Sunday, October 25, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, October 25

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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 ~2p  The Governor & the QRoo CONAGUA Director discussed Tropical Storm Zeta noting that the latest forecast expected it to approach the coast as a Tropical Storm, but because it is stationary, the forecast is uncertain and the possibility of it landing as a Category 1 Hurricane remains. Currently the trajectory is for it to land at Cozumel & PDC as a Tropical Storm, but the forecast is inexact & should be clearer after it begins moving in the upcoming hours. Our municipality remains under a Green Alert. Our region remains under a Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning.


The 10a updates from CONAGUA & the NHC have good news & they expect Zeta to remain a Tropical Storm as it passes over us, and to wait to become a hurricane until it reaches the Gulf on the other side of the Peninsula.
Tomorrow at 7pm, TS Zeta is expected to be located 47 mi east of Tulum and 62 mi south of Cancun with sustained winds of 68 mph gusting to 87 mph.
By 7am Tuesday, it is expected to be located in the Gulf, 40 miles W-NW of Rio Lagaros, Yucatan as a Category 1 Hurricane with winds of 75 mph gusting to 93mph.
Currently, TS Zeta remains stationary & is still located 275 mi SE of Cozumel and 300 miles SE of Cancun with sustained winds of 40mph gusting to 53 mph. We're under a Green Alert and should pay attention to bulletins and follow official instructions. We are under a Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning.

~8a--Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to become a Hurricane (which means it attains sustained winds of 74mph) as it reaches our coasts. The last graphic (from CONAGUA-Mx's official weather site) indicates that by noon tomorrow, it is expected to be 185 km (115 mi) east of Punta Allen as a Tropical Storm and by midnight, it is expected to be over land 60km (37mi) west of Cancun as a Category 1. 

~5a ... A Hurricane watch is in effect for our area-from Rio Lagartos to Tulum, including Cozumel. Maximum sustained winds are near 40mph and gradual strengthening is expected, and Zeta is forecast to become a hurricane by late Monday or early Tuesday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles, mainly SE of the center.
Tropical Storm Zeta is nearly stationary, with a slow, generally northwestward motion expected later today. A turn toward the W-NW and an increase in
forward speed are forecast by Monday, followed by a faster northwestward motion on Tuesday. The center of Zeta will pass south of western Cuba early Monday and move near or over the northern Yucatan Peninsula or the Yucatan Channel late Monday, and into the southern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.
It is currently stationary ~290 mi SSE of the western tip of Cuba and ~275 mi SE of Cozumel

Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to report 220 positives with 20 deaths and 181 recovered.

On the national C-19 map for 10/24, our municipality reports 140 suspicious and 99 negatives  (and 220 positives with 20 deaths). The Geoportal still has data from 10/23.


No time change in Q Roo

 Yesterday, the municipal Director of Public Services, Pablo Moreno Povedano, said that the despite the formation of Tropical Depression 28, trash pick up on Sunday would continue normally. In the morning they will collect from the "Beach Routes", in the afternoon at Sac Bajo, and downtown at night.  Residents are reminded not to put trash in the streets when rain is expected because it can obstruct the storm drains.

The government has issued a Green Alert (yesterday a blue alert was issued). The first graphic explains that Blue is minimum danger-stay informed from official sources & ignore rumors. Green is low danger-continue to pay attention to bulletins and follow official instructions. Yellow is moderate danger-Take measure to protect yourself, know the location of storm shelters, prepare for a possible evacuation. Orange is high danger-Evacuate high risk areas and buildings, stay sheltered, follow instructions from authorities. Red is maximum danger-Everyone should stay sheltered and follow instructions from authorities. 

It says a Green Alert is issued when a hydro-meteorological phenomenon is at a close enough distance that within 48 to 72 hours there could be an impact of winds of 63 kph (39 mph) in the affected areas, depending on its intensity.   

The Navy rescued four male Mexicans who were adrift nine nautical miles east of Isla Mujeres in a small recreational boat "La Deriva", after its propulsion system experienced a mechanical failure. The people and the boat were assisted by an MLB-type boat of the Naval Search & Rescue unit, and taken to the Naval pier, where they were attended by personnel with the Harbor Master's office for the required procedures. They were in good health and left under their own power. LINK


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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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