Friday, April 22, 2011

April 22

Another breezy day but the winds should not be an issue today for dust. NWS is forecasting winds between 23 and 25 mph with gusts around 36 mph. Below are winds at 6 pm MDT from the RUC model.
The AQI looks to be good as well.
This is the 80th day without rain in Las Cruces. No relief in the near term in southern New Mexico or West Texas.
There are couple of active fires in southwest NM today. A new fire called the Abrams fire is on the east slopes of the Organ Mountains on WSMR property. Fire is around 2000 acres according to the spot forecast request. See the blog entry on April 20 for a photo of faint smoke from this.The Yellow fire northwest of Gila Hot Springs is also active at 40 acres.  By the end of the day a few smoke plumes can be seen and tracked through the NOAA HMS product.

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