Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oct. 25 - Based on the CoCoRaHS observers, most of southwest NM received at least a trace of precipitation last night. A few locations around Cloudcroft received more than a tenth and a couple observers in Deming recorded 0.07 inch.  Other than a few spots in Albuquerque it was dry across the state. However for the next 5-days it doesn't look promising for rain in southern NM. The 5-day QPF shows possible precipitation across northern NM but not in the southwest. Southeast NM looks to get some precipitatin in parts of Eddy and Lea county.
Temperatures remain above average with this morning's low 4 degrees above the long term average.
   Yesterday           Today
High(F)  Normal     Low(F)  Normal
 80        75        46       42

The AQI forecast for today shows good air quality for all of New Mexico.
Today was had our monthly Drought Monitoring Workgroup conference call. Not a lot of good news. The Four Corners is enjoying having NO drought according to the US Drought Monitor map. I haven't seen an extended white area in the maps for over a year. Meanwhile the south and southeast are still in status quo for drought activity. No rain is expected to dampen the drought enough but time will tell.
Some upper level moisture gave us plenty of contrails today from my office webcam this afternoon.

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