Statewide conditions

Updated Oct. 15, 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.

September summary:

With above normal precipitation and near-normal temperatures in September, large improvements were made to Washington’s drought conditions over the last several weeks. The current U.S. Drought Monitor eliminates both the “severe drought” and “moderate drought” areas that were shown over a large portion of Washington last month.

Read the full newsletter for October

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.