John Smith

High Fire Danger Today

April 23rd, 2014 at 11:03 am by under Weather

As a storm passes north today, winds will pick up. The state will also dry out. This will lead to critical fire weather conditions today. Red Flag Warnings have been posted for the entire state, with the exception of the northwest and Northern Mountains. Winds will gust up to 35 mph in Albuquerque this afternoon.

Winds come down some for Thursday as the storm exits well to our north and east. However, another storm will approach Friday, keeping winds breezy. The workweek also ends on the warm side with temperatures near or just above normal for this time of year.

A storm crosses New Mexico this weekend. There will be better chances of showers with this storm, especially across the north. However, the big story will once again be the wind. Gusts could exceed 50 mph over the weekend. In addition, cooler air will filter in for Sunday, dropping temperatures as much as 10° – 15° below average. Combined with the wind, expect a rather blustery day.

Winds decrease early next week as the storm pulls away. Temperatures quickly rebound as well, especially by Tuesday of next week.

Red Flag Warnings as of 11:00am Wednesday morning.

Red Flag Warnings as of 11:00am Wednesday morning.


Fire Concerns This Week

April 22nd, 2014 at 11:06 am by under Weather

Winds pick up this afternoon as a warm southwesterly flow sets up. Afternoon highs will be well above normal as temperatures reach the mid 80s in the metro. A few storms will be possible over the higher terrain. However, there is less moisture to work with than yesterday, so dry lightning will be a concern. Combine that with the wind and warm temperatures, fire concerns will be rather high today. Red flag warnings are up for the northern half of the state, with the exception of the Northern Mountains.

Winds continue Wednesday as a storm system passes well to the north. On the back end of this storm, temperatures will cool as much as 10° for Wednesday. This will pull temperatures back to near average for this time of year. Thursday and Friday will be much quieter with more sunshine and less wind.

Another storm moves toward the state for the weekend. This storm will dive much farther south and pass through New Mexico. This will mean better chances of showers and storms across much more of the state. Temperatures will also cool again for Sunday.

Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches as of Tuesday at 11:00am.

Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches as of Tuesday at 11:00am.


A Few Showers Today

April 21st, 2014 at 12:12 pm by under Weather

Today will feature a mix of sun and clouds a few afternoon storms. Moisture left over from the weekend and lift over the higher terrain will produce some storms. A few more storms could pop up across the east with sufficient moisture in place.

Temperatures continue to warm up through Tuesday. Then a storm system moves north of the state Wednesday into Thursday. This will boost up the winds across much of the state and give the far northern part of New Mexico a chance at a few more showers and storms.

Winds relax Friday as the storm system exits, but another moves in over the weekend. This storm system will drop farther south giving more of the state a shot a showers and storms late Saturday into Sunday. Temps will also drop on the back end of this storm for Sunday.

Clouds bubbling over the Sandia Mountains Monday morning. Even more moisture over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains led to showers there.

Clouds bubbling over the Sandia Mountains Monday morning. Even more moisture over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains led to showers there.


Showers for the Holiday Weekend

April 18th, 2014 at 5:07 am by under Weather

Today will feature a few more clouds as a storm system approaches New Mexico. The southwesterly flow ahead of the storm will warm temperatures and boost winds for the afternoon as well.

Spot showers and storms will form over the western high terrain late today. Then as the storm crosses the state, those showers will expand across much of the state. Though the entire state will have the opportunity to get rain, no one location will see an all day rain event.

The storm quickly moves out early Sunday. A few lingering showers will be possible early in the day Sunday, but most of Easter Sunday will be dry. The state continues to dry out as temperatures warm up into early next week.

Albuquerque forecast for Friday.

Albuquerque forecast for Friday.


Nice End to the Week

April 17th, 2014 at 4:45 am by under Weather

The weather will be much quieter today after seeing some fresh snow across the north last night. Expect a warm and sunny afternoon with very little wind! Friday will be warmer, but the winds will return for the afternoon.

Spot showers will also develop Friday afternoon across the western high terrain as our next storm closes in. The best chance of showers across the state will come Saturday into early Sunday morning. As the storm departs, expect fewer storms in the afternoon with the higher terrain favored once again.

A warm southwesterly flow sets up for the start of next week. Afternoon highs in Albuquerque will soar to the upper 70s to near 80°. Winds will pick up for the start of next week as well.

Albuquerque forecast for Thursday.

Albuquerque forecast for Thursday.