Statewide conditions

Updated June 18, 2019

This past March through May was tied as the 13th driest on record for Washington since 1895, with especially dry conditions on the Olympic coast which had the 2nd driest. Approximately half of the USGS water level stations are showing streamflows below the 10th percentile. There have been daily record lows for the Hoh, Hoko, Calawah, Satsop, Cedar, Deschutes, Mashel, Samish rivers and other lowland rivers and streams.

As the state's lead agency for water supplies, we pay close attention to multiple data sources and monitor them closely.
May 20, 2019 areas in the state where drought was declared. About half of the state is now declared

Drought emergency declared for an additional 24 watersheds in the state

Under our advisement, Gov. Jay Inslee expanded the state’s drought emergency, which now includes 27 watersheds. Track the latest on our drought page

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.