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- Cancun & Riviera Maya Update
  • From: "Kevin & Abril Stolz" <admin at travel2rivieramaya.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2008 17:57:28 -0600

Good Sunday Afternoon,

Just wanted to pop in and give a quick update on the area although there isn’t a lot new since yesterday but definitely some changes.

It has been raining now for 2 plus weeks and the water tables are very high here in the Yucatan Peninsula and yes that low pressure system that is off the coast of Belize now we are watching for development as conditions have become somewhat favorable for it to evolve into a named tropical event here on the Mexican Caribbean.


That same low pressure that we talked about yesterday 1010 mb off the coast of Belize continues to be basically stationary due to effects from Cold Front #4 swooping down from the north of Mexico through the southern tip of Veracruz. Effects of Cold Front #4 in the states of Chihuahua, Durango, Zacatecas, Hidalgo, México, Puebla y Tlaxcala are being felt in the way of Temperatures from 0°C to 4°C (32° to 40°F) and winds and rough seas in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Cold Front #4 is classified as STRONG or a 8 to 9 on the Beauford Scale which means winds 62 to 88 kph (40 to 55 mph) and seas 4 to 9 meters or 15 to 29 feet


Cancun, Playa Del Carmen as well as the Riviera Maya from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum and the Costa Maya from Tulum south to the Belize Boarder can expect rain to continue over the next couple of days with rains torrential at times, local and flash flooding of highways and low lying areas of those areas.  Yesterday we did a tour of Playa and encountered flooded streets and the highway lateral areas in different parts of Playa Del Carmen.  Back areas of Playa Del Carmen where there is poor drainage were experiencing more severe flooding but still no homes affected directly or people displaced.  36 cm. or a little more than 12 inches of rain have fallen in Quintana Roo in the last 24 hours more in some isolated areas and Mexico Meteorlogical Center is predicting another possible 15 cms of Rain in the next 12 to 16 hours as well as winds 45 to 60 kph.


The Low Pressure could develope before moving onto the Yucatan Peninsula over the next couple of days.

Current weather:

Skies Cloudy

Raining moderatly to Heavy

Temperatures 82°F and dropping.

Wind calm to none. (Rain coming straight down)


We’ll keep you posted as we see what this low pressure will do.  If you are here on vacation look to indoor activities for the next couple of days as the beach will not be an option most likely until Wednesday.



Kevin James Stolz

Mexico Travel Network


Playa Del Carmen

Riviera Maya

admin at travel2rivieramaya.com

Cancun Travel Online


- Cancun & Riviera Maya
  • From: "Kevin & Abril Stolz" <admin at travel2rivieramaya.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2008 09:44:52 -0600

Good Morning,


Well as Cesar commented yesterday we experienced a day and overnight with an incredible amount of rain and well yes maybe since Cesar has been only a year it’s the most he has seen but I have seen worst in my 15 years here but it was and continues to be bad.  First what and why?  The rain we got and continue to enjoy is the result of some remnants from TD16 which is hovering around near Central America dumping large amounts of rain on the area from Honduras to southeastern Mexico and another low pressure 1010 in the central Caribbean and on top of that we have Cold Front #4 which is swooping down from the north through the Gulf of Mexico into central and southern Veracruz keeping those low pressures almost stationary off the coast here.


Last night we registered here in Playa Del Carmen wind gusts to 40 kph and overnight temps got down only to 76°F (the rest of the week we had overnight lows in the low 70°’s) Torrential Rain almost constantly overnight, thunder and lightning, there were no long term power outages (none reported) and all services seem to be fine. Worst of all is that the main part of the rain and storm activity was and is located 80 kilometers south of Playa Del Carmen closer to the Costa Maya and down to Chetumal.


Today’s Outlook:

Due to Cold Front #4 pushing down and 2 low pressure systems in the Caribbean trying to move west Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and the Riviera Maya south through the Costa Maya will be under cloudy skies, Rain Heavy to Torrential at times, winds strong at times 40 to 45kph, winds from the Northeast giving us a nor’easter effect at times during the day.  There is a yachting event today at Puerto Aventuras where they are expecting the arrival of 200 yachts, Puerto Aventuras is the safe port for boats and yachts and local ships during bad weather but the entrance can be treacherous when there is a wind from the northeast.

Temperatures in the upper 80’s to low 90’s humidity 100%.


If you are out and driving use caution, portions of the highway between Cancun and Tulum are flooded, we have enormous potholes in some areas of the local roads that are filled with water, there is extensive local flooding in the normal low lying areas of Cancun and Playa Del Carmen including the Lateral Roads along the highway in Playa Del Carmen and Puerto Morelos so use caution there.


Warm Regards





Playa Del Carmen

Riviera Maya



- man, has it been raining!
  • From: "césar hernández" <hernandersson at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 23:50:06 -0500
i'm writing this en route from the mayan riviera to cancun.
i am now a concierge at a spanish hotel at the riviera. i took a
public van at cancun at around 2pm, and on our way here (30-40 min
ride), a light rain began. i got to my desk wet but not dripping. it
hasn't stopped ever since. there was a moment when it was so strong
and loud that i had trouble listening to guests over the phone. cable
and phone lines were down at times. mercifully,  power remained ok. by
the time i got off my shift, 11pm, the whole place began to look like
what it was before these huge all inclusive resorts even got here.
puddles turned into rivulets and gardens looked more like swamps. i'm
exaggerating a bit, but it has been the strongest rainstorm i've seen
in my first year in the area. we didn't receive as many complaints
from guests and water in their rooms as i would have guessed,
thankyou, tlaloc. and mother earth, too, cuz, underground, the whole
peninsula is like a sponge, with cenotes and rivers that quickly drain
water away.
for two weeks or so its been raining, as my fellow riviera
correspondants have reported. and, as i said earlier, this has been
the 'worst' stormy evening yet.
the hotel bus taking me to cancun just drove past puerto morelos, rain
just keeps going on and on, and i'm feeling a bit dozy. let me take a
quick nap and if i spend hours waving for a cab under awful rain or my
house's flooded, i'll let you know. btw, it's great to be back!

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- Update
  • From: "Kevin & Abril Stolz" <admin at travel2rivieramaya.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 10:05:04 -0600


Quicky Update:


TD 15 is now Tropical Storm Omar and that low pressure we are watching near Honduras is now TD16.


TS Omar is almost stationary but tends to be drifting south southeast while TD16 is slowly moving north northwest 6 mph.


We will begin to update our forums for Cancun and the Riviera Maya as we watch for developments.



Kevin James Stolz


Playa Del Carmen

Riviera Maya




- Cancun & Riviera Maya Update
  • From: "Kevin & Abril Stolz" <admin at travel2rivieramaya.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 09:32:56 -0600

Good Tuesday morning,


Well this is a very active late hurricane Seaton here in the Tropical Atlantic as well as the Caribbean.  While NHC is watching TD15 and TD Nana as well as a poorly defined low pressure to the southeast of Nana, we (Mexico’s Caribbean Coast) are watching a very well defined low pressure system that is off the coast of Central America near the borders of Honduras and Nicaragua.  The system has a high potential to develop into another named tropical event in the next 24 hours or at least into a tropical depression.


Whether or not the system does develop it will dump copious amounts of rain into affected areas and potentially severe thunderstorms at least for the next 2 or 3 days over Honduras, Nicaragua, and Belize as it moves north northwest toward Mexico.  If the storm remains over water it has the potential to develop into Tropical Storm or Hurricane in the next few days and Hurricane Hunter aircraft are scheduled to fly through this afternoon.


Cancun and the Riviera Maya has been taking rain everyday for the last 8 or 9 days heavy at times but not continuous rains.  This past weekend we had almost constant rain day and night which was heavy at times and caused some local flooding but there were also breaks of sunshine.  Today we woke to a beautiful sunrise which has given way to Clouds.  


The National Meteorological Center in Mexico has Torrential Rain advisories for eastern Quintana Roo from Chetumal to Cabo Catoche and Heavy Rain to Severe Rain avisories for all states in the Southeast of Mexico. Currently there is a Heavy Rain or Severe Storm Warning in effect in 20 of Mexicos 32 States.


If you are planning on arriving to Cancun this weekend (17 to 19 of October) you can expect a rainy weekend if this low pressure develops and doesn’t move inland early.  


Current Conditions 9:30AM CST PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Mostly Cloudy with some breaks of blue sky.

77°F 25°C overnight lows were 72°F 22°C with drizzle and light breeze out of the southeast.



Kevin James Stolz


Playa Del Carmen

Riviera Maya


- Cancun & Riviera Maya
  • From: "Kevin & Abril Stolz" <admin at travel2rivieramaya.com>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2008 09:01:10 -0600

Good Morning All,


Well there is really nothing remarkable going on here in the Riviera Maya of Mexico, it is October normal with Rain, Rain, and more Rain.  Now we are not talking about daily rain all day or storms or anything like that but we are talking about at least a couple hours of rain every day or night heavy at times.  I have had to drain water from the swimming pool at least 3 times in 10 days.  This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday were days of heavy rains with occasional breaks of sun that was the tropical wave that came across the Yucatan and exited into the Bay of Campeche and became “Marco”. 


We are watching a small wave off the Windward Islands that is moving west at 10 MPH but conditions are not favorable for development but the system is carrying heavy rains and should move into the southern Caribbean sometime over the weekend.


If you are coming to Cancun or the Riviera Maya without a doubt you are going to do some outside activities so please bring with you a non-chemical mosquito repellant for you and the kids. Of course we sell it here as well but what we sell to spray on the body has been outlawed in most countries because it is harmful to the health.  I know there are some that are creams that are basically citronella and all natural which are the best to use for your health.  YES, the mosquito’s right now are severe and begin just as the sun is setting but if you go into the jungle during the day to visit the mayan ruins or anything like that they will bother you ALL DAY.


Current Conditions:

Sunny to Partly Cloudy

79°F 26°C

Winds None to Calm




Riviera Maya



- Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and the Riviera Maya
  • From: "Kevin & Abril Stolz" <admin at travel2rivieramaya.com>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2008 08:09:25 -0600

Good Morning All.


Well a Rainy weekend but not much more than that.



There is a low pressure system located right off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula stretching from Guatamala to Northern Quintana Roo which has been bringing us rain heavy at times since the overnight hours.



The system "Tropical Wave 33" is pretty much on land and over the Caribbean and dumping copious amounts of rain on the area.  The National Meteorology Center in Mexico has issued Severe Storm Warnings for the Coastal Areas from Chetumal to Cabo Catoche and inland through most of the state of Yucatan and Campeche as well as Southern Veracruz and TabascoVeracruz and Tabasco is a result of Tropical Wave 32 and Campeche because of Strong Convection.



Torrential Rain, Dangerous Lightning as well as flooding and mudslides can be expected in the areas where the warning has been issued.  Obviously Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and the Riviera Maya will not have mudslides but flooding is always a problem here.


The System is not really expected to develop any further but we are watching and should move out of the area sometime Sunday but not before giving the area a good drenching.



Current Conditions:

Cloudy, Raining, Temperatures 77°F wind is light >5mph and coming from the southeast.




Riviera Maya

- Cancun & Riviera Maya
  • From: "Kevin & Abril Stolz" <admin at travel2rivieramaya.com>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 11:26:53 -0600

Well all is calm again in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, Sunny Sky, warm temperatures and little breeze right now.  Last night we had a nice wind blowing and today perfect weather so far.  We do see some scattered clouds around the area and off in the distance but noting that indicates that we will have rain or wind.

The National Meteorological Office in Mexico is forecasting Torrential Rain in the entire State of Quintana Roo as a result of IKE and Upper Air Instability.

A Little bit of disturbed weather around Puerto Rico and of course the remnants of Josephine trying to make a comeback; US Navy has it listed as INVEST91L.

I posted a photo on the Forums to share from Tuesday Night at sunset.



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- Cancun and Riviera Maya
  • From: "Kevin & Abril Stolz" <admin at travel2rivieramaya.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 08:25:45 -0600

Good Morning,

Just popping in here to bring you up to date on the weather in Cancun and Mexicos Caribbean Coast.

The outer bands of clouds from IKE are bringing in mostly cloudy skies from around Tulum to all of the Northern part of Quintana Roo to Cabo Catoche and the National Meteorological Center in Mexico has issued navigational warnings for the area of northern Quintana Roo, the Yucatan Canal and Gulf of Mexico as well as Severe Storm Warnings for Quintana Roo from Tulum the Extreme north and east as well as the Eastern part of the State of Yucatan as well as a storm watch for the State of Campeche.  


That area of disturbed weather that we talked about in our previous report and on our Forums that was near the Lesser Antilles and I told you nobody was mentioning but that I wanted to watch it well it looks for now like it is getting pulled into IKE’s backend and is affecting Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and BVI’s (Sorry Dave) so most likely it will not affect us here in Mexico.


Recap for Cancun and the Riviera Maya, today Rain Heavy at times, elevated seas, tonight Rain heavy at times, and tomorrow Rain heavy at times but moving away early (hopefully).  Temperatures yesterday reached 96°F with a Heat Index of 116° humidity was 76%.


Very Warm Regards



Travel 2 Riviera Maya

Cancun Travel Online



- Cancun & Riviera Maya Weather
  • From: "Admin" <admin at travel2rivieramaya.com>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 18:40:53 -0600



I thought I would pop in a give a little update on the current conditions here in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.


  1. Finally (thank GOD) Hanna has begun to move and will have no impact on Mexico.
  2. Hurricane IKE a Cat. 4 (very dangerous) is on projected track and most likely will get close to the Turks before turning to the north but most models seem to have him turning north before arriving to the Islands.
  3. Tropical Storm Josephine continues on her path in the Atlantic with very little probability that she will affect the Mexican Caribbean although we are watching anyway.
  4. There is an area of disturbed weather which has formed about southwest of Josephine headed for the Lesser Antilles.  Upper-level winds are not particularly favorable for development right now and any organization of this system should be slow to occur as it moves westward at about 15 mph.
  5. The Southern Caribbean from the Lesser Antilles to Central America and up to southern Quintana Roo as well as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are receiving showers from the Convection that you see on the Caribbean Satellite.  Lots of moisture being pulled from all directions.



Current Conditions in Cancun and the Riviera Maya:

Partly Cloudy and warm J Temperatures reached 93°F today and current Temperature at 5:45PM is 86°.  Overnight we are looking at showers heavy at times and Friday September 5th Chance of Rain, Temperatures 92° for the high and 76 for a overnight low.


If anything evolves in the Caribbean that could affect the Mexican Caribbean we will update you.




Playa Del Carmen

admin at travel2rivieramaya.com

webmaster at cancuntravelonline.com




- Hello & Current Conditions Cancun / Riviera Maya
  • From: "Admin" <admin at travel2rivieramaya.com>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 08:37:04 -0600

Hello From the Riviera Maya,


My name is Kevin and I am the Mexico Correspondent and I wanted to stop by and say hello during this very active tropical event week. I have been a weather follower since very young and have been active in Civil Defense in the US as well as a volunteer local EMT and a paid Paramedic (1971 to 1983).  My wife and I have been living in Cancun / Riviera Maya for the last mmm 14 years and couldn’t leave those weather tracking skills behind especially here.  It began big time in Mexico with “Mitch”, tracking that hurricane was incredible for those who will never forget it and of course after that ever storm or hurricane that formed.


Since we operate websites related to tourism and since 2000 our sites always featured a news sections adding weather and hurricanes and rebuilding for us was a natural.  We are a small web development company dedicated to design, programming and promotion of tourism as well as businesses in general.  We are 4 partners and 6 employees ranging from public relations to graphic design and programming mostly Mexican but I am from the US originally and one of our new partners Christian Jarry is from France.  Chris’s Wife is a Mexican Artist whose paintings and Grabados have been exhibited around the world including France, Canada, US, and Mexico.  2 of our websites have Forums and Photo Galleries where we update photos of the area and information of interest like news and events, openings or closings of activities, hotels, businesses etc. and during Tropical Cyclone season our forum is converted into Information Central with live video and photos and up to the minute information on what is happening. During Wilma the embassy’s in Mexico City for all of the English speaking countries were giving our website out as the place for live and real information up to the minute.  We had live photos of Wilma during the peak of the hurricane in Downtown Cancun as well as the Hotel Zone and we were able to get help to needy people in the shelters and emergency aid via satellite phone from Televisas (Mexico TV Station) Studio in Mexico City to the reporters on the ground.  We had one of our girls on the road and in the command center with our friend Hector Aguilar from TV Azteca and so we were the only website with live on the ground information and coverage of Wilma.  Our information was received by CNN as well as MSNBC and we were featured on news programs in the US.  We had 8 million hits per day average during the peak of Wilma.


Anyway, that is who we are and we look forward to serving you and being a part of your information circle for the area.


Current Conditions in Cancun / Riviera Maya:  Sunny with scattered clouds, warm 79°F 26°C and we of course are watching closely the 4 current systems in the Tropical Atlantic and Caribbean.  In particular we are watching the NEW 90L around 17° for development and a cocked eye on Hanna who has been just meandering around and has been until now an underachiever.




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admin at travel2rivieramaya.com



- Dolly: Report from Playa del Carmen
  • From: "Ah Cacao Real Chocolate" <admin at ahcacao.com>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 08:41:54 -0500
Just to report that Dolly has had little direct impact on Playa del
Carmen so far. Electric power was maintained throughout the night.
This morning is overcast with some rain showers.


- no more updates for a little while :(
  • From: "César Hernández" <hernandersson at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 16:59:47 -0500
dudes, i'm awfully sorry. i won't be able to send updates on weather conditions for a while. i'm still looking for a job, and my internet company is NOT solidarious with unemployed customers...
in case somehing REALLY big shows up, i'll come back to this annoying cybercafé and let you know.

- Sunny, Sunny, Sunny!!
  • From: "César Hernández" <hernandersson at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 12:41:02 -0500
friends from the caribbean and beyond!

hi y'all! i wish i could send a report at least once a day, but right now i'm looking for a job, and with the HEAT we've been experiencing this week, the only thing i think about when i get home is to take a shower, grab a book (currently orwell's 1984) and enjoy a refreshing kalimocho.

i'm exagerating a bit. last week's rains are well gone by now, and one of two thing is happening: either i'm getting used to this weather, or  the storms left behind some really strong, cool winds. i was chatting with mi sister last night, and had to close the window cuz  the wind was so cool and strong!

so, visitors and tourists, relax!! wather is just great. lots of sun, lots of fresh winds, and a bit of clouds late in the evening (we still have very few, light, and sporadic showers). just please keep in mind that the CNA's forecast warns about strong winds (>45km/h or >28mph) and a good chance of precipitation (>20mm, or >0.79in) for this weekend throughout the peninsula.

last week's rains were just that. roads going south to the riviera maya and east to chichEn-itzA and mErida are just fine to drive along. heather, expect a 20USD toll when going to chichEn-itzA, each way. and, on sundays, entrance to the site is free!

i wish i could say the same for the rest of SEern mExico. neighbor states of chiapas, tabasco and veracruz are having a really hard time, even though alma and arthur were the slightests storms! a federal disaster fund is already available for those governorships. it's sad, but we seem not to learn from our recent disaster experiences. my roomies and i wen't to sam's and bought lots of canned food, instant coffee (of course!) and cigarrettes (why not!?). we also have four 20lt water bottles. maybe we sound paranoic, but this is our very first season over here. anyway, locals just stared at us like we were crazy or dumb, and a guy even asked, when leaving sam's, if there was a hurricane coming or what. i told him i didn't knew, but it won't get me unprepared!

so, for today, that's my contribution. thank you, max and heather, for your emails. i promise i'll try to come back more often.


- Brand new report from Cancun, Mexico!!
  • From: "César Hernández" <hernandersson at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 01:12:42 -0500
Hi folks. My name is Cesar, and I am very proud to be a Hurricane Correspondant for this beautiful part of my country.

I've been living over here for the last 6 months, and this is the first time I live so close to the coast, so I'm still getting used to hurricane terminology, and am still waiting to experience my very first one!

So, a few days after this season began, here's my first report :)

It had been REALLY hot and humid until Alma came last week. That storm brought lots of long-waited rain, and right after it was ending, Arthur began. We had really good days of overcast skies and showers all day long. The Sun came and went along the day, but it was CONSIDERABLY cooler than before. Rains stopped on Monday, leaving a fresher atmosphere and still an overcast sky. This morning a glorious Sun came up, and a few friends of mine went to the beach, did some skimboarding and great sealife-wacthing (Does that term exist? Birdwatch does, so...). I regret not going with them. Instead, I rented Hairspray XD  A little after 2pm, the sky got overcast again and the rest of the evening was cool and fresh and just great.

I talk about overcast sky being great because I lived the last ten years in Oaxaca City, and still miss that cool, mountainy (?) weather :P

So, friends from the Caribbean Islands and beyond, this is me and my first contribution to the GREAT job you've been carrying along.

See ya'll soon!

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