March is expected to be cooler and rainier than usual, according to the National Weather Service.
Normal highs for Kennewick typically rise from 55.3 degrees at the start of March to 60.4 degrees by the end of the month. Normal lows rise from 33.9 degrees to 36.7 degrees. Normal precipitation is 0.77 inch.
The prediction follows a February that also was cooler than normal, mainly due to a cold end to the month.
The average temperature in the Tri-Cities for the month was 37.7 degrees, which was 1.5 degrees below normal.
February started with a daily warm temperature record set at Hanford and ended with four cool temperature records being set. Hanford keeps temperature records back to 1945, making them some of the most complete available near the Tri-Cities.
On Feb. 5, the low at Hanford was 43 degrees, the warmest on record for the date. The previous record of 40 degrees was set a year ago, according to data from the Hanford Meteorological Station.
New record lows of 10 degrees Feb. 24 and 2 degrees Feb. 26 also were set at Hanford. On Feb. 24 the high reached only 29 degrees, and on Feb. 25 the high reached only 27 degrees -- both records for the dates.
In the Tri-Cities, high temperatures for the month averaged 47 degrees, which was 1 degree below normal. The highest temperatures were 63 degrees Feb. 13 in the Tri-Cities and 66 degrees on Feb. 12 at Hanford.
Low temperatures in February averaged 28.4 degrees in the Tri-Cities, which was 1.9 degrees below normal.
The lowest temperature in the Tri-Cities was 11 degrees Feb. 26, and the lowest temperature at Hanford was a record-setting 2 degrees on the same date.
In the Tri-Cities temperatures fell below freezing on 16 days, and on one day, Feb. 26, the temperature never climbed as high as freezing, according to the Weather Service.
At Hanford temperatures fell below freezing on 23 days, and the temperature never was as warm as freezing on two days.
Precipitation totaled 0.44 inch for February in the Tri-Cities, which was 0.35 inch below normal. The heaviest precipitation was 0.21 inch on Feb. 16, according to the Weather Service.
At Hanford precipitation totaled just 0.03 inch. The only snow was a trace recorded on Feb. 22.
Precipitation for the year in the Tri-Cities has reached 0.83 inch, which is 0.59 inch below normal. Since October, the start of the water year, the Tri-Cities has had 5.45 inches of precipitation, which is 1.37 inches above normal.
The peak wind gust for the month in the Tri-Cities was 47 mph on the last day of the month.
At Hanford a gust of 51 mph was recorded the same day, but the peak gust for the month was 68 mph on Feb. 12.