If Jimena follows projections, Todos Santos won’t know what hit her. This storm is large, powerful and dangerous. At this moment, 5:40 pm MDT, it appears she will pass within 75 miles of Todos Santos and we will receive at a minimum, strong tropical storm force winds. If Jimena passes closer, say 45 miles, we will receive hurricane force winds. Jimena currently packs 155 mph sustained winds and gusts up to 190 mph. I don’t think palapa roofs can withstand that onslaught. I just hope the dunes hold back the ocean surge.
Here are the latest graphics from the web:
Hurricane Jimena Satellite Image - Aug 31 - 3 PM MDT
Hurricane Jimena Projected Path - Aug 31 - 3 PM MDT
It’s been raining off and on all day. The sun has been hidden behind cloudy skies since dawn. Temps in the low 80’s F.
Vamos a ver lo que pasa manaña!
The weather is the big news here. After the warmest winter in recent memory, we are now having one of the hottest summers that anyone can recall. It turned unseasonably warm in mid to late July and hasn’t looked back. It is blisteringly hot during the day in the sun, better in the shade (maybe 90-95F) but the problem is at night. It simply is not cooling off at all. Typical dawn temps are 80F or more. When the breeze stops, that’s a hot way to start a day.
We haven’t had much rain in Todos Santos. There have been thunderstorms almost daily and you can see the ominous clouds and hear the thunder, but it’s raining elsewhere. Until recently that is. In the last 2-3 weeks it has rained. First a few weekends ago, we had a Saturday and Sunday with about 30 minutes of medium steady rain. It wasn’t enough to get the flying ants to hatch though. Then last Wednesday, the skies darkened in every direction and it rained hard for a solid 15 minutes in central Todos Santos but in Las Tunas, nary a drop. The rains have been very localized. On Friday it rained again, hitting all of Todos Santos and then today, Sunday, Aug 30, it rained for 45 minutes, the better part of it very heavily. Enough to make puddles and new drainage channels. We should see the ants soon.
Hurricane Jimena is taking a direct path towards Baja California Sur and Todos Santos. She is an enormously powerful storm, currently category 4 with sustained winds of nearly 140 mph and gusts even higher. The ocean water is unusually warm, about 1.5 degrees F higher than normal, so this storm will not weaken as it approaches us. There is some uncertainty in the path predictions but right now it doesn’t look good. We could start feeling the effects as early as Tuesday morning so you had best get your preparations finished on Monday.
Hurricane Jimena Heads Directly for Baja Sur and Todos Santos
Hurricane Jimena Tropical Storm Force Wind Probabilities