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> Cape Town - 2 Days Ago, Frozen Sea - Including Waves!
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post Jun 29 2007, 03:50 AM
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My mate emailed these pictures to me, not sure who they were taken by - if it was him or one of his friends/family, but look at them.. they're amazing! This was Cape Town the other morning.





















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post Jun 29 2007, 09:04 AM
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Wow - Is the sea actually frozen in the pics? hard to tell.


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post Jun 29 2007, 11:37 AM
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some of it is frozen by the look of it.
looks very strange.
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post Jun 29 2007, 03:14 PM
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Wow, that's cold! I knew abt the snow hitting SA (see post under snow in June) as Joburg has had first proper snow since 1981. Cape Town can be colder as it is further south but that's amazing. Must chat with my m8 there too!
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post Jul 10 2007, 05:53 AM
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It gives a whole new meaning to the term �Mediterranean Climate� doesn�t it?
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post Jul 11 2007, 04:03 PM
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That is not ice, just the white �foam�/�surf� from the stormy sea, surely?
I think the captions and photos are a little misleading. Even in extreme weather it never freezes in Cape Town. The air temperatures can sometimes drop to low single digits (degrees Celsius) at night, but the coast is moderated by the sea and it would not be freezing else it would have been on the news and on the weather SA site.

Admittedly though, the weather was extreme: There were gale force winds on 25th June, a gust of 80 knots was recorded, and some heavy downpours of rain. The same cold front brought the snow to the mountains and Gauteng province later.

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post Jul 12 2007, 11:49 AM
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Its ice alright, if you look closely you can see its slush.
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post Jul 12 2007, 02:45 PM
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Yeah it is ice, you can see in the last two pics patches of snow on the ground?


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post Jul 17 2007, 09:31 AM
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Yes, it must be ice. But then it can't be Cape Town. To freeze sea water you need a sustained spell of freezing temperatures, (correct me if I'm wrong), and that never happens in SA coastal areas.
I would guess the photos are of a place in the northern hemisphere, in the winter of 2006.

The strangest thing is, the same photos are being used to claim that the sea froze in Durban during the cold snap in May, when snow fell on many mountains as the freezing level was 4000 to 5000ft approx. DurbanSaysNoToGlobalWarming

Suspicious! Durban's winter sea temperature rarely dips much below 19C, so you have to see the funny side of it.

So, with respect, I think the people who first mailed out these pics were either mistaken or having a joke.
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