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Storm Chasing South Africa was founded in late 2008 by severe weather enthusiast Bryn De Kocks. At the time there were no local websites dedicated to severe weather, and specifically the discussion thereof. Since the mid 2000s, a small group of active chasers and hobbiests would communicate via e-mail, discussing the forecasts and weather potential, as well as looking back on previous storms. The problem there, was that these discussions weren’t being archived for future readers, and as any weather enthusiast knows, it’s all about looking back at records and previous events and comparing them to the current. Let’s not forget that forecasting is based off using historical records in order to predict the future.
Over the years the site has played host to thousands of weather discussions in the forums and brought like-minded people together in their shared interest. In 2015, the site moved in a new direction – one of moving away from simply being a static host to severe weather conversation and instead focusing more on driving information that will be useful to both chasers and the regular citizens of South Africa.
The structure of Storm Chasing South Africa has changed over the years, as things like social media replaced some of what we offered.