New Mexico Weather: 1/27/17

Yesterday was cold, slightly breezy and mostly sunny.

Currently, it is partly cloudy, still and cold.  Here is a photo of sunrise near the Isleta train station:

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Albuquerque forecasts (for Socorro) a mostly cloudy day, with  a high temperature of 38 F, with north winds of 10-15 mph.  This evening will be mostly clear, and a low temperature of 21 F.  The winds will be from the north at 10 mph.

The visible satellite imagery is unavailable at this time.

The enhanced infrared satellite imagery shows no thick clouds over the state this morning.  All clouds have low, warm tops.

The water vapor imagery shows zonal moisture flow over the state this morning.

The 12Z sounding from Albuquerque shows a dry atmosphere again this morning, with moderate to high dewpoint depressions with the exception of a thin layer near 600 mb.  Overall, there was 0.13 inches of precipitable water present in the column.  There was no Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE) and no Convective Inhibition (CINH) present.  There was a small thermal inversion, and the 0-3 km average lapse rate was 4.9 C/km.

The hodograph shows that there was 23 kts of low-level shear (mostly directional changes) and 95 kts of deep-layer shear (mostly speed changes) this morning.

The surface observations (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) show cold temperatures, low humidity (based on the surface dewpoint depressions), light winds, and mostly clear skies over most of the state.   There are no major frontal boundaries over the state so far this morning.

The surface pressure chart shows high pressure dominating the state this morning.  There is a moderate pressure gradient this morning, though the winds in the Rio Grande Valley are not strong.  The RAP shows that the gradient will become more concentrated farther south over the next six hours.

Synoptically speaking, the 300 mb NAM chart (from Unisys) shows weak zonal flow as the trough broadens and passes to our south.

The 500 mb NAM chart shows a stripe of Positive Vorticity Advection (PVA) through  the center of the state as an elongated vorticity maxima moves south.

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 has been excluded from today’s post.

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

The next few days will be cold, clear, and precipitation free.

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 College of DuPage – SATRAD

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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