April 24, 2012 Model and high-based junk
We were not expecting much this day, and our expectations were met and not exceeded. The pattern was a little summer-like, with mid-level moisture over the high terrain of NM and spilling east a little over the Raton Mesa. Surface flow was upslope but was very dry. We were basically in killing-time mode, with the hope of maybe getting some lightning around sunset.
We left Raton and had lunch in Trinidad, then made the short drive to the (almost) ghost town of Model, CO, for some photography in the warm sunshine. There was a noisy dog there which took exception to our presence. We went back into Trinidad and headed east on 160 to Walt’s Corner and Branson. High-based cells produced a lot of virga, and little else, around Capulin and Branson.