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Current Conditions

  • 46°
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Wind: South 12 mph
  • Humidity: 68%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 36°
  • Pressure: 29.65 in. +
  • Heat Index: 41

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5 Day Forecast

  • Wednesday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 70 °
  • Low: 37 °
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Thursday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 70 °
  • Low: 39 °
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Friday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 72 °
  • Low: 45 °
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Saturday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 68 °
  • Low: 30 °
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Sunday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 55 °
  • Low: 32 °
  • Partly Cloudy

Forecast for Las Vegas, New Mexico

Updated: 3:00 AM MDT on April 23, 2014

  • Wednesday

    Overcast in the morning, then clear. High of 70F. Windy. Winds from the SW at 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 37F. Windy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

  • Thursday

    Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 70F. Breezy. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph shifting to the SW in the afternoon.

  • Thursday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 39F. Breezy. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

  • Friday

    Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 72F. Breezy. Winds from the WSW at 10 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

  • Friday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 45F. Breezy. Winds from the WSW at 10 to 25 mph.

  • Saturday

    Partly cloudy. High of 68F. Windy. Winds from the SW at 15 to 35 mph.

  • Saturday Night

    Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. Low of 30F with a windchill as low as 18F. Windy. Winds from the SW at 20 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

  • Sunday

    Overcast in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 55F. Winds from the West at 40 to 50 mph.

  • Sunday Night

    Clear. Low of 32F. Windy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 45 mph.

  • Monday

    Partly cloudy. High of 55F. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 15 to 20 mph.

  • Monday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 28F. Winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the East after midnight.

  • Tuesday

    Clear. High of 68F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Tuesday Night

    Clear. Low of 30F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Clear. High of 66F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    Clear. Low of 39F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph.

  • Thursday

    Partly cloudy. High of 70F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Thursday Night

    Clear. Low of 39F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Friday

    Mostly cloudy. High of 70F. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph.

  • Friday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 41F. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph.

  • Saturday

    Clear. High of 68F. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Saturday Night

    Clear. Low of 41F. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph.

Severe Weather Alert Descriptions

 Fire Weather Watch, Fire Weather Warning  Statement as of 3:56 am MDT on April 23, 2014


... Red flag warning remains in effect from 11 am this morning to
8 PM MDT this evening...
... Fire Weather Watch in effect from Friday afternoon through
Friday evening...

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Fire
Weather Watch... which is in effect from Friday afternoon through
Friday evening. A red flag warning remains in effect from 11 am
this morning to 8 PM MDT this evening.

* Area and timing... northeast Highlands and plains... east Central
Plains... Sandia... Manzano and Gallinas Mountains and middle Rio
Grande Valley. Critical conditions will develop late this
morning then persist until around sunset. Critical conditions
are possible again Friday afternoon through Friday evening.

* 20 foot winds... southwest and west 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45
mph this afternoon and Friday afternoon.

* Relative humidity... 8 to 15 percent this afternoon. 7 to 10
percent Friday afternoon.

* Impacts... any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the
field of this red flag warning.

Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the
field of this Fire Weather Watch.







Personal Weather Stations

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Location: San Geronimo, Las Vegas, NM

Updated: 7:02 AM MDT

Temperature: 58.5 °F Dew Point: 32 °F Humidity: 36% Wind: WNW at 8.3 mph Pressure: 29.68 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: - Graphs

Location: Ilfeld, NM

Updated: 7:02 AM MDT

Temperature: 48.7 °F Dew Point: 36 °F Humidity: 62% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.06 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 49 °F Graphs

Location: Pendaries RV Resort, Rociada, NM

Updated: 7:02 AM MDT

Temperature: 42.4 °F Dew Point: 33 °F Humidity: 70% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.33 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 42 °F Graphs

Location: RAWS PECOS NM US, Pecos, NM

Updated: 5:14 AM MDT

Temperature: 48 °F Dew Point: 29 °F Humidity: 47% Wind: West at 5 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 46 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest WESNER SPRINGS NM US SNOTEL, Tererro, NM

Updated: 4:00 AM MDT

Temperature: 39 °F Dew Point: 26 °F Humidity: 61% Wind: South at 1 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 39 °F Graphs

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NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Albuquerque nm 
524 am MDT Wednesday Apr 23 2014 


Aviation... 
12z taf cycle 
strengthening SW to west winds as an upper trough sweeps from west to 
east over the central and southern rockies and surface Lee trough remains 
across eastern Colorado and nm today. Localized areas of 5sm bldu after 18z NE 
and east Central Plains. Lingering middle level moisture to be 
shunted east but isolated showers or thunderstorms possible northern mts and 
northeast nm...especially after 24/00z as surface front pushes into that 
portion of the state. 


&& 


Previous discussion...340 am MDT Wednesday Apr 23 2014... 
synopsis... 
strong southwest winds aloft are moving into New Mexico as a 
trough of low pressure inches toward the Rocky Mountains. Mostly 
dry conditions are expected today with windy conditions across most 
of northern and central New Mexico. Temperatures will cool a few 
degrees in western New Mexico this afternoon with eastern areas 
remaining above average. All of northern and central New Mexico 
will observe seasonal temperatures and dry conditions on Thursday 
with lighter winds. Winds will begin to increase on Friday...and 
will be especially strong and perhaps even severe on Saturday and 
Sunday as a vigorous low pressure system approaches the state. In 
addition to the very windy conditions...the low pressure system 
will also bring cooler temperatures and batches of rain and snow 
to the land of enchantment this weekend. 


&& 


Discussion... 
currently some elevated showers and storms are progressing over 
eastern New Mexico with middle to high level cloudiness still 
covering most of the forecast area. A quickly approaching dry 
slot can be seen close to the upper level trough axis on water 
vapor imagery...and a dispersion of much of the cloud cover over 
nm is expected into the late morning. It was a welcome feat to 
have 30s dewpoints over central nm and 40s in the east the past 
few days...but these are also expected to scour out eastward as 
vertical mixing transports the drier air aloft toward the surface. 
This will set the stage for fairly widespread critical fire 
weather amidst the low humidity and strong winds this afternoon 
and early into the evening. Winds are going to approach close to 
the 30 miles per hour sustained wind speed threshold needed for a Wind 
Advisory...but have opted to stand down on any issuance at this 
time. Some blowing dust is expected in lower elevation areas that 
are prone to dust...but widespread visibility restrictions are not 
anticipated. Temperatures will take a notable drop in western 
zones while the eastern plains continue to rise above average. 


Trough axis will exit east of nm tonight with a short-lived back 
door front sliding down the plains. The temperatures be set back 
several degrees in the eastern zones going into Thursday...but the 
entire forecast area should still remain a couple degrees either 
side of normal. With the flow aloft turning zonal a continued dry 
airmass will choke out any hope for precipitation Thursday...and Lee side 
troughing will quickly allow winds to turn more southerly in the 
plains. 


By Friday the winds aloft will already begin turning southwesterly 
in response to the next approaching low pressure system. Winds 
have been increased some for Friday due to projected higher speeds 
aloft and sufficient boundary layer temperature lapse rates for 
efficient vertical mixing. The Lee side surface trough will also 
deepen and help the cause...so temperatures will rise 5 to 10 
degrees above normal in most zones with critical fire weather 
possible again. 


The weekend looks highly entertaining from a meteorological 
spectating standpoint...but quite abysmal from a resident 
standpoint. The approaching low pressure system will take a track 
over Southern California and Arizona before hitting west central nm and then 
lifting to the northeast corner of the state early Sunday. Rapid 
cyclogenesis near the West Coast will turn this feature into an 
anomalously deep and cold low that will bring very strong to 
severe winds to the state...cooler than average temperatures...and 
precipitation. The extent of precipitation appears to be farther 
south on latest model runs due to a slight shift in track...but 
agreement among model members is fairly good through the weekend. 
The pattern looks to shift to a high amplitude one through next 
week with the European model keeping the north northwest flow a 
bit more conducive to short wave energy into parts of nm. 


52 


&& 


Fire weather... 
..critical conditions today and returning central and east Friday... 


Little change for today through Thursday. Upper trough to sweep 
through the region...bringing windy and drier conditions. Most of 
the lingering moisture will be shunted out today...and a drier air 
mass evident on satellite imagery headed our way...with the exception 
of a slight chance for showers/storms northern mountains and 
northeast today and tonight. Ended up dropping the existing Fire Weather 
Watch for zones 101 and 102...high temperatures cooler than or near 
normal...and Haines low to moderate. That said...winds and min relative humidity 
may exceed critical criteria for some portions of those two 
zones...especially at the lower elevations. Otherwise...the red flag 
warning for today remains unchanged. 


Relative humidity recoveries tonight will be poor to fair at the lower elevations 
southwest of a line from The Four Corners through Fort Sumner. A 
front in the northeast/east central will allow some higher 
humidities to slosh west and southward but this mixes out later in 
the day Thursday...with most areas forecast to see min relative humidity values of 
less than 15 percent. Winds will not be strong enough to trigger 
critical conditions over a large area...although the Las Vegas area 
may see spotty critical conditions Thursday afternoon. 


Due to the drier air mass...relative humidity recoveries Thursday night will be 
pathetic for the middle Rio Grande Valley with some maximum relative humidity values 
not even reaching 25 percent. The majority of the lower 
elevations...including the eastern plains...may see maximum humidities 
in the 30 to 40 percent range. This leads into Friday...which now 
looks much windier than previously forecast. 


Have opted for a Fire Weather Watch for the area from the middle Rio 
Grande Valley and northeast Highlands eastward to the Texas border Friday. 
Single digit min relative humidity will be widespread over this area...along with 
Haines of 6 and warmer than average high temperatures. Winds will 
likely stay gusty across some of the higher terrain Friday 
night...leading into a very windy day Saturday...with potential for 
gusts to 60 miles per hour over central areas south of Interstate 40. Critical 
conditions look to be widespread from the Rio Grande Valley eastward 
Saturday...with chances for showers increasing over the west and 
north. The weekend storm system looks to be much colder aloft...with 
700 mb temperatures falling to -5 to -8 degree c Saturday night...so 
potential precipitation would fall as snow. Sunday could be quite 
windy also...but much cooler than average for late April. Highs 
slowly recover into the middle of next week with northwest flow 
aloft...and slight chances for precipitation north central and 
northeast. 


&& 


Abq watches/warnings/advisories... 
red flag warning from 11 am this morning to 8 PM MDT this evening 
for the following zones...nmz103>109. 


Fire Weather Watch from Friday afternoon through Friday evening for 
the following zones...nmz103-104-106>108. 


&& 


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