Twitter is gusting about today’s strong winds in Cape Town!
Captain Kai @KapteinKai 36m36 minutes ago Cape Town, South Africa The wind has gone nuclear in #capetown #forceofnature #nature #friday Good bye warm water @… https://www.instagram.com/p/BFEJFaPraoT/
A N K H E S E N A M @CiindyTea 5h5 hours ago Legit got blown by the wind today!!! WHAT IS THIS LIFE??? No ways, im not even that thin, or thin at all…Cape Town wind is sooo dramatic!
Porsche 911 @Portia_Manzini 7h7 hours ago I don’t think anyone is safe from this wind. Even cars are struggling. Cape Town winds
Other than the inconvenience to golfers, cyclists and alfresco restaurants, wind has a very definite purpose of moving excessive heat around in the atmosphere (read more). In this case, Cape Town’s “South Easter” is also known as the “Cape Doctor” because the strong south-easterly wind is believed to clear the city of pollution.
When it comes to wine, wind also has a very important role to play and considering the dominant wind is therefore very important when planting vines or deciding on the ultimate vineyard practices.
Cooling breezes are what we always look for when we plant our vineyards in South Africa’s hot climate. But in cooler climates the wind’s chilling factor can reduce growth and delay ripening.
While strong winds can result in lower yields due to physical damage and shoots being blown off, it can also fulfill the role of the “Cape Docter” by preventing disease – especially when drying off vineyards after untimely rains. In dry conditions, however, ongoing strong winds can cause a further loss of moisture in both plant and soil. It can also inhibit plant growth and development.
Wind is a very important factor within terroir. Having cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean is one of the best things of growing wines in the Cape South Coast wine of origin area and we can see the influence in our wines. The cooler growing conditions often result in elegant wines with complex flavours and exceptional maturation potential.
Some also attribute the quality of French wines to wind (read more) and the influence of the “masterly” Mistral. Although this north-westerly wind can often be strong and cold, it does clear the air and in Europe with its colder climate, bring clear skies and sunny growing conditions.
Forecasts for the weekend indicate milder breezes but perhaps not a bad idea to swop the bicycle for the kitesurf!