August continued the last half-decade's trend of intense late summer rains, but severe drought conditions linger in the western half of the state.
Statewide, August precipitation averaged 117 percent of normal, mirroring conditions in July and continuing what Randy Julander, state snow survey supervisor, said is a four-year trend of elevated late-summer precipitation.
But the rainy spring and summer weather still hasn't made up for the past several years' dry winter weather. The state's running water year total — which will restart for 2016 in October — currently sits at 84 percent of normal, according to the monthly Climate and Water Report from the National Resources Conservation Service. Statewide reservoir capacity is down to 55 percent, compared to last year's 57 percent at the end of August.