Jan 28, 2013

Winter drought challenge

Why is a month of no rain in January ...

a lot less severe than 30 days of no rain in March?

Without some well timed winter rains,
south Florida's seasonal drought
can turn severe by spring

Multiple choice answers:

a. January's closer proximity to the previous wet season means that giant (but dwindling) landscape puddles are usually still around.

b. Spring evaporation and plant transpiration are on the rise in March, but negligible in cooler air and shorter daylight hours of January.

c. Trick question -- both are mathematically even.

d. People are too preoccupied by football to notice weather in January.

e. a and b only


f. Or fill in the blank: ________________(300 word limit)

3 comments:

Luke Gommermann said...

F. January is mostly cloudy or overcast 27% of the time, while March is mostly cloudy or overcast 24% of the time (data courtesy of http://weatherspark.com/averages/29639/3/Naples-Florida-United-States). Fine Print: Data obtained from Naples...

Carlisle Dekerlegand said...

I guess it's high time that fire protection services should be doubled since drought brings about so many fire accidents. It's important to be proactive all the time and do some preventive measures to ensure safety.

millahchatfield said...

The graph is not applicable for this year because of global warming. It rained twice this January in my area.

-Millah Chatfield