Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM
FXUS65 KABQ 041135 AAA
Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
435 AM MST Sun Dec 4 2016
12Z TAF CYCLE
LIFR/IFR conditions will be prevalent across portions of the SE
plains and NW mtns through the mid morning hrs. Conditions should
improve btwn 15-17z. Otherwise...VFR conditions expected.
.PREV DISCUSSION...320 AM MST Sun Dec 4 2016...
Patchy fog east central and southeast this morning to give way to
mostly sunny to partly cloudy conditions this afternoon with
below average high temperatures. Short lived warming trend Monday
with highs near to above average and increasing west winds. Windy
and turning colder Tuesday through Tuesday night with snow
showers possible over the north. Drier for the rest of the work week
but another front looks to bring another cool down as well as
northern mountain snow showers by the weekend.
Patchy fog early this morning for the east central and southeast.
Not so confident fog may develop for portions of the northwest and
west central this morning so trimmed a bit on the areal coverage in
the current early morning weather grid. Otherwise the upper low, now
well to our south, will continue to depart as stronger westerly
winds aloft push into the central Rockies. High temperatures will
be warmer today but still mostly below average.
Winds start to strengthen Monday as the next system approaches and
a surface lee trough develops. This boosts high temperatures above
average by a good 5 to 10 degrees across the east, with near
average afternoon highs west. The models remain at odds with how far
south any precipitation may occur Tuesday and Tuesday night, with
the ECMWF wetter and painting measurable precipitation into the
west central mts south of I-40. The GFS is mostly dry overall, so
took a blend pop-wise which features the nrn mts as well as ne NM
near the Colorado border, thanks to a decent cold front. Some of
the north, especially the unsheltered higher terrain, may see
westerly wind gusts to around 50 mph.
Dry with moderating winds and temperatures by Thursday but another
similar to Tuesday`s system looks possible by the upcoming weekend.
Generally dry northwest flow aloft to prevail thereafter.
Quiet weather expected today. Stronger jet stream impacts will occur
during the week into the following weekend with a significant cool
The weather pattern will turn much more quiet today. The storm
system that just impacted the area will move eastward over southern
TX. The wind flow will be on the lighter side with near to cooler
than normal high temps and higher RH readings.
Models have been projecting an active jet pattern for the past few
days across the central/southern Rockies during the
week...especially earlier half. Surface wind speeds will increase on
Monday and continue to be breezy/windy at times on Tuesday. A cold
frontal intrusion will impact the eastern plains on Tuesday. Despite
the increasing wind speeds...surface RH readings will generally be
above 15 percent. With that being said...localized areas of near 15
pct humidity and strong wind will be possible Monday afternoon
across the EC plains. Most areas will experience increasing
A pronounced cooler airmass will invade the forecast area Wed/Thur
morning. Decreased dewpoint model values due to the Arctic/Polar
origins of the airmass. Wind speeds will decrease some during this
period but still looking at some breeziness. High temps will range
between 5 to 20 degrees below normal. The ECMWF is still sticking to
its guns for a further south tracking jet while the GFS has been
further north. The Canadian model which was further south with the
ECMWF has tracked further north and much closer to the GFS now.
Mentioning this because precipitation associated with the wave
passage will be tied to how far south the jet dives. Still looking
at some sort of wetting precipitation across the far north although
confidence is wavering a bit. Ventilation will still be decent due
to a brisk NW flow on Wed but drop considerably on Thursday.
Another jet impulse is expected to affect the forecast area later
Fri into next weekend. Latest GFS/ECMWF are less bullish for decent
precipitation and more bullish for increased wind and ventilation.