Wednesday, May 9, 2012

May 9 -

We're in a very moist airmass with this morning's sounding at EPZ showing relative humidity nearly 70 percent up to 350 hPa (8.3 km MSL).  Rainfall amounts in Las Cruces ranged from 0.35 to 1.06 inches as the map below shows.

Below are this morning's observations at few NWS Cooperative weather stations.
                 Yesterday            Today
Station       High(F) Normal    Low(F)  Normal  Record Low Precip
Antelope Wells  80      85       48      50       38 (1995) 0.00"
NMSU campus     76      85       52      50       33 (1965) 0.40"

As a comparison at the NMSU campus station, a CoCoRaHS gauge recorded 0.39 and the Climate Center tipping bucket read 0.38 inches. All these measurements are located within 10 feet of each other.  At the NMSU Leyendecker Ag Science Center we recorded 0.6" in the Climate Center tipping bucket and a nearby CoCoRaHS gauge registered 0.72".

Today's AQI forecast shows good air quality over the region and all of the southwest US.

The forecast is for continued shower activity over the border area with some heavy rain at times.

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