Central New Mexico Weather: 9/29/22

Yesterday was warm and mostly sunny here in Socorro and Magdalena.

My weather station in Rio Rancho says:

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 81 F. The winds will be from the south at 5-10 mph. This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 52 F. The winds will be from the south at 5-10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 82 F. The winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph. This evening will be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature of 52 F. The winds will be from the south at 5-10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 74 F. The winds will be from the east at 5-10 mph. This evening will be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature of 49 F. The winds will be from the southwest at 5-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Mountainair, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 76 F. The winds will be from the south at 5-10 mph. This evening will be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature of 48 F. The winds will be from the southwest at 5-10 mph.

The visible satellite imagery is unavailable at this time. The enhanced infrared imagery shows a few, light clouds along the western border.

The upper-level water vapor imagery shows that there has been some moisture return aloft, with the moisture plume drifting slightly eastward as compared to yesterday.

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

The SPC Mesoscale Analysis Surface Map shows cool, moderately dry weather, with sunny skies over the northern tier of counties (according to the sensors). The winds are light and variable.

The SPC Mesoscale Analysis Pressure Map shows high pressure over most of the state so far this morning, with no strong pressure gradients. The RAP shows pressure is expected to drop everywhere due to diurnal heating, with no strong pressure gradients expected to develop.

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

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 chart shows showers and thunderstorms are unlikely today. 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 upper 70s F.

The Nested NAM also predicts shows the low temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 50s F.

The Nested NAM dewpoint chart shows that the dewpoints will remain in the 30s F today.

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

The Nested NAM simulated infrared chart shows a few, light clouds are possible this afternoon and evening, particularly over the western half of the state.

The high pressure system is blocking some of the surface moisture flow and limiting convection today, once again.

I will likely spend the whole day inside at Magdalena, though I will probably commute home this evening to Rio Rancho.

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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