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Tropical Storm Sergio

by staff weather editor Tropicali Tormenta     

No seeing any rain in Ensenada yet this Friday morning at 7AM.  Expecting some showers later today.

The problem with these storms hitting the 750 mile long Baja peninsula is that the terrain is like an egg carton.  The mountains, valleys and arroyos have pockets of micro climates.

Also, storm drains are not included in Baja infrastructure. Roadways can wash out quickly.

Flooding can occur in isolated areas at any time with as little as one inch of rain.

Ensenada, Riveroll y Calle Segunda, foto por El Vigia

Our favorite little pocket in Ensenada is Calle Segunda(2nd Street).  It is a few hundred meters from the ocean front and is below sea level.  It floods with a little as 1/2″ of rain.

Many foreigners do not realize that the Baja peninsula has two Mexican states.  The states of Baja(aka Baja “norte”) and Baja Sur(“south” and became a state in 1974) split the peninsula in two.

We wish our friends in Baja Sur well during this storm.

Baja Weather Channel is your best source for weather info throughout Baja.

Below shows Sergio’s path history, big right turn like last week’s storm Rosa, and Sergio’s position Thursday at 5pm.


Hurricane Rosa Aims at Baja

Bajadock: My neighbors and I are on alert and have been discussing the possibilities of severe damege from this storm.  Our most severe storm 10 years ago produced 80-90mph winds here in our neighborhood and 70+mph winds in centro Ensenada.

Ten day forecast above looks like a normal rain storm for Ensenada.  Forecasts are often not accurate.

The storm models point to Baja landfall for Rosa at San Quintin/El Rosario area.  Most U.S. weather info on Rosa is focused on the storm’s effect in Arizona and the desert southwest.  Stay tuned to Baja Weather Channel for the best info on Baja Weather and Rosa.

Video below is last night in Cabo San Lucas and Rosa’s rain hitting there.

The eastern Pacific’s newest tropical system is currently churning out at sea, but Rosa is on track to later cause flooding across the American Southwest.

Rosa developed into a hurricane on Wednesday, and strengthened into a major hurricane by Thursday afternoon.

“The track of Rosa will keep it well west of Mexico through the weekend, meaning the primary impact to land through the weekend will be limited to rough surf and rip currents along the western coast of Mexico,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.

Static Rosa Track 9 am

The system is forecast to be a tropical storm by the time it finally reaches the coast of Baja California, Mexico, early next week.

A tropical storm is a system with sustained wind speeds of up to 72 mph (117 km/h), which are capable of downing trees and power lines, resulting in property damage, power outages and travel disruptions. Communities in central and northern Baja California should begin to prepare for this potentially disruptive weather.

Additionally, Rosa is expected to produce potentially dangerous amounts of rainfall that will spread over areas far beyond the shores of Mexico.

Static Rosa Flood Risk 9 am

“Regardless of its exact intensity as it approaches the Baja, moisture from Rosa will be pulled northward and northeastward across northern Mexico and into the southwestern United States,” Pydynowski warned. “This could lead to locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding early next week across parts of the Southwest.”

“Interaction with a non-tropical weather feature, a southward dip in the jet stream, may allow rain to become widespread and temperatures to plunge over the western U.S., including much of California,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

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“Even if the two features remain relatively separate, the weather over much of the West next week is likely to be much different when compared to recent weeks and months,” Sosnowski said.

Many places across the Desert Southwest typically receive about 0.5 of an inch of rain or less during the whole month of October. Rosa’s influence could mean some places end up with four times as much over the span of just a few days.

Arroyos, low-lying roads and narrow canyons can flood quickly in periods of heavy rain. Anyone planning to travel or hike through these areas early next week should remain vigilant of the flood risk and plan accordingly.

Ahead of Rosa will be building surf and seas along the shores of northern Baja California, Mexico, and Southern California.

Static Rosa Surf

Small craft operators, bathers and boarders should exercise caution especially on Sunday and Monday. Cruise interests between Southern California and the west coast of Mexico may want to alter their courses until the storm has passed and seas have diminished.

So while direct impacts from Rosa are unlikely north of San Diego, indirect impacts related to surf are anticipated along the shoreline of Southern California.

Bathers will run the risk of being injured by the pounding surf, while rip currents will increase in number and intensity into early next week.

Download the free AccuWeather app for the latest forecast and local watches and warnings.

Tijuana Wall Construction

                                              by staff Construction Editor Catalina Conos  


Bajadock: Could not yet find evidence of the new cages for children at the Tijuana border.  Maybe the steel tariff is delaying ICE cage fabrication? This photo captioned as an ICE detainee in cage has been debunked. 

Actual detainees get meals, medical care, clothing and shelter.  I have been treated worse recently at border.  TSA at airport abuses me regularly.  Where is my white privelege?  It appears to me that the immigrants are treated better than US citizens.

Hope they paint the wall.  At least local artists will improve its stark metal.


TIJUANA BC JUNE 18, 2018 (AFN) .- The United States government began Monday morning the work of replacing the border fence that was built in the early nineties with metal debris from the Gulf War. at a point located in front of the Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport in Tijuana.

As verified by AFN, personnel of the construction company from the state of Texas and who was hired to perform the replacement activities retired at 9 in the morning about 50 meters from the previous fence, in order to give way to specialized machinery that removed and I pave the earth, and then start digging a furrow where the corresponding foundation would be prepared.

Each of the new structures is approximately 6 meters high, consisting of 8 beams that support a rectangular plate on top, the pieces are prefabricated and are being brought in trucks with platforms to the point where they are installed by the work crews.

In the operation were pulled the white wooden crosses that symbolized the thousands of migrants killed since the operation Guardian, and that have been placed through several years by activists defending the rights of migrants on both sides of the border .

The actions of preparation of the base and exact delimitation for the installation of the new structures took the first 6 hours, proceeding to raise the first piece until 3:00 with 45 minutes of the afternoon, where the leveling and adjustment of the metallic bending took 40 additional minutes From that moment, the process became agile, proceeding to raise other structures in less time than the initial one.

In accordance with what was scheduled by the neighboring country of the north and informed in advance of the Mexican counterpart through the International Boundary and Water Commission, this is how the contracted works began with resources approved by the administration of President Barak Obama.

For the past two weeks, workers responsible for the work have been gathering together in several sites on the border with Mexico, the support materials they will use for the replacement, including several pre-armed sections of the tubular barrier, which, already installed, will measure several meters of height and two depth.

* .- Spanish speakers replace the border fence

Despite being covered in the face for work safety issues, AFN noted that the staff that is arranged by the construction company contracted by the US government to replace the metal mesh that marks the boundary between both countries, give orders and exchange phrases in Spanish language, unlike those who apparently coordinate the works that do it in English.

On the US side, the representative of that country of the International Boundary and Water Commission (CILA) between Mexico and the United States, who only called himself Carlos, witnessed the substitution works of the border fence, however, he said he could not give information or interviews since he expected his similar from the Mexican government at any time.

It is worth mentioning that at 5 o’clock in the afternoon, a person with a camera in hand, showed up at the job site, claiming that he was commissioned by the CILA representation in Tijuana to record the activities, informing reporters that they covered the events that holders were in their offices.

* .- Also in the Beaches area they started work

Also in the Playas de Tijuana area, American construction companies are working in front of the Terrazas de Mendoza subdivision, next to the access to Playas de Tijuana, removing what is the cyclonic mesh that divides the United States with Mexico.

The actions are carried out simultaneously in the area of ​​the airport where several meshes have already been removed, on the site in the upper part are elements of the Border Patrol, in a mobile hut with special cameras, specially designed to monitor the area and the labors

Because it is a private subdivision, access to the cameras of the Border News Agency was not allowed, so the actions were taken at a distance of 100 from the place.

Construction work continues and versions indicate that several owners of properties in the area are covered by the federal government.

Most of the works are more advanced in the area near the Tijuana Airport.

Southbound Fridays

               by staff Traffic Editor, Quincy Quiebra 

When I’m stuck in San Diego rush hour traffic, it reminds me to be thankful that I don’t live there.  I wish happy hours lasted as long as most major cities’ rush hours, as it seems like 7AM – 7PM assures you of extensive bumper sticker studies.

Had an appointment that could not be changed and was in Torrey Pines area Friday afternoon.  Exited a bit ahead of schedule at 3:30PM and headed downhill to I-5 southbound.  While beginning my turn onto freeway from Gennessee, noticed cars not moving in a long lineup.

Quickly maneuvered out of that ramp and did a quick northbound I-5 to Carmel Valley for a U turn and get on 805 southbound.  I don’t know if that was good or bad.  It took me 70 minutes to get to the 805/5 reunion lineup to the Tijuana border.

Friday afternoons are always a bad idea at the border.  The 805 v 5 merge, several on ramps, the big right turn down the alley and the minimum of 3 lanes merging to one after you cross at the gates make for high anxiety.

Because of the extra merging of traffic getting on 805 before border, choosing I-5 is usually a better option over 805.

Took me 25 minutes total from 805 and San Ysidro Blvd where the line starts to get through the TJ Chaparral border crossing.  But, the U bridge and Via Internacional road along the TJ Rio westbound are also backed up and crawling at 5PM Fridays.

That adds up to just over an hour and a half to travel 33 miles.

Good news is that they completed the construction project just east of TJ Playas.  But, that project will resume on the north lanes soon.

Add toll booth lineups and Ensenada’s mini rush hour backups in El Sauzal and I’m ready for a beverage or six!

So avoid rush hour Fridays crossing border southbound.  If your schedule forces you, sitting somewhere in San Diego for happy hour and head south after 7PM is a nice option.  Or get to the border before 3PM.



Hurricane Bud Tuesday

MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Bud grew into a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph off Mexico’s Pacific coast on Tuesday. Forecasters said they expect cooler waters to rob most of its punch before a potential collision with resorts of the southern Baja California peninsula.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud was centered about 350 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas at the tip of the Baja peninsula and it was moving northwest at 7 mph.

The hurricane center said the storm was about 230 miles southwest of Cabo Corrientes, near Puerto Vallarta.

Hurricane Bud is seen in an infrared satellite image capture at 9:30 a.m. ET on June 12, 2018.

Hurricane Bud is seen in an infrared satellite image capture at 9:30 a.m. ET on June 12, 2018.


Forecasters said Bud is heading toward cooler waters and is likely to fall below hurricane force by Wednesday night, then approach the southern Baja as a tropical storm late Thursday.

The center said the hurricane’s core still could generate dangerous heavy surf and rip currents over the coming days.

Rainfall of 3 to 6 inches, with isolated patches of 10 inches, was possible over much of that region into Tuesday afternoon.

A graphic from the National Weather Service shows Hurricane Bud's projected path as of 5 a.m. ET on June 12, 2018. Times displayed are MT.

A graphic from the National Weather Service shows Hurricane Bud’s projected path as of 5 a.m. ET on June 12, 2018. Times displayed are MT.


Ensenada T Shirt Sales

                        by Traffic Editor Quincy Quiebra    

This was Costero Blvd downtown Ensenada at 5PM Thursday.  The Baja 500 race festivities have Costero Blvd traffic down to two lanes southbound and 1 lane northbound.

This shot shows a long lineup of booths selling T shirts and caps.  Is that it? The Score 500 race turns Ensenada into a big T shirt mall?


I decided on taking the direct route southbound Thursday through Centro Nada, despite the Score 500 hooplah and lane closures.  Guessing that the bypass through 9th/10th streets is an extra 10 minutes of travel vs normal route on Costero/Hwy1.

Yesterday afternoon’s traffic crunch may have added 3-4 minutes downtown.  That delay will increase Friday and during the weekend.

The 9th/10th Street gig appears to be similar in length to Hwy 1.  But, the traffic in that bypass is also thick with lots of stop lights.  Choosing the bypass asks if the Hwy 1 route delay is going to be more than 10 minutes.

And T shirt shops are not easily found on Calle Novena!

Ensenada to San Diego Road Report

                                      by Traffic Editor Quincy Quiebra 

Was out the door at 6-ish Wednesday morning for a trip north to San Diego.  That reminds me to get out the door a half hour earlier as Ensenada traffic starts hustling by 06:30.

Here is the lane merge at the Riviera northbound(Floresta is the cross street) to make way for Ensenada SCORE 500 race this weekend. Why didn’t I choose the 10th street bypass?  Guess was that traffic would be ok at 7AM in Centro ‘Nada.  It may have caused a 5 minute delay, no prob.

Zippered 1 lane north and 2 lanes south on Costero(instead of 3 lanes each way. Vehicle staging and awards stage and music stages are in right(normal northbound) lanes.

Rejoin lanes at normal state at Avenida Alvarado.

Above is the map with the approx 1/4 mile zippered lanes at the Riviera Hotel.

This map shows the 9th/10th street bypass.  I might use this coming southbound Thursday evening.

This is your northbound entry on Av Reforma(Hwy 1) to the 9th street(Calle Novena) bypass.


This is your southbound entry to the 9th/10th street bypass. The right lane is the most direct/fastest route through Ensenada.  But, this week, the SCORE 500 race will provide delays from Thursday through Sunday in Centro Nada.

Toll Road northbound from Nada to TJ was uneventful.  Moving north to Tijuana…

This construction as you leave TJ Playas and approach the border is a minor delay, add maybe 2 minutes at 8:30 AM commuter traffic.

They have zippered an extra eastbound lane at the TJ Playas construction site.  Works well.  This construction project is supposed to be completed in July.

Moving on to SENTRI traffic…

Tijuana SENTRI traffic was backed up all the way to the Padre Kino statue roundabout.

The universal sign for traffic panic in Tijuana is police yellow tape.  Ok, sometimes it means a dead body.  But, most of the time it means you are going to get creative on getting to the border.  This was a 2 TAPE morning.  There was a cop w/ yellow tape at the taxi entry junction(yellow ribbon at left) and a cop w/ yellow tape at the Padre Kino roundabout not letting me into the SENTRI approach lanes.  So, I went through the intersection(red lines), up the hill, U-turn, down the hill(orange dotted line) to enjoy this beautiful scene…

Begging for a lane entry in Tijuana is like begging for a VIP table from a maitre d at a busy restaurant on a Saturday night with nothing but a crisp Lincoln and a nice smile.  Best of luck.

Total time in SENTRI line was only 34 minutes.  For SENTRI pass holders we usually have a 10-15 minute line.  But, there still seemed to be a Memorial day hangover this Wednesday morning.

Best part of my trip Wednesday?  I was not shackled nor handcuffed nor sent to secondary inspection.  This was the first time since my April 20 handcuffing, shackling and detainment through the SENTRI lane.  Got my new SENTRI card and was barely acknowledged at the CBP booth at 9AM.

No, that’s not me.  I can’t quite rock red pedal pushers and Keds like this dude.  Maybe this is simply a Fashion Police arrest.

San Ysidro Ready Lanes 2018

by Traffic Editor Quincy Quiebra……………. 

The key to accessing the San Ysidro Ready Lanes(Requires Passport Card or SENTRI Card) is knowing where to cross the TJ Rio and how to back track from your choice of bridges to the Via Rapida Orienta(aka VRO).  VRO is the 5 lane, one way street that is immediately adjacent to the RIO.

Every time I produce a border routing map, I wonder how anyone could possibly get it right on their first try.  Your chances increase if you have a good navigator traveling with you.

Coming from TJ Playas/Toll Road along the TJ Rio, as the road bends from east to southeast, pick the left lane in photo 1.

If you prefer entering from Calle Segunda(second street), you will be at this spot, aka The TJ NO-K Corral.  It is NOT OK, because a false move into the wrong lane will put a hurt on your travel day. Choose the far left lane from NO-K Corral and you will merge with Step/Photo #1 above.


CAUTION!!!…In 1/2 mile from Photo 1, you will be at this optional right turn.  I have it in caution yellow here and on overview map on top, because taking a right turn here, U-turning at the Independence(aka Scissors) roundabout and crossing the bridge sometimes will provide traffic problems and police tape cut-offs.  I have experienced Ready Lane backups past the Nissan Dealership, so good luck nosing your car into the correct lane. The 2017 Google Earth image that I am using for this post has the lineup 600 yards past Nissan and, from the shadows, appears to be a mid afternoon shot.

PREFER STEP 3, adding 5 worthwhile minutes to your trip.


In 1 mile from Step 1, you will need the right lane and turn right here.  Notice concrete barrier between left lanes and right lanes on this one way blvd.  Get to the right side of barrier.


Showing Step 3 right turn here and your route to enter the Big Chief(Cuauhtemoc) roundabout and U turn onto the Cuauhtemoc bridge.  Stick on the outer edge(third lane from center) of the roundy and you will be fine.  Check out the funky sink hole on the bridge, left side of photo…just my PC doing tricks on Google Earth.


Coming out of the roundabout, choose the third lane from left onto bridge.  You will see plenty of taxis and cars using FAR right lane.  Do NOT pick far right lane.  Lane # 3 is your spot.


On the other side of the bridge, staying in right lane, you will turn right, and make another quick right.  This U turn will bring you along the CFE(electric company) property. The inset photo shows how you are going to circumnavigate CFE.


Here is the alley that runs along the CFE property. I will confess how I discovered this route.  Last year when I was needing the Ready Lane for approx 6 weeks, I noticed several California plated vehicles make this turn into the alley.  Checked out the map and tried it soon after.  Yipee, because the other backtrack to get the other side of this bridge and access the Via Rapida Oriente is not easy.


At the end of the CFE property, you turn right onto Via Rapida Oriente(VRO).  Notice a concrete divider in the middle of the VRO. After your right turn here in step #8, you will need to find one of the crossover openings to get to the left 3 lanes.


Get to the LEFT side of the concrete divider ASAP.  This is another reason NOT to choose optional step #2 bridge crossing…need room to get through the two or three openings in the divider. Choose the MIDDLE LANE once on the left side of the divider.


FELICIDADES/CONGRATS.  This was one of my early morning Ready Lane crossings last year to catch a flight to Reno in September.  Thanks to friends who gave me several huge assists on this trip including a vehicle rental and a garage for airport parking. This was approx 05:15 on a Friday morning.  Thirty five minute wait was not too bad.

Six SENTRI, ten Ready and six regular lanes were available this September morning.  They adjust these lanes as traffic changes.

Choosing the Ready Lanes vs. the Regular Lanes is a coin flip on which is faster.  Sundays and Monday morning(and Tuesday mornings after Monday U.S. holidays) are always slow in Reg and Ready.  Slow can be 2-3 hours, zzz!

This is not the only way to Ready Lanes, but, I’m recommending it to minimize TJ traffic variables.

If you don’t know how to get from the Toll Road to step1 of Ready Lanes, here is your bonus map showing the 270 degree turn(looks like an upside down #4) at the “San Diego/Zona Rio” exit…

Navigating Ensenada Southbound

                        by staff Traffic Editor Quincy Quiebra                

Getting south through Ensenada is not a big challenge if you know how to reconnect to Avenida Reforma on the south end of the city.  The above map with numbers corresponding to key intersection photos, below, will lead the way.

After paying your toll at the Ensenada Toll Booth, enjoy your aapproach to Ensenada with fish packing plants, some great taco shops, cervecerias and fun restaurants.

1. Five miles south of the toll booth, your first decision is at a Y.  Take the right route at this intersection to “Zona Turistica”.  A left here can be a handy bypass around downtown when racing(Baja 1000/500 , Bicycle races) events clog Centro Ensenada.  No, that 9th/10th street bypass/truck route is much slower than Zona Turistico route 340 days per year. Here is map and photos for the 9th/10th street bypass.

2. Two miles south of your Y decision in step 1 is a traffic light at the northern edge of downtown Ensenada. This intersection gets clogged during afternoon rush hour or on weekends.  Simply follow traffic bearing to your right.  This is Costero Blvd.   Bienvenidos a Ensenada!  We are working on spiffing up this drab entrance to the city and will report back to you on that project’s progress soon. 8)

3. Two miles from the previous step #2 will put you here, at the Municipal Beach, “Playa Hermosa”. See the sign for Hw1 and La Bufadora?  Yep, left turn here, with Ocean’s Bar(excellent landmark/weak restaurant) on your left.

4. As you are now headed inland/eastward, in 1/2 mile, at the second 4way stoplight, turn right.  My photo looks like a Pemex gas station here, but it is now(2018) an Arco station.  This is Avenida Reforma, aka Hwy 1, upon which you are turning right.  Congrats/Felicidades!  Oh, one more danger note is that a forever pothole monster lurks in the right lane, just before your right turn.

5. You will pass through shopping centers and the MacroPlaza(mall with Walmart, Telnor/Telcel, Home Depot, Costco…aka “Little America”), then dropping down the hill into the agricultural fields of the little town called Maneadero.  A total of 8 miles from step 4 above will put you at the La Bufadora exit in Maneadero.  Take a right here to enjoy the most overrated tourist trap in all of Mexico.  Or get your groceries and fill your cooler before your journey south here.

…that Telnor/Telcel store is the best English speaking resource to get cell phone chips and phone plans.  It is tucked in behind McDonald’s at the MacroPlaza.

For those continuing south, the sign pointing to Guerrero Negro gives you approx 350 miles to get to that town.  You have approx 100 miles to San Quintin, the next significant town south and popular night stop.  Cheer up Griswold family.  It’s only 900 more miles to Cabo San Lucas from Maneadero.

Tijuana to Wine Valley Waste Water Aqueduct

Bajadock: We reported on this proposed aqueduct last week.  In that report, we also published an article from 2010 about getting the aqueduct out for bid “soon”.  BTW, what is it about Mexican journalism/culture that almost always prefers to publish a photo of the politicians discussing the project at the press conference over the actual project at hand? If a bomb explosion occurred at the San Ysidro border crossing, rather than a photo of the damage, they would have a photo of officials at a press conference.

I added(as I often do) the above map for those wondering what the deal is all about. Here is the photo attached to the waste water aqueduct article.  The boys have that “when do we get out of here?” look as Baja Governor Kiko speaks.


The governor, Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, confirmed the construction of the aqueduct that will bring treated water from Tijuana to the Guadalupe Valley, which will triple the surface of vineyards and guarantee tourist activities in the most visited region of Baja California.

The state governor indicated that the work has an estimated cost of one thousand 500 million pesos, will be made with resources from the private initiative and has already begun the bidding process of the work.

He pointed out that to guarantee the clarity and legality of this project, the civil organization Transparencia Mexicana was invited to supervise the bidding and construction of the system that will bring the treated water from the La Morita plant from the city of Tijuana to Valle de Guadalupe.

This aqueduct, said Vega de Lamadrid, will have a capacity of up to 1,000 liters per second and the projected cost will be just over 10 pesos per cubic meter, a price that was already accepted by the winemakers who will use those waters.

The governor of Baja California said tentatively the work could be completed in 2019, and of the nearly three thousand hectares of vineyards that are currently had could exceed ten thousand hectares to be provided with this water resource.

He added that parallel to the construction of said aqueduct, the XXII Ayuntamiento de Ensenada works in the Sectoral Program of Ordenamiento del Valle de Guadalupe, which will allow for an orderly growth of urban growth and services in the region.

Regarding the quality of the water that will be brought to the wine region, the Secretary of Agricultural Development of the State, Manuel Valladolid Seamanduras, indicated that the project and tender for the aqueduct was made with the aim of guaranteeing and even exceeding the highest quality standards in treated water.

According to a report from the State Public Services Commission of Tijuana, during the last three years, experimental vineyard cultivations were carried out using these waters.

These works were supervised by the winemaker Camilo Magoni, the State Water Commission, the Technological Institute of Tijuana and the Center for Research and Development in Electrochemistry of Conacyt.

The Cespet informed that the tests done on water, soils and grapes were satisfactory when they were met and were at levels above the technical standards established in the management of this type of water resource.

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