New Mexico Weather: 11/23/17

Yesterday was sunny, mild and clear in Rio Rancho.  The evening was cool, still and clear as well.  However, it was not as cool in the evening as I thought it would be.  I was glad to have my jacket, but quickly shed it in the car.

This morning has been mild, still and mostly sunny.

National Weather Service (NWS) in Albuquerque forecasts (for Socorro) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 70 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 37 F. Winds will be from the southeast at 5 mph, becoming west after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque forecasts (for Magdalena) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 66 F. The winds will be from the north at 5 mph, becoming east in the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 38 F. Winds will be from the south at 5 mph, becoming west after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque forecasts (for Rio Rancho) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 69 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5 mph, becoming west in the afternoon.   This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 38 F. Winds will be from the west at 5 mph, becoming calm after midnight.

The visible satellite imagery shows a few light, high clouds over the state this morning.

The infrared satellite imagery shows that there are a few clouds with cold tops over the northeastern and eastern parts of the state this morning.

The water vapor imagery shows that there is plenty of moisture aloft, though very little of it is at the surface.

The 12Z sounding from Albuquerque shows that the atmosphere is of varied moisture this morning, with a dry layer near 650 mb, but not particularly damp anywhere.  There was 0.30 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 thick thermal inversion near the surface, and the 0-3 km average lapse rate was 1.7 C/km.

The hodograph shows that there was 12 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.

The surface pressure chart shows high pressure dominates the morning.  The RAP shows that, while the pressures will drop everywhere with diurnal heating, no strong pressure gradients are expected to develop in the next six hours.

Synoptically speaking, the 300 mb NAM chart (from Unisys) shows weak northerly flow due to the trough in the east.

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 pockets of rapidly-rising air over the state today.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

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

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

I don’t know that you could ask for a more pleasant Thanksgiving day.  We are inside cooking and getting ready, but a post-Thanksgiving dinner walk may be in order, as it is beautiful outside.  This evening may be a little cold for a walk, but we’ll keep it in mind.

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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