Christina Thaele was awarded the prestigious 2022 SSAG Master's Bronze Medal for her MSc entitled "Characteristics of warm season supercell thunderstorms over the Gauteng and Mpumalanga Provinces of South Africa". The Bronze Medal is awarded to the best geography MSc completed by research dissertation within a given year in South Africa.
In the dissertation Christine provides a radar climatology of supercell thunderstorms over the highveld of South Africa, a first study of this kind to be undertaken in South Africa. She also provides a step by step guide on how to identify supercell thunderstorms on radar and has already disseminated this information to South African weather forecasters in a workshop held at the University of Pretoria. Listing the dates on which supercell thundershowers occurred now opens the door for numerous further research opportunities.
She conducted this research under the guidance of Prof Liesl Dyson and Mr Erik Becker from Centre for Climate Research Singapore.