December 2011 was colder, wetter and whiter than normal!
The last month of the year began with a bang as a storm brewed to the west of New Mexico on the 1st, while a strong cold front blasted south across the state. High winds occurred across the Rio Grande and Tularosa Valleys, with strong winds over the eastern plains The storm slowly made its way to the east, bringing plenty of moisture with it, resulting in widespread snow across much of New Mexico. Heavy snow blanketed much of eastern New Mexico. Another major storm delivered more snow to the state late on the 4th into the 6th, along with brutally cold temperatures. After a break from the 7th through 11th the active pattern returned with storms on the 12th into the 14th with wet or white conditions for many locations. Another slow moving storm brought plenty of rain and snow from late on the 18th through early on the 20th. Blizzard conditions were observed across portions of the eastern plains. Yet another storm arrived on the 22nd and continued through the 24th. Mostly dry conditions followed for the last week of the month with a general moderating trend in temperatures.