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South Africans Warned Of Bitterly Cold Winter

May 17, 2015

By Paul Homewood  


h/t Ice Age Now


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Letseng Diamond Mine plant in Mokhotlong, Lesotho


Cape Town – 12 May 2015 –  Warnings of a bitterly cold winter this year is fast becoming a reality for South Africans, as snow fall was reported again this weekend in the higher parts of the country and Lesotho.

Snow fall was reported on the Sani Pass in KwaZulu-Natal, on Lesotho’s AfriSki Mountain Resort, on the Letseng Diamond Mine plant in Mokhotlong, Lesotho, and in Elliot in the Eastern Cape.

The South African Weather Service, in their seasonal weather report, warned that below-normal maximum and minimum temperatures are to be expected until the end of May this year.

After May, a colder than usual winter is expected especially in the Eastern Cape of SA, among other regions. Traveller24 reported earlier that a longer than usual winter with bitterly cold, dry conditions, and plenty of heavy frost and sub-zero temperatures can be expected in these areas.

South Africans are urged to make sufficient preparations for facing the upcoming cold months with limited use of electricity. South Africans are also urged to make safe use of alternative heat and cooking sources such as gas and paraffin.

  1. Paul2 permalink
    May 17, 2015 3:36 pm

    …….”And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time
    The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life,
    Feed the World, let them know etc. etc…….”

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      May 18, 2015 6:32 am

      Anyone told Midge & Sir Bob?

  2. May 17, 2015 4:43 pm

    It is quite warm here now, during daytime, and pleasant for the time of the year.

    • May 17, 2015 5:25 pm

      Trust you to be awkward, Henry!!

      Meanwhile, we’ve still got the central heating on!

  3. AndyG55 permalink
    May 17, 2015 8:42 pm

    If it does get cold, you can bet those temps won’t find their way into the GISSS data.

    Gavin has a directive to follow. !!

  4. meto permalink
    May 17, 2015 8:58 pm

    Paul, Thanks for info reports from oft neglected S. Hemisphere. Using your Blog in my college met classes.

  5. May 18, 2015 2:47 am

    If not for global warming, we would all be freezing!

  6. May 18, 2015 5:39 am

    A cold winter in South Africa?
    Lets wait and see;
    Brought on by global warming,
    Quite obviously!

    Global Warming – Where Did You Go? http:///

  7. May 18, 2015 6:10 am

    To start off I live in the Midlands of KwaZulu Natal in a rural location right in the centre of major sugarcane /timber farming area. I have maintained daily temperature/rainfall records in this area at exactly the same site with the same max/min thermometer/rain gauge since March 1995, ie 20 odd years. During that time my records show quite clearly that 2007/8 was by a very small margin the warmest 12 month period and that over the 20 year period there is a distinct but very minor trend downwards in average mean temperatures.,

    So far this season is turning out to be very close to the coolest I have seen with February , normally with January the warmest month, being the coolest recorded Feb at an amazing 2 deg below average Where the bright sparks(?) get their hottest year ever year is totally beyond me. They claim the warming is global but so far it sure has missed us completely.

  8. RockySpears permalink
    May 18, 2015 7:31 am

    “limited use of electricity”

    Is there a problem with power? SA has mines and smelters etc, surely it has capacity enough to heat homes?

  9. tom0mason permalink
    May 18, 2015 10:44 am

    Yes, I’m sure that South Africa, like most countries on this continent, appreciate ‘the West’ advising them on only using “sustainable” sources of energy.
    I’m sure they appreciate the UK and other saying that they will not back new projects that use fossil fuels, all the while companies from the West search out and claim more of these resources.

    A long cold spell and many people die — but that appears to be the intention of the West and the misanthropist UN.

  10. May 18, 2015 6:59 pm


    I just checked my results again
    Minimum temperatures declined by 1K, on average, since 1976 in Southern Africa…. Can you believe it?
    However, average temperatures stayed unchanged by 0.0K since 1976.
    It seems the drop in minimum temps. was offset by increased maximum temperature.

    How do I/you figure that one out?

    [increased] CO2 is supposed to affect minimum temperatures – could it be that increased CO2 has the opposite effect of what everyone thought?

    Ozone [and others] is/are increasing only from 1995.

    I am puzzled.

    It seems only God (Jesus) knows which way – and where – the wind blows….He (Jesus) did make quite a point of it of letting us know.

    • May 18, 2015 10:00 pm

      I’m puzzled too.

      In the US it is minimum temps that have risen, while max have declined.

      This seems to be an obvious UHI effect.

      Were you aware that the only rural station in the whole of Africa with a record back to 1941 was Calvinia in SA. And that it shows absolutely no warming at all since the start of the record?

      • May 20, 2015 6:22 pm

        Paul says;
        This seems to be an obvious UHI effect.

        Henry says
        {I think} This is a wrong assumption. I have been able to positively relate a change in vegetation with a change in minimum temperatures.
        e.g. Las Vegas (USA): change of desert to green oasis: increase in minimum temps.
        e.g. Tandil (ARG): cut all the trees down and you find: decrease in minimum temps.

        I recently traveled through the whole of SA from north to south to find empty dams at a number of places, where [it seems to me] they expected to catch some water…..The dryness [since 1976] over SA must have caused a decrease in vegetation, hence the decrease in minima [I think].

  11. May 21, 2015 5:20 pm

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