Sunday, February 20, 2011

Climate and Storm History of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 Like most other countries in the United States, Fort Lauderdale has a tropical rainforest type of climate. The city has a small seasonal version in temperature. Fort Lauderdale has two seasons those are the summer and winter season in which the summer season known as wet season from May to October has an average temperatures of 32 to 24 degrees Celsius. In addition to, summer season is hot, humid and wet. During the winter season or known as dry season it happens mostly on November to April with a warm and mostly dries with average temperature from 28 to 19 degrees Celsius. Fort Lauderdale has a monthly average temperature greater than 18 degrees Celsius with an average monthly haste of 60 mm. Moreover, it has an annual average haste of 1630 mm in which it happens during wet seasons. 

One of the weather problems in the United States are the hurricanes in which it happens at the border and on the east coast and also at the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. As we know hurricanes can bring strong winds which can small or wide damages in the area. One of the most destructive hurricanes that struck South Florida was the 1926 hurricanes that made widespread destruction. 

During the year of 1926, hurricane struck Fort Lauderdale and it was called by the United States Weather Bureau in Miami as the most destructive hurricane storm that hit the United States. The storm struck many cities such a Fort Lauderdale, Dania, Hollywood, Hallandale and Miami which caused the death almost 800 people. The storm has a speed of 150mph in which it killed around 243 people and destroyed buildings in the counties of Dade and Broward. The hurricane is classified as the most destructive compared to the hurricanes of the previous years. 

Another hurricane that struck south Florida was the hurricane Wilma on October 2005. The storm has unexpected strength that makes the region dark and destructed after it passed. Many have been surprised by the violence of the storm and many have not expected its strength. The hurricane almost ruined everything after it goes; it killed 25 people and destroyed power lines of around 3 million Florida homes and business establishments. Many building have been ruined including hospitals and destroyed water utilities that affected more that 6 million people.

Moreover, hurricane Betsy struck Fort Lauderdale on September 4 on the year 1926. Betsy has a speed of 140 mph and killed 13 people and leaving residence without electricity. Many places have been submerged such as homes in Las Olas Isles. Fort Lauderdale downtown has deep foot water because the storm tide backed the New River out of its banks that makes it to overflow. The storm Betsy killed 75 people in Louisiana and also increased water in the Gulf.

The fiercest storm the hit Florida was hurricane Andrew.  Andrew has a wind speed of greater than 160 mph that cause the death of 29 people and damage properties around 25 billion dollars. Andrew was considered as the most disastrous storm in the United States that leaves around 1.4 million residences without power, flattening homes and tumbling palm trees and makes thousands of residence homeless and panic. Andrew was in category 4 and was the lowest measured hurricane that struck the US.   

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