Friday, July 24, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, July 24

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports another case of Covid-19 for a total of 64, with 4 deaths and 34 recovered. The state geoportal indicates the location of 17 active cases for July 24 is as follows: Downtown-3, Salina Grande-2, Caridad del Cobre-1, Isla Blanca-1, Miraflores-2, La Gloria-7, Canotal-1,  and none on the mainland. The national map for July 23 indicates 6 suspicious cases, 41 negatives (and 63 positives with 4 deaths).

NHC says...This morning, the NHC says "Tiny" Gonzalo is still a Tropical Storm & expected to strengthen and increase in speed as it approaches the southern Windward Islands tonight, then it will move across those islands on Saturday. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance plane will investigate the storm this afternoon to obtain a better intensity estimate. It is expected to weaken on Sunday, as it moves into the eastern Caribbean Sea, with dissipation expected in 96 hours, or sooner according to a couple of the models. Its maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph, with higher gusts & its tropical storm force winds extend ~25 miles from its center. It currently poses no threat to the coasts of Quintana Roo.

Our northern region remains in the Orange status thru August 2nd on the state epidemiological traffic light. The southern region remains red. The next update will be next Thursday, for Monday thru  Sunday.

The Mayor and Naval personnel toured and reviewed the hurricane shelters, since this season's forecast predicts 15 to 19 hydrometeorological systems. The Mayor said, "As municipal authorities we have a commitment to protect the lives of our island families, and with the New Normality of Covid-19, all necessary measures are being taken to avoid infections, all necessary protocols will be applied, and in each shelter we will have a special classroom to attend to anyone who could present any symptoms of the disease." In addition to the municipal shelter, there are shelters located at the grade schools “Cesar Mendoza Santana” and “Julio Saury Espinoza” and at the middle school Benito Juarez, as well as at the facility of the union “SUTSAIM”, and at the facility of the taxi union “Gustavo Díaz Ordaz”. 
       He said that due to the health situation that is occurring, protocols have been designed for the entry and distribution of people who could occupy it and the classrooms have adapted to the New Normality, complying with the rules of the Secretary of Public Health for the Covid-19. pandemic
        He said out that because a large percentage of islanders have companion pets, in coordination with the Isla Animals Association, a temporary anticyclonic shelter for pets will be provided with trained personnel to handle these cases, which will be located in a special area at the Mundaca Hacienda.

An effective measure to take care of your health is to stay home, avoid leaving if you don't need to go out, so that Covid-19 doesn't come to your home.

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Some of the licensed whale shark tour operators are complaining about unlicensed yachts coming to the observation area, particularly in regard to a video that is circulating on social media of a swimmer touching a whale shark and its dorsal fin, They say this is associated with a business from Cancun and they want authorities to enforce the rules. LINK  

   La Tertulia  
It says the staf at La Tertulia express their deepest condolences to the family of Mario Ariel Villanueva Llanez, a young man, in life, was an excellent athlete professional and all around great human being. Rest in peace. Condolences to his parents Fidel Villanueva & Beatriz Llanez.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Just after Sunset--July 4 at 7:22 (sun sets 7:33p)
  July 5      8:18 
 July 6      9:09
July 7      9:53
July 8      10:34
July 9      11:10

 Sunset  7:33-7:26pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:09-6:20am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in July. They can be observed mating offshore from Punta Sur during this month, and 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, and very rarely, a Leatherback will attempt to nest, but generally the sand isn't sufficiently deep.

Swimming with the whale sharks takes place in July, which ends annually in mid-September. They congregate and feed on a 'buffet' of plankton and fish eggs from a type of tuna. Rays are also attracted to the feeding areas.  Photo by Tony Garcia

Delta Aquariid meteor showers begin in mid July, peak on July 31-August 1st when there is less interference from moonlight,  and continue thru August 23rd.

Lobster fishing resumes in July, until the end of February.

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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