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Autumn Snow in Lesotho and KZN

Written by Friday, 25 April 2014 07:59 Published in Articles and News 0 comment
While the Western Cape is still experiencing mild weather, with occasional cold fronts bringing light rain to the area, places further north have been introduced to winter with snowfalls taking place on the peaks of the Lesotho and Kwazulu-Natal mountain ranges. It is worth mentioning that the first snow of the year for the country was already experienced early in the month of April when a cold front brought light snow to the higher mountainous areas of the Western Cape.
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Cape Floods - A Cut-Off Low To Remember

Written by Sunday, 17 November 2013 17:32 Published in Articles and News 0 comment
This post will be a mix of meteorological discussions about the system as well as my own personal experience with this storm, being stuck in the hardest hit area myself.It started with a forum thread posted on Monday the 11th November. A simple post from a user saying "What is the status of the upcoming weather event for Cape Town on Friday, 15th November 2013? Some models indicated a good chance for thunderstorms and the possibility of heavy rains!!" It…
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Cape Rocked by Snow

Written by Monday, 09 September 2013 09:13 Published in Articles and News 0 comment
The Western Cape recently got a winter treat in the form of low snow falls. There was quite a lot of hype surrounding the event prior, and the forums had been discussing the system ever since the GFS model had showed that we would likely be in for some rough weather. Days before the systems the snow forecasts were looking nothing short of extreme, with heavy snowfalls on majority of the large Western Cape mountains, with freezing levels being forecast…
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Hurricanes go AWOL

Written by Tuesday, 13 August 2013 09:23 Published in Articles and News 0 comment
We seem to be experiencing stronger storms here in the Cape over recent hours than the tropical Atlantic has been experiencing this month. Hurricane season kicked off on the 1st of June and since that time we have only had three named storms for the Atlantic basin, this is below normal activity at this point and it's got many of us trackers twiddling our thumbs, waiting for something else to develop. The Eastern Pacific however has been active with several…
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Tropical Storm Andrea Forms in the GOM

Written by Thursday, 06 June 2013 09:07 Published in Articles and News 0 comment
This past week has definitely not been short of excitement weather wise, last week severe storms ripped through Oklahoma in the United States; dropping the widest ever recorded tornado, which was estimated to be a supposed conservative 3.7 kilometers wide. Unfortunately it was this tornado that also brought us our first ever storm chasing related deaths recorded in the U.S. Of the three deceased, were the infamous and veteran storm chaser Tim Samaras and his son Paul. We then saw…
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A Storm For The Books

Written by Monday, 03 June 2013 07:23 Published in Articles and News 0 comment
Where to start... The last week of may consisted primarily of talk and subsequent hype over a strong cold front that would impact the Western Cape on the 1st to the 3rd of June. Leading up to the event the models had been quite aggressive for some time, indicating heavy rains, gale force winds, rough seas and snow. Rarely do we find that the event leads up to what the models were forecasting, but this week it certainly did -…
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While the Cape has their eyes on the large cold front approaching the Western Cape, those who follow tropical cyclone activity have their eyes on a different area of the world. Over the past few days, in the Eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Barbara which was a hurricane for a short while before landfall - has been moving towards the east-north-east. The storm made landfall as a 75mph Hurricane in southern Mexico, killing two people while making landfall.While the odds were…
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Cape Town Prepares for a Big One

Written by Thursday, 30 May 2013 07:17 Published in Articles and News 0 comment
All eyes are currently on a frontal system that is expected to impact the Western Cape this coming weekend, between the 1st and 3rd of June 2013. Thus far, this season has been mild and quiet with very little strong frontal activity and ultimately very little rain, at least for the western parts, making this approach cold front the first real storm of the year. The past week has seen weather deteriorate quickly from the recent temperatures in the low…
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U.S Tornado Season Strikes

Written by Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:09 Published in Articles and News 0 comment
A lot of us trackers and severe weather watchers have been surprised by how slow the American tornado season has been so far this year. Statistically, last week the numbers were well below average with only a few moderate risk days and most of them turning out to be a bust. Many of the storm chasers in the plains were beginning to wonder whether they would get any successful chasing in this year. But the past few days has turned…
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Autumn is Here

Written by Thursday, 28 March 2013 07:41 Published in Articles and News 0 comment
The summer is essentially over, sure we are likely to see a few more twitches before the rigor mortis sets in, but overall the patterns will begin to change to that of a more wintery nature. Though with that said, for many of us in the Western Cape, we never really got any summer rainfall at all, while we're in a Mediterranean climate and we get our typical rainfall from cold fronts in the winter, each summer there's usually at…
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A Quiet South African Summer

Written by Monday, 25 February 2013 06:58 Published in Articles and News 0 comment
Weather throughout the country has been fairly quiet over recent weeks. We often find ourselves with extended spells of severe thunderstorms up country in late summer, with tornadoes occassionally reported. This year however things seem to be a bit more quieter, and dry - especially in the southern parts. One of the highlights has been Haruna 16S, in the Mozambique Channel, and a spell of severe weather up country in early February that brought large hail to certain areas, but…
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Rains Cause Havoc

Written by Monday, 21 January 2013 07:35 Published in Articles and News 0 comment
The past week has seen excessive flooding occurring throughout the northern and north eastern parts of South Africa, as well as into neighbouring countries. The rains, which started over a week ago now, primarily in Mozambique spread further south and began impacting South Africa mid to late last week. Thohoyandou Wo, in the Limpopo Province recorded in excess of 150mm in a 24 hour period on Saturday, with accumulative figures over the past several days passing 300mm in areas.. The…
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Hurricane Sandy - The Once in a Lifetime Storm

Written by Thursday, 01 November 2012 09:46 Published in Articles and News 0 comment
You are by now all aware of Hurricane Sandy and the damage she did to the north east coast of America, so instead of following the media on their journey of discussing the economic cost, loss of life and relation to the presidential election, this article will be based on the meteorological side of Hurricane Sandy. Sandy was an extremely unique storm in many ways and it has been referred to several times now as a 'once in a lifetime'…
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All Eyes On The Tropics

Written by Tuesday, 21 August 2012 07:48 Published in Articles and News 0 comment
Well it's that time of the year again, when eyes are focused on the Atlantic ocean. The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season started off with a bang with 2 named storms forming in May and a further 2 forming in June. We went through the whole of July without a single tropical storm forming, but when August came around, this started to heat up again. Ernesto, Florence, Helen and Gordon all formed in August, leaving the current total at 8/3/0 (tropical…
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