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Archive of weather for July 2005

People have been asking what the small "insects" are that bite you when you are in the water. These are most likely the baby beach fleas that live in the surf close to the beach. They are about as big as the zero on a ten peso coin and like to cling to a hair on your body. They are a minor annoyance and you soon get used to brushing them off. They will not hurt you. As they mature, they live in the sand where the water breaks on the beach and are part of the ecosystem to remove decaying matter from the water. On the beaches of north Florida they grow to about 2 cm. in length. I have not seen such large ones here in San Felipe. On another note, we have been seeing a lot of sting rays lately and I have heard of a few children getting stung. We have the same problem on the beaches of Southern California and it really is important to shuffle your feet as you walk into the sea. Never, ever, run into the sea. Almost all accidents occur when you step on top of a ray that is resting on the bottom. In defense, it flips up its tail containing its sting and usually you will be punctured on the side of the foot or around the ankle. The sensation is like stepping on a piece of broken glass and the venom that they inject is going to hurt for many hours. Bathe the wound in warm water; do not attempt to open the puncture and squeeze out the venom, it will dissipate naturally. You can get pain relief treatment at St. James Infirmary in town.

Sunday, 31 July, 2005, 9:15 a.m. Already the humidity dropped from 67 % at 7:30 to 58 % at 9:15; temperatures holding pretty steady. With less clouds we are likely to have higher daytime readings. A soft, refreshing breeze has come up from the SE. The Malecon will be a favorite spot again this Sunday morning. st

Saturday, 30 July, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Just when I thought it couldn't reach much higher the Relative Humidity has now hit 70%. It is soooo muggy. Otherwise, the continuous cloud cover has kept the temperatures reasonable for this time of year. Without that cloud cover, it might hit 107+. The birds love it. Our large Yucateca tree houses 50 quail, and about 30 smaller birds. About 5:30 it starts. They each have their own pattern each morning of gathering, discussing, then descending from the tree for their daily outings. I swear it's like an apartment house with the morning chattering. By 6:15 it's all over, and quiet till about 6:00 this evening. Such a life. st

Friday, 29 July, 2005, 7:00 a.m. This morning it is cooler by 3 degrees, but last night remained muggy throughout the nght. That humidity is reading as high today as it did last Saturday morning when it rained. This excerpt is taken from one of the weather discussions I am reading and says it all. st

Thursday, 28 July, 2005, 5:00 p.m. Those heavy white clouds have moved away from the mountains and have now come completely over San Felipe. The humidity has us all just dripping. 3:00 p.m. The heavy white clouds drifting across the mountains to the west of us, has covered the sun. We now have high humidity of 68 even though the temeprature is still in the lower 90's. Clouds are also appearing to the east, over the Sea of Cortez. We hope some relief will appear by next Tuesday or Wednesday. 7:00 a.m. Brilliant sunlight makes sunglasses mandatory as we peer out looking for any sign of clouds....none. Grab your broad rimmed hat and swimsuit and head for the beach before it reaches the 100 F mark. Coffee will be waiting for you on your return. As for downtown, they are still draining that overflow pond; and still cleaning up the mud from the huge backup at the far end of Mar de Cortez. A few roof patches around town, and we are back to normal. st

Wednesday, 27 July, 2005, 7:30 a.m. Having supper on the patio last evening we watched the cloud formations off to the far East. True, there were those rolling white clouds high over the mountains to the west. San Felipe was, and still is, clear of any clouds allowing the sun to do it's thing. Amazingly all construction continues daily, except in the highest temperatures when they take their siesta time. Snowbirds will be amazed at the progress made during this past summer. Our discussion turned to water temperatures. Standing with water clear up to the neck, and then placing the thermometer down to his feet under water, it read 101 F. Disbelieving, he took it again and again, and the darn thing kept reading 101. Believe it. st

Tuesday, 26 July, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Last evening we could see heavy white clouds peeking over the top of the Sierras to the west of us, but of course they did not come any further. Air-conditioners in full use by most of us with no hickups in the electric system during the night. In fact the low of last night was 7 degrees hotter than Sunday or Monday .This morning all is clear and already it is hot. We expect 3 digit temperatures today. st

Monday, 25 July, 2005, 6:30 a.m. Hot and humid again, but no rain in those skies. We are still reeling from Emily's downpour. Many roofs are getting their repair jobs again, and the unimproved roads that became arroyas for the heavy run-off now have to be regraded. No major damage to the coastline is apparant. All laborer manpower here now have a job to do and everyone is smiling. st

Sunday, 24 July, 2005, 9:00 a.m. The night time temperatures were so reasonable I slept in this morning. Everything is back to normal. The heavy cloud cover has now circled north and will head off towards the Four Corners area in the U.S. It is still hard to believe that in the 3-4 hours of cloud bursts yesterday we had so much water fall in such short time. Now to clean the streets and start again. st

Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 5:30 p.m. Well the rain ceased about 1:30 p.m. and the sun shone briefly to help dry things up. Since then it has been in and out of the clouds. The high for today reached only 89 at Campo Ocotillos, the rain gauge reached only 1.1". There is still a possibility for rain tomorrow. Stand by folks. st 10:50 a.m. It has rained off and on since 5:00 this morning. It has been pouring now for the last hour. The rain gauge here at Campo Ocotillos is already reading a measurement of 1". The streets in town are flooded with every corner showing about 7" depth. Even the new construction meant to drain water from the Hotel Costa Azul corner does not seem to be handling it during the downpour. Maybe later. The skies are completely overcast, with no let-up in sight. We are getting readings of 79 F with 67 % humidity. More later. 6:00 a.m. I awoke about 5:00 to the sprinkle of rain drops on the roof which didn't last but about 20 minutes. The sky is heavily clouded; no sunrise this morning. The forecast is for light rains sporadically over the entire Baja thru Monday, this all resulting as the risidual of Tropical Storm Emily passes across the peninsula and out into the Pacific. The humidity will remain high, but the temperatures will ultimately remain under 100 F.st

Costa Azul corner has again caused traffic problems
Friday, 22 July, 2005, 7:00 a.m. The thermometer reads a record high for this area of 104 yesterday. As the clouds cleared the sun did it's best to make up for lost time. I saw several tourists sporting newly acquired sunburns, painfully so. The relative humidity will remain high as the remnants of Tropical Storm Emily moves across Mexico on Saturday. Maybe after that we can look for some relief. st

Thursday, 21 July, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Because of the overcast which will be with us till after the remnants of Hurricane Emily have passed, we have been spared the record heat waves as seen in Phoenix. With the full moon and very high and low tides there is a lot going on here. Maybe we'll even see some moisture. st

Wednesday, 20 July, 2005, 7:00 a.m. Last night about midnight the wind picked up ferociously, tossing even heavy lawn furniture into the air. Gusts of up to 17 mph lasted for almost an hour. This morning the humidity has dropped back down into the 40's. You can actually enjoy the overcast and the cooler temperatures, at least for a little while. Heavy moisture over the mountains to the west and also in areas to the north of us keep us threatened with possibly some shower activity, which would be most welcome. The remnants of Hurricane Emily moving in from the east promise to bring the humidity back by this week-end. Maybe after that we can settle back down to a norm of under 100 degrees. st

Tuesday, 19 July, 2005, 2:00 p.m. That wind has come up strong once again, and we love it. Right now it is gusting at 12-17 mph and helps to distract us from the high humidity readings. At this minute it is 89.4 outside with 70% humidity at Campo Ocotillos. BBQ supper may get post-poned. st

7:00 a.m. Ugh! With Hurricane Emily coming closer to mainland Mexico on the east coast, and Tropical Storm Eugene activity further to the South of Baja, there is a lot of activity in the skies. However, at this moment, here in San Felipe, we are hunkered down under almost completely covered skies with 50% humidity. And this is not going away soon. By this week-end, because the monsoon dewpoint is already in SW Arizona, the upper flows from the SE will bring abundant moisture from the remains of Hurricane Emily. We could possibly have some rains then. st

Monday, 18 July, 2005, 6:00 a.m. This excessive heat and humidity is going to last for another week at least folks. In fact we are at, or near, record high temperatures. Thank goodness for that breeze off the water, at least twice a day. And thanks to the Electric Company for maintaining affordable rates so that residents can use their air-conditioners. I am heading for the border today, expecting temperatures at least 5 degrees hotter,..without the breeze! Check our News page for some very enlightening information on the development of San Felipe. st

Sunday, 17 July, 2005, 8:30 a.m. More of the same. Very little breeze during the day to break the current recordings of high humidity we have been recording lately. We did not BBQ on the beach as planned, but dined at Baja Mar where you can eat outside in their lovely garden and enjoy any breeze at all off the water. We were amazed at the heavy traffic in town; not a parking space to be found on the Malecon, the main street, and even the side streets near Al's Bar. All this in the middle of July? San Felipe is indeed developing. Check our News page for some very enlightening information. st

Saturday, 16 July, 2005, 7:30 a.m. During our summers we usually get 2-3 bad weeks, twice a year. This is one of those times. The humidity is at it's worst, and we're looking for some relief. Normally temperatures up to 100 degrees are tolerable, but add that humidity and they become almost intolerable. However, it may decrease throughout the day as the breeze comes back up. It's time for a beach BBQ, where you can dabble in the water and eat hot-dogs at the same time. It is definitely not time for camping in the desert valleys. st

Friday, 15 July, 2005, 8:30 a.m. We're still in the oven, and may be for some time to come. What's really bad is the humidity. Air-conditioning problems are popping up all over. Our trusty electric company in this little, fast, growing town, is bending over backwards to keep everything up and running. It would be nice to cool off in the Ocean, but you notice the water is about the same temperature as the air; hardly refreshing at all. However, this is Friday. We're ready for a fun week-end wherever you can make it. st

Thursday, 14 July, 2005, 7:00 a.m. More of the same. It is so humid out there we have chosen to remain inside this morning under house air-conditioning set at about 85 degrees. Humidity makes the heat almost unbearable. And this is going to last a few more days according to weather projections. However the locals take it all in stride. st

Wednesday, 13 July, 2005, 4:30 p.m. I don't think they will reach the predicted temperatures of 114 in El Centro, nor that high in San Felipe because of the overcast. Earlier today it reached 103 and the humidity shot up to 57 %. The southern breeze does not quite compensate for that muggy overcast that has completely covered our skies. Because it is so very humid now, everyone will be using their air-conditioners to the max, and we will probably have brown-outs. And beleive it or not, there is a slight 10% chance of rain. st 7:00 a.m. That haze which developed over the skies during the night is helping to keep the temperatures down; this morning one can have coffee outside and also enjoy a bit of a breeze. I am amazed at how healthy the plant life is here, if one has planted the proper desert plants. And we enjoyed Bert's description of the double acting septic tank system he has put in, hoping to get almost clear, pure water in about a year. San Felipe is a place that allows you to constantly experiment with your own ideas, in most cases. Here is an interesting address on the website about the birth of the hummingbird. I don't know who wrote it, but I loved it. st

Tuesday, 12 July, 2005, 4 p.m. 102 in the shade in town. Sweltering! ...Off for a Margarita at the Barefoot Bar!!! 7:00 a.m. The few light clouds we saw earlier this morning have all but disappeared. The humidity is not quite as high as yesterday, but A/C will be necessary if you work indoors. Those brave enough to enjoy the outdoors will enjoy the cooling breezes off the water as they come up a little later this morning. st


Monday, 11 July, 2005, 2 p.m. The wind has made a blessed shift to the East. The temperature out on the beach is now 86 but it feels much cooler. It is afternoons like this in San Felipe that make you realize how special this place is. If you enjoy just relaxing and doing absolutely nothing energetic this is paradise! Below you can see a view along the bay beach towards the harbor and town. There is already a jet-ski out there and people in the water. 10 a.m. There is a steady 6-8 mph breeze from the NW out on the beach. The temperature is now 87 F and the relative humidity is a very sticky 78%. Over the weekend the beaches were relatively quiet with people out early in the morning before the sun becomes so intense and the sand is not too hot to walk on. During the very intense heat period, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the beach is almost deserted. Hotels with pools, palapas and a swim-up bar do well in this season but most people stay indoors and watch TV. A particularly pleasant place to spend an afternoon is at the Marina Resort. It has a wonderful pool and the staff are happy to bring you snacks and beverages. The Palapa Bar there is also a treasure, but is not always open. Much later in the day (after 6 p.m.) we see people going out again on the beach and even swimming in the 95 degree water. It is actually very relaxing as dusk approaches - almost like taking a Jacuzzi. 7:00 a.m. A mighty, muggy, Monday morning. Around 6:00 a.m. there was a dark cloud band over the western mountains which has since burned off. And the dog's fur was a little bit damp. All signs of humidity which we do not really care for. Some locals around camp have said we have been having a tiny brown-out period (electricity break) every day lately. It may not be so for the town. We will be watching. st

Sunday, 10 July, 2005, 8:30 a.m. Temperatures seem to be slowly rising daily. And so is the humidity. One can get a serious sunburn within 30 -60 minutes in weather this hot and this humid. The fishermen wear cotton, long sleeve shirts and cover their heads. They bravely take tourists out to the best spots, where they can almost always guarantee a good catch. But they cannot guarantee they won't return sunburned. We take our clues from the locals and dress accordingly, or limit our time in the sun. Air-conditioned bars and restaurants are very popular now. st

Saturday, 9 July, 2005, 1 p.m. 97 F in town with light breezes. 67% RH 8 a.m It is already hot, but a soft breeze off of the water keeps everything moderate. We take our walks very early and water plants in the morning, siesta at noon, and play in the evenings. Work? Not much gets done in the hot summer unless you are inside and can afford the air conditioning. Businesses will now slow down, various ones taking their vacations. But amazingly there are more residents choosing to remain in San Felipe each year for most of the summer. I am one. st

Friday 8 July: 3:30 p.m. In town 99 F with light East breezes. Another excellent lunch at The Lighthouse. Try the Crepes and the Quiche! Now it is time for a siesta.Noon. It is going to be a hot weekend here.

Thursday, 7 July, 2005, 11 a.m. Out on the beach we have a pleasant morning with zephyrs from the East; 90 F with 53% RH. 7 a.m. I'm back, after a most wonderful trip via air to New Mexico and driving back through Southern Arizona and Southern California. The weather was most co-operative, not near as humid as the reports I see here. We enjoyed the Fireworks shows immensely from a patio porch high in the hills of El Capitan, New Mexico. The weather was picture perfect, but there was a huge influx of Miller moths, and flies. Travelling back through Sierra Vista in an Air-conditioned truck we read temperatures outside of 104 both days.
Reading through the records here I see it also hit 104 on Tuesday and has been terribly humid, as it is today. I awoke to a heavy fog bank out across the water and am anxious to see what it's like in town. The town will eat up a lot of electricity this way, maybe get into brown-outs. Stay cool. st

Wednesday, 6 July, 2005, 7 p.m. Incredible humidity hit us at sundown. There was almost a fog bank forming over Machorro. Water started pouring from the airconditioners - today I must have collected almost 40 liters. Right now we have 86 F and 86%RH! 4 p.m. Out on the beaches we have a delightful Easterly breeze at 5-7 mph. This is bringing in a lot of humid air but it is very welcome in keeping the temperatures down. The shade temperature here is 85 F with 80% RH. (97 F in town). I just went for a swim and the water is up to 94 F. 9 a.m. Yesterday was a very hot, dry, day. This morning the humidity is back around 70% and this alone will keep things a little cooler. Town is quiet and the beaches are deserted. Many residents are now packing their bags and will soon be off travelling for a couple of months to visit relatives and friends in various parts of the USA.
One disturbing trend that we have heard mentioned is that people may be putting out poison around their houses to discourage rats and mice. One of our members came in yesterday and reported that she had found two baby coyotes dying in her garden in the past week. Possibly they are coming to forage for scraps of garbage and are eating poisoned bait. This problem was noted in the Los Viajeros/Medanos (south) sections of El Dorado. It is understandable that owners of straw-bale construction houses do not want vermin getting into the walls, but the best solution is to check carefully all around the stucco finish, particularly where it meets the ground, and to patch any holes or cracks to keep mice out of the straw interior core of the walls.

Tuesday, 5 July, 2005, 10 p.m. It was a scorcher today with the temperature at the beach hitting 104 in the late afternoon. However, the humidity was low all day and that helped to compensate. Tonight the thermometer is hovering around 90 F. 9:30 a.m. What a pleasant morning! I did not get awoken by motorbikes without mufflers on the beach at dawn. It is also much less humid at this hour than it was yesterday. There is a pleasant breeze that is coming out of the northeast and the beach towels that are hanging on the line are no longer soaking wet.
Looking back on the holiday weekend, I was surprised how light the traffic here was. All the hotels were full and most of the condominiums that get rented out were also doing good business, but only the most popular camping spots seemed to have campers. We ventured out to eat in town each night afraid that the good restaurants would be mobbed. It was surprising to see that many places were very quiet with only a handful of tables busy. The highlight of our dining weekend was to go to the Lighthouse. We had a wonderful four course dinner (coconut shrimp was the favorite) for only $15, and on top of that, the Margaritas are only $1 each. Here is a restaurant owner that is really trying hard to encourage a loyal crowd of customers with excellent service, ambience and affordable prices. We strongly encourage you to visit the Lighthouse Restaurant soon, but be aware that they are now on a summer schedule - open only Friday - Sunday for lunch and dinner from noon. (Call the Lighthouse for details or reservations at (686) 577-2540)

Monday, 4 July, 2005, 9 a.m.Calm, hot and quite humid outdoors. Many people are sleeping late. What has surprised us over the weekend is how well-behaved the crowds have been. Also we see that the fast food stands have been doing very good business but the "premium" restaurants have been relatively quiet.

Sunday, 3 July, 2005, 3 p.m. Update. You couldn't ask for a more perfect beach afternoon. The tide is high and the water at swimming depth is up to 92 degrees. Light Easterly breezes give that touch of clearing away the humidity. It looks like a lot of the visitors have already packed up and are on the way home. Border wait time at both Calexico ports is 30-45 minutes. 9 a.m. A very calm morning, the breeze is only just beginning to stir and out on the beaches the relentless sun is beating down. I see one or two people out on ATCs zooming up and down into the sand dunes but most people are sleeping in. It seems that the crowds are quieter and better behaved that last year. More people are picking up their trash and putting it into the bins but there is still a lot still to be collected.

Saturday 2 July 9 a.m. A pleasant morning with the sea shimmering in the sunlight. Just a little bit cooler than the same time yesterday - and a degree or two makes a big difference.
Yesterday, friends drove down from San Diego via Ensenada. No problems till they got within a few miles of San Felipe and they ran over something in the road that cut a gash in a tire. Well, when they came to change the damaged wheel for the spare they found that they did not have the tire lug wrench in the trunk. Fortunately a couple of local San Felipe guys stopped to see if they could help, took a look at the wheel nuts on the Volvo, dashed off and were back in 5 minutes with the correct wrench! They changed the tire and put the damaged one in the trunk very efficiently and my guests generously tipped them for their help. Next trip I am sure that there will be a lug wrench in the car.

Friday 1 July 9 a.m. As usual, the mornings are very warm and humid because the Easterly sea breezes are not yet powerful enough to bring in the cooler air lingering over the mid-gulf. The sun is beating down and I see nobody out on the bay beaches at this time. There is a haze in the air caused by the high humidity.
We expect many thousands of visitors to drive down for the long U.S. Independence Day holiday weekend and we caution everyone to drive very carefully. Our highway between San Felipe and Mexicali is in good condition and while speeds of 70-80 mph are possible we urge you to slow down (after all, the speed limit is 50 mph - 80 km/hr). The highway is only one lane in each direction and the vast majority of accidents occur when overtaking slower vehicles and failing to realize how fast the oncoming traffic is approaching. The other major cause of accidents is pulling off the road onto the soft shoulders in order to take a rest break or check for a strange noise. If you pull off too fast you risk a strong possibility of flipping over! Drive only during daylight hours if possible. With the increased construction traffic coming to San Felipe it is not uncommon to see a brick or 2x4 that has fallen off a heavily laden truck. Running over such an object at high speed can burst a tire.

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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