Sunday, January 27, 2013
1/27/2013 The Strait of Florida and the Gulf Stream
To travel to San Juan from New Orleans we pass through the Florida straits which is a channel between Florida and the Bahamas. The Florida straights are home to an open-ocean current called the Florida Current. The Florida current can be considered the "official" beginning of the Gulf Stream System.
CURRENTS AND CLIMATE
Warm currents typically warm the air above them, and cold currents typically cool the air above them. In addition, warm water evaporates more easily than cold water, United States is more humid and gets more rain than the southwest coast of the United States, because they live next to the warm Gulf Stream If you look at a map of the world, you may notice that Boston,Massachusetts, is at the same latitude as Spain (In other words, both places are the same distance from the Equator.). However, they clearly do not have the same climate:as the Pilgrims could tell you, Massachusetts is colder than Spain. Similarly, England is at the same latitude as Northern Canada. (England is a lot warmer than Northern Canada.) These differences in climate are related to the ocean currents. Florida is surrounded by the warm water of the Gulf on one side and the Gulf Stream on the other, making it very warm and humid.This warm water and the Gulf Stream also help fuel hurricanes, keeping them powerful and sometimes even giving them a boost before they strike land.
Learn more about different types of currents
Here is more about the Gulf Stream