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April 2005 weather archives


Saturday, April 30, 2005, 7 :30 a.m. Dia de los Ninos, their own day, as celebrated here in Mexico. Also, CODE Off-Road Race is being held in town, drawing a lot of attention. Then on Sunday, May 1, Dia del Trabajo. (Mexican Labor Day). Check our Calendar of Events for details. The weather is absolutely perfect in all respects. st

Friday, April 29, 2005, 7 :30 a.m. Around 5:00 a.m I awoke to hear the winds whistling through the trees. But when I took the actual readings, it was just gusty winds up to 6mp. It didn't last long. Those branches are now lazily swaying at 1-3 mph. There is a bank of clouds to the east of us on the horizon and soft clouds dotting the rest of the skies. It promises to be a nice day, and hopefully a nice week-end coming up. st

Thursday, April 28, 2005, 6 :30 a.m. Calm and cool this morning. In fact, it has been cool now for at least 4 days. Of course we are expecting the higher temperatures very soon now. Last year, 4/28/04, we hit 100 degrees which was not the norm, but it can happen. We are showing the high and low tides to help you plan your trip to the beach if you wish to see the grunion runs. Tonight may be the last night. We are planning ahead for Friday and Saturday's CODE Off-road race; also 4/30 is the Dia de las Ninos. May 1 is Dia del Trabajo, a holiday in Mexico. A big week-end ahead folks. st

Wednesday, April 27, 2005, 7:30 a.m. Yesterday afternoon the clouds had inched over the western mountain range, but did not pose any threat whatsoever. This morning all is clear. We have a cool, north breeze fanning 2 people out shelling as the tide is going out. The water sparkles so in the early morning sun, enough to make sunglasses a must. st

Taking the temperature of the water each day can be fun. We try to take it at the same hour, in the same place, every day. Today, at 3:30 p.m. the temperature again read 81 F. An hour later we returned, mainly to see the grunion run, and again read the temperature. This picture is proof of this ritual. st

A 2.2 earthquake was felt in Mexicali, Tuesday, Apr 26, 11:18 p.m. just 14 miles south of Mexicali in the Rio Hardy area.


Two more were felt in San Felipe, one at 5:24 p.m., a 4.3 quake about 81 miles SSE of San Felipe and the other
was at 5:33 p.m., a 4.9 quake, about 68 miles SE of San Felipe.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsUS/Maps/US2/29.31.-115.-113.html (San Felipe is located at KM 28, at the top of this map)The earthquakes were located out in the Sea of Cortez.

In accordance with many published schedules, which state that 2 to 4 days after the new moon or full moon the grunion come ashore and perform their amazing reproduction actions, the grunion did make their famous run. At 5:15 this evening we caught this fascinating snapshot of the grunion as they came ashore at Campo Ocotillo. The seagulls also were there waiting for their share of this unexpected buffet. If you wish to know more, check here

Tuesday, April 26, 2005, 7:30 a.m. A very few light clouds dot the skies. The tide is out, some beachcombers are out looking for the best of shells. Otherwise, things are calm, everywhere. st

Monday, April 25, 2005, 6:30 a.m. A calm, cool morning. Everything is still; the trees, the flags, the water. Clear skies again prevail. st

Sunday, April 24, 2005, 8:30 a.m. It's cool again this morning with a gusty south wind lightly whipping through the trees. It sounds worse than it is. At 8:00 the tide was -2.8 but no-one has ventured out. Beyond the sandbars the water glistens gently in the sun. A few clouds are visible through a light haze; otherwise clear skies prevail. It is going to be a beautiful day for the Las Amigas Luau. st

8:20 p.m. The haze cleared, but the clouds eased over the Sierra San Felipe this afternoon. The breeze stayed with us all afternoon. Suddenly we noticed it had all died down and most of the clouds had cleared up again. And a huge white ball is staring at us from above. It is the new moon, shining so brillianty in the night sky. The largest stars are out already and within a half hour the sky will be covered. About Tuesday we will be looking forward to a night of entertainment with the grunion run, not to harvest, but to watch the ritual.

Saturday, April 23, 2005, 8:30 a.m.Far off to the east I see a bank of clouds laying over the horizon. Otherwise the skies are completely clear allowing the sun to do it's work. The low tide of -2.1 at 7:30 this morning is still with us; several people are out there either clamming or looking for shell specimens. Further out the sun is so brilliant on the water it is just shimmering. I'm particularly enjoying the cool, north breeze knowing the temperatures will climb quickly this morning. The full moon is due on the 24th, which means Tuesday through Thursday will be great times to observe*, the grunion in April or May. Some of our friends are heading out for a desert run looking for spring flowers and rock specimens. What a great place for hobbies. 3:30 p.m. The picture has completely changed.A heavy cloud pattern has formed heading straight up the west coast, some slipping right on over the tops of those mountains. We now have heavy white cotton low clouds, some with dark moisture in them, and soft mares tails in the upper clouds. This is all coming from the SW heading straight north into California, and may or may not miss us. The water at 1:30, almost high tide of 17 feet, was still reading a temperature of 72; this is knee high mind you. Earlier I saw soft white caps, but not now. It is still active but not reacting to the strong gusty winds on land. Time to go inside my friends. st

California Grunion Run information (not applicable to San Felipe): This year’s open fishing season in California is: March 12-15 and 27-30; June 8-11 and 23-26; July 8-11 and 23-26; Aug. 6-9 and 21-24. (the second to 4th day after the full or new moon)
To preserve the grunion population, fishing is illegal during the peak spawning times of April and May
http://www.dfg.ca.gov (Dept of Fish and Game)

San Felipe Grunion runs Here, on the eastern shore of the peninsular, the grunion run on the afternoon high tide and not at night.

Friday, April 22, 2005, 8:00 a.m. Those overcast skies arrived sooner than expected. Actually, a few raindrops have already fallen. It depends on how that cloud pattern heads north whether we will have a sprinkle or a rain today. Hopefully most of it will stay on the western side of the mountains until it slips on up into SW California and Arizona. We will be watching it throughout the day. 8:30 p.m. It did not rain in San Felipe. It remained overcast for the morning and part of the afternoon. Then, magically, it began to clear. By tonight there are only a few clouds remaining, with the sun doing it's job even at after 5:00 p.m.where we had all gathered for a good-bye potluck of turkey and trimmings. Some chose to sit in the sun, and some had to move to the shady side because of the heat. Sadly those are the snowbirds that must leave as the hot climate settles in here. st

Thursday, April 21, 2005, 4:00 p.m. The weather girl was called out of town today. It was a carbon copy of yesterday.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005, 6:00 a.m. My eyes are glued to that pink sky, waiting for the sun to pop up in just a few minutes. As I write this report I shall watch it 'rise out of the water' so to speak. There. In 4 minutes it has fully risen and is now leaving the horizon line. Fantastic. The winds have changed, coming from the North West now, which always brings cooler temperatures. I shall wrap up tighter in this flannel housecoat and step back inside. The forecast is for a warming trend through Friday. Let's hope it's for real. st

Tuesday, April 19, 2005, 8:00 a.m. A carbon copy of yesterday although we have a light northern breeze with us this morning. Our brick or block homes tend to hold the heat throughout the night, so that we appreciate stepping out into the cool morning air with that first, hot cup of coffee. The dogs are frisky, the birds are chirping. However, it doesn't take long for everything to slow almost to a stop as the sun does it's job. Notice there is an almost a 20 degree spread in the readings.st

Monday, April 18, 2005, 9:00 a.m. Everything is calm. No clouds in the sky, just a very slight breeze, the water is gently rippling along the shore, a good day for an early morning walk. But not if you're trying to make it to work and have a dead battery. Yesterday the town was so full, there was not a parking space to be found in the town center. This beautiful April weather draws the tourists and the visitors every year. As the population grows, more and more snowbirds have practically become residents or are staying longer, and bringing in the guests. The panga fishermen are also enjoying the extra business. st

Sunday April 17, 8:30 a.m. With a full day behind us, we greet today with new anticipation. The plan is to have a swimming party when the tide is out this afternoon, followed by Rice and Ribs. With such beautiful, warm evenings there may be several BBQ's along the waterfront, Many cook with fresh garlic, onions, cillantro and fresh peppers of all sorts, each sending off it's own exciting and tantalizing aromas, enough to make one hungry at any time. If we don't have a party, we'll just join one. st

Saturday April 16, 8:00 a.m. With the moon at it's first quarter, and a flat tide today, the temperature of the water has climbed dramatically. It has now held steady at 85 degrees F for a week, great for swimmers. Our daily highs have also been running around the same. With the soft, light breezes, and clear skies allowing that blazing sun to do it's work the air temperatures should be rising overall. st

8:00 p.m. This has been a full day for this writer. This morning we attended the first stone ceremonies of the Playa Del Paraiso project, a planned 8-story highrise just south of town. In the afternoon we joined our fellow travellers to review slides of our OAXACA ADVENTURE trip in southern Mexico and shared memories. In the evening we met with others at Ted's Las Arcos restaurant where 17 of us shared great meals and stories of the day.

Friday April 15, 7:00 a.m. The sun rose this morning about 6:10 a.m. By now it is pretty high in the sky. The flags are fluttering lightly in the breeze. But the water is almost still as it sparkles under that bright, bright sun. The temperatures are climbing, this week reaching between 85 - 89 degrees. Almost without fail one can count on a soft breeze off the water throughout the day, which makes high temperatures very tolerable. In Mexicali, as in Calexico, the temperatures usually reach 5 to 10 degrees higher. Without that breeze off of the water, you can really feel the difference. st

Thursday April 14, 7:30 a.m. There is a bank of clouds appearing above the horizon over the Sea of Cortez this morning. However skies are absolutely clear over San Felipe and the mountains to our west. A band of light clouds is still sweeping far to the south of San Felipe with no effect on us. With temperatures climbing, snowbirds are leaving. The town is quiet and most of us are making our plans for summer vacations, or projects maybe. st

Wednesday April 13, 7:30 a.m. At this moment everything is so still; not a leaf is fluttering. The water. almost silently, is lapping at the shore. Only the sound of our footsteps can be heard as we walk along the beach. Back at the house someone has made coffee, but even there we sit quietly for a few more minutes, hating to break this silence. In San Felipe the winds change by the hour, especially as the tides change. It is pretty unusual for it to be this quiet at this hour in the morning. st 10:00 a.m. As predicted, the breeze came up, the flags became active, and the landscape became alive as the tide came to it's low point of 1.5 feet today. But it will calm again within the hour as everything settles. The temperature has now reached 85 at Campo Ocotillo. Water temperature also reached an 85 degree reading. st

Tuesday April 12, 11 a.m. A calm, clear, morning with light, variable breezes. We have been off-the-air for the past few hours because of problems with the telephone company in Mexicali. I am told that they have now re-established our connections to the outside world. We shall see. The barometer is holding steady at 29.83 inches. 6 p.m. and all is well. Our internet connection is working reliably (for San Felipe). It is a beautiful day; 84 F in town with 34% RH

Monday April 11, 6:30 a.m. Who wouldn't like to wake up with birds chirping right outside your window? This is their springtime, time for mating and building nests and all the busy things that go at this time of year. The weather is picture perfect. The sun has risen about 6:00 this morning, and is now well up above the horizon. We expect a very low tide this morning, 1.4 at 9:24 a.m. a great time for shelling.Temperatures could climb quickly so layer your clothing. Although some weather service reports have us reaching the 80's I have yet to record that here at the camp. st 4:30 p.m. An absolutely superb afternoon. Warm and dry with 84 F in town and 30% RH, light on-shore breezes.

Sunday April 10, 8 a.m. A soft breeze on earth. The cloud pattern is a mozaic pattern up there. The water is very calm. Thank goodness the dust will have a chance to settle. Yesterday the Amigas Poker Race brought back some very dirty faces fighting those dirt gusts. There were many smiles as each came out of the desert, although there had been one roll-over out there. 9:00 p.m. The stars are shining so brightly tonight. A great conversational piece for astronomers. Out here where there are no street lights, and few residential lights it is so easy to get lost in it's tranquility. st

Saturday April 9, 8 a.m. We awoke this morning to strong, northerly, gusty winds. At 7:30 town was hidden from view by a huge dust cloud which comes and goes as the winds vary in intensity. I keep getting shocks off the doorknobs because of the low relative humidity. The barometric pressure at present is 29.77 inches of mercury, a substantial drop overnight. There are only a few small clouds in the sky but the sun is glowing an almost eerie red at times through the blowing sand. The mountains in San Diego county are reporting wind gusts up to 50 mph and some rain passed through that area around midnight. In El Centro at this time, the weather service reports 59F and winds 18-25 mph. Wind advisories are expected to be up until around noon today and it should be a nice day here this afternoon. 1 p.m. The wind has shifted to the southeast and is now just occasionally blustery to 10 mph. Out on the beaches, it is 70 F 40% RH and a great day for a walk. Barometer is rising slowly; 29.78 inches.

Friday April 8 8 a.m. A strong wind storm passed through this area around 4 a.m. and although it is calm at the moment, the forecast is for more strong winds to blow today and Saturday. In the US, the National Weather Service has issued wind warnings for the Lower Colorado River basin. An even stronger low pressure system moving down from the Northwest will bring more winds and low relative humidities on Saturday. Currently Calexico is reporting WNW winds at 18-24 mph and 59 F. Drivers on the road down from Mexicali should be very careful, particularly on crossing the Laguna Salada where sand storms can bring the visibility down to a few feet! 2 p.m. 73 F on the beach and 75 in town, Light breezes 3-5 mph variable from North to East- no strong gusts yet. 7 p.m. There are a lot of cars arriving in town. It is calm and dusk is falling. 75 F with light winds. 11 p.m. 68F and calm, clear skies - totally dark - no moon.

Thursday A calm, quiet morning. We have some thin, high, cloud that is moving over the sea to our East. The sea surface is like a mirror with hardly a ripple in sight. There is the sound of a boat's outboard motor but it is so far away I can hardly see it. Sound carries very well in these conditions. 2 p.m. In town 78 F 39%RH Gentle Easterly breezes. Time for the Hora de Cena Liquido con totopos.

Wednesday. It was a partly cloudy day. Nice really if you have nothing to do but enjoy the beach. However, we here are doing more revamping of our website and it is a real challenge when several people are working on the same file. You may experience some 404's (cant find the page) Don't worry, we will get things back where thay are supposed to be soon.

Tuesday, April 5, 2005: 7:00 a.m All is calm, a lazy day I think. The town is still winding down after the huge influx of teens, and other families vacationing around the Easter holidays. Most of the local and civic clubs will be planning their final group meetings. The Las Amigas chose this week for their Poker Race of the season. Whatever! the weather will be great for about a month. st

Monday, April 4, 2005: 7:00 a.m (Daylight Savings time). Did you notice the stars shining so brightly last night? We have had so much overcast that this is a treat we have been missing, off and on for the last 2 weeks. This morning everything is still. The sun is throwing shadows everywhere and promises to warm today into higher temperatures. st

Sunday, April 3, 2005: 8:30 a.m (Daylight Savings time). 7:30 standard time. That cloud overcast that came in yesterday afternoon is still with us this morning, keeping the temperatures down and our sweaters on. To the north the clouds are beginning to break up, and that wonderful morning sun is beaming through. Over San Felipe there is still a thin saucer of clouds. Our friends took the water thermometer out with them yesterday and reported it was 72 degrees, "too cold for swimming", they said. You'd never know that from watching the crowd last week. st 3:00 p.m (Daylight Savings time). Yes, that cloud cover has almost completely burned off in San Felipe, possibly still hanging on south of town. The UV count is now very dangerous, as most of us did not dress for the change in climate. A potluck event turned into a sunburn event. Luckily someone brought some suntan lotion and everybody applied same. Our friends again took to the water and this time returned with a reading of 73 degrees at 12:00 noon when tides were probably around 8'. That blazing sun is driving right into the waters and the beach is becoming congested once again. st

Saturday, April 2, 2005: 7:00 a.m. It's, oooooooh so warm this morning; soft clouds swiping the skies which promise to clear quickly. It's too bad the days were not as warm for the Spring Breakers. The town is still busy, traffic is still fairly heavy as those not travelling by bus shall surely stick around as long as possible before they too must return home. In a conversation we had the other day it appears more and more permanent residents plan to stay throughout the summer (except for the normal vacation plans, of course). Air conditioning is available in homes, cars and stores/offices. If you live right on the waterfront, very little air conditioning is needed. That breeze comes up almost every day and does a good job of cooling. st Noon - very pleasant. The winds died down and we are having really nice conditions. In the courtyard it is already 84 F and my cacti are waking up for the season. They develop pale, almost colorless, flowers overnight but when I get up in the morning, the flowers are gone. They rely on the night insects to pollenate them. There are people strolling out on the beaches and the Malecon, in town, is crowded. There is a plan to clean up the Malecon: Tear down the old Palapas on the beach and not replace them, stop people camping on the beach there. The fishing pangas have also got to move to the harbor - too much dumping of the entrails of the fish that are cleaned out in the shallow water. The gulls and pelicans get well fed but there is still a lot of matter to decay in the sea and this contributes to high bacteria counts. ej

Friday, April 1, 2005: 7:00 a.m. Cool winds are still howling this morning. We see our young visitors clutching their jackets, suitcases and whatever else they are carrying as they scurry to the busses that will whisk them away to their various schools. Spring Break is officially over. Some of them will be sandblasted and/or burned, souveniers from a wonderful vacation here in San Felipe.st 9:00 a.m. If anything, the winds are now even stronger which is not pleasant in a town built on beach sand. There are not many vendors opening up their wares, nor customers to view them. Traffic is no longer congested, in fact it is very light on the malecon right now. Very few are on the beach itself; no fishing. Small whitecaps will appear shortly, good for camera buffs only. st Noon - It is a crystal-clear day on the beaches. Moderate Northerly breezes but very pleasant if you are behind a wind break. For some reason the UV is way up today and anyone falling asleep in the sun better have plenty of sunblock on.ej


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