Statewide conditions

Updated Aug. 8, 2019

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.

July Summary:

The weather conditions in July were quite variable around the state, with some definite winners and losers regarding precipitation. The coast, Southern and Central Puget Sound, and parts of North Central and Northeastern Washington, received above normal precipitation for the month, which was welcome news in the midst of the drought declaration in 27 Washington watersheds. Still, with July being the driest month climatologically, even double the usual amount of rain couldn’t make a large dent in the longer-term precipitation deficits over the last couple of months, or since the start of the water year (Oct. 1, 2018).

Read the full newsletter for August.

A map that shows the watersheds colored in red and pink that represent the April and May drought declaration areas.

There are 27 watersheds and 23 counties in Washington state under a drought emergency

An important part of our monitoring includes long-term projections. State and federal agencies partner with us to closely track precipitation and monitor river and stream flows. Together we project water supplies for watersheds across the state.

We will regularly post information on this webpage about how snowpack, precipitation, and other factors may affect water supply forecasts.