Central New Mexico Weather: 5/4/21


Yesterday, Socorro was mostly cloudy, mild and still. There were only a few occasional drops of rain.

This morning, Socorro is cool, clear and still

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 74 F. The winds will be from the east at 5-10 mph, becoming southwesterly this afternoon. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 48 F. The winds will be from the south at 5-10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 77 F. The winds will be from the north at 5 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 49 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 72 F. The winds will be from the southeast at 5-10 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 46 F. The winds will be from the south at 10-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Mountainair, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 69 F. The winds will be from the northeast at 5-10 mph, becoming southwest at 5-10 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 47 F. The winds will be from the south at 10 mph.

The visible satellite imagery shows a few lingering clouds in the central and eastern parts of the state this morning.

The 12Z upper air sounding from Albuquerque, NM, shows a nearly-saturated boundary layer. There was 0.50 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 454 m. There was no thermal inversion and the 0-3 km lapse rate was 5.5 C/km. The hodograph shows that the low-level shear was 10 kts (due mostly to directional changes) and the deep-layer shear was 47 kts (due mostly to directional changes).

The surface observations chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows cool temperatures and high humidity. Stations are reporting a mix of sunny and cloudy skies (according to the sensors). The winds are light and variable.

The surface pressure chart (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) shows that we are under slightly higher pressure with no strong pressure gradients overhead. The RAP shows that this trend will continue for at least the next six hours.

The NAM 250 mb chart shows light, zonal flow.

The NAM 700 mb and 850 mb chart 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. The simulated reflectivity chart and precipitation charts 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 lower 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 remain in the 30s F.

The Nested NAM shows winds will remain

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

A few, lingering clouds will burn off this morning, leading to a warming and drying trend over the next few days. Today should be quite pleasant.

I will spend a good part of the day running around campus again.

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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