Monday,31 October, 7 a.m.Hallowe'en: The kids will be happy that the weather has turned mild again. Indeed, it's heading for an above normal reading by the middle of the week. In Mexico these next two days are extremely important. Families gather together to remember ...on the 1st "The Day of the Children", and on the 2nd "The Day of the Dead". They will clean around the family gravesights, and actually picnic there, with stories and memories of the dearly departed. The cemetaries will be prettied up with flowers and bouquets. It is really a beautiful, loving way to remember family. st

Sunday, 30 October, 7 a.m. Bear in mind these temperature readings were taken at 7:00 standard time which is one hour later and warmer than yesterday. The sun is high in the sky and those that didn't set their clocks back are already out playing with their toys (dune buggies, boats etc) or are involved in church doings. We counted upwards to 25 pangas reaping a bountiful harvest this season and everyone wins. st

Saturday, 29 October, 7 a.m. This morning the sun was fiery red as it rose above the waters, but quickly went into the first layer of clouds. It will burn off those clouds very quickly; we shalll have our warm and sunshiny day. Daylight Savings ends tonight so tomorrow at 7 it will be one hour further into the morning and therefore be a warmer report. It will also be 1 hour darker on Hallowe'en for the children. st

Friday, 28 October, 8 a.m. A calm, pleasant, morning with thin, high, cloud drifting overhead. The temperatures are dropping slowly as we prepare for the winter season here. By Thanksgiving we will be walking on the beach in sweaters and thick, comfortable boots. However, for this weekend we expect temperatures in the high 70's and absolutely zero possibility of any rain! ej

Thursday, 27 October, 7:00 a.m. The sun has just risen up (over the water) to take the chill off this cool, cool morning. As you greet friends and neighbors with steaming cups of hot coffee in hand, many standing around a very small campfire, the conversation invariably starts out "Isn't it a little early to be this cold?" The weather forcasts that I read do promise our warmer weather to return early next week. So we'll just add another little stick to our neighbors tiny bonfire and get on with our day. st

OCT 2004: The temperatures dropped down to the lows in the 55-60 area with highs of 70-80.
FALL 2005: The last high temperature reading this year was 97.9 on 9/30/05
:: for those of you who want to know when the curtain fell.

Wednesday, 26 October, 7:00 a.m. As one rises each morning they usually grab a light robe these days. The mornings are barely above the 60's as compared to just 30 days ago. Clear skies, calm waters, but just a hint of a breeze this morning, sets the stage for another gorgeous day (as soon as it warms up). Remember yesterday at 9:45 it was already 77 heading for that 84 mark. Just 4 nights to go till we set the clocks back and get that extra hour sleep. st

Tuesday, 25 October, 6:30 a.m. Although I arose early to complete a project I was unable to post the weather until 9:45 a.m. It is now 77 °and the north breeze has risen to about 5-7 mph. Although the skies are clear the temperature is still just perfect. Have a great day. st

Monday, 24 October, 7:30 a.m. A beautiful San Felipe morning. Yesterday it was up into the 90's in El Centro but the breezes off the Sea of Cortez did their job. Our temperatures are almost always moderated by the afternoon breezes. And yesterday in the mid 80's it did not fail us. We are now looking forward to this week-end's change back to Daylight Savings Time on the 30th, and on it's heels is hallowe'en. That means by 6:30 it will be dark and spooky. Enjoy each day while you can. st

Sunday, 23 October,11 a.m. The morning started off with absolutely no wind. The sea was calm and like a mirror as we watched Tony Reyes' boat, the Jose Andres, set off from the harbor on this weeks fishing trip. Around 10 o' clock the light breeze sprang up and brought some welcome relief from the humidity. Now children are playing on the beach and motorbikes are roaring up and down and disturbing the tranquiity of the scene. It is time that the new tourist police start patrolling the beaches and giving substantial fines to those who are violating the laws. Perhaps the new police forces will not be on duty to patrol the beaches at 3 or 4 in the morning when we seem to get another group of truck drivers coming up from the south by driving on the beach. I expect that these are the vehicles of the fishermen who are eager to get out before sunrise. However, their habits of driving without lights seems very dangerous. It would be much better if these people took the highway instead of the beach route. bc

Saturday, 22 October, 8:00 a.m. This weather is so perfect. A few soft clouds far to the north of San Felipe, otherwise blue skies as far as you can see. It is still, and quiet, with enough moisture in the air to make it a pleasure to take that brisk walk along the beach while it is still in the low 80's. Those that don't have immediate access to the beach have found bike paths (but they use them for walking). The snowbirds are great for excercising in this day and age. Couples or groups greet each other every morning out there, and pass the stories or comments for the day. And everyone wants to see different scenes in the local area around here, so off they go to another corner this morning. st.

Friday, 21, October, 6 p.m. Clear, calm winds, 76 F and 54% RH 1 p.m. A really beautiful afternoon out along the bay beaches. There is a light breeze from the North west and it is a delightful 80 degrees out on the sand. Brilliant sunshine. ej 7:00 a.m. Some heavy cloud patterns made a spectacular sunrise at 5:41 this morning. Almost every visitor with a camera takes some of these pictures home as souveniers. Still hovering around 80° and dropping about 15 degrees to the lows this weather is ideal for many. Watching the latest storms on the east coast is heart-breaking as more and more persons are displaced even for a little while. Our hearts go out to them. st

Thursday, 20 October, 7:00 a.m. Cooler temperatures are staying with us. We have a light cloud cover, mostly visible to the north of us and it will probably burn off during the day. We have very little breeze, even down on the waterfront. Perfect fishing weather. We hope everyone gets their share of very large, great shrimp. st

Wednesday, 19 October, 7:00 a.m. Temperatures are lower by 5 degrees from yesterday morning and a little cooler during the night (2 degrees). But the daytime temperatures remained steady, and exhiliarating, I must say. Everyone is digging into their Fall clothing. We are ready to change the clocks back at the end of this month, and are excited about the holiday season coming up. It may drop back to warmer temperatures by the end of the week, and no rain is in sight. st

Tuesday, 18 October, 10:00 p .m. Major cloud developments over the exterior circumference of San Felipe has developed during the day and has kept our temperatures down. One segment of the cloud pattern crosses San Felipe SW to NE directly overhead. However, as the evening progressed, the temperatures really cooled, and the clouds seem to have lost their density. st 7:00 a.m. A few minor clouds dot the skies over San Felipe, while far off to the north and east over the mainland, heavy clouds still linger. Our weather this morning is crisp, cold, and sunny. It will warm up quickly by at least 10 degrees by noon. A good day to hop into that dunebuggy and take a trip out into the desert. The contestants of the Pete's Camp Poker Run said it was a different world. Maybe we'll try it soon. st

Monday, 17 October, 7:00 a.m. Complete overcast greets us this morning. The rain guage had 1/16" either from yesterday's showers or through the night. Most of us wore sweaters as we dined on the patio last evening. We expected a lightning show but it didn't happen. We start again this morning, expecting rain during today, tonight and Tuesday. We will try to keep you posted if it happens. st

Sunday, 16 October, 10:30 a.m. Behold, I hear raindrops on the roof. This could happen off and on today because of the heavy overcast. [No real rain the rest of the day] 8:30 a.m. Quite the opposite of weather reports today. It has become much cooler at nights and today will especially be much cooler than normal with that complete overcast. The highs have dropped 5 degrees since Friday morning and the lows are down 9 degrees and are likely to stay down. By monday or tuesday we may even have a light rain. Time to check out that Fall weather wardrobe. Gone are the slinky, summer fashions that were so prevelant all summer long. We welcome all the snowbirds that are arriving in droves and look forward to winter's entertainment schedules for San Felipe. st

Saturday, 15 October, 9:00 a.m. A bright, warm, sunny morning with rising humidity, but very pleasant. And that low pressure system is still expected starting tomorrow, which will bring a welcome cooling for this area. Today, the beaches will be full and sports fishing will be in full swing. Everyone is asking, "Where do we get the shrimp", and we have the answers. Prices are staying around $15 - $17 per kilo (2.2 pounds) which we think is very good. In fact, I think we'll have shrimp for supper tonight. st

Friday, 14 October, 6:00 a.m. It's still dark out there. And temperatures remain on the cool side. Great for sleeping. I have to leave for a long drive to El Centro this morning. Thank goodness I have a driving partner because it is going to be dark till at least 6:30. We expect it to be warmer up there because they do not have access to the breezes off the Sea of Cortez. The breezes have been in the 5-15 mph bracket from the north. which helps to keep us cool. Have a great Friday. st

Thursday, 13 October, 7:00 a.m. A soft breeze fans your hair as you walk along the quiet beachfront this morning. Some fishermen are busy setting up their pangas ready for the enthusiastic trio who ask all sorts of questions. They want to know if a breeze will come up, are they safe, and when will they expect to return. They also want a guarantee they will catch their limit!!! They got a 'yes' to all. I would love to be at the beach when they would return. st

Wednesday, 12 October, 7:00 a.m. Midweek, and we still have our nice cool weather. Last evening I noticed people still had sleeveless outfits, but the conversation turned to lighting hot water heaters, and adding that extra blanket. Clear skies will allow the sun to do it's thing, and temperatures should climb back up into the higher 90's by the end of the week. The best of everything for everyone. st

Tuesday, 11 October, 7:20 a.m. The temperatures have dropped tremendously. Friday, Sept 30 our high was 98, yesterday it was 84; downright cold for those of us with thin blood. However, enjoy it while you can. It is expected to go back up to the mid 90's by midweek. The winds have calmed to a light breeze from the northern areas. Some of us now wear Fall clothes. This all helps to channel our thoughts to the coming events of the seasons. st

Monday, 10 October, 7:30 a.m. Low pressure is keeping our weather cool through Tuesday. Southern California will appreciate this for Columbus Day activities. We had northern gusty winds again last night up to 10 mph, and today a soft breeze will be most welcome. Traffic seems to be heavier because of the influx of visitors, and the return of the Snowbirds. We can all expect warmer weather starting Tuesday, when it may even surpass normal temperatures. st

Sunday, 9 October,7:30 a.m. We can expect clear, relatively cool weather up until Tuesday. Last night we had gusty north winds up to 12mph. Normally we have a breezy condition at the change of the tides, and today we may have even more windy conditions according to forecasts. Perfect weather for all those backyard BBQ's expected today. There is a large influx of visitors because of the Columbus Day week-end in the U.S., many of whom attended yesterdays Pete's Camp Poker Race. st

Saturday, 8 October, 7:00 a.m. A beautiful morning, just like the Poker Race needed. Some will gather early and discuss the beautiful sunrise we had this morning. The clouds forming off to the East across the water give substance to photographs of the sunrises. It will be a great day. st

Friday, 7 October, 7:00 a.m. It is now San Felipe's best season. There is a large convective cluster (mostly a wind storm) looming just south of the Baja tip, but it is not a storm threat to us. We can go forward in confidence that this week-end will be just perfect for the Pete's Camp poker race and other local gatherings. Check our Calendar of Events to keep up with it all. st

Thursday, 6 October, 7:30 a.m. Heading on into the week-end the reports are all favorable for cooler temperatures, in the 90's. I think we can safely say the extreme heat and humidity we had for too long this summer may be safely behind us. Look for rising temperatures early next week, but not the sweats. Our returning residents will enjoy getting out in their yards, nurturing surviving landscaping and replanting lost plants. Saturday night there will be plenty of welcoming BBQ's around town. You might join any one of them near your residence and get acquainted. Try it. st

Wednesday, 5 October, 6:00 a.m. Last night around 8:30 the tropical breezes kicked up just as we were coming out of Juanita's, El Dorado. It was a warm breeze. The stars were shining brightly. As we left the cantina Neil's lively CD music was still playing in the background. Today it is a different world. The sun is just about to rise. I'm off to El Centro this morning. Have a nice day. st

Tuesday, 4 October, 4:00 p.m. Almost receded but still visible, those clouds appear on the horizon to the East and just peeking over the mountains to the west but over San Felipe it is perfectly clear. We will have a lovely evening. st
9:20 a.m.
Although it is not shown on any of the charts yet, I was amazed as I drove to the office that heavy clouds have arisen over the Eastern skies, reaching now to this side of the Sea of Cortez. It is not threatening, and probably is the cause of the high humidity this morning. st 8:00 a.m. OTIS is history. It's a boring Tuesday morning without a cloud in the sky. Even life on the beach is quiet this morning. Around 5:00 a.m the cooler temperature became so refreshing it drew you outside for that early morning coffee with the dogs until people were out and about. Most dogs love to romp in the salt sea-water testing their speed against hermit crabs and sea-gulls. I spotted a scorpion this morning, but they wouldn't touch that. It will probably get hot again by 11:00 a.m. today. st

Monday, 3 October, 7:00 a.m. A new week, a new picture. No threats of OTIS which is now out over the Pacific Ocean. We'd be lucky to get a few drops of moisture. There are a few light clouds floating far out over the Sea of Cortez to the East. There is a Sea Lion or two honking up a storm out there this minute, and the gulls are pretty active. Must be a school of fish around. Even our Osprey is not on his high perch, so he must be fishing. It's a very, busy, normal Monday in our world. More of the snowbirds (human) are arriving and we are anticipating the first of our winter activities within a week or two. Check our Calendar of Events. st

hurricane OTIS, Cat 1
10/2/05 taken at 5:30 a.m.


But it never matured over San Felipe!!!

Sunday, 2 October, 11:00 p.m. The front page says it all. The storm is dissipating out at sea. Our day stayed beautiful and tonight I am out counting the stars which are clear as a bell. st

8:30 a.m. Very clear skies all around this morning. You would never know we are under a hurricane watch. Apparently that one drop of rain last night was from the low pressure cell that was moving in from the California coast and had nothing to do with OTIS. Otis will have to be much further north - maybe around the middle of the peninsula before it will influence San Felipe and that could be late Monday or Tuesday. So it will remain muggy but beautiful today. Make that practice run to the mountains. st

Saturday, 1 October, 3:00 p.m. I stepped outside and felt the first drops of rain. My friend D Biely, south of town also reported a drop or two. That was it. Tonight we watched an electric show way out over the Sea of Cortez, but there is no rain. The humidity is now 49, with a temperature still of 83. st 1:00 p.m. In just 5 hours the whole thing has changed. The northernmost clouds from Hurricane OTIS has reached us and partly covered our skies as in the cam recorded photo above.. The winds have swung from east, to southeast, and now almost completely from the south. The water, although no whitecaps, has become active. The humidity has gone from 36% to 63%. and it is so muggy. The small image I've inserted shows OTIS creeeping up on the peninsula. More later. st 8:00 a.m. A gorgeous morning here in San Felipe. The sun is high in the sky, with absolutely no clouds actually visible from that threat of Otis to the SW of our Baja Peninsula. Although it is a Category 1 Hurricane now, the prediction is that is will decrease to a Tropical Depression by Tuesday. This morning the center of the storm is sitting right on the tip of Baja, with the diameter of the clouds extending well up to Mulege and east into Mainland Mexico. We will be watching this closely. st


The Pacific hurricane season started on Sunday, 15th May and will extend through 30 November this year. This is the strongest El Nino year we have had since 1997 (when Hurricane Nora caused major damage to San Felipe) and we shall be watching weather developments carefully on your behalf. Our most dangerous time of the season occurs in September when the waters of the Sea of Cortez are extremely warm and are an ideal source of energy for storms that come from the south. Drenching rains can hit this region and leave roads badly undermined and houses damaged because of poor, or non-existent, storm drains. Now is the time to take stock of the area around your property and make preparations for the storm season.