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Supercell near Durban

South African storm chaser Mungo Poore managed to spot this well defined hook echo on the Durban radar on the 6th of May 2009. There were no confirmed reports of tornadoes or funnel clouds at the time of writing this article but hook echoes are the tell tail signs for possible tornado development.…

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1969 Tulbagh and Ceres Earthquake

The Ceres earthquake of 1969 remains the most destructive earthquake in South African history. The earthquake occurred on the 29 September 1969 in the Ceres/Tulbagh area and registered an alarming 6.3 on the Richter scale, stronger than that of the 1809 Cape Town earthquake which destroyed a local Milnerton Farm.…

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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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Tropical Storm Maysak – Future Super Typhoon?
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Tropical Storm Maysak – Future Super Typhoon?

The Pacific Ocean is currently playing host to a newly developed tropical storm system named Maysak. Tropical Storm Maysak is currently located East-Southeast of the island of Guam. Over the course of the next 5 days the storm is expected to move West-Northwest, with increasing wind speeds as it moves over areas of low shear and favourable sea surface temperatures (as is often the case with Pacific storms).…

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El Nino Potential For 2015
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El Nino Potential For 2015

As the Climate.gov site addressed in their recent El Niño update article titled “Déjà Vu: El Niño Take Two”, (which I highly recommend reading) it appears as though El Niño is once again forecast this year. For those who were following the tropics or general global weather in detail last year, the early ENSO updates were calling for a moderate to potentially strong El Niño event through the summer (northern hemisphere) months of 2014.…

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Hurricanes go AWOL
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Hurricanes go AWOL

We seem to be experiencing stronger storms here in the Cape over recent hours than the tropical Atlantic has been experiencing this month. Hurricane season kicked off on the 1st of June and since that time we have only had three named storms for the Atlantic basin, this is below normal activity at this point and it’s got many of us trackers twiddling our thumbs, waiting for something else to develop.…

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Tropical Storm Andrea Forms in the GOM
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Tropical Storm Andrea Forms in the GOM

This past week has definitely not been short of excitement weather wise, last week severe storms ripped through Oklahoma in the United States; dropping the widest ever recorded tornado, which was estimated to be a supposed conservative 3.7 kilometers wide. Unfortunately it was this tornado that also brought us our first ever storm chasing related deaths recorded in the U.S.…

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Is History In The Making With Tropical Storm Barbara
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Is History In The Making With Tropical Storm Barbara

While the Cape has their eyes on the large cold front approaching the Western Cape, those who follow tropical cyclone activity have their eyes on a different area of the world. Over the past few days, in the Eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Barbara which was a hurricane for a short while before landfall – has been moving towards the east-north-east.…

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U.S Tornado Season Strikes
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U.S Tornado Season Strikes

A lot of us trackers and severe weather watchers have been surprised by how slow the American tornado season has been so far this year. Statistically, last week the numbers were well below average with only a few moderate risk days and most of them turning out to be a bust.…

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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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All Eyes On The Tropics

Well it’s that time of the year again, when eyes are focused on the Atlantic ocean. The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season started off with a bang with 2 named storms forming in May and a further 2 forming in June. We went through the whole of July without a single tropical storm forming, but when August came around, this started to heat up again.…

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Atlantic Pre-Season Storms

I keep having to check my calendar to make sure I’ve got the current date right… It’s only May 28 today and already we have had 2 tropical storms in the Atlantic and a major hurricane in the Eastern Pacific. For those of you versed in hurricane tracking you’ll know that the hurricane season starts officially on June 1st and storm formations prior to the season starting, while not unheard of, is fairly uncommon.…

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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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