Forecast Details for Ruidoso, NM

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Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind around 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 28. West wind around 10 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind around 10 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 30. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 55. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 57.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 34.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 52.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 50.
Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.
Thanksgiving Day: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 52.

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Weather Topic: What are Cirrus Clouds?

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Cirrus Clouds Next Topic: Condensation

Cirrus clouds are high-level clouds that occur above 20,000 feet and are composed mainly of ice crystals. They are thin and wispy in appearance.

What do they indicate?
They are often the first sign of an approaching storm.

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Weather Topic: What are Contrails?

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Contrails Next Topic: Cumulonimbus Clouds

A contrail is an artificial cloud, created by the passing of an aircraft.

Contrails form because water vapor in the exhaust of aircraft engines is suspended in the air under certain temperatures and humidity conditions. These contrails are called exhaust contrails.

Another type of contrail can form due to a temporary reduction in air pressure moving over the plane's surface, causing condensation. These are called aerodynamic contrails.

When you can see your breath on a cold day, it is also because of condensation. The reason contrails last longer than the condensation from your breath is because the water in contrails freezes into ice particles.

Next Topic: Cumulonimbus Clouds