- A near ‘Miracle March’ played out bringing cooler and wetter conditions to the majority of the western US. A complete shift from the dominant ridge pattern in the first half of the winter to troughs over the eastern Pacific allowed for a more typical storm track. Decent snowpack development lowered drought conditions temporarily but not enough to make up the dry winter so far.
- The current conditions mirror those of this time last year with April forecasted to be near average to cooler than average over the west and especially in the PNW. Short term forecasts call for continued spring rains and snowpack additions at least through the third week of the month.
- The April through June seasonal forecast continues to stay the course with the odds tilted to seeing a cool/wet spring in the PNW warming into May and June, along with average to warmer than average and dry conditions in California. Some drought recovery has happened and we will likely see more, but still not likely to end up average for the water year.