- April brought relatively mild temperatures across most of the western US, albeit with some frost/freeze pressure early in the month.
- Dry conditions continued over most of the western US, with northern California to the PNW seeing below normal precipitation for the month of April. Mountain snowpack at the end of the winter left many regions lacking with snow water equivalents running 20-60% of normal except in the northern Cascades and Rockies where most basins are running above normal for this time of year.
- Short to long term drought conditions are forecast to remain in place or develop for much of the west.
- The short-term forecast is pointing to a cool/wet period over the next few days giving way to warm and dry conditions through mid-month and beyond.
- The May through July seasonal forecast for the western US is pointing to the likelihood of warmer than average conditions into the summer. The overall precipitation outlook continues the drier than average conditions for much of the PNW and northern California, and near average elsewhere in the west.