This book explores the conditions, forces, and processes behind Florida’s surprisingly varied and dynamic weather. The authors discuss Florida’s location, landscape, and population, as well as the position of the sun and the importance of evaporation and condensation. They explain the influence of atmospheric circulation patterns such as the Hadley Cell, the Coriolis force, and the Bermuda-Azores High. They also describe the qualities of cold, warm, stationary, and occluded fronts and how they generate precipitation and freezes. In addition to revealing why severe weather systems and phenomena like hail and lightning occur, the book also reviews the procedures in place to track and measure these events and warn citizens in danger. Major weather incidents from Florida’s history are narrated, including often overlooked accidents caused by smoke and fog. After showing how climate has changed in the past, the authors look ahead to what further climate change would mean for the future.
With many maps, helpful diagrams, and clear explanations, this book is an illuminating and accessible guide to Florida’s dramatic weather and climate.
|Publisher:||University Press of Florida|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Robert V. Rohli, professor at Louisiana State University, is coauthor of Louisiana Weather and Climate.
Charles H. Paxton is an American Meteorological Society certified consulting meteorologist.
Table of Contents
List of Figures vii
List of Maps ix
List of Tables xi
List of Plates xiii
1 The Sunshine State 1
2 Florida's Climate Types and Temperature 12
3 Tropical Breezes 32
4 Fronts and Winter Weather 59
5 Thunderstorms, Rainfall, Hail, and Lightning 88
6 Tornadoes 114
7 Hurricanes 141
8 Fog, Drought, and Fires 170
9 Florida's Coastline and Beaches 184
10 The Changing Climate 199
What People are Saying About This
"An outstanding explanation of Florida weather and climate processes and phenomena. A valuable read for all residents of the Sunshine State who spend time outdoors or on the water."Jason C. Senkbeil, University of Alabama