Snow Watch 2015

03 Jun 2015 16:05 #64126 by intrepid
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Apparently Afriski's webcams showed some light snowfall during the night.

Talking of webcams, I have added all three of Afriskis webcams onto one page now. Cathedral Peak's two webcams have also been added - I do have the options of presenting the images and the time lapses separately, but I think its probably more practical as it is now. Maliba's webcam has also been fixed. See menu at the bottom of page.

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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04 Jun 2015 11:42 - 04 Jun 2015 13:28 #64132 by JonWells
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As is so often the case, the snow forecast has downgraded somewhat as the time approaches. As it stands the predicted snowfall areas remain largely intact, although just about all of the KZN Escarpment looks set to only receive a centimetre or 2. Heaviest falls are still looking to be in the E.Cape Drakensberg with 8cm forecast for Ben Macdhui.

Snow Report is currently reporting light snow falling at Tiffindell, Sani Pass, and on the peaks above Drakensberg Gardens Hotel
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04 Jun 2015 11:57 #64135 by JonWells
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Afriski has tweeted this image of the current road condition


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04 Jun 2015 14:21 #64138 by stefangrab
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:) Fantastic to have these web cams - esp to keep an eye open for possible snow events! Well done!!

I see the Maliba web cam is still on its summer mode....showing the same picture from back in Feb I think. Do they have an hourly set-up function for that web cam?

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04 Jun 2015 14:57 #64139 by intrepid
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The Maliba Lodge webcam was offline for a long time when their lounge burned down. Now that its back up, it seems there are still some technical issues to work through since the last captured image was in February. We just have to wait for it to get fixed.

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04 Jun 2015 16:12 #64140 by JonWells
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Well their webcam may be down, but we have an update from the Maliba Lodge Facebook Page:

"The clouds are clearing revealing our Our First Snow Caps!! Winter has arrived!"


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04 Jun 2015 16:46 #64141 by ASL
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Hi Gerrit,

If you look back to the biggest snow events they are typically later in Winter. The biggest snow that I have seen at the Amphitheatre was end July. It was knee to thigh deep in parts near Crows Nest cave where we overnighted.

For big snow there is always a lot of snow that falls on the Cape mountains first so you can see it coming by watching the news...Happy hunting! B)

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04 Jun 2015 21:04 #64146 by HFc
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We were not actually on or close to the escarpment this afternoon, a couple of km's away, but we saw what looked to snowfall on the high ground above Gray's pass, with some of the snow storm seemingly falling down in front of the escarpment some way, around 14:30. This confused me a bit as that would suggest it is perhaps only mist billowing over the escarpment due to strong winds: yet it had a look of vertical streaks.

I could however confirm via spotting scope an hour later what seemed like light snow coverage, unfortunately too far away and sparse on the ground for my camera to pick up.

Ground temperatures should be some way over zero still so any light snowfall is likely to clear up soon anyway, but is was great nonetheless to see.

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05 Jun 2015 14:15 #64151 by JonWells
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Today's Terra satellite image showing the remaining snow cover in red:


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