UPDATED To Red Flag Warning 052024

fire weather watch 052024

CRITICAL FIRE CONDITIONS EXPECTED ON MONDAY... Persistent and deep southwest flow over the Desert Southwest will bring above normal temperatures, very dry to exceptionally dry air, AND breezy conditions Sunday onward. Winds will be strongest on Monday and perhaps into Tuesday. This will combine with very dry fuels to create critical fire conditions over much of southwest and south-central New Mexico.

Southwest Mountains/Gila NF/Apache NF/GLZ-
Southwest Deserts and Lowlands/Las Cruces BLM/GLZ-

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Second UPDATE: Red Flag Warning Monday and Tuesday, Fire Weather Watch Wednesday 0505-050824

critical fire eather conditions 042524CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS THROUGH WEDNESDAY... .A persistent trough over the Northern Rockies will maintain dry west flow across the U.S. Southwest over the next several days. Disturbances within this prevailing flow will allow winds to increase area-wide into the middle of the week. Gusty winds will develop each afternoon combining with very low relative humidity to create critical to extreme fire danger. Recent lack of precipitation has progressed fuel dryness to a point where wildfire starts will be possible and spread aided by weather conditions.
Southwest Mountains/Gila NF/Apache NF/GLZ-
Southwest Deserts and Lowlands/Las Cruces BLM/GLZ-
South Central Lowlands and Southern Rio Grande Valley/BLM/GLZ-
Capitan and Sacramento Mountains/Lincoln NF/LNZ-

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Critical Fire Weather Conditions developing 050524

critical fire weather conditions 050524CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS DEVELOPING SUNDAY AFTERNOON... .A Pacific storm system will move to the Great Basin Sunday, allowing gusty winds to develop in the afternoon. These winds, along with very low humidity, will likely produce critical fire conditions. These winds and critical fire conditions will likely continue Monday and Tuesday.

Southwest Mountains/Gila NF/Apache NF/GLZ-
Southwest Deserts and Lowlands/Las Cruces BLM/GLZ-
South Central Lowlands and Southern Rio Grande Valley/BLM/GLZ-
Capitan and Sacramento Mountains/Lincoln NF/LNZ-

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Wind Advisory 042724

wind advmisory 042724Southwest Desert/Mimbres Basin-Northern Dona Ana County-Southern
Dona Ana County/Mesilla Valley-West Slopes Sacramento Mountains
Below 7500 Feet-Sacramento Mountains Above 7500 Feet-East Slopes
Sacramento Mountains Below 7500 Feet-West Central Tularosa
Basin/White Sands-Western El Paso County-Eastern/Central El Paso

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REMOVED: Severe Driving Conditions in Deming to Columbus


NM 11 is now open, removed from NM Roads.

Severe Driving Conditions in Deming to Columbus

NM 11 is closed at milepost 32 (O Kelley Rd) due to areas of severe dust causing black outs, visibility is limited. The NMDOT is on site monitoring and providing traffic control. Please drive with caution, reduce speed, and obey all posted traffic signs.  This event will be updated as conditions change.

Critical to Extreme fire weather conditions today and Saturday - 042524 and 042724

critical fire weather conditionsCRITICAL TO EXTREME FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ON THURSDAY... ... CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ON SATURDAY... .Deep southwest flow will continue to increase this afternoon with the passage of an upper level jet streak. Deep surface low over eastern Colorado will extend a strong pressure gradient southward into New Mexico and west Texas, leading to strong winds area wide during the daytime hours today. West-southwest winds with sustained speeds of 30 to 40 mph and peak gusts around 55 mph combined with very low relative humidity values will lead to critical fire weather conditions and the risk of rapid fire start and spread. Fuel moisture had dried rapidly this month, especially along the desert lowlands, due to preexisting drought status and lack of recent precipitation. Winds subsiding overnight into Friday morning, picking back up again Friday and Saturday afternoons. On Saturday, particularly, there is high confidence much of the south central and southwest New Mexico lowlands and far West Texas.

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Blowing Dust Advisory-2 - 042524

blowing dust advisory 2 042524Southwest Desert/Mimbres Basin-Southern Dona Ana County/Mesilla
Valley-Otero Mesa-East Central Tularosa Basin/Alamogordo-
Southeast Tularosa Basin-Western El Paso County-Eastern/Central
El Paso County-Northern Hudspeth Highlands/Hueco Mountains-Salt
Basin-Southern Hudspeth Highlands-Rio Grande Valley of Eastern El
Paso/Western Hudspeth Counties-Rio Grande Valley of Eastern
Hudspeth County-

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Blowing Dust Advisory- 1 through 7 p.m. 042524


* WHAT...Visibility between one-quarter and one mile in blowing dust

* WHERE...Southwest Desert/Lower Gila River Valley.

* WHEN...Until 7 PM MDT this evening.

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