May temperatures coldest on record


   For the second month in a row, temperatures recorded in Madras in May were the coldest on record, according to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton.
   The average temperature in May was 46.8 degrees which was 7.5 degrees below normal, and half a degree below the previous record of 47.3 degrees in 2006.
   High temperatures averaged 61.5 degrees, which was 9.4 degrees below normal. The highest was 72 degrees on May 21.
   Low temperatures averaged 32.1 degrees, which was 5.6 degrees below normal. The lowest was 18 degrees, on May 1, but there were 15 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees.
   Precipitation totaled 0.95 inches during May, which was 0.02 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation -- at least .01 inch -- was received on 10 days, with the heaviest, 0.46 inches reported on the 15th.
   Precipitation this year has reached 3.51 inches, which is 0.30 inches below normal. Since October, the water year precipitation at Madras has been 8.66 inches, which is 1.53 inches above normal.
   The outlook for June from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center calls for below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation in Madras.
   Normal highs for Madras rise from 76.6 degrees at the start of June to 81.0 degrees at the end of June. Normal lows rise from 41.8 degrees to 44.3 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.58 inches.
   The National Weather Service is an office of NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.