Monday, October 5, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday. October 5

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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Hanging out on the back balcony yesterday at Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach, there were a LOT of fish jumping out of the sea before the beautiful sunset, which was preceded by a boat setting a net closer to shore than usual, to our south. And followed by a very nice moonrise. Photos by Bruce.

Tropical Storm Delta is expected to become a Category 1 Hurricane before hitting western Cuba tomorrow, where a Hurricane Watch remains in effect, and then to enter the Gulf as a Category 2 on Wednesday. A plane is scheduled to investigate Delta's intensity, structure & wind field this afternoon. Isla currently has sunny blue skies that are partly cloudy with calm seas. Heavy rainfall is expected for Jamaica, the Caymans and western Cuba.
Tropical Storm Gamma is on the other side of the Peninsula affecting the northern coast of Yucatan & expected to cause heavy rainfall through midweek for Yucatan, Campeche & Tabasco.

The municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to report 198 positives with 16 deaths and 163 recovered.

The Growth Rate in the Northern Zone has increased to 0.32 (from 0.29) and decreased in the Southern Zone to 0.36 (from 0.4).

For Oct. 5 the state Geoportal continues to report 11 active cases by colonia as: La Gloria-7, and one each in Salina Chica, Salina Grande, Aeropuerto and Downtown, with none on the mainland part of the municipality.

The national map for 9/4 reports 4 suspicious and 88 negatives (with 198 confirmed and 16 deaths).

The island reported a "Saldo Blanco" (no serious incidents) after Tropical Storm Gamma. The pumps were activated for the Salinas lakes and their levels were controlled,  pruning of branches was done to prevent affecting the power lines, and fallen branches or trees were attended to in a timely manner. There was good coordination between the various municipal departments including Civil Protection, Public Services, Public Works, Urban Development and the Environment, and the municipal police. Although the storm shelters were ready, there were no evacuees.

Officials are monitoring Tropical Storm Delta which is about 1000 km from the coasts of Quintana Roo, advising residents to pay attention to official information and monitor its path and trajectory, which continues toward the Yucatan Channel, and if this continues, the affectations will be minimal, according to Merced Ortiz Maya, municipal Director of Civil Protection. Residents are advised to avoid throwing trash in the streets to prevent flooding, and personnel are monitoring the salina-lakes and low-lying areas.  VIDEO of Sr Ortiz Maya who notes the lakes are at low levels in preparation. He shows a simulation of the hurricane passing thru the Yucatan Channel,  notes we are not under any alerts currently and are monitoring the storm.  (see graphics and info above)

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Yesterday, personnel with the Naval Coast Guard of this Fifth Naval Region base conducted a medical evacuation of a crew member of the sailboat "Kiwi" in the Makax Lagoon of Isla Mujeres. The Naval Search and Rescue unit received an emergency call requesting a medical evacuation of a person on board who had suffered a wound to his left hand. The 56 year old male, originally from Poland, was taken to the dock of a marina where he was met by Naval medical personnel and taken to a local hospital for medical care. (photos)

Photos of textbooks with caption noting the parents of 4976 students will pick up the 7597 books at their children's respective pre-school-kindergarten and primary schools.

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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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