Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Strong Winds Spreading Wildfire in New Mexico

Winds are very strong across southern Arizona and southern New Mexico this afternoon. I estimate gusts over 40 mph here at house during past hour. The strongest gusts I found in southeast Arizona around 1 pm MST were 56 mph at Ft. Huachuca. With almost no rainfall since mid-March, fire conditions are extreme. The above visible image (a bit after 1 pm MST) shows a large smoke plume from the Baldy fire in the Gila Wilderness north-northwest of Silver City, New Mexico. This fire has apparently blown up with the onset of the strong winds. Surface plot below is also from a bit after 1 pm MST.

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