Central New Mexico Weather: 3/20/19

Yesterday was partly sunny, mild and a bit breezy.  I ran through a few rain drops on several occasions along my travels.

This morning has been mostly sunny, cold and still.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a partly sunny day, with a high temperature of 60 F.  The winds will be from the east at 5-10 mph.  This evening will be mostly cloudy, with a 30% chance of scattered showers after midnight, and a low temperature of 30 F.  The winds will be from the east at 10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a partly sunny day, with a high temperature of 65 F.  The winds will be from the northeast at 10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly cloudy, with a 50% chance of showers after midnight, and a low temperature of 43 F.  The winds will be from the east at 5-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a partly sunny day, with a high temperature of 57 F.  The winds will be from the northeast at 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly cloudy, with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms and a low temperature of 40 F.  The winds will be from the southeast at 5-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook concerning a slow-moving system that will pass over the state from tonight through Friday.  For the higher elevations in the northern part of the state, this will mean snow, but for Albuquerque and south, it will mean showers and thunderstorms.

The visible satellite imagery is unavailable at this time.  The enhanced infrared imagery shows only thin clouds.  This image has been excluded from today’s post.

The 12Z upper air sounding from Albuquerque is unavailable today.

The surface observations chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows cold temperatures and high humidity this morning.  The skies are clear over the western half of the state and cloudy over the eastern half (according to the sensors) and the winds are light and variable.

The surface pressure chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows that we are under high pressure and a slight pressure gradient.  The RAP shows that this trend will continue for the next six hours.

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

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

The HRRR simulated reflectivity shows precipitation is not expected to start into the early hours tomorrow morning.  Even then, the model doesn’t go out far enough to show it impacting the Albuquerque Metro area.

The HRRR predicts that the high temperatures for the middle Rio Grande River Valley will peak in the mid 60s F today.

The HRRR shows that the dewpoints will be in the mid to upper 30s F all day.

The HRRR shows gusty winds are unlikely today. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

The HRRR predicts that the skies will begin to cloud up this evening.

Today is going to be mild, still and sunny.  It should be a nice day!  I’ll do some driving with the windows down this afternoon.

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

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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