Dust So Thick It Obscured The Sun.

Dust So Thick In SE NM Yesterday It Obscures The Sun.

The light brown is blowing dust across southern and southeastern New Mexico, northern Mexico, as well as parts of west Texas. Notice the plume of sand streaming northeastward from White Sands across the Sacramento mountains.

Peak Wind Gusts Reported Tuesday.

Blog updated at 7:50 AM MDT.

View additional peak wind gusts courtesy of the El Paso NWS Office.

Thick clouds of blowing dust obscured our skies, cut our local visibilities to less than 2 miles, and obliterated the setting sun yesterday across southeastern New Mexico and nearby areas. Our first forest fire of the season broke out yesterday as well-

Lincoln National Forest – New Fire: Curtis – 4/17/13 – 2359 Update

Fire Name:  Curtis
Incident Commander:  Caleb Finch, USFS
Date and Time Detected: 4/17/13 - 1528 hours
Jurisdiction:  Lincoln National Forest and State Land
Location:  2 1/2 miles southwest of Mayhill, NM, near Curtis Canyon Dam, north of Highway 130
Current Size:  200 acres
Containment:  10%.

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