Felipe - Archive of weather for December 2010.
Wednesday, 15 Dec, 2:00 p.m. Since about 11
a.m. the fog has again rolled over us in San Felipe. It again
came only about 1/2 mile ashore in San Felipe, the rest of the
town being clear and comfortable at 64F with humidity of 46%. 8:00
a.m. It was bound to get cooler. We heard from some
in town that it actully rained last night, around midnight, but
they did not know how long it had rained. We now still have great
sunshine but over there on the mainland there is a pretty dense
fog bank. Monday morning and again Tuesday morning a thick fog
came onto our side of the water but dissipated within 2 hours.
A few clouds have settled to the east and that north wind continues
to stay with us. However this morning it is warm enough to enjoy
coffee in just a sweater. Calm waters prevail so the fishermen
will be out in force. About 70 people will gather at the lodge
for the Christmas SFARP meeting this morning which will be followed
by their Christmas luncheion in town. By then we should be near
70F. You couldn't ask for better than that. Earthquake activity
continues every day.. . . .ST (yesterday's Max 71F; Min 51F).
Saturday, 1 Jan, 8:00 a.m.
I haven't seen it so cold for years. However, we cannot complain.
57F is still springtime weather in most of the U.S. If it
wasn't for that cold north wind, we could celebrate the New
Year exhuberently. We had a great camp party last evening,
warming up the lodge room with a hot fire in the fireplace,
something we haven't used for two years. This morning it
is beautifully clear, crisp and cold. But if it gets close
to the 60's we will probably BBQ supper outside, however
maybe not eating on the patio. Somewhat milder, dry air will
return by tomorrow, yet still below normal. I think our guests
must have brought this freeze from their homes. Happy New
Year everyone. ......ST (yesterday's Max57F; Min 40F).
Friday, 31 Dec, 8:00 a.m. Yesterday as I headed
towards the water, facing east, I bundled my jacket tighter to my neck.
But as I headed back up a sheltered arroya I became warm and comfortable.
After all, in our area, 68F is almost spring. And if you choose to be
sheltered from the wind and out in the sun, you can even take your jacket
off. The many clouds and the whitecaps we had yesterday have all but
gone. Today is going to be cool but wonderful. We are ready for New Year's
Eve. We will tune our TV to New York to watch the ball drop (9 o'clock
our time) and then head for slumber looking forward to January 1, 2011.
Happy New Year everyone. ......ST (yesterday's Max68F; Min 42F).
Thursday, 30 Dec, 8:00 a.m. Unseasonably cold and miserable,
and worse still when you look outside. Tree limbs and patio covers are
on the ground. Although there are no clouds it seems hazy. Our flag is
being torn to pieces. The howling wind has died down some, but still
about 20 mph and gusty. White caps dot the stormy waters; there will
be no fishermen out today. They say a very cold air mass is forecast
to settle over this area tonight so we can expect a cold New Year's Eve
tomorrow. Some might even sport fur coats tomorrow night......ST
(yesterday's Max68F; Min 49F).
Clouds make for beautiful sunrises.12/29/10
Wednesday, 29 Dec, 8:00 a.m.
It tried hard but could not inch past that 68F high yesterday.
By 4:00 p.m.it was cooling down quickly and I had to bundle
in my trusty jacket just to walk near the beach. A few clouds
were heading our way and the wind was cold and definitely
wavering back to the north-east . However, we are greatful
to see the warmer wind now coming from the SE although under
very cloudy skies. I doubt if we see any sunshine today.
This is the left-over of a rain-storm passing through South
Central Arizona. There is expected a partial clearing in
SE California by tonight. Cold weather, heavy jackets, and
physical activity is required for these next few days. Hopefully
the New Year will ring in with a warming trend. Notice the
quake activity in the last 2 days.....ST (yesterday's
Max68F; Min 51F).
Tuesday, 28 Dec, 8:00 a.m. We reached 68F
yesterday but according to the forecast it is not likely
to continue in this trend. There seems to be no fog across
the water this morning; we can see Rock Consag clearly. At
this moment we are fortunate enough to have the wind change
to come from the south. Walking through the garden I have
shed my jacket in that warm sun. With very few, light clouds
above, we should have a chance to hit that 70F mark today.
Most of us are relaxing after the Christmas rush, getting
ready for the many local New Year parties in the area. Watch
out for NY firewarks. They scare visiting dogs. . .. .....ST
(yesterday's Max68F; Min 53F). Monday, 27 Dec, 8:00 a.m. It doesn't look good folks. Both
north and south of us have heavy clouds, but in San Felipe?? It is clear
and oh, so beautifully bright, and actually warm in the sun. After all it
is now 67F; warmer than yesterday's high in this camp. Over at Puerto Penasco
(Rocky Point) there is again that pescy fog bank, but from there over to
here it is almost all clear. And if you get out there directly in the sun
you can actually take your jacket off. The water is deep blue, beckoning
for the fishermen, our breadwinners. I hear some hearty guys are taking off
in their dunebuggies for a desert run, always a thrill in our lives. I would
rather go on the quads to the beach front. Whatever your pleasure, have a
great week this last week of 2010. .. .....ST (yesterday's Max66F; Min
52F). Sunday, 26 Dec, 8:00 a.m. Brrrr!
It's going to be much cooler this week starting
today. There is a very heavy fog bank across the
water to the east at Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point)
and many clouds dotting the skies blocking that
warming sun. What breeze we have is from the north,
wavering from east to west. All in all this is not
a pretty picture. On Dec 21 we had 4 days of high
tides of 18'. We are still at 15'/12' leaving not
much sand bank to jog on. The waves have gotten
a little stronger and a little dirtier at around
5:00 p.m.so now I walk my dogs much earlier. Yesterday's
high probably reached above 70F in town but it may
not make it today.. A good day for making left-over
turkey soup.. .....ST (yesterday's Max68F; Min
52F).. Saturday, 25 Dec, 8:00 a.m. Merry
Christmas : Today should be the warmest
day of the week. Although the forecast is gloomy
for the area north of Yuma we are miles to the south
with nothing but clear skies and lots of sunshine.
I can see Consag Rock out there against an endless
sharp skyline. We could easily reach the 70's. Many gringo block
parties actually take place out on someone's warm
patio while in town the locals gather together in
huge family gatherings. However, we are reminded
that December 12th, the Dia de Guadalupe (Day of
Mary) and again on January 6, Dia de Reyes (day
of Kings) are their busiest religious days. Many
families hold off their gift giving until Jan 6th.
Merry Christmas everyone. I'm going to put the turkey
on. .. .....ST (yesterday's Max68F; Min 52F)..
No Snow, or rain, or hail or sleet can honestly compare with this tripical
Friday, 24 Dec, 8:00 a.m. Christmas
Eve: It's truly going to be great weaer
for this Christmas Eve. Although the high for yesterday
on my thermometer reads only in the high 60's, we were
sitting in the sun at the Posada held here in camp and
actually shed our jackets for the first hour. The brilliant
sun has chased away any sign of inclement weather for
the holidays. The horizon is a sharp border line between
the sparkling blue of the water and the faint blue of
the sky. I think we'll have a fresh fish dinner tonight
(the fishermen's bounty) before we gourge ourselves tomorrow.
.. .....ST (yesterday's Max66F; Min 53F)..
Thursday, 23 Dec, 8:00 a.m.
Hooray! We have beautiful clear, warming skies shining on
us this morning, We actually reached into the mid 70's yesterday,
with a promise of a warmer Christmas. The only clouds visible
on the map are to the north and on the southern tip of the
Baja moving east. In fact all of the Pacific coast will get
a break from the horrendous stories we have been hearing.
In San Felipe the breeze has died for the moment and the
water is so calm. I hear rumblings from some of our friends
about taking part in the various Polar Bear plunges on New
Year's Day. Last year the water temperatures were in the
64 degree area. Today we are looking forward to the 3rd annual
Posada walk in our campo followed by a feast and celebrating
with piñatas for the children. I'm sure it will be
cool but comfortable. .. .....ST (yesterday's Max74F;
Wednesday, 22 Dec, 8:00 a.m.
The above Yuma
forecast is pretty gloomy. Most of the heavy rain appears
to be now heading for Arizona with very little moisture left
over for us. Last evening about 6:30 we actually had a downpour
and expected the worst, but it lasted only about 20 minutes.
I notice it did not even show on the weather charts, so maybe
it was only here, the northern part of San Felipe. The heavy
fog and clouds throughout the night has left dampness on
some plywood in our yard. But the sunshine belies any trace
of wetness on the grounds. We should only see light clouds
now as this whole storm passes through Arizona. .. .....ST
(yesterday's Max 69F; Min 58F).
Tuesday, 21 Dec, 8:00 a.m.
charts show dampness of .01" for a large part of
yesterday and heavy clouds remain over San Felipe. However
our temperature readings manage to stay between 60F & 70F.
It will quite likely remain like this through Wednesday.
On Thursday our campo will hold it's 3rd annual Posada
walk followed by a feast and celebrating with piñatas
for the children. There are similar festivities all over
town as Mexican families gather together with their neighbors,
including gringos who happen to be near, especially children,
to share tamales and tacos. Literally all of the local
activities have participated in some way to reach out
to the families most needy. .. .....ST (yesterday's
Max 69F; Min 58F).
Monday, 20 Dec, 8:00 a.m
. A light fog
lays over us. We can tell it has either been very thick
or we had a spot of rain, as the ground is damp all around.
Heavy, white, low clouds are all around us. But we should
continue to have mild temperatures through Wednesday. Hopefully
then it will warm up for a nice week-end. As long as the
wind remains from the south we're happy. They continue
to report mild earthquake activity along southern california/north
western border of Baja though mostly less than Mag.3.0.
I have my emergency suitcase planned, but not packed. Let's
look forward to Christmas first.. .....ST (yesterday's
Max 70F; Min 50F).
Sunday, 19 Dec, 8:00 a.m.
Again we have
that heavy fog bank over the mainland to the east and
probably 1/2 across the Sea. Heavy white clouds dot the
sky, in some places rather thickly. But this is nothing
compared to the rain along the U.S. pacific coast and
the ultimate snow as it falls east of the Rocky Mountains.
A southern breeze with a temperature of 67 is fine by
we on the Baja. Christmas and New Year's Eve parties
are now just aheaad of us. Last evening the Saturday
Singles turned out in full force to dine at a new restaurant,
the Hacienda Coral. Unless we get inclement weather through
tomorrow it should dry out and be warmer for a wonderful
week-end ahead. . .....ST (yesterday's Max 69F; Min
Saturday, 18 Dec, 8:00 a.m.
Taken from Campo Ocotillo facing
There is a heavy
fog with clouds laying over the mainland to the east, some
of it extending to our side of the water. To the west we
see a low-lying cloud bank resting /below\ the mountains.There
is a gentle breeze from the southwest giving us hope that
today will not feel that raw. All of this is supposed to
stay with us through Wednesday hopefully clearing up for
Christmas week-end. No matter, we have calm waters and the
fishermen will continue to bring in their loads. We daily
have small earthquake aftershocks to the north. This is becoming
the norm, and is causing no damages.. .....ST (yesterday's
Max 71F; Min 54F).
Friday, 17 Dec, 8:00 a.m.
Looking over the eastern waters
Being in the
60's for San Felipe is truly winter weather. There is not
much chance of any rain in our area but a dampness feeling
persists. The sun is shining high in clear skies directly
overhead but to the north heavy clouds still persist and
over to the mainland and north we do see some lingering
cloud cover. The skyline is clear. In fact I can see Rock
Consag which is 25 miles across the waters, about 1/2 way
to Puerto Penasco (or The Rock, as some peole call it).
The water is really calm, great for our fishermen. There
are no major earthquake reports for this morning. . .....ST
(yesterday's Max 67F; Min 51F). Thursday, 16 Dec, 8:00 a.m.
think the fog and clouds ever left us yesterday. In fact
it looked like it had rained during the night. This morning
we have a very heavy overcast. It's much like winter
has finally hit here with cold temperatures likely to
remain for awhile. Finally, we dig out our jogging swets.
No coffee outdoors today. In fact I think I will put
on the oven and bake cookies. Nothing big scheduled on
the calendar till Christmas, but I'm sure there are a
lot of local parties going on. Also, just small earthquakes
on the docket......ST (yesterday's Max 70F; Min 50F).
Tuesday, 14 Dec, 8:00 a.m. We
continue to have excellent winter weather here in San Felipe.
People say they shrug off their cold weather gear and their
problems when they hit the border and instead get set for
vacation fun and games. It's getting here that is the problem
with rain and snow stories from everywhere. Outside our window
we have 2 white doves that are cooing and making this year's
plans in the same nest as last year. Of course we have 20
more around; they are all grey doves and come just for feeding
time. They think it is spring.. . . .ST (yesterday's
Max 75F; Min 56F).Monday, 13 Dec, 8:00 a.m. The
temperature is rising rapidly each day. Yesterday it reched
a maximum of 77F, probably 80+F in town. This is utopia when
most of the rest of the states are freezing or in deep snow.
Clear skies today should allow the sun the best possible
chance to bring us that promised record temperature. Today
is the 12th day before Christmas. We marvel at the decorations
at a few residences in town but not too many stores are really
decorated this year. Prices have risen all around, groceries,
medicines, gas etc. Not leaving much for celebrating. There
are two group Christmas parties this week and probably numerous
private gatherings, nothing major. . . .ST (yesterday's
Max 77F; Min 57F).Sunday, 12 Dec, 9:00 a.m. Already
it is 76F, very warm for this time of day in this time of
year. It warmed up dramatically through the night. At 4 a.m.
I was awakened by the birds which have filled the large tree
outside my window. And we have 2 white doves already claiming
the same nest as last year. I guess they don't have any premonition
of earthquakes as do dogs and other wild life. Already we
have had 2 this morning, although San Felipe has not felt
them. And I hope this is not a false Spring for animals and
plants in the area. Winter is not officially here yet, not
until Dec. 21st. This morning they will have their parade
for Our Lady of Guadalupe from the Arches
to the Catholic church. It couldn't be better weather. .
. .ST (yesterday's Max 76F; Min 66F).Saturday, 11 Dec, 8:25 a.m. Already
we are at 72F hoping to reach that inevitable high of 80F....
maybe today. Because this thermometer is right above the
waterfront of the Sea of Cortez and we have a constant soft
breeze we may be reporting a little cooler than at the airport
in the valley desert. Most times the breeze does not affect
the water which remains calm and inviting for the fishermen.
My mind is constantly on the alert for the next earthquake
which, calculated from the above statistics, is happening
about 80 miles north of us. We have reports of small quakes
constantly. In the south camps today is the Las Amigas' Casino
Day. With this warm sunshine it should be well attended.
Tomorrow is the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a religious
Day in Mexico. . . .ST (yesterday's Max 75F; Min 59F).Friday, 10 Dec, 8 a.m. With
a high yesterday of only 69F and now 73F this morning it
is still promising. We have a northern breeze, however it
is still at this moment. That bright, warm sun hopefully
should change things shortly. This morning we had another
magnitude 3.7 earthquake16 miles WSW from Calexico. They
are all up and down the coast line, sometimes reaching closer
to our side. OK,Yesterday I attended the ceremony at BBV,
awarding the gentleman who won the car raffle by BBV; the
first time in 15 years that a car was one by someone in San
Felipe. Check the local newspaper for more details. Today
the San Felipe AARP group is having a BBQ Baby Back Rib dinner
ticketed in advance by it's members. Tomorrow is the Las
Amigas Casino Day held in the south camps which is very popular.
All of this in great weather compared to the rest of the
world. . . . ......ST (yesterday's Max 69F; Min 62F).
in the air
Thursday, 9 Dec, 8 a.m. Today
we'll try again for the promised low 80's. No matter; the
sun is high and warming. The winds have changed to the South
which are always welcome. Clear, calm waters are music to
the fishermen's ears. Last evening we had happy hour on the
patio but went inside to eat. Maybe tonight we can eat outside.
Coming up: we are looking forward to the Las Amigas Casino
Day held in the south camps on Saturday. . . ......ST
(yesterday's Max 74F; Min 65F).Wednesday, 8 Dec, 8 a.m. Now
as that veil of clouds has lifted, letting the sun shine
through, the outlook is so much better. We're looking forward
to that record high temperature promised by the National
Weather Service above, through next Tuesday. Today we are
only looking for a high in the low 80's. The breeze is still
from the north-west over blue-blue waters When it comes from
the south we are much warmer. The Las Amigas Assoc is having
their bi-monthly meeting today. Many families have decorated
their homes around town bringing in the cheer. Coming up:
we are looking forward to the Las Amigas Casino day held
in the south camps on Saturday. . . ......ST (yesterday's
Max 70F; Min 68F).Tuesday, 7 Dec, 8 a.m. Brrrr.
It is actually getting cooler as I sit here. They promised
warmer temperatures but unless this overcast burns off quickly
we will be the exception to everything they have forecast.
If you check the charts you will see unsteady readings especially
with the direction of the wind; which is altering from the
south and the north. We continue to have earthquakes in the
vicinity. They recorded another 3.0 earthquake 32mi SSE of
Mexicali this morning. I know of no activities planned for
today. . . ......ST (yesterday's Max 73F; Min 68F).Monday, 6 Dec, 8 a.m. Yesterday's
high of 74 is very encouraging and it could reach into the
80's by this weekend. That bright sun is so warming I took
off my jacket. That is, until I stepped back into the shade.
Any breeze is coming from the north keeping it cooler for
now. With such calm waters the fishermen should be out in
full force today. A small group has gathered to head out
for a desert buggy run and another week is underway. We have
a full docet to choose from and the greatest of winter weather
to share.. . ......ST (yesterday's Max 74F; Min 65F)Sunday, 5 Dec, 8 a.m. As
I look out over the Sea it is hazy, hard to tell where the
skyline is. But as I look over to the mountains, Mt. Diablo
in particular, it is very, clear. The cold remains in the
60's but we're hoping it will warm up today and early into
next week before another cold front hits us. Many snowbirds
are enjoying our "winter weather" as compared to
where they have come from. Our 60F-40F spread is like summer
to them. 3.0 earthquakes are a daily regular within 100 miles
of our surrounding area, but nothing major. Activities are
plentiful as the local groups and associations each advertise
their specific Christmas programs. By golly you have to pick
and choose, there are so many. Come on down---you'll see..
. ......ST (yesterday's Max 65F; Min 42F)Saturday, 4 Dec, 8 a.m. Heavy
clouds are staying with us for at least another day. Yesterday's
high reads only 70F but we enjoyed a higher temperature out
on our sunny, eastern patio for about an hour. I heard from
two more snowbirds just arriving that this was next to heaven
for them, coming from Washington State and Canada. The water
is almost placid with no winds to speak of. The fishermen
usually layer their clothing so they can strip off some at
mid-day. Last night they had a Fund Raiser for the Child's
Garden Assn. honoring Dr. Abasolo, whom many of us Gringos
have come to love and who works closely with that Assn. Medical
care here in San Felipe is great. . ......ST (yesterday's
Max 70F; Min 44F)Friday, 3 Dec, 8 a.m. Those
heavy clouds seem to be walking across the Baja Norte, keeping
us cold and snugly dressed for the last week. The leaves
are still, the water is calm and there is not much chance
of warming past the low 70's today. I see no fishing boats.
Little birds seem to be snuggled on the electric wires, not
ready to start their day. Many older houses built in San
Felipe do not have that much insulation and usually heat
with electricity. Those bills will surely go up this month.
Warm clothes and blankets are being gathered for the needy
at various outlets through town. Let's hope we truly see
more normal weather by early next week. ......ST (yesterday's
Max 68F; Min 44F)
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