Here's how much rain fell overnight across the Eastern Cape

Here's how much rain fell overnight across the Eastern Cape

6 May 2021 09:27

Rainfall intensity and amounts were patchy east of Plettenberg Bay - even in the Nelson Mandela Metro with only 1 mm measured at Uitenhage and 45 mm at 3rd avenue dip, the SA Weather Service office in Gqeberha said on Thursday. 

"Reports were even received of hail in the Rowalan Park area," said Garth Sampson, Weather SA's client liaison officer for the Eastern Cape. 

"The big question is what happened in the Bay's dams catchment area.

"It is difficult to determine what happened in the Kouga Mountains, but in and around Kareedouw between 30 and 45 mm was measured. There were reports of flooding in places in the area, as well of un-melted ice pellets still visible in places. This will add additional run off."

Sampson said that, in the area of the Impofu wall, unconfirmed reports were received of 100 mm.

"Unfortunately, this was at the wall and not in the catchment. The BIG question is 'WILL THIS EFFECT DAM LEVELS?' Unfortunately, this was not widespread rain over the entire catchment, i.e. similar amounts measured at Kareedouw/Joubertina and Patensie," he described.

"However, with that 30 to 45 mm in the Kareedouw area and reports of some good falls over a short period near the Impofu dam, some run off would have been caused to especially the Churchill and Impofu dams. 

"I do not think much would have flowed to Kouga as not much rain fell the Jouberina side. My personal conservative estimate would be a few percent to the Churchill and Impofu dam, with very little to Kouga.

"So in other words, this will give us a bit of breathing space for our water woes. We are NOT over the worst yet. PLEASE CONSERVE WATER…it affects us all."

 Overnight rainfall figures

Station Names

4

5

6

Total

Nelson Mandela Bay

 

 

 

 

AWOS

Port Elizabeth Airport

NIL

0.0

20.0

20.0

ARS

3rd Ave Dip

NIL

NIL

45.4

45.4

ARS

Blue Horizon Bay

*

*

*

0.0

ARS

Chetty

NIL

NIL

29.6

29.6

AWS

Coega

NIL

0.2

2.6

2.8

AWSH

Fettes Road

*

*

*

0.0

ARS

Flower Reserve

NIL

NIL

8.8

8.8

AWSH

Motherwell

*

*

*

0.0

ARS

Riverstone Bridge

*

*

*

0.0

ARS

St Albans

NIL

NIL

10.8

10.8

AWS

Uitenhage

NIL

0.2

0.8

1.0

MAN

Woodridge

NIL

0.1

8.5

8.6

Catchment

 

 

 

 

AWS

Joubertina

NIL

NIL

4.4

4.4

ARS

Kareedouw

NIL

0.2

30.0

30.2

Man

Kareedouw

NIL

NIL

*

0.0

Man

Kouga Dam

NIL

NIL

*

0.0

AWS

Patensie

NIL

NIL

3.2

3.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Towns

 

 

 

 

AWS

Addo

NIL

NIL

0.2

0.2

AWS

Bisho/KWT

NIL

NIL

*

0.0

AWS

Cape St Francis

NIL

0.2

71.2

71.4

AWS

Cradock

*

*

*

0.0

AWS

East London

NIL

NIL

1.8

1.8

AWS

Fort Beaufort

NIL

NIL

3.4

3.4

AWS

George

NIL

0.0

12.0

12.0

AWS

Graaff Reinet

NIL

NIL

2.8

2.8

AWS

Grahamstown

NIL

NIL

3.6

3.6

AWS

Henry`s Flats

NIL

NIL

NIL

0.0

AWS

Joubertina

NIL

NIL

4.4

4.4

AWS

Mossel Bay

NIL

NIL

7.2

7.2

AWS

Mthatha

NIL

NIL

*

0.0

AWS

Plettenberg bay

NIL

NIL

42.0

42.0

AWS

Port Alfred

NIL

NIL

0.4

0.4

AWS

Queenstown

NIL

NIL

*

0.0


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