Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dec. 20 -

Below I highlight the total precipitation amounts from the last storm based on the NWS Ridge2 precipitation analysis product. Radar did not pick up precipitation in southwestern Luna and southeastern Hidalgo counties. It was dry again at the Antelope Wells Coop station.
Below are this morning's observation at the NMSU weather station.
   Yesterday           Today
High(F)  Normal     Low(F)  Normal  Record Low
  45        58        35      28      15 (1973)

In addition to the 0.38" yesterday we observed another 0.05 inches of precipitation over the last 24-hours. With the close of the year approaching, our total precipitation at NMSU so far is 6.65 inches, 68 percent of the long term average.

Below is this morning's MODIS satellite image from LANCE showing the extent of snow cover along the border. The pins are NWS Cooperative stations. The image enhances the snow cover as the turquoise color. The very light turquoise are clouds like those over much of the area between Silver City and Las Cruces. You can see the snow over the San Andres Mountains.

The air quality forecast is showing good in our area today as the map below shows.

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