May weather warmer than usual
According to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures at Madras averaged warmer than normal during the month of May.
The average temperature was 57.6 degrees, which was 4.9 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 73.7 degrees, which was 5.1 degrees above normal. The highest was 84 degrees on the 16th.
Low temperatures averaged 41.5 degrees, which was 4.7 degrees above normal. The lowest was 27 degrees, on May 2. There were three days with the low temperature below 32 degrees.
Precipitation totaled 1.09 inches during May, which was 0.08 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on five days, with the heaviest, 0.50 inches, reported on May 9.
Precipitation this year has reached 4.35 inches, which is 0.65 inches below normal. Since October, the water-year precipitation at Madras has been 6.66 inches, which is 1.82 inches below normal.
The highest wind gust was 28 mph, which occurred on the 12th.
The outlook for June 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 73.0 degrees at the start of June to 81.0 degrees at the end of June.
Normal lows rise from 40.0 degrees to 45.0 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.68 inches.
The National Weather Service is an office of NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.