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26-28 April 2011 Tornado Outbreak – United States

It’s been a rough Spring so far for the confederate states in regards to severe weather. A mere 2 weeks ago Mississippi found itself in the firing line of a severe weather system which was producing some damaging tornadoes which ended up causing havoc in the town of Jackson.…

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The Chase Begins Tomorrow

Okay, so tomorrow is the big day- I get aboard a plane headed to Johannesburg tomorrow night where I will be picked up and then taken to Pretoria for my 2 week stay, I will return to Cape Town on the 30th November.…

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Storm Chasing South Africa Revival
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Storm Chasing South Africa Revival

It’s been a while… Over a year in fact since my last article post, but… Storm Chasing South Africa is Back Back with a shiny new website too! I’ve been working hard at migrating the website over from Joomla to WordPress.…

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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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