Red Skies 1
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?
Red Skies 2
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.
Red Skies 3
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.