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Record Heat Today - Huge Drop In Temps Friday!


Record Heat Today?

Valid At 4 PM MDT This Afternoon.

Valid At 4 PM MDT This Afternoon.

Given the fact that the calendar says its October 24th, mother nature seems to be ignoring this as summer-like temperatures will prevail for one more day. Our afternoon highs today will feel more like early June readings, rather than late October readings. Roswell is expecting to reach 93 today, Artesia 92, Carlsbad 94, and Hobbs 89. A few local new daily record high temps may be reached this afternoon. 

Normal High - Low Temps.
(For October 24th.)

Roswell (1893-2012) 79 40
Artesia (1905-2012) 76 40
Carlsbad (1900-2012) 76 43
Hobbs (1912-2012) 73 45

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the Guadalupe Mountains for today. 

Strong Cold Front Arrives Thursday.

Valid At 6 PM MDT Thursday Oct 25, 2012.

Valid At 6 PM Thursday Oct 25, 2012.

Valid At 6 AM MDT Friday Oct 26, 2012.

Valid At 6 AM MDT Friday Oct 26, 2012.


As I have mentioned before October can be a month when we see some pretty wild temperatures swings, and this month has already proven that with our first cold outbreak back on the 7th. Our second significant cool down of the month will begin late Thursday as a strong cold front enters the local area.

Our afternoon high temperatures today are forecast to be some 20-degrees above normal. Our highs on Friday currently look like they will only be in the 50's, and our highs on Saturday are expected to be in the 40's and 50's. This will be a temperature drop of at least 35 to 45-degrees across the area

There is some question now as to whether or not we will see low clouds develop Friday night into Saturday morning. If so, these will tend to help hold our overnight lows up somewhat and prevent, or at least deter a widespread freeze Saturday morning. If our skies clear Friday night, then many of us will see our first freeze of the season Friday night and Saturday morning

Tropical Storm Sandy.




Valid At 6 PM MDT Monday Oct 29, 2012.

Valid At 6 PM MDT Monday Oct 29, 2012.

At 6 AM MDT, Tropical Storm Sandy was located 95 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica. Sandy has sustained winds of 70 mph with gusts near 85 mph. Her central pressure is down to 29.03" inches of mercury, or 983 millibars. Sandy has picked up some forward speed since yesterday, and is now moving to the north at 14 mph. 

Sandy should reach Hurricane strength before making landfall in Jamaica later today. Sandy should then weaken somewhat as she interacts with Jamaica, and then continue on her northward journey into the early part of the weekend.

What happens to Sandy after about Saturday is up for grabs as far as forecast models goes. The models are really struggling with Sandy and this will likely continue for a few more days. Again, folks living along the eastern U.S. seaboard had better pray and hope that the European (ECMWF) forecast model (see the snapshot above) is not correct. 

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