August weather warmer, wetter than usual


September outlook normal

August was a little warmer than usual, according to preliminary data received from the National Weather Service in Pendleton.

The average temperature was 66.4 degrees, which was 1.4 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 85.2 degrees, which was 0.5 degrees above normal. The highest was 92 degrees on Aug. 7.

Low temperatures averaged 47.7 degrees, which was 2.4 degrees above normal. The lowest was 41 degrees, on Aug. 3.

On three days, the temperature exceeded 90 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 1.20 inches during August, which was 0.86 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on six days, with the heaviest, 0.50 inches reported on the 26th.

The highest wind gust was 56 mph, which occurred on the 25th. However, that same day, the wind gauge at the Madras Municipal Airport recorded a gust of 77 mph.

The outlook for September from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center calls for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

Normal highs for Madras fall from 81.0 degrees at the start of September to 71.0 degrees at the end of September. Normal lows fall from 43.0 degrees to 34.0 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.41 inches.

The National Weather Service is an office of NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.