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A strong cold front pushed through the Western Cape this Easter weekend, moderate winds, some heavy falls of rain and rough seas were present in places on Saturday and Sunday. This storm system also brought us the first snow of the year with webcam images from Sutherland on Sunday showing light snow accumulation on the ground. Thick fog covered much of the Cape Town area early on Friday prior to the approach of the front, which gave way to some higher clouds later in the day followed by an increase in winds and eventually rainfall late on Friday night into Saturday morning.

Looking at the models it appears as though there will be a warm period this week with temperatures possibly reaching the mid-20s, before the next cold front arrives, though on the long range GFS there are no real signs of intense storm systems, apart from a cold front sliding up the East Coast in a couple weeks forecast to bring some heavy rains to Kwazulu-Natal, though these forecasts are too far out to focus on.

As a side note, in the United States the focus has been on tornado season which has been in the media a bit with several tornadoes ripping through parts of Dallas, Fort Worth in Texas last week. Dallas, despite being well within tornado alley, rarely actually sees much tornado action. The first estimates on the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season are also starting to come in from the professional long term forecasters, a focus has been put on what looks like the return of El Nino, which historically is known to dramatically lessen the average number of hurricanes in a season.

 

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