Rio Rancho, NM, to Westminster, CO

Today, we will drive north to Westminster, CO, from Rio Rancho, NM, to visit family.

This morning has been mild, mostly cloudy and still.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a partly sunny day, with a high temperature of 68 F.  Winds will be from the northwest at 5 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon.

The NWS in Boulder, CO, forecasts (for Westminster, CO) a clear night, with a low temperature of 39 F.  The winds will be 6 mph from the east, becoming west after midnight.

We should have smooth sailing today.  However, this weekend, a back door cold front plus moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Sergio could bring snow to our return path.  More on this as it develops.

Visible satellite imagery shows cloudy skies over New Mexico, but clear skies over Colorado.

The surface observations (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) show mild temperatures and moderate humidity (based on the surface dewpoint depressions). The skies are clear and sunny over our route.  Winds are light and variable.

The surface pressure chart shows there are no strong pressure systems or gradients at this time, though a weak low will develop over central Colorado in the next six hours.

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

We will see our high temperatures around 22 Z, which will be somewhere in northern NM or southern CO, depending on when we leave the house.  Temperatures will reach the 70 F mark.

It looks like a pleasant drive this morning and afternoon.  I am nervous for this weekend’s weather, but we’ll see how it goes.

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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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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