Temperatures this month in the Tri-Cities are expected to be near or possibly below normal for February as the mercury dips this week, according to the National Weather Service.
Normal highs for the Tri-Cities are 47.9 degrees in February and normal lows are 30.6 degrees.
The temperatures this week are forecast at 20 degrees or so below normal, which will bring the overall average for the month down. Highs could be as cold as 22 degrees and lows as cold as 9 degrees, according to the weather service.
January was slightly warmer than usual in the Tri-Cities.
At Hanford, two daily temperature records were set, according to the Hanford Meteorological Station, which keeps daily records back to World War II.
On Jan. 11, the low was 43 degrees, the warmest recorded for that date. The previous record was 40 degrees in 2006.
On Jan. 13, the low was 47 degrees, the warmest on record for that date. The previous record was 42 degrees in 1966.
Temperatures in the Tri-Cities in January averaged 37.1 degrees, which was 1.6 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 42.9 degrees, with the highest temperature 59 degrees on Jan. 11 and 12.
Low temperatures averaged 31.3 degrees, with the coldest temperature 22 degrees on Jan. 5 and 6. On 19 days the low temperature was below freezing.
The winter continued to be dry.
At Hanford 0.4 inch of snow fell Jan. 7 and a trace of snow also was seen Jan. 28, 29 and 31.
In the Tri-Cities, precipitation totaled 0.5 inch in January, about half of normal. Since October, the start of the water year, precipitation has measured 1.14 inches, which is 2.67 inches below normal.
The peak wind gust in the Tri-Cities, as measured in Kennewick, was 58 mph on Jan. 11. At Hanford, it was 66 mph the same day.
-- Annette Cary: 582-1533; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @HanfordNews