Baja December Storms


December rain storms are an annual treat here in Ensenada.   The rain from last Thursday and Friday totaled more than 2 inches.  That’s a welcome gift for an area that totals approx 7-11 inches of precipitation for an entire year.

Photo is this morning’s view east from my home toward the Punta Banda lagoon, Maneadero agricultural fields and the snow-frosted mountains.  Caught a little more rain this morning with a bonus of electricity outage for a brief period in the very early hours.

To my Colorado gang, this scene is what SoCals call “winter”.  It will likely hit a high in the low 60s F today, prompting locals to break out their back country jackets for invierno.

I recall the storm a few years ago that stripped off the roof of a neighboring house here on the hill.  The scene played out in slow motion as the roof peeled back like the top of a sardine can.  Lucky that it was a home still under construction and unoccupied.  Neighbors reported 90 mph winds that December.


We did not have those high winds last week, but, there were some gusts that ever so slightly moved my Starband satellite internet dish.

Pointing this dish is tricky in that it is a big, heavy honker and needs more precision in its point than a tv sat dish.  Finally got it back up and pinging the satellite Sunday.

I enjoyed the break from the internet for a few days.  Can anyone remember life before the internet?

I was happier than a 5 year old under the Chrismas tree on 25 December when my modem lit up all 4 of its green lights, signalling my reconnection with the universe.

What did I miss those 3 days of no inter-cloud?  A couple of requests from neighbors, a party invitation and lots of political rants.  And those lonely housewives and Nigerian princesses continue needing my very specialized services.

Hope your last 2 weeks of 2012 are full of whatever you want.

decstormnorth View north across the bay to Ensenada this morning.



  1. Posted December 18, 2012 at 10:43 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey Dock:

    Wow! That picture of the waves is a prize winner! It really communicates a feeling. Did you take it?

    Roger S.

    • bajadock
      Posted December 18, 2012 at 11:32 | Permalink | Reply

      R, The “waves” are just digital quirks from adjustments on that pic. Yes, the photo is mine. Storms are strong energizers for me. More rain forecast for ‘Nada town today. SLAINTE!

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