Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, October 27

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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The Mayor reports a "Saldo Blanco" (No serious incidents) in our municipality after the passage of Hurricane Zeta. The damage has been minor and the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) has mostly restored the electrical service and is working in areas that do not yet have power. The City will deploy a cleanup operation to reactivate Isla Mujeres shortly.  VIDEO  

Last night ~11pm the Mayor posted the most of the water catchment areas lacked electric power so the tap water service could be disrupted and to pay attention to rationing its usage.

The Governor reports that the Hurricane-strength winds extended 75 km (47 mi)  from the center of Zeta and Tropical Storm-strength winds extended 220 km (137mi) from the center. Playa del Carmen reported sustained winds of 108 kph with gusts of 140 kph (67 mph gusting to 87 mph). In Cancun, there were sustained winds of 97 kph with gusts of 116 kph (60 mph gusting to 72 mph). Those are both in the Tropical Storm-strength. 

Tropical-strength are sustained winds of 39-73 mph.  Category 1 Hurricane-strength are sustained winds of 74-95 mph.

Ultramar has resumed passenger service from Puerto Juarez with the departure of the 11am ferry, resuming their previous schedule.

Locations of the shelters...

The path that was forecast before the hurricane landed when we reached Red Alert status (indicating its approach was imminent) around 7p.


Preparations before the storm...

The Director of Civil Protection says there was minimal damage in Isla Mujeres, and reports a "Saldo Blanco" (no serious incidents). He said electrical service has been restored nearly 100%, and that only one post fell near the middle school. He said there were branches in the streets when they toured at 4am, but no trees. He gave assurances that Isla Mujeres is returning to normal rapidly & should have a normal weekend welcoming national and international visitors. He said the seas are still unsettled and the Harbor Master will announce when nautical restrictions are lifted. (Ultramar announced it was resuming hourly passenger ferry service from Puerto Juarez at 11a.)  VIDEO  

This says the Ley Seca - Prohibition of Alcohol Sales in the northern region of the state was lifted today at 10am. (That is routine during the passage of a hurricane.)

TVisla Mujeres    

The vehicle ferry to Punta Sam could resume operations at midday   LINK  
The Cancun International Airport is operating normally LINK

 Winds from Zeta affected the fence of the tennis court. VIDEO  


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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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