Two worlds colliding and the Black South Easter
Saturday rolled in and overnight every wind prediction managed to conspire to get it all wrong.
On this skinny little piece of land called the Cape Peninsula, nature has it’s own idea
and weather predictions turn out to be just that. Predictions.
Saturday was supposed to have a nice little South Wester on it, but delivered a pap
little north wester, and following the predictions from the weather office,
we ran for the Kommetjie slope site and got skunked.
Not to be outdone by nature we took to a series of failed launches until somebody produced a bungy cord
and we were alble to launch ourselves to the heavens and ride what lift we could find…
right at the top of the slope behind us. In the end we had a good laugh trying to get the most out of really
crappy conditions, but enjoyed it none the less.
This all resulted from a weak frontal system approaching the coast, but without
getting sufficient a head of steam it failed to make an impact, other than slowing down the existing systems
Sunday promised to deliver a South Easter blow that looked to steeple chase towards unmanageable by the afternoon.
So meeting at a relatively early hour we plodded up to St James to meet the wind head on.
And true to form. After 2PM the wind just gathered a head of steam that was unbelievable.
We flew till we could no more and marched back down the hill trying to tidy somewhat ruffled feathers
and hairstyles that would have had any punk band proud.
Sunday evening saw a Black South Easter develope as the weak frontal system climbed
over the resident South Easter and started feeding back in to it,( that’s about as far as I understand it!)
giving the south Easter just a wee bit more push!
This double whammy just produces the most amazing forces and wind velocity overnight reached 130km/h,
rain poured down and hail stones the size of golf balls peppered anything left outside.
Good time to bring the cat in!
Talk about two worlds colliding.
As I type, the cold front has eventually developed enough to stop the South Easter in it’s tracks
and is finally building towards a decent cold front.
Here’s to next weekend and a little less of natures blessings, but on the other hand,
just enough to slope soar would be nice. Please…