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.

December to kick off with tropical fuelled downpours & thunderstorms

November has seen hundreds of thunderstorms across New Zealand and the start of Summer on the meteorological calender is no different.

Tropical Cyclone potential in the Coral Sea next week

A tropical depression is today deepening near the Solomon Islands and by Sunday may be a Tropical Cyclone as it moves away from the Solomon Sea and out over the Coral Sea, free from land.

Sea surface temperatures in the area are already over 30 degrees C which will allow the storm to deepen.

InfoGraphics (x6): Rain, temperatures, wind, thunder & more (Weds to Fri)

There's a lot of moving parts to the weather right now, so let's just keep this simple with mostly Maps/InfoGraphics explaining the current spring weather set up.

Basically the large low over NZ moves away on Thursday, leaving a few afternoon downpours and isolated thunderstorms inland near the main divide of both islands, then a fairly calm/dry day on Friday.

Video: More downpours and isolated thunderstorms ahead of even bigger low coming our way

Another burst of rain is coming towards Dunedin today while in the north more heavy downpours with isolated thunderstorms continue. While the risk for thunderstorms is low to moderate today, they should be fairly random/isolated. A few have already developed today in the upper North Island.

This weekend more downpours are coming - but so too are long dry spells.

PHOTOS (x2): Waterspouts spotted in Hauraki Gulf just offshore from Auckland City

Isolated downpours continue to affect parts of the Auckland region with an early evening thunderstorm near Rangitoto Island creating waterspouts (a tornado over water).

The weak waterspouts connected from the clouds to the water with two remarkable photos captured by Jo Ottey Photography clearly showing the sea water being sucked up.

Severe gales and heavy rain possible this weekend as spring finally wakes up (+2 Maps)

We have a spring blast for the first weekend of November and severe weather warnings may be issued. says high pressure will remain to the north of the country this weekend while deep air pressure remains around the Southern Ocean, placing New Zealand directly in a severe squash zone of air pressure - in other words, a blast of strong winds are coming.

Weather Video: Big Spring blast coming this weekend

The weather nationwide hasn’t been too rough lately with very few severe weather warnings issued so far this spring - but that might change this Saturday and Sunday as a blast of gale to severe gale westerlies moves in along with heavy, slow moving, rain on the West Coast.

Cat 5 hurricane wipes entire Hawaiian island off the map, may impact endangered species

Hawaii's East Island is no longer on the map. The island, located about 885 kms northwest of Honolulu, is part of a chain of small island groups in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Video: Fri/Sat look wintry across NZ, Hurricane Michael makes landfall in USA

Thursday is a brief ‘breather day’ before the next main burst of wintry southerlies hits the lower South Island, then spreads up the island for the remainder of Friday and then nationwide overnight and into Saturday.