More of same expected in April

After an extraordinarily cold February, temperatures in March were slightly warmer than normal in Madras.

According to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton, the average temperature was 41.7 degrees, which was 0.6 degrees above normal.

High temperatures averaged 55.6 degrees, which was 1.3 degrees above normal. The highest was 69 degrees on March 16. Low temperatures averaged 27.7 degrees, which was 0.2 degrees below normal. The lowest was 14 degrees, on the 22nd.

There were 19 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 1.67 inches during March, which was 0.86 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on 13 days with the heaviest, 0.48 inches reported on March 10.

Precipitation this year has reached 4.55 inches, which is 1.48 inches above normal. Since October, the water-year precipitation at Madras has been 5.40 inches, which is 1.15 inches below normal.

The highest wind gust was 40 mph, which occurred on March 5.

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

Normal highs for Madras rise from 58.0 degrees at the start of April to 64.0 degrees at the end of April. Normal lows rise from 30.0 degrees to 33.0 degrees.

The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.92 inches.

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

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