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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:13 am 
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Thanks Ndloti - very imformative. Was in LS this weekend - and had quite a bit of rain in the area over this weekend as well. The bush is lucious and green, and everywhere are little pools of water! Some pictures I took - look at the lovely GREEN surroundings of the bush!
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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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According to the South African Weather Bureau the rainfall figures for Nov are as follows. (Only towns that are close to Kruger and in Kruger itself.)
Skukuza 171mm (new record for Nov)
Phalaborwa 144mm
Punda Maria 184mm
Hoedspruit 138mm
KMIA 206mm

Woodbush 472mm (average 182mm)
Louis Trichardt 337mm (average 86mm)
Gravelotte ARS 177mm
Tzaneen 241mm
Soekmekaar 301mm (average 83mm)
Thohoyando 150mm

The above towns are in the catchment area of Kruger rivers.

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Johan van Rensburg wrote:
And where did all the bullfrogs come from!? :shock: They were hopping around in every road in 1000s trying to lap up the little winged butterballs!

These guys?

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They were so funny to watch ... as we got closer to them, they would hop like crazy and dive into the closest muddy pool (and there were many of those!).

If you had told me 24 hours prior to seeing these guys that I would be seeing bullfrogs in the dry bushveld, I would have battled to believe it!

Nature is truly so amazing and wonderful!

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Olifants today . Sent via mms by a friend .

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Yesterdays

A)max temp (B)rainfall
Phalaborwa A)37.5 B) 8.2mm
Skukuza A) 35.8 B) 44.5 mm

Rainfall last 10 days
Phalaborwa 92mm
Skukuza 82 mm

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Weather SA reports 118 mm at Punda Maria in the 10 days ending at 8 am today .

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A few days ago I was a few seconds too late to capture the best of the sunset painted scene when the sun disappeared behind a cloud .

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Sprocky wrote:
Nice pic Ndloti! :thumbs_up:
One question, that flat green section, is that not water? :hmz:


Orpen dam covered with water lettuce , an exotic invader plant which is being fought biologically - a beetle that feeds solely on the water lettuce has been introduced in an effort to control the infestation .

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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The beetle is a biological control measure introduced by the KNP alien biota control division .
The water lettuce is an alien (introduced from other continents by man through aquatic animals kept in aquariums or fishponds) highly invasive species which does not naturally occur in RSA and has no natural enemies that utilise it for food , which allows it to increase without its growth being controlled naturally .
Water lettuce (there are also many other alien plant and animal species) then covers rivers , dams and pans preventing the sunlight from entering that is necessary for natural plant growth to photosynthesise , thus natural aquatic plant life dies and the chain repeats itself when the fish die and other organisms cease to be viable due to lack of oxygen from the natural plant life , wherupon animals & birds that feed on the fish move away along with their associated predators .

The roan antelope numbers decreased due to the provision of unnatural water points which attracted other antelope which were strongly competitive to the roans more selective feeding needs .

As a matter of interest , the biggest long term threat to the KNP is the potential loss of biodiversity due to invasive species .

Did you know that there is an area around Skukuza which is over 10 000 ha in extent which is so totally infested with prickly pear that very little mammal life exists there ?

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Ok so here goes posting pics of Crook's Corner!

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That's across the Limpopo to Zim

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That's looking South towards Mozambique.

I think I might just get the hang of this :)

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Elsa wrote:
Binkieloo, wonderful sight of the Limpopo river so full, we were there at the end of Feb and it was looking good then but looks even fuller now judging from your pic. :D
I would also like to know if the Letaba has much water in it now as it was really low in Feb.


We were in Kruger Feb 2009 and had the awesome privilege of seeing the Shingwedzi, Letaba, Olifants & Sabie all coming down in "flood".

The most impressive was the Olifants ......... what a sight it was watching the Olifants from the Olifants Camp :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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True. The Letaba is not in flood, but from time to time there is a lot of water running through it.
This picture was taken from the high waterbridge at Letaba this week and that is not that far from Letaba camp.

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I have no idea where all that water goes too, but when you are at Letaba the flow of the water is just a little bit more than the usual stream. :huh:


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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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December Rainfall in mm :
(Long term average for December in brackets)
Station
Pafuri (79) 93.5
Vlakteplaas (78) 170.7
Shingwedzi (91) 99,2
Shangoni (94) 210
Woodlands (88) 137
Mooiplaas (77) 190
Mahlangeni (86) 169
Letaba (87) 115
Phalaborwa (87) 205
Olifants (90) 153
Houtboschrand (76) 129
Satara (94) 158
Nwanetsi (98) 112
Kingfisherspruit (98) 234
Tshokwane (102) 117
Skukuza (85) 88
Lower Sabie (95) 110
Pretoriuskop (119) 193
Stolznek (115) 74
Crocodile Bridge (91) 116
Malelane (94) 74

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Looks as if a rainstorm can be expected at Satara too, Wildflowergirl 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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No rainfall yet in far northern KNP , though it is cold and overcast .

Rainfall in 24 hr period up till 8 a.m . as per SAWS :
MPUMALANGA
GRASKOP AWS
04
KRUGER MPUMALANGA INT. AIR.
06
NELSPRUIT
04
SKUKUZA
08
LIMPOPO PROVINCE
GIYANI
03
HOEDSPRUIT
03
PHALABORWA AIRPORT AWS
01
THOHOYANDOU WO
03

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