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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. 

TROPICAL CYCLONE SEASON OUTLOOK - PUBLIC

THIS IS AN UNOFFICIAL OZ CYCLONE CHASERS OUTLOOK - The official Bureau Of Meteorology outlook is released in Mid October.  All signs are pointing to a near average Tropical Cyclone Season across the Australian basin (from 90E - 160E). The combination of a Cool-Neutral pattern moving towards a Neutral pattern in the ENSO Pacific region and a Negative IOD moving towards a Neutral IOD in the west of the continent results in an overall near average season coming up.  Positive rainfall...
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SUMMER IS COMING!!!

​The White Walkers are being pushed back, and the sand snakes are moving north. Ok for those that don't get Game Of Thrones, that means temperatures are starting to warm up across Northern Queensland. A warm air mass is spreading across the northern half of the state over the next few days and doesn't look like going anywhere in a hurry once it establishes itself. Temps on the coast today will hit the mid to high 20's and inland the low 30's but by Saturday it'll be a different story. Welco...
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OCC WEATHER CENTRE UPDATE SEPTEMBER 6TH 2016

OCC WEATHER CENTRE UPDATE SEPTEMBER 6TH 2016
Welcome to our first update about our newly developing Weather Centre. Please check out some of the features we have been working on over the past few weeks thanks to the talented programming efforts of Shane Ekerbicer (from ASWA) and Mike Manning (from BSCH) To become an Oz Cyclone Chasers Subscriber please head to www.ozcyclonechasers.com.au/subscribe
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SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE NEWTON MAKING LANDFALL IN MEXICO

SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE NEWTON MAKING LANDFALL IN MEXICO
​The ragged eye of Severe Tropical Cyclone Newton is making landfall near Cabo San Lucas on the Southern tip of the Baja Peninsula this evening. Severe Tropical Cyclone Newton is a Category Three Tropical Cyclone on the Australian scale. The Tropical Cyclone is packing maximum sustained winds at about 150km/hr with gusts to approximately 200km/hr and a Central Pressure of 979Hpa. Tropical Cyclone Newton rapidly intensified this morning, but his intensification potential was limited due to the ra...
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FIRST NT OBSERVED WATERSPOUT FOR SEASON 2016/2017

You guessed it, the season started off with a bang in parts of the Northern Territory over the weekend. A moist and unstable airmass pushed over the northern parts of the Top End. Jack Feeney was lucky enough to be on location and captured this wonderful image of a spout and a rainbow from the Tiwi Islands. Thanks for sharing Jack, the first one of the season is always special.   The NT will stabilize this week before moisture and instability again creeps in to the area next ...
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TROPICAL CYCLONE NEWTON FORMS AND LIKELY TO HIT MEXICO

Well the Northern hemisphere cyclone season is now entering it's most active climatological peak and it certainly hasn't disappointed. Let's take a look at the past week ​NORTH ATLANTIC - Hermine and Gaston NE PACIFIC - Madeline and Lester (and now Newton) NW PACIFIC - Namtheun So that's 6 named storms operating in the past 7 days (7 if we include Lionrock's dying day).  To support our chase and documentary team, please consider becoming an Oz Cyclone Chasers subscriber. Subscribers get acc...
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TROPICAL CYCLONE NAMTHEUN TO MAKE LANDFALL TONIGHT IN JAPAN

While we've all been watching (Trav especially) the USA's Florida coastline for Hermine, a tropical cyclone has been ravaging Japan's southern islands. Tropical Cyclone Namtheun is set to make landfall on the Japanese mainland in a few hours as a weakening Category 2 system on the Australian scale. Don't let the fact that it's now weakening deter you from the fact that this was a significant cyclone at one stage nudging Category 4 intensities (on our scale) but thankfully as it encounters less f...
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SEPTEMBER - WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MONTH

SEPTEMBER - WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MONTH
​A little segment I'd like to start for the start of each month is an idea of what is average in terms of rainfall expectations for each segment of the north.  September is traditionally the driest or second driest month of the year (August tends to be the driest in the NT and North Kimberley, September in QLD, September and October in NW WA). It is the final month of the true dry season up north, yet it seems to go quicker than other dry season months because we start to anticipate th...
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HURRICANE HERMINE TO IMPACT FLORIDA TONIGHT

​Tropical Cyclone Hermine is the first Hurricane (Cat 2+ Tropical Cyclone on our Aussie scale) to impact Florida (USA) in 11 years. It is expected to make landfall as a Category Three system on our Australian scale (Cat 1 on the American scale) overnight tonight Australian time.  The system is expected to intensify slightly as it approaches the coastline given a marginally favourable environmental profile. The system will go through a period of slowly increasing vertical wind...
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TROUGH MOVES THROUGH QUEENSLAND

A strong trough system is moving through Queensland at the moment and is dumping some moderate falls of rain across the Southern and Western parts of the state.  The image below from the OCC Weather Centre shows the cloud associated with the trough system at 8:00AM this morning. Find out how much you could receive this week by becoming an OCC Subscriber and supporting the OCC team. Head to www.ozcyclonechasers.com.au/subscribe to join us :D  The trough has already dumped significa...
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SMALL EAST COAST LOW TO DEVELOP TOMORROW

SMALL EAST COAST LOW TO DEVELOP TOMORROW
Well it has been a boring week or two, so it's good to see the atmosphere spicing things up again for NE NSW and SE QLD.  An upper trough/LOW will induce a number of surface LOWS along along a surface based trough tomorrow between Port Macquarie and Byron Bay. The surface system will track northwards tomorrow night and strong winds will make their way as far as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts of Queensland on Thursday. Heavy rain will be limited to the NSW side of the QLD/NSW border. ...
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WELL IT'S OVER AND WHAT AN EVENT IT WAS!!!

WELL IT'S OVER AND WHAT AN EVENT IT WAS!!!
​Well except for some showers on the North Tropical Coast and some isolated weak showers inland, this astounding out of season weather event is over.  Remember on Saturday, I gave you this photo and told you it was going to get a lot more colourful by Wednesday? Well at the end of this eventful week, as promised, here is the new weekly rain totals across the state. And here is what we average for the month of July. I'll let you figure out just how amazing this event has been for so many par...
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NE QLD RAIN EVENT FAIL - AND WAS IT A TORNADO?

​Well as you may have guessed the NE Queensland rain event was no doubt a non-event. What I expected to happen didn't happen and hey that's weather forecasting sometimes. I can tell you what though, given a similar setup again, I'd forecast a similar rain event and almost always it will come off, so I won't hide away from it, I won't claim a BS 95% accuracy label and I won't apologise for it and nor will I make excuses for it. I analysed and interpreted all the available evid...
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RAIN TO BEGIN TONIGHT IN NORTH EAST QUEENSLAND - HEAVY FALLS POSSIBLE

Moisture has begun moving into the coast of North-East Queensland and the showers have kicked off in what promises to be a very wet 24-48 hours for the Cane farming region of North-East Queensland. Sorry to all our cane farmers, I know for many of you it's not the news you want to hear. But for many others the rain that will fall will be a Godsend.  Firstly, before we get into it, if you're a subscriber to Oz Cyclone Chasers, make sure you login and check your latest video , it is a mu...
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INSANE CONVECTION NEAR WILLIS ISLAND

Check this image out from our Weather Centre at 8:00AM this morning on the 500m ultra high resolution visible satellite!!!  I don't remember seeing convection that deep or strong over Willis Island in July. That is simply stunning. The height/depth on those storm clusters would rival that of a Tropical Cyclone. This weather event continues to produce the goods and not just on the mainland. Want access to this ultra high res imagery, then please consider becoming an Oz Cyclone...
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RAIN EVENT TO MOVE INTO NORTH QUEENSLAND ON MONDAY

Before we get into that attention grabbing title, let's take a moment to appreciate the amount of rain that has fallen for the week until 9AM this morning across the state. This is an image we would be proud of in the wet season, let alone the middle of the dry season.  SUBSCRIBERS - Please check out your latest subscriber video available at  http://ozcyclonechasers.com.au/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=179&Itemid=1001 To become a subscriber, please h...
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RECORD BROKEN? NITSO TALKS RECORD BREAKING EVENT WITH 4TO FM RADIO

Nitso had a chat with Smithy from 4TO's breakfast program this morning. Check out the interview at the link below http://soundcloud.com/ozcyclonechasers/nitsoocc4to
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CQ SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY

CQ SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY
​WOW what a day Cold, wet, windy, all the things Queensland isn't during the middle of Winter. I think those Mexican New South Welshman have punished us for losing the State Of Origin game Wednesday night, by giving us their weather for a few days. OK So we saw the rain totals up until 9AM. Let's take a look at the falls from 9:00AM up until 8:00PM this evening and then let's take a look at the next 24 hours. OCC Paid Subscribers, please access our latest video update on your...
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SOLID RAIN ACROSS CENTRAL AND WESTERN QUEENSLAND

​The Upper trough has produced what it promised for most of Central and inland Queensland so far. It is going to produce a lot more yet for the coast between Mackay and Gladstone - but more on that in another post. We have seen widespread Moderate falls from around Innisfail to St Lawrence on the coast and may inland districts along the Flinders Highway.  To access video updates on the upcoming situation, why not become an Oz Cyclone Chasers subscriber. We will have a video update for subsc...
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HEAVY RAIN, COLD AND WINDY IN QUEENSLAND TOMORROW

HEAVY RAIN, COLD AND WINDY IN QUEENSLAND TOMORROW
Subscribers please login and check out your latest event video posted just a few minutes ago in our Blog. Welcome to our rain event, has the cooler weather got your attention yet? If it hasn't, I'm sure it will tomorrow when you go to work and it's freakin freezing :) Not only will it be colder tomorrow for most of the coast than it was today, it'll be wet and by wet we're not talking about that 'barely making it to the ground' driblle we had today. There will be some pretty serious rain around ...
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