You Will Not Believe The Change That Is Coming!

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Blog updated @ 9:50 AM MDT.

My high temperature here at my home in Carlsbad, NM yesterday was 98. The Carlsbad Airport also recorded a high of 98. Other highs include- 96 at the Roswell Airport, 93 at the Artesia Airport, and 93 at the Hobbs Airport. I will update this post later when a listing of any new daily high temperature records established yesterday become available. 

Today's high temperatures will be close to yesterday's readings.
 Then hold on, because a change is coming...and what a change that is going to be.
Unusually Strong Cold Front Headed Our Way! 

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You may or may not remember, but we have seen this before. If you are old enough to remember we saw these types of wild temperatures swings ahead of, and behind strong cold fronts like the one approaching the area today,  back in the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Do you remember some of the horrendous dust storms that would accompany these cold fronts? I do, and they were awful. Well history repeats itself and we are swinging back to a similar pattern that existed back then with the newly developed cold PDO. Expect more of this in the future.

A very strong cold front, unusually so for the first of May, is barreling southward through the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico this morning. As of 8:30 AM MDT, the front was located roughly along a north of Roswell - to north of Tatum - to near Lubbock line. This front will continue to blast south and west today into this evening. Some our high temperatures may be a little lower than forecast today since the cold front is barreling south faster than expected. 

A much colder air mass will overspread all of the area by tonight. Areas of widespread blowing dust will accompany the frontal passage this afternoon and evening. The visibility in many areas may be reduced below 3 miles, and in some locations, below 1 mile. North-northeast winds associated with the cold frontal passage this afternoon and evening, are forecast to become sustained at around 25 - 40 mph, with gusts of around 55 -65 mph!.

Temperatures will fall tonight into Thursday. Highs on Thursday will struggle to climb up out of the 40's and 50's for eastern and southeastern New Mexico. By Friday morning a hard freeze appears likely across much of the local area with lows dipping down into the 20's to near freezing.

Areas of light rain and drizzle are forecast to break out later tonight into tomorrow morning. Some of our northern locations such as northern Chaves and Lea Counties, and the Clovis and Portales areas, may even see some light snow and sleet. 

So we go from the mid to upper 90's yesterday to the 40's and 50's for tomorrow. WOW!

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