August warmer than usual
Temperatures at Madras averaged slightly warmer than normal during the month of August, according to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton.
The average temperature was 66.4 degrees, which was 1.4 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 86.3 degrees, which was 1.6 degrees above normal. The highest was 100 degrees on Aug. 10.
Low temperatures averaged 46.5 degrees, which was 1.2 degrees above normal. The lowest was 35 degrees, on Aug. 25.
On 10 days, the temperature exceeded 90 degrees. It was at least 100 degrees on one day.
The was no measurable precipitation during August, which was 0.34 inches below normal. Precipitation this year has reached 5.04 inches, which is 1.52 inches below normal. Since October, the water-year precipitation at Madras has been 7.35 inches, which is 2.69 inches below normal.
The highest wind gust was 33 mph, which occurred on the 16th.
The outlook for September from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center calls for near normal temperatures and below 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.