A mild start to the day will be followed by another warm afternoon, for most. A weak front will move into NE New Mexico and will bring some cooler temperatures. Elsewhere, it will be very mild. Mostly sunny to partly cloudy with highs in the 70s and 80s. Also, winds will turn breezy this afternoon. By the weekend, our next storm system will bring the chance for rain back into the forecast. Late Sunday into next week is where we’ll see the most favorable set-up for rain and storms.
Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.
5.The city of Albuquerque is now accepting applications for a new citizen board to “police the police. It’s part of an effort to reform the Albuquerque Police Department as recommended by the DOJ. The group will have a lot more power than the prior police oversight commission.
4. Parents at one elementary school are outraged. They want to know why kids were found in a classroom with their mouths duct-taped shut. The principal at Alcalde Elementary near Espanola says it was not the teacher who did this. The school says it was a student who had an idea to get the class to quiet down and thought it would be funny to tape their mouths shut. The principal is meeting with parents to answer all questions.
3. The ABQ Biopark Zoo is still investigating the sudden death of on of its Tasmanian Devils. We told you yesterday how it was found dead with a skull fracture. Now the zoo is worried plans to expand the exhibit may be in jeopardy. The train that takes people between the zoo and the aquarium could also be on the chopping block. The master plan being sent to city councilors calls for the train to be replaced with a faster shuttle.
2. Albuquerque police are blocking the area near 3rd and Silver in Downtown. That’s an area near a night club where police have been out there for several hours. Police have confirmed they are investigation a shooting. There is a lot of police activity in that area at this time. Your best bet is to avoid it and take an alternate route. We’ll monitor the traffic situation and keep you updated with any new information that we get.
1. Sunny start to the weekend.
Clouds will increase across the state from west to east during the day tomorrow. Not only will we see clouds increase but will also see a cold front punch and northeastern New Mexico knocking down temperatures and kicking up winds a bit. A week storm system will approach as well and that storm system could well touch off a few showers on Saturday. I wouldn’t expect widespread rain but we could see scattered showers through the weekend and then things get far more interesting for the beginning of next week.
The storm track will move down into New Mexico Monday through Wednesday next week. Two separate storms will drop down into the state expanding the chance for rain Monday through the midweek time period. Below is a look at what the Canadian model thinks we will see you by midweek. As you can tell widespread rain a a real possibility.
Time for the five facts you need to know before you go this morning.
5. Fewer peanuts will be harvested in New Mexico this season. Federal officials say it’s thanks to a salmonella outbreak a couple years ago. The decrease is due to the Portales peanut-processing plant that shut down. A Canadian company bought the Sunland Peanut Plant in Portales. It’s not up and running yet, so there were no contracts this year to grow the Valencia peanuts.
4. Today will be partly cloudy and warm.
3. The race for State Auditor here in New Mexico is getting national attention. Democrat Tim Keller released this campaign ad yesterday and it references Breaking Bad. His opponent, Republican Robert Aragon, calls the charges in the ads half-truths. He says using a Breaking Bad reference he is implying he is a criminal.
2. A graphic sign about an adult issue is up near a school and it has parents upset. It’s an anti-abortion sign and the group behind isn’t apologizing. The sign, put up by ABQ protest, shows pictures of a late-term abortion. It’s up outside the only late-term abortion clinic in Albuquerque, but that’s four blocks from Longfellow Elementary. The city told us it’s free speech and there’s nothing it can do about it.
1. Bernalillo County Sheriff Deputies arrest a man who they say used a spy camera app to take inappropriate pictures of young girls. Now detectives are worried there could be more victims out there. Deputies arrested 35-year-old Chris Armijo on Tuesday. Investigators say Armijo was using apps called Spy Cam and Gotcha to take pictures of girls without them knowing. He’s being held on $30,000 cash or surety.
A mix of high clouds and sunshine was the rule today across all of New Mexico with warm temps as well with highs topping out in the 70s. We’re looking at a similar setup for Thursday with partly to mostly sunny skies and temperatures back into the 70s and in some cases out east the 80s. As we head toward the weekend we will see a weak whether disturbance work its way into the state. The storm could touch off some scattered showers but overall lacks the punch necessary for big time and widespread rain.
More significant changes arrive next week as deeper troughs take aim on the state. A series of storms will carve out cold air and a chance for valley rain and mountain snow across the state. Below is a look at the next 7 to 10 days of projected accumulated precipitation. As you can see in pockets we could do pretty well for rain and mountain snow.