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Our Services

Oz Cyclone Chasers are deeply committed to making sure that what we do inside tropical cyclones is seen by people and fully documented. We therefore offer a range of public and media services. Some of these are paid while others are free. 

Please take a look below to see how we may assist you.

PUBLIC SERVICES

COST
TYPE OF SERVICE
FREE Pre-event between November to April, we will have available a brief national video overview of any potential cyclone threats over the next 7-10 days. The video will outline basic information about the nature of the potential threat and possible future direction of movement, along with the levels of certainty about the outlook. It will not delve into the in-depth reasons behind the outlook nor will it look too closely at expected local effects. National updates will be issued twice a week unless a tropical cyclone is developing and/or threatening the coastline in which case they will be issued daily. 
FREE Social media updates of warnings, outlooks and general cyclone info will continue to be provided for free via Facebook to our group of 120 000 followers.
SUBSCRIBER State video updates for Qld/NT/WA including Christmas and Cocos Islands during the storm and cyclone season (approx late September to early May) that will delve into far more detail about the expected effects on the weather of a particular state from a future cyclone threat. After the video updates, we will be available on a chat interface to chat with subscribers to help answer any questions that may have arisen from the update. State video updates will be issued two times a week unless a tropical cyclone is likely to occur in which case state updates will be issued daily for that particular state/states. 
SUBSCRIBER Weather blog outlining global cyclone threats and a weather blog about any notable expected weather in Northern Australia. This weather blog will be updated throughout the dry season and may be a mix of video/model analysis/text or audio. The weather blog may be updated multiple times a day during active weather events in the dry season. 
FREE AND SUBSCRIBER
 
Live video streaming in low definition where possible via 3G or 4G Internet coverage. If coverage is patchy we will attempt to stream audio only. If coverage is too slow this is the first service that is dropped. Free video streaming will be ad-supported this season. Subscriber live video will be more interactive, with multiple camera options and ad-free. 
FREE - POST ANALYSIS
SUBSCRIBER - LIVE DATA
In 2014/15 we plan through the help of Campbell Scientific to live stream data to the subscribing public from our weather stations. If streaming capability is too slow or we experience wireless receiver problems, then we will attempt to manually post observations every half an hour.  At this stage we do not have enough subscribers to offer this as a free public service, but hopefully as our subscriber base grows, we will do so in the future. 
SUBSCRIBER
Chaser Chat - A chat interface for you to chat to each other during the event, but also where possible to chat to us. We will try to occasionally man the chat room during an event especially if we can not stream video or audio. In 2014/2015, chaser Chat will be a subscriber only benefit. 
FREE
A data summary is provided from our chase on our website/social media free of charge along with photos, coarse observations and basic graphs and charts. A brief chase report is also included. When this goes up is dependant on our other time commitments.

SUBSCRIBER 

A documentary of the chase we were just on is normally available whenever we get time to edit it post event. The processed/edited documentary will be available for free digital download for subscribers only. The general public will have access to this documentary for a fee. 
SUBSCRIBER A Tutorial series on Tropical Cyclones will be created that will delve into some of the concepts that the state video updates will talk about. Do you know what terms like wind shear are? What does upslide mean? and why is it important for rainfall? How do upper troughs make cyclones both stronger and weaker? what is an upper trough? what is an upper ridge? What do the squiggly lines mean on different weather maps? These are the type of questions that will be answered in the tutorial series beginning after the end of season 2014/2015. Every couple of weeks we will ask our subscribers to choose what tutorial they would like to see made and we'll spend the week making it :)
SUBSCRIBER Monthly prize giveaways - Answer simple quiz questions to go into the running to win some awesome weather prizes like weather stations, digital cameras, rain gauges
SUBSCRIBER Subscribers will enjoy a small discount in our online shop. 
   
 

MEDIA SERVICES

COST
 TYPE OF SERVICE
FREE
 

Telephone interviews before, during and after a cyclone event. Please note that we are extremely busy during a cyclone and so it is extremely important that your media organisation tees up an interview time BEFORE the event. 

 

In the chance that we have no 3G coverage and must use a satellite phone, we would ask that the organisation pays the fees for the cost for us to receive or make their phone call. Satellite phones cost money to make AND receive telephone calls. That fee is normally no more than about $10.00 - $20.00 but is dependant on the duration of the call. 
 FREE
Skype interviews where possible either indoors or outdoors - once again fully dependant on 3G coverage. We will not use Satellite Internet for Skype interviews
 FREE
Video interview pre-post event either on location or through Skype. We are happy to talk to any media organisation before we leave or after the event. 
FREE
Live Streaming of the event for re-broadcast is available if you contact us first and we grant you permission to do so. PLEASE UNDERSTAND YOU ARE NOT GIVEN PERMISSION TO RE-BROADCAST OUR LIVE STREAM FOR ANY COMMERCIAL PURPOSES WITHOUT SEEKING AND BEING GRANTED EXPRESS PERMISSION FROM US FIRST.
 PAID
We now use News Flare to distribute videos post event. Please get your news organisations to contact News Flare. They handle our hosting, distribution rights and payments for tropical cyclone footage. www.newsflare.com 
 

ORGANISATIONS

COST
 TYPE OF SERVICE
 FREE
Any and all data obtained from a cyclone chase is available to all educational establishments, government organisations and obviously the Bureau of Meteorology. 
 
All you have to do is Contact Us.
 FREE 
The use of sections of footage not used exclusively by media will be available free to the BoM and any disaster management organisations. 
 
This is strictly not for re-distribution, we do not want to see this footage make its way on to the public domain.
  ***FREE***

Free education sessions/talks

If you would like Chris to talk to your class group about storm chasing, cyclones or other severe weather. Please use the 'Contact Us' page and let us know when you'd like to book Chris in and what topics to cover and most importantly give him a time limit otherwise he will talk all day :) . 

If your school group is located a long way away and you would like to have an online chat session or even a teleconference with Chris, then that can be arranged as well. Chris can design and target his talks from about a year 5 level all the way to senior high school Geography/Science students.

We believe teaching kids and teens about cyclone safety and about the wonders of severe weather is important and may one day save their lives or the life of someone around them. As a teacher, Chris is very passionate about getting the word out there and teaching young people about the wonders of severe weather.

The only thing we would ask in return is that we be allowed to offer your students a promotional flyer with our website/youtube/social media link
 FREE
A free copy of our documentary will be provided for the Bureau of Meteorology and any disaster management organisations that are interested. 
 
Please contact us for your free copy once our DVD/documentary has been released. We will just have to verify your organisation and contact details associated with it and then we will send a copy your way or give your organisation a free unique download code.. 
 PAID
Normally when you purchase a dvd/documentary, it is illegal to show it in public (like a class group etc). For any educational establishments that choose to purchase our DVD's/documentaries, we have altered that clause and we make it acceptable for you to show this dvd to a class/school group. 
 

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