Rio Rancho, NM, to Amarillo, TX, Weather: 6/25/22

We are taking an overnight trip to Amarillo. We will leave around noon.

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 mostly cloudy day, with a 40% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms and a high temperature of 84 F. The winds will be from the northeast at 5-15 mph, becoming southeasterly in the afternoon.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Santa Rosa, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high temperature of 87 F. The winds will be from the northeast at 10-15 mph.

The NWS in Amarillo, TX, forecasts (for Amarillo, TX) a mostly cloudy evening, with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms and a low temperature of 62 F. The winds will be from the north northeast at 15-20 mph.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a Marginal Risk for severe weather over the Texas Panhandle. The primary threats will be large hail and damaging winds.

The SPC Mesoscale Analysis Surface Map shows mild temperatures and moderately high humidity, with sunny skies (according to the sensors) and light, variable winds.

The SPC Mesoscale Analysis Pressure Map shows that I will be driving through slightly higher pressure for most of this trip.

Visible satellite imagery shows cloudy skies over the Albuquerque Metro area, the start of our route.

The Nested NAM simulated reflectivity shows showers and thunderstorms firing right along the I-40 corridor.

The Nested NAM predicts temperatures will rise into the upper 80s F along our route, and then decrease to the mid 60s F overnight in Amarillo.

The Nested NAM shows that the dewpoints will remain in the 50s F until this evening, where they may spike into the 60s F near Amarillo.

The Nested NAM shows breezy conditions along our route.

The Nested NAM predicts mostly cloudy skies along our route.

The potential for severe weather exists, with large hail and damaging winds as the primary threat. W will probably cross under the discrete cells that will border on severe limits along I-40 this afternoon. I will have to keep a close eye on these and get behind them if they turn severe.

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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