Alan Shoemaker: High winds and unhealthy air quality Tuesday

Alan Shoemaker: Midday Forecast for Feb. 27, 2024

It's windy, dusty, dry and just all around not a very good day to be outside. See the latest conditions at

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If you go outside Tuesday, be careful not to blow away – winds are gusting above 60, even 70 mph in parts of New Mexico.

To put that into perspective, severe thunderstorms are usually considered severe with 58 mph winds. Category one hurricanes are 74 mph.

Health alerts are posted in the Albuquerque metro. In Roswell, the National Weather Service issued a dust storm warning.

Air quality is very unhealthy in Albuquerque and some parts of New Mexico this afternoon due to blowing dust. It is best to stay indoors most of this afternoon and avoid vigorous outdoor activities.

Blowing dust will be a problem in some areas Tuesday afternoon. Then, winds will decrease Tuesday night and improve air quality.

We’ll eventually buck this windy, dusty trend and get some nicer weather. It won’t be long until it returns, however.