Steve Pike

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

WE’VE been say­ing Win­ter is Com­ing for so long now, the words have re­ar­ranged them­selves into a ques­tion.

And I am not tak­ing about the anx­ious wait for Game of Thrones Sea­son 7. We need win­ter. We need rain.

Well, apart from a lit­tle dous­ing from the gods this evening and early to­mor­row, which serves to ‘warm us’ up so to speak, we are set for mother of a storm on Wed­nes­day.

A twirly tem­pest has just formed due west of Cape Town off south­ern Brazil and is deep­en­ing into a large chunk of an­gry ocean. Over the next four days, it will bar­rel across the At­lantic to­wards us.

This time, ac­cord­ing to the crys­tal ball, the storm will not miss us – or down­grade be­cause it’s be­ing pushed south by a stronger- than- fore­cast South At­lantic High.

This time, the High splin­ters into an bizarre band 1 700 nau­ti­cal miles long and ex­tend­ing so far deep, the south­ern end parks on 60 de­grees south. Our storm is due to move right over the top of it, and the charts are hold­ing steady as ar­eas of high to the north, west, south and east lock the storm into its track – and feed it with air as it comes.

Scar­ily, the storm does not weaken as it nears us. It strength­ens.

From to­day un­til Tues­day morn­ing, its cen­tral pres­sure holds at 985 mil­libars. A few hours be­fore it

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