Tornado destroys West Coast shed

A brief tornado blew through the West Coast township of Rutherglen on Saturday, lifting a shed off the ground and throwing it into a fence.

Rutherglen resident Nelly Hofman said she and her husband were inside when the tornado hit after 10.30am.

"That morning was pretty foul weather ... then out of the blue there was a crack."

Weather Video: Wet end to June

We’re in the final days of June and the week ahead looks fairly wet for those in western areas.

A number of fronts are moving in from the west – with plenty of westerly winds.

This means a mild week ahead for most places.

A high may brush the Far North briefly, but driest weather this week will mainly be eastern New Zealand.

Australia: Brisbane's dry start to winter

This June has been an exceptionally dry month for Brisbane, with most of the city and surrounds receiving only a dribble of rain.

NZ Herald Editorial: Storm repairs take 'far too long'

Wild weather is hardly an unexpected event at this time of the year. Aucklanders have every reason to believe that any problem arising from strong winds or heavy rain will be dealt with quickly and efficiently.

POLL RESULTS: Storm hits most kiwis

Our latest poll asked the question: "How badly did the storm affect you?" - in reference to last week's tropical low which brought rain, flooding and wind damage to many parts of the country.

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

Another huge week around the weather world, with tornados, exploding stars, and things that go 'bang' in the middle of the night...

Weather Video: Chilly start to the weekend

A southwest wind flow will be the weathermaker this weekend, pushing cold air up and across the country, which should drop the temperatures a bit on Friday and Saturday.

Showers may affect parts of the West Coast, upper South and lower North Island on Saturday, which may spread further North into the early part of Sunday.

USA: Lightning strikes and destroys car

As Hoosiers, Indianapolis dealt with lightning during the overnight hours into Thursday morning, the National Weather Service’s reminders on how to safely deal with nature’s strikes come to the forefront.

A bolt of lightning struck a car on the 7200 block of Fields Way on the southeast side of Indianapolis early Thursday, the owner told FOX59 News.

Australia: Farmers prepare for likely El Niño

Despite good conditions, Victorian dairy farmers are being urged to prepare now, for a potential El Nino event.

The Bureau of Meteorology says there is a 70 per cent chance of an El Nino forming, but it is now more likely to happen in spring, rather than winter.

El Nino can lead to drier conditions over south-eastern Australia.

USA: Obama acts to create world's largest marine reserve

Vowing to protect fragile marine life, US President Barack Obama has acted to create the world's largest ocean preserve by expanding a national monument his predecessor established in waters thousands of kilometres from the American mainland.