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Hot Today - Big Cool Down Thursday.

Today's Outlook For SE NM & W TX.

New Mexico Today.

Strong Cold Front Enters TX South Plains Wed.

Note: This Blog Updated At 9:00 AM MDT.

Hot Today Ahead Of The Cold Front.


Note: I sat down with Mike Jackson, who is the News Director for the KSVP/KTZA Radio Stations in Artesia, NM Monday morning, and we discussed the 2011 - 2012 Winter Outlook for SE NM. You can listed to that Podcast via this link- Winter Outlook.

If you like temperatures in the low 90's then you are going to like today. Most of SE NM will see high temps in the upper 80's to the low 90's today, and the mid-upper 80's tomorrow. Enjoy these temps because they are going away starting Thursday.

A strong and cold mid-upper level storm is still being forecast by the models to dive southward into the Four-Corners Region by tomorrow. Most of the models continue their trend of keeping the storm progressive and moving it eastward fairly rapidly. The European (ECMWF) continues to suggest that the upper level trough will close off and slow down. If this pans out, then there will be a greater chance for rain and snow across the local area.

A Pacific cold front will move eastward across the state tomorrow, while a modified arctic cold front drops southward down the eastern plains tomorrow afternoon. This front should enter SE NM tomorrow night. It will be accompanied by strong gusty northerly winds. A few areas of blowing dust may develop along and behind the cold front.

Clouds and scattered rain showers will be on the increase across the area tomorrow night into Thursday morning, as the mi-upper level storm approaches from the northwest. Light snow will be possible over the Sacramento and Capatin Mountains above 7,000' MSL. At this time it does not appear that significant accumulations will occur with this storm. However, should the ECMWF model turn out to be correct, then the rainfall and snowfall totals across the local area could be a little more widespread and heavier than current forecasts indicate.

Temperatures will fall behind the cold front and a cloudy, breezy, and brisk day is in store for us on Thursday with daytime highs only in the 50's. Skies will clear by Thursday night, and low temps Friday morning will be the coldest of the season. Most locations will see lows at least in the mid 30's with some of us experiencing the first freeze of the season.

A warming trend is expected to commence on Friday and continue into the weekend. Highs on Friday will be in the 60's. High temps will climb back up into the 70's by the weekend.

Normal High/Low Temps For Oct 25th.
(New 30-Year Averages 1981-2010.)

Roswell 73/43
Artesia 75/40
Carlsbad 76/44
Carlsbad Airport 75/45
Hobbs 75/47
Tatum 72/39
Ruidoso 63/33
Cloudcroft 57/31

Temperature Data Is Courtesy Of-

The Midland NWS Climate Page
The El Paso NWS Climate Page
The Albuquerque NWS Climate Page

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