Central New Mexico Weather: 4/19/19

Yesterday was a pleasant day.  Pleasant enough that some jackass tried to break into my truck and busted up the lock and the ignition cylinder.

This morning has been sunny, cool and still.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 77 F.  The winds will be light and variable, becoming southwest in the afternoon.  This evening will be clear, with a low temperature of 46 F.  The winds will be from the southwest at 5-10 mph, becoming southeast after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 80 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon.  This evening will be clear, with a low temperature of 49 F.  The winds will be from the south at 5-10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 74 F.  The winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon.  This evening will be clear, with a low temperature of 48 F.  The winds will be from the southwest at 10-15 mph.

The visible satellite imagery shows very few clouds over the Albuquerque Metro area this morning.  This image has been excluded from today’s post.

The 12Z upper air sounding from Albuquerque, NM, shows a dry atmosphere.  There was 0.26 inches of precipitable water in the column.  There was no Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE) and no Convective Inhibition (CIN), and the Lifted Condensation Level (LCL) was 1134 m.  There was no small thermal inversion near the surface and the 0-3 km lapse rate was 4.8 C/km.  The hodograph shows that the low-level shear was 2 kts (due mostly to directional changes) and the deep-layer shear was 37 kts (due mostly to speed changes).

The surface observations chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows cool temperatures and high surface humidity this morning.  The skies are sunny (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 with no strong pressure gradients.  The RAP says this is expected to continue for at least the next six hours.

The NAM 250 mb chart shows moderate, northwesterly flow as we exit the back end of the trough.

The NAM 850 mb chart shows that there is no strong thermal advection expected today.    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 middle Rio Grande River Valley will peak in the upper 70s F today.

The HRRR shows that the dewpoints will slowly drop from the 30s F to the 20s F this afternoon.

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

The HRRR predicts that the skies will remain clear, once the morning fog mixes out.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

It’s going to be another beautiful day in New Mexico today.  I’ll try to get outside and enjoy some of it.

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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