Windstorm with haboob conditions slaps Carlsbad

Posted at: 06/07/2013 4:58 PM
By: The Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Carlsbad this week got a gritty taste of extreme desert weather more common to the Middle East than southeastern New Mexico.
    
The National Weather Service says a strong wind storm with gusts around 60 mph produced haboob-like conditions, with wind blowing a wide and tall wall of dirt and debris through the area late Wednesday.
    
According to the Carlsbad Current-Argus, weather service meteorologist Melissa Huffman in Midland, Texas, says it was an anomaly for the Carlsbad area.
    
Huffman says her office began receiving reports of a really bad dust storm Wednesday evening and that visibility was reduced to zero.
    
She said the dust storm resulted from a complex thunderstorm that moved to the southeast from  Albuquerque.

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