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GlennM
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online mountain weather/schlauk stations

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I work for a government agency called the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON). It's our job to monitor and research global change impacts across SA. As part of our monitoring network we have an array of high altitude weather stations across mountain ranges in SA measuring wind/temp/rain/fog.

We have a station on the very top of Constantiaberg (near the mast) that sends back data every 5 mins and can be viewed online at

http://lognet.saeon.ac.za:8088/Constant ... index.html

You can get a pretty good idea of what conditions are going to be like at the mine, the hole, silvermine or any of the crags on the silvermine mountain, and because we also measure fog and wind, you should be able to get an idea of the schlauk factor - I find that fog+SE = chronic schlauk.

If you are the kind of person who likes to take your SUP down to the berg (and get in the way of real surfers :tongue: ), you can also use it to get an idea the wind for surfing.

We have the same setup on top of Dwarsberg, the big peak at the top of Jonkershoek valley (1214m)
http://lognet.saeon.ac.za:8088/Dwarsberg/index.html,

another on top of Mike's pass near Cathedral Peak in the Drakensberg at 1860m
http://lognet.saeon.ac.za:8088/mikes_pass/index.html

and last week we put one just below Tafelberg in the Cederberg at 1540m, and another recently installed in the central Drankensberg at about 3000m. These should be coming online soon.

I find them pretty useful for getting an idea of what is going on in the mountains before I head out. We would be really stoked to see our data being used :)
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Tafelberg?! You okes are heroes.
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So where is the Tafelberg link?
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We are heading out there next week to install the modem. I will post a link as soon as the station is live
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Here is the really high altitude Drakensberg one. 3010m asl

http://lognet.saeon.ac.za:8088/HiAlt/index.html

It is near Vultures Retreat which is in the vicinity of Gray's Pass in the Monk's Cowl area. it is on a free standing peak. (Part of the Dragons back feature I think)
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Here is the link to the high elevation station in the southern Cederberg:
http://lognet.saeon.ac.za:8088/EngCed/index.html

The station sits at the top of Englesmanskloof (-32.353405, 19.150273) at 1527m about 8 kms from Tafelberg. On the site you can get live wind speed and direction, temp, rain, humidity and have a look at the last 7 days of rain and temp.
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Awesome :thumleft:
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GlennM wrote: Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:29 pm I work for a government agency called the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON). It's our job to monitor and research global change impacts across SA. As part of our monitoring network we have an array of high altitude weather stations across mountain ranges in SA measuring wind/temp/rain/fog.

We have a station on the very top of Constantiaberg (near the mast) that sends back data every 5 mins and can be viewed online at

http://lognet.saeon.ac.za:8088/Constant ... index.html

You can get a pretty good idea of what conditions are going to be like at the mine, the hole, silvermine or any of the crags on the silvermine mountain, and because we also measure fog and wind, you should be able to get an idea of the schlauk factor - I find that fog+SE = chronic schlauk.

If you are the kind of person who likes to take your SUP down to the berg (and get in the way of real surfers :tongue: ), you can also use it to get an idea the wind for surfing.

We have the same setup on top of Dwarsberg, the big peak at the top of Jonkershoek valley (1214m)
http://lognet.saeon.ac.za:8088/Dwarsberg/index.html,

another on top of Mike's pass near Cathedral Peak in the Drakensberg at 1860m
http://lognet.saeon.ac.za:8088/mikes_pass/index.html

and last week we put one just below Tafelberg in the Cederberg at 1540m, and another recently installed in the central Drankensberg at about 3000m. These should be coming online soon.

I find them pretty useful for getting an idea of what is going on in the mountains before I head out. We would be really stoked to see our data being used :)
Drankensberg after drankwinkel? Thanks for the info though- very useful data monitoring stations.
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Is the Constantiaberg weather station no longer working? Doesn’t seem to show any data.

Would be an awesome tool to schlauk levels from Obs :)
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It is online at the moment. Though I think the wind vane is stuffed as it says that the wind has been NW for a few weeks. We have a full time technician whose job it is to keep these things running. If they are not online he usually gets them back up within a few days (or a few weeks in the case of the more remote weather stations).
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The Constantiaberg station reports no data. This is the link I used: http://lognet.saeon.ac.za:8088/Constant ... index.html.
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