Friday, May 06, 2022

Windy Dry Weekend

View of the Catalinas from campus at 8:45 am MST this morning, showing only a bit of cirrus over head. Our rain-free period is now approaching 40 days, and conditions are very dry.

The NWS Forecast Office has issued a Fire Weather Watch (see current hazards map below) for Sunday, as winds are expected to become strong and gusty over the weekend. Several large wildfires are currently burning in New Mexico - see  for more detailed information.

Plumes above are for wind speeds from the 06 UTC runs of the GEFS, while below is the 12 UTC WRF-RR forecast for 10-m winds at 4:00 pm on Sunday (note that 24 kt is 28 mph). Second below (from GEFS) shows forecast for relative humidly for the coming week - note the RH values of only 5 to 10 percent during the afternoons.

Winds, dust, and pollen are making things quite miserable for those of us with allergies!

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