Western Cape Drought Eases

The drought situation has eased greatly over the last three weeks although restoring ground water and dam levels is inevitably a long process after such a prolonged drought. The following table illustrates the three week  improvement and, even more significantly, the favourable comparison with last year. Figure 1. Dam Levels in the Western Cape as… Continue reading Western Cape Drought Eases


Desalination for South Africa

The drought in the Western Cape has caused thought to be given to how the water supply can be increased. With available surface water being a finite resource there are basically only two possible solutions to effectively augmenting that supply, the repeated recycling of waste water or desalination. To these two can almost be added… Continue reading Desalination for South Africa

Climate Change Modelling in Southern Africa Part 1

In recent blogs I have speculated on changes in South Africa’s climate under the influence of global warming and more specifically whether this warming is causing a poleward shift of weather systems. The Western Cape has experienced a succession of drier than normal winters, apparently due to such a shift, no doubt temporary at this… Continue reading Climate Change Modelling in Southern Africa Part 1