Tropical Storm Lidia, Hurricane Irma and Riviera May weather Around Mexico 

Tropical Storm Lidia, Hurricane Irma and Riviera Maya weather

Riviera Maya, Mexico — As Tropical Storm Lidia continues to soak the regions of Sinaloa and Baja California Sur, Cancun and Riviera Maya will also see rain, but not to the same extent. Luis Felipe Puente of the National Coordinator of Civil Protection says that an orange alert has been issued for the central and northern areas of the country, while Sinaloa and Baja California Sur remain on a red alert due to Lidia. According to reports, approximately 1,400 people sought shelter ahead of Lidia at Los Cabos resorts. Flash flooding will be the most widespread threat, however, there…

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Hurricane Irma heading northwest, not a threat to Mexico Cancun Mexico 

Hurricane Irma heading northwest, not a threat to Mexico

Cancun, Q.R. — After Tropical Storm Francis then Tropical Depression Harvey during the month of August, Hurricane Irma is making her way across the Atlantic on the first day of September, but not toward Mexico. Weather experts who are closely following Irma say that the storm, which is now a Category 3 hurricane, is heading west-northwest and if anything, may make contact with the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. As of Thursday afternoon, Irma strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Irma…

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Weather experts say Harvey downgraded but still a threat Cancun Mexico 

Weather experts say Harvey downgraded but still a threat

Cancun, Q.R. — Although Tropical Storm Harvey has been downgraded to a disorganized system, weather experts are warning not to let your guard down just yet. The system, they say, still poses a threat to Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula. AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski says that on Sunday, Harvey showed signs of regeneration and could become a tropical depression or storm by Tuesday morning. If this occurs, Harvey will hit the region with gusty thunderstorms and rough seas. However, the direction of the storm has changed. According to the…

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Whale shark study assesses population International 

Whale shark study assesses population

Photo identification of whale shark spot patterns recorded by researchers and citizen scientists across decades and throughout the Western Central Atlantic has provided the region’s first population estimate and highlighted migratory patterns of the world’s largest fish, an iconic ambassador for sharks and other marine wildlife. The study, published by PlosOne entitled “Long-term assessment of whale shark population demography and connectivity using photo-identification in the Western Atlantic Ocean”, is timely as whale sharks were recently elevated to the status of Endangered to Extinction per the International Union for the Conservation of…

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Franklin intensifies into Category 1 Hurricane Mexico 

Franklin intensifies, evolves into Category 1 Hurricane

Mexico — Tropical storm Franklin that passed through the state of Quintana Roo Monday and Tuesday, has now intensified into a Category 1 hurricane. As of 4:00 p.m. today, Tropical Storm Franklin was renamed Hurricane Franklin and rated a Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale after it evolved into a hurricane while crossing the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is being tracked as it makes its way west toward Veracruz at 12 kilometers per hour. The Meteorological National Service (SMN) reports the center of the system as being located approximately…

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Extreme heat to continue for Cancun, Riviera Maya Cancun Mexico Riviera Maya 

Extreme heat to continue for Cancun, Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Extreme heat will continue to effect much of the state of Quintana Roo with the continuation of mid to high 30°C temperatures. The heatwave is expected to continue to effect the coast of Quintana Roo as temperatures are anticipated to reach 38°C in some regions throughout the day. The entry of tropical maritime air with variable moisture content from the Caribbean Sea into the Yucatan Peninsula is maintained by the remnants of a weak low pressure channel located along the southern portion of the Gulf of Mexico. This will lead to cloudiness…

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Organizers rally to save Mexico's vaquita International 

US advocates rally to save Mexico’s vaquita

Local conservation and animal protection organizations rallied outside the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. Thursday to call on the Mexican government to take drastic action to save the fewer than 30 vaquita porpoises left on the planet. Advocates demanded that the Mexican government rigorously enforce laws to protect the rapidly disappearing species. For decades, vaquita in the Upper Gulf of California have been killed by entanglement in gillnet fishing gear set to catch shrimp and other species. Over the past five years, this tiny porpoise’s population has plummeted by 90…

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Sunshine slowly returning to region Mexico Playa del Carmen 

Sunshine slowly returning to region

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – Sunshine is slowly returning to many parts of the region including Cancun and Playa del Carmen as the rains and clouds make their way out. After several days of heavy rain and thunderstorms, most of the Quintana Roo coast will enjoy drier days for the weekend. The National Meteorological Service reports the entry of tropical maritime air with moderate moisture content from the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula. This air will create hot temperatures during the day and at night….

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