Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOISE IDAHO
205 PM MDT THU JUL 3 2014

...MODERATE TO EXTREME DROUGHT ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTHERN IDAHO AND
SOUTHEAST OREGON...

SYNOPSIS...

MODERATE TO EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSIST ACROSS MUCH OF
SOUTHERN IDAHO AND SOUTHEAST OREGON. SUB-PAR WINTER SNOWPACK ACROSS
MOST OF THE AREA...AND BELOW NORMAL SPRING PRECIPITATION HAS ALLOWED
SHORT AND LONG-TERM DROUGHT IMPACTS TO PERSIST HEADING INTO THE HOT
AND DRY SUMMER MONTHS.

ACCORDING TO THE JULY 1 U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...IN SOUTHERN IDAHO...
MODERATE TO SEVERE DROUGHT (D1 AND D2 CLASSIFICATION) EXISTS ACROSS
THE SNAKE PLAIN...THE WOOD RIVER AND LOST RIVER BASINS...AND ACROSS
ACROSS SOUTH SIDE SNAKE RIVER BASINS. EXTREME DROUGHT (D3
CLASSIFICATION) EXISTS ACROSS PART OF THE MAGIC VALLEY IN SOUTH
CENTRAL IDAHO. IN SOUTHEAST OREGON...MODERATE TO SEVERE DROUGHT (D1
AND D2 CLASSIFICATION) EXISTS ACROSS BAKER COUNTY...WHILE SEVERE TO
EXTREME DROUGHT (D2 AND D3 CLASSIFICATION) COVER HARNEY AND MALHEUR
COUNTIES.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

IN IDAHO...SURFACE IRRIGATION WATER SHORTAGES ARE EXPECTED IN THE
WOOD RIVER AND LOST RIVER BASINS...PORTIONS OF THE MAGIC
VALLEY...AND SOUTH SIDE SNAKE RIVER BASINS FROM SALMON FALLS CREEK
WEST ACROSS THE OWYHEE RIVER BASIN. IRRIGATION WATER SHORTAGES ARE
LIKELY ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTHEAST OREGON AS WELL.

PUBLIC LANDS RANCHERS IN THE SNAKE RIVER PLAIN ARE BEING IMPACTED BY
SPARSE VEGETATION AND SHORTER GRAZING PERIODS DUE TO DROUGHT WHICH
HAS LED TO CUTS IN HERD SIZE.

LOW STREAMFLOWS ARE IMPACTING FISHERIES IN SOME AREAS...SUCH AS
SILVER CREEK IN SOUTH CENTRAL IDAHO.

THE WILDLAND FIRE OUTLOOK FOR JULY AND AUGUST INDICATES THAT THE
POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT FIRES IS ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHWEST IDAHO...AND SOUTHEAST OREGON.

STATE DROUGHT DECLARATIONS HAVE BEEN DECLARED FOR THE FOLLOWING
IDAHO COUNTIES...BUTTE...BLAINE...CLARK...CUSTER...AND LINCOLN.
OREGON STATE DROUGHT DECLARATIONS INCLUDE HARNEY AND MALHEUR
COUNTIES.

AS OF JULY 2...THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FARM SERVICE
AGENCY PRIMARY DROUGHT DISASTER COUNTIES IN IDAHO INCLUDE
BLAINE...BONNEVILLE...BUTTE...CAMAS...CANYON...CASSIA...CLARK...
CUSTER...ELMORE...FREMONT...GOODING...JEFFERSON...JEROME...LINCOLN
...MINIDOKA...OWYHEE...PAYETTE...POWER...TWIN FALLS...AND
WASHINGTON. SOUTHEAST OREGON COUNTIES INCLUDE BAKER...HARNEY...AND
MALHEUR. ANY COUNTY DECLARED A PRIMARY OR CONTIGUOUS DISASTER COUNTY
MAKES PRODUCERS IN THAT COUNTY ELIGIBLE FOR CERTAIN EMERGENCY AID.
SEE THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WEB SITE IN THE RELATED WEB
SITES SECTION BELOW FOR DETAILS.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

BELOW IS A LIST OF PRECIPITATION DATA FOR SELECTED LOCATIONS IN
IDAHO AND SOUTHEAST OREGON SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE 2014 WATER
YEAR.

       OCT 1, 2013-JULY 1 ,2014    NORMAL     DEPARTURE    LAST
         TOTAL PRECIP(INCHES)      VALUE     FROM NORMAL   YEAR

BOISE           11.28              10.59        1.53       5.87
MCCALL          19.26              17.86        1.40      24.74
TWIN FALLS      6.92                9.53       -2.61       6.21
POCATELLO       7.51               10.06       -2.55       7.71
IDAHO FALLS     5.14                8.52       -3.38       4.63
CHALLIS         3.81                7.74       -3.93       3.81
STANLEY         16.87              14.80        2.07      14.14
LEWISTON        7.77               10.32       -2.55       9.96
BAKER CITY, OR  6.04                8.25       -2.21       7.81
BURNS, OR       6.37                9.73       -3.36       7.31
ROME, OR        2.35                7.82       -5.47       4.09

FOR THE 30 DAY PERIOD FROM JUNE 3 TO JULY 2...AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
WERE GENERALLY 1 TO 3 DEGREES(F) BELOW NORMAL ACROSS IDAHO...AND
1 TO 2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS SOUTHEAST OREGON.

PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

PROBABILITIES FAVOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES IN JULY FOR IDAHO AND
SOUTHEAST OREGON. THE JULY PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK FAVORS ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION FOR THE EASTERN HALF OF IDAHO...AND EQUAL CHANCES OF
EITHER ABOVE NORMAL...NORMAL...OR BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR
WESTERN IDAHO AND SOUTHEAST OREGON.

THE OUTLOOK FOR AUGUST THROUGH OCTOBER FAVORS ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE REGION...EXCEPT FOR FAR EASTERN IDAHO WHERE
THERE AREA EQUAL CHANCES OF EITHER ABOVE NORMAL...NORMAL...OR BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES. PROBABILITIES FAVOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION
FOR FAR EASTERN IDAHO DURING THE PERIOD...WITH EQUAL CHANCES OF
EITHER ABOVE NORMAL...NORMAL...OR BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE
REST OF IDAHO AND SOUTHEAST OREGON.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY...

OVER THE 30 DAY PERIOD FROM JUNE 3 THROUGH JULY 2...PRECIPITATION
WAS NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE SPOKANE BASIN AND PANHANDLE
REGIONS...AND FOR LOCALIZED AREAS IN SOUTHEAST IDAHO. OTHERWISE...
BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION OCCURRED IN IDAHO AND SOUTHEAST OREGON
DURING THE PERIOD. MOST OF THE SNAKE RIVER PLAIN AND THE MALHEUR
RIVER BASIN RECEIVED 50 PERCENT OR LESS OF NORMAL PRECIPITATION
DURING THE PERIOD.

ONLY SOME HIGH ELEVATION SNOWPACK REMAINS ACROSS PORTIONS OF IDAHO.
USGS 28 DAY AVERAGE STREAMFLOWS AS OF JULY 2 WERE NORMAL FOR MOST OF
NORTHERN AND CENTRAL IDAHO...AND THE MAINSTEM SNAKE RIVER ABOVE KING
HILL...AND ON THE BEAR RIVER. HOWEVER...STREAMFLOWS FOR MANY OF THE
TRIBUTARY BASINS OF THE SNAKE RIVER WERE BELOW OR MUCH BELOW
NORMAL...INCLUDING THE WOOD AND LOST RIVER BASINS...AS WELL AS SOUTH
SIDE SNAKE BASINS. IN SOUTHEAST OREGON...MOST OF THE REGULATED
STREAMFLOWS WERE NEAR NORMAL...BUT NATURAL FLOWS WERE GENERALLY MUCH
BELOW NORMAL.

JULY 1 2014 RESERVOIR DATA.

                  PERCENT OF CAPACITY     PERCENT OF AVG

IDAHO

AMERICAN FALLS            58                    76
ANDERSON RANCH            98                    112
ARROWROCK                 75                    100
BEAR LAKE                 52                    87
BLACKFOOT                 52                    87
BROWNLEE                  99                    101
CASCADE                   94                    98
COEUR D ALENE             96                    99
DEADWOOD                  95                    102
DWORSHAK                  100                   102
HENRYS LAKE               100                   105
ISLAND PARK               98                    106
LAKE LOWELL               49                    77
LITTLE WOOD               38                    46
LUCKY PEAK                100                   102
MACKAY                    35                    47
MAGIC                     20                    31
MANN CREEK                45                    56
MONTPELIER CREEK          85                    113
OAKLEY                    24                    57
PALISADES                 77                    90
PEND OREILLE              99                    101
PRIEST LAKE               109                   106
RIRIE                     85                    98
SALMON FALLS              11                    26

EASTERN OREGON

OWYHEE                    9                     13
WARM SPRINGS              11                    NA
BEULAH                    29                    NA
BULLY CREEK               34                    NA
UNITY                     62                    NA
PHILLIPS                  48                    NA
THIEF VALLEY              97                    NA

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

UPDATES TO THIS PRODUCT WILL BE MADE ON A MONTHLY BASIS. THE NEXT
ISSUANCE OF THE DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL OCCUR IN EARLY
AUGUST.

RELATED WEB SITES...

U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL:
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV

NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER:
HTTP://DROUGHT.UNL.EDU

STREAM FLOWS:
AHPS HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS
USGS HTTP://WATERWATCH.USGS.GOV

NWS WATER SUPPLY FORECASTS:
HTTP://WWW.NWRFC.NOAA.GOV
HTTP://WWW.CBRFC.NOAA.GOV

NRCS WATER SUPPLY FORECASTS:
HTTP://WWW.WCC.NRCS.USDA.GOV/WSF/WSF.HTML

IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES (DROUGHT DECLARATIONS):
HTTP://WWW.IDWR.IDAHO.GOV

OREGON WATER RESOURCES DEPARTMENT:
HTTP://WWW.OREGON.GOV/OWRD

LONG TERM WEATHER AND CLIMATE OUTLOOKS:
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV

WESTERN REGION CLIMATE CENTER (CLIMATE ANOMALY MAPS):
HTTP://WWW.WRCC.DRI.EDU

NATIONAL INTERAGENCY COORDINATION CENTER
(FIRE DANGER AND OUTLOOKS):  HTTP://WWW.NIFC.GOV/NICC

RESERVOIR INFORMATION:
NRCS
HTTP://WWW.WCC.NRCS.USDA.GOV/WSF/WSF-RESERVOIR.HTML
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
HTTP://WWW.USBR.GOV/PN/HYDROMET/SELECT.HTML

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE:
DISASTER ASSISTANCE
HTTP://WWW.USDA.GOV/WPS/PORTAL/USDA/USDAHOME

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING NOAA/S
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER...THE
US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTERS...
CLIMATOLOGISTS...AND THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER.
INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED FROM THE NWS AND
FFA OBSERVATION SITES...STATE AGENCIES...USDA...NRCS...USACE AND
USGS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION
STATEMENT PLEASE CONTACT...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
3833 SOUTH DEVELOPMENT AVENUE
BOISE ID 83705-5354
PHONE: 208-334-9860
EMAIL: W-BOI.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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