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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. 


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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STRONG STORM POTENTIAL FOR MUCH OF EASTERN QUEENSLAND LATER NEXT WEEK

STRONG STORM POTENTIAL FOR MUCH OF EASTERN QUEENSLAND LATER NEXT WEEK
Early indications on the Oz Cyclone Chasers Weather Centre show strong to possibly severe thunderstorms are quite likely as we head into the latter parts of next week. Storm potential increases across the state's eastern half from early next week, but the strongest of the storms are likely between Townsville and Gympie and extending west to Emerald from about Wednesday afternoon. The modelling below shows the storm potential diagrams for Wednesday (Hervey Bay/Capricornia), Thursday (All thr...
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MONSOONAL MOISTURE FUNNELED SOUTH-EAST INTO W.A. AS TROPICAL LOW MOVES SOUTH

A complex link between the monsoon trough, a surface trough (and weak Tropical LOW) and the jet stream has resulted in lots of tropical moisture being funneled South-east towards the North-West Cape and the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. An unusually very active and unusually positioned monsoon trough between Christmas and Cocos Islands has spawned a weak LOW around 13S 101E. That LOW is drifting southwards and is dragging tropical moisture south with it. A strong jet stream in the u...
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STRONG STORMS ACROSS SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND LIKELY TOMORROW

​Looking at the Oz Cyclone Chasers Weather Centre Storm Probability maps it looks like more widespread storms are expected on day 2 of the Southern Queensland storm outbreak. At this stage it appears as though the bulk of the storm activity will remain inland just like today (today's storms were never expected to make it to the coast due to a strong sea breeze and a trough which didn't move east). However the risk of one or two of these making it to the coast is slightly higher tomorrow, bu...
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MASSIVE WEATHER CENTRE UPGRADES LIVE NOW

Woohooo!!! We have some massive news. Today we have made more massive upgrades to our Weather Centre . These upgrades are live right this minute and just in time for the storm outbreaks over the next few days across SEQ and the NT UPGRADE 1 - 32KM DOPPLER RADAR If you live anywhere near any of our doppler radar sites, this upgrade alone is worth your subscription. The 32km doppler imagery allows you to get right up close and personal with any shower and storm in your immediate area lik...
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OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - QUEENSLAND STATE WEATHER UPDATE - OCTOBER 24

OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - QUEENSLAND STATE WEATHER UPDATE - OCTOBER 24
This is an example of the Weather Updates that we provide daily for our Oz Cyclone Chasers Subscribers. Every couple of weeks we make these updates public to give you a sneak peak at one of the many perks that subscribers get daily through the build up and wet season. QLD - A relatively quiet period weatherwise after the trough has pushed offshore, Some showers today along the North tropical Coast extending further north towards Cooktown and Lockhart tomorrow. Some isolated convection forming al...
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OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - NORTHERN TERRITORY STATE WEATHER VIDEO UPDATE - OCTOBER 24

OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - NORTHERN TERRITORY STATE WEATHER VIDEO UPDATE - OCTOBER 24
​ This is an example of the Weather Updates that we provide daily for our Oz Cyclone Chasers Subscribers. Every couple of weeks we make these updates public to give you a sneak peak at one of the many perks that subscribers get daily through the build up and wet season.  NT - We see some low level moisture creating isolated showers this morning across the far northern and north-eastern coast. Some isolated storms may form in the adjacent inland parts later today of the northern and north-ea...
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OZ CYCLONE CHASERS - SUBSCRIBERS WESTERN AUSTRALIAN - STATE WEATHER UPDATE OCTOBER 24

OZ CYCLONE CHASERS  - SUBSCRIBERS WESTERN AUSTRALIAN - STATE WEATHER UPDATE OCTOBER 24
​THIS IS A PUBLIC POST This is an example of the Weather Updates that we provide daily for our Oz Cyclone Chasers Subscribers. Every couple of weeks we make these updates public to give you a sneak peak at one of the many perks that subscribers get daily through the build up and wet season.  WA - Some isolated showers and storms again today in the Western Kimberley and some moisture may penetrate southwards into the inland Pilbara to create isolated high based storms there too. A troug...
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OCC WEATHER CENTRE MAJOR RADAR UPGRADE COMING THIS WEEK

We already have higher resolution radar imagery than what you find on the web with looping up to 12 hours, but that's not enough, we want to take it a step further. Here at Oz Cyclone Chasers, we are creating an ultra zoom radar layer of 32km not available anywhere else. This will allow our subscribers who live in and around weather radars and unparalleled high resolution look at the intensity of the rain and wind on their doorstep. When it comes to Australian storm activity it's ...
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RAINBAND MOVES THROUGH EASTERN QLD TODAY AND TONIGHT

What started as a weak trough near the Kimberley of W.A almost a week ago is now motoring eastwards through Queensland and dumping light to moderate falls of rain as it goes. Rainfall totals until 9AM today have been quite low due to a drier low level atmosphere which is not creating much uplift of moisture from the surface despite the strong forcing of a southerly change ahead of the trough.  ​Become an OCC subscriber today to access our Weather Centre and watch the band push through live ...
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