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Storm Brewing in Gauteng - Later Early Hours Next Day A Tornado Hits Free State South Africa

Updated on March 31, 2014

Outside My House - Kibler Park Gauteng 18H45 02/10/11

The birds had stop chirping and talking away at about 16H00, which was a bit unusual, as the sun has only been setting at about 18H55, I thought nothing of this as my parrots often go quiet, either eating or preening and settling down for the night.

It grew steadily darker and we assumed it was another storm brewing. We had a thunderstorm the previous night. However we are quite used to having heavy thunderstorms usually during the day.

I went to feed the dogs, looked out over the Eastern Side side of our skyine and saw the sun starting to set, painting the sky with its afternoon clouded pallet of colours. Then glanced casually to the North, this grey to black ominous mass of clouds was rolling steadily Southwards.

I rushed to get my camera, mounted it on the tripod and set up, this must have taken a couple of minutes. In this time the mass of clouds had encroached even further into the South Western side of our property.

I manged to capture a few photos, without repeating only small movements of the storm, due to my relative position.

High winds on Friday, wipping the Palm fronds to and fro. precurser to the next two days storms.
High winds on Friday, wipping the Palm fronds to and fro. precurser to the next two days storms. | Source

The Strange Weather Pattern

Ever since I can remember, we in Johannesburg, and its surrounding areas, has the majority of its rain originating from the South Western area. The storm that exploded on Sunday evening, had its origins in the North Eastern Side.

As long as I can remember, when storms brew and bubble in the North East, it usually bodes for a heavy rain storm, and if there is hail, then you can expect them to be golf ball sized, I remember one storm, a good 20 odd years ago, I was living in Edenvale a suburb east of Johannesburg. It was Christmas Eve, being in spirit of the season, I was singing, "I've been dreaming of a White Christmas", let me remind you that in South Africa it is Mid Summer and the temperatures are around 28°Celsius, so there was much grinning from the family.

Three hours later, however, I was forbidden to dare sign that song again, with dire threats being leveled my personal safety.

There was at around about three thirty, a hail storm, one of those devastating hail storms, this was not only limited to Edenvale, Johannesburg and other surrounding areas, but parts of Pretoria's Northern and Western Suburbs as well.

There was flooding in low lying areas, houses roofs, shop fronts lost there windows. Several people we new had brand new cars (Christmas Presents) which where badly damaged, windscreens broken roof, front and back bonnets. Pockmarked by hail stones, some of which were recorded as being as large as tennis balls.

Sunday Evening

The Sun starting to set, the heavy black clouds starting to build up,
The Sun starting to set, the heavy black clouds starting to build up, | Source
The sunset now almost obscured by the threatening, impending storm.
The sunset now almost obscured by the threatening, impending storm. | Source
The Heavy black louds coming in from the North. Building up and rolling forward with increasing speed.
The Heavy black louds coming in from the North. Building up and rolling forward with increasing speed. | Source

A Tornado

We do have tornadoes in South Africa, however these are infrequent, but just as devastating, when one considers the damage and losses that is left behind after its passing.

Was the build up of those ominous clouds part of the gathering mass that joined forces and wreaked havoc, further down South, many kilometers from here?


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      3 years ago

      RebeccaMarch 21st 2012 - 5:46pmKelly,So well put.In an earlier post, I cetread a piece for myself using one of the Glass Keepsake Pendant. I have a little message in the Pendant to help remind me of what I am capable of being. The scroll states I am all I believe I am . To me, you touched on this same thinking. I need to think big. Dream big. Keep moving forward.Keep moving forward Kelly!Becky

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      3 years ago

      Kelly HarmsMarch 10th 2012 - 5:08amI made a decision late last year to start linivg a fear less life. That meant making some very conscious choices to step out onto the ice personally and professionally. I have stopped using terms like I can't do that or that's too difficult . I used to fall into the trap of limiting myself by using those terms. I was afraid of making mistakes, or not having something be perfect, or making something that people might not like.I took the plunge to move my hobby into a business earlier this year. I'm working at turning my ideas into different lines of jewelry (with the help of the great Nunn Design products) that I can sell. Now I look at something, and instead of saying I can't do that, I start thinking about how it might be done or using it as a starting point for my own creativity. I have finally begun to believe that I deserve the success I'm finding. Once I let it happen, it really has taken off. And I've learned to take to heart the lesson of my best teacher who makes us say this at the beginning of every class That's exactly the way I want it to be!

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      Rodney Fagan 

      7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks JamaGenee,we are fairly fortunate that we do not get themall that frequently, this last one was registered as a force 2, I am led to believe.

      We did not get the full end the hail or much in the way of rain, it was on its way to join its companions I think so he did hang around in case he/she/it missed the party.

      We often get hail of various sizes from the little chips that all around us here thought was snow (wishfull thinking to the Golf ball and odd occasions tennis balls. (°-°)

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      Joanna McKenna 

      7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Rodney, I had no idea tornadoes occur anywhere but in the U.S. Or if they do, they'd be called something else. We had a rash of them a couple of months ago. We get hail too, but when the weather guy predicts golf-ball size hail, it usually turns out to the size of large peas.

      I'm assuming you're okay. Sounds like you fared better than sixtyorso! Great pix! ;D

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      Rodney Fagan 

      7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Welcome back Sixtyorso, was wondering when you will surface, we have been having the wierdest weather.

      Need to see your hub on your adven-tours

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      Clive Fagan 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Yes We arrived back from Morrocco after travelling for 28 hours, well actually, 26 as there was a two hour time change involved, to face unbelievable hail, rain and wind at home. What a welcome back!

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      7 years ago from Wales

      A great hub with brilliant photos,I am glad that here in the United Kingdom we are not prone to these freak storms.

      I now look forward to reading many more of your hubs.

      Take care



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