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Latest on Weekend Storm

Latest model guidance is showing what could be a very rough ride for residents of both the Western Cape and areas of the Eastern Cape this coming weekend. Rainfall estimates have shot up for Saturday around Cape Town, Boland, Winelands and areas of the Overberg.…

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15-16 June 2011 Cape Town Storm

Fair warning was provided over the past odd week in regards to strong frontal activity impacting South Africa. Originally the South African Weather Service had forecast thundershowers for Cape Town on Wednesday, which was later replaced with the forecast for general rain showers, though some other international forecast centers weren’t so sure on dropping the thunderstorms and wunderground.com had thundershowers forecast for Wednesday on that morning.…

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Another Cape Town Mammatus Cloud Event

Above are some images taken from my cellphone this morning, 10 July 2009. There was a brief and unexpected period of mammatus clouds which formed at around 12:15pm and lasted only around 10 minutes. The cause for the mammatus clouds was a cut-off low approaching the Western Cape from the West-South-West, this cut off low was creating instability and altocumulus were present along with some cumulonimbus.…

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Cutoff-low and heavy snow 24-26 Jul 2016
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Cutoff-low and heavy snow 24-26 Jul 2016

Numerous model runs have indicated the likely formation of a cutoff-low (COL) over the south-eastern parts of the country between Sun 24th and Tues 26th. All indications are that this system will produce heavy rainfall (> 100mm) in places, and extremely heavy snow (more than a meter) over the Drakensberg and surrounding peaks.…

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Satellite view of snow over Western Cape 2 Jul 2016
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Satellite view of snow over Western Cape 2 Jul 2016

This Morning’s Terra Modis satellite overpass (10.55am on Sat 2nd) gives an excellent view of the snow over the entire Western Cape (and surrounding areas). Falls were very heavy at higher elevations (above 1500m), but very light lower down. The number of mountain ranges with snow cover are too numerous to mention, but include (from N to S, then W to E): Cederberge (Citrusdal), Winterhoek (Tulbagh) and Gydo (Ceres), Brandwacht and Hex River (Worcester) and Matroosberg, Bains Kloof and Du Toits Peak (Paarl), Hottentots Holland and Wemmershoek (Franschhoek), Riviersonderend Mts (Robertson) and Langeberge (Swellendam), Klein and Groot Swartberge (Oudtshoorn), further inland is the Sutherland Plateau.…

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Snow charts 1-2 Jul 2016
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Snow charts 1-2 Jul 2016

This chart from http://www.snow-forecast.com shows the expected 3-day coverage during the passage of the cold-front period between 2am on Fri 1st to 8am on Sat 2nd. Precipitation will vary by location, from heavy (5-10cm+)  in the SW&S-Cape, to much lighter  (1-5cm) inland in the N-Cape, and eventually over parts of KZN.…

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Cold-front and potential snow W-Cape 30 Jun to 2 Jul 2016
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Cold-front and potential snow W-Cape 30 Jun to 2 Jul 2016

Numerous GFS model runs have hinted at the arrival of a powerful cold-front this weekend (Thurs 30th to Sat 2nd). It has taken a long time for the model to settle down, but there has never been any doubt that it would be a significant weather event. …

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Wild Weather Across South Africa
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Wild Weather Across South Africa

It’s been a week of interesting weather developments with a cut off low causing chaos across much of the country. The COL developed over the western parts of the country late last week initially bringing with it Black South-Easter conditions to the Western Cape.…

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Cold Front Poses Snow Potential This Weekend
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Cold Front Poses Snow Potential This Weekend

Update (Thurs 28th). The model runs have converged nicely (though with some detail changes), and show widespread and fairly deep snow coverage in places during Sat 30th:     Original text: Just days after the Cape experienced their first real winter storm of the year, another cold front is forecast to impact the country this coming weekend.…

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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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Amazing Cumulonimbus Near Germiston
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Amazing Cumulonimbus Near Germiston

These images were taken yesterday (15 October 2015) by Dustin Henrico of a storm to the South East of Germiston in Gauteng.…

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Thunderstorms Light Up Cape Town
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Thunderstorms Light Up Cape Town

After an extensive lull of visually appealing thunderstorm activity, Cape Town finally got a show again this weekend when a weak upper trough brought tropical moisture down from the northern parts of the country. The first thunderstorms were experienced late on Saturday night and into Sunday morning, but the real show occurred later on the evening of Sunday the 23rd when several storm cells moved over Cape Town and the surrounding areas.…

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Winter Weather Brings Snow and Flooding to South Africa
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Winter Weather Brings Snow and Flooding to South Africa

After the weather events that took place in the Western Cape in the middle of last week, focus shifted towards the interior and the eastern coastal areas for the weekend. As we discussed in our previous article we posted last week, we had our eyes on a low pressure that was forecast to develop towards the north eastern parts of the country, where models were predicting heavy rains and impressive snowfalls through much of Lesotho and into the Eastern Cape, as well as parts of KZN.…

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