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Tropical Cyclone Giovanna

As discussed and predicted yesterday, Invest 98S has formed quickly into Moderate Tropical Storm Giovanna. The development of this storm was a bit quicker than expected and looking at the intensity forecasts, it’s going to be a bit stronger than I expected too.…

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Cape Town Gets Some Snow

Cape Town got a taste of winter in it’s purest form over the past few days, with a strong cold front making landfall on Sunday the 13th June. By Monday 14th, snow had already plastered much of the higher mountain peaks.…

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Atlantic Pre-Season Storms

I keep having to check my calendar to make sure I’ve got the current date right… It’s only May 28 today and already we have had 2 tropical storms in the Atlantic and a major hurricane in the Eastern Pacific. For those of you versed in hurricane tracking you’ll know that the hurricane season starts officially on June 1st and storm formations prior to the season starting, while not unheard of, is fairly uncommon.…

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Sutherland Snow Chase – 6 August 2011

We stopped at the Spar in Worcester to purchase some supplies,  and standing at the pay piont we saw the pic on the front page of the Cape Argus of some thick snow on the Verlate kloof pass.  I set my mind on this new location and headed off to Matjiesfontein.…

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The Legend of Towerkop

Towerkop (Magic Peak) , at 2139m, is an easy recogniseable feature of the Swartberg range.  The word “chase” after “storm” puts people in cars on the ground,  and in my mind this is a form of tourism.  This blog is to put a story to the country drive. …

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Cape Cold Front – 16 June 2011

Today is a public holiday and a grey rainy day here in the Cape.  Last weekend’s trip was a disater with the 4×4 breaking down  before we  got to the toll tunnel to get out of the Cape.  With my mind still set on getting away, I got into the old car and just headed off towards Villiersdorp area hoping to see some water flow. …

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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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Dust storm – Saudi Arabia

This is a quote from a report this past weekend by Aziz Al Saleh who lives in Kuwait. I had the pleasure of meeting this remarkable youngster here in South Africa last year. “As You might know that during the month’s of April and May the weather in the Gulf region is not stable.…

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First road trip with No2 Vegburner

Many may have noticed “vegburner” and “offroader”  with my avatar. Well, the offroader part is quite clear in most of my pics, and the vegburner refers to running a diesel engine on veg oil, ie processed used cooking oil from restaurants. …

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Cape Town Storm 7th March 2010

The past 2 weeks have been really interesting around the Cape Town area. Temperatures exceeded 35 degrees Celcius for close to 10 days in a row in many places, with recorded temperatures of 46’C in Paarl over the past weekend. It’s funny that just a few weeks ago I was talking about the lack of a general summer weather pattern and just days after that post a very typical intense summer weather pattern set in.…

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29 November 2009 – 3 Province Chase

This was the last real chase day as I was leaving the next day so we went all out and clocked over 400km of distance over a period of about 5 hours or so. We were targeting some intense cells to the north east of Pretoria, but there were some neat isolated cells to the south east first so I opted to head SW to see how that cell does before heading north so we headed towards the SE cell where you can see pictures below of the large beautiful crisp convection that was present at this storm, but after the photos the storm started weakening so we then headed up north for an hour or so until we reached Bela-Bela and then headed east behind the storm and this is where it got interesting… Little to our knowledge we had already entered Limpopo and a few kilometers back and then into Mpumalanga, it was my first time visiting the provinces.…

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28 November 2009

The storms kept coming in after the long drought after I got there. The 28th November 2009 chase saw us targetting a storm to the South West of our location (Centurion, Pretoria). We headed out and after around 80 or so kilometers of driving we found ourselves just ahead and along side the storm- this was in the rural farmlands of Randfontein.…

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27 November 2009 – Pretoria

After heading to Pretoria for a week this November I was greeted by wintery weather and had to wait 4 days just for the temperatures to recover to something more suitable for development- though had to wait 7 days for actual storms to develop.…

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