Central New Mexico Weather: 2/13/20

Yesterday was mostly sunny, cold and still.

This morning, the weather has mostly sunny, cold and still on my commute from Rio Rancho to Magdalena.

From the NWS in Albuquerque, NM:  a weak disturbance and back door cold front are still impacting the northeast, bringing some light snow and chilly temperatures.  The light snow will taper off in the morning.  Statewide, dry, chilly conditions will prevail.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 45 F.  The winds will be from the west at 5 mph.  This evening will be mostly clear, 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 sunny day, with a high temperature of 45 F.  The winds will be from the west at 5 mph.   This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 21 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 45 F.  The winds will be from the southwest at 5 mph.  This evening will be clear, with a low temperature of 25 F.  The winds will be from the south at 5 mph, becoming westerly after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Mountainair, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 41 F.  The winds will be from the west at 10 mph.  This evening will be clear, with a low temperature of 23 F.  The winds will be from the west at 5 mph.

The visible satellite imagery shows mostly clear skies this morning.  This image has been excluded from today’s post.

The 12Z upper air sounding from Albuquerque, NM, shows a dry atmosphere above 650 mb.  There was 0.18 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 415 m.  There was no thermal inversion near the surface and the 0-3 km lapse rate was 3.8 C/km.  The hodograph shows that the low-level shear was 15 kts (due mostly to directional changes) and the deep-layer shear was 56 kts (due mostly to speed changes).

The surface observations chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows cold temperatures and moderate surface humidity.  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 we are under slightly high pressure, but no strong pressure gradients.  The RAP shows that no major changes are expected over 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 Nested NAM simulated reflectivity chart shows some precipitation is unlikely today.  This, the precipitation chart and the snow charts 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 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 remain in the mid 20s F.

The Nested NAM shows strong winds are possible this morning, but are expected to taper off throughout the day.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

The Nested NAM simulated infrared imagery shows clear skies today.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

Today will be cool, sunny and still.

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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