Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dec. 14 - Warm again today. We reached 70F at the LC airport, not quite record heat but warm for this time of year. Deming was a little warmer and hit 72F today. More stagnant conditions and pollutant build-up. PM peaked at Sunland Park in the early evening at 6 pm as usual.
Conditions look favorable for some blowing dust on Wednesday.As of Tuesday night the NWS forecast for Wednesday says "Sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a west wind 7 to 10 mph increasing to between 20 and 23 mph. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph." The EPA AQI forecast for Wednesday is calling for green conditions in our area with the current AQI in the green as well.
The NDFD forecast for 2 pm MST on Wednesday calls for some areas of wind gusts in the 35 knots range east of Las Cruces along I-10. Higher elevation areas in the bootheel may see higher winds.
Based on the forecasts later in the week the western edge of our study might have a better change of some precipitation. So far the east, Las Cruces, has some chance but small for precipitation on Thursday evening and into Friday morning. See the Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) map below valid for Thursday and into Friday morning. The darker area along the Arizona border is likely to have some measurable precipitation.

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