Posted by: senorwx | March 3, 2015

Clear Skies Ahead

There were three inches of rain in early February at the San Pancho Weather Station. And that does it for rain until the end of April. Really.

In the eight or so years we’ve been recording the daily weather here on the Riviera Nayarit (before it was the Riviera Nayarit), there has be no rain in either March or April. Zero. None. Nada.

So it’s OK to leave the paperback sitting on the patio table. OK to put away the umbrellas (except for the hot sun). OK to get the house roof re-sealed before the rainy season. And its OK to not pack wet weather gear if you are headed San Pancho way on vaca.

The February high temperature was 84 F, the low 61. There were three days of rain for a total of 3.16 inches. Total hours of sunshine for the month was 198 (and you thought I wasn’t tracking that).

Preview of coming attractions: March high temperatures will range from the high 50’s to the mid 80’s. Did I mention it’s not going to rain?

Remember, San Pancho and most of Mexico (excepting the Mexican states on the U.S. border) remains on Central Standard Time through March. We spring ahead to daylight time the first Sunday in April at 2 a.m.

Posted by: senorwx | February 3, 2015

Offline in the San Pancho Rain

It seems that when it rains the internet in San Pancho slows to a near-halt.

Technically, there should be no connection between internet speed (normal speed in San Pancho is like molasses in February in New England) and rain in San Pancho.

Early February 1, 2015, our current rain event first began. Within an hour the Weather Station and the Internet stopped talking to each other. To put it succinctly, the San Pancho Weather Station was offline for two days, our longest downtime in eight years!

It seems this sort of thing happens when we are have some unusual, if not unique, weather. Rain is not unheard of in February. There’s 2012 when we had four inches. And 2010 when 3 inches fell. The other Februaries (sp?) since 2008 show only a trace of precipitation.

Sunday February 1 we had an inch of rain. Yesterday, February 2, we had another two inches. Some of it a downpour of the cats and dogs variety.

If you are here on vacation, even if only for this past three day Constitution Day weekend, we hope your visit was enjoyable in spite of the rain.

If you’re looking for a vacation that offers a no-rain guarantee, choose March or April in San Pancho. We have never, ever, in the last seven years had any rain in those two months.

Posted by: senorwx | January 1, 2015

2014 – A Hot Time in San Pancho

April through December 2014 was the hottest of times in San Pancho on the Riviera Nayarit. If you were here all that time, this blog confirms your first hand experience. If you missed some of it, be thankful. High temperature readings were set through most of the year, based on the San Pancho Weather Station records reaching back to 2008.

The annual average high temperature was 89.5 F, higher than the average for all the years on record.

The monthly high temperature for every month from April through October was higher than for all of those months back to 2008:

Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct
84.3 80.5 85.9 87.5 90.9 94.2 94.3

The annual high temperature was recorded in July at 94.3 F.

If you’re wondering about the heat index readings for the year, you won’t be surprised. The highest annual average heat index by far of any year: 103.23 F. The closest we ever got to that was in 2009 with 101.74 F with unusually high readings that year in August and September.

The annual high heat index reading came in July at 119.6 F. Yes, the highest on record.

While we rarely mention it, the San Pancho Weather Station maintains records on how many hours of sunshine we have each day. But it deserves attention because there’s a near record for 2014. If you were counting, we had 3073 hours of sunshine, second only to 3347 hours in 2012.

The average UV index for the year was 9.09 (extremely dangerous level), the highest since 2010.

Rain. The most watched measurement of all. And probably most controversial. We often feel that it has rained more or less than recorded at the Weather Station (where rain is measured in 1/100th increments). Big variations across town or across the street can and do occur. Just remember the old political saw: all rain is local.

The first rains came in May. June was the rainiest month , bringing 11.83 inches (30.05 cm) to San Francisco, Nayarit.

Total Annual Precipitation in San Pancho for 2014: 42.49 inches (107.92 cm). No records set here. In fact, it was a quite ordinary year for rain. The average annual amount for the years on record is 42.98 inches (109.17 cm). Can’t much more average than that. (Editors note: this number is accurate as of 12/20/14.)

As always, these stats and much much more are always available on the Statistics page at The San Pancho Weather Station.

My thanks to those who enjoy following the Weather Station site. My crew (Oro, Paloma, Chica and Cana) appreciate your interest and kind comments. As we look ahead to the new year, I plan to provide the weather readings using the metric system.

Mexico uses the metric standard as do all our friends from Canada. It has always concerned me that I haven’t been able to provide that. If my skills hold out, the Weather Station will introduce the readings where you, gentle reader, can choose between the metrics and the English standard (inches, F., pounds, stones and other weird measures ).

Thanks again for your support during the most difficult year personally. Treasure your friends and family in the days ahead. They are your most precious blessings.


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