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The weather synopses in San Felipe for February 2005

Monday, Feb 28, 2005: 6:53 a.m. - It looks like today is going to be beautiful. Last night, the sky was so clear and bright; you could see the moon and tons of stars, which usually indicates to me that the following day is going to be nice. Yesterday, the water was brisk, but the girls went swimming, not just wading. My patio thermometer registered a high of 80 F until about 4:30. Today, we'll start the clean up from race week. It's the first morning we haven't awoken to the sounds of cars on the dunes. Many accidents reported. More information will be posted in our News section. khm

3 p.m Nice! The crowds have gone. 70 F and 52 %RH light Easterly breezes.

Sunday, Feb 27, 2005: 7:53 a.m. - The scattered wispy clouds are dissipating with the wind picking up. We should have weather similar to yesterday in the high 70's, although it's a little chilly out of the sun. The town last night was overflowing with alcohol and adrenaline. Once again, Score ran another outstanding San Felipe Baja 250. This morning the awards ceremony will be held at the Baja Mar Restaurant on the Malecon. Many racers are on their way back to the U.S. and the traffic will be very heavy. Allow extra time for the military check and border crossing. Unfortunately, many race team members will forget that the race was on the course, not on the highway. khm

4:12 p.m. - It's been an absolutely perfect weather day. I took my daughter and her friend, Tara (her mom is Margaret of San Felipe Marketing) to the beach so they could go swimming. The awards ceremony was held on the Malecon, as there wasn't enough room for every one at the restaurant. El Presidente Ramos and Sal Fish of Score were presenting the awards. More on the racers later. I've got a little sunburn from yesterday. My patio thermometer registered 80 F today and now it reads 69 F. We will also report in our news section about the race winners, racer incidents and traffic problems on the slow exodus out of town. But first, we all want to sigh a breath of relief that we have our little Port by the Sea, back.

Saturday, Feb 26, 2005: 7:33 a.m. - Not a cloud in the sky from here to Juarez, Mexico. This morning there was a mist over the Sea of Cortez or it was dust from the racers. It's hard to tell. I was awakened by the sound of a siren at 4:00 a.m. I turned on the live stream of the race we have running at The Net at 5:00 a.m., but they switched to channel 2, so I couldn't hear the details of the accident. I expect to hear about quite a few accidents before the day is over. I think the "wanna be's" in town seem to be causing the most trouble. Drive with extreme caution! We couldn't ask for better weather for the race today (well, we could but we probably wouldn't get it). We'll update as the day progresses. khm

1 p.m. Cumulus cloud over the mountains and dust clouds over the desert. Clear skies over town. Whirlybirds zoom back and forth. 69 F at the office with 45% RH. Light variable breezes. A really nice day for being in San Felipe. The preliminary race results are supposed to come out at 1 p.m. VERY Noisy!

1:29 p.m. We are all outside in our bathing suits soaking up the sun and listening the live audio stream of the races broadcasted from The Net. This is too cool! The thermometer on my patio registers 80 F and when you're out of the sun, there is a slight "chill" in the air, especially after sun bathing. The Score Weatherman reports a bike missing since 9:00 a.m. - you can see the Score helicopter flying above. There are many racers who haven't made it to check point 1. More later. khm

Friday, Feb 25, 2005: 7:13 a.m. - It appears we are through with our nasty, rainy weather. The outlook for this weekend is our normal beautiful San Felipe days, with mild winds. We've had the wettest January and February in recent memory, so perhaps Spring has sprung (say that ten times, rapidly). Today is contingency and tech inspection for the Score-Baja 250 race tomorrow, down on the Malecon. Dr. C reports traffic from Mexicali was horrendous, with people passing each other and the "one headlight" syndrome that plagues Highway 5 to San Felipe. Please take extra care driving, especially at night. We finally heard from our long lost weather gal, Shirley, via Denise and Susan. I guess she's having too much fun touring Mexico! It's going to be a great day in San Felipe!! khm

2 p.m. Thick low cloud over the mountains to the west. Doppler radar indicates patches of rain. NorthWest wind at 5 mph with 68 F in town and 65% RH.

4 p.m. Clouding over. Very humid conditions with possible fog tonight. 63 F 75% RH

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005: 7:19 a.m. - Last night we had light sprinkles of rain, but nothing to write home about (or on the page, for that matter). Today, there's not a cloud in the sky and the sun is shining brightly. My daughter has on a sun dress, so we are all optimistic. We've been able to hang clothes on the line for the last two days, and they're drying just fine. My only concern is the wind. We may have a little more wind this afternoon, but as long as you stay in the sun, you'll feel the warmth of the sun. Tomorrow, all day, is the race car contingency on the Malecon. If you want to get a look at the cars and the racers, come on down. If you want to send an email, come to The Net! khm

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005: 7:37 a.m. - It got pretty chilly last night, and I'll post the correct temperatures at 10:00 a.m. This morning is beautiful and clear and it looks like (I say "looks like") we're going to have another beautiful day. Hopefully, the sun will dry up the mud for the race this weekend. The town is filling up; there are no rooms to rent, so if you're coming down, make sure you have a place or be prepared to camp. The Mayor of Morrow, Oregon and his wife, John and Lisa Jane (population 300, but he hasn't seen them all) were staying in an RV park in town and were asked to leave because their space was rented to the racers. I put them out on my lot in Campo Ocotillos and they love it!! I think we have a new "unofficial" sister city. Update: It looks as though it's going to rain. We had sun for most of the day, but now it's starting to cloud up and you can smell rain in the air. I would expect rain by 6:00 p.m. If I'm wrong, I'll update with a photo.


Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005: 10:42 a.m. Sorry about the late weather report. It's sunny and warm and people are running around in shorts. We hope it will last, but with San Diego's weather, we may have rain until Wednesday. I'll update this afternoon if we have any changes. The huge semi trucks with racers are everywhere. Things are gearing up!! Update: 11:39 p.m. The sky is clear and the moon is shining brightly. We had sunshine the entire day and hopefully, tomorrow it will shine again. San Diego, unfortunately, is having a terrible time. They have just issued tornado warnings! Dr. C says it's pouring "elephants and horses" there. Let's see if you can find that in the dictionary!! khm

Monday, Feb 21, 2005: 7:40 a.m. We have our sun back, finally, although I hear it's raining in San Diego. The humidity last night was enough to dampen the yard and moisten the flowers; today we have 54% which I suppose means we have a 50% chance of rain? Who knows - all I know is it's sunny and beautiful today, the first day of race week. Barb writes: "Actually the roofs were sod (grass), built into a hillside and that's why the the animals were on the roof and fell through. This is true!". Again, who knows? Update: 4:23 p.m. - It's been raining kats and dogs since 1:20 p.m. and now the sun is peeking through the clouds, but it's still pouring. I'm going home now so I'll take photos of the flooded streets and post them later, that is if I can get to my house. Update: 8:00 p.m. The streets were flooded in all of the same places, however, our new Delegado had his crew on the spot pumping the water. It stopped raining at about 5:30. I received a call from my husband to go outside and look at the double rainbow. I tried to get a photo at The Net, but the power lines were in the way. This double rainbow is unusual and it was beautiful with bright colors. It started at El Machorro and went right into the Sea of Cortez. Now, people tell me that a double rainbow means good luck, bringing prosperity, love and happiness. That sounds great. However, in lieu of that, I'll settle for the sun. khm

2 p.m. Flood watches and warnings for Southern California coastal areas, mountains and deserts. We also advise extreme caution in Northern Baja....see here

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005: 8:28 a.m. The sun is back and the skies are blue. Last night at La Hacienda, the stars were bright and Orion was prominent. There was a lightning storm over the Sea of Cortez about 7:30 p.m. which lasted until 9:30 p.m. Quite a show. I knew today would be nice. I can't say a negative thing about the weather today. Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable says the expression "raining cats and dogs" comes from northern Europe: "In Norse mythology, the cat is supposed to have great influence on the weather. Witches that rode on storms were said to assume the form of cats." Dogs and wolves were attendants to Odin, the god of storms, and the dog "is a signal of wind." Thank you for the information, Dr. C. Do you suppose they had thatch roofs? The sun is warm and it's a great day to be in San Felipe. khm

Saturday, Feb 19, 2005: 8:25 a.m. The skies are a mixture of black, gray and blue and we've just had a downpour. I have a cyclone air vent on my roof made of metal and every time it starts to rain with any force, I can hear it. We've had downpours and drizzles since yesterday, although it did stop raining around 3:30 a.m. I don't have a lake in front of my gate, as they graded the road the day before. However, I'm heading towards the Net, so I'll take some photos of the carnage awaiting me (flooded streets). If anyone has reports on errosion, road conditions or damage in the South beaches, please write to me so we can share the information. I am really concerned about long term couples in the South beaches dealing with "cabin fever". (Did anyone see "The Shining?"). Important: Telnor's email server has been up and down since yesterday afternoon (actually, for quite some time), and we have been experiencing big gaps in the send/receive lag time, so if you have an alternate email address, please use it. Unless you use a web mail account and you have DSL here in San Felipe, you must send out on Telnor's email server. 8:43 a.m. It's pouring, again. Mas tarde! 10:13 a.m. The sun is shining as you can see from the web cam, unfortunately it won't last long. There was an error on the temperatures posted earlier, as the person giving me the high/lows did not clear his digital remote thermometer. It was chilly last night, but not 48! 6:48 p.m. It was choppy out on the Sea of Cortez today. As the clouds cleared, the wind picked up; maybe one had something to do with the other. At 11:56 a.m. the sky darkened and I thought we'd have quite a storm. However, once again, the sun came out and if it were not for the chilly wind, it would have been quite a pleasant day. It hasn't rained all afternoon nor this evening and you can see stars in the sky, so let's hope for the best. khm

The skies out over the Ejido in the p.m.; street to the right of my house, p.m.; my yard, p.m.

Friday, Feb 18, 2005: 7:32 a.m. It looks as though we've had light drizzle throughout the night and it will continue to drizzle throughout the day. However, at the moment, it's not raining. The sun is trying so hard to come out. When I got up this morning, I looked out the window to my back yard and saw the sun trying to peek up over the hill. Hopefully, today we'll have some spurts of sun, but the outlook is for light drizzle for the next few days. Bummer! 9:20 p.m. It's been raining off and on all evening. At 10:15 this morning, some streets were starting to flood. At 3:15 the sun was shining and the skies were a beautiful blue with white wispy clouds (try saying that 10 times). It's stopped raining like cats and dogs, but it's still drizzling. Raining "like cats and dogs" I'm told, came from the days of thatched roofs. The animals climbed on the roofs and when it rained, they would fall through the roof and into the living quarters. Hence, "raining like cats and dogs". 9:30 p.m. Our friend Jerry just came back from downtown and reports that there are lots of puddles (small lakes) 1 inch to 3 inches about town. He was wearing sandals with socks and they are both sopping wet. Some of our sidewalks are crooked, at best, and if you're not looking where you're walking, you'll step in the puddle or break your ankle. Chetumal at the liquor store and into the alley are flooded - he says 8 to 10 inches deep. I can just imagine how big that lake is going to be in front of my gate by tomorrow morning. khm

Schizophrenic weather

Thursday, Feb 17, 2005: 7:37 a.m. I'd like to write that I awoke to a sunny day, but NOT! Okay, enough is enough! We're all suffering from lack of sun! It's hidden well beneath the clouds and it looks like we may have rain today. There is activity hanging out over the Pacific, which doesn't look as though it's going away today. We're keeping an eye on San Diego's weather and gearing up for race week. The town is going to be full! My daughter, Desiree', is visiting from Seattle, Washington, where it rains almost daily, so we need some sun. khm

Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005: 7:46 a.m. It certainly looks like rain; you can barely see the sun trying to poke through to the South. The humidity is incredible; I've had my laundry hanging for 3 days and it's still not dry! It was chilly early in the morning, however, we'll still hope for a sunny day. Shirley, our weather gal, is off for three weeks. We are all gearing up for the huge crowds expected this weekend. Happy Tuesday!khm

Monday, Feb 14, 2005: 6:30 a .m. Well the clouds are drifting back from across those mountains west of us. And the temperatures are hovering around the 60's. It seems everyone had a great week-end with some attending more than one party. Today we get back to normal. At some places spring cleaning will be the center of attention as the warm weather is just around the corner. At this hour tomorrow the SFARP tour to southern Mexico will already be on the road; this weather reporter among them. I will talk to you again in March. st

Sunday, Feb 13, 2005: 7:30 a .m. A refreshingly clean and still damp morning lays before us. Looking across the Sea of Cortez there is a band of clouds forming a background to the Consagua Rock scene, almost always visible although it is 50 miles away. A few soft clouds drift lazily in the sky, defying yesterday's intrusion during the fiesta. Today is Senior Sunday, a day we seniors celebrate our own day. The Lodge was pre-decorated with flowers and helium filled baloons . The problem is the baloons all fell during the night!!! 4:00 p.m.The problem was solved quickly and a great day followed. st

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005: 5:30 p .m. We have just returned from the very nice Paella and Wine Tasting festival at the El Cortez. It was held outdoors where we could sit in the warm sunshine and watch the entertainment; a chorus of singers with musical instruments. Because it was a contest we got to taste the very best of the best rice dishes with meat, chicken, shrimp and all the trimmings. Then the low clouds began to appear once more and by the time we reached home we were more than 50% cloud covered. The temperature did reach a high of 65 degrees before it reversed itself. Thanks for a great time, Hotel El Cortez. 8:00 a .m. Those low clouds have almost disappeared. About 8:00 last evening it actually stopped raining, but no-one could be sure it was for real. This morning the sun is shining brightly and the activities can go forth in the outdoors as originally planned. st

Friday, Feb 11, 2005: 5:00 p.m. It has now reached .4 inches and still raining (or heavy sprinkling on and off). Low clouds are laying on the hill tops and visibility is poor. Everyone is driving with their lights on. According to the satellite view we may have clearing for a little while, depending on which way the clouds are travelling. Winds are now softly blowing from the north. And the waters are calm. st 10:00 a.m. Limp flags hang from their poles. Low, heavy clouds, fog and poor visibility is the report at this hour. Katherine reports from Mexicali that it had rained lightly all the way, but no major road problems. 7:30 a.m. That rain gauge now reads (.25)". Rain has 'sprinkled' since yesterday morning about 9:00 a.m. It's enough to cause roof leaks and puddles again in our beautiful San Felipe. We are so glad it held off until after the Carnival festivities. This week-end's events will all be held inside, no matter what the weather. Notice the lows at night still hover around the 60's; and yes, our desert flowers are loving the rain. Bring your digital cameras folks, and stop by at THE NET for help in down-loading and e-mailing your photos to family and friends. st

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005: 7:00 p.m. We checked the rain gauge and by golly it measured 1/10" (.1) rain. It has been a steady drizzle all day, sometimes turning into a real rain. However because it is warm we do not mind it. It reached 65 again today and is still riding at 60 degrees as we write this report. If it keeps up through the night we will probably be looking at the usual street puddles in the morning. 9:30 a.m. It has been sprinkling now for about 1/2 hour and doesn't look like it's going to let up. 8:30 a.m. Heavily overcast, gloomy, but comfortably mild, this day will be a dull work day to catch our breath from all that has been going on and to prepare for what is ahead of us. It is not likely to clear up since we are part of the overall cloud cover of the southwest corner of the continent. Notice the overnight low stayed in the 60's last night. st

Wednesday, Feb 9, 2005: 9:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday. Complete cloud cover across our skies from west to east and beyond. Temperatures have mellowed out nicely for sleeping. All festivities are now over for Carnival. A big week-end lies ahead. The Paella & Wine tasting at Hotel Cortez, Senior Sunday at Campo Ocotillo Lodge, and St. Valentine's Day Dinner Dance at El Dorado are all scheduled. Check our Calendar of Events for more details. st

Tuesday, Feb 8, 2005: 7:30 a.m. A beautiful morning, with clear skies, a few soft clouds to the south of us, and gentle breezes fanning the flags in the distance. Even the Panga fishermen are bustling around with smiles on their faces. It's going to be a good day for the last day of Carnival parades.st

Monday, Feb 7, 2005: 6:30 a.m. Although the satelite images do not show clouds we certainly have much cloud coverage this early on Monday morning. The tide is again on its way out and the water is behaving calmly. A cup of coffee would go good while we are standing here in the soft cool breeze. Although the next parade is not scheduled till tomorrow, check the Carnival calender for today's events.

Sunday, Feb 6, 2005 5:30 p.m. Well another surprise. As fast as they appeared, they disappeared. As the saying goes, there is now not a cloud in the sky. The temperature went a little higher to 66 degrees. The wind is now from the west but very lazy, about 3-5 mph. And the tide is out. 12:30 p.m. A real surprise. Clouds have rolled in and at this hour are prevalent almost everywhere over the town. And it has cooled to a mere 65 degrees. 7 a.m. Soft clouds are visible to the north and to the west of us but San Felipe lies under clear blue skies this morning. Good for today's parade contenders. Yesterday was a full day. Besides San Felipe's Anniversary, and the first complete day of Carnival, the city had a Poker Walk through participating restaurants. And there were small group gatherings everywhere. Today we should be into the swing of things. Grab a jacket and meet us on the malecon. st

Saturday, Feb 5, 2005 8 a.m. It's clear all around this morning. Last night there was a bank of clouds coming in from the South, but they must have passed on during the night. It might be a great day for San Felipe's Anniversary, also for the first day of parades for the Carnival. Because it is so early this year, people will be wearing jackets for the most part. We'll see you there. st

Friday, Feb 4, 2005 7 a.m. Gone are those pesky clouds, at least over San Felipe. You can see a bank of clouds retreating to the north of us which will probably clear quickly. Tonight you can find out who'se been good and bad for this town during the past year. Some activities are outside, and some inside the Rotaty Hall. With these temperatures, I'll choose inside. st

Winds for this weekend are expected to be generally light, around 5 m.p.h. and from the Northeast.

Thursday, Feb 3, 2005 9 a.m. Santa Ana breezes continue and the overcast skies are keeping the temperatures lower than normal. Businesses are taking their last minute steps to get ready for Carnival which is Feb 4-8. Go to the News section, and check the Calendar of Events '05 for the schedule. st

Wednesday, Feb 2, 2005: 8 a.m. Much the same as yesterday. Strong north winds are keeping the temperatures down. Great for kite flying, not good for awnings. The water is very active this morning, with strong surf and whitecaps. Today is Dia de la Candelaria in Mexico and Groundhog day in the EEU. st

This Santa Ana wind condition, caused by the high pressure system over the Southwest US, is expected to be strong today and Thursday with some moderation on Friday. The outlook for the Carnival weekend is for more typical breezes at 5-8 mph from the East with higher daytime temperatures. tc

Tuesday, Feb 1, 2005: 7:00 a.m. Although it warms up nicely during the day we find it drops right back down quickly as soon as that sun disappears over the western mountain range, about 5:30 in the evening. There is still that touch of moisture that makes things feel colder than they really are. We expect that breeze to become stronger during the day, and again to whip up the waves. st


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