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Date: December 6, 2009: A new weather system is entering the Big Bend area. It will be characterized by warming temperatures Tuesday (perhaps the mid 80s along the Rio Grande, mid 60s in the Chisos Mountains) and high winds all day and into the evening. Winds will gust up to 50 mph in the park, and possibly much higher at exposed high elevations in the park such as the High Chisos.Predictions of wind gusts north of the park are 45-55mph in the Alpine to Ft. Davis area. 230 miles to the northwest of the park at Guadalupe Pass on Hwy 62/180 gusts are predicted to exceed 90mph near Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks. Please check updated National Weather Service forecasts.
Winds like this make camping MISERABLE! Been there. Done that. Best to adjust the schedule if possible. If not, go to Big Bend and not the Guads. Note the 90 mph winds there. 50 mph is totally miserable enough when it's cold. 90 mph is like camping in a frigging hurricane. No wayno!Al
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