Though to many residents temperatures in February seemed balmier than most years, the average was actually near normal at the Joseph monitoring station, according to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton.

The month's precipitation was over half an inch below average for the month.

The average temperature was 30.4 degrees which was only 0.3 degrees above normal, while high temperatures averaged 37.7 degrees, which was actually 2.6 degrees below normal.

However, low temperatures in Joseph averaged 23.1 degrees, 3.2 degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 44 degrees on Feb. 14. The lowest was 14 degrees on Feb. 1. There were 26 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees, but only two days when the high temperature was below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 0.18 inches during February, which was 0.79 inches below normal.

Measurable precipitation - at least .01 inch - was received on only three days with the heaviest, .13 inches reported on Feb. 25.

According to the Joseph weather station, snowfall totaled only one inch on one day, Feb. 1, during the month. The greatest depth of snow on the ground was six inches that same day, most of it from an end-of-January snowfall.

Precipitation this year has reached 1.15 inches, which is .78 inches below normal. Since October, the water year precipitation at Joseph has been 5.25 inches, which is 0.39 inches below normal.

The outlook for March from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center calls for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for Joseph during March are 46.7 degrees and normal lows are 24.4 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.31 inches.

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