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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 12:53 PM PST on March 06, 2015


February saw near to above normal precipitation for nearly all of
western Washington except for below normal precipitation at the
coast. The eastern side of the state saw mostly below normal
precipitation for the month except for near normal precipitation in
the Okanogan region and Central Basin. The water year continues to
be near to above normal for nearly all of Washington except for
below normal conditions in the northeast region.

In western Washington... the monthly percentage of normal for
precipitation ranged from 80 percent on the coast to 135 percent in
the Puget Sound lowlands. The greatest amount of precipitation at
the climate stations for the mountains... coast... and interior
lowlands are 13.94 inches at the Hoh Ranger station in the
Olympics... 8.33 inches at Aberdeen... and 9.70 inches at Grays
River in the southwest interior.

For eastern Washington... the percentage of normal for precipitation
ranged from 83 percent for the east slopes of the
Cascades... northeast... and Palouse and Blue Mountain regions to 106
percent in the Central Basin. The greatest amount of precipitation
at climate stations for the mountains and lowlands was 6.20 inches
at Mount Adams Ranger station on the east slopes of the
Cascades... and 2.47 inches at Bickleton in the Central Basin.

The outlook for March and beyond... for the next two weeks the
outlook is for below normal precipitation for Washington state. The
monthly outlook for March is calling for below normal precipitation
for most of Washington... with equal chances of above... below... or
near normal precipitation for the eastern quarter of the state. The
three month outlook from March to may is calling for below normal
precipitation for western half of Washington... with equal chances of
above... below... or near normal precipitation for the eastern half.

The Table below gives precipitation figures as a percent of normal
for regions of Washington. The current water year began 1 October
2014 and ends 30 September 2015.

                      February water year past 3 past 12
                         2015 to date months months
western Washington
coast 80 104 96 110
Olympics 95 104 96 107
northwest interior 112 119 119 126
Puget Sound lowlands 135 103 94 119
southwest interior 92 92 85 104
west foothills casca 104 103 93 118
Cascades west 95 104 93 117

Eastern Washington
east slopes Cascades 83 103 91 107
Okanogan 95 111 91 107
Central Basin 106 99 98 96
northeast 83 87 79 98
Palouse and blue mtn 83 103 99 101



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.

                   February water year past 12 months
                inches pct inches pct inches pct

Quillayute 8.30 80 64.58 101 102.41 114
Hoquiam 4.87 68 47.29 105 79.86 130
Bellingham 2.50 86 25.73 122 44.08 135
Seattle 5.27 151 25.31 103 47.62 143
Olympia 5.28 100 30.99 92 53.43 124
Longview 3.80 78 24.96 83 45.88 110

Concrete 6.28 96 47.98 106 83.60 130
Snoqualmie fall 7.03 130 38.48 100 71.73 130
randle* 6.34 104 37.60 103 66.92 132
Diablo dam 7.98 109 58.36 109 94.51 136
Stampede Pass 5.80 76 50.00 94 86.65 129
paradise* 12.06 95 83.63 106 138.97 131

Winthrop 1.14 86 10.50 117 16.29 133
Stehekin 3.45 90 30.23 110 42.42 146
Leavenworth 1.56 59 19.82 109 25.86 128
Mount Adams 6.20 121 31.24 95 51.56 137
Wenatchee 0.90 90 4.71 82 7.63 92
Yakima 0.99 127 3.79 75 6.48 96

Coulee Dam 0.96 100 6.60 121 15.14 146
Lind 0.93 113 5.53 102 9.52 107
Republic 1.14 98 8.00 105 18.74 120
Spokane 1.04 78 7.68 86 15.12 102
Pullman 2.14 75 10.60 90 18.04 101
Dayton 1.46 85 10.57 102 18.52 107

* = estimated


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