Relief From The Heat Coming.

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Valid At 6 AM MDT Sun Sept 4, 2011.

It is one very hot day across SE NM today. As of 2 PM MDT. My thermometer here at my home in Carlsbad was reading 108. The Carlsbad Airport ASOS was registering 106, while the Paduca Raws, located near the WIPP Site was reporting 108. Other temps at 2 PM include, 104 at the Hobbs Airport, and 102 at both the Roswell and Artesia Airports.

Several stations have already broken their daily high temperature records for today, and a few are approaching their all-time monthly records. Its possible that we will see these readings go up another couple of degrees by 5 PM.

Cooler Temps Are Headed Our Way-
FSU 2M Temp Raws Anomalies Aug 30th - Sept 7, 2011.

Relief appears to be on the horizon. The models continue to forecast a fairly decent cold front (the seasons first-remember the meteorological fall begins Thursday) dropping southward down the eastern plains of the state, and into SE NM by around Sunday. Our high temperatures may only be around 90 or so by Sunday and Labor Day. There also appears to be a decent chance for t-storms across the area as the front moves through.

Record High Temps For Aug 30th-

Roswell (ThreadEx Station) 101 1959
Artesia Climate 105 1918
Carlsbad Climate 102 1943
Carlsbad Arpt ASOS 104 1959
Hobbs Climate 104 1959
Tatum Climate 101 1959

Temperature Records Are Courtesy Of-

NCDC ThreadEx Extremes
Midland NWS Climate Page
Western Regional Climate Center

Tropical Storm Katia.

Tropical Storm Katia At Noon MDT Today.

NHC Five Day Forecast Track Of Tropical Storm Katia.

NHC Tropical Outlook. 

Trouble is brewing for the Gulf of Mexico for later this week 
into the holiday weekend. This could become Tropical Storm
or Hurricane Lee by late in the week, or the weekend.

NWS HPC Precipitation Forecast.
Valid From 6 PM MDT Today - 6 PM MDT Sun Sept 4, 2011.

FSU GFS Forecast Valid At 6 AM MDT Sun Sept 4, 2011.

This mornings 12Z/6 AM MD,T FSU GFS 900 MB computer model forecast run, depicts a Major Hurricane (Katia) approaching the Windward Islands by this coming Sunday. It, along with several other models, are also forecasting the development of a (Tropical Storm/Hurricane?) in the Gulf of Mexico by this weekend. Not to mention the the cold front moving into the local area as well. Without a doubt, the Labor Day holiday weekend is going to be an interesting one for us, and for those who live along the Gulf Coast.

The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction!


  1. That is good news for you. Hopefully, it is a pattern change for the southern plains; at least Abq has only been a few degrees above avg, and we have had a little rain. Great to see all those graphics.

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