Things that go BUMP in the night
With the holiday season looming, we thought it would be appropriate to feature some of the more dangerous passes and especially those on the main routes that many of our subscribers will be taking. Our featured pass today lies on the N10 main route between Cookhouse and Paterson in the Eastern Cape and presents a number of hazards, including complacency, wild animals, sharp and blind corners, steep gradients, exceptionally strong winds, heavy rainfall, mountain mists and lots of heavy trucks. Read more lower down.....
Morning Glory and a crash course in cloud shapes
Clouds are fascinating and for pilots it's important to know and understand what to expect when flying aircraft through or over the various cloud formations. Over the next few weeks we will have a closer look at some of the world's unusual clouds. The ability to observe and understand clouds, allows one to understand what is happening at higher altitudes and do some on the spot amateur weather forecasting.
The Morning Glory cloud is a rare meteorological phenomenon consisting of a low-level atmospheric solitary wave and associated cloud, occasionally observed in different locations around the world. The wave often occurs as an amplitude-ordered series of waves forming bands of roll clouds.
The southern part of the Gulf of Carpentaria in Northern Australia is the only known location where it can be predicted and observed on a more or less regular basis due to the configuration of land and sea in the area.The clouds have been observed over Germany, Central US, the English Channel and Eastern Russia, but are not normally seen in South Africa. More lower down.....
Mountain Passes South Africa is a website dedicated to the research, documentation, photographing and filming of the mountain passes of South Africa.
Passes are classified according to provinces and feature a text description, Fact File including GPS data, a fully interactive dual-view map and a narrated YouTube video.
We are as passionate about maps as we are about mountain passes. A good map is a thing of beauty that can transport you into the mists of time or get your sense of adventure churning. It is a place to make discoveries about deserts and seas, mountains and lakes; of roads leading into places you have not been before; a place to pore over holiday destinations or weekend camping trips. A map is your window to the world.