Higher temps expected

If you thought December was cold, you were correct. However, the outlook for January looks more promising.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a climate summary for Sunnyside this week.

January's outlook is predicted to be above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. The NOAA's Climate Prediction Center reports normal highs for Sunnyside during January are 39.6 degrees and normal lows are 24.6 degrees. The normal precipitation over 30 years is .89 inches.

According to data received from the National Weather Service in Pendleton, Ore., December 2006 in the Sunnyside area was colder than normal.

The average temperature in December was 29.5 degrees. Daily high temperatures averaged 4.2 degrees below normal at 35.5 degrees. The warmest day on record last month was Dec. 14, when the thermometer climbed to 57 degrees. The lowest temperature was 13 degrees on Dec. 1. The average daily lows in the month were 1.8 degrees below normal at 23.4 degrees.

Total precipitation in December 2006 was 1.84 inches. The precipitation was .68 inches above normal. The heaviest day of precipitation was reported on Dec. 15, at .62 inches. Measurable precipitation, at least .01 inch, was received over a 10-day period.

Two inches of snowfall were reported in December The heaviest snowfall was 1.9 inches on Dec. 23.


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