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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. 


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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SUBSCRIBERS - HOW DO I USE THE OCC WEATHER CENTRE 2.0?

SUBSCRIBERS - HOW DO I USE THE OCC WEATHER CENTRE 2.0?
As you all know folks, our new Weather Centre 2.0 is out and it's an awesome weather analysis and forecasting tool that will get even better with future upgrades and addition. Some of you may have been struggling to use and play around with all the options. This is your go to video guide on how to access the various elements of the new Weather Centre.  Have fun and remember next week will be the first of many of our educational series on how to best use the Weather Centre to understand...
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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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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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