February starts with storm

by: SUSAN MATHENY - A car remained buried in snow on Monday, after a snowstorm that started Friday.January weather may have been near normal, but February is starting out colder and wetter than normal.

According to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures in Madras averaged 32.5 degrees during the month of January, considered at normal.

High temperatures averaged 42.9 degrees, which was 1.1 degrees above normal. The highest was 57 degrees on the 16th. Low temperatures averaged 22.1 degrees, which was 1.2 degrees below normal. The lowest was 10 degrees, on Jan. 5.

There were 27 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. There were five days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 0.34 inches during January, which was 0.96 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least 0.01 inch — was received on six days with the heaviest, 0.15 inches reported on the 12th.

Since October, the water-year precipitation at Madras has been 1.19 inches, which is 3.59 inches below normal.

The highest wind gust was 40 mph which occurred on Jan. 11.

The outlook for February from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center calls for near normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for Madras during February are 46.4 degrees and normal lows are 24.4 degrees.

The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.96 inches.

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

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