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The weather and safety outlook for Saturday 24 July 2021 (Lockdown Day 488)

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

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!

 

SA isobars at mid day

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Rain mid day

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Freezing levels

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WC surface winds 13:00

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West and southern parts

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! :)

 

DTK Spot wind 14:00

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Sedge Spot wind at 12:00

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Garden Route wind 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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