West Texas Dust Storm April 10, 2008
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- Satellite Comparison - True Color April 10th vs 7th
Very strong gusty northwest winds caused intense blowing dust in parts of West Texas and eastern New Mexico on Thursday, April 10th. Wind gusts as high as 70 miles per hour (mph) were reported at Guadalupe Pass, 64 mph at Clovis, New Mexico, and up to 61 mph at Hereford. The most intense blowing dust was in the Big Spring area based on satellite imagery and airport visibility observations. The dust was carried southeastward into Central Texas the following morning.
PM10 measurements were not available in the most strongly affected blowing dust areas, but airport visibility observations indicate that PM10 likely reached Level Red, Unhealthy, on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Air Quality Index (AQI) scale in the Big Spring area and "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in the Lubbock area.
Airport visibility observations at Hereford, Plainview, Seminole, Snyder, Sweetwater, Abilene, Midland, Pecos, Fort Stockton, San Angelo, Sonora, Rocksprings, and Junction indicated probable "Moderate" PM10 levels. All three PM10 monitoring sites in the El Paso area measured "Moderate" PM10 levels from blowing dust.
Some airport minimum visibility and peak wind gust observations are shown below:
|Airport Location||Lowest Visibility (miles)||Peak Gust (mph)|
|Clovis Cannon AFB NM||2||64|