UPDATE: USA - Aftermath of Nebraska's deadly tornadoes (VIDEO)

A 5-year-old child was killed and at least 19 people were injured after huge tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska, destroying more than half of the town of Pilger.

DEVELOPING STORY: USA - Deadly tornadoes touch down in Nebraska (VIDEO)

A hospital spokeswoman says at least one person is dead and 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska.

Jodi Richey of Faith Regional Health Services says the victims were brought into the hospital after at least one of the twisters devastated Pilger. The town of about 350 people is about 160 kilometres northwest of Omaha.

North Korea: Kim Jong Un threatens weather forecasters: 'Get it right...or else' (VIDEO)

Don't you hate it when the weatherman gets it wrong? Apparently, so does Kim Jong Un.

According to state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun, the North Korean leader has been touring meteorological facilities in his country complaining that there are "too many incorrect" weather forecasts.

Weather Video: Wintry week ahead

The week ahead looks windier as west to south west winds build across both islands bringing rain and showers to western and southern regions of both islands, and windy often dry weather to the east.

A couple of cold fronts this week will bring rain into Canterbury again, hopefully short lived though.

Astronomy: Watch this 4 year timelapse spectacular star explosion (VIDEO)

V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon) is a red variable star in the constellation Monoceros about 20,000 light years from the Sun.

The previously unknown star was observed in early 2002 experiencing a major outburst, and was possibly one of the largest known stars for a short period following the outburst.

Australia: El Niño already here - dry conditions on the way

Australia may have already entered into the early stages of an El Nino weather pattern, increasing the possibility of drought and lower-than-average rainfall, an expert says.

Climatologist Roger Stone is warning Australia should brace itself for drier conditions as an El Nino weather pattern looks increasingly likely. 

NEW POLL: Were you hit by the storm?

Well, power company Vector called it 'the worst storm since 1975', and judging by the correspondence coming in from our readers, it lived up to the hype!

POLL RESULTS: The week before the storm...

Well, last week's poll was all about the first week of a new season - and the results take on something of a different light when viewed at the end of a horror-filled last 5 days!

Weather Video: Sunnier, drier, weekend for many

After a stormy week, especially in Auckland, Canterbury and a big chunk of the North Island many of you will be pleased to hear that high pressure is rolling in and the weekend is looking mostly sunny and settled for the majority of main centres.

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

Wow, what a week of weather!