Friday, November 27, 2015

Hurricane Sandra Update

Good morning everyone.  Just wanted to give an update about Hurricane Sandra which is now due west of Puerto Vallarta, heading north.  We, with all of the other cruisers, are very well informed about the weather on a daily basis and have been watching the developments of this storm and it's anticipated direction.  It is expected to move through the southern crossing, which is from Cabo to PV, sometime tomorrow afternoon and make landfall on the Mexican coastline late tomorrow near Mazatlan. 

We are very safely anchored on the islands just north of La Paz and will stay put until the storm has dissapated.  We are seeing some long reaching affects from the storm as we had some mild gusts last night to about 20 knots, some rain and this morning we awoke to very dark gloomy skies reminding us of home.  Other than the inconvenience of being pinned down and not being able to make our crossing to mainland Mexico, all is well onboard and it looks like after hurricane Sandra is gone we will still have several more days of strong northerly winds which will keep us where we are.  The good news is that we have NO schedule so there is no rush to push through anything that might be even a little uncomfortable.

As a side note, Hurricane Sandra is the first hurricane this late in the season for over 55 years.  El Nino, a global weather effect caused by warmer than normal water temperatures in the Pacific ocean, is definitely affecting this years weather patterns.  An El Nino effect happens every few years and if you want to know more specifics Google El Nino and you will find plenty of information.  Also, if you are curious about what is happening with any tropical storm/hurricane you can Google National Hurricane Center to see maps of current conditions, expected storm tracks, etc.  

That's it for the quick update. Happy Black Friday!  Do yourself and your pocketbook a favor and stay away from the malls and just enjoy the day!  Ciao for now.

SV Liahona
Bret and Marne

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