Tropical systems and “winter”: location is everything…

Most NC residents are familiar with the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from June through November. But the “peak” of tropical season varies globally based on location, along with the seasons. For residents of Australia, January and February can be very active. Cyclone Yasi slammed into the Australian coast in February of 2011 with estimated winds of 150+ mph. Damages totaled over $3 billion. In January of 1918, Cyclone Mackay struck the northeastern Australia coast, killing at least 30 people in the process. Nearly all communication lines were destroyed, severely hampering the relief process. Probably the most famous of Australia’s…