Unlike Game Of Thrones, it’s not winter that is worrisome in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico. It’s summer! And our summer doesn’t start or end when the calendar says it is supposed to. Typically, our summer weather begins with the first named storm in the tropical convergence zone way south of us. Tropical storms spin counterclockwise and force warm water and warm moist air further north, towards the Baja peninsula, bringing high humidity, warmer nights and warmer sea surface temps to the Todos Santos area. Later in the summer, storms begin to travel in the direction of Baja Sur and by then, we are fully immersed in the dog days of summer.
We have been enjoying a very long stretch of nearly perfect weather with cool (60s F) nights and moderate sunny days (75F) but this will change with the first storms south of us. And one is trying to form right now. Today is the most humid day in quite a while, hovering around 80%. If historical norms still apply, our night time temps will rise about 5F and not go back down, or possibly go back a bit but ratchet up even higher with the next storm and daytime temps will slowly edge up as the sun becomes more intense. When I first moved to Todos Santos (1996) the weather was pleasant through mid August. Now we are lucky to have pleasant weather through June. And summer doesn’t truly end until the storm season passes at the end of November, although rarely do we have brutal heat in November. But truly, historical norms are being tested every day.
Potential Storm Brewing To The South Of Todos Santos
NOAA has released their forecast for our area and I’ll post that information this weekend.
May 15 is the official first day of the East Pacific hurricane season and November 30 is the last day. Storms can form and present danger beyond these dates but normally the vast majority of storms occur between these dates.
NOAA hasn’t yet released their predictions but the Mexican weather service and some online weather services have. (As an aside, the weather has been about perfect for most of May. Nights remain cool (60s F), humidity low and days warm and sunny but very pleasant and sometimes even cold in the shade. We need to enjoy this while we can because summer is coming!)
2016 East Pacific Hurricane Forecast - SMN
2016 East Pacific Hurricane Prediction - Accuweather
I’ll post again when NOAA releases their take on the Todos Santos storm season or when a storm forms that might affect us. Yes, I know there is a “Howard” this year. Kinda scary!
Viviane Mahieux has written yet another article (this time appearing on theecologist.org) covering the issues surrounding the Tres Santos development and the town/people of Todos Santos. As always, this is a very well done piece. You should read it.
A small fishing community in Mexico’s Baja California is playing involuntary host to a gigantic tourism and real estate development, writes Viviane Mahieux. And while the branding of the Tres Santos resort is all about mindfulness, ecology and sustainability, the reality is one of big money, high level politics, and the unaccountable deployment of state violence against those who dare oppose it.
Brutal, opaque, illegal: the dark side of the Tres Santos ‘mindfulness’ eco-tourism resort
Todos Santos hosts the Gastrovino Festival this weekend, Friday through Sunday. It’s an easy way to sample some of the best culinary delights that Todos Santos has to offer.
Official Todos Santos Gastrovino Poster - Art By Kate Turning
ACTS, Asociacíon Colonias de Todos Santos, in their most recent newsletter reveals this info about the recent attempt to build a home on the dunes in Las Tunas at the end of Calle Mango:
The ECO Committee of ACTS collected nearly 600 petition signatures supporting the TS Urban Plan which does not allow permanent structures on our barrier dunes. Construction started on a dunes lot in early 2016 near Calle Los Mangos, in violation of the law. All activity was stopped by Profepa and the owners were given ample time to produce proper permits and an environmental report. They failed to do so.
As reported by Ecologia de Ayuntamento La Paz, this project has been shut down permanently and the owner will be heavily fined. The judge will hopefully order dunes restoration for the area they destroyed. There is a federal case still pending.
It is important to note that real estate agents, developers, contractors, and architects who mislead dune lot owners into believing they can build on a dunes lot are also subject to being prosecuted.
Any homeowner who lives behind a home that has already been built on a dune also has the right to litigate for endangerment, due to compromising the safety and protection a dune provides.