New Mexico Weather: 12/13/16

Yesterday was cool, still and mostly sunny.   In the late morning, the weather in Magdalena was quite pleasant.  Last night was cool, still and mostly cloudy.

This morning along my commute from Rio Rancho to Socorro, the weather has been cool, still and mostly sunny, with a few high cirrus clouds

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Albuquerque forecasts a mostly sunny day today, with a high temperature of 65 F.  The winds will be from the southeast at 5-10 mph.  This evening will be partly, with a low temperature of 37 F.  Winds will be from the south at 5 mph, becoming north after midnight.

The visible satellite imagery is unavailable at this time.

The enhanced infrared satellite imagery shows that a few thicker clouds in patches over the state this morning.

The water vapor satellite imagery shows deep moisture over the entire state.

The 12Z sounding from Albuquerque shows that there is a moderate amount of moisture in the column, and that the moisture is well mixed throughout.  There was 0.40 inches of precipitable water present.  There was no Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE) and no Convective Inhibition (CINH).  There was a moderate thermal inversion near the surface, and the 0-3 km average lapse rate was 3.2 C/km.

The hodograph shows 21 kts of low-level shear (mostly directional changes) and 61 kts of deep-layer shear (mostly speed changes).

The surface observations (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) show cool  temperatures, a clear skies, low to moderate dew points and light, variable winds.  There are no major frontal boundaries present over the state so far this morning.

The surface pressure chart shows some weak high pressure over the state today, but no strong pressure gradients are present.  The RAP shows that none are expected to develop over the next six hours.

Synoptically speaking, the 300 mb NAM chart (from Unisys) shows strong northwesterly to zonal flow over the state today.  The 00 Z chart was unavailable.

The 500 mb NAM chart shows no major vorticity advection over the state today.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

The 700 mb NAM chart shows no rapidly-rising air over the state today.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

The 850 mb NAM chart shows no significant thermal advection over the state today.  This chart was excluded from today’s post.

The Precipitation chart shows no significant precipitation over the state today.  This chart was excluded from today’s post.

Today will continue to be precipitation free, mild, and still.

Thank you for reading my forecast.

The upper air soundings and mesoscale analysis plots are from the Storm Prediction Center website.
The forecasted upper air soundings are from
The surface observation and upper level charts are from Unisys Weather.
The satellite data is from NASA – MSFC

About highplainschasing

This blog is about my tales in storm chasing. My name is Seth Price and I am an instrumentation instructor at New Mexico Tech. My amateur radio call sign is N3MRA.
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