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Archive of weather for January 2005

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

10 a.m On the beach it is 64 F 35% RH with winds from the North at 10-15 mph. Whitecaps on the sea and cloud to the North of San Felipe.

Noon Another day of excellent wind:


Monday, Jan 31, 2005: 7:30 a.m. A clear, cold, breezy morning sends us indoors for our coffee. With Calendar in hand I see it is going to be a very busy week. Tomorrow night is the Art Show and Auction at the Lighthouse Restaurant. Friday starts Carnival Week with Feb 5th, San Felipe's Anniversary, centered within that week. Let's hope the days warm up a little.st

10:30 a.m. On the beach. 63 F 42% R.H. with steady North winds ranging from 15-20 m.p.h. The sea is active with wind-driven whitecaps. We expect it to get even stronger as the Santa Ana condition in Southern California intensifies over the next couple of days. Kiters: come back!

2:20 p.m. Continuing strong winds. Lots of blowing sand in town. 68 F 31% RH

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005: 8:30 a.m. The night's low temperature reached 55 degrees, very acceptable for winter in San Felipe. As long as that San Felipe sun stays with us we can reach almost into the 70's by mid afternoons. Last evening we visited Playa del Sol restaurant, drawn by the great samples they had prepared for the 'Taste of San Felipe' tour last week. Their Fish and Chips were as good as they get, and charaoke warmed us up. Looking forward to a warmer Sunday.st

12:30 p.m. The wind has picked up - NW at 10 mph and 61 F on the beach. The Kiters are out this morning zooming up and down in front of the Marina resort. It is spectacular to see these people do their thing. What a wonderful sport. San Felipe will be doing more to promote this sort of environmentally friendly activitity - much better than having all these noisy vehicles on the beaches that are belching out fumes and decibels. This group is from the Morning Glory boat in San Diego:

Saturday, Jan 29, 2005: 9:30 a.m. "Get out the heaters" we said last night, as the temperatures plummeted and the winds howled. Snuggle down in your beds and stay there, was the message. Unprotected awnings were tested to the limit, and furniture was tossed around in people's yards. It was probably more than 10 mph by the sound of it. This morning we still have the cold north wind but this is now offset by strong, warming sunrays. Only a few spotted clouds remain to mar the perfect sky. st

1:30 p.m. Beautiful and calm now. 68 F and 55% RH in town. I watched Kite surfers flying across the bay this morning - then the wind just died....(came back later). Town seems to be deserted, everyone must be saving themselves for Carnaval next week.

Strong north breezes in the morning

Becalmed at noon

Friday, Jan 28, 2005: 7:00 a.m. A cold, calm morning out there. Mr. Sun is shining through the eastern windows which will warm up the building quickly. We hope that the electric company will wrap up it's work today, and we can get back to ours. Thankfully we should have nice weather for Las Amigas Casino Day this afternoon. Check our NEWS section for CALENDAR 05 for details. See you there. st .

2 p.m. Friday.Alls well that ends well. A tale by Shakespeare and also an event here in San Felipe. All morning we have wrestled with electrical problems that were follow-on's to our changeover from 116 volts to 125 volts. In addition there has been a big (huge!) fog bank lurking offshore. The Bay was clear but it clipped the tip of Punta Estrella. Well, the East wind picked up a little and blew the fog onshore around 1 p.m. The screens on the windows are running with water. It is a pity that we have no economical way of collecting it. There is a place in Chile where they put huge nets along the cliffs to catch the fog and use it for the village water. Some winter days we could do the same. Anyway it is around 67 F in town with a humidity of 80%. 63 F and 100% on the beaches. Stay tuned for the weekend update. Thanks for being so understanding with our outages.

5 p.m. The fog bank rolled out to sea again and the late winter sun kissed the Malecon. I went for a shrimp coctail (20 decent shrimp for 70 pesos) at Conchitas. Very well worth it. However, if you want a really incredible shrimp coctail you absolutely have to visit the Laguna Azul in Mexicali. With out a doubt the very best I have ever experienced. Back here in town the vendors are hoping for a good crop of visitors. The city maintenance crew is painting the curbs and crosswalks in preparation for Carnaval that starts next weekend. 66 F and 55% RH in town.

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005: 9:30 p.m. As the camcorder recorded at 5:00 p.m.it had clouded over and the weather had again turned cool. Although it did reach 67 this afternoon it is now back to 63 degrees and receeding quickly. Yes tonight there is clearing, and stars are visible, indicating that there is now a cloudless skies overhead. Expect a friendly day again tomorrow. st

7:00 a.m. We are now drying out. There are still puddles in the streets and the humidity is still high. Clear skies prevail over San Felipe proper, but we are looking out across the Sea of Cortez to a very heavy cloud bank. The electric company is on track setting a new pole in front of the office, their cement drill creating rythme for our background this morning. We may lose power for a bit, and who knows, we may get to sit outside and enjoy this spring like morning. st

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 7:00 a.m. Yes, it rained until well after midnight and there are small lakes all over town this morning. The sun shone brightly for about 15 minutes, and then went slowly behind the heavy cloud blanket we have laying low over the town.It will be in and out all day. Although the humidity is damp and depressing, people are going about their businesses in spring clothes, confident it won't rain on their watch. I'm one of them. st

5 p.m. Well the light drizzle started again. As long as it is no worse than last night's half-inch or so we have nothing to fear. 62 F and 80% RH at this hour.


Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 7:00 a.m. Oh My,this is a Lory Day; she's from Seattle area where they have much rain. This will not be too pleasant for the Rotary 'Taste of San Felipe' Walk, where you get to sample tidbits from 28 different restaurants in town. However, 60-70 degree weather is the norm here for January, and it beats the snow from back east. st

The town shrouded in fog at 7 a.m. Tuesday

5 p.m. It was an overcast day. The low cloud/fog never really disappeared but everyone was buoyed by the North San Felipe Rotary Club's "Taste of San Felipe" walk around the restaurants to sample some of their offerings. Around 300 people showed up and paid the $10 participant fee. Everyone agreed that it was a superb event. Some twenty restaurants participated and our pack from The Net managed to eat at half of them. Shirley bought those special Margaritas at Bajamar and we were in great spirits for the afternoon. In my opinion, the shrimp and fish tacos at "La Michoacan" (next to the Miramar Bar on Mar de Cortez) were the best. The taquitos at "Mi Casa es Tu Casa" (located across from the Oasis market on Av Mar Caribe were also delicious - and on Thursdays they do Big Tamales. I am sorry we did not get to taste the sushi at the Lighthouse or the seafood treats at Conchita's on the Malecon. Night is now here and there is a little drizzle falling in the area. I have a light rain at my casita south of the harbor and Shirley just called me to let me know that the dogs came home wet at Campo Ocotillo. 60 degrees with 80% RH and total overcast at this hour.

Tuesday evening update: In town, it started sprinkling at about 6:00 p.m. and by 7:30 p.m., it was raining cats and dogs (I've never understood that). It rained like that until 8:42 p.m., and having just went outside again, it's still raining, but not like gatos y perros. We'll post an update in the morning and I'll bet the sun will be shining and I'll find a small lake right outside my gate. 10:15 p.m. The rain has stopped. We will have beautiful wild Spring flowers of all kinds blooming very soon as a result of a good rain. (That's the upside). 10:37 p.m. It's raining again, not sprinkling. The good news is, my roofs are not leaking and the dust is definitely packing down, but the downside is, the pond I thought I'd have if the rain stopped at 10:15 p.m., will surely be a lake in the morning. khm

Monday, Jan 24, 2005 7:00 a.m. Clear skies but a light ground fog greets us this morning. It's a kind of typical, bleak Monday morning as we get started into the last week of January. We have visitors from all around the world looking for a more tropical place to vacation. This week they can tour many of the restaurants in town, with a taste of the best at each one. And don't forget Friday, Casino night, hosted by the Las Amigas. Check our Calendar of events in the News section for more details. Let's hope the weather stays great for these and other activities planned for this week. st

11 p.m. It has been a rather foggy afternoon and evening in San Felipe. We had lunch at BajaMar on the Malecon and initially sat outside in the garden. However, it got so cloudy and damp that we moved inside. The staff were good enough to light a fire in the hearth so we could enjoy our lunch. By the way, people occasionally ask if we give these little plugs for restaurants because they advertize with us. We try to help everyone in this town even if they cannot afford to advertize.

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 11.30 a.m. I guess it is not supposed to clear up today. Heavy clouds have rolled back over the norther Baja, and it is now rather cold and miserable. Sorry. 8:00 a.m. Soft clouds still dot the skies this morning, but are not connected to any mass like yesterday. We hope these will burn off quickly and get us back to our normal, wonderful, tropical weather. A good day for back yard gardening or playing catch-up. st

Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 7:30 a.m. A light blanket of clouds completely covered northern San Felipe early this morning, but it does not stop that bright, warm, beautiful sunshine from coming on through and hopefully burning off most of the heavy humidity. I actually felt a drop or two of moisture while outside. There is already clearing over the town itself. This should not affect this busy little port from any of it's various activites. On the malecon panga captains with their excited tourists are already heading out for a good day of fishing. I know of one dunebuggy tour looking forward to a fun day in the desert. And the Saturday Singles should have good weather for their outing tonight, whichever restaurant they chose for dinner. st

1:30 p.m. It has turned into a very pleasant afternoon. 62 F at the beach with 70% RH and light NW breezes. There is a big band of fog lying offshore and there are little puffy clouds ovet the mountains to our west. Out along the beaches I see a few strollers enjoying the winter sunshine and playing with the packs of dogs that gather around sites where houses are being built. Things are really quiet it town. When I drove past the Marina Resort there were only a couple of visitor cars in the parking lot and there are not many more in the other hotels around town. You would think that they would be running a huge discount sale to bring in people and fill vacant rooms. Instead, they raise the rates to try to get a little more money from the few. It is understandable when seen from the perspective of the local managers - they still have to pay the same number of staff whether the rooms are full or empty.

Friday, Jan 21, 2005 7:00 a.m. As predicted, but not as fast as we had hoped, the clouds are arching to the north and moving to the east. A dark cloud still looms directly over San Felipe, which dulls the spirit for the San Felipe ARP BBQ being held today. We saw some low, mean, race cars heading into town yesterday, covered with mud, including the drivers. I do not know first hand where they had been but it must have been fun. st

Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 8:45 a.m. A large cloud cover is sweeping over the northern Baja and Southern California this morning. The sun cannot yet get through. However, that southern breeze, as little as there is at the moment, will keep us on the warm side, as compared to the weather back east for the presidential inauguration. We hope the clouds will pass further to the east and to the north, and that it will warm up later today. st

Wednesday, January 19, 2005 11:06 a.m. - Sorry the weather report is late. We had some technical problems. However, it's a beautiful day today, even though it's windy. Last night was very warm and in fact, I had to open my front door when I was cooking. Of course, I have a small house and that makes a difference. We have many tourists in town, all wearing shorts. I wore a sweater this morning and changed to a Net t-shirt when I got here because it was too warm. My house guest from out of town (can't get much whiter than that) is soaking up the sun. It's a great day to be in San Felipe. khm

Tuesday, January 18, 2005 7:00 a.m. Finally, it has warmed up. Last evening it turned balmy. We sat out under the stars for what seemed like hours. No-one even suggested bonfires. And this morning it looks like another great day ahead. st

Monday, January 17, 2005 7:00 a.m. Another degree warmer this morning: normal, high and low. In the lower U.S. States, at least, it will be a great day for the Martin Luther King celebrations. Of course on this side of the border we will enjoy the day possibly dunebuggying out in the desert valleys to the West. Many of the tourists bring their own toys and sand vehicles and gather together into groups to caravan out, checking for specific rocks, plants or animals. We see some yellow low lying plants appearing along the road side, and are watching for the purple ones next; a true sign of Spring.st

Sunday, January 16, 2005 7:00 a.m. Well temperatures advanced only one degree, but when you worked in the direct sunlight it was very heartening. I talked to some who were basking on the beach (in an area sheltered from the wind) who found the weather very comfortable. They were from Colorado. And we enjoyed a bonfire until about 9:00 p.m. No Bad Days in San Felipe.st

Saturday, January 15, 2005 7:00 a.m. Thank goodness the clouds have completely disappeared. Although the cold north breeze is with us this morning, we could expect much warmer temperatures for the rest of the week-end. In fact, hardy visitors from the north have already braved shorts and tee-shirts. However, the fishing crowds are warmly dressed, ready for 56 degree water splashes. The pangas (motorboats) are still doing a good business and bringing in good catches. The shrimping season has not been spectacular, but it is a popular item on Chuy's Restaurant menu where we visited last night. We expect a good day. st

Friday, January 14, 2005 7:00 a.m. . This morning there is no hope. We are competely covered with a low, thick, cloud blanket that promises to stay. Everything is still, lost in a fog, so to speak. The sun cannot get through and there is no breeze. We do not expect any change throughout this day. st

Thursday, January 13, 2005 5:00 p.m. The weather changed dramatically after the noon hour. The cloud blanket rolled in and the sun was totally closed out. After reaching a nice high of 60, it quickly cooled down. Everybody reached for extra jackets, hoping it would pass. Not so. It's here for the night. 8:00 a.m A sky, so softly covered with light, lazy clouds, lays low overhead. Although that north wind is cooling, the sun bursting through that blanket above offsets nicely. As we stepped out onto the sheltered patio the sun wins; We can take off that mocasson jacket and enjoy our coffee like San Felipians once again. I feel sure the sky will clear early and it will be a totally beautiful day. st

The worst of the storms hitting Southern California have now passed (Wednesday 12 January). Extensive flooding occurred on many of the major freeways in San Diego and the Los Angeles area and travel is still hazardous in some areas. In Northern Baja, there have been extensive floods and mudslides in the Tijuana region and on the coast down towards Ensenada. No significant problems have been reported in Mexicali or on the road south to San Felipe.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005 7:00 a.m Yesterday the fog and overcast played games with us all day, coming and going. Clear sunny skies greet us this morning. A soft, cool, north breeze sends shivers if you don't dress warmly. Everyone steps in the office door with a smile, looking for a cup of hot coffee or a nice greeting at least. Some have expressed the thoughts of desert flowers. However, we in San Felipe did not get that much actual rain, just the overcast. We'll see. st


Tuesday, January 11, 2005 7:30 a.m. A heavy fog settled over the town during the early morning, however, we expect it to burn off quickly. It seems storm threats have now all passed this area. It's a great day.st




Highway 101 taken at La Conchita, (between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara) the scene of heavy rains, a horrible mud slide, and this highway flood. Photo sent in by Jim Hatton. Thank you Jim.
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Monday, January 10, 2005 7:00 a.m. Last evening, around 11:00, we sat out on the patio amazed at how it had warmed up, although the entire day had seemed to be overcast. Stars shone brightly in some areas. We were encouraged that San Felipe might miss the rains. Earlier this morning we had a light breeze from the southeast but now all is calm and so bright to the south. Not so to the north. An ominous dark cloud threatens to mar this beautiful picture. We shall be watching the weather closely today. st

Sunday, January 9, 2005 8:00 a.m. Light clouds seem to cover most of San Felipe's skies this morning. Earlier a soft breeze was coming in from the South encouraging warmer temperatures, however at this minute the flags are still. It should be a nice day for activities such as SFARP's Parade of Homes.st

Saturday, January 8, 2005 7:00 a.m.Heavy clouds appear to the north and light clouds to the west of us, but in San Felipe this morning it is radiant with the sunshine. In fear of the reports we headed back from the U.S. around 5:00 p.m. We had several light scattered showers in El Centro, but as we headed south it cleared. Although it may have rained in that stretch earlier in the day we so no sign of it. Actually it is warming up quickly this morning. People are out taking their walks and visiting with their neighbors. It could be a beautiful day. st

Friday, January 7, 2005 7:00 a.m.In spite of the strong warning above I have to head for the U.S. this morning. In San Felipe the south breeze promises to warm us up a little. But we will be keeping a close watch on the approaching storm from the north, hoping it will not reach us today. st 2 p.m. Yuma radar indicates that there is extensive rain between San Felipe and Mexicali.

Thursday, January 6, 2005 8:00 a.m. It isn't going away folks. Yesterday I missed it, but this morning I got that lovely picture of snow on the mountains. Last night it was so cold everyone told us they had to add that extra comforter or drag out the electric blankets. We expect this to last at least through the end of this week. st

Wednesday, January 5, 2005 7:00 a.m. Completely overcast, the skies look miserable again today. Although yesterday was a pretty day, it did not warm up as expected. The holiday season being mostly behind us I guess we'll have to push on into a normal winter pattern for a little longer. Lots of activities going on for the winter snowbirds. Check out our News/Calendar of Events for details. Today, SFARP is scheduled. They are an information outlet, where one can ask questions and find out what's going on around town. Everyone is welcome. But you better bundle up. st

Tuesday, January 4, 2005 7:00 a.m. After travelling over the Siskeyeu's and the Tehachapi's it was great to drop down into a warmer San Felipe this week-end. But yesterday ended that. With 5/10" rain everyone huddled indoors till the afternoon. Last night we could again see the stars. And this morning all the storm clouds are heading north. Still visible, but oh, that beautiful warm sun has again flooded most of our skies. It should warm up by this afternoon.st

Monday, January 3, 2005 8:04 a.m. It's raining and it's wet!! I should have known it would rain; I spent an hour watering my yard yesterday and doing laundry, which is hanging on the line as I write this. We expect sporadic showers throughout the day, along with cloudy skies. Although the rain is nice to clean the air and pack the dirt streets, it's not much fun getting wet. I'll post more information if the weather changes or gets worse, as the day goes by. Update: Shirley's rain guage reads 4/10ths of an inch of rain so far. Happy Monday! khm

3:30 p.m. It poured today and flooded the same two places in San Felipe that always flood, but cleared up around 3:30. The photo to the right with the rainbow is coming in from the South. You can see how the rain has packed the sand and shrubs look greener. The photo to the left was taken by St. James Infirmary, facing East. The air smells cleaner and most locals should be motivated to fix their roofs before the next rainfall. khm

Sunday, January 2, 2005 8:03 a.m. It's chilly today with a slight wind. The Sea of Cortez is calm at the moment, however, it's early and at this time, there are no boats out. The sun is trying to come out and hopefully, we'll have a sunny, slightly windy day. It's been a great weekend for San Felipe and it's been reported that local merchants are happy. Have a great day. khm

Saturday, January 1, 2005 8:55 a.m. Happy New Year! It's a beautiful day today. The sun's shining and only a slight wind. What a great day to start the new year. The town was full of tourists yesterday partying early. Unfortunately, we heard fireworks all night long, but the restaurants and bars were all full and I hear everyone had a great time. For those of you who are suffering today from too much fun, try a raw egg and a bloody mary. If you survive that, you can enjoy the beautiful day in sunny San Felipe. khm


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