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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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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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THUNDERSTORMS EXPLODE IN THE MARANOA/WARREGO DISTRICTS IN THE PAST HOUR

​In the past hour thunderstorms have exploded in a warm, unstable and better sheared environment in the Maranoa/Warrego Districts.The thunderstorm/shower clusters are quickly moving in a general eastwards movement, and may affect the following notable locations over the next few hours - Injune and Roma. It will be interesting to see how far eastwards these thunderstorms can move, and we will be watching to see if they can make the Darling Downs as the afternoon progresses. A severe thunders...
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THUNDERSTORMS FIRE CLOSE TO TOOWOOMBA AND EAST OF WIVENHOE DAM.....SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS AGAIN ISSUED IN NORTHERN NSW

​As you can see by the OCC RADAR above, thunderstorms have formed in 2 areas so far in SE QLD, with 2x clusters of lightning active cells located near Toowoomba and just east of Wivenhoe Dam. Further shower and thunderstorm activity is expected throughout the afternoon, and in some localised thunderstorms, damaging winds and large hail are a threat if any storms can get going. However, the atmosphere is lacking a few ingredients today that could have made the day a very very good thunderstorm da...
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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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THUNDERSTORMS FIRE IN NE NSW - SEVERE T'STORM WARNING ISSUED......SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE IN SE QLD THIS AFTERNOON

​Isolated thunderstorms have developed in NE NSW just south of the border and are slowly pushing north. Large Hail and Damaging winds are possible, and even the chance of some localised flash flooding in small creeks and streams, especially considering how slow moving the thunderstorms are. The current cells are very lightning active, with the majority of lightning strikes being Cloud to Cloud, however some dangerous Cloud to Ground lightning is now being observed via lightning tracker...
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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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