I’m trying to get info on the measured rainfall in Komatipoort…no luck yet
…did however found this very interesting info on the Cylones that has impacted SA in the past 30 years
Source: Weather sa
Which cyclones have affected SA in the last 30 years?
Tropical cyclones seldom reach South Africa. However a number of tropical cyclones do move into the Mozambique Channel and have an effect on areas surrounding the channel. The following are a few of the tropical cyclone that have had some effect on southern Africa:
Astrid (January 1958) – This tropical cyclone moved over Mozambique and passed north of Messina, eventually dying out over Botswana. Heavy rain fell over the Northern Province and Mpumalanga and severe flooding occurred over Wyliespoort.
Claude (January 1966) - Claude moved in over the country from Maputo, turned northwards and rapidly died out over Mozambique. Flooding occurred over Southern Mozambique with Maputo receiving 650 mm between 3 and 9 January. Komatipoort received 250 mm while Siteki received 400 mm.
Caroline (14 February 1972) – Caroline was active for a week in the Mozambique Channel, then moved inland at Inhambane and also weakened quickly. Heavy rains occurred over the Kruger National Park with between 68 to 158 mm being measured.
Eugenie (21-22 February 1972) – Shortly after Caroline, Eugenie also moved in overland at Inhambane, progressing as far as Messina. Heavy rain fell over the Northern Province and Mpumalanga with Levubu receiving 175 mm, Phalabora 75 mm, Barberton 82 mm and Piet Retief 84 mm.
Danae (27-31 January 1976) – This tropical cyclone moved in from the Channel between Beira and Inhambane on the 27th. By the 31st it was situated just west of Messina. From the 29th to 30th Fleur de Lys (Acornhoek) received 135 mm, Levubu 114 mm, Skukuza 108 mm and Louis Trichardt 60 mm.
Emilie (6-8 February 1977) - It moved in over Mozambique south of Beira, passing to the north of Messina and weakening over the central parts of the country. Flooding occurred over the Northern Province, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. Down pours of more than 200 mm in 24 hours were reported in places over the Northern Province.
Kolia (March 1980) - Although Kolia only moved as far as the southern tip of Madagascar, heavy swells resulted along the KwaZulu-Natal coast.
Justine (March 1982) – This cyclone moved southwards in the Mozambique Channel and also never came close to the South African coast. However, heavy swells helped by spring tides caused damage to some buildings along the KwaZulu-Natal coast.
Domoina (29-31 January 1984) - This cyclone moved inland near Maputo resulting in severe flooding over southern Mozambique, Mpumalanga, Swaziland and KwaZulu-Natal. Rainfall figures of between 500 and 750 mm were measured over the 3 days over large areas.
Imboa (10 – 20 February 1984) - It moved southwards down the channel to the latitude of Cape St Lucia and then turned directly westwards to the coast. However, before reaching it, the cyclone curved south-eastwards out to sea again. Heavy floods occurred along the KwaZulu-Natal north coast and adjacent interior.
Eline (8-22 February 2000) - It started out as a tropical depression over 2500 km east of Mauritius on 8 February where the sea-surface temperature was in excess of 29 ºC. At the same time that this tropical depression was moving towards the coast of Madagascar and gaining strength, another tropical depression had moved in over the African continent at Beira, causing extensive rainfall and flooding in Mozambique, the Northern Province, northern and eastern Mpumalanga and southern Zimbabwe. Heavy rain also occurred in Botswana. This depression finally weakened around the 14th of the month. By this stage cyclone Eline had intensified and had reached the coast of Madagascar. As Eline moved in over Beira, the status of the cyclone had been upgraded to that of “intense tropical cyclone". Eline then moved inland towards Harare, weakening only slightly, but still causing heavy rains over the northern parts of South Africa, southern Botswana and Zimbabwe. The residual low from cyclone Eline passed as far west as the coast of Namibia before dissipating.
Have to say…some looks real scary…for example Claude (1966), where Maputo received 650mm rain in 7 days…Komatipoort 250mm during the same time!