Windy With Areas Of Blowing Dust.


Peak Wind Gusts On Monday-

Sierra Blanca Regional Airport 70 mph
San Augustin Pass - E of Las Cruces 68 mph
Dunken Raws 54 mph
Bowl Raws - N of Guadalupe Pk 53 mph
Pinery Raws - Pine Springs 51 mph
Smokey Bear Raws - Near Ruidoso 49 mph
8-Mile Draw Raws 46 mph
Roswell Airport 46 mph
2 SW Tatum 42 mph
Mescal Raws - Near Mescalero 40 mph

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Valid Until 6 PM MDT Today
SW Winds 35-45G65 mph.

Lincoln-Chaves-Eddy-Lea Counties
Valid Until 7 PM MDT Today
SW Winds 25-40G55 mph 
Areas Of Blowing Dust May 
Reduce The Visibility Down
To Less Than 1/2 A Mile. 

Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions
Potential For Wind Driven Fires

At sunrise this morning an upper-level trough of low pressure was easing into western New Mexico. This trough will continue to move eastward today across the state. A deep surface low was located in southeastern Colorado and western Kansas. A dry Pacific Cold Front will sweep across New Mexico today from west to east. 

Strong southwesterly winds kept our overnight low temperatures up last night across southeastern New Mexico. Most reporting stations were reporting temperatures in the 50's and 60's at sunrise this morning. Most of us should see our afternoon highs in the low 80's.

Another windy and dusty day in in store for us. Areas of blowing dust may reduce the visibility down to less than one half of a mile in the normally dust prone areas. This will be especially true near open or freshly plowed farmland, fields, lots, and construction sites. Southwesterly winds are forecast to gust up to 50-55 mph across the southeastern plains today.

A dangerous fire weather setup will exist across the area today. Strong southwesterly winds will have the potential to promote the rapid growth and spread of any fire that should break out. Please refrain from any type of outdoor activity that involves the use of sparks of flame.

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Critical to Extreme fire weather conditions are expected today! Please be smart and try to avoid outdoor burning and starting campfires this Memorial Day weekend. Any new fire starts will spread rapidly. It is extremely important today to follow safety protocols and regulations issued by local authorities, including any evacuation orders. Outdoor burning is highly discouraged and potentially illegal and very dangerous. Your neighbors lives and livelihood may be affected by your actions.

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