Less chance of 'Severe El Niño' forming - but event still likely

Global forecasting for a severe El Nino weather pattern has been downgraded, due to a large wave of cool water in the eastern Pacific Ocean in February.

Early this year, very warm water in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean led United States atmospheric scientist Paul Roundy to predict a very intense El Nino.

Week in Weather: What's Been Making Headlines this Week

What a topsy-turvy week it's been; both on our shores and abroad! We've had typhoons, drought, power outages and blood moons, just to name a few main events of the last 7 days.

Blood Moon - the sequel that captivated millions

Sequels are usually a disappointment. But not this time, not with this heavenly body.

People throughout the United States had a front-row seat for the show: a lunar eclipse that made the moon look a burnt reddish-orange.

The"blood moon," as it's called, was the second of the year.

The full eclipse started at about 6:25 a.m. ET and lasted until about 7:24 a.m. ET.

Resource Management Act could be in for a shake up

A shake-up of the Resource Management Act could be back on the table, after being shelved over environmental concerns. 

John Key's indicated there'll be a rethink of plans to merge environment "principles" within the act with economic factors. 

That was a sticking point for government support partners United Future and the Maori Party.

Hunua Ranges 1080 vote passes unanimously

A local board's backing a move to drop 1080 poison in the Hunua Ranges, to protect birds from stoats, rats, ferrets and possums.

Auckland Council passed the decision by almost unanimous vote yesterday.

The Hunua Ranges provide 65 percent of Auckland's water, and are home to rare kokako and native frogs.

Settled weekend ahead

It's looking like our current weather pattern, sitting in between two anticyclone systems to the east and west, will continue through the weekend - meaning relatively calm, settled conditions for the weekend.
The first half of next week is looking good too, with a large high on the way early on, meaning most of us can look forward to some spring sunshine.

New fault line discovery 'unlikely' to affect insurance premiums

Insurance premiums in Wellington are unlikely to change with the discovery of a new earthquake fault.

While the Aotea fault line could cause quakes up to seven on the Richter scale, the likelihood of a big shake in the capital won't change.

Insurance Council of New Zealand CEO Tim Grafton says it doesn't change anything from an insurer's point of view.

Australia: Drought spreads south; crops suffering

The weather bureau's latest drought statement confirms dry conditions that have plagued north-eastern Australia are creeping further south, reducing crop yields in grain growing regions.

JAPAN: Another 'super typhoon' on its way (+VIDEO)

A super typhoon on course to hit Japan over the weekend is as powerful as the deadly storm that ripped through the Philippines in 2013 killing thousands of people.

Calm and settled heading into the weekend

This week is looking like finishing a lot more settled than it started - as an anticyclone currently moving across the country will bring calm and sunshine for most around New Zealand.