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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. I will be chasing on the days that look promising and hopefully be able to get some good media documentation of the storms.

Forecast Conditions

Currently the forecast conditions are a bit of a mystery to me, while I am aware of what conditions are needed here in Cape Town for strong thunderstorms and which condition means what, I am not sure of what to expect in Johannesburg. I am aware of the afternoon convection and the general increase in CAPE and LI during the day. But when it comes to messy conditions I am not sure what to expect.

Thursday: Thursday there are thundershowers possible but with the low temperatures I am thinking this will be one of those ‘messy’ days without isolated storm structures, that are good for photography.

Friday: This is the big day in the near future according to the South African Weather Service, they have issued warnings of heavy rainfalls and strong surface winds, These conditions are due to a cut-off low being situated over the northern cape at the time. They are predicting 113mm of rain in a period of 24 hours, which would cause flooding if it were to occur. They are also forecasting thunderstorms for this day, though again I am not sure of the nature of these conditions, will they be isolated thunderstorms or is it just going to be a dull dark day with some rumbles of thunder? We will see.

Saturday and Sunday: Saturday has showers forecast and generally looks boring through the SAWS. Sunday temperatures will begin to recover which will hopefully lead to an increase in convection potential in the beginning of the week.

I will try to keep the site updated fairly often as to the happenings of my adventure, though the big updates of videos and photos will likely happen when I return. Keep an eye on the forums though as I will likely be posting quite frequently.

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