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The weather outlook for Monday 26 2020 (Lockdown Day 214)

SA isobars at mid day


WC Cloudbase at 14:00

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WC thermal map 14:00

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climbs rate and shear ratio for WC at 14:00

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Rain mid day

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CT surface winds at 13:00

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GR surface winds at 12:00


EC surface winds at 13:00

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Inland surface winds 15:00

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

Day 214 of lockdown

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

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

RB – Too much west in it today I think…

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

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

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

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

EL – As above! lol

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

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


Wild2Fly weather report Acronym sheet

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


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