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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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COMPUTER MODELS PICKING UP COLD CORED LOW IN THE CORAL SEA THIS WEEK - TROPICAL DEVELOPMENT NOT EXPECTED DUE TO UNFAVOURABLE CONDITIONS

​As previously discussed over the past few days, the potential is there for some small LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS to form in the Coral Sea over the next few days.  Tropical Cyclones require a favourable environment for the system to become VERTICALLY STACKED to intensify, along with the obvious Sea Surface Temp threshold and other limiting factor ie. Land interaction.  The UPPER LEVEL ENVIRONMENT is completely unfavourable for any TROPICAL intensification of any LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS next wee...
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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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A beautiful end to the humidity for a few days

After days of relentless heat and humidity, a line of storms swept through a lot of Eastern Qld on Sunday.  Heat and humidity gave way to cooler drier conditions and during the late afternoon Mackay residents were treated to a spectacular sunset.  Clear conditions will persist today before showers start to return with the SE trade winds from Thursday onwards. Become an Oz Cyclone Chasers subscriber to access all of our forecast model charts, radar, satellite and daily forecast videos f...
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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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THUNDERSTORMS FIRE ON THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS

​Afternoon thunderstorms have fired during this afternoon, which have dropped light falls in quite a number of places. with some weakening thunderstorms  also trying their best to reach the North Tropical Coast Coastline.  Favourable thunderstorm steering has allowed thunderstorms to move at around 40kmhr, which is good enough to get them to the coast in November.  However...Thunderstorms during the buildup are very hit and miss, and unfortunately, good rain is too far in between....
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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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THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED ACROSS EASTERN QUEENSLAND TODAY/ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE

​Good morning folks. Well yesterday was a very very very busy day across most of Queensland, with multiple SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS issued across the state. <<<<<We are targeting the Charters Towers region and possibly will be LIVE STREAMING as the afternoon progresses if reception permit>>>>>>>>> A brilliant line of thunderstorms moved into QLD from NSW in the early afternoon yesterday and pushed nearly to the Capricorn Region, bringing heavy rainfa...
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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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530KM LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS MOVING THROUGH WESTERN QUEENSLAND - Warnings Issued by the BOM

​A very lightning active line of thunderstorms is currently moving to the NE in a line that extends around 530 Kilometres!!!!! Could you imagine the sky out in Longreach right now? It must be very very spectacular, because the lightning tracker is going absolutely nuts!  A Severe Thunderstorm warning has been issued accordingly by the BOM -  TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGfor DAMAGING WIND For people in parts of the North West, Central West and Channel ...
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SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED ACROSS LARGE PORTIONS OF INLAND QLD/SE QLD POSSIBLE SEVERE POTENTIAL IN PARTS OF INLAND QLD

​A TROUGH will enter South Western Queensland today, which will maintain showers/thunderstorms over a large part of Queensland, with warm and relatively moist Northerly winds feeding into the trough. Warm/Moist winds feeding into the trough will enhance instability leading to an increased chance of thunderstorm activity stretching from the Western Cape York Peninsula, West to the NT border and South to the Warrego/Maranoa to SE Queensland.  For the storm map above - YELLOW - STORMS POSSIBLE...
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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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