Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Climate and Storm History of Pembroke Pines, Florida

Located in the southeast part of the sunny state of Florida, Pembroke Pines has a tropical climate. On the average, the city is sunny most of the time, with 243 sunny days per year on average. Generally, the warmest month is July with an average temperature of 90°F (32°C) and January having an average temperature of 99°F (37°C) is the coolest month. Snowfall never occurred in Pembroke Pines, Florida. The maximum average precipitation falls during the month of June with 10.01 inches. Additionally, the city has 97 precipitation days per year with 55 inches as the average rainfall. In Pembroke Pines, the highest recorded temperature was 99°F(37°C)  in 1980 while the lowest went as low as to 28°F(-13°C ) in 1977.

This beautiful and child-friendly city has also experienced tremendous natural catastrophes, primarily, hurricanes. These hurricanes bring strong winds, heavy rains, and high seas which causes tremendous damage to infrastructures, properties, and even lives. It usually occurs during June 1 to November 30, although others come off these months. Based on the records, over 114 hurricanes, 37 of them major have hit Florida from 1851 to 2006.  Almost 83% of the major hurricanes in the United States have struck the state. Over the past years, as Pembroke Pines extended westward, more hurricanes have affected the city and its residents.

In 1999, Hurricane Jane slammed the city which has brought 19 inches (410 mm) of rain. Other communities in Pembroke like the Chapel Trail and Silver Lakes, received an estimated of 19 inches (480 mm) rain. Unfortunately, in 2004, two strong hurricanes namely Hurricane Frances and Jeanne hit the northern part of the city which has brought tropical storm powerful winds leaving a number of damaged trees and shrubs. The 2005 Hurricane Season left a mark on the city. One of the most devastating hurricanes that have passed in the United States was Hurricane Katrina . This great storm passed directly over the city. After it passed the city, it left some damage such as downed power lines and trees, especially in the Chapel Trail and Silver Lakes neighborhoods. At the same year, in the latter part of October, Hurricane Wilma’s eye passed about 20 miles (32 km) toward the north of the city. This hurricane has produced the strongest winds ever that the city’s residents had experienced in decades. In fact, the strongest wind officially recorded in the city was a 92 MPH sustained wind, with a 101 MPH wind gust. After that tremendous hit, most of the city experienced an electrical blackout for many days, lights at intersections had been destroyed, a riot at a gas station which led to it being closed, most landscaping were highly damaged, schools were closed for two weeks and has left minor structural damage (mainly roof and screen damage) to homes.

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