February slightly cooler than normal

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March forecast calls for near normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

For the second month in row, weather was colder than normal in Madras in February, according to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton.

The average temperature was 34.5 degrees, which was 0.9 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 45.5 degrees, which was 0.9 degrees below normal. The highest was 56 degrees on the 16th.

Low temperatures averaged 23.5 degrees, which was 0.9 degrees below normal. The lowest was 15 degrees, on Feb. 3. There were 23 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees, and one day when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees all day.

Precipitation totaled 1.57 inches during February, which was 0.61 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on 15 days, with the heaviest, 0.30 inches, reported on Feb. 1.

Precipitation this year has reached 3.60 inches, which is 1.34 inches above normal. Since October, the water-year precipitation at Madras has been 7.75 inches, which is 2.01 inches above normal.

Snowfall totaled 1.7 inches with at least one inch of snow reported on only one day. The heaviest snowfall was 1.5 inches reported on Feb. 7, which also had the greatest depth of snow on the ground, with one inch.

The highest wind gust was 45 mph, which occurred on the 20th.

The outlook for March from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center calls for near to below normal temperatures and above 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.