Friday 30 November 8 p.m. Thank goodness we had a break in the rain around 4:00 p.m. Because beach sand doesn't absorb very well there are large puddles everywhere. Since we have not had a strong rain in a couple of years many are surprised to find roof leaks where they thought they were safe; including me. Today was totally wasted because without power we have no water, no telephone, and no computer. We couldn't even write out by e-mail. At 7:00 I went out once more to measure the rain gauge at 1 1/2 inches. And the cloud overhead is one, big, dark, mean looking saucer.When our websight gets back on I will measure again, but it seems quiet now (the rain has paused).(st)
6 p.m. Waves of rain have been passing over San Felipe since around 9 a.m. some of them bringing deluges. All the usual places in town are flooded. We have had total power outages and server problems lasting well into the afternoon. One inch of rain has fallen in most areas but with locally heavy downpours. Strong westerly winds are bringing more clouds over the mountains. We hope that rain will be gone by Saturday breakfast time. (ej)
7:00 a.m. That's really a light rain out there folks. And it's destined to become a solid rain this afternoon and this evening, lightening up after midnight. Tomorrow it's supposed to all disappear, leading back into our normal sunshine in the days that will follow. We needed this badly to settle the recent dust storms we have endured. I know some snowbirds who have just recently arrived, bringing some plants for color, will be very happy for the rain to ensure a solid start for their efforts. Myself, I just want the gloomy, heavy cloud cover to go away. I'm a sunshine girl. (st) Yesterday's Max 67 F, Min 57 F. Humidity currently 30%
Thursday 29 November 7:00 a.m. During all my travels this last two weeks the weather has been cold, and gloomy. We even had to de-ice the plane in Albuqerque before we could leave last Thursday. Yesterday I hoped to bring my sister and her friend to a little sunshine in San Felipe. But it was very little. This pattern may remain with us throughout the week-end; cool but with not much wind. A slight possibility of a little rain is hinted in some forecasts. That will please kh. Throughout this gloomy report we will just add another sweater and some will gather this afternoon to pack toys for Santa Runs and prepare for December activities now almost upon us. (st) Yesterday's Max 72 F, Min 47 F. Humidity currently 29%
Wednesday 28 November 7:30 a.m. We have some cloud cover and a little bit of wind, but the sun is trying to peek through. These are definitely two-layer clothing days, as it's been a bit chilly in the mornings and evenings. Of course, if you're from Minnesota or Canada, it probably seems like you're in Hawaii. Our weather gal, Shirley, will be back on the job tomorrow morning, when she returns with her sissy, Lori Cecotti. I don't want to seem negative in any way, shape or form, but we need a good rain, so I hope it rains this weekend!! Or, at the very least, one day to pack down all the sand and dirt (and check for leaks in your roof). (From the hood kh)
Tuesday 27 November 8 a.m. - We awoke for a third day to cloudy skies, a very unusual occurrence for San Felipe and this land of sun. More significant is the fact that the low pressure system off the Pacific coast to our west is just sitting there and picking up lots of moisture from the ocean. All indications are that this low pressure will get carried onshore and cross the Baja peninsular this weekend. If this does happen we could get rain by Friday. We shall watch this situation as it continues to develop. Meanwhile, the sea is calm and we have a cool 56 F with 35% relative humidity. Winds are SE at 3-5 knots. (ej)
Monday 26 November - 8 a.m. The morning started out with heavy cloud over the region - difficult even to see where the sun was in the sky. Now there is some clearing and we have hazy sunshine beginning to filter through. We expect this cloud to continue on-and-off for a couple of days until the low pressure off the Pacific coast breaks down. In the border region, the weather services are predicting possible rain showers by the weekend. Although this is unlikely to reach San Felipe we could certainly use the water! The tide is low and the winds of the weekend are completely gone. Out on the beach we have 64 degrees with 41% RH. (ej)
Sunday 25 November - 3 p.m. A cool afternoon, 66 degrees with 42% RH. Skies are totally overcast and the sea is calm. Our visitors are streaming back to California and feedback from travelers is that they are encountering 3 hour delays crossing the border at Calexico. Not such a pleasant end to a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.
Delays are only going to get worse as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security tightens the screws with more inspections and paperwork requirements in 2008. Tourism as we know it in San Felipe cannot survive with these intolerable delays. We already see hundreds of condos, apartments and hotel rooms sitting empty. High gasoline prices in the USA, the cost of Mexican car insurance for a long weekend and the high prices for meals and accommodations make the cost of a vacation here uncompetitive with a package flight to Puerto Vallarta or Acapulco.(ej)
9 a.m. The wind has gone and we have a calm morning but with increasing high cloud drifting over from a low pressure region off the Pacific coast. It was a cold night and a reminder of what is to come for December and January; time to get out the Uggs. Already the border crossings for people going back to the US are getting clogged with wait times of 1-2 hours at Calexico. These huge delays are really having an impact on the tourists coming to Baja for a few days and delays are only going to get worse when the passport requirement is enforced in the New Year. A reminder to our local friends of the funeral this afternoon of Maria Julia Perez Lupercio de Garcia at the Catholic Church at 2 p.m. For details see Kats Korner. (ej)
Saturday 24 November - 7 p.m. The wind has dropped a lot. Now we have 5 knot breezes from the northeast with 64 F and 23% RH. A crystal-clear, starry night with the shrimp fleet leaving the shelter of the mountains and heading out into the bay to get a few shrimp.
2 p.m. Still very windy. In town we have 70 F with 15 % Relative humidity. All the doorknobs are sparking! Winds northeast at 10 in town, stronger on the beach. Blowing sand on all of the roads. Drive carefully!
8 a.m. Winds from the Santa Ana condition in Southern California are battering San Felipe this morning. We had some beach erosion with the very high tide just after midnight and can expect more with this afternoon's tide. People are dressed very warmly with scarves over their mouths as they venture onto the beach to look at the flotsam and jetsam that has washed up onto the beaches. I can see a lot of old shoes and even something that looks like an old sofa that has blown ashore. Driving on the Mexicali road, particularly across the Laguna Salada around km 80, is likely to be quite hazardous with sandstorms while these punishing winds continue. The sea is probably as rough as I have ever seen it. (ej)
Friday - 6 p.m. The shrimp fleet has come into the bay and is sheltering from the north wind in the lee of Cerro el Machorro. That is a good sign that we are in for a blustery night. 64 degrees outside. Turkey night for me! (ej)
Noon Update from the beach. The tide is coming in fast and the winds have picked up a lot since the calm of early morning. It is beautiful, but brisk. People are walking their dogs and children and one group is building a big sandcastle and trying to channel the oncoming water into its moat. I went past the Marina Resort and the kitesurfers are out in force skimming south from the harbor to towards Punta Estrella. I wish I had a movie camera with a good zoom lens, some of the twists and turns they make are incredible. The resort is a good base camp for these sorts of sports that rely on the wind. You can walk out of your room right onto the beach and someone will be waiting with a good strong beverage when you return. It is 68 F with 15-18 knot breezes from the north on the beaches and 70 degrees in town.
8 a.m Quite cold overnight, I had to break out extra blankets for the visitors. We might even have to turn on the heat this weekend. It is crisp and clear out on the beach this morning and the sand is smooth and clean from the very high tide that we had overnight. Soon, however, the army of quads and motorbikes will be roaring up and down and churning up the sand and chasing the local dogs. There is a possibility we will get strong north winds Friday night and Saturday morning as the Santa Ana winds start to gain strength in Southern California. These winds, coupled with the high overnight tides, could mean some beach erosion. (ej)
Thursday - Thanksgiving Day 1:30 p.m Cool and beautifully crisp 72 F with 30% RH in town. Great weather for a walk before the feasting this afternoon. Hopefully also great for a post prandial perambulation. The gas station has run out of Regular gasoline so the tourists are now having to buy the hi-test ($3.00/gallon instead of $2.40/gallon for regular - but still a considerable saving over the $3.50 for regular in Calexico) (ej)
8 a.m. Well, we have woken to a beautiful sunny morning in San Felipe. There is a light, variable breeze but the humidity is low. For the next four nights we shall be experiencing very large astronomical tides and any significant wind could cause us to have some beach erosion. Highest tides will be between midnight and 3 a.m. and there will be somewhat lower tides during the early afternoons. The town seems to be relatively quiet and I think that many of our regular visitors must have decided to stay home in the US for this holiday following the predictions of so many travel congestion, border crossing problems and the very high price of gasoline ($3.50 per gallon in San Diego). I also notice that the cost for Mexican car insurance is also now rising rapidly and can add another $150 to the bill for a long weekend. We hear from the Tourism department that the Snowbirds festival that was to be held tomorrow will likely be rescheduled for some time later in the season.(ej)
Wednesday 11 p.m. The cloud cover has moved East into mainland Mexico and we now have clear skies and 66 F outside. It should be a very sunny Thanksgiving Day. Yea!
Wednesday 12:30 pm The cloud is crossing the peninsular - see the visible image below
On the doppler radar,the green areas indicate light rain falling. There appears to be precipitation north of San Felipe to the west of the Mexicali road- probably in open desert. Nothing is falling in our watershed to the south where water is so welcome to help recharge our aquifer.
Wednesday, November 21 -10:30 a.m. We woke to gloomy skies over San Felipe this morning. A low pressure system, currently off the southern California coast, is bringing this cloud and wind but is moving East. Out on the beach, we have quite blustery conditions and large swells are building on the water as high tide approaches.
Our tidecam picture to the right shows the conditions looking north. However, the sun is trying to come out and it will be much more pleasant when the cloud has passed over. If you are coming for the Thanksgiving weekend holiday remember to bring sweaters for the evenings! (ej)
Tuesday, November 20 - 6 p.m. Low cloud moved over San Felipe in the late afternoon and brought the humidity. Right now, I can look up and see a hazy moon. Everything is calm and the temperature is 71 F on the beach with around 90% RH. The windows and particularly the screens are streaming with water and the Tecate tiles on the patio have turned a wonderful deep red as they sip the moisture from the air. This cool moist air is forecast to move out of our area Wednesday and be replaced by cool dry air, but with lots of sun. Thanksgiving should be very pleasant here! (ej).
7 a.m. The temperature each morning is slipping a degree or two. The forecasts are not very encouraging. By Thursday the high is projected to be in the 75 degree area, the low in the 50's. Clear, sunny skies should prevail, but the Santa Ana winds are again expected in Southern California. All of this is a lesser threat in San Felipe, and we expect to have a great week into one celebration or another. (st) Yesterday's Max 86 F, Min 64 F. Humidity currently 35%.
Monday November 19- 7 a.m. Although 'Dia de la Revolution' is actually on November 20, Mexico will observe it today for the 3-day week-end. It is a gorgeous, clear day; great for any activitiies we may want to do this Mexican holiday. Following that is the U.S. Thanksgiving on Thursday. Plenty to celebrate on either plates, or as we say here, on both plates. And the weather couldn't be more co-operating. (st) Yesterday's Max 86 F, Min 64 F. Humidity currently 35%.
Sunday November 18- 7 a.m. Beautiful, clear, sunny skies may stay with us through Dia de la Revolution tomorrow. We have nearly record temperatures for this late in November. But soon will follow the cooler temperatures we normally expect. So enjoy! (st) Yesterday's Max 86 F, Min 64 F. Humidity currently 35%.
Saturday, November 17- 7 a.m. Dia de Revolucion (Tuesday is the actual holiday, but it will be celebrated on Monday) is fast approaching and the weather should be clear, but cooler. In fact, although yesterday we reached 85 F., we awoke this morning to a much cooler start.We see no fog banks and humidity remains good. It's a great weekend for getting things done around the house or yard. (dictated by Sj/kh)
Friday November 16, 7 a.m. A few degrees warmer yesterday and possibly again today. Yesterday there was a large fog bank over the mainland and last evening a lightning show to the south and east of the Sea. Throughout the night the winds came up buy they have now calmed. This morning everything is clear and warm with a gentle, soft breeze. (st) Yesterday's Max 84 F, Min 67 F. Humidity currently 40%.
Thursday November 15, 7 a.m. It feels like the week-end already. No need for a jacket this morning. High pressure is returning with sunny skies bringing warmer temperatures throughout the week-end. But enjoy while you can, because much cooler temperatures will follow early next week. Notice the water temperatures are definitely going down also. (st) Yesterday's Max 81 F, Min 70 F. Humidity currently 30%.
Wednesday November 14, 7 a.m. A low pressure system just off the central Baja Pacific coast will slowly move northeast across Baja today and tomorrow. High pressure will return over the week-end and we should again have above normal temperatures. Sad news about the helicopter crash during the Baja 1000 race yesterday which caused loss of power to all of San Felipe and the area for 6 hours. Read our front page. Otherwise we have beautiful weather for such an important event which lasts about 3 days. (st) Yesterday's Max 82 F, Min 67 F. Humidity currently 31%.
Tuesday November 13, 7 a.m. High pressure and sunny skies are bringing warmer weather today and tomorrow. However, the forecast is for a low pressure system just off the central Baja coast to move northeast bringing a return of cooler weather by this week-end. This morning, with a light jacket or sweater on, it is all bright sunshine with a soft warm breeze. Enjoy. (st) Yesterday's Max 79 F, Min 66 F. Humidity currently 43%.
Monday November 12, 7 a.m. Unbelievably, we awoke to a soft rain pattering on the patio roof. Just now the electric power just had a short interruption. San Felipe is completely covered with one large cloud. Forecasts suggest the rest of today should remain mostly cloudy with scattered showers in the morning...maybe becoming sunny during the afternoon, a forerunner for the rest of the week. They promised a warming trend starting tomorrow. (st) Yesterday's Max 79 F, Min 66 F. Humidity currently 43%.
Sunday November 11, 7 a.m. It is now 7:50 a.m.and with 74 F. Veteran's Day ceremonies should be well attended under bright sunny skies. The malecon is quiet after last evening's extremely busy activities but later will hold the final day's programs of this year's famous San Felipe Shrimp Festival. The cold weather should begin to move on. Next week we should again enjoy above normal temperatures for this time in November. (st) Yesterday's Max 74 F, Min 60 F. Humidity currently 33%.
Saturday November 10, 7 a.m. There are two Pacific Weather systems moving through the region this
week-end causing heavy cloud cover and much cooler weather for our Shrimp Festival. Sunday we should have the stronger system moving in for a cooler and breezier Veteran's Day. High pressure will return around Tuesday with a warmng trend. What poor planning by Mother Nature! (st) Yesterday's Max 79 F, Min 62 F. Humidity currently 47%.
Friday November 9, 7 a.m. The picture-perfect sunrise was like a coverlet this morning, spreading across the entire sky because of the almost fog-like clouds. It is sweeping even heavier SW to NE across the Sierras. Maybe yesterday's fog never really left us. I feel again like I am on the ocean shores, in a cold and damp atmosphere. Interestingly this should last through our Shrimp Festival week-end. It promises to warm up a little next week.(st) Yesterday's Max 78 F, Min 63 F. Humidity currently 44%.
Thursday November 8; 1:19 p.m. Update! Around 8:30 a fog bank again appeared over towards the mainland. By noon it had crept closer and we had fog banks sitting on our hills/mountins. As it became heavier the humidity increased to 57%. By now it is heaviest over the mountain ranges to our west, although we in San Felipe have good visibility. At 12:10 p.m. the tide was 14.9 and we should have a really low tide tomorrow. (st)
7 a.m. Cooler temperatures have settled in for the week-end. Soft clouds remain in otherwise clear, sunny skies. But a low pressure system has begun to move across our area bringing these lower temperatures for the Shrimp Festival week-end. Warmer weather should return starting Monday. Bring a jacket and enjoy the many booths and entertainment set up on the Malecon. (st) Yesterday's Max 82 F, Min 60 F. Humidity currently 40%.
Wednesday November 7; 7 a.m. It's beautifully clear this morning; soft clouds whisping across bright, sunny skies. We are promised these well-above-normal temperatures through Friday. Then a little cooler for the Shrimp Festival week-end. After the San Felipe AARP meeting this morning, I plan to have a Goldeneer's Luncheon out on the patio. This is a group of AARP members, about 15, over 80 years young who are still very active and are always out there amongst us, no matter what the program. The weather is so co-operating.(st) Yesterday's Max 82 F, Min 61 F. Humidity currently 40%.
Tuesday November 6; 3 p.m. Quite a fog bank was sitting out in the bay this morning and it came in and touched the coast around 11 a.m. Now it has rolled out again and there is pleasant afternoon sunshine on the beach and the tide is going out. Wispy high cloud and 77 in town with 48% RH.(ej)
7 a.m. We can look forward to a continuing pleasant week with soft clouds, little wind, and definitely no rain. Yesterday some spectators got sunburned as we enjoyed carousing amongst the group of race cars gathered together at Denny & Sandi's Beach House at Playa de Oro. This was the first of many fund-raisers to support our own San Felipe racer in the Baja 1000 next race. Today is an Election Day in the US. Whatever the plan, this is one great Fall day. (st) Yesterday's Max 82 F, Min 62 F. Humidity currently 30%.
Monday November 5; 7 a.m. We are now settled into Standard Time but 71 F is pretty cool for me. However the day warms up quickly. Of course cooler weather helps one pick up their pace. We have to schedule slow time in for ourselves; time to enjoy the culture here, the fishing industry especially. Shrimp Season, is in full swing now. The restaurants compete for the most appealing Seafood Platters for your palet (and your wallet). Yesterday, dining at 'Chiles & Beer', on the upstairs patio of the new Mini Mall across from the bank, I had "Shrimp Cordon Bleu"; out of this world. If you are a BBQ fiend there are many new recipies waiting for you in San Felipe. Today we are off to see the many racing cars at Flanigan's Beach House (st) Yesterday's Max 85 F, Min 65 F. Humidity currently 24%.
Sunday November 4; 7 a.m. This morning I procrastinated an extra hour here in Baja to be with the California clocks as they go back to standard time. However, the readings did not change much. They are great no matter what time you were/are on now. A few more soft clouds floating around; calm winds increasing at times causing small white caps on the water (mostly at the change of the tide). My partner talks of going fishing as we watch so many boats and pangas out on the water; this year many more than I have ever seen before so far north, maybe 50 or so. I do feel like I am in Cabot San Lucas or some other tourist resort. Monday they are having a gathering of about 100 racing cars at a party called "Snarlin' Cholla Racing Baja 1000 kickoff party". This has little to do with the Baja 1000, but it is an opportunity for taking photos of the best of the best race cars here, and enjoy 'cheeseburgers in Paradise'. See you there. (st) Yesterday's Max 84 F, Min 69 F. Humidity currently 25%.
Saturday November 3; 6 a.m.(7a.m.US time) High pressure will dominate our weather over the week-end and beyond. We can look for above normal temperatures to continue. Yesterday it warmed up quite a bit, and last night really warmed. It's going to be a great Saturday for the Lyon's 2nd Annual Trot. This evening the Saturday Singles will meet at the LightHouse Restaurant for dinner and music. Also a Concert is to be held at the Baseball Field. Returning residents are delighted with the great weather, as are we. (st) Yesterday's Max 83 F, Min 70 F. Humidity currently 26%.
Friday November2, 2 p.m. Town is still pretty quiet for a Friday afternoon but that is great with the locals. If only we could have a tranquil weekend as well with no ATVs roaring up and down. It is delightful weather for being outdoors. The deserts are coming into their own as places to explore and the warm, dry, weather makes this the best time of the year to take the old Thing for a spin to Colonia Morelia some 10 miles inland. Chano (one of the local mechanics that I would highly recommend for those of you with old Volkswagens) has just installed a rebuilt Brazilian carburettor on this 1974 car and I am eager to see how smoothly it runs. Beyond Morelia you can find the remains of the old vinyard and further north is the peacock farm and the track into the mountains. To the south are the fossil beds and the abandoned mine. San Felipe is a truly ideal place to be in this fall season. 82 degrees in town with 33% RH; 77 on the beach. (ej)
Friday November 2; 6 a.m.(7a.m.US time) Above normal temperatures will remain with us throughout the week-end. Yesterday was Dia de Saints: (this is considered the Day of the Children). Today is Dia de Muertes, (considered All Souls Day). It is really quite inspiring to see the families gather at their special spots at the cemeteries. They will actually bring chairs and snack foods for a little picnic, to be shared with stories of the loved ones gone before them. The weather will be perfect for such an important family event. (st) Yesterday's Max 81 F, Min 68 F. Humidity currently 29%.
Thursday November1,6 a.m.(7a.m.US time) 'Twas a shade warmer through the night, but a bit cooler this morning. With clear skies and less cloudiness it may become warmer as the week-end approaches. Last evening was actually very pleasant for the trick-or-treaters. And today we start a brand new month; definitely the Fall season. More residents are expected each day. The weather forecast is perfect for this week-end's activities. The Lyon's club is having it's 2nd Annual "Turkey Trot" Poker Walk on Saturday. (st) Yesterday's Max80 F, Min 68 F. Humidity currently 30%.
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