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San Felipe - Archive of weather for February 2008.



Friday 29 February, 9 a.m. There is a slight wind coming up this morning which is good news for the Hobie Cat visitors. Out in the Gulf there is a cloud bank but we expect continued clear and sunny weather here in town. Currently 63 degrees and 76% RH. (ej).

Thursday 28 February, 1 p.m. Calm and pleasant in town and 71F with 51% RH.Just to let you know, Accuweather thinks it is 89 degrees down here right now - well maybe in the desert but not along the coast. (ej)

9 a.m. The sea this morning is like a millpond and I can see a beautiful reflection of the mountains across the bay in the mirror-like surface of the water. I am afraid it won't be very exciting for the Hobie Cat sailers but the wind will probably pick up again over the weekend. Yesterday I took a drive down the coast towards Puertecitos and the purple desert verbena and other little groundcover plants are coming out in full bloom - it is a beautiful site. What surprised me was how empty the campos are; there are virtually no residents here. I saw a couple of well camouflaged hummer military patrols on desert tracks and it is very comforting to know that they are there keeping an eye on things.

Currently we have 65 F on the beach with 44% RH. The temperature last night was surprisingly low at 50 F.

Wednesday 27 February 9 a.m. When I woke up this morning the sun was streaming in the windows and the view of the sea was spectacular. There was not a soul on the beach and the water was calm. I could not help but think enviously of Shirley and her party of ten who rented the "Jose Andres" and sailed out of the harbor yesterday afternoon for a three day cruise down to Bahia Conception. What a wonderful evening they must have had. Now, a couple of hours later, the north wind is kicking up again and there are whitecaps on the water. Hopefully the argonauts took their Dramamine. I bet there will be blowing sand on the highways and little sand drifts into the traffic lanes. If you are driving be careful. Out on the beach it is already 73 F with 32% RH.(ej).

Tuesday 26 February 11 a.m. A beautiful morning on the beach. The tide is out and there is a steady northeast breeze at 10-15 mph. The shade temperature is 70 F with 40% relative humidity. Over in Puerto Penasco they have 75 F and 27%. This is a typical situation when we have the Santa Anas. The wind blowing across the Sea of Cortez picks up moisture and cools a few degrees by the time it reaches San Felipe. They are typically hotter and drier, we are cooler and "wetter". It could be a bit choppy when Shirley and the Argonauts set out on their fishing expedition this afternoon. If this keeps up till the weekend, the Hobie cat regatta will be spectacular.(ej).

7 a.m. Shocking! This morning the thermometer reads a healthy 66 F (over yesterday morning's readings of 58). The skies are brilliantly clear. Promise of a great day to start a fishing cruise. Because of the tides we cannot embark until after 3:30. Hope we get some good pictures. (st) Yesterday's Max 73 F, Min 58 F. Humidity currently 32.

Monday 25 February 4 p.m. What a beautiful afternoon! Calm and sunny. 73 degrees and 31% RH in town. Winter is finally over. The grunion knew that yesterday. (ej) 7:00 a.m. Light clouds are viewed to the east but otherwise mostly sunny skies offering hope for a warmer day. Low tides of 0.7 around 9:17; tomorrow low tides of 1.8 around 9:40. Fishing boats will not be able to come in for loading until a little later in the day. Those who are going out on a charter cruise tomorrow will have to check for loading times. The weather looks very favorable. (st) Yesterday's Max 68 F, Min 52 F. Humidity currently 47.

Sunday 24 February 7:00 a.m. With clouds to the east of us we are sitting under clear blue skies expecting soft breezes this afternoon mostly from the south. From this point on we are waiting for that high pressure system to kick in, hopefully by Tuesday. While everyone to the north-west of the border is still living in the rain belt, we are living comfortably in almost 70 degree afternoons; it was excellent for the festival yesterday. We had entertainment and people everywhere. So today we settle back down, a rest before the next big event. (st) Yesterday's Max 68 F, Min 52 F. Humidity currently 42.

Saturday 23 February 2 p.m. A very nice afternoon in town though there are some strong breezes out on the beach. Sunny with some wispy cloud, 66 F and 48% RH. I can hear the mariachi bands at the Paella Festival next door at the El Cortez Hotel and my mouth is watering. No time to waste! (ej) 7:00 a.m. We still have a light, almost solid cloud cover this morning especially to the west over the mountains and sweeping north. However these should not hamper the famous Paella Festival which should draw crowds today. It will be held in a mostly sheltered area at the El Cortez hotel, so gusting winds throughout the day will hopefully be no problem. As these clouds pass over, another high pressure system starting Monday should bring us a warming trend for those would-be fishermen on their charter boat fishing trip next week. (st) Yesterday's Max 68 F, Min 53 F. Humidity currently 50.


Friday 22 February 4:30 p.m. The threatened rain clouds have passed over with not a drop spilled in town. Still 66 degrees.(ej)

2 p.m. All night long there was rain and high wind in San Diego and the storm front is moving east into the deserts and also across northern Baja. It appears from the radar image (to the right) that there is rain on the road south from Mexicali but here in San Felipe we just have partially cloudy skies. However, if I step outside the office I can indeed see dark clouds to the north and west of us. OH... it really looks like it is headed our way!

Right now it is 66 degrees with 48% RH. Maybe the best thing is to get this out of the way so we can have a cloudless day tomorrow for the Paella Festival at the El Cortez. (ej)


7:00 a.m. That low pressure system is moving on east but another weaker pacific low pressure system will move in tonight through Sunday. Then they promise a warming trend during the early part of next week. So we may have to wear light jackets! All that entertainment scheduled for the Paella Festival tomorrow is exciting in itself. And the food? Out of this world. If you've never been to one be sure to make it to this one. (st) Yesterday's Max 71 F, Min 54 F. Humidity currently 47

Thursday 21 February 7 p.m. We travelled south on Highway 5 to South Camps, 35.5 km, where they have opened a new restaurant, Aniceto's. The fauna along the highway was even more awesome than those below. See our page in the Photo Gallery, or here. (st) 4:00 p.m. Thin high clouds passing over San Felipe with a very slight chance of showers by the weekend - but nothing like Southern California is going to get. Light easterly breezes. 65 F in town. (ej) 7:00 a.m. Again we have that pacific low pressure system which may even bring some rain throughout the day. The desert flowers will love that. With temperatures hovering in the 70's the week-end should be excellent for the Paella Festival in town. Parking may be a problem with the expected crowds.(st) Yesterday's Max 71 F, Min 56 F. Humidity currently 34.

Notice the ring around the moon as it is re-appearing.

about 7:00 p.m.

about 7:50 we had complete darkness

about 8:30 p.m

When the earth's shadow blocks the sun's rays from hitting the moon.

Although we had light clouds yesterday our skies were clear last night. Almost every last person was out sometime to see the total eclipse of the moon. We watched from the patio of El Cortez Hotel, in temperatures of around 70 degrees, where we had a clear view of the sky. The eclipse actually started about 5:43 p.m. and lasted for 3 hours


Wednesday 20 February I took this shot about 5:30 a.m when everything was still dark. I glanced up and was astounded with it's beauty. within 4 minutes it had lightened up and lost it's beauty. One must always be ready.


Wednesday 20 February 7:00 a.m cont'd With skies almost overcast this morning, we had a spectacular sunrise. This only lasts a few minutes but camera buffs wait for shots just as this. We may have some windy weather today and snow in the higher mountains. A considerable amount of cloudiness this evening is expected to obscure the total eclipse of the moon. Temperatures continue to inch up but this series of low pressure systems will contain it for another week at least. (st) Yesterday's Max 73 F, Min 56 F. Humidity currently44.

Couldn't resist heading for the deserts where we saw floral fauna everywhere.

Tuesday 19 February 7:00 a.m. Our daytime readings are higher and hopefully with the west wind will remain so. Much of the traffic pulled out yesterday, the end of the President's Day week-end and things will now settle till next week-end's Paella Festival. Although the weather is a little cooler our San Felipe sun creates a sense of spring in sheltered areas. Be sure to take a ride out to the desert. They say the ground is carpeted with purple and yellows. (st) Yesterday's Max 71 F, Min 51 F. Humidity currently 33.

Monday 18 February 7:00 a.m. The high pressure will move out by tomorrow giving us relatively warmer weather. We see high, thin clouds this morning but that sun will. as usual, do it's job. By Wednesday a series of low pressure disturbances will give us cooler daytime temperatures but we don't expect rain. In fact our visitors are quite happy with San Felipe winters. Some have gone charter boat fishing and said it was very pleasant when you were sheltered from the breeze. (st) Yesterday's Max 70 F, Min 57 F. Humidity currently 37.

Sunday 17 February 7:00 a.m. High pressure will stay with us through the first half of the week keeping the days a little warmer. The skies are absolutely clear with the exception of one predominate cloud to the north. President's Day seems to have drawn many visitors, for the Malecon is very busy this week-end. Many locals are attending Senior Citizen Sunday dinner in town, or the Senior Citizen Sunday Fund-raiser for the Animal Rescue Organization, or just following the moto, "Take a Senior to dinner". (st) Yesterday's Max 70 F, Min 48 F. Humidity currently 32.

Saturday 16 February 7:00 a.m. The temperature only rose 15 degrees all day yesterday. We had gusty winds through about 2:00 but then everything was quiet. This morning we are starting 10 degrees higher and looking for the 70's once again. This will please everyone who are planning to attend Senior Citizen Sunday parties this year. Remember, "Take a Senior to dinner". (st) Yesterday's Max 67 F, Min 53 F. Humidity currently 31.

Friday 15 February 7:00 a.m. For about an hour the thermometer soared up to 75 F yesterday but then cooled down dramatically when the north breeze kicked in. Then the mercury continued downwards till it reached it's mark exactly 10 degrees cooler than Wednesday's low. Cold NW windskicked in and will remain with us through today so get out those jackets one more time. This morning the Good Samaritan's will have arrived from the U.S. and will be assisting the under-privileged in need of glasses and dental work. Valentine parties continue through tonight in spite of the cold. Mostly sunny and warmer conditions will return by Monday and Spring will continue. (st) Yesterday's Max 75 F, Min 49 F. Humidity currently 34.

Thursday 14 February 7:00 a.m. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY: We're expecting 5-10 degrees cooler today and tonight. We got the 5 in both yesterday's high and low readings. We can also look for gusty winds this afternoon and evening. At first I could only see a hazy, cool atmosphere across the waters but off to the south the sun is trying it's best. Clear skies predominate the western view. This may put a damper on those parties planned for this evening. (st) Yesterday's Max 75 F, Min 53 F. Humidity currently 32.

Wednesday 13 February 7:00 a.m. Above warm temperatures will continue through today but watch our for tomorrow when a strong weather system will move across the area bringing a shocking cold snap. We can expect a high only into the 60's and a dip almost to the 40's...and gusting NW winds. This will gradually subside by the week-end for Senior Citizens Day on Sunday when at least 2 large gatherings are planned. We should return to above normal San Felipe weather for next week. (st) Yesterday's Max 80 F, Min 59 F. Humidity currently 28.

Tuesday 12 February 7:00 a.m. It's so warm out there this morning. It might hit 70 F before I finish this report. Because of that earthquake we had last Thursday just south of Mexicali near the geothermal fields we are limited to what information we have here, but suffice it to say that after a very comfortable, warm night for sleeping it's going to be followed by a gorgeous day. However we've been warned that tomorrow we may reverse this trend and have gusting winds and cooler temperatures. (st) Yesterday's Max 76 F, Min 63 F. Humidity currently 26.

Monday 11 February 7:00 a.m. Soft clouds streak across our warm skies but with some cloudless areas to our northwest. Because it is clear we can already see about 25 miles across the waters to Consag Rock, a famous landmark where hundreds of sea-lions, dolphins and seagulls have whitened the contours with their droppings. We celebrated our warming trend yesterday by taking a drive out into the country. Because of the recent rains the desert floor is alive with that purple ground cover, sand verbena, seen early in the spring. The San Felipe AARP group is planning a desert dining trip in the next couple of weeks; great timing.(st) Yesterday's Max 77 F, Min 58 F. Humidity currently 29.

Sunday 10 February 7:00 a.m. There's not a cloud in the sky except that white streak left by a passing plane. We have a soft northern, but cold breeze. However, we can still enjoy our coffee in the patio where that dazzling sun is directly upon you. Yes, you need sun glasses! It's disappointing that the temperatures are not rising as fast as expected. Maybe today we'll get into the upper 70's. I have spring fever and want to start packing our little trailer for a camping trip across the desert . . . after our fishing trip. (st) Yesterday's Max 71 F, Min 56 F. Humidity currently 33.

Saturday 9 February 7:00 a.m. Look at that! We almost hit 70 F yesterday; and the promise is to reach for the 80's today. That high pressure is persisting and leads to continued above normal temperatures and mild nights for which we are grateful. We are working on a 4 day Tony Reyes fishing trip the end of this month and are praying the weather will co-operate. Actually the temperatures are fine without the wind. This is a great week-end for dune-buggying, camping, fishing or anything active. We love to do it all. (st) Yesterday's Max 69 F, Min 54 F. Humidity currently 35.

Friday 8 February 7:00 a.m. Beautiful morning skies now, with the promise of a warming trend. We are glad to be back into the upper 40 F during the night...gives us a better start for a warmer day to follow. An upper level, high pressure ridge will remain just off the west coast. There is just enough breeze today to mix some of that allowing for several degrees of warm-up. Let's hope it follows through. (st) Yesterday's Max 64 F, Min 47 F. Humidity currently 35.

Thursday 7 February 7:00 a.m. I awoke to a return of our beautiful rose colored skies just as the sun popped over the horizon this morning. They say the coldest day is now behind us; just 5 degrees above freezing during the night. We should be back into our '70 F' range by Sunday. With the holidays and parades now behind us we can concentrate on the festivities put on by the local groups, of which there are many. My goodness you have to keep up your social calendar and pick and choose because every group has at least 3 grand affairs between now and when the snowbird season ends around the end of March.Truly a retiree's paradise. (st) Yesterday's Max 62 F, Min 37 F. Humidity currently 35.

Wednesday 6 February 7:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday. This is the coldest folks! From here through the rest of the week the high pressure over the eastern pacific will slowly build over the region through this weekend. This means drier, warmer weather is in our near future. Right now that sun is directly upon us and warming up quickly. With good low tides visitors are enjoying learning how to forge for clams, cook them, and for some...taste them for the first time. Would-be fishermen dressed in very warm clothing are out there testing their luck. Some Pangadeers will guarantee that if you don't catch fish the trip is free. That's how sure they are of their spots. (st) Yesterday's Max 68 F, Min 43 F. Humidity currently 34.

Tuesday 5 February 7:00 a.m. Where did they go; those heavy clouds that seemed to linger yesterday? This morning skies are completely clear. It is low tide with a soft, cold breeze tugging at our coat tails. Today's final parade may be different if only for the participant's costumes as they try to cover those short skirts to keep warm. Tonight we expect even lower temperatures. The sun is trying valiantly to ss on into Arizona. All night the trees fought to hold there own against the winds; gusts are up to 14 mph at this time and may become more wicked yet. Not good news for boat-lovers or fishermen. We hope you can remain sheltered as today's program consists mostly of beautiful music from visiting bands all day long. (st) Yesterday's Max 63 F, Min 50 F. Humidity currently 45.

Sunday 3 February 4 p.m. It has remained calm and just lightly overcast. The little girls so scantilly clad in the parade were really feeling the cold by the time they reached the malecon. But if you remained excited and active as the beautiful dancers and floats went by, and if you could move in and out of sunshine spots, it was really a very nice day. It promises to get very windy throughout tonight. st 7:00 a.m. Our skies are almost solidly covered with light clouds this morning, but at this moment there is still plenty of sun with no breeze. Calm waters could allow fishing for the morning, at least. It could get gusty this afternoon and maybe a sprinkle....right after the parade of the day, we hope. The little girls in scant clothing may have to invent cover. With that strong, low pressure system moving across the desert and very stormy weather just north of us we can expect a spin off at least by tomorrow (st) Yesterday's Max 62 F, Min 47 F. Humidity currently 53.

Saturday 2 February 7:00 a.m. Heavy clouds off to the east, over Puerto Peñasco. Light clouds streak our southern skies, but it seems to be clear over the Sea itself. A cold north-western breeze is expected off 'n on throughout the day, but should not mar the protected area in town for the first Carnaval parade this afternoon. Increasing clouds will appear tonight as another cold, wet pacific storm appears Sunday, with a very slight chance of showers. Hopefully it will pass over during the night. (st) Yesterday's Max 63 F, Min 44 F. Humidity currently 48.

Friday 1 February 7:00 a.m. A beautiful bright sky out there, but still the breezes. A series of low pressure systems are beginning to move into the region from SE California bringing us cloudy skies by Sunday. However we expect nothing major to mar the Carnaval which starts at 3;00 today with music and dancing and crowning of the queen. Carnaval continues for 5 days. Come out and have fun.(st) Yesterday's Max 64 F, Min 47 F. Humidity currently 40.



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