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Saturday 25 August Noon It is high tide and there is a steady breeze from the southeast at 6-8 knots. Out on the beach we have 91 degrees and 64% RH.There is occasional cloud drifting over - probably remnants of the moisture from hurricane Dean that dissipated over southern Mexico a couple of days ago. A few little echoes on the radar show that there is occasional precipitation over the gulf but no major storms on our horizon at this time. (ej). 7 a.m. Our weather gal is still having some internet problems. This are the stats for 7 a.m. El Jefe will update the weather for us around 10 a.m. Enjoy the Magic of San Felipe. (l.a.)
Friday 24 August 10 a.m. We woke this morning to bands of cloud drifting north up the Sea of Cortez and we see on the satellite pictures that there is quite a bit of stormy weather and moisture that has drifted across Mexico from the recent hurricane Dean. I don't expect any severe weather in the San Felipe region anytime soon but we must bear in mind that from now through the end of September is our rainy season. Some years we get a couple of big thunderstorms that come through and dump an inch of rain with little effect. However, every few years we do get a major storm that will leave behing 6 inches of rain in 6 hours - then we have road washouts and floods in the arroyos that bring water down from the mountains to our west. The "to-do" list this weekend includes checking the storm drains and making sure that they are flowing freely to allow water to get to the sea without washing out building foundations. (ej).
Thursday August 23, 1:30 p.m. The winds have shifted to the south at 8-10 knots and it is a pleasant 93 on the beach and a not-intolerable 97 in town at the office. Humidity is around 65% and there is a lot of haze in the air. Town has been plagued with problems on all the DSL lines over the past 24 hours with service dropping out for an hour or two at a time. The same goes for the Telcel mobile system - fortunately my iPhone will switch over to the competing system, Movistar, when this happens. We have also had a few power interruptions, mainly late at night and early in the morning. The problem for people with new airconditioners that have the fancy digital controls is that when the power goes off, these units do not turn back on automatically when the power is restored. You can wake up in the middle of the night in stifling heat and then have to get out of bed to push the button. There are definite advantages to the older technology of knobs and switches.(ej). 9:48 a.m. Our weather gal is having some internet problems so I'm posting the stats as of 7:00 a.m. The wind and humidity have risen since 7 o'clock this morning and it's gotten quite warm. It's probably more tolerable on the beach, but in town, it's hot!! Sounds like a great day to lay around in your pool or the Sea of Cortez. Whichever is availa
Wednesday August 22, 7:00 a.m. Monsoon moisture is seen over on the mainland to the east and south of us. In San Felipe, things are just a little hazy over the mountains to our west, which will clear off quickly as the sun does it's job. It is expected to remain hot through Thursday and then start to cool, at least a little. No matter; we all have learned to stay indoors during the hot part of the day and to find innovating ways to enjoy the lovely mornings and the tropical evenings. We continue to follow Hurricane Dean as it now heads into the U.S. the ultimate path leading to the south just below the Baja Peninsula maybe next week. (st) Yesterday's Max 99 F, Min 86F. Humidity currently reads 41%.
Tuesday August 21,noon. Out on the beach we have light southerly breezes at around 3-5 knots, 93 degrees and 70% relative humidity. Things are very quiet. I see a couple from the Marina Resort out lounging on lilos in the shallow water and other vacationers are sitting under the palapas with ice chests by their sides. Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out to the midday sun. (ej). 7:00 a.m. Partly overcast skies, somewhat hazy over the mountains to the west. We expect it to clear quickly as the sun does it's job. Most of the moisture remains at about the central part of the Baja Peninsula to the south. Naturally we are keeping an eye on Hurricane Dean as it heads across Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula. Tropical moisture associated with remnants of Hurricne dean is expected to bring increasing cloudiness with somewhat lower temperatures later in the week. (st) Yesterday's Max 100 F, Min 83F. Humidity currently reads 43%.
Monday August 20, 9:30 a.m. The muggy weather is with us again but it is an ideal reason to get out and splash in the sea. This morning we have an unusual airflow coming from the northwest, though I expect it will shift to the east later in the day. Presently it is 90 F in the shade on the beach with 72%RH. We are watching with trepidation as Hurricane Dean heads towards the Yucatan peninsular. We hope that our friends down in that beautiful part of Mexico will be safe and that the incredible Mayan temples will weather the storm without damage. (ej) Yesterday's Max 101 F, Min 80F. Humidity currently reads 72% at TC southern beach-home.
Sunday August 19, noon Quite windy on the beach with gusts of 20 kt from the south at times. Large wind-blown swells on the water. 93 degrees and 70% RH. 7 a.m. A few, light clouds appear here and there but clear skies will let in that bright sun which lets in heat; and there you have it. Our thermometer here on the bluff over the open countryside actually topped 100 degrees yesterday. We have hints of a 4 degree rise over the next few days before it levels off. This is a strong ending to a great summer, disregarding some of the humid weeks we endured. We hope all your activities today are planned indoors. We want to thank Joni who hosted a great dinner last evening at the Lighthouse restaurant now operating under new ownership. (st) Yesterday's Max 100 F, Min 83F. Humidity currently reads 42%.
Saturday August 18, 7 a.m. For this week-end at least we can expect a gradual drying trend with slightly above normal high temperatures. For San Felipe, that is still under the 100 degree mark on the outskirts, maybe 110 degrees in town where you have blacktop and cement everywhere. The breeze is expected to pick up shortly but not in time to dine on the patio this morning. We have only one more week-end before Labor Day settles in. Some of us are going to have a round-up dinner tonight at the Lighthouse for we that now consider ourselves the permanent foreign resident populace; we have stayed and enjoyed our summer in San Felipe. Our friends and relatives will filter in as the heat subsides during this next month, but this is our night. (st) Yesterday's Max 99 F, Min 85 F. Humidity currently reads 39%.
Friday August 17, noon. Out on the beach it is low tide . Just off the picture below the banana boat is taking on a group of weekend visitors. The water is fantastic, no need to worry about hypothermia if you fall off the banana. In the shade 90 degrees with 58% RH, light south-east breezes at 4-6 knots. (ej).
7 a.m. A tongue in cheek statement below! Yes! It was extremely hot in Yuma, recordings of 109 and 111 degrees for Wednesday and Thursday, as compared to 89 and 93 degrees on the beach in San Felipe, respectively. Thanks to that ever-accompanying breeze off the water (except at the change of the tides) our tropical weather pattern is exactly what one expects. The absence of any cloud cover whatsoever in our skies this morning will allow the temperatures to rise quickly. We are pleased to see Tropical Storm Flossie missed Hawaii and we are far from any damage from the eastern Tropical Storms in the Gulf of Mexico. We think the best place for your vacation is in our little town of San Felipe. (st) Yesterday's Max 99 F, Min 84 F. Humidity currently reads 44%.
Thursday August 16, noon. On the beach 90 degrees with NE winds at 5-7 kt. 70% RH. 9 a.m. Shirley has gone to Yuma to get a little relief from our cool weather in San Felipe - don't worry, she will soon be back. This morning the air is very still and as a result the temperatures are high; 93 F out on the beach at the moment. As the day wears on, the onshore breeze will pick up and bring us much more moderate temperatures along the beach. There is quite a patch of cloud south of us towards the Midriff islands and it will likely drift north. Today we expect afternoon thunderstorms in the mountains and deserts to our north and west but rain in San Felipe is unlikely. The overall picture, however, shows that a dryer air mass should be reaching us this weekend and will bring much more pleasant conditions. (ej) Yesterday's Max 97 F, Min 84 F. Humidity currently reads 47%
Wednesday August 15, 11:30 a.m. Out on the beach it is quite windy, 10-15 knots from the east, with 88 degrees F and 75% RH. Very pleasant if you just want to lounge around. Our air conditioners are working overtime trying to remove all the moisture from this humid air. What a pity that so many people let this condensation just go to waste. A typical seven room house air conditioner will deliver around 20 gallons of very good water (no salts) per day that is ideal for the garden. (ej) 7 a.m. It is back to a normal morning in San Felipe. There is a cloud bank over the far-off mainland. The sun was a little late in rising because it had to get over that cloud bank. But now it is up with all it's glory. It is much less sticky than yesterday. The water is calm, and there is just a little breeze. I'm sure (ej) will add to this later today. st Yesterday's Max 96 F, Min 84 F. Humidity currently reads 51%.
Tuesday August 14, 9:50 a.m Since about 9:00 it has actually been sprinkling in San Felipe. Enough to leave a sparse carpet of spots on the streets of sand. Hallelujah! However it was not to last. st. About 1:30 a.m. I was awakened by lightning flashes from the east. I watched for about an hour as the strikes continued over the mainland. This morning heavy clouds overhead now include us in the area of possible showers. Weather charts show most precipitation to the north-east. We are sending our rain-prayers in that direction. Although humid and sticky, I am writing this report on the patio at 7:00 with suggested inputs from those around me. This is a combined effort today. st. Yesterday's Max 91 F, Min 85 F. Humidity currently reads 44%.
Monday August 13, 1:44 p.m. I can't wait to tell you. We were shocked to hear what sounded like a down-poor on our roof. We stepped out onto the patio to see a dark cloud overhead and, yes, large rain drops....for about 4 minutes. And, hark, I do hear thunder. But now it has stopped. Skies around this dark cloud are clear. This is just one of those phenominal cloudbursts. And there, we now have a CFE power outage, for a few seconds. There are tiny whitecaps on the water which itself appears in patches of green/blue/green because of the beautiful cloud patterns above.. This is indeed a surprising day. 5:30 a.m. Behold! What a sunrise I couldn't wait to capture this one and the camera was handy. The clouds make the patterns as the sun attempts to rise around and above them. A soft, relatively cool breeze completed the picture. 7:00 a.m. Already this scene has faded and we have just one more busy San Felipe morning to talk about as in our camcorder picture above. We must get those last minute mini-vacation trips in before the new Fall season sets in. But where do you go to beat this. SE. st....Yesterday's Max 95 F, Min 80 F. Humidity currently reads 37%.
Sunday August 12, 3 p.m. On the beach it is almost a carbon copy of yesterday. Light easterly breezes at 7-9 kt, 89 degrees and 72% RH. It just doesn't get much better than this! ej 7 a.m. We're running late this morning. At 5:30 we were enjoying the extra beautiful morning sunrise because there are a few more clouds to create patterns. Some friends came by for morning coffee and time got away. Suffice it to say, it is a carbon copy of yesterday but with much lower humidity. Soft winds from the north east at this moment but will be more active a little later and probably change to the SE. st....Yesterday's Max 95 F, Min 80 F. Humidity currently reads 37%.
Saturday August 11, 1:30 p.m. On the beach. Here on the beach, at high tide, we have perfect conditions with 88 F and 65% RH. The winds are delightful; around 10-12 knots from the east with whitecaps and banana boats zipping up and down trying to dump their young passengers in the drink. Notice how different things are between the bay beaches and Campo Ocotillos. The San Felipe climate is extremely local. Right on the beach we experience the wonderful and refreshing cool breezes and the thermal inertia of the water while even 50 yards inland it can feel hot and opressive. That is why houses right on the beach (with no other structures in the way to block the breeze) fetch double the price. Similarly, if you want to come for a perfect vacation you need to pay the extra and get a room right on the water. (ej)
The tidecam picture at 1 p.m. with a banana boat loading up and a skidoo
7 a.m Our humidity rose dramatically within the last 24 hours. Gone is the cool picture I reported yesterday morning. It is hot and sticky already today with a promise of the temperatures hitting the 3-digit level early. Later however, when the breeze comes back up, temperatures will level out and no-one will notice the change. Life in San Felipe is centered around tropical activities; fishing, swimming, water toys and the like. Laughter and sweat is the main part of the picture. Yesterday's Volleyball games for instance were from 12:30 to 2:30. Followed by a cool drink and another day of fun in the sun was over. Alas. st....Yesterday's Max 97 F, Min 82 F. Humidity currently reads 56%.
Friday August 10, 1 p.m My goodness, what a wonderful day! I got in from San Diego last night and was impressed at how cool the house was. Right now out on the beach we have a superb onshore breeze blowing at 12-14 knots with 88 degrees and 70% RH. Whitecaps are on the sea and it is almost high tide. You could not ask for better weather than this for a beach vacation. People pay three to four thousand dollars a week to rent houses on the beach in Puerto Vallarta to experience these conditions. This is definitely a very unusual year for weather! (ej). 7:00 a.m. Nightimes are so cool now. Stepping out into 75 degree mornings is a luxury to many. Of course the thermometer rises quickly; within 3 hours we are up 12 degrees. A low cloud pattern exists in a few places. The sun is marking it's path on the horizon and will soon sparkle on the perfectly calm waters. TGIF. We are looking forward to a relaxing week-end heading toward the middle of August. So be it. st....Yesterday's Max 97 F, Min 75 F. Humidity currently reads 41%.
Thursday August 9, 7:00 a.m. The most important statistic today is that the humidity has remained low. Along with normal temperatures remaining in the 90's we couldn't be happier. The clouds at the southern tip of the Baja have moved upwards but will not begin to reach this area for the next day or two. The latest pacific storm warning 'Flossie' remains out at sea. In San Felipe normal summer activities continue with a seemingly normal amount of traffic enjoying our newly constructed 4-lane highways (after you get past the construction sites, that is). We are starting to look at the Fall calendars. st....Yesterday's Max 96 F, Min 77 F. Humidity currently reads 38%.
Wednesday August 8, 7:00 a.m. It's going to be a beautiful day. The humidity is down and the temperatures are now in the normal range. There are no clouds on any horizon at this moment and there is no breeze. Not much of a weather report this morning. st....Yesterday's Max 94 F, Min 80 F. Humidity currently reads 37%.
Tuesday August 7, 7:00 a.m. Imagine enjoying temperatures of 82-85 degrees in San Felipe in August. It was wonderful stepping outside into the cool morning air and watching the sun rise, almost too fast, out of the Sea. At this moment waters are calm and there is no wind but we expect just a slight breeze shortly. With only a few light clouds we can expect it to warm up quickly. The voting? Baja is happy to have the ruling party, the PAN, remain in power. Osuna Millan won! st....Yesterday's Max 99 F, Min 75 F. Humidity currently reads 39%.
Monday August 6, 7:00 a.m. Light clouds remain across the Baja, still moving southwest to northeast. This is a normal pattern here, with heaviest clouds moving over mainland Mexico and northward into the United States. With only light clouds drifting slowly overhead we will have plenty of sunshine today, with a warming trend expected throughout the week. No news on the voter turn-out yesterday. st....Yesterday's Max 98 F, Min 79 F. Humidity currently reads 44%.
Sunday August 5, 7:00 a.m. Cloudy skies drifting over the entire Baja, southwest to northeast, becomes heaviest over the mainland. Over Baja the northern area is entirely clear, but San Felipe remains in the northern portion of that path. Therefore we have light fog-covered skies overhead this morning which may burn off as the path continues to cross our area and the sun breaks through. As usual, there is just a slight morning breeze and the water appears as a quietly rippling pond under a cloudy ceiling. It's going to be a perfectly comfortable day for voter turn-out in the governor for Baja race. st....Yesterday's Max 99 F, Min 82 F. Humidity currently reads 35%.
Saturday August 4, 7:00 a.m. A trough of low pressure is moving slowly west across northwest mexico throughout the week-end. Temperatures rose a little again yesterday, putting us in the 110+ category in town. Fortunately this weather station is out on property sitting on a bluff above the Sea of Cortez, where we get any breeze that comes this way. Thus in town, with pavement and cement everywhere, it can ride as much as 10 degrees higher. Thank goodness the Humidity has gone down. They tell us readings will gradually lower throughout the week-end into Monday. Stay cool. st....Yesterday's Max 99 F, Min 82 F. Humidity currently reads 35%.
Friday August 3, 7:00 a.m. Do not see monsoon moisture mentioned in any forecasts today. Very moist air will stay with us throughout the week-end keeping the relative humidity factor around the 40's. Those light clouds covering much of the area also help to keep the temperatures down. Low tides are around noon and again at midnight, so not much activity from would-be clammers in the early mornings...noon is too hot.TGIF st ...Yesterday's Max 95 F, Min 82 F. Humidity currently reads 39%.
Thursday August 2, 7:00 a.m. Monsoon moisture levels are still in the excessive range. The humidity readings are low but looking west toward the mountains we have an early morning haze which will probably burn off early. Today will be a hot one even for us. Those taking excercise classes or on the water Volley Ball teams and the like need to take extra care from sunburns. We that toil on inside chores will be taxing the electric company with our excessive use of the air-conditioners. We do not have that tenacity that the locals do. By evening we will all be back out for Happy Hour and making plans for the week-end. st ....Yesterday's Max 96 F, Min 81 F. Humidity currently reads 43%.
Wednesday August 1, 7:00 a.m. Monsoon moisture continues. Yes these clouds keep the thermometer readings lower than normal, but the laundry room is working overtime keeping up with the change of clothing. We keep our air-conditioners on 82 daily and 85 for night-time use mostly to keep a dry atmosphere in the house. The locals, used to working in these conditions, sing and joke as they create building after building in this wild and ever-expanding real-estate craze. We admire their exhuberance and tenacity. Away out on the Pacific there is a new storm, Erica, brewing but headed on a western path. st ....Yesterday's Max 95 F, Min 81 F. Humidity currently reads 51%.
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