Hot - Windy - Dusty Day!
Monday was hot indeed. Here at our home in northwest Carlsbad, I recorded a high temp of 94ºF. The Carlsbad Airport reached 92ºF, Roswell and Artesia Airports 91ºF, and Hobbs 86ºF.
Today's high temps will be similar to yesterday's. A weak Pacific cold front will sweep eastward across New Mexico tonight dropping our temperatures back down into the 80's for the rest of the week.
High Wind Warnings are out for the Guadalupe mountains and Wind Advisories are in effect for the Southeastern Plains and parts of southern New Mexico and West Texas.
West winds are forecast to gust up to around 75 mph in the Guadalupe mountains today. West winds are forecast to gust up to around 50 mph across the lower elevations of the area today.
Blowing Dust & Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions!
Blast furnace weather this afternoon as temps climb up into the 90's, west winds gusting up to around 50 mph, and blowing dust occurs. Localized drops in the visibility down to around zero will occur with the strongest wind gusts this afternoon. Especially near our normally dust-prone locations such as freshly plowed or exposed farmland, fields, open lots, and highway construction sites. Widespread blowing may reduce the visibility below 3-5 miles areawide this afternoon and early evening.
Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions will also be prevalent today. Any wildland, grassland, range, or forest fire will have the ability to rapidly spread and grow in the extreme drought conditions, high temps, single-digit relative humidities, and 50 mph west winds. Please avoid any outdoor activity that involves the use of sparks or flame.
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