When you're new to a city, you don't really know how to deal with their local weather. Being new to El Paso means you will have to deal with our wild springtime weather and unless you have someone walking you through it, it can be quite a surprise. Our springtime windstorms are a real drag, but I don't mind them because I would rather deal with a little wind rather than a hurricane, earthquake, or tornado.

Getting through the springtime is tough but be glad it's not summer yet because that brings with it crazy stretches of triple digit temperatures. As we head into our windy season, here are a few things you need to know:

1. Never leave your windows open - Ok, not never but if you are planning on leaving the house, make sure you close your windows. Springtime wind storms will kick up with no warning and it doesn't take long for the entire desert to be all over your floors and furniture. Even if you think you don't need to, if you're leaving your house, close your windows.

Roofline showing windows, brick stones, gutter, soffit, stucco against blue sky

2. Get used to fixing your face - We're all wearing masks nowadays, but the rest of your face is exposed and blowing dust will trash your makeup super quick. You might walk out of your house looking like a Kylie Jenner ad, but by mid-day, you'll look like you've been sandblasted. Get used to carrying makeup wipes and travel-sized cosmetics to refresh your look during the day.


3. Rain + desert = mud - El Paso has two types of spring rains. They are either gullywashers or just enough moisture to turn every speck of of dirt on your car into a tiny pool of mud. You will lose track of how often you wash your car and then some weird cloud will come along, rain only on your car and leave it looking like you've been four-wheeling in your station wagon. Get an unlimited car wash deal. You won't regret it.

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4. Tie your stuff down - All that pretty patio furniture on your patio will be blown around during a spring windstorm. Looking for something that has gone missing? Check your neighbor's yard, it's probably there. How do you think I got all my patio furniture? Tie stuff down or make sure you find that one spot on the patio that is protected from the wind. If not, get used to buying new stuff because I'm not giving it back.

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