Kiwis survive deadly blizzard in Nepal

Three New Zealanders have escaped from a deadly blizzard in Nepal's Annapurna Ranges. 

At least 29 people have now been confirmed dead, including two Israelis, two Poles and eight Nepalese guides.

Ann Young from Trekking Adventures says her group of three Kiwis and three Americans have escaped through torrential rain.

Astronomy: The sun does a jack-o-lantern impression

It wasn't a trick. But for space geeks, it sure was a treat.

An image, taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on October 8, captured the sun getting into the Halloween spirit.

"Active regions on the sun combined to look something like a solar jack-o'-lantern's face," said Joe Witte of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Australia: Fires, ferry rescues and evacuations as NSW cleans up after storm

Power was restored to most properties across Sydney and the NSW Central Coast and Hunter regions on Wednesday night, as crews continued to clean up in the wake of a wild storm.

The severe weather diverted flights from Sydney, closed roads, brought down trees and resulted in an unseasonal snow storm in the Blue Mountains.

Meteorologists expecting an 'average' tropical storm season

Meteorologists from aroung the Southwest Pacific are predicting a 'near average' cyclone season for the coming 6 months.

According to weather experts from around the region, 8 to 12 named Tropical Cyclones are expected for the coming season - though some countries are said to be more at risk than others.

Decline of water quality blamed for erosion of 'clean green' image

The rapid decline New Zealand's water quality is being called the biggest threat to our clean green reputation. 

Massey University professor Dr Mike Joy will deliver the 2014 Bruce Jesson lecture at The Maidment Theatre tonight in Auckland.

Victoria University issues a warning from a warming ocean

Dr Nick Golledge, a senior research fellow at Victoria’s Antarctic Research Centre, alongside a team of scientists from Victoria University, GNS Science and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, is trying to understand the way that the Antarctic ice sheet responds to ocean warming.

Australia: Severe weather hammers New South Wales

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) says it is receiving a call every minute as severe weather strikes Sydney, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains. 

The Bureau of Meteorology earlier warned of dangerous storms detected on its radar and likely to affect Sydney Airport, Bankstown, Maroubra, then the CBD, Sydney Olympic Park and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Australia: Flood warnings lifted in wine country - heavy rains still expected

The State Emergency Service is preparing for possible flash flooding in parts of the Hunter Valley this afternoon despite the cancellation of a flood watch. 

The Bureau of Meteorology says heavy rain is now unlikely in the Paterson, Williams and Karuah Valleys, but a severe weather warning is still current.

Summer comes early for the South Island

Summer appears to have come early for Marlborough residents, who will spend today lapping up temperatures well into the 20s.

Fine spells are on the radar for many parts of the country this week. forecaster Aaron Wilkinson say those lucky enough to be graced with the warm conditions should enjoy them while they last.

Japan: Typhoon heading towards Tokyo (+VIDEO)

The latest and strongest in a string of powerful storms to hit Japan -- Vongfong -- slammed into Kyushu, the southernmost of the country's four main islands, Monday morning as it continued its destructive path across the country.