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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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Cape Rocked by Snow
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Cape Rocked by Snow

The Western Cape recently got a winter treat in the form of low snow falls. There was quite a lot of hype surrounding the event prior, and the forums had been discussing the system ever since the GFS model had showed that we would likely be in for some rough weather.…

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Cape Town Weather

Currently there are a few features that I am looking at with interest, but first I’d like to touch on an exciting event for those of us in Cape Town, we had our first decent thunderstorms in almost a year. On Monday the 6th of February 2012 Cape Town received some pretty awesome little thunderstorms, What made them awesome wasn’t the fact that they were severe, because they were nothing close to being severe, but rather the nature of the cloud structures.…

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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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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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