Cerro El Pital

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Cerro El Pital
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Highest point
Elevation 2,730 m (8,960 ft) [1]
Prominence 1,530 m (5,020 ft) [1]
Listing Country high point
Ultra
Coordinates 14°23′00″N89°07′00″W / 14.38333°N 89.11667°W / 14.38333; -89.11667 Coordinates: 14°23′00″N89°07′00″W / 14.38333°N 89.11667°W / 14.38333; -89.11667 [1]
Naming
Language of nameSpanish
Geography
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Cerro El Pital
Location of Cerro El Pital in El Salvador
Location Chalatenango, El Salvador [1]
Parent range Sierra Madre

Cerro El Pital is a mountain in Central America, on the border of El Salvador . It is located 12 km (7 mi) from the town of La Palma at a height of 2,730 m (8,957 ft) above sea level, and is the highest point in Salvadoran territory. Cerro El Pital is in the middle of a cloud forest that has an average annual temperature of 10 °C (50 °F). [2]

Central America central geographic region of the Americas

Central America is located on the southern tip of North America, or is sometimes defined as a subcontinent of the Americas, bordered by Mexico to the north, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south. Central America consists of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. The combined population of Central America has been estimated to be 41,739,000 and 42,688,190.

El Salvador country in Central America

El Salvador, officially the Republic of El Salvador, is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America. It is bordered on the northeast by Honduras, on the northwest by Guatemala, and on the south by the Pacific Ocean. El Salvador's capital and largest city is San Salvador. As of 2016, the country had a population of approximately 6.34 million.

La Palma, Chalatenango Municipality in Chalatenango Department, El Salvador

La Palma is a municipality in the Chalatenango department of El Salvador. The municipality, located in a mountainous area of the country, covers an area of 131.89 km² and as of 2006 had an approximate population of 24,000.

It is one of the most popular tourist draws in El Salvador, with great biodiversity in a wide altitudinal range containing many endangered species of flora and fauna. The cloud forest has some of the rarest plants and animals in the country, including quetzals and other endangered species.

Quetzal informal group of birds

Quetzals are strikingly colored birds in the trogon family.

From November to February the temperature ranges between −6 °C (21 °F) and 10 °C (50 °F) (lowest recorded, in January 1956) and in the rest of the year the temperature ranges between 5 °C (41 °F) and 17 °C (63 °F). It is the coldest place in El Salvador. On 13 April 2004, much of the mountain was blanketed by an accumulation of hail during a storm, an unusual event that caused a commotion among the local community. [3]

Climate

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Cerro El Pital, El Salvador.
Climate data for Cerro El Pital, Chalatenango, El Salvador
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Daily mean °C (°F)8.5
(47.3)
10.2
(50.4)
12.5
(54.5)
13
(55)
14
(57)
15
(59)
15
(59)
14
(57)
12
(54)
10
(50)
8.1
(46.6)
6.8
(44.2)
11
(52)
Average low °C (°F)−3.0
(26.6)
−2.5
(27.5)
−1.8
(28.8)
2.0
(35.6)
3.0
(37.4)
4.0
(39.2)
5.1
(41.2)
5.8
(42.4)
5.1
(41.2)
3.4
(38.1)
1
(34)
−3.0
(26.6)
4
(39)
Record low °C (°F)−6.2
(20.8)
−4.2
(24.4)
−5.5
(22.1)
−4.5
(23.9)
0
(32)
1
(34)
1
(34)
0
(32)
−2.5
(27.5)
−2.5
(27.5)
−4.8
(23.4)
−6
(21)
−3.1
(26.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches)10.0
(0.39)
20.0
(0.79)
10.0
(0.39)
6.0
(0.24)
152.0
(5.98)
242.0
(9.53)
266.0
(10.47)
286.0
(11.26)
290.0
(11.42)
217.0
(8.54)
36.0
(1.42)
10.0
(0.39)
1,534
(60.4)
[ citation needed ]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "Cerro El Pital, El Salvador". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  2. "Cerro El Pital" (in Spanish). Ministerio de Turismo de la República de El Salvador. 2005. Archived from the original on 2 May 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  3. Villarroel, Nathalie (13 April 2004). "El cerro El Pital fue cubierto por escarcha". El Diario de Hoy (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 February 2009.