Central New Mexico Weather: 2/21/21


Yesterday, Rio Rancho was mild, sunny and windy. Even so, we went for a hike near Los Lunas.

This morning, Rio Rancho has been sunny, cool, and windy.

From the NWS in Albuquerque, NM:  The upper-level trough will bring cooler temperatures and breezy conditions to the area through tonight.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 47 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 20 mph, gusting to 30 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 24 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 5-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 53 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 15-20 mph. This evening will be clear, with a low temperature of 22 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 5-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 44 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 20 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 22 F. The winds will be from the west at 5-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Mountainair, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 43 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 15-20 mph. This evening will be clear, with a low temperature of 20 F. The winds will be from the west at 10-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook concerning the breezy conditions for their entire watch area.

The visible satellite imagery shows no cloud cover over the state. This image has been excluded from today’s post.

The 12Z upper air sounding from Albuquerque, NM, shows moderate humidity below 650 mb. 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 869 m. There was no thermal inversion and the 0-3 km lapse rate was 7.0 C/km. The hodograph shows that the low-level shear was 17 kts (due mostly to directional changes) and the deep-layer shear was 119 kts (due mostly to speed changes).

The surface observations chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows cool temperatures and low relative humidity. The skies are sunny, (according to the sensors) and winds moderate and northwesterly.

The surface pressure chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows that we are under a high pressure system, with no strong pressure gradients over the state. The RAP shows that high pressure will continue to flood the region from the northwest, but no strong pressure gradients are expected to develop in the next six hours.

The NAM 250 mb chart shows moderate, zonal to northwesterly flow over the state today.

The NAM 700 mb and 850 mb charts show Cold Air Advection (CAA) passing into the state later this evening. It is more visible on the 700 mb chart, though you can see it is on its way out by tomorrow morning.

The Nested NAM simulated reflectivity chart shows precipitation is unlikely today. This, the precipitation chart and snow charts have all been excluded from today’s post.

The Nested NAM predicts that the high temperatures for the middle Rio Grande River Valley will reach the upper 40s F.

The Nested NAM shows the low temperatures are expected to drop into the mid 20s F by tomorrow morning.

The Nested NAM shows that the dewpoints will remain in the 10s F today.

The Nested NAM shows strong winds are likely this afternoon.

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

Today will be a cool, sunny and windy. It will remain 10 F cooler than yesterday.

It was too cold for a run this morning, but I will go to the gym this afternoon. I will also do some scheming with my garden later today.

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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