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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

OZ CYCLONE CHASERS WEATHER CENTRE 2.0 OUT NOW

OZ CYCLONE CHASERS WEATHER CENTRE 2.0 OUT NOW
G'day folks the day has arrived. The new Oz Cyclone Chasers Weather Centre Version 2 has been released. Become your own weather forecaster with the Oz Cyclone Chasers Weather Centre Version 2.0. This is a great little intro video to the capabilities of our new meteorological analysis and forecasting tool useable by anyone no matter what your weather knowledge is. Version 2 allows you to become your own weather forecaster. It contains major enhancements to version 1 allowing you access to ex...
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CHRISTMAS ISLAND TROPICAL LOW OBLITERATES RAIN RECORDS - STILL A SMALL CHANCE OF BECOMING A TC

Christmas Island is breaking all sorts of records these past 48 hours. A Tropical LOW that has been lingering on the edge of the Western Australian Area Of Responsibility near Christmas Island remains a small chance of developing further particularly in the next 12-24 hours according to the Bureau's WA Cyclone Outlook.  ​Become an Oz Cyclone Chasers subscriber today and access enhanced cyclone information and forecasts across season 2016/2017 along with access to our soon - to - be rel...
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IT'S A CYCLONIC LOVE STORY TO RIVAL 'THE NOTEBOOK'

​Hot on the heels of Matthew impacting Haiti, Cuba and the East coast of the USA, Tropical Cyclone Nicole has been biding her time waiting for her partner to do his worst and is now ready to reunite with him in Meteorological Paradise. The cyclone has been present almost since Matthew was born, Nicole has waited patiently while her main man Matthew took charge. Now with Matthew's dying breath of wind, he has created a trough system that will clear the way for his me...
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LOW FORMS NEAR INDONESIA, EXPECTED TO DEEPEN AND ENTER AUSTRALIAN WATERS

​This afternoon, computer models and the Indonesian Met Office along with our Aussie BoM analysed the position of a Tropical LOW off the SW coast of Indonesia near 8S 105E. The LOW is expected to slowly deepen while moving in a southerly direction during Wednesday and Thursday into the Australian region. From late Friday the LOW is expected to halt its southward progression and then push to the west. Computer models indicate that 100mm - 200mm could fall on Christmas Island a...
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FINALLY SOME SHOWERS AND STORMS ON THE WAY

Across Queensland after such a hectic September weather wise we've encountered a real lull in interesting weather in October. Now we're not expecting major things later this week, but it will be nice to see some showers and isolated thunderstorms forming across Central Queensland beginning tomorrow and then pushing northwards into Northern Queensland on Thursday. The stuff tomorrow won't be remarkable but hey at least it's something. The dry air around will keep rainfalls from these storms ...
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THE QUEENSLAND BOM CYCLONE OUTLOOK

THE QUEENSLAND BOM CYCLONE OUTLOOK
Tropical Cyclone Outlook indicates a more active cyclone season ahead for Queensland. This has been taken from  http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/outlooks/seasonal/qld.shtml For further information please check out the following OFFICIAL links Further information: Bureau of Meteorology Tropical Cyclone Outlook - http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/cyclones/australia/ Surviving Cyclones: Preparation and Safety Procedures - http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/about/checklist.shtml About Tropical Cyclones - h...
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OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - WA WEATHER UPDATE OCTOBER 10 2016

OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - WA WEATHER UPDATE  OCTOBER 10 2016
​A Tropical LOW forms off Indonesia shortly, it will push south and deepen slightly as it enters the Western Australian Area Of Responsibility in the vicinity of Christmas Island. That is the primary topic of today's WA weather video. We take a look at how temps heat up as the week progresses too.  To gain access to daily weather videos for Queensland, NT and WA along with weather graphics shown here, please consider becoming an Oz Cyclone Chasers Subscriber and supporting ou...
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OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - NT WEATHER UPDATE - OCTOBER 10 2016

OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - NT WEATHER UPDATE - OCTOBER 10 2016
​We take a look at the Territory today and more importantly overnight tonight and tomorrow as shower and storm potential do increase during the overnight hours and tomorrow afternoon. Furthermore we take a look at Thursday as well which has the potential to be another interesting one. To gain access to daily weather videos for Queensland, NT and WA along with weather graphics shown here, please consider becoming an Oz Cyclone Chasers Subscriber and supporting our documentary efforts at www.ozcyc...
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OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - QUEENSLAND WEATHER UPDATE - OCTOBER 10

OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - QUEENSLAND WEATHER UPDATE - OCTOBER 10
​Today we take a comprehensive look at the storm and rain potential across Queensland as we head into the back end of the week  To gain access to our Weather Centre graphics (shown in the video and available from this weekend) and daily state weather updates, please consider becoming an Oz Cyclone Chasers subscriber at www.ozcyclonechasers.com.au/subscribe   WA and NT videos will be out later this morning. Have a great day Did you like this video?  Subscribers get these video...
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BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY RELEASES A FREE WEATHER APP

BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY RELEASES A FREE WEATHER APP
​Recently the Bureau Of Meteorology released a FREE public weather app.  The app allows you to check your current local conditions, check your 7 day forecast and check the last 4 radar images for your location. It also gives you the latest weather warnings. The app is quite basic right now but is very user friendly and it has a clean and polished easy to use interface. The app has some serious upgrade potential should the Bureau wish to do so in the future.  You can down...
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NEW TROPICAL LOW TO FORM NEAR INDONESIA NEXT WEEK

The WA region has begun what is likely to be a pretty active 2016/2017 cyclone season. Last week we saw an out of season Tropical LOW near Christmas Island push moisture right across Australia and feed that moisture into a strong Southern Australian Polar LOW. Next week we see a second Tropical LOW form near Indonesia on Tuesday that is then expected to enter the Western Australian Area Of Responsibility on Wednesday or Thursday. This second LOW is likely to get a little stronger ...
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STORMS COME BACK TO QUEENSLAND LATER NEXT WEEK

A great weekend weather wise is coming up, but for those who want to look forward further ahead, the future is bright (or stormy) as we head to Thursday.  Early indications are that a surface trough will form just inland of the East coast of Queensland on Wednesday. This trough will be fed by moist easterly winds coming in from the Coral Sea on Thursday.  While storms are likely to be scattered, it is always a case of hit and miss when it comes to storm rainfalls. More details next wee...
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OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - WEATHER CENTRE VIDEO UPDATE - OCTOBER 6 2016

OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - WEATHER CENTRE VIDEO UPDATE - OCTOBER 6 2016
G'day folks,  This week on our Weather Centre in Beta Testing we have added  (1) complete model parameters for GFS (out to 10 days) and ACCESS R (out to 3 days) and ACCESS G (out to 5 days) These include winds, precipitation, temperatures at various atmospheric levels and a number of severe weather indices. This allows very easy model to model comparisons at set time frames  (2) We have added a slider for all radar, sat animations  (3) We have added a looping function to all ...
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TROPICAL CYCLONE CHABA - 'ALMOST' A MAJOR DISASTER

TROPICAL CYCLONE CHABA - 'ALMOST' A MAJOR DISASTER
It has been a colourful history for Tropical Cyclone Chaba as it enters the final hours of life. The once strong Category 5 tropical cyclone narrowly missed major islands in Okinawa as a Cat 5) and Jeju (Sth Korea) as a Cat 3 and also missed the South Korean mainland as a Cat 2 by the barest of margins.  Become an OCC Subscriber this season to access high res model, radar and satellite data as well as enhanced cyclone information. Head to www.ozcyclonechasers.com.au/subscribe The syste...
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MOSSMAN COPS OVER 100MM OF RAIN THIS MORNING

​I've been looking through some weather data this evening trying to catch up with what has been going on weather wise over the past 24-36 hours thinking that all was dull and boring across the north. So imagine my surprise when I checked the rain maps for the states this afternoon and this whopping rain total of 121mm popped up in Mossman. Initially I thought it was a mistake until I checked back through radar archives. It's no mistake. Turns out a trough system created a slow mov...
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STORMY SKIES IN QUEENSLAND

A strong surface and upper trough is moving across the state and will create widespread light rain areas across the state along with strong gusty thunderstorms this afternoon/evening near the coast between Cardwell and Rockhampton. Storms are also likely outside of those areas but computer models estimate that the strongest of the activity will be located along that stretch of coastline and adjacent inland areas. Strong winds aloft and ample environmental moisture and energy will mean that ...
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RAIN, SHOWERS AND STORMS TO SWEEP EASTWARDS THROUGH QUEENSLAND

The last of a series of trough systems is set to push through Queensland tomorrow. The system will create widespread patchy rain, showers and isolated thunderstorms for most of the southern 2/3rds of Queensland south of about Ingham on Monday. It is already doing this for Western Queensland today. Subscribers, please find today's weather videos here To become an OCC subscriber, please head to www.ozcyclonechasers.com.au/subscribe   Overall rain amounts aren't going to be very high, but it w...
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MORE SHOWERS FOR COASTAL RANGES BETWEEN TOWNSVILLE AND COOKTOWN

A sneaky little trough system has formed around the North Tropical Coast forecast district just inland of the ranges. This sneaky little trough will create cloudy and showery conditions with the outside chance of a storm as well through today. It's a welcome surprise to wake up to after the expectation was that the region would 'fine up' after last night's awesome storm which hit Cairns and surrounding areas. A far more significant trough system will sweep through the state on Monday and br...
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AWESOME RAIN AND STORM ACTIVITY ACROSS EASTERN QLD

AWESOME RAIN AND STORM ACTIVITY ACROSS EASTERN QLD
​How good were the storms yesterday around Central Queensland and the Burdekin. Well Trav and Micky D from Oz Cyclone Chasers Townsville crew certainly got the season off with a bang check out some cool pics around Charters Towers they got below Become an OCC subscriber and gain access to live chase streams during Tropical Cyclones as well as enhanced weather information throughout the season.  Head to www.ozcyclonechasers.com.au/subscribe   Subscribers today's QLD, NT, ...
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RAIN BAND MOVES ACROSS EASTERN STATES AS LOW MOVES INTO VICTORIA

RAIN BAND MOVES ACROSS EASTERN STATES AS LOW MOVES INTO VICTORIA
​A band of cloud and rain associated with the Southern Australian LOW is tracking across Eastern parts of the country. Behind it we will see very strong SW winds develop through Southern Australia. Today we are expecting widespread rain and cloudy conditions across Eastern Australia. Taking a look at Queensland specifically, we see that if we can get a little bit of heating through the day storms are likely to initialize inside those brown and purple areas on the map below. Any storms that devel...
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