present in the lee of any large mountain. A good day to work on your tan! ? ?

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:06 and setting at 17:47 (Day length is 10 hrs 42 min). Another sweet sweet autumn day with loads of sun to get a summer tan! Yes, some vitamin D! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm cool 24 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 

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(29 April 2020) 
Day 34 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing wild2Fly people! Trust you are all hanging in there! ;) The inland High dominating our weather today with subsidence, low inversions and clear skies with no clouds around. A cut off low along the Transkei coast with the centre out to sea. A trough developing along the west coast. But none of these are really influencing our weather for the day. It’s a great autumn day. Light winds in most places with a SW trend in most places – but SE along the southern coasts and W along the west coast. The boundary layer around 2k AGL along the coastal plains and just above mountain tops over the higher peaks. Up to 3/400ft/min climbs at most in the good spots. SW winds all the way up to the Tropopause for a 30kts finish up there.  

CT – Looks like a good day for flying here with light W winds but moderate NW in the early morning. Should be a great Apostle day I think… SLP also looking awesome today…

RB – Too west here again…

PV – Mostly westerly winds here around 5kts with sweet flying conditions for most of the day. Convergence around PB with climbs to 7k possible here else around 4/5k which is pretty sweet anyways. ?

Wilderness – A stable day with climbs maybe to 800’. Light SE winds with possibly a benchup at Gerrickes on the cards. Maybe Buff too but Map perhaps on the light side…? (Spot on)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 1500’. Keurbooms too SE.

PE and PA NE in the morning going more East during the afternoon. Maybe 15kt in spots. Light SE perhaps as high as 15kts.

Inland It is super light winds everywhere with the HP present with less than 5kts all the way up to 4k AGL. A super good propeller thingy day. ? Some lift over the high grounds with climbs to 7/8k possible.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:03 and setting at 17:50 (Day length is 10 hrs 47 min). A sweet warm day and loads of sun to warm your butt once again! Yes, some vitamin D! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(28 April 2020) 
Day 33 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome wild2Fly people! Some amazing rain in the WC yesterday releaving the dryness - I kow Wilderness needed it! :) The IOH dominating the WC weather today. The flow is generally easterly with SE along the south coast and NE inland but a varied S to W flow along the west coast. There’s some sweet instability around (post frontal flow) but its not as good as one would expect. The boundary layer around 3/4k along the coastal plains and rising over the high grounds with 7/8k over the Swartbergs and Cederbergs while the Sutherland Escarpment shows a tad more. Only Q’s in the east around the GR areas and line north/south from here more or less. Moderate climbs around and you would be doing good if you saw more than 500ft/min – though I am sure we will all take even a 50ft/min at this stage. ? Winds go South from around 10/12k in the south all the way to the Tropopause for a 40kts finish.

CT – A very shallow Southerly flow early and later on but surprisingly a sweet W at midday with climbs to 4k on the cards.

RB – Too west here today…

PV – A lot of east in the flow but there is a shallow SSW that could make it launchable. Its looking better to the north again with climbs perhaps as high as 7k out there but otherwise its 4/5k around Dasklip.

Wilderness – It’s a sweet Map day today with it probably flyable from as early as 10 already. Perhaps blown out around 15:00 but it should remain good all day for the hangies… ? (Spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 2500’. Keurbooms too SE.

PE and PA Light SE perhaps as high as 15kts.

Inland It is all east winds with a NE trend going N to NW in the afr North. Good Q’s mostly in the east and climbs around 4-6k AGL. Very strong East winds around mid-day in the central parts – 20 plus knots! A few spots of rain mostly in the eastern parts but clearing later on.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:02 and setting at 17:51 (Day length is 10 hrs 49 min). A cold windy day but some sun around to warm your butt with some vitamin D! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(27 April 2020) 
Day 32 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing wild2Fly people! So today the deadline for Covid-19 flight proposal submissions… We all pray and have our fingers crossed! ;) The SAH pushing in the cold moist air form the south as the CF moves into the interior. Some heavy falls expected around the little Karoo and GR regions. Base less than 1000’ with tops over 12k and a lot of moisture around! ;) But the inland surface flow is trending east which makes it offshore along the west coast areas – having lost much of the moisture by the time the air gets here and as a result some good soaring conditions north of PV. Base here up to 8k with flat Q’s making us drool. Lol CB activity east of the GR with a very broad band of rain and CB cells inland, especially in the east. Winds are SE along the south coast and inland but WNW north of the Great Escarpment. It goes wet in general above 12k but remains SW over CT all the way to the Tropopause, but W to NW east and north of the GR with around 20-40kts finish up there..

CT – A sweet day with base around 3500’ and moderate Se winds. The wind-shadow should be active all day.

RB – A beautiful day here all day long even if it has some more east in it…

PV – It gets better further north with a very east component. Nothing too strong here so it might even be launchable to the west as the thermals pulls things up. PB should be good early on but the north side of the valley showing base at 7k plus…

Wilderness – Rain all day long with some heavy falls expected today. Thick clouds all the way up to 12k (and some Appps showin deeper development) Winds are fresh SE… Spot on!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA with SSE winds and chance of rain too…

Inland – It’s rain all over the inland parts of the WC. Heavy falls over the little Karoo for later this morning. All good news! CB cells further north and east. It clears partially to the west and NW. Some good cloud formations out there with base rising steadily from the south – little Karoo south of SB at less than 2k but then 4k north of there and 10k by the Sutherland escarpment.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:02 and setting at 17:52 (Day length is 10 hrs 51 min). It is rain and book weather all day long today.  ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(26 April 2020) 
Day 31 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating the west while helping a CF along in its path to CT and the rest of the WC while in the east the IOH hanging on with some NE winds along the coast. Still a trough inland with the eastern side very active with CB cells. Some rain along the Great Escarpment in the west possible too. Winds are all WNW inland trending west in the SW areas later on. The boundary layer around 1-3k along the southern ranges with some Q’s over the mountains (a lot more further inland!) while the west coast around PV area things go up to 3-4kAGL near the mountains. The wind is WNW all the way up to around 20k then West to the Tropopause for a 40kts finish.

CT – A tad more South in the wind so the wind-shadow not too great. Strong 20kts SSW on the sea at the shore front. It seems to erode more later in the day.

RB – A great day expected here from mid-day onwards with a super sunset flight time on the cards…

PV – Looks like a swet day here with climbs around 3500’ at Dasklip but to the north from Bumpy to Kardoes in the convergence climbs up to 7/8k doable. Some Q’s shaping up in there around mid-afternoon….

Wilderness – A inverted day ahead of us so not missing much. Sedge and Serps doable with climbs to 800’ a maybe. Winds light SSE. Late in the dya it will drop and go west but very light it seems. (Spot on)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 1500’ and less. SE here until early evening. Keurbooms too east I think.

PE and PA with NE winds up to 25kts!

Inland – Its WNW for the most part all over. Very good soaring conditions further inland but with a chance of rain and some CB activity especially in the east. Base north of the GE around 10-12k. Sweet! :))

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:01 and setting at 17:53 (Day length is 10 hrs 52 min). It looks like a great day for getting a tan with great sunshine around all day long.  ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 22 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 



(25 April 2020) 
Day 30 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating today with a SE along the coast and easterly flow pattern inland. Loads of Q’s around in the southern parts with the boundary layer around 3k AGL in the southern parts and slightly less in the west. Still a chance of CB activity inland along the Great Escarpment intensifying to the east. Winds are fairly light easterly increasing into the afternoon. It remains fairly light with some directions changes up to around 20k before settling in a WSW direction and a 20-30kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Its more east with the strong stuff towards CP leaving the city bowl and areas northwards more sheltered. A good windshadow around all day.

RB – It doesn’t look like the SE makes it out here…

PV – Surprisingly improved day here with good conditions around to the north. Kardoesie the place to be with climbs after 14:00 going to 5 and possibly to 7k. The Cederbergs very good from the looks of it.

Wilderness – It looks like it is going to be one of those good Map days at the end of the day… Some late moring climbs at Sedge to 1500 or slightly more but the east will spoil it by 12 … Serps the place to be from 10/11 for that flight to Map and then remaining air-born here for the rest of the day! ? Some rain on the mountains I think. (Close eough!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 3k with Q’s. The wind will be more SE so perhaps not the best direction. Keurbooms too SE.

PE and PA Light SW start but by late afternoon it will be trending SE around 10kts.

Inland It is all east winds picking up to 15kts in places in the afternoon. Good clouds around in most places but strong chance off CB activity along the Sutherland escarpment and eastwards.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:00 and setting at 17:54 (Day length is 10 hrs 54 min). Some thick cloud this morning clearing during the day so a chance of getting your vitamin D sun-shot later on ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area another medium 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 



(24 April 2020) 
Day 29 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating the surface conditions from most of the WC today while the presence of midlevel moisture from the north converges with the IOH cool lower air, producing a line of broad CB activity in the inland areas today. There should be some good rain fall from Citrusdal in the west to EL in the east and north of this line. Loads of high cloud around for the southern regions today. Winds are generally light southerly except for CP and the west coast where the SE will be strong. The boundary layer typically low in the west with up to 2k AGL but a tad higher for the southern parts up to 3k near the mountains. Above the higher ranges climbs can go to 7/8k. Winds again trend west above the inversion with a 20-40kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Once again strong SE winds with the wind-shadow active all day long.

RB – Looking so good from mid day onwards with a sunset cruise on the cards! Eish! ;)

PV – Another very southerly wind day with a low inversion and poor LR. Up to 2k at most AGL in a few spots. The Cederbergs much better but very thick midlevels with a chance of CB cells north and eastwards.

Wilderness – Oh my hat. We are missing out on some sweet Serps and Sedge flying days… Sweet smooth climbs to 1500’ possible from 11 to 15:00 for the most part. Even with the high cover it should work well. Southerly up to 7kts. Spot on!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 3k at the nbest part of the day, else just over 2k expected. Keurbooms not really on. Loads of midlevel stuff and then late afternoon some low Q’s…

PE and PA light S to SW winds with rain to the east (EL way)

Inland – Sweet light southerly winds all the way up to near the Sutherland Escarpment where it is North in the morning but going more WNW in the afternoon. Some rain north of the Swartbegrs in the morning but the main CB cell activities confined to a line along the Great Escarpment and northwards.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:59 and setting at 17:56 (Day length is 10 hrs 56 min). A thick cloudy day with hardly any vitamin D making it through. Best to read and dream of the day of freedom ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area another medium 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(23 April 2020) 
Day 28 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating along the coasts while a midlevel trough along the west will deepen and have a greater effect over our weather in the coming days. Lots of mid-level clouds around today. Very stable for the west coast areas perhaps 1000’ AGL weak climbs with the big mountains slightly better. The southern areas a tad better with 2k AGL inversion and light S winds. There’s a chance of some rain along the western parts and this will move further south during the day and tomorrow. An increase chance of CB activity in the central parts especially by tomorrow. Winds trends west with height with 50kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Strong SE winds but the wind-shadow active in all its glory.

RB – On the edge of the strong wind so it could go either way. ;)

PV – A very bad day here with weak conditions and low inversion. Thick mid-levels with a chance of rain later on.

Wilderness – Another sweet day here with Sedge and Serps delivering – light S to SE winds and climbs up to 2k. (Awesome Serps and Sedge with Q's in the afternoon!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a tad more SE so Keurbooms not really on. Uppies with climbs just a tad over 2k… Thick mid-levels that could hamper the thermic stuff…

PE and PA also sweet and light SE…

Inland – Again light winds inland with a SE trend in the south but then WNW to the north above the Sutherland Escarpment. Its good out there with 10k climbs even if there is still a bit of high stuff around. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:59 and setting at 17:57 (Day length is 10 hrs 58 min). Less sun today with lots of midlevel clouds so not much for getting a vitamin D tan. ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a medium 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 

(22 April 2020) 
Day 27 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome wild2Fly people! A fairly stable winters day with the SAH dominating except for the eastern parts where the IOH is helpful with a tad more depth in the instability. Light winds mostly except for the CT area where the SE will pickup with around 20kts later in the day. The boundary layer around the west and southern coastal areas around 2kAGL with the bigger mountains inland around 2k above the peaks. Winds light S to SW trending west with height. Mostly blue with a few Q’s around the The SW corner and perhaps on the Outenikwas by the looks of it. Far inland north of the Sutherland Escarpment its pretty good with 12k climbs and strong west winds. The eastern parts inland even better! ;) Winds finish SW at the Tropopause around 30kts over CT and 50kts north of Sutherland.

CT – Looks like the wind-shadow is active today so a good day going by…

RB – From mid-day onwards it will be on with a sweet sunset flight finish.

PV – a low inversion at perhaps 2k AGL all over the show and S to SW winds 10-15kts in spots.

Wilderness – A light S to SW wind day with a west higher up. Sweet Serps and Sedge with climbs to 1000/1500’ from 11 onwards till late… Sigh… The coast frustratingly light. (Spot on)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms late morning early afternoon window but Uppies stealing the show with just over 3k climbs for most of the day…

PE and PA sweet SW of 15kts…

Inland – Very light winds inland up to 5kts with some instability especially over the higher peaks. It trends west the further north you go. In the south still that inversion around 2k AGL but north of the great escarpment it is the good stuff with 10-12k climbs and cool Q to the east…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:58 and setting at 17:58 (Day length is 11 hrs on the dot). A cool but sunny day. Take a dose of Vitamin D while sipping your homebrew while imagining you are on holiday. After the second one you could go naked and after the third even remove your facemask while posing for the neighbour! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a rather cool 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(21 April 2020) 
Day 26 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing wild2Fly people! The Cold Front moving into KZN leaving plenty clouds and cooler air in its wake. A light to moderate S to SW push with some light rain possible along the southern ranges. Base from around 2k with tops near 5/6k so a pretty thick cloud layer for most areas Partial clearing from the west later on. The good air still around to the far North of the Sutherland Escarpment with De Aar and GR with NW winds and base 13k but a chance of some CB activity in the area. To the south of the first ranges the boundary layer not very high with around 3k AGL on average – it is higher further inland over the high grounds. Winds S to SW in the south then veers to the W and even NW in the far north. It remains westerly in general with a 60kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A pretty southerly day with base around 3k… A tough day to fly at SH and LH I think with that strong coastal acceleration around 15kts SSW…

RB – Looks just a tad on the light side but maybe…

PV – A very southerly day with climbs to just around MT height. 3500’ later with slightly East up there. In the Cederbergs its more to 6/7k climbs with West winds up there.

Wilderness – Looks like a light SW to S day here with Sedge and Serps the best spots. It looks really sweet with climbs to 1500’ very doable. Light thermals all day long. ;) The coast on and off I think. A chance of some rain on occasion. (No rain else good)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but more thicker OD at Uppies all day. Keurbooms is in with a chance around mid-day… Also rain possible at times…

PE and PA strong SW winds of 15-20kts. More rain to the east…

Inland – Very light winds inland with 5kts or less for the little Karoo – a sweet power flying day I think. Above 5k the wind are West and picks up starting at 10-15kts. From GR and Middelburg northwards we go into some good air with base around 13k but also those CB cells a strong possibility. Its NW winds here…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:57 and setting at 17:59 (Day length is 11 hrs 2min). Another cool and cloudy day with chances of light rain. A good day to keep reading while we all wait patiently for the lockdown to end…  Max temps for the Wilderness area a cooler 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(20 April 2020) 
Day 25 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome wild2Fly people! The CF into CT with strong NW backing to the SW late afternoon. Rain for most of the day here and then clearing towards the east and north. Further inland there is the usual prefrontal NW stuff with very high base and super strong soaring conditions. Caranvon, BW to Steytlerville it is strong NW with base 13-14k all the way! A slight chance of some CB activity inland preceeding the front. For the southern coastal areas it is mainly W to SW winds – very strong near Agulhas, with the eastern edge around PE before we move into the NE flow from the IOH. The CF will move further west during the evening to cover the whole WC. Winds are NW all the way up to the Tropopause with a marked isotherm layer giving rise to strong wave activity over the high WC mountains today. Its 90kts WNW plus at the Tropopause.

CT – Rain for most of the day…

RB – WWB!

PV – strong NW winds early with the front moving in in the afternoon with rain.

Wilderness – What an interesting place this Wilderness is. The NW and SW storng stuff seems to be blowing all around us while we are sitting pretty in a relatively calm area – all day long! ;) It’s a tad westerly at Sedge with some climbs to perhaps 1000’ or just over from early (A few small Q's around). The wind goes more west with height but it is failry light so it could be sweet. Its light and frustrating on the coasts. Rain early evening… (Spot on but no rain!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but a bit better at Uppies. Climbs to just over 2k with SW winds 10kts. Keurbooms right direction but could be a bit light.

PE strong SW winds of 15-20kts and PA with NE winds early on going SW in the afternoon.

Inland – It is very strong NW winds with some spots hitting 30kts on the surface. Very high base to the east with the low stuff to the west. Strong wave just ahead of the front. Its not a flying day unless you go very very far to the NE. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:56 and setting at 18:0. (Day length is 11 hrs 4min). A cool and cloudy day. Enjoy a good book while we all wait patiently for the lockdown to end…  Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 

(19 April 2020) 
Day 24 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing wild2Fly people! A real bergwind day for most of the WC with very hot temps, especially  along the southern coastal regions where upper thirties will be norm. That CF pushing towards CT helping to shape up the ridge form the IOH causing the strong NW flows in the central parts of the WC. Many spots reaching 30kts on the surface today. A very stable day despite the high surface temps and a small chance of some wave activity in the lee of the higher mountain ranges. A SW moving up the southern parts reaching the GR just after mid-day. A blue day - except for far far inland at Douglass and northwards where it is absolutely epic with 13-14k bases and the NW winds more manageable. (Ai!!!) More to the south the winds are NW 20-35kts all the way to 18k where it starts to back more to the W and then SW with a 60kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – NW but bergy with 30kts at TM top height. Probably not a flying day with loads of shear trubulance expected. Some coastal fog moving in in the afternoon too…

RB – WWB lol!

PV – NW winds with very stable conditions also – perhaps some spots with climbs to just shy of 3k. However the winds will be gusty with 15ks and more in places.

Wilderness – All NW and offshores for the morning but it goes onshore around mid-day. It will trend to the WSW but never gets to the point of being very flyable. Not the best of days here… (Spot on)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA with Easterlies winds up to 10-30kts in the far east...

Inland – It is all NW winds but a tad too strong for flying in all the places. Very stable too with poor climbs expected. Beervlei showing up to 3k AGL but its 25kts!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:56 and setting at 18:01. (Day length is 11 hrs 6min). No doubt too hot for that Vitamin D shot in the butt. But definitely the time for Covid19 to die in the heat! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a super hot and dry 30 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(18 April 2020) 
Day 23 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome wild2Fly people! The IOH with its inland counterpart dominating the WC weather today. There is a strong CF moving towards CT expected landfall in about 2 days’ time. But for today much has changed with the High producing allot of descending and inversion building conditions – there are Northerlies mostly with warm offshore conditions close to the southern and western coastal regions. Along the coast the ENE coastal breeze will dominate in the south but in a very shallow layer only. Above 2-3k the wind is decidedly N to NW. The boundary layer very low in the coastal regions but some weak climbs to be had inland with the Sutherland escarpment reaching 10k. It’s a blue day. The wind remains NW all the way to 18k where it backs to the WSW with a 40/50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A lot of North in the upper flow with 20-30kts just above TM top. A shallow S moving in later in the afternoon. Looks like some coastal SSW acceleration but a bit iffy if you ask me. A day to be on the look-out for any bergy mixing taking place – though the change in vertical velocities look pretty steady with no large abrupt differences…

RB – WWB is out today!

PV – All northerlies today with high temps and generally inverted conditions. There are some spots where it does look like some lift could be had and climbs to 8k doable. Lol. Some wave action possible inbetween the high peaks tooo…

Wilderness – A hot inverted day though early Sedge could have produced something up to 800’. But from late morning onwards it is all super stable conditions with nothing going up. The best bets are Buffs. Winds are N to NW from 2/3k upwars at 15-20kts. (watch for possible lee wave down flows) lol ;)   (Hhhmmm... light winds but looked doable up to 800')

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a strong inversion – Uppies showing a super shallow layer with climbs to just over 1k possible… Hehe…

PE and PA with Easterlies winds up to 20kts.

Inland – DuToits and Beervlei the spots to be foresure with North winds 10-15kts and climbs to 7/8k possible at DuTotis and 9k at Beervlei… A goood day for Swartberg (and Outenikwa!) mountain lee waves to form. Sigh…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:55 and setting at 18:02. (Day length is 11 hrs 8min). It is time to work on that butt tan of yours and getting your vitamin D shot. ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 23 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(17 April 2020) 
Day 22 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing wild2Fly people! We are entering the weather period where the southerly cyclonic systems are brushing the WC more regularly as they pulse past us, often aided by the SAH – which is now more to our east rather than to our south. Today again a light pulse feathering towards the Cape while cool Atlantic air is covering the western parts with a very shallow layer of instability. Winds are quite southerly here while the southern coast it is more SW. The boundary layers lower than yesterday with 2-3k on average. Still some clouds in the SW quadrant – base at 3k going to 5/6k north of the first mountains. Winds are NW inland with much more instability with the boundary layer up to 11k over Sutherland. The winds remain NW all the way to 20k where it starts to back to the west with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – It looks like another flyable day with light southerly winds. Again the local acceleration at Sea-point 10-15kts SW.

RB – It might deliver a sweet sunset flight today…

PV – A pretty stable for PV with climbs only to mountain top. Very southerly trend later on too. Up to 3500’ climbs… The Cederbergs a tad better with 6k on the cards…

Wilderness – A sweet autum day with light SSW winds so Serps and Sedge will be on! Climbs to 1500’ on the cards with a low cloud layer possibly moving in after 14:00… Clearing again later… Hhhmmm. It is NW from 3k upwards – 20kts at 5k. (Sweet day with the cloudy layer from 10/11 already - OD for the afternoon)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but more SSE in the direction. Upppies showing climbs to just over 2k SSE winds up to 10kts. Keurbooms probably too much east in it.

PE and PA with SE winds up to 15kts.

Inland – All NW to W winds but the southerly creeping up to the southern parts of the Swartberg late afternoon. The winds will also trend more West as the day progresses. This is the time that DuToits and especially Beervlei dam starts to work. The later showing a window between 12 and 15:00 with 20kts NW winds and climbs to 9k….

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:54 and setting at 18:04. (Day length is 11 hrs 10min). Man, we are looking forward to the end of this lockdown… Any of you with a butt tan yet? ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a cooler 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(16 April 2020) 
Day 21 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating all of the WC with a light CF brushing the SW parts with some sweet cloud but a low boundary layer at 3/4k. Winds are generally westerly with some S to SW variations in the south and W to NW in the west. Again light winds everywhere 5-10kts. Some Q’s in the south over the Outenikwas and Swartbergs at 6 and 9k respectively so some good flying in the W to NW air in those regions. Winds trend SW above 14k with a 40kt SW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Another sweet day of flying ahead of you with a light west on the cards all day long. SLP, and Sigs should be good… Some low cloud early and later on again.

RB – WWB out today.

PV – Also sweet flying here with W to SW winds lower down and more West higher up. 3/4k in general but 5/6k in the convergence areas – over PB especially. The Cederbergs looking good with 8/9k climbs…

Wilderness – Another slightly mores stable day here with climbs around 1k at Sedge and Serps but late afternoon a slight improvement on the cards with climbs perhaps reaching 1500’. The coast will be frustrating light I think. S to SW wind trending west with hight. (Looked spot on!)

Plett – A tad more oomph in the wind around Robberg  with SW up to 15ks at times. Keurbooms with a short window before midday but Uppies stealing the show with 12 climbs reaching up to 6k! By 14:00 its back down to 3500’ but man! Why oh why…!!!???

PE and PA with SW 10-15kts so Maitlands looking sweet…

Inland – Again all light South to SW winds and far north if veers to the West. Some sweet Q’s over the Swartbergs and other adjacent higher peaks – 8-9k. The Outenikwas looking great with good climbs in the vicinity. It remains light all the way up too 10k…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:53 and setting at 18:05. (Day length is 11 hrs 11min). Just another covid day while we try to remain positive in trying times – just go naked in the garden again! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a slightly warmer 20 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(15 April 2020) 
Day 20 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing wild2Fly people! Another CF approaching CT – light rain possible by early evening already. For the remainder of the WC it is a very light wind day as we are kinda in a col position between the SAH, inland trough and the IOH. Winds trend light southerly along the coast with some SE to SW variations and a tad more stable air around here. But further inland north of the first ranges it is business as usual with the boundary layer around 5/8k. A few Q’s around but much less compared to yesterday. Above the inversion the wind goes west and remains west all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish up there.

CT – Looking like a sweet W to SW day here with some good flying to be had all day long… Perhaps touching on jus over 10kts SW along the coast. Its great for SLP or any launch spot along the mountains for a flight to the North…

RB – Not strong enough and most of the day too west.

PV – A sweet westerly day here up to 10 maybe 15kts very late in the afternoon. Climbs to 6k in the convergence areas else around 3500/4k mostly.

Wilderness – A much more stable day but with some climbs around at Sedge and Serps to around 800 or 1000’. Mostly less than 5kts in the wind… (Looked spot on.)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with Uppies showing early climbs to 2500’ and later to just below 2k. Mostly SSE during the day. Keurbooms a maybe with 5/7kts of SSE.

PE and PA with SW up to 10 and a chance of light rain to the east…

Inland – All light southerly winds up to the Sutherland escarpment where it veers to the west. Up 9k over here in climbs and 8 over the other higher ranges. West winds higher up.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:53 and setting at 18:06. (Day length is 11 hrs 13min). Oh my… The darkness is stealing the daylight right from under our noses… Almost only 11 hours of sunlight in the day… Max temps for the Wilderness area a slightly warmer 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(14 April 2020) 
Day 19 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome wild2Fly people! Another fantastic day ahead for flying as the SAH keeps feeding in a deep layer of instability onto the entire WC. (F#$%! Is this really what we want to hear now!?) ;) SW winds along the southern coast with S to SE along the west coast. The boundary layer around 4k on average with some beautiful Q’s around in most places. Up to 8k over the Cederbergs and Swartberg ranges… Winds higher up around 5-10kts. There’s a chance of some light rain in a few parts of the southern coastal areas later on. Far inland and to the east a chance of CB activity. The winds trend SE with height but then we have an interesting “snake” of the jet-stream near the Tropopause with SW 50kts over CT and NW 80kts over PA with Wilderness in the calm curve at 15kts.

CT – Another day of sweet instability with clouds at around 4k. S to SW winds 10kts with some spots reaching 20kts at times. The windshadow shapes up better later in the day…

RB – It is a super day here and especially for late afternoon sunset cruising! Arrgh!

PV – Climbs to 4/5k expected with some 7k in the convergence areas. SW winds with a SE above 4k… Sweet Q’s mostly over the Cederbergs…

Wilderness – Another awesome day awaits (F#$!) with light SW to S winds and Sedge and Serps with climbs to 2500’ and Q’s deeper inland. Ag I feel clike crying now… I’m so liss man… (Even better than forecasted!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms still showing some promise and Uppies! Ohh Uppies with Q’s and climbs to over 4k on the cards. Sweet puring SSW winds… Ai!

PE and PA with SW 10- 15kts and a chance of rain…

Inland – It is all South to SE winds all the way past Sutherland up to Uppington today with that sweet unstable layer of flat Q’s filled air. It is a day to go far from any of the southerly facing sites today… Still that chance of CB’c to the far east in a line from GR to Carnavon…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:52 and setting at 18:07. (Day length is 11 hrs 15min). A day to lie naked in the garden looking at the sky and dreaming about flying. Ai, I’m so sick of vitamin D already! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(13 April 2020) 
Day 18 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! I don’t know about you but this lockdown is getting to me in more ways than I imagined… Today the SAH lavishing the entire WC with cool unstable air. The winds are S to SW along the southern coasts, S to SE along the west and SW to NW further inland. The boundary layer between 3/4k along the coastal plains and first mountain range, going up to 6/7k further inland. There is a chance of some rain around the Sutherland Escarpment in a line to the ESE with some CB activity for most of the day. Above the inversion the wind is WNW increasing steadily to finish WNW 80kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Sweet instability with clouds at around 4k. S to SW winds 10-15kts at times. No wind-shadow today as the wind creeps along the shoreline…

RB – Hhhmmm Maybbe late afternoon it might come through…

PV – SW winds trending a tad SSW 5-10kts. Climbs to around 3/4k. A good day to have just flown north for a sweetie to Renosterhoek…

Wilderness – A super day on the cards with lightish southerly winds. Some playful times on the coast but Sedge and Serps the place I think with climbs to 2500’ on the cards. You could go somewhere today… ;) (Spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms having a go but Uppies showing climbs to 4k then latter to 3500’ – a southerly wind around 10kts…

PE and PA a light SW start going up to 10-15kts…

Inland – It is all Southerly in the south which veers to the west and even WNW far in the north. The convergence line setting up some CB activity running from Williston to GR…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:51 and setting at 18:09. (Day length is 11 hrs 17min). Looks like some partly cloudy stuff so if you find a sheltered corner you could end up wearing just a face mask while taking in your shot of vitamin D… ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 
(12 April 2020) 
Day 17 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF moving over the entire WC today with very strong westerly winds – over 30kts on the coast at times. Rain clearing from the west from around mid-day onwards while the LE reaches up towards Bloem and into KZN. The boundary layer around the 3/4k level at the first mountains with going up to 8/9k on the Great Escarpment. Winds are west 40kts from 5k upwards with a 100kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Rainy cloudy morning but by mid-day it should be a cracker of a flying day with 10kts wests and base around 4k… Drats! (It’s the kind of day for those big flights from the south to the north)

RB – WWB out today!

PV – Rainy clagged morning but clearing sweetly by mid-day. 5-10kts W to SW with base just above 4k…

Wilderness – A too strong W to SW wind day. Looks like the rain is skipping this part of the coast ;). (Spot on but for a small window late afternoon a the wind dropped more than forecasted)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with those strong W - SW winds.

PE and PA with SW 30kts plus!

Inland – The we3sdt winds all the way north to the Nam border… Very strong with CB activity and rain spreading eastwards during the day. The far SW clearing from mid-day…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:50 and setting at 18:10. (Day length is 11 hrs 19min). A very windy and cloudy day so no chance of getting that sought after Vitamin D (Perhaps to your neighbours relief!) ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a surprising 23 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))


(11 April 2020) 
Day 16 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! That SAH to the east of us helping a CF to shift into CT. The preceding NW winds will build during the day and spread to the rest of the WC. The southern coastal regions with some shelter with light winds but very stable conditions. Low cloud along the west all day and worsening with rain increasing – loads of rain during the night and early morning for CT… The South coast rain by early hours tomorrow morning. Still some flying to possible up at PV side before the CF hits there during the early evening too. And then far inland with Uppington going off! (It could be a record day if your timing and placement was right!) lol. Superb stuff up there as the trough and a sweet convergence is active from east of Mariental in Namibia all the way past Uppington (14k beautiful base here) all the way down past Middelburg… ;) Winds are generaly NW backing to the west for a 100kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – All cloudy and CFty with rain picking up by early evening and bucketing during the night…

RB – WWB out today!

PV – Would you believe it is flyable here today – a late start with 13:00 things starting to kcik off at Dasklip with a convergence in the area and climbs to 5k. A few flat Q’s shaping up in the hot spots. Winds around 5-10.13kts.

Wilderness – Not a flyable day here by the looks of it with high thick cirrus and as the light southerly pushes in it will just create a strong surface inversion all day long… There’s a iffi iffy chance just after lunch for a smidgeon of something going up at Serps and Sedge but short lived… (Spot on)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness so bad at Uppies tooo – maybe 1500’ at the best of times… Light on the coast.

PE light winds but PA east up too 15kts..

Inland – The SW side not much happening with surface winds light in the little Karoo. However just a tad up the NW is blowing. Its strong on the great escarpment at 20kts plus. That trough line running NW/SE very active from Mariental down to past Middelburg… ;) We can so dream about flying in that stuff!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:50 and setting at 18:11. (Day length is 11 hrs 21min). Another warm enough to be naked day but the thick high level clouds will prevent a real tan! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 23 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(10 April 2020) 
Day 15 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating the WC except for the far eastern sides where the inland trough is active with some CB activity for most of the day. A low inversion around in most places with thick Cirrus clouds dampening the heating of the sun making soaring even more difficult. The boundary layer between 1-2k AGL except for some of the higher peaks where 7/8k can be reached (Swartberg and deeper Cederbergs and Sutherland escarpment areas.) Winds are NW to SW trending west with height except far inland where the NW dominates once again. Fog around the west coast thickening during the day. A 50kts finish W at the Tropopause.

CT – Mostly NW to SW winds but fog keeping htings wrapped all day…

RB – WWB out today!

PV – Pretty stable with climbs hardly going over the mountain tops. Winds are westerly in general with a NW above the inversion. 3500’ climbs at the higher parts of the mountain…

Wilderness – A NW start but later it would have been a sweet day at Sedge and Serps with climbs to just over 1000’ around midday – light S to SW winds. Later oon it is more inverted with maybe 7/800’. Light winds all day… (looked spot on)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but uppies the spot for the day I think with climbs to around 3k for most of the day – despite thick cirrus cover. Light southerly surface winds trending more West with height. Light on the coast.

PE and PA light SW winds…

Inland – Light winds over most of the little Karoo region with a good spot fo soaring north of the Swartbergs around the Laignsberg areas… (Climbs to 4/5k AGL possible here…) Eastwards of a line running from Carnavon, BW to PE the potential for CB activity increases. There is a clear convergence line here with some good clouds around so it could be interesting flying trying to follow this … ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:49 and setting at 18:12. (Day length is 11 hrs 23min). Warm enough to be naked but the thick high level clouds will prevent that looks like you are on holiday tan! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area another warmish 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 

(9 April 2020) 
Day 14 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating to the east with a strong easterly influence on that side while it is N to NW inland and NW to SW in the west. There is another CF approaching but the SAH is keeping it at bay so it probably wont be too strong. The boundary layer around 4k at the first ranges (much less at the coast with a strong coastal inversion present) and going up to 6/7k over the second ranges and up to 10/11k o the great escarpment. Winds are westerly above the inversion mostly with a 50/60kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A SW surface trend mostly with NW at TM top height. Looks like a SW acceleration around the SH and LOH beachfront areas day…

RB – WWB out today!

PV – A N to NW start but more west later on. A sweet convergence starting at PB moving to Bumpy by 15:00. Climbs in here perhaps to 6k or so.

Wilderness – Pretty inverted day with an early morning NW start but later light south to south east. Both Sedge and Serps might get you up to 1k if you are lucky else its just bobbing above launch mostly. Buffs probably the best bet today. (Spot on again!) ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies very inverted with getting up not much above the ridge a maybe. Just above the NW to W is blowing… On the surface its light winds in the bay itself …

PE and PA with strong east influence – up to 30kts in PA.

Inland – A N start that will quickly back to NW and then westerlies for the little Karoo but it remains NW up on the Great Escarpment where there are some good flying up to 10/11k climbs even if the wind is strong. Most of the little Karoo is light with a west trend in it and a very shallow layer of instability 1-1500’ thick. Only the mountains with something decent.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:48 and setting at 18:14. (Day length is 11 hrs 25min). Aaahhh.., the time for naked vitamin D intake is back! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a warmish 22 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 


(8 April 2020) Day 13 of lockdown
… Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH far to the south of us, busy morphing into the IOH as it shifts from west to east. The effects are a dominant easterly flow over the entire WC. Some strong stuff between Agulhas and CP but then it remains offshore easterlies along the west coast for the most part. Some cool instability around with the boundary layer around the 4/5k level along the first mountain ranges but even up to 7/8k along the western ones. Thick high level cirrus covering most of the WC all day wil effect the surface heating quite a bit. The winds back sweetly from the east to north around 10k and then all the way around to the West at the Tropopause at70kts.

CT – A great morning I think with a good wind-shadow but looks like late afternoon the southerly creeping through and probably spoiling the fun.

RB – It looks protected here all day long from the southerly with light winds all day. A maybe-maybe of the south coming through very late in the afternoon.

PV – Mostly east to SE winds here all day with Picketberg the obvious choice. Instability up to 8k in a few spots otherwise around 5/6k.

Wilderness – A light southerly start but trending SE with around a 15kts finish to the day. Sweet early Sege and Serps on the cards with high climbs possible (3k perhaps). (Spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies going from 4k climbs to just over 2k before lunch even as the coastal air moves in here… Maybe Keurbooms early before it goes to east?

PE and PA with S to SE winds up to 15kts..

Inland – East to NE winds all the way past Sutherland – a few spots up to 15kts but less in most places. The high cirrus clouds around but very unstable in the east flowing layer. Climbs to 8k over the Sutherland escarpment but in general the 4k thick layer all over the show…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:47 and setting at 18:15. (Day length is 11 hrs 27min). Still less sun around and too cold for taking your clothes off so keep that bottle and book handy all day long. ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a cold 17 degrees C. Enjoy that book! :))

 
(7 April 2020) Day 12 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! That CF reaching past Maputo today. The WC being lathered in cold polar maritime air – low temps and scattered showers being pushed up from the south by the SAH. It will clear form the west during the course of the day – winds S to SW – it remains SW all the way up, trending WSW to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish up there.

CT – A deep Southerly with the inversion around 4k with some StratoQ’s up there… It doesn’t look to god for a wind-shadow Better in the morning than later I think.

RB – It will be going off for the afternoon with a magical sunset flight possible – icy cold though! ;)

PV – A SSW lower down so it will be flyable but it does trend SE from 4k upwards. Climbs to 4/5k possible. Best spots north of Kardoesie with 10-15kts winds SSW later in the day. The early clouds should also dissipate in the afternoon…

Wilderness – Strong Westerlies during the morning but by mid-day it will start to moderate and go more SW. It should be a great ocean cliffs afternoon…! ;) (Spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but stronger for longer. Too West for Keurbooms and too strong for Uppies I think.

PE and PA with SW 20-30kts…

Inland – All SW in the east and more SSE in the west. Breezy cold conditions with the boundary layer around 4/5k at the first ranges then climbing with the best around Swartberg or just north from there at 7k.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:47 and setting at 18:16. (Day length is 11 hrs 30min). Get that bottle of red (if you still have some!) cozy down before the heater because I know the last thing on your mind is taking of all your clothes – it’s artificial vitamin D today for us all… ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a cold and windy 16 degrees C. Enjoy that book! :))

 


(6 April 2020) 
Day 11 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF dominating the weather today with SW to west flowing air along the surface trending WNW with height. The SW parts of the WC with low cloud and rain which will spread to the remainder by late afternoon. It’s a breezy day with 30kts along the coast at times. Preceding the CF and further inland the base is higher with some good looking conditions albeit super windy! ;) Winds are generally 20-30kts form the surface to around 7/8k where it increases stewadily to 130kts WNW at the Tropopause.

CT – Typical frontal conditions with low clouds, strong Westerlies and rain. It will go more SW later and partial clearing in the afternoon.

RB – WWB today…

PV – Mostly clagged in during the moring but lifting a tad to just clear of the mountain tops later in the day. 20kts West winds at times so way too strong to fly…

Wilderness – Still a break form the approaching rain until around 15:00 when the lower clouds and rain will move in. Strong WNW this morning going to the SW during the late morning. Probably a chance of some dune gooning before the rain arrives… (Late afternoon was good)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. Some high base preceding the front. But way too strong to fly.

PE and PA with SW 30kts…

Inland – All westerlies and breezy with 20-30kts in most places. High fast moving clouds/Q’s at 7-10k. The usual good air stuff far to the east from Bloem down to just east of Aliwal North (13k base out here but very strong NW winds!)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:45 and setting at 18:19. (Day length is 11 hrs 34min). Grab a last bit of vitamin D this morning – find a kite and fly it from your back yard! :)) That's making the most of a Covid Monday! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a windy 21 degrees C. Enjoy that book later on! :))

 


(5April 2020) 
Day 10 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today the CF is right on CT’s stoep with the typical NW flows preceding it. CT should see rain late afternoon/early evening and the winds will go SW at that time too. Still some inland trough activity but further inland and of course those winds really strong with 20-30kts in many spots. The southern coast mostly SW winds. Loads of thick high cirrus clouds around. Theboundary layer still reasonably high with 4/5k along the first ranges for west and south coast areas. Into the little Karoo it is 6/8k and then in the far north going to that 13k and classic skies again. Winds are NW all the way from 2/3k to the Tropopause for a 80kts finish up there.

CT – Again the low clouds around with the NW winds up there… Some parts should clear so another maybe maybe could have been a 12 apostle day for the hangies…

RB – WWB today…

PV – A NW to West day, pre-frontal but a sweet one with winds 10-15kts at most. Climbs to 4k with just over 5k in the convergence area – starting around PV to PB and migrating north to Kardoesie at the end of the day. Some Q’s shaping up later in the afternoon witch will OD between 3-4k.

Wilderness – A surprisingly llight wind day for the CF coming. (Rain by midnight tonight) but for today it would have been an awesome Sedge and Serps day with sweet SSW winds 5-10kts and 1500’ climbs. Some Q’s during the early parts of the day but clearing (except for the high stuff…) (Spot on!)

Plett – Uppies the spot with 3k climbs until near 16:00 when the sea-breeze drops climbs to half that.

PE and PA with SW flows 15kts…

Inland – The NW winds making way for the strong SW pusing in from the SW areas during the course of the day. Its pre-frontal so typical strong and wild! (30kts from 4k upwards…)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:45 and setting at 18:19. (Day length is 11 hrs 34min). If you followed my advice you should have a rather odd looking face mask tan with a sun-burnt butt! lol. The next few days should be sweet recovering with the CF and rain moving in. It’s indoor TLC time with bubble baths, champs and a good book! (You get the idea!) ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a cooler 21 degrees C. Enjoy a good book! :))

 


(4 April 2020) 
Day 9 of lockdown… Good morning you super cool Wild2Fly people! So today is another screaming-your-lungs-out-cursing-Covid day. Today the inland trough still very active with sweet flying conditions inland – base around 12/14k. It has shifted a tad more easterly so not as good near the west coast (PV half of what it was yesterday). (You could still fly from Pofadder to PE!) The coastal areas in the west effected by a pushing CF with the cold ocean producing those fog patches in most areas. Just above the winds are W to NW. The southern parts a slight coastal low moving to the east as the W to SW winds make inroads up to near PE before being halted by the IOH easterly winds. Its NW all the way up to above the good flying air where it backs more to the SW for a 60kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – The fog stopping play but if not it could have been a 12 apostle day – especially for the hangies!

RB – WWB today…

PV – Not as good as yesterday but sweet none the less with W to NW winds 5-10kts. It does pickup later to 15ks in a few posts. The convergence starting early at 10:00 over PV running straight to PB. It slowly moves north ending at Bumpy around 16:00 climbs in the convergence to 5 maybe 6 if you get lucky. To the far east over the Cederbergs you get inot the good air again with NW winds and climbs to 11k – the Q’s are more east than yesterday…

Wilderness – A stay on the ground day here all day long… Strong inversion and it aint moving by the looks of it. Maybe enough SE later at Gerickes and Buffs… (Spot on!)

Plett – I have it on one of my forecasting models Uppies with a short window of getting into the good stuff air around 12:30-13:30 with the cycles coming up te front but the wind stil W to NW higher but being able to climb to 11k… lol. Wow! Then the shallow stable coastal air moves in and spoils the fun. ;) Keurbooms seems to remain light…

PE and PA with the easterly flow but just inland that super awesome air showing climbs to 11k right next to the coast! Especially further east…

Inland – Another extremely good day out there wasted away due to Covid. Lol. A flight form Pofadder to PE is def possible today… Ai jai jai! 12/14k base with sweet NW winds 15-20kts all the way… A slight chance of some OD or light rain to the NE sides but otherwise that run surely is possible… Checkout the high stuff over PE today (even near Plett as well)…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:44 and setting at 18:20. (Day length is 11 hrs 36min)  Today its compulsory to do the face-masked-naked lie down in your garden – and don’t worry about your neighbour because they are doing the same after seeing you yesterday! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 28 degrees C. (but over 30 just a tad furhter inland!) Enjoy the day from the stoep! :))

 

(3 April 2020) 
Day 8 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! So we are breaking records of a different kind it seems – the longest time period in our flying history of no one flying! ;) Today the IOH and a sweet trough along the west coast dominating our weather. The west-coast trough having awesome spectacular most amazing soaring characteristics – high bases and sweet sweet soaring – most spots between 12 and 14k from Springbok in the North past Calvinia and right into the PV valley! It’s a day to break records from PV… Some CB activity but that I way to the north and east side of the trough. Winds out there are all NW between 10-20kts. (You could go towing up there and fly to the SE and possibly break the record today…!) The southern coastal area in stark contrast with a surface inversion stopping everything going up in its tracks. The winds are light southerly trending SE. Maybe Buffs could offer something late afternoon. At 18k the NW flow goes SSW and finishes with 20-30kts S at the Tropopause.

CT – Another sweet wind-shadow day – especially late afternoon when a shallow south pushes through.

RB – WWB today…

PV – A day to remember if we could fly – space out time with NW winds and climbs to over 11k possible everywhere. Further into the Cederbergs its 12kplus with Q’s… Aaahhh today would have been the day I think… Ai!

Wilderness – A stay on the ground day here all day long… Strong inversion and it aint moving by the looks of it. Maybe enough SE later at Gerickes and Buffs…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA again with SE and E around 15kts.

Inland – Aaaahhhh my word. Today you can fly from Pofadder to past Bedfort in the eastern Cape! It is good out there today! Sweet Q’s in most places at around 13-14k. NW winds all the way up. DuToits will be cracking at mid-day. Watch the Outenikwas for those few very high popping Q’s and drool and cry and scream your lungs out. Damn Covid!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:44 and setting at 18:21. (Day length is 11 hrs 38min)  Go for a face-masked-naked lie down in your garden as you bath in some vitamin D! (The mask is incase your neighbour takes pictures! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 25 degrees C. Enjoy the day from the stoep! :))

 

(2 April 2020) 
Day 7 of lockdown… Good morning you super awesome Wild2Fly people! Stay at home stay healthy to fly another day it seems – but it’s so hard! ;) Today the IOH dominating with a large flow of NE to N except for the shallow layer on the coast that is SE. Superb conditions along the west coast but the coastal flow causing a strong inversion at 1/2k along the southern parts. The boundary layer around the 6-8k mark from most places today. Winds pretty light except for the coast from the GR to CP where it will reach 30kts in places. Few clouds today except for the inland western parts over the Cederbergs notably – base here at 10k. 10kt N wind up there. Farily light all the way to the Tropopause where it is varied – Above CT at SW20ks – nil at Wilderness and NW 20kts further inland at Hopetown.

CT – A sweet wind-shadow day all day long.

RB – IT would have been a great sunset flying day…

PV – W to NW in the valley but going north with height. Nothing too strong with 10-15kts at most. Many areas quite light at 2-5kts, especially in the convergence area in the bermuday triangle today where it could be possible to climb to 10k! If you can get into the Cederbergs then Christmass is very early with sweet bases at 10k or more!

Wilderness – A day for Map mainly – it might get blownout late afternoon… Not good at Sedge with too much east. A maybe for a quicky at Serps to Map… ;) (Never got blown out - was very SW with a edie in the Map region)

Plett – The east early around here too…. Upppies showing climbs to just over 2k but very east…

PE and PA SE and E 20-30kts.

Inland – It’s a great day for Swartberg today with Northerly winds all the time until 14:30 or so when the SE pushes through. The convergence here showing climbs to 8k! ;) Its NE winds all the way inland past Sutherland…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:43 and setting at 19:23. (Day length is 11 hrs 40min)  Go for a face-masked-walk in your garden and wriggled your toes in the grass! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 21 degrees C. Enjoy the views from the stoep and the sunny vitamin D! :))

 

(1 April 2020) 
Day 6 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! (Yes, its April fools day!) ;) Almost one week gone… Some thick rainy clouds this morning around Wilderness – the promise is that it will clear with a strong and deep SE wind.  The SAH shifting to the south of us moving into the role of the IOH and lathering the entire WC with easterly flowing air. Some rain around along the coast and inland to the east but this will clear mostly from the west during the day. The west coast with east flowing air also and deep instability – 6k over the Peninsula and up to 8k at PB. Even way up north near Prieska and Uppington the wind is east. Above the inversion it goes west with a 20-40kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Hhhmmm not a convincing wind-shadow day to me… Too east and strong.

RB – More frustrating today with some times it working on the east slope but loads of light wind spells around… You could get very high in a thermal though! ;)

PV – All east winds so Picketberg firing today with climbs in the valley to the north form launch going up to 8k around 15:00 with just 10kt winds!

Wilderness – A day for Map but it will blow out soon from lunchtime on… Too east for Sedge even form early on. (Too east and strong earlier even)

Plett – Too OD and low base, also the east wind will dominate later on here too…

PE and PA a sweet SE of 10-15kts…

Inland – East winds all the way up north of Sutherland. The Q’s drying out jst north of the Swartbergs with a sweet base there around 8k. If you could fly there that would be the spot… ;) A few spots reaching 20kts up there…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:42 and setting at 19:24. (Day length is 11 hrs 42min)  Go for a solitary walk outside in your garden in the rain – so you can get your toes wet! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area another cool 18 degrees C. Enjoy the views from the stoep – don’t forget that sunny vitamin D! :))

 

(31 March 2020) 
Day 5 of lockdown… Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Ah how it pulls on my heart to see beautiful days blowing by without us being in the air… (Yes, there are more serious matters at hand but hey, I’m a soaring pilot!) ;) A layer of stratocu’s around 4k covering the Wilderness skies this morning – I know these well. They signal an awesome unstable layer wit superb flying conditions – therefore the heaviness of my heart. There’s only so many days in a lifetime you can fly… Each one is precious. The SAH sweeping up some sweet unstable air onto the entire WC today. The inland trough very active with widespread CB activity from Williston down towards Sutherland, BW, Willowmore all the way to the coast near Knysna/Plett. Winds are W initially but then SW along the southern parts. Its south along the west coast. Further inland it is W to NW. The boundary layer around 3/5k near the coast to the first ranges and then steadily higher as you move north from there. The sweet clouds start to dissipate near the Swartberg/ Cederberg ranges where it becomes dry – only to be replaced with the trough activity inland with loads of midlevel moisture sucked in from the north. The winds are 90kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a deep, strong and unstable Southerly with no wind-shadow today.

RB – Aahh… another great day for RB… Ai!

PV – Probably too much south in it but with some sweet flat Q’s around 4/5k it will looks great!

Wilderness – Sniff… A sweet SW on the cards today with the ocean cliffs very flyable for most of the day. Slight chance of rain, especially allong the mountains... (Spot on!)

Plett – Perhaps a bit too west for Keurbooms and too strong for Uppies. OD out there too. Slight chance of rain, especially allong the mountains...

PE and PA a strong SW 20kts plus

Inland – The southerly eventually reaching Sutherland by late afternoon. A sweet looking little Karoo sky today. Butt OD in the east with CB activity. Strong W to NW up there..

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:41 and setting at 19:25. (Day length is 11 hrs 44min)  The isolation remains but if you go get your toes wet (garden or car wash) it will help! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area, 18 degrees C. Enjoy the views from the stoep – don’t forget that sunny vitamin D! :))

 

(30 March 2020) 
Day 4 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH weakening and held at bay by a developing inland trough along the western side of the WC. Only a coastal influence of the SAH in the south and west and the IOH in the far east - even a few fog patches for parts of the GR coast. Conditions not as good as yesterday with a lower boundary layer – 1-2k near the southern coastal areas and 4k at the first mountain ranges, still around 5/6k north of there but 13k north of the Great Escarpment. Some awesome Q’s out there but mostly to the NE areas. For the rest it is mostly blue. Winds are light S to SE alogn the south coast, breey around CP and up the west coast. Above the inversion it goes W to NW with a 70kts NW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A good wind-shadow day today…

RB – Aahh… another great day for RB today starting probably around lunchtie and finishing strong with a sunset cruise…

PV – Not the best PV day with lower climbs and 5500’ within the convergence north of Kardoesie – the rest again at mountain top height mostly… Winds SW but fresh again SSW from 17:00 onwards…

Wilderness – A really sweet day at Sedg and Serps on the cards with climbs to 1500’ on the cards. Maybe Map late afternoon…. (Spot on!)

Plett – Not so good here with Keurbooms too east and Upies with climbs to 2k only. SE here up to 10kts.

PE and PA a moderate SE wind…

Inland – light winds with a NW trend in the little Karoo with the southerly pushing in mainly in the southern parts – not quite up to the Swartbergs today. North of the great escarpment it is NW winds and strong 20kts plus…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:41 and setting at 19:27. (Day length is 11 hrs 46min)  The isolation remains but if you go get your toes wet (garden or car wash) it will help! ;) Max temps for the Wilderness area, 20 degrees C. Enjoy the views from the stoep – don’t forget that sunny vitamin D! :))

 

(29 March 2020) 
Wow! Day 3 of lockdown and by now the reality and consequences of Covid19 is probably starting to make inroads into your psyche (like missing out on epic flying!) ;) Good morning you wonderful Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing in that sweet unstable air onto the entire WC. SE around the Peninsula, southerly up the west coast, SW to southerly on the south coast. The boundary layer around 4/5k along the first ranges, 6/8k to the north of these and 10k along the great escarpment. Light rain along parts of the southern ranges in the morning but clearing form the west. The winds goes west to NW above the inversion with a 70kts West finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Another SE day with a wind-shadow showing up. Would have been sweet!

RB – Aahh… a great day for RB today…

PV – Looks like a tad too much south in it to be awesome. Climbs to 5k with a bit of variation around – 5500; north of Kardoesie and similar to the south of Dasklip. Inbetween much lower at 4k…

Wilderness – Ai. We are missing out today boys and girls! A beautiful day ahead with high climbs at Sedge… The coast could also offer something but it is pretty light later on.

Plett – A great day for Plett too. Keurbooms working well and also Uppie with climbs to 3500’ at base – thick and solid initially but into the afternoon it will thin out and become spectacular with close to 4k climbs and light southerly winds…

PE and PA a strong SW wind here all day…

Inland – the southerly winds going all the way up past Sutherland. A good day for flying out there with awesome Q’s all the way to the Swartbergs – it dries a bit north of that…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:40 and setting at 19:28. (Day length is 11 hrs 48min)  Remain isolated as much as possible – go get your toes wet in the garden (or something!) Max temps for the Wilderness area another 21 degrees C. Enjoy the views from the stoep – don’t forget that sunny vitamin D! :))

 



(27 March 2020) 
Good morning all you super chilled (but still wild2fly!) locked-down people! ;) It is day 2 of lockdown and I have already had friends complaining about fighting boredom… Man it’s going to be tough haul for them… That CF still marching on to CT but loosing a bit of momentum as the SAH isobars move apart – should make landfall by early evening with hardly any rain. Still winds will increase during the day preceding it with a NW component from 3000’ upwards. The usual SW pushing up the southern coast too. In the east the IOH dominating with some E to NE winds. These will join the NW converging far offshore somewhere along the GR coast. It’s a mostly blue day with some clouds along the SW areas of the WC coast. The boundary layer around 4k on the southern mountains and along the western ranges. The next ones it goes up to 6/8k and up on the Sutherland Escarpment it is 13k but 20-25kts NW winds. It is 70kts W at the Tropopause.

CT – the usual S to SW flow with a strong cross shore component at LH and SH so probably not the best of days to fly.

RB – Its light and frustrating out there today… (Tank heavens!) lol

PV – A normal day here with the convergence north of Eendekuil to Skerpheuwel. At 15:00 winds are 10kts with climbs to just shy of 6k possible. The rest is 4/5k maybe….

Wilderness – looks like a light wind start with a strong surface in version but from late morning there will be a W to SW flow starting to appear. It is probably more of a frustrating day with it being on and off along the coast – the strong stuff staying out to sea… ;) Sedgefield not much better but with climbs to 3-400’ ATO and a W flow above… Just as well hey! ;) (Was and looked epic!)

Plett – similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms starting light SE and a veering to the SW with a maybe short short window. Then probably too much west in it. Uppies with climbs to 2k then 2.5k later however the winds are a tad too west and pushing 15kts and more at times.

PE and PA Initially NE but then the SW coming through late afetrnooon and early evening at PA.

Inland – no rain expected with a build-up of surface winds from the WNW in the north and SW in the southern parts as the front approaches. 20kts and more in a few spots later on. Not a good flying day…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:39 and setting at 19:29. (Day length is 11 hrs 50min)  Please stay at home and get your toes wet in the garden (or something! Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Another day to sit on the stoep and enjoy some vitamin D! :))

 

(26 March 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! So our last day of freedom has arrived. Lockdown at mid-night tonight – wishing you all a fun filled day. ;) The CF has pushed up into all of SA. The WC with brisk cold unstable air fed in by the SAH. Winds are generally Southerly with SE sections on the west and SW in the east. A high boundary layer for a CF – 3/4k along the southern parts and 4/5k on the west not going that high inland with up to 8k near Sutherland. Winds are southerly all the way up to 10k then it veers a tad to the SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish around CP but over 100kts West north of Sutherland!

CT – Strong deep SE winds with no inversion so only a slight chance of a wind-shadow late in the afternoon but it might be tight.

RB – An excellent day at RB so if you are not there…. Should start working mid-moring and last most of the day – strong in the mid-afternoon and probably blown out for the evening flight. But who knows! ;)

PV – Strong southerly winds with a SE over the component just at mountain top eight. It is 15kts from early on already so probably doubtful for flying. Kardoesie might be launchable early but its still cross over the back just above your head… 15-20kts seems to be the order of the day…

Wilderness – Some early rain around but it should clear from 9/10 onwards. The wind is def looking great for the coastal soaring session for just about all day long. I would say probably from 10 already if the rain plays ball but we might just be in for a great last day of play. :) Base around 3k – Sedge could be good for the hangies… Else the coastal cliffs are the places to hang out. ;) Strong this morning but moderating sweetly during the day. (Days started later than expected but it turned out good on the coast in the end. Inland looked epic!)

Plett – Looks strong here and more westerly. Too much for Keurbooms and probably too strong and too west for Upies tooo. Maybe Piesangs..?

PE and PA with storng SW winds 20-30kts…

Inland – It is all South to SW winds up into the north of the country. Low clouds with 8k the top if lift at Sutherland so a real Cold Front day. Oh and breezy! 20kts in places…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:38 and setting at 19:32. (Day length is 11 hrs 55min)  A cold rainy morning, clearing late morning and into the afternoon. Last day for you to sneak onto the beach for a stroll – there’s big waves today so watch you don’t get swept of your feet when trying to get your toes wet before lock-down! ;) High tide at 4:39, low tide at 10:43, high tide at 16:55, low tide at 22:48. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cold 16 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(25 March 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! We seem to have some internet problems so my apologies for the late forecast. Today and tomorrow our last flying days it seems so I will try and give my interpretation for the next two days then. ;) And in light of the darkness to follows (Yeah – that was on purpose) lol – I was wondering what to do with the weather report? Should I take off, or should I continue or should I continue but perhaps in a different line (I almost used ‘light’ there) ;) Maybe you guys can let me know what you think.

Today a strong CF approaching the WC with a hefty SAH pushing it along. It should reach CT by mid-afternoon but all the tell-tale signs of tightening isobars as the wind increases in strength as the day progresses. Typical varying pre-frontal boundary layer with low stuff near the coast (1-2k along the southern parts) but very high inland preceding the front (8-10k over the Swartbergs). Winds are all S going SW along the southern parts and NW going W in the west. At 3k over the Outenikwas it will build from 10kts to 30kts by late afternoon. The front will pass overnight leaving cool frontal air for us to play in for tomorrow. ;) Winds are west all the way to thhe Tropopause today with a 80kts finish.

CT – Maybe a window for the morning but the low clouds moving in by mid-day with rain soon follow. Tomorrow it looks strong SSE with probably no wind-shadow around to help matters.

RB – Today is WWB but tomorrow looks good – it will build during the day probably getting blown out nut a chance of a sunset flight.

PV – It’s a pre-frontal day with thhe winds building quickly in the early afternoon. So fly early. Climbs to 4/5k on the cards but by 14:00/15:00 it will already get too strng to fly. In the south the clouds will move in with a low base (below the mount tops and thicken) The north area at Kardoesie remaining open for longer. Tomorrow looking strong and very south all day…

Wilderness – Some coastal fog around but this should clear with a warm sunny day ahead. There is building SW on the way that should reach us late afternoon. Still worth keeping an eye out for this – those signs on the ocean! Sedge should be very inverted with poor thermals. As the SW approaches the inversion will rise a bit but it is unfortunately also very west just above launch. By 16:00 there’s a 20-30kts W up there… Climbs to maybe just above the ridge from mid-day onwards maybe then going up to 400’ ATO from 15:00. Hhhm… not the best forecast! ;) Tonight rain and tomorrow looking better with even some coastal soaring on the cards. (Sedge better than expected and then Hotel late afternoon!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness today with Keurbooms too light during the moring for anything and Uppies climbs to 2000’ – the wind is going from SE to SW during mid-day part. Also picking up and the inversion lifting to 3k but so too the winds pick-up to 15kts. So be vigilant! ;) It also goes W quickly. Tomorrow looking a tad too west most of the day actually…

PE and PA with East winds 10kts and then going to the SW from 17/18:00 onwards… Tomorrow strong SW 25kts.

Inland – A light wind start in the little Karoo and also light NW up north but by lunchtime the pre-frontal West moving in covering the entire WC with 20kts plus westerlies… It will back to the SW in the far NW areas and increase to over 30kts on the surface. By tomorrow the CF has moved far inland covering the inland areas with spots of rain and southerly winds everywhere.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:37 and setting at 19:34. (Day length is 11 hrs 57min)  A warm sunny day – time for you to sneak onto the beach for a stroll, swim and at least get your toes wet before lock-down! ;) High tide at 4:14, low tide at 10:18, high tide at 16:29, low tide at 22:23. Max temps for the Wilderness area another 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(24 March 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! So the days are shorter now than the night but still some good flying to be had (unless the Covid19 does damage there too!) The SAH dominating more as all the systems have shifted eastwards. The CB activity to the far east, the inland trough also a tad more to the east. A lot of high level clouds around that will effect the surface heating and thermals in many places today. The boundary layer similar to yesterday with 2/3k alng the southern mountains 5k to the north of these and 7/8k north of the Swartbergs. The Cederbergs also showing around 8k. 12/13k north of the Greats Escarpment. The winds are generally southerly with a SW in the east and more SE in the west trend. From 10k up it is WNW gong SW at 18k with a 110kts SSW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Another cool sweet wind-shadow day on the cards with a S to SE wind all day.

RB – And looks like a repeat of yesterday. From mid-day onwards it should start to happen with the sunset flight probably the best bet – smooth and a tad moderation in the wind..)

PV – A cool day in PV with after 14:00 things turning on with climbs to the south of launch going up to 6k but also north of Kardoesie with the convergence present there. Sweet light winds early with the strong stuff coming in late at around 18:00. Its light and a struggle early on…

Wilderness – Some thick high stuff blocking the sun and anabatic flow so a late start with Sedge starting around 11/11:20 I think. Climbs to around 1000’ or a tad above possible today. Should work for the mid-day hours… The coast frustrating light. Serps also ok. (Spot on but higher climbs)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms again a maybe with lighter SSE winds. Uppies also SSE with climbs to 2500’ but after 14:00 the thermals will start to deteriorate as more Seabreeze moves in…

PE and PA with SW 10-15kts.

Inland – The little Karoo again with light Southerly winds all the way to the escarpment where it goes WNW and strong at 20kts. Very few Q’s around today with mostly high stuff around. Climbs to 8k north of the Swartbergs. 13k north of the Sutherland escarpment. Light winds all the way to 6k then it backs to the WNW and picks up from 10k its over 20kts WNW.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:36 and setting at 19:35. (Day length is 11 hrs 59min)  A Covid19 cloudy day with the beaches closed and no chance of getting your toes wet. Wishing you all a good time during this lock-down. (But if you can go get some sunshine and your toes wet! ;) High tide at 3:48, low tide at 09:54, high tide at 16:02, low tide at 21:58. Max temps for the Wilderness area another 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(23 March 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Still a mix of weather with the Lesotho high, the trough on the west part of the interior, the IOH and the SAH all playing a role today pending on where you are. That sweet unstable air still around but with a tad more moisture that has some OD conditions along the southern parts. Chance of some light rain in a few spots but some parts opening more and getting better. Winds are southerly in general with a SE split in the west and SW to the east along the coast. Breezy along the west coast. Inland its light in the little Karooo but strong NW on the Sutherland escarpment. Those CB activity strong from Graafies and eastwards. From 6500’ and up the wind goes NW and then from 18k it is SW to the Tropopause for a 40kts finish up there.

CT – Another great wind-shadow day on the cards with a S to SE wind all day.

RB – And sweet RB delivering the goods. Again a late afternoon day with the sunset flight probably the best bet – smooth and a tad moderation in the wind..)

PV – Not quite as good as yesterday – perhaps some high clouds blocking the heating a bit. But the winds are the usual WSW start and then SW later on increasing to 15kts. A late thermic start with the good stuff only from 14:00 onwards. The convergence north of Kardoesie where you could get climbs to 5500’. The rest is just above the mountain tops (4k) mostly… ;)

Wilderness – More cloud this mroing but at least the fog seems to have disappeared. :) The forecast at Sedge is for it to start clearing and becoming good for flying. Aparently sweeter thermals and more hight compared to yesterday. OD still over the back so perhaps a flight from Serps to Sedg is possible along the lake hils with a 2k base? ;) The coast weak and probably frustrating with just a few moments of scratchy flights possible. (Almost spot on - just not as high) ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms again flyable form the morning but it will lighten up ;) and go more SSE later. Uppies looks like it is OD’d today with weak lift and base at just over 2k. Southerly all day. Could be sweet soaring though. ;)

PE and PA with strong SW 20-25kts.

Inland – The little Karoo with light Southerly winds all the way to the escarpment where it goes NW and strong at 20kts. Base at 6k north of the Swartbergs (less in the Oudshoorn valley) with high base again on top of the escarpment – CB cells to the east but great skies in the far NW.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:35 and setting at 19:36. (Day length is 12 hrs 1min)  A cloudy start but some clearing by mid-day so great sunshine for that walk on the beach! Don’t forget to get your toes wet! ;) High tide at 3:22, low tide at 09:29, high tide at 15:37, low tide at 21:23. Max temps for the Wilderness area another 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(22 March 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another day with the Trough along the centre of the WC interior dominant but with some IOH and SAH influence near the coasts. Still a sweet unstable layer about so pleasant flying in most places. The boundary layer varied with the south coast more moisture and low cloud at 1/2k levels near the coast but rising to the west near the mountains up to 4k. North of the mountains it goes to 5/7k in a few spots. The west coast around 4/5k and then in thhe afr north on the escarpment (Sutherland and GR line) it is 14k and spectacular out there. Some CB activity in the far NE areas. Winds are southerly along the south coast trending SW to W inland and eventually NW and strong above the escarpment. It is NW from 6k upwards wit a W finish of 40-60kts.

CT – A good wind-shadow day on the cards with a S to SE wind all day.

RB – Again a late afternoon day with the sunset flight probably the best bet – smooth and some moderation in the wind..)

PV – Classic PV with a WSW start and good lift initially along the southern parts from PV to 4k- it will eventually reach 5/5500’ here but around 15:00 with the SSW winds picking up. There is convergence north of Eendekuil/Skerpheuwel with climbs to 5 maybe touching 6k in spots. SW winds and 10-15kts finish to the day.

Wilderness – A light SSW day ahead of us with the clouds around 1-1.5k. Its pretty unstable so sweet flying expected at Sedge and Serps. The coast too light all day I think. From base the wind veers to the west and from 3k upwards it is NW but light in the lower levels. Hard core XC flying with the low base! ;) (Spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms light southerly and probably doable from 11 onwards. Uppies also with lower climbs around 2500’ and southerly winds up too 10kts at the most I think.

PE and PA with light SE winds 20-25kts.

Inland – The little Karoo with varying winds early on from East to S and more West in the west. It will eventually trend more West in most places later on. Climbs here from 4k to 7k in the good spots. North of the great escarpment it is off course big air time with 14k base and strong NW winds (20kts plus). For the Willowmore guys a frustrating day with early light East to NE then N winds and climbs to 4k on the cards but from 12 it will go West quickly increasing in strength and not much more in terms of thermals at the big mountain. In other areas (all around you) it seems to be much better. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:35 and setting at 19:38. (Day length is 12 hrs 3min)  A cloudy day ahead but still perfect for beach strolling. Small surf and early low tide making for a great start to the day - don’t forget to get your toes wet! ;) High tide at 2:55, low tide at 09:04, high tide at 15:09, low tide at 21:08. Max temps for the Wilderness area another 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(21 March 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A weak SAH with the inland low dominating our weather. No rain expected today with some good unstable air all over the place. Winds in general are light southerly along the coast with a SE trend later in the day. Similar inland but going North form the Swartbergs northwards. The boundary layers nice and comfortably high with the south coast indicating 2/3k near the coast going 4/5k along the mountains. Just north of these it climbs to 6/7k and Willowmore areas with lift perhaps as high as 10k later in the day. The Swartberg rnage with a notable convergence line all along the entire range today for mostof the afternoon. The winds goes NW from 6/7k 10kts then backs more to the WSW at the Tropopause for a sub 50kts finish.

CT – Looks like a good wind-shadow day with instability to TM top height at the best part. Some local acceleration of the wind near the shore SW getting up…

RB – Starting after lunch it will get soarable with a strong finish. Probably a great day to plan for a sunset flight.

PV – Another great day on the cards. Light WSW start with the usual SW stronger finish. Looks like punt to the south early on is a good idea – some good lift on the cards between Pampoen and Saron sections. Also some right near the Renosterhoel corner later in the day. 4/5k climbs but slightly more in the hot spots.

Wilderness – Again light W to SW start to the day but probably not good on any of the ocean cliffs. It is however nice and thermic wit Sedge and Serps working beautifully again. There will be more of a SE trend in the wind later on. Climbs to 2k expected – more further back and slightly less later in the day. Probably working from 10 already… Again some XC flying possible for the more experienced pilots… (Spot on!)

Plett – Also similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms a maybe durng the early part of the day with enough south in – it could be light but might work. Uppies showing 3500 climbs at 11 but then base dropping to less than 3k from 13:00 onwards. Still looks sweet for today withwinds remaining fairly light. Around 10kts.

PE and PA with light S winds.

Inland – Winds vaying in direction with S to SE along the southern parts and then W to NW further North. The seabreeze movin in to the Swartberg late in the afternoon with strong convergence along this range for most of the afternoon. 8-10k climbs up here. It looks great for GR also with 6k climbs here but if you can drift with the wind and get over the escarpment you will connect with the convergence and might get to over 13/14k! The Willow more guys should get some E to NE winds and later in the day getting through the inversion to 8/10k. The lift is strong out there today.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:34 and setting at 19:39. (Day length is 12 hrs 5min)  A beautiful day ahead with small surf and lots of sun. Perfect for the beach. Go early to get there with low tide. PS, don’t forget to get your toe wet! ;) High tide at 2:25, low tide at 08:37, high tide at 14:40, low tide at 20:42. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(20 March 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A light CF moving in over the WC bringing some cool sweet flying conditions with it. Winds in general are SW going more West with height. A tad more cloud around the southern parts especially around CT with a chance of some rain later on. The boundary layer looking sweet with some nice Q’s around – the southern ranges with around 5k, just north of there up to 7k. the west coast also looking sweet with 5k and the Q’s thinning out to the north. PV should have some sweet flat ones around for a while… The wind is west all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kt finish.

CT – NW going west with loads of low clouds around. It might clear up enough for a flight…

RB – WWB today. Too west.

PV – A super looking day with some flat Q’s around and base up at 5k. Winds are W to SW with the stronger winds moving in again after 17:00. Its stronger in the north but this is also where the convergence will be. From 15:00 between Eendekuil and Kardoes/Skerpheuwel you could get to 7k!

Wilderness – A light W to SW start with a soarable section along the coast between 10 and 11. Then it gradually dies for a light wind afternoon. SSW direction but the upper air still SW going W. Sedge should be good as well with strong spots in the late morning to early afternoon but it looks to moderate in the late afternoon. The sweet Q’s out the back could make some XC flying possible for the more experienced pilots… (Spot on!)

Plett – Also a good day on the cards here with Keurbooms becoming on from late morning and lasting till the wind dies latte afternoon it seems. Uppies with climbs to just over 3k and SW winds. The afternoon also moderating a bit with 10kts then (early on there are 15kt spots…)

PE and PA with strong SW winds 20kts plus.

Inland – SW winds going more west the further north we go. Some good flying skies out there with some Q’s around 7/9k near Graafies. CB cells are way over to the east past Aliwal North…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:33 and setting at 19:40. (Day length is 12 hrs 7min)  Some low cloud around early morning but promising to be a beautiful day with a light onshore wind. Perfect for that walk and time on the beach. Lienkies klip and inside the bay at Gerrickes the best spots. PS, don’t forget to get your toe wet! ;) High tide at 1:49, low tide at 08:02, high tide at 14:06, low tide at 20:12. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(19 March 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The inland trough with the centre of the low curve jutting out over the GR areas dominating our weather today. Some fog patches around with most clearing up during the day. Winds are light with a SE trend, curling around the CP with a west and eventually NW component in the far north. The boundary layer varied again with the southern parts between 1/3k south of the mountains then north a tad higher 4/5k. The big jump again to the east of the trough Sutherland escarpment with 13k. No rain expected and no CB activity – few in the far east outside the WC borders. Winds from 6k and up are all W to NW with a 60kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Those southerly winds again – around 10-15kts but that local acceleration around the Peninsula giving strong cross shore winds at LH and SH. It is light at launch but perhaps not the best of conditions.

RB – After two bumper days of flying today looks a tad light… ;)

PV – Another sweet day on the cards with W to SW winds 5-10kts going 15 later in the afternoon. Climbs to 4k expected but up to 6k in the convergence areas. This is setting up today from Eendekuil to Kardoesie as early as 13:30 then it will move to the north with the Skerpheuwel and end of the valley excellent for late afternoon flying.

Wilderness – A SE trend. Sedge a maybe early window but it looks to be going east quickly. (by 11) With a bit of luck it doesn’t! Gerrickes with a bench-up possible.  Map is also a maybe with a small spurt around 10-11 then a frustrating light wind bubble setting up until very late in the afternoon. With some luck this could all be wrong and we are going to sky out! ;) (Spot on but for Map only on in the morning!)

Plett – Quite a bit of east in the wind and Uppies showing climbs to just over 2k. So not the best of days out there…

PE and PA with strong SE winds 20kts.

Inland – light winds southerly in general inland all the way to the Sutherland escarpment. North of that it is strong NW winds with 20kts spots. A good looking sky though! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:32 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 12 hrs 9min)  A low cloud day with a light SE wind. Not as much sunshine today but still worth a cool walk on the beach. PS, don’t forget to get your toe wet! ;) Jigh tide at 1:00, low tide at 07:16, high tide at 13:224, low tide at 19:34. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(17 March 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A weak SAH pushing in some cooler air onto the WC. Still a trough present but way to the east today. A low circulation to the south of the GR helping that nudge from the SAH with a W to SW flow along the southern parts today. A slight chance of a bit of rain along the Overberg ranges and then more eastward towards the GR later on. Inland it is also SW to West the further north we go. The boundary layer varied with a 3/4k on the southern side of the first ranges, 5/7k north of those with the Q’s drying out to the North of the Swartberg mountains. Winds remain westerly all the way to the Tropopause for a 40/50kts finish.

CT – Looks like a very southerly flow today so the wind=shadow a tad compromised with the angle the flow is striking the Peninsula. A fresh SSW flow along the LH and SH seaboard areas but light winds up at the SH launch area. SO perhaps doable…

RB – It should start working around mid-day and then get wild and strong but I think a good chance of a sunset finish with smoother strong stuff.

PV – A sweet morning with SW flow along the surface and climbs to 4/5k with a few spots maybe a tad higher. The wind does trend quite a bit southerly today especially later on with strong stuff coming through around 16/17:00. The best areas are to the south of the Dasklip launch and south of PV. And then to the North of the Pakhuis launch.

Wilderness – Westerly start with this remaining a tad longer than normal. It will go more SW at 11 and should be good for at least an hour to hour and half. A slight break after lunch but with a few more spurts of soaring stuff coming through along the ocean cliffs for the early afternoon. Sedge is looking very west and strong for most of the day. Late afternoon it moderates a bit but it is fairly west still… (No flying on the coast or at Sedge... Too west.)

Plett – Also a tad too west and fresh wiith 10-15kts WSW for most of the day. Keurbooms doesn’t seem to show a window of of flying air today. Uppies remaining fairly fresh but climbs to just over 3k and some Q’s. So if you can handle the wind out there it should be good. ;)

PE and PA with strong SW winds all day…

Inland – SW in the south with good looking skies in the Oudshoorn valley but drying out north of the Swartbergs. Climbs to 7k here but on the Sutherland escarpment I is up to 11k – Should be a blue day out there except for east of De Aar with Q’s and CB activity later on. Winds WNW up to 20kts at times.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:32 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 12 hrs 12min)  A beautiful day with a West start going to the SW later on. Perfect for the beach especially in the Lienkies corner. PS, don’t forget to get your toe wet! ;) Low tide at 06:02, high tide at 12:14, low tide at 18:14. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(16 March 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The Lesotho High and trough down the west coast dominating out weather today. The low centre in CT area but it will move to the east during the day to finish around offshore from PE. Winds in general are NE along the southern coast but curling around CT for a W to NW flow up the west coast. Strong CB activity along the eastern parts of the trough line – a lone from Knysna to the NW and east of that. (It could reach as far south as Knysna Plett late afternoon). The boundary layer varied with a strong inversion near the coast alogn the southern parts but 5/6k along the first ranges, 7/8k further north and then 12k in the Sutherland and eastwards areas. Few clouds inland except to the est where the CB activity is at. Winds are WNW to around 15k the goes WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish.

CT – It curls around enough for an initial Westerly flow but it will trend SW all day with a tad more S in it later in the afternoon. Strong just offshore with that southerly by the looks of it.

RB – SW all day but then the Southerly pushing through after 17:00 and it could be flyable..

PV – A really sweet day out here today with light NW to W winds most day and a sweet convergence setting up from PV to Picketberg at 13:30. It will slowly move to the north finishing just north of Bumpy around 16/17:00. Over 6 k climbs in here…

Wilderness – Early morning offshores with an easterly trend. It does swing inland soon enough but the shore areas stuck with a strong inversion. The winds is strong NE out to sea. As the low drifts eastward the winds will start to veer to the south by mid-day with Sedge offering a smidgeon of hope. A shallow layer of slight instability shaping up here with climbs possible to 1k maybe from 12/12:30 to 14:00 the best time. It is WSW above the inversion. (Very stable with only foefies)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with Uppies showing imporvemennt in the afternoon. Initially it is inverted with climbs to 1k but then from 14:00 onwards the inversion lifting with the unstable layer increasing to 2500’. Winds are SSE but will veer to the SW later on. A area of convergence setting up to the west of Uppies (Uppies just on the edge) from around 15/16:00… Could be sweet here…

PE and PA with strong NE most of the day and PE with a change late afternoon early evening to the SW.

Inland – NNW winds going more Westerly later in the day. Over 20kts in some areas especially along the eastern side of the trough where all the CB activity will occur.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:31 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 12 hrs 14min) A sweet change with light winds from the ocean today. Still some surf around but def the time to spend on the beach and get the tes wet! ;) Low tide at 03:59, high tide at 10:21, low tide at 17:10 High tide at 23:35. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(15 March 2020) Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! Thank goodness our flying community doesnt gather in crowds of more than 100! But forgive me for not hugging or shacking your hand anymore ok! ;) And then we have that sudden bad fite on LH last night! Ai! Today the SAH shifting to the east with a strong easterly flow over the entire WC areas. Still some lingering rain along the southern parts but clearing from the west. Base along the southern ranges around 5/6k, north of these it goes to 7/8k and 11k NE of the Sutherland Escarpment. The wind is fresh easterly with 20kts mean, at 8-10k it backs to the north and from 12k it is west again with a 70kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Strong unstable east winds with a slight chance of some wind-shadow effect around LH and SH. Hope the fire is under control and you guys get the all clear to fly. Base later up to 6k…

RB – Hhhmmm, very, very east. A drop in the wind during mid-day but the moring and late afternoon a possibility if soaring that eastern buttress.

PV – All east to even NE winds. Strong in the morning with 20kts spots but then it moderates with Picketberg the place to be. The best lift seems to be a tad out in the valley according to some forecasts… Maybe some wave effect that is boosting the lift out there? But in the right spot you can get over 8k today. IT trends NE later in the day with speeds 5-12kts maybe 15kts in a few spots.

Wilderness – Its all easterlies with some strong gust factor (def sign of the east wind) but even so for the die-hards there might be a smidgeon of a window around 9-ish just before the strong stuff pushes in for flying at the Map. Otherwise it looks just too strong all day long everywhere! The instability remaining close to the coast with high bases just on the coastal plains… (Also a sign of the east component not allowing the seabreeze to penetrate too far inland) Now if only it wasn’t that strong! ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness…

PE and PA with parts rain and strong East winds around 20kts.

Inland – The strong winds going far inland too with 20kts in many places. Some good Q’s around with 7/7k base over the Swartbergs and adjacent valleys but the winds just too strong for comfortable flying – a terrible B/S ratio (obviously lots of thermal shredding/mixing from the strong winds). Winds trend NE with height. Perhaps in a sail plane it could be very doable… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:30 and setting at 19:46. (Day length is 12 hrs 16min)  A cold and wet start to the day with some strong east-winds on the cards. Walk down wind on the beach, bare foot, because the surf is big and you will most probably get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 02:16, high tide at 08:42, low tide at 15:17 High tide at 21:36. Max temps for the Wilderness area a windy and cold 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(14 March 20202) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some great flying in the GR and also to the west at PV yesterday. :)) But very differetn today as the CF overriding all the good stuff. A strong SAH pushing the CF up into the WC reaching past Williston and Calvinia by sunset. Cold wet conditions along the southern coastal regions with adiabatic dry conditions along the west coast. Cloud base around 1000’ along the southern parts with tops around 7/8k mostly. It remains clagged in all the way to the Swartbergs but north of there rises to around 7k and then again 11k over the Sutherland Escarpment. Winds are south to south-easterly up to 8k where it backs to the west starting off at 10kts all the way to the Tropopause with a 90kts finish up there.

CT – Some cloud over TM with a deep and strong SE flow. Little chance of a wind-shadow shaping up today…

RB – If you are not out there flying you are missing out. It is strong but should be smooth early morning and blowing out latte morning I think.

PV – A strong Southerly day that will build to over 25kts by mid-afternoon. It is also easterly above the mountain tops so not the best day for flying. Kardoesie might offer something late morning mid-day but 1-2k up it is still east. If you fly do land by 14:00 to miss those strong SSW winds coming up the valley… Even Picketberg is too south low down with the East only starting higher up.  Cederbergs should have some good Q’s but east flows..

Wilderness – South winds with rain all day long… Small chance of getting something wet along the ocean cliffs if you are desperate… ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness…

PE and PA with rain and initial SW winds then backing to the SSE in the upper teens in knots.

Inland – Low clouds and rain all the way to the Swartbergs. Partial clearing north of these… South to SE trend in the wind with the convection within this layer – up to 11k over the Sutherland escarpment. Only north of Kimberley to go into the west flows with base up at 14k!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:29 and setting at 19:47. (Day length is 12 hrs 18min)  A rainy start to the day with wellies and umbrellas ready for use! ;) If you are brave go get your toes wet! (Alone! Far away from people! Make it a Corona toes wet!) ;) Low tide at 01:14, high tide at 07:38, low tide at 13:58 High tide at 20:12. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool wet 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(13 March 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The inland trough dominating our weather mostly with a stretch far to the south keeping the effect of the IOH and SAH more out to sea. Still the CB activity presence all over (increasing as the day goes by) with varying boundary layers – wet in the southern 1 -3k boundary layers and central parts with 8-12k boundary layers – dry in the west from 4-9k boundary layers– and more wet further east. Still those pesky fog patches around with partial clearings in places. Winds in general are southerly with a mid-level NW then going SW with a 50kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Another misty morning with a NW to W on the cards. Again if it clears it should be a great flying day.

RB – WWB today!

PV – Another great day on the cards here with 4k climbs in general and a NW going W to SW in the far south wind. The convergence setting up from just north of Dassies and stretching out to the Picketberg range. It starts early from around 14:00 today with climbs in there up to 5500 maybe 6k. It settles around Bumpy peak late afternoon. Winds at most 15kts in a few spots else 5-10kts.

Wilderness – Another crazy misty morning but with hope of some clearing around the Sedgefield area. Winds are SSW trending to the SSE later on. It does look like a smidgeon of some instability at Sedge with the best time probably between 11:30 and 14:00. Perhaps we will get 800’ ;) Let’s hope that mist clears and we might get more! Probably too light for the coastal cliffs…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies showing climbs to 2500 with a SSE wind up to 10kts. That sounds like fun to me. Oh, some CB chance for alter in the day…

PE with SWE to SE winds varying but PA with NE winds up to 20kts…

Inland – Again just north of the Outenikwas base rise to 5/8k. CB’s here by late afternoon. In the far north base is higher up to 14k – Willowmore showing 11k. But the spread CB’s make it a risky flying sky…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:28 and setting at 19:50. (Day length is 12 hrs 22min)  A misty start with very light winds and small surf. A perfect mid-day low tide walk on the beach opportunity. Go get those toes wet! ;) High tide at 06:05, low tide at 12:07 High tide at 18:28. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(12 March 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating in conjunction with the inland trough and Lesotho High. The trough still very active with loads of CB activity across a broad range inland and down to the southern coast. Its more active in the east with the west open with some good Q’s and high bases. There is a coastal low circulation just to the NW of CT. Winds are SE along the southern coast but NW inland and westerlies along the west coast. Loads of coastal fog around borth west and south coast areas with some clearing taking place. NW above the inversion all the way to the Tropopause where it is 40kts – except for the CT area and north of there where it is SW at 40kts.

CT – A misty morning but if it clears it should be a good flying day wiith NW winds fairly light up to 4k – a north trend up there. Later in the afternoon sees a SW along the SH shorefront up to 15kts.

RB – Not too promising with the winds seemingly remaining SW out there. But there is a SE push from the SE later on – maybe maybe it will make it to RB…

PV – A NW start but a great day ahead here as the wind will back to the West for most of the day. Up to 15kts in the north with the convergence setting up between Dasklip and Picketberg from 14:00 onwards. It will move to the north finishing late afternoon just shy of Kardoesie. Up to 6k climbs in the convergence else around 4k…

Wilderness – A misty morning but with some chance of partial clearing taking place. It is all SE winds but a slight shadow at Map so not strong there according to the forecasts. Chance of those CB cells moving down to the coast this afternoon with rain.  Out to the east at Gerrickes there’s 20kt spots so keep an eye out if you do go fly…  

Plett – Same as Wilderness with rain earlier on…

PE and PA with E to NE winds 20-30kts with CB activity

Inland – Base is around 4k south of the first ranges but 6/9k on the north side. Again at the Sutherland escarpment it rises to 13k. CB activity in a broad range reaching all the way to the southern coastal areas all the way past the Overberg to Hermanus. Again a tricky sky to fly in with all the chances of CB’s around…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:27 and setting at 19:51. (Day length is 12 hrs 24min)  A misty start with moderate winds later on. A perfect time for a stroll on the beach. The afternoon a chance of showers so go early and get those toes wet! ;) High tide at 05:23, low tide at 11:35 High tide at 17:46, low tide at 23:45. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(11 March 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The inland trough more easterly with the CB activity running in a NE/SW line today – from the CT mountains (Stellies etc) towards the NE past DeAar and further. Some IOH influence on the coast helping to increase those SE winds which are very strong in places with 30kts plus on the cards. Loads of mid level clouds and chance of precipitation in most places. The boundary layer varied from 1/3 along the southern parts, 5/7 north of the first ranges and again 13k north of the Sutherland escarpment. The wind backs from 6k from the east to North then to the NW from around 12k with a 70kts NW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – SE at CP that curls sweetly around the Peninsula with a SW at LH and SH. Light and straight up in the morning with 10-15kts SW alogn the shoreline later. Also later in the day a chance of the strong SE eroding the wind-shadow according to one model but RASP showing it holds. Loads of mid-level clouds and even a chance of some CB activity spilling over to CT.

RB – Hhhmmm SW for most of the day with a slight chance of the SE coming through late afternoon. But it seems very varied so not the best day to take of work and fly!

PV – SW in the south and NW in the North – the convergence setting up south of Eendekuil from 14:00 onwards. It gets breezy to the north with 15-20kts up towards Renosterhoek. Climbs to 4/5k with 6k in the convergence areas. Saron showing chance of CB activity so OD towards the south…

Wilderness – The SE is on the cards with 25kts pushing in anytime from 10 onwards. A very small window of flying just before that – it is nice and light at the moment. Slight chance of rain late afternoon too but then you will probably al be kite surfing anyway! ;) (Spot on)

Plett – Same as Wilderness…

PE and PA with SE winds 20-30kts.

Inland – Loads of midlevel clouds with the CB activity slightly more north towards the Swartbergs and to the NE. Base out there around 7/8k with East winds lower down and the N to NW higher up. A tricky sky to fly in with all the chances of CB’s around…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:26 and setting at 19:53. (Day length is 12 hrs 26min)  A slow start but a windy day on the cards. So get out earlyish for a low tide walk around 11. PS: Don’t forget to get to get those toes wet! ;) High tide at 04:43, low tide at 10:54 High tide at 17:04, low tide at 23:05. Max temps for the Wilderness area a windy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))


(10 March 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH and inland trough combined with some super moist midlevels drawn in from the north causing wise spread CB activity inland – especially east from BW. Winds out there are NW in the north but SE in the south. The coastal regions also a SE trend with strong winds between Agulhas and CP. Low base along the southern parts with a low boundary layer – 1-3k. 5k northwards all the way to the Sutherland escarpment but 12/13k northwards from there. The west over the Cederbergs are nice and high too with 10k or just over. Winds once again are NW from 6k upwards with a 60kts finish up there.

CT – Easterlies with all the signs of a wind-shadow shaping up for the morning but later in the afternoon it looks to be eroding away. So keep an eye out on it.

RB – A sweet convergence line setting up here today from RB running due north – from late morning into the early parts of the afternoon. Looks to be the SE from the mountains and the more SSW from the Peninsula flow meeting up. Any one with XC ideas – this might be the day!

PV – Still a southerly trend in the flow in the south but up north at Piekenierskloof it is more SW and even W north of there. The boundary layer around 5k with a few spots showing 6 to 7k – especially in the convergence which is showing up today after 15:00 just to the north of Eendekuil and the pass. The Cederbergs should be epic!

Wilderness – Very slight chance of rain today with the easterly winds – it is again breezy out around Gerrickes point with Wilderness showing the very strong stuff late afternoon. I think there is a chance of that stuff popping in from mid-day onwards though… A slight gust factor showing up on some forecasts – usually if there’s a bit of east in it it does that. But it should be flyable from mid-morning already I think. (Very east and ranging from foofies to not flyable at all)

Plett – Once again very similar to Wilderness but a slightly higher chance of rain here – it increases to the east. Uppies showing climbs to 2500’ with ESE winds…

PE and PA with SE winds 15kts and loads of rain!

Inland – The SE flow penetrating far inland all the way to south of the Sutherland escarpment. Wide spread CB activity increasing to the east. Low base in this area at 5k or so. To the North and West its epic with high bases and drooling skies! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:25 and setting at 19:54. (Day length is 12 hrs 29min)  Another windy on the cards with less rain it seems. Get out early before the wind picks-up, low tide mid/late morning and do go get those toes wet! ;) High tide at 04:03, low tide at 10:14 High tide at 16:24, low tide at 22:26. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool, 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(9 March 20202) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing the CF onto the southern parts of the WC only up to the second range of mountains – the SAH weaker than usual so the mountains enough of a barrier so the cooler air is not penetrating as far inland as expected. The winds veer further inland from SE to west and then NW further north of Sutherland. Rain mostly south of the first range with low base and tops over 10k at times. Winds is SE in general but from 6k it trends back to the NW with a 60kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Again a deep SE with no inversion but a slight slackening with height. So RASP said not a strong enough wind-shadow for flying yesterday (but you guys did!) and today it says the same (So maybe you will fly again!) ;)

RB – Looks like an east morning with more southerly after lunch and a shorter window form the looks of it before it is blown out.

PV – Again a very southerly day, especially in the south but it does look like a more SW direction out at PKP so probably worth hanging out there. Better climbs there as well with 6k possible.

Wilderness – Aaahhh rain this morning and probably for most of the day. Winds will trend to the SE but I doubt there will be a worthwhile gap to fly… (A big gap in the afternoon of no rain!)

Plett – Same as Wilderness…

PE and PA with SW winds 20kts and rain…

Inland – A tad clearer north of the Outenikwas but rain up to the Swartberg ranges.  Winds are S to SE. Higher base out that side and once again north of te Sutherland escarpment it is up too 13k… Some CB activity in a few spots too… All in all not the best flying day…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:24 and setting at 19:55. (Day length is 12 hrs 31min)  A windy and rainy day ahead. Probably best used indoors unless you are free-spirited and wild at heart! Go get your toes wet! ;) High tide at 03:23, low tide at 09:33 High tide at 15:43, low tide at 21:47. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool, rainy 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(8 March 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The inland trough still present along the western interior with CB activity along a broad band just north of the southern ranges. But the SAH helping to move in a CF so this system will start to dominate most of the WC throughout the day. The CF expected to reach CT at mid-day with the southern parts late afternoon into the evening. A SW flow along the southern parts with a shallow layer of marine air – sweet to play in I think. The interior still hot with NW winds, but the western side fresh southerlies as the CF moves in. From 6/7k up it is all NW winds with a 70-80kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – It doesnt look promising with the SSE winds deep and strong. A slight wind-shadow but probably not enough for flying. (Wrong - wind-shadow was working!)

RB – If you are not there yet you are missing out! ;) It will be blow out by lunchtime…

PV – Strong southerly winds today with the onset of the CF. Theboundary layer also not high at around 3k so not a good day here…

Wilderness – Things are looking up here with around 10kts of SSW winds expected. Some lower clouds moving in late morning with base around 12/1500’ at Sedge. Still a slight west in it at Sedge but nothing as hectic as yesterday with the cloudiness around. Playable along the coastal cliffs on occasion I think with Sedge also a good bet. If the ocean is capping be wary of Sedge… A chance of some light rain later on. (80% accurate...)

Plett – Looking great for Keurbooms today with probably form 11 till 15:00 on the cards. Uppies also showing signs of being good late morning and early afternoon but from 14:00 there’s a spike of wind at 15kts which could make things a bit interesting – probably due to the CB activity inland I think. Climbs early to 2500’ then cool Q’s will shape up with base between 2500 and 3. Just watch that wind later on. Alos chance of some precipitation later on.

PE and PA with SW winds 15-25kts. Also some CB activity out to sea and just inland.

Inland – The southerly reaching to Calvinia by end of day with the initial NW backing to the SW and then S as the front makes headway. High base still around with 13k out there. CB’s mostly from BW, to the south and east.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:24 and setting at 19:56. (Day length is 12 hrs 33min)  A cooler day with higher clouds and some low ones later on. Still a good day to walk on the beach and get your toes wet! ;) High tide at 02:42, low tide at 08:51 High tide at 15:02, low tide at 21:07. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(7 March 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! That trough in the interior still very active with extreme hot conditions. More CB activity today with active cells from mid-day perhaps form as far south as the Outenikwas going far north beyond our borders. High base inland at 13k plus. NW winds out there 15kts. To the east the IOH with some NE winds along the eastern parts of the WC coast and a slight effect from the SAH on the west coast with fog patches for most of the day and SW flows. From 6k upwards it is all NW winds in most areas all the way to the Tropopause for a 40kts finish.

CT – Hhhmmm SW flows except late late afternoon when a shallow SE comes through. But LH looks SW all day but for the pesky fog…

RB – Again WWB!

PV – Very hot out here with 40 degrees but some amazing flying  - no clouds expected for the PV valley and the boundary layer around the 4/5k level. It will again be a late start with after 13:00 things starting to switch on. SW in the south but more W in the north. Late afternoon sees the stronger SW flow coming through at 15ks average. The convergence position today starts between Eendekuil and Piekeniers kloof pas at 13:00 then trend to the south with 15:00 around the Bumpy peak areas and out into the valley. Climbs here to 7k possible to day. Winds up there W in the low teens in knots. The Cederbergs again very high base with clouds and some OD spots out further west.

Wilderness – A hot humid day with a SW trend. Still a strong inversion present with the upper W to NW winds form the hot inland conditions. A smidgeon of lift at Sedge between 11 and 14:00 by the looks of it. A very shallow layer of some instability up to 1000’ at best I think. The flow is more WSW above the ridge so very different to yesterday. Top landings get bumpy in this direction so be careful. The coast looks like something could come through around mid-day but again it will be on and off wit peaks perhaps just over 10kts SW. Perfect for the coastal gang who likes to hang out at the beach waiting for the winds! ;) (Spot on - strong convergence at Sedge!)

Plett – Aaahhh! A good day here and perhaps worth a drive form Wilderness I think. Keurbooms should work most of the day – from 10 till 15:00. And then Uppies showing SW 10kts with climbs to 3k from 10:30/11:00. Around 14:00 it might drop a tad to 2500’. Robberg with stronger SW but moderating nicely towards Keurbooms.

PE with initial East but by mid-day going SW up to 20kts perhaps. PA with those storng NE winds and the SW only coming in very late early evening.

Inland – A southerly sea-breeze in the south moving up to the Swartbergs but the rest is all W to NW winds. Loads of OD in some spots with CB activity. Super hot conditions out there with many spots at 40 degrees C.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:23 and setting at 19:58. (Day length is 12 hrs 35min)  A hot humid day and perfect for the beach. Small surf too so do go get those toes wet! ;) High tide at 01:59, low tide at 08:07 High tide at 14:18, low tide at 20:26. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot humid 27 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(6 March 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The inland trough along the western part of the WC dominating our weather with a weak influx of the IOH along the southern coasts. Winds are Easterly along the south coast with loads of low clouds around. There’s a small chance of partial clearing in spots but they are tricky to predict. Not far inland it is the opposite with extremely hot conditions and soaring stuff dreams are made of… Upper 30’s in degrees Celsius in most places with base between 12/14k and Q’s just about everywhere. A slight chance of a few CB cells later in the day – some as far south as on the southern coastal mountains. NW winds inland and not too strong either so it is day to go out there and fly if you can. NW all the way to the Tropopause with 40kts finish up there.

CT – Looks like a sweet flying day with light NW-ish winds.

RB – WWB!

PV – It is into orbit day out there today with NW winds and beautiful Q’s at 12k! Light to moderate winds too with only late afternoon some spots with 15-20kts expected. Dasklip, Pampoen fontein and Piekenierskloof pas all good spots – the main action will start after 13:00 when you will get through the morning lower inversion – but then it will all take off! If you can get yourself out there today and break some height gain records. Looks like 40 degrees in the valley though! (Oh and of you want you can go places too!) ;) (Try Piekeniers kloof pass and head straight downwind over the Cederbergs towards Wilderness!)

Wilderness – Aaah.. its all misted up everywhere and stable conditions all around. Sedge might open sporadically with a smidgeon of a titbit of lift but it doesn’t look good at all. The inversion hangin on at around launch height it seems. Strong SE at Buffs but it doesn’t get to Wilderness – seems to stop just on/shy of Gerrickes. Maybe a bench-up possible here if your timing is right? (OK at Sedge between 11 and 12:30)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies showing some climbs to 1500’ at least with SSE winds here 5-10kts maybe. The bay remaining light.

PE and PA with E to NE winds 20-30kts.

Inland – Like I said, a massive heat low around the western part of the WC with awesome soaring conditions – the best I have seen in a long time. Du Toits will be off the scale today with NNW winds up to 10kts with a sweet window of taking off between 11 and 13:00. After that the seabreeze comes through here – but very doable for PG. Just watch the airspace! (head east quickly to escape most of it.) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:22 and setting at 19:59. (Day length is 12 hrs 37min)  A cloudy cool day with the low clouds remaining all day… But do go for that cool walk on the beach and don’t forget to take off your shoes and get those toes wet! ;) High tide at 01:10, low tide at 07:17 High tide at 13:28, low tide at 19:41. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot humid 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))


(5 March 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH usurping the awesome northerly trough air with some cooler maritime inflows as a light CF feathers the southern parts of the WC. Still awesomely high Q’s inland but mostly north of the Swartberg ranges and east of the Olifantsrug ranges. Low clouds along the southern parts with a SW surface flow but this will trend more SE later in the day. Strong SE around CP area. Possible light rain around Agulhas. A coastal low offshore PE areas moving to the NE. The boundary layer around 2-3k along the southern coastal plains, 5k north of there, 10k north of the Swartbergs but 14k north of the Sutherland escarpment. Winds are NW above the inversion with a 60kt finish at the Tropopause.

 CT – Strong SE surface winds but a thick isothermic layer and backing and moderating wind with height so a perfect wind-shadow day all day long it seems.

RB – It is on today with the early morning the best time. Blown out after lunch I think.

PV – A slow start to the day with surface W to SW winds. It veers to the NW with height. It looks like climbs will be restricted to 3500’ initially but then after 14:00 some convergence helping to break through the inversion in a few spots. Notably from Piekenierskloof pass to Eendekuil and North to Skeprheuwel. From 15:00 onwards a notable increase in height gain with over 7k possible in the best spots. Watch the strong wind coming through after 17:30/18:00 20kts plus. Its earlier at PV. The Cederbers going off with awesome Q’s out there… ;)

Wilderness – A cloudy start with that light maritime layer bringing soothing cooler stuff for us to play in. It will probably be sweet coastal soaring in the mid to late morning before it will drop and the more inland sites will switch on proper. Though Sedge probably flyable from early already – looks like a SB pulse around 11/11:30 popping through there but then settling for a sweet remainder of the day. Light sweet XC possible from Serps out to the east of the Hoekwil flats (or along the front ridge to Swartvlei) (Spot on forecast)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms switching on with enough South in it between 11:30 and 13:30. Uppies also OK from late morning with enough south and climbs to 3k perhaps. Light convergence to the south and west of Uppies maybe some short sweet XC possible out there…

PE and PA with SW winds moderating from the west later on. Some rain later too east of PE along the coast. (From that coastal low influence)

Inland – All SSE winds in the south that will penetrate far into the interior to the Sutherland escarpment. Strong at times with over 20kts. NW to the west and north. Aweosme Q’s out there with a continuation of yesterdays good soaring conditions but further inland.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:21 and setting at 19:00. (Day length is 12 hrs 39min)  A cloudy cooler day compared to yesterday. A small sea with small waves. Go either early or late afternoon to catch that low tide. But do go for that cool walk on the beach and don’t forget to take off your shoes and get those toes wet! ;) High tide at 00:02, low tide at 06:09 High tide at 12:25, low tide at 18:49. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(4 Mach 20202) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The Lesotho High in conjunction with a trough along the western side of the WC dominating our weather for a change. A CF making its way towards CT with some increase in the W to NW flow, especially higher up. Winds in general are being channelled from the north down towards the southern coastal regions with super-hot conditions along the southern parts – upper thirties in degrees C. So a very strong inversion forming along the coastal parts as the shallow sea-breeze crawls its way under this towards the mountains. A SW pulse moving up the southern coast form the west but not making too much headway past the GR. Some coastal fog along the west coast. Winds are NW in general with a few coastal shallow exceptions. As the front moves in so the upper winds will increase – 50kts NW at 8/10k and close to 100kts at the Tropopause.

CT – The coastal fog spoiling the fun. If it does clear it might be possible for flying at LH and SH. Lower SW trend but upper more NW. Breezy up there…

RB – WWB today!

PV – Again those W to NW flow pattern with a slow start but picking up strong in the afternoon 15-20kts. Low climbs in the morning with perhaps just above the Mountain top. But a strong convergence line shaping up as the wind flows slightly around the Picketberg mountains – expect it just south of Dasies from 14:00 and moving to the North as the wind in the south is more SW but more NW in the north. Climbs within this area up to 7k. But 15kts winds up there so probably a tad risky. ;)

Wilderness – A clear morning with no wind. Its offshore just above us with those high temps and inversion expected in the area. Probably only after lunch the SW making its appearance from the ocean. Some 20kt spots far out to sea but the forecasts doesn show them to get to the coast. Still a good idea to keep your eyes open. It will probably be soarable along the ocean cliffs sporadically late afternoon most likely. Sedge very inverted but the SW wind starting to make inroads there after mid-day too. Slow-slow increase in the coastal depth with late afternoon climbs to 800’ or so possible. (spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies light NW but as soon as the sea-breeze moves in its very inverted – later perhaps hitting 1000’. Keurbooms a maybe-maybe but the shallow sea-breeze perhaps a tad too south here as it flows through.

PE and PA with E to NE winds up to 20kts.

Inland – Mostly NW winds all the way to the north of the coastal ranges. Some very high bases out there today with exceptional soaring conditions. Probably a bit on the windy side with 15-20kts in most spots. The sea-breeze SW penetrating up the valleys to just past Oudshoorn later in the day. Upper air still NW.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:20 and setting at 19:02. (Day length is 12 hrs 41min)  A fantastic beach day. Don’t waste it. Go get those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 04:24 High tide at 10:50, low tide at 17:35. Max temps for the Wilderness area a very hot 30 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(3 March 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A trough along the western parts with the IOH having a slight effect with a light northerly flow inland. Winds along the South coast a SE trend but in general it is light with Agulhas to CP the exception. The west coast showing a few spots of breezy bits around 20kts NW. No rain expected with mostly a blue day. The boundary layer 1-3k along the southern coast with further inland 7-10k. Winds are light north above the inversion backing to the NNW and then just before the Tropopause it backs all the way to the SW at 40kts.

CT – Loking like a great day for flying with upper N to NW. The surface flow trending more SW and maybe a tad SSW late in the afternoon.

RB – Hhhmmm looks like a stay at home day here…

PV – NW winds today with a strong convergence setting up from Porterville town to Saron. After 15:00 climbs can go to 9k here! It gets a bot breezy during the stronger part of the day 15kts but it does slacken again around 17:00

Wilderness – Ocean mist that should dissipate with a light SE trend. It is one of those days with the strong stuff staying out to sea and not quite getting to Map. ;) Perhaps very late in the day it will move in with more certainty and sweet soaring. Sedge a short window this morning but more east compared to yesterday so perhaps not so good. (It is 20-30kts far out to sea later on) Actuals - the coastal mist dominated all day - few gaps at Sedge)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 2k.

PE and PA with SE getting up to 20kts.

Inland – Mostly light Northerlies but later in the day the SSE will penetrate to the Swartbergs. 7-10k climbs in th northerly part. Mostly 10 – 15kts in the north…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:19 and setting at 19:03. (Day length is 12 hrs 44min)  A misty morning but it should clear by mid-day for a sweet afternoon on the beach. A bit windy perhaps later on but enjoy the low tide at just after 15:00 and get those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 02:30 High tide at 9:03, low tide at 15:49, high at 22:14. Max temps for the Wilderness area another 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(2 March 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A trough line from east to west along the southern interior dictating our WC weather. Again CB activity inland and especially to the east. Some low level moisture along the southern coastal regions with low cloud which should see a sweet shallow layer of instability shaping up there to play in. A few fog patches along the west coast with partial clearing. The boundary layer at 2-3k along the southern coastal areas, 5/6k along the first mountain ranges ten 8-9k just inland form there but 12k around the Sutherland escarpment areas. Beautiful Q’s in most areas with a few spots of OD and CB’s. Wind low down a SE trend but some SW variations. From 5k upwards there is a distinct SW turn and then it remains SW all the way to the Tropopause with a 65k finish up there.

CT – If the fog clears it should be another sweet day here. Strong SE winds at CP but it curls nicely in for a SW flow around the SH areas. Later on the SE could penetrate anytime after lunch to spoil the fun.

RB – Another flyable day with mid-day onwards it being strong enough.

PV – A lower SW start at 5kts but a strong finish at 15kts. Climbs not the best at initially mountain top height then going to 4/5k at a push after 14:00. The convergence setting up over Eendekuil today from 15:00 onwards with the area from there to the pass and Skerpheuwel the hot spots. Climbs to 5k here but a bit more in the wind at 15k. Further inland over the Cederbergs some sweet Q’s at 9k… ;)

Wilderness – Looks like a great morning with a light SSW trend slightly more SSE just above. The clouds should start to clear by mid-moring with some good thermic flying at Sedge and Serps. Base probably at 1500’ to 2k maybe. Sedge climbs looking to cap at times to 1k… The coastal cliffs probably on and off but light and teasing stuff I think. Map later in the day a slight possibility – worth keeping tabs on that. There's a slight chance of some precipitation but I think if any it will mainly be on the mountains... (Sedge and Serps awesome for almost allday!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a maybe at Keurbooms if it is south enough (maybe around mid-day) But Uppies the place to be with the clouds breaking up and base rising from 2500’ to over 4k at the peak time. Initial SSW going SSE winds 10 to maybe 15k at most.

PE and PA with a localised low circulation just offshore but its deep enough to cause some good rain and CB activity out there. The winds at PE onshore with SW initial but then going more SE later as the low starts to fill in. PA similar.

Inland – S to SW winds all the way up pas Sutherland. Its good day at Graafies I think but watch for a few CB cells out that way. High base with excellent climbs. The Swartbergs also with cool Q’s but for a tad too strong winds later in the day – 20kts SSW!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:19 and setting at 19:04. (Day length is 12 hrs 46min)  A cloudy morning but these will clear by late morning. So a great day to go to the beach from lunch time onwards. Enjoy the low tide at just after 14:00 and get those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 01:24 High tide at 7:53, low tide at 14:18, high at 20:33. Max temps for the Wilderness area another 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(1 March 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The active trough inland of the west coast dominating the WC weather. The IOH and SAH more distant and a secondary effect. Strong CB activity inland starting as early as 9 in the moring around Sutherland and reaching as far  south as the Swartbergs perhaps late afternoon. A very broad band effected inland with these rain juggenauts today. Along the coast the easterly wind is accelerated by this trough with strong winds around PE, Agulhas and CP but it doesn’t quite make the sharp turn around the Cape Peninsula so the LH areas and up the west coast are spared with light winds. The boundary layer around 1-3k along the southern coast areas, 4/5k north of the first ranges and then beyond the Swartberg more than 10k. The wet coast areas 4/5k except within the convergence zones where 7-10k become possible. General east lower down, backing to the west above 6k then a late further backing to the SW with a 60kts finish up at the Tropopause.

CT – Another sweet day ahead with flying till dark. Probably a SW trned at launch but the wind-shadow very active. A strong inversion present so perhaps not such high climbs expected.

RB – It looks like a teasing day to me with the wind at mid-day and later almost getting there – probably sporadic soaring I think.

PV – A super swet day ahead with light W to SW winds 5-10kts. General climbs to 4/5k along the mountains but look out for the convergence starting around 14:00 at Bumpy peak, stretching out to Pickerberg. Out in the valley climbs possible to 7k then.  ;)

Wilderness – The strong stuff mostly passing us out to sea with some lighter Southerly flow for the morning mostly. Its pretty inverted but I do spot a tad of instability up to perhaps 1000’ at Sedge so late morning there would be good until the more easterly component spoils the fun after lunch I think. The coast too light and Map also offering only foefies. Even Buffs looking to start at mid-day only. Serpentine could be fun with flights to the Map on the cards… (Sedge on but scratcy and climbs to max 300' ATO)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness… Uppies showing up to 1500’ Light in the bay most of the day.

PE and PA with East winds of 30kts plus from early on…

Inland – SE at the first range but veering to the west in the Oudshoorn valley and northwards. The southerly will penetrate inland to just north of the Swartbergs. CB activity northwards of the Swartberg with very high bases – 10-13k. The surface winds not too strong with mostly 10-15k on the cards.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:18 and setting at 19:05. (Day length is 12 hrs 48min)  A beautiful sunny with a very light SE breeze. It’s a perfect day for the beach from early until late. Enjoy the low tide time at just after 13:00 and get those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 00:43 High tide at 7:07, low tide at 13:21, high at 19:32. Max temps for the Wilderness area just a cool 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(29 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH still active but shaping up with more of an extended ridge along the eastern parts and with more of a NE component in the eastern interior. Still those strong winds along the southern parts but with a bit more of a NE upper part so there’s more protection over CT areas as the heavy stuff slides past CP. The boundary layer around 2/3k along the southern areas, 5/6k inland of the mountains with a jump at the Sutherland Escarpment to 11k. A slight chance of some rain from CB in the far NE (Aliwal North areas) Out along the west coast with the offshore trend still a very high boundary layer with a few Q’s over the Cederberg at 10k. Winds are ESE along the coast, E to NE inland. Again above the inversion it backs quickly to the west with a steady increase with height and a 80-110kts finish up at the Tropopause.

CT – CP with over 30kts but there’s a definitive drop in wind from just 1k around CT area and it backs to the ENE. So sweet flying around the LH and SH areas today with the wind-shadow in full effect. Even some instability at mid-day with climbs to 3/4k possible?

RB – Its looking like the Southerly does not quite make it out here for most of the day. But its thermic with high climbs so maybe…

PV – A storng East surface trend and Picketberg should work unitl after lunch I think. A surface SSW along the PV ranges so it might be launchable at times but its def East from mountain top height and above. Its not strong up there so that’s good. But I would check out Piekenierskloof pass and head out to the top of the Skerp heuwel Plateau. There’s convergence up here with climbs possible to 10k! And light winds up there too! :))

Wilderness – Looks like those strong ESE winds still around but with a bit more of a break this morning. Get out early because by mid-day it will be blow out. (Some spots say earlier but I hope its not!) ;) (Strong gradient at Map with light winds going too strong in 10min!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness… Def too much east in it and strong by 11…

PE and PA with East winds of 20kts plus from early on…

Inland – It is ESE all the way up to the Sutherland Escarpment and north of there its more NE. Nothing too strong with peaks of perhaps 15kts otherwise 10kts or so. CB in the far NE section, otherwise a blue day mostly.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:17 and setting at 19:07. (Day length is 12 hrs 50min)  A sunny but cool and windy day. Try get out early before the wind gets too strong and go for a walk with the wind on your back. Oh yes, and do remember to get those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 00:11 High tide at 6:33, low tide at 12:41, high at 18:51. Max temps for the Wilderness area another cool and windy 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(28 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! That SAH really showing its muscle with strong easterlies all over the WC. Still quite a bit of moisture along the southern parts with rain expected until mid-day then drying somewhat form the west. Over 30kts at CP and along the west coast The boundary layer around 2/3k along the southern parts, up to 5/6k north of the first ranges rising steadily until the Sutherland escarpment where it climbs to just over 10k. The west coast with the offshore flow its high too at around the 7k mark. Winds back to the west from 10k upwards with a 75kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Very strong and deep SE today. Instability to 4/5k Some cloud on TM which will probably dry out later but all not good news for flying. No wind-shadow around to day by the looks of things…

RB – Ranging between flyable and blown out most of the day – if you are early you could probably play on the eastern section of the hill…

PV – All easterly winds and breezy so its Picketberg that will work for the day. Even so it will probably be on the limits for the experienced pilots only… Climbs to around 7k possible.

Wilderness – Looks like strong east winds with rain in the morning but by mid-day the rain should start to clear but of course the winds are up strong by then. ;) You might get a gap early on around Buffs if the rain gives you a break. Maybe, maybe, Map… (Spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA again with a lighter SSE on the cards around 10-15kts. But with rain…

Inland – Its all east to SE winds to north of Sutherland even. Cloudy in the southern parts but clearly as we move to the north. Windy with over 20kts in most places today. Even a spot of rain around in the little Karoo…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:16 and setting at 19:08. (Day length is 12 hrs 52min)  A cloudy, rainy and windy day so no the best for lying on the beach but still great for a down-wind walk. No excuse to get those toes wet. Do it at mid-day to miss the rain and get the low tide. ;) High tide at 6:04, low tide at 12:09, high at 18:18. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool and windy 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(27 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing in the CF over the entire WC. Southerly winds with a few variations everywhere except in the far north where it will be west. Low cloud with rain along the southern parts but clear in the west. Theboundary layer low along the southern parts at 2k but base rising to 4/5k north of the first mountains and then up to 13k north of the Sutherland escarpment. Rain inland mostly around Graafies region and eastwards from there. Winds trend easterly up to 8k where it goes west and increases in strength to the Tropopause for a 90kts finish.

CT – Strong SE today with cloud at TM top level. IT does not look like a wind-shadow day with no drop in wind strength with height and no inversion present.

RB – This is an early morning day for here with increasing in the day and probably blown out. Some signs of a moderation again later in the afternoon but it might not appear in the area…

PV – Very southerly along the surface with an east trend higher up. Breezy too with 15-20kts in places. Climbs are up to 4/5k. Some convergence in the Renoster hoek end but the upper air is easterly so probably quite bumpy once you get above the mountain tops. Climbs here possible to 6k but its east at 10-15kts up there…

Wilderness – A rainy morning with a similar forecast for the whole day. Winds is southerly mostly up to 10kts probably and it might be possible to fly in between gaps of the rain. (No rain tuntill mid afternoon with great flying in the moring at Sedge and the coast from mid-day)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms showing the right wind around lunch time if the rain allows. Base around 2k with tops around 6/7k.

PE and PA again with SW 20kts plus…

Inland – All Southerly winds up to North of Sutherland escarpment where the west will take over and also some high base – 13k. In the C fair to the south it is 5/6k base with clouds to past the Swartbergs. Rain mostly around Graafies area but fingers crossed it is more wide spread. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:15 and setting at 19:09. (Day length is 12 hrs 54min)  A cloudy, rainy day for the beach with onshore winds. Put on a rain coat and go get those toes wet – best time at mid-day to get the low tide. ;) High tide at 5:37, low tide at 11:40, high at 17:49, Low tide at 23:43. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(26 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominant over the entire WC with another CF approaching us – should make landfall in and around Agulhas this afternoon. For the remainder its all Southerly winds with some SW components in places along the southern and west coast parts but it is more West inland and even NW far north of us. Also some CB activity along the west stretching down to past Sutherland and then eastwards past Graafies. Even as far south as the Swartbergs later on. Base to the north is over 13k but much less to the south – the coastal regions hanging around 1500’ and up to 5k along the first mountain ranges. It is westerly higher up and then NW 60ks at the Tropopause.

CT – A strong SSE day with the winds going west above TM top height. The wind-shadow should be effective though smaller than usual according to RASP. However the coastal fog might put a damper on things…

RB – It starts of light but form mid-day it should pick-up with a strong afternoon finish.

PV – Another day of sweet SW lower layers that tends a tad more southerly late afternoon. 5-10kts in the moring but there’s that storng 15-20kts late afternoon breeze again. Climbs start late from 12:30 to 13:00 with 4 perhaps 5k possible. The convergence setting up over Eendekuil from 15:00 stretching to the pass but it quickly moves to the north – from Skerpheuwel at 16:00. Climbs in here possible to 7k.

Wilderness – IT looks like a great morning with a strong SW wind with all the coastal spots firing away, then it drops at mid-day. By 15:00 some nice clouds should move in with Sedge firing up – base around 1500’ and it should be good flying according to the forecasts. (Just watch the coastal wind – if it does drop then game on!) ;) (Spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a strong WSW start but it will gradually moderate and by lunchtime Keurbooms should switch on for an amazing afternoon flying session I think. Uppies with climbs to 3k on the cards but also better later on when the wind backs a bit more and moderates.

PE and PA again with SW 20-30kts…

Inland – All SW winds up to North of the Swartbegr where it starts to veer to the W and then WNW from Sutherland and further North. Base very high out there but around 5/6k in the south. CB activity north of the Swartberg ranges mostly – it is wide spread from the east to the west. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:14 and setting at 19:10. (Day length is 12 hrs 57min)  Another awesome sunny day, with a strong SW start but mid-day it drops and becomes light for the rest fo the day. A great day to spend on the beach none the less. Go for midday for a sweet low tide get your toes wet! ;) High tide at 5:10, low tide at 11:12, high at 17:21, Low tide at 23:17. Max temps for the Wilderness area another hot 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(25 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A heat low with the centre east of CT dominating most of the WC weather. The winds are curling around this point with SE trend along the southern coast, curling around CP and then Westerly along the southern West coast with NW further N. Windy bergy conditions inland and along the northern parts of the west coast with over 30kts and 40 degrees C NW here. No rain and or clouds except for the far north inland with high base over 13k. Just inland form the south coast the winds are also N to NW with a slow increase in strength with height. A strong inversion along the southern coastal areas with nothing going over 500’. On the first mountain ranges with the NW winds around 20kts at the tops climbs go to 10k. It remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 30-50kts finish.

CT – IT could be a good for flying with a WSW surface component and WNW higher up. 15kts at 2k. It doesn’t look very bergy here to me.

RB – WWB!

PV – IT looks bergy here to me with strong NW winds all day. 20kts on average. But there is a convergence setting up between Dassies and PV with climbs to 10k possible around 14:00! (If only you flew a hangie) ;)

Wilderness – A very inverted day expected with light onshore flows – just enough to tease you – all S to SE in direction. Stronger winds out to sea between Gerrickes and eastwards to Knysna, perhaps Buffs could offer something also. The inland sights inverted with light teasing stuff too. (Spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA with 20 – 30kts NE to E winds.

Inland – All N to NW winds with stronger stuff to the west and NW sections. During the hottest parts climbs can exceed 10k in most inland spots but the wind up there is all 20kts plus NW. Upper thirties in most areas…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:13 and setting at 19:12. (Day length is 12 hrs 58min)  A really great day for the beach with light winds and hot temps. Go for late morning for a sweet low tide and get your toes wet! ;) High tide at 4:43, low tide at 10:46, high at 16:54, Low tide at 22:50. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(24 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating with a ridg along the southern parts and a trough along the west coast. Winds are SE along the southern parts, fairly light but strong towards CP. It is more southerly along the west coast. A blue day mostly with no clouds. Some CB’s far north in Namibia. The boundary layer around the 1/2k mark near the coast but 3/4k along the first mountain ranges and then slightly more further inland. Winds go North at 5k but then SW from around 12k with a 20kts SW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A sweet wind-shadow day today with the strong SE confined to CP for most of the day, coming through to CT late afternoon. Even then it is light higher up with an inversion by then. Should be good all day.

RB – Again a chance maybe later in the day.

PV – A sweet SW lower layers day with climbs to 4k in general. Piekeniers kloof the best spot to head to Skerpheuwel where there is some convergence from the peak and back on the plateau with climbs to 7k possible… Winds are ENE higher up. After 17:00 watch for the strong SW coming through with 20kt peaks.

Wilderness – A slow light start but with the SE slowly picking up throughout the day. Map should be flyable in the afternoon. Gerrickes and Buffs are also on in the late morning but so is Sedge and Serps with enough south in it with climbs to 1000’. By lunchtime the East will probably spoil things a bit. (Spot on but strong ESE later in the day)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing promise with climbs to 2k and a SSE winds of less than 10kts during the late morning. It goes more East later on.

PE and PA again with S to SE winds 10-15kts.

Inland – SE winds in the south which go to light North in the north. All in all a pleasant day inland with no strong winds expected but also thermic climbs not that high either with 10k over Sutherland with WNW winds 10kts and 8k south of there with East winds 10kts.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:12 and setting at 19:13. (Day length is 13 hrs zero min)  Another awesome sunny day, a tad cool in the ocean breeze but a great day to spend on the beach none the less. Go for late morning for a sweet low tide get your toes wet! ;) High tide at 4:16, low tide at 10:20, high at 16:26, Low tide at 22:25. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(23 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF having run over the entire WC leaving cooler air behind. The SAH helping with an easterly flow form the surface to around 10k – a few variations around – SE along the southern parts and later in the day more southerly along the west coast with some spots really strong of 30kts out there. A few spots of rain inland around the Graafies area for the moring but drying quickly for the rest of the day. Few clouds around but for the GR region perhaps. The boundary layer around 2-3k near the coast, 4/5k along the first mountains but on the west coast with the easterly flow some spots over 7k. The wind remains east until about 10k where it veers to the south and remains south all the way to the Tropopause at 60kts.

CT – Its E to SE and breezy with 30kts later in the day. Not much of an inversion so the wind-shadow not shaping up to what its supposed to be. A slight appearance according to RASP but none from the others. Its pretty east with height which might help.

RB – A chance maybe later in the day but surprising light earlier on and very east.

PV – All easterly flows so Picketberrg the best bet. It looks strong there for the moring but around 13:00 dying down with a window until 16:00 perhaps where it goes more SSE. Pretty high climbs possible after 13:00…

Wilderness – A cool SE on the cards with most forecasts indicating it will hold until around lunchtime. Strong likelihood of it blowing out early afternoon. Buffs will work in the morning and possibly Gerrickes for a bench-up. Sedge and Serps indicating erly climbs to 3k but its very east so probably not really worth a try… (Perfect Map day with just too strong by  12:00 - but so boyant with hgih climbs!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – ESE winds up to 15kts later on. Uppies showing climbs to just over 3k 10-15kts.

PE and PA with S to SE winds 10-15kts.

Inland – All easterlies with parts in the far north over 20kts. No clouds around and that wind pattern the same – east then south around 10k… most of the WC areas climbs far inland up to 8k perhaps.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:12 and setting at 19:14. (Day length is 13 hrs 02 min)  A sunny day but somewhat cooler with fresh SE winds later on. So do get out to the beach early today and go get your toes wet early! ;) High tide at 3:48, low tide at 09:52, high at 15:57, Low tide at 21:59. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(22 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today the SAH is pushing up a CF onto the WC – its already touching CT area and also the Overberg with rain. This will spread up the coast during the course of the day reaching the GR area after lunch. Winds are generally SW but will vary in spots – CT backing to the SE later again and a tad more West in laces along the southern coastal region. The boundary layer varying with higher clouds initially but dropping significantly as the front moves in. 4/5k along the first ranges then upwards to 7-8k a tad further inland with the clouds drying soon after the Swartbergs and beyond. In the far north mush higher base and a strong chance of CB activity in the NE areas. The winds remains SW to 10k then goes more W with a WSW finish of 60-100kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Some cloud around already with winds initially westerly but it will trend more southerly later on. Probably best to get flying early before the lower cloud or rain moves in. The wind-shadow seems to shape up late afternoon but the winds seems strong throughout to 4k so keep a good watch on it. ;)

RB – Looks like the late afternoon might see a strong Southerly moving in for some playing out here…

PV – A very southerly wind day and breezy as well. Its 10kts going 15-20 later on with climbs to 4k (RASP says some flat Q’s at 4k) Even down by Piekeniers pass it still is ver southerly and strong – some convergence out in the Renosterhoek corner but to me it looks a tad on the cross windy side… :)

Wilderness – Not what I expected form yesterday report with the sweet SW now looking as if it might be gust and playing on and off with us until later when the rain arrives. 5-10kts with even a bit of West in it on occasion along the Wilderness coast however, there's strong winds out to sea so keep an eye out for any  strong wind signs on the water and land BEFORE it gets to you! (Forecasts show it not moving in untill the afternoon). Maybe it’s all wrong and we got to have awesome flying until the rain moves in later today. :)) (Actuals was an awesome moring till around 13:00 of coastal flying - then on and off and rain by 15:00)

Plett – A chance of Keurbooms working early on but by 10:30/11 the wind goes too west and picks up a bit. Uppies climbs to 3k but also from 11 onwards getting very strong.

PE and PA with strong SW winds up to 30kts!

Inland – SW winds moving far inland with rain up to the Swartbergs later on. Late afternoon the winds picks up 20-30kts in places… CB activity in the NE areas from Graafies and De Aar and eastwards.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:11 and setting at 19:15. (Day length is 13 hrs 04 min)  A cloudy day with chances of rain and stronger SW winds from mid-day onwards. Its best to go get your toes wet early! ;) High tide at 3:18, low tide at 09:24, high at 15:27, Low tide at 21:32. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(21 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF moving up to Maputo while the two HP systems are jostled either side of the country. The GR area right in between making for some lighter winds in that area (Col) a NE to East flow in the east and a SW in the west. Some CB activity inland with rain, mostly in the eastern parts with the west dry. Again the boundary layer varied with 1k near the coast but rising quickly to 5k along the mountain ranges of the south and similar on the west. Further inland it goes to 6/7k and then that jump near the Sutherland Escarpment to 12/13k. Its all N to WNW winds higher up with a 60kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A SSW wind for the day but it trend west with height so it might be better than anticipated. Instability to 2k with some local acceleration around the corners of SH and LH – 15-20kts perhaps which can effect things a bit.

RB – Maybe in the very late afternoon enough of a SSE push could come through  but it is on the boarder of the SW side also…

PV – A swet day I think with a 5kts start and climbs to just shy of 5k it seems to remain SW till late but there’s some strong winds  on the surface up to 20kts in spots. The convergence today setting up over Eendekuil from 14:30 onwards propagating towards the Renosterhoek area – climbs here perhaps over 6k possible…

Wilderness – A light S to SE day with winds up to 15kts in the east later on. Map probably lightly soarable for most of the day. Sedge and Serps also probably offering something in the late morning especially before the east could throw a spanner in the works a bit. Climbs to 1k perhaps near the coast. (Spot on but Sedge working far into the afternoon with no wind around Wilderness for the most part)

Plett – Very similar to the Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 1700. SE winds all day here…

PE and PA with strong E to NE winds around 20kts.

Inland – It is a day to be flying the coastal mountains ranges with most regions showing SW to S winds with spots going to 15kts later in the day. Climbs to 5k most places. Further inland initially light Northerlies but trending NW. Q’s mostly in the south and then the Eastern inland parts where the CB cells will be active. In the right spot could be epic! :)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:10 and setting at 19:16. (Day length is 13 hrs 07 min)  A light sunny SE day with a morning low tide making it the perfect time to be on the beach and getting your toes wet! ;) High tide at 2:44, low tide at 08:51, high at 14:55, Low tide at 21:03. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cooler 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(20 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A CF moving on over the WC with the IOH pushing in hard behind it. Strong SW winds with rain along the southern parts with a south along the west coast. Cloud base gets higher quickly as you move inland but much lower compared to yesterday with up to the Swartberg and just north of that base is around 5k. But up to 10k at the Sutherland Escarpment still. Broad region of CB activity inland with rain covering most of the inland regions. Winds are all westerly up to 60kts at the Tropopause.

CT – A very cloudy southerly day with no dropping in strength with height even if there is an inversion present later on. It’s a southerly day with the surface flow around SH and LH SSW and 20kts along the shorefront. Some signs of less wind at launch but it looks to be hard from the left so dubious looking all day long.

RB – It seems a great early morning session to be had here and it might last all day long though it’s a strong finish at the end of the day…

PV – Perhaps too southerly with even SE at mountain top height at PV for it to be a comfortable day. It gets strong later too with 15 and even 20kts spots. Climbs to 4k but Pickenierskloof looking better with more SW direction here and some convergence along the Renosterhoek ranges later in the day.

Wilderness – Windy westerly start with some low cloud around. This will unfortunately thicken as the morning progresses with rain by mid-day. A chance for the wind to back to the SW late morning and moderate a bit but mostly only in the Wilderness corner. It remains more WSW above so not the best outlook today. (Spot on - rain at lunch time with spotty SW winds earlier)

Plett – Very similar to the Wilderness….

PE and PA with strong SW winds 20-30kts.

Inland – Rain setting in along the mountains with even CB activity as far south as the Swartbergs. But more CB’s further north. SW winds that veer to the West as you move further inland.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:09 and setting at 19:17. (Day length is 13 hrs 09 min)  Strong westerly winds with rain and lowering clouds at mid-day. Its time to put on the beany and get those toes wet early before the rain! ;) High tide at 2:05, low tide at 08:11, high at 14:17, Low tide at 18:30. Max temps for the Wilderness area a windy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(19 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH and SAH helping to accelerate the wind around the southern parts of a trough and low running down the west coast. A few coastal fog patches around west and south coasts but in general looking like a good day for flying in most places. The boundary layer varied again with 1-2k near the coast, around 4/5k at the first mountain ranges then climbing quickly to 10-13k further inland. Winds are SE along the coast but N to NW inland and higher up. A 90kts finish NW at the Tropopause.

CT – A light moderate SW day around LH and SH with instability to around 2k initially. Looks good all day – some winds at CP but it seems to curl around the Peninsula sweetly.

RB – It just doesn’t seem to kick into gear here all day long.

PV – A sweet west wind 5kts going SW later mostly 5-10kts but a few spots showing 15kts. Clmbs around 4k but the convergence looks to be setting up between Picketberg and Dassies from 14:30 moving slightly northwards to Bumpy by 16:00 with climbs in here perhaps as high as 8k… NW winds higher up. Some awesome Q’s out in the Cederberg today…

Wilderness – A rather misty start but it should clear up nicely with light SSE winds initially gong more SE later on. Sedge and Serps might offer something early to late morning with climbs to 1000’. Buffs will be excellent from early I think. And Map showing some promise late morning but then dying again for the afternoon according to one of my Apps. ;) (Actuals, misty with light winds everywhere even Buffs. Sedge worked a bit as forecasted - CB's late afternoon over Oudshoorn!)

Plett – Very similar to the Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs early to 1500 but SSE winds but then dropping quickly to a 1000 and less… Keurbooms too much east in it.

PE and PA with strong E to NE winds around 30kts.

Inland – light N winds that will trend to the NW later with the south winds penetrating as far as Oudshoorn late afternoon. For the rest it is looking like a cracking flying day out there with some great Q’s between 10-13k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:08 and setting at 19:19. (Day length is 13 hrs 11 min)  A light SE morning but picking up in the mid afternoon with a chance of rain. A fairly strong swell so be careful of strong rip currents and beach washes. So get out early and get those toes wet! ;) High tide at 1:12, low tide at 07:19, high at 13:28, Low tide at 19:50. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warmish 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(18 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF way up into Mozambique... The IOH dominating with an easterly flow pattern along most of the WC – only on the west coast it is Southerly and far inland there is a NW trend. Still some moisture and rain around along the southern parts but it does get less as the day progresses. The boundary layer varied but it gets high pretty quickly – 1-3k along the coast, but 5k at the first mountains – quickly up to 10k from there and 13k over the Sutherland escarpment and further N. Winds go NW from 6/7k and finishes with 90kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – A clear morning with strong SE at CP which is slow to move onto the northern Peninsula. IT gets lighter and more east with height here. The winds at SH and LH initially with a light SW trend and slightly more out to sea but it looks like the wind-shadow will perk up and be more effective in the later afternoon.

RB – Another mid-day start and probably blown out by late afternoon…

PV – an inverted start with things only taking off after mid-day around PV with SW 5kts wind and S 10kts later in the day. But the Piekeniers kloof pass in a better position with some convergence once again on the platau and on towards Renoster Hoek area. Possible climbs here to 7k or more. The deeper Cederbergs with up 10k (or more in places today – NW winds up there)

Wilderness – Again partly cloudy with some rain in places. (Mosselbay area in the mist with rain). Locally its more clear with no rain and a fresh to strong SE on the cards for today. Its very east and over 10kts from early on so it does not look great for and early flight at Sedge or Serps. Even those coastal spots favouring a bit more south in the SE winds are hard pushed for the morning. Most apps show Map blown out by mid-day and possibly even earlier. (Lets hope they are wrong!) ;) So get out there early if you want some flying. (Strong SE winds from early on - good HG weather)

Plett – Very similar to the Wilderness forecast. Upies showing climbs early to 4k but with strong east winds. Then it drops to just over 2k still with strong Easts… Strong ESE winds in the bay over 25kts on the cards at times.

PE and PA with fresh also 25kts plus East winds.

Inland – Easterlies for the most part except in the far west where it starts to veer to the south and eventually SW and even NW once further N. Some CB activity in the far eastern parts but a slither of a chance to have some over the Sutherland Escarpment by late afternoon. Some good looking clouds around especially in the southern parts and far North.  

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:07 and setting at 19:20. (Day length is 13 hrs 13 min)  A strong SE wind day so get to the beach early if you can for less wind. Moderate swell of 2m but do go get those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 06:03, high at 12:21, Low tide at 18:55. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(17 February 2020)

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing the CF onto the entire WC with CB activities far inland and rain along the southern coastal regions today. SW winds backing to the SE for the South coast areas, SE to South along the west, S to SW inland with a boundary layer ranging from 2k along the coast to 12/13k along the Sutherland Escarpment. The winds is NW above 8/9k with a 112kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Some cloud around which i predicted to dissipate. Fresh SE winds that are pretty deep today but it does back to the east with height. Some indications for a wind-shadow during the morning but this will erode away in the afternoon so keep tabs on it.

RB – A mid-day start but probably blown out by late afternoon…

PV – Some strong Southerly winds around 15kts most of the day except in the far north around Piekenierskloof pass and beyond where it seems to remain lighter and more SW for most of the day. Probably more flyable here than PV area. Climbs to 5k possible here with a light convergence along the Renosterhoek ranges.  The wind backs to the south at 5k.

Wilderness – A partly cloudy start with W going SW winds – probably enough to be soarable along the ocean cliffs around 9/10 from where it will die down and go more S and eventually light SSE. Sedge will work later on but quite a bit of wet grounds around so nothing spectacular – probably a sweet thermic day for students. That being said there is more rain on the cards for later again so flying will obviously depend on that. (Rain inland only with the coast remaining SSW and no sign of the SE - else spot on.)

Plett – Very similar to the Wilderness forecast. With Keurboom switching on from late morning mid-day. Uppies with SW around 10kts with base up to 3k, lowering again to 2 later on. Also that chance of rain so it does depend.

PE and PA with fresh SW winds all day – 20kts plus.

Inland – Southerly winds around 10kts, all the way up to the Sutherland escarpment where it goes NW around 15kts. Base along the Outenikwas 3-4k with the Oudshoorn side 5k and north of the Swartberg going to 8/9k but 12k north of the Sutherland areas. A broad NW/SE band of strong CB activity moving to the NE from Graafies to reach Aliwal North late afternoon. Its clear in the west.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:06 and setting at 19:21. (Day length is 13 hrs 15 min)  A SW going SE day with rain. But my guess is that the morning is better with clearer skies and then rain again later on. If you are vigilant you can find the gaps and spend a great afternoon on the beach. Go get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 04:20, high at 10:47, Low tide at 17:36, high tide at 23:53. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(16 February 2020) 

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! That cut off low on the west coast dissipating as a CF approaches helped along by a strong SAH system. Very strong NW winds just about everywhere with the exception along the GR coast with some low level shelter from the mountains. But even here erratic winds on the cards. Loads of moisture flowing in from the north in the mid-levels so a strong chance of wide spread CB activity over the entire inland areas - base arouund 12k mostly. Some even making it to the GR coast in the mid to later part of the afternoon. Its not really a flying day any where in the WC today… NW all the way up to the Tropopause where it finishes at 120kts.

CT – Strong NW winds with a strato-cu layer around 2-3k for parts of the day. It might be doable for the hangies if there's a gap in the clouds but even for them it will be strong so be vigilant. IT could however be n epic 12 Apostle flight day… ;)

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – Here too those pesky strong NW winds around making it not a good idea to fly… 20kts plus on average I think. And even if you do find a sheltered spot to launch from think carefully as the winds are very strong not so far above your head! Lol

Wilderness – A NW start to the day with some mid-level strato-Q’s as well. Some pretty hot temps forecasted for Wilderness today which usually signals some offshore flow and Katabatic heating – not good for flying. Most apps show varying winds for the GR area but it seems to indicate a mix between a strong SW pulse from a coastal low moving in around 12/13:00 mixed in with the strong upper NW - this at times backs westerly along our coastline. Later on with some rain on the cards these can also add to the mix of surface airflow so a complex day - perhaps not the best day to be out flying. Having said that it is possible for something usable along the coastal cliffs at midday if your timing is right! ;) (Remaining within the very shallow layer on the surface along the low cliffs of CP best bet - you can use the ocean for early tell tale signs of changes, well most of the times anyway!) ;). But be vigilant! (Spot on!)

Plett – Very similar to the Wilderness forecast. I would stay away from the inland sites today.

PE and PA looks to be remaining in the varying offshore flow department with N to NW winds most of the time – 5-15kts. Also possible CB activity.

Inland – Strong NW winds of around 20kts in most places with a high probability of CB activity all over the WC area. That SW penetrating from the coast mostly in the Overberg areas to just beyond the first mountain ranges from the looks of it.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:05 and setting at 19:22. (Day length is 13 hrs 17 min)  A varying wind day to spend on the beach. The Wilderness corner the best spot – sheltered from most of the gusts - low tide just after mid-day so go get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 02:47, high at 09:17, Low tide at 15:58, high tide at 22:09. Max temps for the Wilderness area up to 31 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(15 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with the Lesotho inland high and a trough along the central parts. To the west is a cut-off low but its far offshore so no real effect at this stage form it. Super hot temps inland and on the west coast with some chance of wide spread CB activity inland. Also some very high bases around with 14k on the cards and more in many parts. Winds along the south coast is SSE but will trend more SE later on. A few spots going over 20kts. Still some unstable air around so good flying to be had on the southern parts in the shallow layer – still early morning low clouds around. Along the first mountains the boundary layer around 3/4k. But inland it jumps to 10 and 12k quickly. The wind backs to the NW with hight to finish at the Tropopause at 50kts NW.

CT – SE over 30kts later on but in a very shallow layer so a great wind-shadow day on the cards. Strong inversion present with light winds above 2k.

RB – Picking up during the day with mid-day probably soarable but bumpy and then finishing very strong late evening with a chance of it being blown out.

PV – Very hot (over 40 in the North!) with a slow start and W to NW flow here. It picks up with a storng SW flow lower down later in the afternoon. It looks like some mid-day convergence over the top and north of the Piekenierskloof pass setting up over the mountains. Also at 17:00 form Dassies to Picketberg. These areas could get you very high – one model shows 13k! But otherwise it is hard to break through the inversion wiith just over the tops of the peaks possible. Over the back into the Cederbergs it is very good with 13k out there. (Probably a few lost q’s high up to be seen) ;)

Wilderness – Perhaps a bit more in the SE department to yesterday. Still some sweet instability but get out early before the SE spoils it a bit I think. 15-20kts around Buffs and Gerrickes later on. This wind doesnt seem to get to Map so it might be a bit frustrating here today… Climbs to 2k possible at Sedge and Serps (Airspace at Serps is 1500!) early on and I guess it’s a great day to do the classic Serps to Map flight. (Spot on but for a longer window of flying weather at Sedge)

Plett – More east here so Up[pies not too good – maybe the thermals will pull it up straight enough to get going but the drift is all SE. 2k possible here too but Keurbooms looks to be remaining too easterly.

PE and PA all east winds with a 20kt plus end to the day.

Inland – Light inland flows, generally North but southerly in the south later on. Its NW above the Sutherland escarpment. CB cells in most places even as far south as Willowmore late afternoon. Some super high base in places today… WNW winds up there…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:04 and setting at 19:23. (Day length is 13 hrs 19 min)  A great day to spend on the beach with the sun breaking through the low clouds and low tide just after mid-day a must go get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 01:42, high at 08:10, Low tide at 14:36, high tide at 20:44. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(14 February 2020)

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A light CF moving into CT today with only a slight chance at rain along the Overberg. Some good instability around with the boundary layer 4-6k in most places along the coastal plateau’s. Some coastal fog along the west coast and a few spots and low clouds in the south. Winds in general are southerlies with a veering to the West as we move to the north. Its WNW northwards from the Sutherland Escarpment. No inland CB activity but a few high Q’s out here at 14k or so. Winds go W from8k upwards with a 60ktsNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Another low cloud start with S winds. It should rise enough for flying with a slight wind-shadow and a SW shore component. It depends on how strong it will get there so onsite call I think.

RB – It could be a sweet end to the day – lightish in the morning and lunchtime but promising finish I think.

PV – A sweet W to SW start with climbs to 4/5k. Strong convergence setting up around Eendekuil and the pass around 16:30 but then also some strong winds moving through with a 15kts and some spots even more finish to the day. Perhaps climbs to 6/7k in the convergence…

Wilderness – Still some low cloud around – it should rise to around 1500’ later on. Winds are slightly SW for the morning but will slowly back to the S and a SSE finish. Lightly soarable on the coastal cliffs perhaps but more of an inland day so Serpentine and Sedge the places to go to. Maybe Gerrickes could be flyable from mid-day onwards? (SPot on!)

Plett – Similar to the Wilderness once again but more of a SE trend from early on so Keurbooms doesn’t seem to be working today. Uppies showing climbs to 3k around 11-12 but then a 10kts SE wind component not so great. It drops during the rest of the day.

PE and PA with lightish S to SE winds today – reaching lower teens later on.

Inland – All light southerlies with a veering to the West in the west and far north. Some clouds around in the southern parts with some sweet looking bases in the little Karoo (If you can get there cool!) :) Swartberg wth too much west going south only late in the afternoon. Climbs there up to 8k…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:03 and setting at 19:24. (Day length is 13 hrs 21 min)  A cool beach day in Wilderness with a light onshore breeze all day - low tide at mid-day so a must go get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 00:52, high at 07:16, Low tide at 13:34, high tide at 19:42. Max temps for the Wilderness area a easy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(13 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A CF approaching the Cape while a coastal low is making its way up the south coast bringing with it some SW winds. Quite a few low cloud spots along the west coast with some spots along the south coast. To the east the IOH is dominant with strong NE winds along the coast – these head out to sea as soon as they pass PE (some of this flow eventually curls around with the coastal low to feed the GR with those SW winds.) The boundary layer varied with some good instability setting in along the west coast areas while the southern parts have a lower ceiling form the passing coastal low – 4/5k in the west and up to 3k in the south. Past the first mountain ranges it goes up to 8k with the Southerland Escarpment showing 12k. A chance of CB activity but only in the far eastern interior. Winds are generally SW but west from 4k upwards and remains west all the way up to the Tropopause with a 30kts finish.

CT – A low cloud start with NW lower winds but SW above the clouds. The clouds should dissipate with a SW day and instability to 4k. Should be a good day at LH and SH…

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – A NW start but it will quickly back to the W around 5-10kts with a SW 10kt finish to the day. IT actually looks good with 4/5k climbs and the general West flow with a sweet convergence setting up – starting more south around Dasklip towards Eendekuil at 14:00 but moving north to bumpy peak and Eendekuil then on to the pass from 15:00 with Eendekuil and North of the pass for the rest of the day. Within it climbs possible to 6k… :))

Wilderness – Also some low cloud around with a westerly flow. This will gradually back to the SW and it looks like a strong start from 9-9:30 and then a drop in the wind by 11:30/12. It will probably be on and off after that along the ocean cliffs. Sedge could work but seems on the strong side from mid-day onwards. Climbs to 1500’ perhaps. It is westerly higher up. (Spt on)

Plett – Similar to the Wilderness but a bit more wind especially around Robberg. It is a fingers crossed day to see if Keurbooms will switch on – it does drop after lunch but seems to just hang on a tad too much SW for it to really get going… And Uppies looks a bit on the storng sideto me with 15kts hanging around. Climbs to 2500’ just after lunch on the cards…

PE and PA with initial light wind (some NE at PA) but by mid-day the SW will start to move past here and take over. 20kts on the cards later on.

Inland – Light southerly during the morning but then the S to SW will push hard midway into the afternoon. It is upper teens in knots S to SW all the way to the Southerland Escarpment but north of that it goes West. Pretty breezy inland today as the frontal system moves closer…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:02 and setting at 19:25. (Day length is 13 hrs 23 min)  A partly cloudy day with breezy conditions for the moring but from mid-day looking better so def then time to go get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 00:07, high at 06:29, Low tide at 12:43, high tide at 18:51. Max temps for the Wilderness area a slightly cooler 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(12 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The Inland trough very dominant with the HP systems weaker and distant today. Very hot conditions inland with the temp profile extending out to sea along the southern parts – the net result is a strong coastal inversion with poor thermal index. Some low clouds along the west coast and a few spots on the southern coastal regions. Uppies showing a slight improvement to a tad over 1000’ by mid afternoon. And so it is the boundary layer along the coast very shallow with up to 4k on the first mountains but inland it is a different story. Swartbergs again 8k with GR 14k and a chance of CB activity here in the afternoon. Strong east flows along the southern coastal areas but most of the strong stuff is further offshore with weaker eddies reaching the coast – especially along the GR. SW along the west coast. SE in the southern inland parts then W to NW further north. From 7/8k the wind goes W and then backs to the S with a 30kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A strong inversion but good wind-shadow day with a WSW trend along LH and SH areas. CP with strong SE winds but it curls around sweetly and dissipates further north.

RB – Not looking good with a small chance of something coming up late late afternoon…

PV – A hot day out there with light SW winds. Initial climbs tough with the boundary layer around 4k. But it looks like the convergence will shape up late today starting over Eendekuil towards the Pass from around 16:00 onwards. It should be excellent towards Renosterkop from 17:00. :))

Wilderness – Some low clouds which should dissipate. Strong NE winds out to sea with some spillage towards the Wilderness coast – surface winds initially can vary and even be SW. It will trend more SE as the day goes on but it does not look great. Very inverted at Sedge all day long. So Buffs a good place with a chance of it being blown out in the afternoon. Gerrickes worth a bench up effort. Maybe maybe something at the CP but then oh dear the wind fades on us towards Map with frustrating stuff at Map all day long according to the forecast. (Pretty much spot on! A few stayed up just above launch at Sedge for a short while)

Plett – Similar to the Wilderness area with Uppies perhaps the best place later in the day as the inversion shows signs of lifting a small bit (maybe up to 2k with a low teens SE wind) The bay will also be in a compression bubble effect.

PE and PA with the NE flows around  20kts.

Inland – Again mostly SE surface winds but it goes W from the Sutherland Escarpment. CB activity to the north with 14k bases becoming wide spread in the late afternoon. Swartberg again with promise with upflow from just after mid-day and reaching up to 15kts S late afternoon. Hot out there with low to mid thirties!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:01 and setting at 19:26. (Day length is 13 hrs 25 min)  A perfect beach day around Wilderness with a light breeze all day and low tide at mid-day - a def go get your toes wet! ;) High at 05:45, Low tide at 11:57, high tide at 18:05. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(11 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating in combination with a trough along the west coast – SE along the southern parts with a strong southerly along the west coast. The boundary layer varied with less than a 1000’ near the coast but quickly climbing at the first mountain ranges to 4/6k and 8-10k by the secondary mountains. Far inland like the Sutherland Escarpment showing 15k once again with a few Q’s to make us drool. Inland the winds are fairly light but along the coast the winds will get strong from mid-day onwards. At 8k the wind backs to the west and then a gradual backing to the south with a 30kt finish of SSW at the Tropopause.

CT – A strong SE at CP but it is very shallow with light winds at 2k. A sweet wind-shadow day all day long on the cards but generally pretty stable in the day.

RB – It just might start to work here from mid-day onwards but there’s some shadowy spots nearby which are tricky to predict.

PV – Some hot temps with mid thirties here today with initial stable conditions but the possibility of having some climbs mid afternoon to 6 or even more. The wind will be light SW with initial trend to the South at high but later it goes more west up there. Late afternoon it does pick-up to 15kts later with some spots even a tad more. The Cederbergs showing up to 10k in spots…

Wilderness – A very sweet start to the day with light winds and a some low cloud (this will clear during the morning). The winds will be south initially but quickly start to back to the SE from late morning onwards. Its pretty stable out there so not much to be ad at Sedge and Serps today. A short window for PR or CP and Map initially very frustratingly light but probably from mid-day it should start switching on. It looks like a chance of it even being blown out late afternoon. ;) Buffs is on early and so too a quick bench-up at Gerrickes. It gets over 25kts here and out to sea later on… (Mostly spot on - the Wilderness wind appeared later than predicted - by 15:00 mostly blown out for PG)

Plett – The SE influence here even more than Wilderness with it spoiling the fun from early on. Uppies showing climbs to 1200’ for a very very short period then its even less with a pushing ESE.

PE and PA with the same Easterlies 20-30kts at times.

Inland – Mostly SE trend with S further inland. A bit over 10kts so a relatively sweet day out there. Swartberg will be good late moring early afternoon but again watch the wind with an expected SSE direction and 10-15kts on the surface – it will probably be too strong later – however you should be able to get off early. Climbs up to 10k possible! And of course further inland those lost Q’s along the Sutherland escarpment with very high dreamy base at 15k ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:00 and setting at 19:27. (Day length is 13 hrs 26 min)  A perfect beach morning with a breezy SE picking up into the later afternoon. A def go get your toes wet! ;) High at 05:04, Low tide at 11:13, high tide at 17:22, low tide at 23:26. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(10 February 2020) Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF pushing up into Mozambique and far up the west coast with southerly winds in most places as the SAH ridges in behind it. Loads of low clouds around along the south coast areas with light rain possible but most of these should clear during the day. A few spots with SE winds reaching 20kts in the afternoon. A big change in the boundary layer height from the coastal areas to just a stones throw inland going from 1k to 10k over parts of the Cederbergs with 8k over the Kamanasie and Swartberg ranges. The Sutherland Escarpment showing up to 15k bases. (Whoop whoop!) No CB activity in the WC today. Above 7/8k the wind goes westerly and then finishes with a WSW at the Tropopause of 30kts.

CT – Strong SE in the Peninsula region but it drops quickly with height and the inversion lowers drastically in the afternoon so a good chance of the wind-shadow being active today. Still some 20k plus spots around.

RB – It looks like it can be good day here with another early morning start – probably a strong day later with a chance of it being blown out again.

PV – A in-between forecast with some strong winds moving in to the valley in the afternoon. It does look like it will switch on around lunchtime (14:00) but a slow start with SW winds. It will reach over 20kts later on. Eventually climbs could reach 5k or so… Some sweet Q’s over the southern Cederberg up high – those wish you were here kinds! ;)

Wilderness – A light west start but it will gradually back to the SW then S and finish off in a SE direction. The clouds will also mostly evaporate during the day. Probably a sweet day for most spots at some part of the day – inland sites get up there before it goes to SE and probably similar to the coastal southerly spots. The plateau is showing climbs to 3500’ with cool Q’s during the early part of the day so some XC potential (if you can get up there…) ;) Sedge is looking sweet late morning mid-day. Probably a chance to bench up at Gerrickes at the right time. PR could be on for a while before it goes too SE. The wind will pickup to 20kts around Buffs area so get there a bit earlier. And with some luck we might get a light soarable time at Map later today too. ;) (Pretty much spot on)

Plett – A light wind start but a small chance of catching an early Keurbooms if your timing is good before it goes to East (mid moring?). Uppies showing climbs with Q’s at 3500’ during the late morning so worth a try here but this will drop to just 2k after mid-day as the SE pulls in with 10-15kts at times.

PE and PA with Easterlies 20-30kts at times.

Inland – Again mostly southerly winds with some great flying out there if you can find a launch spot. Swartberg might be doable but watch the SE coming through late afternoon with spots of 20kts possible (not good to be on those mountains with wind like that!) A few Q’s and a sweet convergence along the Sutherland escarpment with very high base… (Don’t we all wish hey!) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:59 and setting at 19:28. (Day length is 13 hrs 28 min)  Very light winds this morning and a tad more SE in the afternoon - perfect day for the beach - so go get your toes wet! ;) High at 04:23, Low tide at 10:31, high tide at 16:40, low tide at 22:45. Max temps for the Wilderness area another humid 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(9 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating but we do have a small low circulation to the south of the GR that is bringing in some SW winds along the western parts of the GR area this morning. Still some low cloud around with a very humid marine air close to the coast but just a tad inland it gets displaced by a slightly dryer air-mass with the base a tad higher in the 2-3k range. Quite a bit of OD expected along the front ranges with a small chance of some rain along the southern coastal areas. The west coast with some strong southerly winds, low cloud and just inland a 3/4k boundary layer but with some mid-level cloud around (Late afternoon a chance of OD anc CB over parts of the Cederbergs..) Sutherland, BW region with a greater chance of the CB activity. Southerly trend in the wind but around 8k it goes west with a 40kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Strong SE day with little chance of the wind-shadow shaping up to usable form. The wind is breezy all the way up past TM top height.

RB – It is an early morning day here with it probably being blown out later.

PV – Another poor forecast with more southerly components than we want. Also pretty breezy with 15kts in the afternoon. Climbs to 4k expected and CB possibility over the Cederbergs in the late afternoon.

Wilderness – Initial westerly but going SW so we could be in for a good coastal day during the morning and then a Sedge afternoon. :)) There’s even a slight chance of some XC stuff along the coastal escarpment (if that humid marine layer stays out the way!) ;) (Stronger SW than forecasted)

Plett – Breezy SW this morning but from mid-day Keurbooms should start working and it looks like a sweet time to be had there mid-afternoon. Uppies with climbs to 3k or so and some Q’s around. Perhaps a tad breezy SW there with 10-15kts possible…

PE and PA with a light east then the wind drops as that coastal low circulation approaches from the SW. It seems not to push through with the SE picking up in the afternoon.

Inland – Mostly southerly winds again but with a bit more push in it – too strong for spots like Swartberg today… ;) The southerlies push up all the way past Williston and beyond. Some great Q’s out there with a few OD spots and chance of CB activity – noticeably the southern Cederbergs and Sutherland areas… (13k base out there!)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:58 and setting at 19:29. (Day length is 13 hrs 30 min)  A lighter wind day again with a SW component but a great day for the beach none the less – so go get your toes wet! ;) High at 03:43, Low tide at 09:48, high tide at 15:58, low tide at 22:05. Max temps for the Wilderness area another humid 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(8 February 2020)

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The HP systems dominating to the east and west of us with various influence – most of the moisture on the southern and eastern sides while the west coast is dry (more form the SAH) but the inland trough and associated low playing an important part with some cool instability around, especially on the west coast and north of the Outenikwa ranges. The boundary layer around the 4/5k level mostly – some climbs over the Cederbergs and Swartbergs going to 8-10k with the Sutherland Escarpment having Q’s at 14k… Some CB activity inland but mostly in the far north and eastern parts. A few spots of rain along the southern coastal areas but also more to the east. Winds are decidedly lighter than yesterday with only a few spots reaching 20kts – SE along the southern parts with S to W along the western parts. A few spots of coastal fog along the west coast. Winds are light with height and only past 12/14k does it go west and increase to 20kts and more. A 40kts finish NW at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a sweet day with the winds curling around the Peninsula nicely with a west to SW component along the LH areas and further up the west coast. Some local acceleration again along the shore front but it should probably not go much more than 10 or just a tad more. Its unstable too with climbs perhaps as high as 4k.

RB – Probably not the best day with a lot of west in it. Maybe late afternoon the South could make it out here…

PV – A sweet day here with SW winds around 5kts and climbs to 4/5k. Once again a 15kts finish to the day but watch the sweet convergence shaping up this time over Eendekuil and Piekenierskloof pass from 15:00 onwards. The Cederbergs looking decidedly good with 10k climbs out there. If you could sneak over the back early from PV it could be a day for going far to the west… ;)

Wilderness – Looking like a nice day here with light winds trending to the SE. Probably Sedge working nicely with climbs to 1500’ on the cards early on. Later the SE will push through – Buffs, Gerrickes, PR and CP should work during parts of the day and maybe even Map – though the wind doesn’t seem to be make it through here according to the models… ;)
(Not as strong SE as predicted and more low cloud near the coast)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 2500. A SE component so perhaps not the best.

PE and PA with CB this morning but clearing later on. The wind is Easterly around 20kts…

Inland – Winds are light with a southerly trend in the south and more west in the north. Some good flying to be had out there today with no real strong winds on the cards. Even Swartberg is looking very good today. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:57 and setting at 19:30. (Day length is 13 hrs 32 min)  A light SE wind day with good sunshine – def a day to go hang out on the beach and get your toes wet! ;) High at 03:02, Low tide at 09:05, high tide at 15:15, low tide at 21:25. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(7 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH and SAH dominating in combination with the inland low. Wide spread CB activity inland once again from the Swartbergs and then Northwards from there. Some coastal showers this morning along the southern parts but this should get less during the day. Loads of low clouds around in the morning but this too should get less with remaining mid to high levels of cirrus and some nimbostratus. Winds are strong SE along the southern parts and southerly up the west coast. From around 8k it all goes more NW with a 100kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Strong SE again but with a chance of the wind-shadow around for the morning. Later as the winds pickup it seems to be eroded so keep an eye on it.

RB – Seems light during the day but there could be something to be had late afternoon perhaps…

PV – Again a very southerly day with 15kts later on. Looks like Renosterhoek could be good late in the afternoon if you can get off at Piekenierskloof… Climbs to 5k in the front but the Cederbergs should have awesome Q’s up to 10k. (It’s a bit easterly higher up…)

Wilderness – SE winds going over 20kts. It will get blown out today its just a matter of when. Quite easterly early on with a few spots of showers this morning still… Map should have a short window but with a bit of luck it will hold for slightly longer. ;) (Spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but more wind…

PE and PA the east winds 30kts… CB activity inland.

Inland – Again loads of CB activity with rain in most of the inland areas. SE winds with once again the veering as we go north. Some high bases north of the Swartberrgs with Sutherlnad region at 12k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:56 and setting at 19:31. (Day length is 13 hrs 34 min)  A windy day of SE winds ahead but if you are early enough you can go get your toes wet! ;) High at 02:21, Low tide at 08:21, high tide at 14:32, low tide at 20:44. Max temps for the Wilderness area a windy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(6 February 2020) 
Good morning all you super awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing that CF far inland going into Angola and past Maputo today. Cooler, rainy weather over most of the WC today with strong SE winds along the west coast and moderate southerlies trending SE along the south coast. Heavy showers and CB activity in the eastern parts of the WC with flooding possible (no kloofing today!) ;) Wide CB activity inland all over with only parts of the West Coast escaping the rain. Winds go NW from 9k upwards with a West finish of 110kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Strong SE winds all the way up past 4k so no usable wind-shadow today. Base around the 3k level with tops at 5/6k. It looks like 30kts later in the day.

RB – It could be working but only for the early bird – later probably very blown out…

PV – Not a good forecast with lots of South to even SE in the wind. Some models show a marked East direction, especially later in the afternoon and going very strong with 25kts on the cards in the valley. Climbs are pretty high though with 6-8k possible especially near Renosterhoek area…

Wilderness – Raining day on the cards with southerly winds around 10kts. IT will trend SE later. If you get a gap in the rain then the coast will be flyable. ;) (Much less rain than predicted so loads of flying around mid-day on the coast)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but a lot more rain on the cards…

PE and PA with serious rain and CB activity…

Inland – Mostly Southerly winds that veer to the west and then NW the further north we go. Loads of CB activity with low clouds all the way to Sutherland. Breezy out there with 20kts spots…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:55 and setting at 19:31. (Day length is 13 hrs 36 min)  Another raining day ahead of us with southerly coastal winds around 10kts. Probably some stronger bits pending the rain. If you are brave go get your toes wet! ;) High at 01:35, Low tide at 07:31, high tide at 13:44, low tide at 20:01. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(05 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Just a note – it is that time of the year when the hammerheads and Great White sharks are around. (loads spotted yesterday) David from www.theflyingclub.co.za can take you out there to go view them. :)) Oh and be careful if you go out swimming too! ;) For the weather we have the CF on CT doorstep – making landfall this afternoon. Strong winds inland preceding it with a very high chance of CB activity almost everywhere except in the western parts. Winds NW inland with a SW component along the southern coastal regions. Still some warm humid stuff around with low cloud and fog patches in places. Inland the boundary layer around 4/5k with higher bases further inland from the first mountain ranges. The wind is West at 50kts around 12-16k but then slackens again towards the Tropopause where it is 40kts W.

CT – A clear morning with some flying to be had – general westerly winds but mid afternoon the front will push in and the base will drop perhaps below the SH and LH launches.

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – A good day by the looks of it here – despite high clouds. A WSW wind around 5-10kts initially but with a surface 15kts finish at the end of the day. Climbs up to 5k on the cards and a good convergence zone setting up over Eendekuil from 15:00 onwards. It will move slightly Northwards late afternoon.

Wilderness – Another semi clear day with the SW trend in the surface flow. Nothing too exciting on the cards but probably a sweet day at Sedgfield to be had with a chance of some of the coastal sites also delivering some flying. It looks a tad on the light side though… Hardly anything over 10kts with rain expected later in the day. (Actuals, Rain moved in at mid-day...)

Plett – A tad more in the wind department here with Keurbooms looking like it could be great for mid to mid afternoon (if the fog stays away). Upppies showing climbs to 3k so it is looking up until late afternoon when the frontal bits arrive with low cloud and chances of rain.

PE and PA also with low cloud at times and SW winds 20-25kts.

Inland – South of the Swartbergs it is SW winds but to the North strong NW winds and CB activity. Again the CB activity moving as far south as the southern mountains close to the coast. (The CB activity wide spread over the entire SA interior)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:54 and setting at 19:32. (Day length is 13 hrs 38 min)  Another partly misty day for the beach but hot and humid so a perfect time to get your toes wet! ;) High at 00:38, Low tide at 06:31, high tide at 12:48, low tide at 19:14. Max temps for the Wilderness area another hot humid 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(04 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A Cold Front approaching CT with some influence in the mid-levels today. Still the inland trough extending out southwards to sea bringing with it the strong inversion along the coastlines. A cool ocean helping all those foggy areas, spread along the southern and western parts. A few spots with partial clearings during the day. A SE trend in the wind along the southern parts and West to NW along the west.  Inland however it is a different story. The boundary layer around the 4k level along the first mountains but quickly going to 6k and then by the Swartberg ranges it is 10k plus. A chance of some CB activity in the NE inland areas – mainly Graafies and VanWyksvlei and eastwards – but spreading late afternoon south and westwards perhaps reaching even the Outenikwas around 18:00. Winds out there are mostly westerlies out there. It is 30kts NW at 7k and finishes at 50kts WSW at the Tropopause.

CT – Again that coastal fog that might hang around all day… But mod west to NW winds so if it clears it should be flyable…

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – It is looking sweet for a flight to the south today with good conditions up to 4k climbs along the ranges all the way to Saron. You should get your 25k flights in today. ;) Winds are NW to West. The convergence seems to be setting up from Dasklip to Picketberg after 14/15:00.

Wilderness – Another foggy morning again with a small chance of some soaring at the CarPark, Gerrickes and Sedge. Sedge probably the best option with the inland warmth giving the mist time to evaporate… Some models show a chance of late afternoon clearing around the Wilderness corner – hhhmm… Im not sure about that one! ;) (Actuals - much clearer than forecasted with great flying at Sedge)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with light to mod SE flow and inversion inland around 1k AGL. Also foggy for the day with little prospects fo clearing taking place. Uppies probably the best bet but a tad too east I think.

PE and PA also with coastal fog and an E to NE flow along the coast up t0 20kts.

Inland – Mostly W to NW winds around 10-20kts in spots. Some good thermic areas north of the Swartberg with climbs in excess of 10k. CB activity in the NE sector of the WC at mid-day but spreading to the Swartberg (and perhaps south of those in places) late afternoon.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:53 and setting at 19:33. (Day length is 13 hrs 40 min)  Another cool misty day for the beach but hot and humid just a few hundred meters inland. A good excuse to cool down and get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 05:12, high tide at 11:37, low tide at 18:15. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot humid 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(03 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Foggy coastal areas all round by the looks of it but further inland it gets better and better! The inland trough extending far out to the south, past the coast bringing a low inversion (hot inland air above) with the cold misty air on the coast. Some light rain around the Overberg later on. Some CB activity in the NE parts of the WC with high bases out there – good flying north of the Swartberg ranges with westerlies winds and base starting at 10k. Winds along the coast light S to SE winds with an initial NW along the west coast. Westerlies above the inversion with a finish of SE at 30kts at the Tropopause!

CT – Coastal fog that might hang around all day… But light winds so if it clears it should be flyable…

RB – Looks like another late day with the southerly making an appearance from 16:00 and 17:00 onwards.

PV – Another weak day with climbs to just above the peaks. There’s a light convergence line from the pass out over Eendekuil for most of the afternoon where climbs could be a little bit better. A SW finish around 10kts…

Wilderness – A foggy morning with a small chance of some soaring at the CarPark, Gerrickes and Sedge. Sedge probably the best option with the inland warmth giving the mist time to evaporate… (Actuals was spot on!)

Plett – Looks like a light S to SE day here with Uppies showing climbs to just over 2k.

PE and PA with east winds up to 20kts in the late afternoon.

Inland – Mostly W to NW winds around 10-20kts in spots. Some good thermic areas north of the Swartberg with climbs in excess of 10k. CB activity in the NE sector of the WC.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:52 and setting at 19:34. (Day length is 13 hrs 41 min)  A cool misty day for the beach but with a few warm spells as the fog parts in places. Still no excuse not to go get your toes wet ;) Low tide at 03:37, high tide at 10:10, low tide at 16:58, high tide is at 23:17. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(02 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A real mixed bag of weather around today with loads of low level moisture with the IOH dominance along the coasts, fog patches also on the west coast, along with midlevel moisture from up north and weak frontal movement to the SE of us creating the mix necessary for all the CB activity with the mid and high level clouds around. Some hot humid stuff along the southern parts – winds mostly in a E flow pattern along the south, Northerlies inland and SW along the west coast. The boundary layer around the 3-4k mark in most places except for right on the coast where the sea-breeze inversion will be lower. In general the winds veer to the west and then NW with height but there’s a lot of different direction layers around today – a 50kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Again a good day by the looks of it. A tad more SW in the direction with the seawards acceleration around the SH coast. The wind should be light up the front but could get tricky stronger near the coast later on.

RB – Hhhmmm looks like too much west in it today…

PV – Even if there’s a lot of high cloud around it should be a sweet day with climbs to 4k and winds starting a tad NW but going W then SW – mostly around 5-10kts but 15 in the later afternoon. Looks like the convergence should be between Dasklip and Bumpy heading out to Picketberg with a slow migration towards the pass…

Wilderness – Looks like a light SE during the morning but after lunch a varied mix of wind directions according to one model – it could be due to some rain activity in our area (there’s a chance of CB’s) so watch that out flow from them. (Good forecast with 90% accuracy) 

Plett – Similar ting here as in Wilderness. An inversion just below 2k – and funny winds after lunch time… (Lets see what comes of this forecast!) ;)

PE and PA with east winds up to 30kts in the late afternoon.

Inland – Mostly N to westerlies but with a light southerly crawling inland in the south. Loads of CB activity all day in a very broad region from Bredasdorp to north of Sutherland and eastwards.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:51 and setting at 19:35. (Day length is 13 hrs 43 min)  A blustery morning with some CB activity and chances of rain. Still no excuse to go get your toes wet ;) Low tide at 02:20, high tide at 08:54, low tide at 15:32, high tide is at 21:40. Max temps for the Wilderness area a humid 26 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(01 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating with a ridge along the southern coastal areas. SE flow along the coast with over 20kts in places. General east inland veering to the SW and then west along the western parts and further north. Some midlevel moisture from the north associated with the inland trough so a good chance of some CB activity from mid-day onwards along the Sutherland escarpment, spreading southwards  in the late afternoon. It probably wont effect the coastal regions. Winds far inland is N to NW. from 10k it is NW at 25kts with a NW finish of 60kts.

CT – A great wind-shadow day expected here all day long. Strong S to SE surface winds over 20kts in the afternoon with a very strong and low inversion.

RB – Looks like it can be fun here today…

PV – A tricky day here with a low SW 5-10kts which then backs to the south and even SE around 4k. It does settle more later in the day with the SW veering to NW from 6k upwards. Nothing exciting from a thermic point of view tih 4k perhaps atad more on the cards. There is a period of cool convergence shaping up in the valley from 16:00 to 17:00 connecting the PV range with Picketberg.

Wilderness – A SE day with a light start. Sedge could offer something during the early morning but it does look like it will go to the East quickly and become rubbish as usual. Gerrickes should be excellent for a long while from mid-morning and then when it gets too strong there you can do the run along PR to the CP. Map looks ok from after lunch with a chance even to get too strong late afternoon. It does depend on that creepy compression zone thingy… ;) Later in the day more clouds with a chance of some rain… (Actuals - loads of mist and low cloud - Map covered for half the day... Flying at Sedge in the moring as predicted.)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA SE winds around 15kts. Cloudy later on with a chance of rain.

Inland – Mostly light to mod east flow but  NW north of the Sutherland escarpment. CB activity spreading southwards all the way to the Oudshoorn valley even.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:50 and setting at 19:35. (Day length is 13 hrs 40 min)  Looks like a sweet morning – perhaps a bit cloudy – but the wind only starting from lunch onwards. Go get your toes wet ;) Low tide at 01:28, high tide at 07:59, low tide at 14:21, high tide is at 20:25. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(31 January 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A CF approaching CT with a coastal low and inland trough along the centre and southern parts of the WC. Strong NE winds in the east and SW along the western southern parts and S to SW up the west coast. The boundary layer not that high with 1-2k along the southern parts and slightly more up the west coast – PV around 4/5kASL but north of Sutherland it is very high –15kpluus bases… Winds inland are all breezy westerlies with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Some low cloud moving in as the front approaches (Even rain along the Overberg areas later today) but CT showing promise of the wind-shadow being active. Perhaps better later in the day as the winds go more SSE and gets stronger.

RB – It could be good here from early on already…

PV – Starting West winds 5kts with initial climbs to mountain top height it will gradually back to the SW from around 13:00/14:00 and climbs should get higher – 4k ASL. The best times will be late in the afternoon with climbs to 5k around the Picketberg pass to Renosterhoek with some convergence in that are…

Wilderness – Looks like a strong SW day form the coastal low. Perhaps it will get blown out from late morning even. Probably on and off during the day along the coastal cliffs. Maybe a tad westerly to spice things up. It doesn’t seem to be one of those smooth SW but a bit blustery with the upper air more westerly in direction. (Some shear turbulence around) Also clouds around. (Actuals was spot on!)

Plett – A fine morning but then the SW will push through and probably be too strong. A slight window perhaps in the late morning at Keurbooms but then it will go too west and get strong.

PE a fine morning but then that SW comes in at mid-day going over 20kts. PA initial NE at 20kts then after lunch the SW comes trough also at 20kts.

Inland – SW going west winds in the upper teens but then later strong southerlies all the way to Sutherland. Its not a great day for flying out there with low climbs south of Sutherland escarpment and a slight chance of CB activity in the far east. North of Sutherland the big skies are present with high bases but also breezy conditions.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:49 and setting at 19:36. (Day length is 13 hrs 47 min)  Looks like another windy day ahead so get out early for getting your toes wet ;) Low tide at 00:49, high tide at 07:18, low tide at 13:29, high tide is at 19:34. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(30 January 20202) Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people!  The IOH dominating the weather today with an easterly flow pattern along the southern parts – its NE to N inland and S to SW along the west coast. No clouds expected but some along the eastern southern parts. The boundary layer around the 4k level but going to 12k north of the Sutherland escarpment. Winds back from the ESE to NE to North with height and then all the way around at the Tropopause where it is SW at 50kts.

CT – Another good day on the cards here with a great wind-shadow and a SW trend at LH and SH.

RB – It doesn’t really look like the southerly will reach here in strength.

PV – W to SW lower layer up to 4k climbs. It does go more SSW later in the day up to maybe 15kts. It veers to the N with height here…

Wilderness – A strong SE day expected so get out early for those other coastal spots. Sedge and Gerrickes should get up to 20kts plus. The Map should hold until around 11 or so before probably getting too strong. It is NE at 2000 this moring but will go more E later on.

Plett – It is very east from early this morning with climbs to just over 2k on the cards. But late morning the wind picking up so probably not the best day for flying here either…

PE and PA 20kts SE here..

Inland – Mostly NE to N winds with a NNW trend north of Sutherland. Blue day out there but a chance of flying Du Toits early today for those with a bit more adventure. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:48 and setting at 19:37. (Day length is 13 hrs 48 min)  Looks like a windy day ahead so get out early for getting your toes wet ;) Low tide at 00:16, high tide at 06:43, low tide at 12:49, high tide is at 18:54. Max temps for the Wilderness area a windy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(29 January 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A great day by a few who lucked into flying Swartberg pass yesterday – making good use of the light wind conditions inland. Today a light CF being pushed in by the SAH from the south onto the southern coastal regions. Some light rain along these areas later today – base around 1-1500’ and tops at 6. Winds in general are SW but going southerly in most places later except in the east where the SW will reign. Southerlies inland to past Sutherland and some sweet clouds around the Swartberg region but blue north of that – climbs to 12 over the Sutherland escarpment. Its 50kts West at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a good wind-shadow day with a strong Southerly wind. The wind does remain fairly strong with height so perhaps slight erosion of the shadow later in the day.

RB – It looks like a sweet morning for the early birds who made it out there but its going to blow like the clappers latter in the day…

PV – A strong SW day with climbs to 4/5k perhaps. Southerly up there. Not the best day due to the winds…

Wilderness – A SW mooring with the coastal cliffs probably working. It will become more cloudy later in the morning with a chance of some rian especially over the mountains. Sedge should be good later on with a more southerly and lighter wind and cloud – watch for cloud suck! ;) (PErfect forecast!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms possibly working – it could just be a tad too westerly. Low cloud at Uppies around 2k base with SW winds here. It does look like it will go more southerly late afternoon.

PE and PA 20-30 SW with slight moderation later in the day

Inland – Again mostly southerly winds everywhere all the way up past Sutherland. Some good clouds around Swartberg areas with base at 6/7k. No rain expected. Blue inland with 8k around Graafies and 12k at Middelburg.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:47 and setting at 19:37. (Day length is 13 hrs 50 min)  Looks like a cool slightly windy morning with a chance of rain so not the best day to go get your toes wet. ;) High tide at 06:11, low tide at 12:14, high tide is at 18:19. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cooler 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(28 January 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating with a ridge along the southern parts. Quite a bit of subsidence along the southern areas of the WC with the inversion lower than yesterday. A blue day with no clouds expected but for a few in the far SW corner – especially later this afternoon with some more moving in from the S. Winds are generally Westerly with some spots with SW and even southerly variations. Strong South up along the west coast. A large Col area inland with light winds in most places. The boundary layer out there also around 4-5k agl. Winds remain westerly with height to finish at 50kts at the Tropopause.

CT – The SW moving along the shore front again getting pretty strong but it could be doable early on. The direction not the best for a cool wind-shadow (more SW trend with height)

RB – Maybe the southerly will come through later in the afternoon but it also might not as it is on that line between the SW and the south…

PV – SW winds 5-10kts with climbs to 4k. Not the best but it should be flyable.

Wilderness – No clouds expected today with the wind starting off W to SW – probably soarable along the ocean cliffs before once again dropping off and becoming scratchy in the afternoon. Sedge should be good all day though its not as good as yesterday with the inversion much lower – expecting climbs to perhaps a 1000’ when the sea-breeze comes through. Even on the escarpments over the back its much lower than yesterday…

Plett – Looks like Keurbooms could offer something around mid-day with a SSE wind but it could have a tad more S in it… Uppies showing climbs to 3k with a sweet SSW wind – especially later on.

PE and PA again around 15kts SW so good for flying here too…

Inland – Once again mostly southerly winds everywhere up to 10kts all the way up past Sutherland. A tad more in terms of height as the temps warm up and the inversion is a tad higher today. 4-5k agl in some spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:46 and setting at 19:38. (Day length is 13 hrs 52 min)  Looks like a great beach day so do go get your toes wet. ;) High tide at 05:40, low tide at 11:41, high tide is at 17:47, low at 23:45. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(27 January 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! Rain and wind yesterday after the CF but today it couldn’t be more different. :) A super sweet shallow unstable layer left behind by the CF combined with light winds is making today shape up to be an excellent flying day. Some light rain possible this morning out to sea but non expected on land in the WC. A general W to SW upper but going southerly flow pattern in most places today. Some Q’s along the GR areas else it’s a blue day. Strong Southerly winds along the west coast and a small part of CT area. The boundary layer around the 4-5k AGL range. Above the inversion the wind goes west, Then at the Tropopause it is South at 90kts.

CT – Looks like a good wind-shadow day with a SW trend along the shore line. Pretty breezy in the afternoon so it could influence things a bit.

RB – Maybe a later afternoon day as the wind is slow to arrive out here..

PV – Looking sweet with SW at 5-10kts all the way up to around 4k where it starts to trend east at 5kts. Expect climbs to 5k.

Wilderness – It sure looks sweet – I think a great day for the XC buffs with some good Q’s this morning at around 3-4k. Possibly coastal soaring this morning then dropping off and making Sedge the place to be. But if you can get off at Serps around 10 it is looking good for flying to Uplands today… ;) (was pretty much spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms looking to be on fire late morning just as soon as the strong bit passes. It should be really sweet here for at least an hour or so and then Uppies should be great for the rest of the day. Also good for going places here with climbs to 4k on the cards…

PE and PA 10-15kts SW so good for flying here too…

Inland – Mostly southerly winds everywhere all the way up past Sutherland. Nothing too spectacular in terms of height but a good flying day non the less. (The CF air covering the ground just around 3-4k in depth and limiting things within this layer.)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:45 and setting at 19:39. (Day length is 13 hrs 53 min)  Looks like a cool slightly windy day but it should be sunny and a great day to go get your toes wet. ;) High tide at 05:09, low tide at 11:10, high tide is at 17:16, low at 23:15. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(26 January 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! But also toe Gideon who is a super amazing Wild2Fly person! He bravely took to the sky with his hang glider even if vastly outnumbered by the paragliders! (I think it was something like 38/1 at one stage) ;) Sedgefield indeed was a crowded house yesterday. Today it’s very different with a strong but fast moving CF passing over the entire WC – reaching even southern Angola by end of today! Strong SW winds everywhere with rain – especially this morning and along the southern parts – but clearing by this afternoon. CB activity in the far NE sections and also along the eastern coastal regions from PE eastwards. Not a flying day anywhere in the WC by the looks of things! SW all the way up to the Tropopause where it is W at 80kts.

CT – Strong SW winds with base around 4k. Probably too strong to fly except for the hangies…

RB – WWB…

PV – Not a bad day with base around 5k however the wind from the passing front probably just too strong at 15-20kts and probably more on the mountains.

Wilderness – Ooohhh strong SW winds with rain for most of the day… (Actuals the same)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness… 20-30kts SW.

PE and PA 20 -30 kts SW winds…

Inland – those strong South West winds penetrating into the entire WC area today – base around 6k AGL. Strong convergence and OD with CB activity on the front of the CF system as it moves into the northern areas today…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:44 and setting at 19:39. (Day length is 13 hrs 55 min)  Looks like a wet and windy day for tourists – probably forgiven for not getting those toes wet. ;) High tide at 04:37, low tide at 10:39, high tide is at 16:44, low at 22:46. Max temps for the Wilderness area a wet and windy 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(25 January 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A CF approaching CT with a coastal low passing along the southern coastal areas. Low cloud along the west coast and parts of the western southern coastal regions. Winds are generally SW with a few variations in places. Again high boundary layer further inland with the coastal plains on the west coast around 4-6k and along the southern regions 1-3k. The mountains it is a tad higher and of course deep inland some awesome climbs around Graafies and Middelburg regions – up 16k bases out there! Perhaps some CB activity too though it looks more to the east. Rain later for the southern parts later on. Winds are NW from 6k upwards with a 60kts finish WNW at the Tropopause.

CT – Looking a tad on the low cloud this morning but a chance of some clearing around mid-day. The winds will be breezy with W to NW winds around 15kts. Later more low clouds are moving in as the front gets closer…

RB – NFG today…

PV – Another excellent PV day with the wind being NW. The convergence moves to the southern parts of the valley around the prison are towards Picketberg. Climbs to 6k out there…

Wilderness – A SW start with the coastal cliffs probably soarable with around 10kts on the cards but the afternoon sees it going more southerly and dropping so Sedge then will be the place. (Actuals low cloud light winds with good Sedge)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with an initial SW flow backing to the SE later. Keurbooms looking particularly good this morning during the backing of the wind… Uppies with climbs just over 3k…

PE and PA also with up to 20kts SW then moderating in the late afternoon.

Inland – S to SW flows all the way to the Sutherland escarpment where it veers to the west and then NW. High climbs out there with some good looking Q’s especially along the convergence lines. If you can get away from Graafies today you could get some good heights… CB activity to the east of there and some propagating to the south getting close to PE and Grahamstown.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:43 and setting at 19:40. (Day length is 13 hrs 56 min)  Looks like another amazing day for tourists – so go get those toes wet. ;) High tide at 04:04, low tide at 10:06, high tide is at 16:12, low at 22:17. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet-sweet 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(24 January 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing and sunny Wild2Fly people! The IOH active with a NE flow along the eastern parts which curls around Agulhas due to the inland trough with much lighter wind around CT and the west coast. Some fog patches along the west coast and in the western southern parts. There’s a strong likelihood for CB activity inland in a belt from the CT mountains to south of Sutherland and eastwards, spreading as far south as the coast just east of Knysna. The boundary layer low along the southern coast but very high along the west. 6-9k but then 15k plus north of Sutherland. The wind is lightish all the way to the Tropopause with 30kts NW over Wilderness but 30kts S over CT.

CT – A SW flow here up to 15kts at times. Looks good for SH and LH.

RB – Hhhmm… too light here today

PV – A good PV day with sweet SW flow and climbs to 4/5k. Look out for the classic  convergence today between Dasklip and Picketberg. The clouds should show the way but it looks like flights to Picketberg and back will be very doable. J

Wilderness – Very light wind for the Wilderness corner with less than 10kts SE trend. It does pick up towards Sedge with Gerrickes and further east going over 15kts. All the SE spots should work along the coast at some stage. Some instability around but not as much as expected after yesterdays good looking skies. Sedge should offer some climbs late morning to 1000’ but expect the SE to make things unpleasant soon after lunch time. (actuals low cloud at Sedge coast withh ratty thermals but close enough)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with SE flow and Uppies showing climbs to just over 2k...

PE and PA also with strong NE winds 20kts plus.

Inland – Light surface flows and a southerly direction all the way to the Sutherland escarpment with NW north of there. A broad area of CB activity all over. Some high bases around.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:42 and setting at 19:40. (Day length is 13 hrs 58 min – well its official – winter is on its way with less than 14 hours sunshine…)  A sweet perfect day for tourists to go get those toes wet. ;) High tide at 03:30, low tide at 09:32, high tide is at 15:37, low at 21:47. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(23 January 2020) Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH and the IOH dominating but loosing al that power that was on display over the last 5 days or so! Still some strong winds along the southern parts but slightly less of that strong sting and less rain. High climbs in the west and inland with lower stuff along the southern coast – 4k versus 8/9k bases. Winds are generally easterly everywhere except in the far north where the WNW dominates from the inland trough, In the south it does back to the North with height to finish NW at the Tropopause 70kts.

CT – Still strong SE winds even at height so a small chance of the wind-shadow shaping up but it does look like something could be there so its worth keeping an ye on it…

RB – Another possible day at RB…

PV – This could be an excellent day with exceptionally high climbs. As the day warms some Q’s should shape up especially to the north with base around 9/10k. Surface winds will be rather tricky with a SE trend so Picketberg def on the cards. But one forecast shows a shallow SW appearing after lunchtime around Dasklip but most likely at Piekeniers kloof pass launch making it possible to get off on the west facing slopes. The wind backs with height with east 10kts at base.

Wilderness – A window of flying this morning at Map but late morning it will be blown out once again. Very small chance of some rain… 
(Actuals was perfect)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness….

PE and PA also with the strong SE winds 20kts and small chance of rain.

Inland – Again strong SE winds and very strong just north of Sutherland Escarpment SE even here. High base with 13k plus on the cards…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:41 and setting at 19:41. (Day length is 13 hrs 59 min – well its official – winter is on its way with less than 14 hours sunshine…)  Another windy day but the tide has turned! Go get those toes wet. ;) High tide at 02:52, low tide at 08:53, high tide is at 15:00, low at 21:14. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweeter less windier and no rain 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(22 January 2020) 
Good morning all you fascinating Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating but with  deeper instability along the southern parts and a good chance of CB activity – even far inland to the Sutherland escarpment. The winds still SE along the southern parts with a backing around CP and a SW along the west coast areas. Low cloud and high tops along the south, some coastal fog along the west coast. Base does rise progressively during the day with 4/5k finish along the west coast areas but 6.7k north of the first range of mountains. The winds are WNW just to the north of Sutherland. Its NW 60-70kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks foggy this morning with an increase chance of some rain later in the day. Not that promising but if the fog lifts and the rain stays away it could be doable with a good wind-shadow on the cards today.

RB – It looks like a late afternoon day here with the SE pushing through and keeping the SW at bay…

PV – Cloudy morning with a chance of rain later in the afternoon. A later start by the looks of things as base will start to rise quickly from mid-day onwards. It does look better to the north towards the pass. Watch for OD and some cloud suck later in the day though…Winds are SW 5-10kts mostly.

Wilderness – Still those persistent strong SE winds with some more rain today – even some CB activity! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness….

PE and PA also with the strong SE winds and lots of CB activity this afternoon.

Inland – Again strong SE winds especially in the east and around the Sutherland Escarpment it changes to the NW. CB activity later in the afternoon all the way up to there – east and west from the looks of things.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:40 and setting at 19:41. (Day length is 14 hrs 01 min)  Another windy and a wet day ahead of us making things difficult for visitors – but it is a day to get those toes wet. ;) High tide at 02:08, low tide at 08:09, high tide is at 14:18, low at 20:37. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy and now and then wet 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(21 January 2020) 
Good morning you awesome and still windy Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating but loosing power. Still that easterly flow along the southern parts and also inland. Less chance of rain and the CB activity confined to the eastern parts of the WC. Low base around the southern parts but rising along the west coast. Winds here are more SW in direction. In the far north north of the Sutherland escarpment the wind is NW. Above the inversion the wind trends westerly finishing west at 70kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Lighter winds today with the strong stuff around CP. LH and SH slightly less with a more east component but I think the wind looks like it is going to curl around the Peninsula nicely with a working eddie at SH and LH. CT might reach 15-20kts SE later on.

RB – Could be nice!

PV – Looks like the place to be with SW winds 5-10kts in the moring going up to 15kts later in the day. It also looks like climbs will rise nicely from 3-4k in the mid part to 6k with cloud late afternoon. (actuals perfect!)

Wilderness – Still those persistent strong SE winds with some rin around but less than yesterday so things are in the up! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness….

PE and PA also with the strong E to NE winds and still CB possibilities…

Inland – strong SE winds especially in the east and once again somewhere around Sutherland it backs to the SW and then around to the NW northwards of the escarpment. CB activity confined to the east of Graafies…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:39 and setting at 19:42. (Day length is 14 hrs 02 min)  Another windy and a bit wet day ahead of us making things difficult for visitors – but it is a day to get those toes wet. ;) High tide at 01:16, low tide at 07:16, high tide is at 13:30, low at 19:54. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy and now and then wet 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(20 January 2020) 
Good morning you windy, wet but amazing Wild2Fly people! ;) The SAH still dominating hugely – now having shifted almost due south of us with a ridge to the west and east of the WC. Strong winds still along the southern coastal area which then curl around CP and moves up the west coast in a S to SW direction. Rain and CB activity wide spread along the southern parts of the WC – inland all the way up to Sutherland but much more in the east. Base around the Sutherland escarpment and northwards rising up 15k but 6-8k south of there. Low cloud in the southern coastal areas with tops high due to the deep instability. Winds are general east then backs to the North above 10k. It is NW at the Tropopause at 60kts.

CT – Still those strong SE winds but less than yesterday. Chance of some CB cells around during the day. Still a deep SE wind but it is more East at TM height with a tiny tiny small chance of some wind-shadow effect before mid-day – though I doubt it will be a flyable one. ;)

RB – Remaining a challenge!

PV – A smaller chance of some showers here today with SW winds around 10kts. Base around 6k…

Wilderness – Still those persistent strong easterly winds with rain and even some CB activity…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness….

PE and PA also with the strong E to NE winds and CB possibilities…

Inland – strong SE winds especially in the east and once again somewhere around Sutherland it backs to the SW and then around to the NW northwards of the escarpment. CB activity all the way up there too…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:38 and setting at 19:42. (Day length is 14 hrs 04 min)  Another windy and wet day ahead of us making things difficult for visitors – a movie and pop-corn kind of day! (But I would still go get those toes wet! ;) High tide at 00:10, low tide at 06:11, high tide is at 12:28, low at 19:02. Max temps for the Wilderness area another cool wet and windy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(19 January 2020) 

Good morning you super cool (and wet!) Wild2Fly people! A huge SAH dominating all the WC weather with very strong and deep easterly flows – only from 8/10k does the wind start to back from east to NE with a N finish at the Tropopause. Rain on the cards over the coastal and interior regions with wide spread CB activity. 30kts plus winds in many places especially around Agulhas and the CT Peninsula. This pattern is holding for the next few days so its not good news for pilots.
(actuals was spot on!)

CT – Chance of CB activity with very strong Easterly winds – no wind-shadow except behind your car!  ;)

RB – A challenge!

PV – Also strong east winds with a chance of CB activity here too…

Wilderness – Very strong easterly winds with rain and even some CB activity…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness….

PE and PA also with the strong SE flow and CB possibilities…

Inland – SE winds all the way inland and somewhere north of Sutherland it veers around to the NW and then even N. CB activity all the way up there too…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:37 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 14 hrs 05 min)  Another windy and wet day ahead of us making things difficult for visitors – a movie and pop-corn kind of day! (But I would still go get those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 04:51, high tide is at 11:16, low at 17:57. Max temps for the Wilderness area another cool wet and windy 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(18 Januuary 2020) 
Good morning you super cool (and wet!) Wild2Fly people! ;) The SAH pushing the cold air far into the interior with southerly winds all the way past Calvinia and Williston. Good rain along the southern parts spreading into the interior past the Swartberg ranges with CB activity further North. Base at 2k along the southern parts with tops initially at 6k but increasing to 10k later in the day. In the far North there’s still the big skies with base up at 12k plus in places. General SE winds but very strong SE winds along the Peninsula exceeding 35kts. Above the inversion it backs to the West once again and from 10/12k upwards its WNW with a 70kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Very deep SE winds – 25kts at 4k so not chance of the wind-shadow appearing…

RB – Ooohh only early on else its kite flying weather without the sail…

PV – East winds with base at 6/7k but it changes near Picketberg where the coastal Southerly influences things a bit…

Wilderness – After yesterdays playful ocean cliff soaring for far longer than expected today it really is just rain oh still so beautiful rain… All day with strong easterly winds.
(Actuals - as predicted!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE again with a slight more southerly in wind direction with rain and CB activity…

Inland – Cloudy and rainy all the way past the Swartberg ranges where it will dry slightly but still passing showers – southerly winds all the way past Sutherland. Here there’s a strong chance of CB activity in a broad area of the interior.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:36 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 14 hrs 06 min)  Another windy and wet day ahead of us. A difficult day for visitors to find stuff to do. I still say put on your oilskins and take off your boots and go get those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 03:27, high tide is at 09:56, low at 16:39, high at210:46. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool wet 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(17 December 2020) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating all the coastal and partly inland weather of the WC today – and also for the next few days. A very moist shallow layer producing some good rains along the southern parts – base around 2k and tops around 7k – but the west coast side is hot and dry. A general SE flow pattern with some very strong winds round the Peninsula and partly up the west coast. Here the boundary layer around the 4k mark but over the back NE of the Cederbergs it starts to rise dramatically with the Sutherland escarpment and beyond showing those epic big sky country we love – 13-17k bases in many places – but also some CB activity out there. Winds higher up trend westerly and at the Tropopause it is NW at 50kts.

CT – A very deep SE layer with strong winds all the way up to 4/5k. Looks ike 35kts in spots so doesn’t look good for fying today. (Im sure by now you have come to the same conclusion!) ;)

RB – If you were here early you might have had a shot! ;) It will get blown out later.

PV – Strong SSW winds here of 15kts even from early on with dubious climbs to 4k. It goes more southerly and even SE later so not the best day to fly I think.

Wilderness – Aaahhh beautiful rain… Peace and quiet as mother earth soaks up the wet. Lol. It doesn’t look good today with lightish winds all from the south – even SW at times. Base is low with tops around 7k…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA with SW winds – up to 30kts at PA – with some rain, increasing later in the afternoon and evening.

Inland – The frontal rain not going past the Swartbergs by much – drying out there with base around 7k… But further north, above the escarpment it is outer-space stuff man! ;) Strong amazing climbs to high bases but the chance of OD and CB cells spoiling it out there… North winds in the north and SSE in the south.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:35 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 14 hrs 08 min)  A day for umbrellas but no excuse not to enjoy the beach and get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 02:15, high tide is at 08:44, low at 15:18, high at 21:22. Max temps for the Wilderness area a rainy humid 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(16 January 2020) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A light CF approaching from the SSW of the WC which should start effecting us by late afternoon early evening – a few spots of light rain along the southern parts. Otherwise still that lingering hot humid air from the IOH side of things with a little help from the inland trough which is starting to stretch its legs towards the south – creeping out over the Wilderness area in the mid-levels – it will help shape up a cut-off low however this will happen out to sea with all the rain wasted far to the SE of us! Still the SE trend along the southern parts, a few spots nearing 20kts but slightly less than yesterday, except for CP where it curls around and up the west coast with 30kts at times. SH sheltered from most of the strong stuff. Inland some awesome high stuff at Sutherland and further north – 15 - 18k base with 15k west winds… Over CT and Wilderness the winds finishes westerly 30kts at the Tropopause.

CT – And again the wind-shadow should be firing on all four cylinders… ;)

RB – Get there early for some sweet soaring! It will get blown out later.

PV – High cirrus clouds with climbs at mid-day to 4k but increasing to just over 5k later in the day. SW winds up to 10kts..

Wilderness – Similar to yesterday but more SE form early on so less chance of Sedge working early on I think. Looks like that light CF and low cloud with initial light rain moving in from late afternoon. CP and Map and maybe Gerrickes probably be the paces to try have some fun.
(Actuals - more low clouds covering Map all day - no gap to fly there but the CP got soarable from 11 onwards and then by 13:00 it got covered there too - SSE winds 10-13knts)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness today with SE trend. Not much action in these conditions really… Uppies with the usual SE trend and climbs at mid-day to maybe just over 2k…

PE again with lighter SE flow but PA with the strong NE winds.

Inland – A very strong Southerly coastal wind penetrating inland today going over 25kts in places. Especially north of the SB. Before this however the winds are light North and strong high climbs. Those drooling high stuff around Middelburg and northwards – 18k base in spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:35 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 14 hrs 09 min)  A sweet day ahead with low tide at mid-day and light winds at that time too. So it’s perfect for getting those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 01:16, high tide is at 07:43, low at 14:06, high at 20:11. Max temps for the Wilderness area another humid 26 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(15 January 2020) 
Good morning you super cool Wild2Fly people! A similar pattern to yesterday but the inland trough more to the west side of the country with no rain expected. Still very high climbs inland with 14/15k around the Sutherland escarpment. For the remainder the boundary layer on the coastal plains a low 4k with loads of moisture around along the southern parts – once again low clouds in many spots. Winds trend SE along the southern coast curling up with strong winds around CP and S to SW up the west coast. Just beyond the first line of mountains the boundary layer up to the 10k level with some exceptional soaring. Winds are fairly light with hight with a 20kts SW finish over Wilderness.

CT – Once again the wind-shadow should be firing on all four cylinders… ;)

RB – Get there early for some sweet soaring! It will get blown out later.

PV – not the nest of days with very strong winds expected in the afternoon 15-20kts SSW. Climbs to 4k after mid-day. Once again some great Q’s into the Cederbergs and beyond…

Wilderness – Again the low clouds which should dissipate somewhat but looks to shape up again late in the afternoon. There’s a shallow bit of instability so some flying early at Sedge – climbs to 1000’ perhaps. But the east winds will make it unpleasant soon enough! Lol Map might be doable early afternoon but with that prospect of the low cloud closing things up from around 16/17:00… If the timing is right a bench up at Gerrickes is possible. Or Buffs and CP.
(Actuals - good SSE winds with great soaring along the coastal cliffs untill 14:00. Sedge switched on at 11:30 only. The base did not drop over Map as forecasted - was just above. A short soaring spell at mid-day)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness today with SE trend, Uppies showing up to 2300’ climbs mid/late moring but dropping at mid-day to less than 2k.

PE with light SW this morning and then remaining light winds into the early evening. But PA with initial light SW then the NE takes over and will finish the day at 30kts!

Inland – Southerly in the south and even SE in the eastern parts inland but this curls around in the west to SW and then W and even N northwards of Sutherland. The skies out there will once again be picture perfect with very high Q’s and no OD. The Cederbergs and Swartberg both showing 10k base.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:34 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 10 min)  A sweet day ahead with low tide at mid-day and light winds at that time too. So it’s perfect for getting those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 00:45, high tide is at 06:50, low at 13:06, high at 19:12. Max temps for the Wilderness area a humid 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(14 January 2020) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Looks like mainly the IOH with loads of moisture and the inland trough dominating our weather today – the SAH a minor influence more up the west coast areas. Low cloud around along the southern parts and a few spots in the south of the west coast but it dries quickly inland with the boundary layer around the 4k mark seawards of the mountains. Further inland we go into the super flying stuff with beautiful Q’s around 8-14k from the Cederbergs all the way past Douglas etc. The winds out there are SE with light winds at base strangely… No CB activity but a few spots of rain perhaps around the eastern Drakensberg  ;) Along the coast it trend to the SE especially later in the day along the southern parts. S to SW along the west coast – strong especially around Agulhas and CP. Some varying winds up to 15k but from there it goes SW with a 80kts SSW finish over Wilderness and 50 over CT.

CT – Looks like our sweet wind=shadow is holding for the entire day…

RB – Another good day here if your time and arms strength is good!

PV – SW up to 4k climbs with a strong finish at 15kts in the afternoon. Maybe a tad higher. Once again some great Q’s into the Cederbergs and beyond…

Wilderness – Some low cloud around with a light southerly initially but then SE later on. Especially around Gerrickes it will be strong with Map area again variable with winds. It is pretty stable with climbs perhaps going to 800’.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness today with SE picking up inland with Uppies showing up to 2300’ climbs.

PE and PA with storng East winds up 30kts…

Inland – S to SE winds all the way up past Sutherland and even Douglas areas… Some beautiful flying conditions out there… Swartberg showing up to 9/10k… Lightish winds everywhere – perhaps 10-15kts in the gusts... Another good day for HG and PG’s!  

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:33 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 11 min)  A sweet day ahead with only one low tide at mid-day and light winds at that time too. So it’s perfect for getting those toes wet! ;) High tide is at 06:03, low at 12:13, high at 18:21. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(13 January 2020) 
Good morning you remarkably awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH on the west with the IOH in the east together with the Trough line in the centre of the country dominating the WC weather. SE winds along the southern parts curling around CP with a S to SW along the west coast. Breezy conditions in many places with 20-30kts in some coastal areas – into the upper teens inland. The SSE flow along the southern parts veering to the SW further inland again. Some CB activity from Middelburg and eastwards again with  beautiful Q’s inland with a high base at 10-14k. The coastal plaiins up to 4k near the mountains but much less near the coast. Winds go westerly again with height and finishes with 30kts WSW at the Tropopause.

CT – Again things are looking up for the wind-shadow to hang around all day…

RB – It could be a good day here!

PV – Climbs to perhaps 5k with a SW flow of 5kts going up to 10 in the afternoon with a few spots perhaps touching the 15kts. Some great Q’s into the Cederbergs and beyond…

Wilderness – Strong SE winds along the entire coast with some forecasts showing that compression bubble along the Wilderness cliffs. If it breaks it will get blown out early afternoon else it might just hold and be flyable for a while longer… Early moring could be good for Gerrickes bench-up and CP.

Plett – Uppies getting blown out late morning with climbs to just over 2k. The bay quite protected along the surface with the strong SE winds all around and over the tope according to two models…

PE and PA with Easterly winds 15-20kts.

Inland – Southerly to SE flow in the south which veer to the SW and West further inland. It is a cracking day  for flying out there with OD conditions east of Middelburg. But everywhere else beautiful Q’s and high climbs 10-14k! Upper teens in knots surface winds so good to go for HG and PG’s!  

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:32 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 12 min)  A super-hot day with excellent beach weather but the wind is going to blow late morning onwards. So get out early and go get those toes wet! ;) High tide is at 05:19, low at 11:25, high at 17:33, low tide at 23:40. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 26 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(12 January 2020) 
Good morning you super amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating with a ridge along the southern parts with a S to SE flow pattern along the southern parts curling around CP and moving up the coast with the S to SW direction. A few Q’s around but not much. Wind are light in general except around the Peninsula and west coast. The boundary layer around the 4k level but once over the bigger mountains much higher – 8k base around Cederbergs and 14k over Sutherland. There’s a chance of CB activity later this afternoon around here but much more further eastwards. Winds from 6k upwards treding west with a 60kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A sweet day with the wind-shadow firing on all four cylinders! :) Inversion around 2k with light east winds above that.

RB – Looking good for those who’s timing is right! ;)

PV – Not the best of days with climbs to just over 4k and W winds. It’s a slow start too with SSW winds in the morning. It is around 10kts later in the day remaining SW with a southerly trend higher up.

Wilderness – A light SW flow in the morning which will back to the SE later in the day. It could reach 10kts later on. A bit more instability around compared to yesterday so I think Sedge will be sweeter but it will still trend to the SSE around mid-day.

Plett – Keurbooms looking doable with enough S to SSW in it mid to late morning while Uppies is indicating climbs to just over 3k… Later the SE starts to dominate again…

PE and PA with initial SW winds 20kts but late afternoon going to S and dropping.

Inland – SSE flows along the southern parts which curl SW to West in the west. From Sutherrland it is westerly winds – where the high bases will be found. Some CB activity along this escarpment line that then increases further eastwards. Swartberg and Cederberg showing very high climbs with a few Q’s to show what we are missing! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:31 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 14 min)  A hot day with great beach weather – a bit of a breeze from the ocean from mid-day onwards but it should not be too strong. Go get those toes wet!;) High tide is at 04:37, low at 10:40, high at 16:49, low tide at 22:57. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(11 January 2020) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH to the west and IOH to the east with a sweet trough in the middle bringing varied conditions around the WC today. Some coastal fog along the west coast this morning and parts of the western southern coast which should mostly clear during the day. A SW flow alogn the western southern parts with varied light winds around the GR and then those strong easterly to the east around PE side. Inland light northerlies trending west with some CB activity in the east (from Middelburg eastwards). Winds are west from 5k upwards with a WNW finish at 60kts at the Tropopause.

CT – A misty start but looks like it should clear with the moring the better conditions. Southerly surface flow trending SW with height. Looks like the usual cross shore winds from the SSW at landing and less up at launch. Reaching 20kts later in places…

RB – I think it has just too much west in to be sweet…

PV – A SW day with 10kts on the cards mostly. Climbs to 4k with a southerly trend up there…

Wilderness – Light winds with warm temps. Strong inversion around but one of the apps showing some instability to 1000’ around Sedge… Probably the place to try ‘hang’. ;) The SW blowing along the western south coast parts not quite making it to Wilderness until very late afternoon/early evening.

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness but with more SE trending in the winds. Uppies SE with climbs to 1500…

PE and PA with ENE winds 15-20kts… Very strong out to sea though…

Inland – southerly in the south but  mostly westerlies everywhere – up to 15kts or a touch more in a few spots. Excellent climbs around Sutherland escarpment with base here looking at 13k or more… From Colesburg/Middelburg and eastwards wide spread CB activity in the afternoon…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:30 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 15 min). A hot excellent beach day! A light onshore breeze all day long. Go get your toes in the sand and wet your butt. ;) High tide at 03:56, Low tide at 09:56, high at 16:06 and low at 22:17. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 25 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 


(10 January 2020) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with the strong easterly flow pattern along the southern coastal regions (30kts in places!) which curls around at CP with a SW to Westerly along the west coast. Still some moisture around but confined mostly to the eastern parts of the WC – some rain out to sea with a scattering touching the shore line along the southern parts. The boundary layer pretty high along the southern mountains ranges with some Q’s around 8k. Lowering towards the coast. Far North at Sutherland it is 13k. No more CB activity inland either. At 5k the wind is North at 10kts, at 10k its NW at 10-15kts, then westerly all the way to the Tropopause with a 60kts finish up there.

CT – Looks like a great day of flying out here today. Early with a WSW flow which will veer more SW later. Instability to over 4k at times. IT picks up more southerly later in the day but should remain SW along the :H and SH regions along the shore maybe 15kts at times.

RB – Mostly wrong direction and then if it comes through probably too light.

PV – A great day here with good climbs to 6k W lower down and NW up there but later going SW with 10kts lower down and 5kts higher up.

Wilderness – A strong day ahead of SE. Some models show it blown out by 10 already – so get out early... There’s a lot of east around so few of those coastal spots working today… ;)

Plett – Even windier than Wilderness with winds near 30kts out there today.

PE and PA with E winds 20-15kts…

Inland – Sheltered from the strong coastal winds with some great flying out there. Surface winds are easterly around 5-10kts for most of the day. Some sweet Q’s in the south along the mountains at 8k base and then along the Sutherland escarpment areas at 13k.  

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:29 and setting at 19:45. (Day length is 14 hrs 16 min). A windy but sunny day ahead of us. Get out early before the wind spoils the beach fun ;) High tide at 03:17, Low tide at 09:14, high at 15:24 and low at 21:37. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 23 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 

(9 January 2020) 
Good morning you super amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing a CF towards the WC with a westerly flow preceding it. Still some light rain around in places along the coast and also some CB activity inland but much less than yesterday. Some excellent soaring conditions along parts of the WC before the CF starts to move in by this evening. The boundary layer around the 5-6k level with some sweet looking Q’s in many parts. The GR with much lower base and more cloudy conditions for the day. Winds in general SW lower but West from 5k upwards with a 60kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A cloudy start but the day should turn on with the base rising and being very unstable up to base height. All westerly winds. Later in the afternoon as the CF moves in the wind will go more Southerly and the base will lower considerably.

RB – To much west in it today

PV – A good day here with a WSW sart around 5kts with clouds. During the day base will rise to 5/6k with the winds SW at 10kts. It should remain good all day.

Wilderness – WSW winds in the morning which will go more SW and SSW later in the day. The strength will vary from sweet coastal soaring to frustrating spells during the mid-part of the day. Late afternoon looks like another increase again. Base around 1500-2000’ with tops between 4-6k later on. Sedge will probably be sweet with mild thermals due to the wet grounds.

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness. Looks like Uppies is on from mid-day onwards.

PE and PA with SW winds 20-25kts.

Inland – S to SW winds all the way to the Sutherland/Middelburg escarpment where it goes west. Some good clouds around here with base at 13k. OD in the east with CB activity around that side but the west is awesome!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:28 and setting at 19:45. (Day length is 14 hrs 17 min). A cloudy cooler day with some rain this morning. Not really a beach day but it should still be fun to get your toes in the sand. ;) High tide at 02:37, Low tide at 08:31, high at 14:43 and low at 19:58. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 

(8 January 2020) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A complicated day with an approaching CF SW of CT, loads of deep instability inland with CB activity, a SW pulse moving up the coast but sweeping away from the GR, hot inland air with changing LR and wind directions along the coast. The strong CB activity dominating most of the WC areas with tricky conditions to predict. High clouds with base around 8k inland and NW winds at 20kts from 5k upwards. The east still under some of the IOH influence with some light S to SE flows but changing from the west. Good climbs which will change if it rains. lol – fog around the west coast areas but sweet around PV for a while. The wind is 60kts NNW at the Tropopause.

CT – A foggy start but a chance of things improving during the day. NW winds going SW later with some clouds at 3k moving in around TM. If the coastal fog clears it could be good…

RB – WWB today!

PV – It looks like a great morning with NW winds going Westerly with some climbs at the peak to 6k. Some stratoQ’s shaping up which thickens a bit for later in the afternoon and an increasing WSW wind up to 15kts. So be careful of being trapped on the mountains mid to late afternoon…

Wilderness – Another difficult day with light southerly winds in the morning and strong inverted conditions around Serps and Sedge. A chance of rain from the CB activity moving in from the north in most places. This in combination of the approaching SW will chance the LR so it should become progressively more unstable with a window of some good flying probably from 11 to 16:00 – provided the rain doesn’t mess things up. Looks like that pulse of SW getting to Wilderness is rather short lived and will also quickly go west. Hhhmm…

Plett – Looking worse than Wilderness today with light SE winds initially and a strong inversion at Uppies – nothing above 1500ASL. It doesnt change much form the looks of it and late in the afternoon the wind does go west with hardly any window of flying on the cards. There’s also that CB rain on the cards…

PE and PA with SE to ENE winds around 10-15kts…

Inland – Looks like NW winds all the way to the backside of the Outenikwas. A short spell of southerly penetrating to not much further than Oudshoorn later in the afternoon. But the big news is the deep instability with the CB activity all over the show.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:27 and setting at 19:45. (Day length is 14 hrs 17 min). A good day for the beach but some rain from mid-day onwards… ;) High tide at 01:57, Low tide at 07:48, high at 14:01 and low at 20:19. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 26 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 

(7 January 2020) 
Good morning you very cool Wild2Fly people! Total dominance by the inland trough and the IOH with loads of humid and moist air being pushed down from the east along the WC coastline. Some strong east  winds especially in the east with rain – increasing during the day. The boundary layer pretty high with some high  bases around the west and just inland of the first mountains ranges. 6-8k. However there’s a high chance of CB activity in a very broad area covering almost the entire interior – all those moisture being carried down from the north with CB activity even close to the coast later today. Winds are easterly in a shallow layer but it backs to the NW with 30kts NNW at 10k and 90kts NNW at the Tropopause.

CT – A NE start but it veers to the SW and then the typical SSE at 15kts later in the day. Later in the day is also when the wind=shadow will take shape and it will probably be ok to fly. Earlier those typical strong side shore winds…

RB – The direction is right but it might not get strong enough…

PV – SW with a quick backing to the NW above 4k. Some upper air instability so some chance of OD especially over the Cederbergs… Climbs along the front perhaps just over 4k.

Wilderness – A tricky day with the winds starting east and a short SE window but a strong chance of rain with it. Later it goes back to the east again. Above the flow is a lot more ENE. We might get some inland CB activity overspill towards the coast wich will influence our surface winds… If the rain stays away we could get a window at Map…

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness. Also increasing chance of rain but there could be gaps for a walk on the beach…  ;)

PE and PA with ENE winds up to 30kts…

Inland – South to easterlies in the far south around 10kts with almost due North winds to the north of that. Some amazing cloud activity with OD and CB cells from the little Karoo all the way north into Botswana today…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:26 and setting at 19:45. (Day length is 14 hrs 18 min). A humid cloudy rainy day and those gusty easterly winds. Not the best time to head to the beach but with some wellies there could be fun! ;) High tide at 01:13, Low tide at 07:01, high at 13:17 and low at 19:38. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 23 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 


(6 January 2020) 
Good morning you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH still pushing in the shallow layer of cooler moist air following the Cold Front. Low clouds along the southern parts with a small chance of some precipitation. High cirrus over the entire WC today. Southerly winds light to moderate all the way inland to the Sutherland Escarpment where it again shifts to the west. A chance of CB activity once again far inland, especially to the east. The boundary layer around the 4-5k mark which will be the cap for the low clouds so not that deep for precipitation. The NW settled from 10k upwards with a 70kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – The southerly winds making it tricky for the SH and LH areas. The wind-shadow just a tad too far to the east with some strong cross shore winds up to 20kts. Probably light enough on the launch for take off. ;) The inversion mostly near TM top height higher in the morning and lowering in the afternoon.

RB – Could be a super cool day here…

PV – A tad more SW today with climbs to just past 4k. The high cirrus probably making it a tad tricky. Some spots just near 15kts in the afternoon.

Wilderness – Hhhmmm… southerly winds popping in with the lower clouds around and prospect of light rain. Once again Sedge should be good (not so rough as yesterday) ;) And mid-day all the coastal spots could work though it’s not forecasted to be over 10kts… Still could be  sweet day if the rain stays away.

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness. Southerly with base around 1500 and tops near 5k. IT could be doable at Keurbooms with enough south in it to play…

PE and PA with SSE winds up to 15kts…

Inland – Those southerly winds having a tad east in it and getting up to 25kts in the afternoon north of the Swartbergs. Good looking clouds around 6k south of the Swartbergs and going to 8/9k northwards. At the Sutherland escarpment it jumps up to 12/13k. Again CB activity around Graafies and Middelburg.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:26 and setting at 19:45. (Day length is 14 hrs 19 min). A more cloudy day with some light rain on the cards – mostly inland so the beach could probably be cool ;) High tide at 00:21, Low tide at 06:07, high at 12:28 and low at 18:54. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 



(5 January 2020) 
Good morning you super amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH helping to push in the CF that will influence most of the WC weather today. Cloudy start to most of the area but clearing during the day in most places before in the afternoon closing up again as the frontal system steps in. Winds are mostly SW with some variations today – nothing too strong with light winds in most areas except for around Agulhas where the winds will touch on the 20kts mark. Some CB activity later today in the NE section of the WC (increasing tomorrow) with a very active low and trough area. The boundary layer pretty high today with parts of the southern ranges showing climbs and base at 6-7k. slightly less along the west coast and of course closer to the sea. Far inland up north the skies are looking great with some good Q’s at 13k and more. Winds are the usual westerly above the inversion 30kts at 10k and 80kts WNW at the Tropopause.

CT – Low cloud around this morning but it does look like a clear spell during the mid part of the day with winds NW to Westerly around 10-15kts. Later in the day as the frontal system moves in the base will drop with some chance of precipitation.

RB – WWB!

PV – It does look like a sweet morning and early afternoon with light Westerly winds 5kts and climbs to over 5k. Some Q’s but later looking like OD at 5k with some StratoQ’s and later a dropping base as the frontal system also moves in here…

Wilderness – A cloudy and even light drizzle start but it will clear with light SW winds this morning becoming lighter from mid-day onwards. Some OD conditions along the mountains later on with a chance of precipitation. Probably some coastal soaring on the cards for the morning and then a Sedge or Serpentine finish from mid-day onwards.

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness with Keurbooms looking really good just about all day. Uppies with climbs to 3500’ and later down to 3k or just under.

PE with 20kts SW winds and PA with 25plus knots.

Inland – All SW winds except for the far east with a SE flow here. Light to moderate winds up to 15kts at most. Good Q’s just about everywhere but a strong chance of OD conditions to the East with CB cells close to the low centre. Swartbergs with climbs to 8500 and 12k on the Sutherland escarpment.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:25 and setting at 19:45. (Day length is 14 hrs 20 min). A dubious start but it should shape up to be a sweet day for the beach from mid-day onwards as the wind dies from the SW and goes light south. Low tide late afternoon should make it perfect. ;) Low tide at 05:03, high tide is at 11:30, low at 18:04. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 23 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 

(4 January 2020) 
Good morning you awe-inspiring  Wild2Fly people! Today most of the southern coastal areas under the spell of the IOH with humid air pulled down from the KZN coast causing the hot humid conditions we are having. Its dryer to the west with CT starting to feel the influence of an approaching CF. S to SW winds out on the west and the usual swing to the WNW far inland. Strong chance of CB activity around the Graafies area again with some spilling down to the Plett coastal areas even. The boundary layer around 5k near the mountains on the south and west and then progressively higher further inland. The inland air-mass north of Sutherland showing climbs up to 15k! Winds WNW 20kts at 10k with a 40-60kts west finish at the Tropopause.

CT – S to SW winds with instability to TM top height. Too much SSW in it for the wind-shadow to have an effect so the usual SSW acceleration past the shore front areas of SH and LH. Perhaps up to 15.20kts out there with less on the hill.

RB – Too westerly today I think…

PV – Sweet PV just before mid-day with 5kts west and climbs to just shy of 5k. Later in the afternoon it picks up to 10-15k with a more SW direction.

Wilderness – A muggy start with a surface flow of south on the cards which will gradually back to the SE around mid-day. Very light winds with the coast not really showing anything soarable. But it does looks like a sweet shallow unstable layer with some nice flying on the cards at Sedge early this morning. It will once again erode as the easterly flow starts to influence the thermals getting rowdier – as is typical. Hang out there as long as your arms, stomach or pocket can last! ;)

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness but with more height at Uppies on offer – up to 2800’ until just after lunch. Then it drops to less than 2k… some spots touching the 15kt mark I think.

PE and PA with SE winds around 10kts.

Inland – Light surface winds southerly in direction with the gentle veering to the W and then NW at the Sutherland escarpment. The lower humid air causing some CB activity to crawl further south with some just north of the Plett area today. Loads to the east up at Graafies and Middelburg.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:24 and setting at 19:45. (Day length is 14 hrs 21 min). Looks like another sweet day with a partly cloudy conditions for the beach goers in Wilderness area today – low tide mid-afternoon should make it perfect. ;) Low tide at 03:47, high tide is at 10:23, low at 17:03, high at 23:14. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot humid 25 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 

(3 January 2020) 
Good morning you super-duper amazing Wild2Fly people! It tos up between the SAH and IOH dominating our WC coastal weather with the inland trough active with some CB cells in the Middelburg area late afternoon. Winds are all southerly still with some slight variations here and there. The boundary layer around 4/5k level. More moisture in the eastern southern parts with some low clouds around. Many will dissipate by the afternoon. Westerly winds above the inversion with a 30-50kts west finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Another southerly day but less strength in it so a good chance of the wind-shadow to shape up. A tad SW along the shore front with some spots around 15-20kts even. Good luck! ;)

RB – Another possible sweet day out here… ;)

PV – A typical PV day with SW winds around 5-10kts in the midday part with climbs to just shy of 5k. It does pickup  a tad more in the late afternoon with some 15kts spots.

Wilderness – Another good day ahead of us with a slight SSW start and a trend to the SE later on. Possible ocean cliff soaring this morning. Some sweet instability around with Sedge looking really good this morning with some Q’s to shape it up. But by mid-day that east will start to shake things up a bit and probably put a stop to play. Map on the other-hand not looking like it is going to deliver with frustrating extended foefies all day. It actually looks like even less wind later in the day out there… Fingers crossed! ;)

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness but with more IOH influence and a SE trend. Uppies showing climbs to just over 3k but that SE trend in it.

PE and PA with Easterly winds of 15-20kts.

Inland – Once again all southerly surface flows to Sutherland where it backs to the West. High climbs out there with a few Q’s at 12/13k. The Swartbergs with good Q’s around 9/10k. Once again the coastal mountains with a high chance of some OD conditions but less than yesterday.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:23 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 21 min). Looks like another sweet day with a lot of sun for the beach goers in Wilderness area today – low tide just after lunch should make it perfect. ;) Low tide at 02:35, high tide is at 09:15, low at 15:51, high at 21:52. Max temps for the Wilderness area another dubious 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(2 January 2020) 
Good morning you super awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH helping to push a light CF with cooler moist air onto the southern parts of the WC. Lighter winds along the southern coastal areas but fresh along the west coast still. The boundary layer around the 5k mark in most places but low clouds along the southern regions. Very light rain possible along the Overberg parts. Small chance of CB cells around Middelburg area late afternoon. Winds trend southerly with the usual backing to the west above the inversion. WNW at 10k and W at 70kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like  strong Southerly wind with no change in direction all the way to 4k. Even with the inversion strengthening it does bode well for the wind-shadow to shape up. Hhhmm… Good luck! ;)

RB – It could be a sweet day out here… ;)

PV – A good day expected with climbs to 5k and winds 5-10kts initially SW but it does pick up later to 15kts – so a stronger finish…

Wilderness – Very southerly by the looks of things with trends to SW and other models say SSE. Either way I think Sedge and Serpentine will be the winners today. Some lower cloud shaping up again later in the day. Small chance of something soarable along the coast early morning… It does not look as strong for Sedge as yesterday. :)

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness with Uppies indicating climbs to just over 2k at base. Perhaps some SE in the direction. ;)

PE and PA with Easterly winds of 25kts…

Inland – Once again all southerly surface flows to Sutherland where it backs to the West. High climbs out there with a few Q’s at 12/13k. The Swartbergs with good Q’s around 8/9k and the coastal mountains with quite a bit of OD around 5k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:22 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 22 min). Looks like another sweet day with less sun for the beach goers in Wilderness area today – low tide just after lunch should make it perfect. ;) Low tide at 01:36, high tide is at 08:15, low at 14:39, high at 20:37. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(1 January 2020) 
Good morning and happy New year you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today slightly less favourable flying than yesterday – the SAH and IOH with the inland trough dominating the WC weather. Again the shallow SE flow with the West above that. This SE flow is les strong today compared to yesterday, noticeable along the southern coastal regions with up to 20kts in a few spots but many others more protected with only 5kts or so on the cards. The boundary layer also shallower with 4-5k at the mountains and a few spots with low cloud along the Southern coastal parts. No rain on the cards (maybe a slight drizzle in parts of the Overberg). Some high clouds out to the North far inland again with 8k over the Swartbergs and 13k in the Richmond area. The west finishes at 70kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Another SE day with just over 20kts on the cards but seemingly less of a chance of the wind-shadow shaping up. It backs to east at TM top height but even if the inversion is lower there’s still some push up there. Let’s hope I’m wrong and its good! ;)

RB – A slow start this moring but it might be a great finish to the day here…

PV – A light SW day with climbs to 5k expected. Also a light finish to the day… Its better in the Cederbergs…

Wilderness – Expect a much lighter day with even a tad SSW along the Wilderness coastline. It looks as if Sedge might be the better option in the morning with a southerly expected until around mid-day when the SE will start to push harder. With the crowds expected on the beach it might just be the better option! ;) Climbs to 1500’. A few coastal spots might work tentatively but the Map area looks like it has a sheltered bit that could make things a bit frustrating today…

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness with Uppies indicating climbs to 3k… ;)

PE and PA with SE winds over 20kts today…

Inland – All light southerly surface flows to near the Sutherland escarpment where it veers to the west. The west is the better airmass with high climbs to 13k. To the south it is much less with spots going up to 8/9k at most. The wind remains light with height to the south and even a tad NW at 6500’ over the Outenikwas. A few high Q’s out there.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:22 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 23 min – can you believe the days are getting shorter again!). Looks like a sweet day for the beach goers in Wilderness area today – all day long! ;) Low tide at 00:49, high tide is at 07:26, low at 13:38, high at 19:38. Max temps for the Wilderness area another cool 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(31 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! WE are coming to the close of 2019, the end of the teenage years… ;) Wishing you all a prosperous New Year. Today the SAH dominating while the CF is moving up past Maputo. A ridge of high along the southern coastal areas but not strong so the SE winds moderate but very strong around the CT and West coast areas (over 30kts) Still a small chance of some light precipitation along parts of the south coast areas but this should clear mostly form mid-day onwards. The boundary layer around 4-6k in general along the coastal mountains further inland it rises to 8-9k and then near the Sutherland escarpment it is 13k plus. A chance of some CB activity in the Grafies and Middelburg areas for the afternoon. Winds go west above the inversion with a 70kts West finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a chance of the wind-shadow shaping up for the day. Though the winds are strong to near TM top – so some of that pushing over. Late afternoon sees some erosion of the shadow as the wind picks up to the 30kts range…

RB – Another sweet RB with a good early morning session for those who made the call …

PV – A SW outlook with 10-15kts and climbs to just shy of 6k on the cards. Winds get light with height. Its better in the Cederbergs…

Wilderness – Another good SE day with most of the SE coastal sites working during the day. Gerrickes and CP should work and even Sedge and serpentine early on before the SE winds overpower the pull of the thermals. It might get blown out around lunch time in some spots but Map probably would hold all day.

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness with Uppies indicating climbs to 3/3.5k… ;)

PE and PA with SE winds up to 15kts…

Inland – All SE winds far inland to the Sutherland escarpment where it backs to the west and WNW further north from here. Those CB activity confined to the eastern parts (from Graafies and Middelburg and further east.) Big skies along the escarpment with 13k bases. Strong SE flows around the Swartbergs at mid-day with 20kts out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:21 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 23 min – yes, it’s getting less sunshine now!). A sweet day to head to the beach early moring with less wind but also less sun - later there should be more sun but a tad more in the wind. ;) Low tide at 00:11, high tide is at 06:42, low at 12:46, high at 18:50. Max temps for the Wilderness area another cool 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(30 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Well, I think yesterday was a record day for number of tandem flights flown in one day at Map – not to mention in the morning before the wind picked up it was crowded as hell! Later we had 4 hangies join us up there and it was beautiful! It’s still Christmas it seems! ;) Welcome rain I think for many pilots today. A light CF brushing past the southern parts during the day bringing with it a shallow layer of cooler moist air with precipitation along the coastal and first mountain ranges. Low clouds with tops around 6k, just enough for some light rain in most places – on and off all day it seems. Winds are SE in this shallow layer quickly backing to the West above that. It is dry along the west coast with strong Southerly winds. Inland high probability for CB activity as far south as Graafies. Winds are SW up here quickly going West with height. 15kts at 7k and 90kts at the Tropopause.

CT – A dubious day – though the inversion is there the winds remain fairly strong all the way up pas TM top height. There is a slight wind-shadow but it doesnt look like it is strong enough for flying today. Lets hope the forecasts are wrong! ;)

RB – Sweet RB with a great early morning session for those who made the call …

PV – Very southerly day here with climbs to just shy of 6k. It is south later in the day 15kts so be careful near the mountains…

Wilderness – SE winds in general – very southerly in it so most of the coastal spots should be working. Of course there’s a bit of rain and low cloud in the mix – just make the call on the moment when you get a gap. Around 10kts…

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness… ;)

PE and PA with fresh Southerly winds 10-20kts and less chances of rain along the coast here.

Inland – Winds are all SSE with a gentle veering to the SW further inland and by Sutherland escarpment it is westerly to NW winds. It dries as we move further North with the low clouds rising with base at 6k at the Swartbergs and then less clouds beyond here. Those CB activity further North and very intense to the NE around Graaf-Reinet area…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:20 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 23 min – yes, its getting less sunshine now!). Not th ebest beach day but low tide in the middle so still worth a walk on the beach with the umbrella! ;) High tide is at 06:04, low at 12:05, high at 18:11. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(29 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A similar position as yesterday on the pressure systems – the easterly flow patterns along the southern parts and curling around CP and then up the west coast. Cloudy along the southern parts with the chance of some precipitation later on. Far inland a greater chance of CB activity around the De Aar Middelburg areas. Some high bases out there again with 13/14k on the cards. Winds go westerly above the inversion steadily increasing with a 80-90krts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a sweet start with the wind-shadow in postion but late afternoon sees a strong increase in the SE wind and an erosion of the shadow so keep a good look-out… Initial instability too 4k but the inversion setting in as the cold southerly air flows through…

RB – Another good day if you timing is right…

PV – A sweet sweet day here. Westerly winds at 5-10kts and climbs too 5k on the cards. A SW trend late afternoon again but around 10kts…

Wilderness – Another good SE start but once again it looks like it is going to get strong at lunch – time. Probably blown out – coupled with some low cloud moving in it just might put a stop to playing. Get out early if you can. ;)

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness… ;)

PE and PA also with that strong Easterly flow hitting the 30kts mark today – it is more NE along the PA side of the coast.

Inland – A light wind start inland but during the day the SE will penetrate far inland, curling to the S and then SW as it progresses all the way to Sutherland region. Some high bases further north with a high probability of CB activity out there. Cloudy in the southern parts up to the Swartberrg ranges with 20kts SE winds…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:19 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 14 hrs 24 min – yes, 1 minute less sunshine than a week ago!). Get out early because the wind is going to blow from late morning, midday onwards again! ;) High tide is at 05:27, low at 11:27, high at 17:34, low tide at 23:37. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warmer 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(28 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! An amazing day on the GR yesterday. Today looks like more fun with the SAH forming a ridge with the IOH causing a easterly flow pattern around the southern coastal regions. It is channelled along nicely by the inland trough so there’s some strong wind spots with 30kts on the cards in a few places. The boundary layer around the 4k level but far inland over the Sutherland escarpment some clouds up at 16k! A bit of cloud still around south of the coast along the GR and a chance of some of that moving onto the coastal areas during the day. Winds start to back to the N and then NW from 8k upwards with a 110kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A sweet wind-shadow start to the day but later in the afternoon the SE just upping in gear with some stronger stuff at height causing the wind-shadow to erode away. So just keep tabs on that one.

RB – It can be another good day here if you time it right. Might be a bit bumpy… lol

PV – SW surface flow with a backing to the south with height and slight SSE up top. Expect climbs to around 4k so not the best of stuff for PV but def flyable. It does pick up in the afternoon to 15ks so do be on your guard. Deeper into the Cederbergs climbs to 10k on the cards…

Wilderness – Looks like a sweet start with a light SE wind. It will become stronger during the morning with a good chance of it being blown out by late morning or mid-day. So get out there early. ;) easterly out at Serps and Sedge so very small window in the morning as the first thermals kick off for the day. Probably a hangie day for later on.

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness… ;)

PE and PA also with that strong Easterly flow – it is more NE along the PA side of the coast.

Inland – The surface winds are all easterly during the morning but will go SE in the southern parts late morning to mid-day. Eventually the SE flow will penetrate all the way to Sutherland escarpment. A slight chance of OD with rain on the escarpment late afternoon. 10k over the Swartberg and Kamanasie ranges…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:19 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 14 hrs 24 min – yes, it’s less sun than a week ago!)  Get out early because the wind is gong to blow from late morning, midday onwards! ;) High tide is at 04:51, low at 10:50, high at 16:58, low tide at 23:03. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(27 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing in that cold post frontal air onto the entire WC. Cold and spots of rain around for most of the southern parts but drier on the west coast. Strong S to SE winds around the west coast (over 30kts!) and more southerly along the southern parts. Partly cloudy conditions with super unstable air everywhere – nice Q’s in most places. In general the winds are SE up to the inversion around 5k where it starts to turn towards the west with a SW to W flow from 10k up wards with a 90kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – It looks like the SE is string and deep all day today with little prospect of any wind-shadow shaping up.

RB – Well, what do you know! If you are there early you could be playing sweetly. :)

PV – SW up to launch height and then it goes more SE – it is 5kts up there so the strong thermal flow up the slope should over power this SE direction. Climbs to 6/7k on the cards and stronger SE higher up. Could be a good day to go far to the N NE direction and connect with some sea-breeze…

Wilderness – Strong Westerly  flow this morning but from around 10 it should start to go SW and then do a slow march all the way to the SE from around 14:00 onwards. If the rain stays away it will be a great day of flying here… Just about every site will work at some stage today though watch the inland sites if the wind is strong…

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness… ;)

PE and PA Much stronger SW flow that lingers all day – 20-3okts but less later as the system moves to the east.

Inland – The surface winds are all SSE far inland past Sutherland. Around 10-15kts mostly. It does get less with height so unstable in the cold air below the normal inland hot air (that strong inversion around the 8k mark out there…) Very cloudy in the southern parts but less as we move north of the Swartbergs…  

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:18 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 14 hrs 25 min)  A cold windy morning so not the best day for the beach. Not often you can wear a scarf in id summer for a walk on the beach!;) High tide is at 04:14, low at 10:13, high at 16:22, low tide at 22:30. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cold 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(26 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! After a beautiful Christmas day of flying along the GR today is perhaps a welcome rest day. ;) A strong Cold Front moving in over the WC during the day – its already in CT and will strike the GR soon after mid-day. Strong Westerlies and rain moving in with it. Far inland it is also making its presence felt with the W to NW winds – 30kts on the surface in places, even North of Sutherland. 50kts at the 10k level and 120kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – Low cloud with strong WNW winds. Base will rise but the winds will remain 20kts or more…

RB – WWB!

PV – Looks like it is going to be socked in here all day – low base, tops at 10k and strong westerly winds…

Wilderness – A light wind start – varying in direction for us but oddly a SE trend during the course of the morning. There is a high gust factor in most of the Apps so be careful if you fly. Just above our heads the flow is strong west so I suspect the possibility of slight mixing now and then. But we might get some flying in along the coast in this shallow layer – it will veer more to the south and then SSW as the front approaches – a very strong gust front on the cards that should hit the Wilderness coastline around 13:00 or 14:00. Do keep a good look-out towards the sea and LAND well before this stuff hits us. ;)

Plett – Similar outlook with the front striking just a bit later…

PE and PA with initial light southerlies and then SW increasing as the front approaches – late afternoon with 20-30kts winds.

Inland – Strong Westerlies with rain in the west, spreading to the east as the front moves further inland – rain in Sutherland and Uniondale by nightfall. There are high bases and exceptionally strong soaring conditions preceding the front – good to look at and drool I think! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:18 and setting at 19:42. (Day length is 14 hrs 25 min)  A super hot morning for the beach but then the strong wind moves in by mid afternoon with cloudy conditions. ;) High tide is at 03:37, low at 09:36, high at 15:45, low tide at 21:57. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hotish 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(25 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Merry Christmas to everyone! ;) And well done to Anton for cracking his 25k XC flight with a 33km effort from Serpentine yesterday. Cool dude! :)) OK today there’s some frontal activity being pushed onto the WC by the SAH which is dominating together with the inland trough. (The IOH too far to the east for the WC weather). CB activity again inland but mainly to the NE parts – Molteno to Middelburg and DeAar areas. Strong NW winds out there once more. These NW winds is the general flow pattern with some surface modifications especially along the southern coastal areas where it will curl and be more SW to S in direction. Some high bases around today but the strong winds will probably not make it flyable. Just North of the Outenikwas it looks like 12k and drooling Q’s to look at but 30-50kts NW winds up there! It is 130kts NW at the Tropopause!

CT – Once again those storng NW winds with 15-20kts on the cards. Base will rise to around 4k level. Slight chance of some precipitation. Probably just too strong to fly – maybe for the hangies a good day…

RB – WWB!

PV – Starting off with N to NW winds and low cloud but rising quickly to 5/6k base but once again those strong NW to W winds here. Probably OK for the hangies but touch and go for the paragliders…

Wilderness – We are so blessed here – truly paradise we live in! :) A fine morning with again the SSW start to the day. It is looking excellent with good flying inland and those sweet scratchy coastal soaring on the cards too. Sedge looking good and it is should be sweet and not as strong as yesterday ;) Some clouds moving in and thickening after lunch with a slight chance of rain else a nice day.

Plett – Early Uppies showing climbs to 4k with a SSE flow. Soon the lower clouds will move in and thicken – base down to 2-2.5k. Keurbooms looking doable but perhaps a too much SE in it…

PE and PA with S to SW winds 10-15kts all day.

Inland – Expecting those strong NW trends again – it is NW at 6k over the Outenikwas. But exceptionally high bases 12k or more perhaps. CB cells very active in the NE areas. East of De Aar… In the little Karoo the surface winds are more S to SW. A good day do weather watching out here… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:17 and setting at 19:42. (Day length is 14 hrs 25 min – yes its Christmas but winter is now on its way!) ;) A super cool morning for the beach with a light onshore flow. Some cloud and rain moving in from mid-day onwards. ;) High tide is at 02:57, low at 08:56, high at 15:06, low tide at 21:21. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(24 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing in another CF onto the WC. It will affect the CT region and parts of the south-coast today. Strong winds expected in most places except for the GR area where some magic is protecting us. (Yup looks like a cloudy rainy Christmas tomorrow) ;) Inland strong NEW winds with 30kts in many places. Some CB activity in the NE sectors (Malteno, De Aar etc) Rain also expected around CT today. Varying boundary layer with 5/6k along the west coast and then 3-5k along the southern parts but more than 7k just over the back into the little Karoo. A few good looking clouds in this region – south of the CB activity. 50kts NW at 1k and 110kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – NW winds 15-20kts with initial low cloud which should clear but then as the front moves in it will thicken with base around 2k and tops at 8. Expecting rain.

RB – WWB!

PV – The spot for the day with West winds of 10kts picking up to 15kts later in the afternoon. Climbs to 5-6k on the cards…

Wilderness – The morning sees some SW winds but again it might be frustrating on the coast so once again I think Sedge is the best bet. The models show the winds to actually die down from mid-day onwards with very little on the coast and with a west direction. So this makes Sedge even more of a choice. It could be worth trying the coast in the morning and then moving to Serps or Sedge.

Plett – Early Uppies showing climbs to 4k with a SW lower and west upper trend. It does get breezy with 10-15kts on the cards. But I think Keurbooms is looking up today – it is looking good just about all day long. (5-15kts at the most)

PE and PA with SW winds 10-15kts all day.

Inland – Expecting those strong NW trends – especially North of the Swartbergs as the wind runs along the trough edge – those CB cells very active in the WNW line today (De Aar area). In the little Karoo the surface winds are slightly less but the upper stuff is trending that W to NW strong flow preceding the approaching front. High climbs over the Swartbegr and Kamanasie ranges today with spots showing drooling Q’s ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:16 and setting at 19:42. (Day length is 14 hrs 25 min – can you believe its all down hill from here again towards winter!). A super cool morning for the beach with a strong pulse of wind moving in late afternoon. Enjoy the sun because tomorrow it’s all gone! ;) High tide is at 02:15, low at 08:13, high at 14:25, low tide at 20:44. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(23 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Well done to our own local Wilderness ladies Champ, Khobi for not just winning the ladies division but for pipping most of the men in the comp too! Khobi has now won the ladies championships for the last ten years in a row! (Now that’s something to write home about! :)) Today we have a coastal low moving up the southern coastal areas bringing some low cloud and SW winds to the southern coastal regions. The west coast also with spots of low cloud along the coast. Westerly winds out here. To the far east the IOH dominating with very strong NE winds along the coast but inland the trough very active with some amazing flying conditions with beautiful Q’s to mark the lift and climbs to 14k… Its 50kts from 10k upwards with 80kts finish at the Tropopause NW.

CT – S to SW winds all day. The inversion just at TM top height. The wind veers with height – SW up there at 5kts or so. 10-15kt on the surface. Probably a SW trend along the coast at LH and S with some strong spots again near the shore…

RB – Probably just too much west in it today but a slight chance of the southerly coming through here later on.

PV – Sweet day here with west winds 5-10kts and climbs to 4k. Better over the back. It goes SW late in the afternoon but nothing over 15kts form the looks of it.

Wilderness – Maybe a frustrating day along the coast with winds coming and going as the coastal low moves past. Nothing much over 10kts – less most of the times. There’s a NW flow of 10-15kts at 3000’ until mid-day then it will go WSW up there too. Sedgefield and Serps being the obvious choice with instability to 1000’ and a tad more later on.

Plett – SW on the wild side but SSE at Keurbooms and Uppies. Uppies indicating climbs to 2500 for most of the day – it does look much lighter than yesterday so probably a flyable day there for the most.

PE and PA with that NE trend – strong out to sea and relatively sheltered on the coast. The SW only getting to PE late afternoon and PA remaining NE.

Inland – Light surface flow and NW all the way into the little Karoo. Some high bases up to DuToits even but the wind getting strong at 20kts plus out there. The Sea breeze will move in from mid-day getting to Beaufort at evening with 20kts north of the Swartbergs.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:16 and setting at 19:41. (Day length is 14 hrs 25 min – about as long as it gets! Summer solstice was yesterday btw). A light wind day with some clouds and less sunburn! Enjoy the low tide time of early morning… ;) High tide is at 01:28, low at 07:25, high at 13:40, low tide at 20:02. Max temps for the Wilderness area another sweet, comfy 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(22 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Thanks Rosie and Maurits for that excellent end of year braai! ;) Today we are having some super summer weather for a change – the IOH dominating in the east with some flexing of the SAH to the west and a slight trough inland. A general east surface flow except in the west where it is more SW. This layer will back to the north with height and form 6/8k the flow is NW again. No clouds to day, with the boundary layer around 3-4k along the coastal plains but up to 7/8k over the mountains and slightly more further inland. Some 20kts spots along the coast. It is 80knts WNW at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a sweet wind-shadow day with fresh S surface winds but it backs with height and drops in strength dramatically. A good low inversion to help should see SH and LH flyable all day.

RB – There could be some action in the mid to late afternoon as the southerly pushes in here… Wait till dark to get some smoother air!

PV – Typical with SW winds around 5-10kts and climbs to 4k. Late afternoon sees it going a tad more S with some spots at 15kts. It is better over the back into the Cederbergs…

Wilderness – Looks like a super morning with a light East wind steadily going SE for the day. It will increase in strength over the course of the morning touching the 15k mark around 11-12. Most of the SE facing spots will work for a while but late afternoon it will be blown out (maybe a tad earlier) but with some luck it will hold for a good while. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness today. Keurbooms showing just over 2k climbs but with a strong SE wind 10-15kts so probably not the best day to go…

PE and PA starting light SE but finishing over 30kts ESE winds…

Inland – Sweet light surface winds during the moring with a easterly in the southern and eastern parts but going more SW in the west and then NW northwards from the Sutherland escarpment. Climbs eventually at 12k along the escarpment and progressively less to the south. Surface winds do pickup late afternoon especially in the southern parts of the little Karoo with Swartberg showing up to 20kts SE over the mountain tops… Fly early!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:15 and setting at 19:4. (Day length is 14 hrs 25 min) Get out early for a sweet morning because at mid-day the SE wind will pick up drastically for a windy afternoon... ;) High tide is at 00:33, low at 06:31, high at 12:48, low tide at 19:16. Max temps for the Wilderness area another sweet, comfy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(21 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Just a reminder of this evenings social bring and braai at the Yacht club at Island lake... (Thanks Rosie and Maurits) :)) The SAH dominating with a strong push from the WSW of frontal systems brushing over the WC. Today a quick passing front moving from CT reaching the GR at mid-day and then onwards up the coast into KZN by late afternoon. Some CB activity far inland in the NE but super fine conditions in the west. The west coast starting cloudy but clearing during the course of the day. The boundary layer scattered today with low climbs in a few spots pending moisture/light rain etc but going up to 5k along the western parts, less along the southern coastal regions and into the little Karoo but rising to 12k over the Sutherland escarpment regions. The wind is westerly above the inversions with a NW finish of 110kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Again some low cloud to start the day and winds SW but drying and base going to 4/5k. Winds will be around 15kts going up to 20kts south with a strong SSW component around the SH and LH regions.

RB – Still NFG today…

PV – Some low cloud to start the day but it will rise and eventually go dry by late afternoon. Looking excellent for flying but more of a SW trend today. Late afternoon sees more southerly with 15kt surface spots so be wary close to the mountains…

Wilderness – A fine start with light SSW winds and some climbs at Sedge and Serps. That coastal SW pulse pushing through just before midday by the looks of it with some light rain and low cloud. Do keep your eyes open for that. Looks like it moderates again afterwards so probably flyable for the rest of the afternoon again in most places.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. The SW wind - up at 20kts just over 2000’. I would be very wary for that Buffs flight this moring... ;)

PE and PA with SW winds at 20kts all day…

Inland – Surface flows in the SW to West direction all the way up to Sutherland but going slightly more NW from there. Very cloudy in the south due to the frontal system moving through with low cloud, low climbs and some strong spots of SW to W winds.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:15 and setting at 19:40. Get out early for a sweet morning because at mid-day the SW is blowing through with low cloud cooler conditions and some small chance of rain. ;) Low at 05:27, high at 11:48, low tide at 18:21. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet, comfy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(20 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Still that Westerly CF system movements in the SW with a sprinkling of rain around the Peninsula – this will clear during the day with rising base but perhaps still some strong NW winds around. Better looking to the north at PV and a very strong NW to W flow along the southern parts but this will curl nicely in towards the GR with some fine flying weather in those parts. The boundary layer up around the 6k level in most places near the coastal mountains with a gradual increase in height further inland. The wind goes westerly above the inversion with a 100kts NW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Low cloud this morning which will rise but so too does the wind. Its 20kts at 2000’ so perhaps a tad strong.

RB – WWB!

PV – A awesome day here with sweet flat Q’s around 6k (will become blue later on) and 10kts West to NW winds with 5kts up high. It lowers later in the day to 5k but wind remains 10kts west.…

Wilderness – Looks like more of an easterly component today with Sedge perhaps flyable early on but then going just a tad uncomfortably strong to the east. Map might be a bit frustrating with conditions soarable but probably not top landable all day. Serps looking sweet I think and maybe some of those ocean cliffs than can handle a bit more east in the wind.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies perhaps just too much east in the wind to be lekker – perhaps up to 3k climbs here… Keurbooms also to easterly all day.

PE and PA again with S to SE winds around 15-20kts.

Inland – A light southerly to SE flow pattern in the south but in the west it is more SW to West with the Westwinds north of Sutherland. Its not a bad day to fly out there with climbs to 12k over the higher mountains and northern parts. 20kts from 10k upwards mostly from the W to NW.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:14 and setting at 19:40 (Day length 14 hours and 25 minutes – from here it looks like its down hill again towards winter ;). A sweet day expected with great beach weather all day long. A light to moderate SE wind expected but get out early to make the best of the light wind. ;) Low at 04:10, high at 10:37, low tide at 17:16, high tide at 24:24. Max temps for the Wilderness area another comfy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(19 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The western parts being lashed with a CF that is being kept at bay by the IOH. Some rain around the SW parts including the Peninsula with strong NW winds here all day. Again partial clearing later on but the winds remaining strong. 30Kts along the Agulhas coast but a southerly and light in the GR. The far east with S to SE winds from the IOH. Far inland its all westerly winds around 20kts with the boundary layer around 12k. There’s  WSW finish at the Tropopause of 85kts.

CT – Cloudy with some showers and strong NW wind. Doubtful any flying will happen today…

RB – WWB!

PV – It looks like it could turn out looking good with base around 5/6k however the strong winds will probably ground all flying. NW at 20kts…

Wilderness – A sweet start with light SSW winds up to 10kts by the looks of it with good flying just about everywhere. Sedge and Serp will work and probably most of the cliffs with light soaring by mid-day. Later on the wind trends a bit more SSE and drops after 14:00… The strong stuff remaining to the SW of us but with the 30kts out around Stillbaai it is worth keeping an eye out to sea! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing promise with climbs to 35/4k. Keurbooms remaining to easterly all day.

PE and PA with S to SE winds around 10-15kts.

Inland – Mostly strong westerly winds due to the frontal activity in the west. No rain expected and climbs to 12k from the Swartberg and northwards from there. Not the best day for flying out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:14 and setting at 19:39 (Day length 14 hours and 25 minutes – from here it looks like its down hill again towards winter ;). A sweet day expected with great beach weather all day long. A light onshore push at mid-day but quieting again for the evening. Low at 02:48, high at 09:19, low tide at 15:58, high tide at 22:02. Max temps for the Wilderness area another comfy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(18 December 2019) 

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF after-flow affecting all of the WC with strong westerly winds and rain in many places. Low cloud and rain along the west coast for the morning but clearing by mid-day. Rain around CT and especially along the mountains for most of the day. This will spread to the GR by mid-day and into the afternoon. Winds SW along the south coast with some strong spots with 20-30kts west of the GR slightly less around the GR and further east. 30kts everywhere at 4/5k , 50kts from 10k and 110kts WNW at the Tropopause.

CT – Pretty cloudy and rainy with strong Westerly winds. Slight clearing during the day around the Peninsula but otherwise this looks like the pattern pretty much for the whole day.

RB – WWB!

PV – Low clouds and some rain this morning. It will lift with base well over the mountain tops but so then the wind picks up. A strong Westerly day expected here. Probably too strong to fly all day…

Wilderness – Strong wind out to sea so keep your eye on any of that stuff moving in. But a good chance of some flying to be had along the ocean cliffs with the SW winds. Looks like by mid-day some rain moving in. Probably a window of flying from 10 to mid-day I think but with some luck a bit more…

Plett – The bay showing signs of some wind protection with a southerly flow towards Keurbooms but very strong SW to the west of Robberg. This will erode later on and also some rain moving in. Not the best of days for flying…

PE and PA with SW winds 15-20kts and rain later on….

Inland – Its all westerly winds with some very strong spots especially North of the Swartberg ranges with 30kts expected in places. Rain moving in from the west spreading to Sutherland, Lainsburg and perhaps Prince Albert. Not really a flying day… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:14 and setting at 19:39 (Day length 14 hours and 25 minutes). A sweet morning again with a tad more SW wind. Get out early because by mid-day we expect some rain showers to move in from the SW. ;) Low at 01:35, high at 08:06, low tide at 14:34, high tide at 20:38. Max temps for the Wilderness area a comfy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(17 December 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF pushing hard into CT and the parts of the South coast while the IOH dominates in the east with strong Easterlies along the far eastern coastal regions. Inland a marked N to NW flow with some high temps around. A lot of pre-frontal conditions around. The CF is tightening up those pressure gradients so strong winds for the most part but for the GR. It doesn’t look like a good day for flying just about everywhere. 50kts from 10k upwards and 100kts NW over CT.

CT – Low clouds around with strong NW winds building all day. More low cloud moving in in the afternoon claggin in the mountain tops so be careful (for the hangies) if you fly – probably no flying today – maybe for the hangies perhaps…

RB – WWB!

PV – Looks like a blown out day with the NW winds here well over 15kts with some spots hitting 25… Climbs to 6k with strong NW winds all the way up there…

Wilderness – We are in the change area between the pushing CF and the strong Easterlies to the east. So relatively light winds expected here with a trend and change from the south to the west later on. Looks like Sedge will be very stable in the moring but as the change moves in the inversion will lift with some good lift and climbs steadily rising from ridge height to over 1000’ by 14:30/15:00. Just watch late afternoon for a strong spike of SW moving in and winds picking up to 15kts… It could make things exciting for Sedge! The coast looks too light for most of the day with a maybe ridable spike in the afternoon…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA with ENE winds 30kts all day….

Inland – Initially light N to NW winds but it will pickup soon with an increase from the west. Many spots going over 20kts – hot gusty stuff so not good for flying just about anything.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:13 and setting at 19:38 (Day length 14 hours and 25 minutes). A sweet morning and most day to spend time on the beach – low tide at mid-day with a light onshore and then a possible spike coming through from the WSW later in the afternoon. ;) Low at 00:35, high at 07:04, low tide at 13:19, high tide at 19:26. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 28 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(16 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A Trough shaping up along the west coast, the IOH dominating along the southern parts while another CF is heading towards the Cape. Mostly a blue day with no clouds, the boundary layer around 4/5k along the western parts, around 3/4k on the southern coastal plains with some spots more over the back into the inland mountains – Swartberg up to 10k. Winds are generally easterly in the east but west in the west. Some storng winds later today along the southern coastal area but sheltered for the most part around the Peninsula. The winds back gently with height trending NE, then N, NW with a West finish at the Ropopause at 40kts.

CT – Instability between 3-4k and W to SW winds during the day but later when the southerly comes through the lower inversion shapes up – around 15knts. Looks like the wind-shadow should also shape up then but lets see…

RB – Maybe a late afternoon soaring session could be on the cards today…

PV – Looking sweet with W to NW winds during the start at 5kts. Climbs 4/5k mostly. Nothing too strong near the mountain but that SW pushing though again later in the day – it looks like it will not get to the mountains with vengeance as usual but remain relatively lighter there but still – keep eyes open for later in the day.

Wilderness – A light S to SE start with almost every spot working. 3k climbs expected at Serps and Sedge early on. Mid-day to early afternoon the SE looks to be picking up again with a chance of it being blown out.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA with SE winds around 15kts.

Inland – Initially light NE winds but later on the SE will penetrate inland along the southern parts as far as the Swartberg ranges. – Around 15kts with a few spikes going more. Good thermals too if you can get into the air in some of the spot. A good moring for the propeller thingies.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:13 and setting at 19:37 (Day length 14 hours and 24 minutes). A sweet morning to spend time on the beach – low tide at mid-day but the wind picking up form then onwards. ;) High at 06:12, low tide at 12:17, high tide at 18:27. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(15 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Strong SW winds just about everywhere as the CF is pushed far into the interior today. Some good looking clouds in many places with base along the coastal plains in the 4-6k region and higher further inland. The south coast areas with over 20kts SW winds and the west coast slightly less. Further inland it is not as strong. 30kts from 10k with a SW direction holding at SW all the way to the Tropopause with a 60-90kts finish up there.

CT – SW winds with deep instability to 4/5k. Some clouds near the inversion with a slight chance of rain still around here but mos t of it will be to the eastern mountains (Hermanus etc) A late afternoon southerly push but it does seem to remian SW along LH areas. Possibly up to 15kts near the waters edge but around 10kts on the hill I think.

RB – Too much SW in it. ;)

PV – Looking excellent today with SW winds around 10kts all the way to base. Some sweet flat Q’s for most of the day but less in the afternoon and to the North. Some spots showing spikes to 15kts and possibly in the  far North around Klan and Klawer spikes to 20kts. The afternoon also sees a backing to the south so be careful then of flying close to the mountain. Strong but excellent conditions for the comp.

Wilderness – Along the whole GR today the winds are SW and very strong with a chance of some showers. Def no flying and only good for the hard-core kitesurfers too! ;) All the local sites are in the same boat.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – strong and some chance of rain on and off…

PE and PA with SW winds 30kts plus and rain.

Inland – SW winds as far as the WC goes. Clouds confined to just north of the Swartberg ranges where it looks to be at 9k base. Excellent flying however the winds are a tad strong for the most part.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:13 and setting at 19:37 (Day length 14 hours and 24 minutes). A very windy day with passing showers so probably not the best time to go to the beach. ;) High at 05:26, low tide at 11:26, high tide at 17:37, low tide at 23:47. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(14 Decemberr 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF moving in over the entire WC with strong winds, rain and even CB activity. A strong SAH pushing in hard behind it so not the best outlook for the next two days… ;) Winds are generally around 20kts WSW steadily increasing with 50kts at 10000’. This trend is across the whole WC except for the far eastern parts where the IOH is still pushing strong NE winds down the coast to EL. Base pretty high along the southern parts at Riversdal region with 5-6k along the mountains but of course the winds are over 20kts… 110kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks rainy and strong Westerlies all day here…

RB – WWB is out today! ;)

PV – Good direction but the strength is another story! 10-15kts with initial cloud below the tops then as base rises the wind picks up with a 20kts afternoon. If the hangies fly be careful of cloudsuck and getting stuck close to the mountain with all tat lift and no where to run kinda situation!

Wilderness – Maybe a shot at a flight early today at the CP dunes but it will pick-up more and be too strong. Later in the day it looks like a slight slackening in the wind but then the chances of rain increases. Be careful of the more southerly direction late afternoon and trapping you against the dune!  Still some CB activities over the back mountains and later in the day rain moving in from the ocean too… All the other sites are in the same boat.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with more WSW winds.

PE and PA with verystrong SW winds 20-30kts and rain.

Inland – Strong westerly winds out there all the way even north of Sutherland. Rain all over and CB cells along the Swartberg line (more or less) It’s all strong frontal stuff and a day for staying indoors! (except for the Kite-surfers!) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:36 (Day length 14 hours and 24 minutes). Cloudy and windy day… Get out early for that low tide and before the strong winds and rain hit! J High at 04:44, low tide at 10:41, high tide at 16:53, low tide at 23:03. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(13 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A well developed inland trough in combination with the IOH dominating our WC weather today. Those CB cells moving much further south today with the activities on our southern mountains ranges from Grabouw extending easterly to KZN – it gets worse to the east. The coastal regions with strong Easterlies in the east but slightly less in the GR corner and picking up again around the Agulhas regions. It curls nicely around the Peninsula for a W to SW along the west coast. Coastal fog along the west in places with a few spots along the southern coasts. The boundary layer nice and high with 5/6 inland from the coast but 2 and less close to the shore. Further north it is once again high bases with 10-12 around the Swartberg and 14 at Middleburg and Sutherland. Winds are Westerly above the inversion with a 90 kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Some fog around which might just stop play but if it clears it looks good with SW winds along the promenade of SH and LH…

RB – It is too westerly today…

PV – Looking good here with westerly winds of 5kts going to WSW at 10 and climbs to 4/5k… Again those CB activity over the Cederbergs that could influence the local flow…

Wilderness – Much lighter today for our area but still some strong stuff out to sea with 25kts near Gerrickes point for the afternoon. Looks like some protection around the Wilderness corner with the strong stuff not quite making it here… :)) Early on the thermic sites of Sedge and Serps might offer something but it is nothing to write home about out there I think. Climbs to 2k on the cards. Watch late afternoon for CB out flow form the mountains that could influence things on the coast.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness and also those CB activities in the mountains that could move far enough south to have an effect. Even light rain on the cards…

PE and PA with Easterly winds 20-30kts and some precipitation possible …

Inland – Sweet light surface winds inland of the GR with south in the south, west in the west and east in the east. In the far north it more N to NW. ;) CB action in and around the convergence zones among other causes. Further inland high bases and exceptional soaring but for the OD/CB conditions.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:35 (Day length 14 hours and 23 minutes). Once again a partly cloudy day ahead but with the Wilderness corner  being the spot for less wind and a cool walk or time on the beach. Choose low tide for more fun! :) High at 04:06, low tide at 10:01, high tide at 16:12, low tide at 22:23. Max temps for the Wilderness area another warm 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(12 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! That IOH still dominating along the southern parts with the low and active trough lining up in an WSW to ENE direction in a ling from The Cederbergs to wards Middelburg with some active CB cells out there today. The coastal winds SE and once again pretty strong with some left over rain in the east near PE. Along the west and southern coastal parts a few low clouds but rising pretty rapidly as we move inland. The boundary layer around 4-6k near the first ranges and then up to 8 and 11k the mid areas with that Sutherland Escarpment and beyond showing base over 14k today. Good flying out there but for the OD conditions. The wind inland is fairly light on the surface and from 10k upwards goes decidedly westerly finishing with a WSW around the CT area at 70kts up by the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a sweet day of flying with the storng SE winds confined to CP – curling around for a SW direction at LH area. Getting up to 10kts and later in the day  when the stronger SE comes through it looks like the wind-shadow kicks in with a sweet onshore flow at SH.

RB – Starting too westerly but in the afternoon it will start to back to the South enough for some flying to happen. Its just which will turn of first – the bumps or the wind! ;)

PV – Another SW day with 5kts in the moring and 10 in the afternoon. The wind goes more southerly at altitude and climbs expected to 5 perhaps 6k later on. Again those CB activity over the Cederbergs that could influence the local flow…

Wilderness – That pesky strong east wind once again sticking its nose out at us with strong wind on the cards with most places probably blown out as early as 10:30. Even the Map doesn’t look like it is escaping the strong stuff today…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with much more SE wind so it actually doesnt look like it will be flyable there at all today – even early! ;)

PE and PA with Easterly winds 20-30kts and rain with it clearing form the west…

Inland – Once again theres a southerly flow inland with a great start to the day – light in the moring and into the first part of the afternoon. Especially Swartbegr pass looking sweet until 14:00 with winds southerly at 10kts only and climbs to 11k possible. But after 14:30/15:00 that seabreeze kicks in with 20kts on the cards so be careful… CB action further inland with high bases and exceptional soaring but for the OD conditions.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:35 (Day length 14 hours and 23 minutes). Once again a partly cloudy day ahead but with much more wind for the Wilderness area. Get out early before high tide and that wind gets to you for a great beach day J High at 03:29, low tide at 09:23, high tide at 15:35, low tide at 21:47. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(11 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH still dominating but with some slackening of wind along the southern parts especially the GR area. There are odd low cloud/fog patches for the west and the southern coastal areas. Still a chance of CB activity inland with some as far south as Willowmore but in general it also looks less active inland for those big rain cells. Winds are mostly westerly but a few southerly variations especially in the southern parts but NE in the far eastern coastal areas. The wind is SW at the Tropopause at 90kts.

CT – Some SE at CP but a SW at the LH and SH areas. It looks like this remains until the afternoon where the southerly pushes hard enough for a sweet wind-shadow to shape up. At least according to RASP! ;)

RB – Looks like a play day for the afternoon on the cards… ;)

PV – A SW start at 5kts with climbs to 5k increasing to 10kts for the afternoon. The wind goes more southerly at altitude. Some CB activity over the Cederbergs that could influence the local flow…

Wilderness – That pesky strong east wind now slackening off with a SSW flow this morning. It is West at 1000’ but slowly the SE will creep in from around mid-day especially in the east around Gerrickes point. The Map looks to remain sheltered with light SE by late afternoon (Typical compression bubble by the looks of it) Serpentine looks sweet for the morning and it could be a day to fly from there to the Map. Sedgefiled looks very promising for the moring but a chance of the wind going east by mid-day. Probably some turbulence again due to the varying wind strengths around.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but more east wind. Uppies doable early on with climbs to 3500 but later down to 2500. The SE up and down during the day from the looks of it – up to 15kts maybe else around 10kts out there…

PE and PA with Easterly winds 20-30kts all day…

Inland – Southerly flow all the way up to near Sutherland where it veers to the west. All around 10-15kts and those CB activity in places from the Cederbergs to past Willowmore.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:34 (Day length 14 hours and 22 minutes). A partly cloudy day ahead with much less wind for the Wilderness area. Get out early before high tide for a great beach day J High at 02:55, low tide at 08:47, high tide at 14:59, low tide at 21:11. Max temps for the Wilderness area a comfy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(10 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH still dominating with a strong easterly flow pattern along the southern parts. The CB activities more active and moving further to the SW side – Cederbergs and possibly to Touwsriver area. Sweet clouds in most places but for the CB and OD conditions inland in some spots. In general the boundary layer around 2-5k near the coast up to the coastal mountains. Above this the winds backs veers quickly to the west with a 30kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – The strong SE more confined to the south at CP with a softer curling around the Peninsula today bringing SW flow at SH and LH. It looks good all day – the usual southerly later in the day pushing thought that could affect things a bit.

RB – Maybe late afternoon stuff happening here…

PV – Looking good with Westerly winds around 5kts and climbs to 5/6k possibly. It does go a tad more SW later on up to 10kts. OD over the Cederbergs with a chance of CB activity there…

Wilderness – A sweet start with a slow increasing SE wind. Fly early again because by 12 it could be blown out.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA with SE winds pushing to 30kts today…

Inland – The mountains blocking that strong SE winds with light S to SE winds moving inland all the way to the Sutherland escarpment. Those CB activity all over inland with some as far south as Touwsriver – maybe even towards the Southern ranges with the upper air showing signs of midlevel instability. Not the best day to be flying…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:33 (Day length 14 hours and 22 minutes). A partly cloudy day ahead with strong SE winds increasing during the day. Get out early before high tide and the wind J High at 02:21, low tide at 08:11, high tide at 14:24 this morning, low tide at 20:38. Max temps for the Wilderness area a comfy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(9 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH propagating to the east taking over the IOH position with a ridge along the southern parts of the country. An active trough in the centre with CB activity I a line east west around the Sutherland escarpment. SE along the coast and another strong wind day. The boundary layer ranging from very stable in the coastal air to 4/6k along the first mountain ranges. Some clouds around in the morning but most will burn off during the day. Futher inland some good Q’s development but of course those OD and CB conditions in the far north. Winds in general SE to E but west to SW along the west coast and then NW north of Sutherland region. Some 25kts posts form mid-day onwards. From 12k it is all west winds and a NW 50kts at the Tropopause in the WC area except for the SW corner where its S 15kts over the CT area for a change!

CT – Once again the day will finish with very strong SE to S winds but initially mostly around CP area. It does look like the wind-shadow will be active for the morning but then the wind picks up quite a bit and might erode all of that away. One of the forecasts shows the inversion will lower to around 1500’ which could be favourable for the wind-shadow to remain – the wind however is reasonably storng all the way up to just over the mountain top height. Fingers crossed! (BTW I see RASP is out of action for a few days now…?)

RB – Looks like another good day I think with the wind coming through around mid-day. Perhaps strong finish at the end of the day?

PV – Looks amazing there today with westerly winds around 5-10kts initially and climbs to perhaps 7k. (Much more into the Cederbergs) The wind does pick-up to over 15kts in the afternoon so be careful of hanging out for too long…

Wilderness – Looks like a short window at Map for the morning with a good chance of it being blown out as early as 10. Maybe you could get lucky early at those coastal cliff sites too.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 2k… but of course the wind not in our favour.

PE and PA with SE winds pushing over 20…

Inland – SE to east flow with a quick veering to the W and NW around the Sutherlnad escarpment area. Loads of CB activity out there today. Climbs over the Swartberg up to 9k with a light start of less than 5kts but at mid-day the winds quickly gather momentum to SSE at 15-20kts! Once again not the best day for being in the sky out there!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:32 (Day length 14 hours and 21 minutes). A sunny day but once again the winds very strong so do get out early before high tide and the wind J High at 01:46, low tide at 07:35, high tide at 13:49 this morning, low tide at 20:05, high at 23:26. Max temps for the Wilderness area a comfy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(8 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating with a tightening of the isobars along the southern and SW parts of the coast. Stronger SE winds on the cards today with a chance of some rain along the southern parts and also strong CB activity inland along the escarpment around the De Aar Middelburg line. Very strong SE winds around CT today. Lower cloud bases all over with 1500/2000’ range but at mid-day up to 4k along the back ranges. It does dry considerably north of the mountains with higher base and less clouds until we hit the CB activity on the convergence line between the inland trough and the IOH push. Winds quite strong with over 20kts in many spots inland and along the coast. It is SE but west from 10k upwards with a NW finish of 80-100kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Very strong SE up to 30kts with no real inversion – base at 3-4k. It does not look like a strong wind-shadow will form today…

RB – Looks like a good day – get out early before the bumps start! ;)

PV – Very southerly in the wind direction today with a SW start but it backs to south near the mountain tops so be careful of flying close to that hill! It goes south later in the day at 15kts. Expecting climbs to 5k…

Wilderness – Cloudy start with a few spots of rain and SE winds. The direction is still very southerly so most of those ocean cliffs could work this morning. Map will offer something during the morning but I expect it to get blown out before lunch probably.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a chance of rain and those winds in the 15kts region and more at times. Uppies showing 1okts this morning with base at 2500 – it might go a tad higher… Probably OD conditions.

PE and PA with SE winds pushing to 25kts later in the day…

Inland – SE flow all the way to past Sutherland where it veers to finish WNW. CB activity in a line from De Aar to the east intensifying. Strong winds with over 25kts at times. Not the best day for being in the sky out there!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:32 (Day length 14 hours and 20 minutes). A cloudy day ahead with strong SE winds increasing during the day – later a better chance of rain. Get out early before high tide and the wind J High at 01:09, low tide at 06:57, high tide at 13:14 this morning, low tide at 19:31, high at 23:26. Max temps for the Wilderness area a comfy 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(7 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating our weather with a SSE flow onto the entire WC areas. There’s a heat low in the central parts again with the classic fantastical soaring weather SA is known for. (Any of you notice those sweet looking Q’s inland from the GR yesterday!?) The GR areas with some Q’s around the 3500’ level with good thermic conditions, it rises slightly near the mountains and behind going up to 5/6k. There’s a chance of some CB activity inland in the east (Middelburg area) for the afternoon. The winds are all SSE but then Westerly further north from the Sutherland Escarpment. Surface winds picking up inland to over 20kts in places but fairly light with height with 5-10kts around 5k but from 10k it is all westerly with a 60kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – The SE surface winds are around with over 20kts on the cards but a strong inversion present with lighter winds above setting the stage for the wind-shadow to hang in place. Looking promising all day long.

RB – Looks like a fun (bumpy!) day here today…

PV – Aaahh.. sweet PV – wth 5kts WSW winds and climbs to around 5k on the cards. It will go more SSW later in the day with 10kts or just over at times.

Wilderness – A sweet day ahead of us with just about every spot working at some stage today. There’s a very slight chance of some precipitation but getting less as the day progresses. I think for the XC guys Sedge should be a great springboard to head towards Wilderness today with base over 3500’ – getting away from as early as 10 this morning. The wind looks like it will be holding SSE until just after lunchtime before it could get a bit strong and cross. Gerrickes a big day expected here… Buffs too… All the spots along the Wilderness ocean cliffs – even PR. Serps looking excellent for a sweet XC to Map and then Map also on but perhaps not as strong as expected here today.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with that a sweet SSE winds and 3500 climbs at Uppies. A slightly increased chance here for light rain else, it seems to be good for most of the day though the wind does pick up a tad later on.

PE and PA with light SSE winds all day… Less than 10kts by the looks of things.

Inland – Again a sweet day with initially light SSE winds, picking up at mid-day with 20kts plus at times in a few spots. CB’s at the Middelburg and east form there. Westerly winds north of Sutherland. Still a few excellent looking Q’s shaping up into the little Karoo later in the day. Some over 15k!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:31 (Day length 14 hours and 20 minutes). A partly cloudy day ahead with light breeze from the SSE. Late afternoon would be good for the beach with the low tide. J High at 00:25, low tide at 06:13, high tide at 12:34 this morning, low tide at 18:55, high at 23:26. Max temps for the Wilderness area a comfy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(6 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some weak systems around but for the inland trough which is producing some superb conditions inland – just North of the Swartberg ranges – 14500’ Bases with sweet westerly winds 10-15kts. Late afternoon sees the Sea-breeze roaring through at 25kts from the SSW though… For the coastal areas the SAH active in the west with a SW flow and the IOH in the east with a NE flow. The GR area having a coastal low to the south with a light SW flow pattern for the day. In general the boundary layer around the coastal areas low at 1000’ with weak climbs but near the mountains it perks up to 4/5k. At 5k the wind is SW at 15kts and West at the Tropopause at 40kts.

CT – A sunny clear start with light NW winds which will back to the SW after mid-day. Some local surface acceleration at SH and LH along the coast but as the South pushes the wind-shadow should shape up for a sweet finish to the day. Light winds higher up with the inversion around 1.5/2k.

RB – Mostly the wrong direction but a small chance of the southerly coming through later in the day…

PV – A sweet day I think with Westerly winds and a SW later in the day. Climbs to 4/5k on the cards. Nothing too strong with perhaps just above 10kts in a few spots.

Wilderness – The coastal low helping and blocking at the same time. Light winds during the morning but it does look like a sweet sea-breeze spike around mid-day for some switched on flying at Sedgefield. The temp profile indicating light lift so with the convergence it might just be very sweet at Sedge and Serps… Winds are SW with a more westerly trend later in the dday. Perhaps just over 10kts by the looks of things. The coast looks light and frustrating today…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies showing climbs to 3500’.

PE with SW winds up to 15kts or so and PA with strong NE winds at 20kts. Early evening the SW will reach PA also.

Inland – SW winds in the southern parts but Westerly further inland. Amazing looking sky on the cards with Q’s over 14k and epic flying conditions out there. All this action will help squeeze in  a strong seabreeze mid afternoon and later – 25kts in many spots of SSW winds.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:30 (Day length 14 hours and 19 minutes). A sweet warm day with some SE wind on the cards. Early is better for a day at the beach. J Low tide at 05:18, high tide at 11:47, low tide at 18:14. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 26 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(5 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! After a sweet day at Map yesterday today is so very different. The IOH dominating with NE winds shaping up East along the southern coastal area and Northerly inland. The west coast dictated by the trough line running north/south along the western side of the WC. Much more subsidence with more stable conditions along the southern coastal regions. The boundary layer around 2-3k AGL along the southern ranges (less near the coast) rising to 10k with the northerly flow behind the coastal mountain ranges. No clouds by the looks of it with the Northerly flow hanging around all the way up to 15k where it goes more NW. NW 90kts over Graafies but 20kts over CT at the Tropopause.

CT – a light wind start but going more SSW surface winds at mid-day picking up to 20kts later. But the wind goes more NW from 1k upwards which can change things a lot. Tricky day to call but it does seem like no wind-shadow but enough NW in the flow to allow flying to happen for the most part of the day.

RB – Looks like too much west in it for the moring but the Southerly coming through here later in the afternoon.

PV – A NE start but at some time during the day it does seem to come up the slope with a SSW finish at the end of the day… ;) If you do get off climbs to 6k possible by the looks of it.

Wilderness – The coastal inland sites very stable today with poor climbs to 1000’ perhaps. On the platau near the mountains it might go to 2k AGL. Winds are easterly with a tad of SE in it from around 10/11. There’s a storng NE flow to the east of us so maybe some of that might spill up to the Wilderness coastline for a more onshore flow. Some spots at 20kts so some waves of that possible at Map though I think it would probably be one of those on off days - either way a tricky day.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with that eatsrly flow – some storng stuff out here with more than 20kts on the cards. Further to the east it is up to 30kts…. Uppies with climbs to 1k above but those pesky easterly flow probably not the best for here…

PE and PA with very storng E to NE winds… 30kts plus at times..

Inland – It is all Northerly winds – nothing strong with less than 10kts in most places. DuToits looks very good for today if there are those who want to do a road trip out there… Climbs over the Swartberg around 8k. 12k at the Sutherland Escarpment with NW winds.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:29 (Day length 14 hours and 18 minutes). A sweet warm day with some SE wind on the cards. Early is better for a day at the beach. J Low tide at 04:05, high tide at 10:44 this morning, low tide at 17:21, high at 23:26. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(4 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH ridging in along the southern coastal regions sweeping in with an easterly component along the whole WC today. Windy along the SW corner from Agulhas to CP with the summery SE winds. Slightly more moderated further east. Some good looking Q’s in the eastern parts of the GR. Base around 3500/4500. For the remainder the boundary layer at 5/6k along most of the west coast but looks like PV near to 7/8k with the east winds out there. It remains easterly all the way to above 10k where it veers to the SW but further inland the wind is NW at the Tropopause at 110kts. (Ct is SW at 30kts).

CT – Strong SE winds all day with little prospect of the wind-shadow shaping up. It is 20kts all the way to 4/5k backing o the east up there.

RB – I is looking good for the easterly side of the hill I think…

PV – Too much east in I but well worth a visit to Picketberg today. Some mega climbs possible here I think with a chance to hit that 8k mark…

Wilderness – A light SE start with some cloud around. The cloud will burn away as the wind picks up. Probably every spot will be flyable this morning at some stage from Buffs to Gerrickes PR and CP with the Map also putting in a good innings. Looks like it will be blown out in the mid to late afternoon. Very thermic with some excellent soaring for the XC boys – start early before the wind gets too strong but there should be some good Q’s, especially to the east with moderate SSE winds to carry you along for some distance.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies being the XC bet – climbs to 4500 with Q’s around to help show the way. Its about time someone gets to the Wilderness area from there!

PE and PA with a more southerly direction and just into the lower teens in knots. Not a bad day out here either…

Inland – The east wind up to 20kts in places all the way inland to past DeAar region. Climbs to the south of this in the 8-10k range and Q’s further south near the Swartberg ranges. Nothing too exciting! Freezing level back up at 13k..

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:28 (Day length 14 hours and 17 minutes). A slightly warmer day with a SE wind on the cards. Get out early before the wind gets too strong for a day at the beach. J Low tide at 02:40, high tide at 09:27 this morning, low tide at 16:07, high at 22:03. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(3 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Yesterday a up and down day for the GR pilots – some into the sweet stuff and others getting the more rowdy stuff! Today the CF is here with strong support from the SAH pushing in those cool SW winds onto the entire WC. Some very strong convergence and CB activity in the extreme inland NW parts with loads of rain (hopefully some relief to the draught stricken areas!) Closer to home the winds are mostly in the 20kts region so a tough task master for flying. The boundary layer around the 2-3k close to the coast but 4-5k along the mountains and a tad more further inland. Winds go westerly from 7k up and finishes with a 115kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – A windy and deep SE wind today with little prospect of a usable wind-shadow to form. 30kts at times.

RB – Good early morning action here but I expect it to get too strong by late morning already.

PV – Too much east in the wind form the looks of things so it might be worth a look at Pickertberg though the strength might be risky…

Wilderness – A strong start with 20kts SW winds small chance of some rain in the morning. My sources show not much relenting in the wind strength but for a short period late-late in the day from after 16:00/17:00… Else it seems to be on that 15kts borderline most of the time. Stronger stuff further out to probably not much flying today. PS: Don’t even think about Sedge or Serps! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with slight chance of Keurbbooms offering something after 17:00… Uppies hhhhmmmm… Say no more!

PE and PA with strong SW winds all day of 30kts at times.

Inland – The Southerlies pushing up far inland to way past Sutherland all the way into Namibia. Very unstable with strong lift and climbs to around 10k out there. The Q’s seem to stop near the Swartberg ranges but that strong frontal convergence line in the far NW with loads of rain and C activity... Freezing level down to 10000’.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:27 (Day length 14 hours and 16 minutes). A windy winters morning with a chance of some showers and strong SW winds almost all day long. Expect very late in the afternoon a slight drop in the winds with a sunset walk on the beach a winner! ;) Low tide at 01:30, high tide at 08:13 this morning, low tide at 14:37, high at 20:33. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 16 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 




(2 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet day at Map yesterday with everyone having a ball – including David on his U2 who enjoyed a solitary flight landing after 5 only after a few runs to Vicbay and back. Today there’s a CF push from the West with change underfoot. The IOH still dominating in the east with storng NE winds along the coast but to the west a WSW strong pulse moving up the southern coastal regions reaching Wilderness area from around 14:00 to 16:00. Winds are generally Westerly and fairly breezy but a lighter Southerly push along the GR early on. There’s more stable conditions near the coast today with climbs around 1k but rising quickly further inland. The boundary layer at 3-4k AGL up to the first ranges but more beyond those. It is 100kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – Breezy Westerlies all day. Instability to around 3/4k. Should be a good day if it doesn’t get a tad strong later on.

RB – WWB!

PV – Looking sweet with a WNW start at 5kts gently veering to the WSW later in the day. Might even be some thin Q’s at 5k near mid-day. A nice day to fly to Saron and then back as far as you can! ;)

Wilderness – A seemingly stable start as things build for that Westerly pulse to move in. Probably frustrating flying before with the coast being too light. Sedge the best bet – initially a sweet S to SW wind but later going more west and becoming a bit strong. Keep an eye out for that building wind from the West. Looks like it will be a tad too westerly when it arrives…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the westerly kicking in around 14:00. Keurbooms perhaps offering something just before it gets too west and strong…

PE and PA with strong NE winds of 20kts plus but then late afternoon sees a drop as the wind changes near PE preparing for the SW switch around 18:00.

Inland – Strong NW winds in most places with 30kts around Colesberg. Backing more SW in the south. Winds will build into the afternoon as the front approaches. A chance of CB activity along the centre from the active trough line all the way to Graafies late afternoon. Big skies to the North with base at 14k and even some 12k Q’s around the Swartberg ranges earlier on. Freezing level up to 13500’.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:27 (Day length 14 hours and 15 minutes). A perfect morning with light wind but late afternoon sees a strong spike in the wind from the WSW but that midday low tide walk on the beach still great). Low tide at 00:39, high tide at 07:14 this morning, low tide at 13:22, high at 19:25. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(1 December 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH shaping up for today and a trough down the eastern centre of the country. Still the unstable left-overs form the passing CF over the entire WC so some good flying to be had if you are on it. ;) A General SE trend along the southern coastal areas up to the inversion – it gets lighter with height and then veers to the W. The boundary layer pretty high in most places with 6k along the southern ranges and more further inland. Some good Q’s around the southern areas but blue along the west coast. The wind is West at the Tropopause at 70kts.

CT – All the signs are there for a wind-shadow day with the SE winds around. Inversion around 1500/2k and less winds above that. Picking up to 15-20ks in the late afternoon with some spots along the west coast peaking at 30kts.

RB – Could be a nice day out here. Very unstable and possibly a time to go somewhere?

PV – Another sweet day with a W start at 5kts and climbs to 6k on the cards. Later I goes more SW with 15kts peaks at times.

Wilderness – A strong SE day on the cards with chances that it will be blown out everywhere by midday. So get going to all those cool SE spots - Buffs, Gerrickes, CP early if you can. Sedge showing up 4k earl on but by 10/11 I could be too strong easterly here…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a bit more in the SE strength department. Uppies showing climbs to 4k but 15kts on the surface…

PE and PA with 20kts plus SE winds all day!

Inland – A SE to Southerly flow in the south that penetrates all the way to the Sutherland Escarpment where it does an abrupt turn to the west. Around 10-15kts most places but very strong NW I the far NW areas – high bases here too but a slight chance of some CB activity in that southern trough areas… Freezing level down to 12.5k over the Swartberg ranges…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:26 (Day length 14 hours and 14 minutes). A perfect partly cloudy morning with the wind starting to pick-up mid-day with a breezy SE finish in the afternoon. (Mid-day low tide still great for walks on the beach). High tide at 06:26 this morning, low tide at 12:27, high at 18:35. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(30 November 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF spread all over the WC this morning with some partly cloudy conditions and a few spots of rain around mainly along the coastal regions (both up on the west and southern coastal stretches.) The air is cool sweet and very unstable with some good flying all over. The boundary layer around 3-6k AGL with some good looking Q’s, especially around the southern parts and into the little Karoo. Wind is SW in general remaining SW and from 6k AGL it veers to the NW from 10k up with a 100kts finish at the Tropopause!

CT – Looks like deep instability up to 6k here with SW winds around 10kts. A slight increase in the late afternoon to 15kts SSW with lowering of the cloud to 4k. It could be a record kind of day to fly from Bains to past Klawer and beyond…

RB – Wrong direction here all day…

PV – A very sweet day with a WSW start at 5-10kts and perhaps some Q’s at 5k in the morning. This should dissipate later on with climbs up to 6k and a slight more southerly in the wind SSW at 10-15kts.

Wilderness – Looks like another good day of flying here provided the rain stays away. Even if there is a bit of rain once it clears the flying should be really good. A lower base but still some good thermals around. Winds are expected to be SW with a short spell of strong winds around midday (15kts or so) but then later on a sweet calming with great flying along all the coastal cliffs and even Sedge might be doable though it could be a tad strong here still…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a bit more in the SW strength department. Uppies showing climbs to 3.5k but 15kts SW out there… Perhaps a tad too much west in it for Keurbooms to be sweet…

PE and PA with those 20kts plus SW winds all day!

Inland – A SW flow which will trend more westerly further North. Strength around mid-teens in knots but over 25kts NW around the Middelburg area (along the front edge it seems.) Still some super awesome stuff to the far North with climbs over 15k. A chance of some CB activity along this NW/SE line. Freezing level down to 13k in the southern areas…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:25 (Day length 14 hours and 13 minutes). Breezy until after lunch but late afternoon sees a drop in the wind. The SW winds bringing some showers this morning. Partly cloudy all day. (Mid-day low tide is great for walks on the beach). High tide at 05:44 this morning, low tide at 11:42, high at 17:53 and low at 23:58. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(29 november 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF approaching CT with the promise of some light rain on the southern parts by the weekend – else not having too much effect on our weather at this stage. But a change in wind direction with W to SW winds on the west and southern coastal regions. A few spots of low cloud along the western parts which mostly should dissipate during the day. The boundary layer between 2k near the coast to 4k AGL near the first mountain range – progressively getting higher further inland. The strong inland heat lows starting to weaken in the SW parts but it’s still very active in the further NW regions. Some CB activity around GR at midday. Base is still really high out there with spat at 16 and even 18k to the NW. Winds are stronger with 30-40kts from 6k upwards and a 100kts NW finish over CT at the Tropopause.

CT – If the coastal fog.low cloud dissipates it should be affine day for flying around S and LH. Winds look to be generally westerly all day long with up to 15ks in places.

RB – Wrong direction here all day…

PV – A very sweet day with westerly winds ll day around 5-10kts. Late afternoon sees a tad more SW with possibly the odd spot at 15kts. Climbs later in the day close to 6k…

Wilderness – A breezy morning with a SW start with all the ocean cliffs soarable. From around mid-day it will drop and become much lighter (10kts and less) with light scratchy coastal stuff on the cards. Sedgefield should get doable in the late afternoon with climbs indicate to 1800’.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a longer lingering SW winds. Keurbooms looking very sweet from after 14:00 onwards. Uppies remaining breezy SW with around 15kts and climbs to 3k.

PE and PA with those 25kts plus SW winds all day!

Inland – Much stronger winds around with NW northwards of the Sutherland escarpment and southerly to the south from there. Some spots going over 30kts especially on the Sutherland escarpment. Big skies out there but it seems to be a bit of a strong day for PG and HG. Graaf-Reinet showing some CB activity at mid-day. Freezing level down a bit from the looks of it to 14/15k in most places today…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:24 (Day length 14 hours and 12 minutes). Breezy in the morning but slightly less in the afternoon – from the SW – with partly cloudy conditions all day long. (Mid-day low is great for walks on the beach). High tide at 06:26 this morning, low tide at 12:27, high at 18:35. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(28 Novemeber 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH nowhere today with a CF approaching CT with a serious deep inland trough (very active heat low) with the IOH pushing in some low level easterlies along the southern coastal areas. All the action should be deep inland with over 40degrees C in places and extremely high cloud bases – over 18k! Some record flights possible today out there… Closer to home the coastal regions are still under the cooler ocean air with a shallow layer for us to play in – mostly climbs to 1000’ or so before we enter the very strong inversion with hot westerly winds above. Some lift along the mountains with a few post pocking their heads above the inversion with climbs going higher. Winds are SE along the southern parts and SW along the west coast. Above that from about 2000’ it is westerly to NW all the way to the Tropopause with a 40kts finish up there.

CT – A good day ahead with west to SW winds until late afternoon when a shallow southerly comes through, It looks like it should remain SW along the SH and LH shore front. The inversion rising to about 2k here…

RB – Looks too west to me until late afternoon when it could get flyable…

PV – A sweet day from the looks of it with a W start and a SW finish rangin from 5kts early on and 10kts with a few spots perhaps a bit stronger later in the day. Climbs to 4k expected.

Wilderness – A breezy east at the moment but this should moderate a bit with a SE trend along the coast. It will get sweetly flyable at Map and all the other spots that can handle a SE – Buff and Gerrickes and even the CP. Small chance of it getting blown out later but I doubt it. At 2000’ the wind goes SW and West around 10kts.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with that somewhat more breezy SE and the strong inversion at 1800’ or so.

PE and PA with even stronger easterlies up to 30kts!

Inland – Those super adiabatic conditions starting from the Swartberg/Willowmore region already and improving as you move northwards. Strong climbs expected of more than 1000’/min and a few spots with cloud over 18k. Surface wins are NW reaching over 20kts in places, remaining NW all the way up around 20kts. Freezing level still up at 15/16k in most places today…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:23 (Day length 14 hours and 11 minutes). Once again looks like a sunny day with more SE coastal winds increasing as day goes on. High tide at 03:26 this morning, low tide at 10:23, high at 16:36, low at 22:45. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(27 November 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating in combination with an inland wide spread trough. The SAH weakening as a strong CF is pushing up from the SW. Some excellent flying far inland along the Sutherland escarpment and eastwards (base here at 14k) The boundary layer getting less and lower the further south we move closer to the SAH maritime influence. Surface winds in general southerly with a few variations to the SW and SE here and there. The wind goes West above 5k and then finishes with a 45kt SW at the Tropopause.

CT – A typical summers day with a strong surface SE wind and a strong inversion at less than 1000’. Winds are lighter above the inversion so a good wind-shadow day on the cards.

RB – Seems like you could go play here from early already…

PV – A poor day here with low inversion and very southerly winds… All day.

Wilderness – The south coast areas are looking better than yesterday’s stability with a shallow unstable layer along the coastline - some low level stratocu's around this moring. Once again Sedgefield the best bet with climbs initially to 1500’ and then a bit less later on. Winds along the coast starting off with a light SW and then at mid-day going more southerly. Light again along the coast with the ocean cliffs teasingly up and down.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with climbs to 3k and then 2.5k on the cards.

PE and PA with again 10kts SW winds.

Inland – Light winds again in the morning and good flying for propeller thingies but then it will get thermic and good for non-propeller thingies. Southerly in the south but veering to the SW and then W further north we go. By late afternoon it will be south all the way up to the Sutherland escarpment. Climbs over the bigger mountains to 6/7k but more at the Sutherland escarpment with 14k on the cards here. Freezing level up at 15/16k in most places today…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:22 (Day length 14 hours and 10 minutes). Once again looks like a sunny day with very light coastal winds all day long. High tide at 03:47 this morning, low tide at 9:45, high at 15:58, low at 22:10. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(27 November 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH and IOH domainting either side of the country – a bit of a col area in-between inland with lighter westerlies on the cards. Some more subsidence along the coast with more inverted conditions – climbs not as high or good as the previous days. Looks like a blue day – no clouds expected. Winds in general are Southerly along the southern and western areas but it goes more WSW inland. Still good flying far inland with 12/13k climbs but much more tempered along the coast. It is 20-30kts West at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like the inversion is back around 1-1.5k. Winds are light at 5-10kts but probably that usual shore line SW acceleration present. Could get to 20kts just offshore…

RB – Seems like you could go play here late afternoon…

PV – 5kts WSW but trending to the SW at 10kts later in the day. 4/5k climbs.

Wilderness – Looks like a light southerly today. More stable along the coastal inland sites with Sedge showing perhaps 1500’ at the best time but otherwise less than 1000’. Sedge probably the best bet with a southerly here for most of the day. Map offering some foefies perhaps and the coastal cliffs teasingly on abd off for those willing to hang around and wait.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms looking up at mid-day with 2k climbs on the cards.

PE and PA with 10kts S to SW winds.

Inland – Light winds in the morning and good flying for propeller thingies. Winds are all SW with some spots going to just above 10kts. Climbs over the bigger mountains to 6/7k but more at the Sutherland escarpment with 12/13k on the cards here. Freezing level up at 15k in most places today…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:13 and setting at 19:21 (Day length 14 hours and 8 minutes). Looks like a sunny day with very light coastal winds all day long. High tide at 03:08 this morning, low tide at 9:06, high at 15:19, low at 21:33. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(26 November 2019) Good morning
you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating with a ridge extending to the east over the WC. Loads of high level cirrus clouds around today with some thermal dampening. Its still unstable with the boundary layer between 3-4k AGL along the coastal plains, 1-2k near the coast and 4-6k AGL further inland. Some fog patches along the west coast this morning. Winds in general westerly around 10-15kts with some southerly variations in places. It increases fairly uniformly to 10k with 30kts up there and finishes with 50kts at the Tropopause.

CT – If the low-cloud dissipate it should be a fine day with WSW winds around 10-15kts at times. There’s some low cloud to the south that mght move in a bit later at 2500’ or so.

RB – Another too much west day…

PV – Looking sweet with a 5kts WSW start and climbs to 4/5k from 11 onwards with a 10kts SW finish to the day. The Cederbergs higher again with up to 8k.

Wilderness – A slightly more tricky day with strong SW winds out to sea but it does not make it to shore (apparently). Its strong just above us with a westerly trend. The coastline being a bit frustrating during the day with odd times of switching on and off from the looks of things. Initialy southerly but then more SW laterr and even WSW late afternoon. Sedge stable in the morning but then it looks like it will switch on again with a bang. Strong stuff there – doable for the hard-core guys I think. Climbs to 1500’ at 13:00. But maybe this prediction is all wrong! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms looking up at mid-day. It is inbetween the light wind over the bay and the strong stuff to the west. Uppies showing big climbs to 4k but the wind seems to be breezy with 15kts…

PE and PA with waves of very strong SW of 25kts plus at times.

Inland – A fine start with light winds and good flying for propeller thingies. Winds are all westerly with a slight SW component in places. Climbs over thebigger mountains to 8k but more at the Sutherland escarpment with some good clouds in that area – about 13k ASL. Freezing level between 12500ft and 14k further North.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:13 and setting at 19:20 (Day length 14 hours and 7 minutes). Looks like a partly cloudy day – high cirrus – with light coastal winds all day long. High tide at 02:27 this morning, low tide at 8:25 this morning, high at 14:39, low at 20:55. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(25 November 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating with a sweet push of the unstable air behind the passing CF. Winds are general W to SW everywhere with the boundary layer between 3-4k AGL along the coastal plains but rising sweetly in the second mountain ranges with climbs to 7/8k on the cards. Most of the southern areas with sweet Q’s by mid-day. A few spots with some OD conditions possible. Winds go NW at the Sutherland escarpment with climbs to 13/14k out there. Winds are W at the Tropopause at 80kts.

CT – Looks like a great day out here with W trend all day and base initially around TM top height. Strength perhaps in the mid-teens.

RB – Too much west in it today…

PV – Another good day on the cards here with initial WSW winds going SW up to 10kts in the late afternoon. Climbs to around 5k but more over the back into the Cederbergs.

Wilderness – Looks like a repeat of yesterday – sweet flying just about everywhere. 2.5k climbs at Sedge with 3.5 over the back. Ocean coastal cliffs possibly doable but Sedge the sure bet.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness and again Keurbooms looking good at mid-day. Uppies with climbs to around 3.5k today. Mostly around 10kts but touching 15 at times.

PE and PA with around 20 knots of SW winds.

Inland – Again those S to SW winds which will veer to the W and then NW at Sutherland Escarpment. Another sweet day of flying out there with some strong climbs and good gains. The Swartberg showing up to 10k climbs with some Q’s. Freezing level at 12500ft.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:13 and setting at 19:19 (Day length 14 hours and 6 minutes). Looks like a partly cloudy day with light coastal winds all day long. High tide at 01:44 this morning, low tide at 7:42 this morning, high at 13:56, low at 20:15. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(23 November 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another epic day of flying on the GR with Map offering everyone some sweet soaring – including the hang-gliders. It was such a special feeling to be up there alone in the paraglider surrounded by no less than 5 hang gliders at one time. :)) Today A CF right on CT doorstep with NW winds and some low cloud starting to push through. Not much rain expected from this one as it is fairly weak and shallow. ASW flow pattern along the southern coastal regions and NW along the west coast. Still some sweet instability around with the boundary layer at the 3-4k AGL level in most coastal regions. Further inland it gets better with the Cederbergs and Swartberg showing 7-9k climbs. Some CB activity midday in the far inland eastern parts. Winds are generally light at 10kts but CT nearer to 20. It remains westerly with height increasing to 90kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Some cloud around with the pushing CF and winds around 15kt but 20 at TM top so it might get a tad strong. The cloud will thicken and base lower into the mid to late afternoon with a chance of some light precipitation. Probably a hangie day but try to fly early.

RB – Too much west in it today…

PV – An amazing day on the cards for PV with climbs up to 6k and some cloud moving in with base at 5 later in the afternoon. Winds ae westerly 5kts but later a tad more SW 10-15ks in spots.

Wilderness – A SW start with the coastal cliffs maybe doable if it is strong enough. Otherwise it is a Sedge day with around 10kts all day long SW and a slight south in it later in the day. Looks like some Q’s around with climbs around 2k possible for most part. Could be fun going XC but base looks a tad low near the coast. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 3.5k today. Keurbooms showing a window just after midday of epic conditions I think – starting strong but moderating to sweetness soon…

PE and PA with mid-teens in knots of SW winds. Light rain possible further east along the coast.

Inland – Southerly winds with a gradual veering to the west the further north we go. It looks like a sweet day of flying out there with some strong climbs and good gains. Sutherland to Middelburg escarpment showing 13k with a few Q’s. Freezing level at 13k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:14 and setting at 19:18 (Day length 14 hours and 5 minutes). Looks like a partly cloudy day with light coastal winds all day long. High tide at 00:55 this morning, low tide at 6:54 this morning, high at 13:10, low at 19:32. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))


(22 Novemeber 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! What an epic day yesterday with sweet flying along the GR. But the day belongs to Patrice who flew an amazing 316km from Sutherland’s Ouberg Pass to just west of Richmond. Its a new site record - Welldone Patrice! :)) Today slightly less of a SAH push but a weak ridge along the southern coastal areas ushering in the light SSE winds. There’s also a CF approaching CT from the west. Less instability around on the coast but along the first ranges its still pretty good with climbs to 5k expected. Similar along the west coast areas with a SW flow up there. Further inland the good stuff that Patrice flew in still hanging around along the Sutherland escarpment with base at 14k and WNW winds of 20kts. Closer to home along the coastal areas the wind goes NW above the inversion and gradually picks up all the way to the Tropopause for a WNW finish at 80kts.

CT – There’s a conflicting forecast with one saying West winds and it looking pretty good and the other having more SSW in it with those strong SW flow along the shorefront. To me looks like a sweet day of flying. Inversion around 2k. Later more of a Southerly moving in but it is light and probably wont push onto SH…

RB – Too much west in it today…

PV – A sweet start with westerly winds around 5kts and climbs to 4k. Later it will go more SW with 15kts peaks.

Wilderness – A SSE wind direction with over 15kts at the end of the day near Gerrickes point. Probably less in the Wilderness corner but a late afternoon good finish on the cards. Sedge showing some climbs to 1200’ late morning which should last into the early afternoon pending on when the east starts too over power conditions. Most of the ocean cliffs will work at some point today and keep a good look at Gerrickes point for a benchup from the car Park. Will be epic up there today.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 3k today.

PE and PA SE winds up to mid teens.

Inland – Light winds this morning with a east trend in the east and west in the west. Further north it is NW (the big air stuff!) Some climbs along the Swartberg to 8k on the cards. Blue day with no clouds except in the far north. Freezing level at 14k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:14 and setting at 19:16 (Day length 17 hours and 3 minutes). Looks like a beautiful light wind day with good sunshine all day long. Low tide at 5:58 this morning, high at 12:17, low at 18:44. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(21 November 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating with a southerly push along the west coast areas and more SW along the southern coastal regions. A fairly light day with some sweet thermals – the boundary layer along the coastal plains around 3k AGL. The mountains offering a bit higher with up to 5/6k in places. The secondary ranges with climbs over 6k possible. A sweet trough inland along the Sutherland Escarpment with climbs to 14k and some good looking clouds to boot to! No CB activity except in the far NW sections. The winds are SW but above the inversion it trends WNW with a 80kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – The moring starting with a 2k inversion and SSW winds. This willback a tad towards the SE which will cause the wind-shadow to shape up nicely. Before that happens expect a SSW component alng the Sea-point shorefront up to 20kts at times. Looks like a late afternoon being better kind of day with a lowering inversion and the winds going more SE.

RB – Again a light start with around mid-day the wind coming through. Perhaps a tad west in it today…

PV – Another sweet morning with light westerly winds and climbs to 4k. The wind will go SW at 10kts with a more southerly late afternoon finish.

Wilderness – Today looks like a good day with light SW winds. Up to 10kts at times. The ocean coastal cliffs probably being soarable mid-morning but this will drop to scratchy light lift by mid-day. Sedge and Serps are the optimum spots today with climbs to 1500/2000’ on the cards. Perhaps the early bird who times it well can get more out of it and get onto the coastal plains. The winds are west above 5k.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 3.5k. I think Keurbooms looks very sweet today for most of the afternoon. West at the inversion.

PE and PA into the mid teens SW winds all day.

Inland – A beautiful light SW wind start. The wind goes WNW at the Sutherland escarpment. Some good flying far inland with the climbs out there at 14k. The Swartbergs showing up to 8k with west winds up there. Freezing level at 13k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:15 and setting at 19:16 (Day length 14 hours and 2 minutes). Looks like a light wind day with good sunshine all day long. Low tide at 4:48 this morning, high at 11:12 this morning, low at 17:46 and high again at 23:55. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(20 November 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Two amazing days of flying along the Wilderness ocean cliffs has spoilt everyone. What will today brin!? ;) The SAH has shifted more to the north and has formed a ridge along the southern parts. Winds along the south coast and west coast areas lighter and more southerly in direction. There’s a surface low inland with a large area of CB activity for most of the inland regions north of DeAar and Colesburg areas. Along the coastal plains the boundary layer around 3-4k AGL in most places. Above the inversion the wind backs to the NW. It should be a blue day with few clouds with some nice flying to be had. The wind remains NW all the way to the Tropopause with a 50kts finish over CT but 100kts over Wilderness!

CT – Looks like the inversion is present at 1500/2000 with light winds above that so a good chance of the wind-shadow shaping up today. The SSE winds peak around 20-25kts but SH and LH should be flyable for the most part. Perhaps later in the afternoon some erosion might happen.

RB – Perhaps a lighter start but expect it to be blown out by mid-day or soon after.

PV – A very sweet morning with light westerly winds and climbs to 4k until just after lunch. The wind will back to the SW and pick-up to around 10kts. Looks like a sweet day here…

Wilderness – A lighter more southerly perhaps even SSE winds around today. Some instability around with climbs to 3k so not the best day to go XC on the flats but still very doable and should be great fun. Sedgefield a great choice (Looks like it could work here all day) with the coastal cliffs somewhat light and scratchy.  

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 3k. The wind is more SE at the inversion.

PE and PA also with SSE winds around mid teens in knots.

Inland – A beautiful light wind start with an east wind which will trend southerly during the day. Some sweet flying over the bigger ranges with the lighter winds and expecting smooth climbs today. North of the Sutherland escarpment the wind is NW. Loads of CB in the far NE section of the WC.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:15 and setting at 19:16 (Day length 14 hours). Low tide at 3:18 this morning, high at 9:50 this morning, low at 16:30 and high again at 22:36. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(19 novemeber 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Some sweet flying conditions doing the rounds and many trying their hand at XC flying. A cool flight by Pieter de Beer from Hoekwil to other side of Sedgfield (and others heading out the same direction yesterday) But the flight to really look at is from Selwin - a hang glider pilot from Gauteng who flew 281km getting up to 5480m! :)) (See the pics below - after the forecast) ;)  For us mere mortals back in the WC, the SAH still dominating the WC weather with cool maritime air being pushed up from the SW. Winds still SW along the southern coastal areas penetrating far inland up to the Sutherland escarpment where it veers to the W. It is southerly along the west coast areas. Some good Q’s along the southern parts but dry in land and on the west coast. The boundary layer still up at very usable heights with 4k AGL on the west and southern coast areas. The wind veers more west with height and is 110kts west at the Tropopause.

CT – Still those strong southerly winds 15-20kts with instability up to 4k. Nothing that shows any good wind-shadow shaping up and if any it seems to be more in the city bowl area with the Sea-point section getting some strong SSW winds accelerating around this corner of the Peninsula. Letts hope its not nothing like this!

RB – Looks like another sweet day for the hangies here with early looking the best part of the day!

PV – A fresh day here with a tad more in the southerly department. 10-15kts with climbs to 4k expected. Not the best PV conditions so stay out in the valley for less turbulence along the mountains die today. The Cederbergs are showing climbs to 6-8k.

Wilderness – It looks like another fantastic day for Wilderness with those sweet SW winds and all the ocean cliffs very flyable. Perhaps a tad stronger than yesterday so just keep a look out for those stronger bits. It is still very good inland with some good looking Q’s and the prospect for some good XC flying though a tad more on the stronger side.  

Plett – Also a great day here and I think Keurbooms should be great later in the afternoon (tad strong early on I think) Uppies also good but perhaps a tad strong – but a good looking sky none the less!

PE and PA with those strong SW winds all day of 20kts plus.

Inland – The SSW winds reaching Sutherland escarpment by late afternoon. Climbs here up to 12k but 7k over the Swartbergs. It is a sweet start to the day though with light SW winds and a fine morning for flying for those propeller thingies. Later on it will get pretty thermic! Late afternoon sees up to 15/17kts in a few spots. Freezing level around 12k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:16 and setting at 19:15 (Day length 13 hours and 59 min). High at 8:23 this morning, low at 14:51, high at 20:58. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(19 November) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating but with less moisture around so no rain expected in the WC. (To the far east over the Drakensberg there’s a chance of some CB activity later in the afternoon) Back home it’s a moderate SW along the shouter coastal region with  strong Southerly along the west coast. The boundary layer around the 3-5k AGL with climbs to 5k along the southern ranges and up to 8k over the ranges further north. The winds veer quickly to the WNW along the southern parts form 6k upwards and finishes westerly 80-100kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Strong SE going South today with instability to 3k. It is strong all the way up to TM top height and the direction is causing the shadow to shift to the east and some strong winds along the shoreline of Sea-point (20kts!) So fingers crossed its nothing like that!

RB – It looks like another good day here with it being flyable perhaps to sunset – there is a chance of it being blown out but the topless gliders could probably maintain. Starting of lighter around 10-15kts but going to just over 20kts.

PV – SW at 5-10kts with climbs to 5k. It is more over the back but the later part sees the winds picking up again to 15kts with a more southerly trend.

Wilderness – Looks like a sweet SW day with everything working all day long. Some good instability and a good day to go over the back at Sedge early on. (it will probably be a strong day for Sedge so be careful)

Plett – A great day here too with Keurbooms and Uppies very flyable. Uppies showing lift to 4500’… Westerly drift higher up.

PE and PA with a upper teens SW all day…

Inland – The southerly pushing northwards all the way to the Sutherland escarpment where it goes NW and W. The trough active further eastwards with climbs to 10k east of that. Mostly a blue day out there. Surface winds start light but late afternoon sees up to 20kts in a few spots. Freezing level around 10k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:16 and setting at 19:14 (Day length 13 hours and 57 min). High at 7:11 this morning, low at 13:19, high at 19:32. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(18 November 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! That SAH still flexing its muscles with a bit more strength in it today. Some strong SW winds being pushed up form the south – the cooler maritime air being pushed far inland with a much shallower unstable layer visiting the likes of De Aar and Sutherland and beyond. Some CB activity inland in the far east. The south coast regions with strong SW on the cards. The west coast with strong southerlies. Most places probably blown out. Chances of rain along the southern parts. Base here between 2k and rising at mid-day to 4k in places but looks like another lowering later in the day. Winds remain SW to S all the way to around 6-8k where it veers to the west finishing with a 110kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Some strato Q’s between 3 and 4k which seems to remain all day. Winds once again very strong southerly at 20-30kts in places. Still a very questionable day for any usable wind-shadow to form…

RB – It should eb super cool for the hangies early morning… But once thermals kick in it will just get vicious. ;)

PV – Another strong southerly day – best to get off early but just after midday it is picking up quickly in the PV valley with 20kts later in the day in mot places… Up to 4/5k climbs.

Wilderness – Strong SW winds which looks like it will increase by midday. It will probably be flyable on the lower dunes at the CP. Base will rise from around 2k to perhaps as much as 4k after lunch. Looks like some thickening again later in the afternoon. Probably too strong for Sedge all day…

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA strong SW all day – 20kts plus…

Inland – The southerly pushing far north with the Q’s confined to the far southern parts. Climbs up to 10k near the Sutherland escarpment but much lower to the south. Swartberg showing just over 6k… Surface winds up to 20kts in many spots in the afternoon. Freezing level around 12k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:17 and setting at 19:13 (Day length 13 hours and 56 min). High at 6:15 this morning, low at 12:14, high at 18:29. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(16 Novemebr 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating today helping to just sweep up the tail end of a CF onto the southern coastal areas. Chance of rain along the southern parts with a SSE wind increasing during the day. Very strong around CT area and up the west coast with 30kts plus on the cards. Low cloud along the southern parts but clearing along the west coast. Base rising over the first ranges to 5k and then further inland we still find that cool deep unstable layer with base at 10k and even more over the Sutherland escarpment. Winds are SW out there all the way past the inversion. Higher up it veers west with a 60kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Base around 1500/2k where an isothermic layer shapes up. Winds are very strong with only a slight slackening above TM top. (You can see the cloud over TM with the tops of the cloud seemingly curling backwards but this is just an indication of less wind higher up (the lower cloud is moving faster than the tops) In short it does not look like a flyable day here with no signs of a good wind-shadow shaping up.

RB – It is one of those very early morning days where you should be out there flying already – getting the smooth air of the strong stuff because as the thermals kick in it will just get vicious. ;)

PV – Get flying early at 10 or 11 with 5kts SW winds and climbs to 4k but be careful of later flight with very strong winds moving in here from lunchtime onwards. Further into the Cederbergs the winds slack and conditions get very good with base at 8k and even some Q’s out there…

Wilderness – With some luck we might have a sweet day of flying on the cards provided the rain stays away. With the SSE direction most of the coastal sites should be flyable. It could get a tad strong later on, especially if there’s some rain moving in from the sea so keep an eye on things. It could be a good Gerrickes bench-up from the car Park day (for some uncrowded flying!) ;)

Plett – Also the SSE winds on the cards with slightly less wind but still that chance of rain.

PE and PA light SW this morning which will back to the S and then SE later today remaining fairly light.

Inland – A surface southerly wind pushing far inland up to the Sutherland escarpment with the winds veering to the SW and then W north of that. The morning wind will be light but it will steadily increase during the day reaching 20kts by mid afternoon. There is even a chance of some CB activity around the Sutherland escarpment mid afternoon but very isolated. Some good Q’s around especially along the escarpment region with base up to 13/14k here. South of the Swartberg the base will drop during the course of the day from 4/5k to 2/3k. Freezing level at 13k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:17 and setting at 19:12 (Day length 13 hours and 54 min). High at 5:31 this morning, low at 11:25, high at 17:40. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(15 november 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Still some awesome flying conditions along the western parts with high climbs – a chance to continue those huge flights from “Big Wednesday” (Well done to Patrice, Jack and Grant for those epic flights! Check it out here…https://ayvri.com/scene/eyj8ydnykg/ck2ym0bge0003286kj4ilkrx0). Today the SAH dominating on the west and IOH in the east. The trough line in the centre of the country wide spread and dominated with the southerly flows capping climbs around 12k even above the Sutherland escarpment. But these are the stuff that can carry you all the way from PV to past Calvinia and beyond! Very strong SE along the west coast and light SSE along the southern coastal regions. At 24k the southerly flow backs to the W with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – An inversion settling in with the strong SE winds 20-30kts. Slight slackening above the inversion (1500’) with a better chance of the wind-shadow shaping up. The strength of the SE should make you proceed with caution – that wind-shadow might not shape up to what is needed.

RB – Another day that will be flyable - just watch the actuals and choose your time (probably earlier and blown out later).

PV – Still that sweet unstable air around with the lower SW and then more S with height. There is perhaps a thin layer of SE around 5k but that will probably be eroded by the dominate SSW flow. More of a blue day today so perhaps a tad more tricky but as the routes to the NE opens up the thermal regions should become more clear and reliance on clouds not as critical perhaps. ;) PV warming to 6k climbs with 8k pus over the Cederbergs and beyond.

Wilderness – After yesterdays unpredictable bonus flying weather today todays rain has also disappeared. It is light SSE flow for most of the day with some showing even a SW. Sedge is an obvious choice and if the wind does pick up then those SSE coastal spots will probably be worth a visit.

Plett – SSE winds with Uppies showing climbs to 3k. SSE winds but above the inversion going SW.

PE and PA strong ESE winds of 20kts.

Inland – The southerly flows continuing with climbs ranging between 4-6k AGL. Some good Q’s around in the southern regions but dissipating towards the north. The southern ranges around Riversdal is looking exceptionally good with alight SSE flow and base around 4-5k. Further North the Swartberg pass is also looking really good with 8k climbs expected and some sweet Q’s… Land before 15:00 as the sea-breeze is expected to push through then at 15kts plus…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:18 and setting at 19:11 (Day length 13 hours and 53 min). Low at 10:45, high at 16:59. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :)) 

(14 novemeber 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The active trough line moving to the SE of the country with the convergence line between the IOH and the trough, with all the rain and CB activity, all playing out to sea. Still a chance of some rain along the southern parts but much less than originally predicted. The cyclonic circulation still just offshore from the GR which is causing the coastal flow here to be westerly rather than southerly for most part of the day. The typical SAH dominance along the western parts but with that unstable easterly component – high climbs along the west coast but strong winds, especially along the southern parts. General winds are still southerly all the way up to the Tropopause, finishing up there with 50kts.

CT – Still that deep instability with climbs to 4/5k and strong SE winds all day. It does look like some cloud thickening later in the afternoon but the wind and lack of inversion is not the best combination for a stable wind-shadow to form. It doesn look good for flying here today…

RB – It is a relatively early morning day here but expect it to be blown out by lunchtime I think.

PV – Deep instability with climbs to 6k (or more) with a SW lower component backing to the SE with height. It is an early take off with 5-10kts until just after lunch. Expect the stronger surface winds to push through from the south again during the afternoon. The Cederberg again indicating climbs to 8-9k with the odd Q to make us drool!

Wilderness – A clear morning with the promise of sunshine and flying on the cards. The winds hanging on to that westerly component until around 14:00 when it will back to the SW. It should just get better and better from here on with the wind slackening and going more SSW. The ocean cliffs should be the place to hang out for today…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms in with a chance today but late afternoon as the wind will drop and back more Southerly. Uppies also showing climbs to 3500’ but SW winds at 15kts so probably a tad strong there.

PE and PA with initial strong SW winds which will back to the south and slacken off with a sweet sunset finish of hardly any wind!

Inland – It is all southerly flows way past the Sutherland escarpment today with climbs out there to 10/11k. The clouds mostly in the southern regions with Swartberg pass looking particularly good – base here at 8k with 10kts winds mostly. (Though the pass will probably have a stronger venture effect.) Some CB's in the far eastern parts. Freezing level down in places at 11500’.  

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:19 and setting at 19:10 (Day length 13 hours and 51 min). Low at 10:10, high at 16:23. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(13 november 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A sweet kind-off cut-off low to the SE of us with most of the rain falling out at sea. Winds from there are pushing in with a southerly direction but SW in the east and more ESE in the west. Still some good showers expected along the southern parts but it dries up before we get onto the west coast. The rain penetrating inland onto the flats before the escarpment at Sutherland/GR. Low base to the south but some high stuff to the west and further north. Cederbergs with some scattered Q’s perhaps as high as 10k. It is southerly all the way up finishing with a SW of 50kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Some deep instability with ESE winds getting pretty strong with 30kts at TM height. 20kts and more ont eh surface. It does not look like a flyable day with no signs off any wind-shadow on the cards.

RB – Might be doable early before it gets too thermic.

PV – Instbaility to 8k with a SW low layer and backing to the ESE with height. It might be ok to launch but will have quite a southerly trend. Also watch the strength with a sharp spike going from mid-day 5-10kts to over 15kts at 14:00. (and stronger later on). Similar outlook over the next 2/3days I think for those wanting to miss the rain along the GR. Friday the lighter day.

Wilderness – It’s raining – sweet! Winds are southerly in general with a slight chance of some gaps later today. If you are on it and get the gap you might squeeze something out of the ocean cliffs for flying…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but the winds starting to go more SSW.

PE and PA with strong SW winds over 20kts. Also a chance of rain getting less later this afternoon.

Inland – Low cloud with showers possible all the way up to SL, BW and GR areas. Later in the afternoon a chance of CB activity to the north around Middelburg. Winds are southerly I general ( some spots close to 20kts) with a SW component to the east. Freezing level up at 16k.  

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:19 and setting at 19:09 (Day length 13 hours and 49 min). Low at 9:38, high at 15:51. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(12 November 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A large IOH due south of us, shaping a sweet ridge along the southern coastal regions combining with a very active trough and distinct low inland of the GR region – these ingredients are giving us the CB activity in a broad region along the edge of these two systems. The whole of the WC southern parts all the way up to north to around Sutherland having a good chance of rain from the CB activity. At least for the GR the strong winds have abated with a lighter SE – 15kts average and a touch of SW even east wards of the GR area. Again not the best for flying today but the rains certainly very welcome. Its NW 50kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Deep instability with CB activity. The SE forming a strong and deep flow today with little chance of any wind-shadow forming. Low cloud for the most part so a good day to just not fly… ;)

RB – It could be flyable here pending on the rain situation. The rain is supposed to become less later in the day…

PV – Very deep instability with the chance of CB’s. Also not the best day here…

Wilderness – Winds initially SW 5kts steadily rising to 10-15kts before a strong SE will push through. But with the CB activity around it could change and be very different. Generally a lighter SW backing to a stronger SE later on. (There's still a very strong SE out to sea) It’s a tough call to make but if the rain stays away it might be possible to find something along the ocean cliffs for flying…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – winds SW initially but then going SE.

PE and PA with SW winds initially but then the east will move in again. Looks like an interesting eddy shadow between PE and GT…

Inland – Active CB cells along a broad line from east to west once again today  – reaching up the escarpment of Sutherland, BW and GR. Once again not the best day to go flying. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:20 and setting at 19:08 (Day length 13 hours and 48 min). Low at 9:08, high at 15:21. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(11 november 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another day of strong winds along the southern parts but the coastal low along the west coast helping to keep those SE running past the Peninsula before curling around form the far north, back down towards the west coast and CT. Deep inland the NW air-mass with west to NW winds up by the Sutherland escarpment with the SE to Southerly to the south of that. Strong chance of some CB along the trough edge, the whole eastern parts and broad line running along east west from Hermanus all the way to Tarkastad and beyond. (Chance of CB's at Rustenburg too!) ;) A chance of heavy falls over the next few days as the active trough line and CB cells shape up in our neck of the woods. Winds are 90kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – Some low cloud around but a chance of base lifting enough around mid day for some flying to take place. Later in the day it will drop again. Winds start of light N but will be more SE later on – a tad breezy on the corner as the wind accelerates into the harbour area. The strato-Q layer persisting all day by the looks of it…

RB – Not enough punch here…

PV – The strato-Q layer cladding the tops this morning but lifting enough at mid-day for some flying. Climbs to 3500/4k expected with a SW 5kts wind.

Wilderness – Once again those very strong SE winds on the cards with perhaps a very-very small window in the early morning being flyable. Maybe Buffs on the cards for some early morning flying too. A chance of CB activity from mid-day but perhaps convined to the North of us on the mountains. It will increase during the night.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA with East winds over 30kts all day too…

Inland – Active CB cells along a broad line from east to west – From the Sutherland escarpment to the coastal ranges. Probably not the best day to go flying. ;) To the north of Sutherland the big sky showing base up to 15k with parts further south at 10-12k. Once again freezing level still around 13k’.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:21 and setting at 19:07 (Day length 13 hours and 46 min). Low at 8:39, high at 14:52. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(10 November 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! That strong SAH that is morphing into the IOH due south of us at the moment with a strong ridge along the south coast regions. Again the inland trough combing to accelerate those coastal winds as they move towards the west past CP and out to sea. A coastal low circulation along the west coast and a rather abrupt change in wind direction in this area – strong SE to the south and then the W just to the north with the Peninsula marking the change over region. Good flying in the far northern air-mass with the NW flow – base around Sutherland at 14k and the Swartberg ranges 10k with the back Cederbergs at 10k too. Along the coastal regions its much less with 2-3k base along the southern parts and some coastal fog along parts of the west coast. The winds in general are SE but WNW above that layer with a 80kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Seems like some fog at present which hopefully should burn off during the morning. Winds looks like a W to SW direction fairly light with the strong SE further to the south on the Peninsula. Some deep instability in the right spot (maybe Africa face side) with climbs to 4k but the marine air moving in after lunch capping that at just 1000’. If the mist plays ball it looks flyable all day.

RB – The winds seems to remain very west out here with the southerly not making it here…

PV – A tad more inverted compared to yesterday with a lower SW and a more prominent ESE above (launch height). Lift to mountain top height and then that quick change over to the east. The deep Cederberg showing once again exceptional conditions…

Wilderness – Once again those very strong SE winds on the cards with perhaps a very-very small window in the early morning being flyable. Maybe Buffs on the cards for some early morning flying too. Base seems reasonable near the mountains but there is a small chance of some rain and of course those pesky 20kt winds putting an end to us playing out there…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA with SE winds over 20kts all day too…

Inland – CB in the east along the trough line with some lines to the west in places. SE winds all the way to the Sutherland escarpment again where it will go N to NW. Big skies in the NW air-mass with climbs to 14k while the SE side (GR example) only up to 5/6k only. Exceptions are some of the higher mountains like Swartberg and deep Cederbergs with climbs to 10k and sweet looking Q’s too! Once again freezing level around 13500’.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:22 and setting at 19:06 (Day length 13 hours and 44 min). Low at 8:10, high at 14:24. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 22 degrees C. Enjoy!  :))

 

(9 Novemeber 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! What an amazing day at Map yesterday – smooth lift everywhere – a sure sign of summertime being here! Today a different story with the SAH combining with the inland trough causing some pretty strong winds along the coast. SE with 20kts plus in most places today with the exception the west coast regions where the trough causes the flow to curl up the west coast with a W to SW direction. Some amazing conditions in the Cederbergs today with base over 10k! Far inland at Sutherland it is 14k plus! For the coastal plains it is very different with the boundary layer around the 3k AGL range and a tad more over the first mountain ranges. The wind backs to the NW between 5-10k finishing with a 80kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – SE all day again but with a lower curling around the Peninsula so a SW around the LH region early on. The wind does drop with height with little wind at TM top height. It does look like the wind-shadow will play a role in the morning but the mid to late afternoon sees a strong SE push with quite some erosion around – so keep a watchful eye on that shadow…

RB – The forecast showing the SE not making it to RB all day with the wind frustratingly too much west in it.

PV – My pick of the day with a light W start and then a SW of 5kts for the early afternoon. Later n the day sees the wind going to 10kts and very southerly along the ranges. But good flying early on and if you can hop over the back you certainly can make it into the big stuff over the Cederbergs! Strong climbs out there today!

Wilderness – Very strong SE winds on the cards today with the best bet to try early on at Buffs for some flying. Map might over something but very early only with a small window if anything. All indicators show it will be blown out early today.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness and nothing as exciting as yesterday conditions…

PE and PA with SE winds low 20s…

Inland – SE winds all the way to the Sutherland escarpment where it will go NW. Big skies in the NW airmass with climbs to 15k while the SE side (GR example) only up to 5/6k only. Freezing level around 13k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:22 and setting at 19:05 (Day length 13 hours and 43 min). Low at 7:39, high at 13:55. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(8 November 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Thanks Jay for a great XC chat last night. Quite a few XC secrets that came out, especially all your routes going over the back at Sedge! Today the SAH is still dominating but has formed a ridge to the east along the southern parts. Winds are SE in general in the lower levels but still going West above the inversion. Still some cloud around along the southern parts with even a slight chance of light rain in the far eastern parts. This should clear as the day progresses. Looks like a good day for XC along the south coast regions. Base from 3/4k over the flats with up to 5/6k on the mountains. CT area very strong SE winds. But its all west from 10k upwards with a 60kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – SE all day here with an inversion forming and lowering to just 1k by late afternoon. Its 25kts plus in places with not much letting up with height so the wind-shadow is dubious for today I think. Perhaps best flying in the moring before it gets too strong but be wary in the afternoon…

RB – It could be a fun day out there with some of that FB winds making it to RB for a late afternoon session I think. ;)

PV – Starting off east so Picketberg probably worth a visit. But my midday there is a shallow SW that should get to the top of the mountain. From 4k it is east again around 5kts. Climbs to 4k on the cards….

Wilderness – Looks like a great day today with some sweet instability. Winds initially southerly with Sedge looking very promising in the late morning up to 14:00 perhaps before the winds will get strong SE. It could be a day to try those XC plans of going over the back with the promise of good climbs with cloud around 3k! Get away before 13:00 though… Some CarPark soaring on the cards too but a def Map late afternoon day. With winds getting up to 15kts from the looks of it.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with some good stuff at Uppies. Base at 3500/4k so a good day for some XC stuff.

PE and PA with SE winds in the low teens. Also a slight chance of some showers in the area.

Inland – SE winds all the way to De Aar, Carnarvon regions with climbs to 9k. The Q’s confined to the southern regions near the coast only. 10kts in general so n sweetish day out there… Freezing level at 12k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:23 and setting at 19:04 (Day length 13 hours and 41 min). Low at 7:06, high at 13:24, low tide at 19:38. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(7 November 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! An awesome days flying along the GR yesterday while the rest of the WC had awful weather! ;) Today it looks like the tables have turned with the SAH pushing in hard behind that CF with SW winds that is pretty strong along the southern coastal regions – 20kts on average. Some rain still around but that should clear later in the day. Cloud base around 3k with tops between 6-8k. It dries out beautifully to the north with higher base and some good flying with lighter SW winds. Some CB activity again inland, along the trough boundary to the NE. Winds remain WSW all the way to the Tropopause where it is 100kts.

CT – WSW all day with base around 3k and tops at 6-8k. It is around 15kts with slight moderation late afternoon. So a tad strong but a very doable day I think.

RB – WWB again!

PV – Perhaps the best spot of the day with base around 3k and winds SW 10kts mostly.

Wilderness – All the forecasts show a strong SW wind in our area that is very flyable for the hangies. ;) There does not seem to be a break around for the PG all day long… But there is always hope! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA with upper twenties in knots all day…

Inland – SW penetrating all the way to north of the Sutherland escarpment from where it starts to veer to the W and then NW. Around 10-15kts in most places. Sweet Q’s along the southern ranges but it dries north of the Swartbergs. Base is beautifully high at 10k! Freezing level down to just under 9k…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:24 and setting at 19:03 (Day length 13 hours and 39 min). Low at 6:27, high at 12:48, low tide at 19:06. Max temps for the Wilderness area a windy 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :)

 

(6 november 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF on us with the SAH pushing hard behind it – strong westerly winds almost everywhere except for the Wilderness region on the GR. Some rain along the western ranges and also later on the southern coastal regions – perhaps more confined to the mountains. Base ranging from 2000’ with tops at 8k in the west but just to our North (or before the CF) base rises magically to over 10k and even up  to 18k in the far North. Some CB activity in the NE areas – GR and the likes. It’s a pretty action packed day with loads of weather around. Winds are 30kts W on the surface in many places with a 110kts W finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Very strong NW winds with some rain today. Initial base is low but it will rise to about 3k and then later in the day lower once more. But its probably the winds that will be 20kts or more with 30kts at TM height.

RB – WWB again!

PV – Seems clagged in for the morning but it will lift and base should be just above the tops. Some strong West winds with the low base will make it risky to fly – being sucked up a real possibility! Late in the afternoon it might be doable with the cloud tops lowering so less chance of cloud suck here…

Wilderness – A southerly start with a SW finish today. Looks like the coastal ridges will offer the best play ground for the day. There is a chance of rain from mid-day or just after lunch onwards. All in all not a bad day ahead of us I think. Later even Sedgefield could offer some playful flying…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 3k base but later on dropping to just 2k. Also that rain on the cards…

PE and PA with upper teens in knots SW winds all day. Also the chance of rain later in the day.

Inland – Some strong pre-frontal winds from the WNW, especially north of the Swartberg  ranges. 30kts in places! Some very-very high clouds sparsely spaced at 10k but 13k and more north of GR. Out there the chances of CB activity strong probability. Strong thermals and freezing level still at 14k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:25 and setting at 19:02 (Day length 13 hours and 37 min). Low at 5:33, high at 12:01, low tide at 18:28. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(5 Novemeber 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Today the IOH dominating on the east while a CF circulation is dominating on the west. A very active trough down the centre of the country with some superb soaring conditions on the cards up to the North. Winds in general are all westerlies with a few low level exceptions. Mostly a blue day with some thick high level cirrus in places. The boundary layer along the west between 2-4k AGL with less along the southern parts. The winds are fairly strong, especially in the west as the CF approaches and tightens those isobars. 20kts at 3000’, 50kts at 10k but then remaining fairly constant with a 70kts finish at the Tropopause!

CT – Strong NW winds on the cards. Looks like a strong gradient around – pretty inverted so lower down probably a bit protected from the stronger winds above – TM top height at 25kts plus form mid-day onwards. Lower perhaps 10-15kts but look sharp if you fly! (SLP too strong and probably a tad bergish…)

RB – WWB today!

PV – Looks like the spot for the day. NW winds initially breezy with up to 15kts but then mid-day a drop in the wind with 5kts and climbs to 5k. Later in the day it is around 10kts NW.

Wilderness – A tough day ahead with us being in the calm area between the CF push from the west and the IOH dominance of NE winds to the east. Probably a light southerly flow kind of day with low inversion – hot and tricky conditions. It trends westerly above. Sedgefield the best choice but light climbs predicted so let’s hope for a bit more!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 1300’ and light Southerly flow going west above.

PE and PA with very strong E to NE winds of 30kts all day…

Inland – It is all westerlies but for a southerly push form the south along the GR areas. This should penetrate all the way to the Swartberg regions. There is a chance of CB activity in the far NE areas marking the trough line. Climbs up North to 15k! Freezing level still at 14k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:26 and setting at 19:01 (Day length 13 hours and 36 min). High at 10:48, low tide at 17:29. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 24 degrees C. Enjoy!

(4 November 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another excellent day on the GR with Wilderness producing some superb coastal soaring conditions. Well done to Nick and Mariska for their first Paradise ridge flights and for Mariska for completing here Basic Paragliding course! Today a bit of a different story with the IOH and a strong Cyclonic system to the west of us combining to push and suck in unison producing some strong Easterly winds along the southern regions. No clouds expected, with the boundary layer around the 2-4k AGL level with the Sutherland escarpment regions going up to 10k. Some strong climbs out there with 5-6ft/min predicted but probably some 1000’min cores to be found. Above the inversion the wind is Westerly with a 40kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Strong at CP with a SE up to 30kts ther ebut pretty protected around the LH/SH area. A good wind-shadow today even if there is some deep mid-day instability on the cards. The wind backs to the East and even a touch NE with height at the 5kts range so looks like not a bad day on the cards.

RB – The Southerly might push through here very late today for a soaring sunset flight…

PV – Climbs to just over 4k expected with a SW lower push but above the mountains tops it is more easterly at 2-5kts. Later in the day sees the valley winds going up to the 10kts level so a typical PV summers day.

Wilderness – All the cards show it is an early day at Map with the promise of strong winds for the afternoon. It is all a matter of when it will be blow out – as early as 10 perhaps or maybe it will hold till lunchtime…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – a strong SE day expected and building into the evening.

PE and PA the SE starting later here but it will also build into the evening – 20 plus knots on the cards…

Inland – The East winds blowing here with 20kts plus north of Willowmore. The east winds go all the way to the Sutherland escarpment. North of here the W to NW winds dominate. It is perhaps not the best day to be flying with strong thermic action and winds that will make for unpleasant conditions. Unless you are in the Northern airmass where it is big sky country! 14k base with a chance of some CB activity especially to the NE. Freezing level at 14k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:27 and setting at 19:00 (Day length 13 hours and 34 min). High at 9:07, low tide at 15:49. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

(3 Novemeber 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! So bok fever running amok everywhere – the fabulous world cup win topped only by the superb flying we had at Sedgefield yesterday with both Grant and Nick completing their last flights for their Basic Paragliding rating. :)) Nick managed to thermal to over 1000’ ATO! Today is another good day of flying ahead of us as the light CF has settled onto most of the WC – the SAH pushing in from the SW a cooler and sweetly unstable air mass. Cloud base around the southern regions between 2-4k near the mountains with a chance of OD on the inversion. Climbs up to 6-8k north of the first ranges and then on the Sutherland escarpment to 10k. Winds generally SW but S along the west coast. Above 5k the winds are all westerly with a 70kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Some low cloud around which should burn off by late morning – perhaps some lingering stratoQ’s at the inversion around 2-3k. Winds curling around the Peninsula with a SSW component at SH and LH. It gets breezy along the shore touching on 20kts later on. A more SSE push after mid-afternoon settling in which could see the wind-shadow shaping up properly for some late afternoon flights.

RB – Looks like a good day here with strong SE latter in the day. Are you up for the Rondebossie rumble! ;)

PV – Very southerly today with a slight SW along the surface. Around 10kts mostly with climbs to 3/4k. Not the best of days with the cross conditions probably making for some turbulent flying close to the mountains – fly flats I think…

Wilderness – Looks like an epic Wilderness day on the cards with enough SW this morning for a good coastal soaring session. Sedge will be strong for the big boys with base perhaps as high as 3k. (their might some OD with a slight chance of light precipitation). But high climbs with SW around 10kts. The late afternoon sees a beautiful calming which should produce some great soaring out there.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness bt more in the SW wind department. Some 15ks spots this morning and it seems to remain pretty SW so Keurbooms probably a tad too much from the right. But Uppies showing climbs to 3/3500. Also a chance of some OD conditions with SW to W direction up there. 10kts with some 15kts spots especially in the morning.

PE and PA lol. with strong SW winds of 20kts plus.

Inland – All SW which veers to the West northwards of the Sutherland escarpment. 10-15kts most places. The Q’s dissipate around the Swartberg ranges for a blue northerly sky. Perhaps not the best day out there so you can nurse those victory hangovers from yesterdays game! Freezing level up at 14000’.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:28 and setting at 18:59 (Day length 13 hours and 32 min). High at 7:46, low tide at 13:57, high tide is at 20:06. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 19 degrees C. Enjoy! 

 

(2 Novemeber 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Rugby fever is taking over to the point that some are sacrificing good flying just to watch the game! Call yourself pilots!? ;) Lol We wish the bokke all the best but for a few thorough bred pilots there is some good flying on the cards, especially if you are on the GR. A CF approaching CT with some strong NW winds expected in the area. This will curl around Agulhas with a more SW component along the southern coastal areas. Inland and higher up it is more W to NW. Rain by late afternoon on the Peninsula. The boundary layer around the 2-4k AGL range but north of the bigger mountains it is higher with up to 10k over and north of the Swartberg. Winds are 20-30kts from 6/7k then 50kts from 10k with a 70kts finish W at the Tropopause.

CT – 15-20kts NW winds with a touch more higher up. A layer of strato cu this morning which will clear by late morning. Some low cloud moving in again late afternoon/early evening. Probably a hangie or bokke day. :)

RB – WWB! Def a day to watch rugby! ;)

PV – A NW to WNW day with some strong stuff at mid-day – 15kts which over the mountain tops can be much stronger. Climbs to 4k expected. Later in the day some moderation to 10kts so maybe then… Only for the hardcore pilots - the rest should be watching rugga!

Wilderness – A W to SW start with a trend to back to the S after lunch but again to the W mid to late afternoon. The coastal cliffs probably lightly soarable early on but Sedge is probably the best bet for today. A bit of a variable pattern with SW initial, then S and again SW later in the afternoon. Up to 10kts but on occasion some stronger bits possible. Climbs early to 2000’ but later more likely to 1000’ only. Above 3000’ the wind is initially WNW 20kts but going more SW later at 15kts. Ooohh rugby has competition!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies initially to 3500’ then later in the day to 2000’. The wind is W to NW above 4000’ and breezy. So who's in the pub? ;)

PE and PA with strong SW winds of 20kts plus. Go Bokke!

Inland – All westerly winds with some very strong areas especially north of the Swartberg – 30kts plus in places. Probably not the best flying day out there even wit the propeller thingies. Freezing level up at 13500’. Yup. Stay in the pub for the bokke today... :))

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:28 and setting at 18:58 (Day length 13 hours and 30 min). High at 6:48, low tide at 12:48, high tide is at 19:03. Max temps for the Wilderness area another 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(1 Novemeber 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH on the east dominating but some influence from the inland trough (some CB activity to the far north of us) and another approaching CF to the west of the WC having some effect around the Peninsula area. Winds in general easterly along the southern coast areas but NW along the west coast. The wind curls around the Peninsula – East at CP but WSW at SH area. Loads of high midlevel clouds and a few Q’s deeper inland. The boundary layer around 3k along the coastal plains but up to 15k deep inland (North of the Swartberg). Winds back to the NW with height – 50kts at 9k with a 90kts finish at the Tropopauuse!

CT – A WSW direction at SH/LH. It should last all day. All in all an OK day by the looks of it.

RB – Too much west in it today…

PV – Starting NW but finishing WSW at 10-15kts. High thick cirrus around and getting thicker. Climbs to 3/4k perhaps. It is very good over the back into the Cederburgs… (over 7/8k climbs)

Wilderness – A light start but once again the SE trend. Slightly less today for the Map area with the bubble effect protecting it but very strong out to sea and around Gerrickkes and Knysna over 25kts latter in the day. Map should remain flyable. Even Sedge could offer something early morning with climbs to 2k and light SE here initially. It is North at 3k and further up.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with also les wind over the bay later on in the day but remaining SE in direction.

PE and PA with a very storng NE wind all day… (Over 30kts later)

Inland – All Northerly winds – starting more NE the backing during the day to NW. a few spots getting to 15kts except in the far north western parts where it will be W at 30kts. Closer to home along the Swartberg after lunch up to 13/13k but very strong NW winds up there… Freezing level up at 12k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:29 and setting at 18:58 (Day length 13 hours and 28 min). High at 6:03, low tide at 12:00, high tide is at 18:16. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

(31 October 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A big congrats to Justin from doing his 25k’s XC flight yesterday at PV. :)) Today the IOH is dominating with a SE flow pattern over most of the WC. Above 6/7k the flow backs to the NW and W again with height. Some good instability still around with the boundary layer around the 4-6k level along the coastal plains and first mountain range but up to 10k over the more northern ranges – like the Swartbergs. Some good Q’s still around in the southern parts but drying out quickly to the west and north. From the GR region and westward the SE will pickup with some spots going over 20kts. A 100kt West finish at the Tropopause!

CT – Loos like a summer pattern with a SE backing to East day – initial instability to 4k 10-5kts winds but then the afternoon sees the ususal Southerly surface wind picking up to 20kts in places. Looks like the wind-shadow should hold but a good chance of the erosion of this in the afternoon.

RB – Looks like a good day with a chance of it being blown out later on.

PV – A SW surface flow with east above 4k. Strong climbs to 5/6k expected.

Wilderness – A light start but it will be blown out early I think. The SE should pop through from as early as 8 perhaps, maybe even soarable from 9 or so. One forecast says it will be blown out by 11 so be prepared for early flying. Sedgefield showing a SE 10kts at 10 this moring with climbs to 3500'! (And sweet Q's!) ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. Uppies also exciting high climbs early on before the SE gets too wild... ;)

PE and PA with a light S to SE start and picking up during the day with a moderate mid teens in knots finish.

Inland – The SE penetrating to just North of the Swartbergs in the afternoon with a few spots going to 20kts in the east. Otherwise it is more moderate with 10kts in places and sweet climbs to 10k. Swartberg should be good for the adventurous pilot today! Freezing level up at 10k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:30 and setting at 18:57 (Day length 13 hours and 26 min). High at 5:22, low tide at 11:19, high tide is at 17:35. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 17 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(30 October 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH increasing its dominance as the tail end of the CF starts to retreat to the east along the southern coastal regions. Still some strong unstable conditions all over the WC with strong climbs on the cards. Sweet Q’s along the southern parts and partway into the little Karoo with base ranging from 3-6k along the front ranges and then up to 8k in the little Karoo. Winds are mostly S to SW but going more Westerly with height. Still some strong winds along the southern parts with some spots offering 25kts but most areas will start to moderate into the afternoon. North of the coast it also moderates the further inland one goes. A 120kts finish West at the Tropopause!

CT – Instability to around 4k with a southerly trend in the wind. Up to 20kts in spots on the surface by late afternoon. It doesn look like a usable wind-shadow on the cards but for a bit more SW in it during the morning. This sill get strong as the day progresses with a 20kts SSW finish along the promenade regions so get flying early.

RB – A slow start but it could be a sweet late afternoon of soaring here!

PV – Not as good as yesterday with much more southerly in the direction. Some typical strong climbs for PV on the cards. Winds between 7-13kts initially but later reaching up to 15kts in places. It looks like from 12 to 15:00 the best time with enough SW trend along the mountains but with a southerly drift mostly. Between 4-5k climbs. A tad more challenging with rough air along the range but an easier drift to get to the pass.

Wilderness – Still those strong WSW winds this morning but a def forecast for moderation to happen from lunchtime onwards. It looks like even Sedgfield could offer something from 16:00 onwards. Some good looking Q’s initially with a drop in base expected after 16/17:00.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA with no sign of those persisting strong SW winds of 25kts plus dying down.

Inland – Again very moderate winds to the North of the first ranges with a SW direction mostly and up to 10kts. Later in the day the Seabreeze will strengthen this in the southern parts up to 20kts in spots. In general excellent flying conditions if you get into the air – strong conditions with 1000ft/min climbs on the cards! The Q’s should make the sky look that much more inviting too! Freezing level between 6-8k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:31 and setting at 18:56 (Day length 13 hours and 24 min). Low tide was at 10:40, high tide is at 16:56. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy 17 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

 

(29 October 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH shaping up with a ridge extending into the central WC regions while the CF circulation maintains a stubborn hold along the southern coastal regions with strong WSW winds. All the rain has disappeared, freezing level at 6000’ but not much in terms of precipitation to help those forecasted snow falls. However, a lot of instability around with high bases in most parts of the WC. The coastal areas 3-4k AGL, the adjacent mountains with 6-8k base and the Swartberg with 10k base. Winds are still around 20-25kts along most of the southern coastal regions but does drop off dramatically as soon as we move north over the first range of mountains. IT remains Westerlies all the way to the Tropopause with a dramatic 150kts finish up there!

CT – WSW winds all day with instability up to 4k. A chance of it being a tad on the strong side so probably more a hangie kind of day. 10-20kts at times.

RB – Same as above…

PV – My pick of the day with the winds light ad moderate here for the midday and afternoon and climbs all the way to over 6k! 5kts WSW all the way to the high base. Sweet!

Wilderness – Still those strong WSW winds along the coast with a very very small window of flying possibly on the lower dunes just after lunch. Those 20-25kts very close to the shore… The mountains with very  high base which should be cool to look at!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA with those persisting strong SW winds of 25kts plus all day.

Inland – Winds much more moderate with up to 15kts on the surface in the strongest parts. But many areas with just 5kts W especially North of the Swartberg. Very high base with good looking Q’s out there. A very flyable day out there but you need to dress warm – freezing level at just 6k!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:32 and setting at 18:55 (Day length 13 hours and 22 min). Low tide was at 10:02, high tide is at 16:17. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy 18 degrees C. Enjoy!

 

 

(28 October 2019)  Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH helping to push the CF air onto the entire WC region. Periodic rain showers and even CB activity along the western mountains and spreading to the southern ranges along the south coast during the day – the whole GR with passing showers and CB activity this afternoon. Cloud base ranging from 1500’ in the morning to 3k in the afternoon, especially in the western parts, with tops starting high at over 16/17k and dropping to 12k (also mainly in the west). Freezing level around 6k so a chance of snow on the high mountains but with all the rain it will probably all melt away quickly. Very strong winds W to WSW direction – most place between 15-30kts, it is 50kts from 10k upwards with a 140kts West finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Passing showers with a chance of some CB activity with strong W winds.

RB – Same as above…

PV – Strong westerly winds with base at 2k and tops at 16k. Later it will rise to 3/4k with tops at 12 but it remains windy, cold and rainy all day.

Wilderness – Very strong Westerly winds with a slight trend to SW in the Wilderness corner at lunchtime. Probably too strong to fly all day. Rain on and off with a chance of CB activity this afternoon, especially over the mountains.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA with strong SW winds of 25kts plus all day.

Inland – Those strong westerly winds persisting with 25kts in places North of the Swartberg. Freezing level ranging from 5200’ in the far south to 6200 near Sutherland. Showers in most of the WC region for the whole day so not the best time to be up in the air!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:34 and setting at 18:54 (Day length 13 hours and 20 min). Low tide was at 9:24, high tide is at 15:38. Max temps for the Wilderness area a windy 16 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

 

27 October 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! That CF right on CT doorstep this morning. Strong NW winds on the cards, increasing in strength during the day and also the rain moving in – some good falls this evening. The strong NW to W winds will propagate eastwards during the day with only the GR, specifically the Wilderness up to about Plett area escaping the strong winds. Some high Q’s preceding the front with the boundary layer up to 10k! The coastal regions the usual lower climbs. By midnight the rain will be over the entire WC coastal regions and the western interior. Winds from 2000’ are over 20kts west, veering to the NW with a 140kts finish at the Tropopause!

CT – Strong NW winds and later rain all day (and night). ;)

RB – WWB again!

PV – The clouds lowering base with rain late in the day early evening. Winds NW and strong.

Wilderness – The strong stuff going around and over us for most of the day. Expecting a SW 5-15kts day but even a bit of S in the afternoon. It is SW at 2000’ around 15kts. Do keep an eye out for any signs of strong winds moving in as there are strong winds not too far out to sea.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness and with Keurbooms having a window late morning. Uppies with a SW 10kts and veering more West with height, climbs to 3k or just over.

PE and PA with strong SW winds of 25kts plus all day. ;)

Inland – The strong West picking up during the day with the Oudshoorn and langkloof going over 25kts west in the afternoon. Rain moving in from the SW corner finding Sutherland, up to Willow more by midnight. Some high bases but in general a high B/S ratio – so rough conditions up there. It’s a good day to watch the rugby! lol

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:35 and setting at 18:53 (Day length 13 hours and 18 min). Low tide was at 8:44, high tide is at 14:58. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees in the morning but cooling in the afternoon with the rains moving in. Enjoy! :))

 

 

(26 October 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH and a strong low to the south of us dominating (this is the low that might bring those expected snowfalls end of the weekend) both contribute with a westerly flow pattern in general but a slight SE in the far eastern parts. Still a few spots of rain around but this should clear during the course of the day leaving a good layer of unstable air. Some good flying conditions with cloud base around the 4-6k AGL level in most places. (Coastal regions less). There’s a chance of some CB activity in the eastern inland parts north of PA region. The wind is NW above the inversion with 20-30kts from 6000’ upwards and a 120kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like an amazing day out here with high base (4k plus) and NW winds from 5-15kts higher up. Looks good all day.

RB – WWB!

PV – Oh my pick of the day! NW to W winds 5 – 15kts with base starting around 3k and rising to over 6k at the end of the day.

Wilderness – A few spots of rain this morning but it should clear. Winds start SW but will back to the SSE later in the day. Map later in the day could work or provide some maintainable conditions and Sedge of course should be the pick during the late morning today.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but more SE in the wind. Uppies showing climbs to 3500; from 11 with sweet Q’s. They will become less and flatten up against the inversion here later in the day.

PE and PA with S to SE winds 10kts with clouds around 2000’

Inland – West to NW winds but south in the southern parts. The spots of rain will clear except for the far eastern parts where the CB activity will be present. Looks like some sweet looking Q’s making one wish-you-where-up-there kind of day. Up to 10k climbs North of the Swartbergs…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:36 and setting at 18:52 (Day length 13 hours and 16 min). Low tide was at 8:03, high tide is at 14:17 and low again at 8:33. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(25 October 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A big CF system parked on CT this morning with some good rain. Very deep instability with CB activity around the SW corner of the WC all day and into the early night. Winds very strong NW to SW along the west and southern parts. Cloud base ranging from less than 500ft in the far SW corners to a sweet 6000’ AGL in the east. Its very breezy up there with 30kts from about 3000’ NW to West just about everywhere with a 130kts NW finisg at the Tropopause!

CT – Deep rain all day long with strong NW winds.

RB – Rain…

PV – Clagged in with rain all day long. CB activity around.

Wilderness – Very strong SW winds out to sea with 20kts SW at 2000’. Rain on the mountains but possibly for spots to reach the coast line. There is a small chance of it being flyable on the lower dunes  with windguru showing it might be light enough before lunch but strong winds remain in the area so be extra vigilant if you do try it out. Strong winds might approach at any time from the ocean side. Rain by tonight and early hours of tomorrow morning by the looks of it.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness in general, but more wind. So not really a flying day.

PE and PA with strong SW winds of 25kts plus all day.

Inland – It’s all strong NW winds with most places over 20kts with a tad more W to SW directions in the southern parts. Pretty high base around but the strong prefrontal winds way too strong for any flying activities…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:37 and setting at 18:51 (Day length 13 hours and 14 min). Low tide was at 7:18, high tide is at 13:33 and low again at 7:51. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees in the morning but cooling in the afternoon with the rains moving in. Enjoy! :))

 

 

(24 October 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A CF approaching CT – some light rain possible today but the real deal moving in during the night. A trough in the central regions – the CF affecting the western parts later on. The IOH adding flavour along the SE parts with an Easterly coastal wind. The boundary layer at 5-8k AGL in the central parts and areas with the NW but much less along the coastal airflow areas – up to 2k along the east and southern parts and a tad more along the western parts. High cirrus in most places today with a strong NW build above the inversion as the CF tightens those isobars. 130kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – Starting North but backing to the NW during the day. Pretty breezy stuff but some compression shelter along the front of SH and LH from the look of things. Be careful though because it is strong higher up with 20kts plus at TM height from mi-day onwards. SLP too strong an a tad pre-frontal.

RB – Still WWB!

PV – Strong NW winds with climbs to 7k. So very unstable but probably a tad on the strong side for flying. Looks like a 15-20kts WNW finish to the day.

Wilderness – A light East start which will veer to the SE during the day. Looks like lunchtime the strongest part for the Wilderness corner. There are signs for a strong SE trend further east and maybe some of that might make it to the Map for an epic day. Fingers crossed!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness in general, also with a light to moderate SE wind here (Knysna again with the stronger bit!) And Uppies with climbs to 2000’. Its NW above that…

PE and PA with strong NE winds – PA peaking at 30kts late afternoon.

Inland – It’s all strong NW winds with most places over 20kts later in the day. The SE penetrating from the coast to just shy of the Swartberg ranges today. Prettty unstable with the NW flow – climbs over parts of the southern ranges and the Swartberg ranges up to 8/9k and 10k further North.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:38 and setting at 18:50 (Day length 13 hours and 12 min). Low tide was at 6:27, high tide is at 12:44 and low again at 7:04. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy!

 



(23 October 2019) Good morning
you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today a 180 degree change in direction with westerly winds dominating everywhere. A deep and active LP system to the south of us connecting a strong trough line down the centre of the country. There is however still the post frontal weather being fed onto the SW parts of the WC with NW winds, cloud and rain on the cards. In general some good soaring conditions around but for the strong winds it really could have been an awesome day. 10-20kts flow along the coast, strong parts over the mountain tops especially. Base between 2-3k along the west coast but rising quickly towards the east. Cloud tops around 7-10k. Winds remain westerly and increases steadily with a 115kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Chance of some rain around with the deeper cloud developments with NW winds 10-15kts. If the rain stays away it can be a good soaring day. Looks like base will drop a tad later in the day – 2k?

RB – WWB!

PV – Seems like it will be overcast with chances of rain – deep cloud developments with low base 2-3k and tops at 9k. Westerly winds around 10kts.

Wilderness – Strong west this morning backing to the SW and then S but later in the afternoon sees another increase veering to the WSW. Too strong this morning but a chance of a flyable window on the coast during the mid to early afternoon part. Watch for strong wind line moving in form the SW – there remains 20kts out there…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness in general. Keurbooms looks like a window in the afternoon as the wind moderates and backs to the south. Could be sweet. Uppies might be doable but it has a trend to hang around at the 15kts mark. Climbs in the afternoon to 3500’.

PE and PA strong SW over 25kts all day long.

Inland – Strong W to SW winds but with high base in a few spots. Up to 9k over parts of the Swartberg ranges. (Many spots showing good base making us drool for flying!) Looks fairly blue north of the Swartberg ranges with a more W to NW trend. South of the Swartberg there is a more SW surface flow. A storng day for flying so rather drink coffee. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:39 and setting at 18:49 (Day length 13 hours and 10 min). Low tide was at 5:19, high tide is at 11:42 and low again at 6:09. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(22 October 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH and inland trough dominating our WC weather. Today it is more a kitesurfing kind of day! ;)  It is strong SE along the southern parts and SW to W along the west coast. The air is sweet unstable with strong climbs in all areas – well over 500ft/min. The boundary layer between 5-8k AGL so a super good flying day out there if you can get to the right spot. Some Q’s along the southern areas but it will dissipate later on near the coast. A easterly trend in the east but west in the west. From 6k upwards it is all West winds with a 100kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – The SE curling around CP area with more of a SW component around the northern parts of the Peninsula. Deep instability around midday with 6k climbs over parts of TM. The SH coastal area a tad more influenced by the marine air so more stable here. Early morning a sweet wind-shadow but then the SW wi