Friday, April 29, 2011

April 29

The winds are to pick up in the afternoon. This morning's low at NMSU was 48F which is right about the normal for this day. The expected high today will range from 92F in Las Cruces to 94 in El Paso. In the far eastern NM the highs are looking to be near 100F. The NWS is forecasting afternoon peak winds in the 25 to 30 mph range with gusts up to 41 mph. Below are the RUC derived winds at 6 pm with the highest south of I-10.
Still no sign of any moisture in these storms. The 4-day precipitation forecast below shows rain in northern NM but not here.
Turning out to be a dust day after all. Not as bad as Monday but winds are picking up quite a bit of dust. I can see the gypsum flying off of White Sands from GOES. Several wildfires are also blowing smoke plumes in the region. One is in the Gila Wilderness and the others are along the Arizona/Mexico border.

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