Thursday, April 4, 2013

Calm Before The Storm

Cape Town's climate is dominated by two opposite forces, the dry southeastern wind in summer and the wet northwestern wind in winter. What is quite interesting is the change of seasons in Cape Town. Although one can see the days getting shorter and some leaves turning orange, autumn does not appear slowly over a period of a couple of weeks or months. No, Cape Town has not been called the Cape of Storms for no reason. This transition period between summer and winter is more like a "Battle between the Winds". For a couple of days the southeastern will blow and eventually the wind will turn and the northeaster will push back. This pushing and shoving forward and back lasts until the northwestern finally takes over and it eventually becomes cold and wet for longer periods. That's when winter is here. What is fantastic about this struggle between the winds is the days in between the onslaughts of the two winds. There is usually a short period of calmness which can last anything from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Today is such a day, a day one would call a "Perfect Day in Cape Town"....until the next wind attacks....

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