Central New Mexico Weather: 1/12/22


Yesterday was cool and sunny in Socorro and Magdalena.

This morning, the weather is clear and cold in Socorro. My weather station in Rio Rancho says:

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a sunny day with a high temperature of 52 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 27 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a sunny day with a high temperature of 57 F. The winds will be from the north at 10-15 mph. This evening will be mostly clear with a low temperature of 27 F. The winds will be from the north at 5-10 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 10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Mountainair, NM) a sunny day with a high temperature of 53 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 mph.

The visible satellite imagery shows a few light, high clouds over the southwestern corner of the state, and a few light clouds over the northern quarter of the state.

The upper-level water vapor imagery shows dry air aloft over most of the state, but there is a little more moisture today as compared to yesterday.

The 12Z upper air sounding from Albuquerque, NM, shows a dry atmosphere. There was 0.11 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 884 m. There was a small but thick thermal inversion near the surface and the 0-3 km lapse rate was 1.5 C/km. The hodograph shows that the low-level shear was 16 kts (due mostly to directional changes) and the deep-layer shear was 23 kts (due mostly to directional changes).

The SPC Mesoscale Analysis Surface Map shows cold, dry weather. The skies are sunny and the winds are light and variable.

The SPC Mesoscale Analysis Pressure Map shows we are under strong high pressure with no strong pressure gradients present. The pressure will drop slightly with diurnal heating, but still remain quite high over the next six hours.

The NAM 250 mb chart shows light, northwesterly flow over the state today.

The NAM 850 mb and 700 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 showers and thunderstorms are unlikely today. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

The HRRR simulated reflectivity chart shows showers and thunderstorms are unlikely today. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

The Nested NAM precipitation chart shows precipitation is unlikely today. This chart has 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 50s F.

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

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

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

The Nested NAM simulated infrared chart shows very few clouds by this afternoon. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

Today will be sunny but still a little cool, but the winds will be a little stronger today as compared to yesterday.

I will be inside for the most part today, but will go for a walk this evening.

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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