It's been an absolutely hectic week in the weather, climate and astronomy world this week - as we started with the formation of twin cyclones, and finished with the answer to a one hundred year old physics question, posed by none other than Albert Enstein!
This week we were focusing on flies – specifically, the number of them around the country during this late-bloomer of a summer!
We wanted to know how many of our readers had (like us) noticed an increase in the number of winged pests buzzing around the last few weeks, as the temperatures have risen.
As WeatherWatch.co.nz exclusively forecast earlier this week Cyclone Winston has ramped up into a "Severe" Tropical Cyclone, putting it Cat 3 or above. The cyclone is now a Category 4 cyclone, which will increase the chances of more dangerous beach conditions reaching New Zealand. Earlier this week Fiji officials said Cat 2 was the likely limit.
More New Zealand firefighters are joining the battle against bushfires in Tasmania.
43 firefighters and liaison staff leave for Australia on Sunday.
They'll spend three weeks in Tasmania, taking over from two Kiwi taskforce's which are due to return home early next week.
Two cyclones lie north of New Zealand.
Neither are expected to make a direct hit to NZ, but these lows will likely fall apart then help alter the weather pattern around our country mid-next week.
Check out that and the rest of your weekend weather with Philip Duncan, below.
Scientists say they have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery that opens a new window for studying the cosmos.
This morning twin cyclones continue to churn north of New Zealand. Tropical Cyclone Winston strengthened overnight to a Category 2 cyclone and may continue to strengthen a little more today and tomorrow between Vanuatu and Fiji. Winston is tracking south towards New Zealand but a narrow wedge of high pressure to our east is likely to stop Winston's direct track to us.
While Friday is shaping up pretty fine, there is some potential for some early fog about parts of the North Island - especially inland - as moisture in the air and light breezes will combine for fog-creating conditions.
Along with this, afternoon and evening showers move into Southland and Otago.