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A Dry April For The Cape

April has been notably dry for what is often considered the first month of Autumn, at least for the Cape. On average Cape Town experiences 8 days of rain, and around 40mm in the month of April, more than double the average of March.…

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2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Arrives Early
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2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Arrives Early

Despite the recently declared El Nino, known for inhibiting tropical activity, the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season got off to an early start last week with the development of Tropical Storm Ana. Forming on the 8th of May, Ana, as  Ana before her (2003) is one of the earliest tropical storm formations for the Atlantic, with the hurricane season only officially starting on June 1st.…

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Waterspout in Durban

A video of a waterspout in Durban last week has been doing it’s rounds of viral internet sharing. Or at least for South Africans. Many people seem to label a waterspout as a tornado but they are in fact two different phenomena.…

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Update On The #CapeStorm – Damage and Forecast
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Update On The #CapeStorm – Damage and Forecast

Image by Gordon Richardson As expected the first cold front pushed through last night at around 10pm, bringing with it the relief of rain and some wind too. By early morning, the area of lowest pressure passed by, causing some extremely strong winds, with Cape Point recording a gust of 124km/h and then another 120km/h gust in the late morning.…

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How To Prepare For The Cape Town “Monster Storm” – A Realist’s Guide
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How To Prepare For The Cape Town “Monster Storm” – A Realist’s Guide

So you’ve seen the headlines: “Monster Storm To Hit Cape Town”, “Cape Town Residents Warned to Prepare For Massive Storm” etc. But just what precautions does one need to take during such an event you may ask. Firstly, let’s just say that while this storm is a big one and severe weather is expected across much of the province, it is not unprecedented.…

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Cape Braces For Massive Winter Storm
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Cape Braces For Massive Winter Storm

Last week we published a tentative piece talking about how the forecast models were showing signs of an intense cold front making landfall in the Cape this coming week. Since that publication, the models have been very consistent in forecasting this storm, with every run since showing the potential for a large scale severe weather event.…

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Big Rain Relief On Cards For The Cape?
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Big Rain Relief On Cards For The Cape?

We’ve been following the forecasts for a few days now regarding some extremely positive trends from both the GFS and EURO forecast models relating to a couple of cold fronts which are forecast to make landfall over the next week. The first system of interest is likely to arrive on Saturday afternoon, bringing with it strong winds and rainfall.…

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Van Dam Speaks on Cape Town Drought Situation
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Van Dam Speaks on Cape Town Drought Situation

With the Western Cape’s drought situation now reaching critical levels, with the entire province being declared a disaster area — international news agencies are even starting to pick up on the situation. Derek Van Dam, who was once an ETV meteorologist before later moving to CNN addressed the situation in a recent segment on the CNN news station.…

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Slight Relief For Cape As Cold Fronts Approach
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Slight Relief For Cape As Cold Fronts Approach

The ongoing drought in the Western Cape recently saw further water restrictions being implemented, as dam levels are now at an effective 11% capacity. The drought has been made worse, as autumn has not brought the normal rainfall that the Western Cape province is used to experiencing each year.…

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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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