Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, September 11

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 The municipal Director of Civil Protection, Ulysses Berman Graniel, said that they have been preparing by cleaning out of each of the rain drains, to avoid flooding now that the rains are about to start. LINK    
   He said that the channels in the colonias have been cleaned, and they have done maintenance on the one in the park of colonia La Gloria. Regarding the flooding by the Fishermen's Monument, he said this always occurs since the drainage is closed, and that is why they carry out pumping at that location with the portable pump. He said when the Blue Flag certification was authorized for that beach, it was decided to close that drainage to the sea. 
     He said the current storm's trajectory is being monitored by it is too early to talk about any possible effects, and currently it presents no risks to the coasts of Isla Mujeres, He recommended keeping an eye on the weather forecasts.


Closure of port for boats under 40 feet . LINK 

Director of Civil Protection talks about weather conditions for Isla Mujeres  VIDEO  

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

The Cocteleros beat the baseball team from the municipality of Lazaro Cardenas in an exciting home game with a score of 2 to 1. VIDEO   photos.

Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis attended the meeting of Pueblo Magico mayors (photos & article).

Municipal government is working to prevent flooding (photos & article).

Weather report from the state Civil Protection agency about Tropical Wave 38 being expected to cause cause rain and lightning across the state on Monday for about 24 hours. There are also graphics from the NHC (see section below).

Noti Isla Mujeres   

VIDEO of the east coast.

VIDEO of Harbor Master regarding suspension of nautical activities (of small boats).

The Mayor will give his report on the accomplishments of his government on October 19, at 4pm at the Town Square. (article & photo).

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On Monday, Ultramar Carga suspended its last crossing to Punta Sam due to nautical conditions.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Port closed for small boats due to weather  
Cierra el puerto por el temporal. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   From an early hour on Monday, the Harbor Master closed the port for navigation by small boats, due to the effects of a low pressure system over the northwestern Caribbean sea, which is expected to cause plenty of rain in the region on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
   The closure affected the 240 boats with permits to observe and swim with the whale sharks, as well as about 200 visitors planning to visit Isla Contoy National Park, as well as about 200 fishermen and a dozen dive shops. As of 8pm on Sunday, the tourism services providers had been advised to refrain from making any contracts for Monday, due to the arrival of the first effects of the system with increased winds and waves. (See section below regarding Issac, NHC advisories & discussion, and the CP forecast for Isla Mujeres.)

Small boats prepared for the weather  
Lancheros se preparan para el temporal.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   In response to the forecasts, hundreds of smaller recreational and fishing boats were secured on Monday, for the effects of weather which could continue thru Wednesday. It is noted that during storms the natural harbor of Isla Mujeres, in the Makax lagoon, has the capacity for more than 500 small to medium boats, and is a favorite harbor for many boats from marinas in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Cozmel.
   During the preparations on Monday, it was possible to see two small semi-sunken tourism boats in the vicinity of the whale shark monument by Rueda Medina avenue, whose crews apparently didn't bail them out after the recent rains.
   It is noted that there were no other incidents except the one reported below of the removals of an old sunken boat that drifted into the navigation channel near La Carbonera. On Monday, the rain began to fall around 2pm, although the rain wasn't heavy, and had been predicted in the meteorological forecasts of the Navy and the SCT (Ministry of Communications & Transport).
     The NHC has forecast that this system would cause heavy rains in the region of the Yucatan Channel until Wednesday, when it would evolve into a Tropical Storm and possibly a Hurricane as it enters the Gulf of Mexico and turns toward Texas by the weekend.

Preparations in case of storm  
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   Civil Protection personnel took all precautions on Monday to avoid flooding which could be caused by heavy rainfall that was forecast for Monday evening, Tuesday, and Wednesday, due to a low pressure system that could potentially become a tropical storm. (Forecasts are for it to develop into a tropical storm after it passes the Yucatan region and enters the Gulf of Mexico, when it will presumably become "Joyce". Currently it's called "Invest 95L".)

Old sunken boat rescued   
Rescatan vieja embarcación hundida. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      Sunday morning, an old boat drifted into the navigation channel, presenting a risk to other boats, and was removed by towing. It was reported by Sergio Barros Peña, who spotted the glass that divides its prow, which was nearly above the water. 
        By 11am, the vessel had been towed about 300 meters from the area by islet La Carbonera to the Harbor Master's dock, by staff of that agency and volunteers. Personnel with the Harbor Master's office said it had nearly had a collision with a catamaran that was crossing thru that area. 
     The hull of the 18-food boat says "Jilly" and it is registered in Texas (#2848EO). It is presumed that it must have become detached from a nearby marina or pier with the winds that have been affecting the area, which caused it to enter the navigation channel, endangering the many tourism, recreation, and fishing boats who pass through
     The old boat has no engine and there is a great deal of garbage inside, including old life jackets and parts that have detached from the interior structure. This scrap must be removed to prevent it from ending up on the seabed and causing a problem with navigation. The Port Authority wants to know who the owners are or who is responsible for securing the final destination of the vessel. 
      Gratitude was expressed to the volunteers who reported its presence, which avoided potentially serious consequences.


The storm currently over our region has been named "Invest 95L", which means the NHC is monitoring it for potential development, that may occur after it passes the Yucatan peninsula and enters the Gulf of Mexico.

Here's what the NHC says about it this morning:
Other rain showers are in the NW corner of the Caribbean Sea, and parts of western Cuba, the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, and Central America from Honduras to El Salvador and Guatemala. Heavy rainfall and gusty winds are likely in western Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula today. This system is forecast to move slowly northwestward across the Yucatan Peninsula today with limited development.
Then the NHC discusses its potential development while moving across the Gulf, where it could hit Texas (as "Joyce") on Thursday, while Hurricane Florence is slamming the US east coast.

Meanwhile, south of the Lesser Antilles, Issac has weakened to a Tropical Storm, and while it may regain strength to become a minimal hurricane tonight, it is expected to weaken by Thursday and continue weakening on Friday & Saturday. (On the graphic, H-Hurricane & S-Storm)

The state Civil Protection forecast for Isla Mujeres today: Partly Cloudy to Cloudy, showers with squalls (chubascos) accompanied by electrical activity, hot to muggy, Winds east and northeast at 15 to 25 kph (10-15mph), with occasional stronger gusts.
This is an individual discussing factors affecting these two storms, from minute 6:50 to 11:15. https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/
NHC Tropical Weather Discussion: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/MIATWDAT.shtml
Q Roo Civil Protection: http://proteccioncivil.qroo.gob.mx/portal/Boletin.php

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Sept. 24   6:46
Sept. 25   7:24
Sept. 26  8:02
Sept. 27  8:42
 Sept. 28   9:25
  Sept. 29  10:11 
 Sept. 30  11:02
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7p to ~6:30p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  ~630
September Events
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 It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October). September is the Mes de la Patria/patriotic month, celebrating Mexico's independence from Spain

Saturday, Sept. 1 Boat procession to Isla Contoy taking the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre to the chapel at the Fishermen's camp there departing from the concrete pier at 8am after the Mass at 7am and the procession from the Church of Immaculate Conception. 19th annual edition.

Saturday, Sept. 1 Weekly plogging event to clean up litter, meeting at the park "Hormiguitas Oberas", to continue cleaning at Salina Grande lake 8a-10a.

Sunday, Sept. 2 RESCATE skating event on the hill by Julio Saury grade school 10a-3p, followed by a drone video then a BBQ at the RESCATE site in Sac Bajo, at the old Cristalmar hotel next to Playa Tiburon, with a raffle for youth, live music, and circus performers until 8p.

Tuesday, Sept. 4 Last day to register for the lionfish competition

Friday, Sept. 7 Lionfish culinary competition at the Town Square starting at 6pm

Saturday, Sept. 8  Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

Saturday, Sept. 8 Rockabilly Festival from Cancun at Mayan Beach Club starting at 2p

Saturday, Sept. 15  Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

Saturday, Sept. 15 Celebration on the Town Square for Independence with the reading of the Grito by the Mayor who rings the bell. Probably with fireworks, performers, live music & dancing, and crowning of Miss Independencia. Schedule TBA

Sunday, Sept. 16 Independence Day There is usually a parade on Rueda Medina starting at 8a

Monday, Sept. 17 End of the Whale Shark tour season. The licensees and their families usually have a celebration on the weekend after it closes and a Mass to express their gratitude.  
Saturday, Sept. 22  Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

Saturday, Sept. 22 Fall Equinox

Thursday, Sept. 27 World Tourism Day  There may be an event to commemorate the anniversary of becoming a Pueblo Magico

Saturday, Sept. 29 Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK  who are having events associated with project RESCATE.

  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 (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion")
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres     
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)

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