Trim The Trees Before Hurricane Season

Broken tree branches
Broken tree branches after the hurricane Irma hit South Florida in 2017

After the hurricane Irma hit South Florida in 2017, we have learned what extensive damage can be from poorly maintained trees. Falling tree branches can damage the electric lines, cars or property.

New hurricane season starts soon. So it is the time to properly take care and trim the trees.

Broward County Parks and Recreation offers tree trimming classes. This tree-trimming course teaches how to proper prune of trees for clearance, wind tolerance, and canopy restoration. Tree trimming classes teaches how to maximize trees longevity while cutting the branches off.

Proper tree maintenance is very important.

In order to keep the tree strong and healthy, here are few tips to follow:

Plant the right tree in a right place.

A large tree should not be planted near the house. A tree should not be planted near or under power lines. It is the best to do some research and to choose the best native species for a spot- native plants are well-suited to its environment.

Prune tree annually.

Hire professionals trained in best tree pruning practices. Be very careful of hiring somebody who does not know proper tree trimming. Trees can become less storm tolerant in the long run if trimming s done incorectly. When branches break off the tree during the storm, it can cause property damage.

What is a Hurricane?

Flooding after the rain in Davie, FL during 2017 hurricane season
Flooding in Davie , FL during 2017 hurricane season

A hurricane is a tropical cyclone that forms in the tropics. Hurricanes that affect South Florida usually form in the eastern Atlantic Ocean just south of the Tropics or in the Caribbean Sea.

Hurricane season starts on June 1 and ends on November 30. But these intence storms can happen before and after the official season.

National Hurricane Center and tracks and predicts these powerful storm systems. On average, these storms  occur 12 times a year in the Atlantic basin.

Do not forget to prepare for hurricane season.

Hurricane consists of a counter-clockwise circulation of the storm’s clouds, heavy rains, strong winds, tornadoes, and storm surge that causes in coastal flooding.

A tropical cyclone is a rotating low-pressure weather system that has organized thunderstorms but no fronts (a boundary separating two air masses of different densities). Tropical cyclones with maximum sustained surface winds of less than 39 miles per hour (mph) are called tropical depressions. Those with maximum sustained winds of 39 mph or higher are called tropical storms.

Hurricane happens when a storm’s maximum sustained winds reach 74 mph.

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating, or category, which is based on a hurricane’s maximum sustained winds. The higher the category, the more damage to properties it can cause:

Category 1 – 74-95 mph
Category 2 – 96-110 mph
Category 3 – 111-129 mph
Category 4 – 130-156 mph
Category 5 – 157 mph or higher

Hurricanes originate in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico, the eastern North Pacific Ocean, and, the central North Pacific Ocean.

World Meteorological Organization identifes the storms, maintains and updates the names list.


Earth Day

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Today is Earth Day.

According to Earth Day Network, “Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics”. This is needed to eventually end plastic pollution.

I wanted to look up and read some information about the Earth Day. So, I found this article online “Earth Day 2018: Everything You Need to Know” that it all started when U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin native, organized the first Earth Day in spring 1970. During that time it was still legal for factories to let noxious fumes into the air or get rid of toxic waste into nearby water streams. That was because there were no laws to protect the environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency didn’t exist then.

Please, be kind and recycle.

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It Keeps Raining in South Florida

Still Raining in South Florida.
Rainy season in South Florida

Now is the rainy season here in South Florida. The rain is coming down non stop for the last few days.

Flood watch continues across South Florida. As the rain continues, rising flood waters makes people worry.

When it rains like this right now, people should be very careful while driving. Do not drive or walk through standing water of unknown depth. If your car is close to the ground, be careful because your car might get flooded.

The heavy rain and flooding is common in South Florida during summer.  Hurricane season is from June 1st to November 30th. So during this period heavy rain is even expected. Rain and flood is a norm during this rainy season. Everyone has to be ready and prepared.

Even South Florida government is getting ready and prepares when the big rain is expected in the area. According to the article in current heavy rain

“could cause roadways to become impassable,” Miami meteorologist Larry Kelly said Thursday. “If canals and drainage ways become flooded, it could also allow for water to rise high enough to enter some structures, especially in low-lying areas.”
The South Florida Water Management District started preparing for the heavy rainfall over the weekend. On Sunday, it began to lower canal levels so incoming water would have a place to go. Pumps will run 24 hours during the rain event, the district said.”

Everyone should be careful when heavy rain comes to South Florida. Please be very focused when driving during the rain. And please don’t drive or walk through the standing water that you don’t known how deep it is.

Rainfall Across South Florida

Rainfall Across South Florida. 06_09_2017

Hurricane season goes from June 1st through November 30th.  We are only in the first week of June, but it is raining nonstop.

This extreme weather brought over 19 inches of rain over south Florida during the last seven days beginning with June 1st. Miami Herald reported that several areas had seen a record rainfalls.  Fort Lauderdale has seen 8.99 inches of rain, with a record 4.78 inches on Tuesday, breaking a 91-year record. The most rain had fallen in Weston-11.33″. Rain in Sunrise forced a closing of Sawgrass Mills Mall .

In Broward County, the most rain had fallen in these areas: Davie, Sunrise, Southwest Ranches, and Plantation.

In  Palm Beach County, the most rain and flooding was in West Boca and West Boynton.