April 2011 was warmer than normal statewide. Precipitation was more varied, with near to above normal amounts over the Northern Mountains, Northeast, Upper and Middle Rio Grande Valley, south central areas and a small portion of the Southeast Plains. Elsewhere prcipitation was below normal.

April began with the wind not fooling around as strong wind gusts pelted New Mexico. This was due to a potent storm system approaching from the west. It slowly crossed New Mexico on the 2nd into the 3rd with much needed moisture for most of the state. Snow blanketed much of the higher terrain of northern and central New Mexico, although even the Upper and Middle Rio Grande Valley had a few inches of wet, slushy snow. Rain fell as well on the valleys and eastern plains. A warming and drying trend began on the 4th with above normal temperatures returning by the 6th and continued for the most part through the 13th. Mid level moisture began moving into New Mexico from the south on the 8th and 9th, leading to some dry storms over the west. Isolated storms turned severe over the northeast on the 10th and 11th. Colder and unsettled weather impacted the state on the 14th and 15th. High winds caused some damage on the 14th while snow fell over the western and northern high terrain on both days. An extensive period of mostly dry and warmer weather followed from the 16th through 25th with numerous record high temperatures. High winds returned on the 26th along with some showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures cooled some on the 27th and 28th. Thunderstorms impacted the Eastern Plains on the 29th, while the 30th was mostly dry and warm.

 

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