It was the coldest October on record.
Temperatures in John Day averaged much colder than normal during the month of October, according to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.
The average temperature was 40.5 degrees, which was 8.9 degrees below normal. The previous coldest was 43.3 degrees in 2013.
High temperatures averaged 55.5 degrees, which was 9.9 degrees below normal. The highest was 72 degrees on Oct. 23.
Low temperatures averaged 25.6 degrees, which was 7.8 degrees below normal. The lowest was 8 degrees on Oct. 30.
There were 26 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees.
Precipitation totaled 0.44 inches during October, which was 0.55 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation was received on six days with the heaviest, 0.19 inches, reported on Oct. 17.
Precipitation this year has reached 10.15 inches, which is 0.43 inches below normal.
The outlook for November from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for above-normal temperatures and near- to below-normal precipitation. Normal highs for John Day fall from 57 degrees at the start of November to 44 degrees at the end of November. Normal lows fall from 31 degrees to 25 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.35 inches.