Thursday, 4 September 2014

A note to the Family and Closest Friends of El Gringo Viejo concerning our joust with the Tropical Storm Dolly

Hello All,
This is the first Dolly II transmission from our neighbour:   Quiubo David! reporta Ciro mucha lluvia por la sierra como lo mencionas. Pero todo bien, la humedad será de mucho provecho para un otoño-invierno generosos
Sigo informando
    It essentially states that the mayordomo of his place reports a lot of rain in the Sierra, as I had mentioned (Rafael read my email to him from very early this morning, where I gave him my radar interpretation of the area down there). He states, ''But all is well, the wetness will be much enjoyed for a generous autumn and winter.  I shall continue to inform." 
This picture is included in the official State of
Tamaulipas summary of elegant retirement
 and community service for foreign investors.
  It is also a nice scene pertaining to the Valley
 of the Rio Corona...some 200 yards straight
 ahead.   It is, as many know, also the Quinta
 Tesoro de la Sierra Madre and our old Dodge
 Dynasty,not that long ago. We were unaware
 that the picture had been taken, or used for
 official propaganda, until a few minutes ago.
     As best we can tell there was a fairly late arrival to the base of the Sierra de El Cautivo cordillera of the Sierra Madre Oriental range of mountains upon whose skirts the Quinta Tesoro de la Sierra Madre is found.   As you all know this is a well-established destination for all manner of easterly tropical waves, depressions, storms, and hurricanes to bash their brains and guts out, especially from August through November of any given year....almost every given year.  Rains along the faces of the various ridges can range from 10 to 50 inches over a three day period in those mountains to the direct west of the Quinta....from 3 to 20 miles away.  At that 20 mile point is the monster peak of Pen~a Nevada (snowy peak) that reaches up to 13,000 fasl.   Run-off comes mainly towards us from the Canyon of El Tigre, which forms the springs of the origin of the Rio Corona.  Also of importance is the Rio San Pedro a little to the south, and the rivulet El Guayaba a bit to the north of the birthplace of the Rio Corona. 
     Whew!   All that said, we tracked the storm Dolly, Junior at its inception, which is something old men do.  It was not a typical storm.  On the 2nd of September all sources declared that it would go ashore during the early morning hours of the 2nd of September, a Tuesday. near Tampico.   It did not do that.  It broke apart in a way, with much convection separating to the south and also so the east.  One segment of the storm's energy went slight to shore just north of Tampico, about 25 miles north, at a place where Christian has fished on a couple of occasions, to great success, called Barra del Tordo.  But 90% of the storm's energy remained at sea.  The centre was identified by the official sources as having shifted to the south, near Tuxpan, but that was simply an error.  The NOAA analysts followed the lesser, and more visible by satellite and fly-over,  spin-off vortex to the south, while another shifted under the high-cloud canopy, during the night back to the east-northeast, about 80 miles deeper into the Gulf's very warm water.
     Then, on Wednesday, but later in the day, the larger portion of the energy mass moved in two directions.  One was to the north-northeast towards northern Tamaulipas and the southernmost tip of Texas.  The other energy mass, somewhat smaller began to move fairly slowly to just north of due west.  Both of the blocks of rain can be measured by observing that they were either side of the size of the State of Kansas.  So yesterday, a Wednesday, the 3rd of September, northernmost Tamaulipas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley picked up 2 to 8 inches of needed rains.   Given the extra time allowed by Dolly Junior's dawdling in the Gulf almost all of the Valley's cotton crop was either processed at gins or heavily protected at the point of harvest with high quality sheets of heavy duty, tie-down plastic.

Hitler's Bridge
This is the bridge over the Rio Corona
near where one might turn to the left
a mile further on to head for the Quinta
and the Santa Engracia area.  The bridge
 was placed shortly after American and
 Mexican crews and engineers had
 completed the ford and that section of
the Pan American Highway in 1935.
   Adolf Hitler sent  tonnes of German
 steel and several teams of German
engineers to build 20 bridges along
 that new highway's paved route
during that same year.  All work
 was finished in 3 months. 
     Then, late in the day and all night, and until a few minutes ago, the area of Cd. Victoria, the Quinta Tesoro de la Sierra Madre, the Hacienda de La Vega, and the zone around the venerable Hacienda de Santa Engracia apparently picked up 4 to 12 inches of rain.   Higher totals almost certainly fell as one moves into the mountains, and my personal estimate without hearing from anyone to this point, would be 10 - 22 inches, due to the fact that it began to rain and never let up....continuously in dark green, but mainly in yellow, ochre, and red echoes all afternoon, evening, night, and early morning....perhaps 18 hours of moderate to very heavy rains.   The area around El Chorrito to our north, along the mountains had the did everything all the way up to Linares - Hualahuises and into  the Monterrey metroplex.   The rains will be beneficial in filling certain lakes of supply for irrigation and municipal water sources throughout the

Finally, in 2012, the Hitler's Bridge suffered a
one-two punch of a truck-wreck and a flood,
and was deigned unserviceable.  The work
on the new bridge was surprisingly quick
and four lanes!! And attractive.  The folks
in the area went out to look at it and made
pictures of themselves with.....their new
bridge.   A point of pride for sure.
northeasternmost 8% of Mexico and southernmost 8% of the Republic of Texas.   Flooding of your home on the Rio Corona is very doubtful...we saw much worse four years ago.   It will be enough to degrade the lessening amount of garbage and disrespect that still persists in cluttering up our beautiful River, and shred it into the bottom sediment to the pleasure of the carp and catfish...and to some degree to actually assist in the breeding of the various types of perch and bass that are encountered in our Rio,   Do not tell anyone that there is a minor, very slight usefulness to that litter and junk, for breeding and collecting vital underwater habitat...but it is purchased at too high a cost for my liking.   Better great limbs and recently arriving conglomerate and malachite rocks from the mountains.

This is the "big sister" built over the Rio
Purificacion, about 10 miles further north
from the Rio Corona.  This picture was
taken four years ago, during a flood just
before the official opening of this fine
 and attractive structure.  Both bridges
replaced one-at-a-time structures from
the mid-1930s.  (four lanes!! whoopee!)
     I am awaiting an advisory from Rafael Salazar de Leon, the hacendado of the Hacienda de La Vega, who will be sending your humble servant and relative a summary of events, without solicitation.  It is one of our blessings that he treats your home as his own in terms of assessment of needed works or adaptations, during my absence, as I do to his compound, plantings, machinery, and structures in his and his family's absence.   Upon receipt of the report of damages and casualties from the battlefront, we shall advise you all by that instant.

El Gringo Viejo
(also known as El Gringo Viejo)