Last fall, the weather experts predicted that we would have a La Niña winter this year. That meant it would be relatively dry. Then in December, the sky dumped half our annual rainfall on us all at once. Vic and I began to doubt the La Niña forecasts. But now with about a half an inch of rain for January and none forecasted for the immediate future, things really are looking dry.
La Niña generally means rain in the Southern Hemisphere. Right now, it's raining dingoes and Tasmanian tigers in Australia. Well, not quite. The Tasmanian tiger went extinct in the 1930s. But you get the idea.
Last month, Queensland experienced its wettest December on record, and last year was the third wettest year for Australia as a whole. Not coincidently, the ocean off Queensland was the warmest that it has ever been. Warm oceans generally mean more rainfall along the coast.