Light drizzle at 7AM hits the Punta Banda peninsula, just south of Ensenada this morning. This moisture is the remaining spirit of the tropical storm Ivo, that hit Baja Sur this weekend.
This photo comes from the Loreto, California Baja Sur, area, courtesy of Baja Nomad. Storms regularly hit the Sea of Cortez area of Baja Sur and inflict a lot more damage than Ivo did this time.
The strength of these storms weaken as they travel from south to north and due to the cooler water and the sierras.
The city of Mulege is usually the hardest hit during storm season. Mulege’s unique geography and river provide a catcher’s mit for the moisture with devastating floods that rip through the town about every other year. Apparently, Ivo only hit this area with a moderate slap.
Power outages on the Sea of Cortez Baja coast have blocked information sharing, so updated reports might not become available until later this week.
The last significant storm to hit Ensenada was Emily in 1965. But, we have had some December storms with winds exceeding 60mph that have broken windows and saw satellite dishes take flight in my neighborhood of Colonia Puerto Escondido.
Great news for those of us on the Pacific side of Baja(aka Baja norte), is that August through November provides the best weather of the year. Temperatures are typically 70-80F high and 60-70F low.
Moisture is rare this time of year, but, the few precious sprinkles we get are welcome. Clear blue skies and light winds are normal.