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Extremely Critically Dangerous Fire Wx Conditions Today!

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Valid Mon Mar 7, 2011.

Update At 5 PM MST Mon Mar 7, 2011-

Peak Wind Gusts Reported As Of 5 PM MST-

San Augustin Pass - Organ Mtn's 92 mph
Guadalupe Pass 82 mph
1 Mile SE Silver City 72 mph
White Sands Museum 71 mph
Northeast El Paso 70 mph
Bowl Raws - N Of Guadalupe Pk 68 mph
El Paso Arpt 66 mph
Sierra Blanca Regional Arpt 63 mph
Apache Point 63 mph
Pinery Raws - Pine Springs 60 mph
Sacramento Pk 60 mph
High Roll CW5738 59 mph
Bat Draw Raws - Carlsbad Caverns 55 mph
Cosmic Raws - Sunspot 55 mph
Dunken Raws 54 mph
Carlsbad Arpt 52 mph
Artesia Arpt 47 mph

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MesoWest Weather
El Paso NWS Office
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Updated At 7:00 MST Monday Mar 7, 2011.

Potentially Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions Today & Tue!
High Winds-Blowing Dust Today & Tue!

Continues In Effect Through 8 PM MST Tue.
SW-W Winds 40-55G75 MPH!
Blowing Dust Advisory Tue!

SW-W Winds 25-40G50-55 MPH!

Blowing Dust Advisory Tuesday!
Areas Of Blowing Dust Will Reduce
The Visibility Down To Less Than
One Mile At Times In The More
Dust Prone Areas!

Extremely Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions!
Potentially Dangerous Wind Driven Fires Possible!
Please Avoid Any Type Of Outdoor Activity
That Involves The Use Of Sparks Or Flames!

Special Weather Briefing From NWS Albuquerque.

Special Weather Briefing From NWS El Paso.

Updated At 7:00 MST Monday Mar 7, 2011.

Round two of Potentially Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions, High Winds, and Blowing Dust starts today. A strong upper-level late winter storm will dive southeastward into the Desert Southwest today into Tuesday. The upper-level low is now forecast by the models to swing across northern New Mexico on Tuesday.

A 130-160 knot/150-185 mph Polar Jet Stream Wind speed maximum will plow eastward across the area today into tomorrow. Mid-level winds at the mountain top level (700 MB/10,000' MSL) are forecast to be in the neighborhood of 50-60 knots/58-69 mph today into tomorrow.

A deep surface low will be located across the Texas Panhandle today and tomorrow, with a strong pressure gradient over the eastern plains of New Mexico. A Dry Pacific Cold Front will extend southwestward from the surface low, into southwestern New Mexico, and will sweep eastward out of the state tomorrow.

High temperatures across the local area today will range from the low-upper 80's across SE NM. It will be about ten degrees cooler on Tuesday behind the Cold Front with readings in the low-upper 70's. Wednesday will be the coolest day of the week with highs in the upper 60's to near 70. Our low temperatures will once again dip down to near freezing Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Peak Winds As Of 7 AM MST This Morning-

Bowl Raws located near Guadalupe Peak 68 mph
Guadalupe Pass 54 mph
Pinery Raws in Pine Springs 52 mph

Southwesterly winds will pick up later this morning and strengthen this afternoon. These dry winds should gust up into the neighborhood of 50-55 mph across the lower elevations of southern and southeastern New Mexico today and tomorrow. Southwesterly to westerly winds are forecast to gust up to around 75 mph across the Guadalupe Mountains.

Extremely Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions are forecast for today into Tuesday across the area. There will be the potential for wind driven fires across SE NM and parts of W TX today into tomorrow! Any fire that may develop will have the ability to rapidly spread and grow in the high winds and extremely dry conditions. The public is strongly urged to refrain from any type of outdoor activity that involves the use of sparks or flame.

We are facing two rather ugly days weather-wise here in southeastern New Mexico and surrounding areas. I am hoping that we will not see large wind driven wildfires break out today into tomorrow. We desperately need a good soaking rain but that isn't going to happen any time soon.

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