Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, July 22

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The NHC reports that Tropical Storm Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday & to move near or over the southern Windward Islands this weekend, and could bring direct impacts from winds & heavy rainfall there. While it is too soon to determine the magnitude and timing of those impacts, interests in the southern Windward Islands should monitor the progress of Gonzalo.
At 11 a.m. AST, the center of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located over the Atlantic Ocean about 1205 miles (1935 km) east of the southern Windward Islands. It's moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A general westward motion at a faster forward speed is expected to take place during the next few days.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Gonzalo is a small tropical cyclone, as tropical-storm-force winds extend outward only up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center. Additional strengthening is forecast to occur during the next couple of days, and Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday.

The longer version says....
 Gonzalo is on the south side of
 a low- to mid-level subtropical ridge, and this feature should 
steer the storm generally westward at a faster forward speed for 
the next 3 days or so.  After that time, a motion toward the 
west-northwest is expected.  The new NHC forecast track is little 
changed from the previous track, and it lies very close to the 
consensus models.

The intensity forecast remains very problematic and of low 
confidence. On one side, the cyclone has been strengthening quickly 
and the good organization suggests additional, and possibly rapid, 
strengthening should occur.  In addition, the SHIPS-based guidance 
and the HWRF make the system a hurricane and keep that intensity 
through 120 h.  On the other side, the GFS, UKMET, ECMWF, and 
Canadian models are not big fans of this system, as they all 
forecast it to either be a weak low or dissipated by 120 h, possibly 
due to dry air entrainment and large-scale subsidence.  The NHC 
intensity forecast again compromises between these extremes, showing 
Gonzalo peaking as a hurricane in 36-48 h, followed by weakening in 
deference to the global models.  The new intensity forecast has 
significantly higher intensities than the previous forecast for most 
of the forecast period based on the recent intensification.  As 
noted before, the small size of this system makes it susceptible to 
significant fluctuations in intensity, both upward and downward.
Interests in the southern Windward Islands should monitor the
progress of this system.

Unfortunately, the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports fourth death from Covid 19 and three new cases for a total of 63, with 29 recovered.
The State geoportal reports active cases in Isla Mujeres are located as follows--
Downtown-4, Salina Chica-1, Salina Grande-2, Amp. la Gloria-3, Miraflores-1, Isla Blanca-1, Canotal-2, La Gloria-7, and zero on the mainland for a total of 21.  The Incidence Rate report remains unchanged (dated July 20) at 6.67 (per 10,000 inhabitants).  The national map with yesterday's statistics reports the municipality of Isla Mujeres had 7 suspected cases and 39 negatives (with 60 confirmed and 3 deaths).

The "Isla Mujeres Green & Healthy" program continues in its second stage
      Without neglecting the recommended safety and hygiene protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19, officials with the City of Isla Mujeres and volunteers, continue with the work of sweeping and painting of curbs and medians, as well as with the pruning of trees and beautification and maintenance green areas, as part of the ′′Isla Mujeres Verde and Healthy ′′ program.
          This program seeks to maintain the good image of this destination, as well as contributing to the health care of island families, in addition to making Isla Mujeres, a green and environmentally friendly municipality; a role model in the state.

        The work that in its second stage, advancing from downtown to the other colonias, continuing to beautify the streets and avenues of this Pueblo Magico, thus presenting a good image to tourists who have begun to return in the New Normality of the novel coronavirus.

Municipal police continue with security patrols throughout the municipality
    Work continues to be coordinated between the three levels of government
July 21-  In recent hours, police have responded to various reports that have turned out to be false. Police Chief Jaime Ongay Ortiz called on the population to avoid such behaviors that don't help the tranquility of island families because they can be a distraction from the work of the police department. 
     He said in addition to avoiding this kind of behavior, people should avoid following false accounts and sites whose only intention is misinformation and fear. He said, "Surveillance work has intensified throughout the municipality with support from the state and federal governments, but the collaboration of the populace is also necessary."

The municipal Director of the Youth, Culture and Sports department, Rubén Pérez Martín, announced that the COJUDEQ (Youth and Sport Commission of Quintana Roo), will present a series of online physical and sports activities with qualified physical trainers. These will be shared on the Facebook page "Sports Isla Mujeres" on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,(de 9 a 17 horas) as a result of coordinated work between the City and State governments, to ensure that the population remains in their homes without exposing themselves to Covid-19.   He said the page will also provide information to help islander families stay physically and mentally healthy during the pandemic. (The graphic says Monday July 20, Wednesday 22nd, and Friday 24th   9a & 5p.)
   He said, "In these times when the populace must stay at home, it is very important to avoid inactivity, and through this series of physical activities, we seek precisely that the populace remain healthy and active, but without leaving home, to prevent them from being exposed to contact with Covid-19."

When you return to your home, it is important to disinfect your belongings to avoid bringing Covid-19 to your family

The Mayor posted this with his condolences for the  León Chan family for the irreparable loss of  a great social fighter and friend; José Balbino León Paredes ′′ Don Pacho ", whom we will remember for his legacy of work for IslaMujeres. RIP

TVisla Mujeres    

Whale shark licensees of Isla Mujeres have raised their voices to complain about the boats from Cancun that are arriving in the whale shark observation area who lack permits to perform this activity, and they allege that those boats are violating all security protocols, despite the contingency caused by Covid-19, and that those boats & their passengers aren't following the rules about maintaining distance from the whale sharks. They blame this problem on a lack of surveillance. They filed a complaint with the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve.   LINK

 Isla Mujeres businessmen are betting on economic recovery
After four months of economic paralysis throughout the state, entrepreneurs of Isla Mujeres begin to conform to the new modernity by implementing not only strict hygiene protocols, but also healthy distance measures and strategies that can help reactivate the economy. LINK  
     To protect their employees and clients, many restaurants have introduced digital menus that can be read on customers' cell phones after scanning a code, in addition to the required measures, which include sanitizing mats for footwear, signage, mandatory masks for customers and staff, distancing of tables for healthy distance, antibacterial gel, and frequent disinfecting of tables and other items (and temperature checks & certification from the IMSS classes)
    On Friday, "Be Wings" reopened and their manager said that with the return to the New Normality, they have had to adjust to the new needs and demands that the pandemic itself implies, but they are also committed to being a source of jobs, as they have done since they arrived in Isla Mujeres.

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

Yesterday, Naval personnel rescued the fishing boat "Karolina" after receiving an emergency call that it was drifting after suffering a mechanical failure of its propulsion system. The Navy immediately dispatched a "Defender" type boat of the Naval Search & Resuce unit, who located the small boat with two Mexican crew members aboard about two nautical miles southwest of Isla Mujeres. They were taken to the Naval dock where medical care was provided, with all the appropriate sanitary measures, which found them in good health.


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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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