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Archive of weather for September 2005

Friday, 30 September, 7:00 a.m. It is a beautiful morning, without a thought to what is out there in the Pacific. As long as it is a hurrican Otis threat, we will try to keep a graphic here. In the meantime it looks like a lovely week-end heading our way. Expect a slight cooling trend beginning on Monday as cloud cover and low level moisture increases. st

Thursday, 29 September, 8:00 a.m. Good Morning. It's our turn. We have a hurricane warning named Otis heading directly our way, with a tentative time-table of Mon-Tures. Of course all this is projections at this time and could go anywhere or do anything. We will be watching closely. As for today, it is clear, hot, but beautiful as we bid adeau to September this week-end. st

Wednesday 28 September, 9:30 a.m. Our weather gal is out of the country for the day, which is why this report is late. It's very warm today and not much breeze. Hopefully, by the afternoon, we'll have a cool breeze. The town is very quiet today. Most residents get their shopping and in town duties completed before it gets too hot. It won't be long before we have days without intense heat and humidty. October is one of my favorite months. 1:18 p.m. Update: The winds are blowing like crazy, from the northwest. Be careful what you ask for!! khm

Tuesday 27 September, 8:30 a.m. As I saundered outdoors to check our local weather picture this morning, I almost hated to come in again. It is reasonably cool, balmy, a tiny breeze, basically a quiet, still mornng. It makes you wonder which chore you want to put off first. This will change as the day wears on. We will have our SW 3-5 mph breeze as we do every day with the change of the tides. And the clouds will fade by late afternoon. My energy will increase and I'll catch up on my chores then. st

onday 26 September,7:00 a.m. This is really sleeping weather. From almost 100° it cools down to 74° perfect. But forecasts say it will stay in the upper 90's to 100° for the high throughout the rest of this week. The window of high temperatures is narrowing, allowing us to perform those much needed yard tasks that we had wanted to do all summer, but it was far too humid. Now we can work both in the mornings and in the late afternoons, on into the evenings. I'll have my coffee early today. st

Sunday 25 September, 9:30 a.m. In weather forecasts for this area there is no mention of effects of Hurricane Rita. Weather for Monday may be a few degrees higher before we slip into a downward, towards more normal condition. There are no Hurricane developements posted in the Pacific region that would change our weather conditions here, thank goodness. So we are enjoying our best Sunday in a long time, considering the low humidity and near normal weather conditions as seen this morning. Notice our front page refers to a terrific Hurricane Nora 8 years ago on this same date. st

Saturday 24 September, 8:00 a.m. Referring to weather forecasts for our area, no mention of Hurricane Rita affecting the west coast here. We see light clouds over the far Eastern skies over mainland Mexico. Clear skies prevail over San Felipe this morning. Winds are calm, expecting to reach 5-15 mph for that hour or so when the tides change. It is already in the low 90's but the humidity is normal. This is Fall, and we would expect cooler temperatures to kick in during the next couple of weeks. It is hard to be patient as the Snowbirds start back, the calendar fills up slowly with current events, but nothing is happening today. st

Friday 23 September , 7:00 a.m. Last evening about 7:15 p.m. we were astounded to see a large bright light in the sky. This morning when reading the La Cronica we learned that it was a Meteorlogic probe from the installations of the National Weather Agency in San Diego county. This morning soft clouds float overhead but the humidity is just fine where we are. With Hurricane Norma on it's way out and with no forecasts of moisture from Hurricane Rita, our weather couldn't be more perfect. Fall weather should be so great. Our Shrimp season will soon be in full swing. We are ready. st

Thursday 22 September , 7:30 a.m. Clear skies allow that hot sun to bear down on unsuspecting visitors here in town this morning. Many snowbirds are arriving, some to catch the beginning of shrimp season, the large boats going out next week. Many are expressing complete surprise at the construction going on in this town, as are we all. The weather will remain warm for a little while longer, when the rest of the town will return in force, giving us over our 20,000 population figure needed to proceed into full municipal/city status. We look forward to having our own mayor and budget. st

Wednesday 21 September , 6:30 a.m The sun rose this morning at 6:26 and I with it. That light cloud cover gives would-be photographers spectacular photoshots at both sunrise and sunset. From Baja Mar gardens we watched the harvest moon rise. With cloud streaks across it was picture perfect. Then we proceeded to hear the 'Opera de Tijuana' performed at the new 'Teatro del Cobach' (High School theater), the 9:00 performance. It was still warm and people were fanning with their programs. But it was a beautiful performance. We look for more of the same. st

8:30 p.m. It was a generaly overcast day. Lots of tropical cloud passing over to the south. Right now we have 87 F and 70% RH with zero wind on the beach. The sky is totally overcast and the Tecate pavers in my courtyard are red - a sure sign that there is rain on the way. Only a couple of shrimp boats are to be seen out fishing. ej

Tuesday 20 September We were spared the huge thunderstorms that hit Southern California last night but showers are still a possibility here for the next 24 hours. This morning it is clear with 86 F and 60% RH on the beach. The breeze is 4-6 mph from the North.

4 p.m. 88 F and 68% on the beach. Zero wind. Thin high tropical cloud from Hurricane Max out in the Pacific is drifting overhead. Interestingly, Hurricane Rita, in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be headed over Crawford, Texas.

The shrimp pangas went out at Noon - the official start of the shrimp season. We were not privileged to be at the blessing of las pangas. However, later we went for lunch on the patio at the El Cortez to watch their progress. Shirley recommends the blended Margaritas. We were the only customers. It is such a pity that more people do not know of this gem of a location. Many people are concerned with the prices, but everywhere in San Felipe costs have gone up and, sadly, quality has gone down. A year ago, a decent lunch would cost $6-8 dollars. Now it is $14-20. Our Snowbirds should prepare for sticker shock.

We heard that the portion of the hotel, from the gift shop south through Victor's camp to Club de Pesca has been sold. A new high rise condominium project is expected. What good properties are left? Well, Club de Pesca has an excellent location and Las Arenas, a private community next to the new Cuban-theme hotel (formerly La Mansion and before that Las Misiones- the former Castel), would be good targets for the next takeover bids. Apparently some extremely wealthy individuals are looking to buy private retreats in this region; places that might get used a few days or weeks a year.

One thing that is becoming very clear is that virtually everything that is being sold is property that will be used primarily as rental property. We have people from New York, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Mexico City and and other targets around the world, who are buying property here solely as a refuge for when the next major catastrophe occurs. In the meantime they will rent it out. What San Felipe needs is a good property management firm.

Around the bay I can now see dozens of boats searching for the premier cru - the sweet, white/grey shrimp for which San Felipe became recognized around the world. Tony Reyes and his contemporaries, the shrimp, and the origin of the fish taco - these are the things that this town will be remembered for. ej

Monday 19 September It is a warm and humid morning with hardly a breath of wind. The dune buggies and quads have disappeared from the beach and the overnight high tide has washed away most of the furrows that make our beautiful bay beaches look like a race track. This morning the four hurricanes and storms that are churning out in the Pacific, Joya, Kenneth, Linda and Max, are travelling towards Hawaii and are no threat to the Pacific coast of Mexico. It looks as though there will be a drying and cooling trend here by next weekend but we do have a lot of tropical moisture in the area that could bring a shower or two during the next few days. The Autumn equinox occurs on Thursday. 11 p.m. It has been a cloudy, humid, night with not a zephyr of air; 85 F with around 80% relative humidity. To the north of San Felipe I can see lightning flashes in the clouds. On the Doppler radar I see rain cells from Oxnard and the Los Angeles area, across to Palm Springs and down through San Diego and into the mountains of Baja California. We could be in for rain in the next eight hours.

Sunday 18 September, 2005, There was no weather today...just humidity that has increased steadily as the wind shifted back to the East. A Tropical Storm (Max) has been born and is way out in the Pacific. However, this is the time when the jet stream starts to drop south over the US and it provides a steering force that can bend the storm tracks back towards land. We shall wait and see...

Saturday 17 September, 2005, 8:00 a.m. Dia de la Independencia continues through Saturday evening, however the scheduled activities are only for tonight. And be sure to read this article on the history of this day. The weather is truly co-operating. I would suggest one take a drive to the out-skirts of town to see all of the extensive construction work that is going on both north and south. In town it will be a beautiful day for a family outing under the palapas on the malecon, and enjoying the many sidewalk cafes there. The little vendors that come to you to show their wares are very friendly, and it certainly saves you a trip into town. Usually their prices are a bit lower than in town because they don't have overhead, but you have to compare amongst 2 or 3 of them before you make a buy, to get the best price. If you can, buy a flag as one of your souveniers. Don't forget to watch for that Harvest Moon this evening st.

Friday 16 September, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Dia de la Independencia arrives. Events started last evening and will continue on through Sunday. The weather for all of this couldn't be more perfect. This morning there is a soft warm breeze wihich will be most welcome for spectators at the early morning parade. We've been listening to the children practicing their musical instruments for days. The food vendors and restaurants will probably be busy catering to all these early risers right after the parade. The smell of breakfast as one moves along the malecon with all it's small vendors there is pretty convincing. See you there. st

Thursday 15 September, 2005, 7:00 a.m. The weather remains on the delightfully cool side, and should remain so throughout the week-end now. Although this is a Mexican holiday, many of us will have friends and relatives coming down for the week-end. Others will make it a point to go camping or dune-buggying, the first long week-end of the cooler weather. Layered clothing will be the order of the day, from the swim suits to the light jackets for evening. On Saturday we have a full moon with high and low tides respectively of 19.9' at 1:50 a.m. down to -2.8' at 8.08 a.m. just great for shelling or that brisk morning walk. Everything couldn't be better for this week-end. st

Wednesday 14 September, 2005, 7:00 a.m. It looks as though the temperatures may remain in the low 90's through our holiday week-end. So far the nights have steadily lowered from 76° F down to today's 70 ° F; wonderful. The town is poised and ready for the big day. Flags are everywhere, which raises the adrenelin as you drive down the main streets. This is a great day for Mexico, and they will be out in force, we amongst them. We hope to have the schedule of events posted soon. st

Tuesday 13 September, 2005, 7:00 a.m. The humidity remains dry. The temperatures remain a bit lower than average and just maybe, will remain so up to the week-end. There is a lot of activity going on throughout the entire town getting ready for Dia de la Independencia. The streets and some stores are decorated and flags are sold on many street corners. The kids are practicing for their part in the parades. And the weather should be just beautiful. st

Monday 12 September, 2005, 6:30 a.m. Look at that humidity factor. We haven't seen it that low since August 22.
There is a soft, cool, enlivening breeze out there telling us it's going to be another great day. We are now in count-down to the big week-end ahead. Let's hope that humidity remains low, so that whatever the temperature it will be more our normal, wonderful, San Felipe feel. st

Sunday 11 September, 2005, 7:30 a.m. 'Absolutely beautiful' cannot describe our weather pattern right now. With lower humidity and that daily breeze, everyone has come out of hiding to enjoy what we think of as our 'norm'. It actually makes one want to start dressing again; to get back out in style. Enjoy it folks, because it won't last this time around. By Thursday we will be turned back around to the hotter temperatures, getting back up to the high 90's by the Dia de la Independencia. on Friday. Just a temporary reprieve, but most welcome. st

Saturday 10 September, 2005, 7:30 a.m. It was like the curtain dropped yesterday. When that humidity lowered from 46 to 23 in one day, the weather immediately seemed cooler. Thursday's high was 104, Friday dropped to 96; that's 8 degrees. And the nights are lovely for sleeping. This morning there is a slight, cool breeze fanning us as we drink coffee on the patio. Fall is definitely here (or at least well on the way). st

Friday 9 September, 2005, 7:00 a.m. We certainly hit some real changes in all categories yesterday. Especially the high which reached 104°. With the humidity riding at 46% that made a real feel of 126°. And then last night everything changed. The humidity really dropped down to a nice 23% and the temperatures lowered dramatically for sleeping. This morning it was very pleasant while having coffee and will be better still when the breeze comes up. I heard some people making plans for a desert outing for the week-end. I also saw one forecast of an early Fall for this area. We'll see. st

Thursday 8 September, 2005, 7:20 a.m. Yesterday was slightly warmer, as will be today. But this is September. We know the oven-like temperatures will soon be coming to a close. That is mixed feelings for some, as most of us are in San Felipe because we like the tropical weather. Already our 2005-2006 calendar is starting to fill up with activities beginning in October. When that breeze comes up later this morning, many of us will come out onto our patios to enjoy our morning coffee and discuss this busy year ahead. st

Wednesday 7 September, 2005, 7 a.m. With humidity staying around 40% life has again become beautiful. With all this moisture the desert Ocotillo plants are now green, and the grounds are carpeted with sprouts of new, lime colored grass. Those that kept their gardens steadily watered throughout those oven-hot temperatures are seeing them finally standing tall again. And humanity itself is again neighborhood-talking across the fence, or venturing out across town. Our visitors have come and gone for one more successful Labor Day weekend. See our News section for comments on that. With no cloud cover the day will heat up early but evenings will be cooling. st

Tuesday 6 September, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Thank goodness the humidity has gone down. Let's hope it will stay that way. Referring to the real feel statistic above, yesterday the clouds came over the town for quite some time. And it was sooooo humid you could not stay outside for long without dripping. I was pleased to see the statistics bore me out. However,the humidity went down as evening drew on. So we gathered at the Carpenter's home in Campo Ocotillo last evening, outside, on their lovely patio and enjoyed BBQ hamburgers in style. It will be hot again today because the skies are cloudless. st

Monday 5 September, 2005, 2:30 p.m. Heavy clouds have formed over San Felipe, shading us from the sun. The temperature now reads only 91.6 but the humidity now reads 64. It may not be raining, but everyone looks drenched as they appear in our doorway. Air-conditioning is so welcome now, if just to dry out. These clouds will probably drift north and east as the day wears on and hopefully take some of this humidity with it. st 7:30 a.m. Labor Day week-end has been great so far. The traffic was not unreasonable, and everyone seemed to be having a great time in spite of the humid weather conditions. Gas prices have remained stable, and the line-ups at the pumps were not horrendous as expected. There will be heavy traffic on the road going out of town today. Drive carefully. st

Sunday 4 September, 2005, 6:30 a.m. Temperatures are still riding about 3 degrees above normal in most places. The humidity is still high and is the miserable factor. Heavy clouds appeared over the mountains on the pacific side, and have progressed across San Felipe heading on up into Arizona. These appear friendly clouds which allow plenty of sun to bear down on our little town. Yesterday the beaches were full, with lifeguards standing duty. At 2:40 the tide was 17 feet. As it receded there was quite an undertow. Along with that we had strong waves, which pounded one up to chest high. That is getting dangerous, so the water was vacated for at least an hour. This morning all is again calm. st

Saturday 3 September, 2005, 8 :00 a.m. We have to expect high humidities for the entire week-end. And our thermometer still reads those hot, hot statistics. Every bit of shade on the streets and by the water will have bodies to shy away from the direct sun. Starting yesterday the highways were heavy with traffic pouring in, and many are heeding our warning and stopping at the gas stations, trying to beat any price rise that may take effect. That highway is a good 2-lane thoroughfare, BUT there are no shoulders. That 3-4 inch drop is just enough to roll a car at high speed so reduce speed as you near San Felipe. In town traffic is being controlled and moving nicely. However, most locals will try to avoid coming to town to help this effort. Last night the bars were very popular. People are still enjoying stories from the good times they had, and expect to have for the rest of the week-end. Come on down. st

Friday 2 September, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Temperatures are getting back to normal but the humidity is remaining high. Thus our Heat Index remains unreal. The daily breezes that come off the water are our savior. We still eat out on the patio and entertain as most San Felipians do. However, the holiday week-end is upon us. The town will be filling quickly, and everyone comes with high energy and the expectation of having a good time. Most restaurants will relax their conservative measures, turn on the air-conditioners, and do everything possible to make your stay the best. st

Thursday,1 September, 2005, 8:00 a.m. Temperatures have returned to the normal for September. However, we expect it to be humid for the rest of the week and into the week-end. The anticipated crowds for the last week-end of the summer will start in today; the town is clean and ready. People have renewed energy and are actually looking forward to the hustle and bustle of activity expected. Beachcomber and Rockodile are selling arm-bands for the 3-day week-end. Other places have specials advertised, some higher, some lower. All the restaurants will put their best foot forward. Everyone is welcome. 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.



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