Central New Mexico Weather: 6/15/22

Yesterday was mostly sunny, hot and a little breezy.

This morning, the weather is clear, mild and still in Rio Rancho. 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 95 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 mph. This evening will be clear, with a low temperature of 64 F. The winds will be from the southwest at 5-10 mph, becoming northeasterly after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 99 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 mph, becoming southeasterly in the afternoon. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 66 F. The winds will be from the southwest at 5-10 mph, becoming westerly after midnight. Socorro is under an Air Quality Alert.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 90 F. The winds will be from the west at 5-10 mph, becoming easterly in the afternoon. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 61 F. The winds will be from the southeast at 10 mph, becoming southwesterly after midnight.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Mountainair, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 90 F. The winds will be from the west at 10 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 59 F. The winds will be from the south at 5-10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, has issued several Air Quality Alerts. The NWS Watches and Warnings graphic is shown below:

The visible satellite imagery is unavailable at this time. The enhanced infrared imagery shows very few clouds over the state this morning. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

The upper-level water vapor imagery shows the upper-level air is dry, with no major disturbances over the state.

The 12Z upper air sounding from Albuquerque, NM, is unavailable at this time.

The SPC Mesoscale Analysis Surface Map shows warm, dry weather, with sunny skies (according to the sensors). The winds are light and variable.

The SPC Mesoscale Analysis Pressure Map shows we are under low pressure with no strong pressure gradients this morning. The RAP shows this trend will continue for at least the next six hours.

The NAM 250 mb chart shows light, varied flow as yesterday’s trough becomes a closed, upper-level low and moves into southern Canada.

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 shows showers and thunderstorms are unlikely. This chart, and the precipitation chart have been excluded from today’s post.

The Nested NAM temperature chart predicts that the high temperatures for the middle Rio Grande River Valley will reach the mid 90s F.

The Nested NAM also predicts shows the low temperatures are expected to drop into the mid 60s F.

The Nested NAM dewpoint chart shows that the dewpoints will drop from the 20s F into the 10s F in the afternoon.

The Nested NAM wind prediction chart shows strong winds are not expected. The wind chart has been excluded from today’s post.

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

Today will be sunny and hot. An upper-level high pressure system will build as the trough over the Rockies moves east. The upper-level high and stacked surface thermal low may indicate the beginning of monsoon season here in the southwest, though showers and thunderstorms are not expected today.

I will be working on campus again, and will spend most of the day inside.

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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