Monthly Review of Weather Events Across New Mexico in 2013

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The first week of 2013 was cold with well below normal temperatures. The first disturbance of the year crossed New Mexico on the 3rd with light snow amounts over south central and southeast portions of the state. A more potent storm delivered rain and snow to the east on the 9th into the morning hours of the 10th. The next storm followed quickly from the west on the 11th, complete with high winds, some snow and cold air. The cold air remained through the 17th with a few weak systems bringing mostly light snows to the north and central portions of the state. Dry weather was the rule from the 17th through 24th with some moderation in temperatures starting on the 18th. A more active weather pattern returned for the last week of the month, including storms late on the 25th through the 26th and 28th into the 29th. 


January 1 in Cuba – photo courtesy of Mike Weaver


February 10 in Farmington – photo courtesy of MJ Washburn

The first week of February was quiet with mostly dry weather and mild early February temperatures. But two storms, the first on the 9th and the second on the 11th brought significant precipitation over the north. High winds were experienced over the eastern half of the state on the 9th. The weather quieted down from the 12th through 19th with just a couple of very weak systems and mostly below normal temperatures. Strong winds, snow and colder temperatures arrived on the 20th. An active weather pattern continued through the rest of the month with storms on the 22nd, 24th and 26th. Not alot of snow fell with the first and last of these systems, but the storm on the 24th provided moderate to heavy snow across the eastern plains, including blizzard conditions. Throughtout the active weather from the 20th through the end of the month temperatures were well below normal.


The first week of the month was relatively quiet with a couple of chilly days but mostly above normal temperatures. Strong winds visited on the 4th. The first significant storm of the month arrived on the 8th and continued into the 10th. Up to 2 feet of snow was welcomed over the northern mountain peaks. Relatively quiet weather followed for the next week with record highs on the 15th. Strong winds blew across the state on the 17th. Mild weather was the rule from the 18th through 22nd, but this was followed by a big cool down on the 23rd and 24th. High winds also blasted the state on the 23rd. Winds were not a major weather factor the rest of the month. It was mostly dry and milder.


 March 12 in San Juan County – photo courtesy of Darren Brown



April 24 in Albuquerque – photo courtesy of Keith Hayes



The first week of the month was relatively quiet with windy conditions on the 3rd and 5th. The first few days were chilly but temperatures warmed above normal from the 3rd to 7th. Strong winds and cooler temperatures on the 8th were the rule as a potent storm approached from the west. Precipitation developed on the 8th and was widepsread on the 9th before tapering off on the 10th. The 9th and 10th were exceptionally chilly days. A gradual warming trend followed from the 11th through 14th even though a few showers lingered across the state on the 11th through 13th. Strong winds buffetted the state from the 14th through 16th while temperatures climbed well above normal again. A big change to wintery like weather and temperatures followed on the 17th and 18th with more strong and gusty winds. A warming trend with mostly dry conditions and less wind followed for the 19th through 21st. High winds blasted the state on the 22nd followed by a surge of cold air, with numerous record lows on the morning of the 24th. A disturbance on the 25th brought dry thunderstorms to New Mexico with strong wind gusts. The remainder of the month was mostly dry with much warmer temperatures.


The month began warm on the 1st, but a strong cold front brought high winds early on the 2nd followed by record cold on the morning of the 3rd. Dry and warmer weather followed for the 4th into the 5th. Moisture gradually filtered into New Mexico from the 6th to 10th, but widespread wetting rain did not materialize. The best rain days were the 6th and 10th into 11th. This was followed by gradual drying on the 12th and 13th. The storm that brought the initial moisture to the state had moved into Mexico but returned to the southeast on the 14th.  At the same time a disturbance and cold front dropped south across the state on the 15th, helping to generate some shower and thunderstorm activity. Rain amounts though were mostly light. Mostly dry and warmer than normal conditions were the rule from the 16th through 18th. Cooler temperatures and a few showers and storms imapacted mainly northern New Mexico on the 19th and 20th before another warmup and mostly dry weather on the 21st and 22nd. The first reasonably widespread severe weather event of the year struck the eastern plains on the 24th and 25th. A short wave trough on the 29th sent isolated showers and storms to the northwest and far southeast on the 28th and 29th. Dry weather ended the month on the 30th and 31st.

  May 9 in Moriarty – photo courtesy of Marjorie McCrory Fiske


 June 6 in Lamy – photo courtesy of Perry Paulazzo

Isolated severe weather struck eastern New Mexico on the 2nd and 3rd, with more widespread reports of large hail and high winds on the 5th and 7th. Mostly dry and hot weather was the rule from the 8th through the 12th, although strong winds from a virga shower struck Albuquerque on the evening of the 10th, knocking down power lines in far west and northeast sections of the city. Very isolated severe weather impacted the east from the 13th - 17th, then more widespread severe weather was noted over the eastern plains on the 18th and 19th. Less storm coverage was noted on the 20th and 21st with very isolated severe weather. It was completely dry on the 22nd, then only limited storms on the 23rd through 27th. An increase in convection took place over the last three days of the month as an active weather pattern with decent moisture got underway.
Moisture began streaming into New Mexico on the 2nd, albeit from the north and east, the so called reverse monsoon. But the moisture was sufficient to produce some heavy rain from the 2nd through 8th, along with widespread severe weather on the 2nd and 3rd. Flash flooding occurred over part of the Whitewater-Baldy burn scar on the 4th. Daily rounds of showers and thunderstorms continued on the 5th through 8th with faily widespread coverage, minor flooding and a couple of significant flash flood events on recent burn scars and in the south and southwest portion of Albuquerque. The 9th and 10th were not quite as active, but a modest surge of monsoon moisture on the 11th through 14th brought some increase in rainfall coverage to the state. The 14th and 15th was a wet period as a storm from the northeast U.S. turned west and raced toward New Mexico. The 16th through 18th saw less convection, then a sharp increase on the 19th through 21st caused local flash flooding. The 22nd and 23rd were less active then a couple of good moisture surges brought isolated flash flooding and heavy rains to the state on the 25th thorugh 26th. Flash flooding and thunderstorm wind damage ravaged Albuquerque on the 26th. The remainder of the month saw a decrease in storms aside from a noticeable increase on the 31st.

July 14 in Bluewater – photo courtesy of Drew Mitchem


August 19 in Los Alamos – photo courtesy of Jim Stein

August began active with flash flooding reported on the 1st, 3rd and 4th through 6th. High pressure set up east of New Mexico, providing a direct monsoonal flow from the south into the state. Upper air disturbances added to the heavy rain and isolated pockets of flash flooding. Isolated severe weather then developed on the 7th and 8th. Flash flooding and severe weather became a concern again on the 10th through 13th and again on the 15th. After a downward trend in convection from the 16th through 18th, monsoon moisture surged back into New Mexico from the 19th through 22nd, then again on the 24th and 25th. The 26th through the 28th produced only light to moderate rainfall with no reports of minor or major flooding. The end of the month turned a bit wetter as a disturbance moved up western new Mexico. Serious flooding was reported in Lordsburg on the 29th.
The month began active with widespread showers and thunderstorms on the 1st, including flash flooding around Edgewood. A gradual drying trend began on the 2nd and continue through the 7th as dry air moved in from the east. Moisture began to increase over western New Mexico on the 9th, then over the entire state on the 10th and 11th. This was an impressive, epic, historical surge of moisture, especially for mid September. Widespread heavy rain, flash flooding and river flooding was reported from the 10th through 16th, with more isolated flooding from the 17th through 20th. Much drier weather followed through the 27th. A strong cold front delivered showers and storms on the 28th, then New Mexico experienced a dry and chilly end of the month


September 14 at Gila River – photo courtesy of Andrea Martinez

October 30 in Albuquerque - photo courtesy Todd Shoemake

The first week of October was relatively quiet in terms of precipitation, with only a little rain and snow across the northern mountains and northeast on the 5th. A strong cold front did bring gusty winds and much colder temperatures to the state on the 4th and 5th. A potent storm on the 10th delivered wind, rain and high elevation snow to the state. A strong back door front on the 15th sent temperatures plummeting in the east while rain and higher elevation snow developed over northern and central portions of the state. Additional back door cold fronts impacted mainly the east on the 17th and 21st, bringing cooler air but little in the way of precipitation. A slow-moving storm was able to draw moisture into New Mexico from early on the 25th into the 26th, providing widespread rain showers and some mountain snow showers. Dry weather followed until a storm arrived late on the 28th through the 29th. Halloween was dry, but chilly.
The first significant storm delivered rain and snow to central and northern New Mexico on the 4th into the 5th. Significant snow accumulations were noted over the higher peaks of the northern mountains. Relatively quiet weather followed through the 10th. A strong cold front arrived on the 11th across the eastern plains. A decent storm on the 15th and 16th dropped rain over much of the state and snow in the northern mountains. A strong cold front on the 21st and 22nd combined with a slow moving, potent storm to bring widespread rain, ice and snow to the Land of Enchantment from the 21st through 25th! The rest of the month was much quieter, including a tranquil Thanksgiving. Cold temperatures gradually returned to normal by the end of the month with mostly dry weather.


November 2 in Pleasanton – photo courtesy of David Thornburg


December 16, 2012 sunrise over Rio Rancho - photo courtesy of Mike Weaver
The month was dry through the 3rd but strong winds buffetted the state on the 3rd. Much colder air along with valley rain and snow, and mountain snow followed from the 4th through 6th. Additional storms delivered more snow to the mountains onto the eastern high plains on the 7th to 8th and 12th to 13th. These areas received near to above normal precipitation while most other locations were below normal for the month. The only other storm this month was on the 20th to 21st, when light to moderate snow fell over northern and central New Mexico. The final ten days of the month were largely dry with near to below normal temperatures.
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