Saturday, November 14, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, November 14

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 Tropical Storm Iota is located 870 mi/1400 km ESE of the coasts of Q Roo and the track was adjusted southward with this update. The NHC says: Somewhat surprisingly, Iota has not strengthened much since yesterday, that appears to be the result of some unexpected shear, which is predicted to relax soon. Steady to rapid strengthening is expected in the next 12-60 hours once the storm organizes enough to take advantage of the expected favorable conditions. Iota is forecast to be at or near major hurricane strength as it approaches the coast of Central America. A Hurricane Watch is expected to be issued later today for Nicaragua & Honduras & the center should be near their coasts in 2-3 days. (Excerpted)
On the 4-day forecast, we're encircled every day except today, which indicates rain. There's wind in the forecast Monday & Tuesday. The weather is beautiful here this morning, and a little windy, kicking up whitecaps. Photo #1 from Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach this morning & the other is the webcam at 9:18a.

It's World Diabetes Day, focusing this year on the key roles that nurses play in its treatment, management, prevention and patient education. This year the Isla Diabetes non-profit group is unable to hold our usual free clinic, where we test blood sugars, provide nutritional education, offer free reading glasses, and distribute glucometers & supplies after teaching the diabetics to use them. In order to continue providing these services safely, we've set up am office & an online registry, and Geovanny Avalos is working with a nurse & a nutritionist, doing the work of our whole team, meeting with islander diabetics one-at-a-time, by appointment. This year, we were also able to collect donations & coordinate with other individuals & organizations to provide PPE for Isla's medical personnel. I'd like to give a BIG thank-you to everyone who donated & helped out, and to Geovanny for all his hard work!! Here's a link to our FB page:


 Today Isla Mujeres continues to report a total of 223 positives with 20 deaths and 188 recovered. The state Geoportal continues to report 1 active case in Salina Chica. On the national map for 11/13, the municipality reports 152 suspicious and 111 negatives.


This is a long weekend, with Monday off for Día de la Revolución, which is actually on Friday, the 20th, when the Revolution began in 1910. It was against the dictator Porfirio Diaz, who served seven terms (31 years) as President of Mexico during 1876–1911. These photos are from last year's parade & the islanders in the first two represent the wealthy elite who benefited during ""El Porfiriato". 

This Isleña represents Zapata & his troops who fought in the southern part of Mexico, while Pancho Villa's troops fought in the north. The Islander-Zapatistas had mock battles with firecrackers & cap guns, but they didn't shoot at the fancy group of Porfiristas in front of them.

The big guns represent the importance of Winchester .30-.30 rifles to the rebel forces.

The young islander in yellow is Carmen Serdán, a heroine who accidentally started the Mexican Revolution a couple days early. In the hats are Poncho Villa & Zapata, in black is Madero, in uniform is General Huerta.

Carmen Serdán and her two younger brothers supported Madero & his Anti-Reelectionist cause by distributing propaganda and stockpiling guns & explosives. Carmen made bombs and purchased weapons for the revolutionary forces. Her brothers traveled to Texas to receive instructions from Madero, who was in exile there. Madero called for the Mexican people to take up arms at six o'clock on Sunday, Nov. 20th, and Aquiles Serdán was responsible for overseeing the uprising in Puebla.
However, on Nov. 18th, the accidental firing of a weapon at the Serdán home drew attention to their clandestine activities and the Chief of Police arrived with several officers to arrest Aquiles. Some say that Carmen fired the first shot of the Mexican Revolution, missing the Police Chief, who returned fire and missed her. Aquiles killed the Chief, and the first battle of the Revolution ensued when hundreds of soldiers and police officers surrounded the house, which was occupied by three women (who survived) and 18 men (who perished).

 Holding hands with the young gent is one of the parade's many gun & baby-doll toting "Adelitas" (aka "las soldaderas"), who were mostly camp followers, but also fought beside their men, and played a key role in the Revolution.


#7 & 8 represent the important role the railroads played during the war. Ten thousand miles of track had been constructed before the start of the Revolution.



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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 


Full moon rose Oct. 31-6:30p 

Nov 1-Sunday at 7:07p

Nov 2-Monday at 7:46p

Nov 3 Tuesday at 8:30p

Nov 4 Wednesday at 9:18p

Nov 5 Thursday at 10:10p

Nov 6 Friday at 11:06p

 Sunrise 6:50-7:07 (beginning vs end of month)

Sunset 6:10-6:04

Turtles continue hatching out at the Tortugranja in November

The mamas nest along the eastern beaches from May thru October. 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.  Photos of nest hatching out at MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach, that was missed by the Tortugranja patrols, by Bruce.






 Public events have been suspended due to C-19. Holidays have featured online competitions and events.

 Nov. 1-2--Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead

Nov. 9-20--Buen Fin (Sales)

Thursday, Nov. 12--Postal Workers Day El Día del Cartero y del Empleado Postal

Monday, Nov. 16-- Día de la Revolución Day off (Long weekend) Offices close.

Friday, Nov. 20--Día de la Revolución

 Nov. 16-17--Leonid meteor shower, without moon interference this year. Beginning after midnight and peaking before dawn.

 Thursday, Nov. 26--Normally celebrations for Isla's Patron Saint would begin and continue thru her day, December 8, but this year public celebrations have been suspended due to C-19. 

Monday, Nov. 30--Official end of Hurricane season

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


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