Weather fronts, or just intense heating of the ground when nearby mountains and the atmosphere are still relatively cold, can bring about wind. And in spring, the above often combine many days. This begins in Albuquerque, except in colder years, between late February and early March. Spring winds seem to be more common in the 3000'-6000' elevations of the desert, though few are safe some years.
Sunday 3/18 @ 12 noon:
Getting dusty, hazy, and the placid and mild spring morning is now a memory. The air now has some fine grit in it, and it smells dry and stale.
The visibility is now under 1 mile, and all that brown is sand, dust, and soil fines over 1000' deep, blowing from a 50+ mile area.
Still not pretty, but I can see further already. After the unseasonably cold air moves in for a few days, it shall soon clear and return to average, then warmer, and then probably do it all over again. Seasons!
As for me, I'll take the occasional dust storms, to gain the majority of pleasant desert spring days and evenings, while I can!