Snow Watch 2016

11 Jan 2016 09:48 - 04 Oct 2016 09:42 #66396 by JonWells
Snow Watch 2016 was created by JonWells
This is the official thread for Snow Watch 2016. Feel free to post pictures, information, questions and reports about the snow conditions in the Drakensberg for 2016. The idea is to keep track of the snowfalls, pool information about where the snow is for those that want to go see it, and simply to have a place to express the joy and experiences you may have had if you have witnessed the grandeur of the Dragon clothed in white.

Historical Snow Watch threads:
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

2016 Snowfalls:

1. 30 April - First strong cold front of the year brought light snow to the peaks between Tiffindell and Mafadi. There was also some very light snowfall in parts of the KZN Midlands including Underberg, Kokstad and Impendle. Details

2. 8 May - Light snowfall reported at Black Mountains. Satellite image showed some very isolated falls in the far Southern KZN escarpment. Details

3. 10 May - Light dusting reported at Afriski. Details

4. 11 May - Overnight snow falls across the peaks along most of the range. Details

5. 14 May - Reports of light snow on the mountains viewed from Witsieshoek, as well as at Afriski.

6. 25 May - Light snow on the mountains surrounding Tiffindell. There were was also some light, and very isolated snowfalls on the peaks at Bushmen's Nek, and in the interior of Lesotho. Details

7. 11 June - Light dustings on the peaks of the Southern Berg

8. 13-14 June - Good drop of snow across much of the Northern Berg, particularly in the Afriski region and central Lesotho. Light snow falls in the Central and Southern Berg Peaks. There was also some lower altitude snow in places such as Witsieshoek and Golden Gate. Details

9. 2 July - Light snow falls across most of the range, mainly above 2000m, although some flurries were reported in the midlands. Details

10. 16-17 July - Isolated snowfalls on the peaks at the Amphitheatre, Mnweni and Vergelegen. Details

11. 23-28 July - Powerful cut off low system produces huge amount of precipitation over large parts of SA. Heavy snowfalls over the entire Drakensberg escarpment with snow depths up to 80cm reported in places. Snow also fell in the interior of the Eastern Cape, KZN Midlands, much of Lesotho, and in parts of the Free State. Heavy falls were also reported on the high ground of the Western Cape, and Northern Cape. Details

12. 1 August - Approximately 5cm of fresh snow falls across most of the escarpment. Details

13. 17 August - Fresh snowfalls reported at Afriski and Liqhobong.

14. 19-20 August - Snow falls across the peaks of the Southern Drakensberg escarpment

15. 17-18 September - Fresh snow across the entire Drakensberg escarpment. There were also reports of some snowall in the Southern KZN midlands, as well as at Harrismith, and the high ground surrounding Newcastle. Details

16. 2-4 Oct - Snow falls along many of the peaks of the Eastern Cape, and in parts of the Southern and Central KZN escarpment. There was further widespread snowfalls the following evening.
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02 Feb 2016 10:14 - 02 Feb 2016 10:18 #66793 by Smurfatefrog
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umm, what do we have here :eek: the remains of a huge hail storm from yesterday!

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02 Feb 2016 10:18 #66794 by Macc
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Pity it is just hail...a lot of hail

"The three rules of mountaineering: It’s always further, taller and harder than it looks."

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02 Feb 2016 10:19 #66795 by JonWells
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What a hail storm that must have been!

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02 Feb 2016 11:57 #66797 by ASL
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wtf... where is that? :eek:

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02 Feb 2016 12:17 #66798 by JonWells
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Afriski...

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02 Feb 2016 15:29 #66800 by GerritHuman
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Wow, we will have to start hiking with helmets...
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02 Feb 2016 16:52 #66802 by Papa Dragon
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GerritHuman wrote: Wow, we will have to start hiking with helmets...


My thoughts exactly, imagine being caught in that!

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04 Feb 2016 08:36 #66839 by Riaang
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Definitely not fun being out in the open in the hail. Although I guess it's not quite as bad as being on a bike in the hail. Had that happen twice and that was SORE!!! :eek:

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04 Feb 2016 09:47 #66841 by Coeta
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Riaang wrote: Definitely not fun being out in the open in the hail. Although I guess it's not quite as bad as being on a bike in the hail. Had that happen twice and that was SORE!!! :eek:


Try skydiving through a hailcloud, - perfect weather in the plane at 11k AGL, then you fall at +-220 kmh and look like a paintball convention used you as target at point blank range once you reach the ground.
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