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Tweefo (January 08, 2012, 11:08:32 AM):
At the start of the season we we warned that it was going to be a very wet one. Lot of rain and heavy falls. I know it happened in Natal but here on the Highvelt it is dry. The blue is the long term average, red last season in green this one so far. One thing I learned from my farming years is that you have to take the forecast with a very generous dose of salt.
brianvds (January 08, 2012, 14:43:29 PM):
Alas, I don't have MS Office on my computer, and when I try to open the document with OpenOffice, I just get a blank page with nothing on it.

But I am rather skeptical of long-range forecasts too. Perhaps climate change plays a role? Purely intuitively, it seems to me we are long overdue for a drought here in Pretoria; we used to get one every few years. I can't even remember when last we have had a summer drought though. We seem to be among the global warming winners.

BoogieMonster (January 09, 2012, 09:27:31 AM):
Ditto on the blank page, but I have to say in joburg it seems we've not gone a day without some kind of thunder-shower in the last month or so.
Tweefo (January 09, 2012, 09:37:43 AM):
How do I change a Ms Office graph into a picture? This rainfall is measured at my house in Middelburg and if you can see it you will understand why I feel sorry for the farmers. On the other hand maybe you are right that a dry year is overdue. The farmers can mostly all afford Land Cruisers anyway, so maybe this won't harm them too much.The weather service still got it wrong though.
Faerie (January 09, 2012, 10:33:28 AM):
Ditto on the blank page, but I have to say in joburg it seems we've not gone a day without some kind of thunder-shower in the last month or so.

Accompanied by some spectacular electrical storms. Its normal Jo'burg weather though, bleeding hot until mid/later afternoon when it thunders and rains.

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