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San Felipe - Archive of weather for May 2008.



Saturday 31 May, 12:30 p.m. At the office in town we have a pleasant 83 F with 36% RH and northeast breezes at 3-5 mph. Undoubtedly this will be a perfect afternoon for lunch on the patio of the El Cortez Hotel with one of their ice cold beers and a cocteil de camarones. Traffic seems very light at present. I expect that the major thrust of the tourism in the state is focussed on the baja 500 out of Ensenada. However, tomorrow the day will be ours with the Dia del Marina Nacional (Navy Day). I already spy a large cruiser on the horizon so maybe the navy will send a boat into the bay. (ej) 7 a.m Absolutely not much change in our statistics. I'm sure somewhere in San Felipe it hit the 90 's yesterday. Families with children were out there in the water or basking under the colorful umbrellas that are so popular on the malecon now. Yesterday the breeze turned, coming directly from the east. Soft clouds rolled up from the south and lay over us for the evening. This morning there are only a few wifts of white out there leading into a great week-end. (st) Yesterday’s Max 89 F, Min 70 F. Humidity currently 22%

Friday 30 May, 2 p.m A very pleasant night for sleeping if you live along the beach, and very pleasant temperatures there as well during the day. Right now we have 83 F in the shade with pleasant easterly breezes. This morning we had a total power outage at this end of town on Avenida Mar de Cortez while the Electricity Company did some much needed emergency maintenance of their transmission lines. We are almost back to normal after the outage but there are still a few things that don't work. I am working on them right now and fighting with old equipment that does not want to wake up from a temporary retirement (much like me - ej).

Thursday 29 May, 7 a.m It was rather warm throughout the night...time to shed all blankets for the summer. Already this morning we are heading towards the 80's even though we have breezes still slightly from the north. As we become acclimated to the tropical temperatures ahead we learn to rise early and do chores before a later breakfast. Dinner/siesta time is usually after 2:00 p.m. when many small businesses close down for a couple of hours. As the evening cools activity picks back up. Happy hour and snacks suffice. A great schedule for the waistline. (st) Yesterday’s Max 86 F, Min 71 F. Humidity currently 25%

Wednesday 28 May, 7 a.m Beautiful weather continues.Everybody is rushing to get things done before the real heat sets in. The town seems to be full of people even after the Memorial week-end has passed. Must be for the SCORE races coming up this week-end. Also we have the SF annual Fishing Festival down at the harbor. Temperatures will be climbing between now and then, expected to be in the 90's. Breezes are soft and the water is extremely calm today. Enjoy. (st) Yesterday’s Max 80 F, Min 65 F. Humidity currently 31%

Tuesday 27 May, 7 a.m It's heading towards a summery week-end with very clear skies, soft breezes and warming weather. All thoughts are of summer ventures now; BBQ's, swimming, camping, dune-buggying, or just enriching life in and around our chosen homesights. For most of us northerners this is in our retirement years. We are enjoying the mexican culture tremendously. Once we have created a way of life here, we need not dwell on enhancing, but just relax and enjoy another day.(st) Yesterday’s Max 77 F, Min 60 F.Humidity currently 32%

Monday 26 May, 7 a.m Memorial Day Celebrated : The temperature seemed to co-ordinate with the entire holiday; the record heat had subsided and the week-end remained wonderfully cool. Now we will head back into real summer weather which for us averages between 90 and 100 F. A few clouds loom to the south of us, otherwise it is crystal clear with a light north-western breeze fanning the tree branches nearby. We enjoyed the Campo El Vergel Fire Department fundraiser yesterday, but sitting directly in the sun we actually baked. Rita saw my plight and talked Ellis into loaning me his huge brimmed hat which helped trmendously. The party was a huge success for the important, volunteer Fire Dept in the South Camps. (st) Yesterday’s Max 76 F, Min 60 F. Humidity currently28%

Sunday 25 May, 7 a.m The clouds remain mostly to the south and east of us with clear skies directly overhead. Gone are the storm clouds of yesterday. From here on we can expect summer weather to set in. A soft, warming breeze from the west has kicked in over calm waters, good news for the fishermen. With the Malecon full of Memorial Holiday week-enders it will not be hard to gather would-be fisherguys and life will get back to normal. (st) Yesterday’s Max 75 F, Min 61 F. Humidity currently 30%

Saturday 24 May, 1:20 p.m The temperature rose only to 75 F and stalled. In fact it already has dropped to 74F here at this station. Beautiful, picturesque clouds are still with us. The winds have stayed within 5-10 mph and at the moment remain at about 4 mph. The bright sunshine, although not warming, is friendly and inviting. We actually started to clean up the leaves, branches and dust from the storm. I do believe it has passed. (st)

7 a.m. Victoria Day, for the birthdays of Queen Victoria who reigned 63 years until 1901, also for Queen Elizabeth II; a long week-end in Canada. Also a long week-end in the U.S. to observe Memorial Day as a 3-day week-end, it traditionally is May 30. Here in San Felipe we awoke to heavy clouds, part of the Pacific storm we are enduring. The winds blew throughout the night and are already up but we expect things to end late today. The heavy clouds below are not threatening; the sun is breaking through nicely.(st) Yesterday’s Max 79 F, Min 62 F. Humidity currently 28%

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Heavy Clouds over S.F. .......................5/24/08 >>>

Friday 23 May, 5:30 p.m. We ate again on the patio. It was absolutely clear but the view towards town was for the camera. The streets in town must have been a disaster // P.S. by 6:30 p.m it had cleared again. (st) 1:30 p.m. Whether designed or not, this holiday week-end is going to be exactly the opposite to last week-end when we were heading up to the 90's. This week-end we are on our way down to the 70's. But we're not alone. All up and down the coast and some cities in Arizona are fairing a lot worse. It is now only 75 F, the wind is running 8-10 mph and will go higher this afternoon. No dust storms yet!. We again have white-caps on the water. The clouds are not quite as mean looking. Altogether it seems as if Fall has hit again. (st) 7 a.m. There are heavy clouds to our north, reaching out to the west and the east of us. The sun is breaking through doing it's best to counteract the dramatic coolness this low pressure system brought. especially bringing rain to southern Arizona. The winds are still with us, calm each morning but rising to 15 mph later in the day. The Cades told me the boss will be unhappy to see all the trash that gathered in his corner of the culdesac. The fishermen are unhappy because it has now been several days they have not been able to launch their pangas. Just a few more days folks, and the summer heat will hit; this will all be just a memory. (st) Yesterday’s Max 91 F, Min 63 F. Humidity currently 22%

Thursday 22 May, 3:45 p.m. Heavy clouds that formed over San Felipe seemed to have moved directly overhead. The winds are indeed as strong as yesterday at this time, at 25 mph with strong gusts at times destined to finish tearing to pieces whatever it has left in it's path. RV awnings and patios made of palm leaves are hanging and will be damaged badly before the wind dies enough to repair them. You can hardly tell the sky/water horizon line and dust is everywhere. Not much danger of rain in our forecast. (st) 12:45 p.m. Around 10:00 the winds started to rise but not nearly as wild as yesterday. As of now we have temperature reading of 89.8 and NW winds 7-10 mph. They do get gusty at times rising to about 18 mph. Again there are whitecaps on the water and sands across the roads. We are expecting the winds to get even stronger.(st) 7 a.m The winds howled and furniture tumbled as we headed for bed last evening. We awoke this morning to clear skies and only a soft north-west breeze. Gratefully it was much cooler for sleeping and we start the day at least 6 degrees cooler. With a -0.2 tide at this moment we will see no effect of the winds on the water till later. After 11:00 a.m. the winds will again pick up as the storm passes on. (st) Yesterday’s Max 104 F, Min 72 F. Humidity currently 21%

Wednesday 21 May 10:30 p.m. It reached a high of 103.8 but was offset by the ever-changing winds. By super time they were again coming on strong, and as the dark closed in (I could not read the instrument) it must have returned to at least 25 mph and has remained so to this hour. We can assume it will be this way throughout the night tonight. (st) 3:03 p.m. The temperature has now cooled to a 99.3 and the winds have calmed, now 5-10 mph with sometimes dying down to nil. 'Tis the turn of the tide which now reads a high of 15'8" on the charts.There are still white caps on the water and we see no boats. A day for viewing, not doing; as they say. (st) 12:32 p.m. Wow! A reading of 100.6. But what's more important is I got sandblasted as I was trying to take a wind reading. It easily read 25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. You can barely see El Mochoro, there are whitecaps on the water and I'm sure the house is going to blow over. Roadways are sometimes blinding with sand sweeping across them. The whole town, especially our houses will need vacuuming after this sand-storm is over. (st) 7 a.m. An unusually strong low pressure system will bring windy conditions and possibly dust storms today and tonight with much cooler weather for the next few days. Yesterday's extreme of 100 F was a little hard to take without air-conditioning. However we ate again on the patio the temperatures receding to a mere 89 degrees. Because it is on the shady side of the building, overlooking the Sea, a soft breeze makes all the difference. The town is looking forward to cooler weather today under any circumstances. (st) Yesterday’s Max 100 F, Min 77 F. Humidity currently 30%.

Tuesday 20 May 7 a.m. One more day, they say, of record high heat. Much cooler and more windy will be the rule after Wednesday. However, I worked outside much of the day yesterday, on the shady side of the building, and it really was tolerable. Many of our visitors spent some of their day on the beach, enjoying the sea water; then nursing their sunburns. Back to the motels or restaurants which advertise air-conditioning. We turned our air-conditioner off about 2:30 and ate outside at dusk. It was very pleasant. (st) Yesterday’s Max 99 F, Min 80 F. Humidity currently 30%

Monday 19 May 7 a.m. Soft clouds signal a change in the pattern today. We'll be looking for much cooler weather maybe tomorrow. Last evening we watched from the patio about 8 small boats seemingly heading north/northeast and surmised they were heading straight for Puerto Penasco after the Sports Fishing tournament of the week-end. I had never noticed traffic before from so far away. Our conversation then turned to the Ultra-light heading straight up our coastline. The tourists like to try that simple but entirely different sport, and we like to watch. (st) Yesterday’s Max 96 F, Min 84 F. Humidity currently 34%

Sunday 18 May 7 a.m. Clear, pink,skies, void of a single cloud, stretched across the baby blue waters of the Sea as the clock reached 5:00 and chiming. It takes only seconds to change the view as I watch in awe this every-morning scene. Within 15 minutes everything changes to a much more vivid color as the red sun pops over the horizon and it takes only about 5 minutes to complete the act. The sky settles back to it's normal blue, the water appears a darker, more active shade of blue-green and glistens as the sun's rays now reflect, almost parallel towards us. Again that will change as the sun rises and the glitter will disappear. The day has started. I will never stop loving this morning picure. (st) Yesterday’s Max 96 F, Min 78 F. Humidity currently 35%

Saturday 17 May 7 a.m. That strong ridge of high pressure is bringing the warmest temperatures thus far although yesterday it slid below the charted forcast by 4 degrees. This morning it is already 87 F and will surely pass the 90 degree mark within minutes. With clear skies and minimum breezes the weather will be perfect for the SF Sports Fishing Tournament. We expect it to cool again later next week. (st) Yesterday’s Max 90 F, Min 78 F. Humidity currently 31%

Friday 16 May 7 a.m. Most of the night the winds played through the branches of the large picus tree, causing the motion lights to remain on. The breeze, forced through the open but screened windows, was heaven but temperatures are remaining higher as each night passes. It's now a game as to how long one can last without putting on the air-conditioner, at least for one hour each evening to cool things down. Let's just get acclimated. (st) Yesterday’s Max 94 F, Min 72 F. Humidity currently 30%

Thursday 15 May 7 a.m. It is still refreshingly cool for sleeping, and to rise early in the morning and have that northwest cool wind still with us is like not wanting to say good-bye because you know that any day now comes the beginning of the summer heat. That means our reprieve from electric bills is over, air-conditioning sets in and our whole way of life changes. I, for one, will have to rise even earlier to water my gardens before the sun hits them and prepare meals that have to be cooked. Most locals do their chores as early as possible because by 10:00 it is'hot'.We're looking for the stronger breezes again this afternoon. Let's celebrate with a pizza & beer tonight. (st) Yesterday’s Max 89 F, Min 71 F. Humidity currently 21%


Wednesday 14 May 7 a.m. Drier and warmer are the forecasts for today and the next few days. I was surprised by the cloud cover we had this morning and the ultimate beautiful colors we wake up to when the conditions are just right. The NW winds are already rising but they are not cold. The water is still calm, no white-caps yet. We expect everything to be calm for the San Felipe Sports Fishing Tournament coming this Saturday, May 17. (st) Yesterday’s Max 87 F, Min 71 F. Humidity currently 21%




Clouds created this morning's sunrise 5:05 a.m May 14.


Tuesday 13 May 1:00 p.m.The warm winds are almost directly out of the east by now and have risen to a verocity of 14-17 mph gusting at 20 mph. On the outgoing tide there are strong white caps, although you could not call it stormy. It's very dusty in town with sand blowing across the open highways between here and there. Now 87 F it will probably not get quite as warm as yesterday, but definitely an energetic and exhausting afternoon. (st) 7 a.m. Our thermometer maxed out at 92 degrees yesterday afternoon, exceeding the forecasts for this area. With south and west winds that could be expected. Today we expect northwest breezes. By the weekend the high pressure rebuilds and we should see above normal temperatures. All of this leads to my question: Could this be it?...the start of summer in San Felipe? Are we ready? (st) Yesterday’s Max 92 F, Min 69 F. Humidity currently 30%

Monday 12 May 5 p.m. It has been a beautiful, quiet, afternoon on the beach. The tide is out and there are gentle southeasterly breezes with 81 degrees in the shade. (ej) 7 a.m. What a great, cool night for sleeping. And it's only 78 at this moment. But beware! Strong SW winds will develop this afternoon over the lower Colorado River Valley and SE California but should subside this evening as the humidity increases and winds decrease. Bright, warm sunshine countered by strong, cool breezes makes for an exhiliarating day ahead. Flowers are everywhere from Saturday and yesterday's Mother's day celebrations. Mothers are very important in Mexico. she really is the matriarch of the family. (st) Yesterday’s Max 82 F, Min 68 F. Humidity currently 40%

Sunday 11 May 7 a.m Mother's Day in U.S.A. Back to our beautiful clear blue skies with promises of such a great day for Mother's Day. The breezes have swung back to the SW but are warm and refreshing. Everyone has changed to summer clothing, albeit their Sunday best (shorts etc) for today. George's restaurant is mourning the loss of George's 100 year old mother, an amazing, lovely lady known to many of us, who passed away on Mexico's Mother's day yesterday. How appropriate. (st) Yesterday’s Max 88 F, Min 65 F. Humidity currently 37%

Saturday 10 May 7 a.m Mother's Day in Mexico: This morning the light overcast is almost gloomy. The reflection on the water is not that brilliant. The winds may have changed to the SE, but at this moment all is still. It did warm up a little more during the night; the daytime highs continue to stay in the 80's. So I guess this is your typical spring weather, the calm before the summer highs hit us. (st) Yesterday’s Max 84 F, Min 67 F. Humidity currently 22%

Friday 9 May 7 a.m. Skies are just a little more overcast than yesterday. Our winds continue to change direction, from SW to NW. Either way it is a warm wind. Fluctuating temperatures by several degrees continues. Sometimes we need sweaters and then we shed them. This is definitely May weather, a favorite time for tourists. Why do we waste it by spring cleaning instead of getting out in the desert to see the wild flowers that are in bloom? (st) Yesterday’s Max 84 F, Min 62 F. Humidity currently 30%

Thursday 8 May 7 a.m. A series of low pressure systems is passing mainly to the north of us. Yesterday's westerly breezes became more northern early in the day. This morning we have breezes more from the south. Regardless, they are warm winds and we are happy to have them. Notice that it warmed up through the night to 74 F which is where it read at 7:00 this moring. With absolutely nothing slated for this week-end, many of the restaurants will offer their best fare to attract attention. We suggest you look around before you get too hungry. There are many to choose from some with music or entertainment. I enjoy the quiet ones myself. (st) Yesterday’s Max 84 F, Min 74 F. Humidity currently 48%.

Wednesday 7 May 7a.m. It's such a normal day out there it's hard to describe. Clear sunny skies, the sun reflecting on the vast expanse of water, so brilliantly you definitely need sun glasses. And then a brisk, warm breeze from the south-west to complete the picture. That breeze was with all through the night jostling the branches and causing my motion light to go on and off. This is definitely May weather, a favorite time for tourists. (st) Yesterday’s Max 84 F, Min 62 F. Humidity currently 38%.

Tuesday 6 May 6 p.m. These statistics were taken off of the noaa.gov forecast office reports. I was in the U.S. today expecting to return before noon but got waylaid. It was a lovely day with a soft, warm western breeze, about 7 degrees warmer in El Centro than in San Felipe. Now, here, at dinner time, the breeze has decreased and the cool is moving in. We are expecting it to be warmer tomorrow.(st) Yesterday’s Max 85 F, Min 57 F. Humidity currently 34%.

CINCO DE MAYO: Monday 5 May 7 a.m. It seems the humidity rose and the weather cooled just for this two days. That low, low tide this morning should draw many to the sea-shore for shelling and clamming. Although this holiday was developed in Mexico, it is actually celebrated more in the U.S. Not declared as a national holiday here, only some business and some government offices will be closed. In the confusion, let's just take the dune-buggy out for an afternoon in the desert. (st) Yesterday’s Max 84 F, Min 67 F. Humidity currently 30%.

Sunday 4 May 7 a.m. Sparkling waters can blind you as you gaze silently across the ever-widening low-tide flats just made for clamming.Further south shelling is the drawing card for tourists and local enthusiasts alike. Tomorrow morning we'll have the lowest tide with a -4.3' at 7:51 a.m. With low tides go high tides; tomorrow's highest tide will reach us at 2:19 p.m, a hefty 19.7' beauty. As long as there is no stormy weather this tide can be enjoyed to it's fullest. But it can also be extremely dangerous if not respected. Watch for undertows. Yesterday's very busy day is now followed by a relaxing period. Enjloy the week. (st) Yesterday’s Max 86 F, Min 68 F. Humidity currently 24%.

Saturday3 May - 12:30 p.m. On the beach 77 F 58% RH and gentle easterly breezes. A picture-prefect day for the weekend's prime event at Club de Pesca. High tide is almost here and the banana boats are out in force giving rides. Allow 50 pesos per person for a decent tumble. (ej). 7 a.m. Soft breezes from the southwest will change the pattern today and allow the temperature readings to rise significantly, it should get into the 90's. It's so quiet this morning I can hear 2 nests of baby birds, one on either side of the patio roofs. The parents are diligently attending their babies; I guess they feed and groom them in the early morning hours; by the time I finish this weather report and settle outside on the patio everything is usually quiet. But not in town. Things are bustling for the Chili Cook-Off and Realties are pushing sales through this holiday week-end. And tonight Saturday Singles will gather at the El Cortez hotel for an early evening dinner.(st) Yesterday’s Max 84 F, Min 64 F. Humidity currently 22%.

Friday 2 May - 12:30 p.m. Another windy day on the beach with 10-15 mph gusts from the northwest. 77 degrees and 45% RH. In town at the office by the El Cortez Hotel we have 84 F and 17 % RH.(ej). 7 a.m. Already the temperatures have climbed from a cool low of 65 for sleeping to a nice high of 79 to start the day. Brilliantly clear skies and sparkling water. Hard on the eyes without sunglasses this early in the morning. We expect a warmer week-end entirely with winds only in the 5-7 mph area. Why couldn't this have been last week-end for the Luau? Oh well, this week-end we have the great 'Chili Cook-off' on the club patio. We expect further warming sunday.(st) Yesterday’s Max 80 F, Min 65 F. Humidity currently 21%.

Thursday 1 May - noon. Dia del Trabajo (Labor Day in Mexico) Gloriously windy and fresh on the beach with heavy swells crashing on the sand as high tide approaches. Winds NE 20-25 mph, 74 degrees with 33%RH. See the rough water in the photo below where we are looking south from town towards Punta Estrella. (ej)

10:50 a.m Winds are up to 19mph and we have whitecaps on the water (st) 7 a.m. . With strong breezes coming from the north again, we will be feeling the cooling temperatures for the next few days. Clear, sunny skies are the saviour, promising a great spring day for this major holiday. You might as well celebrate as everything is closed, and construction is stopped in all corners. The water is great for fishing. (st) Yesterday’s Max 88 F, Min 66 F. Humidity currently 25%.


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