Snow Watch 2013
Historical Snow Watch threads:
1. 03 April - Good start to the season with snowfalls in excess of 6cm falling mainly across the KZN Drakensberg and the Eastern part of the Lesotho Highlands. Snow did settle on the slopes of the High Berg. Details .
2. 10 April - Very isolated snowfall in Sani Pass/Black Mountain Region. Light dusting also in Eastern Cape Berg Details
3. 18-21 April - Large weather system drops good quantities of snow across the entire range. Details
4. 04 May - Based on the sat image from the 5th, this occurred on the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, particularly in the southern extremities, as well as the tail-end of the Central Range of Lesotho. No reports of fresh snow in the KZN Drakensberg. Details
5. 11 May - Snow on most of the high ground North of Sani Pass. Most snow was concentrated around the Afriski region in the Nothern most part of the range. Afriski website reported 15cm snow depth. Details
6. 17 May - Light snow reported at Afriski and Sani Pass. Satellite image shows small amount of new snow in the Black Mountain region, as well as the high ridges above Vergelegen. Details
7. 27/28 May - Confined mainly to the Afriski region. Light snow was visible on the Afriski webcam, and the next visible satellite image showed some fresh snow. Details
8. 2 June - Isolated snowfall in the Xalanga Peak / Witteberg region in the extreme South. Details
9. 9 June - Fairly widespread snowfall from the Eastern Cape high ground through to Witsieshoek in the North. Snow was heaviest in the South, with lasting snow down to 1750m. Details
10. 27-28 June - Snow fell in a fairly narrow band across most of the KZN Escarpment, down to 2300m in places. Details
11. 8-9 August - Snow fell in the Afriski region of Lesotho, and in a narrow band across most of the escarpment. Parts of the South had light snowfall down to 2000m. Details
12. 11-12 August - Cold-core trough drops fresh snow across most of the high ground of Lesotho. Afriski reported a good amount of new snow. Details
13. 12 September - Light snow reported at Sani Pass and Tiffindell (No other details available)
14. 21-22 September - Light snow reported in the Bushman's Nek, Giants Castle, and Mnweni areas. Details
15. 29-30 September - Light snow falls in a narrow band extending from Bushmans Nek to Cathedral Peak. Details
16. 21-22 October - Widespread snow falls on high ground from Tiffindell in the South to the Afriski area in the North. Details
17. 28-29 November - Light dusting visible on the Afriski Webcam. Details
Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
It's snowing in the Berg! Management at the Sani Pass Mountain Lodge in the Southern Drakensberg says snow flakes began dusting the area from about 4.30pm today.
The Lodge's Brian Maher says about six-centimetres of snow's already fallen.
He says while it's not unusual for it to snow around this time of year, those wanting to build snowmen might have to wait a little longer.
Maher says sunshine has been forecast for tomorrow, so unless there's considerable snowfall tonight most of the powder is expected to melt away by tomorrow.
For now though, Maher says hot chocolate and blankets are the order of the day
I think it changed to Langies (assume they were ahead of schedule), the re-supply team were due up Bannerman Pass on Saturday, I checked the hiking register & a team of 14 were in the register to go up Langies & down Giants. They were the only group that could've been the re-supply team.
ghaznavid wrote: I hope the GT guys are ok. Doesn't sound like its too bad though. They are going North to South and resupplied at Bannerman Pass last weekend, finishing this weekend. They are probably around where we were when we got hit by snow last year (somewhere between Sani and Rhino).
I saw them coming down the Langies ridge on Sunday so I assume the rain changed their plans of coming down Giants