Many parts of Australia can thank their above average January rainfall at least in part to a strong phase of the Madden Julian Oscillation.
The NSW Rural Fire Service is investigating reports a fire fighting plane has crashed in that state's Monaro region
There remain no clear indicators either way for 2020, but the positive signs are the negative rainfall indicators all appear to be fading at this stage.
After such an extended period of severe drought, forecasters tend to "clutch at straws" and look for any signs - no matter how insignificant - that there could be rain around.
Widespread totals of 20 to 40 millimetres are likely across the eastern half of NSW between now and the middle of next week