Friday, December 16, 2011

Dec. 16 -

We're looking forward to another rain event in the southwest border region this weekend. An upper level low is spinning off the coast of northern Baja California and will migrate slowly and bring in moisture from the Pacific Ocean. By Monday morning the low will sit over us and give us some precip. The 5-day QPF product is showing more precipitation for north-central and northeast NM than down south.
The AQI forecast for today is good air quality with green over all the state.
I read today that the last GOES-11 satellite was taken off line December 5, 2011 at 21 UTC. GOES-11 became operational in 2000 and has provided us in the western US with our satellite imagery at an altitude of 22,300 miles from the surface of the earth. This satellite was retired and replaced with GOES-15 on December 6th at 15:46 UTC. GOES-15 has been improved over the old one but still serves the same purpose in providing near real time imagery for earth and atmospheric observations.

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