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Wind-borne dust causing respiratory problems in Luna County, New Mexico
5/18/2017 12:00:00 AM

Plants & Wildlife
Society & Public Health
Luna County, NM

Start Date: 5/17/2017 - End Date: 5/17/2017
Sand storms have increased this year. Even though got .04" of rain yesterday it does nothing to help give ground moisture. With no snow this past winter along with mild temps, the flies and other insects continued to multiply. Winds are much more noticeable this year along with lower night temps, causing seeds to be much slower in germinating. I am putting water out more often for birds and ground wildlife because winds evaporate it so fast and not wanting to all any mosquitoes to develop. Using more electricity to water home garden and attempting to keep down dust close to house. The wind born dust is causing more respiratory problems in community. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Deming 16 ESE on 5/17/2017