Thursday, March 31, 2005: 7:00 a.m. Cool and windy again this morning. The sun is shining so brilliantly across the waters that it blinds you if you are not wearing sunglasses. Low tide is not until 10:15 but some brave persons have already gone wading in the warming waters. I have heard that the salt water is excellent for your feet (prevention of funguses etc.) Our young visitors are not out and active yet, they may be catching up on some lost sleep from the last few days. st 7:45 a.m. The winds have picked up. Driving in to San Felipe, a 4 mile drive to the arches, the gusts are now up to 18-20 mph in some places. In fact the visibility is only 1/2 mile due to the sands on both sides of the highway. If you are walking, you will need a shower when you get there. st 9 a.m. On the beach - superbly windy winds. Gusts to 25 mph. a quad just went by but the driver was swerving erratically as she could not see where she was going. Styrofoam from local building projects is flying everywhere!! It is low tide but the sea is almost white with turbulence. 2:30 p.m. The wind is howling. The bay is white with waves and the sand is drifting everywhere. All the old people are out getting a free Dermabrasion session. There will be a lot of "young" ruddy faces at Happy Hour this afternoon. In town, in the shelter it is 75 F with 22%RH.
On the road into town driving past Playas de SanFelipe
Wednesday, March 30, 2005: 7:20 a.m. Better take your jacket with you, at least for the first few hours this morning. Our temperatures just barely reach the 70's. However, the young visitors among us are enjoying the warm sun that beats directly down on their scantilly clad swim wear as they play on the malecon or ride ATV's. The glistening waters beckon to the early birds among the rest of us who might wish to go out on the pangas and try their luck this morning. We can say most fishing trips here in San Felipe are profitable. Our fishermen guides know the fishing holes really well. st
Tuesday, March 29, 2005: 7:00 a.m. Last evening the winds picked up and howled through the trees. However, when I took the reading it barely reached 10 mph. This lasted about one hour and then everything returned to a peaceful evening. We gazed at the stars for the next half hour, the discussion being the strange happenings, weatherwise, throughout this day. This morning, around 5:30 my sister went to the pastor's home on the waterfront where others had gathered to watch the beautiful sunrise. st 4:00 p.m. The wind picked up this afternoon and has whipped up the waters. Great for sailboats. This drove the Spring Breakers into the restaurants and street vendor stands for a lunch break. Camera buffs are spending a lot of time photographing the swimsuits passing by as group after group stroll down the street looking for the action. st
Monday , March 28, 2005: 7:00 a.m. With mixed emotions we have watched the crowds thin out as the traffic streamed north all day long yesterday. This morning the beautiful sun has not yet been able to break through because there is a heavy cloud saucer overhead. We will be watching for this to break sometime later in the day. st 1 p.m. The edge of the cold front, with all the cloudiness ahead of it, is now passing over San Felipe (you can see it in the picture below, it is moving from left to right over town). Within half an hour we should have bright sunshine. It is 71 F on the beach with 56% RH. The barometer has fallen significantly and is presently at 29.71 inches. Winds are calm and so is the water.
5 p.m. The cloud cover passed out to sea while we were having lunch in town. It is now a delightful late afternoon in San Felipe with light Easterly breezes and 70F. The trucks are going around town collecting the portapotties to take back to Mexicali and it is safe to drive on the streets again!
Easter Sunday , March 27, 2005: Noon. A much nicer day! The wind is still from theNorth but it has moderated a lot overnight and we now have quite tolerable 5-8 mph zephyrs. Out on the beaches it is around 70 F and the water temperature is the same. In town we have 76 F temperatures and people have been flocking to Church all morning. Overflow crowds were reported. We still have a lot of noise as people tear up and down the streets on quads. However, a substantial line of cars and trucks has been leaving town since around 8 a.m. There has been one confirmed death of a visitor from Mexicali who was killed when his ATC collided with an Explorer on the dunes above Club de Pesca. Overall, however, it has been a more moderate weekend than most of us here can remember. The crowds have been smaller than I recall in recent years, even though the official count says there were around 60,000 visitors. preliminary economic figures say that around $2.5 million (dollars) was spent in town over the past several days.
4 p.m. 75 F in town with dust drifting over us all from the vehicles racing up and down the dunes behind Club de Pesca (the picture below).
Saturday, March 26, 2005: 11:27 a.m. The weather is quite mild when you're out of the wind and home in your yard. The wind is picking up and it's a bit brisk. The traffic is horrendous. The Mexicali police were diverting all traffic coming from Club de Pesca up the hill, to give Mar de Cortez a break in the congestion. The traffic to our site is so busy, it crashed the server. An early morning walk down Puerta Penasco up to the south end of the Malecon, found street cleaners and garbage trucks busy at work. They are to be commended for the great job of keeping things clean. The beach from the Malecon on up is solid tents and we are seeing many ATV drivers without helmets. Drive defensively or not at all. It's a jungle out there!! khm 2:30 p.m. The wind has died down a bit but there are still quite a few whitecaps out in the bay. Hardy children are playing in the big surf at high tide and everyone is enjoying themselves. I am really impressed with the way the authorities are taking care of everything. Trash is being collected almost as fast as it is thrown in the barrels and the traffic circulation is very orderly in most areas. Of course the Malecon is packed and there is a lot of beer flowing and bands playing. It is a wonderful festive atmosphere. A crowd of 40 thousand is expected and this is the most densely packed weekend of the year. Not much will happen again till the Memorial day weekend when we will get a crowd of around 20 thousand in the area.
Good Friday, March 25, 2005: 6:30 a.m.(Current 63,light cloud cover)It sprinkled off and on, but no major rains fell during the night. However the clouds came in mass and now lay in a heavy blanket over the entire city. What an ominous threat for an advancing Easter week-end and all of the many plans for family activities. At this hour only the hardy fishermen populate the malecon, but shortly the rest of the town will be out in force. We'll check back in then. st 9:20 a..m. The skies have miraculously cleared. Most clouds appear only on the outskirts and the sun now beams down to dry out everything that was touched by the sprinkles of the night. A soft breeze fans us from the east, and the water glistens in the morning sunlight. People have appeared from everywhere onto the beaches along the malecon and onto the outying camps. Little campfires, coffee smells and early morning breakfasts being prepared is the aroma for the next hour or so. In town, 4-wheelers are already out playing havoc in the streets, while sidewalks are filled with guests bustling to the nearest restaurants. All will settle soon. We'll check back again. st 4 p.m. Well, it is definitely cool on the beaches with this light breeze. The water is too chilly to go swimming. The most popular activity is racing up and down the beaches on ATCs. Hardly a safety helmet in sight.
Thursday, March 24, 2005, 7:30 a.m. (Current 65 F, hum 32 and NE 1-3 mph winds.)The weather is cool but will warm up as the day moves on. More visitors are arriving by the hour. This will continue through tomorrow, crowding all hotels, motels, and family homes. Many have set up tents or are sleeping in their cars at various campgrounds. Music sometimes lasts throughout the night. If you are a resident you might as well enjoy this once a year phenomena, because on Sunday it will all quiet down once more. Yes, we have one more major Spring break, but they are mostly bussed in and controlled at the various designated hotels. Easter Sunday is taken very seriously here in Mexico, and everyone will be in their Sunday finest that day. st 10:00 a.m. Current 73 F, hum 42 and SE 10-15 mph winds) With small whitecaps, mind you. A drastic change in two and one-half hours. We are trying to water the plants, but it's impossible with gusts of wind determining the direction of your spray. Guess we'll go for a walk along the beach. st 2 p.m. Windy out on the beaches - southeast at 10 mph. The temperature is 68 F and we have 52% RH. There are people rushing up and down the bay beaches on ATVs and 90% of them are not wearing a safety helmet. drc 7:30 p.m. Darkness is closing in, the wind has died down, but look out. Here comes the rain. It's a very light rain at this point, and was not forcast in many programs. Let's hope it stays that way. st
Wednesday, March 23, 2005: 7:00 a.m. Spring weather prevails and our young visitors are enjoying beach dress, beach games, and the freedom that goes with this lifestyle. The weather has remained in the low 70's but the young can handle this with all their energy and activity. The malecon is packed throughout the day, the vendors are very busy, and it seems everyone is going somewhere. At night, the Rockodile and the Beachcomber and other night spots are more than crowded. All seems very well controlled and the young are definitely having fun. st
Tuesday, March 22, 2005: 7:00 a.m. Back to work for most of us. It's been a great start of the holiday week for some of the Spring Breakers who have settled into the larger hotels. Check here for some great pictures. Although cool, the weather is almost perfect for the young that have gathered here. Let's hope it stays that way. st
Monday, March 21, 2005: 8:45 a.m. Natalicio Juarez, President's Day (banks and utilities closed) It's strange to have Easter week so early this year. In fact, it's strange to have this holiday fall at the beginning of Easter week. Be that as it may, most businesses are closed, making this one nice long week-end for we that live here. Although cool weather persists, there are just a few light clouds hovering over the area, promising warmer weather soon. st
Sunday, March 20, 2005: 3:30 p.m. The winds have done a 180 degree turn-around, as they often do. Only a few whispy clouds cover the seeable skies. The San Felipe ARP group had a great turnout for their French Toast breakfast. It would have been even nicer, had it been outside. Traffic in town is moving smoothly, although the police are out in full force hoping to keep it that way.
7:30 a.m. A warm, but light, north breeze with a thin cloud cover greets us this Palm Sunday. Looking forward to 12 hours of daylight. We're hoping it will brighten up early. st
Saturday, March 19, 2005: 9:00 a.m. Completely but lightly overcast this morning; no real threat. Totally cooler temperatures yesterday lead to a lowered optimism for today's activities, but the Spring Breakers won't mind a bit. Traffic is being controlled nicely including the pesky 4-wheelers which race up and down, and in and out of the street traffic and sometimes causing traffic problems. Let's see how the day goes. st
Friday, March 18, 2005: 8:00 a.m. Lightly overcast, but not a bit discouraging, the weather has become much warmer and will continue in this direction. As the heavy clouds move north, our skies should be clearing. Spring Breakers are arriving by the busloads; all motels and hotels are filling fast, and excitement is in the air. Last evening was so busy with our own local activities: the Local Municipal meeting, (the Cotuco meeting was cancelled), the (SFAR) San Felipe Animal Rescue Fund Raiser which was a huge success at Campo Ocotillo, and the arrival parties of early Spring Breakers. If the sun breaks through it will be the icing on the cake. st
Thursday, March 17, 2005: 7:00 a.m. Well it didn't quite reach yesterday's prediction. Although the winds have calmed and we have no rain in sight, we would like this cold weather to cease. There is just a hint of soft clouds overhead, no threat to St. Patrick Day events, one being held here at Campo Ocotillo tonight. st
Wednesday, March 16, 2005: 8:30 a.m. Drag out the jeans and sweatshirts if you are one of the early morning joggers you see all around San Felipe. Many seniors partake of this excersize down here. Last evening the cold north wind was still strong, but it quieted during the night and just left the cold. San Felipe ARP Association still plans their ice-cream social. We expect it to warm up to about 75, quite a spread in temperatures for one day. st
Tuesday, March 15, 2005: 7:30 a.m. That cold north wind is still with us, cooling the weather out here dramatically. We grab our jackets and take warm coffee before walking on the beach. There the sun is glistening off the water so that without sunglasses you have to squint to see your partner. It will warm up quickly in town, back into the comfortable 70's, normal for this time of year. Winds will probably remain throughout the day. We are now looking forward to St. Patrick's Day dinner and then the arrival of our first Spring Breakers for the start of Semana Santa week. The town is booked full already. st
Monday, March 14, 2005: 8:30 a.m. The north wind is really gusty this morning at Campo Ocotillo. Thus the temperatures must be lower than in town where it is sheltered. The water is quite choppy, in fact whitecaps are visible even though the tide is still out. st
Sunday, March 13, 2005: 8:00 a.m. A few soft clouds float in the otherwise clear, blue San Felipe Skies. Camera perfect for today's big event in the park, a Steak Feed and Silent Auction sponsored by the Rotary Club. See you there. st
9:41 a.m. Update: Historically, temperatures at the beach, where Shirl lives, are cooler than in town. My thermometer registered 90 yesterday, and right now, it's 81. Yesterday, the tide, at it's highest, was nearly up to the Malecon, shortly after 2:00 p.m. It certainly looked inviting. My daughter, Desiree and her friend Tara, went to the driving range at Playas del Sol and their thermometer registered 90 at about noon. At the beach near Cantu Cove, with no wind in certain places, Desiree says it was really hot. We have a few stray Spring breakers in town. Rocodile was full last night. The Mayor's office has declared that ATV's will not be allowed from El Capitan Hotel to the north end of the Malecon. Helmets are required. Drinking and driving is illegal in Mexico. Seatbelts are required!! I'll be tending bar at the Rotary steak feast and silent auction today. Hopefully, you've got your tickets as I'm sure they'll be sold out! khm
5:51 p.m. Afternoon brought wispy clouds and a slight breeze. The Rotary's Steak in the Park was a huge success. Hat's off to Bill Gabbard for his steaks. Absolutely delicious. The silent auction went well. All the Rotary members pitched in for a successful "Steak and Silent Auction in the Park". It reached about 85 today, then quickly cooled off when the clouds passed by. khm
Saturday, March 12, 2005: 8:30 a.m. The tide is out (-2.1'). Walking along the beach one can ease out quite a way looking for shells and other beachcomber's delights. Likewise, you have to walk out quite a way in order to take that morning dip. The air and water are both 72 degrees this morning. And there is just a slight breeze. A great picture for the start of today. st
Friday, March 11, 2005: 7:30 a.m. Another quiet, comfortable morning for coffee clicks around town. Winds are not measureable, water is not active, and the sound of the many birds chirpping about is magnified because of the stillness. This is just a good day to rest before the activities of the week-end. Summer clothes are now the dress code for the day. st 1:15 p.m. My goodness it has now reached 82 degrees and, since we are not acclimated to this yet, everyone is feeling the heat. There is still no breeze, a great day for water sports. st
Thursday, March 10, 2005: 8:05 a.m. Everything is still this morning. The water is so quiet, as in a bathtub, waiting for you to take that plunge. At 72 degrees that is now very enjoyable. The poker run is cancelled for this week-end, but the Rotary steak dinners will be great at the Park. And it looks like the weather will now be most co-operative. st
Wednesday, March 9, 2005:8:20 a.m. I'm back from a most wonderful trip to southern Mexico. See pictures in the Photo Gallery of SFARP's Oaxaco Adventure 2005.Here at home it is already promising to be warm today. After all the rain reports this will be most welcome. That soft north breeze will help those that are already starting to Spring Clean from their closets. Many of us are getting ready for the week-end ahead, whether they choose the Las Amigas Poker Run or the Rotary BBQ on sunday. There is always something to do during the snowbird season in San Felipe. st
4:00 p.m. We had a most delicious lunch in the garden at one of the local restaurants, Baja Mar. In fact, I'd like to show you a copy of their price list for drinks and their special of the day (below). The atmosphere was wonderfully relaxed and the ambience of the garden and the shade of our palapa made it an excellent setting for our business discussions. When you come to San Felipe you should definitely have a meal here. The temperature just hit 80F but our proximity to the water made it feel an ideal 75.
11 p.m. It has been a warm evening and is still in the low 70's on the beach. A very light northerly breeze is still with us. The tide is coming in and will be high just after midnight - it is one of the very high tides of the month. The next will be just before Easter day.
Tuesday, March 8, 2005 1 p.m. Clear, sunny and getting warmer by the hour. The crews are out on the streets putting asphalt in many of the potholes. It also seems to be laundry day. Just driving around town I see many of the houses have lines of clothes drying in the sun and getting that nice fresh San Felipe smell. Out on the bay nine of the giant shrimp boats from Puerto Penasco are trawling off Punta Estrella.
Monday, March 7, 2005: 7:38 No rain, no wind, no bad days! It's a beautiful morning in San Felipe, as Dr. C predicted. On my way to The Net, I saw a hobie cat participant pulling his cat out of town. What a site yesterday with the different colored masts against the blue Sea of Cortez. Looks like sun today, but you never know in San Felipe. khm 4 p.m. Clear and sunny, 73 F in town, winds calm, town calm, everyone happy.drc
Sunday, March 6, 2005: 10 a.m As we expected, the low pressure has moved East and is now sitting on the Arizona-Sonora border close to Nogales. The "wrap around" circulation is bringing down cloud and wind from the North this morning and out on the beach I can measure a steady 5-7 mph breeze. The barometer is rising slowly and is now at 30.01 inches. The graphic below shows the predicted winds today will be in the range of 5 mph from the North:
There is still rain occurring in the mountains 30 miles to our west but this should not bother us today. By Monday, a high pressure ridge will start its push into Southern California and we can expect much sunnier, warmer, conditions to develop here. We will likely have quite windy conditions in San Felipe by next weekend. 11 a.m. The wind has picked up to around 8-10 mph and the boats are out in force on the bay. My telephoto cannot do justice to the scene:
Saturday, March 5, 2005: 6:16 a.m. Although you can see patches of sun desperately trying to peek through the clouds, we seem to have a dark veil of clouds surrounding San Felipe. Unfortunately, there is no wind at this time, which may have the Hobie Cat racers pulling their hair out. That is not to say that we won't have wind in five minutes or one hour; it's simply San Felipe weather. Dr. C will post a more detailed weather report, as I don't have access to yesterdays high until I go to The Net. Last evening, the sun was shining, the lightening was striking, it poured in front of the Net (for about five minutes) and the dark clouds were surrounding us. It was quite a site. On my way home from work at about 6:30, the lightening was striking on the Sea of Cortez. It was so black out there, that the only thing you could see was the lightening. Photos taken outside of The Net here. Update: 6:46 a.m. The wind has started to blow from the north at about 5-10 mph. More skitz weather. 8:37 a.m. It's pouring down rain. Looks like a wet morning for the Hobies. Bummer. 9:34 a.m. We had the first two very dissapointed Hobie racers in the Net this morning. They are not going out because of the dangers of lightening hitting their masts. They report that some of their group came all the way from Utah for the races and more than likely, the Bare Foot bar will be full today. We are getting a storm front from Arizona, but we are hopeful it will clear for at least part of the day. khm 10:30 a.m. We have had a couple of hours of steady drizzle, 0.25 inch of rain, and there is the usual minor flooding around San Felipe. There is virtually no wind. The low pressure system is likely to linger all day over Northern Baja and we can expect more periods of drizzle for the rest of today. The doppler radar (below - 20 minutes ago) shows that the storm is rotating right over the northern Gulf and the bands of rain could hit us periodically, with maybe occasional dry intervals between. We may even get some periods of sunshine! There appear to be some big thunderstorms offshore towards the middle of the Gulf. Fortunately their drift is towards the Sonora coast. 57 F outside and the barometer is slightly higher at 30.02 inches.
1:30 p.m. The rain has moved offshore (imagine the radar picture above rotating so that the big green blob is out in the middle of the Gulf).There are still clouds around us and some big black ones to the North and South. However, here in town we have sunshine and 65 F temperatures. The rainfall today has been 0.4 inches as of now. There are three Hobies out and maybe 60 on the beach waiting for wind. We only have around 3 knot breezes right now.
3 p.m. 69F on the beach! The sun was shining and the boats went out to display their skill. We sat in the Barefoot Bar at the El Cortez to have lunch and admire the grace and beauty of the sails on the bay. I caught this picture of Marcia gazing out through the windows at the multitude (see the picture on our home page). You can see how moved she was. Everything was good; the sun was good, the company was good, the Margaritas were good, only the breeze was missing. Maybe Sunday morning the low pressure will have moved East and we will be getting the wind from its Western extremities. 11p.m. 57 F and overcast. There has been a light drizzle on and off all evening but no significant rain. The air is very still and I am watching the center of low pressure move slowly East over Puerto Penasco on the radar. By morning, I estimate that it will be into Arizona and we should be back to mostly sunny skies with a light Northerly breeze.
Friday, March 4, 2005: 8:41 a.m. The sun should burn off the clouds by mid morning. I have a sweater on today, but I'm sure I'll exchange it for a shirt before the day is over with. We have slight wnds and hopefully they will continue for the races planned for this weekend. We will update as the day progresses. khm 11a.m. A nice morning here. Sunny in town but there is considerable low cloud offshore. It appears to be moving North and is being pushed East by the mountains at the south end of the bay, Punta Estrella. A light breeze has sprung up and it looks as though it will be a decent wind later today. Outside on the street I measure a 5-6 mph onshore breeze with 70F and 58% RH The barometric pressure is 29.90 inches, a fall of 0.06 inches in the past 12 hours. 3 p.m. Large clumulus clouds are forming over the mountains to our west and heavy cloud is spreading over town. I can hear claps of thunder already. Doppler radar is showing a strong thunder cell about 15 miles north of town and the rain pattern seems to be spreading in our direction.We could be in for a bit of rain.. 68 F with 65% RH and 2-5 mph breezes from the south east. Barometer 29.84 in. down 0.06 inches in the past four hours. 11 p.m. We had thunder and lightning from around 3 p.m to 5 p.m., a magnificent rainbow and also a drizzle of rain. Tonight it is cloudy, dry, and absolutely calm. 61 F outside. Barometer has risen to 29.90 inches.
Thursday, March 3, 2005 9 a.m. This should be a pleasant day with sunshine and thin, high, cloud over the region. However, a Pacific low pressure area is expected to bring cloudy and showery conditions to Southern California over the weekend and we could get the residual tail of this activity. Winds are expected to shift to the West on Friday and increase in intensity over the weekend - which should be good for the Hobie Cat regatta. The Yuma wind forecast shows 5-10 knot winds from the Southwest over the Gulf by Saturday. Temperatures on the beach will be in the mid-high 60's for the weekend and the water is still chilly enough (69 F) to make you shiver if you fall overboard. We have heard of two travelers having damaged tires on the road down from Mexicali - watch out for potholes; when the car ahead swerves suddenly it is probably an indication of them trying to avoid one. 3 p.m. We are getting the easterly eddy of wind across the bay towards town at around 5 knots. The mountains shelter the bay from the north wind in the winter. This is what keeps the town warm. It is 72F and 50% RH in town. Increasing high cloud but nothing to worry about yet. 11 p.m. 58F in San Felipe tonight. The NWS predicts that the low pressure cell now advancing on Southern California will bring showers and possible thundershowers there, and will move over Northern Baja on Saturday. We do not expect rain in San Felipe but the temperature is likely to fall a few degrees from today's balmy conditions. However the low pressure may bring some gusty weather over the weekend. Here is a synopsis of the NWS report:
920 PM MST THU MAR 3 2005 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PHOENIX AZ
A PACIFIC LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL DEVELOP NEAR THE CENTRAL
Wednesday, March 2, 2005 9 a.m. This morning we have clear, calm, conditions. Late last evening we had a fog bank sitting offshore and I had expected that this morning we would wake to find a lot of condensation on the windows. However, the fog bank has been blown away by the mild breeze. A cold front is slowly working its way down the Pacific coast of California but its effect on the weekend weather is rather uncertain at this time. The NWS climate models seem to indicate that it will bring very light winds to our area over the next few days - which is a pity because I am sure our Hobie Cat visitors would like to see some stronger breezes for the weekend regatta. However, the outlook for next Monday- Wednesday is for building high pressure over the southwest and that could result in brisk northerly winds for San Felipe. It is "hump" day and many restaurants in town are closed. Cleanup of the garbage left over from the Baja 250 race is continuing and we should be back to our "pristine" condition by the weekend.
Tuesday, March 1, 2005: 7:11 a.m. Yesterday afternoon, the winds picked up and when not in the direct sunlight, it was a little chilly. Today, it looks like we're in for a sunny, windy day. In the last ten minutes, the winds have picked up as is evidenced by the trees blowing in my yard. March may come in like a lion on the east coast, but we're just "lion" around in the sun in beautiful San Felipe. (I know, a little corny). In Roman times the expression "Ides of March" did not necessarily evoke a dark mood—it was simply the standard way of saying March 15. The Ides of March they say, is just one of a dozen Ides that occur every month of the year. What sayeth you? khm
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