Central New Mexico Weather: 1/8/19

Yesterday was sunny, cool and still.

This morning has been mostly sunny, cold, and still.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a sunny day with a high temperature of 46 F.  Winds will be from the north at 5 mph, becoming east in the afternoon.  Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 23 F.  Winds will be from the northeast at 5 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a mostly sunny day with a high temperature of 49 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5-15 mph.  Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 26 F.  The winds will be from the northwest at 5 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a mostly sunny day with a high temperature of 47 F.  The winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 mph, becoming northeast in the afternoon.  This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 25 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5 mph, becoming west after midnight.

The visible satellite imagery is unavailable at this time.  The enhanced infrared imagery shows a long stripe of clouds cutting through the middle of the state.

The 12Z upper air sounding from Albuquerque shows a dry atmosphere, with no saturated layers.  There was 0.25 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 341 m.  There was a thick thermal inversion near the surface, and the 0-3 km average lapse rate was 0.7 C/km.  The hodograph shows that there was 16 kts low-level shear (due mostly to directional changes) and 40 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 we are under high pressure today, though there are no strong pressure gradients.  The RAP shows that this trend will continue for at least the next six hours.

The NAM 250 mb chart shows light, zonal flow over the state today.

The NAM 850 mb chart shows no significant thermal advection.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

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 22 Z, reaching into the upper 40s F.

The HRRR shows that the the dewpoints will peak in the low 30s  F this evening.

The HRRR shows strong wind gusts are unlikely today.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

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

Today should be pleasant, but cool.  Sunny, cool, and still.

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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