NM Wx Theme Today - High Winds/Blowing Dust/Extremely Critically Dangerous Fire Wx Conditions.

Brownout Conditions Today.

Weather Theme For Today - High Winds & Blowing Dust & Extremely Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions!

Most Of NM & W TX Under High Wind Warnings Today.

Local NWS Outlooks For Today.

High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories cover all of the region today. Southwesterly winds are forecast to increase later this morning becoming sustained at around 30 to 50 mph with gusts to 55 to 65 mph across the lower elevations. Its possible that a few locations could see even stronger gusts.

These wind gusts will be capable of damage to some trees and tree limbs, power lines, and other utility lines. Roof damage may occur in a few places. Some west facing windows could be blown out if the gusts do in fact reach or exceed 65 mph. Small sheds and outbuildings could be blown down. Agriculture sprinklers may be blown over or away if not properly anchored down.

Southwesterly winds are forecast to increase to sustained speeds of 40 to 65 mph with gusts to near 80 mph this afternoon in the Guadalupe Mountains. Travel through the Guadalupe Mountains will become dangerous today due to the high winds. This will be especially true in the Guadalupe Pass area. Vehicles will be subjected to possibly being blown over and blown off of the highways.

Blowing dust will become widespread this afternoon and early evening. The visibility in most areas could drop down to around  1 to 3  miles or less at times during the higher gusts. Those locations near freshly plowed farmlands, fields and open lots could, and likely will see sudden drops in the visibility down to zero with little to no advanced warning at times. This will create blinding brownouts from the localized dust storms that may make travel on some of our local roadways extremely dangerous. Remember the area has a history of this occurring, sometimes with tragic results including the loss of life during multi-vehicle pileups. 

For the latest up to date Watches, Warnings, and Special Weather Statements concerning this spring-like high wind event please click on the links below:

Red Flag Warnings are in effect for the area today due to the Extremely Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions that exist. Remember that we already have one forest fire burning on the north side of  the Capitan Mountains (Seven Cabins Fire). Any additional rangeland, forest, or grassland fires that may develop today in the high winds will have the ability to rapidly spread and grow. Please refrain from any type of outdoor activity that involves the use of sparks or flame!

Unseasonably Warm Today - Cooler Wednesday.

Valid @ 5 PM MST This Afternoon.


Today's highs are forecast to be in the 70's and 80's which will be some 7 to 10 degrees above normal across the southeastern plains.


A Pacific cold front will sweep eastward across New Mexico today into this evening. Cooler air will overspread the area behind the front with our highs on Wednesday forecast to be in the 60's. These temps will be some 5 degrees below normal. 

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