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Statement as of 12:45 PM PDT on May 05, 2016


In contrast to March... April was very dry with nearly all of
Washington state receiving much below normal precipitation. The only
region that saw near normal precipitation was the Palouse and Blue
Mountains in eastern Washington. Even with the very dry April... the
water year remains in the above to much above normal category for
nearly all of Washington state... with the only exception being the
Palouse and Blue Mountains which were near normal.

In western Washington... the monthly percentage of normal for
precipitation ranged from 36 percent on the coast to 67 percent in
the northwest interior. The greatest amount of precipitation at the
climate stations for the mountains... coast... and interior lowlands
was 4.65 inches at startup in the Cascade foothills... 2.73 at
Aberdeen... and 3.85 inches at Monroe in the Puget Sound lowlands.

For eastern Washington... the percentage of normal for precipitation
ranged from 46 percent on the eastern slopes of the Cascades to 90
percent in the Palouse and Blue Mountains. The greatest amount of
precipitation at climate stations for the mountains and lowlands was
1.83 inches at Pullman in the Palouse and Blue Mountains... and 1.72
inches at Republic in the northeast region.

The outlook for may and beyond for Washington state... for the next
two weeks the outlook is for below normal precipitation. The monthly
outlook for may calls for equal chances of above... below or near
normal precipitation. The three month outlook for may through July
is also calling for equal chances of above... below or near normal
precipitation.

The Table below gives precipitation figures as a percent of normal
for regions of Washington. The current water year began 1 October
2015 and ends 30 September 2016.

                        April water year past 3 past 12
                         2016 to date months months
western Washington
coast 36 118 117 110
Olympics 40 115 111 108
northwest interior 67 121 127 108
Puget Sound lowlands 56 133 125 122
southwest interior 63 122 109 110
west foothills casca 48 124 113 111
Cascades west 38 125 116 114

Eastern Washington
east slopes Cascades 46 141 124 127
Okanogan 60 129 124 106
Central Basin 66 133 116 117
northeast 70 130 126 106
Palouse and blue mtn 90 114 117 95



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.

                     April water year past 12 months
                inches pct inches pct inches pct

Quillayute 2.21 28 93.49 113 105.60 112
Hoquiam 2.68 53 71.87 125 77.44 119
Bellingham 2.38 92 34.41 129 42.00 124
Seattle 1.19 44 44.52 144 49.53 138
Olympia 1.58 45 58.23 137 62.93 130
Longview 3.09 82 49.17 128 53.11 115

Concrete 2.52 50 68.58 120 77.62 116
Snoqualmie fall 1.72 36 60.60 122 68.26 117
randle* 1.99 48 56.22 123 63.16 116
Diablo dam 1.48 31 73.15 112 83.39 111
Stampede Pass 2.84 54 91.83 139 100.63 128
paradise* 3.14 38 130.26 131 140.87 125

Winthrop 0.31 41 17.57 164 19.71 135
Stehekin 0.42 26 46.54 146 48.51 135
leavenworth* 0.51 46 34.62 162 35.79 145
Mount Adams 0.47 19 56.23 138 59.45 130
Wenatchee 0.50 94 9.30 135 11.21 127
Yakima 0.27 49 9.46 152 11.35 137

Coulee Dam 0.65 75 9.78 135 11.30 107
Lind 0.94 113 9.86 135 11.03 115
Republic 1.72 140 14.66 145 19.27 116
Spokane 0.32 25 13.44 114 15.25 95
Pullman 1.83 238 17.30 122 21.09 106
Dayton 1.16 67 15.32 107 17.05 93

* = estimated


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