August temperatures much warmer than usual
High temperatures in August were substantially warmer than usual, according to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton.
While the overall average temperature of 67.9 degrees was only 2.9 degrees above normal, high temperatures averaged 90.5 degrees, which was 5.8 degrees above normal. The highest was 100 degrees on Aug. 6. On 17 days, the temperature exceeded 90 degrees.
Low temperatures averaged 45.3 degrees, which was normal. The lowest was 35 degrees, on Aug. 25.
Precipitation totaled 0.13 inches during August, which was 0.21 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on four days with the heaviest, 0.05 inches, reported on the 14th.
Precipitation this year has reached 5.53 inches, which is 1.03 inches below normal. Since October, the water-year precipitation at Madras has been 9.68 inches, which is only 0.36 inches below normal.
The highest wind gust was 30 mph, which occurred on Aug. 18.
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.