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Hurricane Sandy – The Once in a Lifetime Storm
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Hurricane Sandy – The Once in a Lifetime Storm

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.…

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29 November 2009 – 3 Province Chase

This was the last real chase day as I was leaving the next day so we went all out and clocked over 400km of distance over a period of about 5 hours or so. We were targeting some intense cells to the north east of Pretoria, but there were some neat isolated cells to the south east first so I opted to head SW to see how that cell does before heading north so we headed towards the SE cell where you can see pictures below of the large beautiful crisp convection that was present at this storm, but after the photos the storm started weakening so we then headed up north for an hour or so until we reached Bela-Bela and then headed east behind the storm and this is where it got interesting… Little to our knowledge we had already entered Limpopo and a few kilometers back and then into Mpumalanga, it was my first time visiting the provinces.…

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Cutoff-low and heavy snow 24-26 Jul 2016
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Cutoff-low and heavy snow 24-26 Jul 2016

Numerous model runs have indicated the likely formation of a cutoff-low (COL) over the south-eastern parts of the country between Sun 24th and Tues 26th. All indications are that this system will produce heavy rainfall (> 100mm) in places, and extremely heavy snow (more than a meter) over the Drakensberg and surrounding peaks.…

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Tropical Storm Maysak – Future Super Typhoon?
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Tropical Storm Maysak – Future Super Typhoon?

The Pacific Ocean is currently playing host to a newly developed tropical storm system named Maysak. Tropical Storm Maysak is currently located East-Southeast of the island of Guam. Over the course of the next 5 days the storm is expected to move West-Northwest, with increasing wind speeds as it moves over areas of low shear and favourable sea surface temperatures (as is often the case with Pacific storms).…

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El Nino Potential For 2015
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El Nino Potential For 2015

As the Climate.gov site addressed in their recent El Niño update article titled “Déjà Vu: El Niño Take Two”, (which I highly recommend reading) it appears as though El Niño is once again forecast this year. For those who were following the tropics or general global weather in detail last year, the early ENSO updates were calling for a moderate to potentially strong El Niño event through the summer (northern hemisphere) months of 2014.…

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Storm Chasing South Africa Revival
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Storm Chasing South Africa Revival

It’s been a while… Over a year in fact since my last article post, but… Storm Chasing South Africa is Back Back with a shiny new website too! I’ve been working hard at migrating the website over from Joomla to WordPress.…

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Cape Floods – A Cut-Off Low To Remember
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Cape Floods – A Cut-Off Low To Remember

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.…

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Cape Rocked by Snow
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Cape Rocked by Snow

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.…

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Hurricanes go AWOL
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Hurricanes go AWOL

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.…

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Tropical Storm Andrea Forms in the GOM
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Tropical Storm Andrea Forms in the GOM

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.…

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A Storm For The Books
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A Storm For The Books

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.…

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Is History In The Making With Tropical Storm Barbara
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Is History In The Making With Tropical Storm Barbara

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.…

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Cape Town Prepares for a Big One
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Cape Town Prepares for a Big One

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.…

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