Saturday, August 22, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, August 22

  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 unfortuantely reports another death for a total of 9, with two more cases for a total of 134, and 76 recovered.
     The state Geoportal reports 22 active cases by colonia as: La Gloria-11, Meteorologic-2, Caridad del Cobre-2, Lol-beh-1, Downtown-1, Chica Salina-1, Electricistas-1, Salina Grande-1, Ampl la Gloria-1, Canotal-1 and none on the mainland.
     On the national map for 8/21, the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports 7 suspicious and 62 negatives (with 132 confirmed and 8 deaths).

12:10p..Today's Covid report isn't published yet, I'll add it when it's online.

 Today's 10:15a update by CONAGUA forecasts Tropical Storm Marco's path well into the Yucatan channel and away from land, but projects it will be a Category 1 hurricane at 7p tonight. At 10a it was located 99mi/160 km east of Cancun and 106mi/170km NE of Cozumel, moving N-NE at 19kph/12mph, with sustained winds of 100 kph gusting to 120 kph (62-75). Along the coasts of Yucatan & Q Roo, winds of 60-70 kph (37-44mph) are expected, with waves of 2-4 meters.
The NHC update also shows the path in the middle of the channel and upgrading to a hurricane tonight. For the eastern portion of Q Roo, 1-4 inches are expected with a possible maximum of 6 inches.

At 10pm last night, Tropical Depression #14 became Tropical Storm Marco, whose center was located 180 miles southeast of Cozumel with maximum sustained winds of 40mph, gusting to 53 mph, and it is moving N-NE at 12 mph. Strong rains are forecast for Yucatan & Q Roo.

This was posted by the Governor last night...

This morning's update from CONAGUA (Mexico's weather agency):

This morning's NHC update at 4a CDT (which is 5a EST,/"Isla Time" and 900 UTC): Our area remains under a Tropical Storm Warning & a Hurricane Watch. The track predictions have shifted to the east since yesterday. The Maximum Wind forecast shows 50 mph at 12 hours & 60 mph at 24 hours,  then in the Gulf--65 mph in 36 hours and 70 mph in 48 hours. Marco is moving N-NW at 12mph, and its center is expected to approach the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula today. The center will approach the NE part of the Yucatan Peninsula by early evening and move over the central Gulf of Mexico toward the NW Gulf on Sunday. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts and additional strengthening is forecast as the system approaches the Yucatan Peninsula and Marco could be near hurricane strength when it moves over the central Gulf of Mexico Sunday night (after it passes us). Tropical Storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center.
WIND--Tropical Storm conditions are expected to first reach the eastern Yucatan coast within the Warning area this afternoon and will spread northward and westward within the warning area tonight, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Hurricane conditions are also possible within the Hurricane Watch area by this evening.
RAIN-Eastern portions of Q Roo & Yucatan--3 to 6 inches, isolated max totals of 10 inches.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Just after Sunset--August 3 at 7:47
  August 4      8:29 
 August 5    9:07
August 6      9:42
August 7     10:16
August 8     11:22

 Sunset  7:25-7:03pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:21-6:30am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in August. 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 August, 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

>>Meteors!! The Perseids are currently active & one of the most popular showers. They will peak in the early mornings of the weekend of August 11,12 & 13, but the moon will be at or slightly past its last quarter phase and interfering. However, the Perseids are bright & you may see 3 or 4 dozen when they are peaking, if you're patient. They continue thru the 24th. The Alpha Capricornids are going on now (thru Aug. 15) with only a few meteors per hour, but they are known for producing bright fireballs when active. (They peaked Tuesday & moonlight will interfere with visibility.)

Monday, Aug. 17-170th Anniversary of Isla Mujeres

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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