Above that there's a 140 knot jet at 250 mb that's been there since 00z last night.
The morning pulse of high winds came from the cold front as seen in the surface weather map at 15 UTC (8 am) below.
I saw gusty westerly winds at 7 am and reduced visibility in Las Cruces. Driving along Lohman and on Solano Ave. in Las Cruces around 8 am I can much of the dust coming from local sources along with regional dust. This photo was taken at 8:19 am at the corner of Solano and Idaho looking south toward NMSU.
Here is short movie of the dust storm from NMSU looking west. This camera captured an image every two minutes from sunrise to sunset. The building in the foreground is Skeen Hall. Blogger degrades the resolution but you can still see the maximum dust impacts in the morning around 8:20 am.
Dust from the high winds were seen at all sites in the region today. All plots below have the same scaling to help you make site to site comparisons.
At the Sunland Park City Yard site particulates are very high. The AQI is in the hazardous range with maximum hourly PM10 reaching 2310 µg/m3 and maximum hourly PM2.5 was 175 µg/m3. Based on the data from the NMED website the 24-hour averaged PM10 for this day was 390 µg/m3 and the 24-hour PM2.5 average concentration was 38.4 µg/m3.
At the Anthony Elementary station PM is also very high with PM10 exceeding 4000 µg/m3 at 9 am. This was our highest hourly PM10 concentration measured in our region during this storm.
In Las Cruces at the NMSU core site we recorded an hourly PM2.5 concentration of 89 µg/m3 at 9 am. At the Las Cruces NMED West Mesa station we saw peak PM10 occur at 9 am with a concentration of 1204 µg/m3 with an hourly averaged wind speed of 14 m/s (31 mph) and gusts of 22 m/s (49 mph).
At the Deming station peak PM10 occurred at 8 am with a 1-hour concentration of 542 µg/m3 with an hourly averaged wind speed of 12 m/s and gusts of 22 m/s.
Wind gust summaries so far from NWS spotters, airports, NMED, NM Climate Center, and RAWS stations
station (mph) time
------------------- ----- -----------------------KLRU 49 08:31
KDMN 45 10:53
KELP 49 13:51
KHMN 51 09:55
KTCS 53 07:53
10 NNE EL Paso 67 13:26
6 NNE El Paso 62 13:26
NMSU Fabian Garcia 35 10:00 during that hour
NMSU campus 29 10:00 during that hour
NMSU Leyendecker 34 10:00 during that hour
6CM Anthony 38 09:00 during that hour
6WM West Mesa 51 08:00 during that hour
6ZG SPCY 41 09:00 during that hour
6ZK Chaparral 50 09:00 during that hour
6ZL Holman Rd 50 08:00 during that hour
6ZM Desert View 45 09:00 during that hour
6ZN Santa Teresa 48 09:00 during that hour
7E Deming Airport 53 08:00 during that hour
6O La Union 49 09:00 during that hour
Dripping Springs RAWS 58 09:00 during that hour
San Andres RAWS 54 09:00 during that hour
Hachita Valley RAWS 53 08:00 during that hour
McGreggor Range RAWS 48 12:00 during that hour
Cosmic RAWS 56 11:00 during that hour
The EPA AQI forecast for tomorrow shows good air quality for our area.