Happy New Year everyone!
2012 starts off with a low wind, high PM event at the Sunland Park air quality stations. Both the SPCY and Desert View site saw high evening concentrations of PM2.5 although higher at the SPCY station. The Airnow AQI forecast is showing green or good air quality throughout the border region on Sunday.
Cooperative weather stations.
Station High(F) Normal Low(F) Normal Record LowNMSU 68 57 29 29 14 (1970)
Antelope Wells 74 61 31 29 18 (2010)
The winds picked up significantly after midnight at the SPCY station with peak hourly averaged wind speed of 10 m/s at 5 am.
This was a quiet night at the SPCY station with both PM10 and PM2.5 very low. PM2.5 was in the 1 µg/m3 range at 8 pm. While I was there around 5 pm, winds were out of the southeast.