I live at Port Stephens, a decent sized body of water a couple of hundred ks north of Sydney. For a while I have been watching storms track towards me As they get near the Port they fizzle out and I get only a few drops of rain. 2 have done it today, and it is a fairly regular event. Obviously some hit but the rate of fizzling is significant. Am I dreaming with some sort of confirmation bias, or is there some mechanism that diverts storms around water bodies or defuses them? If it is real, what's going on? I'd be surprised if it's some temperature differential effect as the ocean is only about 5 km away, but anything is possible. The terrain is flat for a few 10s of kilometres in all directions.