By all accounts we are in the midst of a La Niña event. In practical terms, from the point of view of people living on the east coast of Australia, that means it's been raining. And raining. And raining. And raining. And raining.
Here is the appalling proof that the weather is definitely worse than usual this year:
This mushroom was observed INSIDE OUR HOUSE this morning. Yes. People joke about mushrooms growing from their carpets or whatever in persisently damp weather. I can assure you it is not so funny when it is really happening.
The person who is my mother's child recoils in horror and shame. The person who is a writer says, "Hm. Is there a story idea here?"