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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
340 PM PDT FRI AUG 29 2014

...SEVERE TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE IN NORTHWEST
CALIFORNIA...

SYNOPSIS...
NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA IS EXPERIENCING THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE BELOW
AVERAGE RAINFALL SEASON RESULTING IN A REDUCTION IN RESERVOIR
LEVELS...LOWERING GROUNDWATER LEVELS...AND DRIER THAN USUAL
VEGETATION. AS A RESULT...THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT LOCAL IMPACTS.

THE US DROUGHT MONITOR DEPICTS A SEVERE DROUGHT (CLASSIFICATION D2)
FOR DEL NORTE COUNTY AND FAR NORTHERN HUMBOLDT COUNTY.

THE US DROUGHT MONITOR DEPICTS AN EXTREME DROUGHT (CLASSIFICATION
D3)FOR THE REMAINDER OF NORTHERN HUMBOLDT COUNTY.

THE US DROUGHT MONITOR DEPICTS AN EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
CLASSIFICATION D4) FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT
COUNTY...TRINITY...AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...
AUGUST 28 2013...USDA DECLARED ALL OF CALIFORNIA COUNTIES EXCEPT SAN
FRANCISCO COUNTY...AS DISASTER AREAS DUE TO DROUGHT.

DECEMBER 17 2013...CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES FORMS A
DROUGHT MANAGEMENT TEAM.

JANUARY 7 2014 THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DECLARED A
LOCAL DROUGHT EMERGENCY FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY. THE COUNTY ALSO FORMED
A DROUGHT EMERGENCY AD HO COMMITTEE.

JANUARY 17 2014...GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN DECLARED A DROUGHT STATE OF
EMERGENCY FOR CALIFORNIA.  GOVERNOR BROWN ALSO ASKED FOR A STATEWIDE
VOLUNTARY 20% REDUCTION IN WATER USAGE.

JANUARY 17 2014...CALFIRE`S MENDOCINO UNIT SUSPENDED BURNING ON
STATE RESPONSIBILITY LANDS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY. BURNING PERMITS ARE
NOW REQUIRED FOR ALL OUTDOOR BURNING.

JANUARY 23 2014...USDA APPROVED DISASTER DESIGNATION S3637.  THIS
DESIGNATION PLACED HUMBOLDT...TRINITY AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES ON THE
DROUGHT FAST TRACK.

FEBRUARY 4 2014...THE HOOPA VALLEY TRIBE DECLARED A DROUGHT
EMERGENCY.

FEBRUARY 14 2014...PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE USDA ANNOUNCED ADDITIONAL
ASSISTANCE TO HELP FARMERS...RANCHERS AND RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY THE
DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA.

FEBRUARY 28 2014..THE YUROK AND KARUK TRIBES HAVE DECLARED A DROUGHT
EMERGENCY.

THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS REPORTS OF INDIVIDUALS HAVING TO DEEPEN
THEIR WELLS.

RESERVOIR OPERATORS HAVE REDUCED RESERVOIR OUTFLOW TO CONSERVE
WATER.

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS INCLUDE REDUCED RANGE LAND GRASSES AND RANCHERS
AND DAIRY FARMERS HAVING TO PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL FEED FOR THEIR
HERDS. SOME ARE ALSO HAVING TO TRUCK IN WATER. THERE ARE REPORTS OF
CATTLE BEING SOLD BECAUSE IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE TO KEEP THEM FED AND
WATERED. THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE
PRICE OF HAY.

THE REDWOOD VALLEY COUNTY WATER DISTRICT (RVCWD)...MENDOCINO
COUNTY...STOPPED SUPPLYING WATER TO AGRICULTURAL CUSTOMERS. THE
DISTRICT IS LOOKING AT BEING OUT OF WATER IN AUGUST.  CUSTOMER
ALLOTMENT IS 50 GALLONS PER PERSON PER DAY.

CALIFORNIA STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD HAS CURTAILMENT
ORDERS PENDING FOR JUNIOR WATER RIGHTS HOLDERS. THESE ARE WATER
RIGHTS ISSUED AFTER 1914. THIS MEANS THEY ARE REQUIRED TO STOP
DIVERTING WATER FROM STREAMS AND RIVERS OR REDUCE THOSE DIVERSIONS.
THE LOCAL AFFECTED WATERSHEDS ARE THE MIDDLE FORK EEL RIVER AND
RUSSIAN RIVER.

APRIL 10...CITY OF WILLITS...STAGE 1 WATER SHORTAGE LEVEL. NO
WATERING BETWEEN 7 AM AND 8 PM...WATERING BY ADDRESS...FIX
LEAKS...WASH VEHICLES WITH SHUT-OFF NOZZLE AND BUCKET.

APRIL 25 2014...CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN SIGNED A SECOND
DROUGHT PROCLAMATION.  THIS PROCLAMATION WAIVES COMPLIANCE WITH THE
CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT AND THE STATE WATER CODE FOR A
NUMBER OF ACTIONS...INCLUDING WATER TRANSFERS...WASTEWATER TREATMENT
PROJECTS...HABITAT IMPROVEMENT FOR WINTER-RUN CHINOOK SALMON
IMPERILED BY THE DROUGHT AND CURTAILMENT OF WATER RIGHTS. THE ORDER
ALSO SUSPENDS COMPETITIVE BIDDING REQUIREMENTS FOR DROUGHT RELATED
PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENTS OF WATER RESOURCES...FISH AND
WILDLIFE...PUBLIC HEALTH AND OTHER STATE AGENCIES.

JUNE 22 2014 BURN PERMITS SUSPENDED IN SIX RIVERS NATIONAL FOREST
WHICH INCLUDES HUMBOLDT...DEL NORTE...AND PORTIONS OF TRINITY
COUNTIES.

JULY 14 2014 HUMBOLDT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED A
RESOLUTION TO DECLARE A LOCAL DROUGHT EMERGENCY.

CITY OF RIO DELL - RESIDENTS FACE AN INITIAL 50% INCREASE IN THEIR
WATERS BILLS...FOLLOWED BY STEEPER PENALTIES IF THEY USE MORE THAN
THE ALLOTTED 50 GALLONS A DAY PER PERSON DURING THE WATER SHORTAGE.

HUMBOLDT BAY MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT...ASKING FOR 20 PERCENT WATER
USE REDUCTION IN LINE WITH GOVERNOR`S REQUEST.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
TABLE BELOW DEPICTS THE OBSERVED PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS FOR WATER
YEAR 2014 THROUGH JULY 31 AND THE PERCENT OF NORMAL THROUGH JULY 31
(AMOUNTS IN INCHES).

LOCATION                  PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS       PERCENT OF
                        OCT 1 2013-JULY 31 2014        NORMAL
CRESCENT CITY AIRPORT            28.73                    46
GASQUET RANGER STATION           54.68                    62
EUREKA/ARCATA AIRPORT            25.26                    53
EUREKA WFO WOODLEY ISLAND        17.91                    45
ORLEANS                          32.10                    61
SCOTIA                           15.85                    33
WILLOW CREEK 1NW                 16.38                    30
FT BRAGG 5N                      22.22                    52
POTTER VALLEY POWER HOUSE        29.77                    65
UKIAH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT          17.97                    49
UKIAH 4WSW                       24.80                    49
BIG BAR 4E                       16.84                    44
TRINITY RIVER HATCHERY           15.92                    49
WEAVERVILLE RANGER STATION       18.80                    49

TABLE BELOW DEPICTS THE DRIEST 10-MONTH START TO THE WATER YEAR AND
HOW THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF WATER YEAR 2014 RANKS. (AMOUNTS IN
INCHES.)

LOCATION                 POR        DRIEST OCT-APR   RANK OF
WATER                                             YEAR/AMOUNT
YEAR 2014 CRESCENT CITY AIRPORT   2000-2014    2013-14/28.73
DRIEST GASQUET RANGER STATION  1949-2014    1976-77/34.70    6TH
DRIEST EUREKA/ARCATA AIRPORT   2000-2014    2013-14/25.26
DRIEST EUREKA WFO WOODLEY IS.  1886-2014    1976-77/15.62    2ND
DRIEST ORLEANS                 1904-2014    1976-77/18.16   13TH
DRIEST SCOTIA                  1926-2014    2013-14/15.85
DRIEST WILLOW CREEK 1NW        1968-2014    2008-09/14.66    2ND
DRIEST FT BRAGG 5N             1896-2014    1976-77/12.89    7TH
DRIEST POTTER VALLEY PWR HOUSE 1938-2014    1976-77/14.31   10TH
DRIEST UKIAH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT 2000-2014    2013-14/17.97
DRIEST UKIAH 4WSW              1952-2014    2007-08/15.65    3RD
DRIEST BIG BAR 4E              1943-2014    1976-77/13.43    2ND
DRIEST TRINITY RIVER HATCHERY  1975-2014    1976-77/13.70    2ND
DRIEST WEAVERVILLE RANGER STN  1912-2014    1976-77/08.65    6TH
DRIEST

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER`S OUTLOOK FOR
SEPTEMBER FAVORS EQUAL CHANCES (33%) FOR ABOVE NORMAL...NORMAL...OR
BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR DEL NORTE...HUMBOLDT...TRINITY AND
MENDOCINO COUNTIES. THE TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FOR SEPTEMBER FAVORS
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES IN ALL FOUR COUNTIES.

THE SEASONAL OUTLOOK FOR THE MONTHS OF OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER
FAVORS BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR DEL NORTE COUNTY AND EQUAL
CHANCES (33%) FOR ABOVE NORMAL...NORMAL...OR BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION FOR HUMBOLDT ...TRINITY AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES. THE
TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FAVORS ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES IN ALL FOUR
COUNTIES.

THE TABLE BELOW DEPICTS THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS FOR THE
MONTH OF AUGUST.

LOCATION                  NORMAL PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
                                AUGUST

CRESCENT CITY AIRPORT            0.52
GASQUET RANGER STATION           0.50
EUREKA/ARCATA AIRPORT            0.42
EUREKA WFO WOODLEY ISLAND        0.31
ORLEANS                          0.32
SCOTIA                           0.23
WILLOW CREEK 1NW                 0.31
FT BRAGG 5N                      0.21
POTTER VALLEY POWER HOUSE        0.08
UKIAH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT          0.10
UKIAH 4WSW                       0.09
BIG BAR 4E                       0.34
TRINITY RIVER HATCHERY           0.22
WEAVERVILLE RANGER STATION       0.17

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
AREA MAINSTEM RIVERS ARE BELOW THEIR SEASONAL NORMAL STREAM FLOW
VALUES AND ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN BELOW SEASONAL NORMALS.

TABLE BELOW DEPICTS HISTORICAL MEAN FLOW FOR JULY AND THE MEAN
FLOW IN JULY 2014.  THE FLOW IS IN CUBIC FEET PER SECOND.

RIVER/FORECAST POINT         HISTORICAL MEAN       MEAN FLOW
                              FLOW JULY            JULY 2014
SMITH RIVER NR CRESCENT CITY      535                   439
KLAMATH RIVER NR KLAMATH        4,850                 2,395
KLAMATH RIVER NR ORLEANS        2,810                 1,349
TRINITY RIVER AT HOOPA          1,390                   681
REDWOOD CREEK AT ORICK             86                    45
MAD RIVER NR ARCATA                67                    50
VAN DUZEN RIVER NR BRIDGEVILLE     37                     8
EEL RIVER AT SCOTIA               348                    79
NAVARRO RIVER AT NAVARRO           21                     1
RUSSIAN RIVER NR HOPLAND          194                   113

THE AREA RESERVOIR STORAGE LEVELS WILL CONTINUE TO RECEDE AS WATER
IS WITHDRAWN DURING THE DRY SUMMER MONTHS.

THE TABLE BELOW DEPICTS LOCAL RESERVOIR STORAGE DATA.
DATA AS OF JULY 31. STORAGE VALUES ARE ACRE-FEET.

  LAKE         STORAGE PERCENT OF   30-YEAR     PERCENT 30-YEAR
                 JULY   CAPACITY   HISTORICAL    HISTORICAL
                                    AVERAGE      AVERAGE
TRINITY LAKE   865,390     35       1,893,600       46
RUTH LAKE       41,057     86          43,200       95
LAKE MENDOCINO  38,804     32          75,500       54
LAKE PILLSBURY  50,124     62          60,600       83

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THE NEXT SCHEDULED DROUGHT PRODUCT WILL BE ISSUED IN LATE SEPTEMBER
OR SOONER IF NECESSARY IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN
CONDITIONS.

&&

RELATED WEBSITES...
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA:  HTTP://WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/EKA/
CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER:  HTTP://WWW.CNRFC.NOAA.GOV/
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER:  HTTP://WWW.CPC.NOAA.GOV/INDEX.PHP
NOAA DROUGHT PAGE:  HTTP://WWW.NCDC.GOV/SOTC/DROUGHT
US DROUGHT MONITOR:  HTTP://DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML
CALIFORNIA DATA EXCHANGE CENTER:  HTTP://CDEC.WATER.CA.GOV/
CALIFORNIA DROUGHT PAGE:
HTTP://WWW.WATER.CA.GOV/WATERCONDITIONS/DROUGHT

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
US DROUGHT MONITOR
CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES
US BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
USGS
CAL FIRE
COOP OBSERVERS
LOCAL COUNTIES AND CITIES

QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS...
PLEASE REFER ALL QUESTIONS TO W-EKA.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV.

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