The drought declaration for eastern and central Washington has been lifted


OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – The Washington state Department of the Environment has canceled the drought declaration for central and eastern Washington because of unexpectedly cool, wet weather in May and June.

Water supply conditions have been much better than expected and as a result no part of the state is experiencing drought conditions, ecology officials said in a statement Tuesday.

Washington had the second wettest May through June since 1895, officials said.

This has preserved the snow cover that will support late summer water supply needs, according to Jeff Marti, Ecology’s statewide drought coordinator.

“All areas of the state, including the five watersheds identified in the drought declaration, have received rainfall well above normal,” Marti said. “The prospects are much better than forecast in May.”

This year’s conditions are in stark contrast to spring 2021, which was the second driest on record. An unprecedented deadly heatwave in the Pacific Northwest in late June then broke statewide temperature records.

In response, Ecology issued a drought emergency declaration in July 2021 that covered 96% of the state.


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