Yesterday was a mostly sunny, warm and breezy in El Paso. Once the sun set, it turned quite chilly.
The weather is sunny, cool and still over Rio Rancho so far this morning.
From the NWS in Albuquerque, NM: Dry, northwesterly flow will continue to dominate the region, bringing with it clear skies, strong winds, and below-average temperatures.
The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 61 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-25 mph and gusting to 35 mph in the afternoon. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 33 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.
The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 70 F. The winds will be from the north at 5-15 mph. This evening will be clear, with a low temperature of 37 F. The winds will be from the north at 5-15 mph.
The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 66 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 15 mph. This evening will be clear, with a low temperature of 37 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 10-15 mph.
The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, has issued several Wind Advisories and a Special Weather Statement concerning a hard freeze. The NWS Watches and Warnings graphic is shown below:
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a Critical Fire Risk for a small ring in east central New Mexico.
The visible satellite imagery shows very few clouds over the state this morning. This image has been excluded from today’s post.
The 12Z upper air sounding from Albuquerque, NM, shows a dry atmosphere this morning. There was 0.16 inches of precipitable water present in the column this morning. There was no Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE), no Convective Inhibition (CIN), and the Lifted Condensation Level (LCL) was 2242 m. There was no thermal inversion near the surface and the 0-3 km lapse rate was 4.3 C/km. The hodograph shows that the low-level shear was 21 kts (due mostly to directional changes) and the deep-layer shear was 103 kts (due mostly to speed changes).
The surface observations chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows cold temperatures and very low surface humidity. The skies are a sunny (according to the sensors) and the winds are light and variable.
The surface pressure chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows that we are under no strong pressure systems or gradients so far this morning. The RAP shows that the pressure will drop slightly with diurnal heating, and no strong pressure gradients are expected to develop over the next six hours.
The NAM 250 mb chart shows very strong northwesterly flow over the state today.
The NAM 850 mb chart shows no new thermal advection over the state today. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.
The Nested NAM simulated reflectivity chart shows that storms and precipitation are unlikely. This, and the precipitation chart are excluded from today’s post.
The Nested NAM predicts that the high temperatures for the middle Rio Grande River Valley will peak in the lower 60s F today.
The temperature is expected to drop into the lower 30s F before sunrise.
The Nested NAM shows that the dewpoints will remain in the single digits all day.
The Nested NAM shows strong winds are possible all day.
The Nested NAM predicts mostly clear skies today. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.
Today will be cooler than yesterday, but not quite as windy. No precipitation is expected.
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The forecasts from the National Weather Service are from The NWS Homepage
The upper air soundings and mesoscale analysis plots are from the Storm Prediction Center website.
The satellite data, model data, and forecasted soundings are from College of DuPage – SATRAD