Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Feb. 9 - The colder airmass has settled over our area. The cold front passed through the region overnight bringing us a low of 24F at the NMSU campus. The forecasted high for today was 44F, 27 degrees lower than yesterday. The actual high at NMSU was 49F. The weather map below from 12 UTC (5 am) shows the aftermath of the frontal activity leaving stationary fronts across the southwest. We still have some low level moisture left in southern NM and some cloud cover in the morning. I did notice a few snow flurries going into work this morning around 8 am.
Mid day we should be seeing southeasterly winds as the 21 UTC (2 pm MST) surface wind map below shows.
We had mostly clear skies in the afternoon based on the early afternoon MODIS image below.

The morning started off with some breezes in the south. The NMED Sunland Park Desert View station saw some elevated PM but not that high. Peak PM10 was 117 µg/m3 at 1 am with 7 m/s winds and 13 m/s gusts.

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