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May 2005 weather archives

Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Last day of May. Where did it go? Yesterday's almost complete overcast has all but disappeared today. That bright warm sun is back with us again. Promises for a beautiful week-end for the races this week-end. st 12:00 p.m. The winds have come up to gusts of 7 mph from the East. and the skies are completely clear now. Temperatures should reach well into the 90's this afternoon. This will be great for the Marine Day festivities which finalize tomorrow. st

Monday, May 30, 2005, 8:00 a.m. Memorial Day in the U.S. Those who came to San Felipe for this holiday week-end have the biggest crowd and the best of holidays. The weather is picture perfect. The breeze has kicked up to a gusty 10 mph off the water, making those breakfast morning BBQ's and tailgate parties on the beach a bit tricky. While children set up Badminton courts, or paddle along the coast in the cool waters, the parents are fighting with the winds on their flames. Not many are swimming in the high tides which are due to receed shortly; guess they want their breakfast. st 1:30 p.m. A heavy cloud has formed a saucer effect over San Felipe this afternoon, obliterating the sun completely. Although it will not reach high temperatures now, it will remain in the low 90's for the next couple of hours. Thw winds and waters are calm. st

Sunday, May 29, 2005, 8:30 a.m. Off in the distance, over the Sierra de San Felipe mountain range & coming East, there are light clouds still trickling across the skies from yesterday's massive cloud band. But this is just a very small band and will probably burn off right where it is. Over San Felipe the skies are clear, the cool North winds play upon the leaves of the trees, the water is calm. Many will go to church this morning, Memorial Sunday, as they may be travelling tomorrow. It's just like it should be to wake up in San Felipe. st 11:30 a.m. Already the wind has changed to the South, blowing approximately 6-10 mph, making everything come alive. The beaches are full and active. In some places there are even lifeguards ready for the inevitable. This week-end was even busier than Easter Vacation and will beat out the 4th of July, according to the restaurant owners. The cockfights and the street dancing are wild. There will be many stories to take home of the wonderful week-end they had in San Felipe.st

Saturday, May 28, 2005, 8:00 a.m. A band of clouds continues to lay over the Baja peninisula, and unfortunately we are right in the middle of it. Expect intermittent sunshine throughout the day to drive the temperatures up. The town was filling fast last evening and traffic is again heavy this morning. The Marine Day activities will draw many sidewalk spectators who could get badly sunburned in this on-again off-again sunny/cloudy weather. Thank goodness there is that refreshing northern breeze which should continue throughout the day. Enjoy. st 4:00 p.m. Driving through town was a nightmare for me. Parking was almost impossible, and you had to weave your way through cars parallel parked waiting to get into an almost-vacated spot. Of course it is hot, reaching 94 F, and there is not much of a breeze except on the beachfront. However, our visitors were enjoying every minute of our relaxed lifestyle, and the tasty seafood plates offered by literally all the restaurants. The most popular drink is the Margarita, seconded only by Tecate beer. And the Ice-Cream vendors were doing really well also. I'm headed back out to the country where the breeze now gusting 6-9 mph from the south-east is certainly refreshing. The thermometer there reads 88.7 with Relative humidity of 53%.st

Friday, May 27, 2005, 6:30 a.m. Heavy clouds lay right over the mid-section of the Baja Peninsula. It's almost like we are lost in a fog and it seems to be getting thicker by the minute. There will be a 'minus' low tide at 10:30 this morning. Right now the breeze is dying; very soon it will be still. Do you get the picture? I'll be back when the weather changes, as it surely will. st

2 p.m. On the beach 80 F with 78%RH. Considerable high cloud continues with very occasional hazy sunshine breaking through. Breeze NW 5-8 mph. Very noisy from all the vehicles racing up and down. 67 F in San Diego and 97 F in El Centro. ej

Thursday, May 26, 2005, 7:30 a.m. Across the waters that heavy cloud bank lays, and the air was again heavy with dew at 6:00 this morning. It reaches far to the north and to the south. From previous experience this will probably burn off by noon leaving just a few streaks in our beautiful San Felipe skies. At this moment all is quiet. There is no breeze to speak of, and the surf is not that pounding noise we heard yesterday morning. The tide is still coming in and will only reach -2 this morning, still great for those who want to get out and really walk on the wet sands. st

Wednesday, May 25, 2005, 6:30 a.m. The sun has just risen. There is no wet dew, no fog bank, no clouds whatsoever in the skies this morning. However, it is still very muggy out there; one report said the humidity actually reached 77 yesterday. We were forced to turn on air-conditioning, for this reason alone, for about one hour around 2:00. Today may be a drier day. I'm heading out to breakfast with the Wednesday Morning Brunch group. st 9:30 a.m. Now 81 F on the beach, 86 F in town. Coming back out of town from breakfast I was literally amazed to see the eastern half of the sky almost completely covered with clouds. Where do they come from? This humidity, now reading 76%, will certainly make for another miserable day. st 1:15 p.m. By 11:00 everything had again changed. The wet cloud cover had all but disappeared, leaving light streaks across the sky. Now the humidity has dropped back down to 60 % with the thermometer readings reaching 89 F in camp, 95 F in town. Out here the winds are reaching gusts up to 10 mph. By 3:30 the tide will reach 18 feet, and the cooler waters will be high upon the shoreline. Of course it's best to play in waters on the incoming of high tides because the outgoing undertow can sometimes be overpowering. Enjoy the rest of the day, folks. st

Tuesday, May 24, 2005, 6:00 a.m. My dog came in covered with dew this morning. Sure enough the trees and grass (what little I have) were really wet. I was happy that I had arisen early enough to notice this incidence. Of course it will all be gone within a half an hour. Temperatures did not reach quite the high mark expected yesterday, but the humidity made things absolutely miserable. Trying to conserve electricity a little longer, we turned on just one air conditioner at a time, but it hardly sufficed. Let's hope the breeze comes up early this morning. st 9:30 a.m. Coming into town we noticed a heavy fog bank laying out over the water. We'll check later to see if it burns off. st 3:30 p.m. It's now 95 F in town but it feels like 105 F. The wind is blowing softly from the East, off of the water. The fog bank has disappeared. We can't wait to go swimming a little later today. st

Monday, May 23, 2005, 8:00 a.m. A soft northern breeze this morning is so refreshing. If you have a bedroom window on the north side of the house, you will probably hate to get up while that cool air is still with you. It sure is getting muggy out there, encouraging early chores. At 7:37 we have a low tide of -3.1, according to the tide charts. If you are into excercising, maybe you'd like to hike way out onto the mudflats we have now. I'll just head for the office where, hopefully, they will have air-conditioning. st

Sunday, May 22, 2005, 8:00 a.m. Awakened by the birds singing just outside my window, and the dogs conversing with other dogs throughout the camp, I realized it was already late in the day. Although I am not yet using air-conditioning, the breeze that had swept through the house through the night had created a false sense of cooling. That breeze has since died. in conjunction with the new moon on Monday, this morning at 7.02 a.m. it was a low, -2.4 tide. For those who like to shell this is a great time. The Maurice's related they had walked out much further than they had thought. Looking back, they had also wandered to the north, and the coastline now looked very unfamiliar. They have brought back some very interesting shells to add to their collection. st 3:30 p.m. Our thermometer is showing 98 F again today. Bad news for in town. We have a soft breeze now coming off the water and if you stay in the shade it is absolutely lovely. The tide is up, good for swimming and any other lazy hobby you would like to pursue. st

Saturday, May 21, 2005, 7:30 a.m. A quiet week-end in San Felipe, Armed Forces Day in the U.S. A modest amount of visitors have escaped the busy schedules at home to come here to relax and enjoy the slower pace of retired life. While the younger crowds enjoy the beach life with their water toys and the night life always available here, we enjoy the wonderful effects of nature. Every tiny bit of life, be it plants or animals, is a marvel in this seemingly hot and rugged area. The stars seem closer, the ocean seems bigger, and the many desert areas to be explored are as close as your back yard. Most wonderful of all is the fact there is almost always a breeze off the water sometime throughout the day moderating our temperatures. Maybe we'll have a BBQ tonight. st 9:30 a.m. On the beach it is already 93 F with 48%RH. Not a breath of wind to relieve the scorching heat. I hope that the breeze comes up soon!!! ej 1:00 p.m. Yes, the breeze returned at about 10:30 and is softly jostling the tree limbs and my hair. By choice most homes have 2 sitting areas outside. The East side will be heated in the morning and the West will get all the heat in the afternoon. If your house or place of business is built with a cross breeze flowing thru you might still get by with a fan to keep you moderately comfortable. Lucky us. st 4:00 p.m. At Campo Ocotillo we reached a temperature of 98 F. st

Friday, May 20, 2005, 6:30 a.m. The relative humidity has remained high for 3 days now. The temperatures remain cool, in relation to the cities and towns north of us. And clear skies overall. The breezes rise and fall with the change of the tides. Days follow days, and we continue to have beautiful weather, while far,far to the south is that unusual hurricane now over Honduras. st

Thursday, May 19, 2005, 8:00 a.m. Last night we sat out under the stars, which always seem so close to us because we are not invaded with the bright lights of nearby towns. There is a large hill, El Machorro, situated between Campo Ocotillo and town shielding this country style living from city life. This morning we stand here, stretching and yawning under the morning skies marred just slightly by soft clouds streaking west to east over the mountains, also to the north of us. These will burn off quickly and the soft breezes will again bring the town alive for yet another day. st Noon - I went down to test the seawater in the bay. It is 80 F close to shore but the pollution looks bad today (lots of "froth") so I did not swim. I am still fighting off a severe ear infection from my last swim. I have been taking 2000 mg/day of Amoxycillin from the pharmacy for the past 10 days to try to clear it up. It seems to be working. Out on the beach it is 81 F and 78% RH with light Easterly breezes. ej 6 p.m The motorcycle crowd has arrived for the weekend and they are tearing up and down the beaches and making a terrible noise. I took a stopwatch and timed one bike going over 60 m.p.h. - no helmet, no protective gear; this is just too fast and dangerous! 83 F on the beach with 64% RH. It is going to be broiling hot in El Centro and the deserts this weekend (it is 99 F there at this moment and temperatures should reach 115 F by Sunday) and we will also have a hot weekend here in town. The beer distributors are going to do very well.

Update on the hurricane which is about to hit El Salvador:

AT 5 PM PDT...0000Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE ADRIAN WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 13.1 NORTH... LONGITUDE 90.1 WEST OR ABOUT 75
MILES... 125 KM... SOUTHWEST OF SAN SALVADOR EL SALVADOR...AND ABOUT
35 MILES... 60 KM... SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF ACAJUTLA ON THE COAST OF EL
SALVADOR. ADRIAN IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 9 MPH ...15 KM/HR...AND A
GENERAL NORTHEASTWARD MOTION...WITH SOME INCREASE IN FORWARD
SPEED...IS LIKELY OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS. ON THIS TRACK...THE
CENTER OF ADRIAN WILL REACH THE COAST WITHIN THE WARNING AREA LATER
TONIGHT.

 

Seventy years ago today, on May 19, 1935, T.E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence of Arabia," died in England in a motorcycle crash.


May 18, 2005: The tropical storm center is tracking Adrian - a cyclone that is about to hit Central America - as the National Hurricane Center says in its advisory:

...RARE TROPICAL STORM CONTINUES MOVING NORTHEASTWARD TOWARD
EL SALVADOR AND GUATEMALA...MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 50 MPH... 85 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24
HOURS.RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED HIGHER
AMOUNTS OF NEAR 20 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS...CAN BE EXPECTED IN
ASSOCIATION WITH ADRIAN. THIS SYSTEM ALSO HAS THE POTENTIAL TO
PRODUCE TORRENTIAL RAINFALL OVER OTHER PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AMERICA
DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

Obviously, this is not going to cause us problems here in San Felipe, but it does indicate that this could be an unusual hurricane season.

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2005, Noon: The tropical storm center is tracking Adrian - a cyclone that is about to hit Central America - as the National Hurricane Center says in its advisory: 7 a.m. Everything is so quiet this morning, the water looks as smooth as a bathtub. It was so much cooler yesterday, but we expect it to go back up today. That first Pacific storm of the season will have no effect on the Baja. And up here in the protected Sea of Cortez, we are settling down, almost to a snooze. Nothing major happening socially for this week-end, Armed Forces Day in the States. Hope you enjoyed the floral pictures on the latest NEWS page. st

Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 8 a.m. That cloudy/rainy weather off the Pacific coast has now reached us here on the Baja, even more so to the south of us. Here it is partially overcast with clouds, gloomy, and uninviting. The temperatures have cooled. The water, shadowed with the clouds overhead, looks meaner than it is. With the cloud cover, the noise of the surf hitting the beach is almost deafening. Do I sound disillusioned? Well, a little.st

Monday, May 16, 2005, 9 p.m Strong northerly winds started hitting us here in San Felipe at about 7 p.m. The gusts have tapered off but there is still a strong airflow which is welcome for cooling down the environment for sleeping tonight. 81 F outside at this time. 4 p.m. A hard day at the office installing a new hard drive deserves to be rewarded with a generous libation and a couple of fish tacos! It is 90 F in town with 40%RH. The winds are very light and variable but stronger gusts are expected this evening as the California weather trough goes through. 7:30 a .m. Into the second half of the month of May and we are now into the higher temperatures which will probably stay with us throughout the summer months. Those heavy clouds which have appeared all up and down the west coast of the U.S. are not predicted to reach this lower belt. The soft gentle breeze that is usually with us every day moderates our climate so that up to 100 F is very acceptable to most people. Stay with us. s

Sunday, May 15, 2005, 8:30 a .m. Yesterday's clouds have all disappeared. Temperatures are expected to rise almost to 100 today. Dia del Maestro will be celebrated at the various schools with picnics and games. High temperatures will not stop that entertainment. Out here in the north camps, and I'm sure in the south camps, people will be heading for the beach. Fair skinned people beware; that hot sun on wet skin could be a perfect recipe for wicked sunburns. st

Saturday, May 14, 2005, 4 p.m. A beautiful afternoon. Hot in town - close to 90 F, and in the high 80's on the dry sand of the beach with 66%RH. Gentle easterly winds at 3-5 mph. The coco loco and the ceviche cocktail trucks are up and down the bay beaches every half hour - and doing very good business. ej 8:00 a.m. Completely overcast this morning; very discouraging. On Sunday, Dia del Maestro (Day of the Teachers) it may also be cloudy. The tides are flat with the first-quarter moon coming up. It is so still you can almost hear the birds echoing against each other in the listless trees. With the blossoms we also have the buzzing song of the bees. This will all change in an hour or so as the breeze returns. Have another coffee folks. st

Friday, May 13, 2005, 7:30 a.m. Clear skies over San Felipe today. That light cloud cover over the Pacific will burn off early and will not reach over our mountain ranges. There is hardly a breeze. The birds singing in the trees around us are creating a soft musical background as they flip about their family nests, which are everywhere. The water beckons in it's quiet way, lapping softly at the shoreline. Get out your swimwear. Put away any quilts and blankets still remaining because the nights are now almost in the 70's and threaten to get warmer very quickly. Get ready for the hot weather, just around the corner. Bikini weather we call it. But today, everybody have a safe Friday the 13th. st A short synopsis of my trip to Washngton State in the News section.

Thursday, May 12, 2005, 8:41 a.m. No clouds in the sky today; sunny with light winds. The tide is out quite far, but it looks as though the Sea of Cortez is calm. It's getting warmer each day, and Juanita of the Washtub Laundry thinks she'll go to summer hours in June, rather than July. The high cost of electricity in San Felipe prohibits us from keeping normal hours during the summer. We'll let you know when the Net goes on our summer schedule. Have a great day. khm 5:45 p.m. It's at least 101 right now. We can expect much higher temperatures in the next few days. Get your air conditioners ready!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005, 8:07 a.m. It feels like it's cooled off a bit today. There are no clouds and just a little wind. Our weather gal, Shirley, will be back tomorrow and taking back the reigns on Friday. Dr. C will be here too, so we'll have plenty of weather coverage. No Bad Days. khm

Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 8:59 a.m. It's Mother's Day in Mexico! We couldn't ask for better weather. There are flower vendors at every corner, selling packets of roses. Mother's Day in Mexico is quite a day, with parties, dances and dinners. There are a few clouds in the mountains but we'll have another gorgeous day in San Felipe. Happy Mother's Day! khm

Monday, May 9, 2005, 8:45 a.m. It's going to be another beautiful day in San Felipe. The skies are clear and sunny and the Sea of Cortez looks like a sheet of glass. Many activities were held over the weekend and yesterday, Mother's Day, found many people out for a late brunch. Tomorrow is Mother's Day in Mexico, so we'll have more activities, including a dance for mothers. Happy Monday. kmh

Sunday, May 8, 2005, 9:50 a.m. Happy Mother's Day! What a beautiful day here in San Felipe. We couldn't ask for better weather today. Those families planning trips to the beach for a mother's day picnic won't be disappointed, unless of course the wind picks up. Many people will go out for brunch at one of our local restaurants. Mother's Day in Mexico is May 10 and it's one of the most celebrated holidays down here. Once again, No Bad Days!! khm

Saturday, May 7, 2005, 12:30 p.m. There is no wind to speak of. We have clear skies and a calm sea. We took our weather gal to the aiport in San Diego yesterday and going through the mountains, the cloud ceiling was about ten feet above the roof of the van and we had slight showers. It was beautiful in San Diego, however. We stopped for gas on the way out of Mexicali, and my husband left me at the gas station. He didn't realize I'd gotten out of the van and took off. The road from Mexicali to San Felipe is better. They have painted the lines and put many more reflectors on the sides of the roads, however, there are still many spots where there are none, so drive carefully. It looks like a great weekend for activities. The Chili Cook-off with Third Generation playing starts today at 1:30. Another beautiful day in paradise. khm

Friday, May 6, 2005, 10:00 a.m.In just two hours the clouds have really moved in. The winds are now blowing stronger from the East and the water is a little bit active. This weather really makes one come alive. st

7:00 a.m.The weather is staying cool, as forcast, for all of this week-end's events. In fact the nights are great for sleeping. In the morning we wear jackets for that walk out onto the beach at these nice low tides. This morning there is a cool breeze from the South whipping at our shirt-tails. Those clouds off to the north and some over the mountains to the west are really no threat. Skies over San Felipe are absolutely clear. I will be off for one week, but you can read the charts for that low one on Saturday. And don't forget the Chili Cook-off. Check our Calendar of Events for details st


 

 

CINCO DE MAYO, May 5, 2005, 8:00 a.m . Our choice of low tides is even better today, the morning one is a minus tide. And on Saturday morning at 7:36 a.m. we will have a -2.5 tide. Check out our tide charts for details. Although clouds are forcast for today, it is absolutely clear at this hour. We hope it remains cool throughout this week-end when some of us will head out to the hills where there are reports of blankets of color. Don't forget Casino Days st

photo: courtesy of James Hatton

 

Wednesday, May 4, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Notice that we have two choices of low tides today, one was early in the morning and then again this evening at 6:16. Great for beachcombers. A heavy cloud pattern lays out over the Pacific Ocean, but over the mountains on our side of the Baja it couldn't be more beautiful. A soft cloud pattern is there for the camera buffs. As it cools towards the end of the week, we could see more cloud action over San Felipe. Enjoy! It may not last. st

Tuesday, May 3, 2005, 7:30 a.m. We are now slipping back into a summer routine way of life. With cool breezes to moderate our temperatures, we are enjoying every day, knowing that very soon this will all change and it will become extremely hot. Standing out under the twinkling stars at night, we still wrap a light jacket around us if there is any breeze at all. The forecasts for this week-end still call for cool weather. st

Monday, May 2, 2005, 11:00 a.m. It's such a beautiful morning. Everyone seems to be on a jogging kick. No less than five couples were seen taking the two mile route very early today. And I believe more will join them as long as this picture perfect weather lasts. The tide is on a lower trend again. With the water warming more and more people are taking the time to wade and enjoy shelling. The last of the racers will be leaving this morning. st

Sunday, May 1, 2005, 8:00 a.m. Yesterday was a busy day with the Malecon (Boardwalk) traffic heavily controlled. The center entrance was actually blocked off. With pedestrians, bikers, autos and racecars all sharing this one-way traffic center, skimpy bathing suits become a liability. However, the vendors and cafe owners loved the traffic. At Baja Mar last evening the Mariachis were playing and singing their hearts out, a great background for a delicious dining experience under the stars.
May Day in Russia (and, indeed, in the rest of the world) and Labor Day in most of the world except the USA. It is known as Dia del Trabajo (Day for the Working man) in Mexico. After church there will be many BBQ's and picnics around town, especially at partially completed construction sites. It is usual to place a cross on the building in progress, which will remain there until the project is completed. In Mexico, when the holiday falls on Sunday, most do not get Monday off. Good reason to play hard today. The weather couldn't be more perfect.
Racers will be gathering their trophies and heading out, meaning gas stations will be very busy this morning. Families might as well stay and swim until that chore is completed. Yesterday the water was warmer than the air, encouraging one to stay under, longer. Today it may reach a little higher in spite of dotted cloud cover. st

A Russian delegation visited San Felipe this weekend to see if it was a favorable location for promotion to tourists in Eastern Europe. They insisted in swimming out to check the water temperatures for comparison with the waters of the Black Sea. They had erroneously believed that we were a land of 25-30 C water (80-86F). Alas, the water in our bay is much colder than that at this time of year. To clear up the confusion, I have added the little note to the page at the top since we no longer have Jose Luis to venture out and measure the temperature in deep water, and our elderly staff are not comfortable swimming in the nutrient-enriched bay (ej).

 


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