posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 02:10 PM
Originally posted by queenannie38
Here is some information related to the possibility of it being dust from the playas, like
you asked me, whaaa.
But it has been unseasonably VERY cold here, at least in the SE corner of NM where I am and there hasn't been winds or any reason to think that is a
real possibility - the weather, I believe, has been rather consistent throughout the whole state since the New Year.
Born and raised in Deming, NM (45 minute drive from Silver)... parents still live there, talk to them every other day. They had a very windy, dusty,
and warm spring. The entire area south of the Gila has been in a nightmarish drought for upwards of 10 years. Last summer the Gila burn areas saw
heavy isolated rains which hit the ash and douched the whole mess down into the SW playas. Then a dry, hot spell in Hidalgo, Luna, and Grant counties
this spring dried them completely out. When the air warms up it lifts the smallest particles very high into the atmosphere. This year those
particles would have included an incredible amount of ash from the Gila wilderness fires, much, much more ash than is normal for those areas. Presto
change-o, a little precipitation moves in, the water in the clouds collects this ash and dust, and the usual "brown rain" I grew up with is ashen
This isn't a paranormal phenomenon or anything conspiratorial whatsoever. It's simply the science of living right on the Continental Divide between
two large playas laying Southeast (Akela Flats), Southwest (Road Forks) and to the south is the ever-desertificating area around Deming. When the
fires are on the East side of the Divide, the runoff runs to the Rio Grande and passes through quite a bit of natural filter material. If, however,
the fires are on the West slope, there's not a damn thing between the lower box of the Gila and the Chircahuas except for one huge alkali flat.
Every bit of dust, ash, and pollen that washes down outside the collection area for the lower box ends up on that flat.