The winds are the story for today. The RUC is showing peak winds in the late afternoon. Below are the winds at 00 UTC (6 pm MDT) with the highest winds south of I-10.
The National Weather Service's forecast for Las Cruces is "Areas of blowing dust. Sunny, with a high near 89. Windy, with a west wind between 28 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph."
Today's AQI forecast shows an area of moderate air quality over the Paso del Norte and into southern Otero and El Paso County. This area of moderate is due to PM2.5
Windblown dust has increased PM10 and PM2.5 at the Sunland Park City Yard station early today.