Drought in Washington 2019

Under our advisement, Gov. Jay Inslee expanded the state’s drought emergency, which now includes 27 watersheds — nearly half the state. On June 4, we began accepting applications for grants to help those experiencing hardships related to the drought emergency.

Here's the latest as of June 19: 
  • Looking at the 7-day average, more than half of the rivers in the state are showing streamflows in the bottom 10 percent of flows measured for this time of year.
  • Daytime temperatures in the Yakima River are reaching 80 degrees F., which becomes a thermal block for fish movement.
  • How can you help? You can report any drought conditions and water conservation is always important.

Gov. Inslee adds an additional 24 watersheds to the emergency drought declaration. View the list of declared counties and watersheds.

Seasonal forecast

We project water supplies by working with state and federal agencies to evaluate seasonal weather forecasts. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has forecast warmer and drier conditions for the west side of the state for the month of June. There is a lack of a strong precipitation signal (above or below normal) for the east side.
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