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Temperatures in February colder than normal

Temperatures at The Dalles airport averaged colder than normal during February, according to preliminary data from NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.

The average temperature was 36 degrees, 4 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 42.3 degrees, 5.5 degrees below normal. The highest was 57 degrees Feb. 17. Low temperatures averaged 29.6 degrees, 2.5 degrees below normal. The lowest was 8 degrees Feb. 7.

On 12 days the low temperature was below 32 degrees. On six days the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 3.11 inches during February, 1.25 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on 16 days with the heaviest, 0.67 inches reported Feb. 14.

Precipitation this year has reached 4.45 inches, 0.20 inches above normal. Since October, the water year precipitation at The Dalles airport has been 7.34 inches, 2.44 inches below normal.

The highest wind gust was 53 mph which occurred Feb. 17. On one day the wind exceeded 50 mph.

The outlook for March from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for near normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for The Dalles airport rise from 52 degrees at the start of March to 61 degrees at the end of March. Normal lows rise from 34 degrees to 39 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.

On the web: NOAA National Weather Service in Pendleton:http://weather. gov/pendleton

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