Storm Front

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Haiku 58

A beautiful sight

Clouds amass in red sunset

Presage to a Storm


Did you know that Cape Town is referred to as The Cape of Good Hope?

Did you know it is also referred to as The Cape of Storms?

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We get some tremendous gales down here at the tip of the African continent. We are the first outcrop of land to take the brunt of those Antarctic storm fronts that come rushing in from the south west.

We are used to it.

When we talk about it being a bit windy, you can be sure the trees are bending furiously in the gales and your breath is whipped from your body when you walk abroad.

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This year we are particularly grateful for each and every one of these storm fronts that actually does hit our coastline.

Last year, time after time, they passed by south of us, taking their tantalising rain clouds with them.

Last year was the third year in a row that we received a lower than average rainfall and the drought hit us hard.

So far, this year promises to be better. Already we have had more rain than the same time last year. The total dam levels in Cape Town are at 26%. This time last year they were at 19%.

And Capetonians are continuing to save water like crazy. We are still limited to a maximum of 50 litres per person per day.

This is what has saved us; so far.

We can only hope that our rainy months of June and July fulfill our expectations and the dams replenish enough to last us through to this time next year.

Bring on the storms!


post script: You can read about how different our winters were back in 2014, in two of my early posts: Give a Dog a Bone and Cape of Storms.



19 thoughts on “Storm Front

  1. C C Cedras

    I’m sending powerfully optimistic thoughts into the Universe that this year breaks your drought. As a native and former-resident Texan, I completely understand the challenges of living for years on end in a drought, big wind (HA!) and gorgeous sunsets. Keep the faith.

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  2. Amy

    That is a nice relief, Scifi! πŸ™‚ Texas is very dry so far, Some of the north and east of US are flooded badly and part of the west is on fire…

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ™‚
      Also I am interested to know if you have any problems commenting on my posts (from UK) since the recent GDPR? As I have not “enabled” stuff in Akismet as WP suggested. I have no problem commenting on your posts. πŸ™‚
      I Do notice that when I visit my Blog now it tells me it is using cookies, which it didn’t use to say.


      1. pensitivity101

        The cookies thing comes up on loads of stuff, but comments made or received via my blog seem to be OK. I’ve put a page for the GDPR on my blog now as I am an individual, not a trader which seems key in the way companies use your information.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Short answer – It was originally named The Cape of Storms in 1488 by Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Dias and later renamed The Cape of Good Hope by King John II of Portugal because of optimism on the opening of a sea route to India and the East.

      For more details click on the words highlighted in blue in my text for the links. πŸ™‚

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        Oops – Sorry! I realised after I’d sent it that my previous answer might seem a bit abrupt, but I was just trying to get all the facts in! haha πŸ˜€
        Thank you for always reading and commenting .:D

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