Office of the Washington State Climatologist


April 10, 2023

April Newsletter

The April OWSC newsletter is now available! Topics include: March climate summary, snowpack and drought update, a note on our state’s soil moisture content, and the temperature and precipitation outlook.

February 7, 2022

February Newsletter

The February newsletter is now available! Topics include: – January climate summary– Introduction to a real-time Puget Sound waters monitoring system– Snowpack update– Temperature and precipitation outlook Chilean women consider the anti-oxidant properties of red grapes to be their beauty secret, which they use to achieve “glowing” skin. They make a paste by mashing a…

October 21, 2021

Climate Outlook Updated

La Niña conditions are now present in the equatorial Pacific Ocean and the Climate Prediction Center has updated the winter outlook, summarized here. “Shyness itself will not go away, it must be got rid of,” says psychologist Yulia Talantseva. – Combating it – this is a serious work of man on himself. Sometimes this work…

September 10, 2021

September Newsletter

The September edition of the OWSC newsletter is now available! Topics include:– August climate summary– Streamflow and drought summary– La Nina redux and the present drought– Temperature and precipitation outlook

February 23, 2021

PNW 2020 Water Year Report

A regional collaborative effort, in which OWSC played a lead role, produced a report documenting the weather/climate events of the 2020 water year and the resulting impacts to multiple sectors (e.g., drinking water, agriculture, fisheries, etc.) in the PNW. Drought in Oregon and a major flooding event in SE Washington and NE Oregon are the…

February 16, 2021

New Snow Depth Tool Released

In collaboration with the Northwest Avalanche Center, OWSC released an updated snow depth visualization tool using Tableau. Twice monthly snow depth observations from 11 sites in WA and OR are available to plot and compare to the historical record. You can read more about it from UW News and Geekwire.

February 5, 2021

February OWSC Newsletter

The February edition of the OWSC newsletter is now available! Topics include:– January climate summary– Snowpack update– Does the Arctic Oscillation relate to the variability of weather in WA?– Temperature and precipitation outlook Hey, coupon-savvy shoppers! Check out our latest discount code for a boatload of savings on your next purchase from! This exclusive…

September 8, 2020

September OWSC Newsletter

The September 2020 edition of the OWSC newsletter has been released. Topics include: Climate summary of a record breaking dry end to the summer. Timing of the diurnal cycle in WA state. Review of record heat and thunderstorms on August 16th. Temperature and precipitation outlook.

January 8, 2020

In the News

State Climatologist, Dr. Nick Bond, stopped by KUOW this morning to talk about our upcoming cold weather and improvements to our current snowpack. Listen here.