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San Felipe - Archive of weather for September 2008.



Tuesday 30 Sept , 7 p.m. Sorry folks. Any rain was dropped over in the valley behind our San Felipe mountains. All we could do was to watch the clouds slowly evaporate overhead, depleting all chance for showers here. No clouds visible in the now darkening skies over Puerto Penasco. st.4:00 p.m. Heavy storm clouds have risen over the mountains to our west and have now expanded almost entirely over San Felipe. Is this the path they are taking to Puerto Penasco? Will they drop their load here this evening? Maximum temperature reads 96 F with 50% humidity for earlier this afternoon. st7 a.m. The dewpoint rose unexpectedly from 24 hours ago. Possible isolated showers near Puerto Penasco and somewhat west. Our skies are mostly clear with just a few broken clouds. We see absolutely no chance of showers here. This being the last day of September we remain focused on the new month and the return of our neighbors and all the excitement this brings. (st) Yesterday"s Max 96 F, Min 79 F. Humidity currently 45%

Monday 29 Sept 7 a.m. We are still having our unfavorable highs and lows, especially with the humidity which yesterday again rode up into the 60's. Small clouds still plentiful in the morning but these will surely burn off early. The best news is the turn in the winds now coming from a north-westerly direction. Again we can throw open the doors each morning and relish the rush of cool air we receive. Again we can start thinking about Fall. (st) Yesterday"s Max 99 F, Min 82 F. Humidity currently 31%

Sunday 28 Sept 7 a.m. I can't believe the humidity is down to 24% this morning. We have heavy streaks of debris clouds riding low, north to south overhead. Modest moisture and heavy fog riding over the coast along S.E. California should not affect us this far south. All should burn off very soon leaving us with one very comfortable early Fall Sunday. (st) Yesterday"s Max 97 F, Min 83 F. Humidity currently 24%

Saturday 27 Sept 7 a.m. With high humidity we have a hazy view over the western skies but elsewhere there are just a few scattered clouds dotting the blue. The temperature gauge registered a high of only 94 F here yesterday. We spent much of the day outdoors. There were more than 25 pangas out there on the water, but we could see only 6 remaining after dark with their lights on. And last evening we enjoyed looking at the stars in the now clear skies, and discussing...what if? (st) Yesterday"s Max 94 F, Min 80 F. Humidity currently 51%

Friday 26 Sept 7 a.m. Alas, our cooler temperatures will not remain. We have the first 'over 100' reading since Sept 8th, and there may be more as September closes out. Hot and humid was the word yesterday. A tiny breeze, and no movement on the water this morning. Our doors are open for the cool morning air, but will not remain so for long as the humidity takes over. Then we need the air-conditioners to dry us out again. Lots of activity going on as the week-end approaches. Vacationing guests, fishermen and some snowbirds are at the head of the list as shrimp season opens. (st) Yesterday"s Max 101 F, Min 78 F. Humidity currently 54%

Thursday 25 Sept 7 a.m. Clear skies for the most part, a tiny breeze and almost a limp waterview. I can only imagine all the activity south of the hill, "El Chorro", on the malecon with this week's Shrimp Boats back into action. Up here we awaken only to the birds chirping in the now green, green landscape brought about from the recent rains. Around 4:00 last evening we enjoyed watching at least 25 shrimp boats out on the water, some heading for home. At 7:30 there were still some out there working with lights, and seemingly not ready to quit. (st) Yesterday"s Max 99 F, Min 83 F. Humidity currently 31%

Wednesday 24 Sept -11 a.m. A superb day on the beaches south of town. Good northeasterly winds at 8-10 mph. Whitecaps on the sea and a comfortable 89 F in the shade. From now through early November is one of our most pleasant times of the year. Lots of celebrities come to town in this season - the 4th. Tecate Celebrity Golf Tournament is to be held at El Dorado in October and more yachts sail up the Sea of Cortez from the big tourist areas in Baja California Sur. We have got 15 slots at our new marina and four are already taken as you can see in today's snap below. (ej)

Wednesday 24 Sept 7 a.m. The temperature is creeping up again but still in the normal range. The winds have changed now coming from the NE and may be a little stronger today. Signs of thunderclouds have started creeping over the western mountains, otherwise clear skies everywhere. Calm waters wait for the multitude of fish/shrimp pangas that are taking advantage of the first of the new shrimp season. And the rest of us can't wait. (st) Yesterday"s Max 94 F, Min 80 F. Humidity currently 42%

Tuesday 23 Sept 7 a.m. We can now throw open our doors each morning and let the cool air refresh our homes, too long used to air-conditioning for comfort. Still in the low 80's, with a very soft breeze from the SW we can expect maximum temperatures to remain in the low 90's. Driving into town I can't help but thrill at the still colorfully decorated main streets of the Independence Day follies, and think of the coming holidays, maybe too soon. I shall relish each day remaining of this month before the people and activities are thrown upon us. (st) Yesterday"s Max 92 F, Min 76 F. Humidity currently 43%

Monday 22 Sept - noon Out along the beaches we have 83 F and pleasant 5-8 mph NW breezes. Town is very quiet. (ej) 7:00 a.m. And it couldn't be a lovelier morning. With totally clear skies, even across the waters, and a great forecast (more of the same) we can consentrate on putting all Fall plans into play. Everybody is extremely cautious about the immediate financial future, but we are all in the same game, and each seems ready to find their part in the picture. Beautiful weather is a great motivator. (st) Yesterday"s Max 94 F, Min 74 F. Humidity currently 40%

Sunday 21 Sept - 7:00 a.m. It's lovely out there this morning; calm, cool and refreshing. We see a few thunderclouds way up to the north-east over the mainland, otherwise clear skies everywhere. And the quiet, almost still waters with the early rising sun reflecting a deep arc, almost blinding you if you look without sunglasses. Last night our Saturday Singles group of 13 enjoyed an evening of lively companionship at Los Arcos (dubbed the Happy Jackass) Restaurant. As an added surprise we were entertained by some very talented Kareoke singers. Cliff, the owner, says he is looking foward to the early Fall season which starts tomorrow. (st) Yesterday"s Max 94 F, Min 77 F. Humidity currently 44 %

Saturday 20 Sept - 7:00 a.m. We are back to almost normal temperatures and humidity for the end of September. Thunder clouds over the mainland are seen only to the northeast corner this morning. Clouds of humidity have just appeared over Puerto Penasco area and will quickly burn off. Clear skies prevail over the entire 360 degree view of San Felipe and it's territories; this includes mostly water-view properties within an entire 10 mile radius interrupted only by hills and dales in the immediate landscape. Over the fist range of mountains and beyond we daily watch thunderclouds rise, only to evaporate into another tropical evening. (st) Yesterday"s Max 95 F, Min 79 F. Humidity currently 47 %

Friday 19 Sept - 7:00 a.m. The grounds at Campo Ocotillo are still damp from the pounding we had on Tuesday night. Ocotillo, cactus, oleander, bogunvilla...all are sprouting some new green, as if it were spring. Our skies are clear except for the usual signs of humidity over the mainland to the east. Calm waters, as if a lake, beckon to the fishermen, although I hear the fishing is not good yet. I can't find white bass or cabrilla, or anything that will do for fish and chips. (st) Yesterday"s Max 92 F, Min 79 F. Humidity currently 53 %

Thursday 18 Sept - 8:00 a.m. We could still have isolated thunderstorms this morning or this evening across NW Baja. There is a range of clouds over the eastern skies and small thunderclouds over the mountains to the west. But to the south it is clearing. We still have the buttons throughout the entire remaining north and central skies until they reach the waterfront where it is now clearing with plenty of sun. However, all will most likely burn off quickly. There is no breeze and the water is tinkling of reflection. (st) Yesterday"s Max 91 F, Min 79 F. Humidity currently 57 %

7 a.m. All around us are signs of a storm, but not in this particular area. The ground is still wet from the drenching we got on Tuesday. The storm clouds which were very active just over the first range of hills yesterday afternoon seemed to skirt the area. By 8:00 p.m. they had started to break up. And this morning at 7:00 almost the entire sky looked like it was painted with cloud buttons. So unique. Incidentally, there was a big, localized downpour yesterday evening at Playa de Oro.



091708 3:30 p.m.cloud burst over the Sierras
091808 7:00 a.m cloud buttons follow the break-up

Wednesday 17 Sept - 4 p.m. We have ominous clouds and the sound of thunder in the mountains to our west. Just an occasional drop of rain in town at the office but we could get a downpour soon. I expect that there will be arroyos running with water this evening so be cautious if you are driving in the deserts. On the beach we have 88 F with 65% RH. The winds and the sea are calm. A picture looking across the bay towards town shows the cloud cover.

7:00 a.m. High pressure is still building. The humidity reads 52% this morning. We can see clouds over the mainland to the east and just haze over the mountains to our west. The ground has thoroughly been soaked in our area for which we are grateful. With clear skies and lots of sun this morning, things will dry out quickly. Today is clean up day from all the celebrations of Independence Day week-end. (st)Yesterday’s Max 97 F, Min 78 F. Humidity currently 52 %... thru the night. A huge cloud had been building overhead all of yesterday, but we usually get by-passed when it comes to the real thing. The winds were then from the SE. From 10:15 till after 11:00 I watched it pour, but then went to bed expecting a further report from town. The report came at 11:12 p.m.: "no rain at all on that side of town". So I can't tell you how long it lasted but the rain gauge this morning showed a hefty 8/10 inches. We had to have been directly under it.st

Tuesday 16 Sept -10:15 p.m. "And the rains came". A little after 7:00 we remarked on the lightning streaks across the Sea wishing it were here. At 10:00 I jumped when the thunder began and now the clouds have opened up. We have a temperature reading of 79 with a sticky humidity still at 46%, a S/E breeze of 7-10 mph, driving the rain directly onto our eastern patio. The power has already studdered twice, as is usual in this little town. Yes, this is one heavy cloudburst. 11:00 p.m. It is still pouring. But I expect a report from town so I'm off to bed. st
7 p.m. All day we have had cloudy weather with very warm temperatures and high humidity. Dark clouds have apperared to the south and east but no sign yet of actual rain. Even at this hour the beach temperature is still in the low 90's and the relative humidity is around 75%. My airconditioning is working overtime and condensed water is coming out in a steady stream - I divert it to water the plants in the garden so that I can save precious town water. (Can you believe it - I watched a neighbor this morning watering the beach in front of his house with his hosepipe to make it look nice and smooth and erase the tracks of the quads and cars that have been driving back and forth this past weekend!) ej. 7 a.m. Heavy mid-high clouds appeared over the northern Sea of Cortez and an increase of moisture over NW Baja could lead to a slight chance of thunderstorms. Proclaimed as Dia de la Independencia, the 16th has been designated throughout the years. Just recently Mexico has changed the calendar to allow a whole week-end of celebration. However, businesses like the banks, are closed today. This means many of us will continue to celebrate through today what has been a wonderful and cooler week-end, weatherwise.(st)Yesterday’s Max 99 F, Min 81 F. Humidity currently 32 %

Monday 15 Sept- 7 a.m. Although we have been celebrating all week-end, and Independence Day is really the 16th, today is credited for giving us another long week-end. The temperatures, now in the 80's, couldn't be more rewarding. The humidity has decreased to a more comfortable range allowing outside entertainment at it's best. Our guests have enjoyed the town, the country and the beach and the tides have been perfect. (st)Yesterday’s Max 98 F, Min 82 F. Humidity currently 29 %.

Sunday 14 Sept - 3 p.m. Out on the beach we have very light easterly breezes and a shade temperature in the high 80's. The slow decline in temperature of the sea water has started. When I went for my swim this afternoon I measured 88 F. However, it is still a wonderful feeling to be in such tranquil waters, and from now through late October will still be an ideal time of the year for the beach in San Felipe. The Marina Resort down towards the harbor has a full house and there are many families relaxing under the palapas and around the infinity pool for this "fiestas patrias" weekend. The shrimp season will open officially on the 23rd. of this month though there are already some early samples of the catch available in the local restaurants. Autumn and winter visitors to our town know how highly prized the fresh shrimp are and they take back a few pounds to share with their friends in Southern California. Just don't get too greedy and try to take more than 10 kilos or you may find that your precious cargo gets confiscated by the authorities. 7 a.m. Those temperatures crept up a little yesterday and last evening. It will be a great day for tourists enjoying our Mexican Independence week-end. The town is decorated in flags and it's colors. The mood is exciting as we slip into the Fall season. Mariachis seem to be in high spirits as they intermingle among shoppers and sight-seers especially on the Malecon. The full moon is Monday, An 18' tide is expected around 2:00 this afternoon, lapping at the shores and the breeze will, as usual, shift and change. This always enhightens conversations and livens things up. And we can expect some small whitecaps on the outgoing tide. (st)Yesterday’s Max 95 F, Min 77 F. Humidity currently 32 %.

Saturday 13 Sept 7 a.m. Temperatures are a little lower still this morning. Not a cloud in the sky. Your guests will enjoy our beautiful sunrises once again. And our locals will surely enjoy the cooler morning temperatures following night readings almost into the 60's. Although travelling through Mexicali during this period of major construction is difficult, we made it last evening with only a 7 minute wait at the most crucial spot. Our guests also enjoyed a most refreshing stop at El Mayor, on the Rio Hardy river, to take a break and share their experience of getting through their first major Mexican town over a cool beer. El Mayor is a father-now-son enterprise, recommended as the best little rest stop either going to or coming from Mexicali.(st)Yesterday’s Max 91 F, Min 72 F. Humidity currently 31 %.

Friday 12 Sept 10 a.m. Tropical storm Lowell has dissipated over mainland Mexico some 800 miles south and there does not appear to be any residual moisture heading up the Gulf to trouble us. In San Felipe we have a delightful morning with temperatures in the mid-80's along the beach and an unusually low 74 F overnight. At this rate we will soon be able to turn off the air conditioning and save that precious and very expensive electricity. For visitors coming down to San Felipe for the weekend, be aware of the big road construction project in Mexicali at the start of the highway to San Felipe. See our news page for alternate routes.(ej)

Thursday 11 Sept 2:00 p.m. This is our view as we look around our skies. Over San Felipe it seems absolutely clear from this point of view, which means higher temperature readings over city pavement and cement. We now have 91. with humidity of 41. st

7:00 a.m. A normal, tropical day appears ahead of us this morning. There are still heavy clouds seen over the mainland but over the mountains to the west it is just the usual morning haze. We may get some spin-off from Tropical Depression LOWELL if we were lucky but right now our winds are from the NW. I think we'll just plan on having a great week-end for our newest visitors, with slightly cooler weather on tap. There is just a subtle difference in the air, enough to send our thoughts to Fall planning, at least in the early morning coolness. With school sessions already in progress what else could we think? (st) Yesterday’s Max 96 F, Min 79 F. Humidity currently 44 %.

west; overlooking the lofty Sierra's
north; looking now towards Mexicali
east; looking straight across over to mainland Mexico.



630 AM MST THU SEP 11 2008

Wednesday 10 Sept 7:00 a.m. I awoke at 6 a.m. stepped outside into what I thought was straight into a cloud. My clothes immediately stuck to me. Buddie, my dog, jogged out to his favorite place though and settled. There are no specific clouds, just haze. Now at 7.00 my dog came in, very damp. But the sun is shining brightly and there really are no clouds: just a heavy, rising humidity. There are reports of isolated storms that developed from the Colorado River eastward yesterday afternoon and evening. What will today bring? (st) Yesterday’s Max 95 F, Min 82 F. Humidity currently 48 %.

Tuesday 9 September, 4:00 p.m. Our skies are being enclosed with heavy clouds drifting from over the western mountains, directly over San Felipe. They are on the north, the south and even some to the east as they are being pushed across our territory. However, there is still plenty of sunshine to go around. Yes we have even heard thunder, but that doesn't always mean rain. 7:00 p.m. Those clouds all but evaporated as the evening wore on. st

7:00 a.m. We had a solid wall of clouds on the eastern bank of the Sea of Cortez (Colorado River) so much so the sun could not get through until about 7:12 a.m. There are some lower-mid level clouds streaming northward from the gulf into Yuma County but at this point the humidity reads only 40% and rising. This action should move off to our east resulting in a drier week-end for us. Cloud action means slightly lower temperatures today, warming as the week progresses. (st) Yesterday’s Max 98 F, Min 80 F. Humidity currently 40 %.

Monday 8 September, 7:00 a.m. Clouds appear again over the mainland to the east, but clear over the mountains this morning. The night was really pleasant for sleeping with just a fan. Expecting it to rise to the century degree mark again today. We're starting our second week in September but don't expect it to really cool down for awhile yet. This is still tropical summer time in San Felipe. Schools are back into the new seasong and businesses are daring to hope for an upturn soon. (st) Yesterday’s Max104 F, Min 79 F. Humidity currently 51%.

Sunday 7 September, 5:00 p.m. Thunder clouds which had been building up in the west particularly, but a few popping up all across our view, are now fading fast. Plenty of azure skies and sun to raise our maximum temperatures today. It must have reached 100 degrees and the humidity is creeping up. (I'm not near my gauges).

7:00 a.m. Our skies are absolutely clear....till you look over at the mainland where a large bank of thunderclouds interrupts the view of the rising sun. Everything is still at this moment, the trees, the water, and those thunderclouds. (st) Yesterday’s Max103 F, Min 85 F. Humidity currently 41%.

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Saturday 6 September, 4:30 A few surprise showers popping up across our skies this afternoon, although none immediately overhead. Temperatures definitely over 100, especially in the downtown area.

7:45 a.m. We are surprised that the clouds, although broken up, are still there hiding the sun this morning. More surprising we are having a quick shower. Guests tenting it on the beach are running for cover. As you can see the temperatures have returned to the hot of summer. A slight breeze has already begun. The water is lapping at the shore with the high tide. And the kids are returning to the water enjoying the warm rain. (st) Yesterday’s Max100 F, Min 87 F. Humidity currently 35%.

Isla said there is a slight chance of thunderstorms in the mountains and deserts Friday. Remnants of tropical storm Karina, which was southwest of the tip of Baja California, are expected to move over northern Baja California. That could cause thunderstorms to form over northern Mexico, and some of those storms could drift north over San Diego County.

4.6 quake shakes California-Mexico border region
The Associated Press
Article Launched: 09/05/2008 03:42:49 PM PDT
CALEXICO, Calif.—An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 has shaken a stretch of the border region of southeastern California and northern Baja California.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake occurred at 2:54 p.m. PDT and was centered 26 miles southeast of the U.S. border city of Calexico, or about 105 miles east of Tijuana, Mexico.
Calexico police Sgt. German Duran says he felt the ground rumble, but authorities did not receive any calls or reports of damage.

Friday 5 September, 6:00 p.m. Many clouds directly over San Felipe this evening; possibly a sprinkle here and there. As we watched it started to break up for the night as the sky darkened for the evening. Alas, it was not to be. st

7 a.m. Absolutey no clouds are visible early this morning. It is clear on both horizons. Wednesday I was travelling across the Sierra's directly under those thunderheads that appear almost daily. In fact, one let loose with a few drops on the windshield. It is a strange feeling to be up 4000 feet heading directly into the heavens, and then suddenly get pulled back down to earth as you leave those great white blobs behind you. Today we start again, all skies clear both east and west. A soft southern breeze will grace our table set in the shade of the Eucalyptus Tree out front. We are at an outgoing tide; the breeze is now still but should pick up a little by 10:00. (st) Yesterday’s Max95 F, Min 80 F. Humidity currently 35%.

Thursday 4 September, 10 a.m. Calm and clear in San Felipe with just a little breeze off the sea. The tide is low and this promises to be a pleasant and tranquil day. No storms on the horizon and probably just the usual late afternoon buildup of thunderheads in the mountains to our west. We will still hit a high temperature in the low 90's today and for the next few days but expect a gradual lowering of temperatures now that September is here. (ej).

Wednesday 3 September, 3 p.m. Clouds from the mountains are now spilling over to the coast and bringing us blessed shade. The tide is in and the water is calm. 90 degrees in the shade.

People who experienced last week's storm in San Felipe will tell you how local the effects were. Considerable flooding or road damage can occur in one area while everything is fine a couple of miles down the road. When we get storms we get relatively small but intense areas of activity. The storm might drift over town but the rainfall amounts can vary by a factor of 2 depending whether you are at the harbor or on the Malecon. One vado (wash) on the road may be running with a good torrent of water while the next one down is still dry.

The winds are also extremely local because of the mountains Kila and Machorro in town, and Punta Estrella to the south, that channel the airflows or shield you from the prevailing wind. Kitesurfers in wetsuits know that they can get great runs along the shore by the Marina Resort in the winter, while the family can be down at Rosita's having drinks in shorts and t-shirts.

We have about four more weeks for a chance of rain to fall in San Felipe and replenish our aquifer. (We really need the water!!) By early October the indian summer will be starting - probably one of the very best times to be in San Felipe with warm, dry days and ideal cool evenings for sleeping. The month is a little early for the snowbirds and it is late for the annual summer vacations. That makes it ideal for Southern California locals to come down, take a look at how their houses have done during the summer and enjoy some well deserved downtime with abundant, freshly caught, San Felipe shrimp. (ej)


6:00 a.m. The sun is just rising. The colors on the horizon are always fascinating just before that bright ball peeps over the edge. I can already see a cloud bank over the eastern mainland and some clouds to the south but mostly clear sky. The wind is still, the water is like a lake. It's going to be a beautiful day. (st) Yesterday’s Max94 F, Min 80 F. Humidity currently 50%.

Tuesday 2 September, 7:00 p.m. All day the clouds billowed up over the mountain range, and to the north, and to the east like steam puffs. And as usual they seemed to evaporate as the daytime weather cooled and the night approached. Only 2 large ones remain on the east coast within our view. Wish you could see them. st

7:00 a.m. A few clouds have remained on the eastern horizon but otherwise we have a beautiful, sunny, summer day out there with nothing to do but continue cleaning up from August's aftermath. Labor Day week-end has come and gone with fewer than anticipated guests because of the storm damage. However, everyone I talked to had a great week-end, as did we. That sun is so bright, reflecting off of the smooth Sea and that soft southern breeze is inviting me outside for coffee. (st) Yesterday’s Max94 F, Min 80 F. Humidity currently 53%.

Monday 1 September, 2:30 p.m. A normal tropical day out there. Clear skies, soft south breeze, white caps on the water; something we haven't seen for a couple of weeks. There are white clouds over the western mountains and also over the mainland to the east. Those over the mountains usually retreat before nightfall. st

7:00 a.m
. A new day, a new month, and an entirely different picture this morning. Not a cloud in the sky. Around 9:00 a.m. we will have a low tide of -1.8. The stillness of the wind will soon change as the tide turns. Hopefully the town can re-capture the spirit of the U.S. Labor Day for our visitors that surely are down in numbers this year. How much work does it take to clean up after a lengthy stormy season as we have just seen? Laborers should be out in full force after today, ridding the streets of mud and debris. And highway clean-up and repair will continue. This was probably be our storm of the year 2008. (st) Yesterday’s Max94 F, Min 77 F. Humidity currently 50%.


For our visitors, we provide this guide to the typical summer weather in San Felipe:

July - Typical daytime temperatures along the beach are 90-95 F max during the day and 80-85 F at night. Usually we have easterly breezes in the afternoons. Very slight chance of a few sprinkles as the thunderheads in the mountains spill east to the coast in the late afternoons. Use plenty of sunscreen - our skies are clear and have none of the pollution of Southern California so the sun's rays are especially strong!

August - Almost no breeze before noon. This leads to high morning temperatures of 90-100 F and humid conditions. Sleep late to avoid this period. Breezes appear in the afternoons and temperatures will moderate to around 90 F along the beaches and it will be ideal for relaxing in the shade of a palapa with an ice chest of cold drinks. In the late afternoons, the southwest winds may kick in for a couple of hours and temperatures will soar to 100-110 F but the humidity will drop drastically. This is the time to retreat indoors for a siesta or an early dinner. Evenings are typically 90 F with high humidity. We can get occasional thunderstorms that will give us a downpour for half an hour but extended periods of rain are unusual.

September - This is the month when the Pacific hurricanes can bring us the most rain. Such storms will move north along the Baja peninsular and can be seen coming several days in advance so planning your visit is relatively easy. When storms do come, typically in late September, there can be significant rain (2 to 10 inches in a day) and the region is covered with dense cloud so that the temperatures drop drastically. Occasional road washouts occur so watch our weather reports here for the latest information. For most of the month of September, expect conditions similar to August: 90 to 100 during the day and lows of 85-90 at night.








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