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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. 

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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TROPICAL CYCLONE CHABA - 'ALMOST' A MAJOR DISASTER

TROPICAL CYCLONE CHABA - 'ALMOST' A MAJOR DISASTER
It has been a colourful history for Tropical Cyclone Chaba as it enters the final hours of life. The once strong Category 5 tropical cyclone narrowly missed major islands in Okinawa as a Cat 5) and Jeju (Sth Korea) as a Cat 3 and also missed the South Korean mainland as a Cat 2 by the barest of margins.  Become an OCC Subscriber this season to access high res model, radar and satellite data as well as enhanced cyclone information. Head to www.ozcyclonechasers.com.au/subscribe The syste...
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MOSSMAN COPS OVER 100MM OF RAIN THIS MORNING

​I've been looking through some weather data this evening trying to catch up with what has been going on weather wise over the past 24-36 hours thinking that all was dull and boring across the north. So imagine my surprise when I checked the rain maps for the states this afternoon and this whopping rain total of 121mm popped up in Mossman. Initially I thought it was a mistake until I checked back through radar archives. It's no mistake. Turns out a trough system created a slow mov...
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STORMY SKIES IN QUEENSLAND

A strong surface and upper trough is moving across the state and will create widespread light rain areas across the state along with strong gusty thunderstorms this afternoon/evening near the coast between Cardwell and Rockhampton. Storms are also likely outside of those areas but computer models estimate that the strongest of the activity will be located along that stretch of coastline and adjacent inland areas. Strong winds aloft and ample environmental moisture and energy will mean that ...
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RAIN, SHOWERS AND STORMS TO SWEEP EASTWARDS THROUGH QUEENSLAND

The last of a series of trough systems is set to push through Queensland tomorrow. The system will create widespread patchy rain, showers and isolated thunderstorms for most of the southern 2/3rds of Queensland south of about Ingham on Monday. It is already doing this for Western Queensland today. Subscribers, please find today's weather videos here To become an OCC subscriber, please head to www.ozcyclonechasers.com.au/subscribe   Overall rain amounts aren't going to be very high, but it w...
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MORE SHOWERS FOR COASTAL RANGES BETWEEN TOWNSVILLE AND COOKTOWN

A sneaky little trough system has formed around the North Tropical Coast forecast district just inland of the ranges. This sneaky little trough will create cloudy and showery conditions with the outside chance of a storm as well through today. It's a welcome surprise to wake up to after the expectation was that the region would 'fine up' after last night's awesome storm which hit Cairns and surrounding areas. A far more significant trough system will sweep through the state on Monday and br...
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AWESOME RAIN AND STORM ACTIVITY ACROSS EASTERN QLD

AWESOME RAIN AND STORM ACTIVITY ACROSS EASTERN QLD
​How good were the storms yesterday around Central Queensland and the Burdekin. Well Trav and Micky D from Oz Cyclone Chasers Townsville crew certainly got the season off with a bang check out some cool pics around Charters Towers they got below Become an OCC subscriber and gain access to live chase streams during Tropical Cyclones as well as enhanced weather information throughout the season.  Head to www.ozcyclonechasers.com.au/subscribe   Subscribers today's QLD, NT, ...
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RAIN BAND MOVES ACROSS EASTERN STATES AS LOW MOVES INTO VICTORIA

RAIN BAND MOVES ACROSS EASTERN STATES AS LOW MOVES INTO VICTORIA
​A band of cloud and rain associated with the Southern Australian LOW is tracking across Eastern parts of the country. Behind it we will see very strong SW winds develop through Southern Australia. Today we are expecting widespread rain and cloudy conditions across Eastern Australia. Taking a look at Queensland specifically, we see that if we can get a little bit of heating through the day storms are likely to initialize inside those brown and purple areas on the map below. Any storms that devel...
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IS IT KANSAS OR SOUTH AUSTRALIA? TWISTERS TOUCH DOWN THIS AFTERNOON

IS IT KANSAS OR SOUTH AUSTRALIA? TWISTERS TOUCH DOWN THIS AFTERNOON
A Mid Latitude Cyclone approaches South Australia this evening having produced widespread thunderstorms that cut power and plunged the whole of South Australia into darkness. The system produced and will produce further damaging/destructive winds up to the equivalent of a Category 2 Tropical Cyclone intensity. Unlike Tropical Cyclones, the worst of the weather with Mid latitude Cyclones happens well away from the cyclone's centre. Tom Fedorowytsch took this amazing video footage of a twister thi...
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OZ CYCLONE CHASERS SUBSCRIBERS WEATHER CENTRE UPDATE SEPTEMBER 28 2016

In tonight's update we look at what we have added to the OCC Subscriber Weather Centre this past week. PUBLIC ADDITIONS  - We have added a range of radars now for NSW, SA Vic and Tas to bring our offering into line with what is available in high res.  BEHIND THE SCENES  -  We have begun work on adding 128km and 512km versions of sat and radar to the OCC backend to supplement our 64 and 256km current offerings for each radar. This will give us fine details from suburban analys...
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THICK CLOUD ACROSS THE EASTERN PILBARA EXPECTED TO FINALLY PRODUCE RAIN OVERNIGHT

​Computer models indicate the thick cloud which has been crossing the Pilbara all day is likely to finally produce some rain that makes it to the ground. Falls of up to 30mm are possible in the rainband. But before you Hedlanders jump for joy it's almost all going to fall east and north of you. And before you folks in Broome get all excited, it's almost all going to fall south of you. Just what we need... heaps of unseasonal rain falling in remote sections of coastline that will benefit ver...
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INDONESIAN TROUGH AND LOW SENDS MOISTURE ACROSS AUSTRALIA

Isn't weather amazing? One strong area of convergence near Indonesia can funnel moisture thousands of kilometres along the jet stream all the way to the Coral Sea and beginning tomorrow with the assistance of the so called 'super dooper monster LOW' forming over Southern Australia, they can combine to help create massive unseasonal rains across Central and Southern Australia while indirectly assisting storm formation across Northern Australia too.  One system without the other mak...
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OUT OF SEASON TROPICAL LOW FORMS NEAR INDONESIA

A Tropical LOW has formed near Indonesia's south-west coast and is set to drift south while slowly deepening. The LOW may move close to Christmas Island on Wednesday or Thursday and produce gusty winds and a period of heavy rain. If it was to do the unlikely and deepen significantly enough to become a Tropical Cyclone it will be Australia's first of 2016/2017. The Bureau of Meteorology is giving this system a 5% chance or less of doing that while computer models are slightly more hopeful at...
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TROPICAL CYCLONE MEGI INTENSIFIES AND HEADS FOR TAIWAN

​A Tropical Cyclone formed near Guam a couple of days ago and is now heading towards Taiwan. Tropical Cyclone Megi is a strong Category 2 on our scale and will intensify to at least Category 4 intensity (it might even make it to 5 if it slows down a little) by the time it approaches Taiwan on Tuesday. The system is moving steadily WNW at about 20km/hr and is a relatively large cyclone in diameter.  Taiwan was very lucky a couple of weeks ago when they missed the very tight and strong e...
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STORMY THURSDAY COMING UP FOR EASTERN QUEENSLAND

STORMY THURSDAY COMING UP FOR EASTERN QUEENSLAND
​Eastern Queensland's wait for storms is almost over. After enviously watching inland and southern areas of the state cop flooding rain, Eastern Queensland looks like it'll get in on the act on Thursday with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms across many areas associated with an Eastward moving surface trough and an Upper LOW across Southern Australia. Of course being showers and thunderstorms as opposed to general rain, the rainfall from these showers and storms will be hit and m...
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VIDEO - SEABREEZE CONVERGENCE ACROSS WESTERN CAPE YORK PENINSULA

VIDEO - SEABREEZE CONVERGENCE ACROSS WESTERN CAPE YORK PENINSULA
​A quick video I put together this afternoon folks looking through the OCC Himwari 500m imagery of how even a weak seabreeze can affect the development or enhancement of convection and shower formation. Hope you enjoy it :) ​SUBSCRIBERS  4 week outlook video Today's state video updates To become a subscriber and access this imagery, please head to www.ozcyclonechasers.com.au/subscribe
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