Thursday, October 1, 2020


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I'll add the weekly color update of the state epidemiological  tonight at ~9p, for Oct. 5-11.

 Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports another case of C-19 for a total of 197 with 15 deaths and 155 recovered. 

On the state geoportal for 9/30, the 11 active cases by colonia are reported as: La Gloria-7, and one each is Downtown, Aeropuerto, Salina Chica, and Salina Grande, with none reported on the mainland part of the municipality.
  On the national map for 9/30, the municipality reports 6 suspicious and 86 negatives (and 196 confirmed with 15 deaths).

 The Red X is a Tropical Wave has a high/70% chance of formation through 5 days, and could form a Tropical Depression over the weekend as the system meanders toward Belize, the Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba. 

The Yellow X is a Tropical Wave with a low/20% chance of formation through 5 days. It is expected to move westward for the next several days where environmental conditions could become more conductive for development over the central or western Caribbean Sea by early next week.

Protection of Sea Turtles--

With 15 days left in the sea turtle nesting season, the Tortugranja has protected 1137 nests with 123,724 eggs of the three species who nest on the shores of our municipality. This is nearly four times as many as the last 'off' year of 2018. Although the season officially ends on Oct. 15, the surveillance patrols will continue thru the end of the month.  

     Tortugranja Director Deline GarcĂ­a Canto said there are 7 Hawksbill nests with 1055 eggs, 65 Loggerhead nests with 7070 eggs and 1065 Green turtle nests with 115,599 eggs. She asked the residents to assist if they see hatchlings crossing the road, who are confused by the lights of the houses. 

   She said the work of surveillance of the various nesting beaches has been carried out during this nesting season, which is considered a low season, without any major incidents by Tortugranja personnel in coordination with the Municipal Police, Civil Protection and Firefighters, volunteers and the National Guard. (The season officially began May 15, but surveillance began a fortnight before that date.)

Municipal discount program 

Take care of your health, avoid exposing yourself to contagion of Covid-19, Wear face masks correctly. The caption says...Strengthen hygiene measures to prevent infections by using mouth covers whenever leaving home.

TVisla Mujeres    

 Sept. 30   The State Attorney General's Office (FGE) is investigating what happened in a building in the La Gloria neighborhood a few meters from the FOVISSSTE apartments, where the decomposing body of a man was found today, who appeared to have died from an electric shock, and they found another person who was injured and apparently under the influence of alcohol.  

    Personnel with the Red Cross, the Prosecutor's office and the National Guard arrived at the scene after the neighbors made a report, because the bad odor caused suspicions that a person had died several days previously. The head of the Attorney General's/Ministerial, Ernesto Hernandez Sanchez, said they have no yet identified the body, which is in an advanced state of decomposition. It is unknown if he is the owner of the building or a laborer who was working there. It is presumed he died last Sunday because that was when he was last seen by the neighbors. 

   He was found him when they went up to the balcony on the second level, and after a few minutes of checking the building, they found another person apparently under the influence of alcohol with blows to some parts of his body. He was transferred to Cancun and kept in custody while the incident is being investigated. The area was cordoned off and SEMEFO personnel arrived and transferred the body to Cancun. (photo of body on balcony by an air conditioning unit) LINK   VIDEO  of street and building, with brief interview with the Chief of Police.

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

VIDEO with caption saying that the City has built 30 "niches" at the cemetery in colonia La Gloria, because many of the deceased have been cremated during Covid-19.

   La Tertulia  

A post on Facebook has caused concern among residents which shows photos of a cotton candy vendor named Fidencio and a receipt, which says that he is required to pay 200 pesos daily to the City for his permission to sell. He has done this for years, except when only essential activities were allowed, and now he has resumed selling in the New Normality. The monthly fee of 6000 pesos means he must sell six units daily to earn that amount, but sales are reduced in these times, making it difficult to earn money. Residents wrote that the officials should have empathy and should charge in accordance with the amount of sales in these times of economic reactivation when people are struggling to support their families. (photos)


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Thursday, Oct 1 at 6:49, just after sunset
  Oct 2      7:22 
 Oct 3      7:55
Oct 4       8:29
Oct 5      9:07
Oct 6     9:48

 Sunset  6:34-6:11pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:38-6:49am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC

Turtles continue nesting in October.

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. The season officially ends on the 15th, but monitoring continues thru the end of the month. Photos of nest hatching out at MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach, that was missed by the Tortugranja patrols.






Oct. 6-10, -Draconid meteors, peaking on evening of Oct. 7, but should be worth watching on the night before and after, also This is an evening meteor shower, that you don't have to stay up late to watch...look before the waning moon rises in mid-to-late evening. It is usually a slow shower with a meteor every 10-15 minutes. But it is known for having 'bursts" of hundreds or thousands of meteors in occasional years, which aren't predicted with any certainty.  "Meteor showers are like fishing. You go, and sometimes you catch something." 

Oct 20-21-22-Orionid meteors peak in the early morning hours. There's more activity after midnight and the maximum amount in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 20th & 21st . These are "shooting stars" from Halley's Comet & occur from early October to early November as the earth passes thru its debris.

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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