May weather cool, wet

After an April that was slightly warmer and wetter than the average, May was colder and slightly dryer than average, according to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton.
   The average temperature was 50.7 degrees, which was 2.0 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 66.8 degrees, which was 1.8 degrees below normal. The highest was 86 degrees on May 15.
   Low temperatures averaged 34.5 degrees, which was 2.3 degrees below normal. The lowest was 23 degrees, on the 10th. There were nine days with the low temperature below 32 degrees.
   Precipitation totaled 0.87 inches during May, which was 0.14 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation -- at least .01 inch -- was received on eight days with the heaviest, 0.40 inches reported on the 27th.
   Precipitation this year has reached 5.13 inches, which is 0.13 inches above normal. Since October, the water-year precipitation at Madras has been 6.81 inches, which is 1.67 inches below 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.
   Normal highs for Madras rise from 73.0 degrees at the start of June to 81.0 degrees at the end of June. Normal lows rise from 40.0 degrees to 45.0 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.68 inches.
   The National Weather Service is an office of NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.