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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:51 pm 
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Sprinkles fell here at Croc Bridge during the night, and now it is trying to rain. There is evidence of rain last week close to the camp, with grass greening, but further away, it is very dry. Sunset dam is the lowest I have ever seen it. And to think that a few months ago when we were last here (March) the park was flooding!

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Thanks for update D! :thumbs_up:
From the webcam it looks like there was some rain at Satara as well.

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just returned. was in the Pretoriuskop/Satara area
Had some nice rains at Satara and while driving to Pretoriuskop saw numerous streams flowing and pools filled with water in the veld.
Also had some rain at Pretoriuskop and the veld was green already with pools filled with water .
But struck me that the middle/south was more dry/brown then the same time last year.
Still need to rain more.

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Location: Germany (Bühl) - but dreaming of Africa!
will be in Kruger in 3 weeks, will be the the first time in summer.
wonder how green it will be...

first the rains have to come I guess?
sounds as there hasn`t been much yet?

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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We are also going up about the same time as you and we might run into each other at Satara. Look out for a white Toyota Hilux bakkie (pick up) with yellow ribbon on mirror!

I think there has probably been some rain up there and I am sure there will have been some by the end of the month. I am going up to the Skukuza area next week and will report back.

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There has been some rain, and some areas (especially those that were burned) are very green now.

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Just got back yesterday from a week - Croc B, Skuk, Balule, skuk. Although it looked like raining regularly, there was only a small amount of rain on tues morning (skuk). Some of the burned areas are looking greenish, but around Satara there are areas that have more recently burned that are still black and ashy! interesting that lots of the little streams between Sat and Balule have water in, but the veld doesn't show it.

Lot's of action on the H10 and around Satara.

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 !

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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Been in Shingwedzi for a week now ... about 2.5 drops of rain have fallen despite most days being cloudy. There is a good amount of surface water about still, more in the river all the way down to the Moz border than we have seen in dry months before, but the bush is very dry.

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Kruger
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There is a commercial lodge in the Sabie Sand Wildtuin area (I will not mention the name) with a webcam. Two weeks ago there were a lot of animals coming down to drink but it is very quiet now, a sign that there are enough water in the veld. So it must have received some substantial rainfall.

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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?

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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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