Continued Seasonably Hot - Best Chance For T-Storms Over The Mtns.
June 26th, 2019. Looking West Towards Washington Ranch Southwest Of Carlsbad, NM. High based thunderstorms are common in New Mexico in the spring and sometimes early summer. Meaning that these storms often have cloud bases that are some 10,000' to 15,000' above the surface. This occurs when the low levels of the atmosphere are relatively dry. The result is often light rainfall if it manages to fall to the ground. If not then you see a lot of virga as in my photo above. Virga is precipitation streaks that falls from the clouds but evaporates before it reaches the ground. Virga is a common sight in New Mexico. When Do The Summer Rains Begin? GFS 500 Millibar/18,000' MSL Height Analysis. Valid At Midnight Sunday, June 30th, 2019. GFS 500 Millibar/18,000' MSL Winds Analysis. Valid At Midnight Sunday, June 30th, 2019. Last nights upper air soundings and analysis shows a ridge of high pressure at the mid and upper levels of the atmosphe