Rio Rancho, NM, to Wichita, KS, Weather: 7/21/22

I will begin the first leg of some travel to Detroit. Today, I hope to get to Wichita, with a quick stop in Dumas, TX. I will leave in a few hours. I started to do this yesterday, but ended up with a bit of food poisoning and so I ended up delaying the trip a day.

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 sunny day, with a 20% chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms and a high temperature of 98 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 mph.

The NWS in Amarillo, TX, forecasts (for Dumas, TX) a mostly sunny day, with a 20% chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms and a high temperature of 98 F. The winds will be from the southwest at 10-15 mph, gusting to 20 mph.

The NWS in Wichita, KS, forecasts (for Wichita, KS) a mostly clear evening, with a low temperature of 77 F. The winds will be from the south 11-16 mph, gusting to 24 mph.

The SPC Mesoscale Analysis Surface Map shows warm temperatures and 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 no strong pressure systems or gradients today.

Visible satellite imagery shows light clouds south of my route, but clear skies along it, for now.

The Nested NAM simulated reflectivity shows showers and thunderstorms firing right along the US-54 corridor in NM, but then lower chances of showers and thunderstorms as I head east.

The Nested NAM predicts temperatures will rise into the lower 100s F along the route. Then, the temperatures will drop into the mid 70s F in Wichita, KS.

The Nested NAM shows that the dewpoints will remain in the 50s F until this evening, where they may spike into the 60s F in the late evening and early morning hours.

The Nested NAM shows winds will be breezy, but not damaging this afternoon. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

The Nested NAM predicts partly cloud skies this afternoon in New Mexico, but clear skies along the rest of my route.

I am running behind, and need to get on the road. After yesterday’s false start, I need to make up time.

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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