Central New Mexico Weather: 1/25/23

Yesterday, it was partly sunny and cold in Socorro.

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 38 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 15-20 mph. This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 16 F. The winds will be from the north at 5-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Socorro, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 41 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 15 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 14 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 10-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Magdalena, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 33 F, and wind chill as low as 0 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 15 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 9 F, with wind chill to -2 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 10-15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Mountainair, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 32 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 10-20 mph. This evening will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of 11 F. The winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecaster’s discussion says yesterday’s winter storm will move out of the area, though northwesterly flow will remain. Embedded in this flow regime are a series of small amplitude shortwave pulses that will bring a little extra energy to the area, causing light snow along and just east of the central mountain chain. Cold weather will remain in the region today.

The visible satellite imagery is unavailable at this time. The enhanced infrared imagery shows a few clouds over the northern part of the state.

The upper-level water vapor imagery shows the low has moved northeast, and northwesterly flow remains.

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 strong, zonal flow.

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 precipitation is unlikely today. This, the precipitation chart and the snow charts 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 drop from the upper 10s F to the single digits this afternoon.

The Nested NAM wind prediction chart shows breezy conditions, but gusts are expected to remain under 25 kts. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

The Nested NAM simulated infrared chart shows a few light clouds over the northeastern quadrant of the state.

Today, the storm system will finish exiting the region, leaving behind cold, breezy air in its wake. While most of the state will remain precipitation-free, there might be a few light snow showers along the central mountain chain, as indicated by the simulated infrared imagery and the simulated radar chart (not included).

I will drive to Socorro and Magdalena today, then spending the night in Socorro. I don’t think I’ll spend any time outside, if I can help it.

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.

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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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