Posted by: senorwx | February 1, 2010

January: Cool and a Big Storm

January’s big weather event was a storm that moved onshore into the Banderas Bay/San Pancho area on the 15th.  We had rain, high tides and a waterspout was spotted in Banderas Bay.  Guayabitos and La Peñita, just north of San Pancho, the high tides brought the sea water into town.  Here in San Pancho the high tides brought water up to our malecon, but not into town.

Here are the dramatic pictures from the storm.

Waterspout - Photo by Bob Umbral, Banderas News

Sea water invades Peñita – Photo: Bill Bell,Jaltemba Sol

The month ended with about a tenth of an inch of rain, recalling December when we had some rain around Christmas and again on the 29th.

The storm brought us cool weather with a monthly low of 52 degrees on the 16th.  We had some warm weather too in January reaching a high of 86 on the 23rd.  But overall, the variation of daytime highs was slight with temperatures hovering around 80 degrees.

How does that compare to past years?  Well, if you thought it was cooler or warmer or wetter this January that in the past, here are the facts from the San Pancho weather station:

Average daytime temperature:  2010 – 72 2009 – 74 2008 – 65!

And for those who proclaim that we ‘never’ have rain in January:

Rainfall:  2010 – .09 inches        2009  –  .06 2008  – .12

Another aspect of the big mid-month storm in January is the condition of our beaches.  As you can see from this picture, the erosion is significant.

San Pancho Beach - photo: Frank Smith

My thanks to Frank Smith, the Director of Grupo Ecologico de la Costa Verde in San Pancho for this photo from his February Newsletter.  Frank also points out this disturbing news:

“A newly released report sights rising sea temperatures and not rising sea levels as the most immediate growing threat to our beaches.  Aside from creating hurricanes, rising sea temperatures are causing hyper storm activity in the Pacific, which in turn is causing 43 foot waves to slam into the coast of Oregon and Washington.  The report states that maximum wave height has increased by 4.5 feet over the past year, and will continue to rise with sea temperatures.  The impact of high waves may destroy marine turtle nests and their beaches in the decades to come.”

If you haven’t subscribed to Grupo Ecolgico’s Newsletter, I suggest you do so at the group’s site.

Thanks again to those who have emailed the San Pancho Weather Station during the month. I always enjoy hearing from fans who check in with us.

On the non-weather scene, life in San Francisco has turned quiet since the holidays.  But January is the time for us to take care of some annual civic duties and thanks to my best friend, we’ve paid our taxes (in Sayulita this year) and our water bill (in San Pancho).

The biggest challenge Cele found was at the Post Office in Bucerias where it was time to renew our mailbox. She writes about it here. Now we are ready for the mail to trickle in. Here’s an interesting thing about receiving mail from the States. It seems to arrive at the Bucerias Post Office in a week or less from Boston. But then it takes another couple of weeks to get into our mailbox.  But that’s OK.

This is Mexico and we love it!



  1. What’s going on down there, Curt? I heard it was raining again today (Feb. 2). It’s nice and sunny in Seattle.

    What gives, Weather Pundit?

    Wish I’d seen that waterspout…


    • Strange weather, indeed!

      Rain all day today, more than a half inch here in San Pancho … much heavier to the south. And cool temperatures.

      Sorry for the folks here on a brief vacation, but it is all supposed to clear out by Thursday or Friday.


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