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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by bushguy » Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:07 pm

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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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:05 am

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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Unread post by zivvy&muffin » Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:38 pm

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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Unread post by White Buffalo » Fri Nov 28, 2014 3:49 pm

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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Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:07 am

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

Unread post by Dassie » Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:49 am

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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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:01 pm

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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Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:44 pm

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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Unread post by naomi c » Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:32 am

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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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:52 am

I drove from Malelane to Phabeni and back.....rain all the way.
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Unread post by naomi c » Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:48 am

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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Unread post by Mant » Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:43 pm

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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Unread post by Elsa » Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:49 pm

Sunset dam is full again! Here
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Wet Wet Wet

Unread post by King_Of_The_Hill » Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:58 am

Hi all,

So the weather reports are all saying that it has been and continues to be a wet weekend in Kruger. The SA Weather Service even warning about flooding :shock:

As we prepare for our visit to the Park in the the next couple of days I'm feeling rather anxious - and the pools of water growing along side the Orpen waterhole currently aren't making me feel any better. Is anyone in the Park currently? Is there place for all this water to go? Has the Park had decent rains up until now or are these the first big downpours of the season?

I'm crossing all parts of my body that can possibly be crossed that we will still be able to have our holiday later in the week....
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Re: Wet Wet Wet

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:36 am

Hi - I can understand that you are anxious. But just keep an eye on the weather reports and also this website - if there are any problems SANParks will issue warnings and alerts. They have a lot of experience dealing with flooding having had three severe floods in years just past. Roads are quickly closed if there is any risk.

Just be cautious if it should rain heavily while you are in the park, pay attention to news releases by asking at the receptions, and keep off the gravel roads, and do not cross rivers that are flowing.

Also when you drive to the park, make sure you are heading to a gate that is open and not closed because of a flooding river.
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