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The weather outlook for Friday 28 February 2020

Epic Swartberg flying!


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

Good morning all you amazing Wild2Fly people! That SAH really showing its muscle with strong easterlies all over the WC. Still quite a bit of moisture along the southern parts with rain expected until mid-day then drying somewhat form the west. Over 30kts at CP and along the west coast The boundary layer around 2/3k along the southern parts, up to 5/6k north of the first ranges rising steadily until the Sutherland escarpment where it climbs to just over 10k. The west coast with the offshore flow its high too at around the 7k mark. Winds back to the west from 10k upwards with a 75kts finish at the Tropopause.

CT – Very strong and deep SE today. Instability to 4/5k Some cloud on TM which will probably dry out later but all not good news for flying. No wind-shadow around to day by the looks of things…

RB – Ranging between flyable and blown out most of the day – if you are early you could probably play on the eastern section of the hill…

PV – All easterly winds and breezy so its Picketberg that will work for the day. Even so it will probably be on the limits for the experienced pilots only… Climbs to around 7k possible.

Wilderness – Looks like strong east winds with rain in the morning but by mid-day the rain should start to clear but of course the winds are up strong by then. ;) You might get a gap early on around Buffs if the rain gives you a break. Maybe, maybe, Map…

Plett – Similar to Wilderness…

PE and PA again with a lighter SSE on the cards around 10-15kts. But with rain…

Inland – Its all east to SE winds to north of Sutherland even. Cloudy in the southern parts but clearly as we move to the north. Windy with over 20kts in most places today. Even a spot of rain around in the little Karoo…

For Wilderness, sunrise is at 6:16 and setting at 19:08. (Day length is 12 hrs 52min)  A cloudy, rainy and windy day so no the best for lying on the beach but still great for a down-wind walk. No excuse to get those toes wet. Do it at mid-day to miss the rain and get the low tide. ;) High tide at 6:04, low tide at 12:09, high at 18:18. Max temps for the Wilderness area a cool and windy 19 degrees C. Enjoy! :))


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
CT – Cape Town
CP – Cape Point
GR - Garden Route
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
WWB - Wrong Way Bob
W – West
OD - Over development
Q's - Cumulous clouds
SW – South West
WSW – West South West etc
If I have missed anything let me know.


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