February was the fourth coldest on record.
Temperatures in John Day averaged much colder than normal during the month, according to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton.
The average temperature was 28 degrees, which was 8.1 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 35.9 degrees, which was 11.5 degrees below normal.
The highest was 55 degrees on Feb. 1. Low temperatures averaged 20.2 degrees, which was 4.6 degrees below normal.
The lowest was 6 degrees on Feb. 7.
There were 27 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. There were seven days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.
Precipitation totaled 1.48 inches during February, which was 0.73 inches above normal.
Measurable precipitation was received on 14 days with the heaviest, 0.59 inches, reported on Feb. 25.
Precipitation this year has reached 2.41 inches, which is 0.68 inches above normal. Since October, the water year precipitation in John Day has been 5.48 inches, which is 0.17 inches above normal.
Snowfall totaled 13.8 inches with at least 1 inch of snow reported on six days.
The heaviest snowfall was 5 inches reported on Feb. 25. The greatest depth of snow on the ground was 8 inches on Feb. 27.
The outlook for March from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for below-normal temperatures and near-normal precipitation.
Normal highs for John Day rise from 51 degrees at the start of March to 57 degrees at the end of March. Normal lows rise from 27 degrees to 31 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.27 inches.