Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dec. 6 -

Very cold temperatures and snow for the region -It was great to get another day of precipitation so soon after the first one. Below is a look at the Organ Mountains this morning from the kitchen window.
Snowfall observed in the CoCoRaHS network ranged from a trace amount in Cliff to 8 inches near Radium Springs. Below shows the CoCoRaHS snow depth observations in Las Cruces. Keep up the good work.
Liquid precipitation measured as melted snow and/or rain ranged from 0.75 inches in SSW Deming to a trace in NNW Silver City. As the AHPS product shows below, precipitation likely missed the Bootheel region and far western NM. The Antelope Wells Coop station reported no precipitation today.
Very low morning temperatures were scattered across the region. The Cooperative station at the Jornada Experimental Range measured a low of -1F this morning, breaking their record for this day by four degrees. The lows measured at the airports ranged from 5F at Las Cruces, 8F at Deming, and 18F in El Paso.  Antelope Wells had the warmest start at 23F. Below is the high from yesterday and the low this morning at NMSU. Today's low was a record for this day at this weather station.
   Yesterday           Today
High(F)  Normal     Low(F)  Normal  Record Low
 39        61        10      29      14 (1959)

With this snow our monthly precipitation stands at 0.63 inches at NMSU.  The 30-year average for the month of December is 0.72 inches. We are not expecting any more precipitation in the region at least for the next 5 days as the QPF plot shows.
We have clear skies tonight and recipe for the temperatures to drop into the teens and possibly the single digits along the border. At 10pm it is 18F at the Las Cruces airport and 21F at my house.

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