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Chris was born in Northern Greece and came to Australia as a young boy. He initially lived in Sydney and in 1988 was amazed by a very intense hail storm that smashed his house. This hailstorm had torn off the roof, blown out the windows of his house and left his family in complete shock, all with almost no warning. Since that day, Chris Nitsopoulos... (Nitso) has been passionate about studying the weather and learning about what makes thunderstorms tick in order to better understand and forecast them. Upon completing his high school education in Townsville, he went on to James Cook university to begin a degree in Meteorology. Unfortunately Chris could not grasp the intricate mathematical formulas behind the physics involved in meteorology and changed degrees with a year left in his meteorology degree. He completed a degree in Secondary School education majoring in Geography and ironically enough, minoring in mathematics and physics. Nitso successfully taught Geography, Science, Mathematics and Physical Education for 5 years before dropping his full time teaching load to pursue a small business goal which could give him a lot more time off and help fund his storm chasing. In 2010, Nitso began a business selling sports shoes and supplements online. In 2013, Nitso shut down that business and now works primarily on Oz Cyclone Chasers and does a couple of days supply teaching at a couple of Catholic schools in Townsville The fact that his workload was far reduced allowed him to pursue his burning desire to chase tropical cyclones. Even though Chris never completed his Meteorology degree, his passion for studying the weather and in particular severe weather systems has never diminished. During the dry season you would normally see Chris spending much of his spare time burying his head in old meteorology books or online researching meteorological studies from around the world. Chris enjoys and learns from every storm chase regardless of its success/failure, in fact Chris believes that in storm chasing you learn more from a failed chase or a failed forecast because it drives you to learn why you got it wrong and to strive to get it right next time. Chris is a registered storm spotter with the Bureau of Meteorology, he is a trained first aid officer and a qualified gym instructor. Chris also enjoys refereeing Rugby League and Rugby Union part time in the Winter months and says that he would go crazy with boredom and weigh 200kg if he didn’t have a hobby like refereeing to keep him fit and busy in the months between April and October.  Chris is in charge of all of our subscriber services at OCC.  More

STRONG STORM POTENTIAL FOR MUCH OF EASTERN QUEENSLAND LATER NEXT WEEK

STRONG STORM POTENTIAL FOR MUCH OF EASTERN QUEENSLAND LATER NEXT WEEK
Early indications on the Oz Cyclone Chasers Weather Centre show strong to possibly severe thunderstorms are quite likely as we head into the latter parts of next week. Storm potential increases across the state's eastern half from early next week, but the strongest of the storms are likely between Townsville and Gympie and extending west to Emerald from about Wednesday afternoon. The modelling below shows the storm potential diagrams for Wednesday (Hervey Bay/Capricornia), Thursday (All thr...
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MONSOONAL MOISTURE FUNNELED SOUTH-EAST INTO W.A. AS TROPICAL LOW MOVES SOUTH

A complex link between the monsoon trough, a surface trough (and weak Tropical LOW) and the jet stream has resulted in lots of tropical moisture being funneled South-east towards the North-West Cape and the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. An unusually very active and unusually positioned monsoon trough between Christmas and Cocos Islands has spawned a weak LOW around 13S 101E. That LOW is drifting southwards and is dragging tropical moisture south with it. A strong jet stream in the u...
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STRONG STORMS ACROSS SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND LIKELY TOMORROW

​Looking at the Oz Cyclone Chasers Weather Centre Storm Probability maps it looks like more widespread storms are expected on day 2 of the Southern Queensland storm outbreak. At this stage it appears as though the bulk of the storm activity will remain inland just like today (today's storms were never expected to make it to the coast due to a strong sea breeze and a trough which didn't move east). However the risk of one or two of these making it to the coast is slightly higher tomorrow, bu...
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MASSIVE WEATHER CENTRE UPGRADES LIVE NOW

Woohooo!!! We have some massive news. Today we have made more massive upgrades to our Weather Centre . These upgrades are live right this minute and just in time for the storm outbreaks over the next few days across SEQ and the NT UPGRADE 1 - 32KM DOPPLER RADAR If you live anywhere near any of our doppler radar sites, this upgrade alone is worth your subscription. The 32km doppler imagery allows you to get right up close and personal with any shower and storm in your immediate area lik...
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OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - QUEENSLAND STATE WEATHER UPDATE - OCTOBER 24

OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - QUEENSLAND STATE WEATHER UPDATE - OCTOBER 24
This is an example of the Weather Updates that we provide daily for our Oz Cyclone Chasers Subscribers. Every couple of weeks we make these updates public to give you a sneak peak at one of the many perks that subscribers get daily through the build up and wet season. QLD - A relatively quiet period weatherwise after the trough has pushed offshore, Some showers today along the North tropical Coast extending further north towards Cooktown and Lockhart tomorrow. Some isolated convection forming al...
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OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - NORTHERN TERRITORY STATE WEATHER VIDEO UPDATE - OCTOBER 24

OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - NORTHERN TERRITORY STATE WEATHER VIDEO UPDATE - OCTOBER 24
​ This is an example of the Weather Updates that we provide daily for our Oz Cyclone Chasers Subscribers. Every couple of weeks we make these updates public to give you a sneak peak at one of the many perks that subscribers get daily through the build up and wet season.  NT - We see some low level moisture creating isolated showers this morning across the far northern and north-eastern coast. Some isolated storms may form in the adjacent inland parts later today of the northern and north-ea...
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OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - SUBSCRIBERS WESTERN AUSTRALIAN - STATE WEATHER UPDATE OCTOBER 24

OZ CYCLONE CHASERS  - SUBSCRIBERS WESTERN AUSTRALIAN - STATE WEATHER UPDATE OCTOBER 24
​THIS IS A PUBLIC POST This is an example of the Weather Updates that we provide daily for our Oz Cyclone Chasers Subscribers. Every couple of weeks we make these updates public to give you a sneak peak at one of the many perks that subscribers get daily through the build up and wet season.  WA - Some isolated showers and storms again today in the Western Kimberley and some moisture may penetrate southwards into the inland Pilbara to create isolated high based storms there too. A troug...
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OCC WEATHER CENTRE MAJOR RADAR UPGRADE COMING THIS WEEK

We already have higher resolution radar imagery than what you find on the web with looping up to 12 hours, but that's not enough, we want to take it a step further. Here at Oz Cyclone Chasers, we are creating an ultra zoom radar layer of 32km not available anywhere else. This will allow our subscribers who live in and around weather radars and unparalleled high resolution look at the intensity of the rain and wind on their doorstep. When it comes to Australian storm activity it's ...
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RAINBAND MOVES THROUGH EASTERN QLD TODAY AND TONIGHT

What started as a weak trough near the Kimberley of W.A almost a week ago is now motoring eastwards through Queensland and dumping light to moderate falls of rain as it goes. Rainfall totals until 9AM today have been quite low due to a drier low level atmosphere which is not creating much uplift of moisture from the surface despite the strong forcing of a southerly change ahead of the trough.  ​Become an OCC subscriber today to access our Weather Centre and watch the band push through live ...
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WEAK TROPICAL LOW TO FORM ON TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY

​Another weak Tropical LOW is set to form or enter in the Western Australian Cyclone region this coming week. The LOW is expected to form near the South Coast of Indonesia on Tuesday and then drift south as the week progresses. The system is very unlikely to intensify into a Tropical Cyclone, however computer models indicate that as it drifts south and weakens, it could feed tropical moisture south-eastwards onto the Western Australian coastline. Early indications are that it could bec...
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SPECTACULAR RAIN AND STORMS ACROSS THE TOP END BRING THE BUILD UP TO LIFE

SPECTACULAR RAIN AND STORMS ACROSS THE TOP END BRING THE BUILD UP TO LIFE
Storms like the one pictured above from Jaco Venter show us how spectacular the build up can be across the Northern Territory's Top End region. A trough system has further enhanced the usually isolated build up storm activity. The trough system will clear the Top End coast tomorrow and weather conditions should stabilise and become drier across the region as SE winds take hold.  Through next week we should see very isolated showers and storms across coastal and adjacent inland sections...
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WEATHER CENTRE 2.0 DEVELOPMENT UPDATE - ECMWF Model Testing

Hot on the heels of our major release of the new Weather Centre, today we begin trialing some graphics from the ECMWF computer model internally to see how we can add them to the WC over the next few weeks. So far so good, everything works Check out some of the first created images below.  Currently the range of graphics tested includes MSLP, 500Hpa thickness Winds at 850Hpa and the temperature at 850Hpa. Once we establish that these charts are operating smoothly, we'll release them on ...
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HE'S A BIGGIE - CAT 5 HAIMA ABOUT TO PUMMEL THE NORTHERN PHILIPPINES

HE'S A BIGGIE - CAT 5 HAIMA ABOUT TO PUMMEL THE NORTHERN PHILIPPINES
​Mesmerising, beautiful but potentially deadly would be the best way to describe Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Haima as he approaches the Philippines Northern coastline. Haima is expected to hit the Philippines northern coastline tonight with wind gusts to 175 knots possible (324km/hr). The silver lining (if there is one) as far as the local population is concerned is that this area of the Philippines tends to be reasonably unpopulated.  Become an Oz Cyclone Chasers Eyewall member a...
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MAJOR TROUGH TO DUMP RAIN ACROSS LARGE PARTS OF AUSTRALIA

A major trough system will begin forming near the Northern Kimberley tomorrow. The trough system will remain slow moving through tomorrow and Thursday before an Upper level system amplifies and whisks it eastwards quickly beginning Friday. The trough is expected to produce widespread showers and storms across the country east of a line from Broome to the SA/WA border. Indications are that the system will make it to Queensland on Sunday. With some of the heaviest rain expected to fall around...
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RAIN AND STORMS ACROSS SOUTH-EAST QLD AND THE SE GULF

Some nice falls from a line of storms occurred in SE QLD, Wide Bay and Southern Capricornia yesterday evening and overnight while earlier in the day some good falls also occurred in the SE Gulf of Carpentaria as a trough line pushed through the area.  Some notable falls in SE/CQ Queensland included ​Miriam Vale - 29mm Cedar Pocket Dam - 26mm Milton - 30mm Mungungo Weir - 33mm Most southern suburbs of Brisbane 10-15mm, Northern suburbs 2-10mm The heaviest southern falls were from t...
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STORMS LIKELY TODAY ACROSS PARTS OF QUEENSLAND

​Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely to form this afternoon/evening in and around the areas of purple on this map from the OCC Weather Centre V2.0. The Severe Weather Threat Index below shows that we have a small chance of seeing these storms becoming severe with damaging winds the most likely severe element due to strong low and mid level environmental winds. Access all the cool imagery shown on this page as well as plenty more information through daily weather vid...
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TROPICAL CYCLONE HAIMA EXPECTED TO STRENGTHEN AND APPROACH THE PHILIPPINES OR TAIWAN

Straight after the Philippines endured the impact of a very high Cat 3 this morning, the Northernmost section of the country is preparing for what could be a real monster. Tropical Cyclone Haima is gradually intensifying near Yap (Micronesia) and tracking in a WNW direction. the system is expected to continue intensifying under the influence of weak vertical wind shear and strong outflow. Expectations are that this system will achieve high end Category 4 or 5 status over the ...
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PROOF - TOWNSVILLE DOES GET STORMS

A big thank you to Graeme Stokes who flew himself over to watch the Townsville air show on the weekend. He has given us concrete proof that the local Townsville area does get storms. Watch this little beauty fire up on Thursday evening on the outskirts of the city as Graeme was coming in to land.  The Royal Australian Air Force air show was held yesterday to celebrate Townsville's 150th anniversary. The RAAF base opened its gates today and let the public in for an open day. People...
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SHOWERS AND STORMS ACROSS MANY PARTS OF QUEENSLAND TOMORRROW

The strong frontal system pushing through Adelaide right now (check out images below) will extend a trough east and north into Queensland tomorrow. The system will bring with it widespread showers and isolated storms embedded in a line that tracks rapidly eastwards through the day. The trough should clear the SE coast district tomorrow evening. Higher resolution modelling is showing some reasonably heavy falls of rain inland of Bundaberg with this system. Activity is expected to be widespread so...
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TROPICAL CYCLONE SARIKA TO HIT PHILIPPINES

Category Three Tropical Cyclone Sarika (on our Aussie scale) will hit the Philippines overnight tonight near the city of Baler (population 40000). Computer models show Baler residents could experience winds gusting to almost 90 knots as the system passes by between 2 and 6AM (QLD time)  The system is expected to dump very heavy rain particularly north of its track forecast. Storm surge north of the forecast track is also a strong threat.  Gain access to our amazing ...
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