In the Pacific Northwest, "most of the region’s core Extreme Drought (D3) areas were dry" with 100 percent of Oregon and Washington in moderate and severe drought. Extreme drought covers 67 percent of Oregon and 68 percent of Washington.
But unlike Southern California, rain in Washington state helped.
"Moderate to heavy rain on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula (2-4 inches, locally more) staved off D3 [Extreme drought] expansion. Farther east, 1 to 3 inches of rain eased drought intensity and coverage over central and southern Idaho, though northern portions of the state remained dry."
The U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook predicts some improvement in the drought for parts of California.
"Likely persistence for the broad area of drought in the northwest and much of California, with some development expected in concert with the favored dryness in the northern Rockies,"according to the report from the NOAA/NWS Climate Prediction Center.
"Along the central and southern California coast, and in a broad swath from the Southwest to the Southeast, abundant precipitation, especially later in the period, is expected to bring widespread improvement."