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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.

While Cape Town rarely experiences thunderstorms, the past few years have been particularly dull for those seeking to capture lightning on film. The past few events have either been associated with constant heavy rains or didn’t produce the wonder of CG (Cloud-Ground) lightning. This weather event however gave Capetonians a reason to look outside, as numerous CG strikes impacted areas around the Cape. While some of these cells were associated with brief downpours, much of the time there was no rain, thus allowing photographers to head out and see what they could capture.

Gordon Richardson provided some information as to the synoptic setup which caused this event, in the forums.

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