Monday, October 26, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, October 26


  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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4:30a--Tropical Storm Zeta becomes a Hurricane when its winds reach 74 mph & it's currently at 70 mph & strengthening. Winds are expected to be >85 mph when it lands tonight as a Category 1.

The NHC's 5a update (4a local EST) has increased Tropical Storm Zeta's initial (current) intensity to 70 mph. Zeta is forecast to become a Hurricane this morning, and continued strengthening is likely until it moves over the Yucatan Peninsula this evening. Hurricane conditions and storm surge are expected in portions of the northern Yucatan Peninsula tonight and early Tuesday. Heavy rainfall is expected across the peninsula through Tuesday.

Our region is under a Hurricane Warning and our municipality is at Yellow Alert status. The vehicle ferry to Punta Sam has been suspended. The passenger ferry to Puerto Juarez will operate as long as the weather & port authorities allow it. A prohibition on alcohol sales went into effect at 1am this morning and will resume when conditions allow.

TS Zeta has begun its expected NW motion at ~9 mph and should start moving at an even faster pace as a mid-level ridge builds over the western Atlantic & Florida during the next 24-36 hours. This ridge will steer Zeta across the northern portion of the Yucatan peninsula tonight, and over the south-central Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.

The shear that had prevented strengthening has abated and the shear ahead of the storm is expected to remain low while the Storm becomes a Hurricane as it traverses the deep, warm water of the NW Caribbean Sea. The landfall intensity is likely to be a little stronger than shown below since Zeta will be inland over the Yucatan Peninsula by the 24 hour forecast point.

Initial (4a) 70 mph-210 mi SE of Cozumel-TS
12h (4p) 85 mph-125 mi E Punta Herrero-Cat 1
24h (4a) 85 mph-Inland-40 mi N of Tulum-Cat 1
36h (4p) 75 mph-Over water-135 km N of Progreso, Yuc-Cat 1

Sources-NHC, CONAGUA, Governor's FB page, Wunderground (graphic)


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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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