Warm, windy weather hard on crops

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico

High winds and hot temperatures have tested the skills of gardeners and farmers and tried the patience of everyone this spring.

“We’ve certainly seen our share of warm and windy weather,” said Todd Shoemake, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “We’re getting a little sick of it here at the National Weather Service.”

Shoemake said that high winds at upper levels of the atmosphere are causing the disturbance that creates the wind. He said most of those winds are coming off the Pacific, but they haven’t carried any moisture with them.

Shoemake said the Southwest is coming out of a weak La Ni