Australia


Qantas jet hit by lightning

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Another Qantas jet has been involved in a mid-air scare - this time after being struck by lightning.

The 717 regional plane landed for inspections soon after take-off on Tuesday on its way from Alice Springs to Darwin.

Qantas said there were no engine issues and it was "just protocol" to carry out inspections after the lightning strike.


Huge thunderstorms pound Sydney - "was like an earthquake"

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A massive thunderstorm pounded much of Sydney last night with hail,and torrential rain city wide says or Australian based reporter Claire Martin.

Ms Martin, who lives in Sydney, says the hail was "crazy" and expected some damage by day break today.

At 11pm NZT last night thunderstorms stretched from several hundred kilometres south east of Sydney to around one thousand kilometres north west towards Alice Springs.


Melbourne Cup weather - 2010

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The Melbourne Cup is here with the big race at about 5pm NZT.

The forecast for Melbourne isn't too flash either.  After one of the wettest Octobers on record the forecast for Melbourne today is for a mostly cloudy day with a few showers developing during the morning and a cool south west change arriving by afternoon.


Queensland hit by serious flooding again

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Storms have dumped tonnes of water on to southeast Queensland in the last three days, flooding low-lying areas and causing homes to be evacuated.

Twenty Brisbane residences were evacuated, power lost to more than 20,000 homes and schools and roads closed as teeming rain and winds to 100km/hr swept across the southeast of the state, the Brisbane Courier-Mail reported.


Your Bathurst 1000 detailed forecast

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Rain continues to threaten Mt Panorama this afternoon as The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 continues.

See below for the latest detailed forecast and live rain radar updated every 6 minutes.

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More 'Morning Glory' appearances on the horizon

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The weather bureau says the rare cloud formation known as 'Morning Glory' could reappear again this week.

The spectacular cloud draws international visitors when it occurs at the end of each dry season in north-west Queensland's Gulf of Carpentaria.

It was seen for the first time this season in mid-September.


Queenslanders soaked from relentless rain

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Over the past week, areas of Queensland have been drenched by rain and storms, which have broken September rainfall records and there is still more to come.


Reader Video: Lightning over Brisbane

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WeatherWatch.co.nz reader Claire Wilkins has sent us a video she took of some intense lightning on Australia's Sunshine Coast back in 2008.

The footage shows some fantastic lightning shots over Brisbane, as seen from Maroochydore.

Thanks for the video Claire - and if you have a video you've posted on YouTube (or seen) send us the link using the Contact Us link above.


Travellers on cloud nine over 'Morning Glory'

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A rare meteorological event has begun over Queensland's Gulf of Carpentaria with the first 'Morning Glory' clouds of the season being spotted.

Every spring, people travel from around the world to see the spectacular cloud formation.

Morning Glory clouds have been seen on Sweers and Mornington islands in the Gulf this week.


Australia: Good voting weather; hung parliament likely

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It's still winter, which isn't the best season to have an election in.  Rain or cold weather = lower voter turn out. 

But the weather on Saturday couldn't have been better for Australians getting out to vote. 

Weather for most voters was fantastic from coast to coast.