Tacoma Area Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 2:31 PM PDT on September 23, 2014

For August...precipitation was widely varied across the state but most areas saw above normal rainfall...especially in eastern Washington. As for the water year...most of the western half of the state continues to be near normal for precipitation while the eastern half continues to be mostly below normal.

In western Washington...the monthly percentage of normal for precipitation ranged from 55 percent in the Olympics to 150 percent in the Puget Sound lowlands. The greatest amount of precipitation at the climate stations for the mountains...coast...and interior lowlands are 4.32 inches at Cedar Lake on the west slopes of the Cascades...1.99 inches at Hoquiam and Aberdeen...and 2.09 inches at Grays River in the southwest interior.

For eastern Washington...the percentage of normal for precipitation ranged from 71 percent in the Palouse and Blue Mountains to 275 percent in the Central Basin. The greatest amount of precipitation at climate stations for the mountains and lowlands was 1.76 inches in Mazama and Stehekin on the eastern slopes of the Cascades...and 2.22 inches at Bickleton in the Central Basin.

The outlook for September and beyond...for the next two weeks the outlook is for below normal precipitation for all of Washington. The monthly outlook for September is calling for below normal precipitation for western WA and equal chances of normal...above...or below normal precipitation for eastern WA. The three month outlook from September to November calls for below normal precipitation for the entire state.

The Table below gives precipitation figures as a percent of normal for regions of Washington. The current water year began 1 October 2013 and ends 30 September 2014.

August water year past 3 past 12 2014 to date months months western Washington coast 69 81 56 88 Olympics 55 75 53 83 northwest interior 67 102 79 109 Puget Sound lowlands 150 90 93 101 southwest interior 91 85 83 97 west foothills casca 137 103 107 112 Cascades west 146 100 115 109

Eastern Washington east slopes Cascades 245 90 114 103 Okanogan 244 87 118 95 Central Basin 275 72 108 79 northeast 192 83 114 94 Palouse and blue mtn 71 83 88 92

The Table below expresses precipitation in inches and as a percent of normal for a variety of locations around the state. Occasionally missing data at a site are estimated using observed data from surrounding stations.

August water year past 12 months inches pct inches pct inches pct

Quillayute 0.69 28 73.08 76 82.67 86 Hoquiam 1.99 152 55.76 85 63.29 96 Bellingham 0.84 66 30.55 91 35.20 103 Seattle 1.81 206 36.88 102 43.05 118 Olympia 1.45 154 41.25 85 50.61 105 longview* 1.30 113 40.20 88 49.08 105

Concrete 2.08 122 69.35 103 78.43 115 Snoqualmie fall 1.88 146 59.53 101 66.82 111 randle* 1.84 152 55.88 103 64.03 115 Diablo dam 0.88 53 71.39 96 82.21 112 Stampede Pass 4.20 273 84.85 110 93.55 118 Paradise 3.18 161 117.82 104 132.21 114

Winthrop 1.34 248 11.55 81 13.98 102 Stehekin 1.76 284 32.95 94 38.51 114 Leavenworth 1.04 226 17.78 73 21.54 89 Mount Adams 0.98 151 45.16 101 52.42 117 Wenatchee 0.83 437 4.52 51 5.33 80 Yakima 0.90 346 4.79 61 5.09 64

Coulee Dam 1.76 629 10.39 100 11.04 113 Lind 0.61 197 6.73 72 7.33 86 Republic 1.35 167 13.72 85 17.22 109 Spokane 0.58 98 12.33 78 13.89 88 Pullman 0.50 28 14.78 79 17.44 88 Dayton 0.23 46 12.50 68 15.10 81

* = estimated