Wintry weekend? Brace for extremely different forecasts

2011-08-05 00:00

WHILE the boffins with their computer-generated meteorological maps proclaim weather is a science, many disagree, especially when an American weatherman has predicted sunshine in the face of local forecasts of wet and cold conditions.

After receiving reports that the Eastern and Western Cape will be battening down the hatches, lighting fires and perhaps playing in the snow, The Witness investigated where locals go to update weather prospects

There’s a bewildering array of sources. Weather websites rain down on the interwebs, there’s a blizzard of updates sent to cellphones, and radio and television offer regular bulletins.

But no two weather reports are the same, it seems.

A Weather SA forecaster said the rains from the Eastern Cape might get to the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, but the falls will be light.

Temperatures will be mild, in the high ’teens and low twenties.

Websites and phone updates put tomorrow’s maximum temperatures at between nine to 17 degrees, some predicting dry conditions and others rain.

So The Witness took its investigation to Facebook.

Users joined the weather chat citing varied sources and foresaw more wintry conditions than the Weather SA forecaster, who predicts low temperatures and rainfall tomorrow and parts of Sunday.

Goiong by predictions (or wishful thinking) that the mercury will plummet this weekend, The Witness persevered in its search for the icy flakes.

Rumours have surfaced that Nottingham Road will be coated in white.

And hopefully Weather SA and the American forecaster are correct in their predictions that the Drakensberg will be frosty, with early sub-zero temperatures and a chance of snow. But — sadly or gladly, depending on how colose one is to a roaring fire — nothing as heavy as last week.

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