A colossal storm, and that is more in terms of size than how low it goes in atmospheric pressure, forms on Wednesday, and by Thursday and Friday parks off with ferociously virulent intent 2,000 miles from the country.
Colossal because this frikken thing is about the size of southern Africa up to the equator, give or take a few fiefdoms. Colossal also because the wind fetch (the area where the wind blows) is huge and particularly venemous by Friday evening, when a vast tract of the ocean is in a furious state of swell genesis mayhem … almost enough to get the traditionally purple patches of spurious prose to spread across this website like a virulent red, rodent skin condition.
And colossal because this vast mobile wind continent in the middle of the Atlantic sinks to a disturbing 950 or so millibars at its centre, which cannot hold
And colossal because this vast mobile wind continent in the middle of the Atlantic sinks to a disturbing 950 or so millibars at its centre, which cannot hold as winds reach double gale force and are pointing directly at Cape Town and the southwestern Cape. Ayta!
A ginormous swell advances from an early iteration of the generating storm, grinding through the ocean over three days. The advance guard hammers on the castle door from Sunday morning, 25 foot bombs offloaded from this long range squadron with beautifully horrifyihng high energy 18 second intervals.
And then, wait for it, batten your hatch, hold your loved one heart to heart forsooth, because this forerunner phalanx is followed by a giant 40ft storm swell – the ‘bulk’ of the invasion – which raids the ramparts, guts the grocery store, from late Sunday into Monday.
All the above fancy obviously dependent on whether the storm holds its current form, fury and focus.
Alas, it does look like strong winds arrive with the swell on Sunday, but lets hope that Saturday which looks like a beautiful day, is picking up some long range forerunnners. Watch this space.
Oh, by the way, shhh, don’t tell anyone, but we’re not talking about the few days before, when the SW Cape is going off its floppy tits (Wednesday and Thursday) with an epic long lulled 16 second groundswell that comes from another storm we’re busy with at the moment in the SW quadrant of our local ocean. And light winds seem to prevail, especially Wednesday.