This time last year our region and most of eastern Australia was enduring crippling drought and catastrophic bushfires.
Now thanks to the arrival of the La Nina weather pattern we are all enjoying cooler conditions and spectre of having too much grass and not enough livestock to consume it.
However we are enjoying what is a rare break in what is a continuing heating and drier trend across Australia due to climate change.
In its latest State of the Climate report released by the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO we can expect to see continued warming of Australia's climate, an increase in extreme fire weather and length of the fire season, declining rainfall in the southeast and southwest of the continent, and rising sea levels.
Drawing on the latest climate observations, analyses and projections, the biennial report provides a comprehensive and scientifically rigorous analysis of Australia's changing climate.
"Our science clearly shows that, due to increasing greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere, Australia's climate is continuing to warm, and the frequency of extreme events such as bushfires, droughts, and marine heatwaves is growing," Director of CSIRO's Climate Science Centre, Dr Jaci Brown, said.
The Bureau of Meteorology's Manager of Climate Environmental Prediction Services, Dr Karl Braganza, said the report finds the warming trend in Australia is contributing to increases in extreme fire weather and the length of the fire season.
"There has been a significant increase in the frequency of dangerous fire weather days across Australia, particularly during spring and summer, leading to an earlier start to the southern fire season," said Dr Braganza. "Climate change is influencing these trends through its impact on temperature, rainfall, and relative humidity, and the resulting change to the fuel moisture content."
Australia's changing rainfall pattern is another key observation documented in the report, with contrasting trends being observed across the north and south of Australia.
Farmers for Climate Action Chair Charlie Prell said: "Every new report on climate change tends to be more dire than the last, and this new research from CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology is no exception.
"Over the last year, farmers have grappled with droughts, floods and some of the worst fires in living memory," the NSW sheep producer said. "There's now clear evidence that rising emissions are driving the risk of these events, and without action on climate change, 2019 won't be exceptional, it will be the norm. "Today we have a choice, but very soon that choice is going to be taken away. Will we choose to invest in a sustainable and profitable renewables-led recovery, or will we sacrifice our future and the futures of our children and grandchildren, and make decisions mired in out-dated tradition and ideology?