Central New Mexico Weather: 2/22/21


Yesterday, Rio Rancho was cool, sunny and windy.

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

From the NWS in Albuquerque, NM:  Today will bring warm, dry, sunny weather. Two winter storm systems are expected later this week, but their impacts will be focused on the northern part of the state, and will not be as impactful for the Rio Grande River valley.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 55 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 10-15 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 27 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 61 F. The winds will be from the north at 10 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 26 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 55 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 10-15 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 27 F. The winds will be from the west at 5-10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Mountainair, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 50 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 15 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 25 F. The winds will be from the west at 5 mph.

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 a dry atmosphere. There was 0.13 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 1376 m. There was an elevated thermal inversion and the 0-3 km lapse rate was 1.7 C/km. The hodograph shows that the low-level shear was 31 kts (due mostly to directional changes) and the deep-layer shear was 32 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 are light and variable.

The surface pressure chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows that we are under a high pressure system, with a moderate pressure gradient from west to east. While diurnal heating will drop the high pressure slightly, conditions will remain similar through the next six hours, according to the RAP.

The NAM 250 mb chart shows light, northeasterly flow over the state today. Upper-level air is circulating around a high pressure system.

The NAM 700 mb and 850 mb charts show no strong thermal advection over the state today. These charts have been excluded from today’s post.

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 mid 50s F.

The Nested NAM shows the low temperatures are expected to drop into the lower 30s F by tomorrow morning.

The Nested NAM shows that the dewpoints will rise into the mid 20s F today.

The Nested NAM shows strong winds are possible along and east of the central mountain range.

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

Today will be mild and sunny. We have begun a several-day warming trend.

I am inside most of the day today, but I will make it a point to get out and walk around between events.

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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