High Based T-Storms Produce Blowing Dust.
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Looking East From C-Hill, At A High Based Dry T-Storm
East Of Carlsbad, NM. Dry Microburst In Progress With
Blowing Dust Spreading Westward Towards The City.
Pockets Of Blowing Dust Being Driven By The Virga Bombs.
Virga is Rain That Falls From The Cloud Base, But Evaporates
Before It Reaches The Ground.
The Dust Whirl To The Right Is Not A Tornado.
T-Storm Bases Were Around 11,000' AGL.
Blowing Dust To The Right Spreading Westward.
From The West Side Of C-Hill Looking To The Northwest.
Looking At Happy Valley From The West Side Of C-Hill.
Trails Of Virga To The West Over The Foothills
Scattered high based, dry t-storms formed ahead of, and along a cold front as it moved southward into SE NM yesterday afternoon and evening. There were several reports of tornadoes in the Roswell area yesterday afternoon from the public. To my knowledge tornadoes did not touch down. Dry microbursts were developing with most of these t-storms, and were producing pockets of blowing dust. Strong gusty northerly winds also accompanied the frontal passage around sunset.
Peak Winds Reported Yesterday Afternoon
Roswell Airport ASOS 59 mph at 4:20 PM MDT
Sacramento Pk - Sunspot 50 mph
High Roll CW5738 48 mph
Guadalupe Pass 48 mph
Carlsbad Airport ASOS 44 mph
Caprock Raws 43 mph
Mescal Raws - Mescalero 42 mph
Cannon AFB Near Clovis 40 mph
NW Hobbs - KM5BS 40 mph
2 SW Tatum 39 mph
Bat Draw Raws - Carlsbad Caverns 39 mph
Artesia Airport 36 mph
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