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Title: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 26, 2010, 01:13:34 PM
If it rains even a little, or a lot, the summer evenings are very comfortable.

Light breeze, temps in the 70s, a touch of humidity, smell of wet desert sand. And the occasional moon lighting up remnants of thunderstorm anvils and dying thunderheads.

Local weather station near me:

http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=KNMRIORA11&month=6&day=25&year=2010
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Bunty on June 26, 2010, 01:25:24 PM
Do most summers go by without the temperature getting to 100 degrees and above?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 26, 2010, 02:50:28 PM
Do most summers go by without the temperature getting to 100 degrees and above?

It gets up to around the lower to mid 90s through the summer. If it's a really wet monsoon, temps are cooler (sometimes 20 degrees cooler). It's a bit unusual to see temperatures (at least in my neck of the woods) hit the triple digits. If you want to avoid triple digit temps, places to live/visit in New Mexico include: Ruidoso, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Chama, Raton and Taos.

Places that do see triple digits: most of southwestern and southern New Mexico. And sometimes the eastern parts of the state: Clayton, Tucumcari, Santa Rosa, Portales, Clovis, Roswell, Carlsbad, and Hobbs.

Other areas that see temperatures close to what I see in my area are western and northwestern areas of the state (Gallup, Grants, Farmington). Central New Mexico occasionally does see triple digit heat, but not every year. This year in late May it was pretty bad. Last year in late May, it was very comfortable, then the heat came. The year before that, it was hot and cool off and on.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 27, 2010, 01:04:18 AM
If it rains even a little, or a lot, the summer evenings are very comfortable.

Light breeze, temps in the 70s, a touch of humidity, smell of wet desert sand. And the occasional moon lighting up remnants of thunderstorm anvils and dying thunderheads.


Drop the top and cruise weather for sure!

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 27, 2010, 01:52:14 AM
If it rains even a little, or a lot, the summer evenings are very comfortable.

Light breeze, temps in the 70s, a touch of humidity, smell of wet desert sand. And the occasional moon lighting up remnants of thunderstorm anvils and dying thunderheads.


Drop the top and cruise weather for sure!



Kind of makes me wish I had a drop top car. Dad came close to buying a convertible Mustang (V6), but ultimately went with the V8 powered Mustang GT.

Well, even if one doesn't own a drop top, they could drop the windows or open up the sunroof.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 02, 2010, 09:32:57 PM
Well...thanks to remnants of TD Alex...the swamp cooler sucks...and the rain now floods.


Yesssss...monsoon is here.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: BigOkie on July 03, 2010, 11:15:50 AM
Well...thanks to remnants of TD Alex...the swamp cooler sucks...and the rain now floods.


Yesssss...monsoon is here.

Oklahoma is now getting the remnants of Alex as well...light rain will give way to heavier rain today.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 03, 2010, 12:33:04 PM
Well...thanks to remnants of TD Alex...the swamp cooler sucks...and the rain now floods.


Yesssss...monsoon is here.

Oklahoma is now getting the remnants of Alex as well...light rain will give way to heavier rain today.

Yeah you guys are in deep you know what compared to where I'm at. They're predicting two to four inches today...compared to southeastern New Mexico which has seen very heavy rain over the last few days. We love the rain, just not all at once!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 03, 2010, 08:08:14 PM
El Paso has gotten its share but I've been pretty lucky... so far!

Clouds the last few days and the month's first rain just ended a bit ago with only 0.14" with a 2.29"/hr max rate.
20 degree drop in an hour had me worry about hail but no, only rain.

BUT - the day's not over and it is... Along Comes Tomorrow.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 03, 2010, 08:42:32 PM
It'll be dry up here for the 4th.

Cool. If it weren't for the Hayward disaster in the Gulf..I wouldn't mind the TSesses coming up here.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 04, 2010, 02:55:53 PM
And as that rain came down yesterday, I'm looking at my site showing me "Sunny" underneath a cam pic that was pure wet & grey.

I went outside to check on something and, sure enough, it WAS "Sunny" but with a 2" per hour rain rate!

Looking in WDisplay, the "MyTown" weather thing showed "Sunny/Moderate Rain". I wouldn't mind having that show on the page instead of one or the other.

Today is a beautiful 92* day with 3 or 4 MPH breezes - just enough to give my Flag a little life!

Happy Independence Day!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 04, 2010, 07:36:53 PM
We've had SSW winds around 15 mph. People's backyard barbeques are drifting into the swamp cooler. Something smells like crap- I wonder if someone is grilling vegetables.

It's a nice 89 right now (as I post this.)

Got up at 10 this morning, went to the kitchen, baked desserts (cupcakes FTW). Then had breakfast, and then went over to my neighbors house and gave them some of the desserts. I had a second breakfast. I'm full.

Now to grill burgers.

Happy Independence Day!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 06, 2010, 08:58:17 PM
98F and hardly a breeze an hour ago - 85 with many 30+mph gusts now...

Glad I didn't clean the pool an hour ago like I had intended...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 08, 2010, 01:13:34 PM
Thunderstorms in your area?




We've been dodged twice by Mother Nature here...we want the rain.  At least it didn't rain on the 4th.

It's humid and hot out in my area. I've been crushing cans with a crusher all morning in a hot garage..with my Dad..on his birthday. Bleh. LOL. :roll: :lol:

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 09, 2010, 03:23:51 PM
Had some sporadic rainfall and some flashes in the distance - nothing big 0.17 over the evening/morning hours. I dodged yet another bullet which is scary. It'll catch up to me.

This weekend might be when that happens...

Heavy rain warning for the entire weekend for this end of the state as the system that's down the river towards Laredo, etc heads this way.

A friend in Laredo said they closed 3 of 4 International Bridges earlier this week from that last storm and the river hadn't even crested at that point yet .

Rain is good unless you have drainage/flooding problems on your property - like I do. I'm still working on that project - that Tampa road trip took 3 weeks from that.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 09, 2010, 11:26:38 PM
Had some sporadic rainfall and some flashes in the distance - nothing big 0.17 over the evening/morning hours. I dodged yet another bullet which is scary. It'll catch up to me.

This weekend might be when that happens...

Heavy rain warning for the entire weekend for this end of the state as the system that's down the river towards Laredo, etc heads this way.

A friend in Laredo said they closed 3 of 4 International Bridges earlier this week from that last storm and the river hadn't even crested at that point yet .

Rain is good unless you have drainage/flooding problems on your property - like I do. I'm still working on that project - that Tampa road trip took 3 weeks from that.

I'll be in El Paso sometime in the next couple of weeks (funeral). Look forward to the rain LOL.

Up here we've been forecasted for it this weekend. Hopefully we get a blast of it.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 09, 2010, 11:42:46 PM
I'll be in El Paso sometime in the next couple of weeks (funeral). Look forward to the rain LOL.


Oh oh. Not grandma, is it?

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 10, 2010, 02:05:23 AM
I'll be in El Paso sometime in the next couple of weeks (funeral). Look forward to the rain LOL.


Oh oh. Not grandma, is it?



Nope. Her ex-husband (and his second wife lives in Missouri, and she didn't take it well).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 10, 2010, 03:03:20 PM
My condolences just the same, Chris.


That heavy rain warning cleared last nite but it's getting a bit dark in some areas of the sky. Monsoon season sure is goofy down here.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 10, 2010, 06:55:03 PM
My condolences just the same, Chris.


That heavy rain warning cleared last nite but it's getting a bit dark in some areas of the sky. Monsoon season sure is goofy down here.

We just got spit on up here..that was all.  :evil:
Might see the same tomorrow.  ](*,)


And thanks for the condolences.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 25, 2010, 07:09:06 PM
A mile away from me is getting flooded. I'm getting spit.


We live down stream from that mile away intersection. But we live on top of a hill..and the arroyo is half a mile away, down the hill.


I feel like I'm being teased here.  ](*,) #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: WeatherHost on July 26, 2010, 04:20:26 AM
I haven't even had spit in close to a month.

But I've been able to watch rain pass by and smell it if that counts.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 26, 2010, 05:44:53 PM
Another 0.33" overnite (0.52 "storm") and looks like a few more drops coming up the pike...

Just enough to keep me from getting anything done in the yard but the skeeters seem to enjoy it...

One good thing about living out here is I don't have that stinky, dirty, oily asphalt smell when it rains anymore. Now it's just "rain", grasses, flowers & bushes, toxic weeds & desert vegetation and those miserable Mexican Elders. No, not my neighbors. These bitter-smelling trees that shed leaves 2 or 3 times a year and refuse to die.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 26, 2010, 06:07:03 PM
Another 0.33" overnite (0.52 "storm") and looks like a few more drops coming up the pike...

Just enough to keep me from getting anything done in the yard but the skeeters seem to enjoy it...

One good thing about living out here is I don't have that stinky, dirty, oily asphalt smell when it rains anymore. Now it's just "rain", grasses, flowers & bushes, toxic weeds & desert vegetation and those miserable Mexican Elders. No, not my neighbors. These bitter-smelling trees that shed leaves 2 or 3 times a year and refuse to die.



Well, after being teased, mother nature is promising us rain. Flash Flood Warning has been issued for my area..and the storm looks pretty nasty.  =D> \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 26, 2010, 06:50:25 PM
Aaaand...it missed me. By half a mile.   #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 27, 2010, 03:36:11 PM
Same here. The news showed all this flooding down by the NMSU area (exit 1 I-25) later in the day while I accumulated another 0.07" or so.

At one point, it looked like our whole state was going under the Flood Watch.

And, once again, they predict heavy rain in a couple of days.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: jay_hoehn on July 27, 2010, 03:47:57 PM
I've had over 4 inches of rain this month up here in Mule Creek.  The Tennessee Creek behind me has been running for about 4 days now.  The hills are so green it looks like Ireland.  This is my favorite time of year.

Jay
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 27, 2010, 05:36:11 PM
I've had over 4 inches of rain this month up here in Mule Creek.  The Tennessee Creek behind me has been running for about 4 days now.  The hills are so green it looks like Ireland.  This is my favorite time of year.

Jay

Oh wow you live near the AZ border.

I heard about the weather out there.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 15, 2010, 12:26:16 AM
2008 (station started 2007) was my high number of days with 100 or higher - 9 of them. Today doubled that number. 18 days of 100 or over and that's not counting those 99.9 days.

Hot in El Paso, hot in Juarez and a torrential rain/lightning storm stretching from Vado to Mesquite (about 5 miles). It was so bad, I almost parked the rag top under a bridge. The rain was cold, driving and hard hitting. Felt like hail was going to drop and the bolts were "right there".

When I got home, I only had 0.03" of rain with a 33MPH gust registered.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 16, 2010, 10:18:45 AM
In Portales for the next eight months of my life.

Yesterday night was all hot and dry and humid (70% humidity). Yuck.

Then at 2 AM this morning it started to hail and there was heavy rain. So now ENMU is flooded.

At least its only 65*F this morning. Various reports from around Portales indicate around 1-2 inches of rain fell last night.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 16, 2010, 06:15:55 PM
Portales...? Well, at least you have that wild nite life of Clovis nearby.  :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 16, 2010, 11:54:14 PM
Portales...? Well, at least you have that wild nite life of Clovis nearby.  :lol:

ENMU has some interesting thing called "Dawg Days" (mascot: The Greyhound)..which lasts four days. Tomorrow is the last day. Trust me, Clovis is no better than Portales.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 19, 2010, 01:17:39 AM
And yet another hard driving, sideways blowing rain that amounted to a whopping 0.13"...

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 19, 2010, 10:53:29 AM
And yet another hard driving, sideways blowing rain that amounted to a whopping 0.13"...




That sucks.

We haven't had rain here in Portales yet- at least not since Sunday or Monday night (I can't remember). Now it's all hot and humid again. Ever try and breathe water?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: wxtech on August 19, 2010, 12:13:28 PM
And yet another hard driving, sideways blowing rain that amounted to a whopping 0.13"...
That sucks.
We haven't had rain here in Portales yet- at least not since Sunday or Monday night (I can't remember). Now it's all hot and humid again. Ever try and breathe water?
You don't know humid.  I moved from Albuquerque to Georgia 9 years ago.  In Lexington, I can't use salt shakers, they get clogged.  Sugar gets lumpy.  My doors have swollen again (it's an old house).  In NM, you can leave a slice of bread out and it turns to toast.  Opposite here; I left a box of cookies open and they got too soggy to pick up.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 19, 2010, 08:34:18 PM
And yet another hard driving, sideways blowing rain that amounted to a whopping 0.13"...
That sucks.
We haven't had rain here in Portales yet- at least not since Sunday or Monday night (I can't remember). Now it's all hot and humid again. Ever try and breathe water?
You don't know humid.  I moved from Albuquerque to Georgia 9 years ago.  In Lexington, I can't use salt shakers, they get clogged.  Sugar gets lumpy.  My doors have swollen again (it's an old house).  In NM, you can leave a slice of bread out and it turns to toast.  Opposite here; I left a box of cookies open and they got too soggy to pick up.


Yes I'll admit- I know nothing about humidity- but, coming from a dry climate to one that's even the slightest bit humid is still uncomfortable.

But thanks for the lecture- I won't move to Georgia anytime soon.  :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: wxtech on August 19, 2010, 10:10:15 PM
But change is great.  In 1987, I couldn't wait to return to NM.  Then in 2001 I was eager to return to Georgia.  I loved NM but now have the pretty greens growing everywhere.  I've been lucky to have lived and called home to many places. 
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 22, 2010, 03:12:17 AM

Yes I'll admit- I know nothing about humidity- but, coming from a dry climate to one that's even the slightest bit humid is still uncomfortable.


And it's real easy to get spoiled with "dry". After my 25 years in Vegas, this place felt like a swamp in the summer  :lol:. How easy it is to forget life on the east coast!

On the other hand, in the heat of summer, when it's humid and raining out while the swamp cooler is throwing 75% humidity into the house...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 22, 2010, 12:11:57 PM

Yes I'll admit- I know nothing about humidity- but, coming from a dry climate to one that's even the slightest bit humid is still uncomfortable.


And it's real easy to get spoiled with "dry". After my 25 years in Vegas, this place felt like a swamp in the summer  :lol:. How easy it is to forget life on the east coast!

On the other hand, in the heat of summer, when it's humid and raining out while the swamp cooler is throwing 75% humidity into the house...

What's the phrase? "Humidity is as humidity does"?  #-o :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 23, 2010, 03:36:44 PM

What's the phrase? "Humidity is as humidity does"?  #-o :lol:

I always thought it was "Humidity sucks" but you may be right...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 25, 2010, 10:05:27 PM
76* current
29% humidity
58* wet bulb
41* dew point

SAY WHAAAAA?  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Albuquerque Weather on August 26, 2010, 11:22:10 AM
Was in Las Cruses yesterday and the weather was great -
Maybe next time you can buy the coffee


Ron
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 28, 2010, 05:20:21 AM
Yeah, it was a beauty! You got out in time - we had some rain Friday and it just a gloomy type of a day.

Coffee's on me - no problem.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 28, 2010, 11:00:52 AM
Yeah, it was a beauty! You got out in time - we had some rain Friday and it just a gloomy type of a day.

Coffee's on me - no problem.

We're getting in on the moisture out here now. 20% chance of thunderstorms for the next couple of days here. Other than that, it's been cool, not hot, and not too muggy. But I can feel the mugginess now though.


Send me a cup of coffee? I don't have any…I need it.  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Albuquerque Weather on August 28, 2010, 05:20:03 PM
GDay Chris
You have a website yet?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 28, 2010, 06:36:25 PM
GDay Chris
You have a website yet?


No. I'm too busy for that.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: hoop on September 02, 2010, 04:48:25 PM
How is NM looking right now? Pretty green?  Seemed like I saw rain on the radar down there quite a bit the past couple months.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 02, 2010, 06:12:26 PM
How is NM looking right now? Pretty green?  Seemed like I saw rain on the radar down there quite a bit the past couple months.

Depends on where you go in this state…


Where I'm at, it's farmland. And it is greener than a freakin' shamrock. Back home in Albuquerque, it is a desert…not really all that much green..

Down south towards El Paso however…the Franklin Mountains (and the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces) are green.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 13, 2010, 02:31:48 PM
Some nice thunder-boomies last nite! Only 0.13" rain total but the lightning and thunder was spectacular!

Those looong and slow, rolling desert thunders that last for 10 or 15 seconds and finish with a deep bass tone that rattle the windows. I haven't had them in a while.

Downside was it knocked the local ComCast service off-line right in the middle of watching some movie and and doing online stuff. Looks like it was down for a few hours.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 13, 2010, 02:42:19 PM
Some nice thunder-boomies last nite! Only 0.13" rain total but the lightning and thunder was spectacular!

Those looong and slow, rolling desert thunders that last for 10 or 15 seconds and finish with a deep bass tone that rattle the windows. I haven't had them in a while.

Downside was it knocked the local ComCast service off-line right in the middle of watching some movie and and doing online stuff. Looks like it was down for a few hours.

We're getting threatened here in Portales with a few stronger storms to our SW. Looks they're forming off the mountains along the Rio Grande near Ruidoso.

Love these late summer storms that form out here. Spectacular thunderheads.


So we got a line that moved through around 4:30 out here. Not bad. I slept through it though…  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 14, 2010, 01:59:23 PM
Those storms dumped a quarter-inch of giant-drop, hard rain on me but didn't last too long.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Bunty on September 14, 2010, 07:44:31 PM
GDay Chris
You have a website yet?


No. I'm too busy for that.
Once you get a weather web site going, it can pretty much take care of itself.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 04, 2010, 11:06:16 AM
A chilly 45 here in Portales Monday morning. And the dorm heat system failed again (the system uses two fans in the basement, and hot and cold water pipes. Do the math.). So I'm freezing. You could literally keep a bottle of water out and it'll be nice and cold.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 14, 2010, 12:55:54 PM
I spend a few days in Houston with absolutely beautiful weather and I come back home to overnite 40s! It's cold!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 14, 2010, 04:17:41 PM
I spend a few days in Houston with absolutely beautiful weather and I come back home to overnite 40s! It's cold!

Thank God my friend lent me a small six inch space heater (fan forced heated aluminum/steel radiator- very small chance this thing could catch fire on its own unless the thermostat dies again- I replaced it). It's in the lower to mid 40s pretty much every night here in Portales.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DaculaWeather on October 14, 2010, 04:51:42 PM
Hell, my wife opens a couple of windows and has a fan blowing outside air in at night, I freeze my butt off when I get up in the morning!!!  :-) Bring new meaning to the term, numb nutts!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Albuquerque Weather on October 14, 2010, 08:11:03 PM
or you could say brass monkey weather
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 14, 2010, 10:01:16 PM
or you could say brass monkey weather


I just got that. LMAO.
 :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: =D> =D> =D>
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 19, 2010, 10:23:05 PM
Today, a beautiful day - 79F, 5-10MPH breezes, clear blue sky - a real beaut!

Tomorrow? A chance of 1" hail and a rare tornado or two along with torrential rain between 4PM and 10PM.

"If a tornado does land in the area, it won't be too bad. Winds maybe from 70-100MPH", the weatherman says...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 19, 2010, 10:46:31 PM
Today, a beautiful day - 79F, 5-10MPH breezes, clear blue sky - a real beaut!

Tomorrow? A chance of 1" hail and a rare tornado or two along with torrential rain between 4PM and 10PM.

"If a tornado does land in the area, it won't be too bad. Winds maybe from 70-100MPH", the weatherman says...

Hahaha..

Yeah we're expected to see damaging winds in excess of 70 mph, large hail and the possibility of a few isolated tornadoes...we'll see how that pans out...yikes!

All that's missing is a car. I have the camera and the computer, just not the car. Drat
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 20, 2010, 12:57:00 PM
I've been extremely lucky this year, with most (if not all) of the heavy-hitters just skirting my location. Lots of areas got hammered this year but I managed to escape the wrath of Nature.

Same story last year and then along came 9-11 with 2" in 30 minutes (or something to that extreme) and constant hail and 35+MPH winds thru-out.

I have a feeling that will pale in comparison to today. Just have a bad feel for this one. Duct tape, wet boots, shovels and camera are at the ready...

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 21, 2010, 10:48:59 AM
Anybody got a raft? I need to get to class..
 :lol:


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Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 21, 2010, 04:48:19 PM
If I could only hit PowerBall with this luck...

All evening, I wait & I wait - nothing. "Just about midnite", the skylites sound like a tribal drum chorus but it only drops 0.11" total and is over in minutes. Lots of lightning to my NE over the mountains and White Sands. El  Paso was hit with rain/hail/wind too. Me? nothing to speak of.

I check the RADARs and it looked like it really picked up as it passed Cloudcroft on its way towards you, Chris!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 21, 2010, 06:32:29 PM
If I could only hit PowerBall with this luck...

All evening, I wait & I wait - nothing. "Just about midnite", the skylites sound like a tribal drum chorus but it only drops 0.11" total and is over in minutes. Lots of lightning to my NE over the mountains and White Sands. El  Paso was hit with rain/hail/wind too. Me? nothing to speak of.

I check the RADARs and it looked like it really picked up as it passed Cloudcroft on its way towards you, Chris!

Yeah this morning we got the raw guts of it, which is now into Kansas and extreme north Texas panhandle. As far as I can see on radars across the region (Cannon AFB, Midland-Odessa, Lubbock, Amarillo, Dodge City and Vance AFB), we're the only one NOT seeing severe weather despite SPC predictions. Ah well, it happens. Kind of wish I was in the south Texas panhandle right now...tornado warned storm going on.

Everything stops and starts really slowly on my MacBook (even if it is just ONE radar site open). I think I blame Java Script. This MacBook is faster than my Windows 7 Toshiba at home (which I stupidly left behind- I need radar software!) but it gets glitchy with Java script. Now I know why there isn't radar software for Mac.  #-o    :roll:

Scratch that, it was Flash. I thought NWS radar sites used Java script to animate the radars and update them?

EDIT:

Well I updated Flash. Opened up the radar sites in Safari instead of Chrome. Things run much smoother.  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 21, 2010, 06:57:29 PM
Slow internet connection warning! Large photobucket files coded.

Pictures from this morning at Eastern:



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Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 25, 2010, 07:24:25 PM
Talk about WIND!!!

And cold…
 :shock:

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 26, 2010, 01:41:21 AM
72 high - 54 low for the day. Not too bad other than the 30MPH winds. 33 max with 204 miles of run for the day.

It;s supposed to warm up the next couple of days. Then it's time to close the swamp cooler!

I'm still in shorts mode tho' - not that cold yet.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 26, 2010, 09:42:57 AM
72 high - 54 low for the day. Not too bad other than the 30MPH winds. 33 max with 204 miles of run for the day.

It;s supposed to warm up the next couple of days. Then it's time to close the swamp cooler!

I'm still in shorts mode tho' - not that cold yet.

You're lucky.

Areas north and northeast of you are seeing 30s temps, and no cloud cover with it. And the wind was un-freakin-bearable yesterday. But it was a warm wind- mid 70s yesterday. My Dad went to Denver on a business trip, so my Mom is in Albuquerque- poor thing, the heater wasn't turned on. Oh she's going to be maaaaaaad when he get's back.

I'm running my little space heater in combination with a desk fan clipped to a desk leg pushing heat around my dorm room. Have a thermometer that reads 65 inside the room and 35 outside the room. Brr. Heater is slowly cutting through that 65 temp.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 30, 2010, 01:43:27 PM
And today is mentioned as a possible all-time record breaker in El Paso with temps expected to be in mid-80s.

Here, in Las Cruces, 11:30 and pushing 76 already. Yesterday was a beauty with a 3:30 high of 77 and I finally got around to washing the car!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 30, 2010, 06:11:47 PM
What a difference a year makes...


Last year - 55.5 & 27.0
Today - 82.9 & 48.3

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 10, 2010, 11:05:58 AM
And today saw the first sub-32 degree day for the season. 31.5 at 6:52AM

Under 30 forecast for the weekend - right about when I should be back from all this drive-with-the-top-down weather in Tampa...

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 10, 2010, 02:32:48 PM
What a difference a year makes...


Last year - 55.5 & 27.0
Today - 82.9 & 48.3



La Nina?

And today saw the first sub-32 degree day for the season. 31.5 at 6:52AM

Under 30 forecast for the weekend - right about when I should be back from all this drive-with-the-top-down weather in Tampa...




We were expecting snow here in P-Ville on Thursday night, but they raised the low temp from 28 to 33. The coldest night of the season so far will be on Friday night, with a low of 28. More rain on Monday, with possible snow.

Snow. Snow! I've been waiting too long for this. SNOW!!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 10, 2010, 03:48:47 PM
Oh how I wish I had some snow right now!! Barely a snowflake so far this year!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 10, 2010, 09:37:49 PM
Oh how I wish I had some snow right now!! Barely a snowflake so far this year!

Head to the Rockies. Oh, and bring your winter sporting gear.  ;)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 13, 2010, 02:24:36 PM
Planned it perfectly. I dilly-dallied on the last leg of the return trip (Houston to home) so as to pull in about 10AM or so, hoping it would be at least in the 50s. It was but after a 26.8 degree low at 7AM! "Record low for this date" and 13 under "normal"! COLD! Heater's not open and swamp cooler's not closed so I would've froze my hiney off this AM if I came back overnite.

Brutal rain between Houston & San Antonio that had me hiding under a few bridges with fear of hail (ragtop) but none showed.

More overnite cold - upper 20s/low30s for the next few forecast days.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 13, 2010, 02:48:14 PM
Planned it perfectly. I dilly-dallied on the last leg of the return trip (Houston to home) so as to pull in about 10AM or so, hoping it would be at least in the 50s. It was but after a 26.8 degree low at 7AM! "Record low for this date" and 13 under "normal"! COLD! Heater's not open and swamp cooler's not closed so I would've froze my hiney off this AM if I came back overnite.

Brutal rain between Houston & San Antonio that had me hiding under a few bridges with fear of hail (ragtop) but none showed.

More overnite cold - upper 20s/low30s for the next few forecast days.


It hailed here in Portales Thursday night. Small itty bitty hail.

My dorm is nice and warm. They finally turned on the heaters a week ago.

Get that heater on before you freeze yourself!  :!:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 13, 2010, 10:55:48 PM
That storm just sort of ran right thru. Nothing in San Antonio but on the way there, the wind almost had me changing lanes and then the rain came. Nice temp drop had me thinking me hail. It looked like one of our desert storms with all the ruckus.

No doubt about the heater. Main reason I aimed at the sunny part of the day to come home. Normally, I would've rolled in about 3AM.

Spent the 60 degree afternoon wrapping the swamper in my ingenious Reflectix "pajamas" and the canvas cover over it (and rolling the hoses to the shed). Heat is running and I'm ready for tonite's mid-20s.

Driving around Florida beach-fronts with the top down in the hot sun 3 days ago and now I'm freezing in the desert...

Glad you got your dorm heaters up finally!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 14, 2010, 12:45:26 AM
Glad you got your dorm heaters up finally!

Yep, and the campus has become a petri dish.

We have every flavor:

Common Cold
Flu
several stomach viruses
meningitis
other strange crap


I caught something twice: two weeks ago I had nausea and the runs. Gone in two days. Last monday I had those, plus other things; high fever, aches, sore throat. Had to go to ER, now the doctor appointments won't stop. And I'm behind on my required checkup and vaccinations. I doubt I'm the only one.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 18, 2010, 01:45:40 PM
Here comes the Pacific Eye Storm. Lovely. And the only thing New Mexico is getting?

Cooler temperatures. (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/rtimages/abq/graphicast/FXClong.png)
 #-o ](*,) ](*,)

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 19, 2010, 12:29:47 AM
Geez, I've been getting those "Record Low Temp for this date" flags the last week and it's going to get colder???
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 19, 2010, 12:38:33 AM
Geez, I've been getting those "Record Low Temp for this date" flags the last week and it's going to get colder???


It is mid-November after all…coldest part of the season is yet to come though. This is probably a taste.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 19, 2010, 12:55:09 PM
But I'm not ready yet!!!

I lost too much time over the summer and during the "get it done before the cold" time at the end of summer. What really hurts is coming home to the cold right after enjoying those warm FLA temps...  8-) brutal.

Sunday was slated to be fairly nice and now showing cooler and "breezy" down here.

La Nina forecast says to expect drier but harder cold snaps this winter. Can't wait...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 19, 2010, 01:01:51 PM
But I'm not ready yet!!!

I lost too much time over the summer and during the "get it done before the cold" time at the end of summer. What really hurts is coming home to the cold right after enjoying those warm FLA temps...  8-) brutal.

Sunday was slated to be fairly nice and now showing cooler and "breezy" down here.

La Nina forecast says to expect drier but harder cold snaps this winter. Can't wait...

I hate those cold snaps (where the morning lows in Albuquerque are like, 5*…)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 19, 2010, 09:56:58 PM
My station's low is 13.6* - Jan 18 '08 and lowest wind chill is 9* - Dec 4 '09 BUT still no snow shovel in my garage!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 19, 2010, 11:26:19 PM
69* today and should be warmer tomorrow - then the winds from that storm to the north kick in.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 19, 2010, 11:31:50 PM
69* today and should be warmer tomorrow - then the winds from that storm to the north kick in.

We drop from 74 on Sunday to the lower-to-mid 50s on Wednesday.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 26, 2010, 03:12:08 AM
5 hours to go until the coldest part of the day and pushing 23°F already with 5-10MPH winds. A -5.6°F dew point and 18.0°F wetbulb.

Hope you're keeping warm, Chris!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 26, 2010, 01:49:53 PM
5 hours to go until the coldest part of the day and pushing 23°F already with 5-10MPH winds. A -5.6°F dew point and 18.0°F wetbulb.

Hope you're keeping warm, Chris!

Yeah I'm keeping warm. Back in Albuquerque for the holidays…the lowest temp recorded last night was 12*F at 4:22AM. Gotta head back to Portales on Sunday…study week is next week, finals after that. It did snow here Wednesday night/Thursday morning.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 26, 2010, 02:16:00 PM
I went down to 18.7* at 5:05A beating my year's low of 19.2* on Jan 9th. Wind chill down to 11.5* - almost at my station record of 9*!

And it's only Thanksgiving time. Can't wait to see what the cold months have in store...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 29, 2010, 02:04:28 PM
Wind was howling murder this morning here in Portales. Now it is totally calm, clouds are moving in. Rain this afternoon, snow this evening. Low of 19 tonight. On my way back from Albuquerque last night I ran into some snow between Edgewood and Santa Rosa. Not a whole lot, but I-40 did get a little slick. From Santa Rosa to Melrose the winds were atrocious. By the time I arrived in Portales late last night, winds were dead. Weird weather.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 29, 2010, 09:09:48 PM
44* for a high today at 1:30. At around 3:30, along with 25MPH gusts, - SNOW FLURRIES! Only for about 30 minutes or so and nothing to collect on the ground.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 30, 2010, 01:05:05 AM
Hit 42 here, before the winds died, then the clouds moved in. Temperature dropped to 37 at around 2 this afternoon, and continued to hover there until around 7ish, and that's when it further dropped. Clovis saw snow. We saw clouds. Another system on its way here by the weekend. Please snow [-o<
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 30, 2010, 01:37:22 AM
Everything in the area is supposed to see a low of under 20 tomorrow nite but "mostly clear" skies all week. El Paso might hit 70 Friday.

No snow yet! I'm still burying PVC for my pool backwash and laying some pavers!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 30, 2010, 11:03:00 AM
Everything in the area is supposed to see a low of under 20 tomorrow nite but "mostly clear" skies all week. El Paso might hit 70 Friday.

No snow yet! I'm still burying PVC for my pool backwash and laying some pavers!

68 here by Friday. There's talk around the dorms about a huge blizzard that's going to impact the state sometime next week. If it should blizzard, it'll do it when I'm in Albuquerque.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 01, 2010, 04:26:47 PM
Another sub-20 nite and yet another "New Record Low - for today's date" flag - 17.4 @ 5:37A. That's about half of any previous Dec 1st low for my station and another New Low for this year. Also lower than 2 of 3 previous DEC AVG MIN LOWs for the month. Lowest DEC temp was 14.9 on Dec 4th 2009 (station).

http://www.lascruces-weather.com/wxtempdatathismonth_F7.php (http://www.lascruces-weather.com/wxtempdatathismonth_F7.php)

Wind chill reported @ 6:05A as 9.7*F! My station record W/C is 9.0. So close...

BUT clear skies! Pre-dawn is absolutely beautiful right now with Spica, Saturn, a waning crescent moon and a monstrous Venus hanging over the Organ Mountains. Late tonite/early morning, should be spectacular, with the moon closer to Venus.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on December 01, 2010, 07:45:48 PM

BUT clear skies! Pre-dawn is absolutely beautiful right now with Spica, Saturn, a waning crescent moon and a monstrous Venus hanging over the Organ Mountains. Late tonite/early morning, should be spectacular, with the moon closer to Venus.

The eastern dawn sky now reminds me of an image from 2 years ago. :-)
(http://i588.photobucket.com/albums/ss324/DanS_photo_09/SayCheese1.jpg)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 02, 2010, 12:37:49 AM
Nice cap!

When I saw mine this morning, on my way to bed, I had to go outside to see what was going on. I thought it was Search & Rescue or Flight For Life chopper landing nearby (which they do at nite at the school down the street). Venus was that bright!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 04, 2010, 11:01:43 PM
I sorely want it to snow. It looks like NWS Albuquerque took out Portales and Rio Rancho on the snow forecast for Monday night. It looks like we're high and dry, and too warm for comfort. Friday we hit 75 in Portales. Today we hit 52. I think La Nina this year is rearing her ugly head across the southern portions of the United States big time this winter. Christmas in Nebraska anyone?  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 05, 2010, 04:57:35 PM
I was wanting some snow like you Chris H., but I got 4 inches yesterday, and am now ready for Spring....

Also, Scalphunter, I noticed that it was almost 2 AM when you posted your comment; are you nocturnal???


www.theweatherwatcher4.wordpress.com  (http://www.theweatherwatcher4.wordpress.com)  (Got a lot of new topics on the forum)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 06, 2010, 09:43:49 AM
Don't give up yet Chris there an low that came from up here that is off the California coast and looks like it  just migth get organize and kick some weather your way. It got more circulation to it today then it has had.

NWS says we're high and dry. System that you're mentioning is skirting off to the north of us. Northern New Mexico has the best chances of snow today and tonight. There's only a 10-20% chance in that area to begin with. I leave Portales on Saturday. High temps will be in the lower 60s. Rio Rancho will see temps in the mid 50s.

This is not the New Mexico I grew up with…well maybe a little.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 06, 2010, 10:25:21 AM
What is the elevation of Portales, NM??? I figure it would get pretty cold there if the elevation were above 3000ft.... :?

We've recieved snow since Saturday, and are expecting snow through Wednesday... 
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 06, 2010, 04:56:30 PM
What is the elevation of Portales, NM??? I figure it would get pretty cold there if the elevation were above 3000ft.... :?

We've recieved snow since Saturday, and are expecting snow through Wednesday...  

Portales, NM
Elevation: 4021 feet.

In New Mexico (and other places in the Southwest), "pretty cold" only happens if we get a powerful arctic front (which we have twice in the last three weeks), or if one is living in the ski towns (such as Chama, Taos, Durango etc.). Since about, oh, at least 80 to 90% of New Mexico is desert and mountains, guess what happens when cold moist air descends a mountain slope? It dries out, warms up. This turns the high plains dry in the winter, as well as warm before a strong storm event (usually). The desert is about the same way- except it's always dry. The winters suck- it's always cold, always windy.

Rio Rancho, NM
Elevation: 5292-5500 feet.

Albuquerque, NM
Elevation: 4999-6100 feet.

Santa Fe, NM
Elevation: 6996-8200 feet.

Those last three locales and their elevation depends on if you're in the valley floor or in the heights/higher terrain of the area. Rio Rancho (where I'm originally from) sits on the northwest hilly section of the Rio Grande Valley rift. Albuquerque sits right in the middle of the rift zone from the Sandia (Watermelon in Spanish) Heights to the Petroglyphs (west). Santa Fe sits to the northern edge of the rift. It too has heights, expensive homes sit way up on the mountains of the Sangre de Christo range (Blood of Christ in Spanish). Santa Fe sees several inches more snow per year than the Albuquerque area does.

One thing about New Mexico? When it does snow, it sure does look purty!
(http://www.adobeappraisals.com/images/sandia-mountains.png)
Sandia Crest, elevation 10,678 feet, view from the NW


Okay, I'm done with the lecture. Didja learn something?  :-P 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on December 06, 2010, 05:05:02 PM
Okay, I'm done with the lecture. Didja learn something?  :-P 8-)

Yep.  That's nice to know.  We've decided that if we ever hit the lottery, one of the places we've decided to look at moving to is NM.  However, where we want to move is in the Tucumcari / Logan area.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 06, 2010, 05:06:25 PM
Okay, I'm done with the lecture. Didja learn something?  :-P 8-)

Yep.  That's nice to know.  We've decided that if we ever hit the lottery, one of the places we've decided to look at moving to is NM.  However, where we want to move is in the Tucumcari / Logan area.

That's about 70 some-odd miles north of Portales. Why Tucumcari of all places?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on December 06, 2010, 05:20:27 PM

That's about 70 some-odd miles north of Portales. Why Tucumcari of all places?

We drove up through there once, and we thought it was scenic, with lots of room.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 06, 2010, 07:43:26 PM

That's about 70 some-odd miles north of Portales. Why Tucumcari of all places?

We drove up through there once, and we thought it was scenic, with lots of room.


Did you pass through Albuquerque? Have you seen other parts of the state?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on December 06, 2010, 08:09:17 PM
Did you pass through Albuquerque? Have you seen other parts of the state?

At the time we were going NJ to CA and back quite a bit.  We saw NM and AZ, but mostly from I-40 and some I-10.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 07, 2010, 02:44:25 PM
That's partly how I ended up in Las Cruces - the view coming in on I-10 eastbound. It just stuck with me. Northern NM is beautiful, IMHO, but too much snow/cold for me.

As far as elev - I'm at 4,474 feet in the furthest northeast corner of "city limits" with the mountains to my east and the Rio Grande river valley to my west
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 08, 2010, 02:24:47 PM
That's partly how I ended up in Las Cruces - the view coming in on I-10 eastbound. It just stuck with me. Northern NM is beautiful, IMHO, but too much snow/cold for me.

As far as elev - I'm at 4,474 feet in the furthest northeast corner of "city limits" with the mountains to my east and the Rio Grande river valley to my west

Kinda how my parents ended up in Albuquerque. They kept driving north out of El Paso. I think the Sandia Mountains kinda had something to do with their staying there in Rio Rancho back when the main drag through town was a two lane road called NM 528 (until 1995, 1998 and 2000/2001 I think), with two branching secondary roads- Southern Blvd. (2-lane up until 1990) and Northern Blvd. (2-lane up until 1997-2003).

Okay I've said too much.  #-o :-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 08, 2010, 03:10:54 PM
I've only been up there twice. Once in the mid-70s on a road trip from NY to Denver, bringing me down I-25 to I-40 and the last time in 1981 moving from NY to NV. That whole stretch of I-40 thru NM and AZ is amazing (as far as scenery).

On a weather note - both trips thru Raton Pass (July & Sept, respectively) provided the most spectacular lightning storms that I've ever seen!

Decades ago, Rio Rancho was one of those infomercial type of places for New Yorkers. "Tired of all that snow and frigid winters? Enjoy your own piece of the Land of Enchantment" type of stuff. Who knew...  :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 09, 2010, 02:31:38 AM

Decades ago, Rio Rancho was one of those infomercial type of places for New Yorkers. "Tired of all that snow and frigid winters? Enjoy your own piece of the Land of Enchantment" type of stuff. Who knew...  :lol:

Funny…it's cold and it snows in the winter. Shoulda gone further south.  :lol: #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 10, 2010, 10:54:37 PM
Funny…it's cold and it snows in the winter. Shoulda gone further south.  :lol: #-o

Certainly not like back there in NY and plus more wide open space, mountains etc. A mild alternative to Florida  :roll: Haha!


Ahh, December in the desert. The 1st saw my 2nd lowest ever Dec temp [station] and the low for this year at 17.5* .

Today? 72* making today my warmest ever December daily temp recorded by the station.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 15, 2010, 01:12:42 PM
If the Nat'l Weather Svc. predicts it'll rain with a low of 27 for the Albuquerque area, is there a chance there will be a thermal inversion layer between the clouds and the ground? Just got me thinking…

Or is it that the clouds above are trapping heat, so it technically won't drop below 32, but it's predicted it will?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on December 15, 2010, 02:16:47 PM
If the Nat'l Weather Svc. predicts it'll rain with a low of 27 for the Albuquerque area, is there a chance there will be a thermal inversion layer between the clouds and the ground? Just got me thinking…

Or is it that the clouds above are trapping heat, so it technically won't drop below 32, but it's predicted it will?

Might be a warm layer next to the ground.

We have just the opposite - rain falling through a cold layer of air next to the ground:

Tonight: A chance of rain and sleet before 7pm, then a chance of snow, freezing rain, and sleet between 7pm and 10pm, then freezing rain and sleet after 10pm. Low around 30. South wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 15, 2010, 02:36:49 PM
I almost feel guilty (almost!) with my day's low of 45* and 67* at Noon and rising...

Rain should appear Thursday nite/Friday morn.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 16, 2010, 02:38:12 PM
If only I lived north of Albuquerque. Snow is falling, I-25 is a huge mess. So is I-40 east of Albuquerque. I wish it would snow here. Might tonight, despite the NWS prediction of rain. 9 days away from Christmas and it's raining.  #-o ](*,) What is this, Florida?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 16, 2010, 11:45:56 PM
So the latest:

1:30: Starts to snow.

2:30: Starts to stick.

4:30: Around 1", getting colder.

6:00: Around 1.5", 33F

8:30-9:00: 3", 32F, streets are scary. (Thankfully we have an AWD Ford Explorer)

Right now: 30F, can't compete with the 2" snow flakes turning a just shoveled area white again. So I went inside. There's a good chance there'll be about…oh, 5"-7" in the morning. Last time I saw snow like this was in 2006. We saw 13" the day after Christmas. Snow came a day too late.  #-o

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 17, 2010, 01:04:10 AM
My latest at 11PM:

54 degrees and no rain.

Temp has fallen 1.3 degrees over the last hour thanks to the cloud cover that's preceding the predicted rain showers. Only a few inches of snow forecasted for the mountains and "maybe" a tenth of rain locally. Looks like about a 1AM arrival.

I think my area might see closer to 0.25" but one fact remains: Other than 6 or 7 drops on a window 3 or 4 times - NO RAIN IN 56 DAYS.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 17, 2010, 01:53:57 AM
Well..one look at the radar and I see it's pretty much ended here…for now. I didn't think it would snow this much...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 17, 2010, 02:58:18 AM
Looks like my 1AM shot went north of me  :-|
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 17, 2010, 12:18:22 PM
Looks like my 1AM shot went north of me  :-|

Did you get anything at all?

We totalled 7" of snow at my house…friends of mine who live about two miles north of me saw roughly 12". Albuquerque Heights saw 13". Areas near Santa Fe saw about the same as the Heights.

How does the song go? "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas…everywhere you go…"
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 17, 2010, 03:58:49 PM
Not a drop. Not even any snow on the mountain tops running north of me. They usually get dusted first if nothing rolls over the Organs.

It's been breezy lately and I don't even see any stray droplet traces on the windows.

The Interstates north and east of you look a bit messy!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 17, 2010, 04:12:47 PM
Not a drop. Not even any snow on the mountain tops running north of me. They usually get dusted first if nothing rolls over the Organs.

It's been breezy lately and I don't even see any stray droplet traces on the windows.

The Interstates north and east of you look a bit messy!

Well..it has been known to snow 33" in the El Paso and Las Cruces areas…who's to say it won't happen this year?


The interstates are a b**ch according to some friends of mine (and my Dad). Thing is, especially around here, the snow melt will refreeze tonight and there will be ICE.

Dear Nature, PLEASE SNOW AGAIN before or around (or on) Christmas.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 17, 2010, 05:12:09 PM
There's nothing worse than an ice covered road with a layer of snow on it.

As for me - I haven't owned snow tires in 30 years...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 18, 2010, 09:38:30 AM
Still white. Still threatening snow until at least Monday. I think we'll see a muddy-white Christmas, i.e. partial melt with mud. At least it's something.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: upweather on December 18, 2010, 11:36:05 AM
what is the history of a white Christmas % in your area?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 18, 2010, 08:47:55 PM
what is the history of a white Christmas % in your area?

Central New Mexico: 20-30% on average.

Southern New Mexico: 10-20% on average.

Eastern New Mexico: 30% on average.

Northern and NW-ern New Mexico: 10-40% on average (difference in climate).


I say average because there are dead-dry years, and there are shovel-the-driveway-clear-of-6-12"-of-snow-every-week/weekend years (which are far and few, usually every five-ten years, sometimes longer). I have been told by Mom, Dad and Grandmother that southern New Mexico saw 12-36" of snow back in '87/'88. Albuquerque saw less than 5" in one of those years. Lemme bring up some records...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 19, 2010, 08:21:41 PM
WV is the same way. The  3 years from 2006-08 is when the NWS had reported no snow on the ground anywhere in the entire state; even on the 4500 peaks; which is extremely rare. Last year finally broke the ice (No pun intended): 2 feet of snow fell 8 days before Christmas.

This year a big storm is forecasted for Christmas, and we currently have about 5 inches of snow on the ground at about 1000 feet above sea level. Imagine the higher peaks at 4000 feet and above; they have 2 feet of snow on the ground!!!!

Anyway, what Im saying is that there are good snow years and bad snow years; it's all about how the weather template (jet stream) is set up (Along with other meteorological occurrences 8-))

Good luck Chris H and Cinega32 :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 19, 2010, 11:26:03 PM
My mountains are still bare - tallest being in the 9k foot range. Another "New Record High for this date" flag on my site. 66.7 degrees - half degree above "the record".

This will be my fifth Christmas here and I find no photo record of snow in my driveway on that day. The mountains from previous snowfall - yes but not on the 25th. I've had light snow as early as Oct 28th.

Here (in the Chihuahua Desert) at 4,474 feet, the nites get cold without cloud cover and stay "warm" with it. A thermal blanket of sorts. This year's La Nina for me is forecasted as drier but with colder surges.

Having said all that, I'm certain that Monday nite I'll be socked in with solid cloud cover that came out of nowhere...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 20, 2010, 07:38:23 PM

Having said all that, I'm certain that Monday nite I'll be socked in with solid cloud cover that came out of nowhere...

Yup... sure enough. Cloud cover.  :mad:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 20, 2010, 08:36:12 PM
Sandia/Manzano mountains have some snow, but it's slowly melting. We're expecting rain here in the valley over the next day or two. I wish we had another cold front meet a Low...it'll snow again.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 20, 2010, 10:43:59 PM
Didnt your weather sticker say it was 60 in Rio Rancho yesterday??? It says 39 now.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 22, 2010, 01:24:25 PM
Didnt your weather sticker say it was 60 in Rio Rancho yesterday??? It says 39 now.

No. We hit a high of 54 yesterday. The 19th we hit 52.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 22, 2010, 03:35:16 PM
After Christmas, I wish it would get that warm... It has been a long time since we have even hit the average temperature for this time of year which is 46.... No temperatures in the 40s for over 15 days....Quite a streak for this time of the year..

I think it's funny. We had an unusually hot and humid summer that ran into early October. Many days in late September were in the mid-80s. We had a couple of days in late July that neared 100. Combine that with dew points of 65-70, and that is a legitmate Dog Day of summer...

From around October 20th to November 20th, high temperatures dropped by 50 degrees.
I guess a hot summer means a cold winter and vice-versa :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 26, 2010, 09:10:14 PM
Yet another 25 to 55 temp range with clear skies and calm winds...  8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 26, 2010, 09:32:48 PM
Finally, a warming trend will be taking place near New Year's, with high temperatures possibly reaching 15 degrees ABOVE average..

Hip-hip hooray???

Got some awesome sweaters for Christmas, and wanted to give them a go, but it just might get a little too warm. 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 26, 2010, 11:45:00 PM
Finally, a warming trend will be taking place near New Year's, with high temperatures possibly reaching 15 degrees ABOVE average..

Hip-hip hooray???

Got some awesome sweaters for Christmas, and wanted to give them a go, but it just might get a little too warm. 8-)

WV weather or NM?   :-k


Here it's been rather pleasant. Would go for a brisk bike ride but Mom says no... #-o

Right now I'm hypothesizing the anticipated Spring 2011 severe weather season…anybody wanna place their bets?

We're expecting snow and rain here…starts the day I have a special date, and ends on New Years.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 26, 2010, 11:53:27 PM
I think your right... WV and NM's weather is totally changing opposite each other... 6 inches of snow in 48 hours with 1-3 more in the next 24.

New Year's is making a run at 60F.

Too early for predictions for me...

Are you going on a date with Mother Nature  :lol: (Couldn't resist)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 27, 2010, 01:14:11 AM

Are you going on a date with Mother Nature  :lol: (Couldn't resist)

Nope. Just a girl I've known for awhile. (No, I've known Mother Nature for a lot longer than awhile).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 27, 2010, 01:21:55 AM
Well, I'm happy for you...I'm a little too nerdy for gals to like me... I'm the one who studies Ken Jenning's trivia for fun (I want to be on Jeopardy) religiously, works on math for relaxation (I hunt and fish too), and work on brain games to keep my brain age low (I'm only 16)

People say that I am crazy and have no life, but I have a great time learning what's around me.

Ex. What is the groove between your nose and mouth called? --The philtrum--

Ex. What is the dot on the alphabetical letter "i" called? --The tittle--
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 27, 2010, 02:50:01 AM
Finally, a warming trend will be taking place near New Year's, with high temperatures possibly reaching 15 degrees ABOVE average..


How 'bout that... and they're talking about possible snow for New Year's down here.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Scalphunter on December 27, 2010, 04:01:08 AM
LOL they are saying spring time temps for here or at least late winter.  not much here as far as bad weather  just these little waves  rotating around and around and around.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 27, 2010, 11:39:06 AM
I would be happy Scalphunter if I were you...People in New Jersey and that area are going to be shovelling 2 feet of snow... We have actually received quite a bit more snow than was forecasted from this storm system as well... I'll have to go out this evening and shovel for the 3rd time in 2 days.

I think WV and NM are really in REVERSE weather patterns LOL :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Scalphunter on December 27, 2010, 01:08:56 PM
 That snow that NJ and that area getting would not even slow us down here.  We can get 4 ft dumped hr in an storm and people go about their lives.  East Coast gets couple inches and they are bogged down. It all together diffent then what you picture.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 27, 2010, 03:09:21 PM
I guess they must be a little nervous... they issued a Special Weather Statement for late Wednesday thru Friday. We'll see how it plays out:

Event:   Special Weather Statement
Alert:   

...SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM TO AFFECT THE BORDERLAND LATE
WEDNESDAY THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY...
 
A STRONG UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM WILL AFFECT SOUTH CENTRAL...
SOUTHWEST NEW MEXICO AND FAR WEST TEXAS LATER THIS WEEK. SCATTERED
SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP OVER WESTERN PORTIONS LATE WEDNESDAY AND
SPREAD EASTWARD INTO THURSDAY. STRONG...PERHAPS LOCALLY DAMAGING...
WINDS WILL ACCOMPANY THIS STORM ON THURSDAY ESPECIALLY OVER AREAS
SOUTH AND WEST OF I-10 WITH BLOWING DUST REDUCING VISIBILITY IN
THE AFTERNOON.
WHILE THIS STORM WILL HAVE LIMITED MOISTURE TO WORK WITH...IT
WILL LIKELY PRODUCE SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW FOR MOUNTAIN AREAS
ABOVE 6000 FT. AS A COLD FRONT PASSES LATER ON THURSDAY... RAIN
MAY MIX WITH OR CHANGE TO SNOW OVER LOWLAND PORTIONS OF THE AREA
WITH LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE.
WHILE THE EXACT TRACK AND TIMING OF THE STORM ARE STILL A LITTLE
UNCERTAIN THERE IS GOOD REASON REASON TO BELIEVE THAT TRAVEL
THURSDAY INTO EARLY FRIDAY MAY BE HAZARDOUS OVER MUCH OF THE AREA
DUE TO EITHER WINDS OR SNOW. MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION.
HOMEOWNERS SHOULD SECURE ANY LOOSE OBJECTS OUTDOORS.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 27, 2010, 03:50:36 PM
Quote
I guess they must be a little nervous... they issued a Special Weather Statement for late Wednesday thru Friday. We'll see how it plays out

Good luck, Cienega! Hope you get a White New Year's :grin:

Quote
That snow that NJ and that area getting would not even slow us down here.  We can get 4 ft dumped hr in an storm and people go about their lives.  East Coast gets couple inches and they are bogged down. It all together diffent then what you picture.

Oh, I know that Alaskans can go through just about anything...Although we may have troubles with 4 ft of snow, you may be surprised at how tough us Mountaineers are.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 27, 2010, 08:32:19 PM
The Albuquerque WFO is giving us some heads up.

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=NMZ519&warncounty=NMC043&firewxzone=NMZ106&local_place1=Rio+Rancho+NM&product1=Special+Weather+Statement

I'm looking forward to this one. The last one was two weeks ago- we got 7" of the icy white stuff.

EDIT
Found this:

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/media/abq/briefings/weatherbriefing_1227.pdf
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 29, 2010, 04:45:29 AM
Hold on to your hat, Chris! Looks like some 50s getting ready to roll thru The Land of Enchantment!



Event:   High Wind Watch
Alert:   

...STRONG WINTER STORM TO MOVE IN FROM THE NORTHWEST WEDNESDAY WITH
STRONG WINDS ACROSS THE LOWLANDS ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY...
 
.A POWERFUL UPPER LOW WILL MOVE TO THE FOUR CORNERS AREA THURSDAY
AFTERNOON AND TO SOUTHEAST COLORADO FRIDAY MORNING. THIS UPPER LOW
WILL CREATE A STRONG PRESSURE GRADIENT AT THE SURFACE AND ALLOW
VERY WINDY CONDITIONS TO DEVELOP BOTH WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.
WINDS ON WEDNESDAY ARE FORECAST TO INCREASE TO 25 TO 35 MPH WITH
GUSTS TO 45 MPH POSSIBLE. ON THURSDAY WE CAN EXPECT EVEN STRONGER
WINDS WITH WINDS OF 35 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH BY LATE
THURSDAY MORNING. TEMPERATURES WILL ALSO PLUMMET THURSDAY NIGHT
AND FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WILL BE AROUND 15 TO 20 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 30, 2010, 05:13:50 PM
Interesting day! About an hour and a half ago I tossed all the stray tumbleweeds that landed in my yard (43MPH max gust today) over my wall and it was 55 degrees. Now, it's 37 and there some small white stuff floating around in the wind.


Oh! Now there's a whole lot more of it and bigger sizes too! Mountains should look great tomorrow!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 30, 2010, 09:36:33 PM
Good luck getting the white stuff. We have received plenty already this year, and there is not any that will accumulate in the forseeable future. Tomorrow I am going to purchase a Farmer's Almanac, and I will see what their weather prediction is.

Hope the 60 MPH wind gusts in your wind statement don't blow down any trees :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 31, 2010, 03:17:28 AM
Here in Rio Rancho, it's damn near 0*F, the wind chills are obviously below that, we saw snow yesterday around 8 AM (the wind sublimated it faster than the sun could melt it), it's been below 32 all day, and right now it's 10*F. It's been falling since noon yesterday. I'm up right now because my step-grandmother in Missouri had her weather radio go off...Tornado Watch #765 (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/watch/ww0765.html) is in effect.

Thrilling!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 31, 2010, 09:03:26 AM
WV and NM have DEFINITELY reversed each other's weather for now. Today's high is 62 :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 31, 2010, 04:21:16 PM
Well, nothing came out of those flurries other than they looked good. They were falling on no less than a 45 degree angle and the only accumulation was against any wall in the wind's path. That was gone quickly. A small smattering of white spots on the mountains to my SE provides a boring aftermath.

Interesting note - Dec 1st provided my lowest low at 17.5. Today, the last of Dec has my lowest high at 37.5 (but rising as I type). "New Record Low for this date" at 20.8 (21.2 - 2000)

Still a 10% chance of snow and gusts 25-30MPH. Tomorrow is predicted to drop to mid-teens. Not quite as cold as you Chris but cold enough for me!

C'mon March! Get here!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 31, 2010, 06:24:22 PM
Well, the warm streak is over. Temperatures will remain abnormally warm through midday tomorrow, and then temperatures will plummet back into the 30s...Since our climates are reversed for now, are your temperatures getting warmer??? (Although I saw that you recorded your lowest high)  :-P
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 01, 2011, 05:10:19 AM
3AM and 16.7 degrees. Down 3 degrees in the last hour. Slight breeze giving a chill of around 10 degrees. Lowest so far is 9.1 .

My station's low wind chill is 9.0 (Dec 4 2009) and low temp is 13.6 (Jan 18 2008).

They should both be going bye-bye by sunrise under clear skies.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Scalphunter on January 01, 2011, 05:13:00 AM
Pat you are colder then I am....
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 01, 2011, 06:33:51 AM
I've been watching your temps. Now I'm thinking of buying a winter home up there!  :lol:

I've been dilly-dallying and waiting - it paid off:

(http://www.lascruces-weather.com/pics/wcrec.gif)

16.2 current temp. I might not get that one but I do have a new Wind Chill!  \:D/

I love watching new records happen!

EDIT: I hardly finished posting and that "new" record is gone (8.4).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 01, 2011, 09:07:22 AM
Getting mighty cold up in NM....The cold is starting to seep back into my town as well... We actually had some pretty strong thunderstorms move in through here last around 4 I figure
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 01, 2011, 03:51:14 PM
Final early morning results:

(http://www.lascruces-weather.com/pics/hilorec.gif)

7:25A for the station's new low temp and 4:58A for the w/chill. 34 degrees now at 2PM.

EDIT: The best part is tonite should be even colder...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 01, 2011, 07:20:02 PM
Bottomed out last night around 6:45 AM at 4.3*F. Wind chill was −1.3*F

Frostbite can happen in minutes.  :shock:

Today:

Hit an all-time high of 33.3*F. Wind chill was 26.8*F.


Tonight's low: 1*F. Winds calm. Clear skies, dry air.

At least the day time highs are starting to exceed freezing levels, but the night time lows are remaining frigid for a couple more nights.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 01, 2011, 10:45:03 PM
Well, it's beginning to get colder here again... Highs tomorrow in the upper 30s.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 02, 2011, 05:27:44 AM
Easy money!

(http://www.lascruces-weather.com/pics/wcrec2.gif)


... and it's only 3:30AM! Now I need a single-digit temp!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 02, 2011, 02:03:33 PM
It's about 50 in the eastern panhandle, 34.7 on my weather sensor here in Procious, and in the upper 20 in Cincinatti....Old Man Winter has arrived!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 02, 2011, 08:35:50 PM
Easy money!

(http://www.lascruces-weather.com/pics/wcrec2.gif)


... and it's only 3:30AM! Now I need a single-digit temp!


Day-um!

We hit a low of 10.2*F at 6:08 AM this morning. We hit a high of 38*F at 1:44 PM this afternoon. Been a rather nice day.

Low tonight is 10*F. Last night's low was 1*F.

Expecting little or no precipitation over the next two weeks here. Let's hope this changes!!!!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 02, 2011, 11:25:47 PM
Those numbers didn't change - that was the low. The best part was it had warmed up to a balmy 12 degrees by 6:30AM when the power went out for 2 hours...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 03, 2011, 05:56:22 PM
Wow, what a freeze!!! You and Chris better bring out the sweaters and scarfs if you havent already....Its in the 30s here and I wear sweaters! :lol:

Hope it warms up for yall....2 hours in the dark is cold if you dont have a fireplace....Lucky I do 8-)

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 03, 2011, 06:51:14 PM
Hit 42 today. Last night's low occurred at 5:33 AM at 12*F. We quickly warmed up though. By 9 AM the temp was 28, by noon 36. Our high (42) occurred at 2:55 PM this afternoon.

Clouds are increasing it looks like in the 7-Day…maybe it'll snow before I leave for school... :twisted:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 03, 2011, 08:10:36 PM
Maybe it will snow here before 5 oclock rush hour and I'LL BE OUT FOR SCHOOL TOO!!! :twisted:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 04, 2011, 12:27:41 AM
Maybe it will snow here before 5 oclock rush hour and I'LL BE OUT FOR SCHOOL TOO!!! :twisted:

I'm not in high school...I have to travel nearly 400 miles to college (and then stay there for five months)...I'm hoping it snows hard there and hard here too... 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 04, 2011, 03:09:27 AM
Looks like some precip flowing in this weekend.

After yesterday's low of 17, it warmed up to 53. That was a nice change after New Year's high of 37 dropping to that 10.2.

I should run fairly normal temps this week.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 04, 2011, 05:58:46 AM
Good for you... I must have bad karma because we are going back to the same pattern that plagued us with cold temperatures most of December...Up to 15 degrees below average by the end of the week :-x
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 05, 2011, 11:35:57 AM
Expecting a decent chance of snow by Saturday…lasting who knows how long…

The computer models can't decide which is going to happen…head NE or head SE... :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 05, 2011, 05:44:54 PM
Calling for 2-4 inches of the white stuff from Friday Morning through Saturday
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 05, 2011, 09:09:27 PM
Weather watchers are saying the storm is passing through the center part of the state, with more precip likely across southern New Mexico. So we'll see wrap around, but not a whole lot it seems. Have fun in the snow Cienega!!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 06, 2011, 01:19:13 AM
NWS bumped the chance of precip to 20% and the forecast is for a 30 degree overnite.

At this point, I wouldn't mind it. It's tough to be this cold and see the mountains are still bare.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 06, 2011, 09:15:54 AM
Calling for 1-3 starting this evening... It's amazing the weather errors that the NWS makes :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 06, 2011, 09:04:29 PM
Calling for 10% chance snow Friday night…slight chance rain Saturday..then it's cold for a day or two. That's all she wrote for us…El Paso/Las Cruces is seeing a higher chance!!  :evil:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 07, 2011, 09:10:28 AM
Have to go to school today; only 1 inch fell, but 2-3 more tonight :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 08, 2011, 12:58:43 PM
I see your sensor is reading that it is above 32 in you town...

Glad to see that youre out of the deep freeze Chris :grin:

We are pretty cold...Temps around 20, but we have had winds around 10-15 which makes the wind chill very cold.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 08, 2011, 05:53:07 PM
Calling for 10% chance snow Friday night…slight chance rain Saturday..then it's cold for a day or two. That's all she wrote for us…El Paso/Las Cruces is seeing a higher chance!!  :evil:

Nothing last nite/this morning. Looks like NWS pulled the precip chances for the weekend. All I show now is Partly Cloudy, Windy, Partly Sunny... that type of stuff.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 08, 2011, 06:20:38 PM
Hope you get some snow soon!

We got another 3 inches last night...I wish i would have come 24 hours earlier for I would have been out of school :twisted:

It is staying well below normal again here.... We went almost a month with consecutively below normal highs, and I see us extending another long streak of one of those.. Today was the 4th day
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 08, 2011, 06:25:47 PM
I see your sensor is reading that it is above 32 in you town…


I've got a long way to go before I get a PWS set up on a computer. I do have an experimental weather blog though, but I don't think I can do this by myself…it's a bit of work keeping up a blog that has multiple sections! The Weather Blogs (https://sites.google.com/site/theweatherblogs/). It does tie in with my own weather forum.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 08, 2011, 06:27:30 PM
I'll be posting on your blog soon........
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 08, 2011, 07:46:31 PM
I'll be posting on your blog soon........

Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 08, 2011, 08:25:34 PM
Wow! You've built yourself a nice forum Chris :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 08, 2011, 09:38:54 PM
Wow! You've built yourself a nice forum Chris :grin:

I think you joined it already... :)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 09, 2011, 08:51:05 AM
I think I've already posted... :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 11, 2011, 05:33:48 PM
Bottomed out at 11.7*F at 6:22 AM this morning. Wind chills were around 8*F.

Chilly? No. Cold? No. Frigid? That's more like it.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 11, 2011, 08:38:57 PM
A general 2-6 inches of more white expected here between tonight and tomorrow...I HOPE IM OUT OF SCHOOL! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 12, 2011, 04:04:03 AM
I ended up 18.7 low and 11.3 W/C.

Lots of "Low Record"s this last month and being the WU quoted record for today is 24.8 (1997) and I'm at 25.7, I guess I;ll see another one in a little bit. Slow winds tho' 6MPH gust so far.

That extra wrap on the swamp cooler is paying off!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 12, 2011, 06:10:51 AM
24.1 right now on my thermometer... WE ARE CLOSED TODAY FROM SCHOOL!!! :-) :grin: :-) :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on January 12, 2011, 06:20:10 AM
I ended up 18.7 low and 11.3 W/C.

Lots of "Low Record"s this last month and being the WU quoted record for today is 24.8 (1997) and I'm at 25.7, I guess I;ll see another one in a little bit. Slow winds tho' 6MPH gust so far.

That extra wrap on the swamp cooler is paying off!

I wondered how you all took care of those when temps dipped that low. You cover them. Do you also have to drain them on occasion?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 12, 2011, 02:17:32 PM
I ended up 18.7 low and 11.3 W/C.

Lots of "Low Record"s this last month and being the WU quoted record for today is 24.8 (1997) and I'm at 25.7, I guess I;ll see another one in a little bit. Slow winds tho' 6MPH gust so far.

That extra wrap on the swamp cooler is paying off!

I wondered how you all took care of those when temps dipped that low. You cover them. Do you also have to drain them on occasion?

Fill 'em up late spring, run 'em all summer, drain 'em and close 'em early fall. Most, if not all houses with evap coolers have a removable piece of metal (a damper, made of sheetmetal) that goes between the fan and the main duct work of the house. Heating of the house in the winter comes from a gas (or otherwise) furnace that sits somewhat directly under the roof unit…houses with evap coolers have a large central duct, with smaller duct work leading out to various vents in the house. Furnaces have a damper above them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evaporative_cooler
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 12, 2011, 02:48:08 PM
Is NM forecasted to warm up anytime soon??
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 12, 2011, 03:43:52 PM
Is NM forecasted to warm up anytime soon??

I LOVE this government weather tool. http://www.weather.gov/forecasts/graphical/sectors/conus.php

Probably by the end of this week we'll heat up…doesn't look like a whole lot in the way of precip is heading this way.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 12, 2011, 03:48:25 PM
that's super!!!!

There are already schools closing for tomorrow
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 12, 2011, 06:32:00 PM
I ended up 18.7 low and 11.3 W/C.

Lots of "Low Record"s this last month and being the WU quoted record for today is 24.8 (1997) and I'm at 25.7, I guess I;ll see another one in a little bit. Slow winds tho' 6MPH gust so far.

That extra wrap on the swamp cooler is paying off!

I wondered how you all took care of those when temps dipped that low. You cover them. Do you also have to drain them on occasion?

What Chris said.

In my situation, the swamper is close to over the kitchen and a water tap on the cold sink-side runs to the roof to provide the feed. In winter when we "close" the unit, the line gets disconnected and drained (I also plug the roof end) and the water removed from the bottom pan in the swamp cooler.

My heater is on the other end of the main duct and either unit gets a "damper" slid into their respective jack-end of the duct. I cover either damper joint with metal tape to seal them.

Some people do nothing more than that. Others (most) wrap a canvas cover over the unit. 3 winters back, I covered the inlet grill with Reflectix under the cover and had great results - less wind getting in, less heat loss.

Last year, I did that and then wrapped the whole unit in Reflectix before I put the canvas cover on it. Really good results. The heater would cycle a whole lot less often. This has been a cold winter so far and it's paying off.

That thing is like one big heat-sink on the roof in the cold, windy winter. Next year, I'm going wrap the 6" of exposed roof-jack (where the damper is) with some hot water tank blanket. Propane ain't getting any cheaper!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 13, 2011, 09:54:26 AM
We have almost 10 inches of snow on the ground right now... I have been sledding 3 days since Sunday and I plan to do more today.... Sledding is so much fun and I had never done it before until Sunday... Also will make a snowman maybe and have an apocalyptic snowball fight :twisted:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 13, 2011, 03:06:05 PM
Well if there's one enjoyable thing about New Mexico right now..it's sunny and mild.

This spring…

NWS is predicting it will be a dry and windy spring…with above normal temperatures. As for much of the eastern part of the state (flat high plains), there's not a whole lot to talk about…we might see severe weather, and we might not…last year the high plains saw very little severe weather.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 13, 2011, 04:44:43 PM
So close...

The WU reported low for today is 19.4 in 1997. I went down to 19.4 at 7:30A. 53 right now, blue skies, no wind and the "sun room" is 81. Love that free heat!

Glad to hear you've found the joys of sledding, farmtalk! When I was a kid, we would use old metal garbage can covers (besides sleds) to go down whatever hills we could find. "Skitching" was another  fun thing to do.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 13, 2011, 04:54:12 PM
Dad made me and my sisters a sled out of wood and other supplied like super duty tape....We use cutting boards in the kitchen for belly rides, and we use our black plastic garbage can lid as well...

It is a lot of fun! :grin: :grin:

Congrats on 200 posts Chris and Cienega!!! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 15, 2011, 05:29:28 AM
NWS Short-term is calling for 60+ highs over the next 5 days with 65 on Monday! I've seen 59 a couple of times this month but low 60s would be a treat.

We will see...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 15, 2011, 03:30:55 PM
We will be at or below normal for the next 5 days.. We have a potential wintry mix coming in on Monday and extending through Wednesday with rain, snow, ice, and sleet....Oh boy....

Could get out of school again though. The county school superintendent has extended our semester twice already this year. The time off has allowed me to get organize with some weather data collecting I have been doing.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 15, 2011, 08:32:57 PM
Got back from Juarez about 3PM and while riding a high of 60.5 (high for the year), I opened almost every window in the house!  \:D/

Nice... VERY nice!  =D>
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 15, 2011, 08:40:24 PM
While you are enjoying "spring", I am just now starting to get used to this cold weather...There's plenty more coming.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 16, 2011, 09:19:27 PM
Got back from Juarez about 3PM and while riding a high of 60.5 (high for the year), I opened almost every window in the house!  \:D/

Nice... VERY nice!  =D>

War town indefinitely..no offense. Scary!

Back in Portales…warm and mild here…and then a rapid cool down with snow thursday
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 16, 2011, 09:20:49 PM
Rapid cool-down comes here Thursday 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 17, 2011, 08:19:57 PM
69.9 for a high today with minimal breezes -  =D>

A little early tho'. Feb 5th was the earliest (since 2008) to hit 70 for me and I have green things sprouting in the yard already.

-----------

No offense taken, Chris - it is what it is! If our fair state would look at sports betting as a solid source of revenue, it sure would save me some gas money....
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 17, 2011, 08:27:07 PM
Wow! We hit almost 50 degrees... We were above average today! :shock:

We will be tomorrow, but then Mother Nature cools us down again, with temperatures 20 degrees BELOW average by the end of the week with highs slightly above 20.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 17, 2011, 10:20:30 PM
Wow! We hit almost 50 degrees... We were above average today! :shock:

We will be tomorrow, but then Mother Nature cools us down again, with temperatures 20 degrees BELOW average by the end of the week with highs slightly above 20.

We hit 73 in Portales today. Too bad the wind was also blowing. Would've made a rather enjoyable bike ride without head/side wind pushing me around..
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 20, 2011, 10:21:54 AM
Well with the wind yesterday we hit 72. Then the clouds came, and then it got COLD. As I'm typing it's 23 outside in Portales. Missed our snow (it's in Oklahoma now).


Helllooooo winter. We missed you.  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 20, 2011, 05:58:00 PM
That snow you were talking about isnt in Oklahoma anymore....It is in my neighborhood... 3-6 by tomorrow morning and it is 30 minutes from reaching my house.  Highs tomorrow should stay in the 10s with windchills hovering around 0.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 20, 2011, 07:21:09 PM
That snow you were talking about isnt in Oklahoma anymore....It is in my neighborhood... 3-6 by tomorrow morning and it is 30 minutes from reaching my house.  Highs tomorrow should stay in the 10s with windchills hovering around 0.


Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 20, 2011, 08:38:53 PM
Ehhh, us West Virginians are good adapters..If I'm off tomorrow from school, then I will be outside shoveling the driveway and maybe splitting would and/or cutting kindling for the fireplace.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 21, 2011, 01:12:03 AM
My high today was 55.8 and that was at midnite...

32.5 for a low as I type.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 21, 2011, 01:16:31 AM
My high today was 55.8 and that was at midnite...

32.5 for a low as I type.

The last few days here in Portapotty, NM:

Monday: 72
Tuesday: 64
Wednesday: 74
Thursday: 40

Lows:

Monday: 32
Tuesday: 33
Wednesday: 21
Thursday: 17

Amazing what a sudden winter blast can do.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 21, 2011, 02:51:51 AM
Portapotty!  :lol: =D>

They've been talking about this cold blast for a few days and they weren't kidding.

Additional note on my NM conditions - today marks the 1,200th day of no rain at my station that is 1,390 days (of records) old.

Ten more days for 1,400 days old!  \:D/ Gotta get a party hat
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 21, 2011, 07:09:17 AM
Wow! That's almost 4 years! Congrats! :grin:

I have been weather data collecting for 21 days :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 21, 2011, 02:19:52 PM
April 3rd 2007 is the "official" first day of data logging. I sure wish I had it for 2006. I got killed with rain that summer and it's what changed me from wanting one to having one. I wanted one the last 5 years or so that I lived in Las Vegas NV because of all the wild differences between the airport's official temps and the outer neighborhoods like mine. 5+ degrees in some cases. Same for the rain out there but after that 2006 summer in NM, I bought myself a Christmas present.

The best part of the data logging is watching previous station records get broken. It drives me nuts when I fall a half-degree short.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 21, 2011, 06:36:29 PM
Portapotty!  :lol: =D>

They've been talking about this cold blast for a few days and they weren't kidding.

Additional note on my NM conditions - today marks the 1,200th day of no rain at my station that is 1,390 days (of records) old.

Ten more days for 1,400 days old!  \:D/ Gotta get a party hat

Yes, it smells like one sometimes. If the wind blows just right, all you smell is cows.


That is a LOT of DATA!!  :shock:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 22, 2011, 03:02:14 AM
My trips to Juarez go down I10 as you know. That one farm stretch can be brutal without any wind - I can sympathize with you.

My first ever drive thru that stretch, back in 2002, was on a delightful late afternoon in Aug and I was enjoying the first 1,000 miles of my 10,000 mile road trip with the top down on the car... right up until then.

I still haven't learned...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 22, 2011, 08:50:18 AM
What are you doing down in Juarez buddy??? That is the most dangerous city on the planet #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 23, 2011, 03:28:44 AM
Every weekend - Sports Book.

Don't let the numbers and the hype fool you. 99% of the victims are involved or related to it one way or the other and that includes the 2 American Citizens - the consulate employee and prison worker - that they made a big deal out of on the news a little bit ago.

Knowing you won't know what I'm talking about but my area is El Centro. The Pronaf area has a good amount of problems and that's a few miles east of it. Further east and basically out of town is an area called "The Valley of Juarez" - that and the maquila area are where the most problems are. Most places in El Centro pay the protection and have no problems.

More recently, it all gives the common street punks an opportunity to blend in with the rest of the stats and violence. That and the fact that they tore down most of the good, old nite clubs over the last 3 years has me out of there before the sun goes down nowadays. No more bus rides across town, no more dinner engagements - no more 2 or 3 day stay-overs either.

No matter as my "reasons" have, for the most part, moved back to their family and homes further south. Except for one - she just disappeared. Her brother had some involvements so who knows what happened to them. In the fall of '06, she had told me to expect the crap to hit the fan in Juarez after the New Year and she was spot on.

For someone like me, the biggest problem has always been and will always be the Policia. Once the sun goes down, a gringo is a walking target for those corrupt pieces of $#!& nowadays.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 23, 2011, 03:46:46 PM
Sounds kind of rough down there...Charleston and Huntington get a lot of drug traffic from Detroit
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 23, 2011, 07:24:45 PM
Most major cities are hubs. Atlanta has been a major hub for the Cartels for a good number of years now.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 23, 2011, 07:28:05 PM
Is 53,000 considered a major hub?

When is the next chance for precip heading your way??? Looking for another possible accumulation come Tuesday Night. It depends how close we get to the low riding the eastern seaboard
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 24, 2011, 02:26:16 PM
Windy with 55 mph gusts…a powerful trough is moving through here apparently. It's been awhile since I've seen dust storms…the one we're getting right now is a pain…tempted to leave the bike locked up on the dorm racks and just walk to class!  :shock:

On the flip side, we have a slight chance of getting some snow, with very, and I mean VERY, little accumulation. But that's tonight.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 24, 2011, 04:12:54 PM
highest wind gust of the year is 37mph in Charleston... Looking for an accumulation Wednesday Night; wouldnt be surprised if winter weather advisories are posted again
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 25, 2011, 10:24:14 AM
50s today…mid 60s by Friday! Gotta get mah shades ahn.  8-)

There.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 25, 2011, 08:04:20 PM
Near 50 today.... A big cool down coming though with the wet snow coming.....However a slight warmup into the 40s will come in for the weekend, before highs in the 20s return Tuesday with another big snowmaker perhaps.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 28, 2011, 02:35:06 AM
Is 53,000 considered a major hub?

When is the next chance for precip heading your way??? Looking for another possible accumulation come Tuesday Night. It depends how close we get to the low riding the eastern seaboard

Not speaking of your turf as a major hub. They receive though, right? Just a drop off point. Atlanta is prime territory, though. Primary transportation hub for the entire SE of the country makes it the Holy Grail for the Cartels. I'm surprised your traffik isn't from there.

MON, TUE, WED are showing a 20% chance of precip. My #10 longest dry is 30 days back in NOV 2009. I'm at 29 days as of today so looks like a new Top Ten coming!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 28, 2011, 06:04:20 AM
Although Week 3 Stats arent quite ready yet, we have received a lot of precip this week; in part because of the extremely wet snow that fell this morning and 2 days ago.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 28, 2011, 09:27:49 AM
Ruh-roh

upper 60s give way to lower 30s by Wednesday. This is the snow I've been wanting here for my college town.  [-o<


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 28, 2011, 10:42:16 AM
With temps in the 60s beforehand, the ground will probably be too warm for snow to stick?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 28, 2011, 11:01:06 AM
With temps in the 60s beforehand, the ground will probably be too warm for snow to stick?

We're getting a sharp cold front sometime after Sunday…it is expected to sink temperatures roughly 20 degrees below average. There's not much out here to hold the heat (unlike a large city, such as Phoenix or Albuquerque).


Special Weather Statement:


Quote
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
503 AM MST FRI JAN 28 2011

NMZ501>540-282300-
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS-
CHUSKA MOUNTAINS-CURRY COUNTY-DE BACA COUNTY-
EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY-
EASTERN SAN MIGUEL COUNTY-ESTANCIA VALLEY-FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-
FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-GUADALUPE COUNTY-HARDING COUNTY-
JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-NORTHWEST PLATEAU-QUAY COUNTY-
RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA-ROOSEVELT COUNTY-SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY-
SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-SANTA FE METRO AREA-
SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET-SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY-
SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-UNION COUNTY-UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY-WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-
WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU-WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
503 AM MST FRI JAN 28 2011

...POTENTIAL WINTER STORM DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE COMING
WORK WEEK...

AFTER THE RECENT PROLONGED PERIOD OF GENERALLY TIMID WEATHER ACROSS
MUCH OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO...PRECIPITATION CHANCES WILL
INCREASE AND TEMPERATURES WILL PLUMMET DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE
COMING WORK WEEK AS A COUPLE OF POTENTIALLY STRONG DISTURBANCES CROSS
IN CLOSE SUCCESSION. COMPUTER MODELS DIFFER IN THE TRACK AND TIMING
OF THE SYSTEMS...BUT THE FIRST SYSTEM MAY CROSS OVER NEW MEXICO FROM
THE NORTHWEST MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY WITH ENOUGH MOISTURE AND COLD
AIR TO PRODUCE WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION MAINLY IN THE FORM OF SNOW.
FURTHER...A SHARP BACK DOOR COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO PUSH THROUGH
THE EASTERN PLAINS MONDAY NIGHT WITH BRISK WINDS AND FRIGID
TEMPERATURES. HIGHS IN THE TEENS AND 20S MAY BE COMMON ACROSS MUCH OF
EAST CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO ON TUESDAY. SIGNIFICANT SNOW
ACCUMULATION WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE NORTHERN AND WESTERN
MOUNTAINS...AND MUCH OF NORTHEAST AND EAST CENTRAL NEW MEXICO BEFORE
THE FIRST SYSTEM EXITS TO THE EAST LATE TUESDAY.

THE SECOND SYSTEM MAY DROP FROM THE NORTH NORTHWEST THROUGH THE STATE
CLOSELY ON THE HEALS OF THE FIRST TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY OR
PERHAPS WEDNESDAY NIGHT. SOME COMPUTER MODELS SUGGEST THIS SECOND
SYSTEM MAY CARRY WITH IT ENOUGH MOISTURE FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW
TO CONTINUE ALONG AND WEST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN.

IF PLANNING TRAVEL OR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES...MONITOR YOUR PREFERRED
WEATHER INFORMATION SOURCE FOR UPDATED FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS ON
THIS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS WINTER STORM. FOR ROAD CONDITIONS...CALL 5
1 1 OR VISIT NMROADS.COM.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 28, 2011, 05:48:00 PM
I still show 20% showers for that period and not too much change in the temps. A little colder. I'm sure it'll change for me by Sat nite.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 28, 2011, 06:28:53 PM
I can't believe I'm saying this, but we actually may be 10 degrees ABOVE average by mid-week!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 28, 2011, 07:44:11 PM
Speaking of "10"


Tuesday night's low is 10*F for Portabello Restroom, NM (sorry, I'm just bored)

Rain, snow, snow, snow….that's all I see from Mon-Tuesday night
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 28, 2011, 07:49:03 PM
Good luck! I went sledding all day today in this very wet snow from being off of school, and then made a 5 1/2 foot tall snowman! 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 28, 2011, 07:51:47 PM
Good luck! I went sledding all day today in this very wet snow from being off of school, and then made a 5 1/2 foot tall snowman! 8-)

If I'm lucky enough, US Hwy 70 will be closed going out of Portales, I'll be sledding down a hill off the Greyhound Arena building and into the parking lot…and throwing snowball fights.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 28, 2011, 08:04:42 PM
Sounds like a day-full of fun to me! 8-)

I'll be doing the same tomorrow: Sledding off my hill, and torturing everything that moves with very hard and wet snowballs! :twisted:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 28, 2011, 09:56:50 PM
Good luck! I went sledding all day today in this very wet snow from being off of school, and then made a 5 1/2 foot tall snowman! 8-)

If I'm lucky enough, US Hwy 70 will be closed going out of Portales, I'll be sledding down a hill off the Greyhound Arena building and into the parking lot…and throwing snowball fights.

If I hear of a crazed sledder flying past my part of US70, can I conclude that your plan went awry?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 28, 2011, 09:59:32 PM
Does that make a plan awry??? You know, if I personally went flying into New Mexico with a sled, I would call that success.

"I'll be back by dinner, Mom" 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 28, 2011, 11:41:15 PM
Good luck! I went sledding all day today in this very wet snow from being off of school, and then made a 5 1/2 foot tall snowman! 8-)

If I'm lucky enough, US Hwy 70 will be closed going out of Portales, I'll be sledding down a hill off the Greyhound Arena building and into the parking lot…and throwing snowball fights.

If I hear of a crazed sledder flying past my part of US70, can I conclude that your plan went awry?


Bahahahaha!  8-)

Yes, you may conclude as such. LMAO  #-o Guess I'll grease up the old metal sled…hahaha
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 29, 2011, 01:41:46 PM
Okay…here's what I've forecasted:


Saturday: Windy. High 67, dropping to 55 by 5 PM.
Sunday: Windy, High 60.
Monday: High 55, Cloudy.

This is where things get ugly.

Monday Night: Ice/Snow. Low 20.
Tuesday: Snow, High 27,
Tuesday Night: Snow, Low 7.
Wednesday: Snow, High 15.
Wednesday Night: Snow, Low 0.

The BEST chances here range from 20-40% during that time period.

BRRRRRRRRRRRRR
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 29, 2011, 07:52:20 PM
Snow sounds good, but Wednesday sounds cold :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 30, 2011, 04:07:49 AM
Chris - wait until THU nite...

For me, Monday nite dropped to 10% for precip with 20% TUE thru WED. The nite temps slide down M-29, T-23, W-20 and Thursday down to 18.

Speaking of precip - a new Top Ten for me today:

(http://www.lascruces-weather.com/pics/norain.gif)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 30, 2011, 04:48:48 AM
Chris - wait until THU nite...

For me, Monday nite dropped to 10% for precip with 20% TUE thru WED. The nite temps slide down M-29, T-23, W-20 and Thursday down to 18.

Speaking of precip - a new Top Ten for me today:

(http://www.lascruces-weather.com/pics/norain.gif)

I haven't seen Thursday yet…I heard it's cold. No. Frigid.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 30, 2011, 08:08:16 AM
I think the most days I can remember being in without rain was around 14 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 30, 2011, 03:04:28 PM
Chris - wait until THU nite...

For me, Monday nite dropped to 10% for precip with 20% TUE thru WED. The nite temps slide down M-29, T-23, W-20 and Thursday down to 18.


I haven't seen Thursday yet…I heard it's cold. No. Frigid.

Well, I guess they wanted us to share the wealth. My forecast has changed quite a bit.
Wed nite dropped to 10% precip but Tue nite thru Wed nite is now calling for... SNOW!  \:D/

M-27, T-15, W-11 for nitetime lows now with Thu nite at 16. I guess they see it as colder and quicker. Some of that North wind will be blowing as well - mid 20MPH
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 30, 2011, 03:55:37 PM
Chris - wait until THU nite...

For me, Monday nite dropped to 10% for precip with 20% TUE thru WED. The nite temps slide down M-29, T-23, W-20 and Thursday down to 18.


I haven't seen Thursday yet…I heard it's cold. No. Frigid.


Well, I guess they wanted us to share the wealth. My forecast has changed quite a bit.
Wed nite dropped to 10% precip but Tue nite thru Wed nite is now calling for... SNOW!  \:D/

M-27, T-15, W-11 for nitetime lows now with Thu nite at 16. I guess they see it as colder and quicker. Some of that North wind will be blowing as well - mid 20MPH


This is what the NWS is forecasting for Portales

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 31, 2011, 03:33:14 AM
They're catching on at NWS. Now the precip is at 40% for Wed nite AND Thu which was "partly sunny"
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 31, 2011, 09:35:06 AM
They dropped us down (technically) from Winter Storm Watch to Winter Weather Advisory.  #-o

I'm sure when the snow starts falling out here, they'll change it again.  ](*,)

Other than that, not much to report yet out here. It's cloudy, 38*F (boy it's warm this morning). Rain this afternoon, quickly followed by heavy snow. Windy tomorrow, with heavy snow and bitter cold. Wednesday is going to be very cold, some snow possible.


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 31, 2011, 03:33:37 PM
My forecast seems to get shuffled a lot:

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 31, 2011, 04:49:04 PM
Mine isn't showing up again.  ](*,)

And you get the pretty icons.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 31, 2011, 04:58:22 PM
Pulled these.
Albuquerque
http://wxcaster.com/gis-snow-overlays.php3?STATIONID=ABX

Clovis
http://wxcaster.com/gis-snow-overlays.php3?STATIONID=FDX

El Paso
http://wxcaster.com/gis-snow-overlays.php3?STATIONID=EPZ



Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 31, 2011, 05:03:05 PM
And for some reason, when I try to access my local (Portales) weather radio URL, it keeps rebuffering. Driving me NUTS.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on January 31, 2011, 08:23:41 PM
Hope you two get plenty of snow! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 31, 2011, 11:43:09 PM
Mine isn't showing up again.  ](*,)

And you get the pretty icons.
They are, aren't they? They drop right into the template you could be using on your website ](*,)    :-P

They're courtesy of Steve at DaculaWx: http://www.wxforum.net/index.php?topic=8977.msg85419#msg85419 (http://www.wxforum.net/index.php?topic=8977.msg85419#msg85419)


I heard a few booms before and looked to see if it was stormy. Nope. F-22s playing over the mountains, running "fire" drills. All sorts of booms and flares lighting up in the sky! I could even see the planes light up as they pulled away from whatever they were launching. Pretty cool. We have most of the people trained to understand that the BIG booms are them popping Machs but this should really blow their mind.

BUT stars in the sky still and my fcast has yet again changed:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on February 01, 2011, 05:34:15 AM
We are going to be VERY warm today, as a warm front will lift up from the South, preventing snow from reaching this far South. Just 200 miles north, there are numerous Winter Storm Warnings.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 01, 2011, 11:48:14 AM
Went to a local friend's house yesterday at 4:30PM. Temp: 28*F.

Snow started with gusty winds around 7, temp dropped to 15. Stayed the night. Winds were HOWLING.

Woke up at 7:30, winds were light, temp? 5*F. Wind chill? −17*F (okay so winds weren't THAT light, but they sure weren't as bad as last night).

Got back to my dorm room at 9:30 this morning. Classes start at 11 AM (darn, no cancellation).  ](*,)

I turned the thermostat off a couple nights ago after the room hit 78*F (despite setting at 72*F). This morning it was 63*F in my room. Heater is taking it's pick-@$$ time warming the room up, with the 'stat cranked at 80.

More snow on the way this afternoon/evening…we saw mostly icy and snowpacked roads in Portales, with salt trucks going around starting at 8. People in Portales know how to drive in snow. People in Albuquerque do not. Go figure.


Good news is, by this weekend, we'll be in the 50s yet again!


Latest vis sat image (edited):
(http://i995.photobucket.com/albums/af78/thewhoissuperb24/latest_ABQ_vis.png)


Live sat image:

(http://adds.aviationweather.gov/data/satellite/latest_ABQ_vis.jpg)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 01, 2011, 04:22:29 PM
I looked out the window around noon and found the sun shining away, 40 degrees... and snowing. Little flakes that amount to nothing but interesting just the same.

Winter Warning in effect, temps 30 below normal, and it's starting to look a little nasty out...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 01, 2011, 05:51:52 PM
We got more coming in. Been watching GRL3 all day
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on February 01, 2011, 08:09:03 PM
Not much snow coming in here for once. A warm front lifted to the north very early this morning, and temperatures hit around 60. Upslope snow with minimal accumulations is forecasted Wednesday Night, but the wind will be strong; 55 mph wind gusts possible...That's the speed limit of my state highway!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 01, 2011, 11:47:55 PM
Well, I was sitting here watching the temp fall to 22 and hearing of all the snow in El Paso and parts of Las Cruces. No bucket tips here so I figured I would get some Mickey D's...

An Inch of very wet snow on the ground already and I didn't make it out of the driveway. Just backing out of the garage had me slide a foot in the Miata. Very wet and slippery out. I guess I'll make some soup.

Now I want a rain bucket heater for those once or twice every other years that I get snow!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on February 02, 2011, 05:38:56 AM
Hey, you wanted snow and now you got it! Congrats! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 02, 2011, 06:10:19 AM
It's a bonus day: (it's 12* so it might be a double-double-bonus day - 10 is my lowest)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 02, 2011, 07:13:37 AM
5AM, 11.5 degrees, still snowing - lightly and just about 2 3/8 inches of accumulation.

Nice...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 02, 2011, 12:05:29 PM
Bottomed out at −5 at 6:10 AM this morning. Lowest wind chill value was recorded as −32*F at 4:16 AM this morning. Right now it's powdering snow and it's 1*F. All schools across NM are either closed or under 2-hour. Well…except ENMU (all other college campuses around New Mexico are closed, especially in Albuquerque). We're set to open at 10, classes start at 11- and I don't want to go. It's too damn cold. And it's breezy.


So they finally cancelled classes starting at 1. No evening classes. I'm happy now. I'm going to take a nap now and stay warm.  :mrgreen:

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on February 02, 2011, 03:58:06 PM
Everybody needs a day off a school! I'm glad you got it. :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: ocala on February 02, 2011, 06:55:19 PM
Mine isn't showing up again.  ](*,)

And you get the pretty icons.
They are, aren't they? They drop right into the template you could be using on your website ](*,)    :-P

They're courtesy of Steve at DaculaWx: http://www.wxforum.net/index.php?topic=8977.msg85419#msg85419 (http://www.wxforum.net/index.php?topic=8977.msg85419#msg85419)


I heard a few booms before and looked to see if it was stormy. Nope. F-22s playing over the mountains, running "fire" drills. All sorts of booms and flares lighting up in the sky! I could even see the planes light up as they pulled away from whatever they were launching. Pretty cool. We have most of the people trained to understand that the BIG booms are them popping Machs but this should really blow their mind.

BUT stars in the sky still and my fcast has yet again changed:

The Airforce has a bombing range in the Ocala National Forest they use occasionally. Can't see any flashes from where I'm at but it sounds like distant thunder. I don't know where the planes come from though. No bases around here.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 02, 2011, 07:05:04 PM
So a lot of my friends are crossing fingers that the school will stay closed on Thursday. It's not going to happen. We'll have a two-hour delay (classes starting at 11AM), but that's as far as that goes. Why?

- Morning lows will still be below 0, windchills will be rather dangerous.
- Tomorrow's high is in the mid 20s…much warmer than today (high of 8*F) or the day before (high of 13*F).
- No snow, just partly cloudy skies. Snow on sidewalks will melt because of stronger solar radiation and less wind.

Friday will be a full day. Why? High of 45. All that cold air is now fading away. Monday will be a different story, but that's Monday.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: AZmonsooncats on February 02, 2011, 07:24:36 PM
You have been experiecing some quite cold weather at least you got snow  =D> some of that cold air has spilled over the continental divide making for COLD and windy weather in Phoenix. I hit only a high of 41.4°F which is now the new low alltime low maximum for my station since 1998. It's going to get colder tonight Hard freeze for the desert at least the low 20s which would challenge :roll: my alltime minimum of 22.0°F on January 14, 2007  :shock:

The complete list of the records for mt station!!

http://www.pepperridgenorthvalley.com/alltime.html (http://www.pepperridgenorthvalley.com/alltime.html)

Try to stay warm!!

Jeanette
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on February 02, 2011, 08:05:34 PM
Low 20s in Phoenix?! Wow! :grin: I bet you are freezing your rear end off. Thanks for sharing! :-) :-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 02, 2011, 10:18:26 PM
Chris, I know up north can get pretty cold but down here, this is border-line insane. My forecast for tonight calls for a -2 as a low and they might be understating that. Right now, it's 8 under fairly clear skies and my day's high of 19 was at 12:10AM. Afternoon high was 15 or so.

My day's AVG temp is almost as low as my station's all-time low temp which was 10.2. Right now the AVG is 12.3. The lowest AVG I think I found here was 24.3 on Jan1 when I dropped to 10 degrees.

I have a tap dribbling in the furthest bathroom right now to keep a little flow in the pipes. Being more of a nite-owl will help for once.

Naturally, El Paso Electric is having rolling black-outs and I'm sure at the next rate increase meeting they'll explain that the electrons need custom made sweaters to be able to work right in the winter. They've been trying to stroke their customer base with every thing they can think of for the last two years.

Now it's 7 degrees, dropped 2 in the last hour and still going. 32 degree 24 hour difference...

My Feb 2nd avg is mid-40s each of the last 3 years.

This is nuts.

Logging off at 8:55 - temp is now 4.0 degrees. This is liable to end up a double digit negative before the sun shows up...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 03, 2011, 01:05:11 AM
My local meso-map has lost about a half-dozen stations once it went under 10 degrees but my Davis keeps cranking! They may have been knocked off-line with the rolling black outs tho'.

That didn't take long to reach the "forecast":

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 03, 2011, 09:52:51 AM
Interesting nite but it's warming up quick! It's already up to 7.5 below from 9.4 30 minutes ago...

A few new station records (Bar keeps rising as well) but the temp graph is the best visual.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 03, 2011, 11:12:05 AM
Cold is COLD. Hahaha. I've never been in El Paso (or that general area of which you live) when it's been that cold.


Woke up at 7 this morning, it was −4*F outside. My room was 65*F. The heating system shut off for some reason.

As I type, it's 1*F, my room is 64.7*F, despite all the lights being on and a computer being stress-tested.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 03, 2011, 12:07:46 PM
They just said they're at 17 already. I don't buy it. I'm still at 4. My Meso-map shows them in single digits still. Then again a station nearby shows 10 while 2 blacks away shows 5. Who knows. I know I lost a cam in my sun room when that went down to 33 degrees.

A lot of stations are back on-line in the area so I guess they didn't reset after one of the black-out rolls last nite.

I was just out brooming the snow off my pool covers and pump hardware to let a little sunshine on them. It's not too bad out - crisp, as we used to say back east!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 04, 2011, 12:38:32 AM
It's been so cold that the heating system decided it had enough…so they shut down the dorms, cancelled Friday classes and sent everybody home. I stayed in Portales at a friends house. My legs are killing me, I'm tired beyond belief…

The heating system should be back up by Sunday as temps rise above freezing.

I think I'll put in the email I received from the ENMU President:

Quote
Additional pipes in the Science Building have broken. Frozen pipe problems persist at West Campus, Family and Consumer Sciences, and San Juan Village.  The major concern now is Bernalillo Hall, which is unable to maintain comfortable temperatures for student residents.  This is a result of the cumulative effect of 48 hours of subzero temperatures, not a failure of the heating system. But rather than risk the students' health or safety or the building's integrity, Berny's residents will be sent home.  Those unable to leave campus will be housed in other residence halls.
 
Sodexo will continue to provide food services for students. Golden Library will close at 5:00 p.m. today, be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, and open noon to midnight on Sunday.  University Computer Center will close at 5:00 p.m. today, be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, open from noon to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, and open noon to midnight on Sunday.
 
All students and staff are urged to monitor radio, television, cell phone and e-mail alerts about current weather conditions and updates on campus openings and closures. Daytime temperatures are expected to warm into the weekend, but nighttime temperatures will remain below freezing.
 
Physical Plant and Campus Police are monitoring all buildings, and we ask staff to monitor their work areas. If leaks or any problems are detected, call Physical Plant immediately at XXX-XXXX. Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented weather emergency.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on February 04, 2011, 05:25:16 AM
At least you got off of school! I'm off today, but only because of the awesome county Math Field Day! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 04, 2011, 03:01:08 PM
Yet another sub-zero over nite with -2.6 a half hour after sunrise. -11.2 wind chill shortly after.

My forecast went from a high of 33 to 28. I'm at 27 now which is a relative heat wave.

The worst part of it all is it kept me from getting my prop bets paperwork from the sports book. I knew I should've gone down there last Sunday. Now I'll only have 1 day to sift thru them all.  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 05, 2011, 04:31:57 PM
BREAK OUT THE SUNSCREEN AND FIRE UP THE BBQ!!!

50 degrees and I finally got a rain bucket tip (0.02"). Most of the snow disappeared during the sub-20s temps but still some in there!

EDIT: Snow forecast for Wednesday...
EDIT: Make that Tuesday nite...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 06, 2011, 08:23:33 PM
So I'm experiencing the same health issues I did back in November…mainly jaundice…and lightheadedness…this sucks. Seeing a doc sometime this week. And battling my health insurance.


We saw flakes this morning, no accumulation, hit 33 as a high. More snow mid-week…looks far more promising.


Okay…time to go lay down again.


BBQ and green chile pizza sounds SOOOOO good right now though!

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 07, 2011, 11:48:09 AM
Hope you get better. That doesn't sound fun.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 09, 2011, 09:14:00 AM
Hope you get better. That doesn't sound fun.

Yesterday was the worst. I won't even go into detail.

So it SNOWED again…with close-to-0 temps again. Staying at a hotel in Clovis with my parents (doc appointment was at Cannon AFB) and the north side of the parking lot has snow drifts, the south/southeast side does not (in fact, there's no snow on any of the vehicles on that side!).

It's sunny and 2*F in Clovis right now. Might be putting college off for now to focus on my health.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 13, 2011, 05:44:09 PM
So I'm looking at the weather map across New Mexico…72*F in Portales, 61*F in Rio Rancho.

Hmmm…wasn't it just last week we were sitting around 8*F for a high?  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on March 05, 2011, 11:06:32 AM
I hear ya! We were 20 degrees below average all winter, and now we are 20 degrees ABOVE average! Thank you Groundhog! :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 11, 2011, 12:08:20 AM
73 for a high tomorrow. It's gonna be a good day.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 13, 2011, 10:48:56 PM
I really love the smell of blooming vegetation. Semi-sweet and fresh. And then my allergies kick in *waaaaachoooo!!*


How's East Mesa, LaCienega? If you're still here…


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 21, 2011, 01:01:11 AM
Still here. A tad distracted with some health issues but still here.

Apparently, the deep freeze doesn't slow down the weeds at all. They be blooming. My two peach trees are sprouting and, of course, nothing known to man will kill Mexican Elders. My palms will stay brown until May so who knows if they survived but for now - high 70s, low 80s are a nice change.

BUT - it's spring time and you know what that means...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 21, 2011, 02:34:28 AM
Nice, nice.

I forget, what the heck do Mexican Elders look like?

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 21, 2011, 05:42:10 PM
Usually gray-haired and hunched over... :-P
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on March 26, 2011, 11:40:32 PM
I spoke too soon, we are 20 degrees BELOW average again!

Dag nabbit groundhogs!!!!!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 27, 2011, 02:29:55 AM
We're enjoyin' 60-70 degree temps!  8-)

The wind I could do without though…

Good news is, I have a truck now.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 27, 2011, 02:51:13 AM
Article in yesterday's local talked about the Mexican Fan Palms and how, more than likely, more than half of them in town won't survive last month's freeze. Fortunately, the three I have around the pool are still 6 foot or less. The biggest looks to be a loss as the heart is pretty lop-sided. The California Palms around town seem to be pulling thru.

3 large Rosemarys I have also looked a little beaten down but I'll give them some more time as well.

http://www.lcsun-news.com/ci_17705657?source=most_viewed (http://www.lcsun-news.com/ci_17705657?source=most_viewed)

Chris, those Elders are a very dense & twiggy, sloppy tree that grows fast like a weed. Shoots and suckers everywhere and the leaves fall once or twice over the growing season. Lot's of fun for a pool owner. I have one on the side of the house that was probably 18 feet or more. I cut some big limbs down (fall before last) to about 10 feet and I have 2" 7 feet tall shoots out of the cut area. A real PITA and they stink when they bloom.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 27, 2011, 04:28:54 PM
Article in yesterday's local talked about the Mexican Fan Palms and how, more than likely, more than half of them in town won't survive last month's freeze. Fortunately, the three I have around the pool are still 6 foot or less. The biggest looks to be a loss as the heart is pretty lop-sided. The California Palms around town seem to be pulling thru.

3 large Rosemarys I have also looked a little beaten down but I'll give them some more time as well.

http://www.lcsun-news.com/ci_17705657?source=most_viewed (http://www.lcsun-news.com/ci_17705657?source=most_viewed)

Chris, those Elders are a very dense & twiggy, sloppy tree that grows fast like a weed. Shoots and suckers everywhere and the leaves fall once or twice over the growing season. Lot's of fun for a pool owner. I have one on the side of the house that was probably 18 feet or more. I cut some big limbs down (fall before last) to about 10 feet and I have 2" 7 feet tall shoots out of the cut area. A real PITA and they stink when they bloom.




These?
(http://www.guzmansgreenhouse.com/mexican-elder.jpg)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 27, 2011, 10:53:15 PM
That pretty much looks like one. The lower bark in that pic is on every trunk and branch on the ones here. Rough and craggly looking.

They can look pretty sharp when they're sculpted and constantly tended to. Lots of twisty branches and such. The pigeons love all the twiggy garbage inside. Good nest material.

There's a house with 3 or 4 in the yard where it looks like they are a pet project for the owner. Very nice looking, trained and well-sculpted. For me? too much trouble, too many pigeons nesting in them, the leaves stain the pool, they stink & it nauseates me.

I have one outside my master bath that I'm hoping doesn't make it. I'm about 2 sawzall blades away from dropping that one. I already stumped the one by the pool and will probably pull it this spring/summer.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 28, 2011, 11:36:55 PM
They smell like crud or something?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 29, 2011, 12:26:09 AM
For me, it's kind of like a very bitter-green, weedy type of smell. I find it repugnant.

This dialogue had me eyeballing that one Elder today; planning my cuts  :twisted:. The big problem is it shades that wall nicely in the summer and fills with nice sounding birds in the spring - until those d@mn pigeons move in.

A nice 78.6 today and the winds weren't too bad - only a 26MPH hi gust.

This drought down here is going make for some hot days real soon. 51 days and counting and the last bucket tip was 0.02" from the snow melt on Feb 5th. Prior to that, 0.01" ended 69 dry days. That dry dirt loves to hold the heat.

All that dry and the "deep freeze" in Feb is making for a lot of kindling too.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 30, 2011, 10:21:31 PM
Winds weren't bad today up here…a high of 67 wasn't too bad either. Monday was nice, had a nice drive in the truck around the multitude of dirt roads around here. :D

When it rains, that'll wash the sand off my truck. :D   I like having a dirty truck. Means you've done stuff with it.


This summer is supposed to be a normal ENSO cycle, so maybe we'll hit normal rainfall amounts.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 31, 2011, 11:28:31 PM
The word is 90 for Saturday down here.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 01, 2011, 09:48:07 PM
84 up here. Ugh. I'm SO not spending my birthday inside, that's for sure.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 01, 2011, 09:59:59 PM
Happy birthday to you, neighbor! Hope you have a nice & healthy one!

I ran thru mine on the 23rd. No sense in reveling in the first "official year of oldness" (58). I think I celebrated by buying a fancy Blood Pressure monitor...  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 01, 2011, 10:14:52 PM
Happy birthday to you, neighbor! Hope you have a nice & healthy one!

I ran thru mine on the 23rd. No sense in reveling in the first "official year of oldness" (58). I think I celebrated by buying a fancy Blood Pressure monitor...  ](*,)

Talk about old…LOL. Gee and I thought 20 was old. :P

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 03, 2011, 12:36:34 AM
It doesn't seem that long ago where turning 30 seemed almost impossible. The shame of it all is that I (and most of my same-age friends) still feel like 40s... until we get out of bed the next morning.

Enjoy it while you have it kid.  :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 03, 2011, 08:31:21 AM
It doesn't seem that long ago where turning 30 seemed almost impossible. The shame of it all is that I (and most of my same-age friends) still feel like 40s... until we get out of bed the next morning.

Enjoy it while you have it kid.  :lol:

Well if the last 10 years was an indication of things to come, then I'll not look forward to turning 30.



High Wind Warning for my area…winds 35-45 MPH with gusts nearing 55-60 mph.  :shock:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 03, 2011, 06:55:29 PM
So far, I've only popped a 32MPH gust w/ sustained around 20. Low 80s is not too bad.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 03, 2011, 08:18:11 PM
Weather station recorded:

High today: 72*F

Max Wind Speed: 44.3 MPH
Max Wind Gust: 50.3 MPH



Old wind speed record: 40.2 on February 4th, 2011
Old wind gust record: 47.3 on February 4th, 2011
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 04, 2011, 01:20:22 AM
A tad breezy up there! My 32 was the max. 68 with an occasional 15-20 gust right now makes for nice nite!

I'm seeing a little green on the radar up there - any drizzles planned for you?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: WeatherHost on April 04, 2011, 06:48:48 AM
Is it really snowing between SantaFe and Amarillo right now?

(http://www.wxforum.net/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=8240.0;attach=4197)

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 04, 2011, 12:20:40 PM
It snowed early this morning up in that area, yes. As far as the rest of the state, mainly the northern part saw precip.

I watched it fizzle out upon hitting the drier valley air.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 04, 2011, 11:36:21 PM
Beautiful day! 69.6 for a high at that came at 7PM. Very little wind to speak of and it was a perfect day to chop down most of that big Mexican Elder I was whining about.

Talking to you about it pushed me into action, Chris.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 05, 2011, 07:41:23 PM
You're welcome!


Today was beautiful, but I didn't go outside. Weather station recorded 73 as a high at 4:35 PM today.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 06, 2011, 09:18:59 PM
Oh so close! I'm listing a 10% precip chance which amounted to about 10 small drops so far on my 60th straight dry day.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 07, 2011, 01:00:36 PM
It's raining here…it's threatening to rain all day pretty much…but amounts aren't expected to be higher than 1/2 inch.

Today's high is 65. C'mon, this is friggin' April!!! Get with the program!!  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 10, 2011, 03:34:20 PM
NWS Albuquerque posted this:

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/?n=drought


Gotta love these La Nina events…this summer is supposedly improving.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 12, 2011, 01:58:47 AM
Nice link. Yeah, it's bone dry down here and West TX has it's share of problems right now with fires.

I actually had to turn on the heat for an hour last nite/this morning. It got down to 34 at 6:30AM but at least the winds have died down during the day for now. 19MPH max gust today. Yesterday, the sustained winds were higher than that.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 13, 2011, 12:16:00 AM
MUSIC TO MY EARS!

Crickets! I heard the first chirps tonite!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 15, 2011, 08:01:41 AM
Aww…no cwickets here yet.


Looks like the southern plains got some action last night…I had my radars open last night, but I didn't save anything as I was away from the computer for most of the afternoon. Damnit.


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 15, 2011, 11:02:58 PM
I really shouldn't complain, all things around my property considered, but talk about dry. 'Fire Weather Watch' seems to be the daily flag.

(http://www.lascruces-weather.com/pics/norain.gif)

The period between those two rain days (12-30 & 02-05) had zero bucket tips. I guess it's safe to say no rain since OCT 21st. Just about 175 days.

Those two time frames are my #4 and #5 longest dry spells. 87 days is my longest (twice) with 72 days as #3.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: WeatherHost on April 16, 2011, 07:27:35 AM
^^  I know a few folks who'd be GLAD to ship you some.


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 22, 2011, 11:56:17 PM
10 more days for my current dry run to be my station's longest and I can't remember the last time I didn't have a wind turbine icon in my forecasts or a Red Flag Warning.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 25, 2011, 01:22:31 PM
We hit the mid 80s last week…today's high is 69, with 30 mph winds. Whyyyyyyy? It's almost Maaaaaay.  :evil:


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 26, 2011, 12:24:07 AM
Gusts up to 50 slated for tomorrow with mid-80s.

Reading the NOAA report, it might be time to invest in some fireproofing for the house. They say it's going to be a looong, dry season stretching to the end of July.

El Paso Wx says 109 days in 2002 was the longest dry spell. I'm up to 79 with 87 my longest since Apr 2007. 87 should be real easy to top and 109 doesn't look that hard either.

Fires everywhere in West TX it seems and I have one on the other side of the Organ Mountains that's stubborn and creeping.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 26, 2011, 03:37:52 PM
Has the El Paso WFO checked the latest Monsoon forecast?

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/lanina/enso_evolution-status-fcsts-web.pdf


By late July, it is quite possible that El Paso could see average-above average conditions.



Albuquerque WFO composed this: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=abq&storyid=67136&source=0

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 26, 2011, 09:46:00 PM
They probably don't want to do the left-right combo. Those quick, heavy rain dumps do us any good either. I was predicting a late flood season myself. I think I'm going to get drowned this summer. Just a bad feeling for it all.

We need some sort of nationwide aqueduct system. Then we could just distribute all that excess rain out east to where it's needed.  :lol:


The Abrams Fire (named after the tank that is said to have started it) has crested the Organ Mountains last nite. Too dangerous to climb, too windy to dump so they're just letting it go and monitoring it. Constant 30MPH+ gusts at my house all day - I can only imagine in the mountains. I caught a little of it in my one cam - lower right:

(http://www.lascruces-weather.com/pics/mini-A260135G.jpg)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 26, 2011, 10:36:21 PM
They probably don't want to do the left-right combo. Those quick, heavy rain dumps do us any good either. I was predicting a late flood season myself. I think I'm going to get drowned this summer. Just a bad feeling for it all.

We need some sort of nationwide aqueduct system. Then we could just distribute all that excess rain out east to where it's needed.  :lol:


The Abrams Fire (named after the tank that is said to have started it) has crested the Organ Mountains last nite. Too dangerous to climb, too windy to dump so they're just letting it go and monitoring it. Constant 30MPH+ gusts at my house all day - I can only imagine in the mountains. I caught a little of it in my one cam - lower right:

(http://www.lascruces-weather.com/pics/mini-A260135G.jpg)

You should stand on the roof and shoot a few pics. I've been wanting to see this.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 27, 2011, 01:44:21 AM
My Mary Poppins days are behind me - too windy for me. I did move the camera a bit to get more of it in-frame.

It doesn't look as bad tonite - just a few flare areas on this side so far.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 01, 2011, 02:55:44 PM
What the eff? It's May 1st and it's 45* right now with a low of 25* and snow tonight!!!!! :shock:  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 02, 2011, 03:14:43 AM
Clear skies (as usual) down here but the same deal with the temps. Mid 30s possible overnite the next day or two.

Good tree cutting down weather. Another Elder and some other (used to be) nice tall one that started getting diseased last year. The freeze finished the job so down they came. Next up 3 dead 4' tall x 4' round Rosemary bushes.

Nice daytime temps with 71* yesterday!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on May 02, 2011, 05:25:23 AM
You have a wood stove or fireplace for all those dead trees and nighttime temps? :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 02, 2011, 11:02:56 PM
Gas insert that I have never confirmed to be suitable for wood burning but I gave about half of it all to my neighbor who has a wood burner. The rest went to the dump for recycling into free mulch.

It'll probably be spread around their replacements, if I get any of it in the fall. How's that for an ironic tree life?  :-P
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 02, 2011, 11:08:57 PM
"Record low for today's date" banner popped up today with 36.3 replacing the 41 as the low. Peaked at 66.6 this afternoon with mild winds.

One thing that's really different lately is this:

Epicenter Near   Magnitude   Distance to Epicenter   Local Time
37 mi ( 60 km) SSW of Sierra Blanca, TX    4.4    130 mi (209 km)    Mon, 02-May-2011 7:55am MDT
34 mi ( 55 km) SW of Sierra Blanca, TX    4.3    125 mi (202 km)    Mon, 02-May-2011 5:43am MDT
41 mi ( 66 km) S of Fort Hancock, TX    4.1    129 mi (208 km)    Wed, 27-Apr-2011 10:58pm MDT
36 mi ( 58 km) SW of Sierra Blanca, TX    4.3    126 mi (202 km)    Wed, 27-Apr-2011 7:03pm MDT
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 03, 2011, 10:57:43 PM
Hmm…4?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 03, 2011, 11:13:52 PM
5. This pooped up a little later:

43 mi ( 69 km) S of Fort Hancock, TX    4.2    131 mi (211 km)    Mon, 02-May-2011 8:58pm MDT
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 04, 2011, 12:58:26 AM
5. This pooped up a little later:

43 mi ( 69 km) S of Fort Hancock, TX    4.2    131 mi (211 km)    Mon, 02-May-2011 8:58pm MDT

How often do you see this pop up? Keep an eye on it, and be prepared in case something happens.

Looks like those are occurring in Mexico.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 04, 2011, 05:47:08 AM
I think I may have seen 1 a few years ago. These are a bit unusual. Hey, maybe the cartel in that area is testing new weapons...  :roll:

Today makes the 88th consecutive dry day for me which is now the longest dry spell for my station. It's actually 91 days being it was Feb 5th snow melt from Feb 2nd snow fall. That was the 3 day sub-zero freeze out and it didn't melt enough to register before then! It just disappeared like dry ice.

http://www.lascruces-weather.com/wxanalraindata.php (http://www.lascruces-weather.com/wxanalraindata.php)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 08, 2011, 01:16:37 AM
They're still rolling but at a lesser magnitude now:

39 mi ( 63 km) SW of Sierra Blanca, TX    3.9    129 mi (208 km)    Fri, 06-May-2011 10:51pm MDT    
37 mi ( 60 km) S of Fort Hancock, TX    3.6    125 mi (201 km)    Wed, 04-May-2011 11:20pm MDT    
42 mi ( 67 km) S of Fort Hancock, TX    4.2    129 mi (208 km)    Wed, 04-May-2011 10:26am MDT


My first 'true' 90+ degree day today with 91.9. I picked the right morning to open the swamp cooler.  =D> \:D/

All 3 Rosemary, the last 2 Elders and a cemented-in, free-standing basketball hoop all gone!  Now for the pool...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 10, 2011, 08:45:45 PM
Aww you're getting rid of the pool? Too expensive or too time consuming?


We hit a high of 87 recently. I'm getting sick of the &^%$ing wind up here…three days of wind. Why?

Tomorrow I'm supposed to go out and it's going to be chilly. This summer is definitely going to be a gully washer.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 11, 2011, 03:12:09 AM
HA! No, keeping the pool - just giving it some hours. Too windy for anything else so I guess I'll rebuild the multiport, re-plumb some goofy PVC and check all my valve's rubbers. I'm fortunate enough to have a Starite multiport with an original spider gasket in it. I think they use some sort of military grade adhesive that they assemble the space shuttle with to hold it in place. Almost 3 hours so far and still not all out.  ](*,) Things like this do make me grumble about turning it into a vegetable garden at times...

I can't remember the last time it wasn't very windy here. Maybe a short 2 day break recently but geez Louise! This is getting brutal. Constant mid 30s gusts all day long until the sun goes down. Mid 70s for tomorrow... with gusts to the mid-30s.

I'm with you on the gully washer summer. I feel it too.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 11, 2011, 01:58:17 PM
I'm hoping it will be a gully washer. We need it (though not exactly all at once).

It's chilly up here. Meh.

It's also supposed to spit on us today too, with a less than 10% probability. The winds are calm right now.


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: KF5DHL on May 11, 2011, 03:58:03 PM
 :grin: Got some large drops here at University/Gibson...but then it lifted and moved on :sad:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 11, 2011, 04:35:05 PM
Other than the winds changing to gusts to 40 or 50MPH, this is pretty much what I've seen for the last few weeks...


(http://www.lascruces-weather.com/_graficast.gif)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 11, 2011, 09:39:28 PM
:grin: Got some large drops here at University/Gibson...but then it lifted and moved on :sad:

Why hello there!

Where pray-tell in the Land of Enchantment do you live? (Let me guess, SE ABQ?)  :-P
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 11, 2011, 09:42:13 PM
Holy carp it rained cats and dogs on Albuquerque's west side…my lunch date and I had to walk in it from the music store, and then it started to really pour. My truck's tires are abused.

It really rained in southern Rio Rancho though…I almost got in a wreck on my way home…one road was freshly paved and flooded, and it didn't take much for me to drift while making a right turn. Luckily no one was around at the time. Strange. People in Rio know how to drive, people in Albuquerque…welllll…sometimes don't.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 13, 2011, 02:00:28 AM
Today was a beauty - finally! Upper 70s and warmed up to 84 at 5:45P, nice gentle breezes with short afternoon gust to 20 giving a total 60 miles of wind run for the day. Nice...

 \:D/ =D>
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: sonylr on May 13, 2011, 05:34:28 AM
They probably don't want to do the left-right combo. Those quick, heavy rain dumps do us any good either. I was predicting a late flood season myself. I think I'm going to get drowned this summer. Just a bad feeling for it all.

 ](*,) :eek: :mad:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 13, 2011, 04:58:35 PM
Well it's been a real nice day. Upper 70s. Calm. Sunny.


I want more rain. I just hope I don't have to drive in it.  :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 13, 2011, 07:41:23 PM

 ](*,) :eek: :mad:

Huh?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 14, 2011, 06:10:37 AM

 ](*,) :eek: :mad:

Huh?

I think he's kicking himself for multiple predictions, is freaked out from floods because storms in New Mexico can get downright scary, and he's mad because…well that part I can't figure out.


I don't understand the left-right combo he's talking about. I think he also meant heavy rain dumps don't do us any good. This is the desert. Ever take a leak on the side of a sand filled ditch? It doesn't seep into the ground, it just rolls right off. (Of course you know that, but I'm just using that as an example).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 16, 2011, 01:38:30 AM
Actually, the text was from a post of mine in April. Guess it was missing the quote tags but the graphics in response puzzled me.


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 16, 2011, 03:23:11 AM

And there it is... one hundred days!

NOTE: Accumulation for 02-05-2011 is snow melt from 02-02-2011 snowfall
(http://www.lascruces-weather.com/pics/100days.gif)

I think the all-time record is 106 days but that's for El Paso. Looks like easy money as the only thing in the forecast is (surprise) WIND.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 17, 2011, 03:06:31 PM
We're expecting thunderstorms later this week…


Yes, a wet summer it just might be.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 21, 2011, 01:15:13 AM
Actually saw some measurable precip today...about 2/10ths of a inch. That's something, but it ain't a whole lot.


Interesting thunderstorm clouds we saw today too...nothing came from them but a few drops on the ground, but it was an interesting sight.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Bunty on May 21, 2011, 02:50:07 AM
It rained up to 6" in the Oklahoma City area.  I was real envious of them since it only rained .73 here.  So maybe around here the drought is still on.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 21, 2011, 03:55:43 AM
Actually saw some measurable precip today...about 2/10ths of a inch. That's something, but it ain't a whole lot.


That would be a deluge down here. I haven't seen 0.2" or more since Oct 4th (0.35"). In fact, add it ALL up from Oct 5th to date and it's still less (0.18").

It's going to be real weedy after my first rainfall...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 24, 2011, 12:46:06 AM
Tomorrow will establish a new all-time record in El Paso for consecutive no rain days -110.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 24, 2011, 05:27:25 PM
This year, we are running a surplus of 5 inches in the rain department, but isnt the whole Mississippi River system likewise?

We got 0.75 inches of rain in about an hour a couple of days ago....

....and Chris! Your ants make me think that there are ants in my computer! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 24, 2011, 07:16:37 PM
More wind today...and it's a sad day across the Midwest...more tornadoes this time impacting Oklahoma. Second outbreak of the year? Indeed.


I want rain.




Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 24, 2011, 07:18:45 PM
That depends what you call an "outbreak"; there have been many days with at least 15 tornadoes reported in a fairly concentrated area.

Good luck with your rain; maybe I'll air mail you some from WV! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 28, 2011, 11:51:07 PM
Hit 93*F at 4:27PM today...windy...replaced swamp cooler with a new one today...and got burnt. What a fun weekend so far. (Yes I'm being heavily sarcastic here - I will say that it IS nice to have cold air in the house today...yesterday was ridonculous).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 29, 2011, 12:06:37 AM
94F and 65F dew points predicted for Tuesday...It's gonna be a scorcher! 90s for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and possibly Wednesday
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 29, 2011, 01:05:30 AM
94 and windy (as usual) down here as well. 95 the 2 days prior. T-or-C hit 100 yesterday as did Juarez and I'm sure to hit upper 90s tomorrow. 11PM and it's still 80.

HOWEVER - something I haven't seen in the Fcast in recently memory - wait for it... 20% chance of precip on Tuesday. nite.

I doubt I'll be in that 20% Fcast area.


CHRIS - glad to hear you have cold air coming out of the vents now! Makes quite a difference when it's working!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 29, 2011, 09:41:48 AM
20% isnt very high.....Isolated thunderstorms?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 29, 2011, 02:18:30 PM
20% isnt very high.....Isolated thunderstorms?

This is the desert. We generally don't look at it that way. We just say "yay!!! RAIN!!!!"  :-P

And usually, our best thunderstorms out here form from a forecast between 20% and 40%, usually in the afternoon...it rains like crazy. Sometimes.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 29, 2011, 02:21:19 PM
Our chances of rain up here start Monday night, go through Thursday...

With a high of 90. This should be interesting. But I'm so tired of this f***ing wind. It's not like my backyard needs another three feet of sand against the SE corner.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 29, 2011, 02:23:01 PM
Does your area ever get dust storms?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 29, 2011, 02:35:19 PM
Southern and western New Mexico...and sometimes eastern portions of the state about 60 or so miles out from Albuquerque see blowing dust if the winds are high enough. It's real bad where Cienega lives, especially when thunderstorms dump a lot of rain that dries before hitting the ground...or when there are microbursts, which occur frequently in my observations down there. Up here in Albuquerque, not so much...not unless we get a powerful cold front that has wind speeds past 40 mph
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 29, 2011, 02:41:27 PM
Well if you wanna feel better, it is 86 degrees here right now, and the dew point is in the mid 60s...Heat indeces are approaching 90..pretty hot for this time of year since the average high is around 78.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 29, 2011, 04:31:58 PM
It's 87 here...and windy.

And our swamp cooler tried to turn on (since it's hooked up to a thermostat instead of the usually rotary switch) and kept overloading. Weird. We flipped it to high and it kicked right in.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 29, 2011, 05:17:06 PM
We hit 90 today for the first time this year.

Early.....
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 29, 2011, 09:01:02 PM
Dust storms...

Along I-10, there are many stretches running thru open range that have caution signs announcing zero visibility possible during dust storms. I've been in one and they weren't kidding. While I was driving east one year from my old home in Vegas, there was this huge brown wall up ahead as wide as you could see. By the time I was in it, I could barely see the front of my car. Needless to say, I pulled off as soon as I could to wait it out.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 29, 2011, 09:12:37 PM
That sounds frightening!!!! :shock:

i'm glad we dont have any of those hear!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 29, 2011, 09:13:28 PM
20% isnt very high.....Isolated thunderstorms?

For me, being in the El Paso broadcast region, that usually means somewhere in that region there's a 1 in 5 chance some rain might fall based on past history with similar conditions. That can boil down to cloud burst 40 miles away...

But just seeing ANY% chance and not the wind turbine icons is pretty exciting :lol:

It's now centered on TUES nite and mentions 'Severe T-storms'.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 29, 2011, 09:16:24 PM
You wouldnt want severe thunderstorms, because that could cause wildfires wouldnt it?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 29, 2011, 09:50:11 PM
Absolutely - especially with what we've been dealing with. All of the wilderness areas are of concern. The Gila Wilderness is still burning - 90,000 acres so far but 75% contained.

Flash flooding is another aspect, with the ground being as baked as it is. Not that this soil is real absorbent to begin with.

NM Has fires burning all over the place: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=206873134471078177340.00049d5aeb98bd33b86bb&source=embed&ll=33.183537,-104.024048&spn=1.962961,4.938354&t=h&z=8 (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=206873134471078177340.00049d5aeb98bd33b86bb&source=embed&ll=33.183537,-104.024048&spn=1.962961,4.938354&t=h&z=8)

EDIT - I "stole" the embed link for a page:  http://www.lascruces-weather.com/wxnmfires.php (http://www.lascruces-weather.com/wxnmfires.php)


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 29, 2011, 09:56:46 PM
In a good soaker, you guys could probably get 2 inches in 30 minutes.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 29, 2011, 10:56:49 PM
In a good soaker, you guys could probably get 2 inches in 30 minutes.

September 11th, 2009 - 2.08" in the bucket over about 40 minutes, complete with marble size hail for 30 of it and howling winds.

Temps dropped about 30 degrees in the hour before it hit.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 29, 2011, 11:13:20 PM
August 30th, 2006: 2.8 inches in 45 minutes, flash flooding, strong winds, and pea sized hail.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 29, 2011, 11:24:25 PM
20% isnt very high.....Isolated thunderstorms?

For me, being in the El Paso broadcast region, that usually means somewhere in that region there's a 1 in 5 chance some rain might fall based on past history with similar conditions. That can boil down to cloud burst 40 miles away...

But just seeing ANY% chance and not the wind turbine icons is pretty exciting :lol:

It's now centered on TUES nite and mentions 'Severe T-storms'.


They just downplayed my area to partly cloudy...with the only chance of rain being 10% Wednesday night. Et tu, Albuquerque WFO?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 29, 2011, 11:29:53 PM
Then kill Caesar! (Or the soil?)

Hope your area's drought streak ends soon. :grin:

Is this a record drought for you all?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 29, 2011, 11:42:09 PM
July 30th, 2006, 4:27-5:15 PM: Heavy rain and a dark western sky (so dark, it looked like a cloudy morning outside)...rain starts falling...and in five minutes, my street was beyond curb-full flood stage. The rain gauge that my neighbor had (since I didn't obtain mine until January 2007) recorded 2.7" rainfall. No hail fell, but the winds hit about 60 mph at times (though no warning except Flash Flood was issued).

October 11th, 2008, 1:30-2:15 PM: Powerful cold front with plenty of moisture ahead of it was making its way through central and northern New Mexico. What started out as a 30% thunderstorm forecast became a 40% severe thunderstorm forecast. Within minutes of hearing the weather radio go off, I looked out the window and saw this ominous dark mass moving ENE...rained 1.2" in just 30 minutes, along with golf ball sized hail and 70 mph winds that knocked loose the water feed pipe to the cooler. Another severe storm behind it blew through as well, dumping .75" of rain in just 20 minutes, along with marble sized hail for about five minutes.

The few most significant severe weather that I can remember up here in Albuquerque:

June 28, 2006, sunset: rain for an hour, large hail (golfball to hen egg) and 60-70 mph winds...all in one hour.

September 2002: tornado warning issued because a funnel cloud was reported about two miles to the NE of where my house was. It moved over us, got really, really windy, then it rained for about five minutes and died. I was in 5th grade and was freaking out!

June 2007: severe weather begin at around noon, went past 4 PM before the skies cleared. Tornado reported near I-25 about 25-30 miles N of Albuquerque.
(http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/abq/pow/tornadoes/SantoDomingoTornado9June2007Shoemaker.jpg) All I got around my house was dark stormy skies and wind. No friggin' rain.

I have pictures of some dark skies during one 4th of July celebration, but I've seemed to have lost those. Dammit.  :evil:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 29, 2011, 11:43:20 PM
Then kill Caesar! (Or the soil?)

Hope your area's drought streak ends soon. :grin:

Is this a record drought for you all?

I believe it's one of the worst in the last ten years...maybe. Cienega?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 29, 2011, 11:45:54 PM
I never would have thought that NM got that kind of weather! WV does not get a lot of severe weather, but I THOUGHT that we got more strong storms than you....I was wrong about that!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 29, 2011, 11:49:03 PM
I never would have thought that NM got that kind of weather! WV does not get a lot of severe weather, but I THOUGHT that we got more strong storms than you....I was wrong about that!

Hahahaha!!!!!!!  :lol:

We actually get some of the crappiest weather you can imagine. New Mexico's weather is what some call "bipolar".

We may not see baseball sized hail (happens every 20 years or so), but we do see some hail, and the occasional tornado (more or less a land spout to be honest). Our biggest threat out here is flooding because we're so dry...and we have a lot of stupid people going into flooded arroyos.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 30, 2011, 12:08:02 AM
Flooding is our main problem here because a lot of rain collects from the hilly mountains. The steepness of the mountains prevents a lot of water from seeping in the soil due to gravity...


We average 2 tornadoes a year, but I can think of 3 in the past 3 years.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 30, 2011, 12:15:31 AM
Flooding is our main problem here because a lot of rain collects from the hilly mountains. The steepness of the mountains prevents a lot of water from seeping in the soil due to gravity...


We average 2 tornadoes a year, but I can think of 3 in the past 3 years.

Steeper than these?

Sandia Mountains (east of Albuquerque)
(http://icons-ecast.wunderground.com/data/wximagenew/k/kkbrownjr/3.jpg)

Organ Mountains (east of Las Cruces)
(http://www.igage.com/images/organ1.jpg)

Franklin Mountains (El Paso, TX)
(http://pics4.city-data.com/cpicv/vfiles8824.jpg)

The Franklin and Organ ranges have a lot of desert vegetation, hardly any trees (I might be wrong about that with the Organ Mtns.) and when it rains, it does flood arroyos. I think that's the main difference between New Mexico and West Virginia. Drainage channels (feel free to correct me).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 30, 2011, 12:19:36 AM
You are correct....Our mountains generally run only from 2-4K feet, while looking at a topography map, yours looks to achieve 8K rather easily....

I wish there were a little more action around here sometimes...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 30, 2011, 12:27:09 AM
There's one thing about titled block ranges (all three of those ranges fall under that category - to some extent for the Organs)

It's dry on one side, wet on the other. Albuquerque and certain parts of El Paso remain dry when thunderstorms develop behind them (the lesser steep side...if a fire breaks out - which has happened on the eastern slopes of the Sandias a few years back- the floods are horrible.) Eastern communities on the other side of the Sandias do see occasional flooding.

A lot of areas downstream from Albuquerque see roadway flooding because of under-developed drainage channels (Albuquerque's are mostly paved, some aren't but have tall banks exceeding 20 feet in a very steep angle).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 30, 2011, 12:32:20 AM
Would you call that a rain shadow?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 30, 2011, 12:35:42 AM
Would you call that a rain shadow?

Yep.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 30, 2011, 12:40:24 AM
You could say that there is a semi-rain shadow on the Appalachian Mountains. West of the Apps, and you average around 45 inches of rain per year. East of the Apps, and you average around only 30 inches.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 30, 2011, 12:51:31 AM
You could say that there is a semi-rain shadow on the Appalachian Mountains. West of the Apps, and you average around 45 inches of rain per year. East of the Apps, and you average around only 30 inches.

Well, about 90% of New Mexico is desert. If it rains, it's far less than your area.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 30, 2011, 12:56:49 AM
Alberquerque averages only about 8 inches a year from what I've read. Charleston, WV averages 44 inches a year.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 31, 2011, 05:31:13 AM
Since Apr 2007, I've had 42.87 of recorded rainfall over 191 days of rain (1,520 days). How's that measure up against your area, Farmtalk?  :lol:

The thing is, being the desert and having Monsoon as an actual NWS season, I had less than 1/2" of 2008 rain going into July. By July 27th, I had 9" more. 2006 was worse, as far as Monsoon, and was what made me commit to a PWS purchase. I wanted one for a while but that year cinched it for me. Last year I only had 7.27" total.

The on-going drought is an all-time record for El Paso and I would imagine for Las Cruces as well. Since the snow on Feb 2nd melted on Feb 5th at my site, it's been 115 days. El Paso shows the last precip as Feb 2nd.

Now we show 20% Wed and 10% Thu - both days/nites showing "Isolated Tstorms". They think we'll suck up some that Gulf moisture that's been brewing.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 31, 2011, 05:38:23 AM
I have probably gotten 4 times that amount in that time!!!!! :shock:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 31, 2011, 02:15:39 PM
They went from 10% Wednesday night to 10% Wednesday, Wednesday night, Thursday, Thursday night.  :roll:

But it's only 10%.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 31, 2011, 02:17:35 PM
If you get rain, go to Vegas Chris! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 31, 2011, 03:52:39 PM
I just hope I'm far enough north and east to miss some of the more severe aspects of this "Special Weather Statement":

Message summary: ...first thunderstorms of the summer season are possible today...
A southeast flow will bring a of surge moisture into eastern portions of hudspeth and otero counties later this afternoon. Moisture is expected to push further west into el paso and parts of dona ana counties this evening. As result of the increased moisture...thunderstorms will be possible over portions of the area east of the rio grande late this afternoon and evening. The timing and amount of moisture available will affect the intensity and coverage of thunderstorm activity...which is expected to be more isolated in nature. Moist and unstable conditions may allow a few of the storms to approach severe criteria of larger sized hail and wind gusts over 55 mph. As the evening progresses...
Outflows from previous thunderstorms may aid further development more to the west in el paso and dona ana counties...but the storms may not be as strong. After tonight...the moisture will become concentrated into a plume between high pressure to the east and a southwest flow to the west. The plume of moisture will remain over south central new mexico and far west texas wednesday and thursday with additional thunderstorms possible. These high based thunderstorms will be capable of producing spotty rainfall and strong wind gusts in excess of 50 mph. Blowing dust from thunderstorm winds may temporarily reduce visibility in dust prone areas.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 31, 2011, 03:54:08 PM
Chris - that tornado picture is something I hope I never get to actually witness down here. They simply terrify me. I don't know how people live with that kind of threat on a day to day basis.

My heart always goes out to them when I see the news about twisters but this year - my God, what a nitemare for so many.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 31, 2011, 10:46:31 PM
New high for the year today - 95.4 and a new "Record low for this date - 52.9

Clouds are slowly forming and the humidity is rising...  :-|
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on May 31, 2011, 11:03:26 PM
It was also the hottest day of the year for us at 94F...combine that with 65F+ dew points, and it is a little hot. ;)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 01, 2011, 01:29:27 PM
High of 93*F today...humidity is 25% (ten minutes prior to this it was 35%), dewpoints are in the 50s...stupid F5 won't load maps...so I'm updating it.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 01, 2011, 01:31:19 PM
Do you have the free version? I have the free version, but it is so slow! That's why I have Storm predator...

Highs for here are supposed to be right around 90, with dew points in the upper 60s.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 01, 2011, 02:01:37 PM
Yes, it is the free version. It is PAINSTAKINGLY SLOW. OMG

And I don't know why the weather data isn't loading.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 01, 2011, 02:11:03 PM
If you dont ind me suggesting or endorsing, try the 30 day free trial of storm predator....It downloads easy, and the radar is great!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 01, 2011, 04:59:13 PM
99.2 as I type and a hazy cloud cover keeps pushing it under 99. I'm hoping for 100 just to get it out of the way.

There's some nice RADAR colors building SW of me in Mexico that are trying to extend to my area. I just might get some precip today.

It's all at the edge of the El Paso RADAR range so hard to tell what's down there. I wish I could get Chihuahua City RADAR on the NexRAD Doppler page.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 01, 2011, 05:19:08 PM
A lot of reds on the map! Good luck getting rain! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 01, 2011, 07:53:06 PM
Yeah, it's building now and NWS kicked out a Severe Tstorm warning ("IMMEDIATE URGENCY") a few minutes ago so who knows.

It looks like the reds might go around me again. No WU stations show any precip yet here or in El Paso but the hot spots are just about crossing the river.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 01, 2011, 08:12:41 PM
I bet it's exciting getting rain for you!!! We're sick of it!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 01, 2011, 09:23:20 PM
Just as I thought - rain to the north & rain to the south. I DID get a few drops - "enough to mess up the car", as they say.

It was enjoyable to stand outside and feel the 16 or 17 drops...  :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 01, 2011, 09:25:40 PM
Did you hear any thunder?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 02, 2011, 10:20:45 PM
Smoky here in the Duke City and City of Vision (Albuquerque and Rio Rancho)


NWS ABQ issued this:
Quote
SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
755 PM MDT THU JUN 2 2011

NMZ507-511-517>519-030300-
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-
SANTA FE METRO AREA-WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ALBUQUERQUE...LOS LUNAS...RIO RANCHO...
ESPANOLA...GRANTS...LOS ALAMOS...SANTA FE
755 PM MDT THU JUN 2 2011

.NOW...
AT SUNSET...SMOKE FROM THE WALLOW FIRE NEAR ALPINE ARIZONA HAD
MIGRATED ON SOUTHWEST WINDS INTO THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY. THE SMOKE
MAY SETTLE IN VALLEY AREAS THIS EVENING...BECOMING MORE
CONCENTRATED OVERNIGHT. THE ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA WILL BE IMPACTED
AS WELL AS OTHER WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO COMMUNITIES.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 02, 2011, 10:30:20 PM
Wow! Even your weather sticker says "smoke".
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 02, 2011, 10:47:54 PM
Swamp cooler is off...eyes are burning, throat is tingling...and it's going to be a hot day in the house tomorrow because the smoke is supposed to continue heading this way through tomorrow afternoon...hopefully this weekend's thunderstorm forecast will pull it to the ground. Downtown Albuquerque is literally enshrouded with smoke. Yuck.
Quote
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
819 PM MDT THU JUN 2 2011

NMZ501>523-527>529-030515-
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-CHUSKA MOUNTAINS-
EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-ESTANCIA VALLEY-
FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-
LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-NORTHWEST PLATEAU-RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA-
SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY-SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-SANTA FE METRO AREA-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET-SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-
UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-
WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU-
WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
819 PM MDT THU JUN 2 2011

...SMOKE IMPACTING WESTERN AND NORTHERN NEW MEXICO TONIGHT...

THE WALLOW FIRE NEAR ALPINE ARIZONA GREW SIGNIFICANTLY TODAY...
RELEASING AN EXTENSIVE AND FAR REACHING PLUME OF SMOKE ACROSS
WESTERN AND NORTHERN NEW MEXICO. AS OF SUNSET...THE SMOKE HAD
MIGRATED ON SOUTHWEST WINDS ALOFT INTO THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY.

THE SMOKE MAY SETTLE IN VALLEY AND LOW LYING AREAS THIS EVENING AS
WINDS DIMINISH...AND COULD BECOME MORE CONCENTRATED OVERNIGHT.
THE ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA WILL BE IMPACTED AS WELL AS OTHER WESTERN
AND NORTHERN NEW MEXICO COMMUNITIES.

THE WEATHER PATTERN IS NOT EXPECTED TO CHANGE SIGNIFICANTLY
FRIDAY. THEREFORE SMOKE MAY CONTINUE TO DRIFT OVER WESTERN AND
NORTHERN NEW MEXICO...BUT SHOULD BECOME LESS CONCENTRATED BY
AFTERNOON.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 02, 2011, 11:24:00 PM
Did you hear any thunder?

Oh yeah, a few. And a few good lightning flashes mainly south of me.

CHRIS - you just get the swamper up and running and now you can't use it because of smoke? No justice. When the smoke clears, you'll probably have 90% humidity and no rain. That would be my luck. I have a small A/C window unit that I keep at the ready for things like that. I've only used it two summers when those hot Monsoon nites would make it impossible for me to sleep.

My first summer here is when I bought it. I couldn't get used to the lack of A/C for the first time in over 20 years.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 03, 2011, 12:00:33 AM
Did you hear any thunder?

Oh yeah, a few. And a few good lightning flashes mainly south of me.

CHRIS - you just get the swamper up and running and now you can't use it because of smoke? No justice. When the smoke clears, you'll probably have 90% humidity and no rain. That would be my luck. I have a small A/C window unit that I keep at the ready for things like that. I've only used it two summers when those hot Monsoon nites would make it impossible for me to sleep.

My first summer here is when I bought it. I couldn't get used to the lack of A/C for the first time in over 20 years.

Well...my house has large windows that open up horizontally and a few that open vertically. If anyone benefits from a window unit, it's my parents because the bedroom windows open vertically...my bedroom window opens horizontally. So if I have cool down at night, it's no shirt, ceiling fan and maybe the window. Since I'm having a slight reaction to the smoke right now, I might have to set up the humidifier in my room. If we could afford converting and readying the house for refrigerated air, we'd have done it already. But meh. If I ever have to rent a house...and it uses an evap cooler (there's no saying when another fire has smoke that blows this way)...I'll buy my own window unit. Or a portable unit like this:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_211842-80003-PAC+C100EL_4294859075_4294937087_?productId=3305976&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity_sold|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Air%2BConditioners_4294859075_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity_sold|1&facetInfo=/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 03, 2011, 12:25:02 AM
Not only is the conversion to chilled air expensive, the monthly bill to run it is as well! I suffer with the swamper knowing that all that money I save not having A/C is paying for running the pump for the pool that I used exactly twice last year...  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 03, 2011, 01:08:21 AM
A lot of our neighbors are converting, but not readying, their houses. It's pretty sad really. The houses in my neighborhood were not built for refrigeration. It's "ashing" outside right now.


Radar image shots of smoke:

(http://i995.photobucket.com/albums/af78/thewhoissuperb24/th_SmokeKABX6-2-11II.png) (http://s995.photobucket.com/albums/af78/thewhoissuperb24/?action=view&current=SmokeKABX6-2-11II.png)

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 03, 2011, 06:02:19 AM
Your weather sticker now says that you are clear! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 03, 2011, 01:49:23 PM
More or less. It's rather hazy really.

I hope these wildfires get put out soon...the smoke plume is now entering western Kansas...


Proof I am my own weatherman:

(http://i995.photobucket.com/albums/af78/thewhoissuperb24/latest_ABQ_vis-1.png)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 03, 2011, 02:00:45 PM
Is there any rain in the near future?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 03, 2011, 04:00:23 PM
Sunday through Tuesday at least
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 03, 2011, 11:18:26 PM
And...deja vu
Quote
AIR QUALITY ALERT MESSAGE
NMZ503>508-510-511-516>521-524-041400-

AIR QUALITY ALERT MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
846 PM MDT FRI JUN 3 2011

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE NEW MEXICO
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

THE WALLOW FIRE NEAR ALPINE ARIZONA CONTINUES TO REMAIN ACTIVE...
PRODUCING AN EXTENSIVE PLUME OF SMOKE STRETCHING ACROSS PORTIONS OF
WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO. SATELLITE IMAGERY DEPICTS THE PLUME
FROM WESTERN CATRON COUNTY THROUGH CENTRAL CIBOLA COUNTY AND INTO
BERNALILLO AND SANDOVAL COUNTIES. THE PLUME WILL ALSO REACH
COMMUNITIES ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO THIS EVENING AND
OVERNIGHT. REPORTS OF SMOKE AND VISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS OF ONE HALF
TO THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY SKYWARN SPOTTERS
FROM RED HILL IN CATRON COUNTY TO FENCE LAKE AND EL MORRO IN CIBOLA
COUNTY. VISIBILITIES OF THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE OR LESS ARE
ASSOCIATED WITH HAZARDOUS AIR QUALITY. THIS PLUME IS BEING STEERED BY
SOUTHWEST WINDS BOTH AT THE SURFACE AND ALOFT.

CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE THIS EVENING FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS
THE ALBUQUERQUE AND SANTA FE METRO AREAS.

THE HORSESHOE 2 FIRE BURNING IN FAR SOUTHEAST ARIZONA ALSO REMAINS
ACTIVE...PRODUCING A PLUME OF SMOKE INTO SOUTHEAST CATRON AND
SOCORRO COUNTIES. THOUGH VISIBILITIES ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BE
REDUCED AS MUCH AS AREAS DOWNSTREAM OF THE WALLOW FIRE SMOKE PLUME...
A NOTICEABLE SMELL OF SMOKE AND SOME REDUCTION IN VISIBILITY IS
LIKELY...INCLUDING AROUND SOCORRO.

THOSE WITH RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES OR ISSUES SHOULD AVOID USING THEIR
SWAMP COOLERS AND SHOULD STAY INDOORS. THE NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF
HEALTH ALSO RECOMMENDS THAT WHEN SMOKE LEVELS ARE HIGH...THE USE OF
ANYTHING THAT BURNS SUCH AS CANDLES...FIREPLACES..OR GAS STOVES...IS
DISCOURAGED.

THE AIR QUALITY BUREAU OF THE NEW MEXICO ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENT
AND THE FOREST SERVICE OPERATE AIR QUALITY MONITORS ACROSS THE
STATE. IF AIR QUALITY DATA ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR YOUR LOCATION...
ESTIMATES OF THE AIR QUALITY CAN BE DETERMINED USING THE VISIBILITY.
IF SMOKE REDUCES VISIBILITY TO 3 TO 5 MILES...THE AIR QUALITY IS
UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE PEOPLE.  VISIBILITIES OF LESS THAN TWO AND
ONE HALF MILES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH UNHEALTHY CONDITIONS FOR ALL.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 04, 2011, 02:41:05 AM
Turning on the gas stove to heat water to sanitize was not a good idea...kitchen smells like smoke now...

Why?  :-k :|
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 04, 2011, 08:23:31 AM
Woke up early this morning...watched the sunrise. It's the color of grapefruit. And neither of my cameras can get an accurate picture. What a shame to waste this impressive sight.  #-o

I have the webcam hooked up to the Mac mini to capture today's eastern skies...I'm going to post the video on YouTube tonight...as I type, it SEES red color.

Well, back to bed.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 04, 2011, 09:48:34 AM
Back to bed!? I just woke up! What time of the day do you sleep, Chris?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 04, 2011, 02:12:40 PM
*Ahem* but you're two hours ahead of me!  :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 04, 2011, 08:00:58 PM
I'm just kidding....You are in college, arent you?


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 04, 2011, 10:26:26 PM
In June? Nah. I had to drop out in February because of gallbladder illnesses. A brief touch up here: http://www.wxforum.net/index.php?topic=8240.125


Honestly though, I woke up at 6AM because Dad went to work, saw the sunrise and turned on the web cam. I think I'll compose the video tonight and then post it on YouTube. Then link it here.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 04, 2011, 10:52:06 PM
Looking forward to seeing it! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 05, 2011, 01:27:07 AM
Well, here it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAJ7eMIN9xo


And I cannot figure out WHY YouTube is making it all squished.


It isn't smokey tonight though...ESE winds are keeping the smoke along the AZ/NM stateline
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 05, 2011, 11:23:34 AM
My screen was rectangular, but it still looked great! Nice video! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 05, 2011, 04:08:03 PM
We're supposed to have thunderstorms with a chance of smoke tonight.   #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 05, 2011, 04:25:28 PM
We got our tshowers last night, picking up around a 1/2 inch.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 05, 2011, 10:30:04 PM
Wind, dust, some smoke but not as bad as it has been last week.

Radar lit up, died down, lit up again, and then is starting to die down for the night. So much for the monsoon. It ain't here.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 06, 2011, 02:32:54 AM
It's over. 119 days and finally rain...

I think most of it blew out of the bucket with the 30+MPH winds when it was coming down sounding like gravel. No hail - just big drops being thrown at the house. Only tipped out to 0.04" between 11:30 and midnite and another 0.01" as of now.

Probably just enough to kick the weeds into overdrive...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 06, 2011, 10:21:24 AM
Whoo! Congrats! :grin: :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 06, 2011, 11:15:26 AM
More smoke for central New Mexico today, tonight, tomorrow, tomorrow night and Wednesday. I do NOT want to roast this week with highs in the 90s. UGH!!!  ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 06, 2011, 01:11:06 PM
Have they put up any air quality alerts in your area?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 07, 2011, 12:52:08 AM
A particularly nasty one...

Smoke was SO bad this evening the sky was obscured by a thick yellow blanket, the sun was a deep red color...and the smell was so bad we had to turn off the swamp cooler. They're saying the visibilities will be extremely low tonight...which is a big indicator that the air outside is unsafe for anybody, including pets. They're also saying the smoke has reached Iowa...my friend who is spending the summer in Texas near Austin says the sun was red around sunset...but not nearly as bad as it was here in Albuquerque. Right now it's ashing outside.

Don't believe what that weather sticker says...it's lying. There is a ton of smoke in the air still.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 07, 2011, 01:23:25 PM
Your sticker says smoke now....On a bright side of things, is it hindering your temperature? :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 07, 2011, 03:19:40 PM
Not a whole lot. If anything, it's just creating a greenhouse.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 07, 2011, 03:33:30 PM
That sounds torturing!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 08, 2011, 03:28:27 PM
It wasn't all that bad. The smoke smell though was a bit tortuous for most of the day, but faded around sunset (though the smoke still hung around, turning the sun, and later, the moon, orange). Around sunset you could see the smoke line about 20 miles to the north.

This morning I woke up to clear blue skies and a hazy view of the mountains (compared to yesterday's white curtain and ceiling).

http://yfrog.com/h43grxlj

^ and the img HTML doesn't like yFrog nor TwitPic (which I can't change for some reason).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 08, 2011, 08:41:17 PM
Whew, today was a tearjerker with temps in the mid 90s, and dew points in the high 60s.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 08, 2011, 11:51:58 PM
A few days ago, we had some of that nice reddish gray cloud cover flow in from the west. It's been decent since then but now we're starting to get a bit of flow from the Horseshoe2 fire in SE AZ. Had a blood red sun goig down this evening.

And while all of that is nice and tolerable, today I learned that my New Mexico home might be without its Texas electricity because of the Arizona fire up by Springerville.

About 150,000 people in my county lost power when we had that drizzle the other night. The Reason that they quoted? "A loose wire". Can't keep it up when it's cold, when it rains, when there's a fire 2 states away, and, of course, they haven't gotten to their usual "It's too hot" line of crap yet. I'm sure all the shareholders that are the primary concern of EPE have a different PoCo servicing them.

-----------------------

BREAKING: Arizona fire threatens El Paso Electric Co. lines, chance for rolling blackouts in Doña Ana CountySun-News report
Posted: 06/07/2011 05:16:17 PM MDT

LAS CRUCES - A huge wildfire burning in eastern Arizona is "dangerously close" to key El Paso Electric Co. transmission lines near Springerville, Ariz., the company said.
The lines combined carry about 40 percent of the company's electricity supply, and, should they burn, the company could be forced to implement conservation measures, possibly including rolling blackouts, according to an El Paso Electric Co. news release. The company's service area covers Doña Ana County and West Texas.

The fire, at it's current speed, is about three days from the lines.

So far, the Wallow Fire has burned about 486 square miles, according to the Associated Press.

El Paso Electric Co. said it will notify customers and the media, if power-use must be curtailed.

The company owns one 345 kV transmission line and co-owns another 345 kV line that carry power from the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona to El Paso Electric Co's service territory. Combined, the lines carry 633 MW to the company.

A rolling blackout, also referred to as load shedding, is an engineered electrical power outage where delivery of electricity is stopped for periods of time over geographical regions, according to the news release. Rolling blackouts are a last-resort measure used by an electric utility in order to avoid a total blackout of the power system. They are usually in response to a situation where the demand for electricity exceeds the power supply capability of the network.


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 09, 2011, 12:38:03 AM
Well, about 6 this afternoon, the smoke came pouring in...and got progressively worse. Visibility is pretty slim right now, people are advised to not go outside, and shut off swamp coolers, close exterior extremities.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 09, 2011, 01:44:11 AM
1/4 million acres consumed by that AZ fire. Besides the obvious effects of a fire that large during a drought, it's a shame to lose some of that beautiful country.

That's a great ride on 191. Most of the great twisties and switchbacks are on the southern side of the Apache but beautiful it still is either on 180 or 191 getting to the north end of the area. I used to enjoy those routes between here and Vegas.

Those winds look like you're in for some fun the next day or two...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 09, 2011, 02:15:13 PM
I've been through Alpine. The scenery up there is beautiful. The news is saying the Wallow fire is threatening PNM lines now...based on historical events and model data (I'm ad-libbing here), the Monsoon should be around by the end of June.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 11, 2011, 12:44:13 AM
It was always hard for me to make good time taking either of those two routes.

We've got one burning down here now. On the other side of San Augustin Pass, an 18 wheeler had an accident and sparks ignited the brush. It's burning pretty good right now.

It was a huge billow of smoke when I left home at 6PM and the news just showed it burning pretty freely tonite. US70 is closed out there and I'm going to take a ride out there later to see what I can see.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 11, 2011, 12:53:31 AM
How far is it away from you?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 11, 2011, 03:08:13 AM
The main hiway (US70) is closed 4 miles from here at NASA Rd. and the fire is on the other side of the pass about another 4 miles from the blockade. Everything is lined up in front of the on ramp - almost looks like truck stop rest area without facilities!

Less than a mile inside my side of the closure is the little town of Organ and I wonder how they get in and out.

A little hazy out, no wind to speak of and I can smell the brush-burn odor but nothing anywhere near as bad as what Chris is going thru.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 11, 2011, 08:25:30 AM
It is going to be heading away from you, right?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 11, 2011, 08:33:57 PM
The smoke hasn't been quite as bad the last few nights thanks to westerly winds that have kept the worst of the smoke south of Albuquerque...however the haze is pretty strong today...and was a bit bad yesterday...but no smokey odor like last week. We're still under an Air Quality Alert. They're saying Areas of Smoke for tonight's forecast. Might not see smoke until after 8 PM...

We need a fire season ender. Like a big one. Something to wash all that ash out...and put out the fires. ENSO-Neutral conditions are now occurring, so... [-o<
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 11, 2011, 09:08:07 PM
The smoke hasn't been quite as bad the last few nights thanks to westerly winds that have kept the worst of the smoke south of Albuquerque...however the haze is pretty strong today...and was a bit bad yesterday...but no smokey odor like last week. We're still under an Air Quality Alert. They're saying Areas of Smoke for tonight's forecast. Might not see smoke until after 8 PM...
We need a fire season ender. Like a big one. Something to wash all that ash out...and put out the fires. ENSO-Neutral conditions are now occurring, so... [-o<
   I hope you get one as well.  I hope the pattern will change faster now the La Nina is over.  It can't come too soon thats for sure!
   Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 12, 2011, 12:33:36 AM
It is going to be heading away from you, right?

I guess they jumped all over it - I saw no smoke this morning so I guess it was out.

To your question - more than likely it would. Our winds are still fairly from westerly slant. The fire was east of here.

Still no real impact to my air from the AZ fires but the sunsets are spectacular.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 12, 2011, 08:23:39 AM
Well at least they put it out! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 13, 2011, 01:20:44 AM
I guess I was a bit premature on that. It was still burning today and the smoke was hazing things up along the mountains. They say it was 100% contained around 4PM this afternoon.

The Wallow Fire in AZ is only 10% contained and has claimed just shy of a half-million acres. http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2262/ (http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2262/)
 
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 13, 2011, 07:44:45 AM
I believe the news said that they now have the upper hand on that blaze. Yay! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 13, 2011, 08:28:04 AM
The Wallow Fire in AZ is only 10% contained and has claimed just shy of a half-million acres. http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2262/ (http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2262/)
 

These guys (http://www.krqe.com/dpp/weather/wildfires/winds-challenge-firefighters-progress) say more or less 6% contained...


100% would be a lovely number anytime now... [-o< :|
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 13, 2011, 08:31:56 AM
Very true, but at least they say that it is getting better contained.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 13, 2011, 04:01:28 PM

100% would be a lovely number anytime now... [-o< :|

I don't think we'll hear that for some time to come.

One thing that always crosses my mind with these monster fires that are human caused - what runs thru the minds of the people responsible when they see how out of control things have gotten? Do they go thru daily life with that "So what?" attitude that seems to have swept thru society, believing that, as usual, others will clean up yet another mess they created or do they beat themselves to death with guilt and anxiety every minute of their lives?

I couldn't handle knowing or even thinking that I may have been responsible for such a thing.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 13, 2011, 04:37:22 PM
I think I would about kill myself honestly. When that man inside me called guilt wakes up, it's like a bad migraine and I cant stop thinking about it.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 13, 2011, 05:25:46 PM
   I don't honestly think there are many people anymore that have a conscience.  If they do, they know how to ignore it very well, or take drugs, alcohol, or whatever.
It's not like you have to be Einstein to know what you should not do under those circumstances.  The guy that used to live next door to me was burning yard waste one day and he set the field behind my house on fire.  The fire Department had to come.  Everyone, including me was out there beating the flames with shovels.  He should have known better.  First it is illegal to burn things in our city.  Second, it was very dry and the field was just stubble from wheat, I think.  And then he left it unattended.  I know he got a ticket.  Never found out what the fine was.  I was standing talking to him when the Fire Chief and a police officer approached and said..."Ok, who was the dummy that started this".  I almost ran away.  Every year on that day I send him a little reminder of that day.  We are all capable of stupid things.  No one alive has not done something totally idiotic.  Killing yourself would be just as bad as the other.  Standing up and trying to make amends is the best you can do for yourself and those affected by what you have done.  In the case of a huge wildfire I have no idea what you might do to make up for it but something would be possible.  It would probably never be enough to anyone but that is all you can and should do.
   Mg
   
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 14, 2011, 12:07:25 AM
Good point and very well said.

A good example of this would be Michael Vick.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 14, 2011, 09:06:47 AM
Good point and very well said.

A good example of this would be Michael Vick.
   Politicians are another.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 14, 2011, 09:36:07 AM
   Someone sent me a list that gives an interesting fact about each state.  It say's about New Mexico, that Smokey the Bear had to be rescued from a wildfire in 1950.  Wonder if that is true? ;) #-o :grin:
    Mg
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SLOweather on June 14, 2011, 10:29:47 AM
   Someone sent me a list that gives an interesting fact about each state.  It say's about New Mexico, that Smokey the Bear had to be rescued from a wildfire in 1950.  Wonder if that is true? ;) #-o :grin:
    Mg

Google/Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smokey_Bear)...

Quote
The living symbol of Smokey Bear was an American black bear cub who in the spring of 1950 was caught in the Capitan Gap fire, a wildfire that burned 17,000 acres (69 km2) in the Lincoln National Forest,[14] in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico. Smokey had climbed a tree to escape the blaze, but his paws and hind legs had been burned. According to some stories, he was rescued by a game warden after the fire, but according to the New Mexico State Forestry Division, it was actually a group of soldiers from Fort Bliss, Texas, who had come to help fight the fire, that discovered the bear cub.

More info at the link....
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 14, 2011, 10:46:04 AM
     Life is more incredible than fiction!!!!

    Mg
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on June 14, 2011, 11:40:03 AM
     Life is more incredible than fiction!!!!

    Mg

I think you're making that up!   :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 14, 2011, 12:58:04 PM
   Dang, I thought I would be able to get away with it! :oops: :oops: ](*,) ;) :grin:  You are just too good.
   Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 14, 2011, 09:06:47 PM
I always thought that Teddy Roosevelt rescued the Smokey the Bear...

Oops.... #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 14, 2011, 10:35:33 PM
   I just saw them talking about the smoke and it's effects on air quality on the air from the Arizona fires blowing into New Mexico.  I am sure it will be on again.
     Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 14, 2011, 11:03:31 PM
Has the containment reached 20% yet???
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 14, 2011, 11:27:03 PM
Has the containment reached 20% yet???
   On TWC and hour or so ago they said 18%. 
      Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 14, 2011, 11:47:07 PM
At the rate their going, its gonna take two weeks to get it contained!!! Can you imagine how much water their using to stop it?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 15, 2011, 03:35:51 AM
InciWeb.org calls it 20% contained now and that burnouts are being drawn by Luna Lake.

We had another blood red sunset with a very wide cloud of smoke blowing this way today. Also the Loop Fire at Carlsbad is up to 25,000 acres and 25% contained.

The Track Fire up at Raton is only about 5% contained.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 15, 2011, 03:39:38 AM
At the rate their going, its gonna take two weeks to get it contained!!! Can you imagine how much water their using to stop it?

Still no projection as to when control will be had. Terrain Difficulty = high. Growth Potential = High.

Total Personnel: 4,734 Includes 24 hotshot crews; 77 hand crews

Resources: 20 Helicopters, 5 Air Tankers available; 333 Engines; 73 Water Tenders; 20 Dozers
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 15, 2011, 08:37:24 AM
Thats insane! If they dont try to conserve, that area could run into a water shortage.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 15, 2011, 03:48:10 PM
    I think that already the Western US is facing a huge water problem.  There have been many attempts by politicians to divert water from the Great Lakes.  So far it has been rejected but who knows.  It will start a real problem.
     Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 15, 2011, 06:08:17 PM
China started that massive project to divert water from the Yangtze River to northern, dry areas. I think it was projected to take 35 or 40 years. I also think they're having a drought problem at the project's source now as well.

I've always said it - we need a giant system to divert some of the flood waters from the east or to the east, which ever would apply at the time. Obviously money would be a factor now but I also think that the voting public can't think long-term investment any more. Imagine a 30+ year project in this country now? Never would happen.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 15, 2011, 06:08:55 PM
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Two Air Force cargo planes equipped to fight wildfires have been dispatched to New Mexico, where crews are trying to get control of at least three fires.

The C-130 aircraft carry a system of pressurized tanks that can dump 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds. They were sent from Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif., to Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., on Wednesday.

The planes are from the California Air National Guard. Personnel from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., will oversee the planes' operations from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. The fire center requested the planes from the Air Force.

The Air Force didn't say which fires the planes would battle. Wildfires are also burning in Arizona and Colorado.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SLOweather on June 15, 2011, 06:10:50 PM
I've always said it - we need a giant system to divert some of the flood waters from the east or to the east, which ever would apply at the time. Obviously money would be a factor now but I also think that the voting public can't think long-term investment any more. Imagine a 30+ year project in this country now? Never would happen.

And the medians or shoulders of the Interstate Highway system would be a perfect place to put the pipes.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 15, 2011, 06:27:44 PM
I've always said it - we need a giant system to divert some of the flood waters from the east or to the east, which ever would apply at the time. Obviously money would be a factor now but I also think that the voting public can't think long-term investment any more. Imagine a 30+ year project in this country now? Never would happen.
And the medians or shoulders of the Interstate Highway system would be a perfect place to put the pipes.
    I like that! \:D/  They can do it while they are fixing the rest of the infrastructure of this country.  What's another trillion or two the way they print money in DC! ;) :lol:
    Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on June 15, 2011, 06:47:30 PM
I've always said it - we need a giant system to divert some of the flood waters from the east or to the east, which ever would apply at the time. Obviously money would be a factor now but I also think that the voting public can't think long-term investment any more. Imagine a 30+ year project in this country now? Never would happen.

And the medians or shoulders of the Interstate Highway system would be a perfect place to put the pipes.

There are pipelines that run from Texas to New Jersey for oil.  Seems like if there was a profit in it, someone would build a pipeline to pump water.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 15, 2011, 10:00:15 PM
I've always said it - we need a giant system to divert some of the flood waters from the east or to the east, which ever would apply at the time. Obviously money would be a factor now but I also think that the voting public can't think long-term investment any more. Imagine a 30+ year project in this country now? Never would happen.

And the medians or shoulders of the Interstate Highway system would be a perfect place to put the pipes.

Why not? If they can run trains down the middle of them in L.A., why not? BUT, like Slow Modem said - nobody would generate any profit. It would just be one of those pesky "for good of the people" things.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 15, 2011, 10:03:44 PM
Some good progress on the Wallow Fire in AZ - InciWeb reports 29% containment.

The smoke is steadily showing up out here:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 15, 2011, 10:09:23 PM
That's good news. :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 15, 2011, 11:01:42 PM
   I think some of the plumes of smoke are visible on the satellite image.  I think the one in the SE corner is the Horseshoe 2 fire.  Two others I am not sure of yet one of which is half way up the Arizona and New Mexico border. They are much easier to see looped.
  Mark
ADDED: I think the one half way up the Arizona and New Mexico border is the Wallow fire.
   I found a good website to follow these on:  :oops: I see Cienega32 is already on Inciweb.  It is awesome.
    I think either the Monument or Murphy Complex fire are visible on the Arizona border with Mexico.
    
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 16, 2011, 12:20:58 AM
yessir that is the Wallow fire LOL.  :lol:


The smoke returns tomorrow...thanks to winds...I think. There's a few other smaller fires burning here in New Mexico...

The puffier imagery you see are actually cumulonimbus clouds...we had no promise of rain today, but I did see storms developing over the high ranges.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 16, 2011, 12:27:33 AM
Yeah that Shoe2 blaze is hazing my sky pretty good. I was getting a few good sunsets when that Miller Fire in the Gila was hot.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 16, 2011, 01:53:54 PM
Looks like you guys down south are gonna see the century mark today. We're supposed to hit about 97*F today.

Blech.


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 16, 2011, 02:03:56 PM
    Just what you need.  I hope the humidity goes up a little anyhow!
    Mark

Looks like you guys down south are gonna see the century mark today. We're supposed to hit about 97*F today.

Blech.



Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 16, 2011, 05:36:42 PM
Looks like you guys down south are gonna see the century mark today. We're supposed to hit about 97*F today.


99.7 at 3PM but it'll go over. It keeps playing at 99.

Almost got the pool ready - new valves, new pump/filter plumbing, rubber mats under filter & pump. I can hardly hear this thing running now. Tomorrow, I'll replace the sand in the filter, haul out the blender and Tequila, and blow up the raft!  8-)

I'm sure the winds will be at 40 and some freak lightning storm will roll thru once I splash down.  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 16, 2011, 05:42:58 PM
Looks like you guys down south are gonna see the century mark today. We're supposed to hit about 97*F today.
99.7 at 3PM but it'll go over. It keeps playing at 99.
Almost got the pool ready - new valves, new pump/filter plumbing, rubber mats under filter & pump. I can hardly hear this thing running now. Tomorrow, I'll replace the sand in the filter, haul out the blender and Tequila, and blow up the raft!  8-)
I'm sure the winds will be at 40 and some freak lightning storm will roll thru once I splash down.  ](*,)
     :lol: :lol: :lol: [-o< [-o< UU UU UU UU
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 16, 2011, 05:57:52 PM
Here's an interesting link found on InciWeb - MesoWest showing the smoke coverage: http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/mesomap.cgi?profile_id=3V768SA529JBn7K&waiver=NS2gfuJLCsz4UrAj3PXEhQg8LJ6t3HqUJ8h85p7XW9iTA8W2828 (http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/mesomap.cgi?profile_id=3V768SA529JBn7K&waiver=NS2gfuJLCsz4UrAj3PXEhQg8LJ6t3HqUJ8h85p7XW9iTA8W2828)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 16, 2011, 06:48:29 PM
Here's an interesting link found on InciWeb - MesoWest showing the smoke coverage: http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/mesomap.cgi?profile_id=3V768SA529JBn7K&waiver=NS2gfuJLCsz4UrAj3PXEhQg8LJ6t3HqUJ8h85p7XW9iTA8W2828 (http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/mesomap.cgi?profile_id=3V768SA529JBn7K&waiver=NS2gfuJLCsz4UrAj3PXEhQg8LJ6t3HqUJ8h85p7XW9iTA8W2828)
   Wow! :shock: That is amazing.  I had been checking satellite images today and the plumes did not look as big as yesterday, at least they seemed harder to see.  It might be easier to see when the Sun gets lower in the West and illuminates the plumes from the side more.
    Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 16, 2011, 10:13:01 PM
I'm pretty much covered in smoke now. The mountains to my NE are just about fully obscured.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 16, 2011, 11:36:55 PM
As I was driving around Albuquerque today (I drove a total of 131 miles today...within city limits  ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ), I watched the haze build up in the southwest skies...and obscure South Valley...and later Downtown. Skies over North Valley, Westside, and Rio Rancho were clear, sunny...and HOT. 95*F is the maximum I hit today. On top of that, I got my truck stuck on a dirt road. Thank God for friends LOL.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 17, 2011, 12:51:15 AM
Hey! You post #500 and I had #400 - that's the way it should be in this NM thread!  :lol:

Bloody red sun going down and an eerie goldish moon coming up. Sure makes for interesting skies but I'm starting to feel it now. Eyes getting a little irritated while I was doing a nite time pool sweeping.

Fires popping up all over. Ruidiso, Clint - both on the other end of the wind but it's all over the place out here. I see you have your share of flames around you as well, Chris.

The Clint fire is burning in and around a sub-division. The biggest problem? No fire hydrants. Just how in the hell do you build a sub-division with no hydrants anywhere??? The stupidity of that amazes me.
 
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 17, 2011, 01:18:05 AM

Bloody red sun going down and an eerie goldish moon coming up. Sure makes for interesting skies but I'm starting to feel it now. Eyes getting a little irritated while I was doing a nite time pool sweeping.

Had my fair share of that crap. I hated it. Beautiful nonetheless. But the air quality sunk like a stone.

Fires popping up all over. Ruidiso, Clint - both on the other end of the wind but it's all over the place out here. I see you have your share of flames around you as well, Chris.

I do have my fair share of flames...

New Mexico be burning in a blaze o' gloray.

The Clint fire is burning in and around a sub-division. The biggest problem? No fire hydrants. Just how in the hell do you build a sub-division with no hydrants anywhere??? The stupidity of that amazes me.


What the eff?  :-k [-X
 
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 17, 2011, 01:43:09 AM
That's what the news said. I had to play it back just to be sure. No hydrants in the area.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 17, 2011, 09:56:24 AM
That's what the news said. I had to play it back just to be sure. No hydrants in the area.
    On Inciweb there is a place to see NASA Earth Observations of the wildfires.  Here are a few links to them.   
        http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=50916
        http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=50885
        http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=50871
   Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 17, 2011, 12:46:04 PM
WOW  :shock:

That's amazing.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SLOweather on June 17, 2011, 01:30:44 PM

The Clint fire is burning in and around a sub-division. The biggest problem? No fire hydrants. Just how in the hell do you build a sub-division with no hydrants anywhere??? The stupidity of that amazes me.
 

Perhaps all the homes are on individual wells? Around here, if you are on a well, the county fire dept requires an accessible on-site 2000 tank with a standard valve and fire hose fitting so they can hook an engine to it and draft out of it.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 17, 2011, 03:27:59 PM
The Clint fire is burning in and around a sub-division. The biggest problem? No fire hydrants. Just how in the hell do you build a sub-division with no hydrants anywhere??? The stupidity of that amazes me.
 
Perhaps all the homes are on individual wells? Around here, if you are on a well, the county fire dept requires an accessible on-site 2000 tank with a standard valve and fire hose fitting so they can hook an engine to it and draft out of it.
   Some of the areas villages around here farther out are like that.  I hear on my scanners, the Department where the fire is always calling mutual support  from neighboring departments for tankers.  A lot of places have ponds now too so the FD can draft right out of them as well.  The codes here call for a house to be built up on a grade and the cheapest way to get the dirt is to dig a pond.
    Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 17, 2011, 03:45:48 PM

The Clint fire is burning in and around a sub-division. The biggest problem? No fire hydrants. Just how in the hell do you build a sub-division with no hydrants anywhere??? The stupidity of that amazes me.
 

Perhaps all the homes are on individual wells? Around here, if you are on a well, the county fire dept requires an accessible on-site 2000 tank with a standard valve and fire hose fitting so they can hook an engine to it and draft out of it.

Good point! I'll have to look into that.

There are areas out here that are full blown barrio/anapra type neighborhoods with no infrastructure to speak of but I don't think that's one of them. An on-site tank makes sense in this case.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 18, 2011, 12:09:05 AM
El Paso had their 6th day of triple digit temps today. I still have only the one - 100.9 on the 15th.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 18, 2011, 12:43:55 AM
El Paso had their 6th day of triple digit temps today. I still have only the one - 100.9 on the 15th.

Whew. That's hot. *pant pant pant*


Rio Rancho saw 94*F today. Albuquerque saw 95*F.

Anything over 90*F is too hot.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 18, 2011, 09:11:40 AM
I can handle the 90s as long as the humidity isnt too bad....but this year the humidity has been high.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: wxtech on June 18, 2011, 09:31:02 AM
I can handle the 90s as long as the humidity isnt too bad....but this year the humidity has been high.
I moved from Albuquerque, NM to Athens, GA.  The first summer here, I felt like I needed to swim through the air; part it so I could walk. 
It's now 74ºF & 70% humidity.  We haven't hit the tripple digits temperature this year, it's still Spring.  We'll probably see 102-103 for a few days.  90º/45% is common this month.  The rains are such a blessing, clears the air.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 18, 2011, 10:37:13 AM
Around here, we are around 90F/40% or 95F/35%...It's still pretty rough at times....and if it rains in the mornings, then the heating in the afternoon will still cause it to hit 90F, but with a dew point of 75F instead of 65F.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 18, 2011, 10:48:21 PM
    This Wundermap crossection through New Mexico shows how dry it is near the surface and aloft.  Compared to other places, like up here in Ohio it is clearly visible to see the difference.
    Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 19, 2011, 05:01:54 PM
RFW's turning the map pink today. And my nose has detected smoke thanks to the SSW winds this afternoon (don't forget the dust beginning to kick up). So it's a smokey, dusty, windy as all hell, hot, afternoon. What a combination. Saaaaay...aren't we supposed to get rain soon?  [-o<
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 20, 2011, 03:38:50 AM
That's all it was Sunday for me as well. Constant winds up to 30+MPH and 99.9 degrees for a high.

2 days of opening/cleaning the pool is somewhere underneath the solid layer of desert on the bottom of it.  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 20, 2011, 07:21:34 PM
Well I noticed a huge temp drop last night. My station registered 71.6*F at 8:00 PM. 8:30 PM: 67.2*F. 9:00PM: 62.6*F. 9:30: 60.2*F.

By midnight last night, it was 57*F. Went outside this morning and noticed the lack of heat. If only it had rained too. Drat.  ](*,)


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 20, 2011, 07:40:26 PM
   I was hoping there would be a little rain, or least a chance.  Watching the satellite there was an increase in the clouds there for a time.
   I do hope they get the fires under more control very soon.  The Wallow Fire is at 51% but the growth potential is extreme.  You guys, Pat and Chris, and everyone down there need a break (ya think?)!! I am not even hearing much about it on TV anymore. Oops well, Lou Dobbs just as I am writing said lower winds are aiding firefighters in the Monument Fire in Arizona. I cannot see any smoke plumes on vis sat images currently. And, I didn't hear anything about the Fort Apache Reservation having almost 13,000 acres burned.  My dad always said "what didn't make the news is usually the most important part of the story"!
    Hope and pray it rains soon! [-o< [-o< [-o< [-o< [-o< [-o< [-o<
      Mark
     
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 20, 2011, 08:24:52 PM
The Wallow fire is burning far less as potent as where it was just a couple weeks ago. It's moving towards the desert on the base of the mountains where it started, as well as towards more potential fuel. Had it not been for the current efforts of firefighters, I'm sure the southern edge of this fire would be out of control and I'd still be smoking up here in the Albuquerque area.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 21, 2011, 09:00:18 PM
They're catching a break with the low(er) winds lately. 56% containment now - 528,000 acres lost to the Wallow fire.

The additional warnings now for that area - high potential for flash flooding.


Low 60s mid 90s for me the last two days and easy winds today. The upcoming forecast? "HOT" - 102s for the weekend.

No worries here... just finished replacing the sand in the filter, the raft is inflated and the small patio fridge is plugged in. Bring it on!

It sure looks naked with the three dead, frondless palms tho'...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 21, 2011, 10:24:07 PM
Pat,
    Take a cannon-ball for me!!! :lol: =D> =D> =D>
     Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 22, 2011, 05:07:55 AM
Another thing that the drought has provided is wildlife that doesn't usually venture down from the higher elevations. There have been quite a few reports of big cats (Bob & Mountain) being noticed. In one case, shot as he was trapped in a car wash and trying to escape. Lots of comments about that one but such is life. Another had a video of a cat just lounging in the shade grooming outside their kitchen window.

When I first moved here in 2006, I watched a cat walking my back wall at nite and (I think) a coyote perched on another wall that first summer. All I could see of him was the eyes and the general outline.

Back then, I could hear the coyote chorus every nite. That was pretty cool. They've been developing the area that the music came from and I don't hear quite as many or as often. Shame but you have to wonder about instincts bringing them back and having property owners or animal control shooting them.


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 22, 2011, 09:49:15 AM
    I have to say it makes me crazy when people move into areas that are populated with wildlife and then kills them. When someone is in imenent danger is one thing but just indiscriminatly shooting them because they are there, drives me to fits.  
    Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 22, 2011, 06:38:39 PM
Yesterday, they found a bear in the SW edge of town. Closest area for them is 100 miles away.

The cat that was shot in El Paso they were able to corral in a car wash but improperly secured the metal gate at the end of machine. Two securement points and they only caught the bottom one. The cat was trying to get thru the top when they shot him. Tranks didn't slow him down at all, with all the adrenalin he was pumping. They pretty much put the cat in the state of frenzy that resulted in his being shot, IMHO.


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 22, 2011, 09:55:51 PM
New high for the year - 101.1
New high for "this date" - 101.1 (100)
New Low for "this date" - 62.4 (64)

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 22, 2011, 11:33:12 PM
New high for the year - 101.1
New high for "this date" - 101.1 (100)
New Low for "this date" - 62.4 (64)
  Wow, just what you needed.... another record! #-o  A better record would be the most fires put out in one day, or one hour.  I was happy that I could see nothing on the visible satellites today from the fires. =D>  Up to 58% contained on Wallow.
    Mg
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 23, 2011, 09:39:14 AM
Today is going to be record breaking. 99*F for a high.  #-o

Thankfully I fixed the swamp cooler yesterday. Sand and probably ash clogged the spider tubes, so I had to clear them.

7:42 am and the temp is already in the 70s. *pant pant pant*
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 23, 2011, 02:07:52 PM
Hey! That sounds like me! With dew points in the upper 60s, temps usually fall to only 67 or 68...and its 80 by 1030 now...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 23, 2011, 04:28:50 PM
230 and it's 95*F. We're not done yet.

Nice thing is, there's like hardly any humidity, and the house is chillin'.

Spent all morning getting ready for a two-day yard sale. When we have yard sales, it's like someone getting married around here...waaaaaaay too much planning for something so dastardly simple (not that weddings are simple, but you get the idea). You gather all the crap you wanna sell, you put up a list and then boom, start setting up early and pack up in the afternoon.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 23, 2011, 05:47:21 PM
I didn't get under 76 overnite.

3:13 - 102.4 - New high for the year and "for this date"(100.0-2002).

And there's still another hour or 2 to go...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 23, 2011, 08:54:26 PM
Oh, it's gonna be a hot weekend.

At 6:20, I hit 103.7 - my station's hottest ever June 23rd beating last year's 103.6. For it to peak at 6:20 is not a good sign. 3:00 to 5:00 is peak temp time.

7% humidity - 27 Dew - not too bad of a day for raking rocks and shoveling dirt while I wait for UPS {BEEP! Finally!}
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 23, 2011, 09:52:51 PM
Why would you even be outside in triple digit heat?  :shock:

Anything over 95*F is too damn hot LOL.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 23, 2011, 11:54:11 PM
Why would you even be outside in triple digit heat?  :shock:

Anything over 95*F is too damn hot LOL.

You cant let the weather keep you inside! :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 24, 2011, 12:22:59 AM
   Seems like they are getting a better handle on the Wallow fire every day.  Rose up to 67% contained today.  That's about 10% in a day.  Much faster than earlier.  Even though there was some increase due to backing.  I can't wait for them to get these out so I cannot imagine how much you guys must want them out...for good.
    Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 24, 2011, 12:32:50 PM
   From this mean and anomaly forecast it does not look like there is going to be any cooling for the rest of June.  There is a 12F - 16F higher temp than norm for the period in the SW.
    Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 24, 2011, 03:16:35 PM
Where did you get those maps from Mark?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 24, 2011, 03:21:33 PM
    They are from the following web site:  They are from the "short term Climate Outlook" menu on the page.
         http://wxmaps.org/pix.html       There are some good things here.
     Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 24, 2011, 03:28:47 PM
Thanks! I havent seen that site before...Looks like a great one. I have been on Weather Predition looking at Habyhints everyday.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: miraculon on June 24, 2011, 07:33:20 PM
Question for the forum New Mexicans (and other SW state dwellers) from a wannabe New Mexican (when I retire).

I have noticed in my travels to NM (and West Texas) that a lot of people use swamp coolers. Since it was just mentioned, I thought I would ask about opinions on swamp coolers vs. "refrigerated air" freon based AC. I know that the RH is normally low and that they are quite effective in that case. From when I lived in Chihuahua City about 15 years ago, I remember that they lost effectiveness when the humidity got higher. Do you find this to be the case? What about maintenance?

Also, water is a more scarce resource in the desert. Despite water restrictions and cost, is it still cost effective versus conventional A/C? You still have to run both the swamp cooler blower and the furnace blower, so there is still electricity cost as a factor.

I suppose I will wind up with whatever is on the house I buy, but I thought I would ask while the topic was in play.

Greg
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 24, 2011, 10:41:38 PM
Definitely much cheaper than A/C. The trade off is high humidity and higher temps when it's hot & humid out.

I hit low 100s today and the swamper runs often. The house is a little below 80 degrees but with the ceiling fans not uncomfortable. If it was raining, I would be miserable. My humidity today was 4 to 8 percent most of the day so it wasn't bad at all.

Another thing, as I'm sure you know, is keeping some windows cracked. Maintenance isn't all that bad but the seasonal openng and closing can get old for me. I miss just hitting the "Heat-Cool" switch.

The trend is for A/C in the newer homes. Mine was built in 1999 and has a MasterCool Plus on the roof which has been very reliable and (from what I've been told) is the next step below chilled air.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 24, 2011, 10:50:43 PM
104.7 for today's high - my third highest temp recorded on the station. 95.9 is the avg high for today on the station. 97.7 including today's temp.

Station highs:

108.2 - 06-06-2010
105.3 - 06-05-2010
104.7 for today
104.4 - 06-16-2008
103.7 - 06-23-2011
103.6 - 06-23-2010
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 24, 2011, 10:55:35 PM
Supposed to get hotter for you isnt it?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 24, 2011, 11:08:28 PM
    I do not know how you make it with humidities of 5% - 10%.  I realize that with 100F temp there is more moisture in the air than one would think but it is still miniscule! At 104 saturated air has approx 47g/kg mixing ratio at Sea Level. So at 5% there is approx 9g per 1000g air. In the winter here when the humidity in the house goes down to 30% I get a bloody nose once a week.  Before he died my dad was on Coumadin to thin his blood and he had some real gushers.  Had to buy some blood clotting inserts that we used on the rescue squad to stop the bleeding.  Not ever having experienced those conditions out there it seems like it would be really uncomfortable. Mouth dry, nose dry, skin dry.  It must not be as bad as I imagine or no one would live there.
   Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 25, 2011, 06:07:08 AM
I do, on occasion, get the bloody nose out here. Haven't had one in a year or two so I'm sure I'll get one any minute now.  :lol: The swamp cooler keeps the humidity a little higher than I like. It's 39% right now and I wouldn't mind shedding 10% or so.

I've been in the desert for 30 years. The dryness isn't a problem other than the nose trick and headaches now and then. The big problem is when I go back east. THAT'S the killer. August of 2000 I flew out of Vegas at 1AM, landed in Miami at around Noon, went outside to wait for the shuttle and within 5 minutes I was completely drenched in sweat.

Drove back to Long Island summer of 2002 and I was going nuts being outside with that wet blanket of air surrounding me.

I love the desert when it's nice and dry like this. It feels nice!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 25, 2011, 06:11:42 AM
Supposed to get hotter for you isnt it?

That's the forecast - 105 Sat & Sun. It'll go higher tho'. My #1 temp might be in jeopardy but I'm positive this weekend will provide a new #2.

I love watching new records for my station pop up! Even when my all-time low was busted by 20 degrees - from 10 to -10 I was ecstatic! 26 below wind chill? Loved it! Until I realized how damn cold it really was...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 25, 2011, 09:20:01 AM
I do, on occasion, get the bloody nose out here. Haven't had one in a year or two so I'm sure I'll get one any minute now.  :lol: The swamp cooler keeps the humidity a little higher than I like. It's 39% right now and I wouldn't mind shedding 10% or so.
I've been in the desert for 30 years. The dryness isn't a problem other than the nose trick and headaches now and then. The big problem is when I go back east. THAT'S the killer. August of 2000 I flew out of Vegas at 1AM, landed in Miami at around Noon, went outside to wait for the shuttle and within 5 minutes I was completely drenched in sweat.
Drove back to Long Island summer of 2002 and I was going nuts being outside with that wet blanket of air surrounding me.
I love the desert when it's nice and dry like this. It feels nice!
   It sounds pretty nice the way you describe it.  I feel terrible when it is humid here so I can't imagine what it must feel like to you.  We get used to our conditions I guess.
    Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on June 25, 2011, 09:45:18 AM
I do, on occasion, get the bloody nose out here. Haven't had one in a year or two so I'm sure I'll get one any minute now.  :lol: The swamp cooler keeps the humidity a little higher than I like. It's 39% right now and I wouldn't mind shedding 10% or so.

I've been in the desert for 30 years. The dryness isn't a problem other than the nose trick and headaches now and then. The big problem is when I go back east. THAT'S the killer. August of 2000 I flew out of Vegas at 1AM, landed in Miami at around Noon, went outside to wait for the shuttle and within 5 minutes I was completely drenched in sweat.

Drove back to Long Island summer of 2002 and I was going nuts being outside with that wet blanket of air surrounding me.

I love the desert when it's nice and dry like this. It feels nice!

That must wreak havoc with wood products such as furniture, doors, hardwood floors, etc.,  no ?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 25, 2011, 07:34:44 PM
I've been in the desert for 20 years now. The nosebleeds for me happen when I travel to and from the Midwest every other summer. I too dislike humidity...ugh. My friend has been in Thorndale, TX for the last five months...he desperately wants to be back in Albuquerque...the humidity, while at 39-50% every day and the temps in the upper 90s...is unbearable to him. I don't really blame him. Kansas City last year was pretty yucky with upper 90s and 60% humidity (which led to some supercells later that day...)

Right now the humidity here in the Albuquerque area is about 5%, with temps in the upper 90s. The cooler is blowing 77*F air...pretty comfortable. Swamp coolers generally start to suck when it either rains (it gets really humid inside, but thanks to rain cooled air, it doesn't start to heat up the house at the same time) or we get a humid spell (generally in mid to late July, early to mid August, and occasionally in September here...). I do remember a few summers in El Paso when the Monsoon season was in full swing. It would be 95*F outside, and the humidity around 30%. My grandfather's house would be unbearable.

Generally, the new trend in desert homes is refrigerated air. "Green" homes (at least in Albuquerque) will generally have one or two swamp coolers instead of one big A/C system. I find in my neighborhood (a mix of late 70s, early 80s to mid 90s homes) have swamp coolers...however some of my neighbors have converted...the houses around here were not built for such.

Since my house had its garage converted into a room, we just crack the interior garage door when the swamp cooler is on...we have attic access in there, so we're cooling the attic...it might sound like we're wasting energy, but cooling the attic down means keeping the rest of the house cooler...and since the attic has vents, there's no need to crack a window.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 25, 2011, 11:24:16 PM

That must wreak havoc with wood products such as furniture, doors, hardwood floors, etc.,  no ?

Yes, it does. And even more so with those pieces you assemble that use the pressed wood. The dry winter to the swamp cooler summer changes in humidity has taken a toll on a few pieces that I never had a problem with. Slight warping here & there. Had chilled air in Vegas and humidity was lower. Now I have a few drawers that rub and paper that constantly curls up on the edges.  :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 25, 2011, 11:28:07 PM
Yesterday's #3 place is now #4 with today's 105.1 taking that spot.

Last year still holds #1 & #2. In fact, of my top ten temps since 04-03-07, 7 are from last year(4) and this year(3).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 26, 2011, 12:05:48 AM
That must wreak havoc with wood products such as furniture, doors, hardwood floors, etc.,  no ?
Yes, it does. And even more so with those pieces you assemble that use the pressed wood. The dry winter to the swamp cooler summer changes in humidity has taken a toll on a few pieces that I never had a problem with. Slight warping here & there. Had chilled air in Vegas and humidity was lower. Now I have a few drawers that rub and paper that constantly curls up on the edges.  :lol:
   I have to keep my acoustic guitar in it's case during winter with a guitar-humidifier that hangs in the sound hole.  The wood would be going nuts there if the owner didn't take some precautions...at least I would think.  Do you know anyone with a good guitar and do they take any special precautions because of the low humidity?
    Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 26, 2011, 05:24:50 PM
I've had my weather station for just about a year. I have to say, in all my records, for today, we actually smashed it, with a high of 101*F.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on June 26, 2011, 05:38:00 PM
That must wreak havoc with wood products such as furniture, doors, hardwood floors, etc.,  no ?
Yes, it does. And even more so with those pieces you assemble that use the pressed wood. The dry winter to the swamp cooler summer changes in humidity has taken a toll on a few pieces that I never had a problem with. Slight warping here & there. Had chilled air in Vegas and humidity was lower. Now I have a few drawers that rub and paper that constantly curls up on the edges.  :lol:
   I have to keep my acoustic guitar in it's case during winter with a guitar-humidifier that hangs in the sound hole.  The wood would be going nuts there if the owner didn't take some precautions...at least I would think.  Do you know anyone with a good guitar and do they take any special precautions because of the low humidity?
    Mark

Opposite, I had an Ovation acoustic I bought while in Hong Kong. Loved that guitar and it was totaled overnight from excess moisture (when Ivan's tornado blew our roof off).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 26, 2011, 08:59:52 PM
That must wreak havoc with wood products such as furniture, doors, hardwood floors, etc.,  no ?
Yes, it does. And even more so with those pieces you assemble that use the pressed wood. The dry winter to the swamp cooler summer changes in humidity has taken a toll on a few pieces that I never had a problem with. Slight warping here & there. Had chilled air in Vegas and humidity was lower. Now I have a few drawers that rub and paper that constantly curls up on the edges.  :lol:
   I have to keep my acoustic guitar in it's case during winter with a guitar-humidifier that hangs in the sound hole.  The wood would be going nuts there if the owner didn't take some precautions...at least I would think.  Do you know anyone with a good guitar and do they take any special precautions because of the low humidity?
    Mark

Opposite, I had an Ovation acoustic I bought while in Hong Kong. Loved that guitar and it was totaled overnight from excess moisture (when Ivan's tornado blew our roof off).

Poor guitar.  :-(
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 26, 2011, 10:07:03 PM
Oh boy. The Jemez mountains south of Los Alamos are on fire now. Just eleven years ago the Cerro Grande fire was happening. Now this...again. Some interesting pyroclastic clouds though. Called the "Los Conchas" fire. Yesterday it was all north of Santa Fe. Today it spread SW rapidly. The WSW winds didn't help (however, I can't figure out how it moved in the direction of the wind).

(No I was not driving)

(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/263987_2234914514001_1282107278_2749340_6008528_n.jpg)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 26, 2011, 10:40:56 PM
   Good grief!   Looking at the visible satellite the fire you mention is clearly visible with a really prominent smoke plume. The plume was blowing from the west.  One of my radars is showing precip in the Sante Fe region but I cannot imagine that it is reaching the ground.
    Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 26, 2011, 11:28:08 PM
Im getting decibel readings of 5-15 DBZ....not gonna help much
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 27, 2011, 12:12:17 AM
   Good grief!   Looking at the visible satellite the fire you mention is clearly visible with a really prominent smoke plume. The plume was blowing from the west.  One of my radars is showing precip in the Sante Fe region but I cannot imagine that it is reaching the ground.
    Mark

Actually, that's not even precip. That's the smoke on the radar.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 27, 2011, 12:14:49 AM
Turns out there are now two fires burning near Los Alamos, Santa Fe...

Los Conchas fire has prompted mandatory evacuations for a few areas in the Jemez mountains.

The Pacheco fire (north of Santa Fe) has yet to prompt any evacuations. Los Alamos Nat'l Labs is closed tomorrow...Los Alamos residents are being asked to evacuate on a voluntary basis.


Quote
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FIRE WARNING
NEW MEXICO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
820 PM MDT SUN JUN 26 2011

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE NEW
MEXICO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY IN LOS ALAMOS NEW MEXICO.

A LARGE WILDFIRE IS BURNING SOUTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS NEAR FRIJOLES
CANYON WITHIN THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS. MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ARE NOW IN
EFFECT FOR BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT AND THE VALLES CALDERA
NATIONAL PRESERVE. MANDATORY EVACUATIONS WERE PREVIOUSLY ORDERED
FOR THE COMMUNITIES OF COCHITI MESA AND LAS CONCHAS AS WELL AS
CAMPGROUNDS NEAR AND INCLUDING THE JEMEZ FALLS CAMPGROUND. NEW
MEXICO HIGHWAY 4 IS CLOSED BETWEEN JEMEZ FALLS AND NEW MEXICO
HIGHWAY 501. PERSONS EVACUATED ARE ASKED TO GO TO THE LA CUEVA
FIRE STATION.

VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS ARE ALSO UNDERWAY DUE TO SMOKE IMPACTS IN
LOS ALAMOS AND WHITE ROCK. PERSONS LEAVING FROM THESE AREAS SHOULD
PROCEED SOUTHBOUND ON DIAMOND DRIVE EITHER TO TRINITY DRIVE OR
EAST JEMEZ ROAD. VISIBILITY DUE TO SMOKE IN THESE AREAS MAY BE
UNDER ONE MILE.

Bandelier and Valles Caldera are very beautiful. A shame that they're now ablaze.  :evil:

Can you imagine this being on fire? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valles_Caldera

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandelier

I can't. But it's happening. And I'm pretty sure someone started it, seeing as we have had no rain (no thunderstorm development) in over a month in that area.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 27, 2011, 02:48:11 AM
That's a shame to lose these areas to stupidity, isn't it? Assuming their human caused, of course. I get the feeling that we're going to lose a lot more of those scenic views before the year is done.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 27, 2011, 02:59:02 AM
Yesterday's #3 place is now #4 with today's 105.1 taking that spot.

Last year still holds #1 & #2. In fact, of my top ten temps since 04-03-07, 7 are from last year(4) and this year(3).

Make that 8 of 10 with 4 from this year. Actually, 4 from this week. 23 thru 26. Sunday's 105.4 took the #2 spot. Same forecast for tomorrow.

One good thing is that only one - 6-23-11 - is in the top ten highest lows (#5 - 75.9) so at least it's cooling down to the low 70s at night.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 27, 2011, 12:02:36 PM
   Good grief!   Looking at the visible satellite the fire you mention is clearly visible with a really prominent smoke plume. The plume was blowing from the west.  One of my radars is showing precip in the Sante Fe region but I cannot imagine that it is reaching the ground.
    Mark
Actually, that's not even precip. That's the smoke on the radar.
   At the time I wondered if it could be smoke and was comparing postitions and such to radar.  I didn't think it was but wow that is neat.  Add another thing seen on my radar list.
   Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 27, 2011, 03:21:48 PM
   Good grief!   Looking at the visible satellite the fire you mention is clearly visible with a really prominent smoke plume. The plume was blowing from the west.  One of my radars is showing precip in the Sante Fe region but I cannot imagine that it is reaching the ground.
    Mark
Actually, that's not even precip. That's the smoke on the radar.
   At the time I wondered if it could be smoke and was comparing postitions and such to radar.  I didn't think it was but wow that is neat.  Add another thing seen on my radar list.
   Mark

I have screenshots of the Wallow fire's smoke plume infiltrating Albuquerque and west-central New Mexico. Just when the Wallow is nearly put out, another one springs up.  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 27, 2011, 04:22:41 PM
Today has the makings of a new #1 station temp: 2:20 and 106 degrees. It should be close.



Webcam feed from Parajito Mountain: http://www.skipajarito.com/webcamtop.php (http://www.skipajarito.com/webcamtop.php)

Right across the street from me is 640 acres of nice, dry desert brush. I'm waiting for that to go up courtesy of one of the many mindless fools that seem to have flocked to this part of town lately. Now that the winds have shifted to the north, it'll probably go on the 4th... when I'm not in town...  :shock:

On a side note: the original and only known picture of Billy The Kid, our most infamous resident, sold for $2.3 million the other day.
Title: Las Conchas fire evac mandatory for Los Alamos
Post by: archae86 on June 27, 2011, 04:47:54 PM
The evacuation for the town of Los Alamos has been upgraded from voluntary to mandatory--by neighborhood, starting with those closest to the approaching fire.

I'm actually surprised at the relatively low rate at which heavy air tankers have been flying past my house in Sandia Heights.  Yesterday at the Albuquerque airport my wife and I between us saw three P2-V Neptunes and at least four MAFFS-equipped Air Guard C-130J's.  That is enough to support an operational tempo much higher than I'm seeing today.  Possibly they are not seen as fully useful in current conditions up there.  Or possibly somehow most are using a flight path outside my earshot.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 27, 2011, 05:28:16 PM
More information can be read here: http://nmfireinfo.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/mandatory-evacuations-for-las-alamos/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 27, 2011, 06:20:56 PM
    Watching the visible satellite looks like there might be some storms that blew up in central New Mexico.  A lot of clouds there today so hard to see the plumes but at the beginning of the 12 hour loop you can really see how extensive the smoke is.  It is crazy stuff.  This is probably a dumb question (I frequently ask them) where do they get enough water and such to fight these fires there?  I know they use a lot of retardent chems and clearing of brush and backfires, but they need water too.
   Mark     
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: archae86 on June 27, 2011, 08:09:12 PM
    Watching the visible satellite looks like there might be some storms that blew up in central New Mexico.  A lot of clouds there today so hard to see the plumes but at the beginning of the 12 hour loop you can really see how extensive the smoke is.  It is crazy stuff.
A good satellite resource for wildfires is MODIS.  There are two satellites, Terra, and Aqua. This web site (http://ge.ssec.wisc.edu/modis-today/) does a nice job of making the MODIS data available.  The False color option is helpful in showing current actual hot spots, and also distinctly shows the burned area in most cases (sometimes for many, many months after the fire is gone).  Today the Terra pass got a pretty good look at the Las Conchas fire, but when Aqua came over a little later there was enough cloud cover to make it mostly a waste of time--though you could still see the smoke plume heading multiple states to the east.
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This is probably a dumb question (I frequently ask them) where do they get enough water and such to fight these fires there?  I know they use a lot of retardent chems and clearing of brush and backfires, but they need water too.
   Mark     
Depends on the resource.  The heavy air tankers are operating out of Kirtland Air Force Base, which shares runways with the Albuquerque civil airport.  Their slurry is prepared on site, I think, and the water component probably comes right out of municipal supply.  They can only carry about 3000 gallons per flight, and don't do all that many flights, so this is not a major  consumption.

The helicopters, I think, generally dip their buckets to fill them in the nearest suitable water, which will usually be a lake or stream.  Not returning to base can give them a drastically faster cycle rate than heavy air or even SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker--think of a crop duster dropping retardant).

Ground crews do use trucks with some water tankage, but, I suspect to allow mobility on generally bad wildland roads, they are quite small in tankage compared to the usual city trucks.  I doubt they refill them often.  Ground fighting is more about creating breaks in the continuity of fuel, either by digging (a bulldozer is a major tool, though for local control a firefighter swinging a Pulaski is a definite factor), or controlled burning. 

Anyway, "fighting" these fires these days is mostly about structure protection--trying to defend valued assets, not trying to stop the fire as a whole.  When they stop, they mostly have burned to the limit of continuous fuel, or the weather has turned unfavorable.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 27, 2011, 09:06:27 PM
Another factor to consider in our area is the controlled burn schedule. By me, they do them often so when a fire pops up in a certain area, they might let it go for a while (while attempting containment) if it was in the plans.


Today's high was 108.1 All-time station high is 108.2. So close...

Clouds are building quickly to the east and west so it cooled down to 104
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 27, 2011, 09:14:35 PM
    Watching the visible satellite looks like there might be some storms that blew up in central New Mexico.  A lot of clouds there today so hard to see the plumes but at the beginning of the 12 hour loop you can really see how extensive the smoke is.  It is crazy stuff.
A good satellite resource for wildfires is MODIS.  There are two satellites, Terra, and Aqua. This web site (http://ge.ssec.wisc.edu/modis-today/) does a nice job of making the MODIS data available.  The False color option is helpful in showing current actual hot spots, and also distinctly shows the burned area in most cases (sometimes for many, many months after the fire is gone).  Today the Terra pass got a pretty good look at the Las Conchas fire, but when Aqua came over a little later there was enough cloud cover to make it mostly a waste of time--though you could still see the smoke plume heading multiple states to the east.
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This is probably a dumb question (I frequently ask them) where do they get enough water and such to fight these fires there?  I know they use a lot of retardent chems and clearing of brush and backfires, but they need water too.
   Mark     
Depends on the resource.  The heavy air tankers are operating out of Kirtland Air Force Base, which shares runways with the Albuquerque civil airport.  Their slurry is prepared on site, I think, and the water component probably comes right out of municipal supply.  They can only carry about 3000 gallons per flight, and don't do all that many flights, so this is not a major  consumption.
The helicopters, I think, generally dip their buckets to fill them in the nearest suitable water, which will usually be a lake or stream.  Not returning to base can give them a drastically faster cycle rate than heavy air or even SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker--think of a crop duster dropping retardant).
Ground crews do use trucks with some water tankage, but, I suspect to allow mobility on generally bad wildland roads, they are quite small in tankage compared to the usual city trucks.  I doubt they refill them often.  Ground fighting is more about creating breaks in the continuity of fuel, either by digging (a bulldozer is a major tool, though for local control a firefighter swinging a Pulaski is a definite factor), or controlled burning. 
Anyway, "fighting" these fires these days is mostly about structure protection--trying to defend valued assets, not trying to stop the fire as a whole.  When they stop, they mostly have burned to the limit of continuous fuel, or the weather has turned unfavorable.
    Thanks for the MODIS site.  I have had the MODIS Great Lakes website for the last few years mostly to watch lake ice growth and melting but I also love some of the cloud images.  There are times when it is like art work.  I have seen a couple I would love to have enlarged and framed but it would undoubtedly cost a fortune.  Frames are so expensive.  I like to buy movie posters.  The poster can cost $29.99.  Framed=$199.99.
It would be a great business to get into. 
   Thanks again,
      Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Albuquerque Weather on June 27, 2011, 10:01:16 PM
June 27 2011 - The township of Los Alamos has been evacuated.

Medical center - Closed

Ron
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 27, 2011, 10:55:19 PM
Los Alamos fully evacuated to Espanola and Pojaque. (Did I spell that right?)

Cerro Grande all over again.


I'm pretty sure they pull water out of Cochiti Lake...I think the Rio Grande in that area is pretty shallow (I think).



Really beautiful scenery up there when you take 285/84 NW out of Santa Fe and head up into Espanola and onto the 68 to Taos. I hope they stop it before it moves further NE.


Hit a high of 97*F today...clouds started to build up...smells like rain now...and the humidity has kicked up some.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: archae86 on June 27, 2011, 11:30:08 PM
I'm pretty sure they pull water out of Cochiti Lake...I think the Rio Grande in that area is pretty shallow (I think).
That would do, but if they could find anything closer, that would do better.  Depending on the size of helicopter/bucket, the water need not be very deep.  They even set up remarkably small portable tanks just so the helicopters don't have to journey so far to get the next load.  See a post on helibucket wielding (http://www.justhelicopters.com/HELIARTICLES/tabid/433/ID/479/Water-Drops.aspx).  I have no personal knowledge on wildland firefighting, though there is some in the extended family.  My wife's kid sister, Dartmouth blue-eyed blond 5'2" Phi Beta Kappa double major in religion and English literature had a summer job on a fire lookout tower, fell in love, and spent the next twenty years with summer wildland firefighting as her real job, and winter gigs as fill-ins to keep the pantry stocked.  Then, knowing that as she passed the big 40 that passing the mandatory annual fitness test (a step-stress recovery test in the lower 48, but a time distance run on the Alaska service) was soon going to be mission impossible, she went to law school, and made it through.  Remembering the way we on-time graduate students ate up the come back later types at MIT, I was actually even more impressed at that than the firefighting.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 28, 2011, 12:11:46 AM
     One thing that led to my asking about the water is that my impression has been that water, not just humidity, but water, is a fairly endangered item in the southwest US.  There have been many stories in the paper about states wanting to divert water from the Great Lakes to various and sundry places.  I think my impression, at least from the responses, is exagerated to some extent and that water is not quite so rare.
     Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 28, 2011, 06:01:27 AM
Water is becoming an issue down here as well being it's held in the aquifer. No rain to recharge is a bad thing. And as far as the river, it supplies a lot of farmland and I hear the pack on this side of the Divide isn't as rich as the Colorado River side. It still has to go by these other guys before I see it.

It's not so rare as to be starting resource wars yet but these farmers are getting pretty vocal about the lower allocations.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 28, 2011, 06:05:44 AM
... and speaking of Vegas - I thought I transported back there for a moment. 4AM and 86 degrees? That's ten degrees higher than my all-time 'Highest Low'!

I didn't sign on for this stuff!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on June 28, 2011, 07:22:19 AM
June 27 2011 - The township of Los Alamos has been evacuated.

Medical center - Closed

Ron

What a mess ... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43558540/ns/weather
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: archae86 on June 28, 2011, 12:46:25 PM
What a mess ... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43558540/ns/weather
That article is not very accurate on background
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the laboratory site, home to the nation's largest supply of nuclear weapons.
is only true if you regard the design location as "home".  I think plenty of people reading that would think it said "current storage location of ..." which it is not.  Now my house, on the other hand, is less than ten miles from a place which HAS been among the nation's largest storage sites for nuclear weapons, for decades.

Back to the helicopter water topic, I've got two tidbits.  The NM Fire Info Los Alamos update for this morning specifically mentions
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Water tanks at the Lab’s wild land fire helicopter landing pad are re-filled in preparation for today’s firefighting activities.

Second, for a bit more view of what the portable tanks of two types can look like in actually use, look at pictures on this flikr page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/51466757@N08/page2/) which is pointed to from NM fire info, which I think somewhat official.  These pictures are not from the current incident, but do represent wildland firefighting, including helicopter operations. You can see there a brief video of an S-61 sucking up water from a temporary field tank, then climbing away.  This S-61 is configured to suck up through a (big) tube, which takes a bit longer to fill than does the dipping bucket technique when that one works well.

All this mainly to say that no, you don't want to fly off to a lake many miles away, not if you can find or arrange an alternative.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 28, 2011, 03:58:29 PM
Hey Pat,
    The caption on this picture says "K-Max Aerial Support Helicopter flying low over Las Cruces, NM in June".  Looks like it is sitting on the ground to me but you may have seen this one flying in your area.
   Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 28, 2011, 06:26:37 PM
No, I've never seen that one Mark. It/they may have been flying over the Organ Mountain fires that we had earlier. I know I saw one of the fire planes flying over the Abrams Fire.

I'm not in any flight paths, thanks to the neighboring installations, so when I do hear something overhead, I always check it out.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 28, 2011, 07:48:01 PM
After an over-nite low of 82.2 - 6 degrees higher than my previous highest low, I'm in a cold snap! 102 for the high today. WU reported 'Normal' is 93.

Low teens for HUM and mid-30s for Dew.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: neondesert on June 28, 2011, 07:53:36 PM
After an over-nite low of 82.2 - 6 degrees higher than my previous highest low, I'm in a cold snap! 102 for the high today. WU reported 'Normal' is 93.

Low teens for HUM and mid-30s for Dew.

Sure Pat, go ahead and brag about your nice comfy cool and damp weather while we here in Vegas suffer!  :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 29, 2011, 06:45:44 AM
Somewhere in the middle of us is where I would like to be. Right now, at 83 with humidity pushing 30% and a mid 40s Dew, I'm sweating like a pig working on the car in the garage.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on June 29, 2011, 06:51:53 AM
You're working on your car in the garage at 4:45AM?  Problems before getting off to work or just couldn't sleep? :-P
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 29, 2011, 07:30:55 AM
No work here. I've been a bum since 2003. Too hot during the day to be doing it and I had a bunch or running around to do then. Got to let it cool down  :lol:

Actually, just finishing up. Figured I would throw a timing belt, water pump, cam and crank seals, etc at it in case I actually do make it out of town this weekend. It was all due anyway and I'm one of those guys that details every part I take out before they go back in. Keeps it pretty!

I had suspected that the idler bearing in the timing belt loop was going and sure enough - feels like a 1960s metal wheel roller skate.


Still 81 degrees and HUM & DEW both rising with 3 - 5 MPH breezes.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 29, 2011, 02:06:48 PM
By the way, this thread is one year, three days old. How did I miss that one?

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 29, 2011, 04:28:00 PM
Especially being that you started the thread! Shame on you!

(I didn't notice it either)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 29, 2011, 09:51:58 PM
Oh well...I'll probably forget next year too.  #-o

One thing is different from last year...last year we were seeing rain...this year, we're seeing dust and heat.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 30, 2011, 12:11:57 AM
You know someone's worried when you read stuff like this:

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LOS ALAMOS - The government sent a plane equipped with radiation monitors over the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory Wednesday as a 110-square-mile wildfire burned at its doorstep, putting thousands of scientific experiments on hold for days.

Lab authorities described the monitoring as a precaution, and they, along with outside experts on nuclear engineering, expressed confidence that the blaze would not scatter radioactive material, as some residents feared.

"Our facilities, our nuclear materials are all safe, they're accounted for and they're protected," said lab director Charles McMillan.

The twin-engine plane, which can take digital photographs and video as well as thermal and night images, was sent to New York City to take air samples after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It has flown over wildfires and areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina. It monitored the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. It also helped locate debris from the disintegrated space shuttle Columbia shuttle.

"It can look for a wide variety of chemical constituents in a plume and the plumes can originate from fires, from explosions, from a wide variety of sources," said lab spokesman Kevin Roark.

And in a testament to the sophisticated research done at Los Alamos, the plane was developed with technology from the lab, the desert installation that built the atomic bomb during World War II.

The pillars of smoke that can be seen as far as Albuquerque, 60 miles away, have people on edge.

The fire has also cast a haze as far away as Kansas. But officials said they analyzed samples taken Tuesday night from some of the lab's monitors and the results showed nothing abnormal in the smoke.

Anti-nuclear groups have sounded the alarm about thousands of 55-gallon drums containing low-grade nuclear waste - gloves, tools and other contaminated items - about two miles from the fire. Lab officials said it was highly unlikely the blaze would reach the drums, and that the steel containers can in any case withstand flames and will be sprayed with fire-resistant foam if necessary.

Kevin Smith, site manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration, said the lab's precautions have been scrutinized by dozens of experts. The lab has been shut down since Monday, when all of the city of Los Alamos and some of its surrounding areas - 12,000 people in all - was evacuated. The fire has held up research on such topics as renewable energy, AIDS and particle physics.

"We have 10,000 experiments running at the same time," said Terry Wallace, science chief at the lab. "We'll have to do an analysis to see what's been affected and how it's been affected."

The plane is just one part of an elaborate air monitoring network surrounding the lab. The lab and the New Mexico Environment Department have dozens of monitors on the ground throughout the region. McMillan said four high-volume air samplers were deployed Tuesday and more were on their way Wednesday.

Some experts familiar with the Los Alamos lab said there is no reason to fear that flames will scatter radiation.

"The nuclear materials are secure," said Penn State University nuclear engineering professor Barry Scheetz, who has served on National Academy of Sciences nuclear review boards and has been to Los Alamos several times. "There's multiple redundancy in the protection of this material. It's not just laying out. It's not there so that a fire is going to disrupt it there and disperse it. The procedures that are in place to protect this material are tremendous."

He added: "The U.S. government, the Department of Energy, has spent literally hundreds of millions of dollars for scenarios that are so unlikely to occur that it is even ridiculous to think about."

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 30, 2011, 02:42:56 AM
 :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:


I'm running. Now.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 30, 2011, 11:06:11 AM
   Didn't the Japanese say that there would be "no" problem with radiation spreading anywhere?!
   Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 30, 2011, 12:16:33 PM
After the two we gave them 66 years ago, I don't think I would trust their proclamation.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 30, 2011, 12:18:42 PM
WHERE DID IT GO?!

I swear, I had a 10% chance of precip in the long term but it's gone now.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 30, 2011, 03:15:08 PM
We're expecting dry base storms.

More of what we don't need.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on June 30, 2011, 05:24:43 PM
     Here is a link to some neat pics of the Los Alamos fires in New Mexico from the ISS, and satellites.
           http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/171052/20110628/nasa-space-images-new-mexico-fire-las-conchas.htm
     Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Ugly Duckling on June 30, 2011, 05:29:27 PM
     Here is a link to some neat pics of the Los Alamos fires in New Mexico from the ISS, and satellites.
           http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/171052/20110628/nasa-space-images-new-mexico-fire-las-conchas.htm
     Mark

Impressive pics. Saw one on TWC

Many Happy Weather Changes,

Marci Anna
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 30, 2011, 08:17:57 PM
     Here is a link to some neat pics of the Los Alamos fires in New Mexico from the ISS, and satellites.
           http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/171052/20110628/nasa-space-images-new-mexico-fire-las-conchas.htm
     Mark

Wow. That's pretty amazing. Pyroclastic clouds...

 :shock:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: neondesert on June 30, 2011, 08:34:17 PM
WHERE DID IT GO?!

I swear, I had a 10% chance of precip in the long term but it's gone now.

Sorry, we stole it.   :sad:
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Sunday
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Sunny and hot, with a high near 112.

Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 85.

Independence Day
Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 110.

Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 88.

Tuesday
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 110.

Tuesday Night
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 88.

Wednesday
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 110.

Wednesday Night
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 87.

Thursday
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 109.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 01, 2011, 12:23:03 AM
We're showing those little isolated sprinkles here and there but mainly in the neighboring areas and mostly evaporating before it hits the ground. Still nothing in my local forecast but El Paso calls for the 10% over the next week.

The clouds are great tho' - nice to see and is keeping the temps down a bit. Only hit 102 today...

HUM in the upper 20s and DEW in the mid 40s - it's getting a little sticky.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 01, 2011, 12:48:22 AM
Only 102...LOL


We smelled rain for awhile around sunset...accompanied by thunder. Some of my friends reported rain...one of them was driving his convertible.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on July 01, 2011, 01:00:56 AM
     Here is a link to some neat pics of the Los Alamos fires in New Mexico from the ISS, and satellites.
           http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/171052/20110628/nasa-space-images-new-mexico-fire-las-conchas.htm
     Mark
Wow. That's pretty amazing. Pyroclastic clouds...
:shock:
    That stuff does not look very healthy that is for sure.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 01, 2011, 04:42:21 AM
Some of my friends reported rain...one of them was driving his convertible.

If you drive fast enough, it goes right over you and you don't get wet.

I think we'll end up sucking some of the moisture/humidity from down Mexico way and with the high heat, bring some t-storms.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 01, 2011, 05:10:53 PM
You can feel the moisture now and some big old clouds are building. One of them to my NNE is really dumping and looks like a mushroom cloud. Forecast has caught up and has 10% for the rest of the day.

Nothing but hot & sticky right now.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 01, 2011, 05:30:20 PM
Looks like some kind of baby elephant head parade...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on July 01, 2011, 05:34:24 PM
You can feel the moisture now and some big old clouds are building. One of them to my NNE is really dumping and looks like a mushroom cloud. Forecast has caught up and has 10% for the rest of the day.
Nothing but hot & sticky right now.
Pat,
    I never imagined that I would think of 20% humidity as being sticky!  :lol: But I am sure that compared to what you had earlier in the week it is really easy to feel the difference.
   Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: archae86 on July 01, 2011, 06:55:29 PM
Earlier we discussed water sources for firefighting helicopters, and shared some pictures from earlier fires elsewhere.  LANL has posted quite a few photos from the current Las Conchas fire to flikr, including this photo of a Skycrane  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/losalamosnatlab/5883171637/in/set-72157627065996670/) picking up water from a temporary tank.

Air tanker traffic yesterday was quiet until late afternoon, when there was a sudden flurry.  Based on the incident update, I believe these may have been used a newly ignited fire very near the big one, which was extinguished by the combination of rapid initial aerial attack and ground teams.

There has been much more air tanker traffic today than most recent days.  I don't know just what they are hitting, but the MODIS maps continue to show some strong burning very close to Los Alamos on the western edge.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 01, 2011, 09:52:24 PM
It was very hazy this morning....the smell of smoke was hanging around. Then by mid day, it started to clear...by this afternoon, you could see pretty far off. I thought the northerly winds out of the mountains didn't come around until October?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 01, 2011, 10:15:13 PM
Summer's Almost Gone...

A frigid 98.6 for a high and darkening clouds looking like they want to rain.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 02, 2011, 02:45:20 AM
Tonite's weather show had rain totals everywhere in El Paso and around town in Las Cruces. Here on the edge of the world? Zero.

This is for El Paso - 50 miles away. My YTD is 0.08" - half of their YTD.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 03, 2011, 04:25:49 AM
Lots & lots of wild lightning and a strong smell of rain but not a drop fell on the Fortress of Solitude...

I hope they caught some in Ruidiso & Alamagordo way. They can sure use it too but they've been catching fire lately.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 03, 2011, 05:07:53 AM
Yesterday was pretty much icky.

Humid, with a thick haze sitting over Albuquerque (visibility was excellent though). Then storms started to form over the Sandia's and nearby Jemez and move inward...clearing out some of the haze/pushing the haze to the ground. Hit a high of 94 yesterday at around 3 PM. Caught the bits of a storm around 8:30 PM...just a few drops of rain...but nothing to kill the drought. C'mon Monsoon, RAIN ALREADY.  ](*,)


Rain dance.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 03, 2011, 01:16:05 PM
Yeah... I think my 5% humidity days are history now as Monsoon starts kicking in. That Mexican storm was feeding it a bit as well.

High HUM of 55% overnite and down to 30% so far. Dew in the 50s.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 03, 2011, 06:25:54 PM
Stormy skies 'round here. Was at Kirtland AFB when lightning struck about 1/2 mile away...

Back home now, skies are stormy looking, but I don't think it'll rain.

88*F right now...humidity is 23% with dp's in the 50s. Might get a few drops after all
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 05, 2011, 12:52:31 AM
Pics baby.

(http://i995.photobucket.com/albums/af78/thewhoissuperb24/th_IMG_6004.jpg) (http://s995.photobucket.com/albums/af78/thewhoissuperb24/?action=view&current=IMG_6004.jpg)


(http://i995.photobucket.com/albums/af78/thewhoissuperb24/th_IMG_5953.jpg) (http://s995.photobucket.com/albums/af78/thewhoissuperb24/?action=view&current=IMG_5953.jpg)


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Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on July 05, 2011, 11:38:24 AM
  Good pictures Chris! =D> =D> \:D/ \:D/ =D> 
    Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on July 05, 2011, 12:39:15 PM
the monsoon has definitely kicked in here in Sedona, AZ.  dewpoints jumped from the 30's up to above 60 deg, and we had measureable rain both on the 3rd and 4th....and it looks like it is set up pretty well for the next few days.  Around here I generally find that a dew point of about 52 deg is a "tipping point" for generating thunderstorms with enough umph so that the rain reaches the ground.

another week of this and we can kiss the fire season goodbuy hopefully.

as an aside, I was pretty happy with my rain barrels, which filled up after about 0.15" of rain!   
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 05, 2011, 12:44:39 PM
Hmmm...lucky. Our DP values up here in the Duke City are sitting in the lower 40s. With a high of 97*F today...we're in for some dry storms. With a little luck later this week, we might actually see some rain...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 05, 2011, 08:22:09 PM
Thanks PNM for your timely response and second-guessing yourself on the estimated time of power restoration.  #-o


2:30PM, in the middle of watching Independence Day, pop! Power goes out. Flashed on at 4:30, then browned out then died again.

I go online (thanks to a decent web browser on my phone) and check the news...PNM says 5:30. 5:30 rolls around. No power. They say 7:30. Oh but wait! 5:32PM - sunnuva...we got power!!!  \:D/ *note obvious sarcasm*

Faulty underground cable was to blame...but is that it? I mean surely something could've caused it to be faulty!

*Sigh*


Pretty much decided to sleep all afternoon (or tried to) with a battery operated fan aimed at me...next time this happens, I'm going to the mall.  ](*,)


I remember one year their systems locked them out and their systems killed power to the entire Albuquerque area...so much fun...it was winter, it was February...and snowing outside.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 06, 2011, 08:53:36 PM
Wouldn't you know it! I leave town and all the excitement happens. A torrential downpour later in the day that I left! I see my station registered a whopping 0.01" of rain on the 3rd!

I got my share of rain during the last 75 miles or so to Tampa. Those typical FLA bursts where you can't see a thing and the wipers can't keep up. Almost forgot what it was.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on July 06, 2011, 09:03:11 PM
Thanks PNM for your timely response and second-guessing yourself on the estimated time of power restoration.  #-o
2:30PM, in the middle of watching Independence Day, pop! Power goes out. Flashed on at 4:30, then browned out then died again.
I go online (thanks to a decent web browser on my phone) and check the news...PNM says 5:30. 5:30 rolls around. No power. They say 7:30. Oh but wait! 5:32PM - sunnuva...we got power!!!  \:D/ *note obvious sarcasm*
Faulty underground cable was to blame...but is that it? I mean surely something could've caused it to be faulty!
*Sigh*
Pretty much decided to sleep all afternoon (or tried to) with a battery operated fan aimed at me...next time this happens, I'm going to the mall.  ](*,)
I remember one year their systems locked them out and their systems killed power to the entire Albuquerque area...so much fun...it was winter, it was February...and snowing outside.
    I know exactly how you feel Chris!   In 2003 on Aug 14 we were in the big blackout that strted when a tree branch in Cleveland shorted out a line and caused most of the NE to go black!  Oh and it was hot that day.  People across the street had to go to a motel somewhere cause of heart problems and they could not stand it without A/C in the house.  We were pretty lucky here.  The power was back within 24 hours.  Many other places like Detroit were out for a lot longer time.  A recent program on TV called "The Crumbling Of America" says that is going to be happening much more often with the grid being in such bad shape.  Higher loads without upgrading the grid=oooops!
   Mark
Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 07, 2011, 11:20:08 AM
They've been saying that about the grid for a long time. It's old. It's antiquated. It's no longer efficient. It's a disaster waiting to happen. Still, it seems nobody wants to invest any dough into "fixing" it.

El Paso Electric likes to nickle and dime their way thru it all with redundancy factors and "improvements" here & there that do nothing but add up to higher rates to "provide a more reliable service" which it never seems to do.

Our entire infrastructure is in a shambles but it will never change as long as it's still usable to some degree.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 08, 2011, 12:25:37 PM
Hmm...weather forecasts show a huge spike in Monsoon moisture this weekend and early next week. So psyched!  :grin:

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Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 08, 2011, 02:32:25 PM
Psyched? I've seen more rain in the last two days than I've seen all of last year! Sunny Florida my a$$!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 08, 2011, 04:12:49 PM
I haven't seen any rain since March! So yes, I'm psyched!!!  :-P
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 10, 2011, 09:45:51 PM
Got some thunder boomies here...and some dots on the window...but that's about it. They're still saying heavy rain later this week.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on July 10, 2011, 11:00:44 PM
I haven't seen any rain since March! So yes, I'm psyched!!!  :-P
     Wow, even I am getting psyched for you!!!!! :shock: \:D/ \:D/ UU UU
    Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 10, 2011, 11:24:39 PM
Effective:   Sun, 10-Jul-2011 3:19pm MDT

Message summary: ...showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rains possible monday through wednesday...
Moist unstable air will flow into southern new mexico and western texas while upper level disturbances move into the area. This weather pattern will generate increasing showers and thunderstorm activity monday through wednesday. A few storms will produce very heavy rains with rainfall amounts exceeding 2 inches over very isolated locations. Thus flash flooding may occur...especially near arroyos and streams and across low lying areas. Wind gusts to 50 mph may also occur with a few storms. Area residents should keep informed of the latest weather forecasts and information by listening to noaa weather radio and local television and radio stations.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 11, 2011, 12:15:35 PM
Cool. That heavy moist plume will dodge Albuquerque to the west by about 50 or so miles.  #-o

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Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 11, 2011, 09:20:21 PM
My RADAR is starting to look interesting and I received another deluge of 0.01" last nite.

I wouldn't mind some rain while I'm gone - let it fill up the pool a little.

I know one thing - all this rain & humidity here in Tampa makes me feel like I'm melting...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on July 11, 2011, 09:28:16 PM
Pat,
   Do you think you can stand all the rain at once?  Wouldn't want a major disaster on our hands down there!  :grin:
   Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 11, 2011, 09:32:31 PM
We got .03" of rain this evening. Radar is lighting up big time, but the rainfall totals are disappointing. We had a clash of outflow boundaries this afternoon...temp dropped from 93*F to 73*F in three and a half hours. In the last four hours it dropped to 68*F.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 12, 2011, 11:52:26 AM
50% chance of rain today. Scattered storms. And a 54*F dewpoint with 64% humidity...and it's in the mid 70s right now.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on July 12, 2011, 12:10:40 PM
   54F dewpoint!  You must feel like you are swimming in it!  Good luck with the rain.
    Mark
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: neondesert on July 12, 2011, 12:17:21 PM
50% chance of rain today. Scattered storms. And a 54*F dewpoint with 64% humidity...and it's in the mid 70s right now.

I hope you guys get something substantial out of this moisture surge, Chris.  ;)

We managed to pick up .51in so far this month at my station and .77in fell at the airport. 
Some areas in the Valley have totaled more than an inch so far in July.

It looks like your best chances will be today and tonight before high pressure starts
to push the moisture back to the west.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 12, 2011, 12:31:41 PM
Similar in my neck as well - 58 Dew, low 50s HUM, upper 70s. Graficast is showing scattered Tstorms with locally heavy rains for today.

Guess I'll get home in time to watch the skeeters swarming around the fresh weeds...


Mark - The rains are gone, other than a drizzle here & there but the humidity... I met up with a bunch of folks last nite out towards Clearwater for a patio setting at a local establishment. I had to leave after an hour and a half. When the 'Sweet & Low' is like jelly, it's time to go. It was brutal (to me) but nothing that a top-down cruise across the Campbell Causeway couldn't fix. :mrgreen: Funny how it's never a bother when I'm right on the water.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 12, 2011, 02:48:00 PM
Well the swamper is just barely getting by today...40% hum isn't too bad, but it is noticeable. I woke up at 8 this morning soaking in my own sweat. A glance at the Wx station showed 67% humidity (not to mention the door to my bedroom was a pain in the ass to open this morning). The ceiling fan isn't cutting it, and I can't get a window A/C unit.  ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 13, 2011, 05:00:48 PM
Storms are favoring eastern New Mexico. No!!!!!!!!!! Go back west!!!!!!  :-x
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 14, 2011, 12:08:20 AM
I'm getting some at The Fortress of Solitude! Up to 0.04" already!  =D>
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 14, 2011, 01:01:51 AM
I'm getting some at The Fortress of Solitude! Up to 0.04" already!  =D>

Yeah I was watching that. I am jealous!!!!!! :P
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 14, 2011, 11:44:09 AM
And a whopping 0.12" hit the bucket yesterday!  \:D/ That's the most I've had since at least Oct 21 when I had 0.11"!

A grand total of 0.22" for the year.

I'm still certain that I'll get hammered between now and September tho'. 2008 started this way - 0.42" by mid-July and then WHAM! 9" and over 16" for the year total.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 15, 2011, 12:17:05 PM
It dried up out here. Low humidity, cold dew points...

Monsoon, y u no be consistent?  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 16, 2011, 07:58:47 PM
100.0 degrees today for a high. Dew in the 50s earlier.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 17, 2011, 08:23:01 AM
Humidity low I hope Cienega? Whew!


DPs are in the mid 40s now, I know that will drop as the daytime heating begins. Our chances for storms is pretty weak too. Our daytime highs is in the mid 90s. Dog days of summer. Again.  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 17, 2011, 09:55:27 AM
Humidity low I hope Cienega? Whew!


"Fortunately", I'm still in Tampa where it's very muggy or coming down in buckets. I'll wager that by Wednesday or so, I'll be getting hit with rain in Cruces being Tampa today is nice and sunny right now but rain is forecast everywhere between here and Houston the next 2 days.

I'm sure it'll be in my path the whole drive home... ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on July 17, 2011, 09:57:19 AM
right now but rain is forecast everywhere between here and Houston the next 2 days.

I'm sure it'll be in my path the whole drive home... ](*,)

Well, maybe that will help keeping the bugs washed off your windshield!    =D>
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 18, 2011, 03:43:43 AM
right now but rain is forecast everywhere between here and Houston the next 2 days.

I'm sure it'll be in my path the whole drive home... ](*,)

Well, maybe that will help keeping the bugs washed off your windshield!    =D>

I stopped in JAX for a few hours to see an old buddy from back in the day and got nailed with rain after I left. Windshield nice and clean and most of the dirt/dust is washed off.

And I just put new fancy spritzers in before I left home... :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 20, 2011, 05:56:40 PM
Sheesh! For the first time, I made it to the USS Alabama in time to tour it. By the time I came back topside, it was pouring. I overnite in HOU and in the morning - yup - buckets.

I made it home this afternoon and found that yesterday here saw 0.15".

I did it - I brought back the rain from Tampa and points between!

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on July 20, 2011, 06:02:19 PM
Looks like a pretty solid monsoon set-up starting now through the whole southwest.  I'm only at 1.80" for the monsoon season in Sedona, AZ, but that included one gully-washer that peaked at 3.97 inches per hour rain rate.  That one filled up my rain barrels quick for sure.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 20, 2011, 06:31:24 PM
We're dealing with thunder and humidity up here...swamper sucks today.

And the fire scar up north is getting washed out today. Not good. (At least not at this time of year).


But here in the city...we're getting zilch.  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: neondesert on July 20, 2011, 11:39:55 PM
We're dealing with thunder and humidity up here...swamper sucks today.

Your swamp cooler would have been in heaven here today...

Low dew point -12.3 °F  Average 18.6 °F
Low Rel Hum 1%           Average 8%
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 21, 2011, 02:32:23 PM
Larry, you need a new keyboard. Yours keeps kicking out a '-' in front of all your Dew Points...  :roll:


 :mrgreen:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: neondesert on July 21, 2011, 02:49:11 PM
Larry, you need a new keyboard. Yours keeps kicking out a '-' in front of all your Dew Points...  :roll:


 :mrgreen:

Yeah, I'm starting to feel like I live on the moon!  #-o

They're telling us that the water vapor may be returning by early next week.  We shall see.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 21, 2011, 03:39:33 PM
Radar is stationary. By that I mean the storms are just sitting over an area with no particular interest in moving. (and the Las Conchas burn scar flooded out yesterday, and is flooding out again today)


-----------------------------------

Went out to hang with friends this afternoon...went to drop them off when it started pouring. One of them had class at CNM...the road was flooded. My truck hydroplaned (but thankfully I didn't wreck.)...

Good news is, the truck got washed free of sand and dirt...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 21, 2011, 11:31:06 PM
My local wx thinks that tropical off the west coast of Baja will fuel some good storms for us this weekend.

I watched the rain fall in every direction today. Storm clouds everywhere I looked except here.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: TNETWeather on July 21, 2011, 11:51:08 PM
It is supposed to do the same for us, though you will most likely get a lot more of it than we do.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 22, 2011, 12:12:24 PM
DPs are reading high today...as is the humidity (pant pant pant). More rain this afternoon. Yay!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on July 22, 2011, 12:16:01 PM
still dry in Sedona.  We seem to be just off the left edge of the moisture flow, darn.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 22, 2011, 12:53:44 PM
Chris - a short, local article about the fires up your way:

LOS ALAMOS - Officials say land managed by the U.S. Forest Service was hardest hit by the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.

Teams with the Burn Area Emergency Response program have been analyzing impacts and threats from the Las Conchas fire. It has charred more than 244 square miles since being sparked June 26 when a tree fell on a power line.

The teams released a list Friday of the acres burned in each jurisdiction.

Nearly 79,000 acres within the Santa Fe National Forest were burned. More than 30,000 acres of the Valles Caldera National Preserve were also charred.

The fire burned across 21,650 acres belonging to Jemez, Santa Clara and Santo Domingo pueblos.

Bandelier National Park had more than 20,800 blackened.

By Friday, crews had contained 85 percent of the fire.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 22, 2011, 03:15:04 PM
Chris - a short, local article about the fires up your way:

LOS ALAMOS - Officials say land managed by the U.S. Forest Service was hardest hit by the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.

Teams with the Burn Area Emergency Response program have been analyzing impacts and threats from the Las Conchas fire. It has charred more than 244 square miles since being sparked June 26 when a tree fell on a power line.

The teams released a list Friday of the acres burned in each jurisdiction.

Nearly 79,000 acres within the Santa Fe National Forest were burned. More than 30,000 acres of the Valles Caldera National Preserve were also charred.

The fire burned across 21,650 acres belonging to Jemez, Santa Clara and Santo Domingo pueblos.

Bandelier National Park had more than 20,800 blackened.

By Friday, crews had contained 85 percent of the fire.


Good to know that it's almost contained. The burn scar though is flooding out big time this week.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 22, 2011, 08:19:38 PM
Just caught a quick story of how your ash has washed down into the Rio Grande and is floating thru my area. The river is blackish.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 23, 2011, 11:05:09 PM
It's disgusting up here. No threat to anyone but fish.  #-o

I was in Santa Fe today cleaning up a house (some people's children... :roll:) when one crack of thunder and the skies start dropping quarter sized hail and 55 mph winds...then torrential flooding.

Rio Rancho saw zip today.  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 24, 2011, 11:26:23 PM
Saw a good 25 minutes of downpour in Rio this afternoon. Now north valley, Albuquerque is getting rain...and so is Double Eagle II airport.

Soaker for sure coming up this week.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 25, 2011, 03:12:53 AM
Had one today that showed some promise - nice big drops, decent & steady but only amounted to 0.01" in the bucket. Looked like it dumped everywhere around me... again.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 26, 2011, 03:32:28 AM
Watched storms fall apart from 7 PM to 1 AM tonight. Watched the heaviest rain fall around 1 AM over the Sandia's...and blow through Albuquerque..but it completely missed Rio Rancho.  :roll: ](*,)

And if you're wondering why I'm up that late...I had to go fix someone's computer around 7, went to the mall for a couple hours, and then just drove all over the place for three hours...and ate Sonic. So I'm going to bed now.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: wxtech on July 26, 2011, 07:39:19 AM
Watched storms fall apart from 7 PM to 1 AM tonight. Watched the heaviest rain fall around 1 AM over the Sandia's...and blow through Albuquerque..but it completely missed Rio Rancho.  :roll: ](*,)

And if you're wondering why I'm up that late...I had to go fix someone's computer around 7, went to the mall for a couple hours, and then just drove all over the place for three hours...and ate Sonic. So I'm going to bed now.
I'm envious.  If/when I ever get back to Albuquerque, I'll eat at Sadies. 
Can you believe living in a place (Georgia) where folks don't know about green chile?
Al
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on July 26, 2011, 09:10:10 AM
Watched storms fall apart from 7 PM to 1 AM tonight. Watched the heaviest rain fall around 1 AM over the Sandia's...and blow through Albuquerque..but it completely missed Rio Rancho.  :roll: ](*,)

And if you're wondering why I'm up that late...I had to go fix someone's computer around 7, went to the mall for a couple hours, and then just drove all over the place for three hours...and ate Sonic. So I'm going to bed now.
I'm envious.  If/when I ever get back to Albuquerque, I'll eat at Sadies.  
Can you believe living in a place (Georgia) where folks don't know about green chile?
Al

ha ha, let them bite into one once and they won't forget for the rest of their life! I have a pretty high tolerance for spicy food and my Thai father-in-law slipped a "hot" chili in on me once. I thought the roots of my hair melted! Sweat poured out of me! :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: wxtech on July 26, 2011, 09:28:32 AM
That's jalapenos.  Chile can be hot or not.  New Mexicans use green chile as we use lettuce on hamburger.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on July 26, 2011, 09:53:19 AM
Well, New Mexico might be where the expression "Fire in the hole!" came from. Can't imagine their digestive tracks. ;)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: wxtech on July 26, 2011, 09:59:04 AM
My wife got a a major digestive problem consuming rice and peppers from sidewalk vendors in Bangkok.  I know Thai food is hot also.  Famous for the peppers.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on July 26, 2011, 11:34:43 AM
That's jalapenos.  Chile can be hot or not.  New Mexicans use green chile as we use lettuce on hamburger.
   I recently saw this on one of Gordon Ramseys shows.  It was amazing.  My eyes were burning from watching her.  Found this article about her.
 
  For some spice lovers, jalapeno-laden hamburgers just won't do. Take Anandita Dutta Tamuly, a 26-year-old woman from Assam, India, who set a Guinness world record last week when she consumed 51 of the world's hottest chile peppers in only two minutes. She also rubbed 24 of the same chile peppers in her eyes over the span of one minute.
 
Overseeing the feat with a watchful eye was none other than chef Gordon Ramsay, who was in India filming for a British TV program. The reality show host and restaurateur could only consume one of the peppers before screaming for water. Measuring in at 1 million Scoville heat units, the bhut jolokia is known to the be world's hottest known chile pepper (jalapenos, in comparison, contain roughly 2,500 to 8,000 Scovilles.)

A single seed from this pepper is known to cause puffy, watering eyes, a runny nose, and a burning sensation that may last for up to five hours. So how did she manage to defy the laws of nature? The mother of one explained:
 

I have been eating bhut jolokia since my childhood and never felt the hotness in my mouth. When I was five, I had a sore tongue and my mother applied a chili paste to cure the infection. Since then I developed a penchant for chiles. To be honest, I barely notice them now.
 
I'm shocked to hear that this record was humanly possible — especially considering the tragic death that occurred last year after a UK man consumed too much spicy sauce. What do you think of the stunt: is it amazing, or simply incredibly foolish?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 26, 2011, 11:35:21 AM
Well, New Mexico might be where the expression "Fire in the hole!" came from. Can't imagine their digestive tracks. ;)

The State Question is "Red or Green?"
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 26, 2011, 11:38:52 AM

Overseeing the feat with a watchful eye was none other than chef Gordon Ramsay, who was in India filming for a British TV program. The reality show host and restaurateur could only consume one of the peppers before screaming for water. Measuring in at 1 million Scoville heat units, the bhut jolokia is known to the be world's hottest known chile pepper (jalapenos, in comparison, contain roughly 2,500 to 8,000 Scovilles.)


MILK! Not water - milk!

Tho' at 1 million, I don't think anything could help at that point!  :shock:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on July 26, 2011, 12:03:31 PM
   

Overseeing the feat with a watchful eye was none other than chef Gordon Ramsay, who was in India filming for a British TV program. The reality show host and restaurateur could only consume one of the peppers before screaming for water. Measuring in at 1 million Scoville heat units, the bhut jolokia is known to the be world's hottest known chile pepper (jalapenos, in comparison, contain roughly 2,500 to 8,000 Scovilles.)
MILK! Not water - milk!
Tho' at 1 million, I don't think anything could help at that point!  :shock:
   I agree milk but my Grandma would always make us eat bread.  We had peppers in the garden and I was always wanting to eat one........ ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)  Out would come the bread.  It helped but cold milk would have been nice too.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 26, 2011, 01:47:33 PM
Milk acts as a detergent. My parents raised me on jalapenos, green chile and fiery salsa when I was a baby to clear my sinuses. Now I can eat most chili peppers (habaneros are...just a little too much for me...and I will never try that 1mil scoville chili!!!) without an issue.

Like seriously, if I go to a sandwich shop, I put everything hot on my sandwich. Some of the employees think I have an iron stomach.  :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on July 26, 2011, 03:31:26 PM
    The stomach is a tough organ.  We must remember that it is used to digestive enzymes and contains hydrochloric acid.  The lining is designed to withstand things like that.  It's once it gets breached that problems begin. :-(
   
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 26, 2011, 07:54:45 PM
That was me - anything and everything... and then that cruel monster "Age" caught me.


A short dump of 0.07" an hour ago! And, no, I'm not talking as a result of peppers... :-P

EDIT: 0.09" total for yesterday.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: hoop on July 27, 2011, 05:34:10 PM
I see lots of scattered T-storms across 4 corners area.. and it appears the pattern continues for a while.  Enjoy the water restockage Southwest
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 27, 2011, 10:47:40 PM
After a 12 degree drop over the last hour, I'm seeing a nice drizzle right now with a constant lightning show to the SE.

Today marks my station's 200th day of rain since it began 1,577 days ago. A whopping 12.7% .
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on July 27, 2011, 11:13:49 PM
I see lots of scattered T-storms across 4 corners area.. and it appears the pattern continues for a while.  Enjoy the water restockage Southwest

well, Lake Powell is about 55 feet deeper than in January of this year.....thanks to the Rockies snowmelt from this epic winter.  thanks Rockies!

so far the monsoon appears to be about average, although the pattern looks good for the next month or so.  It's amazing how much rides on whether we get 2" or 6" of rain over these next couple of months.  I'm at 1.85" at my station in Sedona, Az.  not bad so far.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 28, 2011, 12:05:02 AM
Methinks a ridge is sitting over eastern New Mexico...most of the storms were west of us...and we got no rain today. Dad was in El Paso last night...said it rained like freakin' crazy - complete with hail and a fantastic lightning show.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 28, 2011, 07:48:37 PM
Saw that on the news last nite - El Paso looked a bit crazy. I know the far-away lightning in that direction was pretty vicious at one point.


casa manana - I thought you were in Old Mexico.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 28, 2011, 11:38:34 PM
Looks like Don will be having some influence this weekend.

Last one that did was Dolly in JUL 2008. Ended up with 3.45" over 2 days. 1.07 on the 27th and 2.38 on the 26th which is my highest one day total.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 29, 2011, 11:54:40 AM
I have a friend in Thorndale, TX (a small town about 40 miles NE of Austin). He's looking forward to the rain down there.


We need it here too.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 31, 2011, 12:00:16 AM
The word now is that Don is a bust.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 31, 2011, 12:29:17 PM
Yep. Look at southern Texas. Hell look at Texas in general. No storms!
Stupid TS.  :?  ](*,)

(http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk_1300.gif)


The remnants are remaining in Mexico...and there's not a whole lot associated with it either. It'll pass to our west, and fizzle dry.

My poor friend has to put up with excessive heat...all the more reason for him to get back to Albuquerque.  :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 31, 2011, 02:56:52 PM
There's one model that has some rain in the tip of TX - El Paso - and along the southern NM border. "Possible" totals of close to 3".

I doubt it tho'.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on August 02, 2011, 10:07:55 AM
Had a nice cell pass through Sedona yesterday afternoon, and I set a new record for instantaneous rain rate at my station --- 8.37" per hour!  Only got less than an inch before it passed over, but yikes.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 02, 2011, 02:30:04 PM
Lately we've been getting t-storm winds and interesting dark clouds that amount to nothing by the time they reach the valley.  :evil:  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 02, 2011, 09:00:43 PM
Same here. Rain dumps everywhere I look. Hit 100.9 today!

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 02, 2011, 09:52:38 PM
We hit 93 for a high. Certainly not the hottest its been this summer.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 02, 2011, 10:53:32 PM
These two shots were 5 minutes apart and was pretty much the scene the last few hours looking everywhere from SE to NNE:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 02, 2011, 11:10:19 PM
Nice shots!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: neondesert on August 02, 2011, 11:13:00 PM
These two shots were 5 minutes apart and was pretty much the scene the last few hours looking everywhere from SE to NNE:

Cool photos Pat!  8-)

Is that all from the same storm you posted earlier? 
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 02, 2011, 11:25:30 PM
Same storm. Everything west looked like that. I wish I had a cam looking SW - nice red sunset sky throwing bolts around.

In the original post, I meant 'everywhere from SW to NNW'
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 02, 2011, 11:28:18 PM
I guess I can say NE now...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 03, 2011, 02:27:10 AM
Looks like the 101 yesterday will be the norm for the rest of the week with trip-digits and a slight chance of t-storms being called for. Most think the precip will be to the west tho'.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on August 03, 2011, 10:36:26 AM
dewpoints are starting to drop here in AZ due to a big trough coming in off of California.  It's always amazing to me how much drier the air is coming off the Pacific than when it comes up from Mexico and the Gulf of California.  Probably will have a lull in Tstorms for a few days.  I'll have to empty some of my rain barrels next week I guess.  Anyway, I'm at 2.83" for the monsoon season so far, which is "normal", if there is such a word for weather..   

nice pics Cienega!

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on August 03, 2011, 11:26:59 AM
    Those are awesome pics Pat!!!  You should have those printed and framed up.  They look as good as some I have seen in other places.  Great job!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 03, 2011, 10:07:01 PM
Thanks for the kind words but I can't take any credit for the Oly C4000 running under VM95 automatically taking the shots. I just wish I didn't have those d@mn power poles in the foreground.

I did have a great shot from 2 years ago that my neighbor, without my knowledge, had printed on some t-shirts. Using good judgement, he gave me one. http://www.eastmesaweather.com/pics/lightning.htm (http://www.eastmesaweather.com/pics/lightning.htm) No power pole in that one but part of the window grid right in the worst spot.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 03, 2011, 10:07:42 PM
Another 100+ plus day - 101.1
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 03, 2011, 10:56:18 PM
Picked up .15" of rain this evening. My truck needs some maintenance done to it *cough* tires and wipers *cough*


...:shock:...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on August 04, 2011, 12:19:56 PM
Another 100+ plus day - 101.1

Your comment about hitting the century mark got me thinking.  I've been considering arranging my data so that I can track the number of days over 100 deg, as a kind of "Extreme Summer Index". So I finally did it last night.  It was pretty revealing.  For my site in Sedona, AZ, we've had 13 days over 100 deg this summer.  But the average for this date, based on several years of data, is 19 days over 100.  So we've been cooler than average here, at least by that measure, so far this summer....that kind of fits my overall impression.

Some other numbers that caught my eye are:
Average number of days over 100 deg for the entire summer:  23
Earliest occurrence of a day over 100: June 5th
Latest occurence of a day over 100: August 30th
Obviously these are all very site-specific, but it gives me another way of looking at the data, which is what I live for.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 04, 2011, 05:29:50 PM
That type of data is enjoyable to me as well.

Looking at mine, my earliest 100+ day is May 20th 2008. 2008 was also the only August (2007-current) without any 100+ days with the high being 95.5 on the 1st giving that month an average of 76.5. Average August is 80.5. 2008's last 100+ day was early - June 19th.

August 21st 2007 was the latest for 100+ - 102.1 which tied that year's high on June 26th. I keep think I'll pass that number this year but the clouds keep it a chilly 101 or so.

As far as days of 100+ temps and their highs:
2007 - 6 - 102.1
2008 - 9 - 104.4
2009 - 5 - 103.6
2010 - 18 - 108.2
2011 - 18 (98.8 today's high so far) - 108.1

Right now it's sunny and I hear some rain drops on the skylite...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 04, 2011, 06:54:15 PM
Ah yes. A few drops on the skylites...

25-30MPH winds, 1.77" rain rate and 0.14" in the bucket and still a slight drizzle.

It was one of those events where everyone has nice white clouds and blue skies. Except over your house where it was dark grey, thundering and raining hard.

Just hope it isn't omen-tied to today's DOW...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 04, 2011, 10:37:52 PM
No rain this afternoon like yesterday, though from 12-2 today we had another power outage, though it is unknown what caused it.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 05, 2011, 02:58:11 AM
There was a nice finish to it all. It was a lot better before I ran back inside for the camera.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on August 05, 2011, 10:27:13 AM
now I hope that THAT is the omen tied to the DOW!!!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 05, 2011, 05:52:53 PM
My very thoughts when I saw it!

I keep toying with 100 - 99.7 so far and the clouds are greying up a bit. Yesterday, I learned how to break open the rain clouds: start setting up to vacuum the pool and imagine jumping in when I'm done. It works just like washing the car!  :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 07, 2011, 07:07:42 PM
100.9 today, clam winds, 21% HUM & 51 Dew... not too bad considering 90 is 'AVG' (per WU). My station's avg high for today 2007-2010 is 93.


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 07, 2011, 08:22:17 PM
It's deader than a doornail up here and drier than a bone.  #-o Blow that moisture up here!!!!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on August 07, 2011, 11:24:39 PM
we're dry here too in AZ.  DP's below 40 deg.  but the monsoon always comes in episodes.   I'm still shooting for 6" this season.  we'll see.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 08, 2011, 12:14:24 AM
I'm with you on that one. I'm still expecting a deluge to come.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 08, 2011, 08:18:46 PM
Hottest AUG 8th for my station passing 2009's 94.9 easily: 102.9. Also made for a new August high beating 2007's 102.1 on the 21st and gave me 20 100+ days for 2011.

A couple of boomies went by but did nothing but block the sun for a bit.

There's a High sitting over me that's pulling moisture to my south and west and sucking more dry across the north and east of me.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 09, 2011, 05:54:33 PM
The drier weather is hell and heaven for things around here.

Good:

Swamp cooler functions much better
Comfortable outside (sort of, the dry hot air not so much)
Doors in the house aren't sticking

Bad:

Risk for fire (though the potential fire spots have been drenched up here)
Singing voice slightly affected (dry throat = no bueno for singing)


Good news is it should all come back by the weekend.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 09, 2011, 09:22:43 PM
Strain the dry throat for a nice, raspy sound and sing the blues...  :-P I can hear it now:
"You got to move... you got to move. You got to move, child, you got to move..."



Dew & HUM make for an uncomfortable 102.4 today. Swamper hasn't taken a break for a while over the last few days until later in the evenings. Might have to hit the roof and check it - doesn't feel like it used to. Might be time to replace that 8" pad.

Rainy here & there and I actually caught a few drops on my windshield earlier but no real accumulation anywhere local.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 11, 2011, 01:16:32 PM
Our swamper is temperamental. Either the spider tubes will get clogged (and we've tried to alleviate this problem only to find the fix is a bigger issue than the clogged tubes  #-o ) or the pump will seize (it came with the unit, so we don't expect it to last much longer this season).


Hit a high of 94 yesterday. Saw some rain but nothing that amounts to much. Today there is more rain, slightly cooler.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 11, 2011, 11:17:49 PM
Interesting afternoon...

A strong storm was brewing NE of White Sands. Nice, dark, evil looking clouds. Then it started swelling up in my direction. A big wall of grey moving west toward me and thru the middle of it a big burst of brown rolled out on top of 30MPH winds. Very strange look to it all and of course, it rolled down my block when I was outside opening the driveway gate. Had to sit in the car a few minutes to wait it out.

Eventually, the rain followed with strong lightning overhead. 0.16" so far - pushes me over an inch for the year and it's still lightly falling right now. Only need 0.02" to match my rainiest day for the year.

Power dropped a couple of times for a split second.

Looks like they received an inch a few miles south of me.

EDIT: Final total at midnite - 0.26"  |  1.12" YTD across 14 days
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 12, 2011, 12:18:15 AM
Being surrounded by mountains, they saw flooding rains, we saw zilch. This weekend is going to be a "soaker" though according to the forecasts. It's about time. I love the way storms flash in the sunset...and after the sunset. And when the moon lights up the collapsing tops.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 14, 2011, 04:37:26 PM
2:30PM - 80% HUM, 62 Dew, and 68 degrees! 87 an hour ago.

Not to mention the 30MPH winds that blew in with the rain. They've settled and the rain continues to fall. 0.13"  and a nice, steady drizzle.

The giant swarming carpenter ants are going to have a field day after this one. They started the other day and they were desperately busy looking to plant everywhere. The last couple of years of sporadic rains gave me much insight to their approach and I hit them hard while they were still "breaking ground" the last 2 days. Hopefully, I slowed them down a little and made a dent in their population.


EDIT: 0.14" total
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 15, 2011, 12:46:43 AM
Saw some rain yesterday, and impressive cloud structures to boot.

Today? Zilch.

New Mexico's weather is bi polar.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 16, 2011, 02:30:55 AM
While cruising around WalMart and grabbing a few of the school-days sales, it sounding like a bowling league upstairs. Torrential rain, thunder and wild lightning. Power dropped for a second or two and the registers were knocked off line for a bit.

Naturally, when I got home I found I only had 0.16" with a moderate rain rate.  :roll:

Totaled at only 0.20" but that's two days in a row of more than 0.10" of rain!  =D>
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 16, 2011, 02:49:42 PM
I'm jealous. You're getting rain down there!!!  :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 16, 2011, 10:40:12 PM
... and a ton of one inch+ Carpenter ants - many with wings. Want them too?  :-P
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 16, 2011, 10:44:58 PM
... and a ton of one inch+ Carpenter ants - many with wings. Want them too?  :-P

Get some fly traps? Buy an airborne spray? I don't want them thank you!  :-P
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 17, 2011, 01:29:37 AM
So many of them floating around it's just a Smack & Step routine. The ones that are trying to scratch their way into the ground have been getting a steady diet of various "foods" alternating with Sneaker Bottoms. They're out in force this week!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 18, 2011, 08:12:44 AM
*shudders*

Flying insects deserve to stick to something or inhale something. Well...if they're affecting something (bees/wasps are okay, as long as they're not ON me).


Had some brief rain moments last night, and really freaky cloud formations. Might see less rain through til the weekend, but then again I need to check the latest forecast.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 19, 2011, 03:40:31 AM
Flying insects are one thing but when they're wood eating Carpenter Ants... Get 'em fast and get 'em early!

It's like an alien invasion. The dozens and dozens of swarmers pick their spot, start digging and drop their future society in their own hole. Next thing you know, there's a subterranean network branching out with dozens and dozens of workers scurrying about. I've learned that where there's one very active hole, there will be at least one more associated one within 10 or 15 feet. I hit the main one with that Amdros (sp) bait and shut down the others with Spectracide granules and also make an enclosing loop around it all with it.

A bunch of booms and flashes dropped a quarter inch of rain so far and pushes me over an inch for the month (1.75"-year). A nice steady, easy rain falling right now and a nice drop to 67 degrees. The pitter-patter sounds nice on the skylite.  :-)

EDIT: 0.36" total. 1.12"-AUG | 1.82"-YTD
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 23, 2011, 06:04:51 PM
Broke 100 today - first time since the 9th. I've been running upper 90s and, other than some muggy periods with the rain threats and some winds, it's been quite pleasant. The last three days have been real tame.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 23, 2011, 07:31:14 PM
We've had some interesting nights with lightning, but no rain. It's been generally like a typical late August up here...white-lying thunderstorms  #-o and lightning, and daytime highs in the lower to mid 90s. C'mon September!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 24, 2011, 04:31:32 PM
The WU provided "Normal Temp" shows 10 below what I've been getting. That's pretty much been the theme all summer. My recorded data shows the highest for today at 92 in 2007 with the other 'todays' being low to mid 80s.

99.9 right now and rising...

EDIT: 101.7 for the high but right now - 9:20p - it's 91! I feel like I'm back in Vegas!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 25, 2011, 05:18:39 PM
Caught about four thunderstorms last night...the first two had some punch to them. Rain amounted to 3/10ths of an inch. Today looks promising, but I'm not holding my breath. It's 92*F up here...yesterday we hit 94*F...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 26, 2011, 06:03:08 PM
Still no rain since the 19th but some west-bound boomies rolling around south of me in an otherwise decent looking sky. Strong T-Storm Alert just issued and a ten degree drop over the last 90 minutes.

Today would mark my 1,400 day of 'No Rain' in my station's 1,607 day history.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 26, 2011, 10:23:26 PM
We got rain two nights ago, been high and dry as of late. I'm having fun watching Irene crawl up the eastern seaboard.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 29, 2011, 03:01:48 PM
Received .53" of rain last night from two separate storms (930-10 and 330-4)...went into the master bedroom this morning to find a water stain by the closet...then had to go in the garage for something and noticed two large water stains on one side (our garage was converted into a large family room before we bought the house) and a small puddle stain in the middle.

 ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on August 29, 2011, 03:50:34 PM
So how much rain does that make for the year? To average?

Hope ur water problem isnt too serious

Glad to be back,

--Farmtalk--
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 29, 2011, 10:23:56 PM
That certainly sucks, Chris! You finally get a little decent rain and it gives you problems.

The FD finally started issuing burn permits last week and I hit a few dense areas that I've been spraying and spraying. Things are relentless in this type of weather the last month or two. With so little rain, the roots really dig in for the long haul.

Dew P has been low 40s & HUM low 20s or less so these upper 90s don't feel too bad at all.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 30, 2011, 02:53:34 PM
Dad and I inspected the attic...there's no water stain trails in the insulation, the wood or anything above the garage...we do suspect the nails though...of all things...the master bedroom though...the electrical tubing for the swamp cooler where it goes through the roof now has a hole around the seal, so water dripped down that, down the joist and dripped down into the ceiling...right where the ceiling meets the closet wall above the closet door.  ](*,)

I'm hoping the rain doesn't return tonight. The roofer will be here tomorrow to look at the roof...we don't need more water damage.

Then again, this is an AmRep house...there's a lot of things that go wrong with these houses...from plumbing to electrical to...


------------------------------------------------------------

I don't like this!!

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/lanina/enso_evolution-status-fcsts-web.pdf

^

I wonder if 1974-1976 were really bad drought years for the south. That and 1998-2000.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 31, 2011, 01:57:57 AM
Another 101 day today with a storm cloud or two lingering in the far distance.

The latest I ever had 100+ in August was the 21st (2007). The last week of August usually falls and sticks to low-mid 90s. Last September 2nd was my hottest SEP day - 96. That should easily fall this year.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: neondesert on August 31, 2011, 04:06:23 PM
Another 101 day today with a storm cloud or two lingering in the far distance.

The latest I ever had 100+ in August was the 21st (2007). The last week of August usually falls and sticks to low-mid 90s. Last September 2nd was my hottest SEP day - 96. That should easily fall this year.

At least it cools down quicker where you live now Pat. 

Just did a look through my records and my latest 100+ day was October 3rd 2000 (101.2°F) :!:

Looking forward to November though, I haven't logged a single 90 degree plus day since I started keeping records in 1999.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 31, 2011, 05:44:26 PM
Ah yes! The nite time cool downs are a bit nicer tho' this year gave me my highest "Nite time avg" as reported by WD - 6PM to 6AM. 92.7 degrees on JUN 28. Doesn't make the memory of the coldest any easier: -2.2 FEB 3.

With the mid-40s Dew and high teens HUM, the evenings & nites are definitely nicer and the general lack of rain has kept the skeeters at bay all summer.

Another 101 today with some clouds that keep dropping it to 99 or so.

I had moved to Las Vegas in mid-Sept and, after driving from Long Island and the apparent Fall weather hitting most areas along the way, I thought it was the coolest thing to have 100+ and beautiful nites during football season. So began my love of living in the desert!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 01, 2011, 01:08:56 AM
11PM and my AUG average this year is 84.1 .

2011 - 84.1
2010 - 80.3
2009 - 80.3
2008 - 76.5 - only AUG with NO 100+ days
2007 - 80.4
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on September 02, 2011, 10:17:30 AM
new records for my site in Sedona AZ. 

11 days in a row with high temp over 100 deg. 

latest date with high temp over 100 deg (1 Sept 11).

Both of these look like I'll keep counting up for the next couple of days at least.  what a switch in weather pattern.  the early monsson season was looking good, but then we just slipped off of the western edge of the pattern it seems  (I was hoping for maybe 6 inches for the season, now only a smidge above 3", darn)

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 03, 2011, 05:13:49 PM
Some fun stuff over the last few days...aside from the insurance company giving us hell about our roof..(and to find out that the the house was built in 1986, and it's the original roof..)

Saw some much needed rain last night. And some rather beautiful lightning strikes.

Been hitting the mid 90s all week to find there will be a cold front diving across the eastern plains tonight...which means 40 mph winds for the Albuquerque area tonight. And upper 70s for highs tomorrow, with a lot of rain. I love the fall.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 03, 2011, 05:42:39 PM
1986 & original roof and you're only getting what you described in the other post? That's not too bad, really, if you think about it. Good luck with it all and I hope you get a good roofer that ends your woes! Leaky roofs suck.

Pushing upper 90s the first three days of September so far. 98.8 today with clouds - some grey types- keeping it variable. 50 Dew, 20% HUM and ~10MPH. Not too bad so far...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 05, 2011, 07:06:49 AM
Well, this cold front has hit down here and it's brought my temps down to "Normal". Only hit 88.8 yesterday and it's been a great nite for opening every window in the house. The early morning hours haven't provided any wind but late Sunday evening had some nice breezes.

Some nice, thick clouds rolled in yesterday afternoon at sunset and the smell of rain was in the air. Just the smell of it.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 08, 2011, 06:44:47 PM
The insurance company has so far, denied our claim. Dad and I put roof sealer on the potential leak areas...our roof looks like crap...and the plywood underneath seems rather weak...all of this right before Dad retires. WHYYYYY?!!!!

It hasn't rained much in over a week, me thinks this winter is going to suck.

The days have been nice though...lower to mid 80s, upper 70s for much of the week. Not running the swamp cooler = win.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 09, 2011, 08:27:09 PM
That's terrible and the timing certainly sucks. Hopefully, the sheathing is just thinner than you expected and seems weaker. I know on my house it was. I did a full tear-off on mine a few years back and that was a concern but the sheathing was all clean and intact. Good luck with it all and try to keep your Dad's (and yours) spirits up.


Slow building overcast day and some small talk of possible precip tonite. Had some gusts in the low 30s the other nite. Actually, the day after I cleaned the pool  ](*,) . Upper 60s & upper 80s - nice temps...


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 10, 2011, 12:17:02 AM
Today's high never climbed past 70...it's been in the sixties all day long...very comfortable weather up here...though tonight gets into the 50s.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 10, 2011, 10:49:34 PM
Another 64/88 type of day. 73 now with a nice 5-10MPH breeze out of the north running thru the house.  =D> \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 11, 2011, 01:03:07 PM
73 now with a nice 5-10MPH breeze out of the north running thru the house.  =D> \:D/

The kind of weather that would make Mom freeze and tell us to shut the front and back doors.  :roll:

It's chilly here though at least to me. 66*F with a slight breeze. Then again, the other night it hit 54*F after a thunderstorm.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 14, 2011, 03:06:17 PM
Mid-late fall-like weather about to hit up here. I'm excited!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on September 14, 2011, 05:47:19 PM
what a change we've had over here in Sedona, AZ!  After a moderately disappointing monsoon season through August (just a bit above 3" of rain for the monsoon season), all of a sudden over 2 more inches showed up in the past week. 

also, set a new record for number of consecutive days with measurable rainfall (7!).  this is the desert???

high temp today was 76 F ......  that's more like the lows we were seeing a couple of weeks ago.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 14, 2011, 08:53:15 PM
Wow! 7 days in a row? Impressive! I've had 5 rain days in a row (2.22" total) back in July of '08 but that month saw 8.92" total.

The stormy clouds just north blew in at about 5:15 with 24MPH max gust and the rain followed. The station collected .29" and saw a max rate of 4.47"/hr. Had some light rain last nite with 0.03" after midnite.

2.18" total YTD.

EDIT: About 10:30, another 0.26" dumped in a hard hurry and now (01:00) I'm looking at my first 50s temp with it hovering at 61. To quote a great philosopher of our time - "Summer's almost gone..."

Tomorrow's NWS forecast:

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some storms could be severe, with large hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. East wind 8 to 16 mph becoming south. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on September 16, 2011, 10:26:14 AM
8 days in a row.  maybe I should call it 8*, since I'm not sure if I can call it rain or heavy dew (.01").  but hey, in this part of the country, water is water, so I'm going to count it.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 17, 2011, 12:40:37 PM
Never saw any hail in my part of the region but did collect some more rain - another 0.26" for 2.70" YTD. Strong lightning and some short power drops here & there around town while I was out and about.

Casa Manana - I agree with you - a bucket tip is a bucket tip in these parts!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 18, 2011, 11:01:53 PM
It's been dry and comfortable up here since at least Friday...so I'm enjoying the fall weather up here...though the rain returns later this week (right around the first day of fall).

*sniifffffff*

The smell of the high desert around fall...it has its own unique smell when it dries out some...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 30, 2011, 08:47:40 PM
Rain returns to the forecast early next week and sticks around for a couple days...hmm...  :-k
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on October 04, 2011, 11:23:33 AM
I finished* the monsoon season with 6.23".   Not bad, and a lot better than other parts of AZ and NM, which got missed this year.  My wife's wildflower garden has nice blooms of sunflower, aster, and sage....often it looks like a brown fried plant graveyard at this time of year.

On a meaningless geeky weather statistic note...  Although October is a pretty lean month for rain here (it's between the monsoon and the winter storms), it has rained here on October 4th for four years running, and there is actually a chance of seeing some precip later today for five years in a row.  I'll report in later , drumroll please.   For what that's worth.  ;-)

* for my purposes I collect monsoon statistics from 1 June through 30 September, then switch to collecting "winter" rainfall.



Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 04, 2011, 12:44:18 PM
I think our Monsoon ended towards the end of September as well. Didn't get much out of it...according to our local NWS office, we got about 2.25" for the entire Monsoon season. The storm system we're getting is definitely early but also seasonal.

Bring on the winter!!!! :lol: \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on October 04, 2011, 02:34:28 PM
I know you're all holding your breath, so I'll end the suspense.   The answer is YES, we just got measurable precip for the fifth year in a row on October 4th. 

Now I'm off searchinfg for the next meaningless geeky weather statistic!

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 06, 2011, 02:00:48 PM
.7" on Tuesday.

That's right seven-tenths of an inch!!  \:D/

This fall might be a good one (I love wet fall seasons)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 09, 2011, 04:18:53 AM
From this last storm system that blew through, I recorded a total of 1.22" total. My weather station recorded a freeze last night as well: 31.2*F. So the swamp coolers were shut off this afternoon, furnaces are on.

Bring it on winter!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 15, 2011, 07:24:55 PM
Low to mid 80s the first week until the 8th when I cam back from an east coast road trip - 67! It's been warming up every day since and hit 88 today with little or no wind and not a cloud in sight.

I predict that towards the end of the week and after I'll have lots and lots of rain. That's when the stucco guys will be here doing the house... :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 18, 2011, 01:24:35 AM
Well, I knew it would be something....

Message summary: ...strong cold will move across the region tonight...
A week of nearly record breaking warm weather will abruptly come to an end tonight. A strong cold front was moving across eastern new mexico and west texas this evening. The cold front will move into the eastern part of the area around 11 pm. Then through el paso a little after midnight and finally to the arizona state line by early tuesday morning. Temperatures for the last several days having been running over ten degrees above normal. Tuesday`s highs on the other hand will be a couple of degrees below normal. No rain is expected with cold frontal passage...but there could be some brief strong winds gusting to 35 mph with patchy areas of blowing dust later tonight...mainly west of area mountains.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 18, 2011, 10:48:10 PM
My Monsoon total for this year was a whopping 2.62" from 17 events of 0.01" or more.

 :shock:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 19, 2011, 02:10:16 AM
Roof finally replaced yesterday. Looks pretty good!

Very windy yesterday, hit an overnight low of 37*F. Tonight's low is 35*F, might get colder than that. October seems just a hair warmer than usual this year, no?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on October 19, 2011, 01:14:15 PM
We have been dry but the few rains that we have gotten over the last couple of months have been nice totals....1.13 inches in one last week, and another inch expected by tomorrow evening
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 20, 2011, 04:09:11 PM
Roof finally replaced yesterday. Looks pretty good!

Very windy yesterday, hit an overnight low of 37*F. Tonight's low is 35*F, might get colder than that. October seems just a hair warmer than usual this year, no?

Congrats and good luck with the new hat on the house. That peace of mind is incredible.

Last year I had one day 90 or over (90.6 on the 2nd) and only one day of 85-89.9. This year none 90+ and 6 days between 85-89.9 (88.1 highest).

83 now with some 5-10MPH breezes gusting to 20ish. 15% Hum & 30 Dew - very pleasant.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on October 20, 2011, 04:21:56 PM
47F here, misting, wing gusts over 30mph lol i miss early fall weather #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 20, 2011, 10:31:48 PM
I'm just waiting for the first snowfall. :D

Roof finally replaced yesterday. Looks pretty good!

Very windy yesterday, hit an overnight low of 37*F. Tonight's low is 35*F, might get colder than that. October seems just a hair warmer than usual this year, no?

Congrats and good luck with the new hat on the house. That peace of mind is incredible.

Last year I had one day 90 or over (90.6 on the 2nd) and only one day of 85-89.9. This year none 90+ and 6 days between 85-89.9 (88.1 highest).

83 now with some 5-10MPH breezes gusting to 20ish. 15% Hum & 30 Dew - very pleasant.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 21, 2011, 01:50:12 PM
Shhhhhh...


I'm just waiting for the first snowfall. :D

Roof finally replaced yesterday. Looks pretty good!

Very windy yesterday, hit an overnight low of 37*F. Tonight's low is 35*F, might get colder than that. October seems just a hair warmer than usual this year, no?

Congrats and good luck with the new hat on the house. That peace of mind is incredible.

Last year I had one day 90 or over (90.6 on the 2nd) and only one day of 85-89.9. This year none 90+ and 6 days between 85-89.9 (88.1 highest).

83 now with some 5-10MPH breezes gusting to 20ish. 15% Hum & 30 Dew - very pleasant.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on October 21, 2011, 07:57:09 PM
our horses think winter is coming for sure.  they're starting to look like yaks.  I think it was that 37 deg low the other night.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 22, 2011, 01:19:02 AM
Still haven't gone under 41 yet but long-term TV says 39 possible on the tail end.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on October 22, 2011, 09:09:08 AM
39F here right now...escaped the frost for the day but a good chance of it tonight.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 22, 2011, 04:56:51 PM
Hit 31*F earlier this month.

I think Halloween night is going to be chilly up here.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 24, 2011, 06:33:06 PM
Freeze Watches over northern New Mexico...snow/rain mix in the forecast for Wednesday night.

 :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 25, 2011, 01:28:21 AM
A pitter-patter on the skylites and the smell of fresh rain resulted in zero accumulation over the last hour but I could have a little more later.

Same thing this afternoon - a few drops and nothing more.

Thursday nite looks like my first day to see under 40. Low 80s/high 40s over the last week and today was the first with clouds in the sky.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 26, 2011, 11:42:55 PM
A little rain today - 0.04" that saw a max rate of 0.49"/hr.

Thursday nite is calling for 36 as a low. The number keeps going down.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on October 27, 2011, 05:03:49 PM
Calling for 32 tomorrow night and 29 saturday night.....seems like just a couple of weeks ago temps were 70F at night :shock:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 27, 2011, 05:04:40 PM
It snowed in Portales and Clovis overnight (not a whole lot but it still snowed).

All we got up here was rain and a low of 36*F.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on October 27, 2011, 05:13:59 PM
Is Clovis higher up in elevation that u are??? And I figure 36F would have been cold enough for a little sleet.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 27, 2011, 06:45:13 PM
Believe it or not, lower...but out on the plains as well. I think eastern New Mexico saw the brunt of the cold front more than we did further west.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 28, 2011, 01:50:15 AM
Today's high was 19 lower than yesterday's 80 and 2.5 higher than yesterday's low!

44 now and I had to close the windows...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on October 28, 2011, 05:20:36 PM
A very chilly 41F here right now.....Brrrr! :shock:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 28, 2011, 07:46:43 PM
Topped at 57*F today. Chilly even in sunlight.  #-o

Farmtalk, you're very close to the snow. Send some this way!!!!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 29, 2011, 01:32:24 AM
Low today of 36.4. Last day to be under 40 was May 2nd with... 36.4

65.5 made for a pleasant afternoon.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on October 29, 2011, 08:47:52 AM
Topped at 57*F today. Chilly even in sunlight.  #-o

Farmtalk, you're very close to the snow. Send some this way!!!!  \:D/

We only got a dusting, and most of it has already melted....50 miles east of us they were supposed to get 6-8 inches... :shock:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 02, 2011, 02:24:33 AM
With all the posts about Nor'easters and blizzards and the like, I thought I would mention that my November started with a nice, sunny 80 degree day.

Just thought I would throw that out there...  8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on November 02, 2011, 04:53:25 AM
With all the posts about Nor'easters and blizzards and the like, I thought I would mention that my November started with a nice, sunny 80 degree day.

Just thought I would throw that out there...  8-)
UU
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Downlinerz2 on November 02, 2011, 10:39:24 AM
With all the posts about Nor'easters and blizzards and the like, I thought I would mention that my November started with a nice, sunny 80 degree day.
Just thought I would throw that out there...  8-)
UU
   My start to November has been pretty nice too.  Not up to 80*F but hit 61*F and sunny.  Not bad for November.  Just wish the leaves would fall so I can get the raking done!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 02, 2011, 05:12:39 PM
Upper 50s yesterday and mid 60s today; temperatures I am very happy to live with 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 03, 2011, 03:23:14 PM
Found my first "freeze day" this morning at 30.4. Pretty much on time in the first week of NOV (or last week of OCT).

That's my marker for closing the swamp cooler for the winter.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on November 04, 2011, 12:15:33 PM
I'm still waiting for our first 32 deg here in Sedona.  Should happen with this system coming through the next couple of days. 

pretty much on same schedule as you, Cienega, our first freeze here has come between 12 October and 9 November.

emptied the rain barrels onto the plants and trees last week, ready to have them fill back up this weekend!

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 04, 2011, 03:41:15 PM
No rain forecast for the weekend here - just a lot of wind.

Hope you refill those barrels!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 04, 2011, 03:53:06 PM
Dipping down to the upper 20s tonight but a nice rebound to the  mid 60s tomorrow :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 04, 2011, 07:50:42 PM
According to the NWS, we're in for a snowy deep freeze next week...and a lot of wind this weekend.

I love winter, I love snow, but does it have to be so miserable up here?  ](*,)

Mom is keeping the furnace down to 65*F. Not sure if I should complain or greet the huge energy savings (we do use the oven a lot - I love to bake things).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 04, 2011, 07:54:40 PM
wasnt it like 90 something in NM just 3 or 4 weeks ago???
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 05, 2011, 01:56:48 AM
On the bottom of the state, I last had 90+ on Sept 29 (91.9) and last 85+ on Oct 17 (87.1)

Right now, my 62 is 20 degrees warmer than 24 hours ago.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 05, 2011, 08:15:52 AM
How about 29F at 8AM? Getting cold fast here!

We will have a nice warm-up though, will hit the mid 60s :-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 05, 2011, 02:32:01 PM
Right now it's 45*F...I have a feeling we might hit 52*F before the blast of cold air sinks in...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 05, 2011, 04:18:22 PM
38MPH blast with 0.01" of rain at 9:30 this morning. Still blowing pretty good with 56 degrees. My low today was at 10:30A with 52.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 05, 2011, 11:25:47 PM
We hit 58*F...the winds here died some around this afternoon...after that the clouds started moving in again after they blew away this morning...NWS dropped our snow chance from 30% to 10% for Monday night, and warmed up our low from 24*F to 27*F. If you ask me, I think we'll bottom out around 28*F for Monday night...with few snow showers...

But hey mother nature can always prove anyone wrong! :)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 06, 2011, 12:53:07 AM
You're talking 20s already? Yikes! Is that sooner than usual for up there?

Today's high was 63.7 at 1:03AM.

I feel a bit cheated this year. I spent all the great temps here back east where it rained everywhere I went.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 06, 2011, 08:17:25 AM
Daggone! Your sticker says 21F Chris! :shock:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 06, 2011, 07:48:05 PM
The weird thing is, my weather station recorded 28*F as the low last night...I wonder if that's because it's under the porch eave up against the house....

But my iPod touch said the weather was 21*F. Hmm.

Snow tomorrow night!!!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 06, 2011, 07:49:57 PM
You're talking 20s already? Yikes! Is that sooner than usual for up there?

Today's high was 63.7 at 1:03AM.

I feel a bit cheated this year. I spent all the great temps here back east where it rained everywhere I went.

Wait. WHAT???
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 06, 2011, 08:08:32 PM
We had a shot of severe storms wednesday, but our chances are diminishing :sad:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 06, 2011, 11:08:57 PM
Daggone! Your sticker says 21F Chris! :shock:

Repeat of 2010-2011 winter, starting in 3...2...1...

 #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 07, 2011, 05:18:26 PM
I agree.

I think I read somewhere that our La Nina weather should be common over the next 20-30 years as it goes into that cycle now.

The "milder and dryer" part is OK by me. It's that "sudden deep-freeze snaps" part I don't like.

I'm sure El Paso Electric is gearing up for another complete failure in the competency department so the CEO can get another bonus and millions in stock options next Spring.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 07, 2011, 05:22:13 PM
Last year was a GREAT winter season: Not a huge snowstorm that dumps a foot or more, but 5 or 6 snows that dump 4-6 inches...Thats my kind of snow....Enough to sled all winter!! 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on November 08, 2011, 12:27:36 PM
Daggone! Your sticker says 21F Chris! :shock:

Repeat of 2010-2011 winter, starting in 3...2...1...

 #-o

I agree, temps and precip are tracking almost identical to the 2010-2011 winter at my site, and the ENSO index is continuing to plunge.  For my location, La Nina tends to mean COLD and WET.  I like both.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 08, 2011, 01:10:38 PM
I agree.

I think I read somewhere that our La Nina weather should be common over the next 20-30 years as it goes into that cycle now.

The "milder and dryer" part is OK by me. It's that "sudden deep-freeze snaps" part I don't like.

I'm sure El Paso Electric is gearing up for another complete failure in the competency department so the CEO can get another bonus and millions in stock options next Spring.



I want more snow. I love snow. I love winter. But the deep freezes I can do without.

I'm sure NMGC (New Mexico Gas Co.) is gearing up for another gas delivery failure. I know that the gas company in the Texas panhandle had multiple failures last year (it was the cause of my temporary moving out of the dorms due to heating issues).

Good news is, I should be able to fully enjoy this winter without worrying about me getting as sick as I did last year. :D
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 08, 2011, 01:13:37 PM
Last year was a GREAT winter season: Not a huge snowstorm that dumps a foot or more, but 5 or 6 snows that dump 4-6 inches...Thats my kind of snow....Enough to sled all winter!! 8-)


Yus but you live in an area of the US that sees more snow while we remain deeply froze when La Nina is kicking our tails.  :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 08, 2011, 02:04:32 PM
I wouldnt say that...Since I have been in school we have only had 2 really good snow years and one halfway decent one...The others have been virtually nothing
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 08, 2011, 03:20:15 PM
I wouldnt say that...Since I have been in school we have only had 2 really good snow years and one halfway decent one...The others have been virtually nothing

Hmmmmmmm...  :-k

Well...that's the one thing I can't figure out...normally I would've expect the east coast to see more snow annually than the southwestern desert.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 08, 2011, 04:00:04 PM
The east side of the Apps get a pretty decent rain shadow, they get 60% the rain we get here...Im in Clay County (You can look it up for my position), for some reason it seems when a big storm hits, we always get hit with the warm sector and we get rain and sleet. That didnt happen last year, we got snow most every time and it was awesome! Lake effect is probbaly ou rbest snow producer 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 08, 2011, 11:31:01 PM
Looks like we're going into our 32 or below mode for a little while. 31.1 this morning and another sub 32 forecast for today. Mid-50s for the highs but should get back to the mid-60s later in the week.

Guess I should wrap up the swamper this weekend. I did put the damper in the roof jack last nite with the cold winds (Advisory issued) blowing right into the intake. Naturally, after I put it in, the wind stopped... Fired up the heater on a test run today so I'll get by if it drops too low the next two overnites.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on November 09, 2011, 12:06:53 AM
Looks like we're going into our 32 or below mode for a little while. 31.1 this morning and another sub 32 forecast for today. Mid-50s for the highs but should get back to the mid-60s later in the week.

Guess I should wrap up the swamper this weekend. I did put the damper in the roof jack last nite with the cold winds (Advisory issued) blowing right into the intake. Naturally, after I put it in, the wind stopped... Fired up the heater on a test run today so I'll get by if it drops too low the next two overnites.

You're saying 31.1 isn't too low yet? The joints in my fingers hurt just from reading your post! (blue smiley with icicles hanging from nose here).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 09, 2011, 05:28:17 AM
....and what's the lowest temp uve seen Dan? Like 60F!?  :lol:  Weve gotten down to 29F in the capital city but mid 20s up here so far.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 09, 2011, 11:19:38 PM
Looks like we're going into our 32 or below mode for a little while. 31.1 this morning and another sub 32 forecast for today. Mid-50s for the highs but should get back to the mid-60s later in the week.

Guess I should wrap up the swamper this weekend. I did put the damper in the roof jack last nite with the cold winds (Advisory issued) blowing right into the intake. Naturally, after I put it in, the wind stopped... Fired up the heater on a test run today so I'll get by if it drops too low the next two overnites.

You're saying 31.1 isn't too low yet? The joints in my fingers hurt just from reading your post! (blue smiley with icicles hanging from nose here).

Not yet, Dan. It's still just touching it in the pre-dawn for the most part. If it gets up to upper-50s or more, it's all good. My south facing sun-room is still pushing high 80s during the day so between the two, I stay comfortable. Admittedly, I do like it a bit cool during sleep time but it's getting close. I am late in wrapping the swamper but it isn't "hurting me" yet. Guess I'll do it in a few days when it gets back to close to 70  :lol:

And why don't we have a weather related smiley set?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: W3DRM on November 09, 2011, 11:25:10 PM
Looks like we're going into our 32 or below mode for a little while. 31.1 this morning and another sub 32 forecast for today. Mid-50s for the highs but should get back to the mid-60s later in the week.

Guess I should wrap up the swamper this weekend. I did put the damper in the roof jack last nite with the cold winds (Advisory issued) blowing right into the intake. Naturally, after I put it in, the wind stopped... Fired up the heater on a test run today so I'll get by if it drops too low the next two overnites.

You're saying 31.1 isn't too low yet? The joints in my fingers hurt just from reading your post! (blue smiley with icicles hanging from nose here).

Not yet, Dan. It's still just touching it in the pre-dawn for the most part. If it gets up to upper-50s or more, it's all good. My south facing sun-room is still pushing high 80s during the day so between the two, I stay comfortable. Admittedly, I do like it a bit cool during sleep time but it's getting close. I am late in wrapping the swamper but it isn't "hurting me" yet. Guess I'll do it in a few days when it gets back to close to 70  :lol:

And why don't we have a weather related smiley set?

There, now maybe one of our administrators will NOTICE your great question!!  =D>
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on November 09, 2011, 11:46:32 PM
Saw some great ones here.   http://www.graphicsgrotto.com/emoticons/weather/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 10, 2011, 02:50:29 AM
Saw some great ones here.   http://www.graphicsgrotto.com/emoticons/weather/

(http://troll.me/images/the-chuck-norris/i-approve.jpg)


 \:D/ \:D/ #-o :lol: :-P
Wow. Even Chuck Norris approves.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 11, 2011, 12:15:49 AM
OK Dan - NOW it's approaching "officially cold" for me. 29.8 at 7AM... but I still walked over the border at 4:30PM (56 degrees) in shorts.   :mrgreen:

 (http://www.graphicsgrotto.com/nextgensmileys/weather/images/smweather8.gif)  (http://www.graphicsgrotto.com/) <<--- I like that guy! Those are pretty cool Smileys! Thanks Dan!


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on November 11, 2011, 12:37:17 AM
lol, that smiley looks how I looked at 5AM this morning here. Our coldest morning this year so far, 62f. :-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 11, 2011, 08:39:44 AM
Our coldest so far: 26F
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: neondesert on November 11, 2011, 09:08:57 AM
One thing about New Mexico...

I think I found it!  :-)

(http://neondesertweather.com/postImages/curly.jpg)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 11, 2011, 03:17:45 PM
The one thing you must know the answer to: "Red or green?"

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JlrjdoEA0RI/TkoTrPaxJMI/AAAAAAAAAQE/-IYeL5b8c98/s1600/red+or+green+7.jpg)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 11, 2011, 03:49:32 PM
31.5 at 3AM today and a good amount of cloud cover is keeping the sun room down to the mid-70s. Possible showers Sunday & Monday.

"Green or Red" is not only the State's 'Official question' but it's also what my doctor asks me when I'm congested... :-P
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on November 11, 2011, 04:15:17 PM
The one thing you must know the answer to: "Red or green?"

So this guy wouldn't be able to choose.  Or maybe he'd want both?

(http://hartmanarena.com/images/content/images/rgreen.jpg)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 11, 2011, 05:36:44 PM
This traffic light wants both apparently.

(http://freejokesfunny.com/upload/17652-29173/red-or-green.jpg)


And the forecast is calling for slight showers and snow showers Monday and Tuesday. Bottomed out at 30*F last night according to my weather station...other weather stations around the area recorded a little lower.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 12, 2011, 02:42:43 AM
lol, that smiley looks how I looked at 5AM this morning here. Our coldest morning this year so far, 62f. :-)

You poor thing... I really feel for you. 62 - how do you get thru those cold snaps?  :lol:

Upper 60s - maybe 70 coming tomorrow & Sunday. Windy Saturday and poss showers Sun.

Dan, you're not directly affected by the flooding there, are you?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on November 12, 2011, 03:04:03 AM
No, not directly, but a lot of store shelves are empty or low in supplies that are normally shipped up from Bangkok.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 13, 2011, 04:09:13 AM
Good to hear that your spot is safe. Sad reading about all the lives lost. I just read earlier about Ayutthaya. That's a lot of weight to have on top of almost-mud. Hope none of those structures and temples sink or falls over.


Yesterday was pretty cooperative here - 68.8°F and 48.4°F
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on November 13, 2011, 04:53:44 AM
Thanks Pat. Yeah, the loss of lives is never a good thing to hear about. I also read that 100's of thousands lost their jobs also due to factories and such flooding and closing. I heard some folks were compensated during their time away from work but eventually were let go. Terrible mess indeed.

Man, your temps look ideal right now! It would be nice if you could 'press pause' on the weather when you wanted to. ;)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 13, 2011, 08:26:05 AM
Overall, good temps around here as well...We're in the upper 40s right now but we'll hit the low 70s 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 13, 2011, 11:23:20 PM
RAIN! Another whopping 0.01"...

Or so the station reported. I didn't hear anything but the ground looked a little damp.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 13, 2011, 11:40:59 PM
Though its early for the month, we have been very dry. With the wind picking up here over the last couple of days, the fire threat has picked up a lot
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 19, 2011, 01:08:51 AM
Freezing at night, warm in the afternoon. It honestly could be snowing, but I don't think that'll happen.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 19, 2011, 08:34:29 AM
Last two nights we have dropped into the low 20s, but today we will rebound to around 60
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 19, 2011, 02:59:35 PM
(http://i995.photobucket.com/albums/af78/thewhoissuperb24/th_Screenshot2011-11-19at125635PM.png) (http://s995.photobucket.com/albums/af78/thewhoissuperb24/?action=view&current=Screenshot2011-11-19at125635PM.png)

Snow! Monday night!!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 20, 2011, 06:39:17 PM
That was "slight chance of showers" for Mon and Mon nite at about 20%. Now "Slight chance of tstorms" for Mon at 10%.

Turkey Day was casted at 70 degrees and now down to 66.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 21, 2011, 01:55:08 PM
20% showers today. Partly cloudy tonight.

Sunny until Thanksgiving, slight chance showers.

Well I guess some precip is better than none, but that's not saying much.

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

I looked at the 6-10 Day. Kinda wondering what the heck is going on here.  :-k

The 8-10 Day shows similar.

Beyond that, south Texas remains dry, as does much of New Mexico.

(http://memegenerator.net/cache/instances/400x/11/11306/11578215.jpg)

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/MJO/enso.shtml


No white Christmas by any means this year.  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 21, 2011, 10:49:38 PM
Late morning/early afternoon had a t-storm or two roll by a little north of me. A few big strikes to be seen.

I ended with 0.05" of rain and gusts in the upper 20s. My high of 61.3 was at 9:45AM. A tad cooler than yesterday's 69.6
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 22, 2011, 02:51:25 PM
Thanksgiving nite is casted for 30% chance of rain. If it does rain, that would make for my 26th day of precip this year vs 48 days average per year. YTD has seen 2.83" vs 10.71" avg/year.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 23, 2011, 05:41:53 AM
That strong low and thick plume of moisture west of Baja has now been casted as 60% chance of precip for both Thur nite and Friday with an "Special Statement" alert for heavy rain. Lows in the mid 40s tho'
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 23, 2011, 08:56:38 PM
Noticed the temp drop in the forecast for this week. 39 for a low on Thursday, 28 for a low on Friday.

It has been known to snow in late November up here, but I think the real heavy snow doesn't occur until mid to late December, into the New Year.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 24, 2011, 03:48:13 AM
Have you ever taken the Sandia lift when there's snow up there?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 24, 2011, 04:39:32 PM
Have you ever taken the Sandia lift when there's snow up there?

No but I heard it's really beautiful. I've been up there in the warmer months unfortunately (well the city lights and the sunsets up there are really beautiful)

I remember my 16th birthday up there...there was still snow. But not much.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 25, 2011, 11:46:50 AM
Some day I'll make it up there. I've only driven thru ABQ a couple of times and that was many, many years ago.

0.17" of light, steady rain this morning. And that gives me an even THREE INCHES for the year! Only 7.7" below station average.

Low hugging clouds and some foggy conditions in places make for some interesting views.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 25, 2011, 02:37:24 PM
.03 of rain this morning, sun keeps popping in and out. 20 mph winds up here. I love this weather.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 26, 2011, 02:21:30 AM
Rain came back later and finished the day with 0.25".

0.31" for the month is only 0.16" below station average.

57 for a high made a nice soup day.

At least it did after my 1 hour power loss for no reason this morning. The nite news mentioned a few areas in El Paso earlier in the day as well. I guess he PoCo is practicing in case it gets cold again this winter...

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 27, 2011, 02:16:13 AM
We had a recorded wind gust of 37mph at 3:43 AM last night...the winds subsided around noon today.

On the other side...

It's cold out (26*F according to my weather station right now)...and we have Christmas lights up. And our neighbors are outdoing us. Meh. LOL.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on November 27, 2011, 09:18:00 AM
Haven't even started on my lights yet :-P

Temps staying very warm until Monday, then they will drop like a bomb...Near 70 today, 40s Monday
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 27, 2011, 08:49:37 PM
Coldest day so far on this side of summer - 27.1 and coldest since a 26.6 on March 1st. A nice 51.6 for a high today.

My only lights are from the warm glow of motion detectors and laser guided 50 cals on each corner of my cinder block wall.  :lol: My neighbor's got nothing on me - just a bunch of flashy lites and stuff.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 28, 2011, 02:36:11 AM
Just got a SWS notification:

Quote
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
809 PM MST SUN NOV 27 2011

NMZ501>540-281300-
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS-
CHUSKA MOUNTAINS-CURRY COUNTY-DE BACA COUNTY-
EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY-
EASTERN SAN MIGUEL COUNTY-ESTANCIA VALLEY-FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-
FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-GUADALUPE COUNTY-HARDING COUNTY-
JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-NORTHWEST PLATEAU-QUAY COUNTY-
RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA-ROOSEVELT COUNTY-SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY-
SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-SANTA FE METRO AREA-
SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET-SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY-
SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-UNION COUNTY-UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY-WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-
WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU-WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
809 PM MST SUN NOV 27 2011

...MUCH COLDER AIR AND BOUT OF WINTRY WEATHER IN STORE FOR THE END
OF THE WEEK AND THE UPCOMING WEEKEND...

A DEVELOPING STORM IN THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN WILL INTENSIFY OVER
THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST ON TUESDAY...AND THEN DIVE SOUTHWARD TO
WESTERN ARIZONA ON THURSDAY. THE SYSTEM WILL STALL OVER
CALIFORNIA ON FRIDAY BEFORE SWINGING EASTWARD ACROSS NEW MEXICO
OVER THE WEEKEND. IN ADVANCE OF THE STORM...A STRONG BLUSTERY PUSH OF
MUCH COLDER AIR WILL MOVE INTO NEW MEXICO FROM THE EAST ON
THURSDAY...DROPPING SNOW LEVELS RAPIDLY AND SETTING UP AN EXTENDED
PERIOD OF COLD VALLEY RAIN SHOWERS AND HIGH COUNTRY SNOW LASTING
THROUGH THE UPCOMING WEEKEND.

MUCH UNCERTAINTY REMAINS ON THE EXACT TRACK AND INTENSITY OF THIS
STORM SYSTEM ON ITS LONG TRIP FROM THE NORTH PACIFIC TO THE
SOUTHWESTERN U.S...LEAVING THE EXACT TIMING...LOCATION...AND
AMOUNTS OF SNOW UNCERTAIN AS WELL.

HOWEVER...IF PLANNING TRAVEL OR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN NEW MEXICO
FROM THURSDAY THROUGH THE UPCOMING WEEKEND...MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE
LATEST FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS BEFORE SETTING OUT. PREPARE FOR
WINTER TRAVEL...MUCH COLDER TEMPERATURES...AND UNCOMFORTABLE WIND
CHILL. STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR PREFERRED WEATHER INFORMATION SOURCE
INCLUDING NOAA WEATHER RADIO...ON LINE INCLUDING WEATHER.GOV/ABQ...
AND YOUR LOCAL PRINT AND BROADCAST MEDIA FOR THE LATEST ON THIS
DEVELOPING WINTER WEATHER.


So, I probably jinxed it up here.  :lol:

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 28, 2011, 04:08:28 PM
I heard some TV quick mention of possible some time this week for El Paso. No 'Statement' issued for down here yet.

Another 27.1 earlier this morning with very little wind.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 29, 2011, 12:51:27 AM
Looking at the forecast, shows a 20 degree drop in the high, "low of 33" and a 30% chance of showers (for Friday nite)

Sounds like flurries to me.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 29, 2011, 03:54:06 AM
Expected to hit lower 20s for lows up here...highs in the 30s/40s. And a 40% chance of snow Friday night.

I can't wait.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 29, 2011, 02:07:50 PM
Saturday the same as Friday - low 40s for a high with a 30% chance...

Perfect week for my stucco guys to start work...  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 29, 2011, 08:33:19 PM
Ummm...I'm a little scared here.  :shock:

Quote
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
332 PM MST TUE NOV 29 2011

...VERY STRONG WINDS POSSIBLE THURSDAY INTO THURSDAY NIGHT CENTRAL
PORTIONS OF THE STATE...

.A VIGOROUS PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM WILL APPROACH THE STATE FROM THE
NORTH THURSDAY INTO THURSDAY NIGHT. AT THE SAME TIME...A VERY
STRONG COLD FRONT AT THE SURFACE WILL PUSH INTO THE EASTERN PLAINS
AND EVENTUALLY WESTWARD INTO THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY. THE COMBINATION
OF STRONG WINDS ALOFT AND AT THE SURFACE SHOULD PRODUCE A
SIGNIFICANT EASTERLY WIND EVENT ALONG PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL
MOUNTAINS AND RIO GRANDE VALLEY. THIS EVENT HAS THE POTENTIAL OF
OVERTOPPING THE SANDIA AND MANZANO MOUNTAINS THUS PRODUCING SUPER
STRONG EASTERLY GUSTS THAT HAVENT BEEN SEEN IN AWHILE.

NMZ519>521-301200-
/O.NEW.KABQ.HW.A.0013.111201T1500Z-111202T1200Z/
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-
332 PM MST TUE NOV 29 2011

...HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE
THURSDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A HIGH
WIND WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH
LATE THURSDAY NIGHT.

* LOCATION...CREST AREA OF THE SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS AS WELL AS
  PORTIONS OF THE LOWER AND MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY ESPECIALLY
  ALONG AND TO THE EAST OF THE VALLEY. THIS INCLUDES THE NORTHEAST
  HEIGHTS AND FOUR HILLS AREA WITHIN ALBUQUERQUE.

* WINDS...SUSTAINED 40 TO 50 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 70 MPH.

* TIMING...STRENGTHENING EAST/NORTHEAST WINDS LATE MORNING THROUGH
  THE MID AFTERNOON ON THURSDAY. STRONGEST WINDS EXPECTED FROM MID
  AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE EVENING ON THURSDAY.

* VISIBILITY...REDUCED VISIBILITIES COULD BE FOUND ALONG AND TO THE
  WEST OF THE SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAIN CREST DUE TO BLOWING SNOW.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...LOOSE ITEMS SUCH AS HOLIDAY DECORATIONS WOULD BE
  MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO THIS POTENTIAL VERY STRONG WIND WIND EVENT.
  POWER OUTAGES WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 30, 2011, 12:26:08 AM
I just got mine as well. Not quite as intense as yours (50MPH gusts) and the TV is finally saying the s-word for Las Cruces - possibly on Sunday. NWS forecast is showing snow chance on Saturday.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 30, 2011, 03:37:39 PM
Weather station has been blaring the pressure drop over the last hour or so. Dropped from 29.68 to 29.60 in the last hour. I think by the end of the day, the pressure will have sunk by 29.55 29.45 or lower.

Here comes the storm!!!  \:D/


...........
Edit, 2:39PM :
We're at 29.55 inHg right now...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 30, 2011, 03:49:21 PM
Sunday added to NWS 'Cast as 10% chance for snow and Sat nite snow/rain mix
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 30, 2011, 06:38:45 PM
Pressure drop has slowed to around 29.54" as of 430PM.

And this just hit my weather screens:

High Wind Warning
Quote
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
350 PM MST WED NOV 30 2011

...STRONG TO DAMAGING WINDS EXPECTED THURSDAY INTO THURSDAY NIGHT
CENTRAL AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE...

.A VIGOROUS PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM WILL APPROACH THE STATE FROM THE NORTH
AND WEST THURSDAY INTO THURSDAY NIGHT. AT THE SAME TIME...AN INTENSE COLD
FRONT AT THE SURFACE WILL PUSH INTO THE EASTERN PLAINS THURSDAY MORNING AND
EVENTUALLY WESTWARD INTO THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY DURING THE
AFTERNOON AND EVENING. STRONG WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FRONT WILL
PUSH FURTHER WEST FRIDAY MORNING BEFORE THE WINDS DIMINISH SOME BY
MID MORNING ON FRIDAY. THE COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS ALOFT AND
AT THE SURFACE WILL PRODUCE A SIGNIFICANT EASTERLY WIND EVENT
ALONG PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND RIO GRANDE VALLEY.
THIS EVENT HAS THE POTENTIAL OF OVERTOPPING OR PARTIALLY OVERTOPPING THE
SANDIA AND MANZANO MOUNTAINS THUS PRODUCING UNUSUALLY STRONG
EASTERLY GUSTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN SEEN IN AWHILE.

NMZ519>521-010500-
/O.UPG.KABQ.HW.A.0013.111201T1500Z-111202T1200Z/
/O.NEW.KABQ.HW.W.0017.111201T1800Z-111202T1200Z/
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-
350 PM MST WED NOV 30 2011

...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THURSDAY TO 5 AM MST
FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A HIGH
WIND WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THURSDAY TO 5 AM MST
FRIDAY. THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATION...CREST AREA OF THE SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS AS WELL AS
  PORTIONS OF THE LOWER AND MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY ESPECIALLY
  ALONG AND TO THE EAST OF THE VALLEY. THIS INCLUDES THE NORTHEAST
  HEIGHTS AND FOUR HILLS AREA WITHIN ALBUQUERQUE...THE MEADOW
  LAKE SUBDIVISION EAST OF LOS LUNAS AND RURAL AREAS EAST OF BELEN.

* WINDS...SUSTAINED BETWEEN 40 TO 50 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 70 MPH.
  POSSIBILITY OF LOCALLY HIGHER GUSTS EXISTS EAST OF TRAMWAY
  WITHIN THE ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA.

* TIMING...STRENGTHENING EAST/NORTHEAST WINDS LATE MORNING THROUGH
  THE MID AFTERNOON ON THURSDAY. STRONGEST WINDS EXPECTED FROM
  LATE AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY MORNING ON FRIDAY.

* VISIBILITY...REDUCED VISIBILITIES COULD BE FOUND ALONG AND TO
  THE WEST OF THE SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAIN CREST DUE TO BLOWING
  SNOW.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...LOOSE ITEMS SUCH AS HOLIDAY DECORATIONS WOULD BE
  MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO THIS VERY STRONG WIND EVENT. POWER OUTAGES
  WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE. TRAVEL MAY ALSO BECOME DIFFICULT ON NORTH
  SOUTH ORIENTED ROADS DUE TO VERY STRONG CROSSWINDS.

Winter Storm Watch
Quote
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
400 PM MST WED NOV 30 2011

...SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM POSSIBLE LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH
SATURDAY...

.A VERY COLD AIR MASS MOVING INTO NEW MEXICO ON THURSDAY WILL SET
THE STAGE FOR A WINTER STORM THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY.  SNOW
WILL INITIALLY DEVELOP LATE THURSDAY NIGHT ALONG THE ARIZONA AND
NEW MEXICO BORDER BEFORE SPREADING EASTWARD ON FRIDAY. BY FRIDAY
NIGHT...THE UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM WILL BEGIN TO MOVE EAST
ACROSS NEW MEXICO WHICH MAY RESULT IN A HEAVY BAND OF SNOW
STRETCHING FROM SOUTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO...NORTH AND NORTHEAST
TOWARD THE OKLAHOMA BORDER. THOUGH SUBSTANTIAL SNOW AMOUNTS ARE
POSSIBLE ANYWHERE ACROSS NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO...IT IS
LIKELY THE GREATEST SNOW AMOUNTS AND HIGHEST IMPACTS WILL BE
ACROSS THE EASTERN PLAINS.


...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE
  ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEW MEXICO. HIGH TERRAIN
  AREAS MAY RECEIVE OVER A FOOT OF SNOW...WHILE ACCUMULATIONS
  ACROSS PORTIONS OF EASTERN NEW MEXICO MAY EXCEED 6 INCHES.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL MOVE INTO CENTRAL NEW MEXICO DURING THE DAY
  ON FRIDAY. BY FRIDAY NIGHT...A HEAVY BAND OF SNOW STRETCHING
  FROM SOUTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHEAST ACROSS THE PLAINS MAY
  DEVELOP AND SLOWLY SHIFT EASTWARD DURING THE MORNING HOURS ON
  SATURDAY.

* WINDS...NO SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.

* SNOW LEVELS...TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL
  LOCATIONS.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS CAN BE EXPECTED...
  AND SOME ROADS MAY BECOME IMPASSIBLE. VISIBILITIES WILL BE
  REDUCED...POTENTIALLY UNDER ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES WITHIN THE
  HEAVY BANDS OF SNOW.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 30, 2011, 09:45:43 PM
Stay safe up there!

I only have a "could gust to 36" for Thursday nite. Later sees the "Rain/Snow" flip-flopping with "Snow". I don't think they quite know what to expect down here with that "L.A. Express".
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: neondesert on November 30, 2011, 11:02:35 PM
I only have a "could gust to 36" for Thursday nite. Later sees the "Rain/Snow" flip-flopping with "Snow". I don't think they quite know what to expect down here with that "L.A. Express".

It appears we are "test driving" your storm over the next 24 hours.  A High Wind Warning for the entire region along with Winter Storm Warnings for the usual high elevations. 
Even a possibility of snow down to about 2800ft tomorrow.  Winds are starting to pick up now gusting into the 40's at the airport.  Highest gust I found so far this evening was 88mph at Yucca Mountain.

I did find this comment in the afternoon AFD interesting:
Quote
AS OF WRITING THE FRONT EXTENDED FROM NEAR THE SOUTHERN END
OF THE OWENS VALLEY TO JUST SOUTH OF INDIAN SPRINGS TO NORTHERN
WASHINGTON COUNTY UTAH. TIGHTLY PACKED SURFACE PRESSURE GRADIENTS
WERE NOTED BEHIND THE FRONT WITH THE CURRENT LAS-RNO GRADIENT AT
19.7 MB...WHICH IS OFF THE CHARTS FOR OUR LOCAL STUDY ON HIGH WINDS
IN LAS VEGAS.

All I can say is...Hold on to your boots! 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 01, 2011, 12:22:10 AM
As of 10 PM...winds are light, clouds are rolling in and the barometer is reading 29.52inHg - in the last twelve hours from 29.72inHg. It'll get lower, no doubt.

My parents wanted to go to breakfast tomorrow morning. Based on what I'm hearing, reading, and predicting, we're expecting a sustained wind around 9AM of about 35mph...   :shock: ....and then tomorrow afternoon, winds are expected to top 45-50, 50-55 mph...with a temperature around 44*F.

Yeah, we're in for a rough weekend up here, but I'm totally looking forward to it - I don't have to work, don't have school, it can snow all it wants up here.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 01, 2011, 04:53:01 AM
Temps jumped 7 degrees over an hour and BAR is steady at 29.811.


"OFF THE CHARTS FOR OUR LOCAL STUDY ON HIGH WINDS
IN LAS VEGAS."
- and knowing how those Vegas winds can blow, all I can say is YIKES!



Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 01, 2011, 09:39:45 PM
Recorded a peak wind gust of 53 mph at 2:18PM this afternoon...a peak sustained wind speed of 44 mph was recorded at 2:14PM this afternoon. Right now, winds are out of the E at 5 mph. And I'm looking at other weather stations across Albuquerque...most are either faultily mounted or it's the true wind speed - most are between 5 and 15 MPH right now with gusts nearing anywhere between 12 and 27 MPH.  :-k

Clouds are rolling in and the mountains are cloud topped. Pretty interesting sight today.

We get snow through til Monday...with a high of 28.  \:D/


I'll say it again...repeat of 2010-2011 winter in 3...2...1...  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 02, 2011, 12:37:04 AM
I remember, once upon a time, a thread discussing the possibilities of our Davis VP2s limiting to upper 40s on wind speed. At 8:40, I hit 47MPH the usual high speed that I usually hit sometime in the year with 48 being my station high (03/26/10)

I should say former station high - I hit 52MPH 20 minutes later... and it ain't letting up.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 02, 2011, 12:58:08 AM
I remember, once upon a time, a thread discussing the possibilities of our Davis VP2s limiting to upper 40s on wind speed. At 8:40, I hit 47MPH the usual high speed that I usually hit sometime in the year with 48 being my station high (03/26/10)

I should say former station high - I hit 52MPH 20 minutes later... and it ain't letting up.



I'm guessing your station came tumbling to the ground, because your sticker says "Data Unavailable".

Your website is a mess of CSS/HTML (I can't tell the difference) code.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 02, 2011, 02:09:33 AM
Apparently, the local ComCast has/had issues. I've been struggling for almost 2 hours now. Modem is really confused by what ever they have going on. My data uploads have been truncated with some being 0 bytes (I checked with FTP). The page would render for me but not showing half the data.

It comes and goes but seems to may have found a decent sync. 1&1 may have had a problem too. The few times I can pull any sites up, mine still struggle as well as their home page.

Who knows but it seems to be decent now. I really hate that.

Funny you should say the station may have blown down. Out of nowhere, I was looking at 0MPH with a 1 now and then but the school flags were blowing fairly stiff. I went out with a flashlite - all's good. There was just little wind at my site.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 02, 2011, 04:30:20 PM
Ah. Stupid ISP.  :roll:


Cloudy and cold up here. Though kinda disappointed that our Winter Storm Watch became Winter Weather Advisory while everything else became Winter Storm Warning. The trade offs of living in a valley.  ](*,)

Oh well. There will be more later this month...we'll see.

Tempted to get a small wireless temp probe because the weather station I have reports the temperature 15*F warmer than it really is. Not sure what I can do about this. The new weather station I've been holding on to for almost a year now is collecting dust...but it's an all-in-one design with an aspirated temp. Looks like a boat, and weighs more than I think it should...because I'll probably end up getting a stronger pole for this new one.

Decisions decisions...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 02, 2011, 09:30:20 PM
Interesting weather is when my high temp (48.9) is at exactly 12:00AM.

Light rain began at 7PM so tomorrow morning should look nice, if it's clear. Maybe the rain/snow will wash off all that desert dirt that is literally nearly sand blasted into everything like the pool coping stone.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 03, 2011, 01:03:39 AM
First flakes are falling now as of 11:03PM.

And it's sticking.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: hoop on December 03, 2011, 04:29:14 AM
The Rio Grande approves of this weather
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 03, 2011, 07:54:28 AM
First flakes are falling now as of 11:03PM.

And it's sticking.


Woohoo! You got some snow, I have only gotten a dusting so far this year :-(
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 03, 2011, 01:34:17 PM
There were times when it looked like snow in the street lites but in any case, it was melted by the time it hit the ground. It stayed in the upper 30s for the most part with 34.5 as the morning low. Mountains are dusted and have some cloud cover, Higher peaks that I can see look nice and bright-white.

The 'storm precip' of 0.44" rounds me out to 3.5" YTD.

Later forecasts are still dynamic with the snow chance now sitting on Sun nite thru Mon nite. Tuesday now shows a high of 32 and sunny.

The Rio Grande approves of this weather

My stretch of the Rio Grande probably misses out on this slow rainfall at this elevation but the local aquifer is sure to enjoy what it gets.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 03, 2011, 09:00:25 PM
Too much rain here and a LOT more to come! I like the rain, I find it relaxing, but I dont like seeing the creek banks swell like they have been...Could get ugly for the Ohio River Valley early this coming week.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 03, 2011, 09:06:53 PM
Skies cleared some today, though the snow came back around 6 tonight...for awhile it looked as if I were going out...but as soon as I made plans...everything started turning white...we have about 1.2 inches on the ground now...the snow band is moving out.

And it's below freezing, which means the streets are going to be icy.

 ](*,)

We're in for round two late tonight and into tomorrow and tomorrow night
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 03, 2011, 09:56:00 PM
Time to get the sled out for you all in NM 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 04, 2011, 01:10:50 AM
Time to get the sled out for you all in NM 8-)

Get the sled out? I just got all the cardboard, leaves, plastic bags, etc that ended up in my pool out!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 04, 2011, 08:50:07 AM
Any time I here the word 'snow' and 'accumulation', I think sledding time is here :grin: :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 04, 2011, 08:12:10 PM
This just hit my weather feeds:


Quote
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
455 PM MST SUN DEC 4 2011

...BRUTALLY COLD TEMPERATURES AND ANOTHER ROUND OF SIGNIFICANT
SNOW ON THE WAY...

.THE LAST IN A SERIES OF UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS WILL
APPROACH THE FOUR CORNERS REGION TONIGHT...THEN TRACK SOUTHWARD
INTO WESTERN NEW MEXICO MONDAY BEFORE PASSING SLOWLY EASTWARD OVER
THE STATE MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY. THIS SYSTEM WILL BE ACCOMPANIED
BY THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES SO FAR THIS SEASON...RESULTING IN
WIDESPREAD ACCUMULATING SNOW ACROSS THE NORTHERN TWO THIRDS OF NEW
MEXICO. DEEP EASTERLY UPSLOPE FLOW WILL PRODUCE THE HEAVIEST SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE...ESPECIALLY ALONG
THE EAST SLOPES OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN AND ALONG THE EAST
SLOPES OF THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL OCCUR LATE
TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY IN MOST LOCATIONS...RESULTING IN DIFFICULT
OR IMPOSSIBLE TRAVEL CONDITIONS. FURTHER...A POWERFUL BACK DOOR COLD
FRONT WILL USHER STRONG WINDS THROUGH CENTRAL AND EASTERN PARTS OF
THE STATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY EVENING. AN EAST WIND WILL
DEVELOP BELOW CANYONS OPENING INTO THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY WITH
GUSTS PEAKING IN THE 40 TO 50 MPH RANGE ON MONDAY. HIGH
TEMPERATURES MONDAY AND TUESDAY WILL ONLY REACH THE 20S AND TEENS
IN MOST LOCATIONS. SINGLE DIGIT WIND CHILLS WILL BE WIDESPREAD
MONDAY...WITH BELOW ZERO READINGS FROM THE CENTRAL AND NORTH
CENTRAL MOUNTAINS NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS THE PLAINS. SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS SHOULD MOSTLY END MONDAY NIGHT...BUT IMPACTS TO
INFRASTRUCTURE WILL LAST THROUGH AT LEAST TUESDAY MORNING AS
COMMUNITIES DIG OUT OF THE HEAVY SNOW.

NMZ503-504-516>519-050700-
/O.UPG.KABQ.WS.A.0009.111205T0100Z-111206T1200Z/
/O.NEW.KABQ.WS.W.0007.111205T0100Z-111206T1800Z/
FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-
UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-
SANTA FE METRO AREA-ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-
455 PM MST SUN DEC 4 2011

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 11 AM MST TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN
EFFECT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS NEW MEXICOS RIO GRANDE
  AND LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEYS...AS WELL AS THE NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL DEVELOP FROM THE MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY
  NORTHWARD TONIGHT...THEN THE FOCUS FOR HEAVIER PRECIPITATION
  WILL SHIFT ALONG AND SOUTH OF I-40 ON MONDAY. SNOW WILL DECREASE
  IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY MONDAY NIGHT...WITH HEAVIER SNOW
  LINGERING LONGEST ACROSS THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY.

* WINDS...STRONG EAST WINDS WILL DEVELOP BELOW CANYONS OPENING
  INTO THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.
  SPEEDS WILL PEAK AT 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS FROM 40 TO 50 MPH ON
  MONDAY. WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES WILL RANGE FROM 5 BELOW TO 5
  ABOVE ZERO ALONG AND NORTH OF I-40...AND FROM 5 TO 15 DEGREES
  ABOVE ZERO SOUTH OF I-40. THE STRONG WINDS WILL BLOW THE SNOW
  WITH VISIBILITIES DROPPING TO A HALF MILE AT TIMES.

* SNOW LEVELS...TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL
  LOCATIONS.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS CAN BE
  EXPECTED...ALONG WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES AT TIMES IN BLOWING
  SNOW. STRONG CROSSWINDS WILL IMPACT NORTH TO SOUTH ORIENTED
  ROADWAYS...SUCH AS I-25 THROUGH ALBUQUERQUE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS
SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.
SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL
DANGEROUS. STRONG WINDS ARE LIKELY. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY.
IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER
IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.


Also, it was really cold and icy this morning. I can only imagine what tomorrow morning will be like.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on December 04, 2011, 08:17:18 PM
This just hit my weather feeds:


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
455 PM MST SUN DEC 4 2011

...BRUTALLY COLD TEMPERATURES AND ANOTHER ROUND OF SIGNIFICANT
SNOW ON THE WAY...

OK, I'm reassessing my plans to move to Tucumcari if I win the Powerball!   :shock:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 04, 2011, 11:17:19 PM
Looking at Wundergrounds station maps...I'm seeing a lot of stations east of Albuquerque with only temperature stats and some with wind stats. Makes me wonder if the cold weather ate batteries?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on December 04, 2011, 11:21:50 PM
Looking at Wundergrounds station maps...I'm seeing a lot of stations east of Albuquerque with only temperature stats and some with wind stats. Makes me wonder if the cold weather ate batteries?

If it's below freezing and there is precipitation, the anemometers could be stuck.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on December 04, 2011, 11:53:06 PM
Quote
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico restaurant employee says he's now seen it all, after three men left his diner with rolls of toilet paper and were nabbed in the parking lot by police.

Burgers, Dogs and Wings employee Josh Flannery-Stewart tells KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/rtVXdL ) in Albuquerque that he was immediately suspicious of the men when they came in Saturday because they weren't talking and appeared "messed up."

The three went into the bathroom and emerged carrying about a dozen rolls of toilet paper. They got in a car in the parking lot, but didn't get far.

Albuquerque police apparently already had the trio under surveillance and quickly surrounded the car and arrested them.

The toilet paper was returned to its rightful owner.

I guess those crooks were "wiped" out!   :roll:

We now return you to your regularly scheduled weather discussion.......
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 05, 2011, 01:04:13 AM
Quote
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico restaurant employee says he's now seen it all, after three men left his diner with rolls of toilet paper and were nabbed in the parking lot by police.

Burgers, Dogs and Wings employee Josh Flannery-Stewart tells KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/rtVXdL ) in Albuquerque that he was immediately suspicious of the men when they came in Saturday because they weren't talking and appeared "messed up."

The three went into the bathroom and emerged carrying about a dozen rolls of toilet paper. They got in a car in the parking lot, but didn't get far.

Albuquerque police apparently already had the trio under surveillance and quickly surrounded the car and arrested them.

The toilet paper was returned to its rightful owner.

I guess those crooks were "wiped" out!   :roll:

We now return you to your regularly scheduled weather discussion.......


That was good for a few laughs.  =D&gt;
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 05, 2011, 12:31:23 PM
My truck this morning: (https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/379074_2810228136482_1282107278_3278770_2067224242_n.jpg)

It's 22*F outside (all the thermometers outside my house say 32*F which is highly inaccurate...)


Schools and businesses are closed. Now..why can't it do this closer to Christmas?  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 05, 2011, 01:15:12 PM
Been in the low 30s all morning while this thick grey-white cloud slowly rolled over the mountains in my direction.

I guess the leading edge has found my property - it is now snowing!

Even with the wet ground it's sticking fairly well. My car is outside the garage and should look like your truck by the end of the day at this rate.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 05, 2011, 01:48:55 PM
I think our snow is headed down your way by late afternoon...we're still getting flakes.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 05, 2011, 03:17:55 PM
Still snowing at a pretty good clip so far and thanks but no thanks, Chris - I've got enough of my own snow down here!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 05, 2011, 06:01:26 PM
I'm now getting those little dust flakes but my Winter Storm Watch has turned red with "Warning":

Event:   Winter Storm Warning
Alert:   

...STRONG WINTER STORM BRINGING SNOW AND MUCH COLDER WEATHER...
 
.THE LAST AND STRONGEST IN A SERIES OF WINTER STORM SYSTEMS...
WILL CONTINUE DROPPING SOUTH INTO SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO AND WEST
TEXAS THIS EVENING. THIS STORM CONTINUE TO DELIVER VERY HEAVY
SNOWFALL FOR AREA MOUNTAINS AND LIGHT SNOW FOR THE LOWLANDS. THE
SYSTEM IS ALSO SENDING A STRONG BACKDOOR COLD FRONT OUR WAY FROM
THE NORTHEAST. THIS WILL BRING STRONG WINDS ACROSS THE AREA WITH
HIGHER WIND GUSTS ALONG WEST SLOPES OF AREA MOUNTAINS THROUGH
TONIGHT.
 
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM MST TUESDAY...
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN EL PASO TX/SANTA TERESA HAS
ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 8 AM MST TUESDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER
IN EFFECT.
 
* TIMING...THE SNOW WILL INTENSIFY THIS EVENING AND INTO EARLY
TUESDAY MORNING.
 
* IMPACT...DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS FROM SLIPPERY OR SNOW
PACKED ROADS AND FROM VERY POOR VISIBILITIES DECREASING BELOW A
QUARTER MILE OVER SOME AREAS. WIND CHILLS COULD FALL TO THE
SINGLE DIGITS FOR A FEW HOURS EARLY THIS EVENING...ACROSS
EASTERN PORTIONS OF OTERO COUNTY.
 
* WINDS...NORTHEAST 20 TO 30 MPH BEHIND THE COLD FRONT...
DECREASING TO 5 TO 15 MPH OVERNIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING.
 
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...EXPECT 4 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 05, 2011, 06:54:51 PM
The high today was at 11AM - 34.4. The low is now - 27.5 and falling.

Tomorrow is 'casted to be even colder: 31/15
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Albuquerque Weather on December 05, 2011, 09:20:17 PM
Here in ABQ

33.1 High - Low of 20.8 and falling
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 05, 2011, 09:57:16 PM
Our WSW ends at 5AM now instead of 11AM. It's COLD here though.


Right now as of 8:25PM MST: 11*F  :shock:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 06, 2011, 01:41:42 AM
Your sticker must be broken... it shows 0  :-P

I'm pushing 15 right now but the winds are nil.

I'm sick of winter already and it's not even winter yet.  :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 06, 2011, 01:49:21 AM
A lot of my friends and their smartphones are saying it's 0/-0/-1 outside...including my iPod touch.

My weather station says 6*F, thermometer in the bedroom says 8*F, and TWC, Weatherbug and a few local Wunderground stations go from 12*F to 7*F.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 06, 2011, 09:24:52 PM
Today's high: 28.8 after a 7.5 low.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 06, 2011, 10:39:42 PM
We bottomed out at 4*F at 6:18AM this morning...and maxed out to 26*F at 3:43PM this afternoon. Right now we're about ten degrees warmer than yesterday at this time...though it'll still drop to around 10*F tonight...with warmer temps into the 40s by Friday.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 07, 2011, 03:40:45 AM
Right now at 0130, while looking at yet another "Record Low" (Wunderground: 15*/2005) for the day, I'm at 12.7 which is 3.4 less than 24 hours ago. 17.2 at midnite. But NO WIND.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 07, 2011, 08:51:09 AM
They showed a picture of Roswell, NM on the national news last night...Looked like the inside of a snowglobe!! :-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 07, 2011, 06:17:28 PM
Hit 14*F at 6:47AM this morning...then hit a high of 36*F at 3:58PM. My truck has a sheet of ice along the front and drivers side. Might just pull it out into the street and have the driver's side thaw out tomorrow. Or take it to a self-serve carwash. Decisions, decisions.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 08, 2011, 01:40:35 AM
I was a bit premature with my "no wind" proclamation. Some light winds gave me a 0.2 below W/Chill with my 10.8 ambient at 0330. 36.9 was a nice high this afternoon.

Farmtalk - that snow in Roswell is a good thing. Aliens like snow. It keeps them happy and peaceful.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 08, 2011, 03:09:32 PM
HEAT WAVE!

It just hit 40! Still 15 under 'normal' but it's getting there!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 08, 2011, 08:25:56 PM
HEAT WAVE!

It just hit 40! Still 15 under 'normal' but it's getting there!

Hit 38*F today as a high. I'm thrilled. Yep, heat wave!!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 11, 2011, 08:45:53 PM
Light snow and rain expected tonight...rain and snow tomorrow, with more snow Tuesday night. Then sunny. Then more next weekend.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 13, 2011, 01:36:02 AM
Just rain here but the chances are pretty dynamic. Started as 10% to 20 to 10 up to Wednesday. Now it's settling at 50 tonite and tomorrow with 40 Tues nite. Too warm for snow  8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 13, 2011, 02:41:50 AM
At least it isn't ungodly cold like it was last week. Most of the snow here is now black ice.  :evil:

Mid-December heat wave in full blast here.  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 14, 2011, 12:25:47 AM
51.4 for a high and 0.28" of rain thru mid-day and drizzly/gloomy all day.

0.81" of Dec rain/melt. Avg DEC is 0.43". The only month this year that is above average.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 14, 2011, 02:40:30 AM
Well, thanks to our anonymously-moved-out renters, and the fact that they shut the gas off to the house...and because of last weeks freeze...the house now has friggin' water damage, especially in the bathroom and a bedroom. This comes at a VERY bad time. So we got the gas back on at $62/hr service charge...and now we have to dry the house out.  ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) :evil: :evil: :evil:

In the meantime, I picked up .12" of rain yesterday...

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 16, 2011, 01:01:27 AM
Chris, I don't envy you at all, my friend. It seems like it's one thing after another for you. Hang tough!

Looks like a repeat of last week coming along:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 17, 2011, 02:09:30 PM
We're expected to see the rain and snow return Sunday night and last through Tuesday...I'm not really expecting much out of it. Once we have one major snow storm, it's the snow storm of the season. Everything else is weak.  :?

Though to say the least I would be surprised nonetheless if we got wind, bitter cold and tons of snow again this winter...  ](*,)

As for the house, here comes a $4k insurance check. So everything works out.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 18, 2011, 01:49:06 AM
Winter Storm Watch:

Quote
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
1128 PM MST SAT DEC 17 2011

...MAJOR WINTER STORM ON THE WAY FOR MUCH OF NEW MEXICO...

.AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM TEMPORARILY STALLED OVER
NORTHERN BAJA CALIFORNIA WILL START HEADING EASTWARD SUNDAY
AND MONDAY INTERACTING WITH ABUNDANT LOW LEVEL MOISTURE OVER NEW
MEXICO. PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN IN THE FORM OF RAIN SHOWERS AND
HIGH ELEVATION SNOW LATE SUNDAY NIGHT ACROSS THE SOUTH HALF OF NEW
MEXICO THEN SPREAD NORTHWARD THROUGH MONDAY. MEANWHILE A POTENT
COLD FRONT WILL SURGE SOUTH INTO THE EASTERN PLAINS BRINGING WINDY
CONDITIONS AND TURNING PRECIPITATION OVER TO ALL SNOW. THE
HEAVIEST SNOWFALL AND STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED FROM LATE
MONDAY MORNING THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY OVER THE EAST CENTRAL AND
NORTHEAST PLAINS. TRAVEL DURING THIS PERIOD ALONG THE INTERSTATE
25 AND INTERSTATE 40 CORRIDOR NORTH AND EAST OF ALBUQUERQUE MAY
BECOME DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE ESPECIALLY MONDAY AFTERNOON
INTO TUESDAY.

NMZ504-510>519-521>524-538>540-181300-
/O.CON.KABQ.WS.A.0011.111219T1300Z-111220T1200Z/
NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-
WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET-
EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-SANTA FE METRO AREA-
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-ESTANCIA VALLEY-
CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS-
EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY-SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY-
1128 PM MST SAT DEC 17 2011

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING
THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT...

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING
THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...4 OR MORE INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET AND 8 OR
  MORE INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET. LESSER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE OVER
  THE ALBUQUERQUE VALLEY WHERE MORE RAIN THAN SNOW IS EXPECTED.

* TIMING...RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP AFTER MIDNIGHT
  SUNDAY AND CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY MONDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE
  CHANGING TO ALL SNOW LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL TAPER
  OFF FROM WEST TO EAST LATE MONDAY NIGHT.

* WINDS...NO WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED...EXCEPT
  FOR PORTIONS OF THE EASTERN PLAINS WHERE NORTH WINDS OF 15 TO
  25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH ARE POSSIBLE.

* SNOW LEVELS...7500 TO 8500 FEET THROUGH LATE MONDAY MORNING
  THEN GRADUALLY FALLING TO VALLEY FLOORS THROUGH EARLY MONDAY
  EVENING.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE
  POSSIBLE ALONG WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES AT TIMES IN HEAVIER
  SNOW. TRAVEL MAY BECOME DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY OVER THE HIGHER
  TERRAIN AND PORTIONS OF INTERSTATE 40 AND INTERSTATE 25...
  HIGHWAY 550...AND HIGHWAY 285.


 :-k
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 18, 2011, 11:44:33 PM
A couple of pitter patters on the skylites led way to a 3.5"/hr rain rate with lightning and thunder.

So far, it's put me over an inch for the month 1.03" (4.10"/yr). My wettest month this year is AUG with a "whopping" 1.12".

It sounds like it's starting up again so I'm confident that DEC will easily be my wettest month.(Easy money - DEC is now 1.15"

More rain chances tomorrow until 11AM then some 48 MPH gusts...

Have the poles shifted?

EDIT: El Paso reporting hail.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 19, 2011, 03:38:09 AM
Pressure is 29.43 right now. It's 33*F.

Freezing rain in the forecast...snow later.

And we were downgraded from WSW to WWA.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 19, 2011, 02:31:37 PM
Woke up to light snow...four hours later, heavy snow. And it's sticking to anything and everything.

However, it's not nearly as much as the last system to blow snow through here.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 19, 2011, 10:41:50 PM
This storm is all the news for the panhandles and northern NM.

US70 down here heading to White Sands was closed on the other side of the pass with white-out and freezing roads this morning. I don't know if I had snow this AM but did have some more bucket tips and nothing white on the ground.

The 12 hours from start to end being broken by the day change almost became my wettest day of the year. 0.57" on Sept 14th and this "storm" total was 0.55". DEC total is now 0.25" more than AUG.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 20, 2011, 03:02:52 PM
Snowed all day yesterday, totaling about 3.5". About late last night though, fog started rolling in...woke up at 5AM to find it pretty thick...could hardly see the front yard.  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 20, 2011, 06:22:14 PM
Yay! White Christmas after all this year!!!  \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/

Quote
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
404 PM MST TUE DEC 20 2011

...COLDER WITH POTENTIAL FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY...

.A MUCH COLDER STORM SYSTEM IS FORECAST TO TRACK THROUGH THE GREAT
BASIN LATE WEDNESDAY...THEN HEAD TOWARD THE FOUR CORNERS REGION
WEDNESDAY NIGHT. AT THE SAME TIME...A COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH
NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO. BOTH THESE FEATURES WILL TRACK SOUTHWARD
OVER THE STATE THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT...BRINGING THE
POTENTIAL FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF ACCUMULATING SNOW TO NORTHERN AND
CENTRAL NEW MEXICO. IN ADDITION...DAYTIME TEMPERATURES ARE
EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM 15 TO 25 DEGREES BELOW AVERAGE THURSDAY
AND FRIDAY.

NMZ501>540-211200-
/O.NEW.KABQ.WS.A.0012.111222T1200Z-111224T0000Z/
NORTHWEST PLATEAU-CHUSKA MOUNTAINS-FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-
NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU-WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-
WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-
SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY-SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-
WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET-
EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-SANTA FE METRO AREA-
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-ESTANCIA VALLEY-CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-
SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY-
SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA-
FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-UNION COUNTY-
HARDING COUNTY-EASTERN SAN MIGUEL COUNTY-GUADALUPE COUNTY-
QUAY COUNTY-CURRY COUNTY-ROOSEVELT COUNTY-DE BACA COUNTY-
CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS-EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY-
SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY-
404 PM MST TUE DEC 20 2011

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH
FRIDAY AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...GREATER THAN 8 INCHES AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE
  7500 FEET IN THE MOUNTAINS...WITH 4 OR MORE INCHES POSSIBLE IN
  THE WESTERN AND CENTRAL VALLEYS. SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW ARE
  POSSIBLE OVER THE EASTERN PLAINS.

* TIMING...SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS
  LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND EARLY THURSDAY...THEN SPREAD SOUTHWARD
  INTO CENTRAL NEW MEXICO AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 40 THURSDAY
  NIGHT. SNOW SHOULD START TO TAPER OFF FROM NORTHWEST TO
  SOUTHEAST DURING THE DAY FRIDAY.

* WINDS...NORTH TO NORTHEAST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35
  MPH OVER THE EASTERN PLAINS. EAST WINDS 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS
  TO AROUND 40 MPH INTO THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY THURSDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW LEVELS...TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL
  LOCATIONS.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE
  ALONG WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. TRAVEL
  MAY BECOME DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE ACROSS THE REGION. WIND
  CHILL VALUES MAY FALL INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS BOTH ABOVE AND
  BELOW ZERO OVER NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO THURSDAY
  NIGHT.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 20, 2011, 10:44:52 PM
Congrats to you! Down here, the 'cast shows Christmas Day Sunny, with a high near 42. Thursday nite/Friday has some rain, possible snow at this point.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Albuquerque Weather on December 20, 2011, 10:51:48 PM
Christmas Day
 
ABQ
 
Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 22, 2011, 12:40:14 AM
Congrats to you! Down here, the 'cast shows Christmas Day Sunny, with a high near 42. Thursday nite/Friday has some rain, possible snow at this point.

This is now 80% Rain/Snow Thursday nite and 70% Snow for Friday with a 32 high.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on December 22, 2011, 03:15:35 PM
Lucky...Very slim chance of snow Saturday night...and an even slimmer chance that it will stick :-(
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 22, 2011, 07:46:27 PM
My Winter Weather Watch is now a red Warning with the whole state under a Winter Weather. Cali looks like they got hit hard again so the next few days should be entertaining.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 23, 2011, 10:53:25 PM
I-10 closed between El Paso & Las Cruces, I-25 closed in spots, reports of a lot of snow in places, E/P reports only a few inches, wind blown snow everywhere...

Me? After midnite, the day started with 30+MPH gusts, continuing over from last nite before the storm rolled thru. Net result - a light dusting in the yard with generally light winds.

High of 36.5 at 12:42AM and mid-low 30s all day.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 24, 2011, 01:20:28 AM
There's snow on the ground. If it lasts til Christmas, I call that a New Mexico White Christmas.   #-o


We picked up 3.5 inches last night...clouds cleared, got cold...roads cleared today, and the winds are kicking in tonight...with very cold wind chills.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 27, 2011, 02:55:26 AM
I received a little more on the overnite 23-24 and it gave me a melt of 0.09" by 1PM. Warmed up to 37 so I was able to make a run to get some tamales!

Some shade patches of snow and that on the mountains made for a White Christmas and today saw 47 degrees. Slowly working its way up to the forecasted 60 on Friday.

The TV news said El Paso had received more snow than Buffalo to date.

Hope you had a Merry New Mexico Christmas!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 27, 2011, 11:32:22 AM
I think the weather is taking a breather for New Years. We're hitting the upper 50s later this week.  :shock:

Helllllloooooo Spring.  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SLOweather on December 27, 2011, 04:16:50 PM
(http://verydemotivational.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/demotivational-posters-only-in-new-mexico.jpg)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 27, 2011, 11:52:12 PM
SLO, that is classic! Thanks for dropping that in!


Friday's 60 is now 'casted as 64. My 1.5" worth of bucket tips is well over my 0.43" DEC average and is the only month is the last 12 that was even close to being average let alone above.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 28, 2011, 12:21:41 AM
 =D&gt;

I love this one SLO.

It never fails - New Years+New Mexico = NM reminding you that it's still NM - dry and warm.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 31, 2011, 01:09:16 AM
"New Record High" for today per:WU. 66.2 degrees and 68 in El Paso where I spent the afternoon.

I can do this for the winter.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 31, 2011, 11:17:48 PM
66.2 again today! Even with these last two days, my DEC 2011 AVG of 37.5 is still 5 degrees below my DEC station average and 10 degrees lower than last DEC - my warmest with 47.6.

Happy New Year New Mexico!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 04, 2012, 11:11:41 PM
I was out of state during New Years.  :-(

Heard it was warm up here, but I was down in Mesa, AZ helping family move from one apartment to another. It was really warm down there. Like 70*F.

 \:D/


I'm thinking of moving down there later this year...

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 06, 2012, 10:55:35 PM
One thing about New Mexico...

Today, it turned 100 years old as a state.  UU

In comparison, the cities of Santa Fe (800 some-odd years old, I think? I think I'm way off  #-o), Albuquerque (306 years old) and Las Cruces (or not? Wikipedia says 1849...so...that's less than 100) are older.


Time to drag out the old New Mexico History book again...  ](*,) #-o

There are probably other older cities/towns/villages in New Mexico...I just haven't researched them.  ](*,) ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 07, 2012, 08:38:08 PM
Beautiful day for a parade too! Went downtown to watch the local parade which consisted of floats representing every decade of statehood and the major events in the Territory. An F-22 fly-over at the minute of Taft's signing NM into The Union. A nice, small town affair, IMHO.

Mid-60s, clear skies and just enough of a light breeze to wave the flags.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 08, 2012, 08:57:58 PM
Dad retired from the Army today after 28 years of service. It snowed in Santa Fe.  =D&gt;

Hit a high of 38*F locally according to my weather station. Forecast calls for slight chance of snow tonight.

Then it's sunny. But not as warm as it has been.  ](*,)


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 09, 2012, 01:19:10 AM
Over the week, today and tomorrow were once 'casted at 10% chance of showers, then 20, then none, then, suddenly, it went to 70% chance of snow. Down to 60% now and 40% tomorrow for rain/snow.

Been raining since the New York Football Giants beat their third Ryan in a row (Jets-Rex, Cowgirls-Rob, Falcons-Matt) and held the Falcons to a measly two points!  =D&gt;

0.41" so far and 38 degrees.

Congrats (and a thank you) to your Dad!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 10, 2012, 12:48:14 AM
The big storm amounted to 0.55" of slow rain - no snow on the ground but on the mountains.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: mackbig on January 10, 2012, 07:49:21 AM
Chris, is this a math test?

By about 400 years....
In comparison, the cities of Santa Fe (800 some-odd years old, I think? I think I'm way off  #-o),

If it was 1912.....
...and Las Cruces (or not? Wikipedia says 1849...so...that's less than 100).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 10, 2012, 01:17:14 PM
Chris, is this a math test?

By about 400 years....
In comparison, the cities of Santa Fe (800 some-odd years old, I think? I think I'm way off  #-o),

If it was 1912.....
...and Las Cruces (or not? Wikipedia says 1849...so...that's less than 100).

 #-o

Yep and I failed.  8-[  :oops:  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 16, 2012, 10:44:37 PM
Really cold up here...more or less thanks to a cold front with 40 mph winds.

Hasn't really warmed up in the last week. Rained last night, but only about .10"

Warms up to the mid 50s by Wednesday!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 17, 2012, 09:03:30 PM
Low 60s lately but yesterday had the winds. Coincidentally, yesterday was the same day I was putting the cover on the pool...  ](*,)

My own fault - I thought I would get it done by Sunday but the games were too good. I managed to get it in place and "tacked down" thinking I could fill the water-tube weights on Monday but the 30MPH winds beat me and pulled it up before I could. Those 20 pound rocks didn't stand a chance and 3 of them are now in the deep end. Talk about a battle!

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 19, 2012, 10:41:43 PM
Hit 68.8 today (68.6 this day 2011) and I get stuck in the house all day feeling under the weather.  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 20, 2012, 11:16:03 PM
70.6 today!!! This is the first time my station hit 70+ in January - 69.9 on Jan 17th 2011 and 69.1 on Jan 26th 2009 were the next two highest.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 21, 2012, 01:42:58 AM
Wow!  =D&gt;

Hit an all time high of 55*F today. No jacket needed!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 22, 2012, 01:19:54 PM
Was out last night...breezy and 52*F turned into rain and 42*F in just 30 minutes. Then the wind kicked in late last night...still blowing on strong at around 30 mph with gusts around 40 mph.

One thing I noticed this winter...


December: Snow. Consistently. And miserable cold.

January: Warm. Dry. Meek precip totals. Rain.


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 23, 2012, 12:16:54 PM
Wintry mix headed out this way tonight/tomorrow. I have my doubts...it's going to rain, and snow...with some wind probably...but it's going to be miserable at best.  #-o

 \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 24, 2012, 01:50:53 AM
20% all Tuesday with nite seeing "rain/Snow" chances.

Probably just cloudy & gloomy, if I were to bet on it.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 24, 2012, 02:00:22 AM
No precip since Saturday night...and it's just scattered clouds outside right now.

NWS is calling for 10% chance of snow tonight. Might get a dusting, but (phew) I'm not holding my breath.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 25, 2012, 01:21:29 AM
Cash me out! Cloudy and gloomy - very gloomy. A huge dark blue-grey cover began to roll in and a few drops hit the windows but no bucket tips. Reports of lightning here & there as well but for me? A cloudy, gloomy kind of day.

EDIT: 0.01" tip at 11:30PM
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 26, 2012, 12:48:12 PM
Received a good amount of rain...oh...was it Tuesday or was it Monday?  #-o

Well, anyway received .05" of rain!  =D&gt; \:D/ It means we're getting somewhere!  #-o


Forecast looks pretty much monochrome - sunny and mild - with temps going from the upper 40s to the lower 50s, then to the mid 40s and then back up to the mid 50s. There's a good chance we might hit 60 by next Tuesday.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on January 26, 2012, 02:08:51 PM
Forecast looks pretty much monochrome

I've never heard it described like that before!  That is an appropriate word at times.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 27, 2012, 12:43:09 PM
Forecast looks pretty much monochrome

I've never heard it described like that before!  That is an appropriate word at times.

Well, all I see is blue skies and clouds and a bright dot that's supposedly the sun. It might be more than one color but hey, it's repetitive.  :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 28, 2012, 04:15:03 AM
I thought the term was great but my vision immediately went to that pale grey cloudy kind of hazy cover that never changes thru-out the day.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 28, 2012, 04:39:10 AM
I thought the term was great but my vision immediately went to that pale grey cloudy kind of hazy cover that never changes thru-out the day.

 #-o

An equally descriptive perspective. How about a brownish-greenish tinted haze like what one might see over Los Angeles?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 31, 2012, 10:28:13 PM
It's only 8:30 but it's still 49 degrees so I don't see a big change in this being my station's warmest JAN:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 01, 2012, 12:55:10 AM
It definitely was a warm January.


<--- my avatar even says so
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on February 01, 2012, 03:43:30 PM
Next door in Sedona, Arizona, it was close but no cigar for the warmest January.  Here are my January Average temps from past few years:

2012    44.4   <----- close!
2011    41.6
2010    41.6
2009    44.5   <----- warmest January
2008    38.9

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 03, 2012, 09:48:58 AM
1.2" of snow over night this morning. Class at 11 this morning. No cancellations. I think I'll be fine by then...roads are clear over much of the valley...clouds are clearing out.


(http://distilleryimage11.instagram.com/ff20f7de4e6e11e1a87612313804ec91_7.jpg) (I know, really crappy instagram photo...can't seem to resize it either...)


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 07, 2012, 06:04:00 AM
10% to 20% chance of precip from Wed to Sat 'casted for my area. Temps have been fairly stable, seeing highs of upper 50s to lo/mid 60s. Last night it dropped to 25.3. Low for the year is 23.

Oh yeah - the Giants won the Super Bowl.  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 09, 2012, 11:05:54 PM
Cold and wet this morning...better than most...it was actually a comfortable cold...though by the time I got to class later the wind kicked in...

Lower to mid 50s for the next few days!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 10, 2012, 07:34:38 AM
Those rain chances are now limited to 10% on SUN. Not much wind - not much clouds the last few days.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 13, 2012, 05:49:47 AM
Woke up Sunday morning to the sound of "stuff" hitting the skylite. Didn't sound like the gentle pitter patter of rain and it wasn't. BB size hail coming down for 5 or so minutes gave everything a white covering and tipped the bucket once once it melted. Only reached a high of 55 later in the day.

Even the weather knew the Pro Bowl should be played AFTER the Super Bowl. It was a perfect day to hang out in the house.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 13, 2012, 10:49:17 PM
It snowed a little Sunday morning, then it melted...skies remained partly cloudy over night. Been moderately breezy all day, and chilly up here. Spring is in, what, 5 weeks?  :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 14, 2012, 12:22:15 AM
Yeah, those winds will be showing up here tomorrow. 'Wind Advisory' and possible gusts to 46MPH.

As far as Spring in 5 weeks - I already have weeds and rabbits popping up everywhere for the last 2 weeks.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 15, 2012, 01:56:03 AM
Saw some very freaky clouds up here late this afternoon, and icy winds. Our 20% slight chance of snow just became 60% snow likely.  \:D/  UU

Winter Weather Advisory issued up here until 8 AM tomorrow.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 15, 2012, 07:21:25 PM
Wind wasn't too bad. 32MPH max (high for the year as well). Lots of dust cover made it look worse than it was.

Storm to roll thru starting Thursday nite with talk of T-Storms.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 16, 2012, 01:54:04 AM
Woke up to .78" of snow on the ground this morning. Cold as well. Skies cleared up after. Didn't warm up much though. :(

That storm system at most is supposed to put some clouds over our heads up here...with a slim-to-none chance of snow.

Oh, and I set this up last night. All of this had some issues today...like not starting the recording until 3 this afternoon even though I scheduled it for 7 AM this morning. I'm using Gawker, which I then proceed to run through iMovie and then export to Quicktime and from there upload to YouTube. It's all fun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJuSSvIzZJM

What I want to get someday is a camera that's very sensitive to low light levels - I want to be able to record at night (see clouds lit up by city lights...maybe...)...I also want to get a higher quality camera...and a better way to mount this. Right now I have a cardboard box (about the size of a car battery), taped up to the glass, about 3 feet above the window sill, off to the left a little. It'll do for now.

It beats using a smartphone and filling up internal storage with photos over a long period of time.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 16, 2012, 09:18:05 PM
Mostly cloudy all day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiB8nB6vkv0

 #-o ](*,) :evil:

Gawker, you infuriate me!

Told it to start recording (manually told it to record) at 6 AM...didn't get anything until 12 PM. For some reason it doesn't record anything until 6 hours after you tell it to...downgrading in 3...2...1
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 16, 2012, 10:28:22 PM
Sounds like it's running on Zulu time.


Pretty good video rendering.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 17, 2012, 08:14:29 PM
Some very light rain after midnite - 0.04" total. Cloudy and cold all day 47.8 for a high - 10 below "normal" but felt a lot colder following all those mid-60s.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 18, 2012, 01:37:45 AM
Solved the recording issue by leaving the computer on instead of scheduling it to sleep and wake up.

Recorded about 8 hours of the skies today, only for the power to go out and lose everything. It's time to invest in a battery back up.  ](*,)

---------

Hit a high of 47*F today...been in the mid to upper 40s since the last storm system a few days ago. Word on the wire is late this weekend we're expecting another nasty winter storm. Huge uncertainty, but I love it when we have convective snow storms.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 18, 2012, 11:12:35 PM
12 hours of footage, 15 second shot intervals at 24FPS.

Sunny day.  ](*,)  (I should should be shooting stormy days)

http://youtu.be/3OcTlzOb584

------

Pretty comfortable day...high of 52*F.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 20, 2012, 01:21:26 AM
I have to stop looking at your videos. I went from your weather to your cat to people bathing cats to talking dogs...  :-P
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 20, 2012, 10:12:53 PM
I have to stop looking at your videos. I went from your weather to your cat to people bathing cats to talking dogs...  :-P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahQyQNb4s5k

Don't look now then. Hahaha.


Upgrading the Mac to Apple's newest OS...so no recording for today...or probably tomorrow. (Some complications with the USB flash drive I burned...long story).


Hit a high of 53 today, mostly sunny. Too bad I got sick to enjoy it.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 23, 2012, 01:10:51 AM
Year high of 71.2 today along with 20+MPH winds - Red Flag Warning in effect for the county. Ditto for tomorrow but the weekend looks to be nice just a tad cooler.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 23, 2012, 01:16:05 PM
High of 60 today.  :shock:  \:D/ \:D/ \:D/  UU

High of 63 on Saturday (http://www.bitvertiser.com/emos/animated/party-emoticon.gif)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 24, 2012, 01:08:30 AM
72.9 today with 20+MPH winds (29 highest) and a low of 45. Other than a cold snap of 60 degrees tomorrow, we're getting there!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on February 24, 2012, 01:24:10 PM
I'm still hoping for some more winter rain over here in AZ.  I've only logged 0.62" since 1 January.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 24, 2012, 04:18:05 PM
I think winter is over up here...our last "freak cold" storm was on Valentine's Day. The forecast bounces from lower 60s to mid 50s to lower 60s to lower 50s through Monday...

Yuck. Wind.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 25, 2012, 04:45:10 AM
Only 0.55" rain since JAN 1 down here but the 1.5" in DEC (includes melt) was the wettest month for all of last year and since JUL 2010 (2.25").

Nothing unusual in those numbers...  :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 25, 2012, 11:27:07 PM
Major wind event expected Monday and Tuesday.

Monday:

Hi: 62*F
Lo: 32*F

Tuesday:

Hi: 48*F
Lo: 24*F

 :evil:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 26, 2012, 10:04:29 PM
So yeah…

 :shock:
 #-o
(http://www.wxforum.net/Smileys/default/eusa_whistle.gif)

 :-k
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 26, 2012, 11:57:55 PM
Climate change... how else can you explain 50 degree snow storms?  :-P

'Casting 40MPH gusts for tomorrow and no 32 or less degree days at all this week.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 27, 2012, 01:20:16 AM
They killed wind off our forecast…to about 30 mph gusts.  :roll:

Ha. I will enjoy this 50 degree snow storm.  :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 28, 2012, 12:21:04 AM
25MPH max gust today and 'cast is for up to 37MPH tomorrow. El Paso is talking possible 45-50MPH

71.4 degrees and I had my first drops of sweat today while digging out my 3 dead Rosemary and 2 dead Rose bushes! 1 (of 2) Peach tree is flowering and the birds are pecking the ground all over the place. Today was the 4th day of 70+ temps this month.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 28, 2012, 01:40:00 AM
Still 50*F with snow.  :shock:

Winds were pleasant believe it or not. 57*F and a warm east canyon wind at around 25 mph. Which eventually became colder after dark but not icy cold. Forecasted temps aren't nearly as dramatic as they once were forecasted.

Tomorrow: 50
Wednesday: 56
Thursday: 59
Friday: 52

Spring?

(http://i0.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/002/611/close_enough.png)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 01, 2012, 12:42:11 AM
Red Flag Warning.

Spring is here. It's going to be a windy and dry spring as usual.  =D&gt; \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 01, 2012, 04:41:04 AM
Gusts 'casted at 40+MPH for Thursday and only 66 degrees on WED but 70 should show THU.

Here's what the Mighty Rio Grande looks like where it flows past Las Cruces:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 01, 2012, 12:53:21 PM
That is DRY!  :shock:

Winds are already clocking in at 30 mph gusts...they're predicting later this afternoon, winds will clock at nearly 40 mph gusts...and dust (which is already up in the air).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 02, 2012, 01:11:24 AM
Maxed at 32MPH today and tomorrow 'casted at 47MPH gusts.

The Rio was an interesting sight. Nothing but sand from one bank to the other. The ripples reminded me of the south shore of Long Island where the beach would blow up into the grasses and fence barriers.

This is the same river that overflows its banks when we get those torrential monsoon soakers. I've always wondered why they just didn't dredge(?) the bottom and make it deeper.

To be fair, there was a "Levee Control Project" sign at the entrance to the parking area so that might be the plan (but I doubt it). It was dry last year as well when they held up the flow at the Caballo Lake dam. They released it on March 11th and it took 3 days to reach the picture location at U.S. 70. I only saw it on TV the day it happened.

It's pretty wild to stand right in the middle of it.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 02, 2012, 11:40:17 PM
32MPH max today and it looks like the winds are moving on. They're not taking the cold with them tho'. 63 for a high today with mid-50s/mid 20s for the next two days.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 06, 2012, 12:06:44 AM
2.5 shaker today at 8PM 11 miles east of El Paso - 45 miles SE of Las Cruces.

Oddly enough, I had checked my quake page this afternoon after reading about a couple in California.

75 degrees today!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 06, 2012, 12:56:28 PM
The weekend was pretty windy...the worst wind was on Friday and Saturday. Hit a warmer yesterday at 67*F, today we're expected to hit 70*F with gusty SSW winds. Then it goes south, (not literally) tomorrow. Windy still, mid 50s, rain tomorrow night. Thursday drops the upper 40s and more rain and wind. Then we remain constant through the weekend hovering around 55*F.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 06, 2012, 07:43:44 PM
76.8 today for the warmest day this year. Winds started acting up again but only gusted to 26MPH. Tomorrow should be a lot worse with the winds and then it's back to the 50s temps until the weekend..
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 07, 2012, 12:11:55 PM
10AM and the winds are already striking 30 MPH with gusts around 35-40 MPH. High of 65 today. (It's 56 right now).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 07, 2012, 03:41:13 PM
Ditto the winds here as well. 33 max so far and I'm waiting for the insurance claims guy to inspect my roofs. Haha! I-10 is closed between here and Deming.

I saved the 1,000th post for you Chris, being you started this thread!  =D&gt;
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 07, 2012, 04:10:05 PM
Oh dang!  :shock:  \:D/

Well, here are the thread statistics:

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Coincidentally, Apple released a new iPad today.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 08, 2012, 12:07:54 AM
They ended up closing I-10 all the way west to the Arizona border. EP had some 60MPH. I only had a 33 max but it stayed 20-25+ with much consistency this afternoon.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 08, 2012, 06:14:22 PM
All was calm at 6AM this morning, though winds from the ENE started kicking in around 9AM. Max sustained recorded at 11:10 AM this morning: 42 MPH. Max gust recorded at 12:23 PM: 51 MPH.

Albuquerque saw the worst (always does with those easterly winds)...I think the Albuquerque Sunport saw something along the lines of 60 mph...and eastern Albuquerque along the foothills experienced brownouts, blackouts, downed powerlines and blowing dust.

Right now winds here at homebase are blowing ESE at 15-25, and rapidly dying. Chilly though, 42. Snow tonight.  ](*,) My spring break begins Friday though.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 08, 2012, 08:45:48 PM
Light flakes falling right now. 41*F and winds are calm.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 09, 2012, 11:09:53 PM
Precip talked about for Saturday with late nite temps of 32... hmmm.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 10, 2012, 11:45:06 PM
It's been pretty raw these last few days...today was mostly cloudy, chilly.  :?

Supposed to hit 63*F tomorrow...72*F by Wednesday. And I'm on Spring Break.  \:D/

...now to get back on my college homework... [-( :cry:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 11, 2012, 12:03:49 AM
Dropped to 36 this afternoon at the same time the drizzly rain dumped 0.04". No snow. My high was 43 at 9:30AM!

It's been raw down here too. Chilly with just enough of a breeze to feel it in your bones. 78 on Tuesday in the forecast.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 11, 2012, 04:34:24 AM
It snowed around midnight...amounted to a quarter inch (non-melted, accumulated snowfall). Oh, by the way, in a half hour it'll be 3:00 AM MDT.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 11, 2012, 12:38:36 PM
There was fog this morning, some of it was freezing.  :lol:  #-o  ](*,)


Corny humor aside...

Snow melting already, high of 59*F.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 12, 2012, 03:32:37 AM
High 62*F today. Right now there's some high thin clouds and the moon, not much else going on. 72*F forecasted for Wednesday!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 14, 2012, 02:44:02 AM
78.4 today with gentle breezes. NICE! Upper 70s 'casted for the remainder of the week with winds returning on Friday. Saturday should be the windiest.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 14, 2012, 01:56:45 PM
High of 63*F for Saturday, very windy.

Spring Break comes in like a lion, goes out like...well a lion.  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 15, 2012, 12:53:10 AM
I see my first 80 'casted for Friday!  \:D/ ... followed by "Blowing dust" for SAT & SUN.  :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 17, 2012, 01:08:42 AM
And 80 it was! 80.8 to be exact. No wind yet.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 18, 2012, 02:56:52 AM
Oh joy...

...high wind warning remains in effect from 10 am to 9 pm mdt sunday...
* event: sustained southwest wind speeds of 40 to 45 mph with gusts over 60 mph expected.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on March 18, 2012, 01:17:45 PM
Here are some photos from our March snow in Sedona. 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.255990334490285.61992.100002379612942&type=1&l=7025a98245

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 18, 2012, 02:47:21 PM
Nice! Sedona always looks pretty!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 18, 2012, 03:30:58 PM
Pretty pictures! :)

We started out with a Wind Advisory but they quickly shot that up to HWWR.  \:D/

WX station clocked 37 mph sustained, 52 mph gust so far today. Windier conditions expected by late afternoon...before sunset...then the rain and snow comes rolling in. Some dusty looking dark clouds west of here.

Good news is, we hit 70 by Thursday.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 18, 2012, 07:41:59 PM
I had some steady winds in the 30s with a max gust of 45MPH at 3PM. Highest wind this year. Station record is 52 from last Dec1st.

St Augustin Pass to my east saw an 86MPH howl its way thru the area. HWWR due to expire at 9PM here.

Would've been a good day to do some cam maintenance being all they show is a wall of dirt blowing by.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 18, 2012, 11:44:49 PM
Oooh! It gets better!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 19, 2012, 12:27:11 PM
Peak sustained wind: 48.7 MPH, which occurred at 2:12 PM MDT
Peak gust: 55.2 MPH, which occurred at 2:44 PM MDT
Max high reached yesterday: 55*F, which occurred at 12:55 PM MDT...which then dropped to 47*F at 3:37 PM MDT
New precip: T

Right now it's 36*F and the skies are clear and beautiful - today's high is 45*F. We peak to 71*F by Friday.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 19, 2012, 08:44:35 PM
Started the afternoon a little chilly with some stiff breezes... then the temp began to drop. Slivers of hail preceded some steady 30+MPH winds (35 max gust) with the temp dropping to 37.6 with a 27 degree wind chill at 2:30. Somewhere after the winds settled, snow flurries began falling.

2 days ago I was at 80 degrees with my lows higher than today's high...  ](*,)

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on March 20, 2012, 01:42:39 PM
wild temp swings across the southwest.

same over here....high last Friday was 76, yesterday 40!

forecast for high 70's again later this week.  our horses can't figure out whether to shed those winter coats or not.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 20, 2012, 04:30:41 PM
Overnite low of 25 - should be low-mid 40s.

If only the weeds would die from confusion...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 24, 2012, 11:48:22 PM
Been warm up here...mid 70s.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 26, 2012, 11:50:20 PM
The weather up here is nice enough to where I can roll down the windows in my truck  \:D/

The sad news is...there are now two fires burning up here - near Chimayo (northern mountains) and near Santa Rosa. I haven't checked the status of these as of late.  ](*,) Getting prepared for class finals is a busy task.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 30, 2012, 09:41:09 PM
I didn't think there was anything left to burn after last year's!  :shock:

I've been running low to mid 80s all week with little wind. Wouldn't you know it - finally, some perfectly beautiful weather and I'm stuck down here in... Tampa - right on the Bay - where it's lo-mid 80s with little wind. :-P

Of course, what is 'casted for when I get back is upper 60s with blowing dust...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 03, 2012, 12:14:38 PM
So I recorded a timelapse of yesterday's weather. Mostly cloudy that turned into rain.

Wake up this morning - SNOW.

Yes, fluffy icy white stuff.

 ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 03, 2012, 07:13:55 PM
Wake up this morning - SNOW.

Yes, fluffy icy white stuff.


 :shock: ... say what?!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 04, 2012, 12:26:33 AM
Wake up this morning - SNOW.

Yes, fluffy icy white stuff.


 :shock: ... say what?!

I kid you not.

The fun part of today happened when I went to school. There's a lot of sand built up on this one street in a neighborhood I drive through. Today it was overwhelmed with mud.  \:D/ \:D/ \:D/

The crappy part of today happened when Dad stepped on a hidden water puddle in the hallway. Those grey rubber tubes for water? The one behind the bathroom counter developed a pin-sized hole and sprayed the wall...flooding the bathroom into the hallway.

So we've spent a good part of the day fabricating a copper tube pipe maze to replace the rubber-copper fitting mess that came with the house.

Oh...and my truck had a puddle of water in it...though the windows were shut tight. I think the snow melt and yesterday's rain flooded the bottom of the HVAC plenum and when I switched it to floor this morning, water. Strangely on the passenger side only.  :? :-| :?:

-------

Lower to mid 70s for a high tomorrow after today's mid 40s high. 80 by Monday next week...then more rain.  \:D/ \:D/ \:D/
Title: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Albuquerque Weather on April 04, 2012, 08:57:22 AM
April 4 1973 - Sandia Crest, NM, reported a snow depth of 95 inches, a record for the state of New Mexico.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 09, 2012, 03:50:09 PM
Stormy up here...though nothing hitting the ground but lightning (or does that hit the sky?) and wind.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 09, 2012, 11:37:53 PM
Had some 20-30 percents chances disappear over the last couple of days. Low 80s and minimal wind, for the most part.

Pretty nice weather but I can still taste the salty ocean air that blows in off the west coast of FLA...  :sad:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 12, 2012, 08:20:33 PM
Had some moderate rain showers here earlier this week...been in the lower 70s up until today...mid 60s...

Tomorrow...mid 50s.

This weekend...lower 50s.

It must be March, right?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 12, 2012, 10:15:33 PM
Same difference here - low-mid 80s past week and a nice, breezy 72.7 today. It's been clouding up nicely but no precip 'casted. Sunday is seen as having a high of 63!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 14, 2012, 06:51:54 AM
WHOOSH! And so it begins!

The winds are beginning to pick up with them 'casted to 40-45MPH with 60MPH gusts. It calms down this evening, with gusts only to 50MPH... :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 14, 2012, 12:56:58 PM
40-50 MPH wind gusts up here...rather chilly out too.

Supposedly we hit the lower 70s again by Wednesday-Thursday...we'll see!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 14, 2012, 08:02:48 PM
43MPH max gust today and the 71* high felt a bit cooler. 57 right now is cooler.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 14, 2012, 08:41:28 PM
(http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image1.gif)

Interesting sat images from WFO Albuquerque.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on April 14, 2012, 09:20:09 PM
Interesting sat images from WFO Albuquerque.

Does that mean we're gaining ground on Mexico?   :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 14, 2012, 10:46:27 PM
Interesting sat images from WFO Albuquerque.

Does that mean we're gaining ground on Mexico?   :roll:

 :lol:  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 16, 2012, 05:26:29 PM
3:30PM - 70 degrees - 6MPH breeze - now, THAT'S more like it!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 19, 2012, 04:02:12 PM
Now looking at a new Top Ten dry spell:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 21, 2012, 01:47:41 AM
Tuesday is 'casted for my first 90 degree day.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 21, 2012, 03:26:48 AM
84*F for that day!

You mean...it's almost summer?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 21, 2012, 02:40:58 PM
90 has been moved to Sunday with 90s following thru the week! A tad early this year.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 22, 2012, 03:03:15 PM
Hit 90 a little while ago - first 90* day in April ever at my station. Earliest had been May 1st in 2009. WU "normal" for today is 74 and my station's avg high for today is 80.7.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 22, 2012, 10:33:55 PM
87*F on Tuesday.  :shock:

I'm predicting a day or two at 110*F in June.

Oh, NWS WFO El Paso has some nifty pics of a dust devil.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/562523_348893968492658_172520059463384_835413_354104801_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/577857_348893988492656_172520059463384_835414_1541418145_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/154499_348894011825987_172520059463384_835415_295848202_n.jpg)

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SylvaniaWeather on April 23, 2012, 05:34:31 AM
Awesome pictures!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 23, 2012, 05:04:30 PM
Those are great pics. I haven't been watching the news lately so I don't know if they had it on the air. I doubt it - they're too busy sensationalizing all the meaningless stories that most of us wouldn't even give a good "Hmmm" to.

I saw one like that in AZ on a road trip once. Tallest one I've ever seen and long lasting too. I get dozens of them right across the street on the BLM land but never any like that one in the pics!

I'm still trying to hit 90 today. 93.7 yesterday. And, of course, the winds pick up again on Thursday.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 24, 2012, 03:57:46 AM
For awhile today the forecast for Thursday was "Slight Chance Svr T-Storms" but I believe that was a typo (they now read Slight Chance T-Storms) - looking at the latest SPC Conv. Outlook maps - we just get plain jane thunderstorms (with not much rain). Upper 70s by Thursday. Hit a high of 85*F up here....supposed to hit a record 88*F for tomorrow.  :shock:

110*F mid June? Yup.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 24, 2012, 04:05:20 PM
91 yesterday and 92 today already. My APR 22 high of 93.7 should fall today.

I don't know about mid-June. Early June maybe? My highest temp of 108 was on June 6 2010.

EDIT: And fall it did. 93.8 at 4:10. Also my first day that didn't go under 65 for a low (65.2).







Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 26, 2012, 12:40:46 AM
92.3 today and "Near 90" for tomorrow along with 40+MPH winds...

Maybe those winds will blow some of these d@mn Miller Moths out of the area. They're everywhere and supposed to get worse.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 26, 2012, 03:16:11 AM
High winds expected tomorrow.  \:D/ And a slight chance of thunderstorms.

Friday is all rain, some wind.

Just what I need for Friday...the last day of finals...nasty weather on the highway.  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 26, 2012, 03:55:21 AM
Are you getting invaded by these moths?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 26, 2012, 04:00:58 AM
Not so much as southern parts of the state. Can't say they're not embedded in the radiator of my truck...or living under the hood (every time I fire it up...mothra has emerged.)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 26, 2012, 06:33:04 PM
I've had worse than this since I moved here but they're supposed to crank it up as time goes by. Garage looks like an aviary after I pull in at nite. Hard to keep them out of the house at that point.

This is now my station's warmest April - 66.9. Beat last April by a tenth of a degree so far. Last April was 4 degrees higher than any I've had since 2007 and I had NO days of 90+ (89.5 highest). This April has had 5 90+ days so far.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on April 27, 2012, 11:21:29 PM
Deep freeze comes to southern NM: 84.7 for a high today with 52 for a low! Nice...  =D&gt;
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 29, 2012, 12:32:14 AM
We had our deep freeze this week...Thursday hit a high of 68, dropped to 48 in two hours.

Been cloudy all day, started to rain a little bit earlier this evening.

Lower 80s all next week!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 03, 2012, 10:55:31 PM
Nice day with 86*, 5-15MPH breezes and some thin cloud cover. Good day to finally get on the roof to open the swamp cooler. Looks like it's time to replace that 13 year old motor...  :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 04, 2012, 01:49:30 PM
Days have been nice up here to clean up my backyard. On Monday, that pattern changes. Isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms into Wednesday. The yard is still nowhere near finished.

 \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 04, 2012, 01:50:28 PM
Nice day with 86*, 5-15MPH breezes and some thin cloud cover. Good day to finally get on the roof to open the swamp cooler. Looks like it's time to replace that 13 year old motor...  :roll:

 :shock:

Dang! Of all the swamp cooler motors I've ever had to replace...their lifetime has always been between one season to less than ten years! Wow!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 04, 2012, 03:17:54 PM
Mfg date of 1999 on it. Shocked me too and I probably could get another season out of it - maybe - but that side to side shaft play is a bit much for my tastes. I can see me changing it when it's 105 outside if I don't now. ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 06, 2012, 04:43:16 AM
Looks like summer has come and gone...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 08, 2012, 05:33:28 PM
Looks like you guys gonna see hail fall out of the sky.  :shock:

Oh, new NWS forecast pages.

**WARNING: LARGE PHOTO SIZES**


Old Page:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-aKBqCaPx8Gw/T6mQmhgHLXI/AAAAAAAAAHk/8PVyvqcpLQ8/s800/Screen%2520Shot%25202012-05-08%2520at%25203.28.38%2520PM.PNG)

New Page:
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Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 08, 2012, 07:05:01 PM
I'm waiting on it. "Large Hail" is what keeps showing up in the Advisories. 12 degree temp drop in the last hour and the skies look evil with some pretty big bolts flying here & there. NWS Advisories are going nuts down here - Flash Flood, Severe Lightning, T-Storms, etc.

59 days since last precip.

EDIT: Dropped another 14 degrees since original post and 0.10" of rain!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 08, 2012, 10:28:09 PM
We saw some bolts here and there, and some brief gusts...but no rain...unless you far north of here in the mountains...

ARRRRGH.

Tomorrow looks less promising. :(
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 09, 2012, 06:44:16 AM
Finished with 0.41" of rain - a nice steady, cold rain. Severe T-storms 'casted for Wednesday with possible large hail still mentioned.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on May 09, 2012, 05:31:05 PM
send some my way!  It looks like some of the action is creeping into Arizona, but not quite making it far enough north to get to me.

pretty odd weather pattern for this time of year.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 10, 2012, 03:03:10 AM
It started to look very serious in the afternoon but only 0.08" fell. Some real nasty looking stuff started flowing in from the north of me but I didn't get much here.

1.15" YTD. Didn't have this much last year until mid-August.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 13, 2012, 11:24:07 AM
Friday afternoon saw .08" of rain...and a lot of wind. Yesterday a severe storm was traveling off the mountains and into the valley... unfortunately it skated to the west of Albuquerque and ended up falling apart as it entered the Belen area (a good 30 miles south of Albuquerque). Anvil of this thing was HUGE...got some decent pics of mammatus...I'll get 'em up soon.

40% chance of thunderstorms today and tonight. Slight chance of severe weather according to the SPC.


(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-py84il4dAOI/T6_VrMuq71I/AAAAAAAAAH4/T07AxP7z1xA/s640/photo%25201.JPG)

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 13, 2012, 09:14:15 PM
Tornado touch down near Socorro!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 14, 2012, 12:02:28 AM
Saw it!









On radar that is! I believe it was more of a dustnado than mesocyclonic by any extremes. Somehow GRLevel3 needs a recording feature for weather events. Then again that would defeat the purpose of GRLevel2... ](*,)

Another severe storm passed to our south again...a bit further south actually, but it set off my weather radio.

Weather forecast seems to be showing a high moving in...91*f forecasted for Thursday.  :?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: neondesert on May 14, 2012, 02:17:39 AM
Saw it!

On radar that is! I believe it was more of a dustnado than mesocyclonic by any extremes. Somehow GRLevel3 needs a recording feature for weather events. Then again that would defeat the purpose of GRLevel2... ](*,)

Just go here: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/nexradinv/ (http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/nexradinv/)  select the radar and products for the time frame you want to review, wait for the NCDC to send you an FTP link, download and watch the event in GR3 to your heart's content!  8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 14, 2012, 11:31:28 PM
Should go back to 90s starting Thursday and should be the norm from there out down here.

Became a little chilly while the sun went down. 9:30P, breezy and 65... NICE!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 15, 2012, 01:13:39 AM
Peaked at 75*F today...the next few days show upper 80s. Dad and I agreed to turn on the metal box on the roof this weekend (though I wanted to turn it on by Wednesday)...meanwhile, the renter we have wants his on tomorrow. Here's to a smashed/cut thumb setting it up.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 15, 2012, 05:39:45 PM
Funny you should mention that. I'm about to haul out the ladder and drop my new motor in mine. 80 degrees and under 5MPH breezes right now.

I figure I'm out of relatively cool, breezy days & nites at this point. The house is starting to stay a little warmer each nite. 50* at 6:30A helps tho'!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 16, 2012, 02:46:49 AM
Chris, looks like an interesting view on the 20th:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eclipse2012animation.gif (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eclipse2012animation.gif)

'Casted for 'sunny' down here.

Bird cycles should get a little goofy with that happening right before sundown.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on May 16, 2012, 09:45:51 AM
I'm planning to drive up to Az/Ut border to watch.  Should be a nice view near sunset.  Good excuse to do some fishing at Lees Ferry too!

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 16, 2012, 12:26:18 PM
Chris, looks like an interesting view on the 20th:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eclipse2012animation.gif (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eclipse2012animation.gif)

'Casted for 'sunny' down here.

Bird cycles should get a little goofy with that happening right before sundown.

Oh yeaahhhhhhhhh...I remember seeing this on my calendar. I circled, spammed it on facebook a few times...


===================================================

Lower 80s forecasted to mid 80s tomorrow, then a slight cool down to the mid 70s over the weekend. Trying to remember what to do during a solar eclipse...  ](*,)

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 16, 2012, 02:56:20 PM
I'm planning to drive up to Az/Ut border to watch.  Should be a nice view near sunset.  Good excuse to do some fishing at Lees Ferry too!


No smoke blowing up that way?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on May 17, 2012, 09:33:20 AM
yeah, a bunch of smoke up here, especially from the Gladiator fire near Crowne King.   Can't complain though, no near-by threats.   It's going to be a nervous wait for teh monsoon season though!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 20, 2012, 01:00:59 PM
Albuquerque NWS put out a map of the smoke trail going up north into the Jemez, and hitting Santa Fe and Los Alamos. The last two sunsets around town (especially up north at the base of the Jemez) has been really orange. Unfortunately I was driving and didn't take pictures of it.

The annular Solar Eclipse is set to begin right around 630 and persist until sunset.

I have nothing to view this with...

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 21, 2012, 01:59:06 AM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7zJHicYt_bQ/T7nZbCTpWOI/AAAAAAAAAIQ/xy6sZrlMqWE/s640/543373_4009646961203_1282107278_3817380_846593224_n.jpg)

Solar rings from the tree leaf shadows.

My friend found a way to shoot pics with a wine glass full of wine.

I couldn't find a #14 welder's mask.  :???:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 21, 2012, 07:24:22 PM
That's a pretty cool effect!

I was trying to find stuff like that too but all I could come up with was it sinking behind my neighbors roof. That thing next to his Dish is what was once a beautiful, tall Cypress that was brutalized by that deep freeze a while back. We all lost a lot of stuff with those 3 days of sub-zero temps:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 21, 2012, 07:25:57 PM
New high for the year today of 94.8.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 22, 2012, 08:08:02 PM
Today - 96.4 and at 2 or 3AM or so, heard that pitter-patter on the skylites resulting in NO bucket tips...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 23, 2012, 10:37:48 AM
Maxed out at 90*F yesterday. Today's highs are in the upper 80s/lower 90s...and it'll be windy. Really windy.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 23, 2012, 03:24:51 PM
Ditto for here. 92* with a 31MPH max so far. It's been fairly steady between 20 & 30 but still building. 'Casted max gusts at 49.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 24, 2012, 12:52:16 AM
Quote
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
958 PM MDT WED MAY 23 2012


...SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES IN THE GILA REGION TO MOVE NORTH AND EAST
ACROSS NEW MEXICO THROUGH SATURDAY...

AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF WINDY AND DRY WEATHER THIS WEEK WILL CONTINUE
TO SUPPORT A SIGNIFICANT FIRE GROWING PATTERN ACROSS NORTHERN AND
CENTRAL NEW MEXICO THROUGH SATURDAY. STRONG WEST SOUTHWEST WINDS
HAVE ALREADY SPREAD SMOKE FROM THE WHITEWATER-BALDY FIRE COMPLEX IN
THE GILA REGION ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO. WINDS WILL
GRADUALLY BECOME MORE SOUTHWESTERLY THURSDAY AND PERSIST FROM
THIS DIRECTION THROUGH SATURDAY. THIS WILL CARRY THE SMOKE PLUME
TOWARD THE NORTHEAST INTO MORE POPULATED AREAS WITHIN THE RIO GRANDE
VALLEY FROM SOCORRO NORTH TO ALBUQUERQUE AND SANTA FE.

THE PRIMARY IMPACTS OF THIS SMOKE WILL BE REDUCED VISIBILITIES AND
THE ASSOCIATED HEALTH CONCERNS DUE TO POOR AIR QUALITY. THE GREATEST
THREAT PERIOD FOR INCREASED SMOKE ACROSS THE REGION ARE EXPECTED TO
OCCUR FROM THE LATE AFTERNOON HOURS THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT AND EARLY
MORNING HOURS. IN THE ALBUQUERQUE AND SANTA FE AREAS THE HEAVIEST
SMOKE CONCENTRATIONS ARE EXPECTED FROM LATE AFTERNOON UNTIL LATE
EVENING. MORE INFORMATION WILL BE FORTHCOMING FROM LOCAL AND STATE
OFFICIALS AS FORECAST CONFIDENCE INCREASES.

STAY INFORMED WITH NOAA WEATHER RADIO...THE WEATHER SERVICE WEB SITE
AT WEATHER.GOV/ABQ...OR YOUR PREFERRED BROADCAST...PRINT...OR
INTERNET WEATHER INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE LATEST ON THIS POTENTIAL
SMOKE SITUATION.



 \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/

It must June 2011!!  :lol: #-o

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 24, 2012, 02:21:57 AM
That must be the one in Glenwood that gave me the interesting sunsets the last few days. Today it blended in nicely with all the desert blowing around...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 24, 2012, 05:06:23 PM
Friday nights are my "party with friends" nights...I have to pick up a friend that lives 10 miles north of where I live...I hope the smoke doesn't settle til after midnight...I'd hate to have to pull over on a dark road a night and fight with the air box in my truck to clear it. (Damn Ford design). Last year the smoke was pretty thick and ash-y.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 24, 2012, 06:37:12 PM
Yep, 2011, all over again.  ](*,)

Quote
AIR QUALITY ALERT MESSAGE
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
434 PM MDT THU MAY 24 2012

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE NEW
MEXICO DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

THE WHITEWATER BALDY FIRE COMPLEX WILL CONTINUE TO PRODUCE AN ACTIVE
SMOKE PLUME OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. SMOKE ACROSS PORTIONS OF
WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO WILL RESULT IN UNHEALTHY AIR
QUALITY.

THROUGH TONIGHT...AREAS EAST TO NORTHEAST OF THE FIRE COMPLEX ARE
MOSTLY LIKELY TO BE IMPACTED...FROM CATRON COUNTY TO MAGDALENA AND
THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY. AS THE WINDS SHIFT FROM WEST TO SOUTHWEST...
THE ORIENTATION OF THE PLUME WILL SHIFT AND SMOKE IMPACTS WILL
EXPAND TO THE NORTH...INCLUDING THE ALBUQUERQUE AND SANTA FE METRO
AREAS.

IF HEAVY SMOKE IS PRESENT...OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE MINIMIZED.
REMEMBER...YOUR EYES ARE YOUR BEST TOOLS TO DETERMINE IF IT IS SAFE
TO BE OUTSIDE. IF VISIBILITY IS TEN MILES OR HIGHER...THE AIR
QUALITY IS GOOD...SIX TO NINE MILES...AIR QUALITY IS MODERATE...THREE
TO FIVE MILES...AIR QUALITY IS UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE PEOPLE...ONE
AND A HALF TO TWO AND A HALF MILES...AIR QUALITY IS UNHEALTHY...
ONE TO ONE AND A QUARTER MILES...AIR QUALITY IS VERY UNHEALTHY...
AND THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE OR LESS...AIR QUALITY IS HAZARDOUS.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 26, 2012, 12:52:21 PM
Friday morning was smoky, but the winds shifted more towards the south, and pushed the smoke plume west of Albuquerque..it came back around 9 last night (after some wicked sunset images and a red thumbnail of the moon)...and then the stars came out around 1030 last night. Driving home from a friends, I took the back roads and caught a sunken smoke plume.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on May 27, 2012, 02:49:47 PM
Clear skies for the next few days according to NWS.  \:D/

I was getting used to having smoky sunsets...

**WARNING: LARGE PHOTO**

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Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 29, 2012, 05:16:43 PM
I haven't checked/watched the sunsets the last few days but I can feel the little smoke we've had. The mornings have been hazy tho'. It should pick up the next few days...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on May 31, 2012, 12:10:55 AM
The 2 week old, lightning ignited Willow Creek blaze is now declared as the largest wildfire in the history of New Mexico - 170,000+ acres with zero containment and predicted to be burning well into July. "It's the size of ABQ, Santa Fe and Rio Rancho combined".

The smoke is definitely collecting out here from this. This morning saw a layer sitting a few hundred feet off the ground and most of the day saw smokey skies. A 38MPH blast cleared some of it for a short while.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 01, 2012, 07:33:23 AM
Man, that fire sure is kicking @ss and giving those guys a fight:

Fire Facts:
Date Started: 05/16/2012    
Location: Approximately 15 miles E of Glenwood, NM    
Number of Personnel: 1,246 personnel including 17 hotshot crews, 11 hand crews
Cause: Lightning    
Equipment: 59 Engines, 27 Water Tenders, 7 Dozers
Aircraft: 10 Helicopters
Size:  190,262 acres
Percent Contained:  5    
Injuries to Date: Five

http://nmfireinfo.com/2012/05/31/whitewater-fire-update-5-20-12/ (http://nmfireinfo.com/2012/05/31/whitewater-fire-update-5-20-12/)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Albuquerque Weather on June 01, 2012, 08:38:17 AM

Yet another special astronomical event for NM approaching on June 4th. A partial lunar eclipse

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2012.html#LE2012Jun04P (http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2012.html#LE2012Jun04P)

Check it out
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 01, 2012, 06:33:12 PM
Yeah you guys are smoking down there.

Ouch.

Hit our first 90*F day for the year today, at 92*F as I type this.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: jay_hoehn on June 01, 2012, 10:02:37 PM
I live in Mule Creek just south of the fire and we really had a bad day yesterday with the smoke.  When the smoke is not flowing our way I can see the flames from the house at night.  The whole top of the Mogollon Mountains are on fire.  If you look at the banner on my site the very dark area farther back is what is burning, and yes the fire goes from one side of the picture to the other.

http://jayswoodfurniture.com/wx/

Jay
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 02, 2012, 03:14:27 PM
Not weather related, but I had no idea the mesa west and north of Rio Rancho (and Albuquerque) had cows roaming it.




**Warning: Large Photo Size**


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Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 02, 2012, 05:40:31 PM
I should hit 100 today. It's been trying but some light clouds keep knocking it down to 96 or so. Back up to 98.5 so there might be a chance.

Jay I didn't realize that you were so,so close to that area. I knew you were out west of me. Hope you get thru it OK. That smoke can be a real dangerous PITA. You must have quite a view of it all.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: jay_hoehn on June 02, 2012, 07:01:47 PM
Last night was a particularly active fire night.  It looked like they were lighting backfires to control the spread to the southwest down the draws.  Lots of area actively burning that I can see.  It is still a ways off but seems like they are getting a handle on it, finally.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 03, 2012, 02:39:38 AM
nmfireinfo shows 15% containment with 227,000 acres now lost.

My winds were out the west this afternoon and gave me some good haze - nothing too bad tho'.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 03, 2012, 02:00:32 PM
The last few mornings we've been seeing really hazy conditions...by afternoon though it cleared up.

I thought the smoke was staying down there, because I've never once seen Albuquerque extremely hazy during the summer time.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: jay_hoehn on June 05, 2012, 11:35:34 AM
Smoke from the Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire is really bad today in Mule Creek.  Visibility down to less than 1 mile.  Fire has spread to 259,000 acres and is only 20% contained.  Seems like we will lose more than 1/2 of the Gila National Forest before this one ends.

Jay
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on June 05, 2012, 03:13:59 PM
I really feel the pain with the loss of the forest.  So far it hasn't been catastrophic over here in AZ, although the Gladiator fire got scary for a while.  We all need a good soaking monsoon this year!

I'm currently at 42 days without measurable rain at my site.  Not too unnusual for this time of year, but I'll bet it'll be mid July by the time we get any. My "all time" record is 75 consecutive rainless days (2004), but we might give that a run this year.

maybe we'll get to see a rainbow again sometime!



Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 06, 2012, 03:17:28 AM
The Gila Wilderness portion of the Gila National Forest was the world's first designated "Wilderness" The National Forest is the 6th largest in the "lower 48" at 3.3 million acres.

One very small consolation is in knowing it was caused by lightning NOT by some dumb-@ss human's carelessness. Losing Nature to Nature seems like a more natural process to me that I can accept a little more easily.

------------------------

I'm currently at 26 dry days. My record is 119 last FEB-JUN of last year. I've already placed one in my top ten dry spells this year with 56 days. That's not counting trace of less than 0.01".
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 06, 2012, 12:36:12 PM
We have another fire burning up here...the Bear Springs fire. So far, last years Los Conchas burn scar is keeping it at bay, but there's a chance it could scorch north and west. Also started by lightning on Sunday.

When people start these large forest fires, I get disappointed because there goes a fishing trip.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 07, 2012, 03:54:07 AM
Friday and Saturday are my first forecasted 100 degree days.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 07, 2012, 10:39:48 PM
Today was my station's lowest low for JUN 7th - 61.4 beating 2007's 62.0. Only hit 98.6 today and the 'casted 100s for FRI & SAT are now 98 & 97.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on June 09, 2012, 09:55:45 AM
Red Flag Warning today for most of Central and Northern Arizona.  Hope people use those ash trays.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: ocala on June 09, 2012, 05:27:34 PM
Too bad about the fires out there. With tropical storm Beryl and a front hanging up in north Florida this week I think for the first time in a while there aren't any fires burning here.
When is the rainy season out there? 
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 09, 2012, 11:07:13 PM
Too bad about the fires out there. With tropical storm Beryl and a front hanging up in north Florida this week I think for the first time in a while there aren't any fires burning here.
When is the rainy season out there? 
Thursday...  :lol:

We get the monsoon season but so far, last winter seems to be the wet season. Besides, it comes and goes so quickly most of the time, it's not much help. July (for me) has typically been my wettest of the three months (JUL-SEP) averaging a little more than 3". Last July saw 0.62". JUL 2008 had almost 9".

The winds and low, low humidity really do a number for the fuel supply.

FLA panhandle got nailed with rain!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 09, 2012, 11:09:00 PM
I haven't seen my orange "Hot" in the forecast but here they come
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SLOweather on June 11, 2012, 11:29:04 AM
WeatherElement station in line of fire?

A couple of months ago I sold a couple of WeatherElement accounts to a forum member in Texas. One went on-line promptly in Wimberly Tx (http://www.weatherelement.com/wimberley), and the other was slated to go at a cabin near Ruidoso, NM.

This morning, I heard on the news about the big fire burning near Ruidoso (http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2012-06-10/new-mexico-fire-forcing-evacuations-none-it-contained). I checked the WeatherElement map (http://www.wxelement.com/UnitMap), and sure enough, the Ruidoso (http://www.weatherelement.com/ruidoso) station is on-line! Based on the NOAA reports, it looks like they got it on-line on May 29th.

So, if anyone wants to check the weather conditions near the Ruidoso fire, there you go...

Ruidoso web cam (http://www.ruidoso.net/cam/) (not WeatherElement).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 11, 2012, 04:44:43 PM
WeatherElement station in line of fire?

A couple of months ago I sold a couple of WeatherElement accounts to a forum member in Texas. One went on-line promptly in Wimberly Tx (http://www.weatherelement.com/wimberley), and the other was slated to go at a cabin near Ruidoso, NM.

This morning, I heard on the news about the big fire burning near Ruidoso (http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2012-06-10/new-mexico-fire-forcing-evacuations-none-it-contained). I checked the WeatherElement map (http://www.wxelement.com/UnitMap), and sure enough, the Ruidoso (http://www.weatherelement.com/ruidoso) station is on-line! Based on the NOAA reports, it looks like they got it on-line on May 29th.

So, if anyone wants to check the weather conditions near the Ruidoso fire, there you go...

Ruidoso web cam (http://www.ruidoso.net/cam/) (not WeatherElement).

Sure 'nuff, there's smoke to the far right side of the frame. It's moving away from the town I heard.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 12, 2012, 06:06:37 PM
Both today (99.7) and yesterday (97.8) were new highs for my station. Still can't eek out that solid 100 but might today. Some clouds floating around seem to keep it in check. It should happen today tho'.

EDIT: Nope - only hit 99.9 for a high.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 16, 2012, 12:44:53 AM
Hit 94.5 at 2PM and began to cool down. Clouds rolling in from the east along with the smoke from Ruidoso's big blaze. Right now it's 20.5 degrees cooler than 24 hours ago! Winds gusting from the south and time to open all the windows!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 17, 2012, 08:15:01 PM
This is more like it...  :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Albuquerque Weather on June 17, 2012, 09:31:23 PM
Albuquerque

High of 97 degrees at Sunport today is warmest reading so far for 2012
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 18, 2012, 06:59:09 PM
2012 high and new high for the date (station) - 102.9
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 19, 2012, 03:31:40 PM
And another dry spell makes its way into my Top Ten list:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on June 19, 2012, 05:20:44 PM
it'll be interesting to see where this will end up.   I'm at 53 days....and counting.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 20, 2012, 08:47:49 PM
Wild fire burning in/near Corrales, New Mexico, north of Albuquerque.


Sorry for the large photo size, folks.



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Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Farmtalk on June 20, 2012, 09:05:55 PM
Are there any plans in the near future for rain in your area Pat?? I remember when you were working on your record streak, that was insane!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 21, 2012, 12:19:35 AM
That's what we need, Chris - more fires.  #-o :shock:

I'm at 41 days currently (#10 in the list) and I doubt I'll see any rain for a while. My 58 days earlier is at #6 of the Top Ten.

Today's temps were interesting for this day in station's history - new high AND low:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 21, 2012, 03:16:54 AM
That's what we need, Chris - more fires.  #-o :shock:



Right?  #-o ](*,)

No clue as to how it was started but it jumped highway 313 between Corrales and Bernalillo, and threatened a major natural gas line. I haven't heard different since 6 this afternoon, though the east canyon winds are expect to blow the embers back into Corrales overnight tonight (winds in the area are currently fanning about 30 MPH with gusts nearing 40 MPH down there by the river.) Those farmers down there don't need a huge loss right now. [-o&lt;
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 21, 2012, 03:19:33 PM
No kidding about the farmers. It's a big enough struggle for them with the drought and now possible fire loss?

That will make things interesting if that gas line gets more involved. Down here, whenever the fires start in the middle east AZ/west NM areas, we stand to lose major hi-volt transmission lines from the AZ nuke plant that El Paso Elec buys from. Do those lines serve you up there as well?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 22, 2012, 02:33:41 AM
No kidding about the farmers. It's a big enough struggle for them with the drought and now possible fire loss?

That will make things interesting if that gas line gets more involved. Down here, whenever the fires start in the middle east AZ/west NM areas, we stand to lose major hi-volt transmission lines from the AZ nuke plant that El Paso Elec buys from. Do those lines serve you up there as well?

They've put the majority of the fire out today, there are still hot spots.

We get our power from the coal plant east of Farmington, New Mexico.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 22, 2012, 03:17:40 PM
Nice and cool today - only 95 @ 1pm. Seems to be closing in on Monsoon. Today's Dew running from 46.6 to 51.6 so far.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on June 22, 2012, 05:35:34 PM
I'm not usually one to be too optimistic when it comes to rain, but I'm really starting to feel like there's a pattern change that's beginning to look like a monsoon setup.  I haven't been seeing dewpoints as high as you have over in NM yet, but I wouldn't doubt that we'll start seeing some airflow from Mexico starting over the next few days.  The high pressure that was sitting down over Baja seems to be breaking up and shifting east to where it'll help us all get some moisture in the air.  fingers are crossed.  56 dry days and counting.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 23, 2012, 03:17:17 AM
The last few days have had thunderstorms nearby, but that might be residual moisture from the cold front that blew through a couple nights ago. It gets really hot up here Monday through Wednesday (upper 90s, 99*F on Sunday).

This is about that time of year when the monsoon pattern starts firing up. Although there have been years where it hasn't started til late July. (I think 2007 or 2008 was one of those years, but I might be wrong on either account).

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 24, 2012, 03:26:12 AM
July of '08 was brutal after only 0.42" to July 1st down here.

TS Debbie could provide a little push in the moisture later down here if it builds up cleanly but I'm not seeing it. I think it'll break down if it heads straight towards TX.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on June 25, 2012, 12:44:42 PM
wow, dewpoint has really popped up in the last 24 hours.  now in mid-50's.  that's pretty much the tipping point for T-storms around here.  hopefully it'll turn into some precip.  nothin but green scum left in the bottom of the rain barrels.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 25, 2012, 02:38:39 PM
Sounds like you're getting there.  =D&gt;

I'm still running 40s but sliding back down a bit. Only 40.9 avg yesterday but no more of these early morning sub-20s. The late afternoon clouds are showing up more & more but still nothing but 100s and 'sunny' or 'mostly clear' in the forecast.

The swamp cooler begins to battle at this point.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 25, 2012, 04:56:48 PM
From the NWS WFO in Albuquerque:

*WARNING: Large GIF image*

(http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image_full2.gif)

Forecast shows continuation of upper-90s here, with slight chances of thunderstorms Thursday through Saturday. My WX station reads 22*F for the dew point as I type this.

And the swamp cooler is pushing in 73*F air right now. On any "normal" summer day, it's pushing in 65-70*F air.  
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on June 25, 2012, 10:01:00 PM
no joy today as far as T-storm activity.  some VERY distant thunder.   looked like they had some action about 40 miles east.  still, I like the 50 deg dewpoints I'm seeing right now.   60 days and counting.  I really want to see some rain.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 26, 2012, 03:44:44 AM
Showing 10% precip chance on Friday. I'm sure I'll watch off in the distance to my north.

My 47 days is now my #7 in my list. 58 days is the next position. The rain days that ended that streak was the last I've seen since.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 27, 2012, 08:21:19 PM
The scattered showers that might show up here Friday are said to have more of a chance east of me leaving us with gusty winds and dry lightning.

Dew pt dropping back down to the 30s, humidity back down to the 10ish range making the 104.5 high much easier to work with outside.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on June 27, 2012, 09:41:16 PM
some rain to the left of me, some rain to the right of me, but no rain in my bucket.  dewpoints are staying in the 50's range, which still means there's hope.  I have to remind myself that every year the monsoon has to go through its "teasing" phase.  61 days and counting.   In the meantime, I think I'm going to see another record fall.  Consecutive days with temps above 100 F.  Record for my site is 14 days (July 2003).  I'm at 11 now, and it looks like it's going to stay pretty hot.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 28, 2012, 12:50:21 AM
The dewpoint was good for a day there...

(http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image4.gif)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 28, 2012, 04:01:55 PM
So the NWS/NOAA and FEMA is sending out the WEA text alerts.

Dad received one in regards to a Flood Advisory north of here, but he's the only one in the house that got the text.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 28, 2012, 08:23:03 PM
Looks like up north of here and AZ should be getting some wet. Next week might be my time.

104.9 today - my hottest June 28 by 2.9 degrees over last year's.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 29, 2012, 05:03:50 PM
Right now I have a grey cloud overhead that is pitter-pattering a few drops. Can't hear anything on the skylites but can see a few hitting the pool. I doubt it will tipping a bucket but, at this point, it's an odd site. 50 days and counting.

I've blown my previous date-high temp out of the water. Last year - 100.6 and 104.7 so far today.

EDIT: I got a bucket tip, I got a bucket tip, neener neener neeeeeener! The 50th day, leaving me 49 straight dry days; #7 in my top ten.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 29, 2012, 06:56:29 PM
Dark canopies but no dark walls out here...and heat. Bleh. Hit a high of 98*F yesterday.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on June 30, 2012, 12:06:51 PM
64 days and counting.  dewpoint is back down in the 30's again.  looks like the monsoon flow might try to set up again late next week.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on June 30, 2012, 01:46:05 PM
My WX station reads 40.2 for the dew point. Local WX stations are reading between 35 and 42. Regionally (Albuquerque Metro) most are reading lower to mid 30s. The swamp cooler is being failtastic today.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 30, 2012, 03:08:58 PM
Failtastic... I like that. That should be a swamper industry term.

I'm back to the 40s on Dew. 43 yesterday and looking like 45ish for today. Looks like next week should do it.
Title: 104.3 breaks my record by over 3
Post by: archae86 on June 30, 2012, 06:45:09 PM
Here in Sandia Heights (just under Sandia Mountain which overlooks Albuquerque, New Mexico) I a few minutes ago  (4:18 p.m. MDT) reported 104.3 outside temperature from a Vantage Pro2 which has been in place for a little over a year and never previously logged as high as 101.0.

my cumulus-generated website (http://home.comcast.net/~archae86/weather/today.htm)

And, yes, I'm evaporatively cooled, so the current dewpoint of 23.2 is higher than I'd like when it is this hot.  East of the Mississippi, they would call this dry heat, but we think differently.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 30, 2012, 08:02:42 PM
Welcome fellow swamper!  :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 02, 2012, 02:40:42 PM

National Weather Service. Now cleaner looking. (http://www.weather.gov/)

 \:D/

The only other site I visit from the NOAA is the Storm Prediction Center. They're still on the old look.

————————

Upper 40s for dew points right now. Chances of storms all through this week.  \:D/ \:D/ UU
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: BigOkie on July 02, 2012, 02:42:26 PM


National Weather Service. Now cleaner looking. (http://www.weather.gov/)

I've been on the beta for months.  I like the new look.  The new mobile site is much better than before.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 02, 2012, 05:07:59 PM
NWS forecasts 30% Scattered Thunderstorms for Wednesday night.

Who loves fireworks with their rain?  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 02, 2012, 09:41:04 PM
Downdrafts pulling a lot of dust around, but not much else. C'mon, RAIN already!  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 03, 2012, 01:05:08 AM
.1" of rain tonight.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 03, 2012, 02:54:26 AM
RADAR looks awfully colorful up your way!  =D&gt;

1st - 46.6 Dew
2nd - 48.8 Dew

I'm getting there...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on July 03, 2012, 10:10:02 AM
the moisture is still struggling to get up to northern AZ.  haven't punched through 50 deg dewpoints yet this week, but it looks like the best setup we've had so far.  I figure we've gotta see some action in the next few days.   

In the meantime, 67 dry days and counting.  And, I did break through my record for consecutive days above 100 deg -- now 16 and counting.   jeeesh, you'd think we lived in a desert or something!

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 03, 2012, 03:12:44 PM
Bottomed out at 63*F last night for an overnight low, expected to peak at 93*F today. Totaled .12" (give or take a hundredth because of evaporation) overnight as well. Less rain expected today, but our 4th up here is expected to be a soaker. Forget fireworks…it's a soda and mentos celebration up here :D

Dewpoints in the 50s, humidity at around 30%
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 03, 2012, 03:38:28 PM
My Dew has been in the 50s for the most part today. Low Dew this morning with 48 and a high of 55.9 at 11AM. Some rumbling off in the distance...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 04, 2012, 01:18:29 AM
So... after all those days without rain most of the year, when do think it comes down in buckets? While I'm standing around downtown (with everyone else) for the 4th of July/100 year celebration Parade of Lights.  ](*,)

A lot more there than what my station got but 0.14" with a high rate of 0.85"/hr is good enough for me. Tomorrow is 'casted as "Heavy Rain" now.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 04, 2012, 02:05:26 PM
20% thunderstorms this afternoon, 40% tonight. I want heavy rain. :O

No rain last night, dropped to 67*F for an overnight low. Expected to hit 92*F today.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 04, 2012, 09:13:07 PM
Heavy Rain 'casted at 60% tonite. Decided NOT to go watch the largest fireworks show in New Mexico because of that and the RADAR is still clear down here.  ](*,)

It BETTER rain!

Dew has been in the 60s for most of the day but has dropped to 54 and humidity slid all the way down to 35%.

EDIT: Naturally, it didn't rain. I looked out the back window and saw the tops of the fireworks. Grabbed the ladder and hit the roof. Plenty of stars and a crisp breeze while the moon rose over the Organs. Good view and looked to be a good show.  #-o ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 05, 2012, 12:45:12 PM
Ouch. We picked up .02" of rain last night. Saw some really ominous weather last night surrounding the area, but nothing exciting here.

30% chance of thunderstorms this afternoon with 50% heavy rain tonight.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 05, 2012, 06:47:39 PM

Got .14" from this storm. North Valley Albuquerque saw close to an inch, Los Ranchos about 1.2 inches.

Quote
FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
201 PM MDT THU JUL 5 2012

NMZ507-512-514-516>525-060600-
/O.EXB.KABQ.FF.A.0001.000000T0000Z-120706T0600Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET-
UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-SANTA FE METRO AREA-
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-ESTANCIA VALLEY-CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-
SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY-
201 PM MDT THU JUL 5 2012

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS EXPANDED THE

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH TO INCLUDE A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW
  MEXICO...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA...
  CENTRAL HIGHLANDS...ESTANCIA VALLEY...LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY...
  LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY...SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS... SANTA FE
  METRO AREA...SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS...SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO
  MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET...UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... UPPER
  TULAROSA VALLEY...WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE
  DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.  :shock:

* UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT

* MONSOON PATTERN WITH SIGNIFICANT INSTABILITY ACROSS THE REGION
  WILL ALLOW SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND
  INTENSITY THROUGH THIS EVENING. THE COMBINATION OF ABUNDANT
  ATMOSPHERIC MOISTURE AND SLOW STORM MOVEMENT WILL LEAD TO AN
  ELEVATED FLASH FLOOD RISK...ESPECIALLY OVER AREAS RECENTLY
  SCARRED BY WILDFIRES. RAIN RATES OF 1 TO 1.5 INCHES PER HOUR OR
  GREATER WILL BE COMMON WITH LOCALLY HIGHER RATES.  :shock:

* FLASH FLOODING AND DEBRIS FLOWS WILL BE A PARTICULAR THREAT ON
  RECENT BURN SCARS WITH RAINFALL RATES OF THIS MAGNITUDE. THIS
  INCLUDES THE PACHECO BURN SCAR.  [-o&lt;

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO
FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH
FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 06, 2012, 06:34:54 AM
Only had a 0.03" burst Thursday. The skies were very threatening all evening but nothing to speak of by me.

I'm going out on a limb here but I'll say that Friday makes my monsoon start. 4th - 59.7*, 5th - 57.7* on the Dew. Current Dew in mid-60s with 85% humidity... I say Friday makes it official.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 06, 2012, 05:22:37 PM
Looks "somebody" is asleep at the wheel (Monday)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Lefty on July 06, 2012, 06:32:50 PM
Looks "somebody" is asleep at the wheel (Monday)

Actually, my forecast is similar. They are expecting clear and hot (110) Monday, bracketed by monsoons on Sunday and Tuesday. Of course, my monsoon forecasts aren't as optimistic as yours... :cry:

You at least getting some rain out of this weather ?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on July 06, 2012, 06:45:20 PM
got a whopping 0.01" early morning of July 4th, nothing since.  That tiny bit stopped my rainless streak at 69 days....didn't break the all-time 75 days though.   reading a lot of articles in the newspaper about flooding, and some 4" downpours around Arizona.....not here though. 
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 07, 2012, 12:33:46 AM
Partly-Mostly cloudy all day, .04" around 6 this evening, but nothing of the magnitude we saw earlier this week.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 07, 2012, 02:24:46 AM
It's official! This is my first day of Monsoon!

3rd - 53.7
4th - 59.7
5th - 57.7
6th - 61.1
7th - BINGO!


Steve - I've had rain 4 days in a row. Unfortunately, it amounted to 0.30" with the first day (3rd) seeing 0.19" of it with a max rate of 0.85"/hr.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 07, 2012, 03:25:01 AM
 :-k

I'm confused. Does the monsoon start at different dew points in a variety of areas? Because up here, the monsoon generally starts when there are three-five consecutive days in a row where the dew point is above 47.5*F
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 07, 2012, 04:07:20 AM
I've always heard it to be "the first day after 3 consecutive days of Dew Point of 55 or more" but I never thought it would be different here or there.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Lefty on July 07, 2012, 08:43:31 AM
I've always heard it to be "the first day after 3 consecutive days of Dew Point of 55 or more" but I never thought it would be different here or there.

That's the way it used to be here in AZ before the NWS created a "Monsoon Season".

Even at .3", you are at least you are getting *some* rain out of this season, which beats getting nothing ! That in itself is welcome news. Whenever I get missed by storms this time of year (which is every time !), I always contemplate that at least someone nearby got some badly needed rain.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 07, 2012, 01:56:13 PM
Same here, Steve - "at least somewhere out here is getting wet" always crosses my mind. For me, the norm is watching the big RADAR blob split in two and fork around me.

One benefit lately is low-80s temps and all the cloud cover.



Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 07, 2012, 05:08:26 PM
Developing into an interesting afternoon. Temp dropped almost 10 degrees over last hour and the sky is just one long, constant rumble that gets closer and crisper every minute. So far only a few drops to speak of but... something's coming from the south-east. Looks like a couple of somethings.

While I typed, the leading edge whipped around me going north, as usual, and the sky quieted down. Oh well...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 08, 2012, 01:42:36 PM
Had some rumbles yesterday afternoon that clipped the northern end of town but did nothing but be gusty here. After that, a major cap took over the skies for the rest of the afternoon. Interesting sunset and moonrise last night though!

20% iso'd t-storms today...I expect little in the way of rain today. Some interesting cumulus building over the Sandias right now.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 08, 2012, 08:47:53 PM
No rain at all, topped out at 88*F for a high. Dew point dropped below 50*F (sitting at 42*F as I type this), also, not quite as humid as it had been.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 09, 2012, 12:32:33 PM
Another round of rain possible this afternoon…30% scattered.  \:D/

Dew point back up in the mid 50s again with 50% humidity right now.

Woot woot!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 09, 2012, 08:04:45 PM
Beautiful day - mid 90s and perfect for some well needed pool maintenance and maybe a quick dip. By the time I got done and everything running smooth, the winds come, the clouds come, the thunder & lightning comes...

Started with a growl but only amounted to 0.03" so far with a 15 degree drop in temps in the last hour.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 09, 2012, 08:40:46 PM
Picked up .16" about 20 minutes ago…still preliminary as there's a HUGE mass of storms west of here that may be spreading east as they move NE towards me.

-edit-

.05" about ten minutes prior to this edit. Bringing the total to .63" for the month. So we've finally passed half an inch. By that much.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 09, 2012, 11:32:03 PM
On & off rain pushing 0.10" but the lightning was crazy! El Paso getting the rain.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 10, 2012, 01:20:56 AM
An additional .11" received over the last hour and a half. Mostly just drizzle, but today's total alone is .32"

The monthly total is now .74".  :grin:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 10, 2012, 04:00:33 PM
End of the week looks hot and for the most part, dry (iso'd thunderstorms, less than 30% chance).

Today though appears to be a soak-ALL-THE-THINGS day.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 10, 2012, 04:56:27 PM
6 days of rain this month for a total of 0.41". I'm waiting for the "catch-up" storm.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 11, 2012, 11:43:52 AM
I was dead wrong about yesterday. Mostly sunny skies gave way to partly cloudy skies…we got no rain at all.

Today we start hitting the lower 90s again with a chance of thunderstorms at 20%…looks like the forecast stays that way for the rest of the week.  :?  Dewpoints are still reading around the double-nickel mark right now…but that could change very quickly today. Humidity is up around 65%

I'm waiting for that end-all storm where it pours an inch in 10 minutes, drops a few hailstones and then hits Albuquerque.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 11, 2012, 03:58:11 PM
Nice forecast this week - sunny mid-90s every day and 10% precip every nite.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on July 11, 2012, 07:31:45 PM
logged another whopping 0.01" over here in Sedona.  That makes 0.02" for the monsoon season.  others looked like they did a lot better today.  no doubt the conditions are right.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 11, 2012, 09:54:04 PM
How I envision the month of july:

Rain
No rain
Rain
No rain
No rain
Rain
Rain
No Rain
No Rain


Picked up .12 of rain this evening...bringing the total to .86" for the month.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 12, 2012, 11:12:32 PM
My 10% chances every nite turned into partly cloudy & mostly clear. No precip chances until Monday. It's too dynamic out here for any good handle on this. El Paso keeps getting the rain in buckets and I get an occasional light show.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 13, 2012, 12:09:39 AM
Forecasted 20% chance isolated storms...received .36" of rain - the most for the month - topping the total for the entire month at 1.26" of rain.

 #-o

Tomorrow might be different.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 13, 2012, 01:14:01 PM
Dewpoints are already below 50*F and cooling off. I suspect we'll be hitting upper 30s/lower 40s for dewpoints this afternoon. Humidity is around 30%.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 14, 2012, 12:45:26 AM
6 days have given me 0.41" for this month still leaving JAN as my wettest month with 0.56"
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on July 14, 2012, 05:08:23 PM
FINALLY!!!  After getting spit at for a few days with .01" or .02" we had our first gulley washer today with .82".  Got about a quarter of my annual rainfall so far in about 20 minutes.  Cooled things down to about 65 deg too, which is a lot different than the 100's we had been seeing.  From the look of the radar, this is pretty widespread, so maybe the forests will survive another year!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 15, 2012, 01:15:49 PM
Cold dewpoints, low humidity = no rain expected today. Though there's always the surprise sunset storm to change all that.

The forecast seems to be picking up moisture from a hurricane (or is it typhoon?) in the south Pacific off the coast of Mexico.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 16, 2012, 01:34:01 PM
20% chance storms this afternoon, 50% chance tonight. Dewpoints are still rather cold…hovering around the 47*F marker.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 16, 2012, 06:59:47 PM
20-30% chances all week. The cloud cover and cooler temps - mid 90s -aren't too bad except I can't get my pool to get back over 80 degrees when it drops overnite to mid-70s.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 16, 2012, 07:27:29 PM
44 mph wind gust from a microburst this afternoon. No rain though.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 18, 2012, 12:14:45 PM
Forecast is drying out for the remainder of the week. Temps hit the mid-upper 90s again. I am thrilled.  :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Sage on July 18, 2012, 05:20:08 PM
Can hear the rumbling coming off the mountain. Hoping for rain. But at least the clouds are cooling down the temps.

Rio Rancho
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 18, 2012, 06:18:20 PM
Received .04" this afternoon from the sun-lit downburst we had. Looking at the radar, there's a huge downpour west of here.  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: jay_hoehn on July 18, 2012, 09:57:21 PM
I got .79" this afternoon down here in Mule Creek.  That brings the total for the month to 2.03".  Sounds great except that since Jan.1 we've only had 3.21"  Still very dry.

Jay
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 19, 2012, 02:58:56 AM
Half a dozen drops hit my windshield in different places around town - no bucket tips at my station in 9 days.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on July 19, 2012, 12:24:33 PM
We have a new puppy in the house (bassett hound --- very cute).  He had his first experience with rain the other day.  Big, isolated drops falling onto the sidewalk.  Every time a new drop would hit the ground he would run over and sniff it.  I couldn't stop laughing.  I'm pretty sure he thought they were some kind of bug.   Haven't had an opportunty to try him out with thunder and lightning yet.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 20, 2012, 08:16:10 PM
Some crisp thunder followed by some wind carrying some rain that fell east to west on a slight angle quickly turned into 28MPH with "heavy" rain falling west to east on a 45 degree angle.

Thought it might be a gulley washer but only deposited 0.03". It did come down with a 1.21"/hr rate which is the high for the year so far. Just a typical desert refreshment for the weeds - over in 5 minutes.

Now up to a whopping 0.44" for July...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 22, 2012, 04:24:43 PM
Interesting day today. Heard the hard hits on the skylites - no hail, just huge drops. This has been the norm for the last few hours - 5 or 10 minutes of large drops followed by some "quiet time". Started coming down again as I type.

New high rain-rate for the year of 1.40" 2.87" - still pretty light.
July is now my wettest month passing JAN's 0.56" with today's....

never mind! Here comes my gulley washer complete with hail!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 22, 2012, 05:35:13 PM
Short lived hail but a 5.24"/hr rain-rate dumped just over a half inch of rain with 32MPH winds.
0.69" total rain makes today my rainiest day!

2.31" YTD with a "respectable 1.13" for July.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 22, 2012, 05:49:16 PM
Wondering what everyone else around town looked like with the storm (71.4 for daily low during the event), I pulled up the local MesoMap...

Can you guess which site is my mine? I feel so alone...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 22, 2012, 11:36:22 PM
Haven't received rain here since the last post I typed, though the Zoo and Bio Park in southern Albuquerque saw some drops (and a lot of humidity - figures, it's near the Rio Grande)…

Forecast seems to be picking up mid week with a 30% minimum.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 23, 2012, 04:23:11 AM
I got .79" this afternoon down here in Mule Creek.  That brings the total for the month to 2.03".  Sounds great except that since Jan.1 we've only had 3.21"  Still very dry.

Jay

Jay, has any of that rain had any ill-effects on the burn areas?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: jay_hoehn on July 23, 2012, 09:24:18 AM
Pat,

Luckily the rain hasn't been as intense as expected up on the watershed.  They are doing a lot of work seeding now.  We have about 40 semi trucks a day go by the house loaded with giant bales of straw to spread over the seed.  It is my understanding that they have ordered over 500 truckloads of the straw.  Let's hope the luck holds until the grass sprouts.

Jay
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 23, 2012, 07:38:35 PM
Picked up .49" of rain this afternoon. Storm managed to take out my anemometer cable off the unit on the roof…waiting for the storms to clear entirely before climbing up there.

So far the weather station says it picked up a 47 MPH wind gust from the storm before the data cable disconnected.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 23, 2012, 11:37:19 PM
Luckily the rain hasn't been as intense as expected up on the watershed.  They are doing a lot of work seeding now.  We have about 40 semi trucks a day go by the house loaded with giant bales of straw to spread over the seed.  It is my understanding that they have ordered over 500 truckloads of the straw.  Let's hope the luck holds until the grass sprouts.


Glad to hear the rain didn't wash it all out before they could finish work on it. 500 truckloads? that's a lot of straw going by!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on July 24, 2012, 07:45:29 PM
holey moley.   big downpour here this afternoon.  I recorded a rain rate of 14.40"/hr over one five-minute interval.  (Never seen THAT before.)  So far I have 1.46" out of this one cell, and the day isn't over.   I am now up over 4" of rain IN JULY, after getting just over 3" during the rest of the year.  This season has gone from almost setting a record for consecutive dry days to being the wettest summer.  man, ya' gotta love weather.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 24, 2012, 10:57:53 PM
 :shock: :shock: :shock:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: gwwilk on July 25, 2012, 07:37:18 AM
That proves once again that 'average weather' rarely occurs except on paper. :-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 25, 2012, 06:48:30 PM
Just a poker machine that touts 1 [particular hand] in every [number of games] - you can go 3 times the number of hands without it then see 3 in a row to "balance the average"  :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on July 25, 2012, 06:50:11 PM
I somehow feel a sense of relief...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on July 25, 2012, 07:29:32 PM
thia was a pretty welcome message on our Flagstaff NWS forecast page.......

..after today the fire weather portion of this discussion will be
removed until next fire season please see the fire weather zone forecast
product for future fire weather discussions...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on July 26, 2012, 06:18:15 PM
Received .31" of rain this afternoon from a heavy storm…brings the monthly total so far to 2.10"  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 01, 2012, 03:57:26 AM
Thursday 'casted for 100. Haven't seen that in a while!

98.8 today with minimal winds. A good afternoon to clean the pool, "feed" the new ant holes, pull some weeds for a few hours and then flounder about in said pool watching the twilight surrender to the nite.

Watching some of the Olympic swim meets inspired me to create a potentially new Olympic event: The Raft Stroke. While on your back on a blow-up raft, the optimum, constant stroke should propel one from one end to the other in the most time possible. My experimentation with it today seemed to be fruitful and I plan on perfecting it tomorrow under similar weather conditions.  8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on August 01, 2012, 05:10:47 AM
Watching some of the Olympic swim meets inspired me to create a potentially new Olympic event: The Raft Stroke. While on your back on a blow-up raft, the optimum, constant stroke should propel one from one end to the other in the most time possible. My experimentation with it today seemed to be fruitful and I plan on perfecting it tomorrow under similar weather conditions.  8-)

It seems to me that there should be a beverage included somehow.   \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: DanS on August 01, 2012, 05:59:08 AM
... and a beautiful woman on the side fanning you with big palm leaves. The constant breeze would scoot you around eliminating the effort of you having to stroke. 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on August 01, 2012, 07:01:46 AM
... and a beautiful woman on the side fanning you with big palm leaves. The constant breeze would scoot you around eliminating the effort of you having to stroke. 8-)


GMTA!   =D&gt;
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 02, 2012, 01:22:10 PM
Slow-Modem upgraded to Fast-Modem?  #-o  :-P

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Sunny and hot since the last storm we received. It was a bit windy Tuesday night…and last night a storm skirted to the north of here…a nice cool-down was the trade off though.

Chances for storms remains around 20%, isolated.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on August 02, 2012, 02:55:18 PM
Slow-Modem upgraded to Fast-Modem?  #-o  :-P

Well, not fast, but not so slow either.  Maybe 350 to 500 kbs.  But that's better than 26.4 kbs.  I'm still on the 30-day trial.  I'm not sure I'm going to keep it yet.  May try other providers.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 02, 2012, 04:42:53 PM
... and a beautiful woman on the side fanning you with big palm leaves. The constant breeze would scoot you around eliminating the effort of you having to stroke. 8-)


The constant breeze would ALSO eliminate... never mind.  :lol:

At any rate, I seem to be having a problem perfecting this raft related endeavor. You know what they say - perseverance is the key.  8-)

Never seeing a true 100 in July (99.6 on the 1st), I've had 100.3 yesterday and 100.4 so far today.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 03, 2012, 06:29:36 PM
Severe weather striking up here, unfortunately radar is down up here.

Winds from t-storms are hitting the 50 MPH mark.

Dewpoints in the 50s right now…40% chance t-storms tonights.

Weeeee!!!!!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 05, 2012, 01:11:05 AM
That was an interesting 15 minutes - lots of lightning and thunder, a 45 MPH gust and 0.21" of rain that reached a 4"/hr rate.

EDIT: Storm total of 0.35".
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 07, 2012, 11:38:25 PM
Picked up .22" of rain this evening…the last heavy soaker was July 26th.

Total monsoon rain: 2.38"
Total August rain: .25
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 08, 2012, 04:58:35 AM
Congrats! You're getting there!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 13, 2012, 02:13:35 AM
Had 0.09" of rain today - AUG total of 0.44". Another 100+ day as well - 6 MTD and today was the hottest at 102. Last AUG had a high of 102.9 on the 8th - my station's AUG high temp.

Naturally, today's rain came within hours of spraying the weeds and structure perimeters... :roll: ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 16, 2012, 08:37:37 PM
After a few days of dry, hot weather, storms are firing up across the desert right now...severe-warned storm south of Santa Fe, exited the area towards I-40...

...scary dark clouds boiling up around here in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque...and some chilly storm winds included...so I have a feeling the storms that do develop around here will fall apart quickly.

 \:D/

Cats are hiding, and I have a feeling....
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 17, 2012, 05:21:41 AM
Had those same kind of scary clouds rolling thru here earlier but ended up dumping 0.49" since it began around 9PM or so. Half of it was from on and off gentle rain with 2"/hr at it's peak in the beginning.

Happy hour for the weeds...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 18, 2012, 06:47:55 AM
It's like a deluge out here!  :lol:

Another 0.24" so far this morning gives me less than an inch to go YTD to total last year's total. It also moved this AUG MTD (1.2") ahead of the last three.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 23, 2012, 01:24:08 AM
The clouds finally grouped up in the evening and dropped a whole 0.01" of rain. Overcast and a bit muggy most of the afternoon and I thought I would get some. One area of town saw 0.23" and another 0.12" but most stations show relatively nothing like me. Nice cool down tho'.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 23, 2012, 02:11:50 PM
Last bit of rain was on 8/16...temps have been tepid...around the mid-upper 80s...

Dad says Monsoon season is done but I disagree...not with the forecast for today, tonight and tomorrow calling for chances of storms and heavy rain between 30% and 60%.

Big change in forecast after this weekend though...and a spike in temps to the mid 90s...

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On a side note, I think my Monsoon totals will be finished by at least mid September...after that it's on to fall-winter precip totals. If only I started this precip total thing back in January, I might have more exact totals this year.  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 26, 2012, 10:27:06 PM
Some showers around town and El Paso had some flood advisories but for me? Another mid-90s day with some breezes. Pretty nice lately.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on August 27, 2012, 07:25:23 PM
With a 1.42" downpour on the 23rd, I am now at 6.95" for the monsoon season in Sedona, AZ.  That's the most monsoon rain since I started taking data in '02.  Beats the previous record of 6.83" in 2006.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 27, 2012, 10:25:55 PM
And there's still another month left!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 29, 2012, 11:59:08 AM
With a 1.42" downpour on the 23rd, I am now at 6.95" for the monsoon season in Sedona, AZ.  That's the most monsoon rain since I started taking data in '02.  Beats the previous record of 6.83" in 2006.

 :shock:

*looks up Sedona on a map*

Right in the mountains. Okay that explains that amount of rain LOL.  #-o #-o #-o

That's a lot!!!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on August 29, 2012, 12:00:46 PM
Dry and hot up here in Albuqwerky.

With no rain in the forecast.

Kinda miss it, but also, it's slowing inching towards autumn.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 04, 2012, 01:10:38 AM
Today (3rd) was 1.4 degrees hotter than last year's 3rd which was 9.6 hotter than any other 3rd (station) and also my hottest Sept day.

Today? 100.1 My first 100+ degree September day. 99.1 yesterday.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 05, 2012, 02:13:14 PM
Cloudy. Saw some spit this morning, but it's a nice day outside! Not expected to last long though.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 05, 2012, 09:54:15 PM
Another 100 degree day today - 100.0 exactly.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 08, 2012, 01:41:25 AM
After 3 days of watching huge storm clouds billow up each afternoon and make what appeared to be some huge dumps to my NE, I finally got some rain tonite. It's stopped tipping the bucket a little while ago after 0.51" .

Once again, this was after spraying a bottle or two of weed killer in the afternoon. I think I have found my "rain dance" - spend a chunk of change on weed killer...  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: gwwilk on September 08, 2012, 09:16:42 AM
After 3 days of watching huge storm clouds billow up each afternoon and make what appeared to be some huge dumps to my NE, I finally got some rain tonite. It's stopped tipping the bucket a little while ago after 0.51" .

Once again, this was after spraying a bottle or two of weed killer in the afternoon. I think I have found my "rain dance" - spend a chunk of change on weed killer...  ](*,)

RoundUp is the new 'RainDance'?  Interesting.  I might have to try it out since the great American desert appears to be returning to the central US according to my rainfall totals (http://www.gwwilkins.org/wxrainseason.php?r=wxrainseason.php) and the UNL Drought Monitor (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/monitor.html).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 08, 2012, 12:43:08 PM
Saw some light rain last night and some dark clouds - amounted to not much more than .07". Winds began to pick up with the advent of a cold front…peak gust last night was 32 mph at 1:42 AM.

Deep freeze going on now…highs in the mid-upper 70s for the weekend!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 08, 2012, 03:59:27 PM
Another 0.15" of rain so far today and a low temp of 62.6 at 1:30PM. Forecast called for a high of 82. My high was 67.3 at midnite.

EDIT: 63.5 was lowest low this month and right now I'm at 62.4 - 30 degrees lower than yesterday's 2PM temp. A nice, gentle rain going on and it feels like Halloween weather on Long Island.


Summer's almost gone...  :-({|=
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 08, 2012, 07:58:30 PM
Another 0.15" of rain so far today and a low temp of 62.6 at 1:30PM. Forecast called for a high of 82. My high was 67.3 at midnite.

EDIT: 63.5 was lowest low this month and right now I'm at 62.4 - 30 degrees lower than yesterday's 2PM temp. A nice, gentle rain going on and it feels like Halloween weather on Long Island.


Summer's almost gone...  :-({|=

Fall is a nice time of year though - not too hot, not (too) cold. Of course, that's all before November before the cold really kicks in.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 08, 2012, 11:56:51 PM
* WARNING LARGE PHOTOS *


(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/422734_4546040770713_314147849_n.jpg)

^ Sandia Crest, 10,678 feet, and is 19*F

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/309213_4546048450905_1228196128_n.jpg)

^ Valles Caldera in the Jemez Mountains north of here…39*F and 45*F - 8,750 +/- feet… (the light blue dot you see here is sitting at 10,597 feet…the other to the SE is at 8,669 feet)

Roughly 2000 ft elevation difference…

Accurate?  :-k

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Dove south towards Cruces…found the Sacramento Peak Observatory reading at 16*F at an elevation of around 9,250 feet. So something really isn't accurate at all.

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/530221_4546115452580_1289919936_n.jpg)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 09, 2012, 02:08:11 PM
That last image shows my 59 degree low. That came around 5PM. Cold and rainy all day and wouldn't surprise me if there was a dusting on the mountains.

0.25" of rain yesterday for 0.77" storm total. Puts me at 4.55" YTD and only 0.03" behind 2011's total with 5 less rain days.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 12, 2012, 08:06:48 PM
I think the monsoon is over, no?

I totaled out at 2.68" for the summer. Weather is turning into a mid-autumn pattern…

So far this month alone I've picked up .99"…with the bulk of that falling this afternoon at a total of .76".

Left for school - 77*F

Left for home - 59*F

All in about three hours time.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 13, 2012, 12:21:36 AM
I don't know about monsoon but the heat sure is - a high of 69 for FRI and 80 for SAT is 'casted.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 18, 2012, 02:25:20 AM
A high yesterday of 90.3 was the first 90+ degree day since the 95.7 on the 7th. Even my pool went under 70 degrees. Winter is right around the corner...

"Autumn" begins on September 22, 10:49 A.M. EDT. Coincidentally enough, the 22nd will be my station's 2,000th day of data collection.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 18, 2012, 10:13:03 PM
Trees are slowly turning up here…the Bosque is still green though. Had a backdoor cold front move through last night, with winds pushing 40 mph at times across the area. Temps held at around 80 throughout the day. Wasn't nearly as cold as the last back door that moved through last week…temps sunk into the 60s. Temps this week head towards the 90 mark, then fall to the lower 80s.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 22, 2012, 04:21:03 PM
HAPPY 2,000 DAYS OF OPERATION!  \:D/ =D&gt; \:D/

Today, the first day of Autumn, marks 2,000 days of recorded data for my station. Here's a small breakdown of my rain data for my location over the course of those 2,000 days:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on September 26, 2012, 02:35:41 PM
Storms are back in the forecast. Yesterday I was out driving and got caught in a downpour that lasted for about ten minutes. Unfortunately, my house didn't receive much of this downpour…only .03.

I need to go update my rain totals.  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on September 26, 2012, 04:47:15 PM
the dewpoints over here in Sedona dropped from near 60 deg down to 40 deg, about two weeks ago.  It's like somebody threw the monsoon switch to OFF.

can't complain though, 8.87"

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 26, 2012, 05:12:34 PM
Miriam is still predicted to dump some precip down here but not as much as originally thought. They were 'casting 3" or so over the next few days during the Whole Enchilada Festival but are lowering the numbers with that storm now tracking more to the NW.

I only need 0.03" for this year to not be my driest (station).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 28, 2012, 03:31:58 PM
Some lite drizzle today along with the day's low temp of 65*.  0.02" so far gives me a station history of 52" even. 0.01" to go to equal last year's "whopping" 4.58".
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 04, 2012, 12:09:17 PM
Saw some weak shower activity on Sunday, didn't amount to anything…the moon rises at night around here have been breathtaking though, almost in a spooky, Halloween sort of way.  #-o

Mid-upper 70s and clear sunny skies. That's balloon fiesta weather. (Until a front blows through here Friday night into Saturday…temps dip into the 60s for highs…now THAT is balloon fiesta weather  ](*,) )
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 05, 2012, 03:00:44 AM
Speaking of balloons - I had one flying around over town the other day.

Touching 90 for highs and mid-50s for lows the last few.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 06, 2012, 11:50:24 PM
7:30 PM - winds started kicking up.

9:30 PM - peak gust of 32 MPH

Temps in the last two hours dropped 15*F.

I love this weather. Until we get the deep freezes.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 07, 2012, 08:24:58 AM
Woke up at 6 this morning…temps are in the upper 30s!

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 08, 2012, 10:04:38 PM
You were on the tail end of that huge "winter weather statement" that's heading into the northeast now. I only hit 74.5 yesterday and a low of 50 this morning before going back to 82 today.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 09, 2012, 11:43:43 AM
Yesterday morning we dropped to an overnight low of 42 - a whopping ten degrees warmer than Sunday morning - and this morning we bottomed out at 52. Today's highs are getting uncomfortable again - 77*F.

Still makes good windows-down weather.


Oh yeah…heard something strange flying over my neighborhood this morning…rumble and then zzzzzzzooom…not sure what a sonic boom sounds like. It made a second pass 20 minutes later but it was a faint rumble.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on October 09, 2012, 12:29:21 PM
Oh yeah…heard something strange flying over my neighborhood this morning…rumble and then zzzzzzzooom…not sure what a sonic boom sounds like. It made a second pass 20 minutes later but it was a faint rumble.

Could it be more aliens looking for Roswell?   :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on October 09, 2012, 06:42:16 PM
I think aliens make more of a swwwwwiiiiish sound than a zzzzzzzoooooooom.  just my 2 cents.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 10, 2012, 12:50:47 PM
Oh yeah…heard something strange flying over my neighborhood this morning…rumble and then zzzzzzzooom…not sure what a sonic boom sounds like. It made a second pass 20 minutes later but it was a faint rumble.

Could it be more aliens looking for Roswell?   :roll:

That must mean the jumper in Roswell is an alien.  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on October 10, 2012, 07:21:36 PM
This cutoff low hanging off the coast of California looks like it could have some real possibilities for us over here in Arizona, maybe late Thursday or Friday.  First winter pattern of the season!

Don't know if it will hang together for you New Mexico folks.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 10, 2012, 08:21:11 PM
Same here for southern NM. Thursday nite is said to have the best chance of any precip here from that.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 11, 2012, 10:52:22 PM
30% chance rain/tstorms overnight tonight…50% chance all day tomorrow…windy tomorrow night…cool weekend.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 12, 2012, 10:15:19 PM
I only had a few drops crossing town yesterday - nothing at the house. Windy today with a top of 31MPH at 3:30P. Advisory still in place and looks like a nice weekend with 80ish highs and upper 40s for lows.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 15, 2012, 12:20:39 PM
The week looks more like fall - figures, the week after the balloon fiesta.  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on October 15, 2012, 11:24:59 PM
Our horses are starting to grow out their fuzzy winter coats.  So it's officially fall.

we got 0.55" of "winter" rain out of that last system that rolled through, over two days.  low of 40 deg the other night.  dewpoints are staying in the high 30's though, so we probably won't see REAL cold nights for a while yet.  fyi, historically my earliest freeze is October 12th, my latest freeze is November 29th.  quite a range.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 16, 2012, 05:23:52 AM
My usual first freeze has a bit of range in my data. My earliest was 2008 on OCT 23 (30.6) and the only other OCT freeze was 2009 - OCT 29 (31.5) but I only go back to 2007.

2007 - NOV 23 - 29.3
2008 - OCT 23 - 30.6
2009 - OCT 29 - 31.5
2010 - NOV 10 - 31.5
2011 - NOV 03 - 30.4
2012 - coming soon... last day to see 32 - MAR 20 - 25.3

So far, this month has my lowest at 44.5 on the 14th.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 20, 2012, 12:50:45 PM
We've come close to freezing here already this week. I don't think we'll see the 32*F mark until closer to Halloween. Usually, the first few days of November start off around 32*F.

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On a side note, they're doing a prescribed burn north of here in the Jemez, put on a lot of smoke across the area. And someone set the west side of the Sandia's on fire a few nights ago…not sure if it's been put out…but it made an interesting appearance all day and last night.

http://www.krqe.com/dpp/weather/wildfires/fire-in-sandias-grows-overnight <— it grew!  #-o

(http://media2.krqe.com//photo/2012/10/20/Fire_in_Sandias_grows_overnight_163050002_20121020094018_640_480.JPG)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 20, 2012, 04:32:50 PM
Smoke isn't very visible today…no indication if it's still burning or if it's been put out.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 25, 2012, 02:16:56 AM
Hope those fires are taken care of by now.

Looks like my first 30s of the season might be coming up this weekend.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 25, 2012, 12:05:02 PM
The Jemez prescribed burn is out, as is the fire on the Sandia's.

Had some wind yesterday…bottomed out at 38*F last night…it's only getting colder through tonight…Friday night's lows are in the upper 20s.

Brrrrr.


Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on October 25, 2012, 08:07:25 PM
dewpoints over here have plunged into the teens.  that and clear skies should mean I'll see the first lows in the 30's.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 25, 2012, 09:23:45 PM
That Denver freeze should be coming our way soon. It's already 65 here with only a 75 high today. Looks like I should start getting together my 'close the swamper kit' this week.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 26, 2012, 09:11:44 PM
66.4 for a high today and one of these issued:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 28, 2012, 08:53:16 PM
Dropped to 28*F on Friday coupled with a Freeze Warning. Shut down the coolers for the house and the rental on Friday afternoon.

So far, lows seem to be warming up to around the lower 40s…about right for this time of year up here.

I love cold weather. Now it needs to snow.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 28, 2012, 09:32:50 PM
35.5 yesterday and 38.3 today for lows. It warmed up to 75.4 today but dropped to 60 3 hours later. Still not ready to closer the swamper yet. I haven't used it at all but you never know...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on October 29, 2012, 09:20:51 PM
Jemez are on fire again…

I wonder if this one was also a prescribed burn…  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Albedo on November 04, 2012, 08:57:07 PM
I love cold weather. Now it needs to snow.
Bite your tongue.  It can be as cold as it wants, but we don't need no stinkin snow!   :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 09, 2012, 12:25:25 AM
Well, wouldn't you know it. I send the station out to Davis for a massage because the long term looked decently calm and now they're calling for maybe rain, 40+MPH winds, sub-freeze temps between tomorrow and Monday...  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 09, 2012, 05:30:04 PM
Had winds that I guess to be 30MPH or so and some sideways rain. First rain since Sept 28 and no bucket to catch it with... :-(
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 09, 2012, 05:35:34 PM
Collected 1/10th of an inch of rain this afternoon. We don't have wind yet, though tonight is expected to be breezy w/ slight chance of rain. The wintery fun starts tomorrow night. And it might not amount to much (though I do recall early-mid Novembers in my life where it snowed about 3" or less before Thanksgiving.)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 10, 2012, 11:29:02 PM
32*F right now. And the furnace is set to 68*F.

Blankets everywhere.

And tonight calls for 30% chance snow w/ a low of 25*F.

It's beginning to look a lot like Thanksgiving.  #-o  :lol:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 11, 2012, 01:52:40 PM
Nice and windy most of yesterday and temps dropped to upper 30s last nite (per: nearby station). Freeze warning issued for tonite with upper 20s called for.

Guess I should go up and close the swamp cooler today after I watch my Giants get crushed by the Bungles. Sun room still in the 80s so not too bad inside yet.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on November 13, 2012, 10:16:10 AM
got some flurries and a low of 25 deg this past weekend.  that low ranked fourth lowest for the calendar year!

stacked up a cord of firewood, so bring it on!

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 15, 2012, 12:11:08 AM
Some 20s the last 2 or 3 overnites, mid/upper 50s daytime but no winds. I did manage to at least get the swamp cooler damper in and sealed up Sunday so I could run the heat if needed this week. It was.

70s 'casted for the next few days so I'll finish closing the swamper and get the pool closed  :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 23, 2012, 08:35:44 AM
Mild days, cold nights, to be expected this time of year. It's closing in on the end of November and I haven't seen snow yet. I have a grave feeling about this...

NWS forecast up here is calling for upper 20s/lower 30s for lows, upper 50s/lower 60s for highs.

Feels like November to me.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 23, 2012, 06:57:39 PM
Yeah, something stinks. Something is up, I tell ya!

I was just thinking the other day that it actually feels like 'Fall' this month. It's usually warmer or colder right about now but it's consistently Fallish.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 27, 2012, 11:44:37 PM
A nice 64.7 made its way to be my station high for this date.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 28, 2012, 03:29:22 PM
It's been in the mid-upper 50s/lower 60s up here for two weeks now...it's like the switch is stuck in "Fall" mode and won't budge to "Winter".
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 28, 2012, 05:40:42 PM
Another beauty today - 68.7 with a warm sun... 5MPH breezes...   =D&gt;
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on November 29, 2012, 03:12:23 PM
yeah, we've been stuck in that same darn "perfect weather" pattern for almost three weeks over here in AZ.

Actually, the high yesterday was 69.6 deg, I prefer it closer to 69.8 deg or so.   :lol:

Do you think we have those East Coast folks jealous enough?

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 29, 2012, 11:05:14 PM
I know it irks my buddy in Ronkonkoma Long Island!  :-P

70.9 - another new station high for this date beating last year's 63.7. Weekend looks the same.

I just know we're going to pay for this...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on November 30, 2012, 08:17:03 PM
Welcome to a late-season heat wave. It's closing in on winter, based on the high filter clouds I see almost daily now...but the temp makes it feel like late October...  #-o

 8-)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 30, 2012, 08:42:12 PM
Another new high for the date - 69.4 beating 2008's 65.8. 5 to 10MPH breezes made for a great day to finally close the pool... :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 01, 2012, 08:01:52 PM
And the hits keep coming! Today's 71.6 beat last year's 68.6 for a new high this date.

My station's highest ever December temp was 71.9 in 2010.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 03, 2012, 11:10:18 PM
Do I need to say it? Yet another new station high for this date with 71.3. Last year had a high of 46.

3 days of December and all over 70.  =D&gt;
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 04, 2012, 08:20:00 PM
BRRR! 66.4 today and it looks like the 70s will make one more showing this week. The end of the week looks to be more in line and should start the coldness along with the double digit winds.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 05, 2012, 01:42:53 AM
Finally, a shot at some cold air. Wheeee!  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 05, 2012, 09:28:00 PM
I'm ready for my coldness. Finally officially closed the swamper today, wrapping it up nice and tight for the season and the pool was covered a few days ago. BRING IT ON!  :lol:



Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 06, 2012, 01:35:05 AM
NWS is forecasting 15*F for a low Sunday night...and a high of 39*F on Monday. Finally! December!!  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 06, 2012, 02:49:58 PM
SUN - 60/26 with 20+MPH gusts.
MON - 50/27
50's following.

Still not too bad down here.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 06, 2012, 06:03:42 PM
Snow is back in the forecast for Sunday night, but at a very slight chance...which means the storm will mostly impact the northern mountains and southern Colorado. Hmmmmm...  :-|
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 06, 2012, 11:46:13 PM
Another new station high for today - 71.5 beating my 2007's 67 degrees. Last year's high for today? 29!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 07, 2012, 12:53:54 AM
Another new station high for today - 71.5 beating my 2007's 67 degrees. Last year's high for today? 29!

How?!!  :shock:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 07, 2012, 07:08:44 PM
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/18728_5001726322567_1151433146_n.jpg)

We probably won't see any. And if we do, it'll be dry snow, and only a dusting!  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 07, 2012, 10:56:36 PM
For comparison:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 08, 2012, 05:11:19 PM
 :-k

If it snows Sunday...and if the local news is anywhere near accurate with next weekends weather (14th is Mom's birthday...local news said snow on that day...she hates that)...

Hmm...

Maybe December won't be a dry month after all...but I gotta remember to check the gauge this year...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 09, 2012, 04:04:02 PM
Wx station reports 43*F, wind chill is 22*F with a 24 MPH sustained. I'm wondering how accurate this is.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

27*F with a low of 12*F this evening. Slight chance of snow.

Never mind the wind chills.  #-o

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Radar has gone from north to south, with absolutely no precip over the Albuquerque metro area...soooo...the NWS killed the snow forecast, but it's gonna be a really cold night.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 10, 2012, 12:14:31 AM
BRRRing up down here too. 38 right now (32 wind chill), 62 for a high with 15-20MPH winds all day (26 max)

It's going to be cold tonite but I doubt as cold as this day last year - 19.4.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 10, 2012, 08:32:33 PM
46.9 for a high and 20.8 for a low with 15.8 wind chill. Could be colder overnite than this morning being 35 already at 6:30p - 19 degrees colder than 24 hours ago.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 10, 2012, 09:55:43 PM
24 hours ago we were at roughly this temperature up here (28*F)...

But 48 hours ago, we were roughly 18*F warmer.

Santa Fe was sitting at -3*F at 5 AM this morning. I remember the days of Portales a couple years ago when we had a serious deep freeze where the highs were below 0.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 11, 2012, 01:07:12 PM
That must've been FEB 2011. That was brutal! Killed most of the growing at my place (except the goatheads, of course...). 3 days of subzero lows that did in El Paso Electric's main station.

Dropped to 21.3 at 1:30a this morning but then started to hold on and rise a degree or two. Looks like that short freeze is ending for now.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 11, 2012, 02:52:47 PM
Another winter storm headed here on Mom's birthday. 20% rain/snow Friday, 10% snow Friday night. Most years she wants a steak dinner, this year it's pizza.  #-o  ](*,)

I think this last weekend's freezer weather set the stage for this upcoming weekends lousy snow cone machine.  :lol:  I like cold weather and snow - but this season is looking dismal.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 12, 2012, 04:56:32 AM
Thursday nite/Friday 'casted 30% for scattered showers, windy Friday nite.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 13, 2012, 01:08:02 PM
No wind up here...at least I think anyway...

Rain/snow tonight (we're actually in the 30s for lows tonight!  \:D/ ), rain tomorrow, partly cloudy Friday night, Snow chances Saturday and Saturday night.

Not too cold, but not too much warmer either...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 13, 2012, 08:01:49 PM
Blowing Dust Advisory Blowing Dust Advisory - Dona Ana (New Mexico)
Updated:   Thu, 13-Dec-2012 5:05pm MST
Effective:   Thu, 13-Dec-2012 5:05pm MST
Expires:   Fri, 14-Dec-2012 8:00am MST

Instructions: A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. A blowing dust advisory means that blowing dust will restrict visibilities. Travelers are urged to use caution.

Message summary: ...strong pacific storm system will bring strong winds to the region friday along with blowing dust in parts of the lowlands...
.a strong storm system will bring areas of rain and high elevation snow to parts of the area...but strong winds will be common across the entire area. Winds will be gusty much of the night across the new mexico bootheel...and will increase across the remainder of the area tomorrow morning ahead of a strong cold front. Areas of blowing dust will initially be limited by scattered rain showers...but will increase as the cold front moves through and the rain showers end in the lowlands. Sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts 50 to 65 mph are expected friday...
Strongest in the late morning and early afternoon hours.
...high wind warning in effect from 8 am to 5 pm mst friday...
...blowing dust advisory in effect from 8 am to 5 pm mst friday...
The national weather service in el paso tx/santa teresa has issued a high wind warning...which is in effect from 8 am to 5 pm mst friday. A blowing dust advisory has also been issued. This blowing dust advisory is in effect from 8 am to 5 pm mst friday.
* winds: west-southwest 30 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph in the morning... Becoming west 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph late morning and early afternoon. Gusts 65 to 70 mph possible along east facing slopes.
* timing: friday from 8 am to 5 pm mst. Dust will be worst in the late morning and early afternoon as rain showers move out the area.
* impact: potential damage to some structures. Loose objects may become airborne and potential projectiles. Potentially hazardous visibilities in blowing dust with potential health impacts to at-risk groups.
* visibility: generally above 3 miles in the morning during rain showers... But dropping as low as 1/2 mile during and after cold front passage.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 14, 2012, 02:20:15 AM
So much snow in the forecast...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 14, 2012, 06:34:35 AM
Interesting temps so far this morning: a low of 53.8 90 minutes ago and up to 58 already. That's only a 25 degree difference from yesterday's low. The winds are stating to pick up to the teens and a 60% chance of precip as that Mexican flow is starting to show on RADAR.

Not at all as exciting as what you're planning, Chris, but the winds could be pretty good today.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 14, 2012, 05:13:05 PM
0.24" of precip this morning that included some fast moving hail and snow in the mountains. 30MPH max gust so far.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 14, 2012, 08:32:01 PM
25 MPH max gust at 2:33 PM this afternoon. Picked up some rain this morning, been too lazy to go look outside. I don't think it would've evaporated since there was very little sunshine until around 4 ish, by that time the sun is almost in front of the house behind us.

Snow is not happening tonight, but is expected to arrive tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow night, tapering out by midnight.

TWC says a white christmas is entirely possible up here. I have doubts. 
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 15, 2012, 12:20:35 AM
My high temp topped out at 5:30AM with 58.3. My low of 38.8 was at 10:30AM - just a little after I thought a freight train was on my roof. It's been a while since I've heard a bunch of hail hitting the skylites.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 15, 2012, 12:46:39 PM
Cloudy. Gonna be more cloudy later. Then snow possible after 3 PM. :D
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 16, 2012, 02:41:59 AM
Snow didn't show up until around 10-11ish...it was mostly ice chips (sneet?)...and squall wind (22 MPH max gust). NWS keeps forecast 50% overnight...I have a feeling that squall was the last blow from this speedy storm (it's forecasted to hit the midwest tomorrow afternoon).
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 16, 2012, 07:16:56 AM
Yeah, but don't look now... here comes another wind blast on Wednesday. 'Casted for gusts up to 55MPH down here.

Glad I had my wind stick replaced.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 16, 2012, 01:03:45 PM
10% snow on Wednesday...looks like either the storm is going to track between Albuquerque and El Paso, or it's just gonna be that crappy.  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 16, 2012, 04:22:49 PM
Down here, they traded 15MPH of the 'casted gusts for 10% chance of precip on WED.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 18, 2012, 03:32:47 AM
WED now up to 20% precip and the gusts back up to 60MPH. Should be an interesting day, the way they keep changing it up.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 19, 2012, 08:30:19 AM
Forecast up here for today is 30-40 mph winds, bone chilling temps and blowing snow - all before 5 PM.

Then we get a deep freezer tonight.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 19, 2012, 11:48:52 PM
High temp of 50 at 1:30AM today and ran in the low 40s most of the day with no precip. 45MPH gust showed up within the steady 30-35MPH winds. Should hit 20 overnite and tomorrow's as well. 30 already at 10PM - 18 less than 24 hours ago.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 20, 2012, 01:48:24 AM
I've got four different internet weather sources giving me anywhere between 9*F (Double Eagle II airport) to 18*F (down the street).

Hit 36*F at 3:10 PM, dropped ever since. Max wind gust was 45.2 MPH at 2:35 PM, Max wind (sustained) was 32 MPH at 3:09 PM.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on December 20, 2012, 11:32:11 AM
I thought it was pretty cold here in Sedona, until I noticed the -4 deg up in Flagstaff!

Lots of snow in the high country.  pretty.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 20, 2012, 07:07:13 PM
New low for the year with 18.9 at 7AM. Wind chill hit 12 at 5AM. Should be more of the same this overnite.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 21, 2012, 02:10:58 AM
Well, might as well cut to the nitty - already a new station low for the date and for WU's date. 12:05AM and 22.8.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 22, 2012, 11:58:21 AM
Snow in the forecast for Monday night...

Can I dream of a white Christmas yet?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 29, 2012, 02:12:25 PM
Low 20s - upper teens for lows recently and today's Short Term Forecast shows a new icon for me this year.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 30, 2012, 01:44:22 PM
They had snow in the forecast up here from tonight through Wednesday...now it looks like Tuesday's weather will be nice...

It's cold up here.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on December 31, 2012, 12:58:02 PM
Picked up 1/2" of snow early this morning. Went to a bonfire last night (28*F when I left at midnight, mostly cloudy skies too)...surprised I was the only one who didn't get stuck out in the sand with my Ranger pickup (everyone else had diesel pickups)...

The 1/2" melted down to about .04" water accumulation...for a grand total of about 1.66" of Fall-Winter accumulation.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 01, 2013, 12:52:05 PM
Had 0.13" of rain on the 30-31 overnite. Nice dusting in the mountains and low cloud cover hugging the peaks. Nice view to end the year with.

Happy New Year!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 03, 2013, 12:30:24 PM
50% possibility of snow today, 70% tonite and 10% tomorrow. At 9:30AM I watched a few light flurries floating down.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on January 03, 2013, 01:08:25 PM
the snows have left us for a while over here in Sedona, but it's still COLD.  As of this morning it was 11 days in a row with freezing temps.  It's officially winter for sure. 

Plenty of wood piled up for the fireplace!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 03, 2013, 06:07:08 PM
It's been 31ish all afternoon with a nice, light snow falling since noon. A nice, peaceful type of snow.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 03, 2013, 10:51:47 PM
I heard...my aunt is moving from Mesa, AZ into my grandmother's house in El Paso. Apparently she's stuck somewhere along I-10 because I guess the interstate is icy? Haven't heard much.  :?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 04, 2013, 11:51:07 AM
Good news, she finally made it at 10 last night...I guess today they're unloading the moving van.

The weather seems to be a little stagnant up here...Monday and Tuesday though are calling for snow...right at the beginning of the spring semester for college.  #-o

-------------------

NWS Albuquerque's 2012 summary:

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/?n=climonhigh2012annual-mainpage
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 05, 2013, 12:13:04 AM
Glad to hear she made it OK. The 30ish temps kept a lot of hard surface snow melting quickly. In the early evening it started sticking and the puddles started freezing. Early this morning, the local traffic by home was crawling down the street till about 9 or 10. By that time, I had a good couple of inches of snow on the ground. The low 30s gave me a melt of 0.10". It was tipping while it was still snowing.

Yesterday in El Paso was a mess. TDOT was closing on and off ramps by 'The Spaghetti Bowl' until the deicers could get there.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 05, 2013, 01:58:24 PM
Here's something I don't see too often on my 'current conditions' tag - "Overcast - freezing fog".  Strange morning with snow still on the ground and an early, heavy fog.

EDIT: It never saw 32 degrees today. OK... I'm done with winter, thank you.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 05, 2013, 05:14:43 PM
Freezing Fog Advisory Freezing Fog Advisory - Dona Ana (New Mexico)
Updated:   Sat, 05-Jan-2013 3:05pm MST
Effective:   Sat, 05-Jan-2013 3:05pm MST
Expires:   Sun, 06-Jan-2013 8:00am MST
   
Severity:   Minor
Urgency:   Expected
Certainty:   Likely
   
Status:   Actual
Type:   Alert
Category:   Met
Areas affected: Northern Dona Ana County; Otero Mesa; Southern Dona Ana County, Mesilla Valley; Southern Tularosa Basin; Southwest Desert, Mimbres Basin
 
Instructions: A freezing fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving...slow down... Use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance ahead of you. Also...be alert for frost on bridge decks causing slippery roads.

Message summary: ...dense fog expected again tonight across far west texas and southern new mexico...
.light winds with abundant surface moisture due to recent snow fall has generated conditions for the development of fog again. Low clouds have lingered over far western el paso and southern dona ana counties this afternoon...so after sunset low clouds and dense fog with visibilities down to less than a quarter of a mile are expected. Fog will dissipate as temperatures begin to warm sunday morning.
...freezing fog advisory in effect from 8 pm this evening to 8 am mst sunday...
The national weather service in el paso tx/santa teresa has issued a freezing fog advisory...which is in effect from 8 pm this evening to 8 am mst sunday.
* event: dense fog will develop over a large portion of the desert lowlands of southern new mexico and far west texas.
* timing: dense fog will start to develop this evening over dona ana and el paso counties and spread into luna...otero and hudspeth counties through the night.
* impact: visibilities of less than an quarter mile in the dense fog are likely...resulting in hazardous driving conditions on area roadways.
...view the complete message
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 06, 2013, 08:26:51 AM
Looks like we're not getting snow after all Monday...so....

Spring, where are you?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 06, 2013, 03:17:12 PM
42 and rising rising right now so I guess my 0.03" of melt is done for a total of 0.14" worth of melt for the last 4 days.

Looks like I'll be opening a window or two later!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 09, 2013, 02:21:18 PM
Can anyone say "boring winter"?

Some wind to be expected over the next few days (what else is new) but the chance of snow dropped to nothing for the weekend.
 #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 09, 2013, 04:54:13 PM
57.9/30.6 yesterday - 58.6/30.0 today... I'll take it. I had my snow fix so I'm done with it. Give me some 60s and skip the end of Jan!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Jason on January 11, 2013, 12:34:40 PM
Good evening!

Partly cloody weather in Dionisos,Athens-Greece , after two days of snowfall on Tuesday and Wednesday .

Now we have southwest winds and the snow is gone because the temperature rises quickly ...10,8oC  83% humidity and 4,6mm total pecipitation today aftern the showers in the morning .

So the weather forecast for Greece at Weekend is here : http://dionysos-weather.gr/ (http://dionysos-weather.gr/)

I think that the weather forecast for snow in Athens one week before ,was almost very good http://dionysos-weather.gr/node/363 (http://dionysos-weather.gr/node/363)

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 12, 2013, 03:37:12 PM
Really cold here - 28*F right now...overnight low was 8*F...
BRRRR

Had to clean out the truck, just to figure out what in the heck was rattling...figured out it was the tire irons and the plastic cover that Ford provides to cover it...now I have to get a new lock knob for it because the metal insert broke. Might also be time to ditch the drop-in bed liner.

Snow (at a dismal 10% chance) is forecasted for Monday and Monday night. Probably not gonna see it.  ](*,)
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 13, 2013, 08:28:21 PM
10.7 for a low today - 38.8 for a high. Mid-50s are 'casted for next weekend.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 14, 2013, 12:04:16 PM
Bottomed out at 1*F a couple nights ago...last night dropped to 8*F
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 16, 2013, 01:55:56 AM
14.6 yesterday, 15.8 today for lows, 34.5 for a high today and 18 right now makes for even more consecutive days with a "New record low for this date" banner.

Should start warming up to the low 20s for overnite lows starting tomorrow.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 16, 2013, 01:34:34 PM
Day time highs are starting to thaw...by Sunday we're supposed to see a heat wave with 50*F temps.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 18, 2013, 02:28:27 AM
55 today!  =D&gt;
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 19, 2013, 08:00:07 AM
And another 55 yesterday. Long term shows "a high near 68" for Thursday!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 20, 2013, 04:05:30 AM
The 19th gave me the warmest day of this month - 60.5!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 20, 2013, 08:26:22 AM
51*F yesterday, highest temp I've seen this winter. Supposed to creep near the upper 50s by Tuesday.  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 21, 2013, 12:41:15 AM
61.9 today!  \:D/

Almost washed the car...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 22, 2013, 09:10:03 PM
65.7 today - a 2013 high and a new station high for this date.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 24, 2013, 12:48:12 AM
Peaked at 57*F today. Hottest it's been all week. Tomorrow looks to be even warmer.

Rain hits the forecast Friday night into Saturday, with the biggest chances occurring Saturday afternoon, 50% probability. Still stays in the 50s.

Not bad for late January.  =D&gt;
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 24, 2013, 02:32:05 AM
10 degrees warmer down here. Another new 2013 high. The rain chance has been building the last day or two for the weekend. Now 40% for Saturday.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 24, 2013, 09:20:51 AM
Now it's 50% chance thunderstorms.

Why do I get the feeling that it'll snow in April?  #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 25, 2013, 06:15:16 AM
Still 40% for Sat with 30% for Fri nite.

No 70 degrees today (Thu) - only hit 66.2
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 27, 2013, 09:27:32 PM
Had 0.04" of rain yesterday and 20+MPH winds today but still hitting 60s and an overnite low of 47.

More winds to follow...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 28, 2013, 09:17:35 AM
Had some squall lines on Saturday...weekend rainfall totals around .29". Most I've got this season.

More rain, and then snow falling through Tuesday. Oh how nice it would be to not have class on Tuesday!
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on January 29, 2013, 09:20:21 AM
Snow in the forecast today and tonight, high of only 38. Friday we hit 57*F.   #-o
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on January 29, 2013, 11:45:38 AM
"Slight chance of Rain/Snow" for today. Winds ongoing.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 04, 2013, 10:14:08 PM
Not one day with a high under 60 so far this month!  \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 05, 2013, 09:35:46 AM
Places out beyond the central mountain chain are seeing 15-20 temps above average soon thanks to another storm system that may or may not be tracking to the north. All I know is it's supposed to rain on Thursday-Friday.

I like the rain, but these upper 50 temps are lovely.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 05, 2013, 08:37:23 PM
66 today! Another beauty and a high for the month. Spent the afternoon burning dormant goatheads and their friends.

Saturday shows a dip in temps, down to the low 60s and windy - up to 30MPH but no rain (yet).

JAN's avg temp of 39 was coldest JAN avg at my station.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on February 06, 2013, 10:56:36 AM
with regard to the coldest January comment.   I checked my data for Sedona AZ, which goes back to 2001, and got the same result, by a long shot.  The average temp for January this year was a whopping 5.7 deg F below the January average. 

while I was looking at 31-day average temp anomalies, I noted that this January anomaly was the second coldest in that data set (the 31-day period around November 1st 2004 was over 6 deg below average -- again, these are anomalies relative to monthly averages, not absolute lows). Didn't break the single-day record low of 9.9 deg --- got close at 12.5 deg though!

It's pretty pleasant here right now, but I notice that a couple more short wave systems are lining up off the California coast.  we should see them come through over the next week or so.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 06, 2013, 02:48:04 PM
Lower 60s before the wind kicks in this weekend. And I mean WIND.

Spring is almost here...or not...snow Saturday night, mid 40s on Sunday.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 07, 2013, 02:08:55 PM
Heard the word snow somewhere in the El Paso based TV forecast last nite.

Only change from my NWS local forecast is in the wind - "Winds could gust as high as 49 mph"
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 08, 2013, 09:07:44 PM
Today tied my year's high of 66.9.

Tomorrow might be Feb's first sub-60 day:

NWS forecast: Areas of blowing dust after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Windy, with a south southwest wind 16 to 21 mph increasing to 29 to 34 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 10, 2013, 12:13:24 AM
Didn't get the winds that were mentioned - max gust of 33. Also only hit 55.8 degrees - first sub-60 day this month.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 10, 2013, 09:11:15 PM
Only 52 today and 50s 'casted for the week with Tue showing 49.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 11, 2013, 09:14:51 PM
Friday was mostly sunny, then winds started kicking in from the SW.

Saturday was the worst of it - peaked at 50 MPH Saturday afternoon!  :shock:

Cold yesterday, chilly today, snow possible tonight.

It'd be nice if it snowed enough to cancel my morning class.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on February 12, 2013, 09:44:32 AM
No snow last night, rather frigid outside. 22*F right now, after an overnight low of 18*F at 4:49 AM this morning.

Sunny and clear skies today and tonight. Highest high this week is on Thursday - 50*F.

I don't think we'll be seeing near 60*F again until March.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 14, 2013, 12:52:07 AM
23* for an overnite low, highs in the 50s but 67 'casted for Sunday
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 19, 2013, 12:44:38 AM
Sunday hit 66 - close.

Coming up? 60MPH gusts

Tuesday
   Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Windy, with a east northeast wind 9 to 14 mph becoming south southwest 23 to 28 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph.

Tuesday Night
   Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. Breezy, with a south wind 18 to 23 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph.

Wednesday
   Areas of blowing dust. Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Windy, with a south wind 10 to 20 mph becoming west 34 to 44 mph. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph.

Wednesday Night
   Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph decreasing to 11 to 16 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph.

Thursday
   Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Thursday Night
   Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. West wind 5 to 13 mph.

Friday
   Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Breezy, with a west wind 11 to 16 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 20, 2013, 10:44:35 PM
Only hit 34MPH max today
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 01, 2013, 03:16:24 AM
Feb of 2011 was my station's coldest with a mean of 43.9. That includes 3 days of sub-zero lows with 2 of those having 17 and 19 for highs.

This Feb saw a mean temp of 43.8 - now my station's coldest Feb.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 03, 2013, 09:45:34 PM
First day to see 70 degrees! Topped out at 77!  =D&gt; \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 09, 2013, 01:05:58 AM
Saw my first 60*F day on 3/3.

Topped out at 65*F on Wednesday.

Big cool down this weekend - snow in the forecast tonight after .04" of rain this afternoon and evening.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: casa manana on March 09, 2013, 09:54:12 PM
snow , rain, hail, snow, graupel, snow, rain.....it's pretty cold here.   looks like a big change coming though.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 12, 2013, 04:58:10 AM
A couple of cloudy, windy low 50s followed by 65.6 on Monday. 70s and rising this week... maybe 80 by the weekend. Possibly my last "winter storm" type of weather last weekend. Trees are blooming all over town.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 14, 2013, 10:37:30 PM
New station high for the year and station high for Mar 14th at 79.9 today beating last year's 78.1! It should definitely go over 80 tomorrow.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 14, 2013, 10:59:53 PM
Spent the last couple days in El Paso! Pretty nice weather down there you're getting!

Back in Albuquerque now...station topped 74*F today.

It's spring, definitely.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 15, 2013, 07:37:41 PM
You snuck in at the right time - nice temps, decent winds. Good weather indeed!

Hit 83.7 today - my station's high for this date, new high for the year and 2nd highest ever March temp. Last year's 88.1 on the 25th is my hottest March temp.

Logged a few more hours burning up dead dormant goatheads today. Winds are returning the next couple of days so that'll clean up the charred debris.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 16, 2013, 11:51:02 PM
Mostly cloudy all day today...the biggest problem I'm having now is the itchy allergy symptoms. Ugh.

It's windy now, wasn't earlier today...temps stay nice (still in the mid-upper 60s after this backdoor front passes through)...guess it's time to do something about the after effects.

 :-x

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 23, 2013, 05:26:16 PM
Wheeewwweee! The wind!!  :shock:

Sandia/Monzanos obscured by dust, western skies a pale tan. Winds forecasted 25-40, gusts at least 60. High Wind Warning until 8 tonight.

My Wx station has hit an all time sustained high of 49 MPH (2:28 PM MDT). Max gust so far was 54 MPH (2:30 PM MDT).


I think this front is gonna really bust some caps over the next couple days across the southern plains, no?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Bunty on March 23, 2013, 11:23:34 PM
Wheeewwweee! The wind!!  :shock:

Sandia/Monzanos obscured by dust, western skies a pale tan. Winds forecasted 25-40, gusts at least 60. High Wind Warning until 8 tonight.

My Wx station has hit an all time sustained high of 49 MPH (2:28 PM MDT). Max gust so far was 54 MPH (2:30 PM MDT).


I think this front is gonna really bust some caps over the next couple days across the southern plains, no?

No is the word.  So far, for here it's tamer than the last system that went through, which only produced .21 of rain.  At least counties west of here are under a wind advisory.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 26, 2013, 09:50:33 AM
Mid 60s today, mid 70s by Saturday! Hello, Spring!  \:D/

Monday is looking nice for that court traffic ticket, while Tuesday looks even better for my birthday.  #-o   \:D/
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on March 30, 2013, 01:53:14 PM
Rain and rain/snow mix Tuesday/Tues. Night.

Cooler, but not much cooler.

Easter is looking great though! High 75*F.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Chris H. on April 10, 2013, 01:44:01 AM
What a twist of weather over the last 36 hours!

Sunday was warm and sunny, Monday started out warm and sunny, quickly became dusty and then cold. Today was cloud and rainy, had some blowing dust early this morning, much of it quit though by mid afternoon - with mostly cloud skies and highs barely above 45*F. (Max temp was 50*F, at 1:20 PM this afternoon; max wind gust last night was 42 MPH, max sustained was 33 MPH).

Precip totals barely clipped .04" throughout today (I oughta clear out the gauge tomorrow...it's already frozen over darn it).

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 01, 2013, 12:04:54 AM
Wazzup? No weather to talk about in the Land of Enchantment?

Had a reasonably great summer down in the south side of the state. Not much in rain totals other than one day in August with 1.36". Lots of light steady rain events but no real downpours or wind storms. It's been different.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 11, 2013, 08:36:11 PM
Today added to my Top Ten Multi-day Rain Events (by volume) chart. That's 3 from this year and this one isn't done yet.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 13, 2013, 06:04:10 AM
Movin' on up! This 5 day rain event is now #3 in my Top Ten list and is still not done. This should end up as #2 pretty soon. Only 20% chance for Saturday so I doubt it'll take over the #1 spot unless today is very, very heavy.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 15, 2013, 11:10:20 PM
The final number was 2.99" - 2nd place in my Top Ten - from that moisture sink that fed the mess in Colorado.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on September 28, 2013, 02:35:26 PM
Lowest low this morning (46.4) since May 11th's 43.8. Also my lowest Sept temp recorded.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: jay_hoehn on September 28, 2013, 05:42:13 PM
27.7 here in Mule Creek this morning.  Also a record for September since I've kept records in 2006.

Jay
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 06, 2013, 02:32:40 PM
Today's low of 39.9 is the earliest sub-40 degree temp for my station.

Earliest dip under 40 was OCT 15 2009 and typical dates are in the 25th area.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: WeatherHost on October 06, 2013, 06:34:38 PM
When people disappear, doesn't it make you wonder if a giant Saguaro grabbed them?



Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 07, 2013, 06:47:22 PM
After 25 years in Vegas, I just assume they found one of the many holes in the desert (that I've only heard about...). I figure desert is desert.
Title: Extreme New Mexico
Post by: robweather on October 12, 2013, 11:39:21 PM
This is the kind of year New Mexico has had so far. Drought, floods, 1 foot of hail...90mph winds all in 2013. Check out the pics and story


http://www.liveweatherblogs.com/index.php?option=com_community&view=groups&task=viewdiscussion&groupid=44&topicid=47027&Itemid=179
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on October 31, 2013, 11:21:02 PM
My first freeze warning was issued tonite calling for overnites in the upper 20s.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 03, 2013, 03:07:52 AM
... which turned out to be a bust. Only dropped to 36.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: jay_hoehn on November 03, 2013, 09:19:34 AM
Been getting down to 19 here in Mule Creek.  Kind of nice this morning at 38.  Where's the swimming suit?

Jay
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 05, 2013, 04:24:00 AM
What's your coldest recorded at your station, Jay?
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: jay_hoehn on November 05, 2013, 10:38:51 AM
Pat,

I got down to -13 on February 3 2011.  We regularly get to the low single digits during the winter.  Mule Creek is at the bottom of an ancient caldera so basically we live in a hole and the cold air settles in my front yard.  But you can't beat the scenery.

Jay
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 06, 2013, 02:04:06 AM
That's not too bad. I saw -9.4 that day out here with a -26 wind chill. That was a rough 3 day stretch that pretty much killed the majority of what ever was growing around my property - Rosemary, Palms, roses - everything except the goatheads, of course!

19 seemed a little early to me but I guess it is what it is out there the way it settles.


I'm up in ABQ right now and it's been cold and breezy with a little rain yesterday.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 22, 2013, 05:24:53 PM
First call:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 22, 2013, 08:43:49 PM
This storm seems to be growing. Snow in forecast from SAT nite to MON and up to 60% chance Sunday.

Temps right now are 25 less than yesterday at this time.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 23, 2013, 08:28:39 PM
Sunday's snow chance is still at 60% but now includes "up to one inch possible"
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on November 24, 2013, 05:33:43 PM
Nice, soft and steady snow most of the overnite with 28 for the low. Looked to be about 1.5" or a tad more. An odd start to it as it looked like someone sprinkling a lot of road salt. Small, round and white, after the misty rain began to freeze.

High temp of 33.4 at 3:15 so far.

Snow a week before Thanksgiving? A little strange down here.

Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 07, 2013, 03:35:26 AM
ABQ saw about 4" of snow in parts of the city with 16 degrees for a low Friday morning. Sandia Peak had nice conditions around 2PM
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on December 14, 2013, 12:24:47 AM
I almost forgot I had mountains in Las Cruces. The low laying fog in the mornings and low clouds have kept them covered up right down to the foothills.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 11, 2014, 05:14:59 AM
No precip in sight for the next week...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 17, 2014, 12:26:26 AM
New daily hi-temp records for my station the last few days with 81 on the 15th becoming my hottest day ever for February (80.9 - 2009). This FEB average is already only 0.2 degrees behind my highest of 50.4 in 2009.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on February 23, 2014, 10:55:26 PM
Only two days since the last post were not new Highs for the day - today being one; missing the mark by 0.4 degrees.

Still no rain in sight :-$
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 02, 2014, 03:35:58 AM
My long dry spell is over! I'm having some on/off drizzles that just gave me a bucket tip! I was looking at 71 days before that tip.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 02, 2014, 05:56:39 PM
Ended up with a whopping 0.30" of gentle rain by 5AM.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: WeatherHost on March 02, 2014, 06:33:24 PM
Chris H.
Last Active:    November 01, 2013, 08:17:16
Last Post:    May 25, 2013,


Hmmmmmmmm......



Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: jay_hoehn on March 02, 2014, 07:42:07 PM
I recorded 1.21 inches for the storm in Mule Creek.  Much needed for the ranchers.

Jay
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 02, 2014, 09:11:28 PM
Chris H.
Last Active:    November 01, 2013, 08:17:16
Last Post:    May 25, 2013,


Hmmmmmmmm......

I traded emails with him out of concern a month or so ago. He's OK, just no time and some shifting interests from what I got out of it.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on March 22, 2014, 01:49:17 AM
Las Cruces has been covered with a hazy grey cover the last couple of days, even with all the 20+MPH winds we've had the last week. NWS says it should blow out soon:

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NM AND TX.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT
NOT NECESSARILY HAZARDOUS...BUT STRONGER WEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP
ACROSS THE BORDERLAND TODAY. THIS WILL FLUSH OUT THE REST OF THE
GRAY DUST FROM THE PLAINS AND POSSIBLY REPLACE IT WITH BROWN DUST
FROM THE SOUTHWEST DESERTS.
NOT EXPECTING SIGNIFICANTLY HIGH GUSTS
OR SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES WITH TODAY`S WIND. WEST WINDS
IN THE 20 TO 30 MPH RANGE WITH SOME GUST NEAR 40 MPH.



That's a relief...  :roll:
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 01, 2014, 02:38:44 AM
The last day of May saw a high temp of 99.6. Should break 100 today and most of the week. Pretty much normal timing down here.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on June 02, 2014, 06:21:06 PM
USA Extremes on WU reports 102 in Pecos TX. The temp in Las Cruces? 104.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: SlowModem on June 21, 2014, 03:32:03 PM
Not weather related (well, it is in a way, kind of):

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/retire-here-not-there-new-mexico-2014-06-13?pagenumber=1

If I hit the lottery, I want to move out there.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: jay_hoehn on June 29, 2014, 04:00:39 PM
Not supposed to have them here, but we had a 5.2 magnitude earthquake centered about 37 miles south of Mule Creek last night.  Shook the house pretty good for about 10 seconds.  Growing up in southern California I was aware right away what was going on.  The only thing that surprised me was what it did to our cat.  She still isn't ok.  I think she is sitting around waiting for the next aftershock.

Jay
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: ValentineWeather on June 29, 2014, 06:11:31 PM
It was on the news, some areas in Az also could feel it.
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: Cienega32 on August 29, 2014, 01:28:45 AM
So far, with only a few days left, this AUG is my second lowest AVG with 77 degrees. Lowest was 76.5 in 2008. Both years are the only ones without a 100+ degree day seeing highs of 95.9 this year and 95.5 in 2008.

This weekend is the first time I saw the word "Sunny" in the forecast and no percentage of rain chance since early July...
Title: Re: One thing about New Mexico...
Post by: jay_hoehn on January 02, 2015, 08:51:17 PM
Wow!

My biggest snowfall in the 10 years I've lived in Mule Creek.  12 inches of snow in 16 hours today.  Supposed to stop tonight and probably be all melted away by Monday.  Still it looks good outside the windows.

Jay