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Meteorology at South African National Antarctic Programme stations. World Meteorological Day takes place every year on 23 March and commemorates the coming into force on 23 March 1950 of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization. It showcases the essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the safety and wellbeing of society and […]

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Derivation of the word metkassie A ‘metkassie’ is a nickname long given to meteorological technicians at South Africa’s southern weather stations, including at Marion Island. In pre-plastic days, and with the original need for man-handling cargo ashore across a boulder beach prior to the cliff top cranes at Gunner’s Point, supplies came ashore on Marion […]

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Marion Island, Meteorology, Weather, Sub-Antarctic

Promoting South Africa’s involvement in the sub-Antarctic (Marion Island) Why is meteorological data collected on Marion Island? Anch√© Louw (ALSA) interviewed Mr. Rian Smit (Senior Forecaster at the South African Weather Service) before he got onto the S.A. Agulhas II, which departed to Marion Island on the 7th of April 2018. He will be training […]