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Easter Arrived Cold & Windy In NM This Year.

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Blog Updated @ 10:10 AM MDT.

For Sure This Is What The Easter Bunny Is Thinking In NE NM & SE Colorado This Morning.
Peak Wind Gusts Reported Last Night.


A strong southward moving cold front overspread the eastern and southeastern plains of New Mexico last night. Northerly winds gusted up to 45-60 mph along and behind the cold front. Blowing dust also plagued the area for awhile.
Reported Low Temperatures This Morning.




A much colder airmass overspread the state behind the cold front overnight. Single digit low temps have been recorded in northeastern New Mexico and the northern mountains thanks to this airmass and a fresh coating of snowfall.
Regional Visible Satellite Image Showing Snow Cover @ 9:15 AM MDT This Morning.
Peak Wind Gusts Last Night Courtesy Of NWS Albuquerque.
• 1 N Cannon Afb - 70 mph
 • 3 NNW Texico - 61 mph
 • 13 SE Tolar - 60 mph
 • 1 SSW Clovis - 57 mph
 • 2 NNW Portair - 55 mph
 • 4 WSW Agua Fria - 54 mph
 • 4 WSW Agua Fria - 54 mph
 • 9 ESE Mesita - 48 mph
 • 5 W Estanci…

A Limited Review Of Recent Historical High Wind Events & Dust Storms In SE NM.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 @ 3:29 PM MDT.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @ 3:17 PM MDT.
Thursday, March 24, 2016 @ 3:41 PM MDT.
High winds and blowing dust made for a couple of miserable days in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas this past Tuesday and Wednesday. Actually dust storms like these are fairly common and normal this time of the year and there is really nothing unusual about them. We've seen far worse dust storms in the years past with higher wind gusts. 
 I stopped at the New Mexico and Texas State line along US Hwy 62/180 and took the above photos. I was looking west at the Guadalupes 15 miles to my west. 
Peak wind gusts of 72 mph and 74 mph were recorded at the Bowl Raws (located north of Guadalupe Peak) and at Guadalupe Pass Wednesday. The blowing dust dropped our visibility down to around 3-7 miles Wednesday afternoon.Carlsbad recorded a peak gust of 62 mph out of the west at 2:35 PM MDT Wednesday afternoon.

A Limited Review Of Recent Historical High Wind Events & …

Strong Winds & Blowing Dust Go Away Today.

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9h 9 hours ago You've got 5' snowdrifts in Denver...we've got 5' tumbledrifts in Albuquerque. Courtesy: Evelyn Dow

Courtesy Of The Lubbock NWS FaceBook Page.
Peak Wind Gusts Reported Wednesday.



Thankfully today's weather will be much calmer with our afternoon highs a little cooler than yesterday's. Not to worry we warm back up into the 80's by Friday in SE NM with the mid to upper 80's on Saturday. Enjoy.
The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction!

Another Windy & Dusty Day In Store For NM!

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RTMA Temps @ 4 PM MDT Tuesday Afternoon.


Peak Wind Gusts Reported As Of 5 AM MDT This Morning.




Another windy day is on tap for southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. A High Wind Warning is in effect for Eddy County today for southwest to west winds sustained at 30-40 gusting to 60 mph. A High Wind Warning remains in effect for the Guadalupe Mtn's of Eddy and Culberson Counties for  west winds sustained at 35-55 gusting to 75 mph today into this evening. Most of the rest ofNew Mexicoremains under High Wind Warnings or Wind Advisories for today.

  Areas of blowing dust will likely reduce the visibility at times in many areas.Extremely Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions continue to plague the area as well so please refrain from any type of outdoor activity that involves the use of sparks or flames.

Additional Peak Wind Gusts Reported.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT SPOTTER REPORTS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EL PASO TX 1140 PM MDT TUE MAR 22 2016 THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF SIGNIFICANT WEATH…

Low Temps This Morning - Average Last Freeze Dates.

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RTMA Temperatures @ 7 AM MDT This Morning.

Reported Low Temperatures This Morning.






Low temperatures this morning the last day of the calendar winter were rather chilly. My low here at our home in northwest Carlsbadwas 37°F. Tonight's are forecast to be about five degrees or so lower than this mornings therefore its likely that most of us will see a freeze in the morning. 
Average Last Freeze Dates:
Farmington: May 18th Santa Fe: May 8th Albuquerque: April 14th Clovis: April 17th Roswell: April 12th Artesia: April 14th Carlsbad: April 3rd Hobbs: April 5th Alamogordo: April 3rd Ruidoso: June 3rd Cloudcroft: May 24th Elk: May 5th El Paso: March 18th
Given the recent late winter and early spring warmth many of us have been fooled into thinking that we've already experienced our last freeze of the season. Tonight's freeze might not be the last one of the season either.
Next Wind Storm Tuesday & Wednesday.
GFS 500 MB Forecast. Valid @ 6 AM MDT Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
GFS Surface Forecast…

Saturday's Peak Wind Gusts & High Temps.

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RTMA Temperatures @ 3 PM MST Saturday Afternoon.
High Temperatures Reported Saturday Afternoon.





Peak Wind Gusts Reported Saturday Afternoon.




Locally the highest reported wind gust Saturday afternoon was 78 mp recorded at the San Augustin Pass automated weather station located just east of Las Cruces, along US Hwy 70 in the Organ Mountains. Not far behind was the 69 mph gust clocked at the Bowl Raws located 1/2 of a mile north of Guadalupe Peak, and 66 mph recorded at Guadalupe Pass. Given that it is March yesterday wasn't so bad as far as the winds go...compared with some of our stronger blow downs in the past. Late yesterday afternoon and evening the skies became somewhat obscured with blowing dust.
The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction!

Of Course The Wind Is Gong To Howl Saturday - It Is March After All.

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All things considered this has been a rather tame start to our meteorological spring so far in New Mexico. March came in not like a lamb but like one that is asleep. Not that I or anyone that I know is complaining. How many of you "locals" remember the past March blowdowns when the wind seemingly never stopped from late February through June? I do and trust me I don't miss them.
Saturday Will Be Breezy To Windy!
NAM Surface Forecast. Valid @ 2 PM MST Saturday.
NAM 850 MB (5,000' Mean Sea Level/MSL) Forecast. Valid @ 2 PM MST Saturday.
NAM 700 MB (10,000' Mean Sea Level/MSL) Forecast. Valid @ 2 PM MST Saturday.
NAM 500 MB (18,000' Mean Sea Level/MSL) Forecast. Valid @ 2 PM MST Saturday.
A quick hitting and rather small closed upper level low located near San Francisco this afternoon will dive southeastward and swing across New Mexico Saturday. As the surface pressure gradient tightens up around a surface low which will be located in southeastern Colorado by ea…

Polar Jet Takes Our Storm Way South Into Mexico.

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Current Sentiments In New Mexico Concerning El Niño's Behavior For The Past 11/2 Months.
How Far South Will It Go?
18Z/11 AM MST GFS 250 MB/34,000' MSL Polar Jet Stream.
18Z/11 AM MST GFS 500 MB Analysis.
Well isn't that special? Mother Nature just did not want to play nice with New Mexico concerning this storm that has gone to Mexico on vacation. Its simply remarkable how far south that this cutoff upper level low has sunk. Its not often that you see the Polar Jet dig this far south into Mexico!
What a missed opportunity for us...sure would have been nice to see the state's mountains get clobbered with some of that heavy snow its laying down over the mountains of Mexico. Ski Apache seems to be the big winner locally concerning new snowfall. They picked up a whopping 1.5". Oh well next time.
So Where Did Our Rain Go?
24-Hour Rainfall Totals As Of 5 AM MST This Morning.
2-Day Rainfall Totals As Of 5 AM MST This Morning.
2-Day Rainfall Totals As Of 5 AM MST This Morn…

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