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(Teresa Lemon – Daily Press)

The windsock at the Artesia Municipal Airport stands suspended, indicating the continuation of high winds in the area Tuesday. Southeast New Mexico was under a High Wind Warning until 9 p.m. that day, with gusts between 60 and 70 mph. Residents are urged to keep an eye out for blowing dust and debris on blustery days. Last week, the New Mexico State University Ag Science Center in Artesia recorded 476 miles of wind in a 24-hour period, a rarity even with the area’s typically windy spring conditions. That statistic means winds were sustained at 24 mph or above throughout the entire 24-hour period.