Central New Mexico Weather: 1/24/23

Yesterday, it was sunny, cold in Rio Rancho, becoming cloudy in the evening.

Today, it is mostly clear and cold in Rio Rancho. 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 40 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph and gusting to 35 mph in the afternoon. This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 18 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 10-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a 20% chance of snow showers (no additional accumulation) and a high temperature of 42 F. The winds will be from the north at 10-15 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 17 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 10-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a partly sunny day, with a 30% chance of snow showers (additional accumulation < 0.5″) and a high temperature of 35 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 10-20 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 14 F, with wind chill to 0 F. The winds will be from the west at 15-20 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Mountainair, NM) a partly sunny day, with a high temperature of 33 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 12 F, with wind chills down to 0 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 10-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecaster’s discussion says gusty, northwesterly winds are trailing behind yesterday’s winter storm. The winter weather products are all set to expire this morning and snowfall will taper off in the eastern part of the state over the next few hours. High temperatures will be 9 – 19 F below normal today, and scattered to broken cloud cover will be possible as there is still ample moisture in the region.

The visible satellite imagery is unavailable at this time. The enhanced infrared imagery shows thicker clouds over the eastern half of the state, though skies are clearing in the west.

The upper-level water vapor imagery shows the low over southern New Mexico, moving east along the Mexican border. The deepest moisture is in front of this system.

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

The SPC Mesoscale Analysis Surface Map shows cold, humid weather. The skies are cloudy in most locations (according to the sensors). The winds are light and northerly.

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

The NAM 250 mb chart shows variable flow, as the bottom of the trough passes to our south.

The NAM 700 mb and 850 mb charts show Cold Air Advection (CAA) approaching from the north, being pulled into the upper-level low to our south. The CAA is more apparent on the 700 mb chart.

The Nested NAM simulated reflectivity chart shows a few reflections over the central mountain chain later this evening. The precipitation chart and snow charts show nothing significant, so they 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 30s F.

The Nested NAM also predicts shows the low temperatures are expected to drop into the lower 20s F.

The Nested NAM dewpoint chart shows that the dewpoints will remain in the upper 10s F and lower 20s F.

The Nested NAM wind prediction chart shows strong winds are possible, particularly over the southern half of the state.

The Nested NAM simulated infrared chart shows a few light clouds this evening, particularly over the central mountain chain.

Today, the storm system will push east, exiting the state and leaving behind cold, breezy, mostly sunny weather. There are a few reflections on the simulated radar this evening, and a few light clouds over the central mountain chain, but I’m not sure if those will materialize or not. I expect some of the snow on the mountains will be blown off and may look like additional snow just east and southeast of them, but I don’t know if the simulated radar would know about that.

I decided to take the busses and trains today down to Socorro and back. Otherwise, I will stay inside out of the wind and the cold.

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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