JOHN DAY - Temperatures at John Day averaged slightly colder than normal during the month of December, according to preliminary data received by National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service in Pendleton.

The average temperature was 30.7 degrees, which was 1.4 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 39.9 degrees, which was 2.2 degrees below normal. The highest was 54 degrees on the 22, 25, 28, and 29. Low temperatures averaged 21.5 degrees, which was 0.6 degrees below normal. The lowest was 5 degrees, on the 18.

There were 21 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. There were eight days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 1.35 inches during December, which was 0.06 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation -at least .01 inch- was received on 14 days with the heaviest, 0.25 inches reported on the 31.

Snowfall was 3.1 inches, with at least 1 inch of snow reported on one day. The heaviest snowfall was 3.0 inches reported on the fourth. The greatest depth of snow on the ground was 3 inches on the fourth.

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