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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kgalagadi
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:29 pm 
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Hi Tobieo

Should see you at Mata Mata -- we camp there on March 17, 18, 19 with 14 schoolkids. Hope the weather is lovely then!

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kgalagadi
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:hmz: a lovely weather... will be a little bit of rain for animals :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kgalagadi
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Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:
Hi Tobieo

Should see you at Mata Mata -- we camp there on March 17, 18, 19 with 14 schoolkids. Hope the weather is lovely then!

God bless,

Friedrich von Horsten


Yip I am also camping and look forward to meet you

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi weather
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The feedback I just had from Felix999 who is returning from the park today is that it's still VERY dry all over.
Are the rains just late this year, or is there a real chance that the rainy season will pass without much rain this year? What effect will this have on the wildlife? :big_eyes:

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kgalagadi
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Hi granjan,
Yes, of course I remember you. Afterwards we met at several other sigthings in the car .... :D (and at one of the giraffe sightings, Anton accidentally sounded the horn while moving around in the car :redface:

I wish you a great trip with many exciting sightings :D
Somehow I thought that in March, it is ALWAYS like it was 2 years ago: long green grass everywhere and beautiful flowers.
I am very worried about how it currently looks like and keep my fingers crossed that the rain will come!
The Kalahari is a harsh environment and the animals are well adapted - but what shall the animals eat if the grass does not grow? :cry:

By the way, why does everyone think it is going to rain at the cricket match????????? Is there any secret relation between cricket and rain?

Have a wonderful time in the magic Kalahari.
Nina


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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kgalagadi
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Nina! wrote:
By the way, why does everyone think it is going to rain at the cricket match????????? Is there any secret relation between cricket and rain?


It's no secret - it's just a law of nature - if you specially want it to be dry for an event - like a cricket match then its's sure to rain :tongue: or when BB wants to visit :wink: :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi weather
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Jannie how about some Feb rain fall figures? Cricket arrangements hectic?

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi weather
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have a look HERE
Dreamer just come back and it seems no rain at all :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi weather
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Morkel777 wrote:
The feedback I just had from Felix999 who is returning from the park today is that it's still VERY dry all over.
Are the rains just late this year, or is there a real chance that the rainy season will pass without much rain this year? What effect will this have on the wildlife? :big_eyes:


Hmn, Morkel, I asked myself that same question :hmz: Seasons come and go and change every year, perhaps the rains they have had to date is all they are going to get??? Nobody knows I suppose. No rains or late rains either way will have an affect some way or the other. We will only notice as the seasons change. This is what makes KTP what it is.....an INCREDIBLE place !!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi weather
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It has been a dry month in most parts of SA :

http://metzone.weathersa.co.za/images/P ... th_rai.pdf

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/a ... cpcp11.gif

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi weather
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thanks ndloti interesting maps :k

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi weather
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We returned yesterday and it is quite dry, but some clouds yesterday and we drove back in a light drizzle from TR to Upington, so hopefully some rain in the park too.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi weather
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Hi Ndloti,

Good to hear from you again. Those rainfall figures do look depressing.
Question: is that for the full month of February? Reason why I ask, is because I am in charge of the weather office station at Helderberg College in Somerset West. They give 13mm for Feb, and we have had close to 50mm this month (last 35mm fell about 10 days ago). So is this an accurate indication of the monthly averages....?

Still desperately looking for more info on Mata Mata as I leave on a trip there with a bus load of school kids 7 days from now....

Thanks so much, and God bless,

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi weather
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Hello Friedrich von Hörsten

Those are SAWS figures for the whole month as copied from their website onto http://www.weatherphotos.co.za

I have had the same concerns for rainfall figures where I reside ...

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kgalagadi
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Well I can unfortunately confirm it is VERY dry with very little grazing left for the animals! The browsers still have a few trees to nibble on but the poor grazers.......

Sightings were also not good (although had some special ones) and it was extremely hot. I returned a few days earlier than I was meant to due to a back problem (and the drought and heat) Even the Park staff says it is the driest it has been for MANY years.

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