Saturday, October 24, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, October 24



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Update at 4p-- Tropical Depression #28 is expected to strengthen to Tropical Storm Zeta tomorrow, with a risk of Tropical Storm conditions in the northern Yucatan Peninsula Monday night & Tuesday, and heavy rain is expected through Wednesday. Western Cuba is under a Tropical Storm Watch.
It currently has sustained winds of 30 mph with higher gusts and is located about 280 mi ESE of Cozumel & 255 mi SSE of the western tip of Cuba, moving NNW at 2 mph. This motion is expected to continue through early Sunday, and it should gradually turn toward the W-NW with a faster forward speed by Monday. The center of the Depression is expected to remains south of Cuba tomorrow and to approach the Yucatan Channel or the Yucatan Peninsula late Monday before emerging into the southern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, where it could become a hurricane.
A Tropical Depression becomes a Tropical Storm when its sustained winds reach 39 mph, and a Hurricane when they are 74 mph.

 





A NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane is en route to investigate this area of low pressure 125 miles W-SW of Grand Cayman. Satellite, radar & surface data indicate that it continues to become better organized, and if current trends continue, advisories will be initiated on a Tropical Depression this afternoon or evening. (It will be TD #28. Zeta is the next name, if it becomes a Tropical Storm.) The NHC gives it a 100% chance of development in the next 48 hours, Environmental conditions are conductive for further development while the low drifts toward the north & northwest this weekend. The system could move near western Cuba on Monday and move across the southern Gulf of Mexico or the ***northeastern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday. Interests in western Cuba & the Yucatan Peninsula should monitor the progress of this low***. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall will be possible over portions of the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, and the northeastern Yucatan through early next week.
CONAGUA reports that it is 445 km (275 mi) E-SE of Punta Herrero, Q Roo moving NW with sustained winds of 30 kph, gusting to 40kph, with a 100% chance of development within 48 hours.

 



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Unfortunately, today the municipality reports another death for a total of 20, with a total of 220 positives and 181 recovered.

On the national C-19 map for 10/23, the municipality reports 145 suspicious and 94 negatives  (and 220 positives with 19 deaths. The state Geoportal for 10/23 reports 6 active cases with 3 downtown, 2 in La Gloria & 1 in Salina Chica.




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The General Director of the municipal Department of Public Safety, Captain Eduaro Fouilloux Bataller, announced that they are working in coordination with the state Attorney General to investigate the events in the early hours of this morning (~3am) in which a young man who works for the municipal Department of Civil Protection & Firefighters was injured by gunshots.  He said the incident occurred at the fire station when two individuals aboard a dark-colored motorcycle arrived at the scene, where the young employee of the facility was outside talking with two women, and received three impacts from a firearm. (Note--The fire station is next-door to the police station.)

    The Director of Civil Protection said the victim, K.M.M., 21, had been working for his department for a month and a half. He was transferred to a Cancun Hospital, guarded by personnel with the Navy and the National Guard, and his state of health was reported as stable. (One report notes it is his 21st birthday.)

This year's Hanal Pixan altar competition will be conducted virtually, to avoid the spread of C-19. Altars must be of three levels with the traditional elements, and contestants should submit a one-minute video showing the altar and explaining it. The videos will be posted on the Cultura Isla Mujeres page and the video which receives the most "Likes" will be the winner.  The deadline for the competition is 3p, Friday, Oct. 30th and the winner will be announced on November 2nd. 


The "Yellow Hat" volunteers continue to advise the general public not to let down their guard against Covid-19, because the virus is still active. They are located a various strategic points on Isla Mujeres, from the main entrance of the island to Punta Sur, and they continue to invite residents and visitors to wear face masks properly and to maintain healthy distance in busy places to prevent spreading the disease. Although the state remains in yellow on the epidemiological light, there is a risk of rebound of the virus which could push back everything that has been achieved so far, if people don't follow sanitary measures.




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Free amenities include hammocks, portable beach chairs, beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers, shared bikes, BBQ grill, and safes.  Panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & the white sand backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea.  Downtown is  ~ a mile away; we're on all four bus routes or  flag a $3 taxi. Off street parking. In the quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts
Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe,  Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Coco Jaguar, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui & the local craft brewery.  Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores.
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Thursday, Oct 1 at 6:49, just after sunset
  Oct 2      7:22 
 Oct 3      7:55
Oct 4       8:29
Oct 5      9:07
Oct 6     9:48

 Sunset  6:34-6:11pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:38-6:49am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC

Turtles continue nesting in October.

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. The season officially ends on the 15th, but monitoring continues thru the end of the month. Photos of nest hatching out at MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach, that was missed by the Tortugranja patrols.


 

 

 

 


 

 

Oct. 6-10, -Draconid meteors, peaking on evening of Oct. 7, but should be worth watching on the night before and after, also This is an evening meteor shower, that you don't have to stay up late to watch...look before the waning moon rises in mid-to-late evening. It is usually a slow shower with a meteor every 10-15 minutes. But it is known for having 'bursts" of hundreds or thousands of meteors in occasional years, which aren't predicted with any certainty.  "Meteor showers are like fishing. You go, and sometimes you catch something." 

Oct 20-21-22-Orionid meteors peak in the early morning hours. There's more activity after midnight and the maximum amount in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 20th & 21st . These are "shooting stars" from Halley's Comet & occur from early October to early November as the earth passes thru its debris.

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   


 

Friday, October 23, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, October 23



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Today the municipality continues to report 220 positives with 19 deaths, and now there are 181 recovered. 

The state geoportal reports 6 active cases by colonias as: Salina Chica-1, La Gloria-2, and Downtown-3, with none on the mainland. 

On the national map for 10/22 the municipality reports 145 suspicious and 92 negatives (and 220 positives with 19 deaths).



Friday afternoon--
The NHC now gives this broad area of low pressure a 70% chance of formation within 48 hours, noting it is gradually becoming better defined and that a Tropical Depression will likely form during the next day or two while it drifts toward the northwest. It could move near western Cuba by Sunday and move slowly across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by early next week. Interests in western Cuba, the Florida Keys & southern Florida should monitor its progress. Regardless of its development, locally heavy rainfall will be possible there and over portions of the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Cuba and the NW Bahamas through the weekend.

 


Friday morning...NHC: That broad area of low pressure located near Grand Cayman Island is producing a large area of showers & thunderstorms mainly east & south of its center. This system has become much better organized since yesterday & a Tropical Depression could form during the next couple days while it moves slowly NW. It is now anticipated to move near western Cuba this weekend, and move slowly across the SE Gulf of Mexico by early next week. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall will be possible over portions of the Cayman Islands, Cuba, southern Florida & the Keys, and the NW Bahamas through the weekend There is a medium/50% chance of formation through 48 hours & medium/60% chance through the weekend. CONAGUA reports it has sustained winds of 20kph with gusts of 35kph, and is located 585 km (365mi) E-SE of the coasts of Q.Roo moving slowly NW.
#3-B & dotted line=Low Pressure Channel. Being encircled forecasts rain.




 

 Our Northern Zone will remain in the Yellow phase on the epidemiological light thru November 1st, as will the Southern Zone.


From the municipal Department of Civil Protection and Firefighters 

Assistance was distributed to residents of the municipality who were affected by Hurricane Delta by members of the Armed Forces, with assistance by personnel with Civil Protection of Isla Mujeres. 






The free mammogram program continues thru October 30th, with an open invitation for women from Isla Mujeres to register. Eighteen women have received mammograms and fifty have appointments scheduled. The DIF (Social Service Agency) is conducting the program, in coordination with the municipal Women's Institute (IMM). The women receive a free mammogram and free transportation.


Maintaining a healthy distance, washing your hands frequently, and using face masks are measures we must follow to avoid contagion of Covid-19.


   La Tertulia  


VIDEO   Ultramar clients had an uncomfortable 20 minutes waiting on board a ferry whose air conditioning was not in optimal condition.

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Free amenities include hammocks, portable beach chairs, beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers, shared bikes, BBQ grill, and safes.  Panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & the white sand backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea.  Downtown is  ~ a mile away; we're on all four bus routes or  flag a $3 taxi. Off street parking. In the quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts
Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe,  Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Coco Jaguar, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui & the local craft brewery.  Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores.
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Thursday, Oct 1 at 6:49, just after sunset
  Oct 2      7:22 
 Oct 3      7:55
Oct 4       8:29
Oct 5      9:07
Oct 6     9:48

 Sunset  6:34-6:11pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:38-6:49am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC

Turtles continue nesting in October.

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. The season officially ends on the 15th, but monitoring continues thru the end of the month. Photos of nest hatching out at MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach, that was missed by the Tortugranja patrols.


 

 

 

 


 

 

Oct. 6-10, -Draconid meteors, peaking on evening of Oct. 7, but should be worth watching on the night before and after, also This is an evening meteor shower, that you don't have to stay up late to watch...look before the waning moon rises in mid-to-late evening. It is usually a slow shower with a meteor every 10-15 minutes. But it is known for having 'bursts" of hundreds or thousands of meteors in occasional years, which aren't predicted with any certainty.  "Meteor showers are like fishing. You go, and sometimes you catch something." 

Oct 20-21-22-Orionid meteors peak in the early morning hours. There's more activity after midnight and the maximum amount in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 20th & 21st . These are "shooting stars" from Halley's Comet & occur from early October to early November as the earth passes thru its debris.

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   

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, October 22



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 Our Northern Zone remains in the Yellow phase on the state epidemiological light thru the 1st of November, as does the Southern Zone of the state. The Governor continues to encourage everyone to follow the measures of prevention to continue with the responsible economic recovery, including wearing face masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing.


Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to report 220 positives with 19 deaths and 179 recovered.

On the national map for 10/21 the municipality reports 145 suspicious and 92 negatives (and 220 positives with 19 deaths). 

The state geoportal has a security warning lately. 


 

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The low pressure system continues to move away to the east toward Florida and the Bahamas. It continues to have a low / 20% chance for development and is causing a large area of disorganized thunderstorms for Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands


     In order to continue with economic recovery in a responsible and orderly manner, protocols against C-19 continue on North Beach and Playa Centro. Patrols continue by personnel with ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency), the National Guard, the municipal police, and the municipal departments of Civil Protection and Control (Fiscalizaci√≥n) to ensure that beach-goers are following the established regulations and that the concessionaires are following sanitary measures to contain the spread of the disease. 

     The director of ZOFEMAT, Kerem Pinto Aguilar said, "Our beaches are undoubtedly an important part to continue with the economic recovery of our municipality, but it is important to keep and follow sanitary measures to avoid going backward on the state epidemiological light, which would involve the closure of our beaches."

     She noted that citizenry play an important role in maintaining a balance between health care and economic recovery, following all health sector protocols, such as the proper use of face masks, frequent hand washing or using antibacterial gel, maintaining healthy distance and avoiding agglomerations.

       She pointed out that Isla Mujeres is standing on its feet, and ready to continue receiving visitors, with quality natural attractions and certifications of quality standards that give added value to the goodness this Pueblo Magico offers to local, national and international visitors. 





Don't drop your guard against Covid-19. Continue washing your hands correctly. Use face masks in public places. Avoid greeting by hugging, handshaking or kissing.

Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose. Follow the hygiene measure to prevent contagion of Covid-19.

From the Director of Civil Protection Merced Ortiz-- With the help of friends and neighbors adding their "grain of sand" (lending a hand).....MISSION COMPLETE! It was worth the effort!  Parque de la Jaula





From the Director of Civil Protection Merced Ortiz--In the wake of Hurricane Delta, we continue to respond to reports of affected trees which, because of their condition,  risk the property or life of citizens.



TVisla Mujeres    

Vendors selling at the "Flea Market" are complaining about the vendors who have set up along Rueda Medina avenue in the public spaces. They are unhappy about all the costs they pay for rent, utilities, employees, taxes and fees for City permits, which they say those vendors do not have, and they want intervention from the City because they consider this unfair. They say the proliferation of these sellers contributes to the problem of customers not coming to the "Flea Market" (which is located by Poc Na). LINK   VIDEO  

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

The municipal Director of Ecology, Carlos Barranco, said his department continues working at reforestation by planting native plants in the central medians in colonia La Gloria. VIDEO   

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Free amenities include hammocks, portable beach chairs, beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers, shared bikes, BBQ grill, and safes.  Panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & the white sand backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea.  Downtown is  ~ a mile away; we're on all four bus routes or  flag a $3 taxi. Off street parking. In the quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts
Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe,  Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Coco Jaguar, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui & the local craft brewery.  Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores.
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Thursday, Oct 1 at 6:49, just after sunset
  Oct 2      7:22 
 Oct 3      7:55
Oct 4       8:29
Oct 5      9:07
Oct 6     9:48

 Sunset  6:34-6:11pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:38-6:49am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC

Turtles continue nesting in October.

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. The season officially ends on the 15th, but monitoring continues thru the end of the month. Photos of nest hatching out at MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach, that was missed by the Tortugranja patrols.


 

 

 

 


 

 

Oct. 6-10, -Draconid meteors, peaking on evening of Oct. 7, but should be worth watching on the night before and after, also This is an evening meteor shower, that you don't have to stay up late to watch...look before the waning moon rises in mid-to-late evening. It is usually a slow shower with a meteor every 10-15 minutes. But it is known for having 'bursts" of hundreds or thousands of meteors in occasional years, which aren't predicted with any certainty.  "Meteor showers are like fishing. You go, and sometimes you catch something." 

Oct 20-21-22-Orionid meteors peak in the early morning hours. There's more activity after midnight and the maximum amount in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 20th & 21st . These are "shooting stars" from Halley's Comet & occur from early October to early November as the earth passes thru its debris.

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