Puerto Vallarta Says ‘Adios’ to Patricia!
Billed by CNN as the largest hurricane ever, Hurricane Patricia made believers out of everyone. Everybody made a dash to Home Depot to stock up on plywood, nails and rolls of heavy window tape. Most of the hotels were evacuated to high ground and as darkness approached we watched and waited with trepidation. The rain that started mid afternoon continued but eerily no wind and no difference in wave activity, just constant rain but not really that heavy. By 10PM it was apparent from watching the track on-line that there would be no Patricia – at least not in Vallarta. Once again, we were spared. The following day was fresh and partially sunny. The fact that Puerto Vallarta has never (ever) had a direct hurricane hit is not coincidental. 99% of the hurricanes in the region originate off-shore several hundreds of miles South of the Bay of Banderas. As they work themselves up the coastline they start to encounter the mighty Sierra Madre Mountains that start South of the Southerly point of the Bay and stretch well behind Puerto Vallarta and continue up to the US. As soon as this happens these disturbances begin to break-up rapidly due to the effect of the topography on the hurricane. This was explained to me in great detail by a long-time resident of PV when I first arrived here some 30 years ago and it has proved to be the most reliable weather advice I have ever been given – notwithstanding CNN….
By Brock Squire