Thursday, January 2, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, January 2

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The last rainbow & sunset of 2019, at the same time in different directions (from MVC B&B)

 The first sunrise of 2020 (also from MVC B&B)

From the City....

 Fireworks at the Town Square, posted by the Mayor

The City wishes everyone a happy and prosperous New Year

TVisla Mujeres    

Video from Punta Sur of first sunrise of 2020

Sunrise video  of Punta Sur and sunrise video from Punta Sur

Video of Mayor from Town Square

Last sunset of 2019 photos

From  Por Esto :

Excellent close of the year on the island

Excelente cierre de año en la isla

  There was excellent commercial activity in all areas of goods and services on the last day of the year, when many foreigners and Mexicans visited the island. Hotel occupancy was nearly 100 percent and demand for golf carts exceeded the supply.

Good weather continues  

Se mantuvo el buen clima

Jan 1 The port was open for general navigation and nautical activities continued without impediment, and many people enjoyed the beach, although there were some clouds on Tuesday, the weather was ideal and vacationers enjoyed the strong rays of the sun on the final day of the year.

Extra effort during vacation season  

Esfuerzo extra por vacaciones

  On December 24th and 31st, trash was collected at 2pm rather than at the usual 8p-10p, and extra efforts are being made in response to the increased amount of trash to ensure the island retains its image of cleanliness.

Flooded with visitors  

¡A reventar!

 Dec 31  By 10am on Monday, the ferries were arriving filled to capacity, and many other recreational boats were bringing visitors to the island. There were long lines at the taxi stand, and the sidewalks were flooded with visitors. The golf cart agencies rented their entire inventories, and there was a great deal of traffic.

Copying technique to "resuscitate" dying corals  

Replicarán técnica para “resucitar” corales moribundos

      According to a group of scientists from the United Kingdom and Australia who published a study recently in the British journal Nature Communications, placing loudspeakers on the seabed helps revive corals that are dying from bleaching disease. 
    One of the researchers explained that the goal was to reproduce sounds that had been recorded in healthy corals to try to attract young fish to the dying reefs. The experiment was successful, and the scientists concluded that acoustic enrichment can help resurrect dying coral reefs. They realized that healthy coral reefs are remarkably loud places. "The sill crackling and the squeals and grunts emitted by the fish combine to form a dazzling biological sound landscape," said Steve Simpson. Juvenile fish, he added, approach these sounds when they are looking for a place to settle.
      There has been no official position by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) on the use of this technique, which is currently being applied to Australian reefs. Volunteers who are participating in the coral planting programs in Puerto Morelos and Island Contoy said they were ready try this technique to address this serious problem affecting the corals.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 January 10  6:28
January 11  7:31
 January 12  8:36
January 13   9:39
January 14  10:41
January 15 11:41

Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
 Sunset  ~6:15-6:35p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise ~7:25am
January Events 
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK

Thursday afternoons ~3p-8p Artist Fair on the Paseo de la Triguena off the Town Square at the malecon by the food trucks.

Some Sunday evenings 8p on the Town Square "Noches Magicas" performances  

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching octopus during January.   LINK 

Friday, Jan. 3 First quarter moon. After the moon has completed the first quarter of its orbit around Earth, the relative positions of the Earth, sun, and moon cause us to see it half-illuminated — on its eastern side. At first quarter, the moon always rises around noon and sets around midnight local time, so it is conveniently positioned for observing before youngsters' bedtimes. The evenings around first quarter are excellent for looking at the lunar terrain while it is dramatically lit by low-angled sunlight. (

EARLY Saturday, Jan. 3 The Quadrantids meteor shower peaks between 3am and dawn. The moon won't be around to interfere. The shower's radiant, which is beyond the tip of the Big Dipper's handle, will be high in the northeastern sky.

Monday, Jan. 6, On the first Monday of each month, there is usually a civic ceremony in the morning, often on the Town Square around 8am.  

Monday, Jan. 6 Dia de Reyes/Kings Day At Ruben's Restaurant, in front of the Post Office & Mercado on the back street Guerrero, volunteers will be giving away 1000's of toys that have been donated, and a snack & drink, usually starting around 10am. They also provide hampers of food for families in need of them. The DIF social service agency usually has an event at the baseball field in front of Chedraui or at the Bicentennial with entertainment and raffles, starting around 4p or 5p, but it's not always held on the 6th.  Jan 6 is also Nurses Day in Mexico.

Friday, Jan 10 Full moon rises at sunset & sets at sunrise. There will be an eclipse as the moon passes thru the earth's shadow, but only the beginning and final stages will be visible here, .

The Thor Heyerdahl traveling school-sailboat visits in late January-early February with about three dozen high school students on board. Under the tutelage of the experienced crew, the students learn to work together, sailing and navigating, as well as receiving their normal lessons. They sail from Germany to the Caribbean, departing in October and returning home in May.
      The ship is named for the man who sailed a hand made raft "Kon Tiki" from South America 5000 miles across the Pacific to the Tuamotu Islands in 1947, to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between apparently separate cultures. LINK  

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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