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January weather was warmer than normal

DRESSED as the Statue of Liberty, Austin Black works undaunted through a heavy fall of snow Monday afternoon on Third Street, downtown The Dalles, where he is trying to gain attention for a local tax firm.

DRESSED as the Statue of Liberty, Austin Black works undaunted through a heavy fall of snow Monday afternoon on Third Street, downtown The Dalles, where he is trying to gain attention for a local tax firm. Photo by Mark Gibson.

Temperatures at The Dalles airport averaged warmer than normal during the month of January, according to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.

The average temperature was 37.4 degrees, 2 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 43.5 degrees, 2.2 degrees above normal. The highest was 57 degrees on the 11th. Low temperatures averaged 31.3 degrees, which was 1.8 degrees above normal. The lowest was 19 degrees, on the 5th.

Fourteen days had low temperatures below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 1.34 inches during January, 1.30 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on nine days with the heaviest, 0.38 inches reported on the 8th.

Since October, the water year precipitation at The Dalles airport has been 4.23 inches, 3.78 inches below normal.

The highest wind gust was 55 mph which occurred on the 11th. There were two days when the wind exceeded 50 mph.

The outlook for February from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for near to below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for The Dalles airport during February are 47.8 degrees and normal lows are 32.1 degrees. The 30 year normal precipitation is 1.86 inches.

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

Online:

NOAA National Weather Service in Pendleton, Oregon: http://weather. gov/pendleton

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