Florida is a southeastern US state located on a peninsula that lies between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. This state is famous for its skyscrapers, standing right along the coastline, warm climate and that it is a great place to relax. Florida is often called the ‘Orange State’. This State grows the biggest amount of oranges.
Their number is approximately 2/3 of the annual crop in the United States. In addition, due to its proximity to the sea, it is the largest supplier of shellfish, shrimp, crab, oysters and lobsters.
Tasting all these delicacy, do not forget that the weather could quickly change in Florida.
Climatic features of Florida
- Florida is divided between two geographical zones: tropical (south of Lake Okeechobee) and subtropical (north). It is warm here, but due to the breezes, the temperature is nice: on average in summer, it reaches 26-28 degrees Celsius. In winter, the temperature varies depending on the cardinal points: it can range from +12 to +20 degrees. However, do not think that Florida is a paradise for those, who like to enjoy the beach all year round.
- Speaking about the climate, the so-called “tsunami clouds” should be mentioned. Unlike Sydney, where a phenomenon with the same name was recorded in 2017, the “tsunami clouds” in Florida are not even clouds. This is a thick white fog rising from the sea and enveloping the whole of Panama City. From a distance, it looks like these huge waves are covering the city. However, in reality, not everything is so scary. Americans call this phenomenon “Condo Wave Clouds.” Sadly, everything happens so quickly that it is very difficult to take photos of this beauty. However, in case you have ordered Jeep Wrangler rental Fort Lauderdale, the chances to reach the place by car at the very moment, are higher.
- Unfortunately, hurricanes and thunderstorms are often phenomena in this state. The latter often brings strong hail and lightning that strike the water and cities. It looks beautiful, but destructive.
- Due to its proximity to the sea, Florida is sometimes covered by tsunamis, especially at the southeast. Most tsunamis are caused by earthquakes that occur under the ocean floor, most often in the peripheral areas of the Pacific Ocean. When you travel to Florida, you should pay attention to weather forecasts and consider our safety tips.
Preventative steps during tsunami.
- Watch the tsunami forecast messages more often. Keep in mind the precursors of tsunami. Find out and explain the tsunami hazard alerts, which are used at the state of Florida, to your family members.
- Potentially dangerous are lowered areas along the coast, in bays with a height of less than 15 m above sea level – during tsunamis of remote origin, and less than 30 m – during tsunamis of local origin. You should know the shortest paths to safe places.
- Support the efforts of local authorities to reinforce bays with coastal dams and breakwaters.
What should be done during tsunami?
- When a tsunami hazard signal is heard, respond immediately. If you are driving a car, follow in a safe direction, picking up running people along the route.
- If you are at the building and there is no time to find a safer place, reach the upper floors and close the windows and doors. If possible, move to the most reliable building.
- If you will be hiding in a room, remember that the safest areas are near the main internal walls, by the columns, in the corners, formed by the main walls. Keep away objects that could fall, especially glass ones. If you still find yourself outdoors, try to climb a tree or to find the highest point. In extreme cases, it is necessary to catch hold of a tree trunk or a solid barrier.
- Once in the water, get rid of shoes and wet clothes, try to catch hold of objects floating on the water. Be careful, as the wave can carry large objects and their fragments. After the arrival of the first wave, prepare to meet the second and subsequent waves, and if possible, leave the dangerous area. If necessary, provide first aid to victims.
Nevertheless, despite tsunamis and thunderstorms, Florida is one of the warmest and sunniest parts of America. Every state in America is given a nickname, which reflects the history, industry, or characteristics of the state. That is why Florida was given the “Sunny State” nickname. In addition, it has many other nicknames: Flower State, Peninsula State, Orange State, Everglade State, Alligator State and Gulf State.