Sunday’s Peak Winds, “Colder” Air Pushes in Tonight!

Weather Talk
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:52pm

Powerful winds Sunday, a Pacific front cool front this morning and now a colder air mass moves in tonight

I really do wish everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend, especially all the hardworking, beautiful Mom’s! Saturday was very warm and breezy and Sunday was no fun wind wise! Sunday afternoon we saw 50 to 60+mph winds in El Paso with a peak wind gust at the airport of 63 mph! This filled our Mother’s Day skies with plenty of ugly blowing dust! Yesterday was a text book “windy season” day for the Borderland for sure!

In today’s “Weather Talk” I thought I would give you an impressive list collected by the National Weather Service in El Paso of yesterday’s peak wind gusts. Then I focus on tonight’s Canadian cold front and how the cold air mass mixing in will really impact the next few days of Borderland temperatures.

Peak Wind Gusts

Here is a list of some of the peak wind gusts from Sunday, May 11th, 2014 compiled by the National Weather Service;

SAN AUGUSTIN PASS 81 mph 6:00 P.M. 5/11 ELEV 5902 FT WMSR

EL PASO AIRPORT 63 mph 4:02 P.M. 5/11 ELEV 3918 FT ASOS

9 NNE EL PASO 62 mph 3:50 P.M. 5/11 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 W WSMR MAIN POST 62 mph 5:54 P.M. 5/11 ELEV 4350 FT AWS

22 NW TULAROSA 57 mph 1:30 P.M. 5/11 ELEV 4085 FT WSMR

T OR C, NM 54 mph 4:21 P.M. 5/11 ELEV 4858 FT ASOS

11 NE MESCALERO, NM 54 mph 2:46 P.M. 5/11 ELEV 7189 FT AWS

SILVER CITY, NM 54 mph 5:55 P.M. 5/11 ELEV 5443 FT AWOS

3 SE CHAPARRAL, NM 49 mph 6:46 P.M. 5/11 ELEV 4067 FT WXUND

1 NNE MAYHILL, NM 49 mph 12:01 P.M. 5/11 ELEV 6471 FT RAWS

LAS CRUCES AIRPORT 48 mph 2:35 P.M. 5/11 ELEV 4455 FT AWOS

DEMING, NM 48 mph 3:19 P.M. 5/11 ELEV 4307 FT ASOS

If you would like to see the complete NWS list go to:

Colder Air!!

You will have a jacket handy as a strong Canadian cold front dives into the Borderland overnight! The winds will be gusty , windy and stronger on the west side of the Area Mountains as the colder air mass slides in early Tuesday.. Lowland afternoon highs are forecast to say in the 60’s! That is about 20º below normal for this time of year! As the front pushes up the southern Sacramento Mountains there will be a little rain/snow mix and some snow flurries. The winds will increase during the early morning hours out of the east at 10-25+mph. Wind gusts on the Westside of El Paso and the western slopes of the Area Mountains could top out at 35 to 40+mph. The overnight low Tuesday morning will drop to near the cooler 50º mark in El Paso.. The winds will stay breezy out of the east at 10-20+ mph Tuesday with a much cooler high of 67º!

We will be cold across the Borderland Tuesday night with a low of of 44º in El Paso, low of 38º in Las Cruces! Late day high temperatures will stay cool and only warm to 71º in El Paso, upper 60’s in the Mesilla Valley.
Upper 70’s return Thursday, upper 80’s by Friday and very warm low to mid 90’s by this weekend! A ridge of high pressure and the return of breezy range westerly winds are to thank for our weekend warm up

I have talked about our winds and the “windy season” many times over the past few months in my “Weather Talk” blogs. Last year the winds wound down abuot mid May. Event though we are almost at the halfway mark in May, we still may see a couple more stronger windy category days. As for the colder air moving in overnight, we need to savor and enjoy our cool days and nights. We will be longing for those cooler temperatures towards the end of June through August when the summer heat is upon us!

Chuck DeBroder, Chief Meteorologist
KTSM, NewsChannel 9, NBC, El Paso, TX



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