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Last few days reports

(223 September 2021) Day 549 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Gatskop fever should be hitting all of you by now! ;) The SAH and Cold Front dominating our weather as it moves into the WC. It’s a dryer one with no rain but the winds certainly will make its presence felt. Loads of low cloud along the west coast and this will increase during the day. Winds are strong NW in general and of course in the prefrontal areas it is very strong with 30ts in many spots and high temps. There is the usual deep instability ahead of the front with very high clouds shaping up inland of PE and EL. Base out there around 15k. (40kts winds up there!) lol. The IOH still active in the far east with strong NE coastal winds. The GR the change over area as the SW moves up from the west while the NE dominates to the east of here. Lots of wave action along the front edge – see the sweet 4.5m/s climb over the Teewaterskloof dam. (I’ve always dreamed of getting into that little sucker in my hangie!) ;) Looks like some things are meant to remain dreams… lol. Winds are all NW with height with a West finish at 80kts. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – A NW to W wind day with lotas of low clouds and this will increase during the afternoon. Fly early before it clags over too much I would guess. The main ranges are too strong with the prefrontal winds pushing hard over the tops of the mountains. (See spots)

RB – WWB…

PV – A NW to W day with winds perhaps just manageable for flying. Climbs to 5k at lunchtime from the looks of things. So probably the spot to go to. See Spot.  

Wilderness – A classic prefrontal day with strong upper winds and changing surface winds on the cards. It is a very dynamic day ahead of us with tricky flying conditions to predict. IT is very inverted early on with nothing going past launch height at Serps and Sedge but form lunchtime some movement in the upper flow causing a slight deepening in the convection depth, however, a big however the TOL winds are also very strong which will create shear with a capital S today. Lol. So be very very careful if you go out flying. There is also a strong SW pulse moving in from the ocean that will reach land around 15:00. So keep your eyes open. Lol. Sometimes it good to wait for the sun to go around the planet one more time. ;)

Plett – A similar to Wilderness. See Spot.

PE and PA – PE strong NW winds that will go SW from late morning. PA will be NE at first but late in the day the SW will make inroads here.

EL – Just strong NE all day!

Inland – Strong NW winds every where. The exceptions will be near the coastal regions where the SW from the coast is moving in. Def not a flying day for prop thingies or other. Lol. Those very high gains in the eastern parts of the interior are pretty sweet though (but for the strong winds) ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:18 and setting at 18:26 – day length 12:09. And summer is on the way! Low tide is at 10:37 and high tide 16:55. Again light SW but after lunch expecting a strong SW gust. Perfect for beach walks and getting closer to God. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another around 22 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(22 Sepetember 2021) 
Day 548 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating in the east with a trough along the western parts while a Cold Front shapes up to the West today. Winds are NE to N inland with an ESE along the southern coastal regions. Some instability around within the IOH inland mass that deteriorates near the coasts. Climbs to 6k in a few spots just beyond the first mountain ranges. No clouds expected today. Winds remain fairly light with 10kts all the way to around 10k where the wind goes NW, then W from 14k with a 100kt finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 13/14k.

CT – There is a dominant NE flow pattern but with a SE surface trend – especially later on. There is still a SE to SW curling effect around the Peninsula around the southern and western parts. Maybe a chance to fly Africa face with the afternoon showing a moderation to 10kts NE direction. The main ranges at DTK with a N dominant flow but perhaps it might be possible to get off – some decent climbs possible if you can. (See spots)

RB – Nothing today…

PV – A Northerly trend but if you could get off again some climbs going to 6k… See Spot.  

Wilderness – A light S to SE start to the day but then the SE will pickup again. This time though the upper NE and temp profile dampening the wind from fully moving into the Wilderness corner so from mid day that compression shadow setting up. So not looking that good here. Gerrickes really looking awesome if you can get that bench-up moment around 11/12ish – just before it goes to east. Looks like you could get very high there today. Sedge showing the SE trend but looking to remain relatively protected from the strong stuff. It will be a bumpy flying spot there today. But my spot for the day will be DuToits Farm! See Spot.

Plett – A similar pattern setting up here… See Spot.

PE and PA – A strong NE wind day… lol

EL – As above…

Inland – Light to moderate N to NE winds in the eastern and central parts but fresh SE in the southern eastern regions. Within the NE mass there seems to be a bit of flying to be had. Du Toits farm is actually looking really sweet until around 14:00 when the SE pushes through but this creates some sweet convergence with climbs to 6k in a wide area to be had. ;) Another pretty day for powered flying though…

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:19 and setting at 18:26 – day length 12:07. And summer is on the way! Low tide is at 10:10 and high tide 16:27. Again light S start trending fresh SE later in the day. Perfect for flying and then getting closer to God. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another around 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(21 Septemeber 20221) 
Day 547 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A wild wind that came through Wilderness yesterday! Shoe! ;) While the CF is running into the southern parts of Mozambique, the SAH is ridging in lightly behind it bringing much calmer weather along the WC regions. Winds are south to SE initially with more East further inland. Not the depth of postfrontal air we expected with around 2-3k in convection depth all over which is a bit disappointing. Still some fun to be had in a few spots. Winds remain S to ESE up to around 7-10k before it switches to West and then finishes WNW at the Tropopause around 100kts in the west and 70kts in the east. Freezing level around 11-12k.

CT – A light S start with a sweet wind-shadow shaping up into the mid day period and good flying around the LH and SH region. Late afternoon sees the SE up to 20kts with a slight eroding of the shadow so just keep tabs on things… Pretty good at DTK from the looks of it with some climbs to 4k. The wind might be a tad too SE… (See spots)

RB – Maybe late in the day for a late afternoon session…

PV – Strangely it looks like an inversion shaping up below the upper Easterlies around 2/3k. So not as good as we expected according to the forecast. Hhhmmm…  

Wilderness – A light S start to the day trending to the SE later on. IT looks like a sweet Sedge late morning early afternoon and then probably a move to Map perhaps. Inland not the deep post frontal instability we expected with DuToits climbs perhaps to 4500ft. Lol. See Spot.

Plett – Looking much better than Sedge so a good spot to go to. See Spot.

PE and PA – Strong SW start that will moderate beautiful into the afternoon for a great flying day. From Maitlands to those col inland sites that should be amazing. Some beautiful Q’s out there too…

EL – As above…

Inland – Some Q’s in the eastern southern parts with the SE flow of wind. IT is east further inland. Climbs to 8/9k over the GE especially near Sutherland. A pretty day for powered flying though…

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:20 and setting at 18:25 – day length 12:05. And summer is on the way! Low tide is at 9:43 and high tide 15:57. A light S start trending SE later in the day. Perfect for flying and then getting closer to God. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another cool 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(20 Septemeber 2021) 
Day 546 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Yippee! The day length is now officially longer than the night! Vat so winter! Some fun rock-n-rol flying yesterday in the prefrontal air in the GR. ;) Today of course the cold front dominating our weather today – the rain this morning in CT will spread quickly to the southern coastal regions by mid day and beyond in the afternoon. It does not quite make it that far inland with the mountains doing its work of blocking the moisture from getting to the Karoo this time around. The wind is SW going South in the west then W going SW along he southern parts while it is SW inland then veering to the W further to the N and east. Lots of cloud around with the moisture mostly confined in the 6-8k layer and below. The wind remains SW all the way up to around 18k where it starts to veer to the West for a 70-80kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 4500 in the far south otherwise its around 7500ft.

CT – Rain this morning with SW winds clearing by mid day with the wind going S. Breezy with 20kts on the cards and no chance of a usable wind-shadow shaping up in this. The main ranges also with that strong southerly component making it very tricky to fly. (See spots)

RB – A great day today after the rain clears away. Maybe float over the back in the lift and see if you can get close to Adams record. ;) Lol.

PV – A fresh southerly wind day with rain in the morning. The afternoon looking too strong with again round 20kts in the region.

Wilderness – A slight light wind start with a SW to even S at times but then all gearing up for the blow popping through around 12:00ish. Very strong SW wind with rain as the front moves in. No flying after that anywhere. So be very watchful and vigilant for the strong stuff – it might pop in earlier than expected. Lol. See Spot.

Plett – Similar to above but more SW from earlier on.

PE and PA – Strong SW from early all day long….

EL – As above…

Inland – SW winds penetrating far inland with the CF bringing rain to the SW areas only. By mid afternoon most of the rain should be gone in the inland areas. Lots of clouds with base form 3k in the south going to 8k along the GE. Very strong SW to W winds.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:22 and setting at 18:25 – day length 12:03. And summer is on the way! Low tide is at 9:13 and high tide 15:27. A light SW start but then super strong at mid day! Perfect for flying early and then getting closer to God. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another cool 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(19 Septemeber 2021) 
Day 545 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Day length and night are equal parts of 12hrs each! Yippee! lol A light weight CF pushed in by the SAH along the west coat with fresh NW winds and low cloud. Its not very deep with CTops around 4/5k. Some light rain possible. Ahead of it some sweet Q’s with high bases and then the inland trough with exceptional flying conditions – base at 18k in some spots! A breezy SW flow along the southern parts that will make its way up the south coast reaching EL by end of the day. Winds go NW from 3k everywhere with a WNW finish at the Tropopause at 70kts – its 110kts further inland. Freezing level around 9500/11000.

CT – Freh NW winds all day long with low clouds. The main ranges similar. (See spots)

RB – NFG today… Lol.

PV – Another fresh NW day with base up to 3k. Probably too strong to fly I think.

Wilderness – A WSW start to the day reaching 20kts at time during the morning. But then around lunchtime it start to drop quickly with a light wind afternoon trending even to the South! Sedge should switch on from around 14:00 onwards. Some coastal soaring around mid day as it starts to drop form the looks of things – the hangies probably being able to get up in the thick of things from early already. Lol. See Spot.

Plett – Similar to above..

PE and PA – The SW starting early west of PE but NE east form here. The SW will progressively move to the east. It gets fresh with 20kts plus.

EL – NE winds until late afternoon when the SW gets there…

Inland – It is a NW to WNW day inland with some exceptional high clouds in the trough – the eastern interior of the WC. See the cloud base chart! A bit breezy with lots of spots showing 20kts and more.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:23 and setting at 18:24 – day length 12:01. It’s a 50/50 ratio if day/night time ratio! Summer is on the way! Low tide is at 8:41 and high tide 14:54. A fresh SW wind day. Perfect for flying and getting closer to God. Leave work and go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another cool 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(18 September 2021) 
Day 544 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Sweet flying at Map yesterday and some trickling in from Oubos. Today the IOH dominating with strong east flows along the southern coast and NE inland but more N along the west coast. There is a deep coastal low shaping up along the west coast (it dissipates around 10k). It is a blue day with no clouds expected – some out to sea on the west and south coasts. The east flows causing a big eddy around the Peninsula. Winds are pretty breezy in most places today. The wind backs to the NW with height for a 1015kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – Strong SE winds out towards CP but this curls around the Peninsula causing a bit of a wind-shadow effect as it combines with the upper NE flow. It might even be flyable on Africa face today though above TM the wind does pick up a bit (10-15kts NE at 4k. SH and LH is looking good with a SW flow along that side. The main ranges perhaps too much east trending N to NW later in the day. But some high climbs possible out there.:) (See spots)

RB – Well, I hope you guys are all flown out after the last few good day because today is crap. Lol.

PV – A NW day but it sure is looking good with very high climbs after 14:00 with maybe 9k on the cards. It’s a bit breezy up there with 20kts upper winds… Dress warm! See Spot.

Wilderness – A very strong SE wind on the cards today. Get out early with a small window in the morning before it gets blown out around 10-11. ;)

Plett – Also strong winds form the SE here…

PE and PA – The E to NE winds are slow to start but will finish with a bang! ;)

EL – As above…

Inland – The wind more NE but trending more East during the day in the southern parts. North of the GE the winds are N to NW. and strong. Lol Not the best day to e flying…

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:25 and setting at 18:23 – day length 11:59. We are almost at a 50/50 ratio if day/night time ratio! Summer is on the way! Low tide is at 8:04 and high tide 14:18. A strong SE wind day. Perfect for hiking and getting closer to God. Leave work and go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another cool 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(17 September 2021) 
Day 543 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some sweet flying along the GR late afternoon with quite a few pilots enjoying the sweet air along the coast (even I had a stint in my hang glider to Gerrickes and back!) ;) Today the SAH pushing in with a ridge shaping up along the southern parts. The wind is south in the east trending SE while it is decidedly east and SE in the west. Lots of clouds around in the southern central and eastern parts but drying out to the west. Base around 2-3k along the coasts, 6-7k beyond the first ranges and then up to 9k along the GE. Still quite a few rain showers around in the central southern and eastern parts but these will gradually clear from the west during the day. So some good flying still on the cards for the southern regions but the west with the offshores a tad trickier. Winds remain S to E all the way to around 10-14k where it veers to the SW and then W at the Tropopause for a 110kts finish up there. Freezing levels 6500 in the east but 9k in the west.

CT – Strong E to SE winds with not much of a wind-shadow in the cards. Some deep instability at lunchtime with up to 6k climbs in some spots. Winds very strong at CP and getting to 20kts in a few around the flats and TB region. The main ranges also to much east. :) (See spots)

RB – There is hope for the hangies here today… Lol.

PV – East so no good here but PB is looking up! Some climbs to 6k but a chance of being a bit breezy with the winds going to the upper teens in knots higher up. See Spot.

Wilderness – Again a bit of a wet start but from mid day clearing and a chance of some flying happening. Sedge showing a short but good window if we can believe the forecast. (See the spot) and then it def looks like a sweet afternoon for Map. Maybe Gerrickes too if you can bench up. :)

Plett – It just seems to much east here after the rains…

PE and PA – SW to the east of PE start but this will trend more to the S during the afternoon. Breezy initially. Still a few lingering showers around that could effect things a bit.

EL – As above…

Inland – Inland things are def looking better. Higher bases and the wind south trending the SE and E further inland and to the west. (See the wind and cloud maps) A good day for flying I think if you can get out there some where…

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:26 and setting at 18:23 – day length 11:57. Low tide is at 7:19 and high tide 13:35. Again a rainy start but clearing in the afternoon with light SE winds. Another perfect day for flying and getting closer to God. Leave work and go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another cool 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(16 September 2021) 
Day 542 of lockdown

Good morning all you super awesome Wild2Fly people! Some super cool flying yesterday – a few brave soles hiking up Rusty Gates and doing over 50km XC flights – Lekker Wj and John and co! Back home PR and Sedge where doing some good stuff, especially later in the day. Today the SAH is pushing in strong southerly winds with lots of rain – the west clearer but the east with lots of rain. Base ranging from 1-2k in some southerly and easterly spots but rising well inland with up to 9k over the GE and then of course that slight shaping up of a trough back towards the central interior with base up at 12/13k and SW winds in that region (We should be specking out at DeAar today guys!) lol. Winds remain S with height and up past 20k starts to veer to the SW for a SW finish at the Tropopause of 70kts. Freezing level ranging between 5500 and 7500 in the southerly areas.

CT – Strong SE winds all day long. It is a deep settle flow with little no signs showing any wind-shadow shaping up. 20kts plus later on. The main ranges also with the SE component so no real flying prospects out there. It looks like a Hermanus day to me. :) (See spots)

RB – Oh more good news for the hangies as RB seems to be firing on all 8 cylinders today. Lol.

PV – A bit of a windy day here with 15-20kts of southerly winds. Perhaps SSW in the valley but more SSE above launch. Maybe good to drink coffee day – unless you are a hardcore dude!

Wilderness – A wet and rainy start to the day but… But it does look like there is silver lining to these clouds. Looks like the rain will stop at mid day and then settle into a SSW afternoon that looks very promising for the coastal cliffs again. Maybe even a later afternoon session at Sedge could be on the cards. So good stuff to look forward to. :)

Plett – Looks like more rain here so not that promising however Keurbooms could offer something at mid day I think.

PE and PA – SW to S winds, strong at times with rain.

EL – As above…

Inland – If you go far enough N it is looking very good – Graafies and DeAar the spots to be I think with the SW winds around and some good clouds and higher base out there. Even it there are a few showers possible with some luck you could navigate around these. South of the SB it is a bit too rainy I think. All S to SW winds in the central to eastern parts but more SE to the west.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:27 and setting at 18:22 – day length 11:55. High tide 12:38, low tide at 18:54. A rainy start but onshore and clearing in the afternoon. Another perfect day for flying and getting closer to God. Leave work and go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another cool 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(15 September 2021) 
Day 541 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A great post frontal airmass around – well kind off… lol between cold fronts – its actually a slightly calmer cold airmass form the south between more defined fronts with some high bases and sweet instability all round. Still some showers around which can stop play but I would say it is a day to bunk work and go fly, especially in the west and south. Winds are all southerly around the 10kts with some 15kts spots and very few nearing 20k (around some corners of the Peninsula and up north at Langebaan later in the day) Base fairly high with between 4-8k over some of the inland ranges. (Cederbergs looking high) Winds remaining light to moderate south all the way up to near 10k today. This is more SW in the west. Further inland to the east the trough is active with that super high bases at 17/18k (Drool!) ;) but strong winds form the NW there. Back home the wind is WNW from around 14k to the Tropopause for a 60-90kts finish. Freezing level down to 5500ft in a few southerly spots.

CT – Hhhmmm… very southerly winds with a curl around the Peninsula for a SSW direction around the SH and LH region – up to 20kts in the later afternoon along the shore. Doesn’t look like a good wind-shadow here today. The main ranges with a SSW surface flow and more SE higher up. But some higher bases and loads of instability so if you can get off anywhere you could go for a descent XC to the north I think. See DTK Spot.

RB – Oh it sure looks good today! Lol.

PV – Also a good day here I think but a bit on the southerly side with the wind direction but high base and great for distance to the North…

Wilderness – Some wet and possible rain in the morning still but the afternoon is sure looking sweet! SW winds around 10kts with everything facing the wind working! Looks like super high bases at Sedge 3-3500ft base (or more!) but with a bit of a wind up there at 15kts so expect some bumps. Lol. The coast is looking super sweet so I think the jump from the hotel to PR is on. And also going beyond to Myolil or more! So bunk work and fly today. ;) Oh and don’t forget to dress warm! lol

Plett – Looks like a chance of more rain at Uppies and actually not looking as good with more OD conditions. Keurbooms looking a tad too west.

PE and PA – Very strong SW winds all day with chance of rain.

EL – As above…

Inland – The Cold Front having gone inland all the way to past the GE areas into he central Karoo. Showers especially over the higher mountains with lower bases in those regions. Wind not so strong except perhaps over the tops of the higher mountains with some spots close to 20kts. Otherwise its around 10kts. All southerlies except in the far NE interior where it will trend to the W and NW.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:29 and setting at 18:21 – day length 11:52. High tide 11:09, low tide at 17:34. A west rainy start but moderate SW later on. Really perfect for flying and getting closer to God. But please, leave work and go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another cool 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(14 September 2021) 
Day 540 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Today the SAH still pumping in that Cold Front air form the SSW of us bringing with it that cold rainy southerly winds. Lots of low cloud around with base at 2ish and tops at 6/7k. Winds are southerly in the west going west in the interior before curling more NW as it joins the very active trough along the central interior. Very strong NW winds there with very high climbs with spots showing base near 18! But of course the winds up to 40kts up there... (You could break a record today!) Drool… ;) The southern coastal regions with southerlies in the west trending more SW in the east. Its not really a flying ay anywhere around the WC – unless you move into the interior around the western parts where the southerly winds will have high bases north of the SB ranges and around the GE line. (See the cloud base graph). Winds are fairly light with height but then form 10k it is all NW again with a 110kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 6500ft in the west but 11k in the east.

CT – Fresh southerly winds with rain on and off all day. No wind-shadow time form the looks of it. The main mountains similar so doubtful there will be any flying to be had.

RB – If not for the rain then it could be a great afternoon session. lol

PV – Also looking a bit clagged in for today with the southerly winds…

Wilderness – A westerly start going to the SW later on but then also rain moving in… Hhhmmm… Maybe you could get a gap but its doubtful. lol

Plett – As above…

PE and PA – West to SW winds with the rain remaining out to sea form the looks of things.  

EL – NE winds to start off with but by end of day the SW will move in.

Inland – The Cold Front making a slight bit more inroads into the interior with showers along the SB ranges and in the western interior mountains. Base only rising north of the SB with some 8/9k spots along the GE and 14k around Cradock! But of course those strong NW winds here so not much prospects for flying.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:30 and setting at 18:21 – day length 11:50. High tide 9:17, low tide at 15:34. A light W start going SW with rain later. Perfect for flying and getting closer to God. Either way do go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another cool 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(13 Septembber 2021) 
Day 539 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some sweet flying yesterday in the west with rain clearing around the Peninsula for some amazing flying around there. The guys in PV also doing some lekker XC flying. Today the SAH pushing in a bit harder into the WC with the Cold Front offloading its moisture along the southern parts. Lots of cloud all over the show with low bases in the south and adjacent mountains. It rises inland with base around 4-6k. The west also looking clear and sweet but perhaps with a bit of a strong southerly push in the wind. So good in the west but too wet in the southern parts. Winds go NW from 7k upwards remaining NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish up there. Freezing level around 10k

CT – A fresh SSE wind day with little chance of a wind-shadow shaping up. Instability to around 4k and some 5-6k bases along the main ranges. If you can find a spot that can handle the SE out there you could fly a long way to the north. Hermanus is also looking good I think with high climbs and a flight to Stanford on the cards.

RB – Sweet amazing day on the cards with the afternoon the best. lol

PV – Another good day I think with climbs to 4k and perhaps a tad more. Maybe some clouds though it might clear up this far north…

Wilderness – Not looking good with mostly rain on the cards but perhaps a chance to get in a Map fight if the rain stops and the clouds are high enough. ;) Sedge looking dead and rainy.

Plett – As above…

PE and PA – SE winds with low clouds around and rain.

EL – As above but the rain perhaps only starting later in the afternoon. SE 10-15kts.

Inland – The Cold Front stuck along the southern ranges with low clouds and rain but to the north of the SB it starts to clear nicely with high bases around 6k. Winds go NW north of the GE but its S to the south of that.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:32 and setting at 18:20 – day length 11:48. High tide 7:53, low tide at 13:54, high tide 20:23. A light SW going SE wind with lots of clouds and slight chance of rain. Perfect for flying and getting closer to God. Either way do go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another cool 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(12 September 2021) 
Day 538 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH having taken over duties from the CF pushing in some SW to S winds with cooler and rainy conditions in the west but fair soaring conditions along the eastern side of the front. Still that NW in the far interior but this backs to the west and then south as we move to the south with a SE along the eastern coastal regions but more SW in the west. Sweet Q’s to the east of the CF and if you could get into the air you could have a great flight. There is still a trough left over in the interior but this has moved more eastwards. And then that sweet Nam convergence region is still very active today with base near 17k and awesome awesome soaring conditions. :) We drool and wish! Back home the winds go NW from 6000ft remaining NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kt finish up there. Freezing level around 13k but dropping to 7500ft in the extreme SW edges of the WC.

CT – A low cloud and rainy day all day long… The main mountains too…

RB – lol

PV – Maye a short flying window in the morning but then lowering clouds and rain for the afternoon. (See spot)

Wilderness – Hhhmm… We have a anticyclonic circulation just offshore from us (Not a coastal low but the opposite!) lol This is effecting our surface winds with a SE start and possible SSW finish. It could also remain SE for longer. So a tricky day to call. Sedge could be the spot for later in the day and Map earlier on. Hhhmm…

Plett – A SE wind day with climbs to 2/2.5k at Uppies. Maybe something around Keurbooms but in general not looking so good. See Spot…

PE and PA – A SW start but a S to SE wind day. Lots of coastal clouds around.

EL – As above.

Inland – The Cold Front moving in form the west with rain but not making much progress into the interior. Still NW wind north of the GE and then mor west in the little karoo and even southerly to the south. Q’s to the west mainly. Hhmm… You could probably fly if you are desperate. lol

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:33 and setting at 18:19 – day length 11:46. High tide 6:57, low tide at 12:52, high tide 19:18. A SE going S wind with clouds. Perfect for flying and getting closer to God. Either way do go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another cool 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)

 





(11 Septemeber 2021) 
Day 537 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! So another day like yesterday – almost! Those big systems still dominating with a large shadow/pool of marine air around the southern coastal regions  that might offer some hope of flying – though lots of coastal fog around which could effect things a lot. The CF approaching and probably reaching CT early tomorrow morning. The trough very active along the western interior with some amazing brilliant flying conditions in Namibia – we should be there guys! This time of year it often cooks! (See the high clouds and drooling line of convergence running down from up there – that is amost 1000miles of convergence! Def record distance possible!) But alas we are down on the southern tip of Africa where things are not so good for flying. Lol. Very strong winds in the interior with that strong shear around and then some monster wave activity for the SW mountains (See the big one near Worcester today!) Winds go NW from 3k everywhere and remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 120kts finish up there. Freezing level around 14k.

CT – Like yesterday! ;) Another prefrontal day with strong NW winds associated with a strong gradient in most spots. Low clouds around the coastal regions. The main ranges also strong higher up so not really flying weather. The exception might be PV… (See DTK Spot and TOL winds)

RB – WWB is out and about. lol

PV – Like yesterday! Lol NW winds with the convective layer up to 3500ft and the winds within this layer around PV looking doable. So if you want to fly then this is the place… (See spot)

Wilderness – Like yesterday but perhaps not as good. Looks like more coastal fog around but the spot to go to still Sedgefield. Lift at the good times to 1000ft with a southerly direction in general. At 3k the wind is strong NW. Still looks like extended foefies could be possible at Map from mid day onwards.

Plett – A SE wind day with climbs to 2k at Uppies. A short window form the looks of it. Lol  Again maybe a Keurbooms around lunchtime could be doable? See Spot…

PE and PA – A general East wind near the coast but those strong NW still active inland with late afternoon seeing some very high base developments. Lol.

EL – Should be very strong NE all day here… High clouds inland!

Inland – Again like yesterday. Strong NW winds everywhere with a prefrontal trend in the west and that trough in the central regions. Very very strong stuff again with 30kts plus in many spots. Good for weather watching. lol

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:34 and setting at 18:19 – day length 11:44. Low tide at 12:066, high tide 18:29. A light onshore wind with some possible fog patches. Perfect for flying and getting closer to God. Either way do go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(10 September 2021) 
Day 536 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! So today we have two really strong pressure systems working in tangent to creating some extreme weather conditions for our region. The Cold Front to the SW at 957Mbar and the IOH at 1040Mbar. Some strong pressure gradients between these two with exceptionally strong winds near the surface today in many places. Some spots showing 50kts in shear strength! Between these two systems we have a strong trough feature indicating some very strong lift and high bases (See the cloud base map - this extends all the way from Namibia where there are 18000ft bases!) Notice the strong convergence and associated shear regions where the inland NW, the coastal NE from the east and the WSW from the west meet. Scary stuff if you ask me (but Dirk the hangie, wants to go fly there today!) lol – OK, I think I convinced him not to fly but to rather do some weather watching. ;) It is however a day for flying from Nam to PE in the strong prefrontal trough – those 30kts upper winds will really blow you a long ways… Hehe… Low clouds along the west coast with some appearing along the southern parts later in the day. And of course those super high clouds along the trough. There is also some strong Lee Wave activity in the SW mountain areas – I found 4m/s climbs near Greyton (the area is renown for super waves! See the Wave spot) In general the winds all settle NW from 3000ft upwards and then just before the Tropopause back to the WSW for a 80-90kts finish up there. Freezing level around 15k.

CT – A prefrontal day with strong NW winds associated with a strong gradient in most spots. Low clouds around the coastal regions. The main ranges also strong higher up so not really flying weather. The exception might be PV… (See DTK Spot and TOL winds)

RB – WWB is out and about. lol

PV – NW winds with the convective layer up to 3500ft and the winds within this layer around PV looking doable. So if you want to fly then this is the place… (See spot)

Wilderness – I am surprised by the GR shadow effect again give the strong stuff going on around the area. And it seems its even deep enough for us to have a go at flying! Early morning offshores but during the day the coastal layer will start to dominate a tad more – the layer looks to be around 1000-1500ft in depth in the afternoon so certainly possible for some flying to take place within this layer. It looks like extended foefies could be possible at Map from mid day onwards. Sedge also showing something to play in but it is all very changeable conditions so WYSIWYG probably the best tool. lol

Plett – A spike of lift at 11 at Uppies to 4k – the convergence as the NW is taken over by the sea breeze though I don’t see how one would get into that – the NW is just too strong to fly! Lol. Maybe a Keurbooms at lunchtime could be doable? See Spot…

PE and PA – A very volatile region today with all the changes happening around your area – loads of strong convergence and shear regions. The cast ranging from NE to S and SW with inland the strong NW. Should be interesting to observe today. Lol.

EL – It is very strong NE all day here…

Inland – Strong NW winds everywhere with a prefrontal trend in the west and that trough in the central regions. Very very strong stuff at BW with even some 50kts shear regions! A def no flying day I would say. Lol. But probably good to watch some of those high clouds shaping up around De Aar down towards PE side.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:36 and setting at 18:18 – day length 11:42. Low tide at 11:26, high tide 17:46. A berg wind morning then light onshore afternoon. Perfect for surfing and getting closer to God. Either way do go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(9 Septemebr 2021) 
Day 535 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! So loads of great flying all over the WC yesterday. Ria reporting Franschhoek working from early till about 4pm. Barry and crew flew Hermanus to Standford. (Ps I also thought it looked a bit too SW...but it worked for them). LP flew Table Mountain. (Wow! Surprised with this one) ;) And a glider as soaring at St James. The flight of the day though belongs to Josh who flew from DTK to Flyers lodge in PV! Josh said he could have gone to Citrusdal and beyond but he had no retrieve… lol. Today a whole different story as a large Cold Front is shaping up along the SW of the country helping a strong IOH to flex muscles as they help each other with strong NE winds in general. The southern coasts with very strong SE winds. CT region with the NE dominance causing some tricky flying stuff. Lol. Some clouds around the EL and PE side from the IOH influence, otherwise its blue all over. The winds back to the north around 8/10k then to the NW and finally all the way to the SW at the Tropopause for a 60kts finish up there. Freezing level up at 13/14k.

CT – A bit of a berg wind day so not really good for flying, Strong gradients around with the upper flow NE and breezy. 20kts around TM top height. Similar around the main ranges…

RB – WWB is out and about. lol

PV – The N to NE winds also dominating here…

Wilderness – You might get a quick flight in at Map this morning but I think by 10 or soon after it will be all over. Very strong SE winds on the cards today.

Plett – As above…

PE and PA – NE winds all day long with low clouds around.

EL – As above. It  blows at the end of the day. Even the kite surfers are going to be tested. lol

Inland – Strong NE winds everywhere especially over the higher grounds, 20 and even 30kts in spots. Its not a flying day I think.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:37 and setting at 18:17 – day length 11:40. Low tide at 10:49, high tide 17:07. A super strong SE day. Perfect for kitesurfing and getting closer to God. Either way do go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(8 September 2021) 
Day 534 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Some sweet flying yesterday in the GR with plenty of sweet little XC flights from Serpentine and then the guys managed to get in some TM Africa face time in as well. ;) Today still some sweet weather around as the light winds form the Col is allowing pudding thermal development in most areas. Lol. Winds are generally SSW along the southern parts, westerly inland but north in the far north. (See map) No clouds expected but for a few along the Peninsula during the morning and the Overberg – perhaps later in the afternoon some moving to the GR region from the south. The wind is westerly with height – from 10k or so it starts to back to the WSW for a 60kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 12k today

CT – A SW morning but the south will dominate later in the afternoon. Looks like enough of a shadow around SH and LH for flying to continue – probably SW here as the flow curls around the Peninsula. The main ranges looking sweet too with climbs to 3500ft and light/mod winds – see DTK Spot. Herm looking too SW – Hhhmmm…

RB – It just could be a great afternoon as the south looks to be pushing through here – sunset cruise?

PV – A frustrating inversion around launch height – so iffy stuff. The afternoon looks like the S to SE wind pushes through.

Wilderness – And what do you know – yet another sweet day on the cards with a light SW flow. Sedge the place to be with climbs to around 1000ft on the cards. Its once again better to the east of launch. Lol. The ocean cliffs looking light but probably light soaring happening on occasion.

Plett – Uppies is the spot I think with some good climbs on the cards for the day. See Spot.

PE and PA – Northerly offshores in the morning but going SW in the west with light S to E winds around PE and EL. The SW will push through to perhaps PA side later in the day. ;)

EL – Offshores and then light E to S winds but on occasion the NE wind will push through form the east. We are just on that change region…

Inland – A sweet days of flying out there no matter what you fly. Lightish wind everywhere. North far inland but more W in the central and southern parts. :)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:39 and setting at 18:17 – day length 11:38. Low tide at 10:14, high tide 16:31. A light SW day. Perfect for flying and getting closer to God – either way do go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(7 Septemeber 2021) 
Day 533 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some sweet flying yesterday along the GR – lots of first for many pilots. ;) Today a ridge along he southern parts as the front moves north past Maputo – lots of rain in KZN and snow on the Drakensberg. A general east flow around the WC with still some great instability around especially in the central and eastern parts. Some good clouds with base around 6/7k just north of the first ranges. The coast showing the light southerly turning into a fresh SE wind in the afternoon. The western parts with a light SW trend in the surface layer but above the east is active – light in the south but it picks up in the north. Still some good flying to be had all over it seems. Winds back form east to NE up to around 6/7k then it goes SW with a gentle veering to the west at the Tropopause for a 60/70kts finish up there. Freezing level 6500’ in the east but 9k in the west.

CT – A light SW flow around the Peninsula along the surface but NE from 100ft upwards. It is generally light with touching 10kts maybe at TM top height. I think Africa face could be doable late morning/lunchtime. It is looking sweet with climbs to 4k. The main ranges also looking good with a lower SW/W flow and the East showing up around 3/4k. IT is light thought so I think it should still be flyable. See Spot.

RB – Too light and wrong direction.

PV – It is looking like a good day until after lunch when the lower SW brings in a bit of an inversion around the 3/3500ft level. Around 11 to 13:00 you could get to 4/5k. Its light East higher up. (See Spot)

Wilderness – Another sweet day on the cards with a southerly start then the SE will push through in the afternoon. Sedge is looking good for a late morning till early afternoon session even if it will be form the left. Climbs to 1500ft should be on. The challenge is to go left get high enough for a jump to Gerrickes and then a good session there! ;) Map is looking good from lunchtime onwards but perhaps a slight showing of the compression shadow in the mid afternoon. Slight chance of it being blown out later in the day.

Plett – Uppies is looking really good this morning, Anyone flying out there?

PE and PA – Its SE to start going east in the afternoon. Getting breezy in the west around 20kts but moderating to the east for a change. ;)

EL – East winds but nice and light.

Inland – Really sweet inland flying today with high bases and good climbs. Winds are all NE in general. The day to fly form DuToits and head to the west. Maybe make Barrydale! :)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:40 and setting at 18:16 – day length 11:36. Low tide at 9:40, high tide 15:57. A light SE start but picking up in the afternoon. Perfect for flying and getting closer to God – either way do go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(6 Septemeber 2021) 
Day 532 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A sweet surprise day for Segde yesterday for a lucky few. ;) The SAH pushing in the CF far into he interior today bringing a sweet workable layer of unstable air in behind it. Winds are all SW in general with some more WSW in the East and South in the far west. Lots of cloud around with high bases – 3-4k around the coast, 5-6k north of the first ranges and 8-10k north of the GE. Some rain expected on the mountains mainly though there are some spots in the south of the ocean that could move in late afternoon. All in all it looks like a good flying day if you can get to the right spot. Winds remain SW till around 7k then veers to the West before going the normal NW from 18k upwards to the Tropopause for a 60kt finish up there. Freezing level down to 5500ft.

CT – A SSE day and breezy with 20kts on average and it’s a deep flow so doesn’t look good for usable wind-shadow activity. The main ranges also too much SSE in it to be nice. Need to go far north form the looks of it.

RB – It just might be a good day. The afternoon looking better with the chance of a sunset flight possible.

PV – Doable but it does look a tad strong and southerly in the afternoon. Climbs to 5k.. Yay! (See Spot)

Wilderness – So all indicators say we are in for a great day. Sedge should be spectacular with very high climbs. The coast should be good too with fresh SW winds. And it looks like from late morning this state could last for most of the day. Summer time is indeed approaching! ;) See Sedge Spot for winds TOL – nothing too strong with perhaps a bit over 10kts up there. Perhaps a bit too OD at times and chance of rain late late in the afternoon. Great stuff man! :))

Plett – Uppies also looking very good. Keurbooms just too west in it it seems. But Uppies looks like you could get to base. (See Spot) BTW< Anybody try it our yesterday?

PE and PA – WSW early on but going SW around the 20kts mark with some lighter spots. It goes more SSW in the afternoon and looks like a great Maitlans day.

EL – As above!

Inland – The SW going more S in the southern interior but its breezy with the cold air pushing hard over those mountain stops. 20-30kts over the SB ranges! But high bases north of there. Hhhmm… Its  a good unstable day but probably for those bullish pilots only. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:41 and setting at 18:15 – day length 11:34. Low tide at 9:08, high tide 15:24. A general SW trend all day. Perfect for flying and getting closer to God. But do go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(5 Septemeber 2021) 
Day 531 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front into CT today and moving into the western half of the WC interior and southern coastal regions during the day. Rain in the west but bases rising sharply towards the west with 10k over the Sutherland GE region but of course much lower along the southern coastal regions. Winds still strong NW in general but will go more WSW in the SW regions while the GR still has some of that protective shadow at play. Way to the east the deeply unstable trough is causing some CB activity with super high bases for this time of the year. (See cloud base map). The winds out there are around 30kts NW – with record distance potential if it where not for the CB activity. lol Winds remain NW with height all the way to the Tropopause for a 80-90kts finish. Freezing level dropping in the SW corner to 5500ft with the edge of the front near the GR rising up to 10k again.

CT – Breezy NW with low bases and passing showers. It goes more WSW later on with a slight chance of moderation to mid and upper teens in knots around the southern Peninsula. Hhhmmm… Maybe there on the lower dunes. The main ranges OD and strong.

RB – WWB is out and About!

PV – Looks like a clagged in day with NW winds and rain all day…

Wilderness – A light W start to the day with some odd SW pulse moving form the ocean during the day. Looks like a period of some coastal soaring in the late morning and then the winds might drop along the coast with sporadic bits in the late afternoon. (Lets hope its completely wrong!) ;) Sedge is looking good to from 11:30 till 15:30 form the looks of it. To the east some high climbs close to 2k (some 13kts winds up there) otherwise around 1000ft from the looks of it. It’s a tad prefrontal so just be aware for a bit of possible mixing up there – though it doesn’t look like anything too serious today.

Plett – There is a good bit of lift at 11:30 with climbs over 5k here from the looks of it. (See Spot) Def worth going out to try and catch those climbs to those sweet Q’s shaping up there at that time. :)

PE and PA – The SW pulse moving through this morning with a SW to S trend in the wind. Maitlands looking ok later for the hangies.

EL – As above!

Inland – Strong NW winds especially in the higher spots. Wave formation in the lee side in the western ranges. Lots of cloud and rain in the west form the front. It does not seem to be penetrating far inland during today – some clouds making it to BW by end of the day. Climbs to 8/9k over the GE, SB and Kamanasie ranges. But alas, the wind… lol

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:43 and setting at 18:14 – day length 11:32. Low tide at 8:35, high tide 14:52. A general SW trend all day. Perfect for flying and getting closer to God. But do go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(4 September 2021) 
Day 530 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH and Cold Front movements still dominating our weather. A double Cold Front making its way towards CT – should make landfall just after midnight. Today though fresh NW winds in the interior and western coastal regions – a tad on the strong side with 20kts plus in most mountains spots. Wave lift in the lee side of those usual spots out there (See pic of Theewaterskloof lee wave). Lots of clouds moving in form the SW into this corner of the WC. The southern coastal regions still some light IOH action with a S to SE flow pattern. This protected region offering some lighter winds with light soaring conditions. In the far eastern interior near the DB ranges climbs over 15k are to be had but the winds at TOL are over 50ts! So we look, drool and dream! Lol (Note the high base out that side all coloured in red!) The wind is light NW up to 5k in the southern central regions but then it strengthens all the way up to the Tropopause for a 80-90kts finish up there. Freezing level around 9k in the west and 11k in the east.

CT – Fresh NW winds that might be a ok for the hangies but I think all the clouds might just be a bit of a damper. Def a SH day with the winds too strong on the main mountains.

RB – WWB is out and About!

PV – Strong NW winds but lift to 4k. Probably too strong…

Wilderness – A light southerly wind that will trend to the SE later on. Too light for the coast but Sedge and Serps probably offering some stuff to play with. Sedge with the Southerly winds and climbs to around 500ft ATO in the right spot. Could be tricky. There are spots showing climbs to 1000ft ATO to the left of launch… Maye that little convergence region will be active again. Worth a visit for those who know how. ;)

Plett – Also looking like a lekker day here with a SE trend and climbs to around 2k. Too light for the coast though…

PE and PA – Strong E to NE winds with lots of cloud form the ocean. Lol.

EL – As above!

Inland – NW winds everywhere with strong stuff north of the GE and in the far east. To the west the NW also strengthens as the CF moves closer. Clouds shaping up in the SW corner… Hhhmm… It should be good flying in the southern interior for the most part with the propellor thingies. lol

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:44 and setting at 18:14 – day length 11:30. Low tide at 8:01, high tide 14:21. Light onshore winds all day. Perfect for brushing up with God over a coffee and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(3 September 2021) 
Day 529 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! It is the SAH and the Cold Front with the westerly marches all around us. Rain in CT on and off today with low clouds and strong NW winds, NW to West in the interior with a sweet sheltered region around the GR with the strong SW winds resuming further to the east from Jbay and eastwards. Some good clouds in the west as the front moves further eastwards during the day, with clear skies form the central interior and eastwards. Some wave lift in the west adjacent to the front. It looks like some sweet soaring within the sheltered GR region in a few spots around mid day for the lucky few who might be in the right place. Out side of those regions it’s a bit on the windy side of things. Lol. Winds go NW with height

CT – Not so good for today. Low clouds with rain and strong NW winds all day it seems… The main ranges similar.

RB – WWB is out and About!

PV – Also clagged in and fresh NW winds…

Wilderness – A slight prefrontal trend but it does look like the gradients are more mellow today with not such strong spikes in the upper flow around Sedge and at Uppies. So it could be sweet at Sedge with climbs to 1000ft and more to the east. SW winds with some S spots but the upper flow veers to the west. Some good clouds further inland over the mountains…

Plett – Also some clouds on the cards with what looks like a good flying day here… Climbs to 4k even. Lol. See Spot.

PE and PA – Very strong SW winds all day but a slight reprieve in the late afternoon. It remains stronger to the east.

EL – The SW moving in during the morning with a very strong pulse. Then its SW strong all day!

Inland – NW winds north of the GE but more west to the south of there. Rain and clouds in the west that  will progressively move to the east reaching BW at the end of day. Lots of wave lift preceding the front in the western mountains. Looks a tad strong for flying in general so be careful.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:45 and setting at 18:13 – day length 11:28. Low tide at 7:23, high tide 13:47, low tide at 19:46. A light moderate southerly wind day. Perfect for meeting God for a coffee and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(2 Septemebr 2021) 
Day 528 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! An amazing day at Map yesterday with a chance of some good stuff today too… ;) A big Cold Front approaching CT (Should make landfall early hours tomorrow morning). A slight Coastal low shaping up ahead of it on the west coast with the usual fresh NW winds along that side. So to the interior except for the southern parts at the coast which is dominated by the SAH with an easterly flow. Some clouds along the eastern southern parts otherwise mostly a blue day. The winds in the east go from east to NE then NW with height for a WNW finish of 130kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 10-12k.

CT – Looks like a strong NW flow with the upper flow around launch and Mnt top height just too strong and uncomfortable to fly from mid day onwards. It might even be strong from earlier on but fingers crossed. The main ranges similar.

RB – WWB is out and About!

PV – Perhaps the bets place to try for a flight today with NW winds and cimbs to 4k or so. The wind at TOL s still pretty breezy with mid to upper teens in knots.

Wilderness – Another SE wind day but perhaps more shear in it with the afternoon showing a sharp spike of wind around 700ft – the lower bits in the Wilderness corner much less. But I would say a short soaring window around mid day early lunch before things could get dicey on the wind strength side of things. Some clouds moving in as the stronger winds arrives… :)

Plett – Also the SE winds here with some clouds from before mid day already moving in from the ocean.

PE and PA – Strong East to NE winds here with cloud all day – there is rain out to sea with a chance of a few making it to the coast….

EL – As above but NE!  

Inland – NW winds north of the GE but East to NE to the south of that. Some strong spots in the NW winds but more moderate to the south. Above the inversion the winds veers sharply to the N then NW. Good climbs north of the GE but much weaker to the south. Perhaps 6k around the bigger ranges.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:47 and setting at 18:12 – day length 11:26. Low tide at 6:32, high tide 13:04, low tide at 19:00. Again starting light SE ending very breezy. Perfect for coffee and God but either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(1 September 2021) 

Day 527 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people on this first day of Spring 2021! And happy Aniversary to my parents too. ;) The SAH weakly ridging in on along the southern coastal region while a trough develops along the northern west coast areas. Winds are easterly in general with some strong spots around the southern Peninsula and also in the far east around EL with the NE trend out that side. Some instability after the CF but its confined mostly to the southern areas with an inversion developing along the western parts with the warm offshore flow and cooler southerlies. Lots of clouds around mostly around the southern parts extending to just north of the SB ranges. Base varying form around 3k along the cost to 6/7k north of the SB areas. The wind goes north above the 6k level before doing its usual backing to the NW and then West for a 130kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level around in the morning down to 5k but rising to 8k by the afternoon in the southern parts.

CT – A strong SE wind day with little chance of a wind-shadow developing for flying. The flow is dep and strong though it does back more to the east with height. The main ranges also too much east in it. Hhhmmm…

RB – Another day with good possibilities. Depends on the wind-shadow flow form the eastern mountains but I would say its worth checking it out. Late afternoon better.

PV – The inversion below the Mnt tops. The flow east at ridge height and higher. Hhhmmm… Even PB not looking great.

Wilderness – There is a chance of some early stuff at Sedge before it gets too east around mid day. You could get to 3k around 11 I think. Maybe fly to Map? Lol. The afternoon def belonging to the Map today. IT might get blown out late afternoon but otherwise I expect a sweet long flying day at Map. :)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but the east component making it tricky. See Spot.

PE and PA – Light starts but its an east trending day with a strong finish.

EL – As above but NE!  

Inland – Moderate East winds with lots of Q’s in the southern regions. It clears to the North with spars Q’s north of the SB ranges. A good day for flying if you can get out to the right spots – 10-15kts in general. Winds are N to NW above the clouds…

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:48 and setting at 18:12 – day length 11:24. High tide 11:57, low tide at 17:55. Starting light SE ending very breezy. Perfect for coffee and God but either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 13 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(31 August 2021) 
Day 526 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH helping the Cold Front along its merry way across the WC today. Winds SW in general with a backing trend during the day. Lots of cold moisture around so expecting showers along the western and southern regions. Base around 2/3k but further inland it rises ending around 6-8k north of the SB ranges. A bit breezy today with most regions a tad too strong but perhaps you could find a spot between the rain for a quick flight. I think late afternoon on the west your best bet. Winds going west with height and remaining so all the way to the Tropopause for a 130kts finish up there. Freezing level around 5500ft with a few spots in the far south down to 4500. It rises abruptly to the north with BW around 10k.

CT – SW winds trending S later on with passing showers. Around 15ks in general but stronger higher up. Perhaps later on you could get a go at some of those southerly facing coastal spots… The main mountains probably too rainy and too southerly later on.

RB – It could be a good late afternoon if the rain stays away.  :)

PV – A SW morning with low clouds and rain but clearing later however the wind going decidedly S to even SSE. Hhhmmm… Winds are fresh at 10-15kts…

Wilderness – Too strong and too west mostly for the day. Late afternoon sees some SW coming in but probably remaining too strong. Maybe a dune gooning session late afternoon possible though the rain might spoil it. :)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but too west and strong…

PE and PA – Super strong SW winds all day with showers…

EL – As above! Lol.  

Inland – Strong SW winds that will back to the South in the late afternoon. Rain in the southern ranges with lots of Q’s all the way to the GE. Base rising here to around 8k. 10-20kts winds in general. Probably too windy for us to fly…

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:49 and setting at 18:11 – day length 11:22. High tide 9:59, low tide at 16:01. Strong West to SW winds with occasional rain. Perfect for coffee and getting closer to God. Either way do go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(30 August 2021) 
Day 525 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front into CT this morning and will spread slowly into the southern coastal regions during the day – reaching the GR by midnight. Strong Nw winds around the west but westerlies in the interior and the southern parts except for the GR where the SW will make an appearance. Some strong pulses possible along the southern coasts today so keep an eye out. The rain confined to the areas around the SW section of the WC today. Some instability ahead of the front, mostly into the interior with 6-7k climbs over the higher ranges and around 5/6k over the flats. The strong winds though makes for strong shear and it is not a flyable day from the looks of it. Winds remain westerly in general with height all the way to the Tropopause for a 1120kts finish up there. Freezing level today 10k in the east but dropping to 8500ft in the west.

CT – Low clouds and strong NW winds with rain all day.

RB – WWB is out… :)

PV – The clouds thickening here during the day with 3k base and 10k tops by evening. Too strong NW winds today…

Wilderness – A prefrontal day with the usual strong winds higher up. Be careful if you go to Sedge – there’s around 20kts up at the TOL region (1000ft ASL) so expect a lot of mixing and shear turbulence. It looks like a strong pulse popping through around lunchtime – so keep an eye out over the ocean. Probably the best time to try some soaring along the coast. Be careful of venturing too far down PR though as the wind drops again in the afternoon. Lol. Between 12 and 14:00 the best time.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but for more west direction so not good anywhere here….

PE and PA – Strong westerlies inland and SW along the coast. Hhhmmm….

EL – The tug of war between the NE in the east and the SW form the west meeting right around the EL region doing battel all day long. Lol.  

Inland – Just strong prefrontal winds – westerlies everywhere with 20 to 30kts in the higher ground regions. Lift to 8k over the SB ranges but those winds… Ai… Perhaps some Q’s along some of the Outenikwas otherwise they are confined to the extreme west near the front. See Thermal/cloud map.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:51 and setting at 18:10 – day length 11:20. High tide 8:24, low tide at 14:16. SW winds up to 10kts. Still perfect to stock up on real vitamin D – but do go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(29 August 2021) 
Day 524 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A sunny reprieve between the frontal systems today as the IOH combines with the approaching frontal system to bring us general NW inland and some light SSE winds along the southern coastal areas today. A blue day with no clouds expected, some sweet instability around but the only thing is a bit of a stronger bit of wind around the TOL areas with mostly the upper teens in knots. The winds will gradually strengthen during the day as the front moves closer – making landfall in CT tomorrow morning around 10. Soe snow still around so a good day to venture outdoors and go check it out. :) Maybe even get a flight in over those cool regions. Winds remain NW until around 14-18k before backing to the west and then a WSW finish of 100kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 6/7000’ in the morning but by end of day its mostly around 10k.

CT – Probably a good hangie day as the NW wind is perhaps just a tad on the strong side. Upper teens and more at TM height. But if you stay low it should be ok for PG. ;) The main ranges similar with upper teens near the MNT tops.

RB – WWB is out… :)

PV – The NW less in the valley but still that persistent upper teen region near the TOL….

Wilderness – A day where we could actually be flying. The hard core guys could try DuToits farm with the NW winds out and climbs to 4500ft. Also a tad fresh at TOL with upper teens. Then there is Sedge that is showing promise for some climbs around the 1000ft. It gets less as the day progresses and more east. Map should be good for foefies later on. Lol.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but for a great climb possible around this time as the southerly displaces the NW. A real challenge. Lol.  

PE and PA – Light East going fresh NE later on. To he east there is a marked sea breeze front in the right areas between the East and inland NW… Cool!

EL – As above.

Inland – Some spots strong NW, especially over the higher grounds and to the west. Some snow over the higher mountains so a flight with the prop thingies doable but some shear expected around the inversion. Some good lift around especially to the east. See Thermal map.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:52 and setting at 18:10 – day length 11:18. High tide 7:30, low tide at 13:21, high tide at 19:50. Moring northerlies with light onshore going light SE later on. Perfect to stock up on real vitamin D – but do go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(28 August 2021) 
Day 523 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH ridging in behind the Cold Front – the double front reaching all the way north to the Angola border! Windhoek ahs a max of 10 degrees today! Lol Back home the SAH ridge weakening so winds will moderate in the west but still lots of instability and moisture with passing showers and OD conditions especially along the mountains. Winds trending southerly around 1-15kts but dropping to 5kts in the late afternoon. Base should rise nicely to 4k and more even. So chances of some cool late afternoon flying I think. Oh dress warm btw! Lol For the interior its all S to SW winds breezy to the east and the southern coasts strong W to SW winds. Not much flying ging to happen down this side so its all a west coast day I think. Snow over the high lying grounds. Winds remaining SW to S all the way to the Tropopause for a change with a 90kt finish in the west. Freezing level down to 4500ft but 3500ft in a few far southerly spots.

CT – Another typical CF day with icy showers and moderate S to SW winds. IT should clear some later in the day with a chance of some flying to be had. Base should rise to 4k or more. The main ranges similar but it does seem to get better further north if you are really desperate. See Spot and shower chart for mid day.

RB – Just not enough southerly coming through here. Go to PV. :)

PV – A lower SW with initial low base but once again rising sweetly from mid day onward. Looks like lekker flying here towards the north.

Wilderness – Another day of passing showers with strong Westerlies all day long… Ai.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Strong SW winds all day with passing showers…

EL – As above.

Inland – Fresh S to SW winds – SW in the east and more S to the west. Snow in the morning around the higher ground areas. Passing showers. But clearing form the west later in the day but remaining cloudy in the southern parts. Lots of snow and icy cold conditions around. Base rising to 10k north of the GE. Dress warm if you get to fly. lol

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:53 and setting at 18:09 – day length 11:16. High tide 6:51, low tide at 12:42, high tide at 19:09. Very strong westerlies with occasional showers all day long. Perfect to huddle up with coffee and get closer to God – but do go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 11 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(27 August 2021) 
Day 522 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front settled all over the WCC with fresh westerlies and surprisingly high bases. The west with 4-5k bases and inland even a tad higher. There is off course rain and snow on the forecast – the tops seem to be around 16k in spots so I expect strong showers in places but many spots could go with little rain. All things considered it is a good XC day in the west but of course the winds are a tad on the strong side with 15kts plus, especially higher up. The south coast areas with slightly lower bases but very strong west winds. These back to the SW further up the coast. There is another Cold Front right on this one’s heels and it should make CT by mid night tonight and a third not far behind that one so the cold and rainy conditions should continue still for a while. ;) Winds are west all the way to around 10k 20-30kts then WNW going NW at the Tropopause for a 120kts finish up there. Freezing level down to 4-4500ft in most spots in the west.

CT – Another typical CF day with icy showers and strong West winds. It trends more WSW later on. 15kts plus mostly. Probably too strong especially with the passing showers that will cause moments of very strong gust fronts I imagine. The main ranges probably similar despite the high bases.

RB – lol

PV – Also the 15kts plus here with very high bases – looks like 6k possible here but the rain and strong winds higher up not good for safe flying.

Wilderness – Passing showers with strong Westerlies all day long… Ai.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Strong SW winds all day with passing showers…

EL – As above.

Inland – Strong W to SW winds far into the interior with passing showers and even CB activity in the far east. Snow over the higher grounds.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:54 and setting at 18:08 – day length 11:14. High tide 6:17, low tide at 12:10, high tide at 18:35. Strong westerlies all day long with occasional showers. Perfect for hot chocolate in that corner caffe and getting closer to God – but do go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 11 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(26 August 2021) 
Day 521 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! All things are gearing towards the arrival of the huge Cold Front it seems. IT is already blowing with low clouds and rain starting in CT which will just progressively get worse during the day. The rain will spread into the interior and up the southern coastal regions reaching the GR by mid night tonight. Very strong NW winds everywhere except for the GR area where there is a temp reprieve of shelter overed by the ocean corner and adjacent mountains and even the chance of some flying there for today. ;) In the far east the NE winds dominate along the coast but these will also be eroded into the afternoon with a very strong SW pulse moving past EL around 16:00 this afternoon. In fact the whole southern coastal areas are in a very dynamic period with tricky to predict changes that could occur during the day – all due to the really strong winds/pressure differences surrounding the region from the hefty Cold Front. So be careful if you venture out. ;) Winds stay NW (50kts at 3000ft around CT!) strong from low down with a 100kt finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level dropping during the day with 4500ft around the SW corner at the end of day.

CT – A typical CF day with storming NW winds. Low clouds and rain. No flying lol.

RB – lol

PV – Strong NW winds with base at the Mnt tops and lowering.

Wilderness – Right in the sheltered region offered by the ocean and mountains from the upper strong WNW winds. Along the surface things are looking relatively calm with light onshore winds trending SE in the Wilderness corner. IT veers to the W with height. It looks like some foefies at Map will be possible with perhaps some light upflow extending the flight a bit. According to the forecasts there is a strong WSW pulse moving into Wilderness anytime after 16:00 this afternoon. So be vigilant! Sedge lo and behold shows that it might even work here around mid day. Hhmm… (See the TH graph for 12:00) I would be very cautious about this prediction due to the strong winds all around us! Lol. IT is safe to say to expected typical pre-frontal conditions here too. The wind at TOL could get strong anytime with the associated shear turbulence. Hehe…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Initially some East winds but the SW taking over along the coast from late morning around Jbay and PE already. Expect strong SW pulse in the afternoon …

EL – The NE dominating until the afternoon when the SW comes in around 16:00…

Inland – Nothing fresh today – its all strong NW prefrontal stuff. Def stay on the ground today day. Lol. Rain and low cloud moving in from the west and by tomorrow morning the entire WC area will be under the Cf grip.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:56 and setting at 18:08 – day length 11:12. Low tide at 11:40, high tide at 18:03. A light S to SE initially but then going strong WSW later in the afternoon. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(25 August 2021) 
Day 520 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Talking about getting high on life, I have some friends that have had some interesting spiritual experiences lately and with all the crazy stuff going on around the world it is not surprising - please open that door when the Holy Spirit comes knocking guys... Right! ;) On to today’s weather! A Heavy Weight of a Cold Front making it is way to the WC – it should make landfall in the CT area around mid night tonight I think. So some areas starting to show the pre-frontal signs – mostly in the western and western interior parts – with strong NW winds. No clouds expected today with only some areas around the coast with some low clouds moving in ahead of the CF. The southern coastal regions under the influence of the IOH so the winds there trending East with some SE along the south and then NE along the eastern parts. It gets breezy out there in the afternoon. In general not a flying day except for the GR areas form the looks of it. Tough around the Peninsula with a slight slight chance of the morning offering something around SH and LH. Maybe. Lol. Winds NW with height – 30kts around 5k and then all the way up to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish up there. Freezing level around 12/13k.  

CT – Some low cloud out over the ocean that could effect play. The morning showing a slight reprieve in the wind strength up to 2k but this will erode away as the front moves closer. Expecting things to get breezy by mid day… The main ranges similarly with strong winds from launch upwards…

RB – WWB is out and about!… ;)

PV – Another spot that is doable today with some NW winds and climbs to 2500ft. Around 5-10kts for the day and the afternoon sees a more SW lower layer moving in. So better late morning early afternoon.

Wilderness – Some instability around inland with 2k climbs along the plateau late morning. Winds are trending SE with the Map the spot to go I think. No signs of being blown out though some stronger winds further out. Gerrickes could offer something for those in the know and so too Buffs… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – All NE winds all day long – breezy later on.

EL – As above.

Inland – Fresh NW winds all over the show. Its settling prefrontal winds so not the best day to be venturing out there for flying. 30-40kts around 5-10k so expect some CATS if you do go up. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:57 and setting at 18:07 – day length 11:10. Low tide at 11:11, high tide at 17:31. A moderate SE for the afternoon. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(24 August 2021) 
Day 519 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A relatively quiet day yesterday it seems… Today the SAH nudging in a light Cold Front into CT area but the inland NW flow keeping it at bay for the southern areas so it s slow moving. Not much rain expected – its fairly shallow with tops around 6/8 in some spots. Lots of low cloud on the west coast though. This rises quickly towards the east and become blue from around the half way to the Garden Route. Some good bases inland with a few spots spiking up to 8k. Winds are westerly to WNW inland and then remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kt finish up there. Keep tabs on the Cold Front moving in after this one – arriving CT on Thursday morning. It’s a biggie bringing lots of cold rain and snow… For today the freezing level is around 11k.  

CT – A low cloud with NW wind day. Mid teens in general but sornger spots higher up. Probably tricky to get flying around the Peninsula and then the main mountains looks all OD with light rain. Hhhmmm… Maybe you get lucky at SLP…

RB – WWB is out and about!… ;)

PV – This looks to be about the best spot in the Cape – westerly winds with climbs to around 3500ft maybe a tad more later on. Some clouds around too. See the Spot. :)

Wilderness – A bit more of a light prefrontal day. Soe wind out to sea and higher up but it looks like the Wilderness corner is providing enough shelter for some flyng to happen. Sedge the spot with light SW winds there. Climbs showing up to 1500ft early on but then form mid day onwards down to just above the ridge tops. And typical prefrontal a chance of some shear turbulence if the stronger flow from up high decides to visit! Hehe (or is that HeeHaa!) ;) Hhhmmm. Tricky days these – but we live in hope! lol See Spot.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with higher climbs. Watch the wind at the TOL.

PE and PA – All SW to S winds. Looks like a lekker day but again some gradients around so often the bays with a lighter flow than above…

EL – As above.

Inland – 10-15kts west winds in most areas. 15kts around the 3k going 20knts at 5k A good day for flying – watch the air behind the mountains but today most should be along the valleys for sweeter flying. Prop thingies that is. ;) WE have lift to 5/6k over the Outenikwas and 7/8k over the SB.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:58 and setting at 18:06 – day length 11:08. Low tide at 10:40, high tide at 16:58. A moderate SW turning S wind day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(23 August 2021) 
Day 518 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! So much hype form yesterdays flying but nothing materialised! Lol. It seems that Du Toits was just in positioned in the wrong spot. Today things are looking even less good than yesterday with things turning slightly prefrontal – a Cold Front moving in towards the Cape. It should be here by tomorrow – this on is just a prelude for the big mother load coming in after that. (that snow warning for the coming end of week) ;) But for today it is looking sweet in most areas with light winds generally form the west. Instability around 2-4k depth with weak climbs around 1m/s mainly. No clouds expected but some clouds moving in from the west around the Peninsula in the late afternoon. Winds remain NW with height all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish up there. Freezing level around 11k.

CT – A light west wind with some flow modifications around the Peninsula. A bit of acceleration around the GreenPoint stadium region in the low teens in knots perhaps. Instability to just over 3k in a few places so perhaps some sweet flying around some of those secret west facing spots today. And later that low clouds moving in form the west. The main mountains looking super sweet with W to WNW winds – light stuff with climbs to 3500ft and perhaps more in the right spot. :) FH also looking great. See Spot.

RB – Another Nfg day… ;)

PV – The right wind direction but the instability just too shallow to be great. Mostly below the mountain tops…

Wilderness – It is another light sea breeze day with once again Sedge showing a smidgeon of lift around mid day. 13:00 looking to be the best time for a some soaring probably. The ocean far too light for anything worth while to happen… See Spot.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – a weak day around Uppies and the coast.

PE and PA – Moring offshores then an easterly trend but some SE in the southern areas first. The far east becoming NE around 15kts.

EL – As above.

Inland – Light NW winds with some stronger spots over the higher mountains. A blue day with climbs to 5/6k over the higher mountains.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 6:59 and setting at 18:06 – day length 11:06. Low tide at 10:08, high tide at 16:25. Another light sea breeze day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(22 August 2021) 
Day 517 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! After yesterdays great flying everywhere it seems Cross Country fever has struck with pilots from all over heading out to the hills today – all with distance in their eyes. We wish them all lots of luck and may the records fall! :) Todays weather has improved to the east but not as good as yesterday in the west. Inbetween the major weather systems we are still bated in the light wind stuff with less than 10kts all over the WC all day just about. Even with hight the wind purrs along light NW. Some Q’s shaping up mainly around the GR region and inland from there. These indicate the good lift! ;) Some around the Breda’s dorp region too. The wind above 14k does funny direction but remains light all the way to the Tropopause for a W finish. Freezing level around 10k in the west but around the GR 6500/7500ft.

CT – Another sweet day with light W winds. The leeside of TM will have some good climbs. The main ranges still good but no clouds today and the upper winds are more est. But very light. See Spot.

RB – Nfg ;)

PV – A SW wind in the lower layers with climbs to Mountain top height. Lower than yesterday.

Wilderness – It is a northerly spot day with every dude around wanting to trek to the North. Lol. It is looking superb out there with some clouds around at 6-7k and over the Kamanisie convergence it is looking like 8k! Light NW winds up high so a great day for flying out there. Just get up, aim for the clouds and it could be a sweet long XC day. :) Back along the coast it is light onshore flow with Sedge and Serps the main spots. Around 1000ft climbs with early on perhaps 500ft higher. And just over the back its up to 6k! lol.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness and def a day to go XC. Once up aim for the bigger mountains and you will connect with the convergence – 6-7k up you go! ;) See the Spot.

PE and PA – Some awesome sweet flying out your way too – the inland spots should be amazing with the light winds and great Q’s around. The coast also light trending east later on.  

EL – As above.

Inland – Light NW winds with the southerly moving in from the south in the afternoon – but it is also light and might even be kept at bay by the Outenikwas. Lots of convergence – just aim for the clouds and that should be the spot. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:01 and setting at 18:05 – day length 11:04. Low tide at 9:34, high tide at 15:49. A light sea breeze day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(21 August 2021) 
Day 516 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Soe great flying on the Garden Route yesterday. Today more of the good stuff all over the country. We are still having an enjoyable in-between the strong stuff period – the SAH is just nudging in with a ridge along the WC while the next Cold Front is preparing to move in behind it. For now lots of clouds and a general SW wind flow all over – slight chance of some precipitation over the mainly the bigger mountains. Bases are sweet for this time of the year with 4k in general near the coasts and a tad more over the first mountain ranges. Inland wind also SW but more W in the deeper interior. From around 6k and upwards the flow is more W to WNW. It keeps a WNW direction all the way to the Tropopause for a 150kts finish! Freezing level 7500 in general but 6000’ in the SW sections at end of day.

CT – A sweet SW wind 5-10kts with base around 4k. It is looking like a great day of flying on the Peninsula. The main ranges a tad more OD stuff but perhaps you could make your way north for a bit of a XC sorty. See Spot.

RB – Light and some WWB stuff. Just go to PV guys… ;)

PV – A SW wind day with the upper flow more southerly. Base around 4k and things are actually looking sweet for this tie of the year. Lekker! See spot.

Wilderness – Also a good day in the making with probably the ocean cliffs being the spot to go for the morning to mid day period. Sedge looking up for the afternoon – but actually also for the morning with high bases, good climbs but perhaps just a tad of strength to make it not for beginners. Lol. Slight chance of rain but mostly over the back mountains.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but higher climbs at Uppies form the looks of things. See the Spot.

PE and PA – SW winds all day with stronger bit s in the afternoon.

EL – As above.

Inland – Relatively light SW to W winds with some good looking clouds and excellent flying conditions out there. Def a great day for some winter XC stuff. If only you had inside knowledge of where to go! Lol. Share with us please! ?

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:02 and setting at 18:04 – day length 11:02. Low tide at 8:56, high tide at 15:11. Moderate SW winds all day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 13 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(20 August 2021) 
Day 515 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today a sweet sweet day of flying all over the country. Light winds as the pressure systems take a rare winter break offering us light winds, sweet climbs and Q’s everywhere. Winds remain light with the exceptions of CP, parts of the Peninsula and the far east where it pops over 15kts late afternoon. Even with height it stays light, perhaps a slight northerly trend but less than 10kts all the way past 10k before at 20k it goes west and picks up with a 90kts west finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 6500ft.

CT – A good day of flying with a light to mod SW trend at LH and SH. The main ranges sweet also with climbs to 4k with Q’s up there. See Spot. Even Hermanus is looking good for a mid day sorty.

RB – OK, too light here… ;)

PV – Hhhmm… The forecast shows it to be relatively stable but I think we might be surprise. Looks light W to SW with upper NE and climbs to 3/4k later on.

Wilderness – Stop work and go fly today. Sedge is the place with climbs to 1000’ or just over for the mid parts of the day. Arer it might trend more SE. Serps should be good too… And of course DuToits! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but early around 11:30 you could get up over 3k…

PE and PA – Early light onshore winds trending to the east later on with some strong spots around.

EL – As above.

Inland – Light northerly winds except in the far south where the sea breeze SSE will pop through. Lots of Q’s around with sweet thermals everywhere. Climbs to 6/7k just north of the mountains. A flying day for sure.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:03 and setting at 18:04 – day length 11:01. Low tide at 8:14, high tide at 14:29. Light south to SE winds. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 13 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(19 August 2021) 
Day 514 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A surprisingly good day along the Wilderness ocean cliffs yesterday… Today the SAH helping the Cold Front air into the interior with lots of rain and a general southerly push. The instability nice and deep so lots of rain in many places it seems. The west coast relatively dryer than the southern and interior parts. This will remain for most of the day but a smidgeon of hope for flying around Hermanus, RB and even PB. Lol Winds southerly to SE all the way up to around 7/8k before veering to the SW and W. Remaining west all the way to the Tropopause for a 80kts in the south but 110kts in the interior finish. Freezing level down to 5500ft in a few parts in the south. Not much snow in the forecast even though the freezing level is so low…

CT – A upper teens in knots SSE wind day. No wind-shadow on the cards from the looks of things. Perhaps look at Hermanus and PB… The main ranges with too much SE in it. Oh and still some showers out there…

RB – Maybe day – with some Apps calling light wind while others show mid teens in knots. So maybe… ;)

PV – Too over the back with a SE trend. And some rain still… ;)

Wilderness – Man, lots of rain! Lol. All night and still falling. It should start partial clearing from mid day but the winds remain light. Maybe a session along the ocean cliffs could happen if you are vigilant.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – SW winds that will trend South from mid day onwards. With rain. Lots of rain form the looks of things…

EL – As above….

Inland – Southerly winds with low cloud especially along the GE. But north form there the winds veers to the SW and W. Ahead of the cold front air the flying looks fairly good actually. Lol. If only you could get there. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:04 and setting at 18:03 – day length 10:59. Low tide at 7:23, high tide at 13:40, low tide at 19:47. Light southerly winds with rain till mid day more or less… Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 13 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(18 August 2021) 
Day 513 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front the dominating feature in todays weather. A southerly wind around the Peninsula that will slowly make its way to the east along the southern parts. For the rest of the WC it is all SW to WNW winds, not too strong in the interior in general. Loads of clouds and very deep instability and development in the SW areas as the front moves in – base dropping to 1000ft in some spots with 16-18k tops. Lots of rain around too that will spread to the central interior and along the Garden Route at the end of the day. Not much in terms of flying prospects to be honest. Lol. The wind eventually al goes West for a 110kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 7500ft but a few spots lower than that.

CT – Looks like some partly cloudy stuff with rain and low bases today. A southerly breeze that will trend more SW around the northern parts of the Peninsula. The main mountains too OD and rain I think.

RB – lol…

PV – It looks like a low cloud day with lots of rain all day long….

Wilderness – A light wind start trending to the SW late morning. Perhaps 10kts? Looks like some rain on the mountains might change the wind for us around lunchtime with a westerly flow for the afternoon. Hhhmmm… So a maybe day with a short mid day window along the coast if it doesn’t rain.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – South to SW winds all day with lots of clouds around.

EL – As above….

Inland – The front active in the west with rain that will spread to the central parts of the WC. Winds all WNW around 10-15kts. Some stronger bits over the higher grounds. Base varying from 1000’ AGL in the west in places to 4-5AGL in the eastern areas. Some possible good flying in the eastern interior…

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:05 and setting at 18:02 – day length 10:57. Low tide at 6:18, high tide at 12:36, low tide at 18:44. Light start from the west, trending SW late morning but a chance of rain too. Still perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(17 August 2021) 
Day 512 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front into CT with low clouds, WNW winds and some rain. This will move up the southern coastal areas during the day – reaching the GR at end of day. There is also a strong trough in the central to eastern interior with some chance of rain there – even CB activity that will spread down to the EL area at the end of day. Strong NW winds in the trough region. It’s a tricky day to find a spot to fly safely. Lol. The GR on face value looking promising but beware of strong shear moving from late morning mid day into the region. Winds are generally west in the south and NW in the interior. NW higher up all the way to near the Tropopause where it goes west for around a 100kt finish up there. Freezing level dropping around the SW corner to 7000’ but 10k in the east.

CT – A low cloud and rain on and off day with 10-15kts WNW winds. Probably strong in the corner regions so a tricky day for flying. The main ranges OD and too strong…

RB – WWB is out again…

PV – Clagged in mostly with the low cloud and fresh winds…

Wilderness – A SW wind trending W and even S at some stage during the day with a chance of a strong pulse moving in late in the afternoon. It is a very dynamic pre-frontal day so please be careful if you go out to fly. Sedge especially can be very nasty today so beware! TOL winds are very erratic but in general strong with over 20kts at just 1000ft. (Its one of those days you will get strange bumps wishing you where on the ground type of thing!) lol. Expect this form mid day onwards but be careful during the late morning anyway. The coast probably some sweet soaring spells in the late morning mid day period but becoming more variable after that. If it doesn’t rain too much tomorrow is looking very sweet…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but more wind up there with the associated shear turbulence… lol

PE and PA – All SW winds and strong up along the coast with the upper winds strong NW.

EL – As above but with the chance of CB moving in from the north in the late afternoon.

Inland – The prefrontal clouds in the west with a slight chance of rain on that side while the interior and east is dominated by the trough line and fresh to strong NW winds. Some high bases around these parts and even some CB’s later on. Hhhmm… Tricky flying day.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:06 and setting at 18:01 – day length 10:55. High tide at 11:10, low tide at 17:19. Light start but moderate WSW winds later on. Still perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(16 August 2021) 
Day 511 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A lucky few nabbed the flying of the day yesterday with the rare day at McClears beacon on Table Mountain. Thanks for the pics Wj! A little coastal low shaping up around the Peninsula coupled with a strong trough along the west coast as a Cold Front makes its way towards the country from the west. Strong North winds along the west coast with 30kts from 2000ft and 40kts at just over 3000ft in the area. Slightly more moderate in the interior but still too strong for flying. Some high Q’s in a few spots – 16k north of Uppington! But 12k around Kuruman and Kimberly – looks like a bit of convergence there. Lots of Q’s in the east with slightly lower stuff. All just out of interest – the areas influenced by the IOH are a bit more settled for flying. In the west as the front moves in the presence of a low isothermic layer setting up conditions for some wave formations as you can see from the surface winds charts – though Skisight is not showing big strong stuff as one would expect. I found a 3m/s spot. Lol. So nothing exciting for us form a flying point of view. Winds remain NW all the way to around 30k then a backing to the west for around 70kt finish. Freezing level around 13k

CT – A strong NW wind day with a strong gradient showing up infront of that big old mountain. 20kts around the 1000-1500’ level so probably too strong for flying and even for the hangies it is a strong day. The main ranges also in a similar boat. SLP a maybe but I would be wary of flying there because of all the strong stuff all around! ;)

RB – WWB is out!

PV – Strong NNW winds…

Wilderness – The NNW winds just above our heads – some warmer temps around but a chance of some flying on the coast in the shallow ocean air. Even Sedge shows a small window over lunchtime with enough up stuff for top landings! ;) IT is breezy NW above that so be wary but probably worth keeping an eye on it if you want some air time.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but the north influencing Uppies more. Light SE on the coast.

PE and PA – The IOH dominating here with those strong NE winds all day…

EL – As above!

Inland – Its all prefrontal building N to NW winds. Strong with many spots at 30kts! I would polish my plane and drink coffee today… ;)  

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:07 and setting at 18:01 – day length 10:53. High tide at 9:33, low tide at 15:39. Light offshores going to light onshores. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(15 August 2021) 
Day 510 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Some exciting flying around DuToits yesterday with Map delivering some amazing goods too. Today the IOH dominating with a trough shaping up along the west coast. It is al N to NE flows in the boundary layer with a few minor exceptions. Some good soaring conditions in the east and central parts but slightly less so in the west – up to 6-7k climbs in the right spots. Mostly blue day with some good Q’s in the east. So some good flying around if you can get to the right spot. The NNE flow all the way up to around8k where it veers to the S and then eventually W at the Tropopause for a 40-50kts finish up there. Freezing level up to 13k in the west but 9k in the east.

CT – A shallow S to SW flow as this curls around the Peninsula but from 1000ft it is NE around 5kts. I notice a stronger blurp at 4k later at 4k… But it does look like a possible good day around LH and even Africa face with the upper NE flows… The main ranges still having some upper East flows that could spoil it a bit.

RB – That shallow S just might make it to RB but it will probably be light…

PV – Again the convection depth is shallow up to 2k with the upper flow being E to NE. Perhaps PB might be better? Though there is that slight instability cap at 2k…

Wilderness – A more tricky day with the wind starting off light S that will trend more SE into the afternoon. Map is a bit of a gamble with some Apps showing the wind not reaching into the Map. Buffs is def looking really sweet for those that know how the site works. And Sedge is also promising with the usual instability perhaps up to 8/900ft. Serps looking playable with a XC to Map is also on the cards. And of course Du Toits is still my pick for today with the instability reaching 6k with a NNE wind on that side. If you do go the best time looks to be between 12 and 15:00. Between 15:00 and 16:00 the SE starts to push through so keep tabs on that.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – actually no. It is looking worse than Wilderness. lol.

PE and PA – Light offshore start with a SE mid day trending to the NE as the day moves on.

EL – As above but with more vooma in the NE later on…

Inland – A sweet NNE day out there with some good instability around 4k AGL in general. No clouds except in the far north from the GE and northwards but confined to the eastern side of the interior. So a nice day be playing out there form the looks of things with the wind at TOL not as strong as yesterday – so expecting things to be a tad more enjoyable. lol

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:09 and setting at 18:00 – day length 10:51. High tide at 8:17, low tide at 14:16. A light S to SE wind day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(14 August 2021) 
Day 509 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some cool flying at Sedgefield yesterday for a lucky few. Today the SAH has morphed into the IOH while continuing with the easterly flow of wind over the WC area. Strong SE winds along the southern coasts expected in the afternoon. More protected along the west coast. Clouds shaping up mostly in the interior and south to eastern parts of the coast. Still some good climbs expected out there with 6/7k base in the interior, however the eastern interior still with lots of rain due to a mid level trough and strong convergence – lots of rian in the eastern interior and still snow expected on the Drakensberg. Winds remain East to NE until around 14 then veers to the N for a 40kn finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 7500ft in the interior but 9-10k along the coast and west.

CT – The strong SE confined to the South with LH and SG in a usable wind=shadow form the looks of things. Some instability around so it could be sweet. The wind also backs with height to be more east. Around 10kts at TM height from the looks of things. The main mountains with too much East winds to be of nay use. PB is the place I think.

RB – It’s too light all day long…

PV – Shallow SW going S with east t launch height.

Wilderness – It looks like a strong Map day. Probably blown out by lunch time so dress warm and go early. Lol. Still some good lift out there with 3k expected at Sedge though the winds just too east to be worthwhile and safe!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Super strong E to NE winds especially in the afternoon. Lots of cloud around too…

EL – As above…

Inland – E to NE flows with rain in the eastern interior and very cold conditions. Flyable in the west but not so much in the east. lol

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:10 and setting at 17:59 – day length 10:50. High tide at 7:20, low tide at 13:16, high at 19:45. A very strong SE wind finish. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(13 August 2021) 
Day 507 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! That SAH ridging in along the southern parts with cool and very unstable SE flow pattern over the entire WC, especially in the interior. The south coast areas showing some SW to S shallow surface flows. Still a few showers around form the looks of it and snow on the Drakensberg mountains. It’s a bit breezy in most places with 20kts on average with the exception the southern coastal areas and adjacent interior. Some good bases around with 7-8k in the interior but it drops remarkably along the west coast west of the Cederberg ranges. But some good flying expected for the south though perhaps some OD conditions could be on the cards. Winds remain SE all the way up to 24k at 50kts before an abrupt veering to the W and NW to the north. See the Upper winds patterns! Freezing level around 5000ft in general so if you are flying where you can get high dress warm! lol

CT – Hhhmmm the SE just too strong and deep form the looks of it to be flyable. Best bet is of course at PB but the strength could be a problem.

RB – It’s a maybe for the hangies… lol.

PV – Over the back of course…

Wilderness – It really does look good with a light SW to S along the coast going up to perhaps 8/10kts trending slightly SE later. Expect good soaring along the ocean cliffs. But even Sedge and Serps offering some exciting climbs to base if you get it at the right time. Over 3k at Sedge at 11… Hhhmmm… I’m going to give it a go! ;)

Plett – Also good but more SE flow and looks like OD conditions. Still you can get high all the way to cloud. Maybe fly to Wilderness. :)

PE and PA – Also the moderate SE winds and deep instability high bases. Some rain perhaps. Good if you can get into the right spot. Dress warm! lol

EL – As above…

Inland – Perhaps doable in the southern parts but it is breezy for the SE I think…. Snow in the eastern berg… Very cold stuff still around. It gets very good in the far interior and west but the winds are a bit much out there I think…

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:11 and setting at 17:59 – day length 10:47. High tide at 6:31, low tide at 12:29, high at 18:54. Moderate SW to S winds trending SE later. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 13 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(12 August 2021) 
Day 507 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH settled with fresh southerly winds all over the WC today. Icy cold stuff as the southerly fetch is pretty long so snow expected on the interior higher grounds. Winds around the 20kts mark along the coasts with slightly less in the interior though that’s mainly just a wind gradient effect – its still breezy higher up! Lots of cloud around with base around 2/3k in the coastal regions and then up to 6-8k progressively further inland though at parts of the front edge it is much lower – around the Graafies area… Rain expected all over but clearing in the SW corner and parts of the south later on. It doesn’t look like any flying is going to happen except perhaps for the hangies at RB. Lol. Wind remains southerly up to 7/8k then goes more SW and around 24k more W to WNW for a 100kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 4500ft in the south.

CT – Fresh SSE winds all day long with base around 3k or so. Tops at 8k dropping to 6k later on so the chances of precipitation lowering then. Too strong to fly for PG I think.

RB – Well, it could be strong but on like donkey! That’s if its not raining. lol.

PV – Too strong southerly…

Wilderness – Hhhmmm… I think too strong and rain on and off. Very cold. Maybe a smidgeon of a chance for some dune gooning late afternoon… If you are desperate. ;)

Plett – Same as above….

PE and PA – Also still southerlies all day long. 20kts…

EL – And would you believe here too though much stronger with a touch of west in it!

Inland – Fresh southerlies all the way past the Sutherland.  Snow expected there ad some rain on and off. Very cold conditions!

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:12 and setting at 17:58 – day length 10:46. High tide at 5:49, low tide at 11:49, high at 18:11. Strong SW winds all day with rain mostly. Perfect for getting high on coffee somewhere warm! ;) Max temperature around 12 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(11 August 2021) 
Day 506 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The dominating feature it the approach of Cold Front form the SSW today, striking CT around sunset today. It’s a biggy so will bring lots of rain and even some snow on the inland higher grounds over the next day but today there seems to be some sweet flying around in most places! WSW winds along the western parts trending NW inland and SW along the southern coastal regions. There is the NE presence around the EL area. Clouds shaping up around the SW section of the WC and then also some very high Q’s around the Graafies region. Winds trend NW with hight with a WNW finish of 100kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 10-11000ft but dropping to 4500ft tomorrow!

CT – A WSW wind day with base around 2k so the 12 Apostles probably not on. It might also be a bot breezy up there though around launch at SH and LH it should be a good day for flying. The main ranges also doable but just watch a bit of a stronger bit near TOL. SLP probably good for the hangies.

RB – WWB is out and about!

PV – Looking sweet with the WSW winds going SW and clouds moving in late afternoon. Climbs to just over the Mnt tops…

Wilderness – We are expecting a big day here today with the coastal cliffs probably being soarable from around 10/11 this morning already. A slight drop around the lunchtime period but it looks to be firing on all cylinders again from 15:00 onwards. Sedge looks doable but perhaps a bit on the strong side on occasion, especially later in the afternoon. ;)

Plett – Uppies looking good but probably a bit on the strong side, so I would be wary…

PE and PA – Moring offshores then SW in the west and NE to the east.

EL – NE dominating here all day with a slight moderation late in the day as the SW moves closer.

Inland – It is fresh to strong WNW winds every where as the front moves in. Not the best of flying day though some good instability with Q’s around Graafies today. Tad strong for flying though…

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:13 and setting at 17:57 – day length 10:44. Low tide at 11:12, high at 17:33. A moderate SW wind day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(10 August 2021) 
Day 505 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A nice weather change as we bathe in the col area between the SAH and IOH on the east. Light winds around today everywhere with even soe sweet flying in a spot or two. Winds trend S to SE along the southern coastal areas, N to NW in the interior and more SW along the west coast. Between 1-2k instability depth in most areas. No clouds expected. Winds trending W to NW with height all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kt finish up there. Freezing levels up at 11000ft.

CT – A sweet day out here with light SW surface flow around the SH and LH area but it is NW from around 1000ft and higher. The main ranges also looking sweet with climbs to 3k on the cards there and light winds.

RB – lol. Not enough wind today…

PV – Shallow instability with the wind NE above that.

Wilderness – A light onshore start with Sedge and serps being the first spots to work. Climbs to around 1000ft expected. Light S winds. And then a chance for Map to offer something from 15:00 onwards. Sweet day I think. Oh yes, its cold! Dress warm! ;)

Plett – As above. Uppies showing limbs to just over 2k…

PE and PA – Light S to SE winds here…

EL – As above!

Inland – Light N to NW winds with the exception being over the top of the higher ranges where mid to upper teens are expected. Still a sweet day for flying.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:14 and setting at 17:57 – day length 10:43. Low tide at 10:37, high at 16:57. Light SE winds today. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 13 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(9 August 2021) 
Day 504 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing in hard behind the Cold Front onto the entire WC today. The rain steadily moving to the east as it clears partially in the west. This one is moving far inland with rain possible as far north as Uppington! ;) Winds al SW with a more Southerly trend along the west coast. Low clouds along the southern regions around 1-2k then rising further inland with 5-7k north of the SB ranges. Perhaps some flying around the Peninsula region with some of the southerly facing sites otherwise it is looking a tad strong and wet in most other places. Winds remain SW all the way to the Tropopause for 50kts finish in the west but the east it goes NW up there for 130kts! Freezing levels down to 4500ft in a few spots in the south.

CT – A cloudy windy southerly day with instability up to ear 4k. Not much of a usable wind-shadow on the cards today lol. And the main ranges too fresh south… Groenberg?

RB – Ooohh…. Maybe maybe! It is in the low teens but just above its over 15kts. So it could be a sweet day. Maybe drift down wind for a crack at that record? lol

PV – Too strong south I think.

Wilderness – Windy and rainy morning then into the afternoon a slight chance of the wind dropping enough for some dune gooning stuff. The later the better the chance! But its cold! Dress warm! ;)

Plett – As above but more wing and rain.

PE and PA – Strong SW winds with rain.

EL – As above!

Inland – Fresh Cold Front SW winds being pushed far into the interior from the vris SAH to the west of us. Cold rainy air all the way in to past Graafies with some spots of rain perhaps as far north as Uppington! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:15 and setting at 17:56 – day length 10:41. Low tide at 10:04, high at 16:23. Strong SW winds with rain this morning. Perfect for getting high on life with coffee! ;) Max temperature around 13 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(8 August 2021) 
Day 503 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A real prefrontal day for the east while the west is already into the rain today. So nothing exciting for the WC in terms of flying unless you are into strong wave lift – of which there seems to some action around the western mountains with 3/4m/s climbs going up past 20000ft. lol. NW inland and strong. No clouds expected except in the SW bit as the front moves in. The coast with initial NW offshores but going W and some spots with gusty SW winds. It is NE in the far eastern parts. Winds remain NW with height with a strong 150kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 10k in the east but dropping to 7500ft in the west as the front moves in.

CT – A cloudy rainy and NW wind day. OD and too strong to fly.

RB – As above

PV – Looks pretty but too strong with the NW fresh at 20kts plus. Later it OD’s as the front moves in more.

Wilderness – A lovely sunny morning with light W winds. IT is a frustrating day with all the forecasts going from nice last night to dismal this morning. Sedge looking light and stable – very inverted with 0.5m/s climbs to below launch, lol. And lots of W trend in the flow. Hhhmmm… then the coast is looking light with the odd 5-7kts spurt. But lots of direction changes from SE to S and then very west especially late in the afternoon. If you are lucky and in the right place at the right time you might get a few minutes. Having said that, there is wind out to sea so perhaps some of that might come in and surprise us all. So keep an eye out! ;)

Plett – As above but more west in the flow.

PE and PA – Offshore starts then a SW trend but the change to NE from PA and eastwards.

EL – Offshore start the NE winds pretty breezy. The SW trend moving in form the west but not quite making it all the way here by end of the day.

Inland – Strong NW prefrontal west winds so not the best time be up in the sky – no matter what you fly I think. Though in the vert far east, say towards Zastron it might be moderate enough for some good flying still… ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:16 and setting at 17:55 – day length 10:39. Low tide at 9:39, high at 15:51. A light to moderate SW with a bit more in the late afternoon. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(7 August 2021) 
Day 502 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A fun day of flying around CT yesterday with plenty guys flying TM off the top. Some local Wilderness fun stuff at Sedge and a cool pic from John Henderson. Today looking similar but perhaps a tad more in the wind form the NNW around the west but in general light winds – we are in the breathing space just before the next Cold Front moves into CT. Inland all westerlies but light so looks like sweet flying out there too though more stable than the previous two days. No clouds expected. The southern coastal regions with a SE trend in the afternoon but also light. It is only in the east that the east winds pickup with EL going to 20kts late in the afternoon. Winds remain light up to the 5/6k level then picks up all the way to the Tropopause for a 140kts finish! Freezing level around 11000ft.

CT – Another lightish wind day with perhaps a tad more to yesterday. Maybe another 12 Apostle flight is possible. Lol. The winds are NNW above the surface flow that is light and trending to the SW around the shores of Sea point. The main mountains much more stable so perhaps not the best time to go out there for anything exciting.  See Spot DTK.

RB – Too light and WWB is out…

PV – Too stable with inversion at 1000ft and N winds above that. Good for riding those horses…

Wilderness – Looks like a similar day to yesterday with light playful stuff at Sedge even though it is form the SSE (from the left of launch). Map probably foefies – slightly extended perhaps later on. Serps could offer some scratchy flights and maybe the challenge is the make it to Map. ;) See Spot.

Plett – Plett looking very stable too with similar stuff to Wilderness.

PE and PA – The east wind starting light and going to around 10-15kts in places.

EL – Same as above but more power to the east – 15-20kts.

Inland – Again mainly a westerly to WNW flow pattern with some sweet flying if you are in the right spots. Lol. Winds do pickup with height but remains manageable to around 9k. Especially in the east. IT gets breezy that height in the west as the front moves closer. ;) A good flying day especially in the central southern parts.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:17 and setting at 17:54 – day length 10:38. Low tide at 8:59, high at 15:18. A light onshore with a SE trend later in the day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(6 August 2021) 
Day 501 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Here is another epic pic taken by Dirk Vander Thermal. Can you count how many vultures there are? Lol. He hot to almost 10k and has made everyone jealous with his flying at Zastron – apparently a whole herd of PG’s from PE and EL are heading there right now to join him. Lol Today we are in between two fronts with some sweet post frontal stuff around – though in some areas it is a bit shallow. Light winds all over except for the eastern coastal parts and eastern interior too. (NW inland and SW along the coast) It is light south along the GR trending more SE later in the day while the west coast has a NNW component for the most parts. Q’s confined to the southern coastal regions with the interior and west coast blue. In the west the winds remain light all the way to around 9k where the W winds start to dominate to finish with a strong 130kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level between 8500 in the east and 10000 in the west.

CT – Looks like a sweet day with SH and LH looking great. Some low cloud out to sea but it should not influence the flying I think. Good instability at mid day to 3k. A jount down the 12 Apostles is possible. Perhaps a more N trend in the wind direction today up high. The main ranges also looking good with climbs to 4k perhaps. IT does have a north trend up there. Might be a day to fly from PV to the south. ;)

RB – WWB is out…

PV – Looking promising with a NW to N trend higher up but climbs up close to 4k are possible. The valley is more W which is good. Go XC to the south day.

Wilderness – A sweet day expected I think – some clouds out to sea and the wind purring along southerly with some good soaring bits at Sedge. The Wilderness corner is looking light but probably some extended foefies on the cards. See Spot.

Plett – Plett similar to Wilderness but once again some OD expected at Uppies and chance of Keurbooms working well today.

PE and PA – A SW start trending to the South and moderating to a sweet 10kts. Some chance of rain in the morning and midday but this is clearing later on. Good flying expected.

EL – Same as above but the SW remains fresh all day – 15-20kts.

Inland – Mainly a westerly flow pattern everywhere and sweetly light for good flying of anything. 5-10kts with a few spot to the mid teens in the far east. Blue day and then the winds pickup from around 5/6k upwards at 15kts. In the southern interior it trend south later in the day.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:18 and setting at 17:54 – day length 10:36. Low tide at 8:24, high at 14:46, low tide 20:40. A light onshore wind form the SSE wind day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(5 August 2021) 
Day 500 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front parled along the southern parts of the WC bringing low cloud, cold and changing winds along our short coast. SE around the western southern parts but more SW along the central and eastern areas. A S to SW trend light in the southern interior but NW again further north of the GE where there will be some very Q development around 12k. A mixed bag of flying prospects form the looks of things but it is very laden with the Cold Front ingredients – nothing too exciting from the looks of things. Wind low are SE veering to the SW then W and finally NW settled from 10k upwards with a 110kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 8500ft in the southern most parts.

CT – A mixed cloudy day with some low stuff over the ocean but rising quickly as it reaches the warmer and dryer grounds. The SE fairly light, backing and moderating even more with height so a good wind-shadow on the cards. The main ranges looking promising even if the upper flow is easterly – it seems light up there so it might be possible to fly with the lower WSW.

RB – Too light a day here…

PV – With climbs to Mnt top and a light east flow at the top its all a maybe. Depends on the dominance of the thermal flow up the front.

Wilderness – Some low clouds around the coast with spots of rain on occasion. Winds are all very light so the coasts not looking promising. Sedge showing a bit of a gap around mid day/lunchtime. See Spot.

Plett – Plett similar to Wilderness but more OD at Uppies and chance of light rain. lol

PE and PA – A easterly flow with rain and CB possible…

EL – Same as above t seems slightly less rain…

Inland – Still some good flying stuff in the far interior in the east but locally its all cloudy CF stuff with light S to SW winds. The base does rise brilliantly beyond the first range with 6/7k north of the SB ranges. Could be good flying if you are at the right spot – even for propellor thingies too.;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:19 and setting at 17:53 – day length 10:34. Low tide at 7:46, high at 14:10, low tide 20:02. A cloudy day, spot of rain and with a light onshore flow. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(4 August 2021) 
Day 499 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Here is another special pic from Dirk Van der Thermal. Betties bay as few see it. :) Today the Cold Front having moved into the southern parts of the WC with cloudy and cool conditions – perhaps a spot of rain here and there. A slight bit of instability around but its weak and light with perhaps 1k in the climbs. Winds are SW in the east and then SSE in the west. Nothing too strong but a bit extra around Cape Point and also in the far east where the SW will be on. There is a sweet winter trough in the central parts of the country with exceptionally good soaring conditions for this time of the year. Middelburg showing climbs over 12/13k with clouds around – thought its -8 degrees up there! Lol. Winds in the south go NW from around 7k upwards and remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 80/90kts finish. Freezing level down to 9000ft in the SW areas.

CT – A SE day up to 25kts in some spots. But it does look like the wind shadow will be up and about as the winds do moderate with height and back to the east. The main ranges of course over the back so not that good.

RB – And what do you know – it could actually be a flyable day here later in the afternoon if the wind picks up enough. Worth keeping tabs on it.

PV – The SSW is shallow and backs to the S with height. This layer is only around 2k deep so not the best day out here at all….

Wilderness – A light SW day with some spurts of wind around lunchtime that might just make the coast flyable too. Sedge is showing a mid day spurt with some good climbs to over 1000ft and some soaring after that. So its looking up. Oh, I did forget – there is a chance of some light rain so…

Plett – Plett similar to Wilderness with more OD and Uppies with some better climbs I think before going SE. Yes, the light rain… lol

PE and PA – Its SW start that will moderate in the afternoon.

EL – SW all day long from 20kts down to less than 10 later in the day.

Inland – The inland trough active northwards of the GE but extending pretty far to the S in the east. Very high bases and good instability out there. Lighter winds in the little karoo southern areas with some low clouds around. Much calmer compared to yesterday! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:20 and setting at 17:52 – day length 10:33. Low tide at 7:02, high at 13:27, low tide 19:17. A cloudy day with a light onshore flow. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(3 August 2021) 
Day 498 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! What an unusual pic from the Karbonkel berg – perhaps only hangies can get that far out to sea for this view. Thanks Dirk! Today its all bergwinds in most areas with some having a shallow protected layer along the surface but above its all bergwinds and strong NW winds. The Peninsula the exception with the protected layer a tad thicker with 3k doing its thing ad then the NE coastal flow in the far east.. There is another Cold Front moving in form the south that will influence the southern parts only – the IOH will stop the inland movement of this one. Blue day with clouds along the SW tip of the WC only. Some coastal fog patches even perhaps. Winds remain NW with height with a 90kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level at 10k.

CT – Light winds along the surface but a NW trend. 5-10kts but then jumping to 20kts at or just above the TM height. So LH and SH should be good. Some low cloud out to sea that could influence things a bit. The main ranges looking a tad strong at TOL so I would be careful. See DTK Spot.

RB – WWB.

PV – It looks NW and just doable maybe, but again a bit of strong stuff at TOL. Hhhmmm…

Wilderness – Strong NW winds this morning but there is a shallow variable SW bit popping in around mid day or just after. It is not very thick but probably doable on the ocean cliffs if your timing is right. That’s about it for Wilderness lol.

Plett – Plett similar to Wilderness but even less onshore flows…

PE and PA – NW here for most of the day with the NE creeping in form the east late in the afternoon.

EL – NE all day long.  

Inland – NW winds everywhere inland – vris, blou en onbeskof. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:20 and setting at 17:52 – day length 10:31. Low tide at 6:05, high at 12:30, low tide 18:18. Strong warm bergwind this morning and then a SW pulse in the afternoon. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(2 August 2021) 
Day 497 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Cool flying around the CT area yesterday and if you are sharp you might get in another session. lol The IOH dominating our surface weather today – the remnants of the cold front spread along the southern parts and the southern bits of the west coast. It’s a pretty shallow east flow so it is not penetrating much further than the first mountain ranges along the southern parts. Low clouds along the coast but it rises quickly as we move inland and then dries out soon after that. (See cloud map) Winds are ESE and fresh along parts of the southern coast but moderates north of the first ranges. Light E to N and then NW flows to the north of the GE. From 6/7k the wind backs to the NW and then W all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish. Freezing level still at 12.

CT – Again some low clouds out to sea but it does look like the northern parts of of the Peninsula should remain clear. A SE surface flow but form 1k it is NE to N 5kts or less. Perhaps a day for Africa face or the 12 Apostles? The SE is fresh along the southern Peninsula with a SW curl around along the SH and LH shores. The main ranges with perhaps too much east wind above.

RB – Light winds with that S not getting in here today.

PV – Also a low inversion and the winds being every way but up at either the east or the west. Lol.

Wilderness – After yesterdays westerly fiasco we are hoping we get a bit more airtime today! A wet and partly cloudy start but it does look like we might get a bit of Map at lunchtime. Though it does look like it might even blow out early and of course  a chance of rain… Hhhmmm…

Plett – Plett similar with a strong ESE and chance of more rain.

PE and PA – Not as strong here in the Eas department but pretty cloudy and rainy for the most part… lol

EL – Same as above.

Inland – It is actually looking like a sweet flying day anywhere inland away form the Cold front effects today. Light winds in most places with 10-15kts NW at the GE. Only above 7/8k does the west wind dominate strongly.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:21 and setting at 17:51 – day length 10:30. High at 11:11, low tide 17:01. A cloudy SE wind day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(1 August 2021) 
Day 496 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A westerly flow over the entire WC with a CF approaching form the south today. Some low clouds along the southern parts of the country – including the Peninsula. These should get more as the fort moves closer – (the SAH is shaping up right behind so that a SE flow will dominate by tomorrow). But this change also means some change in the airmass so perhaps there might be some instability for us to play in. :) A shallow lighter wind area along parts of the south coast that just could be what the Dr ordered. Elsewhere inland it’s a blue day with fresh W winds with 20kts in many places. The east similar. Winds remain W with height with a tad of WSW at the Tropopause for a 80kts finish up there. Freezing level up at 13k.

CT – Some low clouds around which could effect play, otherwise a light surface W flow. Its upper teens at TM top height. The main ranges looking OK with manageable winds I think and climbs to 3k.

RB – lol.

PV – Looking sweet with a west wind so things could be soarable – especially at Kardoesie. Still that low inversion so not much in terms of thermals above the mountain tops.

Wilderness – There are some wind out to sea but looks like the Wilderness corner will be lighter. Still enough for the coastal cliffs to become playful I think around lunchtime. Sedge also looking sweet with some instability to around 1k – enough for sweet flying. Some clouds around that will move in after lunch (or even before – I see some out already this morning.)

Plett – Plett with a bit more climb but the wind seems a bit more West here with stronger winds at the TOC. So be careful.

PE and PA – W in the morning going strong SW for the day. Some good climbs inland but the upper winds just too strong for flying. lol

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Those Westerly winds just too dominant and strong for anything fun to happen. A good day for drinking coffee and telling flying stories.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:22 and setting at 17:50 – day length 10:28. High at 9:42, low tide 15:36. A partly cloudy light SW wind day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(31 July 2021) 
Day 495 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today the IOH and some SAH influence along the west coast dominating our weather pattern but the deciding factor along the western parts is the presence of a strong gradient with light winds on the surface and 20-30kts around 2/3k. Very stable conditions expected – even more so compared to yesterday and the strong gradient probably spoiling the ide of flying especially in the bigger mountains. Some instability in the east again around Graafies with climbs to 9k. The general wind flow is NW with NE in the far eastern coastal regions. It backs to the W around 18k then SW at the Tropopause for a 70-80kts finish up there.

CT – Light west to even SW flows along the surface but NW from 1k upwards. 20kts plus at TM height so the gradient could influence things a bit and mix it up. ;) Probably if you remain below that 1000ft level it could be ok. The main mountains looking more iffy with the gradient even stronger out there.

RB – Light and WWB is out.

PV – 20kts N at 2k and stable – good for horse riding.

Wilderness – Light winds with a west trend during the day but east later on. It is very light with no lift expected around Sedge or Serps… And even the northern sites are expected to be bumpy due to the strong NW gradient out there. And weak and stable conditions out there any way… The hope lies in tomorrow is looking better. :)

Plett – As above!

PE and PA – Those East to NE winds dominating here but not too strong. If you venture inland there is hope! Some flying possible at the inland sites that can handle the NW….

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Some light surface winds in the little karoo but NW just above that. Strong bits over the higher grounds with 20kts on the GE. A good prop thingie day especially in the south. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:23 and setting at 17:49 – day length 10:27. High at 8:34, low tide 14:28. A beautiful light wind day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(30 July 2021) 
Day 494 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Today the IOH resting widely over the entire country and bringing with it some light winds with just a smidgeon of instability. There’s really nothing exciting that I see out there other than light student stuff but perhaps with a bit of luck something could be squeezed out there. 5kts or less in many spots – form the coast to far inland. No clouds expected. Instability depth between 1-2k mostly. The winds trend west with height but its still only 10kts at 6k. The best spots are far to the east with Middelburg region showing climbs to 10k. We can dream hey! ;) Winds back to the SW with height for a 40kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing levels up 12k.

CT – Light NW winds so SH and LH should be flyable. Perhaps you could sneak up to the 12 Apostles in some light stuff… The main ranges also light NW and instability to around 2/3k. FH is looking the best spot to me… ;)

RB – Too light for anything.

PV – Light W with instability to around 1000ft. Hey, you can still go horse riding...

Wilderness – Light onshore flows. Even less in the Wilderness corner. Looks like a smidgeon of lift at Sedgefield that might get you up 3/400ft over the top just after mid day. But otherwise pretty weak everywhere.

Plett – This is my GR spot for the day with some playful stuff around lunctime from the looks of things…

PE and PA – Sweet light winds here too – kind of. Trending light E to NE later in the day…

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Light winds with a W to NW trend far inland. Some sweet flying along eastern parts of the GE around the GR and Middelburg areas… A good day for flying out there… ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:24 and setting at 17:49 – day length 10:25. High at 7:43, low tide 13:38, high tide 20:10. A beautiful light onshore wind day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(29 July 2021) 
Day 493 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Yesterday turned out to be a great day for flying with the Wilderness ocean cliffs firing, Sedgefield surprising us all and the SH with some amazing Kommetjie runs! Today a whole different story with a Cold Front into CT with rain and moderate NW winds today. A slight chance of some clearing very late in the day. The rain is very shallow with tops around 6/7k so the mountains are doing a great job of blocking the rain from spreading too far into the interior while the strong west winds seems to be driving it past the southern coastal areas. Strong W to SW winds down there with surprisingly similar direction in the interior. Lots of clouds in the west and parts of the southern interior with rising bases towards the east. It is looking good north of the SB with up to 15kts in general up there. Winds remain westerly with height – 30kts form 3k and then backing to the SW near the Tropopause for a 70kts finish. The freezing level down to 7500ft in a few southern spots otherwise its 11000ft.

CT – A big change form yesterday! Rain and low cloud mostly with the odd open spot appearing here and there. lol

RB – As above

PV – Not so rainy but very N in direction here with a poor forecast. Best to drink coffee and maybe feed the horses I think.

Wilderness – The West winds pretty breezy and stubbornly sticking very west form the looks of things. A chance of a late afternoon stint along the cliffs is always good to give us some hope of getting into the air today. ;)

Plett – Very fresh and westerly winds all day…

PE and PA – Very strong SW winds, even far inland – though the skies here probably looking really good for flying. :) The strength is the problem…

EL – Same as above.

Inland – The W winds pretty strong, especially in the southern parts with some pretty good looking high clouds. But north of the SB ranges the wind moderates nicely and it looks like a sweet flying day out there. Even if fly with one of those prop thingies. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:24 and setting at 17:48 – day length 10:24. High at 7:00, low tide 12:57, high tide 19:25. A surprisingly light wind start but picking up this morning from the WSW. Still a perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)




(28 July 2021) 
Day 492 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A kind a postfrontal day but still a lot of cloud and rain around making things tricky to fly. A general westerly flow that trends more SW in the S and more NW in the interior. Lots of lingering showers along the west cats and adjacent regions form the looks of it – base there from 2500 and rising to 3500’ or so. It steadily gets higher further east and into the interior with the exception parts of the GR and in the eastern coastal areas. The clouds clear in the eastern interior and there are a few spots with very high bases around Graafies and the GE. Winds are pretty moderate with the tops of the higher grounds perhaps a tad more. NW all the way up to the Tropopause for a 100kt finish. Freezing level 5500 in the west but 9000ft in the east.

CT – Depending on the cloud and rain it just could be a good flying day at SH and LH. The main mountains looking a tad too OD with still some rain.

RB – As above

PV – Less rain here and a shot at being flyable around mid day. But light and weak lift expected.

Wilderness – Some rain for the morning then a clearing around the mid day region that sees some SW winds moving in after mid day. Looks like the coast and Sedge could deliver some sweet stuff if your timing is right. See Sedge Spot and the GR winds at after 14:00….

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but less good. Keurbooms too west and Uppies a bit OD…

PE and PA – Looks like a W to SW start then a sweet backing all the way around to finish off the day with a E to NE in the east. Lots of cloud around with unstable conditions so probably some good flying to be had.

EL – Similar to above and then far inland some 12k bases with exceptional flying in the NW but watch the upper strength to the east. ;)

Inland – A sweet day with lots of Q’s to the west and a few high ones to the east showing the convergence along the escarpment. IF you get into the right place it could be spectacular today… NW winds in the interior mostly. lol

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:25 and setting at 17:47 – day length 10:22. High at 6:20, low tide 12:19, high tide 18:45. A chilly cloudy morning with W to SW winds later on. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 13 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(27 July 21) 
Day 491 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front moving in along the west coast regions during the day but not into the rest of the WC during the day. (Some rain into the central parts and the GR by 3 tomorrow morning only.) It is a strong prefrontal day for the rest of the WC region with strong NW winds with a few spots showing over 30kts! Eve along the southern coastal regions the shallow variable flow is dubiously precarious as the 30-40kts is just overhead in many places. Some strong wave action over the usual spots – see the wave spot over the Hex-river valley a 4.5m/s climb around there all the way perhaps to near the Tropopause! The winds NW all the way up there with a 70-80kts finish. Freezing levels 11-12k but lowering to 7500ft in the west by tonight.

CT – Eish! Very strong NW winds with 40kts up at TM – low cloud and rain in the afternoon.

RB – As above

PV – Probably getting too windy for even horse riding! Some cool Q’s around at Mnt top height so should be pretty to watch as the front moves in later in the afternoon.

Wilderness – A strong NW start but quickly moderating as the shelter of the coast helps to bring in those SW to S flows form the ocean later this morning. One could be suckered into trying to fly the ocean cliffs but be very careful. (See the crazy TH graph and wind profile for Wilderness coast!) lol.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Offshores and then some lighter coastal variants of wind toying with wind lovers…

EL – Similar to above but the NE winds trending a desire to move in from the east to EL but that might be all it turns out to be…

Inland – Even stronger than yesterday so good to stay indoors and drink good stuff but if you are brave you might go outside to watch the winds… lol

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:26 and setting at 17:47 – day length 10:21. High at 5:41, low tide 11:43, high tide 18:06. Settling into a sweet day along the coast as the bergwinds abate for another front arriving early tomorrow morning. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(26 July 2021) 
Day 490 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Strong prefrontal conditions all day long as those isobar tighten up with the approach of the next cold front. It should reach CT tomorrow morning around 6. 30kts from 1000ft upwards in most places today with 40kts over the higher mountains. NW winds dominant except for a few sheltered spots along the southern coastal areas but these are extremely shallow in nature. Then to the fer east the NE is blowing along the eastern coast. Some wave lift around the eastern parts – I saw some 3.5m/s climbs going to around 20k. Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts NW finish. Freezing level between 10 and 13k.

CT – Strong NW winds with 30kts not far above the ground.

RB – As above

PV – A bit windy but another fantastic day for horse riding!

Wilderness – A god day for doing washing again with the bergwinds helping to dry things out! ;)

Plett – As above…

PE and PA – Similar to above

EL – Lo and behold the NE still hovering around here!

Inland – Extremely strong NW winds so def not a day for flying! ;) The 30kts level not far above the ground with extreme shear expected in many spots in excess of 25kts! lol

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:27 and setting at 17:46 – day length 10:19. Low tide 11:06, high tide 17:27. A strong bergwind day! Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)

 




(25 July 2021) 
Day 489 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some sweet flying yesterday at Map for a lucky few and then I believe the CT guys had some magic around the Peninsula too! Today a very different story as the IOH starts to muscle in keeping the CF at bay out to the west of the country. The interior with strong N to NW winds especially along the west coast with 30kts at 2/3000’ in a few places. The southern coastal regions also with loads of subsidence heling to keep that cool ocean air layer very shallow so a low inversion around the southern coastal areas. Of course inland where there is a bit of instability the winds just too strong for comfortable flying. Lol. Looks like this might be the pattern for the next few days… Winds moderate again from 5/6k to the 10k level then backs to the S at 10kts for a gentle veering to the WSW at the Tropopause at 100kts. Freezing levels up at 11000ft.

CT – A strong wind gradient as the North winds pickup up from near zero at the surface to 20-25kts at TM top height. So it’s a doubtful day but maybe SH and LH could have something. The main ranges too strong up top and mixy and stable as a barn door…

RB – WWB is out again

PV – Fantastic day for horse riding!

Wilderness – A day to laze around at home (or what ever tickles your fancy!) but its stable as it comes with light S to SE winds going more E late late in the day. To the north it is also too strong for the northerly sites with that 20kts very common around 3k. Buffs and those spots looking teasingly too light. ;)

Plett – As above… (See GR wind map)

PE and PA – Moring offshore and the light winds with the NE boundary to the east of PE.

EL – NE dominating all day. Strong.

Inland – Generally N to NW winds with 20kts over the taller mountains. It is a bit mixy especially along the west coast with low level Jets shaping up – so probably some bumps around for the prop thingies! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:27 and setting at 17:45 – day length 10:18. Low tide 10:28, high tide 16:46. A light wind day all day long! Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(24 July 2021) 
Day 488 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A sweet day at Map yesterday late afternoon for a lucky few pilots. Today the IOH settled in over the country with a NE flow direction except for the southern coastal regions where it will be ESE and the Peninsula region where the air is sheltered from the nigger NE effect by the large main mountains. Not much in terms of instability – much less than yesterday and it is of course a tad warmer. Still some pockets of icy air around especially in the southern slopes of the larger mountains. Some strong spots in the interior with the upper west coast showing 30kts at 2k. and a few 15kts shallow spots along the southern coast. No clouds expected today and not that much excitement form a flying point of view except if you are really clued up around the Peninsula! ;) The winds go southerly from around 17k upwards the finishes SW between 30-50kts. Freezing levels up at 11k again – the cold stuff far to the east!

CT – A relatively light wind day with upper NE of 5-10kts. Maybe Africa face could be doable. But perhaps so to the Noordhoek valley regions… LH and SH doable too. The main mountains very stable so nothing exciting there.

RB – A too light wind day here…

PV – Also a stable and light day here but to the north the NE winds is blowing strong!

Wilderness – A rather shallow SE predicted for the mid to later part of the day. Map could be a light soaring option or a benchup at Gerrickes could be a good challenge. Eve Sedge is showing some lift but probably a bit of a challenge with the light Southerly going east soon flow here too…

Plett – As above with upper north and the light SE winds in the lower parts. The bay seems very sheltered again. (See wind map here)

PE and PA – Moring ing offshores then going very strong NE winds later on 25kts plus!

EL – See above.

Inland – Generally N to NE winds with some strong spots over the higher mountains of 20kts. Weak thermals only with low climbs. The strong N winds stop at 10k where it goes surprisingly light… (Go up there in your prop thingie for a smooth ride! (and don’t forget that flight suit!) ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:28 and setting at 17:45 – day length 10:17. Low tide 9:47, high tide 16:05. A light wind start but mod SE trend in the afternoon. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(23 July 2021) 
Day 487 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! So Heinrich flew yesterday over the snow making us all jealous. Here is a pic of him – note those classic South African snow shoes! lol Today the IOH taking over as the SAH has shifted to the east bringing an easterly flow over all of the WC. Still that cold air around but with that the promise of some instability, especially in the central regions. The offshore flow along the west coast drying things out and a slightly lower inversion around there. Lots of clouds around in the east and central parts but blue and dry in the west. (Still some rain around the eastern coast). Of course lots of snow to see so if you are lucky enough to get into the air it should be real pretty but Cold (Yes, the C is a capital! It’s a flight suit day!) ;) The east to NE flow all the way up to around 8k where it goes to the south and veers a tad to the SSW at the Tropopause for a 40kts finish up there. Freezing level around 4500ft in the central and eastern parts but 10k along the west coast.

CT – The flow seemingly more from the SW before going SE later in the day. But sweet unstable air up to 2/3k so the flying should be good in a few spots around the Peninsula. The main ranges too dominated by the easterly flow to offer anything exciting I think. But you could go explore those secret snow spots though..

RB – A too light wind day here…

PV – The east wind dominating things a bit so even though there is a SSW flow in the valley it is too shallow to be of any use on launch… But Picketberg looks like the buzz today. (Se Spot!)  

Wilderness – Maybe some wet spots early on but it should dry out nicely. :) Really looks like a sweet Map winters day from lunchtime onwards. But you’d better bring those flight suits cos its going to be very cold! ;) Some sweet instability around too so Sedge and Serps both should offer something at mid day – if you can get onto the back flats at lunchtime it could be sweet for an hour or two! Base around 2500/3500ft. Of course Gerrickes should offer a good bench-up too with an initial S push in the wind making most of the ocean cliffs flyable for a while before the wind backs more east.

Plett – As above but more clouds and odd spot of rain and no good options for the east wind…

PE and PA – The winds are onshore with lots of rain on the cards still…

EL – See above.

Inland – A general E to ENE flow inland with 10-15kts. Lots of snow and clouds around – base around 3/4k AGL so should eb a good day to go look at the snow in your prop thingie. But dress warm! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:29 and setting at 17:44 – day length 10:15. Low tide 9:04, high tide 15:291. A light wind start but mod SE trend in the afternoon. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 12 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(22 July 2021) 
Day 486 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! That SAH still reaching far south to bring us that icy cold super snow conditions today – especially along the mountains of the GR. That freezing level low around the 3500ft range around the south. Winds S to SW with moderate speeds in the west but strong in the east. Still rain along the southern parts and more towards the west with partial clearing in the west. It still doesn’t quite look like we will get in any flying today but there are reports of lots of snow along the Southern mountains which could be worth seeing. ;) The winds remain W to SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kts finish over PE but 60kt over CT.

CT – Base around 2/3k with a S to SSE trend 10-15kts. It is a deep flow so no wind-shadow on the cards from the looks of things. Passing showers possible especially along the main mountains.

RB – It might just be possible for a flight later in the afternoon with low teens in knots on the cards but with a bit of luck it could be more.

PV – A SSW valley trend but S to even SE around launch height. Climbs to just above the mountain tops. It could be possible to fly towards the north from here but perhaps not the best day. Did I say to dress warm?

Wilderness – Lots of rain still for the day on the cards with fresh westerly winds. It should moderate slightly late late in the day with a smidgeon of south in it but doubtful it will be enough to fly in.

Plett – As above with a bit more in the rain and wind department.

PE and PA – Still strong SW winds with rain all day.

EL – See above.

Inland – SSW winds in the interior with light rain and and snow in the southern parts – especially over the higher mountains. It could be flyable for a propellor thingy but probably better to wait for tomorrow to look at the snow… More coffee and movies time ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:29 and setting at 17:43 – day length 10:14. Low tide 8:17, high tide 14:34. More fresh westerly winds with icy rain. Perfect for coffee and reading! ;) Max temperature around 10 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(21 July 2021) 
Day 485 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The next Cold Front already into CT and will reach the GR just after lunch. This tie the SAH with a long southerly fetch so bringing up that icy cold air from the south with loads of snow falls expected this time round. Freezing level down to less than 3500ft by the end of day in many places and this will continue into tomorrow too. Winds are strong W to SW along the coastal areas with slightly more WNW in the interior. No flying on the cards that I can see so its all weather watching and movies I think! ;)

CT – Low base with tops around 14k and then partial clearing at the end of the day with rising base to around 3k. The SW winds remain fresh around the 20kt level though…

RB – As above.

PV – Lower base and rain with 20kts SW winds.

Wilderness – A beautiful clear morning but the winds are already up in the icy air that will just get colder later on. Rain from after lunch from the looks of things. Too strong for any flying with the WNW going to the SW at the end of the day around 20kts with rain.

Plett – As above

PE and PA – Those strong WNW winds slowly trending to the SW and the rain reaching here end of day.

EL – See above.

Inland – By the end of the day there will be rain all over the WC interior from Graafies and westwards with very cold conditions and lots of snow. Lots of snow form the looks of things… More coffee and movies time ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:30 and setting at 17:43 – day length 10:13. Low tide 7:24, high tide 13:41, low tide at 19:41. Again fresh westerly winds with rain in the afternoon. Perfect to get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(20 July 2021) 
Day 484 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! (No pun intended!) The Cold Front settled across the WC with rain, fresh SW to W winds in the south and even some snow over the higher grounds in the interior. The far interior with strong NW winds running along the leading edge of the Cold Front. Lots of rain in the west and the southern parts. Around EL lots of interesting events with convergence between the NE form the IOH and the NW offshore flows with the SW from the approaching front. Winds are W to NW with height with a 100kt NW finish in the east. Freezing level low at 4500ft in the west that will move in to the east late evening and tonight. And the next CF striking CT tomorrow already! ;)

CT – 3kbase but mostly rain…

RB – As above.

PV – Lower base and rain.

Wilderness – Wind and rain… Lol

Plett – As above

PE and PA – The rain moving in here during the day but being halted by the IOH around EL. SW winds all the way to EL but NE east from there.

EL – See above.

Inland – Rain in all of the WC but across the borders the edge of the front with strong NW winds. This will change by this evening with the rain and snow over the higher grounds settling in every where. Coffee and movies time ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:30 and setting at 17:42 – day length 10:12. Low tide 6:24, high tide 12:39, low tide at 18:38. Fresh westerly winds and rain all day. Perfect for coffee and movies! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 12 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(19 July 2021) 
Day 483 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front moving into the Peninsula as we speak with rain settled there by mid day. This will spread to the western half of the WC by the end of the day and into the whole WC by mid night tonight. Winds are SW around the SW corner of the WC but W along the southern parts (with some few SW exceptions) and then NW in the interior. The far eastern coasts still with that dominant NE trend. The Q’s and rain moving in from the SW during the day progressing to the western central parts at end of the day. I think the re are still some good flying to be had along the southern coastal areas. ;) Winds are NW from 4k upwards with a 70kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level dropping to 7500ft in the west at the end of the day but 5500ft by early moring.

CT – SW winds with rain and low cloud from mid day onwards. It is lacks to reach the main mountains form the looks of it so perhaps a short flying window at DTK? ;)

RB – As above.

PV – A Westerly start but it goes S at the end of the day with rain moving in during the evening. Last day for horse riding!

Wilderness – It is looking like a sweet SW wind today – a tad W to start with but by mid day it will be sweet SW from the looks of things. Sedge good but probably a tad bumpy and strong as the wind at 1000ft is around 15kts. Lol

Plett – Looking just too west in it to be exciting (or it probably will be exciting if you fly!) ;)

PE and PA – Strong NW starting of that will back to the SW during the day. The SW reaching PA at the end of the day.

EL – NE dominating to the East but EL self in that change area so the winds vary from onshore and light to fresh NE and back again. ;)

Inland – Again the prefrontal strong NW winds everywhere today with the front moving in from the west. Cold and rain all over by the morning! Not the best day to be out there… ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:31 and setting at 17:41 – day length 10:10. Ten Ten! That has a nice ring to it. ;) High tide 11:25, low tide at 17:25. A SW wind moderate in strength before the Cold Front arrives early evening. Perfect to get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(18 July 2021) 
Day 482 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A sweet day yesterday for a lucky few at Sedge field. Today a very different story with the approaching Cold Front things have turned typical non flying pre-frontal with strong gradients and NW winds almost everywhere. The exception is the sheltered low level regions along the coast and an NE to East flow in the eastern parts of the southern coastal areas. Conditions are very stable, even further inland with the only real signs of lift coming from wave formations but even these are 2.5m/s and reaching just 15k in the usual hot wave spots. (The NW winds drop off with altitude) No clouds expected. The NW stays all thew ay to just shy of the Tropopause where it backs to the West for a 30kts finish up there. Freezing level up at 12000ft. (12k)

CT –Short and sweet – 30kts from 2000ft so be careful if you might be fooled into thinking you can fly. Its dicey! ;)

RB – Thank goodness its WWB day! ;)

PV – And the horses are out to play!

Wilderness – A light E flow – varying due to the low inversion – below or level with Sedge launch. Lol. Above that the winds trend NW. A coffee day! ;)

Plett – As above

PE and PA – NE winds dominating

EL – S above.

Inland – Strong NW winds over the higher grounds but some deceptive light winds in the lower valleys due to the strong gradient. Lots of shear expected so be careful if you get sucked(ered) into the air by a propellor! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:31 and setting at 17:41 – day length 10:09. High tide 10:04, low tide at 16:05. And would you believe another light wind sunny day! Perfect to get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(17 July 2021) 
Day 481 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Still the HP systems dominating but some frontal movement just to the south of us as another Cold Front is slow to move in. Its impacting the southern most parts though with a smidgeon of a bit of better instability offering some flying for a few spots. The winds are generally westerlies but some shallow southerlies around along the Peninsula and adjacent regions. Also some clouds around here. Westerlies for the interior too but many spots with very light winds. No clouds expected out there. Along the GE some deeper instability around with good climbs to around 9k to be had. The winds remaining W all the way to the Tropopause for a 40kt finish. Freezing level still around 10/11k.

CT –A SW to S wind day so the wind-shadow will fire on all cylinders. There is a sweet layer of instability around the Peninsula up to around 2k and with the lighter winds all those southerly Peninsula sites could be sweet. Hermanus even is looking promising. The main ranges a tad stable looking around DTK and northwards. See Spot.

RB – the right direction but it is looking just teasingly too light. ;)

PV – It sure looks like another excellent horse riding day!

Wilderness – The slight instability has moved in along our coast line so it looks like Sedge and Serps can offer something worthwhile around mid day. Peak climb to 1500ft form the looks of it if your timing is on it. ;) The coast looking very light and iffy. (See Spot)

Plett – Uppies showing some higher climbs but light winds so it looks like a thermal timed launch. Perhaps its worth the look I think to get up to 4k… ;) And Keurbooms just might deliver something soft after lunch if you mis the elevator at Uppies.

PE and PA – SW winds along the coast but a large wind shadow pool around Maitlands bay form the looks of it. Hhhmmm…

EL – SW to S winds with all those coastal sites facing S looing sweet. With the 10-15kts winds…

Inland – Westerlies with light winds in the southern ad central interior. Good propellor thingies flying I think. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:40 – day length 10:08. Record low temps in the interior so it does seem like summer is on its way! Lol! ;) High tide 8:49, low tide at 14:49. And would you believe another light wind sunny day! Perfect to get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(16 July 2021) 
Day 480 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Another special day of flying yesterday along the GR but today a different story! We are in between weather systems with some calm, light winds along the coastal regions (Col) with a W to S trend but further inland the HP systems taking over with some fresh NW wind, especially over the higher grounds. It is stable unfortunately so not much to look forward. A blue day everywhere. From 2k the winds are around 20kts NW and remains NW all the way to around 30k where it backs to the west for a 40kts finish up there. Freezing level up to 11000ft today.

CT –A light surface wind day but from 2k the winds are close to 20kts so staying low probably the best bet (in case you were think of TM) ;) It is NW to W so there will probably be something at SH and LH. The main ranges much the same but nothing indicating to go over 2k in climbs. See Spot.

RB – lol!

PV – Also a stable horse riding day.

Wilderness – Another light onshore day but this time very stable with no sign that anything is going over the top of the hill. Hhhmm tough… (See Spot)

Plett – Uppies with a similar outlook to Wilderness – Uppies showing up to500ft which is at TO hight. Light on the coast.

PE and PA – the morning offshores then a light onshore trending to the east later on around 10kts maybe. All the good stuff much further inland today.

EL – Same as above but the NE dominating with a bit more in it.

Inland – NW flows with light stuff in the valleys but the tops with 20kts and more over the higher mountains. Strong gradient today so there could be bumps up there…;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:39 – day length 10:07. Record low temps in the interior so it does seem like summer is on its way! Lol! ;) High tide 7:46, low tide at 13:45, high tide at 20:16. Another light wind sunny day! Perfect to get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(15 July 2021) 
Day 479 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! What an amazing day of flying all over the WC yesterday – the spot of the day def going to SH where more than a dozen Kommetjie runs were made. Some plots doing it twice in one day! :) Today the HP systems still dominating our weather with light W to NW winds. Weak instability in the west and it improves to the east. Smidgeon of Q’s around Agulhas area the rest looks blue. I think there is still some good flying to be had everywhere but it is lighter compared to yesterday. Winds remain WNW till around 10k then SW for a SW finish at the Tropopause of 60kts. Freezing level at 7500 in a few spots in the south.

CT –Another sweet day on the cards form the looks of things. Much less wind so perhaps a more challenging day but the 12 Apostle still possible today. The main ranges looking sweet too with climbs to around 3k. FH and SLP also flyable too. See Spot.

RB – lol!

PV – A bit messy here with more stability and south to even easterly flow over the shallow instability. So not a good day out here form the looks of things…

Wilderness – A light and more stable day compared to yesterdays amazing Sedge flying (and some good coastal doings too) Sedge probably your best bet with light lift around mid day to perhaps 2/300ft ATO. Serps similar but the coast very light. (See Spot)

Plett – Uppies showing a spike of a climb to 4k probably just as the quick Sea Breeze pops through. It will be a rather hit and mis affair as it doesn look like any strong winds popping in to help with getting up until after the good stuff is past. See Spot.

PE and PA – Inland def into the better soaring air with spots showing 4/5k AGL gains. The coastal winds lighter but still trending SW and even S towards the east.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Winds more W trend but the deep interior trending more NW and even NE along the west coast. Still a good propellor thingy flying day out there. Remember to dress warm! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:39 – day length 10:06. Record low temps in the interior so it does seem like summer is on its way! Lol! ;) High tide 6:53, low tide at 12:53, high tide at 19:22. Another light wind sunny day! Perfect to get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(14 July 2021) 
Day 478 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH and LSH dominating the post frontal conditions around the WC. Lots of sweet instability around with flying on the cards just about everywhere. Lighter winds around with a NW flow along the west coast and the interior with SW along the southern parts for the afternoon. Some clouds in the SW corner otherwise surprisingly blue in the rest of the country – a few spots with soe flat Q’s in the Eastern Outies. The wind remains NW to 10k then backs to the WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kt finish up there. Freezing level 5500ft in a few southern parts.

CT –it is looking like a great 12 Apostle day for the hangies and possibly for some PG’s. NW to WNW all day around 15kts. The main mountains also looking up with climbs to just over 3k and winds into the lower teens but to the south it picks up with SLP strong at the top. See Spot.

RB – WWB is out and about still!

PV – Looking sweet with climbs to just over 3k and NW winds around 10kts.

Wilderness – It is one of those unstably post frontal days with climbs again going over 4k at Sedge. The problem is the wind that is stubbornly predicted to remain WNW until close to 14:00 at which stage the high climbs also move inland quickly. I would still say take the afternoon off form work for the best flying time between 13:00 and 14:30 or so. Oh yes, dress warm! Lol. Very light on the coast so probably some scratchy stuff around there.

Plett – Uppies with the WNW winds sticking until closer to 16:00 so not looking good despite the high climbs of over 5k on the cards… See Spot.

PE and PA – The morning offshores then the SW trend for the rest of the day. 10-15kts mostly.  

EL – Same as above.

Inland – NW winds dominating but much less so compared to yesterday. IT is 5-10kts in the southern parts with only the higher grounds showing the stronger flows of close to 20kts. O good day for flying but dress warm! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:38 – day length 10:05. One would be forgiven for thinking the days are getting even shorter given this cold spell! Lol! ;) High tide 6:07, low tide at 12:09, high tide at 18:37. Sunny day with light winds form the sea! Perfect to get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(13 July 2021) 
Day 477 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Reports of snow coming in from all over – we have some on the mountains behind Karatara. The SAH continuing to push in that icy air with sporadic rain all over the WC but it is clearing and moderating in the west from lunchtime onwards. There is even a chance of flying in the afternoon! Towards the west the SW to W winds increase and dominate with snow and rain especially over the southern mountain ranges. This remains the patter for the rest of the day. The upper flow SW trending W near the Tropopause for a 60kts finish – its 100kts NW east of EL though. Freezing level down to 4500ft with a few areas at 3500.

CT – SW winds 10-15kts and more this morning but moderating nicely to 10kts or less and clearing more. Base around 3/4k this afternoon so a chance of some cold but good flying I think. This true for the main mountains also. One could even fly XC to the north from DTK for a short window. lol

RB – WWB is out and about still!

PV – Similar to CT with a SW wind trending S later on.

Wilderness – Strong west winds all day though moderating into the afternoon it looks to remain too strong to fly. Snow on the Outenikwas I hear. If there is a gap its probably worth looking. ;) The base is lower here compared to the west with chances of rain on and off all day. In particular the freezing level very low over Grg this morning at just 3500ft!

Plett – Same as above….

PE and PA – Very strong SW winds all day here with slight chance of rain.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Icy cold conditions with snow on especially the higher grounds. Strong SW to W winds moderating from the west later in the day. Stay inside and drink coffee… ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:38 – day length 10:04. One would be forgiven for thinking the days are getting even shorter given this cold spell! Lol! ;) High tide 5:27, low tide at 11:31, high tide at 17:55. Strong winds and rain with icy cold temps! Perfect to stay in bed! ;) Max temperature around 11 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(12 July 2021) 
Day 476 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Today’s Cold Front an biggie with a strong southerly fetch in the SAH pushing in icy cold air with snow following in its wake. Rain in CT and the west coast already that will spread to finish over the entire WC by the end of day. Strong NW winds in the interior with strong SW wind following the front along the west and southern coasts. Some very high prefrontal Q’s out towards Middelburg and Graafies but of course too strong for us to fly in. So prepare for lots of rain and the cold weather over the next 2 days… The winds remain NW going SW in the west at the Tropopause for 130kts NW in the east and 70kts WSW in the west. Freezing level dropping in the west to 4500’ during the day with a few spots even less than that.

CT – Bleh! Rain and wind!

RB – As above!

PV – As above

Wilderness – A softer start but from after lunch that Cold Front will push in with a vengeance! Oohh and be careful If you think you can go to Sedge for a flight before it strikes… Lift to around 800ft initially but the winds at that hight are picking up quickly spiking over 40kts in the afternoon so there will be a bug chance of extreme  shear and associated turbulence. Be extremely careful.

Plett – Same as above….

PE and PA – NW offshores during the morning trending then SW but the strong stuff and rain only hitting here early evening.

EL – The N offshore trending NE at the end of the day.

Inland – Very strong prefrontal stuff with the Cold Front moving in from the west. Extreme cold and snow this afternoon and into the night. I would not fly anything today.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:37 – day length 10:03. And its more than 10 hours now! Lol! ;) Low tide at 10:54, high tide at 17:18. A sweet start but clouding over with the cold front moving in after mid day. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(11 July 2021) 
Day 475 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some sweet flying in CT yesterday with Signals hot for the hangies and TDK great for the paries. Today that snow-bringing Cold Front even closer to CT but not before we have a chance to do it all again. Strong NW winds in the interior but less so on the west coast and the GR southern coastal areas. In the far east the IOH active with the NE winds along the coast. Winds start to pick up from 5k at 20kts NW then goes up to 40kts at 10k and 130kts W at the Tropopause. Freezing level 9k in the west and 11 in the east.

CT – Another day perhaps like yesterday but from lunchtime the clouds will start moving in from the SW as the fron gets closer. So get your soaring laong SH in during the morning if you can. SLP also doable btu fresh winds there and then TDK lighter so it should be cool there too I think. See spot for DTK.

RB – As above!

PV – And would you believe its another day you can keep the horse in the stable and go flying – light lift on the cards with climbs to Mnt top height.

Wilderness – Oohh… that ocean coolness bringing lots of stability along the coastal sites – less lift compared to yesterday but a chance even if it’s a small chance of something coming up on PR late morning and so too at Sedge. The afternoon is very light. (See Spot) Light onshore winds expected all day.

Plett – Uppies showing a sweet spike at mid day with climbs to perhaps 4k. Looks like a late start with 14:00 the wind turning and coming up leaving a small window to get away. lol. Def worth having a look if you are in the area.:) See Spot.

PE and PA – Offshore starts then trending east. To the west of PE it is more SW but the Ne dominating to the east. 10-15kts.

EL – Offshores then the NE are on.

Inland – In the south the lower winds are light but from 5k upwards the NW winds start to blow. Inland over the higher grounds the NW blowing over 20kts. It is all gearing up for the snow bring CF moving in tomorrow… Fly now – even if it is a propellor thingie! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:36 – day length 10:02. And its 10 hours now! Whoopie! ;) Low tide at 10:20, high tide at 16:43. Another light onshore wind day. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)








(10 July 2021) 
Day 474 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Well, some very lucky people got higher than ever at Sedge yesterday – I saw Trevor, Roy, Pete and Sue and some guy flying a Pluto 2 up over 1000m over the Sedge village! Excellent stuff guys. :) WE are still in between the frontal westerlies with a trough down the west coast with clear icy cold skies all over the show. Some Q’s in the SW sector of the province with NW winds 15-20kts in many spots especially over the higher grounds but generally it is light winds in the interior with some good flying conditions around. Winds pick up at from 10k upwards, stays NW to the Tropopause for a 100kt finish. Freezing level up at 8500ft.

CT – NW winds more moderate from yesterday so probably a sweet 12 Apostle day on the cards. Looks to be around 15kts. Slight chance of rain though. The main mountains probably a tad stronger so not that good there then. See Spot SLP.

RB – As above!

PV – Another not too bad day but a lower climbs expected with just reaching the tops of the Mnts. NW winds 10kts and less lower down.

Wilderness – The instability further inland so it doesnt look accessible form Sedge or Serps. You might need to go hiking on the Outenikwas to get into that lekker air again. Sedge probably some climbs to 800ft but a big change compared from yesterday (See Spot) Light onshore winds expected all day.

Plett – Looking good here, slightly less good from yesterday but still epic flying to be had. Even Keurbooms looking up. :) See Spot.

PE and PA – Strong West as a start then moderating to a SSW again.

EL – As above.

Inland – Less wind compared to yesterday. Some strong stuff still present over the higher grounds but the little Karoo again with light NW winds and some good thermals for soaring causing a bump if you are flying a propellor thingie. Oh yes, dress warm! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:36 – day length 10:02. And its 10 hours now! Whoopie! ;) Low tide at 9:47, high tide at 16:09. A light onshore wind day. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(9 July 2021) 
Day 473 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Post frontal conditions everywhere, with a westerly flow in general. Still some rain along the western parts, especially the south. Some good flying to be had in the areas outside the rain with high Q’s around for this time of the year. It is cold out there if you do venture out so dress warm! Lol. Perhaps a day not to go to work! :) Winds are NW all the way up to the Tropopause for a 130kts finish up there. Freezing level around 6500ft in parts of the south.

CT – the heavy rain and strong winds have moved east so some clear patches moving though though the winds looking to be 15-20kts so probably a bit on the strong side still. The main ranges more OD with rain probably. But if you head north it gets better. See Spot DTK.

RB – As above!

PV – It is actually looking very promising for today with the NW winds moderating in the afternoon with good looking Q’s around 4/5k level. It could just be a doable day.

Wilderness – Leave work for this afternoon and go flying! A deep instability layer around with climbs over 4k expected for at least some part of the day in all the spots. Probably very W till early afternoon but then it looks like it could be really good. Sedge and Serps the good spots today. Even with a chance of venturing over the back for a short XC too! (See Spot)

Plett – Same as above but higher base and climbs. BE ready as soon as the S component comes through – late one by the looks of it.

PE and PA – Strong West to start with then moderating and backing to the SSW.

EL – As above.

Inland – Strong NW over the higher grounds moderating slightly into the afternoon. Some rain in the SW areas with Q’s but blue to the east. The little Karoo with lighter winds but still freshening up with height so not the best day for flying I think. Oh yes, dress warm! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:35 – day length 10:01. And its 10 hours now! Whoopie! ;) Low tide at 9:14, high tide at 15:36. Fresh NW offshore start then lighter onshore for the afternoon. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(8 July 2021) 
Day 472 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A sweet day of flying yesterday on the GR and also in CT. Super cool TM flying yesterday by Wj, Barry and gang! Today a whole different story as the Cold Front strike the western coasts with vengeance – very strong wind all over the WC with the CF pushing those NW winds to 40kts less than 1000ft AGL in many places. Strong rain as well that will spread to the rest of the WC by early evening. Its not a flying day anywhere even if there are strong prefrontal lift with Wave on the cards – too wild and torn apart to be of any use for any pilot – no matter what you fly! ;) The winds remain NW with a 160kts finish over CT! Freezing level dropping to just 4500ft by this evening in the west…

CT – Woeste winde today with strong rain. The NW will moderate ever so slightly as it backs to the SW late in the day… See TH :)

RB – As above!

PV – Not even good for horse riding! (as above)

Wilderness – A beautiful morning but the strong NW not far over our heads. A sweet sheltered region along the GR but its not good for flying. The winds light offshore but then later in the day the westerly will start to dominate and bring rain in early evening.

Plett – Same as above.

PE and PA – Early morning offshores with a NE dominance to the east. The interior of course with those strong NW winds. Rain by mid night.

EL – As above but more NE dominance.

Inland – Super strong NW winds with 40kts around 1000ft AGL in most places. In the wrong place it would be easy to go for involuntary flights today… ;)  Rain moving in from the west covering most of the WC by mid night.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:35 – day length 10:00. And its 10 hours now! Whoopie! ;) Low tide at 8:41, high tide at 15:02. Offshore start with strong W winds as a old front moves in early evening. But before its perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(7 July 2021) 
Day 471 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with a trough along the west and another CF making its way towards the WC form the west. A stable day for the WC with N winds in the interior and easterlies along the southern coastal regions. No clouds expected – though the EC interior has some sweet Q around 10k with some amazing soaring on the cards if you can get there. ;) Back home it’s a light wind, stable day all over the WC. Some strong winds spots in the interior but more to the NE parts. Else up to 5k not a bad prop flying day. The wind backs to the W from 12/14k then all the way to the SW for a 130kts finish up there. Freezing level 13k in the west and 10k in the east.

CT – A light SW surface flow but otherwise light N. IT could be a 12 apostle day or a flight off the top might be on the cards… The main ranges very stable… See TH :)

RB – Nothing happening here all day!

PV – Another good day for horse riding…

Wilderness – Some light lift at Sedge on the cards that could be usable between 11 and 12 then it will be too hard form the left (might even be o earlier on). Perhaps Serps could offer a flight to the Map today. And Map a maybe chance of something light after mid day – 5kts. Could be just maintainable from the looks of things…

Plett – Stable here too – Uppies showing light lift to 1500ft. Too east for the bay…

PE and PA – The offshore of the morning then it goes to light easterly winds.

EL – As above but if you go far enough inland you could get some good stuff in the NNW winds out there… ;)

Inland – A light northerly day in the southern Karoo areas, picking up to fresh N further north. Its strong to the NE interior withs some Q’s out that area. Its not bad up to 5k then the north picks up a bit more. Relatively stable air…

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:34 – day length 09:59. Speeding up towards summer now – almost 10hrs of daylight! Low tide at 8:06, high tide at 14:27, low tide at 20:16. A light south-easterly in the afternoon. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(6 July 2021) 
Day 470 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! After such a sweet day yesterday today is a bit of a let down! ;) The IOH dominating more with N to NW winds in the interior and a southerly trend along the southern coastal areas and NE in the east. A lower inversion so the instability not that good. A Blue day with no clouds expected. Some breezy spots in the interior higher grounds form the NNW. The northern west coast with NE offshore trends. Most regions from 3k upwards the wind is NW and backs to the W for a 60kts finish up there. Freezing level around 10k.

CT – A southerly wind day with the inversion around 2k. A wind-shadow on the cards but probably a SW trend along the shorefront at SH and LH. The main mountains looking very stable with the SE dominating form the looks of it. ;) See TH :)

RB – A prospective flying day with the southerly picking up especially in the afternoon. A maybe soarable day.

PV – A stable day with light winds in the valley and more East upper trend. Absolutely perfect for horse riding here…

Wilderness – A light southerly to SW wind day. Not enough on the coast for anything to happen there but a maybe day for Serps and Sedge. Light lift to around800ft so probably not a bad idea to hang out at one of these spots…

Plett – Climbs to 2k on the cards for Uppies. Light along the coast.

PE and PA – The offshore of the morning then it is light S trending to the E and NE later in the day.

EL – Fresh NE east of EL that will want to move to the west late afternoon. ;)

Inland – Some fresh NW wind over the higher grounds today – def more than yesterday. A blue day but still good for flying. Especially south of the GE where the lower winds will be more mod to light. :)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:34 – day length 09:59. Speeding up towards summer now – almost 10hrs of daylight! Low tide at 7:29, high tide at 13:48, low tide at 19:35. A light southerly wind day. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(5 July 2021) 
Day 469 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today looks like another stop what you are doing and go flying kind of day. :) The SAH ridging in along the southern parts of the country bring with it lighter winds all over the show. The flow trends SW to S along the southern parts but then curls around to the east for the interior. The interior very light with less than 5kts in most spots except for the west coast where the offshores accelerate to the 20kt mark there. The southern parts with some sweet Q’s around the 4/5k level and this is where most of the sweet flying should happen. But the Peninsula also looking up! Winds remain light to 10k then go W with a steady increase to the Tropopause for a 60kts in the South but 100kts in the North finish up there. Freezing level at 9k but there is a marked inversion around 5k where the temp is only 2 degrees C!

CT – Light SW to S with instability to MT top height. The main mpountians also with some instability to 3k but the upper flow is east around 5kts so that might put a damper on things. ;) See TH :)

RB – IT could be good direction wise but a bit light…

PV – Again the MT top flow is a easterly but the lower bits are W. Looks like only 2k instability depth…

Wilderness – One of those classic post frontal instability days with light winds to go with it! Climbs at Sedg to 3k on the cards mid day and over 4k on the plains on the back. The plains should have some Q’s to help things along. Def a day to explore some XC over the back day… See Sedge Spot! ;)

Plett – An amazing looking day for Uppies today! Q’s at 5k and climbs all the way! Could do some distance today. But dress warm! Its 2 degrees up there! ;)

PE and PA – More SW winds here again with the offshores in the morning. But also the instability inland to be had… 15kts SW

EL – Same as above but perhaps a tad more in strength.

Inland – A very sweet inland day with light winds everywhere. Light southerly in the south but east in the north. The wind is strong along the west coast area with the offshores. Def a day to go out and fly! :)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:33 – day length 09:58. Slowly creeping towards summer – the days are getting longer! Low tide at 6:47, high tide at 13:03, low tide at 18:50. A mod to light SW start going to SSE later in the day. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(4 July 2021) 
Day 468 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Check out this new sky people interview range from your own media presenter Jeff Ayliffe. (https://youtu.be/TcxweiyBjiM) The SAH pushing in that cold maritime polar air onto the entire WC. Cold, cloudy and rainy on the west with cloud base around 2/3k then rising steadily to the west as the air dries a little bit in its westerly flow. Base in the interior 5-8k in a few spots with some good soaring on the cards. Winds have also clamed down quite a bit with around 10-15kts all the way to 8/10k with the stronger westerlies only starting up above that. The exception is along the coastal areas where south of the first mountain ranges the wind is still pretty fresh with 20kts and 30kts to the east especially. Showers mostly in the west but a few spots along the south and southern interior possible. Winds remain west all the way up with a 160kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 6500ft in a wide region along he southern parts.

CT – WSW winds 10kts with some variations. Cloud base around 2/3k. Chance of some showers especially around the main mountains. So a cold flying day but def doable along the SH and LH areas. (or other southern spots) ;) See TH :)

RB – lol WWB out of course…

PV – Lighter W winds but with low clouds on the mountains and a chance of rain and OD mostly.

Wilderness – Still the strong W winds with the WNW in the morning and WSW in the afternoon. Some Apps showing a gap between 11 and 13:00 along the dunes before going strong again – its worth monitoring it closely. Hhhmmm dress warm! lol Sedge def a bit of a washing machine but tomorrow looks exceptionally good! (Organise to fly and no work for Monday!) ;)

Plett – Strong WSW so not good for here – Piesangs too strong I think.

PE and PA – Similar pattern to yesterday but colder. ;) NW off shores during the morning but then later it backs to the SW still 20kts plus range. The odd shower possible.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – A sweet day inland form the looks of it with lighter west winds all over except around the southern near coastal parts. 10kts up to 7/8k and maybe up to 15k to 10k. Base around 4k AGL in the interior – rising to the west. A good soaring day and also for the propellor thingies. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:33 – day length 09:57. Slowly creeping towards summer – the days are getting longer! Low tide at 17:58, high tide at 12:09, low tide at 17:57. Strong NW going to strong SW in the afternoon. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)








(3 July 2021) 
Day 467 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet session at Sedgefield for a lucky few. But today the Cold Front dominating the WC weather as the winds and rain spreads during the day. NW in the interior backing more W along the coastal areas. 20-30kts in most places but moderating along the west coast later on. Rain along the western ranges spreading to the GR by this afternoon and along the western central interior. Cloud base low in the west around 2k rising towards the east with 6.7k around the little Karoo interior. Winds remain NW with height all the way to the Tropopause for a 130kt finish. Freezing level 6500ft in the SW corners rising towards the east – 8500 over Wilderness.

CT – A rainy wintery day. Slight clearing later in the afternoon with the winds backing more W. The main ranges strong winds and rain all day. See TH :)

RB – lol WWB out of course…

PV – NW winds with low cloud and rain all day. Not even good for horse riding.

Wilderness – The strong NW winds already here with the trend to the WSW later in the day. It remains strong and the rain should hit us soon after lunchtime. Don’t know about you guys but I miss the Red Bull X Alps entertainment. So the Sedge Spot is there also then for entertainment purposes. ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness.

PE and PA – NW off shores during the morning but then later it backs to the SW and increases in strength to 20/30kts later in the day. No rain here for the day.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Still those prefrontal NW winds – very strong in places with the 30-40kts level not far above our heads. Rain and low cloud to the west that will sloly makes its way to the east during the day reaching the mid interior end of day. Rain in the west. Still not a flying day even for the propellor thingies. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:32 – day length 09:57. Slowly creeping towards summer – the days are getting longer! High tide at 11:03, low tide at 16:56. Strong NW going W winds all day. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(2 July 2021) 
Day 466 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! To the north the LSH and IOH dominating the interior weather but fur us in the south we are still in the grips of the westerly flowing air of the frontal systems. CT already feeling the stronger NW winds with cloudy conditions. The full rain and system will hit landfall tomorrow morning early. For the remainder of the day its all fresh NW winds everywhere except for southern coastal areas where there is a shallow SE flowing bit – perhaps 1000ft deep. It is generally very stable with weak thermal development but the isotherm around 3/4k around the CT area makes for ideal wave conditions – so there should be some amazing wave clouds over those SW ranges today. 5/ms climbs in there some going all the way to the Tropopause. Winds gently backing from the SW to W for a 100kt finish up there. Freezing level up at 14k today.

CT – Low cloud moving in from the W. Wind NW with 20kts around 2k. A chance of a small gap around mid day if the wind is light enough around SH but probably too strong. The main ranges def too strong. See TH :)

RB – WWB out of course…

PV – Still those strong NW winds but blue skies around making it very suitable for some good horse rides.

Wilderness – A light stable wind day with a S to SE trend. It doesnt look strong enough for anything to get excited about. Perhaps a smidgeon of something going to 600ft at Sedge but if it will be usable is another story. Map should provide sweet foefies though… ;)

Plett – Uppies Spot showing some good lift to 4k however I think the winds up there at 30kts a tad too strong. Though I suspect there will be an inversion between the lower southerly moving into the upper WNW winds. ESE on the coast.

PE and PA – Offshore morning then the light SE trend will move in here too.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Those NW in the deep interior that trends more W to the south still very strong with 20-30kts spots in places. Strong wave activity in the SW regions. A blue day except for around the SW corner of the WC. Probably still not a flying day even for the propellor thingies. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:32 – day length 09:56. Slowly creeping towards summer – the days are getting longer! High tide at 9:50, low tide at 15:48. Light morning offshores with a light SE trend in the afternoon. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(1 July 2021) 
Day 465 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! While we have been coping with a few unusually hard storms in the WC Jeff managed to snag an interview with Red Bull X Alps Champion Chrigel Maurer. Most of you know that Chrigel had us on the edge of our seats for a few days on this epic adventure. ;) Here is the link for that chat! https://youtu.be/5taTlh69kWQ

Today its all frontal westerlies with rain and fresh winds almost everywhere. It has moderated from the strong stuff from the past two days though there are still a few strong spots in the interior. 20-30kts mostly with less along the west and southern coasts in most spots. Loads of clouds around with base 2/3k in the west rising steadily towards the west. 8k around Graafies and BW area and low along the southern coasts again. The wind remains W till around 14k then backs to the SW for a 130kt SW finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing levels around 9/10k in the west but 7500 to the east as the frontal systems moves past.

CT – Some low clouds around during the morning but I see a sweet flying afternoon around SH and LH today. IT could even be a 12 Apostle day. 10-15kts with perhaps a tad more up heigh. The clouds rising for the afternoon form the looks of it. The main ranges a tad more clagged in for longer and a bit more wind so late afternoon a maybe out that side. See TH :)

RB – WWB out of course…

PV – Fresh NW winds with low clouds and chance of rain for most of the day….

Wilderness – The wind just too west and fresh to offer any flying though I notice a slight backing to the SW late late afternoon with enough moderation to maybe be flyable along parts of the coast. Keep an eye on it! ;)

Plett – Remaining strong and very west here all day…

PE and PA – Low clouds around with strong W winds that will back to the SW from mid day and the afternoon. 20kts plus winds all day.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Still strong westerly winds in most places with rain in the western areas. There is some wave action around the lee of the bigger ranges. 6m/s in the lee of the Cradock ranges today. Else lots of clouds around with base around 5/6k in the interior mostly but lower to the west. Probably still not a flying day even for the propellor thingies. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:31 – day length 09:55. Slowly creeping towards summer – the days are getting longer! High tide at 8:41, low tide at 14:42, high tide at 20:16. Fresh Westerly winds all day long with the chance of a smidgeon of rain. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(30 June 2021) 
Day 464 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! So the terrible storm has come and gone – over night. Or has it? The next one is right behind it so no time for breathing for the CT guys as the rainy strong winds continue today with the next front striking home this evening. 30kts plus winds with the 40kt just above our heads. The rest of the country the winds are very strong NW inland with showers in the NW sector of the WC and down to the SW corner but it is dryer by the time the winds get to the GR areas. Some protection here to as the strong winds mostly blow over our heads in the GR with Wilderness very sheltered but of course not flyable. Perhaps a bit more rain on the cards by tomorrow from the next CF. Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kts in the west but 150kts in the east finish. Freezing level at 6500 in the SW section but 9k in the east. Not a flying day so why not watch the last guys make it home on the Red Bul X Alps before the stop clock. :)

CT – Well, no doubt another coffee and weather watching day ahead. Classic winter weather with one front after the other moving through. The next one making CT early evening. See TH :)

RB – As above.

PV – Still those strong NW winds with base just below MT tops and rain. It will get worse this evening.

Wilderness – Partly cloudy day with the winds strong WNW above our heads and a tad more W along the beach. Some less strong winds on the coast but well, its not flying weather at all. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – The morning low cloud clearing as it moves further out to sea while the strong W winds start to moderate form the west and backs to the SW.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Those really strong NW winds still dominating with low temps on the higher grounds. Rain in the NW areas but dry to the east. This is the case all day. Still not a flying day so watch the last athletes make it home on the Red Bull X Alps as they jostle for a finish before the end of the clock! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:31 – day length 09:55. Slowly creeping towards summer – the days are getting longer! High tide at 7:42, low tide at 13:45, high tide at 20:16. On and off strong W to NW winds all day. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(29 June 2021) 
Day 463 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! So Chrigel Maurer won his 7th consecutive Red Bull X Alps race yesterday in superb maestro fashion. What a performance. :) Today its cold front weather all over the WC as the Cyclonic circulation on the west coast brings rain along the southern and SW regions for most of the day while the winds are NW inland but E to SE along the southern coastal regions. Lots of low cloud around the southern and SW corner parts. Some mid level development in places with an odd chance of rain inland as the strong flowing air runs that tight isobar region in front of the front – 50-75kt at 5k! The winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause where it does a spectacular 180kts NW finish! Freezing level is up to 9000ft today.

CT – Another coffee day as base remains low around the Peninsula region with rain and a SE surface wind trend. It goes NW quickly though. 30kts NW at TM top and NW to the north. The main ranges the same. See TH :)

RB – As above.

PV – Fresh NW winds with chance of rain. Too strong to fly anyway and terrible for horse riding too.

Wilderness – Cloudy and rainy morning then as the offshore east winds starts to turn more east to ESE it looks like a maybe slight gap for flying at the Map. But a maybe. And as the winds starts to come up more there is a chance  of that low cloud cover moving in too… Most likely a coffee day too…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Low clouds along the entire coast and the light morning winds will make way for the East to NE wind to dominate into the late afternoon.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Those strong NW prefrontal winds remain to the north with 20-30kts in some places and especially in the west 50-75kts at just 5k! Some mid level instability with the chance of a few showers. It is not a flying day. Another day for not flying so still time to watching those incredible aviation athletes on the Red Bull X Alps as they jostle for second place! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:31 – day length 09:55. Slowly creeping towards summer – the days are getting longer! High tide at 6:50, low tide at 12:55, high tide at 19:23. Rainy morning with an ESE wind for the afternoon. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 13 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)








(28 June 2021) 
Day 462 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Yesterdays performance by Chrigel Maurer was riveting and spectacular. I hope you will be watching that now that most of you are home bound with this level 4 lock down. Yesterday a few hangies managed to fly in the strong NW winds at SH. Here is a pic to celebrate. Todays weather is a spectacular Cold Front that is already in CT and surrounds and will move inland reaching the GR from around mid day. Strong NW to W winds ahead of the rain but going W to SW after the front moves in. No flying to be had anywhere. Rain spreading inland to Sutherland, Prins Albert and other side of Plett. Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 160kts finish up there! Freezing level down to 5500ft in a corner section in the SW otherwise rising towards the east. 7500 around the GR.  

CT – Mostly rain with low clouds – tops to 20k! Winds going SW around 15kts. The main ranges the same. Coffee days… ;)

RB – As above.

PV – As above..

Wilderness – Partly cloudy start but it will get worse as the front moves in around mid day. Strong winds all day but a slight moderation in the late afternoon. Sedge spot shows the spike in lift before the cold and rain sets in. Coffee day too…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – West winds backing to the SW from mid day. The clouds moving in from 15:00….

EL – A very strong SW gust front moving in late afternoon from 16:00 onwards the line of clouds will accompany this buster.

Inland – Very strong prefrontal NW winds but backing to the W and SW as the front moves in. It will move in about half way across the WC interior during the day. 20/30kts over some of the higher grounds. Def not a day to be flying but spend some time watching those incredible aviation athletes on the Red Bull X Alps! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:30 – day length 09:55. Slowly creeping towards summer – the days are getting longer! High tide at 6:01, low tide at 12:09, high tide at 18:34. Strong West wind all day with rain in the afternoon. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(27 June 2021) 
Day 461 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Its been a while since we have had so much Red Bull X Alps action! Hope you are watching! ;) (Here is the link for those interested - https://www.redbullxalps.com/ ) Today another CF approaching the WC leaving the usual tightening of the isobars over the area – strong NW almost everywhere with the exception along the southern coasts and the far east. Here the winds will be light onshore trending easterly. In the far east the IOH is doing its thing with fresh NE winds. There is not much in terms of instability over the entire region with around 2k AGL the best thermal lift. Even more stable closer to the coast. Sme wave lift in the lee of the usual hot spots but nothing to write home about (I think I saw 3m/s climbs to only 15k…) ;) Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 120kt finish up there. Freezing level up at 9000ft.

CT – A strong NW wind with 20kts below 1000ft. All day. The main ranges even stronger. Looks like clouds moving in in the late afternoon as the next front approaches with rain from the evening. The big stuff from mid night onwards.. See TH

RB – As above.

PV – Some lift to mountain top height but it is too strong up there with 20kt winds running down the ranges.

Wilderness – A weak day – see the Sedge Spot. Very light winds today with foefies I think everywhere. Perhaps a slight chance of something happening that was not forecasted at Sedge around mid day. ;) Otherwise a weak bleak looking day. (Coffee and red bull X Alps watching!)

Plett – The NW around Uppies showing some lift to 4k but of course it is 27kts up there. ;) The ocean air stable stable stable! Keurbooms a maybe but probably too hard from the left.

PE and PA – Offshore winds until mid day then trending more NE in the east. But not strong.

EL – As above but the afternoon seeing strong NE winds along here…

Inland – No clouds around but strong NW winds all over the show. It moderate in the southern areas in the late afternoon but there are still 20kts winds at the top of the mountains. I would rather watch those awesome aviation athletes on the Red Bull X Alps! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:30 – day length 09:54. The days are now getting longer so it’s all downhill back to summer from here! Low tide at 11:25, high tide at 17:47. Light onshore winds slowly going to the east. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(26 June 2021) 
Day 460 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! If you are not watching the Red Bull X-Alps race you are not a pilot! Things are heating up in the front and Chrigel is not just having is his way this year. ;) The SAH ridging in along side the CF with a strong westerly flow of cold air all over the WC today. Still rain on and off in most of the coastal areas, especially the western parts. The winds 20-30kts and base between 2/3k along the west and southern parts, rising further inland to 4/5k AGL towards the GE regions. Too strong form the looks of it to fly for the most part and unless you are very lucky it is doubtful you will get any airtime today. Winds remain westerly with a smidgeon of WSW at the Tropopause for a 120kts finish up there. Freezing level down to 6500 in the SW corner today.

CT – A more WNW direction but still breezy with the 20kts from 1000ft upwards. Also rain on and off around the Peninsula with more ODD and rain along the main ranges. Maybe for the hangies at SH of the rain stops long enough… See TH

RB – As above.

PV – lol. Net soos bo! ;)

Wilderness – Strong westerly winds but a bit more WSW late in the afternoon – though it is still looking too strong. But maybe we are lucky! ;) See the wind at TOL wind at Sede!

Plett – Same as Wilderness.

PE and PA – Very strong west to start off with then going SW but very strong all day long with rain on and off…

EL – As above.

Inland – Very strong westerlies all day in the interior with lots of cloud and a small chance of a few showers here and there. IT seems to stick for the day – a day to drink coffee and watch the weather. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:30 – day length 09:54. The days are now getting longer so it’s all downhill back to summer from here! Low tide at 10:41, high tide at 17:00. Strong westerly winds all day. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(25 June 2021) 
Day 459 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front into CT this very moment with strong winds and rain, maybe even CB’s too while the usual strong NW winds dominate over the rest of the WC region. The rain is confined mostly to the western areas as the NW wind drives it out to sea before it can get to the eastern parts. So offshore winds with a slight shallow onshore along some of the southern coastal areas – though it is very very shallow. The eastern parts dominated byt the NE winds form the IOH – some cloud that side too. The wind is NW all the way to the Tropopause but for a bit more West in it up there at 130kts. Freezing level down to 7500ft in the western parts.

CT – Looks like wind and rain all day. Coffee time. Lekker man. ;) See RASP TH

RB – As above.

PV – Net soos bo! ;)

Wilderness – lol. I had to include Sedge Spot just for the fun of it. ;) See the wind at TOL!

Plett – Same as Wilderness.

PE and PA – Cloudy and E to NE winds…

EL – As above.

Inland – Strong NW winds all over the show – typical pre-frontal conditions. Nasty to fly in. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:29 – day length 09:54. The days are now getting longer so it’s all downhill back to summer from here! Low tide at 9:57, high tide at 16:15. Bergwinds today! Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(24 June 2021) 
Day 458 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A short report today – the IOH dominating the WC weather today as a reprieve between the cold fronts. Light winds in al of the WC today. Lots of cloud and rain in the eastern arts but sunny in the west. Cold air around so some instability and the promise of flying on the cards in most of the popular spots along the south. The winds are generally east trending NE with height up to around 5/6k where it backs to the NW again and picks up with a strong finish at the Tropopause of 135kts! Freezing level down to 6500 in a few spits else its 7500 in general.

CT – Looks like a sweet flying day around the Peninsula with light winds mostly. Instability to just over 2k form the looks of it. The main mountains also looking good with DTK looking sweet. See Spot.

RB – Looks like the right direction but a bit light.

PV – Light W in the valley with climbs to 2k mostly but perhaps a tad more towards the mountain tops..

Wilderness – IT looks like Sedge from mid day onwards working till 15:00. Then maybe a lighter Map late afternoon with conditions perhaps soarable but not toplandable. Sedge showing climbs to 2k at mid day. :) It is a bit wet so perhaps a late start. See the Spot.

Plett – Looks like a short window with chance of rain after that. The coast very light.

PE and PA – Looks like rain on the cards here for most of the day with some SW in the west and more East winds in the east.

EL – As above but perhaps more E to NE dominance later on.

Inland – Surface winds all easterly that trend N with height and then above the inversion it goes NW and is breezy – from 6/8k. Lots of clouds around with rain in the eastern coastal areas.

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:29 – day length 09:54. The days are now getting longer so it’s all downhill back to summer from here! Low tide at 9:11, high tide at 15:28. A cool day with light S winds trending light SE in the afternoon. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(23 June 2021) 
Day 457 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH shifting in behind the CF bringing rain along the southern parts and the interior during the course of the day. Winds are westerly mainly but SW along the southern parts and NW in the far eastern interior. Lots of clouds around today with a marked NW to SE line in the interior as the Cold Front moves along to the east. Varying bases but in general pretty high considering. 2/3k in the west and rising towards the east. In the far east there are still some signs of bergwinds as they move into the KZN region. Back home the wind is still pretty breezy, especially inland over the higher grounds. 20kts plus in many spots. It remains westerly in general from 5k upwards all the way to the Tropopause for a 110kt finish up there. Freezing level down to 6500ft in a few spots in the SW areas today but 10k to the east.

CT – Perhaps another coffee, movie and weather watching day. Rain on and off all day. The wind will back to the SW and even S later in the day and a slight clearing in the rain in the late afternoon. The main ranges more OD and rain all day.

RB – As above…

PV – Rain for most of the day here with base at MT top and tops around 10k.

Wilderness – And it cloud just be a great day around mid day – before the rain moves in. SW winds expected with enough in it to make the coastal cliffs flyable but Sedge also showing signs of some good flying around mid day. Sweet. :)

Plett – I think Keurbooms looking up at mi day before the strong stuff comes through. Uppies with a bit of too much wind higher up even if it does look good.

PE and PA – W winds during the morning going variable in the Maitlands bay area until mid day where the SW will start to push through. Might be a window before the strong stuff comes through after lunch. ;)

EL – West starts then variable with a S trend picking up to around 15kts but fresh SW to the West later.

Inland – Strong W winds in the interior all day. Some spots of rain moving in from the west during the day. Probably reaching as far as Sutherland but some spots also along the GE to Graafies. Lots of cloud around so be careful if you venture out there in a propellor thingie…

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:29 – day length 09:53. By a few seconds less than the longest night tonight! It’s all downhill back to summer from here! Low tide at 8:24, high tide at 14:40, low tide at 20:39. Cool day with SW winds and rain in the afternoon. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(22 June 2021) 
Day 456 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Today the Cold Front into CT and the surrounds while the Bergwinds have shifted further east. Still the strong NW winds in most places but the GR letting up as the CF moves closer. Rain in the west that will gradually spread to the east from late afternoon into tomorrow. Not much on the cards from a flying point of view – let me rather say there is nothing on the cards from a flying point of view. Lol. Rain and wind taking care of that. I did find some amazing wave action inland near Graafies and BW. The lee of Sutherland producing a monster today going up past 30k with 8m/s climbs! See the graphs. Winds remain NW all the way to 30k then it backs more west for a 115kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 8500 over CT but higher to the east.

CT – Another coffee, movie and weather watching day. Rain all day with base around 1k and tops at 12k…

RB – As above…

PV – Rain and strong wind here too…

Wilderness – Still that bergwinds around but not as strong. It will back to the west later in the day with even a shallow onshore flow around the Wilderness corner. But it might be too shallow to fly in. See the TH graph. So be careful if you do.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – The bergwinds in full force this side of the country today. All day. ;)

EL – Same as above. Should be super surfing conditions though. ;)

Inland – Strong NW still around but the wave action is what is different today. See the Climb rate graph patterns and Wave cut. 8m/s is not too shabby hey. But only for the very very skilled glider pilot I would guess. Best for the rest of us to watch and drink coffee. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:28 – day length 09:53. By a few seconds less than the longest night tonight! It’s all downhill back to summer from here! Low tide at 7:35, high tide at 13:50, low tide at 19:47. Bergwinds for the morning then going W to SW later and moderating! Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(21 June 2021) 
Day 455 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Would you believe that its winter solstice day – the shortest day of the year. So from tonight it is down hill towards summer! ;) Bergwinds bergwinds bergwinds! Strong pressure gradients between the IOH and the Cold Front system to the SW of us with the resulting NW winds. The 40kt level less than 1000ft in many places today. Def not a flying day but I did manage to find some very strong wave lift over the Hexriver valley – over 5m/s climbs but of course even for the sail plane pilots it’s a bit much. Lol. The NW remaining all the way to the Tropopause with a tad more west at the top – 138kts up there! Freezing level still around 11k with the exception of the wave formations – in some spots freezing level up to 15k! (That’s amazing – see spot)

CT – A coffee, movie and weather watching day I think! Even if there is a strong gradient along the CT waterfront with lighter winds it is very strong above your heads. Lol. Strong NW winds all day with the CF cloud reaching CT by sunset. Rain tomorrow morning. See Spot TH.

RB – WWB in full force today!

PV – Not even good for horse riding! :)

Wilderness – Not even good for surfing its so strong offshore! The NW blowing 40kts at less than 1000ft AGL! :)  See Spot.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – The bergwinds to the west but dropping off to the east.

EL – Offshore morning but not as strong as the west. Hogsback looking just too strong but further east its seems to be doable with some good winter flying and high climbs. The coast will be NE around 10kts later in the day.

Inland – The whole of the WC interior flooded with super strong NW winds. So only that which fall out of your pocket will be flying today (or at least I hope so!) ;) Some strong wave formations over the higher peaks born out of shear wind strength! ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:28 – day length 09:53. The longest night tonight! Yay! Then its downhill back to summer! Low tide at 6:42, high tide at 12:56, low tide at 18:52. Even stronger bergwinds today! Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 28 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(20 June 2021) 
Day 454 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Well done to Sebastien Kayrouz for his new PG world distance record flight. 613km as the crow flies. 11 hours in the air. Man, that is hardcore! :) One could do that today in SA with the super strong NW bergwinds predicted for all over the show – 30/40kt in some spots today. The big CF setting up to the west of the country while the IOH and LSH holding the fort over the interior while the isobars are tightening up between these two systems over the next few days. Some Q’s around BW at 13k otherwise it’s a blue day. I’ve included the surface temps map this time to show the marked bergwind heating taking place along the coastal areas – classic adiabatic heating and terrible flying conditions. Lol. Winds are NW all the way to around 14k where it backs to the W and then from 20k it goes WSW for a 100kts finish over CT but just 50kts over Knysna. Freezing level still around 11k.

CT – A beautiful start around CT with super calm winds while just above your heads that NW is pocking holes through the walls. It looks like the strong gradient remains all day – but it’s a fris gradient so I would be very careful if you think you could od a foefie at SH! Lol. The main ranges of course also too much strong bergy stuff. See Spot TH.

RB – Northerly here…

PV – Another great day for horse riding! :)

Wilderness – Def a day for going surfing! The offshores staying all day from the looks of it. Notice the TH graph showing the NW blowing 25kts at just 500ft AGL! :)  See Spot.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – The bergwinds dominating to the west but there is a slight NE trend to the east.

EL – The morning bergwinds will make way for the NE later in the day

Inland – The higher grounds especially at 20kts plus NW winds. It does moderate a tad towards the central eastern areas but along the southern ranges and the west it is very strong bergwinds stuff. Don’t fly unless you want to scream for your mommy…

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:28 – day length 09:53. The longest night tonight! Yay! Then its downhill back to summer! Low tide at 5:44, high tide at 11:55, low tide at 17:52. Strong bergwinds all day long! Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 27 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(19 June 2021) 
Day 453 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet sweet day on the GR yesterday (And Maitlands offered something too!) but from today it is all changing as a big Cold Front moves towards the WC. And how appropriate as we move into the longest night time of the year. Lol. The IOH moving off to the east while a trough is shaping up ahead of the CF along the west coast. Winds are all northerly except for a shallow E to SE flow along the southern coastal regions. IT gets very breezy around 5k at 20kts plus in most spots with all the higher grounds also up at 20kts. So a steep wind gradient around with the associated shear. No clouds expected and some spots showing some surprising light instability though I think it a bit tricky to fly with the threatening northerlies in most places. Winds go west from 14k with a 40-50kts west finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 12k.  

CT – A clear start with a shallow S flow near the Peninsula. It quickly backs to the N with the far south showing lighter north but rising as we move towards the north. Probably some flying happening at SH and LH though just keep an eye open for some light shear turbulence. Towards the main ranges it is just too much north in it I think to be nice – some big bumps probably around. Lol. See Spot TH.

RB – Northerly here… (See Spot)

PV – Looking stable again with the northerly wind dominating. Perhaps even some NE in it. A brilliant day for horse riding though. :)

Wilderness – A sweet holiday day. But it does not look like there is much chance of flying. Perhaps a foefie or two at Map late in the day. Sedge also very stable but perhaps if you are desperate you could hang out here, you, just in case. ;) And then there is a slight chance of something happening at Buffalo bay. Though it looks like it might just be too light there too. And it gets worse over the next few days. Hhhmmm…. ;) See Spot.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – The usual offshore start with strong NW to N trends. It will veer during the day to a ENE winds with up to 15kts in places.

EL – Similar to above.

Inland – Northerlies all over with strong winds over the higher grounds. The northern west coast strong NE offshore flows. A breezy flying day with zero wave index but still some shear mixing so tighten those set belts if you do venture up. ;)

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:28 – day length 09:53. 1 day to the longest night of the year… Yay! Then its downhill back to summer!  High tide at 10:44, low tide at 16:44. Offshore start this morning remaining northerly until after lunch for a light light SE finish. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)




(18 June 2021) 
Day 452 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A cool flight done by Ross yesterday crossing the ocean from Gerrickes to Myoli beach. Today is looking even better! :) The IOH dominating the WC weather with fairly light winds and a sweet unstable layer around the southern parts left over form the passing Cold Front. Winds are mostly light east to NE with a bit more southerly along the coasts. A few Q’s around the southern parts with climbs in the 2/3k AGL range. Above 10k the wind backs to the S but from 18k it is SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish up there. Freezing level around 11k.

CT – A sweet looking day here with a light SE surface flow that quickly backs to the east around 5kt. Instability around 2k. You could fly Africa face today along with most of the usual spots. The main ranges more stable with the East wind stopping play there today. See TH graph.

RB – Just too light to soar but if your timing is on for a thermal… ;)

PV – Also very stable here with the shallow instability layer form the valley not going over 1500ft. All day… Above that it is east. :) See Spot.

Wilderness – Aaaahh a sweet day ahead of us with some amazing flying to be had on the plateau – the trick is to get there. Sedge showing climbs to 1500ft perhaps higher but then just over the back it is up to 2500ft. Some Q’s around too. To top it off it looks like Map could be soarable in the late afternoon as well. So drop the work and go flying today. ;) See Spot.

Plett – and it looks amazing here too - Uppies showing some good flying - maybe today you could get to the Wilderness area... Keurbooms also showing some good stuff for lunchtime. Yippee! ;)

PE and PA – The usual offshore start with light SW to S wind. It goes more pronounce SW to the east. But the rain looks like it might stop the fun/

EL – Similar to above but more SW in the direction – and the rain.

Inland – A light East day with amazing flying to be had all over the show. Some OD conditions around the Graafies BW region but this too should break up after lunch. To the west near the west coast the wind gets a bit stronger with some 15kts spots around. IT is light even with height. Sweet!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:28 – day length 09:53. 2 days to the longest night of the year… Yay! Then its down hill back to summer!  High tide at 9:26, low tide at 15:30, high tide at 22:00. A S start with a SE end to the day. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(17 June 2021) 
Day 451 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! What a sweet day at Segd yesterday. Today quite a bit different as the CF is pushing into CT with a fresh westerly trend along the southern coastal areas and slightly less further inland. Rain for the WC corner spreading to the adjacent mountains in places later in the afternoon. Lots of Q’s around with low bases in the west rising to the east with Uniondale around 6/7k. The wind is around 10kts inland but over 20kts from 5k upwards. It is more south of the Outenikwas by quite a bit. The west winds remain all the way till around 10k then it backs to the SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish. Freezing level around 10k.  

CT – A real winter day with low clouds and NW wind with rain It backs to the SW in the mid afternoon with a chance of some clearing taking place then. The main ranges all clagged in with rain. You need to go north for some good flying. ;)

RB – As above…. ;)

PV – This is the place for the day. The CF not making it here during the day with DTK also looking sweet. Climbs to 3k or so with sweet thermals and light westerly winds. :) See Spot.

Wilderness – A tricky prefrontal day with probably a strong gradient along the Wilderness coast. Fresh wind out to sea that seems to be going over our heads mostly. Lol. With a bit of luck it will come in and be consistent enough for some dune goon flying along the coast. Sedge looking a bit stable according to the forecasts… Hhhmm…  See Spot.

Plett – Uppies showing a spike of lift to 4k but then the winds at TOF is just terrible… lol. ;)

PE and PA – The usual offshore start but then the W will back to SW with a 15-20kt finish to the day.

EL – Similar to above.

Inland – A light W wind start to the day with some good propellor thingy flying. Some Q’ along the southern ranges with some thermic activity around there. The wind only get strong west above 5k. And rain over the west and then southern ranges late in the afternoon as the front pushes in.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:27 – day length 09:54. A few days left then it’s the longest night of the year. Yay! Then its down hill back to summer!  High tide at 8:12, low tide at 14:17, high tide at 20:51. A W to SW day picking up in the afternoon. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(16 June 2021) 
Day 450 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front air all over the WC today with a fresh W wind in most places. Lots of cloud around with rain in places – mostly on the bigger mountains. Base from around 1/2k in the SW rising to the north and to the east. Its up at 10k around the GE and Middelburg region. Reasonable thermal in the right place but the wind causing some brokenness. A NW wind along the west coast but it backs to the W along the southern areas with some areas with a SW surface trend. Its breezy with height again with 20kts from the 4k mark and upwards. A 60kts finish from the west while the freezing level still down at 8500 in the south but 10k in the north.

CT – A bit of a wintery start to the day with rain especially over the main mountains. But a chance of some clearing along TM with especially the hangies in with a chance to cruise those 12 Apostles. Might drop to 15kts. The clouds can make it complicated so be careful. (See Spot)

RB – that NW spot could work…. ;)

PV – It does look like it could work even though there is a north trend in the wind. It looks better to the north with some rain and lower cloud to the south. See Spot.

Wilderness – A beautiful start with zero wind in the corner. It will trend light SW around mid day with a chance of some flying at Sedge. I doubt anywhere else will work. Too light for coastal stuff from the looks of it. Perhaps getting to 1k ASL. See Spot.

Plett – Looking worse compared to Wilderness. And Keurbooms looking at too wet. Maybe Piesangs…? ;)

PE and PA – The usual offshore start the a sweet SW settling for the day. Maybe up to 15kts at the most.

EL – Similar to PE and PA.

Inland – Strong NW winds to start off with but it will go West from late morning onwards. Breezy with some 20kt spots. Lots of clouds around with a chance of rain along especially the western and southern ranges.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:27 – day length 09:54. I few days left then it’s the longest night of the year…  High tide at 7:09, low tide at 13:15, high tide at 19:48. A light onshore day expected. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(15 June 2021) 
Day 449 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet Map day yesterday for a lucky few. :) Today a strong trough line shaping up between the cooler air from that Cyclonic circulation along the west coast and the warmer inland air from the NNW causing some strong rain and CB activity. These will be in a NW SE line running across the WC interior, spreading to the southern WC ranges. Winds are NW in most place today with a few coastal low lying sheltered area but this layer will be very shallow. A strong NW in the lower layers with 30kts from just 1500ft upwards. Temps in the west low to mid teens but to the north and east it is all low to mid twenties. Not the nest flying conditions. Wind remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 80kt finish. Freezing level down to 8/9k in the west from the CF inflow.

CT – A fresh NW day with some fog patches over the ocean. Depending these it could be a good SH and LH soaring day. Rain mostly on the main ranges but here the wind is looking too strong for flying. (See Spot)

RB – I would open that NW launch again if I were you guys…

PV – Too North, too strong and chance of rain…

Wilderness – Looks like deep developments to wards the NW that can bring rain to the area. Fresh to strong NW winds on the cards all day. The shallow W to SW form the ocean looking paper thin today… lol. See Spot TH.

Plett – Same as Wilderness ;)

PE and PA – The rain not getting here it seems. Winds are offshore with a NW trend. Slight W later on. Nothing strong by the looks of it except far to the east where the NE shows up.

EL – Light offshores then later in the day the NE starts to dominate.

Inland – Strong NW winds and even stronger just a tad above the ground today! ;) CB and rain in the convergence line from the CF influence to the west and the warmer NNW flow from inland. The line is NW to SE across a wide stretch from Springbok down to Plett. Not the best day to venture out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:27 – day length 09:54. Something still feels so bad about seeing less than 10 hours day light time…  High tide at 6:18, low tide at 12:24, high tide at 18:55. A Nw wind dominating for most of the day. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(14 June 2021) 
Day 448 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Some sweet coastal flying along the GR yesterday for a lucky few. Today the tussle between the LSH/IOH and the CF on the west still ongoing with rain moving in by tonight along the western parts. The flow is SE along the central southern coast but SW to the east and a shallow SW along the southern west areas. But the trend just above our heads are NE then an abrupt backing the usual NW from around 4/5k upwards. Its breezy up there with the high spots still close to 20kts along the GE. Some sweet instability along the southern parts in a shallow layer – even some good looking Q’s over some of the southern ranges. It is better to the east but gets lower to the west. A few fog patches along the west coast still roaming about. And a NW 100kts finish at the Tropopause while the Freezing level still around 12k though .

CT – A light wind day with a wind-shadow around the SH area. Looks like instability up to TM height in the right spot though depending on those fag patches. ;) The main ranges looking sweet in the late afternoon when the W gets a bit more deeper. Even FH could work later in the day but earlier the southerly flow is dominant here. (See Spot)

RB – Its still NFG here!

PV – The instability layer too shallow today with the MT wind too north. Light winds in the valley. See Spot

Wilderness – A light wind morning with a slight SE trend form mid day onwards. Map could be flyable from mid day on but probably not toplandable. Sedge is showing some instability to 1000ft but the wind will be very east side on. It does seem like it could work. :) I think a cool flying day ahead of us.

Plett – Not as promising as Wilderness I think with weak low climbs at Uppies. And very east at Keurbooms. ;)

PE and PA – Again those offshore starts but then a light SW will settle in for the day form PE and westwards.

EL – SW winds here…

Inland – NW trends everywhere except in the southern parts where there is an easterly to NE flow. It looks like a blue day except in the far southern coastal parts. 20kts on the high spots. From 5k upwards its very breezy NW.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:27 – day length 09:54. Something still feels so bad about seeing less than 10 hours day light time…  High tide at 5:34, low tide at 11:42, high tide at 18:10. A light SE breeze for most of the day. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(13 June 2021) 
Day 447 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A large CF system to the west of the country while a sweeping tail nudges in along the SW corners with some chance of light rain around CT area. Winds are Nw in general along the west but more SW along the southern coastal parts. Lots of cloud along the west and parts of the Overberg but it clears towards the GR areas. A shallow instability layer around from the Cf influence with a chance of some flying on the cards. Towards the GR the winds are more SW but perhaps a tad W just above our heads. Further inland there is some good spots around along the GE with 10k climbs and some good looking Q’s on the cards out there. The wind is decidedly NW  and finishes with breezy stuff up there – west at 120kts up at the Tropopause! Freezing level along the west is 14k but 11k in the east.

CT – A bit breezy and perhaps rainy with low cloud during the course of the morning – 1k base with 5k tops. A maybe chance for the afternoon for some clearing and flying to happen, The main ranges perhaps better missing a lot of the moisture it seems with a NW trend out there. (See Spot)

RB – WWB is happening!

PV – It is looking sweet for winter I think with climbs to 3k. Some cloud around with base around MT top height. NW wind with 1.5m climbs to base. Around 10kts up there. ;)

Wilderness – A more breezy WSW day so a chance of the ocean cliffs working but also out to Sedge things could be good. Perhaps a tad too much west in it for things to be really excellent but it could be a flying day none the less.

Plett – I think it has too much west in it here to be worth it but you don’t go you wont know for sure! ;)

PE and PA – Offshore starts but the SW will settle in for the day form PE and westwards. The wind goes NE to the east of PE and PA areas.

EL – NE winds here…

Inland – More breezy spots form the NW especially over the GE and other higher spots. Some good looking Q’s over the bigger mountains. 20kts plus on the high spots. It a breezy day…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:27 – day length 09:55. Something feels so bad about seeing less than 10 hours day light time…  Low tide at 11:06, high tide at 17:31. A light WSW breeze for most of the day and it might be more in the afternoon. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(12 June 2021) 
Day 446 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A short report today because there is not much to report! The inland High (a rather large LSH system) dominating the entire country with war dry airmass – loads of subsidence in the SW areas with stable conditions today. No clouds expected but for some fog patches around the west and parts of the southern coast. There is a light shallow coastal sea breeze layer along the southern coastal regions. Nothing to write home about at all. NW interior winds with a very strong gradient in most places. Light on the surface but increasing in strength for around 20kts at 3k and 30kts at 5k. The higher ranges with some stronger mixing taking place so some spots probably OK but others could be a bit bumpy. This is the pattern of the day. Wind remain NW with hight but nearing the Tropopause it backs to the west for a 100kts finish up there. Freezing level around 12k everywhere.

CT – Those fog patches still around and if they clear it could be ok for flying around SH and LH. Might be fresh higher up but if you stay low it could be ok. The main mountains looking very stable with no lift on any of the forecasts. Strong winds from 2/3k upwards NW trend.

RB – WWB is out in full strength today.

PV – Stable and brilliant day for horse riding. Shallow light W but N above that. ;)

Wilderness – another very weak day with no lift on any of the forecast models. And the wind is light so no ridge soaring either. Hhhmmm… Du Toits and the inland sites showing similar trends.

Plett – Same as Wilderness today…

PE and PA – After the morning offshores the wind trends SW all along the coastline here.

EL – More SW winds here…

Inland – Less wind than yesterday but still some 20kts over the higher peaks around. A sweet day but perhaps not the best for flying. Looks like a steep wind gradient with 20kts from the 3/4k level upwards…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:27 – day length 09:55. Something feels so bad about seeing less than 10 hours day light time…  Low tide at 10:32, high tide at 16:56. Another light onshore wind day with lots of high clouds. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(11 June 2021) 
Day 445 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet pic from Rouberre’s cool XC flight from Du Toits farm day before yesterday to wet your appetites. Today the LH combined with the IOH standing its ground halting the CF infiltrations. The southern coastal region Col filling in so a tad more windy with a NW trend in it. Less clouds inland but still pretty foggy around the southern coastal areas. Less so on the west coast and CT area. The sweet instability from yesterday fading away so a more stable day – combined with more wind making for not great soaring stuff. Broken climbs round to MT height on the higher spots and much less in the flats. Perhaps one could squeeze out a flight at PV today in the NW flow predicted for the area. Otherwise 20kts over the higher inland spots, a slight moderation into the late afternoon. 20kts from 3/4k upwards NW in most places. The wind remains W all the way to around 30k then backs to the WSW for a 40kts finish up there. Freezing level 14k along the west but 12k in the east.

CT – A more tricky day – NE flows in the morning but it will back to the N and then NW in general. A shallow layer going W around SH area. Up to 15kts so it could be a 12 Apostle day for the hangies or brave PG’s. ;) That is if you can negotiate the shallow bottom layer. The main ranges not that good with weak stuff at DTK with a breezy top layer so not the best day out there.

RB – WWB is out in full strength today.

PV – There could be a good spell around mid day if it were not for the strong upper winds – 20kts at the TOL! Lol. (See Spot) ;)

Wilderness – A weak day yesterday and even more so today. Some coastal fog around so not a good day for flying. Even going north is not so good as the upper flow is forecasted to be breezy with 20kts from 3/4k upwards. (See Spots)

Plett – Same as Wilderness today…

PE and PA – A fresh offshore for the morning but then it trend to the NE. The further east the stronger the NE wind.

EL – Offshore morning going fresh NE…

Inland – A breezy day today with 20kts over the tops of the higher mountains. No clouds expected except some around Middelburg and eastwards from there. Not the best day for flying out there with more shear and weak thermals around.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:27 – day length 09:55. Something feels so bad about seeing less than 10 hours day light time…  Low tide at 01:00, high tide at 16:22. Another light onshore wind all day to day Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(10 June 2021) 
Day 444 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Sweet flying everywhere yesterday with today perhaps more of the same! Sweet TM flying (thanks for the pics Wj!) while Rouberre did a nice little XC from Du Toits and a few locals had almost 2 hours of airtime at Sedgefield. The slack col area still around along the Southern parts of the WC with light northerlies inland and light sea breezes along the coast. Still some fog patches around along the southern parts, especially around the Overberg region. Less Q’s inland with most of the good clouds along the GE areas and northwards. Some good flying inland with light climbs to 6k along the southern mountains and then to 9/10k further inland from there. A tad more wind along the northern west coast areas with a NE flow here but otherwise it is all less than 10kts. The wind backs to the NW around 15k then keeps going for a 40kt west finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 12/13k along the west but 9k in the east.

CT – Another sweet day with more light winds around. Still some of those fog patches around but it should clear mostly. Perhaps the wind a touch more form the south lower down but at TM height it is still NE and light so Africa face might be doable again. The main ranges looking really good with some good climbs to 6k around DTK – light winds but a NE upper flow form the looks of it.

RB – Again too light today.

PV – There is a N to NE trend at mountain top height but lower down a NW flow. If you can get off it is looking really good with climbs to 6k. (See Spot) ;)

Wilderness – Another light onshore sea breeze flows today with a smidgeon of lift at Serps and Sedge. Perhaps up to 700ft again. Du Toits Farm is still looking like the spot for today – so if you can get there do it. (Remember to pull out at 6k for the Air Space limit!) ;) (See Spots)

Plett – There is an exciting short window that show climbs to 6k at Uppies – if anyone would like to take up the challenge… Otherwise light sea breeze…

PE and PA – The usual light offshore start with light east during the day that will go more NE later on and pickup to around 10kts.

EL – More NE trend from earlier on here…

Inland – Another amazing day of flying ahead out there with sweet thermals to 6k over the Outenikwas and more further inland. Du Toits looking great again with the light N winds. Lots of Q’s around the GE and northwards. Again a good day to go flying anything. (See Q’s map.)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:31 and setting at 17:27 – day length 09:56. Something feels so bad about seeing less than 10 hours day light time…  Low tide at 9:30, high tide at 15:50. Another light onshore wind all day to day Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(9 June 2021) 
Day 443 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet col region around the Southern parts with light winds in most areas today. The wind does trend to the north in general except along the coasts where the sea breezes will bring in a slight onshore flow. Some instability around especially over the larger mountain ranges with the CB and Outenikwas showing some good climbs to 7k. Loads of Q’s around which will help indicate the best spots. Some rain in the far far northern interior and light stuff to the south of the Overberg out at sea. Perhaps a spot or two of coastal fog along the southern and CT coast line too. The wind is northerly up to 18k where it turns S to SW for a 20/30kts SW finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level 12k in the west but 9k in the east.

CT – A super cool light wind day here with some coastal fog. Perhaps a slight SW flow along the SH region of up to 10kts. But in general light winds so it could be good again to fly Africa face or 12 Apostles or some of the other spots. DTK along the main ranges is also showing some fun flying (See spot). And FH super light too. Looks like the sea breeze is capping the lift at SLP though for a low 1000’ if you are lucky…

RB – Too light today.

PV – Light variable flows in the valley with super light lift on the cards. It still trends N to NE with height. I would probably trend to getting out that saddle for a good horse ride! ;)

Wilderness – Light onshore sea breeze flows today with a smidgeon of lift at Serps and Sedge. Perhaps up to 700ft. lol. But the exciting spot looks to be DuToits Farm! Sweet climbs to 7500ft on the cards – (Remember to pull out at 6k for the Air Space limit!) ;) (See Spots)

Plett – There is an exciting short window that show climbs to 4k at Uppies – if anyone would like to take up the challenge… Otherwise light sea breeze…

PE and PA – Light offshore flows to start the dy but trending to a light SW and S wind later on.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – A sweet sweet day of flying inland with lots of Q’s around. Some are pretty high with 8/9k bases for this time of year. A general light N to NE flow so you can fly almost anything today for fun. (See Q’s map.)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:31 and setting at 17:27 – day length 09:56. Something feels so bad about seeing less than 10 hours day light time…  Low tide at 9:00, high tide at 15:19. A light onshore wind all day to day Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(8 June 2021) 
Day 442 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front making an unusual landfall along the northern west coast with rain up there and into the interior. But it does not make it down to the SW and southern parts of the WC. Winds are still northerly in general but not as strong as yesterday. More clouds around in the interior form the CF action. The LSH and IOH still dominating in the central and southern eastern regions. Winds in the mering along the southern parts all offshores but then trending NE in the east and some light shallow onshore stuff in the south. A complicated upper airflow with south over CT and NW over Knysna the stronger region of 60kts at the Tropopause near Springbok! Freezing level at 11k in the south but up north around the CF region its down to 8500.

CT – Again Northerlies with a NW variation at lunchtime. Strong gradient present so perhaps not the best combination for flying. 20kts from 1k upwards so probably still too strong to fly.

RB – Sam as above.

PV – Also the northerlies still around here but more clouds with chance of rain in the afternoon – especially to the north. Base around 4/5k with tops at 11/12. A cooler horse riding day at least. ;)

Wilderness – Northerlies during the morning but the cool onshore breeze from late morning (or earlier I see on some forecasts) with that shallow oscillation of onshore then offshore happening during the day. Its 20ts at 1500’. But then we need to work on that northerly launch at Sedge! See the Spot forecast! Lol. We could be high and smiling today… :)

Plett – Northerlies all day here (Similar to Wilderness…)

PE and PA – Offshores during the morning trending to the NNE then NE later on. This pattern is stronger to the east but above it is still that upper Northerly dominance…

EL – More NE dominance during the day.

Inland – Again very strong Northerly winds specially over the high grounds. The cold front bringing rain in the north western parts. It will spread to the east and some spots towards the south. Not the best day for flying. (See Q’s map.)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:30 and setting at 17:27 – day length 09:56. Something feels so bad about seeing less than 10 hours day light time…  Low tide at 8:30, high tide at 14:47 and low tide at 20:35. Some northerlies mixed in with southerlies in cycles all day! Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 23 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(7 June 2021) 
Day 441 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! No flying yesterday for what I heard and today looking even worse. Very strong Northerlies everywhere with the exception of a few sheltered regions along the coast – but this flow is very shallow, 500ft or less. Some NE trend in the far East but still going north just above that. The isobars really tightening up between the LSH (combined with the IOH) and the approaching CF that is very north along the west coast. This CF will move into the interior first before reaching CT tomorrow but not at all the southern coastal parts. Winds today are 30kts or more from 1/2k upwards but surprisingly only up to around 50kts at the Tropopause NW. Freezing level still around 11/13k.

CT – A pressure gradient ahead of TM on the north side but otherwise very strong Northerlies – 20-30kts form 1k already. See RB TH graphs. Not a flying day.

RB – Sam as above.

PV – And more of the same – might even be  a scary horse riding day. :)

Wilderness – Even stronger than yesterday Northerly winds. All day.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Again the start of the IOH NE winds. They increase to the east but still that upper Northerly dominance…

EL – Similar to PE.

Inland – All very strong Northerly winds except for the far eastern areas where there actuall will be some Q’s. The wind here might be more manageable – 15-20kts. Lol (See Q’s map.)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:30 and setting at 17:27 – day length 09:58. Something feels so bad about seeing less than 10 hours day light time…  Low tide at 8:00, high tide at 14:14 and low tide at 20:03. Strong Northerlies all day! Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 24 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)




(6 June 2021) 
Day 440 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The Du Toits sortie from yesterday less exciting than expected but the CT guys had an epic at TM. Today its strong northerlies everywhere as those isobars tighten with the approach of the next CF over then next few days. Some instability further inland but the coastal regions very stable as the warm northerlies over flows the cooler regions. Its very breezy with a strong gradient so expect some shear in the first few thousand feet near the ground. Its close to 30kts at 2k AGL in many places. No clouds around and so we don’t expect much flying either. Even for the propellor thingies. ;) Wind remains northerly till around 15k then it backs to the W and then SW for a 30kts finish at the tropopause. Freezing level still around 11k.

CT – Fresh bergwinds today with those northerlies doing 20-30kts around 2k AGL. Good for ground handling training in a few spots though. ;) (See TH)

RB – I would not even fly the north side of RB even if it were allowed! lol

PV – All so dominating Northerlies – fresh and scary! Def a horse riding day. :)

Wilderness – Those northerlies continue to blow all day – the afternoon it might be just above our heads a s a shallow variable sea breeze moves in. Be careful if you fly in it. There could be some unexpected speed bumps. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – PE the start of the IOH NE winds. To the east they increase. Ut there is still the upper Northerly dominance…

EL – Similar to PE.

Inland – Some stronger winds over the tops of the SB ranges but in general a light moderate NNE wind day. The north is deep all the way up to 15k. A great Du Toits flying day.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:29 and setting at 17:27 – day length 09:58. Something feels so bad about seeing less than 10 hours day light time…  Low tide was at 7:28, high tide is at 13:38 and low tide at 19:28. A light SE wind day. A fresh offshore morning but then some variable flows around after that. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(5 June 2021) 
Day 439 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another sweet Sedgefield day yesterday. Today the IOH dominating over the entire country – a CF to the south of us but kept offshore by the Northerly winds – this one will not make landfall at all. A SE trend along the southern parts but light N to NE inland with marked NE winds along the west coast. A fairly stable day with no clouds expected anywhere. Further inland some thermal activity but confined to the higher ranges and from SB and northwards. Perhaps some light activity around the north side of the Outenikwas too. Winds are NNE but then from around 15k it goes SSW with a 20kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 11k.

CT – A light variable wind day but east at CP. A shallow SW flow trending form mid day around SH. It is all very light stuff so probably a sweet day here. The main mountains with the upper northerly trend but FH is looking to be the most promising spots with a NW flow up to around 3k. (See TH)

RB – Too light for anything but a braai I think. :)

PV – Stable as a horse house. NE uppers with light shallow variable lower layer. A great horse riding day. :)

Wilderness – The Map looking lighter than yesterday so not a soarable day I think. But Gerrickes point maybe and def Buffs! Sedge very stable with the east flow above our heads. A doubtful day there I think with climbs to 500ft ASL. Def a day to go to Du Toits Farm with a sweet 10kts of NNE wind all day long. Maybe mid light climbs to 4500ft. But it looks like one of those days that you will fly till sunset in the smoothest sweetest air imaginable. Go if you can.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Again the offshore start then the eats will take over and end up very strong at the end of day.

EL – Similar to PE.

Inland – Some stronger winds over the tops of the SB ranges but in general a light moderate NNE wind day. The north is deep all the way up to 15k. A great Du Toits flying day.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:29 and setting at 17:28 – day length 09:59. Can you believe we are less than 10 hours of day light now.  Low tide was at 6:50, high tide is at 12:58 and low tide at 18:49. A light SE wind day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(4 June 2021) 
Day 438 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! What a sweet day at Map yesterday. Amazing! :) Today the SAH shaping up with a ridge along the southern parts – light onshore flows expected in most spots except the southern Peninsula where the SE will be active. Light instability in a very shallow layer almost everywhere with few spots going over 1k AGL. IT is better in the east with the west very stable. Inland the winds back from S to E with offshore flows along the west coast. No clouds expected today. The wind veering from SE to S and then to the SW progressively so that the SW is settled from 14k upwards. 70kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 10k.

CT – A shallow SE presence today but above it remains east. Some 15kt spots in the afternoon around the Peninsula except the south where it will be 20kts. 1k instability otherwise a big wind-shadow day all day long. The main mountains with too much East flow to be worth it. And stable. A propellor day perhaps.

RB – There is some southerly on the cards but if it will get to soaring strength remains the question. A close call…

PV – Shallow S to SW winds but east above that. Not even PB looking good. Weak climbs to a few hundred feet AGL. A great horse riding day. :)

Wilderness – A light onshore day with weak lift at Serps and Sedge. Sedge probably the place to hang out around mid day. Always a good chance of something stronger than forecasted coming through. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Offshore start then turning to the SW with light winds all day.

EL – Similar to PE but once again stronger with the SW winds…

Inland – A sweet day for flying inland with light southerly winds trending to the east in the western interior. Perhaps the day to go for sweet soaring along the mountains at SB! Winds remain light S up to 8k…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:28 and setting at 17:28 – day length 10:00. Still stuck on 1 hours… lol Low tide was at 6:04, high tide is at 12:09 and low tide at 18:02. A cool light wind onshore day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a chilli 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)




(3 June 2021) 
Day 437 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another sweet hour of soaring at Sedge yesterday with a big change today. For starters it is only 10 hours of day light hours. Hhhmm… The SAH shifting into the IOH position with a decidedly easterly flow pattern over the entire WC. It is a deep flow with the wind going to southerly only at 10k and upwards. The east is unstable but the west coast not – seems that there is just not enough surface heating to break the stability. Lots of Q’s along the SE parts but dry offshore in the west. Base pretty high around the GR at 4k plus. The inland flow all easterlies. A chance of rain in the eastern coastal regions with the onshore flow there. The wind from 10k upwards remains southerly to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish. Freezing level around 11k but inland of EL it is 6k (Those snow on the DB!)

CT – Fresh SE around CP but the rest of the Peninsula with light variable winds – perhaps a slight easterly trend. Fresh east in some places along the main mountains. So SH should be doable with the “wind-shadow” The wind does seem to curl around the Peninsula to here from the strong Easts at CP.

RB – NFG today with the light stuff…

PV – A stable day with maybe maybe something popping off to maintain top height. Else its east above. It is a def a PB morning but form lunchtime a surface SE trend going S later in the day. Perhaps up to 10kts.

Wilderness – We some surprisingly unstable air out there and if you could get off inland somewhere it could be lekker. ;) Along the coast the SE will pickup to sweet soarable strengths in the afternoon – Map could even be blow out! My choice would be to camp there from 12 onwards… ;)

Plett – Lighter SE winds with Uppies showing similarly high climbs and instability.

PE and PA – Southerly winds with some showers increasing to the east. It moderates later in the day.

EL – Similar to PE but stronger S to SW winds remaining fresh into the afternoon.

Inland – The east winds far into the interior. Some sweet looking Q’s but most will burn off after lunchtime. Around 10kts east mostly. Du Toits side on winds but perhaps you could get off in a thermal and get up. ;) Climbs to around 5k doable.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:28 and setting at 17:28 – day length 10:00. Its just 10 hours of day light time – def a sign of winter! ;) High tide is at 11:02, low tide at 17:02. A SE day becoming strong in the afternoon. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(2 June 2021) 
Day 436 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! So yesterdays rain making the flying conditions appear only very late in the afternoon but at least we got some airtime! ;) Today another CF on its wat bring rain to the SW coastal areas at end of day. Winds are S to SW with a SE trend in the west and northern interior. The convection depth is shallow with around 1-3k AGL at most (that’s further inland near the GE areas) otherwise a slow weak day with probably some pleasant flying in most areas. The Peninsula with some pretty breezy SE winds though. Winds go westerly above the southerly flow from around 5k upwards with a 60kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 10k

CT – A fresh to strong SE flow but there are signs for the wind-shadow sticking around for a while. Maybe eroding later in the afternoon. The main mountains also with that SE flow so probably not flyable – maybe Paarl Rock? ;)

RB – If you are not there already you are missing out. Looking like a an excellent soaring day here with a slight chance of getting blown out in the afternoon. But with a bit of luck it could be one of those days with a sunset cruise at the end of it. ;)

PV – A very southerly day with weak lift. Not even going above the mountain tops. So probably best left for horse riding… ;)

Wilderness – A lighter SW wind day with some sweet climbs on the cards for Sedgefield. Maybe Serps also – best times from 11/11:30 till around 14:30 maybe 15:00. Perhaps just a tad over 1k. The coast looking a little weak but there is a chance of something soarable popping in during the morning along the coast. And then the rain will move in late afternoon… lol

Plett – A sweet pop in the lift around lunchtime with climbs to 3500’. If you are not working it might be worth trying to get into one of those. Keurbooms is also looking promising from mid day for an hour or two. ;)

PE and PA – Breezy SW winds with chance of rain mostly to the east, most probably in the afternoon.

EL – Similar to PE but chance of more rain.

Inland – Southerly winds trending more SE in the west and central northern interior. Some clouds around the Overberg region and very few in the southern areas but loads in the east. It’s a great prop flying day with thermals on the weak side and low climbs. Maybe SB pass could be very flyable today too. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:27 and setting at 17:28 – day length 10:01. Its just 10 hours of day light time – def a sign of winter! ;) High tide is at 9:38, low tide at 15:48. A light SW wind all day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(1 June 2021) 
Day 435 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! We are celebrating the first day of winter! And it looks like another sweet flying day. (Yesterday was a playpark along the Wilderness cliffs) :) The SAH pushing in that CF air all over the country – snow falls on the Drakensberg with a spot of rain along the southern parts of the WC. Lots of cloud around with base varying from 2/3k along the coastal plains to 6/7k in the interior. Winds are all SW to Southerly with a smidgeon of SE around the SW parts of the WC. The winds go due south from around the 6/7k and remains southerly all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish up there. Freeing level at 10k in the west but 7500 in the east.

CT – Partly cloudy with SE winds pretty light to moderate with a chance of a wind-shadow shaping up even if the SE is fairly deep – all the way up to cloud base which should rise to just above the TM tops. The main mountains with a shallow SSW trend but the upper flow is SE around 5-10kts. IF you could get up it could be a flight to the north. There will be a marked west coast sea breeze front around mid day – if only… ;)

RB – The right direction for sure but probably frustratingly light. Though with some thermal cycles it could just be enough to get you up. Perhaps you could drift towards that sea breeze convergence… ;)

PV – There could be some fun flying with the lower SW trend but it is more southerly at the top. Climbs to mountain tops on the cards…

Wilderness – Again a westerly start, sticking around for a while with the SW popping through from after 11 only. The ocean cliffs should be sweet for a few hours – even PR looking good. Sedge perhaps in the mid afternoon but it is not as promising as it was from yesterdays forecast. I suggest getting out and flying at lunchtime at the very least! ;) Oh, before a forget, there is a slight chance of rain that might want to spoil things… lol

Plett – Again looking to be too much west in it all day but the sky is looking great with climbs at Uppies to 3k…

PE and PA – Breezy SW winds with rain, most probably in the afternoon.

EL – Similar to PE.

Inland – The SW perhaps more in the south then trending southerly further inland. Some beautiful looking skies around with Q’s popping at sweet heights, especially around the GE. There is a chance of rain along the southern ranges but this gets less towards the north. Some 20kts winds over the top of the SB ranges otherwise 10kts in general.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:26 and setting at 17:28 – day length 10:02. High tide was at 8:17, low tide is at 14:30, high tide again at 21:01. Another moderate SW wind tapering off in the late afternoon. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)







(31 May 2021) 
Day 434 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! What a beautiful day of flying at Sedgefield yesterday. Today the CF being pushed into the WC by the dominant SAH – winds are W to SW in general. Rain in the west and some along the southern parts. Cloud base ranging from 2k near the coast and first ranges rising inland to 5-6k further inland but 12k in the prefrontal conditions around Victoria West and Graafies area (the trough region) which is looking sweet for this time of the year. Winds remain SW going southerly from 14k all the way to the Tropopause for 100kts finish up there (Actually I include the upper flow pattern which is unusual – S over CT but W over Plett at 30kts.) and then freezing level down to 7k with a few spots perhaps down to 6500.

CT – A rainy day with SW winds. The afternoon looks like perhaps some clearing and a chance of flying. Especially along the Peninsula but the main mountains probably more OD and chance of rain. 10-15kts so verry flyable if it is clear.

RB – OMG! ;)

PV – A bit of light variable winds in the morning with the W going more Southerly later on. Looks like a small break that could be flyable otherwise clouds are too low and rain.

Wilderness – Westerly start that might go SW from around 10/11 with a possible flying window between then and 15:00. The wind goes very W even NW later on. A chance of rain so that can complicate things a bit more though the forecasts seems to show the rain should pop in later on. ;)

Plett – Too much west in it today and very breezy for anything to work form the looks of things.

PE and PA – PE showing the SW wind moving in lightly but from PA and eastwards the wind is NE.

EL – The NE wind dominating here all day long.

Inland – Starting light wind but picking up fresh to strong in places W to SW winds. The west is very cloudy and rainy. The east with high bases and good soaring conditions. Hhhhmmm… wish I was there! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:26 and setting at 17:29 – day length 10:03. High tide was at 7:10, low tide is at 13:22, high tide again at 19:51. A moderate SW wind all day – a slight chance of rain. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(30 May 2021) 
Day 433 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A beautiful day in between the frontal movements today. Flying on the cards just about everywhere so drop what you doing and head out for some winter fun! :) Some clouds around in the south and SW parts, base around 3-6k over the back mountains. Some smooth light but sweet climbs around with light winds – a general NW in the west trending more N towards the central and southern interior while a Southerly is present along the southern coastal areas. Late afternoon that goes more ESE. The wind remain light all the way up to 15k where it goes West and picks up with a 80-100kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 10k

CT – A light N start but around mid day it will settle into a sweet NW around 5-10kts. A great 12 Apostle day I think. The main mountains also offering some flying with 3/4k climbs and a light to moderate NW flow.

RB – Haha… ;)

PV – The wind goes N above the inversion which is light from around 2/3k and upwards. Below that a sweet westerly breeze mostly. It gets better towards the south…

Wilderness – A light southerly wind starting from around 10/11 this morning. It will trend more SE after lunchtime onwards. Map is looking very light all day long. Perhaps a soaring spot at mid day. Sedge even though it is side on is looking better around mid day. Climbs to just over 1k. It is east up there but light. Def a fly day! ;)

Plett – Ooohh even Keurbooms looking good at lunchtime. Uppies showing beautiful Q’s around mid day so its looking worth a visit even if it is more SE in the wind…

PE and PA – light offshores going light onshore mostly but its fresh SW to the east.

EL – A SW trend for most of the day...

Inland – Very light winds inland so it’s a cracker of a flying day, It trends N and then NW in the west. The Q’s confined to the southern ranges mostly. Sweet flying day indeed. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:25 and setting at 17:29 – day length 10:04. High tide was at 6:14, low tide is at 12:26, high tide again at 18:51. A light southerly to SE wind day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(29 May 2021) 
Day 432 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A weak SAH helping to nudge the frontal movement of westerly flowing air onto the WC. Strong WSW winds in general with rain, especially in the west, clearing towards the east. Lots of clouds around with base ranging from 2k to 6k in the central interior. Winds around 10-15kts inland but 20kts plus on the coast. The winds remain WSW all the way up to the Tropopause for a 120kts finish. Freezing level down to 7500’ in parts of the south.

CT – WSW winds around 15kts with 20kts from 2k upwards. Lots of low clouds form the SW so perhaps a flying spot here and there in between the rain. The main mountains not that great.

RB – Hehe… ;)

PV – Also rain and low clouds with SW to S winds all day. 2k base with 8k tops.

Wilderness – WSW winds with a smidgeon of SW in the corner form the looks of things between 10 and 11. I would be ready from 9 onwards because it is looking dismal from mid day and later with stronger winds and rain. Look at Sedge winds at TOL! ;)

Plett – Just too strong and too west all day…

PE and PA – Fresh SW winds all day with a spot of rain now and then.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Further north it does clear with higher bases and slightly less winds – still a W direction. The south very strong with 20kts in a few spots and of course the rain showers passing through from time to time – most likely in the west and closer to the coastal ranges.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:25 and setting at 17:29 – day length 10:05. High tide was at 5:25, low tide is at 11:37, high tide again at 17:59. A very windy west wind with rain in the afternoon. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(28 May 2021) 
Day 431 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! And would you believe, another great afternoon yesterday at Sedge for a few lucky pilots. Today the CF settled in CT and the west with very strong westerly winds over the entire WC. Rain in the western parts for most of the day with some spread in the interior. Looks like from the GR and eastwards it is remaining relatively clear of rain. Some clouds around, low base in the west, rising progressively to the east – some sweet high bases in the interior and eastwards but of course those winds just too strong to head out and fly! ;) Looks like a slight chance of flying in the sheltered corner of Wilderness today. Winds are west, backing to the SW with height for a 80-100kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Hhhmmm… Rain and strong NW to W winds all day.

RB – Ai… ;)

PV – Also rain and low clouds all day. Some open spots in the afternoon and to the north but probably a tad on the strong side…

Wilderness – Those fresh westerlies all over the place but a slight chance of some protection for a bit of a less strong spot in the Wilderness corners. It might be worth keeping an eye on the dunes for some dune gooning. Though the strong winds are just above our heads so it might be a bit of a bumpy ride. ;)

Plett – Just too strong and too west all day…

PE and PA – Another off shore start then trending to the SW with strong winds all day.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Very very strong westerlies with rain in the west. Some Q’s with higher bases to the east. Stil a day for weather watching rather than being in the air.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:24 and setting at 17:30 – day length 10:06. Low tide is at 10:51, high tide is at 17:10. A windy SW breeze for the entire day – stronger in the afternoon. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a nice 20 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(27 May 2021) 
Day 430 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! I great little afternoon yesterday at Sedge for a few lucky pilots. Today a CF approaching CT with strong W to NW winds all over. The exception is the southern coastal areas where the winds will trend a tad more SW later in the day and moderate. No rain expected but perhaps some around the SW corner where there will also be some Q’s form the approaching front. Lots of high cirrus around so that plus the winds not good for thermal production. It is instead more of a wave day – big climbs in the lee of the larger NW facing ranges. The wind remains NW to W all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kts finish up there.

CT – Looks like some low cloud and fog this morning, clearing partially later on. Still, the winds probably too strong for flying with the 20kts starting from 500ft upwards… The main ranges too strong too…

RB – lol… ;)

PV – Fresh NW winds from mountain top height and upwards but lower down there is a window of flying for the more adventurous… ;)

Wilderness – A general westerly day with the afternoon seeing some SW. The late morning might see us with a tad of coastal stuff though it seems a bit west. Perhaps form around mid day. The upper winds are pretty breezy with 15kts and more. Sedge might offer something after lunch but not too exciting from a thermal point of view. But there will be some airtime around for the astute dude… ;)

Plett – Very west and not much happening at Uppies. Maybe something very late at Kerubooms as the wind goes more onshore …

PE and PA – An offshore start then the wind will trend to the SW. Still looking amazing for the surfers lol…

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Very strong NW winds especially north of the GE with the trough and front tightening those isobars out there. 30kts in many places. It is a little bit less to the south but still very breezy so not a flying day I think unless you are a glider pilot looking for wave. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:23 and setting at 17:30 – day length 10:07. Low tide is at 10:07, high tide is at 16:24. A light to moderate SW breeze for the morning getting lighter during the afternoon. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(26 May 2021) 
Day 429 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! I was about to start complaining about our spate of bad flying weather of late when I looked at all the cyclonic storms striking other countries – wind, floods, waves, death… The CF moved past during the night along the southern parts and it did not leave that cooler and unstable air in its wake this time around. Instead we are still left with the cold but weak and stable flying conditions. Light winds in most areas today with a S to SW trend along the southern parts mainly and then NW in the central interior north of the GE. Very light convection within a shallow area of 1k on average and only once to the north and eastern parts of the GE does it improve somewhat. Some Q’s in the southern areas that might mislead us into thinking it is looking great. (Let me know if this forecast is wrong please! :) we need some flying news!) The winds go NW form 3/4k upwards with a backing to the W at the Tropopause at 60-90kts.

CT – Light N to NW trend with a more W upper flow – it might just be doable to 12 Apostles today if you can bench up (Fingers crossed!) The main mountains looking very light in terms of lift and lots of thick cirrus clouds not helping things at all. However FH could be amazingly sweet with light NW winds out there. And of course SLP just might be THE spot to be at today.

RB – Oh dear… ;)

PV – Very light winds from W to S along the surface. And not much in terms of lift – a smidgeon around KD area according to the Spot…

Wilderness – Last night it was still looking like a sweet forecast for Sedge but it changed this morning so it is not looking good. Light winds in the Wilderness corner with a smidgeon more at Sedge – a south direction there with now a weak and poot thermal outlook. Less than 1m’s climbs broken up in two pulses according to Spock. Hhhm…

Plett – Same as Wilderness…

PE and PA – The SW around here but not in strength – it is looking really sweet for the surfers though…

EL – SW trending S later in the day 10kts.

Inland – 20kts NW winds north of the GE but to the south of that below 5k it is a sweet flying day. Light winds with stable air. A few Q’s over some of the higher mountains but very weak and light lift so good for propellor thingies.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:23 and setting at 17:30 – day length 10:08. Low tide is at 9:24, high tide is at 15:40. Light sea breeze all day with cloudy conditions. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)


 



(25 May 2021) 
Day 428 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The CF moving in on the west, a trough along the central interior with the IOH along the eastern coastal regions jockey for dominance. Lots more cloud along the west coastal and later along the western southern areas. Winds fairly light along the GR regions and along the west coast but breezy further inland with westerly to NW winds. Rain of course along the western ranges with a band of CB’s along the GR and out to sea. This will dissipate and move more eastwards with the systems. Not the best day for flying but there are a few spots one could squeeze some airtime from. (KD being a possibility!) Winds are all NW from 5k upwards with a slight backing to the West at the Tropopause at 70kts.

CT – Misty morning with chance of rain. A chance of some clearing from lunchtime onwards so perhaps some flying later in the day. The main mountains looking not so good all day long…

RB – WWB is out! ;)

PV – Some variable winds but it all does trend westerly – low clouds around but some clearing happening too especially to the north with Kardoesie looking promising in the afternoon. Some convergence to the N and in the valley that could produce some sweet stuff – See Spot! ;)

Wilderness – A light onshore wind day with poor prospects of flying. Sedge might offer something but there’s also a smidgeon of rain for this afternoon. And perhaps even some coastal fog moving in. Hhhmmm… See Sedge Spot!

Plett – Same as Wilderness…

PE and PA – Again the fresh offshore winds but from mid day onwards trending light variable – still in the change area from the IOH dominance along the eastern coast where the NE starts to blow.

EL – Similarly as above…

Inland – Fresh westerlies in the western interior going NW in the central parts but SW near the coastal areas. 20kts or more in some spots. Those CB’s around for the morning in the southern ranges – these will clear from mid day onwards.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:22 and setting at 17:31 – day length 10:09. Low tide is at 8:41, high tide is at 14:55 and low tide again at 20:52. Light sea breeze all day with cloudy conditions – maybe a smidgeon of rain. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a warm 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)




(24 May 2021) 
Day 427 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today the LSH dominating the interior with the IOH along the eastern coastal areas and the approaching CF in the SW corner. Pretty breezy conditions all over with NW winds – the 20kt level around 500ft AGL in most spots with 30kts over the higher mountains. No thermal lift really – low index with strong winds to break up any convective lift but a high probability for wave formation – see RASP surface map. Some 4m’s climbs in lots of the lee side mountain areas. The winds remain NW with a WNW finish of 80kts at the Tropopause.

CT – A strong gradient around with light winds along the surface but its breezy just above. 20kts from 1k upwards. Clouds along the Peninsula progressing towards the main mountains during the afternoon. The main mountains also too windy – see DTK Spot and note the upper winds.:)

RB – WWB is out! ;)

PV – Strong NW winds with 20kts plus from 1000ft upwards in most places… Again a horse riding day I think. ;)

Wilderness – Lekker warm berg winds that will last until lunchtime before the SW pulse will move into the coast. It is shallow and sporadic – not really a flying SW that will come and go fairly quick from the looks of things. Still fresh W above our heads. See Sedge Spot!

Plett – Same as Wilderness!

PE and PA – Again the fresh offshore winds but from mid day onwards trending light variable – still in the change area from the IOH dominance along the eastern coast where the NE starts to blow.

EL – The NE dominating here all day.

Inland – Strong NW to W winds in the south. All day. 30kts on the higher grounds. Not a day to be in the air I think. Lots of wave trends behind the mountains too…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:21 and setting at 17:31 – day length 10:10. Low tide was at 7:57, high tide is at 14:10 and low tide again at 20:07. A hot bergwind morning with a west wind mid afternoon and later. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a warm 25 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(23 May 2021) 
Day 426 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Today the IOH dominating with northerly winds over the interior but it is also trending to be slightly prefrontal – especially in the west with very stable conditions and some breezy conditions. No clouds expected all day with strong subsidence continuing along the southern and west coastal plain areas – its been a while since I have seen such a low thermal index – zero Joules in many areas! (0J) There is a strong gradient present almost everywhere with the 15-20kt level starting from 1000ft AGL in most spots with 30kts at 3000’. It will continue to increase during the day as the next CF moves closer to CT. So nothing exciting on the cards today. Winds back with height – NW at 10k then continues to back with a WSW at the Tropopause of 50kts.

CT – Relatively light winds around the Peninsula on the surface but its fresh at 1500ft with 15-20kts up there. So be careful if you fly. The main mountains with a similar situation. 20-30kts from 3-5k. So some mixing possible – not that there is any thermic activity so rather don’t be tempted to fly. ;) lol See DTK TH Spot!:)

RB – WWB is out! ;)

PV – Very northerly and even thought the Spot shows a climb at mid day, do not the winds at TOL! So rather go horse riding I think. ;) See Spot

Wilderness – If you look at the Sedge Spot t is a s stable as they come. Lol. North above us with a shallow coastal breeze that trends SE. Maybe maybe a bench up at the Gerrickes GP. Or Buffs but even there it seems just too light for it being fun. Map looking like nothing and then the guys heading to the North for the hike and fly I would be very wary of that. Stable conditions out there with fresh winds of 15-20kts at 3000’ all day. ;) See Sedge Spot

Plett – Same as Wilderness!

PE and PA – Initially offshore winds but trending light variable – this is the change area from the IOH dominance along the eastern coast where the NE starts t blow.

EL – Offshore starts but then the NE will dominate around 15kts with more further out to sea.

Inland – A fresh northerly wind day especially over the bigger ranges. Up to 30kts in some spots. A very stable day for flying if you can handle the breeze. IT will get progressively stronger as the CF moves closer with tomorrow very strong.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:21 and setting at 17:32 – day length 10:11. Low tide was at 7:11, high tide is at 13:42 this morning and low tide again at 19:24. A sweet winters day with light variable winds. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(22 May 2021) 
Day 425 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH positioned right over the country bringing with it light winds almost everywhere, a slight trough off the west coast but mostly a blue day with cold air and a poor thermal index all around. Thought in the right spot it could be very pleasant flying for PG’s. There is a bit more action towards the eastern parts of the country with a slight bit more in the depth and strength of the thermals – even a few Q’s shaping up. Winds in general are North and then from 5k it backs to the NW to settle SW from around 10k and upwards all the way to the Tropopause for a 60-80kts finish up there.

CT – A NE start so perhaps Africa Face could be doable during the morning. IT backs to the North with hight at 5kts. After lunch it looks like a shallow S pushing in with SW along the SH/LH area. But its all pretty light stuff… Even the main mountains with a shallow inversion and weak conditions – I think FH perhaps the best spot with climbs to 3k or extended foefies… See Spot!:)

RB – WWB is out! ;)

PV – A cold stable day out here with shallow SW air and N upper bits at launch. So not really a flying day…

Wilderness – A classic winters day after strong frontal movement as the HP sits over the interior. Northerly winds in general with a shallow SE along the coast that could be good or frustrating depending on where it gets to penetrate into to. At the moment the pressure gradients are weakening so its not looking that good along the coast but inland the northerly sites are all looking promising. Luvaine the best climb area with DuToits showing climbs to 4k between 12:30 and 14:30. The Outenikwas North sides showing climbs to 5k. IT goes slight NW at TOL. Locally Sedge could offer something at mid day even if it is crossed from the left. And a bench up at Gerrickes if the SE comes through. Map in the frustrating inbetween spot. :) See Sedge Spot

Plett – Even in the SE trend there seems to be something to use at Uppies. (See Spot…)

PE and PA – Light offshores starting then trending onshore with a SE trend of 10kts.

EL – As above!

Inland – A sweet sweet wintersday of flying out there with light N winds everywhere. IT trends NW later in the west. Otherwise a fine day of propellor stuff and even for the soaring stuff. ;) Lol. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:20 and setting at 17:32 – day length 10:12. Low tide was at 6:12, high tide is at 12:32 this morning and low tide again at 18:29. Another cold windy, wintery day with light winds. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(21 May 2021) 
Day 424 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! (No pun intended!) Another cold rainy day ahead of us as an additional cold spell is driven across the WC by the SAH. Strong WSW winds with rain showers and a partial clearing from the west in the late afternoon. In general base is low 2/3k with tops ranging from 8 to 12k. Most rain along the western ranges but also reaching past Graafies in the eastern interior. Winds remain very strong SW along the southern and eastern coasts. It finishes with a 110kts WSW at the Tropopause.

CT – Winds more W to SW with a slight moderation in the late afternoon which could just be flyable. ;) The main mountains remaining rainy and clagged in I think for most of the day. Lol. More winter! :)

RB – WWB is out! ;)

PV – Another cold rainy day. The winds do moderate a bit in the late afternoon but the base stays below the mountain tops with odd rain spots.

Wilderness – Another winters day here too. Rainy with strong WSW winds. It does slacken off slightly in the late afternoon but its doubtful that it will be straight and light enough to fly along the dunes. Hot chocolate baby! ;) (See Sedge Spot)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Strong SW winds and passing showers mainly in the morning…

EL – As above!

Inland – Those wintery westerly winds blowing inland all day with passing showers. It does moderate wind wise form the west late afternoon. Hhhmm… not a day to be in the air. Lol. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:19 and setting at 17:33 – day length 10:14. Low tide was at 5:22, high tide is at 11:20 this morning and low tide again at 17:31. Another cold windy, rainy wintery day. Perfect for coffee and hot chocolate but do go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(20 May 2021) 
Day 423 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF the dominating feature in todays weather. Rain form the west reaching to the east and to the Oranjemund in the north by end of the day. Winds are strong NW 30kts and more almost everywhere except the GR and eastwards during the morning. The SAH is pushing behind the front bringing cold and rainy conditions for the whole WC over the next two days. Winds are 100kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Base can be low during the morning at times with CB’s and tops all the way to the Tropopause. The winds will trend a bit W later on with a partial clearing towards the afternoon. Lol. Its winter! :)

RB – WWB is out! ;)

PV – Rain and more rain – low base and top to the Tropopause. ;) Strong NW winds.

Wilderness – A short reprieve during this morning btu some rain arriving before mid day already. The heavy stuff from early lunch from the looks of it. Its coffee and movies weather! ;) (See Sedge Spot)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness… (See spot!)

PE and PA – Though the winds are light to start off with (it trends W) the rain will be here too in the mid afternoon already with increasing winds.

EL – As above!

Inland – Batton down the hatches as they say – the NW winds are strong and all over the interior today with strong rain in most places – CB’s also wide spread as the rain fronts move in form the west. Initially Graafies area and eastwards are clear but late afternoon will see the rains move in here too. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:19 and setting at 17:33 – day length 10:15. High tide is at 10:08 this morning and low tide is at 16:18. Another cold wintery day with light onshore winds. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)




(19 May 2021) 
Day 422 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! That approaching CF the dominant feature in todays WC weather. Strong NW winds all over the WC except the southern coastal areas where we still have that shallow cool ocean layer protecting us form the strong upper NW’s. Very little thermal lift around with stable air along the coast – far inland there are some wave induced climbs to be had and of course the whole WC a wave flight playground today. I even found a good wave over Graafies and here is a strong climb of over 7m/s at De Doorns! The winds remaining NW all the way to the Tropoause for a 100kts finish.

CT – Looking very strong NW – a prefrontal trend with 30kts st TM top height. Those winds 20-30kts starting from 1000ft AGL in most places so def a day to just hang out on the beach and drink coffee perhaps. The rain reaching CT by 9/10ish tonight. Lots of rain with CB’s at midnight. See RB TH Graph.

RB – WWB is out! ;)

PV – Fresh NW winds on the mountains 20kts plus so probably a bit too strong.

Wilderness – Another light wind stable day on the cards. I don’t see any flying other than foefies in all the sites today. The north side of the Outie also way too strong. And the next two days are not any better either with those prefrontal NW winds making inroads into our area. (See Sedge Spot)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness… (See spot!)

PE and PA – Light offshores with some variableness in the surface flow. The upper winds all NW. Further east the NE is dominant.

EL – The NE winds are pretty fresh here…

Inland – A superb wave day in the WC SW region making it def not such a good day for propellor thingies with the fresh NW winds up there. 30kts in many spots on the grounds. See the Wave pattern of the surface winds. And a big wave over Graafies today too. lol :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:18 and setting at 17:34 – day length 10:15. High tide was at 8:34 this morning and low tide is at 14:50. Another cold wintery day with light onshore winds. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(18 May 2021) 
Day 421 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another great flying day all over the WC – flights at SLP, Du Toits and the GR. 50ks for Pieter and 60k out and return for Fanie and just loads of airtime all over. As they say, from hero to zero – today a bad day for flying almost everywhere with a new CF making its way towards CT. Strong NW winds settling in inland with a shallow cold coastal layer along the southern parts light southerly winds in general along the coasts – perhaps a tad more west in the west and east in the east. A blue day with no clouds expected and very little thermal lift anywhere. The strong NW winds though are again great for wave lift – see the RASP surface wind patterns so if you are in the know with a sailplane dude, ask for a flight. :) Winds are NW from surface to the Tropopause with a 90kt finish up there…

CT – After yesterdays epic a bit of a let down. The inversion around 1000ft with the fresh NW above that. 20kts from about 2000ft so just be wary if you go high… ;) The main mountains I think with the strong gradient probably making it a bit dicey to fly. Besides its very stable so just ridge lift mostly… ;) See Spots and TH

RB – WWB is out! ;)

PV – Fresh NW winds on the mountains 20kts plus so probably a bit too strong.

Wilderness – After such sweet stuff at Sedge yesterday today an absolute disappointment – light stable winds everywhere. Just above  our heads the NW is blowing. Its too strong for anything on the north side of us so… Maintenance and coffee time it seems! (See Sedge Spot)

Plett – The NW hanging out at Uppies so don’t get fooled by the lift profile ;) Its north and strong high up! (See spot!)

PE and PA – Offshore winds with the change from NW to NE as we move more towards the IOH dominance region. But it remain fairly light here all day too…

EL – Perhaps more of an NE trend here…

Inland – A good wave day in the WC SW region making it not such a good day for propellor thingies with the fresh NW winds up there. 20kts from 2k upwards and a bump now and then from any upwind mountain very possible… lol :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:17 and setting at 17:35 – day length 10:17. High tide was at 7:18 this morning, low tide is at 13:31 an high tide again at 20:06. Another cold wintery day with light onshore winds. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(17 May 2021) 
Day 420 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Some great flying yesterday all over the WC – SLP delivered some good stuff and so too the GR coast. Today the SAH almost right over the entire country – still some cold unstable air around with some Q’s around the southern mountains mostly. Winds are very light N to NW inland with a SW start going to the S later on in the south. Climbs around 2-4k depending where you are so do go out and get some flying on this Monday. Winds are all SW from 8k and remains SW with a slight WSW trend at the Tropopause at 90kts.

CT – Looks like a great day of flying on the Peninsula with high base around 4k and sweet climbs from the right spot to base. SH will over something though you need to be closer to the big mountain to get into the good stuff. The main mountains also looking sweet with DTK after lunch and FH my spot for today I think. Dress warm out there! Lol ;)) See Spot.

RB – WWB is out! ;)

PV – Some climbs left to around 4k at lunch time. Light W winds….

Wilderness – Maybe the coast during the morning but it looks like Sedge is the spot for today with a chance of getting to 3k during the first morning sea breeze pulse. (yeah!) ;) Thereafter lowering to around 2k. The Outenikwas should be very sweet too with the winds going from SW to SSE later on. (See Sedge Soot)

Plett – I think today is Uppies’s day. Base around 4k from 11 onwards for a good day of flying out here. Def worth the trip. Even a chance of exploring some XC over the back. Maybe maybe Keurbooms could turn at lunchtime with enough S in it to offer something too. (See spot!)

PE and PA – The inland sights should offer something with lighter SW winds and less than yesterday along the coast. The SW still around for the day.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – A spectacular flying day out there with ight winds all the way to the inversion which should be around4-7k pending how far north we go. The Q’s over the bigger ranges. The general directions will be N to NW. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:17 and setting at 17:35 – day length 10:19. High tide was at 6:23 this morning, low tide is at 12:34 an high tide again at 19:06. Another cold wintery day with light onshore winds. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(16 May 2021) 
Day 419 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! That big old SAH pushing in the cold moist air behind the CF all over the WC today. Winds are all SW with some W and Southerly variations in a few spots. Lots of Q’s around with the odd shower in between. Base pretty good for this time of year – 3/4k on the west coast with a bit lower along the southern coastal areas. It is higher on the back ranges increasing further inland with 6/7k north of the SB ranges. Very unstable and very cold too! ;) There are some very wet spots around dampening the thermals, notably in the eastern areas of the WC. The wind is 5-10kts in general but along the eastern parts it increases with 20-30kts still out there. Winds remain westerly all the way to the Tropopause for a 80-90kts finish.

CT – A SW wind day with high bases around 4k. SH should work and also SLP. Bt I think my choice would be to try some XC flying from DTK to PV area. Just dress warm! Lol ;)) See Spot.

RB – WWB is out! ;)

PV – Some Q’s to the south with base around 4k. Sweet flying along the whole length of the range down to Renosterhoek today. 5-10kts SW with a smidgeon of S in it later.

Wilderness – Some good rain last night in into the morning but we should have enough clearing taking place for us to go fly. Again a cool winters day so dress warm! ;) Looks like a SW day along the coast with the wind increasing towards the east. We are expecting 10-15kts so it will be breezy. Probably the CP the place to be camping out today. :) Sedge showing a big sky but the winds higher up just too strong to make anything pleasant there today. Maybe Gideon on his HG…lol. (See Sedge Soot)

Plett – I think it’s a day to come visit us in Wilderness! ;) Just too much west in the wind here form the looks of it. And surprisingly Uppies not showing the good stuff despite the winds… (See spot!) lol

PE and PA – Strong SW winds here all day. 10-20kts plus in places.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Fresh SW winds all the way to north of the GE where it will veer more westerly. Some wintery showers passing on occasion. A good day to drink coffee unless you are a flying die hard! You could squeeze some flying in somewhere – Q’s all over with some lift in the right spots. Even for the propellor thingies… :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:16 and setting at 17:36 – day length 10:20. High tide was at 5:42 this morning, low tide is at 11:52 an high tide again at 18:19. A cold wintery day with isolated showers and fresh SW winds. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)






(15 May 2021) 
Day 418 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The CF into CT with a vengeance. Strong winds and rain all day there… The front will move up the coast reaching the GR early evening with rain. Winds are all strong NW inland and along the west coast but along the GR it is light S to SE. This layer is very shallow (up to 1k in a few spots otherwise less) with the west to NW just above that. Not a flying day but there is that big wave possibilities up there – I found this almost 8m monster over Mount Fletcher! (See graph!) Winds remain NW with a 90kts finish up there.

CT – NW wind and rain. Maybe even some CB’s…

RB – Lol. ;)

PV – A perfect winter’s day – NW winds and rain with base well below the Mnt tops and cloud tops past 18k…

Wilderness – The CF moving towards Wilderness while we are having a beautiful day preceding the rain. Unfortunately its not good for flying. You might get an extended foefie at Sedge but I would be very wary of that – the morning shows a bit more depth in the coastal air but it gets eroded from mid day onwards and becomes very shallow by end of day (perhaps 500ft only) and there is a fresh west above us. So perhaps its better to wait for a gap tomorrow afternoon – with a bit of luck we might get into the air on the coast then. ;)

Plett – Maybe a short flying spell before mid day but again, I would be very wary about that – see the spot winds for TOL later in the day (over 40kts up there!) So with those high wind possibilities I would just rather stay put and drink coffee. ;) (See spot!) lol

PE and PA – A similar shallow SE flow along the coast here but perhaps a tad deeper than the GR. The west is just above that.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Rain in the west moving to the east reaching the GR coast by 9 this evening. Very strong NW winds inland trending west later on. A good coffee day. ;) The SAH pushing in behind the front reaches far south so it will bring very cold air in from tomorrow onwards… 30kts plus in most places. A good weather watching day with all the clouds moving in. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:15 and setting at 17:37 – day length 10:22. High tide was at 5:09 this morning, low tide is at 11:17 an high tide again at 17:48. A cool start with mid level clouds – wind remains light S to SE but the rain moves in early evening. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)





(14 May 2021) 
Day 417 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today the CF causing pre-frontal conditions all over the WC. Strong NW winds but for a selected few spots along the southern parts. These winds also bringing with it a good chance of some wave lift which probably makes the glider pilots among us drooling to be up there! (I see over Greyton some 5m wave going from 5k to well over 20k!) Warm temps inmost places 30 degrees or more but the extreme WC parts less than 20. Further inland it is very unstable with some climbs going to 14k – some beautiful Q’s inland probably making it look like a dreamy sky but of course those winds well into the 30kts region so not good for any of us! ;) Towards the coast the cold coastal air causing that very low inversion but also that bubble of calm. Winds almost SE along the southern parts during the morning but that will change during the day. The west coast with those strong gradient NW winds so probably not happening there either with the NW all the way up to the Tropopause for a 90-100kts finish.

CT – The Prefrontal NW starting to make inroads with 20kts at 1000ft. Big wave systems setting up in the lee of all those NW facing spots. Perhaps some sweet looking lentis could form to make you drool (or cover in fear!) ;)

RB – Hehaaa!!!  Lol. ;)

PV – Also those NW here with 20kts making it too much for any flying. It increases drastically with height.

Wilderness – After such a sweet surprise from yesterdays good flying today is the complete opposite. Very stable conditions along the coast but not far inland once you hit those NW winds the convection is pretty deep! But of course those winds just too much to handle for the average pilot. lol

Plett – From the Spot you get an idea of the WNW convection depth… (Check out those TOL winds!!!!!  (See spot!) lol

PE and PA – A very shallow NE flow along the entire eastern coast with some 15kts spots. It starts light and picks up during the day. Late afternoon perhaps a change from the west of PE side coming through as the wind goes to the W…

EL – Same as above.

Inland – A great Q filled sky but those winds just too strong to be up there in almost anything. Unless you are a glider pilot hunting for some wave lift to the west its best to just do some weather watching! ;) 30kts plus in most places…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:14 and setting at 17:37 – day length 10:23. Low tide is at 10:46. High tide is at 17:08. A shallow light cool onshore flow for most of the day. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature only 19 degrees C but just above the hill it is going to 28! Enjoy the day! :)





(13 May 2021) 
Day 416 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Yesterday saw another fantastic day of flying along the GR. Great coastal at mid day and sweet Sedge later in the afternoon. Today the SAH fading quickly as a strong CF makes its way towards the west coast. Inland the trough dominating along with the LSH – some sweet instability along the central interior with climbs to around 10/11k. The coastal areas along the south still with a lingering bit of instability to around 1500ft perhaps and the west-coast with a tad more over the mountains. Some Q’s around the SW areas of the WC. Winds are westerly in general with some SW spots along the south but from 3k upwards its west all the way along the southern parts but NW to the N. The wind finishes at the Tropopause at 80kns NW.

CT – the NW settling as the front approaches – it picks up a lot above the inversion with around 15kts at 3k but then quickly to 25kts at 4/5k. So lower its good but if you et up on the main mountains it might be a bit breezy up there. (See Spot and TH). ;)

RB – Hhhmmm WWB is out today. Lol. ;)

PV – W to NW winds with some climbs up to mountain top height. There’s a week convergence around the Bermuda triangle at lunchtime. See Spot. :)

Wilderness – It looks like a bit of a sea breeze pulse moving in at around 11 at Sedge. Climbs to just over 1000ft on the cards. It looks like it could be sweet around the lunchtime period. I think the coast probably too light today… (See Sedge Spot!) :)

Plett – It does look like Sedge is better. ;) (See spot!) lol

PE and PA – A sweet start with light winds but then the SW trend will pick up during the day finishing around 20kts.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Fresh NW winds north of the GE and more W to the southern parts. Breezy with 20kts plus in many spots but in the far south in the lower valleys it is a tad less. Perhaps not the best day to fly but doable for the propellor thingies. ;) …

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:14 and setting at 17:38 – day length 10:24. Low tide is at 10:18. High tide is at 16:37. A light offshore to start then going SW at late morning dropping again for the afternoon. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature only 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(12 May 2021) 
Day 415 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet session yesterday at Sedge but a great little flight for Sean at NHP (see the pic of him looking at Kalkbay harbour.) Weatherwise its a very similar pattern to yesterday – the SAH along the west and south while the LSH dominating inland. Still that slight instability along the southern parts with climbs perhaps to 2/3k in the right spots but surprisingly stable conditions in further inland places. A few lost clouds along the southern parts today. Winds offshore along the coast inmost places but then the southerly winds will start. It is more SW along the central and eastern southern parts while the WNW is blowing far inland. From around 3k upwards the west dominates with a slight backing to the SW at the Tropopause for 70kts up there.

CT – Another beautiful day with light southerlies modified around the Peninsula – some SW bits at LH and SH. Instability to maybe 3k or just below over the Peninsula and perhaps its possible to fly along the NH peak again. The main mountains not so good with much more stable air and even a touch of SSE at FH… (See Spot and TH). ;)

RB – Hhhmmm WWB is out today. Lol. ;)

PV – Very inverted today with light SSW winds. Perhaps 1000agl lift bubble to play in. :)

Wilderness – After yesterdays sweet instability it look like we might have another go at the mid day flying pulse at Sedge. Climbs indicated to 2k – which is sweet for this time of the year. The main coast could perhaps offer something to play in as well around mid day but it des drop and back to the S and then SE late afternoon. (See Sedge Spot!) :)

Plett – And would you believe it somehow is not happening here today… ;) (See spot!) lol

PE and PA – The SW winds up here today all day long…

EL – Same as above.

Inland – The winds much lighter inland today and it does look like a great propellor thingy day. The West will pickup a tad in the afternoon but nothing too strong with less than 10kts south of the SB ranges. Some thermal over the bigger ranges with light playful climbs to a just a tad over the tops. A few lost Q’s over the tops of the higher ranges along the South… ;) …

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:13 and setting at 17:39 – day length 10:26. Low tide is at 9:51. High tide is at 16:08. A NW breeze during the morning changing to SW and then S for the afternoon. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature only 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(11 May 2021) 
Day 414 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating the WC weather except for the far inland parts where the LSH takes over things. Winds inland are all NW with some breezy spots with 20kts or more around the GE and other higher spots. Along the coast it is more moderate except in the east where the SW is blowing a bit. The southern parts light SW with similar stuff around the Peninsula and up the west coast. Still that sweet shallow instability to play with – light climbs to around 1-2k AGL in most of the popular spots. Some west coast and southern parts with early morning for – most should burn off during the day. The upper flow all goes W to NW from around 3k upwards. 60-70 W at the Tropopause.

CT – A light S to SW wind trending west with height. The inversion around 1k along the Peninsula. Probably some foefies at SH and LH. The main ranges looking very sweet especially FH (See TH there). ;)

RB – Hhhmmm WWB is out today. Lol. ;)

PV – Light sweet stuff to maybe 3k. Kardoesie looking better with the SW light winds. (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – It looks like we might be in for another sweet day at Sedge – the best times seems to be from 12 till 14:30. We might even have some sweet Q’s popping to help point out the convergence. :) The coast too light… (See Sedge Spot!) :)

Plett – Another sweet day for Uppies on the cards with climbs to 3k doable around mid day. That’s sweet for this time of the year. (See spot!) lol

PE and PA – The W to SW winds still blowing here but it does loose some steam between PE and EL. Some low cloud around here too with some of the coastal spots looking good.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Fresh NW winds inland from SB ranges and northwards. It is more westerly to the south. Again the sea breeze penetrating inland with light to moderate winds – 10-15kts perhaps up the SB. Could be sweet in a propellor thingy and even for a none propellor thingy too ;) …

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:12 and setting at 17:40 – day length 10:27. Low tide is at 9:25. High tide is at 15:40. Another light southerly day with lots of low cloud all day. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature only 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(10 May 2021) 

Day 414 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating the WC weather except for the far inland parts where the LSH takes over things. Winds inland are all NW with some breezy spots with 20kts or more around the GE and other higher spots. Along the coast it is more moderate except in the east where the SW is blowing a bit. The southern parts light SW with similar stuff around the Peninsula and up the west coast. Still that sweet shallow instability to play with – light climbs to around 1-2k AGL in most of the popular spots. Some west coast and southern parts with early morning for – most should burn off during the day. The upper flow all goes W to NW from around 3k upwards. 60-70 W at the Tropopause.

CT – A light S to SW wind trending west with height. The inversion around 1k along the Peninsula. Probably some foefies at SH and LH. The main ranges looking very sweet especially FH (See TH there). ;)

RB – Hhhmmm WWB is out today. Lol. ;)

PV – Light sweet stuff to maybe 3k. Kardoesie looking better with the SW light winds. (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – It looks like we might be in for another sweet day at Sedge – the best times seems to be from 12 till 14:30. We might even have some sweet Q’s popping to help point out the convergence. :) The coast too light… (See Sedge Spot!) :)

Plett – Another sweet day for Uppies on the cards with climbs to 3k doable around mid day. That’s sweet for this time of the year. (See spot!) lol

PE and PA – The W to SW winds still blowing here but it does loose some steam between PE and EL. Some low cloud around here too with some of the coastal spots looking good.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Fresh NW winds inland from SB ranges and northwards. It is more westerly to the south. Again the sea breeze penetrating inland with light to moderate winds – 10-15kts perhaps up the SB. Could be sweet in a propellor thingy and even for a none propellor thingy too ;) …

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:12 and setting at 17:40 – day length 10:27. Low tide is at 9:25. High tide is at 15:40. Another light southerly day with lots of low cloud all day. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature only 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

Day 413 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! We have less than ten and a half sun hours in a day now… Well, yesterday we had short magical window along the coast and it was so great to get back into the air. Today the SAH still dominating with a general westerly flow of air – breezy along the eastern coastal regions and moderating to the west and further inland. Some Q’s around in the southern areas with a few fog patches along the west coast areas. The southern coastal plains areas having a shallow unstable layer pushed in form the ocean – enough to actually have some fun in. Even along the west though not high, the shallow layer could offer something to get some airtime in it. Winds are west initially with height before backing to the SW for a 70kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A southerly with instability to TM top height initially. The winds trend to the SW with height around 10kts. So the shore front with that typical SW flow around 10kts or a tad more. If the fog plays along it could be flyable here. The main mountains also with light promise. Up to 3k instability so DTK and FH offering something light to have un in. See Spot ;)

RB – Hhhmmm WWB is out today. Lol. ;)

PV – Here too a smidgeon more instability compared to yesterday. Still the SSW winds around and climbs to just over mountain top height. (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – After yesterday slate morning spell along the coast we might just have a bit more fun today at Sedgfield with a shallow bit of light instability – perhaps from as early as 10 till just after midday it seems. Climbs to just over 1000ft on the cards if you fly well… (See Sedge Spot!) :)

Plett – And Uppies has me excited for a late morning climb to cloud – looks like a bit of a sea breeze movement. (See spot!) lol

PE and PA – Again those SW to W winds here but not as strong as yesterday.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – The morning starting with light westerlies inland and then mid day sees the sea-breeze moving in form the south getting to the SW ranges by end of day. Winds picking up to 15kts in the strong spots – so a moderate day it seems. Could be sweet in a propellor thingy and even for a none propellor thingy too ?…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:11 and setting at 17:40 – day length 10:29. Low tide is at 8:59. High tide is at 15:11 and low tide again at 21:03. Light SW winds along the Wilderness side with a few clouds around. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(9 May 2021) 
Day 412 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH shaping a huge ridge over the entire country with loads of subsidence and pretty stable conditions all over the WC. Not much of a flying prospect unless you fly one of those propellor thingies. Or perhaps you can find a hill facing the wind and get some soaring done. Winds are NW around the west coast but trending to the S and SW. The south coast with strong westerlies and a WSW trend here and there. These follow the coast all the way past EL and its pretty breezy at 20-30kts in the east. Inland the coastal strength slowly abates and the wind backs to the S from Graafies and northwards. No clouds expected – a few perhaps over the Outenikwas or in the SW around Elgin. The winds remain SW trending S inland all the way to the Tropopause for a 50/60kts finish.

CT – A shallow NW flow but SW above that. Some fog patches in the early morning otherwise not a bad day for hiking or such. That inversion spoiling the fun (around 1k or less). Perhaps the main mountains might offer something ore with DTK and FH possibilities. There too we have the NW shallow flow going SW from 3k upwards or so… See Spot ;)

RB – Hhhmmm WWB is out today. Lol. ;)

PV – IT is flyable here and perhaps you can maintain or climb below the mountain tops. Again the wind are southerly to slight SW… (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – After the rain we are expecting a big day but alas. It seems not so. Very stable conditions with light lift around Serps and Sedge going to less than 800ft ASL. Less than 1m/s. And the winds are so funny here it seems laughable. Strong WSW out to sea with light fingers moving into Wilderness. Frustrating strength I think. Then offshore from 15/16:00 onwards. Looks like a strong gradient too with some fresh winds not far above our heads… (See Sedge Spot!) :)

Plett – More west but more chance of finding a climb at Uppies… lol

PE and PA – Super strong west to SW winds but no rain expected.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Fresh WSW in the south but moderating and backing got he south as we move inland. Some light thermic stuff further inland but it is still nothing to write home about. Could be sweet in a propellor thingy though…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:11 and setting at 17:41 – day length 10:31. Low tide is at 8:33. High tide is at 14:43 and low tide again at 20:35. Light to moderate WSW winds today but fresh west this evening, perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(8 May 2021) 
Day 411 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH shoving that cut=off low out the way to the east while bringing in some cold moist air from the south with rain along the entire southern parts, clearing partially from the west later on. Winds are very strong along the GR and eastern southern coasts as the flow accelerates towards that cyclonic system. Loads of rain in that area – those CB’s also around PE and adjacent interior moving to the east during the day. Inland winds are all southerly and pretty fresh in the central parts with 20kts around the Graafies and De Aar areas. The rain all the way to the SB ranges. Loads of Q’s around too with low bases around the coast but rising steadily inland with around 3/4k AGL north of the SB ranges but for the most part its pretty rubbish out there.

CT – Winds are all Southerlies trending to the SW later on. Around 10-15kts in a few spots. Low base at 1/2k so flying around LH a small maybe. The direction not good for a wind-shadow so very cross conditions and probably with the associated trubs… The main mountains looking better with climbs to 4k around lunchtime. Worth checking out DTK then – if it doesnt rain!) ;)

RB – Hhhmmm not enough wind or right direction today. Lol. ;)

PV – A doable day with weak climbs to mountain top height perhaps a tad above. Winds 10 going to 15kts so perhaps a chance to drift down wind along the ranges… Chance of rain to the south. (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – Hhhmmm. Easy today. NFG! Lol. Strong wind and rain all day it seems… (See Sedge Spot!) :)

Plett – Worse than Wilderness. lol

PE and PA – And worse than Plett! Hehehe… Super strong west winds and rian.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Rain moving inland to perhaps just north of the SB ranges. It increase to the east inland of PE. Winds fresh southerlies all the way past Uppington! Not the time to be in the air really…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:10 and setting at 17:42 – day length 10:32. Low tide is at 8:05. High tide is at 14:13 and low tide again at 20:06. Strong west winds and rain. So dress up and head to the coffee shops either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(7 May 2021) 
Day 410 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The Black SE is over and in its place a cut-off low has formed – the centre to the S of us and so too most of the rain. Still some influence along the southern areas with the Overberg taking the most rain with heavy showers along there today spreading to the GR by early evening. Winds there are SSW veering to the W as it moves over the GR and then to the NW offshore as it curls around that low – a very deep system that keeps the circulation going all the way to the Tropopause! Southerlies along the west coast with rain along the mountains in the late afternoon, and then W as we move inland veering to the N towards the central parts. The Trough active with CB’s along the central eastern areas – east of De Aar and Graafies. Its very strong along the southern coastal areas with 25kts plus and then also along the trough with 20kts surface winds. 100kts up there at the Tropopause and 30kts over CT.

CT – Those super strong stuff are done leaving a steady southerly with low clouds and chance of rain later on. The wind-shadow shaping up but it will be more to the east side of SH so not the best. The main mountains only marginal better with the southerly a bit dominant and that SW push shallow and coming in late. See DTK Spot…

RB – It just could be fun here today. Lol. ;)

PV – Some fun to be had around Kardoesie I think but a strong southerly trend in the winds so not the best but still the spot for the day. (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – A small chance of some flying to be had along the coast this morning before the strong WSW winds move in from the west. The wind will get pretty breezy well over 20kts. lol (See Sedge Spot!) :)

Plett – That WSW winds hitting a bit later here at mid day and not offering much here either. (See Spot)

PE and PA – PE with light WSW winds as we move into the change over to the NE winds at EL. This region not moving much with the end of day stil WSW in PE and NE in EL.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – The Overberg with loads of rain. Then those CB’s along the trough line to the east of De Aar and Graafies. Winds NW along the trough line but more west in the west. The cut-off low will bring more rain to the GR area in the evening that will move further inland. (Still deep deep instability so those drops could be BIG with a chance of some flooding)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:09 and setting at 17:43 – day length 10:34. Low tide was at 7:32. High tide is at 13:39 and low tide again at 19:33. A light wind morning with the WSW picking up in the afternoon. Go early and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(6 May 2021) 
Day 409 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The so called Black South Easter continuing its dominance around the WC – the SAH and trough still cuddling up bringing us that strong SE winds and CB’ activity. CT area really taking the brunt of those deep SE winds today with 40ks and more in some spots this morning combined with a chance of CB’s and deep seated clouds and rain. A lot of the southern coastal regions experiencing similar stuff though a bit lighter winds though the Overberg and south coast regions can still get strong rains. Inland the wind curls around the trough point (It later will develop in a Low that I thought seems to want to be a cut-off low) but the circulation clockwise with the centre around the GR area or just offshore – it complicates the GR winds today going from E to S to W during the day. That inland flow also following this trend but mostly its NE in the east backing to the W in the west. CB also present in a wide area. The upper air winds doing a similar cyclonic circulation with height and only above 28k does it settle more into a NW pattern all over though 100kts over Graafies and just 30k over CT.

CT – Batton down and wait this one out. 40kts in many spots and rain with even a CB or two. :) The main mountains are the same. See the TH graph for RB…

RB – Lol. ;)

PV – The strong SE not getting here today so it does look like a mid day window as the west flow deepens. Kardoesie looking the most promising for a sweet flight after lunchtime. Still the best spot of the day I think… (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – No sunrise this morning and sporadic rain all over the show. Those winds not quite as strong as forecasted. To me it looks like you could squeeze a flight in around mid day as the wind goes S to SW – that is if the rain gives us a gap which is possible. lol (See Sedge Spot!) :)

Plett – Way worse than the Wilderness area from the looks of it … (See Spot)

PE and PA – A light start wind wise with a NE trend but it will increase during the late morning and early afternoon to finish off with 20-30kts in the late afternoon. A slight chance of rain.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Some strong North flows during the day. Lots of CB activity and rain inland in a broad area. The wind does trend a bit NE in the East and more W in the west but in general is north. Still a great day for weather watching. (Deep deep instability so those drops could be BIG with a chance of some flooding)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:08 and setting at 17:44 – day length 10:35. Low tide was at 6:50. High tide is at 12:57 and low tide again at 18:54. Fresh SE winds with some strong rain during the day. Put on your moon suit and go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)




(5 May 2021) 
Day 408 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! So no real flying news from yesterday (only hiking news) ;) And today that SAH position perfect for cuddling up along the extended interior trough bringing us those so called Black South Easter rain. Strong SE winds with rain for the next day or two on the cards – lots of deep instability with CB’s going all the way to near the Tropopause. The SE flow deep with a backing to the NE from around 8/10k and then NW above 12/14k. Low clouds along the southern coastal areas, rising further inland and to the west. So not exciting form a flying point of view. Lol.

CT – The strong SE flowing past out to SE at CP with a light SE that will increase in the late afternoon around CT area. It backs more east with height. The instability around here too so a good chance of some CB activity and rain around. Perhaps a wind-shadow flight in the afternoon at LH could be possible unless the CB activity messes things up. ;) The main mountains looking a bit better with a northerly start but then the NW to W working during the late morning mid afternoon. The wind is still east above that layer and still those CB activity making things very exciting so eyes wide open if you are desperate. See spot.

RB – Some Southerly later in the day flowing through but probably too light and those CB’s… ;)

PV – Northerly start but a west to NW moving in late morning so a chance of some flying here. Less of a CB chance but it is still there so it depends if those guys are around or not. Otherwise perhaps the best spot of the day… (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – Loads of clouds around (great sunrise hey!) with the promise of strong SE winds and rain to come. Probably more from mid day onwards on the rain department. Lots of CB activity so the rain a bit tricky to predict. Maybe a flight in the morning could be done at Map… lol (See Sedge Spot!) :)

Plett – Very easterly form early on already. So probably a no go day even if Uppies shows some climbs… (See Spot)

PE and PA – The SE winds changing here due to the trough influence. (it extends way out to sea this time) So lighter winds with even a SW flow around mid afternoon. This pattern extends past EL – lighter winds of 10kts at times perhaps but still a chance of CB activity here increasing later in the day…

EL – Same as above.

Inland – A general N to NW flow inland with the SE influence in the southern regions – it might extend to the SB later in the day. Of course those CB activity spicing things up out there all day… A great day for weather watching. (Deep deep instability so those drops could be BIG with a chance of some flooding)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:08 and setting at 17:45 – day length 10:37. Low tide was at 5:51. High tide is at 11:57 and low tide again at 18:01 this evening. A light SW start going to nothing and then light East for the late afternoon. Another perfect day to go play outside and to get high on life.. ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(4 May 2021) 
Day 407 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The interior trough and LSH dominating most of the WC weather with the SAH just slightly offshore form the Cape with an influence along the coastal western parts. Winds are W to NW along the west coast mainly with lots of coastal fog around the west. It remains NW further inland but the inland trough with airflow from the far interior taking over bringing with it some super amazing soaring conditions. Also some instability with a chance for CB’s along the western interior that will spread a bit more to the east and southwards – around Middelburg by late afternoon. Base around the 12k mark for the interior with very manageable surface winds other than some gust front influences later on. The IOH having some influence in the far east with those NE winds but for the South coast areas its still light variable onshore flows from SW to East. Winds are NW from 5k everywhere and backs gently to the WNW to the Tropopause for a strong finish of 80-100kts.

CT – The surface wins flowing around the Peninsula. SW at SH and LH again but the SE poking its head out in the afternoon. Its more North above the inversion at TM top heights. The main ranges out of that mix and looking fairly good. Climbs to perhaps 6k on the cards in the right spot – some convergence around the DTK region. See spot.

RB – Looks like a lightish day with occasional winds in the right direction. :)

PV – A sweet day here form the looks of it with westerly winds and upper NW trend. Climbs to 6k in the convergence regions which moves from PV area then towards bumpy in the late afternoon. (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – Light winds for the morning with a SW early trend that will disappear to nothing around mid day then a SE trend after that. Not much in terms of instability with weak and low climbs if nay around Serps and Sedge. Im thinking of going to the Kammannasie ranges again today if anyone cares to join let me know. lol (See Sedge Spot!) :)

Plett – A day that is looking decidedly better than Sedge. :) (See Spot)

PE and PA – A W to SW pulse moving in around the PE area that will move eastwards but not quite make it to EL… Some 20kts spots…

EL – Those NE winds on fire here again today…. ;)

Inland – N to NW winds in the interior that will trend westerly later on. Loads of Q’s around with some rain and CB’s in the western interior. The sea breeze will move in again from the south in the late afternoon perhaps making it to the SW in a few spots. 15kts. Some strong convergence around again with sweet instability to 10/12k. Could be a nice day to be in the air… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:07 and setting at 17:46 – day length 10:39. High tide this morning is at 10:23, low tide is at 16:44 this morning. A light SW start going to nothing and then light East for the late afternoon. Another perfect day to go play outside and to get high on life.. ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(3 May 2021) 
Day 406 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A sweet days of flying at DuToits yesterday for a lucky few who made the trip. Today the IOH dominating with a ridge over the interior while the trough is active along the western parts. Some CB activity over the west coast ocean in the afternoon – an unusual event. Winds are NW in the interior, N along the west, light and variable along parts of the southern coast and east in the east. Not much in terms of thermal activity – the windy conditions mixing the convective flow quite a bit plus low inversions along most of the lower lying areas near the coast. Hot temps in the south with the bergwinds active today and the NW direction not good for those inland northerly facing sites. Winds remain NW in general all the way up to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish.

CT – Northerly winds and fairly breezy with 30kts at TMT op at times. Thought there is a strong gradient so don’t be fooled into thinking its flyable. ;) Expect some mixing and turbulence and if you don’t get that you are lucky. ;) The main ranges showing some good lift to over 6k but again you have to contend with the fresh North and some mixing going on. (See DTK TH graph)

RB – Def WWB is out today… :)

PV – N to NW winds all day with breezy conditions. Not good for fluing – flying! (lol – good for flunging yes…) even if the spot is showing climbs to over 6k… (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – Bergwinds today until the afternoon where some east shows up. Not really a flying day but I’m sure someone will squeeze something out of the day again. ;) Sedge Spot showing amazing height gain at mid day… Hhhmmm.. Probably if you can get off on the northside I think you have a chance to get into that stuff… lol (See Sedge Spot!) :)

Plett – Like Wilderness but you need to take off to the north west! Maybe Buffels Nek ;) (See Spot)

PE and PA – The East winds dominating here at 20kts…

EL – Those NE winds on fire today…. ;)

Inland – The NW blowing today with over 30kts over the higher spots. It backs more west near the southern ranges. Not a nice day to be in the air… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:06 and setting at 17:47 – day length 10:40. High tide this morning was at 8:37, low tide is at 15:04 this morning, high tide is at 21:35. Some fresh NNW bergwind gusty winds during the morning but moderating in the afternoon. Just perfect to go play outside and to get high on life.. ;) Max temperature around 25 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(2 May 2021) 
Day 405 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The LSH dominating the weather today with a trough along the west coast. N to E flows and something in-be-tween in most places. The exception around the southern coastal areas where s very shallow layer of SE to E winds flow along the coast below the upper offshore winds. It’s a pretty stable day in most places with light weak thermals except for the trough areas where the winds are fresh NE and some climbs to 5/6k AGL can be had. The winds remain northerly all the way up to the 14k level where it does a trick with some anticyclonic circulation over the little Karoo before eventually settling back to the WNW at the Tropopause at 20/30kts.

CT – A light SW surface flow around the LH and SH area but more southerly in the south. Above 1k its NE mainly. A sweet day above the inversion if ou can get there. I thought Africa Face could have something. The main ranges with the N influence. Maybe a good day but I’d be wary of the N flow up there though it does look pretty light in the southern regions. (See DTK TH graph)

RB – WWB is out today… :)

PV – It is very N to NE. I would go to PB today. IT could be great there…. (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – Light S to SE winds increasing to the east. Ver stable day out there with poor poor climbs. IT could go to 7ooft ASL but its very weak and peraps not enough to climb in. My option would be Buffs just after mid day. (Or Join us at DuToits farm) ;) (See Sedge Spot!) :)

Plett – Like Wilderness but worse! ;) (See Spot)

PE and PA – The East winds dominating here at 20kts…

EL – A light wind start with a Soft SE after that. It will go more East to NE at 10-15kts. ;)

Inland – All blue day out there with no clouds and strong winds from the north in the morning over the higher grounds. IT will moderate in some spots. The far NE inland areas its very strong NE winds (On the west side) But light in the little Karoo. Light thermals so perhaps a good propellor thingies day. For the DuTOits group it could be good or just too light. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:05 and setting at 17:48 – day length 10:42. High tide this morning was at 7:21, low tide is at 13:38 this morning, high tide is at 20:07. Light S to SE winds making it perfect to go get outside and get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(1 May 2021) 
Day 404 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A sweet sweet day at Sedge yesterday! Today the SAH shaping into a ridge with the LSH but widely spaced isobars with the trough along the west coast the only area with some breezy conditions. The thermal index pretty weak but still some flying to be nabbed if you are in the know. ;) A blue day on the cards except in the far east. Winds are all light S to SE with a N trend inland but then at 10k its all back to S again all the way to the Tropopause for a 30kts finish.

CT – A sweet wind-shadow day with light SE in a shallow layer quickly dropping to almost no wind at around 1500’. IT might even be a Africa face day with the E and NE trend up there. The main mountains offering a bit of something with sweet light thermals to around 4k. (See DTK Spot)

RB – Looks too light here all day long… :)

PV – There is a upper East trend but it is light so I think there will be enough to get you off at DK and KD. Climbs to 4k at best. (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – More S to SSE trend in direction, the usual weak stuff at Map but probably good for foefies with a bit more later in the day (It might be worth keeping tabs on it incase). Sedge still the goto spot of the day even though it is cross form the left it should be enough for late morning early lunch to get you up and around. (See Spot!) :)

Plett – Like yesterday similar to Wilderness – just not as good. ;) (See Spot)

PE and PA – Strong NW off shores to start but backing to the SW and then S later on while moderating to around 10kts.

EL – As above! ;)

Inland – A sudden contrast to the clouds it’s a clear blue day and good for propellor thingies to fly all over the show from the looks of it. Light winds with a north in the morning going more east during the afternoon. Later there is a light sea breeze pushing through form the south but it only gets into the little Karoo and not over the SB ranges. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:05 and setting at 17:48 – day length 10:44. High tide this morning was at 6:24, low tide is at 12:38 this morning, high tide is at 19:00. Light SW to S winds making it perfect to go get outside and get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(30 April 2021) 
Day 403 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another sweet coastal flying day along the GR yesterday. Today the SAH dominating again but with even better flying conditions on the cards. Southerly winds all over the WC with a few variations in specific spots. The Southerlies blowing far to the north past Upington. The CB activity confined to the far NE parts of the countries interior. Some beautiful Q’s around the 4k level AGL almost everywhere around in the WC. A tad higher over the bigger ranges. The winds remain southerly all the way to the 18k level where it veers a tad to the SW al th way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish.

CT – Base around 4k with the SE all the way up there – it does back-off up there though so looks like a wind-shadow during the morning but seems to erode after mid day – so keep an eye on things. The SE dominating the main mountains but a shallow S to SW popping up from DTK and further north so it might be possible to get up somewhere but I would remain around the flats to avoid some of those bumps. But it could be a day to fly some distance to the north… (See DTK Spot)

RB – It is looking like a sweet day here. Probably from late morning… :)

PV – A lot of S and SE higher up but def a chance to get off and fly. Climbs to 5k doable and flying to the north on the cards. But watch any scratching…! (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – A sweet light W start before going SW. I think the coastal spots will be amazing enough but Sedge looks like it is going to go off. Def the day to practice thermaling all the way up to cloud base which looks like it could be as high as 3k! (You could hop over the back with that.) ;) Serps also offering the same stuff with a good soaring space over the flats towards Karatera. (See Spot!) :)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – just not as good. ;) (See Spot)

PE and PA – Strong SW winds here that will moderate a bit form the west.

EL – As above! ;)

Inland – Those sweet looking skies ll over the show though there is a chance of some OD in many spots. Even a slight chance of some rain around mid day. The southerly winds around 10kts with some spikes to 15ks here and there. I think a happy day for flying for the soaring pilots… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:04 and setting at 17:49 – day length 10:46. High tide this morning was at 5:37, low tide is at 11:49 this morning, high tide is at 18:08. Light SW to S winds making it perfect to go get outside and get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(29 April 2021) 
Day 402 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A sweet day at Sedge yesterday was a pleasant surprise for a lucky couple of pilots. Today that SAH strong and heavy as it pushes in the CF air from far south. Cold, windy and rainy conditions in most places of the WC. A strong trough inland with CB’s along a NW/SE line De Aar and Middleburg and beyond region. Strong W winds along the southern coastal areas, southerly inland and SE to S along the west coast. Base varying from 2k to 4k in most spots. Winds go NW from 10k upwards except for over the CT region where it remains SW until just before the Tropopause before also going WNW – 60/80kts.

CT – Strong and deep SE winds with no wind-shadow around. Base at 3/4k. IT should clear more later in the day. The main mountains also not good with the strong 25kts plus winds coming over the back. (See RB Spot)

RB – If you are an early bird it should be amazing soaring from sunrise till it gets strong or bumpy. :) (See Spot!)  ;)  

PV – Hhhmmm… I think too strong and too south to even SE in the south. Some climbs to just over 5k doable. It gets markedly better to the north. Kardoesie a smidgeon of hope though I think too strong there too. (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – Strong westerly winds to start off but from lunchtime it will become more SW and moderate a bit. The big rains seems to be moving in from late afternoon so it does look like a window of coastal soaring is on the cards. But perhaps there is also a chance at Sedge though I think it is a bit on the strong side… ;) (See spots)

Plett – Lots more west for long it seems. With more rain… (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Super strong SW winds all day long with rain.

EL – As above! ;)

Inland – Very cold and fresh southerly winds all day long all the way past the GE even. Those CB very active in the trough with Graafies, Middelburg and De Aar lining up along that CB line. Not a flying day but I bet the farmers are happy.  ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:03 and setting at 17:51 – day length 10:47. Low tide is at 11:05 this morning, high tide is at 17:21. Strong West to SW winds with rain especially in the late afternoon. Dress warm and go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(28 April 2021) 
Day 401 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The interior trough along the western parts while the SAH dominates in the remainder of the WC with left overs form the CF and another approaching the WC. Winds are southerly along the west coast and southern coastal areas except for the easter parts where the East from a weak IOH is persisting. Lots of moisture around with rain but some partial sunny spots in a few spots but over all temps are pretty low. Even some CB’s in the central interior around Middelburg area. The winds in the interior once again N to NW north of the GE line. Winds go N to NW from 5k upwards with a 80kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A fresh southerly day with base around 2k. It might clear partially later on as the cloud depth decreases during the day. 20kts so probably not good for flying. Even the main mountains with the fresh southerly making for cross and mixing winds.

RB – It just could be a really great day of flying here for the hangies today. All day! (See Spot!)  ;)  

PV – A southerly day and fairly fresh so perhaps not the best day to fly but Kardoesie might offer something with a lighter start and some clouds around 4/5k after lunch. The wind does get fresh here to in the afternoon. (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – Finally it looks like we might get some flying done today – Sedge the spot by the looks of things. Climbs to around 1k with a southerly trend perhaps but enough to get some airtime I think. Maybe some of the coastal spots might also offer something though it looks a bit on the light side. Maybe with some luck something stronger might pop in. ;) (See spots)

Plett – Similar trend so it just might work – perhaps a bit more in the SE department lol (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – The East winds looking to still dominate here for the day…

EL – As above! ;)

Inland – A beautiful light wind morning in the interior but for north of the GE where the NW is blowing from early already. The little Karoo with sweet air until just after lunch when the southerly starts to make an appearance. It will pick up with many spots over 20kts in the late afternoon.  ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:02 and setting at 17:52 – day length 10:49. Low tide is at 10:23 this morning, high tide is at 16:28. A light wind in between cold front day. A chill in the air but perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(27 April 2021) 
Day 400 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The CF moving into the entire WC region with low clouds and rain mostly around in the western parts. Winds are generally westerly with a southerly trend in some parts around the SW section of the WC. Some instability around but the thermal index not that great – seems the winds are breaking up and mixing things up a bit so expect some turbulent flying if you get a chance to fly. Loads of clouds around today too and way up north to past the GE regions – all westerlies up there btw. The winds become lighter around the SW corner so if the clouds lift then some flying should become possible. Winds are NW higher up all the way with a slightly more west in it at the Tropopause 60kts.

CT – A SW start to the day with base up to 2k otherwise lower in most spots. The winds become lighter later with a more South trend. The mountains looking very OD with varying areas of rain and lifted bases – some as high as 3k perhaps. SLP looking not too bad in the morning but signs of the southerly popping in after lunch so be wary… ;) (See SLP Spot)

RB – A WWB day! ;)  

PV – NW to W winds with cloud low along the mountains. A Chance of rain on and off. If you fly be careful of cloudsuck and being trapped on the mountains… (See Spot) :)

Wilderness – Another tricky day with mixed reports – some rain just after lunch but perhaps it will be more along the mountains. Winds are very westerly with sporadic SW spurts during the day. The mid day pulse probably the best one – so Sedge and even the coast could work for a bit. Sedge looking a bit bumpy to me with the upper flow fairly brisk at 15kts around 1k and up. Very west so be wide awake. Lol. Another WYSIWYG day! ;) (See TH graphs and spots)

Plett – Similar trend with fresh west flows and sporadic climbing pulses popping through. lol (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Strong SW winds all day with rain mostly just inland…

EL – As above! ;)

Inland – Strong West winds everywhere that will trend more southerly in the southern parts in the afternoon… Rain also around especially along the western mountain ranges. These will spread more eastwards during the day reaching the Kammannasie ranges in the later afternoon.  ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:02 and setting at 17:53 – day length 10:51. (Feel the pinch of winter approaching!). Low tide is at 09:43 this morning, high tide is at 15:57. Lots of high cloud around later and moderate SW winds. Perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(26 April 2021) 
Day 399 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! That CF making inroads into CT today and will spread along most of the WC during the day. Strong NW winds expected except along the southern coastal regions where there are some varying winds on the cards but just above our heads the NW will dominate. ;) Rain with CB activity in a few spots around the SW areas spreading to the inland regions of the GR by mid day and the afternoon. Hhhmm… It does not look promising for flying today – lots of thick upper air clouds around stopping even the sail planes form exploring the chance of strong waves today. We should have gone to Barberton where conditions are looking really epic! :) Enjoy guys! ;) Back home the winds go 20kts NW from 1/2k and then increases all the way to the Tropopause for a 80kt finish up there.

CT – Strong NW winds with a chance of CB activity. 20kts plus all over so I doubt flying is doable – even for the hangies… (See CT TH graph)

RB – A WWB day! ;)  

PV – Strong N to NW winds so even though it might look sweet for a while around mid day the winds will probably be too strong A chance of CB’s and rain too… (See Spot)

Wilderness – Hhhmmm another terrible day that seems so tricky to predict. Winds seem all over the show. Strong NW winds above with some changing surface flows. Rain around that will impact the surface winds too. The Sedge Spot is looking dismal (yesterday it still looked sweet so we had high hopes!) But today is a bit of a guessing game form the looks of it. So my forecast is WYSIWYG! ;) (See TH graphs and spots)

Plett – Looking worse than Sedge today! lol (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Light variable winds with the NW inland trend but NE around PA and eastwards.

EL – Totally NE dominance again! ;)

Inland – A strong NW wind day with 30kts plus in some high ground areas. CB activity spreading along the southern mountains ranges in the southern parts from the west. Hhhmmm not a flying day. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:01 and setting at 17:54 – day length 10:53. (Feel the pinch of winter approaching!). Low tide is at 09:03 this morning, high tide is at 15:16 and low tide again at 21:14. A high cloud day with light to moderate SW winds. Perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(25 April 2021) 
Day 398 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! So a few lucky pilots managed some sweet flying at Sedgefield yesterday for a surprising day of good flying. Alas, it seems we are back to the winter blues with dominating northerly winds and a shallow cold ocean layer around the coastal areas. A chance of some fag patches along the west and southern coasts again while the inland air with the strong subsidence has caused lots of stable conditions around most of the WC. The LH bringing in the N to NW flows inland that is combining with a CF that is pretending to be a cut-off low to the west of CT. Strong NW flows around the CT area. The only instability to be found around the North side of the GE. Winds are fairly strong with 20kts plus over the higher mountains. It remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish.

CT – It is one of those days that might have some sweet spots of flying – strong NW around TM top but quite a gradient setting up in-front of that big old rock. Chace of some fag patches, thick upper air clouds and a chance for some hangie 12 apostle stuff – all depending on the gradient. The main mountains also a maybe – perhaps if you stay low around launch height but it is fairly fresh from 3k and higher. (See CT TH graph and DTK Spot)

RB – A WWB day! ;)  

PV – A smidgeon of lift to mountain top height around lunch time. Else breezy N to NW with some W later on. (See Spot)

Wilderness – Hhhmmm as stable a day as they come! Lol. Surprising after yesterdays Sedge instability. Hot inland temps with a NW flow. Shallow cold ocean air circulating around the coast – it trends SSW for a while but later light SE. Or it could just end up doing what ever it wants. ;) (See TH graphs and spots)

Plett – Looking worse than Sedge today! lol (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – The IOH dominance still felt with those NE winds all day here…

EL – As above! ;)

Inland – A clear day with no clouds. Stable around the southern Karoo with NW winds everywhere – breezy in parts. Very! ;) North of the GE there is some thermal with climbs to 12k even at lunchtime. Choose the wrong spot and you could see some heavy bumps! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:00 and setting at 17:55 – day length 10:55. (Feel the pinch of winter approaching!). Low tide is at 08:24 this morning, high tide is at 14:36 and low tide again at 20:34. Another foggy start but a chance of some clearing with sun. Light light winds all day. Not too perfect but still go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(24 April 2021) 
Day 397 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! So a sweet day yesterday for a few hikers that went up the Kammannasie mountains. Your truly being one of them. ;) 50ks XC but some amazing scenery over those majestic mountain ranges… Today not as good. The IOH to the east (NE winds along the eastern coastal areas) while the inland trough is along the west coast (N to NW winds along the western interior and down towards FH region even) with wide isobars and the southern coastal areas in a col region between the IOH and SAH still with those pesky fag patches appearing where ever there’s cold enough oceans around. Not the best da of flying on the cards though there are a few convergence regions that will offer some good flying for the sharp sticks. Should be a blue day. Winds are light to around 10k where it is decidedly NW and breezy going West with a slight S to the west up at the Tropopause of 40kts..

CT – A shallow SE flow with a strong inversion around 1k for the day. A good wind-shadow day from the looks of things. The main mountains with a low inversion around 3k with a few spots more than that. But just above the inversion the wind is breezy from the N to NW. FH looks too much SE in it… (See DTK Spot)

RB – A frustrating light day form the looks of it. But maybe? ;)  

PV – A inverted day with few things going above 2/3k. Northerly above that… Hhhmmmm (See Spot)

Wilderness – Hhhmmm those fag patches are persistent. Still around today but with a chance of some clearing around Sedge perhaps. (Looks more in the late afternoon again.) We might get up at Sedge with a southerly wind to 800ftASL. Lunchtime the best time. As for the rest its just weak…

Plett – Looking worse that Sedge today! ;) (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Strong NE winds all day here…

EL – As above! ;)

Inland – Another clear day with no clouds expected except in a few convergence spots. Westerly in the west but S to SW in the east pretty far inland. Some interesting convergence areas around the Middelburg region. Hhhmmm. Climbs to 12k here. To the south the Kammannasie ranges with lower tops – some spots to 7k (yesterday it was 10). A bit more wind higher up today…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:59 and setting at 17:56 – day length 10:57. (Oh o… - we now have less than 11 hours of daylight in a day!). Low tide is at 07:43 this morning, high tide is at 13:55 and low tide again at 19:09. Another foggy day probably with light winds… Not too perfect but still go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a windy cool 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(23 April 2021) 
Day 396 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating strongly in the east while the tail end of a double CF approaches CT. A coastal low making its way to the east along the coast reaching Wilderness area just after lunch. Still those pesky fag patches along the westcoast and parts of the southern coastal areas but with soe clearing as the front moves in and chances the airmass somewhat. Climbs to 10k or more to the north of the GE with progressively less the closer to the coast you get except over the higher mountains. It looks like a no cloud day. A tad disappointing along the west coast with the prefrontal effects making inroads to the south western parts of the WC (CT area). So strong NE winds along the south eastern coastal areas but making way for the WSW low moving up the coast – will reach Eersterivier by end of day (shy of Jbay). Winds go NW from 3k upwards but then changes to the south in the eastern parts of the WC but more west in the west with 60kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Very foggy with NW winds – it gets breezy at TM top height so a strong gradient around there. Along the main mountains some flying to be had in the lower areas but it does get strong from 4k upwards. So watch places like FH. (See DTK Spot)

RB – Another WWB day… ;)  

PV – A light W with some convergence around the BP areas after lunch. But it’s a mild day so just above the peaks kind of scratchy flying until you get the convergence where you can get to 4/5k. ;) (See Spot)

Wilderness – The fag patches should be clearing today as the westerlies move in. IT suddenly looks promising for some local flying with the coast maybe offering something from lunchtime onwards. It looks a tad west but might be enough up to stay up. ;) Sedge also looking better than yesterday so this might be the better spot to go to… (See Sedge Spot). ;) I have included the convergence over the Kamanasie ranges with a spot – this is still where I’m off to today. ;)  

Plett – Outlook seemingly worse than Wilderness with the SE winds dominating until mid afternoon when the west pushes in. But its pretty west then. (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Strong NE winds all day here…

EL – As above! ;)

Inland – A clear day with no clouds expected. NW winds to the north of the GE with west in the southern parts. 10-15kts with a few 20kts spots over the higher mountains. The southern parts starting of light west to NW but the sea breeze moving in from the south in the late afternoon with 15kts to 20kts in places. Climbs up t 10k over the bigger ranges.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:58 and setting at 17:57 – day length 10:58. (Oh o… - we now have less than 11 hours of daylight in a day!). Low tide is at 06:59 this morning, high tide is at 13:10 and low tide again at 19:09. A westerly flow form mid day up to 10kts perhaps. Perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a windy cool 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(21 April 2021) 
Day 395 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A double CF approaching the WC but before that the IOH and inland trough dominating – strong East winds along the east and southern coastal areas while most of the inland areas are NW to W with super good soaring conditions around. CB’s in the central eastern parts. ;) Again those coastal fag patches along the southern parts and also around the Peninsula and west coast this morning – a partial clearing in some areas only. Looks you need to go a bit inland to get into some air that will be flyable! A general N to Nw along the west coast. Climbs varying from 3k to over 6k in a few lucky spots. The south coast areas more stable with 1-2k only. OF course further inland it does improve. Winds are NE from 3k backing to the N then NW with a strong turn to the south from around 14k upwards and an unusual South finish of 50kts at the Tropopause.

CT – If the mist stays away it could be sweet around the Peninsula. Light N winds but local changes with soe apps predicting SW along the LH areas coast. The main mountains looking very  good with NW wind in general and climbs to 6k (or more for FH but changing from 14:00 onwards there). Could be great in the mountains but watch for strong NNW high up at times… (See DTK Spot)

RB – Another WWB day… ;)  

PV – W to NW day with weak climbs to 4/5k at most. (See Spot)

Wilderness – Another fag patchy day but we hope there will be some clearing – enough to fly at least! Winds are predicted to increase to 20kts and more with a bit of an east trend which is not the best for us. Probably blown out by mid day. Even Buffs are in the mist and blown out form early according to the forecasts. If you are a brave soul (nut) you could get high at Sedge though! ;)

Plett – Outlook similar to Wilderness but there is some hope for Uppies with some early clearing and sun! ;)

PE and PA – Strong NE winds all day here with a chance of rain especially in the east…

EL – Some rain around especially for the morning that is effecting the winds a bit. Lighter than expected with a straight east later on… ;)

Inland – Those CB’s around in the eastern interior around Graafies region. Winds there from East in the south to NW in the north. Some strong spots with the gust fronts around – over 30kts at times. Otherwise to the west it is fair weather Q’s with base around 15k. Winds NW 10-20kts in some spots. A great soaring day out there… East to SE winds in the southern interior but north of the GE it is all NW winds.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:58 and setting at 17:58 – day length 11:00. (Only 11 hours of daylight time now!). Low tide is at 06:07 this morning, high tide is at 12:16 and low tide again at 18:20. A partly misty cloudy day with fresh SE winds later on - perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a windy cool 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(20 April 2021) 
Day 394 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating to the south of us with a ridge along the southern parts, joining the LSH with a trough along the west coast. The winds Se along the south curling around CP with a SW to W and then NW component along the west coast as it joins the trough flow. NW further inland once again with still those sweet high clouds and some lekker flying along the interior and especially the west. Some coastal fag patches along the southern and western coastal areas too. Those CB’s have moved off to the eastern interior. Instability a tad low along the coastal areas increasing as we move inland. The winds going NW from around 3/4k except along the west where its NW from the surface up. West around 18k with a slight WSW up at the Tropopause at 50kts.

CT – Another sweet light wind day with some apps showing a light east to NE component to 4k. That means Africa face should be cool during the morning! :) The usual light SW along the SH and LH sides. The main mountains with some good flying with NW flows and late climbs to 6k perhaps. (See DTK Spot)

RB – Another WWB day… ;)  

PV – Westerly flow trending more NW with hight. Looks like some convergence from 15 onwards between DK and PV. Climbs to 6k then. (See Spot)

Wilderness – A light wind start with a SW trend but later in the afternoon some SE moving in from the east. It does not seem to make it to Map unfortunately. But Sedge could give us something around lunchtime today. Perhaps Gerrickes for a bench up and even Buffs late morning….

Plett – Outlook here is worse than Sedge. ;)

PE and PA – The SE going more easterly here with a NE to the east. Around 10-15kts at most.

EL – Same as above but more NE… ;)

Inland – NW winds all the way trending more W in the southern parts. Still those good Q’s in the interior with CB in the western parts. Some strong gust front flows expected out there too… 12k bases from the looks of it.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:57 and setting at 17:59 – day length 11:02. High tide is at 10:54 this morning, low tide is at 17:13. A high cloud day but light winds so perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a windy cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(20 April 2021) 
Day 393 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with a huge ridge along the southern parts – strong east winds along the coast again but the direction with more of an easterly component. Some CB activity around the southern mountains and coastal areas that will clear during the day and spread northwards. Winds inland NE to Northerly trending more NW later in the day. Some sweet Q’s north of the GE again today with some good flying. The Winds around CT curling in from the SE flowing around the Peninsula with a SW component along the west coast. Winds much lighter today probably bringing some big fire fighting relief! Above the inversion winds do a long slow backing from the NE to N then W to finish with a SW at the Tropopause around 50kts.

CT – A light wind day with the inversion around 1/2k. It is NW above that with a S to SW flow below. There should be a good wind-shadow shaping up today. The main mountains also looking really good with climbs peaking just above 6k. (Se DTK Spot)

RB – And it is WWB outing time… ;)  

PV – Light W to SW winds for the most part with a slight SW push later in the afternoon from the south. There is a convergence spot setting up at Bumpy around 15:00 with climbs to just over 7k form the looks of it. Hhhmmm…. (See Spot)

Wilderness – Those thunder storms cracking up the skies this morning. They should clear and move of to the north and westwards during the course of the morning. The wind is still on for SE but it goes East and then NE very quickly with height. So Map could have a very short window but with so much east in the forecasts it sounds like a real mis and hit affair. It should be blown out and if it does slack off a bit its probably because of the east component. See the Map TH graph for 11:30.

Plett – Same as above… ;)

PE and PA – The NE flow really strong out to sea but slightly less along the shores…. The rain and those CB activity – they hang around here for longer from the looks of it…

EL – Same as above… ;)

Inland – Looks like a Du Toits morning up to 14:00 when the SE will push in. Of course the CB;s not really making that an option. Lol. The inland winds of NE backing to the NW later in the day. A few strong spots around with 20kts on the cards. CB’s hanging around in the east all day. But in the far north and west things are really good with NW winds and sweet climbs to 13k. (That’s where we should be!)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:56 and setting at 18:00 – day length 11:0. High tide is at 8:54 this morning, low tide is at 15:30. The CB’s should clear during the morning with a windy day later on. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a windy cool 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(19 April 2021) 
Day 392 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! Today the SAH pushing in hard behind the CF. Very strong SE winds all over the show with a bit more south to the east and more east in the west. Lots of rain along the southern parts clearing as we move inland. The CF air with SE winds up to around 6/7k then it starts to back quickly with a westerly flow form 10k and upwards. There is a slight chance of some CB activity for inland along the GE area where the skies are actually amazing for flying. The inland LH does a sweet anticlockwise circulation bringing in some amazing soaring conditions to the central Groot Karoo areas today. High bases and sweet climbs to 14k with 10-15kts winds. That’s where we all should be! ;) Winds are W to WNW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kt finish up there.

CT – Very very strong SE winds with 40kts plus at times this morning (I hope that fire is under control!) So not good news for that. Def no flying on that side with a deep flwo and not a usable wind-shadow shaping up. SE along the main mountains all day long. (See RB TH graph)

RB – Probably too strong and a bit too much east but its probably worth checking it out. Test your bravery!  ;)  

PV – IT is vert stable in most forecasts but for a small window to the north around Kardoesie. The upper flow is still east though it could be light enough to fly from here (See Spot) lots of upper clouds form the looks of things. PV probably too much east on the top and PB with the right wind direction (sort of) but stable form a thermic department) Hhhmmm…. (See Spot)

Wilderness – An easy forecast today. Strong SE wind and rain. All day. ;)

Plett – Same as above… ;)

PE and PA – More Southerly in wind direction otherwise similar as above…

EL – Southerlies and rain all day long… ;)

Inland – The SE winds penetrating all the way to the GE areas with a chance of rain. Cloud base from low around Oudshoorn rising steadily to 7/8k north of the SB ranges. But then North of the GE the wind is NW with high bases and good flying.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:55 and setting at 18:02 – day length 11:06. High tide was at 7:27 this morning, low tide is at 13:48 and High tide at 20:27. A hot cloudless day with light winds – perfect for everything. Do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a windy rainy and cold 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(18 April 2021) 
Day 391 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH helping to race a CF in towards the WC – the CF striking CT from this evening and early morning tomorrow for the GR area. Some IOH dominance in the east with NE winds along the costs but then the inland trough setting up along the western parts of the WC with strong soaring conditions – high bases near 15k from the Worcester mountains stretching to the north as far as the eye can see. Winds inland are all W to NW and fairly fresh with the approaching front. Even CT very pre-frontal with some strong N to NW winds – 30kts from 2k upwards already in some spots this morning. For the rest of the area the instability stretching to the southern mountains but the coastal plains very stable. Only a shallow ocean layer bringing some light relieve for the hot temps expected today. (and of course those stable none flying conditions!) ;) Winds are W to NW from 2k upwards all the way to the Tropopause – 30-40kts from 3k upwards.

CT – Strong inversion with N to NW initially but it does trend a tad more WSW later in the day with signs of some moderation then – so maybe a chance of a flight somewhere. The main ranges also looking very strong but of course those epic strong thermic stuff just inland (Look for those high Q’s this afternoon out there). Probably too strong for the PG and HG pilots… ;)

RB – WWB is out and about! ;)  

PV – Some high climbs out there but also some strong NW winds. 15-20kts making it too strong for safe flying in a PG and only very brave Hangies could do it (But I don’t know any of those any more) ;) (See Spot)

Wilderness – Another hot and inverted day. Surface winds are all light SW starting but ending more Easterly. Inversion top from 3ooft to 500ft. Looks like a beach hangout day to me. ;) Its W to NW above that.

Plett – Same as above… ;)

PE and PA – The IOH mixing things up here. The NE wind starting to hangout increasing towards the East.

EL – Strong NE winds. ;)

Inland – Hot hot conditions with some pre-frontal stuff around – strong West winds moving in form the west in the afternoon – those super high stuff helping with that flow in the west. In the central parts its all NW to W winds 15-20kts. Not the est fo flying days! ;) But a challenge for soaring pilots to explore 15k bases along the western regions today…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:55 and setting at 18:03 – day length 11:08. High tide was at 6:36 this morning, low tide is at 12:49 and High tide at 19:17. A hot cloudless day with light winds – perfect for everything. Do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a windy and cool 25 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(17 April 2021) 

Day 390 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! After the strong SE winds yesterday some pretty stable conditions settling in today all over the WC. The exception is the Western parts with some good spots around in the Swartland valley. Bumpy peak supposed to each 10k in the convergence after 15:00 today. ;) For the rest the IOH dominating with strong NE flows along the eastern parts of the Southern coasts. It does get lighter towards CT where t curls more towards the west as the inland flows is effect by a weak trough along the west. Very light winds for the most part across the entire region – 10-15kts at most. No clouds once again. For the most part it is a weak day with low climbs. Winds go West form 3k upwards and then SW from 19k and continues to back to the S at the Tropopause for a 30/40kts finish.

CT – A very shallow S to SW flow and super strong inversion all day. (From near the surface to close to TM top!). Light SW trend around the LH and SH areas. The main mountains looking better with DTK offering some climbs to 5/6k perhaps.

RB – Another light no fly day today… ;)  

PV – Again a very slow start but a strong finish especially at Bumpy form 15 onwards. Here in the convergence you could get to 10! And the winds are not that strong either. So maybe some cool video and pic opportunities! ;) Else its light Westerlies all day… (See Spot)

Wilderness – A lighter S to SE day with frustrating stable conditions – Sedge offering just over launch hight – so maybe we are lucky or it could suck even more! ;) Perhaps something might happen at Gerrickes for a bench-up. Map dismal weak. Buffs a maybe…

Plett – Same as above… ;)

PE and PA – Super strong NE winds here all day long!

EL – Same as above!!! :)

Inland – Stable stable and weak conditions mostly. Perhaps over the bigger mountains some climbs to 7/8k (Only over the highest parts of the SB ranges) otherwise a super day for propellor thingies out there!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:54 and setting at 18:04 – day length 11:10. High tide was at 6:01 this morning, low tide is at 12:09 and High tide at 18:31. A cloudless day with light winds – perfect for everything. Do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a windy and cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(16 April 2021) 
Day 389 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF heading strongly up into the Northern parts of KZN while the SAH is pushing in behind it (it will morph into the IOH) with strong easterly flows. It is slightly ENE inland remaining like that all day – even far north of the GE. The flow depth up to 6/8k level in some spots. Some spots going over 20kts and of course the southern coast with over 30kts in spots. The flow does bypass CP leaving CT with light SW winds as it curls around back towards the west coast. No clouds today. Stable conditions near the coasts with climbs between 500ft and 1500ft. The first mountains some spots reaching 5k. Further north still 5k AGL at most. The wind goes W above the inversion and remains westerly all the way to the Tropopause where it does a bit of a funny dance around today ;)

CT – Light SW to S flows around the Peninsula with a lekker convergence over the Cape flats. A bit of a low inversion around LH and SH so not much expected along the northern parts but Africa face looking thermic with light NE to N winds at the top – so maybe a window to fly here. The main ranges with SE winds but from 14:00 onwards the west flow moving in and climbs to 5k or so possible.

RB – A no fly day today… ;)  

PV – A slow start but a sweet window from 13/14:00 onwards with the best spots to the south from Dasklip launch. Perhaps making it to 6k even. Light winds today with maybe just over 10kts surface winds from the SW later on. (See Spot)

Wilderness – A strong ESE wind day expected with Map showing promise for a short window in the morning. From mid/late morning it looks blown out. Strong at the other spots so probably not worth looking at them. Buffs blown out at sunrise already it seems.

Plett – Same as above… ;)

PE and PA – The SE winds losing momentum as we move closer to the CF effected area… So from PE it starts to veer to the S towards EL and drops in strength…

EL – The SE to S winds could make all those onshore spots work. :)

Inland – All those record skies moved to the north by the CF so the east winds dominating for a change from the usual NW winds. Moderate flying skies with climbs to 3/4k AGL around 3-4ooft/min. Not bad for propeller thingies I think. ;) The East flows getting strong to the south near the coast…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:53 and setting at 18:05 – day length 11:12. High tide was at 5:31 this morning, low tide is at 11:38 and High tide at 17:56. A low cloud day with rain in the afternoon. But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a windy and cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 

 

 





(15 April 2021) 
Day 388 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A light CF moved into the southern parts bringing low clouds and pretty stable conditions along with it. IT is effecting the southern and western coastal areas and only much further north do we get out of its clutches. PV valley and southwards falling inside this region. A strong SE trend here but then it curls to the west with the inland areas just absolutely going off! Its day for record distances flying from Southerland areas and heading down wind west to WSW. 15k bases and a healthy rate to carry you along. :) (Lets hope Josh is out there!) ;) Winds along the southern parts trending SSW but then more West later in the day – some rain along the southern parts from mid day onwards. From 3k its all west then SW from 10k all the way to the Tropopause for a slightly or W finish at 60kts.

CT – A strong SE day with RASP showing a wind-shadow during the morning but then from mid day onwards it erodes away. The wind is strong all the way past TM top height so all signs that doesn’t look good to e for a wind-shadow. Then the main mountains looking terrible with strong SE winds everywhere lasting all day. ;) (See RB TH graph)

RB – Early morning could be sweet. Probably  a tad strong later on in the day but there are some calmer areas that could move into the RB area making it possible for some flying. ;)  

PV – A very SSE day with 15kts from mid day onwards already. A stable day with low inversion and weak climbs in general. Maybe PB could offer something to play in but even here the 10-15kts are looking a bit breezy. Some spots showing climbs to 5k but I doubt that. Not the best of days… (See Spot)

Wilderness – Another foggy coastal patchy start but some partial lifting in the late morning. There is a good chance of some rain from mid afternoon onwards. It is looking very west for Sedge later on and so too for the coastal cliffs. Strong winds further out to sea which could move in though most apps are not predicting this. Still, keep an eye out for anything stronger that could move in. Maybe a coffee day…  ;)

Plett – Some interesting bits at Uppies for late morning that could make it worth exploring. Otherwise too west for the rest fo the area… ;) (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Fresh SW start and for the rest of the day. Rain later on might get to the coast.

EL – As above. :)

Inland – Oh boy! That record skies along the GE area with 15k cloud bases and strong W to WSW winds to help you go far… Epic stuff out there. But to the south the effects of the CF with low clouds and strong windy conditions – over 30kts over the higher grounds in the afternoon. Some rain moving in into the southern parts later on making things more complicated. Not a flying day here for props or otherwise! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:52 and setting at 18:06 – day length 11:14. High tide was at 5:05 this morning, low tide is at 11:10 and High tide at 17:26. A low cloud day with rain in the afternoon. But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cooler 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 

 







(14 April 2021) 
Day 387 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating along the southern parts while the LSH circulation still bringing that good soaring stuff from the N and NW – the inland trough with brilliant soaring conditions inland with 14k bases plus and a W to NW wind out there. (We should be there! Josh!?) ;) Again the fag-patches along the southern parts with light southerly winds – low weak climbs. The mountains a tad better but as soon as you move more north it changes drastically. The west coast not as good as yesterday but still over 6k climbs along the first ranges there. Winds all go West above the inversion and from around 3k its west to 14k then SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish up there.

CT – Another strong low inversion with a southerly below and light east above to TM top hight. The wind=shadow firing on all 4 cylinders today but perhaps too inverted for anything exciting to happen. The main ranges much much better with the high temps and climbs to 6k out at DTK… (See DTK TH graph)

RB – A maybe day here. Low inversion but perhaps enough SSE pushing through to be lightly soarable…

PV – A lot of S trends in the wind today but still some great soaring on the cards with climbs over 6k. Less windy than yesterday I think and much easier to drift to the north towards the pass. In some spots just a tad over 10kts low teens I think. (See Spot)

Wilderness – Another foggy coastal patchy start to the day but I think at mid day Sedge will offer us something to play in. It is weak stuff with nothing really working on the coast.  ;)

Plett – A bit up form yeyserday with Uppies showing climbs to 2k (1k above launch) ;) (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – A SW start that will moderate during the day and go more S to SE. 15kts or just over at times.

EL – As above. :)

Inland – Again those epic skies to the north with high temps and 14/15k bases – super soaring conditions. But it lowers to the south with the SB and the Kamanasie showing up to but then it lowers to 6k along the Outies and less along the coastal plains. Fresh winds to the north with Westerlies dominating and later the southerly creeping to the north with 20kts along the tops of the SB and Outies later on.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:52 and setting at 18:08 – day length 11:16. Low tide is at 10:44 and High tide at 16:58. Light winds and high cirrus clouds all day so a good day to do everything and anything! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 

 






(13 April 2021) 
Day 386 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The weak Southern Systems allowing the interior trough and northerly air to move far to the west and east – bringing that good soaring weather into striking distance of some of the sites today. A bumpy peak convergence setting up with climbs doable to 10k today. Further inland some very high Q’s with base around 14k. All W to NW winds out there. No rain expected anywhere. The coastal areas still those seawards fag-patches with morning and afternoon increased movement towards the coast. Weak and stable climbs and air near those. S to SE trend in the south, east in the east and more W to SW along the west coast. From 3k the winds go NW trending west and from 14k it goes back to the NW for a 60kts finish.

CT – A strong inversion once again with westerly trend. Southerly on the surface and more west above the inversion. Light winds with local acceleration of 15kts at times. Looks like some Southerly push in the late afternoon with an increase in wind but perhaps also some low cloud from that. The main mountains better flying with a NW trend, later a lower SW will push through. Some strong bits higher up. Climbs to 5k around DTK but it gets better further north. (See DTK TH graph)

RB – Again a low inversion and light SSW wind day here for the most part…

PV – A much stronger day compared to yesterday. From 14 onwards there is a distinct convergence setting up from Bumpy into the valley with climbs to 10k possible. Just watch those upper winds which will drift you back at over 20kts up there during the active period! (See Spot!) Some increased surface winds too so be careful of getting pined on the mountain 15kts expected with possible stronger spots from 14:00 onwards in a few areas… Elsewhere climbs to 7k also on the cards. (See Spot)

Wilderness – Another foggy coastal patchy day. Perhaps during mid day some clearing around Sedge for flying there… But another weak day with 5kts or less winds along the coast. Sedge maybe (if it is open here) allowing climbs to 700ft ASL. lol Buffs could be a nice surprise today – looks like a bit of a SE wind there with the mid day time period getting to soarable strengths… ;)

Plett – It is looking bleak here today! Lol ;) (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – A light wind start but then the SE to E winds will pickup for the day. Perhaps reaching 15kts or just over at times.

EL – As above but with more ENE. :)

Inland – The GE areas with super high and cool Q’s around today. That is where we should be today for a last season long distance flights… Closer to the coasts its very stable with weak and low climbs. The SB ranges and the Kamanasie ranges showing lift to over 10k. Good flying for prop thingies to the south but get up early if you are to the north before the thermals start. The sea breeze pushing through Oudtshoorn at 16:00 with over 25kts.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:51 and setting at 18:09 – day length 11:18. Low tide is at 10:10 and High tide at 16:32. Light winds and high cirrus clouds all day so a good day to do everything and anything! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 

 





(12 April 2021) 
Day 385 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Sedge once again surprising us yesterday with an hour of sweet flying. Today looking not a good but we live in hope! ;) The SAH to the west and the IOH to the east dominating with a light mood – the inland trough active with NW winds and some Q’s with good soaring and climbs to around 12k. But the HP systems having had enough time over the last few days to really dampen the instability along the coastal plains with poor thermals and iffy flying conditions. Fag patches once again especially along the southern coastal areas and increasing their encroachment along the coast in the afternoon. Winds Easterly in the east and the more S to SE around the CP corner with a S to SW component along the west coast. From 3k the wind trends NW then at 14 it is west and continuous with the backing to the SW from 20k to the Tropopause.

CT – A light wind, shallow inversion SE day with a biiig wind-shadow. Some fog patches around but most should not get near the coast. The main mountains with a tad more instability with DTK looking to the best in the area if you are desperate for some flying. (See DTK TH graph)

RB – A low inversion and light SW wind day here for the most part…

PV – Another even weaker day with a NW start backing to the SW later in the day. Climbs to the mountain tops if you are lucky. Lol. 5-10kts wind at most. (See Spot)

Wilderness – A lesser day compared to yesterday… hm… Those fag patches really messing things up a bit I think but maybe a small smidgeon of a window around mid day/lunchtime at Sedge again. But I am not hopeful at all to be honest… lol

Plett – Only a little bit better at Uppies with the coast very light winds… ;) (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – A light wind start but then the east will start to dominate as the IOH works its dominance in the area… Maybe up to 15kts in a few spots.

EL – As above but with more ENE. :)

Inland – Another sweet light wind start but more westerly winds dominating from the SB and northwards from there…. Some big skies to the north again with climbs and some Q’s to 12k… To the south the W to S winds increasing in the west up to 20kts in some spots. In the SE the SE winds dominating. Weak thermal activity in the south so good flying for prop thingies.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:50 and setting at 18:20 – day length 11:20. Low tide is at 9:54 and High tide at 16:05 and low again at 21:58. Light winds and high cirrus clouds all day so a good day to do everything and anything! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 

 








(11 April 2021) 
Day 384 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH domination a bit stronger with the inland trough still pumping sweet high bases just north of the GE today. More stable along the coastal regions – west and southerly coasts – with a southerly trend. Still some fag patches around but with a bit of luck you will not be covered by these and be able to get your wings out at least! ;) Climbs between 1 and 2k in general along the plains, at the first mountains it does go up a tad 3 maybe 4k but the inland ranges going progressively more 6-8k along the deeper Cederbergs and SB ranges while its 13/14k in the far north! Join Josh out there! ;) Winds all go NW from 5/6k upwards then at 18k W all the way for a W 70/80kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A beautiful day with high cirrus around and a light to mod SE wind of 15kts. Inversion at 1k with lighter winds and east trend above. SO a sweet wind-shadow day all day long. The main ranges with weak climbs to 3k or maybe just above. The SE creeping in from the south so just watch those southerly areas (FH and SLP) (See DTK TH graph)

RB – Another possible day with the afternoon the better time I think.

PV – A weak day with low climbs – just above the mountain ranges for the most part. Light SW winds with a southerly trend in places later on. Again the sea breeze not really making it in here later on. (See Spot)

Wilderness – I was hoping for a better day compared to yesterday but perhaps not. Probably similar with ups and downs all day. Looks like two peaks coming in – 12:30 and 14:30. Southerlies – up to 750 asl but a patch here and there to 1k. The coast too soft for anything exciting going on. So lets see what happens. ;)

Plett – Again a bit better than Sedge but still nothing to get excited about. ;) (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Another light SW start to the day with the wind backing to the S and SSE later on. IT remains light with 10kts in a few spots. Maybe some light rain too.

EL – As above but with a SE in the afternoon later in the day. :)

Inland – Another sweet light wind day in the south but fresh north of the GE. Later on the South will move in to north of the SB ranges with the mountain tops going over 20kts in a few places. Still sweet for the propellor thingies. North of the GE its high bases and amazing soaring conditions for this time of the year.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:49 and setting at 18:11 – day length 11:22. Low tide is at 9:30 and High tide at 15:38 and low again at 21:33. Light winds and high cirrus clouds all day so a good day to do everything and anything! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 

 


 




(10 April 2021) 
Day 383 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! So while we have been sitting ducks on the hill in the fog, Josh went to the north into that big sky air and flew an amazing 181km the day before! Here’s his track log. Lekker Josh! :) https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Josh/8.4.2021/10:56?fbclid=IwAR11gf95c90ddTYA2iic4-rWXiV1lGlAG6OX7L2QVFdghnmtHw66CCNPu4g

For today that SAH still hanging around with weak pressure gradients and only the inland trough with a bit of meat in it – some fresh westerlies expected inland north of the SB ranges. To the south and along the coasts its all light southerly flows with perhaps a 10kts here and there. Still lingering fog patches around all the coastal areas with partial clearing during the day. Instability around 1-2k along the coastal plains then a slow rise over the first ranges perhaps 4k with only from the SB ranges rising to 8k and of course northwards from there the westerly airmass with higher climbs and a few lost Q’s late afternoon around 13/14k. Winds are all WNW above the inversion then at 30k it is more west with a 70/80kts finish at the Tropopause

CT – Again some fog patches around, especially to the west – most will burn off leaving a sweet day but with a S to SW wind component. Inversion rising to TM hight during the best part of the day. The main mountains still looking best with some flying around DTK and northwards. FH looking good until around 15:00 when the SE might creep over the back. Maybe even HM if the gof goes away. (See DTK TH graph)

RB – Another possible day like yesterday - It could work here with 10-15kts so probably a bit light but you never know unless you go! ;)

PV – Another very mild flying day with climbs to 3/4k today. Again light winds starting W going SW. The sea breeze not really making it in here later on. (See Spot)

Wilderness – Looks like a similar day to yesterday today – mild climbs at Sedge but I think Serps could be even better. Later in the afternoon some low Q’s moving in that could signal some sweet flying too… Very light along the coast though with a few fag patches out to sea – some could touch the coast now and then…

Plett – Uppies looking better than Sedge at least but still weak and low! ;) (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – A sweet light wind day in the whole area with only a bit of SE in the afternoon from the east.

EL – As above but with a SE in the afternoon later in the day. :)

Inland – A light wind in the south day but fresh from the SB ranges and northwards. Mostly west winds to the north 20kts plus at times. Blue day with maybe a few lost high Q’s late in the afternoon. To the south things are sweet for propellor thingies. The S to SE winds picking up over some of the southerly mountain tops in the afternoon.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:49 and setting at 18:13 – day length 11:24. Low tide is at 9:04 and High tide at 15:11 and low again at 21:08. Another sweet maybe misty but mostly sunny light day good for doing everything and anything! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 

 






(9 April 2021) 
Day 382 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating though weakly in most areas – its also pushing in a CF that should reach CT by end of day. Its pretty weak so don’t expect much rain. Similar conditions today compared to yesterday along the coasts but for less fog patches – which is encouraging. Still low climbs and very stable air around with less than 1k along the southern coastal areas, a tad more near the mountains. More to the north but even there its still weak and not that great until we reach the norther side of the GE. Here the west wind is breezy and there’s some better climbs out here – though a blue day compared to yesterday and lots of high cirrus around in most places. Winds go WNW form around 4k upwards with a SW trend from 18k and a SW 50/60kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Some fog patches around which should burn off leaving a sweet day with a working wind-shadow. The main mountains still looking best with some flying around DTK and northwards. There is a SE from around 3/4k upwards so just keep that in mind. (See DTK TH graph)

RB – It could work here with 10-15kts so probably a bit light but you never know unless you go! ;)

PV – Another mild flying day with climbs to 3k today. Again light winds SSW and later some 10kts plus moving onto PV around 17/18:00

Wilderness – Another foggy start but it does seem to be less compared to yesterday. Light winds with Sedg still the go to spot of the local area… Climbs less than 1k but maybe a moment for some flying. (I would consider visiting Louvain today with light S winds on the cards and climbs there to 3/4k possible) ;)

Plett – Uppies looking better than Sedge at least! ;) (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Again light winds start but then the onshore SE flow will start and maybe those ocean cliffs will become playable again.

EL – As above but with a SW start going more S during the day. :)

Inland – Another amazing start with light winds everywhere and some low cloud initially. Even later in the day the afternoon the winds look to be light to moderate southerly. To the far north the W winds still dominating but with no Q’s expected. Lots of high cirrus though… a good day for propeller thingies.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:48 and setting at 18:14 – day length 11:26. Low tide is at 8:36 and High tide at 14:41 and low again at 20:40. Another sweet misty light day good for doing everything and anything! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 

 








(8 April 2021) 
Day 381 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Sedge pulled a rabbit out the hat yesterday afternoon with sweet sweet flying after a long morning of mist and cross winds – just rewards for those that waited! Today the SAH still dominating with the inland trough still showing us up with epic inland flying. The pressure gradients weak so light winds in most places. The southern coastal areas still plagued with the coastal fog – perhaps more today than yesterday! Mainly a southerly wind trend. Those inversions also lower and deeper – 1-2k along the coastal areas and just 3/4k along the first mountain ranges. Only past the GE does things become amazing with Q’s and great climbs to 12/13k. Westerly winds out there. Winds remain light with a west trend above the inversion. From 10k it backs more SW with a WSW finish at the tropopause of 50kts.

CT – Another beautiful wind-shadow day. A strong inversion starting just above the 1k mark. The main mountains looking sweet with W to SW winds and climbs to 4k. Probably the best places to be. FH offering a mid day upwind window to go play in… ;) Also FH a  See DTK Spot.

RB – Perhaps another afternoon of soaring on the cards… ;)

PV – A weak flying day with climbs to 4k at most – the convergence very far north with a chance of climbs to 5k here but its more over the PB ranges) Light winds with a S trend later on. KD the best spot probably.

Wilderness – Another foggy start with a southerly trend in the wind. Again the best bet of waiting at Sedge for those gaps and hopefully getting some airtime. ;) Perhaps 1k climbs if it works.

Plett – Looking less wind here today with fog over the ocean and adjacent areas. Not the best of days but maybe you could get something at Uppies to satisfy that ich… (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – A light wind start but then the onshore SE flwo will dominate with perhaps 15kts at times. So unless the fog  stops play maybe those ocean cliffs could work.

EL – As above but just a tad less in the wind department. :)

Inland – Another amazing start with light winds everywhere. To the far north the W winds dominates and is quite fresh today – more than yesterday. Good soaring skies to the north but the south very stable and a good day for propeller thingies.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:47 and setting at 18:15 – day length 11:28. Low tide is at 8:02 and High tide at 14:08 and low again at 20:09. Another sweet light day good for doing everything and anything! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 

 






(7 April 2021) 
Day 380 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH with light dominance around the WC today while a sweet trough brings super cool flying in the interior. Pretty stable around the coastal plains with 2-3k climbs but a bit more on the mountains with 5-6k there. Few clouds around the south but sweet stuff north of the GE with high base around 13k. NW to W winds out there while the eastern parts of the coast shows SW flows and SE in the west. In general it is much lighter than yesterday so a sweet day ahead of us I think. The wind goes west from 6/7k upwards ad backs to the SW at the Tropopause for 60-70kt finish.

CT – A beautiful wind-shadow day with pleasant flying I think. A strong inversion starting just above the 1k mark. The main mountains again good with a deep enough SW flow to get up in but a SE trend higher up. I tis light though so should be ok. See DTK Spot.

RB – Looking like a sweet afternoon of soaring to me… ;)

PV – A more southerly and stable day with climbs to 4/5k at the most. The strong SSW winds not getting into the valley by end of the day so that is a bonus. ;) (See spot!)

Wilderness – A bit of a coastal low to the SE of us bringing some low clouds (fog perhaps) in parts. Maybe enough SW for some early soaring along the coast otherwise Sedge could be good from mid day onwards – the morning with quite a bit of west in it so not that great there I think. Perhaps 1k climbs?

Plett – Keurbooms looking to be good as the SW goes more Southerly around mid day. Uppies with some climbs to maybe 3k? (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – A light SW start with the winds touching at 20kts. IT moderates again later in the day…

EL – As above but just a tad more in the SW department…. :)

Inland – An amazing start with light winds everywhere except perhaps in the far east. It is light southerlies in most places but W north of the GE – and this is where the sweet flying is to be had today – a last seasonal day for going very far! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:46 and setting at 18:16 – day length 11:30. Low tide is at 7:20 and High tide at 13:27 and low again at 17:31. A sweet day for doing everything! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 

 






(6 April 2021) 
Day 379 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF effects still lingering on as the IOH pushes in that cool moist air onto the southern parts – still that shallow layer of misty weather with things going northerly from around 4/5k upwards. Its not as ad as yesterday so some partial clearing taking place during the course of the day. The western parts of course in stark contrast with beautiful sunny westerly winds and great flying around the Swartland valley. CT just on the edge of the change of things but most of the bad stuff to the S and SE from there. The inland areas with N to West winds in the west and good flying for today. The winds eventually going West from 10k upwards with a 30/40kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A beautiful wind-shadow day here with the SE very shallow and it is NE to N above that in the morning with a bit more NW later on. So perhaps one could get above that shallow SE and get onto Africa Face or the 12 Apostles with some luck… The main mountains also good with the NW to SW later dominating – the SE is more on the east of the mountains it seems. See DTK Spot.

RB – Too light and for the wrong direction … ;)

PV – A very nice day here today with climbs to 6k in most spots. Winds are light W for the most part and only very late in the afternoon a bit more of a push from the SW. (See spot!)

Wilderness – Another cloudy foggy start but there is some hope for a little bit of clearing to take place. Unfortunately when it does the winds are picking up strong too. Hhhmmm… Looks like a small window between 9 and 10 for a flight at Map – just when the wind goes form E to SE… ( Another day to wait for the sun to go around the planet one more time… ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness! (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – A light SE start to the day but then the East picks up – stronger in the west than the east. 20-30kts in some spots.

EL – As above but actually with less wind to the east!

Inland – Winds are E to SE in the south with soe 20kts spots later in the day. North of the GE it is all westerly winds around 10kts only. Some very good flying ou there with beautiful Q’s in most places…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:46 and setting at 18:18 – day length 11:32. Low tide is at 6:17 and High tide at 12:26 and low again at 18:40. Another perfect wet forest walk day or book reading in those coffee shops! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 







(5 April 2021) 
Day 378 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! As if symbolic – He has risen – we ended up rising to great hieghts over Sedgefield with some amazing flying yesterday! Even the hangies were skying out! ;) What a blessing to be living here! Today the CF has the entire southern parts in its cooler and rainy grip as the SAH pushes in the moist air form the south – it is not that deep with the SE flow going W again from around 7k and upwards, but enough depth and moisture for some sweet precipitation to happen.IT looks like this is here for the day with strong SE winds along the southern coast and rain all the way to other-side of the SB ranges. (In the far north the rest of the country is having a super good soaring day btw) CT with strong SE winds and the clouds clearing on the west coast dissipating to the north. The winds above 7k remains W all the way to the Tropopause with a 50kts finish up there.

CT – Strong SE wind day with good depth in the wind layer so not much of a wind-shadow chance shaping up. Even the main mountains are plagued by the strong SE flows and you need to go all the way to the north fo the Saron mountain to get the SSW wind curling in for some flying today… See spot for RB.

RB – It could be another sweet day – a bit strong in the afternoon but maybe it holds… ;)

PV – A nice day here I think with light mod SSW winds and the strong SSW only getting here late in the afternoon – after 17:00. Q’s around with climbs to 4/5k even in a few spots. Great day to amble to the north… (See spot!)

Wilderness – A cloudy foggy and rainy day with strong SE winds. We are hoping for a small gap or window in the morning at Map but at this stage it does not look like it. Its strong higher. Hhmm… Sometime you have to wait for the sun to go around the planet one more time… ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness! (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – The SE winds dominating here too with the strong onshore flow also setting up the scene for rain. All day… 10-20kts SE winds.

EL – As above!

Inland – The S to SE winds all the way inland to the GE where it veers to the W. Rain in the south with low clouds around. (See map) A good coffee day unless you are very far to the NE. ;) lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:45 and setting at 18:19 – day length 11:34. High tide is at 10:43 and Low tide 17:20. A perfect wet forest walk day or book reading in those coffee shops! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 






(4 April 2021) 
Day 377 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! He has risen today! And may it be a great blessing to you all. :) So yesterday all the site predictions were completely opposite! Lol. For today a big cold front sweeping up towards the WC, pushed along by the SAH. Late afternoon will see some light rain along the SW parts of the WC, spreading during the night to the rest of the region. CT with low clouds during most of the morning with partial clearing later on. To the far east the IOH still dominating with the NE winds along the coast but these will be retreating to the east in the afternoon as the SW spreads up that side too. Inland a W flow with some high base in the mid afternoon along the GE (13k) otherwise clouds confined to the southern areas form the CF influx. Winds SW to W inmost places. From 5k upwards it is all W winds with a 50kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A foggy cloudy start but mid morning base should be around TM top or just below. A S to SW day with some stronger bits around the corners. The main mountains with SW going S flow. Some flying doable and some good Q’s out in the valley and flats form the looks of it. See spot for DTK!

RB – It could be a sweet late afternoon flight day. ;)

PV – It looks like a very southerly day with just a smidgeon of W in it. Still some flying to be had – just don’t scratch too close to the little hill. Perhaps Kardoesie a better option. (See spot!)

Wilderness – All things considered it doesn’t look too bad. A light SW day so Serps and Sedge the places to be with climbs to just over 1k possible. Clouds moving in from lunchtime. Perhaps the coast will be too light. Map could be foefyable in the late morning with enough S in it here…;)

Plett – It actually looks really sweet for here with good climbs ta Uppies for a change – 3k and nice winds from the S to SW. Even Keurbooms could deliver from late morning into the early afternoon before the winds go too west. (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Another offshore and light wind start to the day but then the SW will start to dominate and move in.

EL – A NE wind start that will lighten up and change to the SW in the afternoon…

Inland – Light SW to W winds in the morning. Then the Southerly pushing hard in the afternoon with 20-30kts over the tops of the southern ranges. It reaches all the way to the GE. High clouds along the GE in the mid afternoon making us drool for that soaring. lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:44 and setting at 18:20 – day length 11:36. High tide is at 8:47 and Low tide 15:24. A light wind from the west start going SW during the day. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 







(3 April 2021) 
Day 376 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! What a sweet day at Sedge yesterday! Awesome for those that made it. :) Today the IOH dominating in the east with the SAH on the west with both systems fairly weak. Light winds along the west coast with some low clouds/fog out to sea. Early morning low clouds in many inland spots all of which should burn off during the course of the morning with the exception of the far eastern coastal areas. The southern coast areas with an easterly flow – a few spots with up to 15kts or just a tad more. Inland winds are light NE to NW. Some instability far inland still remaining but near the coast its less than 100ft climbs. Winds go NE to NW from 3k up and then backs to the SW from 10k with a 30/40kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A light W to SW flow with very stable air near the coast. IT looks like a SW trend around H and SH but still very stable indeed. Some low clouds out to sea which should dry out before it gets to land. The mountains looking completely the opposite. Light west winds with climbs to 5k. You could explore around the mountains today… See spot for DTK!

RB – A light frustrating west to SW day here… ;)

PV – A sweet sweet day here with light westerly winds to start off with the fresh SW only popping in very late in the afternoon from 17:00 onwards it seems. 15kts then. Climbs in the mid afternoon to 5k. Light winds high up too… :) (See spot!)

Wilderness – A easter flow with very stable conditions along the coastal plains – despite yesterdays sweet instability that saw very buoyant air even in the overcast. If you can try and go to DuToits for some sweet thermal flying with 5k climbs for almost the whole day. Map should be maintainable for the afternoon but from 17:00 there is a distinct east flow going NE soon after. I think Gerickes is the spot with a morning bench-up as soon as it is on. And then you could go to Buffs for soaring from 10 onwards with a chance of it getting almost blown out by 12! ;)

Plett – Again a stable day here with Keurbooms perhaps some extended foefies (or you could stay up a bit. Its also an east trend here… (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – An offshore start to the day but then the east winds will doainte with some spots reaching 20kts or even more…

EL – Similar to above…

Inland – Early morning clouds that will burn off with light NE to N winds. Trending to the NW later on. Some stronger spots early over the bigger mountains. No clouds expected. Sweet thermals over the bigger ranges with DuToits my local spot of the day. Climbs to 5k very doable with a light NNW trend.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:43 and setting at 18:22 – day length 11:38. High tide is at 7:32 and Low tide 13:52. An offshore start then going east with a light SE later in the day. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 






(2 April 2021) 
Day 375 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH and SAH still hanging around with that weak bean shape (ridge) around the CP from east to west, with loads of clouds and some rain along the southern parts of the WC. Winds still pretty light everywhere with a few exceptions – the southern west coast and the extreme NE areas where the trough is very active with high bases and strong NW winds. The southern cloudiness dries towards the north of the SB ranges and up the west coast from Stellies northwards. Some upper instability from the central GR southern Karoo and eastwards with deep developing clouds. This should start to clear during the day. The winds are light all the way up to around 4/5k where it goes NW then backs to the WSW from 10k upwards with a 90kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A fresh SE with base around or just below TM top height. Not much of a shadow day with the SE 20kts with 15k still up at TM top height. All day by the looks of things. The main mountains much better, with some convergence along the Groot Drakenstein ranges at Stellies by lunch time (base looks near 6k then!) but more moderate at DTK. (See spot)

RB – Looks like a great afternoon could be up here!… ;)

PV – A bit of a SSW day with climbs to just over 4k in general. Not the best from the looks of things. Perhaps north of Kardoesie the wind is more up! :) (See spot!)

Wilderness – A rainy morning again but it looks like a specific pulse of southerly winds popping through at 13:00 with about one to two hours at most of good flying. You could be at Map, the Hotel, CP, PR or Sedge and at that time it should all be good! ;) So keep tabs of the rain and the offshore winds suddenly changing from lunchtime onwards for a bit of fun. :))

Plett – Hhhmmm not as good as Wilderness area at all. More clouds and more rain… (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – SW winds with rain for most fo the day – perhaps clearing from the west later on. 10-20kts…

EL – Similar to above but a tad stronger and rain remaining…

Inland – Lots of clouds around all the way past the SB ranges but with light winds. Lots of wet grounds around so some sweet propeller flying conditions for the most part. Light thermals if any. Winds very light during the morning but from lunch time the southerly will pickup with a 20kt finish in some spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:43 and setting at 18:23 – day length 11:40. High is at 6:38 and Low tide 12:34. High again at 19:10. Do you feel winter is here! ;) Another light moderate S day with a slight chance of some light rain. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(1 April 2021) 

Day 374 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! So I was going to do that April fools weather forecast but…

The SAH warping into a bean around the southern tip of Africa – ridging it seems – with wide spaced isobars supposedly with light to moderate winds in most places. Though for the far interior and west coast this is not true. Strong SSE winds along the west coast and Westerlies north of the GE expected. Some CB activity in the central eastern parts – again along a line past Middelburg and Tarkastad region. Rain for the morning along the southern coastal areas and extending into the interior scattered to even north of the SB ranges. This will clear during the course of the day. Winds are light N above 5k in the south but fresh in the far interior – trending NW to 14k where it backs to the SW for a 70kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A few early morning showers possible but clearing quickly and the SE winds settle to 4k. Not the best conditions for the wind-shadow to shape up I think with up to 25kts in the afternoon, moderating from 3k upwards only. The main ranges doable in the morning I think but the SE also moving in here from mid day so be watchful. Its worse in the south but improves to the north. (See DTK Spot)

RB – Looks like a fantastic day for flying out here!… ;)

PV – A light wind start with westerly flows trending a bit SW later on. Some Q’s around but most will burn of after mid day especially to the north. Some climbs around to 4/5k at best around SkerpHeuwel north of Kardoesie. (See spot convergence for there at 15:00).

Wilderness – A rainy morning but supposedly clearing. Winds is light S to start of with (but calm in the Wilderness corner) Map looks like it will improve later in the afternoon for some flying there and lo and behold Sedge Spot says we are going to fly even during the morning with a S wind and climbs to 2k!? Well, I would love to see that. :) Aprils fool!? Hehehe…

Plett – Plett looking not as good as the Wilderness area. Maybe Keurbooms might have something around mid day before it goes too east… (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – It is SW winds all day here but moderating nicely and backing a tad to the S later in the day.

EL – Similar to above but a tad stronger…

Inland – The CF effects all over with some lingering rain in the southern areas till mid dayish. Winds are southerly here going SE in the afternoon. To the far north around BW it is NW going W 20kts. CB’s building in a wide area in the eastern interior. (See map) Nice flying along the southern coast around Wilderness area…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:42 and setting at 18:24 – day length 11:48. Low tide 11:44 and High tide at 17:37. I can feel winter is on its way! ;) Another light moderate S day going SE later. Rain clearing. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(31 March 2021) 
Day 373 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH driving in behind the CF causing a general SW flow along the southern parts and more W to NW further inland. Rain along the SW parts of the WC spreading slightly to the eastern parts by late afternoon – will be in Wilderness in the late afternoon early evening. So low clouds in the SW but rising quickly to the NE. Some CB activity form the prefrontal and trough inland combination around the Middelburg area. Some strong bits around with 20kts plus in a few spots. Notably difference is the early morning in the little Karoo around Oudtshoorn and to the south but this too changes later in the day. Winds go NW from 6k upwards all over with a 50-100kt finish in the late afternoon at the Tropopause.

CT – Rain from the morning until later in the afternoon – some partial clearing with the winds from the S to SW so not wind-shadow and could be tricky. Some southern spots could be cool though… The main ranges too clagged in but it does clear further to the North. (See DTK Spot)

RB – A WWB day!… ;)

PV – It is a westerly day with low clouds from the south but to the north is sweetly clear with some high Q’s. Fly Kardoesie and go North to Skerpheuwel. (See spot convergence for there at 15:00).

Wilderness – Another prefrontal day with similar stuff to yesterday at Sedge but a tad better – watch the stronger upper winds later in the day that will bring some mixing and shear. Around 1000k climbs. Looks like the low clouds and rain moving in from 17:00 onwards but some Apps don’t show this. Light wind start with a SW trend in the afternoon but S in the morning for the Wilderness area.

Plett – Hhhmmm similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing morning climbs to 4k! Maybe Keurbooms might offer something at mid day too. Nothing too strong in winds with the strong upper stuff only for very late afternoon. (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – It is SW winds all day here pretty moderate with few places over 20kts it seems…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Strong NW winds north of the GE but SW to the south of that. CB’s moving south from the north to end around Middelburg and Tarkastad late afternoon. Winds in that area southerly over 20kts. A good morning of flying but later it gets very strong…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:41 and setting at 18:26 – day length 11:45. Low tide 11:44 and High tide at 17:37. I can feel winter is on its way! ;) Another light moderate S day going SW later. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(30 March 2021) 
Day 372 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF approaching CT while the inland trough is going off! And the IOH dominating with strong NE winds in the eastern coastal regions. High bases inland along the trough region with super duper good flying – one could go far today from west of Uppington down towards BW and beyond. NW winds out there and base around 15k. Along the west coast its all foggy and bad with NW going W winds. Inland though the clouds evaporate with some good flying around the Swartland valley and CT mountains. The southern coastal areas with a slight moving Coastal low and SW winds moving up towards the GR area. Strong in the west but petering out around the Wilderness region. The winds are strong NW from 5k upwards all the way to just before the Tropopause where it backs to the west for a 50k finish.

CT – The fog spoiling all the fun otherwise it could have been and epic 12 apostle day I think. The main mountains clearer with some good flying. Watch the valleys with stronger flows up high with 20kts around 3/4k… (See DTK Spot)

RB – A WWB day!… ;)

PV – It is a NW start going W so a sweet convergence setting up around Bumpy peak into the valley around 15:00. Climbs here might get you to just past 5k. Otherwise its climbs to 4k average. Sweet flying along the ranges here… (See PV Spot)

Wilderness – A tricky day to call with the SW moving up towards the GR but the upper flow influencing the direction around the Wilderness area. The shadow effect causing for frustrating conditions to call with the trend being for the SW to move in but the corner and stronger upper flows might cause more of a westerly trend here. Sedge with climbs to just shy of 1k. Though from after lunch some strengthening of the TOL winds could cause some shear (slightly more bumpy or maybe more than that ;) The coasts probably with a moment or two of some soaring today…

Plett – Hhhmmm similar to Wilderness with Uppies SW and Keurbooms too much west in it. It doesn’t look that good but probably doable for a flight if you really want to get in the air (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – It is strong NE winds here all day long…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Strong NW winds to south of the SB during the morning but the S to SW winds from the south penetrating to the GE region by end of day. Lots of 20kts plus spots. High clouds in the NW airmass with super hot temps inland too. All upper thirties! Maybe not the best day for flying unless you get up super early of are into records! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:40 and setting at 18:27 – day length 11:47. Low tide 10:44 and High tide at 16:56. I can feel winter is on its way! ;) A light moderate W to SW day. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(29 March 2021) 
Day 371 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! So the IOH dominating in the east while another CF is approaching CT from the west with a slight coastal low to the SW of CT. Inland the trough active along the western parts of the interior while there are big CB’s around the Lesotho region. For the coastal regions the Easterly flows causing large scale stability along the coastal regions and close interior with a low inversion and weak climbs. Further inland it does improve with the higher grounds being the better spots. 6/7k over the SB tops, similar in the Cederbergs and then 11/12k north of the GE. Winds NW star trending west up there and then SE to E in the southern interior. The winds all go NW from around 6k then SW from 14k with a 30-50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A chance of fog patches moving in which will put a damper on the flying otherwise it looks like a NW wind here and fairly light. So perhaps its possible for some sweet 12 Apostle flying. The main mountains with Nw starts and then a WSW lower finish. 15kts up there so watch the penetration over some of the bigger ranges. Could be nice out there though… (See DTK Spot)

RB – A WWB day!… ;)

PV – A slow start with NW winds – fairly light all day and the climbs coming from mid day onwards. Some convergence setting up late afternoon around the Bumpy area. Perhaps getting to 6k here… (See PV Spot)

Wilderness – A strong East wind out to sea with the lighter stuff blowing onshore around Wilderness. Perhaps Serps could offer something to play with and drift towards Map. Map is a maybe with light winds on the cards. Best time around mid day but the it looks like the wind line receding and dropping again after that. Hhhmm… A stable day in general around here… (A bench-up at Gerrickes or early Buffs is also on the cards) ;)

Plett – Hhhmmm a very stable day here from the looks of it… (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – It is strong NE winds here all day long…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – A sweet day for flying prop thingies – again. ;) Some thermals especially over the bigger ranges but nothing too wild or strong. NW trending west north of the GE with some CB’s in the far east. Clear to the west. Looks like some high Q’s popping in the late afternoon around BW for a wishful thinking finish to the day…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:40 and setting at 18:28 – day length 11:48. Winter is on its way! ;) A sweet start to the day with les wind compared to yesterday. So all in all perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(28 March 2021) 
Day 370 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! So a kick-ass part from last nights Masked signalling the clos of the 2021 Wilderness Paragliding Festival. And would you believe that today it is flyable once more!

The IOH dominating today shaping up ridges along both sides of the country and helping the trough to be more active along the western interior. Winds are all easterly along the southern coasts and more NE to N further inland with a mix along the west coast from SE to NW further north. Few Q’s expected today except for the eastern coastal and adjacent interiors. Some instability around but the rains dampening much of that in the areas where the rain has been falling. Elsewhere it seems pretty pleasant. The wind is all N from 5k upwards continuing to back to the NW at 10k then W at 14k and WSW at 18k for a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – IT looks like a shallow SE up to 2k deep with a light NW above. IT should be a good wind-shadow day but with soe strong SW flows offshore from SH and LH. The main mountains looking okish but the SE pushing through in the late afternoon form the south so be careful there. (See DTK Spot)

RB – A frustrating day I think with light teasing stuff probably… ;)

PV – A light weak day with all that high cirrus dampening things a bit. To the North it is better with Kardoesie and Northwards the best options for late afternoon sweet flying. (See KD Spot)

Wilderness – A strong ESE day expected so get out early if you can. Chances are goo that it will be blown out by 11 (or earlier) but with a bit of luck who knows? Maybe we can fly till 12! Lol ;) Buffs should be good early but it doesn’t seem like enough south early on for Sedge or Gerrickes to be too exciting.

Plett – Also a strong SE day here with nothing too exciting on the cards or worth braving the cross winds at Uppies. ;)

PE and PA – Though it’s a lightish start the E to NE winds will blow and dominate here all day. Lots of cloud around and chances of some rain along the coasts…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – IT actually looks like a brilliant day for prop flying thingies – light moderate NE winds with more east in the east. The SE will move inland faster form the east reaching Graafies by late afternoon. Less to the west.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:39 and setting at 18:30 – day length 11:50. Winter is on its way! ;) A calmer start but it is not going to last long. Strong SE winds a get out early and go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a windy and cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(27 March 2021) 
Day 369 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A friendly reminder of our masked ball tonight at the Farhills Hotel. Please support this last event of the Wilderness Paragliding Festival and join in the fun!

 

https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Josh/25.03.2021/09:31

Remember those super hot days two days ago? Well Josh went to Kardoesie and went straight over the back, over the Cederberg mountains for a awesome 112km flight! Mooi Josh! ;)

The CF all over the WV with a southerly winds trending SW in the east and SSE in the west. Some rain along the southern parts and a tad inland clearing later in the day. Clouds around with base ranging from 4-6k along the west coast and adjacent mountains to 2/3k along the southern coastal areas rising inland with 4-6k towards Oudtshoorn and the SB ranges and 6-8k north of that. The southerly flow penetrating far inland to other side of the borders and remains that way with height with a SW trend from 14k and then a 70-100kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A deep fresh SSE wind with base around 4k. Not the best outlook for a wind-shadow today. Winds around 25kts in the afternoon. The main mountains with a lot of fresh southerly winds so a tricky day to fly. But with the unstable air the experienced pilots could squeeze a flight out towards the north…;)

RB – A sweet looking day here! Go play! See Spot!

PV – Cloudy start that dissipates during the day. Quite a bit of a southerly trend in the flow but flyable none the less. See LD Spot.

Wilderness – A very west start with it gong SW from around 11 onwards. The potential for it being a great flying day if the rain stays away. Probably some showers around the late morning mid day period but a chance of some good coastal flying in the later part of the afternoon.

Plett – Fresh SW winds here with a tad too much west in for Uppies or Keurbooms to be any good. Piesang valley also strong….. (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Blowing SW winds all day here…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Some rain around the bigger mountains with southerly winds. Strong over those big hills with 20kts plus in places. It does moderate later in the afternoon. A mix bag of flying…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:38 and setting at 18:31 – day length 11:53. Winter is on its way! ;) Chance of rain and fresh SW winds but still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(26 March 2021) 
Day 368 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! And what a super duper Wilderness Paragliding Festival this has been! Flying every single day for ten days in a row with sweet socials and awesome people – what more can you ask for? :))

Today the CF moving into the western parts while the IOH is dominating the east. The CF for starters in a very shallow layer with base around 2/3k and tops at 6k but still some rain in and around CT from this morning already. Fresh NW winds that is expected to moderate slightly by end of day especially further north but it remains strong to the south. Some strong prefrontal activity, wave lift over the western mountains and inland with a chance of some CB’s around the southern ranges in the mid afternoon even. Some high cloud bases out there with 12/13k along the SB and even ore further north. Quite a bit of wind around so the thermal index not the best with lots of shear expected – so not the best of soaring forecasts around. Winds are NW from 3k upwards with a 50-70kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Rainy, fresh NW winds (20ks) and low clouds, rising to TM top height in the afternoon. Probably too strong to fly though it could moderate enough by late afternoon/ early evening. The main mountains too strong and with lots of clouds… (See DTK Spot) ;)

RB – Another WWB is out and in full force today I think. ;)

PV – Perhaps some rain but a fresh NW start moderating in the afternoon. Base rising during the day with perhaps some flying in the later afternoon possible. See spot.

Wilderness – A prefrontal day with us smack bang in the middle of the strong NW to the west and strong NE to the east. Its always interesting flying in these conditions that can be excellent to poor. ;) Probably some coastal cliffs play time during the morning with some clouds moving in at around mid day. As things drop Sede could be playful though the spot forecasts are not the best for here – apparently the thermals are not going to be so great. Though we have proven the spot forecast to be wrong on many occasion. I think that as the clouds move in we could get some fun stuff taking us all the way into the white stuff at Sedgefield… ;) There are some very strong winds out to sea though – so do be vigilant and keep a good look out. These often make a pulsing move into the Wilderness coastline which forecasts don’t always pick-up on.

For tomorrow the Cf is here with some rain and fresh WSW winds… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a bit more wind. I think Keurbooms could offer something though some mixing are on the cards making things perhaps not that smooth and easy! (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Blowing NE winds all day here…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – The strong W winds moving in from the west during the course of the day as the CF moves in. Some CB’s expected over the central SB and even the northern parts of the Outenikwas. IT mixing day so not the best of flying conditions out there.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:37 and setting at 18:33 – day length 11:55. (We are accelerating towards winter now – so exciting! Almost time to fly with beanies!) ;) A prefrontal day with lots of action. A strong SW during the day but still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a hot 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(25 March 2021) 
Day 367 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! And would you believe we are having more flying today! This first ever Wilderness Paragliding Festival is turning out to be such a good thing for flying! :))

(Still can not believe we have surpassed 1 year of being under lockdown… (Still shacking of the heads here…)

Another Cf making its way towards the Cape. But for today the IOH dominating our weather today with an active trough along the central to eastern interior with CB activity. However the western trough still some remnants with still persisting high temps and great soaring along the west as the hot temps creates a sweet heat low for cool flying! (No pun intended!) lol (See cloud base map). Winds are fairly light except along the coast where the SE will once again dominate increasing into the afternoon. Lots of clouds around in most areas today. Winds light to moderate southerly inland, a western seabreeze along the west coast, with late afternoon a slight increase in strengths to the south. Winds remain light with height and only from 14k does it pick up to more than 15kts with a 50kt WSW finish at the Tropopasue.

CT – The CF effecting things with the help of a slight coastal low shaping gup and bringing in N to NW winds along the northern Peninsula. To the south the SE still having an influence but the NW should dominate most of the day. So expecting good flying along the northern parts of the Peninsula. The main mountains also looking very good with the Paarl area showing some convergence that will make you have to dodge airspace. ;) (See DTK Spot) ;)

RB – Another WWB is out and in full force today I think. ;)

PV – A hot day with amazing flying I think with the convergence being the hot spot. Just look for the clouds – they will give away the convergence region (See spot) and climbs here could take you close to 10k… :) No strong winds expected here today.

Southern areas

Wilderness – Another sweet slow start but with the promise of the winds moving in again around mid day. Today looks a bit better than yesterday with probably a longer flying window for Map. I still expect it to blow out in the afternoon – just exactly when is the tricky question! ;) Some playful stuff once again at Serps with Sedge probably a small window before it goes very east and strong out there. For the Buffs supporters it looks like a very small window between 9 and 10 - perhaps very east before then. NB! A word of caution here – there is no escape if you get blown over the back. And the wind will pick-up very quickly today so be very very careful! ;) PS: Do ot launch nfront of the parking lot. You MUST walk to the normal launch which is way donw the beach up the footpath. Please. (and especially do not enter any gardens) :)

For tomorrow there is all change going on as things turn pre-frontal! ;)

Plett – Similar to yesterday - the SE slightly earlier here than Wilderness and a maybe short window at Uppies in a bit of cross wind…. (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – The East blowing all day here – going up to 30kts in most spots…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Light to moderate southerly winds today with lots of CB activity in the central and eastern interior. The west with superb soaring conditions. To the south the sea breeze moving in from those strong SE winds along the coast. Another wary (scary!) day to be in the air… (see chart)

 






(24 March 2021) 
Day 366 of lockdown

Good morning all you magnificent Wild2Fly people! What a sweet get together this first ever Wilderness Paragliding Festival is turning out to be! More flying and super good socials on the cards today. :))

But before I continue – notice those lock down days.. Would you believe it has been on continuously for more than a year now… (Vigorous shacking of the heads here…)

And the guys in CT had an pic flying yesterday with light winds making thermaling along Africa face at TM possible. Thanks for the pics WJ!

Today the IOH dominating with strong east winds along the southern coastal areas. A bit more moisture around so some fog patches along the coastal areas but these will burn off during the morning. A slow start around the Wilderness area but the SE will kick-butt today with many spots reaching 30kts or more. Further inland the Trough is along the western interior again with CB activity – this time more than yesterday with some CB as far south as CT around mid day even. Winds are generally NE inland and later with the CB popping up – variable and some strong gust front activity. Winds are also pretty variable with height but from 30k it does trend back to the west with a WNW finish of 40kts at the Tropopause.

CT – The strong SE heading further out to sea form Agulhas rather than CP and a coastal low out to sea the NW of CT – so light winds and even NW from 1000ft up flow around SH and LH. Maybe some CB activity reaching CT by mid day thought probably it remains more to the north. The main mountains could be good but for the slight SE winds that could be a hindrance – though it is not that strong so the thermals could dominate upslope flow – late afternoon looks like some good climbs out there.. (See DTK Spot) ;)

RB – WWB is out and in full force today I think. ;)

PV – Another hot day with more CB activity so that might put a damper on things otherwise it could be another high climbing day – though not like yesterday. (Did anybody fly out there yesterday?) So just under 10k climbs possible today.

Wilderness – A slow light wind start. The strong wind blowing past further out to sea. But by 12 the wind should provide for some fun stuff at Map with the strong stuff popping through by lunchtime or soon after. The fun flight of the day I think will be short XC from Serps to Map at 12. (See Spot) (You may go to 1000ft ATO at Serps) ;)

For tomorrow it seems another but sweeter SE day. ;)

Plett – The SE starting earlier here and a maybe short window at Uppies in a bit of cross wind…. (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – The East blowing all day here – ging up to 30kts later in most spots…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Light to moderate E to SE winds in most area for the morning then picking up with some stronger spots around. Those CB activity bringing some strong gust fronts around too – a vert wary day to be in the air… (see chart)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:36 and setting at 18:35 – day length 11:59. (WE have cracked the 12hour mark today with more dark than light – that sounds so ominous! ;) Another sweet morning with an afternoon of strong SE winds. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(23 March 2021) 
Day 365 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool and awesome Wild2Fly people! And would you believe the prospects are looking amazing for 10/10 flying days for the first ever Wilderness Paragliding Festival! Yesterdays flying at the Map was super special and today is looking up for more of the same! :))

The SAH still dominating but the inland trough making inroads towards the south bringing that super duper awesome soaring weather with it! A kick-ass day along the west coast with well over 10k climbs around the PV valley and adjacent areas today. Light surface winds also predicted for the west with N to W winds but along the southern parts the SE will dominate with a totally different airmass and flying. There are some CB expected along the western interior, moving southwards reaching perhaps the Citrusdal areas by late afternoon. The central interior with light easterly winds that will pick-up in the afternoon trending SE. Stronger to the south. The southern coastal areas again with SE and strong in the afternoon. Winds are fairly light with height with changing directions but eventually trending W to NW with a 20/30kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Again strong SE around CP but it trends east and drops in velocity with height. A good wind-shadow day expected around LH and SH. The main ranges with a mix of SE in the south but trending N to W towards the N. DTK offering a window in the moring perhaps but I would just drive to Kardoesie – no questions asked today. ;)

RB – Hhhmm… Perhaps a bit of a frustrating day here with lighter winds. Just drive to KArdoesie! ;)

PV – A day with light winds that vary from NW to SW in a few spots during the day 5-10kts average. But some amazing height gains possible across the whole valley though the convergence regions are standouts. The best spot is Kardoesie today and along the range towards Skerpheuwel. Climbs to 12k possible (or more!) watch for OD conditions towards Citrusdal later with a chance of CB’s out there. But def a day to go and explore those upper air stuff! Even some cool Q’s shaping up there at mid day. This is an easy pick for spot of the day! :)

Wilderness – Another beautiful start with light SE winds and a more gentle progression into the afternoon of strong SE winds. Looks like it will blow out again but a tad later compared to yesterday. With some luck we might fly until 14:00 even. ;) For those that want something a bit more exciting than Map soaring can try their luck at flying XC from Serps to to Map. Climbs to ceiling seems possible at 11/12 for a easy run to Map. (You may go to 1000ft ATO at Serps) ;)

For tomorrow it seems another SE day. ;)

Plett – A similar day here with signs of some windshadow over the bay (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – An E to NE start from 5-10kts in the morning to 20-30kts in the afternoon.

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Light easterly winds in the south that will increase in strength during the day with a SE trend (some 20kts pots). But N to NE trend further inland. The trough position to the west with superb soaring conditions and CB’s along that area (see chart)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:35 and setting at 18:37 – day length 12:01. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! And Autumn is settling well!). Another sweet morning with an afternoon of strong SE winds. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 








(22 March 2021) 
Day 361 of lockdown

Good morning all you fantastically amazing Wild2Fly people! The weather is being awesome to us with a good run of flying for the first ever Wilderness Paragliding Festival! That fancy dress was just amazing yesterday :))

That SAH well settled with a strong ridge along the southern parts of the country, joining forces with the interior trough – some strong SE winds along the western coastal parts of the WC expected. A blue day in general with few clouds around – some on the far eastern coastal areas and then in the western interior along the trough. But some instability around with some good climb possible along the northern western parts - 10k in the Cederbergs and above the GE but just 6k along the SB and less along the Outenikwas… The winds also light in the interior and only around 8k the start of a westerly flow. Even then it changes direction often all the way to the Tropopause for a 20k West finish.

CT – The SE pretty shallow and mostly towards CP so a sweet wind-shadow day around. Perhaps slightly eroded in the late afternoon when the winds could reach 30kts in a few spots. The main mountains once again dominated by the SE flows – some wind-shadow effect early in the morning but its skin deep so be careful if you are thinking of venturing to DTK – perhaps its better to head more north towards PV ;)

RB – Another possible good day just depending on the convergence between the ESE and the S…;)

PV – A lighter wind day with climbs tough to the 5k mark but if you can go north and launch at Kardoesie you could connect with the convergence setting up form there towards Skerpheuwel and climb to close to 10k! IF you head towards Maanhaarberg you will get to that magic 10k mark and even more to the north in the Citrusdal valley…

Wilderness – A beautiful start to another sweet day. Its going to be a SE day from start to finish – though you could get high at Sedge again early on. (Yesterday the guys got to 2000’ there.) But it will be all Map flying for as long as the wind does not get too strong. IF you dive deep into the specifics you will notice a low level wind spike that causes some interesting flying at Map on occasion. ;) But I suggest getting there early as you can and fly as soon as its doable. ;)

For tomorrow it is another strong SE day with conditions less good. ;)

Plett – A similar day here to Wilderness… (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Sweet light winds around here with the SE not as strong. Some Q’s moving in from the east later in the day – increasing to the east.

EL – A SW start but backing to the SE during the day with a more E finish. 10kts in most spots so it looks like a great coastal soaring day!

Inland – Light NW to West north of the GE but E to SE south of there. A good morning of propellor flying weather but the afternoon sees the winds picking up again with 20kts in a few spots – especially along the southern parts. No clouds expected in our area…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:34 and setting at 18:38 – day length 12:04. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! And it is the 2nd day of Autumn!). A sweet morning but then a strong SE wind picking up for the afternoon. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(21 March 2021) 
Day 360 of lockdown

Good morning all you super awesome Wild2Fly people! AND another super flying autumn day for the first ever Wilderness Paragliding Festival! :))

Today the SAH shaping a slight ridge along the southern parts, splitting that Southerly winds to SE in the west and SW in the east. A lot of moisture around in the shallow surface layer with a slight chance of rain along the GR this morning, increasing to the east and clearing from the west during the day. The clouds blacked by the secondary ranges mostly so the western interior and coastal areas clear today. The winds become pretty slack from around 5k upwards and then at 10k trends to the SSW for a chance and stays in that direction all the way to the Tropopause for just 20kts finish up there…

CT – IT looks like another fresh SE day but not as deep as yesterday so the wind-shadow shaping up – especially in the morning and early afternoon. It does go over 25kts in the mid and later afternoon with the shadow eroding at that time. The main mountains dominating by the SE winds with super strong areas reaching 30kts or more. (See TH graph for the Paarl area)

RB – It could work but it seems that perhaps RB could be in the region of convergence between the SE and the S so maybe not that strong Else most areas seems blown out…;)

PV – A very southerly kind of day with climbs to just above 4k. The wind does get strong form the south later on.

Wilderness – A cloudy start with low cloud and even a chance of light rain during the morning. But all indication are for this to clear by mid day for a sweet afternoon at Map. Probably from 12 onwards the best time. IT looks like a marginally soarable day so perfect for action and flights down along the highway and to the beach. Sedge shows surprisingly something early on but the clouds I am looking at is way below the forecasted 2500ft base! lol. So a small system during the morning suppressing the winds but by 11 this should start to clear with low cloud far out to sea but it is not on the cards that these should bother us. Base up by then to 2k perhaps. And of course later afternoon a bit more of a soarable bit – around 10kts I hope.

For tomorrow it is a strong SE day with a good morning of flying but blow out later. Good for hang gliding! ;)

Plett – Keurbooms once again a bit of an upspurt during the late morning. Uppies not as good a Sedge though probably more realistic. lol  (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – SW winds that will moderate into the afternoon and back to the SE. Some rain but also decreasing into the day.

EL – Similar to above with the SW hanging around for longer.

Inland – For a change the far interior looking sweet with light surface winds form the north for most of the day. Good propeller thingie stuff but towards the south the SE will increase during the day with very strong winds to the west especially. Only the central area inland of the GR looking relatively lighter with some flying. Lots of clouds around in the little Karoo but clearing to the north. 20kts plus over the big western mountains.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:34 and setting at 18:39 – day length 12:06. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! And it is the 2nd day of Autumn!). Another sweet morning with a slight slight chance of rain but a clear afternoon and SE wind. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(20 March2021) 
Day 359 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. And another super flying day for the first ever Wilderness Paragliding Festival and would you believe that today we are doing more of the same! :))

Another CF moving into CT today driven by the SAH while the IOH is standing its ground making it difficult for the new CF to run unabated up the southern coast line. Run and the SW making its way for the west during the course of the day probably reaching the GR in the mid afternoon. Further inland the trough very active with CB’s today in a broad region with a W to NW flow. Initial NE on the east coast but this will change in spots from the west as the SW moves up the coast. The SW remains till around 8k where it veers to the W and then NW with a 30kts finish at CT and a 60kts near Wilderness.

CT – Another fresh SE day with a deep flow and little chance of a usable wind-shadow shaping up. Again even the main mountains dominated by the SE flow so not much from a flying point of view. (See RB TH grpah)

RB – If you are not there soaring already you are missing out! Probably blown out later on. ;)

PV – A southerly kind of day with strong stuff moving in form the south later on. Climbs to 5k at the better spots but mostly later in the afternoon for this to happen. See Spot for PV.

Wilderness – And a slight prefrontal day with some SW pulsing on the cards and associated clouds (varying cloudbase) so its worth keeping an eye out to sea for any of those strong wind lines – if it is looking strong land and wait for it to settle or pass before flying again. It looks like a good SW day for some coastal flying increasing towards mid day. Some rain moving in from the SW from as early as 14:00 however most Apps show it from around 17:00. Sedge and Serps will be very strong with some rough rides out there so be careful if you venture inland. ;) (See all the winds forecast charts and sedge Spot!)

For tomorrow it is a lighter SW start but quickly backing to the S and then SE from 10/11 onwards. Perhaps some early morning rain – a small pulse around 10/11 but then a dry and cool afternoon form the looks of things. ;)

Plett – Keurbooms looking sweet during the late morning but then the SW pulse moving in around 13:00. Uppies looking very up and down with two distinct SW pulses moving through. Probably a bit of a rough ride out there! ;) (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Light SE start remaining lightish until late afternoon when the SW makes it way up there.…

EL – Similar to above with the SW moving in early evening.

Inland – SW to W winds in the south but NW to the north and West along the western interior. Lots of CB activity from south of Uppington to other side of Graafies. Some high Q’s developing out there with soe strong spots of wind caused by these CB’s. A general SSW flow moving inland as the front increases its effect. 20kts plus over the big mountains.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:33 and setting at 18:41 – day length 12:08. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! It is the first day of Autumn!). Another sweet morning with a chance of rain in the afternoon. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a better 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(19 March 2021) 
Day 358 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. And what an excellent start we had yesterday for the first ever Wilderness Paragliding Festival! Great flying and today we are doing more of the same! :))

The CF has moved into the WC with various influences – dry along the west coast with SE to SSW winds while its slightly wetter along the southern parts but not as expected. Slight chance of rain along this area only later in the day. Winds will go from SW in the morning till middayish then back to the SE by late afternoon and that is when most of the rain is expected. The System is relatively deep with winds only going back to the usual NW upper flow from 8-10k upwards with an 80kts finish up at the Tropopause.

CT – A fresh SE day with dominating SE to E flows along the main mountain ranges. Only a slight chance of the shadow shaping up but this will decrease int the afternoon form the looks of things. 30kts in many spots. (See RB Spot)

RB – Looking really good but perhaps a tad strong later in the day. ;)

PV – Climbs around the 4 perhaps 5k mark with SSW winds. It does get breezy in the south later on so be wary if you find yourself in the air at that time.

Wilderness – Ag what a pleasure to be here! It is looking like a fantastic morning of flying into the early afternoon from there on it might OD in many spots with a chance of light rain moving in – increasing probably as the winds back to the SE. Looks like a quick backing around mid day from lekker SW to suddenly going Southerly from 13:00 onwards (for those thermic flyers) It does look like the ocean cliffs will be flyable form early on for most of the day. Some light spots but if you are good you could squeeze staying up through them. I think Sedge and Serps will still be amazing with good climbs into the clouds around 11 to 13:00. It could be good enough to venture over the back and try get to Map (If you do this I recommend planning to finish the flight at 14:00 before the lower cloud will move in from the ocean along with the SE.) ;) (See all the winds forecast charts and sedge Spot!)

A quick looks at tomorrows weather shows another CF moving into the GR area from mid day onwards – winds are SW in general. Still keeping those fingers crossed the rain chances becomes less… ;)

Plett – Uppies not looking too shabby today with even Keurbooms on the cards too at mid day… (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Fresh SW winds trending SE later on…

EL – Similar to above but the SE only moving in by early evening…

Inland – SE winds in the south but NW to the north and West along the western interior. Some high Q’s developing to the east from lunchtime onwards but clear to the west. Some spots getting to 20kts especially in the south. The SE winds moving in to well north of the GE as the SAH pushes the cooler air up into the interior. No CB expected and only slight chance of light rain in the south.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:32 and setting at 18:42 – day length 12:10. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn’s around the corner!). A clearish start but becoming cloudy from mid day onwards. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a mild 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(18 March 2021) 
Day 357 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. A great kick off for the Wilderness Paragliding Festival today with some sunshining weather around the area. :))

A CF approaching CT – it seems to be loosing momentum with less rain on the cards compared to previously expected – lets hope it keeps this trend. So the SAH in the west and IOH dominating in the east while Wilderness area is sitting pretty in the middle enjoying the slack conditions. Strong NE in the east and fresh NW to SW in the west. The Westerly will be moving up the coast during the day but might not reach the GR by the end of day (or if it does it will be late late afternoon and early evening) No rain expected today for the whole WC. The usual NW far inland and just above our heads from around 3k the winds all go NW with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A NW start around the Peninsula with a mid day afternoon backing to the WSW. Some cloud expected from mid day with a low base and tops just above TM top. If you fly in the morning don’t get caught as the cloud moves in! ;) The main mountains also not looking too bad though there is a strong wind around the southern ranges which could make things a tad unpleasant. (See TDK Spot).

RB – Too much west in it today…;)

PV – A sweet WNW start trending to the WSW later on. Climbs to 4k in general with some Q’s moving in form the south by late afternoon.

Wilderness – Aaahhh… The question is are we going to fly today!? Yes we are! :) Light onshore winds with a chance of it being just strong enough for some coastal cliff soaring. Though the inland sites will be the spots to e with both Sedge and Serps delivering some sweet fun flying – even if it is pretty slow and weak with climbs hardly reaching 1000ft. Later in the day the wind will veer more to the WSW as evening approaches but perhaps this is when the Wilderness Beach Hotel can offer something to play in with enough onshore component (slightly less west) than the rest of the ridges. (See the wind graphs for the area). There are some low cloud spots out to sea but these are not shown to move in over the land – probably evaporates as it reaches the shore but to the west of us some fog patches are forecasted (so it might have some influence here) ;)

A quick looks at tomorrows weather shows the CF moving in during the night with a slight chance of rain and SW winds going SE – fingers crossed the rain chances becomes less… ;)

Plett – Perhaps Uppies a bit better than the Wilderness ridges and some doable moments at Keurbooms on the cards too… (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Fresh NE winds all day here…

EL – Similar to above…

Inland – Low and behold those CB’s are not on the cards today even though the trough is still there – slightly less moisture moving in form the north as the CF approaches CT and is changing the origins of that upper airmass. NW winds mostly around the 10-15kts range btu the it will increase along the mountains to the south as the CF starts to have an impact in the area. Some 20kt plus posts expected then. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:31 and setting at 18:43 – day length 12:12. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn’s around the corner!). A clear sunny day expected so perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a mild 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(17 March 2021) 
Day 356 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Tomorrow is the start to the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

The SAH still dominating with a slight ridge along the southern parts and the inland trough with good flying but OD conditions and CB activity in a wide spread area in the interior. Winds are all S to SE along the southern parts – fresh in a few spots in the late afternoon – but NW north of the GE except later in the day when the southerly will creep up to past there. Lots of Q’s around but the west is blue. A few fog patches on the northern west coast with some lower clouds along the southern oceans with a slight chance of effecting the southern coastal areas – even a slight chance of rain in a few spots possible. The winds are light with hight with a N trend going NW from 4k upwards and a 30-50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Strong SE around CP but it curls around with a SW component around SH and LH – light winds expected here for most of the day with probably some good flying too. The SE to the S is not very deep either so all these help for a good wind-shadow area to play in today. The main mountains also looking up with perhaps some E to NE in the morning but this will be dominated by the NW to W winds and late some SW from the west. (See TDK Spot).

RB – Too much west in it today…;)

PV – A NW start to the day but the afternoon finishing SW. Climbs to 5/7k in the best spots. Light winds with a slight push in the late afternoon with up to 1kts at TOL.

Wilderness – Again lots of clouds around but most will clear during the day along the coast with some blue skies. Winds initially S and light but from lunchtime the SE will start to push in from the east. Perhaps reaching Map by late late afternoon. Base around 2/3k on the plateaus so if you can get there it could be fun. Sedge and Serps should be great during the late morning and early afternoon – a small window to get high enough to jump to the back possible.

Plett – Also a S to SE day with Uppies showing some fun times… (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Light wind starts with a later E to NE trend. There’s a high chance of ran and even CB activity here today…

EL – Similar to above…

Inland – High bases but with the high probability of CB’s in a wide spread region (See rain map). It is clear to the west with a NW wind trending W to SW later on perhaps 15kts in some spots. If you can is the CB’s it should be good flying… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:31 and setting at 18:45 – day length 12:14. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn’s around the corner!). A partly cloudy day with strong SE winds for the afternoon. Perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool  20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(16 March 2021) 
Day 355 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. 2 days to go to the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

The SAH still dominating with a very active trough along the central parts. CB’s in the interior though a tad more to the east with some light rains along the southern coastal parts during the day possible. Winds are generally SE along the southern parts and Southerly up the west coast and NW in the more northern interior. Around CP and the west coast its strong and dry while the southern parts are lighter with more moisture and low clouds around for the most part. Flying a bit of a mixed bag with the southern parts not much in terms of thermic activity, improving along the west (well, actually some pretty good spots along the west!) ;) and the then interior though high bases the thermals a bit shredded due to winds and rain. The winds along the southern parts are lighter with height then form around 10k it starts the usual W to NW march increasing with a much calmer 20-30kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Another strong SE wind day, dryer compared to yesterday with some good instability along the west coast – there should be sweet Q’s today. Still strong higher up with not much of a wind-shadow shaping up from the looks of things and then the main mountains are all SE winds and pretty fresh. You need to go far north to get a bit of SSW component…

RB – It looks like a good day here according to the Spot report with some high clouds too… Maybe a day to drift north and go for Adam’s record! ;)

PV – Still a lot of southerly in the wind but not as strong as yesterday and much better thermic wise. Climbs to perhaps 6k in some spots with sweet clouds in the south. Be careful though with the southerly component and very strong S winds late afternoon form the south.

Wilderness – Lots of clouds still around but less chance of rain compared to yesterday. SE winds though it starts of light. I think Map the place to be from mid day onwards. It might blow out very late in the day so it might just be a lekker flying day for the most part. :) It looks  a tad too east and fresh for anything worthwhile inland to happen. Maybe Gerrickes and Buff for an earlier session. ;) 

Plett – Also a very se day with not much flying prospects – unless you have those secret SE spots to enjoy ;) (See spot).

PE and PA – A chance of some CB’s otherwise lighter winds and onshore flows mostly with an East trend perhaps reaching 15kts in the strongest bits.

EL – Similar to above…

Inland – Again the usual pattern of NW winds to the north of the GE with SE trends to the south of that. Rain along the mountains expected with CB’ along the trough line – mostly to the east of the interior. Lots of variable surface winds around the CB regions it seems. Probably a good WW day. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:30 and setting at 18:46 – day length 12:16. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn’s around the corner!). A cloudy day with slight chance of rain and soe fresh SE winds. Either way go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(15 March 2021) 
Day 354 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. And surely the big news of the day is that Peter Wallenda has finally tied the knot to Sue Day – congratulations!!

And a reminder that we now have only 3 days to go to the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

A cut off low wanting to form just to the south of us that is causing some strong SW winds along parts of the southern coast but S to SE winds along the west coast. The SAH already pushing in its dominance once again. The CB activity still strong long the trough – connecting out to sea with the low. Lots more rain from the looks of it as the SAH helps to bring in that warmer moist air from the IO onto the southern parts. However those CB activity moving off to the east running form PE/EL and northwards. Lots of cloud everywhere with the sun peaking out here and there with a bit of luck. Not much form a flying point of view with RB for the hangies about the best spot of the day! Lol. Winds go NW from 10k upwards with a 0-80kt finish up at the Tropopause.

CT – A strong SE wind day with lots of low cloud and no inversion or letting up of the winds so it doesn’t look like any wind-shadow shaping up. The main mountains dominated by that strong SE winds so no safe prospects out that side either. Looks like a WW or perhaps more like a BR day! (That one is for WJ!) ;)

RB – It just could be a sweet day here all day long with weak lift so t should be smooth flying and perhaps holding just enough to remain flyable all day long…

PV – A very southerly day though not as strong as yesterday. Weak climbs with base rising to 4k maybe to the north. Not the best of day with the cross wind that is remaining all day long…

Wilderness – Hhhmmm… Still lots of cloud around with the prospect of more rain but perhaps not as much as yesterday. The winds are supposed to be strong WSW so there is hope for a bit of a clear spell and more upslope along the ocean cliffs. Lol. But inland its too windy for things to be anything worthwhile safe flying… 

Plett – Also a very W day with poor outlook for flying… (See spot).

PE and PA – Lots f rain on this side with those CB active all day here. Looks like the surface winds reflect some of that too with variable but a general W trend…

EL – Similar to above…

Inland – NW further inland but the SAH helping the southerly to take over things from mid afternoon onwards. It penetrates beyond the GE by late afternoon. Lots of rain on the cards for the farmers. The CB’’s moving to the east but more rain all day long – especially along the SB and southwards from there. Still a good WW day. (or BR day!) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:29 and setting at 18:47 – day length 12:18. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn’s around the corner!). A cloudy day with rain but the CB’s are gone. Either way go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(14 March 2021) 
Day 353 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. 4 days to go! The first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

A pleasant surprise at Sedge yesterday afternoon with some sweet amazing flying. Today the CF having moved over leaving a layer of moist air in its wake while the SAH is ridging in behind it – a general SE flow all over the WC today with a NW above that. Inland the trough very active with loads of CB’s around that will spread all the way south over the coastal areas and out to sea. In the far east the surface winds starting off SW but those will back to the SE during the day as well. So lots of low clouds along the southern coastal areas and thick mid-levels inland and adjacent areas. Those upper NW winds carrying all that stuff down to the south with it. The winds end with 70-80kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Fresh SE winds with a chance of a wind-shadow during the morning and lunchtime but it is eroded soon after as the SE deepens and strengthens. The main mountains also not looking that good with the East winds dominating there all day long. A few shadowed spots but these are very dynamic and moving around rather quickly so be very careful if you try to venture out there…

RB – IT just could be a sweet day here with the mid day and early afternoon the best. It will blow out later…

PV – It is a very SSW start to the day with low climbs perhaps up to 4k but it gets strong Southerly quickly with 20kt at TOL even from mid day already. So be careful if you fly. Land early! ;)

Wilderness – A light S start with some flying possible in the late morning at Serps, Map and Sedge. Maybe even Gerrickes for a bench-up! ? But it looks like rain from lunchtime onwards. With some luck we will get a window of flying in before this happens. ;) Late afternoon even CB’s moving in from the north.

Plett – It looks like the rain is here from earlier compared to Wilderness so perhaps not as good a forecast…. (See spot).

PE and PA – Initial SW but quickly backing to the SE from the west. Also rain later and some chance of those CB’s later on.

EL – SW start then backing to the SE.

Inland – NW north of the GE but E to SE to the south of that. Some spots over 20kts especially to the western interior. Then of course loads of CB activity which will spread all the way south over the southern coastal areas late afternoon. Be very careful if you fly out there today… Maybe still better to just do some WW. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:28 and setting at 18:49 – day length 12:21. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn’s around the corner!). A cloudy day with rain and even CB’s in the afternoon. Either way go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool hot 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(13 March 2021) 
Day 352 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. 5 days and counting! The first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

The CF right on CT doorstep today with the associated strong NW winds. There is a bit of a gradient so in some spots it might seem light but just 1000ft up it is close to 20kts and form there it just gets stronger! ;) Big wave day around the Western parts. To the north the trough is very active with amazing soaring conditions – high bases but also some CB activity, some as far south as Graafies area. But of course with the front those isbars helping ot make the wind just too strong for us to fly. 20-30kts NW in most places. To the far east the NE dominating form the IOH and then the GR right in the “col” change over area with light winds along the surface and a bit more instability compared to yesterday. Above from 3k upwards the wind are all NW finising with 100kts at CT and 70kts at Wilderness!

CT – NW winds with a strong gradient – could be those prefrontal jukky NW winds ;) and the the CF moving in early evening – some rain and winds going more SW. Even the main mountains good to do some WW today. ;) Especially if there are any wave clouds forming.

RB – WWB is out and about today;)

PV – Another strong NW to W day with some convergence setting up around PV town from mid day moving towards the launch as the wind backs to the west. But its very strong up there so probably best to just WW. (See TOL winds of spot) ;)

Wilderness – A light SW day with some flying probably to be had at Sedg around mid day. Climbs to 1000ft doable according to the forecast. Get it while you can I say because the CF is here tomorrow! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wildernes with a maybe Keurbooms but Uppies with a small window around mid day too (See post).

PE and PA – Initial NE in the east but the west the winds popping in form the changing – light to varable S to SW winds.

EL – Strong NE winds here all day 20kts…

Inland – That hot NW winds all the way south to the first mount ranges of the coast. High cloud bases with some OD and CB around the central parts. Not good for flying unless you are brave but excellent for WW! ;) South of the southern ranges if you stay low there is a sweet flying spot within the or just above the convection layer (up to 1500ft with light thermals) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:27 and setting at 18:50 – day length 12:23. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn’s around the corner!). It is a light wind day for us with little to none flying prospects. Foefies at Map! Maybe practice those fancy dress suit launches! ;) Either way go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another hot 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(12 March 2021) 
Day 351 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Six days to the main event! The first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

A large CF to the west with a strong trough along the western interior and the IOH on the east dominating our weather today. NE winds along the east coast all the way to the eastern parts of the GR but this will move to the east during the day as the CF moves closer form the west. The CF will influence CT from tomorrow onwards mostly but some upper influences today from the tightening isobars – some strong NW winds up there! Inland strong NW winds as the prefrontal trough creates some super duper strong soaring conditions with 18k bases – Loeriesfontein, Calvina, Willeston epic high stuff but the NW pretty breezy out there. Lol. Some low clouds around the coasts with poor soaring – stable conditions along most of the coastal plains today not helped by the thick mid and upper clouds today either. The best spot that is within reach of most pilots will be Kardoesie with some mid afternoon sweet stuff – my spot of the day. Conditions also very cool for wave activity in the SW parts of the WC. Winds in general are NW except for a very shallow layer along the southern parts increasing in strength with a 70kt finish up at the Tropopause.

CT – A good early morning I think with NW winds and a chance to explore the 12 Apostles. Its breezy up there with 15k at TM top but def manageable for PG. By mid day the surface winds trend SW which will break some of tat good lift to bench up to TM. Very stable and north in the upper air along the main mountains. The inversion showing a stable change from the SW lowers to the NNW upper but its best to be wary I think.

RB – WWB is out and about today;)

PV – NW to W all day with high clouds dampening the climbs. PV with perhaps 3/4k weak stuff but Kardoesie seems to be better with the spot showing up to 5k in the mid afternoon. ;)

Wilderness – A stable day with really nothing on the cards. With a bit of luck you might find some coastal spot with just enough wind to keep you up for while. Even Buffs doesn’t offer anything more than local dins and will be a gamble…

Plett – Similar to Wildernes today….

PE and PA – Fresh to strong NE winds to start with that will veer to the East later on. Maybe some of those onshore spots will work if its not too strong…

EL – Strong NE winds here all day 20-30kts…

Inland – Fresh spots during the moring especially the GE area with 20-30kts of surface winds. To the south the SE winds are around to 4/6k level before going NW. This changes at the GE areas. Lots of high cirrus clouds but there are some very high Q’s expected along the higher mountain areas that connect with the NW instability. Loeresfontein area in particular and along the N/S line. (See cloudbase map). So lekker to dream hey! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:27 and setting at 18:51 – day length 12:25. (We are really being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn around the corner!). It is a light wind day for us with little to none flying prospects. Foefies at Map! Maybe practice those fancy dress suit launches! ;) Either way go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(11 March 2021) 
Day 350 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. One week to go to the start of the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

Here are some amazing Wave clouds from the past CF that moved over the WC. Pics taken at McGregor by Ruan. Awesome! :)

Today a mild SAH shifting in behind the CF with surprisingly light winds in almost all areas of the WC. There are still some wet spots around during the morning and mid afternoon but it dries during the day almost everywhere. Loads of Q’s around with a few spots showing excellent soaring conditions. Winds re generally eats with some NE trend inland and a SE for the afternoon along the coast. The west cast has mostly N to NW in the upper winds (a slightly different SAH source for here). The East is present all the way up to around 6k where it backs to the N and then WNW from 14k upwards and a 80kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A good flying day I think with instability to 4k around the Peninsula. Up to 15kt SE later but it is light at 2/3k with a NW trend up there. The surface winds curling around TM with a SW component along the shore front at SH and LH. Some great flying to be had along the main ranges with strong lift according to the forecasts – despite all the recent rains. Winds do trend NW with height so its hard to go anywhere to the north and if you head south you will bump heads with the SE which will make for interesting flying indeed! ;) lol. FH with that mix between these two winds with some times being very good for flying – the SE influence in the morning and late afternoon again – so be wide awake if you fly here…

RB – Some Southerly late afternoon but it does seem a bit light… ;)

PV – Looking like a sweet day here with NW to W winds all day long and sweet Q’s all over the show. Best climbs seem to be north of Kardoesie with maybe 5k climbs that side.

Wilderness – A light wind start with mid level clouds. Then later some higher thicker cirrus clouds around which will dampen the thermals somewhat otherwise it could have been an amazing XC day. The winds trend S to SE from late morning mid day already with the afternoon going SE. Map should be very cool late afternoon – probably good form 14:00 onwards already. ;) Earlier flying from Serps to Map should be very sweet.

Plett – Plett looking cool to with Uppies mid morning flights and the SE moving in a bit later on. Keurbooms perhaps doable but a lot of SE in the wind…

PE and PA – Fresh SW start and by mid afternoon the winds will start to moderate and back to the S and even SE. The rain will also become less…

EL – Similar to PE but the SW hanging on for longer as the tail end of the CF moves past here….

Inland – Some light rain stull present in a few spots but all of that will clear during the day. The winds are light easterly trend all the way to the GE and north of there it is NW. Nothing strong with perhaps 10-15kts around at the most in a few spots. A sweet flying day with Q’s everywhere.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:26 and setting at 18:53 – day length 12:27. (We are really being robbed of sunlight daily now!! Autumn is coming soon!) A sudden calm after the storm today with light wind start and then a SE breeze for the afternoon. Def a day to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(10 March 2021) 
Day 349 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. 8 days to the start of the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

The CF dominating our weather with rain in CT all day and up the west coast, spreading to the east during the day. Very strong NW winds around there with 30kts at 1000’ and 40 just above that. The winds should moderate slightly in the afternoon. Inland the strong winds also dominating from west to east with some very high clouds and strong lift preceding the front. Of course those winds way too strong to fly so its just WW time. The rain should spread to the GR by late afternoon/early evening. Way to the north the trough active around Kuruman and Jozies areas. Lol. Winds back home are NW from the surface all the way to the Tropopause with a slight W backing up there and a 90kts finish.

CT – Strong NW winds and rain all day. Low base with tops around 12/14k… See SLP TH graph with winds 50kts at 3k mid day!

RB – Big WWB out today! ;)

PV – Also rain and strong NW winds all day…

Wilderness – A clear warm day with some katabatic heating around as the strong NW descends down to the lee side of the Outies. Still some high clouds at 7/8k – see the spot for Grg and the winds at TOL! Very windy with 30kts around 1000ft near the coast. Lots of variable winds out to sea - lots of mixing caused by the adjacent high mountains. Very west to NW all day but late afternoon sees the SW finally coming through (Too strong of course!) and with a chance of rain at that time. A WW day!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness!

PE and PA – Light winds start with some spots of strong offshore flow. This will change to onshore flows with SE winds and then trend NE in the east later on. The CF moving in through tonight only.

EL – SE then NE later on. Light to moderate winds.

Inland – Another day of WW! Strong winds form the W due to the CF moving in – 30kts plus in most places. Lots of rain expected in the west and then moving to the eat reaching as far as Sutherland, PrinsAlbert, Willowmore by early evening. And by morning into EL and Graafies.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:25 and setting at 18:54 – day length 12:29. (Oooh sunset now before 19:00!! Autumn is coming soon!) A strong WNW wind day with rain early evening. Visit the Lienkies corner for a bit of shelter or walk down wind with masks and goggles! ;) The forest walks would be the best today to shelter form the winds. Either way go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 28 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(9 March 2021) 
Day 348 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. 9 days to the start of the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :)

Today the first big CF of the year moving into CT – a classic one with the building NW winds and then the rain late afternoon persisting for a day at least from the looks of it. And of course effecting all those areas close to the western parts of the WC those building NW to W winds. Some big wave around the CT mountains – should be pretty visible too I think. Otherwise a clear day from a Q point of view (except from the inbound CF and then those high cirrus over the entire WC. The southern coastal areas still very protected from the CF influence with very light winds to start the day and then a gradual build during the day of onshore winds. NE winds in the eastern parts but generally a southerly and SW in the GR areas. Inland the westerlies dominate and will build strongly during the day with 30kts plus in the west penetrating all the way to Uniondale and Willowmore by late afternoon. North of the GE it is all WNW winds and also breezy as those pressure surfaces are steeply tilted between the trough and that CF. Though again the finetuned trough extending in a long line from Nam past Bloem for some record soaring conditions out there. Over 17k climbs near Botshabelo. (It extends all the way to McClear!) (Dream!) ;) Winds all go NW from around 3k upwards backing to W from 14k with a 100kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Still thick Cirrus clouds that will be complimented with Q’s moving in from the west from mid day onwards. And of course those building WN winds which is already to strong from the morning. TM top height going to 40kts with the 30kts and more on some spots on the surface possible by mid afternoon. The main mountains also very strong NW winds so its def not a flying day. Lol.

RB – Big WWB out today! ;)

PV – Also a breeze NW day with winds in the upper teens all day – increasing to the south. Lift going to 5k in the best spots. Better to watch weather today. ;)

Wilderness – Yesterday a super coastal soaring day as it turned out but today much less in the wind department from the looks of it. (Thought this awesome place often has sweet surprises) ;) IT looks like a super light off-shore start to the day with some light onshore winds by late morning mid day. Its possible it could get soarable along the ocean cliffs but generally a light wind day. SW till lunchtime and then a S to SSE trend in it. Sedge showing some lift to just over 1k. Serps very similar with the window an hour before mid day the best. Hhhmmm…;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness, just slightly les good. ;) lol. Light onshore flows with Uppies showing climbs to perhaps 2500ft. Maybe a light soaring flight at Keurbooms doable at lunchtime.

PE and PA – The E to NE wind trending here but it is light and changing from the west as the CF shits closer. A light wind day here in general which is cool I suppose. ;)

EL – Light NE wind all day form the looks of it.

Inland – A light wind start in the east but the west already having fresh westerly winds. This will build during the day covering almost the entire interior from west to east ;) well just past Willowmore area where there is a more S to SE trend in the south. A few lost Q’s possible over some of the higher ranges inland but that west wind going over 30kts on average remaining strong from GR and up. Probably a day best spend drinking and practicing WW. (Weather Watching!) lol.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:24 and setting at 18:55 – day length 12:31. (Oooh sunset now before 19:00!! Autumn is coming soon!) A big CF moving towards us so enjoy today because tomorrow is going to be pretty deurmekaar… So go enjoy perfect beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 




(8 March 2021) 
Day 347 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Things are heating up for the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival – 18 to 28 March 2021! Watch this space!  

The SAH dominating with W to SW winds along the entire WC area. Lots of clouds around with some rain especially along the southern parts with bases varying from 1500ft in southern parts to 3/4k in the west and of course more in the interior. Climbs are weak for the most part due to thick mid level clouds which will dampen the thermals quite a bit. Best spot looks to be DTK with some sweet mid day lifting with TOL around 4.5k and sweet winds too. Otherwise strong SW along the southern and eastern areas, moderating from the west during the day. In the interior its W in the far north but SSW in the south. But then while we are all grovelling in the CF remnants the sweetest trough line is setting up today with record distance possible (Drool) See the Cloud base SA chart for the distinct setup – 15k base is not too shabby! ;) Winds remain SW to W but then WNW from 6k up trending W with a 80-100kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Those thick mid levels hanging around all day with a S to SSW trend. 15kts but more around the corners with the seafront at SH 15-20kts at times. Too side one for the wind-shadow to shape up from the looks of things but maybe… ;) The main mountains at DTK actually looking not bad and some sweet flying to be had there around lunchtime and for once it does not nec get better further north! ;)

RB – Hhhmm Just too much west in it! ;)

PV – The thick mid levels blocking much of the surface heating so not the best out look but there is something to be had during the mid afternoon. WSW trending SW later. Climbs to 4k at the best spots but Im hopeful that it might clear more than anticipated. ;)

Wilderness – A cloudy rainy start to the day but all indicators that things will clear partially from mid day onwards. Sedge offering something to play with from mid day onwards and possibly Serps too. The west should back to the SW around mid day with perhaps 10kts to play along the ocean cliffs. Some rain on the cards but probably more towards the mountains. So the outlook not hopeless! ;)

Plett – Uppies actually looking terrible and not as good as Sedge. A bit more west here on the cards with too much of that for Keurbooms to work. And Uppies not offering anything either.

PE and PA – The SW winds dominating here all day and really fresh further east.

EL – Fresh to strong SW all day long here….

Inland – Light winds in the interior with only a slight increase during the afternoon. So it doesn’t look like to bad a day to fly with those propellor thingies. Some spots perhaps going to 15k in the late afternoon. Some Q’s shaping up in most regions with base at 12k around the GE in a few spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:23 and setting at 18:57 – day length 12:33. (Oooh sunset now before 19:00!! Autumn is coming soon!) A very cloudy day with poor sun possibilities and a W wind going SSW later on. Go later for perfect beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(7 March 2021) 
Day 346 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Things are heating up for the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival – 18 to 28 March 2021! Watch this space!  

The longest flight of the 20/21 season - 427km in a Paraglider. Few have gone that far and yet Josh believes more is possible. He writes: “Morning, Wednesday when we drove up was the record day i think. Clouds streets from Calvinia to Carnarvon and beyond, high base, till sunset, no OD. Post frontal, lots of rain the night before. Only problem Thursday was OD, i had to fly around storms, probably wasted 30+min and 50k distance and 2hrs landing before sunset. 600k+ is definitely doable?it's what I said all along, i just need to be there on the right day.☔”

Today a CF moving into CT as the SAH is pushing in the cooler wet air form the south – southerly winds dominating behind the front but just ahead it’s a much more westerly component along the southern coast before the rain will move in by late afternoon. Far inland it’s the usual NW component north of the GE with 12k climbs no clouds out there today (Only the frontal stuff along the coasts). I notice north of Kimberley the best spot with well over 15k bases and sweet climbs out there. (Drool!) But back home its more complex with loads of low clouds moving in form the south along the southern parts in the afternoon that will dampen the flying in these areas. Winds are south to westerly up to 6k then it is all NW from there with a gentle backing to the WSW at the Tropopause for a 70kts finish.

CT – A low cloud rainy start especially around the Peninsula but it will clear from mid day onwards with even a chance of a wind-shadow appearing for the afternoon. SSE winds up to 20kts then. The main mountains also clearing into the afternoon with base rising rapidly to around 4k but much more to the north.

RB – It just might be a sweet afternoon into the sunset! ;)

PV – Actually a really lekker day here I think with Kardoesie the place to be – the clouds rising here with 6k bases and sweet flying around the lunchtime period. SW winds with a tad more southerly in the afternoon especially to the south near PV.

Wilderness – A partly cloudy start with a lot of promise on the cards of rain to come but perhaps some sweet on-shores just before – we hope! Some apps showing a good Southerly before the rains but others showing a frustrating westerly trend before the rain comes. Climbs to just over 1k at Serps and Sedge with clouds at mid day onwards and base lowering all the time. So a tricky day to call with a mixed bag of changing conditions – even a chance of some strong pulses moving in from the south so keep an eye out on the ocean for those windy signs! (see Sedge Spot)

Plett – Uppies looking good around mid day for a good spell and wow – Uppies showing climbs to 5k between 10:30 and 12:30! I would go for that! ;)  

PE and PA – Light winds as a start with a SW trend. Inland looking pretty good with some workable bases from the looks of things…

EL – Fresh SW all day long here….

Inland – A light wind start but then the southerlies moving in form mid day onwards with the late afternoon seeing spots of over 30kts north of the SB especially! No CB’s expected but rain this evening in the south with the SB blocking most of that moisture from moving further north.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:23 and setting at 18:58 – day length 12:36. (Oooh sunset now before 19:00!!) Autumn is coming soon!) A partly cloudy start but clouding over for the afternoon and rain. Go early for perfect beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(6 March 2021) 
Day 345 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Here are two links for yesterday’s long flights – one from Andrew and Pete on their new Plett site distance record (104km) and the other of Josh’s long XC flight of 427km!  https://ayvri.com/scene/yj8g37w2kg/cklvv5pab00014a61yh5llcsz?fbclid=IwAR25e--fq219s9PDeXZiiWxN5iA0TVTXBSn8Ze_jLHN8g8aYJ-gVQHIJiIg

https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Josh/4.3.2021/08:03

Today another CF approaching CT and will influence the WC weather during the course of the day – some strong SW pulse along the southern coasts. Q’s developing along most of the west coast during the day but much lighter winds here compared to the southern parts. The rain and stuff only happening tomorrow mostly. Winds remain a general SW to WNW form south to north with hight to around 6k where it is all WNW winds all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish.

CT – Some cloud around with base around TM tops and westerly winds. It does look like a 12 Apostle day to me but does depend on the cloud development. The main mountains with initial NW going W winds – 10-15kts. Se depending where you are just watch for the stronger flows over some of the bigger ranges for that penetration! ;)

RB – Too much W in it I think all day…

PV – A good looking day here with around 10kts and a few spots going just above that. Climbs to around 5k but the convergence setting up in the mid afternoon from Bumpy peak with climbs here even out in the valley to 6k. Slight chance of some Q’s later in the afternoon.

Wilderness – A super cool morning with light SW winds and the calm before the storm thing. Though it looks like the light stuff will remain for just about most of the day. The SW popping through from late afternoon only. Some light instability around for Serps and Sedge but a warning out for some shear expected from 13/14:00 onwards out there. TOL around 1000ft and 20kts expected up there! (See spot!) So perhap snot the best forecast… ;)

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness today… Also watch the wind at TOL.

PE and PA – Fresh NE winds for the day but then the SW eroding and moving in form the west reaching PE near sunset only…

EL – Fresh to strong NE winds all day…

Inland – Again a light start with even a Northerly trend but the West moving in from late moring from the west, slowly backing to the SW in the south later on. 20-30kts in the afternoon! Climbs at lunchtime to 9k over the SB and 12 at Graafies though its west so not the best direction for there. ;) Blue day mostly.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:22 and setting at 18:59 – day length 12:38. (Oooh sunset now before 19:00!!) Autumn is coming soon!) An awesome start but then the SW will come through strong in the afternoon. Go early for perfect beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 



(5 March 2021) 

Day 345 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Here are two links for yesterday’s long flights – one from Andrew and Pete on their new Plett site distance record (104km) and the other of Josh’s long XC flight of 427km!  https://ayvri.com/scene/yj8g37w2kg/cklvv5pab00014a61yh5llcsz?fbclid=IwAR25e--fq219s9PDeXZiiWxN5iA0TVTXBSn8Ze_jLHN8g8aYJ-gVQHIJiIg

https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Josh/4.3.2021/08:03

Today another CF approaching CT and will influence the WC weather during the course of the day – some strong SW pulse along the southern coasts. Q’s developing along most of the west coast during the day but much lighter winds here compared to the southern parts. The rain and stuff only happening tomorrow mostly. Winds remain a general SW to WNW form south to north with hight to around 6k where it is all WNW winds all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish.

CT – Some cloud around with base around TM tops and westerly winds. It does look like a 12 Apostle day to me but does depend on the cloud development. The main mountains with initial NW going W winds – 10-15kts. Se depending where you are just watch for the stronger flows over some of the bigger ranges for that penetration! ;)

RB – Too much W in it I think all day…

PV – A good looking day here with around 10kts and a few spots going just above that. Climbs to around 5k but the convergence setting up in the mid afternoon from Bumpy peak with climbs here even out in the valley to 6k. Slight chance of some Q’s later in the afternoon.

Wilderness – A super cool morning with light SW winds and the calm before the storm thing. Though it looks like the light stuff will remain for just about most of the day. The SW popping through from late afternoon only. Some light instability around for Serps and Sedge but a warning out for some shear expected from 13/14:00 onwards out there. TOL around 1000ft and 20kts expected up there! (See spot!) So perhap snot the best forecast… ;)

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness today… Also watch the wind at TOL.

PE and PA – Fresh NE winds for the day but then the SW eroding and moving in form the west reaching PE near sunset only…

EL – Fresh to strong NE winds all day…

Inland – Again a light start with even a Northerly trend but the West moving in from late moring from the west, slowly backing to the SW in the south later on. 20-30kts in the afternoon! Climbs at lunchtime to 9k over the SB and 12 at Graafies though its west so not the best direction for there. ;) Blue day mostly.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:22 and setting at 18:59 – day length 12:38. (Oooh sunset now before 19:00!!) Autumn is coming soon!) An awesome start but then the SW will come through strong in the afternoon. Go early for perfect beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

Day 344 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. So yesterday was a big day for a few pilots – Pete and Andrew flying over 100k’s form Plett (Uppies), Jack going over 100ks from DTK and then the big one going to Josh Degenaar flying over 400km from Copperton to just shy of Molteno! We will post the track log as soon as we get it. This is a pic of the big flight. Lekker Josh! :) Today not as good with the trough having moved to the north and eats with the clouds running in a line form Uppington past Kimberley Bloem. Some CB’s to the far east but nothing around the WC. Along the coasts it is the SAH ridging in along the southern parts with a S to SE trend – initial SW along the eastern coasts but this will also back to the SE later in the day. Light inland winds except for the far northern areas and again later the Sea breeze picking up as it moves inland around 15-20kts from the SE. Some Q’s in the south and especially to the east. Climbs around 2k along the southern coasts, rising to 4k along the mountains and then perhaps 8k further inland along the SB ranges. Winds go West from 6k and then a slight WSW trend from 18k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a big wind-shadow day with perhaps a light SW trend here. The main mountains actually looking really good with soe convergence over the bigger mountains behind DTK with climbs going to perhaps 8k here… ;) A fresh SW wind later in the afternoon.

RB – Too much W in it I think all day…

PV – Another sweet westerly start trending to the SW with climbs to 5k. To the north around Kardoesie a steady rise in climbs as the convergence sets in running from PB to Eendekuil to the Pass. Not too strong in the late afternoon either so a lekker day of flying here I think.

Wilderness – A SE prediction on the cards but perhaps not as strong as previously thought. It’s a soft start with only the afternoon picking up for some Map fun I think. It might even last all day here with the strong winds seemingly not making it all the way up here. The morning could be sweet at Sedge and Serps for some flying and the run from Serps to Map is def a good one for the morning to do.

Plett – After yesterdays long flights (2 x over 100km from Uppies!) Today the SE trend but not before there is a good spell at Uppies in the morning . See Spot! Maybe Keurbooms might have something in the mid morning before its too SE…

PE and PA – A light SW start but trending to the SE during the day…

EL – Fresh SW winds and then form mid day backing to the SE around 15kts.

Inland – A sweet start with light winds in most places but then the Sea Breeze moving in in the afternoon. Breeze then with SE trends around 15-20kts. Some clouds around here and there with high bases at 7/8k.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:21 and setting at 19:01 – day length 12:40. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) A sweet light SE wind day with a chance of picking up later in the afternoon. Perfect for beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(4 March 2021) 
Day 343 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. That CF tail swept into the west of the WC during the morning with low cloud and slight chance of rain. IT will clear during the day and turn into a glorious flying day though. Inland the Trough very active with breezy NW winds north of the GE. Some CB’s in the south and eastern parts. Later the Sea breezes from the south will make inroads towards the GE with winds also reaching 20kts plus in places. Expecting some OD stuff along the Southern mountains as the CF works it way towards the GR during the day. Winds are SW to W up to 6k where its all west then a gentle NW trend towards the Tropopause with a70kts finish up there.

CT – A low cloud start with some rain but it will clear for some cool flying along the main mountains from DTK and northwards. (CT with a bad wind-shadow outlook with southerly winds all day around 15-20kts). The further north the better it gets especially later in the day. It could be another long distance day form DTK – but at the inversion the winds go N to NW so better progress just below that. ;)

RB – It just could be a sweet late afternoon here… :)

PV – A sweet westerly day going SW later with initial low clouds but rising rapidly during the day – getting to 6k in the north late afternoon. Strong sweet flying I think.

Wilderness – Some rain moving in from the south late afternoon early evening with some stronger winds then but for the late morning it looks like light SW winds with mid day light soaring along the ocean cliffs. My pick is Sedge or Serps with some great flying late morning again. Climbs to 2k with even a bit of Q’s forming up there.

Plett – Uppies looking the best with 4k climbs and Q’s and a chance of doing some good XC… Keurbooms switching on from mid day onwards for some cool fluing too I think. :)

PE and PA – Moderate SE winds for the most part with low clouds especially later on.

EL – Those moderate SE winds all along the coast here making for a pleasant change. ;)

Inland – A rather windy day north of the GE – NW 15-20kts. But strong thermals and high bases with a few CB’s to the south and east. The sea-breeze moving inland (see graphs for morning and afternoon on surface winds) making for very windy conditions in the afternoon. Fly in the southern parts during the late morning to avoid the strong stuff! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:20 and setting at 19:02 – day length 12:42. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) A sweet light SW wind day with a chance of some rain later in the afternoon. Perfect for beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(3 March 2021) 
Day 342 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The CF having moved to the south of us while the SAH is shifting the tail end towards CT. Moderate W to SW winds here while the IOH is dominating in the east again with those NE winds and the trough in the central wester parts with good soaring conditions – some CBs to the east of the trough line. The southern coast with SW winds, a few spots reaching 15kts but for the most part its moderate to light. Some clouds down south with the west dry and the inland areas with high Q’s – base up to 15k! Winds inland getting strong W to NW around 15-20kts in a few spots and then also int eh eastern coastal regions the sea breeze moving inland with a SE direction and topping 20kts in some spots too. From 6k the winds go NW with a slight backing to eh west at the Tropopause for a 60.70kts finish up there.

CT – Some fog patches for the morning but these should clear during the day. A light N start but quickly going W trending SW later on. It is looking like a good flying day here while the main mountains are also not too bad with the W to SW trends. Not very high climbs out there but still fun stuff.

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – A SW day with climbs to 5k in the right spot otherwise its 4k. Perhaps reaching close to 15kts in the late afternoon making it a good day for PG until sunset. At Kardoes and north towards Skerpheuwel it should be great later on. ;)

Wilderness – IT is looking like another great day at Sedge – probably late morning the best time so don’t mis out again! Yesterday was amazing! (See pic) Perhaps some light coastal soaring stuff – though there are some stronger winds far out to sea which can change things a bit. Just keep an eye out for that. There is a small chance of light rain around the Knysna region and maybe here too. Else its up to 2k climbs… Very lekker!

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies looking sweet with climbs to 3k and Keurbooms having a shot at being flyable from mid day onwards…

PE and PA – SW winds moving up to EL during the day.

EL – The NE dominating here in the morning but then the SW will move in late afternoon….

Inland – Another good flying fay though perhaps a bit on the strong wind side with 15-20kts inland in some places later in the day. CB in the SE parts around Middelburg, Tarkastad areas. The sea breeze moving in later on as well with some 20kt spots around.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:19 and setting at 19:03 – day length 12:44. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) Another partly cloudy day with light SW winds all day long. Perfect for beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(2 March 2021) 
Day 341 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. In the east the IOH dominating while the CF moving in from the west influencing the west while the inland trough with slightly less CB activity nudges in from the north in some places. Winds are NE in the east and NW in the west with a mixed influence along the southern parts. Inland its NW. Some strong spots in the west as the CF influence with tightening isobars brings in that 30-40kt level down to 5/6k – a strong inversion below that with some flying in places within this shallow layer but the upper strong winds could create some interesting mixing and also wave above that. Beautiful clouds inland with most of the west and parts on the southern regions clear except for some wide spread coastal fog. Most should burn off later in the day. Winds are all NW from 4k upwards then at 18k it backs to the west for a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Again a foggy start with a northerly component. A strong inversion setting up from TM and higher where the winds go from 10kt to almost 40kts at 6k. A great wave setup so those usual wave spots probably working well for the first time this year. ;) The main mountains probably too strong higher up so if its weak lower down be very careful when you get higher – that gradient is pretty severe today I think. Personally a weather watching day here… ;) (See TH for RB) Lol.

RB – lol. See above…

PV – A NNW start but it backs sweetly to W during the day. Climbs to 4k were the inversion starts but there is a convergence setting up over PF from around 14:00 where you could get to 6k but… but the winds up there is pretty strong so watch your drift if you fly ;)

Wilderness – A strong SW popping during the morning that will probably be flyable before and after but during perhaps a tad too strong (Don’t get trapped along PR!). Lots of west in it initially but form mid day onwards it moderates and the coast and Sedge or Serps should be come very sweet for the afternoon. Lekker!

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Keurbooms having a shot at being flyable from after lunch. Some CB over the mountains that can influence things…

PE and PA – The start of the IOH influence with the strong NE winds to the east. So the change happening around here. It does look like the SW wins around Jbay and PE but from PA the NE gets the upper hand. Those inland CB’s… hhmmm..

EL – The NE dominating here….

Inland – A good looking day inland but for some CB’s mostly in the southern and eastern regions otherwise a amazing flying day to be had – high base with clouds all over the show! Winds NW around 15kts but in the far west and south some stronger spots form the CB and also the CF moving closer to CT.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:18 and setting at 19:05 – day length 12:46. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) A partly cloudy day with strong SW this morning with a sweet afternoon on the cards. Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 26 degrees C for this morning but cooling to 22 for the afternoon! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(1st March 2021) 
Day 340 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. A warning out today of extreme surface winds fluctuations due to loads of thunderstorm activities all over the WC. In addition there is a large CF to the west of us with an associated coastal low causing some strong shallow Norhterly flows along the west coast. This flow also is over TM just above the cooler surface air (some fog patches) with extreme mixing taking place. (Similar to the CT bergwinds effect). It is not a flying day so be very very careful if you venture out. The CB activity starting mid day in earnest already with many northerly flows reaching down into the southern coastal regions. Winds remain northerly all the way to the near the Tropopause where it acks to the west for a 50kt finish up there.

CT – Some fog patches around but these should clear quickly. Then deep mid level clouds moving in from the north as the CB activity moves in here too. Strong wind gradient with 20kts N at TM top and near 40kts at 4/5k. The mountains are very strong so do not venture out there unless its for weather watching. (See surface wind graphs) these are all over the show with extreme gusts of near 4okts at times. Lol.

RB – lol. See above…

PV – CB activity with strong gust fronts moving in plus the wind in general is strong Northerly. A bad day for flying in deed. ;)

Wilderness – Some coastal fog in patches along the coast. A very inverted day along the coast caused by the strong IOH flow pushing in only a very shallow layer of marine air onto the coastal regions. Above the wind is North and those CB’s will be moving in around lunchtime with a chance of rain and some strong northerly to westerly flows. IF you fly its during the morning but keep an eye on those CB’s moving in form the mountains. Light S to SE winds early on.

Plett – Same as Wilderness…

PE and PA – Those monster NE winds dominating al day. 30kts and more!

EL – As above…

Inland – Base around the 10-12k level with strong CB activity from late morning into the afternoon. Very wide spread rains with strong gust front actions from the looks of things. So def not a flying day. Stay on the ground and do some weather watching! ;) (See graph)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:18 and setting at 19:067 – day length 12:48. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) A high cirrus cloud day with light winds in the morning but some rain and CB winds in the afternoon so get out early for those beach and forest walks. But do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 26 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(28 February 2021) 
Day 339 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The SAH morphing into the IOD with a strong ridge along the southern parts while the inland trough is right along the west of the country producing a combination of high surface temps with that deep instability associated with the trough right along the west coast. PV and the Cederbergs today all time highs. (40 degrees C and 10k plus gains!) Some CB’s along the GE line later this afternoon with very strong SE winds along the southern parts of the country. This changes to N form around 6k and then W from 30k with a 30-50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Another good wind-shadows day though the morning is a bit tricky with a shallow SW and then the upper NE that is quite fresh. Mid morning this will dissipate and it actually looks like a light wind day around SH and LH with the wind-shadow in play. Towards the S the SE very strong out there though. The main mountains dominated by that western trough position and a northerly flow of deep instability. Go far north to get into some W flowing air to launch and to not get blow to the south by the strong upper N winds.

RB – lol. Too hot to be sitting out here today. You need to be at base in PV! ;)

PV – Hhhmmm… Really hot surface temps of 40 degrees but a chance to get really really high. There is a bit of a strong N wind up high so try to get to the north towards Bumpy get to 10k (or more) then jump over the back into the Cederbergs for that magic high clouds and 15k climbs! Please send us the pics for tomorrow!

Wilderness – Another light SE start but then the winds picking up quicker today compared to yesterday. So get out early. It will be blown out before late morning I think. Also a steep gradient setting up which can make things a bit unpleasant. Let hope it does not! ;) (All the other spots will be blown out.

Plett – Same as Wilderness…

PE and PA – A monster E to NE day… 30kts and more later on.

EL – As above…

Inland – Another beautiful light E to SE wind start to the day with increasing strengths into the afternoon from the SE. Some CB’s around the GE area and more in the late afternoon. Again fly early for the propeller thingies! ;) (See graph)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:17 and setting at 19:07 – day length 12:50. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) A strong SE wind day so get out early for those beach and forest walks. But do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(27 February 2021) 
Day 338 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The SAH still dominating with that ridge along the southern parts coupled with the trough along the west coast. Still that deep easterly flow all over with high temps in the west and associated high climbs (over 7500ftASL) Winds around CP are very strong and this will migrate northwards not helping those fires in Jonkershoek much. Some clouds around even into the interior but these will clear by mid day with only a small edge along the southern and eastern coastal regions after lunch. Far inland though west of Kimberly high bases with the sweetest climbs – NW winds 10-15kts all the way to base at 15k. Dream and drool! ;) Back home, winds along the southern parts are strong SE in the afternoon but a sweet start though. From 10k the winds go N but then back to the WSW from 30k to finish at 50kts at the Tropopause.

CT – A good wind-shadow start with light east winds around the City but its strong at CP. Later the SE will move in and erode the wind-shadow with very strong winds 20kts plus again. The main mountains pretty useless for flying with the strong SE winds dominating.

RB – Probably a tad too east but it does look like the east facing slope could offer something later in the day. (See spot graph!) Or the Southerly could move in here later I think…

PV – Super strong S winds in the south that will move into the PV valley late afternoon. The best spot is to the north at Kardoesie where you could sit pretty at over 7500ft for most of the day. ;) See graph. Some very strong thermic stuff so be careful!

Wilderness – Another light SE start but then the winds picking up progressively. Again the apps showing some strong low level flows with a strong gradient – 20kts around 1000ft but much less on the surface for the Map. IT will blown out in the afternoon but its just a mater of when! Fingers crossed it is late! ;)

Plett – The SE dominating here with things just probably too cross to be any fun. But climbs doable to over 3k…

PE and PA – A light wind start but then increasing as the East starts to dominate.

EL – Similar but perhaps with a tad more South initially…

Inland – Another beautiful light E to SE wind start to the day with increasing strengths into the afternoon from the SE. So fly early for the propeller thingies! ;) (See graph)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:16 and setting at 19:08 – day length 12:52. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) A cloudy start with a fresh SE wind from late morning onwards. Perfect for beach and forest walks. Do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(26 February 2021) 
Day 337 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Today the SAH dominating again with a ridge along the southern parts. A broad sweep of easterly winds all over the WC with a very deep influence – it remains easterly all the way up to over 12k! The west coast with a strong SE flow especially in the south where some spots will reach 40kts. Typical the clouds confined to the south and eastern parts of the province. Some good soaring conditions inland with those sweet looking Q’s with relatively light winds – all those E to SE facing spots should be really good. Towards the coast the wind increasing in strength but for the change over spot between the GR and EL – SE to the west and SW to the east. Above 14k the wind becomes unusual with SSE flows in the east and SW in the west 30-40kts finishes up at the Tropopause.

CT – Another day with deep super strong SE winds. No wind-shadow shaping up form the looks of it – extreme shear around the southern mountains and Peninsula with 40kts low level winds in many spots. A day to look at the sky of go further north. ;)

RB – A tricky day with the ESE winds on and off during the morning depending on the position of the east wave – it could be blown out or too light or just right! ;) Late afternoon looks blow out though…

PV – An east start with the valley slowly producing the SW winds to flow upslope. It will be coming up but over head the E will be there with the transition relatively smooth 2-5kts change over. Some high climbs on the cards with over 6k gains. The SW very strong in the south but further north a bit of a sheltered region.

Wilderness – A cloudy misty start with a ESE wind. The apps shows some strong low level flows with a strong gradient – 20kts around 1000ft but much less on the surface for the Map. Fingers crossed it is not so! ;) But blown out from midday onwards (maybe even earlier) ;)

Plett – The SE dominating here with things just probably too cross to be any fun. But climbs doable to over 3k…

PE and PA – Winds starting light with a SW trend but going S to SE during the day.

EL – Fresh SW start that will moderate during the day and back to the S.

Inland – A beautiful light E to SE wind day inland except on the higher GE areas where the east will be fairly fresh. IT gets stronger further west. Some sweet fluffy looking skies around the little Karoo all day. Later on the SE winds will incres to the 10-15kts level.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:15 and setting at 19:09 – day length 12:55. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) A cloudy start with a fresh SE wind from late morning onwards. Perfect for beach and forest walks. Do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(25 February 2021) 
Day 336 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. I have not had any news fo long flights from the west but the GR was awesome yesterday and today looks to be another one. ;) The IOH dominating with the inland trough shifting slightly to the east. SW winds pushing up form the south onto the area with a strong S to SE trend along the west coast today as the two systems helps with some acceleration along the western parts. Not as good as yesterday along the west and perhaps real rest day. ;) The southern coastal areas are looking good though with moderate to strong SW winds and a slight chance of light rain in a few spots increasing tonight. Q’s along the southern parts only with a few lost high ones along the GE at 12/13k. The S to SW trend runs far inland to north of GE and this pattern is fairly consistent all the way up to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish up there.

CT – A deep super strong SE today with the inversion above TM height. It will be 30kts and more in a few spots so not a good day to try for a wind-shadow… The main mountain not any better with the SE flow dominating for most of the southerly and mid ranges. (See Spot) ;)

RB – If you are not up there this morning right now you  are missing out. It will blow out before lunch for the rest of the day…

PV – A very southerly day with climbs 4k and just over 5k in a few of the better trigger spots. However the very fresh southerly wind will make flying very unpleasant. 15-20kts from mid day onwards…

Wilderness – A WSW start but going fresh SW from 9”30/10 onwards. A slight slackening around mid day but it should be another sweet afternoon with SW to SSW winds. Sedge looking good but strong. So be wary if you go out there. Serps similar ad also a tad OD conditions so perhaps not the best to go for XF flying. However, it could be one of those sweet days to try flying to Plett! :)) See spot.

Plett – Keurbooms looking good for an hour or so from 13/14:00 otherwise perhaps a tad west in it. Uppies with some OD conditions and climbs to 4k winds at 10kts perhaps a tad fresh but doable for the big boys.

PE and PA – Strong SW start around Jbay and PE a bit less. The wind will trend S to even soe SSE later in the day especially to the east. 10-15kts except that strong morning start around Jbay..

EL – Light wind spots starting but then moderate S to SE winds later on. 10-15kts.

Inland – Southerly winds far inland – light in the morning especially in the lower areas. Later the Southerly will get very strong especially on the higher grounds with 30kts over the SB ranges. Clouds will dissipate in the far north with the east and south bits remaining. A bit more wind than yesterday so the flying will have a bit more bite! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:14 and setting at 19:11 – day length 12:57. (Less than 13 hours day light time! Ouch!) Another SW day – a bit stronger than yesterday. Perfect for beach and forest walks. Do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)








(24 February 2021) 
Day 335 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. So even with the poor outlook for the west coast Jack Henderson did another epic long flight from DTK! 100miles! Well done Jack!  https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:JackHenderson/23.02.2021/10:42

Today the SAH still dominating our weather – a slight CF brushing by along the southern parts, small influence along the west. Conditions very similar today compared to yesterday for the entire WC though maybe slightly better along the west coast. Some sweet looking Q’s mostly along the southern parts and the first mountain ranges drying quickly as we go inland. The trough in the western interior with CB activity to the east of that. Nothing really getting into the WC. Southerly winds along the southern parts with a few SW to SE variations. And late afternoon again strong winds in the interior and long the west coast. Winds remain south to5k then a backing to the west for a gentle backing to the WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish up there.

CT – Typical SE winds 20kts with strong bits depending on the local flows. Inversion around 2k with a slight slackening and backing to the east at TM height. A small wind-shadow a possibility. The main mountains looking sweet again but for the SE influence later in the day from the southern parts. DTK looking sweet again for long flights to the north. Lol. Those poor retrieve drivers. (See Spot) ;) (Just a word of caution – as you guys are pushing the distances be careful for those very strong winds late in the afternoon from Clan to Klawer.)

RB – A slow start but a very strong finish… Sunset probably blown out.

PV – Another sweet day wth a bit more in the climbs. 5k very doable and a tad more in the right place. IT is a bit southerly later in the day so be wary for getting too close to the mountains! And again some strong late afternoon winds today around 15kts. :)

Wilderness – Another very sweet light SW day on the cards. The coastal cliffs light soarably – best time during the late morning but it should be really epic at Serps and Sedge. Again climbs to just over 2k from both sites expected. See spot.

Plett – Another day like yesterday but for high base and better climbs with 4k or just over doable from 10 this morning already! You can somewhere with that height. ;)  And again Keurbooms looking particularly good from late morning into the afternoon! :)

PE and PA – Some SW during the start of the day but trending more Southerly from mid day onwards. Moderate winds 10-15kts at most.

EL – Also a cool lighter winds day with S to even SE winds later on.

Inland – Slightly lighter compared to yesterday, especially form the west but the late afternoon it will blow again as the Sea-breeze moves into the interior. To the N of the GE the winds are W to NW. A few very high clouds here… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:13 and setting at 19:12 – day length 12:59. (Less than 13 hours day light time! Ouch!) Another light S to SW day. Perfect for beach and forest walks. Do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(23 February 2021) 
Day 334 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Another sweet long distance day yesterday from DTK with Jack Henderson flying 147km to the north from Du Toits Kloof Pass. Nice one Jack! :) https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:JackHenderson/22.02.2021/10:20

Today the SAH dominating while the trough has shifted quite a bit to the west. A light CF approaching CT (See the rain graph). Winds are generally W to SW with a few Southerly and even SSE bits in the southern interior. The west coast inversion lower than yesterday so not as good but still some flying to be had. A mostly blue day except in a few spots along the GR and of course along the Trough where there is a chance of some CB activity too. Winds all go Westerly from around 5k with a WNW trend in the East and WSW in the west with a 80kts and 50kts finish at the Tropopause respectively.

CT – A fresh SSW wind today so not the best for the wind-shadow. Expect some convergence and turbulence around the coasts – instability to TM top height or just above. The main mountains with a bit better conditions and DTK still being the easiest and most convenient spot today. Late afternoon sees some 15-20kts spots occurring. (See Spot) Still possible to fly north but not as high as yesterday. ;)

RB – Another possible late afternoon flying day and looks more doable for a sunset session…

PV – Another sweet start. More South in it today with climbs to just over 4k perhaps reaching 5k in the best spots. Some strong late afternoon winds today at 15kts peaking around 20k… :)

Wilderness – A very sweet light SW day on the cards. The coastal cliffs light soarably – best time during the morning but it does look more like a Serps and Sedge day. Climbs to just over 2k from both sites expected. See spot.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies over 3k climbs and Keurbooms looking particularly good from late morning into the afternoon! :)

PE and PA – Fresh SW winds dominating all the way up here. Maitlands looking good for the hangies especially…

EL – Same as above…

Inland – Another sweet morning with light winds in most regions but the S to SSE really picking up in the afternoon. The west is very fresh with the Westerly winds moving further inland – even north of the GE. Some CB’s NE from there. Sweet looking skies around Graafies.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:12 and setting at 19:13 – day length 13:01. (And 13 hours of day light hours is here!) A light SW day. Perfect for beach and forest walks. Do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature another 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(22 February 2021) Day 333 of lockdown.

Day 333 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Today the IOH completely usurping Guambe and dominating most of even the WC coastal weather. (I notice that Jet stream still active with close to 200kts winds!) ;) Here the trough active inland with soe CB activities but it is far to the NE (See the graphs. Still some drooling flying just west of the trough to be had. East to SE winds along the east and southern coast areas with a SW up along the west coast. It is a mainly blue day with no clouds expected. Lower climbs compared to yesterday but the west coast with more W trends so some good flying on that side expected. The winds go North along the southern parts from around 3k and above though fairly light. Then a progressive increase with a 100kts finish over PE but just 50kts over CT at the Tropopause.

West coast

CT – A strong inversion developing from TM hight and lowering during the day to around 2k. Southerly winds around 15 perhaps touching 20kts but it does moderate upwards form the inversion to perhaps 5kts. The wind-shadow should be active enough to fly and use today. Some fresh winds along the shore expected at times. The main mountains looking really sweet today with a nice west to start the day. Later it will trend more SW with the far south showing some S to SE late late afternoon signs. Climbs to just over 5k on the cards and improving to the north. Again some good flight to the north possible today. ;) (See DTK TH graph)

RB – Another possible late afternoon flying day and a maybe lasting to the sunset times…

PV – A sweet day with light WNW start then gong to WSW later in the day. A touch over 10kts late afternoon. 5k climbs but from Eendekuil to the pass late afternoon the convergence setting up there and over Eendekuil you could get well over 6k…;)


Wilderness
 – A sweet light SE start to the day with it picking up during the afternoon. A chance that Map could get blown out but with a bit of luck it will hold all day. ;) Flights form Serps to Map doable during the mid to late morning then the winds getting a bit strong. Sedge is looking very east from early on all ready so probably not worth visiting

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – lol :)

PE and PA – A sweet light wind start with the afternoon an Easterly winds settling in – stronger to the east.

EL – Same as above with the mid day and later wind NE…

Inland – A sweet morning with light winds in most regions. It is NW north of the GE but sweet south of that. Later the Southerly sea breeze pushes through again with some 20kts posts, especially over the bigger mountains. 6-8k climbs north of the Outnikwas ranges on the cards but the sea breeze spoiling that quickly.;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:11 and setting at 19:145 – day length 13:03. (We are sneaking up to just 13 hours day light time!) A fresh SE day for the afternoon. Perfect for beach and forest walks. Do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature another 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(21 February 2021) 
Day 332 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Lots of news and interesting stuff this morning! :) I found a very strong jet stream to the SE of us – 190kts is not bad! ;) Maybe also helped by the tropical storm Guambe that is moving out to sea to the east of us. It is twisting the inland trough way more towards the east – some exceptional soaring conditions inland around Kuruman central regions – base at 17k all the way! Drool! But back home things are not so bad. Yesterday a couple of 100k plus flights from DTK towards the north – this pic form Wj on his way to cracking his 100k too! Lekker! :) On the GR it was an epic coastal soaring day. Today still that frontal moving flow with a fresh CF passing by again in the dark hours but a bit more in the wind department for things to be too exciting form a flying point of view. Still loads of cloud around with high bases in the west and inland (5/6k) but lower along the southern coastal regions. Strong SW winds along the southern and eastern coasts with a more Southerly component up the west coast. Winds are southerly far inland helping that inland convergence around Kuruman even! From 10k it goes more west and then at 30 it is NW with a 130kts finish at the Tropopause.

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. I found a very strong jet stream to the SE of us – 190kts is not bad! ;) Maybe also helped by the tropical storm Guambe that is moving out to sea to the east of us. It is twisting the inland trough way more towards the east – some exceptional soaring conditions inland around Kuruman central regions – base at 17k all the way! Drool! But back home things are not so bad. Yesterday a couple of 100k plus flights from DTK towards the north – this pic form Wj on his way to cracking his 100k too! Lekker! :) On the GR it was an epic coastal soaring day. Today still that frontal moving flow with a fresh CF passing by again in the dark hours but a bit more in the wind department for things to be too exciting form a flying point of view. Still loads of cloud around with high bases in the west and inland (5/6k) but lower along the southern coastal regions. Strong SW winds along the southern and eastern coasts with a more Southerly component up the west coast. Winds are southerly far inland helping that inland convergence around Kuruman even! From 10k it goes more west and then at 30 it is NW with a 130kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A tricky looking day with the fresh southerly. Base around TM top with some strength flowing over that mountains so the wind-shadow a maybe but probably a shy on. The main mountains also with a lot of southerly in it making for very turbulent conditions. Maybe a good rest day for yesterdays long flights! ;) (See DTK TH graph)

RB – IT could be a sweet late morning with some Q’s and maybe even a chance to float to the North and go a long way. ;) Maybe a sunset cruise too but it looks a bit strong later in the day.

PV – Also the more southerly winds around today – the morning earl better than form lunchtime onwards. Still some good Q’s in the morning but a chance of it burning off in the afternoon. Nothing too special today. ;)

Wilderness – A very West start with some strong SW out to sea. Rain out there also but it doesnt show that it will move in until early evening. There is chance for it to be flyable on occasion (probably too strong mostly) with the afternoon perhaps the better time to try some dune playing. Of course Sedge and Serps only for the crazy! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – no its much worse than Wilderness! :)

PE and PA – Super strong SW dominating all day…

EL – Same as above…

Inland – Southerly winds with a light morning then picking up during the day. Some pretty clouds around and the day in the Little Karoo looking very sweet for flying. But strong over the tops of the bigger mountains. Probably a drool and watch day more than anything… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:10 and setting at 19:15 – day length 13:05. (We are sneaking up to just 13 hours day light time!) A strong SW wind day so walk down wind in the beach. Slight chance of rain late afternoon though some rain out to sea which could move in sporadically. Or choose the sheltered forest for those special windy sounds but do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature another 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(20 February 2021) 
Day 331 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. I am sure some of you have noticed the tropical storm Guambe that has now shifted southwards and effecting a big part of the Northern KZN coast. Lots of rain out there but down south where we are it’s the usual frontal systems – the Cold Front moving through during the night leaving the usual cool, moist air in its wake across the entire WC region. Lots of cloud around today with a good chance of rain along the southern areas – it does get less later in the day but there’s more coming during the night and tomorrow. ;) Winds are SW along the southern parts and WNW north of the GE. Few Q’s out here but the cover gets more further south. 11k here but 8k around the SB areas and then 4/6k along the southern ranges and a few spots along the southern coat lower than that. Winds go NW from just shy of 10k and remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 120kts finish.

CT – It is looking like a sweet day if the rain stays away. WSW winds with initial base above TM but later drops to TM hight. Around 5-10kts with a few stronger spots in the corners etc. The main mountains looking promising with a chance for some long flights form the south to the north I think. ;) (See DTK spot graph)

RB – And today it is a WWB day!

PV – Another sweet day with light W to SW wind perhaps a few spots going over 10kts later in the afternoon. Clouds during the morning but most burning off from mid day onwards. Getting to 6k on the best part of the day with no significant convergence setting up except that usual upward stuff flowing into the Renoster hoek ;) The Cederberg looking better with some amazing Q’s out there if you want to do the big jump into them…

Wilderness – A light to moderate SW wind day. The ocean cliffs should be sweet but Sedge also looking good. Maybe a bit strong there but it does look like a day to be climbing up to base. Oh and that is of course of the rain does not spoil things – there is a chance for rain to be popping in on and off hopefully more off than on! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies perhaps not that good but Keurbooms is looking sweet from lunchtime onwards! :)

PE and PA – Strong SW winds all day with a slight moderation in the south and backing to the South. But to the north it remains strong SW.

EL – Same as above…

Inland – A lighter wind day in the morning but then the usual strong stuff for the afternoon. Rain as far as Graafies this morning but clearing during the day. Winds are SSW in the south but WNW in the North. In the far east it is SE…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:10 and setting at 19:17 – day length 13:07. (We are sneaking up to just 13 hours day light time!) A cloudy with chance of rain SW wind day. Perfect for a beach walk and swim in the warm water. (Or choose the forest) but do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature another 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(19 February 2021)

Lost report!

(18 February 2021) 
Day 329 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The Cold Front having moved over the entire WC during the night. Some light rain along the coasts. A relatively breezy W to SW winds in most places. It is NW north of the GE though. Clouds confined to south of the SB and the main Cederbergs on the west. Base around 2/3k close to the coasts but rising further inland and during the day. 4/5k along the first mountains and up to 8k further inland around the SB and Cederburgs. The thermal index with quite a bit of shear/mixing so most spots showing some turbulent climbs – probably lookingbetter that what it is day. ;) Winds go NW from 6/7k upwards and finishes at 110kts at the Tropopause!

CT – Looks like a SSW day so could be very bumpy or if enough W is in it then it could be ok! ;) Base around TM height or just above. IT goes more S later in the day but it doesn seem like a wind-shadow day – perhaps a bit but it seems to be more around the harbour/stadium side of things. The main mountains perhaps with a low cloud and windy start but it looks like it could become a good day to go north. It goes more S later and further north. (See DTK spot graph)

RB – Only late afternoon a maybe enough wind popping through. Otherwise light and too west in the beginning.

PV – Some cloud during the morning then quickly burning off and it actually looks sweet. It does go ver south in the afternoon so don’t fly and scratch too close to that mountain. ;) Up to 5k maybe and 10-15kts in the strongest bits. See graph. ;)

 

Wilderness – A fresh to strong SW day form the looks of it. Slight chance of some rain. But it does look like we might get a classic coastal day. A slight break just before lunch but then after that a good afternoon form the looks of it. If you launch after lunch you could try and get to Plett! Just get there late from 16:00 onwards when the widn at Robberg is dropping so the landings will be safer. ;) Segde looking a bit rough and bumpy. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies looking OK late in the afternoon otherwise a tad too west during the morning and early afternoon.

PE and PA – Strong SW winds with slight moderation from the South late afternoon.

EL – Same as above but no moderation!

Inland – WNW north fo the GE otherwise W in the west and then SW in the south. A bit more Southerly in the trend late afternoon with some strong spots over the bigger mountains. Fly early if you can otherwise it’s a bit of a windy day… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:08 and setting at 19:19 – day length 13:11. A moderate SW wind day – slight chance of rain. Still perfect for a beach walk and swim in the warm water. (Or choose the forest) but do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature a cooler 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 






(17 February 2021) 
Day 328 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The IOH dominating in the east, the trough along the eastern central parts of the country while another CF is heading towards CT. Mostly a blue day out there with no clouds except late afternoon around the WC corner as the front starts to make its presence felt. Flying a mixed bag with excellent conditions in the west but the GR quite inverted near the coast with a strong inversion though inland some high gains possible. However the winds are pretty strong as the front pushes the west will move into the interior for the west with 20kts plus in many spots. The southerly sea breeze will also move in along the central southern parts with 25kts plus in places. But climbs to over 10k over the SB happening today – perhaps on the north of the Outenikwas too. But those are just dream and drool country. Lol. Winds go NW from around 4/5k and remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 110kt finish up there

CT – An early sweet NW start with sweet flying on the 12 Apostle doable but do finish by 12 as the lower SW will move in and start to mix things up. From mid afternoon and onwards the clouds will also make an appearance from the SW. The main mountains perhaps a tad strong NW to start off with but the SW taking over form mid afternoon onwards. Climbs to 6k on the cards.

RB – It is light and west but from after 16:00 things could happen for a late session as the southerly comes through here around 15kts. SO maybe! ;)

PV – A sweet day form the looks of it with a NW start but then going west for most of the day. Later form the south the wind does go a tad more SW. A convergence from 13:00 at Dasklip that will migrate northwards with climbs to over 6k in the right spot. ;) See graph. ;)

 

 

Wilderness – A light SE wind day perhaps becoming lightly soarable at Map. Its pretty stable along the coast with climbs to 1000’ only. Sedge probably not much fun but Serps could be enjoyable – bumble along to Map for a challenge! ;) Buffs probably the best spot for some fun flying.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies reaching 2k maybe…

PE and PA – The NE winds dominating all day long and strong.

EL – Same as above!

Inland – West in the west increase and moving further east during the day. (See maps) The southerly sea breeze also making inroads along the GR getting as far as the GE even. Strong NW further inland form there. Not the best day to be flying but clear skies. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:07 and setting at 19:20 – day length 13:13. A light to moderate SE wind day – perfect for a beach walk and swim in the warm water. (Or choose the forest) but do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(16 February 2021) 
Day 327 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. A sweet day of soaring late afternoon yesterday along the GR coast with Rouberre and Klip flying to Buffels late late afternoon even! ;) Today a strong SE on the cards for the southern areas as the SAH pushes in behind the CF. Some sweet instability around, especially along the west coast where it looks like good convergence between the inland east winds and the SW sea breeze moving in. Clouds confined to the southern and eastern areas. A slight chance for rain during the morning periods along the southern coasts but clearing during the day. The SE to E winds are deep – up to 10k before there’s a abrupt change to the SW and then W winds from 14/16k upwards with a 100kts finish west at the Tropopause.

CT – An early deep instability around with a E to NE flow so a chance of getting very high today over the mother city. But then a shallow SE flow will bring in an inversion from mid day blocking that instability. Some strong winds again in the late afternoon up to 20kts but a good chance of a wind-shadow holding up. The main mountains more influenced by the SE flow so not that good until much later in the day when the SSW moves in. However some good convergence setting up along the mountains so big climbs on the cards in the right spot – up t 8k!

RB – Light morning but a chance of some soaring after lunch. Then late afternoon the East wind pushing through – a chance of some convergence between the S and the E winds then… ;)

PV – A east start but then by mid day the SW will win the battle with some amazing sweet flying on the cards. Strong climbs to over 7k in many places. The upper flow will remain East. See TH graph. ;)

Wilderness – A NE start but by 10 the winds should be SE. It looks like a short coastal window before it gets too strong. The Map might work from 10 to 12 if we are lucky then the strong winds are set to stay for the rest of the day. Then you can go kite surfing for a swim in that very warm ocean!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – The SE wind not so strong here and it looks good for those onshore spots to be working today…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Al SE to E winds and not very strong except for the southern coastal regions. A nice day out there and flying with both the thingies with propellors and without should be good! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:06 and setting at 19:21 – day length 13:15. Strong SE winds from mid day onwards. But you can still go for a beach walk and swim in the warm water. (Or choose the forest) but do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature a cool windy 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(15 February 2021) 
Day 326 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The Cold Front has moved into the entire WC region bringing with it strong SW winds with a southerly trend on the west coast and inland. The early morning rain will clear during the day. The strong wind not making for any pleasant flying or thermals – the shear index pretty high all over the show. Over 30kts inland over the mountain tops. The convection depth also not that much with 4/5k depth at best and that far inland. Q’s in the west and south but the western areas will clear during the day. The southern winds far inland past Uppington and into Nam! ;) Winds remain S all the way to 10k where it will go SW then W with a 70kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – An initial SSW start but quickly going to the South. Base around TM top height going perhaps to 4k. Its fresh with no inversion so not much of a wind-shadow shaping up… The main mountains also with the Southerly trend so expecting turbulent conditions along the mountains especially with the instability and strong winds around.

RB – It is looking very good here today but will probably blow out by mid day. If you are not up there already you are missing out. ;)

PV – Initially some clouds to the south that will burn off quickly. Winds are fresh today with that Southerly trend so not the best conditions. Rough climbs expected so if you do fly stay in the valley! ;) (See graph)

 Wilderness – Strong SW winds for most of the day with a chance of things moderating from 15:00 onwards. With a bit of luck we should get some sweet sunset soaring in today! ;) Oh, Sedge and Serps of course only for the mad and dumb today! ;) lol Oh yes, you can still go for a swim in that very warm ocean!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Those SW winds very strong and dominating all day. Chance of rain increasing to the east but PE should clear by mid morning.

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Very strong Southerly winds all the way as far as you can go today! No clouds from North of the SB ranges. Def not a flying day out there…  ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:05 and setting at 19:22 – day length 13:17. Strong SW winds all day. But you can still go for a beach walk and swim in the warm water. (Or choose the forest) but do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature another humid 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :







(14 February 2021) 
Day 325 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The inland trough shifting to the east and those CB’s slightly less. There is more frontal influence in the WC especially the coastal areas – loads of cloud around today with base varying from 1500’to 5/6k north of the first mountain ranges with the pop to 12k along the GE. Rain in CT from the front and this will move into the rest of the WC as the front moves further inland and to the east. Winds Westerly in the west and S to SW along the southern coastal areas. Still some CB activity in a few spots but these are now upper instability and CF combined – PE to Willow ore areas at mid day. A very tricky day for flying with lots of weather dynamics going on but the best place seems to be the norther west coast areas like Kardoesie! ;) The wind goes NW from 6k upwards with a 50-80kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A rainy day during the morning but it should clear from mid day onwards with westerly winds. Base should be around TM top height. Perhaps some SH and LH soaring on the cards but watch the thicker cloud and being sucked over/into it along he 12 Apostles! The main ranges in the afternoon probably too strong to fly…

RB – WWB is out today! ;)

PV – Low clouds in the south but it rises significantly to the north. The Bumpy convergence seems to be active again late afternoon for some fun flying. :) (See graph)

 Wilderness – The humid air still hanging around (The ocean is so warm!) with low cloud and chance of rain in the afternoon. There is a chance for a sweet spell of soaring at Sedge from lunchtime onwards if the forecast is correct – before then it is very on and off with pulses of soarability popping through. (See graph!) The coast I think is just too light for anything worthwhile today… But with the warm ocean you can always go for a swim! ;)  

Plett – Looks worse than Wilderness with low cloud, rain and zero lift anywhere except late afternoon at Uppies but even that is very iffi! Lol. (see graph)

PE and PA – Looks like CB and rain from early. Slight chance of clearing after mid day but otherwise not a flying day… Winds southerlies from the looks of it.

EL – Strong fresh SW winds that trends to the South later in the afternoon all day. Also chances of rain here all day…

Inland – The westerlies dominating again except in the eastern interior where it will be South to SE. Those CB’s active around the WIllowmore regions (See graph) High clouds along the GE but the winds are a bit on the fresh side in most areas for any good flying to be had. W to SW winds most areas… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:04 and setting at 19:23 – day length 13:19 (Sunrise at 6 – a psychological turning point…;) A light S to SE day with CB rain from the north from late afternoon onwards… Still perfect for beach walks and everything else! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another humid 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(13 February 2021) 
Day 324 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Still that very active trough along the western interior of the country bringing CB’s all the way down to the Outenikwa ranges by late afternoon – once again. ;) The coastal surface winds influenced by the CB movements so expect even offshore winds late afternoon along parts of the southern coastal areas. Inland between the CB the cloud base is pretty high with some spots up to 15k, though around 10k in the little Karoo areas. (See graphs) The IOH far off to the east with a small influence on those parts – for the remainder it is all frontal movement dominating our weather with West winds in general all along the western parts of the interior. Along the central southern coasts we are in a slight col area with varying winds ranging from W to SE and a mixed bag of flying down there. From 5k the winds go NW and remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish.

CT – A sweet westerly to NW wind day. Looks like the 12 Apostles could be sweet if not for some low cloud that might spoil things now and then. ;) The main ranges also looking good with around 10kts westerly to NW flow and climbs to 5k general. It is more NW to the south and later in the north will trend slightly WSW.

RB – WWB is out today! ;)

PV – A great day of flying here with that sweet westerly flow. Climbs to 5k with some spots to 6k later in the day – especially in the convergence area. The convergence setting up between BP and The pass for the afternoon (See graph)

 

Wilderness – Another cloudy start with light winds but it will trend SSE around mid day. A tricky day to call with the wet ground and light winds – the coastal areas with light soaring at times at the right place and Sedge a maybe but very side on winds from the east for a short part of the day. Some CB’s moving in again late afternoon according to the forecasts with rain. Probably from 16:00/17:00 onwards.

Plett – Similarly to Wilderness with the SE trend and Uppies a side on maybe day – Keurbooms similar. A chance of that CB rain moving in form the north late afternoon. (see graph)

PE and PA – A SW trend with the odd spot reaching over 15kts but in general there is quite a bit of changing flow going light and even SE later in the afternoon around PE side but PA seems to hang on to the SW with 10-20kts even...

EL – The NE winds creeping in form the NE side otherwise a pretty light and varying wind day here…

Inland – A westerly flow to the western interior, going NW further north and towards the central parts. Those CB’s causing some strong gust front areas exceeding 30kts at times in the afternoon. Rain is a bit more centralised compared to yesterday. To the south and east the southerly creeps inland penetrating as far as the GE in a few spots to the east. Again some flood warnings out there so be careful in those dry river beds! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:03 and setting at 19:24 – day length 13:21 (Sunrise at 6 – a psychological turning point…;) A light S to SE day with CB rain from the north from late afternoon onwards… Still perfect for beach walks and everything else! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another humid 24 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(12 February 2021) 
Day 323 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. A complex day with the southerly migration of the trough line. It is very active from north of Windhoek all the way down to the Outenikwas and later this afternoon extending out to sea. Wide spread CB activity inland – a sweet convergence of midlevel moisture from the North with the W to NW from the frontal movement to the west and south of us. So some flash flooding warnings inland and please don’t go kloofing on the GR (or anywhere else for that matter!) ;) The CB rain should be good inland with some coastal areas also receiving a good share but then it will lessen by tomorrow and be replaced by the approaching CF with the associated frontal rain. Winds mainly S to SW along the coast but Ne in the east and inland west in the west and north in the central and more northerly areas though the CB’s will affect the surface winds greatly. Southerly trend all the way to just past 6/7k then the N to NW flow takes over all the way to the Tropopause for a 20-40kts finish up there.

CT – A southerly wind day with loads of high cloud cover. The inversion between 2/3k. The wind does slack a tad at TM top height but it veers to the WSW up there. The wind-shadow on the south side of the harbour side at SH. Strong cross shore winds expected so be carefull. 20kts and more. The main mountains with more S to SW trends but the S to SE in the south effecting those sites. North of Bainskloof it gets better and trends more W.

RB – Hhhmmm… Another looking promising sunset cruise day ;)

PV – Westerly with a slight NW upper trend but SW later in the day. Climbs to 5k with a few spots in the convergence area going above 6k. The convergence region around BP into the valley at 14:00 then towards the pass at 16:00 and south of Eendekuil. See the graph… ;) Winds 5kts but then 15kts SW late afternoon.

Wilderness – A cloudy start with W to SW winds. From mid day it might vary somewhat depending on the CB outflow to the north of us. Perhaps a promising forecast for Sedge (see graph) with some flying to be had there depending on the rain. The coast will also be on and off but with a bit of luck you might get in a good one. More low clouds moving in from late afternoon. ;)

Plett – It is very on and off here from the looks of it. Perhaps more influence from the CB to the north. See the graph. Perhaps not the best day… ;) (see graph)

PE and PA – Some strong CB activity here and even spots of NW to N wind flows from the approaching inland rain. To the east the NE wind still dominates with fresh to strong stuff. 20kts..

EL – The NE winds on the ball here… 20-30kts.

Inland – An even more complicated day with wide spread CB increasing in the late afternoon. The west wind will increase form the west as it moves into the little karoo. Some flood warnings out there so be careful in those dry river beds! ;)






(11 February 2021) 
Day 322 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Some sweet flying yesterday with another round coming up today, even if there are some changes in the air! ;) The trough still very active but some south propagation on the cards bringing those CB activity down with it. Late afternoon CB over the SB and perhaps even the Kamanassie and parts of the Outenikwas in the east later on. Some high cirrus clouds also around along the west and to the north also effecting the thermal areas. Along the coast the SAH in the west and IOH to the east in dominance but with a slack area in between (The cool GR region!) Climbs not the best along the coast with 1/2k on the southern parts, 3/4k on the west coast even though there is some very high temps around there – upper 30ties! But some convergence areas setting up with 7500’ climbs – should be some reprieve from the hotness up there! ;) Winds are all S to SE but form 5k it is light N then gradual backing to the NW and just before the Tropopause it goes west for a 40kts finish up there.

 


CT
 – Looks like another sweet wind-shadow day – better than yesterday. Strong inversion from 1000’ SSE flow 25kts but just 5kts at TM top. The main mountains also not the best but northwards it gets much better with some W to NW winds moving in. To the south FH the SE is dominant and DTK a bit tricky in the change area…

RB – Its looking promising for a sunset cruise here today ;)

PV – Westerly winds mostly with sweet flying – climbs to 5/6k but then the convergence moving in and climbs here late afternoon despite the cloud cover getting you to 7500ft. See the graph… ;) Winds 5kts but then 15 late afternoon. 

 


Wilderness
 – A cloudy and light variable winds to start with but then the SSE will dominate. Perhaps get to light soaring stuff at ap again like yesterday. There is enough south in the wind for the coastal cliffs to work similarly to yesterdays conditions. Sedge and serps both looking very sweet again with Sedge a tad off to the left with that SE component. But again it should be good from 11 – 13:00 from the forecasts. Climbs just over 1000ft  ;) (See graphs)

Plett – Similar to yesterdays forecast. Keurbooms a maybe but Uppies seems doable. Uppies showing climbs to just past 2000’… (see graph)

PE and PA – Another beautiful light wind start, trending East later on increasing from the east to 20kts..

EL – It starts of strong NE and remains that way all day. 20-30kts.

Inland – A complicated day with wide spread CB activity especially in the late afternoon. Winds strong but varying depending on the CB activity. The morning looks sweet enough though for some flying… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:01 and setting at 19:26 – day length 13:25 (Sunrise at 6 – a psychological turning point…;) Another light SSE day with more clouds. Still perfect for beach walks and everything else! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)




(10 February 2021) 
Day 321 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Some interesting action happening with the large dominance of the inland trough – the SAH influencing the southern parts of the country on a lighter scale. The trough helping that acceleration of southerly winds up the west coast exceeding 35kts in places. This trough is causing some sweet convergence regions – including that strong Namibian sea breeze front that today culminates in loads of CB’s! (See maps) Even in SA there is amazing convergence between Springbok, Pofadder and Loeriesfontein with extremely high bases here and climbs possibly to 18k. But these spots are all just drool and dreaming spots – I doubt anybody is lucky enough to make use of these amazing soaring conditions happening out there today! ;)

 

CT – Another day with strong SSE winds – 25kts later on. The wind-shadow maybe around during the early morning but then is eroded by the stronger flow. Strong inversion present but the higher winds just a tad too much to stop the over the top flow from happening by the looks of it. The main mountains still with the SE influence – FH fresh SE all day but a possible flight from DTK earlier on. Some decent climbs on the cards here with a good chance of good XC flights to the north. 6k climbs (or just a tad more here) but near Saron the climbs get lower…

RB – Again a good morning but looks blown out in the afternoon… ;)

PV – Some conflicting reports for PV with one more S and low climbs, the other showing more SW with slightly higher climbs. Seems like it’s a slow start here with after lunch only things get going. Still some S winds higher up. Perhaps 5k on the cards…

Wilderness – Another light onshore wind day with a SSE trend. Perhaps 10kts at times. Sedge and serps both looking very sweet again with Sedge perhaps a tad off to the left with that SE component. But it should be good from 11 – 13:00 from the forecasts. Climbs to near 1500ft. The coast also doable even if it will be a cross wind SSE leg in it. ;) (See graphs)

Plett – Keurbooms not on the cards today I think with too much East in it. But Uppies seems doable. Not as good as yesterday with climbs just past 2k… (see graph)

PE and PA – Another beautiful light wind start, trending SW but then backing ot the S and E later on. 10-15kts…

EL – Same as above but in the north more NE in the direction.

Inland – Another light wind morning making it sweet for propeller thingies. Later the southerly push will again see close to 20kts in places reaching up to the GE. From there it is light W to NW winds with some amazing high clouds north of there.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:00 and setting at 19:27 – day length 13hrs27min (Sunrise at 6 – a psychological turning point…;) A light SSE day with some clouds. Perfect for beach walks and everything else! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(9 February 2021) 
Day 320 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The IOH still domainting with light CF movements to our south. Inland the trough line very west, positioned very much along the Namibian west coast with the centre running west of Keetmanshoop and Upington. (Once again the magic sea-breeze convergence setting up today - this time even higher climbs possible!) ;) Drool! A secondary convergence/trough line far to the east bringing all that rain and CB’s to the highveld. But for the WC it is a fairly chilled day with mild weather – more subsidence, lower climbs, the GR with less wind but the west coast still with that strong southerly winds. A relatively blue day with very few clouds around – some on the higher mountains. Sutherland with climbs to 12/13k, SB with just over 6k but parts of the Cederbergs up to 10k… The wind is S to SW in general all the way to 18/24k where it veers to the NW for a 40kts finish up at the Tropopause.  Freezing level around 17/18k today!

CT – Very similar to yesterday with a dubious wind-shadow on the cards. Up to 30kts in places later today. The main mountains also with strong southerly winds with around 4k climbs. Further north it does improve a little but you will be hard pushed it seems to get more than 5k today. Again looks like a sweet morning in Hermanus though… ;)

RB – I can just leave this here from yesterday - If you are not up there you are missing out. Probably blown out late afternoon… ;)

PV – A southerly kind of day with climbs at most to 5500ft. But another fresh day so windy which should make you stay in the valley if you fly! ;)

Wilderness – A light onshore wind day with maybe soarable spots along the ocean cliffs. Serps and Sedge being the better places to fly. Not high climbs with maybe 1500ft at best but otherwise some fun flying on the cards I think. That is if you get a spot between all the students out there – loads of local and visiting school active at the moment so keep an eye out for the inexperienced traffic you might find up there! ;) lol.

Plett – Keurbooms a maybe with a bit of an east component around mid day. But Uppies looking good with climbs from 10 going over 3k all the way till after 15:00. The winds also has an east trend but it should be manageable.

PE and PA – A beautiful light wind start with the wind picking up in the late afternoon to the low teens perhaps. All S to SE winds.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Light wind morning with beautiful propeller thingie flying all round. Later the southerly does push trough more, especially in the west with some 20kts plus spots around. For the braai manne of Louvain the forecast is not as good as yesterday for flying home late afternoon today with up to 20kts south blowing over the mountains from 14:00 onwards. But to the south of the mountains the weather is fine until sunset even. (See late afternoon wind map)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:59 and setting at 19:28 (Sunrise coming up to 6! – the days are shortening…). A sweet light S wind day. Perfect for beach walks and everything else! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(8 February 2021) 
Day 319 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. I noticed that strong sea breeze convergence setting up today along the Namibian coast (see map) – it could be the longest (and highest gains!) in the world! Extending over 600km and with climbs past 13k! Drool! ;) Back home its another sweet February day with the SAH with a slight ridge along the southern parts dominating our weather. Clouds along mainly the southern coastal areas – most of which will dissipate by late morning. Winds are all in the S to SW range. Slight instability with climbs to just over 4k along the west coast but here its mostly fresh southerly winds. 8k over the deeper Cederberg’s but just 6k over the SB and 10-12k over the GE further north. Winds remain S to SW far inland today. In fact it remains SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish up there! Freezing level around 16k today – way above the CF movements! ;)

CT – Another very fresh SSE day with strong winds all the way up past TM top height so a bad day for the wind-shadow to shape up. Once again the main mountains not faring any better with very side on conditions and the SSE making things bumpy and combined with poor lift to around 4k not the best day to go flying out there… Hermanus is looking sweet though… ;)

RB – If you are not up there you are missing out. Probably blown out late afternoon… ;)

PV – Similar to yesterday but even slower and lower climbs. Just over 4k mostly with strong S to SE winds.. Bleh! ;)

Wilderness – A SW start with probably the coastal cliffs playable early morning but by 11 it all seems to slow down and even a tad S in it. Serps and Sedge looking promising with climbs to 1500’ but lift not the best though it should be playful and fun. The Q’s will burn off late morning I think. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies having climbs to 4k late morning! :)) And Keurbooms looking up for the afternoon as the SW moderates and backs more S…

PE and PA – Again Fresh SW which seem to hang around all day…

EL – Same as above but slight moderation and backing to the S later on.

Inland – Still those S to SW winds reaching far inland. Mostly a blue day with few clouds. The sea breeze strengthening again with some 20kts parts later in the day – stronger in the west and less in the east. No rain expected today for us. (Some CBs to the far east though) (See late afternoon wind map)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:58 and setting at 19:29 (Day length is 13 hrs and 31 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A sweet moderate to light SW day making it perfect for beach walks! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cooler 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(7 February 2921) 
Day 318 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The CF moving up the eastern pars of the country with a influence mainly along the southern parts – those first ranges blocking most of the cooler moist air from penetrating too far inland. The SAH pushing in behind it with a SW general flow – some S to even SE parts along the west coast. Further inland it veers to the west but remains fairly S to SW in the southern and eastern parts. Loads of cloud along the southern parts but dry on the west coast. Some CB activity along the eastern inland escarpment areas (See map). The winds go west at 10k but then SW from 14k all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish. Freezing level around 16k today – way above the CF movements! ;)

CT – A very fresh southerly day with deep instability to TM top height. Not really a wind-shadow day with some strong side on winds at SH. I would be very wary of flying today… The main mountains not faring any better with very side on conditions and the SE just above your heads.

RB – It could be one of those days where you can fly early morning and then again for a sunset session – though it might be a tad strong then. ;)

PV – Another fresh Southerly day with only the lower layers trending a bit SW. 10kts but 15kts in the afternoon. Climbs to 5k maybe. So again not the best forecast. Be careful of flying near the mountains today…

Wilderness – A SW day with probably some good coastal soaring on the cards. Sedge could be on depending on the strength of the wind – cloudy with base around 1500ft. There is some rain predicted so this will complicate things a bit. But in between I think we could het soe sweet flying. ;)

Plett – A bit on the WSW side early on but after lunch it backs nicely so I think Keurbooms will be on. Uppies showing climbs to close to 4k at 11 but then the base drops to 2k after that…

PE and PA – Fresh SW starts. Some rain on occasion. But the wind will moderate and back to the South during the day. …

EL – Same as above.

Inland – S to SW winds from the front movement but no clouds north of the SB ranges. SB could be good for flying early but from 13/14:00 the S wind will pick up 10kts becoming 15 and 20 at the top later on. CBs inland to the east. 9k climbs north of the SB and 12/14k on the GE. The wind is west up there. Some awesome lift out around Middelburg and north of there… (See late afternoon wind map)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:57 and setting at 19:30 (Day length is 13 hrs and 33 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A SW day after the light CF passed during the night. Its still perfect for beach walks! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cooler 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(6 February 2021) 
Day 317 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Another sweet day ahead of us with a Cold Front moving in towards CT (Should make landfall around midnight). The IOH is dominant with SW winds along the coasts and quite far inland – De Aar to near Uppington. An active trough with some CB cells around the GR area late afternoon (see Map). Some good flying inland from Uppington down to the south near De Aar and beyond perhaps. ;) NE winds in the far east from the IOH but this will propagate to the east during the day. Not much clouds around – the eastern coast with lots but the central Karoo with few clouds and the west with none. Perhaps some fog patches along the southern coast in a few spots too. Climbs to 1500’ around the GR and 5/6k on the west coast. Further inland more. Winds remain SW to 10k and then goes NW for a bit and then it backs to the SW for a 30kts at the Tropopause.  Freezing level again around 16/17k.

CT – A bit more of a south day trending SW with height which is not conducive for a wind-shadow to form – or at least if it does it is on the City bowl side of things. The beachfront with strong SSW winds up to 20kts so be careful. Some instability deepening too around mid day with 4k climbs but it could be very dynamic around the LH and CB beach… The mountains looking ok from DTK and northwards. FH too much S and W in it.

RB – It does look like it could be a sweet end to the day with a sunset cruise here…Fingers crossed! ;)

PV – A fresh day with 10kts and then later 15kts form SW to S. Nothing too special but a run towards Renosterhoek always on the cards.  5-6k climbs at the best.

Wilderness – A light SSW coastal wind day with even some west along the coast later on. IT does seem like Sedge and serps will be the best spots to hang out at. Perhaps 1500ft in the climbs. 2500ft on the back towards the mountains.

Plett – Again lift to 3k with late morning the best time… It looks like it will be sweet for most of the day. Keurbooms looking promising too late morning an dearly afternoon…

PE and PA – A East to NE start but the SW moving in from the south. It is slow in its progress reaching PE around 16:00…

EL – NE start around 15kts but going East later and moderating to around 10kts.  

Inland – SW winds all the way inland past the GE except for the eastern parts where it is N to NW. A strong CB convergence line setting up way to the eastern interior (see map) with late afternoon CB around GR area. The SW with the Sea breeze picking up to a SSW later and becomes very strong with over 30kts at times. (See late afternoon wind map)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:56 and setting at 19:31 (Day length is 13 hrs and 35 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). Another sweet light wind day making it epic for beach walks! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(5 February 2021) 
Day 316 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. A sharing of space around the WC between the IOH in the east bringing easterly winds and rian to the eastern coastal areas while the SAH is bringing cool dryer air to the wester parts with the usual typical SW to S conditions out there and the far interior with high bases and initial N winds going S later in the day as the Sea breeze moves in. No rain expected except for the far eastern areas. Climbs up to 6k on the west coast, 2k along the GR, 8k over the SB ranges and 12k over the GE. Winds are fairly light with height with a light south going NW from 10k upwards with a 40kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 16/17k in the southern regions.

CT – Another classic Southerly day with up to 25kts in the afternoon but sweet inversion around 1500/2k and lowering of wind with height – 5kts at TM top. Looks like a sweet wind-shadow all day long. The Main mountains sharing the Southerly influence with FH not working all day and DTK working till late afternoon when the South moves in.

RB – Looks like it will work form late morning onwards but perhaps a chance of a sunset cruise if it is not a tad strong… ;)

PV – A more southerly day with climbs up t0o 6k if you are lucky. Not as sweet as yesterday and no real convergence around with some far in the north near Renosterhoek. 15kts later on as the sea breeze moves in.

Wilderness – A sweet southerly wind with perhaps not enough along the coast I think. But Sedge and serps should be great with climbs to perhaps 1500ft. Sedge will go a bit east but probably not enough to stop the flying.;)

Plett – Again lift to 3k with 12:00 the best time. Still very east in the direction but it should be doable. Keurbooms looks like it ahs to much east in today… Nothing strong with 10kts in the peaks…

PE and PA – Fresh to strong E to NE winds with clouds and chances of some rain.

EL – Similar to above….  

Inland – Not as light as yesterday but still a sweet morning with great prop thingy flying to be had. High clouds along the GE and some of the bigger ranges. And then that southerly wind pushing far inland and up to the usual 20kts plus strengths. SBP should be great for a good morning session of flying but from 14:00 watch the sea breeze picking up here…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:55 and setting at 19:32 (Day length is 13 hrs and 36 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). Another sweet light wind day making it epic for beach walks! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(4 February 2021) 
Day 315 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The weak CF sweeping over the southern parts of the country with little effect – some cloudy parts in the southern parts south of the firth mountain ranges – light rain perhaps around the Overberg region. Otherwise the SAH with a slight ridge along the southern parts with light winds in the southern and eastern areas. The west coast with a tad more SE wind. The inland trough very active with high clouds and CB’s but these are far to the east of the trough centreline. Winds re the usual NW out there. Some good flying to be had to the west of this line though (See cloud map). Climbs to around 6k along the west coast with less to the south – around 1-2k here but of course rising sharply at the first mountain range. The light winds making it attractive to fly some of these ranges but watch for a strong Sea-breeze pushing inland later in the day with spots exceeding 25kts! The winds are light S to past 5k then its WNW up to 14k before it backs to the WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kt finish up there. Freezing level around 15k in the southern regions.

CT – A classic SE day with 25kts in the afternoon but sweet inversion around 1500/2k and lowering of wind with height – 5kts at TM top. Looks like a sweet wind-shadow all day long. The Main mountains influenced by the SE with FH a no go from the looks of it and DTK changing to SE around lunchtime. But further north it is looking sweet.

RB – Another sweet day on the cards here from the looks of it. ;)

PV – A WSW start around 5kts with light winds at TOC – slight east drift there perhaps. But later the winds go SSW at 10kts. Best lift out to the north past Kardoesie.

Wilderness – Another sweet day on the cards from the looks of it. A tad more south and slightly less than yesterday but probably the usual morning onshore flow for some sweet ocean cliff soaring. Serps and Sedge should be good too with climbs to 1500. (Just watch the ocean – if its capping stay on the ocean cliffs but if not then the inland sites start to be sweet) ;)

Plett – Another good day for Uppies with climbs to 3k and with some cloud. Only thing is the east in the wind which can make it tricky. Keurbooms looks like it also could have something with enough south in the east to be flyable before and after lunch.

PE and PA – A light SW start but it backs to the SE with most spots less than 10kts – some perhaps reaching 15. Slight chance of rain from PA and eastwards and the there are some CB activity to the north far inland which might have some influence though…

EL – Similar to above….  

Inland – A sweet light variable wind start all the way to the GE with north to the north from there. It will gradually pick up during the day with a southerly trend and finish strong with the sea breeze reaching 25kts or more in places – especially over the SB ranges. CB east from GR in a North/South line.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:54 and setting at 19:32 (Day length is 13 hrs and 38 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A beautiful day with light Southerly winds. Perfect to go for beach walks yay! and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(3 February 2021) 
Day 314 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Another amazing day yesterday, especially in the WC where all the sites were flyable at one stage of the day. Today a slight change but still good in most of the spots. A CF approaching CT while the SAH is pushing in new air just ahead and behind it, the inland toruhg having a shift to the east and the IOH retreating to the east. No rain expected in and around the WC – some CBs to the far north and east of the torugh line and maybe a bit along the Overberg and CT mountains early evening as the CF moves in. The wind a tad fresher inland too with the W in the west and Southerly in the south penetrating with some 20kts spots around. Very high clouds inland with the GE showing at 14k in places. Over some southern ranges a few lost whisps around at 10k too… Climbs still high 2k along the southern coastal spots and 5/6k along the west coast. Winds are all NW from 5k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 16k but a few spots of 14k in the southern eastern regions.

CT – A southerly day – it does veer with height to the SW so a chance of the wind-shadow shaping up today but there are 20/25kts spots just offshore from CB so a would be very wary… The main mountains with a west to NW start but the SE eventually penetrating in over the back at most of the southern spits like FH so be careful for that. Hermanus looking particularly good today to me.

RB – It looks like a great day here – stronger in the late afternoon but a possible sweet sunset flight on the cards… ;)

PV – A sweet day here with 5/6k climbs bt if you can get to Kardoesie and out towards Eendekuil you will enjoy the convergence with climbs to 7500’ out there. ? Later the SW will push in to 15kts…

Wilderness – A sweet SW to S day – it doesn’t quite look like the coastal cliffs will offer anything great but Serps and Sedge will be amazing I think. Good climbs to 2k for most of the day. Lol.

Plett – Sweet Uppies with 3k climbs most of the day  - winds SW to S later. And then Keurbooms also looking like it could deliver some sweet flying with good onshore flows here for the late morning and early afternoon to work well.

PE and PA – A sweet light wind start with offshore winds and then late morning the SW starting up maybe up t 15kts in a few spots otherwise 10kts. Inland it blows strong with 20kts SSE winds over the mountains.

EL – Similar but remaining light variable for most of the day.

Inland – To the west and south strong winds moving in from both the front and sea breeze effects. But further inland from those (See maps) the wind is initially light N to NW with amazing flying conditions. Sweet clouds with a marked line between Carnavon and down to BW – that is the line to fly today if you are out there!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:53 and setting at 19:33 (Day length is 13 hrs and 40 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A beautiful day with light SW to S winds. Perfect to go for beach walks yay! and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(2 February 2021) 
Day 314 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Another amazing day yesterday, especially in the WC where all the sites were flyable at one stage of the day. Today a slight change but still good in most of the spots. A CF approaching CT while the SAH is pushing in new air just ahead and behind it, the inland toruhg having a shift to the east and the IOH retreating to the east. No rain expected in and around the WC – some CBs to the far north and east of the torugh line and maybe a bit along the Overberg and CT mountains early evening as the CF moves in. The wind a tad fresher inland too with the W in the west and Southerly in the south penetrating with some 20kts spots around. Very high clouds inland with the GE showing at 14k in places. Over some southern ranges a few lost whisps around at 10k too… Climbs still high 2k along the southern coastal spots and 5/6k along the west coast. Winds are all NW from 5k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 16k but a few spots of 14k in the southern eastern regions.

CT – A southerly day – it does veer with height to the SW so a chance of the wind-shadow shaping up today but there are 20/25kts spots just offshore from CB so a would be very wary… The main mountains with a west to NW start but the SE eventually penetrating in over the back at most of the southern spits like FH so be careful for that. Hermanus looking particularly good today to me.

RB – It looks like a great day here – stronger in the late afternoon but a possible sweet sunset flight on the cards… ;)

PV – A sweet day here with 5/6k climbs bt if you can get to Kardoesie and out towards Eendekuil you will enjoy the convergence with climbs to 7500’ out there. ? Later the SW will push in to 15kts…

Wilderness – A sweet SW to S day – it doesn’t quite look like the coastal cliffs will offer anything great but Serps and Sedge will be amazing I think. Good climbs to 2k for most of the day. Lol.

Plett – Sweet Uppies with 3k climbs most of the day  - winds SW to S later. And then Keurbooms also looking like it could deliver some sweet flying with good onshore flows here for the late morning and early afternoon to work well.

PE and PA – A sweet light wind start with offshore winds and then late morning the SW starting up maybe up t 15kts in a few spots otherwise 10kts. Inland it blows strong with 20kts SSE winds over the mountains.

EL – Similar but remaining light variable for most of the day.

Inland – To the west and south strong winds moving in from both the front and sea breeze effects. But further inland from those (See maps) the wind is initially light N to NW with amazing flying conditions. Sweet clouds with a marked line between Carnavon and down to BW – that is the line to fly today if you are out there!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:53 and setting at 19:33 (Day length is 13 hrs and 40 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A beautiful day with light SW to S winds. Perfect to go for beach walks yay! and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(1 February 2021) 
Day 312 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The Cold Front having past over night leaving some sweet unstable air but also some very wet ground so the thermal outlook perhaps not the best. The SAH pushing in behind it with S to SE winds pushing in far inland reaching as far north as Carnavon. It does of course improve further inland as it dries a tad more with base on that side around 11/12k. But nearer home it is much less and doubtful to reach base even if it looks good later on. Some sweet soring to be found along the coasts with the S to SE winds. It is fresh around CT with deep instability and even out at PV side the East dominating quite a bit. Winds go West from 8/10k upwards with a SW finish of 50kts over CT but WNW at 100kts over Wilderness! CT Freezing level down to 11k in a few spots in the south.

CT – SE flow all the way up to 5k. No wind-shadow from the looks of it. Very very strong along the west coasts today with 30kts the norm. The main mountains also very strong with the SE flow… A no good day form the looks of it…

RB – IT looks like it could be a sweet day out here. Some lighter spots on the cards even with the strong bits closer to the mountains and then at the coast. Some “bouncing” over RB… ;)

PV – A tricky day with the East trend in the wind. IT does go SW to the north but its not very deep. So be careful if you fly. The upper flow is over the back and then SSE at mountain top height. The thermals might pull it up straight though… Some very very high clouds in the north in the afternoon around 9k. Maybe if you are lucky you could get up there from Kardoesie side…

Wilderness – A rainy start but clearing mid morning. The SE is sweet and deep so the Map will produce some good lift. The wet grounds making thermal flying a tricky bit btu there is some stuff to be had. Serps will get you into airspace quickly from mid day onwards. It should be a sweet flight to Map though. Sedge too cross and fresh. Bench-up from Swartvlei is on. It looks like it can get blown out in the afternoon…

Plett – SE dominating here too. So a tricky day but around 14:00 there is a chance of getting up at Uppies to 3500ft. Though it is 10kts SE at launch.

PE and PA – SW to S winds today. The onshore spots should all work – 10-15kts. The wet grounds making the inland sites slow and soft. ;)

EL – A SW start but it backs to the South early and the fresh breeze will moderate from 15-20 to 10-15kts. So most of the spits should produce some sweet flying.

Inland – Another Q fille sky with some OD to the south. The little Karoo with sweet clouds and good looking conditions though a bit breezy with plenty 20ts spots and some even higher. All post frontal S to SSE winds. Not really a flying day I think… Though you could get to 18k over the Berg today… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:51 and setting at 19:35 (Day length is 13 hrs and 44 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A wet morning but dry afternoon with SE wind. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature a cooler 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(31 January 2021) 
Day 311 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. A wonderful day yesterday along the GR with many XC flights and people going up 3000ft at Sedge! Even the students where up over 1500ft or more at times! :) Today the ColdFront moving into CT dominating the weather with a slight delay and reprieve along parts of the GR and eastwards. Strong winds in CT and then some rain in the late afternoon. Still ok to the north at PV but breezy in the interior with westerly winds. The wind is fresh WNW from the surface all the way up to the Tropopause for a 50-80kts finish up there. On the eastern coast a light IOH influence with NE winds here but light. This will change to SW late in the afternoon. Pretty clouds around most places. Low in the west around 3/4k but rising in land with the little Karroo up at 6-8k and even more on the GE with 12/13k there. CT Freezing level around 15/16k.

CT – It doesn’t look like a flyable day here with low cloudy start to the day and then strong winds up at the mountain with over 20kts in most places. The main mountains also very fresh and building as the front moves closer.

RB – WWB is out again today. ;)

PV – It looks like a sweet day here with light to mod westerly winds and some low clouds along the mountains. Watch getting trapped though against the ranges with the cloud base so low. Wind up to 15kts in the south after lunch for a moment but otherwise 5-10kts mostly. The late morning mid day the best time with the afternoon becoming stable…

Wilderness – Another SW start with mid day light S trend. Much more stable with climbs perhaps to 1k. Mid afternoon and later the upper west increasing which will deepen the instability but also cause some turbulence with the gradient difference. Hhhmmm… after yesterday it is looking like a rest day! ;)

Plett – Upies on the other hand is looking very good. Climbs still up to 4k with a lower S trend. It holds till 15:00 where there might be an upper west influence… Keurbooms a maybe too but quite a bit of east in it before a bit of west late afternoon moves in.

PE and PA – A light wind start varying in places but the SW will dominate more and more during the day.

EL – A north east start but form mid day this will be eroded by the SW moving up the coast. Nothing too strong though.

Inland – A sky filled with nice Q’s… Strong westerly winds in the west as the front moves closer. So perhaps a good day to be looking at the sky though perhaps an early morng flight for the propeller thingies could have been on. The winds will build during the day – W mostly but NW in the north. Rain in the west from early evening. Midnight along the GR coast and inland areas. 20/30kt spots late afternoon.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:50 and setting at 19:36 (Day length is 13 hrs and 45 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A sunny light wind day. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(30 January 2021) 
Day 310 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. What a sweet day yesterday with playing along the coast in the morning finishing with a sweet Sedge afternoon. And today is looking up too! Some unstable and a tad more moist air left over form a light sweeping tail of a CF from yesterday evening left over the SW parts of the WC. This layer should bring some sweet soaring ahead of tomorrow’s more prefrontal stuff. Winds are SW to S along the coasts, SW to W further inland and in the far north it is NW. (See maps). Some sweet Q’s on the cards along the coastal areas with high bases along the southern ranges. It could be a good day to fly to the west from some of those secret spots around Robertson/Riversdal areas I think. ;) 4/6k base heights with some spots even more. No rain expected and inland winds light at first with some 15kts posts later in the day. The sea breeze in the south also with some stronger bits later on, especially over the bigger mountains. The wind remains SW with height all the way to around 8/9k where it veers to the NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 30/40kts finish up there. Freezing level around 15/16k.

CT – A more W to SW day with base around 3/4k. 10kts mostly so looks like a sweet flying day with the usual acceleration around the corners etc. LH looking sweet. The main mountains looking very good with the SW to W flow and flights to the north from all the popular spots are on the cards today. Some clouds around in the south but this dries to the north. Be careful of SLP – I see some S to SE flow in that area that could complicate things. 4-5k climbs mostly.

RB – WWB is out today with the too much west in it I think. ;)

PV – A sweet looking day with the W to SW flow making for cool flying conditions along the range. 5k climbs mostly and no significant convergence areas on the cards for today… Later in the day 10-15kts.

Wilderness – Another SW start but this time it is lighter so the coasts will be tricky. Sedge and Serps the places for sure. Climsb to perhaps 2k with even some cloud around mid day. The usual mid day stronger bits popping in too. Perhaps a better finish compared to yesterday but not as long lasting I think. Lets see what happens! ;)

Plett – Epic Upies today with climbs to 4k on the cards. Sweet SSW winds all day long too… Keurbooms looking in the ball park before midday and just after so a cool day out here it seems.

PE and PA – A light start with a SW trend. Midday sees it peaking around 15kts then a moderates a bit for the afternoon and even some backing to the south in places.

EL – Same as above…

Inland – Another sweet morning for the propeller thingies and then some thermal clouds mostly in the southern parts up to the SB ranges. Some high climbs around to 8/9k. Above the GE it goes to 11/12k with NW winds up there. 15kts so nothing too wild. ;) Later the Sea-breeze moving in from the south with 15-20kts spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:49 and setting at 19:36 (Day length is 13 hrs and 47 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A sunny light/mod  wind day with a SW wind. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 






(29 January 2021) 
Day 309 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Yesterday Pieter DeBeer did a spectacular flight from DuToits Farm all the way around the Kamansie mountains landing just past the Uniondal/Willowmore road. The distance was just over 100km I heard. Welldone for opening and exploring new routes Pieter! (See pic) Today the SAH dominating with a light tails weep of a CF just reaching in to the WC around late afternoon. The inland trough widely spaced and the IOH to far to the east to do much to us. Winds are SW in general along the southern parts, backing more S initially inland but NW further inland. And then west towards the west coast. A blue day expected so very few clouds around but for the Overberg coast areas. Climbs to 2-4k along the coastal parts then 5k along the first mountains rising over the higher ranges. Climbs to 12k on the GE ridge – so nothing exceptional but some sweet soaring to be had in the right places. The se-abreeze pater picking up the wind to 15/20kts in a few spots. The wind finishes at the Tropopause SW at 30kts. Freezing level back up to 16k.

CT – Another S to SW day with instability all the way up to 3.5/4k. It is SW up there around 5-10kts. The surface corners again up to over 20kts at times with the very fresh cross winds at SH and LH. The main mountains once again SW but not as high climbs as yesterday. 3500-4500k with 5k at the best times and spots late afternoon. Again it gets slightly better to the north.

RB – Looks like a frustrating day with just or just not soarable conditions all day long…  ;)

PV – Another OKish day with SW winds that trend SSW later around 15kts. It starts of 5-10kt with slow climbs at the beginning but at 15:00 you can get to 5k…

Wilderness – A light/moderate start of SW winds that will get lighter again at mid day but it remains SW all day form the looks of it. 2k climbs mostly and it looks like Serps and sedge will be sweet though perhaps a bit fresh at mid day – but perhaps flyable until 5 this afternoon even. ;) The coasts will be better in the morning.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies with climbs to 3k. A sweet day here actually. Even Keurbooms has a shot mid to late morning I think.

PE and PA – The SW winds dominating here all day it seems but to the east t will back to the south later in the afternoon and moderate nicely.

EL – A SW start but going S from mid day onwards and dropping to below 10kts. Those local spots should be good…

Inland – Another sweet morning with the propeller thingies should be up and about. Slightly less in the thermals compared to yesterday but some 7/8k climbs possible over the SB ranges. Winds are all SW to W all the way to the GE and then NW to the north of that. The Sea-breeze again moving in form the south with some 20kts spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:48 and setting at 19:37 (Day length is 13 hrs and 49 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A sunny light/mod  wind day with a SW wind. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(28 January 2021) 
Day 308 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The SAH still dominating as it ridges in along the southern parts. However the isobars widely spaced as is the inland trough so surface winds lighter and moderate compared to yesterday. A S to SW trend in most areas except the far eastern coastal areas where an easterly will move in later in the day. The light winds making for some sweet thermal all over the show – a tad lower climbs along the west coast, especially along the southern areas where the ocean sea-breeze will move in a lower inversion from mid day onwards (like DTK). Climbs mostly around 2/3k along the coastal regions and then progressively more towards the larger mountains with around 8k over the Cederbergs and SB ranges are doable. Winds remain light with hight but from around 10k it is all W in the south and S to the north but then form 15k it is all Westerlies with a 30kts WNW over CT and 80kts over Knysna. Freezing level back up to 15k.

CT – Winds today are S on the surface veering to the SW at TM height. 5-10kts with some 15/20kts spots around the corners and sides due to local acceleration. The wind-shadow on the wrong side of SH so not the best day to fly I think. A bumpy and very fresh cross shore flow on that side. DTK not that good either – FK looking sweet in the morning but late afternoon sees a SE flow moving n over the back so be careful if you fly here. IT does improve to the north.

RB – light most of the day but late afternoon sees a chance of enough wind for a soaring session. Maybe even into sunset though it looks to be dropping again then.

PV – WSW start with a SW finish around 15kts. Climbs to 5k between 14/15:00 at best.

Wilderness – A light wind day with a S to SSE trend later on. Sedge could work though a bit side on. Most other spots will have wind coming up but all on the light side making the flying a bit frustrating. Serps should be sweet for flying to Map. Climbs to 2k possible.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies with climbs to 3k. The wind is a tad more SE here.

PE and PA – SW start but this will back to the S and then East later especially in the east.

EL – A SW start but quickly going to the East with rain and cloud increasing to the east.

Inland – A sweet morning of propeller thingy flying but from mid morning the thermal kick in with sweet climbs and moderate winds. Mostly SW to S in direction. Late afternoon sees a bit of a sea breeze push through with some spots reaching 15.20kts. No rain and few clouds expected.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:47 and setting at 19:38 (Day length is 13 hrs and 50 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A sunny light wind day with a slight Southerly wind. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(27 January 2021) 
Day 307 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. A massive SAH dominating our weather, pushing in cooler air in behind the CF that is moving far inland. Lots of frontal uplift in combination with the inland trough causing lots of convergence and ripe conditions for extensive and deep CB activity. Flood warnings in land and especially to the eastern interior from De Aar and to the east. It dries out to the west but the winds are strong so not much from thermal points of view due to high level of B/S ratios. Still the Cederbergs looks like high climbs of over 10k on the cards – though like I said the strong winds probably enough to keep you away form those big hills… lol. So the S to SW winds run all the way up to around 6/8k where it veers to the SW and then a gentle veering further to the NW at the Tropopause for a 110kt finish. Freezing down to 12k in the SW areas!

CT – A deep strong SSE wind flow with the inversion around 4k. Some cloud at TM top but not much of a wind-shadow day. The main mountains also with strong southerly flows so not a flying day out there – 20kts or more mostly…

RB – An early monring sesh was on but it will get blown out during the day even more… Probably too strong for a sunset session but maybe … ;)

PV – Looks like a strong south day with 20kts winds. Climbs to 5k so not the best day to fly anyway. Over the back the Cederbergs are showing high climbs to 10k plus. But best to watch from the ground today I think… ;)

Wilderness – Looks like another strong SW start to the day with a moderation around 11 to midday. Then another pulse moving in after lunch with the rain after that. Hhhmm… Maybe some dune gooning during the morning I think. The afternoon the wind goes more SSE.

Plett – Mostly strong SW but then after lunch also the rain and the backing of the wind to SSE. Tricky to find a flyable gap I think… :)

PE and PA – A light wind start to the day around PE with the SW moving in from mid day onwards and the progressing further up the coast. Around 15kts with rain from the looks of it.

EL – Starting with a SE wind here it will slowly veer to the SW after lunchtime. Of course loads of rain around here…

Inland – Strong southerly winds moving far inland with 20-30kts in places. Rain and CB’s especially in the eastern interior with flood warnings in place. The west is clear and dry but windy! A coffee day from the looks of it.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:46 and setting at 19:38 (Day length is 13 hrs and 52 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A partly cloudy day light to moderate from the SW. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(26 January 2021) 
Day 306 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. A cold front moving into CT during the day with a S to SW wind – light rain by late afternoon especially along the Overberg areas. SW to S winds along the southern coastal regions with the eastern areas light S then a light moderate SW creeping up the coast. Inland to the  far north it is NW winds and towards the south more W and then SW from the coastal areas creeping inland and becoming very strong with 30kts in places later on. A chance of rain along the GE and perhaps a CB or two especially to the east. Soe very high bases around DeAar with 15/16k. Instability along the coast noting exceptional with 3/4k in most spots before the mountains and then rising further inland. Strong convergence as the front moves inland though to the north of Sutherland and those areas. Wind is light NW from just above 6/7k with a 80kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing at 16kin the south today!

CT – Another strong SE to S day and with the frontal push it doesn’t look like a usable wind=shadow day. The main mountains around DTK also very strong S winds so again probably not really worth it out there.

RB – It is looking good for an early morning sesh and probably till mid day when it gets blown out for the afternoon. But maybe with some luck a sunset session might happen… ;)

PV – Perhaps not the best of days with climbs to 4/5k and SW wind to start with. The sea breeze is moving in early today – perhaps with the frontal movement push so from 14:00 already we have 15kts of SSW winds. So fly early if you must. ;)

Wilderness – Looks like a nice SW day going more south later in the day. Fresh in the moring and then moderating. Early evening some light rain maybe. Sedge will work but is strong during the morning – climbs to 2k. Late afternoon probably better here…

Plett – Keurbooms looking sweet for the afternoon! Uppies with climbs to just over 3k but breezy SW winds over 10kts. Late afternoon the sweeter time.

PE and PA – SW winds around 10kts with some 15kts later on.

EL – Light wind during the morning with the SW creeping up from the SW slowly during the day. Late afternoon the SW moves in.

Inland – A sweet morning inland but wild afternoon! Strong winds building in the west as the CF moves in combined with the SW sea breeze from the south – strong convergence along the GE with some rain there and even the odd CB especially to the east. 30kts out there in many places in the afternoon. Very high base over the GE and De Aar regions.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:45 and setting at 19:39 (Day length is 13 hrs and 54 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A partly cloudy day light to moderate from the SW. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(25 January 2021) 
Day 305 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Some fun down in the Cape with a few hangies flying some XC at PV. Maybe they will go far today… A classic weather pattern around the country with the SAH in the west, the trough inland and the IOH in the east dominating our weather. The CF having left some sweet unstable air around most areas for some good flying. There is a bit of strong wind along the coastal areas that will be excellent for the kite surfers (if they can escape the cops!) ;) Inland the winds are much lighter with an East trend in the east, North in the north and west in the west. (See graph). No rain expected but some light showers in the eastern coastal areas. Few clouds around. Wind is North from 4k upwards remaining light with 10kts at 10k then NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 80kts finish. Freezing at 15kin the south today!

CT – Another strong SE day but with an inversion shaping up around 1500ft and the wind dropping in strength with height. It does look like a grat flying day around LH and SH with late afternoon seeing perhaps a SW cross shore flow instead of the calm wind-shadow. The main mountains are looking excellent with the east flow light and by mid day the west will be deep enough and dominate for the rest of the day. High climbs and flights from Bains, DTK all the way north to PV and beyond are doable today.

RB – Some wind late morning that should last till sunset. It just could be enough for a sunset sesh… ;)

PV – A super sweet day expected here. Winds are all WSW trending SW later on. Climbs to 6/7k and higher over the back in the Cederbergs. Late afternoon sees a sea breeze move in with around 15kts SW winds. Big flights def on the cards with lighter flows higher up. A day to explore over packhuis pass and towards the NE – maybe Clavinia and beyond? Or big out and returns. Or fly from DTK to Klawer for a more sure thing… ;) ;)

Wilderness – A strong SE in the cards so get your flying in early. Looks like it might blow out as early as mid morning but with a bit of luck it will hold till mid day… ;)

Plett – Same as wilderness but looks even stronger…

PE and PA – The east to NE winds blowing like the clappers today. All day long with a slight chance of rain…

EL – Same as above with a slight chance of light rain…

Inland – A beautiful day inland with light winds – the strong coastal stuff blocked by the mountains until the afternoon when the sea breeze will penetrate to the SB ranges. The GE showing some amazing climbs with high clouds around 13/14k.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:44 and setting at 19:39 (Day length is 13 hrs and 55 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A sweet sunny but windy day. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(24 January 2021) 
Day 304 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The end of the Tropical cyclone up in the north but loads of rain and floods for the northern Limpopo areas... (See graph). The CF far into the interior and up the coast into Mozambique. Behind it the SAH is ridging in along the southern parts with fresh to strong E to SE winds but initially SW in the southern and eastern coastal regions. Some rain still around but this will clear up from the west during the day. Clouds mainly confined to the southern and eastern parts of the WC. The west coast is dry mostly with the upper flow easterly. The wind is SE in the interior far up onto the GE platau with convection depth around 5-6k AGL. Lots of rain remaining in the eastern parts especially near the coast. The wind remains SE up to 6k then does a quick backing to the west – west al the way to the Tropopause for a WNW finish of 80/90kts. Freezing at 14kin the south today!

CT – A strong SE wind with the inversion at 4k. It does back a tad to the ESE but remains strong all the way up. So no wind-shadow on the cards for flying today. All day long it seems. Up to 30kts later on. The mountains showing a similar trend. Some Katabatic heating from the main mountains down onto the western flats in the south…

RB – WWB looks good for an early morning sesh then gets blown out but a chance of a return for a sunset session. ;)

PV – The east flow higher up making it tricky to fly the main ranges but the lower flow is SSW. This improves later in the day but remains fairly E to SE upper flow. IT will be bumpy flying along the mountains so be careful. PB seems a tad too south too. If you can get off a down wind run towards Graafwater to connect with the sea breeze convergence will get you to 7/8k and then off to Niewoudville. :)) It should be a great challenge to the hangies… ;)

Wilderness – A rainy start but clearing quickly with a SW wind that also will back quickly to the S and then SE for the afternoon. Everywhere will work today at some stage. Sedge is looking sweet with high climbs to 3k so a chance for the XC crew to try their luck form there – it should be doable with enough south in it till 12 I think. Map might get blown out by mid afternoon too…

Plett – Keurbooms looking good for the mid to late morning as the wind goes from SW to SE. Uppies with a short window in the morning before it goes too East. Climbs also to 3k. It seems to remain OD for longer here…

PE and PA – A fresh SW start that will back to the S and then even SE in the south. Rain hanging around for longer here – into the afternoon with slight clearing from the west.

EL – Strong SW with rain backing to the S and SE later on at 15kts but looks like the rain hangs in there… ;)

Inland – S to SE surface flows with many strong spots at 20ts plus. It increases in the afternoon. The SE trend all the way up past Brandvlei even! Clouds around the southern central parts dissipating to the north. Lots of rain in the eastern southern parts remaining all day there.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:43 and setting at 19:40 (Day length is 13 hrs and 57 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A rainy start but clearing with fresh SE later on. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(23 January 2021) 
Day 304 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The CF far into the interior and up the coast into Mozambique. Behind it the SAH is ridging in along the southern parts with fresh to strong E to SE winds but initially SW in the southern and eastern coastal regions. Some rain still around but this will clear up from the west during the day. Clouds mainly confined to the southern and eastern parts of the WC. The west coast is dry mostly with the upper flow easterly. The wind is SE in the interior far up onto the GE platau with convection depth around 5-6k AGL. Lots of rain remaining in the eastern parts especially near the coast. The wind remains SE up to 6k then does a quick backing to the west – west al the way to the Tropopause for a WNW finish of 80/90kts. Freezing at 14kin the south today!

CT – A strong SE wind with the inversion at 4k. It does back a tad to the ESE but remains strong all the way up. So no wind-shadow on the cards for flying today. All day long it seems. Up to 30kts later on. The mountains showing a similar trend. Some Katabatic heating from the main mountains down onto the western flats in the south…

RB – WWB looks good for an early morning sesh then gets blown out but a chance of a return for a sunset session. ;)

PV – The east flow higher up making it tricky to fly the main ranges but the lower flow is SSW. This improves later in the day but remains fairly E to SE upper flow. IT will be bumpy flying along the mountains so be careful. PB seems a tad too south too. If you can get off a down wind run towards Graafwater to connect with the sea breeze convergence will get you to 7/8k and then off to Niewoudville. :)) It should be a great challenge to the hangies… ;)

Wilderness – A rainy start but clearing quickly with a SW wind that also will back quickly to the S and then SE for the afternoon. Everywhere will work today at some stage. Sedge is looking sweet with high climbs to 3k so a chance for the XC crew to try their luck form there – it should be doable with enough south in it till 12 I think. Map might get blown out by mid afternoon too…

Plett – Keurbooms looking good for the mid to late morning as the wind goes from SW to SE. Uppies with a short window in the morning before it goes too East. Climbs also to 3k. It seems to remain OD for longer here…

PE and PA – A fresh SW start that will back to the S and then even SE in the south. Rain hanging around for longer here – into the afternoon with slight clearing from the west.

EL – Strong SW with rain backing to the S and SE later on at 15kts but looks like the rain hangs in there… ;)

Inland – S to SE surface flows with many strong spots at 20ts plus. It increases in the afternoon. The SE trend all the way up past Brandvlei even! Clouds around the southern central parts dissipating to the north. Lots of rain in the eastern southern parts remaining all day there.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:43 and setting at 19:40 (Day length is 13 hrs and 57 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A rainy start but clearing with fresh SE later on. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(22 January 2021) 
Day 302 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. An awesome day before yesterday with Josh flying just over 350km as the crow flies. This is an amazing flight and the longest in SA for a few years now as far as I can recall. Have a look here at his track log! https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Josh/19.1.2021/09:36  We have tropical storm Eloise up in the NE corner of our SA map with a cold front approaching CT rom the SW – two very extreme weather systems that will impact our country weather over the next few days. For the WC though it’s the IOH, inland trough and a bit of the CF approaching us that is dictating the flying. Strong NE flows along the eastern coast still around with a chance of rain as the moisture from the IOH is carried onshore. There’s a slight chance of the inland trough activity causing some CB’s in the easter southern interior and the SE winds curling around the Peninsula again for the SW component up the west coast. From here the winds veer inland for a more westerly component and eventually the NW in the central parts. Very high clouds expected again in the interior around the 13/14k mark. Some chance of OD conditions – 15-20kts out that side. Closer to home the southern coastal with a tad more climbs in it that yesterday but still relatively stable perhaps 1500ft along the southern coastal areas. Rising towards the mountains and on the west coast it is a better day compared to yesterday with better climbs and not as strong SW wind moving in later on. The winds are all NW from 5/6k upwards with a west finish at the Tropopause around 50kts. Freezing up to 17/18k today!

CT – Looks like a super cool day with the winds backing to the west at TM top height at 5kts, a strong 1000ft inversion (or just above) and SE winds to 20kts at most. So another super sweet wind-shadow day all day long form the looks of it. The main mountains also looking better with DKP a day to go from there to PV that is not so scary strong. ;) Slightly more moderate wind Starting NW but going W to SW later today and climbs 4/5k but more in the convergence areas.

RB – It just might be too light all day but maybe later afternoon a bit more..;)

PV – A good day here with slightly less winds. The convergence setting up from bumpy peak into the valley – this move northwards to Eendekuil between 14:00 and 16:00. You could get to 8k in there… ;) Up to 15kts later on. Wind is W5-1okts but SW later to 15.

Wilderness – A light wind start with a SE trend – supposedly strong later on but I notice a steep gradient along our area of coast so probably a bit frustrating with the lighter shadow bit creeping into the Map area this afternoon. I noticed 5kts on the surface and 15kts at 500ft. Hhhmmm… Something to be had at Sedge eary – bit form the left but climbs to 500ft above maybe for a while before it gets too strong by mid day. Serps to Map is n though… ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs again to just over 2k but quite easterly. Low cloud early evening it seems…

PE and PA – The IOH dominating here with NE to E winds – 20kts in a few spots. Pretty cloudy towards the east with a slight chance of rain to the east and inland.

EL – As above…

Inland – Another beautiful day out there with partly cloudy skies today. A lighter wind start but the NW to the north up to 15kts and the strongest bits to the far western parts it seems. Some CB activity in the southern eastern regions this afternoon. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:41 and setting at 19:41 (Day length is 14 hrs and 0 min). A light SE start picking up during the day but remaining light in the Wilderness corner. Go do something that will get you high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(21 January 2021) 
Day 301 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. So day 300 of lock down has come and gone like we are living in some kind of Mad Max movie scene. Classic system positioning today with the IOH on the east and SAH in the west with the sweet Trough line running down the centre of the country. Cloudy along to the east coast with NE to East winds this veers to the SE along the southern coastal areas and then continues to the S and eventually SW further up the west coast. Strong along parts of the southern regions with 20kts around. But much strong and lower inversion present form the few days of ocean air presence so conditions up to the mountains weaker and lower in convection depth. Once past the mountains thing improve quite a bit with climbs to 8/10k but of course further north into the big sky country there’s cumies everywhere all up around 14/16k. NW to W winds in the south 10-20kts up high so if you can get out there it should be pleasant flying. No rain expected but late evening a bit for the southern parts of the Overberg. Winds go NW from 4/5k up wards and trends W for a 30-50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing up at 15/16k.

CT – Another day with a super strong inversion and slackening and veering of the wind to west at TM top height. 15-20kts on the surface but 5kt and less at TM top. Its warm up there today with 25 degrees from the looks of it but a super large wind-shadow on the cards so LH and SH should be light and sweet today – the inversion making it pretty inverted though. Should be there all day long. The mountains starting off okish but the SE pushing through in the mid afternoon period so not that good out there. You need to go further north… ;)

RB – Another later day but it gets very strong so probably blown out for a sunset sesh…;)

PV – A hard day I think with initial weak climbs thought he west wind should help things quite a bit. Convergence setting up between Bumpy and moving north to Eendekuil around 14:00/15:00 and within here there’s a chance of climbing to over 7k… Otherwise it is 4/5k with the odd spot of making 6. It goes SW and strong later on around 15-20kts.

Wilderness – A light wind with inverted conditions. Weak climbs to 1000’ at Sedge and Serps. Serps should be challenging to fly to Map. Winds are SW to start off with then backing to the SE during the day. It remains light at Map all day at maybe 5kts….

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 2k…. ;)

PE and PA – The IOH dominating here with NE to E winds – 20kts in a few spots. Pretty cloudy towards the east but no rain expected.

EL – As above…

Inland – A beautiful day out there with blue skies and few clouds except north of the GE where it will look like a cauliflower field. ;) Winds are fairly light at 10kts W to NW but later the SSE winds form the sea breeze moving in at 20kts but penetrating only to the SB range it seems. Early morning some sweet propeller flying around to the north. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:40 and setting at 19:41 (Day length is 14 hrs and 1 min). A light sea breeze start trending lightly to the SE. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(20 January 2021) 
Day 300 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The CF moving into Mozambique with the SAH ridging in along the southern parts to eventually spin off into a IOH. Still some strong SW winds to the eastern coastal parts but SE along the GR and veering up along the west coast for a SW trend on that side. It curls inland with the usual westerly flow inland and NW further to the north. Clouds confined to the southern eastern parts mainly with some rain along the eastern coastal areas. Pretty windy in many spits spoiling some of the thermal fun – the best parts being the west coast areas with climbs to 6k in the mid afternoon period. The air around most of the WC showing just up to around the 6k convection depth. North of the GE it is much more with the 13/14k climbs though the clouds much further to the east. Winds go light NNW from 5k upwards then backs quickly to the west with a WSW finish at the Tropopause of 30-50kts. Freezing level back up at 16k today.

CT – A strong inversion shaping up at around 1k with the SE winds backing to the east and dropping to 5kts or less at TM top height. A good combo for the wind-shadow to shape up so it looks like a sweet shadow day around the SH and LH region. Towards the big mountains SLP and FH dominated by the SE flow and the change happening around DTK but a bit dubious around here with still some upper East influence into the early afternoon. Climbs to 6k possible before the sea breeze moves in.

RB – It looks like a mid to late afternoon day here with a chance for a sunset flight. … ;)

PV – A typical PV day with the SW winds 5-10kts and then some 15kts spats late afternoon. Climbs up to 6k in the mid afternoon in the better areas.

Wilderness – A rainy start with a fresh SE trend. It looks stronger than forecasted yesterday so if there’s a chance of flying come early to Map. Probably blown out by mid day but t could happen even earlier. Sedge and Serps just too fresh East even form early I think. The day should clear later on.

Plett – Same as Wilderess…. ;)

PE and PA – PE with a light S to SE start but to the east it is SW during the morning. To the east this SW will slow and back to the S and then later on East. Rain around for most of the day – especially to the east.

EL – As above…

Inland – A sweet light wind start in the little Karoo. No clouds expected with the rain and moisture blocked by the Outenikwas and SB ranges. The SE will move inland during the afternoon but only penetrate to the north of the SB mountains. Some 20kts posts around. Clouds far inland are all to the east of Middelburg with few along the edge of the GE.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:39 and setting at 19:42 (Day length is 14 hrs and 3 min). A cloudy Start with SE winds during the day. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(19 January 2021) 
Day 299 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. So yesterdays long flight by Patrice was from Swellendam (I forgot to mention that) ;) Here’s a pic from him on the way. Today a CF moving into CT with a strong SAH pushing it along so expecte fresh winds today – probably increasing as it moves into the WC. Direction is all SW with some southerly bits in the SW corner but W further inland. The high grounds even fomr early moring already winds of 20kts expected. Some clouds around – OD in some southern coastal areas base from 2-3k rising as we move further inland. North of the first ranges it goes to 8-10k and over the GE rises to 14/15k and more in a few spots. (The trough line sweetly active here with very high climbs from Uppington all the way past Middelburg – if you can manage the 20kts winds it’s a possible record day!) ;) (See graphs). NE winds along the eastern coastal areas that will be replaced by the SW as the front moves into the WC. The wind is all west from 6k and NW from 8/10k with a 120kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level dropping ot 13k in the SW today.

CT – A clear start but some low clouds moving in late moring in the mid parts of the Peninsula – the northern parts relatively clear. Al SSW winds mostly and fresh along the shore front at LH and SH of 20kts. No wind-shadow today with too much South in the wind so be careful if you fly in the cross conditions. Gets worse later on as the wind backs a tad more… The main mountains with a very southerly component so also not the best day out there and the wind is fairly fresh with 15kts (and more in spots) on the cards…

RB – There is a chance of a sweet afternoon and sunset soaring flight happening today… ;)

PV – A more southerly day and fresh with 10-15kts from the morning already. Some clouds but more to the south. Kardoesie looks like the best spot with 6k climbs after lunch and the wind a tad more up the slope here…

Wilderness – A fresh SW day from the looks of it. Some rain later on but probably on the mountains leaving the coast still flyable. Sedge with climbs to over 2k but of course the wind fresh with 15kts up there – plenty bumps for sure! ;) The coast def the place to be. The afternoon sees a bit more of a bump in the air as the shear increases a tad more (slightly strong bits higher up) ;)

Plett – The SW fresh here too with Uppies showing rising base to 4k after lunch! Hhhmmm… The winds are fresh SW though. A tad too west for Keurbooms to be sweet. ;)

PE and PA – PA with NE wind to start off with but PE areas already SW from early. The SW will move up the coast all the way past EL late afternoon. 3okts at times!

EL – Strong NE winds to start  but form mid day the SW will move in and pick up to 30kts later in the day…

Inland – A sweeter start but the SW and then S sea breeze later on will bring very strong winds inland with 20-30kts winds moving all the way to the GE by evening. Ontop of the GE the air is big sky country with high base along that trough line – especially to the east (See graph and good cloud line) Some CB’s late afternoon in the south eastern sector around Adelaid… And rain along the southern parts of the mountains of the Klein Karoo later on…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:38 and setting at 19:42 (Day length is 14 hrs and 4 min). A cloudy SW wind day. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(18 January 2021) 
Day 298 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. So a sweet day yesterday with plenty pilots taking advantage of the conditions for some XC flying. Morgan did his first PG XC from Swartberg Pass getting to 7000’ and managing to go half way to Meirings poort landing in the foothills for a long walk out! ;) See the pic above of him enjoying a bird encounter (What bird is that?) ;) But the flight of the day going to Patrice managing to go from all the way to just shy of PV. Here’s a track log of his flight. Superb! ;) Today less clouds and a tad lower climbs along the southern and western parts but further inland the trough action starting up so some higher climbs out there. Winds are strong SE along the southern parts but it does not quite curl enough to make it around the CT Peninsula so NW to W along the west coast but for the late afternoon where the SW will move in rom the south. Climbs in spots to 6k, 2/3k along the south but over 13/14k on the GE. Winds out there are NW. Winds all go NW from 5/6k upwards with a WNW finish at the Tropopause of 80kts.   Freezing level up at 16/17k!

CT – A sweet NW start backing to the SW and eventually S later in the day. But until about mid day it will be sweet. 5-10kts initially but 15kts S later on though a low inversion setting up so the wind-shadow looks like it will be in full effect as the flow seems to curls around TM with an onshore at LH and SH. The main mountains also pretty good with NW to start but from 14/15:00 it goes more W to WSW so a late jolly along the range towards the north could be a plan.

RB – Initial WWB but late afternoon a Southerly pushing in though it is doubtful it will be strong enough to be cool… ;)  

PV – A NW start then later going more W to WSW. 5-10kts or less… Sweet convergence setting up from mid day to about 16:00 between Teenage tit and Bumpy peak out into the valley. So look out for this – maybe some dusties in the valley probably. 6/7k climbs in here…

Wilderness – A light SE start picking up to be blown out around midday form the looks of things. So get to Map early if you can. All the other spots are very east from early so doubtful they will work. Perhaps an early XC from Serps to Map could work! ;)

Plett – Also very east from early. Uppies showing climbs to just over 2k initially… The SE spoiling the fun it seems.

PE and PA – Some clouds here as the IOH moisture reaches to here with strong E to NE winds all day. Maybe even some rain but better chance for that to the east.

EL – Strong NE winds here with clouds and some light showers possible.

Inland – Another beautiful day inland with initial light winds – south in the south but north in the north. Few clouds around but those that pop up will be over the higher peaks and high! 10k or more! So still some good stuff to be found out there if you are lucky enough. Later on the sea breeze will push in again form the south with 20kts in places creeping all the way to the SW range by late afternoon.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:37 and setting at 19:43 (Day length is 14 hrs and 5 min). A sweet start but a strong SE wind day from mid day into the afternoon. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(17 January 2021) 
Day 297 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The CF far to the NE of the the country but still some sweet cool unstable air pushed up by a weak SAH form the south – still some lingering lowish clouds along the southern coastal areas with even a spot of light rain during the morning. This should clear by late morning in most spots – perhaps hagin around in the east for a tad longer. The surface winds still fresh SW in the east but mor Southerly in the central and western areas. It is fairly light inland with a light N initial flow and then a light S but this will turn into a very fresh southerly sea breeze in the late afternoon – 20-25kts in places. Instability within this layer up to 6/7k in depth with a few of ht ehigher mountains giving a bit more – the Cederbergs going to 10/11k, as the GE, the SB just over 8k but the Q’s confined to the southern parts of the country with the firt ranges blocking most of the moisture. Some good flying ot be had if you can get to a good spot – inland def some XC potential on the cards especially with the lighter surface winds on the cards. A bit more tricky to the south and especially to the east with the lower base in those areas. Winds go westerly above the Southerly inversion from around 6/9k upwards for a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 16k!

CT – A light wind start so the protected areas active around SH but the wind does pick up to 25kts later in the day with a on/off chance of the shadow being active. The inversion is high and the wind drops to about 10kts at TM top height so perhaps that’s not enough. The FH side with dominating SE winds all day with the SW flow kicking in from DTK and Bainskloof however only from mid day onwards is it deep enough to negate the SE upper flow. From then and northwards it is looking not bad with some sweet climbs to around 5/6k.

RB – From lunchtime it looks like it will work with a chance of even doing a flight to PV today. ;)  

PV – A SW day in general with initial SE upper flow. Later this will weaken and quickly back to the NW with height – it seems to be above the inversion so shouldn’t effect the flying. A nice day with some moderate climbs around. Sweet!

Wilderness – A SW start that will back to the SE during the day. SO a Sedge start I think then a drive to Map for a late afternoon soaring to finish the day. Perhaps some XC potential for the hardcore dudes from Serps and Sedge though it just doesn’t seem to be as good as expected. Climbs to 2500’ mid morning then lowering into the afternoon with the back flats only a tad more. IT seems you need to travel just north of the mountains or out towards Riversdale to get into the sweeter EXC air…

Plett – Some OD inland it seems which is sticky to break up. Still Uppies with weak but perhaps sweet climbs to 3500’. Keurbooms looking doable during the morning while the SSW wind lasts. The SE spoiling most of the fun when it settles in.

PE and PA – The SW still here during the morning but it will quickly dissipate form the west backing to the south and even light SE in the west.

EL – Strong SW at 25kts during the morning but by mid day it will have backed a bit and weakened to finish the day S to SE 10-15kts.

Inland – A beautiful day inland with light winds of a southerly trend for most of the day. Only late afternoon sees the strong SSE push form the coast moving inland – that sea breeze effect of 20kts. It reaches just north of the SB by late afternoon. Some good flying in most spots until the sea breeze gets to it. ;) Du Toits, SB pass and Riversdal would be great XC spots today. IF you can get on the western Outenikwas a long flight towards Worcester is very doable…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:36 and setting at 19:43 (Day length is 14 hrs and 7 min). We are losing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) A late afternoon SE day… Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(16 January 2021) 
Day 296 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The CF having moved far inland leaving sweet unstable air in its wake. However for the most part the winds are still strong so the Southern coastal areas and initial inland parts a bit on the fresh side with WSW winds. The west coast looking nice with more manageable stuff out that side. Some rain this morning but it lifts quicky and turns into a sweet flying day. Base ranging from 2/3 around the coast, 4/5 near the first mountains and then up past 6k once you go further inland. The CF layer of air is not more than 7/8k in depth so even out at the GE base is around 9/10k. But it should be good flying though with no more CB activity for the region today. :) Winds remain W to SW all the way tot eh Tropopause for a 50kt finish up there. Freezing level up at 17k!

CT – Rain with low cloud start and NW winds. Base will rise quickly sitting around 1k above TM. It is looking sweet with 10-15kts winds and going form NW to WSW perhaps. Generally it remains W so looking good for the 12 A’s. The main mountains similar with a bit more breezy stuff – be ware of FH but DKP with NW start then going more W. 10-15kts. So be watchful. Better to the north it seems. And of course SLP looking sweet especially for the hangies from mid day onwards. ;)

RB – WWB is out again today in full force… ;)

PV – Some clouds in the morning but after lunch most will burn off. A good day here with climbs to 5/6k. 5-10kts winds. Starting W with a slight SW trend later on. Its more in the Cederbergs. Sweet!

Wilderness – A strong WSW flow out to sea along the whole coast with 20-30kts out there. The Wilderness corner slightly sheltered with a bit more SW turning in here however the strong gradient present looks like it will mix things up again – almost like yesterday. I think a small window early (now) before it gets too strong and then the trend will be for the surface winds to drop around mid day again but the upper winds remain strong with 20-30kts around 1500’. Again a very high Shear gradient on the cards for Sedge and Serps (15kts shear diffs) and a westerly trend in the flow just above your head so be very careful if you try to fly at one of those spots. Lol.

Plett – As above…

PE and PA – Dominating strong SW winds all the way up the coast. 30kts…

EL – As above…

Inland – Strong W to SW winds all over the inland spots. Some areas at 20kts in a bit more in the south later in the day. Sweet looking Q’s up the SB and then some further to the NE. No rain expected from CB’s. A tad fresh for most sites out there today.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:35 and setting at 19:43 (Day length is 14 hrs and 8 min). We are losing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) A strong WSW wind day… Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a breezy 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(15 January 2021) 
Day 295 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The CF into CT this morning and it will move further into the WC during the course of the day. Winds are westerly with some slight NW in the far north and bits of SW in the southern coastal areas on occasion. Still very active trough down the interior with CB activity – it all propagates east wards with a slight pause in the central WC areas including the coast but then the frontal rain also bringing a chance of some CB’s with it. It’s a very iffy flying day today with few places seemingly offering short windows at times. The rain in the west hampering play and even in between the rain the winds are pretty strong so a tough one to call. The GR areas in a similar position with a small window of flying perhaps just before lunch. Huge variation in cloud base and lift heights with the NE areas showing up to 15k and then the west and southern parts perhaps 1000’. Cloud base reflecting this nicely. The NE winds dominating in the far eastern coastal areas but this will erode away as it is displaced by the advancing frontal SW. The westerly trend runs all the way up to around 12/14k before the NW winds take over for a 100kt finish up at the Tropopause.  Freezing level up at 13k in the SW today…

CT – Low cloud and rainy morning with a partial clearing around mid day. Even a chance of some CB’s. Winds are NW to W all day with some breezy patches. The adjacent moutnains also clagged in with strong W to NW winds. Hhhmmm no flying day here… You will have to head far north for a maybe flight. ;)

RB – WWB is out today in full force… ;)

PV – Base starting below the mountain tops but rising to around 3500/4k towards the north so the mountain tops should be open. The wind starts NW and trends W during the day but remains breezy with 15ks so in the venturis it will be more – probably too strong to fly especially with all the cloud suck around too! Lol

Wilderness – A low cloud start with a WSW wind. The winds will be fresh during the morning looks around 15/20kts, a tad stronger than expected from yesterday. At mid day it will die down quickly with light winds on the surface but with a strong gradient and moderate shear expected. Sedge is showing just 5kts on the surface but with a 15kts shear trend – so any one flying expect some washing machine stuff! ;) In the late afternoon another pulse expected but this one seems to have quite a bit of westerly to even NW influence. Hhhhmmm. Not the best out look but with a bit of luck and good timing one could squeeze out a flight along the coastal cliffs just as the wind starts to drop before lunch/midday.

Plett – As above…

PE and PA – PE starting NE early moring but quickly turning to SW as the coastal low moves eastwards. This will settle in the afternoon with ip t 20kts spots. Also lots of rain expected here with CB activity.

EL – The NE dropping around mid day for the change over. And also rain and even CB’s as above…

Inland – Strong westerly winds in places with that SW influence from the south in the afternoon – see graphs. CB along the Outenikwas but moving to the east during the day. It is more active in the east. Less in the central and western parts compared to yesterday but the frontal rains effecting the west. Not really a good flying day (Except for Morne who manage an early morning propeller flight around his farm in the langkloof!) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:34 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 9 min). We are losing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) A west to SW day with a break after lunch… Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(14 January 2021) 
Day 294 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. WE are still open to suggestions fro improving the weather report format - just text me privately. ;) A CF making its way towards CT while the inland trough is far to the SW of the country with a very active trough – loads of CB’s all over the interior expected today again. The low helping to accelerate the wind along the coastal areas with a easterly trend. Some very strong areas again with in excess of 30kts. A bit warmer along the southern coasts and that heat wave along the west coast with slight relief as the NW wind settles in along that side. CT with a mix of wind with the change over happening in your area today. Inland of the GR some sweet light wind regions but also some strong spots from the CB flows – see graphs. Wind is NE along the coast from around 2k upwards but light trending north and then from 6/7k it is all NW winds increasing in strength with a 80kts finish at the Tropoause. Freezing level up at 15/16k in the SW today…

CT – The SE flow confined to the southern Peninsula from the looks of it with a NE start around SH. It backs to the SW around late morning along the surface with the change to NW just above the inversion that is around 1000’. This is the pattern all day. NW at TM top around 15kts by the looks of it. The main mountains with a tad too much strength in the NW flow to my liking… Almost like a touch of pre-frontal flow… ;)

RB – WWB is out today in full force… ;)

PV – A NW to W flow all day here – perhaps abit of a N start but slightly lower temps – mid thirties I think. And some good climbs in the convergence area as the NW/W flow goes around PB and meets in the valley centre from PV to Dasklip during the mi afternoon times. No clouds but perhaps a dusty might indicate its location. Climbs in here to 7k… Over the back into the Cederergs some amazing clouds sitting pretty at 13/14k. But 20kt winds that side from surface to base… ;)

Wilderness – A slightly less strong day today so it might be flyable after the long break of no flying. Fingers crossed that we can get some airtime. It is however not looking the best. Strong out to sea with East flow from 1500/2000’ above. Late afternoon sees even NE to N flows at 2k (Perhaps form the inland CB activity) But with some luck we can get something at Map. (Looks like light surface winds and breezy at launch height – this pattern becoming stronger from mid day onwards)  ;)

Plett – As above…

PE and PA – Even stronger today compared to yesterday with NE winds all along this stretch of coastline. 20-30kts all day long…

EL – As above…

Inland – Another day of wide spread CB activity – even more compared to yesterday. Strong varying surface flows with 20kts plus in spots. There is a westerly to NW trend in the west and north. The southern parts with some lighter lower winds during the morning with some sweet propeller thingy flying doable I think.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:33 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 10 min). We are losing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) An afternoon of strong SE winds with a slight chance of rain. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 24 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(13 January 20210) 
Day 293 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. So I was wondering if there are any of you that might want to see something different to improve these weather outlooks. Maybe send me a personal message with your suggestions. :) For today though its another dismal southern coast day with cool, rainy and windy conditions while the heat wave along the west coast and in some inland parts continues. Some high climbs in the PV doable perhaps 9k especially in the convergence areas but with surface temps near 40 degrees C you better be strong! ;) The temps along the southern parts much cooler at around 22 but of course no flying prospects at all. Inland a similar position with wide spread CB activity as the moist northerlies continue to flow in over the interior with some interesting mid level convergence going on – that combined with the super high surface temps, suffice to say its CB city out there today. ;) Maybe a slight break in the pattern by tomorrow though at this stage it seems slight. Winds go NW from 6/7k but then a S to SW flow from 18k until just shy of the Tropopause before it settles back to NW around 30kts. Freezing level up at 16/17k in the SW today…

CT – Like yesterday but perhaps not as strong with just over 20kts in some spots later in the day. It does drop and back to the east with height but most Apps don’t show the wind-shadow being settled and strong… Hhhmmm… The East winds still dominating the main mountains so best to go north to PV…

RB – Also a mixed day with a maybe flyable time in the afternoon. IT does drop towards sunset and might be strong enough for a smoother late afternoon finish…;)

PV – Another very hot day here but some cooler air if you can get into the convergence that will be active in the valley from Eendekuil and shifting to the south towards Bumpy and into the valley. Again late afternoon one could get to 9k or higher… Hhhmmm… 40 degrees on the ground best you hope you get up there. ;)

Wilderness – Another terrible day… The SE flow still up to 5k in depth over Map with 30kts at 1000’... Ai.

Plett – As above…

PE and PA – Still east to SE winds further north… Stronger to the west with 20kts plus down there but moderating to the east. It is though very moist and OD all day with chance of rain.

EL – As above but lighter wind and more SE trend in it. Maybe some of those onshore spots could work… 10kts…

Inland – More Cb activity today compared to yesterday from the looks of it. Even the northern parts of the Outenikwas could have some as the upper northerlies pushes these to the south. The SE flow penetrating to the GE by end of day with 30kts in some spots.. Still not a flying day I think. lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:32 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 12 min). We are losing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) Another strong SE day with rain on and off. Again, so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(12 January 2021) 
Day 292 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The SAH dominating along with the inland trough – somewhat spread allowing for a wider ad less defined line of CB activity. (Some mid level moisture from the north converging within this area from the looks of it, helping those CB development). The SAH ridging along the southern parts with less NE influence form the IOH to the east. Still those very strong SE flows along the southern parts – the flow is strong within a 4/5k layer with loads of moisture too so some rain possible in some spots. It does dry to the west and especially as it flows over the western ranges combined with some adiabatic heating. The west coast with some lighter winds today with the sea breeze only moving in later. The typical W to NW flows inland with that wide spread CB activity (See graphs) and the sea breeze picking up to 35kts and even ore in some spots late afternoon! This pattern seems to be hanging around for the next few days too. Between 5/6k the wind backs abruptly to the NW and finishes NW at the Tropopause around 70/80kts. Freezing level around 14/15k in the south.

CT – Another strong SE day with instability to around 4k and again maybe enough backing and slowing down with height around the SH and LH area for a usable wind-shadow to form. Personably I doubt it though… The mountains again with strong SE flows so I would head north. Some strong convergence areas around between the SW from the west and the SE from the mountains… Looks for the clouds that will mark these…;)

RB – Another mixed day with a light start but probably soarable in the mid afternoon and then some movement of the convergence areas so RB could go light again…;)

PV – A really nice day here I think with light winds W to SW flows and the usual climbs to hight around 14:00. But I think the best bits is the prospect of some convergence from the SE flow to the south meeting the SW from the coast. Look at the clouds to find the sweet spots but it looks like PV town should have it late afternoon from 16/17:00 with climbs to 9k! Sweet! So explore to the south if you fly here and hang around for the convergence – it should be west of Saron from around 15:00 and you can follow it towards PV…

Wilderness – Crapity crap crap! This SE is deep and mean. Yesterday we were at Map early but two gusts exceeding 50kph put a stop to even the hangies wanting to play… lol. Some lowering of base in the afternoon with rain on the cards. A deep 30kts flow around 1500’ all over the show.

Plett – As above…

PE and PA – The east winds dominant all the way to just shy of EL. Also some chance of rain on and off during the day…

EL – A light wind start with the East wind only really starting from mid day here… IT is not as strong as yesterday.

Inland – Wide spread CB activity with soe strong parts around Willowmore form the looks of it. Some even as far south as close to the Outenikwas – over the Kamanasie ranges. The wind will also be very strong in some spots in the southern Karoo with 35kts on the cards. Not a flying day I think. lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:31 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 13 min). We are losing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) Another strong SE day with rain on and off. Again, so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(11 January 2021) 
Day 291 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Today a strong gradient between the two HP systems and inland trough resulting in strong coastal winds as they flow around the southern point of Africa. (See graph). The eastern coast with 30kts NE winds, the GR with 20kts SE and then the southern Peninsula with 25kts SE winds that move out to sea for the most part – only late afternoon seeing the curl coming back onshore for the west coast. Inland the trough very active with the eastern side showing CB activity and also a broad band along the southern parts along the Great Escarpment region. Perhaps some as far south as the Kamanasie ranges or even the Outenikwas. Loads of Q’s around today, even some around along the western ranges. Winds from 6k are all N with a backing to the NW and then a 115kts finish at the Tropoause. Freezing level around 14/15k in the south.

CT – A strong SE day but perhaps with enough backing and slowing down with height around the SH and LH area for a usable wind-shadow to form. Its still a maybe though… The mountains tricky today with some parts showing strong SE winds but a few sheltered spots with interesting convergences setting up. High bases if you can get into those… ;)

RB – A bit of a wind-shadow area round here with only part of the day being blown out. So a maybe day ;)

PV – A sweet light wind start with the SW winds dominating around 5-10kts. Only late afternoon after 16:00 does the strong SW show up with 15kts. Late afternoon also sees convergence around Eendekuil and renosterhoek with climbs perhaps over 8k… Else its around 5k.

Wilderness – A SE day with Map the place to be. Def blown out later but some Apps showing that only after mid day. Others by 10/11. Hhhmmm…. Some good skies inland though…

Plett – All SE everywhere with not much chance of flying…

PE and PA – Those super strong E to NE winds dominating here and all the way eastwards all day long…

EL – As above…

Inland – Some awesome action along the central parts and eastwards fo the trough with long flight convergence setting up from east of Uppington down to east of Middelburg. If it weren’t for the CB’s at the end point it could have been a day for world records I think. ;) Winds west to NE far inland with the sea breeze again moving in to north of the SB ranges. 20kts in a few spots. (See the graphs) Some cool bases over the higher mountains…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:31 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 14 min). We are loosing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) A strong SE day for the afternoon. Again so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(10 January 2021) 
Day 290 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Some interesting flying form DTK yesterday with a tough XC flight from there to the other side of the Voelvlei dam by WJ and Clive. All into the upper NW wind – some strong lift of 8m’s at time flying straight for long periods of times as they ran the cloud streets into wind. They landed at just after 13:00 just before the strong SW pushed in! Thanks for the pics WJ! Today the CF all over the WC with rain along the southern parts but dry along the western side as the SAH causes the offshore flows over the western mountains and the adiabatic drying. Its breezy along the west with 30kts plus today. In the East the SW winds will back to the SE by mid day onwards. Inland its initially light east but then the SSE will penetrate again to otherside of the SB ranges going over the 20kts mark often. Further north its beautiful light W to NW winds with high bases – 13-14k. Further east the CB’s marking the eastern edge of the trough line. Generally lightish winds with hight and then from 7/8k it goes west to NW to eventually finish at 100kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 14/15k in the south.

CT – A sorng SSE wind day touching on 30kts later on. Its strong all the way past TM top height so not much of a wind-shadow shaping up today. The Main mountains also influenced by the E to SE winds… All day. ;)

RB – IT could be a great morning with a chance of it holding for a sunset flight too! ;)

PV – A fresh Southerly day form the looks of it. A tad SSW up the front but from 4/5k it backs quickly to the east and then N. Probably a good day to get to Renoster hoek quickly! ;) Climbs to 4/6k pending on where you are.

Wilderness – Rain till mid day then clearing with the SE wind picking up. Nothing form the looks of it at the thermic sites but maybe some soaring at Map in the afternoon. A chance that it will become blown out late afternoon too…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness today… Uppies showing zero lift today! lol

PE and PA – Those strong SW winds quickly backing to the SE by mid day. The rain also abating form the west so looks like all those onshore spots might fire today… :)

EL – As above…

Inland – A light wind start in the little Karoo but soon the winds pickup to 20kts with the SSE winds form the coast moving inland. The clouds evaporating from just north of the SB ranges with the other high stuff over the Escarpment to the north. Around DeAar things are sweet for flying with manageable W to NW winds and high bases… Still that line to run from Uppington to Middelburg… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:30 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 15 min). We are loosing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) Rain till around mid day the a SE wind dominating. Again so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(9 January 2021) 
Day 289 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. A CF making its way into CT later today with the SAH positioning dominantly behind it. The inland trough deepening with CB’s to the east of the line but some sweet record breaking streeting to the west of it. To the south the CF right inbetween the SAH and IOH, influencing the region with a complex mix of low cloud and strong upper westerly winds. I see it looks like a frustrating on off too west at times flow along the GR coast. Lol. Ai. Well, loads of Q’s around with strong instability as soon as one moves far enough inland. The Riversdal ranges are superb but the wind a tad on the strong side with 15kts. And so it is with that pre-frontal build-up in a way. The far east with strong NE winds that will slowly move eastwards as the front moves up the coast – the wind dying down before starting with a general SW trend. The wind is SW to W but from around 10k upwards it trends NW with a 100kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 14k in the south.

CT – A S to SW day with initial fog with some influx of low cloud from the SW. Around id day it looks doable with the typical SW bump and some strong cross shore flows near the ocean. Hhhmmm… The main mountains with a W flow trending SW later on. Not that good at DTK but FH showing the most promise – though a tad stronger later on. Climbs to 6k perhaps here..?

RB – WWB is out today! ;)

PV – A typical SW day with some good climbs to 6k. A sweet start but the winds picking up early with 14:00 already well into the 15kt category. Convergence around Eendekuil then shifting to Skerpheuwel for strong climb to perhaps 7/8k here.

Wilderness – Hhhmmm…. A general SW flow with from mid day the instability deepening as the upper flow increase in strength form the west. Sedge will also go more west from late morning lunchtime onwards – clouds shaping up then. Getting strong in the afternoon too. Not the best of days I think - bumpy yucky day I think. The coast with frustrating blobs of soaring stuff popping through periodically from the looks of it. So not what we expected from yesterday. Lol. From mid day onwards a chance of low cloud mixing in from the ocean and late afternoon even some rain…  Hhhmmm   ;)

Plett – Uppies with climbs to 3k but winds picking up form mid day well over 10kts… Keurbooms a maybe during late moring but from lunchtime the WSW popping through strong and of course form the right.  lol

PE and PA – Those strong NE winds dominating here with wind dropping form the south as the SW starts to move up the coast. SW at Jbay by 15:00 and EL by end of day

EL – As above…

Inland – A light wind start in the little Karoo but soon the winds pickup with typical prefrontal strength. NW far inland with W to the west and SW to the south. Later the seabreeze influence also adding to the mix with spots going over 30kts! Not a flying day in the mixing regions but far to the north some record breaking stuff running from Uppington to Middelburg. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:29 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 16 min). We are loosing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) The SW picking up during the day with a slight chance of rain late afternoon… Again so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a warm 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(8 January 2021) 
Day 288 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. A light CF brushing up along the southern parts during the early hours of this morning with a partial clearing from the west and south during the late afternoon. The SAH will be pushing periodical moist waves onto the WC during the course of the next day or two with rain likely in these waves. But today it seems the west coast is better but of course far inland it is just amazing today! The interior trough with a capping high so CB’s confined to the far eastern parts leaving the central parts with sweet flat Q’s reaching 16k or more in the late afternoon – and all that with light manageable winds of around 10kts. Oh sweet man! Along the southern parts its strong SW in the east and then more southerly trending SE later in the day from the GR to the west. Cloudy and rainy during the morning. The west with strong SSE winds moving up the coast and penetrating inland during the afternoon. It curls further to the west as we move inland to eventually join the trough flow of NW winds. Clouds confined to the southern and central parts today. From 7/8k the flow all goes NW with a WNW finish at the Tropopause of 70kts.  Freezing level around 14/15k in the south.

CT – Another strong SSE winds day that remains pretty fresh at TM top height (15kts) but perhaps with a east trend up there which seems to help the wind- shadow shaping up. It reaches over 30kts on the surface in a few spots. I would keep an eye on it – it might be too strong still over the back to fly in that shadow. The main mountains with way too much east influence to fly today form the looks of things. ;)

RB – IT is strong today with the afternoon blown out. If you get out early enough you could get in a flight though I suspect it could be a bit on the bumpy side of things.  ;)

PV – SW to SSW flow today with the climbs progressively getting higher during the course of the day. It looks like a very strong SW sea breeze is moving into the valley form the south from around 15/16:00 onwards with the leading edge producing some very high climbs over 8k. Though I would be very careful as the winds will exceed 20kts on the surface behind it lol. ;)

Wilderness – A rainy morning with some clearing taking place from late morning into the afternoon. Winds will start SW but from mid day go SSE. I think the SSE spots will work in the afternoon but it depends on how wet you want to get your glider too. CP could be fun at lunchtime during the S to SE swing. ;)

Plett – Hhhmmm looking dismal al day here to be honest… Too east too wet… too OD… lol

PE and PA – Strong SW start that late afternoon moderates to a southerly flow and even SSE in the south.

EL – Same as above but SW remains for longer…

Inland – Now we are talking! The CF clouds blocked mostly by the first mountains. Base to the north of the Outies around 4/5k and then from the SB it goes up more – 8k and rising with of course the GE over 12k. Further east and inland the trough edge with that sweet amazing flying conditions from Middelburg northwards with 15k bases and drooling stuff… (The line is form Uppington to Middelburg). Late afternoon sees the SSE sea breeze blowing up inland all the way to the GE in a few spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:28 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 17 min). A rainy start but partial clearing in the afternoon. Again so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a warm 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(7 January 2021) 
Day 287 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The IOH dominating in the east with strong NE winds along the eastern coastal areas which is joined by the SAH to the west as the wind curls around the southern parts and Peninsula for a S to SW flow along the west coast that continues the curling inland to a westerly component. IT  is joined by the inland trough that helps this curling to a NW component further inland. Later in the day the Seabreeze along the southern parts will move inland reaching over 25kts in places especially north of the SB ranges to just shy of BW late afternoon/early evening. Before that though the skies will be filed with sweet high Q’s and excellent soaring. 12-15k bases along the GE, lowering to the south for still a high base over the SB at 10/12k. IT is 4/5k along the first mountain ranges and 1/2k along the coastal spots. Clouds mostly confined to the inland and coastal south and eastern parts. From 6/7k the flow all goes NW to finish with a WNW flow of 70kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 15/16k in the south.

CT – Another fresh southerly day with a strong inversion around 2k with a SW trend above that. The wind goes from 20kts on the surface wnd drops to 5k just above TM top height. It does look like the wind-shadow will be active around SH area but keep an eye out on the edges for any surface stronger bits that could make things interesting if you are too close to the edge. ;) The main mountains also looking better today with the early shallow SE making way for a settled and deep W to NW flow all day long (FH and DTK areas) and only from around 16:00 the SE flow starts to dominate again. High climbs possible to around 5/6k on the best parts.

RB – WWB in the morning and light but it does look like a good chance for a solid late afternoon/sunset session could be on the cards. ;)

PV – Classic PV with 5kn westerly winds trending WSW later on. The Bumpy convergences should be active from 14:00 onwards with climbs here to perhaps 8k! (See graph) Lekker!

Wilderness – Some conflicting reports for Wilderness – those with a sweet SE flow at Map for the afternoon and then others showing the compression bubble setting up from mid day onwards with the surface winds even going SW in the Map corner from 16:00! Sedge and Serps looking very stable with climbs perhaps to 1000’ Sedge with SE winds 5-10kts. IT might be worth visiting here in the morning before it is suppose to get a tad stronger for the afternoon. All in all a toss up of where to go – Gerrickes point would be my choice if you could get up with out putting your feet on the beach! ;)

Plett – Uppies with climbs to 2k and SE winds at 10kts. Probably quite a bit more in the gusts… Too east I think for Keurbooms… Hhhmmm…

PE and PA – Strong E to NE wind finishing the day with 20-30kts in places…

EL – Same as above…

Inland – A light wind start in the little Karoo with a N trend. AS the thermals kick in the wind will increase trending to the west before that strong Seabreeze pushes in from the South. 25kt in places so its fris one. ;) Some possible OD with a slight chance of rain around the BW area and even a CB or tow but more to the east from there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:27 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 18 min – still 4 hours and 26min longer than the shortest day.) A light inshore SE trending day and again so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a warm 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(6 January 2021) 
Day 286 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The weak CF having pushed into the WC and interior over night with ever slightly cooler temps and a few spots of light precipitation around the higher mountains this morning. The SAH dominating with a weak ridge shaping up along the south but the west coast still pretty active with strong southerly winds that curl inland with a SW to west component. Its mostly blue along the west but lovely Q’s inland and along the southern coastal parts. All those CB’s confined further north and eastwards as the trough has weakend with surface inland flows all southerlies far into the interior. It is all fairly weak with only the sea breeze to the south later in the day that reaches perhaps 20kts in a few spots in the southern area (See the graphs). Climbs around 2/3k along the coast rising to 4/5k at the first ranges but then 6/8 north of those and of course over the GE it is 12k and more. Winds are light with height and trends westerly from 6/7 in the south but is west everywhere form 10k upwards for a 70kn finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 14/15k in the south.

CT – Another fresh southerly day with a strong inversion but it seems like the wind strength, though moderating is not doing it quick enough for a strong wind-shadow to form. IT could be doable but the strong winds are close to the shore around Greenpoint areas… The main mountains with a shallow SW but SE from 2/3k upwards so perhaps not that good. lol …

RB – Sweet! Another great day on the cards I think… ;)

PV – SW trending SSW later on – starting 5ks but it does reach 15kts and a few spots of 20k in the south. Climbs to 5k but in the good spots you could get to over 6k… Wind trends east to NE with height at 5kts.

Wilderness – A SW start trending to the SE later on. Not that strong with perhaps 10kts in a few spots thought it looks more like 5-7kts. Good climbs to be had at Serps and Sedge going over 2k. The clouds burning off by late morning form the looks of it though probably some on the back ranges still. The coastal ridges could offer something light but it seems weak all day here…

Plett – Uppies looking amazing with climbs over 4k late morning early afternoon with Q’s. Keurbooms could also have something at mid day to play in. Sweet! ;)

PE and PA – A SW morning but trending to the S and SE later on. Inland sites should be cool with the sweet unstable air around….

EL – Same as above… Looking sweet inland here with the S trending SE and beautiful Q’s ;)

Inland – All southerly winds inland with Q’s in most places. SB pass looking good for the morning as soon as the cloud breaks but land early afternoon before the sea breeze pushes through. ;) No CB’s in our area but sweet Q’s probably as far as the ye can see! ;) A day for out an returns!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:26 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 19 min – still 4 hours and 27min longer than the shortest day.) A light inshore day so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(5 January 2021) 
Day 285 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Still loads of moisture around the WC and SA interior – I see CB’ spread out over most of the southern half of Africa! Lol. The trough has shifted slightly to the east with a definitive LP system setting up centred round Vanwyksvlei, De Aar Carnarvon area. Strong convergence here with strong CB activity. But CB activity still wide spread over the interior – stronger in the east and clearing in the west. The WC coast effected by the SAH with a weak CF moving up to the south of us. Winds are strong southerly around the Peninsula and west coast but much lighter along the southern coastal parts – more cloud here with light rain at times. And to the east the winds are SW with some strong bits around EL. From 7/8k the wind goes west and the finishes with 80kts at the Tropopause.  Freezing level around 14k in the south.

CT – A fresh southerly day with not much chance of a wind-shadow shaping up. Base around the Peninsula around TM top height but rising quickly as we move North. Very side on along the main mountains so perhaps not the est of days out there…

RB – Another great day on the cards I think… ;)

PV – A very southerly day with 10-15kts later on. But some good clouds around and high climbs in the convergence areas – notably towards Skerpheuwel side – perhaps getting to 7k if you are lucky… ;) I suggest stay out in the valley and drift to the north f you do decide to fly.

Wilderness – A low cloud maybe rainy day with light SE trend in the wind. Looks like the OD will be on us all day so a weak day at Serps and Sedge – probably Serps the best bet from around 11:30 till 14:30/15:00 for some fun and light thermic stuff which could get you floating towards Map. But it depends on the rain too…

Plett – Uppies looking terrible with OD and low cloud all day. Hehe… Low cloud staying for most of the day along the coast also. Maybe if Keurbooms is clear you could get some light soaring or extended foefies..?  ;)

PE and PA – A SW trend with the stronger parts to the east. IT is more southerly later on. Also low clouds for most of the day.

EL – The SW getting up to 20kts at times… ;)

Inland – Northerly surface winds in the east but SW to W in the west. The Southerly sea breeze moving in from the south later in the afternoon with some 20kts spots (see the graph). Some higher bases around ear the G Escarpment – 12k it seems – but loads of chances in the central and eastern parts for CB’ activity. I heard some good relief for some of the dryer farm areas from yesterdays rain. Maybe there is more instore for today. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:25 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 19 min – still 4 hours and 27min longer than the shortest day.) A light SE day with low clouds. Still no excuse to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to another humid 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(4 January 2021) 
Day 284 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Some surprisingly sweet flying at Sedgfield yesterday with convergence setting up to the east of launch for those that where in the know how! ;) Today a very different story with the trough to the east being loaded with moisture from evereywhere! ;) CB activity expected almost all over the WC and the rest of the country. Moist air being fed in from the IO along the southern coastal regions (hot and humid stuff flowing down from the NE of us) while at the same time a large amount of low level and mid level moisture is flowing form the Congo and adjacent subtropical northern parts of the Southern Atlantic, all converging with a sweet mix of upper westerly jet-stream adding some sheat to the systems. Suffice to say that the storm index are high and we expect CB almost everywhere (except for some of the coastal regions but at times spill overs can be expected here too) A surface SE flow curling around the Peninsula for a west along the western parts. North inland but from 10/14k it backs to the W for a 80kts finish at the Tropopause.  just about everywhere   Freezing level around 14k in the south.

CT – A Southerly day with a side shore flow around LH and SH area but late afternoon seems to show some signs of the wind-shadow shaping up. The mountains with more promise with the westerly component here. High base around the 6k mark but with a high probability of CB’s so be careful!

RB – IT just might be a great afternoon here… ;)

PV – A W to NW wind day around 5-10kts with high probability of CB activity. Base also around the 6/7k level. Exciting stuff! Lol.

Wilderness – A difficult day to call with all the moisture around. The winds starts more east but will go SE during the rest of the morning and into the mid part of the afternoon. Then the wind seems to drop – I think a very strong gradient developing with surface winds 5kts and up at 700ft its 20kts. So Map probably the best bet during the morning but it could be frustrating late on with funny holes appearing in the sky… lol. The low cloud could also be a factor but most apps show it will be open for the most part of the day here. Perhaps not the smoothest of days then. And then of course the chance of the inland CB’s also having a finger in the local pie! ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness it seems. ;)

PE and PA – A light wind start to the east of PE with even some SW flows. It backs to the S and then SE during the day. Perhaps a few spots around 15kts.

EL – Similar to above but with a more NE trend later on.

Inland – Northerly surface winds with loads of OD and almost 100% chance of CB activity. All the way to the south along the Outenikwas even. Lets hope the dry areas get some good rain.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:25 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 20 min – still 4 hours and 28min longer than the shortest day.) A strong SE day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(3 January 2021) 
Day 283 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Still the SAH in the west and IOH in the east dominant along the coast but the inland trough shifted quite a ways to the west – now along the west coast. The end result with lots more CB activities along a wide range from west to east as far south as Willowmore and the SB ranges this afternoon. (See graph influences) Winds are lighter though with a northerly trend inland. The southern coastal areas quite inverted with the cooler more moist air from the IO influencing the coastal flying with even some coastal fog areas – NE winds that curl along the southern coast to SE before moving further out to sea around the Peninsula – not really making that corner up to the north! ;) The west coast though is phenomenal today. The heat wave conditions continuing there and once temps of 39degrees are reached climbs to 10k possible, especially in the convergence areas. Yoh! Hehe. Winds are generally light with height around the southern parts of the WC but from 10k upwards it is more westerly with a WSW finish at the Tropopause of 80/90kts. Freezing level around 14/15k in the south.

CT – A tad more wind but it does look like the wind-shadow will be around day all day. Perhaps a bit more confined later on with strong SE winds in the area. The mountains showing some heigh temps and climbs to 6k with higher in the convergence areas but the SE winds spoiling it in the south. From Wellington and northwards it is more SW.

RB – The right direction with a chance of good flying all day. Maybe a sweet sunset cruise if it holds… ;)

PV – Another super hot day with W to SW winds. Looks like late afternoon convergence setting up around Bumpy with some super high Q’s popping around 10k. A challenge to get up there then! ;)

Wilderness – Strong east flows far out to sea that curls into the Wilderness coastal region. A SW start but it quickly trends SE. A shallow unstable layer with climbs to around 1k around at Sedge and Serps. Strength 10-15kts to the east but Map with that super sheltered gradient area again probably making it that frustrating not enough top top-land but scratch around day…

Plett – Tricky day with Uppies probably too east to be any fun. Climbs to just shy of 2k maybe. Another rest day here it seems. ;)

PE and PA – NE winds with a light start but getting to 15 maybe 20kts later on.

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Light winds around mostly trending N with the coastal flow not reaching far inland. Those CB activity dominating around Willomore in an east to west direction from there. Some high bases especially around the Sutherland areas form the looks of it. 15k here but slightly less in the surrounding spots. Nothing exceptional t seems.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:24 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 21 min – still 4 hours and 30min longer than the shortest day.) A strong SE day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(2 January 2021) 
Day 282 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. So an interesting day at Map yesterday with early morning thermal triggering spots right on the map making for interesting top landings! Only much later the SE winds brought some sweetness that we know so well. ;) And for general information, remember you need to be signed up with a school to fly under level 3. And if you do land on the beach and get confronted by the cops, you must say you are sorry it was not on purpose but an emergency landing and move off the beach soon as you can. :) For Map pilots, the Map is a registered training site for our ATO so perfectly legal to do training there. (Similar to an aerodrome).

Today the SAH, IOH and inland trough joining formation with just the right pressure gradient to create strong SE winds along the southern coastal areas. 20-30kts in most places today with only a short morning window of flying around the GR. CT however sees the return of a super sweet wind-shadow while PV is a super heat wave grip and with slower conditions than expected. Onto the Great Escarpment there will be amazing soaring stuff with super high bases – when I grow up I want to be a sail-plane day! :) The trough very far north but late afternoon sees some CB activity along the Middleburg BW Graafies region. Winds north up there. From 7/8k the winds all go westerly and remains so for a 100kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level at 15k in the south.

CT – Looks like a sweet wind-shadow day all day long. The wind drops and backs to the east with height. The mountains are very east but Paarl rock could offer some great stuff from lunchtime onwards. The mid afternoon being the better time. 6/7k climbs?

RB – The right direction but it seems a bit weak today… lol. ;)

PV – Super hot with shallow SSW flow and east above. Its not strong east so it should be flyable but be careful. Climbs from lunchtime to mid afternoon the better time to fly. Maybe up to 6/7k otherwise with just not the right climb you are struggling at 3/4k.

Wilderness – A super strong SE day expected. But the morning will over some sweet flying at Map. With the beach closures Map is about the only place so probably very crowded! Lol. It looks blown out by 11/12ish…

Plett – Looks too strong SE from early to fly at Uppies and of course Keurbooms too side on. A rest day here it seems. ;)

PE and PA – Super strong NE winds all day long! ;)

EL – Same as above!

Inland – The strong SE sea breeze penetrating to the SB ranges by end of day. But early on it will be a sweet morning of light E to NE winds. It should be a blue day with the Q’s popping around the Great Escarpment area with CB’s around there later in the afternoon. Not that a great day for long distances but some good flying to be had around the escarpment region.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:23 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 21 min – still 4 hours and 30min longer than the shortest day.) A strong SE day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(1 January 2021) 
Day 281 of lockdown

Good morning and happy new year to all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The CF has moved far inland as the SAH is giving it a nice shove up into the interior. Winds are S to SE all over the show but perhaps a slight SSW start along pats of the southern coastal areas. Some early morning rain along the GR but this will clear during the morning. Clouds mainly in the eastern coastal parts and then a tad more inland from EL. Some CB’s to the very far eastern interior but no effect on the WC weather. The winds remain SE with height till around 8k where it quickly veers to the SW and then does a slow veering to finish NW at the Tropopause at 115kts. Freezing level at 14k in the south.

CT – A super strong and deep SE flow reaching 35kts but probably more some spots. No chance of a wind-shadow today… And the Mountains are all too east.

RB – A chance of some flying here today. It seems to be right on the wind line edge so it could be great or too light. Maybe blown out later in the day though it could hold too… lol. ;)

PV – It is windy and just too much east in it. All day. (A slight SSW later in the day but it is shallow and the wind remains side one slightly over the back so be wary if you try to fly today… Besides it doesn’t seem to be that good either for flying… ;)

Wilderness – Aahh… What a great day on the cards. The ocean cliffs to start with – and even Serps and Sedge will work early on today with a southerly wind. There could even be climbs well over 3k at 11 this morning – there could be something there for the XC buffs, the flight to Map from Sedge is very on today. (Or beyond if you are that way inclined!) ;) The afternoon looks like a sweet Map finish from after lunchtime. A great day of flying ahead of us here… ;)  

Plett – Uppies a bit OD and 10kts or over during the morning. A SE trend later on but SSW start. Climbs to just over 4k doable here. Keurbooms looks amazing to me from mid morning already until it goes too east. ;)

PE and PA – A strong SW start but moderating during the day with a S finish of 10-15kts. A little bit more rain but still clearing late morning from the west.

EL – Very strong SW start (20-30kts) but late afternoon sees a moderating and backing to the S. Rain same as above.

Inland – SSE winds far into the interior – all over the WC today. Clouds are confined up to the coastal ranges with few north of the Outenikwas. It is strong in the west and especially along the west coast with 20-30kts southerlies out there. A breezy day to fly with climbs to 6-8k north of the first ranges. IT remains that way even on the Great Escarpment.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:22 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 22 min – still 4 hours and 31min longer than the shortest day.) A southerly wind trending and picking up SE later on. Another day to do what ever you want but its perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(31 December 2020) 
Day 280 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. The SAH still dominating our weather with the help of a CF making its way to CT – should be there by late afternoon early evening. Winds are all westerly with SW to NW variations – mostly SW in the south with the NW further inland to the north of the Great Escarpment. Some clouds around too today – most of these along or close to the coastal areas but some wide spread Q’s further inland – 4/5k on the coastal plains, rising to 8k inland of the first mountains and then inland of the Great Escarpment it goes to 18k in a few spots! 20-30kts out there especially in the late afternoon. Some CB’s again to the east of the inland trough. Winds go NW from around 8k and finishes at 120kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level at 13k in the south.

CT – A cloudy start with base around TM top height again. Winds are SW mostly around 10-15kts so a breezy day I think. Base lifts around mid day and then later on lowers as the front moves closer. Could be sweet day depending on the wind strength – some acceleration around the GP areas again along the shore. The mountains also looking sweet with another shot at flying towards PV from DuToits etc ;)

RB – lol. Again WWB is out in full force! ;)

PV – The convergence up north at Renosterhoek with climbs to 7k there – for the rest it is breezy SW winds ad climbs to 5k. Some Q’s in the south mostly later in the day. Lekker! ;)

Wilderness – Fresh SW winds out to sea that might pulse through to the coast now and then. Serps and Sedge probably doable late morning/mid day but then a tad stronger in the afternoon. Climbs once again to around 2k. Seems more cloudy later on. Hhhmmm… Tricky to call this one – coast that could be light to sweet or Sedge that could be strong or nice! ;)  

Plett – Looking a tad breezier to me with climbs at Uppies to just over 3k. 10-15kts out there so perhaps not the best. Keurbooms will work though the west influencing it a bit.

PE and PA – Again some SW winds 10-15 with a few spots reaching 20kt.

EL – To the west it is SW but to the east it is SE to E. The SW change over hangs on right on the town of EL all day it seems… ;)

Inland – Again a sweet morning in the karoo but it changes by mid day. Winds are westerly in general reaching 20-30kts in some spots later in the day. Some sweet Q’s in the southern areas with dry in the western interior but high base in the eastern interior. CB much further east today. Perhaps not the best day for flying out there with the breezy conditions…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:21 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 23 min – still 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day.) A moderate SW wind day on the coast – another day to do what ever you want but its perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(30 December 2020) 
Day 279 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. The SAH still dominating the WC weather with some sweet unstable conditions and a general westerly flow pattern. The inland trough active with a very distinct line of CB activity to the east of the trough (see the rain chart) with that Lesotho HP helping the SW winds all the way up the KZN coast. Some high bases inland once again with 15k around Middelburg and then those CB to the east of that. The west coast with W to SW winds and so too the Peninsula. The southern coastal regions with early morning cloud which should become less during the day. A few seemingly lost Q’s around some of the bigger peaks. Winds are NW from around 5/8k upwards with a 120kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 13k in a few spots in the south.

CT – A cloudy start with base around TM top height. This will clear and the winds should be Westerly with a SW trend later on. Looks great all day. The mountains looking sweet to. Could be a day to fly from DuTOits to PV… ;)

RB – Again WWB is out in full force! ;)

PV – Not much convergence today with sweet climbs to 5k average. A few spots a tad higher. W to SW winds 5-10kts. Lekker

Wilderness – A light onshore coastal wind here today with Serps and Sedge a tad better with the help of the thermal flow. Climbs not that high with again around 2k on the cards. A little bit more if you get onto the back plateau. The mountains though much better though the sea breeze def spoiling those higher climbs today.

Plett – This is the place to be with climbs over 4k today starting early already with 10 this morning. A day to go XC from here and getting over 6k over the back mountains. After lunch the sea breeze drops this to 3k only… Keurbooms not strong enough I think.

PE and PA – Again some SW winds 5-20kt spots.

EL – Another light wind start with the SW moving in from the west after mid day.

Inland – A sweet morning in the karoo with the stronger bits starting after mid day – it will be the sea breeze moving in form the south again. A good day  to fly out there though. West north of the great escarpment with around 15-20kts on the surface. Groofies with S to SW winds so perhaps not a bad day there. CB’s to the east of Middelburg. (It does look like a sweet run along the edge of the CB lines from Uppington down to past Middelburg for those long distance dreamers. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:21 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 23 min – 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day.) A light onshore wind day so you can use what ever you want but its perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(29 December) 
Day 278 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. A awesome Map day yesterday with the hangies showing us how its done. ;) Just a reminder that PG and HG training may take place under level 3. Sign in with any school and remember to wear your mask and sanitiser and social distancing where applicable. (Two seater training may take place). Weather wise the SAH is dominating with some cooler slightly unstable air along the west and southern parts with a general westerly flow – CF layers are being pushed onto the WC by the SAH so some light rain possible on the higher grounds along the southern parts but only a small chance. The inland trough also very active with the appearance of the Lesotho HP system so a tad more convergence along the eastern parts of the trough but the main ingredient is the mid-level moisture being brought in form the north causing wide spread CB activity along the central and eastern interior regions. For us its from VanWyks Vley to past the east of Graafies and further south. Along the southern parts the wind is SW to S except in the far east where the NE still has a fluttering influence but it peeters out as the SW replaces it later in the day. Winds go NW from around 8k upwards with a 110kt finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 14k.

CT – A beautiful day here on the cards with NW to West winds all day long. Instability around 4k. 5-10kts with a few 15kt spots later on. Sweet!

RB – WWB is out in full force! ;)

PV – That convergence still active from launch and into the valley with climbs to 6k n this spot. Winds are West o WSW 5-10kts all day so an awesome day expected with sweet flying along the range… Do those out and returns! ;)

Wilderness – A moderate SW wind for most of the day. Sweet flying from Serps and sedge expected with easy manageable climbs to 2k. The coastal ridges also working. There might be a spot of rain around mid day that might spoil things a tad… ;)

Plett –Similar to Wilderness… Uppies starting clagged in but then clearing quickly with climbs to just over 3k. Keurbooms also looking amazing for most of the day.

PE and PA – SW winds 5-20kt spots.

EL – A light wind start with the SW to the west creeping towards ya! ;) IT wil move in the mid afternoon from the looks of it.

Inland – Again blue skies to the west but the further east you go the  more the chances of OD. Super high base along the great escarpment especially to the east with Middleburg region showing 18k. Winds are still strong NW with 20-30kts. But the little karoo with a sweet start to the day. Later the S in the south (sea-breeze) and W to the west will pickup and blow substabcially. 30kts in spots. The east and interior with wide spread CB activity. (See graphs). Perhaps again, not really a flying day out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:20 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 24 min – 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day.) A strong SE wind day making it perfect for down wind walks on the beach or if you are into it, those special sheltered forest walks. Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(28 December 2020) 
Day 277 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. What a great late afternoon on the GR coast yesterday. Hope you didn’t miss out! ;) Today a very different picture as the three major weather determinants are all jostling for dominance! A CF helped along by the SAH way off to the west dominating the western parts of the weather with S to SW wind that veer to the west and eventually NW as it joins the inland trough that is governing in the deeper interior. The usual deep instability inland with very high bases along the Great Escarpment today up to 17/18k even but with super strong NW winds 20kts plus with 40kts at base! The west with the usual instability with 4/5k climbs except in the convergenc eregions where you can get more. To the south and east the IOH is flexing muscle today with strong east flows, well over 30kts east of the GR coastline veering to the SE along the southern parts. It does slacken to the west swapping dominance to the SAH from around Agulhas where the winds are only around 10kts before picking up again to the west to wards the Peninsula. Winds are all NW form 5/6k upwards with a 115kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level at 14k in the South.

CT – Right in the change area with some differing forecasts here – some with a NW start with the southerly popping through in the mid afternoon. Others showing the Southerly starting much earlier – so you need to keep an eye on things here. Probably a more WNW start but then watch for that S coming through. The usual local strong corners when that happens. The mountains looking sweet again with W to NW winds except in the south where the S to SW will creep in later.

RB – Again too much west I think to be sweet. ;)

PV – Sweet convergence setting up from launch towards PB. Climbs in here perhaps as high as 7/8k. To the north much more stable with 4k on the cards… Its better to the south though so the W to NW initial winds good for moving there. 5-10kts but some spots with 15kts later on.

Wilderness – A strong SE day on the cards with more strength to the east. IT does look like from mid day as it gets stronger the compression bubble effects Wilderness a tad more. The strong spot around 1000’ from the looks of things with 20kts there. So a coin toss of wether it will get blown out early or not. From 11/12 onwards after initially picking up it looks like a slight drop until 14:00 and then a tad more. But it is all borderline for the PG if it will be blown out or not. Safer to get there earlier. It is sweet for hangies all day long… ;) (The inland sites too much east)

Plett –Similar to Wilderness… with the bay having a large calm area as the gradient sets in. Uppies fresh east.

PE and PA – Some light rain during the morning with very strong NE winds all over.

EL – Rain in the morning lessening during the day with super strong NE winds ;)

Inland – Super high base along the great escarpment 14/18k with some OD up there even – stratoQ’s ruling the show. Very strong NW winds out that side so not good for us but we can dream. ;) The little Karoo region with relaive calm winds but form the afternoon this will also change with the SE near the coast moving inland and the stronger W to NW winds moving in from the west. Not really a flying day out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:19 and setting at 19:43 (Day length is 14 hrs and 24 min – 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day. A strong SE wind day making it perfect for down wind walks on the beach or if you are into it, those special sheltered forest walks. Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(27 December 2020) 
Day 276 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. A light Cold Front moving into the WC during the course of the day. The SAH helping it along with a generous push from the SW. Already the Peninsula areas are clagged in with low base – this should lift and clear quickly during the day. Westerly to Southerly winds around here. The CF wrapping along the southern coastal areas around mid day with a chance of rain along the southern parts and parts of the west coast mountains. But it does clear later in the day and moderates slightly form the west. To the east the SW winds dominate along the coast form the CF movement and the winds are not so good for thermals – lots of weak stuff and broken lift around and low bases along the south. IT is around 2/5k all the way to the Swartberg ranges and only north of those does the base lift to respectable 8/10k and even further over the great escarpment areas. 13/14k here!) That inland trough persistent with strong NW winds out there but the CF W to S winds penetrating close to Uppington and bloem by end of day. Winds are SW to W but from 10k upwards it trends NW for a 100kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level dropped to 13k in the SW sections.

CT – A cloudy start with a surface southerly trend but it does veer to the SW with height. IT is 10-15kts but around the Peninsula corners local acceleration over 20kts at time. (Green point lighthouse area etc) It does not look like a sweet day here… But the mountains looks like it will clear early with some flying here. Watch the wind which can be strong at times with 15kts and of course some stronger spots on the mountains edges… ;)

RB – Too much west in it again…

PV – A cloudy start but base will lift and some flying possible. Climbs to 4/5k mainly and the Q’s become less during the day. A southerly surface trend later on. Probably the best spot for the day I think. ;)

Wilderness – A strong SW wind day on the cards with some rain maybe at mid day. Dubious if it will be flyable during the morning... But it moderates sweetly in the afternoon with even Sedge showing promise for a sunset flight. ;) IT will be of course terrible around mid day here… lol It is a great hangie day though… ;)

Plett –Similar to Wilderness… but remaining fairly breezy for longer at Uppies…

PE and PA – A strong SW day all day long… 20kts plus.

EL – SW all the way through. ;)

Inland – The CF moving in from the SW with S to W winds – the southerlies getting strong in the south with 25kts spots a plenty. ;) The rain is blocked by the coastal ranges but the winds seem to penetrate far inland. Some good flying far inland the trough area still around.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:19 and setting at 19:43 (Day length is 14 hrs and 24 min – 17 seconds shorter than the longest day of the year…) ;) Still at 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day. A strong SW wind day with rain on and off. Perfect still for the beach and forest. Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(26 December 2020) 
Day 275 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. WE have another cold front approaching CT – it will make landfall around midnight but with very little rain on the cards. For today though the CF and SAH influencing the west with a trough inland but to the east and a light wind col region along the southern parts with a minor influence in the east from the IOH – more clouds that side from the moist ocean. Some good flying I think in the west wit instability around 4/5k around the west coast, rising further inland with awesome soaring conditions along the greats escarpment and adjacent higher grounds – Q’s up at 13/14k. But a strong westerly wind in the west spreading eastwards during the day. A slight chance of CB’c in the east inland of EL area. Here the NE will dominate along the cast later in the day. The GR coast with a light onshore going SE wind but in the west late afternoon it will drop and trend WSW. Not much in terms of instability along the southern coastal areas though so a tad disappointing I think. Only north of the first mountains does it switch on with a bang! ;) Winds go NW from around 8k with a steady increase in strength and a W finish at the Tropopause at 60-70kts. Freezing level still around 14k in the south.

CT – A SE start to the day but it will gradually veer to the SW as the CF moves in closer. Some clouds in the far southern part of the Peninsula later on. Around midday it should be good btu for the local acceleration along the shorefront at Greenpoint with 20kts possible here… The mountains looking great today with W winds and climbs to 5k – the southern parts succumbing to the sea breeze from around 15:00 with lower climbs and SW winds.

RB – Probably too much West in it I think…

PV – A day for the Eendekuil convergence setting up from lunchtime onwards. Climbs here might get you to 8k! But it’s a breezy day with 15-20kts from 15:00 onwards out in the valley so be careful.

Wilderness – A light wind start with a SSE trend. Perhaps seeing 10kts mid afternoon around Wilderness. Buffs will be a great spot for the afternoon with 10-15kts there. Sedge and Serps looking not so good with climbs to around 1000ft ATO but from lunchtime it gets even less with the sea breeze dampening the weak instability. Perhaps the most fun will be flying from Serps to Map today. ;)

Plett –Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing lcimbs to 2500 mid moring but from mid day it lowers drastically with weak climbs becoming more broken from after lunchtime to less than 2k. Hhhmmm…

PE and PA – Initial SW but then going S and then SE with an east finish to the day. To the east it is more NE – 15-20kts.

EL – SW start but quickly going S then NE later in the day with 15kts average.

Inland – Some sweet clouds along the higher inland mountains with high bases at 13/14k. Winds are W in general with a NW trend north of Sutherland. Some CB’s in the eastern parts around Bedford and Stutheim areas. Here the winds are S to SE. Westerly winds with it picking up in the west and form the S later as the sea breeze moves in.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:18 and setting at 19:43 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – 14 seconds shorter than the longest day of the year…) ;) Still at 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day. A beautiful day with sweet onshore winds – perfect for the beach and forest. Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(25 December 2020) 
Day 274 of lockdown

And a blessed Christmas to all you amazing Wild2Fly people. :) Some amazing flying with a sweet convergence area setting up in front of launch at Sedgefield yesterday – flying till after 17:00 getting high in sweet climbs! What a Christmas blessing! ;) Today a CF moving past to the south of us – enough to effect the coastal regions. Westerly winds with some SW spots in the south. It is strong out to sea and around Agulhas but it doesn’t seem to move into the GR corner so a bit frustrating on of coastal stuff there today. The Peninsula with some low cloud and SW to S winds. The interior with some good flying conditions with high base, initially light west winds but the seabreeze moving in from the south strongly in the afternoon (The inland trough very well positioned with sweet soaring stuff out there!) To the east the IOH dominant with fresh NE winds along the EL coastal areas but this will slowly be eaten up by the CF westerlies as they move up the coast. Winds generally remain westerly all the way to the Tropopause for a 60-80kt finish up there. Freezing level down to 14k in the south.

CT – A SW start with clouds around the south. Base will lower in the afternoon so fly during the morning and early afternoon. Maybe even a sprinkle of rain in the south later. Looks like the winds pick up to 20kts along the shorefront at SH/Greenpoint area so be careful. ;) The mountains looking great today – FH with sweet flying around 5-10kts climbs to 5k…

RB – WWB is out today!

PV – A good day here with SW winds going a bit S later but climbs to 5k in the south but to Renosterhoek it is 6/7k.

Wilderness – The W to SW wind a bit on and off today with more westerly trend later on. Sedge will be working but the west trend might not be the best though the lapse rate is not strong so that might compensate for the west turbulence. ;) Climbs to 1000ft above should be doable. The coast will be frustrating on and off to with quite a bit of west in it especially later on ;)

Plett –Similar to Wilderness with the west picking up after lunch. Hhhmmm…

PE and PA – NE winds during the morning with the SW moving in after lunch up the coast.

EL – NE but it drops in the late afternoon when the west moves up here…

Inland – Sweet clouds around with base north of the Outenikwas around 6-8k. North of the SB ranges it goes even higher so some good flying out there. Westerly winds with it picking up in the west and form the S later as the sea breeze moves in.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:17 and setting at 19:42 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – 11 seconds shorter than the longest day of the year…) ;) Still at 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day. A beautiful Christmas day with sweet onshore winds – perfect for the beach and forest. Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(24 December 2020) 
Day 273 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. The CF moving way into Maputo today and the SW winds all over the country. The SAH dominating in the west with a wide and slack ridge along the southern parts – notably CT with light winds today especially during the morning. Still lots of cloud and rain in the early morning but this should break up during the course of the morning making for a sweet day ahead of us. The skies should start to open up with sweet Q’s just about everywhere in what seems to be a nice post frontal day. Late afternoon sees the usual southerly sea breeze moving inland in the southern Karoo regions with some spots between 15-20kts which is about the strongest for the day. Along the southern coasts the winds are SW trending S later on. Instability 2-3k near the coast but rising quickly at the first mountains with 6/8k north of those and then 13k onto the great escarpment areas. The clouds also thinning out the further inland we go. Winds are all W to SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish up there. Freezing level still up at 14k in the south today!

CT – A rainy start but clearing with S to SW winds. Base will rise during the day and winds are around the 5-10kts range. Perhaps some local acceleration around some spots of the Peninsula. If the wind shadow is there it could be sweet otherwise watch that Southerly rotor! ;) The mountains looking sweet when the clouds clear with 5k climbs and W to SW winds here. ;)

RB – WWB is out today!

PV – A cloudy and clagged in start but it lifts quickly for a beautiful and even blue day in most spots. Climbs to 5/6k at most with SW to a S wind in the end.

Wilderness – Also a clagged rainy start but again it should clear quickly with a SW wind along the coast – nothing strong on the cards but intermittent sweet soaring. Sedge and Serps should be very sweet from around 10:30 onwards I think. Probably working till late – 16:00 maybe? Climbs to just over 2k initial and some clouds around to make it really fun. ;)

Plett –Looking good here too – clearing form the morning with Uppies showing climbs over 3k and Keurbooms sweet from the mid day time slot.

PE and PA – SW winds 5-15kts varying during the day. Some rain this morning slight clearing later on.

EL – Similar to PA.

Inland – A good day inland with SW to S winds around 10kts mostly. A few spots reaching 15k later in the afternoon. High climbs at Graafies wit 9/10k on site and more near Middelburg. Some sweet Q’s around too… You could go far today out there. ;) SB pass also looking good with launch from early already – 9 you could be up and soaring. By lunchtime the winds pickup with 10-15kts. So land early if you can.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:17 and setting at 19:42 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – 8 seconds shorter than the longest day of the year…) ;) Still at 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day. A sweet light to moderate wind day perfect for forest and beach walks. Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(23 December 2020) 
Day 272 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. A double CF moving into the WC and the rest of the country (last night and today) with the help of the SAH to the west of us. The inland trough has shifted far to the east – those CB activity all over the Jozies areas today). For us its all W to SW winds, very breezy at times with excess of 25kts on the cards and rain intermittently. Base pretty varied with some good spots on occasion – the western ranges starting with rain in the morning but it seems to be liftin and then at lunchtime a sweet 4/5k base with W to SW winds on the PV side. But in general its not such a good day with a poor thermal index and lots of shear around (those winds doing its thing). The little Karoo mostly blue skies with the Q’s packing in the east parts of the WC region. Winds remain W to SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 90kts finish up there. Freezing level still up at 14k in the south today!

CT – Looks like a westerly day with some good flying around but late afternoon sees a lowering of the base and even rain later as the CF moves in here. The mountains a bit breezy with low cloud so head north. ;)

RB – WWB is out in full force! ;)

PV – A cloudy and clagged in start but from mid day onwards it will lift pretty quickly and really turn on. Should be sweet flying for the afternoon then – base around 4/5k and nice Q’s…

Wilderness – After a bitter sweet day at Map yesterday with today a hot-rod day on the coast! Strong WSW winds on the cards with rain but some less strong spots in between. lol. We are getting some pulses form the strong stuff out at sea with seemingly two def strong bits for the day. One moving in late morning with a reprieve after lunchtime and then the other moving in late afternoon. So you could get some flying in in between that stronger stuff. But you need to be patient and flexible. :)

Plett –Also strong WSW winds here all day – more so than Wilderness… Doubtful it will be flyable anywhere here…

PE and PA – Strong SW winds all day increasing later on.

EL – Starting of light S to SE even with that SW crawling up the coast to strike around lunchtime. ;)

Inland – It is pretty clear in the west with the Q’s congregating mostly in the east. Base varied with 6/8k south of the SB ranges and 11-13k along the western parts of eh GE but then east of Middelburg there are bits that go to 14k – but all of it strong westerly winds… 20kts plus on the ground… Not the best flying day.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:16 and setting at 19:41 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – Enjoy one of the longest day of the year today! Still at 4 hours and 32min longer that than the shortest day. A windy day but great for those sheltered forest or down wind beach walk! Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to a windy 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(22 December 2020) 
Day 271 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. Again the SAH on the west, IOH on the east while a very active trough is down the centre of the country bring with it loads of CB activity – rain and thunder around as far south as the north of the Outenikwas by mid day even. Otherwise the IOH shoving in loads of moisture along the southern coastal areas with a chance of rain (and low cloud). Not as bad as yesterday but still enough to make flying a bit of a gamble. Climbs to 4/5k along the first ranges but going to 8/9 just north of those. The SE winds along the southern parts with some spots reaching 20kts. Inland its north and light but then the west will dominate form the west and of course that sea breeze rushing in past Oudshoorn from mid afternoon – 20kts spots. The SE curling around the Peninsula with a W to NW component on the west coast. Lots of thick mid level clouds around – lots of CB spillage moving down to the south. Winds go WNW from around 6k upwards with a 100kt finish at the Tropopause.  Freezing level still up at 14k in the south today!

CT – A W to SW wind start but a chance of that southerly pushing through in the afternoon so keep eyes out for that. Looks like the wind-shadow will stick but perhaps a dubious moment or two on the cards! ;) The mountains showing some fresh NW winds today with maybe some SE later in the south.

RB – Could be sweet in the afternoon but a west moringing ;)

PV – The NW dominating there today with the north not as good as the south, A sweet convergence setting up over PV which will migrate towards Dasklip. Climbs within this to 6k on the cards but otherwise not so good in the other places. 3/4k perhaps.

Wilderness – Another misty start with rain but clearing along the coast slightly. Well the clouds will be above launch by the looks of it. SE winds, Sedge probably just doable but it is very east and 10kts so not pleasant there foresure. Map the best bet in the wet and it could be fairly okayish at times… Looks like the strong stuff staying out to the east with a strong gradient at Map again. (The wind is there but we don’t get high kind of stuff!) ;)

Plett –Uppies with a SE trend but climbs to 2k. Late afternoon it looks like the low clouds will move in again and clagg it in.

PE and PA – The E to NE winds dominating here… 5-15kts of wind. More rain especially to the east. Its very OD inland with rain.

EL – Similar to above with the NE winds…

Inland – Lots of clouds around today with base around 10k in the north. CB activity on and off but lots of them to the north and east. Some surface winds influence from the CB activity with some variable strong winds in action out there… To the south the SSE winds dominate and gets strong (once again!) Another not really a flying day except in the far west ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:16 and setting at 19:41 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – Enjoy the day after the longest day of the year today! Still at 4 hours and 32min longer that than the shortest day. (Ironically here in Wilderness we are probably not even going to see the sun!) lol. Go for a forest or beach walk! (If you don’t mind wind and now and then a bit of rain). Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to a windy and humid 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(21 December 2020) 
Day 270 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. Today is the longest day of the year – summer solstice! Yay! Hehe… The SAH ridging in along the southern coastal areas bringing with it some very moist air from the IO – loads of low cloud and misty conditions with rain – looks like that for most of the day but a slight lifting of base in the afternoon. But the winds are all ESE around 15-20kts along the coast. This air is blocked  mostly by the first mountains rages and quickly dries out in the little karoo and then form the SB ranges it becomes clear and blue skies. But then we have mid level moisture moving in from the north and a sweet mid level convergence line (SW from the south and NW form the north) causing wide spread CB activity from other side of Sprinkbok down in a line running just north of Graafies. So plenty of rain inland expected too. The west coast seems to be the best with some flying to be had in the PV valley. CT with strong SE winds. Winds are lighter from 2k upwards then NW from 6k for a bit before backing to the SW in the midlevel’s and again back to the NW from 24k upwards with a 90kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level still up at 14/15k in the south today!

CT – Another strong SE wind day. 20-30kts. Stronger with height and the inversion much higher so not much of a wind-shadow day expected. Even the mountains with the SE dominating. Foehn stuff in the lee as the clouds evaporate on the west side… ;)

RB – Could be sweet form early already then getting pretty wild! ;)

PV – Much more southerly in the south and breezy there but to the north at Kardoesie is looking ver sweet. Some high and thick cirrus but Kardoesie showing WSW winds 5-10kts and climbs to 6/7k maybe.

Wilderness – Misty and rainy and windy ESE winds. This afternoon it looks like base will lift over Map but the winds are strong with a lot of east in it. So its to looking good… I think it is too much east and strength for the other spots to work. ;)

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness.

PE and PA – E but then going more SE further to the east. A tad less low clouds here with 5-15kts of wind. Its very OD inland with rain.

EL – Similar to above with the SE to S winds…

Inland – The clouds confined to the coastal plains but then starting to clear in the little Karoo with east winds. From north of the SB ranges it is clear but towards the north form there the CB activity with some upper air spillage moving to the south. Lots of surface winds influence from the CB activity with some variable strong winds in action out there… To the south the SE winds dominate and gets strong (once again!) Not really a flying day ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:15 and setting at 19:41 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – Enjoy the longest day of the year today! It is 4 hours and 32min longer that than the shortest day. (Ironically here in Wilderness we are probably not even going to see the sun!) lol. A day for movies and books with coffee and popcorn! Or if you are adventurous go for a forest or beach walk! (If you don’t mind wind and rain). Today another the high court ruling will be done on the current beach closure stuff. (https://www.libertyfighters.co.za/news/beach-closures-dlamini-zuma-may-be-held-in-contempt-of-court/) Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to a windy and humid 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(20 December 2020) 
Day 269 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. And what a sweet sweet day it was at Sedge yesterday – flying until very late in the day. :)) Today the SAH starting to dominating more shaping up a ridge along the southern coastal parts with an increase in the wind strengths in this area. The trough still active inland with lots more clouds development and even some CB just north of Graafies area. Base out there still very high with some spots around the 18. A sweet convergence setting up in the death valley behind the Cederberg ranges with base there going up to 13/14k! Some clouds along the southern coastal areas too with early morning OD stuff around. Winds are all SE in the southern WC parts except for the west coast where it backs into the SW flow towards PV side. Further north it is westerly today. From 10k upwards it is all WNW with a 80kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level still up at 15/15k in the south today!

CT – Another strong SE wind day. 20-30kts. Slightly less potential in the wind-shadow shaping up so do keep a watchful eye out on the conditions. DuToits also too much SE in it for it work.

RB – Another potential late afternoon day at sunset. You can fly at mid day in the bumps if you want…;)

PV – Another sweet day here with SW winds and climbs to 6k and some 7k spots. Over the back into the Cederbergs it gets much better and just to the east of the Cederergs the convergence will create some sweet high Q’s later in the day. 13k bases up there…

Wilderness – A strong SE wind day with a small chance of some flying early this morning at Map. The forecasts show some too strong from 9 already and others a maybe until 10/11. Hhhmmm… Def too much east and strength for the other spots to work.

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness. Looks like a slight dropping of SE in the bay as the wind-gradient sets in there…

PE and PA – E to ENE winds here 15-20kt and a chance of rain to the east.

EL – An early morning SW but the IOH relinquishing its hold so the wind will quickly back to the SE and become pretty light for the day. A chance of some rain here…

Inland – Another day of strong SE sea breeze penetrating inland into the southern parts – reaching close to the Great Escarpment regions. North of that the West winds blow with great soaring conditions and high bases. The CB activity in small pockets just north of the Graafies area – so Middleburg showing the influence of the CB activity – varying winds later and spots of weak lift later.1

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:15 and setting at 19:40 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – bar a few seconds but this is the longest day time for the year – 14hrs and 25min. Enjoy it while it lasts!) A light onshore wind day. Great for walking on the beach and in the forest. (https://www.libertyfighters.co.za/news/beach-closures-dlamini-zuma-may-be-held-in-contempt-of-court/) Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to a windy and humid 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(19 December 2020) 
Day 268 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. A sweet summer pattern with the IOH on the east, the SAH on the west and that inland trough dominating our WC weather today. No rain expected until tonight along the southern coastal areas – some CB’s over the Central Berg. But today is a inland record setting day. I hope someone is out there making use of the exceptional soaring weather (See graph with the convergence patterns showing the long cloud streets) Base around 18k in most spots out there with WNW winds. We can all just wish and drool! ;) NE in the far eastern coastal parts, more S along the GR and SSE to SW along the west coast before it veers as it moves inland. From 8k upwards the wind is all WNW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50-60kts finish up there. Freezing level around 17k in the south today!

CT – Similar to yesterday it seems - strong SE wind day with 20-30kts and again a strong inversion from 1000’ with an east and lowering of wind trend with height. The wind- shadow seems to be active today again. The mountains with a chance to fly during the morning to early afternoon before the S and SE starts to dominate. DuToits changing around 14:00 it seems…

RB – A very strong day here with a slight chance of a sunset flight. IT starts light though…

PV – A good day here with a sweet convergence setting up in the mid afternoon around Skerpheuwel and into the valley with climbs here to 7k. SW winds 10-15kts. After 17:00 it will start pushing 20kts in places so be careful. Otherwise its 5/6k climbs. The Cederbergs again with 8k climbs…

Wilderness – A light wind day with the inversion between 1-1500’. SW to S winds up to 10kts at most. IT is pretty stable but Serps and Sedge could deliver some flying. The coast might offering some sporadic time slots for staying up. Around mid day the better time form the looks of it. Some cloud moving in from the ocean just after lunch. Lets keep our fingers crossed! ;)

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness but more SE in direction. Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 3k but it is weak…

PE and PA – SE winds here with some clouds around. 5-15kts most of the day.

EL – Strong NE winds here around 15kts. A tad more out to sea. Inland some Q with base 3/4k with the East winds

Inland – The sea breeze will once again move inland during the afternoon because of the extreme heat low setting up in the far inland record breaking day. :) Over 30kts in the little karoo in place this afternoon so be careful! North of BW and the Great escarpment (actually even further south initially) the base is way past 15k. With 18ks bases in a few spots. Strong climbs with WNW winds. Drool if you are a glider pilot!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:14 and setting at 19:40 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – bar a few seconds but this is the longest day time for the year – 14hrs and 25min. Enjoy it while it lasts!) A light onshore wind day. Great for walking on the beach and in the forest. (https://www.libertyfighters.co.za/news/beach-closures-dlamini-zuma-may-be-held-in-contempt-of-court/) Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(18 December 2020) 
Day 267 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. That SAH still dominating with a ridge along the southern parts. Winds are SE in general in the south but veering to the west far inland as usual – around the Great Escarpment areas. A bit of tightening of those pressure gradients along the coast and later as the sea breeze penetrates inland with spots reaching 25kts. Instability similar to yesterday – 2-3k near the coast but 4/5 near the first mountain ranges. 7/8k over the inland mountains but a whopping 13/16k on the great escarpment – especially to the east where the Q’s will cover the skies. :) Some rain in the easter inland parts clearing form the west but the chance of rain remains from EL and inland from there. Winds are SE in the south and west in the north but from around 8k it all goes west then backing to the SW with a 30/40kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 14k today…

CT – Another strong SE wind day with 20-30kts and again a strong inversion from 1000’ with an east trend with height. It is light at TM top height (we hope!) ;) SO some graphs showing a good wind-shadow especially in the morning. The mountains with a chance to fly during the morning to early afternoon before the S and SE starts to dominate. It could be a day to fly north from DuTOits etc..

RB – IT looks like it could be a sweet late afternoon flying day…

PV – Looking better than yesterday with a tad more SW in the direction and some good climbs around KArdoesie from 14:00 onwards. Perhaps over 6k here… The Cederbergs again with 8k climbs…

Wilderness – A strong SE wind day. IT seems borderline for how long it will last but try and get out early if you can. Could be blown out by 10 already or with a bit of luck hold a tad longer… But good for top landings. Very east in all the other spots form early already.

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness. Doesn’t really look flyable at any of the sites I think… lol

PE and PA – SE winds here too bu a light start to the day. It will reach 15-20kts later and trend more east.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – A few fresh east wind spots in the morning with rain in the mid and eastern parts of the little Karoo. CB activity east of Middelburg. The sea breeze once again will push hard into the central parts reaching 25kts in places. Clouds confined to the east.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:14 and setting at 19:39 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – less than 20sec daily increase in day light time now… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). A strong wind day so not great for beach walks (not that you can but at least you are not missing much) so good for flying and walks in the forests. Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(17 December 2020) 
Day 266 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. The SAH dominating with a slight ridge along the southern coastal areas. The winds up a bit form yesterday along the west coast and inland but still sweet along the GR. A lot of thick cirrus around which will dampen things in terms of climb rates. The Peninsula with a stronger SE compared to yesterday with low cloud in the south. The coastal flats with climbs between 2/4k, rising at the first mountain ranges and more so beyond those. The Great Escaprment very good with some climbs reaching 18k! (Graafies, BW and Cradock regions) Some very high Q’s around here. CB in the far east marking the eastern edge of the central trough region. Cluds along the southern coastal regions as well. Winds are generally southerly with a SE trend later on. The southerly penetrating inland strongly again with 20kts posts all the way to the Great Escarpment by early evening. From 8/9k the winds go west and remain west all the way to the Tropopase with a 40-60kts finish. Freezing level around 14k today…

CT – Another strong SE wind day with 20-30kts with a strong inversion from 1500’ and a east trend moderating at TM top height. Again the graphs all show a cool wind-shadow all day long… The mountains being influenced by the SE flow so they are not good.

RB – If you are not there already you are missing out! Probably blown out later.

PV – Another average day for PV wit lower SW trending to the south with height. Climbs moderate to around 4k – a few spots a tad higher.

Wilderness – A SW start to the day trending more S and even SE later in the afternoon. The spots to be will def be Serps and Sedge with the coast a tad on the light side. Pulses of soaring bits I think. A few Q’s shaping up to excite all the good pilots. But the thick high cirrus dampening the XC potential.

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 3k. Keurbooms once again could work on the more south facing slope from late morning till just after lunch I think.

PE and PA – SW winds 10 - 15kts initially but dropping during the day and going south.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Light wind start with a Southelry trend but west to the north of the GE. Some very high climbs out there in the convergence with some Q’s around 16-18k! The southerly coastal sea breeze picking up in the afternoon again with 20kts spots in a few places. Otherwise another bumpy day for flying propeller thingies but lekker for the hangies and parries if you can get up into the right place. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:14 and setting at 19:38 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – less than 20sec daily increase in day light time now… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). Another sweet light wind day. Only good for flying and walks in the forests. Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(16 December 2020)
Day 265 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. The SAH dominating our weather with the typical inland trough (which is more east along the Kimberley line). Mainly SW to SE winds in a few spots. The winds are fairly light for a change except for the CT area (as usual!) ;) with 25kts in places around the Peninsula. Inland the winds are initially light and almost variable perhaps a east trend. Later in the day the Sea breeze will move inland with a strong southerlies, especially along the west coast. Instability along the coastal plains a tad less than the previous days with 2/3k’s on the cars, the mountains with 4/5k and then inland towards the SB and other mountains nit too shabby with Sutherland escarpment going to 12k. IT is mostly a blue day all over the WC. Winds remain light all the way to 6/7k where it changes to west with 20kts at 20k but then dropping again for a would you believe 1-4kts at the Tropopause over the WC! Freezing level around 15k today…

CT – Another strong SE wind day with 20-25kts but a super strong inversion from just above 1k and lighter winds above that. The graphs all show a cool wind-shadow all day long… The mountains initially SW winds 5-10kts with climbs to around 4k or just over. The sea breeze will reach DuToits pass around 15:00 capping the climbs. But to the north it remains sweet.

RB – Perhaps more of a later day today form the looks of things. Could be a sweet sunset flight if the wind drops a tad…  

PV – A SW day with climbs to just over 4k with some spots perhaps reaching 5. Not the best of days out here but still should be fun. It gets better by miles into the Cederbergs with 8-10k out there and west winds – so perhaps a day to try going out directly over the back…

Wilderness – A SE trend today with maybe 10kts later on. Climbs at Sedge to just over 1k. Serps should be amazing with easy flights to the Map. And Map will be frustrating with perhaps soarbale at times but very very hard to top land. Lets see who gets into trouble! Lol Gerrickes benchup will be doable, CP and even perhaps PR with a bit of a cross wind could work.

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 2k. SE winds 10kts. Keurbooms could just work on the more south facing slope around mid day.

PE and PA – SW winds 10 - 15kts initially but dropping during the day and going south.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Light wind start with the southerly picking from mid day onwards – it makes it all the way to the Great Escarpment by evening. Climbs to 12k on the escarpment. Swartberg pass is looking good today for those wanting to do their 5000’ launches. ? Between 15:00 and 17:00 the best times to fly out there. Perhaps climbs to 8k then – the surface winds going more SSE from 17:00 onwards up to 15ks maybe. So should be sweet I think. Otherwise another bumpy day for flying propeller thingies but lekker for the hangies and parries if you can get up into the right place. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:13 and setting at 19:38 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – less than 20sec daily increase in day light time now… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). Another sweet light wind day. Only good for flying and walks in the forests. Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(15 December 2020) 
Day 264 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. The CF moving past KZN and penetrating far inland with southerly winds heading past Uppington and Bloem today. Winds are pretty breezy in the late afternoon but a sweet light wind start to the day except in the west around CT where the SE will really do its thing. 30kts in some spots. Q’s confined to the southern parts only form the looks of it with some good flying along the GR coastline. Climbs to 2/3k along the coast then rising with 4/6k around the northern parts of the first mountain ranges with the Great escarpment region a tad more dampened with 10k on the cards. To the east it does get better with Cradock going to 13k… CB activity also out in that areas – to the east. Winds remain S to SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kt finish. Freezing level around 14k today…

CT – A strong SE wind day with 20-25kts but around 2k the inversion helps to move this more east with a slight lowering in the strength. Strong along the mountains ranges also so not the best conditions out there..

RB – If you are not there  already you are missing out!  

PV – A tough day with strong Southerly trends in the wind. Climbs to 6k in a few spots possible but 20kts winds moving in from the south after lunchtime…

Wilderness – And another sweet day on the cards from the looks of it. Serps and Sedge the place to be with climbs to around 2k. Winds are SW around 5-10kts according to the forecasts. The coast also offering some flying – just make sure you top land. Sweet! :)

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness except a bit more OD during the moring, clearing after 14:00 a bit. Uppies showing climbs to just over 3k. Keurbooms looking good from late morning and into most of the afternoon.

PE and PA – SW winds 10 - 15kts. OD in the morning a slight chance of rain. Clearing in the late afternoon.

EL – A more southerly wind trend but late afternoon trending back to the SW 10-15kts.

Inland – Clouds to just north of the SB where base is around 8k. A strong day out there with the southerly picking up once more – 15-20kts. The southerly pushing far north past the great escarpment. CB’s in the far east. A bumpy day for flying propeller thingies but lekker for the hangies if you can get up into the right place. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:13 and setting at 19:37 (Day length is 14 hrs and 24 min – less than 20sec daily increase in day light time now… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). A sweet day that is perfect only for forest walks. WTH man!? Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(14 December) 
Day 263 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. The CF moving into the western parts of the WC today – it is a summer front so not cold but some clouds and light rain in a few spots. But some sweet flying to be had in the what looks like a gentle change – it just gets more cloudy. :) So loads of Q’s around all over the show but blue further inland. Very high climbs in some inland spots. Just north of Graafies area it looks like 18k is possible… Some CB activity in the far eastern interior. Some light rain along parts of the southern coasts later on. Winds are all SW to S but NW inland and initially along the west coast. The wind is NW from 10k upwards all the way to the Tropopause with a 70kts finish up there. Freezing level around 12k in the a fw southern parts.

CT – Base around TM top height or just below. It will thicken during the day. But some sweet flying to be had around SH. Winds westerly mostly with a Southerly later in the afternoon – worth watching that one after the last CampsBay landings! ;) The bigger moutnains looking a tad too OD but to the north it clears and gets very good.

RB – WWB is out again!  

PV – A good day here I think. The clouds will thicken later in the afternoon. But just after 14:00 to 15:00 base could be close to 8k in some spots! SW winds for the most part – 5-10kts with some 15kts spots later.

Wilderness – Another sweet day on the cards from the looks of it. Serps and Sedge the place to be I think. Sweet climbs with some Q’s on and off – later more clouds with OD. But climbs to just over 2k doable with ease. The coast also offering some flying with a SSW trend. Sweet! :)

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 3k. Keurbooms looking very good from just before mid day and into most of the afternoon. More clouds and perhaps light rain later on.

PE and PA – SW winds 15-20kts with chance of rain later on.

EL – Same as above…

Inland – Some clouds in the little Karoo with alight wind start but the wind will pick up strongly from mid day onwards with 30kts Southerlies blowing up into the Karoo. IT will reach the great escarpment early evening. North of that some strong thermal activity with a few spits with exceptionally high bases – 18k. Else for the propeller thingies watch the strong southerly push – it is looking very strong…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:13 and setting at 19:37 (Day length is 14 hrs and 24 min – less than 20sec daily increase in day light time now… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). A partly cloudy day with more clouds later and chance of light rain early evening. Perfect for forest and beach walks – go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(13 December) 
Day 262 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. Some great flying around the WC yesterday – sweet Sedge as usual and then a cracker of a flight from Bernt flying fromWaboomberg to land just over 200k’s further after an 8 hour flight and climbing to over 11k at times. https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:berndhohlmeier/12.12.2020/08:33  Amazeballs! :)) Today a CF is approaching CT with NW to W winds on the west while the IOH is dominating on the eastern parts with an east trend along the southern parts. Inlnad the trough centre is quite to the east but the NW winds are still dominating. A Blue most ly with verey few clouds if any. It is still good on the west with climbs to 10k over the Cederbergs and 6/7k on the PV side. To the south it looks like a sweet DuToits farm day with NNE star and a NNW after lunch. But by 15:00 the coastal SE will come through so get your flying in early. The winds all go NW from 6/8k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level back up to around 13k in the south.

CT – It looks like a sweet Apoptle day but with some stronger winds up there so be careful. 20kts at 4k but the compression will def have more running over the TM tops… IT trends a tad more WSW later on. The mountains with a bit more wind so probably too strong for FK and the likes. SLP prob okish but not such good climbs there form the looks of it. (for the hangies) ;)

RB – WWB is out again!  

PV – A NW day with limbs around 6k in general but the convergence areas showing up to 7500’. IT will set up from Dasklip into the valley towards PB – moving north and south. Startign more towards PV town at 11:00. That could be fun though a bit breezy perhaps with 10-15kts... ;)

Wilderness – A bit of a chance from the last few days with a SE trend. It could be sweet at Map, Gerrickes and Buffs – starting earlier to the east. But there can also be a slight bit of mixing from a shallow shear layer due to the steep gradient – 6kts on the surface with 15/20kts at 500ft. Maybe a day of not getting high even though the wind is blowing! ;) But the forecast could be wrong – I hope for that! Lol.

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness… Not so lekker! ;)

PE and PA – Very strong E to NE winds over 25kts in many spots..

EL – Same as above…

Inland – Du Toits looking surprisingly good this morning until just after lunch time. Climbs into celling easily. Else the trend is to the NW later on and then the SE sea breeze will move through from mid afternoon but not penetrate that far inland. Strong climbs and thermals out there with no clouds on the cards – in the west a few spots going over 20kts…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:36 (Day length is 14 hrs and 24 min – just a 30sec daily increase in day light time… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). A sweet start to the day but the wind will pick up in the afternoon form the SE. Perfect for forest and beach walks – go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a warmish 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 






(12 December) 
Day 261 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. The SAH dominating with the inland trough way more to the east in the interior – loads of CB’s out towards Bloem and beyond but a few possible around the SB and adjacent areas today. Some rain on the cards for parts of the little karoo it seems. A tad more to the east. But the west looking really good with sweet Q’s and base around the 10-12k mark. Winds are light southerly along the south coast and fresh along the western side. A sweet unstable airmass still around with loads of cloud – the clouds starting to break up from the west but a chance of OD in many parts. The first mountains with around a 5k base then rising quickly as we move inland. A bit of a dull weak area in the eastern parts (see climb chart) no doubt some left overs form the rain from yesterday. The wind is southerly penetrating far inland to past VanWyksvlei by evening but form 10k upwards it starts to go NW – a bit of a difference with the upper winds near the Tropopause being SW at 50kts over CT but NW 100kts over PE! Freezing level still down near 10k in the south.

CT – A southerly wind day with instability to 4500’ with clouds up there. A tricky day for flying around TM with no real usable wind-shadow shaping up at SH and LH. Even inland near the mountains (in the far south there could be a spots of rain even) the southerly making things tricky… But high bases with good flying once you are up. Maybe Paarl rock?

RB – IT could be a sweet day here – especially later on.  

PV – The wind trends very south but the thermals will pull it up enough for launching. SSW surface flow trending south and then east with height. Climbs to6/8k in the right parts with cool Q’s. The Cederbergs looking spectacular with base 10-12k. Though up heigh the winds are east around 5kts.

Wilderness – Another amazing day ahead of us with a SW start then trend into the south during the day with a SE to finish it all of. Some OD this morning but this will clear mostly by mid day. Great climbs at sedge early on to 3k but then lowering to around 2k for the rest of the day. It is a day to go over the back if you want. Just watch the OD on the back areas which will make things slow – so not a far day but a sweet day none the less. The coastal cliffs should also be very sweet…

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness but more OD I think - maybe even some rain? Uppies does not seem to be clearing until very late in the day. Base around 2500/3k. Keurbooms looking like a session might be on the cards around midday/lunchtime. Lekker! :)

PE and PA – More OD and chance of rain increasing here. Winds are SW to S and moderate. To the east it gets stronger though…

EL – As above but the SW start trending S and the SW again around 15kts mostly…

Inland – Again a light start picking up during the day. Rain and even a CB cell or two around the Little Karoo and SB ranges possible. Looks like a sweet day of flying none the less if you go west with high bases out there and good climbs. The east is not as good as the west with weak areas between BW and Graafies – extending eastwards… Probably rain I think causing this. It is very good in the far west though. The southerly going to 15/20kts in a few spots later on.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:35 (Day length is 14 hrs and 23 min – just a 30sec daily increase in day light time… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). A cloudy start but some sunny patches later on. Perfect for forest and beach walks – go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(11 December 2020) 
Day 260 of lockdown

260… hhhmmm that sounds like a good flying distance to me! ;) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. Some sweet flying at Sedge yesterday for a lucky few. (and some serious turbulence for the CT guys who landed at the Glen clubhouse field! Lol!) Today a CF approaching CT with the help of the SAH while a trough dominates the centre and the IOH is active on the eastern parts of the country. Loads of moisture around with plenty clouds. Bases varying from just 1000’ along parts of the west and southern coasts rising as we move inland with 4/5k near the first mountains ranges and then further inland to 8/10k and then along the great escarpment we get to 12k in the west rising to the east again to 14k pat Cradock areas. Still some CB activity but mostly to the east – much less than yesterday. Winds are west in general with a NW trend in the north and more SW in the south. Some spots reaching 20kts especially in the late afternoon. From 6k upwards it is all NW with a 120kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level still down near 10k in the south.

CT – Loads of clouds around with tops past 10k. Chance of rain and winds starting NW going more W later on. A maybe day with some spots perhaps clearing enough for a bit of a flight to take place but it doesn’t look like the best of days… ;)

RB – Too much west in it all day…  

PV – A very cloudy day with thick mid levels and then some Q’s around 4/5k. Winds are westerly 5-10kts a few spots reaching 15k later in the day. Some convergence over PV town just after lunchtime.

Wilderness – IT looks like another sweet day here with loads of thick mid levels and some Q’s – around 2k so not the best time for XC flying. Sedge is looking sweet for most of the day and some soaring possible on the coast too – thought a tad light I think. A slight chance of rain.

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness with Uppies looking sweet with climbs to 4k doable. 5-10kts of wind S to SW. And Keurbooms also looking sweet around midday/lunchtime. Lekker! :)

PE and PA – Loads of cloud, chance of rain with SW winds – 5-15kts at times. The SW stops around PA from where it is East eastwards from there.

EL – SE winds mostly all day… Lots of clouds around. Slight chance of rain. CB’s inland…

Inland – A light wind start in the little Karoo with an SE trend. NW north of the great escarpment. Some chance of rain in the southern ranges and even over the SB ranges. The wind swill trend S to SW later in the day all the way to the Sutherland areas. West elsewhere. Sweet climbs over the great escarpment with tops 12/14k.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:34 (Day length is 14 hrs and 23 min – just a 30sec daily increase in day light time… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). A cloudy day mostly with moderate SW winds. Small chance of rain. Perfect for forest and beach walks – go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet humid 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(10 December 2020) 
Day 259 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. A very active trough once again with the influx of mid level moisture so once again loads of CB activity over a wide area including the little Karoo from Worcester in the west stretching eastwards into KZN. Base around 8-10k behind the first mountains but going to 11k around Sutherland and higher to the east getting 15k around Cradock. NW winds out there with a S to SSE trend in the south. The southern coastal areas in a col area with a southerly trend that will go more SE later in the day. Nothing too strong with the far east reaching 15/20kts around EL. Loads of clouds around with varying heights. Rain along the mountains mostly. The west is the best with a westerly trend. Winds are all NW from 6k upwards with a 100kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level slightly down to 10000’ in the south.

CT – Base at TM top as a start but going to 4k with a W start trending SW and then a southerly later on. IT is not strong except for some acceleration around the Peninsula reaching 15k along the shorefront at LH area. IT looks like a great days of flying. The mountains looking superb with very high bases – more to the north. A good day to explore those XC legs along the range – initially hard going with head winds but later it seems to go a tad more WSW which can help. ;)

RB – Too much west in it all day…  

PV – A awesome day on the cards here. Sweet Q’s with base going to 8k later in the day. A WNW start trending to the WSW later on. 5-10kts for most of the day with a few 15kts spots near the surface later on.

Wilderness – A sweet day here with a Southerly wind trending a tad more SE later on. Map seems like a good play ground with the odd time getting high enough for top landings - late afternoon looks better. Serps should be very sweet for flights to the Map. Sedge also great from 10 to around 14:00 when it might become a tad unpleasant with a bit of east in it. Though it could hold for even longer. Climbs to 2k initially then down to 1500’. Hardly anything over 10kts here today. Loads of CB’s inland.

Plett – Similar out look to Wilderness with a tad more SE trend. Keurbooms with a small chance just before lunch though it is a tad light. Uppies with climbs to 3k some OD here and the SE wind trend 10kts. Loads of CB’s inland.

PE and PA – A SW start in the west but quickly going East. The east gets strong to the east but here it is 5-10kts with a few spots going to 15k later in the day. Loads of CB’s inland.

EL – East to ENE with 15kts later and a few spots reaching 20. Loads of CB’s inland.

Inland – Those CB’s very active today with rain along the Outenikwas to the east and west. Base pretty high around 6k and more to the north. North of Sutherland the CB activity drops off. Winds are all NW to the north and S to SE in the south. Some 20ts plus spots later on… Hhhmm tricky!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:34 (Day length is 14 hrs and 22 min –so summer is officially here – yes!). A cloudy start but opening later and then cloudy again. Small chance of rain. Perfect for forest and beach walks – either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a humid 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(9 December 2020) 
Day 258 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. The cut-off low has moved way south of the country with all those strong CB activity leaving the WCV exposed to the SAH influence. Still loads of moisture around from the ground to around 10/11k with a chance of rain over the mountains around mid-day and later. Looks like some low clouds on the ocean too that will effect the coastal regions during the day. Winds are SW along the southern coasts, breezy in places but not quite as expected. A strong gradient around along the southern coastal areas so probably some ‘chop’ in the air. ;) Inland it is SSW penetrating to north of the SB ranges in the later afternoon – 25kts in a few spots then. IT veers to the NW further north. Loads of clouds even out here but yesterdays wide spread CB’s and wet ground dampening the thermals a tad. Only 10-11k climbs on the cards at the Great Escarpment. From 10k upwards the winds are all WNW with a 80kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level slightly down to 11500’ in the south.

CT – Base around TM top height with a S to SW trend in wind. It will accelerate around the Peninsula with some 15 and perhaps even 20kts spots near the shore of SH. Maybe a bit of light rain… Probably a tad too much south in the wind along the inland mountains too for it to be any fun. ;)

RB – If there is a chance of flying it will be a verry late afternoon flight but it seems like it will be just not strong enough…  

PV – Base around 4k rising perhaps a bit higher. Winds are also a tad southerly with a slight West in it. Not the best day around so stay in the valley away form the mountains perhaps. ;) Later there is some convergence from Skerpheuwel and northwards. Perhaps climbs to 5500’ if the clouds allow it.

Wilderness – Not as strong as we expected by the look s of it. There is a bit of a strong gradient so that chop in the air. A chance of sone dune gooning along the lower dunes on the coast is on. Rain expected but it looks to be on the back mountains mostly. Low clouds drifting in from the sea late morning midday that can make things a bit interesting. Def too strong for the inland sites I think…  

Plett – Similar out look to Wilderness. Initially Upies with base at 4k but strong west winds then when it does moderate the low clouds will move in. Same for Keurbooms – a very small window perhaps lunchtime but soon it looks like the low clouds will move in for the later afternoon.

PE and PA – The SW winds stronger here for most of the day.

EL – Same as above…

Inland – Those CB’s off to the east but leaving lots of wet ground in the little Karoo. Some clouds around with the S wind picking up during the day. It gets to the great escarpment late afternoon with spots reaching 25kts. Else where it is WNW winds mostly. Some rain along the southern ranges in the midday to afternoon times.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:33 (Day length is 14 hrs and 21 min –so summer is officially here – yes!). A cloudy low cloud kind of day. Perfect for forest and beach walks – either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a humid 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(8 December 2020) 
Day 257 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. A very active trough down the centre of the country extending far out to sea causing CB activity over a very broad area, extending into the GR and the secondary convergence region a tad out to sea. Loads of moisture around so some complex low level clouds along the southern coastal parts with a general light SW flow except for the eastern parts where the IOH is dominating with strong NE winds (See the wind charts). Inland the CB activity mixing things up with rain adjacent to strong climbs (see climb rate charts) with some varying wind directions but a general N to NW flow pattern that will go more west later on, on the inland side. Too much CB activity for any record setting purposes today but some sweet flying to be had once again along the west coast – the PV valley living up to its name of being the most consistent summer flying spot. (even if its strong and for big boys many of those days!) ;) So a chance of rain on the cards for most of the WC (except PV of course!). Winds are all NW form 5k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level 13k in the south.

CT – Low clouds around that will clear somewhat during the day, especially the tops but base perhaps a tad frustrating along the western side of the Peninsula. Some 300ft spits but hopefully clear enough at times for a flight. ;) Winds are NW to W 5-15kts. The main mountains with NW to West winds with low clouds in the south rising quickly to the north.

RB – Again WWB is out in full force! ;)

PV – Another good day here with NW to W winds. It does pick up in the mid afternoon with 15kts and some spots perhaps even more. But good convergence setting up from 13/14:00 between PV and Dasklip out into the valley that could get you up to 6500’. Some clouds mostly to the south but perhaps a good indicator of the convergence – so heads up! ;)

Wilderness – A light wind day starting of SW then supposedly S later on. But there is some indicators that there will remain a W trend in the flow… Sedge probably the place to be with the light conditions. The coast looking a tad frustrating to me. Lots of low cloud around but it should lift enough for us to fly. Then there is a chance of some rain – probably from the Midlevel instability with CB’s to the north of us spreading out to the south… (The LP flow to the south of us sucking in the warm moisture from the KZN coast and spitting it out along the GR coast) ;)  

Plett – Expecting a tad more wind early from the SW. Keurbooms looks like a sweet mid day luchtime switch on. Uppies with climbs to just shy of 3k at the best time – wind goes SSE mid afternoon with another SW push afterwards… Thick high level stuff mid afternoon…

PE and PA – SW winds with a few spots showing a S trend later this afternoon. Lots of low cloud along the ocean but just inland strong NW winds with some very high bases but of course the strong trend for CB activity and rain… ;)

EL – Same as above except for the coast with the very strong NE winds 25kts plus! which dominate until very late in the day…

Inland – Broad area of CB activity with a general N to NW wind trend. Some spots up to 25kts but others varying to the east even (Probably form the CB activity) The wind trend west to the west and flying conditions improve in that direction. In between the CB’s the base is high and probably really pretty to behold! ;) But perhaps not the best day to be flying….

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:32 (Day length is 14 hrs and 21 min –so summer is officially here – yes!). A cloudy low cloud kind of day. Perfect for forest and beach walks – either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a humid 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(6 December 2020) 
Day 256 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. So WJ had a great flight from PV towards Wellington (anyone else?) At the top is a pic of him sitting in the convergence just before Groenberg. Lekker! Today a similar day to yesterday – the strong SE winds along the southern coastal regions and rain during the morning – even some CB activity out to sea. Low clouds along the coast but rising to 6k north of the mountains with the SB at 9k. Lighter winds for the little Karoo but at the Great Escarpment it is strong WNW winds and once again very high cloudbase of 18k plus in a few spots. CB to the east of the inland trough – and one could have flow very far from NE of Uppington down to past Richmond once more… (Dreaming yes!) ;) The west coast with sweet onshore flows and great flying again (like yesterday) Looks like great convergence setting up over the wind farm at Saron – climbs to 7/8k on the cards. Winds are all NW from 10k upwards with a 50kt finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level 13k in the south.

CT – Again strong SE along the southern Peninsula but SW to West in the north. Some clouds during the morning but clearing mid day. IT gets better to the north – a brilliant day inland for flying today…  

RB – WWB is out in full force! ;)

PV – Fantastic day with NW to West winds and high climbs with clouds to boot! Good convergence from 14:00 onwards west of Saron. Watch the clouds I think. 7/8k climbs? ;)

Wilderness – A strong SE day with light rain this morning – drying a little bit but the wind remaining strong. It’s a tad east above our heads but cloud be flyable for a hangie or two! ;)

Plett – Strong SE form early on all day long…

PE and PA – Again a day of strong easterlies all day long – oh an drain too! ;)

EL – Same as above…

Inland – Light winds in the little Karoo but from 14:00 onwards the SSE winds penetrating past Oudshoorn and onwards – almost ot eh Escarpment with 35kts winds! High base along the escarpments – 18k! It is another record high day – you need O2! And that flight from NW of Uppington down to Richmond and beyond is still on! CB’s to the east.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:31 (Day length is 14 hrs and 20 min –so summer is officially here – yes!). A strong wind day so go hide in the forest. Otherwise its perfect for kitesurfing and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature another windy 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 



(5 December 2020) 
Day 254 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! I wonder if people actually read this shit… The IOH, SAH and inland trough in a perfect triangle setting up a strong typical summer pattern. CB’s inland to the east of the trough while the coastal winds will pickup to 30kts in most places. It is a light wind start mostly so a sweet morning to be had with some flying before things get too strong. The inland westerly winds area into the super cool deep instability air with climbs in excess of 16k on the cards. Some amazing Q’s out there. And relatively light wind so good for PG and HG… But along the coastal regions much lower climbs. The southern plateaus’ around 3k the west coast 4k but around the PV valley rising to 7k. And further inland steadily more. The wind is light NW from 6/7k upwards in the south. It trends slightly west at the Tropopause for a 50kts finish up there. Freezing level 13k.

CT – Strong SE day with early instability at 4k. Winds will pick up to 30kts later but there is a strong inversion shapingup with a slight slackening in the upper wind. It is still around 10kts up there so not so sure about that wind-shadow thingie… The mountains with the strong SE influence but further north it improves with a west influence.  

RB – Looks like later afternoon day here…

PV – Looks really good today with climbs to 7k and maybe even a tad more in places. Winds are all westerly 5-10kts. A bit more SW later in the day. The Cederbergs up to 11k west winds… It could be a day to head straight over the back towards Southerland…

Wilderness – A SE day with a sweet start being soarable at map form around 9/10 this morning. It will blow out around lunchtime or soon after that. (Except for the hangies) ;) Buffs and Gerrickes doable but much earlier.

Plett – The SE also on the cards to be strong here. Uppies very cross and climbs to just over 2k. SO probably not worth heading out.

PE and PA – Those NE winds dominating with 30kts at most spots today…

EL – Same as above…

Inland – A sweet morning with East flows in the south and West in the north. Amazing high Q’s in the north areas with great great soaring to be had out there. The winds pick up later in the afternoon with some 20-30kts spots…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:30 (Day length is 14 hrs and 19 min –so summer is official here I guess – yes!). A light start in Wilderness – go for you beach walk early and hide in the forest in the afternoon. Perfect for kitesurfing and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature another windy 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 







(4 December 2020) 
Day 253 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! That SAH really strong and dominant combining forces with a strong inland trough causing strong E to SE winds along the south coast. The strong winds breaking the thermal up along the coastal regions – see the graphs. Some rain around especially in the morning but it will clear from the west during the day. Clouds confined to the EC and southern coastal areas – it dries quickly inland and along the west coast. Deepening instability the further west we go with the PV valley showing up to 8k in convection depth. Base going to around 9k near the great escarpment. Winds out there are all easterly with a SE trend near the coasts. A light start but increasing during the day. The east changes to a light west around 8/9k and then remains W to SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish up there. Freezing level 13k in the west but 11 in the east.

CT – Another strong SE day with instability to 4k. Winds get to 30kts later in the day. Not much of a wind-shadow shaping up that I can see today… The mountains plagued with the strong east flowing air. Some Fhoen conditions along the southern west facing mountains. A convergence line setting up between the SSW coastal flow and the inland ESE flow from the mountains (for what its worth!) ;)

RB – Looks a tad too east and light with the strong stuff going past to the west… Hhhmmm. Maybe later in the day something will come through.;)

PV – A tad too east – PB def better in the morning. High climbs doable up to 8k in a few spots at lunchtime. East up there but later a shallow SW near the surface (2/3k deep).

Wilderness – Windy and/or rainy here today. :) You might get a lucky gap on some secret east facing dune but I doubt that. ;)

Plett – As above! lol

PE and PA – Those East winds with rain hanging around a tad longer than the western spots…

EL – Same as above…

Inland – A sweet easterly wind day and if you can get on the edge of the cloud range you can score. Great flying to be had in these areas with sweet strong climbs. The coasties wishing they could be out there! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:29 (Day length is 14 hrs and 18 min –the daylight increase is slowing down as we approach the middle of summer – yes!). a rainy windy morning clearing in the afternoon but more wind! Perfect for kitesurfing and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool and windy 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 





(3 December 2020) 
Day 252 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A strong Sedge day yesterday with climbs to just over 1000m reported by some (yours truly too) ;) Today not quite as good but perhaps better in that it will be slightly less strong. :) The SAH moving to the south of us, still very strong and over the coming days it will flex its muscles with strong SE flows bringing cooler moisture up with chances of rain along the southern coastal areas. But today it’s still shaping up so we have a more SSW flow on the cards with some sweet soaring conditions. Some clouds increasing later in the afternoon. Still SW in the east and SE in the west. Inland the southerly push will penetrate to the great escarpment of Sutherland and BW with west winds north of that. Some very high clouds in the eastern parts of the escarpment with climbs to 15k on the cards. The winds go west from 10k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 11k. 

CT – Another strong SE day with a low inversion but the winds remaining strong to over 4k. A slight chance of a wind-shadow in the morning but I doubt it will be vert usable. The strong southerlies still too much along the mountains I think. Rain moving in late afternoon by the looks of it.

RB – Once again if you are not up there soaring already you are missing out! ;)

PV – Again a very southerly day and strong. I think the 15-20kts winds will probably not make things flyable. PB also too south. But climbs to 5/6k doable. Less wind in the Cederbergs and climbs to 10k on the cards there…

Wilderness – Already a few Q’s popping promising a good days of flying. Climbs in general around 2k with some 3k spots on the plateau. 5k on the Outies. A SW start with a slight S finish. Looks like less SE trend today. 5-10kts I think Sedge should be great until very late in the day. Serps too. But the coastal boys should also have some bits to play with. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 4k late morning. IT should be a very good day here too for most of the day. Keurbooms looking doable around mid day with enough S in it to work.

PE and PA – SW winds 10-15kts and some clouds. IT gets very breezy inland later on.

EL – Same as above with a moderate SW to S flow getting less to the east.

Inland – A beautiful start to the day with light east winds in most areas. Later the southerly sea breeze will increase progressively with 20kts spots especially over the higher areas. IT is west north of the Southerland escarpment. Very high clouds around the Middelburg and eastwards area…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:28 (Day length is 14 hrs and 17 min – the daylight increase is slowing down as we approach the middle of summer – yes!). A sweet day with light to moderate winds. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 







(2 December 2020) Day 251 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Here is a sweet video of Admas XC flight the other day - a very technical flight as he explains on the video. ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA4-YpMnQO4   

The graphs are below this report. ;)

The SAH shaping a ridge along the Southern parts with slightly wider isobars so the winds abating nicely along the southern parts. But it sure accelerate around the Peninsula sweeping up the West coast in the usual strong summer SSE pattern. This brings in more ocean air making conditions a tad more stable and mixed near the strong coastal winds. Further inland it is sweet with good flying around. Clouds confined to the Southern parts with initial OD and even some rain but clearing gently from the west. Winds along the GR going from SW to SE later on – it remains SW in the east but more SE in the west. Inland a sweet SE to E trends with a touch NE slightly AGL but it is all fairly light winds, even north of the Sutherland escarpment. Around 10/14k it all goes westerly and then NW at the Tropopause for a light 30kts finish up there.  Freezing level still up around 13k. 

CT – A strong SE day with the inversion initially around 4k so hardly a chance of usable wind-shadow on the cards. It goes to 30kts later on… The mountains also suffering from the strong east.

RB – If you are not up there soaring already you are missing out! ;)

PV – A southerly day except to the north near Kardoesie where the lower SW will be more dominant. Around 5k climbs. Later 20kts form  he south creeping through from the south. Very strong on the coasts which could move in earlier than forecasted.

Wilderness – Some OD this morning with a later clearing than expected. But when it does clear.. Oh boy! Its sweet ass climbs at Serps and Sedge to close to 4k – even just after lunch! ;) Winds are light W to SW early but then will start with a SSW trending slightly more SE later. 5-10kts in general.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but perhaps Uppies with a tad more SE. Keurbooms looking doable around mid day with enough S in it to work.

PE and PA – SW winds 10-15kts with a slight chance or rain during the morning. Clearing later.

EL – Same as above with strong SW winds…

Inland – SE to E winds – all light stuff with some spots reaching just over 10kts later in the day. IT looks blue with no clouds expected – the coastal mountains blocking that ocean moisture.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:27 (Day length is 14 hrs and 1 min – the daylight increase is slowing down as we approach the middle of summer – yes!). A cloudy start but clearing later with light S to SE winds. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

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.

;)
 

(1December 2020) Day 250 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! With disbelief I look at that number of 250 lockdown days... What a mess! Ai. So Pieter DeBeer also doing a respectable XC distance day before yesterday from DuToits farm – 60km for him ;) Of course, Josh's flight of over 300k's is the flight to beat thus far for this season. :))
Today a strong SAH dominating our weather pushing the maritime airmass far inland, capping some of the deeper instability we have had over the last few days. Middelburg down from 18k to just 10 today… Winds are very strong as the CF combining with that SAH sweeps the southern areas with SW winds – 20- 40kts on the cards for the coastal regions and inland not far behind that. Clouds moving inland to around the second ranges, like the SB areas where they start to dissipate. But the coastal areas with loads of OD and even light rain later on. (The tops are not very high so not much precipitation depth). Winds re SW into Namibia and past Bloem. IT remains SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish up there. Freezing level still up around 13k. 

CT – A SW start around 10-15kts but reaching 20kts in a few spots. Loads of cloud around with chances of rain. Later it trend to the south. Not the best day for flying… The mountains a tad too southerly and pretty fresh I think.

RB – I think still too much W in it…

PV – A very southerly day and pretty breezy. Loads of cloud with base at mountain top height for the morning rising slightly in the afternoon but going very south at 20kts…

Wilderness – Very strong SW winds all day with rain late afternoon/early evening. IT doesn’t look like anything is going to happen – except for some super fast wings low down on the dunes maybe… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but even strong winds…

PE and PA – Up to 40kts SW winds along the coast. Rain later too…

EL – Same as above…

Inland – All SW winds way past Nam… Very strong in the afternoon too going over 20kts in most places. Some CB’ but far to the east.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:26 (Day length is 14 hrs and 15 min). A strong SW wind day with clouds and slight chance of rain. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))









(30 November 2020) 
Day 249 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some awesome flying yesterday for the guys who went to Oubos. An out and return task of 95km done by a few guys. Lekker! And then, on the 26 November Josh Degenaar did an incredible 305km flight from VanWyksvlei to Colesberg. Here is his track log and a pic of his flight. https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Josh/26.11.2020/08:48?fbclid=IwAR0-vsbZ80e41LgOd7bj9GoYzpdzBZrqGkVSASrzRATVDh8G97rTKiW2_Wk Awesome!

 Today we have another CF moving up the coast. This one with less moisture and not much rain but it is bringing with it some cooler unstable air that will provide some sweet flying in the shallow layer of cooler air. Winds are all SW to W in general. The clouds mainly confined to the coastal areas and adjacent mountains. Base around the 2/3k mark. However, just ahead of the front, around the Graafies and Middelburg areas there is some amazing convergences taking place with the inland airmass so hot and dry it is producing some record high climbs here. Base will be around 18k! And there are some SW surface winds that veers to the NW with height. Def doable for HG and PG! Who’s on it!? :) So winds remain westerly with height and then a slight WNW trend at the Tropopause for a 80kts finish up there. Freezing level still up around 13k.  

CT – A SW day with some clouds around. There’s a slight chance of some rain but mostly out to sea – probably moving in very late in the afternoon with a bit of a stronger bit of SW wind. All around 10-15kts and slightly more later on. So looks like a good but strongish day… The mountains a tad too strong I think.

RB – Well, after the good flying over the last few days some rest on the crds! ? WWB is out again.

PV – A 10-15kt SW wind day with climbs to the 5k level. Some Q’s in the far south. A bit windy but sweet day it seems.

Wilderness – A SW day from the looks of it. 10-15kts with less later in the late afternoon. Some cloud around too at the 2/3k level. Probably a tad strong for Sedge but doable. Climbs to 3k at least in the late morning but lowering after that. Some strong wind out to sea so a chance of some stronger bits moving in on the coast.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but just a tad on the stronger side. Uppies with climbs to 3500’ but also lower later on. I think it is probably just too strong to have fun while flying. ;) Keurbooms just too west from the looks of it.

PE and PA – All strong SW winds to just past PA where the NE dominates. The NE will be over taken by the advancing SW from the West during the afternoon, spreading to EL

EL – NE to start with then SW later in the afternoon. Could be a good switch to watch! ;)

Inland – All SW to W winds with epic epic high cloud-bases around the Escarpments – Graafies and Middleburg areas really going off today…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:26 (Day length is 14 hrs and 14 min). A moderate SW wind day with clouds. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 










(29 November 2020) 
Day 248 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH shaping into a col that will turn into a IOH but meantime the isobars are widely spaced – similarly with the inland trough that seems to have lost some of its intensity. So light winds for the most of the WC with the exception around CT and Peninsula and some of the higher inland ranges late in the day. Instability up to 12k with light winds up t 10kts over the Sutherland escarpment – which is sweet and unusual! It lowers as we move closer to the coasts – PV valleys around 5/6, the south coastal plains around 2/3k. The wind remains light S to SW to above the inversion where it is W then a slow backing to SW for a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.  Freezing level around 13k.  

CT – Another strong SE day on the cards but a strong inversion around 2k so a good wind-shadow shaping up in the morning and early afternoon. Then it’s a maybe for later on… ;) Inland looking great for flying but the winds SW and up at 4/5k the light East trend. From FH northwards it shouldn’t be bad…

RB – It could be another cracker of an afternoon here…

PV – A sweet day with light SW winds and climbs to around 5k. A few spots will see you over 6k later on. The sea-breeze barrelling through very late but it can be 20kts…;)

Wilderness – A SW start but trending to the SSE later on. A great day for Serps and Sedge with sweet climbs to over 2k up t early lunchtime. It does drop and trend more SE from then on. But a great day expected.  

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with some Q’s around. Base 3/4k early on but lowering later. Sweet climbs on the cards. The ranges to the east looking very sweet with S to SW winds (S lower and more SW higher up) with around 10kts average. So should be sweet for the flyaway… :))

PE and PA – Initially WSW start and breezy but will moderate during the afternoon and back to the south.

EL – SW fresh in the morning but late afternoon sees a moderation and backing to the S.

Inland – All light southerlies moving far inland to just past the Sutherland escarpment where it does a veer to the SW and then West. A sweet light wind day inland with good flying all round. Moderate to strong climbs thermic wise and no clouds on the cards. It could be sweet at Swartberg Pass...  Great morning and evening for propeller thingies…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:25 (Day length is 14 hrs and 13 min). A light wind day with few clouds. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 









(28 November 2020) 
Day 247 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH and the inland trough dominating our weather once again. But the trough reaching far south with a wannabe cut-off low shaping up causing some moist air and widespread convergence along the southern coast with the result that the chances of rain over the ocean and on the adjacent mountains are pretty good today. Probably from lunchtime onwards it should reach the coast. This system mix is causing some intereting surface flows along the southern coasts making things trickier than usual. ;) Further inland loads of clouds rising steadily into the trough effected area. Its good on the west coast with some high bases there (8k or so) Some CB’s in the far east in the central trough line – a very active line from far inland all the way to past the coast. Winds are Southerlies with some SE to SW variations in places – strong once again around the Peninsula and west coast. Also some 20kts spots over the higher mountains inland, especially later on. The rain running aground at the SB mountains from the looks of it. The southerly winds doing a slow veering finishing with a WNW at the Tropopause around 110kts. Freezing level around 10-11k.  

CT – Another strong and deep SE with hardly any wind-shadow on the cards. Base around 3k and lowering later on. 30kts in places. Inland looking great for flying but the winds very southerly.

RB – Another good day on the cards here! :) Probably blown out late afternoon though…

PV – There is a bit of southerly trend in the wind so not the best day but the conditions are very good. KArdoesie looks the best early with west winds and even before 12 getting up to 6k. Some Q’s to the south and west. Later climbs to 7 maybe 8k doable… ;)

Wilderness – Some rain on the cards for us but it does look like this will only move in from lunchtime. Winds are SW with a stronger spell just before the rain gets here. Early on most of the spots should be doable – Sedge obviously depending on the wind strength. Base around 1000-1500’. Looks like the rain will stop around mid afternoon with another chance at flying. Lol. ;)  

Plett – Looks like a slight SSE trend at Uppies with climbs to 3k from 10 to 11. Also the rain moving in from mid day. Keurbooms also looking sweet before the rain gets there.  

PE and PA – Initially varied winds here, perhaps a light SW but the rain will move in with SSE winds. To the east the NE will dominate initially but the SSE will usurp it later in the day.

EL – NE and even N offshore till late afternoon when at first SW and then SE will move in. Some rain out to sea and to the SE with CB’s to the N complicating the surface winds in the region.

Inland – All southerlies moving far inland to just past the Sutherland escarpment where it does a veer to the SW and then West. Strong convergence in the areas again – 20kts plus winds later on in a wide region. South of the SB ranges the low base and rainy stuff from the ocean felt to here. Those CB;s east of Middelburg very active today.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:24 (Day length is 14 hrs and 12 min). A light wind start with rain moving in around lunchtime. Clearing again later on so go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 









(27 November 2020) 
Day 246 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! I got pointed out that in 2017 Lars-Anders climbed to 4350mASL over Bumpy-Peak. That’s scary high man… ;) It doesn’t look like any of those climbs are on the cards today but perhaps a few spots will get you close! ;) The SAH combined with the strong inland trough causing a strong acceleration around the southern tip of Africa – so typical of summer! Very strong SE winds along the southern coasts today but initially moving past CP before making the turn up the west coast. Later the wind will blow like the clappers around CT also. Some Q’s in the east around PE to EL and beyond. Nothing much inland. The winds are NW from the Sutherland Escarpment line and northwards. Some high climbs around over the mountains and good flying along the west coast areas today – bar the strong SSW sea breeze. From 10k the wind is NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish up there. Freezing level around the 11k level…

CT – The morning showing a sweet wind-shadow for flying with the wind trending east and going lighter with height. But from mid day this will be eroded and a strong deeper SE setting up for the mid and late afternoon.

RB – Another good day here! :) Probably blown out late afternoon though…

PV – Initially a East with shallow SW but the WSW will start to dominate from late morning onwards. IT is a great day here with good strong climbs. 8k in some spots. Watch a very strong Sea-breeze moving in late in the afternoon. 20kts and more in places. ;)

Wilderness – If you want to fly you must get up early – probably doable form 8 at Map till 9 and then signs are strong for a very early blow out. I expect it to happen from as early as 9 even. It will be over 30kts later on! Similar pattern along the entire GR – good news for the kite surfers hey! ;)

Plett – Similar forecast to Wilderness.

PE and PA – The SE beginning to moderate from here and eastwards. Still picking up to 20kts plus and more east later on around the bay area but lessening towards PA.

EL – A light SE start and loads of clouds in the morning. Picking up slightly in the afternoon with a more East trend. Even a chance of light rain later on.

Inland – All easterly flows in the southern areas. IT is a light sweet morning. The SE will push through hard in the late afternoon all the way up to the great escarpment – 20kts plus. Climbs inland over the bigger mountains pretty good with SB showing 11k.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:23 (Day length is 14 hrs and 11 min). A very windy day so get out very-very early otherwise you are going to just go down wind! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 








(26 November 2020) 
Day 245 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Yesterdays pic was from Sean. But today we have one form WJ of that epic PV day. How high is that I the PV valley!? Amazing!

Today the SAH and CF movements still dominating with a SW flow pattern - some SSE variations along the west coast and a tad more westerly inland. Sweet clouds and instability but with a bit breezy conditions making some parts a bit rougher than others. Base pretty varied with the coastal plains from 2/3 up to 4/5 along the first ranges but then further inland rising quickly to respectable 8k and then that convergence line along the great escarpment from 14k in the west to 17k in the east! ;) The usual sea-breeze pushing hard late afternoon with the SB showing 25kts plus southerlies going all the way to the Sutherland escarpment. From 10k the wind is west remaining west all the way to the Tropopause for a 120kts finish. Freezing level around the 9k level…

CT – A strong SSE day by the looks of it – a sweet start but progressively getting stronger blowing out in most places in the late afternoon. An early morning wind-shadow – maybe - but def breaking up as the wind starts. The SE flow strong up to 4k with an isotherm layer from 2/3k… The mountains not doable form the west side but if you can get to the east side and fly that “other” side it could be amazing. Some high Q’s with 8k bases in some spots… ;)

RB – Epic day here! :) Probably blown out late afternoon though…

PV – SW to S winds here with 15kts later on. Climbs to 5k in a few spots but the Cedererbgs the place to be. 12/13k bases further east! Lol. ;)

Wilderness – More clouds compared to yesterday with hopefully slightly less wind though still looks like some strong spots during the day. Wind looks like it is pulsing form the SW 7-15kts all day long. There is strong stuff out to sea so be aware of those stronger lines moving in from the SW… Maybe light rain later on. ;)

Plett – Similar forecast to Wilderness but Uppies looking blown out all day. Keurbooms looking sweet late afternoon. Also chance of rain late afternoon early evening.

PE and PA – Those SW blowing strong all day long here…

EL – As above – all day long. ;)

Inland – Again a sweet morning with westerly winds but the coastal southerly pushing hard from midday onwards reaching the Sutherland escarpment at end of the day. 20kts plus southerly later on. Big skies for thermic flying today though. No CB’s and doable westerly winds from east to west. That convergence line could be amazing to follow – especially in a hangy. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:13 and setting at 19:22 (Day length is 14 hrs and 9 min). Another breezy coastal day with slight chance of rain late afternoon/early evening. Go out early and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 








(25 November 2020) 
Day 244 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! So the other day we had those epic conditions at PV. A lucky few got into that. This is a pic from WJ (or Sean) of that day. Over 3000m. It’s the highest I’ve seen anyone out there in the valley… Epic stuff man! ;)

The SAH and CF movements still dominating with westerly winds. It becomes a tad more SW to even S in the southern inland parts this afternoon. Sweet instability and Q’s around with strong climbs almost everywhere. Base between 4/6k around the coastal plains but some very high climbs further inland. Up to 14k over the Sutherland escarpment! It looks like a great day to go places. :) The EC far inland with some great convergence and very-very high bases – 17k in a few spots! Winds remain westerly all the way to the Tropopause for a 50/60kts finish. Freezing level down to 9000’ in a few spots in the south…

CT – NW start but going SW during the day. 10-15kts. Base around 3/4k… Could be a great day of flying around the Peninsula… And also along the main mountains. Maybe some XC to the north from Du Toits even… Nothing too spectacular in hight but around 5k things are very doable… ;)

RB – Hhhmmm… another WWB is out day…

PV – NW start but going very SSW later in the day. Just over 5k in a few spots. A very flyable day here…

Wilderness – Looks like a WSW start going more SSW later in the day. 10-15kts initially but moderating later. Strong climbs with Serps and Sedge indicating initial base around 4k. Later on climbs will moderate to just 3k. ;) All in all a good day of flying ahead…

Plett – Similar forecast to Wilderness with climbs at Uppies a tad higher. Perhaps some OD later on. Keurbooms looks amazing in the afternoon.

PE and PA – Strong SW during the morning but moderating later in the afternoon. More clouds around here with an early morning chance of rain even…

EL – As above with the strong SW going to S in the east later in the day.

Inland – A super sweet morning with a light winds – westerlies in general. Some kickass thermal starting mid to late morning with high bases, especially over the bigger mountains and escarpments. The wind will become more SW and even S in the southern areas picking up t 20kts in a few spots. (See the graph)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:13 and setting at 19:21 (Day length is 14 hrs and 8 min). A beautiful day ahead of us here. Go out early and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 









(24 November 2020) 
Day 243 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! So a beautiful day along the GR yesterday with great flying along PR and at Sedgfield. :) Today the CF into the entire WC today with strong westerlies everywhere. Rain progressively from west to east – CT clearing from late afternoon but the GR and eastwards only starting in the late afternoon. Base very high preceding the front – 4/6k in the east before the front moves in. 12k north of the Sutherland escarpment. Some CB activity eastwards and inland of EL. Winds over 30kts at times along the coast and not far off from that inland either. Not the best day for flying it seems. Winds remain westerly all the way with a slight WNW bit at the Tropopause for a 130kts finish up there. Freezing level down to 7500’.

CT – Rain this morning with strong NW winds that will back to SW from mid day onwards. It will moderate a bit but still be on the strong side with 15knts later. Maybe a doable session in that far south spot… The mountains remaining rainy and strong.…

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – The wind is NW then W upper teens in knots. The base also at mountain top with tops around 10k. Looking a tad on the strong side with some cloud-suck that can get you int trouble next to those mountains! ;)

Wilderness – A surprising clear start with the bad stuff only moving in around 14:00. Before then the wind is around 5-10kts SW to S and even a bit of SE near the Map. Very high bases initially though the upper flow is still fresh westerlies. But the Buster coming through is a big one so be very careful if you are tempted to head to the coastal cliffs… Should be great weather watching stuff though! ;) Rain at that time too.

Plett – Uppies showing high climbs with base at 6k in the morning but I think the wind just a tad too west and getting fresh quickly. After 14:00 onwards the clouds will also start to drop and that buster will also move into the area later on. Not a flying day it seems…

PE and PA – SW winds 20kts freshening even more late afternoon with rain…

EL – As above with the strong SW belting past late afternoon early evening… 30kts plus…

Inland – Some very high bases in places but those westerlies just a tad on the strong side for any flying to happen. There will be a SSW flowing inland form the south in the afternoon with very strong winds – 20kts plus. Not much rain expected inland though…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:13 and setting at 19:20 (Day length is 14 hrs and 7min. A beautiful morning but from 14:00 the strong winds. Clouds and rain will move in. So be busy right now - go out early and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 










(23 November 2020) 
Day 242 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A sweet day of flying around the GR yesterday but a good one for Ryan and a few close friends who snuck in a great flight on the western Peninsula the other day. (See the pic!) Today the approaching CF with the help of the SAH dominating our weather. Its all westerlies with some lower clouds moving in from the west later on. This air mass moving in far inland usurping the usual outer space type stuff from the De Aar and inland areas. The trough has moved far to the east this time with the associated CB activity. But the westerlies with a SW influence on the southern coastal areas. The Wilderness corner with slight less strength wise but still some good flying to be had before the lower cloud and light rain will move in late afternoon early evening. Winds go NW from 5k upwards with a West finish at the Tropopause 60kts initially but then 100kts in the west later today. Freezing level around 10/11k.

CT – Some OD stuff to the west as the CF moves in with those westerlies. Base just above TM top but this will lower later in the afternoon again. Winds are NW to W light initially but going up to 15kts. Looks like it could be a slot for some 12 Apostle soaring. ;) A bit strong on those other inland mountains…

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – The wind is NW to West 10-15kts by the looks of it. Initial climbs to 4/5k but then base will drop, especially in the south with the tops covered in cloud.

Wilderness – Another SW day with some strong stuff out to sea. IT could be sweet on the ocean cliffs with Sedge tethering between sweet and strong. Cloud dropping in the afternoon with rain late afternoon early evening.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 3k during the best part of the day – late afternoon sees the base lowering with OD. But Keurbooms looking really sweet all day long just about! ;)

PE and PA – SW winds 10-15kts all day btu it curls sweetly to the SE as it moves inland. The OD breaking up late morning…

EL – NE in the east with the SW slowly creeping in from the west. Looks like it reaches EL early evening only.

Inland – A light wind start – the Westerlies far inland but the southerlies just north of the SB ranges. The South winds will increase and move inland to north of the SB late afternoon – 20kts. But so too will the westerlies increase to 20kts further inland. Some sweet clouds in the south and along the Sutherland escarpment with 11k bases out there – 8-10k near the SB…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:14 and setting at 19:19 (Day length is 14 hrs and 6min. A moderate SW day with small chance of rain late afternoon. Either way go out early and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 








(22 November 2020) 
Day 241 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people!

Hhhmm… 241 days of lockdown. Disturbing isn’t it.

The CF moving up into the KZN coast while the SAH is pushing in slightly cooler air onto the southern parts of the country. Lots of cloud around with some sweet Q’s to mark those lekker lift sources. :) Winds in general all southerlies with a few SSE and SW variations around. Some windy inland spots especially over the bogger mountains – the SB going over 25kts south from early already. Fr up the east coast the SW is also pushing over 25kts. Inland and mainly to the east the CB cells are active again today – high  bases out there with 14/15k. Back home it is a more moderate 3/4k on the plateaus before the mountains rising steadily going inland with 5/6k over the mountains and then 8k further and up. :) Winds all go NW from 10k upwards with a 100kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 9000’ in a few spots in the south.

CT – Another SSE day with the wind sgetting to 20kts in a few spots later on. Looks better early form a wind-shadow point of view with later the SSW component along the shorefront pushing 15kts and the shadow going to the east… The mountains showing a tad too much SE with hight but lower down it is SW. Hermanus is looking kinda sweet to me.

RB – IT looks like a great afternoon here with perhaps sunset session on the cards…

PV – Summer is here with PV having one good day after the other. W to SW winds 5kts mostly with climbs later on around 6k with a few spots to the north (Past Kardiesie) showing up to 8k. Some high Q’s out that side… Lekker! :)

Wilderness – A SW day form the look so fit with all the spots working. A bit of  a strong bit moving in mid/late morning but it should pass quickly. Else looks like around 10kts for the most part. Sedge looking a bit rainy. It could be ok but perhaps a tad too west here. Watch those top landings then! ;) But PR should be amazing!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but maybe a tad too west for Keurbooms to be fantastic – but it looks doable. Uppies showing rain with thick mid levels - climbs to 2500’. SW to WSW winds around 10kts.

PE and PA – A SW start but form mid day the rain will start to move in sporadically and the wind will also drop down with some offshore bits.

EL – Remaining SW here but moderating later a bit. Also rainy…

Inland – All southerlies with strong stuff over the tops of the bigger mountains. 20kts in a few spots later. Those CB’s running in a wide space from the Middelburg areas eastwards.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:14 and setting at 19:18 (Day length is 14 hrs and 4min. A cloudy day with thick mid levels but some wind late morning. Rain from mid day. Either way go out early and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 







(21 November 2020) 
Day 240 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people!

I don’t know about you but I find something very disturbing about a lockdown number of 140…

OK! The weather today dominated by a typical CF approaching CT – a strong active inland trough with CB’s, the IOS with strong NE winds on the eastern coast with the easterly flow eroded and replaced by the westerly influx from the west due to the CF. The fore runner being the coastal low moving up the southern coast. Prior thought things are very inverted with the hot W to NW offshore flow making for not cool flying along the southern coastal areas. The west is still really sweet with the PV region offering great soaring though the wind getting a bit strong there with 10-15kts. Some clouds – low along the coasts but over 15k inland around the SB ranges. And CB’s moving south reaching even Willowmore later in the afternoon. But a exciting convergence line setting up probably due to the CB influence but the forecast showing a long continuous line that can break world record! Lol (Ja, we can dream hey!) ;) Winds are all WNW from 6k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level still around 13k.

CT – Still unstable to around 4k with West up there and S on the surface. Some strong SW along the shore front at SH… The mountains a maybe – watch the wind strength I think might get a bit strong out there…

RB – WWB Is out today…

PV – Another good day but not like yesterday. Climbs only to 5k… West winds around 10-15k with it probably gusting over the 20 I think. So fly early and land early. ;)

Wilderness – It might be a frustrating day leaving you chasing the wind if you don’t watch it I think. Lol. The wind is SW but trend west with height. Climbs perhaps up to 1000ft but probably on the weak side. As the front moves closer (coastal low) the instability increases slightly with a peak around 15:00 just before the stronger wind moves in. Hhhmmm…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 2500’. SW winds around 10kts initially. Watch the stronger wind late afternoon moving in.

PE and PA – Strong east winds making way for the SW from late afternoon onwards…

EL – Remaining NE winds all day here…

Inland – A strong wind day with the West wind dominating and increasing during the day. 20-30kts late afternoon so not a flying day. Those CB’s also moving southward past Graafies and to Willowmore areas. A light and sweet start though…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:14 and setting at 19:17 (Day length is 14 hrs and;00 onwards. Go out early and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 









(20 November 2020) 
Day 239 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with the help of a trough along the west coast. This trough is bringing some superb soaring along that side of the province and again, if you are not going to PV (or north of there) you are missing out. ;) SE flow for the southern coastal areas, becoming very breezy in the afternoon with many spots exceeding 20kts. Inland its sweet initially with light east wind but then the seabreeze will move in with soe strong SE winds reaching to the north of the SB mountains. The only clouds are along the eastern parts of the coast and a few very high lost Q’s to the north of Loeriesfontein (Here you can climb to 16k here!). The SE winds curling sweetly around the Peninsula for a SW flow along the southern parts of the west coast. For the most part the wind is easterly to NE up t 8k and then it backs to the N and eventually NW for a 100kts finish inland at the Tropopause but 30-50kts along the coast. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – Deep instability with 4k climbs around the Peninsula SW winds except in the south where that SE will dominate. The mountains also showing W winds trending N with height but good climbs to 8k in most places.

RB – Looks like too much W in it here…

PV – Another super day here with climbs to 7-9k in places. Strong lift. General West winds. It is fairly light until late afternoon when the sea breeze moves in at 20kts so do land before that! The best spots over the mountains by PV or at Kardoesie.

Wilderness – A SE day here with a strong blown out finish to the day. Buffs is on very early, also an early bench-up at Gerrickes. And of course Map should be doable from early on too. From mid day most place looks like it will be blow out.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 2k but the SE wind picking up briskly. Maybe a beach spot in the bay facing the SE could be just whats needed. :)

PE and PA – Strong east winds all day. It trends more NE in the east later on. More clouds around in this area

EL – As above.

Inland – Initially a light east flow that will trend SE and become strong as the sea breeze moves inland. 20kts in a few spots!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:15 and setting at 19:16 (Day length is 14 hrs and 1 min today!) A blue day with strong SE winds later on. Go out early to the beach. Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 








(19 November 2020) 
Day 238 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A great social meeting last night at the Wildfarm. :) Thanks for supporting this guys! Today the SAH still dominating pushing the SE flow far into the interior (way past Sutherland) in a sweet unstable layer up to around 10k in depth. Above that the wind veers to finish NW at the tropopause 100kts in the north and 50 in the south. The CB activity moving off to the far east. Sweet clouds mostly in the central and eastern parts of the WC with the west a blue day. But some good flying to be had within this unstable layer – 2-3k climbs near the coast, 6k on the mountains and more further inland. Freezing level around 12k.

CT – Another deep SE day with the morning less wind so a chance of some flying up to late morning I think. But the afternoon picking up with 20kts plus with no inversion to 4k, just a slight backing in the wind to the east. The mountains with similar conditions so not looking that great for launch. But once in the air it will be epic. :)

RB – A light start but the afternoon could offer some soaring. It seems a tad east so the steeper shorter face might work more…

PV – The main trend is East in the wind but there are signs of a late morning early lunch SW component that will make it launchable. 5-10kts. Great climbs along the mountains with Kardoesie showing over 8k!

Wilderness – Despite the wet grounds it does look like some good thermal flying on the cards with sweet instability to 3k and even a tad more to the mountains. Some OD initially but clearing after lunch. Looks like there could be enough S in the flow to make the coastal ridges work – PR and also Gerrickes could be an easy bench-up. Map might be sweet this afternoon. What a lekker day! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the OD hanging around till mid-dayish. SE winds around 10kts at Uppies but climbs to over 4k on the cards.

PE and PA – Southerlies all day here with more chance of rain… Looks like OD sticking longer here too…

EL – As above with near the coast a higher base but inland low cloud and OD with chance of rain. It does lessen later in the afternoon…

Inland – The SE winds pushing far inland with some good instability. To the east some ticker OD conditions but westwards it starts lifting and the OD breaking up. Light winds in the morning but going to 15lts in places for the afternoon.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:15 and setting at 19:15 (Day length is 14 hrs on the dot today!) Another cloudy day, slight chance of rain otherwise perfect for doing everything! Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 








(18 November 2020) 
Day 237 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A friendly reminder of our social tonight at the Wildfarm Packpackers 18:00. There is a covered braai, bar and pizza on order. If you are in the areas please do pop in. :) Weather and safety wise today another rainy day along the southern parts and strong winds along the west coast. The SAH dominating with the deep instability along the south and to the east still very persistent form the aftereffects of that cut-off low that has dissipated and moved seawards of the KZN coast. For us there should be some clearing happening later today from the west. Winds trend SE to S with up to 30kts in places – especially along the west coast and inland. The Southerlies penetrating strongly during the day to the Sutherland escarpment even. Those CB activity around Middelburg DeAar and eastwards mostly. Winds remain S till past 10k where it will start to veer to the W and then NW for a 100kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level in the South around 9k.

CT – A very deep SE wind 20kts pluss all the way to past 4k so not any usable wind-shadow on the cards. The inland mountains with too much east in the wind and strong so not really a flying day           

RB – Probably good already but def blowing out soon! :)

PV – I have not had a report if anyone got into the late afternoon convergence over PV town yesterday…? Today strong southerlies that trend SE quickly so a very cross wind and over the back mountain on the cards. Still good instability with base high around 7/8k. Some OD in the valley but to the north things are looking better. A great day of soaring – a pity about the strength and direction. ;)

Wilderness – Looks like another rainy day. Winds moving around a bit due to the rain with SE and even North winds at some stage today. Be careful f you do venture out and are tempted to fly in a rainy gap along the coast..

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Southerlies all day here with rain…

EL – As above. 20kts plus…

Inland – The southerly winds getting very strong during the day – building from a calmish morning but finishing with 20-30kts in most spots in the late afternoon. The rain clearing from the west…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:16 and setting at 19:14 (Day length is 13 hrs and 59 min!!) Another cloudy and rainy day. Be brave and go for a beach or forest walk!  But either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 






(17 November 2020) 
Day 236 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A varied weather pattern across the WC – rain and trending cut-off low rain along the southern coastal regions, CB’s inland and then amazing conditions in the west. The SAH and inland trough the major determinants of our weather today with the southern parts of the trough the interesting bit – this is the start of the cut off low as a bit of it will break free from the trough ending in a stand alone LPS while the Lesotho High “cuts” if off from the interior normal trough conditions. So very rainy in that area over the next few days. However, on the flip side, the west coast is seeing some spectacular flying conditions today – if you are not in PV today you are missing out big time. Yoh yoh yoh!!! (I am facing an audit – wtf man!?) lol hehe. Winds are S to SE along the southern coast and adjacent interior, NW inland. NW from 10k upwards with a 110kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 9k in the SW sector of the WC elsewhere 12/13k.

CT – Looks like some deep Q’s from 2k to 16k tops with a fresh SE flow all day… Head north! ;)

RB – Probably a bit wet but the direction is good…! :)

PV – And we have the best I’ve seen it here in a long time. All NW to W and late some SW in the south flows – 5-10kts mostly. Sweet Q’s around. But it is the convergence regions that should perk you up. Be ready from 15:00 when it shapes up in the valley from Bumpy then towards PV town self where from the looks of things at 17:00 you could climb to 10k! And the wind remains less than 10kts. Yoh yoh! :) Lets hope the forecast is right! (See TH graphs!)

Wilderness – Looks like rain all day long… And tomorrow too. Maybe we should all go to PV. :)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness hehe – pop corn and aidit times! (Yuck!)

PE and PA – Fresh NE winds and rain… Oh and CB activity!

EL – As above. NE winds up to 20kts…

Inland – SE in the southern areas but NW north of the escarpment with wide spread CB activity. (Head west!) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:16 and setting at 19:13 (Day length is 13 hrs and 57 min!!) A cloudy and rainy day! Walk in the rain, stay indoors with a good book or go to PV!  But either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a humid 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 






(16 November 2020) 
Day 235 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! So a sweet day for the students on the GR yesterday while Adam made good use of some instability at RB flying all the way to the Piekenierskloof pass – a tricky flight with the first 16km under low airspace ceiling of just 700m! 130km total – spiralling don from 5000’ cos he was supposed to home at 14:00 already! Hehe… Here’s the link for his track log and the opening pic… https://ayvri.com/scene/pmke0ryrjx/ckhjhj04v00013h65w9ggt4of  Today the IOH dominating in the east, the trough active inland with CBs in a similar line as yesterday and the SAH having some input on the west. (Looks like a cut off low shaping up over the next few days so we might get a bit more rain). Today a long ridge along the southern coastal areas with a dominating SE flow pattern. Instability here around 3/4k going to 68k north of the first mountains and then 10k from the SB ranges towards the great Sutherland escarpment where the clouds can get to 18k later in the day today! (drool! Or is that “suuuck!) ;) Loads of Q’s around with quite a bit of OD going around on the southern parts. The west coast mostly clear. CT SE going up to 30kts. The winds going NW from 6/7k upwards with a 100kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level 11/12k along the south.

CT – The SE is up again with some slackening and backing near the TM tops. The wind-shadow active in the morning and maybe early afternoon but it gets eroded so becomes dubious I think. Hermanus looking too strong. Great instability along the mountains but the SE trend not making things very doable..

RB – Might already be working…! :)

PV – Another good day here with a tad more west in the wind. Strong winds moving in very late and more in the southern parts of the valley… Climbs to 6k and more in a few spots perhaps.

Wilderness – A southerly start to the day trending SE with 20kts at Gerrickes later on. Sedge early looking good with a chance of soe XC flying for the pro’s towards Serps. But it gets strong east there by mid day. Map with a slow starting bubble while the strong wind lurks out to sea from the looks of it. Probably blown out later in the day and even a chance of rain later too. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 3k… Thebay also with a bubbles effect while the wild side is 15-20kts…

PE and PA – Light to moderate E to NE stronger later on. Light rain possible here…

EL – As above. NE winds up to 20kts…

Inland – A light wind start in the little Karoo with strong climbs and high bases. Some CB’s again north south in the Graafies, middleburg DeAar line. High base there… The sea breeze SE pushing past the SB later n the day with 30kts in a few spots!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:17 and setting at 19:12 (Day length is 13 hrs and 56 min!!) A cloudy day mostly with moderate SE winds – light rain later on. Perfect for doing almost anything. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a humid 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 






(15 November 2020) D
ay 234 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet day of flying along the GR coast yesterday finishing with some on and off good soaring flights at Sedge. Today not quite as good as the CF and widening isobars effect dampening some of the coastal flying. The inland trough still very active with CB activity down the central parts (Still that cool convergence line to the west of the CB – see the convergence graph – maybe not a record day but still! ;) The SE wind doing its thing around the Peninsula (I believe the hangies are already soaring at RB right this moment) :) Good instability along the west coast PV valleys though the southerly trend might make things tricky. The southern parts with a SW start and a SE finish. Most with light to moderate winds and low clouds around. The seabreeze making it all the way to the Sutherland escarpment by end of day with some 20kts plus spots. North of there the big skies are active with base around 14/15k but strong NW winds up there (3kts in spots!) Along the southern parts winds are S but go NW at 6k. Remaining NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kts finish. Freezing level still around 11k in the south.

CT – The SE is up and running with a slight slackening and backing to the east at TM top height. The wind-shadow best in the morning after which it will erode and shift more to the Seapoint stadium side. Some 20kts SSW spots along the shore front later on… But Hermanus should be very good today. Lol.

RB – Already cooking! :)

PV – The wind SSW mostly with steady increasing climbs for a 14:00 tops just over 6k. But the wind gets fresh in the afternoon with 20kts so be wary! Don’t get caught in the Renosterhoek end of the valley! ;)

Wilderness – Sweet rain last night so a wet moring with loads of cloud. Probably OD all day long I think with a small chance of rain mainly on the mountains - becoming less during the day. Winds light SW start then slow backing to the S for mid day and then SE late afternoon. Probably best bet for s Serps or Sedge start and then mid/late afternoon when the wind goes too east move to Map. Good day for students. Sedg could offer climbs to 500m around 11ish I think. ;) PR and CP could also offer something f the wind gets strong enough…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing not to be as good as Sedge… OD with base around 2500’. Keurbooms a maybe late morning if there is enough S in it…

PE and PA – Light to moderate SW start and then trending S to SE later in the day.

EL – As above.

Inland – The Southerly winds in the south with around 4/5k base. At the Sutherland escarpment the change happens with base going to 12k and to the NE north of Middelburg it is 14/15k. Middelburg Graafies Colesburg with CB activity… 20kts plus in a few spots to the south

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:18 and setting at 19:11 (Day length is 13 hrs and 54 min!!) A cloudy day mostly with light winds. Perfect for doing almost anything. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 







(14 November 2020) 
Day 233 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front moving into CT this morning rain from 10 onwards form the looks of it. SW winds here but further inland the trough with those NW winds – still very high bases but more chance of OD and CB activity (See the thermal map for a good indication of the CB active area) and then another amazing convergence setting up between the CB line and the NW on the west. Hhhmm… Drool! One can go really far in that! Lol. In the east the IOH is active and as the front passes it looks like conditions might trend towards a cut-off low – therefore all the rain they forecast for next week. But today along the southern coast its all SW winds – strong in places over 20kts and some low clouds – 1000’ or so. Rain only tonight along the GR. The SW will move inland get very strong all the way to the great escarpment Graafies and Sutherland area. From 6k the wind is NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish up there. Freezing level along the southern parts down to 11000’.

CT – A NW start but quickly going to SW as the front moves in with rain. Some 20kts spots around. Inland its all clagged in but late afternoon/early evening it starts clearing already…

RB – WWB out again!

PV – The morning and early afternoon looking OK – pretty good actually – if you can get to Kardoesie it stays ok for longer. But the W to SW will pick up strongly from mid afternoon onwards with 20kts on the cards so land no later than 15:00 I think. ;) Climbs to over 6k possible later.

Wilderness – Looks like a sweet SW start with the ocean cliffs flyable with around 10kts and then the afternoon is reserved for Sedge or Serps. Perhaps a XC from Serps to Sedge for the gifted. Good climbs with initial base close to 3k and then from 13:00 onwards dropping a bit and the OD moving in from around 15:00 it seems with even lower base. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies a tad strong over 10kts but climbs to just over 4k at the nest time. Keurbooms also doable but maybe a tad too much west to be perfect.

PE and PA – All strong SW winds all day with the low coastal clouds… 30kts in paces…

EL – Also those strong SW winds all day like above…

Inland – Still that good flying stuff but more CB activity later in the day – a nice defined line form the looks of it from North to South starting east of Upington. See the convergence graph! The SW moving inland later on all the way to Sutherland with 30kts in places…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:18 and setting at 19:11 (Day length is 13 hrs and 52 min!!) A cloudy start but the winds moderate form the SW becoming lighter. Rain this even so the day perfect for doing anything. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 







(13 November 2020) 
Day 232 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today is a record breaking day. The approaching CF and the inland trough with the IOH in such a position, that we have the inland N to NW winds combined with the right amount of moisture and depth of instability – base around 15/16k, and winds 15-20kts, a slight chance of some CB activity but these are well west of the good flying region. Eish. I wish someone was out there to test these things. Oh, well. We can dream and drool I guess. ;) Have a look at the convergence map of SA – those cloud street lines looking like finger prints ending in the coastal sea-breeze convergence front near the coast… Amazing! Back home on the southern coastal areas its light bergwinds with hot temps and a strong inversion. There is a coastal low pulse moving up to strike the GR around 15:00. On the west coast things are looking better with instability to 4k and westerly winds. Winds go NW above the inversion with a steady increase to the Tropopause for a 80-100kts finish up there. Freezing level at 15k.

CT – NW to SW winds with the inversion around 4k. Above the inversion the winds are NW with a steady strength increasing to 50kts at 10k. I don’t see much shear around but the strong inversion could cause some mixing. 12 Apostles looks doable to me… Inland a tad too strong I think with the 20kts at mountain top level…

RB – WWB out again!

PV – A general westerly flow around 5-10kts with climbs to 4k all day from the looks of it. Seems like a sweet day. Nw above the inversion.

Wilderness – An inverted hot light bergwind morning with a shallow coastal onshore flow S to even SE initially. Around 15:00 the WSW pulse will pop through so keep an eye on that. It looks like a bumpy WSW maybe not the best for flying but I know some pilots that will try anyway. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Things chance here with the IOH dominating and very strong NE winds all day long… 30kts in paces…

EL – Also those super strong NE winds of 30kts plus…

Inland – That amazing record breaking NW flowing airmass. Initially climbs to over 10k north of the Outenikwas. The Seabreeze penetrating to other side of Oudtshoorn later in the day. But further inland its high bases and strong climbs 15/16k with well organized streeting! Drool! lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:19 and setting at 19:10 (Day length is 13 hrs and 51 min!!) A beautiful morning with hot light wind conditions. The late afternoon seeing a strong WSW breeze from the ocean. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a hot 30 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 








(12 November 2020) 
Day 231 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with those SE coastal flows – 30kts in a few spots – while a CF is making its way towards CT influencing parts of the west. Mostly a blue day for the WC with a few clouds out to sea except in the far eastern coastal regions where these clouds will make landfall. And then far inland around Douglas some very high Q’s at 16k where its epic NW flying conditions. (Drool!) Still, we are having some of that good air just north of the first range of mountains with climbs over the Outenikwas and the northern parts of the PV valley with up to 8k possible today. Winds are N from 3/5k upwards and then around 14k it goes SW for a 30-40kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 15k.9

CT – Looks like a NE start backing to the NW but only above the surface winds which are S to SW around 5-10kts in a few spots. The inversion very low – less than 1k and the N above that. Hhhmmm… The mountains with that N to NW winds and high base with super hight emps out there – it does look flyable to me and not really berg-windy (smooth wind strength increases with not much shear from the looks of it)

RB – Too light and WWB out again!

PV – A N start going NW with climbs to 8k possible toady – mid thirties so a hot day here… 5-10kts NW going to 15k up high!

Wilderness – Similar to yesterday but with a bit more of East trend higher up. Also that low level mini jet making an appearance so the SE at Map and Gerrickes with a bit of a shear in it later on. Late morning could be better with a bit of sweetness before the shear shakes things up a bit. It could get blown out again. (Probably!) ;) Climbs along the coast to just over 1000ft…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the SE trend but climbs at Uppies to 2k…

PE and PA – Strong NE winds with 30kts in a few places… Some low cloud moving in around PE later in the afternoon.

EL – Also those super strong NE winds of 30kts plus in places and some cloud and even OD along the coast…

Inland – A beautiful start again to the day with light winds in most spots. Climbs over the SW and northern Outenikwas to 8k. The SE sea breeze penetrating to the SB range by late afternoon and pretty breezy at 20kts plus.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:20 and setting at 19:09 (Day length is 13 hrs and 49 min!!) A beautiful morning with a bit of a SE wind later in the day. Perfect for everything! Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a warm 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 








(11 November 2020) 
Day 230 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! What a  beautiful place we life in! Another spectacular day of flying on the GR – some sweet XC flying on the flats and would you believe a chance of some good things happening again today! The SAH ridge morphing into the IOH during the day with a E  to SE flow over the entre WC. Very strong again in the southern Peninsula areas and a few spots along the southern coast but for the most part the strong wind staying away until late in the day. Some sweet Q’s around in the eastern southern coastal areas – this will clear more from the west during the day. Instability around 2/3k along the southern coast plateaus with this ocean airmass undercutting a tad more inland instability as it moves inland during the day. 6k climbs behind the first mountain ranges for the most part. Inland the wind is SE to East then veers to the south deeper inland. From 10k upwards the wind is SW and remains WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kt finish. Freezing level around 11k.

CT – Looks like a sweet wind-shadow day here. 25kts in the south but the inversion around 1500’ with a lowering in the wind helping the wind to flow around the Peninsula rather than over it. ;) A tad too much East near the mountains…

RB – Could be good today… ;)

PV – Lower SW but around mountain top height it starts to back to the SE which could make things a bit bumpy… lol. Climbs to 5k…

Wilderness – A relatively clear start with light winds form the south. It does trend SE during the day with some strong winds out to Gerrickes and Buffs. Wilderness perhaps only getting into the strong stuff late afternoon. Might get blown out at that point but if some apps are to be believed even early afternoon. ;) Climbs to 3k doable on the plateaus… Gerrickes a bench-up doable. Buffs on too.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the SE trend but climbs early up to 4k doable at Uppies...

PE and PA – The E to NE winds dominating here but inland some good Q’s and some XC potential on the cards I think. Base between 4/6k.

EL – NE winds 10-15kts. And some lower cloud inland with a chance of OD conditions. Hhhhmmm…. Do uoi guys fly out there other than at Hogsback? :)

Inland – A beautiful start to the day with light winds in most spots. The SE sea breeze penetrating to the SB range by late afternoon and pretty breezy at 20kts plus.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:20 and setting at 19:08 (Day length is 13 hrs and 47 min!!) A beautiful morning with a bit of a SE wind later in the day. Perfect for everything! Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 







(10 November 2020) 
Day 229 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another amazing day yesterday along the GR coast with a sweet finish to the end of the day. Today The SAH shaping a bit of a ridge along the south with an initial SSW flow trending south and then SE later in the day. The strong stuff around the Peninsula as the winds accelerate up the west coast due to those tight isobars form the west coast trough. 30kts at time here. Inland the winds are all SE in general with some Q’s in the eastern parts – Graafies area. Base here around 6/7k. The winds get to 20kts late afternoon here to. Elsewhere it is pretty sweet actually. Still some sweet instability around with 3/4k climbs along the coastal plateaus and 6/7k behind the first mountain ranges. Wind veers to the SW around 10k and then to the WNW for a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 11k.

CT – A lighter start but before mid day it is over 20kts with the initial instability replaced by the ocean inversion. IT doesn’t look like much of a wind-show shaping up – close to 30kts and very slow slackening with height in the wind… The mountains not much better with those southerly and even east winds.

RB – The wind looks like it is coming through with a bang and gets blown out later on. ;)

PV – Its an early flight from 11 to 14:00. Then the wind will increase close to 20kts and go mor south. Up 5k climbs…

Wilderness – Some startoQ’s around with the SSW light wind start. Serps and Sedge looking sweet early on with good stuff – expecting climbs to over 3k until it goes too east. Map looks like a sweet late afternoon day… Gerrickes a bench-up doable. Buffs on too. So sweet all around actually.

Plett – Uppies similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – SW winds start but this will moderate later and back to S and then SE. Slight chance of light rain later on.

EL – The light SW will back to the SE and even NE in the north with that slight chance of rain later – increasing to the east.

Inland – SE winds everywhere with the Graafies escarpment reaching 20kts in the late afternoon. Cloudy in the east but blue in the west. A sweet flying day in general.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:21 and setting at 19:07 (Day length is 13 hrs and 46 min!!) A cloudy morning with light winds trending SE later on. A sweet day with beach and forest walks on the cards. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 







(9 November 2020) 
Day 228 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some sweet flying yesterday along the Wilderness ocean cliffs and it looks like today will be another one like that. The SAH pushing in unstable air form the SW along the coast but southerlies inland all the way into Namibia. From 8k the wind veers to finish NW from 10k upwards. Cloudbase pretty high near the coasts with 3/4k on the cards. But from around PE in a N to S line to the east the CF still having a influence with lower bases and rain. The winds finishes at 110kts NW at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 6500’ in the south.

CT – Breezy S to SW winds. IT starts of light so an early flyable window I think but then picks up to near 20kts for the mid to late afternoon with a southerly direction – the wind-shadow not the best from the looks of it. The mountains also a tad on the breezy side with the southerly.

RB – IT could be sweet today… ;)

PV – Winds also a tad too southerly but it could be doable as the thermals pulls things up straight enough to launch and fly. Climbs to 5k possible…

Wilderness – It looks like the rain has moved on earlier than predicted leaving it flyable for us form early already. The ocean cliffs the place to be with flights from here to Plett on the cards… Sedge and Serps should be doable form later in the afternoon – say 15:00 onwards. Climbs there to over 3k on the cards…

Plett – Uppies looking a bit strong wind wise with 15kts most of the time. Only very late on the afternoon things moderating enough for some flying – perhaps. ;) Keurbooms looking to be the better choice working from late morning till late in the day…

PE and PA – SW winds with rain all day. Slight moderating and maybe some clearing from the west later in the day…

EL – As above but stronger SW winds 20kts…  

Inland – The southerly winds all the way deep into the interior today. Some spots up to 20kts especially over the tops of the mountains. Sweet thermal clouds around the southern ranges.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:22 and setting at 19:06 (Day length is 13 hrs and 44 min!!) A wet morning but clearing quickly with onshore winds. Beach walks to the east the best bet. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 







(8 November 2020) 
Day 227 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front westerlies still dominating over the WC as the SAH helps to push in that cooler and unstable air onto the southern parts of the WC. The far interior still having the NW dryer and warmer airmass with even higher climbs. The west coast with lower bases varying from 2k up to 4k and rain. The cloud base increasing with height again to the east. There is another coastal low moving up the coast and will reach the GR around 14:00 maybe light rain later on there too. Some lower clouds popping in at that time. Just before thought conditions in some spots really good. Winds are strong in the west and moderating towards the east SW in general with even an S trend in some GR spots. From 5k it is all WNW with 120kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 7500’ around CT but up to 15k east of PE.

CT – Around 20kts on average for the day westerly winds mostly. The mountains too strong and SH and LH a tad much for the PG but possible for the Hangies especially later in the day if it clears and lifts more. Could be a good 12 Apostle run pending on the hight of the clouds and the rain.

RB – WWB is out today… ;)

PV – A low base start but rising steadily to just clear of the tops. Perhaps a tad on the strong side with loads of cloud suck around – base at 3k and tops at 10! 15kts… Hhhh,mmmmm…

Wilderness – Another light start from the looks of it but there is some good WSW winds out to sea so it could be some good soaring along the ocean cliffs all day. A strong pulse expected at lunchtime (14:00 more or less) so keep an eye open to the ocean for this. Sedge looking good with climbs to 500m from 11 onwards and even more as the instability deepens before the SW pulse moves in. Some clouds also coming with that pulse…

Plett – Uppies is looking epic at 10:30 if your timing is good. Just as the west starts going more south get up and you could climbs to 8k! Soon after an inversion forms and you will be capped at just 4k… lol. 10kts from the looks of things.

PE and PA – S to SE winds around 15kts… Inland some good flying to be had with good instability. But further inland it is more W to NW and some strong spots of 20kts.

EL – As above…  

Inland – WNW far inland backing more westerly to the south. The S to SW seabreeze penetrating inland to just north of the Swartbergs in a few spots. High bases with 10k near the Outenikwas initially before that sea breeze kicks in.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:23 and setting at 19:05 (Day length is 13 hrs and 42 min!!) A sweet morning with a stronger bit of wind at lunchtime and some low clouds moving in then. Still a perfect to g and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 







(7 November 2020) 
Day 226 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another CF pushing into the WC with strong WNW winds all over the show. 2-30kts but a few spots might get to 40. Strong wave activity also around (see the graphs and clear wave markings) Rain expected along the SW sections but not as much today as yesterday. The coast trending a tad more WSW in the direction but the GR coast with a bit of shelter today and some surprising light wind areas around Wilderness. Cloud base also rising steadily from the west at low bases – 2k or less to 10k in the east inland of PE. Winds are all WNW from 3k upwards with a 120kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 7500 in a few spots.

CT – Very strong NW winds here all day – even for the hangies… Even a spot of rain with still some deep Q’s around. Even stronger along the mountains.

RB – WWB is out today… ;)

PV – Also clagged in start but when it clears it will be too strong… 20kts…

Wilderness – Remarkably it looks like the prefrontal activity is going off all around and over us! ;) The forecasts are showing sheltered flow here with a southerly trend. Late afternoon it even looks like Sedge is developing some instability with climbs to just over 1000’. Above the inversion it goes west. (Early morning mid day the inversion is very low) Strong west winds out to sea though so keep an eye out for any wind-lines moving in from there..

Plett – Uppies with a strong west start but then late afternoon from 15:00 onwards the sea breeze moves in here with a SSW component and climbs to 2k… Its also light and protected in the bay with some WSW spurts from Robberg side possible…

PE and PA – Here we are having some NE winds – light in the west but stronger to the east. All day. Inland it is very strong West winds so not the best of days except for some sheltered spots along the coast…

EL – As above… NE dominating here…

Inland – Very very strong WNW winds of 20-30kts all day long… 40kts not far above the ground. So not a flying day out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:23 and setting at 19:04 (Day length is 13 hrs and 40 min!!) A sheltered region of light wind around the Wilderness coast area today so enjoy it as the CF lashes out everywhere else. Perfect to g and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

  

 






(6 November 2020) 
Day 225 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The dominant feature is the Cold Front making it is way into the WC. Rain in CT already and spreading to the rest of the area during the course of the day. Base around 2k with tops at around 12k. Strong WNW winds expected everywhere with a few sheltered exceptions. 20-30kts. All the winds breaking up the climbs so not much out there today. The southern coast with breezy WSW winds and a strong SW pulse moving through in the mid afternoon bring what looks like a strong rain front. Keep tabs on that if you do try and venture out. ;)

CT – Low clouds with rain and NW going W winds. Doesn’t look good all day.

RB – WWB is out today… ;)

PV – Also clagged in all day from the looks of it…

Wilderness – Some broken low level clouds around with lots of mid and high level stuff and light winds. Winds seem to be very west until that strong gust front moves in around 14:00 but of course with the associated rain. Might be great for weather watching. ;) Unless there’s enough south in the wind it doesn’t look good for even playing on the dunes…

Plett – According to the forecasts you might get an early flight in at Uppies around 10 but the it start to go pear with winds picking up from the west and thickening clouds. That same gust front expected soon after 14:00 with base dropping right to almost ground and rain… Hehe… Really looks like a weather watch front… ;)

PE and PA – The winds trend WSW and then late afternoon that same front move in from the west here… So it doesnt look like anything flyable today – could be good for surfers at J-bay though as the swell builds during the day to finish with what looks like solid 6ft lines! ;)

EL – As above with the gust front ending up between PA and EL around 19:00…

Inland – Very strong W to WNW winds and the rain blacked around the Swartberg ranges form the looks of things. Again not a flying day as the pushing front causes those strong prefrontal winds… Some spots with high base at 12k or so…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:24 and setting at 19:03 (Day length is 13 hrs and 39 min!!) A very strong SW pulse moving in around 14:00 with rain. Worth looking out for that so don’t get caught. Plan your walk on the beach and forest accordingly. ;) In between its still perfect to g and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet humid 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 








(5 November 2020) 
Day 224 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A very active trough with the centre circulation right over the southern Cape combine with loads of mid level moisture from the north causing wide spread CB (Thundershowers) across the whole of the WC today. From the west to the east, from north to the south. Perhaps a few coastal spots could be spared but still a high possibility of some rain. Winds are NE in the far eastern coastal regions but then light variable along the GR coast line – perhaps a SW start but then trending SE later. The west is all N to NW winds with the Peninsula a tad more WSW later in the day. The low circulation moving ESE during the day so most activity moving in that direction. So loads of thick mid and upper level clouds from which we can expect some CB’ and rain. A few spots with lower bases around the 4k range with even deeper development with some CB’s packing quite a punch. In general it is not really a flying day but you could get away with soe shallow coastal flows on some small sheltered site if you are lucky. ;) Winds go NW from 10k upwards with a strong WSW Jet stream just to the west of the country (that approaching CF) while the flows overhead remain light at 30kts Northerlies. Freezing level around 12k.

CT – A low cloud start with a NW general flow. This should clear with the winds WNW and later even a tad WSW. Some higher clouds and a chance of CB’s during the day – mostly on the mountains. Some strong spots on the mountains…

RB – WWB is out today… ;)

PV – Some fresh North winds trending NW with a good chance of some upper CB activity. The inversion around 4k…

Wilderness – A light wind start with a chance of some fog patches. SW to begin with trending more SSE later on. I think there’s a chance of some flying to be had at Sedge from 10 onwards till mid afternoon. It will be on and off with thick upper cover but that is about your best bet for today… (Of course that is if the rain stays away) ;)

Plett – It looks like Uppies could be doable with some instability here up to 3k late morning early lunch and SSW winds. But the chance of CB activity probably making it a dicey choice. Rain at any time from the NW as those CB’ could move in and influence the flying field. :)

PE and PA – The NE winds dominating during the morning and afternoon except in the west where the south will move in late afternoon. But those CB and rain moving in at some stage during the day with high chance of rain from PE to EL during the day. The NE up to 20kts….

EL – As above but NE winds all day long….

Inland – Those strong CB activity everywhere. Surface winds starting of E in the south early on but this will make way for the West that seems to dominate all day with fresh spots – those CB activity causing loads of surface influences on the winds… Def a day to stay on the ground lol.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:25 and setting at 19:02 (Day length is 13 hrs and 37 min!!) A light wind day with chance of some CB and rain. Still perfect day for forest and beach walks. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet humid 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 






(4 November 2020) 
Day 223 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! We are still mulling over the amazing record flight fro our local almost coastal site – Serpentine – flow by fit and strong pilot Theunis De Bruin. (Please watch his tracklog animation – here is the link to the track log animation of the record flight) (https://ayvri.com/scene/0o5vdmq756/ckgxk4ufj00013c5r6qsgx12o).

The SAH dominating with a very active inland trough with deep instability and a lot of moist air being fed in form the north causing conditions favourable for strong CB activity inland today. Mostly confine to the north of the SB ranges but some spilling even further south perhaps coming in overhead of the GR coastline later on. The surface winds inland are also a veritable seesaw ride with the models picking up on the CB activity and indicating even some strong gust-fronts! Along the coasts there’s some fogy patches along the southern coastline but most of that should lift with reasonable base of 1-2k. A small chance of some light rain along the southern coasts too. A general SE flow along the coast with strong stuff again passing Agulhas and into the Peninsula. 4k instability depth around here and up the west coast but deeper inland more with parts of the Cederbergs showing 9k climbs. Winds go NW from 6/7k upwards but then goes light over Riversdal with CT showing SW at 30kts and Wilderness NW at 20kts. Freezing level around 13k in the south.

CT – A poor wind-shadow day with the depth of the strong SE flow – increasing in the afternoon to 25kts up to 3/4k. The mountains not looking much better for flying with the SE trend…

RB – Another day for RB to show off as a playground for the hangies…

PV – The SW winds up to 4k where it backs to the east. Climbs in general to around this height but over the back into the Cederbergs t gets much better. Perhaps a chance of OD upper air stuff with some CB’s…

Wilderness – Another light wind start with a S to SE trend. It looks like it will get blown out late n the day at Map but before that we should get some cool flying in here… It looks very eats for Sedge from early on but perhaps you could get a chance at Gerrickes for a bench up. There is a very small chance of some light rain early and again early evening.

Plett – The SE flow dominant here too but some climbs to 3k at Sedge on the cards. Some high clouds around dampening things a tad but there should still be some good climbs around. Similar chance of rain as Wilderness…

PE and PA – A relatively light wind start but the SE flow reaching 20kts in some spots. Slight chance of light rain early and later on too…

EL – And some light wind around here even into the afternoon with a SE to NE trend 5kts to 15kts. Thick upper air clouds and relatively low climbs inland too.  

Inland – Those strong CB activity along the a very wide area – almost the entire inland region north of the Sutherland escarpment but then moving southwards in the afternoon. Initial SE flows but in the afternoon the stronger N flows from the CB activity moving south past the SB later on… Def a day to stay on the ground lol.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:26 and setting at 19:01 (Day length is 13 hrs and 35 min!!) A foggy beach start but clearing mostly with light SSE winds to start. Windy late afternoon but still perfect day for forest and beach walks. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet humid 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

    






(3 November 2020) 
Day 222 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! It was so cold at cloud-base that record day – this is the TH graph for the Riversdal area – Everyone that flew that day and got high said the same. Dit was vrek koud! ;) (Please watch his tracklog animation – here is the link (https://ayvri.com/scene/0o5vdmq756/ckgxk4ufj00013c5r6qsgx12o).

With the two HP system dominating either side of the country the inland trough has deepened and intensified with some CB activity from the west coast to the east possible today. But with it also the prospects of soe super duper epic high soaring conditions from the far north down to north of the SB mountains. 18k bases in quite a few spots. Winds are all N to NW up there. It backs to the west in the south and then the southerly from the sea will push in later in the day – strong in place reaching 30ts in places! For the coasts it si pretty foggy on both sides but clearing somewhat along the southern coast and in the southern west coast areas. Winds are S to SE in general with strong winds around Agulhas up to CP. Instability along the coastal plains around the 2-4k level with the good stuff to the north and further inland. Winds remain SE up to 6k where it goes west veering to the NW for a 15kts NW finish over the coast. Freezing level around 14k.

CT – Another sweet wind-shadow day with the SE pretty shallow below the strong inversion around 1k. That is if the low cloud dissipates. ;) The stronger SE pushing through late afternoon might change things… FH looking good up to around 14:00 when the SE makes an appearance. DuToits should be good too with climbs to 5k and W to SW winds…

RB – It looks like a super good late afternoon session can work here…

PV – W to SW winds with climbs up to 6k in the right spots… 5-10kts with some 15kt pushes later in the day… another lekker day :)  

Wilderness – A light wind day with coastal fog patches. Pretty stable with Sedge and Serps showing a struggle to get above launch. Perhaps sup to 800ft ASL… Winds remain light SSE with even the coastal cliffs showing few spots worth flying…

Plett – Also the SE flow with Uppies showing climbs to 1500ft. All day.

PE and PA – Some strong East to NE winds with 20kts in some places…

EL – The NE winds more moderate here with 10-15kts on the cards. Inlnad is where the action is though… ;)  

Inland – A westerly start with light to moderate winds all the way to the Sutherland escarpment but NW to the north from there. Very high bases around these central parts with CB activity around the escarpment and northwards. The sea-breeze pushing through later in the day is very strong – even up to 30ts in places. It gets to just shy of the Sutherland escarpment late late in the day.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:27 and setting at 19:00 (Day length is 13 hrs and 33 min!!) A foggy beach start but clearing mostly with light SSE winds. Another perfect day for forest and beach walks. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet humid 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

    

 






(2 November 2020) 
Day 221 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! I was chatting to Theunis about his flight noticing his wandering off away from the main mountains towards the end of his record flight. (Please watch his tracklog animation – here is the link (https://ayvri.com/scene/0o5vdmq756/ckgxk4ufj00013c5r6qsgx12o). The previous day I noticed that the forecast showed the convergence line moving away form the mountain (which is unusual – the mountains are usually the best bet for good lift!) For this reason I did not mention it in the prediction but as it turned out it seems like it was spot on! (See the convergence graph late in the afternoon and compare that to Theunis last part of his flight) Interesting hey! ;)

Today the SAH and IOH has weakened substantially compared to yesterday so much less wind inland and during the morning along the coasts. Though it does pick-up again in the afternoon again. The inland trough shifted to the west so some epic flying inland from the west coast today – (See the blue streeting map!) Climbs at Springbok to 15k doable today but look at Kardoesie as my choice of the day! It is within striking distance of all pilots and climbs there today going as high as I have seen it in a long long time (see regional report) :) Elsewhere the coastal plateaus with climbs in the order of 2-4k near the mountains (weaker than yesterday). 5-6k just beyond those and then far inland the good airmass with the 10k plus climbs. Some epic clouds to the east again along the Graafies area showing the moisture boundary. Winds are fairly light and SE with height all the way to 5k where it goes NW remaining light with a backing to the SW at the Tropopause for a 30kts finish up there. Freezing level around 13-14k.

CT – A sweet wind-shadow day with the SE confined to the southern Peninsula The inversion setting at at 1-1500ft and a SW trend around LH and SH. The mountains closeby with too much SE in them but further north it gets really really good!

RB – Hhhmmm it looks a bit frustrating here today with the wind seemingly not getting into gear. A maybe day later on…

PV – So PV should be good with the expected Westerly flow of air but if you go further north and launch at Kardoesie you should be in for some great action. Strong climbs towards Skerpheuwel with the whole higher ground section there in the convergence region and climbs indicating over 10k. (Maybe 13k!) See the TH graph for 14:30 there… Lekker! :)

Wilderness – A sweet light wind start with some low cloud over the ocean. It should clear for some flying with slightly lighter but in some respects similar to yesterday conditions. Serps should be sweet for a jaunt from there to Map (my local cool choice I think). Sedge looking a tad more east compared to yesterday and then there’s Buffs and also another possible bench-up at Gerrickes early on…

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 2500ft. SE winds 10kts there but some strong spots far out to sea…

PE and PA – Again the very strong NE winds here with 30kts at times…

EL – NE winds all day and super strong at times… 30kts plus!

Inland – A sweet day with light SE winds all the way to the Sutherland escarpment. The Seabreeze will push through late in the day progressing to the SB mountains. (See graph) Sweet clouds to the eastern half far inland…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:28 and setting at 18:59 (Day length is 13 hrs and 31 min!!) A few low cloud patches but clearing with the light SE picking again in the afternoon. Another perfect day for forest and beach walks. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 





(1 November 2020) D
ay 220 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Here is the track log of Theunis’ flight. Pretty darn amazing If you ask me! ;) (https://ayvri.com/scene/0o5vdmq756/ckgxk4ufj00013c5r6qsgx12o)  Today a similar pattern to yesterday but a slight tightening of the isobars between the SAH and IOH so a tad stronger winds along the coast, especially in the late afternoon with many spots going 30kts plus! Those CB activity inland again but more to the east. Instability around 1-2k near the coast but rising to 4/5k at the first range then 6/7 beyond that. A few Q’s along the eastern southern coast regions. The SE winds are dominant all the way inland way past the Sutherland escarpment. It remains SE all the way to 10k then a slow veering with a SW finish at the Tropopause of around 30kts. Freezing level up at 13k.

CT – Similar to yesterday with the very strong SE winds around, especially in the afternoon The morning looks flyable with the wind-shadow working but from midday onwards it will errored as that SE picks up. Terrible on the mountains too – SE out there.

RB – A sweet day on the cards here… :) Probably blown out again later on.

PV – A SW flow up to around 4k then it goes East. Winds are light up there on the change so it should be sweet. Very high climbs expected with KArdoesie showing 8k from 2 onwards. Watch out for the strong sea breeze moving in from around 16/17:00… 15-20kts then! ;)

Wilderness – Another SE day like yesterday but it does get blown out early. Also another low level “jet” so this is capping the climbs making for those frustrating stuff of strong wind but not getting very high… ;) Sedge showing 11 clock climbs to just shy of 3k but the wind very east already at that time… Maybe a bench-up at Gerrickes early on…

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs also to around 3k… But more SE blowing there too compared to yesterday…

PE and PA – Very strong East to NE winds here with 30kts at times…

EL – NE winds all day and super strong at times… 30kts plus!

Inland – A light wind start with a sweet morning of SE flow but then late afternoon sees the wind picking up again toe 20kts SE in many places….  

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:29 and setting at 18:58 (Day length is 13 hrs and 29 min!!) A light SE start but strong in the afternoon. Another perfect day for forest and beach walks. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 





(31 October 2020) 
Day 219 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! And do we have some awesome people in our group! Well done to Rouberre and Theunis for smashing the GR and Serpentine site records with incredible flights yesterday. 137 and 161km respectively (That’s as the crow flies!) more than 6 and half hours in the air and it was sooo cold up there! So kudus to these tough “young” pilots (Well, they are much younger than me anyway!) ;) I will publish more flight details over the days to come so we can all share in this huge paragliding achievement.

Today the SAH still dominating with a wide spread trough inland and the associated CB cells (bread and good rains expected inland from the BW line and eastwards) But to the west it is very good flying. The unstable layer along our coasts still there but much shallower with 2/3k climbs over the coastal plains and a tad more near the mountains. Few Q’s around so a blue day. Stronger SE trend in the wind with 20kts in some places later in the day. Very strong SE around the Peninsula with a more S to SSW swing at PV or more towards Kardoesie. West of the trough line climbs to 10-14k expected in the far north west but that abrupt line of CB’s canning anything to the east. (See graph) Winds remain east all the way to around 10k but then veers to the SE again for a 30/40kts finish up at the Tropopause (See strange upper air winds graph!) IT is NW far inland. Freezing level around 12k…

CT – Very very strong SE winds today all the way up to 3/4k so not much of a wind-shadow shaping up. Again not looking good for flying to be honest…

RB – Another good day on the cards with some strong thermals and high climbs expected (6k!) But probably blown out again later on.

PV – Upper flows are ESE but lower it is southerly. Very strong at 20kts later in the day at PV and very south but at Kardoesie a slight repriev