Thursday, March 1, 2012

More Wind & Dust!

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A High Wind Warning is effect for the Guadalupe Mtn's from 11 AM MST this morning through 5 PM MST Friday. Southwest winds are forecast to increase to 30-50G70 mph. Difficult driving conditions will likely be encountered due to these dangerously high cross winds so exercise caution when traveling through the mountains.

A High Wind Warning is in effect for Lincoln County and southwestern Chaves County from 11 AM MST this morning through 6 PM MST Friday evening. Westerly winds are forecast to increase to 30-40G60 mph. Difficult driving conditions will likely be encountered due to these dangerously high cross winds so exercise caution when traveling through the mountains.

A Wind Advisory is in effect for the southern Sacramento Mtn's from 11 AM MST this morning through 10 PM MST this evening. Southwest-west winds are forecast to increase to 25-35G45 mph.

A Wind Advisory is in effect for Eddy and Culberson Counties from 11 AM MST this morning through 11 PM MST this evening. Southwesterly winds are forecast to increase to 30-40G55 mph.

A Wind Advisory is in effect for the Chaves County plains from 11 AM MST this morning through 6 PM MST this evening. Southwest-west winds are forecast to increase to 25-35G50 mph.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the area today, and a Fire Weather Watch has been issued for tomorrow. Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions are anticipated today into tomorrow due to the high winds and extremely dry conditions. Please refrain from any type of outdoor activity today and tomorrow that involves the use of sparks or flame!

Today marks the meteorological beginning of spring and right on cue, mother nature will kick it off with lots of wind and blowing dust. Our windy season has started early this year and I just hope this dose not mean that the west wind is going to blow from now on into the Fourth of July. Sometimes this happens in La Nina springs. March will arrive as a lion this year with a very windy and dusty day forecast for southeastern New Mexico and west Texas.

We are looking at a couple of windy days today and tomorrow. A dry Pacific cold front will enter SE NM later tonight, and much cooler air will overspread the area behind the front. Ahead of the front we can expect to see our afternoon high temps rise up into the low-mid 80's. Friday's highs are forecast to be in the low-mid 60's, and Saturday's highs will be in the upper 50's to low 60's. Sunday will see the start of a warming trend with highs in the low 70's.

Areas of blowing dust will once again plaque southeastern New Mexico and parts of west Texas today, and maybe again tomorrow. Southeastern New Mexico has only received 4" - 5" of rainfall since October 2010. Its extremely dry out there, so it doe not take a lot of wind to kick up the dust.

Watch out for those more dust prone locations such as freshly plowed farmlands, open and exposed lots, fields, and construction sites. The visibility will suddenly drop down to near zero without any advanced warning in these areas today in the higher wind gusts. Travel in and near these areas could become extremely dangerous today! Some road closures may be possible today due to the high winds and blowing dust in a few areas.

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