Monday, October 12, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, October 12

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Today the municipality reports another case of C-19 for a total of 215, with 17 deaths and 176 recovered.
The state Geoportal reports 2 active cases by colonia as 1 in Salina Grande and 1 Downtown.
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The Federal Government, via the National Coordinator of Civil Protection declared a State of Emergency in Quintana Roo for the municipalities of Cozumel, Puerto Morelos and Solidaridad for the strong winds and intense rain on October 5 & 6, and for the municipalities of Benito Juarez (Cancun), Isla Mujeres, and Lazaro Cardenas (Holbox) for the strong winds that occurred on October 5th. This allows the municipalities to have access to funds from FONDEN (Fund for Emergency Attention). Based on this Declaration, which was requested by the state government, authorities will have resources to meet needs for food, shelter, and health care among the affected residents.


The Tortugranja reports there was no damage to the turtle nests incubating there. Due to the large number of nests and in anticipation, a new incubation pen had been built in a higher area near the facility, which was not affected by the tidal surge. The nesting season officially ends this week on the 15th, which is considered to be a record season for a 'low' season. It is noted that more than 50,000 hatchlings could be released. The Tortugranja is open for visitors, with sanitary measures such as mandatory and correct wearing of face masks, healthy distancing, and use of antibacterial gel.

There was a good influx of tourists this weekend, thanks to the fact that the tourism infrastructure wasn't damaged by Hurricane Delta, and the municipal government and islanders in general acted quickly to repair the effects that occurred. 

      Visitors from all over the world came to enjoy the white sand beaches and blue turquoise water of this Pueblo Magico, as well as the various attractions of Isla Mujeres. Once again, it is clear that this is a preferred vacation destination, due to its natural beauty and certifications of quality services, and now for the manner in which the various tourism sectors are following the sanitary rules for coronavirus prevention.

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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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