Friday, February 17, 2012

Feb. 17 -

Below is this morning's observations at few NWS Cooperative weather stations.

                 Yesterday            Today
Station       High(F) Normal    Low(F)  Normal  Record Low Precip
NMSU            63      64       32      33       14 (1966) 0.04"
Antelope Wells  61      66       37      32       24 (1993) 0.49"
Jornada         59      63       28      26        8 (1966) 0.06"

The AQI forecast indicated good air quality across the borderland today.
Looking at the forecast for the next few days, we might be seeing another high wind event on Monday. The NAM is showing a much stronger wind prediction than the GFS based on a quick look at the 00Z forecast products tonight. The plot below shows surface winds and temperature for Las Cruces from Friday night to early Tuesday morning from the 20km-NAM model run at 00z.
As of Friday night the NWS was predicting the possibility of blowing dust on Monday associated with the high winds. At this point we'll have to see what how strong the winds are going to be with the cold front on Monday. I will revisit this on Saturday with new model runs. I'm also curious as to why the GFS is showing not as much winds.

With the possibility of decent winds on Monday, I will hopefully be installing more BSNE samplers at the dust control demonstration plot. So far we have collected sand samples at one high wind event.

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