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.
Not as chilly to start, but still cold. Through the afternoon we’ll see plenty of sunshine with warming temperatures. Highs today will peak in the 70s and even 80s. Over the next few days our temperatures will stay pretty comfortable with 50s in the mornings and 70s through the afternoon. Expect a few more clouds overhead by Friday and the weekend.
Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.
5. Today will be sunny with a high near 76.
4. Oil and gas executives are defending their use of fossil fuels in the Four Corners after an alarming study out by the the University of Michigan. The state environment department says it will now review the study. The study identifies the Four Corners area as a hot spot for methane gas in the U.S. due to to leaks in natural gas production and processing equipment.
3. A New Mexico principal is under investigation for how he allegedly disciplines and rewards his students. Michael Granado, the principal at Chaparral Elementary school in Santa Fe is under investigation by the school district for putting kids who misbehave into a naughty box, a taped off area of the cafeteria floor. According to The Santa Fe Reporter he rewards other students who do well with special taxi rides. A taxi ride would be a child sitting down in a rolling chair and being pushed down a hallway.
2. U.S. Marshals are looking for two men on their most wanted list who are connected to a homicide near the sandia ski area. They are Danny Trujillo, 32, and Ignacio Gallegos, 25. They’re wanted for the murder of Eloi Leyba, 26. Leyba’s body was found recently on Crest Road.
1. A second health care worker has tested positive for Ebola. The Texas health department says this latest victim also worked at the same hospital that treated Thomas Eric Duncan who died last week of Ebola. This makes two hospital workers that have tested positive for the disease. Nina Pham, a nurse who was diagnosed is doing better now.