Wind Creates 1,000-Foot-High Wall Of Dust In West Texas

LUBBOCK (March 12, 2014) A wall of dust that towered as high as 1,000 feet and stretched for as much as 200 has roared across parts of West Texas and New Mexico late Tuesday, yet another sign the region is rain-starved.

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, National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Aldrich in Lubbock said Wednesday.

Wind gusts reached speeds of 50 miles per hour, he said.

Aldrich says 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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