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09 October 2011

The SAWDIS not living up to expectations?

We have always relied on your site for reports on hail storms across South Africa.  There where 4 storms yesterday (2 October 2011) and not one single report on your site? Whow what a disappointment.
 - Anonymous

SAWDIS:  Thanks for the above SMS.  Firstly I am not here to apologize for any lack of storm reports as the SAWDIS Blog is only as good as the real time observation reports it receives via Email, Twitter, SMS and MMS.  Also due to the lack of free weather radar images it is difficult to predict hail storms and the SAWDIS therefor rely on its weather observers, the public and the media to provide information on such storms.  Also bear in mind that the SAWDIS does not have observers in every single location in South Africa.  Several previous blog posts by the SAWDIS describe the methods used by the SAWDIS to obtain information for reports and publication as a direct result of the lack of free weather radar images.  The SAWDIS was also recently gagged by some media outlets as a result of certain USA copy-writes.  It would appear that the SAWDIS is a thorn in some people's flesh and that they do not like the fact that the SAWDIS has become one of the leading Weather and Disaster Information Service's in the World.  On the specific day you mentioned,  the following reports were published on SAWDIS Twitter the early warning system used by the SAWDIS to inform the public of severe weather and disasters.  Judging from these there were more than enough reports of SA severe weather occurring and threatening.  - Case Closed!


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Tornado Photo: Ficksburg (2 October 2011 14h00 SAST): Volksblad: Tornado-Photo Ficksburg. Photo: Charles von Mal...
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RT : het hierdie foto met ons gedeel. Skrikwekkend. :
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Two tornadoes in one day in South Africa? - SAWDIS
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RT : Praying for the people of Ficksburg whose homes & lives have been affected by today's tornado
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RT : om alles te kroon word dit wat vd arme mense se huise oorgebly het, nou geplunder terwy… (cont)
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RT : Skokkend “: ok so oosrand het deurgeloop hier is die foto fabrieke be… (cont)
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SA Weather Satellite Image: 2 October 2011 13h38 and 15h18 SAST: Images: NOAA18 (Nic Cronje, Nelspruit) Click ...
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If you have any radar images of the Ficksburg tornado please send them to the SAWDIS. sawois05 at gmail dot com - SAWDIS
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RT : Lekker slaap almal. Kom ons bid saam vir die mense in Ficksburg wat deur 'n Tornado getref is. Mag God by hulle wees
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RT : Die kerke stel sale beskikbaar vir slagoffers in Ficksburg Meqheleng
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The tornado struck the Meqheleng informal setttlement at around 14h00 SAST this afternoon. Does anybody have radar images of the event?
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RT : 2morrow donate can food to the victims of the ficksburg tornado at the fxb high school. 9Am to 1pm
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RT : ons het genoeg kos tot môre,sal lt weet as fondsnr het vir donasies. Maar ons benod… (cont)
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RT : : Die tornado het omstreeks 14:00 die Meqheleng informele nedersetting getref.
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Volksblad: Tornado-foto van . Foto: Charles von Maltitz — with Eben Pretorius.
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RT : Storm Warning For Pietermaritzburg 30 min warning DBZ: 53 120kmW moving at 56km/h
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RT : jip-die ng kerksaal is omskep in hulpverskaffingskwartier-verskaf kos, komberse et… (cont)
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RT : Tornado-foto van . Foto: Charles von Maltitz
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RT : heavy hail in centurion
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RT : Strong storms still dominating KZN
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Tornado in Ficksburg, Vrystaat (2 October 2011: Johan ZS4DZ van Ficksburg skryf: 1000 huise beskadig en waaronde...
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RT : thunder over sherwood and overport durban
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RT : thunder and lightening over New Germany in Pinetown. Light rain.
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RT : Modderfontein/Edenvale - just had lovely but short shower of hail.
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RT : getting reports via EMS grapevine of severe flooding and homes being damaged in Dud… (cont)
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Real Time Weather Observation: Sasolburg, South Africa, 9H00 and 17H00: Images: Jaco Ludick (Click on images f...
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RT : You just did! The storm that hit Windsor West (JNB) has moved northwards, it's quiet now.
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RT : kemp ton park....thunder
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Do not assume that the SAWDIS knows for certain that severe weather has occurred. We want to hear from you!! - SAWDIS
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Intense thunderstorms currently active in Gauteng and Kwazulu Natal Province. Take care and beware of lightning. - SAWDIS
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RT : Windsor West (JNB) just had severe storm with hail.
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RT : “: Haelstorm met hael so groot soos duifeiertjies trek oor die Noorde van Pta.”
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RT : Good luck to everyone from on the scene of the Ficksburg tornado. You are doing a great job.
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RT : hail certainly hit! Big huge ones and tons of rain! Was INSANE
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RT : Heavy electrical storm on the . Please keep it safe out there.
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RT : I posted 5 photos on Facebook in the album "Verwoesting gesaai"
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RT : Child dead, 35 hurt in Free State storm -
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RT : Confirmed reports of a Tornado hitting Ficksburg .44 individuals injured 1 death. Services at th… (cont)
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SA Weather Satellite Image: 2 October 2011 16h09 SAST: Image: NOAA15 (Ben Engelbrecht, Dundee) Click on image f...
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Beware of lighting.... when thunder roars go indoors. - SAWDIS
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Test: Twitter - SAWDIS
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RT : Earthquakes USGS M 5.2, Molucca Sea: October 02, 2011 14:56:59 GMT
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"Tornado" rips through Ficksburg: RT : Reports from Ficksburg indicate that a tornado has swept thr...
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"Tornado" rips through Ficksburg
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RT : Heavy Rain forecast tonight and Tomorrow in Pietermaritzburg, SAWS predicting 28mm rain tonight, 18 Tomorrow
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Reports from Ficksburg indicate that a tornado has swept through the town leaving more that a 1000 houses destroyed.
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Thunderstorms approaching Gauteng. Hail and intense lightning possible. - SAWDIS
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RT : Thunder Storm Currently Active In Pietermaritzburg With A DBZ reading of 43
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RT : Weltevredenpark WX at 2pm: 17 deg. C.,QNH 1019, wind 35kph North, 70% humidity and 7 over 8 clou… (cont)
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RT : Wet weather causes road chaos
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RT : Vermiste Britse paartjie op Tafelberg gevind
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Intense lightning currently active over large parts of South Africa. Lightning kills!! - SAWDIS
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Intense thunderstorms currently active in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Kwazulu Natal and North West Provinces. - SAWDIS
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RT : Reports from Ficksburg indicate that a tornado has swept through the town leaving more that a 1000 houses destroyed.
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Sasolburg@ 16h18-Donderstorm broei. Erge weerlig, skemerdonker die laaste uur, windstil, maar nog net enkele druppels. Obs: Gerrit
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RT : Weltevredenpark WX at 2pm: 17 deg. C.,QNH 1019, wind 35kph North, 70% humidity and 7 over 8 cloud - rain expected later in afte
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Measured 48 mm rain Bathurst. A
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Started raining in Bathurst. C. W.
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RT : UK couple missing on mountain
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RT : Britse paartjie vermis op Tafelberg
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SA National Severe Weather Warning: 2 October 2011 08h00 SAST: Current warning: Eastern Cape Updated: 0...
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Very high lightning intensity over parts of South Africa. When thunder roars go indoors!! - SAWDIS
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SA Synoptic Chart - 2 October 2011 Image:
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GFS Medium Range Forecasts of Vertical Velocity and Precipitation: 2 - 3 October 2011
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SA Lightning Map: 2 October 2011 08h00 SAST
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RT : Worcester weather: cloudy, light wind with very light rain
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SA Radar Map: 2 October 2011 08h35 SAST Image:
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Grassland Restoration in Kruger National Park: (Click on images for larger view.) In September 2010, the Advanc...
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Power Hurricane Ophelia has winds of 140 mph and is moving north at 26 mph. TS Philippe close to hurricane status.
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Warning: Shark spotters are on high alert after shark sightings were reported along the False Bay coastline yesternday.
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RT : wind I'd gusting along the cost with drizzle at Cannon Rocks
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14 SA soldiers injured in freak parachute accident
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RTWO - Raining this morning in Mossel Bay. 11.9mm in the last half hour. - SAWDIS
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Thunderstorms still active and building in parts of South Africa - See storm map:
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RT : Johannesburg WX at 8am: 11 deg. C, QNH 1021, 100% hum., wind 24 kph N/E, 28mm rain overnight, overcast, max. today 19 deg. C.
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RT : 22H40 1/10/2011 Storm approaching Secunda, started raining just now.

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