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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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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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16/17 April 2009 – Cape Town Mammatus Event

On the morning of the 16th April 2009 a sharp trough situated to the North West of Cape Town was resulting in some unstable weather with a risk of thundershowers in the area. At 08:15 it was noted on the Cape Town Webcam that a small amount of mammatus were evident near Table Mountain, during the next 15 minutes the mammatus clouds started developing rapidly along the edge of the passing cloud band.…

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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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Major Hurricane Matthew – Massive Damage Potential
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Major Hurricane Matthew – Massive Damage Potential

Hurricane Matthew has been moving slowly in the Caribbean this past week, after strengthening rapidly over the weekend. In fact, the storm grew in strength from a mere category 1 hurricane to a ferocious category 5 with wind speeds of 160mph in a period of less than 24 hours.…

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Articles Local News Snow Thunderstorm Tornado

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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