Central New Mexico Weather: 11/30/19

Yesterday, the weather in Rio Rancho was snowy, cold, and wet.  It was windy and rainy until nearly nightfall.  Then, it got colder and the skies cleared.

The weather in Rio Rancho is sunny, cold and windy.

From the NWS in Albuquerque, NM:  High elevation snow will trickle off this morning.  As the cold front passes, high winds will be the major weather producer today.  North-south highway travel may be difficult due to the strong gusts.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 35 F.  The winds will be from the west at 20-30 mph, gusting to 40 mph.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 17 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 10-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 42 F.  The winds will be from the northwest at 15-25 mph.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 20 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 37 F.  The winds will be from the west at 15-25 mph, gusting to 35 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 19 F. The winds will be from the west at 10-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, has issued High Wind Warnings for most of the counties east of the central mountain range.  The NWS Watches and Warnings graphic is shown below:

The visible satellite imagery shows light cloud cover over the center of the state.  Most of the white reflections in this image are snow.

The 12Z upper air sounding from Albuquerque, NM, shows a drier atmosphere than yesterday.  There was 0.17 inches of precipitable water present in the column this morning.  There was no Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE), no Convective Inhibition (CIN), and the Lifted Condensation Level (LCL) was 413 m.  There was no thermal inversion near the surface and the 0-3 km lapse rate was 6.9 C/km.  The hodograph shows that the low-level shear was 36 kts (due mostly to directional changes) and the deep-layer shear was 115 kts (due mostly to speed changes).

The surface observations chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows cold temperatures and low surface humidity.  The skies are a sunny (according to the sensors) and the winds are strong and from the west.

The surface pressure chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows that there is high pressure to our west, moving into the state from Arizona, but there is also low pressure over the Great Plains, putting us in a sharp pressure gradient in between.  The high pressure will move east, maintaining the strong pressure gradient throughout the day.

The NAM 250 mb chart shows extremely strong, southwesterly-to-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 Nested NAM simulated reflectivity chart shows no further precipitation is expected today.  This, and the precipitation chart, have been excluded from today’s post.

The Nested NAM predicts that the high temperatures for the middle Rio Grande River Valley will peak in the upper 30s F.

The low temperatures are expected to drop into the mid 20s F right before sunrise tomorrow morning.

The Nested NAM shows that the dewpoints will drop into the upper 10s F by this afternoon.

The Nested NAM shows strong winds are likely, statewide, all day and evening.

The Nested NAM predicts clear skies for the rest of the day.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

Today will be sunny, cold and windy.  It’s not raining, so I can’t complain too much, but the bitter cold wind won’t be fun, either.

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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