Central New Mexico Weather: 3/13/18

Yesterday was a little cool, but otherwise a pleasant day

This morning has been mostly clear, cool and still.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 62 F.  The winds will be from the south at 5-10 mph.  This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 39 F.  The winds will be from the south at 5-10 mph, becoming east after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a mostly 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 partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 41 F.  The winds will be from the south at 10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 59 F.  The winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon.   This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 40 F.  The winds will be from the south at 10-15 mph.

The visible satellite image is unavailable at this time.

The infrared satellite image shows a thin blanket of clouds over the state today.  The clouds have low, warm tops.

The enhanced low-level water vapor satellite imagery shows that most of the state is under dry air.  There is some deeper moisture over the southwestern corner of the state this morning.

The 12Z upper air sounding from Albuquerque shows nearly-saturated conditions below 700 mb.  There was 0.35 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 329 m.  There was a tiny thermal inversion near the surface, and the 0-3 km average lapse rate was 3.8 C/km.

The hodograph shows that there was 6 kts low-level shear (due mostly to directional changes) and 42 kts deep-layer shear (due mostly to speed changes).

The surface observations (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) show cool temperatures and high humidity (based on the surface dewpoint depressions).  The skies are cloudy (according to the sensors), and the winds are light and variable this morning.

The surface pressure chart shows that there is high pressure over the state this morning, with no strong pressure gradients present.  The RAP shows that the pressure will decrease throughout the next six hours, but that no strong pressure gradients are expected to develop.

The NAM 250 mb chart shows that there is some light zonal to northwesterly flow over the state today.

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

The HRRR predicts that the high temperatures for the Rio Grande River Valley will peak around 23 Z, reaching into the low-60’s.

The HRRR shows that strong winds are not anticipated today.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

The HRRR shows that the skies will be mostly sunny all day today.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

Today will be warmer and sunnier than yesterday.  Combine this with the still winds, and it will be a great day to be outside.

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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