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Outlook for February calls for normal temperatures, below normal precipitation.

MADRAS PIONEER LOGO - January weather averaged much warmer than normal.Temperatures at Madras averaged significantly warmer than normal during the month of January, according to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton.

The average temperature was 34.7 degrees, which was 2.2 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 44.1 degrees, which was 2.3 degrees above normal. The highest was 62 degrees on the 28th.

Low temperatures averaged 25.3 degrees, which was 2.0 degrees above normal. The lowest was 15 degrees, on Jan. 1. There were 28 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. There were two days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 1.68 inches during January, which was 0.38 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on five days, with the heaviest, 1.10 inches, reported on the 21st.

Since October, the water-year precipitation at Madras has been 3.16 inches, which is 1.62 inches below normal.

Snowfall totaled 0.4 inches. The heaviest snowfall was 0.4 inches reported on Jan. 8.

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

Normal highs for Madras during February are 46.4 degrees and normal lows are 24.4 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.96 inches.

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

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