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 Aug. 13:
- Summer temperatures have been near-normal with few heat waves; precipitation has been below normal for most of the state.
- Recent storms brought some relief and raised rivers. U.S. Geological Survey water level stations show approximately 20 percent are still below the 10th percentile. Some wetter weather is expected in the next week or two. Get the latest streamflow data for Washington.
- Read the Office of the Washington State Climatologist August 2019 Report and Outlook
- How can you help? You can report any drought conditions, and water conservation is always important.
Chehalis River at Discovery Park, Centralia, WA July 2019
Washington's Hoh River during drought conditions on June 25, 2019
Drought conditions in the Naches River looking downstream to the Yakima River
We project water supplies by working with state and federal agencies to evaluate seasonal weather forecasts. Averaged statewide, January through June was the eighth driest on record for Washington since 1895, with especially dry conditions on the west side of the state. Drought conditions continue to persist.
National Drought Information System - Report your drought impacts