Cyclone Penny could re-form and track back towards Queensland coast, Bureau of Meteorology says

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Ex-tropical cyclone Penny could re-form off Queensland within hours but there is uncertainty about whether it will track back towards the coast, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.

Penny uprooted trees and flooded roads when it made landfall yesterday afternoon south of Weipa as a category one system.

New Year's Eve 2018 typo projected onto Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Sydney is one of the first cities on earth to ring in the new year, but revellers around the famous harbour could last night have been forgiven for winding their clocks back.

As a spectacular fireworks display lit up the sky at midnight, a giant typo was beamed onto a Harbour Bridge pylon telling the crowd it was still 2018.

Nature could light up Sydney's sky on NYE

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Following several days of dry and sunny weather, conditions are set to change as 2018 comes to an end.

Australia - Cyclone possible by New Year's Eve, Bureau of Meteorology warns

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Far North Queensland is facing the prospect of its second tropical cyclone in less than a month, after days of rain that have already broken records for December.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said it had been the wettest December on record for Ingham and Cardwell, with both towns receiving more than 1,000 millimetres of rain.

Is Darwin the lightning capital of the world?

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The tropics get some of the biggest, most dramatic storms in the world.

And during the wet season, the Top End puts on a spectacular lightshow that is a storm chaser's dream, although it can be more of a nightmare for office workers who stagger in, bleary-eyed, after a particularly loud night.

Storm chaser James Taylor hunts cyclones in the Kimberley

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While many residents of Australia's north-west escape the tropical heat over the Christmas holiday season, Broome storm chaser James Taylor would not wish to be anywhere else in the world.

"It is the best time of the year to be in the Kimberley," he said.

BOM warns Australians to expect 'extreme heatwaves' after Christmas

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Extreme heatwaves are forecast to sweep through parts of Australia over the Christmas and New Year period, with some locations set to swelter in the 40s for days on end and average temperatures up to 12 degrees higher than usual.

It is part of a sustained heatwave affecting parts of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.

'I really thought it'd be bigger': The battle to save the holy water of the Jordan River

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The pilgrims who come to be baptised in the waters of the Jordan River at Qasr el Yehud are often overcome with emotion at visiting one of Christianity's holy places.

But they can't help noticing the river is smaller and dirtier than they expected.

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.