Australia had its third wettest December on record as La Nina took full effect, and higher than average rain is expected to continue in autumn.
Cyclone Niran has churned into a system packing sustained winds of 120km/h with gusts to 165km/h, but it's moving deeper into the Coral Sea off Queensland.
Some banana growers have lost 100 per cent of their crops as wild weather from cyclone Niran continues to batter far north Queensland.
The streets of Northam turned into rivers yesterday as a storm saw the Wheatbelt town hit with 38mm of rain in just 25 minutes.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning with damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall to sweep across the city from 6pm.
Cyclone Niran has intensified to a category two system, and is expected to intensify to category three on Wednesday.
Oxford University scientists say the deaths of at least 1500 British residents since 2000 can be attributed to the impacts of climate change.
Warning have been issued across the northeastern United States, as 100km/h winds threaten to uproot trees, fell power lines and trigger outages.
It took just 24 hours for Perth to smash its average rainfall total for March as thunderstorms battered the city yesterday and locals can expect more of the same over the next few days.
A tropical low expected to turn into a Category 3 cyclone is creating wind gusts up to 95kmh, with trees and powerlines down in the Far North.
Grace Mason, Caitlan Charles, Chris Calcino, Evin Priest, Shiloh Payne
Volunteers have answered calls for help from West Australians as heavy rain hits, during the first day in a week of wet conditions.
The city was hit with 10.2mm of rain by 8.40am, with an electrical storm rumbling over the city.
Get out your umbrellas, Perth is set for a wet start to March.
A UN report says the newest pledges by countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions are falling far short of what's needed to limit global warming.
Queensland's fourth tropical cyclone of the season is likely to form in the Coral Sea next week with floods possible in saturated catchments, forecasters say.
Parts of northern NSW have been told to brace for more rain over the weekend after copping another drenching, with Coffs Harbour hit by more than 100mm.
A derailed freight train is leaking diesel and 16 carriages have jack-knifed in floodwaters on the NSW mid-north coast after thunderstorms hit the region.
Queensland's fourth tropical cyclone of the season could form in the Gulf of Carpentaria next week, forecasters say.
Three storm fronts are converging on southeast Queensland after another day of sweltering conditions across the state.
Cormac Pearson & Ellen Ransley
More than 7.9 million people in Texas have problems getting clean water as the US state recovers from a blast of deadly freezing weather.
A Texas mother is suing two power companies for $US100 million over the death of her son during last week's freeze.
Temperature records have been smashed in parts of Queensland as much of the Sunshine State cracked 40C. SEE TEMPS
Danielle O'Neal, Shiloh Payne, Thomas Morgan
The final week of February may be upon us, but Perth’s summer is far from finished. West Aussies are being warned to brace for scorching temperatures, starting from today.
While swathes of mid-north and northern NSW are copping a drenching, most of Queensland is enduring a scorcher.
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