Starting tomorrow January 15, a trough develops over inland Australia, extending from the NT across SW Qld and Western NSW into Victoria. It moves Eastwards, later extending into the Southern Tasman. It is quickly followed by a second trough. These toroughs draw in mosture at first from the tropics (ex TC-Claudia?) and then from the Coral and Tasman Seas, generating widespread rainfall across Eastern Qld, NSW and into Victoria. Much of this looks likely to be in the form of thunderstorms. Here is the 8-day rainfall outlook for January 14-20 from the BOM: So basically falls of 20+ mm over the Eastern half of NSW, NE Victoria (where it's really needed) and Eastern Qld. Widespread falls of 50mm+ in NE and East Central NSW and SE Qld. Normally nothing to write home about but we'll take it. The end date is uncertain, the pattern may last longer but at this stage we look to have a break in the pattern early next week (21st-22nd).