Monday, March 21, 2011

March 21 -

High winds dominated today's weather across much of NM. Below is the predicted peak surface winds at 21 UTC (3 pm MDT) today showing the highest winds in the northeastern part of our region.

GOES visible at 21 UTC (3 pm) today with predicted wind vectors from RUC mode

Here are some peak winds from the airport weather stations across the region today

                gust         visibility  time
Location         mph  winds    miles      MDT
Las Cruces KLRU  48   SW32       5        16:11
Deming KDMN      44   W 29       3        15:53
El Paso KELP     41   SW 26     10        16:51
Alamogordo KELM  43   SW 20      9        14:30

At the NMED monitoring sites we saw high PM concentrations. Below are the hourly PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations at the Sunland Park City Yard station. Peak hourly PM10 was 638 ug/m3 at 3 pm.
At the Anthony Elementary site we also saw high concentrations  Peak hourly PM10 at this site reached 778 ug.m3 at 4 pm.
An animated EPA AQI map shows the extent of the dust event based on their interpolation scheme.

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