New Mexico Weather: 4/10/17

Yesterday was a mostly sunny day that clouded up in the evening.  The temperature remained mild, and it was breezy all day.

It has been mostly clear, cool and still this morning.  There were a few high clouds, as well as a few altocumulus clouds in the skies over Albuquerque this morning:

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Albuquerque forecasts (for Socorro) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 73 F. The winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 43 F.   Winds will be from the southeast at 5-10 mph, becoming east after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque forecasts (for Magdalena) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 65 F. The winds will be northwest at 5-10 mph, becoming southeast by the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 38 F.  The winds will be from the southeast at 5-10 mph, becoming east after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque forecasts (for Rio Rancho) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 69 F. The winds will be north at 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 42 F.  The winds will be from the south at 5-10 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

The visible satellite imagery shows virtually no clouds over the state today.  This image has been excluded from today’s post.

The infrared satellite imagery shows no thick clouds over the state today.  This image has been excluded from today’s post.

The water vapor imagery shows dry air moving in behind the leading edge of the trough this morning.

The 12Z sounding from Albuquerque shows a dry boundary layer, but a nearly saturated layer at 550 mb.   There was 0.16 inches of precipitable water present in the column this morning.  There was no Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE) and no Convective Inhibition (CINH) present.  There was no thermal inversion, and the 0-3 km average lapse rate was 6.2 C/km.

The hodograph shows that there was 8 kts of low-level shear (mostly due to directional changes) and 53 kts of deep-layer shear (mostly due to speed changes).

The surface observations (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) show cool temperatures, low humidity (based on the surface dewpoint depressions) and sunny skies dominate the map this morning.  The winds are light and variable, and no major frontal boundaries are present over the state this morning.

The surface pressure chart shows that there is high pressure over the Four Corners area, but no strong pressure gradients over the state this morning.  The RAP shows that the high pressure system will persist and that no strong pressure gradients are expected to develop over the next six hours.

Synoptically speaking, the 300 mb NAM chart (from Unisys) shows zonal flow as the trough continues east, but broadens through our area.

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

The 700 mb NAM chart is not available at this time.

The 850 mb NAM chart shows some Cold Air Advection (CAA) moving in from the northeast.  This back door cold front will be worth watching over the next few days.

The Precipitation chart shows that there is virtually no chance of rain across the state today.  This image has been excluded from today’s post.

Today will be pleasant.  The winds and fire risk have dropped.  Enjoy the good weather, as there will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms later this week.

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 TwisterData.com.
The surface observation and upper level charts are from Unisys Weather.
The satellite data is from College of DuPage – SATRAD

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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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