Rio Rancho, NM, to Colorado Springs, CO, Weather: 6/18/22

We are taking an overnight trip to Colorado Springs, CO. We will leave in a few hours.

This morning, the weather in Rio Rancho, NM, has been mostly cloudy, and my weather station says:

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a partly sunny day, with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high temperature of 86 F. The winds will be from the northeast at 5-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Raton, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high temperature of 85 F. The winds will be from the south at 15-25 mph.

The NWS in Pueblo, CO, forecasts (for Colorado Springs, CO) a mostly cloudy evening, with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms and a low temperature of 60 F. The winds will be from the south at 10-20 mph.

The SPC Mesoscale Analysis Surface Map shows mild temperatures and high humidity. We will be driving into cloudier skies (according to the sensors) as we head north. The winds are light and variable.

The SPC Mesoscale Analysis Pressure Map shows that there are no strong pressure systems or gradients along our route. The RAP expects that trend to continue, though the pressure will decrease with diurnal heating.

Visible satellite imagery shows cloudy skies along our route.

The Nested NAM simulated reflectivity shows we will be driving in and out of thunderstorms all day.

The Nested NAM predicts temperatures will rise into the mid 80s F along our route, and then decrease to the lower 60s F overnight in Colorado Springs. Along the route, the temperature will vary, based on the exact location of the showers and their rain cooled air.

The Nested NAM shows that the dewpoints will remain in the 50s F, keeping things quite humid by “out west” standards.

The Nested NAM shows breezy conditions along our route.

The Nested NAM predicts mostly cloudy skies along our route.

It should be a good trip, though we will drive through a few non-severe thunderstorms along the way. What better way to spend a birthday than to drive through storms on our way to a comedy show!

Thank you for reading my post.

Sources:
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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