Local temperatures dip in December

Local temperatures dip in December

PENDLETON - Temperatures at John Day averaged colder than normal during the month of December, according to preliminary data received by NOAA's National Weather Service in Pendleton.

The average temperature was 29.8 degrees, which was 2.3 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 39.5 degrees - 2.6 degrees below normal. The highest was 59 degrees on Dec. 1.

Low temperatures averaged 20.1 degrees, 2 degrees below normal. The lowest was minus-2 degrees, on Dec. 17.

There were 28 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. There were seven days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 1.46 inches during December, which was 0.05 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation - at least .01 inch - was received on 16 days with the heaviest, 0.20 inches, reported on Dec. 26.

Precipitation for the year of 2008 totaled 11.60 inches, which is 1.89 inches below normal. Since October, the water year precipitation at John Day has been 3.49 inches, which is 0.21 inches below normal.

Snowfall totaled 13.1 inches with at l­­east 1 inch of snow reported on seven days. The heaviest snowfall was 3.0 inches reported on Dec. 26. The greatest depth of snow on the ground was 10 inches on Dec. 14.

The outlook for January from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center calls for near to above normal temperatures and near to above normal precipitation.

Normal highs for John Day during January are 41.2 degrees and normal lows are 21.7 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is listed at 1.15 inches.

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