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WEATHER: FINAL WEEKEND OF SUMMER LOOKING GOOD

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It’s heating up across the Hunter, North West and Mid North Coast tomorrow, with north-westerly to north-easterly winds getting strong on the coast. The chance of showers for the Northern Rivers and south east Queensland will be small so it will be mostly fine until afternoon storms fire up along the northern New South Wales ranges. On Sunday, a change will be moving in and this is likely to trigger showers and storms for the Hunter and North West around Tamworth, before spreading further north during the afternoon. Swell is abating so it will be small for surfers but good for boaties. Read More »

WEATHER: A LITTLE STORM ACTION

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A line of storms flared up this afternoon, stretching from the Upper Hunter along the ranges to New England and the border. They moved over the slopes and reached parts of the coast. We’re expecting more shower and storm development tomorrow, particularly around the ranges. Conditions will clear to kick start the weekend. A change is on the way for Sunday which will trigger more wet weather to close the weekend in the Hunter before spreading north. Read More »

WEATHER: A LITTLE INLAND RAIN IS ON THE WAY

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The inland areas of the North West are still very dry and the major catchments are very low, so rain of any kind is welcome out west and there is some on the way. Afternoon showers and storms are going to become a feature across the region in the coming days. That’s thanks to a stalled inland trough that is feeding off very consistent onshore winds, which have been creating partly cloudy skies and scattered showers along the coast over the next few days. Rain totals won’t be big and there’ll be no impact on the major catchments, but it will help with current crops in the ground. Read More »

WEATHER: STILL VERY DRY INLAND

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The weekend deluge has helped ease conditions across the Clarence Valley and around Casino in the Northern Rivers after a prolonged dry spell. The excessive rain in south east Queensland may trigger a Ross River outbreak with mosquito numbers expected to swell, but the inland areas of the North West remain very dry. They received some good rain at the beginning of the year, which helped increase top soil moisture, but sub soil remained dry. There is a little rain on the way for the North West for the second half of the week. The coast will see more showers and high humidity levels thanks to the consistent onshore winds. Read More »

NBN SPECIAL: 30 YEARS OF SURFEST

The crowd at the first Surfest in 1985.

It’s been 30 years since Newcastle launched its now famous surfing contest, Surfest. Back in 1985, top prizemoney made it the richest event of its kind in the world, and tonight we take a look at how it all began. Read More »

WEATHER: MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA!

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Cyclone Marcia is closing in on the Queensland coast tonight, and is expected to cross between Rockhampton and Mackay. There is an associated trough stretching south and this is expected to cause all the problems for south east Queensland and north east New South Wales. The rain will start to increase across these regions from tonight and the next two days will see heavy down pours increase to the point where flooding is likely. Winds are continuing to build and so the swell combining with the biggest tides of the year to date. Coastal inundation and erosion is also expected. Along that trough another low is expected to form in the Tasman which will generate increased swell over the weekend. Read More »

NBN NEWS SPECIAL: A LOOK BACK AT 30 YEARS OF SURFEST

The crowd at the first Surfest in 1985.

Tonight in a special NBN News feature, we take a look back at Surfest and how, the now famous competition, got started 30 years ago. We chat with the event’s founding fathers, as well as highlight NBN Television’s role in securing sponsorship. You also won’t want to miss some classic surfing clips from over the years. Click below to see a small taste of what’s to come at 6pm, with some footage from 1985. Read More »

WEATHER: CYCLONE MAY COME DOWN THE COAST

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There are numerous lows forming along the monsoon trough at the moment, one of them may become a concern to us later in the week. The low in the Coral Sea may head south affecting the south east Queensland coast around Thursday and the northern New South Wales coast by the weekend. These systems have an unpredictable nature so it is a system we have to watch closely. If the low heads south, it will bring with it a large amount of rain that would have the potential to cause flooding. Sea surface temperatures are very warm at the moment and that will help maintain the strength of the storm if it does head south. I’ll check the development of this system every day, so stay tuned, we may have to prepare for this one in the coming days. Read More »

WEATHER: COASTAL SHOWERS EASING

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The northern New South Wales coast and south east Queensland has had a consistent run of showers, with some heavy localised falls.¬†This shower activity is going to ease across the weekend. The onshore winds will still be with us, making for more humid days and nights. The Hunter has seen a few small showers and the occasional storm. It should be predominantly fine across the region this weekend, with the chance of shower development on the small side. Still warm and dry inland across the North West and Plains. A moderate swell for surfers – southern corners in the north and northern corners in the south the tip. Moderate seas and swell for boating. Read More »

TUNCURRY HOME STILL UNLIVABLE, 20 MONTHS AFTER EXPLOSION

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A Tuncurry woman, whose been unable to return to her home since it was badly damaged in a gas explosion in 20-13, says asbestos hygienists need to be regulated. Tanya Cross says the deadly material is still strewn across her property, despite one hygienist giving it the all clear. Read More »

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