Thursday, December 31, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, December 31

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 Our region remains in Yellow status on the state epidemiological light for Jan 4-10, as does the southern region of the state.

Today Isla Mujeres continues to report a total of 237 cases with 21 deaths and199 recovered. The state geoportal for 12/30 continues to report 2 active cases by colonia, with one in Amp. La Gloria and the other in La Gloria.

 Yesterday---Tonight the sun sets at 6:16 and the full moon rises over the Caribbean at 6:54. Tomorrow's (Thursday's) moonrise is at 7:52, Friday at 8:51, Saturday at 9:50 & Sunday at 10:48.  UPDATE--Yesterday was an evening of cloudgazing, not moongazing. It was good Tuesday night, when it was fullest.

Wednesday, Isla Mujeres reported another case of C-19 a total of 237 cases with 21 deaths and one more recovered for a total of 199 recovered. The state geoportal for 12/30 continues to report 2 active cases by colonia, with one in Amp. La Gloria and the other in La Gloria. On the national map for 12/28, Isla Mujeres continues to report 171 suspicious and 139 negatives.

 The Governor posted--We are doing special reviews on several flights arriving from abroad to Cancun Airport to have more certainty about avoidance of Covid-19. We will stay attentive and bring awareness about the protocols. 

    In response to a citizen recommendation to require a recent negative test for entry, the Governor replied: "One of the protocols being put in place is testing for tourists". To a comment about similar issues with domestic flights noting Mexico City is under the red light status, the Governor replied: "That's right, this is why we are very aware of everyone entering the state." To the comment requesting strict checking on the ferries and complaining about the lack of healthy distancing (in Cozumel) he replied: "I appreciate your comment and we'll keep an eye on the situation."

 The President announced that the first vaccines, for health personnel, will arrive in Quintana Roo on January 11th. (Video clip posted by Governor)

Today/Thursday-- Today's forecast from the state for our municipality is of the "hedging our bets" sort, which is typical for our changeable tropical weather--"Partly to occasionally cloudy skies; with probabilities of rain as well as occasional showers, mainly over the coastal areas; and cool to hot temperatures with a probability of very hot over urban and coastal areas; east wind varying to the southeast from 25-35kph, with stronger gusts and areas of rain." The ESE winds are currently kicking up increasing whitecaps with pleasant temperatures. Photos from

Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach and the webcam.

As you can see on the national extended forecast, Cold Front #24 is expected to bring some wind & rain on the weekend. (Circles mean rain, purple squiggles mean wind.)

Local water purifiers to raise prices while remaining well below national competition
Island companies Agua Vera and Puritronic provide purified water for more than 3000 families and local businesses for 20 pesos per 20 liter/5 gallon jug, which may increase to 23 pesos early in 2021. This will still be significantly less than the 36 pesos per bottle charged by the soft drink company (Coca Cola).
Their plants & products are frequently monitored by the federal agency COFEPRIS, who have never found any irregularities. A Puritronic company employee said there have been increases in the costs of materials and supplies that are necessary to treat the water properly, but they held the price to 20 pesos to help the families who experienced economic difficulties because they lost their jobs or suffered pay cuts due to the pandemic. LINK   


 TVisla Mujeres 

 VIDEO of boat at the dock with Naval personnel aboard and people on the dock captioned--  A woman received medical attention from Naval personnel reportedly due to injuries from the propeller of this boat

 VIDEO of Ultramar line at Gran Puerto with caption saying the number of passengers has increased without the separate/preferential line for residents--Dec. 29

 La Tertulia 

 Yesterday...Naval personnel carried out a medical evacuation from the yacht "Casual Cruz" which flies a Mexican flag, of a woman with abdominal lacerations apparently caused by the boat's propeller. She was given first aid and determined to be in stable condition, and was transported via a boat of the Naval Search & Rescue unit to Puerto Juarez for transfer aboard an ambulance to a Cancun Hospital for specialized care.


 Yesterday...Photos (Showing crowds of people) with caption noting this is what the Isla Mujeres maritime terminal looked like on Wednesday due to the poor service of Ultramar, without care for the risks represented by the crowds of people during the C-19 pandemic and giving preference to foreign passengers because they pay more.

 Yesterday--Photos from the Gran Puerto dock-port showing crowds of people with caption saying that as in Playa del Carmen & Cozumel, Islanders expect authorities with COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for Protection from Health Risks) to conduct an inspection due to the violation of protocols for the prevention of spreading of Covid-19, because of the constant over-crowding of Ultramar passengers traveling in both directions on their ferries between Isla Mujeres and Gran Puerto. This can be seen nearly every day in photos and videos posted on social media by angry islanders and tourists, concerning the long lines and lack of healthy distancing, in addition to passengers without face masks and a lack of temperature taking.

    There is a saturation of passengers on every ferry, even with people standing inside the boat and in the baggage area. Islanders say they don't understand how the authorities who are responsible in these matters are turning a blind eye to this public health problem that is advantageous to Ultramar. They say that COFEPRIS sanctioned & suspended a crossing of an Ultramar ferry between Playa del Carmen & Cozumel for carrying excess passengers, and they should take action here as well. 

   Regarding the sani-tunnel to disinfect arriving passengers, the General Coordinator of Operations in Puerto Juarez and Isla Mujeres, Fabiola Vicencio Jimenez, said the tunnel wasn't discontinued but rather it was decided to change the spraying system, with the intention of speeding up the entry of passengers to the Terminal and avoid agglomerations. He added that due to the holidays, the number of passengers has increased, making it slow and tedious to pass thru the sani-tunnel, which is why the sprinklers are directly located on the entrance arch for a better flow of people while respecting healthy distancing.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean  


Full moon Nov 30 Monday 6:28p

Dec 1-Tuesday at 7:15p

Dec 2 Wednesday at 8:06p

Dec 3 Thursday at 9:01p

Dec 4 Friday at 9:58p

 Sunrise 7:08-7:24 (beginning vs end of month)

Sunset 6:04-6:16


Public events have been suspended due to C-19. Holidays have featured online competitions and events. 

The usual Patron Saint festivities from late November until her Día de la Inmaculada Concepcion on December 8th are suspended, but the priest will celebrate a Mass with a holy rosary each day for each of the groups and organizations, according to a schedule.

Saturday, Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, Patron Saint of Mexico

Sunday, Dec 13-14 Peaking of the Geminid meteor shower--This is one of the two best showers of the year (the other is August Perseids). The sky will be dark all night (new moon) & the largest numbers will be visible around 2a (when the radiant point is highest in the sky). But you should see them from mid evening until dawn, weather permitting. There should be a 'smattering' of meters the nights before & after, and it builds to a peak the week before. This shower features meteors that tend to be bold, white and quick, with up to 50-150 per hour when peaking in optimal conditions, like this year's moonless sky. On Dec. 11,12,13, the slender lunar crescent and planet Venus will rise in the eastern sky at or near dawn. 

Posadas Navidenas Dec 16-24 will be suspended along with the decorated Caravans. 

Monday, Dec. 21-Solstice & convergence of Saturn & Jupiter in the SW sky after sunset

Tuesday, Dec 22-Dark predawn hours-Ursid Meteors (active Dec 17-26, much less than Geminids)

Thursday, Dec. 24 Noche Buena--Many families celebrate, so some businesses may close early and the last ferry crossing could be suspended, as well as the first one on Christmas morning. 


Friday, Dec 25- Christmas

Dec 27-Jan 10-Quadrantid meteors, which will peak Jan 2-3, but the moon will interfere. 

Monday, Dec 28-Dia de los Santos Innocentes--Similar to "April Fool's Day"

Thursday, Dec 31-The annual New Year's celebration on the Town Square is cancelled.

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


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