Puerto Lempira

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Puerto Lempira
Municipality
Puerto Lempira is located in Honduras
Puerto Lempira
Puerto Lempira
Location in Honduras
Coordinates: 15°16′N 83°46′W / 15.267°N 83.767°W / 15.267; -83.767Coordinates: 15°16′N 83°46′W / 15.267°N 83.767°W / 15.267; -83.767
Country Honduras
Department Gracias a Dios
Villages 31
Area
 • Municipality 8,063 km2 (3,113 sq mi)
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality 50,268
 • Density 6.2/km2 (16/sq mi)
 • Urban 4,012
Time zone Central America (UTC-6)
Climate Am

Puerto Lempira is the capital of the Gracias a Dios department in northeastern Honduras, located on the shores of the Caratasca Lagoon. Though it does not have paved roads, it is the largest town in the La Mosquitia region.[1]

The town is named for the 16th century leader of the indigenous Lenca peoples, Lempira, who directed an ultimately unsuccessful resistance against the Spanish conquistador forces in the 1530s.

Puerto Lempira became the departmental capital in 1975, prior to which it was Brus Laguna. In the 1980s, the town became a centre for CIA operations against the Sandinistas.[2]

Its population as of 2001 was 4,012.[3]

Puerto Lempira is sister city to Plattsburgh, New York, US, and has been since 2011.

Transportation[edit]

The city is served by Puerto Lempira Airport, which operates several flights a week on a regular schedule.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Puerto Lempira (1961–1990, extremes 1961–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 33.0
(91.4)
35.2
(95.4)
36.4
(97.5)
37.0
(98.6)
38.0
(100.4)
34.8
(94.6)
35.0
(95)
37.3
(99.1)
38.1
(100.6)
35.0
(95)
34.6
(94.3)
32.8
(91)
38.1
(100.6)
Average high °C (°F) 28.2
(82.8)
28.8
(83.8)
30.2
(86.4)
31.1
(88)
31.6
(88.9)
30.7
(87.3)
30.1
(86.2)
30.3
(86.5)
30.6
(87.1)
29.7
(85.5)
29.0
(84.2)
28.4
(83.1)
29.9
(85.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) 25.9
(78.6)
26.2
(79.2)
27.3
(81.1)
28.2
(82.8)
28.5
(83.3)
28.1
(82.6)
27.9
(82.2)
28.1
(82.6)
27.8
(82)
27.2
(81)
26.7
(80.1)
26.1
(79)
27.3
(81.1)
Average low °C (°F) 22.0
(71.6)
21.8
(71.2)
22.1
(71.8)
23.0
(73.4)
23.7
(74.7)
24.1
(75.4)
23.9
(75)
24.0
(75.2)
23.6
(74.5)
23.2
(73.8)
23.1
(73.6)
22.7
(72.9)
23.1
(73.6)
Record low °C (°F) 14.5
(58.1)
14.0
(57.2)
12.5
(54.5)
15.0
(59)
21.4
(70.5)
15.5
(59.9)
16.0
(60.8)
17.4
(63.3)
17.0
(62.6)
15.3
(59.5)
15.5
(59.9)
11.0
(51.8)
11.0
(51.8)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 193.2
(7.606)
135.8
(5.346)
69.3
(2.728)
79.7
(3.138)
215.6
(8.488)
368.0
(14.488)
420.3
(16.547)
354.1
(13.941)
316.3
(12.453)
456.9
(17.988)
430.6
(16.953)
293.1
(11.539)
3,332.9
(131.217)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 12 9 6 5 9 16 19 17 16 19 16 15 159
Source #1: NOAA[4]
Source #2: Meteo Climat (record highs and lows)[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chandler, Gary & Prado, Liza. Honduras & the Bay Islands (2007) p. 297 (ISBN 978-1740591508)
  2. ^ Gill, Nicholas. Frommer's Honduras (2009) p.260 (ISBN 978-0470159439)
  3. ^ "Puerto-Lempira" Encyclopædia Britannica, Retrieved 9 November 2009
  4. ^ "Puerto Lempira Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Station Puerto Lempira" (in French). Meteo Climat. Retrieved 12 June 2016.