May 24 -
Another hot and windy day. At least the smoke from the Gila fires are not impacting us as much as those areas north of here. Today we saw the smoke plume traveling eastward over the state. Below is a GOES image from 4:33 pm today.
I spent the entire day working at the Las Cruces dust control plots with folks from the Desert Research Institute. I asked them to measure the erodibility of each of the test plots with their PI-SWERL wind erosion system. Shown below are George Nikolich (left) and Vic Etyemezian (right) operating their system on the untreated section.