BRIEFLY: March was second wettest on record

By Observer staff April 02, 2014 10:04 am

March was second wettest on record 

Grab the raincoats and umbrella. This was the second wettest March on record in La Grande, with 3.09 inches recorded. The wettest was 3.36 inches in 1983.

According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, precipitation totaled 3.09 inches during March, which was 1.63 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on 12 days with the heaviest, 0.84 inches, reported on March 10.

The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.58 inches.

Temperatures at La Grande averaged warmer than normal during March.

The average temperature was 43.2 degrees, which was 2.4 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 55.1 degrees, which was 3.9 degrees above normal.  The highest was 66 degrees on March 17. 

Low temperatures averaged 31.4 degrees, which was 1 degree above normal. The lowest was 23 degrees, on March 21.

There were 16 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees.

The highest wind gust was 40 mph, which occurred on March 17.

The outlook for April from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for near normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for La Grande rise from 55 degrees at the start of April to 62 degrees at the end of April. Normal lows rise from 33 degrees to 38 degrees. 

LHS Class of 1974 seeks members

The La Grande High School Class of 1974 is organizing its 40th renunion for Aug. 1-3. People who know the whereabouts of classmates should call Rod Sands at 541-663-9977 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

UHS senior parent meeting canceled 

UNION — The Union High School senior parent meeting set for Wednesday has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict.

Museum seeks bicycles, artifacts

UNION — In an effort to help attract more bicycle tourism to Northeast Oregon and cycling enthusiasts to the Union County Museum, museum officials are installing a cycling exhibit in the museum window. 

Volunteers are looking for a couple of vintage bicycles, cycling equipment, photos and clothing to include in the display. People who have items they can borrow should contact Sharon Hohstadt at 541-963-8624 or Janet Dodson at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Huckleberry Festival seeks vendors

NORTH POWDER — The North Powder Huckleberry Festival committee is seeking craft and food vendors for its eighth annual event July 26. 

The theme for this year’s festival is Huckleberry Funn! The festival celebrates the delicious wild berry that grows in the nearby mountains and salutes the community’s pioneer heritage.

 Other components of the day include the Huckleberry Hot-Rod Show-n-Shine, the festival parade, entertainment, a free “World’s Longest Huckleberry Sundae,” a huckleberry dessert contest,  a fun run/walk, activities for kids, a mud volleyball tournament, street dance, fire station barbecue and the Powder Valley all-school and community reunion breakfast. 

This year’s parade grand marshals are longtime community supporters Larry Craig and Kara Jo Willits.

 To apply for a vendor booth at the event or seek additional information, contact Bev Bigler, vendor coordinator, at 541-898-2320 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it The committee looks for new vendors each year, to add to the regulars who have come every year. 

South County Health District board meets

UNION — The South County Health District board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Union Family Health Center in Union. The public is welcome to attend.