posted on Jun, 26 2012 @ 04:14 AM
reply to post by pasiphae
South Africa is not a hot spot for tornadoes, though we do get them now & then. Seeing that they usually occur in unpopulated areas we don't get to
hear about them.
Last year, October, we had two touchdowns in one day which claimed lives and serious damage in residential areas. Our tornado season is from November
to January, which is Spring/Summer. Seeing we had a series of touchdowns in the middle of Winter this year even convinced me further of serious
With those touchdowns of last year something was not right. I saw those storms moving in, and those clouds were ominous. Many have argued "it
happens". In my almost 40 years in Southern Africa i have not seen such strange weather as i have over the past 3 years.
This Winter, thus far, has been mild. It has not been as severe as last year, but we have had some truly cold days. Luckily it is only for a few days
then we get our lovely Winter sun for a few days.
I have noticed that the humidity is higher than previous Winter seasons. I have marked days with humidity in the late 80's and mid 90's over the
past few weeks. That is the level of humidity in Summer, usually.
What gets my nerves going is that these touchdowns are getting closer to home. I am in Johannesburg, South. It is a stone throw away from these that
hit the weekend. Seeing most of my family live where it happened just makes it more real that things are not as okay as some would think.
The funny part is that the meteorologist did not admit straight away it was tornadoes. It was said "what to believed" to have been tornadoes. Can't
they read radar? It tells me that even they were surprised as they know tornadoes does not happen in a series, as it did over the weekend. Even if it
was our "tornado season" (sarcasm) which would have been Summer, they were taken aback by Winter touchdowns which claimed lives and severe