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Cape of Storms

The past week has seen an onset of what one can describe as winter, temperatures have dropped down to the mid teens for the most part with a succession of cold fronts impacting the Western Cape. The first of the strong cold fronts made landfall early last week, with Saturday the 8th May offering a single day of sunshine, before the next big cold front impacts us here in the Cape.…

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Possible Tornado Event in Ficksburg

A storm in the Free State on Sunday 2 October 2011 was the focus of media attention as it tore through an informal settlement injuring 42 people and killing a 9 year old boy, when a wall reportedly collapsed on top of him.…

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A Quiet South African Summer
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A Quiet South African Summer

Weather throughout the country has been fairly quiet over recent weeks. We often find ourselves with extended spells of severe thunderstorms up country in late summer, with tornadoes occassionally reported. This year however things seem to be a bit more quieter, and dry – especially in the southern parts.…

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Wind, Rain and Snow on the Cards
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Wind, Rain and Snow on the Cards

The coming few days will see a series of noteworthy weather events including rain, wind and snow for some areas. Despite a few strong cold fronts bringing heavy rains to the Cape over the past few months, dam levels remain alarmingly low and the Western Cape will be hoping for some more winter weather, if they are to avoid possible water restrictions come summer.…

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Wild Weekend Weather Expected
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Wild Weekend Weather Expected

The country is still feeling the effects of this past weekend’s cold front which brought freezing temperatures to parts of the country, and snowfalls to the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Lesotho. But while the temperatures remain low in the wake of the front, our attention has already turned to the next weather event which is set to occur on Friday, and through into Saturday morning before clearing later on Saturday.…

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The Cold Returns – Snow For Western Cape This Weekend
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The Cold Returns – Snow For Western Cape This Weekend

After a fairly mild and mostly dry couple weeks for most of the South-Western Cape, things look set to change this weekend with the arrival of cold front, which looks likely to start impacting the province from Saturday afternoon to evening.…

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Big Snow Totals Possible For Lesotho This Weekend
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Big Snow Totals Possible For Lesotho This Weekend

The latest model guidance is looking extremely positive for snow enthusiasts in the north-eastern parts of the country, with the possibility for heavy snow in both Lesotho and the far NE parts of the Eastern Cape. For those who may not have been following this event, we have been tracking the progress of the forecast models for days now, with numerous “flip-flop” scenarios.…

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Model Inconsistencies Leave Snow Potential Up In The Air
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Model Inconsistencies Leave Snow Potential Up In The Air

Firstly, I’d like to state the discussion of this upcoming weather events poses a larger than normal degree of uncertainty and that it should be noted by all readers that due to the timeframe of the events discussed herein, it’s still very possible for there to be significant changes to the outlook.…

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Models Hint At Snowy Week Ahead
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Models Hint At Snowy Week Ahead

Update #2 – 15 June 2015: The weather event in question has been subject to a lot of “flip-flopping” with forecast specifics changing slightly every few hours, making it difficult to pin point the exact conditions which can be expected, however with the system now almost here – the forecast is a bit more reliable.…

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More Snow For Lesotho – 11 June 2015
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More Snow For Lesotho – 11 June 2015

It’s only been a few days since the recent cut-off low brought snow to several provinces, but already we can look to the next potential snow event which seems to be possible later this week. Image from Snow-Forecast There is currently a weak upper trough present over Namibia extending down into the Northern Cape.…

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No, Cape Town’s Waters Never Froze
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No, Cape Town’s Waters Never Froze

Every year each weather system, someone somewhere on the internet feels the best course of action in his life is to go and find some images of a severe weather event completely unrelated or from years prior and to pass it off as an eyewitness report from the current system.…

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Western Cape Cut-Off Low – 3 June 2015
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Western Cape Cut-Off Low – 3 June 2015

A cut-off low pressure system developed earlier in the week over the northern parts of South Africa and has since been deepening (intensifying) and moving southwards towards the Western Cape. This low pressure system brough strong winds and good rainfall to the Western Cape through the night of the 1st into the 2nd of June, as well as throughout the day of June the 2nd.…

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Snow Watch : 31 May – 4 June 2015
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Snow Watch : 31 May – 4 June 2015

Things have changed drastically over the past 24 hours on the forecast models. Yesterday we wrote a piece about the weather events likely to impact the Cape over the next week, and mentioned how snow was unlikely. At the time the main global models were showing freezing levels not dropping much below 2000m, though the latest runs show a much more favourable outlook for the snow chasers out there.…

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