Central New Mexico Weather: 3/24/20

Yesterday was mostly sunny, mild and windy.  I watched several campers and RVs struggling to drive on I-25 yesterday afternoon.

This morning, the weather has been cold, mostly clear and still.

From the NWS in Albuquerque, NM:  Today will be pleasant, with above average temperatures and less wind than yesterday.  The wind, and fire weather, will return tomorrow.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 66 F.  The winds will be from the northwest at 10 mph.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 34 F.  The winds will be from the west at 5-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 70 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 mph, becoming southerly in the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 38 F.  The winds will be from the south at 5-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 68 F.  The winds will be from the northwest at 10 mph, becoming southwesterly in the afternoon.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 36 F.  The winds will be from the west at 10-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Mountainair, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 62 F.  The winds will be from the west at 15 mph.  This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 35 F.  The winds will be from the southwest at 10-15 mph.

The visible satellite imagery shows very few clouds over the state this morning.   This image has been excluded from today’s 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 cool temperatures and moderate 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 slightly higher pressure in the west and slightly lower pressure in the east, with a tight gradient near the central mountain range.  The RAP shows that the low pressure will move east and mix out, decreasing the pressure gradient over 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 mid 60s F.

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

The Nested NAM shows that the dewpoints will remain in the upper 20s F, though there are pockets of much drier air over the region.

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

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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