Sunday, August 23, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, August 23

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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Today, the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports two new cases for a total of 136, with nine deaths and 76 recovered.
The state Geoportal still has yesterday's information.
On the national map for 8/22, the municipality reports 7 suspicious and 62 negatives (with 134 confirmed and 9 deaths)

In a word, our 4-day forecast is "Rain".
#1-The orange line encircling us daily means "Strong Rains" (vs "Intense Rains"--which are NOT in our forecast.). It's not windy this morn, but the purple squigglies mean "Wind". That black line moving across the state on Tuesday is a "New Tropical Wave".
#2 shows that Tropical Wave & the one behind it as orange lines & is from 6a this morning.
#3 is a screenshot of the current satellite at 10a.
#4 is the NHC wind speed probability predictions for Marco & Laura, who are sparing us.

Satellite videos of Marco's shift to the east yesterday, as it strengthened and sped up, launching itself thru the Yucatan Channel, where aircraft reported the formation of a 10-mi wide eye on our side of the storm, as its right side dumped rain on western Cuba. The storm is expected to reach Hurricane status today, out in the Gulf.

VIDEO posted by the Governor of TS Marcos last evening passing thru the Yucatan Channel.

Saturday evening the Alert Status returned to Green with Tropical Storm Marcos at a distance in the Gulf of Mexico moving farther away from the coasts of Quintana Roo.

On Monday, Isla's historian, Fidel Villanueva Madrid will talk about hurricanes on FB live at 5p (in Spanish) on the Isla Mujeres Cultura page.

Happy Día del Bombero to the firefighters of Isla Mujeres! (yesterday)


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Just after Sunset--August 3 at 7:47
  August 4      8:29 
 August 5    9:07
August 6      9:42
August 7     10:16
August 8     11:22

 Sunset  7:25-7:03pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:21-6:30am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in August. 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. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres, Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills, and very rarely, a Leatherback will attempt to nest, but generally the sand isn't sufficiently deep.

Swimming with the whale sharks takes place in August, which ends annually in mid-September. They congregate and feed on a 'buffet' of plankton and fish eggs from a type of tuna. Rays are also attracted to the feeding areas.  Photo by Tony Garcia

>>Meteors!! The Perseids are currently active & one of the most popular showers. They will peak in the early mornings of the weekend of August 11,12 & 13, but the moon will be at or slightly past its last quarter phase and interfering. However, the Perseids are bright & you may see 3 or 4 dozen when they are peaking, if you're patient. They continue thru the 24th. The Alpha Capricornids are going on now (thru Aug. 15) with only a few meteors per hour, but they are known for producing bright fireballs when active. (They peaked Tuesday & moonlight will interfere with visibility.)

Monday, Aug. 17-170th Anniversary of Isla Mujeres

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
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres
LINK to NHC   

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