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Surprise Thunderstorms for Gauteng

On the 27 August 2009 there were numerous thunderstorms (Which were not forecast to occur) popping up in the Gauteng area, CAPE values were around 1000 J/kg which would allow for convective storms to form. While surface dew points remained lower than that usually expected with thunderstorms- moist air moving in from the west at mid-levels of the atmosphere allowed for enough instability to create storms.…

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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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Severe Weather Begins – 23 June 2009

As forecast by the South African Weather Service and as predicted by users in the forum- The Western Cape began to receive some rough weather conditions. The weather began Monday 22 June 2009 with light showers and winds beginning to increase to near 45 km/h.…

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Thunderstorms Light Up Cape Town
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Thunderstorms Light Up Cape Town

After an extensive lull of visually appealing thunderstorm activity, Cape Town finally got a show again this weekend when a weak upper trough brought tropical moisture down from the northern parts of the country. The first thunderstorms were experienced late on Saturday night and into Sunday morning, but the real show occurred later on the evening of Sunday the 23rd when several storm cells moved over Cape Town and the surrounding areas.…

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Winter Weather Brings Snow and Flooding to South Africa
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Winter Weather Brings Snow and Flooding to South Africa

After the weather events that took place in the Western Cape in the middle of last week, focus shifted towards the interior and the eastern coastal areas for the weekend. As we discussed in our previous article we posted last week, we had our eyes on a low pressure that was forecast to develop towards the north eastern parts of the country, where models were predicting heavy rains and impressive snowfalls through much of Lesotho and into the Eastern Cape, as well as parts of KZN.…

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Wind, Rain and Snow on the Cards
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Wind, Rain and Snow on the Cards

The coming few days will see a series of noteworthy weather events including rain, wind and snow for some areas. Despite a few strong cold fronts bringing heavy rains to the Cape over the past few months, dam levels remain alarmingly low and the Western Cape will be hoping for some more winter weather, if they are to avoid possible water restrictions come summer.…

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Wild Weekend Weather Expected
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Wild Weekend Weather Expected

The country is still feeling the effects of this past weekend’s cold front which brought freezing temperatures to parts of the country, and snowfalls to the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Lesotho. But while the temperatures remain low in the wake of the front, our attention has already turned to the next weather event which is set to occur on Friday, and through into Saturday morning before clearing later on Saturday.…

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The Cold Returns – Snow For Western Cape This Weekend
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The Cold Returns – Snow For Western Cape This Weekend

After a fairly mild and mostly dry couple weeks for most of the South-Western Cape, things look set to change this weekend with the arrival of cold front, which looks likely to start impacting the province from Saturday afternoon to evening.…

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Big Snow Totals Possible For Lesotho This Weekend
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Big Snow Totals Possible For Lesotho This Weekend

The latest model guidance is looking extremely positive for snow enthusiasts in the north-eastern parts of the country, with the possibility for heavy snow in both Lesotho and the far NE parts of the Eastern Cape. For those who may not have been following this event, we have been tracking the progress of the forecast models for days now, with numerous “flip-flop” scenarios.…

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Model Inconsistencies Leave Snow Potential Up In The Air
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Model Inconsistencies Leave Snow Potential Up In The Air

Firstly, I’d like to state the discussion of this upcoming weather events poses a larger than normal degree of uncertainty and that it should be noted by all readers that due to the timeframe of the events discussed herein, it’s still very possible for there to be significant changes to the outlook.…

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Models Hint At Snowy Week Ahead
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Models Hint At Snowy Week Ahead

Update #2 – 15 June 2015: The weather event in question has been subject to a lot of “flip-flopping” with forecast specifics changing slightly every few hours, making it difficult to pin point the exact conditions which can be expected, however with the system now almost here – the forecast is a bit more reliable.…

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More Snow For Lesotho – 11 June 2015
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More Snow For Lesotho – 11 June 2015

It’s only been a few days since the recent cut-off low brought snow to several provinces, but already we can look to the next potential snow event which seems to be possible later this week. Image from Snow-Forecast There is currently a weak upper trough present over Namibia extending down into the Northern Cape.…

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No, Cape Town’s Waters Never Froze
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No, Cape Town’s Waters Never Froze

Every year each weather system, someone somewhere on the internet feels the best course of action in his life is to go and find some images of a severe weather event completely unrelated or from years prior and to pass it off as an eyewitness report from the current system.…

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