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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
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.

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(27 February 2020) Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing in the CF over the entire WC. Southerly winds with a few variations everywhere except in the far north where it will be west. Low cloud with rain along the southern parts but clear in the west. Theboundary layer low along the southern parts at 2k but base rising to 4/5k north of the first mountains and then up to 13k north of the Sutherland escarpment. Rain inland mostly around Graafies region and eastwards from there. Winds trend easterly up to 8k where it goes west and increases in strength to the Tropopause for a 90kts finish.

CT – Strong SE today with cloud at TM top level. IT does not look like a wind-shadow day with no drop in wind strength with height and no inversion present.

RB – This is an early morning day for here with increasing in the day and probably blown out. Some signs of a moderation again later in the afternoon but it might not appear in the area…

PV – Very southerly along the surface with an east trend higher up. Breezy too with 15-20kts in places. Climbs are up to 4/5k. Some convergence in the Renoster hoek end but the upper air is easterly so probably quite bumpy once you get above the mountain tops. Climbs here possible to 6k but its east at 10-15kts up there…

Wilderness – A rainy morning with a similar forecast for the whole day. Winds is southerly mostly up to 10kts probably and it might be possible to fly in between gaps of the rain. (No rain tuntill mid afternoon with great flying in the moring at Sedge and the coast from mid-day)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms showing the right wind around lunch time if the rain allows. Base around 2k with tops around 6/7k.

PE and PA again with SW 20kts plus…

Inland – All Southerly winds up to North of Sutherland escarpment where the west will take over and also some high base – 13k. In the C fair to the south it is 5/6k base with clouds to past the Swartbergs. Rain mostly around Graafies area but fingers crossed it is more wide spread. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:15 and setting at 19:09. (Day length is 12 hrs 54min)  A cloudy, rainy day for the beach with onshore winds. Put on a rain coat and go get those toes wet – best time at mid-day to get the low tide. ;) High tide at 5:37, low tide at 11:40, high at 17:49, Low tide at 23:43. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(26 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominant over the entire WC with another CF approaching us – should make landfall in and around Agulhas this afternoon. For the remainder its all Southerly winds with some SW components in places along the southern and west coast parts but it is more West inland and even NW far north of us. Also some CB activity along the west stretching down to past Sutherland and then eastwards past Graafies. Even as far south as the Swartbergs later on. Base to the north is over 13k but much less to the south – the coastal regions hanging around 1500’ and up to 5k along the first mountain ranges. It is westerly higher up and then NW 60ks at the Tropopause.

CT – A strong SSE day with the winds going west above TM top height. The wind-shadow should be effective though smaller than usual according to RASP. However the coastal fog might put a damper on things…

RB – It starts of light but form mid-day it should pick-up with a strong afternoon finish.

PV – Another day of sweet SW lower layers that tends a tad more southerly late afternoon. 5-10kts in the moring but there’s that storng 15-20kts late afternoon breeze again. Climbs start late from 12:30 to 13:00 with 4 perhaps 5k possible. The convergence setting up over Eendekuil from 15:00 stretching to the pass but it quickly moves to the north – from Skerpheuwel at 16:00. Climbs in here possible to 7k.

Wilderness – IT looks like a great morning with a strong SW wind with all the coastal spots firing away, then it drops at mid-day. By 15:00 some nice clouds should move in with Sedge firing up – base around 1500’ and it should be good flying according to the forecasts. (Just watch the coastal wind – if it does drop then game on!) ;) (Spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a strong WSW start but it will gradually moderate and by lunchtime Keurbooms should switch on for an amazing afternoon flying session I think. Uppies with climbs to 3k on the cards but also better later on when the wind backs a bit more and moderates.

PE and PA again with SW 20-30kts…

Inland – All SW winds up to North of the Swartbegr where it starts to veer to the W and then WNW from Sutherland and further North. Base very high out there but around 5/6k in the south. CB activity north of the Swartberg ranges mostly – it is wide spread from the east to the west. :)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:14 and setting at 19:10. (Day length is 12 hrs 57min)  Another awesome sunny day, with a strong SW start but mid-day it drops and becomes light for the rest fo the day. A great day to spend on the beach none the less. Go for midday for a sweet low tide get your toes wet! ;) High tide at 5:10, low tide at 11:12, high at 17:21, Low tide at 23:17. Max temps for the Wilderness area another hot 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(25 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A heat low with the centre east of CT dominating most of the WC weather. The winds are curling around this point with SE trend along the southern coast, curling around CP and then Westerly along the southern West coast with NW further N. Windy bergy conditions inland and along the northern parts of the west coast with over 30kts and 40 degrees C NW here. No rain and or clouds except for the far north inland with high base over 13k. Just inland form the south coast the winds are also N to NW with a slow increase in strength with height. A strong inversion along the southern coastal areas with nothing going over 500’. On the first mountain ranges with the NW winds around 20kts at the tops climbs go to 10k. It remains NW all the way to the Tropopause for a 30-50kts finish.

CT – IT could be a good for flying with a WSW surface component and WNW higher up. 15kts at 2k. It doesn’t look very bergy here to me.

RB – WWB!

PV – IT looks bergy here to me with strong NW winds all day. 20kts on average. But there is a convergence setting up between Dassies and PV with climbs to 10k possible around 14:00! (If only you flew a hangie) ;)

Wilderness – A very inverted day expected with light onshore flows – just enough to tease you – all S to SE in direction. Stronger winds out to sea between Gerrickes and eastwards to Knysna, perhaps Buffs could offer something also. The inland sights inverted with light teasing stuff too. (Spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA with 20 – 30kts NE to E winds.

Inland – All N to NW winds with stronger stuff to the west and NW sections. During the hottest parts climbs can exceed 10k in most inland spots but the wind up there is all 20kts plus NW. Upper thirties in most areas…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:13 and setting at 19:12. (Day length is 12 hrs 58min)  A really great day for the beach with light winds and hot temps. Go for late morning for a sweet low tide and get your toes wet! ;) High tide at 4:43, low tide at 10:46, high at 16:54, Low tide at 22:50. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(24 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating with a ridg along the southern parts and a trough along the west coast. Winds are SE along the southern parts, fairly light but strong towards CP. It is more southerly along the west coast. A blue day mostly with no clouds. Some CB’s far north in Namibia. The boundary layer around the 1/2k mark near the coast but 3/4k along the first mountain ranges and then slightly more further inland. Winds go North at 5k but then SW from around 12k with a 20kts SW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A sweet wind-shadow day today with the strong SE confined to CP for most of the day, coming through to CT late afternoon. Even then it is light higher up with an inversion by then. Should be good all day.

RB – Again a chance maybe later in the day.

PV – A sweet SW lower layers day with climbs to 4k in general. Piekeniers kloof the best spot to head to Skerpheuwel where there is some convergence from the peak and back on the plateau with climbs to 7k possible… Winds are ENE higher up. After 17:00 watch for the strong SW coming through with 20kt peaks.

Wilderness – A slow light start but with the SE slowly picking up throughout the day. Map should be flyable in the afternoon. Gerrickes and Buffs are also on in the late morning but so is Sedge and Serps with enough south in it with climbs to 1000’. By lunchtime the East will probably spoil things a bit. (Spot on but strong ESE later in the day)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing promise with climbs to 2k and a SSE winds of less than 10kts during the late morning. It goes more East later on.

PE and PA again with S to SE winds 10-15kts.

Inland – SE winds in the south which go to light North in the north. All in all a pleasant day inland with no strong winds expected but also thermic climbs not that high either with 10k over Sutherland with WNW winds 10kts and 8k south of there with East winds 10kts.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:12 and setting at 19:13. (Day length is 13 hrs zero min)  Another awesome sunny day, a tad cool in the ocean breeze but a great day to spend on the beach none the less. Go for late morning for a sweet low tide get your toes wet! ;) High tide at 4:16, low tide at 10:20, high at 16:26, Low tide at 22:25. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(23 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF having run over the entire WC leaving cooler air behind. The SAH helping with an easterly flow form the surface to around 10k – a few variations around – SE along the southern parts and later in the day more southerly along the west coast with some spots really strong of 30kts out there. A few spots of rain inland around the Graafies area for the moring but drying quickly for the rest of the day. Few clouds around but for the GR region perhaps. The boundary layer around 2-3k near the coast, 4/5k along the first mountains but on the west coast with the easterly flow some spots over 7k. The wind remains east until about 10k where it veers to the south and remains south all the way to the Tropopause at 60kts.

CT – Its E to SE and breezy with 30kts later in the day. Not much of an inversion so the wind-shadow not shaping up to what its supposed to be. A slight appearance according to RASP but none from the others. Its pretty east with height which might help.

RB – A chance maybe later in the day but surprising light earlier on and very east.

PV – All easterly flows so Picketberrg the best bet. It looks strong there for the moring but around 13:00 dying down with a window until 16:00 perhaps where it goes more SSE. Pretty high climbs possible after 13:00…

Wilderness – A cool SE on the cards with most forecasts indicating it will hold until around lunchtime. Strong likelihood of it blowing out early afternoon. Buffs will work in the morning and possibly Gerrickes for a bench-up. Sedge and Serps indicating erly climbs to 3k but its very east so probably not really worth a try… (Perfect Map day with just too strong by  12:00 - but so boyant with hgih climbs!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – ESE winds up to 15kts later on. Uppies showing climbs to just over 3k 10-15kts.

PE and PA with S to SE winds 10-15kts.

Inland – All easterlies with parts in the far north over 20kts. No clouds around and that wind pattern the same – east then south around 10k… most of the WC areas climbs far inland up to 8k perhaps.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:12 and setting at 19:14. (Day length is 13 hrs 02 min)  A sunny day but somewhat cooler with fresh SE winds later on. So do get out to the beach early today and go get your toes wet early! ;) High tide at 3:48, low tide at 09:52, high at 15:57, Low tide at 21:59. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(22 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today the SAH is pushing up a CF onto the WC – its already touching CT area and also the Overberg with rain. This will spread up the coast during the course of the day reaching the GR area after lunch. Winds are generally SW but will vary in spots – CT backing to the SE later again and a tad more West in laces along the southern coastal region. The boundary layer varying with higher clouds initially but dropping significantly as the front moves in. 4/5k along the first ranges then upwards to 7-8k a tad further inland with the clouds drying soon after the Swartbergs and beyond. In the far north mush higher base and a strong chance of CB activity in the NE areas. The winds remains SW to 10k then goes more W with a WSW finish of 60-100kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Some cloud around already with winds initially westerly but it will trend more southerly later on. Probably best to get flying early before the lower cloud or rain moves in. The wind-shadow seems to shape up late afternoon but the winds seems strong throughout to 4k so keep a good watch on it. ;)

RB – Looks like the late afternoon might see a strong Southerly moving in for some playing out here…

PV – A very southerly wind day and breezy as well. Its 10kts going 15-20 later on with climbs to 4k (RASP says some flat Q’s at 4k) Even down by Piekeniers pass it still is ver southerly and strong – some convergence out in the Renosterhoek corner but to me it looks a tad on the cross windy side… :)

Wilderness – Not what I expected form yesterday report with the sweet SW now looking as if it might be gust and playing on and off with us until later when the rain arrives. 5-10kts with even a bit of West in it on occasion along the Wilderness coast however, there's strong winds out to sea so keep an eye out for any  strong wind signs on the water and land BEFORE it gets to you! (Forecasts show it not moving in untill the afternoon). Maybe it’s all wrong and we got to have awesome flying until the rain moves in later today. :)) (Actuals was an awesome moring till around 13:00 of coastal flying - then on and off and rain by 15:00)

Plett – A chance of Keurbooms working early on but by 10:30/11 the wind goes too west and picks up a bit. Uppies climbs to 3k but also from 11 onwards getting very strong.

PE and PA with strong SW winds up to 30kts!

Inland – SW winds moving far inland with rain up to the Swartbergs later on. Late afternoon the winds picks up 20-30kts in places… CB activity in the NE areas from Graafies and De Aar and eastwards.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:11 and setting at 19:15. (Day length is 13 hrs 04 min)  A cloudy day with chances of rain and stronger SW winds from mid-day onwards. Its best to go get your toes wet early! ;) High tide at 3:18, low tide at 09:24, high at 15:27, Low tide at 21:32. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(21 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF moving up to Maputo while the two HP systems are jostled either side of the country. The GR area right in between making for some lighter winds in that area (Col) a NE to East flow in the east and a SW in the west. Some CB activity inland with rain, mostly in the eastern parts with the west dry. Again the boundary layer varied with 1k near the coast but rising quickly to 5k along the mountain ranges of the south and similar on the west. Further inland it goes to 6/7k and then that jump near the Sutherland Escarpment to 12/13k. Its all N to WNW winds higher up with a 60kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A SSW wind for the day but it trend west with height so it might be better than anticipated. Instability to 2k with some local acceleration around the corners of SH and LH – 15-20kts perhaps which can effect things a bit.

RB – Maybe in the very late afternoon enough of a SSE push could come through  but it is on the boarder of the SW side also…

PV – A swet day I think with a 5kts start and climbs to just shy of 5k it seems to remain SW till late but there’s some strong winds  on the surface up to 20kts in spots. The convergence today setting up over Eendekuil from 14:30 onwards propagating towards the Renosterhoek area – climbs here perhaps over 6k possible…

Wilderness – A light S to SE day with winds up to 15kts in the east later on. Map probably lightly soarable for most of the day. Sedge and Serps also probably offering something in the late morning especially before the east could throw a spanner in the works a bit. Climbs to 1k perhaps near the coast. (Spot on but Sedge working far into the afternoon with no wind around Wilderness for the most part)

Plett – Very similar to the Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 1700. SE winds all day here…

PE and PA with strong E to NE winds around 20kts.

Inland – It is a day to be flying the coastal mountains ranges with most regions showing SW to S winds with spots going to 15kts later in the day. Climbs to 5k most places. Further inland initially light Northerlies but trending NW. Q’s mostly in the south and then the Eastern inland parts where the CB cells will be active. In the right spot could be epic! :)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:10 and setting at 19:16. (Day length is 13 hrs 07 min)  A light sunny SE day with a morning low tide making it the perfect time to be on the beach and getting your toes wet! ;) High tide at 2:44, low tide at 08:51, high at 14:55, Low tide at 21:03. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cooler 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(20 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A CF moving on over the WC with the IOH pushing in hard behind it. Strong SW winds with rain along the southern parts with a south along the west coast. Cloud base gets higher quickly as you move inland but much lower compared to yesterday with up to the Swartberg and just north of that base is around 5k. But up to 10k at the Sutherland Escarpment still. Broad region of CB activity inland with rain covering most of the inland regions. Winds are all westerly up to 60kts at the Tropopause.

CT – A very cloudy southerly day with no dropping in strength with height even if there is an inversion present later on. It’s a southerly day with the surface flow around SH and LH SSW and 20kts along the shorefront. Some signs of less wind at launch but it looks to be hard from the left so dubious looking all day long.

RB – It seems a great early morning session to be had here and it might last all day long though it’s a strong finish at the end of the day…

PV – Perhaps too southerly with even SE at mountain top height at PV for it to be a comfortable day. It gets strong later too with 15 and even 20kts spots. Climbs to 4k but Pickenierskloof looking better with more SW direction here and some convergence along the Renosterhoek ranges later in the day.

Wilderness – Windy westerly start with some low cloud around. This will unfortunately thicken as the morning progresses with rain by mid-day. A chance for the wind to back to the SW late morning and moderate a bit but mostly only in the Wilderness corner. It remains more WSW above so not the best outlook today. (Spot on - rain at lunch time with spotty SW winds earlier)

Plett – Very similar to the Wilderness….

PE and PA with strong SW winds 20-30kts.

Inland – Rain setting in along the mountains with even CB activity as far south as the Swartbergs. But more CB’s further north. SW winds that veer to the West as you move further inland.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:09 and setting at 19:17. (Day length is 13 hrs 09 min)  Strong westerly winds with rain and lowering clouds at mid-day. Its time to put on the beany and get those toes wet early before the rain! ;) High tide at 2:05, low tide at 08:11, high at 14:17, Low tide at 18:30. Max temps for the Wilderness area a windy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(19 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH and SAH helping to accelerate the wind around the southern parts of a trough and low running down the west coast. A few coastal fog patches around west and south coasts but in general looking like a good day for flying in most places. The boundary layer varied again with 1-2k near the coast, around 4/5k at the first mountain ranges then climbing quickly to 10-13k further inland. Winds are SE along the coast but N to NW inland and higher up. A 90kts finish NW at the Tropopause.

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

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

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

Wilderness – A rather misty start but it should clear up nicely with light SSE winds initially gong more SE later on. Sedge and Serps might offer something early to late morning with climbs to 1000’. Buffs will be excellent from early I think. And Map showing some promise late morning but then dying again for the afternoon according to one of my Apps. ;) (Actuals, misty with light winds everywhere even Buffs. Sedge worked a bit as forecasted - CB's late afternoon over Oudshoorn!)

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

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

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

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

 


(18 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF way up into Mozambique... The IOH dominating with an easterly flow pattern along most of the WC – only on the west coast it is Southerly and far inland there is a NW trend. Still some moisture and rain around along the southern parts but it does get less as the day progresses. The boundary layer varied but it gets high pretty quickly – 1-3k along the coast, but 5k at the first mountains – quickly up to 10k from there and 13k over the Sutherland escarpment and further N. Winds go NW from 6/7k and finishes with 90kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – A clear morning with strong SE at CP which is slow to move onto the northern Peninsula. IT gets lighter and more east with height here. The winds at SH and LH initially with a light SW trend and slightly more out to sea but it looks like the wind-shadow will perk up and be more effective in the later afternoon.

RB – Another mid-day start and probably blown out by late afternoon…

PV – an inverted start with things only taking off after mid-day around PV with SW 5kts wind and S 10kts later in the day. But the Piekeniers kloof pass in a better position with some convergence once again on the platau and on towards Renoster Hoek area. Possible climbs here to 7k or more. The deeper Cederbergs with up 10k (or more in places today – NW winds up there)

Wilderness – Again partly cloudy with some rain in places. (Mosselbay area in the mist with rain). Locally its more clear with no rain and a fresh to strong SE on the cards for today. Its very east and over 10kts from early on so it does not look great for and early flight at Sedge or Serps. Even those coastal spots favouring a bit more south in the SE winds are hard pushed for the morning. Most apps show Map blown out by mid-day and possibly even earlier. (Lets hope they are wrong!) ;) So get out there early if you want some flying. (Strong SE winds from early on - good HG weather)

Plett – Very similar to the Wilderness forecast. Upies showing climbs early to 4k but with strong east winds. Then it drops to just over 2k still with strong Easts… Strong ESE winds in the bay over 25kts on the cards at times.

PE and PA with fresh also 25kts plus East winds.

Inland – Easterlies for the most part except in the far west where it starts to veer to the south and eventually SW and even NW once further N. Some CB activity in the far eastern parts but a slither of a chance to have some over the Sutherland Escarpment by late afternoon. Some good looking clouds around especially in the southern parts and far North.  

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:07 and setting at 19:20. (Day length is 13 hrs 13 min)  A strong SE wind day so get to the beach early if you can for less wind. Moderate swell of 2m but do go get those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 06:03, high at 12:21, Low tide at 18:55. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(17 February 2020)

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing the CF onto the entire WC with CB activities far inland and rain along the southern coastal regions today. SW winds backing to the SE for the South coast areas, SE to South along the west, S to SW inland with a boundary layer ranging from 2k along the coast to 12/13k along the Sutherland Escarpment. The winds is NW above 8/9k with a 112kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Some cloud around which i predicted to dissipate. Fresh SE winds that are pretty deep today but it does back to the east with height. Some indications for a wind-shadow during the morning but this will erode away in the afternoon so keep tabs on it.

RB – A mid-day start but probably blown out by late afternoon…

PV – Some strong Southerly winds around 15kts most of the day except in the far north around Piekenierskloof pass and beyond where it seems to remain lighter and more SW for most of the day. Probably more flyable here than PV area. Climbs to 5k possible here with a light convergence along the Renosterhoek ranges.  The wind backs to the south at 5k.

Wilderness – A partly cloudy start with W going SW winds – probably enough to be soarable along the ocean cliffs around 9/10 from where it will die down and go more S and eventually light SSE. Sedge will work later on but quite a bit of wet grounds around so nothing spectacular – probably a sweet thermic day for students. That being said there is more rain on the cards for later again so flying will obviously depend on that. (Rain inland only with the coast remaining SSW and no sign of the SE - else spot on.)

Plett – Very similar to the Wilderness forecast. With Keurboom switching on from late morning mid-day. Uppies with SW around 10kts with base up to 3k, lowering again to 2 later on. Also that chance of rain so it does depend.

PE and PA with fresh SW winds all day – 20kts plus.

Inland – Southerly winds around 10kts, all the way up to the Sutherland escarpment where it goes NW around 15kts. Base along the Outenikwas 3-4k with the Oudshoorn side 5k and north of the Swartberg going to 8/9k but 12k north of the Sutherland areas. A broad NW/SE band of strong CB activity moving to the NE from Graafies to reach Aliwal North late afternoon. Its clear in the west.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:06 and setting at 19:21. (Day length is 13 hrs 15 min)  A SW going SE day with rain. But my guess is that the morning is better with clearer skies and then rain again later on. If you are vigilant you can find the gaps and spend a great afternoon on the beach. Go get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 04:20, high at 10:47, Low tide at 17:36, high tide at 23:53. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(16 February 2020) 

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! That cut off low on the west coast dissipating as a CF approaches helped along by a strong SAH system. Very strong NW winds just about everywhere with the exception along the GR coast with some low level shelter from the mountains. But even here erratic winds on the cards. Loads of moisture flowing in from the north in the mid-levels so a strong chance of wide spread CB activity over the entire inland areas - base arouund 12k mostly. Some even making it to the GR coast in the mid to later part of the afternoon. Its not really a flying day any where in the WC today… NW all the way up to the Tropopause where it finishes at 120kts.

CT – Strong NW winds with a strato-cu layer around 2-3k for parts of the day. It might be doable for the hangies if there's a gap in the clouds but even for them it will be strong so be vigilant. IT could however be n epic 12 Apostle flight day… ;)

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – Here too those pesky strong NW winds around making it not a good idea to fly… 20kts plus on average I think. And even if you do find a sheltered spot to launch from think carefully as the winds are very strong not so far above your head! Lol

Wilderness – A NW start to the day with some mid-level strato-Q’s as well. Some pretty hot temps forecasted for Wilderness today which usually signals some offshore flow and Katabatic heating – not good for flying. Most apps show varying winds for the GR area but it seems to indicate a mix between a strong SW pulse from a coastal low moving in around 12/13:00 mixed in with the strong upper NW - this at times backs westerly along our coastline. Later on with some rain on the cards these can also add to the mix of surface airflow so a complex day - perhaps not the best day to be out flying. Having said that it is possible for something usable along the coastal cliffs at midday if your timing is right! ;) (Remaining within the very shallow layer on the surface along the low cliffs of CP best bet - you can use the ocean for early tell tale signs of changes, well most of the times anyway!) ;). But be vigilant! (Spot on!)

Plett – Very similar to the Wilderness forecast. I would stay away from the inland sites today.

PE and PA looks to be remaining in the varying offshore flow department with N to NW winds most of the time – 5-15kts. Also possible CB activity.

Inland – Strong NW winds of around 20kts in most places with a high probability of CB activity all over the WC area. That SW penetrating from the coast mostly in the Overberg areas to just beyond the first mountain ranges from the looks of it.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:05 and setting at 19:22. (Day length is 13 hrs 17 min)  A varying wind day to spend on the beach. The Wilderness corner the best spot – sheltered from most of the gusts - low tide just after mid-day so go get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 02:47, high at 09:17, Low tide at 15:58, high tide at 22:09. Max temps for the Wilderness area up to 31 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(15 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with the Lesotho inland high and a trough along the central parts. To the west is a cut-off low but its far offshore so no real effect at this stage form it. Super hot temps inland and on the west coast with some chance of wide spread CB activity inland. Also some very high bases around with 14k on the cards and more in many parts. Winds along the south coast is SSE but will trend more SE later on. A few spots going over 20kts. Still some unstable air around so good flying to be had on the southern parts in the shallow layer – still early morning low clouds around. Along the first mountains the boundary layer around 3/4k. But inland it jumps to 10 and 12k quickly. The wind backs to the NW with hight to finish at the Tropopause at 50kts NW.

CT – SE over 30kts later on but in a very shallow layer so a great wind-shadow day on the cards. Strong inversion present with light winds above 2k.

RB – Picking up during the day with mid-day probably soarable but bumpy and then finishing very strong late evening with a chance of it being blown out.

PV – Very hot (over 40 in the North!) with a slow start and W to NW flow here. It picks up with a storng SW flow lower down later in the afternoon. It looks like some mid-day convergence over the top and north of the Piekenierskloof pass setting up over the mountains. Also at 17:00 form Dassies to Picketberg. These areas could get you very high – one model shows 13k! But otherwise it is hard to break through the inversion wiith just over the tops of the peaks possible. Over the back into the Cederbergs it is very good with 13k out there. (Probably a few lost q’s high up to be seen) ;)

Wilderness – Perhaps a bit more in the SE department to yesterday. Still some sweet instability but get out early before the SE spoils it a bit I think. 15-20kts around Buffs and Gerrickes later on. This wind doesnt seem to get to Map so it might be a bit frustrating here today… Climbs to 2k possible at Sedge and Serps (Airspace at Serps is 1500!) early on and I guess it’s a great day to do the classic Serps to Map flight. (Spot on but for a longer window of flying weather at Sedge)

Plett – More east here so Up[pies not too good – maybe the thermals will pull it up straight enough to get going but the drift is all SE. 2k possible here too but Keurbooms looks to be remaining too easterly.

PE and PA all east winds with a 20kt plus end to the day.

Inland – Light inland flows, generally North but southerly in the south later on. Its NW above the Sutherland escarpment. CB cells in most places even as far south as Willowmore late afternoon. Some super high base in places today… WNW winds up there…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:04 and setting at 19:23. (Day length is 13 hrs 19 min)  A great day to spend on the beach with the sun breaking through the low clouds and low tide just after mid-day a must go get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 01:42, high at 08:10, Low tide at 14:36, high tide at 20:44. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(14 February 2020)

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! A light CF moving into CT today with only a slight chance at rain along the Overberg. Some good instability around with the boundary layer 4-6k in most places along the coastal plateau’s. Some coastal fog along the west coast and a few spots and low clouds in the south. Winds in general are southerlies with a veering to the West as we move to the north. Its WNW northwards from the Sutherland Escarpment. No inland CB activity but a few high Q’s out here at 14k or so. Winds go W from8k upwards with a 60ktsNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Another low cloud start with S winds. It should rise enough for flying with a slight wind-shadow and a SW shore component. It depends on how strong it will get there so onsite call I think.

RB – It could be a sweet end to the day – lightish in the morning and lunchtime but promising finish I think.

PV – A sweet W to SW start with climbs to 4/5k. Strong convergence setting up around Eendekuil and the pass around 16:30 but then also some strong winds moving through with a 15kts and some spots even more finish to the day. Perhaps climbs to 6/7k in the convergence…

Wilderness – Still some low cloud around – it should rise to around 1500’ later on. Winds are slightly SW for the morning but will slowly back to the S and a SSE finish. Lightly soarable on the coastal cliffs perhaps but more of an inland day so Serpentine and Sedge the places to go to. Maybe Gerrickes could be flyable from mid-day onwards? (SPot on!)

Plett – Similar to the Wilderness once again but more of a SE trend from early on so Keurbooms doesn’t seem to be working today. Uppies showing climbs to 3k around 11-12 but then a 10kts SE wind component not so great. It drops during the rest of the day.

PE and PA with lightish S to SE winds today – reaching lower teens later on.

Inland – All light southerlies with a veering to the West in the west and far north. Some clouds around in the southern parts with some sweet looking bases in the little Karoo (If you can get there cool!) :) Swartberg wth too much west going south only late in the afternoon. Climbs there up to 8k…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:03 and setting at 19:24. (Day length is 13 hrs 21 min)  A cool beach day in Wilderness with a light onshore breeze all day - low tide at mid-day so a must go get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 00:52, high at 07:16, Low tide at 13:34, high tide at 19:42. Max temps for the Wilderness area a easy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(13 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A CF approaching the Cape while a coastal low is making its way up the south coast bringing with it some SW winds. Quite a few low cloud spots along the west coast with some spots along the south coast. To the east the IOH is dominant with strong NE winds along the coast – these head out to sea as soon as they pass PE (some of this flow eventually curls around with the coastal low to feed the GR with those SW winds.) The boundary layer varied with some good instability setting in along the west coast areas while the southern parts have a lower ceiling form the passing coastal low – 4/5k in the west and up to 3k in the south. Past the first mountain ranges it goes up to 8k with the Southerland Escarpment showing 12k. A chance of CB activity but only in the far eastern interior. Winds are generally SW but west from 4k upwards and remains west all the way up to the Tropopause with a 30kts finish.

CT – A low cloud start with NW lower winds but SW above the clouds. The clouds should dissipate with a SW day and instability to 4k. Should be a good day at LH and SH…

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – A NW start but it will quickly back to the W around 5-10kts with a SW 10kt finish to the day. IT actually looks good with 4/5k climbs and the general West flow with a sweet convergence setting up – starting more south around Dasklip towards Eendekuil at 14:00 but moving north to bumpy peak and Eendekuil then on to the pass from 15:00 with Eendekuil and North of the pass for the rest of the day. Within it climbs possible to 6k… :))

Wilderness – Also some low cloud around with a westerly flow. This will gradually back to the SW and it looks like a strong start from 9-9:30 and then a drop in the wind by 11:30/12. It will probably be on and off after that along the ocean cliffs. Sedge could work but seems on the strong side from mid-day onwards. Climbs to 1500’ perhaps. It is westerly higher up. (Spt on)

Plett – Similar to the Wilderness but a bit more wind especially around Robberg. It is a fingers crossed day to see if Keurbooms will switch on – it does drop after lunch but seems to just hang on a tad too much SW for it to really get going… And Uppies looks a bit on the storng sideto me with 15kts hanging around. Climbs to 2500’ just after lunch on the cards…

PE and PA with initial light wind (some NE at PA) but by mid-day the SW will start to move past here and take over. 20kts on the cards later on.

Inland – Light southerly during the morning but then the S to SW will push hard midway into the afternoon. It is upper teens in knots S to SW all the way to the Southerland Escarpment but north of that it goes West. Pretty breezy inland today as the frontal system moves closer…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:02 and setting at 19:25. (Day length is 13 hrs 23 min)  A partly cloudy day with breezy conditions for the moring but from mid-day looking better so def then time to go get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 00:07, high at 06:29, Low tide at 12:43, high tide at 18:51. Max temps for the Wilderness area a slightly cooler 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(12 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The Inland trough very dominant with the HP systems weaker and distant today. Very hot conditions inland with the temp profile extending out to sea along the southern parts – the net result is a strong coastal inversion with poor thermal index. Some low clouds along the west coast and a few spots on the southern coastal regions. Uppies showing a slight improvement to a tad over 1000’ by mid afternoon. And so it is the boundary layer along the coast very shallow with up to 4k on the first mountains but inland it is a different story. Swartbergs again 8k with GR 14k and a chance of CB activity here in the afternoon. Strong east flows along the southern coastal areas but most of the strong stuff is further offshore with weaker eddies reaching the coast – especially along the GR. SW along the west coast. SE in the southern inland parts then W to NW further north. From 7/8k the wind goes W and then backs to the S with a 30kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A strong inversion but good wind-shadow day with a WSW trend along LH and SH areas. CP with strong SE winds but it curls around sweetly and dissipates further north.

RB – Not looking good with a small chance of something coming up late late afternoon…

PV – A hot day out there with light SW winds. Initial climbs tough with the boundary layer around 4k. But it looks like the convergence will shape up late today starting over Eendekuil towards the Pass from around 16:00 onwards. It should be excellent towards Renosterkop from 17:00. :))

Wilderness – Some low clouds which should dissipate. Strong NE winds out to sea with some spillage towards the Wilderness coast – surface winds initially can vary and even be SW. It will trend more SE as the day goes on but it does not look great. Very inverted at Sedge all day long. So Buffs a good place with a chance of it being blown out in the afternoon. Gerrickes worth a bench up effort. Maybe maybe something at the CP but then oh dear the wind fades on us towards Map with frustrating stuff at Map all day long according to the forecast. (Pretty much spot on! A few stayed up just above launch at Sedge for a short while)

Plett – Similar to the Wilderness area with Uppies perhaps the best place later in the day as the inversion shows signs of lifting a small bit (maybe up to 2k with a low teens SE wind) The bay will also be in a compression bubble effect.

PE and PA with the NE flows around  20kts.

Inland – Again mostly SE surface winds but it goes W from the Sutherland Escarpment. CB activity to the north with 14k bases becoming wide spread in the late afternoon. Swartberg again with promise with upflow from just after mid-day and reaching up to 15kts S late afternoon. Hot out there with low to mid thirties!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:01 and setting at 19:26. (Day length is 13 hrs 25 min)  A perfect beach day around Wilderness with a light breeze all day and low tide at mid-day - a def go get your toes wet! ;) High at 05:45, Low tide at 11:57, high tide at 18:05. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(11 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating in combination with a trough along the west coast – SE along the southern parts with a strong southerly along the west coast. The boundary layer varied with less than a 1000’ near the coast but quickly climbing at the first mountain ranges to 4/6k and 8-10k by the secondary mountains. Far inland like the Sutherland Escarpment showing 15k once again with a few Q’s to make us drool. Inland the winds are fairly light but along the coast the winds will get strong from mid-day onwards. At 8k the wind backs to the west and then a gradual backing to the south with a 30kt finish of SSW at the Tropopause.

CT – A strong SE at CP but it is very shallow with light winds at 2k. A sweet wind-shadow day all day long on the cards but generally pretty stable in the day.

RB – It just might start to work here from mid-day onwards but there’s some shadowy spots nearby which are tricky to predict.

PV – Some hot temps with mid thirties here today with initial stable conditions but the possibility of having some climbs mid afternoon to 6 or even more. The wind will be light SW with initial trend to the South at high but later it goes more west up there. Late afternoon it does pick-up to 15kts later with some spots even a tad more. The Cederbergs showing up to 10k in spots…

Wilderness – A very sweet start to the day with light winds and a some low cloud (this will clear during the morning). The winds will be south initially but quickly start to back to the SE from late morning onwards. Its pretty stable out there so not much to be ad at Sedge and Serps today. A short window for PR or CP and Map initially very frustratingly light but probably from mid-day it should start switching on. It looks like a chance of it even being blown out late afternoon. ;) Buffs is on early and so too a quick bench-up at Gerrickes. It gets over 25kts here and out to sea later on… (Mostly spot on - the Wilderness wind appeared later than predicted - by 15:00 mostly blown out for PG)

Plett – The SE influence here even more than Wilderness with it spoiling the fun from early on. Uppies showing climbs to 1200’ for a very very short period then its even less with a pushing ESE.

PE and PA with the same Easterlies 20-30kts at times.

Inland – Mostly SE trend with S further inland. A bit over 10kts so a relatively sweet day out there. Swartberg will be good late moring early afternoon but again watch the wind with an expected SSE direction and 10-15kts on the surface – it will probably be too strong later – however you should be able to get off early. Climbs up to 10k possible! And of course further inland those lost Q’s along the Sutherland escarpment with very high dreamy base at 15k ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:00 and setting at 19:27. (Day length is 13 hrs 26 min)  A perfect beach morning with a breezy SE picking up into the later afternoon. A def go get your toes wet! ;) High at 05:04, Low tide at 11:13, high tide at 17:22, low tide at 23:26. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(10 February 2020) Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF pushing up into Mozambique and far up the west coast with southerly winds in most places as the SAH ridges in behind it. Loads of low clouds around along the south coast areas with light rain possible but most of these should clear during the day. A few spots with SE winds reaching 20kts in the afternoon. A big change in the boundary layer height from the coastal areas to just a stones throw inland going from 1k to 10k over parts of the Cederbergs with 8k over the Kamanasie and Swartberg ranges. The Sutherland Escarpment showing up to 15k bases. (Whoop whoop!) No CB activity in the WC today. Above 7/8k the wind goes westerly and then finishes with a WSW at the Tropopause of 30kts.

CT – Strong SE in the Peninsula region but it drops quickly with height and the inversion lowers drastically in the afternoon so a good chance of the wind-shadow being active today. Still some 20k plus spots around.

RB – It looks like it can be good day here with another early morning start – probably a strong day later with a chance of it being blown out again.

PV – A in-between forecast with some strong winds moving in to the valley in the afternoon. It does look like it will switch on around lunchtime (14:00) but a slow start with SW winds. It will reach over 20kts later on. Eventually climbs could reach 5k or so… Some sweet Q’s over the southern Cederberg up high – those wish you were here kinds! ;)

Wilderness – A light west start but it will gradually back to the SW then S and finish off in a SE direction. The clouds will also mostly evaporate during the day. Probably a sweet day for most spots at some part of the day – inland sites get up there before it goes to SE and probably similar to the coastal southerly spots. The plateau is showing climbs to 3500’ with cool Q’s during the early part of the day so some XC potential (if you can get up there…) ;) Sedge is looking sweet late morning mid-day. Probably a chance to bench up at Gerrickes at the right time. PR could be on for a while before it goes too SE. The wind will pickup to 20kts around Buffs area so get there a bit earlier. And with some luck we might get a light soarable time at Map later today too. ;) (Pretty much spot on)

Plett – A light wind start but a small chance of catching an early Keurbooms if your timing is good before it goes to East (mid moring?). Uppies showing climbs with Q’s at 3500’ during the late morning so worth a try here but this will drop to just 2k after mid-day as the SE pulls in with 10-15kts at times.

PE and PA with Easterlies 20-30kts at times.

Inland – Again mostly southerly winds with some great flying out there if you can find a launch spot. Swartberg might be doable but watch the SE coming through late afternoon with spots of 20kts possible (not good to be on those mountains with wind like that!) A few Q’s and a sweet convergence along the Sutherland escarpment with very high base… (Don’t we all wish hey!) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:59 and setting at 19:28. (Day length is 13 hrs 28 min)  Very light winds this morning and a tad more SE in the afternoon - perfect day for the beach - so go get your toes wet! ;) High at 04:23, Low tide at 10:31, high tide at 16:40, low tide at 22:45. Max temps for the Wilderness area another humid 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(9 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating but we do have a small low circulation to the south of the GR that is bringing in some SW winds along the western parts of the GR area this morning. Still some low cloud around with a very humid marine air close to the coast but just a tad inland it gets displaced by a slightly dryer air-mass with the base a tad higher in the 2-3k range. Quite a bit of OD expected along the front ranges with a small chance of some rain along the southern coastal areas. The west coast with some strong southerly winds, low cloud and just inland a 3/4k boundary layer but with some mid-level cloud around (Late afternoon a chance of OD anc CB over parts of the Cederbergs..) Sutherland, BW region with a greater chance of the CB activity. Southerly trend in the wind but around 8k it goes west with a 40kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Strong SE day with little chance of the wind-shadow shaping up to usable form. The wind is breezy all the way up past TM top height.

RB – It is an early morning day here with it probably being blown out later.

PV – Another poor forecast with more southerly components than we want. Also pretty breezy with 15kts in the afternoon. Climbs to 4k expected and CB possibility over the Cederbergs in the late afternoon.

Wilderness – Initial westerly but going SW so we could be in for a good coastal day during the morning and then a Sedge afternoon. :)) There’s even a slight chance of some XC stuff along the coastal escarpment (if that humid marine layer stays out the way!) ;) (Stronger SW than forecasted)

Plett – Breezy SW this morning but from mid-day Keurbooms should start working and it looks like a sweet time to be had there mid-afternoon. Uppies with climbs to 3k or so and some Q’s around. Perhaps a tad breezy SW there with 10-15kts possible…

PE and PA with a light east then the wind drops as that coastal low circulation approaches from the SW. It seems not to push through with the SE picking up in the afternoon.

Inland – Mostly southerly winds again but with a bit more push in it – too strong for spots like Swartberg today… ;) The southerlies push up all the way past Williston and beyond. Some great Q’s out there with a few OD spots and chance of CB activity – noticeably the southern Cederbergs and Sutherland areas… (13k base out there!)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:58 and setting at 19:29. (Day length is 13 hrs 30 min)  A lighter wind day again with a SW component but a great day for the beach none the less – so go get your toes wet! ;) High at 03:43, Low tide at 09:48, high tide at 15:58, low tide at 22:05. Max temps for the Wilderness area another humid 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(8 February 2020)

Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The HP systems dominating to the east and west of us with various influence – most of the moisture on the southern and eastern sides while the west coast is dry (more form the SAH) but the inland trough and associated low playing an important part with some cool instability around, especially on the west coast and north of the Outenikwa ranges. The boundary layer around the 4/5k level mostly – some climbs over the Cederbergs and Swartbergs going to 8-10k with the Sutherland Escarpment having Q’s at 14k… Some CB activity inland but mostly in the far north and eastern parts. A few spots of rain along the southern coastal areas but also more to the east. Winds are decidedly lighter than yesterday with only a few spots reaching 20kts – SE along the southern parts with S to W along the western parts. A few spots of coastal fog along the west coast. Winds are light with height and only past 12/14k does it go west and increase to 20kts and more. A 40kts finish NW at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a sweet day with the winds curling around the Peninsula nicely with a west to SW component along the LH areas and further up the west coast. Some local acceleration again along the shore front but it should probably not go much more than 10 or just a tad more. Its unstable too with climbs perhaps as high as 4k.

RB – Probably not the best day with a lot of west in it. Maybe late afternoon the South could make it out here…

PV – A sweet day here with SW winds around 5kts and climbs to 4/5k. Once again a 15kts finish to the day but watch the sweet convergence shaping up this time over Eendekuil and Piekenierskloof pass from 15:00 onwards. The Cederbergs looking decidedly good with 10k climbs out there. If you could sneak over the back early from PV it could be a day for going far to the west… ;)

Wilderness – Looking like a nice day here with light winds trending to the SE. Probably Sedge working nicely with climbs to 1500’ on the cards early on. Later the SE will push through – Buffs, Gerrickes, PR and CP should work during parts of the day and maybe even Map – though the wind doesn’t seem to be make it through here according to the models… ;)
(Not as strong SE as predicted and more low cloud near the coast)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 2500. A SE component so perhaps not the best.

PE and PA with CB this morning but clearing later on. The wind is Easterly around 20kts…

Inland – Winds are light with a southerly trend in the south and more west in the north. Some good flying to be had out there today with no real strong winds on the cards. Even Swartberg is looking very good today. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:57 and setting at 19:30. (Day length is 13 hrs 32 min)  A light SE wind day with good sunshine – def a day to go hang out on the beach and get your toes wet! ;) High at 03:02, Low tide at 09:05, high tide at 15:15, low tide at 21:25. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(7 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH and SAH dominating in combination with the inland low. Wide spread CB activity inland once again from the Swartbergs and then Northwards from there. Some coastal showers this morning along the southern parts but this should get less during the day. Loads of low clouds around in the morning but this too should get less with remaining mid to high levels of cirrus and some nimbostratus. Winds are strong SE along the southern parts and southerly up the west coast. From around 8k it all goes more NW with a 100kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Strong SE again but with a chance of the wind-shadow around for the morning. Later as the winds pickup it seems to be eroded so keep an eye on it.

RB – Seems light during the day but there could be something to be had late afternoon perhaps…

PV – Again a very southerly day with 15kts later on. Looks like Renosterhoek could be good late in the afternoon if you can get off at Piekenierskloof… Climbs to 5k in the front but the Cederbergs should have awesome Q’s up to 10k. (It’s a bit easterly higher up…)

Wilderness – SE winds going over 20kts. It will get blown out today its just a matter of when. Quite easterly early on with a few spots of showers this morning still… Map should have a short window but with a bit of luck it will hold for slightly longer. ;) (Spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but more wind…

PE and PA the east winds 30kts… CB activity inland.

Inland – Again loads of CB activity with rain in most of the inland areas. SE winds with once again the veering as we go north. Some high bases north of the Swartberrgs with Sutherlnad region at 12k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:56 and setting at 19:31. (Day length is 13 hrs 34 min)  A windy day of SE winds ahead but if you are early enough you can go get your toes wet! ;) High at 02:21, Low tide at 08:21, high tide at 14:32, low tide at 20:44. Max temps for the Wilderness area a windy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(6 February 2020) 
Good morning all you super awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing that CF far inland going into Angola and past Maputo today. Cooler, rainy weather over most of the WC today with strong SE winds along the west coast and moderate southerlies trending SE along the south coast. Heavy showers and CB activity in the eastern parts of the WC with flooding possible (no kloofing today!) ;) Wide CB activity inland all over with only parts of the West Coast escaping the rain. Winds go NW from 9k upwards with a West finish of 110kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Strong SE winds all the way up past 4k so no usable wind-shadow today. Base around the 3k level with tops at 5/6k. It looks like 30kts later in the day.

RB – It could be working but only for the early bird – later probably very blown out…

PV – Not a good forecast with lots of South to even SE in the wind. Some models show a marked East direction, especially later in the afternoon and going very strong with 25kts on the cards in the valley. Climbs are pretty high though with 6-8k possible especially near Renosterhoek area…

Wilderness – Raining day on the cards with southerly winds around 10kts. IT will trend SE later. If you get a gap in the rain then the coast will be flyable. ;) (Much less rain than predicted so loads of flying around mid-day on the coast)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but a lot more rain on the cards…

PE and PA with serious rain and CB activity…

Inland – Mostly Southerly winds that veer to the west and then NW the further north we go. Loads of CB activity with low clouds all the way to Sutherland. Breezy out there with 20kts spots…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:55 and setting at 19:31. (Day length is 13 hrs 36 min)  Another raining day ahead of us with southerly coastal winds around 10kts. Probably some stronger bits pending the rain. If you are brave go get your toes wet! ;) High at 01:35, Low tide at 07:31, high tide at 13:44, low tide at 20:01. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(05 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Just a note – it is that time of the year when the hammerheads and Great White sharks are around. (loads spotted yesterday) David from www.theflyingclub.co.za can take you out there to go view them. :)) Oh and be careful if you go out swimming too! ;) For the weather we have the CF on CT doorstep – making landfall this afternoon. Strong winds inland preceding it with a very high chance of CB activity almost everywhere except in the western parts. Winds NW inland with a SW component along the southern coastal regions. Still some warm humid stuff around with low cloud and fog patches in places. Inland the boundary layer around 4/5k with higher bases further inland from the first mountain ranges. The wind is West at 50kts around 12-16k but then slackens again towards the Tropopause where it is 40kts W.

CT – A clear morning with some flying to be had – general westerly winds but mid afternoon the front will push in and the base will drop perhaps below the SH and LH launches.

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – A good day by the looks of it here – despite high clouds. A WSW wind around 5-10kts initially but with a surface 15kts finish at the end of the day. Climbs up to 5k on the cards and a good convergence zone setting up over Eendekuil from 15:00 onwards. It will move slightly Northwards late afternoon.

Wilderness – Another semi clear day with the SW trend in the surface flow. Nothing too exciting on the cards but probably a sweet day at Sedgfield to be had with a chance of some of the coastal sites also delivering some flying. It looks a tad on the light side though… Hardly anything over 10kts with rain expected later in the day. (Actuals, Rain moved in at mid-day...)

Plett – A tad more in the wind department here with Keurbooms looking like it could be great for mid to mid afternoon (if the fog stays away). Upppies showing climbs to 3k so it is looking up until late afternoon when the frontal bits arrive with low cloud and chances of rain.

PE and PA also with low cloud at times and SW winds 20-25kts.

Inland – South of the Swartbergs it is SW winds but to the North strong NW winds and CB activity. Again the CB activity moving as far south as the southern mountains close to the coast. (The CB activity wide spread over the entire SA interior)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:54 and setting at 19:32. (Day length is 13 hrs 38 min)  Another partly misty day for the beach but hot and humid so a perfect time to get your toes wet! ;) High at 00:38, Low tide at 06:31, high tide at 12:48, low tide at 19:14. Max temps for the Wilderness area another hot humid 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(04 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A Cold Front approaching CT with some influence in the mid-levels today. Still the inland trough extending out southwards to sea bringing with it the strong inversion along the coastlines. A cool ocean helping all those foggy areas, spread along the southern and western parts. A few spots with partial clearings during the day. A SE trend in the wind along the southern parts and West to NW along the west.  Inland however it is a different story. The boundary layer around the 4k level along the first mountains but quickly going to 6k and then by the Swartberg ranges it is 10k plus. A chance of some CB activity in the NE inland areas – mainly Graafies and VanWyksvlei and eastwards – but spreading late afternoon south and westwards perhaps reaching even the Outenikwas around 18:00. Winds out there are mostly westerlies out there. It is 30kts NW at 7k and finishes at 50kts WSW at the Tropopause.

CT – Again that coastal fog that might hang around all day… But mod west to NW winds so if it clears it should be flyable…

RB – WWB is out today…

PV – It is looking sweet for a flight to the south today with good conditions up to 4k climbs along the ranges all the way to Saron. You should get your 25k flights in today. ;) Winds are NW to West. The convergence seems to be setting up from Dasklip to Picketberg after 14/15:00.

Wilderness – Another foggy morning again with a small chance of some soaring at the CarPark, Gerrickes and Sedge. Sedge probably the best option with the inland warmth giving the mist time to evaporate… Some models show a chance of late afternoon clearing around the Wilderness corner – hhhmm… Im not sure about that one! ;) (Actuals - much clearer than forecasted with great flying at Sedge)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with light to mod SE flow and inversion inland around 1k AGL. Also foggy for the day with little prospects fo clearing taking place. Uppies probably the best bet but a tad too east I think.

PE and PA also with coastal fog and an E to NE flow along the coast up t0 20kts.

Inland – Mostly W to NW winds around 10-20kts in spots. Some good thermic areas north of the Swartberg with climbs in excess of 10k. CB activity in the NE sector of the WC at mid-day but spreading to the Swartberg (and perhaps south of those in places) late afternoon.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:53 and setting at 19:33. (Day length is 13 hrs 40 min)  Another cool misty day for the beach but hot and humid just a few hundred meters inland. A good excuse to cool down and get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 05:12, high tide at 11:37, low tide at 18:15. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot humid 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(03 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! Foggy coastal areas all round by the looks of it but further inland it gets better and better! The inland trough extending far out to the south, past the coast bringing a low inversion (hot inland air above) with the cold misty air on the coast. Some light rain around the Overberg later on. Some CB activity in the NE parts of the WC with high bases out there – good flying north of the Swartberg ranges with westerlies winds and base starting at 10k. Winds along the coast light S to SE winds with an initial NW along the west coast. Westerlies above the inversion with a finish of SE at 30kts at the Tropopause!

CT – Coastal fog that might hang around all day… But light winds so if it clears it should be flyable…

RB – Looks like another late day with the southerly making an appearance from 16:00 and 17:00 onwards.

PV – Another weak day with climbs to just above the peaks. There’s a light convergence line from the pass out over Eendekuil for most of the afternoon where climbs could be a little bit better. A SW finish around 10kts…

Wilderness – A foggy morning with a small chance of some soaring at the CarPark, Gerrickes and Sedge. Sedge probably the best option with the inland warmth giving the mist time to evaporate… (Actuals was spot on!)

Plett – Looks like a light S to SE day here with Uppies showing climbs to just over 2k.

PE and PA with east winds up to 20kts in the late afternoon.

Inland – Mostly W to NW winds around 10-20kts in spots. Some good thermic areas north of the Swartberg with climbs in excess of 10k. CB activity in the NE sector of the WC.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:52 and setting at 19:34. (Day length is 13 hrs 41 min)  A cool misty day for the beach but with a few warm spells as the fog parts in places. Still no excuse not to go get your toes wet ;) Low tide at 03:37, high tide at 10:10, low tide at 16:58, high tide is at 23:17. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(02 February 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A real mixed bag of weather around today with loads of low level moisture with the IOH dominance along the coasts, fog patches also on the west coast, along with midlevel moisture from up north and weak frontal movement to the SE of us creating the mix necessary for all the CB activity with the mid and high level clouds around. Some hot humid stuff along the southern parts – winds mostly in a E flow pattern along the south, Northerlies inland and SW along the west coast. The boundary layer around the 3-4k mark in most places except for right on the coast where the sea-breeze inversion will be lower. In general the winds veer to the west and then NW with height but there’s a lot of different direction layers around today – a 50kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Again a good day by the looks of it. A tad more SW in the direction with the seawards acceleration around the SH coast. The wind should be light up the front but could get tricky stronger near the coast later on.

RB – Hhhmmm looks like too much west in it today…

PV – Even if there’s a lot of high cloud around it should be a sweet day with climbs to 4k and winds starting a tad NW but going W then SW – mostly around 5-10kts but 15 in the later afternoon. Looks like the convergence should be between Dasklip and Bumpy heading out to Picketberg with a slow migration towards the pass…

Wilderness – Looks like a light SE during the morning but after lunch a varied mix of wind directions according to one model – it could be due to some rain activity in our area (there’s a chance of CB’s) so watch that out flow from them. (Good forecast with 90% accuracy) 

Plett – Similar ting here as in Wilderness. An inversion just below 2k – and funny winds after lunch time… (Lets see what comes of this forecast!) ;)

PE and PA with east winds up to 30kts in the late afternoon.

Inland – Mostly N to westerlies but with a light southerly crawling inland in the south. Loads of CB activity all day in a very broad region from Bredasdorp to north of Sutherland and eastwards.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:51 and setting at 19:35. (Day length is 13 hrs 43 min)  A blustery morning with some CB activity and chances of rain. Still no excuse to go get your toes wet ;) Low tide at 02:20, high tide at 08:54, low tide at 15:32, high tide is at 21:40. Max temps for the Wilderness area a humid 26 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(01 February 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating with a ridge along the southern coastal areas. SE flow along the coast with over 20kts in places. General east inland veering to the SW and then west along the western parts and further north. Some midlevel moisture from the north associated with the inland trough so a good chance of some CB activity from mid-day onwards along the Sutherland escarpment, spreading southwards  in the late afternoon. It probably wont effect the coastal regions. Winds far inland is N to NW. from 10k it is NW at 25kts with a NW finish of 60kts.

CT – A great wind-shadow day expected here all day long. Strong S to SE surface winds over 20kts in the afternoon with a very strong and low inversion.

RB – Looks like it can be fun here today…

PV – A tricky day here with a low SW 5-10kts which then backs to the south and even SE around 4k. It does settle more later in the day with the SW veering to NW from 6k upwards. Nothing exciting from a thermic point of view tih 4k perhaps atad more on the cards. There is a period of cool convergence shaping up in the valley from 16:00 to 17:00 connecting the PV range with Picketberg.

Wilderness – A SE day with a light start. Sedge could offer something during the early morning but it does look like it will go to the East quickly and become rubbish as usual. Gerrickes should be excellent for a long while from mid-morning and then when it gets too strong there you can do the run along PR to the CP. Map looks ok from after lunch with a chance even to get too strong late afternoon. It does depend on that creepy compression zone thingy… ;) Later in the day more clouds with a chance of some rain… (Actuals - loads of mist and low cloud - Map covered for half the day... Flying at Sedge in the moring as predicted.)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA SE winds around 15kts. Cloudy later on with a chance of rain.

Inland – Mostly light to mod east flow but  NW north of the Sutherland escarpment. CB activity spreading southwards all the way to the Oudshoorn valley even.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:50 and setting at 19:35. (Day length is 13 hrs 40 min)  Looks like a sweet morning – perhaps a bit cloudy – but the wind only starting from lunch onwards. Go get your toes wet ;) Low tide at 01:28, high tide at 07:59, low tide at 14:21, high tide is at 20:25. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(31 January 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A CF approaching CT with a coastal low and inland trough along the centre and southern parts of the WC. Strong NE winds in the east and SW along the western southern parts and S to SW up the west coast. The boundary layer not that high with 1-2k along the southern parts and slightly more up the west coast – PV around 4/5kASL but north of Sutherland it is very high –15kpluus bases… Winds inland are all breezy westerlies with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Some low cloud moving in as the front approaches (Even rain along the Overberg areas later today) but CT showing promise of the wind-shadow being active. Perhaps better later in the day as the winds go more SSE and gets stronger.

RB – It could be good here from early on already…

PV – Starting West winds 5kts with initial climbs to mountain top height it will gradually back to the SW from around 13:00/14:00 and climbs should get higher – 4k ASL. The best times will be late in the afternoon with climbs to 5k around the Picketberg pass to Renosterhoek with some convergence in that are…

Wilderness – Looks like a strong SW day form the coastal low. Perhaps it will get blown out from late morning even. Probably on and off during the day along the coastal cliffs. Maybe a tad westerly to spice things up. It doesn’t seem to be one of those smooth SW but a bit blustery with the upper air more westerly in direction. (Some shear turbulence around) Also clouds around. (Actuals was spot on!)

Plett – A fine morning but then the SW will push through and probably be too strong. A slight window perhaps in the late morning at Keurbooms but then it will go too west and get strong.

PE a fine morning but then that SW comes in at mid-day going over 20kts. PA initial NE at 20kts then after lunch the SW comes trough also at 20kts.

Inland – SW going west winds in the upper teens but then later strong southerlies all the way to Sutherland. Its not a great day for flying out there with low climbs south of Sutherland escarpment and a slight chance of CB activity in the far east. North of Sutherland the big skies are present with high bases but also breezy conditions.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:49 and setting at 19:36. (Day length is 13 hrs 47 min)  Looks like another windy day ahead so get out early for getting your toes wet ;) Low tide at 00:49, high tide at 07:18, low tide at 13:29, high tide is at 19:34. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(30 January 20202) Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people!  The IOH dominating the weather today with an easterly flow pattern along the southern parts – its NE to N inland and S to SW along the west coast. No clouds expected but some along the eastern southern parts. The boundary layer around the 4k level but going to 12k north of the Sutherland escarpment. Winds back from the ESE to NE to North with height and then all the way around at the Tropopause where it is SW at 50kts.

CT – Another good day on the cards here with a great wind-shadow and a SW trend at LH and SH.

RB – It doesn’t really look like the southerly will reach here in strength.

PV – W to SW lower layer up to 4k climbs. It does go more SSW later in the day up to maybe 15kts. It veers to the N with height here…

Wilderness – A strong SE day expected so get out early for those other coastal spots. Sedge and Gerrickes should get up to 20kts plus. The Map should hold until around 11 or so before probably getting too strong. It is NE at 2000 this moring but will go more E later on.

Plett – It is very east from early this morning with climbs to just over 2k on the cards. But late morning the wind picking up so probably not the best day for flying here either…

PE and PA 20kts SE here..

Inland – Mostly NE to N winds with a NNW trend north of Sutherland. Blue day out there but a chance of flying Du Toits early today for those with a bit more adventure. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:48 and setting at 19:37. (Day length is 13 hrs 48 min)  Looks like a windy day ahead so get out early for getting your toes wet ;) Low tide at 00:16, high tide at 06:43, low tide at 12:49, high tide is at 18:54. Max temps for the Wilderness area a windy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(29 January 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A great day by a few who lucked into flying Swartberg pass yesterday – making good use of the light wind conditions inland. Today a light CF being pushed in by the SAH from the south onto the southern coastal regions. Some light rain along these areas later today – base around 1-1500’ and tops at 6. Winds in general are SW but going southerly in most places later except in the east where the SW will reign. Southerlies inland to past Sutherland and some sweet clouds around the Swartberg region but blue north of that – climbs to 12 over the Sutherland escarpment. Its 50kts West at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a good wind-shadow day with a strong Southerly wind. The wind does remain fairly strong with height so perhaps slight erosion of the shadow later in the day.

RB – It looks like a sweet morning for the early birds who made it out there but its going to blow like the clappers latter in the day…

PV – A strong SW day with climbs to 4/5k perhaps. Southerly up there. Not the best day due to the winds…

Wilderness – A SW mooring with the coastal cliffs probably working. It will become more cloudy later in the morning with a chance of some rian especially over the mountains. Sedge should be good later on with a more southerly and lighter wind and cloud – watch for cloud suck! ;) (PErfect forecast!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms possibly working – it could just be a tad too westerly. Low cloud at Uppies around 2k base with SW winds here. It does look like it will go more southerly late afternoon.

PE and PA 20-30 SW with slight moderation later in the day

Inland – Again mostly southerly winds everywhere all the way up past Sutherland. Some good clouds around Swartberg areas with base at 6/7k. No rain expected. Blue inland with 8k around Graafies and 12k at Middelburg.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:47 and setting at 19:37. (Day length is 13 hrs 50 min)  Looks like a cool slightly windy morning with a chance of rain so not the best day to go get your toes wet. ;) High tide at 06:11, low tide at 12:14, high tide is at 18:19. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cooler 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(28 January 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating with a ridge along the southern parts. Quite a bit of subsidence along the southern areas of the WC with the inversion lower than yesterday. A blue day with no clouds expected but for a few in the far SW corner – especially later this afternoon with some more moving in from the S. Winds are generally Westerly with some spots with SW and even southerly variations. Strong South up along the west coast. A large Col area inland with light winds in most places. The boundary layer out there also around 4-5k agl. Winds remain westerly with height to finish at 50kts at the Tropopause.

CT – The SW moving along the shore front again getting pretty strong but it could be doable early on. The direction not the best for a cool wind-shadow (more SW trend with height)

RB – Maybe the southerly will come through later in the afternoon but it also might not as it is on that line between the SW and the south…

PV – SW winds 5-10kts with climbs to 4k. Not the best but it should be flyable.

Wilderness – No clouds expected today with the wind starting off W to SW – probably soarable along the ocean cliffs before once again dropping off and becoming scratchy in the afternoon. Sedge should be good all day though its not as good as yesterday with the inversion much lower – expecting climbs to perhaps a 1000’ when the sea-breeze comes through. Even on the escarpments over the back its much lower than yesterday…

Plett – Looks like Keurbooms could offer something around mid-day with a SSE wind but it could have a tad more S in it… Uppies showing climbs to 3k with a sweet SSW wind – especially later on.

PE and PA again around 15kts SW so good for flying here too…

Inland – Once again mostly southerly winds everywhere up to 10kts all the way up past Sutherland. A tad more in terms of height as the temps warm up and the inversion is a tad higher today. 4-5k agl in some spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:46 and setting at 19:38. (Day length is 13 hrs 52 min)  Looks like a great beach day so do go get your toes wet. ;) High tide at 05:40, low tide at 11:41, high tide is at 17:47, low at 23:45. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(27 January 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! Rain and wind yesterday after the CF but today it couldn’t be more different. :) A super sweet shallow unstable layer left behind by the CF combined with light winds is making today shape up to be an excellent flying day. Some light rain possible this morning out to sea but non expected on land in the WC. A general W to SW upper but going southerly flow pattern in most places today. Some Q’s along the GR areas else it’s a blue day. Strong Southerly winds along the west coast and a small part of CT area. The boundary layer around the 4-5k AGL range. Above the inversion the wind goes west, Then at the Tropopause it is South at 90kts.

CT – Looks like a good wind-shadow day with a SW trend along the shore line. Pretty breezy in the afternoon so it could influence things a bit.

RB – Maybe a later afternoon day as the wind is slow to arrive out here..

PV – Looking sweet with SW at 5-10kts all the way up to around 4k where it starts to trend east at 5kts. Expect climbs to 5k.

Wilderness – It sure looks sweet – I think a great day for the XC buffs with some good Q’s this morning at around 3-4k. Possibly coastal soaring this morning then dropping off and making Sedge the place to be. But if you can get off at Serps around 10 it is looking good for flying to Uplands today… ;) (was pretty much spot on!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms looking to be on fire late morning just as soon as the strong bit passes. It should be really sweet here for at least an hour or so and then Uppies should be great for the rest of the day. Also good for going places here with climbs to 4k on the cards…

PE and PA 10-15kts SW so good for flying here too…

Inland – Mostly southerly winds everywhere all the way up past Sutherland. Nothing too spectacular in terms of height but a good flying day non the less. (The CF air covering the ground just around 3-4k in depth and limiting things within this layer.)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:45 and setting at 19:39. (Day length is 13 hrs 53 min)  Looks like a cool slightly windy day but it should be sunny and a great day to go get your toes wet. ;) High tide at 05:09, low tide at 11:10, high tide is at 17:16, low at 23:15. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(26 January 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! But also toe Gideon who is a super amazing Wild2Fly person! He bravely took to the sky with his hang glider even if vastly outnumbered by the paragliders! (I think it was something like 38/1 at one stage) ;) Sedgefield indeed was a crowded house yesterday. Today it’s very different with a strong but fast moving CF passing over the entire WC – reaching even southern Angola by end of today! Strong SW winds everywhere with rain – especially this morning and along the southern parts – but clearing by this afternoon. CB activity in the far NE sections and also along the eastern coastal regions from PE eastwards. Not a flying day anywhere in the WC by the looks of things! SW all the way up to the Tropopause where it is W at 80kts.

CT – Strong SW winds with base around 4k. Probably too strong to fly except for the hangies…

RB – WWB…

PV – Not a bad day with base around 5k however the wind from the passing front probably just too strong at 15-20kts and probably more on the mountains.

Wilderness – Ooohhh strong SW winds with rain for most of the day… (Actuals the same)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness… 20-30kts SW.

PE and PA 20 -30 kts SW winds…

Inland – those strong South West winds penetrating into the entire WC area today – base around 6k AGL. Strong convergence and OD with CB activity on the front of the CF system as it moves into the northern areas today…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:44 and setting at 19:39. (Day length is 13 hrs 55 min)  Looks like a wet and windy day for tourists – probably forgiven for not getting those toes wet. ;) High tide at 04:37, low tide at 10:39, high tide is at 16:44, low at 22:46. Max temps for the Wilderness area a wet and windy 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(25 January 2020) 
Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! A CF approaching CT with a coastal low passing along the southern coastal areas. Low cloud along the west coast and parts of the western southern coastal regions. Winds are generally SW with a few variations in places. Again high boundary layer further inland with the coastal plains on the west coast around 4-6k and along the southern regions 1-3k. The mountains it is a tad higher and of course deep inland some awesome climbs around Graafies and Middelburg regions – up 16k bases out there! Perhaps some CB activity too though it looks more to the east. Rain later for the southern parts later on. Winds are NW from 6k upwards with a 60kts finish WNW at the Tropopause.

CT – Looking a tad on the low cloud this morning but a chance of some clearing around mid-day. The winds will be breezy with W to NW winds around 15kts. Later more low clouds are moving in as the front gets closer…

RB – NFG today…

PV – Another excellent PV day with the wind being NW. The convergence moves to the southern parts of the valley around the prison are towards Picketberg. Climbs to 6k out there…

Wilderness – A SW start with the coastal cliffs probably soarable with around 10kts on the cards but the afternoon sees it going more southerly and dropping so Sedge then will be the place. (Actuals low cloud light winds with good Sedge)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with an initial SW flow backing to the SE later. Keurbooms looking particularly good this morning during the backing of the wind… Uppies with climbs just over 3k…

PE and PA also with up to 20kts SW then moderating in the late afternoon.

Inland – S to SW flows all the way to the Sutherland escarpment where it veers to the west and then NW. High climbs out there with some good looking Q’s especially along the convergence lines. If you can get away from Graafies today you could get some good heights… CB activity to the east of there and some propagating to the south getting close to PE and Grahamstown.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:43 and setting at 19:40. (Day length is 13 hrs 56 min)  Looks like another amazing day for tourists – so go get those toes wet. ;) High tide at 04:04, low tide at 10:06, high tide is at 16:12, low at 22:17. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet-sweet 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(24 January 2020) 
Good morning all you amazing and sunny Wild2Fly people! The IOH active with a NE flow along the eastern parts which curls around Agulhas due to the inland trough with much lighter wind around CT and the west coast. Some fog patches along the west coast and in the western southern parts. There’s a strong likelihood for CB activity inland in a belt from the CT mountains to south of Sutherland and eastwards, spreading as far south as the coast just east of Knysna. The boundary layer low along the southern coast but very high along the west. 6-9k but then 15k plus north of Sutherland. The wind is lightish all the way to the Tropopause with 30kts NW over Wilderness but 30kts S over CT.

CT – A SW flow here up to 15kts at times. Looks good for SH and LH.

RB – Hhhmm… too light here today

PV – A good PV day with sweet SW flow and climbs to 4/5k. Look out for the classic  convergence today between Dasklip and Picketberg. The clouds should show the way but it looks like flights to Picketberg and back will be very doable. J

Wilderness – Very light wind for the Wilderness corner with less than 10kts SE trend. It does pick up towards Sedge with Gerrickes and further east going over 15kts. All the SE spots should work along the coast at some stage. Some instability around but not as much as expected after yesterdays good looking skies. Sedge should offer some climbs late morning to 1000’ but expect the SE to make things unpleasant soon after lunch time. (actuals low cloud at Sedge coast withh ratty thermals but close enough)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with SE flow and Uppies showing climbs to just over 2k...

PE and PA also with strong NE winds 20kts plus.

Inland – Light surface flows and a southerly direction all the way to the Sutherland escarpment with NW north of there. A broad area of CB activity all over. Some high bases around.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:42 and setting at 19:40. (Day length is 13 hrs 58 min – well its official – winter is on its way with less than 14 hours sunshine…)  A sweet perfect day for tourists to go get those toes wet. ;) High tide at 03:30, low tide at 09:32, high tide is at 15:37, low at 21:47. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(23 January 2020) Good morning all you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH and the IOH dominating but loosing al that power that was on display over the last 5 days or so! Still some strong winds along the southern parts but slightly less of that strong sting and less rain. High climbs in the west and inland with lower stuff along the southern coast – 4k versus 8/9k bases. Winds are generally easterly everywhere except in the far north where the WNW dominates from the inland trough, In the south it does back to the North with height to finish NW at the Tropopause 70kts.

CT – Still strong SE winds even at height so a small chance of the wind-shadow shaping up but it does look like something could be there so its worth keeping an ye on it…

RB – Another possible day at RB…

PV – This could be an excellent day with exceptionally high climbs. As the day warms some Q’s should shape up especially to the north with base around 9/10k. Surface winds will be rather tricky with a SE trend so Picketberg def on the cards. But one forecast shows a shallow SW appearing after lunchtime around Dasklip but most likely at Piekeniers kloof pass launch making it possible to get off on the west facing slopes. The wind backs with height with east 10kts at base.

Wilderness – A window of flying this morning at Map but late morning it will be blown out once again. Very small chance of some rain… 
(Actuals was perfect)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness….

PE and PA also with the strong SE winds 20kts and small chance of rain.

Inland – Again strong SE winds and very strong just north of Sutherland Escarpment SE even here. High base with 13k plus on the cards…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:41 and setting at 19:41. (Day length is 13 hrs 59 min – well its official – winter is on its way with less than 14 hours sunshine…)  Another windy day but the tide has turned! Go get those toes wet. ;) High tide at 02:52, low tide at 08:53, high tide is at 15:00, low at 21:14. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweeter less windier and no rain 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(22 January 2020) 
Good morning all you fascinating Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating but with  deeper instability along the southern parts and a good chance of CB activity – even far inland to the Sutherland escarpment. The winds still SE along the southern parts with a backing around CP and a SW along the west coast areas. Low cloud and high tops along the south, some coastal fog along the west coast. Base does rise progressively during the day with 4/5k finish along the west coast areas but 6.7k north of the first range of mountains. The winds are WNW just to the north of Sutherland. Its NW 60-70kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks foggy this morning with an increase chance of some rain later in the day. Not that promising but if the fog lifts and the rain stays away it could be doable with a good wind-shadow on the cards today.

RB – It looks like a late afternoon day here with the SE pushing through and keeping the SW at bay…

PV – Cloudy morning with a chance of rain later in the afternoon. A later start by the looks of things as base will start to rise quickly from mid-day onwards. It does look better to the north towards the pass. Watch for OD and some cloud suck later in the day though…Winds are SW 5-10kts mostly.

Wilderness – Still those persistent strong SE winds with some more rain today – even some CB activity! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness….

PE and PA also with the strong SE winds and lots of CB activity this afternoon.

Inland – Again strong SE winds especially in the east and around the Sutherland Escarpment it changes to the NW. CB activity later in the afternoon all the way up to there – east and west from the looks of things.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:40 and setting at 19:41. (Day length is 14 hrs 01 min)  Another windy and a wet day ahead of us making things difficult for visitors – but it is a day to get those toes wet. ;) High tide at 02:08, low tide at 08:09, high tide is at 14:18, low at 20:37. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy and now and then wet 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(21 January 2020) 
Good morning you awesome and still windy Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating but loosing power. Still that easterly flow along the southern parts and also inland. Less chance of rain and the CB activity confined to the eastern parts of the WC. Low base around the southern parts but rising along the west coast. Winds here are more SW in direction. In the far north north of the Sutherland escarpment the wind is NW. Above the inversion the wind trends westerly finishing west at 70kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Lighter winds today with the strong stuff around CP. LH and SH slightly less with a more east component but I think the wind looks like it is going to curl around the Peninsula nicely with a working eddie at SH and LH. CT might reach 15-20kts SE later on.

RB – Could be nice!

PV – Looks like the place to be with SW winds 5-10kts in the moring going up to 15kts later in the day. It also looks like climbs will rise nicely from 3-4k in the mid part to 6k with cloud late afternoon. (actuals perfect!)

Wilderness – Still those persistent strong SE winds with some rin around but less than yesterday so things are in the up! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness….

PE and PA also with the strong E to NE winds and still CB possibilities…

Inland – strong SE winds especially in the east and once again somewhere around Sutherland it backs to the SW and then around to the NW northwards of the escarpment. CB activity confined to the east of Graafies…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:39 and setting at 19:42. (Day length is 14 hrs 02 min)  Another windy and a bit wet day ahead of us making things difficult for visitors – but it is a day to get those toes wet. ;) High tide at 01:16, low tide at 07:16, high tide is at 13:30, low at 19:54. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy and now and then wet 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(20 January 2020) 
Good morning you windy, wet but amazing Wild2Fly people! ;) The SAH still dominating hugely – now having shifted almost due south of us with a ridge to the west and east of the WC. Strong winds still along the southern coastal area which then curl around CP and moves up the west coast in a S to SW direction. Rain and CB activity wide spread along the southern parts of the WC – inland all the way up to Sutherland but much more in the east. Base around the Sutherland escarpment and northwards rising up 15k but 6-8k south of there. Low cloud in the southern coastal areas with tops high due to the deep instability. Winds are general east then backs to the North above 10k. It is NW at the Tropopause at 60kts.

CT – Still those strong SE winds but less than yesterday. Chance of some CB cells around during the day. Still a deep SE wind but it is more East at TM height with a tiny tiny small chance of some wind-shadow effect before mid-day – though I doubt it will be a flyable one. ;)

RB – Remaining a challenge!

PV – A smaller chance of some showers here today with SW winds around 10kts. Base around 6k…

Wilderness – Still those persistent strong easterly winds with rain and even some CB activity…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness….

PE and PA also with the strong E to NE winds and CB possibilities…

Inland – strong SE winds especially in the east and once again somewhere around Sutherland it backs to the SW and then around to the NW northwards of the escarpment. CB activity all the way up there too…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:38 and setting at 19:42. (Day length is 14 hrs 04 min)  Another windy and wet day ahead of us making things difficult for visitors – a movie and pop-corn kind of day! (But I would still go get those toes wet! ;) High tide at 00:10, low tide at 06:11, high tide is at 12:28, low at 19:02. Max temps for the Wilderness area another cool wet and windy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(19 January 2020) 

Good morning you super cool (and wet!) Wild2Fly people! A huge SAH dominating all the WC weather with very strong and deep easterly flows – only from 8/10k does the wind start to back from east to NE with a N finish at the Tropopause. Rain on the cards over the coastal and interior regions with wide spread CB activity. 30kts plus winds in many places especially around Agulhas and the CT Peninsula. This pattern is holding for the next few days so its not good news for pilots.
(actuals was spot on!)

CT – Chance of CB activity with very strong Easterly winds – no wind-shadow except behind your car!  ;)

RB – A challenge!

PV – Also strong east winds with a chance of CB activity here too…

Wilderness – Very strong easterly winds with rain and even some CB activity…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness….

PE and PA also with the strong SE flow and CB possibilities…

Inland – SE winds all the way inland and somewhere north of Sutherland it veers around to the NW and then even N. CB activity all the way up there too…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:37 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 14 hrs 05 min)  Another windy and wet day ahead of us making things difficult for visitors – a movie and pop-corn kind of day! (But I would still go get those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 04:51, high tide is at 11:16, low at 17:57. Max temps for the Wilderness area another cool wet and windy 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(18 Januuary 2020) 
Good morning you super cool (and wet!) Wild2Fly people! ;) The SAH pushing the cold air far into the interior with southerly winds all the way past Calvinia and Williston. Good rain along the southern parts spreading into the interior past the Swartberg ranges with CB activity further North. Base at 2k along the southern parts with tops initially at 6k but increasing to 10k later in the day. In the far North there’s still the big skies with base up at 12k plus in places. General SE winds but very strong SE winds along the Peninsula exceeding 35kts. Above the inversion it backs to the West once again and from 10/12k upwards its WNW with a 70kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Very deep SE winds – 25kts at 4k so not chance of the wind-shadow appearing…

RB – Ooohh only early on else its kite flying weather without the sail…

PV – East winds with base at 6/7k but it changes near Picketberg where the coastal Southerly influences things a bit…

Wilderness – After yesterdays playful ocean cliff soaring for far longer than expected today it really is just rain oh still so beautiful rain… All day with strong easterly winds.
(Actuals - as predicted!)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE again with a slight more southerly in wind direction with rain and CB activity…

Inland – Cloudy and rainy all the way past the Swartberg ranges where it will dry slightly but still passing showers – southerly winds all the way past Sutherland. Here there’s a strong chance of CB activity in a broad area of the interior.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:36 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 14 hrs 06 min)  Another windy and wet day ahead of us. A difficult day for visitors to find stuff to do. I still say put on your oilskins and take off your boots and go get those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 03:27, high tide is at 09:56, low at 16:39, high at210:46. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool wet 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(17 December 2020) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating all the coastal and partly inland weather of the WC today – and also for the next few days. A very moist shallow layer producing some good rains along the southern parts – base around 2k and tops around 7k – but the west coast side is hot and dry. A general SE flow pattern with some very strong winds round the Peninsula and partly up the west coast. Here the boundary layer around the 4k mark but over the back NE of the Cederbergs it starts to rise dramatically with the Sutherland escarpment and beyond showing those epic big sky country we love – 13-17k bases in many places – but also some CB activity out there. Winds higher up trend westerly and at the Tropopause it is NW at 50kts.

CT – A very deep SE layer with strong winds all the way up to 4/5k. Looks ike 35kts in spots so doesn’t look good for fying today. (Im sure by now you have come to the same conclusion!) ;)

RB – If you were here early you might have had a shot! ;) It will get blown out later.

PV – Strong SSW winds here of 15kts even from early on with dubious climbs to 4k. It goes more southerly and even SE later so not the best day to fly I think.

Wilderness – Aaahhh beautiful rain… Peace and quiet as mother earth soaks up the wet. Lol. It doesn’t look good today with lightish winds all from the south – even SW at times. Base is low with tops around 7k…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA with SW winds – up to 30kts at PA – with some rain, increasing later in the afternoon and evening.

Inland – The frontal rain not going past the Swartbergs by much – drying out there with base around 7k… But further north, above the escarpment it is outer-space stuff man! ;) Strong amazing climbs to high bases but the chance of OD and CB cells spoiling it out there… North winds in the north and SSE in the south.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:35 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 14 hrs 08 min)  A day for umbrellas but no excuse not to enjoy the beach and get your toes wet! ;) Low tide at 02:15, high tide is at 08:44, low at 15:18, high at 21:22. Max temps for the Wilderness area a rainy humid 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(16 January 2020) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A light CF approaching from the SSW of the WC which should start effecting us by late afternoon early evening – a few spots of light rain along the southern parts. Otherwise still that lingering hot humid air from the IOH side of things with a little help from the inland trough which is starting to stretch its legs towards the south – creeping out over the Wilderness area in the mid-levels – it will help shape up a cut-off low however this will happen out to sea with all the rain wasted far to the SE of us! Still the SE trend along the southern parts, a few spots nearing 20kts but slightly less than yesterday, except for CP where it curls around and up the west coast with 30kts at times. SH sheltered from most of the strong stuff. Inland some awesome high stuff at Sutherland and further north – 15 - 18k base with 15k west winds… Over CT and Wilderness the winds finishes westerly 30kts at the Tropopause.

CT – And again the wind-shadow should be firing on all four cylinders… ;)

RB – Get there early for some sweet soaring! It will get blown out later.

PV – High cirrus clouds with climbs at mid-day to 4k but increasing to just over 5k later in the day. SW winds up to 10kts..

Wilderness – Similar to yesterday but more SE form early on so less chance of Sedge working early on I think. Looks like that light CF and low cloud with initial light rain moving in from late afternoon. CP and Map and maybe Gerrickes probably be the paces to try have some fun.
(Actuals - more low clouds covering Map all day - no gap to fly there but the CP got soarable from 11 onwards and then by 13:00 it got covered there too - SSE winds 10-13knts)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness today with SE trend. Not much action in these conditions really… Uppies with the usual SE trend and climbs at mid-day to maybe just over 2k…

PE again with lighter SE flow but PA with the strong NE winds.

Inland – A very strong Southerly coastal wind penetrating inland today going over 25kts in places. Especially north of the SB. Before this however the winds are light North and strong high climbs. Those drooling high stuff around Middelburg and northwards – 18k base in spots.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:35 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 14 hrs 09 min)  A sweet day ahead with low tide at mid-day and light winds at that time too. So it’s perfect for getting those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 01:16, high tide is at 07:43, low at 14:06, high at 20:11. Max temps for the Wilderness area another humid 26 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(15 January 2020) 
Good morning you super cool Wild2Fly people! A similar pattern to yesterday but the inland trough more to the west side of the country with no rain expected. Still very high climbs inland with 14/15k around the Sutherland escarpment. For the remainder the boundary layer on the coastal plains a low 4k with loads of moisture around along the southern parts – once again low clouds in many spots. Winds trend SE along the southern coast curling up with strong winds around CP and S to SW up the west coast. Just beyond the first line of mountains the boundary layer up to the 10k level with some exceptional soaring. Winds are fairly light with hight with a 20kts SW finish over Wilderness.

CT – Once again the wind-shadow should be firing on all four cylinders… ;)

RB – Get there early for some sweet soaring! It will get blown out later.

PV – not the nest of days with very strong winds expected in the afternoon 15-20kts SSW. Climbs to 4k after mid-day. Once again some great Q’s into the Cederbergs and beyond…

Wilderness – Again the low clouds which should dissipate somewhat but looks to shape up again late in the afternoon. There’s a shallow bit of instability so some flying early at Sedge – climbs to 1000’ perhaps. But the east winds will make it unpleasant soon enough! Lol Map might be doable early afternoon but with that prospect of the low cloud closing things up from around 16/17:00… If the timing is right a bench up at Gerrickes is possible. Or Buffs and CP.
(Actuals - good SSE winds with great soaring along the coastal cliffs untill 14:00. Sedge switched on at 11:30 only. The base did not drop over Map as forecasted - was just above. A short soaring spell at mid-day)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness today with SE trend, Uppies showing up to 2300’ climbs mid/late moring but dropping at mid-day to less than 2k.

PE with light SW this morning and then remaining light winds into the early evening. But PA with initial light SW then the NE takes over and will finish the day at 30kts!

Inland – Southerly in the south and even SE in the eastern parts inland but this curls around in the west to SW and then W and even N northwards of Sutherland. The skies out there will once again be picture perfect with very high Q’s and no OD. The Cederbergs and Swartberg both showing 10k base.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:34 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 10 min)  A sweet day ahead with low tide at mid-day and light winds at that time too. So it’s perfect for getting those toes wet! ;) Low tide at 00:45, high tide is at 06:50, low at 13:06, high at 19:12. Max temps for the Wilderness area a humid 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(14 January 2020) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Looks like mainly the IOH with loads of moisture and the inland trough dominating our weather today – the SAH a minor influence more up the west coast areas. Low cloud around along the southern parts and a few spots in the south of the west coast but it dries quickly inland with the boundary layer around the 4k mark seawards of the mountains. Further inland we go into the super flying stuff with beautiful Q’s around 8-14k from the Cederbergs all the way past Douglas etc. The winds out there are SE with light winds at base strangely… No CB activity but a few spots of rain perhaps around the eastern Drakensberg  ;) Along the coast it trend to the SE especially later in the day along the southern parts. S to SW along the west coast – strong especially around Agulhas and CP. Some varying winds up to 15k but from there it goes SW with a 80kts SSW finish over Wilderness and 50 over CT.

CT – Looks like our sweet wind=shadow is holding for the entire day…

RB – Another good day here if your time and arms strength is good!

PV – SW up to 4k climbs with a strong finish at 15kts in the afternoon. Maybe a tad higher. Once again some great Q’s into the Cederbergs and beyond…

Wilderness – Some low cloud around with a light southerly initially but then SE later on. Especially around Gerrickes it will be strong with Map area again variable with winds. It is pretty stable with climbs perhaps going to 800’.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness today with SE picking up inland with Uppies showing up to 2300’ climbs.

PE and PA with storng East winds up 30kts…

Inland – S to SE winds all the way up past Sutherland and even Douglas areas… Some beautiful flying conditions out there… Swartberg showing up to 9/10k… Lightish winds everywhere – perhaps 10-15kts in the gusts... Another good day for HG and PG’s!  

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:33 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 11 min)  A sweet day ahead with only one low tide at mid-day and light winds at that time too. So it’s perfect for getting those toes wet! ;) High tide is at 06:03, low at 12:13, high at 18:21. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 25 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(13 January 2020) 
Good morning you remarkably awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH on the west with the IOH in the east together with the Trough line in the centre of the country dominating the WC weather. SE winds along the southern parts curling around CP with a S to SW along the west coast. Breezy conditions in many places with 20-30kts in some coastal areas – into the upper teens inland. The SSE flow along the southern parts veering to the SW further inland again. Some CB activity from Middelburg and eastwards again with  beautiful Q’s inland with a high base at 10-14k. The coastal plaiins up to 4k near the mountains but much less near the coast. Winds go westerly again with height and finishes with 30kts WSW at the Tropopause.

CT – Again things are looking up for the wind-shadow to hang around all day…

RB – It could be a good day here!

PV – Climbs to perhaps 5k with a SW flow of 5kts going up to 10 in the afternoon with a few spots perhaps touching the 15kts. Some great Q’s into the Cederbergs and beyond…

Wilderness – Strong SE winds along the entire coast with some forecasts showing that compression bubble along the Wilderness cliffs. If it breaks it will get blown out early afternoon else it might just hold and be flyable for a while longer… Early moring could be good for Gerrickes bench-up and CP.

Plett – Uppies getting blown out late morning with climbs to just over 2k. The bay quite protected along the surface with the strong SE winds all around and over the tope according to two models…

PE and PA with Easterly winds 15-20kts.

Inland – Southerly to SE flow in the south which veer to the SW and West further inland. It is a cracking day  for flying out there with OD conditions east of Middelburg. But everywhere else beautiful Q’s and high climbs 10-14k! Upper teens in knots surface winds so good to go for HG and PG’s!  

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:32 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 12 min)  A super-hot day with excellent beach weather but the wind is going to blow late morning onwards. So get out early and go get those toes wet! ;) High tide is at 05:19, low at 11:25, high at 17:33, low tide at 23:40. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 26 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(12 January 2020) 
Good morning you super amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating with a ridge along the southern parts with a S to SE flow pattern along the southern parts curling around CP and moving up the coast with the S to SW direction. A few Q’s around but not much. Wind are light in general except around the Peninsula and west coast. The boundary layer around the 4k level but once over the bigger mountains much higher – 8k base around Cederbergs and 14k over Sutherland. There’s a chance of CB activity later this afternoon around here but much more further eastwards. Winds from 6k upwards treding west with a 60kt finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A sweet day with the wind-shadow firing on all four cylinders! :) Inversion around 2k with light east winds above that.

RB – Looking good for those who’s timing is right! ;)

PV – Not the best of days with climbs to just over 4k and W winds. It’s a slow start too with SSW winds in the morning. It is around 10kts later in the day remaining SW with a southerly trend higher up.

Wilderness – A light SW flow in the morning which will back to the SE later in the day. It could reach 10kts later on. A bit more instability around compared to yesterday so I think Sedge will be sweeter but it will still trend to the SSE around mid-day.

Plett – Keurbooms looking doable with enough S to SSW in it mid to late morning while Uppies is indicating climbs to just over 3k… Later the SE starts to dominate again…

PE and PA with initial SW winds 20kts but late afternoon going to S and dropping.

Inland – SSE flows along the southern parts which curl SW to West in the west. From Sutherrland it is westerly winds – where the high bases will be found. Some CB activity along this escarpment line that then increases further eastwards. Swartberg and Cederberg showing very high climbs with a few Q’s to show what we are missing! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:31 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 14 min)  A hot day with great beach weather – a bit of a breeze from the ocean from mid-day onwards but it should not be too strong. Go get those toes wet!;) High tide is at 04:37, low at 10:40, high at 16:49, low tide at 22:57. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(11 January 2020) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH to the west and IOH to the east with a sweet trough in the middle bringing varied conditions around the WC today. Some coastal fog along the west coast this morning and parts of the western southern coast which should mostly clear during the day. A SW flow alogn the western southern parts with varied light winds around the GR and then those strong easterly to the east around PE side. Inland light northerlies trending west with some CB activity in the east (from Middelburg eastwards). Winds are west from 5k upwards with a WNW finish at 60kts at the Tropopause.

CT – A misty start but looks like it should clear with the moring the better conditions. Southerly surface flow trending SW with height. Looks like the usual cross shore winds from the SSW at landing and less up at launch. Reaching 20kts later in places…

RB – I think it has just too much west in to be sweet…

PV – A SW day with 10kts on the cards mostly. Climbs to 4k with a southerly trend up there…

Wilderness – Light winds with warm temps. Strong inversion around but one of the apps showing some instability to 1000’ around Sedge… Probably the place to try ‘hang’. ;) The SW blowing along the western south coast parts not quite making it to Wilderness until very late afternoon/early evening.

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness but with more SE trending in the winds. Uppies SE with climbs to 1500…

PE and PA with ENE winds 15-20kts… Very strong out to sea though…

Inland – southerly in the south but  mostly westerlies everywhere – up to 15kts or a touch more in a few spots. Excellent climbs around Sutherland escarpment with base here looking at 13k or more… From Colesburg/Middelburg and eastwards wide spread CB activity in the afternoon…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:30 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 15 min). A hot excellent beach day! A light onshore breeze all day long. Go get your toes in the sand and wet your butt. ;) High tide at 03:56, Low tide at 09:56, high at 16:06 and low at 22:17. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 25 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 


(10 January 2020) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH dominating with the strong easterly flow pattern along the southern coastal regions (30kts in places!) which curls around at CP with a SW to Westerly along the west coast. Still some moisture around but confined mostly to the eastern parts of the WC – some rain out to sea with a scattering touching the shore line along the southern parts. The boundary layer pretty high along the southern mountains ranges with some Q’s around 8k. Lowering towards the coast. Far North at Sutherland it is 13k. No more CB activity inland either. At 5k the wind is North at 10kts, at 10k its NW at 10-15kts, then westerly all the way to the Tropopause with a 60kts finish up there.

CT – Looks like a great day of flying out here today. Early with a WSW flow which will veer more SW later. Instability to over 4k at times. IT picks up more southerly later in the day but should remain SW along the :H and SH regions along the shore maybe 15kts at times.

RB – Mostly wrong direction and then if it comes through probably too light.

PV – A great day here with good climbs to 6k W lower down and NW up there but later going SW with 10kts lower down and 5kts higher up.

Wilderness – A strong day ahead of SE. Some models show it blown out by 10 already – so get out early... There’s a lot of east around so few of those coastal spots working today… ;)

Plett – Even windier than Wilderness with winds near 30kts out there today.

PE and PA with E winds 20-15kts…

Inland – Sheltered from the strong coastal winds with some great flying out there. Surface winds are easterly around 5-10kts for most of the day. Some sweet Q’s in the south along the mountains at 8k base and then along the Sutherland escarpment areas at 13k.  

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:29 and setting at 19:45. (Day length is 14 hrs 16 min). A windy but sunny day ahead of us. Get out early before the wind spoils the beach fun ;) High tide at 03:17, Low tide at 09:14, high at 15:24 and low at 21:37. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 23 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 

(9 January 2020) 
Good morning you super amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing a CF towards the WC with a westerly flow preceding it. Still some light rain around in places along the coast and also some CB activity inland but much less than yesterday. Some excellent soaring conditions along parts of the WC before the CF starts to move in by this evening. The boundary layer around the 5-6k level with some sweet looking Q’s in many parts. The GR with much lower base and more cloudy conditions for the day. Winds in general SW lower but West from 5k upwards with a 60kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A cloudy start but the day should turn on with the base rising and being very unstable up to base height. All westerly winds. Later in the afternoon as the CF moves in the wind will go more Southerly and the base will lower considerably.

RB – To much west in it today

PV – A good day here with a WSW sart around 5kts with clouds. During the day base will rise to 5/6k with the winds SW at 10kts. It should remain good all day.

Wilderness – WSW winds in the morning which will go more SW and SSW later in the day. The strength will vary from sweet coastal soaring to frustrating spells during the mid-part of the day. Late afternoon looks like another increase again. Base around 1500-2000’ with tops between 4-6k later on. Sedge will probably be sweet with mild thermals due to the wet grounds.

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness. Looks like Uppies is on from mid-day onwards.

PE and PA with SW winds 20-25kts.

Inland – S to SW winds all the way to the Sutherland/Middelburg escarpment where it goes west. Some good clouds around here with base at 13k. OD in the east with CB activity around that side but the west is awesome!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:28 and setting at 19:45. (Day length is 14 hrs 17 min). A cloudy cooler day with some rain this morning. Not really a beach day but it should still be fun to get your toes in the sand. ;) High tide at 02:37, Low tide at 08:31, high at 14:43 and low at 19:58. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 

(8 January 2020) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A complicated day with an approaching CF SW of CT, loads of deep instability inland with CB activity, a SW pulse moving up the coast but sweeping away from the GR, hot inland air with changing LR and wind directions along the coast. The strong CB activity dominating most of the WC areas with tricky conditions to predict. High clouds with base around 8k inland and NW winds at 20kts from 5k upwards. The east still under some of the IOH influence with some light S to SE flows but changing from the west. Good climbs which will change if it rains. lol – fog around the west coast areas but sweet around PV for a while. The wind is 60kts NNW at the Tropopause.

CT – A foggy start but a chance of things improving during the day. NW winds going SW later with some clouds at 3k moving in around TM. If the coastal fog clears it could be good…

RB – WWB today!

PV – It looks like a great morning with NW winds going Westerly with some climbs at the peak to 6k. Some stratoQ’s shaping up which thickens a bit for later in the afternoon and an increasing WSW wind up to 15kts. So be careful of being trapped on the mountains mid to late afternoon…

Wilderness – Another difficult day with light southerly winds in the morning and strong inverted conditions around Serps and Sedge. A chance of rain from the CB activity moving in from the north in most places. This in combination of the approaching SW will chance the LR so it should become progressively more unstable with a window of some good flying probably from 11 to 16:00 – provided the rain doesn’t mess things up. Looks like that pulse of SW getting to Wilderness is rather short lived and will also quickly go west. Hhhmm…

Plett – Looking worse than Wilderness today with light SE winds initially and a strong inversion at Uppies – nothing above 1500ASL. It doesnt change much form the looks of it and late in the afternoon the wind does go west with hardly any window of flying on the cards. There’s also that CB rain on the cards…

PE and PA with SE to ENE winds around 10-15kts…

Inland – Looks like NW winds all the way to the backside of the Outenikwas. A short spell of southerly penetrating to not much further than Oudshoorn later in the afternoon. But the big news is the deep instability with the CB activity all over the show.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:27 and setting at 19:45. (Day length is 14 hrs 17 min). A good day for the beach but some rain from mid-day onwards… ;) High tide at 01:57, Low tide at 07:48, high at 14:01 and low at 20:19. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 26 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 

(7 January 2020) 
Good morning you very cool Wild2Fly people! Total dominance by the inland trough and the IOH with loads of humid and moist air being pushed down from the east along the WC coastline. Some strong east  winds especially in the east with rain – increasing during the day. The boundary layer pretty high with some high  bases around the west and just inland of the first mountains ranges. 6-8k. However there’s a high chance of CB activity in a very broad area covering almost the entire interior – all those moisture being carried down from the north with CB activity even close to the coast later today. Winds are easterly in a shallow layer but it backs to the NW with 30kts NNW at 10k and 90kts NNW at the Tropopause.

CT – A NE start but it veers to the SW and then the typical SSE at 15kts later in the day. Later in the day is also when the wind=shadow will take shape and it will probably be ok to fly. Earlier those typical strong side shore winds…

RB – The direction is right but it might not get strong enough…

PV – SW with a quick backing to the NW above 4k. Some upper air instability so some chance of OD especially over the Cederbergs… Climbs along the front perhaps just over 4k.

Wilderness – A tricky day with the winds starting east and a short SE window but a strong chance of rain with it. Later it goes back to the east again. Above the flow is a lot more ENE. We might get some inland CB activity overspill towards the coast wich will influence our surface winds… If the rain stays away we could get a window at Map…

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness. Also increasing chance of rain but there could be gaps for a walk on the beach…  ;)

PE and PA with ENE winds up to 30kts…

Inland – South to easterlies in the far south around 10kts with almost due North winds to the north of that. Some amazing cloud activity with OD and CB cells from the little Karoo all the way north into Botswana today…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:26 and setting at 19:45. (Day length is 14 hrs 18 min). A humid cloudy rainy day and those gusty easterly winds. Not the best time to head to the beach but with some wellies there could be fun! ;) High tide at 01:13, Low tide at 07:01, high at 13:17 and low at 19:38. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 23 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 


(6 January 2020) 
Good morning you super cool Wild2Fly people! The SAH still pushing in the shallow layer of cooler moist air following the Cold Front. Low clouds along the southern parts with a small chance of some precipitation. High cirrus over the entire WC today. Southerly winds light to moderate all the way inland to the Sutherland Escarpment where it again shifts to the west. A chance of CB activity once again far inland, especially to the east. The boundary layer around the 4-5k mark which will be the cap for the low clouds so not that deep for precipitation. The NW settled from 10k upwards with a 70kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – The southerly winds making it tricky for the SH and LH areas. The wind-shadow just a tad too far to the east with some strong cross shore winds up to 20kts. Probably light enough on the launch for take off. ;) The inversion mostly near TM top height higher in the morning and lowering in the afternoon.

RB – Could be a super cool day here…

PV – A tad more SW today with climbs to just past 4k. The high cirrus probably making it a tad tricky. Some spots just near 15kts in the afternoon.

Wilderness – Hhhmmm… southerly winds popping in with the lower clouds around and prospect of light rain. Once again Sedge should be good (not so rough as yesterday) ;) And mid-day all the coastal spots could work though it’s not forecasted to be over 10kts… Still could be  sweet day if the rain stays away.

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness. Southerly with base around 1500 and tops near 5k. IT could be doable at Keurbooms with enough south in it to play…

PE and PA with SSE winds up to 15kts…

Inland – Those southerly winds having a tad east in it and getting up to 25kts in the afternoon north of the Swartbergs. Good looking clouds around 6k south of the Swartbergs and going to 8/9k northwards. At the Sutherland escarpment it jumps up to 12/13k. Again CB activity around Graafies and Middelburg.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:26 and setting at 19:45. (Day length is 14 hrs 19 min). A more cloudy day with some light rain on the cards – mostly inland so the beach could probably be cool ;) High tide at 00:21, Low tide at 06:07, high at 12:28 and low at 18:54. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 



(5 January 2020) 
Good morning you super amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH helping to push in the CF that will influence most of the WC weather today. Cloudy start to most of the area but clearing during the day in most places before in the afternoon closing up again as the frontal system steps in. Winds are mostly SW with some variations today – nothing too strong with light winds in most areas except for around Agulhas where the winds will touch on the 20kts mark. Some CB activity later today in the NE section of the WC (increasing tomorrow) with a very active low and trough area. The boundary layer pretty high today with parts of the southern ranges showing climbs and base at 6-7k. slightly less along the west coast and of course closer to the sea. Far inland up north the skies are looking great with some good Q’s at 13k and more. Winds are the usual westerly above the inversion 30kts at 10k and 80kts WNW at the Tropopause.

CT – Low cloud around this morning but it does look like a clear spell during the mid part of the day with winds NW to Westerly around 10-15kts. Later in the day as the frontal system moves in the base will drop with some chance of precipitation.

RB – WWB!

PV – It does look like a sweet morning and early afternoon with light Westerly winds 5kts and climbs to over 5k. Some Q’s but later looking like OD at 5k with some StratoQ’s and later a dropping base as the frontal system also moves in here…

Wilderness – A cloudy and even light drizzle start but it will clear with light SW winds this morning becoming lighter from mid-day onwards. Some OD conditions along the mountains later on with a chance of precipitation. Probably some coastal soaring on the cards for the morning and then a Sedge or Serpentine finish from mid-day onwards.

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness with Keurbooms looking really good just about all day. Uppies with climbs to 3500’ and later down to 3k or just under.

PE with 20kts SW winds and PA with 25plus knots.

Inland – All SW winds except for the far east with a SE flow here. Light to moderate winds up to 15kts at most. Good Q’s just about everywhere but a strong chance of OD conditions to the East with CB cells close to the low centre. Swartbergs with climbs to 8500 and 12k on the Sutherland escarpment.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:25 and setting at 19:45. (Day length is 14 hrs 20 min). A dubious start but it should shape up to be a sweet day for the beach from mid-day onwards as the wind dies from the SW and goes light south. Low tide late afternoon should make it perfect. ;) Low tide at 05:03, high tide is at 11:30, low at 18:04. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 23 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 

(4 January 2020) 
Good morning you awe-inspiring  Wild2Fly people! Today most of the southern coastal areas under the spell of the IOH with humid air pulled down from the KZN coast causing the hot humid conditions we are having. Its dryer to the west with CT starting to feel the influence of an approaching CF. S to SW winds out on the west and the usual swing to the WNW far inland. Strong chance of CB activity around the Graafies area again with some spilling down to the Plett coastal areas even. The boundary layer around 5k near the mountains on the south and west and then progressively higher further inland. The inland air-mass north of Sutherland showing climbs up to 15k! Winds WNW 20kts at 10k with a 40-60kts west finish at the Tropopause.

CT – S to SW winds with instability to TM top height. Too much SSW in it for the wind-shadow to have an effect so the usual SSW acceleration past the shore front areas of SH and LH. Perhaps up to 15.20kts out there with less on the hill.

RB – Too westerly today I think…

PV – Sweet PV just before mid-day with 5kts west and climbs to just shy of 5k. Later in the afternoon it picks up to 10-15k with a more SW direction.

Wilderness – A muggy start with a surface flow of south on the cards which will gradually back to the SE around mid-day. Very light winds with the coast not really showing anything soarable. But it does looks like a sweet shallow unstable layer with some nice flying on the cards at Sedge early this morning. It will once again erode as the easterly flow starts to influence the thermals getting rowdier – as is typical. Hang out there as long as your arms, stomach or pocket can last! ;)

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness but with more height at Uppies on offer – up to 2800’ until just after lunch. Then it drops to less than 2k… some spots touching the 15kt mark I think.

PE and PA with SE winds around 10kts.

Inland – Light surface winds southerly in direction with the gentle veering to the W and then NW at the Sutherland escarpment. The lower humid air causing some CB activity to crawl further south with some just north of the Plett area today. Loads to the east up at Graafies and Middelburg.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:24 and setting at 19:45. (Day length is 14 hrs 21 min). Looks like another sweet day with a partly cloudy conditions for the beach goers in Wilderness area today – low tide mid-afternoon should make it perfect. ;) Low tide at 03:47, high tide is at 10:23, low at 17:03, high at 23:14. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot humid 25 degrees C! Enjoy! :))

 

(3 January 2020) 
Good morning you super-duper amazing Wild2Fly people! It tos up between the SAH and IOH dominating our WC coastal weather with the inland trough active with some CB cells in the Middelburg area late afternoon. Winds are all southerly still with some slight variations here and there. The boundary layer around 4/5k level. More moisture in the eastern southern parts with some low clouds around. Many will dissipate by the afternoon. Westerly winds above the inversion with a 30-50kts west finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Another southerly day but less strength in it so a good chance of the wind-shadow to shape up. A tad SW along the shore front with some spots around 15-20kts even. Good luck! ;)

RB – Another possible sweet day out here… ;)

PV – A typical PV day with SW winds around 5-10kts in the midday part with climbs to just shy of 5k. It does pickup  a tad more in the late afternoon with some 15kts spots.

Wilderness – Another good day ahead of us with a slight SSW start and a trend to the SE later on. Possible ocean cliff soaring this morning. Some sweet instability around with Sedge looking really good this morning with some Q’s to shape it up. But by mid-day that east will start to shake things up a bit and probably put a stop to play. Map on the other-hand not looking like it is going to deliver with frustrating extended foefies all day. It actually looks like even less wind later in the day out there… Fingers crossed! ;)

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness but with more IOH influence and a SE trend. Uppies showing climbs to just over 3k but that SE trend in it.

PE and PA with Easterly winds of 15-20kts.

Inland – Once again all southerly surface flows to Sutherland where it backs to the West. High climbs out there with a few Q’s at 12/13k. The Swartbergs with good Q’s around 9/10k. Once again the coastal mountains with a high chance of some OD conditions but less than yesterday.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:23 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 21 min). Looks like another sweet day with a lot of sun for the beach goers in Wilderness area today – low tide just after lunch should make it perfect. ;) Low tide at 02:35, high tide is at 09:15, low at 15:51, high at 21:52. Max temps for the Wilderness area another dubious 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(2 January 2020) 
Good morning you super awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH helping to push a light CF with cooler moist air onto the southern parts of the WC. Lighter winds along the southern coastal areas but fresh along the west coast still. The boundary layer around the 5k mark in most places but low clouds along the southern regions. Very light rain possible along the Overberg parts. Small chance of CB cells around Middelburg area late afternoon. Winds trend southerly with the usual backing to the west above the inversion. WNW at 10k and W at 70kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like  strong Southerly wind with no change in direction all the way to 4k. Even with the inversion strengthening it does bode well for the wind-shadow to shape up. Hhhmm… Good luck! ;)

RB – It could be a sweet day out here… ;)

PV – A good day expected with climbs to 5k and winds 5-10kts initially SW but it does pick up later to 15kts – so a stronger finish…

Wilderness – Very southerly by the looks of things with trends to SW and other models say SSE. Either way I think Sedge and Serpentine will be the winners today. Some lower cloud shaping up again later in the day. Small chance of something soarable along the coast early morning… It does not look as strong for Sedge as yesterday. :)

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness with Uppies indicating climbs to just over 2k at base. Perhaps some SE in the direction. ;)

PE and PA with Easterly winds of 25kts…

Inland – Once again all southerly surface flows to Sutherland where it backs to the West. High climbs out there with a few Q’s at 12/13k. The Swartbergs with good Q’s around 8/9k and the coastal mountains with quite a bit of OD around 5k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:22 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 22 min). Looks like another sweet day with less sun for the beach goers in Wilderness area today – low tide just after lunch should make it perfect. ;) Low tide at 01:36, high tide is at 08:15, low at 14:39, high at 20:37. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(1 January 2020) 
Good morning and happy New year you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today slightly less favourable flying than yesterday – the SAH and IOH with the inland trough dominating the WC weather. Again the shallow SE flow with the West above that. This SE flow is les strong today compared to yesterday, noticeable along the southern coastal regions with up to 20kts in a few spots but many others more protected with only 5kts or so on the cards. The boundary layer also shallower with 4-5k at the mountains and a few spots with low cloud along the Southern coastal parts. No rain on the cards (maybe a slight drizzle in parts of the Overberg). Some high clouds out to the North far inland again with 8k over the Swartbergs and 13k in the Richmond area. The west finishes at 70kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Another SE day with just over 20kts on the cards but seemingly less of a chance of the wind-shadow shaping up. It backs to east at TM top height but even if the inversion is lower there’s still some push up there. Let’s hope I’m wrong and its good! ;)

RB – A slow start this moring but it might be a great finish to the day here…

PV – A light SW day with climbs to 5k expected. Also a light finish to the day… Its better in the Cederbergs…

Wilderness – Expect a much lighter day with even a tad SSW along the Wilderness coastline. It looks as if Sedge might be the better option in the morning with a southerly expected until around mid-day when the SE will start to push harder. With the crowds expected on the beach it might just be the better option! ;) Climbs to 1500’. A few coastal spots might work tentatively but the Map area looks like it has a sheltered bit that could make things a bit frustrating today…

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness with Uppies indicating climbs to 3k… ;)

PE and PA with SE winds over 20kts today…

Inland – All light southerly surface flows to near the Sutherland escarpment where it veers to the west. The west is the better airmass with high climbs to 13k. To the south it is much less with spots going up to 8/9k at most. The wind remains light with height to the south and even a tad NW at 6500’ over the Outenikwas. A few high Q’s out there.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:22 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 23 min – can you believe the days are getting shorter again!). Looks like a sweet day for the beach goers in Wilderness area today – all day long! ;) Low tide at 00:49, high tide is at 07:26, low at 13:38, high at 19:38. Max temps for the Wilderness area another cool 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(31 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! WE are coming to the close of 2019, the end of the teenage years… ;) Wishing you all a prosperous New Year. Today the SAH dominating while the CF is moving up past Maputo. A ridge of high along the southern coastal areas but not strong so the SE winds moderate but very strong around the CT and West coast areas (over 30kts) Still a small chance of some light precipitation along parts of the south coast areas but this should clear mostly form mid-day onwards. The boundary layer around 4-6k in general along the coastal mountains further inland it rises to 8-9k and then near the Sutherland escarpment it is 13k plus. A chance of some CB activity in the Grafies and Middelburg areas for the afternoon. Winds go west above the inversion with a 70kts West finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a chance of the wind-shadow shaping up for the day. Though the winds are strong to near TM top – so some of that pushing over. Late afternoon sees some erosion of the shadow as the wind picks up to the 30kts range…

RB – Another sweet RB with a good early morning session for those who made the call …

PV – A SW outlook with 10-15kts and climbs to just shy of 6k on the cards. Winds get light with height. Its better in the Cederbergs…

Wilderness – Another good SE day with most of the SE coastal sites working during the day. Gerrickes and CP should work and even Sedge and serpentine early on before the SE winds overpower the pull of the thermals. It might get blown out around lunch time in some spots but Map probably would hold all day.

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness with Uppies indicating climbs to 3/3.5k… ;)

PE and PA with SE winds up to 15kts…

Inland – All SE winds far inland to the Sutherland escarpment where it backs to the west and WNW further north from here. Those CB activity confined to the eastern parts (from Graafies and Middelburg and further east.) Big skies along the escarpment with 13k bases. Strong SE flows around the Swartbergs at mid-day with 20kts out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:21 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 23 min – yes, it’s getting less sunshine now!). A sweet day to head to the beach early moring with less wind but also less sun - later there should be more sun but a tad more in the wind. ;) Low tide at 00:11, high tide is at 06:42, low at 12:46, high at 18:50. Max temps for the Wilderness area another cool 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(30 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Well, I think yesterday was a record day for number of tandem flights flown in one day at Map – not to mention in the morning before the wind picked up it was crowded as hell! Later we had 4 hangies join us up there and it was beautiful! It’s still Christmas it seems! ;) Welcome rain I think for many pilots today. A light CF brushing past the southern parts during the day bringing with it a shallow layer of cooler moist air with precipitation along the coastal and first mountain ranges. Low clouds with tops around 6k, just enough for some light rain in most places – on and off all day it seems. Winds are SE in this shallow layer quickly backing to the West above that. It is dry along the west coast with strong Southerly winds. Inland high probability for CB activity as far south as Graafies. Winds are SW up here quickly going West with height. 15kts at 7k and 90kts at the Tropopause.

CT – A dubious day – though the inversion is there the winds remain fairly strong all the way up pas TM top height. There is a slight wind-shadow but it doesnt look like it is strong enough for flying today. Lets hope the forecasts are wrong! ;)

RB – Sweet RB with a great early morning session for those who made the call …

PV – Very southerly day here with climbs to just shy of 6k. It is south later in the day 15kts so be careful near the mountains…

Wilderness – SE winds in general – very southerly in it so most of the coastal spots should be working. Of course there’s a bit of rain and low cloud in the mix – just make the call on the moment when you get a gap. Around 10kts…

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness… ;)

PE and PA with fresh Southerly winds 10-20kts and less chances of rain along the coast here.

Inland – Winds are all SSE with a gentle veering to the SW further inland and by Sutherland escarpment it is westerly to NW winds. It dries as we move further North with the low clouds rising with base at 6k at the Swartbergs and then less clouds beyond here. Those CB activity further North and very intense to the NE around Graaf-Reinet area…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:20 and setting at 19:44. (Day length is 14 hrs 23 min – yes, its getting less sunshine now!). Not th ebest beach day but low tide in the middle so still worth a walk on the beach with the umbrella! ;) High tide is at 06:04, low at 12:05, high at 18:11. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(29 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A similar position as yesterday on the pressure systems – the easterly flow patterns along the southern parts and curling around CP and then up the west coast. Cloudy along the southern parts with the chance of some precipitation later on. Far inland a greater chance of CB activity around the De Aar Middelburg areas. Some high bases out there again with 13/14k on the cards. Winds go westerly above the inversion steadily increasing with a 80-90krts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a sweet start with the wind-shadow in postion but late afternoon sees a strong increase in the SE wind and an erosion of the shadow so keep a good look-out… Initial instability too 4k but the inversion setting in as the cold southerly air flows through…

RB – Another good day if you timing is right…

PV – A sweet sweet day here. Westerly winds at 5-10kts and climbs too 5k on the cards. A SW trend late afternoon again but around 10kts…

Wilderness – Another good SE start but once again it looks like it is going to get strong at lunch – time. Probably blown out – coupled with some low cloud moving in it just might put a stop to playing. Get out early if you can. ;)

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness… ;)

PE and PA also with that strong Easterly flow hitting the 30kts mark today – it is more NE along the PA side of the coast.

Inland – A light wind start inland but during the day the SE will penetrate far inland, curling to the S and then SW as it progresses all the way to Sutherland region. Some high bases further north with a high probability of CB activity out there. Cloudy in the southern parts up to the Swartberrg ranges with 20kts SE winds…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:19 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 14 hrs 24 min – yes, 1 minute less sunshine than a week ago!). Get out early because the wind is going to blow from late morning, midday onwards again! ;) High tide is at 05:27, low at 11:27, high at 17:34, low tide at 23:37. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warmer 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(28 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! An amazing day on the GR yesterday. Today looks like more fun with the SAH forming a ridge with the IOH causing a easterly flow pattern around the southern coastal regions. It is channelled along nicely by the inland trough so there’s some strong wind spots with 30kts on the cards in a few places. The boundary layer around the 4k level but far inland over the Sutherland escarpment some clouds up at 16k! A bit of cloud still around south of the coast along the GR and a chance of some of that moving onto the coastal areas during the day. Winds start to back to the N and then NW from 8k upwards with a 110kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – A sweet wind-shadow start to the day but later in the afternoon the SE just upping in gear with some stronger stuff at height causing the wind-shadow to erode away. So just keep tabs on that one.

RB – It can be another good day here if you time it right. Might be a bit bumpy… lol

PV – SW surface flow with a backing to the south with height and slight SSE up top. Expect climbs to around 4k so not the best of stuff for PV but def flyable. It does pick up in the afternoon to 15ks so do be on your guard. Deeper into the Cederbergs climbs to 10k on the cards…

Wilderness – Looks like a sweet start with a light SE wind. It will become stronger during the morning with a good chance of it being blown out by late morning or mid-day. So get out there early. ;) easterly out at Serps and Sedge so very small window in the morning as the first thermals kick off for the day. Probably a hangie day for later on.

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness… ;)

PE and PA also with that strong Easterly flow – it is more NE along the PA side of the coast.

Inland – The surface winds are all easterly during the morning but will go SE in the southern parts late morning to mid-day. Eventually the SE flow will penetrate all the way to Sutherland escarpment. A slight chance of OD with rain on the escarpment late afternoon. 10k over the Swartberg and Kamanasie ranges…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:19 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 14 hrs 24 min – yes, it’s less sun than a week ago!)  Get out early because the wind is gong to blow from late morning, midday onwards! ;) High tide is at 04:51, low at 10:50, high at 16:58, low tide at 23:03. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(27 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing in that cold post frontal air onto the entire WC. Cold and spots of rain around for most of the southern parts but drier on the west coast. Strong S to SE winds around the west coast (over 30kts!) and more southerly along the southern parts. Partly cloudy conditions with super unstable air everywhere – nice Q’s in most places. In general the winds are SE up to the inversion around 5k where it starts to turn towards the west with a SW to W flow from 10k up wards with a 90kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – It looks like the SE is string and deep all day today with little prospect of any wind-shadow shaping up.

RB – Well, what do you know! If you are there early you could be playing sweetly. :)

PV – SW up to launch height and then it goes more SE – it is 5kts up there so the strong thermal flow up the slope should over power this SE direction. Climbs to 6/7k on the cards and stronger SE higher up. Could be a good day to go far to the N NE direction and connect with some sea-breeze…

Wilderness – Strong Westerly  flow this morning but from around 10 it should start to go SW and then do a slow march all the way to the SE from around 14:00 onwards. If the rain stays away it will be a great day of flying here… Just about every site will work at some stage today though watch the inland sites if the wind is strong…

Plett – Similar outlook to Wilderness… ;)

PE and PA Much stronger SW flow that lingers all day – 20-3okts but less later as the system moves to the east.

Inland – The surface winds are all SSE far inland past Sutherland. Around 10-15kts mostly. It does get less with height so unstable in the cold air below the normal inland hot air (that strong inversion around the 8k mark out there…) Very cloudy in the southern parts but less as we move north of the Swartbergs…  

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:18 and setting at 19:43. (Day length is 14 hrs 25 min)  A cold windy morning so not the best day for the beach. Not often you can wear a scarf in id summer for a walk on the beach!;) High tide is at 04:14, low at 10:13, high at 16:22, low tide at 22:30. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cold 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(26 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! After a beautiful Christmas day of flying along the GR today is perhaps a welcome rest day. ;) A strong Cold Front moving in over the WC during the day – its already in CT and will strike the GR soon after mid-day. Strong Westerlies and rain moving in with it. Far inland it is also making its presence felt with the W to NW winds – 30kts on the surface in places, even North of Sutherland. 50kts at the 10k level and 120kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – Low cloud with strong WNW winds. Base will rise but the winds will remain 20kts or more…

RB – WWB!

PV – Looks like it is going to be socked in here all day – low base, tops at 10k and strong westerly winds…

Wilderness – A light wind start – varying in direction for us but oddly a SE trend during the course of the morning. There is a high gust factor in most of the Apps so be careful if you fly. Just above our heads the flow is strong west so I suspect the possibility of slight mixing now and then. But we might get some flying in along the coast in this shallow layer – it will veer more to the south and then SSW as the front approaches – a very strong gust front on the cards that should hit the Wilderness coastline around 13:00 or 14:00. Do keep a good look-out towards the sea and LAND well before this stuff hits us. ;)

Plett – Similar outlook with the front striking just a bit later…

PE and PA with initial light southerlies and then SW increasing as the front approaches – late afternoon with 20-30kts winds.

Inland – Strong Westerlies with rain in the west, spreading to the east as the front moves further inland – rain in Sutherland and Uniondale by nightfall. There are high bases and exceptionally strong soaring conditions preceding the front – good to look at and drool I think! ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:18 and setting at 19:42. (Day length is 14 hrs 25 min)  A super hot morning for the beach but then the strong wind moves in by mid afternoon with cloudy conditions. ;) High tide is at 03:37, low at 09:36, high at 15:45, low tide at 21:57. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hotish 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(25 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Merry Christmas to everyone! ;) And well done to Anton for cracking his 25k XC flight with a 33km effort from Serpentine yesterday. Cool dude! :)) OK today there’s some frontal activity being pushed onto the WC by the SAH which is dominating together with the inland trough. (The IOH too far to the east for the WC weather). CB activity again inland but mainly to the NE parts – Molteno to Middelburg and DeAar areas. Strong NW winds out there once more. These NW winds is the general flow pattern with some surface modifications especially along the southern coastal areas where it will curl and be more SW to S in direction. Some high bases around today but the strong winds will probably not make it flyable. Just North of the Outenikwas it looks like 12k and drooling Q’s to look at but 30-50kts NW winds up there! It is 130kts NW at the Tropopause!

CT – Once again those storng NW winds with 15-20kts on the cards. Base will rise to around 4k level. Slight chance of some precipitation. Probably just too strong to fly – maybe for the hangies a good day…

RB – WWB!

PV – Starting off with N to NW winds and low cloud but rising quickly to 5/6k base but once again those strong NW to W winds here. Probably OK for the hangies but touch and go for the paragliders…

Wilderness – We are so blessed here – truly paradise we live in! :) A fine morning with again the SSW start to the day. It is looking excellent with good flying inland and those sweet scratchy coastal soaring on the cards too. Sedge looking good and it is should be sweet and not as strong as yesterday ;) Some clouds moving in and thickening after lunch with a slight chance of rain else a nice day.

Plett – Early Uppies showing climbs to 4k with a SSE flow. Soon the lower clouds will move in and thicken – base down to 2-2.5k. Keurbooms looking doable but perhaps a too much SE in it…

PE and PA with S to SW winds 10-15kts all day.

Inland – Expecting those strong NW trends again – it is NW at 6k over the Outenikwas. But exceptionally high bases 12k or more perhaps. CB cells very active in the NE areas. East of De Aar… In the little Karoo the surface winds are more S to SW. A good day do weather watching out here… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:17 and setting at 19:42. (Day length is 14 hrs 25 min – yes its Christmas but winter is now on its way!) ;) A super cool morning for the beach with a light onshore flow. Some cloud and rain moving in from mid-day onwards. ;) High tide is at 02:57, low at 08:56, high at 15:06, low tide at 21:21. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(24 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH pushing in another CF onto the WC. It will affect the CT region and parts of the south-coast today. Strong winds expected in most places except for the GR area where some magic is protecting us. (Yup looks like a cloudy rainy Christmas tomorrow) ;) Inland strong NEW winds with 30kts in many places. Some CB activity in the NE sectors (Malteno, De Aar etc) Rain also expected around CT today. Varying boundary layer with 5/6k along the west coast and then 3-5k along the southern parts but more than 7k just over the back into the little Karoo. A few good looking clouds in this region – south of the CB activity. 50kts NW at 1k and 110kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – NW winds 15-20kts with initial low cloud which should clear but then as the front moves in it will thicken with base around 2k and tops at 8. Expecting rain.

RB – WWB!

PV – The spot for the day with West winds of 10kts picking up to 15kts later in the afternoon. Climbs to 5-6k on the cards…

Wilderness – The morning sees some SW winds but again it might be frustrating on the coast so once again I think Sedge is the best bet. The models show the winds to actually die down from mid-day onwards with very little on the coast and with a west direction. So this makes Sedge even more of a choice. It could be worth trying the coast in the morning and then moving to Serps or Sedge.

Plett – Early Uppies showing climbs to 4k with a SW lower and west upper trend. It does get breezy with 10-15kts on the cards. But I think Keurbooms is looking up today – it is looking good just about all day long. (5-15kts at the most)

PE and PA with SW winds 10-15kts all day.

Inland – Expecting those strong NW trends – especially North of the Swartbergs as the wind runs along the trough edge – those CB cells very active in the WNW line today (De Aar area). In the little Karoo the surface winds are slightly less but the upper stuff is trending that W to NW strong flow preceding the approaching front. High climbs over the Swartbegr and Kamanasie ranges today with spots showing drooling Q’s ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:16 and setting at 19:42. (Day length is 14 hrs 25 min – can you believe its all down hill from here again towards winter!). A super cool morning for the beach with a strong pulse of wind moving in late afternoon. Enjoy the sun because tomorrow it’s all gone! ;) High tide is at 02:15, low at 08:13, high at 14:25, low tide at 20:44. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(23 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Well done to our own local Wilderness ladies Champ, Khobi for not just winning the ladies division but for pipping most of the men in the comp too! Khobi has now won the ladies championships for the last ten years in a row! (Now that’s something to write home about! :)) Today we have a coastal low moving up the southern coastal areas bringing some low cloud and SW winds to the southern coastal regions. The west coast also with spots of low cloud along the coast. Westerly winds out here. To the far east the IOH dominating with very strong NE winds along the coast but inland the trough very active with some amazing flying conditions with beautiful Q’s to mark the lift and climbs to 14k… Its 50kts from 10k upwards with 80kts finish at the Tropopause NW.

CT – S to SW winds all day. The inversion just at TM top height. The wind veers with height – SW up there at 5kts or so. 10-15kt on the surface. Probably a SW trend along the coast at LH and S with some strong spots again near the shore…

RB – Probably just too much west in it today but a slight chance of the southerly coming through here later on.

PV – Sweet day here with west winds 5-10kts and climbs to 4k. Better over the back. It goes SW late in the afternoon but nothing over 15kts form the looks of it.

Wilderness – Maybe a frustrating day along the coast with winds coming and going as the coastal low moves past. Nothing much over 10kts – less most of the times. There’s a NW flow of 10-15kts at 3000’ until mid-day then it will go WSW up there too. Sedgefield and Serps being the obvious choice with instability to 1000’ and a tad more later on.

Plett – SW on the wild side but SSE at Keurbooms and Uppies. Uppies indicating climbs to 2500 for most of the day – it does look much lighter than yesterday so probably a flyable day there for the most.

PE and PA with that NE trend – strong out to sea and relatively sheltered on the coast. The SW only getting to PE late afternoon and PA remaining NE.

Inland – Light surface flow and NW all the way into the little Karoo. Some high bases up to DuToits even but the wind getting strong at 20kts plus out there. The Sea breeze will move in from mid-day getting to Beaufort at evening with 20kts north of the Swartbergs.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:16 and setting at 19:41. (Day length is 14 hrs 25 min – about as long as it gets! Summer solstice was yesterday btw). A light wind day with some clouds and less sunburn! Enjoy the low tide time of early morning… ;) High tide is at 01:28, low at 07:25, high at 13:40, low tide at 20:02. Max temps for the Wilderness area another sweet, comfy 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(22 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Thanks Rosie and Maurits for that excellent end of year braai! ;) Today we are having some super summer weather for a change – the IOH dominating in the east with some flexing of the SAH to the west and a slight trough inland. A general east surface flow except in the west where it is more SW. This layer will back to the north with height and form 6/8k the flow is NW again. No clouds to day, with the boundary layer around 3-4k along the coastal plains but up to 7/8k over the mountains and slightly more further inland. Some 20kts spots along the coast. It is 80knts WNW at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a sweet wind-shadow day with fresh S surface winds but it backs with height and drops in strength dramatically. A good low inversion to help should see SH and LH flyable all day.

RB – There could be some action in the mid to late afternoon as the southerly pushes in here… Wait till dark to get some smoother air!

PV – Typical with SW winds around 5-10kts and climbs to 4k. Late afternoon sees it going a tad more S with some spots at 15kts. It is better over the back into the Cederbergs…

Wilderness – Looks like a super morning with a light East wind steadily going SE for the day. It will increase in strength over the course of the morning touching the 15k mark around 11-12. Most of the SE facing spots will work for a while but late afternoon it will be blown out (maybe a tad earlier) but with some luck it will hold for a good while. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness today. Keurbooms showing just over 2k climbs but with a strong SE wind 10-15kts so probably not the best day to go…

PE and PA starting light SE but finishing over 30kts ESE winds…

Inland – Sweet light surface winds during the moring with a easterly in the southern and eastern parts but going more SW in the west and then NW northwards from the Sutherland escarpment. Climbs eventually at 12k along the escarpment and progressively less to the south. Surface winds do pickup late afternoon especially in the southern parts of the little Karoo with Swartberg showing up to 20kts SE over the mountain tops… Fly early!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:15 and setting at 19:4. (Day length is 14 hrs 25 min) Get out early for a sweet morning because at mid-day the SE wind will pick up drastically for a windy afternoon... ;) High tide is at 00:33, low at 06:31, high at 12:48, low tide at 19:16. Max temps for the Wilderness area another sweet, comfy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(21 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Just a reminder of this evenings social bring and braai at the Yacht club at Island lake... (Thanks Rosie and Maurits) :)) The SAH dominating with a strong push from the WSW of frontal systems brushing over the WC. Today a quick passing front moving from CT reaching the GR at mid-day and then onwards up the coast into KZN by late afternoon. Some CB activity far inland in the NE but super fine conditions in the west. The west coast starting cloudy but clearing during the course of the day. The boundary layer scattered today with low climbs in a few spots pending moisture/light rain etc but going up to 5k along the western parts, less along the southern coastal regions and into the little Karoo but rising to 12k over the Sutherland escarpment regions. The wind is westerly above the inversions with a NW finish of 110kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Again some low cloud to start the day and winds SW but drying and base going to 4/5k. Winds will be around 15kts going up to 20kts south with a strong SSW component around the SH and LH regions.

RB – Still NFG today…

PV – Some low cloud to start the day but it will rise and eventually go dry by late afternoon. Looking excellent for flying but more of a SW trend today. Late afternoon sees more southerly with 15kt surface spots so be wary close to the mountains…

Wilderness – A fine start with light SSW winds and some climbs at Sedge and Serps. That coastal SW pulse pushing through just before midday by the looks of it with some light rain and low cloud. Do keep your eyes open for that. Looks like it moderates again afterwards so probably flyable for the rest of the afternoon again in most places.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. The SW wind - up at 20kts just over 2000’. I would be very wary for that Buffs flight this moring... ;)

PE and PA with SW winds at 20kts all day…

Inland – Surface flows in the SW to West direction all the way up to Sutherland but going slightly more NW from there. Very cloudy in the south due to the frontal system moving through with low cloud, low climbs and some strong spots of SW to W winds.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:15 and setting at 19:40. Get out early for a sweet morning because at mid-day the SW is blowing through with low cloud cooler conditions and some small chance of rain. ;) Low at 05:27, high at 11:48, low tide at 18:21. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet, comfy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(20 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Still that Westerly CF system movements in the SW with a sprinkling of rain around the Peninsula – this will clear during the day with rising base but perhaps still some strong NW winds around. Better looking to the north at PV and a very strong NW to W flow along the southern parts but this will curl nicely in towards the GR with some fine flying weather in those parts. The boundary layer up around the 6k level in most places near the coastal mountains with a gradual increase in height further inland. The wind goes westerly above the inversion with a 100kts NW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Low cloud this morning which will rise but so too does the wind. Its 20kts at 2000’ so perhaps a tad strong.

RB – WWB!

PV – A awesome day here with sweet flat Q’s around 6k (will become blue later on) and 10kts West to NW winds with 5kts up high. It lowers later in the day to 5k but wind remains 10kts west.…

Wilderness – Looks like more of an easterly component today with Sedge perhaps flyable early on but then going just a tad uncomfortably strong to the east. Map might be a bit frustrating with conditions soarable but probably not top landable all day. Serps looking sweet I think and maybe some of those ocean cliffs than can handle a bit more east in the wind.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies perhaps just too much east in the wind to be lekker – perhaps up to 3k climbs here… Keurbooms also to easterly all day.

PE and PA again with S to SE winds around 15-20kts.

Inland – A light southerly to SE flow pattern in the south but in the west it is more SW to West with the Westwinds north of Sutherland. Its not a bad day to fly out there with climbs to 12k over the higher mountains and northern parts. 20kts from 10k upwards mostly from the W to NW.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:14 and setting at 19:40 (Day length 14 hours and 25 minutes – from here it looks like its down hill again towards winter ;). A sweet day expected with great beach weather all day long. A light to moderate SE wind expected but get out early to make the best of the light wind. ;) Low at 04:10, high at 10:37, low tide at 17:16, high tide at 24:24. Max temps for the Wilderness area another comfy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(19 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The western parts being lashed with a CF that is being kept at bay by the IOH. Some rain around the SW parts including the Peninsula with strong NW winds here all day. Again partial clearing later on but the winds remaining strong. 30Kts along the Agulhas coast but a southerly and light in the GR. The far east with S to SE winds from the IOH. Far inland its all westerly winds around 20kts with the boundary layer around 12k. There’s  WSW finish at the Tropopause of 85kts.

CT – Cloudy with some showers and strong NW wind. Doubtful any flying will happen today…

RB – WWB!

PV – It looks like it could turn out looking good with base around 5/6k however the strong winds will probably ground all flying. NW at 20kts…

Wilderness – A sweet start with light SSW winds up to 10kts by the looks of it with good flying just about everywhere. Sedge and Serp will work and probably most of the cliffs with light soaring by mid-day. Later on the wind trends a bit more SSE and drops after 14:00… The strong stuff remaining to the SW of us but with the 30kts out around Stillbaai it is worth keeping an eye out to sea! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing promise with climbs to 35/4k. Keurbooms remaining to easterly all day.

PE and PA with S to SE winds around 10-15kts.

Inland – Mostly strong westerly winds due to the frontal activity in the west. No rain expected and climbs to 12k from the Swartberg and northwards from there. Not the best day for flying out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:14 and setting at 19:39 (Day length 14 hours and 25 minutes – from here it looks like its down hill again towards winter ;). A sweet day expected with great beach weather all day long. A light onshore push at mid-day but quieting again for the evening. Low at 02:48, high at 09:19, low tide at 15:58, high tide at 22:02. Max temps for the Wilderness area another comfy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(18 December 2019) 

Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF after-flow affecting all of the WC with strong westerly winds and rain in many places. Low cloud and rain along the west coast for the morning but clearing by mid-day. Rain around CT and especially along the mountains for most of the day. This will spread to the GR by mid-day and into the afternoon. Winds SW along the south coast with some strong spots with 20-30kts west of the GR slightly less around the GR and further east. 30kts everywhere at 4/5k , 50kts from 10k and 110kts WNW at the Tropopause.

CT – Pretty cloudy and rainy with strong Westerly winds. Slight clearing during the day around the Peninsula but otherwise this looks like the pattern pretty much for the whole day.

RB – WWB!

PV – Low clouds and some rain this morning. It will lift with base well over the mountain tops but so then the wind picks up. A strong Westerly day expected here. Probably too strong to fly all day…

Wilderness – Strong wind out to sea so keep your eye on any of that stuff moving in. But a good chance of some flying to be had along the ocean cliffs with the SW winds. Looks like by mid-day some rain moving in. Probably a window of flying from 10 to mid-day I think but with some luck a bit more…

Plett – The bay showing signs of some wind protection with a southerly flow towards Keurbooms but very strong SW to the west of Robberg. This will erode later on and also some rain moving in. Not the best of days for flying…

PE and PA with SW winds 15-20kts and rain later on….

Inland – Its all westerly winds with some very strong spots especially North of the Swartberg ranges with 30kts expected in places. Rain moving in from the west spreading to Sutherland, Lainsburg and perhaps Prince Albert. Not really a flying day… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:14 and setting at 19:39 (Day length 14 hours and 25 minutes). A sweet morning again with a tad more SW wind. Get out early because by mid-day we expect some rain showers to move in from the SW. ;) Low at 01:35, high at 08:06, low tide at 14:34, high tide at 20:38. Max temps for the Wilderness area a comfy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(17 December 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF pushing hard into CT and the parts of the South coast while the IOH dominates in the east with strong Easterlies along the far eastern coastal regions. Inland a marked N to NW flow with some high temps around. A lot of pre-frontal conditions around. The CF is tightening up those pressure gradients so strong winds for the most part but for the GR. It doesn’t look like a good day for flying just about everywhere. 50kts from 10k upwards and 100kts NW over CT.

CT – Low clouds around with strong NW winds building all day. More low cloud moving in in the afternoon claggin in the mountain tops so be careful (for the hangies) if you fly – probably no flying today – maybe for the hangies perhaps…

RB – WWB!

PV – Looks like a blown out day with the NW winds here well over 15kts with some spots hitting 25… Climbs to 6k with strong NW winds all the way up there…

Wilderness – We are in the change area between the pushing CF and the strong Easterlies to the east. So relatively light winds expected here with a trend and change from the south to the west later on. Looks like Sedge will be very stable in the moring but as the change moves in the inversion will lift with some good lift and climbs steadily rising from ridge height to over 1000’ by 14:30/15:00. Just watch late afternoon for a strong spike of SW moving in and winds picking up to 15kts… It could make things exciting for Sedge! The coast looks too light for most of the day with a maybe ridable spike in the afternoon…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA with ENE winds 30kts all day….

Inland – Initially light N to NW winds but it will pickup soon with an increase from the west. Many spots going over 20kts – hot gusty stuff so not good for flying just about anything.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:13 and setting at 19:38 (Day length 14 hours and 25 minutes). A sweet morning and most day to spend time on the beach – low tide at mid-day with a light onshore and then a possible spike coming through from the WSW later in the afternoon. ;) Low at 00:35, high at 07:04, low tide at 13:19, high tide at 19:26. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 28 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(16 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A Trough shaping up along the west coast, the IOH dominating along the southern parts while another CF is heading towards the Cape. Mostly a blue day with no clouds, the boundary layer around 4/5k along the western parts, around 3/4k on the southern coastal plains with some spots more over the back into the inland mountains – Swartberg up to 10k. Winds are generally easterly in the east but west in the west. Some storng winds later today along the southern coastal area but sheltered for the most part around the Peninsula. The winds back gently with height trending NE, then N, NW with a West finish at the Ropopause at 40kts.

CT – Instability between 3-4k and W to SW winds during the day but later when the southerly comes through the lower inversion shapes up – around 15knts. Looks like the wind-shadow should also shape up then but lets see…

RB – Maybe a late afternoon soaring session could be on the cards today…

PV – Looking sweet with W to NW winds during the start at 5kts. Climbs 4/5k mostly. Nothing too strong near the mountain but that SW pushing though again later in the day – it looks like it will not get to the mountains with vengeance as usual but remain relatively lighter there but still – keep eyes open for later in the day.

Wilderness – A light S to SE start with almost every spot working. 3k climbs expected at Serps and Sedge early on. Mid-day to early afternoon the SE looks to be picking up again with a chance of it being blown out.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA with SE winds around 15kts.

Inland – Initially light NE winds but later on the SE will penetrate inland along the southern parts as far as the Swartberg ranges. – Around 15kts with a few spikes going more. Good thermals too if you can get into the air in some of the spot. A good moring for the propeller thingies.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:13 and setting at 19:37 (Day length 14 hours and 24 minutes). A sweet morning to spend time on the beach – low tide at mid-day but the wind picking up form then onwards. ;) High at 06:12, low tide at 12:17, high tide at 18:27. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(15 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Strong SW winds just about everywhere as the CF is pushed far into the interior today. Some good looking clouds in many places with base along the coastal plains in the 4-6k region and higher further inland. The south coast areas with over 20kts SW winds and the west coast slightly less. Further inland it is not as strong. 30kts from 10k with a SW direction holding at SW all the way to the Tropopause with a 60-90kts finish up there.

CT – SW winds with deep instability to 4/5k. Some clouds near the inversion with a slight chance of rain still around here but mos t of it will be to the eastern mountains (Hermanus etc) A late afternoon southerly push but it does seem to remian SW along LH areas. Possibly up to 15kts near the waters edge but around 10kts on the hill I think.

RB – Too much SW in it. ;)

PV – Looking excellent today with SW winds around 10kts all the way to base. Some sweet flat Q’s for most of the day but less in the afternoon and to the North. Some spots showing spikes to 15kts and possibly in the  far North around Klan and Klawer spikes to 20kts. The afternoon also sees a backing to the south so be careful then of flying close to the mountain. Strong but excellent conditions for the comp.

Wilderness – Along the whole GR today the winds are SW and very strong with a chance of some showers. Def no flying and only good for the hard-core kitesurfers too! ;) All the local sites are in the same boat.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – strong and some chance of rain on and off…

PE and PA with SW winds 30kts plus and rain.

Inland – SW winds as far as the WC goes. Clouds confined to just north of the Swartberg ranges where it looks to be at 9k base. Excellent flying however the winds are a tad strong for the most part.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:13 and setting at 19:37 (Day length 14 hours and 24 minutes). A very windy day with passing showers so probably not the best time to go to the beach. ;) High at 05:26, low tide at 11:26, high tide at 17:37, low tide at 23:47. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(14 Decemberr 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF moving in over the entire WC with strong winds, rain and even CB activity. A strong SAH pushing in hard behind it so not the best outlook for the next two days… ;) Winds are generally around 20kts WSW steadily increasing with 50kts at 10000’. This trend is across the whole WC except for the far eastern parts where the IOH is still pushing strong NE winds down the coast to EL. Base pretty high along the southern parts at Riversdal region with 5-6k along the mountains but of course the winds are over 20kts… 110kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks rainy and strong Westerlies all day here…

RB – WWB is out today! ;)

PV – Good direction but the strength is another story! 10-15kts with initial cloud below the tops then as base rises the wind picks up with a 20kts afternoon. If the hangies fly be careful of cloudsuck and getting stuck close to the mountain with all tat lift and no where to run kinda situation!

Wilderness – Maybe a shot at a flight early today at the CP dunes but it will pick-up more and be too strong. Later in the day it looks like a slight slackening in the wind but then the chances of rain increases. Be careful of the more southerly direction late afternoon and trapping you against the dune!  Still some CB activities over the back mountains and later in the day rain moving in from the ocean too… All the other sites are in the same boat.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but with more WSW winds.

PE and PA with verystrong SW winds 20-30kts and rain.

Inland – Strong westerly winds out there all the way even north of Sutherland. Rain all over and CB cells along the Swartberg line (more or less) It’s all strong frontal stuff and a day for staying indoors! (except for the Kite-surfers!) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:36 (Day length 14 hours and 24 minutes). Cloudy and windy day… Get out early for that low tide and before the strong winds and rain hit! J High at 04:44, low tide at 10:41, high tide at 16:53, low tide at 23:03. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(13 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A well developed inland trough in combination with the IOH dominating our WC weather today. Those CB cells moving much further south today with the activities on our southern mountains ranges from Grabouw extending easterly to KZN – it gets worse to the east. The coastal regions with strong Easterlies in the east but slightly less in the GR corner and picking up again around the Agulhas regions. It curls nicely around the Peninsula for a W to SW along the west coast. Coastal fog along the west in places with a few spots along the southern coasts. The boundary layer nice and high with 5/6 inland from the coast but 2 and less close to the shore. Further north it is once again high bases with 10-12 around the Swartberg and 14 at Middleburg and Sutherland. Winds are Westerly above the inversion with a 90 kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Some fog around which might just stop play but if it clears it looks good with SW winds along the promenade of SH and LH…

RB – It is too westerly today…

PV – Looking good here with westerly winds of 5kts going to WSW at 10 and climbs to 4/5k… Again those CB activity over the Cederbergs that could influence the local flow…

Wilderness – Much lighter today for our area but still some strong stuff out to sea with 25kts near Gerrickes point for the afternoon. Looks like some protection around the Wilderness corner with the strong stuff not quite making it here… :)) Early on the thermic sites of Sedge and Serps might offer something but it is nothing to write home about out there I think. Climbs to 2k on the cards. Watch late afternoon for CB out flow form the mountains that could influence things on the coast.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness and also those CB activities in the mountains that could move far enough south to have an effect. Even light rain on the cards…

PE and PA with Easterly winds 20-30kts and some precipitation possible …

Inland – Sweet light surface winds inland of the GR with south in the south, west in the west and east in the east. In the far north it more N to NW. ;) CB action in and around the convergence zones among other causes. Further inland high bases and exceptional soaring but for the OD/CB conditions.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:35 (Day length 14 hours and 23 minutes). Once again a partly cloudy day ahead but with the Wilderness corner  being the spot for less wind and a cool walk or time on the beach. Choose low tide for more fun! :) High at 04:06, low tide at 10:01, high tide at 16:12, low tide at 22:23. Max temps for the Wilderness area another warm 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(12 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! That IOH still dominating along the southern parts with the low and active trough lining up in an WSW to ENE direction in a ling from The Cederbergs to wards Middelburg with some active CB cells out there today. The coastal winds SE and once again pretty strong with some left over rain in the east near PE. Along the west and southern coastal parts a few low clouds but rising pretty rapidly as we move inland. The boundary layer around 4-6k near the first ranges and then up to 8 and 11k the mid areas with that Sutherland Escarpment and beyond showing base over 14k today. Good flying out there but for the OD conditions. The wind inland is fairly light on the surface and from 10k upwards goes decidedly westerly finishing with a WSW around the CT area at 70kts up by the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like a sweet day of flying with the storng SE winds confined to CP – curling around for a SW direction at LH area. Getting up to 10kts and later in the day  when the stronger SE comes through it looks like the wind-shadow kicks in with a sweet onshore flow at SH.

RB – Starting too westerly but in the afternoon it will start to back to the South enough for some flying to happen. Its just which will turn of first – the bumps or the wind! ;)

PV – Another SW day with 5kts in the moring and 10 in the afternoon. The wind goes more southerly at altitude and climbs expected to 5 perhaps 6k later on. Again those CB activity over the Cederbergs that could influence the local flow…

Wilderness – That pesky strong east wind once again sticking its nose out at us with strong wind on the cards with most places probably blown out as early as 10:30. Even the Map doesn’t look like it is escaping the strong stuff today…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with much more SE wind so it actually doesnt look like it will be flyable there at all today – even early! ;)

PE and PA with Easterly winds 20-30kts and rain with it clearing form the west…

Inland – Once again theres a southerly flow inland with a great start to the day – light in the moring and into the first part of the afternoon. Especially Swartbegr pass looking sweet until 14:00 with winds southerly at 10kts only and climbs to 11k possible. But after 14:30/15:00 that seabreeze kicks in with 20kts on the cards so be careful… CB action further inland with high bases and exceptional soaring but for the OD conditions.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:35 (Day length 14 hours and 23 minutes). Once again a partly cloudy day ahead but with much more wind for the Wilderness area. Get out early before high tide and that wind gets to you for a great beach day J High at 03:29, low tide at 09:23, high tide at 15:35, low tide at 21:47. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(11 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH still dominating but with some slackening of wind along the southern parts especially the GR area. There are odd low cloud/fog patches for the west and the southern coastal areas. Still a chance of CB activity inland with some as far south as Willowmore but in general it also looks less active inland for those big rain cells. Winds are mostly westerly but a few southerly variations especially in the southern parts but NE in the far eastern coastal areas. The wind is SW at the Tropopause at 90kts.

CT – Some SE at CP but a SW at the LH and SH areas. It looks like this remains until the afternoon where the southerly pushes hard enough for a sweet wind-shadow to shape up. At least according to RASP! ;)

RB – Looks like a play day for the afternoon on the cards… ;)

PV – A SW start at 5kts with climbs to 5k increasing to 10kts for the afternoon. The wind goes more southerly at altitude. Some CB activity over the Cederbergs that could influence the local flow…

Wilderness – That pesky strong east wind now slackening off with a SSW flow this morning. It is West at 1000’ but slowly the SE will creep in from around mid-day especially in the east around Gerrickes point. The Map looks to remain sheltered with light SE by late afternoon (Typical compression bubble by the looks of it) Serpentine looks sweet for the morning and it could be a day to fly from there to the Map. Sedgefiled looks very promising for the moring but a chance of the wind going east by mid-day. Probably some turbulence again due to the varying wind strengths around.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but more east wind. Uppies doable early on with climbs to 3500 but later down to 2500. The SE up and down during the day from the looks of it – up to 15kts maybe else around 10kts out there…

PE and PA with Easterly winds 20-30kts all day…

Inland – Southerly flow all the way up to near Sutherland where it veers to the west. All around 10-15kts and those CB activity in places from the Cederbergs to past Willowmore.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:34 (Day length 14 hours and 22 minutes). A partly cloudy day ahead with much less wind for the Wilderness area. Get out early before high tide for a great beach day J High at 02:55, low tide at 08:47, high tide at 14:59, low tide at 21:11. Max temps for the Wilderness area a comfy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(10 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The IOH still dominating with a strong easterly flow pattern along the southern parts. The CB activities more active and moving further to the SW side – Cederbergs and possibly to Touwsriver area. Sweet clouds in most places but for the CB and OD conditions inland in some spots. In general the boundary layer around 2-5k near the coast up to the coastal mountains. Above this the winds backs veers quickly to the west with a 30kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – The strong SE more confined to the south at CP with a softer curling around the Peninsula today bringing SW flow at SH and LH. It looks good all day – the usual southerly later in the day pushing thought that could affect things a bit.

RB – Maybe late afternoon stuff happening here…

PV – Looking good with Westerly winds around 5kts and climbs to 5/6k possibly. It does go a tad more SW later on up to 10kts. OD over the Cederbergs with a chance of CB activity there…

Wilderness – A sweet start with a slow increasing SE wind. Fly early again because by 12 it could be blown out.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA with SE winds pushing to 30kts today…

Inland – The mountains blocking that strong SE winds with light S to SE winds moving inland all the way to the Sutherland escarpment. Those CB activity all over inland with some as far south as Touwsriver – maybe even towards the Southern ranges with the upper air showing signs of midlevel instability. Not the best day to be flying…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:33 (Day length 14 hours and 22 minutes). A partly cloudy day ahead with strong SE winds increasing during the day. Get out early before high tide and the wind J High at 02:21, low tide at 08:11, high tide at 14:24 this morning, low tide at 20:38. Max temps for the Wilderness area a comfy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(9 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH propagating to the east taking over the IOH position with a ridge along the southern parts of the country. An active trough in the centre with CB activity I a line east west around the Sutherland escarpment. SE along the coast and another strong wind day. The boundary layer ranging from very stable in the coastal air to 4/6k along the first mountain ranges. Some clouds around in the morning but most will burn off during the day. Futher inland some good Q’s development but of course those OD and CB conditions in the far north. Winds in general SE to E but west to SW along the west coast and then NW north of Sutherland region. Some 25kts posts form mid-day onwards. From 12k it is all west winds and a NW 50kts at the Tropopause in the WC area except for the SW corner where its S 15kts over the CT area for a change!

CT – Once again the day will finish with very strong SE to S winds but initially mostly around CP area. It does look like the wind-shadow will be active for the morning but then the wind picks up quite a bit and might erode all of that away. One of the forecasts shows the inversion will lower to around 1500’ which could be favourable for the wind-shadow to remain – the wind however is reasonably storng all the way up to just over the mountain top height. Fingers crossed! (BTW I see RASP is out of action for a few days now…?)

RB – Looks like another good day I think with the wind coming through around mid-day. Perhaps strong finish at the end of the day?

PV – Looks amazing there today with westerly winds around 5-10kts initially and climbs to perhaps 7k. (Much more into the Cederbergs) The wind does pick-up to over 15kts in the afternoon so be careful of hanging out for too long…

Wilderness – Looks like a short window at Map for the morning with a good chance of it being blown out as early as 10. Maybe you could get lucky early at those coastal cliff sites too.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to just over 2k… but of course the wind not in our favour.

PE and PA with SE winds pushing over 20…

Inland – SE to east flow with a quick veering to the W and NW around the Sutherlnad escarpment area. Loads of CB activity out there today. Climbs over the Swartberg up to 9k with a light start of less than 5kts but at mid-day the winds quickly gather momentum to SSE at 15-20kts! Once again not the best day for being in the sky out there!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:32 (Day length 14 hours and 21 minutes). A sunny day but once again the winds very strong so do get out early before high tide and the wind J High at 01:46, low tide at 07:35, high tide at 13:49 this morning, low tide at 20:05, high at 23:26. Max temps for the Wilderness area a comfy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(8 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating with a tightening of the isobars along the southern and SW parts of the coast. Stronger SE winds on the cards today with a chance of some rain along the southern parts and also strong CB activity inland along the escarpment around the De Aar Middelburg line. Very strong SE winds around CT today. Lower cloud bases all over with 1500/2000’ range but at mid-day up to 4k along the back ranges. It does dry considerably north of the mountains with higher base and less clouds until we hit the CB activity on the convergence line between the inland trough and the IOH push. Winds quite strong with over 20kts in many spots inland and along the coast. It is SE but west from 10k upwards with a NW finish of 80-100kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Very strong SE up to 30kts with no real inversion – base at 3-4k. It does not look like a strong wind-shadow will form today…

RB – Looks like a good day – get out early before the bumps start! ;)

PV – Very southerly in the wind direction today with a SW start but it backs to south near the mountain tops so be careful of flying close to that hill! It goes south later in the day at 15kts. Expecting climbs to 5k…

Wilderness – Cloudy start with a few spots of rain and SE winds. The direction is still very southerly so most of those ocean cliffs could work this morning. Map will offer something during the morning but I expect it to get blown out before lunch probably.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a chance of rain and those winds in the 15kts region and more at times. Uppies showing 1okts this morning with base at 2500 – it might go a tad higher… Probably OD conditions.

PE and PA with SE winds pushing to 25kts later in the day…

Inland – SE flow all the way to past Sutherland where it veers to finish WNW. CB activity in a line from De Aar to the east intensifying. Strong winds with over 25kts at times. Not the best day for being in the sky out there!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:32 (Day length 14 hours and 20 minutes). A cloudy day ahead with strong SE winds increasing during the day – later a better chance of rain. Get out early before high tide and the wind J High at 01:09, low tide at 06:57, high tide at 13:14 this morning, low tide at 19:31, high at 23:26. Max temps for the Wilderness area a comfy 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(7 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating our weather with a SSE flow onto the entire WC areas. There’s a heat low in the central parts again with the classic fantastical soaring weather SA is known for. (Any of you notice those sweet looking Q’s inland from the GR yesterday!?) The GR areas with some Q’s around the 3500’ level with good thermic conditions, it rises slightly near the mountains and behind going up to 5/6k. There’s a chance of some CB activity inland in the east (Middelburg area) for the afternoon. The winds are all SSE but then Westerly further north from the Sutherland Escarpment. Surface winds picking up inland to over 20kts in places but fairly light with height with 5-10kts around 5k but from 10k it is all westerly with a 60kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – The SE surface winds are around with over 20kts on the cards but a strong inversion present with lighter winds above setting the stage for the wind-shadow to hang in place. Looking promising all day long.

RB – Looks like a fun (bumpy!) day here today…

PV – Aaahh.. sweet PV – wth 5kts WSW winds and climbs to around 5k on the cards. It will go more SSW later in the day with 10kts or just over at times.

Wilderness – A sweet day ahead of us with just about every spot working at some stage today. There’s a very slight chance of some precipitation but getting less as the day progresses. I think for the XC guys Sedge should be a great springboard to head towards Wilderness today with base over 3500’ – getting away from as early as 10 this morning. The wind looks like it will be holding SSE until just after lunchtime before it could get a bit strong and cross. Gerrickes a big day expected here… Buffs too… All the spots along the Wilderness ocean cliffs – even PR. Serps looking excellent for a sweet XC to Map and then Map also on but perhaps not as strong as expected here today.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with that a sweet SSE winds and 3500 climbs at Uppies. A slightly increased chance here for light rain else, it seems to be good for most of the day though the wind does pick up a tad later on.

PE and PA with light SSE winds all day… Less than 10kts by the looks of things.

Inland – Again a sweet day with initially light SSE winds, picking up at mid-day with 20kts plus at times in a few spots. CB’s at the Middelburg and east form there. Westerly winds north of Sutherland. Still a few excellent looking Q’s shaping up into the little Karoo later in the day. Some over 15k!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:31 (Day length 14 hours and 20 minutes). A partly cloudy day ahead with light breeze from the SSE. Late afternoon would be good for the beach with the low tide. J High at 00:25, low tide at 06:13, high tide at 12:34 this morning, low tide at 18:55, high at 23:26. Max temps for the Wilderness area a comfy 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(6 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Some weak systems around but for the inland trough which is producing some superb conditions inland – just North of the Swartberg ranges – 14500’ Bases with sweet westerly winds 10-15kts. Late afternoon sees the Sea-breeze roaring through at 25kts from the SSW though… For the coastal areas the SAH active in the west with a SW flow and the IOH in the east with a NE flow. The GR area having a coastal low to the south with a light SW flow pattern for the day. In general the boundary layer around the coastal areas low at 1000’ with weak climbs but near the mountains it perks up to 4/5k. At 5k the wind is SW at 15kts and West at the Tropopause at 40kts.

CT – A sunny clear start with light NW winds which will back to the SW after mid-day. Some local surface acceleration at SH and LH along the coast but as the South pushes the wind-shadow should shape up for a sweet finish to the day. Light winds higher up with the inversion around 1.5/2k.

RB – Mostly the wrong direction but a small chance of the southerly coming through later in the day…

PV – A sweet day I think with Westerly winds and a SW later in the day. Climbs to 4/5k on the cards. Nothing too strong with perhaps just above 10kts in a few spots.

Wilderness – The coastal low helping and blocking at the same time. Light winds during the morning but it does look like a sweet sea-breeze spike around mid-day for some switched on flying at Sedgefield. The temp profile indicating light lift so with the convergence it might just be very sweet at Sedge and Serps… Winds are SW with a more westerly trend later in the dday. Perhaps just over 10kts by the looks of things. The coast looks light and frustrating today…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but Uppies showing climbs to 3500’.

PE with SW winds up to 15kts or so and PA with strong NE winds at 20kts. Early evening the SW will reach PA also.

Inland – SW winds in the southern parts but Westerly further inland. Amazing looking sky on the cards with Q’s over 14k and epic flying conditions out there. All this action will help squeeze in  a strong seabreeze mid afternoon and later – 25kts in many spots of SSW winds.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:30 (Day length 14 hours and 19 minutes). A sweet warm day with some SE wind on the cards. Early is better for a day at the beach. J Low tide at 05:18, high tide at 11:47, low tide at 18:14. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 26 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(5 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! After a sweet day at Map yesterday today is so very different. The IOH dominating with NE winds shaping up East along the southern coastal area and Northerly inland. The west coast dictated by the trough line running north/south along the western side of the WC. Much more subsidence with more stable conditions along the southern coastal regions. The boundary layer around 2-3k AGL along the southern ranges (less near the coast) rising to 10k with the northerly flow behind the coastal mountain ranges. No clouds by the looks of it with the Northerly flow hanging around all the way up to 15k where it goes more NW. NW 90kts over Graafies but 20kts over CT at the Tropopause.

CT – a light wind start but going more SSW surface winds at mid-day picking up to 20kts later. But the wind goes more NW from 1k upwards which can change things a lot. Tricky day to call but it does seem like no wind-shadow but enough NW in the flow to allow flying to happen for the most part of the day.

RB – Looks like too much west in it for the moring but the Southerly coming through here later in the afternoon.

PV – A NE start but at some time during the day it does seem to come up the slope with a SSW finish at the end of the day… ;) If you do get off climbs to 6k possible by the looks of it.

Wilderness – The coastal inland sites very stable today with poor climbs to 1000’ perhaps. On the platau near the mountains it might go to 2k AGL. Winds are easterly with a tad of SE in it from around 10/11. There’s a storng NE flow to the east of us so maybe some of that might spill up to the Wilderness coastline for a more onshore flow. Some spots at 20kts so some waves of that possible at Map though I think it would probably be one of those on off days - either way a tricky day.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with that eatsrly flow – some storng stuff out here with more than 20kts on the cards. Further to the east it is up to 30kts…. Uppies with climbs to 1k above but those pesky easterly flow probably not the best for here…

PE and PA with very storng E to NE winds… 30kts plus at times..

Inland – It is all Northerly winds – nothing strong with less than 10kts in most places. DuToits looks very good for today if there are those who want to do a road trip out there… Climbs over the Swartberg around 8k. 12k at the Sutherland Escarpment with NW winds.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:29 (Day length 14 hours and 18 minutes). A sweet warm day with some SE wind on the cards. Early is better for a day at the beach. J Low tide at 04:05, high tide at 10:44 this morning, low tide at 17:21, high at 23:26. Max temps for the Wilderness area a warm 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(4 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH ridging in along the southern coastal regions sweeping in with an easterly component along the whole WC today. Windy along the SW corner from Agulhas to CP with the summery SE winds. Slightly more moderated further east. Some good looking Q’s in the eastern parts of the GR. Base around 3500/4500. For the remainder the boundary layer at 5/6k along most of the west coast but looks like PV near to 7/8k with the east winds out there. It remains easterly all the way to above 10k where it veers to the SW but further inland the wind is NW at the Tropopause at 110kts. (Ct is SW at 30kts).

CT – Strong SE winds all day with little prospect of the wind-shadow shaping up. It is 20kts all the way to 4/5k backing o the east up there.

RB – I is looking good for the easterly side of the hill I think…

PV – Too much east in I but well worth a visit to Picketberg today. Some mega climbs possible here I think with a chance to hit that 8k mark…

Wilderness – A light SE start with some cloud around. The cloud will burn away as the wind picks up. Probably every spot will be flyable this morning at some stage from Buffs to Gerrickes PR and CP with the Map also putting in a good innings. Looks like it will be blown out in the mid to late afternoon. Very thermic with some excellent soaring for the XC boys – start early before the wind gets too strong but there should be some good Q’s, especially to the east with moderate SSE winds to carry you along for some distance.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies being the XC bet – climbs to 4500 with Q’s around to help show the way. Its about time someone gets to the Wilderness area from there!

PE and PA with a more southerly direction and just into the lower teens in knots. Not a bad day out here either…

Inland – The east wind up to 20kts in places all the way inland to past DeAar region. Climbs to the south of this in the 8-10k range and Q’s further south near the Swartberg ranges. Nothing too exciting! Freezing level back up at 13k..

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:28 (Day length 14 hours and 17 minutes). A slightly warmer day with a SE wind on the cards. Get out early before the wind gets too strong for a day at the beach. J Low tide at 02:40, high tide at 09:27 this morning, low tide at 16:07, high at 22:03. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(3 December 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Yesterday a up and down day for the GR pilots – some into the sweet stuff and others getting the more rowdy stuff! Today the CF is here with strong support from the SAH pushing in those cool SW winds onto the entire WC. Some very strong convergence and CB activity in the extreme inland NW parts with loads of rain (hopefully some relief to the draught stricken areas!) Closer to home the winds are mostly in the 20kts region so a tough task master for flying. The boundary layer around the 2-3k close to the coast but 4-5k along the mountains and a tad more further inland. Winds go westerly from 7k up and finishes with a 115kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – A windy and deep SE wind today with little prospect of a usable wind-shadow to form. 30kts at times.

RB – Good early morning action here but I expect it to get too strong by late morning already.

PV – Too much east in the wind form the looks of things so it might be worth a look at Pickertberg though the strength might be risky…

Wilderness – A strong start with 20kts SW winds small chance of some rain in the morning. My sources show not much relenting in the wind strength but for a short period late-late in the day from after 16:00/17:00… Else it seems to be on that 15kts borderline most of the time. Stronger stuff further out to probably not much flying today. PS: Don’t even think about Sedge or Serps! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with slight chance of Keurbbooms offering something after 17:00… Uppies hhhhmmmm… Say no more!

PE and PA with strong SW winds all day of 30kts at times.

Inland – The Southerlies pushing up far inland to way past Sutherland all the way into Namibia. Very unstable with strong lift and climbs to around 10k out there. The Q’s seem to stop near the Swartberg ranges but that strong frontal convergence line in the far NW with loads of rain and C activity... Freezing level down to 10000’.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:27 (Day length 14 hours and 16 minutes). A windy winters morning with a chance of some showers and strong SW winds almost all day long. Expect very late in the afternoon a slight drop in the winds with a sunset walk on the beach a winner! ;) Low tide at 01:30, high tide at 08:13 this morning, low tide at 14:37, high at 20:33. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 16 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 




(2 December 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A sweet day at Map yesterday with everyone having a ball – including David on his U2 who enjoyed a solitary flight landing after 5 only after a few runs to Vicbay and back. Today there’s a CF push from the West with change underfoot. The IOH still dominating in the east with storng NE winds along the coast but to the west a WSW strong pulse moving up the southern coastal regions reaching Wilderness area from around 14:00 to 16:00. Winds are generally Westerly and fairly breezy but a lighter Southerly push along the GR early on. There’s more stable conditions near the coast today with climbs around 1k but rising quickly further inland. The boundary layer at 3-4k AGL up to the first ranges but more beyond those. It is 100kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – Breezy Westerlies all day. Instability to around 3/4k. Should be a good day if it doesn’t get a tad strong later on.

RB – WWB!

PV – Looking sweet with a WNW start at 5kts gently veering to the WSW later in the day. Might even be some thin Q’s at 5k near mid-day. A nice day to fly to Saron and then back as far as you can! ;)

Wilderness – A seemingly stable start as things build for that Westerly pulse to move in. Probably frustrating flying before with the coast being too light. Sedge the best bet – initially a sweet S to SW wind but later going more west and becoming a bit strong. Keep an eye out for that building wind from the West. Looks like it will be a tad too westerly when it arrives…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with the westerly kicking in around 14:00. Keurbooms perhaps offering something just before it gets too west and strong…

PE and PA with strong NE winds of 20kts plus but then late afternoon sees a drop as the wind changes near PE preparing for the SW switch around 18:00.

Inland – Strong NW winds in most places with 30kts around Colesberg. Backing more SW in the south. Winds will build into the afternoon as the front approaches. A chance of CB activity along the centre from the active trough line all the way to Graafies late afternoon. Big skies to the North with base at 14k and even some 12k Q’s around the Swartberg ranges earlier on. Freezing level up to 13500’.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:11 and setting at 19:27 (Day length 14 hours and 15 minutes). A perfect morning with light wind but late afternoon sees a strong spike in the wind from the WSW but that midday low tide walk on the beach still great). Low tide at 00:39, high tide at 07:14 this morning, low tide at 13:22, high at 19:25. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(1 December 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH shaping up for today and a trough down the eastern centre of the country. Still the unstable left-overs form the passing CF over the entire WC so some good flying to be had if you are on it. ;) A General SE trend along the southern coastal areas up to the inversion – it gets lighter with height and then veers to the W. The boundary layer pretty high in most places with 6k along the southern ranges and more further inland. Some good Q’s around the southern areas but blue along the west coast. The wind is West at the Tropopause at 70kts.

CT – All the signs are there for a wind-shadow day with the SE winds around. Inversion around 1500/2k and less winds above that. Picking up to 15-20ks in the late afternoon with some spots along the west coast peaking at 30kts.

RB – Could be a nice day out here. Very unstable and possibly a time to go somewhere?

PV – Another sweet day with a W start at 5kts and climbs to 6k on the cards. Later I goes more SW with 15kts peaks at times.

Wilderness – A strong SE day on the cards with chances that it will be blown out everywhere by midday. So get going to all those cool SE spots - Buffs, Gerrickes, CP early if you can. Sedge showing up 4k earl on but by 10/11 I could be too strong easterly here…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a bit more in the SE strength department. Uppies showing climbs to 4k but 15kts on the surface…

PE and PA with 20kts plus SE winds all day!

Inland – A SE to Southerly flow in the south that penetrates all the way to the Sutherland Escarpment where it does an abrupt turn to the west. Around 10-15kts most places but very strong NW I the far NW areas – high bases here too but a slight chance of some CB activity in that southern trough areas… Freezing level down to 12.5k over the Swartberg ranges…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:26 (Day length 14 hours and 14 minutes). A perfect partly cloudy morning with the wind starting to pick-up mid-day with a breezy SE finish in the afternoon. (Mid-day low tide still great for walks on the beach). High tide at 06:26 this morning, low tide at 12:27, high at 18:35. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(30 November 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF spread all over the WC this morning with some partly cloudy conditions and a few spots of rain around mainly along the coastal regions (both up on the west and southern coastal stretches.) The air is cool sweet and very unstable with some good flying all over. The boundary layer around 3-6k AGL with some good looking Q’s, especially around the southern parts and into the little Karoo. Wind is SW in general remaining SW and from 6k AGL it veers to the NW from 10k up with a 100kts finish at the Tropopause!

CT – Looks like deep instability up to 6k here with SW winds around 10kts. A slight increase in the late afternoon to 15kts SSW with lowering of the cloud to 4k. It could be a record kind of day to fly from Bains to past Klawer and beyond…

RB – Wrong direction here all day…

PV – A very sweet day with a WSW start at 5-10kts and perhaps some Q’s at 5k in the morning. This should dissipate later on with climbs up to 6k and a slight more southerly in the wind SSW at 10-15kts.

Wilderness – Looks like another good day of flying here provided the rain stays away. Even if there is a bit of rain once it clears the flying should be really good. A lower base but still some good thermals around. Winds are expected to be SW with a short spell of strong winds around midday (15kts or so) but then later on a sweet calming with great flying along all the coastal cliffs and even Sedge might be doable though it could be a tad strong here still…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a bit more in the SW strength department. Uppies showing climbs to 3.5k but 15kts SW out there… Perhaps a tad too much west in it for Keurbooms to be sweet…

PE and PA with those 20kts plus SW winds all day!

Inland – A SW flow which will trend more westerly further North. Strength around mid-teens in knots but over 25kts NW around the Middelburg area (along the front edge it seems.) Still some super awesome stuff to the far North with climbs over 15k. A chance of some CB activity along this NW/SE line. Freezing level down to 13k in the southern areas…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:25 (Day length 14 hours and 13 minutes). Breezy until after lunch but late afternoon sees a drop in the wind. The SW winds bringing some showers this morning. Partly cloudy all day. (Mid-day low tide is great for walks on the beach). High tide at 05:44 this morning, low tide at 11:42, high at 17:53 and low at 23:58. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(29 november 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The CF approaching CT with the promise of some light rain on the southern parts by the weekend – else not having too much effect on our weather at this stage. But a change in wind direction with W to SW winds on the west and southern coastal regions. A few spots of low cloud along the western parts which mostly should dissipate during the day. The boundary layer between 2k near the coast to 4k AGL near the first mountain range – progressively getting higher further inland. The strong inland heat lows starting to weaken in the SW parts but it’s still very active in the further NW regions. Some CB activity around GR at midday. Base is still really high out there with spat at 16 and even 18k to the NW. Winds are stronger with 30-40kts from 6k upwards and a 100kts NW finish over CT at the Tropopause.

CT – If the coastal fog.low cloud dissipates it should be affine day for flying around S and LH. Winds look to be generally westerly all day long with up to 15ks in places.

RB – Wrong direction here all day…

PV – A very sweet day with westerly winds ll day around 5-10kts. Late afternoon sees a tad more SW with possibly the odd spot at 15kts. Climbs later in the day close to 6k…

Wilderness – A breezy morning with a SW start with all the ocean cliffs soarable. From around mid-day it will drop and become much lighter (10kts and less) with light scratchy coastal stuff on the cards. Sedgefield should get doable in the late afternoon with climbs indicate to 1800’.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a longer lingering SW winds. Keurbooms looking very sweet from after 14:00 onwards. Uppies remaining breezy SW with around 15kts and climbs to 3k.

PE and PA with those 25kts plus SW winds all day!

Inland – Much stronger winds around with NW northwards of the Sutherland escarpment and southerly to the south from there. Some spots going over 30kts especially on the Sutherland escarpment. Big skies out there but it seems to be a bit of a strong day for PG and HG. Graaf-Reinet showing some CB activity at mid-day. Freezing level down a bit from the looks of it to 14/15k in most places today…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:24 (Day length 14 hours and 12 minutes). Breezy in the morning but slightly less in the afternoon – from the SW – with partly cloudy conditions all day long. (Mid-day low is great for walks on the beach). High tide at 06:26 this morning, low tide at 12:27, high at 18:35. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(28 Novemeber 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH nowhere today with a CF approaching CT with a serious deep inland trough (very active heat low) with the IOH pushing in some low level easterlies along the southern coastal areas. All the action should be deep inland with over 40degrees C in places and extremely high cloud bases – over 18k! Some record flights possible today out there… Closer to home the coastal regions are still under the cooler ocean air with a shallow layer for us to play in – mostly climbs to 1000’ or so before we enter the very strong inversion with hot westerly winds above. Some lift along the mountains with a few post pocking their heads above the inversion with climbs going higher. Winds are SE along the southern parts and SW along the west coast. Above that from about 2000’ it is westerly to NW all the way to the Tropopause with a 40kts finish up there.

CT – A good day ahead with west to SW winds until late afternoon when a shallow southerly comes through, It looks like it should remain SW along the SH and LH shore front. The inversion rising to about 2k here…

RB – Looks too west to me until late afternoon when it could get flyable…

PV – A sweet day from the looks of it with a W start and a SW finish rangin from 5kts early on and 10kts with a few spots perhaps a bit stronger later in the day. Climbs to 4k expected.

Wilderness – A breezy east at the moment but this should moderate a bit with a SE trend along the coast. It will get sweetly flyable at Map and all the other spots that can handle a SE – Buff and Gerrickes and even the CP. Small chance of it getting blown out later but I doubt it. At 2000’ the wind goes SW and West around 10kts.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with that somewhat more breezy SE and the strong inversion at 1800’ or so.

PE and PA with even stronger easterlies up to 30kts!

Inland – Those super adiabatic conditions starting from the Swartberg/Willowmore region already and improving as you move northwards. Strong climbs expected of more than 1000’/min and a few spots with cloud over 18k. Surface wins are NW reaching over 20kts in places, remaining NW all the way up around 20kts. Freezing level still up at 15/16k in most places today…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:23 (Day length 14 hours and 11 minutes). Once again looks like a sunny day with more SE coastal winds increasing as day goes on. High tide at 03:26 this morning, low tide at 10:23, high at 16:36, low at 22:45. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 24 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(27 November 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating in combination with an inland wide spread trough. The SAH weakening as a strong CF is pushing up from the SW. Some excellent flying far inland along the Sutherland escarpment and eastwards (base here at 14k) The boundary layer getting less and lower the further south we move closer to the SAH maritime influence. Surface winds in general southerly with a few variations to the SW and SE here and there. The wind goes West above 5k and then finishes with a 45kt SW at the Tropopause.

CT – A typical summers day with a strong surface SE wind and a strong inversion at less than 1000’. Winds are lighter above the inversion so a good wind-shadow day on the cards.

RB – Seems like you could go play here from early already…

PV – A poor day here with low inversion and very southerly winds… All day.

Wilderness – The south coast areas are looking better than yesterday’s stability with a shallow unstable layer along the coastline - some low level stratocu's around this moring. Once again Sedgefield the best bet with climbs initially to 1500’ and then a bit less later on. Winds along the coast starting off with a light SW and then at mid-day going more southerly. Light again along the coast with the ocean cliffs teasingly up and down.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with climbs to 3k and then 2.5k on the cards.

PE and PA with again 10kts SW winds.

Inland – Light winds again in the morning and good flying for propeller thingies but then it will get thermic and good for non-propeller thingies. Southerly in the south but veering to the SW and then W further north we go. By late afternoon it will be south all the way up to the Sutherland escarpment. Climbs over the bigger mountains to 6/7k but more at the Sutherland escarpment with 14k on the cards here. Freezing level up at 15/16k in most places today…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:12 and setting at 19:22 (Day length 14 hours and 10 minutes). Once again looks like a sunny day with very light coastal winds all day long. High tide at 03:47 this morning, low tide at 9:45, high at 15:58, low at 22:10. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(27 November 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH and IOH domainting either side of the country – a bit of a col area in-between inland with lighter westerlies on the cards. Some more subsidence along the coast with more inverted conditions – climbs not as high or good as the previous days. Looks like a blue day – no clouds expected. Winds in general are Southerly along the southern and western areas but it goes more WSW inland. Still good flying far inland with 12/13k climbs but much more tempered along the coast. It is 20-30kts West at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like the inversion is back around 1-1.5k. Winds are light at 5-10kts but probably that usual shore line SW acceleration present. Could get to 20kts just offshore…

RB – Seems like you could go play here late afternoon…

PV – 5kts WSW but trending to the SW at 10kts later in the day. 4/5k climbs.

Wilderness – Looks like a light southerly today. More stable along the coastal inland sites with Sedge showing perhaps 1500’ at the best time but otherwise less than 1000’. Sedge probably the best bet with a southerly here for most of the day. Map offering some foefies perhaps and the coastal cliffs teasingly on abd off for those willing to hang around and wait.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms looking up at mid-day with 2k climbs on the cards.

PE and PA with 10kts S to SW winds.

Inland – Light winds in the morning and good flying for propeller thingies. Winds are all SW with some spots going to just above 10kts. Climbs over the bigger mountains to 6/7k but more at the Sutherland escarpment with 12/13k on the cards here. Freezing level up at 15k in most places today…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:13 and setting at 19:21 (Day length 14 hours and 8 minutes). Looks like a sunny day with very light coastal winds all day long. High tide at 03:08 this morning, low tide at 9:06, high at 15:19, low at 21:33. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(26 November 2019) Good morning
you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating with a ridge extending to the east over the WC. Loads of high level cirrus clouds around today with some thermal dampening. Its still unstable with the boundary layer between 3-4k AGL along the coastal plains, 1-2k near the coast and 4-6k AGL further inland. Some fog patches along the west coast this morning. Winds in general westerly around 10-15kts with some southerly variations in places. It increases fairly uniformly to 10k with 30kts up there and finishes with 50kts at the Tropopause.

CT – If the low-cloud dissipate it should be a fine day with WSW winds around 10-15kts at times. There’s some low cloud to the south that mght move in a bit later at 2500’ or so.

RB – Another too much west day…

PV – Looking sweet with a 5kts WSW start and climbs to 4/5k from 11 onwards with a 10kts SW finish to the day. The Cederbergs higher again with up to 8k.

Wilderness – A slightly more tricky day with strong SW winds out to sea but it does not make it to shore (apparently). Its strong just above us with a westerly trend. The coastline being a bit frustrating during the day with odd times of switching on and off from the looks of things. Initialy southerly but then more SW laterr and even WSW late afternoon. Sedge stable in the morning but then it looks like it will switch on again with a bang. Strong stuff there – doable for the hard-core guys I think. Climbs to 1500’ at 13:00. But maybe this prediction is all wrong! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms looking up at mid-day. It is inbetween the light wind over the bay and the strong stuff to the west. Uppies showing big climbs to 4k but the wind seems to be breezy with 15kts…

PE and PA with waves of very strong SW of 25kts plus at times.

Inland – A fine start with light winds and good flying for propeller thingies. Winds are all westerly with a slight SW component in places. Climbs over thebigger mountains to 8k but more at the Sutherland escarpment with some good clouds in that area – about 13k ASL. Freezing level between 12500ft and 14k further North.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:13 and setting at 19:20 (Day length 14 hours and 7 minutes). Looks like a partly cloudy day – high cirrus – with light coastal winds all day long. High tide at 02:27 this morning, low tide at 8:25 this morning, high at 14:39, low at 20:55. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(25 November 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating with a sweet push of the unstable air behind the passing CF. Winds are general W to SW everywhere with the boundary layer between 3-4k AGL along the coastal plains but rising sweetly in the second mountain ranges with climbs to 7/8k on the cards. Most of the southern areas with sweet Q’s by mid-day. A few spots with some OD conditions possible. Winds go NW at the Sutherland escarpment with climbs to 13/14k out there. Winds are W at the Tropopause at 80kts.

CT – Looks like a great day out here with W trend all day and base initially around TM top height. Strength perhaps in the mid-teens.

RB – Too much west in it today…

PV – Another good day on the cards here with initial WSW winds going SW up to 10kts in the late afternoon. Climbs to around 5k but more over the back into the Cederbergs.

Wilderness – Looks like a repeat of yesterday – sweet flying just about everywhere. 2.5k climbs at Sedge with 3.5 over the back. Ocean coastal cliffs possibly doable but Sedge the sure bet.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness and again Keurbooms looking good at mid-day. Uppies with climbs to around 3.5k today. Mostly around 10kts but touching 15 at times.

PE and PA with around 20 knots of SW winds.

Inland – Again those S to SW winds which will veer to the W and then NW at Sutherland Escarpment. Another sweet day of flying out there with some strong climbs and good gains. The Swartberg showing up to 10k climbs with some Q’s. Freezing level at 12500ft.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:13 and setting at 19:19 (Day length 14 hours and 6 minutes). Looks like a partly cloudy day with light coastal winds all day long. High tide at 01:44 this morning, low tide at 7:42 this morning, high at 13:56, low at 20:15. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(23 November 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another epic day of flying on the GR with Map offering everyone some sweet soaring – including the hang-gliders. It was such a special feeling to be up there alone in the paraglider surrounded by no less than 5 hang gliders at one time. :)) Today A CF right on CT doorstep with NW winds and some low cloud starting to push through. Not much rain expected from this one as it is fairly weak and shallow. ASW flow pattern along the southern coastal regions and NW along the west coast. Still some sweet instability around with the boundary layer at the 3-4k AGL level in most coastal regions. Further inland it gets better with the Cederbergs and Swartberg showing 7-9k climbs. Some CB activity midday in the far inland eastern parts. Winds are generally light at 10kts but CT nearer to 20. It remains westerly with height increasing to 90kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Some cloud around with the pushing CF and winds around 15kt but 20 at TM top so it might get a tad strong. The cloud will thicken and base lower into the mid to late afternoon with a chance of some light precipitation. Probably a hangie day but try to fly early.

RB – Too much west in it today…

PV – An amazing day on the cards for PV with climbs up to 6k and some cloud moving in with base at 5 later in the afternoon. Winds ae westerly 5kts but later a tad more SW 10-15ks in spots.

Wilderness – A SW start with the coastal cliffs maybe doable if it is strong enough. Otherwise it is a Sedge day with around 10kts all day long SW and a slight south in it later in the day. Looks like some Q’s around with climbs around 2k possible for most part. Could be fun going XC but base looks a tad low near the coast. ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 3.5k today. Keurbooms showing a window just after midday of epic conditions I think – starting strong but moderating to sweetness soon…

PE and PA with mid-teens in knots of SW winds. Light rain possible further east along the coast.

Inland – Southerly winds with a gradual veering to the west the further north we go. It looks like a sweet day of flying out there with some strong climbs and good gains. Sutherland to Middelburg escarpment showing 13k with a few Q’s. Freezing level at 13k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:14 and setting at 19:18 (Day length 14 hours and 5 minutes). Looks like a partly cloudy day with light coastal winds all day long. High tide at 00:55 this morning, low tide at 6:54 this morning, high at 13:10, low at 19:32. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))


(22 Novemeber 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! What an epic day yesterday with sweet flying along the GR. But the day belongs to Patrice who flew an amazing 316km from Sutherland’s Ouberg Pass to just west of Richmond. Its a new site record - Welldone Patrice! :)) Today slightly less of a SAH push but a weak ridge along the southern coastal areas ushering in the light SSE winds. There’s also a CF approaching CT from the west. Less instability around on the coast but along the first ranges its still pretty good with climbs to 5k expected. Similar along the west coast areas with a SW flow up there. Further inland the good stuff that Patrice flew in still hanging around along the Sutherland escarpment with base at 14k and WNW winds of 20kts. Closer to home along the coastal areas the wind goes NW above the inversion and gradually picks up all the way to the Tropopause for a WNW finish at 80kts.

CT – There’s a conflicting forecast with one saying West winds and it looking pretty good and the other having more SSW in it with those strong SW flow along the shorefront. To me looks like a sweet day of flying. Inversion around 2k. Later more of a Southerly moving in but it is light and probably wont push onto SH…

RB – Too much west in it today…

PV – A sweet start with westerly winds around 5kts and climbs to 4k. Later it will go more SW with 15kts peaks.

Wilderness – A SSE wind direction with over 15kts at the end of the day near Gerrickes point. Probably less in the Wilderness corner but a late afternoon good finish on the cards. Sedge showing some climbs to 1200’ late morning which should last into the early afternoon pending on when the east starts too over power conditions. Most of the ocean cliffs will work at some point today and keep a good look at Gerrickes point for a benchup from the car Park. Will be epic up there today.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 3k today.

PE and PA SE winds up to mid teens.

Inland – Light winds this morning with a east trend in the east and west in the west. Further north it is NW (the big air stuff!) Some climbs along the Swartberg to 8k on the cards. Blue day with no clouds except in the far north. Freezing level at 14k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:14 and setting at 19:16 (Day length 17 hours and 3 minutes). Looks like a beautiful light wind day with good sunshine all day long. Low tide at 5:58 this morning, high at 12:17, low at 18:44. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(21 November 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating with a southerly push along the west coast areas and more SW along the southern coastal regions. A fairly light day with some sweet thermals – the boundary layer along the coastal plains around 3k AGL. The mountains offering a bit higher with up to 5/6k in places. The secondary ranges with climbs over 6k possible. A sweet trough inland along the Sutherland Escarpment with climbs to 14k and some good looking clouds to boot to! No CB activity except in the far NW sections. The winds are SW but above the inversion it trends WNW with a 80kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – The moring starting with a 2k inversion and SSW winds. This willback a tad towards the SE which will cause the wind-shadow to shape up nicely. Before that happens expect a SSW component alng the Sea-point shorefront up to 20kts at times. Looks like a late afternoon being better kind of day with a lowering inversion and the winds going more SE.

RB – Again a light start with around mid-day the wind coming through. Perhaps a tad west in it today…

PV – Another sweet morning with light westerly winds and climbs to 4k. The wind will go SW at 10kts with a more southerly late afternoon finish.

Wilderness – Today looks like a good day with light SW winds. Up to 10kts at times. The ocean coastal cliffs probably being soarable mid-morning but this will drop to scratchy light lift by mid-day. Sedge and Serps are the optimum spots today with climbs to 1500/2000’ on the cards. Perhaps the early bird who times it well can get more out of it and get onto the coastal plains. The winds are west above 5k.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 3.5k. I think Keurbooms looks very sweet today for most of the afternoon. West at the inversion.

PE and PA into the mid teens SW winds all day.

Inland – A beautiful light SW wind start. The wind goes WNW at the Sutherland escarpment. Some good flying far inland with the climbs out there at 14k. The Swartbergs showing up to 8k with west winds up there. Freezing level at 13k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:15 and setting at 19:16 (Day length 14 hours and 2 minutes). Looks like a light wind day with good sunshine all day long. Low tide at 4:48 this morning, high at 11:12 this morning, low at 17:46 and high again at 23:55. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(20 November 2019) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Two amazing days of flying along the Wilderness ocean cliffs has spoilt everyone. What will today brin!? ;) The SAH has shifted more to the north and has formed a ridge along the southern parts. Winds along the south coast and west coast areas lighter and more southerly in direction. There’s a surface low inland with a large area of CB activity for most of the inland regions north of DeAar and Colesburg areas. Along the coastal plains the boundary layer around 3-4k AGL in most places. Above the inversion the wind backs to the NW. It should be a blue day with few clouds with some nice flying to be had. The wind remains NW all the way to the Tropopause with a 50kts finish over CT but 100kts over Wilderness!

CT – Looks like the inversion is present at 1500/2000 with light winds above that so a good chance of the wind-shadow shaping up today. The SSE winds peak around 20-25kts but SH and LH should be flyable for the most part. Perhaps later in the afternoon some erosion might happen.

RB – Perhaps a lighter start but expect it to be blown out by mid-day or soon after.

PV – A very sweet morning with light westerly winds and climbs to 4k until just after lunch. The wind will back to the SW and pick-up to around 10kts. Looks like a sweet day here…

Wilderness – A lighter more southerly perhaps even SSE winds around today. Some instability around with climbs to 3k so not the best day to go XC on the flats but still very doable and should be great fun. Sedgefield a great choice (Looks like it could work here all day) with the coastal cliffs somewhat light and scratchy.  

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 3k. The wind is more SE at the inversion.

PE and PA also with SSE winds around mid teens in knots.

Inland – A beautiful light wind start with an east wind which will trend southerly during the day. Some sweet flying over the bigger ranges with the lighter winds and expecting smooth climbs today. North of the Sutherland escarpment the wind is NW. Loads of CB in the far NE section of the WC.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:15 and setting at 19:16 (Day length 14 hours). Low tide at 3:18 this morning, high at 9:50 this morning, low at 16:30 and high again at 22:36. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(19 novemeber 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Some sweet flying conditions doing the rounds and many trying their hand at XC flying. A cool flight by Pieter de Beer from Hoekwil to other side of Sedgfield (and others heading out the same direction yesterday) But the flight to really look at is from Selwin - a hang glider pilot from Gauteng who flew 281km getting up to 5480m! :)) (See the pics below - after the forecast) ;)  For us mere mortals back in the WC, the SAH still dominating the WC weather with cool maritime air being pushed up from the SW. Winds still SW along the southern coastal areas penetrating far inland up to the Sutherland escarpment where it veers to the W. It is southerly along the west coast areas. Some good Q’s along the southern parts but dry in land and on the west coast. The boundary layer still up at very usable heights with 4k AGL on the west and southern coast areas. The wind veers more west with height and is 110kts west at the Tropopause.

CT – Still those strong southerly winds 15-20kts with instability up to 4k. Nothing that shows any good wind-shadow shaping up and if any it seems to be more in the city bowl area with the Sea-point section getting some strong SSW winds accelerating around this corner of the Peninsula. Letts hope its not nothing like this!

RB – Looks like another sweet day for the hangies here with early looking the best part of the day!

PV – A fresh day here with a tad more in the southerly department. 10-15kts with climbs to 4k expected. Not the best PV conditions so stay out in the valley for less turbulence along the mountains die today. The Cederbergs are showing climbs to 6-8k.

Wilderness – It looks like another fantastic day for Wilderness with those sweet SW winds and all the ocean cliffs very flyable. Perhaps a tad stronger than yesterday so just keep a look out for those stronger bits. It is still very good inland with some good looking Q’s and the prospect for some good XC flying though a tad more on the stronger side.  

Plett – Also a great day here and I think Keurbooms should be great later in the afternoon (tad strong early on I think) Uppies also good but perhaps a tad strong – but a good looking sky none the less!

PE and PA with those strong SW winds all day of 20kts plus.

Inland – The SSW winds reaching Sutherland escarpment by late afternoon. Climbs here up to 12k but 7k over the Swartbergs. It is a sweet start to the day though with light SW winds and a fine morning for flying for those propeller thingies. Later on it will get pretty thermic! Late afternoon sees up to 15/17kts in a few spots. Freezing level around 12k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:16 and setting at 19:15 (Day length 13 hours and 59 min). High at 8:23 this morning, low at 14:51, high at 20:58. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 
(19 November) 
Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH still dominating but with less moisture around so no rain expected in the WC. (To the far east over the Drakensberg there’s a chance of some CB activity later in the afternoon) Back home it’s a moderate SW along the shouter coastal region with  strong Southerly along the west coast. The boundary layer around the 3-5k AGL with climbs to 5k along the southern ranges and up to 8k over the ranges further north. The winds veer quickly to the WNW along the southern parts form 6k upwards and finishes westerly 80-100kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Strong SE going South today with instability to 3k. It is strong all the way up to TM top height and the direction is causing the shadow to shift to the east and some strong winds along the shoreline of Sea-point (20kts!) So fingers crossed its nothing like that!

RB – It looks like another good day here with it being flyable perhaps to sunset – there is a chance of it being blown out but the topless gliders could probably maintain. Starting of lighter around 10-15kts but going to just over 20kts.

PV – SW at 5-10kts with climbs to 5k. It is more over the back but the later part sees the winds picking up again to 15kts with a more southerly trend.

Wilderness – Looks like a sweet SW day with everything working all day long. Some good instability and a good day to go over the back at Sedge early on. (it will probably be a strong day for Sedge so be careful)

Plett – A great day here too with Keurbooms and Uppies very flyable. Uppies showing lift to 4500’… Westerly drift higher up.

PE and PA with a upper teens SW all day…

Inland – The southerly pushing northwards all the way to the Sutherland escarpment where it goes NW and W. The trough active further eastwards with climbs to 10k east of that. Mostly a blue day out there. Surface winds start light but late afternoon sees up to 20kts in a few spots. Freezing level around 10k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:16 and setting at 19:14 (Day length 13 hours and 57 min). High at 7:11 this morning, low at 13:19, high at 19:32. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



(18 November 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! That SAH still flexing its muscles with a bit more strength in it today. Some strong SW winds being pushed up form the south – the cooler maritime air being pushed far inland with a much shallower unstable layer visiting the likes of De Aar and Sutherland and beyond. Some CB activity inland in the far east. The south coast regions with strong SW on the cards. The west coast with strong southerlies. Most places probably blown out. Chances of rain along the southern parts. Base here between 2k and rising at mid-day to 4k in places but looks like another lowering later in the day. Winds remain SW to S all the way to around 6-8k where it veers to the west finishing with a 110kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Some strato Q’s between 3 and 4k which seems to remain all day. Winds once again very strong southerly at 20-30kts in places. Still a very questionable day for any usable wind-shadow to form…

RB – It should eb super cool for the hangies early morning… But once thermals kick in it will just get vicious. ;)

PV – Another strong southerly day – best to get off early but just after midday it is picking up quickly in the PV valley with 20kts later in the day in mot places… Up to 4/5k climbs.

Wilderness – Strong SW winds which looks like it will increase by midday. It will probably be flyable on the lower dunes at the CP. Base will rise from around 2k to perhaps as much as 4k after lunch. Looks like some thickening again later in the afternoon. Probably too strong for Sedge all day…

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA strong SW all day – 20kts plus…

Inland – The southerly pushing far north with the Q’s confined to the far southern parts. Climbs up to 10k near the Sutherland escarpment but much lower to the south. Swartberg showing just over 6k… Surface winds up to 20kts in many spots in the afternoon. Freezing level around 12k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:17 and setting at 19:13 (Day length 13 hours and 56 min). High at 6:15 this morning, low at 12:14, high at 18:29. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(16 Novemebr 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating today helping to just sweep up the tail end of a CF onto the southern coastal areas. Chance of rain along the southern parts with a SSE wind increasing during the day. Very strong around CT area and up the west coast with 30kts plus on the cards. Low cloud along the southern parts but clearing along the west coast. Base rising over the first ranges to 5k and then further inland we still find that cool deep unstable layer with base at 10k and even more over the Sutherland escarpment. Winds are SW out there all the way past the inversion. Higher up it veers west with a 60kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Base around 1500/2k where an isothermic layer shapes up. Winds are very strong with only a slight slackening above TM top. (You can see the cloud over TM with the tops of the cloud seemingly curling backwards but this is just an indication of less wind higher up (the lower cloud is moving faster than the tops) In short it does not look like a flyable day here with no signs of a good wind-shadow shaping up.

RB – It is one of those very early morning days where you should be out there flying already – getting the smooth air of the strong stuff because as the thermals kick in it will just get vicious. ;)

PV – Get flying early at 10 or 11 with 5kts SW winds and climbs to 4k but be careful of later flight with very strong winds moving in here from lunchtime onwards. Further into the Cederbergs the winds slack and conditions get very good with base at 8k and even some Q’s out there…

Wilderness – With some luck we might have a sweet day of flying on the cards provided the rain stays away. With the SSE direction most of the coastal sites should be flyable. It could get a tad strong later on, especially if there’s some rain moving in from the sea so keep an eye on things. It could be a good Gerrickes bench-up from the car Park day (for some uncrowded flying!) ;)

Plett – Also the SSE winds on the cards with slightly less wind but still that chance of rain.

PE and PA light SW this morning which will back to the S and then SE later today remaining fairly light.

Inland – A surface southerly wind pushing far inland up to the Sutherland escarpment with the winds veering to the SW and then W north of that. The morning wind will be light but it will steadily increase during the day reaching 20kts by mid afternoon. There is even a chance of some CB activity around the Sutherland escarpment mid afternoon but very isolated. Some good Q’s around especially along the escarpment region with base up to 13/14k here. South of the Swartberg the base will drop during the course of the day from 4/5k to 2/3k. Freezing level at 13k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:17 and setting at 19:12 (Day length 13 hours and 54 min). High at 5:31 this morning, low at 11:25, high at 17:40. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(15 november 2019) 
Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Still some awesome flying conditions along the western parts with high climbs – a chance to continue those huge flights from “Big Wednesday” (Well done to Patrice, Jack and Grant for those epic flights! Check it out here…https://ayvri.com/scene/eyj8ydnykg/ck2ym0bge0003286kj4ilkrx0). Today the SAH dominating on the west and IOH in the east. The trough line in the centre of the country wide spread and dominated with the southerly flows capping climbs around 12k even above the Sutherland escarpment. But these are the stuff that can carry you all the way from PV to past Calvinia and beyond! Very strong SE along the west coast and light SSE along the southern coastal regions. At 24k the southerly flow backs to the W with a 50kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – An inversion settling in with the strong SE winds 20-30kts. Slight slackening above the inversion (1500’) with a better chance of the wind-shadow shaping up. The strength of the SE should make you proceed with caution – that wind-shadow might not shape up to what is needed.

RB – Another day that will be flyable - just watch the actuals and choose your time (probably earlier and blown out later).

PV – Still that sweet unstable air around with the lower SW and then more S with height. There is perhaps a thin layer of SE around 5k but that will probably be eroded by the dominate SSW flow. More of a blue day today so perhaps a tad more tricky but as the routes to the NE opens up the thermal regions should become more clear and reliance on clouds not as critical perhaps. ;) PV warming to 6k climbs with 8k pus over the Cederbergs and beyond.

Wilderness – After yesterdays unpredictable bonus flying weather today todays rain has also disappeared. It is light SSE flow for most of the day with some showing even a SW. Sedge is an obvious choice and if the wind does pick up then those SSE coastal spots will probably be worth a visit.

Plett – SSE winds with Uppies showing climbs to 3k. SSE winds but above the inversion going SW.

PE and PA strong ESE winds of 20kts.

Inland – The southerly flows continuing with climbs ranging between 4-6k AGL. Some good Q’s around in the southern regions but dissipating towards the north. The southern ranges around Riversdal is looking exceptionally good with alight SSE flow and base around 4-5k. Further North the Swartberg pass is also looking really good with 8k climbs expected and some sweet Q’s… Land before 15:00 as the sea-breeze is expected to push through then at 15kts plus…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:18 and setting at 19:11 (Day length 13 hours and 53 min). Low at 10:45, high at 16:59. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :)) 

(14 novemeber 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The active trough line moving to the SE of the country with the convergence line between the IOH and the trough, with all the rain and CB activity, all playing out to sea. Still a chance of some rain along the southern parts but much less than originally predicted. The cyclonic circulation still just offshore from the GR which is causing the coastal flow here to be westerly rather than southerly for most part of the day. The typical SAH dominance along the western parts but with that unstable easterly component – high climbs along the west coast but strong winds, especially along the southern parts. General winds are still southerly all the way up to the Tropopause, finishing up there with 50kts.

CT – Still that deep instability with climbs to 4/5k and strong SE winds all day. It does look like some cloud thickening later in the afternoon but the wind and lack of inversion is not the best combination for a stable wind-shadow to form. It doesn look good for flying here today…

RB – It is a relatively early morning day here but expect it to be blown out by lunchtime I think.

PV – Deep instability with climbs to 6k (or more) with a SW lower component backing to the SE with height. It is an early take off with 5-10kts until just after lunch. Expect the stronger surface winds to push through from the south again during the afternoon. The Cederberg again indicating climbs to 8-9k with the odd Q to make us drool!

Wilderness – A clear morning with the promise of sunshine and flying on the cards. The winds hanging on to that westerly component until around 14:00 when it will back to the SW. It should just get better and better from here on with the wind slackening and going more SSW. The ocean cliffs should be the place to hang out for today…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Keurbooms in with a chance today but late afternoon as the wind will drop and back more Southerly. Uppies also showing climbs to 3500’ but SW winds at 15kts so probably a tad strong there.

PE and PA with initial strong SW winds which will back to the south and slacken off with a sweet sunset finish of hardly any wind!

Inland – It is all southerly flows way past the Sutherland escarpment today with climbs out there to 10/11k. The clouds mostly in the southern regions with Swartberg pass looking particularly good – base here at 8k with 10kts winds mostly. (Though the pass will probably have a stronger venture effect.) Some CB's in the far eastern parts. Freezing level down in places at 11500’.  

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:19 and setting at 19:10 (Day length 13 hours and 51 min). Low at 10:10, high at 16:23. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(13 november 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A sweet kind-off cut-off low to the SE of us with most of the rain falling out at sea. Winds from there are pushing in with a southerly direction but SW in the east and more ESE in the west. Still some good showers expected along the southern parts but it dries up before we get onto the west coast. The rain penetrating inland onto the flats before the escarpment at Sutherland/GR. Low base to the south but some high stuff to the west and further north. Cederbergs with some scattered Q’s perhaps as high as 10k. It is southerly all the way up finishing with a SW of 50kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Some deep instability with ESE winds getting pretty strong with 30kts at TM height. 20kts and more ont eh surface. It does not look like a flyable day with no signs off any wind-shadow on the cards.

RB – Might be doable early before it gets too thermic.

PV – Instbaility to 8k with a SW low layer and backing to the ESE with height. It might be ok to launch but will have quite a southerly trend. Also watch the strength with a sharp spike going from mid-day 5-10kts to over 15kts at 14:00. (and stronger later on). Similar outlook over the next 2/3days I think for those wanting to miss the rain along the GR. Friday the lighter day.

Wilderness – It’s raining – sweet! Winds are southerly in general with a slight chance of some gaps later today. If you are on it and get the gap you might squeeze something out of the ocean cliffs for flying…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but the winds starting to go more SSW.

PE and PA with strong SW winds over 20kts. Also a chance of rain getting less later this afternoon.

Inland – Low cloud with showers possible all the way up to SL, BW and GR areas. Later in the afternoon a chance of CB activity to the north around Middelburg. Winds are southerly I general ( some spots close to 20kts) with a SW component to the east. Freezing level up at 16k.  

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:19 and setting at 19:09 (Day length 13 hours and 49 min). Low at 9:38, high at 15:51. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(12 November 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A large IOH due south of us, shaping a sweet ridge along the southern coastal regions combining with a very active trough and distinct low inland of the GR region – these ingredients are giving us the CB activity in a broad region along the edge of these two systems. The whole of the WC southern parts all the way up to north to around Sutherland having a good chance of rain from the CB activity. At least for the GR the strong winds have abated with a lighter SE – 15kts average and a touch of SW even east wards of the GR area. Again not the best for flying today but the rains certainly very welcome. Its NW 50kts at the Tropopause.

CT – Deep instability with CB activity. The SE forming a strong and deep flow today with little chance of any wind-shadow forming. Low cloud for the most part so a good day to just not fly… ;)

RB – It could be flyable here pending on the rain situation. The rain is supposed to become less later in the day…

PV – Very deep instability with the chance of CB’s. Also not the best day here…

Wilderness – Winds initially SW 5kts steadily rising to 10-15kts before a strong SE will push through. But with the CB activity around it could change and be very different. Generally a lighter SW backing to a stronger SE later on. (There's still a very strong SE out to sea) It’s a tough call to make but if the rain stays away it might be possible to find something along the ocean cliffs for flying…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – winds SW initially but then going SE.

PE and PA with SW winds initially but then the east will move in again. Looks like an interesting eddy shadow between PE and GT…

Inland – Active CB cells along a broad line from east to west once again today  – reaching up the escarpment of Sutherland, BW and GR. Once again not the best day to go flying. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:20 and setting at 19:08 (Day length 13 hours and 48 min). Low at 9:08, high at 15:21. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 


(11 november 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Another day of strong winds along the southern parts but the coastal low along the west coast helping to keep those SE running past the Peninsula before curling around form the far north, back down towards the west coast and CT. Deep inland the NW air-mass with west to NW winds up by the Sutherland escarpment with the SE to Southerly to the south of that. Strong chance of some CB along the trough edge, the whole eastern parts and broad line running along east west from Hermanus all the way to Tarkastad and beyond. (Chance of CB's at Rustenburg too!) ;) A chance of heavy falls over the next few days as the active trough line and CB cells shape up in our neck of the woods. Winds are 90kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – Some low cloud around but a chance of base lifting enough around mid day for some flying to take place. Later in the day it will drop again. Winds start of light N but will be more SE later on – a tad breezy on the corner as the wind accelerates into the harbour area. The strato-Q layer persisting all day by the looks of it…

RB – Not enough punch here…

PV – The strato-Q layer cladding the tops this morning but lifting enough at mid-day for some flying. Climbs to 3500/4k expected with a SW 5kts wind.

Wilderness – Once again those very strong SE winds on the cards with perhaps a very-very small window in the early morning being flyable. Maybe Buffs on the cards for some early morning flying too. A chance of CB activity from mid-day but perhaps convined to the North of us on the mountains. It will increase during the night.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA with East winds over 30kts all day too…

Inland – Active CB cells along a broad line from east to west – From the Sutherland escarpment to the coastal ranges. Probably not the best day to go flying. ;) To the north of Sutherland the big sky showing base up to 15k with parts further south at 10-12k. Once again freezing level still around 13k’.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:21 and setting at 19:07 (Day length 13 hours and 46 min). Low at 8:39, high at 14:52. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy 23 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 



(10 November 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! That strong SAH that is morphing into the IOH due south of us at the moment with a strong ridge along the south coast regions. Again the inland trough combing to accelerate those coastal winds as they move towards the west past CP and out to sea. A coastal low circulation along the west coast and a rather abrupt change in wind direction in this area – strong SE to the south and then the W just to the north with the Peninsula marking the change over region. Good flying in the far northern air-mass with the NW flow – base around Sutherland at 14k and the Swartberg ranges 10k with the back Cederbergs at 10k too. Along the coastal regions its much less with 2-3k base along the southern parts and some coastal fog along parts of the west coast. The winds in general are SE but WNW above that layer with a 80kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Seems like some fog at present which hopefully should burn off during the morning. Winds looks like a W to SW direction fairly light with the strong SE further to the south on the Peninsula. Some deep instability in the right spot (maybe Africa face side) with climbs to 4k but the marine air moving in after lunch capping that at just 1000’. If the mist plays ball it looks flyable all day.

RB – The winds seems to remain very west out here with the southerly not making it here…

PV – A tad more inverted compared to yesterday with a lower SW and a more prominent ESE above (launch height). Lift to mountain top height and then that quick change over to the east. The deep Cederberg showing once again exceptional conditions…

Wilderness – Once again those very strong SE winds on the cards with perhaps a very-very small window in the early morning being flyable. Maybe Buffs on the cards for some early morning flying too. Base seems reasonable near the mountains but there is a small chance of some rain and of course those pesky 20kt winds putting an end to us playing out there…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA with SE winds over 20kts all day too…

Inland – CB in the east along the trough line with some lines to the west in places. SE winds all the way to the Sutherland escarpment again where it will go N to NW. Big skies in the NW air-mass with climbs to 14k while the SE side (GR example) only up to 5/6k only. Exceptions are some of the higher mountains like Swartberg and deep Cederbergs with climbs to 10k and sweet looking Q’s too! Once again freezing level around 13500’.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:22 and setting at 19:06 (Day length 13 hours and 44 min). Low at 8:10, high at 14:24. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 22 degrees C. Enjoy!  :))

 

(9 Novemeber 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! What an amazing day at Map yesterday – smooth lift everywhere – a sure sign of summertime being here! Today a different story with the SAH combining with the inland trough causing some pretty strong winds along the coast. SE with 20kts plus in most places today with the exception the west coast regions where the trough causes the flow to curl up the west coast with a W to SW direction. Some amazing conditions in the Cederbergs today with base over 10k! Far inland at Sutherland it is 14k plus! For the coastal plains it is very different with the boundary layer around the 3k AGL range and a tad more over the first mountain ranges. The wind backs to the NW between 5-10k finishing with a 80kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – SE all day again but with a lower curling around the Peninsula so a SW around the LH region early on. The wind does drop with height with little wind at TM top height. It does look like the wind-shadow will play a role in the morning but the mid to late afternoon sees a strong SE push with quite some erosion around – so keep a watchful eye on that shadow…

RB – The forecast showing the SE not making it to RB all day with the wind frustratingly too much west in it.

PV – My pick of the day with a light W start and then a SW of 5kts for the early afternoon. Later n the day sees the wind going to 10kts and very southerly along the ranges. But good flying early on and if you can hop over the back you certainly can make it into the big stuff over the Cederbergs! Strong climbs out there today!

Wilderness – Very strong SE winds on the cards today with the best bet to try early on at Buffs for some flying. Map might over something but very early only with a small window if anything. All indicators show it will be blown out early today.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness and nothing as exciting as yesterday conditions…

PE and PA with SE winds low 20s…

Inland – SE winds all the way to the Sutherland escarpment where it will go NW. Big skies in the NW airmass with climbs to 15k while the SE side (GR example) only up to 5/6k only. Freezing level around 13k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:22 and setting at 19:05 (Day length 13 hours and 43 min). Low at 7:39, high at 13:55. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(8 November 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Thanks Jay for a great XC chat last night. Quite a few XC secrets that came out, especially all your routes going over the back at Sedge! Today the SAH is still dominating but has formed a ridge to the east along the southern parts. Winds are SE in general in the lower levels but still going West above the inversion. Still some cloud around along the southern parts with even a slight chance of light rain in the far eastern parts. This should clear as the day progresses. Looks like a good day for XC along the south coast regions. Base from 3/4k over the flats with up to 5/6k on the mountains. CT area very strong SE winds. But its all west from 10k upwards with a 60kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – SE all day here with an inversion forming and lowering to just 1k by late afternoon. Its 25kts plus in places with not much letting up with height so the wind-shadow is dubious for today I think. Perhaps best flying in the moring before it gets too strong but be wary in the afternoon…

RB – It could be a fun day out there with some of that FB winds making it to RB for a late afternoon session I think. ;)

PV – Starting off east so Picketberg probably worth a visit. But my midday there is a shallow SW that should get to the top of the mountain. From 4k it is east again around 5kts. Climbs to 4k on the cards….

Wilderness – Looks like a great day today with some sweet instability. Winds initially southerly with Sedge looking very promising in the late morning up to 14:00 perhaps before the winds will get strong SE. It could be a day to try those XC plans of going over the back with the promise of good climbs with cloud around 3k! Get away before 13:00 though… Some CarPark soaring on the cards too but a def Map late afternoon day. With winds getting up to 15kts from the looks of it.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with some good stuff at Uppies. Base at 3500/4k so a good day for some XC stuff.

PE and PA with SE winds in the low teens. Also a slight chance of some showers in the area.

Inland – SE winds all the way to De Aar, Carnarvon regions with climbs to 9k. The Q’s confined to the southern regions near the coast only. 10kts in general so n sweetish day out there… Freezing level at 12k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:23 and setting at 19:04 (Day length 13 hours and 41 min). Low at 7:06, high at 13:24, low tide at 19:38. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(7 November 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! An awesome days flying along the GR yesterday while the rest of the WC had awful weather! ;) Today it looks like the tables have turned with the SAH pushing in hard behind that CF with SW winds that is pretty strong along the southern coastal regions – 20kts on average. Some rain still around but that should clear later in the day. Cloud base around 3k with tops between 6-8k. It dries out beautifully to the north with higher base and some good flying with lighter SW winds. Some CB activity again inland, along the trough boundary to the NE. Winds remain WSW all the way to the Tropopause where it is 100kts.

CT – WSW all day with base around 3k and tops at 6-8k. It is around 15kts with slight moderation late afternoon. So a tad strong but a very doable day I think.

RB – WWB again!

PV – Perhaps the best spot of the day with base around 3k and winds SW 10kts mostly.

Wilderness – All the forecasts show a strong SW wind in our area that is very flyable for the hangies. ;) There does not seem to be a break around for the PG all day long… But there is always hope! ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA with upper twenties in knots all day…

Inland – SW penetrating all the way to north of the Sutherland escarpment from where it starts to veer to the W and then NW. Around 10-15kts in most places. Sweet Q’s along the southern ranges but it dries north of the Swartbergs. Base is beautifully high at 10k! Freezing level down to just under 9k…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:24 and setting at 19:03 (Day length 13 hours and 39 min). Low at 6:27, high at 12:48, low tide at 19:06. Max temps for the Wilderness area a windy 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :)

 

(6 november 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The CF on us with the SAH pushing hard behind it – strong westerly winds almost everywhere except for the Wilderness region on the GR. Some rain along the western ranges and also later on the southern coastal regions – perhaps more confined to the mountains. Base ranging from 2000’ with tops at 8k in the west but just to our North (or before the CF) base rises magically to over 10k and even up  to 18k in the far North. Some CB activity in the NE areas – GR and the likes. It’s a pretty action packed day with loads of weather around. Winds are 30kts W on the surface in many places with a 110kts W finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Very strong NW winds with some rain today. Initial base is low but it will rise to about 3k and then later in the day lower once more. But its probably the winds that will be 20kts or more with 30kts at TM height.

RB – WWB again!

PV – Seems clagged in for the morning but it will lift and base should be just above the tops. Some strong West winds with the low base will make it risky to fly – being sucked up a real possibility! Late in the afternoon it might be doable with the cloud tops lowering so less chance of cloud suck here…

Wilderness – A southerly start with a SW finish today. Looks like the coastal ridges will offer the best play ground for the day. There is a chance of rain from mid-day or just after lunch onwards. All in all not a bad day ahead of us I think. Later even Sedgefield could offer some playful flying…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to around 3k base but later on dropping to just 2k. Also that rain on the cards…

PE and PA with upper teens in knots SW winds all day. Also the chance of rain later in the day.

Inland – Some strong pre-frontal winds from the WNW, especially north of the Swartberg  ranges. 30kts in places! Some very-very high clouds sparsely spaced at 10k but 13k and more north of GR. Out there the chances of CB activity strong probability. Strong thermals and freezing level still at 14k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:25 and setting at 19:02 (Day length 13 hours and 37 min). Low at 5:33, high at 12:01, low tide at 18:28. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(5 Novemeber 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! Today the IOH dominating on the east while a CF circulation is dominating on the west. A very active trough down the centre of the country with some superb soaring conditions on the cards up to the North. Winds in general are all westerlies with a few low level exceptions. Mostly a blue day with some thick high level cirrus in places. The boundary layer along the west between 2-4k AGL with less along the southern parts. The winds are fairly strong, especially in the west as the CF approaches and tightens those isobars. 20kts at 3000’, 50kts at 10k but then remaining fairly constant with a 70kts finish at the Tropopause!

CT – Strong NW winds on the cards. Looks like a strong gradient around – pretty inverted so lower down probably a bit protected from the stronger winds above – TM top height at 25kts plus form mid-day onwards. Lower perhaps 10-15kts but look sharp if you fly! (SLP too strong and probably a tad bergish…)

RB – WWB today!

PV – Looks like the spot for the day. NW winds initially breezy with up to 15kts but then mid-day a drop in the wind with 5kts and climbs to 5k. Later in the day it is around 10kts NW.

Wilderness – A tough day ahead with us being in the calm area between the CF push from the west and the IOH dominance of NE winds to the east. Probably a light southerly flow kind of day with low inversion – hot and tricky conditions. It trends westerly above. Sedgefield the best choice but light climbs predicted so let’s hope for a bit more!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies showing climbs to 1300’ and light Southerly flow going west above.

PE and PA with very strong E to NE winds of 30kts all day…

Inland – It is all westerlies but for a southerly push form the south along the GR areas. This should penetrate all the way to the Swartberg regions. There is a chance of CB activity in the far NE areas marking the trough line. Climbs up North to 15k! Freezing level still at 14k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:26 and setting at 19:01 (Day length 13 hours and 36 min). High at 10:48, low tide at 17:29. Max temps for the Wilderness area a hot 24 degrees C. Enjoy!

(4 November 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Another excellent day on the GR with Wilderness producing some superb coastal soaring conditions. Well done to Nick and Mariska for their first Paradise ridge flights and for Mariska for completing here Basic Paragliding course! Today a bit of a different story with the IOH and a strong Cyclonic system to the west of us combining to push and suck in unison producing some strong Easterly winds along the southern regions. No clouds expected, with the boundary layer around the 2-4k AGL level with the Sutherland escarpment regions going up to 10k. Some strong climbs out there with 5-6ft/min predicted but probably some 1000’min cores to be found. Above the inversion the wind is Westerly with a 40kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Strong at CP with a SE up to 30kts ther ebut pretty protected around the LH/SH area. A good wind-shadow today even if there is some deep mid-day instability on the cards. The wind backs to the East and even a touch NE with height at the 5kts range so looks like not a bad day on the cards.

RB – The Southerly might push through here very late today for a soaring sunset flight…

PV – Climbs to just over 4k expected with a SW lower push but above the mountains tops it is more easterly at 2-5kts. Later in the day sees the valley winds going up to the 10kts level so a typical PV summers day.

Wilderness – All the cards show it is an early day at Map with the promise of strong winds for the afternoon. It is all a matter of when it will be blow out – as early as 10 perhaps or maybe it will hold till lunchtime…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness – a strong SE day expected and building into the evening.

PE and PA the SE starting later here but it will also build into the evening – 20 plus knots on the cards…

Inland – The East winds blowing here with 20kts plus north of Willowmore. The east winds go all the way to the Sutherland escarpment. North of here the W to NW winds dominate. It is perhaps not the best day to be flying with strong thermic action and winds that will make for unpleasant conditions. Unless you are in the Northern airmass where it is big sky country! 14k base with a chance of some CB activity especially to the NE. Freezing level at 14k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:27 and setting at 19:00 (Day length 13 hours and 34 min). High at 9:07, low tide at 15:49. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

(3 Novemeber 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! So bok fever running amok everywhere – the fabulous world cup win topped only by the superb flying we had at Sedgefield yesterday with both Grant and Nick completing their last flights for their Basic Paragliding rating. :)) Nick managed to thermal to over 1000’ ATO! Today is another good day of flying ahead of us as the light CF has settled onto most of the WC – the SAH pushing in from the SW a cooler and sweetly unstable air mass. Cloud base around the southern regions between 2-4k near the mountains with a chance of OD on the inversion. Climbs up to 6-8k north of the first ranges and then on the Sutherland escarpment to 10k. Winds generally SW but S along the west coast. Above 5k the winds are all westerly with a 70kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Some low cloud around which should burn off by late morning – perhaps some lingering stratoQ’s at the inversion around 2-3k. Winds curling around the Peninsula with a SSW component at SH and LH. It gets breezy along the shore touching on 20kts later on. A more SSE push after mid-afternoon settling in which could see the wind-shadow shaping up properly for some late afternoon flights.

RB – Looks like a good day here with strong SE latter in the day. Are you up for the Rondebossie rumble! ;)

PV – Very southerly today with a slight SW along the surface. Around 10kts mostly with climbs to 3/4k. Not the best of days with the cross conditions probably making for some turbulent flying close to the mountains – fly flats I think…

Wilderness – Looks like an epic Wilderness day on the cards with enough SW this morning for a good coastal soaring session. Sedge will be strong for the big boys with base perhaps as high as 3k. (their might some OD with a slight chance of light precipitation). But high climbs with SW around 10kts. The late afternoon sees a beautiful calming which should produce some great soaring out there.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness bt more in the SW wind department. Some 15ks spots this morning and it seems to remain pretty SW so Keurbooms probably a tad too much from the right. But Uppies showing climbs to 3/3500. Also a chance of some OD conditions with SW to W direction up there. 10kts with some 15kts spots especially in the morning.

PE and PA lol. with strong SW winds of 20kts plus.

Inland – All SW which veers to the West northwards of the Sutherland escarpment. 10-15kts most places. The Q’s dissipate around the Swartberg ranges for a blue northerly sky. Perhaps not the best day out there so you can nurse those victory hangovers from yesterdays game! Freezing level up at 14000’.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:28 and setting at 18:59 (Day length 13 hours and 32 min). High at 7:46, low tide at 13:57, high tide is at 20:06. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 19 degrees C. Enjoy! 

 

(2 Novemeber 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Rugby fever is taking over to the point that some are sacrificing good flying just to watch the game! Call yourself pilots!? ;) Lol We wish the bokke all the best but for a few thorough bred pilots there is some good flying on the cards, especially if you are on the GR. A CF approaching CT with some strong NW winds expected in the area. This will curl around Agulhas with a more SW component along the southern coastal areas. Inland and higher up it is more W to NW. Rain by late afternoon on the Peninsula. The boundary layer around the 2-4k AGL range but north of the bigger mountains it is higher with up to 10k over and north of the Swartberg. Winds are 20-30kts from 6/7k then 50kts from 10k with a 70kts finish W at the Tropopause.

CT – 15-20kts NW winds with a touch more higher up. A layer of strato cu this morning which will clear by late morning. Some low cloud moving in again late afternoon/early evening. Probably a hangie or bokke day. :)

RB – WWB! Def a day to watch rugby! ;)

PV – A NW to WNW day with some strong stuff at mid-day – 15kts which over the mountain tops can be much stronger. Climbs to 4k expected. Later in the day some moderation to 10kts so maybe then… Only for the hardcore pilots - the rest should be watching rugga!

Wilderness – A W to SW start with a trend to back to the S after lunch but again to the W mid to late afternoon. The coastal cliffs probably lightly soarable early on but Sedge is probably the best bet for today. A bit of a variable pattern with SW initial, then S and again SW later in the afternoon. Up to 10kts but on occasion some stronger bits possible. Climbs early to 2000’ but later more likely to 1000’ only. Above 3000’ the wind is initially WNW 20kts but going more SW later at 15kts. Ooohh rugby has competition!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with Uppies initially to 3500’ then later in the day to 2000’. The wind is W to NW above 4000’ and breezy. So who's in the pub? ;)

PE and PA with strong SW winds of 20kts plus. Go Bokke!

Inland – All westerly winds with some very strong areas especially north of the Swartberg – 30kts plus in places. Probably not the best flying day out there even wit the propeller thingies. Freezing level up at 13500’. Yup. Stay in the pub for the bokke today... :))

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:28 and setting at 18:58 (Day length 13 hours and 30 min). High at 6:48, low tide at 12:48, high tide is at 19:03. Max temps for the Wilderness area another 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(1 Novemeber 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH on the east dominating but some influence from the inland trough (some CB activity to the far north of us) and another approaching CF to the west of the WC having some effect around the Peninsula area. Winds in general easterly along the southern coast areas but NW along the west coast. The wind curls around the Peninsula – East at CP but WSW at SH area. Loads of high midlevel clouds and a few Q’s deeper inland. The boundary layer around 3k along the coastal plains but up to 15k deep inland (North of the Swartberg). Winds back to the NW with height – 50kts at 9k with a 90kts finish at the Tropopauuse!

CT – A WSW direction at SH/LH. It should last all day. All in all an OK day by the looks of it.

RB – Too much west in it today…

PV – Starting NW but finishing WSW at 10-15kts. High thick cirrus around and getting thicker. Climbs to 3/4k perhaps. It is very good over the back into the Cederburgs… (over 7/8k climbs)

Wilderness – A light start but once again the SE trend. Slightly less today for the Map area with the bubble effect protecting it but very strong out to sea and around Gerrickkes and Knysna over 25kts latter in the day. Map should remain flyable. Even Sedge could offer something early morning with climbs to 2k and light SE here initially. It is North at 3k and further up.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with also les wind over the bay later on in the day but remaining SE in direction.

PE and PA with a very storng NE wind all day… (Over 30kts later)

Inland – All Northerly winds – starting more NE the backing during the day to NW. a few spots getting to 15kts except in the far north western parts where it will be W at 30kts. Closer to home along the Swartberg after lunch up to 13/13k but very strong NW winds up there… Freezing level up at 12k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:29 and setting at 18:58 (Day length 13 hours and 28 min). High at 6:03, low tide at 12:00, high tide is at 18:16. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

(31 October 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A big congrats to Justin from doing his 25k’s XC flight yesterday at PV. :)) Today the IOH is dominating with a SE flow pattern over most of the WC. Above 6/7k the flow backs to the NW and W again with height. Some good instability still around with the boundary layer around the 4-6k level along the coastal plains and first mountain range but up to 10k over the more northern ranges – like the Swartbergs. Some good Q’s still around in the southern parts but drying out quickly to the west and north. From the GR region and westward the SE will pickup with some spots going over 20kts. A 100kt West finish at the Tropopause!

CT – Loos like a summer pattern with a SE backing to East day – initial instability to 4k 10-5kts winds but then the afternoon sees the ususal Southerly surface wind picking up to 20kts in places. Looks like the wind-shadow should hold but a good chance of the erosion of this in the afternoon.

RB – Looks like a good day with a chance of it being blown out later on.

PV – A SW surface flow with east above 4k. Strong climbs to 5/6k expected.

Wilderness – A light start but it will be blown out early I think. The SE should pop through from as early as 8 perhaps, maybe even soarable from 9 or so. One forecast says it will be blown out by 11 so be prepared for early flying. Sedgefield showing a SE 10kts at 10 this moring with climbs to 3500'! (And sweet Q's!) ;)

Plett – Similar to Wilderness. Uppies also exciting high climbs early on before the SE gets too wild... ;)

PE and PA with a light S to SE start and picking up during the day with a moderate mid teens in knots finish.

Inland – The SE penetrating to just North of the Swartbergs in the afternoon with a few spots going to 20kts in the east. Otherwise it is more moderate with 10kts in places and sweet climbs to 10k. Swartberg should be good for the adventurous pilot today! Freezing level up at 10k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:30 and setting at 18:57 (Day length 13 hours and 26 min). High at 5:22, low tide at 11:19, high tide is at 17:35. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 17 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(30 October 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH increasing its dominance as the tail end of the CF starts to retreat to the east along the southern coastal regions. Still some strong unstable conditions all over the WC with strong climbs on the cards. Sweet Q’s along the southern parts and partway into the little Karoo with base ranging from 3-6k along the front ranges and then up to 8k in the little Karoo. Winds are mostly S to SW but going more Westerly with height. Still some strong winds along the southern parts with some spots offering 25kts but most areas will start to moderate into the afternoon. North of the coast it also moderates the further inland one goes. A 120kts finish West at the Tropopause!

CT – Instability to around 4k with a southerly trend in the wind. Up to 20kts in spots on the surface by late afternoon. It doesn look like a usable wind-shadow on the cards but for a bit more SW in it during the morning. This sill get strong as the day progresses with a 20kts SSW finish along the promenade regions so get flying early.

RB – A slow start but it could be a sweet late afternoon of soaring here!

PV – Not as good as yesterday with much more southerly in the direction. Some typical strong climbs for PV on the cards. Winds between 7-13kts initially but later reaching up to 15kts in places. It looks like from 12 to 15:00 the best time with enough SW trend along the mountains but with a southerly drift mostly. Between 4-5k climbs. A tad more challenging with rough air along the range but an easier drift to get to the pass.

Wilderness – Still those strong WSW winds this morning but a def forecast for moderation to happen from lunchtime onwards. It looks like even Sedgfield could offer something from 16:00 onwards. Some good looking Q’s initially with a drop in base expected after 16/17:00.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA with no sign of those persisting strong SW winds of 25kts plus dying down.

Inland – Again very moderate winds to the North of the first ranges with a SW direction mostly and up to 10kts. Later in the day the Seabreeze will strengthen this in the southern parts up to 20kts in spots. In general excellent flying conditions if you get into the air – strong conditions with 1000ft/min climbs on the cards! The Q’s should make the sky look that much more inviting too! Freezing level between 6-8k.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:31 and setting at 18:56 (Day length 13 hours and 24 min). Low tide was at 10:40, high tide is at 16:56. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy 17 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

 

(29 October 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! The SAH shaping up with a ridge extending into the central WC regions while the CF circulation maintains a stubborn hold along the southern coastal regions with strong WSW winds. All the rain has disappeared, freezing level at 6000’ but not much in terms of precipitation to help those forecasted snow falls. However, a lot of instability around with high bases in most parts of the WC. The coastal areas 3-4k AGL, the adjacent mountains with 6-8k base and the Swartberg with 10k base. Winds are still around 20-25kts along most of the southern coastal regions but does drop off dramatically as soon as we move north over the first range of mountains. IT remains Westerlies all the way to the Tropopause with a dramatic 150kts finish up there!

CT – WSW winds all day with instability up to 4k. A chance of it being a tad on the strong side so probably more a hangie kind of day. 10-20kts at times.

RB – Same as above…

PV – My pick of the day with the winds light ad moderate here for the midday and afternoon and climbs all the way to over 6k! 5kts WSW all the way to the high base. Sweet!

Wilderness – Still those strong WSW winds along the coast with a very very small window of flying possibly on the lower dunes just after lunch. Those 20-25kts very close to the shore… The mountains with very  high base which should be cool to look at!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA with those persisting strong SW winds of 25kts plus all day.

Inland – Winds much more moderate with up to 15kts on the surface in the strongest parts. But many areas with just 5kts W especially North of the Swartberg. Very high base with good looking Q’s out there. A very flyable day out there but you need to dress warm – freezing level at just 6k!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:32 and setting at 18:55 (Day length 13 hours and 22 min). Low tide was at 10:02, high tide is at 16:17. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy 18 degrees C. Enjoy!

 

 

(28 October 2019)  Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH helping to push the CF air onto the entire WC region. Periodic rain showers and even CB activity along the western mountains and spreading to the southern ranges along the south coast during the day – the whole GR with passing showers and CB activity this afternoon. Cloud base ranging from 1500’ in the morning to 3k in the afternoon, especially in the western parts, with tops starting high at over 16/17k and dropping to 12k (also mainly in the west). Freezing level around 6k so a chance of snow on the high mountains but with all the rain it will probably all melt away quickly. Very strong winds W to WSW direction – most place between 15-30kts, it is 50kts from 10k upwards with a 140kts West finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Passing showers with a chance of some CB activity with strong W winds.

RB – Same as above…

PV – Strong westerly winds with base at 2k and tops at 16k. Later it will rise to 3/4k with tops at 12 but it remains windy, cold and rainy all day.

Wilderness – Very strong Westerly winds with a slight trend to SW in the Wilderness corner at lunchtime. Probably too strong to fly all day. Rain on and off with a chance of CB activity this afternoon, especially over the mountains.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness.

PE and PA with strong SW winds of 25kts plus all day.

Inland – Those strong westerly winds persisting with 25kts in places North of the Swartberg. Freezing level ranging from 5200’ in the far south to 6200 near Sutherland. Showers in most of the WC region for the whole day so not the best time to be up in the air!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:34 and setting at 18:54 (Day length 13 hours and 20 min). Low tide was at 9:24, high tide is at 15:38. Max temps for the Wilderness area a windy 16 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

 

27 October 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! That CF right on CT doorstep this morning. Strong NW winds on the cards, increasing in strength during the day and also the rain moving in – some good falls this evening. The strong NW to W winds will propagate eastwards during the day with only the GR, specifically the Wilderness up to about Plett area escaping the strong winds. Some high Q’s preceding the front with the boundary layer up to 10k! The coastal regions the usual lower climbs. By midnight the rain will be over the entire WC coastal regions and the western interior. Winds from 2000’ are over 20kts west, veering to the NW with a 140kts finish at the Tropopause!

CT – Strong NW winds and later rain all day (and night). ;)

RB – WWB again!

PV – The clouds lowering base with rain late in the day early evening. Winds NW and strong.

Wilderness – The strong stuff going around and over us for most of the day. Expecting a SW 5-15kts day but even a bit of S in the afternoon. It is SW at 2000’ around 15kts. Do keep an eye out for any signs of strong winds moving in as there are strong winds not too far out to sea.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness and with Keurbooms having a window late morning. Uppies with a SW 10kts and veering more West with height, climbs to 3k or just over.

PE and PA with strong SW winds of 25kts plus all day. ;)

Inland – The strong West picking up during the day with the Oudshoorn and langkloof going over 25kts west in the afternoon. Rain moving in from the SW corner finding Sutherland, up to Willow more by midnight. Some high bases but in general a high B/S ratio – so rough conditions up there. It’s a good day to watch the rugby! lol

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:35 and setting at 18:53 (Day length 13 hours and 18 min). Low tide was at 8:44, high tide is at 14:58. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees in the morning but cooling in the afternoon with the rains moving in. Enjoy! :))

 

 

(26 October 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH and a strong low to the south of us dominating (this is the low that might bring those expected snowfalls end of the weekend) both contribute with a westerly flow pattern in general but a slight SE in the far eastern parts. Still a few spots of rain around but this should clear during the course of the day leaving a good layer of unstable air. Some good flying conditions with cloud base around the 4-6k AGL level in most places. (Coastal regions less). There’s a chance of some CB activity in the eastern inland parts north of PA region. The wind is NW above the inversion with 20-30kts from 6000’ upwards and a 120kts WNW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like an amazing day out here with high base (4k plus) and NW winds from 5-15kts higher up. Looks good all day.

RB – WWB!

PV – Oh my pick of the day! NW to W winds 5 – 15kts with base starting around 3k and rising to over 6k at the end of the day.

Wilderness – A few spots of rain this morning but it should clear. Winds start SW but will back to the SSE later in the day. Map later in the day could work or provide some maintainable conditions and Sedge of course should be the pick during the late morning today.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness but more SE in the wind. Uppies showing climbs to 3500; from 11 with sweet Q’s. They will become less and flatten up against the inversion here later in the day.

PE and PA with S to SE winds 10kts with clouds around 2000’

Inland – West to NW winds but south in the southern parts. The spots of rain will clear except for the far eastern parts where the CB activity will be present. Looks like some sweet looking Q’s making one wish-you-where-up-there kind of day. Up to 10k climbs North of the Swartbergs…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:36 and setting at 18:52 (Day length 13 hours and 16 min). Low tide was at 8:03, high tide is at 14:17 and low again at 8:33. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 18 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(25 October 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A big CF system parked on CT this morning with some good rain. Very deep instability with CB activity around the SW corner of the WC all day and into the early night. Winds very strong NW to SW along the west and southern parts. Cloud base ranging from less than 500ft in the far SW corners to a sweet 6000’ AGL in the east. Its very breezy up there with 30kts from about 3000’ NW to West just about everywhere with a 130kts NW finisg at the Tropopause!

CT – Deep rain all day long with strong NW winds.

RB – Rain…

PV – Clagged in with rain all day long. CB activity around.

Wilderness – Very strong SW winds out to sea with 20kts SW at 2000’. Rain on the mountains but possibly for spots to reach the coast line. There is a small chance of it being flyable on the lower dunes  with windguru showing it might be light enough before lunch but strong winds remain in the area so be extra vigilant if you do try it out. Strong winds might approach at any time from the ocean side. Rain by tonight and early hours of tomorrow morning by the looks of it.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness in general, but more wind. So not really a flying day.

PE and PA with strong SW winds of 25kts plus all day.

Inland – It’s all strong NW winds with most places over 20kts with a tad more W to SW directions in the southern parts. Pretty high base around but the strong prefrontal winds way too strong for any flying activities…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:37 and setting at 18:51 (Day length 13 hours and 14 min). Low tide was at 7:18, high tide is at 13:33 and low again at 7:51. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees in the morning but cooling in the afternoon with the rains moving in. Enjoy! :))

 

 

(24 October 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A CF approaching CT – some light rain possible today but the real deal moving in during the night. A trough in the central regions – the CF affecting the western parts later on. The IOH adding flavour along the SE parts with an Easterly coastal wind. The boundary layer at 5-8k AGL in the central parts and areas with the NW but much less along the coastal airflow areas – up to 2k along the east and southern parts and a tad more along the western parts. High cirrus in most places today with a strong NW build above the inversion as the CF tightens those isobars. 130kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – Starting North but backing to the NW during the day. Pretty breezy stuff but some compression shelter along the front of SH and LH from the look of things. Be careful though because it is strong higher up with 20kts plus at TM height from mi-day onwards. SLP too strong an a tad pre-frontal.

RB – Still WWB!

PV – Strong NW winds with climbs to 7k. So very unstable but probably a tad on the strong side for flying. Looks like a 15-20kts WNW finish to the day.

Wilderness – A light East start which will veer to the SE during the day. Looks like lunchtime the strongest part for the Wilderness corner. There are signs for a strong SE trend further east and maybe some of that might make it to the Map for an epic day. Fingers crossed!

Plett – Similar to Wilderness in general, also with a light to moderate SE wind here (Knysna again with the stronger bit!) And Uppies with climbs to 2000’. Its NW above that…

PE and PA with strong NE winds – PA peaking at 30kts late afternoon.

Inland – It’s all strong NW winds with most places over 20kts later in the day. The SE penetrating from the coast to just shy of the Swartberg ranges today. Prettty unstable with the NW flow – climbs over parts of the southern ranges and the Swartberg ranges up to 8/9k and 10k further North.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:38 and setting at 18:50 (Day length 13 hours and 12 min). Low tide was at 6:27, high tide is at 12:44 and low again at 7:04. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 20 degrees C. Enjoy!

 



(23 October 2019) Good morning
you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today a 180 degree change in direction with westerly winds dominating everywhere. A deep and active LP system to the south of us connecting a strong trough line down the centre of the country. There is however still the post frontal weather being fed onto the SW parts of the WC with NW winds, cloud and rain on the cards. In general some good soaring conditions around but for the strong winds it really could have been an awesome day. 10-20kts flow along the coast, strong parts over the mountain tops especially. Base between 2-3k along the west coast but rising quickly towards the east. Cloud tops around 7-10k. Winds remain westerly and increases steadily with a 115kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Chance of some rain around with the deeper cloud developments with NW winds 10-15kts. If the rain stays away it can be a good soaring day. Looks like base will drop a tad later in the day – 2k?

RB – WWB!

PV – Seems like it will be overcast with chances of rain – deep cloud developments with low base 2-3k and tops at 9k. Westerly winds around 10kts.

Wilderness – Strong west this morning backing to the SW and then S but later in the afternoon sees another increase veering to the WSW. Too strong this morning but a chance of a flyable window on the coast during the mid to early afternoon part. Watch for strong wind line moving in form the SW – there remains 20kts out there…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness in general. Keurbooms looks like a window in the afternoon as the wind moderates and backs to the south. Could be sweet. Uppies might be doable but it has a trend to hang around at the 15kts mark. Climbs in the afternoon to 3500’.

PE and PA strong SW over 25kts all day long.

Inland – Strong W to SW winds but with high base in a few spots. Up to 9k over parts of the Swartberg ranges. (Many spots showing good base making us drool for flying!) Looks fairly blue north of the Swartberg ranges with a more W to NW trend. South of the Swartberg there is a more SW surface flow. A storng day for flying so rather drink coffee. ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:39 and setting at 18:49 (Day length 13 hours and 10 min). Low tide was at 5:19, high tide is at 11:42 and low again at 6:09. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

 

(22 October 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The IOH and inland trough dominating our WC weather. Today it is more a kitesurfing kind of day! ;)  It is strong SE along the southern parts and SW to W along the west coast. The air is sweet unstable with strong climbs in all areas – well over 500ft/min. The boundary layer between 5-8k AGL so a super good flying day out there if you can get to the right spot. Some Q’s along the southern areas but it will dissipate later on near the coast. A easterly trend in the east but west in the west. From 6k upwards it is all West winds with a 100kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – The SE curling around CP area with more of a SW component around the northern parts of the Peninsula. Deep instability around midday with 6k climbs over parts of TM. The SH coastal area a tad more influenced by the marine air so more stable here. Early morning a sweet wind-shadow but then the SW will start to dominate around the promenade area. There’s a Southerly surface push that comes through later in the day just to keep things interesting.

RB – It looks like the wind remains west here all day…

PV – Looking exceptional for today with 6k climbs and westerly winds. Moring to mid-day around 5kts but then in the afternoon becoming breezy with 15kts on the cards.

Wilderness – A very strong SE on the table today so if you need to fly get out there early. Map is the place. There is a chance that by late morning it will be blown out. Probably more a hang gliding day. Some sweet Q’s inland but the SE coastal wind will make its way to the mountains during the day and start to break up those Q’s.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness… (Looks too strong all day)

PE and PA strong SE to East winds over 25kts later in the day.

Inland – The strong SE coastal flow blocked by the first mountains ranges giving us light winds inland. Mostly Easterly 5kts in the east but west in the west picking up towards the coast. In general from 6k upwards it is all westerly flows. The clouds confined to just past the Swartberg ranges where it will be sparse. A few along the Sutherland escarpment at 12k…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:40 and setting at 18:49 (Day length 13 hours and 8 min). High tide was at 10:15, low tide is at 16:50. Max temps for the Wilderness area another windy 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



 

(21 Oct 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! So yesterday some good flying at PV, Gideon doing the crazy hang gliding thing at Sedgefield and well done to Grant for good strong wind soaring at the CarPark. :)) Today the post frontal air all over the show (The SAH pushing the stuff onto the WC) with very strong WSW winds along the southern parts and S along the west coast areas. Rain on and off – base between 3-5 with tops 8-10 at times. A slight slackening in the SW section of the WC later in the day. The wind is west at height with a 130kts finish at the Tropopause!

CT – Base around 3 with tops near 6/7k this morning but it will think out later in the day. Winds starting off SSW but later in the day going SE. It remains fairly storng all the way up to cloud tops so no signs of a usable wind-shadow today with the deep instability and winds.

RB – It looks like a fun day out here. Stronger in the afternoon.

PV – Very southerly surface component so not the best direction. But still deep instability with climbs to 6k. It doesn’t look like any clouds here though…

Wilderness – The strong WSW winds around all day by the looks of it. A nice looking sky at times in-between showers. Some OD’ing on the mountains at times. High base but with enough depth in the clouds for some precipitation. Probably more a hang gliding day.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness… (Looks too strong all day)

PE and PA stronger still those normal SW winds all day with 30kts plus at times.

Inland – Also strong SW winds up to the Middelburg escarpment where it goes more W to NW further north. Some good looking clouds north of the frst ranges with climbs to 7k over the Swartberg. It is a tad strong for flying though… ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:41 and setting at 18:48 (Day length 13 hours and 6 min). High tide was at 8:33, low tide is at 14:55. Max temps for the Wilderness area a windy 18 degrees C. Enjoy!



(20 Oct 2019) Good morning
you awesome Wild2Fly people! What anamazing day at Map yesterday - the Wild2FLy students had a ball with mutliple top-landings - Mariska the star with her first Map soaring (and top lands too!) ;) Today SAH pushing in sweet unstable air onto the WC (A ligt CF - Coastal low passing during the night now making its way along the KZN coast). Some light rain in places along the coast but further inlnad  excellent soaring on the cards today. Some proper summer time thermals with climbs rates exceeding 500ft/min (Probably some 1000’/min cores!) Base around 4-5k along the coastal plains with sweet Q’s in most areas. Base increases the further inland we go with the second range mountains showing climbs to 7/9k! North of the Swartbergs the Q’s start to disappear. Winds are generally SW in direction with a veering to the W with height breezy at times with 20kts W to SW inland and along the coast.

CT – Low cloud initially but this should dissipate and rise up to 4k during the best oart of the day I think. S to SW winds 10-15kts decreasing with height. No inversion so no wind-shadow today. Perhaps the instability will pull the wind up straight on launch but there remains that SSW component along the SH area. Later in the day the base is lowering again to 2k.

RB – I think it will have too much West in it!

PV – An amazing day at PV today with high climbs and sweet Q’s. It is more West at height around 5kts with a 10kts SW on the surface. Later in the day the surface winds will trend more southerly and probably increase to 15kts in places. It’s a good day to go far I think!

Wilderness – The SW already blowing. It looks like a strong coastal morning with the moderating happening at midday. As soon as it does Sedge should become gentler (I think early on it will be very strong and gusty here!) Some good Q’s around too.

Plett – Similar to Wilderness with a upper west and SW lower down. Uppies showing initial climbs to 4k but very west. It is good but strong conditions out there so be careful.

PE and PA strong SW winds all day with 25kts plus at times.

Inland – Up the Swartberg its all SW winds up to 20kts and north of there it is more West with 20kts plus winds at times. Only for the very experienced pilots out there today… (For powered pilots too!)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:43 and setting at 18:47 (Day length 13 hours and 4 min). High tide was at 7:16, low tide is at 13:15, and high tide again at 19:37. Max temps for the Wilderness area a lekker 19 degrees C. Enjoy!


And yesterdays report for historical purposes...

(Sat 19 Oct 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A trough down the centre of the country with exceptional soaring conditions and very high base today from 15k to 17k in places. There’s a chance of CB activity around Joubertinia just after lunch (I suggest a Flash-flood alert for the Knysna to Plett area - all pending on which parts the rain happens). To the west the IOH dominating with a weak ridge along the south-coast – loads of moisture around with low cloud rising to perhaps 1500’ along the coastal regions with some spots clearing. There’s some mid/high level stratos clouds around. Winds along the southern areas all S to SE trends, curling more south around CP with a W to SW comnponent along the west coast. Its all west above the inversion from around 4k upwards with a 80kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Another wind-shadow day on the cards with the surface southerly capped by a strong inversion and a west flow from TM top height. It does pick up to 25kts over parts of FB. A layer of StratoQ’s around 14k for most of the day. Flying looks good all day to me.

RB – Another good day here – probably more late in the day...

PV – (my choice today) Looking sweet with 4k climbs and 5kts WSW winds. It gets much better into the Cederberg with climbs to 7k possible out there. That StratoQ layer at 14k very evident effecting the surface heating.

Wilderness – Low cloud this morning which should rise to around 1000’ later on. Winds are all S to SE with maybe 7kts at Map at its peak. After 14/15:00 it starts to drop in the Wilderness corner. Buffs a good pick and also Gerrickes point with a bench-up at the CP very doable today. Maybe up to 15kts at Buffs.

Plett – Those low clouds still around from all low level ocean moisture – Uppies showing a SSE trend with base at 2/2500’. Its all SE winds with the NW appearing above the 4/5k mark. Weak climbs with all the cloud around. And the chance of that CB activity towards Joubertinia could influence things too in your area. Today its worth going to Beervlei dam rather!

PE and PA also with that S to SE trend up to 15kts so a relatively light wind day here too.

Inland – Up the Swartberg its all light southerly winds but North from here we get into the big sky region – Climbs to 15/16k on the cards with the NW winds (probably a record day out there!). Most of the low clouds blocked by the coastal mountain ranges but far to the north look out for those flat and high Q’s to wet the appetite!

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:44 and setting at 18:46 (Day length 13 hours and 2 min). High tide was at 6:22, low tide is at 12:15, and high tide again at 18:35. Max temps for the Wilderness area a lekker 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))



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(Friday 18 October 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! A weak SAH ridge along the southern parts with a light SE trend along the western GR areas. There is still the inflow of moisture form the North in the mid-levels so the chance of CB activity still around inland around mid-day. The IOH dominating in the far east. A sweet slack wind area in-between the two HP systems that will move slightly to the east along the GR coast. Less rain in the cards from yesterday prediction so the day is actually looking up! J A decent unstable layer along the southern parts with climbs to 4-5k and some Q’s to help it looks more appetising. Along the west the boundary layer a tad lower with 2-3k AGL. The wind is W above the inversion starting off light around 5kts with a steady increase to 40kts NW at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like another wind-shadow day but perhaps slightly less affective to yesterday. Shallow inversion around 1k. Some signs of more of a SW along the shore front – some 15kts spots out to sea but should be flyable all day.

RB – Another good day here...

PV – Sweet WSW winds around 5kts with climbs to MT top height.

Wilderness – A light SW start with some clouds around. The forecast is looking pretty sweet actually with the slack area passing us and the winds gently trending to the S and then later in the day SE. Sweet instability at Sedge with climbs at 11 up to cloud at 1500’. It should work there all day by the looks of it. Looks too light for anything along the coast…

Plett – Lookiing really good at Uppies with climbs at 11 to 3500’ with a SW trend then going to the S and SE later in the day. Climbs at Uppies lowering a tad to 2500’. Time to fly to the west I think. Keurbooms could work early at 10 already for a while before the winds back too much.

PE and PA with SW start but PE going South later in the day at 10kts. PA remaining SW 15kts.

Inland – A light S to SE in the south with the NW north of the Swartberg ranges. Loads of high clouds around and storng surface winds will reach around 20kts and deeper instability with high base at 14-15k. A strong chance of CB activity here.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:45 and setting at 18:45 (Day length 13 hours). High tide was at 5:41, low tide is at 11:33, and high tide again at 17:51. Max temps for the Wilderness area another sweet 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

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Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! The SAH dominating in the west (west winds) while the IOH is doing its thing in the east (NE winds). In between it looks like a fast moving coastal low along the Southern parts bringing the associated changes. Still loads of moisture from the IOH with lots of low cloud around the southern coast but some parts should dissipate during the course of the morning. A trough down the central western parts with some CB activity for the afternoon on the cards – strong NW winds out there. Big varying boundary layer with stable coastal parts of less than 1000’ and deeper inland – up to 15k. The coastal plains around the 2-3k level. From 5k the winds are all NW and breezy with 20-30kts from here and a 40kts NW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Looks like another good wind-shadow day with a southerly surface flow and strong inversion around 1000’ deepening in the afternoon. Winds are 15kts S on the surface but dropping sharply with height as it backs to the NE and then abruptly going west. Looks good all day to me.

RB – Another possible teasing day...

PV – Looks like a sweet day here with light westerly winds and going SW in the afternoon. Perhaps touching 10kts. Climbs to just above the MT tops – 3500’ probably. Above the inversion it is NW. Lots of high thick cirrus around.

Wilderness – Coastal mist this morning which should clear quickly as one moves inland during the course of the morning. Probably a nice clearing window at Sedge. That Westerly pulse still pushing through from early to mid-day but it has weakened somewhat for Wilderness region – 10-15kts at the strongest it seems. But after lunch it moderates backing more to the South, so the afternoon is looking promising for Sedge – one forecast indicating climbs to 1200/1500’ with some Q’s. The wnd is more west with height so there is some negative forecast on the B/S ration (Could be a tad bumpy according to RASP). With some luck some of the coastal cliffs could offer something though with the misty stuff it usually doesn’t.

Plett – That WSW sticking here for a bit longer but mid afternoon things are looking promising. Even Keurbooms seems like it might work as the wind backs a tad more in the late afternoon. Uppies showing climbs to 2500’ – perhaps tad too west in it with height – lowering later in the day to 2k.

PE and PA with a NE start but the WSW pulse moving up quickly at 20kts plus. At lunchtime PE should have a strong SW with PA a strong NE. But by 17:00 its SW at PA too up to 30kts.

Inland – A light west start in the southern parts but NW flow North of the Swartberg. In the afternoon the NW dominates with 20kts plus spots in many places and a strong chance of CB activity, especially in the Western parts. The strong winds do not make for a good flying day…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:46 and setting at 18:44 (Day length 12 hours and 58 min). High tide was at 5:07, low tide is at 10:59, and high tide again at 17:15. Max temps for the Wilderness area another sweet 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))


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(16 October 2019) Good morning
you amazing Wild2Fly people! Before Typhoon Hagibis fades from the maps, some interesting stats - it is officially the second largest Typhoon in recorded history at 1400km in diameter. (It will cover the entire WC!). No extreme weather for today. We have a trough along the western parts of the country with a weak SAH ridge along the SW WC. During the course of the day this ridge will start to dominate a tad more along the coastal regions. Looks like a blue day with a few early morning StratoQ’s along the GR. The boundary layer around 2-3k thick along the coastal plains with a SE trend, similar depth north of the first big ranges with a light and variable surface flow but near and ontop of the Sutherland/Middelburg escarpment it is 12k climbs with NW winds. At 3-5k AGL the winds trend NW everywhere with a 50kts W finish at the Tropopause over CT but 30kts East north of Middelburg. ;)

CT – A beautiful wind-shadow day on the cards here with a southerly surface flow and strong inversion around 1000’ – less later on – and a 5kts NE to NW wind at TM top height.

RB – Inverted day with teasingly SE winds that might become soarable with a bit of luck – especially later in the afternoon.

PV – SW surface flows up to launch height – the inversion right about here today with the winds going NW above that. Not the best day but probably flyable along the range…

Wilderness – The IOH bringing in stable marine air around our area today with a light SE trend. There's some stratoQ's around this moring but it is forecasted to burn off quickly. Sedge might be doable early on with climbs to 6-700’. But becoming more stable later in the day. It might be playable along parts of the ocean cliffs, Buffs come to mind (Knysna has 15kts spots of SE wind) and with some luck Gerrickes. Map probably offering some extended foefies later on.

Plett – Once again the SE appearing a tad earlier here with Uppies showing climbs to 2000’ with a bit of luck. More lickely 1500’ for most of the day. Probably around 10knts SE winds in general.

PE and PA with a East start around 10-15kts but later in the day going up 25kts ENE winds.

Inland – Once again light and variable winds with a W to NW trend with height. 2k AGL convection depth on average – some climbs to 6/7k above the Swartberg with light NW winds up there. Around the Outenikwas its N at 5kts with the SE penetrating in the afternoon with N at 5k at 5kts. Looks like a sweet day for powered flying.

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:47 and setting at 18:44 (Day length 12 hours and 56 min). Low tide is at 10:29, high tide is at 16:44. Max temps for the Wilderness area a sweet 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))


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(15 Oct 2019) Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! :)) A sweet HP settling in over the WC region with the SAH shaping up a weak ridge along the southern and SW parts. Quite a bit of subsidence around with the inversion lowering but still some good flying to be had – the boundary layer around 1- 4k AGL. No clouds (perhaps a few spots of fog around the west coast). Even up at BW and Middelburg climbs restricted to 4k AGL. And winds are fairly light all over the show with the strongest bits along the coast reaching 15kts (maybe!) over the sea at SH. Winds are SE along the south coast with a S to SW variation up the west coast. At 6k it is west with 20kts from 10k upwards and a 50kts SW finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Light winds for most of the day with a surface southerly that will only pick-up late afternoon. For the most part it is a SW that flows around the Peninsula along the surface. A cool convergence line from south of the city out to Stellies setting up again (If only we could fly there!) Above the inversion (around 2k) the winds are NE to West. In general it looks pretty good all day.

RB – A weak day but it does like a chance of the Southerly pushing through to here late in the day for some soaring.

PV – SSW winds around 5kts with the inversion at 3k. It is light east above launch. Not the best of days but perhaps the instability  will provide enough upslope flow for some flying to happen. Its better in the Cederbergs once again.

Wilderness – Light winds all day with a chance of the SE picking up to over 10kts in the late afternoon. Looks like a Sedge start and then a move to Wilderness later in the day. Winds will start South but back to SE during the day.

Plett – The SE appearing a tad earlier here with Uppies showing climbs to 2500’. Looks like 10kts so probably worth a visit.

PE and PA with light southerly winds up to 10kts – so time to visit all those secret spots!

Inland – Light and variable winds with a S to SE trend all day. It picks up to 10kts in the afternoon but remains light with height. In the far south it picks up to westerly with a 20kts over the Outenikwas at 10k. Climbs to 7k expected over the Swartbergs and Kamanasie ranges. 4-5k in some spots along the south of the Outenikwa’s. A sweet day for flying out there today! :)

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:49 and setting at 18:43 (Day length 12 hours and 54 min). Low tide is at 10:02, high tide is at 16:16. Max temps for the Wilderness area around 21 degrees C. Enjoy! :))


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(14 Oct 2019) Good morning you amazing Wild2Fly people! Today a CF approaching CT pushed along by the SAH, there’s a Trough inland with the IOH dominating along the eastern parts. All of these systems are moving to the east bringing along the associated changes for the day. (Some light rain by midnight and early hours of tomorrow morning along parts of the GR). Some Q's around the SW parts of the WC. There is a warning out today with a strong SW pulse moving up the coast with 25kts plus in places. The boundary layer around 1-4k along the coastal ranges but a few inland spots going higher with 6-7k AGL spots but Koffiefontein regions up to 17k due to the active trough-line. Along the coast the general pattern is Westerly with some NW to SW variations. 50kts WNW from 6/7k upwards with a 80-100kts at the Tropopause

CT – Some low cloud around this morning which should clear with base at 2500/3000’. Winds are all Westerly with a touch of SW 10-15kts. It does get stronger later in the afternoon so just keep an eye on things. 20kts plus at TM top height. Instability up to 4k during the best part of the day. SLP probably too strong.

RB – Wrong wind direction here today.

PV – Looks like the best place for the morning with climbs up to 4k and W winds 5-10kts. But from mid-afternoon the winds pick up to 20kts in places west so being pushed over the back a real possibility so be careful.

Wilderness – With the changes going on from the IOH to SAH dominance we will experience a light morning with an initial sweet SW as early as 9/9:30 with some good soaring for an hour or so. It is then scheduled to drop as the approaching SW moves closer. Light winds around lunchtime but mid-afternoon sees the wind more west and picking up. The SW should make its appearance from 15/16:00 onwards. So fly early if you can. Sedge probably offering some thermic stuff with climbs to 1000’ or so. The flow has some west in it so the B/S ration showing quite a bit of mixing, worsening after mid-day. Some Q’s popping up also to brighten the show.

Plett – Also a light start but the SW appearing a bit earlier so keep a good look-out. Uppies showing climbs to 2-2500’ with a strong WSW component. So the prefrontal stuff not the best for today. Strong just after lunch.

PE and PA super strong NE this morning at 30kts but the SW moving in late afternoon also around 30kts!

Inland – It’s a westerly flow everywhere – all the way up to Uppington with 20kts in places. Increasing with height and 30kts around 7k. Stronger towards the south with 50kts over the Outenikwas at 10k WNW. Not the best day to be flying out there…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 5:50 and setting at 18:42 (Day length 12 hours and 52 min). Low tide is at 9:35, high tide is at 15:49. Max temps for the Wilderness area a touch warmer than yesterday a warm 22 degrees C. Enjoy! :))

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