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Bahamas Geography
 
 
 

General

The Bahamas occupies a 13,940 sq km (5,382 sq mi) archipelago which extends 950 km (590 mi) southeast to northwest, and 298 km (185 mi) northeast to southwest, between southeast Florida and northern Hispaniola. Comparatively, the area occupied by the Bahamas is slightly smaller than Northern Ireland (or the state of Connecticut). There are nearly 700 islands, of which about 30 are inhabited. New Providence, 207 sq km (80 sq mi), although not the largest, is by far the most populous and most densely populated island. The total coastline is 3,542 km (2,201 mi). The Bahamas occupy a strategic location adjacent to the United States and Cuba.

The Bahamas' capital city, Nassau, is located on New Providence Island in the centre of the island group.

All the islands are low and flat, with ridges that usually rise no more than 15 to 20 m (49 to 66 ft). The highest point in the country is Mount Alvernia, formerly called Como Hill, which has an altitude of 63 m (210 ft) on Cat Island. To the southeast, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and three more extensive submarine features called Mouchoir Bank, Silver Bank, and Navidad Bank, are geographically a continuation of the Bahamas, but not part of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

The climate of the archipelago is semitropical and has two seasons, summer and winter. During the summer, which extends from May through November, the climate is dominated by warm, moist tropical air masses moving north through the Caribbean. Midsummer temperatures range from 21°C to 34°C with a relative humidity of 60 to 100%. In winter months, extending from December through April, the climate is affected by the movement of cold polar masses from North America. Temperatures during the winter months range from 15°C to 24°C.

While there has never been a freeze reported in the Bahamas, the temperature can fall 3°C during Arctic outbreaks that affect nearby Florida. Snow has been reported to have mixed with rain in Freeport in January 1977, the same time that it snowed in the Miami area. The temperature was about 5°C at the time.

Yearly rainfall averages 1,320 mm (52 in) and is usually concentrated in the May-June and September-October periods. Rainfall often occurs in short-lived, fairly intense showers accompanied by strong gusty winds, which are then followed by clear skies.

Winds are predominantly easterly throughout the year but tend to become northeasterly from October to April and southeasterly from May to September. These winds seldom exceed 24 km per hour except during hurricane season. Although the hurricane season officially lasts from June to November, most hurricanes in the Bahamas occur between July and October. Before a long lull in activity which ended in the 1990s, the last one to strike was Hurricane David in September 1979. Damage was estimated at $1.8 million and mainly affected agricultural products. The most intense 20th-century hurricane to strike the Bahamas was the 1929 Florida hurricane; winds of up to 225 km per hour (140 mph) were recorded. Many lives were lost, and there was extensive damage to buildings, homes and boats.

Overview

Location :
Caribbean, chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba

Geographic coordinates: :
24 15 N, 76 00 W

Map references :
Central America and the Caribbean

Area :
total: 13,880 sq km
land: 10,010 sq km
water: 3,870 sq km


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