Monday, December 19, 2011

Dec. 19 -

Most of the southwest border received precipitation overnight except for areas around the Bootheel region. The Antelope Wells station did not observe any precipitation yet.
Wind gusts have been in the 40+ mph range this morning with the highest at the Las Cruces airport as of 9 am. We had a brief change from rain to snow for a short time this morning around 7:30am to 7:45 in Las Cruces but no accumulation.  Below are this morning's observation at the NMSU weather station.

   Yesterday           Today
High(F)  Normal     Low(F)  Normal  Record Low
 54        57        39      28      13 (1996)

We had 0.38 inches of precipitation over the last 24-hours. So far at NMSU we had 1.23 inches of precipitation this month. Recall that our 30-year average (1980-2010) for this month is 0.72 inches.

With the precipitation, I expect no large scale issues in air quality today. Soil moisture is running in many locations so wind blown dust is not expected. As expected the AQI forecast shows all good air quality.

Northern NM looked to be hardest hit from this storm. Snow and blizzard conditions closed down I25 north of Santa Fe and I40 between Moriarty and the Texas state line. In southern NM, a weather spotter in Cloudcroft observed 6.5 inches of snow this afternoon.

A brief gap in the clouds this afternoon let in some sunlight from NMSU campus.

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