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Trough Development – Northern and Western Cape
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Trough Development – Northern and Western Cape

It’s been a quiet summer as far as trough activity for the western parts of South Africa is conerned, however it seems that we have the potential for thunderstorm activity developing today April 9th, through to April 11th. The trough in question already exists over Namibia, but will further intensity and dig south over the next 48 hours.…

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Latest on Weekend Storm

Latest model guidance is showing what could be a very rough ride for residents of both the Western Cape and areas of the Eastern Cape this coming weekend. Rainfall estimates have shot up for Saturday around Cape Town, Boland, Winelands and areas of the Overberg.…

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Duduza, East Rand Tornado!

Following hot on the heels of the Ficksburg tornado incident, there are now pictures coming through on social networking sites of a large, strong tornado which apparently hit Duduza in the East Rand earlier this evening. I cannot comment on the validity of the claims but the pictures look to be real, despite their low quality, likely due to being captured on a cell phone.…

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Cape of (April) Storms

Last week saw a trough approach the Western Cape from the west with some very cold polar air aloft. It was from an early stage that this system would have the possibility for thunderstorm development, CAPE values were forecast to remain low but there were some positive (well… negative) LI numbers coming out of the model outputs.…

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First Snow of 2012

A strong cold front pushed through the Western Cape this Easter weekend, moderate winds, some heavy falls of rain and rough seas were present in places on Saturday and Sunday. This storm system also brought us the first snow of the year with webcam images from Sutherland on Sunday showing light snow accumulation on the ground.…

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Autumn is Here

Today marks the date of the autumnal equinox for the Southern Hemisphere, while the Northern Hemisphere welcome Spring. As far as weather in concerned, this means we can start expecting to see a change in weather patterns that are more associated with the winter months.…

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Tropical Storm Irina Forecast to Reach Cyclone Status Again

Tropical storm Irina is currently located off the east coast of South Africa and as can be expected, the storm remains fairly weak, this is mainly due to the fact that the water temperatures as far south as tropical storm Irina is, are less conductive for strengthening than further north.…

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Irina Expected to Become Cyclone Off Mozambique

NOTE: This article is edited with updates pertaining to the latest information on Irina, scroll down to the bottom of the article for the latest. The excitement continues in the South West Indian Ocean this year with another tropical storm located just off the Mozambique coast which has already brought heavy rains to the area with the bulk of the convection located on the West-Northwest side of the storm.…

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Holy Active Indian Ocean Batman!

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Tropical Cyclone Giovanna

As discussed and predicted yesterday, Invest 98S has formed quickly into Moderate Tropical Storm Giovanna. The development of this storm was a bit quicker than expected and looking at the intensity forecasts, it’s going to be a bit stronger than I expected too.…

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Tropical Invest 98S Could Be Giovanna
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Tropical Invest 98S Could Be Giovanna

There is a new area of interest in the South Indian Ocean, a disturbance has been present over the past couple of days and has showed increasing signs of organization. The area has been labelled as Invest 98S and looks to become our next tropical storm in the South Indian Ocean.…

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Cape Town Weather

Currently there are a few features that I am looking at with interest, but first I’d like to touch on an exciting event for those of us in Cape Town, we had our first decent thunderstorms in almost a year. On Monday the 6th of February 2012 Cape Town received some pretty awesome little thunderstorms, What made them awesome wasn’t the fact that they were severe, because they were nothing close to being severe, but rather the nature of the cloud structures.…

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Invest 90L – No Winter for Soutnern US?
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Invest 90L – No Winter for Soutnern US?

                  Locally there were a few isolated interesting weather events of the past couple of weeks, a few severe thunderstorms in the northern parts, flooding in the Eastern Cape and heat waves in the Western Cape, but I’d like to focus this article on the United States… For those who have not been following international weather, there has been a somewhat global lack of winter over the past few months, the United States and Europe were places that were most noticeably affected by the lack of winter, more in particular the United Kingdom and the southern U.S states.…

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