oa Quest - Chasing the rain in Jonkershoek - feature

Volume 15 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1729-830X



was a dark and stormy night. The wind whipped through the trees and sheets of rain lashed down on the tent. It was almost midnight and I was ready. Gumboots on and sample bottles in hand, I stepped out into the storm and made my way to the river… Never in my academic life have I imagined myself sitting in a small tent under the bushes with a torch, anxiously waiting for raindrops to hit the ground, but this is what we recently experienced in the Jonkershoek catchment, just north-east of Stellenbosch. On 6 July 2019, SAEON’s Dr Julia Glenday and two MSc students, Bongiwe Seleka and Kamohelo Mokoena, joined me as I set up camp in the Jonkershoek catchment to sample a heavy rainfall event as part of my PhD research on streamfl ow-generation mechanisms. We waited all afternoon, watching the clouds build up over the rocky mountains. Just as it was getting dark, the rain started. We knew it would be a long night!

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