Forecast Details for Ruidoso, NM

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Current Alerts for Ruidoso, NM: Flash Flood Watch
This Afternoon: Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Temperature falling to around 68 by 3pm. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Monday: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 72. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Monday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tuesday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Wednesday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 75.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.
Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.
Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

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Weather Topic: What is Precipitation?

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Precipitation can refer to many different forms of water that may fall from clouds. Precipitation occurs after a cloud has become saturated to the point where its water particles are more dense than the air below the cloud.

In most cases, precipitation will reach the ground, but it is not uncommon for precipitation to evaporate before it reaches the earth's surface. When precipitation evaporates before it contacts the ground it is called Virga. Graupel, hail, sleet, rain, drizzle, and snow are forms of precipitation, but fog and mist are not considered precipitation because the water vapor which constitutes them isn't dense enough to fall to the ground.

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Weather Topic: What are Shelf Clouds?

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A shelf cloud is similar to a wall cloud, but forms at the front of a storm cloud, instead of at the rear, where wall clouds form.

A shelf cloud is caused by a series of events set into motion by the advancing storm; first, cool air settles along the ground where precipitation has just fallen. As the cool air is brought in, the warmer air is displaced, and rises above it, because it is less dense. When the warmer air reaches the bottom of the storm cloud, it begins to cool again, and the resulting condensation is a visible shelf cloud.

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