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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The weather was in the news Thursday & Friday as Invest 90L upgraded to Tropical Storm Alberto, causing the Mexican Government to declare a Tropical Storm Watch for our region (from Tulum to Cabo Catoche), which was removed early this morning. After a couple days of grey skies and rain this morning there's blue skies (partly cloudy) and sunshine. The strong part of the storm was to our east, affecting western Cuba. Photo of sunrise this morning:
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Isla Mujeres al Dia reported yesterday (Friday): From an early hour the car ferry crossings were suspended due to increased winds, therefore private vehicles and cargo vehicles were unable to cross to Punta Sam. It is expected that the crossings will resume in a normal manner tomorrow.
Yesterday, the manager of the Mayor's office, Sebastian Escobedo, took a tour with the director of Civil Protection, Ulises Berman, of the different areas of the island that are prone to flooding, to verify that they were free of garbage, as well as observing the water levels of the lakes. Although the salinas were below their normal levels, the pumps were activated as a preventive measure, since torrential rains were expected during the night.
Fourteen events are predicted in the Atlantic-Caribbean this hurricane season, consisting of seven Tropical Storms and seven Hurricanes, of which they expect four to be Category 1 or 2 and the other three to be stronger.
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There's an announcement for scholarship payments at the City Council room on May 29th at 2pm.
These are the hurricane names for this season:
The Car Ferry suspended service on Friday VIDEO.
The rain affected tourism activities. VIDEO
The Car Ferry suspended service on Thursday VIDEO
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Isle affected by Tropical Storm "Alberto"
Tormenta tropical afecta a la islaVer mas
May 25 The heavy rain from Tropical Storm "Alberto" caused an increase in the water level of the two salina lakes and Civil Protection activated the pumps at noon to remove thousands of cubic meters of water. Heavy rains were predicted for Friday night, and the eastern coastal area of the Yucatan was under a Tropical Storm Watch, from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.
The water reached "Level 2", however the lakes can reach "Level 4" without overflowing. The salinas collect water from several of the colonias, and the pumps can expel thousands of cubic meters of rainwater.
Minimal tourism activity during "Alberto"
Desierta [+] Ver mas
May 25 Some businesses didn't open and others opened late, and many visitors preferred to stay in their rooms rather than rent golf carts or go shopping. There was a high level of truancy, which is attributed to the lack of sufficient taxi drivers to meet the demands of getting the students to school on time. A significantly lower number of tourists were arriving on the ferries, and all three passenger ferry companies were operating between the island and Puerto Juarez.
The beaches were deserted, and many tourists were waiting for the weather to improve before visiting attractions such as Punta Sur, Tortugranja, Mundaca Hacienda, and the overlooks. Occupancy remains around 40 percent and some hotels experienced cancellations of reservations from those who didn't expect the weather to improve this weekend.
The regattas were begun to promote tourism
Las regatas iniciaron para promover el turismo+] Ver mas
HERE is a history of the Regatta Sol al Sol.
HERE is a history of the Regatta Al Sol.
Restrictions for small boats
Restricción a la navegación menor+] Ver mas
Concerns about the lack of protection for the tap water pumping station in the event of a hurricane
Corre peligro cárcamo de agua potable[+] Ver mas
May 23 There are about 100 meters of hurricane wall that were destroyed during Hurricane Wilma thirteen years ago, that were not replaced which has left the tap water pumping station unprotected, which supplies about two thirds of the island.
From the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
In accordance with the electoral laws, the municipal Facebook site has suspended the release of information as of March 29, until after the election on July 1st.
|View from the rooms.|
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.|
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.|
Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.|
Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk downtown.
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May 30 8:29
May 31 9:19
Painting by Pamela Haase
Turtles begin mating and nesting in May. They can be observed mating offshore from Punta Sur during this month, and they nest along the eastern beaches. Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in the sand in a pen outside the facility. This is the dry season when farmers burn brush from their milpa-fields on the mainland, and salt was gathered at Salina Grande lake for hundreds of years, until the mid 1900's.
Wednesday May 2 Private Sol al Sol Regatta Events: Golf Cart Poker Run at 10a and Captain's party at the Casa del las Rocas & Crew party at Buhos both at 1p. (Happy hour schedules will be posted each day by 11am at the Race Headquarters. This is the 50th edition, they come annually from St Petersburg, Florida.)
|photo by Bruce Roberts|
Thursday, May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)
Thursday, May 3 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
Thursday, May 3 Private Sol al Sol Rega6ta Events: Cocktail parties at 12:30 and 3;30-5 at Ballyhoo's and Cabanas poolside
Thursday, May 3 at 7 Mayor's reception for the Sol al Sol Regatta
Friday, May 4 Amigo's Regatta for Islanders age 8-12. Skipper's meeting at 10a. Children board 10:30-11a at the Lima dock. Boats depart at 11:30, and the race starts at noon.
Friday, May 4 at 8p: Private Sol al Sol Regatta Events: Cocktail Party at 6p & Awards Ceremony at 8p at Buho's/Maria del Mar
Saturday, May 5 "Cinco de Mayo" Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla against the French.
Saturday, May 5 Peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor showers (which began in late April and continue thru May 20). In the pre dawn hours, rates could reach 15-20 per hour.
Sunday, May 6 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
Wednesday, May 9 Regatta Al Sol "Cruising" category yachts depart from Pensacola Florida. (This is the 30th edition. They come every other year.)
Thursday, May 10 Mother's Day
Thursday, May 10 Regatta Al Sol "Racing" category yachts depart
Thursday, May 10 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
Saturday, May 12th 8am Guadalupania beach Plogging clean up of the turtle nesting beaches
Sunday, May 13 5p Regatta Al Sol Arrival party at Buhos (private event)
Tuesday, May 15 Regatta Al Sol Private Beach party at noon and City Council reception at Town Hall at 7p
Tuesday, May 15 Dia del Maestro / Teacher's Day
Tuesday May 15 Whale Shark Season officially begins (if the permits are issued on time this year). Rays can also be seen enjoying the 'buffet' that attracts the whale sharks to this area. (There are abundant fish eggs and plankton in the areas where they congregate and feed).
|photo by Tony Garcia|
Wednesday, May 16 Regatta Al Sol Captain's party at the Rock House (private event). 5p Mardi Gras Parade from Ciros Restaurant. 7p Basketball game against Islander team on downtown court by the Town Square
Thursday, May 17 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
Thursday, May 17 Regatta Al Sol Awards presentation at 7p at Maria del Mar (private event)
Friday, May 18 Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament Captain's Dinner 5000p registration. Catch & Release. Prizes for top ten.
Saturday, May 19 Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament Day 1 from the Cooperative Caribe dock (#9)
Saturday, May 19 8am Plogging clean up of the turtle nesting beaches location TBA
Sunday, May 20 Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament Day2 & Awards
Sunday, May 20 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
Thursday, May 24 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
Saturday, May 26 8am Plogging clean up location TBA
Sunday, May 27 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
Thursday, May 31 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres