Green thunderstorms: there have been many theories behind the mysterious glow

In a festive twist to Sydney's catastrophically expensive hailstorm Thursday night, the skies turned green. 

Pictures posted online of clouds with a spooky green glow have been generating debate. 

Homer Simpson's dream...New Zealand is covered by a huge high pressure donut

Mmmmm, donut. *Drool sound effect*. Not quite your usual weather story as we focus on your not so usual weather set up: An enormous high pressure donut.

Forecast for India vs Australia Cricket Match Adelaide Oval

For those of you who are tracking the cricket weather in Australia here's the latest detailed forecast for India vs Australia in Adelaide.

Overall conditions look mainly dry with perhaps today having the highest risk for rain at 30% chance.

There's a 20% chance on Saturday, again showing a dry to mainly dry day.

Powerful and shallow 7.6 quake hits New Caledonia - NO TSUNAMI THREAT FOR NZ

UPDATED 5:51pm --- A magnitude 7.6 quake, just 10kms deep (according to the USGS) has hit near Noumea, New Caledonia north of New Zealand.

Cyclone Owen forms - poses no current threat to NZ but remains 'one to watch'

Cyclone Owen has formed in the Coral Sea and will linger there for several days as a lower end Tropical Cyclone or tropical depression. While sea temperatures are ideal for storm growth, high pressure near the tropical storm should limit how deep the low becomes and therefore how intense the cyclone will be.

Another warm year globally, on course to be 4th warmest on record

This year is on course to become the fourth warmest year on record based on global mean surface temperatures, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

The flight on every aviation fan's bucket list

HNL -- MAJ -- KWA -- KSA -- PNI - TKK -- GUM.  That's Honolulu -- Majuro -- Kwajalein -- Kosrae -- Pohnpei -- Chuuk -- Guam.  You'll definitely want a window seat.

7.0 Alaska quake damages roads, buildings; Anchorage airport open, flights cancelled

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CNN --- A magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck near Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday morning [Saturday morning NZT) crumbled roads and splintered buildings, sent residents scurrying for cover and triggered a tsunami warning for a time, authorities said.

USA: Searches intensify with more than 600 reported missing in California's Camp Fire

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As the death toll from Northern California's Camp Fire rose to 63 and those reported missing spiked to more than 600, rescue workers searching for human remains hope that hundreds of people who remain unaccounted for are still alive.

USA: Snowstorm slams Eastern US, killing 8 and knocking out power

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A strong wintry storm still was dumping snow Friday in far northern New England after creating traffic havoc that claimed at least eight lives across the country's eastern half and knocked out power for tens of thousands of people.