West Texas Gets 1,000-Foot Wall of Dust with Front

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) A wall of dust as tall as 1,000 feet and 200 miles wide has roared across parts of West Texas and New Mexico.

The dust storm late Tuesday is yet another sign the region is parched.

National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Aldrich in Lubbock said Wednesday that the dust was lifted into the air ahead of a fast-moving cold front that reached the city, already more than 1.5 inches behind on precipitation this year as drought lingers. Aldrich says wind gusts reached 50 miles per hour.

Aldrich said the dust storm began in Amarillo and the wall of fine soil particles extended west into New Mexico and east to near Post, about 40 miles southwest of Lubbock.

Dust storms aren't unusual in the region and form when wind whips up loose soil.

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