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Tornado Alley IMAX Release

You have no doubt, by now already heard of the hit Discovery Channel program Storm Chasers. This series has been around since 2007 when it first made its television debut, prior to it’s release I had heard lots of talk about the show and having recorded previous severe weather shows religiously on VHS tape from the television this was going to be a dream come true for me.…

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Huge Funnel Cloud in the Underberg in February

During February 2010 the Underberg saw the development of a very large and well defined funnel cloud over the Sangwana Mountain. It occurred during the afternoon hours and it is believed that the funnel cloud never reached the ground, which means it can not be classified as a tornado, though is equally impressive.…

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Sutherland Snow Chase – 6 August 2011

We stopped at the Spar in Worcester to purchase some supplies,  and standing at the pay piont we saw the pic on the front page of the Cape Argus of some thick snow on the Verlate kloof pass.  I set my mind on this new location and headed off to Matjiesfontein.…

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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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