Haboob-like dust storm causes hazy skies

Created: 03/19/2014 5:45 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The sun was out in New Mexico today, but it was still hard to see through the nasty haze that blanketed the city.

Michael Aranda, who was out walking his dogs, said it's pretty crazy.

"I've been out in it all day. It's just all over town," Aranda said.

Much of the dust actually came in from eastern Colorado.

It was the result of a strong cold front that whipped through the Eastern Plains and pushed the dust to the west.

"That dust, believe it or not, squeezed through the gaps in the mountains and into the valley," said Shawn Bennett from the National Weather Service.

On this day, the dust came from the north, but living in New Mexico, you know that it can come from anywhere.

"We've seen it come from the south, the west, the north, and the east. So it comes from every direction," he said.

The National Weather Service says that because of the drought, dust can be picked up a lot easier than in previous years.

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