Weather: Summary

The first eclipse of the Millennium promises a bright start for the next thousand years with several excellent observation sites. Because of the Angolan civil war, the prime locations will be in western Zambia, with excellent access to the track. Second place must go to southwest Madagascar, protected by the mountain barrier that divides the island, though travel to the centerline there is more difficult. Zimbabwe, especially in the west, and Zambia in the east, offer good cloud prospects and a well-developed infrastructure, while Mozambique suffers from a high level of cloudiness in the Zambezi River lowlands.

Weather Web Sites

  1. A good starting point. This site has many links to current and past weather around the world (requires Java)

  2. Meteosat images: Good site for weather satellite images of Africa (academic site, so may not be up to heavy loads)

  3. Zambian Weather Office: (still under construction)

  4. Zimbabwe Weather Office: click on the "Zimeteo" image for forecasts and other information

  5. South Africa Weather Bureau: both Java- and non-Java versions available

  6. World database of temperature and rainfall

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