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Historic Pier Destroyed by Storm Surge in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida

The historic Anglin’s Fishing Pier was destroyed during Hurricane Nicole in 2022. Located in the heart of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, pier remains closed to the public after sustaining damage from Hurricane Nicole, plans to rebuild and restore it to its former glory are currently underway. Visitors can still enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, and live music, seven days a week at Anglin's Beach Café, located at the entrance of the pier.

Watch our drone video of Anglin’s Fishing Pier after the historic pier by local drone videographer and entrepreneur Nathanial Stuart.

Creative direction by Ally Bee Design.

Explain Hurricanes

Query by Ally Bee Design. Answered by ChatGPT

A hurricane is a large, powerful, and rotating storm system characterized by low-pressure centers and strong winds. These storms are also known as cyclones or typhoons, depending on the region where they occur. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, they are called hurricanes, while in the Northwest Pacific, they are referred to as typhoons. In the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, they are called cyclones.

Hurricanes typically form over warm ocean waters, where the sea surface temperature is at least 26.5 degrees Celsius (79.7 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher. This warm water provides the energy needed to fuel the storm. When the warm, moist air near the ocean surface rises, it creates an area of low pressure. As more warm, moist air rushes in to fill the void, it begins to rotate due to the Earth's rotation (the Coriolis effect). This rotation gives the storm its distinctive spiral shape.

Hurricanes have different stages of development:

  1. Tropical Disturbance: This is the initial stage, where a cluster of thunderstorms forms and persists over warm ocean waters.

  2. Tropical Depression: If the disturbance becomes more organized and wind speeds reach a certain threshold (less than 39 mph or 63 km/h), it is upgraded to a tropical depression.

  3. Tropical Storm: When wind speeds increase to 39 to 73 mph (63 to 118 km/h), the system becomes a tropical storm and is given a name.

  4. Hurricane: A tropical storm is upgraded to a hurricane when its wind speeds reach 74 mph (119 km/h) or higher. Hurricanes are categorized into different classes based on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, ranging from Category 1 (weakest) to Category 5 (strongest).

The core of a hurricane is called the eye, which is a region of calm and relatively clear skies. Surrounding the eye is the eyewall, where the most intense rainfall and strongest winds occur. As hurricanes move across the ocean, they can cover vast distances and last for several days. Their size and strength can cause significant damage to coastal areas, resulting in storm surges, heavy rainfall, flooding, and high winds, which can lead to property destruction, infrastructure damage, and loss of life.

To track and predict hurricanes, meteorological agencies use advanced satellite imagery, weather radars, and computer models that analyze various atmospheric variables. Early warning systems are crucial in providing adequate time for communities to prepare and evacuate if necessary, reducing the potential impact of these powerful storms.

Are hurricanes stronger in Florida in 2023?

Query by Ally Bee Design. Answered by ChatGPT.

As an AI language model, I don't have access to real-time data or events beyond my last update in September 2021. Therefore, I cannot provide specific information about hurricanes in Florida in 2023. However, I can offer some general factors that can influence the strength of hurricanes in a region:

  1. Sea Surface Temperature:
    Warm ocean waters are the primary source of energy for hurricanes. If the sea surface temperature is unusually warm, it can provide more heat and moisture to fuel the storm, potentially making it stronger.

  2. Atmospheric Conditions:
    Favorable atmospheric conditions, such as low wind shear and high humidity, can support the development and intensification of hurricanes. Wind shear, in particular, can disrupt the structure of a developing storm, so lower wind shear allows the storm to maintain its organization and strength.

  3. Climate Variability:
    Natural climate cycles, such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), can influence hurricane activity. For example, during La Niña conditions, there tends to be reduced wind shear over the Atlantic, which can lead to more favorable conditions for hurricane development.

  4. Climate Change:
    While it's challenging to attribute individual hurricanes to climate change, scientists have found that warmer ocean temperatures due to climate change can contribute to the overall increase in hurricane intensity and rainfall.

  5. Local Geography:
    The geographic features of an area can also impact hurricane strength. For instance, if a storm passes over warm shallow waters, it can extract more heat energy from the ocean, potentially leading to intensification.

Keep in mind that weather patterns and the strength of hurricanes can vary significantly from year to year due to a combination of these factors and others. For accurate and up-to-date information about specific hurricanes and their impact on Florida in 2023, it's best to refer to reliable sources such as the National Hurricane Center or local meteorological agencies.

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