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November 2005 The San Felipe Weather Diary


Wednesday, 30 November 7:30 a.m. Still, quiet, calm; all good words to describe the moment. It is hard to believe that just an hour or so ago the quail had a nice tailwind to float them down from their condominiums, a huge tree that has been home to about 50 all summer. That northern, cold breeze will be back up to 5-15 mph very shortly but temperatures should also be climbing. st

Tuesday, 29 November 7:30 a.m. Cold and clear are the two best words to describe our weather this morning. For us the 60's are enough to send most of us scampering back into our homes for that extra jacket. Many are also wearing hats. Of course as the day warms up, maybe as much as 20 degrees, these wraps are shed and sometimes misplaced. Juan had nothing but excited, happy words about his first fishing trip with Tony Reyes Jr. last week (while it was still warm). He was photographer and jouranlist. We await his story. st

Monday, 28 November 8:45 a.m. It was a much colder minimum this morning than yesterday but this afternoon it should be slightly warmer. Those cold whitecaps leave you trembling as the north wind continues to pull at you. A successful weekend is now behind us and we are looking forward now to December. st

Sunday, 27 November 7:00 a.m. Oh My, That cold north wind dropped our temperatures 12 degrees since yesterday morning at 7:00 a.m. That water looks mean with strong waves and cold-looking white caps. We're so happy it was nice for the last events of November. And it is promised to warm up some starting early next week. Time to wear the winter sweats you laid out yesterday. Time to build that first fire in the fireplace. Time to settle in with a good book, or your computer. Winter in San Felipe is here. st

Saturday, 25 November 8:30 a.m. It is forcasted that a dry cold front will sweep across the southwest later today and the rest of the week-end. Temperatures will lower a little more. Then it should start to warm up again. It was beautiful for the Snowbird Festival yesterday which was a great success. Today there is the poker run down at Percebue, then quiet for the rest of November. Time to lay out the winter sweats. st

Friday, 25 November, 7:00 a.m. As expected the clouds disappeared and this morning the skies are clear. We should have a little warmer temperature this afternoon, but a few degrees below the norm for this time of November. My goodness, we are practically into December. The calendar is full of activities. Check it out here. Today is the Snowbird Festival officially welcoming back all the Snowbirds for the winter, and a big hello to the newer Snowbirds among us. Thank goodness the sun will be high in the sky this noon, the icing on the cake, so to speak. And tomorrow the Laguna Percebu Poker Run is slated. That's always a lot of fun. Be there. st

Thursday, 24 November, 7:00 a.m. THANKSGIVING DAY; That cloud cover did not yet leave us. In fact we could get some sprinkles. But it is destined to move southwest as the day progresses. Predictions are that tomorrow we may again have clouds and next week will again be on the cool side. No rain is forecast for the week-end's activities, including the Snowbird Festival tomorrow at noon, and the baseball events on Friday and Saturday. Jeans and Sweatshirts will be the popular attire. st

Wednesday, 23 November, 7:00 a.m. That single cloud band became a solid cloud cover over the entire northern Baja and will probably remain until Thanksgiving. They promised it would clear by Thursday afternoon. The winds will be NW 5-15 mph later today when the tide changes. Otherwise, we have a dull overcast day. st


Tuesday, 22 November, 5:45 a.m. You won't believe it till you see it yourself, but here is what we woke up to this morning. A single cloud band lays right across the northern section of Baja falling mosty on the western side of the mountain ridge. Just enough of the moisture falls on over the ridge to the eastern side of Baja, right over San Felipe which created the sunrise you see here. It is now 6:30 and it is all gone. A cool north breeze under a soft cloud cover is the new picture. We are expecting cooler weather thru Thanksgiving and on into the busy week-end. Come on down. st


Monday, 21 November, 7:30 a.m. Yesterday closed like a Sunday should. When the parade reached the Glorieta there was extracurricuar activity for excitement. It seems a palm tree was on fire, which caused havoc among the police and fire trucks at the parade. And the Baja 1000 ended back up in Ensenada, with everyone who remained here wanting to know who won. Regardless, the weather couldn't have been better, reaching 85 in some unprotected places. Today the clouds are clear and the water is so calm, a good omen for starting the week. st

Sunday, 20 November, 8:30 a.m. The big day for Mexico is upon us. Sun rays are directy upon the parade route, giving a false presentation of a hot summer day. But not so.There's a cold North wind with choppy white-capped waters. Some of the chidren are wearing warm shirts under those skimpy costumes; the rest are saying, "it will be warm" (and it probably will). Some stragglers are still limping in from the race. Famiies are packing up to head for the border. The town will again become ours. st

Saturday, 19 November, 8:30 a.m. The spread between the high and the low is growing wider. And the north wind grows colder. Many of the spectators for the Baja 1000 are wearing warm, and I might say attractive leather jackets while the rest of us, not expecting this cold of a breeze, shiver on the sidelines. The traffic is so congested at times and I actually saw the amubulances doing their thing. But now it's back to the warm rooms or RV's to wait for the results of one of the most important races for the year. Tomorrow there will be the parade in town for one of Mexico's most important days. Stay warm folks. Should I mention that the flue is going around? st

Friday, 18 November, 7:30 a.m. The clouds have again disappeared. Clear skies usually mean warmer weather, but this being Fall the nights will remain on the cooler trend. In Phoenex for example the weather can dip almost to the 40's at night now. Our boys that will be out in the dark on the Baja 1000 will definitely be dressed warmly. We as spectators will probably layer so that we can dress up or down as the weather dictates. Since Wednesday the traffic has been getting heavy. Many from Mexicali and Ensenada will be down to enjoy the 'Day of the Revolution'. It will be a full town this double event week-end. st

Thursday, 17 November, 7:00 a.m. Light clouds fan across the otherwise clear, blue skies. It looks like a great week-end coming up for the Day of the Revolution in Mexico. On this same week-end we have the Baja 1000, a rough and ready bunch of guys and cars. The weather will remain clear and cool. Drag out those warmer Fall outfits you've had packed away for a year, If you plan to settle by a check station out there at the races, be sure to get protection from all the dust raised as the cars zip past. And have fun.st

Wednesday, 16 November, 3:30 p.m. Today's high reached only 77 on the beach. The sea is wearing whitecaps and I am wearing woolens. It might even dip into the lower 50's tonight. Those flags I use as my trusty weathergauge are now a strong 7mph but earlier were whipping through the trees at possibly 10-12 mph, enough to make you wrap a little tighter. The prediction is that we are going to reach even lower temperatures tomorrow. st

Tuesday, 15 November, 6:00 a.m. It actually reached 80, in some sheltered places even warmer. The sunrises and sunsets have been especially beautiful this week. Some of us are enjoying photography as our current project. Subjects are flying (in ultralites), fishing, golfing, kite flying, shelling, and of course the beautiful skies. Myself, I'm off to the States today, and will check out how long it takes to get across the border. st

Monday, 14 November, 7:30 a.m. Our weather pattern has remained in the high 70's for the past week but the lows have reached down into the 60's. They say that a winter storm is developing to the north and cooler air is making it's way into the deserts in our area today. Our breezes are in the 15 mph recordings off and on throughout the day as the tides change. We have a full moon on the 15th and tides of -1 at 6:00 a.m, 16.2 at 12:03 p.m and again -3 at 6:15 p.m and 18.4 at 12.00 a.m. This should be a great day for kite flying and for shelling. The forecast is for clear cool nights and warm sunny days to cintinue the rest of the week through the week-end. st

Sunday, 13 November, 7:00 a.m. It's a lazy day today; clear skies with warmer weather each day, today being six degrees warmer than yesterday at this same time. It's a good day to visit returning snowbirds and just catch up with the neighbors. Maybe we'll have a neighborhood bonfire tonight. Tomorrow we'll get serious with plans for the next six week holiday season starting with Thanksgiving. The weather is great. st

Saturday, 12 November, 7:00 a.m. With the promise of warmer weather for the week-end and into the first part of next week, residents are firming up their agendas for Thanksgiving on the 24th; the San Felipe ARP and the Las Amigas Associations included. We notice the ingredients, notably American, used for the most popular turkey dinners are on many of the grocery shelves. Although the decor around town is still tropical in nature, warm blankets, mexican shawls and sombreros now dominate the stores. A few are starting to decorate for Mexican Independence Day on the 20th. It seems funny to walk around in shorts & tee-shirts in reality, while visions of northern holiday activity dance in our heads. st

Friday, 11 November, 7:00 a.m. Veteran's Day in the U.S. Quiet and beautiful here in San Felipe. That stubborn cloud ribbon that has been with us for about 3 days has completely disappeared. A soft, cool breeze suggests we cuddle closer in warm sweaters, at least for the morning. Maybe the highs today will get back into the 80's, a more comfortable range for us. As we slide into the week-end we can plan renewal of friendships and get-acquainted BBQ's or DuneBuggy trips with Snowbirds still arriving. Some may still brave the waters, but that's not my cup of tea. Let's go for picnicking or camping in the many nooks and cranny's you can find right here in the Sierra de San Felipe. st

Thursday, 10 November, 7:00 a.m. That same heavy cloud pattern that we spoke of on Tuesday is still with us to this day. The temperatures have therefore remained a shade below normal all week. This north-west cloud pattern is supposed to march across the peninsula into mainland Mexico and Arizona by the week-end. There is a very slight chance of rain, but not to worry. San Felipe usually misses that feature. Small memorial plans are being made for Veteran's Day formalities tomorrow in the local clubs only. st


Wednesday, 9 November, 7 a.m. Obviously it is partly cloudy. That's what makes our beautiful sunrises, almost every morning. It is not quite 70° but the photo is a great opportunity to show you what we see down here on the baja. Many of our snowbirds and visitors have their cameras full of sunrises to take home to their friends back home. And some of them, pack up and become our newest residents. st



Tuesday, 8 November, 8 a.m. Heavy clouds lay across California with a small arm floating parallel to it, across our area in Northern Baja. We were destined for warmer than average temperatures this week. And last night temperatures read about 10 degrees warmer than previous nights. Those clouds will not do much damage. It's time to settle in and enjoy some one-on-one time with our snowbird neighbors still arriving from the north.st


Monday, 7 November, 7 a.m. I'm standing at the window protected by the vertical venetian blinds from the brilliant sun that almost blinds you this morning. The hazy blue sky is mostly clear. Looking far out over the Sea, to the east, there is a cloud ridge hanging over the Mexican mainland, not threatening, just lazily hanging there. A breeze? Nil. But when it does come up a little later it should be soft and warm from the south, just enough to offset the quickly rising temperatures throughout the morning. By noon it will have warmed 10 - 15 degrees and our week will be well started. st

Sunday, 6 November, 7 a.m. High thin clouds give a hazy look to the early morning skies. And it is so cold, compared to last Wednesday,just a few days ago. Literally everyone outside has jackets or sweaters on this morning. By noon it will be 10 to 15 degrees warmer and the northerners will be complaining. The streets in town are all blocked off for the Shrimp Festival held down on the Malecon. We were there around 5:00 last evening, still a little early, but it gave us a chance to see how well some booths were set up and decorated....almost like instant restaurants had been constructed out there on the street. Later, we could hear the music for the street dancing. At the other end of the street they had a small carnival set up and folks were actually enjoying rides with their kids. At 4 o'clock this evening, the final, it all begins again. This is a big event each year for San Felipe. Wish you were here. st

Saturday, 5 November, 7 a.m. Alive and well, this town was hopping last evening.. The Shrimp Festival was in full swing, and all the usual clubs and bars picked up the partiers who just didn't want to quit. Summer clothing has all been packed away, and it's like a fashion show as Fall styles appear. This morning the steam from my first cup of coffee gives me the weather report as the cool breeze fans across. Come and join us for delicious shrimp recipies anytime during this day and tomorrow. st

Friday, 4 November, 7 a.m. Between 6:30 and 7:15 the temperature changed by 5 degrees. With no clouds to interfere the morning weather should warm up quickly at least to the 80's. As we enjoyed coffee on the patio we wondered how the first full evening of the Shrimp Festival progressed. And this morning about 25 desert vehicles will be heading out on a 4 hour run to see the other side of life. This is sponsored by the very active San Felipe ARP group. Jackets required for the first hour or so. st

Thursday, 3, November, 7 a.m. Although completely overcast this morning, it may be clear and sunny this afternoon. It will be cooler during the next few days, with some western breezes throughout the day. This will not be any problem for all of the events planned in town for the Shrimp Festival starting today at 4:00 p.m. and continuing through Sunday. st

Wednesday, 2 November, 7 a.m. Dia de Muertos. All Souls Day. A little warmer, and even busier at the cemetaries all beautified for today's festivities. The weather has co-operated fully. Late this afternoon cloud patterns will change and the temperatures will again start to decline. A stronger breeze will also have it's effect. Our warm streak will be over for this time. It is time now to start looking towards the week-end's activities for the Shrimp Festival (check here for the schedule of events. st

Tuesday, 1 November, 7 a.m. Dia de Saintes. All Saints Day. A warm and beautiful day, with soft cloud streaks floating across the skies. Although the wind is from the north west it is warm and friendly. Vendors standing on all street corners to sell their flowers for the family gravesites today for the departed children. It is quite a sight to see down here in Mexico. st


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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