San Pedro surf’s up: March Blow becomes April’s huff and puff

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April winds and high surf beyond the reef are keeping the water level high around Ambergris Caye. There's even an occasional crashing wave on shore, like this one in the Boca del Rio neighborhood.
April winds and high surf beyond the reef are keeping the water level high around Ambergris Caye. There’s even an occasional crashing wave on shore, like this one in the Boca del Rio neighborhood.

 

Running along the shore of Ambergris Caye this morning required some dexterity. Waves weren’t only lapping upon the beach. In some spots they’d swallowed the beach and coast trail entirely.

After trying to run between waves, skip over the top of them and a little backtracking I gave up and took a sharp right to the road.

The weather locally is called the March Blow although it is now blowing into April. It is just a strong but steady wind from the northeast that passes through like a slow moving freight train, blowing all the bugs into Belize City and the dust and sand off the roofs.

You can see the high surf off in the distance, as it breaks in front of the barrier reef.
You can see the high surf off in the distance, as it breaks in front of the barrier reef.

A woman in yoga this morning said she hasn’t been able to windsurf the past three days because of small craft warnings. Sandy, probably in her 70’s, thinks it would be “irresponsible” to windsurf in such weather, citing the importance of setting a good example for less-experienced windsurfers.

Yes, she is every bit as cool as she sounds.

Here’s a little tid-bit I picked up on March Blow from the local Ambergriscaye.com Forum, posted by a guy named Elbert:

“The fisherman in the village call a week long period of rough windy weather when they can’t get their boats out ‘The March Blow’. It seems to be an annual event . A part of the weather cycle when the seasons shift in March. They say its a good time to go drink or make babies.
“I’ve been here 20 years and see it happen every march ….”

And now for something completely unrelated:

A Key Lime Cupcake from the Baker to mark the start of Birthday Week. I don't normally celebrate Birthday Week but when I saw these babies with their fluffy meringue topping, and Rose offered to buy one ... only a fool would say no to that!
A Key Lime Cupcake from The Baker to mark the start of Birthday Week! I don’t normally celebrate Birthday Week but when I saw these babies with their fluffy meringue topping, and Rose offered to buy one … only a fool would say no to that!
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3 thoughts on “San Pedro surf’s up: March Blow becomes April’s huff and puff

    Karen Kelly said:
    April 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I WANT THAT CUPCAKE! I HAVE TO HAVE THAT CUPCAKE!

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      April 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Karen, we will go straight from the airport to The Bakers and I will buy you as many cupcakes as you want …. Beneath the meringue is a demi-pie crust filled with a tart, custardy key lime filling ….Emily of the Bakers says they are made from scratch and only when fresh limes are available — something we were missing for a few weeks.

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    Emily said:
    April 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    The Baker didn’t make things like that when we lived on the island! It’s changed ownership. You are a lucky man. I want that cupcake too!

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