Central New Mexico Weather: 12/2/19

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

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

From the NWS in Albuquerque, NM:  New Mexico is sitting in the middle of an upper-level ridge.  Cirrus clouds are expected to increase throughout the day, but warmer and drier conditions are expected.  A surface low may develop near the NM/CO border, slightly increasing the wind speeds east of the central mountain range.  Poor mixing will prevent our wind speeds from increasing significantly.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 45 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5 mph, becoming calm in the afternoon.  This evening 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 Socorro, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 49 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph.  This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 28 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 49 F.  The winds will be from the west at 5 mph, becoming north in the afternoon.  This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 29 F. The winds will be from the west at 5-10 mph.

The visible satellite imagery is unavailable at this time.  The enhanced infrared imagery shows a large patch of thick clouds over northwestern New Mexico, but clear skies for the rest of the state.

The 12Z upper air sounding from Albuquerque, NM, is unavailable at this time.

The surface observations chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows cold temperatures and moderate 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 mid 40s F.

The low temperatures are expected to drop into the lower 30s F right before sunrise tomorrow morning.

The Nested NAM shows that the dewpoints will peak in the mid 30s F by this afternoon.

The Nested NAM shows strong winds are not expected today.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

The Nested NAM predicts a few clouds over the central part of the state this evening.

Today should be more pleasant weather than we’ve seen in a week.  It will still be cool, but mostly sunny skies and still winds are nice to see, after the past week.  Too bad I’m back at work now…

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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