High winds bring dust to Tri-Cities

Tri-City HeraldMarch 19, 2014 

Dry conditions and strong winds from a cold front have created dusty conditions for the Mid-Columbia this afternoon.

Winds of nearly 30 mph with gusts of nearly 40 mph have been pushing through the region as the front rolls through, said Dennis Hull, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pendleton. That's just below the threshold for a wind advisory.

Dry conditions combined with soil being disturbed as farmers begin working in the ir fields contributed to the dust in the air, though visibility was listed as 10 miles at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, Hull said, down from the 50 miles of visibility on a clear day.

The dust won’t prohibit aircraft from landing and taking off, Hull said. Drivers shouldn’t be hampered either, though strong cross winds could be an issue for high profile vehicles.

The winds are expected to die down throughout the evening and the night, Hull said.

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