New Mexico Weather: 11/12/17

Yesterday was sunny, mild and still in Rio Rancho.  I went for a brief run in the evening, but I am having trouble with my headphones, so I only ran for a mile.

This morning has been sunny, cool and still.  It has been a clear morning over Rio Rancho.

National Weather Service (NWS) in Albuquerque forecasts (for Socorro) a partly sunny day, with a high temperature of 60 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature of 41 F. Winds will be from the south at 5 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque forecasts (for Magdalena) a partly sunny day, with a high temperature of 65 F. The winds will be from the northeast at 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature of 40 F. Winds will be from the south at 5 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque forecasts (for Rio Rancho) a partly sunny day, with a high temperature of 65 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon.   This evening will be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature of 40 F. Winds will be from the east at 5 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook concerning fog over the eastern third of the state.  This fog will continue each morning for the next several days.

The visible satellite imagery shows fog over the southeastern plains of New Mexico this morning.

The infrared satellite imagery shows no thick clouds, and the fog is not visible, either.  This image has been excluded from today’s post.

The water vapor imagery shows that there is plenty of deep moisture aloft over the state this morning.  All of it is slowly drifting into the state from the west and southwest.

The 12Z sounding from Albuquerque shows a moderately damp, cool atmosphere.  There was 0.26 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 a large thermal inversion near the surface, and the 0-3 km average lapse rate was 4.0 C/km.

The hodograph shows that there was 7 kt of low-level shear (due mostly to directional changes) and 50 kts of deep-layer shear (due mostly to speed changes).

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

The surface pressure chart shows that there is high pressure over the NM/CO border with a slight pressure gradient radiating through the state.  Even so, the winds are still light.  The RAP shows, over the next six hours, that the pressure will decrease with diurnal heating, through the orientation and shape of the pressure system will remain.

Synoptically speaking, the 300 mb NAM chart (from Unisys) shows moderate, zonal flow over the state today.  We are at the peak of a slight ridge to our south.

The 500 mb NAM chart shows no strong 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 some moderate Cold Air Advection (CAA) along the eastern border of the state.  This cold air is causing our fog problems.  During the day, the moisture is content to be a vapor, but then as the temperature cools with the CAA, the moisture condenses, forming fog.

The Precipitation chart shows that precipitation is unlikely today.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

The eastern plains will fight fog this morning, and for the next few mornings.  Here in the Rio Grande River Valley, we will have mild temperatures, light winds, and partly sunny skies today.  I am going to check on my garden, move my weather station, and go for a run, as I don’t think the weather will be nice for too many more weekends.

Thank you for reading my post.

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

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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