Yesterday was mostly sunny, still and cold.
This morning has been cold, partly cloudy and still. There was a thin layer of haze and smoke in the Rio Grande River Valley
National Weather Service (NWS) in Albuquerque forecasts (for Socorro) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 51 F. The winds will be from the north at 10-15 mph. This evening will be clear, with a low temperature of 23 F. Winds will be from the northwest at 10 mph.
The NWS in Albuquerque forecasts (for Magdalena) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 47 F. The winds will be from the north at 10 mph. This evening will be clear, with a low temperature of 20 F. Winds will be from the west at 10 mph.
The NWS in Albuquerque forecasts (for Rio Rancho) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 49 F. The winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature of 25 F. Winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph.
The NWS in Albuquerque has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook concerning strong winds in the northeastern corner of the state. They have also issued several Wind Advisories, as shown in the Watches and Warnings graphic:
The visible satellite imagery and infrared satellite imagery show very few clouds. These images have been excluded from today’s post.
The water vapor imagery shows nearly uniform moisture over the state this morning.
The 12Z sounding from Albuquerque shows a relatively damp atmosphere. There was 0.23 inches of precipitable water present in the column this morning. There was no Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE) and no Convective Inhibition (CINH) present. There was a moderate thermal inversion around 600 mb, and the 0-3 km average lapse rate was 2.8 C/km.
The hodograph shows that there was 12 kt of low-level shear (due mostly to directional changes) and 74 kts of deep-layer shear (due mostly to speed changes).
The surface observations (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) show cold temperatures and low humidity, (based on the surface dewpoint depressions). The skies were clear and sunny over most of the state, with stronger winds in the eastern part of the state.
The surface pressure chart shows that high pressure and a moderate pressure gradient dominate today’s weather. The RAP shows that high pressure will linger for at least the next six hours.
Synoptically speaking, the 300 mb NAM chart (from Unisys) shows strong northerly flow over the state today.
The 500 mb NAM chart shows no strong vorticity advection over the state today. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.
The 700 mb NAM chart shows no pockets of rapidly-rising air over the state today. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.
The 850 mb NAM chart shows no strong movement of the cold front. This chart has been excluded from today’s post.
The Precipitation chart shows that measurable precipitation is possible in the very southern part of the state by 00Z.
It’s another cold day in New Mexico, but it is a little warmer than yesterday. The eastern part of the state will be windy as the trough moves very slowly to the east.
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The upper air soundings and mesoscale analysis plots are from the Storm Prediction Center website.
The forecasted upper air soundings are from TwisterData.com.
The surface observation and upper level charts are from Unisys Weather.
The satellite data is from College of DuPage – SATRAD