Sunday, April 23, 2017

Slight Delay In Driving To VAN HORN, TX

We left Tucson last Friday and set our sights on Deming, NM.  We wanted to tour around Deming for a few days and then continue our travel to Van Horn, TX for the night.  We delayed leaving Deming due to high winds and I don't like to drive when it's gusting 40+ mph or more.  The motorhome acts like a big sail during weather like that.

We were planning on leaving Wednesday morning for Van Horn and I checked the weather there.   WOW!!!!!!   Here is the forecast for today and tomorrow isn't that much better.  Guess we will see more of Deming if the dust storm clears up a little.

 Those wind speeds shown above are real with 59mph wind and gusts of 74mph.  The forecast is for gusts up to 85mph tonight.  Thank God we have Weather Underground on the computer and can check the weather ahead.

At least we are Escapee Club members and the nightly rate here is only $20/night for a full hookup.  Plus we get good reception on the Dish network.  Life is good.

I still have some more updates for the last couple weeks and will go back to them shortly.  In the meantime here is our weather statement from Deming, NM.

Southwest Desert/Mimbres Basin Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Blowing Dust Advisory, High Wind Warning
Issued: 2:10 AM MDT Apr. 25, 2017 – National Weather Service
... Blowing dust advisory in effect from noon today to 6 PM MDT
this evening... 
... High Wind Warning remains in effect from noon today to 8 PM
MDT this evening... 

The National Weather Service in El Paso TX/Santa Teresa has
issued a blowing dust advisory, which is in effect from noon
today to 6 PM MDT this evening. 

* Timing... winds will increase late this morning with maximum 
  winds occurring between 1 PM and 7 PM. 

* Winds... west winds will have sustained speeds near 40 mph with 
  gusts between 50 and 60 mph. 

* Visibility... blowing dust will reduce the visibility to less
  than a mile across many locations with the visibility under a 
  half mile over a few areas including along Interstate 10 between
  El Paso and Las Cruces and also around Deming and Lordsburg.
* Impacts... blowing dust will reduce the visibility to less than a
  mile over many locations causing dangerous driving conditions.
  The winds may also cause property and even building damage and
  blow down trees and power lines over a few areas. The 
  combination of strong winds... warm temperatures and low humidity
  will cause critical fire weather conditions. 

Precautionary/preparedness actions... 

A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected
or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts
of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

A blowing dust advisory means that blowing dust will restrict
visibilities. Travelers are urged to use caution.


  1. Sure am glad you guys are staying put. We don't like winds above 25. Be safe out there.

  2. Wow! Hope you guys aren't held up there too long. It's been windy here at Lake Powell the last few days, but not that bad, thank goodness. We are heading to Monument Valley tomorrow. Safe travels when you do get back on the road.