Updated March 12, 2020
As the state's lead agency for water supplies, we pay close attention to multiple data sources and monitor them closely. The Office of the Washington State Climatologist serves as a credible and expert source of climate and weather information for the state. Their monthly newsletter reviews the previous month’s data and provides an outlook for the coming weeks.
Statewide weather conditions in February can best be described as “varied.” Most of Snohomish, Whatcom, Clallam, and King counties received more than 200 percent of normal precipitation. The Blue Mountains in Southeast Washington received two to three times more rain and snow than normal. Yet along the Columbia River east of the Cascades, precipitation totals were only 5 percent of normal. On average, statewide precipitation ranked as near normal in the historical record. With normal to near normal temperatures in most of Western Washington and higher than normal temperatures throughout most of Eastern Washington, the February 2020 statewide average was in the top third of the historical record. Snowpack is now near normal at higher elevations statewide.
Read more about Washington’s February weather, drought outlook, and the accuracy of long-range weather forecasting in the full newsletter.