Temperatures at Joseph were very close to average during the month of February, while precipitation was below normal, according to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton.

The average temperature was 28.1 degrees which was only 0.3 degrees above normal, according to Joseph weather station reports. High temperatures averaged 37.2 degrees, which was 0.5 degrees below normal. The highest was 51 degrees on Feb. 24.

Low temperatures averaged 19.1 degrees, which was 1.2 degrees above normal. The lowest was 9 degrees on Feb 27.

There were 28 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees, or every day of the month, while there were six days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 0.63 inches during February, which was 0.71 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation - at least .01 inch - was received on seven days, with the heaviest, 0.19 inches, reported in Joseph on Feb. 7.

Precipitation during 2009 has reached 2.04 inches, which is 0.77 inches below normal. Since October, the water year precipitation at Joseph has been 5.30 inches, which is 1.57 inches below normal.

Snowfall totaled 4.3 inches, which is 8.2 inches below normal for February. The heaviest snowfall was 1.4 inches reported on Feb. 26. The greatest depth of snow on the ground was 3 inches on Feb 1.

The outlook for March from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center calls for below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for Joseph during March are 45.1 degrees and normal lows are 23.8 degrees. The normal precipitation is 1.61 inches, which includes 11.6 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.

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