Central New Mexico Weather: 4/5/21


Yesterday, Rio Rancho was beautiful, again. I went for a run and then spent the whole afternoon working outside.

This morning, Rio Rancho is mild, sunny and still. There are a few light, high, thin clouds.

From the NWS in Albuquerque, NM:  Westerly flow aloft will increase throughout the day. With diurnal heating and mixing, conditions will be windier today as compared to yesterday. Record or near-record high temperatures are expected.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 83 F. The winds will be from the southwest at 10-15 mph. This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 48 F. The winds will be from the west at 10-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 86 F. The winds will be from the southeast at 5-15 mph. This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 48 F. The winds will be from the southwest at 5-15 mph, becoming southerly after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 79 F. The winds will be from the southwest at 5-10 mph, increasing to 10-15 mph in the afternoon. This evening will be partly cloudy and a low temperature of 44 F. The winds will be from the west at 15-20 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Mountainair, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 79 F. The winds will be from the southwest at 5-10 mph, increasing to 10-15 mph this afternoon. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 47 F. The winds will be from the west at 10-15 mph.

The visible satellite imagery shows some light clouds over the northwestern corner of the state. There is a cirrus shield over southeastern corner of the state this morning as well.

The 12Z upper air sounding from Albuquerque, NM, shows a dry atmosphere. There was 0.23 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 1905 m. There was a moderate thermal inversion and the 0-3 km lapse rate was 5.6 C/km. The hodograph shows that the low-level shear was 10 kts (due mostly to directional changes) and the deep-layer shear was 36 kts (due mostly to directional changes).

The surface observations chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows cool temperatures with low 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 that we are under no strong pressure systems or gradients. The RAP shows that diurnal heating will drop the pressure slightly over the next six hours.

The NAM 250 mb chart shows light, zonal flow.

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, and the 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 reach the upper 70s F.

The Nested NAM shows the low temperatures are expected to drop into the mid 40s F by tomorrow morning.

The Nested NAM shows that the dewpoints will drop into the 10s F today.

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

The Nested NAM simulated infrared chart shows a few pockets of convection this afternoon and evening.

It’s going to be a beautiful day, though a bit breezier than yesterday. Sunny, warm, and breezy, and perhaps a little less humid than yesterday.

I will be inside most of the day, so I will have to make it a point to go for a walk a few times, just to enjoy the weather.

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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