Friday, November 4, 2011

Nov. 4 - The story today is the outlook for Saturday. The forecast is for strong winds over southern New Mexico. Possibly sustained winds in the range 23 to 30 mph with gusts in the 43 mph range.

Below shows the PM concentrations at the Sunland Park City Yard this morning. Peak hourly PM2.5 was 34 ug/m3 at 6 am. The PM2.5/PM10 ratio was 42 indicating more fine particles than usual. My guess is a little more residential burning (home heating) than fugitive dust from unpaved roads.
I am in Davis, CA today at a Western Extension climate and applications meeting at UC Davis. A little rain fell there and temperatures dropped quite a bit from a couple days ago. Lots of good discussions and sharing with state climate offices in WA, OR, CA, UT, AZ, and CO. I spent a little time at the California Air Resources Board in Sacramento meeting with a friend at lunch. I was relieved that there was very light traffic in an out of Sacramento today. The flight back to Las Cruces was a bit dicey because of high winds on a stop-over in Las Vegas. Flights were delayed and not sure if I was going to get home tonight.

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