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Meteorological Data


Meteorology domain map of New Mexico

The files in this section are used as input data for the AERMOD air quality modeling program.

All of the files in this section come in “ZIP” format. These files must first be downloaded to your system and the unzipped using any commercially available software utilities before they can be used as input to dispersion modeling programs. Please contact modeling staff for more information (/aqb/AQB-Contacts.html).

To access the files, scroll down to the table below.

Ozone data is for use in Ozone Limiting Model (OLM) or Plume Volume Molar Ratio Method (PVMRM) for calculating nitrogen dioxide concentrations.

Most of the data sets on our web site use an albedo of 0.3, a Bowen Ratio of 6.0, and a surface roughness of 0.15. It has been shown that albedo and Bowen Ratio have little effect on model results except at their extremes. The surface roughness has been chosen to match the land cover at most of our rural locations in the state (basically piñon/juniper or mesquite bush and cactus). We have no sites located in the Ponderosa pines and virtually no urban sites except in Albuquerque. The City of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County is a separate air quality program with different requirements than NMED.

Farmington and NSGS met data may differ from the values listed below.

Table of Meteorological Files

Location Name Year Elevation Windrose1
(Nearest area) (of met station)   (meters) (annual, latest)
Alamogordo Holloman Air Force Base 1995 1243
Albuquerque Albuquerque International Airport

2001-2005

1620
Amarillo Amarillo 1991 1098
Artesia Artesia Airport (Note that 2014 is missing ~30% of data and 2015 is missing ~6%) 2011-2015 1080
Bernalillo Bernalillo 1997 1540
Carlsbad Carlsbad 2015 1004
Clovis Clovis 2001-2005 1283
Deming Deming 2001 1312
El Paso El Paso International Airport 1985 1195
Four Corners Bloomfield 1997 1713
Four Corners Bloomfield (Missing data replaced with 4-Corners Airport data) 2013-2015 1713
Four Corners Shiprock – San Juan Gen Stn 1993-1994 1625
Four Corners Val Verde (ozone file) 1993 1705
Four Corners Farmington 2006-2010 1675
Gallup Gallup 1987-1991 1970
Hobbs Hobbs (Use for eastern NM) (ozone file 2008-2012) 2013- 2015 1110
Las Cruces Holman Road – East Mesa of Las Cruces (ozone file) 1997 1362
Los Alamos Los Alamos 2008 2262

Rio Rancho Intel Corporation, Rio Rancho 1993 1595
Santa Fe Santa Fe – State Police Academy 1996-1999 1978
Four Corners Substation (Missing data replaced with 4-Corners Airport data) 2013-2015 1643
Sunland Park Desert View Elementary School 2012-2016  1176
Sunland Park Sunland Park City Yard 1995-1999 1146
Sunland Park Sunland Pk – El Paso Elec Rio Grande 2005 1135

1 Winds are direction blowing from.

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