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2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season Gets First Spark
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2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season Gets First Spark

While we’re still more than 2 months away from the official opening of the 2011 hurricane season in the Atlantic, the weather is starting to get a little interesting already. While Spring has just started showing in North America, we already have an invest in the Atlantic off the African coast.…

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Caryn Hill – Severe Weather Photography
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Caryn Hill – Severe Weather Photography

One of the few women specializing in the field of storm photography, Caryn Hill has spent 11+ years honing the skills necessary to capture nature’s most breathtaking displays. Her storm chasing travels take her from the south, starting in Texas and go as far north to the provinces of Canada, east to Iowa and west to Montana to Colorado. …

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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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February 2000 – Tropical Cyclone Eline
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February 2000 – Tropical Cyclone Eline

Tropical cyclones are not uncommon in the South and South West Indian ocean but rarely do ones come as close to making South African landfall as Tropical Cyclone Eline did. Eline started out as a consolidating area of low pressure to the far east of Madagascar and about 2500 km east of Mauritius on the 8 February 2000, typically with tropical cyclones that form in this vicinity they progress towards the south west and then turn south as they encounter weaknesses in the high pressure ridge.…

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1999 Cape Town – Manenburg ‘Tornado’

On the 28 August 1999 Cape Town was subject to some rare, strong thunderstorms. Cape Town is not known for their thunderstorms and in fact only a handful occur each year with years passing between severe thunderstorms. In the late night hours of 28 August 1999 thunderstorms wrecked havoc in the Manenburg area.…

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16 May 1984 – The Perfect Storm

The 16 May 1984 storm is the strongest storm in the Cape Town area in recent history, and unlike the Great Storm of 1865 there was the presence of modern meteorological devices such as anemometers and satellite imagery. The storm of May 1984 was by definition an extremely deep extra-tropical depression which occurred when a low pressure area of a cold front became occluded and underwent what is called explosive cyclogenesis (the process of an occluded low pressure system rapidly deepening).…

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1969 Tulbagh and Ceres Earthquake

The Ceres earthquake of 1969 remains the most destructive earthquake in South African history. The earthquake occurred on the 29 September 1969 in the Ceres/Tulbagh area and registered an alarming 6.3 on the Richter scale, stronger than that of the 1809 Cape Town earthquake which destroyed a local Milnerton Farm.…

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4 December 1809 – Milnerton Earthquake

On 4 December 1809 residents of Cape Town were witness to a rare powerful earthquake in the Western Cape, according to reports the 1809 Cape Town earthquake which occurred beneath what is now Milnerton, took place in the latter period of the night at around 10pm.…

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17 May 1865 Great Storm

Though little information is available online as to the details of the 1865 Great Storm, there are a few facts which have trickled down in documentation over the past 150-odd years. The Great Storm as it became known was an extremely strong cold front which impacted the Cape Town area on the 17th May 1865.…

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