June 2011 was much warmer and drier than normal.

The big story in June was the smoke from fires in Arizona, namely the Wallow Fire, located near the New Mexico and Arizona border, west of Luna and the Las Conchas Fire near Los Alamos. Daily rounds of smoke and reduced visibilities plagued parts of western and central New Mexico for much of the month.

June began as May ended, with the first bout of severe weather across the eastern plains on the 1st. More isolated high winds and large hail were also noted on the 3rd and 4th across the far eastern plains. Showers and storms were a bit more tame on the 5th and 6th, with dry weather on the 7th through 9th. A back door cold front brought moisture into the east on the 10th and isolated showers and thunderstorms were the result on the 10th and 11th, while dry weather returned on the 12th and 13th. Just a few showers and storms managed to form over the northeast on the 14th and 15th with dry, breezy and hot weather ensuing on the 16th and 17th. A back door cold front nudged into the northeast on the 18th with an isolated storm. High wind was the story on the 19th. A brief cool down followed on the 20th and 21st with less wind. Temperatures soarded upward on the 22nd through 26th with some record high temperatures, mostly light winds and dry conditions. A strong back door cold front brought moisture to eastern areas on the 27th with some strong thunderstorms over the east. Some of this moisture made it into western and central areas for the last three days of the month.
 

 

 


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