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Funnel Cloud in Centurion

I received an email from William Vermaak in Centurion, Pretoria who managed to capture a funnel cloud during a heavy thunderstorm in the area. He said that the funnel began to dip a bit before becoming even more defined and stretching down, but then quickly going back up.…

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1969 Tulbagh and Ceres Earthquake

The Ceres earthquake of 1969 remains the most destructive earthquake in South African history. The earthquake occurred on the 29 September 1969 in the Ceres/Tulbagh area and registered an alarming 6.3 on the Richter scale, stronger than that of the 1809 Cape Town earthquake which destroyed a local Milnerton Farm.…

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Rough Seas and Gale Force Winds

Model data continues with the depiction of a weekend of rough weather for parts of both the Western and Eastern Cape. Latest guidance is showing wind speeds reaching up to 40 knots at Cape Point, while remaining around 25-30 knots for Cape Town City and most other southern parts of the Western Cape.…

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Strong Storms in Eastern Cape

Around 16:30 today, 5 May 2009 there were a series of strong thunderstorms visible on the 50km East London radar which peaked at around 60 dBz which usually indicates extremely heavy rain or hail. These storms were originally heading south east before changing direction and heading north east for a while just to the north west of East London.…

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Thundershowers for Northern South Africa

A low pressure system is currently situated around the North West province which has been pulling moisture down from the north into areas such as Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province and part of the Free State. This set up will allow for showers and thundershowers with fairly decent rainfall totals of near 10mm per 24 hours for many parts.…

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American Tornado Intercepts – 29 April 2009

Tornadovideos.net chasers managed to intercept some great supercell structures in a slight risk day in Texas state. In the evening hours a storm dropped some amazing tornadoes infront of severeal storm chasers including David Drummond and Reed Timmer. Below is a video taken from Reed and the TVN crew.…

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22 November 2007 – Johannesburg Severe Thunderstorm

On 22 November 2007 I was situated in Pretoria, Gauteng for a few days. I started the day by heading to Fourways, Johannesburg at around 9am, though my initial reasoning for visiting Fourways was not storm chasing related I was well aware that the South African Weather Service had issued a 60% probability of thunderstorms and that conditions were looking good for development with temperatures forecast to be in the upper 20s to low 30s.…

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US Tornado Outbreak – 26 April 2009

The ingredients were looking good for storm developing for days leading up till the 26th with dew points touching 70’F and good shear profiles with CAPE and EHI indexes all looking decent for tornado development. Early on the 26th the Storm Prediction Center issued a rare “High Risk” alert for parts of the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma reaching up to Kansas.…

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Winter Weather To Begin

After a fairly dry summer it seems as though winter is knocking on the door, there have been a few weak fronts pushing through as well as a cut-off low during the second last week of April. This system brought some thundershowers to the Western Cape and Eastern Cape regions with several squall lines developing.…

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FAQ

Q : Are there tornadoes in South Africa? A : Indeed there are, there are actually quite a few tornadoes which occur anually but due to the fact that unlike in the United States where there are chasers who target severe thunderstorms and report the tornadoes to authorities and weather agencies- South Africa does not really have dedicated chasers to report tornadic events and thus only tornadoes that do damage to structures or occur within populated areas get reported.  …

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16/17 April 2009 – Cape Town Mammatus Event

On the morning of the 16th April 2009 a sharp trough situated to the North West of Cape Town was resulting in some unstable weather with a risk of thundershowers in the area. At 08:15 it was noted on the Cape Town Webcam that a small amount of mammatus were evident near Table Mountain, during the next 15 minutes the mammatus clouds started developing rapidly along the edge of the passing cloud band.…

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