West Texas Weather Links. Updated 2/11/01
|SAN ANGELO WEATHER RADAR||Shows the radar through Del Rio
and the Trans-Pecos
|EL PASO REGIONAL RADAR||Radar for west Texas through W. Arizona
including the Davis Mtns. and the Big Bend
|EL PASO SATELLITE||Satellite view of TX through CA|
|MIDLAND WEATHER RADAR||radar through the northern Trans-Pecos and the Davis Mtns.|
|PHOENIX REGIONAL RADAR||Radar from CA through W. NM|
|DEL RIO WEATHER CONDITIONS||Local conditions and 10 day forecast|
MARFA WEATHER CONDITIONS
||Local conditions and 10 day forecast|
|FORT STOCKTON WEATHER CONDITIONS||Local conditions and 10 day forecast|
|GUADALUPE PASS WEATHER CONDITIONS||Local conditions and 10 day forecast|
|CARLSBAD, NM WEATHER CONDITIONS||Local conditions and 10 day forecast|
|SANDERSON WEATHER CONDITIONS||Local conditions and 10 day forecast|
|VAN HORN TX WEATHER||Local conditions and 10 day forecast|
For those of you who are not used to Texas or southwestern weather, BEWARE! Most of the time the weather will be HOT and DRY. There is usually a mild wind blowing. However, it sometimes turns bad, often rather quickly.
The winds can often be quite brisk. If you are driving in an area with a lot of rock cuts, the change in wind speed and/or direction when you are entering and exiting cuts can cause high profile vehicles to shift into another lane. Vehicles, particularly those towing trailers, occasionally are tipped over by the wind. Also, if you are in a sandy area, the sand can blow into engine parts. It can also blast the paint off your vehicle.
The weather can change fast. Some years back I was parked above the Pecos River, enjoying the view, at about 3PM. The sky began to darken, the wind began to blow. Within 15 minutes it was dark enough in mid-afternoon that cars had their headlights on. I got out of my car to enjoy the sight, and small stones, being blown by the wind, began to pelt me. I headed eastward for cover. About seven inches of hail, much of it tennis ball size, was dumped on Langtry by this storm.
In 1981 I was collecting west of Langtry. Around midnight the wind began to blow. It was blowing with sufficient strength that it was lifting the front of my VW rabbit off the road, making it difficult to steer. The winds got to over 90 MPH, and they developed very fast. Roofs were blown off, vehicles overturned. Rocks were blown from atop the rock cuts onto the road. Stones were blown from the arroyos onto the road. In one place, the wind got under the pavement and folded the shoulder of the road onto the road, like folding an omelette. About 1:30 AM the wind died down, I went collecting and found two alterna, no other snakes.
Flash floods can also occur. The may occur even though there is no rain where you are. On the river road one night, I stopped to look at a snake. The rain hit while I was looking at it. By the time I got back down the road a bit, the low crossing was already full of water. Fortunately I was able to stop on a rise, avoiding being flooded out. Within a half hour or so, the rains and flood waters had stopped. However, there was mud up to the five foot mark on the water crossing post.
Another time, a wall of water came down the Pecos and left debris up the hill at the Pandale crossing about 25-30 feet, even though there had been no rains in that area.
The main thing is to be aware of the weather. It can happen fast, and there are few places to hide in west Texas (Or in NM and AZ.)