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Vortex 2 Intercept

2009 saw the beginning of Vortex 2, the largest tornado research experiment in history. The Vortex project brings together scientists from all over the United States as they team up various radars, probes and other measuring instruments. The first Vortex project was held in the mid 90s and has been 15 years until the initiation of Vortex 2.…

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Waterspout in Durban

A video of a waterspout in Durban last week has been doing it’s rounds of viral internet sharing. Or at least for South Africans. Many people seem to label a waterspout as a tornado but they are in fact two different phenomena.…

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Cape of (April) Storms

Last week saw a trough approach the Western Cape from the west with some very cold polar air aloft. It was from an early stage that this system would have the possibility for thunderstorm development, CAPE values were forecast to remain low but there were some positive (well… negative) LI numbers coming out of the model outputs.…

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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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Winter is Coming
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Winter is Coming

It seems that South Africa, and in particular the Western Cape, will begin to finally experience weather conditions fitting to the season. The months of March through May have been excessively dry, resulting in shortages of dam water in several areas, as well as the drying up of several vleis.…

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A Dry April For The Cape

April has been notably dry for what is often considered the first month of Autumn, at least for the Cape. On average Cape Town experiences 8 days of rain, and around 40mm in the month of April, more than double the average of March.…

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