Major Hurricane Florence poses very serious threat to the eastern United States (+5 Maps)

TRACK FLORENCE LIVE BELOW --- Major Category 4 Hurricane Florence is heading over warmer waters of the Atlantic and is forecast to slam the eastern United States on Friday (NZT) and may be the most severe tropical storm to hit the eastern US in nearly 30 years.

Rugby weather for NZ vs Argentina in Nelson tonight as low finally pulls away from NZ (+3 Maps)

A low will gradually leave the North Island today and a high will prevail over both islands by the end of Saturday. It will be sunny in most areas, including Nelson ahead of the big All Blacks game tonight against Argentina.

Australia: Record September rain for Ballina, NSW...and before the first week is even done

A deluge of rain in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday saw a number of records broken for Ballina, all within the first week of the month. 

The start of this September is a stark contrast to those of the last decade with record breaking rainfall in the first 5 days. 

New Australian Prime Minister leaves climate change debate for 'another day' during drought trip

Standing in front of the microphone in the searing bare heat outside the Tully family's house paddock, the Prime Minister holds up a message of hope.

It is a photo of a lush green paddock, taken on the same barren earth where politicians and the media pack are standing. The image was taken just two years ago on the same land.

Australia: Rain falls in drought hit NSW, but will it make a dent? (+2 Maps)

A trough over southeastern interior Australia is advancing eastwards today bringing showery rain and thunderstorms over a wide area, including drought areas in New South Wales. This wet weather will persist until this morning, then eases today as the system moves east to the coast and out over the Tasman Sea.

California fire explodes into largest in State history, is still growing, may take a month just to contain

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The largest wildfire in California history has burned for nearly two weeks and the massive inferno is still growing.

Strange 'rogue planet' travels through space alone

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A strange 200 million-year-old object with the mass of a planet has been discovered 20 light-years from Earth, outside our solar system. The "rogue," as it's referred to by researchers, is producing an unexplained glowing aurora and travels through space alone, without a parent star.

Climate plans are in pieces as killer northern hemisphere summer shreds records

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By Angela Dewan, CNN --- Deadly fires have scorched swaths of the Northern Hemisphere this summer, from California to Arctic Sweden and down to Greece on the sunny Mediterranean. Drought in Europe has turned verdant land barren, while people in Japan and Korea are dying from record-breaking heat.

Australia / NZ: Rain returns amid favourable Southern Annular Mode (SAM)

A flurry of cold fronts will sweep across southern Australia during the next week, causing multiple bouts of rain, thunderstorms, damaging winds and snow.

While this type of weather is typical in southern Australia during winter, there has been a lack of rain-bearing system during the first two months of the season.

Kiwi contractors caught up in major Iowa tornado (+6 Photos)

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Rob Fuller, AB Equipment’s general manager, sales and marketing—construction equipment, along with around 400 other dealers and customers was on-site the Vermeer Corp factory in Pella in central Iowa when the state was hit by a tornado on 19 July at around 4pm. Guests from across the globe were visiting the factory to celebrate the founder’s 70th birthday.