February temperatures much colder than usual
Temperatures at Madras averaged much colder than normal during the month of February, according to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton.
The average temperature was 27.5 degrees, which was 7.9 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 35.9 degrees, which was 10.5 degrees below normal. The highest was 48 degrees on Feb. 1.
Low temperatures averaged 19.1 degrees, which was 5.3 degrees below normal. The lowest was -7 degrees, on Feb. 28. There were 25 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. There were eight days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.
Precipitation totaled 2.35 inches during February, which was 1.39 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on nine days, with the heaviest, 0.70 inches, reported on the 27th.
Precipitation this year has reached 4.03 inches, which is 1.77 inches above normal. Since October, the water-year precipitation at Madras has been 5.51 inches, which is 0.23 inches below normal.
Snowfall data is unavailable at this time.
The outlook for March from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center calls for below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.
Normal highs for Madras rise from 50.0 degrees at the start of March to 58.0 degrees at the end of March. Normal lows rise from 26.0 degrees to 30.0 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.81 inches.
The National Weather Service is an office of NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.