So, we are now clearly in an El Nino, and one that is quite likely to continue strengthening.
I can't remember what the winter in Brisbane was like during the last strong one, but my impression of this current one is that the nightly temperatures have been unusually cold/cool for quite a protracted time, by local standards.
Yet down South, as far as I know, it has been cold but with relatively little snow. But a very large system of snow bearing weather is about to hit, apparently. At IPA headquarters, the cabal will be rubbing their hands with glee.
The true effect of this El Nino won't really be apparent until our summer. The likelihood of terrible drought in Western Queensland (and New South Wales) becoming ever worse seems pretty high, though.