Wednesday’s Peak Wind Speeds; Will the Winds Hold Off this Weekend?
POSTED: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 12:58pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 1:01pm
The winds are still gusty and the temperatures cooler as the remainder of yesterday’s wind maker moves away
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 — Wow! The Borderland really saw strong winds kick up a big area of blowing dust Wednesday! A stream of dust became airborne across the border in Mexico, south of the boot heel of New Mexico, and began moving northeast carried by the southwesterly winds early Wednesday afternoon. The lowest visibilities were around Lordsburg, east of Deming southern Dona Ana county and western El Paso County. Parts of I-10 were shut down for a few hours because of visibilities less than ¼ mile! There was an upper level trough and a surface cold front that were both responsible for the strong winds and blowing dust.
Here are a few of our peak weak wind speeds from the El Paso National Weather Service in Santa Teresa, NM recorded around the Borderland yesterday;
SAN AUGUSTIN PASS 80 mph 1:50 P.M. 4/02 ELEV 5902 FT WMSR
10 NNE EL PASO 64 mph 9:00 P.M . 4/02 ELEV 3958 FT TCEQ
11 NE MESCALERO 61 mph 1:58 P.M . 4/02 ELEV 7189 FT AWS
WSMR MAIN POST 60 mph 11:50 P.M.. 4/02 ELEV 4242 FT WSMR
13 NNE EL PASO 59 mph 5:02 P.M.. 4/02 ELEV 4056 FT AWS
DEMING 50 mph 4:47 P.M.. 4/02 ELEV 4307 FT ASOS
T OR C 50 mph 4:26 P.M.. 4/02 ELEV 4858 FT ASOS
SILVER CITY 47 mph 4::35 P.M. 4/02 ELEV 5443 FT AWOS
1 N HORIZON CITY 46 mph 5:18 P.M.. 4/02 ELEV 4031 FT WXUND
LAS CRUCES AIRPORT 46 mph 4:15 P.M. 4/02 ELEV 4455 FT AWOS
EL PASO INTL AIRPORT 45 mph 3:48 P.M.. 4/02 ELEV 3918 FT ASOS
ALAMOGORDO 44 mph 6:35 P.M.. 4/02 ELEV 4196 FT AWOS
The Pacific weather systems which brought the wind and dust will track completely out of the Borderland later today with the winds slowing down this evening. We are much cooler today thanks to the colder air mixing in on the backside of the cold front that pushed through early this morning. Most high temperatures will be some 10º to 15º cooler than the previous couple of days.
An upper ridge of high pressure will drift to the north of us Friday producing slightly warmer highs with just range, southerly late day winds.
The next upper level trough or wave will impact our region late Friday night, Saturday and into early Sunday. There may be enough moisture with it to produce a few isolated showers over the Gila Wilderness and Sierra County late Saturday.
A large, strong upper level ridge is forecast to build in over the West Coast starting Monday. This will help warm the entire Borderland above average at least through mid week. We can look forward to highs in the low to mid 80’s in El Paso, close to the numbers in Las Cruces.
Here is a quick glance 8 day forecast synopsis;
Friday-Becoming partly cloudy, dry, low end breezy, nice, a little warmer High 73º
Saturday- Partly Cloudy skies, breezy to gusty southwest winds 15-25+, High 72º
Sunday-Mostly Sunny, windy, southwest winds 20-30 early, then breezy High 74º
Monday-Mostly Sunny, breezy, mildly warm, high of 72º
Tuesday- Mostly Sunny, low end breezy, warmer, high of 75º
Wednesday- Sunny, light winds, much warmer High of 81º
Thursday-Mostly Sunny , breezy, high of 83º
Friday- Mostly Sunny, dry, less wind, very warm, high of 87º
Temperatures have dropped a bit and yes we still have some wind to contend with, but overall we are pretty lucky weather wise here in the Borderland. We need to appreciate our temperatures right now as our “June Heat” is just around the corner! I hope you have an enjoyable and fun weekend and Go Miners in the Women’s NIT National Championship game!