Waiting for Bud
14 June 2018 | Marina Puerto Escondido
Angry clouds gathering
Hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific (where we are) officially begins May 15th. But, most hurricanes that develop don’t threaten the Baja peninsula until August or September.
Every now and then Mother Nature throws a curve ball — and she did again this year when Hurricane Bud headed north for Baja instead of west out to sea as the early ones usually do.
Luckily the Sea of Cortez stayed cool through May so the water isn’t too warm this June to be inviting.
Hurricanes follow warm water as we learned long ago when we encountered our first hurricane, Iniki, anchored off Mala Wharf near Lahaina on Maui.
At that time, being new to the game, we wouldn’t have imagined a hurricane could hit Hawaii! But a French lady on a nearby boat that had been through one there 10 years earlier warned us, “the vater it is too warm! It es hurricane weather!”
We heeded her advice and prepared best we could and to this day we stay aware of the water temps as an indicator of the danger of hurricanes.
And again we have prepared for the worst in case Hurricane Bud does come this way (he’s already just a tropical depression — basically just a storm) but we weren’t really too worried because the water wasn’t too warm. Thank you Francois for that piece of advice 25 years ago!