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Miami Rainy Season and the Catatumbo

Image of severe Catatumbo lightning over Key Biscayne was taken by Photographer Elisa Benedetti H
Catatumbo Lightining

Miami rainy season progresses as we move through the summer. Miami is the largest city in South Florida with the largest population. There are only two seasons as we are located in a sub-tropical climate call the Moonsoon Tropical Climate. It is located right above the Tropic of Cancer and receives different air currents from the Gulf, South America, and the Atlantic Ocean. Summer is hot and humid. 

When Does Rainy Season Starts?

As per the Miami rainy season, it is hard to give a precise date as mother nature has its way. Nevertheless, there is a tendency in tropical weather to consider the month of May as the beginning of the rainy season all through mid-October which is the end of the rainy season. 

Others consider that the rainy season starts when it rains every day for extended days at the same time. It starts to rain after 5:00 pm and it repeatedly happens for several days. 

Miami Rainy Season 

Miami Thunderstorm are well known, we have around eighty days of thunder during the year. They usually are very strong and come with frequent lightning and strong rainfalls that come and go very fast. 

Usually, temperatures are between 80-90s (29-35 °C), the hotter they get the more likely of afternoon thunderstorms.

Miami Tropical Disturbance and The Catatumbo

The National Hurricane Center announced a tropical disturbance happening in the Bahamas and Puerto Rico area that would have effects on South Florida later this week. 

As it is only a disturbance there is no much worry. South Floridians we do not get alarmed until there is an actual hurricane warning in place. That is when the city goes berserk between people buying hurricane supplies or reserving hotels and flights in case they need to evacuate the area they live in.

The Catatumbo Lightning is a phenomenon that occurs in the lower fenland in the Lake of Maracaibo in Venezuela. Right in the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties to the Lake of Maracaibo. Every year they register 140 to 160 nights during the year and up to 280 times per hour of intense bolts of lightning. From the distance, it seems like a dance it’s taking place in the sky 

Nevertheless, during this last weather disturbance in Biscayne Bay and Key Biscayne area, a dance of thunders and bolts of lightning similar to those in tropical countries was witnessed. Photographer Elisa Benedetti H. caught the image while the thunderstorm was taking place, an impressive image of lightning above the causeway and Key Biscayne island.

 

 

 

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