Statewide conditions

Updated July 15, 2019

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. The Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound Lowlands, and Cascade foothills experienced their second to third driest first half of the year. Recent storms have brought some relief and raised rivers, but approximately 40 percent of the U.S. Geological Survey water level stations are still showing streamflows below the 10th percentile. This represents an improvement over June conditions, when over 50 percent of the stations were below the 10th percentile, but is still below average.

As the state's lead agency for water supplies, we pay close attention to multiple data sources and monitor them closely.

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.