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.