Visa Free USA December?

TIJUANA must always be very careful about what they read and where they read. It was very hard for Mexicans to understand satire The Deform , criticizing certain issues of the day with his parody, but the danger today is that there are many other pages devoted to spreading false news with the aim of only generate more traffic and clear example of this is a story that has been circulating on social networks today.

The site called Meridiana Jornada published a “news” in which states that any person born in Tijuana may enter the United States from December without the need for a visa. The false note has caused confusion among Internet users. SanDiegoRed has confirmed that this is a false note.

The page with only three sections Home , Popular and Facebook , it seems pretty suspicious to believe in the veracity of this information. When directed to the page you have on Facebook, it appears under the name of ” Most Viewed Day “, where they have previously published other false notes and the same people the evidence.

Photo: FacebookEven the official website of the US Embassy. UU. Tijuana has commented on this “alleged” measure.

The Internet has shown once again that it can be a double-edged sword, it is true that we be informed immediately of any fact that there is a large variety of sources where you can view, however, this can also be counterproductive because it does not all are trusted sites.

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Hurricane Sandra Ends

Something to give thanks for this holiday weekend: Tropical Storm Sandra was shredded apart by 50 knots of wind shear early Saturday morning before the storm could make landfall on the Pacific coast of Mexico, ending the reign of this most unusual late-season storm. Earlier in the week, record-warm ocean waters helped Sandra set the record for the latest major hurricane ever observed in the Western Hemisphere, as the storm maintained at least Category 3 strength from 21 UTC November 25 through 03 UTC November 27 (previous record: an unnamed Atlantic hurricane in 1934 that held on to Category 3 status until 00 UTC November 24.) When Sandra peaked as a Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds on November 26, it became the latest Category 4 storm ever observed in either the Eastern Pacific (previous record: Hurricane Kenneth on November 22, 2011) or the Atlantic (previous record: “Wrong Way” Lenny on November 18, 1999.) Prior to Sandra, the strongest East Pacific hurricane so late in the year was 1983’s Winnie, which topped out on December 6 at 90 mph winds. Sandra was also the first major hurricane in the Western Hemisphere that has ever been observed on Thanksgiving Day. Sandra was the record-shattering 25th Category 4 or stronger tropical cyclone in the Northern Hemisphere in 2015. According to wunderblogger Dr. Phil Klotzbach’s Twitter feed, the previous record was eighteen such storms in 1997 and 2004.

Figure 1. MODIS satellite image of Hurricane Sandra taken at approximately 2 pm EST November 27, 2015. At the time, Sandra was a Category 1 storm with 80 mph winds, and was rapidly being shredded apart by high wind shear. Image credit: NASA.

Figure 2. Projected 3-day precipitation totals (rain and melted snow/sleet) for the period from 7 am EST Saturday, November 28, through Tuesday, December 1.

Moisture associated with Sandra fuels heavy rain event over Texas
Moisture streaming ahead of Sandra from the tropical Eastern Pacific into the Southern U.S. contributed to a heavy rainfall event over Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday and Friday, and this tropical moisture will continue to fuel heavy rains across portions of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee during the remainder of the holiday weekend. The rain of 3.45″ that fell Friday on Dallas-Fort Worth gave them their wettest November calendar day on record, their wettest November on record (7.99″ so far, previous record 7.94″ in 1918), their wettest fall on record (now up to 19.95″), and their wettest year on record (now 56.91″, previous record 53.54″ set in 1991.) Thanks go to TWC’s Michael Palmer for these stats.

Have a great rest of your Thanksgiving weekend, everyone!

Jeff Masters

Travel Terror

Destinations You Must Avoid in an Era of Terror

ByRobert McGarveyFollow | 11/24/15 – 12:09 PM EST

We are canceling trips to Paris by the bushel, claiming terrorism fears as the cause. Hotels are empty — ditto restaurants — and travel agents say they are canceling more Paris travel than they are booking.

The ante just got upped, because now the U.S. State Department has issued what amounts to a global travel alert that bluntly warned: “The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.”

You know what: everybody gets to decide his own comfort level when it comes to terrorism, but very probably, said multiple experts, safe travel remains possible today. Paris, by the way, probably is one of the safer global capitals on the planet right now as police blanket the city, said experts.

But there are other places you should be afraid of, very afraid. Like where? Names are named below.

But, first, understand that a lot hinges “on your personal travel profile,” said Phil Sylvester, a safety expert with travel insurer World Nomads. He elaborated that if you have been to 50 countries, many dicey, you may be safe just about everywhere. If it’s your first trip outside the U.S. and your life has been lived in comfortable suburbia, maybe it’s shrewd to play it safe.

A building block for safe travel has to be skimming the U.S. State Department’s many travel warnings and advisories. State fingers dozens of dangerous countries. The cautious may also check the British Foreign Office.

Either way, though, you already know the ten or so countries that are must avoids: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, North Korea, Syria, Pakistan (“The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan”), Libya, and Bangladesh (“The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to concerns about the ongoing potential for extremist violence in Bangladesh”). But probably you weren’t going to any of them anyway.

More interesting – and more dangerous in a way – are the destinations that retain allure in the public conversation but also may involve real risks to unwary tourists.

But before crossing off more countries know that a key issue is where exactly you choose to go in a destination. Peggy Goldman, president of Friendly Planet Travel, pointed to Israel as a case in point. Much of the country, she said, is safe for tourists. But some very specific areas – the West Bank for instance – are an entirely different matter.

“You need to get granular about warnings and safety,” said Jim Hutton, chief security officer at travel assistance company On Call International. Mexico vividly illustrates this. There are detailed, frightening State Department warnings for many Mexican cities but others that are major tourist draws – such as San Miguel de Allende and Puebla – have no bad ink, not a drop. So carefully read, in detail, before jumping to conclusions, pro or con.

Here’s the question: where to avoid that might be a country on your personal bucket list? The State Dept. shines a light on the danger zones that have real appeal to some travelers:
* El Salvador (“The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that crime and violence levels in El Salvador remain high”).
* Tunisia. Many attacks on tourists in recent months.
* Saudi Arabia (“There have been attacks on U.S. citizens and other Western expatriates within the past year and there continue to be reports of threats against U.S. citizens and other Westerners, as well as sites frequented by them.”)
* Venezuela (“While U.S. citizens are not specifically targeted, violent crime in Venezuela is pervasive, both in the capital, Caracas, and in the interior.”)
* Philippines (“The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to the Philippines, in particular to the Sulu Archipelago, certain regions and cities of the island of Mindanao, and the southern Sulu Sea area.”)
* Colombia (“Violence linked to narco-trafficking continues to affect some rural and urban areas”).

Notice one theme: more than half the dangerous destinations have zero terrorism. But their criminal quotient is soaring. “Petty crime is a lot more likely than terrorism,” said Sylvester.

Security consultant Albert Goldson, executive director of Indo-Brazilian Associates LLC suggested adding two more high risk countries to the list: Brazil and Argentina. He elaborated that both countries are in economic turmoil and both have many of what he called “express kidnappings” where a victim, often a foreign traveler, is kidnapped and driven to an ATM or three to withdraw all the cash he can.

“These criminals work in collaboration with the legitimately employed who interface with tourists frequently like vendors, cab drivers, hotel personnel, and others in the hospitality industry who provide information on their targets and then share the loot,” Goldson added.

Bottomline: pick your destination carefully. Do your research. Stay alert. Don’t assume safety. And very probably you will be fine. “Be informed before you go, that’s a key to staying safe,” said Sylvester.

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Baja Winter Rain Forecast


Ensenada, 21 November.- Updating the rain forecast for Baja California and the status of the weather phenomenon El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the Centre for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (Cicese) predicted an increase in rainfall in the state from December; February will be the month with more rains throughout the season.

Regarding the strength and permanence of ENSO, the Department of Meteorology warned that Cicese remain strong until the end of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, gradually weakening towards the spring of 2016.

A joint report Meteorologist Higareda Santiago Cervera, the researcher Edgar Pavia and the Department of Computer and Peace Unit, all of Cicese reveals that in November the rainfall anomaly with respect to the climate of the entity will be between 100-125 per percent above the average for the coastal region, the equivalent of 26 to 30 millimeters of precipitation of water above normal.

But in December the anomaly will grow 175 percent in Tijuana and Rosarito; will reach 200 percent in Tecate, Ensenada and Mexicali, and San Quentin and the rest of southern municipality of the state is 225 to record rainfall averages between 50 to 70 millimeters of rainfall.

The trend of increased rain will continue in January 2016, when Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada will have 275 percent of rainfall above normal for coastal weather; San Quintin and San Felipe record 250, Mexicali and its valley will grow from 300 to 350, and south of Ensenada (El Rosario at Parallel 28) fluctuate between 300-375 percent above average.

February has forecast more heavy rain; CICESE indicates that Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada fluctuate between 275-300 percent above normal climate (ie up to 90 millimeters of rainwater historic month average), Tecate reach 325, Mexicali 250-300 and San Quintin, San Felipe and the rest of the south of the state will have 300 to 400 percent more rainfall.

By March the percentage and amount of rainfall will be less. Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada, Tecate and San Quentin can register 175 percent; 150 San Felipe and Mexicali receive between 175-225.

The researcher of the Department of Physical Oceanography Division of Oceanology Edgar Pavia recalled that El Niño favors most often above average rainfall (over 250 mm) in northwestern Baja California.

Regarding ENSO meteorologist Higareda Santiago Cervera, head of the Laboratory of Meteorology Physical Oceanography Department, released the update to the November 18 state of “El Niño”.

It established that the conditions of the “strong” El Niño are still present, the positive anomalies of the sea surface temperatures continue in most of the Pacific Ocean, and said there are about 95 percent likelihood of ENSO continue during the winter 2015 -2016 Northern Hemisphere, gradually weakening towards the spring of 2016.

He noted that in preparing the report updated information Climate Prediction Center of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that last October was the warmest of the planet since 1880 began to be continuously record was taken.

According to NOAA, the global average temperature in October reached 15.9 degrees Celsius, which is more than 0.85 degrees in average sea surface temperature recorded in the twentieth century. El Niño influenced prominently in recorded weather conditions, the agency said.

Flying Fish

El Niño 2016

Sunset surfing at Scripps Pier. — Nelvin C. Cepeda / UT San Diego / Twitter @NelCepeda


It’s not just El Niño coming to town.

That was the theme of a public discussion hosted this week by UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, with in-house researchers and guest speakers from organizations such as the National Weather Service.

Scientists have warned that one of the most powerful El Niño systems in recorded history could pummel Southern California well into the spring.

Years of drought and record-high temperatures in the Pacific Ocean could complicate things further, scientists in this region said.

“It’s been a strange two years, a very strange two years,” said Dan Rudnick, an oceanographer at Scripps. “This El Niño is happening on top of the strange stuff we’ve had since 2014.”

If El Niño conditions pull more winter storms down to Southern California than usual — and that has been the historical pattern during years with a strong El Niño — the precipitation will likely move across some of the warmest ocean temperatures on record.

“Those warm waters off the coast can add moisture, can add instability. In other words, give us heavier rainfall rates as they move in,” said Alex Tardy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Rancho Bernardo. “We’ve already seen that a couple of times this year with the rainfall in early November.

“It’s timing, but there’s the potential for increased [coastal] flooding,” he said. A “double whammy,” he added, would occur if flooding from inland watersheds creates flooding, mudslides or other property damage.

In many places, drought conditions may have reduced vegetation and destabilized soils — making mudslides more likely. Scientists caution that repeated storms could swell rivers and small streams to areas that haven’t seen such conditions in decades.

Adding to concerns, warmer weather in the past year has contributed to recent tides well above predicted levels.

“What you see is a tendency for the observed tide to stand above the predicted tide by 8 inches or so,” said Dan Cayan, a climate researcher at Scripps. “That’s not been the case over the last couple of days, but once the atmosphere changes, we’re anticipating with that warmer water that we’ll probably pick up to anomalously higher sea levels.”

If a low-pressure system continues to move toward the region during the next few days, coastal areas could get hit hard by waves over Thanksgiving weekend, Cayan said.

“The largest tides this winter are the ones approaching us in the next week, so that’s an important period for us,” he said. “It turns out there’s a signature of a storm on the horizon.”

With roughly a century of data and just a handful of El Niño events on record, scientists were cautious not to talk in terms of guarantees. Only about half of such weather events have delivered strong precipitation to Southern California. The most powerful El Niño on record came during the winter of 1982-83.

However, given the convergence of unusual conditions this year, everyone in attendance at the Scripps forum Thursday expressed a strong curiosity for what the winter will bring.

“We don’t know what will happen next because it’s been such a strange couple of years, and we’ll see how this one evolves in comparison to past El Niños,” Rudnick said., (619) 293-2234, Twitter: @jemersmith

Baja 1000 Photos

The 48th birthday of the late 1000 lived yesterday a party of “folly” boulevard along the coast with the celebration of the mechanical overhaul, featuring a full not looked in years in this event.
Thousands of fans from around the world joined the fifth round of the World, today will wave the green flag with the bikes at 6 am and 11 with the first Trophy Truck Championship 2015 Score International.
A total of 242 teams will take the start this morning, with at least one member from each of the five continents: America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
The route this year will consist of 821.38 miles, more than 100 road sections will be, to points as Ojos Negros, ejido Uruapan, ejido Erendira, San Quentin, El Rosario, Cataviña, Cocos Corner, Puertecitos, San Felipe, Valley Trinidad, Ojos Negros and Doña Petra Canyon.
Hernandez and Johnson lead
The Tijuana Raul Hernandez will be the first rider on the road, as part of the Unlimited category M / C, where the favorites for the checkered flag are Colton Udall, Mark Eddy Samuels and Max Junior.
Ricky Johnson will be the lucky one who will open the “dance” in the SCORE Trophy Trucks, starting at 11 am on board the new vehicle with AWD system Justin Matney.
Johnson is a living legend of Supercross and one of several celebrities who run this 1000, thinking of a surprise to natural favorites like Robby Gordon, Tavo Vildósola, Rob MacCachren, BJ Baldwin, Bryce Menzies and Apdaly Lopez.
It is expected that the absolute winners of the event made a close at 17 hours; all participants have 33 hours to arrive at the goal, same which will be located on Boulevard Costero.
The “Eternal” Hall extended his record
Rod Hall will celebrate its 78th birthday on November 22, but advanced to extend his record this day as the only rider who has participated in all editions of 1000 miles.
The US will handle a Hummer H1 with his son Chad, Mike Winkler and French Damien Michelin in the Stock Full and the mind set to extend his reign as the race winner.
There are now 22 victories Rod Hall in the so-called “Classic of November”, but since 2012 can not celebrate a victory this weekend and is the ideal place to end his drought hits date.
Off-Road Guide
What: Edition 48 of the Baja 1000
Number of participants: 242
Route: 821.38 miles
Time limit: 33 hours
Number of checkpoints 7
Start time
First motorcycle
6:00 am
First Trophy Truck
11:00 am
Figures to follow: Robby Gordon, Colton Udall, Tavo Vildósola, Apdaly Lopez, Lalo Laguna, Rod Hall, Rob MacCachren, Larry Connor and Bryce Menzies.
Participating countries


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