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Last few days reports

(14 April 2021) 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.

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)

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! :)

 

 

 






(13 April 2021) 
Day 386 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The weak Southern Systems allowing the interior trough and northerly air to move far to the west and east – bringing that good soaring weather into striking distance of some of the sites today. A bumpy peak convergence setting up with climbs doable to 10k today. Further inland some very high Q’s with base around 14k. All W to NW winds out there. No rain expected anywhere. The coastal areas still those seawards fag-patches with morning and afternoon increased movement towards the coast. Weak and stable climbs and air near those. S to SE trend in the south, east in the east and more W to SW along the west coast. From 3k the winds go NW trending west and from 14k it goes back to the NW for a 60kts finish.

CT – A strong inversion once again with westerly trend. Southerly on the surface and more west above the inversion. Light winds with local acceleration of 15kts at times. Looks like some Southerly push in the late afternoon with an increase in wind but perhaps also some low cloud from that. The main mountains better flying with a NW trend, later a lower SW will push through. Some strong bits higher up. Climbs to 5k around DTK but it gets better further north. (See DTK TH graph)

RB – Again a low inversion and light SSW wind day here for the most part…

PV – A much stronger day compared to yesterday. From 14 onwards there is a distinct convergence setting up from Bumpy into the valley with climbs to 10k possible. Just watch those upper winds which will drift you back at over 20kts up there during the active period! (See Spot!) Some increased surface winds too so be careful of getting pined on the mountain 15kts expected with possible stronger spots from 14:00 onwards in a few areas… Elsewhere climbs to 7k also on the cards. (See Spot)

Wilderness – Another foggy coastal patchy day. Perhaps during mid day some clearing around Sedge for flying there… But another weak day with 5kts or less winds along the coast. Sedge maybe (if it is open here) allowing climbs to 700ft ASL. lol Buffs could be a nice surprise today – looks like a bit of a SE wind there with the mid day time period getting to soarable strengths… ;)

Plett – It is looking bleak here today! Lol ;) (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – A light wind start but then the SE to E winds will pickup for the day. Perhaps reaching 15kts or just over at times.

EL – As above but with more ENE. :)

Inland – The GE areas with super high and cool Q’s around today. That is where we should be today for a last season long distance flights… Closer to the coasts its very stable with weak and low climbs. The SB ranges and the Kamanasie ranges showing lift to over 10k. Good flying for prop thingies to the south but get up early if you are to the north before the thermals start. The sea breeze pushing through Oudtshoorn at 16:00 with over 25kts.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:51 and setting at 18:09 – day length 11:18. Low tide is at 10:10 and High tide at 16:32. 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! :)

 

 

 





(12 April 2021) 
Day 385 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Sedge once again surprising us yesterday with an hour of sweet flying. Today looking not a good but we live in hope! ;) The SAH to the west and the IOH to the east dominating with a light mood – the inland trough active with NW winds and some Q’s with good soaring and climbs to around 12k. But the HP systems having had enough time over the last few days to really dampen the instability along the coastal plains with poor thermals and iffy flying conditions. Fag patches once again especially along the southern coastal areas and increasing their encroachment along the coast in the afternoon. Winds Easterly in the east and the more S to SE around the CP corner with a S to SW component along the west coast. From 3k the wind trends NW then at 14 it is west and continuous with the backing to the SW from 20k to the Tropopause.

CT – A light wind, shallow inversion SE day with a biiig wind-shadow. Some fog patches around but most should not get near the coast. The main mountains with a tad more instability with DTK looking to the best in the area if you are desperate for some flying. (See DTK TH graph)

RB – A low inversion and light SW wind day here for the most part…

PV – Another even weaker day with a NW start backing to the SW later in the day. Climbs to the mountain tops if you are lucky. Lol. 5-10kts wind at most. (See Spot)

Wilderness – A lesser day compared to yesterday… hm… Those fag patches really messing things up a bit I think but maybe a small smidgeon of a window around mid day/lunchtime at Sedge again. But I am not hopeful at all to be honest… lol

Plett – Only a little bit better at Uppies with the coast very light winds… ;) (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – A light wind start but then the east will start to dominate as the IOH works its dominance in the area… Maybe up to 15kts in a few spots.

EL – As above but with more ENE. :)

Inland – Another sweet light wind start but more westerly winds dominating from the SB and northwards from there…. Some big skies to the north again with climbs and some Q’s to 12k… To the south the W to S winds increasing in the west up to 20kts in some spots. In the SE the SE winds dominating. Weak thermal activity in the south so good flying for prop thingies.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:50 and setting at 18:20 – day length 11:20. Low tide is at 9:54 and High tide at 16:05 and low again at 21:58. 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! :)

 

 

 








(11 April 2021) 
Day 384 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH domination a bit stronger with the inland trough still pumping sweet high bases just north of the GE today. More stable along the coastal regions – west and southerly coasts – with a southerly trend. Still some fag patches around but with a bit of luck you will not be covered by these and be able to get your wings out at least! ;) Climbs between 1 and 2k in general along the plains, at the first mountains it does go up a tad 3 maybe 4k but the inland ranges going progressively more 6-8k along the deeper Cederbergs and SB ranges while its 13/14k in the far north! Join Josh out there! ;) Winds all go NW from 5/6k upwards then at 18k W all the way for a W 70/80kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A beautiful day with high cirrus around and a light to mod SE wind of 15kts. Inversion at 1k with lighter winds and east trend above. SO a sweet wind-shadow day all day long. The main ranges with weak climbs to 3k or maybe just above. The SE creeping in from the south so just watch those southerly areas (FH and SLP) (See DTK TH graph)

RB – Another possible day with the afternoon the better time I think.

PV – A weak day with low climbs – just above the mountain ranges for the most part. Light SW winds with a southerly trend in places later on. Again the sea breeze not really making it in here later on. (See Spot)

Wilderness – I was hoping for a better day compared to yesterday but perhaps not. Probably similar with ups and downs all day. Looks like two peaks coming in – 12:30 and 14:30. Southerlies – up to 750 asl but a patch here and there to 1k. The coast too soft for anything exciting going on. So lets see what happens. ;)

Plett – Again a bit better than Sedge but still nothing to get excited about. ;) (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Another light SW start to the day with the wind backing to the S and SSE later on. IT remains light with 10kts in a few spots. Maybe some light rain too.

EL – As above but with a SE in the afternoon later in the day. :)

Inland – Another sweet light wind day in the south but fresh north of the GE. Later on the South will move in to north of the SB ranges with the mountain tops going over 20kts in a few places. Still sweet for the propellor thingies. North of the GE its high bases and amazing soaring conditions for this time of the year.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:49 and setting at 18:11 – day length 11:22. Low tide is at 9:30 and High tide at 15:38 and low again at 21:33. 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! :)

 

 

 


 




(10 April 2021) 
Day 383 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! So while we have been sitting ducks on the hill in the fog, Josh went to the north into that big sky air and flew an amazing 181km the day before! Here’s his track log. Lekker Josh! :) https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Josh/8.4.2021/10:56?fbclid=IwAR11gf95c90ddTYA2iic4-rWXiV1lGlAG6OX7L2QVFdghnmtHw66CCNPu4g

For today that SAH still hanging around with weak pressure gradients and only the inland trough with a bit of meat in it – some fresh westerlies expected inland north of the SB ranges. To the south and along the coasts its all light southerly flows with perhaps a 10kts here and there. Still lingering fog patches around all the coastal areas with partial clearing during the day. Instability around 1-2k along the coastal plains then a slow rise over the first ranges perhaps 4k with only from the SB ranges rising to 8k and of course northwards from there the westerly airmass with higher climbs and a few lost Q’s late afternoon around 13/14k. Winds are all WNW above the inversion then at 30k it is more west with a 70/80kts finish at the Tropopause

CT – Again some fog patches around, especially to the west – most will burn off leaving a sweet day but with a S to SW wind component. Inversion rising to TM hight during the best part of the day. The main mountains still looking best with some flying around DTK and northwards. FH looking good until around 15:00 when the SE might creep over the back. Maybe even HM if the gof goes away. (See DTK TH graph)

RB – Another possible day like yesterday - It could work here with 10-15kts so probably a bit light but you never know unless you go! ;)

PV – Another very mild flying day with climbs to 3/4k today. Again light winds starting W going SW. The sea breeze not really making it in here later on. (See Spot)

Wilderness – Looks like a similar day to yesterday today – mild climbs at Sedge but I think Serps could be even better. Later in the afternoon some low Q’s moving in that could signal some sweet flying too… Very light along the coast though with a few fag patches out to sea – some could touch the coast now and then…

Plett – Uppies looking better than Sedge at least but still weak and low! ;) (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – A sweet light wind day in the whole area with only a bit of SE in the afternoon from the east.

EL – As above but with a SE in the afternoon later in the day. :)

Inland – A light wind in the south day but fresh from the SB ranges and northwards. Mostly west winds to the north 20kts plus at times. Blue day with maybe a few lost high Q’s late in the afternoon. To the south things are sweet for propellor thingies. The S to SE winds picking up over some of the southerly mountain tops in the afternoon.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:49 and setting at 18:13 – day length 11:24. Low tide is at 9:04 and High tide at 15:11 and low again at 21:08. Another sweet maybe misty but mostly sunny light day good for doing everything and anything! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 

 






(9 April 2021) 
Day 382 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating though weakly in most areas – its also pushing in a CF that should reach CT by end of day. Its pretty weak so don’t expect much rain. Similar conditions today compared to yesterday along the coasts but for less fog patches – which is encouraging. Still low climbs and very stable air around with less than 1k along the southern coastal areas, a tad more near the mountains. More to the north but even there its still weak and not that great until we reach the norther side of the GE. Here the west wind is breezy and there’s some better climbs out here – though a blue day compared to yesterday and lots of high cirrus around in most places. Winds go WNW form around 4k upwards with a SW trend from 18k and a SW 50/60kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Some fog patches around which should burn off leaving a sweet day with a working wind-shadow. The main mountains still looking best with some flying around DTK and northwards. There is a SE from around 3/4k upwards so just keep that in mind. (See DTK TH graph)

RB – It could work here with 10-15kts so probably a bit light but you never know unless you go! ;)

PV – Another mild flying day with climbs to 3k today. Again light winds SSW and later some 10kts plus moving onto PV around 17/18:00

Wilderness – Another foggy start but it does seem to be less compared to yesterday. Light winds with Sedg still the go to spot of the local area… Climbs less than 1k but maybe a moment for some flying. (I would consider visiting Louvain today with light S winds on the cards and climbs there to 3/4k possible) ;)

Plett – Uppies looking better than Sedge at least! ;) (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Again light winds start but then the onshore SE flow will start and maybe those ocean cliffs will become playable again.

EL – As above but with a SW start going more S during the day. :)

Inland – Another amazing start with light winds everywhere and some low cloud initially. Even later in the day the afternoon the winds look to be light to moderate southerly. To the far north the W winds still dominating but with no Q’s expected. Lots of high cirrus though… a good day for propeller thingies.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:48 and setting at 18:14 – day length 11:26. Low tide is at 8:36 and High tide at 14:41 and low again at 20:40. Another sweet misty light day good for doing everything and anything! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 

 








(8 April 2021) 
Day 381 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Sedge pulled a rabbit out the hat yesterday afternoon with sweet sweet flying after a long morning of mist and cross winds – just rewards for those that waited! Today the SAH still dominating with the inland trough still showing us up with epic inland flying. The pressure gradients weak so light winds in most places. The southern coastal areas still plagued with the coastal fog – perhaps more today than yesterday! Mainly a southerly wind trend. Those inversions also lower and deeper – 1-2k along the coastal areas and just 3/4k along the first mountain ranges. Only past the GE does things become amazing with Q’s and great climbs to 12/13k. Westerly winds out there. Winds remain light with a west trend above the inversion. From 10k it backs more SW with a WSW finish at the tropopause of 50kts.

CT – Another beautiful wind-shadow day. A strong inversion starting just above the 1k mark. The main mountains looking sweet with W to SW winds and climbs to 4k. Probably the best places to be. FH offering a mid day upwind window to go play in… ;) Also FH a  See DTK Spot.

RB – Perhaps another afternoon of soaring on the cards… ;)

PV – A weak flying day with climbs to 4k at most – the convergence very far north with a chance of climbs to 5k here but its more over the PB ranges) Light winds with a S trend later on. KD the best spot probably.

Wilderness – Another foggy start with a southerly trend in the wind. Again the best bet of waiting at Sedge for those gaps and hopefully getting some airtime. ;) Perhaps 1k climbs if it works.

Plett – Looking less wind here today with fog over the ocean and adjacent areas. Not the best of days but maybe you could get something at Uppies to satisfy that ich… (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – A light wind start but then the onshore SE flwo will dominate with perhaps 15kts at times. So unless the fog  stops play maybe those ocean cliffs could work.

EL – As above but just a tad less in the wind department. :)

Inland – Another amazing start with light winds everywhere. To the far north the W winds dominates and is quite fresh today – more than yesterday. Good soaring skies to the north but the south very stable and a good day for propeller thingies.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:47 and setting at 18:15 – day length 11:28. Low tide is at 8:02 and High tide at 14:08 and low again at 20:09. Another sweet light day good for doing everything and anything! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 

 






(7 April 2021) 
Day 380 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH with light dominance around the WC today while a sweet trough brings super cool flying in the interior. Pretty stable around the coastal plains with 2-3k climbs but a bit more on the mountains with 5-6k there. Few clouds around the south but sweet stuff north of the GE with high base around 13k. NW to W winds out there while the eastern parts of the coast shows SW flows and SE in the west. In general it is much lighter than yesterday so a sweet day ahead of us I think. The wind goes west from 6/7k upwards ad backs to the SW at the Tropopause for 60-70kt finish.

CT – A beautiful wind-shadow day with pleasant flying I think. A strong inversion starting just above the 1k mark. The main mountains again good with a deep enough SW flow to get up in but a SE trend higher up. I tis light though so should be ok. See DTK Spot.

RB – Looking like a sweet afternoon of soaring to me… ;)

PV – A more southerly and stable day with climbs to 4/5k at the most. The strong SSW winds not getting into the valley by end of the day so that is a bonus. ;) (See spot!)

Wilderness – A bit of a coastal low to the SE of us bringing some low clouds (fog perhaps) in parts. Maybe enough SW for some early soaring along the coast otherwise Sedge could be good from mid day onwards – the morning with quite a bit of west in it so not that great there I think. Perhaps 1k climbs?

Plett – Keurbooms looking to be good as the SW goes more Southerly around mid day. Uppies with some climbs to maybe 3k? (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – A light SW start with the winds touching at 20kts. IT moderates again later in the day…

EL – As above but just a tad more in the SW department…. :)

Inland – An amazing start with light winds everywhere except perhaps in the far east. It is light southerlies in most places but W north of the GE – and this is where the sweet flying is to be had today – a last seasonal day for going very far! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:46 and setting at 18:16 – day length 11:30. Low tide is at 7:20 and High tide at 13:27 and low again at 17:31. A sweet day for doing everything! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 

 






(6 April 2021) 
Day 379 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF effects still lingering on as the IOH pushes in that cool moist air onto the southern parts – still that shallow layer of misty weather with things going northerly from around 4/5k upwards. Its not as ad as yesterday so some partial clearing taking place during the course of the day. The western parts of course in stark contrast with beautiful sunny westerly winds and great flying around the Swartland valley. CT just on the edge of the change of things but most of the bad stuff to the S and SE from there. The inland areas with N to West winds in the west and good flying for today. The winds eventually going West from 10k upwards with a 30/40kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A beautiful wind-shadow day here with the SE very shallow and it is NE to N above that in the morning with a bit more NW later on. So perhaps one could get above that shallow SE and get onto Africa Face or the 12 Apostles with some luck… The main mountains also good with the NW to SW later dominating – the SE is more on the east of the mountains it seems. See DTK Spot.

RB – Too light and for the wrong direction … ;)

PV – A very nice day here today with climbs to 6k in most spots. Winds are light W for the most part and only very late in the afternoon a bit more of a push from the SW. (See spot!)

Wilderness – Another cloudy foggy start but there is some hope for a little bit of clearing to take place. Unfortunately when it does the winds are picking up strong too. Hhhmmm… Looks like a small window between 9 and 10 for a flight at Map – just when the wind goes form E to SE… ( Another day to wait for the sun to go around the planet one more time… ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness! (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – A light SE start to the day but then the East picks up – stronger in the west than the east. 20-30kts in some spots.

EL – As above but actually with less wind to the east!

Inland – Winds are E to SE in the south with soe 20kts spots later in the day. North of the GE it is all westerly winds around 10kts only. Some very good flying ou there with beautiful Q’s in most places…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:46 and setting at 18:18 – day length 11:32. Low tide is at 6:17 and High tide at 12:26 and low again at 18:40. Another perfect wet forest walk day or book reading in those coffee shops! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 







(5 April 2021) 
Day 378 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! As if symbolic – He has risen – we ended up rising to great hieghts over Sedgefield with some amazing flying yesterday! Even the hangies were skying out! ;) What a blessing to be living here! Today the CF has the entire southern parts in its cooler and rainy grip as the SAH pushes in the moist air form the south – it is not that deep with the SE flow going W again from around 7k and upwards, but enough depth and moisture for some sweet precipitation to happen.IT looks like this is here for the day with strong SE winds along the southern coast and rain all the way to other-side of the SB ranges. (In the far north the rest of the country is having a super good soaring day btw) CT with strong SE winds and the clouds clearing on the west coast dissipating to the north. The winds above 7k remains W all the way to the Tropopause with a 50kts finish up there.

CT – Strong SE wind day with good depth in the wind layer so not much of a wind-shadow chance shaping up. Even the main mountains are plagued by the strong SE flows and you need to go all the way to the north fo the Saron mountain to get the SSW wind curling in for some flying today… See spot for RB.

RB – It could be another sweet day – a bit strong in the afternoon but maybe it holds… ;)

PV – A nice day here I think with light mod SSW winds and the strong SSW only getting here late in the afternoon – after 17:00. Q’s around with climbs to 4/5k even in a few spots. Great day to amble to the north… (See spot!)

Wilderness – A cloudy foggy and rainy day with strong SE winds. We are hoping for a small gap or window in the morning at Map but at this stage it does not look like it. Its strong higher. Hhmm… Sometime you have to wait for the sun to go around the planet one more time… ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness! (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – The SE winds dominating here too with the strong onshore flow also setting up the scene for rain. All day… 10-20kts SE winds.

EL – As above!

Inland – The S to SE winds all the way inland to the GE where it veers to the W. Rain in the south with low clouds around. (See map) A good coffee day unless you are very far to the NE. ;) lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:45 and setting at 18:19 – day length 11:34. High tide is at 10:43 and Low tide 17:20. A perfect wet forest walk day or book reading in those coffee shops! But do go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 






(4 April 2021) 
Day 377 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! He has risen today! And may it be a great blessing to you all. :) So yesterday all the site predictions were completely opposite! Lol. For today a big cold front sweeping up towards the WC, pushed along by the SAH. Late afternoon will see some light rain along the SW parts of the WC, spreading during the night to the rest of the region. CT with low clouds during most of the morning with partial clearing later on. To the far east the IOH still dominating with the NE winds along the coast but these will be retreating to the east in the afternoon as the SW spreads up that side too. Inland a W flow with some high base in the mid afternoon along the GE (13k) otherwise clouds confined to the southern areas form the CF influx. Winds SW to W inmost places. From 5k upwards it is all W winds with a 50kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A foggy cloudy start but mid morning base should be around TM top or just below. A S to SW day with some stronger bits around the corners. The main mountains with SW going S flow. Some flying doable and some good Q’s out in the valley and flats form the looks of it. See spot for DTK!

RB – It could be a sweet late afternoon flight day. ;)

PV – It looks like a very southerly day with just a smidgeon of W in it. Still some flying to be had – just don’t scratch too close to the little hill. Perhaps Kardoesie a better option. (See spot!)

Wilderness – All things considered it doesn’t look too bad. A light SW day so Serps and Sedge the places to be with climbs to just over 1k possible. Clouds moving in from lunchtime. Perhaps the coast will be too light. Map could be foefyable in the late morning with enough S in it here…;)

Plett – It actually looks really sweet for here with good climbs ta Uppies for a change – 3k and nice winds from the S to SW. Even Keurbooms could deliver from late morning into the early afternoon before the winds go too west. (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Another offshore and light wind start to the day but then the SW will start to dominate and move in.

EL – A NE wind start that will lighten up and change to the SW in the afternoon…

Inland – Light SW to W winds in the morning. Then the Southerly pushing hard in the afternoon with 20-30kts over the tops of the southern ranges. It reaches all the way to the GE. High clouds along the GE in the mid afternoon making us drool for that soaring. lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:44 and setting at 18:20 – day length 11:36. High tide is at 8:47 and Low tide 15:24. A light wind from the west start going SW during the day. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 







(3 April 2021) 
Day 376 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! What a sweet day at Sedge yesterday! Awesome for those that made it. :) Today the IOH dominating in the east with the SAH on the west with both systems fairly weak. Light winds along the west coast with some low clouds/fog out to sea. Early morning low clouds in many inland spots all of which should burn off during the course of the morning with the exception of the far eastern coastal areas. The southern coast areas with an easterly flow – a few spots with up to 15kts or just a tad more. Inland winds are light NE to NW. Some instability far inland still remaining but near the coast its less than 100ft climbs. Winds go NE to NW from 3k up and then backs to the SW from 10k with a 30/40kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A light W to SW flow with very stable air near the coast. IT looks like a SW trend around H and SH but still very stable indeed. Some low clouds out to sea which should dry out before it gets to land. The mountains looking completely the opposite. Light west winds with climbs to 5k. You could explore around the mountains today… See spot for DTK!

RB – A light frustrating west to SW day here… ;)

PV – A sweet sweet day here with light westerly winds to start off with the fresh SW only popping in very late in the afternoon from 17:00 onwards it seems. 15kts then. Climbs in the mid afternoon to 5k. Light winds high up too… :) (See spot!)

Wilderness – A easter flow with very stable conditions along the coastal plains – despite yesterdays sweet instability that saw very buoyant air even in the overcast. If you can try and go to DuToits for some sweet thermal flying with 5k climbs for almost the whole day. Map should be maintainable for the afternoon but from 17:00 there is a distinct east flow going NE soon after. I think Gerickes is the spot with a morning bench-up as soon as it is on. And then you could go to Buffs for soaring from 10 onwards with a chance of it getting almost blown out by 12! ;)

Plett – Again a stable day here with Keurbooms perhaps some extended foefies (or you could stay up a bit. Its also an east trend here… (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – An offshore start to the day but then the east winds will doainte with some spots reaching 20kts or even more…

EL – Similar to above…

Inland – Early morning clouds that will burn off with light NE to N winds. Trending to the NW later on. Some stronger spots early over the bigger mountains. No clouds expected. Sweet thermals over the bigger ranges with DuToits my local spot of the day. Climbs to 5k very doable with a light NNW trend.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:43 and setting at 18:22 – day length 11:38. High tide is at 7:32 and Low tide 13:52. An offshore start then going east with a light SE later in the day. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 






(2 April 2021) 
Day 375 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH and SAH still hanging around with that weak bean shape (ridge) around the CP from east to west, with loads of clouds and some rain along the southern parts of the WC. Winds still pretty light everywhere with a few exceptions – the southern west coast and the extreme NE areas where the trough is very active with high bases and strong NW winds. The southern cloudiness dries towards the north of the SB ranges and up the west coast from Stellies northwards. Some upper instability from the central GR southern Karoo and eastwards with deep developing clouds. This should start to clear during the day. The winds are light all the way up to around 4/5k where it goes NW then backs to the WSW from 10k upwards with a 90kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A fresh SE with base around or just below TM top height. Not much of a shadow day with the SE 20kts with 15k still up at TM top height. All day by the looks of things. The main mountains much better, with some convergence along the Groot Drakenstein ranges at Stellies by lunch time (base looks near 6k then!) but more moderate at DTK. (See spot)

RB – Looks like a great afternoon could be up here!… ;)

PV – A bit of a SSW day with climbs to just over 4k in general. Not the best from the looks of things. Perhaps north of Kardoesie the wind is more up! :) (See spot!)

Wilderness – A rainy morning again but it looks like a specific pulse of southerly winds popping through at 13:00 with about one to two hours at most of good flying. You could be at Map, the Hotel, CP, PR or Sedge and at that time it should all be good! ;) So keep tabs of the rain and the offshore winds suddenly changing from lunchtime onwards for a bit of fun. :))

Plett – Hhhmmm not as good as Wilderness area at all. More clouds and more rain… (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – SW winds with rain for most fo the day – perhaps clearing from the west later on. 10-20kts…

EL – Similar to above but a tad stronger and rain remaining…

Inland – Lots of clouds around all the way past the SB ranges but with light winds. Lots of wet grounds around so some sweet propeller flying conditions for the most part. Light thermals if any. Winds very light during the morning but from lunch time the southerly will pickup with a 20kt finish in some spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:43 and setting at 18:23 – day length 11:40. High is at 6:38 and Low tide 12:34. High again at 19:10. Do you feel winter is here! ;) Another light moderate S day with a slight chance of some light rain. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(1 April 2021) 

Day 374 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! So I was going to do that April fools weather forecast but…

The SAH warping into a bean around the southern tip of Africa – ridging it seems – with wide spaced isobars supposedly with light to moderate winds in most places. Though for the far interior and west coast this is not true. Strong SSE winds along the west coast and Westerlies north of the GE expected. Some CB activity in the central eastern parts – again along a line past Middelburg and Tarkastad region. Rain for the morning along the southern coastal areas and extending into the interior scattered to even north of the SB ranges. This will clear during the course of the day. Winds are light N above 5k in the south but fresh in the far interior – trending NW to 14k where it backs to the SW for a 70kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A few early morning showers possible but clearing quickly and the SE winds settle to 4k. Not the best conditions for the wind-shadow to shape up I think with up to 25kts in the afternoon, moderating from 3k upwards only. The main ranges doable in the morning I think but the SE also moving in here from mid day so be watchful. Its worse in the south but improves to the north. (See DTK Spot)

RB – Looks like a fantastic day for flying out here!… ;)

PV – A light wind start with westerly flows trending a bit SW later on. Some Q’s around but most will burn of after mid day especially to the north. Some climbs around to 4/5k at best around SkerpHeuwel north of Kardoesie. (See spot convergence for there at 15:00).

Wilderness – A rainy morning but supposedly clearing. Winds is light S to start of with (but calm in the Wilderness corner) Map looks like it will improve later in the afternoon for some flying there and lo and behold Sedge Spot says we are going to fly even during the morning with a S wind and climbs to 2k!? Well, I would love to see that. :) Aprils fool!? Hehehe…

Plett – Plett looking not as good as the Wilderness area. Maybe Keurbooms might have something around mid day before it goes too east… (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – It is SW winds all day here but moderating nicely and backing a tad to the S later in the day.

EL – Similar to above but a tad stronger…

Inland – The CF effects all over with some lingering rain in the southern areas till mid dayish. Winds are southerly here going SE in the afternoon. To the far north around BW it is NW going W 20kts. CB’s building in a wide area in the eastern interior. (See map) Nice flying along the southern coast around Wilderness area…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:42 and setting at 18:24 – day length 11:48. Low tide 11:44 and High tide at 17:37. I can feel winter is on its way! ;) Another light moderate S day going SE later. Rain clearing. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(31 March 2021) 
Day 373 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH driving in behind the CF causing a general SW flow along the southern parts and more W to NW further inland. Rain along the SW parts of the WC spreading slightly to the eastern parts by late afternoon – will be in Wilderness in the late afternoon early evening. So low clouds in the SW but rising quickly to the NE. Some CB activity form the prefrontal and trough inland combination around the Middelburg area. Some strong bits around with 20kts plus in a few spots. Notably difference is the early morning in the little Karoo around Oudtshoorn and to the south but this too changes later in the day. Winds go NW from 6k upwards all over with a 50-100kt finish in the late afternoon at the Tropopause.

CT – Rain from the morning until later in the afternoon – some partial clearing with the winds from the S to SW so not wind-shadow and could be tricky. Some southern spots could be cool though… The main ranges too clagged in but it does clear further to the North. (See DTK Spot)

RB – A WWB day!… ;)

PV – It is a westerly day with low clouds from the south but to the north is sweetly clear with some high Q’s. Fly Kardoesie and go North to Skerpheuwel. (See spot convergence for there at 15:00).

Wilderness – Another prefrontal day with similar stuff to yesterday at Sedge but a tad better – watch the stronger upper winds later in the day that will bring some mixing and shear. Around 1000k climbs. Looks like the low clouds and rain moving in from 17:00 onwards but some Apps don’t show this. Light wind start with a SW trend in the afternoon but S in the morning for the Wilderness area.

Plett – Hhhmmm similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing morning climbs to 4k! Maybe Keurbooms might offer something at mid day too. Nothing too strong in winds with the strong upper stuff only for very late afternoon. (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – It is SW winds all day here pretty moderate with few places over 20kts it seems…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Strong NW winds north of the GE but SW to the south of that. CB’s moving south from the north to end around Middelburg and Tarkastad late afternoon. Winds in that area southerly over 20kts. A good morning of flying but later it gets very strong…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:41 and setting at 18:26 – day length 11:45. Low tide 11:44 and High tide at 17:37. I can feel winter is on its way! ;) Another light moderate S day going SW later. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(30 March 2021) 
Day 372 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF approaching CT while the inland trough is going off! And the IOH dominating with strong NE winds in the eastern coastal regions. High bases inland along the trough region with super duper good flying – one could go far today from west of Uppington down towards BW and beyond. NW winds out there and base around 15k. Along the west coast its all foggy and bad with NW going W winds. Inland though the clouds evaporate with some good flying around the Swartland valley and CT mountains. The southern coastal areas with a slight moving Coastal low and SW winds moving up towards the GR area. Strong in the west but petering out around the Wilderness region. The winds are strong NW from 5k upwards all the way to just before the Tropopause where it backs to the west for a 50k finish.

CT – The fog spoiling all the fun otherwise it could have been and epic 12 apostle day I think. The main mountains clearer with some good flying. Watch the valleys with stronger flows up high with 20kts around 3/4k… (See DTK Spot)

RB – A WWB day!… ;)

PV – It is a NW start going W so a sweet convergence setting up around Bumpy peak into the valley around 15:00. Climbs here might get you to just past 5k. Otherwise its climbs to 4k average. Sweet flying along the ranges here… (See PV Spot)

Wilderness – A tricky day to call with the SW moving up towards the GR but the upper flow influencing the direction around the Wilderness area. The shadow effect causing for frustrating conditions to call with the trend being for the SW to move in but the corner and stronger upper flows might cause more of a westerly trend here. Sedge with climbs to just shy of 1k. Though from after lunch some strengthening of the TOL winds could cause some shear (slightly more bumpy or maybe more than that ;) The coasts probably with a moment or two of some soaring today…

Plett – Hhhmmm similar to Wilderness with Uppies SW and Keurbooms too much west in it. It doesn’t look that good but probably doable for a flight if you really want to get in the air (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – It is strong NE winds here all day long…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Strong NW winds to south of the SB during the morning but the S to SW winds from the south penetrating to the GE region by end of day. Lots of 20kts plus spots. High clouds in the NW airmass with super hot temps inland too. All upper thirties! Maybe not the best day for flying unless you get up super early of are into records! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:40 and setting at 18:27 – day length 11:47. Low tide 10:44 and High tide at 16:56. I can feel winter is on its way! ;) A light moderate W to SW day. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(29 March 2021) 
Day 371 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! So the IOH dominating in the east while another CF is approaching CT from the west with a slight coastal low to the SW of CT. Inland the trough active along the western parts of the interior while there are big CB’s around the Lesotho region. For the coastal regions the Easterly flows causing large scale stability along the coastal regions and close interior with a low inversion and weak climbs. Further inland it does improve with the higher grounds being the better spots. 6/7k over the SB tops, similar in the Cederbergs and then 11/12k north of the GE. Winds NW star trending west up there and then SE to E in the southern interior. The winds all go NW from around 6k then SW from 14k with a 30-50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A chance of fog patches moving in which will put a damper on the flying otherwise it looks like a NW wind here and fairly light. So perhaps its possible for some sweet 12 Apostle flying. The main mountains with Nw starts and then a WSW lower finish. 15kts up there so watch the penetration over some of the bigger ranges. Could be nice out there though… (See DTK Spot)

RB – A WWB day!… ;)

PV – A slow start with NW winds – fairly light all day and the climbs coming from mid day onwards. Some convergence setting up late afternoon around the Bumpy area. Perhaps getting to 6k here… (See PV Spot)

Wilderness – A strong East wind out to sea with the lighter stuff blowing onshore around Wilderness. Perhaps Serps could offer something to play with and drift towards Map. Map is a maybe with light winds on the cards. Best time around mid day but the it looks like the wind line receding and dropping again after that. Hhhmm… A stable day in general around here… (A bench-up at Gerrickes or early Buffs is also on the cards) ;)

Plett – Hhhmmm a very stable day here from the looks of it… (See Uppies Spot) ;)

PE and PA – It is strong NE winds here all day long…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – A sweet day for flying prop thingies – again. ;) Some thermals especially over the bigger ranges but nothing too wild or strong. NW trending west north of the GE with some CB’s in the far east. Clear to the west. Looks like some high Q’s popping in the late afternoon around BW for a wishful thinking finish to the day…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:40 and setting at 18:28 – day length 11:48. Winter is on its way! ;) A sweet start to the day with les wind compared to yesterday. So all in all perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(28 March 2021) 
Day 370 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! So a kick-ass part from last nights Masked signalling the clos of the 2021 Wilderness Paragliding Festival. And would you believe that today it is flyable once more!

The IOH dominating today shaping up ridges along both sides of the country and helping the trough to be more active along the western interior. Winds are all easterly along the southern coasts and more NE to N further inland with a mix along the west coast from SE to NW further north. Few Q’s expected today except for the eastern coastal and adjacent interiors. Some instability around but the rains dampening much of that in the areas where the rain has been falling. Elsewhere it seems pretty pleasant. The wind is all N from 5k upwards continuing to back to the NW at 10k then W at 14k and WSW at 18k for a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – IT looks like a shallow SE up to 2k deep with a light NW above. IT should be a good wind-shadow day but with soe strong SW flows offshore from SH and LH. The main mountains looking okish but the SE pushing through in the late afternoon form the south so be careful there. (See DTK Spot)

RB – A frustrating day I think with light teasing stuff probably… ;)

PV – A light weak day with all that high cirrus dampening things a bit. To the North it is better with Kardoesie and Northwards the best options for late afternoon sweet flying. (See KD Spot)

Wilderness – A strong ESE day expected so get out early if you can. Chances are goo that it will be blown out by 11 (or earlier) but with a bit of luck who knows? Maybe we can fly till 12! Lol ;) Buffs should be good early but it doesn’t seem like enough south early on for Sedge or Gerrickes to be too exciting.

Plett – Also a strong SE day here with nothing too exciting on the cards or worth braving the cross winds at Uppies. ;)

PE and PA – Though it’s a lightish start the E to NE winds will blow and dominate here all day. Lots of cloud around and chances of some rain along the coasts…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – IT actually looks like a brilliant day for prop flying thingies – light moderate NE winds with more east in the east. The SE will move inland faster form the east reaching Graafies by late afternoon. Less to the west.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:39 and setting at 18:30 – day length 11:50. Winter is on its way! ;) A calmer start but it is not going to last long. Strong SE winds a get out early and go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a windy and cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(27 March 2021) 
Day 369 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! A friendly reminder of our masked ball tonight at the Farhills Hotel. Please support this last event of the Wilderness Paragliding Festival and join in the fun!

 

https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Josh/25.03.2021/09:31

Remember those super hot days two days ago? Well Josh went to Kardoesie and went straight over the back, over the Cederberg mountains for a awesome 112km flight! Mooi Josh! ;)

The CF all over the WV with a southerly winds trending SW in the east and SSE in the west. Some rain along the southern parts and a tad inland clearing later in the day. Clouds around with base ranging from 4-6k along the west coast and adjacent mountains to 2/3k along the southern coastal areas rising inland with 4-6k towards Oudtshoorn and the SB ranges and 6-8k north of that. The southerly flow penetrating far inland to other side of the borders and remains that way with height with a SW trend from 14k and then a 70-100kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A deep fresh SSE wind with base around 4k. Not the best outlook for a wind-shadow today. Winds around 25kts in the afternoon. The main mountains with a lot of fresh southerly winds so a tricky day to fly. But with the unstable air the experienced pilots could squeeze a flight out towards the north…;)

RB – A sweet looking day here! Go play! See Spot!

PV – Cloudy start that dissipates during the day. Quite a bit of a southerly trend in the flow but flyable none the less. See LD Spot.

Wilderness – A very west start with it gong SW from around 11 onwards. The potential for it being a great flying day if the rain stays away. Probably some showers around the late morning mid day period but a chance of some good coastal flying in the later part of the afternoon.

Plett – Fresh SW winds here with a tad too much west in for Uppies or Keurbooms to be any good. Piesang valley also strong….. (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Blowing SW winds all day here…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Some rain around the bigger mountains with southerly winds. Strong over those big hills with 20kts plus in places. It does moderate later in the afternoon. A mix bag of flying…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:38 and setting at 18:31 – day length 11:53. Winter is on its way! ;) Chance of rain and fresh SW winds but still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(26 March 2021) 
Day 368 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! And what a super duper Wilderness Paragliding Festival this has been! Flying every single day for ten days in a row with sweet socials and awesome people – what more can you ask for? :))

Today the CF moving into the western parts while the IOH is dominating the east. The CF for starters in a very shallow layer with base around 2/3k and tops at 6k but still some rain in and around CT from this morning already. Fresh NW winds that is expected to moderate slightly by end of day especially further north but it remains strong to the south. Some strong prefrontal activity, wave lift over the western mountains and inland with a chance of some CB’s around the southern ranges in the mid afternoon even. Some high cloud bases out there with 12/13k along the SB and even ore further north. Quite a bit of wind around so the thermal index not the best with lots of shear expected – so not the best of soaring forecasts around. Winds are NW from 3k upwards with a 50-70kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Rainy, fresh NW winds (20ks) and low clouds, rising to TM top height in the afternoon. Probably too strong to fly though it could moderate enough by late afternoon/ early evening. The main mountains too strong and with lots of clouds… (See DTK Spot) ;)

RB – Another WWB is out and in full force today I think. ;)

PV – Perhaps some rain but a fresh NW start moderating in the afternoon. Base rising during the day with perhaps some flying in the later afternoon possible. See spot.

Wilderness – A prefrontal day with us smack bang in the middle of the strong NW to the west and strong NE to the east. Its always interesting flying in these conditions that can be excellent to poor. ;) Probably some coastal cliffs play time during the morning with some clouds moving in at around mid day. As things drop Sede could be playful though the spot forecasts are not the best for here – apparently the thermals are not going to be so great. Though we have proven the spot forecast to be wrong on many occasion. I think that as the clouds move in we could get some fun stuff taking us all the way into the white stuff at Sedgefield… ;) There are some very strong winds out to sea though – so do be vigilant and keep a good look out. These often make a pulsing move into the Wilderness coastline which forecasts don’t always pick-up on.

For tomorrow the Cf is here with some rain and fresh WSW winds… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a bit more wind. I think Keurbooms could offer something though some mixing are on the cards making things perhaps not that smooth and easy! (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Blowing NE winds all day here…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – The strong W winds moving in from the west during the course of the day as the CF moves in. Some CB’s expected over the central SB and even the northern parts of the Outenikwas. IT mixing day so not the best of flying conditions out there.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:37 and setting at 18:33 – day length 11:55. (We are accelerating towards winter now – so exciting! Almost time to fly with beanies!) ;) A prefrontal day with lots of action. A strong SW during the day but still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a hot 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(25 March 2021) 
Day 367 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool Wild2Fly people! And would you believe we are having more flying today! This first ever Wilderness Paragliding Festival is turning out to be such a good thing for flying! :))

(Still can not believe we have surpassed 1 year of being under lockdown… (Still shacking of the heads here…)

Another Cf making its way towards the Cape. But for today the IOH dominating our weather today with an active trough along the central to eastern interior with CB activity. However the western trough still some remnants with still persisting high temps and great soaring along the west as the hot temps creates a sweet heat low for cool flying! (No pun intended!) lol (See cloud base map). Winds are fairly light except along the coast where the SE will once again dominate increasing into the afternoon. Lots of clouds around in most areas today. Winds light to moderate southerly inland, a western seabreeze along the west coast, with late afternoon a slight increase in strengths to the south. Winds remain light with height and only from 14k does it pick up to more than 15kts with a 50kt WSW finish at the Tropopasue.

CT – The CF effecting things with the help of a slight coastal low shaping gup and bringing in N to NW winds along the northern Peninsula. To the south the SE still having an influence but the NW should dominate most of the day. So expecting good flying along the northern parts of the Peninsula. The main mountains also looking very good with the Paarl area showing some convergence that will make you have to dodge airspace. ;) (See DTK Spot) ;)

RB – Another WWB is out and in full force today I think. ;)

PV – A hot day with amazing flying I think with the convergence being the hot spot. Just look for the clouds – they will give away the convergence region (See spot) and climbs here could take you close to 10k… :) No strong winds expected here today.

Southern areas

Wilderness – Another sweet slow start but with the promise of the winds moving in again around mid day. Today looks a bit better than yesterday with probably a longer flying window for Map. I still expect it to blow out in the afternoon – just exactly when is the tricky question! ;) Some playful stuff once again at Serps with Sedge probably a small window before it goes very east and strong out there. For the Buffs supporters it looks like a very small window between 9 and 10 - perhaps very east before then. NB! A word of caution here – there is no escape if you get blown over the back. And the wind will pick-up very quickly today so be very very careful! ;) PS: Do ot launch nfront of the parking lot. You MUST walk to the normal launch which is way donw the beach up the footpath. Please. (and especially do not enter any gardens) :)

For tomorrow there is all change going on as things turn pre-frontal! ;)

Plett – Similar to yesterday - the SE slightly earlier here than Wilderness and a maybe short window at Uppies in a bit of cross wind…. (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – The East blowing all day here – going up to 30kts in most spots…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Light to moderate southerly winds today with lots of CB activity in the central and eastern interior. The west with superb soaring conditions. To the south the sea breeze moving in from those strong SE winds along the coast. Another wary (scary!) day to be in the air… (see chart)

 






(24 March 2021) 
Day 366 of lockdown

Good morning all you magnificent Wild2Fly people! What a sweet get together this first ever Wilderness Paragliding Festival is turning out to be! More flying and super good socials on the cards today. :))

But before I continue – notice those lock down days.. Would you believe it has been on continuously for more than a year now… (Vigorous shacking of the heads here…)

And the guys in CT had an pic flying yesterday with light winds making thermaling along Africa face at TM possible. Thanks for the pics WJ!

Today the IOH dominating with strong east winds along the southern coastal areas. A bit more moisture around so some fog patches along the coastal areas but these will burn off during the morning. A slow start around the Wilderness area but the SE will kick-butt today with many spots reaching 30kts or more. Further inland the Trough is along the western interior again with CB activity – this time more than yesterday with some CB as far south as CT around mid day even. Winds are generally NE inland and later with the CB popping up – variable and some strong gust front activity. Winds are also pretty variable with height but from 30k it does trend back to the west with a WNW finish of 40kts at the Tropopause.

CT – The strong SE heading further out to sea form Agulhas rather than CP and a coastal low out to sea the NW of CT – so light winds and even NW from 1000ft up flow around SH and LH. Maybe some CB activity reaching CT by mid day thought probably it remains more to the north. The main mountains could be good but for the slight SE winds that could be a hindrance – though it is not that strong so the thermals could dominate upslope flow – late afternoon looks like some good climbs out there.. (See DTK Spot) ;)

RB – WWB is out and in full force today I think. ;)

PV – Another hot day with more CB activity so that might put a damper on things otherwise it could be another high climbing day – though not like yesterday. (Did anybody fly out there yesterday?) So just under 10k climbs possible today.

Wilderness – A slow light wind start. The strong wind blowing past further out to sea. But by 12 the wind should provide for some fun stuff at Map with the strong stuff popping through by lunchtime or soon after. The fun flight of the day I think will be short XC from Serps to Map at 12. (See Spot) (You may go to 1000ft ATO at Serps) ;)

For tomorrow it seems another but sweeter SE day. ;)

Plett – The SE starting earlier here and a maybe short window at Uppies in a bit of cross wind…. (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – The East blowing all day here – ging up to 30kts later in most spots…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Light to moderate E to SE winds in most area for the morning then picking up with some stronger spots around. Those CB activity bringing some strong gust fronts around too – a vert wary day to be in the air… (see chart)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:36 and setting at 18:35 – day length 11:59. (WE have cracked the 12hour mark today with more dark than light – that sounds so ominous! ;) Another sweet morning with an afternoon of strong SE winds. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(23 March 2021) 
Day 365 of lockdown

Good morning all you super cool and awesome Wild2Fly people! And would you believe the prospects are looking amazing for 10/10 flying days for the first ever Wilderness Paragliding Festival! Yesterdays flying at the Map was super special and today is looking up for more of the same! :))

The SAH still dominating but the inland trough making inroads towards the south bringing that super duper awesome soaring weather with it! A kick-ass day along the west coast with well over 10k climbs around the PV valley and adjacent areas today. Light surface winds also predicted for the west with N to W winds but along the southern parts the SE will dominate with a totally different airmass and flying. There are some CB expected along the western interior, moving southwards reaching perhaps the Citrusdal areas by late afternoon. The central interior with light easterly winds that will pick-up in the afternoon trending SE. Stronger to the south. The southern coastal areas again with SE and strong in the afternoon. Winds are fairly light with height with changing directions but eventually trending W to NW with a 20/30kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Again strong SE around CP but it trends east and drops in velocity with height. A good wind-shadow day expected around LH and SH. The main ranges with a mix of SE in the south but trending N to W towards the N. DTK offering a window in the moring perhaps but I would just drive to Kardoesie – no questions asked today. ;)

RB – Hhhmm… Perhaps a bit of a frustrating day here with lighter winds. Just drive to KArdoesie! ;)

PV – A day with light winds that vary from NW to SW in a few spots during the day 5-10kts average. But some amazing height gains possible across the whole valley though the convergence regions are standouts. The best spot is Kardoesie today and along the range towards Skerpheuwel. Climbs to 12k possible (or more!) watch for OD conditions towards Citrusdal later with a chance of CB’s out there. But def a day to go and explore those upper air stuff! Even some cool Q’s shaping up there at mid day. This is an easy pick for spot of the day! :)

Wilderness – Another beautiful start with light SE winds and a more gentle progression into the afternoon of strong SE winds. Looks like it will blow out again but a tad later compared to yesterday. With some luck we might fly until 14:00 even. ;) For those that want something a bit more exciting than Map soaring can try their luck at flying XC from Serps to to Map. Climbs to ceiling seems possible at 11/12 for a easy run to Map. (You may go to 1000ft ATO at Serps) ;)

For tomorrow it seems another SE day. ;)

Plett – A similar day here with signs of some windshadow over the bay (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – An E to NE start from 5-10kts in the morning to 20-30kts in the afternoon.

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Light easterly winds in the south that will increase in strength during the day with a SE trend (some 20kts pots). But N to NE trend further inland. The trough position to the west with superb soaring conditions and CB’s along that area (see chart)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:35 and setting at 18:37 – day length 12:01. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! And Autumn is settling well!). Another sweet morning with an afternoon of strong SE winds. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 








(22 March 2021) 
Day 361 of lockdown

Good morning all you fantastically amazing Wild2Fly people! The weather is being awesome to us with a good run of flying for the first ever Wilderness Paragliding Festival! That fancy dress was just amazing yesterday :))

That SAH well settled with a strong ridge along the southern parts of the country, joining forces with the interior trough – some strong SE winds along the western coastal parts of the WC expected. A blue day in general with few clouds around – some on the far eastern coastal areas and then in the western interior along the trough. But some instability around with some good climb possible along the northern western parts - 10k in the Cederbergs and above the GE but just 6k along the SB and less along the Outenikwas… The winds also light in the interior and only around 8k the start of a westerly flow. Even then it changes direction often all the way to the Tropopause for a 20k West finish.

CT – The SE pretty shallow and mostly towards CP so a sweet wind-shadow day around. Perhaps slightly eroded in the late afternoon when the winds could reach 30kts in a few spots. The main mountains once again dominated by the SE flows – some wind-shadow effect early in the morning but its skin deep so be careful if you are thinking of venturing to DTK – perhaps its better to head more north towards PV ;)

RB – Another possible good day just depending on the convergence between the ESE and the S…;)

PV – A lighter wind day with climbs tough to the 5k mark but if you can go north and launch at Kardoesie you could connect with the convergence setting up form there towards Skerpheuwel and climb to close to 10k! IF you head towards Maanhaarberg you will get to that magic 10k mark and even more to the north in the Citrusdal valley…

Wilderness – A beautiful start to another sweet day. Its going to be a SE day from start to finish – though you could get high at Sedge again early on. (Yesterday the guys got to 2000’ there.) But it will be all Map flying for as long as the wind does not get too strong. IF you dive deep into the specifics you will notice a low level wind spike that causes some interesting flying at Map on occasion. ;) But I suggest getting there early as you can and fly as soon as its doable. ;)

For tomorrow it is another strong SE day with conditions less good. ;)

Plett – A similar day here to Wilderness… (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Sweet light winds around here with the SE not as strong. Some Q’s moving in from the east later in the day – increasing to the east.

EL – A SW start but backing to the SE during the day with a more E finish. 10kts in most spots so it looks like a great coastal soaring day!

Inland – Light NW to West north of the GE but E to SE south of there. A good morning of propellor flying weather but the afternoon sees the winds picking up again with 20kts in a few spots – especially along the southern parts. No clouds expected in our area…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:34 and setting at 18:38 – day length 12:04. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! And it is the 2nd day of Autumn!). A sweet morning but then a strong SE wind picking up for the afternoon. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(21 March 2021) 
Day 360 of lockdown

Good morning all you super awesome Wild2Fly people! AND another super flying autumn day for the first ever Wilderness Paragliding Festival! :))

Today the SAH shaping a slight ridge along the southern parts, splitting that Southerly winds to SE in the west and SW in the east. A lot of moisture around in the shallow surface layer with a slight chance of rain along the GR this morning, increasing to the east and clearing from the west during the day. The clouds blacked by the secondary ranges mostly so the western interior and coastal areas clear today. The winds become pretty slack from around 5k upwards and then at 10k trends to the SSW for a chance and stays in that direction all the way to the Tropopause for just 20kts finish up there…

CT – IT looks like another fresh SE day but not as deep as yesterday so the wind-shadow shaping up – especially in the morning and early afternoon. It does go over 25kts in the mid and later afternoon with the shadow eroding at that time. The main mountains dominating by the SE winds with super strong areas reaching 30kts or more. (See TH graph for the Paarl area)

RB – It could work but it seems that perhaps RB could be in the region of convergence between the SE and the S so maybe not that strong Else most areas seems blown out…;)

PV – A very southerly kind of day with climbs to just above 4k. The wind does get strong form the south later on.

Wilderness – A cloudy start with low cloud and even a chance of light rain during the morning. But all indication are for this to clear by mid day for a sweet afternoon at Map. Probably from 12 onwards the best time. IT looks like a marginally soarable day so perfect for action and flights down along the highway and to the beach. Sedge shows surprisingly something early on but the clouds I am looking at is way below the forecasted 2500ft base! lol. So a small system during the morning suppressing the winds but by 11 this should start to clear with low cloud far out to sea but it is not on the cards that these should bother us. Base up by then to 2k perhaps. And of course later afternoon a bit more of a soarable bit – around 10kts I hope.

For tomorrow it is a strong SE day with a good morning of flying but blow out later. Good for hang gliding! ;)

Plett – Keurbooms once again a bit of an upspurt during the late morning. Uppies not as good a Sedge though probably more realistic. lol  (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – SW winds that will moderate into the afternoon and back to the SE. Some rain but also decreasing into the day.

EL – Similar to above with the SW hanging around for longer.

Inland – For a change the far interior looking sweet with light surface winds form the north for most of the day. Good propeller thingie stuff but towards the south the SE will increase during the day with very strong winds to the west especially. Only the central area inland of the GR looking relatively lighter with some flying. Lots of clouds around in the little Karoo but clearing to the north. 20kts plus over the big western mountains.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:34 and setting at 18:39 – day length 12:06. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! And it is the 2nd day of Autumn!). Another sweet morning with a slight slight chance of rain but a clear afternoon and SE wind. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(20 March2021) 
Day 359 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. And another super flying day for the first ever Wilderness Paragliding Festival and would you believe that today we are doing more of the same! :))

Another CF moving into CT today driven by the SAH while the IOH is standing its ground making it difficult for the new CF to run unabated up the southern coast line. Run and the SW making its way for the west during the course of the day probably reaching the GR in the mid afternoon. Further inland the trough very active with CB’s today in a broad region with a W to NW flow. Initial NE on the east coast but this will change in spots from the west as the SW moves up the coast. The SW remains till around 8k where it veers to the W and then NW with a 30kts finish at CT and a 60kts near Wilderness.

CT – Another fresh SE day with a deep flow and little chance of a usable wind-shadow shaping up. Again even the main mountains dominated by the SE flow so not much from a flying point of view. (See RB TH grpah)

RB – If you are not there soaring already you are missing out! Probably blown out later on. ;)

PV – A southerly kind of day with strong stuff moving in form the south later on. Climbs to 5k at the better spots but mostly later in the afternoon for this to happen. See Spot for PV.

Wilderness – And a slight prefrontal day with some SW pulsing on the cards and associated clouds (varying cloudbase) so its worth keeping an eye out to sea for any of those strong wind lines – if it is looking strong land and wait for it to settle or pass before flying again. It looks like a good SW day for some coastal flying increasing towards mid day. Some rain moving in from the SW from as early as 14:00 however most Apps show it from around 17:00. Sedge and Serps will be very strong with some rough rides out there so be careful if you venture inland. ;) (See all the winds forecast charts and sedge Spot!)

For tomorrow it is a lighter SW start but quickly backing to the S and then SE from 10/11 onwards. Perhaps some early morning rain – a small pulse around 10/11 but then a dry and cool afternoon form the looks of things. ;)

Plett – Keurbooms looking sweet during the late morning but then the SW pulse moving in around 13:00. Uppies looking very up and down with two distinct SW pulses moving through. Probably a bit of a rough ride out there! ;) (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Light SE start remaining lightish until late afternoon when the SW makes it way up there.…

EL – Similar to above with the SW moving in early evening.

Inland – SW to W winds in the south but NW to the north and West along the western interior. Lots of CB activity from south of Uppington to other side of Graafies. Some high Q’s developing out there with soe strong spots of wind caused by these CB’s. A general SSW flow moving inland as the front increases its effect. 20kts plus over the big mountains.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:33 and setting at 18:41 – day length 12:08. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! It is the first day of Autumn!). Another sweet morning with a chance of rain in the afternoon. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a better 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(19 March 2021) 
Day 358 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. And what an excellent start we had yesterday for the first ever Wilderness Paragliding Festival! Great flying and today we are doing more of the same! :))

The CF has moved into the WC with various influences – dry along the west coast with SE to SSW winds while its slightly wetter along the southern parts but not as expected. Slight chance of rain along this area only later in the day. Winds will go from SW in the morning till middayish then back to the SE by late afternoon and that is when most of the rain is expected. The System is relatively deep with winds only going back to the usual NW upper flow from 8-10k upwards with an 80kts finish up at the Tropopause.

CT – A fresh SE day with dominating SE to E flows along the main mountain ranges. Only a slight chance of the shadow shaping up but this will decrease int the afternoon form the looks of things. 30kts in many spots. (See RB Spot)

RB – Looking really good but perhaps a tad strong later in the day. ;)

PV – Climbs around the 4 perhaps 5k mark with SSW winds. It does get breezy in the south later on so be wary if you find yourself in the air at that time.

Wilderness – Ag what a pleasure to be here! It is looking like a fantastic morning of flying into the early afternoon from there on it might OD in many spots with a chance of light rain moving in – increasing probably as the winds back to the SE. Looks like a quick backing around mid day from lekker SW to suddenly going Southerly from 13:00 onwards (for those thermic flyers) It does look like the ocean cliffs will be flyable form early on for most of the day. Some light spots but if you are good you could squeeze staying up through them. I think Sedge and Serps will still be amazing with good climbs into the clouds around 11 to 13:00. It could be good enough to venture over the back and try get to Map (If you do this I recommend planning to finish the flight at 14:00 before the lower cloud will move in from the ocean along with the SE.) ;) (See all the winds forecast charts and sedge Spot!)

A quick looks at tomorrows weather shows another CF moving into the GR area from mid day onwards – winds are SW in general. Still keeping those fingers crossed the rain chances becomes less… ;)

Plett – Uppies not looking too shabby today with even Keurbooms on the cards too at mid day… (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Fresh SW winds trending SE later on…

EL – Similar to above but the SE only moving in by early evening…

Inland – SE winds in the south but NW to the north and West along the western interior. Some high Q’s developing to the east from lunchtime onwards but clear to the west. Some spots getting to 20kts especially in the south. The SE winds moving in to well north of the GE as the SAH pushes the cooler air up into the interior. No CB expected and only slight chance of light rain in the south.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:32 and setting at 18:42 – day length 12:10. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn’s around the corner!). A clearish start but becoming cloudy from mid day onwards. Still perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a mild 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(18 March 2021) 
Day 357 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. A great kick off for the Wilderness Paragliding Festival today with some sunshining weather around the area. :))

A CF approaching CT – it seems to be loosing momentum with less rain on the cards compared to previously expected – lets hope it keeps this trend. So the SAH in the west and IOH dominating in the east while Wilderness area is sitting pretty in the middle enjoying the slack conditions. Strong NE in the east and fresh NW to SW in the west. The Westerly will be moving up the coast during the day but might not reach the GR by the end of day (or if it does it will be late late afternoon and early evening) No rain expected today for the whole WC. The usual NW far inland and just above our heads from around 3k the winds all go NW with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A NW start around the Peninsula with a mid day afternoon backing to the WSW. Some cloud expected from mid day with a low base and tops just above TM top. If you fly in the morning don’t get caught as the cloud moves in! ;) The main mountains also not looking too bad though there is a strong wind around the southern ranges which could make things a tad unpleasant. (See TDK Spot).

RB – Too much west in it today…;)

PV – A sweet WNW start trending to the WSW later on. Climbs to 4k in general with some Q’s moving in form the south by late afternoon.

Wilderness – Aaahhh… The question is are we going to fly today!? Yes we are! :) Light onshore winds with a chance of it being just strong enough for some coastal cliff soaring. Though the inland sites will be the spots to e with both Sedge and Serps delivering some sweet fun flying – even if it is pretty slow and weak with climbs hardly reaching 1000ft. Later in the day the wind will veer more to the WSW as evening approaches but perhaps this is when the Wilderness Beach Hotel can offer something to play in with enough onshore component (slightly less west) than the rest of the ridges. (See the wind graphs for the area). There are some low cloud spots out to sea but these are not shown to move in over the land – probably evaporates as it reaches the shore but to the west of us some fog patches are forecasted (so it might have some influence here) ;)

A quick looks at tomorrows weather shows the CF moving in during the night with a slight chance of rain and SW winds going SE – fingers crossed the rain chances becomes less… ;)

Plett – Perhaps Uppies a bit better than the Wilderness ridges and some doable moments at Keurbooms on the cards too… (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Fresh NE winds all day here…

EL – Similar to above…

Inland – Low and behold those CB’s are not on the cards today even though the trough is still there – slightly less moisture moving in form the north as the CF approaches CT and is changing the origins of that upper airmass. NW winds mostly around the 10-15kts range btu the it will increase along the mountains to the south as the CF starts to have an impact in the area. Some 20kt plus posts expected then. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:31 and setting at 18:43 – day length 12:12. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn’s around the corner!). A clear sunny day expected so perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a mild 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(17 March 2021) 
Day 356 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Tomorrow is the start to the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

The SAH still dominating with a slight ridge along the southern parts and the inland trough with good flying but OD conditions and CB activity in a wide spread area in the interior. Winds are all S to SE along the southern parts – fresh in a few spots in the late afternoon – but NW north of the GE except later in the day when the southerly will creep up to past there. Lots of Q’s around but the west is blue. A few fog patches on the northern west coast with some lower clouds along the southern oceans with a slight chance of effecting the southern coastal areas – even a slight chance of rain in a few spots possible. The winds are light with hight with a N trend going NW from 4k upwards and a 30-50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Strong SE around CP but it curls around with a SW component around SH and LH – light winds expected here for most of the day with probably some good flying too. The SE to the S is not very deep either so all these help for a good wind-shadow area to play in today. The main mountains also looking up with perhaps some E to NE in the morning but this will be dominated by the NW to W winds and late some SW from the west. (See TDK Spot).

RB – Too much west in it today…;)

PV – A NW start to the day but the afternoon finishing SW. Climbs to 5/7k in the best spots. Light winds with a slight push in the late afternoon with up to 1kts at TOL.

Wilderness – Again lots of clouds around but most will clear during the day along the coast with some blue skies. Winds initially S and light but from lunchtime the SE will start to push in from the east. Perhaps reaching Map by late late afternoon. Base around 2/3k on the plateaus so if you can get there it could be fun. Sedge and Serps should be great during the late morning and early afternoon – a small window to get high enough to jump to the back possible.

Plett – Also a S to SE day with Uppies showing some fun times… (See Spot) ;)

PE and PA – Light wind starts with a later E to NE trend. There’s a high chance of ran and even CB activity here today…

EL – Similar to above…

Inland – High bases but with the high probability of CB’s in a wide spread region (See rain map). It is clear to the west with a NW wind trending W to SW later on perhaps 15kts in some spots. If you can is the CB’s it should be good flying… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:31 and setting at 18:45 – day length 12:14. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn’s around the corner!). A partly cloudy day with strong SE winds for the afternoon. Perfect to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool  20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(16 March 2021) 
Day 355 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. 2 days to go to the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

The SAH still dominating with a very active trough along the central parts. CB’s in the interior though a tad more to the east with some light rains along the southern coastal parts during the day possible. Winds are generally SE along the southern parts and Southerly up the west coast and NW in the more northern interior. Around CP and the west coast its strong and dry while the southern parts are lighter with more moisture and low clouds around for the most part. Flying a bit of a mixed bag with the southern parts not much in terms of thermic activity, improving along the west (well, actually some pretty good spots along the west!) ;) and the then interior though high bases the thermals a bit shredded due to winds and rain. The winds along the southern parts are lighter with height then form around 10k it starts the usual W to NW march increasing with a much calmer 20-30kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Another strong SE wind day, dryer compared to yesterday with some good instability along the west coast – there should be sweet Q’s today. Still strong higher up with not much of a wind-shadow shaping up from the looks of things and then the main mountains are all SE winds and pretty fresh. You need to go far north to get a bit of SSW component…

RB – It looks like a good day here according to the Spot report with some high clouds too… Maybe a day to drift north and go for Adam’s record! ;)

PV – Still a lot of southerly in the wind but not as strong as yesterday and much better thermic wise. Climbs to perhaps 6k in some spots with sweet clouds in the south. Be careful though with the southerly component and very strong S winds late afternoon form the south.

Wilderness – Lots of clouds still around but less chance of rain compared to yesterday. SE winds though it starts of light. I think Map the place to be from mid day onwards. It might blow out very late in the day so it might just be a lekker flying day for the most part. :) It looks  a tad too east and fresh for anything worthwhile inland to happen. Maybe Gerrickes and Buff for an earlier session. ;) 

Plett – Also a very se day with not much flying prospects – unless you have those secret SE spots to enjoy ;) (See spot).

PE and PA – A chance of some CB’s otherwise lighter winds and onshore flows mostly with an East trend perhaps reaching 15kts in the strongest bits.

EL – Similar to above…

Inland – Again the usual pattern of NW winds to the north of the GE with SE trends to the south of that. Rain along the mountains expected with CB’ along the trough line – mostly to the east of the interior. Lots of variable surface winds around the CB regions it seems. Probably a good WW day. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:30 and setting at 18:46 – day length 12:16. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn’s around the corner!). A cloudy day with slight chance of rain and soe fresh SE winds. Either way go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(15 March 2021) 
Day 354 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. And surely the big news of the day is that Peter Wallenda has finally tied the knot to Sue Day – congratulations!!

And a reminder that we now have only 3 days to go to the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

A cut off low wanting to form just to the south of us that is causing some strong SW winds along parts of the southern coast but S to SE winds along the west coast. The SAH already pushing in its dominance once again. The CB activity still strong long the trough – connecting out to sea with the low. Lots more rain from the looks of it as the SAH helps to bring in that warmer moist air from the IO onto the southern parts. However those CB activity moving off to the east running form PE/EL and northwards. Lots of cloud everywhere with the sun peaking out here and there with a bit of luck. Not much form a flying point of view with RB for the hangies about the best spot of the day! Lol. Winds go NW from 10k upwards with a 0-80kt finish up at the Tropopause.

CT – A strong SE wind day with lots of low cloud and no inversion or letting up of the winds so it doesn’t look like any wind-shadow shaping up. The main mountains dominated by that strong SE winds so no safe prospects out that side either. Looks like a WW or perhaps more like a BR day! (That one is for WJ!) ;)

RB – It just could be a sweet day here all day long with weak lift so t should be smooth flying and perhaps holding just enough to remain flyable all day long…

PV – A very southerly day though not as strong as yesterday. Weak climbs with base rising to 4k maybe to the north. Not the best of day with the cross wind that is remaining all day long…

Wilderness – Hhhmmm… Still lots of cloud around with the prospect of more rain but perhaps not as much as yesterday. The winds are supposed to be strong WSW so there is hope for a bit of a clear spell and more upslope along the ocean cliffs. Lol. But inland its too windy for things to be anything worthwhile safe flying… 

Plett – Also a very W day with poor outlook for flying… (See spot).

PE and PA – Lots f rain on this side with those CB active all day here. Looks like the surface winds reflect some of that too with variable but a general W trend…

EL – Similar to above…

Inland – NW further inland but the SAH helping the southerly to take over things from mid afternoon onwards. It penetrates beyond the GE by late afternoon. Lots of rain on the cards for the farmers. The CB’’s moving to the east but more rain all day long – especially along the SB and southwards from there. Still a good WW day. (or BR day!) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:29 and setting at 18:47 – day length 12:18. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn’s around the corner!). A cloudy day with rain but the CB’s are gone. Either way go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(14 March 2021) 
Day 353 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. 4 days to go! The first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

A pleasant surprise at Sedge yesterday afternoon with some sweet amazing flying. Today the CF having moved over leaving a layer of moist air in its wake while the SAH is ridging in behind it – a general SE flow all over the WC today with a NW above that. Inland the trough very active with loads of CB’s around that will spread all the way south over the coastal areas and out to sea. In the far east the surface winds starting off SW but those will back to the SE during the day as well. So lots of low clouds along the southern coastal areas and thick mid-levels inland and adjacent areas. Those upper NW winds carrying all that stuff down to the south with it. The winds end with 70-80kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Fresh SE winds with a chance of a wind-shadow during the morning and lunchtime but it is eroded soon after as the SE deepens and strengthens. The main mountains also not looking that good with the East winds dominating there all day long. A few shadowed spots but these are very dynamic and moving around rather quickly so be very careful if you try to venture out there…

RB – IT just could be a sweet day here with the mid day and early afternoon the best. It will blow out later…

PV – It is a very SSW start to the day with low climbs perhaps up to 4k but it gets strong Southerly quickly with 20kt at TOL even from mid day already. So be careful if you fly. Land early! ;)

Wilderness – A light S start with some flying possible in the late morning at Serps, Map and Sedge. Maybe even Gerrickes for a bench-up! ? But it looks like rain from lunchtime onwards. With some luck we will get a window of flying in before this happens. ;) Late afternoon even CB’s moving in from the north.

Plett – It looks like the rain is here from earlier compared to Wilderness so perhaps not as good a forecast…. (See spot).

PE and PA – Initial SW but quickly backing to the SE from the west. Also rain later and some chance of those CB’s later on.

EL – SW start then backing to the SE.

Inland – NW north of the GE but E to SE to the south of that. Some spots over 20kts especially to the western interior. Then of course loads of CB activity which will spread all the way south over the southern coastal areas late afternoon. Be very careful if you fly out there today… Maybe still better to just do some WW. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:28 and setting at 18:49 – day length 12:21. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn’s around the corner!). A cloudy day with rain and even CB’s in the afternoon. Either way go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature a cool hot 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(13 March 2021) 
Day 352 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. 5 days and counting! The first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

The CF right on CT doorstep today with the associated strong NW winds. There is a bit of a gradient so in some spots it might seem light but just 1000ft up it is close to 20kts and form there it just gets stronger! ;) Big wave day around the Western parts. To the north the trough is very active with amazing soaring conditions – high bases but also some CB activity, some as far south as Graafies area. But of course with the front those isbars helping ot make the wind just too strong for us to fly. 20-30kts NW in most places. To the far east the NE dominating form the IOH and then the GR right in the “col” change over area with light winds along the surface and a bit more instability compared to yesterday. Above from 3k upwards the wind are all NW finising with 100kts at CT and 70kts at Wilderness!

CT – NW winds with a strong gradient – could be those prefrontal jukky NW winds ;) and the the CF moving in early evening – some rain and winds going more SW. Even the main mountains good to do some WW today. ;) Especially if there are any wave clouds forming.

RB – WWB is out and about today;)

PV – Another strong NW to W day with some convergence setting up around PV town from mid day moving towards the launch as the wind backs to the west. But its very strong up there so probably best to just WW. (See TOL winds of spot) ;)

Wilderness – A light SW day with some flying probably to be had at Sedg around mid day. Climbs to 1000ft doable according to the forecast. Get it while you can I say because the CF is here tomorrow! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wildernes with a maybe Keurbooms but Uppies with a small window around mid day too (See post).

PE and PA – Initial NE in the east but the west the winds popping in form the changing – light to varable S to SW winds.

EL – Strong NE winds here all day 20kts…

Inland – That hot NW winds all the way south to the first mount ranges of the coast. High cloud bases with some OD and CB around the central parts. Not good for flying unless you are brave but excellent for WW! ;) South of the southern ranges if you stay low there is a sweet flying spot within the or just above the convection layer (up to 1500ft with light thermals) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:27 and setting at 18:50 – day length 12:23. (We are being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn’s around the corner!). It is a light wind day for us with little to none flying prospects. Foefies at Map! Maybe practice those fancy dress suit launches! ;) Either way go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature another hot 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(12 March 2021) 
Day 351 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Six days to the main event! The first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

A large CF to the west with a strong trough along the western interior and the IOH on the east dominating our weather today. NE winds along the east coast all the way to the eastern parts of the GR but this will move to the east during the day as the CF moves closer form the west. The CF will influence CT from tomorrow onwards mostly but some upper influences today from the tightening isobars – some strong NW winds up there! Inland strong NW winds as the prefrontal trough creates some super duper strong soaring conditions with 18k bases – Loeriesfontein, Calvina, Willeston epic high stuff but the NW pretty breezy out there. Lol. Some low clouds around the coasts with poor soaring – stable conditions along most of the coastal plains today not helped by the thick mid and upper clouds today either. The best spot that is within reach of most pilots will be Kardoesie with some mid afternoon sweet stuff – my spot of the day. Conditions also very cool for wave activity in the SW parts of the WC. Winds in general are NW except for a very shallow layer along the southern parts increasing in strength with a 70kt finish up at the Tropopause.

CT – A good early morning I think with NW winds and a chance to explore the 12 Apostles. Its breezy up there with 15k at TM top but def manageable for PG. By mid day the surface winds trend SW which will break some of tat good lift to bench up to TM. Very stable and north in the upper air along the main mountains. The inversion showing a stable change from the SW lowers to the NNW upper but its best to be wary I think.

RB – WWB is out and about today;)

PV – NW to W all day with high clouds dampening the climbs. PV with perhaps 3/4k weak stuff but Kardoesie seems to be better with the spot showing up to 5k in the mid afternoon. ;)

Wilderness – A stable day with really nothing on the cards. With a bit of luck you might find some coastal spot with just enough wind to keep you up for while. Even Buffs doesn’t offer anything more than local dins and will be a gamble…

Plett – Similar to Wildernes today….

PE and PA – Fresh to strong NE winds to start with that will veer to the East later on. Maybe some of those onshore spots will work if its not too strong…

EL – Strong NE winds here all day 20-30kts…

Inland – Fresh spots during the moring especially the GE area with 20-30kts of surface winds. To the south the SE winds are around to 4/6k level before going NW. This changes at the GE areas. Lots of high cirrus clouds but there are some very high Q’s expected along the higher mountain areas that connect with the NW instability. Loeresfontein area in particular and along the N/S line. (See cloudbase map). So lekker to dream hey! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:27 and setting at 18:51 – day length 12:25. (We are really being robbed of 2min of sunlight every day now!! Autumn around the corner!). It is a light wind day for us with little to none flying prospects. Foefies at Map! Maybe practice those fancy dress suit launches! ;) Either way go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(11 March 2021) 
Day 350 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. One week to go to the start of the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

Here are some amazing Wave clouds from the past CF that moved over the WC. Pics taken at McGregor by Ruan. Awesome! :)

Today a mild SAH shifting in behind the CF with surprisingly light winds in almost all areas of the WC. There are still some wet spots around during the morning and mid afternoon but it dries during the day almost everywhere. Loads of Q’s around with a few spots showing excellent soaring conditions. Winds re generally eats with some NE trend inland and a SE for the afternoon along the coast. The west cast has mostly N to NW in the upper winds (a slightly different SAH source for here). The East is present all the way up to around 6k where it backs to the N and then WNW from 14k upwards and a 80kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A good flying day I think with instability to 4k around the Peninsula. Up to 15kt SE later but it is light at 2/3k with a NW trend up there. The surface winds curling around TM with a SW component along the shore front at SH and LH. Some great flying to be had along the main ranges with strong lift according to the forecasts – despite all the recent rains. Winds do trend NW with height so its hard to go anywhere to the north and if you head south you will bump heads with the SE which will make for interesting flying indeed! ;) lol. FH with that mix between these two winds with some times being very good for flying – the SE influence in the morning and late afternoon again – so be wide awake if you fly here…

RB – Some Southerly late afternoon but it does seem a bit light… ;)

PV – Looking like a sweet day here with NW to W winds all day long and sweet Q’s all over the show. Best climbs seem to be north of Kardoesie with maybe 5k climbs that side.

Wilderness – A light wind start with mid level clouds. Then later some higher thicker cirrus clouds around which will dampen the thermals somewhat otherwise it could have been an amazing XC day. The winds trend S to SE from late morning mid day already with the afternoon going SE. Map should be very cool late afternoon – probably good form 14:00 onwards already. ;) Earlier flying from Serps to Map should be very sweet.

Plett – Plett looking cool to with Uppies mid morning flights and the SE moving in a bit later on. Keurbooms perhaps doable but a lot of SE in the wind…

PE and PA – Fresh SW start and by mid afternoon the winds will start to moderate and back to the S and even SE. The rain will also become less…

EL – Similar to PE but the SW hanging on for longer as the tail end of the CF moves past here….

Inland – Some light rain stull present in a few spots but all of that will clear during the day. The winds are light easterly trend all the way to the GE and north of there it is NW. Nothing strong with perhaps 10-15kts around at the most in a few spots. A sweet flying day with Q’s everywhere.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:26 and setting at 18:53 – day length 12:27. (We are really being robbed of sunlight daily now!! Autumn is coming soon!) A sudden calm after the storm today with light wind start and then a SE breeze for the afternoon. Def a day to go get high on life.. ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(10 March 2021) 
Day 349 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. 8 days to the start of the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :))

The CF dominating our weather with rain in CT all day and up the west coast, spreading to the east during the day. Very strong NW winds around there with 30kts at 1000’ and 40 just above that. The winds should moderate slightly in the afternoon. Inland the strong winds also dominating from west to east with some very high clouds and strong lift preceding the front. Of course those winds way too strong to fly so its just WW time. The rain should spread to the GR by late afternoon/early evening. Way to the north the trough active around Kuruman and Jozies areas. Lol. Winds back home are NW from the surface all the way to the Tropopause with a slight W backing up there and a 90kts finish.

CT – Strong NW winds and rain all day. Low base with tops around 12/14k… See SLP TH graph with winds 50kts at 3k mid day!

RB – Big WWB out today! ;)

PV – Also rain and strong NW winds all day…

Wilderness – A clear warm day with some katabatic heating around as the strong NW descends down to the lee side of the Outies. Still some high clouds at 7/8k – see the spot for Grg and the winds at TOL! Very windy with 30kts around 1000ft near the coast. Lots of variable winds out to sea - lots of mixing caused by the adjacent high mountains. Very west to NW all day but late afternoon sees the SW finally coming through (Too strong of course!) and with a chance of rain at that time. A WW day!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness!

PE and PA – Light winds start with some spots of strong offshore flow. This will change to onshore flows with SE winds and then trend NE in the east later on. The CF moving in through tonight only.

EL – SE then NE later on. Light to moderate winds.

Inland – Another day of WW! Strong winds form the W due to the CF moving in – 30kts plus in most places. Lots of rain expected in the west and then moving to the eat reaching as far as Sutherland, PrinsAlbert, Willowmore by early evening. And by morning into EL and Graafies.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:25 and setting at 18:54 – day length 12:29. (Oooh sunset now before 19:00!! Autumn is coming soon!) A strong WNW wind day with rain early evening. Visit the Lienkies corner for a bit of shelter or walk down wind with masks and goggles! ;) The forest walks would be the best today to shelter form the winds. Either way go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 28 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(9 March 2021) 
Day 348 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. 9 days to the start of the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival! (18 to 28 March 2021! :)

Today the first big CF of the year moving into CT – a classic one with the building NW winds and then the rain late afternoon persisting for a day at least from the looks of it. And of course effecting all those areas close to the western parts of the WC those building NW to W winds. Some big wave around the CT mountains – should be pretty visible too I think. Otherwise a clear day from a Q point of view (except from the inbound CF and then those high cirrus over the entire WC. The southern coastal areas still very protected from the CF influence with very light winds to start the day and then a gradual build during the day of onshore winds. NE winds in the eastern parts but generally a southerly and SW in the GR areas. Inland the westerlies dominate and will build strongly during the day with 30kts plus in the west penetrating all the way to Uniondale and Willowmore by late afternoon. North of the GE it is all WNW winds and also breezy as those pressure surfaces are steeply tilted between the trough and that CF. Though again the finetuned trough extending in a long line from Nam past Bloem for some record soaring conditions out there. Over 17k climbs near Botshabelo. (It extends all the way to McClear!) (Dream!) ;) Winds all go NW from around 3k upwards backing to W from 14k with a 100kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Still thick Cirrus clouds that will be complimented with Q’s moving in from the west from mid day onwards. And of course those building WN winds which is already to strong from the morning. TM top height going to 40kts with the 30kts and more on some spots on the surface possible by mid afternoon. The main mountains also very strong NW winds so its def not a flying day. Lol.

RB – Big WWB out today! ;)

PV – Also a breeze NW day with winds in the upper teens all day – increasing to the south. Lift going to 5k in the best spots. Better to watch weather today. ;)

Wilderness – Yesterday a super coastal soaring day as it turned out but today much less in the wind department from the looks of it. (Thought this awesome place often has sweet surprises) ;) IT looks like a super light off-shore start to the day with some light onshore winds by late morning mid day. Its possible it could get soarable along the ocean cliffs but generally a light wind day. SW till lunchtime and then a S to SSE trend in it. Sedge showing some lift to just over 1k. Serps very similar with the window an hour before mid day the best. Hhhmmm…;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness, just slightly les good. ;) lol. Light onshore flows with Uppies showing climbs to perhaps 2500ft. Maybe a light soaring flight at Keurbooms doable at lunchtime.

PE and PA – The E to NE wind trending here but it is light and changing from the west as the CF shits closer. A light wind day here in general which is cool I suppose. ;)

EL – Light NE wind all day form the looks of it.

Inland – A light wind start in the east but the west already having fresh westerly winds. This will build during the day covering almost the entire interior from west to east ;) well just past Willowmore area where there is a more S to SE trend in the south. A few lost Q’s possible over some of the higher ranges inland but that west wind going over 30kts on average remaining strong from GR and up. Probably a day best spend drinking and practicing WW. (Weather Watching!) lol.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:24 and setting at 18:55 – day length 12:31. (Oooh sunset now before 19:00!! Autumn is coming soon!) A big CF moving towards us so enjoy today because tomorrow is going to be pretty deurmekaar… So go enjoy perfect beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 




(8 March 2021) 
Day 347 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Things are heating up for the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival – 18 to 28 March 2021! Watch this space!  

The SAH dominating with W to SW winds along the entire WC area. Lots of clouds around with some rain especially along the southern parts with bases varying from 1500ft in southern parts to 3/4k in the west and of course more in the interior. Climbs are weak for the most part due to thick mid level clouds which will dampen the thermals quite a bit. Best spot looks to be DTK with some sweet mid day lifting with TOL around 4.5k and sweet winds too. Otherwise strong SW along the southern and eastern areas, moderating from the west during the day. In the interior its W in the far north but SSW in the south. But then while we are all grovelling in the CF remnants the sweetest trough line is setting up today with record distance possible (Drool) See the Cloud base SA chart for the distinct setup – 15k base is not too shabby! ;) Winds remain SW to W but then WNW from 6k up trending W with a 80-100kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Those thick mid levels hanging around all day with a S to SSW trend. 15kts but more around the corners with the seafront at SH 15-20kts at times. Too side one for the wind-shadow to shape up from the looks of things but maybe… ;) The main mountains at DTK actually looking not bad and some sweet flying to be had there around lunchtime and for once it does not nec get better further north! ;)

RB – Hhhmm Just too much west in it! ;)

PV – The thick mid levels blocking much of the surface heating so not the best out look but there is something to be had during the mid afternoon. WSW trending SW later. Climbs to 4k at the best spots but Im hopeful that it might clear more than anticipated. ;)

Wilderness – A cloudy rainy start to the day but all indicators that things will clear partially from mid day onwards. Sedge offering something to play with from mid day onwards and possibly Serps too. The west should back to the SW around mid day with perhaps 10kts to play along the ocean cliffs. Some rain on the cards but probably more towards the mountains. So the outlook not hopeless! ;)

Plett – Uppies actually looking terrible and not as good as Sedge. A bit more west here on the cards with too much of that for Keurbooms to work. And Uppies not offering anything either.

PE and PA – The SW winds dominating here all day and really fresh further east.

EL – Fresh to strong SW all day long here….

Inland – Light winds in the interior with only a slight increase during the afternoon. So it doesn’t look like to bad a day to fly with those propellor thingies. Some spots perhaps going to 15k in the late afternoon. Some Q’s shaping up in most regions with base at 12k around the GE in a few spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:23 and setting at 18:57 – day length 12:33. (Oooh sunset now before 19:00!! Autumn is coming soon!) A very cloudy day with poor sun possibilities and a W wind going SSW later on. Go later for perfect beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(7 March 2021) 
Day 346 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Things are heating up for the first ever Wilderness Paragliding festival – 18 to 28 March 2021! Watch this space!  

The longest flight of the 20/21 season - 427km in a Paraglider. Few have gone that far and yet Josh believes more is possible. He writes: “Morning, Wednesday when we drove up was the record day i think. Clouds streets from Calvinia to Carnarvon and beyond, high base, till sunset, no OD. Post frontal, lots of rain the night before. Only problem Thursday was OD, i had to fly around storms, probably wasted 30+min and 50k distance and 2hrs landing before sunset. 600k+ is definitely doable?it's what I said all along, i just need to be there on the right day.☔”

Today a CF moving into CT as the SAH is pushing in the cooler wet air form the south – southerly winds dominating behind the front but just ahead it’s a much more westerly component along the southern coast before the rain will move in by late afternoon. Far inland it’s the usual NW component north of the GE with 12k climbs no clouds out there today (Only the frontal stuff along the coasts). I notice north of Kimberley the best spot with well over 15k bases and sweet climbs out there. (Drool!) But back home its more complex with loads of low clouds moving in form the south along the southern parts in the afternoon that will dampen the flying in these areas. Winds are south to westerly up to 6k then it is all NW from there with a gentle backing to the WSW at the Tropopause for a 70kts finish.

CT – A low cloud rainy start especially around the Peninsula but it will clear from mid day onwards with even a chance of a wind-shadow appearing for the afternoon. SSE winds up to 20kts then. The main mountains also clearing into the afternoon with base rising rapidly to around 4k but much more to the north.

RB – It just might be a sweet afternoon into the sunset! ;)

PV – Actually a really lekker day here I think with Kardoesie the place to be – the clouds rising here with 6k bases and sweet flying around the lunchtime period. SW winds with a tad more southerly in the afternoon especially to the south near PV.

Wilderness – A partly cloudy start with a lot of promise on the cards of rain to come but perhaps some sweet on-shores just before – we hope! Some apps showing a good Southerly before the rains but others showing a frustrating westerly trend before the rain comes. Climbs to just over 1k at Serps and Sedge with clouds at mid day onwards and base lowering all the time. So a tricky day to call with a mixed bag of changing conditions – even a chance of some strong pulses moving in from the south so keep an eye out on the ocean for those windy signs! (see Sedge Spot)

Plett – Uppies looking good around mid day for a good spell and wow – Uppies showing climbs to 5k between 10:30 and 12:30! I would go for that! ;)  

PE and PA – Light winds as a start with a SW trend. Inland looking pretty good with some workable bases from the looks of things…

EL – Fresh SW all day long here….

Inland – A light wind start but then the southerlies moving in form mid day onwards with the late afternoon seeing spots of over 30kts north of the SB especially! No CB’s expected but rain this evening in the south with the SB blocking most of that moisture from moving further north.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:23 and setting at 18:58 – day length 12:36. (Oooh sunset now before 19:00!!) Autumn is coming soon!) A partly cloudy start but clouding over for the afternoon and rain. Go early for perfect beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(6 March 2021) 
Day 345 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Here are two links for yesterday’s long flights – one from Andrew and Pete on their new Plett site distance record (104km) and the other of Josh’s long XC flight of 427km!  https://ayvri.com/scene/yj8g37w2kg/cklvv5pab00014a61yh5llcsz?fbclid=IwAR25e--fq219s9PDeXZiiWxN5iA0TVTXBSn8Ze_jLHN8g8aYJ-gVQHIJiIg

https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Josh/4.3.2021/08:03

Today another CF approaching CT and will influence the WC weather during the course of the day – some strong SW pulse along the southern coasts. Q’s developing along most of the west coast during the day but much lighter winds here compared to the southern parts. The rain and stuff only happening tomorrow mostly. Winds remain a general SW to WNW form south to north with hight to around 6k where it is all WNW winds all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish.

CT – Some cloud around with base around TM tops and westerly winds. It does look like a 12 Apostle day to me but does depend on the cloud development. The main mountains with initial NW going W winds – 10-15kts. Se depending where you are just watch for the stronger flows over some of the bigger ranges for that penetration! ;)

RB – Too much W in it I think all day…

PV – A good looking day here with around 10kts and a few spots going just above that. Climbs to around 5k but the convergence setting up in the mid afternoon from Bumpy peak with climbs here even out in the valley to 6k. Slight chance of some Q’s later in the afternoon.

Wilderness – A super cool morning with light SW winds and the calm before the storm thing. Though it looks like the light stuff will remain for just about most of the day. The SW popping through from late afternoon only. Some light instability around for Serps and Sedge but a warning out for some shear expected from 13/14:00 onwards out there. TOL around 1000ft and 20kts expected up there! (See spot!) So perhap snot the best forecast… ;)

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness today… Also watch the wind at TOL.

PE and PA – Fresh NE winds for the day but then the SW eroding and moving in form the west reaching PE near sunset only…

EL – Fresh to strong NE winds all day…

Inland – Again a light start with even a Northerly trend but the West moving in from late moring from the west, slowly backing to the SW in the south later on. 20-30kts in the afternoon! Climbs at lunchtime to 9k over the SB and 12 at Graafies though its west so not the best direction for there. ;) Blue day mostly.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:22 and setting at 18:59 – day length 12:38. (Oooh sunset now before 19:00!!) Autumn is coming soon!) An awesome start but then the SW will come through strong in the afternoon. Go early for perfect beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 



(5 March 2021) 

Day 345 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Here are two links for yesterday’s long flights – one from Andrew and Pete on their new Plett site distance record (104km) and the other of Josh’s long XC flight of 427km!  https://ayvri.com/scene/yj8g37w2kg/cklvv5pab00014a61yh5llcsz?fbclid=IwAR25e--fq219s9PDeXZiiWxN5iA0TVTXBSn8Ze_jLHN8g8aYJ-gVQHIJiIg

https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Josh/4.3.2021/08:03

Today another CF approaching CT and will influence the WC weather during the course of the day – some strong SW pulse along the southern coasts. Q’s developing along most of the west coast during the day but much lighter winds here compared to the southern parts. The rain and stuff only happening tomorrow mostly. Winds remain a general SW to WNW form south to north with hight to around 6k where it is all WNW winds all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish.

CT – Some cloud around with base around TM tops and westerly winds. It does look like a 12 Apostle day to me but does depend on the cloud development. The main mountains with initial NW going W winds – 10-15kts. Se depending where you are just watch for the stronger flows over some of the bigger ranges for that penetration! ;)

RB – Too much W in it I think all day…

PV – A good looking day here with around 10kts and a few spots going just above that. Climbs to around 5k but the convergence setting up in the mid afternoon from Bumpy peak with climbs here even out in the valley to 6k. Slight chance of some Q’s later in the afternoon.

Wilderness – A super cool morning with light SW winds and the calm before the storm thing. Though it looks like the light stuff will remain for just about most of the day. The SW popping through from late afternoon only. Some light instability around for Serps and Sedge but a warning out for some shear expected from 13/14:00 onwards out there. TOL around 1000ft and 20kts expected up there! (See spot!) So perhap snot the best forecast… ;)

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness today… Also watch the wind at TOL.

PE and PA – Fresh NE winds for the day but then the SW eroding and moving in form the west reaching PE near sunset only…

EL – Fresh to strong NE winds all day…

Inland – Again a light start with even a Northerly trend but the West moving in from late moring from the west, slowly backing to the SW in the south later on. 20-30kts in the afternoon! Climbs at lunchtime to 9k over the SB and 12 at Graafies though its west so not the best direction for there. ;) Blue day mostly.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:22 and setting at 18:59 – day length 12:38. (Oooh sunset now before 19:00!!) Autumn is coming soon!) An awesome start but then the SW will come through strong in the afternoon. Go early for perfect beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

Day 344 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. So yesterday was a big day for a few pilots – Pete and Andrew flying over 100k’s form Plett (Uppies), Jack going over 100ks from DTK and then the big one going to Josh Degenaar flying over 400km from Copperton to just shy of Molteno! We will post the track log as soon as we get it. This is a pic of the big flight. Lekker Josh! :) Today not as good with the trough having moved to the north and eats with the clouds running in a line form Uppington past Kimberley Bloem. Some CB’s to the far east but nothing around the WC. Along the coasts it is the SAH ridging in along the southern parts with a S to SE trend – initial SW along the eastern coasts but this will also back to the SE later in the day. Light inland winds except for the far northern areas and again later the Sea breeze picking up as it moves inland around 15-20kts from the SE. Some Q’s in the south and especially to the east. Climbs around 2k along the southern coasts, rising to 4k along the mountains and then perhaps 8k further inland along the SB ranges. Winds go West from 6k and then a slight WSW trend from 18k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a big wind-shadow day with perhaps a light SW trend here. The main mountains actually looking really good with soe convergence over the bigger mountains behind DTK with climbs going to perhaps 8k here… ;) A fresh SW wind later in the afternoon.

RB – Too much W in it I think all day…

PV – Another sweet westerly start trending to the SW with climbs to 5k. To the north around Kardoesie a steady rise in climbs as the convergence sets in running from PB to Eendekuil to the Pass. Not too strong in the late afternoon either so a lekker day of flying here I think.

Wilderness – A SE prediction on the cards but perhaps not as strong as previously thought. It’s a soft start with only the afternoon picking up for some Map fun I think. It might even last all day here with the strong winds seemingly not making it all the way up here. The morning could be sweet at Sedge and Serps for some flying and the run from Serps to Map is def a good one for the morning to do.

Plett – After yesterdays long flights (2 x over 100km from Uppies!) Today the SE trend but not before there is a good spell at Uppies in the morning . See Spot! Maybe Keurbooms might have something in the mid morning before its too SE…

PE and PA – A light SW start but trending to the SE during the day…

EL – Fresh SW winds and then form mid day backing to the SE around 15kts.

Inland – A sweet start with light winds in most places but then the Sea Breeze moving in in the afternoon. Breeze then with SE trends around 15-20kts. Some clouds around here and there with high bases at 7/8k.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:21 and setting at 19:01 – day length 12:40. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) A sweet light SE wind day with a chance of picking up later in the afternoon. Perfect for beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(4 March 2021) 
Day 343 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. That CF tail swept into the west of the WC during the morning with low cloud and slight chance of rain. IT will clear during the day and turn into a glorious flying day though. Inland the Trough very active with breezy NW winds north of the GE. Some CB’s in the south and eastern parts. Later the Sea breezes from the south will make inroads towards the GE with winds also reaching 20kts plus in places. Expecting some OD stuff along the Southern mountains as the CF works it way towards the GR during the day. Winds are SW to W up to 6k where its all west then a gentle NW trend towards the Tropopause with a70kts finish up there.

CT – A low cloud start with some rain but it will clear for some cool flying along the main mountains from DTK and northwards. (CT with a bad wind-shadow outlook with southerly winds all day around 15-20kts). The further north the better it gets especially later in the day. It could be another long distance day form DTK – but at the inversion the winds go N to NW so better progress just below that. ;)

RB – It just could be a sweet late afternoon here… :)

PV – A sweet westerly day going SW later with initial low clouds but rising rapidly during the day – getting to 6k in the north late afternoon. Strong sweet flying I think.

Wilderness – Some rain moving in from the south late afternoon early evening with some stronger winds then but for the late morning it looks like light SW winds with mid day light soaring along the ocean cliffs. My pick is Sedge or Serps with some great flying late morning again. Climbs to 2k with even a bit of Q’s forming up there.

Plett – Uppies looking the best with 4k climbs and Q’s and a chance of doing some good XC… Keurbooms switching on from mid day onwards for some cool fluing too I think. :)

PE and PA – Moderate SE winds for the most part with low clouds especially later on.

EL – Those moderate SE winds all along the coast here making for a pleasant change. ;)

Inland – A rather windy day north of the GE – NW 15-20kts. But strong thermals and high bases with a few CB’s to the south and east. The sea-breeze moving inland (see graphs for morning and afternoon on surface winds) making for very windy conditions in the afternoon. Fly in the southern parts during the late morning to avoid the strong stuff! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:20 and setting at 19:02 – day length 12:42. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) A sweet light SW wind day with a chance of some rain later in the afternoon. Perfect for beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(3 March 2021) 
Day 342 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The CF having moved to the south of us while the SAH is shifting the tail end towards CT. Moderate W to SW winds here while the IOH is dominating in the east again with those NE winds and the trough in the central wester parts with good soaring conditions – some CBs to the east of the trough line. The southern coast with SW winds, a few spots reaching 15kts but for the most part its moderate to light. Some clouds down south with the west dry and the inland areas with high Q’s – base up to 15k! Winds inland getting strong W to NW around 15-20kts in a few spots and then also int eh eastern coastal regions the sea breeze moving inland with a SE direction and topping 20kts in some spots too. From 6k the winds go NW with a slight backing to eh west at the Tropopause for a 60.70kts finish up there.

CT – Some fog patches for the morning but these should clear during the day. A light N start but quickly going W trending SW later on. It is looking like a good flying day here while the main mountains are also not too bad with the W to SW trends. Not very high climbs out there but still fun stuff.

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – A SW day with climbs to 5k in the right spot otherwise its 4k. Perhaps reaching close to 15kts in the late afternoon making it a good day for PG until sunset. At Kardoes and north towards Skerpheuwel it should be great later on. ;)

Wilderness – IT is looking like another great day at Sedge – probably late morning the best time so don’t mis out again! Yesterday was amazing! (See pic) Perhaps some light coastal soaring stuff – though there are some stronger winds far out to sea which can change things a bit. Just keep an eye out for that. There is a small chance of light rain around the Knysna region and maybe here too. Else its up to 2k climbs… Very lekker!

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies looking sweet with climbs to 3k and Keurbooms having a shot at being flyable from mid day onwards…

PE and PA – SW winds moving up to EL during the day.

EL – The NE dominating here in the morning but then the SW will move in late afternoon….

Inland – Another good flying fay though perhaps a bit on the strong wind side with 15-20kts inland in some places later in the day. CB in the SE parts around Middelburg, Tarkastad areas. The sea breeze moving in later on as well with some 20kt spots around.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:19 and setting at 19:03 – day length 12:44. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) Another partly cloudy day with light SW winds all day long. Perfect for beach and forest walks! Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(2 March 2021) 
Day 341 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. In the east the IOH dominating while the CF moving in from the west influencing the west while the inland trough with slightly less CB activity nudges in from the north in some places. Winds are NE in the east and NW in the west with a mixed influence along the southern parts. Inland its NW. Some strong spots in the west as the CF influence with tightening isobars brings in that 30-40kt level down to 5/6k – a strong inversion below that with some flying in places within this shallow layer but the upper strong winds could create some interesting mixing and also wave above that. Beautiful clouds inland with most of the west and parts on the southern regions clear except for some wide spread coastal fog. Most should burn off later in the day. Winds are all NW from 4k upwards then at 18k it backs to the west for a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Again a foggy start with a northerly component. A strong inversion setting up from TM and higher where the winds go from 10kt to almost 40kts at 6k. A great wave setup so those usual wave spots probably working well for the first time this year. ;) The main mountains probably too strong higher up so if its weak lower down be very careful when you get higher – that gradient is pretty severe today I think. Personally a weather watching day here… ;) (See TH for RB) Lol.

RB – lol. See above…

PV – A NNW start but it backs sweetly to W during the day. Climbs to 4k were the inversion starts but there is a convergence setting up over PF from around 14:00 where you could get to 6k but… but the winds up there is pretty strong so watch your drift if you fly ;)

Wilderness – A strong SW popping during the morning that will probably be flyable before and after but during perhaps a tad too strong (Don’t get trapped along PR!). Lots of west in it initially but form mid day onwards it moderates and the coast and Sedge or Serps should be come very sweet for the afternoon. Lekker!

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Keurbooms having a shot at being flyable from after lunch. Some CB over the mountains that can influence things…

PE and PA – The start of the IOH influence with the strong NE winds to the east. So the change happening around here. It does look like the SW wins around Jbay and PE but from PA the NE gets the upper hand. Those inland CB’s… hhmmm..

EL – The NE dominating here….

Inland – A good looking day inland but for some CB’s mostly in the southern and eastern regions otherwise a amazing flying day to be had – high base with clouds all over the show! Winds NW around 15kts but in the far west and south some stronger spots form the CB and also the CF moving closer to CT.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:18 and setting at 19:05 – day length 12:46. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) A partly cloudy day with strong SW this morning with a sweet afternoon on the cards. Go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 26 degrees C for this morning but cooling to 22 for the afternoon! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(1st March 2021) 
Day 340 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. A warning out today of extreme surface winds fluctuations due to loads of thunderstorm activities all over the WC. In addition there is a large CF to the west of us with an associated coastal low causing some strong shallow Norhterly flows along the west coast. This flow also is over TM just above the cooler surface air (some fog patches) with extreme mixing taking place. (Similar to the CT bergwinds effect). It is not a flying day so be very very careful if you venture out. The CB activity starting mid day in earnest already with many northerly flows reaching down into the southern coastal regions. Winds remain northerly all the way to the near the Tropopause where it acks to the west for a 50kt finish up there.

CT – Some fog patches around but these should clear quickly. Then deep mid level clouds moving in from the north as the CB activity moves in here too. Strong wind gradient with 20kts N at TM top and near 40kts at 4/5k. The mountains are very strong so do not venture out there unless its for weather watching. (See surface wind graphs) these are all over the show with extreme gusts of near 4okts at times. Lol.

RB – lol. See above…

PV – CB activity with strong gust fronts moving in plus the wind in general is strong Northerly. A bad day for flying in deed. ;)

Wilderness – Some coastal fog in patches along the coast. A very inverted day along the coast caused by the strong IOH flow pushing in only a very shallow layer of marine air onto the coastal regions. Above the wind is North and those CB’s will be moving in around lunchtime with a chance of rain and some strong northerly to westerly flows. IF you fly its during the morning but keep an eye on those CB’s moving in form the mountains. Light S to SE winds early on.

Plett – Same as Wilderness…

PE and PA – Those monster NE winds dominating al day. 30kts and more!

EL – As above…

Inland – Base around the 10-12k level with strong CB activity from late morning into the afternoon. Very wide spread rains with strong gust front actions from the looks of things. So def not a flying day. Stay on the ground and do some weather watching! ;) (See graph)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:18 and setting at 19:067 – day length 12:48. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) A high cirrus cloud day with light winds in the morning but some rain and CB winds in the afternoon so get out early for those beach and forest walks. But do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 26 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(28 February 2021) 
Day 339 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The SAH morphing into the IOD with a strong ridge along the southern parts while the inland trough is right along the west of the country producing a combination of high surface temps with that deep instability associated with the trough right along the west coast. PV and the Cederbergs today all time highs. (40 degrees C and 10k plus gains!) Some CB’s along the GE line later this afternoon with very strong SE winds along the southern parts of the country. This changes to N form around 6k and then W from 30k with a 30-50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Another good wind-shadows day though the morning is a bit tricky with a shallow SW and then the upper NE that is quite fresh. Mid morning this will dissipate and it actually looks like a light wind day around SH and LH with the wind-shadow in play. Towards the S the SE very strong out there though. The main mountains dominated by that western trough position and a northerly flow of deep instability. Go far north to get into some W flowing air to launch and to not get blow to the south by the strong upper N winds.

RB – lol. Too hot to be sitting out here today. You need to be at base in PV! ;)

PV – Hhhmmm… Really hot surface temps of 40 degrees but a chance to get really really high. There is a bit of a strong N wind up high so try to get to the north towards Bumpy get to 10k (or more) then jump over the back into the Cederbergs for that magic high clouds and 15k climbs! Please send us the pics for tomorrow!

Wilderness – Another light SE start but then the winds picking up quicker today compared to yesterday. So get out early. It will be blown out before late morning I think. Also a steep gradient setting up which can make things a bit unpleasant. Let hope it does not! ;) (All the other spots will be blown out.

Plett – Same as Wilderness…

PE and PA – A monster E to NE day… 30kts and more later on.

EL – As above…

Inland – Another beautiful light E to SE wind start to the day with increasing strengths into the afternoon from the SE. Some CB’s around the GE area and more in the late afternoon. Again fly early for the propeller thingies! ;) (See graph)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:17 and setting at 19:07 – day length 12:50. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) A strong SE wind day so get out early for those beach and forest walks. But do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(27 February 2021) 
Day 338 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The SAH still dominating with that ridge along the southern parts coupled with the trough along the west coast. Still that deep easterly flow all over with high temps in the west and associated high climbs (over 7500ftASL) Winds around CP are very strong and this will migrate northwards not helping those fires in Jonkershoek much. Some clouds around even into the interior but these will clear by mid day with only a small edge along the southern and eastern coastal regions after lunch. Far inland though west of Kimberly high bases with the sweetest climbs – NW winds 10-15kts all the way to base at 15k. Dream and drool! ;) Back home, winds along the southern parts are strong SE in the afternoon but a sweet start though. From 10k the winds go N but then back to the WSW from 30k to finish at 50kts at the Tropopause.

CT – A good wind-shadow start with light east winds around the City but its strong at CP. Later the SE will move in and erode the wind-shadow with very strong winds 20kts plus again. The main mountains pretty useless for flying with the strong SE winds dominating.

RB – Probably a tad too east but it does look like the east facing slope could offer something later in the day. (See spot graph!) Or the Southerly could move in here later I think…

PV – Super strong S winds in the south that will move into the PV valley late afternoon. The best spot is to the north at Kardoesie where you could sit pretty at over 7500ft for most of the day. ;) See graph. Some very strong thermic stuff so be careful!

Wilderness – Another light SE start but then the winds picking up progressively. Again the apps showing some strong low level flows with a strong gradient – 20kts around 1000ft but much less on the surface for the Map. IT will blown out in the afternoon but its just a mater of when! Fingers crossed it is late! ;)

Plett – The SE dominating here with things just probably too cross to be any fun. But climbs doable to over 3k…

PE and PA – A light wind start but then increasing as the East starts to dominate.

EL – Similar but perhaps with a tad more South initially…

Inland – Another beautiful light E to SE wind start to the day with increasing strengths into the afternoon from the SE. So fly early for the propeller thingies! ;) (See graph)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:16 and setting at 19:08 – day length 12:52. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) A cloudy start with a fresh SE wind from late morning onwards. Perfect for beach and forest walks. Do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(26 February 2021) 
Day 337 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Today the SAH dominating again with a ridge along the southern parts. A broad sweep of easterly winds all over the WC with a very deep influence – it remains easterly all the way up to over 12k! The west coast with a strong SE flow especially in the south where some spots will reach 40kts. Typical the clouds confined to the south and eastern parts of the province. Some good soaring conditions inland with those sweet looking Q’s with relatively light winds – all those E to SE facing spots should be really good. Towards the coast the wind increasing in strength but for the change over spot between the GR and EL – SE to the west and SW to the east. Above 14k the wind becomes unusual with SSE flows in the east and SW in the west 30-40kts finishes up at the Tropopause.

CT – Another day with deep super strong SE winds. No wind-shadow shaping up form the looks of it – extreme shear around the southern mountains and Peninsula with 40kts low level winds in many spots. A day to look at the sky of go further north. ;)

RB – A tricky day with the ESE winds on and off during the morning depending on the position of the east wave – it could be blown out or too light or just right! ;) Late afternoon looks blow out though…

PV – An east start with the valley slowly producing the SW winds to flow upslope. It will be coming up but over head the E will be there with the transition relatively smooth 2-5kts change over. Some high climbs on the cards with over 6k gains. The SW very strong in the south but further north a bit of a sheltered region.

Wilderness – A cloudy misty start with a ESE wind. The apps shows some strong low level flows with a strong gradient – 20kts around 1000ft but much less on the surface for the Map. Fingers crossed it is not so! ;) But blown out from midday onwards (maybe even earlier) ;)

Plett – The SE dominating here with things just probably too cross to be any fun. But climbs doable to over 3k…

PE and PA – Winds starting light with a SW trend but going S to SE during the day.

EL – Fresh SW start that will moderate during the day and back to the S.

Inland – A beautiful light E to SE wind day inland except on the higher GE areas where the east will be fairly fresh. IT gets stronger further west. Some sweet fluffy looking skies around the little Karoo all day. Later on the SE winds will incres to the 10-15kts level.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:15 and setting at 19:09 – day length 12:55. (How quickly the darkness is eroding the light… Ouch!) A cloudy start with a fresh SE wind from late morning onwards. Perfect for beach and forest walks. Do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(25 February 2021) 
Day 336 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. I have not had any news fo long flights from the west but the GR was awesome yesterday and today looks to be another one. ;) The IOH dominating with the inland trough shifting slightly to the east. SW winds pushing up form the south onto the area with a strong S to SE trend along the west coast today as the two systems helps with some acceleration along the western parts. Not as good as yesterday along the west and perhaps real rest day. ;) The southern coastal areas are looking good though with moderate to strong SW winds and a slight chance of light rain in a few spots increasing tonight. Q’s along the southern parts only with a few lost high ones along the GE at 12/13k. The S to SW trend runs far inland to north of GE and this pattern is fairly consistent all the way up to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish up there.

CT – A deep super strong SE today with the inversion above TM height. It will be 30kts and more in a few spots so not a good day to try for a wind-shadow… The main mountain not any better with the SE flow dominating for most of the southerly and mid ranges. (See Spot) ;)

RB – If you are not up there this morning right now you  are missing out. It will blow out before lunch for the rest of the day…

PV – A very southerly day with climbs 4k and just over 5k in a few of the better trigger spots. However the very fresh southerly wind will make flying very unpleasant. 15-20kts from mid day onwards…

Wilderness – A WSW start but going fresh SW from 9”30/10 onwards. A slight slackening around mid day but it should be another sweet afternoon with SW to SSW winds. Sedge looking good but strong. So be wary if you go out there. Serps similar ad also a tad OD conditions so perhaps not the best to go for XF flying. However, it could be one of those sweet days to try flying to Plett! :)) See spot.

Plett – Keurbooms looking good for an hour or so from 13/14:00 otherwise perhaps a tad west in it. Uppies with some OD conditions and climbs to 4k winds at 10kts perhaps a tad fresh but doable for the big boys.

PE and PA – Strong SW start around Jbay and PE a bit less. The wind will trend S to even soe SSE later in the day especially to the east. 10-15kts except that strong morning start around Jbay..

EL – Light wind spots starting but then moderate S to SE winds later on. 10-15kts.

Inland – Southerly winds far inland – light in the morning especially in the lower areas. Later the Southerly will get very strong especially on the higher grounds with 30kts over the SB ranges. Clouds will dissipate in the far north with the east and south bits remaining. A bit more wind than yesterday so the flying will have a bit more bite! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:14 and setting at 19:11 – day length 12:57. (Less than 13 hours day light time! Ouch!) Another SW day – a bit stronger than yesterday. Perfect for beach and forest walks. Do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)








(24 February 2021) 
Day 335 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. So even with the poor outlook for the west coast Jack Henderson did another epic long flight from DTK! 100miles! Well done Jack!  https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:JackHenderson/23.02.2021/10:42

Today the SAH still dominating our weather – a slight CF brushing by along the southern parts, small influence along the west. Conditions very similar today compared to yesterday for the entire WC though maybe slightly better along the west coast. Some sweet looking Q’s mostly along the southern parts and the first mountain ranges drying quickly as we go inland. The trough in the western interior with CB activity to the east of that. Nothing really getting into the WC. Southerly winds along the southern parts with a few SW to SE variations. And late afternoon again strong winds in the interior and long the west coast. Winds remain south to5k then a backing to the west for a gentle backing to the WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish up there.

CT – Typical SE winds 20kts with strong bits depending on the local flows. Inversion around 2k with a slight slackening and backing to the east at TM height. A small wind-shadow a possibility. The main mountains looking sweet again but for the SE influence later in the day from the southern parts. DTK looking sweet again for long flights to the north. Lol. Those poor retrieve drivers. (See Spot) ;) (Just a word of caution – as you guys are pushing the distances be careful for those very strong winds late in the afternoon from Clan to Klawer.)

RB – A slow start but a very strong finish… Sunset probably blown out.

PV – Another sweet day wth a bit more in the climbs. 5k very doable and a tad more in the right place. IT is a bit southerly later in the day so be wary for getting too close to the mountains! And again some strong late afternoon winds today around 15kts. :)

Wilderness – Another very sweet light SW day on the cards. The coastal cliffs light soarably – best time during the late morning but it should be really epic at Serps and Sedge. Again climbs to just over 2k from both sites expected. See spot.

Plett – Another day like yesterday but for high base and better climbs with 4k or just over doable from 10 this morning already! You can somewhere with that height. ;)  And again Keurbooms looking particularly good from late morning into the afternoon! :)

PE and PA – Some SW during the start of the day but trending more Southerly from mid day onwards. Moderate winds 10-15kts at most.

EL – Also a cool lighter winds day with S to even SE winds later on.

Inland – Slightly lighter compared to yesterday, especially form the west but the late afternoon it will blow again as the Sea-breeze moves into the interior. To the N of the GE the winds are W to NW. A few very high clouds here… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:13 and setting at 19:12 – day length 12:59. (Less than 13 hours day light time! Ouch!) Another light S to SW day. Perfect for beach and forest walks. Do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(23 February 2021) 
Day 334 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Another sweet long distance day yesterday from DTK with Jack Henderson flying 147km to the north from Du Toits Kloof Pass. Nice one Jack! :) https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:JackHenderson/22.02.2021/10:20

Today the SAH dominating while the trough has shifted quite a bit to the west. A light CF approaching CT (See the rain graph). Winds are generally W to SW with a few Southerly and even SSE bits in the southern interior. The west coast inversion lower than yesterday so not as good but still some flying to be had. A mostly blue day except in a few spots along the GR and of course along the Trough where there is a chance of some CB activity too. Winds all go Westerly from around 5k with a WNW trend in the East and WSW in the west with a 80kts and 50kts finish at the Tropopause respectively.

CT – A fresh SSW wind today so not the best for the wind-shadow. Expect some convergence and turbulence around the coasts – instability to TM top height or just above. The main mountains with a bit better conditions and DTK still being the easiest and most convenient spot today. Late afternoon sees some 15-20kts spots occurring. (See Spot) Still possible to fly north but not as high as yesterday. ;)

RB – Another possible late afternoon flying day and looks more doable for a sunset session…

PV – Another sweet start. More South in it today with climbs to just over 4k perhaps reaching 5k in the best spots. Some strong late afternoon winds today at 15kts peaking around 20k… :)

Wilderness – A very sweet light SW day on the cards. The coastal cliffs light soarably – best time during the morning but it does look more like a Serps and Sedge day. Climbs to just over 2k from both sites expected. See spot.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies over 3k climbs and Keurbooms looking particularly good from late morning into the afternoon! :)

PE and PA – Fresh SW winds dominating all the way up here. Maitlands looking good for the hangies especially…

EL – Same as above…

Inland – Another sweet morning with light winds in most regions but the S to SSE really picking up in the afternoon. The west is very fresh with the Westerly winds moving further inland – even north of the GE. Some CB’s NE from there. Sweet looking skies around Graafies.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:12 and setting at 19:13 – day length 13:01. (And 13 hours of day light hours is here!) A light SW day. Perfect for beach and forest walks. Do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature another 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(22 February 2021) Day 333 of lockdown.

Day 333 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Today the IOH completely usurping Guambe and dominating most of even the WC coastal weather. (I notice that Jet stream still active with close to 200kts winds!) ;) Here the trough active inland with soe CB activities but it is far to the NE (See the graphs. Still some drooling flying just west of the trough to be had. East to SE winds along the east and southern coast areas with a SW up along the west coast. It is a mainly blue day with no clouds expected. Lower climbs compared to yesterday but the west coast with more W trends so some good flying on that side expected. The winds go North along the southern parts from around 3k and above though fairly light. Then a progressive increase with a 100kts finish over PE but just 50kts over CT at the Tropopause.

West coast

CT – A strong inversion developing from TM hight and lowering during the day to around 2k. Southerly winds around 15 perhaps touching 20kts but it does moderate upwards form the inversion to perhaps 5kts. The wind-shadow should be active enough to fly and use today. Some fresh winds along the shore expected at times. The main mountains looking really sweet today with a nice west to start the day. Later it will trend more SW with the far south showing some S to SE late late afternoon signs. Climbs to just over 5k on the cards and improving to the north. Again some good flight to the north possible today. ;) (See DTK TH graph)

RB – Another possible late afternoon flying day and a maybe lasting to the sunset times…

PV – A sweet day with light WNW start then gong to WSW later in the day. A touch over 10kts late afternoon. 5k climbs but from Eendekuil to the pass late afternoon the convergence setting up there and over Eendekuil you could get well over 6k…;)


Wilderness
 – A sweet light SE start to the day with it picking up during the afternoon. A chance that Map could get blown out but with a bit of luck it will hold all day. ;) Flights form Serps to Map doable during the mid to late morning then the winds getting a bit strong. Sedge is looking very east from early on all ready so probably not worth visiting

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – lol :)

PE and PA – A sweet light wind start with the afternoon an Easterly winds settling in – stronger to the east.

EL – Same as above with the mid day and later wind NE…

Inland – A sweet morning with light winds in most regions. It is NW north of the GE but sweet south of that. Later the Southerly sea breeze pushes through again with some 20kts posts, especially over the bigger mountains. 6-8k climbs north of the Outnikwas ranges on the cards but the sea breeze spoiling that quickly.;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:11 and setting at 19:145 – day length 13:03. (We are sneaking up to just 13 hours day light time!) A fresh SE day for the afternoon. Perfect for beach and forest walks. Do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature another 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(21 February 2021) 
Day 332 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Lots of news and interesting stuff this morning! :) I found a very strong jet stream to the SE of us – 190kts is not bad! ;) Maybe also helped by the tropical storm Guambe that is moving out to sea to the east of us. It is twisting the inland trough way more towards the east – some exceptional soaring conditions inland around Kuruman central regions – base at 17k all the way! Drool! But back home things are not so bad. Yesterday a couple of 100k plus flights from DTK towards the north – this pic form Wj on his way to cracking his 100k too! Lekker! :) On the GR it was an epic coastal soaring day. Today still that frontal moving flow with a fresh CF passing by again in the dark hours but a bit more in the wind department for things to be too exciting form a flying point of view. Still loads of cloud around with high bases in the west and inland (5/6k) but lower along the southern coastal regions. Strong SW winds along the southern and eastern coasts with a more Southerly component up the west coast. Winds are southerly far inland helping that inland convergence around Kuruman even! From 10k it goes more west and then at 30 it is NW with a 130kts finish at the Tropopause.

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. I found a very strong jet stream to the SE of us – 190kts is not bad! ;) Maybe also helped by the tropical storm Guambe that is moving out to sea to the east of us. It is twisting the inland trough way more towards the east – some exceptional soaring conditions inland around Kuruman central regions – base at 17k all the way! Drool! But back home things are not so bad. Yesterday a couple of 100k plus flights from DTK towards the north – this pic form Wj on his way to cracking his 100k too! Lekker! :) On the GR it was an epic coastal soaring day. Today still that frontal moving flow with a fresh CF passing by again in the dark hours but a bit more in the wind department for things to be too exciting form a flying point of view. Still loads of cloud around with high bases in the west and inland (5/6k) but lower along the southern coastal regions. Strong SW winds along the southern and eastern coasts with a more Southerly component up the west coast. Winds are southerly far inland helping that inland convergence around Kuruman even! From 10k it goes more west and then at 30 it is NW with a 130kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A tricky looking day with the fresh southerly. Base around TM top with some strength flowing over that mountains so the wind-shadow a maybe but probably a shy on. The main mountains also with a lot of southerly in it making for very turbulent conditions. Maybe a good rest day for yesterdays long flights! ;) (See DTK TH graph)

RB – IT could be a sweet late morning with some Q’s and maybe even a chance to float to the North and go a long way. ;) Maybe a sunset cruise too but it looks a bit strong later in the day.

PV – Also the more southerly winds around today – the morning earl better than form lunchtime onwards. Still some good Q’s in the morning but a chance of it burning off in the afternoon. Nothing too special today. ;)

Wilderness – A very West start with some strong SW out to sea. Rain out there also but it doesnt show that it will move in until early evening. There is chance for it to be flyable on occasion (probably too strong mostly) with the afternoon perhaps the better time to try some dune playing. Of course Sedge and Serps only for the crazy! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – no its much worse than Wilderness! :)

PE and PA – Super strong SW dominating all day…

EL – Same as above…

Inland – Southerly winds with a light morning then picking up during the day. Some pretty clouds around and the day in the Little Karoo looking very sweet for flying. But strong over the tops of the bigger mountains. Probably a drool and watch day more than anything… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:10 and setting at 19:15 – day length 13:05. (We are sneaking up to just 13 hours day light time!) A strong SW wind day so walk down wind in the beach. Slight chance of rain late afternoon though some rain out to sea which could move in sporadically. Or choose the sheltered forest for those special windy sounds but do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature another 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(20 February 2021) 
Day 331 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. I am sure some of you have noticed the tropical storm Guambe that has now shifted southwards and effecting a big part of the Northern KZN coast. Lots of rain out there but down south where we are it’s the usual frontal systems – the Cold Front moving through during the night leaving the usual cool, moist air in its wake across the entire WC region. Lots of cloud around today with a good chance of rain along the southern areas – it does get less later in the day but there’s more coming during the night and tomorrow. ;) Winds are SW along the southern parts and WNW north of the GE. Few Q’s out here but the cover gets more further south. 11k here but 8k around the SB areas and then 4/6k along the southern ranges and a few spots along the southern coat lower than that. Winds go NW from just shy of 10k and remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 120kts finish.

CT – It is looking like a sweet day if the rain stays away. WSW winds with initial base above TM but later drops to TM hight. Around 5-10kts with a few stronger spots in the corners etc. The main mountains looking promising with a chance for some long flights form the south to the north I think. ;) (See DTK spot graph)

RB – And today it is a WWB day!

PV – Another sweet day with light W to SW wind perhaps a few spots going over 10kts later in the afternoon. Clouds during the morning but most burning off from mid day onwards. Getting to 6k on the best part of the day with no significant convergence setting up except that usual upward stuff flowing into the Renoster hoek ;) The Cederberg looking better with some amazing Q’s out there if you want to do the big jump into them…

Wilderness – A light to moderate SW wind day. The ocean cliffs should be sweet but Sedge also looking good. Maybe a bit strong there but it does look like a day to be climbing up to base. Oh and that is of course of the rain does not spoil things – there is a chance for rain to be popping in on and off hopefully more off than on! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies perhaps not that good but Keurbooms is looking sweet from lunchtime onwards! :)

PE and PA – Strong SW winds all day with a slight moderation in the south and backing to the South. But to the north it remains strong SW.

EL – Same as above…

Inland – A lighter wind day in the morning but then the usual strong stuff for the afternoon. Rain as far as Graafies this morning but clearing during the day. Winds are SSW in the south but WNW in the North. In the far east it is SE…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:10 and setting at 19:17 – day length 13:07. (We are sneaking up to just 13 hours day light time!) A cloudy with chance of rain SW wind day. Perfect for a beach walk and swim in the warm water. (Or choose the forest) but do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature another 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(19 February 2021)

Lost report!

(18 February 2021) 
Day 329 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The Cold Front having moved over the entire WC during the night. Some light rain along the coasts. A relatively breezy W to SW winds in most places. It is NW north of the GE though. Clouds confined to south of the SB and the main Cederbergs on the west. Base around 2/3k close to the coasts but rising further inland and during the day. 4/5k along the first mountains and up to 8k further inland around the SB and Cederburgs. The thermal index with quite a bit of shear/mixing so most spots showing some turbulent climbs – probably lookingbetter that what it is day. ;) Winds go NW from 6/7k upwards and finishes at 110kts at the Tropopause!

CT – Looks like a SSW day so could be very bumpy or if enough W is in it then it could be ok! ;) Base around TM height or just above. IT goes more S later in the day but it doesn seem like a wind-shadow day – perhaps a bit but it seems to be more around the harbour/stadium side of things. The main mountains perhaps with a low cloud and windy start but it looks like it could become a good day to go north. It goes more S later and further north. (See DTK spot graph)

RB – Only late afternoon a maybe enough wind popping through. Otherwise light and too west in the beginning.

PV – Some cloud during the morning then quickly burning off and it actually looks sweet. It does go ver south in the afternoon so don’t fly and scratch too close to that mountain. ;) Up to 5k maybe and 10-15kts in the strongest bits. See graph. ;)

 

Wilderness – A fresh to strong SW day form the looks of it. Slight chance of some rain. But it does look like we might get a classic coastal day. A slight break just before lunch but then after that a good afternoon form the looks of it. If you launch after lunch you could try and get to Plett! Just get there late from 16:00 onwards when the widn at Robberg is dropping so the landings will be safer. ;) Segde looking a bit rough and bumpy. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies looking OK late in the afternoon otherwise a tad too west during the morning and early afternoon.

PE and PA – Strong SW winds with slight moderation from the South late afternoon.

EL – Same as above but no moderation!

Inland – WNW north fo the GE otherwise W in the west and then SW in the south. A bit more Southerly in the trend late afternoon with some strong spots over the bigger mountains. Fly early if you can otherwise it’s a bit of a windy day… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:08 and setting at 19:19 – day length 13:11. A moderate SW wind day – slight chance of rain. Still perfect for a beach walk and swim in the warm water. (Or choose the forest) but do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature a cooler 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 






(17 February 2021) 
Day 328 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The IOH dominating in the east, the trough along the eastern central parts of the country while another CF is heading towards CT. Mostly a blue day out there with no clouds except late afternoon around the WC corner as the front starts to make its presence felt. Flying a mixed bag with excellent conditions in the west but the GR quite inverted near the coast with a strong inversion though inland some high gains possible. However the winds are pretty strong as the front pushes the west will move into the interior for the west with 20kts plus in many spots. The southerly sea breeze will also move in along the central southern parts with 25kts plus in places. But climbs to over 10k over the SB happening today – perhaps on the north of the Outenikwas too. But those are just dream and drool country. Lol. Winds go NW from around 4/5k and remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 110kt finish up there

CT – An early sweet NW start with sweet flying on the 12 Apostle doable but do finish by 12 as the lower SW will move in and start to mix things up. From mid afternoon and onwards the clouds will also make an appearance from the SW. The main mountains perhaps a tad strong NW to start off with but the SW taking over form mid afternoon onwards. Climbs to 6k on the cards.

RB – It is light and west but from after 16:00 things could happen for a late session as the southerly comes through here around 15kts. SO maybe! ;)

PV – A sweet day form the looks of it with a NW start but then going west for most of the day. Later form the south the wind does go a tad more SW. A convergence from 13:00 at Dasklip that will migrate northwards with climbs to over 6k in the right spot. ;) See graph. ;)

 

 

Wilderness – A light SE wind day perhaps becoming lightly soarable at Map. Its pretty stable along the coast with climbs to 1000’ only. Sedge probably not much fun but Serps could be enjoyable – bumble along to Map for a challenge! ;) Buffs probably the best spot for some fun flying.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies reaching 2k maybe…

PE and PA – The NE winds dominating all day long and strong.

EL – Same as above!

Inland – West in the west increase and moving further east during the day. (See maps) The southerly sea breeze also making inroads along the GR getting as far as the GE even. Strong NW further inland form there. Not the best day to be flying but clear skies. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:07 and setting at 19:20 – day length 13:13. A light to moderate SE wind day – perfect for a beach walk and swim in the warm water. (Or choose the forest) but do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(16 February 2021) 
Day 327 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. A sweet day of soaring late afternoon yesterday along the GR coast with Rouberre and Klip flying to Buffels late late afternoon even! ;) Today a strong SE on the cards for the southern areas as the SAH pushes in behind the CF. Some sweet instability around, especially along the west coast where it looks like good convergence between the inland east winds and the SW sea breeze moving in. Clouds confined to the southern and eastern areas. A slight chance for rain during the morning periods along the southern coasts but clearing during the day. The SE to E winds are deep – up to 10k before there’s a abrupt change to the SW and then W winds from 14/16k upwards with a 100kts finish west at the Tropopause.

CT – An early deep instability around with a E to NE flow so a chance of getting very high today over the mother city. But then a shallow SE flow will bring in an inversion from mid day blocking that instability. Some strong winds again in the late afternoon up to 20kts but a good chance of a wind-shadow holding up. The main mountains more influenced by the SE flow so not that good until much later in the day when the SSW moves in. However some good convergence setting up along the mountains so big climbs on the cards in the right spot – up t 8k!

RB – Light morning but a chance of some soaring after lunch. Then late afternoon the East wind pushing through – a chance of some convergence between the S and the E winds then… ;)

PV – A east start but then by mid day the SW will win the battle with some amazing sweet flying on the cards. Strong climbs to over 7k in many places. The upper flow will remain East. See TH graph. ;)

Wilderness – A NE start but by 10 the winds should be SE. It looks like a short coastal window before it gets too strong. The Map might work from 10 to 12 if we are lucky then the strong winds are set to stay for the rest of the day. Then you can go kite surfing for a swim in that very warm ocean!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – The SE wind not so strong here and it looks good for those onshore spots to be working today…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Al SE to E winds and not very strong except for the southern coastal regions. A nice day out there and flying with both the thingies with propellors and without should be good! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:06 and setting at 19:21 – day length 13:15. Strong SE winds from mid day onwards. But you can still go for a beach walk and swim in the warm water. (Or choose the forest) but do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature a cool windy 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(15 February 2021) 
Day 326 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The Cold Front has moved into the entire WC region bringing with it strong SW winds with a southerly trend on the west coast and inland. The early morning rain will clear during the day. The strong wind not making for any pleasant flying or thermals – the shear index pretty high all over the show. Over 30kts inland over the mountain tops. The convection depth also not that much with 4/5k depth at best and that far inland. Q’s in the west and south but the western areas will clear during the day. The southern winds far inland past Uppington and into Nam! ;) Winds remain S all the way to 10k where it will go SW then W with a 70kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – An initial SSW start but quickly going to the South. Base around TM top height going perhaps to 4k. Its fresh with no inversion so not much of a wind-shadow shaping up… The main mountains also with the Southerly trend so expecting turbulent conditions along the mountains especially with the instability and strong winds around.

RB – It is looking very good here today but will probably blow out by mid day. If you are not up there already you are missing out. ;)

PV – Initially some clouds to the south that will burn off quickly. Winds are fresh today with that Southerly trend so not the best conditions. Rough climbs expected so if you do fly stay in the valley! ;) (See graph)

 Wilderness – Strong SW winds for most of the day with a chance of things moderating from 15:00 onwards. With a bit of luck we should get some sweet sunset soaring in today! ;) Oh, Sedge and Serps of course only for the mad and dumb today! ;) lol Oh yes, you can still go for a swim in that very warm ocean!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Those SW winds very strong and dominating all day. Chance of rain increasing to the east but PE should clear by mid morning.

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Very strong Southerly winds all the way as far as you can go today! No clouds from North of the SB ranges. Def not a flying day out there…  ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:05 and setting at 19:22 – day length 13:17. Strong SW winds all day. But you can still go for a beach walk and swim in the warm water. (Or choose the forest) but do go and get high on life. ;) Max temperature another humid 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :







(14 February 2021) 
Day 325 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The inland trough shifting to the east and those CB’s slightly less. There is more frontal influence in the WC especially the coastal areas – loads of cloud around today with base varying from 1500’to 5/6k north of the first mountain ranges with the pop to 12k along the GE. Rain in CT from the front and this will move into the rest of the WC as the front moves further inland and to the east. Winds Westerly in the west and S to SW along the southern coastal areas. Still some CB activity in a few spots but these are now upper instability and CF combined – PE to Willow ore areas at mid day. A very tricky day for flying with lots of weather dynamics going on but the best place seems to be the norther west coast areas like Kardoesie! ;) The wind goes NW from 6k upwards with a 50-80kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A rainy day during the morning but it should clear from mid day onwards with westerly winds. Base should be around TM top height. Perhaps some SH and LH soaring on the cards but watch the thicker cloud and being sucked over/into it along he 12 Apostles! The main ranges in the afternoon probably too strong to fly…

RB – WWB is out today! ;)

PV – Low clouds in the south but it rises significantly to the north. The Bumpy convergence seems to be active again late afternoon for some fun flying. :) (See graph)

 Wilderness – The humid air still hanging around (The ocean is so warm!) with low cloud and chance of rain in the afternoon. There is a chance for a sweet spell of soaring at Sedge from lunchtime onwards if the forecast is correct – before then it is very on and off with pulses of soarability popping through. (See graph!) The coast I think is just too light for anything worthwhile today… But with the warm ocean you can always go for a swim! ;)  

Plett – Looks worse than Wilderness with low cloud, rain and zero lift anywhere except late afternoon at Uppies but even that is very iffi! Lol. (see graph)

PE and PA – Looks like CB and rain from early. Slight chance of clearing after mid day but otherwise not a flying day… Winds southerlies from the looks of it.

EL – Strong fresh SW winds that trends to the South later in the afternoon all day. Also chances of rain here all day…

Inland – The westerlies dominating again except in the eastern interior where it will be South to SE. Those CB’s active around the WIllowmore regions (See graph) High clouds along the GE but the winds are a bit on the fresh side in most areas for any good flying to be had. W to SW winds most areas… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:04 and setting at 19:23 – day length 13:19 (Sunrise at 6 – a psychological turning point…;) A light S to SE day with CB rain from the north from late afternoon onwards… Still perfect for beach walks and everything else! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another humid 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(13 February 2021) 
Day 324 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Still that very active trough along the western interior of the country bringing CB’s all the way down to the Outenikwa ranges by late afternoon – once again. ;) The coastal surface winds influenced by the CB movements so expect even offshore winds late afternoon along parts of the southern coastal areas. Inland between the CB the cloud base is pretty high with some spots up to 15k, though around 10k in the little Karoo areas. (See graphs) The IOH far off to the east with a small influence on those parts – for the remainder it is all frontal movement dominating our weather with West winds in general all along the western parts of the interior. Along the central southern coasts we are in a slight col area with varying winds ranging from W to SE and a mixed bag of flying down there. From 5k the winds go NW and remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish.

CT – A sweet westerly to NW wind day. Looks like the 12 Apostles could be sweet if not for some low cloud that might spoil things now and then. ;) The main ranges also looking good with around 10kts westerly to NW flow and climbs to 5k general. It is more NW to the south and later in the north will trend slightly WSW.

RB – WWB is out today! ;)

PV – A great day of flying here with that sweet westerly flow. Climbs to 5k with some spots to 6k later in the day – especially in the convergence area. The convergence setting up between BP and The pass for the afternoon (See graph)

 

Wilderness – Another cloudy start with light winds but it will trend SSE around mid day. A tricky day to call with the wet ground and light winds – the coastal areas with light soaring at times at the right place and Sedge a maybe but very side on winds from the east for a short part of the day. Some CB’s moving in again late afternoon according to the forecasts with rain. Probably from 16:00/17:00 onwards.

Plett – Similarly to Wilderness with the SE trend and Uppies a side on maybe day – Keurbooms similar. A chance of that CB rain moving in form the north late afternoon. (see graph)

PE and PA – A SW trend with the odd spot reaching over 15kts but in general there is quite a bit of changing flow going light and even SE later in the afternoon around PE side but PA seems to hang on to the SW with 10-20kts even...

EL – The NE winds creeping in form the NE side otherwise a pretty light and varying wind day here…

Inland – A westerly flow to the western interior, going NW further north and towards the central parts. Those CB’s causing some strong gust front areas exceeding 30kts at times in the afternoon. Rain is a bit more centralised compared to yesterday. To the south and east the southerly creeps inland penetrating as far as the GE in a few spots to the east. Again some flood warnings out there so be careful in those dry river beds! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:03 and setting at 19:24 – day length 13:21 (Sunrise at 6 – a psychological turning point…;) A light S to SE day with CB rain from the north from late afternoon onwards… Still perfect for beach walks and everything else! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another humid 24 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(12 February 2021) 
Day 323 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. A complex day with the southerly migration of the trough line. It is very active from north of Windhoek all the way down to the Outenikwas and later this afternoon extending out to sea. Wide spread CB activity inland – a sweet convergence of midlevel moisture from the North with the W to NW from the frontal movement to the west and south of us. So some flash flooding warnings inland and please don’t go kloofing on the GR (or anywhere else for that matter!) ;) The CB rain should be good inland with some coastal areas also receiving a good share but then it will lessen by tomorrow and be replaced by the approaching CF with the associated frontal rain. Winds mainly S to SW along the coast but Ne in the east and inland west in the west and north in the central and more northerly areas though the CB’s will affect the surface winds greatly. Southerly trend all the way to just past 6/7k then the N to NW flow takes over all the way to the Tropopause for a 20-40kts finish up there.

CT – A southerly wind day with loads of high cloud cover. The inversion between 2/3k. The wind does slack a tad at TM top height but it veers to the WSW up there. The wind-shadow on the south side of the harbour side at SH. Strong cross shore winds expected so be carefull. 20kts and more. The main mountains with more S to SW trends but the S to SE in the south effecting those sites. North of Bainskloof it gets better and trends more W.

RB – Hhhmmm… Another looking promising sunset cruise day ;)

PV – Westerly with a slight NW upper trend but SW later in the day. Climbs to 5k with a few spots in the convergence area going above 6k. The convergence region around BP into the valley at 14:00 then towards the pass at 16:00 and south of Eendekuil. See the graph… ;) Winds 5kts but then 15kts SW late afternoon.

Wilderness – A cloudy start with W to SW winds. From mid day it might vary somewhat depending on the CB outflow to the north of us. Perhaps a promising forecast for Sedge (see graph) with some flying to be had there depending on the rain. The coast will also be on and off but with a bit of luck you might get in a good one. More low clouds moving in from late afternoon. ;)

Plett – It is very on and off here from the looks of it. Perhaps more influence from the CB to the north. See the graph. Perhaps not the best day… ;) (see graph)

PE and PA – Some strong CB activity here and even spots of NW to N wind flows from the approaching inland rain. To the east the NE wind still dominates with fresh to strong stuff. 20kts..

EL – The NE winds on the ball here… 20-30kts.

Inland – An even more complicated day with wide spread CB increasing in the late afternoon. The west wind will increase form the west as it moves into the little karoo. Some flood warnings out there so be careful in those dry river beds! ;)






(11 February 2021) 
Day 322 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Some sweet flying yesterday with another round coming up today, even if there are some changes in the air! ;) The trough still very active but some south propagation on the cards bringing those CB activity down with it. Late afternoon CB over the SB and perhaps even the Kamanassie and parts of the Outenikwas in the east later on. Some high cirrus clouds also around along the west and to the north also effecting the thermal areas. Along the coast the SAH in the west and IOH to the east in dominance but with a slack area in between (The cool GR region!) Climbs not the best along the coast with 1/2k on the southern parts, 3/4k on the west coast even though there is some very high temps around there – upper 30ties! But some convergence areas setting up with 7500’ climbs – should be some reprieve from the hotness up there! ;) Winds are all S to SE but form 5k it is light N then gradual backing to the NW and just before the Tropopause it goes west for a 40kts finish up there.

 


CT
 – Looks like another sweet wind-shadow day – better than yesterday. Strong inversion from 1000’ SSE flow 25kts but just 5kts at TM top. The main mountains also not the best but northwards it gets much better with some W to NW winds moving in. To the south FH the SE is dominant and DTK a bit tricky in the change area…

RB – Its looking promising for a sunset cruise here today ;)

PV – Westerly winds mostly with sweet flying – climbs to 5/6k but then the convergence moving in and climbs here late afternoon despite the cloud cover getting you to 7500ft. See the graph… ;) Winds 5kts but then 15 late afternoon. 

 


Wilderness
 – A cloudy and light variable winds to start with but then the SSE will dominate. Perhaps get to light soaring stuff at ap again like yesterday. There is enough south in the wind for the coastal cliffs to work similarly to yesterdays conditions. Sedge and serps both looking very sweet again with Sedge a tad off to the left with that SE component. But again it should be good from 11 – 13:00 from the forecasts. Climbs just over 1000ft  ;) (See graphs)

Plett – Similar to yesterdays forecast. Keurbooms a maybe but Uppies seems doable. Uppies showing climbs to just past 2000’… (see graph)

PE and PA – Another beautiful light wind start, trending East later on increasing from the east to 20kts..

EL – It starts of strong NE and remains that way all day. 20-30kts.

Inland – A complicated day with wide spread CB activity especially in the late afternoon. Winds strong but varying depending on the CB activity. The morning looks sweet enough though for some flying… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:01 and setting at 19:26 – day length 13:25 (Sunrise at 6 – a psychological turning point…;) Another light SSE day with more clouds. Still perfect for beach walks and everything else! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)




(10 February 2021) 
Day 321 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Some interesting action happening with the large dominance of the inland trough – the SAH influencing the southern parts of the country on a lighter scale. The trough helping that acceleration of southerly winds up the west coast exceeding 35kts in places. This trough is causing some sweet convergence regions – including that strong Namibian sea breeze front that today culminates in loads of CB’s! (See maps) Even in SA there is amazing convergence between Springbok, Pofadder and Loeriesfontein with extremely high bases here and climbs possibly to 18k. But these spots are all just drool and dreaming spots – I doubt anybody is lucky enough to make use of these amazing soaring conditions happening out there today! ;)

 

CT – Another day with strong SSE winds – 25kts later on. The wind-shadow maybe around during the early morning but then is eroded by the stronger flow. Strong inversion present but the higher winds just a tad too much to stop the over the top flow from happening by the looks of it. The main mountains still with the SE influence – FH fresh SE all day but a possible flight from DTK earlier on. Some decent climbs on the cards here with a good chance of good XC flights to the north. 6k climbs (or just a tad more here) but near Saron the climbs get lower…

RB – Again a good morning but looks blown out in the afternoon… ;)

PV – Some conflicting reports for PV with one more S and low climbs, the other showing more SW with slightly higher climbs. Seems like it’s a slow start here with after lunch only things get going. Still some S winds higher up. Perhaps 5k on the cards…

Wilderness – Another light onshore wind day with a SSE trend. Perhaps 10kts at times. Sedge and serps both looking very sweet again with Sedge perhaps a tad off to the left with that SE component. But it should be good from 11 – 13:00 from the forecasts. Climbs to near 1500ft. The coast also doable even if it will be a cross wind SSE leg in it. ;) (See graphs)

Plett – Keurbooms not on the cards today I think with too much East in it. But Uppies seems doable. Not as good as yesterday with climbs just past 2k… (see graph)

PE and PA – Another beautiful light wind start, trending SW but then backing ot the S and E later on. 10-15kts…

EL – Same as above but in the north more NE in the direction.

Inland – Another light wind morning making it sweet for propeller thingies. Later the southerly push will again see close to 20kts in places reaching up to the GE. From there it is light W to NW winds with some amazing high clouds north of there.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:00 and setting at 19:27 – day length 13hrs27min (Sunrise at 6 – a psychological turning point…;) A light SSE day with some clouds. Perfect for beach walks and everything else! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(9 February 2021) 
Day 320 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The IOH still domainting with light CF movements to our south. Inland the trough line very west, positioned very much along the Namibian west coast with the centre running west of Keetmanshoop and Upington. (Once again the magic sea-breeze convergence setting up today - this time even higher climbs possible!) ;) Drool! A secondary convergence/trough line far to the east bringing all that rain and CB’s to the highveld. But for the WC it is a fairly chilled day with mild weather – more subsidence, lower climbs, the GR with less wind but the west coast still with that strong southerly winds. A relatively blue day with very few clouds around – some on the higher mountains. Sutherland with climbs to 12/13k, SB with just over 6k but parts of the Cederbergs up to 10k… The wind is S to SW in general all the way to 18/24k where it veers to the NW for a 40kts finish up at the Tropopause.  Freezing level around 17/18k today!

CT – Very similar to yesterday with a dubious wind-shadow on the cards. Up to 30kts in places later today. The main mountains also with strong southerly winds with around 4k climbs. Further north it does improve a little but you will be hard pushed it seems to get more than 5k today. Again looks like a sweet morning in Hermanus though… ;)

RB – I can just leave this here from yesterday - If you are not up there you are missing out. Probably blown out late afternoon… ;)

PV – A southerly kind of day with climbs at most to 5500ft. But another fresh day so windy which should make you stay in the valley if you fly! ;)

Wilderness – A light onshore wind day with maybe soarable spots along the ocean cliffs. Serps and Sedge being the better places to fly. Not high climbs with maybe 1500ft at best but otherwise some fun flying on the cards I think. That is if you get a spot between all the students out there – loads of local and visiting school active at the moment so keep an eye out for the inexperienced traffic you might find up there! ;) lol.

Plett – Keurbooms a maybe with a bit of an east component around mid day. But Uppies looking good with climbs from 10 going over 3k all the way till after 15:00. The winds also has an east trend but it should be manageable.

PE and PA – A beautiful light wind start with the wind picking up in the late afternoon to the low teens perhaps. All S to SE winds.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Light wind morning with beautiful propeller thingie flying all round. Later the southerly does push trough more, especially in the west with some 20kts plus spots around. For the braai manne of Louvain the forecast is not as good as yesterday for flying home late afternoon today with up to 20kts south blowing over the mountains from 14:00 onwards. But to the south of the mountains the weather is fine until sunset even. (See late afternoon wind map)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:59 and setting at 19:28 (Sunrise coming up to 6! – the days are shortening…). A sweet light S wind day. Perfect for beach walks and everything else! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(8 February 2021) 
Day 319 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. I noticed that strong sea breeze convergence setting up today along the Namibian coast (see map) – it could be the longest (and highest gains!) in the world! Extending over 600km and with climbs past 13k! Drool! ;) Back home its another sweet February day with the SAH with a slight ridge along the southern parts dominating our weather. Clouds along mainly the southern coastal areas – most of which will dissipate by late morning. Winds are all in the S to SW range. Slight instability with climbs to just over 4k along the west coast but here its mostly fresh southerly winds. 8k over the deeper Cederberg’s but just 6k over the SB and 10-12k over the GE further north. Winds remain S to SW far inland today. In fact it remains SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish up there! Freezing level around 16k today – way above the CF movements! ;)

CT – Another very fresh SSE day with strong winds all the way up past TM top height so a bad day for the wind-shadow to shape up. Once again the main mountains not faring any better with very side on conditions and the SSE making things bumpy and combined with poor lift to around 4k not the best day to go flying out there… Hermanus is looking sweet though… ;)

RB – If you are not up there you are missing out. Probably blown out late afternoon… ;)

PV – Similar to yesterday but even slower and lower climbs. Just over 4k mostly with strong S to SE winds.. Bleh! ;)

Wilderness – A SW start with probably the coastal cliffs playable early morning but by 11 it all seems to slow down and even a tad S in it. Serps and Sedge looking promising with climbs to 1500’ but lift not the best though it should be playful and fun. The Q’s will burn off late morning I think. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies having climbs to 4k late morning! :)) And Keurbooms looking up for the afternoon as the SW moderates and backs more S…

PE and PA – Again Fresh SW which seem to hang around all day…

EL – Same as above but slight moderation and backing to the S later on.

Inland – Still those S to SW winds reaching far inland. Mostly a blue day with few clouds. The sea breeze strengthening again with some 20kts parts later in the day – stronger in the west and less in the east. No rain expected today for us. (Some CBs to the far east though) (See late afternoon wind map)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:58 and setting at 19:29 (Day length is 13 hrs and 31 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A sweet moderate to light SW day making it perfect for beach walks! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cooler 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(7 February 2921) 
Day 318 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The CF moving up the eastern pars of the country with a influence mainly along the southern parts – those first ranges blocking most of the cooler moist air from penetrating too far inland. The SAH pushing in behind it with a SW general flow – some S to even SE parts along the west coast. Further inland it veers to the west but remains fairly S to SW in the southern and eastern parts. Loads of cloud along the southern parts but dry on the west coast. Some CB activity along the eastern inland escarpment areas (See map). The winds go west at 10k but then SW from 14k all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish. Freezing level around 16k today – way above the CF movements! ;)

CT – A very fresh southerly day with deep instability to TM top height. Not really a wind-shadow day with some strong side on winds at SH. I would be very wary of flying today… The main mountains not faring any better with very side on conditions and the SE just above your heads.

RB – It could be one of those days where you can fly early morning and then again for a sunset session – though it might be a tad strong then. ;)

PV – Another fresh Southerly day with only the lower layers trending a bit SW. 10kts but 15kts in the afternoon. Climbs to 5k maybe. So again not the best forecast. Be careful of flying near the mountains today…

Wilderness – A SW day with probably some good coastal soaring on the cards. Sedge could be on depending on the strength of the wind – cloudy with base around 1500ft. There is some rain predicted so this will complicate things a bit. But in between I think we could het soe sweet flying. ;)

Plett – A bit on the WSW side early on but after lunch it backs nicely so I think Keurbooms will be on. Uppies showing climbs to close to 4k at 11 but then the base drops to 2k after that…

PE and PA – Fresh SW starts. Some rain on occasion. But the wind will moderate and back to the South during the day. …

EL – Same as above.

Inland – S to SW winds from the front movement but no clouds north of the SB ranges. SB could be good for flying early but from 13/14:00 the S wind will pick up 10kts becoming 15 and 20 at the top later on. CBs inland to the east. 9k climbs north of the SB and 12/14k on the GE. The wind is west up there. Some awesome lift out around Middelburg and north of there… (See late afternoon wind map)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:57 and setting at 19:30 (Day length is 13 hrs and 33 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A SW day after the light CF passed during the night. Its still perfect for beach walks! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cooler 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(6 February 2021) 
Day 317 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Another sweet day ahead of us with a Cold Front moving in towards CT (Should make landfall around midnight). The IOH is dominant with SW winds along the coasts and quite far inland – De Aar to near Uppington. An active trough with some CB cells around the GR area late afternoon (see Map). Some good flying inland from Uppington down to the south near De Aar and beyond perhaps. ;) NE winds in the far east from the IOH but this will propagate to the east during the day. Not much clouds around – the eastern coast with lots but the central Karoo with few clouds and the west with none. Perhaps some fog patches along the southern coast in a few spots too. Climbs to 1500’ around the GR and 5/6k on the west coast. Further inland more. Winds remain SW to 10k and then goes NW for a bit and then it backs to the SW for a 30kts at the Tropopause.  Freezing level again around 16/17k.

CT – A bit more of a south day trending SW with height which is not conducive for a wind-shadow to form – or at least if it does it is on the City bowl side of things. The beachfront with strong SSW winds up to 20kts so be careful. Some instability deepening too around mid day with 4k climbs but it could be very dynamic around the LH and CB beach… The mountains looking ok from DTK and northwards. FH too much S and W in it.

RB – It does look like it could be a sweet end to the day with a sunset cruise here…Fingers crossed! ;)

PV – A fresh day with 10kts and then later 15kts form SW to S. Nothing too special but a run towards Renosterhoek always on the cards.  5-6k climbs at the best.

Wilderness – A light SSW coastal wind day with even some west along the coast later on. IT does seem like Sedge and serps will be the best spots to hang out at. Perhaps 1500ft in the climbs. 2500ft on the back towards the mountains.

Plett – Again lift to 3k with late morning the best time… It looks like it will be sweet for most of the day. Keurbooms looking promising too late morning an dearly afternoon…

PE and PA – A East to NE start but the SW moving in from the south. It is slow in its progress reaching PE around 16:00…

EL – NE start around 15kts but going East later and moderating to around 10kts.  

Inland – SW winds all the way inland past the GE except for the eastern parts where it is N to NW. A strong CB convergence line setting up way to the eastern interior (see map) with late afternoon CB around GR area. The SW with the Sea breeze picking up to a SSW later and becomes very strong with over 30kts at times. (See late afternoon wind map)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:56 and setting at 19:31 (Day length is 13 hrs and 35 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). Another sweet light wind day making it epic for beach walks! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(5 February 2021) 
Day 316 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. A sharing of space around the WC between the IOH in the east bringing easterly winds and rian to the eastern coastal areas while the SAH is bringing cool dryer air to the wester parts with the usual typical SW to S conditions out there and the far interior with high bases and initial N winds going S later in the day as the Sea breeze moves in. No rain expected except for the far eastern areas. Climbs up to 6k on the west coast, 2k along the GR, 8k over the SB ranges and 12k over the GE. Winds are fairly light with height with a light south going NW from 10k upwards with a 40kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 16/17k in the southern regions.

CT – Another classic Southerly day with up to 25kts in the afternoon but sweet inversion around 1500/2k and lowering of wind with height – 5kts at TM top. Looks like a sweet wind-shadow all day long. The Main mountains sharing the Southerly influence with FH not working all day and DTK working till late afternoon when the South moves in.

RB – Looks like it will work form late morning onwards but perhaps a chance of a sunset cruise if it is not a tad strong… ;)

PV – A more southerly day with climbs up t0o 6k if you are lucky. Not as sweet as yesterday and no real convergence around with some far in the north near Renosterhoek. 15kts later on as the sea breeze moves in.

Wilderness – A sweet southerly wind with perhaps not enough along the coast I think. But Sedge and serps should be great with climbs to perhaps 1500ft. Sedge will go a bit east but probably not enough to stop the flying.;)

Plett – Again lift to 3k with 12:00 the best time. Still very east in the direction but it should be doable. Keurbooms looks like it ahs to much east in today… Nothing strong with 10kts in the peaks…

PE and PA – Fresh to strong E to NE winds with clouds and chances of some rain.

EL – Similar to above….  

Inland – Not as light as yesterday but still a sweet morning with great prop thingy flying to be had. High clouds along the GE and some of the bigger ranges. And then that southerly wind pushing far inland and up to the usual 20kts plus strengths. SBP should be great for a good morning session of flying but from 14:00 watch the sea breeze picking up here…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:55 and setting at 19:32 (Day length is 13 hrs and 36 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). Another sweet light wind day making it epic for beach walks! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(4 February 2021) 
Day 315 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The weak CF sweeping over the southern parts of the country with little effect – some cloudy parts in the southern parts south of the firth mountain ranges – light rain perhaps around the Overberg region. Otherwise the SAH with a slight ridge along the southern parts with light winds in the southern and eastern areas. The west coast with a tad more SE wind. The inland trough very active with high clouds and CB’s but these are far to the east of the trough centreline. Winds re the usual NW out there. Some good flying to be had to the west of this line though (See cloud map). Climbs to around 6k along the west coast with less to the south – around 1-2k here but of course rising sharply at the first mountain range. The light winds making it attractive to fly some of these ranges but watch for a strong Sea-breeze pushing inland later in the day with spots exceeding 25kts! The winds are light S to past 5k then its WNW up to 14k before it backs to the WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kt finish up there. Freezing level around 15k in the southern regions.

CT – A classic SE day with 25kts in the afternoon but sweet inversion around 1500/2k and lowering of wind with height – 5kts at TM top. Looks like a sweet wind-shadow all day long. The Main mountains influenced by the SE with FH a no go from the looks of it and DTK changing to SE around lunchtime. But further north it is looking sweet.

RB – Another sweet day on the cards here from the looks of it. ;)

PV – A WSW start around 5kts with light winds at TOC – slight east drift there perhaps. But later the winds go SSW at 10kts. Best lift out to the north past Kardoesie.

Wilderness – Another sweet day on the cards from the looks of it. A tad more south and slightly less than yesterday but probably the usual morning onshore flow for some sweet ocean cliff soaring. Serps and Sedge should be good too with climbs to 1500. (Just watch the ocean – if its capping stay on the ocean cliffs but if not then the inland sites start to be sweet) ;)

Plett – Another good day for Uppies with climbs to 3k and with some cloud. Only thing is the east in the wind which can make it tricky. Keurbooms looks like it also could have something with enough south in the east to be flyable before and after lunch.

PE and PA – A light SW start but it backs to the SE with most spots less than 10kts – some perhaps reaching 15. Slight chance of rain from PA and eastwards and the there are some CB activity to the north far inland which might have some influence though…

EL – Similar to above….  

Inland – A sweet light variable wind start all the way to the GE with north to the north from there. It will gradually pick up during the day with a southerly trend and finish strong with the sea breeze reaching 25kts or more in places – especially over the SB ranges. CB east from GR in a North/South line.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:54 and setting at 19:32 (Day length is 13 hrs and 38 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A beautiful day with light Southerly winds. Perfect to go for beach walks yay! and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(3 February 2021) 
Day 314 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Another amazing day yesterday, especially in the WC where all the sites were flyable at one stage of the day. Today a slight change but still good in most of the spots. A CF approaching CT while the SAH is pushing in new air just ahead and behind it, the inland toruhg having a shift to the east and the IOH retreating to the east. No rain expected in and around the WC – some CBs to the far north and east of the torugh line and maybe a bit along the Overberg and CT mountains early evening as the CF moves in. The wind a tad fresher inland too with the W in the west and Southerly in the south penetrating with some 20kts spots around. Very high clouds inland with the GE showing at 14k in places. Over some southern ranges a few lost whisps around at 10k too… Climbs still high 2k along the southern coastal spots and 5/6k along the west coast. Winds are all NW from 5k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 16k but a few spots of 14k in the southern eastern regions.

CT – A southerly day – it does veer with height to the SW so a chance of the wind-shadow shaping up today but there are 20/25kts spots just offshore from CB so a would be very wary… The main mountains with a west to NW start but the SE eventually penetrating in over the back at most of the southern spits like FH so be careful for that. Hermanus looking particularly good today to me.

RB – It looks like a great day here – stronger in the late afternoon but a possible sweet sunset flight on the cards… ;)

PV – A sweet day here with 5/6k climbs bt if you can get to Kardoesie and out towards Eendekuil you will enjoy the convergence with climbs to 7500’ out there. ? Later the SW will push in to 15kts…

Wilderness – A sweet SW to S day – it doesn’t quite look like the coastal cliffs will offer anything great but Serps and Sedge will be amazing I think. Good climbs to 2k for most of the day. Lol.

Plett – Sweet Uppies with 3k climbs most of the day  - winds SW to S later. And then Keurbooms also looking like it could deliver some sweet flying with good onshore flows here for the late morning and early afternoon to work well.

PE and PA – A sweet light wind start with offshore winds and then late morning the SW starting up maybe up t 15kts in a few spots otherwise 10kts. Inland it blows strong with 20kts SSE winds over the mountains.

EL – Similar but remaining light variable for most of the day.

Inland – To the west and south strong winds moving in from both the front and sea breeze effects. But further inland from those (See maps) the wind is initially light N to NW with amazing flying conditions. Sweet clouds with a marked line between Carnavon and down to BW – that is the line to fly today if you are out there!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:53 and setting at 19:33 (Day length is 13 hrs and 40 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A beautiful day with light SW to S winds. Perfect to go for beach walks yay! and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(2 February 2021) 
Day 314 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Another amazing day yesterday, especially in the WC where all the sites were flyable at one stage of the day. Today a slight change but still good in most of the spots. A CF approaching CT while the SAH is pushing in new air just ahead and behind it, the inland toruhg having a shift to the east and the IOH retreating to the east. No rain expected in and around the WC – some CBs to the far north and east of the torugh line and maybe a bit along the Overberg and CT mountains early evening as the CF moves in. The wind a tad fresher inland too with the W in the west and Southerly in the south penetrating with some 20kts spots around. Very high clouds inland with the GE showing at 14k in places. Over some southern ranges a few lost whisps around at 10k too… Climbs still high 2k along the southern coastal spots and 5/6k along the west coast. Winds are all NW from 5k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 16k but a few spots of 14k in the southern eastern regions.

CT – A southerly day – it does veer with height to the SW so a chance of the wind-shadow shaping up today but there are 20/25kts spots just offshore from CB so a would be very wary… The main mountains with a west to NW start but the SE eventually penetrating in over the back at most of the southern spits like FH so be careful for that. Hermanus looking particularly good today to me.

RB – It looks like a great day here – stronger in the late afternoon but a possible sweet sunset flight on the cards… ;)

PV – A sweet day here with 5/6k climbs bt if you can get to Kardoesie and out towards Eendekuil you will enjoy the convergence with climbs to 7500’ out there. ? Later the SW will push in to 15kts…

Wilderness – A sweet SW to S day – it doesn’t quite look like the coastal cliffs will offer anything great but Serps and Sedge will be amazing I think. Good climbs to 2k for most of the day. Lol.

Plett – Sweet Uppies with 3k climbs most of the day  - winds SW to S later. And then Keurbooms also looking like it could deliver some sweet flying with good onshore flows here for the late morning and early afternoon to work well.

PE and PA – A sweet light wind start with offshore winds and then late morning the SW starting up maybe up t 15kts in a few spots otherwise 10kts. Inland it blows strong with 20kts SSE winds over the mountains.

EL – Similar but remaining light variable for most of the day.

Inland – To the west and south strong winds moving in from both the front and sea breeze effects. But further inland from those (See maps) the wind is initially light N to NW with amazing flying conditions. Sweet clouds with a marked line between Carnavon and down to BW – that is the line to fly today if you are out there!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:53 and setting at 19:33 (Day length is 13 hrs and 40 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A beautiful day with light SW to S winds. Perfect to go for beach walks yay! and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(1 February 2021) 
Day 312 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The Cold Front having past over night leaving some sweet unstable air but also some very wet ground so the thermal outlook perhaps not the best. The SAH pushing in behind it with S to SE winds pushing in far inland reaching as far north as Carnavon. It does of course improve further inland as it dries a tad more with base on that side around 11/12k. But nearer home it is much less and doubtful to reach base even if it looks good later on. Some sweet soring to be found along the coasts with the S to SE winds. It is fresh around CT with deep instability and even out at PV side the East dominating quite a bit. Winds go West from 8/10k upwards with a SW finish of 50kts over CT but WNW at 100kts over Wilderness! CT Freezing level down to 11k in a few spots in the south.

CT – SE flow all the way up to 5k. No wind-shadow from the looks of it. Very very strong along the west coasts today with 30kts the norm. The main mountains also very strong with the SE flow… A no good day form the looks of it…

RB – IT looks like it could be a sweet day out here. Some lighter spots on the cards even with the strong bits closer to the mountains and then at the coast. Some “bouncing” over RB… ;)

PV – A tricky day with the East trend in the wind. IT does go SW to the north but its not very deep. So be careful if you fly. The upper flow is over the back and then SSE at mountain top height. The thermals might pull it up straight though… Some very very high clouds in the north in the afternoon around 9k. Maybe if you are lucky you could get up there from Kardoesie side…

Wilderness – A rainy start but clearing mid morning. The SE is sweet and deep so the Map will produce some good lift. The wet grounds making thermal flying a tricky bit btu there is some stuff to be had. Serps will get you into airspace quickly from mid day onwards. It should be a sweet flight to Map though. Sedge too cross and fresh. Bench-up from Swartvlei is on. It looks like it can get blown out in the afternoon…

Plett – SE dominating here too. So a tricky day but around 14:00 there is a chance of getting up at Uppies to 3500ft. Though it is 10kts SE at launch.

PE and PA – SW to S winds today. The onshore spots should all work – 10-15kts. The wet grounds making the inland sites slow and soft. ;)

EL – A SW start but it backs to the South early and the fresh breeze will moderate from 15-20 to 10-15kts. So most of the spits should produce some sweet flying.

Inland – Another Q fille sky with some OD to the south. The little Karoo with sweet clouds and good looking conditions though a bit breezy with plenty 20ts spots and some even higher. All post frontal S to SSE winds. Not really a flying day I think… Though you could get to 18k over the Berg today… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:51 and setting at 19:35 (Day length is 13 hrs and 44 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A wet morning but dry afternoon with SE wind. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature a cooler 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(31 January 2021) 
Day 311 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. A wonderful day yesterday along the GR with many XC flights and people going up 3000ft at Sedge! Even the students where up over 1500ft or more at times! :) Today the ColdFront moving into CT dominating the weather with a slight delay and reprieve along parts of the GR and eastwards. Strong winds in CT and then some rain in the late afternoon. Still ok to the north at PV but breezy in the interior with westerly winds. The wind is fresh WNW from the surface all the way up to the Tropopause for a 50-80kts finish up there. On the eastern coast a light IOH influence with NE winds here but light. This will change to SW late in the afternoon. Pretty clouds around most places. Low in the west around 3/4k but rising in land with the little Karroo up at 6-8k and even more on the GE with 12/13k there. CT Freezing level around 15/16k.

CT – It doesn’t look like a flyable day here with low cloudy start to the day and then strong winds up at the mountain with over 20kts in most places. The main mountains also very fresh and building as the front moves closer.

RB – WWB is out again today. ;)

PV – It looks like a sweet day here with light to mod westerly winds and some low clouds along the mountains. Watch getting trapped though against the ranges with the cloud base so low. Wind up to 15kts in the south after lunch for a moment but otherwise 5-10kts mostly. The late morning mid day the best time with the afternoon becoming stable…

Wilderness – Another SW start with mid day light S trend. Much more stable with climbs perhaps to 1k. Mid afternoon and later the upper west increasing which will deepen the instability but also cause some turbulence with the gradient difference. Hhhmmm… after yesterday it is looking like a rest day! ;)

Plett – Upies on the other hand is looking very good. Climbs still up to 4k with a lower S trend. It holds till 15:00 where there might be an upper west influence… Keurbooms a maybe too but quite a bit of east in it before a bit of west late afternoon moves in.

PE and PA – A light wind start varying in places but the SW will dominate more and more during the day.

EL – A north east start but form mid day this will be eroded by the SW moving up the coast. Nothing too strong though.

Inland – A sky filled with nice Q’s… Strong westerly winds in the west as the front moves closer. So perhaps a good day to be looking at the sky though perhaps an early morng flight for the propeller thingies could have been on. The winds will build during the day – W mostly but NW in the north. Rain in the west from early evening. Midnight along the GR coast and inland areas. 20/30kt spots late afternoon.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:50 and setting at 19:36 (Day length is 13 hrs and 45 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A sunny light wind day. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(30 January 2021) 
Day 310 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. What a sweet day yesterday with playing along the coast in the morning finishing with a sweet Sedge afternoon. And today is looking up too! Some unstable and a tad more moist air left over form a light sweeping tail of a CF from yesterday evening left over the SW parts of the WC. This layer should bring some sweet soaring ahead of tomorrow’s more prefrontal stuff. Winds are SW to S along the coasts, SW to W further inland and in the far north it is NW. (See maps). Some sweet Q’s on the cards along the coastal areas with high bases along the southern ranges. It could be a good day to fly to the west from some of those secret spots around Robertson/Riversdal areas I think. ;) 4/6k base heights with some spots even more. No rain expected and inland winds light at first with some 15kts posts later in the day. The sea breeze in the south also with some stronger bits later on, especially over the bigger mountains. The wind remains SW with height all the way to around 8/9k where it veers to the NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 30/40kts finish up there. Freezing level around 15/16k.

CT – A more W to SW day with base around 3/4k. 10kts mostly so looks like a sweet flying day with the usual acceleration around the corners etc. LH looking sweet. The main mountains looking very good with the SW to W flow and flights to the north from all the popular spots are on the cards today. Some clouds around in the south but this dries to the north. Be careful of SLP – I see some S to SE flow in that area that could complicate things. 4-5k climbs mostly.

RB – WWB is out today with the too much west in it I think. ;)

PV – A sweet looking day with the W to SW flow making for cool flying conditions along the range. 5k climbs mostly and no significant convergence areas on the cards for today… Later in the day 10-15kts.

Wilderness – Another SW start but this time it is lighter so the coasts will be tricky. Sedge and Serps the places for sure. Climsb to perhaps 2k with even some cloud around mid day. The usual mid day stronger bits popping in too. Perhaps a better finish compared to yesterday but not as long lasting I think. Lets see what happens! ;)

Plett – Epic Upies today with climbs to 4k on the cards. Sweet SSW winds all day long too… Keurbooms looking in the ball park before midday and just after so a cool day out here it seems.

PE and PA – A light start with a SW trend. Midday sees it peaking around 15kts then a moderates a bit for the afternoon and even some backing to the south in places.

EL – Same as above…

Inland – Another sweet morning for the propeller thingies and then some thermal clouds mostly in the southern parts up to the SB ranges. Some high climbs around to 8/9k. Above the GE it goes to 11/12k with NW winds up there. 15kts so nothing too wild. ;) Later the Sea-breeze moving in from the south with 15-20kts spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:49 and setting at 19:36 (Day length is 13 hrs and 47 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A sunny light/mod  wind day with a SW wind. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 






(29 January 2021) 
Day 309 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Yesterday Pieter DeBeer did a spectacular flight from DuToits Farm all the way around the Kamansie mountains landing just past the Uniondal/Willowmore road. The distance was just over 100km I heard. Welldone for opening and exploring new routes Pieter! (See pic) Today the SAH dominating with a light tails weep of a CF just reaching in to the WC around late afternoon. The inland trough widely spaced and the IOH to far to the east to do much to us. Winds are SW in general along the southern parts, backing more S initially inland but NW further inland. And then west towards the west coast. A blue day expected so very few clouds around but for the Overberg coast areas. Climbs to 2-4k along the coastal parts then 5k along the first mountains rising over the higher ranges. Climbs to 12k on the GE ridge – so nothing exceptional but some sweet soaring to be had in the right places. The se-abreeze pater picking up the wind to 15/20kts in a few spots. The wind finishes at the Tropopause SW at 30kts. Freezing level back up to 16k.

CT – Another S to SW day with instability all the way up to 3.5/4k. It is SW up there around 5-10kts. The surface corners again up to over 20kts at times with the very fresh cross winds at SH and LH. The main mountains once again SW but not as high climbs as yesterday. 3500-4500k with 5k at the best times and spots late afternoon. Again it gets slightly better to the north.

RB – Looks like a frustrating day with just or just not soarable conditions all day long…  ;)

PV – Another OKish day with SW winds that trend SSW later around 15kts. It starts of 5-10kt with slow climbs at the beginning but at 15:00 you can get to 5k…

Wilderness – A light/moderate start of SW winds that will get lighter again at mid day but it remains SW all day form the looks of it. 2k climbs mostly and it looks like Serps and sedge will be sweet though perhaps a bit fresh at mid day – but perhaps flyable until 5 this afternoon even. ;) The coasts will be better in the morning.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies with climbs to 3k. A sweet day here actually. Even Keurbooms has a shot mid to late morning I think.

PE and PA – The SW winds dominating here all day it seems but to the east t will back to the south later in the afternoon and moderate nicely.

EL – A SW start but going S from mid day onwards and dropping to below 10kts. Those local spots should be good…

Inland – Another sweet morning with the propeller thingies should be up and about. Slightly less in the thermals compared to yesterday but some 7/8k climbs possible over the SB ranges. Winds are all SW to W all the way to the GE and then NW to the north of that. The Sea-breeze again moving in form the south with some 20kts spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:48 and setting at 19:37 (Day length is 13 hrs and 49 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A sunny light/mod  wind day with a SW wind. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(28 January 2021) 
Day 308 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The SAH still dominating as it ridges in along the southern parts. However the isobars widely spaced as is the inland trough so surface winds lighter and moderate compared to yesterday. A S to SW trend in most areas except the far eastern coastal areas where an easterly will move in later in the day. The light winds making for some sweet thermal all over the show – a tad lower climbs along the west coast, especially along the southern areas where the ocean sea-breeze will move in a lower inversion from mid day onwards (like DTK). Climbs mostly around 2/3k along the coastal regions and then progressively more towards the larger mountains with around 8k over the Cederbergs and SB ranges are doable. Winds remain light with hight but from around 10k it is all W in the south and S to the north but then form 15k it is all Westerlies with a 30kts WNW over CT and 80kts over Knysna. Freezing level back up to 15k.

CT – Winds today are S on the surface veering to the SW at TM height. 5-10kts with some 15/20kts spots around the corners and sides due to local acceleration. The wind-shadow on the wrong side of SH so not the best day to fly I think. A bumpy and very fresh cross shore flow on that side. DTK not that good either – FK looking sweet in the morning but late afternoon sees a SE flow moving n over the back so be careful if you fly here. IT does improve to the north.

RB – light most of the day but late afternoon sees a chance of enough wind for a soaring session. Maybe even into sunset though it looks to be dropping again then.

PV – WSW start with a SW finish around 15kts. Climbs to 5k between 14/15:00 at best.

Wilderness – A light wind day with a S to SSE trend later on. Sedge could work though a bit side on. Most other spots will have wind coming up but all on the light side making the flying a bit frustrating. Serps should be sweet for flying to Map. Climbs to 2k possible.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies with climbs to 3k. The wind is a tad more SE here.

PE and PA – SW start but this will back to the S and then East later especially in the east.

EL – A SW start but quickly going to the East with rain and cloud increasing to the east.

Inland – A sweet morning of propeller thingy flying but from mid morning the thermal kick in with sweet climbs and moderate winds. Mostly SW to S in direction. Late afternoon sees a bit of a sea breeze push through with some spots reaching 15.20kts. No rain and few clouds expected.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:47 and setting at 19:38 (Day length is 13 hrs and 50 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A sunny light wind day with a slight Southerly wind. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(27 January 2021) 
Day 307 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. A massive SAH dominating our weather, pushing in cooler air in behind the CF that is moving far inland. Lots of frontal uplift in combination with the inland trough causing lots of convergence and ripe conditions for extensive and deep CB activity. Flood warnings in land and especially to the eastern interior from De Aar and to the east. It dries out to the west but the winds are strong so not much from thermal points of view due to high level of B/S ratios. Still the Cederbergs looks like high climbs of over 10k on the cards – though like I said the strong winds probably enough to keep you away form those big hills… lol. So the S to SW winds run all the way up to around 6/8k where it veers to the SW and then a gentle veering further to the NW at the Tropopause for a 110kt finish. Freezing down to 12k in the SW areas!

CT – A deep strong SSE wind flow with the inversion around 4k. Some cloud at TM top but not much of a wind-shadow day. The main mountains also with strong southerly flows so not a flying day out there – 20kts or more mostly…

RB – An early monring sesh was on but it will get blown out during the day even more… Probably too strong for a sunset session but maybe … ;)

PV – Looks like a strong south day with 20kts winds. Climbs to 5k so not the best day to fly anyway. Over the back the Cederbergs are showing high climbs to 10k plus. But best to watch from the ground today I think… ;)

Wilderness – Looks like another strong SW start to the day with a moderation around 11 to midday. Then another pulse moving in after lunch with the rain after that. Hhhmm… Maybe some dune gooning during the morning I think. The afternoon the wind goes more SSE.

Plett – Mostly strong SW but then after lunch also the rain and the backing of the wind to SSE. Tricky to find a flyable gap I think… :)

PE and PA – A light wind start to the day around PE with the SW moving in from mid day onwards and the progressing further up the coast. Around 15kts with rain from the looks of it.

EL – Starting with a SE wind here it will slowly veer to the SW after lunchtime. Of course loads of rain around here…

Inland – Strong southerly winds moving far inland with 20-30kts in places. Rain and CB’s especially in the eastern interior with flood warnings in place. The west is clear and dry but windy! A coffee day from the looks of it.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:46 and setting at 19:38 (Day length is 13 hrs and 52 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A partly cloudy day light to moderate from the SW. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(26 January 2021) 
Day 306 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. A cold front moving into CT during the day with a S to SW wind – light rain by late afternoon especially along the Overberg areas. SW to S winds along the southern coastal regions with the eastern areas light S then a light moderate SW creeping up the coast. Inland to the  far north it is NW winds and towards the south more W and then SW from the coastal areas creeping inland and becoming very strong with 30kts in places later on. A chance of rain along the GE and perhaps a CB or two especially to the east. Soe very high bases around DeAar with 15/16k. Instability along the coast noting exceptional with 3/4k in most spots before the mountains and then rising further inland. Strong convergence as the front moves inland though to the north of Sutherland and those areas. Wind is light NW from just above 6/7k with a 80kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing at 16kin the south today!

CT – Another strong SE to S day and with the frontal push it doesn’t look like a usable wind=shadow day. The main mountains around DTK also very strong S winds so again probably not really worth it out there.

RB – It is looking good for an early morning sesh and probably till mid day when it gets blown out for the afternoon. But maybe with some luck a sunset session might happen… ;)

PV – Perhaps not the best of days with climbs to 4/5k and SW wind to start with. The sea breeze is moving in early today – perhaps with the frontal movement push so from 14:00 already we have 15kts of SSW winds. So fly early if you must. ;)

Wilderness – Looks like a nice SW day going more south later in the day. Fresh in the moring and then moderating. Early evening some light rain maybe. Sedge will work but is strong during the morning – climbs to 2k. Late afternoon probably better here…

Plett – Keurbooms looking sweet for the afternoon! Uppies with climbs to just over 3k but breezy SW winds over 10kts. Late afternoon the sweeter time.

PE and PA – SW winds around 10kts with some 15kts later on.

EL – Light wind during the morning with the SW creeping up from the SW slowly during the day. Late afternoon the SW moves in.

Inland – A sweet morning inland but wild afternoon! Strong winds building in the west as the CF moves in combined with the SW sea breeze from the south – strong convergence along the GE with some rain there and even the odd CB especially to the east. 30kts out there in many places in the afternoon. Very high base over the GE and De Aar regions.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:45 and setting at 19:39 (Day length is 13 hrs and 54 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A partly cloudy day light to moderate from the SW. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(25 January 2021) 
Day 305 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Some fun down in the Cape with a few hangies flying some XC at PV. Maybe they will go far today… A classic weather pattern around the country with the SAH in the west, the trough inland and the IOH in the east dominating our weather. The CF having left some sweet unstable air around most areas for some good flying. There is a bit of strong wind along the coastal areas that will be excellent for the kite surfers (if they can escape the cops!) ;) Inland the winds are much lighter with an East trend in the east, North in the north and west in the west. (See graph). No rain expected but some light showers in the eastern coastal areas. Few clouds around. Wind is North from 4k upwards remaining light with 10kts at 10k then NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 80kts finish. Freezing at 15kin the south today!

CT – Another strong SE day but with an inversion shaping up around 1500ft and the wind dropping in strength with height. It does look like a grat flying day around LH and SH with late afternoon seeing perhaps a SW cross shore flow instead of the calm wind-shadow. The main mountains are looking excellent with the east flow light and by mid day the west will be deep enough and dominate for the rest of the day. High climbs and flights from Bains, DTK all the way north to PV and beyond are doable today.

RB – Some wind late morning that should last till sunset. It just could be enough for a sunset sesh… ;)

PV – A super sweet day expected here. Winds are all WSW trending SW later on. Climbs to 6/7k and higher over the back in the Cederbergs. Late afternoon sees a sea breeze move in with around 15kts SW winds. Big flights def on the cards with lighter flows higher up. A day to explore over packhuis pass and towards the NE – maybe Clavinia and beyond? Or big out and returns. Or fly from DTK to Klawer for a more sure thing… ;) ;)

Wilderness – A strong SE in the cards so get your flying in early. Looks like it might blow out as early as mid morning but with a bit of luck it will hold till mid day… ;)

Plett – Same as wilderness but looks even stronger…

PE and PA – The east to NE winds blowing like the clappers today. All day long with a slight chance of rain…

EL – Same as above with a slight chance of light rain…

Inland – A beautiful day inland with light winds – the strong coastal stuff blocked by the mountains until the afternoon when the sea breeze will penetrate to the SB ranges. The GE showing some amazing climbs with high clouds around 13/14k.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:44 and setting at 19:39 (Day length is 13 hrs and 55 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A sweet sunny but windy day. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(24 January 2021) 
Day 304 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The end of the Tropical cyclone up in the north but loads of rain and floods for the northern Limpopo areas... (See graph). The CF far into the interior and up the coast into Mozambique. Behind it the SAH is ridging in along the southern parts with fresh to strong E to SE winds but initially SW in the southern and eastern coastal regions. Some rain still around but this will clear up from the west during the day. Clouds mainly confined to the southern and eastern parts of the WC. The west coast is dry mostly with the upper flow easterly. The wind is SE in the interior far up onto the GE platau with convection depth around 5-6k AGL. Lots of rain remaining in the eastern parts especially near the coast. The wind remains SE up to 6k then does a quick backing to the west – west al the way to the Tropopause for a WNW finish of 80/90kts. Freezing at 14kin the south today!

CT – A strong SE wind with the inversion at 4k. It does back a tad to the ESE but remains strong all the way up. So no wind-shadow on the cards for flying today. All day long it seems. Up to 30kts later on. The mountains showing a similar trend. Some Katabatic heating from the main mountains down onto the western flats in the south…

RB – WWB looks good for an early morning sesh then gets blown out but a chance of a return for a sunset session. ;)

PV – The east flow higher up making it tricky to fly the main ranges but the lower flow is SSW. This improves later in the day but remains fairly E to SE upper flow. IT will be bumpy flying along the mountains so be careful. PB seems a tad too south too. If you can get off a down wind run towards Graafwater to connect with the sea breeze convergence will get you to 7/8k and then off to Niewoudville. :)) It should be a great challenge to the hangies… ;)

Wilderness – A rainy start but clearing quickly with a SW wind that also will back quickly to the S and then SE for the afternoon. Everywhere will work today at some stage. Sedge is looking sweet with high climbs to 3k so a chance for the XC crew to try their luck form there – it should be doable with enough south in it till 12 I think. Map might get blown out by mid afternoon too…

Plett – Keurbooms looking good for the mid to late morning as the wind goes from SW to SE. Uppies with a short window in the morning before it goes too East. Climbs also to 3k. It seems to remain OD for longer here…

PE and PA – A fresh SW start that will back to the S and then even SE in the south. Rain hanging around for longer here – into the afternoon with slight clearing from the west.

EL – Strong SW with rain backing to the S and SE later on at 15kts but looks like the rain hangs in there… ;)

Inland – S to SE surface flows with many strong spots at 20ts plus. It increases in the afternoon. The SE trend all the way up past Brandvlei even! Clouds around the southern central parts dissipating to the north. Lots of rain in the eastern southern parts remaining all day there.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:43 and setting at 19:40 (Day length is 13 hrs and 57 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A rainy start but clearing with fresh SE later on. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(23 January 2021) 
Day 304 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The CF far into the interior and up the coast into Mozambique. Behind it the SAH is ridging in along the southern parts with fresh to strong E to SE winds but initially SW in the southern and eastern coastal regions. Some rain still around but this will clear up from the west during the day. Clouds mainly confined to the southern and eastern parts of the WC. The west coast is dry mostly with the upper flow easterly. The wind is SE in the interior far up onto the GE platau with convection depth around 5-6k AGL. Lots of rain remaining in the eastern parts especially near the coast. The wind remains SE up to 6k then does a quick backing to the west – west al the way to the Tropopause for a WNW finish of 80/90kts. Freezing at 14kin the south today!

CT – A strong SE wind with the inversion at 4k. It does back a tad to the ESE but remains strong all the way up. So no wind-shadow on the cards for flying today. All day long it seems. Up to 30kts later on. The mountains showing a similar trend. Some Katabatic heating from the main mountains down onto the western flats in the south…

RB – WWB looks good for an early morning sesh then gets blown out but a chance of a return for a sunset session. ;)

PV – The east flow higher up making it tricky to fly the main ranges but the lower flow is SSW. This improves later in the day but remains fairly E to SE upper flow. IT will be bumpy flying along the mountains so be careful. PB seems a tad too south too. If you can get off a down wind run towards Graafwater to connect with the sea breeze convergence will get you to 7/8k and then off to Niewoudville. :)) It should be a great challenge to the hangies… ;)

Wilderness – A rainy start but clearing quickly with a SW wind that also will back quickly to the S and then SE for the afternoon. Everywhere will work today at some stage. Sedge is looking sweet with high climbs to 3k so a chance for the XC crew to try their luck form there – it should be doable with enough south in it till 12 I think. Map might get blown out by mid afternoon too…

Plett – Keurbooms looking good for the mid to late morning as the wind goes from SW to SE. Uppies with a short window in the morning before it goes too East. Climbs also to 3k. It seems to remain OD for longer here…

PE and PA – A fresh SW start that will back to the S and then even SE in the south. Rain hanging around for longer here – into the afternoon with slight clearing from the west.

EL – Strong SW with rain backing to the S and SE later on at 15kts but looks like the rain hangs in there… ;)

Inland – S to SE surface flows with many strong spots at 20ts plus. It increases in the afternoon. The SE trend all the way up past Brandvlei even! Clouds around the southern central parts dissipating to the north. Lots of rain in the eastern southern parts remaining all day there.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:43 and setting at 19:40 (Day length is 13 hrs and 57 min – we have broken through the 14hrs mark – winter is marching closer!). A rainy start but clearing with fresh SE later on. Perfect to go get high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(22 January 2021) 
Day 302 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. An awesome day before yesterday with Josh flying just over 350km as the crow flies. This is an amazing flight and the longest in SA for a few years now as far as I can recall. Have a look here at his track log! https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Josh/19.1.2021/09:36  We have tropical storm Eloise up in the NE corner of our SA map with a cold front approaching CT rom the SW – two very extreme weather systems that will impact our country weather over the next few days. For the WC though it’s the IOH, inland trough and a bit of the CF approaching us that is dictating the flying. Strong NE flows along the eastern coast still around with a chance of rain as the moisture from the IOH is carried onshore. There’s a slight chance of the inland trough activity causing some CB’s in the easter southern interior and the SE winds curling around the Peninsula again for the SW component up the west coast. From here the winds veer inland for a more westerly component and eventually the NW in the central parts. Very high clouds expected again in the interior around the 13/14k mark. Some chance of OD conditions – 15-20kts out that side. Closer to home the southern coastal with a tad more climbs in it that yesterday but still relatively stable perhaps 1500ft along the southern coastal areas. Rising towards the mountains and on the west coast it is a better day compared to yesterday with better climbs and not as strong SW wind moving in later on. The winds are all NW from 5/6k upwards with a west finish at the Tropopause around 50kts. Freezing up to 17/18k today!

CT – Looks like a super cool day with the winds backing to the west at TM top height at 5kts, a strong 1000ft inversion (or just above) and SE winds to 20kts at most. So another super sweet wind-shadow day all day long form the looks of it. The main mountains also looking better with DKP a day to go from there to PV that is not so scary strong. ;) Slightly more moderate wind Starting NW but going W to SW later today and climbs 4/5k but more in the convergence areas.

RB – It just might be too light all day but maybe later afternoon a bit more..;)

PV – A good day here with slightly less winds. The convergence setting up from bumpy peak into the valley – this move northwards to Eendekuil between 14:00 and 16:00. You could get to 8k in there… ;) Up to 15kts later on. Wind is W5-1okts but SW later to 15.

Wilderness – A light wind start with a SE trend – supposedly strong later on but I notice a steep gradient along our area of coast so probably a bit frustrating with the lighter shadow bit creeping into the Map area this afternoon. I noticed 5kts on the surface and 15kts at 500ft. Hhhmmm… Something to be had at Sedge eary – bit form the left but climbs to 500ft above maybe for a while before it gets too strong by mid day. Serps to Map is n though… ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs again to just over 2k but quite easterly. Low cloud early evening it seems…

PE and PA – The IOH dominating here with NE to E winds – 20kts in a few spots. Pretty cloudy towards the east with a slight chance of rain to the east and inland.

EL – As above…

Inland – Another beautiful day out there with partly cloudy skies today. A lighter wind start but the NW to the north up to 15kts and the strongest bits to the far western parts it seems. Some CB activity in the southern eastern regions this afternoon. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:41 and setting at 19:41 (Day length is 14 hrs and 0 min). A light SE start picking up during the day but remaining light in the Wilderness corner. Go do something that will get you high on life today! ;) Max temperature around 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(21 January 2021) 
Day 301 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. So day 300 of lock down has come and gone like we are living in some kind of Mad Max movie scene. Classic system positioning today with the IOH on the east and SAH in the west with the sweet Trough line running down the centre of the country. Cloudy along to the east coast with NE to East winds this veers to the SE along the southern coastal areas and then continues to the S and eventually SW further up the west coast. Strong along parts of the southern regions with 20kts around. But much strong and lower inversion present form the few days of ocean air presence so conditions up to the mountains weaker and lower in convection depth. Once past the mountains thing improve quite a bit with climbs to 8/10k but of course further north into the big sky country there’s cumies everywhere all up around 14/16k. NW to W winds in the south 10-20kts up high so if you can get out there it should be pleasant flying. No rain expected but late evening a bit for the southern parts of the Overberg. Winds go NW from 4/5k up wards and trends W for a 30-50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing up at 15/16k.

CT – Another day with a super strong inversion and slackening and veering of the wind to west at TM top height. 15-20kts on the surface but 5kt and less at TM top. Its warm up there today with 25 degrees from the looks of it but a super large wind-shadow on the cards so LH and SH should be light and sweet today – the inversion making it pretty inverted though. Should be there all day long. The mountains starting off okish but the SE pushing through in the mid afternoon period so not that good out there. You need to go further north… ;)

RB – Another later day but it gets very strong so probably blown out for a sunset sesh…;)

PV – A hard day I think with initial weak climbs thought he west wind should help things quite a bit. Convergence setting up between Bumpy and moving north to Eendekuil around 14:00/15:00 and within here there’s a chance of climbing to over 7k… Otherwise it is 4/5k with the odd spot of making 6. It goes SW and strong later on around 15-20kts.

Wilderness – A light wind with inverted conditions. Weak climbs to 1000’ at Sedge and Serps. Serps should be challenging to fly to Map. Winds are SW to start off with then backing to the SE during the day. It remains light at Map all day at maybe 5kts….

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 2k…. ;)

PE and PA – The IOH dominating here with NE to E winds – 20kts in a few spots. Pretty cloudy towards the east but no rain expected.

EL – As above…

Inland – A beautiful day out there with blue skies and few clouds except north of the GE where it will look like a cauliflower field. ;) Winds are fairly light at 10kts W to NW but later the SSE winds form the sea breeze moving in at 20kts but penetrating only to the SB range it seems. Early morning some sweet propeller flying around to the north. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:40 and setting at 19:41 (Day length is 14 hrs and 1 min). A light sea breeze start trending lightly to the SE. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(20 January 2021) 
Day 300 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The CF moving into Mozambique with the SAH ridging in along the southern parts to eventually spin off into a IOH. Still some strong SW winds to the eastern coastal parts but SE along the GR and veering up along the west coast for a SW trend on that side. It curls inland with the usual westerly flow inland and NW further to the north. Clouds confined to the southern eastern parts mainly with some rain along the eastern coastal areas. Pretty windy in many spits spoiling some of the thermal fun – the best parts being the west coast areas with climbs to 6k in the mid afternoon period. The air around most of the WC showing just up to around the 6k convection depth. North of the GE it is much more with the 13/14k climbs though the clouds much further to the east. Winds go light NNW from 5k upwards then backs quickly to the west with a WSW finish at the Tropopause of 30-50kts. Freezing level back up at 16k today.

CT – A strong inversion shaping up at around 1k with the SE winds backing to the east and dropping to 5kts or less at TM top height. A good combo for the wind-shadow to shape up so it looks like a sweet shadow day around the SH and LH region. Towards the big mountains SLP and FH dominated by the SE flow and the change happening around DTK but a bit dubious around here with still some upper East influence into the early afternoon. Climbs to 6k possible before the sea breeze moves in.

RB – It looks like a mid to late afternoon day here with a chance for a sunset flight. … ;)

PV – A typical PV day with the SW winds 5-10kts and then some 15kts spats late afternoon. Climbs up to 6k in the mid afternoon in the better areas.

Wilderness – A rainy start with a fresh SE trend. It looks stronger than forecasted yesterday so if there’s a chance of flying come early to Map. Probably blown out by mid day but t could happen even earlier. Sedge and Serps just too fresh East even form early I think. The day should clear later on.

Plett – Same as Wilderess…. ;)

PE and PA – PE with a light S to SE start but to the east it is SW during the morning. To the east this SW will slow and back to the S and then later on East. Rain around for most of the day – especially to the east.

EL – As above…

Inland – A sweet light wind start in the little Karoo. No clouds expected with the rain and moisture blocked by the Outenikwas and SB ranges. The SE will move inland during the afternoon but only penetrate to the north of the SB mountains. Some 20kts posts around. Clouds far inland are all to the east of Middelburg with few along the edge of the GE.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:39 and setting at 19:42 (Day length is 14 hrs and 3 min). A cloudy Start with SE winds during the day. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(19 January 2021) 
Day 299 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. So yesterdays long flight by Patrice was from Swellendam (I forgot to mention that) ;) Here’s a pic from him on the way. Today a CF moving into CT with a strong SAH pushing it along so expecte fresh winds today – probably increasing as it moves into the WC. Direction is all SW with some southerly bits in the SW corner but W further inland. The high grounds even fomr early moring already winds of 20kts expected. Some clouds around – OD in some southern coastal areas base from 2-3k rising as we move further inland. North of the first ranges it goes to 8-10k and over the GE rises to 14/15k and more in a few spots. (The trough line sweetly active here with very high climbs from Uppington all the way past Middelburg – if you can manage the 20kts winds it’s a possible record day!) ;) (See graphs). NE winds along the eastern coastal areas that will be replaced by the SW as the front moves into the WC. The wind is all west from 6k and NW from 8/10k with a 120kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level dropping ot 13k in the SW today.

CT – A clear start but some low clouds moving in late moring in the mid parts of the Peninsula – the northern parts relatively clear. Al SSW winds mostly and fresh along the shore front at LH and SH of 20kts. No wind-shadow today with too much South in the wind so be careful if you fly in the cross conditions. Gets worse later on as the wind backs a tad more… The main mountains with a very southerly component so also not the best day out there and the wind is fairly fresh with 15kts (and more in spots) on the cards…

RB – There is a chance of a sweet afternoon and sunset soaring flight happening today… ;)

PV – A more southerly day and fresh with 10-15kts from the morning already. Some clouds but more to the south. Kardoesie looks like the best spot with 6k climbs after lunch and the wind a tad more up the slope here…

Wilderness – A fresh SW day from the looks of it. Some rain later on but probably on the mountains leaving the coast still flyable. Sedge with climbs to over 2k but of course the wind fresh with 15kts up there – plenty bumps for sure! ;) The coast def the place to be. The afternoon sees a bit more of a bump in the air as the shear increases a tad more (slightly strong bits higher up) ;)

Plett – The SW fresh here too with Uppies showing rising base to 4k after lunch! Hhhmmm… The winds are fresh SW though. A tad too west for Keurbooms to be sweet. ;)

PE and PA – PA with NE wind to start off with but PE areas already SW from early. The SW will move up the coast all the way past EL late afternoon. 3okts at times!

EL – Strong NE winds to start  but form mid day the SW will move in and pick up to 30kts later in the day…

Inland – A sweeter start but the SW and then S sea breeze later on will bring very strong winds inland with 20-30kts winds moving all the way to the GE by evening. Ontop of the GE the air is big sky country with high base along that trough line – especially to the east (See graph and good cloud line) Some CB’s late afternoon in the south eastern sector around Adelaid… And rain along the southern parts of the mountains of the Klein Karoo later on…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:38 and setting at 19:42 (Day length is 14 hrs and 4 min). A cloudy SW wind day. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(18 January 2021) 
Day 298 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. So a sweet day yesterday with plenty pilots taking advantage of the conditions for some XC flying. Morgan did his first PG XC from Swartberg Pass getting to 7000’ and managing to go half way to Meirings poort landing in the foothills for a long walk out! ;) See the pic above of him enjoying a bird encounter (What bird is that?) ;) But the flight of the day going to Patrice managing to go from all the way to just shy of PV. Here’s a track log of his flight. Superb! ;) Today less clouds and a tad lower climbs along the southern and western parts but further inland the trough action starting up so some higher climbs out there. Winds are strong SE along the southern parts but it does not quite curl enough to make it around the CT Peninsula so NW to W along the west coast but for the late afternoon where the SW will move in rom the south. Climbs in spots to 6k, 2/3k along the south but over 13/14k on the GE. Winds out there are NW. Winds all go NW from 5/6k upwards with a WNW finish at the Tropopause of 80kts.   Freezing level up at 16/17k!

CT – A sweet NW start backing to the SW and eventually S later in the day. But until about mid day it will be sweet. 5-10kts initially but 15kts S later on though a low inversion setting up so the wind-shadow looks like it will be in full effect as the flow seems to curls around TM with an onshore at LH and SH. The main mountains also pretty good with NW to start but from 14/15:00 it goes more W to WSW so a late jolly along the range towards the north could be a plan.

RB – Initial WWB but late afternoon a Southerly pushing in though it is doubtful it will be strong enough to be cool… ;)  

PV – A NW start then later going more W to WSW. 5-10kts or less… Sweet convergence setting up from mid day to about 16:00 between Teenage tit and Bumpy peak out into the valley. So look out for this – maybe some dusties in the valley probably. 6/7k climbs in here…

Wilderness – A light SE start picking up to be blown out around midday form the looks of things. So get to Map early if you can. All the other spots are very east from early so doubtful they will work. Perhaps an early XC from Serps to Map could work! ;)

Plett – Also very east from early. Uppies showing climbs to just over 2k initially… The SE spoiling the fun it seems.

PE and PA – Some clouds here as the IOH moisture reaches to here with strong E to NE winds all day. Maybe even some rain but better chance for that to the east.

EL – Strong NE winds here with clouds and some light showers possible.

Inland – Another beautiful day inland with initial light winds – south in the south but north in the north. Few clouds around but those that pop up will be over the higher peaks and high! 10k or more! So still some good stuff to be found out there if you are lucky enough. Later on the sea breeze will push in again form the south with 20kts in places creeping all the way to the SW range by late afternoon.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:37 and setting at 19:43 (Day length is 14 hrs and 5 min). A sweet start but a strong SE wind day from mid day into the afternoon. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(17 January 2021) 
Day 297 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The CF far to the NE of the the country but still some sweet cool unstable air pushed up by a weak SAH form the south – still some lingering lowish clouds along the southern coastal areas with even a spot of light rain during the morning. This should clear by late morning in most spots – perhaps hagin around in the east for a tad longer. The surface winds still fresh SW in the east but mor Southerly in the central and western areas. It is fairly light inland with a light N initial flow and then a light S but this will turn into a very fresh southerly sea breeze in the late afternoon – 20-25kts in places. Instability within this layer up to 6/7k in depth with a few of ht ehigher mountains giving a bit more – the Cederbergs going to 10/11k, as the GE, the SB just over 8k but the Q’s confined to the southern parts of the country with the firt ranges blocking most of the moisture. Some good flying ot be had if you can get to a good spot – inland def some XC potential on the cards especially with the lighter surface winds on the cards. A bit more tricky to the south and especially to the east with the lower base in those areas. Winds go westerly above the Southerly inversion from around 6/9k upwards for a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 16k!

CT – A light wind start so the protected areas active around SH but the wind does pick up to 25kts later in the day with a on/off chance of the shadow being active. The inversion is high and the wind drops to about 10kts at TM top height so perhaps that’s not enough. The FH side with dominating SE winds all day with the SW flow kicking in from DTK and Bainskloof however only from mid day onwards is it deep enough to negate the SE upper flow. From then and northwards it is looking not bad with some sweet climbs to around 5/6k.

RB – From lunchtime it looks like it will work with a chance of even doing a flight to PV today. ;)  

PV – A SW day in general with initial SE upper flow. Later this will weaken and quickly back to the NW with height – it seems to be above the inversion so shouldn’t effect the flying. A nice day with some moderate climbs around. Sweet!

Wilderness – A SW start that will back to the SE during the day. SO a Sedge start I think then a drive to Map for a late afternoon soaring to finish the day. Perhaps some XC potential for the hardcore dudes from Serps and Sedge though it just doesn’t seem to be as good as expected. Climbs to 2500’ mid morning then lowering into the afternoon with the back flats only a tad more. IT seems you need to travel just north of the mountains or out towards Riversdale to get into the sweeter EXC air…

Plett – Some OD inland it seems which is sticky to break up. Still Uppies with weak but perhaps sweet climbs to 3500’. Keurbooms looking doable during the morning while the SSW wind lasts. The SE spoiling most of the fun when it settles in.

PE and PA – The SW still here during the morning but it will quickly dissipate form the west backing to the south and even light SE in the west.

EL – Strong SW at 25kts during the morning but by mid day it will have backed a bit and weakened to finish the day S to SE 10-15kts.

Inland – A beautiful day inland with light winds of a southerly trend for most of the day. Only late afternoon sees the strong SSE push form the coast moving inland – that sea breeze effect of 20kts. It reaches just north of the SB by late afternoon. Some good flying in most spots until the sea breeze gets to it. ;) Du Toits, SB pass and Riversdal would be great XC spots today. IF you can get on the western Outenikwas a long flight towards Worcester is very doable…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:36 and setting at 19:43 (Day length is 14 hrs and 7 min). We are losing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) A late afternoon SE day… Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(16 January 2021) 
Day 296 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The CF having moved far inland leaving sweet unstable air in its wake. However for the most part the winds are still strong so the Southern coastal areas and initial inland parts a bit on the fresh side with WSW winds. The west coast looking nice with more manageable stuff out that side. Some rain this morning but it lifts quicky and turns into a sweet flying day. Base ranging from 2/3 around the coast, 4/5 near the first mountains and then up past 6k once you go further inland. The CF layer of air is not more than 7/8k in depth so even out at the GE base is around 9/10k. But it should be good flying though with no more CB activity for the region today. :) Winds remain W to SW all the way tot eh Tropopause for a 50kt finish up there. Freezing level up at 17k!

CT – Rain with low cloud start and NW winds. Base will rise quickly sitting around 1k above TM. It is looking sweet with 10-15kts winds and going form NW to WSW perhaps. Generally it remains W so looking good for the 12 A’s. The main mountains similar with a bit more breezy stuff – be ware of FH but DKP with NW start then going more W. 10-15kts. So be watchful. Better to the north it seems. And of course SLP looking sweet especially for the hangies from mid day onwards. ;)

RB – WWB is out again today in full force… ;)

PV – Some clouds in the morning but after lunch most will burn off. A good day here with climbs to 5/6k. 5-10kts winds. Starting W with a slight SW trend later on. Its more in the Cederbergs. Sweet!

Wilderness – A strong WSW flow out to sea along the whole coast with 20-30kts out there. The Wilderness corner slightly sheltered with a bit more SW turning in here however the strong gradient present looks like it will mix things up again – almost like yesterday. I think a small window early (now) before it gets too strong and then the trend will be for the surface winds to drop around mid day again but the upper winds remain strong with 20-30kts around 1500’. Again a very high Shear gradient on the cards for Sedge and Serps (15kts shear diffs) and a westerly trend in the flow just above your head so be very careful if you try to fly at one of those spots. Lol.

Plett – As above…

PE and PA – Dominating strong SW winds all the way up the coast. 30kts…

EL – As above…

Inland – Strong W to SW winds all over the inland spots. Some areas at 20kts in a bit more in the south later in the day. Sweet looking Q’s up the SB and then some further to the NE. No rain expected from CB’s. A tad fresh for most sites out there today.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:35 and setting at 19:43 (Day length is 14 hrs and 8 min). We are losing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) A strong WSW wind day… Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a breezy 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(15 January 2021) 
Day 295 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The CF into CT this morning and it will move further into the WC during the course of the day. Winds are westerly with some slight NW in the far north and bits of SW in the southern coastal areas on occasion. Still very active trough down the interior with CB activity – it all propagates east wards with a slight pause in the central WC areas including the coast but then the frontal rain also bringing a chance of some CB’s with it. It’s a very iffy flying day today with few places seemingly offering short windows at times. The rain in the west hampering play and even in between the rain the winds are pretty strong so a tough one to call. The GR areas in a similar position with a small window of flying perhaps just before lunch. Huge variation in cloud base and lift heights with the NE areas showing up to 15k and then the west and southern parts perhaps 1000’. Cloud base reflecting this nicely. The NE winds dominating in the far eastern coastal areas but this will erode away as it is displaced by the advancing frontal SW. The westerly trend runs all the way up to around 12/14k before the NW winds take over for a 100kt finish up at the Tropopause.  Freezing level up at 13k in the SW today…

CT – Low cloud and rainy morning with a partial clearing around mid day. Even a chance of some CB’s. Winds are NW to W all day with some breezy patches. The adjacent moutnains also clagged in with strong W to NW winds. Hhhmmm no flying day here… You will have to head far north for a maybe flight. ;)

RB – WWB is out today in full force… ;)

PV – Base starting below the mountain tops but rising to around 3500/4k towards the north so the mountain tops should be open. The wind starts NW and trends W during the day but remains breezy with 15ks so in the venturis it will be more – probably too strong to fly especially with all the cloud suck around too! Lol

Wilderness – A low cloud start with a WSW wind. The winds will be fresh during the morning looks around 15/20kts, a tad stronger than expected from yesterday. At mid day it will die down quickly with light winds on the surface but with a strong gradient and moderate shear expected. Sedge is showing just 5kts on the surface but with a 15kts shear trend – so any one flying expect some washing machine stuff! ;) In the late afternoon another pulse expected but this one seems to have quite a bit of westerly to even NW influence. Hhhhmmm. Not the best out look but with a bit of luck and good timing one could squeeze out a flight along the coastal cliffs just as the wind starts to drop before lunch/midday.

Plett – As above…

PE and PA – PE starting NE early moring but quickly turning to SW as the coastal low moves eastwards. This will settle in the afternoon with ip t 20kts spots. Also lots of rain expected here with CB activity.

EL – The NE dropping around mid day for the change over. And also rain and even CB’s as above…

Inland – Strong westerly winds in places with that SW influence from the south in the afternoon – see graphs. CB along the Outenikwas but moving to the east during the day. It is more active in the east. Less in the central and western parts compared to yesterday but the frontal rains effecting the west. Not really a good flying day (Except for Morne who manage an early morning propeller flight around his farm in the langkloof!) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:34 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 9 min). We are losing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) A west to SW day with a break after lunch… Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(14 January 2021) 
Day 294 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. WE are still open to suggestions fro improving the weather report format - just text me privately. ;) A CF making its way towards CT while the inland trough is far to the SW of the country with a very active trough – loads of CB’s all over the interior expected today again. The low helping to accelerate the wind along the coastal areas with a easterly trend. Some very strong areas again with in excess of 30kts. A bit warmer along the southern coasts and that heat wave along the west coast with slight relief as the NW wind settles in along that side. CT with a mix of wind with the change over happening in your area today. Inland of the GR some sweet light wind regions but also some strong spots from the CB flows – see graphs. Wind is NE along the coast from around 2k upwards but light trending north and then from 6/7k it is all NW winds increasing in strength with a 80kts finish at the Tropoause. Freezing level up at 15/16k in the SW today…

CT – The SE flow confined to the southern Peninsula from the looks of it with a NE start around SH. It backs to the SW around late morning along the surface with the change to NW just above the inversion that is around 1000’. This is the pattern all day. NW at TM top around 15kts by the looks of it. The main mountains with a tad too much strength in the NW flow to my liking… Almost like a touch of pre-frontal flow… ;)

RB – WWB is out today in full force… ;)

PV – A NW to W flow all day here – perhaps abit of a N start but slightly lower temps – mid thirties I think. And some good climbs in the convergence area as the NW/W flow goes around PB and meets in the valley centre from PV to Dasklip during the mi afternoon times. No clouds but perhaps a dusty might indicate its location. Climbs in here to 7k… Over the back into the Cederergs some amazing clouds sitting pretty at 13/14k. But 20kt winds that side from surface to base… ;)

Wilderness – A slightly less strong day today so it might be flyable after the long break of no flying. Fingers crossed that we can get some airtime. It is however not looking the best. Strong out to sea with East flow from 1500/2000’ above. Late afternoon sees even NE to N flows at 2k (Perhaps form the inland CB activity) But with some luck we can get something at Map. (Looks like light surface winds and breezy at launch height – this pattern becoming stronger from mid day onwards)  ;)

Plett – As above…

PE and PA – Even stronger today compared to yesterday with NE winds all along this stretch of coastline. 20-30kts all day long…

EL – As above…

Inland – Another day of wide spread CB activity – even more compared to yesterday. Strong varying surface flows with 20kts plus in spots. There is a westerly to NW trend in the west and north. The southern parts with some lighter lower winds during the morning with some sweet propeller thingy flying doable I think.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:33 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 10 min). We are losing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) An afternoon of strong SE winds with a slight chance of rain. Perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 24 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(13 January 20210) 
Day 293 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. So I was wondering if there are any of you that might want to see something different to improve these weather outlooks. Maybe send me a personal message with your suggestions. :) For today though its another dismal southern coast day with cool, rainy and windy conditions while the heat wave along the west coast and in some inland parts continues. Some high climbs in the PV doable perhaps 9k especially in the convergence areas but with surface temps near 40 degrees C you better be strong! ;) The temps along the southern parts much cooler at around 22 but of course no flying prospects at all. Inland a similar position with wide spread CB activity as the moist northerlies continue to flow in over the interior with some interesting mid level convergence going on – that combined with the super high surface temps, suffice to say its CB city out there today. ;) Maybe a slight break in the pattern by tomorrow though at this stage it seems slight. Winds go NW from 6/7k but then a S to SW flow from 18k until just shy of the Tropopause before it settles back to NW around 30kts. Freezing level up at 16/17k in the SW today…

CT – Like yesterday but perhaps not as strong with just over 20kts in some spots later in the day. It does drop and back to the east with height but most Apps don’t show the wind-shadow being settled and strong… Hhhmmm… The East winds still dominating the main mountains so best to go north to PV…

RB – Also a mixed day with a maybe flyable time in the afternoon. IT does drop towards sunset and might be strong enough for a smoother late afternoon finish…;)

PV – Another very hot day here but some cooler air if you can get into the convergence that will be active in the valley from Eendekuil and shifting to the south towards Bumpy and into the valley. Again late afternoon one could get to 9k or higher… Hhhmmm… 40 degrees on the ground best you hope you get up there. ;)

Wilderness – Another terrible day… The SE flow still up to 5k in depth over Map with 30kts at 1000’... Ai.

Plett – As above…

PE and PA – Still east to SE winds further north… Stronger to the west with 20kts plus down there but moderating to the east. It is though very moist and OD all day with chance of rain.

EL – As above but lighter wind and more SE trend in it. Maybe some of those onshore spots could work… 10kts…

Inland – More Cb activity today compared to yesterday from the looks of it. Even the northern parts of the Outenikwas could have some as the upper northerlies pushes these to the south. The SE flow penetrating to the GE by end of day with 30kts in some spots.. Still not a flying day I think. lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:32 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 12 min). We are losing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) Another strong SE day with rain on and off. Again, so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(12 January 2021) 
Day 292 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The SAH dominating along with the inland trough – somewhat spread allowing for a wider ad less defined line of CB activity. (Some mid level moisture from the north converging within this area from the looks of it, helping those CB development). The SAH ridging along the southern parts with less NE influence form the IOH to the east. Still those very strong SE flows along the southern parts – the flow is strong within a 4/5k layer with loads of moisture too so some rain possible in some spots. It does dry to the west and especially as it flows over the western ranges combined with some adiabatic heating. The west coast with some lighter winds today with the sea breeze only moving in later. The typical W to NW flows inland with that wide spread CB activity (See graphs) and the sea breeze picking up to 35kts and even ore in some spots late afternoon! This pattern seems to be hanging around for the next few days too. Between 5/6k the wind backs abruptly to the NW and finishes NW at the Tropopause around 70/80kts. Freezing level around 14/15k in the south.

CT – Another strong SE day with instability to around 4k and again maybe enough backing and slowing down with height around the SH and LH area for a usable wind-shadow to form. Personably I doubt it though… The mountains again with strong SE flows so I would head north. Some strong convergence areas around between the SW from the west and the SE from the mountains… Looks for the clouds that will mark these…;)

RB – Another mixed day with a light start but probably soarable in the mid afternoon and then some movement of the convergence areas so RB could go light again…;)

PV – A really nice day here I think with light winds W to SW flows and the usual climbs to hight around 14:00. But I think the best bits is the prospect of some convergence from the SE flow to the south meeting the SW from the coast. Look at the clouds to find the sweet spots but it looks like PV town should have it late afternoon from 16/17:00 with climbs to 9k! Sweet! So explore to the south if you fly here and hang around for the convergence – it should be west of Saron from around 15:00 and you can follow it towards PV…

Wilderness – Crapity crap crap! This SE is deep and mean. Yesterday we were at Map early but two gusts exceeding 50kph put a stop to even the hangies wanting to play… lol. Some lowering of base in the afternoon with rain on the cards. A deep 30kts flow around 1500’ all over the show.

Plett – As above…

PE and PA – The east winds dominant all the way to just shy of EL. Also some chance of rain on and off during the day…

EL – A light wind start with the East wind only really starting from mid day here… IT is not as strong as yesterday.

Inland – Wide spread CB activity with soe strong parts around Willowmore form the looks of it. Some even as far south as close to the Outenikwas – over the Kamanasie ranges. The wind will also be very strong in some spots in the southern Karoo with 35kts on the cards. Not a flying day I think. lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:31 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 13 min). We are losing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) Another strong SE day with rain on and off. Again, so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(11 January 2021) 
Day 291 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Today a strong gradient between the two HP systems and inland trough resulting in strong coastal winds as they flow around the southern point of Africa. (See graph). The eastern coast with 30kts NE winds, the GR with 20kts SE and then the southern Peninsula with 25kts SE winds that move out to sea for the most part – only late afternoon seeing the curl coming back onshore for the west coast. Inland the trough very active with the eastern side showing CB activity and also a broad band along the southern parts along the Great Escarpment region. Perhaps some as far south as the Kamanasie ranges or even the Outenikwas. Loads of Q’s around today, even some around along the western ranges. Winds from 6k are all N with a backing to the NW and then a 115kts finish at the Tropoause. Freezing level around 14/15k in the south.

CT – A strong SE day but perhaps with enough backing and slowing down with height around the SH and LH area for a usable wind-shadow to form. Its still a maybe though… The mountains tricky today with some parts showing strong SE winds but a few sheltered spots with interesting convergences setting up. High bases if you can get into those… ;)

RB – A bit of a wind-shadow area round here with only part of the day being blown out. So a maybe day ;)

PV – A sweet light wind start with the SW winds dominating around 5-10kts. Only late afternoon after 16:00 does the strong SW show up with 15kts. Late afternoon also sees convergence around Eendekuil and renosterhoek with climbs perhaps over 8k… Else its around 5k.

Wilderness – A SE day with Map the place to be. Def blown out later but some Apps showing that only after mid day. Others by 10/11. Hhhmmm…. Some good skies inland though…

Plett – All SE everywhere with not much chance of flying…

PE and PA – Those super strong E to NE winds dominating here and all the way eastwards all day long…

EL – As above…

Inland – Some awesome action along the central parts and eastwards fo the trough with long flight convergence setting up from east of Uppington down to east of Middelburg. If it weren’t for the CB’s at the end point it could have been a day for world records I think. ;) Winds west to NE far inland with the sea breeze again moving in to north of the SB ranges. 20kts in a few spots. (See the graphs) Some cool bases over the higher mountains…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:31 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 14 min). We are loosing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) A strong SE day for the afternoon. Again so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(10 January 2021) 
Day 290 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Some interesting flying form DTK yesterday with a tough XC flight from there to the other side of the Voelvlei dam by WJ and Clive. All into the upper NW wind – some strong lift of 8m’s at time flying straight for long periods of times as they ran the cloud streets into wind. They landed at just after 13:00 just before the strong SW pushed in! Thanks for the pics WJ! Today the CF all over the WC with rain along the southern parts but dry along the western side as the SAH causes the offshore flows over the western mountains and the adiabatic drying. Its breezy along the west with 30kts plus today. In the East the SW winds will back to the SE by mid day onwards. Inland its initially light east but then the SSE will penetrate again to otherside of the SB ranges going over the 20kts mark often. Further north its beautiful light W to NW winds with high bases – 13-14k. Further east the CB’s marking the eastern edge of the trough line. Generally lightish winds with hight and then from 7/8k it goes west to NW to eventually finish at 100kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 14/15k in the south.

CT – A sorng SSE wind day touching on 30kts later on. Its strong all the way past TM top height so not much of a wind-shadow shaping up today. The Main mountains also influenced by the E to SE winds… All day. ;)

RB – IT could be a great morning with a chance of it holding for a sunset flight too! ;)

PV – A fresh Southerly day form the looks of it. A tad SSW up the front but from 4/5k it backs quickly to the east and then N. Probably a good day to get to Renoster hoek quickly! ;) Climbs to 4/6k pending on where you are.

Wilderness – Rain till mid day then clearing with the SE wind picking up. Nothing form the looks of it at the thermic sites but maybe some soaring at Map in the afternoon. A chance that it will become blown out late afternoon too…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness today… Uppies showing zero lift today! lol

PE and PA – Those strong SW winds quickly backing to the SE by mid day. The rain also abating form the west so looks like all those onshore spots might fire today… :)

EL – As above…

Inland – A light wind start in the little Karoo but soon the winds pickup to 20kts with the SSE winds form the coast moving inland. The clouds evaporating from just north of the SB ranges with the other high stuff over the Escarpment to the north. Around DeAar things are sweet for flying with manageable W to NW winds and high bases… Still that line to run from Uppington to Middelburg… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:30 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 15 min). We are loosing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) Rain till around mid day the a SE wind dominating. Again so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(9 January 2021) 
Day 289 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. A CF making its way into CT later today with the SAH positioning dominantly behind it. The inland trough deepening with CB’s to the east of the line but some sweet record breaking streeting to the west of it. To the south the CF right inbetween the SAH and IOH, influencing the region with a complex mix of low cloud and strong upper westerly winds. I see it looks like a frustrating on off too west at times flow along the GR coast. Lol. Ai. Well, loads of Q’s around with strong instability as soon as one moves far enough inland. The Riversdal ranges are superb but the wind a tad on the strong side with 15kts. And so it is with that pre-frontal build-up in a way. The far east with strong NE winds that will slowly move eastwards as the front moves up the coast – the wind dying down before starting with a general SW trend. The wind is SW to W but from around 10k upwards it trends NW with a 100kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 14k in the south.

CT – A S to SW day with initial fog with some influx of low cloud from the SW. Around id day it looks doable with the typical SW bump and some strong cross shore flows near the ocean. Hhhmmm… The main mountains with a W flow trending SW later on. Not that good at DTK but FH showing the most promise – though a tad stronger later on. Climbs to 6k perhaps here..?

RB – WWB is out today! ;)

PV – A typical SW day with some good climbs to 6k. A sweet start but the winds picking up early with 14:00 already well into the 15kt category. Convergence around Eendekuil then shifting to Skerpheuwel for strong climb to perhaps 7/8k here.

Wilderness – Hhhmmm…. A general SW flow with from mid day the instability deepening as the upper flow increase in strength form the west. Sedge will also go more west from late morning lunchtime onwards – clouds shaping up then. Getting strong in the afternoon too. Not the best of days I think - bumpy yucky day I think. The coast with frustrating blobs of soaring stuff popping through periodically from the looks of it. So not what we expected from yesterday. Lol. From mid day onwards a chance of low cloud mixing in from the ocean and late afternoon even some rain…  Hhhmmm   ;)

Plett – Uppies with climbs to 3k but winds picking up form mid day well over 10kts… Keurbooms a maybe during late moring but from lunchtime the WSW popping through strong and of course form the right.  lol

PE and PA – Those strong NE winds dominating here with wind dropping form the south as the SW starts to move up the coast. SW at Jbay by 15:00 and EL by end of day

EL – As above…

Inland – A light wind start in the little Karoo but soon the winds pickup with typical prefrontal strength. NW far inland with W to the west and SW to the south. Later the seabreeze influence also adding to the mix with spots going over 30kts! Not a flying day in the mixing regions but far to the north some record breaking stuff running from Uppington to Middelburg. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:29 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 16 min). We are loosing about 1 min a day of daylight time… Ai! ;) The SW picking up during the day with a slight chance of rain late afternoon… Again so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a warm 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(8 January 2021) 
Day 288 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. A light CF brushing up along the southern parts during the early hours of this morning with a partial clearing from the west and south during the late afternoon. The SAH will be pushing periodical moist waves onto the WC during the course of the next day or two with rain likely in these waves. But today it seems the west coast is better but of course far inland it is just amazing today! The interior trough with a capping high so CB’s confined to the far eastern parts leaving the central parts with sweet flat Q’s reaching 16k or more in the late afternoon – and all that with light manageable winds of around 10kts. Oh sweet man! Along the southern parts its strong SW in the east and then more southerly trending SE later in the day from the GR to the west. Cloudy and rainy during the morning. The west with strong SSE winds moving up the coast and penetrating inland during the afternoon. It curls further to the west as we move inland to eventually join the trough flow of NW winds. Clouds confined to the southern and central parts today. From 7/8k the flow all goes NW with a WNW finish at the Tropopause of 70kts.  Freezing level around 14/15k in the south.

CT – Another strong SSE winds day that remains pretty fresh at TM top height (15kts) but perhaps with a east trend up there which seems to help the wind- shadow shaping up. It reaches over 30kts on the surface in a few spots. I would keep an eye on it – it might be too strong still over the back to fly in that shadow. The main mountains with way too much east influence to fly today form the looks of things. ;)

RB – IT is strong today with the afternoon blown out. If you get out early enough you could get in a flight though I suspect it could be a bit on the bumpy side of things.  ;)

PV – SW to SSW flow today with the climbs progressively getting higher during the course of the day. It looks like a very strong SW sea breeze is moving into the valley form the south from around 15/16:00 onwards with the leading edge producing some very high climbs over 8k. Though I would be very careful as the winds will exceed 20kts on the surface behind it lol. ;)

Wilderness – A rainy morning with some clearing taking place from late morning into the afternoon. Winds will start SW but from mid day go SSE. I think the SSE spots will work in the afternoon but it depends on how wet you want to get your glider too. CP could be fun at lunchtime during the S to SE swing. ;)

Plett – Hhhmmm looking dismal al day here to be honest… Too east too wet… too OD… lol

PE and PA – Strong SW start that late afternoon moderates to a southerly flow and even SSE in the south.

EL – Same as above but SW remains for longer…

Inland – Now we are talking! The CF clouds blocked mostly by the first mountains. Base to the north of the Outies around 4/5k and then from the SB it goes up more – 8k and rising with of course the GE over 12k. Further east and inland the trough edge with that sweet amazing flying conditions from Middelburg northwards with 15k bases and drooling stuff… (The line is form Uppington to Middelburg). Late afternoon sees the SSE sea breeze blowing up inland all the way to the GE in a few spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:28 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 17 min). A rainy start but partial clearing in the afternoon. Again so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a warm 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(7 January 2021) 
Day 287 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The IOH dominating in the east with strong NE winds along the eastern coastal areas which is joined by the SAH to the west as the wind curls around the southern parts and Peninsula for a S to SW flow along the west coast that continues the curling inland to a westerly component. IT  is joined by the inland trough that helps this curling to a NW component further inland. Later in the day the Seabreeze along the southern parts will move inland reaching over 25kts in places especially north of the SB ranges to just shy of BW late afternoon/early evening. Before that though the skies will be filed with sweet high Q’s and excellent soaring. 12-15k bases along the GE, lowering to the south for still a high base over the SB at 10/12k. IT is 4/5k along the first mountain ranges and 1/2k along the coastal spots. Clouds mostly confined to the inland and coastal south and eastern parts. From 6/7k the flow all goes NW to finish with a WNW flow of 70kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 15/16k in the south.

CT – Another fresh southerly day with a strong inversion around 2k with a SW trend above that. The wind goes from 20kts on the surface wnd drops to 5k just above TM top height. It does look like the wind-shadow will be active around SH area but keep an eye out on the edges for any surface stronger bits that could make things interesting if you are too close to the edge. ;) The main mountains also looking better today with the early shallow SE making way for a settled and deep W to NW flow all day long (FH and DTK areas) and only from around 16:00 the SE flow starts to dominate again. High climbs possible to around 5/6k on the best parts.

RB – WWB in the morning and light but it does look like a good chance for a solid late afternoon/sunset session could be on the cards. ;)

PV – Classic PV with 5kn westerly winds trending WSW later on. The Bumpy convergences should be active from 14:00 onwards with climbs here to perhaps 8k! (See graph) Lekker!

Wilderness – Some conflicting reports for Wilderness – those with a sweet SE flow at Map for the afternoon and then others showing the compression bubble setting up from mid day onwards with the surface winds even going SW in the Map corner from 16:00! Sedge and Serps looking very stable with climbs perhaps to 1000’ Sedge with SE winds 5-10kts. IT might be worth visiting here in the morning before it is suppose to get a tad stronger for the afternoon. All in all a toss up of where to go – Gerrickes point would be my choice if you could get up with out putting your feet on the beach! ;)

Plett – Uppies with climbs to 2k and SE winds at 10kts. Probably quite a bit more in the gusts… Too east I think for Keurbooms… Hhhmmm…

PE and PA – Strong E to NE wind finishing the day with 20-30kts in places…

EL – Same as above…

Inland – A light wind start in the little Karoo with a N trend. AS the thermals kick in the wind will increase trending to the west before that strong Seabreeze pushes in from the South. 25kt in places so its fris one. ;) Some possible OD with a slight chance of rain around the BW area and even a CB or tow but more to the east from there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:27 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 18 min – still 4 hours and 26min longer than the shortest day.) A light inshore SE trending day and again so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a warm 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(6 January 2021) 
Day 286 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. The weak CF having pushed into the WC and interior over night with ever slightly cooler temps and a few spots of light precipitation around the higher mountains this morning. The SAH dominating with a weak ridge shaping up along the south but the west coast still pretty active with strong southerly winds that curl inland with a SW to west component. Its mostly blue along the west but lovely Q’s inland and along the southern coastal parts. All those CB’s confined further north and eastwards as the trough has weakend with surface inland flows all southerlies far into the interior. It is all fairly weak with only the sea breeze to the south later in the day that reaches perhaps 20kts in a few spots in the southern area (See the graphs). Climbs around 2/3k along the coast rising to 4/5k at the first ranges but then 6/8 north of those and of course over the GE it is 12k and more. Winds are light with height and trends westerly from 6/7 in the south but is west everywhere form 10k upwards for a 70kn finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 14/15k in the south.

CT – Another fresh southerly day with a strong inversion but it seems like the wind strength, though moderating is not doing it quick enough for a strong wind-shadow to form. IT could be doable but the strong winds are close to the shore around Greenpoint areas… The main mountains with a shallow SW but SE from 2/3k upwards so perhaps not that good. lol …

RB – Sweet! Another great day on the cards I think… ;)

PV – SW trending SSW later on – starting 5ks but it does reach 15kts and a few spots of 20k in the south. Climbs to 5k but in the good spots you could get to over 6k… Wind trends east to NE with height at 5kts.

Wilderness – A SW start trending to the SE later on. Not that strong with perhaps 10kts in a few spots thought it looks more like 5-7kts. Good climbs to be had at Serps and Sedge going over 2k. The clouds burning off by late morning form the looks of it though probably some on the back ranges still. The coastal ridges could offer something light but it seems weak all day here…

Plett – Uppies looking amazing with climbs over 4k late morning early afternoon with Q’s. Keurbooms could also have something at mid day to play in. Sweet! ;)

PE and PA – A SW morning but trending to the S and SE later on. Inland sites should be cool with the sweet unstable air around….

EL – Same as above… Looking sweet inland here with the S trending SE and beautiful Q’s ;)

Inland – All southerly winds inland with Q’s in most places. SB pass looking good for the morning as soon as the cloud breaks but land early afternoon before the sea breeze pushes through. ;) No CB’s in our area but sweet Q’s probably as far as the ye can see! ;) A day for out an returns!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:26 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 19 min – still 4 hours and 27min longer than the shortest day.) A light inshore day so perfect to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(5 January 2021) 
Day 285 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Still loads of moisture around the WC and SA interior – I see CB’ spread out over most of the southern half of Africa! Lol. The trough has shifted slightly to the east with a definitive LP system setting up centred round Vanwyksvlei, De Aar Carnarvon area. Strong convergence here with strong CB activity. But CB activity still wide spread over the interior – stronger in the east and clearing in the west. The WC coast effected by the SAH with a weak CF moving up to the south of us. Winds are strong southerly around the Peninsula and west coast but much lighter along the southern coastal parts – more cloud here with light rain at times. And to the east the winds are SW with some strong bits around EL. From 7/8k the wind goes west and the finishes with 80kts at the Tropopause.  Freezing level around 14k in the south.

CT – A fresh southerly day with not much chance of a wind-shadow shaping up. Base around the Peninsula around TM top height but rising quickly as we move North. Very side on along the main mountains so perhaps not the est of days out there…

RB – Another great day on the cards I think… ;)

PV – A very southerly day with 10-15kts later on. But some good clouds around and high climbs in the convergence areas – notably towards Skerpheuwel side – perhaps getting to 7k if you are lucky… ;) I suggest stay out in the valley and drift to the north f you do decide to fly.

Wilderness – A low cloud maybe rainy day with light SE trend in the wind. Looks like the OD will be on us all day so a weak day at Serps and Sedge – probably Serps the best bet from around 11:30 till 14:30/15:00 for some fun and light thermic stuff which could get you floating towards Map. But it depends on the rain too…

Plett – Uppies looking terrible with OD and low cloud all day. Hehe… Low cloud staying for most of the day along the coast also. Maybe if Keurbooms is clear you could get some light soaring or extended foefies..?  ;)

PE and PA – A SW trend with the stronger parts to the east. IT is more southerly later on. Also low clouds for most of the day.

EL – The SW getting up to 20kts at times… ;)

Inland – Northerly surface winds in the east but SW to W in the west. The Southerly sea breeze moving in from the south later in the afternoon with some 20kts spots (see the graph). Some higher bases around ear the G Escarpment – 12k it seems – but loads of chances in the central and eastern parts for CB’ activity. I heard some good relief for some of the dryer farm areas from yesterdays rain. Maybe there is more instore for today. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:25 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 19 min – still 4 hours and 27min longer than the shortest day.) A light SE day with low clouds. Still no excuse to go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to another humid 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(4 January 2021) 
Day 284 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. Some surprisingly sweet flying at Sedgfield yesterday with convergence setting up to the east of launch for those that where in the know how! ;) Today a very different story with the trough to the east being loaded with moisture from evereywhere! ;) CB activity expected almost all over the WC and the rest of the country. Moist air being fed in from the IO along the southern coastal regions (hot and humid stuff flowing down from the NE of us) while at the same time a large amount of low level and mid level moisture is flowing form the Congo and adjacent subtropical northern parts of the Southern Atlantic, all converging with a sweet mix of upper westerly jet-stream adding some sheat to the systems. Suffice to say that the storm index are high and we expect CB almost everywhere (except for some of the coastal regions but at times spill overs can be expected here too) A surface SE flow curling around the Peninsula for a west along the western parts. North inland but from 10/14k it backs to the W for a 80kts finish at the Tropopause.  just about everywhere   Freezing level around 14k in the south.

CT – A Southerly day with a side shore flow around LH and SH area but late afternoon seems to show some signs of the wind-shadow shaping up. The mountains with more promise with the westerly component here. High base around the 6k mark but with a high probability of CB’s so be careful!

RB – IT just might be a great afternoon here… ;)

PV – A W to NW wind day around 5-10kts with high probability of CB activity. Base also around the 6/7k level. Exciting stuff! Lol.

Wilderness – A difficult day to call with all the moisture around. The winds starts more east but will go SE during the rest of the morning and into the mid part of the afternoon. Then the wind seems to drop – I think a very strong gradient developing with surface winds 5kts and up at 700ft its 20kts. So Map probably the best bet during the morning but it could be frustrating late on with funny holes appearing in the sky… lol. The low cloud could also be a factor but most apps show it will be open for the most part of the day here. Perhaps not the smoothest of days then. And then of course the chance of the inland CB’s also having a finger in the local pie! ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness it seems. ;)

PE and PA – A light wind start to the east of PE with even some SW flows. It backs to the S and then SE during the day. Perhaps a few spots around 15kts.

EL – Similar to above but with a more NE trend later on.

Inland – Northerly surface winds with loads of OD and almost 100% chance of CB activity. All the way to the south along the Outenikwas even. Lets hope the dry areas get some good rain.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:25 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 20 min – still 4 hours and 28min longer than the shortest day.) A strong SE day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(3 January 2021) 
Day 283 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people. Still the SAH in the west and IOH in the east dominant along the coast but the inland trough shifted quite a ways to the west – now along the west coast. The end result with lots more CB activities along a wide range from west to east as far south as Willowmore and the SB ranges this afternoon. (See graph influences) Winds are lighter though with a northerly trend inland. The southern coastal areas quite inverted with the cooler more moist air from the IO influencing the coastal flying with even some coastal fog areas – NE winds that curl along the southern coast to SE before moving further out to sea around the Peninsula – not really making that corner up to the north! ;) The west coast though is phenomenal today. The heat wave conditions continuing there and once temps of 39degrees are reached climbs to 10k possible, especially in the convergence areas. Yoh! Hehe. Winds are generally light with height around the southern parts of the WC but from 10k upwards it is more westerly with a WSW finish at the Tropopause of 80/90kts. Freezing level around 14/15k in the south.

CT – A tad more wind but it does look like the wind-shadow will be around day all day. Perhaps a bit more confined later on with strong SE winds in the area. The mountains showing some heigh temps and climbs to 6k with higher in the convergence areas but the SE winds spoiling it in the south. From Wellington and northwards it is more SW.

RB – The right direction with a chance of good flying all day. Maybe a sweet sunset cruise if it holds… ;)

PV – Another super hot day with W to SW winds. Looks like late afternoon convergence setting up around Bumpy with some super high Q’s popping around 10k. A challenge to get up there then! ;)

Wilderness – Strong east flows far out to sea that curls into the Wilderness coastal region. A SW start but it quickly trends SE. A shallow unstable layer with climbs to around 1k around at Sedge and Serps. Strength 10-15kts to the east but Map with that super sheltered gradient area again probably making it that frustrating not enough top top-land but scratch around day…

Plett – Tricky day with Uppies probably too east to be any fun. Climbs to just shy of 2k maybe. Another rest day here it seems. ;)

PE and PA – NE winds with a light start but getting to 15 maybe 20kts later on.

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Light winds around mostly trending N with the coastal flow not reaching far inland. Those CB activity dominating around Willomore in an east to west direction from there. Some high bases especially around the Sutherland areas form the looks of it. 15k here but slightly less in the surrounding spots. Nothing exceptional t seems.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:24 and setting at 19:45 (Day length is 14 hrs and 21 min – still 4 hours and 30min longer than the shortest day.) A strong SE day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(2 January 2021) 
Day 282 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people. So an interesting day at Map yesterday with early morning thermal triggering spots right on the map making for interesting top landings! Only much later the SE winds brought some sweetness that we know so well. ;) And for general information, remember you need to be signed up with a school to fly under level 3. And if you do land on the beach and get confronted by the cops, you must say you are sorry it was not on purpose but an emergency landing and move off the beach soon as you can. :) For Map pilots, the Map is a registered training site for our ATO so perfectly legal to do training there. (Similar to an aerodrome).

Today the SAH, IOH and inland trough joining formation with just the right pressure gradient to create strong SE winds along the southern coastal areas. 20-30kts in most places today with only a short morning window of flying around the GR. CT however sees the return of a super sweet wind-shadow while PV is a super heat wave grip and with slower conditions than expected. Onto the Great Escarpment there will be amazing soaring stuff with super high bases – when I grow up I want to be a sail-plane day! :) The trough very far north but late afternoon sees some CB activity along the Middleburg BW Graafies region. Winds north up there. From 7/8k the winds all go westerly and remains so for a 100kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level at 15k in the south.

CT – Looks like a sweet wind-shadow day all day long. The wind drops and backs to the east with height. The mountains are very east but Paarl rock could offer some great stuff from lunchtime onwards. The mid afternoon being the better time. 6/7k climbs?

RB – The right direction but it seems a bit weak today… lol. ;)

PV – Super hot with shallow SSW flow and east above. Its not strong east so it should be flyable but be careful. Climbs from lunchtime to mid afternoon the better time to fly. Maybe up to 6/7k otherwise with just not the right climb you are struggling at 3/4k.

Wilderness – A super strong SE day expected. But the morning will over some sweet flying at Map. With the beach closures Map is about the only place so probably very crowded! Lol. It looks blown out by 11/12ish…

Plett – Looks too strong SE from early to fly at Uppies and of course Keurbooms too side on. A rest day here it seems. ;)

PE and PA – Super strong NE winds all day long! ;)

EL – Same as above!

Inland – The strong SE sea breeze penetrating to the SB ranges by end of day. But early on it will be a sweet morning of light E to NE winds. It should be a blue day with the Q’s popping around the Great Escarpment area with CB’s around there later in the afternoon. Not that a great day for long distances but some good flying to be had around the escarpment region.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:23 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 21 min – still 4 hours and 30min longer than the shortest day.) A strong SE day. Perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(1 January 2021) 
Day 281 of lockdown

Good morning and happy new year to all you amazing Wild2Fly people. The CF has moved far inland as the SAH is giving it a nice shove up into the interior. Winds are S to SE all over the show but perhaps a slight SSW start along pats of the southern coastal areas. Some early morning rain along the GR but this will clear during the morning. Clouds mainly in the eastern coastal parts and then a tad more inland from EL. Some CB’s to the very far eastern interior but no effect on the WC weather. The winds remain SE with height till around 8k where it quickly veers to the SW and then does a slow veering to finish NW at the Tropopause at 115kts. Freezing level at 14k in the south.

CT – A super strong and deep SE flow reaching 35kts but probably more some spots. No chance of a wind-shadow today… And the Mountains are all too east.

RB – A chance of some flying here today. It seems to be right on the wind line edge so it could be great or too light. Maybe blown out later in the day though it could hold too… lol. ;)

PV – It is windy and just too much east in it. All day. (A slight SSW later in the day but it is shallow and the wind remains side one slightly over the back so be wary if you try to fly today… Besides it doesn’t seem to be that good either for flying… ;)

Wilderness – Aahh… What a great day on the cards. The ocean cliffs to start with – and even Serps and Sedge will work early on today with a southerly wind. There could even be climbs well over 3k at 11 this morning – there could be something there for the XC buffs, the flight to Map from Sedge is very on today. (Or beyond if you are that way inclined!) ;) The afternoon looks like a sweet Map finish from after lunchtime. A great day of flying ahead of us here… ;)  

Plett – Uppies a bit OD and 10kts or over during the morning. A SE trend later on but SSW start. Climbs to just over 4k doable here. Keurbooms looks amazing to me from mid morning already until it goes too east. ;)

PE and PA – A strong SW start but moderating during the day with a S finish of 10-15kts. A little bit more rain but still clearing late morning from the west.

EL – Very strong SW start (20-30kts) but late afternoon sees a moderating and backing to the S. Rain same as above.

Inland – SSE winds far into the interior – all over the WC today. Clouds are confined up to the coastal ranges with few north of the Outenikwas. It is strong in the west and especially along the west coast with 20-30kts southerlies out there. A breezy day to fly with climbs to 6-8k north of the first ranges. IT remains that way even on the Great Escarpment.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:22 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 22 min – still 4 hours and 31min longer than the shortest day.) A southerly wind trending and picking up SE later on. Another day to do what ever you want but its perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(31 December 2020) 
Day 280 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. The SAH still dominating our weather with the help of a CF making its way to CT – should be there by late afternoon early evening. Winds are all westerly with SW to NW variations – mostly SW in the south with the NW further inland to the north of the Great Escarpment. Some clouds around too today – most of these along or close to the coastal areas but some wide spread Q’s further inland – 4/5k on the coastal plains, rising to 8k inland of the first mountains and then inland of the Great Escarpment it goes to 18k in a few spots! 20-30kts out there especially in the late afternoon. Some CB’s again to the east of the inland trough. Winds go NW from around 8k and finishes at 120kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level at 13k in the south.

CT – A cloudy start with base around TM top height again. Winds are SW mostly around 10-15kts so a breezy day I think. Base lifts around mid day and then later on lowers as the front moves closer. Could be sweet day depending on the wind strength – some acceleration around the GP areas again along the shore. The mountains also looking sweet with another shot at flying towards PV from DuToits etc ;)

RB – lol. Again WWB is out in full force! ;)

PV – The convergence up north at Renosterhoek with climbs to 7k there – for the rest it is breezy SW winds ad climbs to 5k. Some Q’s in the south mostly later in the day. Lekker! ;)

Wilderness – Fresh SW winds out to sea that might pulse through to the coast now and then. Serps and Sedge probably doable late morning/mid day but then a tad stronger in the afternoon. Climbs once again to around 2k. Seems more cloudy later on. Hhhmmm… Tricky to call this one – coast that could be light to sweet or Sedge that could be strong or nice! ;)  

Plett – Looking a tad breezier to me with climbs at Uppies to just over 3k. 10-15kts out there so perhaps not the best. Keurbooms will work though the west influencing it a bit.

PE and PA – Again some SW winds 10-15 with a few spots reaching 20kt.

EL – To the west it is SW but to the east it is SE to E. The SW change over hangs on right on the town of EL all day it seems… ;)

Inland – Again a sweet morning in the karoo but it changes by mid day. Winds are westerly in general reaching 20-30kts in some spots later in the day. Some sweet Q’s in the southern areas with dry in the western interior but high base in the eastern interior. CB much further east today. Perhaps not the best day for flying out there with the breezy conditions…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:21 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 23 min – still 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day.) A moderate SW wind day on the coast – another day to do what ever you want but its perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(30 December 2020) 
Day 279 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. The SAH still dominating the WC weather with some sweet unstable conditions and a general westerly flow pattern. The inland trough active with a very distinct line of CB activity to the east of the trough (see the rain chart) with that Lesotho HP helping the SW winds all the way up the KZN coast. Some high bases inland once again with 15k around Middelburg and then those CB to the east of that. The west coast with W to SW winds and so too the Peninsula. The southern coastal regions with early morning cloud which should become less during the day. A few seemingly lost Q’s around some of the bigger peaks. Winds are NW from around 5/8k upwards with a 120kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 13k in a few spots in the south.

CT – A cloudy start with base around TM top height. This will clear and the winds should be Westerly with a SW trend later on. Looks great all day. The mountains looking sweet to. Could be a day to fly from DuTOits to PV… ;)

RB – Again WWB is out in full force! ;)

PV – Not much convergence today with sweet climbs to 5k average. A few spots a tad higher. W to SW winds 5-10kts. Lekker

Wilderness – A light onshore coastal wind here today with Serps and Sedge a tad better with the help of the thermal flow. Climbs not that high with again around 2k on the cards. A little bit more if you get onto the back plateau. The mountains though much better though the sea breeze def spoiling those higher climbs today.

Plett – This is the place to be with climbs over 4k today starting early already with 10 this morning. A day to go XC from here and getting over 6k over the back mountains. After lunch the sea breeze drops this to 3k only… Keurbooms not strong enough I think.

PE and PA – Again some SW winds 5-20kt spots.

EL – Another light wind start with the SW moving in from the west after mid day.

Inland – A sweet morning in the karoo with the stronger bits starting after mid day – it will be the sea breeze moving in form the south again. A good day  to fly out there though. West north of the great escarpment with around 15-20kts on the surface. Groofies with S to SW winds so perhaps not a bad day there. CB’s to the east of Middelburg. (It does look like a sweet run along the edge of the CB lines from Uppington down to past Middelburg for those long distance dreamers. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:21 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 23 min – 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day.) A light onshore wind day so you can use what ever you want but its perfect for getting high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(29 December) 
Day 278 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. A awesome Map day yesterday with the hangies showing us how its done. ;) Just a reminder that PG and HG training may take place under level 3. Sign in with any school and remember to wear your mask and sanitiser and social distancing where applicable. (Two seater training may take place). Weather wise the SAH is dominating with some cooler slightly unstable air along the west and southern parts with a general westerly flow – CF layers are being pushed onto the WC by the SAH so some light rain possible on the higher grounds along the southern parts but only a small chance. The inland trough also very active with the appearance of the Lesotho HP system so a tad more convergence along the eastern parts of the trough but the main ingredient is the mid-level moisture being brought in form the north causing wide spread CB activity along the central and eastern interior regions. For us its from VanWyks Vley to past the east of Graafies and further south. Along the southern parts the wind is SW to S except in the far east where the NE still has a fluttering influence but it peeters out as the SW replaces it later in the day. Winds go NW from around 8k upwards with a 110kt finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 14k.

CT – A beautiful day here on the cards with NW to West winds all day long. Instability around 4k. 5-10kts with a few 15kt spots later on. Sweet!

RB – WWB is out in full force! ;)

PV – That convergence still active from launch and into the valley with climbs to 6k n this spot. Winds are West o WSW 5-10kts all day so an awesome day expected with sweet flying along the range… Do those out and returns! ;)

Wilderness – A moderate SW wind for most of the day. Sweet flying from Serps and sedge expected with easy manageable climbs to 2k. The coastal ridges also working. There might be a spot of rain around mid day that might spoil things a tad… ;)

Plett –Similar to Wilderness… Uppies starting clagged in but then clearing quickly with climbs to just over 3k. Keurbooms also looking amazing for most of the day.

PE and PA – SW winds 5-20kt spots.

EL – A light wind start with the SW to the west creeping towards ya! ;) IT wil move in the mid afternoon from the looks of it.

Inland – Again blue skies to the west but the further east you go the  more the chances of OD. Super high base along the great escarpment especially to the east with Middleburg region showing 18k. Winds are still strong NW with 20-30kts. But the little karoo with a sweet start to the day. Later the S in the south (sea-breeze) and W to the west will pickup and blow substabcially. 30kts in spots. The east and interior with wide spread CB activity. (See graphs). Perhaps again, not really a flying day out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:20 and setting at 19:44 (Day length is 14 hrs and 24 min – 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day.) A strong SE wind day making it perfect for down wind walks on the beach or if you are into it, those special sheltered forest walks. Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(28 December 2020) 
Day 277 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. What a great late afternoon on the GR coast yesterday. Hope you didn’t miss out! ;) Today a very different picture as the three major weather determinants are all jostling for dominance! A CF helped along by the SAH way off to the west dominating the western parts of the weather with S to SW wind that veer to the west and eventually NW as it joins the inland trough that is governing in the deeper interior. The usual deep instability inland with very high bases along the Great Escarpment today up to 17/18k even but with super strong NW winds 20kts plus with 40kts at base! The west with the usual instability with 4/5k climbs except in the convergenc eregions where you can get more. To the south and east the IOH is flexing muscle today with strong east flows, well over 30kts east of the GR coastline veering to the SE along the southern parts. It does slacken to the west swapping dominance to the SAH from around Agulhas where the winds are only around 10kts before picking up again to the west to wards the Peninsula. Winds are all NW form 5/6k upwards with a 115kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level at 14k in the South.

CT – Right in the change area with some differing forecasts here – some with a NW start with the southerly popping through in the mid afternoon. Others showing the Southerly starting much earlier – so you need to keep an eye on things here. Probably a more WNW start but then watch for that S coming through. The usual local strong corners when that happens. The mountains looking sweet again with W to NW winds except in the south where the S to SW will creep in later.

RB – Again too much west I think to be sweet. ;)

PV – Sweet convergence setting up from launch towards PB. Climbs in here perhaps as high as 7/8k. To the north much more stable with 4k on the cards… Its better to the south though so the W to NW initial winds good for moving there. 5-10kts but some spots with 15kts later on.

Wilderness – A strong SE day on the cards with more strength to the east. IT does look like from mid day as it gets stronger the compression bubble effects Wilderness a tad more. The strong spot around 1000’ from the looks of things with 20kts there. So a coin toss of wether it will get blown out early or not. From 11/12 onwards after initially picking up it looks like a slight drop until 14:00 and then a tad more. But it is all borderline for the PG if it will be blown out or not. Safer to get there earlier. It is sweet for hangies all day long… ;) (The inland sites too much east)

Plett –Similar to Wilderness… with the bay having a large calm area as the gradient sets in. Uppies fresh east.

PE and PA – Some light rain during the morning with very strong NE winds all over.

EL – Rain in the morning lessening during the day with super strong NE winds ;)

Inland – Super high base along the great escarpment 14/18k with some OD up there even – stratoQ’s ruling the show. Very strong NW winds out that side so not good for us but we can dream. ;) The little Karoo region with relaive calm winds but form the afternoon this will also change with the SE near the coast moving inland and the stronger W to NW winds moving in from the west. Not really a flying day out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:19 and setting at 19:43 (Day length is 14 hrs and 24 min – 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day. A strong SE wind day making it perfect for down wind walks on the beach or if you are into it, those special sheltered forest walks. Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(27 December 2020) 
Day 276 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. A light Cold Front moving into the WC during the course of the day. The SAH helping it along with a generous push from the SW. Already the Peninsula areas are clagged in with low base – this should lift and clear quickly during the day. Westerly to Southerly winds around here. The CF wrapping along the southern coastal areas around mid day with a chance of rain along the southern parts and parts of the west coast mountains. But it does clear later in the day and moderates slightly form the west. To the east the SW winds dominate along the coast form the CF movement and the winds are not so good for thermals – lots of weak stuff and broken lift around and low bases along the south. IT is around 2/5k all the way to the Swartberg ranges and only north of those does the base lift to respectable 8/10k and even further over the great escarpment areas. 13/14k here!) That inland trough persistent with strong NW winds out there but the CF W to S winds penetrating close to Uppington and bloem by end of day. Winds are SW to W but from 10k upwards it trends NW for a 100kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level dropped to 13k in the SW sections.

CT – A cloudy start with a surface southerly trend but it does veer to the SW with height. IT is 10-15kts but around the Peninsula corners local acceleration over 20kts at time. (Green point lighthouse area etc) It does not look like a sweet day here… But the mountains looks like it will clear early with some flying here. Watch the wind which can be strong at times with 15kts and of course some stronger spots on the mountains edges… ;)

RB – Too much west in it again…

PV – A cloudy start but base will lift and some flying possible. Climbs to 4/5k mainly and the Q’s become less during the day. A southerly surface trend later on. Probably the best spot for the day I think. ;)

Wilderness – A strong SW wind day on the cards with some rain maybe at mid day. Dubious if it will be flyable during the morning... But it moderates sweetly in the afternoon with even Sedge showing promise for a sunset flight. ;) IT will be of course terrible around mid day here… lol It is a great hangie day though… ;)

Plett –Similar to Wilderness… but remaining fairly breezy for longer at Uppies…

PE and PA – A strong SW day all day long… 20kts plus.

EL – SW all the way through. ;)

Inland – The CF moving in from the SW with S to W winds – the southerlies getting strong in the south with 25kts spots a plenty. ;) The rain is blocked by the coastal ranges but the winds seem to penetrate far inland. Some good flying far inland the trough area still around.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:19 and setting at 19:43 (Day length is 14 hrs and 24 min – 17 seconds shorter than the longest day of the year…) ;) Still at 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day. A strong SW wind day with rain on and off. Perfect still for the beach and forest. Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(26 December 2020) 
Day 275 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. WE have another cold front approaching CT – it will make landfall around midnight but with very little rain on the cards. For today though the CF and SAH influencing the west with a trough inland but to the east and a light wind col region along the southern parts with a minor influence in the east from the IOH – more clouds that side from the moist ocean. Some good flying I think in the west wit instability around 4/5k around the west coast, rising further inland with awesome soaring conditions along the greats escarpment and adjacent higher grounds – Q’s up at 13/14k. But a strong westerly wind in the west spreading eastwards during the day. A slight chance of CB’c in the east inland of EL area. Here the NE will dominate along the cast later in the day. The GR coast with a light onshore going SE wind but in the west late afternoon it will drop and trend WSW. Not much in terms of instability along the southern coastal areas though so a tad disappointing I think. Only north of the first mountains does it switch on with a bang! ;) Winds go NW from around 8k with a steady increase in strength and a W finish at the Tropopause at 60-70kts. Freezing level still around 14k in the south.

CT – A SE start to the day but it will gradually veer to the SW as the CF moves in closer. Some clouds in the far southern part of the Peninsula later on. Around midday it should be good btu for the local acceleration along the shorefront at Greenpoint with 20kts possible here… The mountains looking great today with W winds and climbs to 5k – the southern parts succumbing to the sea breeze from around 15:00 with lower climbs and SW winds.

RB – Probably too much West in it I think…

PV – A day for the Eendekuil convergence setting up from lunchtime onwards. Climbs here might get you to 8k! But it’s a breezy day with 15-20kts from 15:00 onwards out in the valley so be careful.

Wilderness – A light wind start with a SSE trend. Perhaps seeing 10kts mid afternoon around Wilderness. Buffs will be a great spot for the afternoon with 10-15kts there. Sedge and Serps looking not so good with climbs to around 1000ft ATO but from lunchtime it gets even less with the sea breeze dampening the weak instability. Perhaps the most fun will be flying from Serps to Map today. ;)

Plett –Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing lcimbs to 2500 mid moring but from mid day it lowers drastically with weak climbs becoming more broken from after lunchtime to less than 2k. Hhhmmm…

PE and PA – Initial SW but then going S and then SE with an east finish to the day. To the east it is more NE – 15-20kts.

EL – SW start but quickly going S then NE later in the day with 15kts average.

Inland – Some sweet clouds along the higher inland mountains with high bases at 13/14k. Winds are W in general with a NW trend north of Sutherland. Some CB’s in the eastern parts around Bedford and Stutheim areas. Here the winds are S to SE. Westerly winds with it picking up in the west and form the S later as the sea breeze moves in.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:18 and setting at 19:43 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – 14 seconds shorter than the longest day of the year…) ;) Still at 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day. A beautiful day with sweet onshore winds – perfect for the beach and forest. Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(25 December 2020) 
Day 274 of lockdown

And a blessed Christmas to all you amazing Wild2Fly people. :) Some amazing flying with a sweet convergence area setting up in front of launch at Sedgefield yesterday – flying till after 17:00 getting high in sweet climbs! What a Christmas blessing! ;) Today a CF moving past to the south of us – enough to effect the coastal regions. Westerly winds with some SW spots in the south. It is strong out to sea and around Agulhas but it doesn’t seem to move into the GR corner so a bit frustrating on of coastal stuff there today. The Peninsula with some low cloud and SW to S winds. The interior with some good flying conditions with high base, initially light west winds but the seabreeze moving in from the south strongly in the afternoon (The inland trough very well positioned with sweet soaring stuff out there!) To the east the IOH dominant with fresh NE winds along the EL coastal areas but this will slowly be eaten up by the CF westerlies as they move up the coast. Winds generally remain westerly all the way to the Tropopause for a 60-80kt finish up there. Freezing level down to 14k in the south.

CT – A SW start with clouds around the south. Base will lower in the afternoon so fly during the morning and early afternoon. Maybe even a sprinkle of rain in the south later. Looks like the winds pick up to 20kts along the shorefront at SH/Greenpoint area so be careful. ;) The mountains looking great today – FH with sweet flying around 5-10kts climbs to 5k…

RB – WWB is out today!

PV – A good day here with SW winds going a bit S later but climbs to 5k in the south but to Renosterhoek it is 6/7k.

Wilderness – The W to SW wind a bit on and off today with more westerly trend later on. Sedge will be working but the west trend might not be the best though the lapse rate is not strong so that might compensate for the west turbulence. ;) Climbs to 1000ft above should be doable. The coast will be frustrating on and off to with quite a bit of west in it especially later on ;)

Plett –Similar to Wilderness with the west picking up after lunch. Hhhmmm…

PE and PA – NE winds during the morning with the SW moving in after lunch up the coast.

EL – NE but it drops in the late afternoon when the west moves up here…

Inland – Sweet clouds around with base north of the Outenikwas around 6-8k. North of the SB ranges it goes even higher so some good flying out there. Westerly winds with it picking up in the west and form the S later as the sea breeze moves in.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:17 and setting at 19:42 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – 11 seconds shorter than the longest day of the year…) ;) Still at 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day. A beautiful Christmas day with sweet onshore winds – perfect for the beach and forest. Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(24 December 2020) 
Day 273 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. The CF moving way into Maputo today and the SW winds all over the country. The SAH dominating in the west with a wide and slack ridge along the southern parts – notably CT with light winds today especially during the morning. Still lots of cloud and rain in the early morning but this should break up during the course of the morning making for a sweet day ahead of us. The skies should start to open up with sweet Q’s just about everywhere in what seems to be a nice post frontal day. Late afternoon sees the usual southerly sea breeze moving inland in the southern Karoo regions with some spots between 15-20kts which is about the strongest for the day. Along the southern coasts the winds are SW trending S later on. Instability 2-3k near the coast but rising quickly at the first mountains with 6/8k north of those and then 13k onto the great escarpment areas. The clouds also thinning out the further inland we go. Winds are all W to SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish up there. Freezing level still up at 14k in the south today!

CT – A rainy start but clearing with S to SW winds. Base will rise during the day and winds are around the 5-10kts range. Perhaps some local acceleration around some spots of the Peninsula. If the wind shadow is there it could be sweet otherwise watch that Southerly rotor! ;) The mountains looking sweet when the clouds clear with 5k climbs and W to SW winds here. ;)

RB – WWB is out today!

PV – A cloudy and clagged in start but it lifts quickly for a beautiful and even blue day in most spots. Climbs to 5/6k at most with SW to a S wind in the end.

Wilderness – Also a clagged rainy start but again it should clear quickly with a SW wind along the coast – nothing strong on the cards but intermittent sweet soaring. Sedge and Serps should be very sweet from around 10:30 onwards I think. Probably working till late – 16:00 maybe? Climbs to just over 2k initial and some clouds around to make it really fun. ;)

Plett –Looking good here too – clearing form the morning with Uppies showing climbs over 3k and Keurbooms sweet from the mid day time slot.

PE and PA – SW winds 5-15kts varying during the day. Some rain this morning slight clearing later on.

EL – Similar to PA.

Inland – A good day inland with SW to S winds around 10kts mostly. A few spots reaching 15k later in the afternoon. High climbs at Graafies wit 9/10k on site and more near Middelburg. Some sweet Q’s around too… You could go far today out there. ;) SB pass also looking good with launch from early already – 9 you could be up and soaring. By lunchtime the winds pickup with 10-15kts. So land early if you can.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:17 and setting at 19:42 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – 8 seconds shorter than the longest day of the year…) ;) Still at 4 hours and 32min longer than the shortest day. A sweet light to moderate wind day perfect for forest and beach walks. Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(23 December 2020) 
Day 272 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. A double CF moving into the WC and the rest of the country (last night and today) with the help of the SAH to the west of us. The inland trough has shifted far to the east – those CB activity all over the Jozies areas today). For us its all W to SW winds, very breezy at times with excess of 25kts on the cards and rain intermittently. Base pretty varied with some good spots on occasion – the western ranges starting with rain in the morning but it seems to be liftin and then at lunchtime a sweet 4/5k base with W to SW winds on the PV side. But in general its not such a good day with a poor thermal index and lots of shear around (those winds doing its thing). The little Karoo mostly blue skies with the Q’s packing in the east parts of the WC region. Winds remain W to SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 90kts finish up there. Freezing level still up at 14k in the south today!

CT – Looks like a westerly day with some good flying around but late afternoon sees a lowering of the base and even rain later as the CF moves in here. The mountains a bit breezy with low cloud so head north. ;)

RB – WWB is out in full force! ;)

PV – A cloudy and clagged in start but from mid day onwards it will lift pretty quickly and really turn on. Should be sweet flying for the afternoon then – base around 4/5k and nice Q’s…

Wilderness – After a bitter sweet day at Map yesterday with today a hot-rod day on the coast! Strong WSW winds on the cards with rain but some less strong spots in between. lol. We are getting some pulses form the strong stuff out at sea with seemingly two def strong bits for the day. One moving in late morning with a reprieve after lunchtime and then the other moving in late afternoon. So you could get some flying in in between that stronger stuff. But you need to be patient and flexible. :)

Plett –Also strong WSW winds here all day – more so than Wilderness… Doubtful it will be flyable anywhere here…

PE and PA – Strong SW winds all day increasing later on.

EL – Starting of light S to SE even with that SW crawling up the coast to strike around lunchtime. ;)

Inland – It is pretty clear in the west with the Q’s congregating mostly in the east. Base varied with 6/8k south of the SB ranges and 11-13k along the western parts of eh GE but then east of Middelburg there are bits that go to 14k – but all of it strong westerly winds… 20kts plus on the ground… Not the best flying day.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:16 and setting at 19:41 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – Enjoy one of the longest day of the year today! Still at 4 hours and 32min longer that than the shortest day. A windy day but great for those sheltered forest or down wind beach walk! Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to a windy 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(22 December 2020) 
Day 271 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. Again the SAH on the west, IOH on the east while a very active trough is down the centre of the country bring with it loads of CB activity – rain and thunder around as far south as the north of the Outenikwas by mid day even. Otherwise the IOH shoving in loads of moisture along the southern coastal areas with a chance of rain (and low cloud). Not as bad as yesterday but still enough to make flying a bit of a gamble. Climbs to 4/5k along the first ranges but going to 8/9 just north of those. The SE winds along the southern parts with some spots reaching 20kts. Inland its north and light but then the west will dominate form the west and of course that sea breeze rushing in past Oudshoorn from mid afternoon – 20kts spots. The SE curling around the Peninsula with a W to NW component on the west coast. Lots of thick mid level clouds around – lots of CB spillage moving down to the south. Winds go WNW from around 6k upwards with a 100kt finish at the Tropopause.  Freezing level still up at 14k in the south today!

CT – A W to SW wind start but a chance of that southerly pushing through in the afternoon so keep eyes out for that. Looks like the wind-shadow will stick but perhaps a dubious moment or two on the cards! ;) The mountains showing some fresh NW winds today with maybe some SE later in the south.

RB – Could be sweet in the afternoon but a west moringing ;)

PV – The NW dominating there today with the north not as good as the south, A sweet convergence setting up over PV which will migrate towards Dasklip. Climbs within this to 6k on the cards but otherwise not so good in the other places. 3/4k perhaps.

Wilderness – Another misty start with rain but clearing along the coast slightly. Well the clouds will be above launch by the looks of it. SE winds, Sedge probably just doable but it is very east and 10kts so not pleasant there foresure. Map the best bet in the wet and it could be fairly okayish at times… Looks like the strong stuff staying out to the east with a strong gradient at Map again. (The wind is there but we don’t get high kind of stuff!) ;)

Plett –Uppies with a SE trend but climbs to 2k. Late afternoon it looks like the low clouds will move in again and clagg it in.

PE and PA – The E to NE winds dominating here… 5-15kts of wind. More rain especially to the east. Its very OD inland with rain.

EL – Similar to above with the NE winds…

Inland – Lots of clouds around today with base around 10k in the north. CB activity on and off but lots of them to the north and east. Some surface winds influence from the CB activity with some variable strong winds in action out there… To the south the SSE winds dominate and gets strong (once again!) Another not really a flying day except in the far west ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:16 and setting at 19:41 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – Enjoy the day after the longest day of the year today! Still at 4 hours and 32min longer that than the shortest day. (Ironically here in Wilderness we are probably not even going to see the sun!) lol. Go for a forest or beach walk! (If you don’t mind wind and now and then a bit of rain). Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to a windy and humid 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(21 December 2020) 
Day 270 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. Today is the longest day of the year – summer solstice! Yay! Hehe… The SAH ridging in along the southern coastal areas bringing with it some very moist air from the IO – loads of low cloud and misty conditions with rain – looks like that for most of the day but a slight lifting of base in the afternoon. But the winds are all ESE around 15-20kts along the coast. This air is blocked  mostly by the first mountains rages and quickly dries out in the little karoo and then form the SB ranges it becomes clear and blue skies. But then we have mid level moisture moving in from the north and a sweet mid level convergence line (SW from the south and NW form the north) causing wide spread CB activity from other side of Sprinkbok down in a line running just north of Graafies. So plenty of rain inland expected too. The west coast seems to be the best with some flying to be had in the PV valley. CT with strong SE winds. Winds are lighter from 2k upwards then NW from 6k for a bit before backing to the SW in the midlevel’s and again back to the NW from 24k upwards with a 90kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level still up at 14/15k in the south today!

CT – Another strong SE wind day. 20-30kts. Stronger with height and the inversion much higher so not much of a wind-shadow day expected. Even the mountains with the SE dominating. Foehn stuff in the lee as the clouds evaporate on the west side… ;)

RB – Could be sweet form early already then getting pretty wild! ;)

PV – Much more southerly in the south and breezy there but to the north at Kardoesie is looking ver sweet. Some high and thick cirrus but Kardoesie showing WSW winds 5-10kts and climbs to 6/7k maybe.

Wilderness – Misty and rainy and windy ESE winds. This afternoon it looks like base will lift over Map but the winds are strong with a lot of east in it. So its to looking good… I think it is too much east and strength for the other spots to work. ;)

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness.

PE and PA – E but then going more SE further to the east. A tad less low clouds here with 5-15kts of wind. Its very OD inland with rain.

EL – Similar to above with the SE to S winds…

Inland – The clouds confined to the coastal plains but then starting to clear in the little Karoo with east winds. From north of the SB ranges it is clear but towards the north form there the CB activity with some upper air spillage moving to the south. Lots of surface winds influence from the CB activity with some variable strong winds in action out there… To the south the SE winds dominate and gets strong (once again!) Not really a flying day ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:15 and setting at 19:41 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – Enjoy the longest day of the year today! It is 4 hours and 32min longer that than the shortest day. (Ironically here in Wilderness we are probably not even going to see the sun!) lol. A day for movies and books with coffee and popcorn! Or if you are adventurous go for a forest or beach walk! (If you don’t mind wind and rain). Today another the high court ruling will be done on the current beach closure stuff. (https://www.libertyfighters.co.za/news/beach-closures-dlamini-zuma-may-be-held-in-contempt-of-court/) Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to a windy and humid 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(20 December 2020) 
Day 269 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. And what a sweet sweet day it was at Sedge yesterday – flying until very late in the day. :)) Today the SAH starting to dominating more shaping up a ridge along the southern coastal parts with an increase in the wind strengths in this area. The trough still active inland with lots more clouds development and even some CB just north of Graafies area. Base out there still very high with some spots around the 18. A sweet convergence setting up in the death valley behind the Cederberg ranges with base there going up to 13/14k! Some clouds along the southern coastal areas too with early morning OD stuff around. Winds are all SE in the southern WC parts except for the west coast where it backs into the SW flow towards PV side. Further north it is westerly today. From 10k upwards it is all WNW with a 80kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level still up at 15/15k in the south today!

CT – Another strong SE wind day. 20-30kts. Slightly less potential in the wind-shadow shaping up so do keep a watchful eye out on the conditions. DuToits also too much SE in it for it work.

RB – Another potential late afternoon day at sunset. You can fly at mid day in the bumps if you want…;)

PV – Another sweet day here with SW winds and climbs to 6k and some 7k spots. Over the back into the Cederbergs it gets much better and just to the east of the Cederergs the convergence will create some sweet high Q’s later in the day. 13k bases up there…

Wilderness – A strong SE wind day with a small chance of some flying early this morning at Map. The forecasts show some too strong from 9 already and others a maybe until 10/11. Hhhmmm… Def too much east and strength for the other spots to work.

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness. Looks like a slight dropping of SE in the bay as the wind-gradient sets in there…

PE and PA – E to ENE winds here 15-20kt and a chance of rain to the east.

EL – An early morning SW but the IOH relinquishing its hold so the wind will quickly back to the SE and become pretty light for the day. A chance of some rain here…

Inland – Another day of strong SE sea breeze penetrating inland into the southern parts – reaching close to the Great Escarpment regions. North of that the West winds blow with great soaring conditions and high bases. The CB activity in small pockets just north of the Graafies area – so Middleburg showing the influence of the CB activity – varying winds later and spots of weak lift later.1

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:15 and setting at 19:40 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – bar a few seconds but this is the longest day time for the year – 14hrs and 25min. Enjoy it while it lasts!) A light onshore wind day. Great for walking on the beach and in the forest. (https://www.libertyfighters.co.za/news/beach-closures-dlamini-zuma-may-be-held-in-contempt-of-court/) Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature going up to a windy and humid 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(19 December 2020) 
Day 268 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. A sweet summer pattern with the IOH on the east, the SAH on the west and that inland trough dominating our WC weather today. No rain expected until tonight along the southern coastal areas – some CB’s over the Central Berg. But today is a inland record setting day. I hope someone is out there making use of the exceptional soaring weather (See graph with the convergence patterns showing the long cloud streets) Base around 18k in most spots out there with WNW winds. We can all just wish and drool! ;) NE in the far eastern coastal parts, more S along the GR and SSE to SW along the west coast before it veers as it moves inland. From 8k upwards the wind is all WNW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50-60kts finish up there. Freezing level around 17k in the south today!

CT – Similar to yesterday it seems - strong SE wind day with 20-30kts and again a strong inversion from 1000’ with an east and lowering of wind trend with height. The wind- shadow seems to be active today again. The mountains with a chance to fly during the morning to early afternoon before the S and SE starts to dominate. DuToits changing around 14:00 it seems…

RB – A very strong day here with a slight chance of a sunset flight. IT starts light though…

PV – A good day here with a sweet convergence setting up in the mid afternoon around Skerpheuwel and into the valley with climbs here to 7k. SW winds 10-15kts. After 17:00 it will start pushing 20kts in places so be careful. Otherwise its 5/6k climbs. The Cederbergs again with 8k climbs…

Wilderness – A light wind day with the inversion between 1-1500’. SW to S winds up to 10kts at most. IT is pretty stable but Serps and Sedge could deliver some flying. The coast might offering some sporadic time slots for staying up. Around mid day the better time form the looks of it. Some cloud moving in from the ocean just after lunch. Lets keep our fingers crossed! ;)

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness but more SE in direction. Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 3k but it is weak…

PE and PA – SE winds here with some clouds around. 5-15kts most of the day.

EL – Strong NE winds here around 15kts. A tad more out to sea. Inland some Q with base 3/4k with the East winds

Inland – The sea breeze will once again move inland during the afternoon because of the extreme heat low setting up in the far inland record breaking day. :) Over 30kts in the little karoo in place this afternoon so be careful! North of BW and the Great escarpment (actually even further south initially) the base is way past 15k. With 18ks bases in a few spots. Strong climbs with WNW winds. Drool if you are a glider pilot!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:14 and setting at 19:40 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – bar a few seconds but this is the longest day time for the year – 14hrs and 25min. Enjoy it while it lasts!) A light onshore wind day. Great for walking on the beach and in the forest. (https://www.libertyfighters.co.za/news/beach-closures-dlamini-zuma-may-be-held-in-contempt-of-court/) Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(18 December 2020) 
Day 267 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. That SAH still dominating with a ridge along the southern parts. Winds are SE in general in the south but veering to the west far inland as usual – around the Great Escarpment areas. A bit of tightening of those pressure gradients along the coast and later as the sea breeze penetrates inland with spots reaching 25kts. Instability similar to yesterday – 2-3k near the coast but 4/5 near the first mountain ranges. 7/8k over the inland mountains but a whopping 13/16k on the great escarpment – especially to the east where the Q’s will cover the skies. :) Some rain in the easter inland parts clearing form the west but the chance of rain remains from EL and inland from there. Winds are SE in the south and west in the north but from around 8k it all goes west then backing to the SW with a 30/40kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 14k today…

CT – Another strong SE wind day with 20-30kts and again a strong inversion from 1000’ with an east trend with height. It is light at TM top height (we hope!) ;) SO some graphs showing a good wind-shadow especially in the morning. The mountains with a chance to fly during the morning to early afternoon before the S and SE starts to dominate. It could be a day to fly north from DuTOits etc..

RB – IT looks like it could be a sweet late afternoon flying day…

PV – Looking better than yesterday with a tad more SW in the direction and some good climbs around KArdoesie from 14:00 onwards. Perhaps over 6k here… The Cederbergs again with 8k climbs…

Wilderness – A strong SE wind day. IT seems borderline for how long it will last but try and get out early if you can. Could be blown out by 10 already or with a bit of luck hold a tad longer… But good for top landings. Very east in all the other spots form early already.

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness. Doesn’t really look flyable at any of the sites I think… lol

PE and PA – SE winds here too bu a light start to the day. It will reach 15-20kts later and trend more east.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – A few fresh east wind spots in the morning with rain in the mid and eastern parts of the little Karoo. CB activity east of Middelburg. The sea breeze once again will push hard into the central parts reaching 25kts in places. Clouds confined to the east.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:14 and setting at 19:39 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – less than 20sec daily increase in day light time now… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). A strong wind day so not great for beach walks (not that you can but at least you are not missing much) so good for flying and walks in the forests. Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(17 December 2020) 
Day 266 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. The SAH dominating with a slight ridge along the southern coastal areas. The winds up a bit form yesterday along the west coast and inland but still sweet along the GR. A lot of thick cirrus around which will dampen things in terms of climb rates. The Peninsula with a stronger SE compared to yesterday with low cloud in the south. The coastal flats with climbs between 2/4k, rising at the first mountain ranges and more so beyond those. The Great Escaprment very good with some climbs reaching 18k! (Graafies, BW and Cradock regions) Some very high Q’s around here. CB in the far east marking the eastern edge of the central trough region. Cluds along the southern coastal regions as well. Winds are generally southerly with a SE trend later on. The southerly penetrating inland strongly again with 20kts posts all the way to the Great Escarpment by early evening. From 8/9k the winds go west and remain west all the way to the Tropopase with a 40-60kts finish. Freezing level around 14k today…

CT – Another strong SE wind day with 20-30kts with a strong inversion from 1500’ and a east trend moderating at TM top height. Again the graphs all show a cool wind-shadow all day long… The mountains being influenced by the SE flow so they are not good.

RB – If you are not there already you are missing out! Probably blown out later.

PV – Another average day for PV wit lower SW trending to the south with height. Climbs moderate to around 4k – a few spots a tad higher.

Wilderness – A SW start to the day trending more S and even SE later in the afternoon. The spots to be will def be Serps and Sedge with the coast a tad on the light side. Pulses of soaring bits I think. A few Q’s shaping up to excite all the good pilots. But the thick high cirrus dampening the XC potential.

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 3k. Keurbooms once again could work on the more south facing slope from late morning till just after lunch I think.

PE and PA – SW winds 10 - 15kts initially but dropping during the day and going south.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Light wind start with a Southelry trend but west to the north of the GE. Some very high climbs out there in the convergence with some Q’s around 16-18k! The southerly coastal sea breeze picking up in the afternoon again with 20kts spots in a few places. Otherwise another bumpy day for flying propeller thingies but lekker for the hangies and parries if you can get up into the right place. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:14 and setting at 19:38 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – less than 20sec daily increase in day light time now… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). Another sweet light wind day. Only good for flying and walks in the forests. Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)







(16 December 2020)
Day 265 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. The SAH dominating our weather with the typical inland trough (which is more east along the Kimberley line). Mainly SW to SE winds in a few spots. The winds are fairly light for a change except for the CT area (as usual!) ;) with 25kts in places around the Peninsula. Inland the winds are initially light and almost variable perhaps a east trend. Later in the day the Sea breeze will move inland with a strong southerlies, especially along the west coast. Instability along the coastal plains a tad less than the previous days with 2/3k’s on the cars, the mountains with 4/5k and then inland towards the SB and other mountains nit too shabby with Sutherland escarpment going to 12k. IT is mostly a blue day all over the WC. Winds remain light all the way to 6/7k where it changes to west with 20kts at 20k but then dropping again for a would you believe 1-4kts at the Tropopause over the WC! Freezing level around 15k today…

CT – Another strong SE wind day with 20-25kts but a super strong inversion from just above 1k and lighter winds above that. The graphs all show a cool wind-shadow all day long… The mountains initially SW winds 5-10kts with climbs to around 4k or just over. The sea breeze will reach DuToits pass around 15:00 capping the climbs. But to the north it remains sweet.

RB – Perhaps more of a later day today form the looks of things. Could be a sweet sunset flight if the wind drops a tad…  

PV – A SW day with climbs to just over 4k with some spots perhaps reaching 5. Not the best of days out here but still should be fun. It gets better by miles into the Cederbergs with 8-10k out there and west winds – so perhaps a day to try going out directly over the back…

Wilderness – A SE trend today with maybe 10kts later on. Climbs at Sedge to just over 1k. Serps should be amazing with easy flights to the Map. And Map will be frustrating with perhaps soarbale at times but very very hard to top land. Lets see who gets into trouble! Lol Gerrickes benchup will be doable, CP and even perhaps PR with a bit of a cross wind could work.

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 2k. SE winds 10kts. Keurbooms could just work on the more south facing slope around mid day.

PE and PA – SW winds 10 - 15kts initially but dropping during the day and going south.

EL – Same as above.

Inland – Light wind start with the southerly picking from mid day onwards – it makes it all the way to the Great Escarpment by evening. Climbs to 12k on the escarpment. Swartberg pass is looking good today for those wanting to do their 5000’ launches. ? Between 15:00 and 17:00 the best times to fly out there. Perhaps climbs to 8k then – the surface winds going more SSE from 17:00 onwards up to 15ks maybe. So should be sweet I think. Otherwise another bumpy day for flying propeller thingies but lekker for the hangies and parries if you can get up into the right place. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:13 and setting at 19:38 (Day length is 14 hrs and 25 min – less than 20sec daily increase in day light time now… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). Another sweet light wind day. Only good for flying and walks in the forests. Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(15 December 2020) 
Day 264 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. The CF moving past KZN and penetrating far inland with southerly winds heading past Uppington and Bloem today. Winds are pretty breezy in the late afternoon but a sweet light wind start to the day except in the west around CT where the SE will really do its thing. 30kts in some spots. Q’s confined to the southern parts only form the looks of it with some good flying along the GR coastline. Climbs to 2/3k along the coast then rising with 4/6k around the northern parts of the first mountain ranges with the Great escarpment region a tad more dampened with 10k on the cards. To the east it does get better with Cradock going to 13k… CB activity also out in that areas – to the east. Winds remain S to SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kt finish. Freezing level around 14k today…

CT – A strong SE wind day with 20-25kts but around 2k the inversion helps to move this more east with a slight lowering in the strength. Strong along the mountains ranges also so not the best conditions out there..

RB – If you are not there  already you are missing out!  

PV – A tough day with strong Southerly trends in the wind. Climbs to 6k in a few spots possible but 20kts winds moving in from the south after lunchtime…

Wilderness – And another sweet day on the cards from the looks of it. Serps and Sedge the place to be with climbs to around 2k. Winds are SW around 5-10kts according to the forecasts. The coast also offering some flying – just make sure you top land. Sweet! :)

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness except a bit more OD during the moring, clearing after 14:00 a bit. Uppies showing climbs to just over 3k. Keurbooms looking good from late morning and into most of the afternoon.

PE and PA – SW winds 10 - 15kts. OD in the morning a slight chance of rain. Clearing in the late afternoon.

EL – A more southerly wind trend but late afternoon trending back to the SW 10-15kts.

Inland – Clouds to just north of the SB where base is around 8k. A strong day out there with the southerly picking up once more – 15-20kts. The southerly pushing far north past the great escarpment. CB’s in the far east. A bumpy day for flying propeller thingies but lekker for the hangies if you can get up into the right place. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:13 and setting at 19:37 (Day length is 14 hrs and 24 min – less than 20sec daily increase in day light time now… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). A sweet day that is perfect only for forest walks. WTH man!? Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(14 December) 
Day 263 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. The CF moving into the western parts of the WC today – it is a summer front so not cold but some clouds and light rain in a few spots. But some sweet flying to be had in the what looks like a gentle change – it just gets more cloudy. :) So loads of Q’s around all over the show but blue further inland. Very high climbs in some inland spots. Just north of Graafies area it looks like 18k is possible… Some CB activity in the far eastern interior. Some light rain along parts of the southern coasts later on. Winds are all SW to S but NW inland and initially along the west coast. The wind is NW from 10k upwards all the way to the Tropopause with a 70kts finish up there. Freezing level around 12k in the a fw southern parts.

CT – Base around TM top height or just below. It will thicken during the day. But some sweet flying to be had around SH. Winds westerly mostly with a Southerly later in the afternoon – worth watching that one after the last CampsBay landings! ;) The bigger moutnains looking a tad too OD but to the north it clears and gets very good.

RB – WWB is out again!  

PV – A good day here I think. The clouds will thicken later in the afternoon. But just after 14:00 to 15:00 base could be close to 8k in some spots! SW winds for the most part – 5-10kts with some 15kts spots later.

Wilderness – Another sweet day on the cards from the looks of it. Serps and Sedge the place to be I think. Sweet climbs with some Q’s on and off – later more clouds with OD. But climbs to just over 2k doable with ease. The coast also offering some flying with a SSW trend. Sweet! :)

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 3k. Keurbooms looking very good from just before mid day and into most of the afternoon. More clouds and perhaps light rain later on.

PE and PA – SW winds 15-20kts with chance of rain later on.

EL – Same as above…

Inland – Some clouds in the little Karoo with alight wind start but the wind will pick up strongly from mid day onwards with 30kts Southerlies blowing up into the Karoo. IT will reach the great escarpment early evening. North of that some strong thermal activity with a few spits with exceptionally high bases – 18k. Else for the propeller thingies watch the strong southerly push – it is looking very strong…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:13 and setting at 19:37 (Day length is 14 hrs and 24 min – less than 20sec daily increase in day light time now… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). A partly cloudy day with more clouds later and chance of light rain early evening. Perfect for forest and beach walks – go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(13 December) 
Day 262 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. Some great flying around the WC yesterday – sweet Sedge as usual and then a cracker of a flight from Bernt flying fromWaboomberg to land just over 200k’s further after an 8 hour flight and climbing to over 11k at times. https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:berndhohlmeier/12.12.2020/08:33  Amazeballs! :)) Today a CF is approaching CT with NW to W winds on the west while the IOH is dominating on the eastern parts with an east trend along the southern parts. Inlnad the trough centre is quite to the east but the NW winds are still dominating. A Blue most ly with verey few clouds if any. It is still good on the west with climbs to 10k over the Cederbergs and 6/7k on the PV side. To the south it looks like a sweet DuToits farm day with NNE star and a NNW after lunch. But by 15:00 the coastal SE will come through so get your flying in early. The winds all go NW from 6/8k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level back up to around 13k in the south.

CT – It looks like a sweet Apoptle day but with some stronger winds up there so be careful. 20kts at 4k but the compression will def have more running over the TM tops… IT trends a tad more WSW later on. The mountains with a bit more wind so probably too strong for FK and the likes. SLP prob okish but not such good climbs there form the looks of it. (for the hangies) ;)

RB – WWB is out again!  

PV – A NW day with limbs around 6k in general but the convergence areas showing up to 7500’. IT will set up from Dasklip into the valley towards PB – moving north and south. Startign more towards PV town at 11:00. That could be fun though a bit breezy perhaps with 10-15kts... ;)

Wilderness – A bit of a chance from the last few days with a SE trend. It could be sweet at Map, Gerrickes and Buffs – starting earlier to the east. But there can also be a slight bit of mixing from a shallow shear layer due to the steep gradient – 6kts on the surface with 15/20kts at 500ft. Maybe a day of not getting high even though the wind is blowing! ;) But the forecast could be wrong – I hope for that! Lol.

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness… Not so lekker! ;)

PE and PA – Very strong E to NE winds over 25kts in many spots..

EL – Same as above…

Inland – Du Toits looking surprisingly good this morning until just after lunch time. Climbs into celling easily. Else the trend is to the NW later on and then the SE sea breeze will move through from mid afternoon but not penetrate that far inland. Strong climbs and thermals out there with no clouds on the cards – in the west a few spots going over 20kts…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:36 (Day length is 14 hrs and 24 min – just a 30sec daily increase in day light time… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). A sweet start to the day but the wind will pick up in the afternoon form the SE. Perfect for forest and beach walks – go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a warmish 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 






(12 December) 
Day 261 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. The SAH dominating with the inland trough way more to the east in the interior – loads of CB’s out towards Bloem and beyond but a few possible around the SB and adjacent areas today. Some rain on the cards for parts of the little karoo it seems. A tad more to the east. But the west looking really good with sweet Q’s and base around the 10-12k mark. Winds are light southerly along the south coast and fresh along the western side. A sweet unstable airmass still around with loads of cloud – the clouds starting to break up from the west but a chance of OD in many parts. The first mountains with around a 5k base then rising quickly as we move inland. A bit of a dull weak area in the eastern parts (see climb chart) no doubt some left overs form the rain from yesterday. The wind is southerly penetrating far inland to past VanWyksvlei by evening but form 10k upwards it starts to go NW – a bit of a difference with the upper winds near the Tropopause being SW at 50kts over CT but NW 100kts over PE! Freezing level still down near 10k in the south.

CT – A southerly wind day with instability to 4500’ with clouds up there. A tricky day for flying around TM with no real usable wind-shadow shaping up at SH and LH. Even inland near the mountains (in the far south there could be a spots of rain even) the southerly making things tricky… But high bases with good flying once you are up. Maybe Paarl rock?

RB – IT could be a sweet day here – especially later on.  

PV – The wind trends very south but the thermals will pull it up enough for launching. SSW surface flow trending south and then east with height. Climbs to6/8k in the right parts with cool Q’s. The Cederbergs looking spectacular with base 10-12k. Though up heigh the winds are east around 5kts.

Wilderness – Another amazing day ahead of us with a SW start then trend into the south during the day with a SE to finish it all of. Some OD this morning but this will clear mostly by mid day. Great climbs at sedge early on to 3k but then lowering to around 2k for the rest of the day. It is a day to go over the back if you want. Just watch the OD on the back areas which will make things slow – so not a far day but a sweet day none the less. The coastal cliffs should also be very sweet…

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness but more OD I think - maybe even some rain? Uppies does not seem to be clearing until very late in the day. Base around 2500/3k. Keurbooms looking like a session might be on the cards around midday/lunchtime. Lekker! :)

PE and PA – More OD and chance of rain increasing here. Winds are SW to S and moderate. To the east it gets stronger though…

EL – As above but the SW start trending S and the SW again around 15kts mostly…

Inland – Again a light start picking up during the day. Rain and even a CB cell or two around the Little Karoo and SB ranges possible. Looks like a sweet day of flying none the less if you go west with high bases out there and good climbs. The east is not as good as the west with weak areas between BW and Graafies – extending eastwards… Probably rain I think causing this. It is very good in the far west though. The southerly going to 15/20kts in a few spots later on.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:35 (Day length is 14 hrs and 23 min – just a 30sec daily increase in day light time… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). A cloudy start but some sunny patches later on. Perfect for forest and beach walks – go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 





(11 December 2020) 
Day 260 of lockdown

260… hhhmmm that sounds like a good flying distance to me! ;) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. Some sweet flying at Sedge yesterday for a lucky few. (and some serious turbulence for the CT guys who landed at the Glen clubhouse field! Lol!) Today a CF approaching CT with the help of the SAH while a trough dominates the centre and the IOH is active on the eastern parts of the country. Loads of moisture around with plenty clouds. Bases varying from just 1000’ along parts of the west and southern coasts rising as we move inland with 4/5k near the first mountains ranges and then further inland to 8/10k and then along the great escarpment we get to 12k in the west rising to the east again to 14k pat Cradock areas. Still some CB activity but mostly to the east – much less than yesterday. Winds are west in general with a NW trend in the north and more SW in the south. Some spots reaching 20kts especially in the late afternoon. From 6k upwards it is all NW with a 120kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level still down near 10k in the south.

CT – Loads of clouds around with tops past 10k. Chance of rain and winds starting NW going more W later on. A maybe day with some spots perhaps clearing enough for a bit of a flight to take place but it doesn’t look like the best of days… ;)

RB – Too much west in it all day…  

PV – A very cloudy day with thick mid levels and then some Q’s around 4/5k. Winds are westerly 5-10kts a few spots reaching 15k later in the day. Some convergence over PV town just after lunchtime.

Wilderness – IT looks like another sweet day here with loads of thick mid levels and some Q’s – around 2k so not the best time for XC flying. Sedge is looking sweet for most of the day and some soaring possible on the coast too – thought a tad light I think. A slight chance of rain.

Plett –Similar out look to Wilderness with Uppies looking sweet with climbs to 4k doable. 5-10kts of wind S to SW. And Keurbooms also looking sweet around midday/lunchtime. Lekker! :)

PE and PA – Loads of cloud, chance of rain with SW winds – 5-15kts at times. The SW stops around PA from where it is East eastwards from there.

EL – SE winds mostly all day… Lots of clouds around. Slight chance of rain. CB’s inland…

Inland – A light wind start in the little Karoo with an SE trend. NW north of the great escarpment. Some chance of rain in the southern ranges and even over the SB ranges. The wind swill trend S to SW later in the day all the way to the Sutherland areas. West elsewhere. Sweet climbs over the great escarpment with tops 12/14k.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:34 (Day length is 14 hrs and 23 min – just a 30sec daily increase in day light time… We are almost at the max daylight time point…). A cloudy day mostly with moderate SW winds. Small chance of rain. Perfect for forest and beach walks – go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet humid 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 






(10 December 2020) 
Day 259 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. A very active trough once again with the influx of mid level moisture so once again loads of CB activity over a wide area including the little Karoo from Worcester in the west stretching eastwards into KZN. Base around 8-10k behind the first mountains but going to 11k around Sutherland and higher to the east getting 15k around Cradock. NW winds out there with a S to SSE trend in the south. The southern coastal areas in a col area with a southerly trend that will go more SE later in the day. Nothing too strong with the far east reaching 15/20kts around EL. Loads of clouds around with varying heights. Rain along the mountains mostly. The west is the best with a westerly trend. Winds are all NW from 6k upwards with a 100kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level slightly down to 10000’ in the south.

CT – Base at TM top as a start but going to 4k with a W start trending SW and then a southerly later on. IT is not strong except for some acceleration around the Peninsula reaching 15k along the shorefront at LH area. IT looks like a great days of flying. The mountains looking superb with very high bases – more to the north. A good day to explore those XC legs along the range – initially hard going with head winds but later it seems to go a tad more WSW which can help. ;)

RB – Too much west in it all day…  

PV – A awesome day on the cards here. Sweet Q’s with base going to 8k later in the day. A WNW start trending to the WSW later on. 5-10kts for most of the day with a few 15kts spots near the surface later on.

Wilderness – A sweet day here with a Southerly wind trending a tad more SE later on. Map seems like a good play ground with the odd time getting high enough for top landings - late afternoon looks better. Serps should be very sweet for flights to the Map. Sedge also great from 10 to around 14:00 when it might become a tad unpleasant with a bit of east in it. Though it could hold for even longer. Climbs to 2k initially then down to 1500’. Hardly anything over 10kts here today. Loads of CB’s inland.

Plett – Similar out look to Wilderness with a tad more SE trend. Keurbooms with a small chance just before lunch though it is a tad light. Uppies with climbs to 3k some OD here and the SE wind trend 10kts. Loads of CB’s inland.

PE and PA – A SW start in the west but quickly going East. The east gets strong to the east but here it is 5-10kts with a few spots going to 15k later in the day. Loads of CB’s inland.

EL – East to ENE with 15kts later and a few spots reaching 20. Loads of CB’s inland.

Inland – Those CB’s very active today with rain along the Outenikwas to the east and west. Base pretty high around 6k and more to the north. North of Sutherland the CB activity drops off. Winds are all NW to the north and S to SE in the south. Some 20ts plus spots later on… Hhhmm tricky!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:34 (Day length is 14 hrs and 22 min –so summer is officially here – yes!). A cloudy start but opening later and then cloudy again. Small chance of rain. Perfect for forest and beach walks – either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a humid 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 







(9 December 2020) 
Day 258 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. The cut-off low has moved way south of the country with all those strong CB activity leaving the WCV exposed to the SAH influence. Still loads of moisture around from the ground to around 10/11k with a chance of rain over the mountains around mid-day and later. Looks like some low clouds on the ocean too that will effect the coastal regions during the day. Winds are SW along the southern coasts, breezy in places but not quite as expected. A strong gradient around along the southern coastal areas so probably some ‘chop’ in the air. ;) Inland it is SSW penetrating to north of the SB ranges in the later afternoon – 25kts in a few spots then. IT veers to the NW further north. Loads of clouds even out here but yesterdays wide spread CB’s and wet ground dampening the thermals a tad. Only 10-11k climbs on the cards at the Great Escarpment. From 10k upwards the winds are all WNW with a 80kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level slightly down to 11500’ in the south.

CT – Base around TM top height with a S to SW trend in wind. It will accelerate around the Peninsula with some 15 and perhaps even 20kts spots near the shore of SH. Maybe a bit of light rain… Probably a tad too much south in the wind along the inland mountains too for it to be any fun. ;)

RB – If there is a chance of flying it will be a verry late afternoon flight but it seems like it will be just not strong enough…  

PV – Base around 4k rising perhaps a bit higher. Winds are also a tad southerly with a slight West in it. Not the best day around so stay in the valley away form the mountains perhaps. ;) Later there is some convergence from Skerpheuwel and northwards. Perhaps climbs to 5500’ if the clouds allow it.

Wilderness – Not as strong as we expected by the look s of it. There is a bit of a strong gradient so that chop in the air. A chance of sone dune gooning along the lower dunes on the coast is on. Rain expected but it looks to be on the back mountains mostly. Low clouds drifting in from the sea late morning midday that can make things a bit interesting. Def too strong for the inland sites I think…  

Plett – Similar out look to Wilderness. Initially Upies with base at 4k but strong west winds then when it does moderate the low clouds will move in. Same for Keurbooms – a very small window perhaps lunchtime but soon it looks like the low clouds will move in for the later afternoon.

PE and PA – The SW winds stronger here for most of the day.

EL – Same as above…

Inland – Those CB’s off to the east but leaving lots of wet ground in the little Karoo. Some clouds around with the S wind picking up during the day. It gets to the great escarpment late afternoon with spots reaching 25kts. Else where it is WNW winds mostly. Some rain along the southern ranges in the midday to afternoon times.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:33 (Day length is 14 hrs and 21 min –so summer is officially here – yes!). A cloudy low cloud kind of day. Perfect for forest and beach walks – either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a humid 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)






(8 December 2020) 
Day 257 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people. A very active trough down the centre of the country extending far out to sea causing CB activity over a very broad area, extending into the GR and the secondary convergence region a tad out to sea. Loads of moisture around so some complex low level clouds along the southern coastal parts with a general light SW flow except for the eastern parts where the IOH is dominating with strong NE winds (See the wind charts). Inland the CB activity mixing things up with rain adjacent to strong climbs (see climb rate charts) with some varying wind directions but a general N to NW flow pattern that will go more west later on, on the inland side. Too much CB activity for any record setting purposes today but some sweet flying to be had once again along the west coast – the PV valley living up to its name of being the most consistent summer flying spot. (even if its strong and for big boys many of those days!) ;) So a chance of rain on the cards for most of the WC (except PV of course!). Winds are all NW form 5k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level 13k in the south.

CT – Low clouds around that will clear somewhat during the day, especially the tops but base perhaps a tad frustrating along the western side of the Peninsula. Some 300ft spits but hopefully clear enough at times for a flight. ;) Winds are NW to W 5-15kts. The main mountains with NW to West winds with low clouds in the south rising quickly to the north.

RB – Again WWB is out in full force! ;)

PV – Another good day here with NW to W winds. It does pick up in the mid afternoon with 15kts and some spots perhaps even more. But good convergence setting up from 13/14:00 between PV and Dasklip out into the valley that could get you up to 6500’. Some clouds mostly to the south but perhaps a good indicator of the convergence – so heads up! ;)

Wilderness – A light wind day starting of SW then supposedly S later on. But there is some indicators that there will remain a W trend in the flow… Sedge probably the place to be with the light conditions. The coast looking a tad frustrating to me. Lots of low cloud around but it should lift enough for us to fly. Then there is a chance of some rain – probably from the Midlevel instability with CB’s to the north of us spreading out to the south… (The LP flow to the south of us sucking in the warm moisture from the KZN coast and spitting it out along the GR coast) ;)  

Plett – Expecting a tad more wind early from the SW. Keurbooms looks like a sweet mid day luchtime switch on. Uppies with climbs to just shy of 3k at the best time – wind goes SSE mid afternoon with another SW push afterwards… Thick high level stuff mid afternoon…

PE and PA – SW winds with a few spots showing a S trend later this afternoon. Lots of low cloud along the ocean but just inland strong NW winds with some very high bases but of course the strong trend for CB activity and rain… ;)

EL – Same as above except for the coast with the very strong NE winds 25kts plus! which dominate until very late in the day…

Inland – Broad area of CB activity with a general N to NW wind trend. Some spots up to 25kts but others varying to the east even (Probably form the CB activity) The wind trend west to the west and flying conditions improve in that direction. In between the CB’s the base is high and probably really pretty to behold! ;) But perhaps not the best day to be flying….

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:32 (Day length is 14 hrs and 21 min –so summer is officially here – yes!). A cloudy low cloud kind of day. Perfect for forest and beach walks – either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a humid 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)





(6 December 2020) 
Day 256 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people. So WJ had a great flight from PV towards Wellington (anyone else?) At the top is a pic of him sitting in the convergence just before Groenberg. Lekker! Today a similar day to yesterday – the strong SE winds along the southern coastal regions and rain during the morning – even some CB activity out to sea. Low clouds along the coast but rising to 6k north of the mountains with the SB at 9k. Lighter winds for the little Karoo but at the Great Escarpment it is strong WNW winds and once again very high cloudbase of 18k plus in a few spots. CB to the east of the inland trough – and one could have flow very far from NE of Uppington down to past Richmond once more… (Dreaming yes!) ;) The west coast with sweet onshore flows and great flying again (like yesterday) Looks like great convergence setting up over the wind farm at Saron – climbs to 7/8k on the cards. Winds are all NW from 10k upwards with a 50kt finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level 13k in the south.

CT – Again strong SE along the southern Peninsula but SW to West in the north. Some clouds during the morning but clearing mid day. IT gets better to the north – a brilliant day inland for flying today…  

RB – WWB is out in full force! ;)

PV – Fantastic day with NW to West winds and high climbs with clouds to boot! Good convergence from 14:00 onwards west of Saron. Watch the clouds I think. 7/8k climbs? ;)

Wilderness – A strong SE day with light rain this morning – drying a little bit but the wind remaining strong. It’s a tad east above our heads but cloud be flyable for a hangie or two! ;)

Plett – Strong SE form early on all day long…

PE and PA – Again a day of strong easterlies all day long – oh an drain too! ;)

EL – Same as above…

Inland – Light winds in the little Karoo but from 14:00 onwards the SSE winds penetrating past Oudshoorn and onwards – almost ot eh Escarpment with 35kts winds! High base along the escarpments – 18k! It is another record high day – you need O2! And that flight from NW of Uppington down to Richmond and beyond is still on! CB’s to the east.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:31 (Day length is 14 hrs and 20 min –so summer is officially here – yes!). A strong wind day so go hide in the forest. Otherwise its perfect for kitesurfing and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature another windy 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)

 

 



(5 December 2020) 
Day 254 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! I wonder if people actually read this shit… The IOH, SAH and inland trough in a perfect triangle setting up a strong typical summer pattern. CB’s inland to the east of the trough while the coastal winds will pickup to 30kts in most places. It is a light wind start mostly so a sweet morning to be had with some flying before things get too strong. The inland westerly winds area into the super cool deep instability air with climbs in excess of 16k on the cards. Some amazing Q’s out there. And relatively light wind so good for PG and HG… But along the coastal regions much lower climbs. The southern plateaus’ around 3k the west coast 4k but around the PV valley rising to 7k. And further inland steadily more. The wind is light NW from 6/7k upwards in the south. It trends slightly west at the Tropopause for a 50kts finish up there. Freezing level 13k.

CT – Strong SE day with early instability at 4k. Winds will pick up to 30kts later but there is a strong inversion shapingup with a slight slackening in the upper wind. It is still around 10kts up there so not so sure about that wind-shadow thingie… The mountains with the strong SE influence but further north it improves with a west influence.  

RB – Looks like later afternoon day here…

PV – Looks really good today with climbs to 7k and maybe even a tad more in places. Winds are all westerly 5-10kts. A bit more SW later in the day. The Cederbergs up to 11k west winds… It could be a day to head straight over the back towards Southerland…

Wilderness – A SE day with a sweet start being soarable at map form around 9/10 this morning. It will blow out around lunchtime or soon after that. (Except for the hangies) ;) Buffs and Gerrickes doable but much earlier.

Plett – The SE also on the cards to be strong here. Uppies very cross and climbs to just over 2k. SO probably not worth heading out.

PE and PA – Those NE winds dominating with 30kts at most spots today…

EL – Same as above…

Inland – A sweet morning with East flows in the south and West in the north. Amazing high Q’s in the north areas with great great soaring to be had out there. The winds pick up later in the afternoon with some 20-30kts spots…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:30 (Day length is 14 hrs and 19 min –so summer is official here I guess – yes!). A light start in Wilderness – go for you beach walk early and hide in the forest in the afternoon. Perfect for kitesurfing and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature another windy 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 







(4 December 2020) 
Day 253 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! That SAH really strong and dominant combining forces with a strong inland trough causing strong E to SE winds along the south coast. The strong winds breaking the thermal up along the coastal regions – see the graphs. Some rain around especially in the morning but it will clear from the west during the day. Clouds confined to the EC and southern coastal areas – it dries quickly inland and along the west coast. Deepening instability the further west we go with the PV valley showing up to 8k in convection depth. Base going to around 9k near the great escarpment. Winds out there are all easterly with a SE trend near the coasts. A light start but increasing during the day. The east changes to a light west around 8/9k and then remains W to SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish up there. Freezing level 13k in the west but 11 in the east.

CT – Another strong SE day with instability to 4k. Winds get to 30kts later in the day. Not much of a wind-shadow shaping up that I can see today… The mountains plagued with the strong east flowing air. Some Fhoen conditions along the southern west facing mountains. A convergence line setting up between the SSW coastal flow and the inland ESE flow from the mountains (for what its worth!) ;)

RB – Looks a tad too east and light with the strong stuff going past to the west… Hhhmmm. Maybe later in the day something will come through.;)

PV – A tad too east – PB def better in the morning. High climbs doable up to 8k in a few spots at lunchtime. East up there but later a shallow SW near the surface (2/3k deep).

Wilderness – Windy and/or rainy here today. :) You might get a lucky gap on some secret east facing dune but I doubt that. ;)

Plett – As above! lol

PE and PA – Those East winds with rain hanging around a tad longer than the western spots…

EL – Same as above…

Inland – A sweet easterly wind day and if you can get on the edge of the cloud range you can score. Great flying to be had in these areas with sweet strong climbs. The coasties wishing they could be out there! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:29 (Day length is 14 hrs and 18 min –the daylight increase is slowing down as we approach the middle of summer – yes!). a rainy windy morning clearing in the afternoon but more wind! Perfect for kitesurfing and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool and windy 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 





(3 December 2020) 
Day 252 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A strong Sedge day yesterday with climbs to just over 1000m reported by some (yours truly too) ;) Today not quite as good but perhaps better in that it will be slightly less strong. :) The SAH moving to the south of us, still very strong and over the coming days it will flex its muscles with strong SE flows bringing cooler moisture up with chances of rain along the southern coastal areas. But today it’s still shaping up so we have a more SSW flow on the cards with some sweet soaring conditions. Some clouds increasing later in the afternoon. Still SW in the east and SE in the west. Inland the southerly push will penetrate to the great escarpment of Sutherland and BW with west winds north of that. Some very high clouds in the eastern parts of the escarpment with climbs to 15k on the cards. The winds go west from 10k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 11k. 

CT – Another strong SE day with a low inversion but the winds remaining strong to over 4k. A slight chance of a wind-shadow in the morning but I doubt it will be vert usable. The strong southerlies still too much along the mountains I think. Rain moving in late afternoon by the looks of it.

RB – Once again if you are not up there soaring already you are missing out! ;)

PV – Again a very southerly day and strong. I think the 15-20kts winds will probably not make things flyable. PB also too south. But climbs to 5/6k doable. Less wind in the Cederbergs and climbs to 10k on the cards there…

Wilderness – Already a few Q’s popping promising a good days of flying. Climbs in general around 2k with some 3k spots on the plateau. 5k on the Outies. A SW start with a slight S finish. Looks like less SE trend today. 5-10kts I think Sedge should be great until very late in the day. Serps too. But the coastal boys should also have some bits to play with. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 4k late morning. IT should be a very good day here too for most of the day. Keurbooms looking doable around mid day with enough S in it to work.

PE and PA – SW winds 10-15kts and some clouds. IT gets very breezy inland later on.

EL – Same as above with a moderate SW to S flow getting less to the east.

Inland – A beautiful start to the day with light east winds in most areas. Later the southerly sea breeze will increase progressively with 20kts spots especially over the higher areas. IT is west north of the Southerland escarpment. Very high clouds around the Middelburg and eastwards area…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:28 (Day length is 14 hrs and 17 min – the daylight increase is slowing down as we approach the middle of summer – yes!). A sweet day with light to moderate winds. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 







(2 December 2020) Day 251 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Here is a sweet video of Admas XC flight the other day - a very technical flight as he explains on the video. ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA4-YpMnQO4   

The graphs are below this report. ;)

The SAH shaping a ridge along the Southern parts with slightly wider isobars so the winds abating nicely along the southern parts. But it sure accelerate around the Peninsula sweeping up the West coast in the usual strong summer SSE pattern. This brings in more ocean air making conditions a tad more stable and mixed near the strong coastal winds. Further inland it is sweet with good flying around. Clouds confined to the Southern parts with initial OD and even some rain but clearing gently from the west. Winds along the GR going from SW to SE later on – it remains SW in the east but more SE in the west. Inland a sweet SE to E trends with a touch NE slightly AGL but it is all fairly light winds, even north of the Sutherland escarpment. Around 10/14k it all goes westerly and then NW at the Tropopause for a light 30kts finish up there.  Freezing level still up around 13k. 

CT – A strong SE day with the inversion initially around 4k so hardly a chance of usable wind-shadow on the cards. It goes to 30kts later on… The mountains also suffering from the strong east.

RB – If you are not up there soaring already you are missing out! ;)

PV – A southerly day except to the north near Kardoesie where the lower SW will be more dominant. Around 5k climbs. Later 20kts form  he south creeping through from the south. Very strong on the coasts which could move in earlier than forecasted.

Wilderness – Some OD this morning with a later clearing than expected. But when it does clear.. Oh boy! Its sweet ass climbs at Serps and Sedge to close to 4k – even just after lunch! ;) Winds are light W to SW early but then will start with a SSW trending slightly more SE later. 5-10kts in general.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but perhaps Uppies with a tad more SE. Keurbooms looking doable around mid day with enough S in it to work.

PE and PA – SW winds 10-15kts with a slight chance or rain during the morning. Clearing later.

EL – Same as above with strong SW winds…

Inland – SE to E winds – all light stuff with some spots reaching just over 10kts later in the day. IT looks blue with no clouds expected – the coastal mountains blocking that ocean moisture.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:27 (Day length is 14 hrs and 1 min – the daylight increase is slowing down as we approach the middle of summer – yes!). A cloudy start but clearing later with light S to SE winds. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

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
CATS - Clear Air Turbulence
GR - Garden Route
WWB - Wrong Way Bob
CT – Cape Town
CP – Cape Point
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
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.

;)
 

(1December 2020) Day 250 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! With disbelief I look at that number of 250 lockdown days... What a mess! Ai. So Pieter DeBeer also doing a respectable XC distance day before yesterday from DuToits farm – 60km for him ;) Of course, Josh's flight of over 300k's is the flight to beat thus far for this season. :))
Today a strong SAH dominating our weather pushing the maritime airmass far inland, capping some of the deeper instability we have had over the last few days. Middelburg down from 18k to just 10 today… Winds are very strong as the CF combining with that SAH sweeps the southern areas with SW winds – 20- 40kts on the cards for the coastal regions and inland not far behind that. Clouds moving inland to around the second ranges, like the SB areas where they start to dissipate. But the coastal areas with loads of OD and even light rain later on. (The tops are not very high so not much precipitation depth). Winds re SW into Namibia and past Bloem. IT remains SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish up there. Freezing level still up around 13k. 

CT – A SW start around 10-15kts but reaching 20kts in a few spots. Loads of cloud around with chances of rain. Later it trend to the south. Not the best day for flying… The mountains a tad too southerly and pretty fresh I think.

RB – I think still too much W in it…

PV – A very southerly day and pretty breezy. Loads of cloud with base at mountain top height for the morning rising slightly in the afternoon but going very south at 20kts…

Wilderness – Very strong SW winds all day with rain late afternoon/early evening. IT doesn’t look like anything is going to happen – except for some super fast wings low down on the dunes maybe… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but even strong winds…

PE and PA – Up to 40kts SW winds along the coast. Rain later too…

EL – Same as above…

Inland – All SW winds way past Nam… Very strong in the afternoon too going over 20kts in most places. Some CB’ but far to the east.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:11 and setting at 19:26 (Day length is 14 hrs and 15 min). A strong SW wind day with clouds and slight chance of rain. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))









(30 November 2020) 
Day 249 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some awesome flying yesterday for the guys who went to Oubos. An out and return task of 95km done by a few guys. Lekker! And then, on the 26 November Josh Degenaar did an incredible 305km flight from VanWyksvlei to Colesberg. Here is his track log and a pic of his flight. https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Josh/26.11.2020/08:48?fbclid=IwAR0-vsbZ80e41LgOd7bj9GoYzpdzBZrqGkVSASrzRATVDh8G97rTKiW2_Wk Awesome!

 Today we have another CF moving up the coast. This one with less moisture and not much rain but it is bringing with it some cooler unstable air that will provide some sweet flying in the shallow layer of cooler air. Winds are all SW to W in general. The clouds mainly confined to the coastal areas and adjacent mountains. Base around the 2/3k mark. However, just ahead of the front, around the Graafies and Middelburg areas there is some amazing convergences taking place with the inland airmass so hot and dry it is producing some record high climbs here. Base will be around 18k! And there are some SW surface winds that veers to the NW with height. Def doable for HG and PG! Who’s on it!? :) So winds remain westerly with height and then a slight WNW trend at the Tropopause for a 80kts finish up there. Freezing level still up around 13k.  

CT – A SW day with some clouds around. There’s a slight chance of some rain but mostly out to sea – probably moving in very late in the afternoon with a bit of a stronger bit of SW wind. All around 10-15kts and slightly more later on. So looks like a good but strongish day… The mountains a tad too strong I think.

RB – Well, after the good flying over the last few days some rest on the crds! ? WWB is out again.

PV – A 10-15kt SW wind day with climbs to the 5k level. Some Q’s in the far south. A bit windy but sweet day it seems.

Wilderness – A SW day from the looks of it. 10-15kts with less later in the late afternoon. Some cloud around too at the 2/3k level. Probably a tad strong for Sedge but doable. Climbs to 3k at least in the late morning but lowering after that. Some strong wind out to sea so a chance of some stronger bits moving in on the coast.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but just a tad on the stronger side. Uppies with climbs to 3500’ but also lower later on. I think it is probably just too strong to have fun while flying. ;) Keurbooms just too west from the looks of it.

PE and PA – All strong SW winds to just past PA where the NE dominates. The NE will be over taken by the advancing SW from the West during the afternoon, spreading to EL

EL – NE to start with then SW later in the afternoon. Could be a good switch to watch! ;)

Inland – All SW to W winds with epic epic high cloud-bases around the Escarpments – Graafies and Middleburg areas really going off today…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:26 (Day length is 14 hrs and 14 min). A moderate SW wind day with clouds. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 










(29 November 2020) 
Day 248 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH shaping into a col that will turn into a IOH but meantime the isobars are widely spaced – similarly with the inland trough that seems to have lost some of its intensity. So light winds for the most of the WC with the exception around CT and Peninsula and some of the higher inland ranges late in the day. Instability up to 12k with light winds up t 10kts over the Sutherland escarpment – which is sweet and unusual! It lowers as we move closer to the coasts – PV valleys around 5/6, the south coastal plains around 2/3k. The wind remains light S to SW to above the inversion where it is W then a slow backing to SW for a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.  Freezing level around 13k.  

CT – Another strong SE day on the cards but a strong inversion around 2k so a good wind-shadow shaping up in the morning and early afternoon. Then it’s a maybe for later on… ;) Inland looking great for flying but the winds SW and up at 4/5k the light East trend. From FH northwards it shouldn’t be bad…

RB – It could be another cracker of an afternoon here…

PV – A sweet day with light SW winds and climbs to around 5k. A few spots will see you over 6k later on. The sea-breeze barrelling through very late but it can be 20kts…;)

Wilderness – A SW start but trending to the SSE later on. A great day for Serps and Sedge with sweet climbs to over 2k up t early lunchtime. It does drop and trend more SE from then on. But a great day expected.  

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with some Q’s around. Base 3/4k early on but lowering later. Sweet climbs on the cards. The ranges to the east looking very sweet with S to SW winds (S lower and more SW higher up) with around 10kts average. So should be sweet for the flyaway… :))

PE and PA – Initially WSW start and breezy but will moderate during the afternoon and back to the south.

EL – SW fresh in the morning but late afternoon sees a moderation and backing to the S.

Inland – All light southerlies moving far inland to just past the Sutherland escarpment where it does a veer to the SW and then West. A sweet light wind day inland with good flying all round. Moderate to strong climbs thermic wise and no clouds on the cards. It could be sweet at Swartberg Pass...  Great morning and evening for propeller thingies…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:25 (Day length is 14 hrs and 13 min). A light wind day with few clouds. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 









(28 November 2020) 
Day 247 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH and the inland trough dominating our weather once again. But the trough reaching far south with a wannabe cut-off low shaping up causing some moist air and widespread convergence along the southern coast with the result that the chances of rain over the ocean and on the adjacent mountains are pretty good today. Probably from lunchtime onwards it should reach the coast. This system mix is causing some intereting surface flows along the southern coasts making things trickier than usual. ;) Further inland loads of clouds rising steadily into the trough effected area. Its good on the west coast with some high bases there (8k or so) Some CB’s in the far east in the central trough line – a very active line from far inland all the way to past the coast. Winds are Southerlies with some SE to SW variations in places – strong once again around the Peninsula and west coast. Also some 20kts spots over the higher mountains inland, especially later on. The rain running aground at the SB mountains from the looks of it. The southerly winds doing a slow veering finishing with a WNW at the Tropopause around 110kts. Freezing level around 10-11k.  

CT – Another strong and deep SE with hardly any wind-shadow on the cards. Base around 3k and lowering later on. 30kts in places. Inland looking great for flying but the winds very southerly.

RB – Another good day on the cards here! :) Probably blown out late afternoon though…

PV – There is a bit of southerly trend in the wind so not the best day but the conditions are very good. KArdoesie looks the best early with west winds and even before 12 getting up to 6k. Some Q’s to the south and west. Later climbs to 7 maybe 8k doable… ;)

Wilderness – Some rain on the cards for us but it does look like this will only move in from lunchtime. Winds are SW with a stronger spell just before the rain gets here. Early on most of the spots should be doable – Sedge obviously depending on the wind strength. Base around 1000-1500’. Looks like the rain will stop around mid afternoon with another chance at flying. Lol. ;)  

Plett – Looks like a slight SSE trend at Uppies with climbs to 3k from 10 to 11. Also the rain moving in from mid day. Keurbooms also looking sweet before the rain gets there.  

PE and PA – Initially varied winds here, perhaps a light SW but the rain will move in with SSE winds. To the east the NE will dominate initially but the SSE will usurp it later in the day.

EL – NE and even N offshore till late afternoon when at first SW and then SE will move in. Some rain out to sea and to the SE with CB’s to the N complicating the surface winds in the region.

Inland – All southerlies moving far inland to just past the Sutherland escarpment where it does a veer to the SW and then West. Strong convergence in the areas again – 20kts plus winds later on in a wide region. South of the SB ranges the low base and rainy stuff from the ocean felt to here. Those CB;s east of Middelburg very active today.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:24 (Day length is 14 hrs and 12 min). A light wind start with rain moving in around lunchtime. Clearing again later on so go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 









(27 November 2020) 
Day 246 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! I got pointed out that in 2017 Lars-Anders climbed to 4350mASL over Bumpy-Peak. That’s scary high man… ;) It doesn’t look like any of those climbs are on the cards today but perhaps a few spots will get you close! ;) The SAH combined with the strong inland trough causing a strong acceleration around the southern tip of Africa – so typical of summer! Very strong SE winds along the southern coasts today but initially moving past CP before making the turn up the west coast. Later the wind will blow like the clappers around CT also. Some Q’s in the east around PE to EL and beyond. Nothing much inland. The winds are NW from the Sutherland Escarpment line and northwards. Some high climbs around over the mountains and good flying along the west coast areas today – bar the strong SSW sea breeze. From 10k the wind is NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish up there. Freezing level around the 11k level…

CT – The morning showing a sweet wind-shadow for flying with the wind trending east and going lighter with height. But from mid day this will be eroded and a strong deeper SE setting up for the mid and late afternoon.

RB – Another good day here! :) Probably blown out late afternoon though…

PV – Initially a East with shallow SW but the WSW will start to dominate from late morning onwards. IT is a great day here with good strong climbs. 8k in some spots. Watch a very strong Sea-breeze moving in late in the afternoon. 20kts and more in places. ;)

Wilderness – If you want to fly you must get up early – probably doable form 8 at Map till 9 and then signs are strong for a very early blow out. I expect it to happen from as early as 9 even. It will be over 30kts later on! Similar pattern along the entire GR – good news for the kite surfers hey! ;)

Plett – Similar forecast to Wilderness.

PE and PA – The SE beginning to moderate from here and eastwards. Still picking up to 20kts plus and more east later on around the bay area but lessening towards PA.

EL – A light SE start and loads of clouds in the morning. Picking up slightly in the afternoon with a more East trend. Even a chance of light rain later on.

Inland – All easterly flows in the southern areas. IT is a light sweet morning. The SE will push through hard in the late afternoon all the way up to the great escarpment – 20kts plus. Climbs inland over the bigger mountains pretty good with SB showing 11k.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:12 and setting at 19:23 (Day length is 14 hrs and 11 min). A very windy day so get out very-very early otherwise you are going to just go down wind! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 








(26 November 2020) 
Day 245 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Yesterdays pic was from Sean. But today we have one form WJ of that epic PV day. How high is that I the PV valley!? Amazing!

Today the SAH and CF movements still dominating with a SW flow pattern - some SSE variations along the west coast and a tad more westerly inland. Sweet clouds and instability but with a bit breezy conditions making some parts a bit rougher than others. Base pretty varied with the coastal plains from 2/3 up to 4/5 along the first ranges but then further inland rising quickly to respectable 8k and then that convergence line along the great escarpment from 14k in the west to 17k in the east! ;) The usual sea-breeze pushing hard late afternoon with the SB showing 25kts plus southerlies going all the way to the Sutherland escarpment. From 10k the wind is west remaining west all the way to the Tropopause for a 120kts finish. Freezing level around the 9k level…

CT – A strong SSE day by the looks of it – a sweet start but progressively getting stronger blowing out in most places in the late afternoon. An early morning wind-shadow – maybe - but def breaking up as the wind starts. The SE flow strong up to 4k with an isotherm layer from 2/3k… The mountains not doable form the west side but if you can get to the east side and fly that “other” side it could be amazing. Some high Q’s with 8k bases in some spots… ;)

RB – Epic day here! :) Probably blown out late afternoon though…

PV – SW to S winds here with 15kts later on. Climbs to 5k in a few spots but the Cedererbgs the place to be. 12/13k bases further east! Lol. ;)

Wilderness – More clouds compared to yesterday with hopefully slightly less wind though still looks like some strong spots during the day. Wind looks like it is pulsing form the SW 7-15kts all day long. There is strong stuff out to sea so be aware of those stronger lines moving in from the SW… Maybe light rain later on. ;)

Plett – Similar forecast to Wilderness but Uppies looking blown out all day. Keurbooms looking sweet late afternoon. Also chance of rain late afternoon early evening.

PE and PA – Those SW blowing strong all day long here…

EL – As above – all day long. ;)

Inland – Again a sweet morning with westerly winds but the coastal southerly pushing hard from midday onwards reaching the Sutherland escarpment at end of the day. 20kts plus southerly later on. Big skies for thermic flying today though. No CB’s and doable westerly winds from east to west. That convergence line could be amazing to follow – especially in a hangy. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:13 and setting at 19:22 (Day length is 14 hrs and 9 min). Another breezy coastal day with slight chance of rain late afternoon/early evening. Go out early and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 








(25 November 2020) 
Day 244 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! So the other day we had those epic conditions at PV. A lucky few got into that. This is a pic from WJ (or Sean) of that day. Over 3000m. It’s the highest I’ve seen anyone out there in the valley… Epic stuff man! ;)

The SAH and CF movements still dominating with westerly winds. It becomes a tad more SW to even S in the southern inland parts this afternoon. Sweet instability and Q’s around with strong climbs almost everywhere. Base between 4/6k around the coastal plains but some very high climbs further inland. Up to 14k over the Sutherland escarpment! It looks like a great day to go places. :) The EC far inland with some great convergence and very-very high bases – 17k in a few spots! Winds remain westerly all the way to the Tropopause for a 50/60kts finish. Freezing level down to 9000’ in a few spots in the south…

CT – NW start but going SW during the day. 10-15kts. Base around 3/4k… Could be a great day of flying around the Peninsula… And also along the main mountains. Maybe some XC to the north from Du Toits even… Nothing too spectacular in hight but around 5k things are very doable… ;)

RB – Hhhmmm… another WWB is out day…

PV – NW start but going very SSW later in the day. Just over 5k in a few spots. A very flyable day here…

Wilderness – Looks like a WSW start going more SSW later in the day. 10-15kts initially but moderating later. Strong climbs with Serps and Sedge indicating initial base around 4k. Later on climbs will moderate to just 3k. ;) All in all a good day of flying ahead…

Plett – Similar forecast to Wilderness with climbs at Uppies a tad higher. Perhaps some OD later on. Keurbooms looks amazing in the afternoon.

PE and PA – Strong SW during the morning but moderating later in the afternoon. More clouds around here with an early morning chance of rain even…

EL – As above with the strong SW going to S in the east later in the day.

Inland – A super sweet morning with a light winds – westerlies in general. Some kickass thermal starting mid to late morning with high bases, especially over the bigger mountains and escarpments. The wind will become more SW and even S in the southern areas picking up t 20kts in a few spots. (See the graph)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:13 and setting at 19:21 (Day length is 14 hrs and 8 min). A beautiful day ahead of us here. Go out early and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 









(24 November 2020) 
Day 243 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! So a beautiful day along the GR yesterday with great flying along PR and at Sedgfield. :) Today the CF into the entire WC today with strong westerlies everywhere. Rain progressively from west to east – CT clearing from late afternoon but the GR and eastwards only starting in the late afternoon. Base very high preceding the front – 4/6k in the east before the front moves in. 12k north of the Sutherland escarpment. Some CB activity eastwards and inland of EL. Winds over 30kts at times along the coast and not far off from that inland either. Not the best day for flying it seems. Winds remain westerly all the way with a slight WNW bit at the Tropopause for a 130kts finish up there. Freezing level down to 7500’.

CT – Rain this morning with strong NW winds that will back to SW from mid day onwards. It will moderate a bit but still be on the strong side with 15knts later. Maybe a doable session in that far south spot… The mountains remaining rainy and strong.…

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – The wind is NW then W upper teens in knots. The base also at mountain top with tops around 10k. Looking a tad on the strong side with some cloud-suck that can get you int trouble next to those mountains! ;)

Wilderness – A surprising clear start with the bad stuff only moving in around 14:00. Before then the wind is around 5-10kts SW to S and even a bit of SE near the Map. Very high bases initially though the upper flow is still fresh westerlies. But the Buster coming through is a big one so be very careful if you are tempted to head to the coastal cliffs… Should be great weather watching stuff though! ;) Rain at that time too.

Plett – Uppies showing high climbs with base at 6k in the morning but I think the wind just a tad too west and getting fresh quickly. After 14:00 onwards the clouds will also start to drop and that buster will also move into the area later on. Not a flying day it seems…

PE and PA – SW winds 20kts freshening even more late afternoon with rain…

EL – As above with the strong SW belting past late afternoon early evening… 30kts plus…

Inland – Some very high bases in places but those westerlies just a tad on the strong side for any flying to happen. There will be a SSW flowing inland form the south in the afternoon with very strong winds – 20kts plus. Not much rain expected inland though…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:13 and setting at 19:20 (Day length is 14 hrs and 7min. A beautiful morning but from 14:00 the strong winds. Clouds and rain will move in. So be busy right now - go out early and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 










(23 November 2020) 
Day 242 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A sweet day of flying around the GR yesterday but a good one for Ryan and a few close friends who snuck in a great flight on the western Peninsula the other day. (See the pic!) Today the approaching CF with the help of the SAH dominating our weather. Its all westerlies with some lower clouds moving in from the west later on. This air mass moving in far inland usurping the usual outer space type stuff from the De Aar and inland areas. The trough has moved far to the east this time with the associated CB activity. But the westerlies with a SW influence on the southern coastal areas. The Wilderness corner with slight less strength wise but still some good flying to be had before the lower cloud and light rain will move in late afternoon early evening. Winds go NW from 5k upwards with a West finish at the Tropopause 60kts initially but then 100kts in the west later today. Freezing level around 10/11k.

CT – Some OD stuff to the west as the CF moves in with those westerlies. Base just above TM top but this will lower later in the afternoon again. Winds are NW to W light initially but going up to 15kts. Looks like it could be a slot for some 12 Apostle soaring. ;) A bit strong on those other inland mountains…

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – The wind is NW to West 10-15kts by the looks of it. Initial climbs to 4/5k but then base will drop, especially in the south with the tops covered in cloud.

Wilderness – Another SW day with some strong stuff out to sea. IT could be sweet on the ocean cliffs with Sedge tethering between sweet and strong. Cloud dropping in the afternoon with rain late afternoon early evening.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 3k during the best part of the day – late afternoon sees the base lowering with OD. But Keurbooms looking really sweet all day long just about! ;)

PE and PA – SW winds 10-15kts all day btu it curls sweetly to the SE as it moves inland. The OD breaking up late morning…

EL – NE in the east with the SW slowly creeping in from the west. Looks like it reaches EL early evening only.

Inland – A light wind start – the Westerlies far inland but the southerlies just north of the SB ranges. The South winds will increase and move inland to north of the SB late afternoon – 20kts. But so too will the westerlies increase to 20kts further inland. Some sweet clouds in the south and along the Sutherland escarpment with 11k bases out there – 8-10k near the SB…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:14 and setting at 19:19 (Day length is 14 hrs and 6min. A moderate SW day with small chance of rain late afternoon. Either way go out early and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 








(22 November 2020) 
Day 241 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people!

Hhhmm… 241 days of lockdown. Disturbing isn’t it.

The CF moving up into the KZN coast while the SAH is pushing in slightly cooler air onto the southern parts of the country. Lots of cloud around with some sweet Q’s to mark those lekker lift sources. :) Winds in general all southerlies with a few SSE and SW variations around. Some windy inland spots especially over the bogger mountains – the SB going over 25kts south from early already. Fr up the east coast the SW is also pushing over 25kts. Inland and mainly to the east the CB cells are active again today – high  bases out there with 14/15k. Back home it is a more moderate 3/4k on the plateaus before the mountains rising steadily going inland with 5/6k over the mountains and then 8k further and up. :) Winds all go NW from 10k upwards with a 100kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 9000’ in a few spots in the south.

CT – Another SSE day with the wind sgetting to 20kts in a few spots later on. Looks better early form a wind-shadow point of view with later the SSW component along the shorefront pushing 15kts and the shadow going to the east… The mountains showing a tad too much SE with hight but lower down it is SW. Hermanus is looking kinda sweet to me.

RB – IT looks like a great afternoon here with perhaps sunset session on the cards…

PV – Summer is here with PV having one good day after the other. W to SW winds 5kts mostly with climbs later on around 6k with a few spots to the north (Past Kardiesie) showing up to 8k. Some high Q’s out that side… Lekker! :)

Wilderness – A SW day form the look so fit with all the spots working. A bit of  a strong bit moving in mid/late morning but it should pass quickly. Else looks like around 10kts for the most part. Sedge looking a bit rainy. It could be ok but perhaps a tad too west here. Watch those top landings then! ;) But PR should be amazing!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but maybe a tad too west for Keurbooms to be fantastic – but it looks doable. Uppies showing rain with thick mid levels - climbs to 2500’. SW to WSW winds around 10kts.

PE and PA – A SW start but form mid day the rain will start to move in sporadically and the wind will also drop down with some offshore bits.

EL – Remaining SW here but moderating later a bit. Also rainy…

Inland – All southerlies with strong stuff over the tops of the bigger mountains. 20kts in a few spots later. Those CB’s running in a wide space from the Middelburg areas eastwards.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:14 and setting at 19:18 (Day length is 14 hrs and 4min. A cloudy day with thick mid levels but some wind late morning. Rain from mid day. Either way go out early and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 







(21 November 2020) 
Day 240 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people!

I don’t know about you but I find something very disturbing about a lockdown number of 140…

OK! The weather today dominated by a typical CF approaching CT – a strong active inland trough with CB’s, the IOS with strong NE winds on the eastern coast with the easterly flow eroded and replaced by the westerly influx from the west due to the CF. The fore runner being the coastal low moving up the southern coast. Prior thought things are very inverted with the hot W to NW offshore flow making for not cool flying along the southern coastal areas. The west is still really sweet with the PV region offering great soaring though the wind getting a bit strong there with 10-15kts. Some clouds – low along the coasts but over 15k inland around the SB ranges. And CB’s moving south reaching even Willowmore later in the afternoon. But a exciting convergence line setting up probably due to the CB influence but the forecast showing a long continuous line that can break world record! Lol (Ja, we can dream hey!) ;) Winds are all WNW from 6k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level still around 13k.

CT – Still unstable to around 4k with West up there and S on the surface. Some strong SW along the shore front at SH… The mountains a maybe – watch the wind strength I think might get a bit strong out there…

RB – WWB Is out today…

PV – Another good day but not like yesterday. Climbs only to 5k… West winds around 10-15k with it probably gusting over the 20 I think. So fly early and land early. ;)

Wilderness – It might be a frustrating day leaving you chasing the wind if you don’t watch it I think. Lol. The wind is SW but trend west with height. Climbs perhaps up to 1000ft but probably on the weak side. As the front moves closer (coastal low) the instability increases slightly with a peak around 15:00 just before the stronger wind moves in. Hhhmmm…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 2500’. SW winds around 10kts initially. Watch the stronger wind late afternoon moving in.

PE and PA – Strong east winds making way for the SW from late afternoon onwards…

EL – Remaining NE winds all day here…

Inland – A strong wind day with the West wind dominating and increasing during the day. 20-30kts late afternoon so not a flying day. Those CB’s also moving southward past Graafies and to Willowmore areas. A light and sweet start though…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:14 and setting at 19:17 (Day length is 14 hrs and;00 onwards. Go out early and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 

 









(20 November 2020) 
Day 239 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with the help of a trough along the west coast. This trough is bringing some superb soaring along that side of the province and again, if you are not going to PV (or north of there) you are missing out. ;) SE flow for the southern coastal areas, becoming very breezy in the afternoon with many spots exceeding 20kts. Inland its sweet initially with light east wind but then the seabreeze will move in with soe strong SE winds reaching to the north of the SB mountains. The only clouds are along the eastern parts of the coast and a few very high lost Q’s to the north of Loeriesfontein (Here you can climb to 16k here!). The SE winds curling sweetly around the Peninsula for a SW flow along the southern parts of the west coast. For the most part the wind is easterly to NE up t 8k and then it backs to the N and eventually NW for a 100kts finish inland at the Tropopause but 30-50kts along the coast. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – Deep instability with 4k climbs around the Peninsula SW winds except in the south where that SE will dominate. The mountains also showing W winds trending N with height but good climbs to 8k in most places.

RB – Looks like too much W in it here…

PV – Another super day here with climbs to 7-9k in places. Strong lift. General West winds. It is fairly light until late afternoon when the sea breeze moves in at 20kts so do land before that! The best spots over the mountains by PV or at Kardoesie.

Wilderness – A SE day here with a strong blown out finish to the day. Buffs is on very early, also an early bench-up at Gerrickes. And of course Map should be doable from early on too. From mid day most place looks like it will be blow out.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 2k but the SE wind picking up briskly. Maybe a beach spot in the bay facing the SE could be just whats needed. :)

PE and PA – Strong east winds all day. It trends more NE in the east later on. More clouds around in this area

EL – As above.

Inland – Initially a light east flow that will trend SE and become strong as the sea breeze moves inland. 20kts in a few spots!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:15 and setting at 19:16 (Day length is 14 hrs and 1 min today!) A blue day with strong SE winds later on. Go out early to the beach. Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 








(19 November 2020) 
Day 238 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A great social meeting last night at the Wildfarm. :) Thanks for supporting this guys! Today the SAH still dominating pushing the SE flow far into the interior (way past Sutherland) in a sweet unstable layer up to around 10k in depth. Above that the wind veers to finish NW at the tropopause 100kts in the north and 50 in the south. The CB activity moving off to the far east. Sweet clouds mostly in the central and eastern parts of the WC with the west a blue day. But some good flying to be had within this unstable layer – 2-3k climbs near the coast, 6k on the mountains and more further inland. Freezing level around 12k.

CT – Another deep SE day with the morning less wind so a chance of some flying up to late morning I think. But the afternoon picking up with 20kts plus with no inversion to 4k, just a slight backing in the wind to the east. The mountains with similar conditions so not looking that great for launch. But once in the air it will be epic. :)

RB – A light start but the afternoon could offer some soaring. It seems a tad east so the steeper shorter face might work more…

PV – The main trend is East in the wind but there are signs of a late morning early lunch SW component that will make it launchable. 5-10kts. Great climbs along the mountains with Kardoesie showing over 8k!

Wilderness – Despite the wet grounds it does look like some good thermal flying on the cards with sweet instability to 3k and even a tad more to the mountains. Some OD initially but clearing after lunch. Looks like there could be enough S in the flow to make the coastal ridges work – PR and also Gerrickes could be an easy bench-up. Map might be sweet this afternoon. What a lekker day! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the OD hanging around till mid-dayish. SE winds around 10kts at Uppies but climbs to over 4k on the cards.

PE and PA – Southerlies all day here with more chance of rain… Looks like OD sticking longer here too…

EL – As above with near the coast a higher base but inland low cloud and OD with chance of rain. It does lessen later in the afternoon…

Inland – The SE winds pushing far inland with some good instability. To the east some ticker OD conditions but westwards it starts lifting and the OD breaking up. Light winds in the morning but going to 15lts in places for the afternoon.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:15 and setting at 19:15 (Day length is 14 hrs on the dot today!) Another cloudy day, slight chance of rain otherwise perfect for doing everything! Either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 








(18 November 2020) 
Day 237 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A friendly reminder of our social tonight at the Wildfarm Packpackers 18:00. There is a covered braai, bar and pizza on order. If you are in the areas please do pop in. :) Weather and safety wise today another rainy day along the southern parts and strong winds along the west coast. The SAH dominating with the deep instability along the south and to the east still very persistent form the aftereffects of that cut-off low that has dissipated and moved seawards of the KZN coast. For us there should be some clearing happening later today from the west. Winds trend SE to S with up to 30kts in places – especially along the west coast and inland. The Southerlies penetrating strongly during the day to the Sutherland escarpment even. Those CB activity around Middelburg DeAar and eastwards mostly. Winds remain S till past 10k where it will start to veer to the W and then NW for a 100kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level in the South around 9k.

CT – A very deep SE wind 20kts pluss all the way to past 4k so not any usable wind-shadow on the cards. The inland mountains with too much east in the wind and strong so not really a flying day           

RB – Probably good already but def blowing out soon! :)

PV – I have not had a report if anyone got into the late afternoon convergence over PV town yesterday…? Today strong southerlies that trend SE quickly so a very cross wind and over the back mountain on the cards. Still good instability with base high around 7/8k. Some OD in the valley but to the north things are looking better. A great day of soaring – a pity about the strength and direction. ;)

Wilderness – Looks like another rainy day. Winds moving around a bit due to the rain with SE and even North winds at some stage today. Be careful f you do venture out and are tempted to fly in a rainy gap along the coast..

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Southerlies all day here with rain…

EL – As above. 20kts plus…

Inland – The southerly winds getting very strong during the day – building from a calmish morning but finishing with 20-30kts in most spots in the late afternoon. The rain clearing from the west…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:16 and setting at 19:14 (Day length is 13 hrs and 59 min!!) Another cloudy and rainy day. Be brave and go for a beach or forest walk!  But either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 






(17 November 2020) 
Day 236 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A varied weather pattern across the WC – rain and trending cut-off low rain along the southern coastal regions, CB’s inland and then amazing conditions in the west. The SAH and inland trough the major determinants of our weather today with the southern parts of the trough the interesting bit – this is the start of the cut off low as a bit of it will break free from the trough ending in a stand alone LPS while the Lesotho High “cuts” if off from the interior normal trough conditions. So very rainy in that area over the next few days. However, on the flip side, the west coast is seeing some spectacular flying conditions today – if you are not in PV today you are missing out big time. Yoh yoh yoh!!! (I am facing an audit – wtf man!?) lol hehe. Winds are S to SE along the southern coast and adjacent interior, NW inland. NW from 10k upwards with a 110kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 9k in the SW sector of the WC elsewhere 12/13k.

CT – Looks like some deep Q’s from 2k to 16k tops with a fresh SE flow all day… Head north! ;)

RB – Probably a bit wet but the direction is good…! :)

PV – And we have the best I’ve seen it here in a long time. All NW to W and late some SW in the south flows – 5-10kts mostly. Sweet Q’s around. But it is the convergence regions that should perk you up. Be ready from 15:00 when it shapes up in the valley from Bumpy then towards PV town self where from the looks of things at 17:00 you could climb to 10k! And the wind remains less than 10kts. Yoh yoh! :) Lets hope the forecast is right! (See TH graphs!)

Wilderness – Looks like rain all day long… And tomorrow too. Maybe we should all go to PV. :)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness hehe – pop corn and aidit times! (Yuck!)

PE and PA – Fresh NE winds and rain… Oh and CB activity!

EL – As above. NE winds up to 20kts…

Inland – SE in the southern areas but NW north of the escarpment with wide spread CB activity. (Head west!) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:16 and setting at 19:13 (Day length is 13 hrs and 57 min!!) A cloudy and rainy day! Walk in the rain, stay indoors with a good book or go to PV!  But either way go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a humid 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 






(16 November 2020) 
Day 235 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! So a sweet day for the students on the GR yesterday while Adam made good use of some instability at RB flying all the way to the Piekenierskloof pass – a tricky flight with the first 16km under low airspace ceiling of just 700m! 130km total – spiralling don from 5000’ cos he was supposed to home at 14:00 already! Hehe… Here’s the link for his track log and the opening pic… https://ayvri.com/scene/pmke0ryrjx/ckhjhj04v00013h65w9ggt4of  Today the IOH dominating in the east, the trough active inland with CBs in a similar line as yesterday and the SAH having some input on the west. (Looks like a cut off low shaping up over the next few days so we might get a bit more rain). Today a long ridge along the southern coastal areas with a dominating SE flow pattern. Instability here around 3/4k going to 68k north of the first mountains and then 10k from the SB ranges towards the great Sutherland escarpment where the clouds can get to 18k later in the day today! (drool! Or is that “suuuck!) ;) Loads of Q’s around with quite a bit of OD going around on the southern parts. The west coast mostly clear. CT SE going up to 30kts. The winds going NW from 6/7k upwards with a 100kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level 11/12k along the south.

CT – The SE is up again with some slackening and backing near the TM tops. The wind-shadow active in the morning and maybe early afternoon but it gets eroded so becomes dubious I think. Hermanus looking too strong. Great instability along the mountains but the SE trend not making things very doable..

RB – Might already be working…! :)

PV – Another good day here with a tad more west in the wind. Strong winds moving in very late and more in the southern parts of the valley… Climbs to 6k and more in a few spots perhaps.

Wilderness – A southerly start to the day trending SE with 20kts at Gerrickes later on. Sedge early looking good with a chance of soe XC flying for the pro’s towards Serps. But it gets strong east there by mid day. Map with a slow starting bubble while the strong wind lurks out to sea from the looks of it. Probably blown out later in the day and even a chance of rain later too. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 3k… Thebay also with a bubbles effect while the wild side is 15-20kts…

PE and PA – Light to moderate E to NE stronger later on. Light rain possible here…

EL – As above. NE winds up to 20kts…

Inland – A light wind start in the little Karoo with strong climbs and high bases. Some CB’s again north south in the Graafies, middleburg DeAar line. High base there… The sea breeze SE pushing past the SB later n the day with 30kts in a few spots!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:17 and setting at 19:12 (Day length is 13 hrs and 56 min!!) A cloudy day mostly with moderate SE winds – light rain later on. Perfect for doing almost anything. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a humid 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 






(15 November 2020) D
ay 234 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet day of flying along the GR coast yesterday finishing with some on and off good soaring flights at Sedge. Today not quite as good as the CF and widening isobars effect dampening some of the coastal flying. The inland trough still very active with CB activity down the central parts (Still that cool convergence line to the west of the CB – see the convergence graph – maybe not a record day but still! ;) The SE wind doing its thing around the Peninsula (I believe the hangies are already soaring at RB right this moment) :) Good instability along the west coast PV valleys though the southerly trend might make things tricky. The southern parts with a SW start and a SE finish. Most with light to moderate winds and low clouds around. The seabreeze making it all the way to the Sutherland escarpment by end of day with some 20kts plus spots. North of there the big skies are active with base around 14/15k but strong NW winds up there (3kts in spots!) Along the southern parts winds are S but go NW at 6k. Remaining NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kts finish. Freezing level still around 11k in the south.

CT – The SE is up and running with a slight slackening and backing to the east at TM top height. The wind-shadow best in the morning after which it will erode and shift more to the Seapoint stadium side. Some 20kts SSW spots along the shore front later on… But Hermanus should be very good today. Lol.

RB – Already cooking! :)

PV – The wind SSW mostly with steady increasing climbs for a 14:00 tops just over 6k. But the wind gets fresh in the afternoon with 20kts so be wary! Don’t get caught in the Renosterhoek end of the valley! ;)

Wilderness – Sweet rain last night so a wet moring with loads of cloud. Probably OD all day long I think with a small chance of rain mainly on the mountains - becoming less during the day. Winds light SW start then slow backing to the S for mid day and then SE late afternoon. Probably best bet for s Serps or Sedge start and then mid/late afternoon when the wind goes too east move to Map. Good day for students. Sedg could offer climbs to 500m around 11ish I think. ;) PR and CP could also offer something f the wind gets strong enough…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing not to be as good as Sedge… OD with base around 2500’. Keurbooms a maybe late morning if there is enough S in it…

PE and PA – Light to moderate SW start and then trending S to SE later in the day.

EL – As above.

Inland – The Southerly winds in the south with around 4/5k base. At the Sutherland escarpment the change happens with base going to 12k and to the NE north of Middelburg it is 14/15k. Middelburg Graafies Colesburg with CB activity… 20kts plus in a few spots to the south

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:18 and setting at 19:11 (Day length is 13 hrs and 54 min!!) A cloudy day mostly with light winds. Perfect for doing almost anything. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 







(14 November 2020) 
Day 233 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front moving into CT this morning rain from 10 onwards form the looks of it. SW winds here but further inland the trough with those NW winds – still very high bases but more chance of OD and CB activity (See the thermal map for a good indication of the CB active area) and then another amazing convergence setting up between the CB line and the NW on the west. Hhhmm… Drool! One can go really far in that! Lol. In the east the IOH is active and as the front passes it looks like conditions might trend towards a cut-off low – therefore all the rain they forecast for next week. But today along the southern coast its all SW winds – strong in places over 20kts and some low clouds – 1000’ or so. Rain only tonight along the GR. The SW will move inland get very strong all the way to the great escarpment Graafies and Sutherland area. From 6k the wind is NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish up there. Freezing level along the southern parts down to 11000’.

CT – A NW start but quickly going to SW as the front moves in with rain. Some 20kts spots around. Inland its all clagged in but late afternoon/early evening it starts clearing already…

RB – WWB out again!

PV – The morning and early afternoon looking OK – pretty good actually – if you can get to Kardoesie it stays ok for longer. But the W to SW will pick up strongly from mid afternoon onwards with 20kts on the cards so land no later than 15:00 I think. ;) Climbs to over 6k possible later.

Wilderness – Looks like a sweet SW start with the ocean cliffs flyable with around 10kts and then the afternoon is reserved for Sedge or Serps. Perhaps a XC from Serps to Sedge for the gifted. Good climbs with initial base close to 3k and then from 13:00 onwards dropping a bit and the OD moving in from around 15:00 it seems with even lower base. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies a tad strong over 10kts but climbs to just over 4k at the nest time. Keurbooms also doable but maybe a tad too much west to be perfect.

PE and PA – All strong SW winds all day with the low coastal clouds… 30kts in paces…

EL – Also those strong SW winds all day like above…

Inland – Still that good flying stuff but more CB activity later in the day – a nice defined line form the looks of it from North to South starting east of Upington. See the convergence graph! The SW moving inland later on all the way to Sutherland with 30kts in places…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:18 and setting at 19:11 (Day length is 13 hrs and 52 min!!) A cloudy start but the winds moderate form the SW becoming lighter. Rain this even so the day perfect for doing anything. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 







(13 November 2020) 
Day 232 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today is a record breaking day. The approaching CF and the inland trough with the IOH in such a position, that we have the inland N to NW winds combined with the right amount of moisture and depth of instability – base around 15/16k, and winds 15-20kts, a slight chance of some CB activity but these are well west of the good flying region. Eish. I wish someone was out there to test these things. Oh, well. We can dream and drool I guess. ;) Have a look at the convergence map of SA – those cloud street lines looking like finger prints ending in the coastal sea-breeze convergence front near the coast… Amazing! Back home on the southern coastal areas its light bergwinds with hot temps and a strong inversion. There is a coastal low pulse moving up to strike the GR around 15:00. On the west coast things are looking better with instability to 4k and westerly winds. Winds go NW above the inversion with a steady increase to the Tropopause for a 80-100kts finish up there. Freezing level at 15k.

CT – NW to SW winds with the inversion around 4k. Above the inversion the winds are NW with a steady strength increasing to 50kts at 10k. I don’t see much shear around but the strong inversion could cause some mixing. 12 Apostles looks doable to me… Inland a tad too strong I think with the 20kts at mountain top level…

RB – WWB out again!

PV – A general westerly flow around 5-10kts with climbs to 4k all day from the looks of it. Seems like a sweet day. Nw above the inversion.

Wilderness – An inverted hot light bergwind morning with a shallow coastal onshore flow S to even SE initially. Around 15:00 the WSW pulse will pop through so keep an eye on that. It looks like a bumpy WSW maybe not the best for flying but I know some pilots that will try anyway. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Things chance here with the IOH dominating and very strong NE winds all day long… 30kts in paces…

EL – Also those super strong NE winds of 30kts plus…

Inland – That amazing record breaking NW flowing airmass. Initially climbs to over 10k north of the Outenikwas. The Seabreeze penetrating to other side of Oudtshoorn later in the day. But further inland its high bases and strong climbs 15/16k with well organized streeting! Drool! lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:19 and setting at 19:10 (Day length is 13 hrs and 51 min!!) A beautiful morning with hot light wind conditions. The late afternoon seeing a strong WSW breeze from the ocean. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a hot 30 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 








(12 November 2020) 
Day 231 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with those SE coastal flows – 30kts in a few spots – while a CF is making its way towards CT influencing parts of the west. Mostly a blue day for the WC with a few clouds out to sea except in the far eastern coastal regions where these clouds will make landfall. And then far inland around Douglas some very high Q’s at 16k where its epic NW flying conditions. (Drool!) Still, we are having some of that good air just north of the first range of mountains with climbs over the Outenikwas and the northern parts of the PV valley with up to 8k possible today. Winds are N from 3/5k upwards and then around 14k it goes SW for a 30-40kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 15k.9

CT – Looks like a NE start backing to the NW but only above the surface winds which are S to SW around 5-10kts in a few spots. The inversion very low – less than 1k and the N above that. Hhhmmm… The mountains with that N to NW winds and high base with super hight emps out there – it does look flyable to me and not really berg-windy (smooth wind strength increases with not much shear from the looks of it)

RB – Too light and WWB out again!

PV – A N start going NW with climbs to 8k possible toady – mid thirties so a hot day here… 5-10kts NW going to 15k up high!

Wilderness – Similar to yesterday but with a bit more of East trend higher up. Also that low level mini jet making an appearance so the SE at Map and Gerrickes with a bit of a shear in it later on. Late morning could be better with a bit of sweetness before the shear shakes things up a bit. It could get blown out again. (Probably!) ;) Climbs along the coast to just over 1000ft…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the SE trend but climbs at Uppies to 2k…

PE and PA – Strong NE winds with 30kts in a few places… Some low cloud moving in around PE later in the afternoon.

EL – Also those super strong NE winds of 30kts plus in places and some cloud and even OD along the coast…

Inland – A beautiful start again to the day with light winds in most spots. Climbs over the SW and northern Outenikwas to 8k. The SE sea breeze penetrating to the SB range by late afternoon and pretty breezy at 20kts plus.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:20 and setting at 19:09 (Day length is 13 hrs and 49 min!!) A beautiful morning with a bit of a SE wind later in the day. Perfect for everything! Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a warm 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 








(11 November 2020) 
Day 230 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! What a  beautiful place we life in! Another spectacular day of flying on the GR – some sweet XC flying on the flats and would you believe a chance of some good things happening again today! The SAH ridge morphing into the IOH during the day with a E  to SE flow over the entre WC. Very strong again in the southern Peninsula areas and a few spots along the southern coast but for the most part the strong wind staying away until late in the day. Some sweet Q’s around in the eastern southern coastal areas – this will clear more from the west during the day. Instability around 2/3k along the southern coast plateaus with this ocean airmass undercutting a tad more inland instability as it moves inland during the day. 6k climbs behind the first mountain ranges for the most part. Inland the wind is SE to East then veers to the south deeper inland. From 10k upwards the wind is SW and remains WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kt finish. Freezing level around 11k.

CT – Looks like a sweet wind-shadow day here. 25kts in the south but the inversion around 1500’ with a lowering in the wind helping the wind to flow around the Peninsula rather than over it. ;) A tad too much East near the mountains…

RB – Could be good today… ;)

PV – Lower SW but around mountain top height it starts to back to the SE which could make things a bit bumpy… lol. Climbs to 5k…

Wilderness – A relatively clear start with light winds form the south. It does trend SE during the day with some strong winds out to Gerrickes and Buffs. Wilderness perhaps only getting into the strong stuff late afternoon. Might get blown out at that point but if some apps are to be believed even early afternoon. ;) Climbs to 3k doable on the plateaus… Gerrickes a bench-up doable. Buffs on too.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the SE trend but climbs early up to 4k doable at Uppies...

PE and PA – The E to NE winds dominating here but inland some good Q’s and some XC potential on the cards I think. Base between 4/6k.

EL – NE winds 10-15kts. And some lower cloud inland with a chance of OD conditions. Hhhhmmm…. Do uoi guys fly out there other than at Hogsback? :)

Inland – A beautiful start to the day with light winds in most spots. The SE sea breeze penetrating to the SB range by late afternoon and pretty breezy at 20kts plus.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:20 and setting at 19:08 (Day length is 13 hrs and 47 min!!) A beautiful morning with a bit of a SE wind later in the day. Perfect for everything! Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 







(10 November 2020) 
Day 229 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another amazing day yesterday along the GR coast with a sweet finish to the end of the day. Today The SAH shaping a bit of a ridge along the south with an initial SSW flow trending south and then SE later in the day. The strong stuff around the Peninsula as the winds accelerate up the west coast due to those tight isobars form the west coast trough. 30kts at time here. Inland the winds are all SE in general with some Q’s in the eastern parts – Graafies area. Base here around 6/7k. The winds get to 20kts late afternoon here to. Elsewhere it is pretty sweet actually. Still some sweet instability around with 3/4k climbs along the coastal plateaus and 6/7k behind the first mountain ranges. Wind veers to the SW around 10k and then to the WNW for a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 11k.

CT – A lighter start but before mid day it is over 20kts with the initial instability replaced by the ocean inversion. IT doesn’t look like much of a wind-show shaping up – close to 30kts and very slow slackening with height in the wind… The mountains not much better with those southerly and even east winds.

RB – The wind looks like it is coming through with a bang and gets blown out later on. ;)

PV – Its an early flight from 11 to 14:00. Then the wind will increase close to 20kts and go mor south. Up 5k climbs…

Wilderness – Some startoQ’s around with the SSW light wind start. Serps and Sedge looking sweet early on with good stuff – expecting climbs to over 3k until it goes too east. Map looks like a sweet late afternoon day… Gerrickes a bench-up doable. Buffs on too. So sweet all around actually.

Plett – Uppies similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – SW winds start but this will moderate later and back to S and then SE. Slight chance of light rain later on.

EL – The light SW will back to the SE and even NE in the north with that slight chance of rain later – increasing to the east.

Inland – SE winds everywhere with the Graafies escarpment reaching 20kts in the late afternoon. Cloudy in the east but blue in the west. A sweet flying day in general.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:21 and setting at 19:07 (Day length is 13 hrs and 46 min!!) A cloudy morning with light winds trending SE later on. A sweet day with beach and forest walks on the cards. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 







(9 November 2020) 
Day 228 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some sweet flying yesterday along the Wilderness ocean cliffs and it looks like today will be another one like that. The SAH pushing in unstable air form the SW along the coast but southerlies inland all the way into Namibia. From 8k the wind veers to finish NW from 10k upwards. Cloudbase pretty high near the coasts with 3/4k on the cards. But from around PE in a N to S line to the east the CF still having a influence with lower bases and rain. The winds finishes at 110kts NW at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 6500’ in the south.

CT – Breezy S to SW winds. IT starts of light so an early flyable window I think but then picks up to near 20kts for the mid to late afternoon with a southerly direction – the wind-shadow not the best from the looks of it. The mountains also a tad on the breezy side with the southerly.

RB – IT could be sweet today… ;)

PV – Winds also a tad too southerly but it could be doable as the thermals pulls things up straight enough to launch and fly. Climbs to 5k possible…

Wilderness – It looks like the rain has moved on earlier than predicted leaving it flyable for us form early already. The ocean cliffs the place to be with flights from here to Plett on the cards… Sedge and Serps should be doable form later in the afternoon – say 15:00 onwards. Climbs there to over 3k on the cards…

Plett – Uppies looking a bit strong wind wise with 15kts most of the time. Only very late on the afternoon things moderating enough for some flying – perhaps. ;) Keurbooms looking to be the better choice working from late morning till late in the day…

PE and PA – SW winds with rain all day. Slight moderating and maybe some clearing from the west later in the day…

EL – As above but stronger SW winds 20kts…  

Inland – The southerly winds all the way deep into the interior today. Some spots up to 20kts especially over the tops of the mountains. Sweet thermal clouds around the southern ranges.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:22 and setting at 19:06 (Day length is 13 hrs and 44 min!!) A wet morning but clearing quickly with onshore winds. Beach walks to the east the best bet. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 







(8 November 2020) 
Day 227 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front westerlies still dominating over the WC as the SAH helps to push in that cooler and unstable air onto the southern parts of the WC. The far interior still having the NW dryer and warmer airmass with even higher climbs. The west coast with lower bases varying from 2k up to 4k and rain. The cloud base increasing with height again to the east. There is another coastal low moving up the coast and will reach the GR around 14:00 maybe light rain later on there too. Some lower clouds popping in at that time. Just before thought conditions in some spots really good. Winds are strong in the west and moderating towards the east SW in general with even an S trend in some GR spots. From 5k it is all WNW with 120kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 7500’ around CT but up to 15k east of PE.

CT – Around 20kts on average for the day westerly winds mostly. The mountains too strong and SH and LH a tad much for the PG but possible for the Hangies especially later in the day if it clears and lifts more. Could be a good 12 Apostle run pending on the hight of the clouds and the rain.

RB – WWB is out today… ;)

PV – A low base start but rising steadily to just clear of the tops. Perhaps a tad on the strong side with loads of cloud suck around – base at 3k and tops at 10! 15kts… Hhhh,mmmmm…

Wilderness – Another light start from the looks of it but there is some good WSW winds out to sea so it could be some good soaring along the ocean cliffs all day. A strong pulse expected at lunchtime (14:00 more or less) so keep an eye open to the ocean for this. Sedge looking good with climbs to 500m from 11 onwards and even more as the instability deepens before the SW pulse moves in. Some clouds also coming with that pulse…

Plett – Uppies is looking epic at 10:30 if your timing is good. Just as the west starts going more south get up and you could climbs to 8k! Soon after an inversion forms and you will be capped at just 4k… lol. 10kts from the looks of things.

PE and PA – S to SE winds around 15kts… Inland some good flying to be had with good instability. But further inland it is more W to NW and some strong spots of 20kts.

EL – As above…  

Inland – WNW far inland backing more westerly to the south. The S to SW seabreeze penetrating inland to just north of the Swartbergs in a few spots. High bases with 10k near the Outenikwas initially before that sea breeze kicks in.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:23 and setting at 19:05 (Day length is 13 hrs and 42 min!!) A sweet morning with a stronger bit of wind at lunchtime and some low clouds moving in then. Still a perfect to g and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 







(7 November 2020) 
Day 226 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another CF pushing into the WC with strong WNW winds all over the show. 2-30kts but a few spots might get to 40. Strong wave activity also around (see the graphs and clear wave markings) Rain expected along the SW sections but not as much today as yesterday. The coast trending a tad more WSW in the direction but the GR coast with a bit of shelter today and some surprising light wind areas around Wilderness. Cloud base also rising steadily from the west at low bases – 2k or less to 10k in the east inland of PE. Winds are all WNW from 3k upwards with a 120kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 7500 in a few spots.

CT – Very strong NW winds here all day – even for the hangies… Even a spot of rain with still some deep Q’s around. Even stronger along the mountains.

RB – WWB is out today… ;)

PV – Also clagged in start but when it clears it will be too strong… 20kts…

Wilderness – Remarkably it looks like the prefrontal activity is going off all around and over us! ;) The forecasts are showing sheltered flow here with a southerly trend. Late afternoon it even looks like Sedge is developing some instability with climbs to just over 1000’. Above the inversion it goes west. (Early morning mid day the inversion is very low) Strong west winds out to sea though so keep an eye out for any wind-lines moving in from there..

Plett – Uppies with a strong west start but then late afternoon from 15:00 onwards the sea breeze moves in here with a SSW component and climbs to 2k… Its also light and protected in the bay with some WSW spurts from Robberg side possible…

PE and PA – Here we are having some NE winds – light in the west but stronger to the east. All day. Inland it is very strong West winds so not the best of days except for some sheltered spots along the coast…

EL – As above… NE dominating here…

Inland – Very very strong WNW winds of 20-30kts all day long… 40kts not far above the ground. So not a flying day out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:23 and setting at 19:04 (Day length is 13 hrs and 40 min!!) A sheltered region of light wind around the Wilderness coast area today so enjoy it as the CF lashes out everywhere else. Perfect to g and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

  

 






(6 November 2020) 
Day 225 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The dominant feature is the Cold Front making it is way into the WC. Rain in CT already and spreading to the rest of the area during the course of the day. Base around 2k with tops at around 12k. Strong WNW winds expected everywhere with a few sheltered exceptions. 20-30kts. All the winds breaking up the climbs so not much out there today. The southern coast with breezy WSW winds and a strong SW pulse moving through in the mid afternoon bring what looks like a strong rain front. Keep tabs on that if you do try and venture out. ;)

CT – Low clouds with rain and NW going W winds. Doesn’t look good all day.

RB – WWB is out today… ;)

PV – Also clagged in all day from the looks of it…

Wilderness – Some broken low level clouds around with lots of mid and high level stuff and light winds. Winds seem to be very west until that strong gust front moves in around 14:00 but of course with the associated rain. Might be great for weather watching. ;) Unless there’s enough south in the wind it doesn’t look good for even playing on the dunes…

Plett – According to the forecasts you might get an early flight in at Uppies around 10 but the it start to go pear with winds picking up from the west and thickening clouds. That same gust front expected soon after 14:00 with base dropping right to almost ground and rain… Hehe… Really looks like a weather watch front… ;)

PE and PA – The winds trend WSW and then late afternoon that same front move in from the west here… So it doesnt look like anything flyable today – could be good for surfers at J-bay though as the swell builds during the day to finish with what looks like solid 6ft lines! ;)

EL – As above with the gust front ending up between PA and EL around 19:00…

Inland – Very strong W to WNW winds and the rain blacked around the Swartberg ranges form the looks of things. Again not a flying day as the pushing front causes those strong prefrontal winds… Some spots with high base at 12k or so…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:24 and setting at 19:03 (Day length is 13 hrs and 39 min!!) A very strong SW pulse moving in around 14:00 with rain. Worth looking out for that so don’t get caught. Plan your walk on the beach and forest accordingly. ;) In between its still perfect to g and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet humid 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 








(5 November 2020) 
Day 224 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A very active trough with the centre circulation right over the southern Cape combine with loads of mid level moisture from the north causing wide spread CB (Thundershowers) across the whole of the WC today. From the west to the east, from north to the south. Perhaps a few coastal spots could be spared but still a high possibility of some rain. Winds are NE in the far eastern coastal regions but then light variable along the GR coast line – perhaps a SW start but then trending SE later. The west is all N to NW winds with the Peninsula a tad more WSW later in the day. The low circulation moving ESE during the day so most activity moving in that direction. So loads of thick mid and upper level clouds from which we can expect some CB’ and rain. A few spots with lower bases around the 4k range with even deeper development with some CB’s packing quite a punch. In general it is not really a flying day but you could get away with soe shallow coastal flows on some small sheltered site if you are lucky. ;) Winds go NW from 10k upwards with a strong WSW Jet stream just to the west of the country (that approaching CF) while the flows overhead remain light at 30kts Northerlies. Freezing level around 12k.

CT – A low cloud start with a NW general flow. This should clear with the winds WNW and later even a tad WSW. Some higher clouds and a chance of CB’s during the day – mostly on the mountains. Some strong spots on the mountains…

RB – WWB is out today… ;)

PV – Some fresh North winds trending NW with a good chance of some upper CB activity. The inversion around 4k…

Wilderness – A light wind start with a chance of some fog patches. SW to begin with trending more SSE later on. I think there’s a chance of some flying to be had at Sedge from 10 onwards till mid afternoon. It will be on and off with thick upper cover but that is about your best bet for today… (Of course that is if the rain stays away) ;)

Plett – It looks like Uppies could be doable with some instability here up to 3k late morning early lunch and SSW winds. But the chance of CB activity probably making it a dicey choice. Rain at any time from the NW as those CB’ could move in and influence the flying field. :)

PE and PA – The NE winds dominating during the morning and afternoon except in the west where the south will move in late afternoon. But those CB and rain moving in at some stage during the day with high chance of rain from PE to EL during the day. The NE up to 20kts….

EL – As above but NE winds all day long….

Inland – Those strong CB activity everywhere. Surface winds starting of E in the south early on but this will make way for the West that seems to dominate all day with fresh spots – those CB activity causing loads of surface influences on the winds… Def a day to stay on the ground lol.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:25 and setting at 19:02 (Day length is 13 hrs and 37 min!!) A light wind day with chance of some CB and rain. Still perfect day for forest and beach walks. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet humid 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 






(4 November 2020) 
Day 223 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! We are still mulling over the amazing record flight fro our local almost coastal site – Serpentine – flow by fit and strong pilot Theunis De Bruin. (Please watch his tracklog animation – here is the link to the track log animation of the record flight) (https://ayvri.com/scene/0o5vdmq756/ckgxk4ufj00013c5r6qsgx12o).

The SAH dominating with a very active inland trough with deep instability and a lot of moist air being fed in form the north causing conditions favourable for strong CB activity inland today. Mostly confine to the north of the SB ranges but some spilling even further south perhaps coming in overhead of the GR coastline later on. The surface winds inland are also a veritable seesaw ride with the models picking up on the CB activity and indicating even some strong gust-fronts! Along the coasts there’s some fogy patches along the southern coastline but most of that should lift with reasonable base of 1-2k. A small chance of some light rain along the southern coasts too. A general SE flow along the coast with strong stuff again passing Agulhas and into the Peninsula. 4k instability depth around here and up the west coast but deeper inland more with parts of the Cederbergs showing 9k climbs. Winds go NW from 6/7k upwards but then goes light over Riversdal with CT showing SW at 30kts and Wilderness NW at 20kts. Freezing level around 13k in the south.

CT – A poor wind-shadow day with the depth of the strong SE flow – increasing in the afternoon to 25kts up to 3/4k. The mountains not looking much better for flying with the SE trend…

RB – Another day for RB to show off as a playground for the hangies…

PV – The SW winds up to 4k where it backs to the east. Climbs in general to around this height but over the back into the Cederbergs t gets much better. Perhaps a chance of OD upper air stuff with some CB’s…

Wilderness – Another light wind start with a S to SE trend. It looks like it will get blown out late n the day at Map but before that we should get some cool flying in here… It looks very eats for Sedge from early on but perhaps you could get a chance at Gerrickes for a bench up. There is a very small chance of some light rain early and again early evening.

Plett – The SE flow dominant here too but some climbs to 3k at Sedge on the cards. Some high clouds around dampening things a tad but there should still be some good climbs around. Similar chance of rain as Wilderness…

PE and PA – A relatively light wind start but the SE flow reaching 20kts in some spots. Slight chance of light rain early and later on too…

EL – And some light wind around here even into the afternoon with a SE to NE trend 5kts to 15kts. Thick upper air clouds and relatively low climbs inland too.  

Inland – Those strong CB activity along the a very wide area – almost the entire inland region north of the Sutherland escarpment but then moving southwards in the afternoon. Initial SE flows but in the afternoon the stronger N flows from the CB activity moving south past the SB later on… Def a day to stay on the ground lol.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:26 and setting at 19:01 (Day length is 13 hrs and 35 min!!) A foggy beach start but clearing mostly with light SSE winds to start. Windy late afternoon but still perfect day for forest and beach walks. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet humid 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

    






(3 November 2020) 
Day 222 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! It was so cold at cloud-base that record day – this is the TH graph for the Riversdal area – Everyone that flew that day and got high said the same. Dit was vrek koud! ;) (Please watch his tracklog animation – here is the link (https://ayvri.com/scene/0o5vdmq756/ckgxk4ufj00013c5r6qsgx12o).

With the two HP system dominating either side of the country the inland trough has deepened and intensified with some CB activity from the west coast to the east possible today. But with it also the prospects of soe super duper epic high soaring conditions from the far north down to north of the SB mountains. 18k bases in quite a few spots. Winds are all N to NW up there. It backs to the west in the south and then the southerly from the sea will push in later in the day – strong in place reaching 30ts in places! For the coasts it si pretty foggy on both sides but clearing somewhat along the southern coast and in the southern west coast areas. Winds are S to SE in general with strong winds around Agulhas up to CP. Instability along the coastal plains around the 2-4k level with the good stuff to the north and further inland. Winds remain SE up to 6k where it goes west veering to the NW for a 15kts NW finish over the coast. Freezing level around 14k.

CT – Another sweet wind-shadow day with the SE pretty shallow below the strong inversion around 1k. That is if the low cloud dissipates. ;) The stronger SE pushing through late afternoon might change things… FH looking good up to around 14:00 when the SE makes an appearance. DuToits should be good too with climbs to 5k and W to SW winds…

RB – It looks like a super good late afternoon session can work here…

PV – W to SW winds with climbs up to 6k in the right spots… 5-10kts with some 15kt pushes later in the day… another lekker day :)  

Wilderness – A light wind day with coastal fog patches. Pretty stable with Sedge and Serps showing a struggle to get above launch. Perhaps sup to 800ft ASL… Winds remain light SSE with even the coastal cliffs showing few spots worth flying…

Plett – Also the SE flow with Uppies showing climbs to 1500ft. All day.

PE and PA – Some strong East to NE winds with 20kts in some places…

EL – The NE winds more moderate here with 10-15kts on the cards. Inlnad is where the action is though… ;)  

Inland – A westerly start with light to moderate winds all the way to the Sutherland escarpment but NW to the north from there. Very high bases around these central parts with CB activity around the escarpment and northwards. The sea-breeze pushing through later in the day is very strong – even up to 30ts in places. It gets to just shy of the Sutherland escarpment late late in the day.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:27 and setting at 19:00 (Day length is 13 hrs and 33 min!!) A foggy beach start but clearing mostly with light SSE winds. Another perfect day for forest and beach walks. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet humid 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

    

 






(2 November 2020) 
Day 221 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! I was chatting to Theunis about his flight noticing his wandering off away from the main mountains towards the end of his record flight. (Please watch his tracklog animation – here is the link (https://ayvri.com/scene/0o5vdmq756/ckgxk4ufj00013c5r6qsgx12o). The previous day I noticed that the forecast showed the convergence line moving away form the mountain (which is unusual – the mountains are usually the best bet for good lift!) For this reason I did not mention it in the prediction but as it turned out it seems like it was spot on! (See the convergence graph late in the afternoon and compare that to Theunis last part of his flight) Interesting hey! ;)

Today the SAH and IOH has weakened substantially compared to yesterday so much less wind inland and during the morning along the coasts. Though it does pick-up again in the afternoon again. The inland trough shifted to the west so some epic flying inland from the west coast today – (See the blue streeting map!) Climbs at Springbok to 15k doable today but look at Kardoesie as my choice of the day! It is within striking distance of all pilots and climbs there today going as high as I have seen it in a long long time (see regional report) :) Elsewhere the coastal plateaus with climbs in the order of 2-4k near the mountains (weaker than yesterday). 5-6k just beyond those and then far inland the good airmass with the 10k plus climbs. Some epic clouds to the east again along the Graafies area showing the moisture boundary. Winds are fairly light and SE with height all the way to 5k where it goes NW remaining light with a backing to the SW at the Tropopause for a 30kts finish up there. Freezing level around 13-14k.

CT – A sweet wind-shadow day with the SE confined to the southern Peninsula The inversion setting at at 1-1500ft and a SW trend around LH and SH. The mountains closeby with too much SE in them but further north it gets really really good!

RB – Hhhmmm it looks a bit frustrating here today with the wind seemingly not getting into gear. A maybe day later on…

PV – So PV should be good with the expected Westerly flow of air but if you go further north and launch at Kardoesie you should be in for some great action. Strong climbs towards Skerpheuwel with the whole higher ground section there in the convergence region and climbs indicating over 10k. (Maybe 13k!) See the TH graph for 14:30 there… Lekker! :)

Wilderness – A sweet light wind start with some low cloud over the ocean. It should clear for some flying with slightly lighter but in some respects similar to yesterday conditions. Serps should be sweet for a jaunt from there to Map (my local cool choice I think). Sedge looking a tad more east compared to yesterday and then there’s Buffs and also another possible bench-up at Gerrickes early on…

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 2500ft. SE winds 10kts there but some strong spots far out to sea…

PE and PA – Again the very strong NE winds here with 30kts at times…

EL – NE winds all day and super strong at times… 30kts plus!

Inland – A sweet day with light SE winds all the way to the Sutherland escarpment. The Seabreeze will push through late in the day progressing to the SB mountains. (See graph) Sweet clouds to the eastern half far inland…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:28 and setting at 18:59 (Day length is 13 hrs and 31 min!!) A few low cloud patches but clearing with the light SE picking again in the afternoon. Another perfect day for forest and beach walks. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 





(1 November 2020) D
ay 220 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Here is the track log of Theunis’ flight. Pretty darn amazing If you ask me! ;) (https://ayvri.com/scene/0o5vdmq756/ckgxk4ufj00013c5r6qsgx12o)  Today a similar pattern to yesterday but a slight tightening of the isobars between the SAH and IOH so a tad stronger winds along the coast, especially in the late afternoon with many spots going 30kts plus! Those CB activity inland again but more to the east. Instability around 1-2k near the coast but rising to 4/5k at the first range then 6/7 beyond that. A few Q’s along the eastern southern coast regions. The SE winds are dominant all the way inland way past the Sutherland escarpment. It remains SE all the way to 10k then a slow veering with a SW finish at the Tropopause of around 30kts. Freezing level up at 13k.

CT – Similar to yesterday with the very strong SE winds around, especially in the afternoon The morning looks flyable with the wind-shadow working but from midday onwards it will errored as that SE picks up. Terrible on the mountains too – SE out there.

RB – A sweet day on the cards here… :) Probably blown out again later on.

PV – A SW flow up to around 4k then it goes East. Winds are light up there on the change so it should be sweet. Very high climbs expected with KArdoesie showing 8k from 2 onwards. Watch out for the strong sea breeze moving in from around 16/17:00… 15-20kts then! ;)

Wilderness – Another SE day like yesterday but it does get blown out early. Also another low level “jet” so this is capping the climbs making for those frustrating stuff of strong wind but not getting very high… ;) Sedge showing 11 clock climbs to just shy of 3k but the wind very east already at that time… Maybe a bench-up at Gerrickes early on…

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs also to around 3k… But more SE blowing there too compared to yesterday…

PE and PA – Very strong East to NE winds here with 30kts at times…

EL – NE winds all day and super strong at times… 30kts plus!

Inland – A light wind start with a sweet morning of SE flow but then late afternoon sees the wind picking up again toe 20kts SE in many places….  

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:29 and setting at 18:58 (Day length is 13 hrs and 29 min!!) A light SE start but strong in the afternoon. Another perfect day for forest and beach walks. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 





(31 October 2020) 
Day 219 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! And do we have some awesome people in our group! Well done to Rouberre and Theunis for smashing the GR and Serpentine site records with incredible flights yesterday. 137 and 161km respectively (That’s as the crow flies!) more than 6 and half hours in the air and it was sooo cold up there! So kudus to these tough “young” pilots (Well, they are much younger than me anyway!) ;) I will publish more flight details over the days to come so we can all share in this huge paragliding achievement.

Today the SAH still dominating with a wide spread trough inland and the associated CB cells (bread and good rains expected inland from the BW line and eastwards) But to the west it is very good flying. The unstable layer along our coasts still there but much shallower with 2/3k climbs over the coastal plains and a tad more near the mountains. Few Q’s around so a blue day. Stronger SE trend in the wind with 20kts in some places later in the day. Very strong SE around the Peninsula with a more S to SSW swing at PV or more towards Kardoesie. West of the trough line climbs to 10-14k expected in the far north west but that abrupt line of CB’s canning anything to the east. (See graph) Winds remain east all the way to around 10k but then veers to the SE again for a 30/40kts finish up at the Tropopause (See strange upper air winds graph!) IT is NW far inland. Freezing level around 12k…

CT – Very very strong SE winds today all the way up to 3/4k so not much of a wind-shadow shaping up. Again not looking good for flying to be honest…

RB – Another good day on the cards with some strong thermals and high climbs expected (6k!) But probably blown out again later on.

PV – Upper flows are ESE but lower it is southerly. Very strong at 20kts later in the day at PV and very south but at Kardoesie a slight reprieve with a more SSW component and 5-15kts from morning till late. Some spots showing very high climbs with 8/9 doable… ;)

Wilderness – A SE trend with the winds picking up in the afternoon to around 15kts average. Map could get blown out. Still some climbs to be had at Serps and Sedge late morning before it goes too strong SE. Maybe 2k climbs with up to 3k on the plateau.

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 3k… The SE blowing there too with around 10kts…

PE and PA – SE winds here all day reaching 20kts late afternoon in a few spots.

EL – The SE start but then trending more East and NE later on with 15-20kts on the cards…

Inland – A large CB active region to the east of the trough (See rain chart) but to the west it is clear and strong. A east wind in general for the whole interior expected – even up past the Sutherland escarpment. IT reaches 20kts plus late afternoon in many spots…  

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:30 and setting at 18:57 (Day length is 13 hrs and 28 min!!) A light SE start but picking up strong in the afternoon. Another perfect day for forest and beach walks. Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a coolish 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 






(30 October 2020) 
Day 218 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH shaping a sweet ridge along the southern parts of the WC bringing in a layer of cool and sweetly unstable air. This unstable layer is around 4-6k in thickness and spread around most of the WC and into the interior especially along the western parts. The eastern interior still with those CB cells where the edge of the CF runs into the inland trough and NW flows. Strong winds along the west coast breaking up the thermals a bit but the southern coastal areas with light southerly winds and good thermal soaring on the cards. Some OD with a Strato-Q layer initially in the east from Knysna eats-wards but this should open up during the day. The wind goes NW from 6k upwards finish at the Tropopause WNW around 120kts. Freezing level around 10k but the inversion at 6k with temps around 2 Degrees at that point.

CT – Very strong SE winds today all the way up to 3/4k so not much of a wind-shadow shaping up. Not looking good for flying to be honest…

RB – This is looking great for an early morning sortie… Probably blown out later on.

PV – Strong winds form the S with some SE in it so not the best day out here…

Wilderness – Looks like a great day’s flying ahead of us with very high climbs expected at Serps and Sedge – 3-4k. Winds SW with a SSE trend later in the day. The ocean cliffs should offer something to play in but it is light all day. Some OD early on but clearing quickly. A good day for some XC potential – probably Serps the place with a longer SW influence than expected to give that extra distance! (and perhaps a later start because of all the rain form last night in a few spots though the forecasts shows starting at 9:30 already!) ;)

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness but a tad more OD early on. Uppies showing climbs to 4500’. Keurbooms a tad light but a maybe… Afternoon SE from lunchtime onwards already.

PE and PA – The coastal winds SW start with Maitlands working but then it goes SE from mid day onwards. Inland from PE is about the line of the good flying air with the east not that great. So inland of PA not that good with loads of OD around… Also rain from here eastwards...

EL – SW winds most of the day with OD conditions and rain and inland some CB activity. IT does go more SSE late in the afternoon…

Inland – Those CB activity to the Eastern interior (See rain graph) but in the south a good flying day with winds only reaching 15kts from 16:00 onwards. A good day for flying out there – even SB looking good for most of the day but late afternoon getting a bit breezy there I think.  

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:31 and setting at 18:56 (Day length is 13 hrs and 26 min!!) A light south wind day. So perfect for forest and beach walks all day long! Go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 





(29 October 2020) 
Day 217 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A great 12 Apostle run done by the hangies in CT and then here in Wilderness a fantastic XC flight by Theunis flying from Serps all the way to Knysna! (44k’s as the crow flies!) And its just the start of the season! ;) Today changing all the good flying as it moves into the interior with the help of the SAH pushing in hard behind it. Loads of CB activity along the front edge – the EC interior with some good rains on the cards form this. Winds are breezy SW along the coasts with a W to NW trend in the interior. Rain in CT areas this morning still but it will clear from the west later on. Varied cloud bases all over trending from 1k to 7k AGL pending on the convergence and CB activity. A few spots with some flying possible today. Winds go NW from 6k upwards with a 120kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 5500’ in the far SW corner of the WC.

CT – A rainy morning with NW winds that will back to the SW around 15kt later in the afternoon with skies clearing and base rising opening up some flying options around the Peninsula. Still looks too strong for SLP and FH.

RB – lol. Still WWB is out!

PV – Clagged in for the morning but also clearing somewhat in the afternoon with 15kts WSW winds. Could be doable late in the day for a short soaring sortie… ;)

Wilderness – The SW winds building during the day with some rain on and off. The best is mid morning for some dune gooning along the cliffs before the wind gets too strong – that is if the wind stays away… ;)

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness with Uppies a tad strong and Keurboom too west so not that good…

PE and PA – Strong SW winds moving on from the west from around midday onwards. More rain here and eastwards too… The wind to the east starting SW but going east for a short bit before the strong SW moves in from the west.

EL – SW start then NE winds to the east with lighter winds to the west preceding that strong SW moving up the coast. Lots of rain for areas from the looks of it..

Inland – Strong NW winds in the north backing to the W and then SW further south and into the afternoon. CB activity in the east especially along the CF leading edge. (See the grpahs and figure it out!) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:32 and setting at 18:55 (Day length is 13 hrs and 24 min!!) A SW wind day with rain on and off – it gets really strong this afternoon so a day for forest walks with your rain kit or reading that good book! Either way go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))





(28 October 2020) 
Day 216 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating today as a CF is moving into the WC from the west. A sweet heat low and trough in the interior with those CB activities mainly in the east near the Drakensberg areas. Winds NW in the interior with the southern coastal flows SW. Later in the day some of this strong SW flow will meet the inland NW causing some big convergence with climbs over 15k inland from EL… (yoh!) Else some Q’s on the southern coastal areas and over the Peninsula. Sweet instability almost everywhere with the SAH air providing some 3-6k of instability depth. Above this layer the wind goes NW and remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 105kt finish. Freezing level around 13k but lowering during the night with tomorrow below 5k in the SW…

CT – A strong NW day with things looking good for a 12 apostle hangie day. Mostly around 20kts so it will be strong – but perfect for those topless hang gliders! :) The mountains also a tad too strong as the front pushes in… Small chance of rain later on otherwise it is looking like a sweet NW (No prefrontal stuff…) ;)

RB – lol. WWB is out! But it doesn’t matter since you guys will be specked over TM!

PV – NW winds around 15kts with some good climbs to 5/6k here. Probably a tad on the strong side for PG….

Wilderness – It looks like a sweet flying day with some early coastal soaring and the moving onto Sedge and Serps. With the strong and high climbs there could be soe strong bits so just beware. Climbs to just shy of 3k with Q’s on the cards. The wind goes decidedly NW above base strengthen quickly so there might be some mixing near the TOC areas. Probably not a good day to head to the mountains but remaining along the costal flats should be sweet! :)

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness with Uppies not showing any higher climbs than Sedge.

PE and PA – Moderate SW winds that will trend a tad more S later on. Far inland is where the action looks to be as the NW clashes with the SW. (See graph) Perhaps too strong for us mortals to want to venture out into that but we can dream!) ;)  

EL – The SW staying for longer and going S to SE from the East later in the day.

Inland – Strong NW winds initially all the way to the backside of the first ranges. The SW reaching the SB mountains by late afternoon. Its very breezy then with 20ts in many spots. The convergence showing climbs to 16k!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:33 and setting at 18:55 (Day length is 13 hrs and 22 min!!) Summer time is here!!). A light moderate wind day from the S to SW with some high cirrus clouds later on. Perfect for doing anything and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 





(27 October 2020) 
Day 215 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Inland a very active trough running down the centre of the country with CB activity along that line and eastwards. Strong winds out there with NW reaching over 25kts in places. A CF approaching CT with loads of low cloud there today and NW flows… Along the southern coastal areas initially the IOH dominating with strong NE to E winds but quickly being eroded by a low moving up the coast bringing with it SW winds all the way to just shy of PA by end of day. Some low clouds spots around the coast but quickly rising as it hits the land. The SW winds will penetrate inland and strengthen reaching 20kts in many spots by late afternoon. The morning is light and sweet. Winds trend west from 4k upwards and then NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 90kts finish up there. Freezing level around 13-14k.

CT – Loads of low cloud and NW winds. Winds 10-15kts. Some depth in the instability with 3/4k but rising near the mountains. The southern ranges looking a tad strong with some 20kts post at the top but to the north it does moderate and improve.

RB – lol. Too much west in it today I think…

PV – A NW start going west low down but climbs up to 6k doable at the best times – 14:00 or so. So not a bad day out here by the looks of it. 10kts…

Wilderness – Low cloud start to the day but it should clear a bit with some climbs at Sedge doable to 1300’ I think. It is a tad more west up top and from 14:00 onwards a stronger upper west flow setting in making for bumpy conditions from then onwards… Probably too light along the coast. Hhhhmmm… Lets hope the forecast is wrong and it is better than predicted! ;)

Plett – Looking clearer here with Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 3k. Similar increase in winds at TOL. Up to 18kts up there. But could be sweet late morning.

PE and PA – Strong NE winds 20kts which will moderate and then go SW in the west later on. A slight chance of some CB activity inland to the north but probably more to the east…

EL – Strong NE winds all day with CB activity further inland.

Inland – Strong CB activity from Graafies region increasing to the east but clear and good stuff west of that. High base on the Sutherland escarpment. But winds picking up in the afternoon with 20kts plus in many spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:34 and setting at 18:54 (Day length is 13 hrs and 20 min!!) Summer time is here!!). A light wind day with initial low clouds clearing but the cirrus remaining. Perfect for doing anything and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :)) 







(26 October 2020) 
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! :))

 

 





(25 October 2020) 
Day 213 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating as it pushed in the CF onto the WC during the day. A line of CB activity along the Graafies escarpment running east west from west of BW into Lesotho. Some strong winds inland during the day especially in the east with 30kts late afternoon in many spots. Mostly S to SSE wind but it is SW to W in the west and deep interior. Along the southern coast the winds are SW with a Southerly around the Peninsula. Again some strong spots out there exceeding 20kts. The instability varying greatly with the influx of the CF with low base along the southern parts but quickly rising to the north of the mountains. 8/9k along parts of the little Karoo and north of the Southerland escarpment it goes to 14k and more. Winds go west from7k upwards and remain WNW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kts finish in the SW sector. Freezing level lowering from 15k to 13k along the southern parts.

CT – A cloudy start with fresh Southerly winds. The wind=shadow probably settling into action later on as the inversion lowers to 1500ft. Otherwise a windy day for the most part. The moutnains also not that good with the S to SE winds dominating – you have to go north to find those SW winds along the ranges…

RB – Looks like a good day here! Could be working form early to late!

PV – Looking great here to day with climbs over 5k and SW winds at midday. 10kts.

Wilderness – Another low cloud start but it will rise and it should be a sweet flying day at Sedge and Serps. Perhaps there will be enough for a morning coastal stint but from 12 onwards there should be good stuff at the Sedge shop…

Plett – Looking epic today with initial cloud at 2-2.5k but as soon as it clears climbs will go to 4k. Wind will trend southerly and some Q’s shaping up in the afternoon with base around 3500’. Keurbooms also getting in a shot from late moring into lunchtime by the looks of it. Sweet sweet!

PE and PA – Again that fresh SW start to the day which will moderate and back to the S in the afternoon. Initial a few spots maybe touching on 20kts but much less afterwards. Maitlands could be sweet late morning…

EL – Also the SW breezy start and a much later backing to the SSW. Very strong winds inland on the higher grounds with a southerly pushing 30kts in spots. CB activity over the bigger northerly ranges…

Inland – That line of CB activity from east to west along the Graafies escarpment but a spot or two perhaps further south than that. Winds get strong in the afternoon with 30kts in a few spots southerly.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:36 and setting at 18:52 (Day length is 13 hrs and 16 min!!) Summer time is here!!). A drizzly and misty start but lifting for a sweet light wind onshore day - perfect for doing almost everything day. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweetish 9 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 





(24 October 2020) 
Day 212 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Still that active trough inland with CB activity mostly around Tarkastad region and eastwards. High temps inland with high bases and great soaring if you are a lucky one to be out there. For the coastal regions its all rather misty and low cloudy this morning but it does seem to clear quickly as one moves inland. Both west and southern coastal regions affected but base rises to 1500ft and more just a few K’s form the beach in most areas and it does get less as the day progresses. Winds in general are westerly with some southerly components in the southern coastal areas. Again the dominating NW inland and above but late afternoon the southerly penetrating in to just shy of the Southerland escarpment. Not so windy out there so a rather pleasant day. Winds are WNW form 6k all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish. Freezing level around

CT – A foggy start but it should clear for some flying I think. It is however always threatening to fog up with the dew point and ocean surface temps so close to one another. Winds are SW but NNW above the shallow coastal inversion. But inland it warms up quickly and it doesn’t look to shabby at all for flying out on the mountains. W to SW lower down but NW higher up – climbs to 4k mostly. Stay low to make progress to PV ;)

RB –Hhhmmm… Just not enough oomph here today…

PV – Not a bad looking day here with climbs in the south to 5k but less to the north. West winds in general 5-10kts.

Wilderness – Misty start but again it should lift as soon as we move inland. A southerly trend in the wind today – nothing strong predicted with 5kts average and a few stronger bits here and there – mainly thermal driven I think. Sedge and Serps the spots to be with some sweet flying to be had I think – climbs to base around 1-1500’ on the cards. Mid day the best time.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing initial climbs to just over 2k but lowering later on. Winds S to SE. 5-10kts.

PE and PA – A fresh SW start to the day which will moderate and back to the S in the afternoon. Initial a few spots maybe touching on 20kts but much less afterwards. MAitlands could be sweet late morning…

EL – Also the SW breezy start and a much later backing to the south and even a slight SSE.  (again!) NE winds with 20kts plus later on. Looks like Hogsback action not so much into the good stuff with that a tad further north today…

Inland – A light wind start in the little karoo but it will pickup during the day for a 15-20kts finish mostly W to SW winds. The southerland escarpment starts with 15-20kts NW going 25kts later in the day. So a strong day out there… Those CB activity around the Graafies to Tarkastad areas and eastwards…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:37 and setting at 18:51 (Day length is 13 hrs and 14 min!!) Is summer here!!). A misty start but lifting for a sweet light wind onshore day - perfect for doing almost everything day. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another humid sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 





(23 October 2020) 
Day 211 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The trough in the interior has deepend and moved further south – even some CB activity around the Graafies area and southwards by mid afternoon (Note the patchy base hieghts in that area due to the CB activity - see graph). Very high temps in the area with upper thirties in many places – well, except for the winds which have also increased a bit with many 20kts spots around of NW flow out there. But we can dream and those very high cloud bases with some amazing flying to be had in the areas are going to be cool to drool at – watch those CB’s though! ;) Along the coast the IOH is dominating the coastal flows with strong NE winds along the eastern parts reaching all the way almost to Plett during the early morning but the coastal low moving up the coast from Agulhas bringing with it a spurt of SW winds. Low clouds along the southern coastal regions as the cold ocean air flows in under the warmer inland stuff with a strong inversion and even a few fog patches. So coastal flying varied but further inland

CT – A more unstable start with a SW trend with instability to 3/4k but from midday onwards the southerly will under cut that with a strong lower inversion and the typical large wind-shadow setting up along LH and SH area. Some 20kts spots around the Peninsula but it does drop quickly form 1k upwards with a SW to W trend up there. The mountains not looking too bad with climbs up to 4k and W to NW winds but a tad SW later on. Around 10kts I think…

RB –Hhhmmm… IT looks like a teasing day to me but a chance of strong enough stuff moving in for a later afternoon stint. But often Im wrong and it could be good all day… ;)  

PV – From launch to the south it is actually looking good with climbs up to 5k at the best moment – west winds with a SW trend later on. Kardoesie later on climbs lowering to less than 3k…

Wilderness – The coastal low bring in some SW winds but it does seem to be  pulsy in nature – so one and off stuff I think. Probably a coastal start with a chance of Sedge afterwards… The wind is a more West with hight and breezy up there with mid teens in knots. The coastal fog and low cloud could also complicate things a tad… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 2k but if the coastal low cloud doesn’t spoil things it looks like Keurbooms could be great from mid day onwards…

PE and PA – The NE winds dominating here all day but later the SW moving in from the west finishing between PE and PA late afternoon. All the action of course far inland today…

EL – Also (again!) NE winds with 20kts plus later on. The action is all further inland with strong specking out stuff – though a tad stronger wind wise today compared to yesterday – and a chance of some CB activity…

Inland – Light Northerly winds to start with but then the SW will move in form the south during the day getting to just past the SB mountains by late afternoon. NW winds form the Southerland escarpment northwards. Those CB activity around the Graafies/Middelburg and eastwards areas. Base over 13k in most places and winds pretty breezy with 20kts in many spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:38 and setting at 18:50 (Day length is 13 hrs and 12 min!!) Is summer here!!). Another light SE day making it perfect for doing almost everything day. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 





(22 October 2020) 
Day 210 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Still the pattern with the IOH in the east, the SAH to the west and the inland trough – NE winds to the east with a SE trend along the southern coasts, SW up the west coast and the Southerland escarpment and northwards it is NW. The trough and central areas with incredible good flying – base at 18k in a few posts – Hogsback with just shy of 14k today! See map!) For the coastal areas it is very stable with most spots showing an inversion much lower than 1k. So flying a bit frustrating today I think. Blue mostly with a few fog patches around the Overberg coastline. The winds go NNW from 6k upwards finishing W at the Tropopause at 60kts. Freezing level around 14/15k.

CT – Another typical summer pattern with strong inversion at 1k, winds up to 20kts in spots but dropping from the inversion upwards with a N flow above. So a good wind-shadow day form the looks of it. A bit too inverted along the mountains today too…

RB –This might be a good day for some fun especially late afternoon I think…

PV – Again the inversion is low – below the mountain tops. SW lower but NNW above. Not a good day…

Wilderness – Another light SE day with a strong er and lower inversion. Sedge might offer something around mid day but it will be just above TO and moderate in climbs. The coast looks very light to me…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with inversion at Uppies around 1500ft. SE winds up to 10kts but less in the bay…

PE and PA – A lighter start  but still those NE winds with the afternoon producing those 20kts spots along the coast.

EL – Also NE winds with 20kts plus later on. Go far inland to Hogsback today… Looks like specking out conditions to me! ;)

Inland – In the east it is east flows before the NW big air is encountered. Looks big convergence around the Hogsback area (see graph) But light NE to N for the little Karoo and then NW north of the Southerland escarpment. Strong in the north with the little Karoo fairly light with 5-10kts mostly. Climbs varying with a few spots going to 10k…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:39 and setting at 18:49 (Day length is 13 hrs and 10 min!!) Is summer here!!). Another light SE day making it perfect for doing almost everything day. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 




(21 October 2020) 
Day 209 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Some good flying yesterday along the western mountains and also along the Wilderness ocean cliffs. Today a much lighter day and lower inversion so nothing as exciting on the cards from most places – the exception the interior of the EC where soe high climbs and light winds can deliver some good flying. A weak IOH and SAH on either side of the country with two inland troughs dominating the weather. *(See the graphs). Winds are generally easterly with a more southerly trend around the Peninsula and up the west coast where some parts will have the SW flow up there but just inland it seems to be strong East. The winds go West again form 10k upwards for a 30-50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level at 13k.

CT – A strong inversion around 1k with a southerly below that – up to 15kts perhaps along the shore fronts but a good wind-shadow day it seems. The wind goes west and is lighter from 1k up wards. The inversion inland not helping any flying today…

RB –Too light it seems for a maybe late late afternoon…

PV – The winds are SW but trending south later on. Perhaps not the est day with climbs to 3500’4k.

Wilderness – A light SE day with a maybe maybe lightly soarable Map from mid day to mid afternoon. Sedge could offer something thermic wise from 11 till 13:00 I think with enough south in it before it goes to east. Buffs will cook. Maybe Gerrickes could be doable with a bench-up too… :))

Plett – SE flow with climbs at Uppies to 2k initially but then to perhaps just above 1500’. Around 10kts…

PE and PA – The strong NE winds around here all day… 10-15kts with a few spots reaching 20kts later afternoon.

EL – Also NE winds with 15-20kts later on. But inland it drops quickly and can be very good with Hogsback showing up to 10k climbs. There are some clouds to the east which will make their way westward reaching PA late afternoon…

Inland – All east flows even north of Southerland but from here it will start to back to the NE and then N. 10kts average with climbs to 11k along the escarpment. No clouds expected. Its E to NE just north of the southern mountains near the coast. Could be a sweet late afternoon powered thingy day… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:40 and setting at 18:48 (Day length is 13 hrs and 8 min!!) Is summer here!!). A light SE day making it perfect for doing almost everything day. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another mild 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

   

  

 

 

 

 

 




(20 October 2020) 
Day 208 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some sweet flying yesterday at Sedge and around the CT Peninsula. Today looking like more of the same though some big changes underfoot – the SAH dominating our weather today with its more westerly centre pushing the SW winds deep into the interior while the CF passed by us during the night now moving up into KZN. The interior trough and heat wave being displaced and so too all that great record flying weather. But we seem to be having it a bit better in the WC with sweet W to SW winds trending more south later in the day – including the interior. Strong spots in the east but lighter in the west. Sweet Q’s in the southern parts but quickly drying out north of the first ranges. Climbs 2/3k near the coast and 4/6k at the first mountains. The EC having their own mix with some good looking Q’s inland (See Cloud map). The winds remain SW all the way to 14k where a veering takes place to the W for a 100hts WNW finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 9/10k.

CT – Another good day on the cards with westerly winds in general. Some SW spots around LH and SH corners – 5-10kts with some 15k spots. Instability still around with base around 3/4k along the Peninsula but higher on the main mountains. Another day to go from SLP to PV and beyond! ;)

RB –Too west here all day or if the south comes through it might be too light…

PV – Another good day with 5-10kts of W winds trending more SW later in the day. Climbs to just shy of 5k…Q’s in the far south…

Wilderness – A strong SW start with the coastal cliffs flyable until mid day when it will moderate and the it looks like Sedge might be awesome for the afternoon – especially late afternoon with sweet climbs to 2500/3k! So something to look forward to. :))

Plett – Looking a bit strong and too much west early on but late afternoon from 15:00 onwards it looks like Keurbooms will be good and maybe even Uppies.

PE and PA – The strong SW winds dominating all day… 20-25kts. A tad of moderating in the west late in the day.

EL – The SW 20-30kts dominating here all day. It moderates inland and backs to the south with some good flying deeper inland before the wind gets too strong.

Inland – A SW breezy start but it does moderate a tad and backs to the S in most spots. Probably just too strong for the likes of SB and areas… 9/10k climbs north of the SB and Graafies with SW to S winds and climbs to 9k – towards Middelburg there are some Q’s and higher base. Could be good out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:42 and setting at 18:48 (Day length is 13 hrs and 6 min!!) Is summer here!!). A strong W to SW start moderating into the afternoon. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another mild 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 




(19 October 2020) 
Day 207 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Still that SAH dominating in the west while the inland trough is as good as it gets and the east has the NE winds form the IOH. The GR areas seemingly in the col between these three systems for another light wind day. Winds are SW to S along the southern parts then trending west to WNW further north. The exception is the far eastern coastal areas with the IOH pushing that warm air and NE winds along those eastern parts. Even CB activity out there but hardly anything for the WC on the cards. Some sweet looking Q’s around along the southern and western parts, slowly drying out further north. Good thermals to 1-2k along the southern coastal parts, rising quickly to 4/5k near the mountains and more further inland. The western parts looking exceptionally good with great flying to be had along the mountains from SLP to PV – perhaps picking up a tad on the strong side later in the day. The winds trending west to WNW with hight all the way to the Tropopause for a 130kts finish. Freezing level around 12k.

CT – A sweet unstable day with instability to 4k around TM a general SW trend with 15kts along the shore at times. Inland along the mountains should also be great with a SW trend and good climbs and hights.

RB –Too west here all day…

PV – A great day here with climbs to just shy of 5k and W to SW winds 5-10kts. Q’s in the far south…

Wilderness – Another light S day with sweet climbs along those coastal thermic sites. Sedge and Serps should deliver the goods. The coast also a maybe but possibly a tad on the light side. Further inland it gets so much better!

Plett – Another good day for Plett with Uppies showing climbs to around 3500’ around lunchtime with S winds trending SW with height around 5- 10kts. Even Keurbooms perhaps a tad light. ;)

PE and PA – A east to NE day here with spots reaching 15kts. Late afternoon the SW will start moving from the west. It gets really strong inland mid afternoon with 20kts spots around…

EL – The NE winds dominating here all day with 20kts and even more expected all day…It moderates a bit inland where it will veer quickly to the W as we strike that inland airmass… But that looks too strong to fly in.

Inland – A W to SW flow inland with some strong spots at 20kts plus, especially late in the afternoon. Climbs to 10k and just over along the higher mountains and Southerland Escarpment. So perhaps a too strong day to fly… That record breaking stuff in the trough much further north – north of Kimberley areas… (Again it is 15k plus base!)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:43 and setting at 18:47 (Day length is 13 hrs and 4 min!!) Is summer here!!). A light S to SW windy with some high clouds slowing down the sun. Perfect to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another mild 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 




(18 October 2020) 
Day 206 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating the WC weather with that strong inland trough continuing to bring that heat wave and record soaring conditions for those that dare. ;) North of Kimberley and Uppington climbs to 14-18k doable in that broad band of epic thermic soaring trough. Temps in the upper 30s Celsius and even touching on 40 in a few spots. Back home we are spoilt by the cool air brought in from the ocean with more temperate temps – from 20 near the coast to 28 on the other side of the mountains. And so too it reflects the flying conditions with 1-2k inversion near the ocean but quickly going to 4-7k just before and otherside of the mountains. Some Q’s along the coast and coastal plains but it dries out to the north between the first and second mountains. And of course then those high Q’s within the centre of the trough but those are far north. Winds are S to SW along the southern parts but NW north of the Southerland escarpment. The wind goes NW from 6k upwards with a 110kt finish at the Tropopause over the southern coastal areas. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – Loads of cloud around and even soe fog patches along the coast. IT should clear partially for some flying with that S to SW winds around LH and SH – up to 15kts along the shore at times. But its pretty unstable so could be good… Maybe along the moutnains by DuTOits and FH it could work with enough West in it there… Hermanus also a maybe at mid day with enough south in it…

RB –It’s a maybe here for late afternoon as the southerly finds it way here with maybe enough oomph for the hangies to stay up. ;)

PV – Not looking bad with climbs to around 4k and W to SW winds… 5-10kts.

Wilderness – It looks similar to yesterday with the coast probably more flyable in the morning than later. And Sedge should be good from around 11 to around 15:00 from the looks of things. Partly cloudy day. Looking great further back near the mountains though…

Plett – This looks to be the place to be with Uppies showing climbs to just over 4k around lunchtime with SSW winds 10kts. Even Keurbooms is looking good at mid day /lunchtime. ;)

PE and PA – The SW dominant here with upper teens mostly. Maitlands possible. ;)

EL – The SW breezy here with 20kts all day… Some inland flying to be had with a SW to S trend here but then on the further higher grounds the hot temps and strong stuff happen …

Inland – Again mostly SW in the southern interior going West then NW further north. That record breaking stuff north of the great escarpment. Lower climbs to the south of that with up to 10k on the higher grounds. (But north it is 15k plus!)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:44 and setting at 18:46 (Day length is 13 hrs and 2 min!!) Is summer here!!). A SW windy start but moderating with some low clouds moving in from the ocean. Still no excuse to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a mild 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(17 October 2020) 
Day 205 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating in conjunction with a large inland trough with super high temps and record breaking flying weather far inland. (See graph and base!) IF you could get out there to break that record.. Locally the winds are all SW along the southern coastal areas but NE in the far east from the IOH. There is some low cloud along the coast which will complicate things for flying but probably some good air in between. Instability around 1-2k near the coast and rising further inland. Winds are W to SW inland near the coast but then veers to the west from around the great escarpment regions. (That’s when we move into that record breaking air!) ;) Winds remain westerly all the way to the Tropopause for a 90kts finish up there.

CT – The inversion around 2k with westerly trend above that. Surface winds around S to SW. It will probably trend more SW at LH and SH up to 15kts along the shore. Might have some lower cloud move in but only a maybe. So could be good…

RB –Still remaining too west here all day by the looks of it.

PV – Another not bad day with west to SW winds and later climbs to just over 4k. Maybe a tad more to the north. Around 10kts.

Wilderness – A possible early morning coast flying day otherwise it looks like it is going to be a Sedge and Serps day. Some low clouds moving in form the sea later on. But Sedge should keep working I think. Just over 10kts on the cards but maybe a few spots with a bit more. A sheltered bubble shaping up in the Wilderness to PR corner from the looks of things.

Plett – Looking good here today with less cloud but a tad stronger wind. Uppies with climbs to just shy of 3k and SW winds going SSW. Around 10kts but more earlier on. Keurbooms could also be good pending on the low cloud as it moderates and backs more SSW around mid day.

PE and PA – IT is strong SW moderating to the east going NE just short of EL.

EL – The NE winds will gradually weaken and back to the S and then SW as the SW starts to move to the east during the day…

Inland – Mostly SW in the southern interior going West further north. That record breaking stuff north of the great escarpment. Lower climbs to the south of that with up to 10k on the higher grounds. (But north it is 15k plus!)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:45 and setting at 18:45 (Day length is 13 hrs!!) Is summer here!!?). A SW windy start but moderating with some low clouds moving in from the ocean. Still no excuse to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 




(16 October 2020) 
Day 204 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! What an interesting days of flying at Sedgefield and the coast yesterday – the wind playing ping pong it seemed with pulses coming through varying from too strong to fly to nothing in between! But amazing flying was had none the less – pic from Kirsten! Today the IOH dominating with the usual easterly flow of air along the southern coasts but the East escapes past CP unable to make that quick turn towards CT so CT and west coast with a W to NW flow today. Far inland a trough with some amazing flying but it is north of Kimberley Pofadder area. (Check out the cloud street lines near the Nam border – it is very hot out there!) Drooling flying stuff hey! ;) Closer to home its kind of a normal pattern with east flows in the east that backs to the NE inland of the GR but it is NW north of the Southerland Escarpment. Few clouds except for some of the southern coastal areas (even a bit of rain in the EC coast) and then in the very far north. Winds are NW from 6/7k upwards then west from 10k all the way to the Tropopause for a 80/90kts finish up there. Freezing level very high at 14/15k.  

CT – Looks great with the NW to SW winds around the SH and LH areas. Maybe even in the mountains thought the wind is in the mid teens in knots out there so might be a tad strong. Early climbs to 5k on the cards there but lowering later on.

RB –It stay too west here all day by the looks of it.

PV – Not a bad day again with lunchtime climbs to just shy of 5k I think. Westerly with a slight more WSW finish. Around 10kts.

Wilderness – I picked up a strong flow between 5-700ft around 20-25kts with the winds much lighter low down and again dropping from above that mini jet” for lack of a better word. This might give us another one of those days where the wind seems strong but we don’t get that high! ;) Lets hope this is wrong and we get good flying . Hehe… Probably blown out after lunch but maybe even earlier… Sedge and Serps too strong and Buffs could have something early before blowing out.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – Uppies showing climbs to 1500ft and some sheltering in the bay from the wind in the morning – but its blowing just above!

PE and PA – That E to NE winds really doing its thing! 20-30kts!

EL – As above! 30kts plus! Chace of light rain along the coast this moring but clearing fromt he west. Far inland it is east 10-15kts with climbs to 5k perhaps. ;)

Inland – So that flow quite complex with east in the east, NW in the far north and NE inland of the GR but then west further west from there. All around 10-15kts. It all goes NW from 6/7k upwards trending west. Looks like a mixed day of flying with bumpy conditions probably for most of the day… Lol.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:47 and setting at 18:44 (Day length is 12 hrs and 58 min – almost that 13 hours of daylight time with just 11 for the night! Roll on summer!). A light wind and sunny start but then a quick pickup of the wind for a windy mid day and afternoon. Still no excuse to go get high on life! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(15 October 2020) 
Day 203 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating with a trough along the NW/SE axis inland. Some good soaring conditions along the trough with good hights to be had – 13/14k. Some streeting possible though not much cloud around. Closer to home the winds are Southerly in general with SE to the west and SW in the East. IT gets breezy inland in the afternoon with many spots showing 20kts plus winds all the way to the Southerland escarpment and then it is W to NW winds also breezy with 15-20kts out to the north. Some low clouds moving in from the south along the southern coastal areas as another CF is pushed in towards the WC – it should reach us during this evening. Winds go West from 10k and remain west all the way to the Tropopause for a 80kts finish. Freezing level at 13/14k.

CT – Another day of strong SE wind with an inversion around 2k. IT does moderate above that so there is a chance of a wind-shadow shaping up though it seems not a clear cut one. 20kt plus winds out there today…

RB – It could be a great day here just about all day long! ;)

PV – I think a good day possible with climbs to 5500’ on the cards with SW winds all the way up there. It does trend a tad more southerly later on in the south but at Kardoesie it looks great – winds 5-10kts start but mid teens late afternoon.

Wilderness – A SSW day with some sweet instability around with climbs starting off at 1000’ then getting better after lunch form the looks of things. Some cloud moving in with 1500ft base. It could be a great day of flying I think. Perhaps a tad light on the coast. But Serps and Sedge should be good.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the SSW winds 5-10kts. Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 3k. Keurbooms looking good around lunchtime too.

PE and PA – A SW start with 20kts spots but then moderating around PE spreading to PA later in the afternoon.

EL – Also that SW winds but remaining breezy here all day… Hogsback region showing 20kts later in the afternoon moving in from the coast. ;)

Inland – The SW moving in from the coast all the way to the Escarpment with 20kts plus in places. North of there it is W to NW winds with 10-15kts starts and finishing later with 20kts in some spots. A blue day mostly and perhaps even in the cloudless sky a chance to go some distance if you connect with one of those “streets”. Lol.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:48 and setting at 18:43 (Day length is 12 hrs and 56 min – the sun really stretching its legs now - roll on summer!). A light wind and sunny start with a few low clouds moving in this afternoon – still perfect for doing anything today! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(14 October 2020) 
Day 202 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! After a windy start the afternoon turned out great with lovely flying at the CarPark yesterday. Today the IOH dominating with an easterly flow – SE along the southern coastal areas and part ways inland were it will trend more east to NE and then N to NW around the great escarpments. No clouds expected except for the eastern coastal areas. Instability around 1-2k near the coasts and 4/5k AGL north of the mountains. The EC being better with some areas showing up to 9/10k climbs (Hogsback looking great today!) The winds will pickup over 20kts later in the day in a few spots along the Southern coastal areas and also inland as the sea breeze moves inland. The wind goes NW from 6k upwards then west to SW at the Tropopause for a 60kts finish.

CT – A shallow SE flow with NW trend above that (1/2k AGL) A good Wind-shadow day on the cards all day. Probably a SW trend at SH and LH. Some west trend along the mountains up to 4500 then it goes more NW. SO maybe some flying to be had out there too….

RB – The right direction but it doesnt look like the strong stuff reach RB today. Frustrating close… But maybe I could be wrong! ;)

PV – A frustrating day here I think with the lower SW up to near Mnt top height and the NE winds from there upwards. So could be a tad bumpy… ;) Climbs to 4k maybe…

Wilderness – A SE wind day with it being soarable from around 10 onwards I think. A chance of it being blow out later in the afternoon but it could hold all day here. Too stron SE from early for Sedge to work and Serps a maybe – down wind dash for Map is on around 10/11 I think for those that want a bit more excitement. ;) Buffs will be on in the morning before blowing out too…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the SE on from early at Uppies – low teens in knots with climbs to 2k initially then down to 1500.

PE and PA – A SW start but then it backs to the S and SE from late morning with a SE to E trend all day. Some spots reaching 20kts in the late afternoon.

EL – Same as above near the coast but inland some good air around – notably the Hogsback region with climbs to 9/10k on the cards and relatively light wind up there too… ;)

Inland – The winds are all around the 5-10kts SE to NE even during the morning but after lunch the more southerly spots picking up to 20kts SE. North of the Southerland Escarpment the winds are NW. Some good climbs expected out there especially in the eastern parts.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:49 and setting at 18:43 (Day length is 12 hrs and 54 min – the sun really stretching its legs now - roll on summer!). A light wind start but the SE picking up during the day for a more windy finish – still perfect for doing anything today! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(13 October 2020) 
Day 201 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A CF moving past during the night while the SAH is pushing in strong cold air from the SW onto the entire WC. Some light rain this morning and clouds which will clear during the day. Few clouds by this afternoon except in parts of the southern coastal areas and along the eastern escarpment regions (Graafies areas). Instability around 4/5k AGL inland and 1-3k along the coastal plains. Most areas too strong to fly but the GR showing an afternoon window of lighter winds. The winds remain SW all the way to the Tropopause for a WSW finish of 100kts up there. Freezing level around 12k.

CT – A strong S to SE flow with inversion around 2k. A slight wind-shadow on the cards today but I don’t think it will be enough to fly safely. The mountains also too much south in the wind and upper teens in knots so the strength also just a tad too much. (CT with 20ks in many spots)

RB – I think it could be a good day here. Start from early before it gets too bumpy… ;)

PV – Hhhmmm… Upper teens in knots and very South in direction. Best to drink coffee and weather watch… ;)

Wilderness – Strong WSW start with 20kts plus at times but it does show that it will moderate and should be flyable from around mid day onwards. If it moderates enough then even Sedge should be super great late afternoon. Otherwise it is all coastal soaring with the Hotel and PR being the places to be.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with more winds and it remains strong till later in the day. It does look like it just could be a great finish with both Keurbooms and Uppies being flyable from around 16:00 onwards…

PE and PA – The SW just blowing here all day…

EL – Same as above… Eish… ;)

Inland – The SW winds all the way to the Southerland Escarpment where it becomes more Westerly. That CF air still only around 4/5k in instability depth so not much to write home about from a flying point of view. Winds in the mid to upper teens in strength.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:50 and setting at 18:42 (Day length is 12 hrs and 48 min – love the sunrise before 6 now! Roll on summer!). A windy start but it could be a great ending to the day – still perfect for doing anything today! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(12 October 2020) 
Day 200 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating on the west and the IOH dominating in the east. A blue cloudless day form the looks of it with the WNW trend dominating with the exceptions along the coastal areas. Strong NE in the east with a SW presence in the west. The coastal areas a tad on the stable side with a low inversion but just a tad inland it quickly disperses with some sweet spring thermals despite the blue skies. (Oh some high cirrus around to dampen things out a bit) ;) 10-15kts in most areas but a few reaching 20 here and there. The EC showing some really good flying – Hogsback looking really good with climbs to 8/9k and winds around 10-15kts. The WNW winds remaining all the way to around 14k where it backs to the SW with a 70kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 13/14k.

CT – A light moderate NW start trending slightly to the SW. 12 Apostles beckoning but a strong gradient with 20kts up near TM top so be careful. Perhaps more a hangie day up there… SLP and FH also looking doable but for the chance of strong winds – especially later on.

RB – WWB is out! ;)

PV – A NW day with climbs to 4k. It doesnt look too bad with winds 10kts or just over.

Wilderness – A light wind day with stable conditions – weak climbs at Sedge and Serps on the cards. A S to SE trend in the wind. Too light for Map I think. Maybe maybe Buffs could offer something…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness, SSE winds up to 10kts with Uppies showing climbs to 1500’…

PE and PA – E to ENE winds here increasing in the afternoon to 20kts…

EL – 20kts NE winds along the coast but not too bad inland with Hogsback showing WNW winds and climbs to 9k…. ;)

Inland – WNW winds everywhere around 10-15kts. Thermic activity up to the inversion 5/6k along the first Mountains and then up to 8/9k past SW and Southerland. A good propeller thingy day I think…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:52 and setting at 18:41 (Day length is 12 hrs and 50 min – love the sunrise before 6 now! Role on summer!). A sweet sunny day - perfect for doing anything today! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a warmish 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(11 October 2020) 
Day 199 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating today with a SE flow over the entire WC. Still some moisture and rain along the eastern coastal areas with the Q’s limited to the eastern parts of the WC. Pretty windy along the GR and southern Overberg regions. As the wind reaches CP it curls around with a more southerly to SW direction up the west coast but this flow is shallow with the predominant flow SE from 3k upwards. High climbs on the west with the inversion around 4-7k. The southern coastal regions much less with base 2-4 but rising quickly near the mountains. 10-15kts inland SE remaining SE all the way past 10k where it does a veering to the South and then SW to the Tropopause for a 60kt finish up there. Freezing level down at 6k in the east but 10k over CT.

CT – A deep SE flow 15-20kts making way to the SW. It actually looks like a sweet day of flying along LH and SH today. The mountains a bit too much SE…

RB – A soft day here as most of the wind heading past way to the south…

PV – Perhaps a PB start but there is a lower SW coming through at mid day. PV probably a tad too much from the south with the upper SE trend. But some good climbs doable at the best times – 7k? 10-15kts but strong early…

Wilderness – It is looking like a cool SE day with Map the place to be. IT should be flyable from early into mid day but then quickly becoming too strong I think.:)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness, strong SE winds so Uppies very cross from the left.

PE and PA – The winds still SE but lighter here with 10-15kts on the cards. From PA and eastwards a chance of rain on the cards…

EL – SE winds with lower clouds and chance of rain inland.

Inland – SE winds everywhere with low deep clouds in the east but clearing to the west. IT is looking good at GR as the clouds should be opening here with sweet looking Q’. 7k climbs here and along the SB ranges with Southerland going to 8/9k but no clouds here…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:53 and setting at 18:40 (Day length is 12 hrs and 47 min – sunshine starting to accelerate at 2min a day! Role on summer!). A light wind start but windy later in the day. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(10 October 2020) 
Day 198 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Some awesome rain falls yesterday with over flowing dams! There are some inland high lying areas that had a light sprinkling of snow! The CF moving up towards Maputo while the SAH is pushing in cool and moist air onto the entire WC. Mostly a SE trend except for the eastern parts where it is still SW. Some rain along the southern coastal areas and some way inland but it will clear from the west. (I noticed an incredible sea breeze convergence line running up the west coast – you could go over 500k’s in that one today! ?) The SE winds penetrating far inland. It’s a very deep system with winds SE all the way to 10k where it veers to the SW and then eventually to the west for a 50kts finish up at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 5500’.

CT – Strong SE winds with 20-30kts. Clouds are high with base around 4k. IT is a deep SE system so not much luck with a wind-shadow.

RB – Again a great direction but go early before the strong stuff!

PV – It is over the back here so it is a great great Picketberg day. High base at 7k! And around 10-15kts winds…

Wilderness – Winds trend SE picking up to around 5kts. Map should be excellent with a slight chance of it becoming too strong. Still a chance of some rain but some good clear spell in between I think so a good chance of some flying happening. :)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness, SE winds around 15kts and rain on and off…

PE and PA – Stronger winds with a SW start but then backing to the S and even SE in the west later on. Probably a greater chance of rain here…

EL – SW strong and rain…. ;)

Inland – It looks like SE winds everywhere with low cloud in many spots. Strong winds over the higher grounds. Probably not the best flying day out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:54 and setting at 18:39 (Day length is 12 hrs and 45 min – love the sunrise before 6 now! Role on summer!). A windy, rainy day so perfect for those indoor escapes! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a chilly 13 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(9 October 2020) 
Day 197 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A fantastic day at Sedge yesterday for the lucky few that made the trip! ;) Today the CF driven in by the SAH dominating the weather today. Strong winds from the S with some SW trends in the east and perhaps SE in the west. Lots of rain on the cards with low base in the south around 2k and tops between 10/14k. It does rise further inland with 4/6k by the SB mountains and then up to 10k from the Southerland escarpment and further north. There is a chance of some CB activity inland to the east of the great escarpment. Winds are all southerly but from 10k upwards it backs to the NW remaining NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 120kts finish up there. Freezing level at 5500/6500 in the far SSW.

CT –  A good morning for ran. Southerly winds around 20kts so a breezy wet day. The base does rise to around 3k later on but still high tops so chance of rain remaining.

RB – Good direction but the rain probably not allowing you guys to play. ;)

PV – Low base start with rain but it does rise to 3/4k late afternoon but so too the S to SSE winds…

Wilderness – Winds are SW to W and later more SSW. Low clouds with rain increasing at mid day I think. Some strong spots but if you are desperate you could hang out at the CP for aa short stint of play on the dunes. (Personally I choose the hot chocolate thing!) ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness today….

PE and PA – A chance of CB perhaps though it looks to be more to the east. Sunny spots on occasion. Looks quite gusty with all the rain around so not really flying weather. The winds west going SW later with rain moving in late afternoon.

EL – CB activity this morning with a partial clearing later today but then the frontal rain settling in this evening. Some sunny spots but also that varying winds so not the best day for flying.;)

Inland – A strong S to SW wind day with over 20kts on the higher grounds. Some rain cells reaching all the way north to the Southerland escarpment. Good for the farmers but not a good flying day. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:55 and setting at 18:39 (Day length is 12 hrs and 43 min – love the sunrise before 6 now! Role on summer!). A windy, rainy day so perfect for those indoor escapes! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool rainy 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(8 October 2020) 
Day 196 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH starting to push in that CF onto the WC – making landfall by late afternoon on the Peninsula with a few prefrontal sprinkles of rain along the southern coastal areas. The inland trough also more active with much more cloud development over the northern central Karoo and even some CB activity along the great escarpment (Southerland – BW). Winds are SW along the southern and western coastal regions but NW in the far north along the Southerland escarpment. Some breezy bits around CT especially later on when the front moves in with S winds exceeding 20kts. For the rest of the areas its around 10kts. Winds go NW from 4/5k upwards remaining NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 120kts finish up there. Freezing level up at 12k but it will lower to 8500’ early evening in the SW corner of the WC.

CT –  A great start to the day with high base and a SW wind trend. IT looks like a great day of flying around LH and SH but in the afternoon the base will drop to around 2k as the front moves closer. The mountains probably a tad on the stronger side but otherwise initially very good with good climbs and high bases (some spots perhaps at 6k)

RB – Another late afternoon day will be possible…. ;)

PV – A SW start with climbs to 4k initially but a sweet burst of good air preceding the front with the late afternoon finishing with a even higher climbs to 5/6k base and SW winds.

Wilderness – Still those low clouds hanging around along the ocean with a light SSW flow pattern. It might get soarable along the ocean cliffs but it seems a tad light at the moment. Sedge will start strong and should be flyable from early (from 10:30 onwards) and then a mellowing out from 13:30/14:00 onwards as the clouds will start to lower and the sun disappear. Maybe the base will lower earlier already making the flying window smaller. Serpentine should also be very good. :) Rain most probably from the afternoon – perhaps more towards the mountains. (Lets hope!) ;)

Plett – Uppies with initial climbs to 3800ft but then mid day sees the clouds lowering and climbs dropping to just 2k by 14:00. A bit light for Keurbooms I think.

PE and PA – A light SW trend all day long with some spots showing p to 15kts.

EL – Still that SW coastal flow but further inland at Hogsback very high climbs to 11000’. The wind is a tad strong with 20kts plus out there. ;)

Inland – Another cracking day on the cards with higher temps and high climbs. The escarpment going to 13k plus in spots. Some very high Q’s around in many areas however, the wind is starting to increase as the front is nudging closer. Probably a good day for the hangies more than the PG (Or sailplanes!) ;) The SB ranges showing base at 8/9k but then rain moving in from the south along the southern mountains ranges from late evening.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:57 and setting at 18:38 (Day length is 12 hrs and 41 min – we have broken the 5 o clock barrier! Role on summer!). A sweet light wind day with cool air becoming more cloudy from mid day onwads. Perfect to do everything! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature and another 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(7 October 2020) 
Day 195 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Well, looks like that “inbetween” the IOH and SAH/CF driven systems remaining parked over the WC areas. The coastal areas still having loads of low cloud and even some fog in places with a partial clearing during the day. Clouds mostly confined to the southern areas south of the mountains. The exceptions are the inland regions which are dominated by an inland trough with some exceptional soaring conditions around. Very few clouds out there, mostly indicating the convergence regions with high bases around the 13/14k level. What is sweet is that the winds are not that strong with mostly around the mid teens – so very flyable out there. NW far inland with the SW to S closer to the coast. The NE dominating along the eastern coastal areas. Also some amazing stuff around the EC at the Hogsback area. Winds go NW from 5k and remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 40kts finish up there. Freezing level up to 13-14k.

CT –  Another typical SE wind summer pattern from the looks of it. Clouds round the eastern and southern parts mostly with tops at TM hight – winds at the top are more westerly maybe a few fog patches on the western parts. Strong inversion/isotherm around 1-2k with the winds going west this time above the 1-2k inversion. Some strong SE around at 20kts near the surface. Loads of low cloud to the SE around Hermanus areas though…

RB – It could be a good early morning session but it gets blown out later in the afternoon… ;)

PV – Again a SW day with a slight more West in it further north (at Kardoesie) Its not looking too bad here with climbs just shy of 4k and west winds. PV slightly less…

Wilderness – We still have that low cloud marine air around but not so bad that we cant fly I think! ;) A foggy start but it should clear once again similar to yesterday – with climbs to around 1000’ on the cards. The ocean cliffs lightish again with a maybe maybe soarable spurt now and then.

Plett – Uppies with a nice S to SW wind and climbs to 2500ft. Also some clouds moving in later in the afternoon.

PE and PA – SW start but again trending S to SE. 5-10kts mostly. It is NE to the east near PA.

EL – NE dominating along the coast. The place to be is inland at Hogsback! ;)

Inland – A cracking day on the cards with higher temps and high climbs. The escarpment going to 13k plus in spots. Some very high Q’s in some spots too. NW winds 10-15/8knts. Def a day to fly out there I think. ;) Hogsback looking amazing too…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:58 and setting at 18:37 (Day length is 12 hrs and 39 min – we have broken the 5 o clock barrier! Role on summer!). A sweet light wind day with coolish becoming cloudy conditions. Perfect to do everything! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(6 October 2020) Day 194 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Some amazing flying around lately with Pieter DeBeer managing a respectful 55km from DuTOits farm site yesterday. But also WJ who got to 2300m in the PV valley with an amazing flight almost completing a large triangle out there. (See the pic) A SAH shaping up to the west of the country slowing down the approaching CF. The IOH still dominating to the east bringing us that moisture laden air along the eastern and southern coastal regions. Instability still sweet but very good in the east and further inland but slightly less energy around in the southern parts compared to yesterday. A slightly more complex airflow around too with a few wind direction changes around 7k and upwards – it can cause some CAT’s at those levels (If you climb high it could get bumpy up there) ;) A general S to SE flow all the way from the coast inland to past the Southerland Escarpment. Late afternoon picking up to 15kts in a few spots. The wind ends at 30/40kts SSW at the Tropopause today. Freezing level up to 15k.

CT –  A typical SE wind summer pattern from the looks of it. Strong inversion/isotherm around 1-2k with the winds going more east and dropping in strength up there. So a good wind-shadow on the cards with probably a SW trend in the flow in this area. The mountains with too much SSE in it today…

RB – It could happen mid/late afternoon today…. ;)

PV – A SW low down but it trend veery southerly at launch and even SE. Climbs to just shy of 4k. Perhaps not the best in terms of wind direction…

Wilderness – Still some low cloud around but I think it should clear quite a bit with lovely flying at Sedge and Serps. Maybe something in it along the PR coastal cliffs with the Southerly trend (or even CP but I think it might be too light here) Still some very low clouds over the ocean that can creep in now and then but probably dissipate as it moves inland.

Plett – Uppies a tad more SE today around 5-10kts and climbs to 2500’. A few Q’s around by the looks of things in the area. Frustrating direction on the coast and light.

PE and PA – SW start but quickly trending S to SE. 5-10kts mostly.

EL – SE with a NE trend in the far north. Inland it is excellent flying here with sweet Q’s and high base at Hogsback. Light east winds that go W near base.

Inland – It looks like another good day inland but with less clouds. Still some good stuff along the Southern ranges with winds SSE on the surface and higher up backing to the NW and then to the SW again. But there should still be some great flying to be had in the areas you can find a launch facing the wind (more or less) ;) Base around Sutherland around 10/11k. But just over 6k north of the Outenikwas – 4k along the southern parts…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:59 and setting at 18:36 (Day length is 12 hrs and 37 min – we have broken the 5 o clock barrier! Role on summer!). A sweet light wind day with cool cloudy conditions. Perfect to do everything! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature and another 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(5 October 2020) 
Day 193 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some good flying yesterday in the WC with FH being the better spot I think. Today some more of the same I think while we are having a reprieve between the frontal movements. The IOH dominating in the east with strong NE coastal winds and that shallow low cloud marine air pestering the boys on that side – some of that present around the coastline everywhere with low cloud and mist this morning and some spots persisting during the day. But a great area of good flying to be had around the first and second range of mountains with sweet Q’s and high bases around 5/6k and perhaps a touch more in some spots. Winds are all light and W to SW in direction except for the far east. Winds remain SW to west up to around 10k where it becomes fresh WNW and remains all the way to the Tropopause for a 40/50kts finish up there. Freezing level up to 12k.

CT –  It looks like a another good away from the Peninsula – unless the low cloud clears. SW around LH and SH and over 10kts along the shore. But the real places to be is inland along the mountains with FH and DuToits stealing the show. ;)

RB – A maybe baby day I think. Nothing making me too excited here…

PV – Another sweet day – blue by the looks of it with climbs to 4k and SW winds trending south higher up.

Wilderness – We are still having that low cloud marine air along the coast that clears as soon as it hits the warmer grounds. Mixed flying along the Serps and Sedge ridges seems to be what is on offer. Very similar to yesterday but for the wind direction being marked SW. (Which could be sweet!) ;) Inland it is rocking good!

Plett – Uppies def the place to be with high climbs around 4k early but then lower to just over 3k. S to SW winds with a W upper trend. Could be really sweet… Too light for the coast or Keurbooms to be exciting.

PE and PA – The SW still near PE but east of there the NE dominating. Looks like low clouds near the coast but for a short while just inland there is some good stuff happening! (The sea breeze will spoil it here early afternoon with up to 20kts East winds moving in.)

EL – Pure NE winds! 20-30kts at times!

Inland – The Southerland Escarpment showing good lift with few Q’s at 10/11k. West winds. The SB looking amazing. The Outnikwas also looking amazing for a short while before the Seabreeze spoils it. And of course my fav is near Riversdal – you could get a few K’s out there today. ;) Mostly S to SW winds in the little Karoo – 10kts average.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:01 and setting at 18:36 (Day length is 12 hrs and 35 min – 6 for sunrise – role on summer!). A sweet light wind day that is perfect to do everything! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(4 October 2020) 
Day 192 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Looks like we can fly today! ;) The IOH dominating today as the rain and convergence dissipate and move eastwards. Still some rain around PE and EL areas but this too will clear in the afternoon. Winds on that side are all fresh NE along the coast with low base. But to the west its looking sweet. A large pool of light calm air inland with a slight W to NW flow in it. Some high clouds around at 10k especially along the Southerland escarpment. The Southern coastal areas also light S to SE winds but to the west it is more SW to W. Base higher in these areas with some sweet flying around. Winds are all NW from 3/5k and upwards with a west finish at the Tropopause of 130kts! Freezing level around 11k.

CT –  An amazing day ahead with light NW to W winds. Some SW variations around some of the points and noekies but the general flow is W to NW. 5-10kts perhaps. In the afternoon a shallow SE will move through but LH should be well protected. Instability and cloud around 4k. SLP and especially FH should be fantastic!

RB – Hhhmmm… Looks too light to me today. ;) Wort driving to PV or FH!

PV – A great day here with W to NW winds as a start and climbs to 6k. It will trend more SW later on. Sweet Q’s to the south and over PB by the looks of it.

Wilderness – A light wind day with some sweet clouds over the mountains. 4-5k base out there. Winds starting of south but trending SE later on. Sedge and Serps the places to go with climbs to 1500/2000’ on the cards. Map a maybe late afternoon.

Plett – I think Uppies is looking good at lunch time with climbs to 3/4k doable. But later it lowers to just over 2k. The wind should straighten a tad and be more S before the SE returns.

PE and PA – Strong NE winds and the chances of rain from here and more towards the east.

EL – Same as above

Inland – Light NW start with the southerly moving in to reach the Sutherland escarpment late afternoon. Still light winds so a great day for flying out there. All day. Lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:02 and setting at 18:35 (Day length is 12 hrs and 33 min – Where is summer!?). A sweet light wind day that is perfect to do everything! So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(3 October 2020) 
Day 191 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH still wrapped around the southern African point, ridging in along both sides but weakening of that inland trough so the CB activity not really happening today. So that crazy weather starting to shift towards the east – the convergence line (and trough) along the eastern escarpment with loads of rain around KZN. We are starting to see some clearing along the west coast but the southern coastal regions still windy SE with rain. As we move north from there past the first mountains the cloud base rises sharply – from just 2000’ or so to the south to 5/6k towards the north. Winds are easterly from the ground up to around 10k from where it starts to back to the west with westerlies settled from around 13k upwards. Still that jet inland but abating over the coastal areas – 120kts of GR but 60 over the coast. Freezing level around 8500’.

CT – The SE winds still dominating but trending a bit more easterly with height. That strong wave effect not around today – some windy parts in the morning but settling during the day – around 15ks but 20kts plus to the southern parts of the Peninsula. Base in the south low at 2k but 4/5k to the north. Perhaps even a wind shadow hapening today...

RB – IT just could happen here today… :)

PV – A short lunchtime window looking doable with SW winds to just over mountain top height. Trending south later. High base here…

Wilderness – Another windy and rainy day but no CB activity anymore. More time to watch the flying videos… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Also rainy and super strong SE winds but slightly less towards PA side… CB activity…

EL – Same as EL…. Inland its just OD and rainy…

Inland – Easterly to SE winds with 15-20kts in the south but moderating further north. It is ESE all the way past Southerland. Rain also possible past GR areas… Again no flying for anything to be honest… All day! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:03 and setting at 18:34 (Day length is 12 hrs and 31 min – Where is summer!?). More wind and rain but slightly less compared to yesterday… Still perfect for hot chocolate and something indoors, unless… Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another chilly windy 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(2 October 2020) 
Day 190 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Some crazy weather out there yesterday and some of that continuing today. Loads of LH and SH wind talkers with winds over 200kph! (The combination of lee side wave and venturi with that low level SE jet doing its thing!). (Look at the wave graph – 12 Apostle lee wave going to over 20k!) Yeeha! Lol. Seems slightly less today but still some strong stuff around today. The SAH wrapping around the strong inland trough with some extreme acceleration along the southern coastal regions with the climax the decent on the western side of the CT mountains. (There is a complex upper air stuff that is helping this unusually strong setup of winds – see the flow pattern at 14k – a sweet anticyclonic circulation in the mid levels) This is what is helping setting up the CB activity we will experience along the southern coastal areas as well as along that super strong convergence region as the moist air form the IO undercuts the moist mid level air coming from the NW. This will still hang around for another day or so before the SAH will break up and weaken that strong convergence out there… SO in the south a strong and very deep easterly flow and further north it is west. This shape is maintained more or less all the way to the Tropopause where the jet stream is north of BW (very far north). Freezing level in the south around 7500’.

CT – Still those very very very strong SE winds with more crazy stuff happening but moderating during the day. Not as strong as yesterday but look at that lee wave being TM. Climbs of 2m/s up to 20k! Hehehe…

RB – Say no more! ;)

PV – lol. Over the back and man – still blasting strong stuff but you could go look at Picketberg! ;)

Wilderness – Another windy and rainy (CB activity!) kind of day – 20kts plus with even 30kts gusts at times… All day. More time to watch the flying videos… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Also rainy and super strong SE winds but slightly less towards PA side… CB activity…

EL – Same as EL…. Inland its just OD and rainy…

Inland – 30kts winds SE in the south meeting along the escarpment areas. (See the pic of the convergence line!) CB activity along this area, drifting southwards form the upper air direction. Again no flying for anything to be honest… All day! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:05 and setting at 18:33 (Day length is 12 hrs and 29 min – Where is summer!?). Hehe… Loads of wind and rain and cold so perfect for hot chocolate and something indoors, unless… Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another super chilly windy 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(1 October 2020) 
Day 188 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Yesterday delivery some sweet flying at Sedgefield (See short video clip from Gideon) Some pilots getting to the white room at 2000ft ATO! Today is a typical black South Easter day with storm strength SE winds all over the WC. The SAH pushing in hard as it shapes up against the inland trough with a tightening of those isobars and the resulting acceleration of the winds. Look at the wind prediction for PV – I have never seen such a strong low level jet here, going up close to 50kts then down to almost zero at 6k! (See graph above) (Bet it will be interesting flying if you where up there!) lol. Loads of moisture from the ocean and later combining with that inland trough with some CB activity inland to the NE areas (These will move more central to the WC in the next few days). Rain all over with those 30kts plus winds in many spots. Some might even gust over 50! So not a flying day form the looks of it! ;) Winds remain SE then at 10k start to back to the N with a NW finish at the Tropopause of 30-40kts near the coast but quickly going 100kts inland. Freezing level around 6k in the south.

CT – Very very strong SE winds with crazy stuff happening everywhere mixed in with some rain now and then too! ;) Even some wave action over the city bowl and in the lee of the 12 Apostles… Nice! Hehe…

RB – Hahaha…! Perfect direction! ;)

PV – lol. Over the back and man – blasting strong stuff!

Wilderness – A windy and rainy kind of day – 20kts plus with even 30kts gusts at times… All day. Time to watch the flying videos from the last few days… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Also rainy and super strong SE winds but slighty less towards PA side…

EL – Slightly more southerly start but then going more SE to E later on with 20-30kts in the south but 15kts in the north… Inland its just OD and rainy…

Inland – Super strong SE winds all the way inland to the furtherst WC border. Loads of low cloud around in the south and rain on and off. 40ts just above so no flying for anything to be honest… All day! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:06 and setting at 18:33 (Day length is 12 hrs and 26 min – role om summer!). Loads of wind and rain and cold so perfect for hot chocolate and something indoors, unless… Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a super chilly windy 13 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(30 September 2020)

 

Day 187 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another awesome PR day along the GR with Gary Terry doing the jump to Gerrickes and back to the Hotel twice! ;) Sweet stuff Gary! (OK he was flying a hang glider!) lol. Today a very large SAH pushing up a CF from the SSW – it should make landfall late afternoon in CT with some rain. This system is setting up rain for the whole coming weekend by the looks o fit so if you can get your flying in today. ;) Still some great instability around with beautiful Q’s in most of the southern parts, even up into the PV valley today. Base around 4/5k but north of the mountains going up to 7/8k. SW winds in the west and southern regions but NW inland. The southern winds will reach the Southerland escarpment by end of day with some 25kt bits in there – so getting breezy! The eastern parts still dominated by the IOH with EL and close to PE experiencing those strong NE coastal winds. Winds go NW from around6k and then remains NW all the way to the Tropopause with a 110kts finish. Freezing level around 9k but late afternoon it lowers in the SW to 5500’ as the front moves in.

CT – A slightly light wind start but becoming fresh SW – its looking really good for Kommetjie again but do land before the rain moves in from the SW – it should be clearly visible over the ocean – some 20kts plus winds coming in then. Else some flying ta LH and maybe SH. The southern mountains perhaps too strong with upper teens up there.

RB – After  a good day yesterday it is out with WWB again!

PV – Actually not looking too bad here today with sweet Q’s and climbs to 4k and 10kts SW winds. IT will pickup later to 15kts SSW. But get up earlish and it should be great!

Wilderness – I think we are in for a really sweet day of flying with a light wind start and slowly picking up. Probably not more than 10kts. I think Sedge and Serps should be cool with just over 2k climbs – maybe more if you can connect with some of the clouds that should be 3/4k further inland. The clouds should lower from mid afternoon as some of that CF moisture starts to move in over the GR areas – OD then form 15:00. Maybe light rain early evening. In general a lighter coastal day but sweeter inland than yesterday. Still something there for the XC buffs! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies being good with 3500’ or just a tad more climbs from early already. Also that  early OD conditions from 14:00 I think but a good fun day of flying here. Keurbooms a maybe but looks a tad light.

PE and PA – Light SW in the west but it changes to NE in the East. The SW will move past PE around mid day…

EL – NE 20kts all day. Very good inland but perhaps just a tad on the strong side for PG- probably sweeter for a hangie… ;)

Inland – The southerly pushing inland to Sutherland escarpment and pretty breezy with 25kts over the bigger mountains. But a sweeter start. Good thermals inland with the east very good. Clouds confined to the S and the SW parts.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:08 and setting at 18:32 (Day length is 12 hrs and 24 min – daylight starting to win big time now!). A light wind day with clouds moving in in the early mid afternoon. Perfect for doing anything! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another cool 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(29 Septemeber 2020) 
Day 186 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Yesterday another cracking day on the GR (and almost everywhere else) :) Today the SAH still pushing in some cool unstable air form the SW, slightly stronger compared to yesterday. IT is more Southerly along the west coast and inland with even a slight SE trend in the west. Some sweet Q’s around along the southern ranges but it dries out further inland and to the east. Slightly lower climbs with that unstable layer around 4/5k in depth. The winds remain southerly till 10k where it backs to the SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish. Freezing level around 6500’ to 7k today.

CT – A strong southerly day with a slight wind shadow along SH side – it’s a tad too south for the shadow to be in the right position I think. Unstable to 4k here…

RB – Hehe… IT is on today! Probable even from early on already. Maybe strong at mid day but perhaps a sweet evening to be had…

PV – Another good day with climbs to 4/5k but a slight SE trend higher up. Not as good s the last two days…

Wilderness – Another great day on the cards with SW winds all day – it can be strong at times at the upper limits of flying but otherwise mostly around the 10kts mark. Serps and Sedge looks to be a tad on the strong side most of the day except late afternoon. Probably great for the hangies all day though! Climbs to 4k on the cards and sweet Q’s just inland. Possible OD conditions over the mountains. Still something there for the XC buffs! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. I think Uppies probably a bit on the strong side. Keurbooms should be superb late afternoon but maybe Uppies at that time too… ;)

PE and PA – Strong SW all day but a slight moderation ate afternoon….

EL – Also strong SW winds all day. Inland it is Westerlies around 15knts but great soaring stuff all the way to 8/9k! (Maybe just a tad strong!) ;)

Inland – Another amazing day for soaring with high base and super fine climbs on the cards. Wind is south to SE in the west. Clouds confine to SW and south of there I think. Around 10kts mostly… So sweet early and late powered fluing! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:09 and setting at 18:31 (Day length is 12 hrs and 22 min – daylight starting to win big time now!). A moderate SW wind day with some clouds mostly towards the mountains. Perfect for doing anything! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(28 Septemebr 2020) 
Day 186 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Yesterday a cracking day almost everywhere with reports of super good flying coming from lots of places. The southern coasts a bit strong so not much action inland but for a few strong pilots – Rouberre notably flying from Serpentine to Myoli beach in very strong stuff. But Perhaps Adam taking the prize for the day with epic flying in the PV valley – base at 6k and sweet clouds everywhere with light winds to boot! :) (See the pic!) Today still the SAH pushing in some cool unstable air form the SW, slightly drier with fewer clouds and lower climbs closer to the coast. The westerlies and SW winds all the way inland past the Southerland Escarpment. The convection depth around 6k AGL average but slightly less to the coast and more towards the North and the east. Winds remain West all the way to the Tropopause for that 110kts finish up there. Freezing level around 6500’ today.

CT – A perfect 12 apostles day with high clouds and instability to 5k with moderate NW to W winds. Some SW spots near the surface but a great day for flying. Also from the neighbouring mountains sites – SLP and FH and DuToit’s etc things will be amazing! ;)

RB – Hehe… Still WWB!

PV – Another amazing on the cards here with 5k climbs and some Q’s but mostly to the south while the north looks clear. 5kts SW in general.

Wilderness – Ooohh… so def lighter today so Serps and sedge should be good. Its not as high as yesterday but should still be plenty fun with 1500/2000’ climbs – just over the back things get really really good. 4/5k and some sweet clouds on the mountains. (Could be something int here for the XC buffs! ;)

Plett – Uppies is looking amazing today with a window in the late morning of connecting with the good stuff that can put you into the big mountain air for serious XC stuff…. ;) Fingers crossed!

PE and PA – A sweet moderate SW day with good good flying inland. Go find that secret spot and go somewhere!

EL – SW to SSE along the coast with 5-15kts at most I think. But inland it is amazing! Hogsback going to 9/10k with light 10kts winds west and more SW on the ground.

Inland – Another amazing day for soaring with high base and super fine climbs on the cards. Lucky if you are out in those areas… :) All west to SW winds.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:10 and setting at 18:31 (Day length is 12 hrs and 20 min – daylight starting to win big time now!). A light to moderate SSW wind day with blue skies and clouds to the mountains. Perfect for doing anything! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a chilly 14 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(27 September 2020) Day 185 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A large area of post frontal air over the entire WC as the SAH hits the sweet spot. The inland trough to the east leaving us with W to SW winds all over the show. Instability around 6k depth almost everywhere with a few spots near the coast showing less and some further inland a tad more. Nothing over 15kts except for the far eastern parts where there are still some 20kts SW spots lurking around. Loads of Q’s around to show those sweet 500ft/min climbs but a slight chance of some OD along the southern mountain ranges – even a spot of rain perhaps! Winds remain SW to around 10k then veers to the WNW all the way to the Tropopause for a 120kts finish in the north but 70k along the southern coastal areas. Freezing level up to 5500’ (Some light sow yesterday!) ;)

CT – From yesterdays amazing day to an even better one today with base around 5k and moderate W to SW winds – all the inland sites will be working so just go choose your spot! Even LH and NHP will also be on!

RB – Ai! Still WWB!

PV – An awesome day here with base looking like it might even go more than 6k! Sweet west winds up t 10kts trending more SW lower down later on.

Wilderness – A day to start early on the coast and then at mid day switch to Sedge. Sedge will be going off with super climbs to over 3k! (Serps too btw!!) Early OD perhaps but there should be a line of in between the mountains and the coat that could be worth following for the XC buffs! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms firing on all 8cylinders in the afternoon I think! Uppies also very very good apart form the possible OD.

PE and PA – Hhhmm the SW winds still a td on the strong side here with 20kts and even more on occasion. Showers out to sea perhaps influencing those stronger bits.

EL – Same as above!

Inland – A super awesome day for soaring with those light to moderate W to SW winds moving far inland. Could be a good day to fly from the Southerland escarpment and head to the east with the W tail winds… 10k base and more! Some OD in the southern ranges with the west to SW winds.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:12 and setting at 18:30 (Day length is 12 hrs and 18 min – daylight starting to win big time now!). A moderate SW wind day with partly cloudy skies. Perfect for sheltered forests or scarfed beached walks! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a chilly 14 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(26 September 2020) 
Day 184 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF strongly settled over the entire WC with westerly winds and passing showers. Base low in the west but rising towards the east and inland. 2k or less in the west and up to 8k far inland and to the east. Almost everywhere it is over 20kts. A tough day to find a flying spot! Westerly all the way to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish up there. Freezing level around 4500/5500.

CT – A WNW start but trending WSW around 10-15kts. Some rain showers but inbetween the western parts of the Peninsula could offer some flying for the hangies mostly. Pending on the base and rain of course… Too strong towards the bigger mountains.

RB – WWB!

PV – A low base start but rising and by the early afternoon it could be very soarable. Winds around 10kts so watch for cloud suck! ;)

Wilderness – Very strong westerlies all day with a slight SW trend later in the afternoon but then the chances of rain increases. Inside the Wilderness corner a maybe for some dune gooning for the hangies… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. Too strong and rainy especially later on.

PE and PA – Again those super strong SW winds. More westerly inland but all too strong to fly!

EL – Same as above!

Inland – A very windy day with 20kts plus in many places, especially on the high lying grounds. Slight chance of some showers in the SW areas. Not a flying day.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:13 and setting at 18:29 (Day length is 12 hrs and 16 min – daylight starting to win big time now!). A strong west wind day with rain moving in later in the day. Perfect for walks in the sheltered forests! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy and cool 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(25 September 2020) 
Day 183 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF already into the western parts of the WC with rain and strong winds. NW going SW on that side. Preceding the front the winds are strong but base is nice and high with 6/7k in the little Karoo regions but 10k and ore north and eastwards of the Southerland escarpment. There is a very strong convergence line preceding the strong coastal WSW winds as it moves up the coast. A def warning for pilots along the coastal regions for strong pulses of SW coming through during the day. Further inland the wind is 40kts at around 2k AGL with the 50kt mark from about 8k upwards. IT remains WNW all the way to the Tropopause for a 115kts finish. Freezing level around 7500’ in the west but 12/13k in the east.

CT – Strong NW winds start with rain going more SW and slight clearing late afternoon. Not looking much like flying weather today…

RB – Same as above….

PV – Clouds below the tops all day with rain. West winds…

Wilderness – A light wind start with the SW going S and even SE at times. Possible to find some flying moments in that time. But watch for that very strong SW winds moving in from the ocean – specifically around 15:00 when 30kts is coming in with rain follows – it should be clearly visible. ;)

Plett – Not much shelter here so strong WSW winds al day… Rain late afternoon too…

PE and PA – All strong SW winds all day long here.

EL – Same as above with mighty strong convergence just inland between the WNW and the WSW coastal winds…

Inland – A windy day with 40kts in the high lying grounds. Not a flying day. Rain moving in from the SW later in the afternoon in the southern parts.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:15 and setting at 18:28 (Day length is 12 hrs and 14 min – longer days now!). A light wind start but quickly picking up form the west. You can still go do stuff though so go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy but sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(24 Septemeber 2020) 
Day 182 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A large CF approaching form the west with a strong inland trough down the centre of the WC. Some influence in the far east from the IOH with some NE winds out that side. The inland mass very unstable with some super strong soaring conditions – climbs in excess of 13k in some spots on the cards with high Q’s in many spots. This mass moving pretty far south with the NW winds trending West in the south up to the Coastal ranges. South of these the winds and coastal air influences with shallow layer in resulting inversion. Winds are generally light S to SE. A few fog patches along the west coast. The winds are all WNW from 3k upwards with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 13500 to 15k.

CT – Another shallow Southerly day – it is lighter than yesterday wind wise with perhaps lower teens along the Western Peninsula. The inversion around 1k so LH and SH maybe flyable. Above this the wind is W to NW and increasing – the inland mountains like FH probably being too strong with 15-20kts except in the early morning where you could probably have some flying. Nothing too good with the inversion around 2500/3k.

RB – Not looking good today….

PV – IT could be doable at Kardoesie with some light west slowly increasing with hight. Inversion around 2500/3000’.

Wilderness – Another light wind day with that low inversion. Probably very similar to yesterday. Maybe Buffs late afternoon becoming strong enough for good soaring. So something at sedge at mid day maybe with a Southerly trend. ;)

Plett – Like yesterday, similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs at mid day to just 1500’….

PE and PA – Another light SE trending east day – perhaps reaching mid teens in knots in the bay area…

EL – Also east here but decidedly stronger inland with the westerlies around 20kts. If only you could get in the air - (Hogsback to 13k!)

Inland – A windy inland day with 30kts over the Southerland escarpment. Stronger thermals so very strong day with winds around 20kts W in the south but NW further north. Rough day for flying or if you are strong for going far in a hang glider today. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:16 and setting at 18:28 (Day length is 12 hrs and 12 min – longer days now!). A light wind day – perfect to do your holiday things. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(23 September 2020) 
Day 181 of lockdown… Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet trough extending all the way down the central parts into much of the WC today. The IOH and SAH pretty weak close to the coasts with small influence. Light winds all over with a few exceptions – notable around the western Peninsula where close to 20kts SSW could be on the cards. Inland some good flying with deep instability and high climbs especially further north of Southerland. To the east around Hogsback it is up to 12k! 10kts surface winds so def flyable out there! ;) The coastal regions light and a bit stable with the inversion around 1000’. But near the mountains this rise steely with 4k at the first ranges and then 5/6k just beyond those. Winds are Southerly along the southern parts and NW further inland. From 5k it is all NW winds with a gentle backing to the SW form 10k upwards and a 40kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 13500.

CT – Again that very shallow SE (around 1000ft) with a strong inversion so the wind shadow in full effect. Winds are SW at SH, perhaps up to 20kts. FH again is very sheltered and should be good for flying from early already and staying flyable all day. Climbs perhaps to 4k at mid day. Hermanus also looking sweet I think

RB – A Maybe for the late afternoon again though I think it will be too light today…. ;)

PV – Not looking too shabby today with a late start -a round 12:30/13:00 only but climbs to 5k doable. SW lower winds but near 4/5k it goes NE. Not very strong so should be sweet…

Wilderness – Another light wind day with that low inversion. Possibly something at sedge at mid day. Its all a Southerly trend, maybe a tad more at Buffs today but it is all pretty iffy… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs at mid day to just 1500’….

PE and PA – Also light south to SE winds all day – not more than 10kts in a few spots by the looks of things…

EL – And the same here! :) I would trek inland for that awesome NW to W wind stuff! (Hogsback to 12k!)

Inland – Another good day for powered flying I think but perhaps more thermic with super high climbs, especially in the east and further North. Light variable winds in the south during the morning to mid day.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:17 and setting at 18:27 (Day length is 12 hrs and 10 min – longer days now!). A light wind day – perfect to do your holiday things. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(22 September 2020) 
Day 180 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! After a great day of flying on the GR yesterday some I am sure would be happy for the break in flying today – a more inverted day with poor flying prospects. The SAH domination on the west with the IOH on the east and a slight trough in the inland areas. Wide spread isobars so very light wind around – the exception being FB with soe 20kts late afternoon SE winds and in the far east some NE winds around EL also touching 20kts. For the rest its all less than 10 or 5kts. A blue day with no clouds around and coastal light instability between 1-2000’ AGL. North of the mountains it rises slightly with the best spots over the peaks with Southerland climbs to 7/8k. The winds inland are also quite variable but east north of the Southerland Escarpment. It also switches quite a bit on the way to the Tropopause but finishes SW around 40kts. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – a very shallow SE today (around 1000ft) with a strong inversion so the wind shadow in full effect. Winds are SW at SH, perhaps up to 15kts but later in the afternoon strong over FB and TB -at 20kts. FH however is very sheltered and should be good for flying from early already with the S to SE wind only reaching here around 15:00. Climbs perhaps to 4k at mid day.

RB – A Maybe for the late afternoon I think…. ;)

PV –  A very southerly day with east on top. So again not the best here…

Wilderness – Light wind start but trending S later in the day. IT s a tad more around Sedge and towards Buffs but lightly thermic so weak climbs around. Inversion just shy of 1000’. Probably mid day the best time at Sedge or Serps. A maybe also for a bench up at Gerrickes though it could be just too light. Even Buffs looking just too light…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs at mid day to just 1500’….

PE and PA – Also light southerly winds but turning east eastward of PE and increasing in strength.

EL – Looks like strong NE winds along the coast all day here… Inland looking sweetish with light winds and climbs to 4k on average… Hogsback also sweet…

Inland – A great day for powered flying I think but something in there for the thermal flyers too. ;) Light to mild lift with climbs to 7/8k around the higher peaks. Winds are variable in the south but east in the north.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:19 and setting at 18:26 (Day length is 12 hrs and 08 min – longer days now!). A light wind day – perfect to do your holiday things. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(21 September 2020) 
Day 179 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF moving up into the south of Mozambique while the SAH is pushing in cool unstable air onto the WC. Winds are fresh SW in the east but more S to SE in the west. Inland it curls more Easterly later in the afternoon. Early cloud and even rain along the southern coast but clearing during the day. Eventually a few Q’s along the southern parts of the WC. Winds trend S to with height and then just before the Tropopause it is SW for a 60kts finish. Freezing level around early this morning as low as 4500’ in a few spots but I rises quickly during the day to 11000.

CT – A partly cloudy start with SE winds – it will clear during the day. A cool wind shadow around LH and SH in the afternoon. It is over 20kts in many spots later on.

RB – Looking great for flying today! Seems better in the afternoon but could be working form early already! ;)

PV –  Not so good with a shallow SW and climbs maybe to Mnt top hight. The East is blowing above that,.. Maybe PB…

Wilderness – A strong west and rainy start but it will clear nicely and moderate while backing to the SW and even S later in the day. So early coastal cliff soaring and then a Sedge afternoon by the looks of it. Some mid day climbs at Sedge over 3k doable. But it looks strong at that time…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs at mid day to over 4k. But Keurbooms is looking sweet from lunchtime as the wind backs more to the S….

PE and PA – Those strong SW still dominating all day but it does moderate late afternoon at PE so Maitlands is looking really good.

EL – Looks like the SW is strong here all day long…

Inland – A strong southerly start in many spots but trending more SE inland during the afternoon. Above the inversion – around 78k at the most – the winds go back to the South… Hhhmmm… still not the best day to be flying I think;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:20 and setting at 18:26 (Day length is 12 hrs and 05 min – longer days now!). A strong westerly breeze with cloudy conditions in the morning but clearing beautifully later in the day. Perfect for everything! – go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 159 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(20 September 2020) 
Day 178 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF pushing through the entire WC with strong westerly winds and rain in the west spreading to the east late afternoon and early evening. Base low in the west around 2k but rising steadily and past the first mountain ranges inland it is 6-8k and looking good but for the strong winds. ;) It is 20kts in most places so just a tad too strong to fly. The exception might be a small window along the GR coast. Winds remains west all the way to around 25k then goes NW for a 110kt finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 10000’.

CT – Rainy and windy with a west wind all day long. Base around 2k so a small maybe chance to fly in a few spots around the Peninsula I think – more suited for hangies with the fresh winds. ;)

RB – Just not today…

PV –  A northerly start but the frontal west moving in in the afternoon. Base probably below the mountain tops so I doubt it’s a worthwhile flying day…

Wilderness – Strong West winds to start with then late morning it will back to the SW. IT is supposed to get strong later in the afternoon but there is a chance of some lighter winds in the Wilderness corner so the dunes might be flyable. Just keep your eyes open towards the ocean for signs of stronger wind. ;) Rain probably only late afternoon or most likely early evening.

Plett – Stronger W to SW winds so it doesn’t look like a flyable day here…

PE and PA – Those super strong SW dominating all day… Inland also strong.

EL – Same as PE…

Inland – Strong westerly winds everywhere today. 15-25kts o the surface and stronger with height. Hhhmmm… a day for hot chocolate out there! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:22 and setting at 18:25 (Day length is 12 hrs and 03 min – longer days now!). A strong westerly breeze with cloudy conditions all day. Perfect for sheltered forest walks or a rushing down wind jog on the beach walks – go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(19 September 2020) 
Day 177 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF moving past the N coast of KZN while we have some unstable air in its wake across the WC – though not the best as is usual in post frontal stuff! Convection depth around 2-4k up the first coastal ranges with some Q’s and even some OD in parts of the GR. Wind are generally light with a S to SE trend along the southern parts and into the Peninsula but then there is a curl around to the W for the inland parts of the West coast. The wind is still light inland with max 20kts later in the afternoon on the higher grounds but in the lower valleys it remains 10kts and less. Winds go NW above 5k then W from 18k to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish. Freezing level around 11500’.

CT – A Southerly wind moving around the Peninsula with a SW component along the SH and LH shore front. 15kts at times. However, as soon we move inland the wind veers to the W from mid day onwards. SLP might become doable after mid day but it looks like FH will be the spot today when the SE stops around mid day with climbs to 4k at 13:00 on the cards.

RB – Just not enough in the SSW today…

PV –  It looks like a sweet day here with climbs at times to 3500/4k. W to SW winds but north above the inversion.

Wilderness – Perhaps a chance of some OD during the day (According to the forecasts) with winds southerly and more SE later in the afternoon. There is a sweet unstable layer to play in it seems with climbs to 1500’ near the coast and close to 3k on the coastal plateau. Map might deliver something though it does look like the good winds just don’t get all the way there so could be a bit frustrating. Gerrickes could offer a bench-up if your timing is good. But Sedge and Serps are the best spots I think.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies S to SE winds 10kts and climbs to 3500 early on then lowering to 2500/3000’.

PE and PA – SE winds with some spots in the bay going to 15kts. Inland it is looking sweet with lightish winds and good soaring up to 3500ft near the coast but just further inland it goes to 5k.

EL – A S to SE coastal wind that backs to the E inland. Some good soaring inland with 5/6k on the cards.

Inland – NW winds north of the Southerland escarpment but light E to S south of there. Some good thermals with climbs 4/5k AGL in most places.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:23 and setting at 18:24 (Day length is 12 hrs and 01 min – a mile stone I think!). A light SE breeze with partly cloudy conditions all day. Perfect for forest and beach walks – go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(18 September 2020) 
Day 176 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Some great flying along the GR sites yesterday. ;) SLightly less on the caards today with the CF moving into CT today with the westerlies still dominating all over the WC. Some clouds around but confined mostly to the SW corner from the frontal activity. Not much of a prefrontal build wind wise ahead of this front (its not very deep) so light winds in the interior and still some super soaring conditions to be found. A SW trend along the southern parts but looking a tad light along the GR side, picking up again once we move eastwards of the Eden area. Inland it is all westerlies up to 20kts perhaps on the higher parts. Inland climbs going to 10k over the Escarpment area and down to 7/8k further south at the SB and then 4-6k along the first ranges. Some great conditions inland of PA for those willing to explore… lol Winds remain west to around 18k then veer to the WNW for a 70kt finish up there. Freezing level 11500 in the southern areas.

CT – A clear start but then the clouds shaping up around the 2k level. Thicken during the day with chance of some rain. Tops not much over 6k. Early on it is looking sweet along the SLP and FH side but SLP starting to OD mid day. FH holding on with base around 4/4500’ and 5-10kts of wind. Could be a great day here…

RB – Ag shame man…lol.

PV –  Promising start with SW winds and climbs to 3500’. Then it goes more south with a chance of some Q’s mostly in the South around 3500’.

Wilderness – Some high cirrus clouds dampening the shallow instability so a weaker day expected at Sedge and Serps. Late morning climbs to 1500’ maybe but dropping from lunchtime onwards. So go early I think. The mountains in the back looking very good though!

Plett – Looking lighter compared to yesterday with climbs to 3500 most of the day. Also that cirrus layer blocking the strong stuff but it looks sweet to me. SW winds 5-10kts.

PE and PA – Stronger SW here with some 15kt spots.

EL – SW to the west but NE further to the East. Inland though along the seabreeze front is where the action lies with super conditions and climbs to 9k in most places!

Inland – Another sweet day for flying everywhere with the light winds and unstable conditions. Mostly blue inland with climbs to 10k further north and 6-8k along the southern ranges. 10-20kts at most all the way to 10k before it picks up in the west winds.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:24 and setting at 18:23 (Day length is 11 hrs and 59 min). Another beautiful day ahead with beach and forest walks for everyone on the cards. Light breezes from the ocean. No excuse to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a coolish 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(17 September 2020) D
ay 175 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! We are right in-between the receding IOH to our east and the SAH to our west, which is helping along the next CF. But for today it looks like a sweet day and another one I would suggest dropping work and going flying. ;) Light winds everywhere with 5-10kts and a few spurts up to 15 on the higher grounds. The sea breezes moving inland from all around our coastlines with sweet instability from 2k to 4k then rising to 5/6k at the first mountain ranges and up to 8k at Southerland and the SB areas. Some Q’s around but not much. Winds remain light till 8/9k where it goes decidedly NW with a slow increase all the way to the Tropopause for a 60/70kt finish. Freezing back up to 13k…

CT – Looking super good for SH and LH and also for the 12 Apostles. NW to W all day 5-10kts. SLP and FH and the likes also very good with climbs to around 4k possibly higher along the mountains.

RB – lol. Not that time of year it seems. WWB is out today!

PV –  A good day for PV with SW winds up to Mnt top height but then it turns to light east to NE and even N. So climbs expected to just near or over the mnt tops…

Wilderness – A sweet day of flying ahead with a light SW start trendin South later on. 5-10kts mostly on the cards with Sedge and Serps looking amazing. Climbs to over 2k very doable. 4-500ft/min climbs on the cards by the looks of things. ;) Lets hope it it what they say it is today! Lol.

Plett – If you go early it say sweet climbs to 5k with some cumies too!. By 12/13:00 this will lower to 3500 for the rest fo the day while the wind backs to the SE. Perhaps on the light side and too east for Keurbooms…

PE and PA – The SW backing to south later on – a bit more here with 10-15knts.

EL – SW with a slight backing to the south but a super good seabreeze again moving inland. Some great flying at Hogsback and area with 9k on the cards and light winds too!

Inland – A sweet day for flying everywhere with the light winds and unstable conditions. Mostly blue inland with 4/5k AGL instability around. IT is NW higher up and further north but light S in the south.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:26 and setting at 18:23 (Day length is 11 hrs and 57 min). A beautiful day ahead with beach and forest walks for everyone on the cards. Light breezes from the ocean. No excuse to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(16 September 2020) 
Day 174 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! So yesterday some good flying reports with the DuToits gang doing some distance in tricky wind conditions. Here is a short clip of the climb over DuToits farm yesterday. Pieter DeBeer managed a respectable 50k’s. Sweet! Around Wilderness the easy locals made good use of a great flying day with all the sites working at some stage of the day. ;) But today its different as a Cold Front pushes its way into the Cape while the SAH is helping the westerlies to dominate all over. Inland still some good unstable air around with high bases at 8-10k in many spots. Some good Q’s around too. The wind is picking up a bit so some shear and mixing of the thermals around – 20kts in most spots. Just a tad on the strong side for sweet flying. The coast under the W to SW influence with the GR having a bit of a sheltered flow trending even SE in the Wilderness corner. The Strong SW moving in only early even by the looks of it with some rain. Winds remain westerly all the way to 18k where it backs more SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kt finish. Freezing level around 7500’ in the south and 8500 further north.

CT – Looks like the cloud will move in mid morning with strong NW winds – around 20kts all day long. Rain on and off too so not a flying day. (How was the flying yesterday?)

RB – Ai. WWB is out today!

PV –  A clear start but near mid day the clouds moving in and thickening with a chance of some rain. Base just below the mnt tops and tops around 6/7k. Westerly winds around 10-15kts.

Wilderness – It looks like a light S to SW day with some sweet flying I think late morning to early lunch. Probably too light for the coast to work but Serps and Sedge should be nice – climbs to just past 1000ft on the cards. The instability deteriorating from 13/14:00 and onwards with the inversion lowering and the thermals broken up then. So get out and start flying from 10 till 13:00. ;) A very strong SW buster moving in from 18:00ish with the rain. Just keep tabs on it – sometimes they move in earlier…

Plett – Uppies looking doable late morning but at mid day the SW pushing a bit strong over 10kts. But climbs could be up to 4k initially here and then a similar pattern to Wilderness – broken climbs and lowering of the inversion… Keurbooms could be sweet from 10-12. Then it looks like light switchy winds in that part of the bay…

PE and PA – The SW dominating with 20kt spots around all day…

EL – Similar to PE. But some strong Seabreeze convergence regions if your psot and timing is right. 8k climbs not far inland doable but winds lower to upper teens so perhaps on the strong side… But that Seabreeze still begging to be explored boys! ;) Lol.

Inland – Still good instability but a tad more wind around with all westerly flows. 20kts or just over in the big wind regions with mid teens in most other spots. The clouds and light rain moving in from the west but should be confined to the southern regions only.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:27 and setting at 18:22 (Day length is 11 hrs and 55 min). A beautiful day ahead with beach and forest walks for everyone on the cards. Some rain by early evening and a bit of wind in the afternoon. No excuse to go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a coolish 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(15 September 2020) 
Day 173 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating along the southern parts with a wide spread trough inland bringing with it all a light wind day with superb soaring ocnditions. Drop what ever you are doing today and go fly! ;) Winds are light N to NW inland all the way to 8/9k where it does a marked backing to the NW. Along the south coast areas it is S to SE but still light with 5-10kts the average flow. Some sweet Q’s around too with base around 5/6k along the first mountains and higher further inland. Around 500ft/min climbs all round. Some thick high level clouds in a few spots that will put a damper on the climbs but it should still work I think. Winds remain NW to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish over CT but 100kt over PE. Freezing level around 6500 to 7500 further north…

CT – The Peninsula with a SW surface flow but N to NW from 2500 upwards. Instability to 4/5k. It looks absolutely amazing along the main mountains with a light NW wind and base up high at around 5k. SLP and FH will be going off big time with amazing sweet flying everywhere. It might be worth launching further north to do a cross down wind XC towards FH. 5-10kts with a few gusts over that.

RB – Again WWB is out today!

PV –  An amazing day here from the looks of it. Base around 5k and sweet 500ft,min climbs with NW to W winds. Later in the day there is a SW trend lower down.

Wilderness – A light S to SE wind day with sweet instability and even some Q’s to help show the way. Some models show climbs to over 4k at Sedge early on but then to 2500ft later. A S to SSE direction so Sedge should be going off all day. Serps too but airspace is in the way here… ;) Even some coastal soaring later but it looks light. Map could also have something later in the day….

Plett – Looks good for XC from Uppies too. Maybe fly to Map! :) Early climbs to 5k  but its north above 3500k. Later on 14:00 a inversion develops at 3700’. But super good flying to be had here today. Direction SSE 5-10kts.

PE and PA – Some strato layer here that could thow a spanner in the works as there seems to be some more moisture around pushed in by the IOH. Base at 3000’ more or less but looking like OD. It gets less further inland SE winds up 15kts in the bay.

EL – Similar especially to the west with some OD close to the coast but lessening further inland. There is a thick stratus layer at mid level further inland that can damper things a bit… A SW start but it backs to the SE with a marked Seabreeze moving inland, Explore that Seabreeze boys! ;) Lol.

Inland – A super good flying day inland. N to NW winds with high bases around Southerland escarpment – 10k… 10-15k winds. Slightly less to the south but SB showing light N to NW winds with base at 7/8k. The DuToits boys should be good early but watch the SE coming in as early as 13:30 already… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:28 and setting at 18:21 (Day length is 11 hrs and 53 min). A light wind day increasing on the coast later but perfect morning for doing almost anything. So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 



(14 September 2020) 
Day 172 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Still those CF westerlies dominating the WC weather today – strong along the coast but a def moderation compared to yesterday. A chance of some precipitation but base are still around 3k in the west rising inland to around 4/6k behind the first ranges and then 8/9k around the Southerland escarpment. Winds are still westerly, some WSW spots inland but more moderate at 15kts. Some 20kts posts on the higher grounds). Winds remain W to NW with hight with a 60kt finish over CT but 150kts over PE!) Freezing level around 5500’.

CT – SW winds with base around 2/3k around the Peninsula but lots of OD and even lower base along the mountains so DuToits not looking good. 10-15kts mostly. SLP a maybe – looking too S here to me…

RB – Again WWB is out today!

PV –  IT is looking sweet at mid day to 14/15:00 with base just clear of the tops. 5-10kts west winds. IT goes south later on. Some deep development so watch the cloud suck! ;)

Wilderness – Slightly less wind compared to yesterday but def more SW so some good flying along the coastal cliffs. There are signs of 25kts coming in from the sea so do keep your eyes open! Too strong for Sedg and Serps… Slight chance of rain too… But more likely later in the afternoon.

Plett – Same as Wilderness…. Too strong for Uppies and just to west for Keurbooms to be lekker…

PE and PA – Also strong SW winds here all day and slight chance of rain…

EL – It does moderate a tad here it seems but still SW and strong. Maybe those SW facing dune corners could work… ;) Lol.

Inland – West to WSW winds 10-15kts mostly. Some good flying possible with some good looking clouds around. A good day to go far from Southerland I think… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:30 and setting at 18:21 (Day length is 11 hrs and 50 min). A windy day along the coast later on with a chance of rain. Still perfect for those forest walks. So go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(13 September 2020) 
Day 171 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front sweeping across the WC dominating with very strong Westerlies. It is pretty dry so not as much rain as normally associated with CF movements so some high bases and only a slight chance of precipitation – more on the western mountain ranges. But the winds are all 40kts plus in most places so a windy and non flyable day all over the WC. Though we have some climbs of 5/600ft/min the shear ration is bad so rough stuff on the cards (all theory of course – doubt anyone will try to see if that is the case!) ;) Base in the west near the coast around 3k but steadily rising towards the east with the EC base just ahead of the CF up at 14k plus! Winds remain W to NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 150kts finish up there! Freezing level down to 5500 in the SW but still up at 13k in the North and to the east.

CT – Chance of scattered showers with strong WNW winds all day…

RB – Again WWB is out today!

PV –  Also that strong NW 20kts plus! Slight chance of rain with some good looking Q’s streaking over those mountains to the west!

Wilderness – Sheltered along the coast with some sporadic calmer periods of SW to even S at times however those will be short lasting. Above its strong Westerlies (40kts at 2k!). Slight chance of showers but very slight. High base along the mountains at 4/5k…

Plett – Same as Wilderness….

PE and PA – Also strong WSW winds here all day…

EL – The SW and NE bumping heads in the EL area with before lunch the change to the west but then moving past EL around mid day finishing to the east in the afternoon. Some hectic stuff inland with the super strong WNW meeting the coastal flows… Strong convergence and very  high bases preceding the front. Good to watch! Lol.

Inland – The Southerland escarpment showing 50kts winds!!! So windy inland with high clouds and good weather watching stuff all over the place. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:31 and setting at 18:20 (Day length is 11 hrs and 49 min). A blistery day with the WSW winds. Best used for those protected forest walks. Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(12 September 2020) 
Day 170 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! That CF approaching CT while the IOH dominates on the east. Some strong winds along the coast and inland as those isobars tighten up preceding the front. We still have that deep unstable inland airmass that is being sucked closer to the coast – for the GR and EC people if you watch inland you should be able to see those very high Q’s at around 15k! Drool! ;) But the winds are 30-50kts up there so not a flying day for us. The GR coastal regions settling for that strong inversion again as the warmer upper air flows over the cold sea air creating that strong inversion. IT is very think so be careful when/if flying. Winds remain NW above it all the way to the Tropopause for a 129kts finish. Freezing level up at 13k!

CT – An strong surface inversion around with 16 degrees on the ground and 22 degrees at 1500’ in most areas which sets the scene for a strong wind gradient – it can be frustratingly mixy (or not!) with stronger winds just above the lacks surface flow. Its an added complication to the typical “prefrontal berg winds” Though the berg winds seem to be further eastwards towards the Overberg and GR areas. SLP looks too strong to me with 20kts at MT top so a good chance of some mixing taking place here. The upper winds build during the day but the shear factor seems to be reasonable. (10kts or less – but that can still be bumpy enough!) ;)

RB – WWB is out today!

PV –  A unstable layer with NW flow in the upper teens in knots up to 3500ft but then 20kts quickly above that. So probably not the best of days to fly…

Wilderness – Strong NW above with a shallow coastal layer along the coast. This layer will be eroded during the day as the W to SW moves up the coast by mid day… It doesn’t look like a good day with some strong shear in the SW… Maybe some coastal soaring but it looks bumpy.

Plett – Same as Wilderness….

PE and PA – Strong East flow here from the IOH – it will go SW in the afternoon form the west.

EL – Strong NE all day and super strong stuff inland with base over 15k in places. Drooling Q’s from the looks of it! (But too strong to fly)

Inland – A super strong wind day with 40-50kts just above the ground but high climbs with high bases in most places. OF course it is not a day to be in the sky I think! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:33 and setting at 18:19 (Day length is 11 hrs and 47 min). A calm start but it will get a bit windy later on. Still great to get your tes wet or chill in the forest. Up on the plains it is super windy and hot! (Bergy!) Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))


(11 Septemebr 2020) 
Day 169 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH/SAH and inland trough along the western interior dominating the WC weather today. Still loads of moisture today with the Indian ocean influx along the southern coast areas – low cloud and some rain for early morning but clearing during the day. Winds down there strong Easterlies all day with up to 25kts along the coast. This air penetrating inland quite far – all the way to the greater escarpment areas where it butts up against the dryer NW air mass which is giving us exceptional soaring conditions for this time of the year (A taste of summer!) high bases around 14k with around 20kts of NW winds. (See the thermal map). Perhaps Nieuwoudtville and Louriesfontein could be the spots today – if you can launch there you could cut cross down wind and head for BeauFort West! :) The East flowing layer up to around 5/6k where it backs quickly to the NW from 7k upwards. It remains NW all the way to the Tropopause where it backs slightly to the West for a 100kts finish. Freezing level still up at 13k.

CT – Strong SE at CP but it drops towards CT where it will be light SW around SH and LH but with a lower east and then at TM top a light N. Perhaps making Africa Face flyable today. Instability to MT top height. Some high cirrus cover for the most part.

RB – Hhhmm… Not looking very promising with the SE staying out to the south.

PV –  A shallow light SW layer with the winds N to NW at MT top height. The NW layer the good one but you need to move further inland to get into the good stuff. Nieuwouldville!

Wilderness – Wet and more wet with morning low cloud but clearing on the cards for late morning. The wind does look a tad on the strong side but perhaps a window in the mid to late morning available at Map. Else strong E to SE all day…

Plett – Same as Wilderness….

PE and PA – Also the strong East to NE winds here all day… Rain early on but clearing during the day…

EL – Strong NE all day… Not that good inland either – just NW of Hogsback is the good stuff though it looks a bit strong there…

Inland – The more stable airmass in the south with a S to SE trend all the way to the Escarpment where the good NW airmass takes over with epic flying stuff! Who will get into that today? Hhhmmm… (drool!) In the Little Karoo the winds go NW from 6/7k upwards…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:34 and setting at 18:19 (Day length is 11 hrs and 45 min). A cloudy wet start but clearing nicely later in the day. A windy day making it perfect for down wind walks on the beach or hiding in the wet forest. ;) Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(10 September 2020) 
Day 168 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF moving up the KZN coast while the SAH is feeding in a shallow layer of cool moist air in behind it. Mostly around 6-7k in depth) Winds are SE along the southern coastal regions with some chance of rain along the coast and first mountains but drying quickly after that. Further inland the winds are easterly all the way to the escarpment where we hit the dryer mass with a N to NW circulation and some superb soaring conditions today. (See thermal graph and line of good air!) Base out there at 14k today! But back home it’s a maybe day for most places. Winds go NW from around 8k upwards and remains NW all the way to the Tropopause with a 90kt finish up there. Freezing level still up at 13k.

CT – A strong SE day wit h instability up t 4k… The clouds confined to the east and windwards side of the SLP mountains. A slight chance of a wind-shadow at SH and LH. 20kts plus at CP and most of the southern Peninsula. Tricky day…

RB – IT might happen for the late afternoon. Looks like a wave pattern in the SE wind with 15kts on RB or missing it at ties… Instability to 3/4k…

PV –  SW in the layer up to launch height but then an east trend above that. The inversion just over 3k… So could be doable…

Wilderness – If the rain stays away then Map could be flyable. Sedge too east and it looks like OD and rain mostly… Probably only the coastal SE facing spots with a chance pending on the rain…

Plett – Same as Wilderness….

PE and PA – Also that East winds here with a chance of rain. Further inland is the best option if you are pressed to fly…

EL – SE winds trending NE as one moves inland. Some good flying in spots inland with base around 6k and 5-10kts winds in this layer…

Inland – The clouds running all the way to SB with base out there around 5/7k. SB pass could be flyable with S to SE winds up to 10kts. North of the escarpment it is a magic day with 20kts WNW and 14k base… (drool!)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:35 and setting at 18:18 (Day length is 11 hrs and 43 min). A cloudy day with rain on the cards. Hide in a book store or go wild and get wet in the forest! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(9 Septemeber 2020) 
Day 167 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH helping a cold front along to the SW of us with a SW flow moving up the coast. This meets the IOH NE flow down the coast around the EL area. (west of EL during the morning but late after noon then to the east of EL). Inland there is a slight trough down the central parts with winds SW in the southern areas then veering to the NW further north – around the Sutherland escarpment areas. The east once again very good flying with the west more influenced but the prefrontal NW winds, though some areas are having a reprieve as the front is more southerly moving. Some low cloud in most southern and western parts which should clear during the morning – a few fog patches on the northern west coast and base around 2/3k along most of the coastal plan areas. Mostly around 10kts with some stronger spots along the coast. Hogsback once again its into orbit time with climbs here to over 13k! Dress warm! Lol Winds go NW from 5k upwards all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish over Wilderness but 80kts over CT. Freezing level still high around 13k…

CT – A SW to NW trend with instability to just above TM top height. The low cloud should burn off leaving a sweet looking sky – some clouds around the Peninsula but with a SW wind that trends more S later in the afternoon. Should be great flying late morning mid day already I think. Then SLP and FH should deliver the goods too with the afternoon the better time as the winds moderate slightly up there…

RB – Maybe a late afternoon possibility though I think it will be too light and just too much west in it.

PV –  A west from launch height with instability to just below launch height and a more SW to S lower layer on the ground. Could be okish if the west dominates the lower stuff a bit more…

Wilderness – Looking like a great day of flying here. The coastal cliffs should work but also Sedge with climbs to 1600ft o the cards. Winds around the 10kt mark but some spots more with up to 15kts possible – just keep an eye on the wind lines – if there are white caps be ware of Sedge, if no white case then Sedge could be good. Possibly a late afternoon sweet time at Sedge I think…

Plett – A bit stronger here with Uppies at 15kts so probably a tad strong mostly – climbs to 2600ft. Keurbooms looks like it could be doable… :)

PE and PA – SW winds here all day with Maitlands looking very good.

EL – The change over area with SW in the west and NE in the east. But the days best stuff is way inland at Hogsback with climbs to 13k plus possible. Probably best for the hangies with the 15kts winds on the cards… But maybe…

Inland – Mostly WNW winds with SW in the south. The better stuff to the east and slower and lower climbs in the west. A few higher spots in the south becoming very windy with 20kts plus on those mountains…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:37 and setting at 18:17 (Day length is 11 hrs and 41 min). A cloudy morning but clearing and some windy stuff form the ocean but still beach walks and forest hikes are a go! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cooler 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(8 September 2020) 
Day 166 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another CF approaching form the west with a NW/bergwind trend shaping up on the western parts while the IOH is dominating in the east with strong NE winds along the eastern coastal regions. Inland it is generally NW with 20kts plus on the higher areas. A dry day with no cloud or rain on the cards. Perhaps a smidgeon around CP. Quite stable in most parts with the warm upper air overlying the cooler coastal areas. The west coats with 1000’ in convection depth, even less along the GR regions but within the Northerlies there is a bit more in it with around 4k depth and improving to the east. Hogsback looking particularly enticing today. ;) Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish. Freezing level very high, around 15-16k!

CT – A SW to W surface trend but it veers more NW at TM top height. Lightish winds up to 2k but then a gradual and strong increase from around 10kts to 40kts at 8k. Below the inversion the flying should be ok but I would be wary of the higher sites like SLP or FH though…

RB – WWB is out and about!

PV – Its 20kts at MT top hight with a shallow inversion around 1500’. Lighter on the ground but not the nicest of days…

Wilderness – Some offshore winds this morning then that SE trend from the spill-over of the IOH and strong NE around PE. Strong inversion around 500/800ft. A smidgeon of lift possibly at Sedge at mid day with the SE perhaps coming up just enough for a light thermal or two. Serps the same…

Plett – Same as Wilderness but even less of a climb at Uppies once the coastal breeze gets in.

PE and PA – Those easterlies dominating here all day. Stronger to the east…

EL – Very strong NE coastal winds but further inland once out of the coastal air flying is really good with a light enough W wind and climbs at Hogsback up to 9k doable. Around 10kts…

Inland – Thos strong winds on the higher parts with around 4k convection depth. Its more stable to the west with increased instability to the east. Early and late a nice propeller flying day…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:38 and setting at 18:17 (Day length is 11 hrs and 38 min). A beautiful summer in winter day so everything on the cards to do – beach walks and forest hikes. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a hot 24 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(7 September 2020) 
Day 165 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Japan struggling under the onslaught of Typhoon Haishen while we are being blessed with sweet light weather after all the rain. Some superb flying in a few spots – mostly the eastern parts with 6k bases and 500ft/min climbs. It convective depth gets shallower to the west with 3k along the west coast however into the bigger mountains its back up to the 6k lark. Winds are fairly light form the IOH influence with a light SE trend along the southern parts except for CP where it will reach over 20kts again though not getting much to the northern Peninsula. Winds are light all the way to 7k where it goes westerly and remains WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kt finish. Freezing level up high at around 13k.

CT – Another good day with the wind shadow working well. Still some instability around with climbs to just over TM tops doable. Perhaps more of an ENE flow above 1000’ so Africa Face more likely today than yesterday I think… The east making SLP and FH not really good options today. Paarl Rock could work though…

RB – Looks too light here…

PV – A shallow low SW but it goes East quickly and then backing all the way to the North at 6k. A funny inversion around 3500’ but into the Cederbergs you could get past this to around 6/7k… Its not looking that good though…

Wilderness – Seems like a good day on the cards with initial light SSE winds trending more SE later on. Map might work late afternoon – some lower clouds moving in from the ocean at that time too… But Serps looking the best with climbs to 1800ft on the cards for almost the whole day – and looks like some Q’s should be around too. It could be an XC day if you can skirt east of the airspace onto the mountains… Sedge with too much east in it but doable and climbs to 1300’… Buffs will be soarable from early on already and worth a trip out there…

Plett – Same as Wilderness but climbs at Uppies to 2300’ from the looks of things.

PE and PA – A slight chance of light rain but dissipating during the day. Looks like a light SE wind day… Some good spots inland if you can get to them.

EL – More SW start but then later it will trend to the SE along the coast. Inland it is looking really good! 6k bases with some great flying out there…

Inland – A day with light winds everywhere – trending SE in the south and more N to NW inland. Around 4-5k instability depth around. Clouds mainly in the far south. A sweet day for propeller things too – especially early and later in the day.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:40 and setting at 18:16 (Day length is 11 hrs and 36 min). A beautiful day after all the rains – perfect to go do just about anything! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 



(6 September 2020) 
Day 164 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! World extreme weather update e with Typhoon Haishen starting to strike Japan with sustained 215kmh winds and gusts to 250kmh. Its slightly less than the previous 300kkh but remains a super typhoon. Back home the IOH dominating with a large swath of SE to East circulation over the entire country – helped along with that mid level trough – this time it has shifted a bit more to the east – bringing that CB activity and wide spread rain over the southern coastal regions and the eastern interior. By the time the air flow has reached the western parts it has lost a lot of the moisture so the west no rain expected. This also leaves us with higher cloud base and better thermic conditions in the west. Surface winds are also very light with around 10kts in most places. So sweet in the west but wet and rainy in the south and east today. ;) Winds are 5-10kts E to SE all the way to around 10k where it backs to the NW but SW in the west. The SW to NW change goes with the mid level trough and remains all the way to the Tropopause for a 40-80kts finish. Freezing level around 8500 in the south but 11500 in the north.

CT – A sweet looking day with around 5-10kts of east wind around the Cape Flats and North side of the Peninsula with high climbs (perhaps over 4500k). There is strong SE winds at CP point which might move in a tad closer but it does look like a good wind-shadow day with being able to get high over SH and LH – perhaps onto Africa face even with the upper east winds… Watch airspace! ;) Paarl rock also looking sweet! :)

RB – It might be thermic on the eastern slopes – you need to time it right though…

PV – Mostly too east here but it does look very good for Picketberg! Climbs to 6k or more on the cards… - 5010kts wind making it extra sweet!

Wilderness – lol. Ag shame man. Its raining cats and dogs at the moment! ;) light southerly winds and a maybe of partial clearing late afternoon… (probably not!)

Plett – Same as Wilderness.

PE and PA – Also rain and variable winds – SW to NE along the coast with CB activity…

EL – Same as PA…. This is right under that mid level trough…

Inland – Some good flying to the west fo the trough today with high bases – perhaps 10k or more around Sutherland. Rain in the east but excellent flying in the west. Some of the central parts also looking good but only north of the Swartberg Ranges – south of these its OD and rain…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:412 and setting at 18:15 (Day length is 11 hrs and 34 min). A rainy day all day long it seems – so huddle up on a cosy couch for some good hot chocolate and book! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(5 Septemebr 2020) 
Day 163 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! While we all marvel at our strong winds when we get 50kts anywhere near the surface, I’m once again astounded at those tropical storms – the latest is Typhoon Haishen, the biggest storm to hit the west Pacific this year, just south of Japan. It is a category 5 Typhoon with sustained 120kts winds and gusts exceeding 300km/h! (See the graph!) Back home we have a perfect layout with SA forming the dividing line between the SAH and the IOH. What is of interest is that we have a active trough preceding the CF, with mid level convergence between the two pressure systems. (See the graph!) This is causing some CB activity and rain preceding the frontal rail – CT with frontal rain and the GR and into the interior and eastwards rain from the midlevel instability. By early even the frontal rain should arrive on the GR with the Trough moving more east. There are a lot of complex levels of cloud – low bases and spots around 10 in the west while more eastwards there can also be low bases with tops exceeding 20k. (In the far east around the Dragensberg there’s some epic high bases over 14k!) Nothing in it from a flying prospect but for lighter interior winds – except for under the mid level jet regions where some surface gusts can exceed 20kts. The coastal winds S to SE along the west coast, Varying along the GR but later trending SW. And the EC with SW winds following the coastal low moving into KZN. Wide spread rain also added in the mix so not really a flying day I think. Winds are NW with hight and remains so all the way to the Tropopause for around 60/70kts finish. Freezing level at 7500 in the west and 13500 in the east.

CT – a misty low cloud morning clearing to around 1000’ on the SH side with a strong gradient – 20kts at TM top height but it looks fairly sheltered on the beach with little wind. If not for the cloud it could have been a hangy day perhaps. SLP and FH way too strong and gnarly today… ;) Rain by tomorrow moring from the front it seems.

RB – Another WWB day!

PV – Some instability to perhaps 4k but the winds upper teens in know with NW winds. The BS ration not in our favour either. Weak climbs with 300ft or less.

Wilderness – A kinda light wind rainy day with varying wind. Initially S to SE even but then later it will trend to the SW. IF the rain stays away then maybe a soaring flight can be squeezed out on the coast somewhere…

Plett – Same as Wilderness.

PE and PA – More stronger SW winds from here on to the east. Rain and even CB activity from mid day onwards.

EL – Strong SW winds along the coast with the rain kinda inbetween here. Lots of mid to low level cloud but from Hogsback further north it goes into orbit stuff! ;) Conditions are improving inland and further east…

Inland – Some strong bits on the higher ground along the trough line at 20kts. But elsewhere light winds from the surface to around 5k. From there the mid level jet starts with 50kts NW winds (see graph). Varying Q’s with rain in this area. Probably interesting to look at! ;) Though in-between and early on looks like some sweet propeller flying time…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:42 and setting at 18:15 (Day length is 11 hrs and 32 min). A light wind, rainy day so dress for wet and go for that forest or each walk – or huddle up on a cosy couch for some good hot chocolate and book! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(4 September 2020) 
Day 162 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A typical winter pattern with the SAH on the west helping a CF to move towards the WC, a trough inland down the central regions and the strong IOH to the east dominating that side with the easterly winds. IT is very prefrontal with strong inland NW winds 30knts on the high parts. 30kts along the eastern coast with NE winds and 30kts SW at Agulhas, so lots of action (and big fear factors if you are in the wrong place!) ;) Some low cloud and fog in the west but this should clear during the day with a rising base to around 1/3k at the mountains. Some light instability in the lower layer but the winds are making it too broken up for any worthwhile climbs. However there is a isotherm layer above this and with the strong iwnds it’s a good wave day! Some 5m/s climbs in the right spots on the cards (for the sailplane guys if they are into it – for us its dreaming time) lol. (See the sweet forecast graphs with the wave patterns!) Wind remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kts finish up there. Freezing level way up at 13k.

CT – a misty low cloud morning clearing to around 1000’ on the SH side with a strong gradient – 20kts at TM top height but it looks fairly sheltered on the beach with little wind. If not for the cloud it could have been a hangy day perhaps. SLP and FH way too strong and gnarly today… ;) Rain by tomorrow moring from the front it seems.

RB – Another WWB day!

PV – Some instability to perhaps 4k but the winds upper teens in know with NW winds. The BS ration not in our favour either. Weak climbs with 300ft or less.

Wilderness – A kinda sweet day for the beach and forests but that northerly inversion settling in on the cooler coastal air so our local sites very inverted. We are in that col area between the SW moving up form the west and NE from the east, so nothing too strong on the cards however, there is some strong westerly flow over head producing some mixing in the lower surface layers making for some bumpy air. Perhaps the coast can be soarable at times but with that funny kinda bumps in the air. ;) There seems to be a slight deepening of the convective depth around Serps/Sedge for the afternoon but still a lot of mixing taking place so if you are getting in the air somewhere probably not the most comfortable flying conditions.

Plett – Same as Wilderness.

PE and PA – The change area between the NE in the east and SW to the west. Later in the day the NE seems to be trumping a bit making into the PE bay…

EL – Hhhmmm…., Hogsback showing climbs to 13k with a westerly flow but it is just in the unpleasant range of mid to upper teens in knots. Strong climbs expected here over 6000ft/min. But the coast blown out form the NE…

Inland – Strong NW winds all over (20kts plus) with around 4k instability in the west but deepening to the east. No ran expected. And not the coolest flying weather around. Def not for the Little or great Karoo!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:44 and setting at 18:14 (Day length is 11 hrs and 30 min). A moderate wind day making it perfect for forest and beach walks. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a warm 24 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(3 September 2020) 
Day 161 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! That cut off low dissipating far to the south of us while the IOH dominating the WC weather as it curls around the whole country bringing us northerly winds all over the WC. Some coastal influence too with a light S to SE trend along the southern coastal areas. Inland some spots getting to 20kts over the higher grounds but for the most part a lighter wind day. Mostly blue with a few clouds in the tip of the SW corner and then far to the east – east of Hogsback with some high base there of 10k. Varied flying with the west coast having some north in it and a shallow NW layer with inversion around 3k. IT gets better to the east and further inland. Winds go NW around 5k but then backs further west from 10k and finishes with WSW at the Tropopause 60kts. Freezing level around 14k.

CT – A northerly start and some breezy spots around but the winds will moderate from mid day onwards. Up at the inversion height the winds increase to near 20kts so be wary if you fly SLP or FH – inversions around 3-3500’.

RB – Again WWB is out in full force today!

PV – a shallow layer of SW but N above that so probably not the best conditions around. Weak climbs and a bit windy up there too…

Wilderness – A light onshore start that will back to the SE with maybe a 10kts at Map. Buffs will be very good with it being flyable there from late morning already. Maybe Sedge will offer something before it goes too east.

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 2k…

PE and PA – Light to moderate SE winds here but with a sweet sea breeze convergence setting up between the inland NW and the SE moving in from the coast. Some good heights and climbs in these area doable.

EL – Hogsback looking sweet with Westerly winds and climbs to near 10k! There is also that sea breeze moving in with the chance of connecting with it somewhere from your local secret spots! ;) See the graphs.

Inland – Light to moderate N to NW winds mostly. Some reasonable climbs in places with 4-5k layer of instability. The little Karoo and DuToits – looks thermic with climbs to just over 5k – improving slightly to the east – so maybe Luvain is better than Toits. Remember the SE will move in here around 15:00 so land before! (See graphs)  Could be exciting flying! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:45 and setting at 18:13 (Day length is 11 hrs and 28 min). A calm day ahead with a light onshore breeze picking up later in the afternoon but with comfortable temps making for perfect forest and beach walks. But go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(2 September 2020) 
Day 160 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! I cant believe we are on day 160 of lockdown... Hhhmmm... So that deep cut-off low has move just to the south of CT bringing loads of rain to that part of the WC. (most of ti is out to sea though). There is also a trough line running north south but will mostly be around the PE area with CB activity there today (It was all over the WC last night). The IOH helping to accelerate the winds to this low with very strong NE winds along the eastern coastal regions. But so too the feed into the low form the NW accelerating with a very shallow but deep 50kts layer along that side. (See the spectacular TH graph for CT with the low but deep 50kts winds). Low cloud base here around 1500 – 2000’with tops exceeding 14k. Just beyond the western mountains it changes dramatically with much higher base and little chance of CB’s but still those strong winds all over the WC. 12k base in a few spots far inland and to the east. All in all not a flying day but loads of action for the weather watchers with systems that don’t come together often! ;) Winds trend NW with height with 50kts up to 10k in the west but in the East there is a mid level jet with 110kts at 20k up to 24k before dropping again for just 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 7500 in the west but 11500 in the east.

CT – Rain and gale force NW winds all day…

RB – WWB is out in full force today!

PV – N to NW winds over 40kts at times with low clouds and rain and chance of CB activity!

Wilderness – NW winds for most of the day. A slight WSW trend later with perhaps some low coastal shelter but just a smidgeon above our heads the NW is very strong! Def not a flying day – the shear factor (or fear factor!) lol, in excess of 25kts!

Plett – Same as Wilderness…

PE and PA – Those upper strong Northerlies bringing in that mid level instability with CB activity for most of the day for your area… It looks like offshore winds all day here with the NE coastal stuff just around the corner towards PA.

EL – Very-very strong NE winds here all day… The NE penetrating far inland but just over head the NE to N winds blowing strong!

Inland – 40kts winds over the higher peaks with a belt of CB activity in the eastern interior. Exceptionally high wind shear factor today with 25kts in most places so not a day to go flying really… Also the rain on the western mountains…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:46 and setting at 18:13 (Day length is 11 hrs and 26 min). A very windy day but with comfortable temps making for perfect forest walks. The beach could be a bit sand-blasty! ;) But go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(1 September 2020) 
Day 159 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with a vengeance today, kept in strength by a strong and deep inland trough. The trough will deepen and move southwards bringing some CB activity with it down to the coastal regions of the WC by early evening. Winds are very strong easterly along the coast with 25kts average in most places. Inland very similar with the deep easterly flow backing slightly the further north we go as it follows the NE isobar lines form the trough. The CB activity are all mid level instability so base are high around 12k with tops near 30k. The southerly movement of the trough will cause a LP separation, almost like a cut off low with loads of rain for the SW areas of the WC tonight and into tomorrow morning. For today the winds remain easterly with a gentle backing to the NE with hight finishing with a north trend at the tropopause at 50kts. Freezing level at 8500 n the west and 12k in the east.

CT – Easterlies all day with thick mid level clouds. CB’s by mid night. 20kts average with a few slightly sheltered spots put it doesn’t look lekker for flying…

RB – Probably too east to be great fun. Only the short easterly face might be doable today…

PV – All easterly winds here today. So PB looks straight up but it will be too strong to fly with 20kts plus on the cards.

Wilderness – Light east start but picking up quickly to 20kts plus. Late afternoon and early evening will see those CB activity moving south from behind the mountains with possible showers increasing chances during the night.

Plett – Same as Wilderness…

PE and PA – East to NE winds and very strong stuff all day!

EL – Also that strong NE flow (20kts plus!) and a chance of rain during the day. CB chances increasing during the night.

Inland – Strong East winds with a NE trend in the north. High base near Sutherland escarpment around 13k. CB activity moving in with the trough as the mid level low moves to the south.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:48 and setting at 18:12 (Day length is 11 hrs and 24 min). Some high clouds around while the SE winds will pickup in the afternoon. Perfect for forest sheltered forest walks but don’t get caught on the river in a canoe! The wind will only allow you to go one way! ;) Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(31 August 2020) 
Day 158 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another fun day out on the GR yesterday but as expected the lions share to the guys flying the west mountains. Thanks for the video WJ! (See attached link!). Today a CF touching CT at this moment and will progressively move into the SW parts of the WC. The SAH high shifting to the south of us as it builds over the next few days with strong winds expected so try get your flying in today! ;) The West coast being under the CF influence so rain and OD during the course of the day. It is better to the east with some good flying expected along the eastern parts of the GR – especially if your timing is good. Some high climbs in a few spots going over 6k. Some high Q’s over the inland mountains around lunchtime. Winds along the southern parts trending southerly but going East to NE in the east. Inland though it is mostly westerlies with some of the higher grounds (to the west) going over 20kts. The wind remains westerly with hight all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish up there. Freezing level around 6500’.

CT – NW start then going SW as the front moves. Rain most of the day so not a flying day really… Base around 1500’ and tops over 10k.

RB – Same as above!

PV – Also with the CF taking over here by late morning with rain – low base and high tops at 10k.

Wilderness – A day with promise! Some deep instability around with the Outenikwas showing indications of lift going to 8k! Sedge and Serps at the swing of the sea breeze a chance to get very high and drift with the west winds for some XC distance on the cards. Winds stronger early but it trends around 10kts mid day. Maybe later in the afternoon a extra pulse moving in from the ocean. Just keep eyes on that. Else the coast should be just just soarable I think.

Plett – Uppies showing a sweet window of convergence today around mid day with as the wind comes up being able to climb over 6k today! Perhaps some good XC miles on the cards… A SSE trend in the bay at Keurbooms later on.

PE and PA – SE surface winds that will trend to the east and NE and strengthen later on. Also some good flying conditions around at all the inland sites – the Westerly airmass being superb!

EL – SE start but the NE taking over and picking up. Strong Seabreeze convergence as the NE winds move inland. Hogs should be amazing…

Inland – Light to moderate westerly winds with good climbs and good thermals going to 9k at Sutherland escarpment. Good Q’s preceding the CF from the west. Watch the high clouds forming over the high mountains ahead of the CF… If you fly dress warm! lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:49 and setting at 18:11 (Day length is 11 hrs and 22 min). No rain with a cool SW breeze from the ocean after midday. Dress warm and go for a forest or a beach walks! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(30 August 2020) 
Day 157 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some sweet but icy cold Post frontal air left over the WC with some good flying conditions, especially in the west and further inland. (The SAH continuing to feed that air in all day today). Good looking skies with cool Q’s in most places. Winds are West in the west, SW along the Southern coastal regions and then more Southerly inland. Light winds inland with less than 10kts in most spots. Some excellent flying to be had out there form your secret spots – maybe even those cool flight over the snow being on the cards today. Climbs over 500ft/min most spots. The exception is the eastern parts of the GR where there is still lots of wet ground and a bit more breezy conditions so not such strong climbs rates on the cards with a poor SB mixing ratio. Winds remain light S till around 10k where it veers a bit to the WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish up there. Freezing level around 4500’.

CT – Light westerly winds with deep instability – up to 4k around the Peninsula (Looks like base just above TM.) But all the spts working by the looks of it – SLP, FH, DuToits etc. You take your pic. All of them will be super sweet. Maybe some XC flying towards PV on the cards too…

RB – WWB is out today so time to go visit FH I think! :) (Oh did I mention to dress very-very warm!) ;)

PV – Looking very good here to day with les chances of Q’s. More to the south and deeper inland. But light Westerlies with climbs to 5k on the cards here…

Wilderness – Still that breezy Wests for the morning but backing to the SW from near mid day. The coastal cliffs looks good today with a chance for Serps and Sedge to deliver some exciting stuff! For the hardcore XC guys flying from Serps to wards Sedge or inland and beyond are doable. Winds up there on the strong side with 15kts on the cards. Some OD on the bigger mountains probable and some rain out there too. It increase to the east towards eastern Plett side. (Maybe even some CB’s!) ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but deeper vertical development in the clouds. 15kts plus winds. Base around 3500’. Chance of rain and OD in the mountains. Not as good as we thought it might be… Even Keurbooms remaining a bit too west

PE and PA – A good chance of rain with Maitlands a maybe after lunch… W to SW winds…

EL – Not looking like rain but strong SW winds on the coast and just too strong for inland flying with 15kts plus out there.

Inland – Into the central Karoo a good looking day – better to the west – with good Q’s and light winds with excellent flying on the cards today. Swartberg Pass my pick for today with probably snow on the peaks and good flying to be had here – a strong morning but mid day nice moderating of the wind to less than10kts and base 6/6500ft… (Dress warm!) lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:50 and setting at 18:11 (Day length is 11 hrs and 20 min). No rain but still a cold day with a SW breeze from the sea. Dress warm and go for a forest or a beach walks! Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 12 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(29 August 2020) 
Day 156 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing in all that freezing cold weather form far south onto the entire WC. Winds are Southerly in the west but veers SW along the southern coastal regions and also westerly inland. Rain and snow on all the prominent areas all day. Even a chance of CB activity in places with those tops exceeding 20k. Winds are strong with 20-30kts in places. Base starting low around 1k but rising to around 4k in the west and higher inland with Sutherland Escarpment and further east to 10k. The GR with lower base around 1-2k. The strong winds making for turbulent conditions so not really any flying around – the exception being Rondebossie hill for the hangies – a maybe here this afternoon… Winds veer around 10k to the WNW and then finish with a mighty 170kts over EL but just 60kts over CT. Freezing level down to 3500ft in a few places.

CT – Low cloud this morning but base rising to just over 4k. Winds re 15-20kts Southerly all day. Rain this morning but clearing partially mid day onwards.

RB – Good wind and flying conditions for the hangies if the rain stays away. It looks promising for the afternoon… (Oh, dress very  very warm!) ;)

PV – Too much south in it and strong – 15-20kts so not really flyable…

Wilderness – Rain and strong winds all day it seems. More specifically it looks like strong SW at mid day but some calmer spots soon after with the winds veering more westerly at times… (Snow on the Outenikwas!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but stronger westerlies with rain and snow on the larger back ranges...

PE and PA – Here too more into the grips of the passing CF with very strong SW winds and rain.

EL – Same as above!

Inland – Winds are all W to SW in the southern parts with loads of snow, CB activity and rain. Icy cold stuff everywhere with freezing level down to 3500ft. Strong 20kts winds in most spots. Again a very high shear factor around so best to drink coffee!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:51 and setting at 18:10 (Day length is 11 hrs and 18 min). Rain and wind all day. Stay warm and dry with a good book and some red wine and chocolates! It’s also a way to get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 12 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(28 August 2020) 
Day 155 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some super flying at Sedgefield yesterday for a lucky few pilots! ;) Today the dominant feature is the CF moving into the WC – rain already in CT and spreading gradually to the west during the day. This one is helped along by a strong SAH to the west of us, pushing in some really cold air form the south. So expect some wide spread snow again form tonight and tomorrow over all the higher peaks (and the not so high ones!) ;) Winds will be all westerlies with some north and south variations in a few spots. Strong. Very strong with most inland and coastal spots exceeding 20kts and a few spots reaching 40kts at times! The BS ratio not cool so even with some instability around the thermals will be rather turbulent. Lol. Winds remain WNW all the way to the Tropopause for a 140kts finish up there! Freezing level dropping in the west to 4500’ from tonight spreading to the east.

CT – Looks like a typical winters day – strong NW winds and rain. Base around 2k with tops exceeding 14k!

RB – Same as above!

PV – Same as above too after a quick slightly clearer start…

Wilderness – Very westerly flow of air and the usual protection in the Wilderness corner but by mid day we expect some backing to a SW. There is very strong SW winds just out to sea that are hinting at moving onto the coast at Wilderness from late afternoon - possibly 25kts plus winds so do keep a good look out. It is expected to have moments of 15kts winds during the afternoon too so careful! (Stay away from Sedge btw! And if you don’t please don’t forget to tell us about it!) ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with very strong W to SW winds all day….

PE and PA – Also that strong SW along the coast with the west inland stuff…

EL – Same as above!

Inland – A shredded day from the looks of it but still some very high cloud with base around 10k in the central Karoo and Sutherland Escarpment areas. Very strong Westerlies – all prefrontal stuff so not great for flying! A very high shear factor around so best to drink coffee!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:53 and setting at 18:09 (Day length is 11 hrs and 16 min). Get out early for your forest and beach walks because late afternoon sees very very strong SW moving in from the sea. Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(27 August 2020) 
Day 154 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH to the west, the IOH to the east and a trough inland in the eastern parts with CB activity around the Drakensberg. An interesting mix with a small coastal low early on along the west coast which will dissipate but the N to NW winds along the west coast remains. Some early fog patches here and inland in a few spots – most will clear during the day. Some good looking Q’s in most places today with high bases – the lowest probably around the Peninsula with some as low as 2k later on. Some strong NW winds in the higher spots inland again, increasing towards the east as we move towards that trough. The coast winds a moderate SW along the southern coastal regions but in the east the IOH dominating with very strong NE winds up there (20kts plus!) The winds go NW form around 10k upwards remaining NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kts finish. Freezing level down to 7500’ in the west but 10k in the east.

CT – A NW start to the day but it backs to the SW later on with 10-15kts around the Peninsula. IT does look like a good flying day with maybe the winds being a tad on the strong side in a few spots. The mountains around SLP and FH def too strong at the top with 20kts in spots up there. Out in the valleys however it looks like nice base with some sweet flying conditions if you can stay away form the mountains!

RB – WWB out in full force!

PV – Perhaps just too much N in it but later it looks to go a tad more NW. But the 15kts plus perhaps just a tad too strong for any comfortable flying I think. Base around 3500 with tops at 6k. It seems to thicken later on…

Wilderness – That sweet SW layer of unstable coastal air abounding along the coastal plains with some nice thermic action today. The back ranges up to 5/6k with a few Q’s but Sedge only giving us that 1500’ climbs with 5-10kts of SW winds. IT goes a bit west higher up but seems not go over 10kts for quite a bit. Serp a good option to fly to Sedge today (or beyond!). The coast could be flyable with PR probably being the better bet.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies showing huge climbs to 5k from 11 till after 13:00! Also west higher up but not over 10kts so a cracking day! Keurbooms could deliver something playful I think with the SSW wind at times pushing in there with just over 5-7kts perhaps…

PE and PA – PE just on the edge of the Easterly influence but to the east it is all NE winds and strong.

EL – Very strong NE winds along the coast. A complex mix inland with strong WNW meeting the in-curling of the E to SE coastal winds. But some good base and flying possible if you are on the ball – personal I think it a bit strong…

Inland – An amazing day by the looks of things in the little Karoo and central parts with very high bases and westerly trends in the wind. A strong convergence line near the Sutherland escarpment running to the east between the inland WNW and the southern WSW winds… One could go far there today I think!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:54 and setting at 18:09 (Day length is 11 hrs and 14 min). A sunny day with moderate onshore winds. Just perfect for forest and beach walks - go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(26 August 2020) 
Day 153 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH moving in behind the Cold Front pushing cool moist air onto the WC. Winds are all easterly with some local modifications for a SE direction. This layer is pretty deep with the east flow up t 8k inland with some sweet looking flat Q’s out there. The clouds thicken a bit along the southern coastal regions but for the most it is a great soaring day with good climbs and instability within this layer. 4/5k base along most of the Eastern coastal areas, lowering a bit along the GR and Overberg spots (Some OD around) but then drying as the air moves over the western mountains again. A shallow SW flow in the PV valley but the east is dominant above. From 8k to 12k the wind backs to the NW and remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 90kts finish. Freezing level around 8k…

CT – A deep unstable SE wind north of the City – the strong stuff to the south near CP. A moving wind-shadow form the looks of it with 25kts out to sea around LH and SH – the wind drops dramatically further North and inland towards Dbnville. Maybe one could squeeze a flight out somewhere…

RB – IT could work later on but seems to be on the weaker wind line. Its thermic though!

PV – I think that Picket berg would be the better bet with even the odd high flat Q around. Climbs to 5/6k probably. PV self the wind at launch could be a bit over the back – even if the valley winds are S to SW.

Wilderness – Some sweet instability around with base probably around 2-3k. Sedge and Serps showing promise with sweet climbs at late morning in early lunch to 2500k with clouds… (Some OD around) I think Map will be the place with a sweet SE picking up in the afternoon reaching 15kts – perhaps even getting too strong! Before that it is looking sweet!;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies showing climbs to 3/4k at base but that SE direction around 10kts remaining. (Some OD around)

PE and PA – A S to SE direction along the coast but with that sweet unstable air inland making most sites flyable. Looks like 50ft/min climbs at the best parts dropping after 14:00. Could be a sweet short XC day… (Some OD around)

EL – A SW start that will gradually moderate and go more S to SE inland. Same good air as above near the coast but further inland some strong Easterlies around.

Inland – IT is looking like a good flying day out there with climbs and Q’s around to 67k in the little Karoo and even more further north. The winds are all Easterly within this layer but then above that backs to the NW.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:55 and setting at 18:08 (Day length is 11 hrs and 13 min). Cloudy this morning with a light SE wind picking-up in the afternoon. An amazing day for forest and beach walks - go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(25 August 2020) 
Day 152 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A CF making its way into CT during the day – light rain possible form this morning already – spreading eastwards during the day. Winds are NW prefrontal inland but trending SW to the south of the Sutherland escarpment and on the southern coast but strong NE in the eastern coastal parts. There are a lot of clouds around with good looking Q’s preceding the front covering most of the SW parts of the WC. Base starting high at 4k but then lowering to just 2k later on as the front moves in. Some very high climbs in the eastern interior up to 13k (mostly strong NW prefrontal stuff) but 7-8k around Sutherland, 6k in the little Karoo and of course much less on the coastal plains. Winds are all NW from 10k upwards finish at 130kts NW at the Tropopause. Freezing level 11k in the east but lowering to 8k in the west.

CT – Looks like rain for the day and increasing later on too. Low base with high tops around 10k. NW winds and breezy!

RB – WWB is out today (oh and the rain)

PV – The morning is looking good with westerlies at 10kts but as the front moves in the winds pickup and base drops from a cool 4k to less than 2k! And then rain…

Wilderness – A strong SW pulse moving up the coast expected to reach Wilderness just after lunch (13-14:00) so do keep your eyes open for this one. The coast probably the best bet but expect some bumps due to a stronger flow higher up (One report said 27kts at less than 2000’!). Sedge stable during the morning but the instability depth increasing as the SW pulse moves closer but so too the wind increase making Sedge a washing machine at mid-day so be careful if you venture out here…! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies showing climbs to 5k – however the winds then are all westerlies and near 20kts! It is looking too west for Keurbooms too…

PE and PA – The meeting  point between the NE form the east and the SW from the CF moving up the coast happens around PE – shifting to the east of PE in the afternoon.

EL – Very strong NE winds along the coast here all day…

Inland – Strong NW along the escarpments but SW in the little Karoo areas. Its all prefrontal so loads of shear and mixing around and not the best day to be out flying. Rain moving in from the west later on.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:57 and setting at 18:07 (Day length is 11 hrs and 11 min). A good morning but the wind will move in from mid day onwards. Still fantastic for forest and beach walks go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(24 August 2020) 
Day 151 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! So after a superb days flying yesterday along the GR today’s bit of rain a welcome rest! ;) Some moist air being shoved onto the WC from the SSE by a long finger ridge of the SAH bringing some light rain along the southern coastal areas. It does stretch inland to just north of the Swartbergs but only for the morning. Base will rise during the day with some good looking skies inland! Q’s inland all over the WC. SE winds around 10kts all the way inland to the Southerland escarpment where the upper NW takes over and dominates. NW 20kts there which also is the direction above the inversion and cloud tops to the south. The NW remains till around 11k where a gradual backing to the west sees a 120kts west finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 11k.

CT – A SE day with a good wind-shadow all day by the looks of things. Instability here to around 4k with the SE backing to the East and dropping in strength 5kts and less. There is a shallow SW flow near the mountains but the SE flows over the top so DuToits etc not on today.

RB – There is strong SE winds over FB but it doesn’t look like it is reaching DBNville…

PV – SW up to 3k then the N takes over. So inversion at the mountain tops…

Wilderness – A light onshore with some rain on the cards. To me it looks like the cloud depth not enough for any significant precipitation so perhaps we could get some flying in around or just after mid day. Later on the clouds look to thicken and base lowers which could spoil things a bit. Sedge could be good for an hour at 13:00 with high cloud base… And Map could switch on for a short while too before the lowering clouds (maybe rain) might spoil it late in the afternoon…

Plett – Also SE but a similar to Wilderness with Uppies base at just over 3k. It lowers in the afternoon too…

PE and PA – A Westerly start but near mid day the SE will move in from the ocean with lowering base and chances of rain. Up to 15kts.

EL – W start then the SE also moving in from the ocean with lowering base and chances of rain. Some spells of good flying inland with good looking base. Further inland there is that lurking strong NW flow…

Inland – Ontop of the Southerland Escarpment area it is 20kts NW winds but to the south it is all SE winds around 10kts. Some good flying in this layer with base at times up to 7k… Rain along the coastal ranges most of the day…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:58 and setting at 17:06 (Day length is 11 hrs and 09 min). Another day to explore this amazing area – forest and beach walks are all doable! But take your rain coat with! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(23 August 2020) 
Day 150 of lockdown

Yesterday another great day of fying at Sedgefield for all the newbies - and it looks like we are going to have more of the good stuff today! ;) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH circulation dominating inland but the SAH having the upper hand along the SW parts and along the Southern coastal regions. Deeper instability in the inland NW mass but stronger winds so not the best for flying for us but the SW trends along the southern parts is looking really good – up to 3k along the southern coastal areas and just a tad lower along the west coast. Around 10kts with the later afternoon seeing an increase along the west coast otherwise it is actually sweet and good to fly in. Winds veer from the SW to the WNW at 5k then remains WNW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kts finish. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – A southerly surface trend that veers quickly to the SW. 5-10kts in most places with the inversion high around the Peninsula and parts of the SW corner (4k!) but it lowers quickly near the mountains to around 3k. Still the wind directions could make many parts of the range soarable so DuToits looking good. But SLP and FH could be maybes but later the southerly could mess around things in these spots…

RB – WWB and light all day I think…

PV – A shallow SSW layer up to 2k with North above that so not looking the best here I think…

Wilderness – It is looking like a great day as soon as the winds back to the SW from the West start. Good climbs at Sedge and Serps expected at mid day with perhaps 2k gains! The coast looks a tad light…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies showing lift to just over 3k at 10kts… Keurbooms looking just too light and a bit west but it is a maybe…

PE and PA – Moderate SW winds here… IT backs to the south further east around 10kts…

EL – Southerlies all day with some good flying in this layer – inland climbs to 3500. Near Hogsback the WNW takes over but 20kts being just too strong to be of any use…

Inland – 20kts plus over the higher grounds WNW winds all day long. Instability up to 9k in places but the winds causing just too much mixing for things to be any pleasant for flying… South of the mountains in the ocean air is the pace to be today!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 6:59 and setting at 17:06 (Day length is 11 hrs and 07 min). A day to get out into the forest (or into those beach walks). Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(22 August 2020) 
Day 149 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Again the IOH dominating over most of the WC but the SAH influencing the SW corner. Some sweet instability in the inland NW mass with climbs to 9k doable, especially in the eastern interior. However, the wind is just a tad on the strong side with 20kts on average in most places. The southern coastal areas having a very shallow southerly push form the ocean that is wedging in under this inland NW causing a strong inversion around 500’ to 1000’ in most spots. So not the best soaring forecast on the cards. Winds are NW to the 10k level then backs to WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kt finish up there. Freezing level way up to 15k…  

CT – A W to NW trend mostly with the inversion around 1000’. Above this the wind increases sharply with the 20kt mark around 2000’. So maybe SH and LH could be doable if you stay low… SLP and FH all looking too strong…

RB – WWB and light all day I think…

PV – Starting N but it does look like a backing to the NW around lunch time. It is 15kts average so strong but some climbs doable here to 5k. Probably ore a hangie day I think. ;)

Wilderness – NW above our heads with a shallow SSW flow along the coast. The inversion around 500’ but it does look like the afternoon sees a slight raising of that to perhaps 1000’. Winds are light so perhaps nothing to get too excited about. Sedge and Serps the spots to try and squeeze some airtime out of the sky… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies a tad higher with 1500’ doable. IT turns west higher up.

PE and PA – Light west to SW trending NE in the east later on.

EL – Onshore SE backing to the NE in the afternoon. Far inland the NW just too strong to be flyable…

Inland – 20kts plus NW winds that trend westerly in the south later on. in most places with some 500ft/min climbs to 9k in the good spots. Just a tad too windy for decent thermals and flying…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:00 and setting at 17:05 (Day length is 11 hrs and 05 min). Another beautiful winters day ahead of us with light onshore winds – just perfect for weekend action. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(21 August 2020) 
Day 148 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A little bit of post frontal air around with some flying in a few spots it seems. A moderate IOH and SAH sharing the WC weather – mostly the IOH dominating the flow over the country while the SAH will nudge in a light bit of SE in the SW corner late in the afternoon. A blue day with few clouds even if the morning is showing some wide spread fog patches inland and a small patches along the coasts. This should all clear by mid day. Winds are NE in the east veering to the SE along the southern coastal areas while we have a NW general flow inland – trending NE in the northern parts of the west coast but backing more N to NW towards CT. Inland the boundary layer going up to 9k especially in the east Hogsback area while the little Karoo is just over 6k. Climb rates moderate with 500ft/min on the stronger bits, the coastal regions around 300ft/min. Winds remain N to NW to 10k where it does a quick backing to the SSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish up there. Freezing level up at 11000’.

CT – I think it can be a beautiful day here with initial NW to W flow up to 15kts in the strongest parts. The 12 Apostles beckon! Late afternoon sees a SW surface trend around SH and LH but the flow at 2k remains W. SLP a maybe and so too FH with a chance of it being a tad strong at 15kts at times. Maybe more for the hangies… :)

RB – WWB and light all day I think…

PV – A bit of an upper N to even NE trend from mountain top height and higher but perhaps the surface NW trend might keep it going up. 4k climbs in most areas except to the north near Kardoesie where the convergence can get you up to 6k! 10-15kts at times…

Wilderness – A light SSE trend today with some instability around. Climbs to 1500’ on the cards at Serps and Sedge but Sedge might trend too east later on. Map seems to be in a teasing mood and not delivering enough oomp for it to become soarable. Buffs is also teetering on the soaring side but most often it does get strong there so it is not a bad option for the afternoon… ;)

Plett – Also the SE trend here with Uppies showing initial climbs to just over 2k. Later it drops to 1500’

PE and PA – Light onshore winds in the morning with the SE picking up into the low teens in knots. Looks like an amazing seabreeze convergence setting up between PA and EL today….

EL – SE winds around 10kts with some good thermic flying along the Seabreeze possible as it moves inland.

Inland – General NW winds but around mid day there is more of a North trend making spots like DuToits very attractive for flying – getting to 6k is doable here… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:01 and setting at 17:04 (Day length is 11 hrs and 03 min). A sweet winters day that is great for beach walks and heading out into the forest. Either way, go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))





(20 August 2020) 
Day 147 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another Cold Front slipping through into CT during the night with rain this morning spreading to the GR by late afternoon. The SAH still active helping to push up the cooler air form the south with a W to SW component along the WC in most places. Again it is strong along the coast with 20-30kts Westerlies especially to the east. The Clouds confined to the SW areas of the WC with some high bases just north of the first ranges – it looks like some very sweet flying north of the Swartberg ranges – 8k bases with 500ft/min climbs on the cards! At the Southerland Escarpment it is up to 10k. The winds remain westerly all the way to the Tropopause with a 80knt finish up there. Freezing level around 7500’.

CT – Looks like a N to NW start backing all the way to the S late late afternoon. Base around 2k with tops up at 7/8k. Some rain on the cards so a iffy day…

RB – Maybe late late afternoon but I doubt it with all the rain on the cards…

PV – It could be a good day flying here with 10kts SW winds at launch, some Q’s around with base perhaps 3/4k but thickening clouds with a slight chance of rain in some. Could be good….

Wilderness – Westerly morning but there are signs that some SW bits will push through for a flyable spurt during the day before the rain gets here. Maybe two pulses - 12 and around 14:00... Rain moving in after that (or even some earlier – just keep an eye on it). Sedge looks a tad too west and too strong to be comfortable I think… ;)

Plett – Too strong and too much west with the rain popping in later in the afternoon…

PE and PA – Just inland there is some sweet climbs with high Q’s that will progressively develop over the mountains near the coast and then move inland and improving – again high base of 8k but then those darn winds. 15-20kts inland and more on the coast SW…

EL – Offshore winds backing to the West and then SW steadily increasing during the day…

Inland – Some amazing prefrontal flying as the SW moves inland during the day – 8k bases in the best spots with 10kts inland around the little Karoo increasing to the North. Rain moving in near the coast from the west. Swartberg pass looking a bit strong with 15kts… It seems to be a watch and drool day… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:03 and setting at 17:04 (Day length is 11 hrs and 01 min). Another cool day with rain moving in later. Go out early for a walk in the shelter of the forest and take off your shoes for some grounding exercises… Either way, go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(19 August 2020) 
Day 146 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! So with the level 2 lockdown the good news is that we are allowed to fly tandem again (with strict Covid19 procedures of course) But it is a bit closer to that sense of normalcy I guess! Yay!  Today the post frontal air all over the WC with some sweet instability up to 6k inland and around 3k near the coastal plains. Some clouds during the morning in most places but this will burn off during the day with just some Q’s mostly in the SW and southern areas. Wind from the SAH ridge is giving us a general westerly along the southern parts but it does a sweet backing to the south further inland and eventually more easterly north of Carnarvon Brandvlei De Aar etc… The northern west coast beign offshore. There should be lots of snow around and the winds inland are generally light with 10kts and less in most spots – so a perfect day for flying out there. Winds back from west to SW above the inversion and then remains SW all the way to the Tropopause for 70kts finish. Freezing level around 5-6k but rising in the west to 10k.

CT – West to SW trends 5-10kts with some Q’s in a few spots early on but will trend to dry later in the day. It is a perfect day for flying at SLP and DuToits and FH – most spots probably working all day long…

RB – Too light I think…

PV – A tad too much south in the direction for my liking but some instability to 3500ft in most of the spots so it is doable… Kardoesie areas looking the best.

Wilderness – Well, I think it is going to be an epic day. Stronger stuff during the morning with coastal soaring and then as the wind moderates and goes a tad more SSW Sedge should kick in with soe sweet thermic flying for after lunch part of the afternoon. Early climbs there possible to 4k but a tad too west to be attractive I think. Perhaps 2k later on?

Plett – Its looking a tad too west here to me for things to get really good or pleasant… Climbs possible to 5k but 10-15kts west up there. It doesn’t quite turn on for Keurbooms either…

PE and PA – Those strong Westerlies dominating with a chance of some showers for most of the day. It moderates a tad in the west – Maitlands could be an option…

EL – Stronger here with a slight moderation in the afternoon but it still looks a bit too strong to fly. Low clouds form the morning will rise during the day with base ending around 6k…

Inland – Light SW winds around the little Karoo with some good thermic activity and base at 6k… The clouds quickly dissipate from North of the Outenikwas during the day… Swartberg pass should be flyable too…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:04 and setting at 17:03 (Day length is 10 hrs and 59 min). Another cold windy day but with no rain. Go for a brisk beach walk or within the wet forests…. Either way, go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 14 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 



(18 August 2020) 
Day 145 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A quick note for Ric who did a quick 12 Apostle flight yesterday – from SH to Kommetjie before the CF pushed in! But of course the Cold Front dominating the WC weather (and news!) with freezing level down to 3500ft in many places. Not surprising there’s wide spread reports of snow – the Outenikwa pass has snow, Table mountain has snow and its vrot on the higher grounds inland… Winds are SSW in the west but more WSW in the east – stronger to the east as well with 30-40kts in some spots! Unfortunately there’s lots of rain so getting out the snow areas could be a bit of a sloshy affair. A big storm swell running along the coast with swell of 6/7m – so the surfers are happy I’m sure. But nothing out there that looks remotely like flyable conditions for today. Lol. Out of interest the North KZN coast enjoying a seriour SW buster with 20kts plus SW headd butting the 20kt plus NE along the coast. Now it is possible to air surf that wave! (See pic) ;) The winds remain SSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 80/90kts finish.

CT – Strong SSW winds with passing showers. 15-20kts. Base 2/3k with tops around 6/7k…

RB – As above…

PV – SSW winds 15-20kts with passing showers – base at 2/3k and tops at 6/7k…

Wilderness – Very strong Westerlies with rain all day long! lol

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with some CB activity out to sea…

PE and PA – Very strong Westerlies 25-35kts with rain and some CB activity – mostly out to sea…

EL – Same as PE and PA.

Inland – 15-30kts SW winds inland with rain and snow on the higher grounds. Base looks sweet out here with 6k from the Swartberg and 8/9k near Sutherland. Its very cold and windy out there so dress warm! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:05 and setting at 17:02 (Day length is 10 hrs and 57 min). A real winters day with rain and strong wind all day. Best to find hat perfect coffee and book corner and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 11 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(17 August 2020) 
Day 144 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Well, some amazing flying from yesterday around the western parts – Du Toits being really good and even I had a lucky gap at Swartberg pass for a flight over the light snow on these peaks. Today the CF striking CT at this very moment, spreading over the entire WC during the course of the day. It’s a Biggy bringing in snow all over the place form the looks of it by mid night and into the day tomorrow. Strong increasing NW during the course of the day with the cold and rain moving in form the west – rain and cold reaching Willowmore and the GR by end of the day. It doesn’t look flyable – perhaps in the east a few spots could offer something – but its mostly prefrontal so be ware. Winds remains NW all the way to 20k then backing to the west for a 80-100kts finish up there. Freezing level lowering during the day with midnight as low as 3500ft in a few places…

CT – Rain starting about now increasing during the day with strong WNW winds…

RB – NFG here…

PV – Rain also from this morning with strong WNW winds…

Wilderness – Breezy NW winds up there with a sheltered shadow over the coast. Winds here are trending southerly but very light with a quick veering to the west with height. There is a very strong SW pulse moving in by late afternoon – we expect it to be here anytime 1round 17:00. Keep your eyes open!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but more westerlies at Uppies and the SE in the bay very shallow – 5-800ft…

PE and PA – The E to NE winds dominating here with a slight moderating in the west as the SW and front moves in closer. But it remains NE to the east all day at 20-30kts in places…

EL – Same as PE and PA.

Inland – The strong W to NW prefrontal winds dominating everywhere with the exceptions being the near coastal areas around PE and EL where some flying is possible within this layer - - up to 4500ft. Du Toits areas all too strong WNW over 20kts… For the rest its bracing for the snow and approaching cold front and snow! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:06 and setting at 17:02 (Day length is 10 hrs and 56 min). A sweet day ahead with shelter and calm before the storm… Enjoy the outdoors today and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(16 August 20202) 
Day 143 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH ridging in over the country still lavishing the WC with cold post frontal unstable air. It is more windy to the east while the west is moderating during the day and will produce superb flying conditions for the day. But its cold! Snow in many of the high places from last night and freezing level still low at just 4500ft! lol. PV valley and those parts def the place to be with 4/5k bases and 500ft/min climbs on the cards – light SW winds to boot! For the rest of the province the winds are SW in general strong along the southern coastal areas with 15-25kts in most place and even 30kts in the east. The interior with SW winds 10-15kts in the east but less than 10 in the west. Some sweet looking Q’s around so def a good looking day for flying. But dress warm! Lol. Winds remain SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 100kts finish. Freezing level around 4500’.

CT – Moderate S to SW winds start but dropping during the day. Maybe 10kts at times near the shore at SH. But it looks like the od shower passing through during the day. DuToits probably the place to be for a flight to PV. IF its too rainy then move more north along the range for launch.

RB – a WWB day! ;)

PV – Super cool here for the day. Base around 4/5k with sweet flat Q’s. My spot for the day! :)

Wilderness – Strong West winds for the morning all the way to around 14:00 where it shows some sign of backing to the SW and moderating enough for a small chance of flying. Perhaps a window from 2 to 4 if the rain stays away… ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but nor moderating enough here for flying and a slight more chance of rain moving in from the ocean,

PE and PA – Very strong SW winds with rain out to sea – CB activity out there in the moring and a slight chance of some of that making it to the coast…

EL – Same as PE and PA.

Inland – Sweet light winds in the west increasing slightly in the east to 15kts. It looks like a cold but perfect day to go fly out there (or watch the snow) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:07 and setting at 17:01 (Day length is 10 hrs and 54 min). A cold and windy day with a very small chance of rain. Dress warm and brave a walk – head into the protected forests and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 12 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 



(15 August 2020) 
Day 142 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Soe sweet flying yesterday in CT and along the GR with the students from Wild2Fly and Wallandair having an epic time. Here’s some pics of Adam enjoying the 12 Apostles yesterday – only in a hang glider folks! ;)Of course today in stark contrast with the CF having the WC in its full grips. The SAH well formed to shove some cold and even snowy conditions pushed up form far south onto the WC. (Snow tonight on the higher ground inland.) Winds are all strong South Westerlies with 20-30kts along the coast and also mid twenties inland. Good rain in CT this morning but it should moderate during the afternoon. The rain spreads into the interior during the afternoon passing GR late afternoon. Loads of clouds around with base varying from 1500’ along the GR rising inland to 5/6k. Tops up to 12k in places. Wind remains SW to around 15k then veers a tad to the WNW to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish up there. Freezing level down to 4500’ in places. Of interest is the very strong SW buster movign up the KZN coastline this afternoon. I got this depiction of the winds surrounding this phenomena from windy. Should be soem interesitng shear areas (and lift!) around there... :)

CT – Strong SW winds and rain all day – partial letting up in the afternoon.

RB – Rain and a WWB day! ;)

PV – Clagged in all day – maybe a slight lessening up late afternoon…

Wilderness – Looks like wind and rain all day long… A good rest day. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. Strong SW winds.

PE and PA – Rain from late afternoon with very strong SW winds…

EL – Same as PE and PA.

Inland – Strong West during the morning backing slightly to the SW during the day. Rain moving in form the west reaching GR and beyond by mid afternoon…. Cold and snow tonight on the high grounds…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:08 and setting at 17:00 (Day length is 10 hrs and 52 min). A cold rainy and windy day all day long! ;) Stay indoors with a good book or movie. Either way get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 13 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(14 August 2020) 
Day 141 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A very large SAH pushing a strong CF towards the WC with a large fetch behind it with cold and snowy conditions from tomorrow evening on. But not before we still have a shallow layer of post frontal air along most of the WC areas that promise some good flying. A general westerly flow pattern with NW inland and more Southerly along the southern coast. The inland NW with some deeper instability but the winds a tad too strong out there with 20-30 in a few spots (convection up to 9k in paces) but the shallow coastal air the more promising mass to fly in with convection from 1500 to 4k in the further eastern areas. Some Q’s around the SW parts with the rest a blue day. There is a isotherm layer around the 3k level in the SW promising some wave activity – you can see the surface wind prediction reflecting the wave patterns too. Winds remain NW to the Tropopause with a 80kts finish up there. The freezing level up at 11500’.

CT – NW winds around 15kts. Some cloud around lowering during the day to perhaps 2k around the Peninsula. It is higher to the east near the bigger mountains. Slight chance of some precipitation but the big rains moving in early tomorrow morning. It can work at SH and LH but watch the venturi areas I think…

RB – a WWB day! ;)

PV – NW winds 10-15kts with climbs to just below mountain top height. It will probably go to mountain top height but it is not that great flying conditions I think.

Wilderness – A sweet sheltered area with a light onshore flow for the mid parts of the day. Probably not enough for good soaring along the ocean cliffs but Serpentine and Sedgefield will be the places to hang out. Climbs to 1500 on the cards but the wind veers to the NW up there so if you climb that high it might get a bit bumpy. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with a tad more SSE trend and climbs at Uppies to 2500’ on the cards. IT could even be doable at Keurbooms…

PE and PA – Light SW to S winds along the coast. IT trends more East in the afternoon in the east.

EL – Strong West winds far inland with initially a SE trend along the coast penetrating to near Hogsback. Some convergence between the coastal winds and the inland West. The west looks a bit strong for flying with mid to upper teens but the SE more moderate with climbs to 4k in here. (The west winds the instability going much higher) The SE will trend more E to NE later on. (You guys must be getting vat this week with all the food Steff has supplied!) lol

Inland – Strong NW winds with some prefrontal trend in places – gusts exceeding 30kts in the higher spots. The coastal southerly surface wind penetrating to the SB late afternoon otherwise it is mostly westerly. It should be a sweet propeller day if you remain below 2500’ late afternoon on the coastal flats…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:09 and setting at 17:59 (Day length is 10 hrs and 50 min). A beautiful day with a slight bite in the air. Perfect for doing everything and anything. Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature another 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(13 August 2020) 
Day 140 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating the WC weather with a weak ridge nudging in some cooler air over the western parts in the south. Still those very strong SW winds along the southern and especially the eastern parts but it moderates further west as we move towards the centre of the SAH ridge. Instability around everywhere and if the wind is not too strong (in the west) it should be good flying. Plenty of Q’s today too but it starts to dry out deeper inland. Mostly confined to the southern parts of the WC. Winds are W to NW up to 6k where a chance takes place – backing to the SW and then remains SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50-60kts finish. Freezing level around 10-11k.

CT – Looks like a sweet NW wind around 10-15kts with the inversion around 4k. Some clouds around, especially along the mountains. 12 Apostles would be really amazing today I think. Maybe SLP and FH. Watch the wind chance at 4k (NW to SW). Early is better with lighter winds around 10kts here I think.

RB – WWB out playing a lot lately…;)

PV – That W layer with a change at MNT top height – it seems funny stuff here with the forecasts saying it veers more north before a sudden backing to the SW. Hhhmm… I think it will just be West with the upper flow at the inversion changing to the SW. Should be good flying up to 4k… Some Q’s to the south.

Wilderness – Very strong Westerlies this morning with a slow backing to the SW but remaining strong until lunchtime. From lunchtime onwards it should moderate enough for some good coastal flying. There is even a chance of late afternoon flight at Sedge if the winds drop enough.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but stronger so not really happening for you guys today…

PE and PA – Very strong SW on the cards so it does not look like a flying day…

EL – Again the winds too strong today so it does look like some more eating games on the cards! ;)

Inland – Climbs to 5/6k with all westerly winds and SW above that. 10kts average mostly – the trend is increasing to the east and less in the west.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:11 and setting at 17:59 (Day length is 10 hrs and 487 min). Another windy day but late afternoon should be sweet for walking on the beach. Either way, go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(12 August 2020) 
Day 139 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another wintery day around the WC with the CF westerlies dominating – helped along by the SAH. Strong winds again as another CF is approaching CT even while they are still in some post frontal air. More rain for this evening expected when the CF makes landfall tonight. Strong NW to W winds in the interior with some spots again touching on that 40kts mark. Loads of low cloud around in the west during the morning with a slight chance of rain – base around 2k with tops in the 6k range. Drying out a lot towards the GR where the NW to W winds will dominate again. Towards PE and PA again the dominating SW winds on the cards but slightly less in the eastern interior with 10-15kts in a few spots – so maybe some flying to be had around Hogsback today… Winds remain WNW with height all the way to the Tropopause with a 100kts finish. Freezing level between 7k in the west and 10k in the east.

CT – Cloudy and some rain – most over the mountains with strong NW winds all day. Base around 2k…

RB – WWB strongly in action…;)

PV – Clagged in, base around 2k and tops at 6k with a chance of rain and strong NW winds all day…

Wilderness – Again those strong WNW winds dominating but a slight sheltered region in the Wilderness corner that might even produce short spells of some flyable conditions along the coast. It looks to be too west I think but we do live in hope! ;) Sedge is west but climbs could go to 5k! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but even stronger Westerlies all day…

PE and PA – Morning offshores that will trend to the SW in the afternoon.

EL – From PA side towards EL the coastal winds are lighter with a southerly trend. Late afternoon sees a complete backing to the NE from the east of EL. Inland the WNW dominate but around Hogsback there is some Southerly influence that in places could be flyable – possibly getting over 7k in some spots. Maybe less eating for the Hogsback guys today..? ;)

Inland – Again those very strong WNW winds with 40kts in some of the high places. Very cloudy towards the west with some clouds and good base further eastwards. IF not for the strong winds it could be a sweet day out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:12 and setting at 17:58 (Day length is 10 hrs and 47 min). Another windy day best spent in the sheltered forests. Or again in the lee of Gerrickes point if you are in the know! Either way, go get high on life! ;) Max temperature another windy 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(11 August 2020) 
Day 138 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Yesterday Grove flew at Lone hill to Louvain - getting to 6000' a few times! He says he was too cold (and too scared!) to take a picture for us but the views were of the best he has ever seen form p there! (Good flight Grove!) ;) Strong frontal movements the order of the days for this week by the looks of things as the frontal driven westerlies sweep across the WC – the exception being the eastern coastal part where the IOH still has some hold with NE coastal winds out there. There is a strong SW buster that will shape up and move up the coast between PE and EL this afternoon. The Cold Front rain being dropped along the west coast mountains leaving slightly drier air over the interior with passing showers out there. Base low in the west but rising to the east. Instability around but it is varied perhaps due to the wet ground in many places. Winds are 20-30ts in most places with a fee 40kts spots in the interior today. So west coast its westerly winds around 20kts, the interior its westerlies around 30-40kts, the southern coastal areas it is westerlies 20-30kts and even to the east in the EC it is westerlies 20-30kts. IT remains west all the way to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish up there. Freezing level around 5500’ in the west and 10k in the east as the front moves in.

CT – Rainy and strong westerlies with some clearing for the afternoon. It looks like it remains strong for flying but maybe some dune gooning for the hangies on the west coast in those secret spots?

RB – Again WWB is out and alive! (but there is a west facing slope up there!) ;)

PV – Clagged in, rainy and strong west winds all day I think…

Wilderness – Small chance of rain but mostly its very strong and gusty westerly winds going slightly WSW in the mid part of the day but it looks like its not enough south and remaining too strong… Hhhmm…

Plett – Even stronger Westerlies all day…

PE and PA – A deceptively sheltered start along part of the coastline here with some light winds around but then the SW will start to shape up and form into a strong buster between PE and EL this afternoon. (See graph)

EL – Light east winds to start  with but increasing and backing to the NE to the east during the day. The major change comes in the shape of a buster moving up the coast from the west reaching EL around 16:00… Strong W winds in the interior which will increase as the buster moves in. It is not looking good for flying around Hogsback. More eating for the Hogsback guys..? ;)

Inland – Exceptionally strong westerlies far inland with 40kts in places. High base along the Sutherland escarpment – perhaps at 10k. Some scattered showers intensifying to the west. Not good for flying…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:13 and setting at 17:57 (Day length is 10 hrs and 45 min). A windy day best spent in the sheltered forest walks. Or in the lee of Gerrickes point if you are in the know! Either way, go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a windy 19 degrees11 C! Enjoy the day! :))



(10 August 2020) 
Day 137 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF leaving some sweet unstable air in its wake – there should be loads of Q’s around to show us a good looking sky! Circulation mostly dominated by the inland HP system with a large anticlockwise circulation around SA. NE winds along the norther west coast which backs more N to NW closer to CT. It is still a tad on the strong side here with 15-20kts and a slight chance of some precipitation. Winds are light in the interior with around 4-6k AGL depth of instability. A W to NW flow around the WC interior mostly. The southern coastal areas starting with strong Westerlies backing during the course of the day to finish with a SE trend along the GR. Further west it remains more SW all day and increases in strength. The EC with strong West inland and SW along the coast. Winds are N to NW initially but then backs to the WNW all the way to the tropopause for a 100kt finish. Freezing level around 10k.

CT – IT could be a great 12 Apostles day for the hangies most probably. Might be a tad strong for the PG. Late morning with some thicker clouds so the afternoon seems to be the better time to fly. SLP and FH too strong today…

RB – WWB is out and alive!

PV – N to NW wind initially but the late afternoon sees a slight backing to the NW. 10-15kts with some climbs around to 4k. Could be a good day to the south of Dasklip I think.

Wilderness – It is looking like a super flying day today with good soaring along the ocean cliffs for the late morning until after lunch. The backing and slackening making Sedge worth a look especially as the instability could see some good climbs – earlier perhaps to 4k though the winds will be strong at that point for flying here. Map could be good for students late afternoon.

Plett – Stronger W to SW flow here with the S coming in later in the afternoon. Keurbooms looking really sweet as soon as the wind straightens enough and Uppies has a window between 13 and 14 for climbs to 5k! (As soon as it is light enough to fly – seems a tad strong earlier on!)

PE and PA – The SW blowing just too strong all day here for anything to work – maybe Maitlands for the hangies?

EL – Also not looking that great with the strong flow following the CF up the coast – 15-20kts inland and more along the coast… Another day of eating out there? ;)

Inland – The strong winds confined to the coastal areas with lighter stuff inland around the central WC. A general W to NW flow pattern with some sweet instability all around. Du Toits farm could offer some late sunset veering to the N for a sweet sunset flight... Worth keeping an eye on that one. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:14 and setting at 17:57 (Day length is 10 hrs and 43 min). A windy start but moderating and going onshore to the SE later in the day. A walk along the beach or a walk in the shelter of the forests. Either way, go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a coolish 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(9 August 2020) 
Day 136 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A wave of Cold Fronts pushing through lashing the WC with strong westerly winds and loads of rain along the western mountain ranges. A few odd showers to the east of this line but blustery strong westerly winds all over the show. Cold inland temps today at 7 degrees with some instability around but of course the winds just shredding those thermals apart making for a high B/S ration everywhere. The 50kts level less than 1000’ AGL in a few spots today! (See graphs!) 25kts plus shear values around so highly unlikely to be a flyable spot around today. Winds remain westerly all the way up to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish. Freezing level down to around 6500’.

CT – Base around 2k with tops 10-12k. Lots of rain on the cards here today with westerly winds around the 20kt surface range.

RB – Rain and WWB is very active!

PV – Rain with base at 2 and tops at 10k with strong westerly winds all day.

Wilderness – Slight chance of rain but mostly just very windy with WNW winds 20kts but after lunch some moderation expected with a WSW direction. Highly unlikely the dunes will be flyable but fingers crossed anyways! ;)

Plett – Stronger Westerlies here with no S in it…

PE and PA – WNW trending more west during the day with some sheltered spots in the bay later in the afternoon on the surface only…

EL – Very strong Westerlies inland and even stronger SW along the coast all day long. Doesn’t look like a flyable day here so the Hogsback crowd probably going to eat themselves silly! ;)

Inland – Again those strong W winds spoiling any chance of flying with the 50kts level less than 1000’ AGL in a few spots! A few showers out there too…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:15 and setting at 17:56 (Day length is 10 hrs and 41 min). A windy day with WNW winds and a slight onshore trend later in the day. Walk down wind along the beach or find shelter in the forests. Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a coolish 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(8 August 2020) 
Day 135 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! And an amazing flying ay yesterday too – the pilots who risked going to DuToit’s farm rewarded with some great-great flying until way after sunset! (Grove flew Louvains - got just over 4k and landed at the guest farm!) :) Today a big prefrontal day with a coastal low preceding the front dominating the weather in the west while the IOH is doing its thing in the east and also in the interior. Mostly very strong NW winds (40kts at TM top expected) but 20-30kts in most interior places except for the southern coastal areas where there will be a light s to SE flow pattern as the IOH NE winds creep further down the coast. Strong wave effects today with 8m/s climbs over De Doorns! The wind remains NW with height with a 140kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 10-12k.

CT – Those very strong N to NW winds all day with strong wind shear expected.

RB – Again WWB is very active!

PV – Very strong N to NW winds here all day too….

Wilderness – A sheltered and light offshore start which will remain light for the day but trending to the S and SE later on. Sedge with a smidgeon of up flow but the inversion just about at launch height so nothing really good expected there today. Even Buffs is looking too weak…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with a tad more SE so not good there either…

PE and PA – Initial offshores then a easterly trend – picking up in the afternoon. PA strong NE all day here….

EL – NE from the start getting to 30kts later in the day in places. Inland its strong NW with a high wind shear factor in most places of 25kts…

Inland – Those strong NW winds spoiling any chance of flying as the CF approaches from the west. Wind shear exceeding 25kts in most spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:16 and setting at 17:55 (Day length is 10 hrs and 40 min). A sheltered light wind day for Wilderness making it perfect for walks on the beach or in the forest. Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a comfy 22 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(7 August 2020) 
Day 134 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A classic IOH dominance day – the air circulating anti clockwise inland so that the west coast is offshore (and strong in the north) and the southern coastal regions (close to the coast) northerly. The south coast having that E to SE wind direction trend while it is W to NW along the west coast in some spots. Some great flying on the cards in a few inland spots with some instability up to 5 perhaps 6k. No clouds expected so a blue day on the cards. The EC also having some good spots  -notably around Hogsback today. (See graphs) Winds remain N until above the inversion where it backs to the west all the way to the Tropopause for a 130kts finish. Freezing level around 10k.

CT – Light NW flow with gentle increase with height – 10kts at TM top height so it could be a sweet day if you can bench up at LH to get onto the 12 Apostles. SLP and FH could also be really good with light NW winds but just note around 3/4k the wind does veer back to the North so it could influence things a bit. (Makes flying not boring! Lol)

RB – WWB is out today. There is a sweet looking Sea Breeze convergence setting up over Atlantis – maybe that aero towing thing is a great idea to connect with this kind of thing… ;)

PV – There is a sweet but shallow SW with climbs perhaps to mountain top height. The only thing is the wind is N to NE above that making for an interesting mix… lol. It’s a maybe day I think – pending which airmass will dominate around MNT top height.

Wilderness – A NE start which will veer to the east to SE during the day. Some instability around with initial climbs at Serps and Sedge perhaps to 1500’ but the wind is very east so not too promising for flying. Map is a maybe in the afternoon though it is looking a tad light (but lets hope the forecasts are wrong!) My spot to chose for our area is Buff where the wind will be strong enough for good soaring. Might even get blow out here… ;) Gerrickes point is a maybe – doesn’t look south enough for a bench-up. The north sides is looking amazing today though…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with more east so not good there either… (Buffs is close enough!) ;)

PE and PA – Initial offshores then a SW trend that will back to the east late afternoon. Some Q’s from here and eastwards so it does look like a good flying day inland.

EL – SW coastal winds backing to the SE and E during the day. Inland SW but going NE in most spots. Hogsback showing some convergence today with climbs close to 9k and even some sweet looking Q’s. 3-600ft/min climbs at the best times – 12 – 15:00. Lekker!

Inland – Du Toits north looking very good with climbs to 5500’ and winds never exceeding 15kts at height. It could be one of those sweet days all the way till sunset… Further north - north of the SB it is N to NE winds – some 20kts spots over the high lying ground again but moderating during the day it seems.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:17 and setting at 17:55 (Day length is 10 hrs and 38 min). Still cold air around with the winds easterly in direction. No rain and no clouds expected. Looks great for walks on the beach else its hot chocolate and good book weather! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(6 August 2020) 
Day 133 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! So yesterday was a special but cold winters day of flying all over the WC. Here’s some cool pics of some of the province wide action – just love those colours form the Swartland valley (thanks for the pic Adam!). Today another strong CF passed through the night, this time leaving some snow in its wake on the higher grounds inland. A strong SAH helping to move the cold air far into the interior with a fresh S to SW flow of wind. Winds are pretty strong in most areas so not much prospects of flying except around the Peninsula and surrounds (A nice change!) ;) Still the cold unstable air with clouds around – base ranging from 2/3k near the coast up to 9k near Sutherland Escarpment where the southerlies are pushed even way further into the interior. Winds remain South with height with a veering to the West just before the Tropopause for a 130kts finish over the interior but 70kts S over the south coast regions. Freezing level around 5000’.

CT – Southerly winds around 10kts – nice and light with a large sheltered  area around LH and SH today. Later it will trend SW here but still probably less than 10kts. Base looks to be around 2-3k with a chance of some thermic activity here. SLP too much south in it (Herm too much SW!) FH similar with the southerly but Du Toits could be more SW however there’s a bit of a SSE at altitude… lol.

RB – Right direction but could be a bit light. Maybe maybe later in the day…

PV – Still looking good here like yesterday but with more wind and a southerly direction in it.

Wilderness – Strong SW up along the south coast today with a slight chance of the Wilderness corner moderating enough in the afternoon to be dune goonable. :) Inlnad some good clouds but the winds are just too strong today…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with more punt in the SW wind!

PE and PA – Also like Wilderness with a slightly better chance of rain and even more punt in the wind! Lol

EL – Strong SW winds along the coast and inland. Very cloudy with OD in places and just too strong to fly anywhere today.

Inland – The wind backing to the south further inland and moderating. Snow around the escarpment regions especially in the east. Some high and cold bases out here… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:18 and setting at 17:54 (Day length is 10 hrs and 36 min). A cold windy day but it does seem like the rain is not on the cards for the day. Looks great for walks on the beach else its hot chocolate and good book weather! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 14 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))

 



(5 August 2020) 
Day 132 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The Cold Front sweeping past Maputo today while the SAH is shaping a sweet ridge along the southern parts with a trough in the central regions. There is an amazing mass of unstable air behind this front with what promises to be not a too a shabby winters flying day. :) (But dress warm!). Some sweet looking Q’s around marking those lovely thermals with climbs 3-500ft/min (might get some stronger ones around PV today). Winds are light S to SE in general along the southern parts except around the Peninsula with 15-20kts in places. Inland very similar with a gentle veering around to the west and then NW further inland we go. There’s rain mostly out to sea with the odd chance of a few spots reaching the shore, especially around the PE side. Winds go back to NW from 10k upwards with a slow backing to the W for a 150kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level just shy of 5k.

CT – Again some fresh SSE winds around 15-20kts. It is a deep layer withbase around 4k and little wind-shadow shaping up. Hermanus looks doable with enough south in the wind at launch at 10kts or so. SLP and FH with too much S and even SSE in it – so to Du Toits today. Maybe if you are hardcore! ;)

RB – IT is looking great to me!

PV – The better spot of the day I think. Strong climbs and some Q’s around all the way to 5k – maybe even a tad more. SSW winds up to 10kts.

Wilderness – A light SSE day but with amazing unstable air around. It is very wet from all the rain form yesterday so probably will only start working later than expected I think. Also a chance of some OD. But a good chance of some climbs close to 4k over Sedge doable today. 5-7kts mostly but possibly 10kts with some luck. I think the coast probably a tad too light but maybe light scratching possible at times. You will be close to freezing level once at cloud so dress warm! lol

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with a tad more SE in the direction.

PE and PA – Rain out to sea with a chance of some stuff moving onto the shore. Winds are S to SE light in the morning but picking up a tad in the afternoon.

EL – Similar to PE but with a tad more push in the East wind later in the day. Again the chance of some OD conditions inland otherwise also looking amazingly unstable for flying with sweet flat Q’s around – best window from 11:30/12 to maybe 14:00. East winds in general.

Inland – Light winds with an E to SE trend. A chance of some light rain and low cloud in the Langkloof and northwards of there at times. Otherwise very cold conditions with freezing level at mountain top near Swartberg. Unstable conditions but with the wet ground around there could be some sweet propeller flying areas around.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:18 and setting at 17:532 (Day length is 10 hrs and 35 min). A cold day with light winds around. If you are not flying walks on the beach should be cool else its hot chocolate and good book weather! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 12 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(4 August 2020) 
Day 131 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Yesterday some lucky pilots getting some good flying at  Sedgefield and DuToits pass near CT. Sweet! Today the CF dominating the WC weather today with cold rainy and windy conditions all over the region. Winds are SW with a southerly trend along the western parts and SW along the southern coastal areas. It is SW inland all the way to a line form Uppington to De Aar towards the EC coast, where it is NW (strong prefrontal). Rain for most of the southern regions with the large SB mountains blocking most of the rain from moving further north. Base around 2k in general with tops around 8k (It does vary slightly form place to pace). Rain probably putting  stop to any flying with the exception of CT for RB where the hangies might might have a shot at getting some strong Southerly air. The winds remain SW to around 10k where it veers to the West all the way to the Tropopause for a strong 150kts finish up there! Freezing level around 4000ft in the SW corner but seems there’s too much rain around for snow…

CT – Strong (20kts) deep Southerlies all day with base around 2k and tops at 8k with rain on and off.

RB – A maybe day if the rain stays away.

PV – Very southerly in direction but also the CF with 2k base and 8k tops. Rain on and off…

Wilderness – Strong SW winds with the rain on the cards for most of the day. (You had to have had your chance yesterday it seems!) ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Very strong SW winds along the coast with rain on and off all day.

EL – Similar to PE are with strong SW coastal winds and then the SW penetrating inland during the afternoon making for some very turbulent and sheary conditions where it mixes with the inland W to NW winds.

Inland – SW winds for the Oudtshoorn valley and north of there. Some good looking clouds north of that but strong wins at 15kts increasing with height. It is very cold out there so dress warm for you adventure!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:19 and setting at 17:52 (Day length is 10 hrs and 33 min). A real winters day with rain and strong winds. Dress warm for your outing or find a sheltered corner with hot chocolate and a good book! Either way go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cold 13 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(3 August 2020) 
Day 130 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF into CT today helped along by the SAH. A trough along the western parts of the country while the IOH is doing its thing in the east. Winds are NW inland with20-30kts along the higher grounds – a little less than yesterday – but conditions are still strong NW to W in the inland regions. A WSW along the southern parts and around EL the change over to the IOH NE winds along the eastern coastal regions. Still winter conditions with light to moderate climbs – mostly around 2-300ft/min with the best parts around 500ft/min. Winds are NW all the way up to just before the Tropopause where it backs to the West for a 120kts finish. Freezing level is around 11000’ but it is expected to drop to less than 4000’ by tomorrow morning so snow possible on the higher grounds.

CT – A cloud layer around 2k with the tops around 4k. IT looks like it will thicken later in the afternoon with an increased chance of rain. Winds are westerly with a few variations around the Peninsula. It is 20kts from 2k upwards except in the SW parts of the Peninsula so maybe some soaring along the lower ocean cliffs possible if the rain stays away. SLP and FH probably clagged in but also too strong.

RB – WWB.

PV – Looks like the best spot of the day with light westerly winds and climbs to 3-3500’. The larger cliffs o the south of Dasklip launch looking very sweet for a afternoon flight along them.

Wilderness – A SW day with some strong stuff out to sea – it might pop in to the coast so keep a good look out. Else it looks around 5-10kts mostly with Sedge also showing promise of offering a good day. Climbs to 4/500m possible.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies maybe going up to 2500’

PE and PA – SW winds along the coast with the inland parts too strong NW. Maitlands probably doable, The SW stops just after PA where the change over to the NE happens – settled east of EL.

EL – Too strong inland today I think with 15-20kts in most spots. The coast with light winds all within the change over region from SW to NE. (See graph)

Inland – Strong NW winds trending W further south. Again not the best of days with some prefrontal strong winds on the cards. 50kts around 8k…Strong wind shear north of the Outenikwas ranges (See graph) Some good flying along the coast possible.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:20 and setting at 17:52 (Day length is 10 hrs and 32 min) Some more cooler wind from the ocean today but still perfect for hiking in the forest or on the beach– go get high on life! ;) Max temperature a cool 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))




(2 August 2020) 
Day 129 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! An approaching CF tightening those isobars so loads of strong bergwinds around today. Far inland the high spots around the Sutherland escarpment winds expected to reach the 40kts mark! Most of the WC with a shear value exceeding 20kts. So its not the best day to try go out flying. Lol. The inland high still dominating with the IOH doing its thing in the east with some strong NE coastal winds along the eastern coast. The offshores expected to dominate for most of the day along the southern coastal areas with very high temps (close to 30 in many spots!) but a SW pulse expected very late in the afternoon. The EC might be the exception with possibly some flying out there as the berg winds not quite reaching that far in the scary strength department for today. (But it is still a maybe around the Hogsback area). The wind remaining NW all the way up with a slight backing to the W at the Tropopause for a 60kt finish up there. Freezing level still up at the 13k level.  

CT – Some lighter surface wind but very strong higher up. 20kts plus lurking from around 2000’ upwards so be very careful if you get tempted to go fly anywhere. SLP and FH all scary conditions today so beware…

RB – WWB.

PV – All northerlies with 20kts plus at mountain top level and stable…

Wilderness – Strong NW winds all day with that SW pulse looking like it might get to us around 17:00. But even then it looks pretty strong and it could be a mixy turbulent one. Be careful if you are trying for that CP or dune gooning flight. lol

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but the SW not making it here…

PE and PA – Strong NW winds all day but the coastal NE making inroads from the afternoon onwards. It is NW inland and not good…

EL – A chance of some flying here as the NE form the IOH dominating and slightly less strength in the inland W to NW winds. Strong convergence again today so if you are on it you could pick a spot!

Inland – Those NW killing all flying today with that string wind shear factor of 25kts almost everywhere. So find a good book and some red wine to chill today… lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:21 and setting at 17:50 (Day length is 10 hrs and 30 min) A hot berg wind day – pretty windy but again some shelter in Lienkies corner for the beach goers. IT is however perfect for hiking – go way up into the mountains and get high on life! ;) Max temperature a really hot 27 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(01 August 2020) 
Day 128 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Today looking not too shabby. The IOH with a weak ridge along the southern parts, the inland trough along the west coast being the major players in the WC weather. Winds are NW inland in general and light S to SE along the southern parts and S to SW along the west coast areas. Some fog patches around in the south but this should all clear by late morning. No clouds expected. More stable in the west with an increase in the instability to the east along the coastal regions. Inland though the northerly air mass dry with some depth in the instability. This mas also gets better to the east (Once again the Drakensberg areas being superb for flying.) The usual 20kts plus over the higher escarpments but much lighter in the valleys with a West trend later in the day. The coastal southerly penetrating to around the Swartberg ranges too. The wind remains NW to around 0k where it starts to back to the west then SW at the Tropopause at 60kts. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – The surface winds trending SE but it backs quickly to the NE then N from around 1=1500ft AGL. Fairly light so a sweet windshadow around LH and SH with some light thermals to just above launch during the mid day part I think. Around 10kts at TM top height but perhaps more in the venturi’s… SLP looks like the shallow SE just enough to meddel the flying there… Same at FH but perhaps a better chance from lunchtime onwards of the NW taking over. Perhaps the corner on the DuToits pass could work for some light thermic soaring again…

RB – Too light…

PV – Again frustrating shallow surface inversion with the northerlies above that… To the far north just past Klawe it looks like a amazing seabreeze convergence moving in late afternoon (see graph) Not sure how you will connect with that one though… Maybe aero towing? Hhhmmm,,,

Wilderness – Some light soaring at Sedge yesterday but today actually looks a bit better. Winds looks like a light SSW start then backing ot the SE later in the day. It is weak with maybe 5-7kts at times. Some sweet instability at Sedge with just enough depth in it to have fun in. Climbs to 500m perhaps? Best time from as early as 10:30 with some luck otherwise just before mid-day before the wind goes too much SE.

lett – Similar to Wilderness but with more SE so Uppies direction not the nest. Climbs maybe to  just over 1500 but it is light…

PE and PA – Light offshore to WSW start that will back to the east eventually. Nothing above 10kts but lighter in most places. Again the inland W to NW coverging with the seabreeze ins some spots with some amazing conditions if you can pin point or luck into the right place. ;) See graph!

Inland – Dominating NW that will trend more west later in the day. 10kts average. Some light instability around with 3k AGL in general. The coastal southerly penetrating to the Swartberg Range mostly by 16:00. Excellenr propeller flying in the south all day long. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:22 and setting at 17:50 (Day length is 10 hrs and 28 min) Another amazing day with everything to play with on the cards. Light winds and mild temps. Perfect for walking on the beach or in a forest somewhere. (Or way up into the mountains even!) Go out and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(31 July 2020) 
Day 127 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A day of HPS dominating everywhere – not a cloud in the sky today. The SAH dominating in the west and the inland H inland with loads of subsidence in the west but some cool instability in the eastern parts of the country – over the Berg – Sanie Pass would be the place to launch to day with strong climbs to over 14k! (Hans you lucky ding!) ;) Back home its nothing of the sorts with winds W to NW inland with 20kts plus over the higher escarpments again – this will trend westerly in the south and NE offshores in the far northern west coast regions – perhaps 3k AGL instability in a few spots. A shallow Southerly in a few spots around CT but W above that. The southern coastal regions very light winds with 5-7kts on the cards. The inversion very shallow here today unlike the previous days action with around 1000’AGL the norm. Winds are NW up to 6k then backs to the WSW and remains WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50-60kts finish. Freezing level up at 13000’.

CT – light wind start with a southerly direction on the surface but it is WNW above that. IT will trend SW at SH and if you can bench-up high enough you could get onto the 12 Apostles today… SLP looks sweet as the shallow SE curls around for enough up here to fly. It could be strong higher up so just watch the penetration. FH in n similar fain – looks a tad strong just above launch…

RB – Too light and WWB…

PV – Shallow inversion in the valley with a SW down low but that NNW still doing its thing up at mountain top height I think….

Wilderness – After yesterdays awesome conditions today is a bit of a let down with weak climbs expected and light SSW winds along the coast. Maybe some climbs up to 1000’ at Sedge during the best part of the day but it looks a bit light and tricky to me. Maybe it will be good! Fingers crossed! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies weak and climbs to just shy of 2k a maybe.

PE and PA – Also not the best of conditions around here but it does look a bit better than down along the GR. It is light offshore then going light onshore before trending NE along the coast – perhaps touching 10kts in places. Still some cool convergence regions inland if you can find the spot!

Inland – NW to the north trending to the west in the south. In general 10kts but its 15kts just above with a few 20kts spots on the higher grounds to the north. The eastern parts of the country the in place to be by the looks of it… lol (Hans you so lucky dude!) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:23 and setting at 17:50 (Day length is 10 hrs and 27 min) A beautiful day – light winds and mild temps. Perfect for walking on the beach or in a forest somewhere. (Or way up into the mountains even!) Go out and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(30 July 2020) 
Day 126 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF passing us through the night, once again leaving some sweet post frontal flying conditions in its wake. The SAH dominating with a ridge extending along the southern coastal areas helping with lighter and more flyable winds. Direction is generally from the SW but a few variations around – notably more southerly along the west coast and CT area. Clouds confined again to the southern parts of the WC with a few spots of OD with strato Q’s. Base between 2500 and 6k further inland. Most of the strong winds following the CF up the coast with PE and beyond showing the usual 20kts plus stuff. The rain mostly offshore but from just beyond Plett it will reach the coast with some rain eastwards from there. The GR should be good – we should be able to see the convergence offshore with the rain out there as it moves past us. (We hope!) ;) Inland light southerlies around 5kts with a gentle increase with height in the SW. Few clouds out here. The wind remains SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts finish up there. Freezing level between 10 and 12k.

CT – A southerly start over the flats with light NW to the west of the Peninsula. Looks like the southerly will take over from mid-day onwards with SW trend around LH. SLP and FH also with that funny southerly at the wrong height seemingly messing up things. (Though FH looks flyable early on with the southerly messing it up after 12:30/13:00 only...) Perhaps Bainskloof should be better with the SW trend holding. Instability up to 3500 so perhaps not the best day for XC but maybe it could be soarable along the mountains here…

RB – Too light and frustrating I think.

PV – Once again that southerly component not making it the best and the instability just too shallow with perhaps 2k in depth.

Wilderness – An amazing day yesterday for flying. With a bit of luck we might get another good day. Probably stronger coastal soaring from 11 to 13:00 and then a late afternoon at Sedge my idea of Paradise. But for the hard core dudes Sedge looks like it will produce humdinger climbs to over 3500ft between 12 and13:00! Some sweet Q’s up there too. IT looks like it will be strong but doable for the big guns… See graphs.

Plett – Tricky here today with perhaps just too much west remaining in the wind for it to become super… Maybe some OD conditions around Uppies too… Keurbooms also seemingly remaining too much west in it – but lets hope I’m wrong! ;)

PE and PA – Some rain for the better part of the day but from late afternoon it should move on. Strong SW so n maybe for the hangies at Maitlands… PA and up to EL side also a very strong W to SW day…

Inland – North of the GR it is looking very sweet with some Q’s around to just north of the Outenikwas. IT is SW but along the SB it is south and light. It could be a good day for flying here with soarable conditions along most of the range. Further north it is all less than 10kts southerly but to the east it gets stronger and veers to the west.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:24 and setting at 17:49 (Day length is 10 hrs and 25 min) A string windy morning day with cool breeze from the ocean. The clouds should become less later in the afternoon. Grab a jacket and go for that walk - get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(29 July 2020) 
Day 125 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today almost a summer pattern with the SAH dominating along the west, the trough down the centre of the country and the IOH to the east. The SAH pushing in some sweet moisture laden unstable air bringing a chance of some good flying along the parts of the WC. Base around the 2-4k level depending how far inland we are. The clouds confined to the SW areas and the southern parts of the WC by the looks of it. Winds are westerly in general with some SW and even NW variations. Kimberly with climbs to 13k and then Underberg showing 14/15k with some clouds with temps up there at -9 degrees! (Dress warm Hans!) ;) EL area with a cool seabreeze convergence setting up between the inland W and the coastal SW. Winds are WSW all the way to just before the Tropopause where it goes WNW for a 10kts finish. Freezing level around 12k.

CT – A sweet looking day with light SW around CP and W to NW at LH in general. Base around 3k but later in the day looks like it lowers to 2k. SLP will work but some lower cloud around there. FH looking amazing for the afternoon – after a morning of some varying winds from the looks of it. Maybe a good day to go XC along the mountains to the North…

RB – WWB out today! ;) (See the video of those hangies hanging out there yesterday! And that cloud street!)

PV – Hhhmm,… A bit of a southerly trend from the looks of it. Seems better to the far south than up at Kardoesie – inversion around 2500/3000’. Excellent as soon as you cross over the back…

Wilderness – Yesterday was super good along the coast and today looks like another great day on the cards. Winds look a tad lighter to me so maybe Sedge could be the place to go with climbs to just shy of 2k at the better time. (BTW – it looks like tomorrow its going to be even better!) See graphs.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 3500’. But Keurbooms again looking like the better spot to me for some sweet soaring from mid-day onwards.

PE and PA – The SW dominating with some strong spots along the coast. Some cool convergence as the SW sea breeze moves inland. Some great potential here for you guys to explore!

Inland – The SW penetrating all the way to the Southerland escarpment but it goes WNW north of there. Super amazing thermic conditions to the east of Middelberg/DeAar areas as you move more to the centre of the trough. Closer to home it is all W to SW winds inland and around 10kts.  

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:24 and setting at 17:48 (Day length is 10 hrs and 24 min) We have another clear but cool day. Again perfect for forest or beach walks with a light jacket handy. Go get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(28 July 2020) 
Day 124 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating with some influence inland form the inland HPS and then a small coastal low along the southern coastal parts helping the SAH to push in a bit of moisture for some low cloud and even a chance of light precipitation along the Overberg and the GR early evening. The winds are SE around CT and then veers to the SW along the southern coastal areas all the way to PE before the IOH influence does the E to NE winds so often found along the northern parts of the EC coast. Some strong winds inland with 20-30kts NW on the higher escarpments. But strong thermic activity inland with climbs to 12k doable in some spots if only it weren’t for the strong wind! Looks like the best spots to fly are within that shallow moist laden southerly along the southern parts of the WC today… ;) The Wind is NW with hight with a gentle backing to the W for a 130kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to around 10k.

CT – A fresh SE around 20kts with 25kts out to sea. A chance of a wind-shadow around but it looks dubious to me. Thin  layer of StratoQ’s around 2k. Maybe Hermanus might offer something if the clouds aren’t too low… Around 10kts there – supposedly. ;)

RB – Looks very sweet to me here all day long!

PV – Some instability up to 2500ft with a shallow SW. Looks like Kardoesie the best option with a nice West there for the afternoon and a soaring flight on the cards down to Skerpheuwel at least.

Wilderness – After yesterdays sweet winter SE at Map today is looking promising with a light SW along the coast – the chance of the ocean cliffs working and then Sedgefield too are all doable today I think. Sedge looks to offer some climbs to just shy of 2k on the best part. Late afternoon sees some low cloud moving in from the W. Around 10kts on the cards but there are some stronger bits out to sea which could move in though it is not predicted to do so.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 3000’. But Keurbooms also looking to produce some sweet soaring from mid-day onwards.

PE and PA – SW in the west with that NE in the east. The usual strong convergence regions with the inland west meeting the ENE from the coast – though the west is looking a tad strong for flying to me.

Inland – WNW winds making the winds just too west for flying in most the good spots. And of course the strength also a factor with 20kts plus in most spots. Climbs though can be really good with 600ft/min all the way past 10k possible in many areas inland. 12k also in a few spots. Great winter conditions if only for the 25kts winds up there! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:25 and setting at 17:48 (Day length is 10 hrs and 22 min) Another clear but cool day. Great for forest or beach walks with a nice jacket handy. Late afternoon sees some low cloud moving in and a slight chance of drizzle. ;) Max temperature around 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(27 July 2020) 
Day 123 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The front far off to our east with the IOH starting to dominate again as it shifts in over land with the large anti clockwise surface flow bringing us the characteristic inland northerlies in the WC. A SE trend along the southern coast reaching upper teens in a few spots. Most of the SE moves past CP leaving CT sheltered from the strong flow. Some unstable air in the Cf wake but it is to as deep as we had hoped. Instability up to 3k AGL in the best spots. The southern west coast with just 1-2k of soaring depth but a bit further north there is a sea breeze convergence between the NE inland flow and the up moving southerly that curls west flowing inland here. (See graph) Inland the Northerlies reaching 20kts again over the higher grounds but it is much less in the valleys with the southern regions mostly less than 10kts. It trends NE here. The wind remains Northerly up to the 8/9k level before backing to the WSW but with a very distinct strength difference in the upper air – see graph. It is 100kts plus over CT while Plett has just 15kts. Freezing level around 12k.  

CT – A fresh SE in the south but it moderates into town. A shallow Southerly that changes around 1k backing to the east and then north all less than 10kts It is north at TM top height. SH and LH probably flyable most of the day…

RB – Too light and frustrating here today… ;)

PV – The inversion pretty low at 1-1500AGL and a surface southerly with the Northerlies above that. Not the best day out here…

Wilderness – Looking like a sweet soaring day here with some nice instability around – climbs to 2k mostly perhaps a tad higher over the back. Winds will start southerly but quickly back to the SE. The Map looks like it should be sweet after lunchtime with 10kts on the cards. Sedge will have a window between 10:30 and 11:30 of getting away in enough south to go XC. Maybe fly to Map today? Serpentine looking amazing with climbs past ceiling(careful!) but it should be easy to fly to Map from here… Buffs looks like a short window before becoming too strong by mid-day. Even Gerrickes having a moment of a bench-up to the top.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 2500. It is SE here all day.

PE and PA – An E to SE coastal flow around 10kts mostly so perhaps ome of those coastal spots working. Good convergence areas setting up between the inland Northerlies and the coastal inflow again.

Inland – The wind has too much NE in it for DuToits areas to be worth it. Climbs to just past 5k on the best time but the winds here going to much east I think. IT looks sweet for hike and fly along the Outenikwas though with light winds all the way up past 5k… :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:26 and setting at 17:47 (Day length is 10 hrs and 21 min) A clear but cold day. So go for that forest or beach walk but dress warm! ;) Max temperature around 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



( 26 July 2020) 
Day 122 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A big change from the last few summer in winter days as the CF moved in during the early hours of this morning onto the WC. Cold unstable air with rain everywhere. It does clear around CT with most of the rain from early this morning with a SE wind. The southern coastal areas with rain for most of the day with a SW wind, increasing in strength the further east we go. Base looks around 2k with tops early on around 10k but the tops will lower during the day and so too the chance of precipitation. Freezing level pretty high (6800’) ;) so no chance of snow this time around. Past the first mountain ranges the clouds should start to open up with some good looking Q’. Base mostly around 6k inland of the bigger mountains with above the Great Escarpment some Q’s at 9k. The winds are SW in the east and SE in the west. The CF layer Southerlies up to the 6-9k mark and then a sharp veering to the West. The west wind remaining all the way to the Tropopause with a huge 150kts finish up there!

CT – A fresh wet SE start with the SE at 15kts all the way to 4k. On the surface t will increase to 20ts for the afternoon. No usable wind-shadow today but it does clear with no rain probably from late morning already.

RB – As soon as the rain stops it could be a sweet day here! Muddy but sweet! ;)

PV – Mostly clear skies but the wind with too much South and even some SE in it.

Wilderness – Rain mostly but a chance of some clearing later in the afternoon as most of the rain should be inland on the mountains. The wind is SW trending a tad to the SSW around 10-15kts. It just might turn into an amazing coastal soaring day later on… Be ready for those gaps n the rain. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with a bit more wind – base around 3k. Uppies probably a bit strong and Keurbooms too much west in it.

PE and PA – The sweet soaring stuff now gone and instead we have the frontal westerlies – WSW on the coast and ore West inland but too strong to fly – 30kts plus on the coast! All day.

Inland – The wind most southerly with a SW trend in the east and SE in the west. The rain confined to the southern parts with the mighty Swartbergs doing the dividing. Wind 20kts in some higher spots but moderating north of the SB. Some sweet looking Q’s north of that.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:27 and setting at 17:46 (Day length is 10 hrs and 20 min) Its winter in all its glory. Find a warm fire with a good book and some hot chocolate. ;) Max temperature around 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(25 July 2020) 
Day 121 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A typical winters pattern today as the approaching CF is setting the scene for usurping the IOH and its inland effects. The winds increasing today to the point that even for the eastern Cape things probably becoming a bit strong. Around CT the front moving onto CP by late afternoon already. Rain from early hours of the morning and then spreading to the Southern coastal regions by tomorrow late morning. The wind inland strong with the Great Escarpment with close to 40kts this morning and 20-30kts in on the other higher spots – the shear factor in many spots exceeding 25kts – so not really a flying day. One owuld expect wave with the strong winds but the isother layer aove the high inversion so wave only starting from 10k upwards today (For what its worth!) ;) Despite the strong wind that is spoiling the fun the sweet winter instability still around inland with lift up to that inversion around the 9k level. The Cookhouse area producing some of the best convergence I have seen in a long time (see the graph) and then those at Hogsback could luck into some sweet flying today by remaining in the convergence zone and avoiding the stronger wind. (See graph) But just to let the CT boys in on a West Coast secret there is that sweet Sea Breeze convergence setting up NW of Nieuwoudtville, just when the strong N makes way for a slightly lighter West moving in from the coast. Over 10k doable here with a bit of luck! (See graph) ;)  The wind remaining NW all the way to the Tropopause where it backs more westerly for a 110kts finish. Freezing level at 9500 over CT and 13k near EL.

CT – A cold surface layer with light NW winds wind some sporadic fog patches while the NW is blowing up top. 30kts at TM top height. Its strong NW everywhere so not a flying day. Maybe worth a drive to Nieuwoudtville and exploring the big passes out there? (Perhaps best suited to the Hardcore hangies - if they still exist!)

RB – WWB!

PV – Also the prefrontal NW winds and strong but late afternoon does see a backing to the west and moderating a tad – so could be some ridge soaring on the cards then…

Wilderness – The strong NW offshores dominating all day once again. Late afternoon sees the SW pulse moving up the coast but it does not penetrate with any brunt into Wilderness. Maybe around 17:00 if you are desperate along the coast you could find a drop in the bucket to play with…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Strong NW winds all day – it actually builds in the afternoon. There is still sweet unstable conditions inland and some strong convergences setting up around Cookhouse (WNW meeting up with the NNW here( while downwind from Hogsback there’s the sweet slack area of converging air between the NW from inland converging with the SW from the southern coast and the NE from the North coast. This area producing a col region where you can escape the strong and building NW winds. Go study those Apps and find the safe sweet flying spots!

Inland – The wind-shear expected to exceed 25kts in many places. Strong on the Sutherland escarpment at near 40kts. It’s a typical prefrontal day so if you have a choice stay on the ground. The only exceptions are in the far east where the winds are still not affected by the approaching CF. Lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:27 and setting at 17:45 (Day length is 10 hrs and 18 min) Its another sweet summers day in winter! The bergwinds making it great for forest walks or even getting a suntan on the beach! Go and get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 25 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(24 July 2020) 
Day 120 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH inland flow still dominating with the changes happening in the west as an approaching CF is tightening up some of those isobars with stronger Northerlies in these areas. Still a slight ridge from the SAH causing things not to go the classic frontal approach pattern with a slight slackening late afternoon for the SW areas of the WC. A blue cloudless day it seems which just prevents the sweet winter soaring weather form being perfect. That sweet mass of dried inland air still delivering the goods with climbs up to 9k very doable in the east and parts of the southern WC. The south and to the west the wind is a tad on the strong side (20kts) so most of the spots not really flyable. (except for the hardcore hangies but they are not just endangered but rare as hen’s-teeth nowadays!) ;) Some amazing sea breeze convergence along the eastern Cape coastline – to the west of this the conditions remain amazing. (See graphs) An interesting difference on the west coast is north of Klawer where there is also a sweet sea breeze convergence area (partly also the influence of that SAH ridge nudge that helps to slacken the winds here producing some flyable stuff within the otherwise too strong Northerlies. (see graph) Nice! Winds remain NW with height around 20-30kts but around 30k it backs to the W for a 110kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 11-13000’.  

CT – Looks like the north wind is going to be strong here all day long. A slight slackening in the late afternoon but probably still to strong – except maybe for those hard to find hard core hangies!

RB – WWB!

PV – So inverted with the strong N winds. The Citrusdal valley the same but into the Cederbergs things start to happen – though the winds still to strong to be of any use…

Wilderness – The NW dominating all day long with some light spurts of onshore flow now and then. It looks shallow and short lived. Mostly the inland NW is very unstable and if you could get up into it (strong!) you should get very high today). Check out the surface inversion around the Sedge area for 7 tonight! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. If you have big cahunnas you could try Bufffelsnek today – lol – get up to 9k…

PE and PA – The wind is much lighter here inland side with NW around 5-10kts mostly. The coast with a strong NE wind, especially to the north that will curl in causing some amazing convergence along the coast there. (see graph) Still amazing thermic soaring inland here with climbs perhaps not as high as yesterday closer to the coast but 7k still plenty to go for!

Inland – Strong 20-30kts in the bigger escarpments and mountain tops. More wind in the west but it is much less to the east. Great winter instability with climbs to 9k in many spots. But the wind in the Outdshoorn areas just a tad too strong. Sporadic spots with up to 20kts wind shear. So perhaps not the best for propeller thingies.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:28 and setting at 17:45 (Day length is 10 hrs and 17 min) A hot winters day making it great for forest and beach walks. Go get high on life. ;) Max temperature around 25 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(23 July 2020) 
Day 119 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another day with the IOH dominating with a sweet ridge over the country – I say sweet since the pressure gradient is weak and winds are light with some amazing soaring conditions along the southern parts of the country – the inland parts of the WC enjoying these great conditions with climbs up to the 10k mark. The western parts however having some influence from the trough and approaching front with some acceleration in the wind strengths just causing enough mixing for conditions not to be so sweet. Warm temps for most of the WC except for the southern coastal areas where there is a lot of coastal fog and some mist in the low-lying areas along the coastal plains. Mot of these should burning off by midday but a few spots along the coast hanging around stubbornly. Winds are N to NW inland with an East influence along the coast. A few inland spots touching the 20kts mark but these are mostly in the west. To the east the winds are 10kts or less. The lower areas also sheltered. Again the coastal SE shallow and curling around CP with a SW influence around SH and LH. Winds remain NW till 10k were there is a backing to the WSW all the way to the Tropopause for a 70kts in the south and 100kts in the north finish. Freezing level around 12500 in the west and 10000’ in the east.

CT – Another fogie morning but most of this should clear by midday. Probably some flying to be had at SH and LH in the shallow area along the coast to be had but it looks a but strong N up at TM height. That north increasing in strength from 2000’ upwards. SLP and Franshoek looking a bit strong I think - 20kts at 3500/4000' so be careful if you do venture into the sly up there... ;)

RB – Too light.

PV – Still the low inversion (less than 1000’) with uncomfortable North winds above that…

Wilderness – We might have some stubborn foggie stuff around for most of the day. With some luck it might clear before mid day. Within this cooler ocean layer we should get some flying in at Sedge. Probably from 12 onwards with 13:00 looking to be the best time. At most up to 1000’ but later getting less - maybe 1-200ft ATO.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies avery shallow SE and climbs to maybe a 1000’. Buffs could work for a short window between 12 and 13:00. Then the wind will back and the sea air will spoil things.

PE and PA – Offshores that will veer to the East as the sea breeze moves. Around 15kts NE to East along the coast but lighter inland. Another awesome day for flying inland with plenty of convergence spots and climbs up to 10k in the light NNW winds up there… (see the graphs)

Inland – Some of the high spots still touching the 20kts but def lighter, especially to the east. But strong N in the west. Good climbs still around with 500ft/min and 10k climbs around the southern parts of the inland areas. Again a sweet propeller late afternoon day on the cards too.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:28 and setting at 17:44 (Day length is 10 hrs and 16 min) A foggie day for the coast with a slight chance of it clearing at midday. If you need warmth go inland. ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(22 July 2020) 
Day 118 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Looks like the IOH shaping a ridge into the interior curling around Botswana with the usual NW flow pattern in the inland WC areas. A trough along the west coast again. There is also a light SE flow along the southern coastal areas which continues around CP, turning SW up the west coast. Once again a very shallow flow perhaps 1000' in depth. The SW veering to the WNW with height quickly taking over. Some fog around here for the morning but it does look like this will clear by midday. Generally lighter winds compared to yesterday with some cool instability inland (well for winter anyway) some spots showing the NW climbs going up to 10k here and there with 500ft/min climbs. (BW and Graafies areas). The coastal plains very stable again with light climbs perhaps 1500’ AGL at best. Another sweet convergence inland of PA (see graph). Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause with a 100kt finish. Freezing level around 11000k.

CT – Fog for the morning (will clear by mid-day) with a light S surface flow. It veers to the WNW at TM top height with around 15kts here. Looks stable around SH with inversion at launch height. A surface SW trend later in the day. LH might be best to handle the SW and getting up with a chance to jump to TM. Franshoek looking good to me with 5kts surface winds and a steady increase with height – 15kts at 4000’. (Maybe strong during the midday part but could be flyable there all day…)

RB – Too light.

PV – Light SW surface flow quickly veering to the NNW. Inversion around 1000 AGL. Doesn’t look good – maybe some spots for a bit of ridge soaring…

Wilderness – The trend is S to SE with some shallow instability at Sedge and Serps. You could try the Serps to Map technical XC. Probably best at Sedge from 11 to 14:00 I think. Buffs in the very late afternoon could become soarable… Worth keeping tabs on that one.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies SE and climbs to 1500’.

PE and PA – Offshores that will back to the W then SW changing to the E just after mid-day. Perhaps reaching 10kts. (Strong Seabreeze convergence inland of PA – see the graph)

Inland – Lighter NW with up to 20kts on the higher spots but in general it is around 15kts and less in the shallow valleys. Some sweet winter instability south of the great escarpment with some climbs to 10k on the cards if you are a lucky pilot o be bale to get out there… A sweet propeller late afternoon day on the cards too.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:29 and setting at 17:43 (Day length is 10 hrs and 14 min) A sweet day ahead but slightly cooler to yesterday – still a good day to get high on life! ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(21 July 2020) 
Day 117 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another sweet winters day for a lucky few. The LSH dominating inland flow with mostly the NW winds, a trough along the west coast, the IOH giving us that E to NE flow along the eastern coastal regions and the SAH with a slight SW influence in the SW corner of the WC. Still some spots touching 30kts NW over the higher escarpment areas but some interesting sea breeze convergence regions along the west coast (See Nieuwoudtville graph – climbs here perhaps to 9000’!) and on the east coast (inland of PA - see graph below). It is a blue day with no clouds and actually very stable conditions all over the show (the exceptions being the convergence regions). A slight chance of some wave in the lee of some of the bigger mountains but nothing exceptional. Along the south coast areas the NW offshores dominate for most of the day with only light onshores making it in sporadically in some parts of the afternoon. There is a slight SW push form the SW being strongest around the Agulhas areas but slowing down the further east it moves. The Peninsula showing the best promise for the day though. Winds are NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 115kts finish up there. Freezing level slightly down to 11000’.

CT – The strongest part of the day is the morning but from midday it will start to moderate. 20kts up at TM height but perhaps slightly less late afternoon. It looks like a great day for flying SH with the chance of doing the Apostle jump. Else looking epic up to 2000’ at SH/LH. SLP and FRH probably too strong but for that moderation late afternoon making them maybes. There’s still strong NW just above (20kts 4000) so this could spoilt things a bit.

RB – WWB is out.

PV – Same as yesterday - a light surface WNW but just above the NNW is still dominant. Very stable and probably too much North in it a the MT top height.

Wilderness – Looks like it might be too offshore today with warm temps. Probably some SSW onshore spurts during the day and if you are on it you could squeeze in a short soaring flight along the ocean side cliffs. Mostly this flow will probably be too light. Inland is a strong inversion – check out Sedge’s TH graph midday for 800ft level!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with some strong NW flows inland but sheltered and light onshore in the bay…

PE and PA – Those NW offshores but the IOH reaching here with those E to NE winds along the coast. Some convergence areas around where these meet – notably inland from PA – around the Stutterheim area. (See the convergence graph – climbs to 6/9k possible here!)

Inland – Still those higher spots showing strong 20-30kts NW but sweet light stuff in the  low lying valleys. Late evening in the southern parts is looking very sweet again. 15-20kts W at 5000’ but only light shear in a few spots (except near Cradock with 15kts shear around!).

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:30 and setting at 17:43 (Day length is 10 hrs and 13 min) A super duper day for the beach with warm temps – you could do the forest walks too and be just as high on life. ;) Max temperature a sweet 24 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(20 July 2020) D
ay 116 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another complex pattern with lots of influence from the pressure systems around us. The west coast trough still there with the IOH shaping a defined ridge inland maintaining those inland NW flow pattern. The SAH due south of us effecting the southern coastal areas with a light SE flow pattern with some initial low clouds except for the PE area where a small coastal low is shaping up causing a small area with a SW flow. Agulhas and CT area the SE strengthens a bit to 20kts but this be mostly out to sea as it flows past the Peninsula with a very sheltered CT and west coast region. And stable. Lol. The whole west coast area with a very shallow SW surface bit of instability up to 1000’ deep in the best of places I think. Just above the Northerlies dominate. Again just over 20kts NW over the Sutherland escarpment and a few other high lying areas with the usual winter sheltered valleys. Even out here the instability up to 2/3k AGL at the most. Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 90/100kts finish. Freezing level also 12500 region.

CT – Shallow SE around CP that will curl around the Peninsula for a WSW around SH but its very shallow. Above the wind is light up to 2k with a NE trend then backing to the N at TM top and above. Africa face could be doable with a NE of 5kts along here. Franshoek showing light NW but then from above the inversion a sharp increase in wind with 20kts at 5000. So could be sweet but depends if the top will penetrate or influence the lower areas…

RB – Again looks too light here…

PV – Same as yesterday - a light surface SW but just above the NNW is still dominant. Very stable too so not good here – too north for soaring too I think.

Wilderness – That cool SE ocean layer providing us with enough instability to create some usable thermals. The morning low cloud should disapte later this morning for a clear spel over midday but some moving in again late afternoon. Wind wise it is lighter today with less than 5kts along our ocean side – S to SE direction. So the thermic bit probably helping the flow at Sedge and maybe Serpentine for some flying. Best time looks to be 11:30 to 14:00. Sedge obviously going too east later on I think. Serps again might offer something to cling to and make your way to Map for that short XC challenge.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness (and yesterdays forecast) with Uppies showing climbs perhaps to 2-2.5k but the direction remains SE. Probably the best spot to try hang out – 2/300ft/min climbs.

PE and PA – Light offshore before the westerly shows up. It is light trending SW fr most of the day. Further up the coast it trends more NE…

Inland – Again those higher spots showing strong 20-30kts NW but sweet light stuff in the  low lying valleys. If you stay here it should be sweet propeller thingy flying. Late evening in the southern parts is looking very sweet I think. 20kts at 5000’ but only light shear in a few spots expected.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:30 and setting at 17:42 (Day length is 10 hrs and 12 min) Another cool day with a light SE breeze. Perfect for those beach walks and forest walks. ;) Max temperature a sweet 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(19 July 2020) 
Day 115 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A mix of weather system today but at least there’s nothing strong about any of them – a weak SAH in the west, a slight trough along the west coast and the IOH doing its thing in the east. Its NE to N inland during the morning but by mid-day it does trend to NW again. Inland 15kts in the strongest parts except for the Sutherland escarpment with up to 20ts spots otherwise around 5-10kts. The south coast SE trend that backs to the NE in the PE area. SE around CT too. Weak and shallow instability in most places – nothing more than 1500’AGL and of course some spots up to or just above the mountains tops. Winds are actually NNW not far AGL remaining NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – The SE looks very shallow today so many of the NW spots will probably work. LH and SH in the windshadow with light winds along the coast. SLP and also Franschoek are options today I think – perhaps and early SE shallow flow at these but it should all turn to WSW trending to the NW with height.

RB – Looks too light here…

PV – A light surface SW but just above the NNW is still dominant. Very stable too so not good here – too north for soaring too I think.

Wilderness – A light offshore ENE for the early morning but a def SE trend along the coast. Some reports showing a bit of hope for Map for just after lunch a bit of a stronger bit but I doubt it will be soarable. Sedge showing some instability up to 1500 though we probably be doing ok to get to 1000’ Its 2-300ft/min if we are lucky but the East direction probably not the best. I think from 11-12:30/13:00 the times the thermals could pull it straight enough for flying. But then Buffelsbay looking very promising today I think – could be an hour of sweet soaring on the cards here… Serps might offering something to cling to and make your way to Map for a short XC challenge.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs perhaps to 2-2.5k but the direction remains SE. Probably the best spot to try hang out – 2/300ft/min climbs. It looks very east and a low inversion up at Buffelsnek – the real N hanging out much further north.

PE and PA – Light offshore before a gently onshore turn during late morning. It will trend to the East and then even NE later on perhaps up to 15kts

Inland – Some strong 20-30kts NW along the Sutherland escarpment with less in the lower lying areas again. Some spots more westerly while in the south a SE trend near the coastal mountains. A low lying inversion with poor climbs in the shallow layer. Its not a bad day to eb flying propeller thingies though a few spots inland near the bigger mountains showing some higher values on the wind-shear scale.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:31 and setting at 17:42 (Day length is 10 hrs and 11 min) A cool day with a cooler SE breeze bringing the temp down just a bit. Still great for those beach walks and forest walks. ;) Max temperature a sweet 18 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(18 July 2020) 
Day 114 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The strong berg winds loosing power today as the CF to the south of us turns out to be a weakling, a sudden shaping up of a SAH ridge takes it out so it just a fizzles into a slight W trend with a few bits of shallow cloud. So winds around the Peninsula moderating. Further inland there’s still some oomph in the NW with 30kts on the higher spots – especially around 3k where the 20-30kts is blowing all over the WC but again it moderates later in the day and backs more westerly. Not much in instability around except in the southern areas where the SW starts to change things a bit. A bit late in the day though so the instability moving in only in the mid afternoon part of things – before this the inversion is low and strong. Winds are NW going WNW all the way to the Tropopause with a 70kt finish. Freezing level still around 13k.

CT – WNW winds with some low layers of cloud shaping up around mid day – it is thicker in the south of the Peninsula with probably a shorter spell in the north. It could be a grand apostle day flight with a layer of low cloud shaping up below making things really interesting! It looks like it does clear late afternoon so you should be able to land again. I would stay away from SLP for midday but late late afternoon could be sweet – a bit strong over the top early on.

RB – WWB is out!

PV – This place could be good in the later afternoon! Sweet convergence setting up from PB to Saron from lunchtime This will move more onto the southern PV mountains for a mid afternoon feast. 10-15kts WNW winds by then and 2-300ft/min climbs to 5k perhaps? Looks dope to the north though…

Wilderness – It looks like an interesting day for Wilderness. Starting off with strong NW winds that will eventually make place for a breezy SW but it is lazy to come in properly. The SW dances around the Wilderness corner with a bit of a stronger bit but then frustrates the hell out of us along the KK and PR parts while Sedge could be good or scary later in the day. As the upper Westerlies increase it will start to deepen the instability around Sedge so from 15:00 onwards climbs should get better and go a bit higher but so too the wind might veer a bit more west, which is not the most kind-hearted of directions for Sedge. ;) So keep you eye on the ball so to speak if you fly. In short around lunchtime we could get some sea breeze spurts to keep us busy and in the afternoon Sedge could be really exciting…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but actually less good today. Conditions stuff around a bit more here with the West and NW flow for longer... The SW never really gets in on the action at Uppies but Keurbooms is in with a shot around 14:00 with a strong bit moving in.

PE and PA – Offshore NW winds but the at lunchtime a few decent SW pulse pushes through with 15kts in them. Looks like at least 2 good one. (Some light NE bits in between but it should be easy to spot those…)

Inland – Strong 20-30kts NW again especially along the escarpments with 15knts in between. A warm day out there. Still strong gradients and high shear values. So not the best of flying days. It is more westerly later in the day…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:31 and setting at 17:41 (Day length is 10 hrs and 10 min) Another awesome summer in winters day. Great for the beach or forest walks.;) Max temperature a sweet 23 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(17 July 2020) 
Day 113 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A bergy day in most places as the large inland High with a approaching CF dominates our weather. Once again strong Northerly winds on the escarpments and high grounds with light winds in the sheltered valleys. Loads of subsidence towards the southern parts of the WC as the Northerlies descends with the help of the topography and HP. Very stable conditions along the entire west and southern coastal plains. The NNE offshore component along the west coast still present with a strong flow here reaching all the way to the Peninsula this time. The winds should build during the day with 20-30kts in many of those higher spots. The windshear value increase during the day too with 25kts in quite a few spots late afternoon. In short not a flying day it seems. The strong winds are only in the shallow layer near the ground and from around 5000’ upwards it decrease to around 20kts NW and from 30k it backs to the SW for a 50kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up around 13500’.

CT – A strong gradient and chance of wind-shear. Probably sheltered around the LH and SH area but strong up at TM top height. Northerly. SLP becomes very bad in the afternoon.

RB – WWB is out!

PV – Again that super inverted breezy Northerly!

Wilderness – A light north wind day with maybe a light East component in the afternoon. No sign of anything usable around today. If you fly with a propeller thingy watch the northerlies – a very strong surface inversion with 25 degrees at 700’ and 10kts of north above that. There could be some spots with random mixing taking place. If you stay low along the coast it probably should be fine. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Offshore winds until late with a possible trend to the NE later on.

Inland – Strong N to NW winds especially along the escarpments. Strong gradients and high shear values. So not the best of flying days.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:40 (Day length is 10 hrs and 9 min) A awesome summer in winters day. Great for those beach or forest walks.;) Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(16 July 2020) 
Day 112 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The inland High still dominating but with a slight more east movement and a trough just offshore along the west coast. A lot more subsidence so very stable conditions all over with blue skies - no clouds expected. Winds again Northerly but NE along the west coast – some very strong spots here with a low level jet over Vredendal (40kts at 2500’!) The high lying grounds around 15-20kts perhaps but much less in the lower valleys. The wind is actually quite light all the way up to around 10k with just those few spots - and in the ground layers - being strong. Otherwise around 10kts average out there... The southern coastal areas a light easterly trend and around CT light SE surface winds but quickly trending E to NE. Winds remain NW with hight but then at 10-14k backs to the SW with a 30-40kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 13500’.

CT – Light east with flow moving around the Peninsula – SW along the LH/SH shore fronts. But perhaps one could get off for a Africa Face flight today with the upper flow light NE… Some lift expected along the east facing slopes.

RB – Too light out here…

PV – Breezy NE and very inverted.

Wilderness – Hhhmmm… a tricky day with the shallow coastal S trending East later and the North above that. With a bit of luck Map might might become lightly soarable in the afternoon. There’s a slight chance of Sedge offering something in the earlier southerly with climbs to 7/800ft but its probably going to be too light. Buffs looking more promising with a bit more in the wind strength there…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing SE and climbs to 1500’

PE and PA – Offshore winds until late when a light SW will make its appearance… 10kts..

Inland – Very stable inland with light climbs but perhaps DuToits and Luvaine showing a bit more in it than yesterday. In the right spot it might might become soarable for a bit or with some luck it could even be one of those magical evening glass off flights with a cool sunset… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:40 (Day length is 10 hrs and 7 min) Another beautiful day after the cold fronts with sun and sun – but the chill is in the air so dress warm for your outdoor excursions! ;) Max temperature up to a cool 17 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(15 July 2020) 
Day 111 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A beautiful clear sunny day with light winds in most spots so perfect for checking out all that snow! (And of course shacking the chills out of your wings too. ;) A large HP system over the entire country with widely spaced isobars except for the northern west coast areas – so a pool of shallow cold änd not so unstable air all over the show. Winds are NE in the far north, backing to the north in the south trending NW later in the day. 10kts in the strongest spots it seems except those west coast areas with 20kts NE winds out there. The instability not very deep with around 1500ÁGL average but some spots slightly higher (and others less!) The winds remain N to NW all the way to around 10k where it does an abrupt backing to the SW all the way t the Tropopause for a 30-40kts finish. Freezing level back up a 11k however a strong isothermic layer keeping the temps low for the lower layers – 5 degrees from 4k all the way up to around 9000’ ;)

CT – Looks like a fantastic day of flying out here with SH, LH and also SLP probably going off! W to NW 5-10kts with maybe a slight SW later in the day. Dress warm!

RB – WWB!

PV – A shallow SW flow of 5kts up to 2000’but then N to NW above that. Hhhmmm, I think the shallow SW might push up onto the tops so it could be doable. Perhaps not the best day here…

Wilderness – It looks like a lunchtime could bring us some onshore flow with Sedgefield probably offering some light thermal flying. Perhaps getting to 1000’in light lift. I doubt anything will be strong enough for the coast.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing WNW until late in the day with a smidgeon of hope as it swings 9Maybe not even that). 1500’on the cards then but it looks a bit iffy to me.

PE and PA – Offshore winds until late when a light SW will make its appearance… 10kts..

Inland – We had high hopes for Du Toits and Luvain’s north facing sites but the oomph in the north and instability losing some momentum. Weak lift on the cards here with some early morning spurts in the north that could be soarable, but it does go light and backs to the WNW. So not the best! Even further north to the Sutherland escarpment its shallow and cold with weak climbs.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:39 (Day length is 10 hrs and 6 min) A beautiful day after the cold fronts with sun and sun – but the chill is in the air so dress warm for your outdoor excursions! ;) Max temperature up to a cold 15 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(14 July 2020) 
Day 110 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another cold and wintery day ahead of us with strong W to SW flows inland and along the coasts as the SAH is still pushing in that freezing air onto the coast and deep into the interior. The SW wind flow very deep with only a slight veering to the west at the Tropopause – 50-70kts from 14k all the way to the top. Some instability in the lower layers with base varying between 2k to 4k in a few spots and tops around 8-10 mostly for the day. The strong winds not making for pleasant thermic conditions so probably a no flying day almost everywhere – the only exception I see is perhaps along the southern Peninsula with a few spots facing the SW where some flying could be on the cards in between the passing showers. Freezing level still around 4500’ so loads of snow possible inland – increasing to the east.

CT – SW around 10-15kts with some SW facing spots possibly offering some flying moments between the passing showers. ;)

RB – As above

PV – SW winds around 10kts so a slight chance between showers and if the base is high enough it could be doable…

Wilderness – The WSW winds probably too strong all day long here with a bit more rain on the cards. A slight chance of some clearing later in the afternoon with most of the activity, including CB cells out to sea. A very large swell running so watch the wash on the beach if you do venture down that way!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – 30kts plus wind just out to sea. Odd chance of a CB cell or two but most out to sea…

PE and PA – Westerlies 30-40kts with rain and chance of CB cells…

Inland – SW winds around 10 to 15kts with 20kts in the east with a backing to the SSW further north. Lots of snow around the escarpment and high lying areas such as Graafies and surrounds. Rain showers on and off but nothing drastic (There seems to be an upper inversion curbing the convection and precipitation depth – no developments over 10k mainly).

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:38 (Day length is 10 hrs and 5 min) Another strong WSW wind day with rain. Watch the big surf if you venture onto the beach! I recommend you find A WARM SHELTERED SPOT WITH A GOOD BOOK! ;) Max temperature up to 8 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(13 July 2020) 
Day 109 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The next CF starting to do its thing from the west with rain spreading to the east during the day. Exceptionally strong westerly winds with 40kts from just 1000’ AGL almost everywhere today. It is not a flying day for certain with the shear factor exceptionally high over 25kts across the entire WC all day. A worthy note is the very low freezing level – down to just 4000; in the west which will spread to the east as the front moves does its easterly dance. We are expecting a lot of snow over the next 24hrs! Unfortunately most of it further inland than our local Outenikwas but we are hoping we will get something along the GR mountains by tomorrow morning. ;) (I suppose a second worthy mention are the exceptionally large wave expected along the coast with up to 10m swell at times! Most will probably move past to the west out to sea but the deep exposed points might pick up some of that!). Winds remain westerly all the way to the Tropopause with a 115kts finish up there.

CT – Rain and wind all day…

RB – As above

PV – Rain and wind all day here too…

Wilderness – Less rain here today but very strong westerly winds… Some high cloud base just after lunch with ratty strong lift around the coast all the way up to 7000’ (Well so the forecast says!) ;) It might be worth looking out for the tell tale signs of this 6/700ft/min lift going up around Sedge! (I did get some early morning wave induce strato Q’s over Wilderness – see the pic).

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – 30kts plus wind just out to sea. Odd chance of a CB cell or two…

PE and PA – Westerlies 30-40kts…

Inland – North of the SB it is all 40kts plus surface winds! Rain increasing from the west. From mid-night and the early hours of tomorrow morning we expect the buld of the snow falls to happen…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:38 (Day length is 10 hrs and 4 min) Strong west winds with high clouds and some sun and rain mixed in! Find a good long book and wait for the weather to get better again. ;) Max temperature up to 8 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(12 June 2020) 
Day 108 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A reprieve day between the two massive Cold Fronts – a day you can all go out and enjoy the snow! Reports of good snow in many places. Unfortunately it is all prefrontal northerlies again so no flying anywhere on the cards – 20kts plus north winds just about anywhere. Its possible for some flying at Du Toits farm if you fly a hangie but there are just too few of them around these parts these days… It’s a blue day with no clouds expected – perhaps a few wisps of high cirrus clouds. Cold and windy conditions inland with strong north winds especially on the higher grounds. In the low-lying areas some shelter expected. Instability around but surprisingly not as good as expected – some spots up to 6k inland but then some wave conditions above that in the strong Northerlies expected. Winds back to the NW with hight all the way to the Tropopause for a 115kts finish. Freezing level early moring is low in many spots - around 6000' but as the day warms a bit it jumps to above the inversion to 11000’! (See the graphs how it works!)

CT – A clear day but the north wind is spoiling the fun. A strong gradient with 20kts plus just a 1000’ and above. Rain by midnight again as the next front moves in.

RB – WWB

PV – Northerlies here too and breezy at mountain height. Good to go watch the snow… ;)

Wilderness – Northerlies above but light on the surface. We might even get a slight east trend later on. But its very very light.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – The NE will start late morning and get up to 20kts later on!

Inland – A beautiful clear sunny day but breezy north winds. Some wave activity around with 20-30kts in some spots. Good to go look at the snow! Rain from the west again from mid-night onwards.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:37 (Day length is 10 hrs and 3 min) A light northerly wind day with sun. Try to get your Vitamin D shot today because the next CF is on the way! ;) Max temperature up to 8 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(11 July 2020) 
Day 107 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF pushing as far north into the Caprivi strip! Back home it is real wintery weather as the SAH is pushing in icy cold and snowy weather onto the entire WC. Strong W to WSW winds around 20-30kts but moderating in the west during the day. Rain also moderating with a chance of some flying to be had out in the west with 10-15kts of winds and high bases. Of course dress warm goes without saying! Lol Very unstable air with climbs in the sweet spots around 500ft/min. Winds remain WSW all the way up to the Tropopause with a 125kts finish. Freezing level down to just 5500ft!

CT – Clearing with base getting to above TM top and WSW winds around 15kts. Dress warm but it is very possible for some good flying along the southern Peninsula ocean cliffs to be had. Perhaps more a hangie day…

RB – WWB

PV – Also clearing with 5-10kts WSW winds on the cards. Base slightly lower than CT but also high enough for the tops to be clear later in the day. I think it could also be super flying along the westerly slopes with some good climbs here and there. Kardoesie probably the best bet from 14:00 onwards I think.

Wilderness – It looks like a stay I bed day to me… ;) Even if it clears (maybe later) it remains very west and strong…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Even stronger WSW winds here with 30kts possible…

Inland – initially its 20-30kts WSW winds – stronger in the east but moderating in the west. The rain will also start to get less from the west with just occasional showers. But there should be epic snow almost in all the high spots and even the not so high ones. ;) Very cold conditions with nothing going above 5 degrees today in the inland areas. Below freezing during the night of course.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:37 (Day length is 10 hrs and 3 min) Another windy and rainy day. Perfect for a good book, red wine and chocolate day! ;) Max temperature a cold 13 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(10 July 2020) 
Day 106 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The strong winds a thing of the past but still most spots between 20-30kts NW. The sweep of the rain reaching as far north as Walvisbaai. For the WC it is rainy and windy with CB activity in the western parts. A slight slackening in the rain around the GR for the afternoon with light E to SE winds. The trend is northerly just above this layer but not as strong as predicted. The snow starting early evening around Sutherland as the freezing temps lowers to 6000’ and the rain abates a bit. Saturday is the big snow day it seems with icy temps all over the WC. Still rain on and off. And another CF striking us on Sunday so its real wintery weather for the next4 days it seems – hardly a chance for flying unless something drastic changes. Fingers crossed! Winds remain NW with hight all the way to the Tropopause for a 158kt finish! Freezing level 6500 in the west but 8/9k in the east. This will lower too over the next 24hrs.

CT – Rain and CB all day long. Tops around 24k!

RB – As above

PV – As above.

Wilderness – Some rain this morning with base around3k. Apparently this will rise later on and the afternoon with a slight clearing… Hhhmm… Im not convinced! Light light ESE. At most 5-7kts at Buffs but it does try to go ENE so it doesn’t seem like its flyable anywhere.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – It doesn’t look like much rain here – perhaps tonight with a little bit. It looks light S to SW winds 10kts so maybe it could be playable at Maitlands?

Inland – 20-30kts NW along the high lying grounds. Strong rain in the west propagating to the east. Snow falls starting as early as lunchtime around Sutherland area but tomorrow loads all over – especially Graafies too… The strong winds not making for good flying but far inland some climbs to 10k in the 30-40kts NW up there! Lol. Otherwise its mainly rain and cold weather moving in from the west. Mid day at Sutherland and early evening by Graafies…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:36 (Day length is 10 hrs and 2 min) A windy ad rainy day. Def a books, red wine and chocolate day! ;) Max temperature a cold 16 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(9 July 2020) 
Day 105 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some serious stuff for storm chaser/watchers happening today. The mother CF making landfall today in CT – rain starting from anytime now onwards. The internal pressure of the centre of the “cold front” down to 955MB. The surface winds reaching 50kts NW in many places today. The exception will be the low lying areas and also parts of the GR with some spots (like Plett bay) with light winds for most of the day. There is a strong SW wind also creeping up the southern coast as the front moves closer. It should reach Wilderness around 17:00. Very high Q’s preceding the front with 10k base around Sutherland (but those super strong NW winds!) Of course loads of wave activity around with all the wind action. Very stable and low thermal index for all the coastal areas (only far inland some exceptions but of course the shear ration just unbelievable today – exceeding 25kts in most places!). The winds remain NW all the way up to the Tropopause with a 150kts finish up there! Freezing level around 8k in the west and up to 14k in the east. It lowers to 6k by tom morning.  

CT – Strong NW winds and rain all day! Later a chance of CB activity – flood warnings are out over the next 48hrs…

RB – As above

PV – As above.

Wilderness – Some "low" Strato Q’s at present – wave induced it seems - it might clear with the NW offshore winds dominating. Late afternoon the SW buster moving up the coast with a very slight chance of a dune gooning session on the cards. But it will probably be very sketchy! ;) Rain by midnight.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but a good spell of the calm before the storm out over the bay…

PE and PA – Strong NW winds until late afternoon when the SW will push in from the west.

Inland – Gale force winds in places with 50kts in some spots… Some interesting Q’s pre ceding the front in the west for those weather watchers. And looks like serious cold conditions over the next week even as another big CF is following this one for the guys out on the farms… Snow for a few days it seems…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:35 (Day length is 10 hrs and 1 min) The calm before the storm in a few spots but stormy already in others! Get the books, red and wood ready! ;) Max temperature a hot 25 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))



(8 July 2020) 
Day 104 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! So the talk is this biiig CF approaching CT that is supposedly going to bring loads of snow, wind and very cold weather from Thursday and into the weekend. Well, it looks like the rumours are true. Extremely strong NW winds tomorrow as the prefrontal stuff builds for the onset of this big guy. So be prepared. Today looks like the last possible flyable day for perhaps a week to come – lets hope Im wrong. Parts of the WC bathed in the col between the IOH and a trough on the west coast. Mostly a strong NE flow in the east, strong N inland and on the west coast but some light protected areas along the southern coast and it is within this area that there could be some flying to be had. Though early on Africa face in CT also looks flyable with light NE winds predicted for the morning only backing to the N from mid-day onwards. Here there will be a slow increase in the strength as the day unfolds. No clouds around but perhaps some high cirrus from the west as the CF starts to approach. Winds remain NW with height around 30kts mostly but then backing to the WNW near the Tropopause for a 60kts finish. Freezing level around 10000 in the east 12000’in the west

CT – NE winds 5-10kts all the way up to 4k during the morning but then backing to the N from mid-day onwards. Africa face looks doable for the morning… (Probably last day of flying for a while) ;)

RB – WWB

PV – Very north and very inverted day so not good for flying…

Wilderness – An easterly flow but it does look like a possible South in it early on at Sedge and Serps with some nice instability up to 2k initially but then 1k later on. It could start being flyable there from around 11:30 till 14:00. Fingers crossed! Buffs is also looking flyable with up to 15kts by mid-day. .

Plett – Uppies unfortunately disappointing today with hardly any depth in the instability east flow. It is very east and climbs perhaps just a tad above launch height. Some strong N just above here. Keurbooms also light and east…

PE and PA – Strong NE winds 15-20kts but a tad calmer in the bay.

Inland – Strong N winds especially on the higher grounds with 25kts for most of the day in many places. It is very stable with loads of subsidence all around – warm surface temps and already a slow build for the approaching CF. Winds are going to reach gale force NW tomorrow so be prepared.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:35 (Day length is 10 hrs!!!) A sweet winters day – enjoy it – it is the calm before the storm! ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(7 July 2020) 
Day 103 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH riding in behind the CF bringing with some sweet cold and unstable air. After the rain moves past there should be good flying in the right spots – the GR particularly sweet from 14:00 onwards. Winds are SW to SE but Westerly initially along the southern coasts but S to SE along the west. Further inland the wind backs nicely  from SW to SE beyond the Sutherland Escarpment as it follows the bend of the SAH. Instability up t 4k AG in a few spots from some sweet thermal flying – climbs around 4/500ft/min during the early afternoon. Q’s around along the southern coastal areas mainly but also a few further inland. The wind veers from 14k upwards to the NW for a 125kts finish at the Tropopause! Freezing level around 8k in the south and 9k further North.

CT – S to SE winds up to the low teens in knots. Perhaps there’s a wind-shadow but it doesn’t look that good to me… ;)

RB – Too light but the right direction!

PV – Good air but also too south and even some SE in the direction. The thermals will pull things up on launch but it could be a bit turbulent and slightly lee along the range..

Wilderness – Aaahhh… A tad west a bit rainy and windy for the morning but from 11 onwards it should start backing to the SW. It looks like we are for a good day – the ocean cliff for the beginning followed by sweet Sedge late afternoon I think. :) Some high climbs possible at sedge – maybe over 3k up! Windy at first but as soon as it drops enough to fly there should be climbs around 4/500ft initially then lowering to 2-300ft later on. )Spot on flying)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but a later backing to the SW perhaps only after 15:00. Climbs at Uppies going to 4500! Keurbooms should offer some soaring very late in the afternoon…

PE and PA – Strong SW winds 30kts!

Inland – Sweet CF southerlies all over – it backs to the SE further north. Nice unstable air for some good flying – Swartberg should be good with some good soaring to just above the peaks with a light southerly around 3-4kts – perfect for the bigger mountains. Around Graafies some sweet Qs around 6k base…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:34 (Day length is 9 hrs and 59min!). A cold and windy winters day. Late afternoon is better for the beach walk. :) Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(6 July 2020) 
Day 102 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another CF fast approaching CT today with strong NW prefrontal winds everywhere. Some low lying areas are sheltered and the GR remaining sweet all day – a SW moving in here very late in the afternoon. CT with rain early evening and through the night but it should be clear again by morning. Stable conditions all over except a slight bit of instability in the inland NW with some spots showing weak climbs to 2k AGL but those in sync with the wave should produce better results reaching perhaps 6k. Strong wave around again with Dedoorns to Robertson showing strong wave – you could tow into it and connect around 4500’ and climb to 25000’ today with 5m/s lift most of the way! ;) Winds are NW all the wat to near the Tropopause where it backs slightly to the W with a 95kts finish. Freezing level still very high at 13/14k.

CT – NW with a strong gradient – it is 20kts plus at TM top. Clouds moving in by late afternoon.

RB – WWB

PV – The strong NW influence out this way all day too…

Wilderness – A sweet day for chilling with the NW 15-20kts at 2000’ above our heads. IT is very stable with the shallow onshore hardly above any of the low hills… Late afternoon sees a SW pulse moving in which could be flyable if you are on the coast and your timing and luck is in! ;) Rain setting in through the night.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. Even Uppies showing no lift in the light Southerly…

PE and PA – Strong Offshore flows here all day long. The SW reaching here only during the evening.

Inland – A Classic NW prefrontal day with strong winds reaching over 30kts in places. Oudshoorn surface sheltered again with light winds there. ;) IT remains like this all day long…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:34 (Day length is 9 hrs and 59min!). A sweet winters day with light winds and lots of sun. Be careful of walking on the beach – we still have a massive swell running. ;) Max temperature around 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(5 July 2020) 
Day 101 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF just brushing past the south of the WC – rain in CT for today but slight clearing later in the afternoon. Strong west flow with a few protected spots in the lower valleys – 20kts in many places – a WNW start but a SW trend later in the day. Looks like some Q’s along the SW and Southern parts, again clearing slightly as the front moves further east. A slackening in the wind for the afternoon expected too. Weak thermal index with perhaps 300ft/min in the better parts. The stronger wind in the south not helping with that. ;) It  backs to the WSW from 14k up wards with a 120kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level still up at 13k.

CT – NW and rainiy start but backing to the WSW later. The cloud seems to remain though it is not as deep so the rain will stop later. Best bet is to head north towards PV.

RB – WWB

PV – It actually looks really sweet for Dasklip with the best part from there to Saron – sweet light west winds with climbs to 3500 – maybe a tad more with the help of the ridge lift.

Wilderness – Perhaps a similar day to yesterday – very west (20kts) just above our heads which will have a ratty effect on the surface winds. Poor instability around so nothing worthy at Sedge and Serps (and very cross again) Even along the coast it is looking frustrating with few forecasts showing a good enough backing to the SW. Maybe later in the day but then the wind drops too…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the west not really making things pleasant here… Uppies climbs to 3500k but 20kts west winds up there! Later it does back a touch to the SW but then a low inversion…

PE and PA – Strong WSW winds 20-30kts WSW!

Inland – a slight NW start on the higher spots with 20kts on the cards. IT remains upper teens for the morning mid-day but then a slackening later on. In the south the wind will back to the SSW. The Q’s confined to the South and SW areas. Some climbs over the higher mountains with 6/7k possible but the shear ration not in our favour.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:33 (Day length is 9 hrs and 58min!). Again some high cirrus clouds with a WSW wind and a hug swell so be careful If you are any where near the sea! ;) Max temperature around 20 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(4 July 2020) 
Day 100 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Wow! HArd to believe we have reached day 100 of this bad thing... Sigh. A sweet day of flying and training at Sedgefield yesterday. Different today with a tightening of the isobars as the another Cold Front approaches CT (Rain by early hours of tomorrow morning). A shallower layer of instability extending along the southern coastal areas – around 1000ft in the good parts, with further inland a bit better. However the stronger winds messing with that B/S ration and very few places getting above 200ft/min. The best bet is for some ridge soaring spots. ;) Some Q’s in the SW as that front moves closer but in general the wind is very westerly in direction with a small chance of a bit of SW moving in along the GR after mid-day. The wind remains W to SW all the way to the Tropopause with a 115kts finish over CT. Freezing level around 13k.

CT – NW trend with strato Q layer around 2k. Should be good flying below this so SH and SH probably good. 15kts so maybe breezy in a few spots.

RB – WWB

PV – Maybe some ridge soaring because the thermal index is NFG. ;) W to NW winds 3-10kts in spots.

Wilderness – A lot more west in the wind today – much moving past out to sea. Sedge looks like it could be doable but it is very west with climbs to 2-300ft ATO. Forecast shows it being too light on the coast but lets hope that is wrong and a sweet pulse comes through.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the west not really making things pleasant here… Uppies climbs up to 1500’…

PE and PA – 15-30kts WSW!

Inland IT is mostly WNW far inland and SW in the south. Most spots around 15-20kts so n breezy day out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:33 (Day length is 9 hrs and 57min!). Some high clouds around blocking the sun so a bit cooler than yesterday with an extra bit of wind. ;) Dress warm for the beach or just go enjoy hot chocolate and a good book. ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(3 July 2020) D
ay 99 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet layer of unstable air along the southern parts in the wake of the frontal movement but still slow along the west coast and most of the interior. Early morning low cloud in many spots but this will clear with some good looking Q’s along the GR area for most of the morning and early afternoon. A slight col area around the WC so not any strong winds expected. There’s a general W to SW flow along the southern parts and perhaps a touch NW further inland. Even the Sutherland escarpment with less than 10kts! Winds will trend more S to SW later in the day. Above the inversion (from around 3k in many spots) the wind goes NW but from 10k it backs to SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 50kt finish up there. Freezing level around 12500ft ASL.

CT – Light winds in most spots but later a def SW trend. Some convergence again along the eastern Peninsula slopes – being the best spots but SH and LH probably flyable…

RB – Too light

PV – light SW surface flow but then backing to the east around launch height – the inversion below so probably not even a chance of a thermal pulling it straight! ;)

Wilderness – The GR is where the action is today with a SW flow trending west with hight. But it will go more S later in the day. Instability up to 2500 near the coast at Sedge with some lowering to around 2k later in the day. There should be some sweet looking Q’s late morning and early afternoon. Climbs around 300ft/min but with the odd 500ft/min possible. Could be a tad strong around midday… Possibly an XC day for the experienced pilots too ;) There is a chance for the coast to work at times too but I think it might be light here mostly…

Plett – Similar here with Uppies showing climbs to just over 3500ft. Q’s here to play with and then going more south later in the day. Keurbooms looking sweet after mid-day when the wind backs a bit more..

PE and PA – W to SW winds 10-15kts…

Inland Light winds everywhere for the day – a sweet day. Most of the Q’s remaining south of the Outenikwas. Some thermic activity, especially over the bigger mountains with climbs perhaps up to 6k or so.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:32 (Day length is 9 hrs and 57min!). Partly cloudy during the morning and mid-day but clearing in the afternoon for the a great late afternoon beach walk. ;) Max temperature a cooler 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(2 July 2020) 
Day 98 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF making inroads in the CT area and will spread to the south coast areas from the late afternoon and onwards. Some low cloud form many parts of the WC this morning but all will clear with the exception of the SW parts associated with the CF. Winds start of NW but will quickly back to the WSW as the front moves in. Again some light instability inland with some areas showing climbs to 6/7k even but the strong west winds 20-30 up there will not make things that flyable. ;) I did find a 4m sec wave just north of Aberdeen which I though was unusual. (See the graph) Otherwise the winds remain WSW all the ay to the Tropopause for a 6-70kt finish. Freezing level around 12500’.

CT – The low cloud moving in from early already with good rain from late morning. Looks like the trend all day.

RB – See above ;)

PV – More westerly today around 10kts so a chance of getting in a flight before the CF. A shallow unstable layer up to2k thick with SW direction before going west. A layer of strato Q’s moving mid afternoon…

Wilderness – Some low cloudiness around but this will clear with a west ging SW flow along the coast. It looks like we might get around 10kts so probably a dune day. It’s a tad strong just above so I would be wary of going to Sedge. It might be ok for the more experienced guys. Not too much there in terms of thermals with the best part seeing climbs to just over 2k but then as the sea air moves in more it lowers to just below 1000’ if you are lucky I think. Probably from 11 – 14:00 the best time to fly but with a bit of luck it will extend beyond that. :)

Plett – Again stronger and remaining west here all day it seems. Uppies with all mid teens in knots with the best part showing climbs to 2500’ but with a lo to west in it. It does moderate late afternoon but remains westerly…

PE and PA – We are back to the strong WSW winds all day here 30kts at times…

Inland Starting off with a WNW flow by late morning this will all be W to SW flows. Up to 20kts early but moderating during the day to 10-15kts. The frontal stuff seems to be blocked by the mountains for now. Upper winds remain strong.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:32 (Day length is 9 hrs and 56min!). A cloudy start but some clearing during the day… I still gravitate towards that good book and bottle f red! hehe… ;) Max temperature a cooler 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(1 July 2020) 
Day 97 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet day of training at Map yesterday by many schools – it was so good to see so many newbies getting in some airtime again. :) The IOH dominating to the east and inland with east on the coats and northerlies inland while the SAH is nudging in in the west with another CF approaching the Cape – expecting rain by tomorrow in CT. It is a blue day with no clouds expected – perhaps some high cirrus in the SW corner of the WC. Surface winds reaching over 20kts NW over the inland higher mountains, especially along the Sutherland Escarpment with 30kts possible there at times all day long. A general WSW along the southern coastal region but much of the wind not making it in to the GR instead remaining out t sea. Some instability around further inland with a few spots reaching 2000’ AGL. The south and west coasts very stable with not much in terms of thermals around. The wind remains WNW all the way to the Tropopause with a 70kt finish up there. Freezing level around 14k in the west and 12500’ in the east.

CT – Some instability around Africa face and around the corner and SE facing areas for the hikers out there. Otherwise its light winds with a increasing NW trend with hight. SW probably around LH and SH coast in the afternoon perhaps 10-15kts at times. Could get to 20kts near the top of TM later on so just keep eyes open if you are lucky enough to get up there.. ;)

RB – Too light and WW is out.

PV – Again that pesky North from around MT height spoiling play I think… Shallow instability in the valley with perhaps a more westerly trend.

Wilderness – NW offshore for the morning with a chance of a bit of SW pulsing through after lunch time. There is some strong winds far out to sea but it is not reaching the coast from the looks of it. Just above the winds trend west and does move into the upper teens in knots. A shallow bit of instability at Sedge – maybe to 700 but seems weak in potential available energy so I don’t expect much. It could be doable but with a west trend in it around midday/lunchtime. Lets hope I’m wrong and it is better! lol

Plett – Def stronger but with too much west in it this time round. Uppies very west with after lunch perhaps climbs to 2k. Wind seems mid teens in knots with 20 not far above… Keurbooms too west all day I think. Robberg going over 15 at times..

PE and PA – Strong NW offshores but mid afternoon that SW coming through here in the id teens in knots. It gets to PA late afternoon but not too strong form the looks of it.

Inland It is all NW winds with 20kts plus on the higher mountains and S escarpment.  Some instability around 2000’AGL in a few spots going to just a tad above the mountain peaks. Low in the valleys some light winds in the sheltered areas. Also poor TPE.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:32 (Day length is 9 hrs and 56min!). Yay! We are on our way to summer! The days are getting longer hehe… ;) Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 



(30 June 2020) 

Day 96 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with East to Northerly flows today. Some early morning fog patches – widespread but clearing during the day – a blue day on the cards with a few wisps of high cirrus remaining. An easterly along the southern coastal areas but NE inland. A few spots reaching 15-20kts over the higher peaks. In the valleys it should be mostly near calm winds. The west coast with a strong inversion no more than 2k AGL and a light SW to S in this layer but t goes NE above that. In general it is wintery unstable so some climbs to perhaps 6k in the best spots inland but mostly around 4500’ ASL North of the Outenikwas with a N trend (Variations between NW and NE are around). Winds trend to the NW between 6-8k then backs hard to the SW from 10k upwards remaining SW all the way to the Tropopause. Freezing level around 14k.

CT – a general light wind day with a southerly trend in the south on the surface but Northerly above 2k. It is all light stuff with some 10kts SW around the LH and SH ocean front possible. A nice unstable layer around at lunchtime but it could be effected by the closeness of the ocean – so inside Africa face probably better (if you can get there!) ;)

RB – Too light here all day I think.

PV – Hhhmmm…. Not as good as expected after the CF passage – shallow instability but very little energy with light winds and a NE trend at MT top height so not good…

Wilderness – Its looking up for some good flying here today with a light SE from midday onwards on the cards. Map probably soarable in the afternoon. But Serps the in spot for the day I think with from 11 to 13:00 sweet runs on the cards from there to Map. :) Climbs to celling hight doable. Sedge also on between 11 and 13:00 I think with good climbs though the wind will be cross here. Buffs def on today and might get blow out there…

Plett – Too much east winds here today so it s a hard call. The hardcore pilots could get something at Uppies though I think it will be too east to be pleasant…

PE and PA – Light offshores with light onshore at starting at mid-day – a slight east trend. A sweet change!

Inland Northerlies as far as the ye can see! It is light with just over 10kts in a few spots (The early morning escarpment winds will die down quickly) so its looking like a sweet day for flying out there. Climbs to 6k near the bigger ranges possible.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:31 (Day length is 9 hrs and 55min!). A sweet SE day with around 10kts on the cards. Go early to get calm conditions on the beach and afterwards settle for a good books and some hot chocolate! ;) Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(29 June 2020) 
Day 95 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating as it is pushing in behind the CF feeding cool and rainy conditions to the CT area and later to the southern parts today. Winds are NW to SW in the SW corner, strong WSW along the south coast areas, moderating inland and more southerly along the west. The wet grounds making thermals elusive and weak along the southern coastal plains and partway up the west coast. A smidgeon of hope flaring up towards PV but even here it is very subdued and too south in the wind. Further inland it dries a bit more and there’s some climbs up to 6k in most spots with a few good looking Q’s around too. ;) I did find an interesting bit of lee wave over the Swartberg north of DeRust. Nothing strong with 350ft/min climb but its there and I think the thermals below this area will probably be wave enhanced so could be interesting exploring around here... The wind remains SW with hight all the way to the Tropopause with a 65kt finish. Freezing level around 13k…

CT – Looks like rain all day long here but at least the winds have dropped – still NW trend…

RB – WWB

PV – The winds trending S to SW maybe. Clearing to the north. It’s a maybe if the wind plays along with some climbs to just over mountain top. Up to 10kts wind…

Wilderness – A clear day initially but rain moving in late afternoon. The wind still breezy W but it does look like soarable bit moving in just before the rain. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but the west trend remaining…

PE and PA – Still strong WSW of 25-30kts with the rain moving in from the ocean late afternoon…

Inland SW winds all the way past Sutherland and beyond. Instability around 2k depth in most spots north of the SB ranges. Some good looking Q’s in the area but also some strato Q layers in the south. 15-20kts but moderating further north. No rain on the cards here as the mountains seem to be blocking most of it.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:31 (Day length is 9 hrs and 55min!). Slightly less wind with good sun but rain again from around 17:00. Its still a day for books, fires and hot chocolate! ;) Max temperature a cool 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(28 June 2020) 
Day 94 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The strong Cold Front still the flavour of the day but as it moves further east the winds backing a bit more towards the SW. Along the southern coast it will still trend a bit more westerly with very strong wind increasing to the east but moderating nicely in the west. The rain also becoming slightly less form the west but cloudy conditions persisting all day. Some instability around with around 3-500ft/min climbs in the best spots but the strong winds and wet grounds dampening the thermic development. The best spots in the west for this afternoon where I think enough clearing and moderation will take place for some flyable conditions around PV. Base around 2k in the west and southern parts and rising as you move further inland. Some sweet looking skies today inland with cool Q’s and SW winds around 10-15kts inland (but 20kts plus along the southern coastal areas). The wind remains SW all the way to the Tropopause for a 70k finish. Freezing level around 8500.

CT – SW winds around 15kts with rain during the morning but clearing in the afternoon. The base around 2-3k so n chance for some flying at SH or LH with the West winds…

RB – WWB

PV – Low base with the cloud tops covered but around mid day a partial clearing in a few spots with base rising to perhaps 3500’ and 10kts of West winds. (Maybe some WNW in it at times) But def n chance to get into the air in this area… ;)

Wilderness – Rainy at the moment and much of that persisting for the day with strong W to WSW winds. Hhhmmm… Looks like we have to wait for tomorrow…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA – Still 30-40kts West winds!

Inland The winds moderating sweetly north of the mountains with 10-15kts – the further north the lighter by the looks of it. Remaining SW all over the WC interior with a good looking base around 6-7k. Cold but very flyable – there’s a need to dress warm if you do get airborne. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:30 (Day length is 9 hrs and 55min!). Very strong W to WSW winds all day with cloudy and rainy conditions. Another day for books, fires and hot chocolate! ;) Max temperature a cold 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(27 June 2020) 
Day 93 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A very strong prefrontal day for the GR while CT and surrounds are having a serious case of winter! Rain and strong winds with the 50kts level below 2000’! (100kts at just 18000’ btw) The rain mostly along the western ranges but the front strong enough to move this inland though at a slower pace than expected. Rain to only reach Wilderness area by early evening. Not much of a thermic day anywhere with the strong winds shredding any lift in the weak instability but of course there are some prefrontal wave conditions going on again. I found a forecast of over 5m/s again north of De Doorns (There must a be a big mountain there somewhere…) lol. 120kts WNW at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 6500 in a few spots but over 7k mostly so not the best for snow by the looks of it.

CT – Serious rain and NW wind all day…

RB – As above

PV – As above! ;)

Wilderness – Already extremely gusty with 25kts shear factor – WNW winds that will go more west later in the day but remain very strong. Rain from early evening.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness… Oh yes, some huge swell around today (Going over 7m!)

PE and PA – 30-40kts West later on!

Inland Strong NW winds exceeding 30kts in places and rain moving in from the west reaching Lainsberg late afternoon. Looks like the Langkloof and little Karoo will get some rain during the night though…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:30 (Day length is 9 hrs and 54min!). Very strong winds all day long but we have sun until late afternoon at least. Def a day for books, fires and hot chocolate! ;) Max temperature a WINDY 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(26 June 2020) 
Day 92 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A winters day with cold westerly winds all over the WC. Rain in most spots but the lion’s share dropping along the west coast mountains. Base around 2-4k along the coast with tops varying from 17k in the west and south in the morning but lowering as there is partial clearing from the west. (Though there is another CF ready to pounce within 24hrs though). Even a chance of some CB activity – mostly along the southern coastal areas. Winds reaching 25kts at a few inland spots in the east but around 10-15kts in the west. Very little SW trend along the southern coastal areas so not looking that good for flying – besides the further east we go the stronger the wind (as we move closer to the tail end of the CF). No lee-wave around the WC today but perhaps some interesting spots of convergence -  Winds remain westerly with hight (besides a funny kink around 20k – between the two CF) ;) with around 80kts finish. Freezing level around 6k (so maybe a light sprinkling of snow on the highest mountains though not much predicted).   

CT – A rainy morning but it will clear during the day. A slight chance of getting into the air late afternoon though I think the clouds will probably not allow you to get onto TM. 10-15kts WNW.

RB – WWB

PV – A rainy morning but it also clears partially during the day. Base should lift to clear the mountain tops with a WNW wind around 15kts. A dubious day with all the cloud around…

Wilderness – A typical winters day with strong West winds and rain. The wind is very west but some indications of a few onshore enough pulse from around 13:00 onwards – pending on rain – mostly around 7-15kts.

Plett – Not as lucky as Wilderness with the winds remaining westerly all day here from the looks of it. Very strong out at Robberg with 25kts…

PE and PA – 25-35kts WSW winds all day …

Inland Some good looking skies around with deeply developed Q’s all over the inland parts of the WC. Still those strong westerly winds so not the best day for flying but a smidgeon of instability around with up to 500ft/min climbs in a few spots. Well, its worth dreaming hey… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:30 (Day length is 9 hrs and 54min!). A windy and rainy day – on off – still best for books, fires and hot chocolate! ;) Max temperature a cold 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(25 June 2020) 
Day 91 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another bergwind day as the CF approaches CT with rain setting in there around 17:00. Very strong NW winds all over the show with a high wind-shear factor of 25kts plus in many spots today (so not a good day for flying!) ;) Some instability shaping up along the west coast but the winds are just too strong to fly with 20kts (and more) in most places. The southcoast once again stable with the strong NW offshores and hot temps all round. Some reprieve moving in with a little coastal low from around mid-day with a cool shallow SW pulsing up the coast – reaching the GR around 15/16:00. Short lived with only a very slight chance of catching a soaring bit along the coast of your timing is right. Further east the NW offshore remains all day. Once again the strong NW winds with an isotherm layer causing some spectacular Pre-Frontal wave formations. Over 1000ft/min climbs in a few spots with the strongest one I could find just north of DeDoorns. (You could go past 40000ft with that one!) lol. The winds remain NW with hight with 120kts at the Tropopause over CT. Freezing level lowering to 9000ft.

CT – The cloud just thickening during the day with rain along the southern parts of the Peninsula from as early as 15:00 I think.

RB – WWB

PV – Strong N to NW winds so not a flyable day here…

Wilderness – Another strong NW day with that coastal low bringing in some SSW winds anytime between 15:00 and 17:00. It looks very short lived and not that strong so we will be lucky to get a good bit. Lets hope we do! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but the SW a tad later here…

PE and PA – NW offshores all day here too with perhaps more NE at PA…

Inland Again those very very strong NW blowing everywhere inland of the WC Strong today. Strong blustery conditions. Good for drinking beer! lol

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:36 and setting at 17:29 (Day length is 9 hrs and 54min!). A bit more of a windy day but sunny non the less with plenty of vitamin D on the cards. ;) Max temperature a sweet 25 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(24 June 2020) 
Day 90 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! We have a new hang gliding out and return world record. 222miles! Read about it here. (https://www.willswing.com/owen-morses-new-out-and-return-world-record-flight-on-the-t3-154/?fbclid=IwAR38V51H0YQmH7z8dB-Su8W01-MmiEtz6gvOzBfSo8s8kTSoLy5eO_-OXlw) As for our weather today it is all prefrontal strong NW stuff. Strong shear turbulence in most place with the steep gradient between the lower and just above wind speeds. TM top is 40kts but 1000’ AGL it is 15kts. Still some fog patches along the west coast abut also along parts of the southern coastal areas too. These should clear up later in the day. Hot temps along the southern parts as the descending offshore air warms up. Many spots inland with 30kts plus. A bit sheltered along the southern coastal regions but not like yesterday – the shallow coastal bubble being eroded buy the strong NW above for most of the day leaving us with light offshore winds in these areas. Still that isotherm layer in the SW parts so a chance of some strong wave lift in the lee of the larger mountains. I found this one just to the east of Grabou… 900ft/min climbs – not too shabby! ;) The winds remain WNW with hight around the 40-50kts mark all the way to the Tropopause. Freezing level up at 14500’.

CT – Another foggy start but clearing. Strong bergwinds with 40kts up at TM top.

RB – WWB

PV – Also bergy with strong north winds all day.

Wilderness – Not a good day for the GR with the NW blowing just above our heads all day long. We might get light winds but it will have a N trend mostly.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – Uppies with 35kt NW! Its def time for more Great White shark watching! lol

PE and PA – NW offshores all day here too…

Inland Strong NW winds with 30kts in many spots. It’s a perfect day to stay on the ground!

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:29 (Day length is 9 hrs and 54min!). Another amazing day for Wilderness if you are on holiday with plenty sunshine and warm weather. Its terrible for flying though ;) Max temperature a sweet 24 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(23 June 2020) 
Day 89 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another typical winters day over the WC with those NW inland flows and slight variations along the sheltered southern coast. Mostly a light SW trend here as the wind curls around the Agulhas point cutting in below the upper NW. Still those foggy areas along the west coast with some clearing happening only in the afternoon. Generally very stable with around 500-1000’ thick light convection depth across the western parts and even less in parts of the south coast. Even north of the first mountain ranges it barely rise to more than 1000’ AGL – the Sutherland Escarpment offering 2k AGL. Very strong NW winds here with up to 30kts at times. What is cool is the isotherm layer just above the shallow convection layer with 30-40kts winds above that – a prerequisite for some good wave conditions. The best one I could find is one of my favourites but not explored often enough is the dramatic lee-side of Hottentot mountains – kind over the Tierwaterskloof dam. Just over 3m/s climbs here to 30k on the cards here today! :) Winds remain WNW all the way to the Tropopause with a 40kt finish up there. Freezing level around 13500’.

CT – Another foggy day clearing only in the afternoon. 25kts at TM height so quite a dramatic gradient around with that cold Atlantic ocean air making for light winds on the surface. It’s a dubious afternoon for flying around LH or SH with some areas of shear around…

RB – WWB

PV – Very similar to yesterday with a low inversion and westerly surface flow but veering to the N at launch height. Pretty breezy up there too.

Wilderness – Hhhmmm, it does look like Sedge could offer something with climbs perhaps just shy of 1000ASL. Its very weak and light so probably lucky to get above launch I think. A small chance of something strong enough for light soaring along the ocean cliffs during the morning (we might see a spot of up to 10kts SW) but then it dies and is light for the remainder of the day.

Plett – Uppies showing promise with climbs to just over 2000’ around lunchtime – I think this is my choice spot for today. Keurbooms looking a bit light but some strong stuff around Robberg… It is marked NW from 3k up.

PE and PA – Moring offshores here and then a trend to SW in the afternoon. Around 10-15kts at most.

Inland Strong NW winds in most spots especially along the escarpments with up to 30kts in spots. Very stable conditions with hardly anything going more than 1000’ AGL. Its pretty breezy up there so perhaps not the sweetest day to up there…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:29 (Day length is 9 hrs and 53min!). Another amazing day for Wilderness with plenty sunshine even if we have only gained 8 seconds in daylight, the march to summer has begun. ;)s Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(22 June 2020) 
Day 88 of lockdown

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Its down hill towards summer! Not that we are complaining because so far the winter flying has been great. ;) Today still the typical winter flow pattern with the NW inland flows as the IOH also ridging inland to shape up with the LSH dominate our WC weather. Some coastal wind variations with the action around the Jeffreys area today with a marked convergence setting up (If you are in the aera it might be interesting to watch as the inland WNW but heads with the Coastal East moving down the coast from PE side.) For the west coast it is again fog patches which mostly should burn of by mid-day. The boundary layer around the 2k AGL along the west with no clouds but some Q’s around the SW corner of the WC at 2/3k. The inland NW with deeper instability and spots getting to 9k at 400ft/min (notably north of the Sutherland Escarpment). The southern coastal areas a lot more stable compared to yesterday with the shallow ocean air wedging in under those NW offshores. Higher up the winds back to the SW for a moment at the mid-levels before veering back to the W for the last stretch to the Tropopause for a 70kt finish. The freezing level around 12k.

CT – Foggy start but it should clear with a chance of flying at LH and SH and even a jump to the TM areas. The winds are low along the surface but pretty breezy up at TM height form the looks of it. (SLP looking good to but maybe on the strong side above)

RB – WWB

PV – I think the winds just a tad too much north at MT level to make it sweet. The lower surface winds do have a west trend but it doesn’t look like it carries through to the top. But some climbs possible perhaps getting a 500’ ATO… Probably south of Dassies on the bigger cliffs the best soaring.

Wilderness – Well, after two great days it looks a bit iffy with light onshore surface winds and a strong inversion settling in. Sedge nothing as high as the last two days but I think still some flying to be had with maybe up to 400ft ATO doable. ;)  

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies remaining NW until very late in the afternoon. Probably not worth it. Even Buffels neck looking a tad strong NW before going west around mid-day.

PE and PA – The NE dominating here all day around 15kts with the change around Jbay with that convergence setting up. (See graph)

Inland Strong NW winds in most spots especially along the escarpments with more than 20kts in spots. Some instability with climbs to 9k on the escarpment. It backs during the day with a westerly finish in most places, especially in the south.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 9 hrs and 53min!). Looks like a sweet day in Wilderness with light onshore winds around the mid part of the day. Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 



(21 June 2020) 
Day 87 of lockdown

Good morning all you super awesome Wild2Fly people! With the longest night and shortest day of the year officially a thing of the past we are happier than usual. The days are now getting longer and we are finally on the down hill towards summer! :) And as mother Nature determined winter solstice produced some fine winter soaring weather along the GR with many pilots getting some well deserved airtime after the 3 months of rest. Hhhmm…

Today the CF heading up towards the KZN coast while a weak ridge is still nudging in that cool moist air along the Western Cape mountains with rain over the CT and adjacent areas for today. Loads of fog patches around for the morning but all of them clearing during the day. The rain unfortunately not reaching the GR or south coast areas but possibly enough South in the West wind here for another day of good flying on that side. The wind up high breezy with close to 20kts in most spots but low to mid teens near the surface. Some Q’s around with 2000’ and less in the west but rising sweetly towards the east with the GR around 4/5k along the coastal plains, 6k+  north of the first range of mountains and a tad higher further north over the higher grounds. Upper winds remaining W to WNW all the way to the Tropopause with a 100kts finish up there. Freezing level around 9000’.

CT – Looks like more sweet rain today with NW winds around 10-15kts. Partial clearing later in the day.

RB – See above!

PV – Similar to CT.

Wilderness – If you can get up it could be a good winter XC day with the high base and some good climbs 500ft/min on the cards. The wind is a bit too west and too strong for comfort. Sedge a maybe for late afternoon when it calms down a bit – with late afternoon climbs still possible to around 1500’ then. Hoping for some coastal soaring from mid-day onwards if there is enough South in the wind – looks like a lot of west in the direction unfortunately. Fingers crossed!  

Plett – Same as Wilderness with perhaps even less of a chance of the enough southerly appearing. Eish! The skies should look soooo good!

PE and PA – Strong WSW all day. 15-20kts.

Inland Westerly winds all over the show but strength moderating all the time as the front moves further east. The west of course cloudy and rainy with the skies looking sweeter further east from there. Westerly winds which should back to south by late afternoon in the south. Some amazing convergence over the SB at mid-day. (See the pic)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:35 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 9 hrs and 53min!). The wilderness corner should be sheltered for a cool walk on the beach. Max temperature a sweet 20 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(20 June 2020) 
Day 86 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Happy winter Solstice day! Its officially the longest night and shortest day of the year. Only 9 hours 53min and 23. So I heard vitamin D is in short supply…

A slight front preceding the bog one today – already its making itself felt around CT. Still the NW winds in the interior but some curling in a shallow layer along the south coast with a SW backing to the south trend during the day. Above still fresh NW winds and over 30kts in a few spots in the interior. Looks like this front will bring some sweet rain again over the next 2 days to the west coast areas but it’s a bit shy for the rest of the WC with the GR not really looking like its going to get much from it – most of the rain dropping on the west coast and the upper NW flow keeping it out to sea along the southern coastal regions. Still some flying to be had in this shallow layer along the south coast I think but not looking so good anywhere else. Winds remain NW with a WNW finish at the Tropopause of 130kts. Freezing level over CT area around 8500’ and over BW at 10000’.

CT – around 10kts low NW winds but low clouds for most of the day – in the afternoon deeper instability moving in with base at 2k and tops over 20k… So rain on the cards increasing tonight. Of course no flying lol.

RB – See above!

PV – Possible to get off early today I think with mod NW winds but from 14:00 onwards the winds will increase and become strong – 15-20kts NW. Rain also for later on.

Wilderness – Some mid level clouds around with those strong upper NW winds making for a windy evening and morning. It should moderate nicely with a light SW moving in from mid/late morning. I think Sedge will probably the better spot to be with it backing more to the S as the day progresses. The sweet time perhaps lunchtime. Climbs to 1500’ perhaps…

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies showing a late start with 14:00 showing a window for climbs to 2500’ light SW going S. Above those NW remaining. Probably too light for Keurbooms but maybe…

PE and PA – The morning NW backing to the SW and then S later on. Strong but moderating later.

Inland Very strong bergwinds with gusts around 30kts in a few spots. It can also be sweet and calm in some of the low lying areas… The CF moving in, in the west with rain from late afternoon with good rain along the SW sector of the WC tonight and tomorrow. In general not the best day to go flying.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 9 hrs and 53min!). The 20 June we will see the longest night and shortest day! Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(19 June 2020) 
Day 85 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! We are celebrating winter Solstice – today and tomorrow – the longest night and shortest day of the year. Officially for George the day length is only 9 hours 53min and 23 Seconds with tomorrow being just 3seconds shorter (The shortest day). Then its down hill to summer! :)

Today the dominant feature is the approaching CF that is tightening those isobars against the tall standing LSH. Its another day of Bergwinds everywhere with N to NW winds. Stable conditions with strong subsidence especially along the west coast areas. To the east and further inland there is some shallow instability but its very broken up due to the strong wind/shear conditions. No clouds expected though from CT if you look towards the SW you should see the Front approaching from late afternoon. Warm temps especially along the southern parts for a summer in winter day! Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 120kts finish. Freezing level around 11k around CT but up to 13k to the east around Uniondale…

CT – Again that amazing low level Jet along the west coast with 40kts at TM top height, Northerly all the way as the air is sucked and squeezed to the south along the coast and approaching front. Rain probably by midnight or early hours of tom morning. Of course no flying lol. (If you can check out the winds with height all the way to the Tropopause - see the link with the low level jet with the mother load at the Tropopause!) Sweet! ;)

RB – See above!

PV – Same as above.

Wilderness – Again a day of NW winds for most of the day – perhaps a slight reprieve late afternoon with light surface flows but still NW just above.

Plett – Same as Wilderness but interesting one of the Apps showing some deep instability between Knysna and Plett with climbs to 5k but all NW winds around 20kts right to the coast. (The B/S ration indicating that it wont be very pleasant!) lol.

PE and PA – Moving into he NE from the IOH here with stronger stuff further east. Around 10-15kts at PA. PE mostly offshores all day with Northerlies…

Inland Very strong bergwinds with gusts around 30kts in a few spots. It can also be sweet and calm in some of the low lying areas… In general not the best day to go flying.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 9 hrs and 53min!). The 20 June we will see the longest night and shortest day! Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 



(18 June 2020) D
ay 84 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! Today the IOH still dominating with the northerly flow all over the WC. There is a CF approaching CT – should make landfall by Sat. But a typical bergwind day everywhere with loads of subsidence and acceleration along the west coast. Absolute stability today with no lift and loads of shear around. Up t 40kts low level jet along the west coast and over CT as well. Offshores along the entire south coast too all day long. Winds remain N all the way up to 20k where it goes to the SW with a WSW finish of 80kts at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 12500’

CT – Strong beregwinds with loads of shear around today. All northerlies….

RB – WWB

PV – Bergwinds galore! NNE winds and strong.

Wilderness – Northerlies all by the looks of it.  

Plett – Bergwinds all day long here too…

PE and PA – Norhterlies here too…

Inland Very strong bergwinds with gusts around 30kts in a few spots. It can also be sweet and calm in some of the low lying areas… In general not the best day to go flying.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:34 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 9 hrs and 53min!). The 20 June we will see the longest night and shortest day! Max temperature a sweet 21 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))


(16 June 2020) 
Day 82 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOD dominating the weather today with a easterly trend all over the show. Mostly light winds with a few exceptions along the higher escarpment areas where the wind can reach up to 20kts. Around Stillbaai and Agulhas it will be 15kts. Inland it will trend more NE and even N in a few spots in the south but to the west it is all offshores with the easterly winds. The boundary layer pretty low with loads of subsidence around so again weak climbs to perhaps 3k AGL in the best spots (Above the Sutherland Escarpment). Stable along the west and southern coasts but a few convergence spots showing some potential (Perhaps a Q or two showing up in these areas). Winds go north with hight up to 7k then veers to the east with a fee dances from south to east before just shy of the Tropopause it veers to the SW fr a 20-30kts finish. Freezing level around 10k in the east but up to 12k on the west coast shores…

CT – Very stable easterly but light winds so the flow will move around the Peninsula with a SW component along the shores of LH and SH. Probably very light on launch. Looks like a bit of convergence to the SE of Africa face and Devils Peak – looks nice along the backside here… ;)

RB – To light and frustrating

PV – Very Easterly with even some NE at times and stable here all day long.

Wilderness – The offshore start to the day that will veer to the NE and E before around mid-day start with a ESE trend at Map. It might get light soarable at Map in the afternoon. The winds does trend NE with height. Sedge could be doable for a short window between 11:30 and 12:30 I think. Southerly here at that time with climbs to just shy of 2k. From 13:00 it will probably be too east. Serps perhaps the sweeter option for a light thermic flight from there to Map.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the SE flow – Uppies with climbs to just shy of 2k with that SE wind at 10kts. (I think Buffels could be the spot today)

PE and PA – Light NE start but the afternoon the East winds picking up to finish in the upper teens in knots.

Inland The light winds are all easterly with a few spots hosing NE trends. A blue day out here with relatively stable conditions except for the convergence spots – around the Kamanasie ranges and inland of Knysna today especially some convergence on the cards. (See the pic) climbs in these areas going to 5k…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 54min!). The 20 June we will see the longest night and shortest day! Max temperature a cool 16 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(15 June 2020) 
Day 81 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! That CF moving past KZN leaving behind it sweet cold unstable air over the WC. The SAH ridging in sweetly behind the CF pushing that cold unstable air over the entire WC region. Some fresh snow even possible over the Sutherland Plateau during the night and this morning. The rain this morning should also start to moderate and become less for the afternoon. Winds starting off W to SW along the southern coast but backing more southerly into the afternoon. Light winds mostly around 5-10kts with the CT area showing stronger SE winds up to 20kts in a few spots. Sweet Q’s around too with the boundary layer around 2kAGL along the coastal plains, going to 4k behind the first ranges and then 6k north of the second mountains. Climbs in general around the 300ft/min. All in all not a bad winters day. :) Winds remain southerly with hight with a SSW finish at the Tropopause at 30-50kts. Freezing level around 7500’.

CT – An unstable SE day with the wind-shadow shaping up in the afternoon.

RB – Seems like the SE never quite makes it out here… Light and frustrating.

PV – Very Easterly here all day long. 2k AGL instability so climbs probably going to just over the tops of the mountains but that east trend probably making it tricky. More southerly in the valley.

Wilderness – The morning rain should become less and if it stays away it really looks like a great day for flying here. Winds starting very west but going SW from 11 onwards. Around 5-10kts. Perhaps the ocean cliffs could offer something late morning. Probably Sedge being the best spot with strong climbs of 500ft/min on the cards I think – 2500ft around 11:30 doable but then lowering to 1500’ or so for the lunchtime stint.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a lunchtime  slot possible for Keurbooms but Uppies taking the lime light. Just after mid-day a slot open for climbs to 4500’ by the looks of it. It will drop a bit later as the wind here goes a tad more southerly. Some flat Q’s and even a spot of OD after lunch. But the place to hang today I think.

PE and PA – Lots of rain this morning but clearing later on. Winds 10-15kts SW

Inland For a change that NW not around with the winds very southerly all over the interior. It will even go SE in the afternoon. Nothing too strong with 15kts at most in a few spots – otherwise 5-10kts. Nice unstable air with sweet Q far inland. I think SW could be a strong option today…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 54min!). Approaching our longest night and shortest day! Max temperature a cool 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(14 June 2020) 
Day 80 of lockdown

Good morning all you supe duper Wild2Fly people! What an amazing flying day it was yesterday with Franschoek being the hot spot it seems – some pics one could be forgiven for thinking you were in the Alps! :) Today the isobars just tightening a bit more as another CF approaches the Cape – the winds a bit stronger so probably not as much fun as yesterday. Most of the higher mountains 15-20kts. Instability a tad lower too with 1-2k AGL in most spots. There is a low potential energy base so weak climbs on the cards. General NW flow inland that will trend a bit more SW in the south during the afternoon. High cirrus for most of the day and a bit of Q development in the SW parts of the WC as the front shifts closer – rain in CT probably by late afternoon already. Its 60kts WSW at the Tropopause and the freezing level around 9000’.

CT – Starting of with a NNW wind but backing to the west from around 1000’ up. IT does look like the 12 Apostles should be doable today though watch for some low cloud moving in from early afternoon. Light lower down but 15ks or just over near TM top.

RB – WWB

PV – Perhaps the best spot just north of Kardoesie with it becoming soarable on the steeper cliffs. Climbs to just over the tops of the peaks but with the lunchtime westerly it should become soarable. 2/300ft/min climbs to boost things along to. It does back more SW from 14/15:00 onwards…

Wilderness – The NW start but mid-day seeing a backing to the WSW. It just doesn’t seem to want to turn on for us with a lot of W in the winds. There should be enough in the strength for the coastal cliffs to offer something even if it will be very west. High cirrus most of the day with lower Q’s moving in late afternoon. Sedge and Serps showing some weak climbs but very westerly – I would hang out at hotel or Paradise dunes probably…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but perhaps even less of a chance of it backing to the SW enough for flying. Uppies remaining west and Keurbooms a maybe…

PE and PA – 20kts W all day.

Inland The NW this morning at over 20kts in the higher spots but less than 5 in the low sheltered areas like Oudshoorn valley. The wind will back to the WSW in the southern parts form after lunch reaching up to BW by 16:00. Very weak climbs with 1k AGL on average in the flats but some maybe reaching just past the top of the bigger peaks. 6k at the SB…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:33 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 54min!). Approaching our longest night and shortest day! Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 



(13 June 2020)  
Day 79 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly super heroes! The CF a thing of the past while the SAH has ridged into the interior, eventually morphing into the LSH. Slightly warmer temps all round with some light instability still available in a few spots. Still not the climbs we want but better than nothing! ;) Winds trending light NW in the interior and a tad WSW along the coast in general. The boundary layer around 2k AGL with a few exceptions along the coast (lower) and further inland (higher). A few Q’s around, the GR looking sweet and a spot of two in the SW section of the WC. The Swartberg area also with some Q’s (There should be some pleasant winter lift around here) but then blue further inland and to the west. The wind is 50kts West at the Tropopause with the freezing level around 7500-8000’.

CT – Some thick high cirrus moving in from mid-day but it does look like a great SH day with the 12 Apostles beckoning. Maybe 15kts up high… (Franshoek was epic!)

RB – WWB

PV – Very light conditions with up to 2k AGL instability but with weak climbs. IT also is a bit north around MT top height so perhaps not the best day here…

Wilderness – Still a too west trend, especially just 500 or so AGL. A light SW after midday expected but it all seems just too soft with not enough energy to produce good climbs – with a bit of luck 2-300ft/min. Sedge the best bet around 13:00-15:00 I think. High cirrus later too which will further block the surface heating.

Plett – Similar out look to Wilderness but I think Keurbooms could become straight enough around 14/15:00 for a maybe flight. Uppies showing very west… Maybe a look at Buffels with the WNW winds?

PE and PA – 20kts SW moderating to 15…

Inland Mostly light NW to W winds everywhere. Some sweet spots around the Kamanasie ranges, the SB and Outenikwas – Q’s on the cards here with base perhaps as high as 6k (unfortunately all WNW winds). Another beautiful day for flying on the cards especially for the propeller thingies that can reach those amazing snowy spots! :) (Guys flew DuToits but cross and weak climbs - few got up to 200ft ATO)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 55min!). A party cloudy day with light winds… Max temperature a cool 17 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(12 June 2020) 
Day 78 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Snow all over the show like Christmas! The big CF making its way out towards Southern Madagascar already but behind it the SAH ridging in behind it with a layer of super cold unstable air.  Some low cloud this morning in most places but later on the base will lift and the skies should be looking really good – the exception being some SW parts of the WC where a layer of stratoQ’s around 4k will block much of the heat of the sun. The winds mostly westerly but much calmer inland than yesterday. The South coast areas still very strong with 20-25kts from Agulhas and eastwards. Base from 2k along the coastal areas rising to 6k behind the first mountains with some spots up to 8/9k near the Great Escarpment. The winds remain westerly with hight with a slight WSW flow at the Tropopause but only 40kts around the SW parts of the WC. Freezing level around 6k.  

CT – Looks like a super nice day for the 12 Apostles. Mostly W to NW winds however the cloud near TM top showing OD so watch you don’t get misted out! ;)

RB – WWB

PV – Looking very sweet especially to the south with A NW to West flow. Its probably very wet but the unstable air should produce some climbs to around 4k. Some flat Q’s to the south mainly.

Wilderness – Looks like a strong westerly day with a slight trend to the WSW later in the afternoon. It moderates slightly then but still too cross and probably too strong. Sedge showing climbs to 4k but with 20-25kts winds just above launch lol. To west also…

Plett – Similar out look to Wilderness but again slightly stronger winds.

PE and PA – Again 30kts with some spots going close to 40kts WSW winds. 4m swell moving into Jbay so the surfers probably very happy…

Inland Partly cloudy for the most part otherwise clear skies with snow in many places. A cold unstable layer up to 4k thick in spots. Winds much lighter with 5-10kts all round so a beautiful day for flying on the cards especially for the propeller thingies that can reach those amazing snowy spots! :)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 55min!). Still strong westerly winds all day… Max temperature a cold 15 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(11 June 2020) 
Day 77 of lockdown

Good morning all you Wild2Fly super heroes! The centre of the CF far south of us and moving eastwards pretty quickly while the SAH shifts in behond it - reaching far south and feeding all that cold air onto the entire country. We have icy cold conditions in the interior with a low freezing level bringing wide spread snow in man of those snowy hot spots. The big rains are over but still some lingering deep showers for the day – base around 2k with tops going past 20k so expect hail and lightning even... The winds have also gone down a notch with 20-30kts but a few spots moderating in the afternoon. The winds are all westerly in direction with SW in the west as the IOH curls the winds from the far south onto the country. Still too strong to fly mostly. The strong wave for the WC also dropped with the deeper instability in the atmosphere and the direction being more westerly than those better suited NW winds. (Except for the berg where things are still rocking with climbs exceeding 40000’! - see pic) Over the WC the winds remain westerly all the way to the Tropopause with 70kts over CT and 100kts inland from Uniondale further to the N and E. Freezing level down to just over 4000’ in a few spots – Sutherland area around 1000’AGL.

CT – Very strong WSW winds all day with showers. Too strong to fly.

RB – As above

PV – As above. Base around 1500-2000 with tops at 22k. Snow on the bigger peaks.

Wilderness – Its WNW this morning with a smidgeon of a WSW just after lunch and then WNW again – 20-30kts but late afternoon should see some moderation. Partly cloudy with chance of showers in the afternoon.

Plett – Similar out look to Wilderness but stronger winds.

PE and PA – Up to 40kts Westerlies here… Jaybay should start firing big time from today as the big 6m swell moves into the bay…

Inland Wide spread snow and very cold conditions especially with the strong Westerly winds bringing the wind chill down to below freezing in many places. 20kts but some spots over 30 at times…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:32 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 55min!). Strong westerlies with some sun and a chance of rain in the afternoon. Max temperature a cold 14 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :)) 

 



(10 June 2020) 
Day 76 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! For the weather watchers the next few days are a feast – it is not often we get such a strong midlatitude cyclone perfectly shaped settling over the entire country! The pressure in the centre, which is some 500km due south from us, is down to 985Hpsc with sustained surface winds of 50kts! So again we have those strong NW winds with the brunt of the cold weather shedding rain on the western part of the WC. The topographical uplift and convergence created by the mountains along the west coast boosting the already CB filled skies causing much of the rain to fall out there leaving cold and dryer air with only scattered showers to feed in the interior. Winds here are up 40kts in places with 20-30kts the norm. The 50kts level around 3000’. Snow starting tonight already along the higher grounds on the west coast then spreading with falls possible over the next 2 days. There are some massive lee-wave activity over the Drakensberg and my forecasting app showing one bar with 4m/s climbs going past 12000MSLA! (The App cant show anything higher!) How high would one be able to go! Mind you, the winds up there is blowing at 110kts so not the easiest wave to fly I would guess but def doable! Freezing level over CT dropping by the hour with mid-day level around 6k and inland of the GR around 10k…

CT – Rain with CB possible and wind all day…

RB – As above

PV – As above. Base around 1500-2000 with tops at 22k…

Wilderness – The strong winds starting a tad later this morning as we are in a sweet sheltered bubble for the morning (This is such a cool place!) ;) But then the winds will pickup with WNW winds 20-30kts expected for the next 2-3days even. Rain today only from early evening but it will be scattered only with most of the good stuff left on the west coast side.

Plett – Similar out look to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Very strong NW winds with no letting up during the day.

Inland Those strong NW winds of 2-40kts in spots. Around 3000’ AGL the 50kts mrk so pretty wild conditions no matter what you are flying. There should be some amazing Q's preceeding the front with some spectacular wave clouds to the east.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:31 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 56min!). Not a bad day with the strong winds shaping up for the afternoon. ;) Max temperature a mild 22 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(9 June 2020) 
Day 75 of lockdown

Good morning all you super duper amazing Wild2Fly people! Well all the talk about town is this midlatitude cyclone shaping up over the next couple of days that will probably make life very interesting for all of us. Def warnings out of loads of rain starting around mid-night in CT tonight and perhaps wind damage in those exposed areas over the next few days. Very strong NW with most of the interior around 25kts surface winds today but this will increase to 30-40 knts in places over the next three days. (Looks like widespread snow by Thursday.) For today, some mid level and high cirrus clouds but mostly a stable day especially along the coastal plains with some fog along parts of the southern coastal areas. There’s some convergence inland along a slight north/south trough shaping up before the front moves in with climbs to 11k but of course it is all wishful thinking due to the very strong winds up there. ;)  50kts around 5000’ almost everywhere. This layer will lower over the next 24hrs as the front moves into the WC with a decidedly westerly direction – it is huge with a sweep extending far up the west coast reaching to past Luderitz in Namibia. Still those 120/140 kts NW up at the Tropopause and the freezing level slightly down to 10000’.

CT – A pretty sheltered start to the day with the winds only starting to build from mid-day onwards. IT even looks like it could be flyable in the morning around LH and SH. Lol. But from mid to late afternoon things will start heading south as the front starts to move in and by mid-night the rain should start in all earnest. Heavy falls for Wednesday on the cards…

RB – Hhhmmm WWB

PV – Stable and windy with NNW winds and 20kts from 1500-2000’ all ready. Also strong winds and heavy rains expected on Wednesday.

Wilderness – Its bergwinds with strong NW winds until late afternoon when a slight WSW pulse will come through and the winds will settle to a light West for the night. Stable conditions with no flying on the cards.

Plett – Similar out look to Wilderness.

PE and PA – Very strong NW winds with no letting up during the day.

Inland Those strong NW winds of 25kts almost everywhere. It increases with hight so a terrible day to be in the air no matter what you are flying.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:31 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 56min!). A berg wind day with summer in winter but be extra careful with any open flames today… ;) Max temperature a hot dry and windy 27 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 
(8 June 2020) 
Day 74 of lockdown

Good morning all you super awesome Wild2Fly people! A large CF approaching from the SW with the dominant NW wind building over the next two days – hot offshore conditions over the southern coastal areas starting today. Looks like good snow by Thursday ;) The LSH dominating for now with loads of subsidence and inverted conditions everywhere. A slight bit of instability around the central areas again but it is actually less than yesterday. Winds around 25kts in many inland parts and in the sheltered lower grounds, just 1-2000’ up we start with 20kts NW. Fog patches everywhere along the coasts today but it will clear during the day. Still those very strong WNW winds up at the Tropopause of 140kts. Freezing level around 11500’.

CT – Foggy morning but it should clear. However its close to 30kts NW at TM height so probably not very pleasant flying. Good chance of shear around for a bergy feel…

RB – Hhhmmm too light all day…

PV – Stable from even low down with those Northerly winds. Strong at MT top height.

Wilderness – A foggy start on the coast but clearing. Light winds along the ocean but just above those offshore NW are active. 20kts at 2k and 30 from 3-4k upwards. A no good day here…

Plett – Same as Wilderness but a slight East  trend in the afternoon.

PE and PA – Offshores and then late afternoon a NE trend.

Inland Very strong surface winds around 25kts in most of the high lying areas. Stable in the lower parts of the little Karoo and Oudshoorn valley. A chance of eave activity on the bigger mountains. Not a good day for flying with the strong NW winds from around 1-2k AGL and up. Loads of cirrus around especially in the west.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:30 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 57min!). Some fog patches along the coast but clearing during the day. ;) Max temperature a sweet 22 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(7 June 2020) 
Day 73 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some flying happening but not as much as expected! Maybe it has to do with the weather and today looking even less favourable to yesterday. The LSH dominating the inland parts with a slight east presence along the coasts. The NW flow still dominating from 1000’ or so and above. The boundary layer very low with the associated shallow convection layer. Some fog and low cloud around along the southern parts and a few in the west. Partial clearing during the day. Very light winds on the ground today. A few spots around the Peninsula with some local acceleration reaching perhaps 10-15kts. Far inland north of the Sutherland escarpment the winds are 25kts NW with some deeper instability with spots indicating up to 11k! (Looks like deepening instability due to the upper jet increasing in strength here). The winds remain NW steadily increasing for a 100kts finish WNW over CT but it is 150kts above this unstable area. Freezing level around 11000’.

CT – A stable day with low inversion – around 1000’ everywhere. SE low down but trending NW above the inversion. Just some local spots of wind acceleration around corners etc with some action. LH and SH should be working if the cloud doesn’t move in.

RB – Hhhmmm too light all day…

PV – A very shallow W but it goes N to NW above that. Another no good day out here.

Wilderness – A pretty cloudy day with a chance of some clearing later on. Still light SW going SE and some instability up to 1200’. But it depends on the surface heating if we will get any useable thermals… Best chance around mid-day.

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies showing something up to 2000’ just after mid-day. Depends on the surface heating…

PE and PA – Light W to SW winds up to 10kts.

Inland That upper air divergence possibly causing some deepening of instability over the central WC regions on the higher ground. Freezing level a tad lower but still those NW winds around the 20kts. In the lower parts of the little Karoo the surface winds are less with the Oudshoorn valley showing 5kts and very stable conditions in the NW flow. Loads of cirrus around especially in the west.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:30 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 57min!). Some low cloud around but a chance of it clearing later in the day. ;) Max temperature around 19 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(6 June 2020) 
Day 72 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! Remember that most schools should be open for training if you feel like getting in the air. ;) The IOH dominant but with light winds and stable conditions all round. Again the inland NW flow with a few spots up at 20kts but mostly less than 10. The west cast with loads of fog clearing mostly during the day. Some spots along the southern parts. Winds along the surface light but it trends NW from 1/2000’ upwards. Some low clouds along the coastal parts in the south with a shallow layer of a bit of instability around there. North of the Sutherland escarpment the instability layer increases to perhaps 4k AGL. Otherwise mostly a blue day. Winds are NW from 2k upwards increasing in strength in general to 24k where it backs to the WSW for a 100kts finish. Freezing level still around 12k.

CT – Fog around but clearing during the late morning. A SW flow setting up around LH and SH. It should be flyable as soon as the fog clears.

RB – Very light SE late in the day…

PV – SSW surface flow up to 1000’ AGL but inverted from there with an E to N wind. Another no good day out here.

Wilderness – IT looks like we could have some flying at Sedge and Serps. A layer up to 1500 showing convection but still weak so probably 100ft/min average climbs to just over 1000’. Winds are light SW trending S later in the afternoon. IT should start working I think from about 11:30/12 till 14:00 best times. Too light along the coast.

Plett – Same as Wilderness but a SE trend. Uppies showing climbs to just shy of 2k.…

PE and PA – W to SW winds all day around 10-15kts at most.

Inland Another very stable day with NW winds all over. 20kts on the Sutherland escarpment but around less than 10 most other spots. That deeper instability north of Sutherland still around with climbs in spots to 8/9k.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:29 and setting at 17:27 (Day length is 9 hrs and 58min!). The full moon is up for much longer than the sun! ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(5 June 2020) 
Day 71 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A wonderful day for flying as some schools have received their clearances to start training. :) Happy flying for those who are lucky enough to be near an Instructor! Today a bergwind kind of day – the LSH dominating inland with a slight trough along the west coast and a strong CF to the west of us. Offshore flows along the southern parts cause adiabatic warming with warm temps in the mid twenties mostly. IT also produces a strong inversion for the coastal plains. A very strong low inversion – on the surface in places with some light wind in this area but then it quickly picks up to 20kts by 2000’. Expect some strong mixing and shear with some wave activity in those lee parts of the bigger mountains. Winds stick to NW all the way to around 18k then it backs to the WSW for a 60kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level around 12k.

CT – Some fog patches along parts of the west coast. A NW flow pattern with a strong gradient between the surface and 1500 to 2000’. In a very shallow layer close to the surface you could get some sweet spots but it probably gets a big mixy further up. The hangies could try exploring the 12 Apostles…

RB – WWB is out!

PV – Generally northerly flows with strong surface inversion. Some 20kts spots to the north. Another no good day out here.

Wilderness – Again some high cirrus around. Mostly offshore flows but in the afternoon a shallow onshore flow will ensue. Probably too light to fly in along the coast. And def nothing in therms of thermic activity due to the strong inversion around.

Plett – Same as Wilderness with Uppies remain NW all day except in the very late afternoon with a shallow S creeping in. Another not so lekker day for flying here either…

PE and PA – Strong NE winds here with very strong parts just offshore all day.

Inland Another very stable day with NNW winds all over. 20kts on the Sutherland escarpment but around 10-15kts most other spots. That deeper instability north of Sutherland still around with climbs in spots to 8/9k. Du Toits should be very sweet for soaring with a window around mid-day I think…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:29 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 9 hrs and 59min!). We are moving to winter solstice. But high vitamin D around today! ;) Max temperature around 24 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))

 



(4 June 2020) 
Day 70 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! Exciting times! Maybe we might be able to fly today already… Fingers crossed. ;) The IOH dominating with a large circulation out over the north of the country to curl around with a N to NW flow in the WC interior. It links up with the trough along the west coast and a CF to the west of us. It is very stable once again on all the coastal plains with no prospects of thermal lift. Only some sweet ridge soaring on the cards if you are in the right place. Low low inversions with wind around 20kts from 3/4k upwards. Loads of high cirrus clouds. Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 60kts finish up there.

CT – A NE start but it will back during the day with a surface SW flow around LH and SH. Just above the wind quickly veers to the W and NW around 15-20kts so not impossible for epic 12 Apostles today…

RB – WWB is out!

PV – Generally northerly flows with strong surface inversion. Some 20kts spots to the north. A no good day out here.

Wilderness – Loads of high cirrus. A shallow coastal onshore flow trending to the SE even. But it is shallow and offering poor climbs at Sedge and Serps. 800’ but not strong enough for a glider to climbs in.

Plett – Same as Wilderness with 15kts NW from 2k up so not lekker here either…

PE and PA – The IOH really showing teeth eastwards from here with strong NE winds along the coast. Just offshore its going 20kts plus…

Inland A very stable day with NNW winds all over. 20kts on the Sutherland escarpment but around 10-15kts most other spots. North of Sutherland there is actually a cool layer of around 4k depth with nice thermic activity. Du Toits should be very sweet for soaring in the coming days I think…

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:28 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 9 hrs and 59min!). Its depressing to think we have less than 10 hours daylight time… Some vitamin D out there though… ;) Max temperature around 20 degrees C. Enjoy the day! :))



(3 June 2020) 
Day 69 of lockdown

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly super heroes! So the courts are on our side it seems… Interesting times ahead. ;) The SAH dominating while its pushing along a weak CF affecting mostly the southern parts of the WC. Still in the far north around Sutherland escarpment that NW flow with the high grounds still close to 20kts. The southerly winds will reach there by end of day. There are loads of clouds around with very thick upper air stuff and the CF shallow stuff with base around 2 and tops around 4/5k. A smidgeon of rain along the southern parts. Above this layer the wind is NW and remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 10kts finish up there. Freezing level around 12k.

CT – A SE flow today with a good 20kts at the best part of the day. Of course loads of clouds but the wind-shadow seems to firing on all 4 cylinders all day…

RB – A super awesome day here all day long it seems…

PV – Still that low inversion around 1000k AGL with a mostly a southerly flow low down that trends easterly with height before the NW above that. So not a good day here…

Wilderness – Some cloud around with a westerly flow. It will go more onshore later on but it seems to remain teasing weak with just a few scratchy moments on the cards during late morning to mid day. Weak thermic index for Sedge and Serps especially with all the thick clouds around…

Plett – Same as Wilderness with late afternoon a slight nit of instability setting in at Uppies.  Weak climbs to just over 2k possible with the southerly flow that trends W with hight. Too weak for Keurbooms I think.

PE and PA – SW winds 20kts starters but slight moderation later on.

Inland The southerly with some sweet Q in the Oudshoorn valley up the Swartbergs but nothing after that. The southerly eventually getting to the Sutherland escarpment. NW winds from 5k upwards around 15-20kts.

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:28 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 10 hrs!). Only 10 hours of day light – I don’t know about you but I feel like I am being robbed… ;) Max temperature around 18 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))



(2 June 2020) 
Day 68 of lockdown

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! SAHPA is handing in our Covid SOP to CAA today… Fingers crossed! :)) Still the LSH dominance with those NW winds – strong on the high grounds 25kts in spots, while a shallow coastal layer will produces some SW to S winds along the southern coastal areas. Stable conditions near the coast with the exception in the far northern inland parts with some 2-3k AGL convection depth – but its still weak. What does make up for the lack of thermals is the high probability of strong wave activity in the SW parts of the WC. A perfect isotherm layer laying the foundation for this. :) The wind increases evenly from the surface all the way to the Tropopause for a 110kts finish. Freezing level around 13-14k.

CT – Some thick cirrus around with a chance of fog early on. A SW shallow bit around SH but its NW above with it a great 12 Apostle hangie day I think.

RB – WWB…

PV – Again very very stable with 500ft inversion and nothing happening above that. :) N to NW winds…

Wilderness – NW above with a shallow and light SW start on the surface trending to the SSE later on. A strong inversion with possibly in theory climbs to 1000’ a maybe but again I think it will be too weak. ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness but some strong WSW at Robberg which does not quite make it to Keurbooms. Stable inland with that thick high level cirrus.

PE and PA – SW winds 5-10kts becoming lighter late afternoon with a backing to the SE at PA.

Inland That strong winter NW winds again but with some strong wave activity form the high mountains – especially towards the SW. 25kts on the surface in places. But very calm in the shallow valleys. If you know what you are doing you could have a good propeller day… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:27 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 10 hrs 1 min). Another sweet sunny day and even a tad warmer than yesterday. Some high level clouds so perhaps not the best for vitamin D… ;) Max temperature a sweet 20ish degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))



(1 June 2020) 
Day 67 of lockdown

But first day of level 3! Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly heroes! Some exercising and work freedoms gained – the good news is that pretty soon we will be given the green light from SAHPA to resume training as part of the Govs effort to restart the economy. Still no free flying for sport. Hhhmm… The LSH still dominating with the NW winds all over the WC area. The southern coastal areas sheltered with a shallow layer of marine air causing a light onshore flow in most places. Some fog patches along the west coast during the morning with clearing taking place in most areas. Its pretty darn stable with a shallow inversion around 500’ in most spots and even where it is slightly deeper there’s not much lifting potential. Some strong NW wind spots inland around the top of the bigger mountains and the Sutherland Escarpment again. Winds remain NW all the way to the Tropopause for a WNW 80kts finish. Freezing level around 13/14k.

CT – The surface winds probably light SW but its NW higher up at TM top. The fg probably not good for the morning but it should clear later. Hhhmmm… Maybe a scratchy flight along LH but probably only foefie weather. ;)

RB – WWB and too light.

PV – Very very stable with 500ft inversion and nothing happening above that. :) N to NW winds…

Wilderness – Again those NW higher up with a shallow coastal layer on the coast. Some low cloud to the SW of us which might pop in. Light winds again with hardly any lifting potential so it will be very weak at Serps and Sedge. In theory one could get to 1000’ but I think it will be too light. ;)

Plett – Same as Wilderness with a SE trend in the bay and at Uppies. Light light.

PE and PA – SW winds 5-10kts becoming lighter late afternoon.

Inland Again the typical winter patterns with strong NW winds on the high ground areas this morning – 20kts. IT stays strong in the higher spots while the Karoo and little Karoo have very sheltered spots in the lower areas of light winds. A sweet propeller day out here… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 7:27 and setting at 17:28 (Day length is 10 hrs 2 min). Another sweet sunny day though slightly cooler than yesterday. Still enough to catch up on that vitamin D rays! ;) Max temperature a cooler 18 degrees C today. Enjoy the day! :))


(31 May 2020) 
Day 66 of lockdown

Good morning you amazingly cool bunch of Wild2Fly people! Happy Pentecost day to you all. Today the LSH dominating the interior with a tough along the west coast and a slight influence along the southern coastal areas from the westerly moving cyclonic systems. It’s a beautiful ate autumn day but its not much good in terms of flying. Very stable all over the show brought on by the subsidence from the LSH and the shallow cool ocean air along the coast is too shallow to produce anything worthwhile. Winds are generally N to NW inland and light SW to S along the southern coasts. No clouds expected. The best TOL inland aroun