The website of the National Weather Service in Albuquerque stated Wednesday that a cold-air funnel had been reported near Dexter, but there were no reports that the funnel had touched down.
Cold-air funnels can occur when the atmosphere is unstable due to a crossing storm system, but rarely touch down on the ground. When they do touch down, they become very “small brief and weak tornados” capable of damaging flimsy structures, according to the website.
Alyssa Clements, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that a report had been phoned in at about 12:20 p.m., but it was not known exactly where the funnel had been seen.
Dexter Police were contacted and the Roswell Daily Record asked to speak with someone about the sighting. A person at the station said they would have someone call back but the call was not returned by press deadline.
The National Weather Service reported that at 12:44 p.m. a storm system was moving directly over southeast New Mexico that was capable of producing small cold-air funnels in the sky.
Clements said in the rare instance a cold-air funnel touches down on the ground, it will remain in place for a minute, if not seconds, with winds ranging from 50 to 60 mph.
Clements said in a call at about 5 p.m. Wednesday that no other reports were received.
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