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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

CORAL SEA LOW FORMS WITH A BANG OVERNIGHT

CORAL SEA LOW FORMS WITH A BANG OVERNIGHT
​Overnight convection has exploded near the location of a developing Tropical LOW South-West of the Solomon Islands. The LOW which was expected to form on Friday night took its time to get started, but strong convergence formed along a trough line in the Solomons region yesterday and a small circulation formed south-west of the island nation overnight. Check out the 12 hour loop to see how the convective explosion took place. The system is likely to deepen a little over the next few days as...
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STATE WEATHER UPDATES - 25 NOVEMBER 2016

STATE WEATHER UPDATES - 25 NOVEMBER 2016
THIS IS SUBSCRIBER CONTENT BUT HAS BEEN RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC AS PART OF OUR 'EVERY 2 WEEK PUBLIC RELEASE INITIATIVE'  Morning folks, just, today's updates are a little late. I got a little carried away with a couple of monthly forecasts. Looks like a very interesting back half of December (contrary to that very bad news the BoM gave us on their imagery yesterday) more on that in the FUTURE AUSSIE CYCLONE update on the FUTURE AUSSIE CYCLONE PAGE  Today we have CQ storms and SE Gu...
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SECOND CORAL SEA LOW OF 2016/17 FORMS THIS WEEKEND

​A new LOW is set to form in the Coral Sea on Friday night. The LOW is yet again expected to remain well offshore from the Queensland coast. The LOW is not expected to form into a Tropical Cyclone, but may deepen slightly over the weekend as it heads south. So once again please don't go stressing out about it if you hear it mentioned on mainstream media. Below we have four of the world's best computer forecast models and their track and intensity forecasts for this upcoming Coral Sea LOW up...
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DARWIN NAILED WITH ALMOST 100MM

Wow what a night for Darwinians, many city suburbs were smashed with close to 100mm overnight and this morning from a strong line of overnight showers and storms.  Falls to 9AM this morning across the city included: ​Leanyer - 98mm The Hospital - 95mm Airport - 82mm Gunn Point - 97mm The Chase - 47mm It's been a cracking few days of rain and storms across the region with some moderate to heavy falls reported on Sunday from stuff that happened overnight Saturday.  There's plenty more to...
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CORAL SEA LOW BEGINS MOVING SOUTH-WEST

​A weak LOW and associated trough has begun moving south-west across the Coral Sea, but before you go and buy all the bread and milk that Coles, Woolies and IGA have in stock across SE Queensland, make sure you read the rest of this article.  The LOW is a part of a complex trough system and in itself is actually quite a weak feature. However the trough that the LOW is attached to has been creating heaps of heavy rain and strong winds to the LOW's south and East for a number of days now. You...
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OZ CYCLONE CHASERS HAVE LIGHTNING

Earlier this morning Oz Cyclone Chasers released Australia-wide lightning overlays to our subscribers as part of our Oz Cyclone Chasers membership package. Oz Cyclone Chasers have partnered with MetraWeather - the National Official Meteorological Agency of New Zealand, to bring you accurate and near real-time lightning imagery across Australia and the oceans surrounding Australia. Lightning data is provided with military grade precision that records the strike within a metre of where the bolt hi...
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CORAL SEA LOW OVER THE WEEKEND

​The Bureau Of Meteorology today have mentioned that the Northern Coral Sea is expected to become more active this weekend with a Tropical LOW possibly forming in the north between PNG and the Solomon Islands. Initial indications are that environmental conditions will be unfavourable for intensification of this system and unfavourable for a Queensland track. The system is much more likely to track to the south or south-east.   Want to find out where it's going, why it's ...
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MID LATITUDE CYCLONE BARRELS INTO W.A

An extra tropical cyclone/mid latitude cyclone is barelling into WA's Central Western coastline. The system is about to make landfall near Geraldton at time of writing (4PM QLD time). Unlike a Tropical Cyclone, a mid latitude cyclone harbours most of its worst weather away from the centre of the system. That is indeed the case with this system as well.  Looking at Western Australian radar and satellite below from the OCC Weather Centre shows us that most of the actual rain falling from...
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WEAK TROPICAL LOW AND TROUGH TO FORM IN THE CORAL SEA

Late this week a weak Tropical LOW is expected to form in the far Northern Coral Sea or the Solomon Sea. The weak circulation is expected to move in a south to south-east direction. The system may deepen slightly over the weekend or early next week. At this early stage it is unlikely to intensify into a Tropical Cyclone and most likely to remain a weak LOW or wash out into a surface trough.  To gain access to in-depth daily video forecast updates on this and every other ...
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STORM OUTBREAK MOVES NORTH TOMORROW

After wild storms across most Eastern parts of Queensland the past couple of days, the Top End of the Territory and the Far North of Queensland are likely to benefit from the storm activity brought on by this amazing trough system tomorrow. The trough will clear the Central and Southern Queensland coast overnight tonight but linger through the Far northern Queensland region from approximately Cairns northwards. In the Territory, the trough will push rapidly north of Katherine and kick ...
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EXCITING QUEENSLAND STORM OUTBREAK - DAY 2 SUNDAY

More big storms are expected tomorrow across Eastern Queensland. Woohoo what a cracking day we had today, storms are still raging away this evening across the state. Scattered thunderstorms formed across large areas of the state with quite a few districts having storms reach severe thresholds. Gusts up to 96km/hr were recorded today inside storms to go with gusts to 108km/hr in a storm yesterday evening in Winton. Hail was also reported in many thunderstorms across the state today.  St...
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EXCITING QUEENSLAND STORM OUTBREAK - DAY 1 - SATURDAY

A surface trough and vigorous upper level system is about to create a big day of showers and storms across Queensland from the North to the South of the state and from the East to the West. Model graphics above from the Oz Cyclone Chasers Weather Centre show the possibility that quite a few of these will be severe. If you're a subscriber check your morning video for the locations and times of the ones we expect to be most severe.  Rainfall from the widespread nature of these systems wi...
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STATE WEATHER VIDEO UPDATES - NOVEMBER 10 2016

STATE WEATHER VIDEO UPDATES - NOVEMBER 10 2016
G'day folks today's videos are open to the public - I do this once every 2 weeks to show the public an example of what we offer to you folks every day of the wet season.  Big storm outbreak across Queensland continues and gets even bigger tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Also some nice storms around the NT today and we talk Tropical LOWS for WA and possibly Queensland. Heaps of stuff out today with your video updates. It makes tomorrow's Future Aussie Cyclones Update a little bit more interes...
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BUILD UP STORMS ACROSS CENTRAL AND NORTH QUEENSLAND THIS WEEKEND

Woohoo the weekend is almost here that means you can be guaranteed Murphy's Law will be in full operation with showers and storms probably on the horizon ready to screw up any plans you had of going fishing or camping. Well that's sort of the case. On Saturday we should see a scattering of showers and storms across Central Queensland, but on Sunday the entire eastern half of the state joins in on the act.  The image above shows the accumulation of rain across the next 7 days statewide (ligh...
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SE QLD COPS MORE SEVERE STORMS

​Severe thunderstorm warnings are out in force again as a line of storms forms in the inland parts of SE QLD dumping hail, heavy rain and damaging winds. On the OCC surface level radar above we are seeing purple again which is indicative of hail on the ground. The strorms are forming almost exactly in locations where the computer models said they would be. Take a look at our OCC storm maps for this afternoon at 4PM below. It is going to be very interesting to see whether these storms can nudge t...
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FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND OROGRAPHIC EFFECT

​It's always so cool to see different micro-climates across Northern Australia, we've talked before about the Cape York Peninsula, the Tiwi Islands, the Dampier Peninsula. Today let's take a look at the far Northern Queensland coastline  Today is a great example of the orographic effect of the far North Queensland mountain ranges Notice that warm moist air (red arrows) is lifted as it hits the ranges (green line) and forms clouds. On the western edge of the ranges, the air is dry and d...
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OCC WEATHER CENTRE OUTAGE - SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE

OCC WEATHER CENTRE OUTAGE - SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE
​Folks prior to the massive strong storm outbreak across Queensland this week and this weekend  it is important we conduct some upgrading and minor fixes on our Weather Centre radar and satellite services. OCC wish to advise you that we are upgrading and fixing some radar and satellite issues overnight and to do so the OCC Subscriber Weather Centre will be taken temporarily offline tonight from 8:30PM Queensland time. This start time of the outage may be dependent on weather aroun...
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NW QUEENSLAND ABOUT TO GO BOOM!!!

A sharp dry line is moving southwards through North-West and Central Queensland. The dry line will create scattered showers and thunderstorms across the NW of the state. These storms will be aided by cooler upper level air across the North-West. Storms have the potential to be severe with the possibility of hail and damaging winds in today's strongest storms. The Totals Totals values below along with the mid level moisture values show us that the strongest areas of instability will als...
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LATEST UPGRADES TO THE OCC WEATHER CENTRE

Supercell charts, 24hr rain maps, 18 and 24 hr radar and satellite loops headline our improvements this week to the OCC Subscriber Weather Centre to further enhance your weather experience with Oz Cyclone Chasers. Here's an overview of enhancements made during this past week.  ​SUPERCELL PROBABILITY IMAGES Gain access at www.ozcyclonechasers.com.au/subscribe ​Supercells are strong rotating thunderstorms that spawn many severe weather elements. Their rotating updrafts create things like torn...
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WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS CQ YESTERDAY

WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS CQ YESTERDAY
A surface trough across Central and Northern inland Queensland created widespread showers and thunderstorms yesterday. The areas that benefited most from the trough were in a line from Clermont to St Lawrence to Mackay to Balyando Crossing.  Some of the highest totals until 9AM included ​Dysart - 80mm Booroondarra - 86mm Mackay Airport - 72mm Mackay CBD - 61mm Moranbah - 30mm Sarina - 36mm Clermont - 32mm Falls outside of these regions were generally under 10mm but the cloud cover kept temp...
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