A Scottish expat who moved to Northern Australia in 1997 has conceded that the cyclone season certainly keeps him on his toes.
Writing for the Telegraph, Andy Ratter explained that during the season – which runs from November to April – the sight of a cyclone can be both awe-inspiring and alarming.
"Eerily, despite destructive wind speeds at their centre, the entire system tends to move at a relatively modest pace, leaving you on tenterhooks for days," he wrote, adding that they are also prone to sudden changes in direction.
Although the country has learned to live with the threat of cyclones, Mr Ratter claimed that their destructive power precludes any tendency towards complacency.
However, he concluded, the nine months of glorious weather every year are more than enough to encourage expats and locals alike to run the risk of living in the path of the cyclones.
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