Cold snap, rain to wash away autumn warmth

Last chance for leaf frolics: Anneka and Lydia  at Lawson in the Blue Mountains.

Peter Hannam 2:14 PM   Sydney's balmy mid-autumn will be a fading memory as a strong cold front moves in and a developing east coast low brings heavy rain over much of eastern NSW from early next week.

Plenty of prangs on Canberra's wet roads

Fog and rain clouds over Canberra.

Georgina Connery   Cloudy weather and showers predicted for the week ahead, but it won't all be wet weather.

New Zealand 'a rock in the stream'

Cloud shadow makes for a sunny day over New Zealand

Peter Hannam   A striking satellite photograph of New Zealand shows how south-westerly winds transform the Land of the Long White Cloud into islands of sunshine surrounded by a barrier of cloud.

Chilly temperatures in Canberra will begin to bite next week

An autumn sunset from Mount Ainslie.

Georgina Connery and Emma Kelly   Chilly weather has begun to bite in the capital and forecaster predict it will be a wet weekend for Canberra.

Enjoy the warmth as cold snap is on the way

The mid-autumn warmth won't last much longer.

Peter Hannam   Enjoy Sydney’s late burst of summer weather while it lasts because a cold, wet and windy burst is on the way.

Global temperature records keep melting as Japan declares March the hottest on record

Global temperatures are on the rise, particularly over large areas of the Pacific.

Peter Hannam   Global temperature records continue to tumble with March coming in as the hottest in data going back to 1891, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency

Odds now favour an El Nino event in 2015, Bureau of Meteorology says

Abnormally warm waters in the Pacific - with more warming to come, the bureau predicts.

Peter Hannam   Australia's chances of a hotter and drier than usual year have increased with the likelihood of an El Nino event forming in the Pacific Ocean this year now an odds-on risk, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Motorist films incredible moment tornado passes in front of his truck in US

Video footage shows the tornado bearing down on Sam Smith's car.

A motorist has filmed the terrifying moment a powerful tornado crossed directly in front of his vehicle, almost lifting it from the road, as he tried to shelter under a bridge/overpass in the US.

Dry, warm winter leaves Western US snowpack at record low

A skiier near Lake Tahoe on the California, Nevada border.

Meager precipitation and a premature spring thaw caused by unusually mild temperatures last month have left the US Western mountain snowpack, a key source of fresh surface water for the region, at record low levels, the government has reported.

US forecaster ups El Nino chance to 70 per cent for later this year

Pacific Ocean conditions remain favorable for an El Nino event this year.

A US government weather forecaster on Thursday raised its forecast for the chance of El Nino conditions during the Northern Hemisphere summer to 70 per cent, up from a 60 per cent chance last month, with a 60 per cent chance it lasts through autumn.

Snow dump follows burn-offs

Jayne Webster and Catherine Sim from Melbourne enjoy the snow on Mt Ginini in the Brindabellas on Wednesday morning.

John Thistleton   Early snow draws holidaymakers into the mountains.

Wet April weather brings snow falls around Canberra

Snow on Mt Franklin in the Brindabellas on Wednesday April 8.

Georgina Connery   Up to 20cm of snow fell on the Brindabella Mountains after record monthly rainfall fell across Canberra overnight.

More wet weather forecast for Canberra after wet end to Easter

Keep an umbrella handy throughout Tuesday

Georgina Connery   After a wet finish to the Easter weekend, Canberra had another cloudy, rainy and windy day on Tuesday.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of NSW

Thunderstorm brewing at the Entrance on the Central Coast.

Brittany Ruppert and Kate Aubusson   Sydney has been spared the brunt of the severe thunderstorms this afternoon, with the wild weather hitting the state further north.

Shelf cloud over Newcastle

Shelf cloud

A shelf cloud rolled over Newcastle Monday evening as the state braced for severe thunderstorms.

Racing postponed, 50 Shades at open air cinema cancelled - the weather winners and losers

Grey day: Wet weather made for a dismal Saturday in Sydney.

Tim Barlass   Relentless rain caused major disruption to events across Sydney and the state over the long Easter weekend wiping out racing, affecting crowds at the Easter Show and numerous other holiday festivities. Forecasters said 25 mm of rain had fallen by early Saturday afternoon placing it well ahead of some of the worst averages for the whole of Easter.

Weather cancels races, blocks view of eclipse

Wet weather

Georgina Mitchell   One of Sydney's richest race days has been rained out and a rare lunar eclipse will be covered by clouds as Sydney's run of less-than-ideal Easter weather continues.

California imposes first water bans

Drought conditions show little sign of easing in California,.

unknown   California has taken the most drastic measure yet to combat the worst drought in the state's history.

Wild weather to wash out Sydney over the Easter long weekend

Storm clouds close in on Lurline Bay.

Su-Lin Tan   Sydneysiders heading out to the Easter Show at Sydney Olympic Park should expect soggy rides and mud in the show barns.

Astronauts capture stunning photos of Pacific typhoon

Typhoon Maysak taken by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station.

Doyle Rice   Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured some fantastic and awe-inspiring shots of Super Typhoon Maysak and its cavernous eye today.

Two sides of the same city

Fog over Sydney at 9.05am, 1 April 2015. Photo Peter Rae

Lucy Cormack   When a Sydney Morning Herald photo editor asked a few photographers to "get some pictures of the fog" on Wednesday morning, they all said one thing: "What fog?"

March among Sydney's warmest as city dries off

Stormy times at Lurline Bay, Sydney, on March 30.

Peter Hannam   It may not have felt it but Sydney has just had one of its warmest March months on record with the city also clearly on the dry side.

Sydney weather: Thunderstorm the start of a soggy Easter week

Ten millimetres of rain fell on the city in 30 minutes.

Megan Levy   Sydney's skyline darkened dramatically as a thunderstorm swept over the city on Monday morning - and it's a sign of what we can expect this Easter long weekend.

Melbourne's blast from Antarctica? If only

Warming up: possible record temperatures recorded on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Peter Hannam   To call this week’s wintry chill across southern Australia a “burst from Antarctica” would be doing a disservice to parts of the frigid continent.

Storm warning issued for south-east

Cameron Atfield   A storm warning has been issued for Queensland's south-east after cells began forming west of Brisbane on Thursday afternoon.

Tropical rainfall on the rise as big storm events increase, study finds

Wetter: The number of multiple storm cell events is rising, satellite data shows.

Peter Hannam   Rainfall is increasing in the tropics across the world with the rise attributed to more big thunderstorms, new research by an Australian-led team has found.

Records melt across inland Australia in unusual March heat

Heat out back: extreme warmth sets many March records.

Peter Hannam   A prolonged burst of heat across inland Australia earlier this month set late-season records at dozens of weather sites and will probably have worsened drought conditions, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Near-perfect weather expected on polling day

Ideal weather is expected for most of NSW on election day

Peter Hannam   Weather conditions should be ideal for voting across NSW on Saturday, ensuring that turnout is unlikely to be influenced by the heavens.

Sydney weather: rain hits commuters

rain in city

Commuters are facing a miserable trip home after a rain front passed over the city on Tuesday afternoon

Storm strikes Brisbane

A radar image of the storm cell hitting Brisbane.

Cameron Atfield   More than 80mm falls in parts of south-east as storm rolls through.

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