KOBUS BOTHA WEATHER

AVIATION WEATHER SOUTHERN AFRICA AND AFRICA

 


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22-01-2017

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1.1. CLOUD TOP HEIGHT.

CLOUD TOP HEIGHT(CTH) PICTURE SPECIALLY DEVELOPED BY EUMETSAT FOR AVIATION PURPOSES.

CLOUD TOP HEIGHT- height of top of clouds in km and FL. Infra red.
This picture was specially developed for pilots, mountaineers,
divers,sailors,etc.

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1.2.A. SYNOPTIC CHART- SOUTHERN AFRICA

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rain.........low < 1013 mb > high.........hot and dry

SOURCE: SAWS- WITH WRITTEN APPROVAL

INTERPRETATION OF A SYNOPTIC CHART- SOURCE: 1ST WEATHER.CO


1.2.B. PROGNOSTIC CHART SIGWX- AFRICA, EUROPE, SEA AREAS.  MAINLY FOR AVIATION PURPOSES- BUT WILL INTEREST MANY PEOPLE- WITH EXCELLENT CLOUD DETAILS INCLUDING COLD FRONTS(SURFACE LEVEL) - MANY OTHER.

CLICK (TWICE) ON SAMPLE PICTURE BELOW - TO ENLARGE AND TO ACTIVATE

SOURCE: NOAA

EXPLANATION OF MAP: CLICK HERE


1.3 FORECAST RAIN, WIND, LIGHTNING AND TEMPERATURE. UP TO SIX DAYS- ANIMATIONS

EXAMPLES- THESE PICTURES BELOW ARE NOT UPDATED

CLICK HERE TO ACTIVATE


RAIN

WIND

LIGHTNING

TEMPERATURE

FULL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO METEOX.COM


2. AVIATION WEATHER

2.1. METAR, TAF, ETC: SEE "QUICK WEATHER"- SEE "AVIATION", "RAW METAR" AND ESPECIALLY "FULL REPORT". CLICK ON THE PURPLE DOTS OF THE APPROPRIATE TOWN/CITY TO ACCESS THE WEATHER DATA.

2.1.1. AVIATION WEATHER: METAR, TAF, ETC- AROUND THE WORLD: CLICK HERE

SOURCE: NOOA

2.1.2. DECODED METARS FOR SOUTHERN AFRICAN AIRPORTS

http://www.intercitycharters.com/Weather/printmetar.php

SOURCE: INTERCITY CHARTERS


2.1.3. METAR AND TAF FOR AFRICAN AIRPORTS

Click on picture below to activate. Click again on country names(in picture)for airports in country.

Click on image to activate

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO ALLMETSAT.COM


2.1.4. SYNOPTIC CHART- BAROMETRIC PRESSURE

rain.........low < 1013 mb > high.........hot and dry

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SYNOPTIC CHART- BAROMETRIC PRESSURE- WHOLE SOUTHERN AFRICA- TODAY- DIFFERENT TIMES OF DAY-EVEN TOMORROW - LIVE
CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE

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Colour pressure: white= high..... light blue= low..... dark blue=very low.....green colours=extremely low.

OTHER TIMES TODAY: 03- 06-09-12-15-18 (UTC: SAT= UTC+2)...... TOMORROW.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO PASSAGEWEATHER.COM


2. 1.5. WIND AND CLOUD COVER- FORECASTED FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA.

2. 1.5.1. WIND FORECAST FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA- TODAY- WHOLE COUNTRY- PICTURE BELOW.

2.1.5.2. TOTAL FORECASTED CLOUD COVER(%) SOUTHERN AFRICA TODAY - PUT MOUSE ON PICTURE BELOW- DO NOT CLICK.

ENLARGE WIND MAP- CLICK TWICE .........................................................................ENLARGE TOTAL CLOUD COVER - CLICK TWICE

 


CLICK ON PICTURE ABOVE FOR FULL SIZE(COMPARE BARBS WITH PICTURES BELOW)

WIND BARBS(THE BLACK LINES ON THE PICTURE) - INTERPRETATION - ONE KNOT= 1.9 KM

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO CUSTOMWEATHER


2.1.6 NEW: "EARTH WIND"- BRILLIANT ANIMATIONS OF WIND SYSTEMS GLOBALLY- EXPERIMENTAL.
1. CLICK ON PICTURE BELOW FOR DIRECT ACCESS TO ANIMATION- "AFRICA"
2. DIRECT LINK TO- "

2.1.6 NEW: "EARTH WIND"- BRILLIANT ANIMATIONS OF WIND SYSTEMS GLOBALLY- EXPERIMENTAL.
1. CLICK ON PICTURE BELOW FOR DIRECT ACCESS TO ANIMATION- "AFRICA"
2. DIRECT LINK TO- "WHOLE WORLD"
3. DIRECT LINK TO- "STEREOGRAPHIC"
CLICK HERE FOR WHAT TO DO-TIPS, OPTIONS, MORE LINKS, ETC.

SPECIAL FOR PILOTS: "EARTH" THEN "HEIGHT"


AUTHOR: CAMERON BECCARIO- SOURCE: CAMBECC/EARTH
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2.1.7 WIND AND TEMPERATURE FORECASTS- DIFFERENT FLIGHT LEVELS

Wind Forecasts
Select TIME/ALTITUDE required in links below to view
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0600 UTC FL050 - FL450
1200 UTC FL050 - FL450
1800 UTC FL050 - FL450
0000 UTC FL050 - FL450

Full acknowledgement to Intercity Charters


2.2 SURFACE TEMPERATURES EVERY SIX HOURS -PLUS SIX DAY FORECAST

UESE THIS PICTURE TO FORECAST POSSIBILITY OF FROST TONIGHT- PLUS 6 DAYS AHEAD

DARK GREEN, BLUE, ETC. AREAS INDICATE A HIGH POSSIBILITY OF FROST

CLICK ON EACH THUMBNAIL TO ENLARGE AND ACTIVATE- MUCH MORE DETAIL

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2.3 FORECAST POSSIBILITY OF SNOW AND RAIN SOUTH AFRICA TILL 7 DAYS AHEAD- PLUS FREEZING LEVELS:

FREEZING LEVELS CLEARLY INDICATED- NAMES CITIES, TIME SLIDER, MANY MORE.

CLICK ON PICTURE

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WHAT ARE FREEZING LEVELS?:

The freezing level, or 0°C (zero-degree) represents the altitude in which the temperature is at 0°C - indicated by contours on the maps.

Above the freezing level(altitude), the temperature of the air is below freezing- thus snow or frost is possible. Below it, the temperature is above freezing. Very important for aviation, mountaineers, farmers, etc. Use these maps to forecast frost for tomorrow in your area.

Read more

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO WEATHER FORECAST.COM


2.4. WEATHER CALCULATOR - KNOTS TO KM/H, C TO F, ETC.


2.5. QUICK WEATHER -COMPLETE WEATHER FORECASTS PLUS GOOGLE MAPS- MANY MORE.


2.6. LIGHTNING

2.6.1. LIGHTNING : CAPE TOWN(WESTERN CAPE AREA) - REAL TIME

CLICK HERE: http://www.weather-tracker.co.za/wc_lightning.htm

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO ENVIROMON: FOR ALL YOUR WEATHER INSTRUMENTS

http://www.weather-tracker.co.za/wc_lightning.htm

Special approval by Glen Roberts, owner- for this website only.

2.6.2. LIGHTNING: AFRICA AND EUROPE- NEAR REAL TIME

CLICK HERE

Blue dots indicate lightning strikes. Click on picture to enlarge a bit.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

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2.6.3. LIGHTNING ACTIVITIES FOR EARTH--NOW- NEAR REAL TIME - ALSO DAY-NIGHT LINES- LIVE

CLICK ON PICTURE TO ACTIVATE

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Blue for the most recent (occurring within the last 10 min) through green and yellow to red for the oldest (30-40 minutes earlier).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO


2.6.4. VOLCANIC ASH ADVISORIES

* LATEST INFORMATION- WORLD

* SMITHSONIAN/USGS WEEKLY VOLCANIC ACTIVITY REPORT

* EUMETSAT- FULL DISC HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES ASH


3. GENERAL WEATHER

3.1. A. CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS AT SA AIRPORTS(21).

UPDATED HOURLY.

THERE IS ALSO AN OPTION FOR OTHER COUNTRIES.

WITH ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

CLICK: HERE

3.1.B. CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS AT BOTSWANA AIRPORTS.

CLICK: HERE


3.2.1. GLOBAL WEATHER SATELLITE PHOTO GALLERY- INFRA RED- OF THE WHOLE WORLD

EXCELLENT FOR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS- UPDATED REGULARLY .

STUNNING "BLUE MARBLE" DAYLIGHT IR PHOTOS 24 HOURS PER DAY- FIRST AND ONLY ON THIS WEBSITE

Updated every 6 hours(UTC+2)- 03:00, 09:00, 15:00, 21:00. Time is SA time(UTC+2). Additional information: probability of rain, cloud top height - see colour palettes bottom of photos; previous photo; Weather Underground.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS BIG SINGLE GLOBAL PHOTO- SPECTACULAR.

OR: CLICK ON A SINGLE PHOTO BELOW - CLICK AGAIN TO ENLARGE- TIP PRESS f11 FOR FULL SCREEN.

USA, Canada and northern South America Europe and north Africa Far East
South America
Southern Africa Australia

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3.2.2. AFRICA WEATHER SATELLITE PHOTO GALLERY

EXCELLENT FOR FLIGHTS INTO AFRICA - UPDATED REGULARLY

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS AFRICA PHOTOS.

OR: CLICK ON A SINGLE PHOTO BELOW - CLICK AGAIN TO ENLARGE- TIP PRESS f11 FOR FULL SCREEN

Europe and north Africa
Southern Africa

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3.2.3.

SATELLITE PICTURE- INFRA RED- WORLD- ANIMATION

EXCELLENT FOR PILOTS FLYING OVER LONG DISTANCES/ INTERNATIONAL- AND WHAT WEATHER MIGHT BE EXPECTED AHEAD

CLICK ON PICTURE BELOW (PICTURE EXAMPLE ONLY- NOT UPDATED)

click on picture to activate

TIP: CLICK ON WHITE BLOCK AT LEFT TOP OF PICTURE TO STOP ANIMATION- DRAG MOUSE ON ARROW FOR STEP BY STEP  TIMES.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO YR.NO


3.3. WIND AT COASTAL AREAS

WIND AT COASTAL AREAS- PRESENT REPORT

LEGEND:

1 Knot= 1,85 km/h.

Blue arrow:1-12 kmh:1-10 knots: light air.

Green arrow: 20-38 kmh:11-21 knots: moderate breeze.

Yellow arrow: 39-61 kmh: 22-33 knots: strong breez.

Red arrow: 62 kmh+: 34 knots+: gale.


3.4. CLOUDS- TOTAL CLOUD COVER- UPDATED HOURLY

3.5. CLOUDS- HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTO- 08:00, 10:00, 11:00, 14:00 and 17:00.

3.6. WINDS- DIRECTION AND STRENGTH- SOUTHERN AF

3.6. WINDS- DIRECTION AND STRENGTH- SOUTHERN AFRICA ( 1m/s= roughly 4 km/h).

3.7. HOURLY RAIN(BIG)- SOUTHERN AFRICA- UPDATED EVERY 15 MINUTES

......HOURLY RAIN(SMALL) - UPDATED EVERY 15 MINUTES


4. WEBCAMS: SEE FOR WEBCAMS AT CITIES AND AIRPORTS(NO.2.)


5. WEBCAMS AT/NEAR AIRPORTS

5.1 GEORGE

5.2 RICHARDS BAY

5.3 SKUKUZA

5.4 TABLE MOUNTAIN

5.5 WINDHOEK


 

7.1 AIRPORTS OF SOUTH AFRICA

7.2 AIRPORTS OF THE WORD- WITH FULL GOOGLE MAP PER AIRPORT- INCLUDING ROAD MAP.

CLICK HERE

Then click on "A_Z of Airports"- top left of website.

FULL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO A-Z WORLD AIRPORTS.


8. FLIGHT TIMETABLE: ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES

AIRPORTS COMPANY SOUTH AFRICA(ACSA)


9. NEW: DISTANCE CALCULATOR(BIRD'S VIEW): FROM ANY POINT TO ANOTHER POINT- EXTREMELY USEFULL FOR PILOTS FLYING FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER- OR EVEN TO MORE THAN TWO. JUST CLICK WITH YOUR MOUSE ON THE STARTING POINT AND THEN ON THE DESTINATION POINT- THE COMPUTER WILL DO THE REST.

EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU WILL SEE(SMALL PART OF PICTURE) :

WHAT TO DO - do it once- the next time it will take only 10 seconds.

1. CLICK HERE OR ON PICTURE ABOVE : to activate picture.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST BE "SIGNED IN" WITH GOOGLE TO USE THIS FEATURE. IT WILL COST YOU NOTHING. DO IT HERE(ONLY ONCE):

Google URL

2. Tick "distance measure tool" (left hand side of picture- all functions).

3. Tick "metric" for km or "English" for mil

2. Tick "distance measure tool" (left hand side of picture- all functions).

3. Tick "metric" for km or "English" for miles.

4. Click on place of starting point- wait about two seconds till you see a green marker.

5. Click on place of destination- wait about two seconds till you see a red marker - a red straight line will appear between the two points.

6 The distance between the two points will appear on the lower left hand side.

7. Tip: press F11 for full screen view- and F11 again to go back to normal view.

8. Click on "reset" to start new job.

9. Tip: you can determine the cumulative distances between more than two places-eg. click in three or more places.

10. Zoom picture in(+) for much more detail- eg. more names of towns.

11. To move picture in any direction: click on mouse- hold and drag.

12. You can get distances of every country in the world. Put in name of country and "search maps".

Click on "my maps"- the rest is then the same as above.

Acknowledgement to Google maps.


10. NEW : PATH PROFILER - ELEVATION PROFILE MAP BETWEEN TWO PLACES.

* With the Path Profiler mapplet you can draw an arbitrary path and see the elevation profile along that path. Different elevations have major influences on the weather like wind, temperature, fog and many more.

* This path profiler will help you to get an indication of the elevations like mountains you have to fly over.

EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU WILL SEE.

Click here to activate map

Profile between Bloemfontein(O km)- departure- and Cape Town-South of Table mountain(800+).

WHAT TO DO - do it once- the next time it will take only 10 seconds.

1. CLICK HERE OR ON PICTURE ABOVE : to activate map programme.

2. Zoom map in- about 6 lines from the bottom.

3. Drag map to centre South Africa on map.

4. Activate the follwing options: "flat earth", "metric", "show grade"(right hand side).

5. Click on map on starting point- an X will appear.

6. Click on map on finish point- your loft- another X will appear. A red line will now indicate the route.

7. See information on right hand side of map.

8. Click on "draw profile"- profile will be shown in box above map- your loft will be on the far right hand side.

9. To close: click on"clear".

10. More detail on your profile map.

Put in more X's in your map( starting from the point of departure) you will be able to determine positions on the map much more accurate. Just compare the colours on the map with those on the profile map. Zoom in for much more detail.

Example of X positions on the Google map(Bloemfontein to Cape Town)

The same profile map as above(Bloemfontein to Cape Town)- now with coloured lines.

Acknowledgement to heywhatsthat.com/profiler

THIS DIVISION SPECIALLY DEVELOPED FOR PILOTS BY KOBUS BOTHA WEATHER


 

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