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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:57 am 
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There is a huge debate among the parks people as to whether this will be a drought year or not - everybody is reading the "signs" eg elephants breaking into smaller family units ! all I know is there are lots of them so it seems like one big herd !


Does anyone know what the official forecast for the summer is?
Does the weather office predict a wet or dry summer?


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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Yoda , from a quick google scan - it looks like there is a 67% chance of a strong el ninio . This seems to indicate a good chance of a dry/drought year.

Not sure how the El Ninio affects the Ellies though! (maybe they also have Google!) :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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After a sweltering day yesterday, Letaba woke to wind and a much cooler day, with even a bit of rain. Nothing yet to soak the earth though.

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Thank you Dinkybird for these on-the-spot updates on the rains (or lack thereof :) ). Really useful and informative. Keep 'em coming.

From far away readings of the daily weather data it appears the South is receiving some rains, but north of Satara its very patchy. I had hoped the last two or three days would have sent down some of the wet stuff near Letaba; but seemingly not?

All the best for the rest of your trip.


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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Any news of rain North of the Olifants? :pray:



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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Does anyone know if there has been much rain in the Satara area? We are on the Sweni Trail in 2 weeks so I am interested to know how full the rivers are?

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Lower Sabie area is looking lovely and green compared to 6 weeks ago. Nice rain fell last night.

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Was at Mopani camp and Letaba last week and the veld is still very dry. Rivers low but Mopani trees nice and green.

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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We are at Satara now. Puddles this morning on the dirt roads. The veld looking very over-grazed and/or recovering from fire in many places. I think forecast for next few days is dry weather.

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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We drove up to Olifants Camp today - up via Old Main Road (S90) and back via the tar (H1-4). The veld is very dry with little sign of new green grass. Much has been burnt and no regrowth yet. As a result we did not see as many grazers as expected.

There seem to be many more burnt areas than on previous trips (same time of year). I don't know if they were planned or accidental, lightning etc.

The unburnt areas had long yellow winter grass with no sign of new growth - I think those areas could do with controlled burning to get rid of the moribund lower level of grass.

The area really needs some good soaking rain. The animals are still looking OK condition wise.

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Hi! Anyone with information on how widespread the rain in KNP was yesterday?

From the webcam it looked like Orpen received some nice rain. Satara was down yesterday.

Thx! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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I drove from Malelane to Phabeni and back.....rain all the way.

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Hi there EJ! That is good to hear, thanks! :thumbs_up:

We watched the Dunhill Open (Leopard Creek) and it looks like the south of Kruger is not as dry - nice and green. I would love to know if the central and nothern parts received some good rains though! :D


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Hi,

We have just come back from Lower Sabie and we were surprised how dry it was around that area. Even Sunset Dam was very low.

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Sunset dam is full again! Here

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