November 9-11, 2012: High Winds, Rain, Snow and Much Colder Weather
An impressive storm impacted New Mexico from the 9th through 11th, with bone-chilling cold temperatures on the morning of the 12th. The storm came inland from the Pacific Northwest on the 8th and dove toward the four corners regoin on the 9th. Rain developed over the northwest on the 9th and expanded south and east on the 10th. Colder air on the 10th changed the rain to snow over the higher elevations of the Western and Northern Mountains. Cold air continued to pour into the state on the 11th with record cold temperatures for many locations on the morning of the 12th. Meanwhile high winds blasted New Mexico on the 10th. The tables below summarize the strongest wind gusts, higher snowfall totals and record cold temperatures from the first significant storm of the season.
Location Peak Wind Gusts (mph)
Tucumcari Airport 75
top of Taos Ski Area 70
3S Milagro 70
10ESE Maes 70
15SSW Bueyeros 65
12NW Yeso 65
18NNE Encinoso 64
15SE Tolar 63
Location Total Snowfall (Inches)
Taos Ski Area 12.0
12WSW San Rafael 9.4
5WSW Prewitt 7.0
2WSW El Morro 6.4
5 E El Morro 6.1
Red River Ski Area 6.0
3N Fence Lake 5.0
13E Fence Lake 5.0
5SE McGaffey 4.0
Dulce 4.0
Location Nov 12 Record Low Temperature (F)
 El Morro -6
 Chama -4
 Cubero 1
 Raton Airport 4
 Las Vegas Airport 8
Grants-Milan Airport 9
 Los Lunas 3SW  10
 Albuquerque S. Valley  11
 Moriarty 1NE  12
 Gran Quivira  12
 Tucumcari Airport  17
Santa Fe Airport 17 T
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