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Very Windy & Dusty Today!

Blog updated at 2:35 PM MST.

Today.





Strong southwesterly-westerly winds are already howling to the west of us. As of 2:30 PM MST this afternoon some of the stronger wind gusts that already been recorded include-

WSMR - Salinas Peak (Sierra County) 107 mph
WSMR - Museum 83 mph
WSMR (EMRE) - NE of San Augustine Pass 79 mph
Sierra Blanca Regional Airport 74 mph
WSMR Main Post 70 mph

WSMR- Bldg 1830 69 mph
Artesia Airport AWOS 67 mph
Pine Springs - GNP 65 mph
San Augustine Pass - Organ Mtn's 63 mph
Guadalupe Pass ASOS 63 mph
Dunken Raws 60 mph

Bowl Raws - North Of Guadalupe Pk 59 mph
Tatum MesoNet 59 mph
2 SW Tatum 57 mph
Carlsbad Airport ASOS 56 mph
Dunken Raws 55 mph
Carlsbad - NMAQ 55 mph
Roswell Airport ASOS 53 mph
Hobbs Airport 53 mph
Caprock Raws 53 mph
Fort Stanton Raws 52 mph
Pinery Raws - Pine Springs 51 mph
Sacramento Peak - Sunspot 50 mph
Mescal Raws - Mescalero 50 mph

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Areas of dense fog covers parts of SE NM early this morning. At 6 AM MST the Roswell Airport ASOS was reporting a visibility of 1/4 of a mile in dense fog, the Artesia Airport AWOS was reporting fog with a visibility of 5 miles. This will clear out soon as the southwesterly wind machine roars to life after sunrise.

You are not going to like today's weather across the area. A widespread High Wind and Blowing Dust Event appears to be shaping up. Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions are also anticipated. Please see this Special Weather Briefing courtesy of the Albuquerque National Weather Service Office.

A High Wind Warning remains in effect for the Guadalupe Mountains through 8 PM MST this evening. Southwest-west winds are forecast to increase to 40-60G85 mph. Difficult driving conditions may occur due to these dangerously high crosswinds. Its possible that US Hwy 62/180 could be shut down through Guadalupe Pass due to these high winds.

A High Wind Warning remains in effect through 5 PM MST this afternoon for the southern Sacramento Mountains. Southwest-west winds are forecast to increase to 35-45G60+ mph today. Difficult driving conditions may occur due to these dangerously high crosswinds.

A High Wind Warning remains in effect for Lincoln and southwest Chaves Counties, as well as across the central mountains and the eastern plains of the state through 6 PM MST today. Southwest-west winds are forecast to increase to 30-45G60+ mph, with some locations seeing gusts possibly as high as 70 mph. Difficult driving conditions may occur due to these dangerously high crosswinds.

A Wind Advisory is in effect for Chaves County today through 5 PM MST. Southwest-west winds are forecast to increase to 25-35G50 mph. Difficult driving conditions may occur due to these dangerously high crosswinds.

A Wind Advisory will be in effect for Eddy/Lea/Culberson Counties from 8 AM MST this morning through 5 PM MST. Southwest-west winds are forecast to increase to 30-40G55 mph. Difficult driving conditions may occur due to these dangerously high crosswinds.

Damaging wind gusts will be possible across some areas today. This will be especially true in those areas that experience wind gusts in excess of 60 mph. High winds may damage some roofs, barns, and small sheds. Small trees and tree branches may be blown down. Power lines and other cables could be brought down by the high winds. Some irrigation sprinkler systems may be blown away if not properly tied down and full of water. Some west facing windows may be blown out in the higher gusts. Its possible that some vehicles could also be blown over in the dangerous cross winds on north-south facing highways.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for most of the area for tomorrow. Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions are anticipated tomorrow, so please refrain from any type of outdoor activity that involves the use of sparks or flame. Please do not toss your cigarettes out of your vehicles while driving down our local roadways. Please do not drive your vehicles off of well maintained roadways, the hot catalytic converters can easily start a fire when coming into contact with the very dry grasses and brush. Please no outside burning of any kind. Any accidental fire that should start will have the potential to rapidly spread and grow in the high winds and extremely dry conditions.

Widespread areas of blowing dust are forecast to develop across the area tomorrow. Visibilities are expected to drop below one mile in many areas at times. Sudden drops in the visibility down to near zero with little to no advanced warning will also be possible in some places. This will be especially true over and near freshly plowed and exposed farmlands, fields, lots, and construction sites. Blinding clouds of dust will suddenly whip across the roadways in and near these areas making for potentially extremely hazardous travel conditions. Some local roadways may be shut down due to the high winds and the blowing dust on Tuesday.

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