The season started out with a dry winter, with some areas receiving as little as half of the average annual precipitation. The warm weather throughout the growing season led to an advancement of most markers, including budbreak, loom and veraison, which each ran approximately 10 to 14 days ahead of historical averages.
For the first few months of the growing season, heat accumulation tracked fairly closely to 2013. However, come July and August, 2014 raced ahead. July in Prosser (Yakima Valley) was the warmest on record according to Washington State University (WSU).
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