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Cape Braces for Autumn Storm
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Cape Braces for Autumn Storm

While it may only be late April, the eyes of Western Cape residents are fixed on a strong cold front set to make landfall on Friday 22nd. While rain had already begun to fall around the coastal areas of the province on Wednesday night, the real action is still forecast to occur on Friday afternoon.…

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Unusual Summer

This summer has seem some fairly unusual weather thus far. Usually temperatures in the Western Cape soar between the months of January and February and historically are the hottest months for Cape Town, though this year while January had some rather warm days it was more mild than one would expect for that month.…

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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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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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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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