Tropical Depression off Madagascar developing in to a Tropical Cyclone – January 2013

The following synoptic charts show a Tropical Depressions off the east coast of Madagascar. These Tropical Depressions can develop in to Tropical Cyclones. This tropical depression has now developed in to a moderate tropical storm. In the satellite image below you can see formation of

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Coastal Lows

The following synoptic charts are of Coastal Lows in different positions on the coast of South Africa. Coastal lows are a dominant weather feature along the South African coast. Coastal lows migrate along the South African Coastline from West to

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Summer Lows

 Low Pressure over South Africa South Africa is situated in a High Pressure belt due to descending air from the Hadley Cell (see image below). In summer, prolonged heating of the earth’s surface in South Africa results in rising air and a

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SA Summer Synoptic Chart – 1

How can we see from this Synoptic Chart that it is summer in South Africa? The South Atlantic High Pressure and South Indian High Pressure are far south The Mid-latitude Cyclones are far south and will miss South Africa There is a

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Synoptic Chart Examples

Please feel free to contribute to examples, or add to and edit existing examples. The more examples we have the more our students benefit.

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