Cape Town's Table Cloth & Stunning Surroundings
I was fortunate enough to recently visit Cape Town, South Africa, and its beautiful surroundings. Nestled between a range of mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate featuring very warm summers, and mild but damp winters. When I was there during the last two weeks of July, it was middle of winter there, as the city lies deep in the Southern Hemisphere, just a few thousand miles from Antarctica. But the weather was generally mild, with highs generally in the 60s to near 70, and overnight lows 45-50.
Many cities have defining weather features. In San Francisco, it's the low deck of stratus clouds. In Chicago, it's the wind off Lake Michigan. And in Los Angeles, many would say it's the smog. For Cape Town, the defining weather feature is the cloud deck that develops atop of Table Mountain, which overlooks the city. This cloud deck (pictured above) is known as the "table cloth" and forms whenever there is a moist wind from the south off the surrounding water. This wind, sometimes called the Cape Doctor because it sweeps away the city's smog, forces the air up the mountain where it cools, condenses and forms the table cloth cloud deck.
Keep reading for more images of the skies and landscapes in Cape Town and nearby areas...
The table cloth cloud deck presented just one of the many beautiful skies I was treated to during my 10 days on the western Cape of South Africa. See a small sampling below...
All photos by Jason Samenow
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