Magaliesberg Weather Guide

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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:42 am

Magaliesberg Weather Guide for the Weekend of Saturday 02 – Sunday 03 November, 2013

Report Summary: A great weekend for flying! Besides the possibility of some low cloud on Sunday you should be good to take to the skies!

Out-of-Five Rating: Saturday vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy Sunday vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##


Disclaimer: This weather guide is precisely that, a 'guide'! Use it, but question it, and always do your own research before flying! Remember that it remains the PIC's responsibility to conduct an independent check of the weather at the point of departure and destination as well as en route before taking off, by using official weather sites and official published weather reports!

Note: This weather guide is for Aeroden (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E), a lodge and airstrip on the northern side of the northern Magaliesberg ridge, 6 miles west of the Hartebeespoort Dam wall - so PLEASE check the relevance to the area in which YOU plan to fly!


ALL COMMENTS/OPINIONS ARE WELCOME! The weatherman can be wrong! :oops:

For the LATEST Magaliesberg WX go online to:
WindGuru for Aeroden
World Weather Online for Aeroden
WindGuru for Brits


WEATHER RADAR for South Africa dd. 01.11.2013 @ 05h00:
Weather Radar - South Africa - 13.11.01 05h00 SAST.jpg
Weather Radar courtesy of http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/

Comment: All clear, with no fronts visible.


SYNOPTIC CHART for South Africa dd. 01.11.2013 @ 00h00Z:
Synoptic Chart - SAWS - South Africa - 13.11.01 00h00Z.jpg
Synoptic Chart courtesy of SAWS (South African Weather Service) http://www.weathersa.co.za/

Comment: Low pressure over the interior. Isobars widely spaced giving low wind speeds.


MAGALIESBERG WEATHER (in the Aeroden area):

Wind Speed & Gusts, Cloud Cover, Precipitation, Temperature & Barometric Pressure (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.11.02-03 - WindGuru - 1.png
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.11.02-03 - WindGuru - 1.png (52.62 KiB) Viewed 3311 times
(click on image to enlarge)

Winds Aloft (2000m AGL) (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.11.02-03 - WindGuru - 2.jpg
(Note: This is a ‘2000m AGL’ view of the winds, with the top row of wind arrows at 3000m/9842ft altitude)


Saturday Morning - 2nd November: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy

Surface Wind: S 6-8 knots increasing to S 3-4 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: No
Temperatures: 13-27C
Cloud Cover: No
Precipitation: No
Visibility: 10km

Comments: A great morning (and afternoon!) for flying! vhpy


Sunday Morning - 3rd November: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##

Surface Wind: E 5-9 knots increasing to N 6-6 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: No
Temperatures: 14-26C
Cloud Cover: Some low cloud is possible ##
Precipitation: Slight possibility
Visibility: 10km

Comments: Possible low cloud. 6-6 knot tailwind on Aeroden 18 when landing later in the morning.


For an instant weather report from Aeroden Weather Station (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E): SMS "AD" to 38020 (Cost R10 - free SMS do not apply)


CAUTIONARY: Possibility of low cloud on Sunday ## . Tailwind landing (6-6 knots) on Aeroden 18 late morning on Sunday ##


Useful Weather Websites:
WindGuru http://www.windguru.cz
Kobus Botha Weather http://www.weatherphotos.co.za
6-Day Rainfall Forecast http://wxmaps.org/pix/af.vv.html
South African Weather http://www.weathersa.co.za
World Weather Online http://www.worldweatheronline.com/

For instant weather reports from OTHER Weather Stations, SMS the Weather Station Code (BOLD text) to 35010 (Cost R3 - free SMS do not apply)

Rustenburg FARG
Vaal Dam VAAL
Kitty Hawk FAKT or http://www.fakt.co.za/weatherstation.html
Midrand MID
Aeropark Zynkraal AZA
Krugersdorp FAKR

Other Web-Based & Dial-in Weather Reports:

Kroon (25°39'33.50"S 27°59'58.98"E) http://www.microflyers.co.za/weather/

Aviation MET Office: +27 82 233 9600 or +27 82 233 9700 or +27 83 233 8800 (provide location/routing and flight level)

SA Weather and Disaster Observation Service: http://sawdis1.blogspot.com/

Decoded TAFs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/TAFSA.php

Decoded METARs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/METARSA.php


Safe Skies! (-)

John.com


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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:08 am

Magaliesberg Weather Guide for the Weekend of Saturday 09 – Sunday 10 November, 2013

Report Summary: Both mornings will be great for flying although some low-level cloud is expected on Sunday morning! ## Winds pick up significantly later in the mornings and into the afternoons, so tread carefully! ##

NOTE: From this week I have added a '1000ft AGL' reference marker on the Winds Aloft Chart in order to give microlight pilots a better indication of where they will be flying! :wink:

Out-of-Five Rating: Saturday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy Sunday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##


Disclaimer: This weather guide is precisely that, a 'guide'! Use it, but question it, and always do your own research before flying! Remember that it remains the PIC's responsibility to conduct an independent check of the weather at the point of departure and destination as well as en route before taking off, by using official weather sites and official published weather reports!

Note: This weather guide is for Aeroden (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E), a lodge and airstrip on the northern side of the northern Magaliesberg ridge, 6 miles west of the Hartebeespoort Dam wall - so PLEASE check the relevance to the area in which YOU plan to fly!


ALL COMMENTS/OPINIONS ARE WELCOME! The weatherman can be wrong! :oops:

For the LATEST Magaliesberg WX go online to:
WindGuru for Aeroden
World Weather Online for Aeroden
WindGuru for Brits


WEATHER RADAR for South Africa dd. 08.11.2013 @ 08h00:
Weather Radar - South Africa - 13.11.08 08h00 SAST.jpg
Weather Radar courtesy of http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/

Comment: There is lots happening down south and to the east of the country but clear skies abound over South Africa! vhpy


SYNOPTIC CHART for South Africa dd. 08.11.2013 @ 00h00Z:
Synoptic Chart - SAWS - South Africa - 13.11.08 00h00Z.jpg
Synoptic Chart courtesy of SAWS (South African Weather Service) http://www.weathersa.co.za/

Comment: It is not often that the isobars are this widely spaced, which indicate great wind-free conditions! vhpy The late-morning and afternoon wind conditions shown in the charts below can largely be attributed to local thermic/heating conditions throughout the days due to the high temperatures and low-wind conditions in the mornings, which allow for significant heating of the earth surface and adjacent air.


MAGALIESBERG WEATHER (in the Aeroden area):

Wind Speed & Gusts, Cloud Cover, Precipitation, Temperature & Barometric Pressure (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.11.09-10 - WindGuru - 1.png
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(click on image to enlarge)

Winds Aloft (2000m AGL) (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.11.09-10 - WindGuru - 2_1.jpg
(Note: This is a ‘2000m AGL’ view of the winds, with the top row of wind arrows at 3000m/9842ft altitude)


Saturday Morning - 9th November: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy

Surface Wind: ENE 2-4 knots increasing to NW 9-11 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: No (only at much higher altitude)
Temperatures: 15-31C
Cloud Cover: No low-level cloud although some mid-level cloud (stay well below!)
Precipitation: No
Visibility: 10km

Comments: A truly great morning for flying! vhpy Be back on the deck before 11am!


Sunday Morning - 10th November: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##

Surface Wind: N 1-4 knots increasing to NNW 10-13 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: No (only at much higher altitude)
Temperatures: 16-31C
Cloud Cover: Yes, some low-level cloud, so exercise care! ##
Precipitation: No (later in the day/evening only)
Visibility: 10km

Comments: Great flying conditions BUT watch the low cloud! ##


For an instant weather report from Aeroden Weather Station (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E): SMS "AD" to 38020 (Cost R10 - free SMS do not apply)


CAUTIONARY: 1. Winds pick up in the late morning on BOTH days, 2. Low-level cloud on Sunday morning, 3. Thunderstorm activity can be expected in the afternoons


Useful Weather Websites:
WindGuru http://www.windguru.cz
Kobus Botha Weather http://www.weatherphotos.co.za
6-Day Rainfall Forecast http://wxmaps.org/pix/af.vv.html
South African Weather http://www.weathersa.co.za
World Weather Online http://www.worldweatheronline.com/

For instant weather reports from OTHER Weather Stations, SMS the Weather Station Code (BOLD text) to 35010 (Cost R3 - free SMS do not apply)

Rustenburg FARG
Vaal Dam VAAL
Kitty Hawk FAKT or http://www.fakt.co.za/weatherstation.html
Midrand MID
Aeropark Zynkraal AZA
Krugersdorp FAKR

Other Web-Based & Dial-in Weather Reports:

Kroon (25°39'33.50"S 27°59'58.98"E) http://www.microflyers.co.za/weather/

Aviation MET Office: +27 82 233 9600 or +27 82 233 9700 or +27 83 233 8800 (provide location/routing and flight level)

Decoded TAFs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/TAFSA.php

Decoded METARs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/METARSA.php


Safe Skies! (-)

John.com


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Magaliesberg, South Africa
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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:28 pm

Magaliesberg Weather Guide for the Weekend of Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 November, 2013

Report Summary: Firstly, apologies for the late posting of this weekend's weather guide! I had updated my Mac to Maverick OS and, as they say, the rest is history . . . . :evil: OK, so this weekend . . . . BIG WIND on Saturday, so keep those aeries hangared! ## Sunday morning presents a flying opportunity but please be careful with the winds!

Out-of-Five Rating: Saturday Morning ## ## ## ## ## Sunday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##


Disclaimer: This weather guide is precisely that, a 'guide'! Use it, but question it, and always do your own research before flying! Remember that it remains the PIC's responsibility to conduct an independent check of the weather at the point of departure and destination as well as en route before taking off, by using official weather sites and official published weather reports!

Note: This weather guide is for Aeroden (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E), a lodge and airstrip on the northern side of the northern Magaliesberg ridge, 6 miles west of the Hartebeespoort Dam wall - so PLEASE check the relevance to the area in which YOU plan to fly!


ALL COMMENTS/OPINIONS ARE WELCOME! The weatherman can be wrong! :oops:

For the LATEST Magaliesberg WX go online to:
WindGuru for Aeroden
World Weather Online for Aeroden
WindGuru for Brits


WEATHER RADAR for South Africa dd. 15.11.2013 @ 11h00:
Weather Radar - South Africa - 13.11.15 11h00 SAST.png.jpg
Weather Radar courtesy of http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/

Comment: There is a cut-off low system over the country at this time, bringing with it sustained winds and rain (Tues/Wed).


SYNOPTIC CHART for South Africa dd. 15.11.2013 @ 06h00Z:
Synoptic Chart - SAWS - South Africa - 13.11.15 06h00Z.png.jpg
Synoptic Chart courtesy of SAWS (South African Weather Service) http://www.weathersa.co.za/

Comment: Again, the cut-off low pressure system can clearly be seen over the country.

What is a "Cut-Off Low"? For those not familiar with cut-off low's, a 'cut-off low' is a low pressure system that becomes 'cut-off', or severed, from the the main planetary circulation and spins off independently. Because it is no longer attached to the westerly pressure wave to the south, it loses all momentum and can just sit for days, or move very slowly before dissipating. Cut-off lows are associated with very strong atmospheric instability and powerful convection up drafts. They also bring a range of severe types of weather, including torrential rainfall, snow on the mountainous areas and violent winds. Cut-off lows are one of the main drivers of damaging floods in South Africa and can also trigger thunderstorms. A good example of the damage that a cut-off low can cause is the Laingsburg flood. Source: SAWDOS- 03-02-2012.


MAGALIESBERG WEATHER (in the Aeroden area):

Wind Speed & Gusts, Cloud Cover, Precipitation, Temperature & Barometric Pressure (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.11.16-17 - WindGuru - 1.png
(click on image to enlarge)

Winds Aloft (2000m AGL) (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.11.16-17 - WindGuru - 2.jpg
(Note: This is a ‘2000m AGL’ view of the winds, with the top row of wind arrows at 3000m/9842ft altitude)


Saturday Morning - 16th November: ## ## ## ## ##

Surface Wind: NE 5-17 knots increasing to NNE 10-18 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: Yes (28 knots @ 1000ft AGL)
Temperatures: 19-31C
Cloud Cover: Some mid-level cloud
Precipitation: no
Visibility: 10km

Comments: High winds! ## Not a fly-day!


Sunday Morning - 17th November: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##

Surface Wind: SW 1-2 knots increasing to NW 8-13 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: Yes (10 knots @ 1000ft AGL)
Temperatures: 18-32C
Cloud Cover: No
Precipitation: No
Visibility: 10km

Comments: Weather is good to fly on Sunday morning but care should still be exercised.


For an instant weather report from Aeroden Weather Station (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E): SMS "AD" to 38020 (Cost R10 - free SMS do not apply)


CAUTIONARY: High wind conditions prevail for much of the weekend - CARE SHOULD BE EXERCISED! ## Also, always be alert for thunderstorms and dust-devils at this time of year, especially from late morning onwards! ##


Weather Flying Tip: ALWAYS be on the lookout for 'dust-devils' (whirlwinds) when taking off and landing. Recognised by dust, grass and litter being swept skyward in a circular motion, these can be your undoing if you encounter one, especially close to the ground! ##

At FATP (New Tempe) last weekend, a parachutist was caught in a dust-devil and has been left a quadriplegic due to shattered vertebrae! The following photograph is of the actual incident in which the parachutists can be seen coming in for landing - Courtesy AVCOM
Dust-Devil - FATP - 2013.11.09.JPG

Useful Weather Websites:
WindGuru http://www.windguru.cz
Kobus Botha Weather http://www.weatherphotos.co.za
6-Day Rainfall Forecast http://wxmaps.org/pix/af.vv.html
South African Weather http://www.weathersa.co.za
World Weather Online http://www.worldweatheronline.com/

For instant weather reports from OTHER Weather Stations, SMS the Weather Station Code (BOLD text) to 35010 (Cost R3 - free SMS do not apply)

Rustenburg FARG
Vaal Dam VAAL
Kitty Hawk FAKT or http://www.fakt.co.za/weatherstation.html
Midrand MID
Aeropark Zynkraal AZA
Krugersdorp FAKR

Other Web-Based & Dial-in Weather Reports:

Kroon (25°39'33.50"S 27°59'58.98"E) http://www.microflyers.co.za/weather/

Aviation MET Office: +27 82 233 9600 or +27 82 233 9700 or +27 83 233 8800 (provide location/routing and flight level)

Decoded TAFs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/TAFSA.php

Decoded METARs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/METARSA.php


Safe Skies! (-)

John.com


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Magaliesberg, South Africa
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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:30 pm

A quick headsup guys . . . Saturday is looking PERFECT for flying! (^^) (^^)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.11.23-24 - WindGuru - 1.png
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A full weather guide will follow on Thursday evening! :wink:
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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:17 pm

Magaliesberg Weather Guide for the Weekend of Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 November, 2013

Report Summary: Two BEAUTIFUL days of flying ahead of us!!! Maybe a little low cloud and light rain on Sunday morning but check it out once at the airfield!

Out-of-Five Rating: Saturday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy Sunday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##


Disclaimer: This weather guide is precisely that, a 'guide'! Use it, but question it, and always do your own research before flying! Remember that it remains the PIC's responsibility to conduct an independent check of the weather at the point of departure and destination as well as en route before taking off, by using official weather sites and official published weather reports!

Note: This weather guide is for Aeroden (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E), a lodge and airstrip on the northern side of the northern Magaliesberg ridge, 6 miles west of the Hartebeespoort Dam wall - so PLEASE check the relevance to the area in which YOU plan to fly!


ALL COMMENTS/OPINIONS ARE WELCOME! The weatherman can be wrong! :oops:

For the LATEST Magaliesberg WX go online to:
WindGuru for Aeroden
World Weather Online for Aeroden
WindGuru for Brits


WEATHER RADAR for South Africa dd. 21.11.2013 @ 17h00:
Weather Radar - South Africa - 13.11.21 17h00 SAST.jpg
Weather Radar courtesy of http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/

Comment: The weather we have experienced over the past few days can be seen moving north east of the country, leaving clear skies behind! (^^)


SYNOPTIC CHART for South Africa dd. 21.11.2013 @ 00h00Z:
Synoptic Chart - SAWS - South Africa - 13.11.21 00h00Z.jpg
Synoptic Chart courtesy of SAWS (South African Weather Service) http://www.weathersa.co.za/

Comment: Low pressure over the interior. Isobars widely spaced, indicating very light wind conditions.


MAGALIESBERG WEATHER (in the Aeroden area):

Wind Speed & Gusts, Cloud Cover, Precipitation, Temperature & Barometric Pressure (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.11.23-24 - WindGuru - 1.png
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.11.23-24 - WindGuru - 1.png (67.14 KiB) Viewed 3089 times
(click on image to enlarge)

Winds Aloft (2000m AGL) (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.11.23-24 - WindGuru - 2.jpg
(Note: This is a ‘2000m AGL’ view of the winds, with the top row of wind arrows at 3000m/9842ft altitude)


Saturday Morning - 23rd November: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy

Surface Wind: WNW 2-4 knots decreasing to NNW 1-4 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: No
Temperatures: 16-31C
Cloud Cover: No
Precipitation: No
Visibility: 10km

Comments: Near-perfect flying conditions!! vhpy


Sunday Morning - 24th November: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##

Surface Wind: E 4-5 knots decreasing to NE 3-3 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: No
Temperatures: 18-29C
Cloud Cover: Some low cloud about! ##
Precipitation: Slight chance of light rain.
Visibility: 9km

Comments: Great conditions except for the possibility of some low cloud and light rain!


For an instant weather report from Aeroden Weather Station (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E): SMS "AD" to 38020 (Cost R10 - free SMS do not apply)


CAUTIONARY: If flying until late in the morning PLEASE be careful of whirlwinds!!! Low winds combined with high temperatures make the conditions perfect for these aircraft-wreckers! Keep a look out all around the airfield when taking off or landing later in the mornings!!!


Useful Weather Websites:
WindGuru http://www.windguru.cz
Kobus Botha Weather http://www.weatherphotos.co.za
6-Day Rainfall Forecast http://wxmaps.org/pix/af.vv.html
South African Weather http://www.weathersa.co.za
World Weather Online http://www.worldweatheronline.com/

For instant weather reports from OTHER Weather Stations, SMS the Weather Station Code (BOLD text) to 35010 (Cost R3 - free SMS do not apply)

Rustenburg FARG
Vaal Dam VAAL
Kitty Hawk FAKT or http://www.fakt.co.za/weatherstation.html
Midrand MID
Aeropark Zynkraal AZA
Krugersdorp FAKR

Other Web-Based & Dial-in Weather Reports:

Kroon (25°39'33.50"S 27°59'58.98"E) http://www.microflyers.co.za/weather/

Aviation MET Office: +27 82 233 9600 or +27 82 233 9700 or +27 83 233 8800 (provide location/routing and flight level)

Decoded TAFs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/TAFSA.php

Decoded METARs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/METARSA.php


Safe Skies! (-)

John.com


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Magaliesberg, South Africa
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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:23 pm

Magaliesberg Weather Guide for the Weekend of Saturday 30 November – Sunday 1 December, 2013

Report Date & Time: Thursday 28/11/2013 @ 22h00 SAST

Report Summary: Reasonable conditions for flying on Saturday morning. Sunday is a 'no-fly' day!

Out-of-Five Rating: Saturday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ## Sunday Morning ## ## ## ## ##


Disclaimer: This weather guide is precisely that, a 'guide'! Use it, but question it, and always do your own research before flying! Remember that it remains the PIC's responsibility to conduct an independent check of the weather at the point of departure and destination as well as en route before taking off, by using official weather sites and official published weather reports!

Note: This weather guide is for Aeroden (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E), a lodge and airstrip on the northern side of the northern Magaliesberg ridge, 6 miles west of the Hartebeespoort Dam wall - so PLEASE check the relevance to the area in which YOU plan to fly!


ALL COMMENTS/OPINIONS ARE WELCOME! The weatherman can be wrong! :oops:

For the LATEST Magaliesberg WX go online to:
WindGuru for Aeroden
World Weather Online for Aeroden
WindGuru for Brits


WEATHER RADAR for South Africa dd. 28.11.2013 @ 20h00:
Weather Radar - South Africa - 13.11.28 20h00 SAST.jpg
Weather Radar courtesy of http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/

Comment: The storm clouds from the thunderstorm experienced over Johannesburg and Pretoria on Thursday evening (28/11/2013) can be clearly seen in this weather radar picture. Cloud and rain can be anticipated throughout the weekend.


SYNOPTIC CHART for South Africa dd. 28.11.2013 @ 12h00Z:
Synoptic Chart - SAWS - South Africa - 13.11.28 12h00Z.jpg
Synoptic Chart courtesy of SAWS (South African Weather Service) http://www.weathersa.co.za/

Comment: No fronts visible. Low pressure over the interior.


MAGALIESBERG WEATHER (in the Aeroden area):

Wind Speed & Gusts, Cloud Cover, Precipitation, Temperature & Barometric Pressure (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.11.30-13.12.01 - WindGuru - 1.png
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(click on image to enlarge)

Winds Aloft (2000m AGL) (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.11.30-13.12.01 - WindGuru - 2.jpg
(Note: This is a ‘2000m AGL’ view of the winds, with the top row of wind arrows at 3000m/9842ft altitude)


Saturday Morning - 30th November: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##

Surface Wind: NNW 3-6 knots increasing to NW 7-12 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: Yes (12 knots @ 1000ft AGL)
Temperatures: 16-29C
Cloud Cover: No
Precipitation: No
Visibility: 10km

Comments: Flyable but high level winds might make things a tad uncomfortable. Be aware of a quartering tailwind (NW) if landing on Aeroden 18 later in the morning. ##


Sunday Morning - 1st December: ## ## ## ## ##

Surface Wind: E 8-22 knots decreasing to N 10-15 knots later in the morning. ##
High-Level Winds: YES (20 knots @ 1000ft AGL) ##
Temperatures: 18-28C
Cloud Cover: Yes ##
Precipitation: Yes ##
Visibility: 10km

Comments: Wind/Cloud/Rain = No Flying! ##


For an instant weather report from Aeroden Weather Station (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E): SMS "AD" to 38020 (Cost R10 - free SMS do not apply)


CAUTIONARY: The presence of highveld thunderstorm conditions coupled with high-level winds could make for challenging flying on Saturday. Sunday is a 'no-fly' day! ##


Useful Weather Websites:
WindGuru http://www.windguru.cz
Kobus Botha Weather http://www.weatherphotos.co.za
6-Day Rainfall Forecast http://wxmaps.org/pix/af.vv.html
South African Weather http://www.weathersa.co.za
World Weather Online http://www.worldweatheronline.com/

For instant weather reports from OTHER Weather Stations, SMS the Weather Station Code (BOLD text) to 35010 (Cost R3 - free SMS do not apply)

Rustenburg FARG
Vaal Dam VAAL
Kitty Hawk FAKT or http://www.fakt.co.za/weatherstation.html
Midrand MID
Aeropark Zynkraal AZA
Krugersdorp FAKR

Other Web-Based & Dial-in Weather Reports:

Kroon (25°39'33.50"S 27°59'58.98"E) http://www.microflyers.co.za/weather/

Aviation MET Office: +27 82 233 9600 or +27 82 233 9700 or +27 83 233 8800 (provide location/routing and flight level)

Decoded TAFs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/TAFSA.php

Decoded METARs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/METARSA.php


Safe Skies! (-)

John.com


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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:01 am

Magaliesberg Weather Guide for the Weekend of Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 December, 2013

Report Date & Time: Friday 06/12/2013 @ 07h00 SAST

Follow Magliesberg Weather on Twitter for Live Updates & Warnings: @MagaliesWeather


Report Summary: Both days are flyable but be aware of the possibility of cloud and rain on both days.

Out-of-Five Rating: Saturday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ## Sunday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##


Disclaimer: This weather guide is precisely that, a 'guide'! Use it, but question it, and always do your own research before flying! Remember that it remains the PIC's responsibility to conduct an independent check of the weather at the point of departure and destination as well as en route before taking off, by using official weather sites and official published weather reports!

Note: This weather guide is for Aeroden (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E), a lodge and airstrip on the northern side of the northern Magaliesberg ridge, 6 miles west of the Hartebeespoort Dam wall - so PLEASE check the relevance to the area in which YOU plan to fly!


ALL COMMENTS/OPINIONS ARE WELCOME! The weatherman can be wrong! :oops:

For the LATEST Magaliesberg WX go online to:
WindGuru for Aeroden
World Weather Online for Aeroden
WindGuru for Brits


WEATHER RADAR for South Africa dd. 06.12.2013 @ 05h00:
Weather Radar - South Africa - 13.12.06 05h00 SAST.jpg
Weather Radar courtesy of http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/

Comment: Clear skies are indicated although weather has been extremely unpredictable of late, so double check before heading out! PLEASE REFER TO THE NEXT POST FOR THE SATELLITE IMAGERY (showing cloud)


SYNOPTIC CHART for South Africa dd. 05.12.2013 @ 18h00Z:
Synoptic Chart - SAWS - South Africa - 13.12.05 18h00Z.jpg
Synoptic Chart courtesy of SAWS (South African Weather Service) http://www.weathersa.co.za/

Comment: Low pressure over the interior. Widely spaced isobars indicating low wind conditions.


MAGALIESBERG WEATHER (in the Aeroden area):

Wind Speed & Gusts, Cloud Cover, Precipitation, Temperature & Barometric Pressure (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.12.07-08 - WindGuru - 1.png
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.12.07-08 - WindGuru - 1.png (65.19 KiB) Viewed 2949 times
(click on image to enlarge)

Winds Aloft (2000m AGL) (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.12.07-08 - WindGuru - 2_1.jpg
(Note: This is a ‘2000m AGL’ view of the winds, with the top row of wind arrows at 3000m/9842ft altitude)


Saturday Morning - 7th December: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##

Surface Wind: ENE 4-7 knots increasing to NE 6-9 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: Light
Temperatures: 15-25C
Cloud Cover: Yes, some low-level and mid-level cloud
Precipitation: Slight chance of rain
Visibility: 10km

Comments: Flyable, but be alert for cloud & rain.


Sunday Morning - 8th December: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##

Surface Wind: NE 2-4 knots increasing to N 4-5 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: No
Temperatures: 15-27C
Cloud Cover: Yes, some low-level and mid-level cloud
Precipitation: Slight chance of rain
Visibility: 10km

Comments: Flyable, but be alert for cloud & rain.


For an instant weather report from Aeroden Weather Station (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E): SMS "AD" to 38020 (Cost R10 - free SMS do not apply)


CAUTIONARY: Be extra careful of thunderstorm activity at this time of year! ##


Useful Weather Websites:
WindGuru http://www.windguru.cz
Kobus Botha Weather http://www.weatherphotos.co.za
6-Day Rainfall Forecast http://wxmaps.org/pix/af.vv.html
South African Weather http://www.weathersa.co.za
World Weather Online http://www.worldweatheronline.com/

For instant weather reports from OTHER Weather Stations, SMS the Weather Station Code (BOLD text) to 35010 (Cost R3 - free SMS do not apply)

Rustenburg FARG
Vaal Dam VAAL
Kitty Hawk FAKT or http://www.fakt.co.za/weatherstation.html
Midrand MID
Aeropark Zynkraal AZA
Krugersdorp FAKR

Other Web-Based & Dial-in Weather Reports:

Kroon (25°39'33.50"S 27°59'58.98"E) http://www.microflyers.co.za/weather/

Aviation MET Office: +27 82 233 9600 or +27 82 233 9700 or +27 83 233 8800 (provide location/routing and flight level)

Decoded TAFs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/TAFSA.php

Decoded METARs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/METARSA.php


Safe Skies! (-)

John.com


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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:44 am

I was not happy with the earlier weather radar post showing clear skies, so here is the satellite imagery of the weather over South Africa from earlier today (Friday 6/12/2013 @ 08h00):
Weatherphotos.co.za - South Africa - 2013.12.06 08h00 SAST.jpg
Weather Satellite courtesy of http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/

Click HERE for the detail!

(^^)
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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:38 am

Magaliesberg Weather Guide for the Long Weekend of Saturday 14 – Monday 16 December, 2013

Report Date & Time: Friday 13/12/2013 @ 05h30 SAST

Follow Magliesberg Weather on Twitter for Live Updates & Warnings: @MagaliesWeather


Report Summary: All three days are flyable, with Monday being close to PERFECT!!! vhpy NOTAMs still in place - see CAUTIONARY below!

Out-of-Five Rating: Saturday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ## Sunday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ## Monday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy


Disclaimer: This weather guide is precisely that, a 'guide'! Use it, but question it, and always do your own research before flying! Remember that it remains the PIC's responsibility to conduct an independent check of the weather at the point of departure and destination as well as en route before taking off, by using official weather sites and official published weather reports!

Note: This weather guide is for Aeroden (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E), a lodge and airstrip on the northern side of the northern Magaliesberg ridge, 6 miles west of the Hartebeespoort Dam wall - so PLEASE check the relevance to the area in which YOU plan to fly!


ALL COMMENTS/OPINIONS ARE WELCOME! The weatherman can be wrong! :oops:

For the LATEST Magaliesberg WX go online to:
WindGuru for Aeroden
World Weather Online for Aeroden
WindGuru for Brits


WEATHER RADAR for South Africa dd. 13.12.2013 @ 02h00:
Weather Radar - South Africa - 13.12.13 02h00 SAST.jpg
Weather Radar courtesy of http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/

Comment: Clear Skies - no fronts visible.


SYNOPTIC CHART for South Africa dd. 12.12.2013 @ 18h00Z:
Synoptic Chart - SAWS - South Africa - 13.12.12 18h00Z.jpg
Synoptic Chart courtesy of SAWS (South African Weather Service) http://www.weathersa.co.za/

Comment: Low pressure system over the interior - isobars widely spaced > light winds only.


MAGALIESBERG WEATHER (in the Aeroden area):

Wind Speed & Gusts, Cloud Cover, Precipitation, Temperature & Barometric Pressure (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.12.14-16 - WindGuru - 1.png
(click on image to enlarge)

Winds Aloft (2000m AGL) (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.12.14-16 - WindGuru - 2.jpg
(Note: This is a ‘2000m AGL’ view of the winds, with the top row of wind arrows at 3000m/9842ft altitude)


Saturday Morning - 14th December: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##

Surface Wind: N 5-3 knots increasing to NW 8-11 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: Some (10 knots @ 1000ft AGL) ##
Temperatures: 17-29C
Cloud Cover: Some low-level cloud about ##
Precipitation: No
Visibility: 10km

Comments: Get out early, as some wind picks up later in the morning. NOTAMs still in place - see CAUTIONARY below!


Sunday Morning - 15th December: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##

Surface Wind: N 1-3 knots increasing to NW 9-12 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: Some (10 knots @ 1000ft AGL) ##
Temperatures: 17-31C
Cloud Cover: Some low-level cloud about ##
Precipitation: No
Visibility: 10km

Comments: Get out early, as some wind picks up later in the morning. Beware of a quartering tailwind if landing on Aeroden 18 later in the morning! ## NOTAMs still in place - see CAUTIONARY below!


Monday Morning - 16th December: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy

Surface Wind: S 4-5 knots increasing to WSW 3-6 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: No
Temperatures: 17-32C
Cloud Cover: No
Precipitation: No
Visibility: 10km

Comments: A great day for flying! vhpy Allow for 5 knots of tailwind if taking off early on Aeroden 36. ##


For an instant weather report from Aeroden Weather Station (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E): SMS "AD" to 38020 (Cost R10 - free SMS do not apply)

Follow Magliesberg Weather on Twitter for Live Updates & Warnings: @MagaliesWeather


CAUTIONARY: Airspace Restrictions are STILL in place (see HERE of visit ATNS.co.za > Airspace Declarations > NOTAMs for latest NOTAMs). Be aware of the possibility of THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY before setting out!


Useful Weather Websites:
WindGuru http://www.windguru.cz
Kobus Botha Weather http://www.weatherphotos.co.za
6-Day Rainfall Forecast http://wxmaps.org/pix/af.vv.html
South African Weather http://www.weathersa.co.za
World Weather Online http://www.worldweatheronline.com/

For instant weather reports from OTHER Weather Stations, SMS the Weather Station Code (BOLD text) to 35010 (Cost R3 - free SMS do not apply)

Rustenburg FARG
Vaal Dam VAAL
Kitty Hawk FAKT or http://www.fakt.co.za/weatherstation.html
Midrand MID
Aeropark Zynkraal AZA
Krugersdorp FAKR

Other Web-Based & Dial-in Weather Reports:

Kroon (25°39'33.50"S 27°59'58.98"E) http://www.microflyers.co.za/weather/

Aviation MET Office: +27 82 233 9600 or +27 82 233 9700 or +27 83 233 8800 (provide location/routing and flight level)

Decoded TAFs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/TAFSA.php

Decoded METARs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/METARSA.php


Safe Skies! (-)

John.com


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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Sat Dec 14, 2013 5:41 pm

50nm NOTAM lifted at 00:00 tonight! Weather is looking GREAT!

Let's FLY!!!!

Here is the latest synoptic chart . . . . WOW!
Synoptic Chart - SAWS - South Africa - 13.12.14 12h00Z.jpg
And a quick update of Aeroden for Sunday and Monday . . . . Sunday will be a little windy but Monday is PUUUUUUURFECT (^^)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.12.14-16 - WindGuru - 1 - 2.png
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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:56 pm

Magaliesberg Weather Guide for the Weekend of Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 December, 2013

Report Date & Time: Friday 20/12/2013 @ 14h00 SAST

Follow Magliesberg Weather on Twitter for Live Updates & Warnings: @MagaliesWeather


Report Summary: Great flying weather on both days. A little cloud about. No wind! vhpy

Out-of-Five Rating: Saturday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy Sunday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy


Disclaimer: This weather guide is precisely that, a 'guide'! Use it, but question it, and always do your own research before flying! Remember that it remains the PIC's responsibility to conduct an independent check of the weather at the point of departure and destination as well as en route before taking off, by using official weather sites and official published weather reports!

Note: This weather guide is for Aeroden (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E), a lodge and airstrip on the northern side of the northern Magaliesberg ridge, 6 miles west of the Hartebeespoort Dam wall - so PLEASE check the relevance to the area in which YOU plan to fly!


ALL COMMENTS/OPINIONS ARE WELCOME! The weatherman can be wrong! :oops:

For the LATEST Magaliesberg WX go online to:
WindGuru for Aeroden
World Weather Online for Aeroden
WindGuru for Brits


WEATHER RADAR for South Africa dd. 20.12.2013 @ 11h00:
Weather Radar - South Africa - 13.12.20 11h00 SAST.jpg
Weather Radar courtesy of http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/

Comment: Clear skies, no fronts visible!


SYNOPTIC CHART for South Africa dd. 20.12.2013 @ 06h00Z:
Synoptic Chart - SAWS - South Africa - 13.12.20 06h00Z.jpg
Synoptic Chart courtesy of SAWS (South African Weather Service) http://www.weathersa.co.za/

Comment: Low pressure system over the interior. Widely spaced isobars, indicating very light winds.


MAGALIESBERG WEATHER (in the Aeroden area):

Wind Speed & Gusts, Cloud Cover, Precipitation, Temperature & Barometric Pressure (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.12.21-22 - WindGuru - 1.png
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(click on image to enlarge)

Winds Aloft (2000m AGL) (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.12.21-22 - WindGuru - 2.jpg
(Note: This is a ‘2000m AGL’ view of the winds, with the top row of wind arrows at 3000m/9842ft altitude)


Saturday Morning - 21st December: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy

Surface Wind: NE 4-6 knots decreasing to NNW 2-2 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: None
Temperatures: 16-31C
Cloud Cover: Some, but high-level only.
Precipitation: No
Visibility: 10km

Comments: A great day for flying! vhpy


Sunday Morning - 22nd December: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy

Surface Wind: E 3-4 knots decreasing to NE 2-4 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: None
Temperatures: 19-32C
Cloud Cover: No
Precipitation: No
Visibility: 10km

Comments: Another great day for flying! vhpy


For an instant weather report from Aeroden Weather Station (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E): SMS "AD" to 38020 (Cost R10 - free SMS do not apply)

Follow Magliesberg Weather on Twitter for Live Updates & Warnings: @MagaliesWeather


CAUTIONARY: Very hot weather so BEWARE of CBs (thunderstorms) as well as whirlwinds!


Useful Weather Websites:
WindGuru http://www.windguru.cz
Kobus Botha Weather http://www.weatherphotos.co.za
6-Day Rainfall Forecast http://wxmaps.org/pix/af.vv.html
South African Weather http://www.weathersa.co.za
World Weather Online http://www.worldweatheronline.com/

For instant weather reports from OTHER Weather Stations, SMS the Weather Station Code (BOLD text) to 35010 (Cost R3 - free SMS do not apply)

Rustenburg FARG
Vaal Dam VAAL
Kitty Hawk FAKT or http://www.fakt.co.za/weatherstation.html
Midrand MID
Aeropark Zynkraal AZA
Krugersdorp FAKR

Other Web-Based & Dial-in Weather Reports:

Kroon (25°39'33.50"S 27°59'58.98"E) http://www.microflyers.co.za/weather/

Aviation MET Office: +27 82 233 9600 or +27 82 233 9700 or +27 83 233 8800 (provide location/routing and flight level)

Decoded TAFs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/TAFSA.php

Decoded METARs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/METARSA.php


Safe Skies! (-)

John.com


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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:39 pm

A quick headsup . . . . some cloud and rain on the horizon!

Be on the lookout for approaching weather & take care if flying!
Weather Radar - South Africa - 13.12.21 20h00 SAST.jpg
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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Fri Dec 27, 2013 1:38 pm

Magaliesberg Weather Guide for the Weekend of Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 December, 2013

Report Date & Time: Fri 27/12/2013 @ 14h40 SAST

Follow Magliesberg Weather on Twitter for Live Updates & Warnings: @MagaliesWeather


Report Summary: Saturday is flyable subject to low-level cloud conditions (remember VRF conditions folks - I flew on Sunday in similar conditions and was borderline VFR!). Sunday is a aerie-maintenance day . . . . :wink:

Out-of-Five Rating: Saturday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy ## ## Sunday Morning ## ## ## ## ##


Disclaimer: This weather guide is precisely that, a 'guide'! Use it, but question it, and always do your own research before flying! Remember that it remains the PIC's responsibility to conduct an independent check of the weather at the point of departure and destination as well as en route before taking off, by using official weather sites and official published weather reports!

Note: This weather guide is for Aeroden (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E), a lodge and airstrip on the northern side of the northern Magaliesberg ridge, 6 miles west of the Hartebeespoort Dam wall - so PLEASE check the relevance to the area in which YOU plan to fly!


ALL COMMENTS/OPINIONS ARE WELCOME! The weatherman can be wrong! :oops:

For the LATEST Magaliesberg WX go online to:
WindGuru for Aeroden
World Weather Online for Aeroden
WindGuru for Brits


WEATHER RADAR for South Africa dd. 27.12.2013 @ 11h00:
Weather Radar - South Africa - 13.12.27 11h00 SAST.jpg
Weather Radar courtesy of http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/

Comment: Cloud and rain over much of Gauteng and North West, moving eastwards, leaving clear skies on Tuesday.


SYNOPTIC CHART for South Africa dd. 27.12.2013 @ 06h00Z:
Synoptic Chart - SAWS - South Africa - 13.12.27 06h00Z.jpg
Synoptic Chart courtesy of SAWS (South African Weather Service) http://www.weathersa.co.za/

Comment: No weather fronts visible.


MAGALIESBERG WEATHER (in the Aeroden area):

Wind Speed & Gusts, Cloud Cover, Precipitation, Temperature & Barometric Pressure (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.12.28-29 - WindGuru - 1.png
(click on image to enlarge)

Winds Aloft (2000m AGL) (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 13.12.28-29 - WindGuru - 2.jpg
(Note: This is a '2000m AGL' view of the winds, with the top row of wind arrows at 3000m/9842ft altitude)


Saturday Morning - 28th December: vhpy vhpy vhpy ## ##

Surface Wind: NNE 2-3 knots increasing to NW 4-4 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: None
Temperatures: 17-30C
Cloud Cover: Yes, low-level cloud! Exercise care! ##
Precipitation: Slight chance of rain, especially when airborne and close to the cloud base.
Visibility: 9km

Comments: Not a great day, although flyable around the patch! Watch for low-level cloud. ##


Sunday Morning - 29th December: ## ## ## ## ##

Surface Wind: SE 4-7 knots increasing to E 6-10 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: Light (8 knots @ 1000ft AGL)
Temperatures: 19-24C
Cloud Cover: Yes, low-level and mid-level cloud. ##
Precipitation: Yes
Visibility: 7km

Comments: Winds are manageable but Cloud + Rain = Not a good day for flying!


For an instant weather report from Aeroden Weather Station (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E): SMS "AD" to 38020 (Cost R10 - free SMS do not apply)

Follow Magliesberg Weather on Twitter for Live Updates & Warnings: @MagaliesWeather


CAUTIONARY: Low-Level cloud about . . . EXERCISE CARE! ##


Useful Weather Websites:
WindGuru http://www.windguru.cz
Kobus Botha Weather http://www.weatherphotos.co.za
6-Day Rainfall Forecast http://wxmaps.org/pix/af.vv.html
South African Weather http://www.weathersa.co.za
World Weather Online http://www.worldweatheronline.com/

For instant weather reports from OTHER Weather Stations, SMS the Weather Station Code (BOLD text) to 35010 (Cost R3 - free SMS do not apply)

Rustenburg FARG
Vaal Dam VAAL
Kitty Hawk FAKT or http://www.fakt.co.za/weatherstation.html
Midrand MID
Aeropark Zynkraal AZA
Krugersdorp FAKR

Other Web-Based & Dial-in Weather Reports:

Kroon (25°39'33.50"S 27°59'58.98"E) http://www.microflyers.co.za/weather/

Aviation MET Office: +27 82 233 9600 or +27 82 233 9700 or +27 83 233 8800 (provide location/routing and flight level)

Decoded TAFs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/TAFSA.php

Decoded METARs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/METARSA.php


Safe Skies! (-)

John.com


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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:26 pm

Magaliesberg Weather Guide for the Weekend of Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 January, 2014

Report Date & Time: Friday 03/12/2014 @ 15h30 SAST

Follow Magliesberg Weather on Twitter for Live Updates & Warnings: @MagaliesWeather


Report Summary: Two good days for flying! Sunday has the possibility of some low cloud.

Out-of-Five Rating: Saturday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy Sunday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##


Disclaimer: This weather guide is precisely that, a 'guide'! Use it, but question it, and always do your own research before flying! Remember that it remains the PIC's responsibility to conduct an independent check of the weather at the point of departure and destination as well as en route before taking off, by using official weather sites and official published weather reports!

Note: This weather guide is for Aeroden (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E), a lodge and airstrip on the northern side of the northern Magaliesberg ridge, 6 miles west of the Hartebeespoort Dam wall - so PLEASE check the relevance to the area in which YOU plan to fly!


ALL COMMENTS/OPINIONS ARE WELCOME! The weatherman can be wrong! :oops:

For the LATEST Magaliesberg WX go online to:
WindGuru for Aeroden
World Weather Online for Aeroden
WindGuru for Brits


WEATHER RADAR for South Africa dd. 03.01.2014 @ 11h00 SAST:
Weather Radar - South Africa - 14.01.03 11h00 SAST.jpg
"Black Cloud Mode"- Intensity of BLACK indicates intensity of rain. BLACK = High Probability of Rain. Mainly clouds with a possibility of rain are indicated. Very low clouds might be excluded.
Weather Radar courtesy of http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/

Comment: No fronts visible. Some cloud possible.


SYNOPTIC CHART for South Africa dd. 03.01.2014 @ 00h00Z:
Synoptic Chart - SAWS - South Africa - 14.01.03 00h00Z.jpg
Synoptic Chart courtesy of SAWS (South African Weather Service) http://www.weathersa.co.za/

Comment: No fronts visible. Isobars widely spaced, indicating low wind conditions.


MAGALIESBERG WEATHER (in the Aeroden area):

Wind Speed & Gusts, Cloud Cover, Precipitation, Temperature & Barometric Pressure (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 14.01.04-05 - WindGuru - 1.png
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 14.01.04-05 - WindGuru - 1.png (68.66 KiB) Viewed 2514 times
(click on image to enlarge)

Winds Aloft (2000m AGL) (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 14.01.04-05 - WindGuru - 2.jpg
(Note: This is a ‘2000m AGL’ view of the winds, with the top row of wind arrows at 3000m/9842ft altitude)


Saturday Morning - 4th January: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy

Surface Wind: ENE 3-4 knots increasing to NNW 2-2 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: None
Temperatures: 19-32C
Cloud Cover: No (late morning)
Precipitation: No
Visibility: 10km

Comments: A perfect day for flying! vhpy


Sunday Morning - 5th January: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##

Surface Wind: NNW 3-5 knots increasing to NW 7-7 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: Light (8 knots @ 1000ft AGL)
Temperatures: 19-28C
Cloud Cover: Yes, some low-level cloud ##
Precipitation: No
Visibility: 10km

Comments: Possibility of some low cloud. Otherwise, not a bad day for taking to the sky.


For an instant weather report from Aeroden Weather Station (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E): SMS "AD" to 38020 (Cost R10 - free SMS do not apply)

Follow Magliesberg Weather on Twitter for Live Updates & Warnings: @MagaliesWeather


CAUTIONARY: Possibility of low-level cloud on Sunday morning. ## Keep alert for the formation of thunderstorms as well as whirlwinds created by the hot wind-free conditions.


Useful Weather Websites:
WindGuru http://www.windguru.cz
Kobus Botha Weather http://www.weatherphotos.co.za
6-Day Rainfall Forecast http://wxmaps.org/pix/af.vv.html
South African Weather http://www.weathersa.co.za
World Weather Online http://www.worldweatheronline.com/

For instant weather reports from OTHER Weather Stations, SMS the Weather Station Code (BOLD text) to 35010 (Cost R3 - free SMS do not apply)

Rustenburg FARG
Vaal Dam VAAL
Kitty Hawk FAKT or http://www.fakt.co.za/weatherstation.html
Midrand MID
Aeropark Zynkraal AZA
Krugersdorp FAKR

Other Web-Based & Dial-in Weather Reports:

Kroon (25°39'33.50"S 27°59'58.98"E) http://www.microflyers.co.za/weather/

Aviation MET Office: +27 82 233 9600 or +27 82 233 9700 or +27 83 233 8800 (provide location/routing and flight level)

Decoded TAFs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/TAFSA.php

Decoded METARs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/METARSA.php


Safe Skies! (-)

John.com


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ZU-BST (the Beautiful Seductive Temptress)
Magaliesberg, South Africa
Read my flying blog here . . . http://johncomley.blogspot.com/

"Truly superior pilots are those who use their superior judgment to avoid those situations where they might have to use their superior skills"
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Re: Magaliesberg Weather Guide

Postby John.com » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:56 pm

Magaliesberg Weather Guide for the Weekend of Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 January, 2014

Report Date & Time: Thursday 09/01/2014 @ 21h30 SAST

Follow Magliesberg Weather on Twitter for Live Updates & Warnings: @MagaliesWeather


Report Summary: Both days are great for flying! Slight downgrade due to tailwind landing on Aeroden 18 later in the morning on both days. Note: I have added a indicator on the 'winds-aloft' chart which indicates winds at 50% mountain height ABOVE the top of the Magaliesberg mountains, which will give pilots an idea of what they need to contend with when crossing the Northern Ridge with 50% safety clearance!

Out-of-Five Rating: Saturday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ## Sunday Morning vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##


Disclaimer: This weather guide is precisely that, a 'guide'! Use it, but question it, and always do your own research before flying! Remember that it remains the PIC's responsibility to conduct an independent check of the weather at the point of departure and destination as well as en route before taking off, by using official weather sites and official published weather reports!

Note: This weather guide is for Aeroden (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E), a lodge and airstrip on the northern side of the northern Magaliesberg ridge, 6 miles west of the Hartebeespoort Dam wall - so PLEASE check the relevance to the area in which YOU plan to fly!


ALL COMMENTS/OPINIONS ARE WELCOME! The weatherman can be wrong! :oops:

For the LATEST Magaliesberg WX go online to:
WindGuru for Aeroden
World Weather Online for Aeroden
WindGuru for Brits


WEATHER RADAR for South Africa dd. 09.01.2014 @ 20h00 SAST:
Weather Radar - South Africa - 14.01.09 20h00 SAST.jpg
"Black Cloud Mode"- Intensity of BLACK indicates intensity of rain. BLACK = High Probability of Rain. Mainly clouds with a possibility of rain are indicated. Very low clouds might be excluded.
Weather Radar courtesy of http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/

Comment: No fronts visible.


SYNOPTIC CHART for South Africa dd. 09.01.2014 @ 12h00Z:
Synoptic Chart - SAWS - South Africa - 14.01.09 12h00Z.jpg
Synoptic Chart courtesy of SAWS (South African Weather Service) http://www.weathersa.co.za/

Comment: No fronts visible. Widely spaced isobars indicate low wind conditions.


MAGALIESBERG WEATHER (in the Aeroden area):

Wind Speed & Gusts, Cloud Cover, Precipitation, Temperature & Barometric Pressure (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 14.01.11-12 - WindGuru - 1.png
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Winds Aloft (2000m AGL) (click on image to enlarge)
Weather - Magaliesberg Aeroden - 14.01.11-12 - WindGuru - 2.jpg
(Note: This is a ‘2000m AGL’ view of the winds, with the top row of wind arrows at 3000m/9842ft altitude)


Saturday Morning - 11th January: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##

Surface Wind: ESE 3-5 knots increasing to N 7-9 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: None
Temperatures: 19-30C
Cloud Cover: Some low-level cloud later in the morning
Precipitation: No
Visibility: 10km

Comments: A great day for flying. Be aware of a tailwind landing (7 - 9 knots) on Aeroden 18 later in the morning. ##


Sunday Morning - 12th January: vhpy vhpy vhpy vhpy ##

Surface Wind: NE 3-5 knots increasing to NNW 5-6 knots later in the morning.
High-Level Winds: Slight (8-10 knots @ 1000ft AGL)
Temperatures: 17-30C
Cloud Cover: Some low-level cloud later in the morning
Precipitation: No
Visibility: 9km

Comments: Another great day for flying! Be aware of a slight tailwind (5 - 6 knots) if landing on Aeroden 18 later in the morning. ##


For an instant weather report from Aeroden Weather Station (25°43'30.17"S 27°44'23.90"E): SMS "AD" to 38020 (Cost R10 - free SMS do not apply)

Follow Magliesberg Weather on Twitter for Live Updates & Warnings: @MagaliesWeather


CAUTIONARY: Tailwind landing conditions on Aeroden 18 later in the mornings on BOTH days

Weather Flying Tip: Tailwind Landings: Calculate the tailwind by checking the windsock OR by checking the difference between your IAS and your ground speed (off your GPS). Remember to add 5mph airspeed for each 5mph of tailwind!


Useful Weather Websites:
WindGuru http://www.windguru.cz
Kobus Botha Weather http://www.weatherphotos.co.za
6-Day Rainfall Forecast http://wxmaps.org/pix/af.vv.html
South African Weather http://www.weathersa.co.za
World Weather Online http://www.worldweatheronline.com/

For instant weather reports from OTHER Weather Stations, SMS the Weather Station Code (BOLD text) to 35010 (Cost R3 - free SMS do not apply)

Rustenburg FARG
Vaal Dam VAAL
Kitty Hawk FAKT or http://www.fakt.co.za/weatherstation.html
Midrand MID
Aeropark Zynkraal AZA
Krugersdorp FAKR

Other Web-Based & Dial-in Weather Reports:

Kroon (25°39'33.50"S 27°59'58.98"E) http://www.microflyers.co.za/weather/

Aviation MET Office: +27 82 233 9600 or +27 82 233 9700 or +27 83 233 8800 (provide location/routing and flight level)

Decoded TAFs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/TAFSA.php

Decoded METARs for Southern Africa: http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/METARSA.php


Safe Skies! (-)

John.com


WINDGURU CHART LEGEND (click to enlarge)
WindGuru Chart Legend.jpg
John Comley
ZU-BST (the Beautiful Seductive Temptress)
Magaliesberg, South Africa
Read my flying blog here . . . http://johncomley.blogspot.com/

"Truly superior pilots are those who use their superior judgment to avoid those situations where they might have to use their superior skills"

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