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The Rain Has Come

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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:50 pm

We had some rain on Sunday 8th, Monday 9th and Wednesday 11th. I don't have the figures yet. Today, the sun is out again in full force!

kudu83 wrote:Just for interest sake: is Addo in a summer/winter rainfall belt? I am originally from Cape Town which gets winter rain and I am aware that some coastal areas stretching to PE can get rain during all seasons.
How much rain does Addo receive annually?
Are these dry conditions leading to severely depleted waterholes?
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The answers to all these questions depend on which area of Addo you are talking about. Rainfall varies greatly over the Park, from about 250mm/year in Darlington to about 450mm/year in the Main Addo section up to 900mm/year in Woody Cape. The Park, in general is situated in a transitional area for rainfall which means we can get rainfall at any time of year, but there does seem (in the long-term records) to be a peak in March/April and Sept/Oct/November but who knows how this will change with the effects of global warming. The pattern last year certainly wasn't normal.
Dry conditions have led to many of the natural rivers being dry for extended periods - such as the Coerney, Kromme and Ui rivers in the Nyathi and Zuurberg areas. In Main Game Area, there is no natural water (except for pans that fill up after rain) and all of the waterholes are fed by boreholes.
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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby Firefly » Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:40 pm

We've had some nice rains in PE snce Friday night. Any of it fell in the Park?

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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby bert » Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:48 pm

At last, water for addo :dance:

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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby J.J. » Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:35 pm

I was there this morning while it was still rainy.

For the first time ever I did not see a single elephant this whole morning. It was so nice to see the soaking wet ground and pools of water everywhere.

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This was my change to focus my lens on the smaller things...

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And there was this bone eating young kudu...

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Can someone help me with yhe name of this tree...it's in the main camp area...

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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby Franconel » Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:58 pm

Beautiful photos, J.J.!! Nice to see some of the smaller things that Addo has to offer.

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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby Gwave » Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:23 pm

Wow, first time i have seen the Rooidam with water in it :o
Great photo's JJ.
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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby WarthogB » Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:51 pm

Hope Addo is getting as much rain as we have had today. It has rained fairly heavy showers on and off today and has had a steady rain from mid afternoon and is still rainning quite nicley :D :dance:
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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby Henk » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:09 am

Gwave wrote:Wow, first time i have seen the Rooidam with water in it


My first toughts as well. Wow Rooidam is at last a dam.
Stunning pics JJ.

With this nice rains, it is so much harder to wait till May to be there again.

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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:15 pm

Well, the figures are in and the weather station at Addo Main Camp recorded 71.0 millimetres from 9th to 16th February - that's almost a third of what we got here last year (Jan-Dec08). Good news for the ecosystems...

J.J. that's the Kei apple (Dovyalis caffra) at the waterhole viewing platform.
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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby carolynn » Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:22 pm

Beautiful pictures JJ (what camera?) and thank goodness for the rain. Hoping to go and see the wet Addo one day this weekend. I have also never seen Rooidam with water in, and actually didn't recognise it.
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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby Henk » Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:43 am

We had some lovely rains in the Western Cape yesterday and it looks like we can get more today and tommorrow.
I hope this will spread into the Eastern Cape and Addo.

For those in PE and surroundings, PLEASE keep us informed.

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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby Hapoor » Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:17 am

Hi Henk

We had some good showers in PE yesterday and last night. :D

I am leaving for Addo @ 13.00 - will give update on Monday.
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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby Henk » Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:37 am

Hapoor wrote:We had some good showers in PE yesterday and last night. :D

I am leaving for Addo @ 13.00 - will give update on Monday.
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Thanks for the feedback and :mrgreen: :mrgreen: lucky you.

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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby DANKBAAR » Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:08 am

:clap: :D :dance: I'm so glad that the eastern cape are getting some good rain, addo defnitely needs it.

:mrgreen: Hapoor :mrgreen: you are one lucky person to live so close. Addo every long weekend, sighhhh.

Can't wait for Monday's feedback.

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Re: The Rain Has Come

Unread postby Hapoor » Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:07 am

Eish Forum members :big_eyes: what a wonderful weekend at Addo, but I think we have to rename the Park to: Addo Kudu Park :huh: Saw more kudu's than elephants - at some places there were up to 25 kudus at 1 spot.

The wonderful thing was the rain - Friday evening we had a thunderstorm, but not with much rain, more like a Highveld electrical storm. The BIG thunderstorm was on Saturday afternoon +- (14.40 - 15.00)

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The heavens opened up and the rain came down in buckets.

Domkrag Dam - water flowing in from all directions.

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At the look out point infront of the restuarant, it looked like a lake. :huh:

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The water level at Rooidam, have risen a meter or more.

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The rest camp measured 18mm and at some places in the park, up to 60mm was measured.


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