Hot - Dry - Windy - Dusty Weather Today & Thursday!

Blog updated at 6:20 PM MDT.

GRLevel2-AE (Analysist) Radar Snapshot Of The 
Whitewater/Baldy Fires At 12:23 PM MDT.

At 10:51 AM MDT this morning the Roswell, New Mexico
Airport (KROW) was reporting a surface visibility of 21/2
miles, overcast skies, and a ceiling (the base of the smoke)
of 3,000' AGL.

Smokey Sunrise In Carlsbad, New Mexico This Morning.

Smoke from the Whitewater Fire near Glenwood, NM located in the Gila Mountains, drifted east and southeast and into southeastern New Mexico overnight. This smoke produced our hazy skies and beautiful sunrise this morning. The sun is yellow in the photo but was blood red as it rose over the horizon.

Map Is Courtesy Of The Albuquerque NWS Office.

Map Is Courtesy Of The El Paso NWS Office.

A High Wind Warning has been issued for the Guadalupe Mountains today, and will be in effect from noon today through 6 PM MDT Thursday. Southwesterly winds are forecast to increase today to sustained speeds of 30 - 50 mph with gusts near 70 mph.

A Wind Advisory will be in effect for Eddy County today into tomorrow morning (noon through 6 AM MDT Thursday). Southwesterly winds are forecast to increase to 30 - 40 mph with gusts up to near 55 mph.

A Wind Advisory has also been issued for the northern Sacramento Mountains for today for southwesterly winds sustained at around 25 - 35 mph with gusts up to near 55 mph. A Wind Advisory has also been issued for the southern Sacramento Mountains for today for southwesterly winds sustained at around 25 - 35 mph with gusts of up to around 50 mph.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for southeastern New Mexico today for Extremely To Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions! When you combine today's high winds, the continued drought conditions, single digit relative humidity values, and high temperatures at or over 100-degrees, then the fire danger across the local area today will be extreme! Any wildland, forest, or grass fire that may accidentally get started, will have the ability to rapidly spread and grow in these conditions. Please refrain from any type of outdoor activity that involves the use of sparks or flame! A Fire Weather Watch remains in effect for the area on Thursday.

Today has the potential to become one of those windy and dusty days that we all regret seeing from time to time. Not to mention that our skies are filled with smoke from the Whitewater Fire in that is ongoing in southwestern New Mexico. Combine this with our afternoon forecast high temperatures of 100 - 102 and you get an ugly day weather-wise. Tomorrow will not be much better either with similar conditions forecast. Do you miss the rain and cool weather from a couple of week ago yet? I do!

Areas of blowing dust may also develop by this afternoon. Localized areas of blowing dust may restrict the visibility down to less than a mile at times during the stronger wind gusts. This will be especially true over and near open or freshly plowed farmland, fields, lots and construction sites. Please be especially cautious when driving our local highways today if you encounter some of these normally dust prone areas.

Our temperatures will drop down a few degrees into the 90's for the upcoming holiday weekend. There still remains the possibility of the dryline lighting up with scattered thunderstorms across SE this weekend. Its possible that some of these could become severe.

Daily Record High Temperatures For Wednesday, May 23rd-

Roswell ThreadEx 106 in 2000
Artesia Climate 103 in 1996 & earlier years
Carlsbad Climate 102 in 1953
Carlsbad Airport 109 in 2000
Hobbs Climate 104 in 2005 & earlier years
Tatum Climate 101 in 1953

All-Time High Temperatures For May-

Roswell ThreadEx 107 5-24-2000 & 5-30-1896
Artesia Climate 106 5-25-2000, 5-21-1996, 5-20-1996, 5-24-1989
Carlsbad Climate 109 5-25-2000
Carlsbad Airport 110 5-24-2000
Hobbs Climate 107 5-24-2000, 5-31-1998, 5-30-1998, 5-30-1951
Tatum Climate 107 5-25-2000

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