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June 20, 2014 New Mexico

Sailing Weather

??????????Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque are buffeted in March by high winds of 50-60 mph. Diana de la Rosa Galey grew up in New Mexico and now deals with the winds as an emergency planner for Sandia Labs. While on a sightseeing sailing cruise she said, “The winds came up again this week, which was surprising.” The utilities have to scale back on electricity generation when the winds blow hard, which is detrimental to Sandia’s experiments. Meanwhile, the drought out West has reduced the Rio Grande River levels. “What were once Class 5 rapids in Taos are now Class 1 or 2.” When it comes to weather, Virginia is a breeze.

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