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Autumn is Here

Today marks the date of the autumnal equinox for the Southern Hemisphere, while the Northern Hemisphere welcome Spring. As far as weather in concerned, this means we can start expecting to see a change in weather patterns that are more associated with the winter months.…

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Mid-November Trough

It seems that I should do more updates, as it appears to bring on more interesting weather. After my post last week, Cape Town got some rare weather conditions. While most of us were expecting a fairly typical weak cold front bringing some light rain and tossing the ocean up a bit, what we really got was some exciting thunderstorm action.…

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26-28 April 2011 Tornado Outbreak – United States

It’s been a rough Spring so far for the confederate states in regards to severe weather. A mere 2 weeks ago Mississippi found itself in the firing line of a severe weather system which was producing some damaging tornadoes which ended up causing havoc in the town of Jackson.…

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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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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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Tropical Cyclone Effects Possible for South Africa
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Tropical Cyclone Effects Possible for South Africa

Mainstream media has already picked up on a tropical formation that is likely to occur within the next 24 hours within the Mozambique Channel. An area of disturbed weather currently exists within a large area of low pressure inside the channel.…

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Cut-off Low Brings Weather Chaos Across Country

As discussed last week, a cut-off low developed over the country on the weekend and with it, has thus far brought fascinating and in some cases chaotic weather conditions with it to many parts of the country. By Sunday snowfall was already seen across much of the Drakensberg, setting the stage for further more intense snowfall overnight and into Monday the 25th, with the cut-off low developing from the upper trough.…

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