In the aftermath of Hurricane Norbert, it appears that summer has broken in Todos Santos. Last night’s low temps were 62-63F, down 10F from the night before. It was so cool, I turned off the fans and scurried for a blanket. Haven’t used a blanket since June!
That’s all folks!
We did attend the festival last night. The general feeling among the folks I encountered was that the weather really put a damper on the events. The whole energy level was low. I imagine people from outlaying areas didn’t bother to come into town and were concerned with future flooding and high winds. The main entertainment was a female singer name Ericka. She didn’t even have a band backing her, merely a tape machine. She was good, a real crowd pleaser. Of course it rained off and on during her performance.
As usual there was lots of food, games and things for sale. Prices continue to rise and that might have bummed some people out also. All in all, something just seemed off a bit. I have photos but I will wait until tomorrow to post them, hoping that somehow the coronation of the Queen will happen tonight. Looking doubtful though as the skies are dark and grey and it looks like rain to me. Also, most of the gypsy vendors have taken apart their stands and right now, there is not much to do at the festival.
4:43 pm MDT – Todos Santos is alive and well. Hurricane Norbert really didn’t do much harm. There was wind, 40-50 mph, and some rain (but so far not much). Electricity mostly stayed on. Internet access is active. No flooding. Even the Playitas Road is in decent shape. We may get more rain later tonight but right now there is plant debris scattered around but little else in the way of damage.
The Scene From My Backyard Around 1 pm October 11
View Towards the Ocean from Las Tunas
View From the Bocana in Las Tunas, Lots of White Water
The Todos Santos Festival del Pilar opened last night. I didn’t attend since my daughter had school early this morning. Seems to me the kids should get Friday off during festival week. It’s only once a year and many of them didn’t make it to school anyway. If it doesn’t rain, a big if, I’ll attend tonight. One note about the midway rides this year – there is NO Ferris Wheel. How could they? It’s my favorite ride!
Hurricane Norbert: dropped from Cat 4 to Cat 1 overnight and now back to Cat 2 and heading north at 10 mph. He’s expect to turn northeast towards Magdelena Bay at 14 mph and make landfall Saturday morning about 150 miles north of Todos Santos. That puts us right on the southern edge of the hurricane warning area. We are solidly in the tropical storm warning area though and will likely get rain and strong winds tonight and tomorrow.
Enhanced Satellite View of Norbert from Weather Underground
Norbert Tracking Map with Warning Areas from NOAA
Norbert Tracking Map from Weather Underground
As if the threat of Norbert (who thinks up these names anyway?) wasn’t enough, further south is Tropical Storm Odile. Right now it appears she will go west but when storms parallel the mainland you never really know. They could take a right turn and hit Mexico directly or slid up into the Sea of Cortez and make a mess of the East Cape area. Sometimes they even make the turn around Los Cabos and come up the west coast and threaten Todos Santos. We will have to watch Odile.
Tropical Storm Odile Project Tracking Path from NOAA
We don’t yet have the printed version back from our new printers in Mexico City, but today I posted the mid-October issue online. You can view it here:
El Calendario de Todos Santos
With the change of printers, we are now a full color glossy magazine. Move on over Baja Life!!!
It figures. Just when we thought it was safe to have a festival, to grade the Playitas road and to bask in the cooler weather, along comes the strongest hurricane of the season, Norbert. He is currently about 445 miles away and a category 4 storm, mean and threatening. He is forecast to make landfall north of Todos Santos and let’s hope he stays far away from Todos Santos as he will be a damaging entity. Lots can happen between now and Saturday but it appears as though he will put a damper on our festival. Vamos a ver!
And of course, today they were grading the Playitas road so it naturally follows that we will get a lot of rain within a week. Almost always happens that way. It’s a shame too as the road will be in worse condition than before the grading and it will be weeks if not months before it is graded again.
Hurricane Norbert Project Path from Weather Underground
Hurricane Norbert Satellite View from Weather Underground
Hurricane Norbert Projected Path from NOAA
The Todos Santos’ Founding Festival also known as Festival del Pilar, will be Oct 9 – 12. Hopefully this cool weather will continue and TS Norbert will change his direction and let us have our yearly party without wind and rain.
Okay, this is the year that will redefine everything. The summer started a month early, was as hot and humid as any I have experienced, and now appears ready to end. Over the last 3 nights, the temps have gone down 10F. This morning at dawn it was 69F in my camper. Amazing!!! The days are cooler too. Our first northwest high and following ocean swell is arriving as I write.
But wait…down south, a new tropical storm has formed, Norbert. And he appears to be following the path of the two previous storms that made landfall near Todos Santos. How can this be? How can it be so cool and a storm coming?
Norbert's Projected Path from NOAA
Infrared Satellite View of Norbert from Weather Underground
A bit late, but as promised – photos from the “El Grito” celebration in Todos Santos, Baja. Remember it rained a bit this night so some parts of the event (mostly the presentation of candidates for Queen of the October Fesitval) are simply missing as I could not photograph in the rain. Enjoy!
High School Dancers from Todos Santos
Singer From Group, Arena del Rio
A Young Fan - She Took a Liking to Me
More High School Dancers
Yet More High School Dancers
The Last High School Dancers Photo - Promise
The Crowd at El Grito - Bit Smaller Than Normal Possibly Due to the Threat of Rain
Singer From Arena del Rio - Under the Moon
The Honor Guard, More High School Students
The Current Mayor Doing the Grito Honors
Fireworks During El Grito
Public Dance in the Plaza - The Band Whose Name I Can't Remember
I hadn’t heard of Vicente Fox pushing for this law change, but today I noticed this headline story on Yahoo.com about decriminalizing small amounts of drugs carried for personal use only.
Check it out: Mexico Personal Drug Use
That’s it for now.