Temperatures at The Dalles airport averaged warmer than normal during February, according to preliminary data from NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.
The average temperature was 42.4 degrees, 2.4 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 52.6 degrees, 4.0 degrees above normal. The highest was 59 degrees Feb. 13. Low temperatures averaged 32.2 degrees, 0.1 degrees above normal. The lowest was 22 degrees Feb. 19.
Fifteen days had low temperatures below 32.
Precipitation totaled 0.37 inches during February, which was 1.49 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on five days with the heaviest, 0.16 inches reported Feb. 28.
Precipitation this year has reached 0.69 inches, which is 3.56 inches below normal. Since October, the water year precipitation at The Dalles airport has been 6.75 inches, which is 3.03 inches below normal.
The highest wind gust was 45 mph Feb. 11.
The outlook for March from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is for below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for The Dalles airport rise from 52.0 degrees at the start of March to 61.0 degrees at the end of March.
Normal lows rise from 34.0 degrees to 39.0 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.15 inches.
The National Weather Service is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.
NOAA National Weather Service in Pendleton: http://weather.gov/pendleton