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The weather and safety outlook for Sunday 16 January 2022 (Lockdown Day 662)

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

Day 662 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The interior trough and Cold Front along the western parts affecting the WC weather today. Not as hot as yesterday but still some spots in the mid thirties in the little Karoo. Lots of clouds around still with base low along the coats – including some fog patches in the southern and western parts. Base rises further inland with 12k along the GE. CB’s active around here in the ate afternoon but frequent in the east. It is not as wide spread as yesterday. The wind is all SW along the southern parts except for the far east where the NE is still in play. The west coast is all W winds with a more southerly in the southern interior and then west in the far north. Winds go Nw from around 6/7k then west from 15k and then a more WSW at the Tropopause for a 40-50kts finish up there. Freezing level around 17 in the western parts today!


SA isobars at mid day


Rain midday


WC surface winds 13:00


Cloud base heights 13:00


Thermal map 13:00


Climb rates mid day


West and southern parts

CT – A typical Cold Front cloudy day start but it does look like there will be partial lifting and clearing during the day with the promise then of good flying. The winds are all NW around 15kts. The main ranges with a cloudy start too and NW to W during the day. Maybe a bit breezy… See Spot.

RB – A WWB is out day.

PV – A sweet day form the looks  of it with 5knt W winds for most of the day. Climbs to 4/5k mostly but the convergence setting up north of Dassies with Bumpy and into the valley around 15:00 climbs to 7k possible. Follow the clouds! ;) See spot!

Wilderness – A light SW form the forecasts with light soaring on the coasts maybe but Serps and Sedge the better spots to be. Perhaps up to 1500ft climbs around – the SW winds trending S in the afternoon. But it should be flyable for most of the day fro m the looks of things. ;) See Spot

Plett – a superb day for Keurbooms according to the apps with the mid day period the best. Uppies showing promise too.

PE and PA – Fresh SW winds here moderating at times so ML a good option. PA going NE in the late afternoon.

EL – Strong NE all day!

Inland – Southerly winds in the south that goes more W further north. Base rosing to around 12k over the GE with some CB’s around in the late afternoon. The CB’s start early in the east. A good day for flying in the west. (see rain/cloud map).

For Wilderness -  Sunrise was at 5:35 and setting at 19:43 – day length 14:08. Low at 8:51, high tide at 14:58. A light SW all day. Perfect for flying, coffee and cake including getting closer to God. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :),


PV Spot winds 14:00


Bumpy convergence at 15:00


DTK Spot


Uppies Spot

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Garden Route wind at 12:00

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Sedge Spot

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Wild2Fly weather report Acronym sheet

IOH – Indian Ocean High Pressure System
SAH – Southern Atlantic High Pressure system
LSH - Lesotho High Pressure System
B/S - Boyancy Shear ration
CB - Charlie Bravo, Aviation term for Thunderstorms
CT – Cape Town
CP – Cape Point
CATS - Clear Air Turbulence
GR - Garden Route
EL - East London
GE - Great Escarpment
LR – Lapse Rate
LH – Lions Head
SH – Signal Hill
SLP – Sir Lowries Pass
FB – False Bay
FH - Franschoek
RB - Rondebossie
PV – Porterville
PB - Picketberg
CP – CarPark
BH – Beach Hotel
WC – Western Cape
PE – Port Elizabeth
PA – Port Alfred
WWB - Wrong Way Bob
W – West
OD - Over development
Q's - Cumulous clouds
SW – South West
WSW – West South West etc

If I have missed anything let me know.


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