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Tropical Invest 98S Could Be Giovanna
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Tropical Invest 98S Could Be Giovanna

There is a new area of interest in the South Indian Ocean, a disturbance has been present over the past couple of days and has showed increasing signs of organization. The area has been labelled as Invest 98S and looks to become our next tropical storm in the South Indian Ocean.…

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Tankwa Karoo May 2011

The planning for this weekend was to explore some of the Sutherland area to identify snow chasing routes and accommodation for the up comming snow season. I ended up in the Tankwa Karoo finding something very different I was looking for.…

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Where Did Winter Go?

After what seemed like a wet start to the winter season, the rain has gone AWOL, particularly for the Western Cape. The last rain I can recall was on the 2nd of July in Cape Town and it was less than 2mm that fell.…

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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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Hurricane Patricia Sets World Records
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Hurricane Patricia Sets World Records

While the Atlantic remains quiet, Hurricane Patricia in the Eastern Pacific has become the strongest ever hurricane within the basin, with latest official measurements at 185mph (sustained surface winds), with higher gusts and a central pressure of 892mb (Recon data showed flight level winds of 179kt measured).…

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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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