Cape Engaño (Dominican Republic)

Cabo Engaño is the easternmost point of the island of Hispaniola, on the territory of the Dominican Republic. Cape Engaño contains dangerous reefs near Santo Domingo. Punta Cana International Airport, the nation's busiest, lies slightly south of the cape.

For the cape of the same name in the Philippines, see Cape Engaño (Luzon).
Cape Engaño Lighthouse
Dominican Republic
LocationCape Engaño
Dominican Republic
Coordinates18°34′01.3″N 68°19′34.6″W
Year first constructed1915 (first)
Year first lit1990s
Constructionmetal skeletal tower
Tower shapesquare pyramidal tower with balcony
Markings / patternunpainted tower
Tower height20 metres (66 ft)
Focal height43 metres (141 ft)
Light sourcesolar power
Range11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 5s.
Admiralty numberJ5444
NGA number14296
ARLHS numberDOM-005[1][2]

In 1502, a large part of a Spanish fleet of 30-32 ships filled with treasures and colonists bound for Spain sunk during a violent storm, somewhere close to Cape Engaño. This fleet was sent by order of governor Nicolas Ovando. 5-10 ships, although damaged, survived and returned to the port of departure, except for only one, the "Aguja", which safely reached Spain. [3] [4] [5]

Climate

Climate data for Cape Engaño (Punta Cana) 1961–1990
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 31.0
(87.8)
30.7
(87.3)
31.2
(88.2)
32.0
(89.6)
33.9
(93.0)
34.4
(93.9)
34.7
(94.5)
34.5
(94.1)
34.6
(94.3)
33.7
(92.7)
32.7
(90.9)
32.5
(90.5)
34.7
(94.5)
Average high °C (°F) 27.7
(81.9)
27.6
(81.7)
28.1
(82.6)
28.7
(83.7)
29.6
(85.3)
30.3
(86.5)
30.5
(86.9)
30.7
(87.3)
30.9
(87.6)
30.5
(86.9)
29.4
(84.9)
28.1
(82.6)
29.3
(84.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) 24.8
(76.6)
24.7
(76.5)
25.0
(77.0)
25.5
(77.9)
26.4
(79.5)
27.2
(81.0)
27.5
(81.5)
27.7
(81.9)
27.6
(81.7)
27.0
(80.6)
26.3
(79.3)
25.2
(77.4)
26.2
(79.2)
Average low °C (°F) 21.9
(71.4)
21.8
(71.2)
22.0
(71.6)
22.5
(72.5)
23.2
(73.8)
24.1
(75.4)
24.6
(76.3)
24.8
(76.6)
24.4
(75.9)
23.6
(74.5)
23.2
(73.8)
22.3
(72.1)
23.2
(73.8)
Record low °C (°F) 16.0
(60.8)
14.0
(57.2)
14.8
(58.6)
15.2
(59.4)
16.0
(60.8)
14.9
(58.8)
19.0
(66.2)
17.9
(64.2)
15.0
(59.0)
15.0
(59.0)
15.9
(60.6)
14.0
(57.2)
14.0
(57.2)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 66.4
(2.61)
54.2
(2.13)
54.2
(2.13)
69.2
(2.72)
124.4
(4.90)
103.9
(4.09)
78.3
(3.08)
103.1
(4.06)
101.7
(4.00)
152.1
(5.99)
116.6
(4.59)
78.5
(3.09)
1,102.6
(43.41)
Average rainy days (≥ 0.1 mm) 10.0 6.8 6.7 6.6 10.1 9.2 9.1 10.0 10.4 11.4 11.5 11.0 112.8
Average relative humidity (%) 82.8 81.4 81.2 82.1 83.0 82.2 82.3 82.6 82.5 83.0 82.2 83.2 82.4
Mean monthly sunshine hours 256.9 241.9 278.8 265.0 249.7 255.1 268.3 271.2 245.2 242.7 238.3 233.2 3,046.3
Source #1: World Meteorological Organization[6]
Source #2: NOAA[7]

See also

  • Lists of lighthouses and lightvessels

References

  1. Dominica Republic The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 8 September 2016
  2. List of Lights, Buoys and Fog Signals Atlantic Coast. Retrieved 8 September 2016
  3. "Timelines of history. Timeline Dominican Republic" (https://www.timelines.ws/countries/DOMINREP.HTML - viewed May 2018)
  4. "Colectia Cuceritorii. Cristofor Columb - vazut de un marinar", by J.B. Charcot (translation done by Gabriela Dobrisan), Publishing Prietenii Cartii, Bucharest, Romania, 1998, p. 233-234
  5. "NOAA/ATLANTIC OCEANOGRAPHIC AND METEOROLOGICAL LABORATORY HURRICANE RESEARCH DIVISION. 515th Anniversary of Columbus’ hurricane encounter" (https://noaahrd.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/515th-anniversary-of-columbus-hurricane-encounter/ - June 2017)
  6. "World Weather Information Service - Punta Cana". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  7. "Climate Normals for Cabo Engaño (Punta Cana) 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved February 23, 2013.


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