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Australia: Drought impedes QLD flood recovery

Ongoing dry conditions are impeding the rehabilitation of farming land badly damaged by widespread flooding last year. 

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald dumped torrential rain across much of Queensland in January 2013, flooding 140,000 hectares of land in the Condamine Catchment.


Weather Video: Low pressure system moving in

A low pressure system is making its way towards the country, which should bring showers to much of both Islands.

Periods of patchy rain are in store for the North Island first, but will cross over south on Thursday.

There is a possibility of fog on Thursday due to that slow moving system, but good news for Southland and Otago - a large high is hot on its heels!


IRAN: Earthquake injures 250 in 8 villages

A powerful earthquake struck early Monday in western Iran, injuring at least 250 people in a region near the border with Iraq.

Local authorities said they fear the quake may have caused widespread destruction in rural areas.


NEPAL: Search continues for missing landslide victims (VIDEO)

As we published earlier in the day, the death toll from landslides and flooding triggered by torrential monsoon rains in Nepal and northern India has climbed to at least 109.

The downpours have also displaced thousands in the scenic Himalayan region and revived memories of a deadly deluge last year that killed more than 5000 people in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. 


NASA gets rare view of black hole (+VIDEO)

NASA's black-hole hunting telescope has captured a cosmic battle between dark and light.

NuSTAR, formally known as the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, has observed a supermassive black hole's gravity tugging on X-ray light that's being emitted near that black hole.


Nepal: 109 confirmed dead after flooding; thousands more homeless

The death toll from landslides and flooding triggered by torrential monsoon rains in Nepal and northern India has climbed to at least 109.

The downpours have also displaced thousands in the scenic Himalayan region and revived memories of a deadly deluge last year that killed more than 5000 people in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.


Australia: SA rains break 40 year records

Parts of South Australia's North East Pastoral have received the most significant August falls since the early 70's.

A low pressure trough has been deepening over inland parts of Queensland, New South Wales and eastern parts of South Australia in the past few days, stimulating the first signs of one of the most widespread rain events since the start of the year. 


Blizzards help slow snow season rally strong

It might have been a slow start to the ski season but snow is falling thick and fast on the ski fields now, forecasters say.

With a full two-metre snow base now on both Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields, Mt Ruapehu's snow trails were looking the best they had in years, operations and trails manager Steve Manunui said. 


Weather Video: Weekend weather

The cold southerlies this week are finally coming to an end with skies already beginning to clear in the west and winds easing.

By Sunday winds will ease even further with a high rolling in across the country for the start of next week - ahead of the next low, but this time a warmer one.


POLL: Are you noticing the extra sunlight each week?

It's been six weeks(!) since the shortest day of the year, and as such, New Zealand days should be drawing out, as we approach the official start of spring.

Winter has had something of an uncomfortable sting in its tail this year, however, and the last couple of weeks have seen some fairly cold, windy or unpleasant conditions in parts of both islands.