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It’s Raining In Todos Santos Baja

It’s been mostly grey and cloudy in the mornings since Wednesday Aug 31. But no rain in Todos Santos. A little drizzle in Pescadero but not here.

But it’s raining right now, 12:44 pm, Sunday. Light steady rain. Completely grey skies. 78F. Wonderful!

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Rain In Todos Santos, Visit To East Cape Baja Sur

Monday, August 22, I went on a car journey around the cape area of Baja Sur. We needed to drop off a car in storage near the airport in San Jose del Cabo so we drove Highway 19 from Todos Santos to Highway 1 in Cabo San Lucas, dropped the car off and then went north on Highway 1. We detoured to snorkel at Cabo Pulmo (the water was excellent and many fish were around but less than I had hoped for) and then continued north to Los Barilles and then west to El Triunfo and back on Highway 19 to return to Todos Santos. Highway 1 on the East Cape was an eye opener! It was lush and green and more like a jungle than dry Baja desert. Very different than the Todos Santos area. There were standing mud puddles and ditches full of water beside the road. Amazing! The road from Los Barilles to El Triunfo is twisty with cutbacks and hairpin mountain turns. I couldn’t really take photos and drive. Oddly enough, instead of the west side of the mountains being wet and the east dry, it’s working the other way around with the east side wet and west side dry. The closer we got to the Pacific side, the drier it became. The moisture is coming from the mainland and the Sea of Cortés, hitting the mountains and raining. Not much left for the west side.

That said, it rained during the morning of August 24 (Wednesday) here in Todos Santos and in Pescadero. It was a fairly steady 30-35 minute rain that soaked into the ground. Not enough for mud puddles or standing water but the ground did get wet. By Thursday morning you could no longer tell it had rained. We need more, but it was good to finally get a little. The dust levels are down and it cooled off nicely last night when the cloud cover finally broke. The ocean is warm, the swimming is good.

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Todos Santos Weather And Rumor Update

Last night was hot. It was 86F inside when I went to bed around 11 pm. This morning at 7:30 am, it was 85.5 F inside. Outside was the same. We currently have more clouds in the sky than not, but the sun is peaking through on occasion. The temp is up to 88F, inside and out. In a small rustic town  with few air conditioners, that’s hot! Oh and it’s humid too. All thanks to Hurricane Greg, so far south of us, but still pushing hotter humid air and water north.

I heard some rumors yesterday. First, there will be a new palapa bar with sand floors going in across the street from Cafelix on Calle Juarez. I was told the proprietor is in management at the new Guaycura Hotel in Todos Santos. Supposedly they will have live reggae music until the wee hours of the night. Not sure how the residents of central Todos Santos will like that but we will see.

Second rumor is that once again, plans are underway to pave the Playitas Road from the end of the current pavement up to 8 km north, covering all of Las Tunas. That would be great, especially for our cars, but I have heard these things before will believe it when I see the work begin.

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Warm And Muggy Again

And it’s no wonder either with Tropical Storm Greg churning south of us. He’s not likely to directly affect us but will make it more uncomfortable both during the day and night.  We are having a rather delightful summer so far, with daytime breezes mostly from the west-northwest and cooler ocean temps. Historically, mid August is when it starts to get hotter due to increased tropical activity to our south.

tropical storm greg south of baja sur mexico

Tropical Storm Greg Projected Path - courtesy NOAA

Still no rain worth mentioning in Todos Santos. There has been lots of localized rain between San Pedro and La Paz and up in the mountains but not here. Not yet at any rate.

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Dora Passes By Todos Santos Baja

Well, she was one strong hurricane for a while there but the cooler water and wind shears cut Dora down quickly. She’s now a tropical storm and passing south west of Todos Santos. We didn’t get any measurable rain from her, but other areas within 60 miles of here did, so at least the aquifers are refilling.

Right now, 3 pm Todos Santos time, the winds are brisk from the southwest. The whitecaps in the ocean are also from the same direction. The air is hot and the winds are 20-30 mph. It doesn’t feel as humid today as it has the last 3 days but the temps are up.

Maybe we will have a surprise and get some rain yet but it doesn’t look promising at all.

As a footnote, I tried something new with the hurricane graphic posts. I linked directly to Weather Underground instead of capturing the graphic and reposting it. This means as they change the graphic it will also change here – eventually the previous Dora posts will reflect the last graphics posted from Weather Underground. Not sure if I will continue to post graphics this way or not. Comments appreciated.

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Hurricane Dora

Dora the explorer, working her way up the coast of mainland Mexico towards Baja Sur. She’s projected to become Cat 3 and to stay south of Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos. Depending on how far west she veers, we may or may not get some blustery tropical storm force winds. Dora does seem to be creating rain storms ahead of her progress so we may yet get measurable rain. We need it.

satellite image of hurricane dora closing in on baja sur mexico

Satellite Image of Hurricane Dora - courtesy Weather Underground

As ever, you can find more info at National Hurricane Center and Weather Underground.

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Tropical Storm (Soon To Be Hurricane) Dora

Well that wonderfully cool weather is gone thanks to Dora. Hot, humid. Scorching in the sun. Almost rained this morning but only sprinkled a little. So close but yet.

Seems that Dora will pass south of us as a hurricane. She’s the 4th named storm of the year and is projected to hit Cat 3 strength before diminishing. With any luck we will avoid the winds but get some rain from her.

todos santos baja mexico hurricane dora

From Weather Underground: Tropical Storm Dora 5 Day Forecast

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