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Barograph

A recording barometer.

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    Mean temperature

    The average of the maximum and the minimum temperatures for a particular period; the mean equals the sum of the max and min divided by two.

    Relative humidity

    The amount of moisture in the air compared to the maximum amount of moisture the air could hold at a given temperature; measured as a precentage of saturation.

    Whangdoodle

    An imaginary creature, or an undefined character.

    The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

    The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's intensity. It is used to estimate a hurricane’s potential impact on coastal areas, including property damage and flooding. Wind speed, measured using a 1-minute average, is the determining factor in the scale. Category 1: wind speeds 74-95 mph Category 2: wind speeds 96-110 mph Category 3: wind speeds 111-130 mph Category 4: wind speeds 131-155 mph Category 5: wind speeds over 155 mph

    Cryophobia

    Fear of extreme cold, frost, or ice

    Spring Tide

    A tide of increased range that occurs at times of syzygy each month. Named not for the season of spring but from the German springen ("to leap up"), a spring tide also brings a lower low water.

    Florida

    The name Florida comes from a Spanish phrase meaning "Feast of Flowers."


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