POSTED: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 7:28pm
Image: 00z GFS Computer Model
Big winds roared into the Borderland last week thanks to a rather strong upper level storm. Winds were gusting in the 50 to 70 miles per hour range last week Friday. The El Paso International Airport tied a maximum wind gust on Friday, with an 84 miles per hour gust recorded during the afternoon hours. The record was first reached back in March of 1977. Here is a look at some other wind totals around the region from Friday:
Winds reduced visibilities and caused damage and even power outages across parts of the El Paso area. Fortunately no widespread reports of damage were recorded.
The week ahead:
After a nice Monday, our next upper level trough of low pressure (storm) will head in our direction. The storm is shown below from our Futurecast computer model, based on the 00z GFS National Weather Service model. We'll see winds kick into the breezy category for Tuesday with windy conditions Wednesday through early Friday. At this point, looks as though the strongest winds with areas of blowing dust will fall during the Thursday time period. Naturally this forecast could change, so keep it to Newschannel 9 and ktsm.com for the latest.
Wind Damage last Friday: