Bizarre sandstorm near Theewaterskloof

A strange event occurred near Theewaterskloof recently.  We’ve also included a few other strange weather events that have happened in 2019 in other parts of the world.  Hope you enjoy the read!

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Bizarre sandstorm event near Theewaterskloof leaves drivers strandedThe South African

“Western Cape motorists had to take evasive action on Sunday, when a sandstorm battered the main road through the Theewaterskloof municipality.”

By Tom Head

“A leisurely Sunday morning drive turned into a nightmare for several motorists in the Western Cape this weekend, when they were caught up in a very rare sandstorm event near the Theewaterskloof dam in Villiersdorp.

Those using the R321 at around 10:00 were knocked off-course by the blustering conditions, which made visibility nigh-on impossible and posed a serious safety risk to motorists. The stretch of road between Grabouw and Villiersdorp became so badly affected, a member of the community policing forum headed down to the area.

Strange weather hits motorists in Villiersdorp
The person in the fluorescent jacket is seen trying to warn other motorists of the impending danger, but much of it is to no avail. Cars crawl through the plumes of dust, barely making it through to the other side. It was also reported that some cars had to be towed out of the piles of sand that had formed on the road.

A minibus taxi proved to be one of those vehicles. It appears in the video, almost like a mirage, when the course of the storm eases slightly. The SA Weather Service (Saws) have also commented on the weather event, who suspect that strong gale force winds caused the sandstorm near Theewaterskloof.

Saws are keeping one eye on the unsettled conditions in the Western Cape for this week, too. Weather advisories are in place until Wednesday with regards to “high seas”, from the Atlantic Seaboard down to Knysna. Waves could reach almost eight metres in some parts, so coastal dwellers are advised to keep their distance on the shore.”

The 10 Strangest Weather Events We’ve Seen in 2019 So FarThe Weather Channel

By Jonathan Erdman

“Halfway through 2019 we’ve seen our share of tornadoes, floods, winter storms, cold outbreaks, drought and tropical cyclones, but some weather events this year have downright bizarre.

(See images on the website)

10. House Miraculously Survives Georgia Tornado
One of the year’s longest-track tornadoes produced EF4 damage in Lee County, Alabama, on March 3, and claimed 23 lives.

The tornado then tore through a subdivision in Waverly Hall, Georgia. Aerial video showed one segment of the EF2 damage with at least 100 downed trees surrounding a home.

EF2 tornadoes are capable of tearing roofs off well-constructed homes, but this home appeared relatively unscathed.

We’ve seen countless examples of tornadoes and high winds toppling trees onto homes and vehicles, sometimes resulting in deaths. In this case, not one of the trees fell on the home, an incredible stroke of luck.

9. When It Snows on May Commencement

When you think back to your outdoor graduation, you probably don’t remember the weather. That won’t be the case for University of Colorado’s 2019 spring graduates.

On May 9, their outdoor commencement service was abbreviated because of 1 to 3 inches of snow in Boulder.

Students wore ski goggles and snow boots and had snowball fights at the end of the ceremony attended by about 20,000 people.

8. State’s First February Tornado on Record is a ‘Snowspout’

On Feb. 17, Antonio Chiquito documented a tornado live on Facebook while herding sheep on the Navajo Reservation near Tinian in McKinley County, northwest of Albuquerque.

This wasn’t a tornado spawned from a rotating supercell thunderstorm, but a landspout variety that forms when a growing cumulus cloud develops over a boundary of converging surface winds.

And, yes, that’s snow on the ground. The National Weather Service dubbed it a “snowspout”.

This was the first documented February tornado in New Mexico, according to records kept since 1950. It was also only the second tornado on record in McKinley County.

7. Blowing Dust Over a Flooded Town

A surreal sight was visible in one Oklahoma town during a siege of heavy rain and severe weather in May, the nation’s second wettest month on record.

On May 21, Photographer OKWeatherWatch captured images of Kingfisher, Oklahoma, flooded by two creeks. At the same time, gusts up to 50 mph turned the sky brown with dust from west Texas.

In Kingfisher, May 2019 was the wettest month (17.14 inches) in 122 years of records. But if you looked only at the sky, you would’ve thought it had been in a dry spell.”

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