Severe drought contributed to 'Brown Monday' storm
Tech College of Education building in the dust storm, submitted by kati_11292
An intense storm system pushing a cold front through west Texas produced a severe Haboob ( Arabic term for intense dust storm) through most of the region, including eastern New Mexico.
As the front raced south dust rose and mixed in the atmosphere to 8,000 feet. The system raced through our region with speeds from 65-70+ mph causing wind damage varying from trees uprooted to broken power lines.
The severe drought aided the development of the dust since there's only limited ground cover from cotton, wheat and corn to our north and west. The lack of ground cover, extreme winds and turbulence in the air made for an ideal setting for the Haboob to develop.
We actually had a similar event last fall that occurred overnight in Lubbock. However, since we had received above normal rain in the spring and summer the dust was not as intense and most people slept through that event. The Lubbock NWS has labeled yesterday as Brown Monday.