Windy & Dusty Today Into Tonight.
My Davis Vantage Pro2 Home Weather Station reached 90º for the first time this year yesterday afternoon. This is the first 90º reading since September 29th last fall.
Spring has sprung and right on cue, strong southwesterly winds are forecast to rake the state today. Locally southwesterly winds are forecast to increase to sustained speeds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 50 to 60 mph.
Across the Guadalupe Mountains of Southeastern New Mexico and West Texas these winds are forecast to become sustained at around 40 to 50 mph with gusts near 65 mph.
Similar speeds and gusts are forecast for the Sacramento and Capitan Mountains.
Local areas of blowing dust may develop this afternoon into tonight. Sudden drops in the visibility down to near zero will be possible. Especially in normally dust prone areas such as freshly plowed or exposed/open farmlands and fields, construction sites, and open lots.
Highs today are forecast to be in the upper 70's to near 80 today across the Southeastern Plains and parts of West Texas. Highs in the Sacramento Mountains are forecast to be in the 40's and 50's with the 60's in the Guadalupe's.
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