Ice forms patterns of white crystal on the black paint of a vehicle after a night of termperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit this December. Photograph was taken with a cell phone. Courtesy Mark B. Gibson
Photo by Mark Gibson.
Images from December, 2013, which was colder then normal. Photos courtesy Mark B. Gibson, used by permission, all rights reserved.
Temperatures at The Dalles airport averaged colder than normal during December, according to preliminary data from NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.
The average temperature was 33.5 degrees, 2.5 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 41.8 degrees, 0.2 degrees above normal. The highest was 62 degrees on the 1st. Low temperatures averaged 25.1 degrees, 5.3 degrees below normal. The lowest was minus 4 degrees, on the 8th.
There were 25 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees and 2 days below zero. There were 5 days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.
Precipitation totaled 1.43 inches during December, which was 1.26 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on 5 days with the heaviest, 1.19 inches reported on the 1st.
Precipitation in 2013 totaled 9.54 inches, 3.88 inches below normal. Since October, the water year precipitation at The Dalles airport has been 2.89 inches, which is 2.64 inches below normal.
The highest wind gust was 47 mph which occurred on the 21st.
The outlook for January from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for near normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for The Dalles airport during January are 41.3 degrees and normal lows are 29.5 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 2.64 inches.
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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