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San Felipe - Archive of weather for November 2008.

Sunday 30 Nov 11 a.m. Calm and pleasant. On the beach it is 72 F with light breezes. The nights are getting cool and extra blankets are the next order of business. Expect a high in the mid 70's today. For our travelers, note that regular gasoline in El Centro and San Diego can be had for around $1.80/gallon. In Mexico, the government is still pushing the price higher and higher and we are paying around $2.20/gallon equivalent in San Felipe. Certainly in these times when we need more tourism and also need to provide some price relief for local residents, the gasoline price needs to come down.

A note for our residents and winter visitors who use electricity to heat their houses: typical electricity consumption to heat a 3 bedroom house in winter is around 50 kwh/day. The winter electricity rate for this level of consumption (domestic 1F tariff) is 2.297 pesos/kwh so you can expect a monthly bill of about $3500 pesos. Consider wearing extra sweaters and using portable propane heaters to cut the bills to manageable levels. (ej)

Saturday 29 Nov 8:14 a.m. We should have quite a nice day today. It's 64 F now and by noon, it should be 75 or higher. We have some tourists walking around enjoying the view of the Sea of Cortez. There is a little bit of wind (small palm tree moving) and hopefully it will stay calm. The wind is 9 mph from the North now, so we may be in for a windy aftermoon. Have a great day. Kh from the hood.

Friday 28 Nov 9:22 a.m. Our weather gal is out of town, so I'm filling in. It's about 65 F right now and the skies are partly cloudy, but the sun is out. It looks like we are going to have weather in the upper 70's throughout the weekend. My palm trees are not moving so we don't have much wind, as was predicted by an amateur meteorologist friend of mine. If you don't have to work or shop today, it's a good day to lay around and try and digest yesterday's meal. Kh from the Hood.

Thursday 27 Nov 10 a.m. Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and visitors to San Felipe. Perhaps some of you will be enjoying Turkey Mole today in a mixture of traditions that combines the best of our two gastronomic cultures. Out on the beach this morning it is cool and dry with a temperature of 69 F. The rainstorm early Wednesday morning left us with an inch of rain in some parts of town though no major problems resulted. Cool unsettled weather will be with us for another day or so as this large low-pressure system moves east but we hope for warmer conditions for the weekend. (ej).

Wednesday 26 Nov 9:30 a.m. Lots of moisture has passed over San Felipe in the past 18 hours but, fortunately, there has not been much rain. People report isolated downpours here-and-there as the unstable flow works its way into Arizona. This morning we awoke to mainly overcast conditions as the tail-end of the first band of cloud cover enveloped our town. You can see its remnants in this picture from our tide camera at 7:40 this morning:

If you are traveling this morning be careful coming through the mountains as there are still very gusty winds and occasional downpours occurring; flash flood warnings are still in effect. Also, the center of the low pressure system is still out in the Pacific Ocean some 100 miles west of Los Angeles so we have not seen the end of this weather system yet. Official forecasts call for the low pressure to move east through California and be in Arizona by this evening. This means that we will likely get periods of cold, unstable, air passing over San Felipe for the next two days. Isolated showers and even thunderstorms are possible. Get an extra blanket ready for tonight. Look for a warming trend by the weekend as a high pressure system develops over the Four Corners region. (ej)

Tuesday 25 Nov 2 p.m. It is totally overcast in the San Felipe region as the huge low pressure system off the California coast moves slowly towards the east (see the satellite picture below). No breezes, 73 F on the beach. Is this the lull before the storm? In the mountains of southern California and northern Baja we should expect heavy rain on Wednesday. Check with your local weather service for driving conditions and stay off the roads after dark. (ej).

7 a.m. Surprisingly, around 6:20 a.m., we stepped out to hear a light rain on the mettle roof. It was only sprinkling, but so unexpected in San Felipe. And it is so warm, 70 degrees towards the end of November. But it is supposed to turn cooler starting tomorrow. With an overcast sky it will be great traveling as we, ourselves, will be heading towards Tucson today. Have a great stay in San Felipe. (st) Yesterday's Max 76 F, Min 63 F. Humidity currently 30%

Monday 24 Nov 7 a.m. We see partly cloudy skies this morning, leading us to the forecasts of cooler weather with a slight chance of showers by Wednesday into Thanksgiving Day. Time to dig out the winter sweaters. Many will be watching the football games throughout the season but many campers disdain television when vacationing in San Felipe because there is so much opportunity to play with those many toys they bring. Dress warm and enjoy. (st) Yesterday's Max 74 F, Min 58 F. Humidity currently 32%

Sunday 23 Nov 7 a.m. Unseasonably warm weather and dry conditions continue into Tuesday due to high pressure across the south-west. We have clear skies and a warm south breeze this morning with almost still waters, the makings of a great Sunday for the just recently arrived Snowbirds. The major excitement of the races is now behind us, but many of the spectators and their families are still with us. It was a little cooler last night, dipping into the 50's and the humidity is now reaching into the 30's. Let's hope this all stays with us up into Tuesday or Wednesday as forcasted. (st) Yesterday's Max 76 F, Min 56 F. Humidity currently 30%

Saturday 22 Nov 7 a.m. Continued warm and dry weather has honored us for the week-end. High but light cloud cover has not cancelled the direct sun responsible for our above seasonal readings. All attention is on the Baja 1000 which should have gone through this area last evening and throughout the night. All that is left is the raised dust level and the excitement of who did what. We are heading to the Flea Market to get the latest gossip on the race. (st) Yesterday's Max 73 F, Min 60 F. Humidity currently 25%

Friday 21 Nov 3 p.m. The snowbirds festival was a tremendous success with almost 200 people attending. The weather cooperated and, although we had only hazy sunshine, it was warm with 75 degrees on the Malecon. Katherine was snapping away and should have some wonderful pictures of the old-time dancers that entertained the crowd. Out on the beach we have 73 F and calm conditions. We are watching the sky to the west for signs of the dust cloud that will announce the frontrunners for the Baja 1000. (eg).

7:a.m. Last evening we noticed light clouds drifting in from the east. This morning the sky is completely but lightly overcast with a high cover all across our view. Temperatures are slowly dropping a few degrees each day. However, no-one can complain when it is still near the 80's for the exciting week-end coming up. Starting today, be sure to check out the Snowbird Festival on the Malecon at noon. The racers will be gathering in Ensenada to do their thing although they only skirt the San Felipe area using the Baja 250 route and who knows what time they will be going by unless you have inside information. With calm waters, and light breezes the day couldn't be more perfect. (st) Yesterday's Max 78 F, Min 61 F. Humidity currently 25%

Thursday 20 Nov 7:a.m. Clear skies and seasonably warm weather will continue with some high level clouds drifting into the area by Friday or Saturday. This will not bother the exciting show put on by the Baja 1000 racers on Saturday. First the bikers will come through but it may be dark by the time the buggies get here. Don't forget the Snowbird Festival down on the Malecon all day Friday. This is one exciting week-end with perfect weather for all. High tides are behind us, but fishing is still excellent. (st) Yesterday's Max 81 F, Min 60 F. Humidity currently 25%

Wednesday 19 Nov 7:a.m. Clear skies remain. A stubborn, strong, upper level ridge persists over the desert southwest. We should see at least one more day of near record high temperatures for November. Tides have returned to normal. Soft breezes become the daily norm, with no white-caps expected. Many tourists will gather on Friday down at the Malecon to enjoy the Snowbird Festival. But our plans to watch the Baja 1000 entries on Saturday have changed. It seems the timing will be so that the cars coming through this area will be seen around dark and after. For us that is too late. Expect plenty of dust as they whip through the desert here. Perfect weather will be with them. (st) Yesterday's Max 82 F, Min 62 F. Humidity currently 24%

Tuesday 18 Nov 7:a.m. Even with the slight cooling expected after Wednesday, temperatures will remain above average for late November and we're enjoying it tremendously. Many are planning to set-up advantage points in the desert to watch the Baja 1000 hopefulls swish by. We plan to set up on Highway 3 on Saturday, where we are certain to see them, as this is part of the designated trail. Others may wish to avoid this area at this time. Some are planning a group outing to Puertecitos. It seems everyone has a plan to take advantage of this exceptionally good November weather. (st) Yesterday's Max 80 F, Min 65 F. Humidity currently 22%

Monday 17 Nov 7:a.m. Soft, north-west breezes have already changed to fully from the north. We are sitting at 3 degrees cooler to start the morning. Plenty of sunshine for the next few days will maintain our above seasonal temperatures, but this is destined to change about Wednesday. The high pressure will weaken and temperatures will return to more seasonable readings. The high tides of the last few days has changed the shoreline in a few places, but this is now behind us. Some have taken this scare as time to improve their retainer walls. The Baja 1000 races, due this week-end are also a hot topic for the week. (st) Yesterday's Max 79 F, Min 66 F. Humidity currently 22%

Sunday 16 Nov; 9:a.m. Everything is so calm this morning. However, the computer server once again was down for awhile at this station. High pressure will continue with above average temperatures for November but may weaken late next week. Cool breezes keep things active, and the water is not kicking up at this time. We are loving these dry, above November temperatures. (st) Yesterday's Max 80 F, Min 68 F. Humidity currently 23%

Saturday 15 Nov; Noon - on the beach Whitecaps on the water with the rising tide. In the shade we have a very pleasant 77 F and the beaches are virtually deserted for as far as the eye can see. Los Angeles is getting battered with winds from the Santa Anas in the neighborhood of 70 mph and fires have jumped two freeways. No such problems here in Mexico but I would be careful driving across the Laguna Salada today as lots of dust devils can be expected. (ej)

7 a.m. Due to tecnical problems I was unable to post this timely. However, in the interlude we have watched the sun rise at 6:19 a.m. There were no breezes to speak of, but they came on fast. By 11:00 we had to quit some construction work we were doing because of the winds now at 10 mph. We have a loud turf with whitecaps on the water. However with all of this, temperatures remain almost 80 F. (st) Yesterday's Max 85 F, Min 68 F. Humidity currently 28%

Friday 14 Nov Noon - on the beach Increasing wind, with 10-15 mpg gusts out on the bay with rolling swells hitting the beach as high tide nears. Shade temperature 78F. (ej)

7 a.m. That strong, high pressure system is staying with us. We have unseasonably warm temperatures with gusty NW winds up to 20 mph. Along with the extreme high tides beach erosion on northeast-facing beaches is the main topic of conversation. Already we are seeing a canal in the sand near the sandy cliffs which border much of the front properties. This in itself is not bad. Several property owners are out there shoring up their fronts before any major disaster hits. For the rest of us, this unexpected warm weather is a plus. (st) Yesterday's Max 82 F, Min 70 F. Humidity currently 30%

A full moon creates a feeling of daylight all night


Thursday 13 Nov 7 a.m. We have extremely high tides, 17', expected this week-end with strong, gusty winds for a few days. This will invigorate anyone who works outside but surprise newcomers looking for San Felipe's normally warm climate. Then a strong high pressure centered off the California Coast will expand over the SW and return significantly cooler weather to our area. (st) Yesterday's Max 78 F, Min 69 F. Humidity currently 31%

Wednesday 12 Nov 3 p.m. On the beach. The winds are starting to kick in and we now have 72F on the beach with 5-8 mph NE winds. The high pressure building over the four corners will bring the Southwest USA very dry conditions with increasing fire hazards in Southern California. For us in San Felipe the winds will be with us for the next few days and will combine with the astronomical high tides to bring beach erosion on northeast-facing beaches. Low relative humidities will also result in lots of static electricity. Be very careful to discharge yourself (by touching a doorknob) before sitting down to type at your computer. (ej)

7 a.m. Warming up just a few degrees overnight sure made a difference; and it is rising quickly. As I finish this summary at 8:00 it has now risen to 71 F . The sun is high in the sky, there is no wind to speak of, and the water is calm. The high pressure rebuilding will now bring us back to our average temperatures....warm and calm. (st) Yesterday's Max 73 F, Min 57 F. Humidity currently 31%

Tuesday 11 Nov 7 a.m. Veteran's Day in USA Yes it will be a cool day today with mostly clear skies, just right for a light sweatshirt. There will be little gatherings among the camps but nothing major in Mexico. We do not expect any winds or heavy clouds to mar the day. Many will play in the desert with their toys, mainly dune buggies and quads. Conversations center around the Baja 1000 which is coming up on Nov 20 - 23. Hopefully the weather will continue to be perfect through those dates. (st) Yesterday's Max 73 F, Min 53 F. Humidity currently 31%

Monday 10 Nov 11 a.m. On the beach. Definitely a cooler day today with 67 F on the beach at this hour. The winds are just a whisper from the north and the sea is calm. The water temperature, now 71 F, is dropping steadily and the swimming season is over. (ej) 7 a.m. Warmer days but cooler nights have started the week for us. This is good news for any Veteran's Day Activities tomorrow. But we are really looking forward to warmer days to return the end of the week. (st) Yesterday's Max 85 F, Min 55 F. Humidity currently 30%

Sunday 9 Nov 3:40 p.m. The breeze has turned into a strong 20 - 25 mph wind, now from the NW, and creating a dusty atmosphere. The temperature is a cool 74 F. We do not see many whitecaps on the Sea which is now 1 hour before a low of -0.2. Many of the display booths will be packing up early before they get blown away. (st)

7 a.m. We already have a slight breeze which is expected to gain strength later today. Also our cool temperatures will likely stay with us for a bit. Soft, warm winds from the south will prevent us from calling it cold. With clear skies and only a few clouds the sun will do it's job. It will be a great, but final day for the Shrimp Festival here in San Felipe. (st) Yesterday's Max 79 F, Min 59 F. Humidity currently 28%

Saturday 8 Nov 7 a.m. Yesterday was just perfect for the Shrimp Festival. But last night cooled about 5 more degrees. High pressure is still with us for another sunny and warm day. This morning it is so clear, so calm and so warm you'd almost expect summer to return. However expect it to cool tomorrow. (st) Yesterday's Max 81 F, Min 56 F. Humidity currently 23%

Friday 7 Nov 1 p.m. Out on the bay beaches it is quite gusty with winds from the NE at 8-12 mph. The shade temperature is 74 but I expect it to drop a lot as the sun goes down. Definitely long pants and a sweater for the Malecon tonight. (ej) 7 a.m. Again we have gusting, but warmer breezes from the north promising great weather for our 3-day Shrimp Festival. It warmed up by over 10 degrees through the night. This morning it was almost beckoning us to come outside for coffee. The water is a little rough still; small whitecaps throughout. Great weather for desert trips also. (st) Yesterday's Max 76 F, Min 62 F. Humidity currently 23%

Thursday 6 Nov 7 a.m. Gusty, cold, north-west winds this morning are whipping up the Sea. The whitecaps appear accross the entire area. We're looking for that high pressure to return bringing back our warmer weather for the Shrimp Festival which starts tonight. It is one of the biggest celebrations we have, and the shrimp season this year is phenomenal. Take a sweater with you. (st) Yesterday's Max 76 F, Min 49 F. Humidity currently 24%

Wednesday 5 Nov 7 a.m. Well, they have a new President-elect Obama in the U. S. Since many of us are americans here in San Felipe, there was a lot of quiet celebration in our homes. Today I feel it is like a new day even though we see the same beautiful sunrise, the same sweep of soft clouds, and can expect the same gusty winds as yesterday. However, it's time to carry a light sweater with you as our evenings are reaching down into the 60's and our nights into the high 50's. That's almost a 20 degree drop from the daytime high. Thank goodness it is expected to warm up for the week-end for the Shrimp Festival. (st) Yesterday's Max 79 F, Min 57 F. Humidity currently 33%

Tuesday 4 Nov - 9:a.m. (Election day in the USA) Out on the beaches now we have temperatures around 70 F with developing winds from the northeast. A weather trough from California is coming through today and we can expect to have gusty conditions on the Mexicali road. By Thursday high pressure will re-develop and should give us some warmer conditions for next weekend and the Shrimp Festival (but pack a warm sweater for evening wear!). Light rain is falling over Southern California but we will remain dry in San Felipe. Travelers through Mexicali will continue to experience delays and diversions as the re-paving of roads continues (particularly northbound on Justo Sierra). (ej).

Monday 3 Nov - 7:a.m. True to forcasts, we dropped 8 degrees through the night; it is shockingly cold this morning. But it felt strangely good to put on a real sweatshirt as we stepped out to check the skies. All clear this morning. Back in for a good cup of hot coffee to start this workweek. Many of us are watching the polls this last minute before the elections in the States. Thank goodness California, Yuma and Mexico are all together on standard time clocks again. (st) Yesterday's Max 86 F, Min 64 F. Humidity currently 35%

Sunday 2 Nov - 7:a.m. Our maximum and minimum temperatures both have reached at least 1 to 2 degrees higher. But we have reached our turning point. We can expect lower temperatures for the first few days of this week before again reaching for the tropical weather we all love. This Hallowe'en week-end has been a busy place for San Felipe. Litterally all the entertainment places have been alive, some with costumes. 21 of us enjoyed our Saturday Singles group at the Allegro restaurant, on a wide open, almost private patio. Diners, Rod & Pat, loyal readers of our website, took time to comment on the fun they were having. Literally there is something for everybody here. (st) Yesterday's Max 89 F, Min 72 F. Humidity currently 40%

Saturday 1 Nov - 7:a.m. Std Time; Last evening was more enjoyable than previous Hallowe'ens. More people masqueraded on the malecon and then filtered up through the other gathering places like Los Arcos restaurant where we were entertained with great Karaoke all evening. A significant cooling trend is on its way and will continue now into Tuesday. Although we have clear skies this morning it is too hazy; we cannot see the mountains to the west. Everything is quiet. The tide is in and our water lazily lapps along the shore. (st) Yesterday's Max 86 F, Min 71 F. Humidity currently 33%



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