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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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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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Thunderstorms Light Up Cape Town
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Thunderstorms Light Up Cape Town

After an extensive lull of visually appealing thunderstorm activity, Cape Town finally got a show again this weekend when a weak upper trough brought tropical moisture down from the northern parts of the country. The first thunderstorms were experienced late on Saturday night and into Sunday morning, but the real show occurred later on the evening of Sunday the 23rd when several storm cells moved over Cape Town and the surrounding areas.…

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El Nino Potential For 2015
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El Nino Potential For 2015

As the Climate.gov site addressed in their recent El Niño update article titled “Déjà Vu: El Niño Take Two”, (which I highly recommend reading) it appears as though El Niño is once again forecast this year. For those who were following the tropics or general global weather in detail last year, the early ENSO updates were calling for a moderate to potentially strong El Niño event through the summer (northern hemisphere) months of 2014.…

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