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The weather and safety outlook for Wednesday 14 April 2021 (Lockdown Day 387)

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

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.

SA isobars at mid day


WC Thermal map 14:00


WC surface winds 10:00


WC surface winds 16:00


WC Climbrates 14:00


WC Cloud base Map 14:00


West coast

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)

PV Spot 14:00 winds


DTK TH graph at 14:00


Southern areas

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! :)

Sedge Spot winds at 12:00

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Uppies Spot winds at 13:00

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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
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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