Climatologist puts a damper on rain forecasts

Dr. Peter Johnstone, climatologist at UCT's Climate Systems Analysis Group, says the model systems drawn from el Nino is not giving much information at this stage. There is little chance of anything different happening over the next few months than has been expected, in other words no more rain or less rain than expected.

August was about 75% of normal rainfall.

Dr. Peter Johnstone, climatologist, UCT's Climate Systems Analysis Group

He says it takes just a couple of days of big rainfalls during dry months to turn that on its head though.

He says they are expecting up to 20ml of rain on Monday and Tuesday.

But things are not looking good. The dams are only 60% full.

Our trajectory for water storage this year is the second lowest in the last twenty years. So it is really not looking good for the dams.

Dr. Peter Johnstone, climatologist, UCT's Climate Systems Analysis Group

He says the only way we could stop being concerned, is if the dams were overflowing by November. And that does not look likely.

If we have a dry year this year, it impacts on everything next year...vegetation and fires...with a deficit going into winter.

Dr. Peter Johnstone, climatologist, UCT's Climate Systems Analysis Group

he says it is something the Western cape has to get used to, and start planning for. Water can be used and utilized many times over he says, if clever means are introduced.

Our message is, don't rely on the climate turning in our favour.

Dr. Peter Johnstone, climatologist, UCT's Climate Systems Analysis Group

Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Hardworking man ripped off buying stolen car, community raises funds for new one

Hardworking man ripped off buying stolen car, community raises funds for new one

Manager at Cafe Roux Deo Rwagasore spent years saving money for a car and the one he bought turned out to be stolen.

John Maytham's Book Review: Murder, foxes and fly fishing

John Maytham's Book Review: Murder, foxes and fly fishing

John's three book picks for the week.

[WATCH] Waitress throws down patron after he gropes her

[WATCH] Waitress throws down patron after he gropes her

This man touched this waitress on her behind as he walked past her, and she was not taking it lightly.

[WATCH] Barack boogies with his grandma in Kenya

[WATCH] Barack boogies with his grandma in Kenya

Former US president Barack Obama endears the crowds with his dancing.

Stay out of the water: Swimmers warned of sewage spill on Clifton 1st Beach

Stay out of the water: Swimmers warned of sewage spill on Clifton 1st Beach

The Health Department has warned beachgoers to avoid the water on the Cape Town beach until further notice.

City cans Foreshore Freeway Precinct development

City cans Foreshore Freeway Precinct development

The economic outlook and the tender process are the reasons cited for the decision to stop the development of the foreshore project.

Popular articles
Hermanus resident says that violent housing protests could've been avoided

Hermanus resident says that violent housing protests could've been avoided

It’s easy to blame a small bunch of thugs but I really don’t think that’s the case – Vanessa, Hermanus resident

Naked Scientist: How much water is too much for your body a day?

Naked Scientist: How much water is too much for your body a day?

Chris Smith explains why you need to replace what you are losing and how too much water can pose some health risks.

[LISTEN] Zille responds to Lindiwe Mazibuko comments that she undermined her

[LISTEN] Zille responds to Lindiwe Mazibuko comments that she undermined her

Helen Zille responds to alleged comments made by Lindiwe Mazibuko at a dinner, saying she's doing the same to Musi Maimane.

[WATCH] Melania Trump's reaction after shaking Putin's hand

[WATCH] Melania Trump's reaction after shaking Putin's hand

Waitress praised for standing up for herself after a man touched her butt on his way to the toilet and a dog comforts its owner.

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

The new Home Affairs upgrades to the system include printing parents details at the back of the child's passport.

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

What are your sexual fantasies? Disclosure can bring sexual freedom, but it can also have downsides. A study lists the top trends.