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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

NE QLD RAIN EVENT FAIL - AND WAS IT A TORNADO?

​Well as you may have guessed the NE Queensland rain event was no doubt a non-event. What I expected to happen didn't happen and hey that's weather forecasting sometimes. I can tell you what though, given a similar setup again, I'd forecast a similar rain event and almost always it will come off, so I won't hide away from it, I won't claim a BS 95% accuracy label and I won't apologise for it and nor will I make excuses for it. I analysed and interpreted all the available evid...
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RAIN TO BEGIN TONIGHT IN NORTH EAST QUEENSLAND - HEAVY FALLS POSSIBLE

Moisture has begun moving into the coast of North-East Queensland and the showers have kicked off in what promises to be a very wet 24-48 hours for the Cane farming region of North-East Queensland. Sorry to all our cane farmers, I know for many of you it's not the news you want to hear. But for many others the rain that will fall will be a Godsend.  Firstly, before we get into it, if you're a subscriber to Oz Cyclone Chasers, make sure you login and check your latest video , it is a mu...
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INSANE CONVECTION NEAR WILLIS ISLAND

Check this image out from our Weather Centre at 8:00AM this morning on the 500m ultra high resolution visible satellite!!!  I don't remember seeing convection that deep or strong over Willis Island in July. That is simply stunning. The height/depth on those storm clusters would rival that of a Tropical Cyclone. This weather event continues to produce the goods and not just on the mainland. Want access to this ultra high res imagery, then please consider becoming an Oz Cyclone...
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RAIN EVENT TO MOVE INTO NORTH QUEENSLAND ON MONDAY

Before we get into that attention grabbing title, let's take a moment to appreciate the amount of rain that has fallen for the week until 9AM this morning across the state. This is an image we would be proud of in the wet season, let alone the middle of the dry season.  SUBSCRIBERS - Please check out your latest subscriber video available at  http://ozcyclonechasers.com.au/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=179&Itemid=1001 To become a subscriber, please h...
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RECORD BROKEN? NITSO TALKS RECORD BREAKING EVENT WITH 4TO FM RADIO

Nitso had a chat with Smithy from 4TO's breakfast program this morning. Check out the interview at the link below http://soundcloud.com/ozcyclonechasers/nitsoocc4to
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CQ SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY

CQ SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY
​WOW what a day Cold, wet, windy, all the things Queensland isn't during the middle of Winter. I think those Mexican New South Welshman have punished us for losing the State Of Origin game Wednesday night, by giving us their weather for a few days. OK So we saw the rain totals up until 9AM. Let's take a look at the falls from 9:00AM up until 8:00PM this evening and then let's take a look at the next 24 hours. OCC Paid Subscribers, please access our latest video update on your...
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SOLID RAIN ACROSS CENTRAL AND WESTERN QUEENSLAND

​The Upper trough has produced what it promised for most of Central and inland Queensland so far. It is going to produce a lot more yet for the coast between Mackay and Gladstone - but more on that in another post. We have seen widespread Moderate falls from around Innisfail to St Lawrence on the coast and may inland districts along the Flinders Highway.  To access video updates on the upcoming situation, why not become an Oz Cyclone Chasers subscriber. We will have a video update for subsc...
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HEAVY RAIN, COLD AND WINDY IN QUEENSLAND TOMORROW

HEAVY RAIN, COLD AND WINDY IN QUEENSLAND TOMORROW
Subscribers please login and check out your latest event video posted just a few minutes ago in our Blog. Welcome to our rain event, has the cooler weather got your attention yet? If it hasn't, I'm sure it will tomorrow when you go to work and it's freakin freezing :) Not only will it be colder tomorrow for most of the coast than it was today, it'll be wet and by wet we're not talking about that 'barely making it to the ground' driblle we had today. There will be some pretty serious rain around ...
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RAIN AND COLD ON THE WAY IN QUEENSLAND :) :) :)

As we all know by now rain is on the way for large parts of Queensland's Central, East and to a lesser extent the North. An Upper trough will move east from the Northern Territory over the next couple of days, a surface trough will form near Queensland's East Coast between Cairns and Rockhampton. The potent combination of these systems will create isolated heavy falls in coastal parts near the surface trough while the strong upper system will create very widespread light to moderate falls of rai...
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RAIN TO HIT THE NT TOMORROW AND WEDNESDAY BEFORE MOVING INTO QUEENSLAND LATER THIS WEEK

As we mentioned last night the atmosphere is cooking up a tasty treat for us Northern weather lovers, and it's going to do its best to make sure no one misses out on the good stuff. It all starts tomorrow in the NT. Well actually as the satellite imagery shows below, it has already started just north and west of Australia. The graphic below shows the expected setup.  If you like what we do here at Oz Cyclone Chasers, please consider becoming a subscriber at www.ozcyclonechasers.com.au/...
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ANOTHER "DRY" SEASON RAIN EVENT TO HIT QLD AND PARTS OF NT THIS WEEK

​Another unseasonal rain event is cooking in the atmosphere as we type. An upper level trough induced rain event will begin over the Northern Territory on Tuesday and shift quickly into Northern Queensland on Thursday and Central and Northern Queensland on Friday and Saturday.  The event has the potential to create and break some rain records across far northern parts of the Northern Territory, and parts of Central Queensland with some records also possibly falling across Northern Quee...
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NEPARTAK TO CROSS THE COAST TOMORROW MORNING

​Taiwan's East coast begins bracing for impact tonight as Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Nepartak approaches. The system has continued to defy track forecasts (which 24 hours ago had it hitting the NE section of Taiwan and 24 hours before that had it missing Taiwan altogether)and maintains a slightly more southerly trajectory. Thus it appears that Taitung City, a city of about 100000 people will  get close to feeling this system's full impact.  The system looks set to make landfall b...
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TWIN SEXY CYCLONES IN THE PACIFIC

TWIN SEXY CYCLONES IN THE PACIFIC
​Now sexy in cyclone nerdist language of course means very dangerous too. The Pacific has been quite dormant this season, but the world's largest and best cyclone baby making factory has been awakened this past week.  Tropical Cyclone Blas is menacing many many fish in the NE Pacific, while more importantly, Tropical Cyclone Nepartak is about to menace many people in the next few days in Taiwan and possibly China.  If you like what we do here at OCC and want to be inside...
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WEST PILBARA RAIN MOVING EAST TOWARDS KARRATHA

Over the past few days we've seen some amazing falls in the Western Pilbara. There are signs on computer models that tomorrow the wet stuff will focus in the vicinity of Karratha.  The current satellite imagery on our Weather Centre shows an area of deep convection approaching Karratha already.  ​If you like what we do here at Oz Cyclone Chasers, please consider becoming a subscriber and supporting us. Head to www.ozcyclonechasers.com.au/subscribe   ​The difficulty here is that th...
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MORE HEAVY RAIN FOR THE PILBARA

​A trough system is dragging in lots of unseasonal tropical moisture from the Indian Ocean into the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The end result will be some moderate to heavy rainfall particularly focused in the Exmouth to Karratha area. isolated falls of 50+mm can be expected overnight and tomorrow around the Onslow area while widespread falls of 10-30mm should occur throughout the wider mentioned region.  The Satellite image below shows some of that deep tropical convection a...
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MORE RAIN ON THE WAY FOR THE GASCOYNE AND WESTERN PILBARA

​Now that the craziness has ended in the East, we look to the west where a new rainband will create some very decent falls for NW Cape region of Western Australia. Initially places like Exmouth, Carnarvon, Coral Bay will be affected with the focus then shifting Eastwards/Northwards and weakening as it heads to Onslow, Karratha and Port Hedland mid to late week.  The 4 day model rainfall charts from the BoM is attached below and shows the expected rain until 8PM Thursday WA time. If you like...
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SE QLD ABOUT TO COP SOME OF THE ACTION

SE QLD ABOUT TO COP SOME OF THE ACTION
The event has taken hold across the state and is beginning to clear areas north of Central Queensland, however the SE parts of Queensland are only just beginning to feel its effects. Some heavy rain is about to hit them over the next 6-9 hours. This video takes us through it all  Thanks to our data providers at BSCH and Weather Watch for today's imagery. Our focus shifts to our subscribers from the Gascoyne of W.A and the Western Pilbara from tomorrow as a new cloud and rain band hits ...
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WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE RAIN FALL?

WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE RAIN FALL?
This short video will go through an analysis of the ECMWF precip forecast thanks to www.wunderground.com over the coming 24-36 hours. All other major models are in pretty good agreement on timing and intensity of the rainfall.  If you like what we do at OCC, please consider supporting our efforts by subscribing to our Eyewall membership to gain access to in-depth cyclone forecasts and analysis as well as our developing Weather Centre. Please head to www.ozcyclonechasers.com.au/sub...
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MAJOR UNSEASONAL RAIN COMING TOMORROW FOR EASTERN QUEENSLAND AS TROUGH SYSTEM INTENSIFIES

​Wooohooo some places on the Burdekin have waited so long for some decent rain, and it now looks like the best of the rain through Queensland will fall in a patch from about Ayr/Bowen through to St Lawrence. This covers most of the Burdekin and the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Falls of 50-100mm are likely tomorrow with the passage of the trough. With perhaps the hint of isolated local falls of up to 200mm (although only one computer model estimates rain that strong)  That's not ...
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QUEENSLAND RAIN EVENT THIS WEEKEND

Once again we have a developing weather situation across Eastern Australia. An Upper level trough is sharpening through inland Australia. The trough will intensify and spawn another LOW in NSW on Sunday. And once again NSW will bear the brunt of the system, but folks in Central, Northern and inland QLD will benefit from the rainfall it causes.  This morning's sat image on our OCC Weather Centre shows the cloud band associated with the trough system. As the system intensifies through to...
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