According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures in La Grande averaged slightly warmer than normal during the month of January.
The average temperature was 33.1 degrees, which was 1.6 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 39.9 degrees, which was 1.5 degrees above normal. The highest was 48 degrees on Jan. 23. Low temperatures averaged 26.3 degrees, which was 1.8 degrees above normal. The lowest was one below on Jan. 4.
There were 24 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. There were three days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.
Precipitation totaled 0.74 inches during January, which was 0.89 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on eight days with the heaviest, 0.20 inches, reported on Jan. 19.
The highest wind gust was 50 mph, which occurred on Jan. 26.
The outlook for February from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.
Normal highs for La Grande during February are 42.9 degrees and normal lows are 25 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.14 inches.
The National Weather Service is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.