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The forecast for May calls for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

PIONEER LOGO - The National Weather Service reports that April was cooler than normal.Temperatures at Madras averaged slightly colder than normal during the month of April, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service in Pendleton.

The average temperature was 45.2 degrees, which was 0.4 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 58.7 degrees, which was 1.9 degrees below normal. The highest was 78 degrees on April 26.

Low temperatures averaged 31.7 degrees, which was 1.0 degree above normal. The lowest was 16 degrees, on April 3. There were 12 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 1.39 inches during April, which was 0.47 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on seven days, with the heaviest, 0.41 inches, reported on the 16th.

Precipitation this year has reached 3.26 inches, which is 0.73 inches below normal. Since October, the water-year precipitation at Madras has been 5.57 inches, which is 1.90 inches below normal.

The highest wind gust was 47 mph, which occurred on April 7.

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

Normal highs for Madras rise from 64.0 degrees at the start of May to 72.0 degrees at the end of May. Normal lows rise from 33.0 degrees to 40.0 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.01 inches.

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

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