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WASHINGTON PRECIPITATION SUMMARY...AMENDED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
1251 PM PDT MON MAR 23 2015

FEBRUARY SAW NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR NEARLY ALL OF
WASHINGTON STATE EXCEPT FOR BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION AT THE
COAST...EAST SLOPES OF THE CASCADES...AND THE PALOUSE AND BLUE
MOUNTAINS REGIONS. 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 82 PERCENT ON THE COAST TO 128 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...9.53 INCHES AT CLEARWATER...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...AND
PALOUSE AND BLUE MOUNTAINS REGION 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 2.51 INCHES AT
CHEWELAH IN THE NORTHEAST REGION.

THE OUTLOOK FOR MARCH AND BEYOND...FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS THE
OUTLOOK IS FOR NEAR 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                    82          104           96           110
  OLYMPICS                 95          104           96           107
  NORTHWEST INTERIOR      111          119          119           126
  PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS    128          102           93           118
  SOUTHWEST INTERIOR       92           92           85           104
  WEST FOOTHILLS CASCA    104          103           93           118
  CASCADES WEST            99          105           94           117

EASTERN WASHINGTON
  EAST SLOPES CASCADES     83          103           91           107
  OKANOGAN                 95          111           91           107
  CENTRAL BASIN           106           99           98            96
  NORTHEAST                97           89           83            99
  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         13.60    107        85.17    108       140.51    133

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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