April 2011 was a very dry, warm, and windy month across most of the region, except for the northern mountains and areas along the Colorado border. The 1st and 2nd were relatively quiet, then that changed on the 3rd as high winds caused some damage and wildfires across New Mexico. A quick hitting, but strong disturbance delivered much cooler temperatures on the 4th, and even a couple of inches of snow in the northeast. A more active pattern brought storms to the state on the 6th, 7th, and 9th into the 10th. Rain and snow fell over the northwest half while strong winds impacted the south and east portions of New Mexico. It was more tranquil on the 11th through 13th before another round of winds and fire weather on the 14th. The 15th through 17th were relatively quiet, but then winds increased on the 18th and 19th along with critical fire weather conditions. A one day break of the 20th was followed by more wind and mostly dry conditions from the 21st through 23rd. The winds continued on the 24th and 25th while rain showers and high mountain snows impacted the north on the 24th and 25th. High winds slammed  primarily the eastern plains on the 26th and again on the 29th. Much colder air began to arrive at the very end of the month.

 

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