La Nina To Keep Things Mild and Dry Through February

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The pendulum has swung in the direction of La Nina again.

La Nina is the opposite of El Nino.  Both are part of the El Nino Southern Oscillation phenomenon.  La Nina refers to a situation where colder than normal ocean surface temperatures well up along the South American coast.

Updated End of the Year Forecast

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As we get closer to the end of the week, the news on the weather continues to not look so good.

We still have some generally nice weather ahead for today.  Although plenty of clouds may add a dreary look to the sky, especially around Auckland.  But it doesn't look like rain will be an issue anywhere in New Zealand.

Aftershocks Could Continue For Weeks

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Clean up efforts are underway against as the echoes from the round of quakes that shook Christchurch on Friday continue, and right now it looks like they could continue for weeks to come.

Grant Lashes Northern Australia, Will NZ See What's Left?

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Australia's Top End is being battered by Grant today. Gusts of up to 140km/h and torrential rainfall are striking the northern coast.  The Australian Bureau of Meteorology says that even though the storm is expected to cross the coast at least 80km east of Darwin, resdients there may see gale force winds.

The Last Week of 2011

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Now that Christmas is behind us and Boxing Day is upon us, our attention turns to New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

With a very settled Monday on tap for New Zealand, you are probably wondering if the end of the week and the beginning of the new year will be just as quiet.

Santa Tracker - 2011

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2 more sleeps to go...

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Christmas Eve is tomorrow and although some are launching into last minute shopping, it seems that the ridge of high pressure wants to come to the Christmas party

Where will ex-cyclone Fina track?

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UPDATED 6:56pm -- Cyclone Fina is no longer technically a tropical cyclone.  As expected Australia's Bureau of Meteorology downgraded it to a tropical low this afternoon, following the the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre downgrading it earlier today.  But the storm still poses a risk to New Zealand.

Longest day dawns

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As a ridge of high pressure continues to hold its grasp over the country, the longest day today is set to deliver a combination of sunshine, some cloud but also the odd heavy shower due to daytime heating.

Coasters could cop more rain over time

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One school of thought about temperatures rising over a period of time in this part of the world suggests that West Coasters could see more rain falling than was initially expected.