Spent most of the Australia Day weekend away from the PC with Sunday spent on the Northern Tablelands with Rodney seeking out the elusive storms. A bit of thunderstorm action up there but a low shear day like that would not noirmally have warranted such a drive - the very poor season continues. With a tropical cyclone in the Coral Sea the patterns are unlikely to change for here with easterlies to dominate. The trough you get a bit of storm action from can barely make it this far north and the upper troughs just manage to enhance the coastal showers.
You hit the nail on the head with the cooler than average temperure concept. In fact, I personally cannot recall a summer with so many relatively cool maximum temperatures as this summer for such an extended period of time! Yes I know we had a few episodes of heat but it is infrequent. Usually by January the heat really begins to set in for longer periods. Tomorrow seems like another cooler day with localised instability - perhaps storms moving in from the coast inland.
Took a look at some of the latest footage including the 9th December 2007 hailstorm and also the most recent hailstorms I intercepted - some half decent footage. This year is one of those years where top footage is hard to come by.