Some interesting discussion in today’s drought monitor about the way the early water year is shaping up in the Pacific Northwest:
[T]he 2006-07 wet season is off to a slow start in parts of the Northwest. From October 1 to October 24, Washington rainfall totaled just 2.48 inches (36% of normal) in Quillayute and 1.00 inch (46%) in Seattle. Farther south, abnormal dryness has not yet been introduced in northern and central California and the western Great Basin. However, those areas are being carefully monitored as a result of several factors, including a slow start to the wet season, unusually poor pasture and rangeland conditions, and the threat of late-year wildfire activity.
Similar picture in the University of Washington’s soil moisture model.