October was warmer than normal across New Mexico. Precipitation varied from above normal in the Northwest, portions of the Rio Grande Valley and East Central Plains to below normal elsewhere.
The first week of October was very active as several storms brought a vast array of weather, including widespread, significant rains, snow to the northern mountains, high winds to the northeast and severe thunderstorms to the far eastern plains. In contrast, a very quiet period followed fron the 8th though 17th with mostly dry and mild weather. A strong back door front reached the eastern plains late on the 17th with much cooler temperatures for the east on the 18th and 19th, and minor cooling for the west. The 19th through 25th was again dry and warmer than normal. Another strong cold front plummeted south on the 26th with much colder temperatures statewide, along with rain and snow across northern and eastern portions of the state into the 27th. The final days of the month were dry with a warming trend.