Central New Mexico Weather: 12/1/19

Yesterday, the weather in Rio Rancho was sunny, cold and windy.

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

From the NWS in Albuquerque, NM:  The cold front and winter storms have passed for a few days.  An upper-level ridge is building over New Mexico, causing it to warm up and dry out.  The winds will be much lighter today, as compared to the past few days.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 40 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5 mph.  This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 21 F. The winds will be from the north at 5 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 43 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 24 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 42 F.  The winds will be from the west at 5 mph, becoming north in the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 24 F. The winds will be from the west at 5 mph.

 

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 variable moisture in the atmosphere, with several more humid layers, though no layer is near saturation.  There was 0.22 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 622 m.  There was a large thermal inversion near the surface and the 0-3 km lapse rate was 0.7 C/km.  The hodograph shows that the low-level shear was 19 kts (due mostly to directional changes) and the deep-layer shear was 70 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 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 shows that this trend will continue for at least the next six hours.

The NAM 250 mb chart shows strong, 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 upper 20s F right before sunrise tomorrow morning.

The Nested NAM shows that the dewpoints will rise into the upper 30s F by this afternoon.

The Nested NAM shows strong winds have passed.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

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

Today will be the beginning of drying out and warming up.  Thankfully, the winds have died down.  It will still be cold, but we are done with precipitation and wind for the time being.

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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