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Average temperature was 38.9 degrees, 6.4 above normal. Precipitation slightly lower than normal.

According to preliminary data received by NOAA's National Weather Service in Pendleton Oregon, temperatures at Madras averaged much warmer than normal during January.

The average temperature was 38.9 degrees, which was 6.4 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 48.5 degrees, which was 6.7 degrees above normal. The highest was 59 degrees on the 4th. Low temperatures averaged 29.4 degrees, which was 6.1 degrees above normal. The lowest was 12 degrees, on the 17th.

There were 16 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 1.20 inches during January, which was 0.10 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on four days with the heaviest, 0.70 inches reported on the 13th.

Since October, the water year precipitation at Madras has been 2.57 inches, which is 2.21 inches below normal.

Snowfall totaled 1 inch, which fell on the 17th.

The outlook for February from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center calls for near-normal temperatures and near-normal precipitation. Normal highs for Madras during February are 46.4 degrees and normal lows are 23.5 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.96 inches.

This was the fourth warmest January on record. The warmest was 43.5 degrees, in 1953.

The National Weather Service is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.

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