FARMINGTON — No blue sky could be seen Monday as wind gusts reaching nearly 60 mph created a brownish haze throughout the Four Corners. It was dust as far as the eye could see.

"Farmington's gusting pretty good right now," said Amanda Martin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

Sustained winds hit 43 mph Monday at around 2 p.m., and wind gusts reached 58 mph around 4:30 p.m. The San Juan County Dispatch Center reporter "lots and lots" of power outages related to the winds.

"It's getting in my eyes," said Richard Hurts who was sporting a pair of goggles and a baseball cap while standing outside. "It's making me feel all dirty."

Meteorologists attributed the amount of dust in the air to the region's prolonged drought, which has left a lot of dry, loose soil that is picked up by the wind.

The Farmington Municipal Airport reported visibility dropped from the normal 10 miles to about 1 mile, which sometimes can delay flights.

Strong winds are common during the springtime transition between winter and summer, according to the weather service.

The weather is not expected to improve much until Thursday, when temperatures are expected to reach 60 degrees with little wind or precipitation.

Monday was not very cold either — with a high of 72, and a low of 34 — but today's high is expected to be 45, and tonight's low, 24.


Precipitation is likely to move in tonight and Wednesday morning. Meteorologists predict a 50-percent chance of snow today, and a 10-percent chance of snow Wednesday.

The skies should clear up Thursday, in which case locals should be able to see blue skies again.

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