Tropical Depression Ida- Cancun Weather


The last few days we've been watching the storm named Ida as she has made her way north over Central America. Yesterday it was a category 1 hurricane as it hit Nicaragua, lost strength over land and was downgraded to a tropical storm, then further downgraded to tropical depression. It is now moving into the Caribbean Sea and making its way to the Yucatan Peninsula. There is a lot of speculation about what may happen over the next couple of days, all we know for sure is that we are going to get wet! It's been raining all week and today it has really been coming down hard. Streets are flooded and word on the street is that tuna is a hot item in the supermarkets. The civil protection agency has put the state of Quintana Roo on low level alerts (green alert at the moment), advising the population to prepare for some bad weather.

In looking at the various weather sites, it seems there is no definitive forecast for what Ida may become in the next couple of days. Lots of speculation about her intensity, though it seems fairly clear that she will cross over the Yucatan Peninsula. Currently Ida is "just" a tropical depression, meaning lots of rain but no serious winds. We'll be watching the National Hurricane Center, Stormpulse and Dr. Jeff Master's Wunderground blog to see what develops over the next little while. It appears the worst of the bad weather will hit sometime on Sunday afternoon, with the storm moving into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday. In the meantime, we're sticking close to home, trying to stay dry! Depending on what happens in the morning, we may just be making a tuna run ourselves, though I am not overly concerned at the moment.

Comments

Annie said…
We are in Cancun right now, thinking of renting a car to drive to some ruins today. How do you think driving conditions will be in this weather?
CancunCanuck said…
Hi Annie, sorry you are stuck in this mess! I'll be honest, while it's actually nice to visit the ruins in the rain (something beautiful about it and less crowds!), the roads in this weather do become somewhat dangerous. Some areas flood, large holes pop up out of nowhere. I canceled my own plans to go to Aktunchen and Puerto Aventuras today, in my humble opinion, driving today is not the best idea. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I really wouldn't want to see you have any problems on the road!
Annie said…
Thank you for the fast reply and the advice! Would you consider it safer if we went with a private driver? Or still too much of a risk in your opinion?
CancunCanuck said…
Better with someone driving who knows the roads, but honestly, I wouldn't do it today. The weather is going to get worse as the day goes on, they've just announced a "hurricane watch" for the state. It's not a hurricane yet, nor is it clear if it will be, but we are in for some nasty weather regardless. There are some smaller ruins close to town, not the same as seeing Tulum or Coba or Chichen, but you can check out El Rey in the hotel zone or El Meco near Puerto Juarez if you are craving ruins! (Though getting to Puerto Juarez you'll hit some very bad roads, perhaps just El Rey). :)
Annie said…
Thank you for the advice. We have friends in our group who came in on Wednesday and are leaving tomorrow - we'd been wanting to see some ruins before they leave. That may not end up happening this trip it seems. But, better safe than sorry! We're hoping that next week things will clear up enough to allow us to get out of the hotel (which is becoming a bit claustrophobic). Thank you again!
jackieinpdx.com said…
Hopefully Ida will not intesify and become a hurricane again. But hwo knows. Stay safe!
KfromMichigan said…
TUNA the meal of hurricane's! I ate so much during Hurricane Wilma that I didn't eat it for about a year after. Good advice to Annie .. I'm would think the hotels would advise people to stay close to the hotel zone. Venturing out in this weather could be dangerous. The roads very flooded during heavy rain. But then who am I to tell you.
Be safe amiga!
Jim S said…
My wife and I are traveling to Cancun in about a week and a half. Forbid the worst should arrive, but should we be concerned about arriving in the midst of major clean up, or is Cancun quick to clean up after these major storms? Hope everyone stays safe, and we look forward to our visit!
CancunCanuck said…
Annie- Hope you found a way to entertain yourself today, so sorry about all the rain throwing a damper on your plans!

Jackie- Most predictions are saying she will become a hurricane tonight, hold on!

KfromMichigan- I am not a tuna fan, don't even buy it in a hurricane! Even after Wilma the stores were only closed for a couple of days, we had access to fresh stuff soon after the storm. We couldn't buy anything frozen or that needed to be refrigerated, but we had a cooler with ice that helped. We certainly didn't starve, even without tuna. :)

Jim- Even if Ida becomes a hurricane (looking more likely now), she won't get past category 1, shouldn't do much damage at all. Even after Wilma, the biggest hurricane ever, guests were back in the hotels after a week. Cancun is FAST at clean up, everyone pitches in and helps out. In my humble opinion (can't make promises!), all should be clear in time for your trip.
dchc4 said…
Great website. My girlfriend and I have a trip booked arriving this Monday morning. We were looking to get out of the rain here in Vancouver. Not looking to good for some sunshine eh? Is the weather in Cancun usually sunny after a Hurricane? Do you think I can expect any sun before the 15th.
I guess I will be bringing a rain poncho!
CancunCanuck said…
dchc4, usually after a storm passes we're back to normally sunny skies pretty quickly. We could see a little gray for Monday and Tuesday, but I suspect by Wednesday things should be fine. I am not a meteorologist nor an expert, but in my experience that is how things happen. I wish I could promise sunshine, alas, I can only make an educated guess! I hope that you have a great trip, rain or shine. :)
Denise said…
I will keep you in my thoughts. Hopefully, Wilma doesn't hit too hard.
Carlos said…
Hello. I'm thinking of booking a little getaway trip from this coming Friday until Wednesday. Are there many tourists out there at this time? How's the weather been?
CancunCanuck said…
Denise- Thanks, Ida didn't do much to us at all. :)

Carlos- It's not high season yet, so Cancun is not crowded but still lively. The weather is sunny, a bit breezy, not too hot, just about perfect. Hope you have a fab trip!
alain said…
I'm going July 10 th to 18 th do you think the tropical depression/ huricane will still e there ?
CancunCanuck said…
Hi Alain,
This post was from November 2009, Ida is long gone. Watch the National Hurricane Center site about a week or five days before you go, no way of knowing before then. Have a great trip!

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