Posted by: senorwx | April 5, 2014

Daylight Time Arrives Tomorrow!

Sunday morning at 2 a.m. is exactly when Daylight Saving Time begins in San Pancho. April 6th, a few weeks behind our neighbors to the north, but better late than never.

For those unfamiliar with our time zone, you’d think we should be in the Mountain Time zone and that’s correct geographically and politically since we are a part of the State of Nayarit. But since the “Riviera Nayarit” is really more connected to the commerce and travel destination of Vallarta instead of our capital of Tepic, we joined the Puerto Vallarta or central time zone a few years back.

That eliminated a lot of the confusion for visitors and residents alike. Things like airline arrival times ( 11 a.m. at the airport but 10 a.m. ‘our time’) was very unwieldy. So the change was a good one. At the same time, joining the Central Time folks means we have later sunsets year round.

So now prepare for a sunset around 8:20 on Sunday! More time to linger over a refreshing drink at the beach.

When retiring Saturday, move your clocks AHEAD one hour. You’re not required to stay up until 2 to do it.

Oh yes, the weather. Well, we had no rain in March. Ditto that for April. Temperatures will continue to warm slightly, daytime highs in the mid to upper 80s, overnight lows in the mid 60s. Perfect conditions for the celebration of Semana Santa in San Pancho!

Such is life here on the beach in San Francisco, Nayarit. The sweetest, friendliest pueblo in all of Mexico!

Posted by: senorwx | March 2, 2014

San Pancho – Predictably Beautiful Weather

There’s one predictable thing about San Pancho when it comes to the weather. March and April bring clear skies, moderate temperatures day and night and not a drop of rain.

This is not a promise made lightly. Since the San Pancho Weather Station started operating six years ago, there has not been any measurable rainfall in the month of March. Better yet, no measurable rainfall in the month of April also! You may find some early morning condensation on your patio furniture or car (just enough to make the dust stick), but the chance of rain for the next two months is as near to zero as you can get.

February was its usual boring self. Daytime highs in the low 80s and early morning lows around 60. It’s still cool in the morning this month, but even those temperatures will moderate as the month goes along.

Since February is a dull weather month, I elected to use that fact to take the station offline and ship it back to its home in Hayward, CA where Davis Instruments is located. Shipping over the border isn’t always an easy affair, but the folks at Estafeta handled it professionally. It was much more economical (read: a lot cheaper) than either UPS or FedEx. The return trip for the station was without incident, not counting the 1500 peso customs charge (on refurbished equipment!) But it is what it is and the weather station is back up on the roof on Honduras.

I want to thank Frank Smith, Director of the Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C. for his kind remarks about our San Francisco weather station in his latest newsletter. He does such good and important work here in San Pancho. If you’re not familiar with “Turtle Frank” and his crew, check out his activities here. Better yet, you might consider volunteering.

Posted by: senorwx | February 1, 2014

An Ordinary January

The average daily temperature in San Pancho for January was 71.9 degrees (22 C). That’s within a degree of Januarys on record, except for 2011 when the average was 65.3 (18.5).

It was cooler (and damper) the beginning of the month, but things warmed up toward the end as we reached a high of 84.3 (29) under sunny skies on the 23rd.

The coldest morning of the month was January 19 at 8 a.m. when the temperature dropped to 59.5 F (15). That is well within the average overnight low. The record low in San Pancho was 50.1 (10) in 2011.

The rainy, gloomy weather that closed out 2013 continued during the beginning of the month throughout the Riviera Nayarit. Total rainfall in San Francisco, Nayarit, was only  a trace (a quarter of an inch in town or .71 cm), compared to an inch (2.54 cm) of rain a year ago.

The prospects for February based on the San Pancho Weather Station database indicates we’ll have a high temperature like January’s, in the low to mid 80′s (28). The low will be in the upper 50′s (14).

Significant rainfall is not very likely. On the other hand, in 2010 and 2012 we had more than 3 inches (7.6 cm) in February. You might want to take on a wager with a friend on this statistic for 2014.

Thanks again for your comments on the weather station. It is always good to hear from you online and on the streets of this beautiful village on the Mexican Pacific coast.

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