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The weather outlook for Wednesday 19 February 2020

Epic Swartberg flying!


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

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH and SAH helping to accelerate the wind around the southern parts of a trough and low running down the west coast. A few coastal fog patches around west and south coasts but in general looking like a good day for flying in most places. The boundary layer varied again with 1-2k near the coast, around 4/5k at the first mountain ranges then climbing quickly to 10-13k further inland. Winds are SE along the coast but N to NW inland and higher up. A 90kts finish NW at the Tropopause.

CT – A light moderate SW day around LH and SH with instability to around 2k initially. Looks good all day – some winds at CP but it seems to curl around the Peninsula sweetly.

RB – It just doesn’t seem to kick into gear here all day long.

PV – A sweet west wind 5kts going SW later mostly 5-10kts but a few spots showing 15kts. Clmbs around 4k but the convergence looks to be setting up between Picketberg and Dassies from 14:30 moving slightly northwards to Bumpy by 16:00 with climbs in here perhaps as high as 8k… NW winds higher up. Some awesome Q’s out in the Cederberg today…

Wilderness – A rather misty start but it should clear up nicely with light SSE winds initially gong more SE later on. Sedge and Serps might offer something early to late morning with climbs to 1000’. Buffs will be excellent from early I think. And Map showing some promise late morning but then dying again for the afternoon according to one of my Apps. ;)

Plett – Very similar to the Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs early to 1500 but SSE winds but then dropping quickly to a 1000 and less… Keurbooms too much east in it.

PE and PA with strong E to NE winds around 30kts.

Inland – light N winds that will trend to the NW later with the south winds penetrating as far as Oudshoorn late afternoon. For the rest it is looking like a cracking flying day out there with some great Q’s between 10-13k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:08 and setting at 19:19. (Day length is 13 hrs 11 min)  A light SE morning but picking up in the mid afternoon with a chance of rain. A fairly strong swell so be careful of strong rip currents and beach washes. So get out early and get those toes wet! ;) High tide at 1:12, low tide at 07:19, high at 13:28, Low tide at 19:50. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warmish 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))


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
CT – Cape Town
CP – Cape Point
GR - Garden Route
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
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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