All eyes are currently on a frontal system that is
The past 2 weeks have been really interesting around the Cape Town area. Temperatures exceeded 35 degrees Celcius for close to 10 days in a row in many places, with recorded temperatures of 46’C in Paarl over the past weekend.
It’s funny that just a few weeks ago I was talking about the lack of a general summer weather pattern and just days after that post a very typical intense summer weather pattern set in. There have been a few troughs around which lead to some instability and thundershowers too.
I was communicating with Gordon Richardson of Capetownskies.com for a few hours prior to the storms occurrence on Sunday 7th March 2010. He alerted me as to some small storms developing about 200km to the North West of Cape Town. I then continued to monitor these cells as they headed SSE towards Cape Town.
I went outside at around 10:45pm and could see very distant lightning, but after monitoring the radar for another 20 minutes made the decision to head to Strand beach in hopes of capturing some lightning photographs. I’ve had pretty bad luck with lightning photos as I live in an area with too much light for long exposure and too many trees too. But due to lightning being so rare in Cape Town I decided to take the chance and head down to the beach at what was now 11:15 pm.
When I arrived at the beach there were fisherman along the waters edge and I set up my tripod in what seemed to be the best location. 5 minutes in there had only been 1 or 2 sheet flashes but no C-G yet… Then out of nowhere in a period of about 10 minutes there were 8 or so C-G strikes, which then ended just as abruptly as they came. I still gave it 10 more minutes or so before packing up and heading back home… Though on the way home I saw it had become active again, but I knew I had some good shots already so I left it.
The current forecast for Cape Town shows more possible thundershowers this week, though I am not going to bet on any more good photos.