Snow Watch 2015

12 Jun 2015 10:19 #64253 by ghaznavid
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Silverthorne wrote: @ Ghaznavid - By FKT u mean fastest known time?

correct - there are a few people trying to establish a speed record on Sterkhorn this weekend, or so it seems :laugh:

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12 Jun 2015 16:20 #64260 by intrepid
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Smurfatefrog wrote:

Wezleyb wrote: @intrepid

Hi, just want to ask where you found such a clear picture such as the one you posted here in 2012

www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/14-drakensberg-general/52913-snow-watch-2012.html?start=170

Very good reference for plenty of snow.


Check the links at the bottom of the main page. Resources: Maloti-Drakensberg Satellite Images


In addition check this link:
lance-modis.eosdis.nasa.gov/imagery/subsets/?subset=SERVIR_Africa_Mozambique

The Maloti-Drakensberg subset is often blurry, but the one above tends to be clear. It does depend on what zoom setting you use too.

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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14 Jun 2015 19:16 - 14 Jun 2015 19:17 #64265 by Smurfatefrog
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Bollard Pass yesterday


There were still patches down to about 2400m yesterday at Garden Castle
Today there's only some snow left on south facing slopes and in gullies.

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15 Jun 2015 11:12 - 17 Jun 2015 09:54 #64269 by JonWells
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The satellite imagery is currently unavailable, so will post this when it is back online.

EDIT: Here is the satellite image from 12 June showing the snowcover in red:





In the meantime, there is some very light snow forecast to fall across a wide area on Wednesday morning:


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17 Jun 2015 15:42 #64291 by Riaang
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We hiked from Corner pass to Giants pass on Sunday and Monday (16 Jun 2015) and most of the SOuth facing ridges had lots of snow on them, with deeper snow (up to 20cm thick in places)towards Giants pass. Was awesome and with the low temperatures on the escarpment I think most of it will still be there

This is Facing North on Durnford Ridge

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17 Jun 2015 16:21 #64292 by Smurfatefrog
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Last night's snowfall was a bit more than expected.
The Eastern Cape section received a really good covering
Bushmans Nek got a light coating down to 1700m
Afriski also got a bit. I assume most of the escarpment received at least light snow

Bushmans Nek

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18 Jun 2015 08:10 #64295 by Viking
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There was quite a bit visible from Hilton yesterday morning, none today.

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”

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18 Jun 2015 12:54 - 18 Jun 2015 13:01 #64301 by intrepid
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Sat image from yesterday morning (too bad about the cloud cover). Definitely a good snowfall for the southern Lesotho and the southern parts of the Eastern Cape Berg. Distinctly lacking in the KZN Northern Berg.



Image from this morning with a lot of the snow melted:


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24 Jun 2015 10:40 #64372 by Riaang
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Any updates for this weekend guys?

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24 Jun 2015 11:06 #64373 by Smurfatefrog
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It looks like most of the escarpment will get between 3 and 5cm from late Saturday morning through to Saturday night. Possibly down to about 2500m

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