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San Felipe - Archive of weather for August 2008.

 

31 Aug 2008. Good morning from San Felipe.


8:00 p.m. ........ What a let-down.The clouds quickly broke up into smaller cotton-ball clouds. We actually can see stars in the blue areas. Well, I hope the rest of the country north and west fared as well. T 86, H 40 st

 

Sunday 31 August, 4:17 p.m. It is starting to rain. We heard thunder and saw lightning off to the west. The wind is picking up somewhat, maybe to a 9 mph. We are ready but the rain is still light. 4:37 p.m. it has stopped raining. What a let-down. 8:00 p.m. The clouds quickly broke up into smaller cotton-ball clouds. We actually can see stars in the blue areas. Well, I hope the rest of the country north and west fared as well. T 86, H 40 st

4:00 p.m. Looking west/northwest off the highway
4:00 p.m. Heading due north. Hope we make it.

2:30 p.m Still no rain. A bit of thunder rumbles now and then, but not too close. The SE wind has picked up to 15-17 mph and is getting stronger but it is so warm and pleasant, it can't possibly bring bad tidings.With many clouds all around, yet plenty of blue skies between it's hard to tell what may yet come. You can bet most of the storm is to the north and there will be rain in that direction. T91 H64 st

Sunday 31 August, 7:00 a.m. Well today was supposed to be the bad one, but in San Felipe we have only a couple of major clouds left overhead. All around looks pretty good. Directly over town seems clear. There is almost no breeze from the south yet this morning. The water is extremely calm. The temperatures are creeping back up to almost normal. The road crews have been out doing an exceptional job on the highway. We are waiting for reports of road conditions for the return traffic from the holiday. (st) Yesterday’s Max94 F, Min 82 F. Humidity currently 61%.

083108 2:30 p.m north view
083108 2:30 p.m east view
083108 2:30 p.m south view 083108 2:30 p.m west view

 

Saturday 30 August,

10 a.m. Ominous clouds from the satellite picture show dense cover north of San Felipe up to the border.

The radar image from Yuma at 10 a.m. indicates rain falling north of San Felipe, probably all the way to Mexicali

Saturday 30 August, 7:00 p.m. Heavy clouds still linger over the mountains to the west and to the north. But locally our clouds have become much lighter and not near as aggresive. I'm waiting for the thunder or the lightning this evening to know if anything has remained in this area. No breeze at all. T 86, H 58 st.

3:00 p.m. Not much change in the camera views below although most clouds are lighter. Heaviest are still over the mountains to the west as well as some right over our head. The thunder has stopped, the breeze is only about 5-7 mph. T90, H55. st

 

083008 11:00 a.m. North view
083008 11:00 a.m. East view
083008 11:00 a.m. South view
083008 11:00 a.m. West view

 

Saturday 30 August,11:00 a.m. The clouds have now encircled our entire town, still with blue skies between clouds. We are now surrounded, with heavier clouds to our south and north but solid clouds to our west. Hark, I hear thunder. It may not be long. T91, H 54

9:00 a.m. Those clouds are darker and meaner.All the way up the Sea path and to the north and to the west the clouds have become very threatening. To the south, over town, there are plenty of clouds but not as dark (from this view). T92, H70 st

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Friday 29 August, 9:00 p.m. It turned out to be a beautiful day with no threats whatsoever. No excitement at all. Until now..............Off to the east there is no thunder, but what a gorgeous lightning show. It is miles long, and brilliant; almost a solid show dancing over Puerto Penasca. It has lasted at least 20 minutes to now, and may stay for hours. I'm off to bed. st

7:00 a.m. Looking out of my south-west window all is calm, sunny, and quiet with a few clouds. But when I turned to the East... heavy clouds overhead, all up and down the Sea front and off to the north; it took my breath away. I was not expecting it till Sunday. Directly overhead we have some heavy but smaller clouds dotting the sky amongst plenty of sunshine. It seems to be driftng north-westward. The tide is at it's lowest so the winds are quiet. When things turn the breeze will be mostly from the south.(st) Yesterday’s Max93 F, Min 80 F. Humidity currently 65%.

Friday 29 August, 7:00 p.m. Low tide and all is calm. The wind has slowed to a 3-5 mph reading. The skies overhead are clear. We have clouds off to the east and to the west, but our corridor is clear. T 87, H 61. st

Note: It is with great sadness Irene Skinner passed away last night. She was just shy of a couple of weeks of her 100th birthday. See obituaries....

 

 

8:00 a.m. Katherine took the picture below early this morning at a corner in town which has poor drainage. She said she had to turn around 4 times to get around all the floods in town.

a beautiful photo of a bad corner at north end of the malecon by the old shipyard

 

 

7:00 a.m.That was quite a storm at 2:30 a.m.seemingly to come out of the East(see below) This morning there was just a sprinkle in the air as I stepped out to read the rain gauge which gave us another 3/4 inch last night. And those clouds tell us we could very likely have more today. With a soft, cool, now SW breeze and not much sun able to break through, it feels like early Fall. A combination of 2 airmasses, one from the south and one from the north-west are supposed to come together by Sunday giving us valley wide rain. The picture here and now; all skies, NESW, are overcast. (st) Yesterday’s Max93 F, Min 77 F. Humidity currently 67%.

 

7:00 a.m. The sun is trying to break through in the East
While a solid cloud looms over the town,south

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 29 August,2:30 a.m. In these early morning hours we are diluged with heavy rains blown across our 10' patio wetting my floors beneath open windows. South-eastern winds of 5-7 mph seem to be driving this downpour powered by ear-breaking thunder claps followed by strong lightning strikes illuminating the entire landscape. Riverlets are already creating escape paths. 5 times the electric power has faltered. 4:14 a.m. Another cloud seems to have found us and we are again experiencing some thunder and lightning but not as forceful. The rain continues. I'm off to bed. T 78, H 64. st

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Road Repairs after storm damage

 

7 a.m. Tropical Storm , remnants of

Thursday 28 August, 8:30 p.m. The winds are picking up again. There are plenty of low lying clouds covering San Felipe tonight, but too.are clear skies with the stars shining through. They're doing a marathon job at repairing the damaged roads at La Ventana, nearly half-way between Mexicali and San Felipe to guarantee safe travel for our holiday visitors. Let's do our share. Don't travel at night. With no center lines or shoulders it would be fool-hardy. See you tomorrow when it's safe. T 86, H 55%. st.

1:00 p.m. The winds have really picked up. Wind-gauge registered 15-17, gusts to 19 mph. The high tide will be at 1:14 registering 18'2". Winds usually get strongest at the change of the tide. Clouds still gathered up north. Hope it doesn't give more rain in the La Ventana area. T 92 F, H 59% st

11:40 a.m And so it goes! If it didn't rain in your area, I really doubt that it will now. It is kind of hazy with so many clouds gathering up north, and many cloud clusters float by over SF but no longer are they threatening. These are just remnants. Temp 91, Humidity 62. st

7:00 a.m. So where did that ominous heavy cloud come from? There is lots of blue, but also lots of cloud action in our skies this morning. That bright sun will burn most of them off quickly, but that one? Moisture and precipitation associated with Julio's remnants will likely continue to spread over our northeast corner into the mainland and into the U.S. Our waters are almost still, reflecting sun and shadows of these clouds. There is almost no wind at this moment and the humidity is rising (62% at this moment).We could realy get a few drops this morning. (st) Yesterday’s Max94 F, Min 85 F. Humidity currently 57%.

 

 

The bay beach 4 p.m. -tranquility has returned

Wednesday 27 August, 4:00 p.m. Surprisingly there are a lot of large white clouds billowing over the mountains to our west, one really large one reaching out towards San Felipe. And there are an equal amount of large white clouds appearing over the mainland to our east. A very few white clouds still dotting our own skies. These must be remnants of the storm still coming up the coast, which we had expected to hold rain.(st) It's 91 F with humidity 61%

7:00 a.m. White clouds are still dotting our skies, heaviest over the northern area from the mountains to the mainland. But it has been lowered to a Tropical Depression. We will not see any rain or violent action over San Felipe today. In fact, it is completely normal. Winds and water are very calm. Small cotton balls remaining in the skies are now scenic, not threatening. We are resuming plans for the week-end in town. (st) Yesterday’s Max92 F, Min 81 F. Humidity currently 55%.

 

 

 

6:11a.m. Tr Storm JULIO 082608

Tuesday 26 August, 9 a.m. We have reports that the Mexicali-San Felipe road has been washed out by heavy rain at La Ventana (mid-point of the journey) and traffic is being turned round. We will post an update here when we have further information.

11 a.m. Update : The road at km 101 near La Ventana has been washed away and no traffic is able to pass between San Felipe and Mexicali in either direction at this time. Also note that the remnants of the storm are still a couple of hundred miles south of San Felipe, south of the Midriff Islands. More rain is possible on Thursday!!

5 p.m Update - Traffic is flowing again between San Felipe and Mexicali after emergency road repairs were made this afternoon. No problems with the road south to Puertecitos.

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Tuesday 26 August, 8:30 p.m. As the evening progressed we watched the clouds in all directions become more into lightweight streaks rather than the storm clouds they once were. I am beginning to believe the real threat of rain tonight may have lessoned considerably. The wind has calmed, the water is quiet on the outgoing tide with a few whitecaps here and there. There were heavy clouds over the mountans to the west but they have a habit of pulling back just before dark. Yes, there are still some storm clouds over the mainland to the northeast and any action tonight would be over the water in that direction. The temperature now is 87 F with humidity at 53%(st)

1:30 p.m. We have such a lovely day with a strong SE breeze, now registering 12 mph with gusts to 16 mph. Many of the clouds have shrank or faded, but they are still there, NESW, ready to spring into action maybe again tonight. The temperature is now 89 with humidity 62%. The water is green with teasing, tiny whitecaps at this hour. Surprising, we are seeing at least 6 Osprey playing around the one we call "His Magesty" who sits on a throne (tall electric pole) almost every evening for the night. Why is it there, or still there, this noon? What is attracting the rest of the flock today? Smaller birds in V-formation are also enjoying flying against the wind. It's a very exciting day. st

Contrary to the webcam photo, we still have plenty of cumulous clouds hanging around in all directions. We can expect more rain. These shots were taken at 10:55 a.m. st

Northwest View
North View
West View
South View

26 August 5:14 a.m. The skies just opened up. It is pouring hard. All night thunderclouds overhead performed an opera of rythmic lightning; without the thunder. Heavy clouds completely cover the entire area so that even at this hour it is dark shattered with continuing lightning strikes. Strong winds clatter the venetian blinds on open windows, awakening the entire household. I can't wait to read the rain gauge when this lets up. My planned trip to San Diego is off for a couple of days. 5:38 a.m. the electrical power is tripping..bad on electrical equipment. The wind has calmed some and rain is slowing for a bit but it is still dark under these heavy clouds. There is a little thunder out there. I shall now watch this show from my patio.
6:13 a.m.Daylight: The rain has stopped. Finally it is clearing. We can now check the rain-gauge which showed a whopping .4 inch of rain water. The clouds are moving around now; still heavily covered skies. The wind has absolutely stilled in the last 1/2 hour. And now we can see the water, but with no sunrise reflecting on it's calm surface. The ground is soaked with puddles everywhere. And all this happened in one early morning hour.(st) Yesterday’s Max96 F, Min 83 F. Temperature currently 82.4 Humidity currently 64%. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 26 August 2 p.m. TROPICAL STORM JULIO AND ITS POSITION THIS AFTERNOON IN THE CENTRAL GULF. THE REMNANTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE SAN FELIPE VICINITY BY LATE ON WEDNESDAY.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT ALONG THE EAST COAST OF
THE BAJA CALIFORNIA PENINSULA FROM LORETO TO BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT ALONG THE COAST OF
MAINLAND MEXICO FROM GUAYMAS TO PUERTO LIBERTAD. A TROPICAL STORM
WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN
THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

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7:00a.m Tr Storm JULIO 082508

Monday 25 August, 2:00 p.m. The SE breezes are up to 12-15 mph and there are white caps on the green waters of the Sea again today. Some of the clouds have burned off, but remaining are cumulous white monsters drifting in the otherwise sunny, blue sky overhead, especially to the west over the mountains. We still have almost solid but light cloud cover both north and south of town, and yes, there are some clouds to the east over the mainland. In town they had some rain this morning, enough to wet the streets. The thermometer now reads 91.2 F, with 62% humidity on the beach.

7 a.m. This picture tells all. It's exciting out there. We get a quiet, rolling thunder, a few sprinkles off and on, but everything seems to be on hold. A southern breeze is eerily active, like it wants to be stronger and is being reigned in. Greyblue water this morning has replaced the whitecapped green of yesterday, no doubt a reflection of the sunless skies. Would you believe a storm might be approaching?(st) Yesterday’s Max93 F, Min 79 F. Humidity currently 61%.

 

2:00a.m Tr Storm JULIO 082508

 

25 August 2:00 a.m. Early this morning this view taken from the GOES West-Hurrican viz reports shows the storm clouds reaching at least to the islands. The photo above clearly describes what we may be in for in San Felipe. st

 

Sunday 24 August, 4 p.m. The latest warnings on Tropical Storm Julio

...JULIO NEAR THE SOUTHWESTERN COAST OF THE BAJA CALIFORNIA
PENINSULA...

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE COAST OF THE BAJA
CALIFORNIA PENINSULA FROM PUNTA ABREOJOS ON THE WEST COAST AROUND
THE PENINSULA AND NORTHWARD TO MULEGE ON THE EAST COAST.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT ALONG THE WEST COAST OF THE
BAJA CALIFORNIA PENINSULA NORTH OF PUNTA ABREOJOS TO EL POCITO...
AND ALONG THE EAST COAST NORTH OF MULEGE TO BAHIA SAN JUAN
BAUTISTA.

AT 200 PM PDT...2100Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM JULIO WAS
ESTIMATED NEAR LATITUDE 23.2 NORTH...LONGITUDE 110.2 WEST OR ABOUT
30 MILES... 45 KM...NORTHWEST OF CABO SAN LUCAS MEXICO.

JULIO IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH...19 KM/HR.
THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE WITH A DECREASE IN
FORWARD SPEED DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. ON THE FORECAST
TRACK...THE CENTER OF JULIO IS EXPECTED TO MOVE OVER OR ALONG
THE SOUTHWESTERN COAST OF THE SOUTHERN BAJA CALIFORNIA PENINSULA
TONIGHT...THEN MOVE NEAR OR OVER THE CENTRAL BAJA PENINSULA MONDAY
AFTERNOON.

JULIO IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6
INCHES OVER THE SOUTHERN BAJA CALIFORNIA PENINSULA...WITH ISOLATED
MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 10 INCHES POSSIBLE. TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS
OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER THE CENTRAL BAJA PENINSULA...
WITH POSSIBLE ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 6 INCHES.

24 August, 12:48 p.m. Hello again. Most of the cloud patches seen this morning have dissipated but the usual heavier white clouds have crept up over the mountain tops to the west. The wind has risen to a pleaseant 12-15 mph southern blow which is wonderful. Small whitecaps appear on the outgoing tide, the water appearing more green than usual. Tropical storm warnings appear as far as Santa Rosalia at this hour.(st)7:00 a.m. In San Felipe it is calm and quiet. there are plenty of cloud patches to keep an eye on, mostly to the west and heading north. Although this storm may not reach us, the tides will definitely have an affect if the path leads up the Sea. A few more hours may tell the tale. Until then, we have a beautiful morning, waiting till the breezes begin. The water is very calm, no sign of any activity yet. (st) Yesterday’s Max97 F, Min 83 F. Humidity currently 55%.

 

Saturday 23 August, 4 p.m.

...TROPICAL STORM WATCH ISSUED FOR BAJA CALIFORNIA...

 

AT 2 PM PDT...2100 UTC...THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS ISSUED A
TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR THE BAJA CALIFORNIA PENINSULA FROM SANTA
FE SOUTHWARD ON THE WEST COAST AROUND THE PENINSULA NORTHWARD TO
BUENAVISTA ON THE EAST COAST. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT
TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH
AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.

23 August, 7:00 a.m. We regained our 2 degrees starting out this morning. A whisp of clouds far tothe east over the mainland, otherwise our skies are brilliantly clear. The water is quiet, the leaves on the trees are absolutely still. A lazyman's saturday dream. The high tide is slowly draining out, but it won't be low tide till 12:30. We can expect a soft Southern breeze around the middle of the day. (st) Yesterday’s Max98 F, Min 79 F. Humidity currently 51%.

Saturday 23 August, 7:00 a.m. We regained our 2 degrees starting out this morning. A whisp of clouds far to the east over the mainland, otherwise our skies are brilliantly clear. The water is quiet, the leaves on the trees are absolutely still. A lazyman's saturday dream. The high tide is slowly draining out, but it won't be low tide till 12:30. We can expect a soft Southern breeze around the middle of the day. (st) Yesterday’s Max 98 F, Min 79 F. Humidity currently 51%.

Friday 22 August, 7:00 a.m. Cooler by 2 degrees we start today. Clear skies, absolutely no clouds. You would expect it to get hotter but soft breezes from the NW help alot. Yesterday we drove to San Matias, just north-west of San Felipe but up to about 1000' elevation. There our friends were having a late breakfast in 88 degree weather bragging about evenings when you have to wear jackets around the fire and blankets for the night. (Temperatures were under the 70's). Actually our temperatures are quite comfortable here for what we are used to in San Felipe. We expect no change for the week-end (st) Yesterday’s Max 96 F, Min 77 F. Humidity currently 36%.

Thursday 21 August, 7:00 a.m. Our temperatures did inch slightly higher yesterday, but the night was 4 degrees cooler. Just a fan sufficed. Not a cloud in the sky; this will allow the heat index to rise. Yesterday's promised breezes escaped us also. A soft breeze starts out this day over almost still waters. At about 6:30 one lonely boat headed north with motor full throttle. 'His Magesty', our Osprey was perched high on his post, as other birds showed morning activity skimming over the water. We do not have many seagulls this far north as around the hill to the south we call 'El Chorro', is the malecon and the fishing area where the gulls seem to congregate. The tide is still going out; at 10:34 the low tide will read 1.4. The water lays quiet and inviting. (st) Yesterday’s Max 98 F, Min 80 F. Humidity currently 38%.

Wednesday 20 August, 7:00 a.m. How long will this extended break in the Monsoon Last? Forecasts say the ridge may stay suppressed in the (SW U.S) north west Baja for the next seven days. Temperatures will inch higher as the humidity lowers even a litle. Well not here, not today. Our humidity has risen somewhat. We have clear skies. We are looking for a southern breeze of 5-9 mph around 10:00 when the low tide turns and maybe around 4:00 p.m a stronger breeze as the high tide reverses. This breeze will come from a westerly direction with gusts up to 13 mph. Through the night the breeze will revert back to the south. Let's see how close we come.(st) Yesterday’s Max 98 F, Min 84 F. Humidity currently 54%. of 5-9 mph

Tuesday 19 August, 7:00 a.m. We expect drier air across the area this week as high pressure builds over southern california. Temperatures will remain slightly above 95 F through the remainder of the week. This weather station is on a bluff overlooking the Sea of Cortez. At this moment a soft breeze from the south fans the leaves of the trees, hardly strong enough to move leaves on the lower plants. As the day progresses, and the tide changes, so does the wind direction and strength. Sometimes we have winds up to 7 mph for about an hour in the afternoon. Those living in town with the cement and pavement, and those living in the desert areas away from the water may have an entirely different story to tell. (st) Yesterday’s Max 97F, Min 84 F. Humidity currently 51%.

Monday 18 August, 7:00 a.m. Contrary to the above outlook, the humidity has increased over our area. However the temperatures have remained low and the soft breezes daily are enough to allow outside living at it's best. Yesterday our neighbors and we were outside pruning and fussing with our plants just enjoying the atmosphere.It couldn't get any better.(st) Yesterday’s Max 97F, Min 86 F. Humidity currently 57%.

The tide is going out and the full moon is up

Sunday 17 August, 7:00 a.m. An absolutely cloudless but still humid atmosphere stays with us now. This is almost our last chance to enjoy an absolutely perfect summer day in San Felipe before the crowds think about Labor Day and the Snowbirds think about their winter vacations. The full moon has been a real conversation piece in these clear evenings. I wish you could see that man's face in this picture. He is always smiling, but sometimes in gest. As the tide was receding last evening the breeze was in exactly the right position so that the slap of the waves on the ever-widening beach sounded like an active Pacific oceanfront.(st) Yesterday’s Max 101F, Min 85 F. Humidity currently 43%.

Saturday 16 August, 7:00 a.m. Don't forget the sunglasses. This morning is so bright you have to squint as you check out the weather. Peering off to the west through a soft haze one can barely see the 3rd row of mountains. Circling around to the east there is not a cloud in site; the water blinds you with it's clear reflection of the rising morning sun. Note the temperature and humidity are both drastically changed. Welcome, lower humidity. Welcome back our tropical beauty. It's going to be a great week-end.(st) Yesterday’s Max 101F, Min 85 F. Humidity currently 43%.

Friday 15 August, 7:00 a.m. Heavy cotton fluffs dot the skies but plenty of sunshine projects a warm, humid day as we head into the week-end. It is very humid out there but no chance of rain in this picture. We have still winds at this moment and the water is calm as bath-water. Of course at this temperature it is not refreshing, just cleansing and great to play in. These cool, early mornings are great for one to get out and water the plants or get on with the chores. This afternoon, to save electricity, why not plan to just browse in town; see how businesses are starting to prepare for Labor Day and the coming Fall season. And many of the restaurants have patios where you can stop and have a cool margarita under the afternoon or early evening breezes. (st) Yesterday’s Max 100 F, Min 84 F. Humidity currently 61%.

Thursday 14 August, 7:00 a.m. Contrary to the projected outlook earlier this week there is plenty of blue sky out there with some heavy cotton-ball clouds filled with moisture but definitely not dangerous. Our humidity is continuing to run high but any chance of rain in this area is not expected. With a little help from the Wind mogur this will still be in our comfort zone. Without a breeze the electric company begins to complain as people give in to their air conditioners. It's a balancing act.(st) Yesterday’s Max 96 F, Min 82 F. Humidity currently 59%.

Wednesday 13 August, 10 a.m. . Considerable cloudiness over Baja north of San Felipe and into Southern California. However in town and points south we have clear skies and abundant, intense, sunshine. The wind has already come up and there are whitecaps on the sea. While I was taking a swim yesterday, I looked for any sign of the summer jellyfish but saw nothing. These are typically the hard blue objects about the size of a tennis ball. They are relatively benign - I have never had a sting from one of them even though I have frequently bumped into them. Just keep some vinegar handy in case you are stung by a jellyfish or a sting ray.(ej)

Tuesday 12 August, Noon. It is hard to express the wonderful relaxation and pleasure of being in San Felipe at this time of year. Yes, it is hot, around 90 F on the beach. Yes it is humid, 65%. Yes, the sea water is 91 degrees. In fact, it is absolutely perfect for a relaxing holiday. A stroll down the beach to look at the dead sea lion that has washed up overnight. Just a hint of a small afternoon thunderstorm that might come our way later. An evening dinner under the stars on the patio at the El Cortez with fresh shrimp dishes and an excellent michelada. Can you imagine that anyone would want to eat in an airconditioned dining room in an environment like this? It is the nearest thing you can get to a visit to Cuba for most Americans. (ej)

7:00 a.m. Our skies remind me of the Puget Sound area, completely cloud covered, not allowing the sun to break through. There was no colorful sunrise this morning. Strong monsoon moisture is pushing in from Mexico mainland closer than expected, heading north through areas including the Baja Spine. We could possibly have rain tonight or tomorrow morning. All of this is keeping our temperatures down but humidity up and sticky. (st) Yesterday’s Max 96 F, Min 82 F. Humidity currently 49%.

usual red morning skies 5:30 a.m.

Monday 11 August, 7:00 p.m. Drier and warmer air is spreading across northern Baja today as high pressure in the upper levels remain over all of Northern Mexico. Soft clouds continue to ride overhead. But if you rise early enough brilliant colors (that I am not able to capture) sweep across the 5:30 a.m. skies. In reality it is breathtaking. (st) Yesterday’s Max 96 F, Min 85 F. Humidity currently 49%.

Sunday 10 August, 7:00 p.m. As I am writing this the humidity has gone from 48% at 7:00 down to 46%. Remember, as the humidity drops the temperatures can rise. We've already gone from 88 F to 93 F and rising. The skies are clear of all but the softest sweeps of light clouds which will quickly burn off. There is just enough breeze at this moment to jiggle the leaves as I try to look around, or past, that brilliant reflection upon the quiet waters of the Sea. Temperatures will most likely rise to the century mark today, sunscreen is mandatory. (st) Yesterday’s Max 100 F, Min 81 F. Humidity currently 48%.

Saturday 9 August, 7:00 p.m. Ugh! Over San Felipe and all the way east to the mainland heavy clouds hide the morning sun. They are not mean looking, but full of moisture. Off to the west blue skies contain broken up clouds and there we have plenty of sunshine. They say that somewhat drier air will return for the next couple of days in our area. That will be nice for our weekend guests.(st) Yesterday’s Max 101 F, Min 83 F. Humidity currently 50%.

storm clouds rolling off to the east

Friday 8 August, 7:00 p.m. By noon the skies looked stormy, with dark clouds floating towards the east. There was a great possibility of rain. And by 3:15 or so we could not see the 3rd mountain range. It was like we were lost in a wet mist. Soon it got really dark between the mountains and the highway, and we are sure it dropped some rain in that area. But why not on this side of the highway? In about 15 minutes it was like the sprinkler was turned off. The mist completely burned off and we could see the mountain range clearly. By 4:15 many of the clouds broke up. Soon a 3-5 mph breeze came up and it was like today never happened. Wine was served and dinner followed as it does every other day in San Felipe. (st) 7:00 a.m. Monsoon moisture is definitely with us this morning and convective debris clouds dot the skies. These are dark, mean looking clouds full of moisture and plenty of them. Our sun is hidden behind these and cannot seem to break them up. We have a nice breeze already. More neighbors than usual are out discussing the situation hoping for a chance of rainfall today. (st) Yesterday’s Max 101 F, Min 85 F. Humidity currently 51%.

thunderclouds over the mountains

 

Thursday 7 August, 5:00 p.m. Those thunderclouds that appear daily over the western mountains, and then retreat by nightfall, didn't!. Today they continued on over and we now have a dark, heavy saucer cloud over the northern part of the city. There are also some heavy clouds over the mainland. Otherwise skies remain clear. 7:00 a.m. The humidity is lower but our temperature starts out hot this morning. Skies are only partly cloudy which means we may be in for a very warm day. (st) Yesterday’s Max 97 F, Min 86 F. Humidity currently 44%.

 

 

Wednesday 6 August, 7:00 a.m. An almost complete heavy cloud cover again greets us this morning engulfing the entire eastern section of our sky. But like yesterday this will probably quickly dissipate cloud by cloud. We have yet to see a drop of rain throughout this entire display. The threat of showers will expand through next Tuesday toward the Colorado River, our Sea of Cortez. This humidity and these clouds are keeping our temperatures below normal for this time of year. In fact, as I am writing this, I'm using only a fan for cooling. Again, not a leaf is trembling and a boat motor could create messages on the otherwise still waters. (st) Yesterday’s Max 97 F, Min 86 F. Humidity currently 50%.

Tuesday 5 August, 7:00 a.m. More like a lid, and directly over San Felipe, a heavy cloud lies unmoving, directly in the path of the sun. I have no doubt it can be burned off pretty quickly. However there is a large cluster of clouds further east, that could bring possibly heavy rain this afternoon over the lower Colorado R. Whether it will reach this area is a tossup. So saying, with the heavy humidity still with us, we have our air conditioners on once again drying out the inside of homes at least for the morning. Winds are still, the water is calm; anything can happen but probably won't. (st) Yesterday’s Max 96 F, Min 82 F. Humidity currently 45%.

Monday 4 August, 7:00 a.m. Many, but mid-size clouds dot across the otherwise azure skies. That smiling sun is with us again, ready to start another week of tropical, very humid weather. Several low pressure systems will move across the SW U.S. today through Tuesday as moisture levels continue to increase. The combined effect will be increased cloud cover and slightly cooler temperatures.(st) Yesterday’s Max 98 F, Min 83 F. Humidity currently 54%.

Sunday 3 August, 8:00 p.m. As the afternoon wore on we watched the clouds break up and disappear, allowing the sun to regain it's position. The breeze picked up and the water became very active, a grey color with small whitecaps. As the evening wore on we found ourselves spending more time outdoors rather than the stuffy indoors. However, the humidity has risen to a very humid 53% along with our 89 degree temperature. (st) 7:00 a.m. If possible that overcast is even meaner looking this morning? I thought I heard a few light drops on the roof in the middle of the night, but I did not see any visible signs. Not a ray of sun can get through that mess up there. The humidity is higher but the temperatures are running about the same. The mountain range disappears into the atmosphere. If you're headed up that way watch out for flash-floods. If not rain, there could be dust storms on the dry dessert area between Mexicali and San Felipe. (st) Yesterday’s Max 97 F, Min 86 F. Humidity currently 47%.

Saturday 2 August, 7:00 p.m. It remained a heavy overcast although the sun did break through to our east. This kept the humidity high and the temperatures lower than expected. It's supposed to remain the same through the night. (st) 7:00 a.m. One steps right out into a Sauna world this morning. Not a ray of sunshine reaches us in that complete, heavy overcast. The mountain range to the west is almost hidden. But off to the east it is possible for the sun to break through and change the whole picture. True to expected forecasts, our humidity rose and the temperatures dropped. Riding in the high 80's for our breakfast, we can expect it to reach 90F before I finish this report. (st) Yesterday’s Max 98 F, Min 86 F. Humidity currently 39%.

Friday 1 August, 7:00 a.m. August and September are usually our meanest months. True to form, we have drier humidty and rising temperatures today. Hopefully they will decrease somewhat Saturday as humidity increases. There is just the tiniest of a breeze and that non-refreshing 90 degree water is laying still all across the Sea. The plan of the day is to do inside chores this morning, shopping this afternoon wherever we can find air-conditioning returning often to the car which cools quickly. Then maybe a stop at our favorite restaurant to pass the time of day for at least an hour. Following, if you set up outside for the evening, you quickly become acclimated and truly enjoy the tropical evenings. Try it. (st) Yesterday’s Max 97 F, Min 86 F. Humidity currently 36%.

For our visitors, we provide this guide to the typical summer weather in San Felipe:

July - Typical daytime temperatures along the beach are 90-95 F max during the day and 80-85 F at night. Usually we have easterly breezes in the afternoons. Very slight chance of a few sprinkles as the thunderheads in the mountains spill east to the coast in the late afternoons. Use plenty of sunscreen - our skies are clear and have none of the pollution of Southern California so the sun's rays are especially strong!

August - Almost no breeze before noon. This leads to high morning temperatures of 90-100 F and humid conditions. Sleep late to avoid this period. Breezes appear in the afternoons and temperatures will moderate to around 90 F along the beaches and it will be ideal for relaxing in the shade of a palapa with an ice chest of cold drinks. In the late afternoons, the southwest winds may kick in for a couple of hours and temperatures will soar to 100-110 F but the humidity will drop drastically. This is the time to retreat indoors for a siesta or an early dinner. Evenings are typically 90 F with high humidity. We can get occasional thunderstorms that will give us a downpour for half an hour but extended periods of rain are unusual.

September - This is the month when the Pacific hurricanes can bring us the most rain. Such storms will move north along the Baja peninsular and can be seen coming several days in advance so planning your visit is relatively easy. When storms do come, typically in late September, there can be significant rain (2 to 10 inches in a day) and the region is covered with dense cloud so that the temperatures drop drastically. Occasional road washouts occur so watch our weather reports here for the latest information. For most of the month of September, expect conditions similar to August: 90 to 100 during the day and lows of 85-90 at night.

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