Climate Watch 2016

Climate Watch 11

Climate Watch - Issue #11

06 December 2016
Juanita van Zyl, contributions from John Lapham and Colleen Janse van Rensburg

The month of November can be described as having had two parts. The first half of the month was categorised by regular severe weather warnings with large thunderstorms occurring over large parts of the summer rainfall region. The last part of the month was dryer, with intermittent thunderstorms with the month ending in with the second heat wave being declared over large parts of the Free State, North West... Read more

Climate Watch 10

Climate Watch - Issue #10

10 November 2016
Juanita van Zyl, contributions from John Lapham and Colleen Janse van Rensburg

October started off with mild temperatures over Gauteng after light snowfalls on the Drakensberg mountains, but temperatures gradually increased towards extremely hot conditions - in the high thirties - by the end of the first week. Thunderstorms announced the summer rainfall season on... Read more

Climate Watch 9

Climate Watch - Issue #9

06 October 2016
Juanita van Zyl, contributions from John Lapham and Colleen Janse van Rensburg

The month of September started with high temperatures in the northern regions of the country. Temperatures reached the high thirties at the end of the first week of September. In the second week of September it was slightly cooler with the first summer thunderstorms brought some relief... Read more

Climate Watch 8

Climate Watch - Issue #8

07 September 2016
Juanita van Zyl, contributions from John Lapham and Colleen Janse van Rensburg

July started with an intense cold front that moved from the Western Cape towards the north-east of the country bringing new record low temperatures. Temperatures in parts of Gauteng dropped to below 0 for the first time this winter. The lowest temperatures for this winter season were recorded on the... Read more

Climate Watch 7

Climate Watch - Issue #7

10 August 2016
Juanita van Zyl, contributions from John Lapham and Colleen Janse van Rensburg

July started with an intense cold front that moved from the Western Cape towards the north-east of the country bringing new record low temperatures. Temperatures in parts of Gauteng dropped to below 0 for the first time this winter. The lowest temperatures for this winter season were recorded on the... Read more

Climate Watch 6

Climate Watch - Issue #6

06 July 2016
Juanita van Zyl, contributions from John Lapham and Colleen Janse van Rensburg

June kicked off with cold weather across the country with a cold front that brought rain to large parts of the summer rainfall regionfrom the end of May. An intense cold front reached the Western Cape on 9 June causing temperatures in the interior to drop to new lows... Read more

Climate Watch 5

Climate Watch - Issue #5

13 June 2016
Juanita van Zyl, contributions from John Lapham and Colleen Janse van Rensburg

May 2016 started with cold temperatures across the country due to a cold front that moved over large parts of the country. Some of the coldest temperatures for 2016 so were recorded on the night of 1 May. A cut of low produced widespread rainfall over... Read more

Climate Watch 4

Climate Watch - Issue #4

19 May 2016
Juanita van Zyl, contributions from John Lapham and Colleen Janse van Rensburg

April 2016 started with the first major cold front of the year moving over South Africa. Minimum temperatures dropped to below 10°C in many areas. The frontal system also brought rainfall to parts of our country. The rest of the month remained dry with... Read more

Climate Watch 3

Climate Watch - Issue #3

29 April 2016
Juanita van Zyl, contributions from John Lapham and Colleen Janse van Rensburg

For our previous Climate Watch articles we used MODIS Terra data. Unfortunately, MODIS Terra stopped receiving and processing data during February 2016 but we are fortunate to be able to replace MODIS data with PROBA-V data, received from the Copernicus... Read more

Climate Watch 2

Climate Watch - Issue #2

24 March 2016
Juanita van Zyl, contributions from John Lapham and Colleen Janse van Rensburg

Weather trends noticed in January, continued into February - large parts of the summer rainfall region would experience heat wave conditions - only to be broken the next moment by short periods of rainfall... Read more

Climate Watch

Climate Watch - Issue #1

22 February 2016
Juanita van Zyl, contributions from John Lapham and Colleen Janse van Rensburg

January 2016 started with heat wave conditions over large parts of the summer rainfall region, but fortunately also broken in the second week, when many areas of the summer rainfall region received much-needed rain... Read more

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