Friday, October 2, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, October 2

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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No new cases reported today, and the weekly total (3) is the lowest it's been since June. The municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to report a total of 197 cases with 15 deaths and 163 recovered.
>On the state Geoportal, the 11 active cases by colonia are reported for Oct. 2 as La Gloria-7, one each in Salina Grande, Salina Chica, Aeropuerto and Downtown, with none on the mainland.
>On the national map for 10/1, the municipality reports 6 suspicious and 87 negatives.
>The graphic shows the 29 weeks since the first case in the state, in Cancun on Friday, March 13. Last night the Governor said the epidemiological traffic light will remain in Yellow for Oct. 5-11



 UPDATE at 10a--A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for our section of the coast (from Punta Herrero to Cabo Catoche), because Tropical Depression #25 is expected to become a Tropical Storm by tomorrow morning. It is moving NW at 9mph & the center should be near the NE Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday. Maximum winds are near 35mph & strengthening is expected. Rainfall of 4-8 inches is expected in portions of the Yucatan Peninsula & far western Cuba, with isolated amounts of 12 inches. (Source-NHC). #1 & #2 are the current satellite pics.

(Earlier this morning) The NHC says that Tropical Storm watches or warnings may be issued for portions of our region today or tonight because 91L is becoming better organized. Regardless of development, the system is expected to produce heavy rains during the next several days. It has an 80% chance for development in the next 48 hours. 

    The other Tropical Wave has a 30% chance of formation through 5 days. It is expected to move westward at 15-20mph for the next several days and conditions could become more conductive for development when it is over the central or western Caribbean early next week. 

  Video explaining these two systems & what's influencing them, from last evening.


 Yesterday, personnel with Civil Protection were pruning brush and removing junk from public roadways. Today in a video, the Director said they turned on the pumps at Salina Chica & Salina Grande lakes last night & are monitoring the water levels. He advised taking precautions against flooding because there is 250mm of rain possible, according to the forecast (25mm=1in, that's 10 inches), which includes safeguarding important papers and putting possessions up on blocks if you are in a flood-prone area.

The Town Hall was lit in pink because October is Breast Cancer Prevention Month, when efforts are made to raise awareness. Oct. 19 is World Day to Fight Breast Cancer. While the event was symbolic, there is strong support to fight this disease, and Isla Mujeres works to foster comprehensive programs against breast cancer. 

In October, after obtaining the certificate of compliance with the sanitary measures required for the safety of users and staff at various sports spaces, classes are being reactivated with limited quotas and in compliance with health regulations, in Mixed Martial Art, Kick Boxing and Functional Training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the dome known as La Jaula from 7:30p to 10p, according to the municipal Director of Sports, Oswaldo González Barredo. The coaches/teachers are Janetti Concepción Delgado Moguel and Rodrigo Rafael Gómez Vizcarra. Students must be at least 15 years of age and more information is available on the Facebook page "Deportes Isla Mujeres", or directly from the coaches. Enrollment is limited.

Take care of our beaches--Remember to throw away your cigarette butts in the trash, don't leave them in the sand. The caption reminds us that it can take up to 10 years for a single cigarette to decompose, imagine the damage it can do to the environment.


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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   


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