Central New Mexico Weather: 3/23/20

Yesterday was mostly sunny, mild and still.  It was a pleasant day for a run and for working in the garden

This morning, the weather has been mild, mostly cloudy and still.

From the NWS in Albuquerque, NM:  A warming trend will continue today, with temperature above normal.  However, strong southwesterly winds will develop today.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a partly sunny day, with a high temperature of 67 F.  The winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph, becoming westerly at 20-30 mph and gusting to 40 mph.  This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 37 F.  The winds will be from the west at 25-30 mph, gusting to 45 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a partly sunny day, with a high temperature of 74 F. The winds will be from the south at 5-10 mph, becoming southwesterly at 20-30 mph and gusting to 40 mph in the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 38 F.  The winds will be from the northwest at 20-30 mph, gusting to 40 mph, and then decreasing to 10-20 mph after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a mostly cloudy day, becoming sunny in the afternoon, with a high temperature of 68 F.  The winds will be from the southwest at 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph and gusting to 40 mph in the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 36 F.  The winds will be from the west at 25-30 mph, gusting to 40 mph, but then decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Mountainair, NM) a partly sunny day, with a high temperature of 64 F.  The winds will be from the southwest at 10-20 mph, increasing 20-30 mph and gusting to 45 mph.  This evening will be partly clear, with a low temperature of 36 F.  The winds will be from the west at 30-35 mph, gusting to 45 mph, but then decreasing to 20-25 mph after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, has issued a Wind Advisory for the central mountain chain, and Red Flag Warnings for the southern part of the state.  The NWS Watches and Warnings graphic is shown below:

The visible satellite imagery shows I am right at the edge of the stream of clouds that is passing through the middle of the state.  My skies are becoming clearer throughout this post.

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

The surface observations chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows mild temperatures and low surface humidity.  The skies are sunny in most places (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  no strong pressure systems or gradients so far this morning.  The RAP shows that this trend will continue for at least the next six hours.

The NAM 250 mb chart shows extremely 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 showers and thunderstorms are unlikely today.  This, and the simulated 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 60s F.

The low temperatures are expected to drop into the lower 40s F right before sunrise tomorrow morning.

The Nested NAM shows that the dewpoints will remain in the lower 20s F and upper teens F.

The Nested NAM shows strong winds will be likely this afternoon.

The Nested NAM simulated infrared cloud cover chart shows only a few clouds.  This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

Today will hopefully be warmer, but much windier than yesterday.  I will go out to the shooting range and embarrass myself trying to shoot in the high winds.

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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