According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures at John Day averaged near normal during the month of February.
The average temperature was 36.5 degrees, which was 0.4 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 45.8 degrees, which was 1.6 degrees below normal. The highest was 62 degrees on the Feb. 15. Low temperatures averaged 27.2 degrees, which was 2.4 degrees above normal. The lowest was 14 degrees, on the Feb. 25.
There were 20 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. There were two days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.
Precipitation totaled 0.71 inches during February, which was 0.04 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on 11 days with the heaviest, 0.21 inches reported on the Feb. 23.
Precipitation this year has reached 1.66 inches, which is 0.07 inches below normal. Since October, the water year precipitation at John Day has been 6.02 inches, which is 0.71 inches above normal.
Snowfall totaled 4.1 inches with at least 1 inch of snow reported on three days. The heaviest snowfall was 2 inches reported on the Feb. 28. The greatest depth of snow on the ground was 2 inches on the Feb. 1.
The highest wind gust was 60 mph which occurred on the Feb. 9.
The outlook for March from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for near to below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. Normal highs for John Day rise from 51.0 degrees at the start of March to 57.0 degrees at the end of March. Normal lows rise from 27.0 degrees to 31.0 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.27 inches.
The National Weather Service is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.