Saturday, October 24, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, October 24

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Update at 4p-- Tropical Depression #28 is expected to strengthen to Tropical Storm Zeta tomorrow, with a risk of Tropical Storm conditions in the northern Yucatan Peninsula Monday night & Tuesday, and heavy rain is expected through Wednesday. Western Cuba is under a Tropical Storm Watch.
It currently has sustained winds of 30 mph with higher gusts and is located about 280 mi ESE of Cozumel & 255 mi SSE of the western tip of Cuba, moving NNW at 2 mph. This motion is expected to continue through early Sunday, and it should gradually turn toward the W-NW with a faster forward speed by Monday. The center of the Depression is expected to remains south of Cuba tomorrow and to approach the Yucatan Channel or the Yucatan Peninsula late Monday before emerging into the southern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, where it could become a hurricane.
A Tropical Depression becomes a Tropical Storm when its sustained winds reach 39 mph, and a Hurricane when they are 74 mph.


A NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane is en route to investigate this area of low pressure 125 miles W-SW of Grand Cayman. Satellite, radar & surface data indicate that it continues to become better organized, and if current trends continue, advisories will be initiated on a Tropical Depression this afternoon or evening. (It will be TD #28. Zeta is the next name, if it becomes a Tropical Storm.) The NHC gives it a 100% chance of development in the next 48 hours, Environmental conditions are conductive for further development while the low drifts toward the north & northwest this weekend. The system could move near western Cuba on Monday and move across the southern Gulf of Mexico or the ***northeastern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday. Interests in western Cuba & the Yucatan Peninsula should monitor the progress of this low***. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall will be possible over portions of the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, and the northeastern Yucatan through early next week.
CONAGUA reports that it is 445 km (275 mi) E-SE of Punta Herrero, Q Roo moving NW with sustained winds of 30 kph, gusting to 40kph, with a 100% chance of development within 48 hours.



Unfortunately, today the municipality reports another death for a total of 20, with a total of 220 positives and 181 recovered.

On the national C-19 map for 10/23, the municipality reports 145 suspicious and 94 negatives  (and 220 positives with 19 deaths. The state Geoportal for 10/23 reports 6 active cases with 3 downtown, 2 in La Gloria & 1 in Salina Chica.


The General Director of the municipal Department of Public Safety, Captain Eduaro Fouilloux Bataller, announced that they are working in coordination with the state Attorney General to investigate the events in the early hours of this morning (~3am) in which a young man who works for the municipal Department of Civil Protection & Firefighters was injured by gunshots.  He said the incident occurred at the fire station when two individuals aboard a dark-colored motorcycle arrived at the scene, where the young employee of the facility was outside talking with two women, and received three impacts from a firearm. (Note--The fire station is next-door to the police station.)

    The Director of Civil Protection said the victim, K.M.M., 21, had been working for his department for a month and a half. He was transferred to a Cancun Hospital, guarded by personnel with the Navy and the National Guard, and his state of health was reported as stable. (One report notes it is his 21st birthday.)

This year's Hanal Pixan altar competition will be conducted virtually, to avoid the spread of C-19. Altars must be of three levels with the traditional elements, and contestants should submit a one-minute video showing the altar and explaining it. The videos will be posted on the Cultura Isla Mujeres page and the video which receives the most "Likes" will be the winner.  The deadline for the competition is 3p, Friday, Oct. 30th and the winner will be announced on November 2nd. 

The "Yellow Hat" volunteers continue to advise the general public not to let down their guard against Covid-19, because the virus is still active. They are located a various strategic points on Isla Mujeres, from the main entrance of the island to Punta Sur, and they continue to invite residents and visitors to wear face masks properly and to maintain healthy distance in busy places to prevent spreading the disease. Although the state remains in yellow on the epidemiological light, there is a risk of rebound of the virus which could push back everything that has been achieved so far, if people don't follow sanitary measures.


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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe,  Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Coco Jaguar, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui & the local craft brewery.  Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores.
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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