Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM
FXUS65 KABQ 210641 AAB
Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
1241 AM MDT Fri Apr 21 2017
06Z TAF CYCLE
Increasing west to northwest flow will mix to the surface today and
produce wind gusts to between 25 and 35kts this afternoon. A
backdoor cold front will drop down the Eastern Plains Friday night
and result in a wind shift and potential for MVFR cigs at KLVS and
KTCC by early Saturday morning.
.PREV DISCUSSION...315 PM MDT Thu Apr 20 2017...
Relatively quiet through early next week aside from some showers and
thunderstorms tonight in the northern mountains and northeast. More
active weather to return starting Tuesday and continuing through the
remainder of the week.
Short wave trough aloft crossing NM this afternoon with a few showers
over the northern mountains. Not much lightning to this point but
expect some storms through at least this evening over the northern
mountains and northeast. Not much rain expected but could be strong
wind gusts with dewpoints mostly between 30 and 35 in this area.
Another impulse will cross NM Friday with breezy to windy conditions
for many areas. Cooler air will be ushered in from west to east, then
north to south with another back door front late Friday through Friday
night. Light to moderate east gap winds likely late Friday night into
the Rio Grande Valley. A few showers and thunderstorms will be
confined to the Sangre de Cristo`s and northeast Friday and Friday
The weekend will be mostly dry aside from a few showers over the
Sangre de Cristo mountains and far northeast highlands. It will be
be to chilly in the east Saturday with well below normal highs. It
will warm back up quickly though on Sunday. The west will warm up
both days of the weekend. Winds will be the lightest of the entire
forecast period this weekend, although moderate winds will be felt in
the northeast Sunday.
It will be dry, breezy to windy and warm to start off next week. Then
a series of upper level short wave trough will gradually carve out a
long wave trough over the southwest from Tuesday through Friday. The
models are still at odds as to how deep the trough will be, with the
GFS creating a closed low over NM Friday night while the European and
Canadian only have a short wave trough zipping by. Overall a cooling
trend with increasing chances of precipitation as we go through next
Current radar imagery is showing isolated to scattered showers and
thunderstorms developing across the NC Mtns. The latest high
resolution models have indicated that more storm development will
favor areas along and east of the Sangre De Cristos toward the late
aftn/early evening period. Storm motions will be west to east as
coverage expands across NC to NE NM. Anticipate gusty to erratic
wind gusts near storm activity with little wetting precipitation
accumulation. Some cloud to ground lightning strikes will be
possible with storm activity. Meanwhile, breezy to windy southernly
winds will favor central and eastern areas while strengthening
westerlies favor western areas through Fri.
Fri will be windier and drier as the upper level system pushes out
of central CO into the central plains. Temperatures will cool several
degrees below normal along and north of the I-40 corridor while
areas south of the corridor remain above normal. Min RH values will
fall into the low teens areawide except the extreme NE Plains. NW
winds will be breezy to windy areawide with stronger, advisory level
winds across the east central plains. Low haines indices will favor
areas north of the I-40 corridor resulting from cooler temperatures
and below normal mixing heights across portions of central and
northwestern areas. Higher haines will favor southern fire wx zones.
Good to excellent vent rates will favor much of the state except
across the Chuskas and the extreme NC mtns bordering CO. Decided to
upgrade fire wx zones 101, 106, 107, and 108 from fire wx watches to
red flag warnings for Fri.
Another back door front will slide into the eastern plains Fri night
into Sat morning ushering more cool and moist conditions to the
eastern plains. The front looks to stall along the central mtn chain
Sat before pushing westward toward the ContDvd on Sun. Expect
dewpoints to rise a bit in its wake followed by breezy to windy gap
winds within the RGV Sun. Look for RH levels to improve central and
east Sat and early Sun. Upper level ridging will build over the
state Sun before flattening Mon through Wed allowing drier, westerly
zonal flow with occasional breezy to windy condtions at the surface.
Our next chance for any unsettling weather will be toward the latter
half of the week as a potent Pacific system dives across the Great
Basin into NM developing possible wetter and cooler conditons. 32
Red Flag Warning from 11 AM this morning to 8 PM MDT this evening
for the following zones... NMZ101-106>108.