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Archive of weather for August 2005

Wednesday, 31 August, 2005, 6:30 a.m. As promised the temperature has decreased about 2 degrees and should go down a little more by the big holiday week-end coming up. With lower, reasonable humidity, this is much more tolerable. Most of us have come out of hiding from our air-conditioned homes. The town is clean and ready for the expected onslaught of traffic. With children already back into school the feeling of Fall is definitely here, if the weather would just co-operate. st

Tuesday, 30 August, 2005, 6:30 a.m. One more day of hot and humid weather, but notice that the humidity has dropped 10%. That should make a huge difference in our personal comfort. Yesterday's high was 4 degrees lower than previous and it is becoming tollerable again.st

Monday, 29 August, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Terrifically hot and humid; and more of the same for today. Lower humidity, even by a few degrees, will make it a little more bearable. Most of the locals cover their bodies with long sleeve shirts, and their heads with a light towel (or facsimile) to keep from getting sunburned. We would be wise to do the same. Overall, the Electrc Co has been able to handle the load, and we will start looking forward to Labor Day week-end coming up with slightly lower temperatures. st

By the way, those in the know did pick out Mars Saturday night, and there was a hint of red, It was not nearly as dramatic as some would have us believe, but it was there, in all it's glory. We will get more out of the various News Magazines reporting views from the countries best telescopes.

Sunday, 28 August, 2005, 7:30 a.m. No let-up yet. Extreme heat and humidity is still the quote of the day. We may again see temperatures rise 15 degrees by mid-afternoon. Strong high pressure and lower humidities, clear skies will lead to near record high temperatures in some desert locations today and monday. After Tuesday we can expect a cooling trend, but don't count on it. Everyone has found their own way to fortify themselves or protect themselves in various ways. Families without air-conditioners in their homes found friends, or made new friends, with those better equipped. The city swimming pool was a popular choice, because braving it out there on the beach means scorching heat before and after your swim. I, like others, have created our own cool spot at home, and will pay the electric bill next month. st

Saturday, 27 August, 2005, 10:30 a.m. Extreme heat and humidity continues to take it's toll. Day laborers continue to toil in this extreme heat, while the rest of us sit back and watch. The little grocery stores in San Felipe are having a run on electrolites these days. The electrolite drinks are needed to replace those lost daily from the extensive sweating conditions they must work in. The forecasts are for this continued hot and humid condition until the end of next week, when it may decrease to an almost normal, liveable weather pattern once again. In spite of all of this, the town, although not full, has definitely been active throughout this entire summer. We are now turning our thoughts to the return of our snowbird residents and the coming fall season. st

This article was sent to me through e-mail without crediting the author. I cannot vouch for it's authenticity, but
MARS is a very interesting topic these days. Read and enjoy.

Friday, 26 August, 2005, 7:00 a.m. The start of another day, the ending of another week. Still beastly hot and humid with no let-up in sight. Yesterday's heat continued up until 4:00 p.m.before turning the thermometer down. The breezes are still with us, at the change of the tides, and is our savior. Tropical Storm Irwin is following the same path as Hilary and should become no problem. Hang in there everyone. st

Thursday, 25 August, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Those clouds are gone! All the moisture is still out over the Pacific this morning. Clear skies leaves no filter for the extreme heat we expect during the rest of the week. Notice, the humidity has remained high and miserable. Children are back in school starting this week. I pray all of the schools have air-conditioning. You see very few people enjoying water activities although yesterday morning some were gathered under the palapas to watch the fishermen come and go. Most of us will find projects to do inside, at least for today. st

Wednesday, 24 August, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Large, white, powder puffs dot the skies almost completely. We deplore this humidity, but the deserts around us are so green. The home gardens are absolutely drinking this up. We can actually enjoy the touch of cool air we received this morning when we arose, but cannot sit outside because you would soon become drenched. If the skies remain cloudy, and if the temperature does not rise above 100, it will be considered a right, pleasant day. st 10 a.m. It is now clear and sunny on the beaches. The high pressure is starting to build and the temperature is already 97 F with calm winds and 53% RH. Expect it to be scorching by the end of the week.

Tuesday, 23 August, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Heavy clouds lay over the mountains, the water, and the outer perimeters, leaving a hazy but clear sky just over town. This could change rapidly as we get the spin-offs from Hurricane Hillary; we could get some rain. That heavy humidity is keeping the temperatures down somewhat, and with the cloud-cover it could be almost pleasant for hobbies on the beach. The fishermen should love it. st 10 a.m On the beach it is partly cloudy, 90 F and 75%RH with a 3 mph Easterly breeze. It is extremely humid but cooler than yesterday. The tide is out at the moment and there is not a soul to be seen for miles. We could have some rain later.

Monday, 22 August, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Temperatures remain hot and sticky and are guaranteed to go back up today. Some of us are brave all the time and continue to work and play in this oven like atmosphere. Most of us are brave some of the time, but the rest of us will stay indoors under air-conditioning for at least one more day. Many visitors were sporting sunburns last evening. Sunscreen is the most valued possession out on the beach. We are looking for a breeze to come up soon, which will then make our day almost tolerable. st 11 p.m. What a day it has been - very hot and very humid. Hardly a soul was out on the streets when we left for lunch. A wicked south wind brought us 103 degrees by mid afternoon, even hotter in town. The humidity is up in the 60-70% range and it is working the air conditioners overtime. (Humid air takes a lot more energy to cool than dry air.) The beaches were deserted till dusk, then the people emerged from their hotel rooms and homes and went for a dip. Hurricane Hilary is spinning Southwest of Baja in the Pacific. She is not a threat to land but as the storm decays in the next few days, huge amounts of water will be spun off and will ride over the Sea of Cortez. A high pressure system over Mexico will move West and the moisture will be shot up into California, Arizona and New Mexico. We could well get another tropical rain in San Felipe. Tonight there are thunderstorms over Sonora and radar shows rain around 30 miles East of town.

Sunday, 21 August, 2005, 7:30 a.m. Most of us slept with Air-conditioning throughout the night and this morning the thermometer is already rising. There are lots of scattered clouds out over the Sea of Cortez, some reaching in over San Felipe. But whatever breeze we get will be from the NorthEast and probably chase these away. We are hoping for some relief by Tuesday or Wednesday. st Update: Lou Wells from El Dorado Ranch wrote: "I'm thinking that the cold snap we had has finally broken - 105.4 on my patio at 10a.m. today". Now that's hot! 1.p.m. 92 F on the beach with 70% RH. Light Easterly breezes at 3-5 mph with the tide now rising for the afternoon high. The deserts are looking exceptionally green from the almost 2 inches of rain we have had so far this month 3:30 p.m. The high at Campo Ocotillo read 106° F about 12:30 p.m. and is still reading 100° F with 43% RH. According to Accuweather , temperatures in Calexico right now read 109° F which equates to a 'Real Feel' reading of 115° F.st 3:31 p.m. While swimming at high tide, I carefully checked the water temperature. It is 92 F. The shade temperature under the umbrella on the beach is also 92 F with a continued 70% RH and light Easterly breezes. The sea water is very "foamy" and I made sure to have a good scrub-down with carbolic soap when I got out. I would recommend not getting water in your eyes, ears, nose or mouth. Of course it could be nutrient-enriched from all the shrimp that are growing there. As you can see, there is a vast difference between the temperatures and humidity at the water's edge and those measured at Campo Ocotillo, which is several hundred meters inland . ej.

Saturday, 20 August, 2005,8:00 a.m. Unusually hot and humid already this morning. If you are outside on the shady side of the buildings and there is a bit of a breeze, it is bearable. But inside, the air remains muggy and too warm for comfort. You must have air-conditioning. The forecasts read more of the same for the whole week-end. Maybe we should have had a touch of Tropical Storm Hilary as it passes way out to the west in the Pacific. Nevertheless, we shall enjoy the lazy week-end. st

Friday, 19 August, 2005,7:00 a.m. A carbon copy of yesterday. The humidity is quite high out here at Campo Ocotillo, but we expect it to go down as the day progresses. We're expecting a good influx of people, families and friends this second-to-last week-end

Thursday, 18 August, 2005,7:00 a.m. A little warmer, a little less humid, but ultimately just beautiful weather here in San Felipe as we head for another summer week-end. Relatives and friends will be getting in that last quiet visit as we head towards Labor Day. We do not see sale signs here as we do in the States, because most items and clothing is styled for year round purposes. However, we have heard of some good financial negotiations going on in the street as the vendors try to get in that last good sale of this season. st

Wednesday, 17 August, 2005,7:30 a.m. This is hump day, as they call it. Midweek and no variety to our reports. Tropical weather south of the border is a calling card of it's own. There is one whispy cloud laying far to the East to mar the otherwise clear skies everywhere. The sun is so bright you have to squint, even in sunglasses. I'm headed for town where traffic has been surprisingly steady throughout the summer and almost called heavy on the week-ends. More and more 'residents' are remaining in San Felipe and encouraging their friends and relatives to come here for their outings. Besides, gas prices are holding steady. A good reason to visit. st

Tuesday, 16 August, 2005,7:00 a.m. We are deliriously happy with this unexpected touch of cool, cool air that greats us this morning. And the humidity is as low as we've seen it in weeks. Everyone has the words 'Fall Weather' in their vocabulary this morning, even though that is weeks away. Nevertheless, all thoughts are fast forward, with plans for the coming influx of returning families and snowbirds. This week's weather report will definitely be back to normal. st

Monday, 15 August, 2005, 5:00 p.m. It's been an absolutely gorgeous day, the high reaching only 93.7. The clear skies were bordered by sharp white clouds circumventing San Felipe. Mini-whitecaps have appeared on the water which is at about a 4 ft tide at this moment, destined to go higher for another hour. That's when the wind is at it's best. My wind-gauge at this moment reads 10-12 mph, from the south-east. Just enough to have to hold down the goodies on the picnic table. Guess we'll put on some more beer cans for Happy Hour. st 7:00 a.m. Amazingly the night was very cool and this morning that thermometer reading in the 70's was so refreshing. No breeze; it is completely still. All the stormy weather will remain above Los Angeles. We shall enjoy this intermission at least for another hour or two as we slip comfortably into the third Monday of August. st

Sunday, 14 August, 2005,7:00 a.m. We're back to our normal San Felipe weather, with temperatures...highs to 100° and lows in the 80°s. That soft tropical breeze that comes and goes with the tides each day is our milestone. After church many families gather for an outing on the beach. Mind you, the extended families here include grandparents, children, and their children, cousins related or otherwise. Everyone brings a potluck and no-one has to do any real work. I love the smell of breakfast cooking on the beach. Think I'll go there soon and join them. st.

Saturday, 13 August, 2005, 5:30 a.m. Sorry, it had to be so early this morning. I am headed for the States on a mission. But it is going to be a perfect day; clear skies, moderate humidity, calm winds and water. Hope everyone enjoys. st

Friday, 12 August, 2005, 8:30 a.m. With humidity back to normal, any threat of showers seems minimal for the rest of the week-end in San Felipe. Just a few thin clouds lay off to the south west at this hour. The water continues to be warm, with temperatures up to 99 with incoming tides riding over hot sand. It is great for saunas. A seemingly cool breeze is always with us with the change of the tides, the best times to take breaks. Last evening as we dined on the patio we marvelled at how comfortable it really was, with the breezes coming directly off the water. This is mid-summer folks, time to think of the next season coming up. st

Thursday, 11 August, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Although we have a great humidity reading this morning of 50%, we are not out of the woods yet. Tropical air is still over the area, according to NOAA weather reports, and will be with us until the middle of next week. We shall enjoy the more normal readings of today and hope there will be more of the same for the week-end coming up. st

Wednesday, 10 August, 2005, 9:30 a.m. Skies seem to have cleared over town but rolling clouds remain in the perimeters. Already we read a temperature of 90° with no breeze. st 6:30 a.m. No beautiful sunrise this morning as we know it. Those dark rolling clouds just seem to be everywhere the sun wants to be. The humidity remains high, and sticky!!! There seems to be a band of cloud cover from west to east right across San Felipe on the Baja. This may all change shortly, for better or worse. We'll try to keep you posted. st

Tuesday, 9 August,2005, 11:00 p.m. We had a report of some rain in one part only, of El Dorado about 1:00 today. Tonight there are lightning strikes to the north, and gusting winds up to 12 mph from the north. Rain is possible. 7:00 a.m. Heavy clouds still lay over the mainland Mexico, and we have the residue of those going north. The humidity is still high, as you can see, and anything can happen. This quote, taken from the NWS in Phoenix, tells of the uncertainty of the weather for the rest of this week. st

1:30 p.m. "Where did this come from?" exclaims our new visitor in town. "It's like a hot shower." Indeed, the map to the left was threatening. And then the rains came in a downpour. 3:00 p.m. Back at Campo Ocotillos, the rain gauge was dry. They said there was a little rain, but it did not measure. Looking back towards town, blue skies prevail. It looks like the storm is still heading straight north. Good-bye storm.


Monday, 8 August, 2005,*4:00 a.m. Shocking lightning which flashed through the bedroom windows tore me from a very comfortable dream. The wind gusted up to 15-19 mph and it looked like my roof would be in trouble again. But no rain actually fell at Campo Ocotillos. The whole storm seemed to pass to the north, and we hope it stays there. 7:00 a.m. All is calm, skies are clearing, and no-one will believe my story of the storm in the night. The heaviest clouds are now all to the north of us. All statistics this morning are lower readings, but promise to head back up today. We're ready for anything. st

*Update: Just had a report from an El Dorado tenant who says that at around 4:00 a.m. it actually down-poured at his place in Los Medenas for quite a while. The lightning flashes from directly overhead seemed to actually hit the ground. 1:30 p.m. The clouds have opened up and dumped everything right here in town. st

Sunday, 7 August, 2005, 8:00 a.m. A carbon copy of yesterday; hot and even more humid. I guess we'll have to have the air-conditioning on early today. Understandably it is hot everywhere north of the border, but it is the humidity that gets one down. During the night we had another electric show off to the East. Luckily, every day the breeze comes up here in San Felipe. Yesterday we enjoyed almost the whole day out on the patio. And evenings are exactly as you see on the Hawiaii movies....if the breezes are with us. In the evenings we enjoy going to the restaurants which have live music, but we like to sit out on the patio under the stars if we have a choice. Playa de Oro, Juanita's Cantina, and Baja Java are three that come to mind quickly. All are lovely. st

Saturday, 6 August, 2005, 8:00 a.m. The heavy clouds we usually see over on the Pacific coast are this morning laying right over San Felipe. And the humidity is staying with us. During the night we had another electric show off to the East. This makes for another hot, humid and otherwise unrefreshing day. We might as well get on with our chores. Since this is Saturday most of the construction workers will stay on the job till about noon only. Then all will be quiet for the week-end. st

Friday, 5 August, 2005, 7:00 a.m. A solid heavy cloud lays over our quiet, little town this morning. Blue skies are visible around the north and western edges but there's no hope for the south and eastern sides of this massive saucer. It will probably remain muggy all day. During the night we had an electric show off to the East. Our relief will come when the breezes come up later this morning, as they almost always do. However, the clouds do help keep us in the cooler temperatures and building contractors will love it. I haven't heard from any dune-buggy enthusiast lately, but today may be a good day to head out to the rest of our world. st

Thursday, 4 August, 2005, 7:00 a.m. A few degrees warmer in all categories, we are now approaching the middle of the summer season, August 7. Most of us full-time residents claim it has been...not unreasonably hot, but sooo.. humid. Today our humidity is back in the 50 %, and we hope it stays there. San Felipe has welcomed more visitors this season than previously expected. The traffic in town is the first clue; parking spaces are hard to find. Beach activity has been more active with families enjoying the palapas on the Malecon, or finding their own Camp parking spaces where BBQ's are the #1 attraction. With the week-end fast approaching we can expect more of the same. st

Wednesday, 3 August, 2005, 1:00 p.m. Off to the west, over the San Felipe mountain range, a nice cloud bank has appeared. And still some clouds hang over the north and east, but San Felipe skies are clear. The breeze has picked up to gusts of up to 15 mph. The tide is almost in with lots of whitecaps. . The high for today was the same as yesterday, 96-101 F, and is now riding around 91-96 F with the humidity remaining at 60 %. Lot's of character right now. st 7:00 a.m. Most of the clouds have eased off to the northeast and except for a few stragglers laying over our beautiful Sea of Cortez, skies will remain clear throughout the day. High tide is at 2:04, lunch time for many. The view is at it's very best when the waves are rolling in. Join us on the malecon. st

Tuesday, 2 August, 2005, 8:00 a.m. Heavy clouds lay over the Sea of Cortez, and indeed, most of San Felipe. Temperatures remain in the high 90 - 100 F, with no let-up expected. We can handle humidity in the 50 % bracket. It's amazing what labor work is being accomplished here in spite of the heat. Snowbirds will be surprised at the amount of construction going on, both new and renovation. st

Monday, 1 August, 2005, 7:00 a.m. The forecast is for 'more of the same'. How long will this last? Hint!! Tomorrow we will be half way through the summer season, starting up the far side of the chart. Looking back it was on July 10th that we reported night temperatures in the 70's. More residents are still in camp than previous years. Some still plan vacations, but others will soon be returning. Air conditioning makes the difference.Stay cool. 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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