Yikes Bluedog! been watching the news from your piece of real estate and wondering how folks were coping there. You might have seen that places all over the States are also experiencing extreme weather. Have a friend in coastal North Caroline who had white Christmas - the first one since 1942! Atlanta is in the middle of torrential rains (though it is a spring shower compared to Queensland) and the whole NE corridor was shut down over the holidays because of snow.
Add to that the flocks of birds that keep falling out of the skys, fish, and crabs floating up dead, one does wonder how folks can doubt that the earth's systems are changing???
I hope you and yours are at least safe, if not terribly comfortable.