An anomalous batch of cold air settled into the High Plains late last week, bring snow to Denver shortly after they saw triple digits. The cold air spread across the Front Range, and that included places as far south as the Mexican Border. The cold air hung on for a couple of days even in Las Cruces thanks to a cut off low in the region. The cooler forecasts prevailed on this forecast, which is not something you can say that often. Forecast.io nabbed the top forecast honors as the only outlet not to forecast precipitation on Thursday morning. Actuals: Thursday – High 64, Low 49 Friday – High 73, Low 56
I’ve seen a lot of the country through the years, and the blind spots to me are endlessly fascinating. Southern New Mexico is definitely one of those places for me.
At 1055PM, MT, Las Cruces was reporting overcast skies and a temperature of 51 degrees. A band of showers lay north of Las Cruces. A few showers were nearly certain o clip the city overnight, though it looked as though the bulk of the shower activity would remain north of town. A cut off trough centered in the northern portion of the Land of Enchantment is responsible for the shower activity, but is expected to be drawn towards the mean jet flow over the next couple of days. The threat for rain and cloud cover will peter through the day on Thursday as the jet trough shifts away from New Mexico. Even though rain will not remain in the forecast, Las Cruces’s position in the entrance region of the jet will allow for a freshness in the air, and a few layered clouds. Tomorrow – Clearing after some light rain early, High 66, Low 49 Friday – Partly cloudy, High 75, Low 51
TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. Slight chance of a rain shower High 71, Low 51 Friday – Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 82, Low 54
AW: Tomorrow – Pleasant with periods of clouds and sunshine (early showers) High 70, Low 51 Friday – Pleasant and warmer with sun and some clouds High 80, Low 55
NWS: Tomorrow – Isolated showers. Partly sunny, High 72, Low 52 Friday – Mostly sunny, High 81, Low 56
WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Isolated rain showers, High 65, Low 53 Friday – Partly cloudy, High 78, Low 57
WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy iwth isolated showers, High 72, Low 52 Friday – Partly cloudy, High 81, Low 52
FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 67, Low 49 Friday – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 76, Low 53
Well thank you, Forecast.io, for making my cooler forecast not seem so outlandish. I think some forecasts haven’t been updated recently, since some lows for Thursday aren’t as cold as the current temperatures. Here is the radar with showers streaming past Las Cruces.