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Higgins Storm Chasing fires back at 'false claims'

Jeff Higgins doing a live stream while lightning strikes around him.
Jeff Higgins doing a live stream while lightning strikes around him. Annette Schimke of Framed Foreve

HIGGINS Storm Chasing has lambasted a Western Queensland farmer for suggesting its forecasts were incorrect.

Eulo farmer Randal Newsham, of Bundoona station, called out the unofficial, web-based weather forecaster for its predictions posted on social media in early March, warning of rainfall and flooding across western Queensland to be "at a level not seen in 40 years".

Mr Newsham claimed he had high hopes after the prediction but when it did not eventuate he criticised the forecaster saying; "Higgins Storm Chasing had a great forecast but they don't even know what they are talking about apparently".

In rebuttal, Higgins Storm Chasing penned a reply on their website and then shared it on their social media site.

It read; "To Mr Newsham, Eulo in South West Queensland was never in our heavy rainfall forecast area to receive any more than 25mm from the event. Nearby to you in Cunnamulla received 35mm over 2 days.

"Sorry you missed out however before you go making false accusations you may wish to read our forecasts more carefully in the future before saying we don't know what we are talking about."

Supporters jumped to the weather forecaster's defence, taking to social media to voice their opinion.

 

Higgins Storm Chasing has lambasted a Western Queensland farmer for suggesting its forecasts were incorrect.
Higgins Storm Chasing has lambasted a Western Queensland farmer for suggesting its forecasts were incorrect. Contributed

"For us out in Darling Downs you guys (Higgins Storm Chasing) are the first port of call for forecasts as you actually look at things for us who are " in the middle of nowhere" if it weren't for you guys we would rarely be informed until an event unfolded," Sammy Hind said.

"You simply make the BOM look bad and they probably feel inadequate. Your forecasts are mostly on the money and the BOM never get it right. Keep up the great work and ignore naysayers," Anthony Owen said.

"I wouldn't be a member if I didn't believe in your forecasts! Keep up the great work. There will always be criticism from people, try not to take it to heart," Karen Efremoff said.

Higgins Storm Chasing showed its appreciation for its followers saying in response; "To the majority members of the public who trust, believe and support us thank you."

To view the full response visit https://higginsstormchasing.com/truth-hsc-forecast-accuracy-review-western-qld/.

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