Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August 3 -

A brief morning thundershower in Las Cruces provided some rain after my CoCoRaHS observation. I received about 0.01 inch by around 9 am. Evening thunderstorms produced some rain in isolated areas in the study region.

I spent the day servicing the NM Climate Center's Artesia station. On the way, it rained on the way up to Cloudcroft near the tunnel. It was sunny and hot in Artesia with the airport max temperature reading 99F. We replaced the data logger, modem, solar panel and charge controller, battery, and the environmental enclosure. Found out that the wind speed sensor was bad but we didn't have a replacement. I also removed a tipping bucket rain gauge what not connected to anything.
Tomorrow we head to Alcalde to make some repairs on that weather station.

My Mother in Law was up near Ruidoso today and she said it briefly snowed there. No accumulation but just some flurries. I haven't seen any reports except for some severe thunderstorm warning at 12:08 pm with possible hail in that area.

Looking at the radar tonight I saw lots of thunderstorm outflows producing gusty winds in Dona Ana county. Some of that will likely produce areas of blowing dust. This was probably the case at the Sunland Park City Yard station tonight. Maximum winds were 13 m/s from the NNW with hourly PM10 of 158 µg/m3. Similar conditions were also found at the nearby Desert View Elementary station a few km away.

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