March weather colder than usual
Temperatures at Madras averaged colder than normal during the month of March, according to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton.
The average temperature was 38.3 degrees which was 2.8 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 51.7 degrees, which was 2.6 degrees below normal. The highest was 63 degrees on March 30.
Low temperatures averaged 24.8 degrees, which was 3.1 degrees below normal. The lowest was 15 degrees, on March 7. There were 29 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees.
Precipitation totaled 0.83 inches during March, which was 0.02 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on five days with the heaviest, 0.30 inches, reported on the 14th.
Precipitation for the year has reached 1.87 inches, which is 1.20 inches below normal. Since October, the water-year precipitation at Madras has been 4.18 inches, which is 2.37 inches below normal.
Snowfall totaled 0.1 inches. The heaviest snowfall was 0.1 inches reported on March 2.
The highest wind gust was 44 mph, which occurred on the 22th.
During the month of March, there were two lightning flashes detected in the vicinity of Madras, according to Earth Networks.
The outlook for April from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center calls for near normal temperatures and above 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.