Jeff

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About Jeff Higgins

I have had a passion for weather since I was 8 years old. In 2011 I created Higgins Storm Chasing on Facebook which has now grown into a successful meteorology business.
17 12, 2018

Severe heatwave for Western QLD

Issued 17th December 2018. A severe heatwave is forecast to impact the Western half of Queensland this week with temps up to 46C. Above image via BOM.

No rain, continued drought, dust storms and now the Western half of QLD is facing yet another very hot period. 

TC Owen has failed to deliver any relief to Inland QLD over the past week due to dry Southerly Winds wrapping around the back of the system.

A low pressure trough with dry hot North West winds is developing across the far West on Monday which will hang around for most of the week. 

Widespread maximum temperatures into the mid 40’s are forecast with Birdsville expecting 46C. Initially the heat will be confined to areas West of Goondiwindi , Emerald, to Georgetown but this will spread further East into the South East and Central inland on Friday.

Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Richmond, Winton, Longreach, Boulia, Blackall and Windorah are all forecast to get 5 days or more straight above 40C. Charleville, Birdsville, Thargomindah, Quilpie and Cunnamulla about 4 days over 40C. Minimums will also be very very warm.

In the South East on Friday Ipswich and Gatton are looking at 40C temperatures with slightly cooler conditions along the coast. 

A cooler change moves through the South West on Thursday and across the South East on Saturday but no relief further North until about Sunday. Below image showing max temps on Wednesday via BSCH.

 

13 12, 2018

TC Owen Live Video Update

LIVE VIDEO UPDATE 13TH DEC 2018 > *Click volume button in bottom right of video to turn sound on*

TC OWEN LIVE UPDATE & FORECAST QLD ~ Jeff ~

Posted by Higgins Storm Chasing on Thursday, 13 December 2018

10 12, 2018

SEVERE TC OWEN IS FORECAST TO SMASH QLD

UPDATED LIVE VIDEO 13TH DEC 2018 > VIDEO > 

TC OWEN LIVE UPDATE & FORECAST QLD ~ Jeff ~

Posted by Higgins Storm Chasing on Thursday, 13 December 2018

Issued 10th December 2018. Given the current agreement between ALL global forecast data sets EX TC Owen is highly likely to develop into a SEVERE tropical cyclone in the QLD Gulf of Carpentaria this week. The cyclone is forecast to cross the South East Gulf on Friday afternoon then rip South East down the Eastern QLD coastline on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  

• EX TC Owen is expected to enter the Southern Gulf waters during Tuesday. Due to a very favourable environment the system is likely to rapidly intensify.

• During Wednesday & Thursday Owen is forecast to continue intensify into a SEVERE category 3 cyclone over the Southern Gulf region.

The ECMWF HIGH RES model (best in the world) suggests TC Owen could become a SEVERE category 4 system on Friday while tracking South East near Mornington Island. A majority of other global models agree with this scenario.

• A majority of global models also suggest that TC Owen will cross the Southern Gulf between Kowanyama and Karumba before tracking South East down the QLD coast just inland from about Townsville to Fraser Island later this week, “similar” to EX TC Oswald in 2013.

• At this stage widespread rainfall totals of 100 to 200mm are likely accompany the system along the entire East Coast of QLD. Any shift in the final track will greatly alter rainfall forecasts.

• People living in and around the Gulf Of Carpentaria and Islands need to closely monitor cyclone forecasts and have your cyclone emergency kits and plans in place. The Southern Gulf, Islands and nearby land areas are expected to receive damaging to destructive winds, heavy rainfall, flash flooding and significant storm surge.

⋅ People along the entire QLD coastline and adjacent inland areas also need to prepare for severe weather, due to a then EX TC Owen with damaging winds, heavy rain and flash flooding. 

• Detailed accurate cyclone forecasts and maps are current and available on our website here > Higgins Storm Chasing Premium Membership Weather Service

Below image showing satellite simulation from ECMWF Weather.us on Friday as a severe category 4 system in the Southern Gulf near Morning Island. 

10 12, 2018

EX TC OWEN LIKELY TO BECOME A SEVERE CYCLONE IN THE GULF

Issued 10th December 2018. Given the current agreement between global forecast data sets we feel compelled to issue this cyclone forecast alert.

• EX TC Owen is expected to enter the Southern Gulf waters during Tuesday. Due to a favourable environment the system is likely to intensify.

• During Wednesday & Thursday Owen is forecast to rapidly intensify into a cyclone over the Southern Gulf.

The ECMWF HIGH RES model (best in the world) suggests TC Owen could be a SEVERE category 5 system on Thursday while tracking South East directly over Mornington Island. This would be a worst case scenario but demands a level of respect.

• A majority of global models also suggest TC Owen will cross the Southern Gulf and track South East down the QLD coast from Cairns to Fraser Island late this week, “similar” to EX TC Oswald in 2013.

• At this stage widespread rainfall totals of 100 to 200mm could accompany the system along the entire East Coast of QLD. Any shift in the final track will greatly alter rainfall forecasts.

• People living in and around the Gulf Of Carpentaria need to closely monitor forecasts and have your cyclone emergency kits and plans in place.

• Detailed accurate cyclone forecasts and maps are current and available on our website here > Higgins Storm Chasing Premium Membership Weather Service

9 12, 2018

Owen Could Become A Cyclone Again In The QLD Gulf

Issued 9th December 2018. EX TC Owen is currently located near Cairns, QLD and is expected to track West reaching the Gulf Of Carpentaria on Tuesday. Global models agree the system is then likely to intensify during Wednesday and Thursday before possibly becoming a cyclone again on Friday in the Gulf. A majority of data also suggests that Owen could track South East across much of QLD towards the end of the week bringing widespread heavy rain and strong winds in its path. Above image: Current location and track in yellow, expected area of intensification in red, longer term possible track area in Blue. Base map via Weather.us

If EX TC Owen remains over the warm Gulf waters, the favourable environment would allow for intensification into a strong Tropical Low by Thursday. A very strong West to North West monsoon wind flow is also forecast to feed and develop the system. A high pressure ridge is expected to build across Central Australia and this would become the initial steering mechanism to block to system from moving further West into the NT. 

People in living in and around the Gulf Of Carpentaria through the North East NT and Northern QLD should closely monitor forecasts this week. Given the likely intensification, it is expected to bring heavy rain, flash flooding, strong to damaging winds and above normal high tides. 

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday the worlds leading forecast model ECMWF has been constantly suggesting that EX TC Owen will track South East from the Gulf across much of QLD. IF this scenario were to play out severe weather with heavy rain, flash flooding and strong winds would accompany the systems path. Below image: Next 10 day rainfall forecast totals via Windy.com Blue-Green 25 to 50mm, Pink 100 to 200mm.

Our detailed accurate Tropical Low and Cyclone forecasts and maps are available for QLD here > Higgins Storm Chasing Premium Membership Weather Service

9 12, 2018

EX TC Owen To Cross North QLD Into The Gulf

Issued 9th December 2018. At 5:30pm Ex TC Owen is 100km North East of Cairns moving slowly West. Heavy Rain and Strong Winds continue to impact the North Tropical Coast with rain and wind activity as far South as the Whitsundays. A severe weather warning is current. Above radar image via Weatherzone.com.au

During Sunday night into Monday the system will not become a cyclone however it will continue to produce strong winds and heavy rain from about Cooktown South to Bowen. The bulk of the activity will be across the North Tropical Coast, North East Gulf district and Peninsula where scattered storms are all forecast which may contain heavy rainfall. 

On Tuesday it is forecast to enter the South East Gulf Of Carpentaria with Strong Winds, Rain areas and scattered storms across the Southern Gulf and Islands, North East Gulf districts and Peninsula. 

Due to being over warm water and in a favourable environment EX TC Owen is forecast to continue to intensify on Tuesday and could become a cyclone again on Wednesday. MORE information about the extended forecast will be issued tonight so stay tuned! 

Detailed Tropical Low and Cyclone forecasts available via our website here > Higgins Storm Chasing Premium Membership Weather Service

Below image showing the tropical low over the Gulf on Tuesday via Windy.com

7 12, 2018

EX TC Owen To Hit Parts Of QLD – Heavy Rain & Strong Winds

Issued 7th December 2018. EX TC Owen will cross the North Tropical Queensland Coast late this weekend bringing heavy rain and strong winds. Widespread 100 to 200mm expected with isolated falls to 300mm possible along parts of the Central and North QLD coasts. Above image rainfall totals = pink 100 to 300mm via Windy.com

Currently on Friday evening, EX TC Owen is located 550km East of Cairns moving West. He is forecast to cross the coast somewhere between Cooktown and Cardwell on Sunday night. A very deep South Easterly onshore will continue extend South down the QLD coast on Saturday bringing increased rain and winds.

Thunderstorms with locally heavy falls are forecast from Cooktown South to Mackay on both Saturday and Sunday. Rainfall activity is likely to peak during Sunday and early Monday before easing. 

At this stage the following rainfall totals are forecast: Cairns 150mm, Innisfail, Tully and Ingham 200 to 250mm, Townsville and Ayr 150mm, Bowen 100mm, Whitsundays Airlie Beach, Proserpine, Mackay and Sarina 150 to 200mm. These totals are likely to cause some flash flooding, river and creek rises. 

Strong gusty South East will continue until the system crosses the coast. These winds may reach over 90km hr mainly across the exposed Whitsunday Islands. 

By late Monday afternoon conditions will ease with a few showers and North East winds due to the low being well inland and weakening. 

This is good news for these areas after a enduring a very long dry spell, extreme extended heatwave and recent fires.

Detailed EX TC Owen forecast maps, rainfall and storm maps available here > Higgins Storm Chasing Premium Membership Weather Service

5 12, 2018

EX TC Owen May Not Be Done Yet!

Issued 5th December 2018. EX TC Owen is currently located in the Coral Sea 700kms North East of Mackay. Currently it is a low level circulation but it could intensify again and hit the Central and North QLD Coasts later this week. It this were to be the case, areas from Mackay to Townsville could see very heavy rainfall and very strong winds. This area could also be extended to include as far South as Rockhampton and North to Cairns based of various model data. Above image: Next 5 day rainfall forecast totals, pink = Heavy rainfall over 100mm up to 300mm via Windy.com Below image: Current satellite image with EX TC Owen circled in red, future forecast track arrows and a trough marked in green with future track arrows. 

During Wednesday, Thursday and Friday a large high pressure system to the South will cradle the low towards the West while increasing South Easterly winds along the QLD coast. These winds are expected to trigger showers and some storms through Central East and North East districts on these days.

On Saturday the low is forecast to intensify further into a deep tropical low (one model has category 1 cyclone) while nearing the Central to North QLD coast between about Mackay and Townsville. A very tight pressure squeeze is expected between the low and the high down south which would significantly increase winds along the coast. These winds may actually reach damaging strengths of between 90 and 110km hr across the Whitsunday Islands. Showers and rain areas with moderate to heavy falls could also increase depending on how close the low and a trough is to the coast.

Sunday at this stage is the day to watch! A number of global models suggest EC TC Owen will intensify to be either a strong tropical low or possibly even a category 1 cyclone. The system is expected by all data to continue to track west and CROSS the coast somewhere between the Whitsundays and Cairns.

So given this scenario on Sunday rain areas with moderate to heavy falls are forecast along the Central and North Tropical QLD coasts. Very strong to damaging winds are also forecast near to where the low is located. 

Current maximum 5 day rainfall forecast totals from Wednesday to Sunday include: Townsville 100mm, Bowen 160mm, Mackay 300mm these are more likely to occur at this stage with high rainfall extending inland up to 100kms. Rockhampton 100mm and Gladstone 150mm are just possible. 

Please stay tuned for further updates as this is a very dynamic weather pattern and system which deserves attention and respect. 

Detailed Tropical Low, Cyclone, Rain and Storm maps for QLD available on our premium members website. Become a subscriber here > Higgins Storm Chasing Premium Membership Weather Service

3 12, 2018

Tropical Cyclone Owen Forms Off QLD

Issued 3rd December 2018. Tropical Cyclone Owen has been officially named as a category 1 system off the QLD coast. The system may reach a category 2 while tracking towards the South West in the Coral Sea. 

Owen is the earliest cyclone to develop in the Coral Sea Eastern region since TC Nute way back in December 1997. Could this be a sign of things to come this season? 

The system is currently located 960km East of Cairns moving slowly towards the South West. Due to favourable conditions with Seas surface temperatures of 28-30C, low wind shear and good polar outflow it is expected to continue to intensify during Monday and possibly into Tuesday.

Late Tuesday and into Wednesday a strong ridge to the South is expected to steer the system towards the West to North West. Increased vertical wind shear and ingestion of dry air is likely to significantly weaken TC Owen to below TC strength on Wednesday.

The remnants of the system; a low level circulation centre will be captured by the low level winds and push it towards the West or North West. Convective rain and thunderstorms will become limited to the South East quadrant of the system on Wednesday and Thursday.

The high pressure ridging to the South and slightly lower pressure of the system in the Coral Sea is expected to cause an increase in winds along the QLD coast on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  

There is great uncertainty where the remnants of the system will end up… somewhere between Mackay and Cooktown though it will have little rainfall by that stage. 

A seperate trough system will develop through South East, Central East and North East QLD on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday causing rain and storms. More information about this is available to our Premium Members on our website. Subscribe here> Higgins Storm Chasing Premium Membership Weather Service

Below image showing the ridge weakening and steering the system late Wednesday into Thursday via Windy.com

2 12, 2018

TC Owen Expected Within 24Hrs

Issued December 2nd 2018. A tropical low is intensifying in the Coral Sea which is forecast to reach a category 1 cyclone or TC Owen by Monday morning.

This should become the first December cyclone since 1997 to develop in the Coral Sea. Currently the low is moving South and is then expected to turn towards the West late Monday into Tuesday as a high pressure ridge builds to the South.

On Wednesday vertical wind shear is forecast to weaken the system as it continues West towards QLD. While it is not expected to impact the coast as a cyclone it may bring much needed rainfall to parts of Central and Northern QLD later this week.

Early days yet though and things can change overnight so we will be keeping a very close eye on this one!
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