Posted by: senorwx | November 11, 2014

Four Inches of Rain in November

This is a lot of rain for November. With today’s rainfall we’ve had  more than four inches for the month!  It’s an all-time record! The previous record? About three quarters of an inch last year. All other Novembers had only a trace.

The low pressure system about 250 miles west of San Pancho is producing the rain, which is expected to continue through tonight. There is virtually no chance of it becoming a hurricane.

It’s interesting to note that we have had nearly four inches of rain in some past Decembers.

While things have finally cooled off in San Pancho, 71 degrees this morning, they sure haven’t dried out! If you are here on vacation, our apologies!

Posted by: senorwx | November 1, 2014

October Observations from San Francisco, Nayarit, MX

October Heat: High temperature for the month was 92 F, right on target with previous October highs. The high Heat Index was 113 F, just slightly above average. Nevertheless, we have had the longest and most uncomfortable (heat index) summer that started this year in May instead of June. I think its over!

October Highlight: More than four inches of rain brought our annual total in line with the average rainfall for previous years, around 40 inches. Annual total through October 31: 38 inches.

2014 Hurricane Season: Tropical Storm Vance has formed hundreds of miles south-southwest of Acapulco. There’s a slight chance this storm might bring rain to San Pancho mid-week. Check the NOAA/Hurricane link on our home page for the latest.

Tropical Storm Vance as of November 1

Tropical Storm Vance as of November 1

The End: The official end of the hurricane season is November 30. It’s not that unusual to have tropical events in November. Recent examples:

2013: Nov 1 – 4  Tropical Storm Sonia. There were reports of heavy rain and flooding in Mazatlan and Culiacan.
2012: Oct 30 – Nov 3 Tropical Storm Rosa
2011: Nov 19 – 25 Hurricane Kenneth
2010: Sep 22 – 23 Tropical Storm Georgette

Of course September 2010 was San Pancho’s record-setting, bridge washing away rainiest month on record. But Georgette wasn’t involved. None of the above storms brought any significant weather events to our pueblo here on the Riviera Nayarit.

Some great storm maps: If you search the NOAA files, you’ll find fabulous maps of the Eastern Pacific hurricane tracks for every year. A great way to refresh your weather memory! The hurricane tracks for last year are below, shown in graphics for the first and second half of the season.

San Pancho Dresses Up: Just in time for All Saint’s Day, all of the planters along Tercer Mundo have been repainted. Love them or hate them, they look much better! And all the kids in town dressed up for trick or treating on Halloween night as adults began work on altars that will adorn the Plaza on Sunday, All Soul’s Day. It’s good to see the indigenous traditions continue alongside our imported customs!


Storm Tracks 2013 Eastern Pacific 1 - 9

Storm Tracks 2013 Eastern Pacific 1 – 9

Eastern Pacific Storm Tracks for 2013 - storms 10 - 18

Eastern Pacific Storm Tracks for 2013 – storms 10 – 18

Posted by: senorwx | October 1, 2014

The Storm We Missed

Cabo San Lucas Destruction - AP Photo

Cabo San Lucas Destruction – AP Photo

The weather event of September is the one we missed: Odile. Brushing by San Pancho it slammed full force into Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and dozens of towns along the Baja California Peninsula. It brought death, destruction, looting and closed the airport which is still not open at this writing.

Hurricane Odile brought a few sprinkles as it passed San Francisco, Nayarit with wind gusts for about fifteen minutes, one reaching 24 mph, but that was it. On the other hand, the churning Pacific took it’s bite out of our beach in September and came ashore through the restaurant area and the Malecon.

A noteable rain storm pelted San Francisco on the evening of the 10th. Three inches of rain in three hours! Low lying areas in town and along Tercer Mundo were flooded. A lack of drainage on our Main Street and structures built at or below grade level provided easy access for the runoff to cause damage in some homes and businesses.

The most-asked question this summer was about our rainfall total for the year. We had about a half dozen major rain events, including several rain days near the end of September. With 34 inches for the year on record now, it is likely we will have a “normal” rainfall for 2014.

What’s normal? The yearly average for the past six years (not including 2014) is 43 inches. But, he hastens to add, the annual rainfall range is between 36 and 44 inches each year. A couple of more inches this month will bring us into that “normal” range. The average for the past 7 years is at 43 inches because of that infamous September, bridge-washing-out, 2010 when the yearly rainfall totaled 55.70 inches!

Our endlessly hot and extended summer temperatures finally moderated in San Pancho during the September. Above average temperatures started early in May and continued through July. Normally hot temperatures followed in August and September. For those of us in San Pancho during the summer those extra two months of hot weather in May and June were totally unnecessary. To boot, we registered a record high for all the Septembers on record with 93.9.

You’ll understand if we don’t talk about the heat index readings for this summer. In a word: high.

October promises to bring daily high temperatures around 80, two to four inches of rain, and early sightings of friends returning to San Pancho on the the beautiful a Riviera Nayarit.


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