Who on earth is SAM? And why is he leaving much of Australia high and dry?

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Meteorologists love their acronyms and personification, and SAM is like an old friend that you don't talk to as often as you'd like. 

VIDEO: Weekend weather + Fieldays next week

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Over the weekend high pressure over southern Australia will drift further into the Tasman Sea. This should encourage a few showers around the West Coast and maybe the southern coastlines of both islands. It doesn’t look significant although there may be some colder air around some regions this weekend as a result of Saturday’s southerly.

Australia: Long weekend flood threat for some in the east

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It is going to be a soggy long weekend [Queen's Birthday] in parts of eastern Australia, with some areas likely to experience flooding.

Australia 'mega-high' heading (painfully slowly) towards NZ

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A high pressure system over Australia is so large it's being dubbed a 'mega-high' by forecasters as it remains centred over the Great Australian Bight and stretches eastwards towards New Zealand.

Australia: Smoky skies in Perth prompts health alert

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Smoke from prescribed burns drifted over Perth and surrounding areas yesterday, prompting a health alert from authorities.

A number of controlled burns are being carried out in the southeast of Western Australia this week as part of an effort to reduce bushfire fuel loads in the region.

Colder Sou'West airflow across New Zealand likely to last another 10 days

There's a chill in the air so far this June with heavy frosts in parts of the South Island and a big drop in temperatures for many parts of the North Island after what was a mild and wetter than average Autumn.

Australia's capital has a freezing first week of June, as low as -5C

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Canberra may enjoy its first morning of the season above zero degrees tomorrow.

The nation's capital city has plunged below freezing on each of the last eight mornings, getting as low as -5.1 degrees last Friday.

Australia: NSW goes from soaking wet to 'Who stopped the rain?'

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After a February and March for eastern New South Wales that seemed to rain continuously, you could be surprised that it's actually been a very dry April and May. 

Now, however, there is rain on the horizon again. 

USA - California just got 13 acres bigger

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Big Sur has gotten even bigger, because of a May 20 landslide. That movement of 1 million tons of rock caused a lot of problems, such as making an important road impassable, but it also added some

Large ice sheet 'very close' to breaking away from Antarctica

A rift in an Antarctic ice shelf will soon create one of the largest icebergs ever recorded, according to scientists.