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Title: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: milianfurtado on 16 June 2007, 07:56:37 AM
Hello everyone!
Just want to say hi to everyone! Have heard good things about this forum. I hope to learn a lot and hopefully help out too.
thanks to have here as a new member!
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Mike on 18 July 2007, 02:15:20 PM
Welcome Milianfurtado.  Feel free to ask anything you like about the weather here and much more!  Have a look around the topics in different areas and get acquanted with the topics you like and where they are. There's a fantastic gallery of photos and storm reports which are full of information for you.  Feel free to post a subject and make comments and I'm sure you'll get some answers to your liking.  Have fun and look foward to reading your posts! :)

regards.
Mike
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: AaronFarquhar on 09 September 2008, 04:46:23 AM
G'day everyone,
                        My names Aaron Farquhar, Im from Wollongong and its Bout time i started to persue storm chasing, I have had a passion for it for years but just never had the time nor money to chase storms, But im starting now, i know the basics about supercells and can from time to time read storms and predict what they will do but i want to know everything and i basically want to travel the world chasing storms and just seeing the beautiful yet deadly and destructive power that the worlds weather can create, This will be my passionate hobbie as i couldnt imagine doing it as a career (Meteorologists) Just that would take too long going to uni and stuff but really wanna learn everything there is and i wanna travel to Tornado alley one day and see the real stuff, I just find it fascinating that these storms are so beautiful and look so gentle but in the blink of an eye they can destroy everything, Its awesome, Anyways if anyone out there would like to help me learn about this stuff and just chat about it, That would be awesome, Hope to hear from you all soon, Aaron
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Mike on 09 September 2008, 05:21:46 AM
Welcome, Aaron to the forum.  I hope you enjoy the forum and there's plenty of info throughout the threads that will probably answer most of your questions.  Just take a little time to go through them and use the search box to locate specific words or terms that you may be looking for, no doubt there's been a discussion about it over the years!

Everyone on the forum is very helpful and once you post comments you'll find it easier in time picking up on jargon and if you don't understand anything simply ask, that's why we're here and if we don't know the answer someone will post a link for you to go to.

Look forward to your posts and any pics you may wish to add.
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: AaronFarquhar on 09 September 2008, 08:37:54 AM
G'day Mike,
                    Thanks Mate, Ill have a good and thorough look through the threads and read everything and wont be long before i get in the discussions with you guys, so im looking forward to it and looking forward to getting to know everyone and hear all your experiences, Aaron
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Brad Hannon on 09 October 2008, 11:35:37 AM
Welcome guys, this is a great forum so enjoy reading, posting and learning.

Aaron, I highly recommend you do visit tornado alley one day - its fantastic.  Just make sure you are ready and/or do it with other experienced chasers over there.  It can be very rewarding thats for sure.
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: squid on 28 October 2008, 02:50:04 AM
hey everyone i joined this forum ages ago but lost the link now i have found it again lok forward to gettin gto know people on here and learning and even having a go a trying to forcast where storms may develop and what kind they are likely to be
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Steven on 10 November 2008, 06:57:26 PM
Welcome Squid. :)

*waves*

Do I know you from anywhere in particular?
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Alaric on 18 November 2008, 04:27:35 PM
Hey guys,

My name is Alaric and I'm from North Brisbane. It looks like its shaping up to be a good storm season here in Brisbane so I'm hoping to take some good pictures and get some good video this year. And its not much good without and audience so here I am.

Cheers
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Jimmy Deguara on 18 November 2008, 04:36:04 PM
Welcome to the forum.

Looking forward to what you have to offer in terms of stories, pictures and videos.

Regards,

Jimmy Deguara
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Steven on 19 November 2008, 01:53:49 PM
Hi Alaric, did you by any chance get affected by the recent storms?
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Brad Rowe on 23 November 2008, 08:38:37 AM
Hey all. I'm Brad from the only real side of Brisbane, The Southside of course. Just thought I would quickly introduce myself. I have been into severe weather ever since i was a tiny tot. I actually grew up with phobias of any kind of severe weather when i was a youngster and soon as i grew up i just found that i had a huge passion for any kind of severe weather. Funny kind of turn around i think really to have come from being so terribly phobic and freaked out by severe weather to wanting to chase it and find it anywhere at anytime. I think I've watched every single video and seen thousands upon thousands of tornadoes/hurricanes/severe weather on the web over the past 10 years or abouts!

I've always wanted to get more involved in storm spotting/chasing but have never had the money neither much time. Now that i am freed up slightly I really want to indulge this passion of mine. The recent events that have passed by this week starting last sunday have been a great start to the storm season for me! I have all the basics about severe weather down pat but now its time to advance a bit in the ranks. Ive already picked up a few books and reading material but of course learning on the job is always way more fun and works much better for me. It would be awesome to maybe meet up with a few fellow Brisbane storm chasers and learn from experience if anyone is willing to take an apprentice on :) I'm extremely keen to learn as much as I can over time.

Anyways I think that's a good enough intro for the moment. Look forward to what this years summer storm season has in store for us :)
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Mike on 24 November 2008, 03:32:06 PM
Good on you Brad et al and posting a g'day.  Plenty of stuff happening around the country so look forward to any info, posts, photos you may like to share.  Enjoy and welcome.
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Darinka on 10 December 2008, 10:15:52 AM
Hi Everyone

My name is Darinka, I'm from Penrose NSW (20K's Sth of Wollongong)  my interests have generally been Lightning Photography, to which then my interests in the last few years have turned to Weather and Storms, hench Stormchasing.  These storm structures are an awesome sight to see, observe and photograph...the shear power and destruction and the output of lightning that these storms can produce can be devasting but at the same time be beautiful (not to mention the adrenalin rush).

My travels have taken me far south to Cabramurra and far north to the top end Darwin, great structures although no storms at the time, which only seemed to happen either side of my time there..."Don't you just hate that!!" as well as the Illawarra.  My Goal for 2010 is heading to Tornado Alley (with professional chasers of course).

Only know the basics, still a whole lot to learn, although i'm sure i will learn a lot more through observations and everyones experience and knowledge here on the forum, which by the way is a great website.  Looking forward to talking to everyone.    Darinka
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Mike on 10 December 2008, 05:32:18 PM
Welcome Darinka!

You've taken the first step which is always the hardest so congrats to you.  I know you've browsed the forum already and you'll find there is without doubt the best weather information/explanations/conversations in this country right here.  We look forward to your posts and photos and any reports you may have re storm events/chases. :)
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: nordspot on 15 January 2009, 01:35:44 AM
Good day down under!
My name is Ralph and I live in the southernmost part of Germany, basically on the border to Switzerland, at Lake Constance. For years already I have been
reading in this highly interesting and informative forum, and would now like to introduce myself herewith. Keep up the excellent work and feed us storm-starved
europeans with more of your excellent photos and chase reports!

Greetings from a -7 cold Germany

Ralph
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Mike on 15 January 2009, 04:05:14 AM
Greetings Ralph and welcome!  Since you've been viewing the forum for a while you know where to find everything!   If you've got any frosty photos of unusual, severe or panoramic ice covered landscapes feel free to show them to us.  A visiting German fellow here in Darwin says that in Berlin where he's from they get one storm a year and it puts out 5 lightning strikes.  It goes something like this:  (1) first strike = seeing it, second strike = setting up camera, third strike = turning camera on, fourth strike = focusing, fifth strike = missing the last bolt!  Probably why he's pretty content being here!!!

Thanks for the intro and look forward to your posts and pics.
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: cloudfairy on 15 January 2009, 04:55:47 AM
Heja Nordspot!!

I'm from Germany too, Munich and Wiesbaden. Welcome!!! This forum is great, enjoy it!

I would have thought that down in Konstanz you get great storms in summer. The Bodensee usually is full of power.

Anyway....there are good years and bad ones...... I'm here in Darwin now and ..... it is a bad year :( ... I'm waiting for good storms. And if there is one I am too slow (as the day before yesterday).

Have fun.

Renate
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Twodogs on 15 January 2009, 07:38:59 AM
Hi All,
I'm Niall (aka Twodogs) from Mitcham.  I like Pina colada's, walking in the rain, world peace etc etc etc.
Seriously though, you probably won't find me posting much (unless I have a question) mainly just lurking and picking up info - I'm really interested in cyclones (having sat through Trixie and Joan) and also thunderstorms.   I have a bit of camera gear, including an underwater Nikonos V (which is pretty good to use out in the rain...) but not much opportunity to chase or take photos.
cheers,
Niall

Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Mike on 15 January 2009, 07:58:08 AM
Good on you for introducing yourself, not many dive in and do it and it's a shame!  Now you can stop lurking and begin posting!  Does not matter how much you know about weather or storms - we all started with little experience and once we became more 'ejamacated' the rest follows suit.  :)  Look forward to anything you might like to add in any of the thread topics or simply ask a question or post a photo, welcome and enjoy the ride - the forum really does pride itself on professional comments & information, fun and basically loving weather!
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Peter J on 15 January 2009, 09:56:20 AM
TwoDoggs (Niall)

Great to know another VIC is posting!! Makes me feel more at home.

Welcome aboard. And as the others have said before me, you don't have to be an expert, just a willing learner (like me)

Big Pete
(from 10kms further east)

Title: Re: NSW / VIC Storms: 2 - 4 Feb 2009
Post by: FindTheTornado on 05 February 2009, 10:19:21 AM
My first post here, just wondering is anyone chasing right now? Does anyone from Australia stream live storm chases? Thank you! Watching the Sydney radar right now, it's 11:20pm here in Minnesota and it's -7F here, all i can do is wish I was there! Thanks...
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Mike on 06 February 2009, 10:13:39 AM
Welcome to the forum FTT!  I know you'll find the forum educational and interesting.  Look forward to any weather related comments/posts you have where you live and photos also, they're always of interest...not sure about the live streamlining aspect as I live in the tropics here, but those chasers who are in the location you mentioned may be able to assist with the question.
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Ezzz on 30 April 2009, 09:32:28 PM
I'm Erik. I live in North Armidale and go to University here too. I'm studying Urban and Regional Planning for 4 years (2009-2012). I'm about to turn 19. I've been registered on this forum for a bit over three years now and have only made one previous post. I hope to contribute positively to the forum and I look forward to sharing weather photos and information with everyone.
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Medbury on 22 June 2009, 11:38:31 PM
Hi My name is Richard from the South Island NZ,i come from an area that only receives one or two storms per year so there much excitement when one does develop.Where i live is in a inland valley so when storms do develop they tend to stay in over the same spot before dissipating,luckly we never get tornadoes or large hail.
I look forward to being part of what looks like an excellent website and forum   
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Updraft1 on 06 August 2009, 09:31:24 PM
Well its time to introduce myself, Im Julian and i live in the UK.
Been a very keen weather watcher for many years but this year i have decided to push that interest further and actually learn more and start to actively chase Storms myself. Now kitted up with my Laptop and Videocam and just waiting for the storms to happen.

You may be asking why i have joined this forum, well whilst using TornadoVideos.Nets site i sort of adopted Mike O'Neil as my unpaid mentor. I hope Mike doesnt mind me saying that.
Over the last 5 months, with huge support/advice from Mike i have made what i feel to be signifigant advances with my knowledge which in turn has increased my passion for all things Weather. Mike made me aware of this site and from there here i am so to speak.

I would still class myself as a mere novice and feel this site would enable me to further my knowledge and allow me to view Weather from somewhere else as opposed to only Tornadoes on TVN. I look forward to seeing your Storm Season start and hope to take part in discussions where i can.

So thanks for having me and heres to many more Storms for us all.

Regards

Julian in the UK
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Mike on 08 August 2009, 08:37:02 PM
Welcome, Julian.  Great to see you joining this great forum.  One thing you will notice right from the get-go is the lack of Bebo type comments, spelling mistakes and bad forecasting!   This forum has taken pride in itself for taking a professional - yet fun - aspect to weather discussion and actively seeks thoughts from members on all things weather related and many topics continue daily on any decent storm event. The videos, photos and information is second to none, the members are well experienced in 'real' chasing and have years of in the field knowledge.

80% of what I've taught you has come from this forum - Michael Bath has been instrumental in this journey.  Search the thread topics because a lot of what you are seeking can be found in the right Q&A topic when located.  You will find a search bar at the top of the pages so you can type in something and it will take you to several threads with that word mentioned...ie: Cyclone Monica  or Dunoon tornado - you'll get used to things and thanks for the kind words, appreciated.

Julian's knowledge has really grown over the months from the stuff I've told him - just sticking to basics first up and getting that right and then moving on to advanced things later on.  I know the members here will continue to educate, amuse and 'give you some stick' from now on!

You won't look back, Julian once you've tasted the waters on this forum, the UK weather is very similar to ours in OZ which can make things easier of sorts.

Enough rambling....welcome again and look forward to your posts, photos and questions/replies!!!

Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Jimmy Deguara on 09 August 2009, 12:57:58 AM
Welcome Julian. Feel free to ask questions from time to time. I guess the main thing to maintain on here is accuracy and no exaggeration - one of our pet hates. That is the main purpose here on this forum - an that allows for the education Mike talks about.

Thanks for the kind words Mike.

Kind regards,

Jimmy Deguara
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Michael Bath on 09 August 2009, 03:37:02 AM
Thanks Mike and welcome Julian.

You may find this forum a little quiet at times, especially this time of year when there is little significant weather about in Australia. This winter has been well below average in terms of significant cold outbreaks and east coast lows.

We do talk about weather world-wide though so feel free to start up some discussions. You might find some older threads - like all the ones by Mike :) that prompt some questions.

Regards, Michael
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Updraft1 on 09 August 2009, 07:22:24 PM
Thanks very much for the kind words and of course the welcome.
I have only viewed a very small part of the Forum so far but i am certainly very impressed with what i have seen already.
And the Educational Links that i have viewed look superb and im sure that i will continue to gain a great deal of knowledge which of course is my main aim.
I have no concerns with the site being quiet during the out of season times so to speak as there is more than enough to keep me both interested and occupied for endless hours.
I have the weather bug and it wont go away !

UK wise i guess Severe Weather events of any type are a rarity. During this summer, which has been cool and wet at best in general, it has been a challenge to find a T/Storm thats worth chasing let alone anything else. I live in hope as i do tend to get quite frustrated when things just dont set up right for real weather event. But thats the way with Weather.

So again, Mike thanks for everything so far, thanks for the welcome Jimmy and Michael, and i look forward to spending many more hours here with Austrailia Severe Weather.

Regards,

Julian.

 
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Harley Pearman on 10 August 2009, 11:50:48 AM
Erik - Welcome. I note that you are studying Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of New England and living in Armidale. This is the same course that I did back in 1990-1993. It is an excellent course.

Another positive is your location. Spring and summer in and around the New England region does produce some wonderful thunderstorms and cloud formations as I found out when I was here. I became interested in weather and severe weather events while living here and studying this course.

With elevation and less forests and if you have your own transport, you should be able to take advantage of your location during particular weather events. It would be great to see what happens on the Northern Tablelands during spring and summer and I am always interested in the thunderstorms activity that goes on up here. I look forward to reading about the thunderstorms that may occur in this region.

Harley Pearman
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: DanTheMan on 09 September 2009, 01:48:10 PM
I've been reading up on this forum for a while trying to learn a bit about storm forecasting so I can do some chasing this season! So thought I might finally introduce myself.

I live on the Sunshine Coast, keen to meet some other weather freaks in my area, so if anyone wants a ride to do some chasing this season send me a message! Always good to have some company.
Cheers, Dan.
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Steven on 10 September 2009, 10:51:46 AM
Hi and welcome to the forum, DanTheMan! Glad you decided to join.

Steve
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Pete on 10 August 2011, 04:14:36 PM
Hi guys! Thanks to mods for signing me up, I have been a lurker on here for a while. Here is some info about myself.

I live in Albany, Western Australia. I've been a weather nut from age 8 or 9. I am a member of various other Australian forums (WAweathergroup, Australian Weather Forum, Weatherzone.) I have learned a heap from reading this forums, including how to read soundings, thanks to those people who posted info. I'm nearly out of high school and plan to study a Bsc majoring in physics or something like that with aim of becoming a severe weather forecaster. I have recently started photographing storms, but with a cheap camera. I would eventually like to get a Canon EOS 550D, as its great for low light photography and HD recording.
I have been keeping personal observations of the weather in my suburb for just over a year now. My favourite weather is slow moving thunderstorms in high CAPE environment as they tend to be particularly lightning active.
 
Title: Re: Welcome messages and comments about the forum
Post by: Jimmy Deguara on 12 August 2011, 05:51:32 AM
Hi Pete,

Welcome to the forum and I am glad you are venturing into this fascinating field! I hope your photography works out well and I guess being a little biased, I think Canon is a good brand.

Regards,

Jimmy Deguara