Henesy Ricart, Period 1, Ms.Kibbey

Enviromental Study Project

The city of Orlando Florida! (HISTORY)

Orlando is one of the worlds fastest- growing cities. The Jernigan Family found Orlando in 1840. that's how Orlando got its name. and it went on for many many years and it will probably stay like that for even more years. And sometimes it gets kinda weird around Orlando Florida


The Weather in Florida Today! (WEATHER)

The average in Orlando FL temperature is 72.9 degrees. I bet you're wondering how much rainfall does florida get. Well its gets probably 53.17 inches of rainfall each year. I know that might sound a little weird but sometimes there may be a tornado or a hurricane warning if you ever watch the news. And yes there is sometimes good and bad weather like it might be nice and sunny. But the next minute it will be raining hard but it will stop.


Florida Disaster History

Hurricanes




Year

Date

Disaster



2005

10/24

Hurricane Wilma



2005

08/28

Hurricane Katrina



2005

07/10

Hurricane Dennis



2004

09/26

Hurricane Jeanne



2004

09/16

Hurricane Ivan



2004

09/04

Hurricane Frances



2004

08/13

Hurricane Charley and Tropical Storm Bonnie



1999

10/20

Hurricane Irene



1999

09/22

Hurricane Floyd



1998

09/28

Hurricane Georges



1998

09/04

Hurricane Earl



1995

10/04

Hurricane Opal



1995

08/10

Hurricane Erin



1992

08/24

Hurricane Andrew



1985

12/03

Hurricane Kate



1985

09/12

Hurricane Elena



1979

09/13

Hurricane Frederic



1968

11/07

Hurricane Gladys



1965

09/14

Hurricane Betsy



1964

09/10

Hurricane Dora



1964

09/08

Hurricane Cleo



1960

09/12

Hurricane Donna





Florida Tornadoes

In Florida, tornadoes can occur at any time of the year. Tornadoes can form on their own, or they can accompany hurricanes and tropical storms. Generally, weather patterns produce the strongest tornadoes between February and May.



The Kissimmee Tornado Outbreak of 1998

Late on the night of February 22, powerful tornadoes formed in east-central Florida. Three of the tornadoes were classified as F3 on the Fujita scale, meaning that they had winds between 158 mph and 206 mph. The other tornadoes were not as strong, and were classified as F0 to F2. The tornadoes killed 42 people and injured over 250.



The Central Florida Tornadoes of 2007

On February 2, tornadoes in central Florida killed 21 people, and caused about $270 million in damage. The tornadoes were the first to be classified using the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The storms' intensity ranged from EF0 to EF3. The tornadoes struck during the early morning, when residents were asleep, and this timing may have contributed to the high number of fatalities.


Florida Flooding

Because so much of Florida is at or near sea level, flooding is a common problem. Even a minor flood can be a disaster for the people who are forced to cope with it. Quickly-rising water can cause millions of dollars of damage to homes and businesses.


Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Hurricanes and tropical storms can bring significant storm surges, which can flood large areas. Even a Category 2 hurricane brings a storm surge of at least six feet above normal. A major hurricane can bring a storm surge of twice that, or even more. For Floridians who live only a few feet above sea level, this can be a major problem. If a storm surge occurs at high tide, the effects can be devastating.


Heavy Rain

Florida regularly experiences strong thunderstorms, especially in summer. These storms can produce great amounts of rain very quickly. If drainage systems are unable to keep up with the water levels, flooding occurs. Even when there is adequate drainage in one area, the water may flow into a river, and the sudden rise in the river level may flood a different area.


Florida Fire Hazards

Florida is regularly subjected to wildfires. The fires often occur during the intense heat of summer, but can occur at any time during the year. During a drought, even a small spark - such as from a discarded cigarette - can quickly become a massive wildfire, and Florida's frequent, intense lightning storms make conditions even more dangerous.


Fires, whether naturally occurring or started by people, can easily lead to road closures in Florida. This is due, in part, to the fact that fire is a very important part of Florida's ecosystem. Many native plants will burn and regenerate quite easily, and in rural areas, huge walls of quickly-moving flames and smoke can make roads impassable. Even a distant fire can lead to road closures, as blowing smoke can quickly reduce visibility to just a few feet and make driving extremely dangerous.


On January 9, 2008, a thick mix of fog and smoke led to a catastrophic 70-vehicle pileup on Interstate 4, in Polk County.


Muck Fires

In much of Florida, the ground beneath the top layer of soil is made up of loose, organic material, which is known as "muck." When a fire on the surface burns down into the muck, the organic material can ignite, producing a stubborn, smelly blaze. This blaze, a muck fire, can leave embers smoldering underground long after the surface fire has been extinguished. This produces a strange and very dangerous situation. The muck fire can spread underground, burning tree roots, and making trees unstable. The trees can then fall on firefighters or other people in the area.


Containing a muck fire can be very difficult for firefighters. Falling trees and destabilized ground can make it nearly impossible to bring firefighting equipment into a forested area where a muck fire is burning. Also, in order to extinguish a muck fire, the ground must be thoroughly soaked. This can require the earth to be turned over so that water can better reach burning areas of muck.


WildLife


Birds

Florida is a birders paradise. There are nearly 500 native species as well dozens of established exotics.

Gators / Crocs

Alligators are abundant in Florida and can be seen basking on canal banks and beside rivers and lakes.

Mammals

Otters, opossums, manatees, fox squirrels, raccoons, white-tailed deer, key deer and armadillos are among the more commonly seen mammals.

Turtles

Turtles and tortoises are a little more difficult to see, but if you go canoeing or kayaking you will almost certainly spot a turtle basking.

Frogs / Toads

Florida has the richest concentration of amphibians of any State in the USA. Many species are common and easy to see.

Snakes

There are 45 species of snakes in Florida, but you will have to look hard to see any of them.

Lizards

Geckos are so common in buildings in South Florida that they are called ‘house lizards.’ Anoles and skinks are easy to watch in almost any park or garden.

Insects

Insects are not difficult to see in Florida – they usually find you, but once you get past the unwanted mosquitoes and deer flies there is a dazzling abundance of insect life in this tropical State.

Fish

You can find a good fishing spot almost anywhere you go in Florida but you may need a local guide to find the really big ones. Try one of the freshwater lakes and rivers, explore the tidal flats and bays, or travel far offshore into the Atlantic Gulf Stream or Gulf of Mexico.

Plants

Florida has more tree species than any other state in the continental United States and our subtropical climate supports palms, orchids, and nearly 4,000 species of flowering plants.

Sharks

More than 50 species of sharks can be found in the waters around Florida, but most of these are deep water species, rarely seen by the average person. However, Florida has the greatest number of unprovoked shark attacks of any state in the U.S.


My Culture

My culture is…


dominican Republic &&

Puerto RICO!!!!!


what I know about Dominican Republic:


  • mainly European and African roots
  • the New World, namely Santo Domingo, founded in 1493.
  • The Dominican Republic was the site of the first European settlement in the New World
  • The Dominican Republic was explored by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492.
  • The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region.