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53997.  Tue Feb 21, 2006 11:39 am Reply with quote

Why would you want to avoid a visit from the Cape Doctor?

Forfeit: you'd be ill, the doctor would cut you up, the doctor is a vampire

A: Because you'd be blown off your feet.

The Cape Doctor is an occassionally ferocious south-easterly wind that has a special place in the hearts of those that live in Cape Town, South Africa.

Early settlers named the wind 'Cape Doctor' - which arrives between October and March -in the belief that it blew away all of the city's bad air and illnessess.

Far from being benign, however, Cape winds have been responsible for 484 shipwrecks and thousands of deaths in Table bay and on the shore of the Cape peninsula over the last 500 years.

It does make Table Mountain look gorgeous though. As it travels over the mountain-tops, its low moisture content condenses into clouds and the various peaks are covered in cloud which disappear as the air descends, and Table Mountain gets covered by a "tablecloth" of cloud.

The Cape Doctor is not the only entertaingly named wind. My other favourites include the Australian Brickfielder, the Sudanese Haboob and the magnificent Williwaw from the Strait of MAgellan.

See below:

Brickfielder - A strong, hot, dry, and dusty wind in southern Australia(paricularly in New South Wales) which precedes the passage of a depression.

Haboob - 1. A severe dust storm or sandstorm in northern and central Sudan which transports and deposits large quantities of material. Haboobs are strongest in April and May, but occur in every month except November. The wind direction may be north (in winter) or east, south-east, or south (in summer). The storm front is extremely dense and turbulent and may be up to 1000 m high. 2. A local Canadian term for a prairie dust stom.

Williwaw - A sudden gust of wind thar descends from mountains borderin the sea; the term is particularly applied to conditions in the Strait of Magellan and also the Aleutian Islands.

with thanks to Lloyd.J.

Last edited by Bunter on Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:12 am; edited 1 time in total

54184.  Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:29 pm Reply with quote

What about the dear ghibli and the simoom - both hot, dry winds from the Libyan deserts?

54331.  Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:59 am Reply with quote

And the Freemantle Doctor in Perth, well known to TMS listeners. Are they called Doctors because they kill you or because they cure you?

420151.  Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:40 am Reply with quote

The Cape Peninsula has a Mediterranean-type climate with well-defined seasons.In the winter months, May through August, cold fronts sweep across the Atlantic and bombard the Peninsula with rain and the north-west gales - an apt reminder of why the early explorers referred to it as the Cape of Storms.The winters are cool with an average minimum temperature of about 7 C. Most of the rainfall occurs in winter, but due to the topography the rainfall varies quite dramatically.

420157.  Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:56 am Reply with quote

Hrmm, I'm thinking "can of meat with a familiar logo" here...

Alfred E Neuman
420197.  Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:30 am Reply with quote

Might just be a new member going through the old threads and commenting on the ones he has something to say about...

ie I couldn't see a pattern if it is spam.

420224.  Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:29 am Reply with quote

It was a lot more spammy before I deleted the signature which consisted of a whole bunch of web links.

Alfred E Neuman
420253.  Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:34 am Reply with quote

Ah. Thanks dr.bob.


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