Search

You may also like

Articles Local News

Mammatus Clouds in New York

http://www.youtube.com/v/Mea9jXGG7XU In similar fashion as to what happened in Cape

Articles Local News

3 February 2011 – Cape Town Trough

The models had been showing this possibility for a long

Articles Local News

HMC Rescue

This isn’t really related to weather, but more associated with

Possible Tornado Event in Ficksburg

A storm in the Free State on Sunday 2 October 2011 was the focus of media attention as it tore through an informal settlement injuring 42 people and killing a 9 year old boy, when a wall reportedly collapsed on top of him. The media has seemed fairly certain that it was a tornado, but given that this is their attitude with every severe wind event, I am not sold on it yet and will wait for more information of the event to surface before claiming that it was a definite tornado, though from the images available it does appear to be very possible.

The potential for severe thunderstorms was already the topic of conversation on the Stormchasing S.A forums on Wednesday, and the South African Weather Service later issues warnings for severe thunderstorms to occur through parts of the north-east of South Africa.

The number of houses destroyed by the tornado was originally said to be in excess of 1000, but was later recalled and the number was apparently closer to 100. Each year several tornadoes occur in South Africa, but most of these tornadoes occur in open fields and have little to no impact on human life. As we head into the storm season, these severe thunderstorms with the chances of potential tornadoes will increase, that is not to say that there will be anything worse than what occurred in Ficksburg, but the existence of tornadoes in South Africa are far from just myths.

The media holds very little credibility when it comes to severe weather, and in most cases fail to get expert opinion on the incident and instead opt for sensationalist stories, labeling every violent wind event as a tornado, or every strong cold front as a hurricane – both extremely inaccurate and ignorant statements. With that said, I was impressed by an article written by news-giant News24, stating that they were unable to confirm if it was a tornado.

More news will likely come in over the upcoming days with more eye-witness accounts, which should make the identification of the event easier.

The thread on the system can be found: HERE

Comments

comments

Next post Previous post

You may also like

0 Views
Articles

November Update – Winter back in Cape Town?

After a few weeks of warm and enjoyable weather Cape

0 Views
Local News

Cape of (April) Storms

Last week saw a trough approach the Western Cape from

0 Views
Wild Week of Weather Possible for South Africa
Local News

Wild Week of Weather Possible for South Africa

The latest satellite imagery from Sat24.com shows moisture already developing

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Only registered users can comment.

Skip to toolbar