October was drier than normal across much of the state, although pockets of the eastern plains were above normal. Temperatures were warmer than normal statewide.
The first five days of October were quiet, dry and warm, except a strong back door cold front on the 4th brought much cooler temperatures to the east on the 4th. A second potent front blasted south across the eastern plains on the 5th into the 6th with low clouds, fog and drizzle behind it. Strong east canyon winds developed on the evening of the 6th and sent temperatures tumbling in the Rio Grande Valley for the 7th. Quiet weather on the 8th through 10th was followed by a significant precipitation event on the 12th. This included isolated reports of high winds and large hail over central and eastern New Mexico. Dry, pleasant weather was the rule from the 13th through 20th. Temperatures were on a roller coaster ride in the east as a few back door cold fronts delivered bouts of cooler air, while lee side troughs warmed temperatures quickly back above normal. A potent storm system off Baja CA was a disappointment by the time it reached new Mexico on the 22nd. The storm quickly weakened and only delivered a few showers to northwest and southeast New Mexico. The bigger weather story was the record warmth and strong winds on the 24th, followed by much colder weather on the 25th and 26th. The remainder of the month turned warmer and more tranquil.