Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Sargassum predicted for Yucatán no longer expected to land

A mass of sargassum seaweed that was three to four times times larger than Mérida, the capital of Yucatán, was initially forecast to land on the state’s coast on the weekend.

But authorities said yesterday such an occurrence was unlikely.

The Cancún-based sargassum monitoring network predicted that the mass of macroalgae could be pushed toward the Yucatán coast by southerly winds blowing from the Gulf of Mexico, along with ocean currents.

The report also stated that the seaweed could affect more than 120 kilometers of coastline.

Yesterday, the state Sustainable Development Secretariat said the possibility was “very remote.”

It predicted the sargassum will be taken away from the coast in a northward direction toward the Florida peninsula.

Some areas of Yucatán have seen sargassum on the beaches, but nothing comparable to the situation in the neighboring state of Quintana Roo.

Source: El Financiero (sp), El Diario de Yucatán (sp)

Have something to say? Paid Subscribers get all access to make & read comments.
Worried guests gather around a hot tub in Puerto Peñasco

Wife of US tourist who died in Puerto Peñasco hot tub electrocution files US $1M suit

5
When she saw her husband struggling under the water, Zambrano jumped in to help, only to be electrocuted herself.
A group of mostly Black migrants, some of whom maybe be undocumented foreigners, walks down a Mexican highway under a bright sun.

Nearly 1.4 million undocumented migrants detected in Mexico so far this year

1
The National Immigration Institute (INM) data on encounters from January to May is almost double the number for all of 2023.
NOAA satellite imagery of low pressure system in Gulf of Mexico

Meteorologists monitor possible tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico

0
A low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico could become a tropical storm by midweek, as torrential rains hit the Yucatán peninsula.