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Becoming a Spotter

For those unsure of what a weather spotter/storm spotter does, they are like storm chasers but do not actively hunt down severe storms but rather report any severe weather which occurs in their location to the appropriate weather information centre. For South Africa this would be the South African Weather Service, the SAWS does urge residents to report back severe weather events such as damaging winds, hail, tornadoes, floods etc.…

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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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Tropical Cyclone Funso

I have decided to continue the postings of Funso in a separate thread, namely this one. Previously I was discussing both Ethel and Funso together but since now Moderate Tropical Storm Funso is the storm which holds the greatest interest to those in Southern Africa, I figured I will focus solely on Funso for the time being, to discuss Ethel, feel free to head to the forums where we have a general thread topic on both of these systems.…

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Video Footage of Enawo Landfall in Madagascar
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Video Footage of Enawo Landfall in Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Enawo made landfall yesterday morning just north of Antalaha, Madagascar with winds in excess of 100kt. The storm has since weakened to 30kt, but still poses serious flood risks as it moves south through the country, and will soon be affecting larger populations in the cities near the central parts of the country.…

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100kt Enawo Set For Intense Landfall Within 12 hours
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100kt Enawo Set For Intense Landfall Within 12 hours

Tropical Cyclone Enawo underwent rapid intensification today, ramping itself up to a 100kt Intense Tropical Cyclone, with landfall almost a certainty at this point. This brings the storm into the ‘Category 4 Tropical Cyclone’ category, when using the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale format.…

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Tropical Storm Enawo Gains Strength, Takes Aim At Madagascar
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Tropical Storm Enawo Gains Strength, Takes Aim At Madagascar

Despite some struggles last night, tropical storm Enawo has maintained itself over the past 36 hours, with maximum winds currently at 45kt, and is located to the east of northern Madagascar. The storm’s satellite appearance continues to impress with a very wide circulation and impressive inflow pattern.…

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Tropical Cyclone Threat For Madagascar
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Tropical Cyclone Threat For Madagascar

Image by Mtotec We have a new named storm in the Indian Ocean, with invest 95S off the north east of Madagascar being upgraded to a Moderate Tropical Storm this morning in the 06z update from Meteo France. The storm has taken on the name Enawo, and is the 5th named storm of the season for the basin.…

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Social Media Users Share Flooding Footage
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Social Media Users Share Flooding Footage

Image by Sat24 As we mentioned in our previous post, a low pressure located over the north eastern areas of Southern Africa has been causing widespread rain and flooding to various parts of the country. The hardest hit at this point seems to be parts of the North West province, which was suggested by earlier model predictions.…

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Wild Week of Weather Possible for South Africa
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Wild Week of Weather Possible for South Africa

The latest satellite imagery from Sat24.com shows moisture already developing throughout the Northern Cape, which seems to be from the initial stages of the developing low over Namibia. On the heels of Dineo, we may be in for some more severe weather in parts of South Africa this week.…

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In The Wake of Dineo – And No, It’s Not Hitting JHB
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In The Wake of Dineo – And No, It’s Not Hitting JHB

Dineo made landfall on Wednesday evening near Inhambane. The storm was weaker than forecast during landfall, though still had enough power to cause moderate to severe wind damage to areas in Mozambique. Mozambique’s National Emergency Operations were quoted saying that 20 000 homes destroyed and 130 000 displaced from the storm, with that there were also 7 fatalities related to the storm at the time of publication.…

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Tropical Cyclone Dineo Moves Onto Mozambique Coast
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Tropical Cyclone Dineo Moves Onto Mozambique Coast

Dineo continued its moderate intensification over the course of the past 18 hours, since our previous update. The storm acquired tropical cyclone status in this time period, becoming Tropical Cyclone Dineo in the process. The storm underwent impressive overnight convective bursts over the center and maintained a solid satellite appearance as it moved towards Mozambique.…

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Dineo Forecast to Become Intense Tropical Cyclone
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Dineo Forecast to Become Intense Tropical Cyclone

Recent satellite imagery from the last 12 hours continues to show Tropical Storm Dineo organizing well in the Mozambique Channel. A large burst of convection took place over the center of the storm in recent hours, typical with a strengthening tropical storm, though majority of of the convection is located on the eastern portion of the storm.…

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Tropical Cyclone Formation Likely Within 24 Hours
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Tropical Cyclone Formation Likely Within 24 Hours

Yesterday we spoke about the potential for a tropical cyclone formation in the Mozambique Channel over the next few days. Over the past 18 hours the area of disturbed weather in this region has undergone significant organization, and is now an easily identifiable tropical disturbance on satellite imagery.…

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