Winter, 2011-12

Observations of Major Winter Storms and Interesting Weather Phenomena

Winter Wrapup - A Year When Long-Range Forecasts Went Wrong - Maps showing actual and predicted temperatures for climitalogical winter (December, January, and February), with discussions of how reality matched up with the forecasts (or didn't!) and why the forecasts may have gone wrong.

4/15/2012, Pagosa Springs, CO: Snow, Graupel, and 1-inch Hail - Unusually intense winter convection produces a rare mixture of graupel (snow pellets), snow, and severe hail, along with some storm structure that would be spectacular any time of year - all with the temperature ranging only in the 30s and low 40s. Includes photos, discussion, and video.

4/2-4/2012: Late Season Snowstorm in Central and Northern New Mexico - A late season storm that looked a few days earlier like it was heading in an entirely different direction proves to be one of the larger snowstorms of the winter in central and northern New Mexico, creating beautiful winter scenes but also major travel problems in the air and on the ground. Includes photos and discussion.

2/20-23/12: High Wind in Colorado - High wind, and at times, also snow, affect much of Colorado, as a series of disturbances move along the jet stream over the state. In many areas, winds exceeded hurricane force. Includes photos, discussion, and links to news and NWS reports on this multi-day event.

2/14-15/12: Another NM Storm Arrives on Valentines Day - Convective showers and thunderstorms dump a variety of precipitation, including heavy snow in some areas, on New Mexico, in a winter that is looking less and less like a typical La Nina winter. Includes discussion and several photos.

2/2-4/12: Northern New Mexico Convective Snowstorm - The same storm that produced record February snow in the Denver, CO area also impacted northern New Mexico and, due to the convective nature of the storm, offered some great photo ops. Includes pictures, a radar image, local storm reports, and discussion of the storm as it affected New Mexico.

1/16-17/12: A Rocky Mountain snowstorm drops more snow than expected - up to a foot in some locations - on the mountains of north-central New Mexico, and offers spectacular skyscapes at sunset and winter wonderland scenes in the mountains the next day.

This page last updated April 18, 2012.

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