Rio Rancho, NM, to Amarillo, TX, Weather: 3/25/23

We are taking an overnight trip to Amarillo. We will leave around 11.

This morning, the weather in Rio Rancho, NM, has been sunny, cold and a still. My weather station says:

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 46 F. The winds will be from the west at 15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Santa Rosa, NM) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 54 F. The winds will be from the west at 25-30 mph, gusting to 40 mph.

The NWS in Amarillo, TX, forecasts (for Amarillo, TX) a partly cloudy evening, with a low temperature of 32 F. The winds will be from west at 10-15 mph, becoming northerly after midnight.

The SPC Mesoscale Analysis Surface Map shows cool, moderately humid weather. The skies are clear and sunny (according to the sensors). The winds are light to moderate and westerly.

The SPC Mesoscale Analysis Pressure Map shows we will drive through no strong pressure systems or gradients today.

Visible satellite imagery shows mostly clear skies along our route. This image has been excluded from today’s post.

The Nested NAM simulated reflectivity shows showers and thunderstorms are unlikely along my route. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.

The Nested NAM predicts temperatures will rise into the mid 50s F along our route, and then decrease to the lower 30s F overnight in Amarillo.

The Nested NAM shows that the dewpoints will drop into the single digits as we cross the Eastern Plains of New Mexico.

The Nested NAM shows strong winds are expected along our route. There is a Red Flag Warning in place for most of Eastern New Mexico.

The Nested NAM predicts sunny skies along our route. There will be a few light clouds off and on, but no precipitation is expected.

It will be cool, breezy drive today.

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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