Balloon Fiesta Weather, October Chill, Soggy Weather Ahead and Viewer Submitted Photos
Monday, October 8th, 2012
Sounds like the kickoff weekend for The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was great! The Fiesta runs from October 6th to the 14th, so if you’re planning on heading out to lift off, check the extended forecast below:
Albuquerque, NM Extended Forecast
Other than being a bit breeze at times, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday should be rather quiet. Thursday and Friday brings a chance of scattered showers as an upper level low pressure system slowly slides east into the Four Corners Region.
Albuquerque Box Effect
Albuquerque is a pretty unique spot for this type of event because of a local weather effect called the “Albuquerque Box” effect! Wind circulate around the park at different levels in the atmosphere, so the balloons never leave the park vicinity!
Rain on the Way…
Take a look at the upper level 500mb vorticity forecast map below. This is a slow moving storm in the upper levels of the atmosphere that will eventually bring scattered rain/thunder to parts of the Desert Southwest through midweek. This is also the same storm that looks to bring warmer weather, much needed rain and possibly even thunderstorm to the middle part of the country by late week/weekend.
The upper level low pressure system mentioned above will be responsible for scattered rain showers that may add up to 1″ or more in a few spots.
Feeling Like Late Fall
Our first real cold front October spread throughout a wide area of the nation this last weekend. Temperatures were nearly 10° to 20°+ degrees cooler than average in some spots and cold enough for some wintry weather. The images below were sent in by viewers/readers like yourself…
Frosty Sunday Start in Minneapolis, MN: Susan Marmot
Frosted Trees in Gem Lake, CO: Kayla Becker
Making Snow at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado
Making Snow at Loveland Ski Area in Colorado
NWS Burlington, VT: Killington, VT Monday morning
Mount Washington Observatory: Nearly 4″ of snow on the summit Monday morning
Snow capped hills in Whiteface Mountain in NY
Thanks to Migizi Gitchugumi for this picture out of Bayfield, WI.
“As expected, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field on Oct. 8th at approximately 0500 UT. The impact sparked a moderate (Kp=6) geomagnetic storm and Northern Lights in the USA as far south as Kansas, Utah and Colorado.”
Thanks for checking in on this Monday, have a great rest of your week!
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