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The weather outlook for Thursday 29 2020 (Lockdown Day 217)

SA isobars at mid day


WC thermal map 14:00

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WC Cloudbase at 14:00

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climbs rate and shear ratio for WC at 14:00

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Rain mid day

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CT surface winds at 13:00

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GR surface winds at 12:00


EC surface winds at 13:00

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Inland surface winds at 12:00

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

Day 217 of lockdown

Good morning you awesome Wild2Fly people! A great 12 Apostle run done by the hangies in CT and then here in Wilderness a fantastic XC flight by Theunis flying from Serps all the way to Knysna! (44k’s as the crow flies!) And its just the start of the season! ;) Today changing all the good flying as it moves into the interior with the help of the SAH pushing in hard behind it. Loads of CB activity along the front edge – the EC interior with some good rains on the cards form this. Winds are breezy SW along the coasts with a W to NW trend in the interior. Rain in CT areas this morning still but it will clear from the west later on. Varied cloud bases all over trending from 1k to 7k AGL pending on the convergence and CB activity. A few spots with some flying possible today. Winds go NW from 6k upwards with a 120kts finish at the Tropopause. Freezing level down to 5500’ in the far SW corner of the WC.

CT – A rainy morning with NW winds that will back to the SW around 15kt later in the afternoon with skies clearing and base rising opening up some flying options around the Peninsula. Still looks too strong for SLP and FH.

RB – lol. Still WWB is out!

PV – Clagged in for the morning but also clearing somewhat in the afternoon with 15kts WSW winds. Could be doable late in the day for a short soaring sortie… ;)

Wilderness – The SW winds building during the day with some rain on and off. The best is mid morning for some dune gooning along the cliffs before the wind gets too strong – that is if the wind stays away… ;)

Plett – Very similar to Wilderness with Uppies a tad strong and Keurboom too west so not that good…

PE and PA – Strong SW winds moving on from the west from around midday onwards. More rain here and eastwards too… The wind to the east starting SW but going east for a short bit before the strong SW moves in from the west.

EL – SW start then NE winds to the east with lighter winds to the west preceding that strong SW moving up the coast. Lots of rain for areas from the looks of it..

Inland – Strong NW winds in the north backing to the W and then SW further south and into the afternoon. CB activity in the east especially along the CF leading edge. (See the grpahs and figure it out!) ;)

For Wilderness, sunrise was at 5:32 and setting at 18:55 (Day length is 13 hrs and 24 min!!) A SW wind day with rain on and off – it gets really strong this afternoon so a day for forest walks with your rain kit or reading that good book! Either way go and getting high on life! ;) Max temperature a sweet 19 degrees C! Enjoy the day! :))


Wild2Fly weather report Acronym sheet

IOH – Indian Ocean High Pressure System
SAH – Southern Atlantic High Pressure system
LSH - Lesotho High Pressure System
B/S - Boyancy Shear ration
CB - Charlie Bravo, Aviation term for Thunderstorms
CT – Cape Town
CP – Cape Point
CATS - Clear Air Turbulence
GR - Garden Route
EL - East London
LR – Lapse Rate
LH – Lions Head
SH – Signal Hill
SLP – Sir Lowries Pass
FB – False Bay
FH - Franschoek
RB - Rondebossie
PV – Porterville
CP – CarPark
BH – Beach Hotel
WC – Western Cape
PE – Port Elizabeth
PA – Port Alfred
WWB - Wrong Way Bob
W – West
OD - Over development
Q's - Cumulous clouds
SW – South West
WSW – West South West etc
If I have missed anything let me know.


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