Brief Break From The 100-Degree Temps.

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Valid 6-19-2001 Through 6-29-2011.

Weak Cold Front Breaks String Of 100-Degree Temps.

A weak cold front will usher in slightly cooler temps (about 10-degrees cooler) to the area tomorrow and Wednesday. We should see our afternoon highs today range from 100 - 105 across most of SE NM. We are looking at the 90's for tomorrow and Wednesday. Enjoy the brief  respite from the searing 100-degree temperatures. Because by Thursday we will warm back up to 100 or above right on through the first of next week. 

Take a look at the 8-10 ten day long-range 500 millibar charts above. Both the European (ECMWF) and the US GFS models are forecasting the mid-level ridge of high pressure to become entrenched over the Desert Southwest through the end of the month.

 The US GFS model is forecasting the ridge to become more centered over New Mexico, while the European (ECMWF) model is centering the ridge a little further to the west. If the GFS model is correct, (I personally believe it will be) then this will effectively shut down any hope of a monsoon intrusion working northward out of Mexico and into the area.

 The ridge is acting like a huge roadblock, squashing any potential monsoon moisture intrusions into the area and keeping us high and dry for at least the next ten days. This is reflected in the 6-10 day and the 8-14 day long range precipitation forecast maps.


As if yesterday's blistering heat wasn't enough, southwesterly wind gusts quickly turned our local weather into "Blast Furnace Conditions" by noontime yesterday.

Peak Wind Gusts Reported Sunday Afternoon-

Pine Sprinigs - Guadalupe Mtns Natl Park 62 mph
Guadalupe Pass ASOS 60 mph
Sierra Blanca Regional Arpt AWOS 60 mph
Bowl Raws - 1/2 Mile N GDP Pk 57 mph
Caprock Raws 55 mph
Tatum Mesonet 54 mph
Carlsbad Arpt ASOS 54 mph
Pinery Raws - Pine Springs 51 mph
Smokey Bear Raws - Near Ruidoso 51 mph
Sacramento Peak 50 mph
Artesia Arpt AWOS 50 mph
Dunken Raws 48 mph
Bat Draw Raws - Carlsbad Caverns 47 mph
Mescal Raws - Near Mescalero 45 mph
Roswell Arpt ASOS 45 mph
Hobbs Arpt 45 mph
Cosmic Raws - Sunspot 44 mph
Queen Raws 41 mph


High Temperatures Reported Sunday
(June 19, 2011)

West Texas-

Pecos Arpt SWOS 113
Wink Arpt ASOS 111
Midland Intl Arpt ASOS 108
Big Springs Arpt AWOS 108
Snyder Arpt AWOS 108
Fort Stockton Arpt ASOS 107
Seminole Arpt AWOS 106

Chaves County-

Roswell Arpt ASOS 105
8-Mile Draw Raws 105
Roswell Climate 103
Dunken Raws 95
Elk Climate 92

Eddy County-

Carlsbad Arpt ASOS 108
2.1 NNW Downtown Carlsbad 107
Carlsbad Climate 106
Artesia Arpt AWOS 104
Artesia Climate 103
Caprock Raws 102
Hope Climate 101
Bat Draw Raws 100
Queen Raws 94

Lea County-

Jal Climate 107
Paduca Raws 107
Hobbs Arpt 104
NW Hobbs - KM5BS 103
Tatum Climate 103
(Tied 103 On 6-19-1980)
Tatum Mesonet 102

Lincoln County-

Capitan Climate 89
Sierra Blanca Regional Arpt AWOS 86
Smokey Bear Raws - Near Ruidoso 85

Otero County-

Weed - Dark Ridge Observatory 89
Mayhill Raws 87
Timbron CW7724 87
Mescal Raws - Near Mescalero 86
Cloudcroft - Dry Canyon 82
Cosmic Raws - Sunspot 81
Cloudcroft Climate 79
Sacramento Peak 76

Culberson County-

McKittrick Canyon Raws 99
Guadalupe Pass ASOS 98
Pinery Raws - Pine Springs 94
Dog Canyon Raws 90

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