Two "wall's of dirt"...Haboob...in one week for eastern New Mexico/West Texas... Two strong cold front's generated well-definded "wall's of dirt" that marched southward across eastern New Mexico and West Texas on March 11th and March 18th. Very strong winds in excess of 60 mph were recorded across northeast New Mexico and the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles with both fronts. Widespread visibilities below 1/4 mile in blowing dust were common across the region with both events.



Visible satellite image at 4:31 pm on March 18th showing Haboob II racing south across eastern New Mexico and West Texas.



 

SWIFT site at Reese Center at sunset on March 18th, 2014...approaching Haboob II...photo credit: Rich Krupar, TTU.

 

Wall of Dirt I on the left from March 11th, 2014...7:50 pm CDT....Wall of Dirt II on the right from March 18th, 2014...8:00 pm CDT...same location...6 miles SW of Smyer, Texas.


TTU Reese Center data plots from all the different platforms for March 18th, 2014: Top left...200-meter tower data...Top Right:...WTM SODAR....Bottom Left: WTM data plot over satellite image for 3 pm (very dry air of 2-3% relative humidity for many mesonet stations in the central South Plains)...Bottom Right: WTM boundary-layer profiler. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.


 


 


WTM Meteogram plots for Reese Center and Lubbock 3WNW stations...initial very dry air in main dust plume during the afternoon and then the haboob passage during the evening. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.


 

Tumbleweed party at Reese after Haboob 1...Haboob 2 had just as many...


 


NWS Lubbock Link for March 11th, 2014 - Wall of Dirt I CLICK HERE!

NWS Lubbock Link for March 18th, 2014 - Wall of Dirt II CLICK HERE!