Central New Mexico Weather: 1/12/18

Yesterday was sunny, cool and still breezy.  The winds died down soon after sunset, however.

This morning has been clear, cold and still.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a sunny cloudy day, with a high temperature of 58 F.  The winds will from the west at 5-10 mph, increasing to 10-15 mph in the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 26 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 60 F.  The winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 26 F.  The winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 56 F.  The winds will be from the northwest at 10-15 mph.  This evening will be clear, with a low temperature of 26 F.  The winds will be from the northwest 10-15 mph.

The NWS has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook concerning the strong, gusty winds in the Clines Corners area.  Otherwise, no hazardous weather is expected.

The visible satellite image is unavailable at this time.

The infrared satellite image shows very few clouds over the state this morning.  This image has been excluded from today’s post.

The enhanced low-level water vapor satellite imagery shows dry air has settled into the area behind the Pacific front.

The 12Z upper air sounding from Albuquerque shows and a moderately damp boundary layer, with dry air aloft.  There was 0.20 inches of precipitable water present in the column.  There was no Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE) and no Convective Inhibition (CINH).  The Lifted Condensation Level (LCL) was 759 m.  There was a small thermal inversion the surface, and the 0-3 km average lapse rate was 2.9 C/km.

The hodograph shows that there was 22 kts low-level shear (due mostly to directional changes) and 58 kts deep-layer shear (due mostly to speed changes).

The surface observations (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) show cold temperatures and moderate humidity (based on the surface dewpoint depressions).  The skies are clear (according to the sensors) and the winds are light and variable.

The surface pressure chart shows that there is high pressure near the Four Corners area, generating a strong pressure gradient across the northern part of the state.  However, the RAP shows the high pressure decreasing, thus decreasing the pressure gradient over the next six hours.

The HRRR simulated reflectivity shows that precipitation is unlikely today.  This image has been excluded from today’s post.

The HRRR has the high temperatures around 22 Z, when we will reach the upper 50’s and low 60’s here in Rio Rancho.

The HRRR shows the winds gusts increase throughout the day, particularly east of the central mountain chain.

Today will be a little warmer than average, and definitely warmer than yesterday.  For the Rio Grande River Valley, the winds will not be as strong today as they were yesterday.  Overall, it should be a pleasant, unseasonably warm, dry day in Central New Mexico.

Thank you for reading my post.

Sources:
The forecasts from the National Weather Service are from The NWS Homepage
The upper air soundings and mesoscale analysis plots are from the Storm Prediction Center website.
The satellite data, model data, and forecasted soundings are 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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