Drought Information Statement
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 DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
 1029 AM PDT MON MAY 18 2015

 ...EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSIST IN SOUTHWESTERN
 CALIFORNIA...

 SYNOPSIS...

 MOST AREAS IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA ARE EXPERIENCING
 THE FOURTH BELOW AVERAGE RAINFALL SEASON RESULTING IN A REDUCTION IN
 RESERVOIR LEVELS AND LOWERING GROUNDWATER LEVELS. CURRENTLY THE U.S.
 DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFIES NEARLY 67% OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN
 EXTREME AND EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT AND NEARLY 47% OF THE STATE IN
 EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT. ON THE FEBRUARY 12, 2015 US DROUGHT MONITOR MAP
 A REDUCTION OF EXCEPTIONAL AND EXTREME DROUGHT OCCURRED IN NORTHERN
 AND COASTAL CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE STATE DUE TO BENEFICIAL RAINS IN
 EARLY FEBRUARY. THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFIES DROUGHT INTO
 FIVE CATEGORIES OF INCREASING SEVERITY: ABNORMALLY DRY
 (D0)...MODERATE DROUGHT (D1)...SEVERE DROUGHT (D2)...EXTREME DROUGHT
 (D3)...AND EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT (D4).

 ON JANUARY 17 2014 CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN DECLARED A
 DROUGHT STATE OF EMERGENCY IN CALIFORNIA. THE FULL TEXT OF THE
 EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION CAN BE ACCESSED AT:
 WWW.GOV.CA.GOV/NEWS.PHP?ID=18368.

 ON APRIL 25 2014 CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE
 ORDER TO REDOUBLE STATE DROUGHT ACTIONS. THE FULL TEXT OF THE
 EXECUTIVE ORDER CAN BE ACCESSED AT: WWW.GOV.CA.GOV/NEWS.PHP?ID=18496.

 ON JULY 15 2014 THE CALIFORNIA STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD
 APPROVED AN EMERGENCY REGULATION TO ENSURE AGENCIES AND STATE
 RESIDENTS INCREASE WATER CONSERVATION. LOCAL AGENCIES COULD ASK
 COURTS TO FINE WATER USERS UP TO $500 PER DAY FOR FAILURE TO
 IMPLEMENT CONSERVATION REQUIREMENTS. THE TEXT OF THIS REGULATION CAN
 BE ACCESSED AT:
 WWW.SWRCB.CA.GOV/PRESS_ROOM/PRESS_RELEASES/2014/PR071514.PDF

 ON APRIL 1 2015 CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN ORDERED A 25 PERCENT
 CUT IN URBAN WATER USE IN THE FIRST EVER MANDATORY STATEWIDE
 REDUCTIONS. THE TEXT OF THIS REGULATION CAN BE ACCESSED AT:
 GOV.CA.GOV/DOCS/4.1.15_EXECUTIVE_ORDER.PDF

 SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

 ACROSS THE STATE MULTIPLE WATER AGENCIES AND JURISDICTIONS HAVE
 IMPLEMENTED MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS OR VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION
 MEASURES.

 SOME AREAS HAVE DECLARED DROUGHT EMERGENCIES OR HAVE DECLARED WATER
 SHORTAGES. THERE HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS TOO. THE
 ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES (ACWA) HAS A WEB PAGE AND
 INTERACTIVE MAP THAT SUMMARIZE THESE IMPACTS.

 THESE WEB PAGES CAN ACCESSED AT THE FOLLOWING LINKS:

 WWW.ACWA.COM/CONTENT/LOCAL-DROUGHT-RESPONSE

 WWW.ACWA.COM/CONTENT/DROUGHT-MAP

 FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF RESERVOIR LEVELS IN CENTRAL AND
 SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA.

 GIBRALTAR RESERVOIR IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT 13.0% OF
 ITS STORAGE CAPACITY.

 JAMESON RESERVOIR IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT 20.6% OF
 ITS STORAGE CAPACITY.

 CACHUMA RESERVOIR IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT 27.0% OF
 ITS STORAGE CAPACITY.

 TWITCHELL RESERVOIR IN SANTA BARBARA AND SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY IS
 CURRENTLY ONLY AT 0.0% OF ITS STORAGE CAPACITY.

 LAKE NACIMIENTO IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY IS CURRENTLY ONLY AT 27%
 OF ITS STORAGE CAPACITY.

 LAKE SAN ANTONIO IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY IS CURRENTLY ONLY AT 5%
 OF ITS STORAGE CAPACITY.

 LOPEZ LAKE IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT 37.8% OF ITS
 STORAGE CAPACITY.

 LAKE CASITAS IN VENTURA COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT 50.1% OF ITS STORAGE
 CAPACITY.

 CASTAIC LAKE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT 33% OF ITS
 STORAGE CAPACITY.

 PYRAMID LAKE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT 93% OF ITS
 STORAGE CAPACITY.

 IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT CATTLE RANCHERS IN SAN LUIS OBISPO...SANTA
 BARBARA...VENTURA...AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES HAVE BEEN FORCED TO
 SUPPLEMENT THE DIET OF THEIR HERDS WITH PURCHASED ALFALFA AND HAY
 SINCE NATURAL GRASS SOURCES ARE LACKING DUE TO THE CONTINUING
 DROUGHT CONDITIONS.

 CLIMATE SUMMARY...

 CURRENT WATER YEAR (OCTOBER 2014 THROUGH APRIL 2015) RAINFALL
 TOTALS FOR SELECTED LOCATIONS ARE:

 SAN LUIS OBISPO 11.34 INCHES OR  51% OF NORMAL TO DATE
 SANTA BARBARA    9.00 INCHES OR  53% OF NORMAL TO DATE
 OXNARD           8.92 INCHES OR  60% OF NORMAL TO DATE
 LOS ANGELES      7.53 INCHES OR  53% OF NORMAL TO DATE

 PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

 NOAAS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER OUTLOOK FOR
 THE NEXT 30 DAYS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IS INDICATING EQUAL CHANCES
 OF ABOVE NORMAL...NORMAL...AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND ABOVE NORMAL
 TEMPERATURES. THIS MEANS SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND NEAR
 NORMAL PRECIPITATION CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH SPRING.

 HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

 EVEN WITH NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION EXPECTED OVER THE AREA FOR THE
 NEAR FUTURE...NO INCREASES IN AREA RIVERS AND RESERVOIRS ARE
 EXPECTED.

 NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

 THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED IN MID JUNE 2015
 OR SOONER IF NECESSARY IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN
 CONDITIONS.

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 RELATED WEB SITES...

 CALIFORNIA DATA EXCHANGE CENTER:
 HTTP://CDEC.WATER.CA.GOV/
 CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER:
 HTTP://WWW.CNRFC.NOAA.GOV/
 U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR:
 HTTP://DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU
 U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL:
 HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV/DROUGHT/
 CALIFORNIA DROUGHT PAGE:
 HTTP://WWW.WATER.CA.GOV/WATERCONDITIONS/
 CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER:
 HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD:
 HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/
 LOSANGELES CALIFORNIA DAILY STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS:
 HTTP://WATERDATA.USGS.GOV/CA/NWIS/RT
 CALIFORNIA DROUGHT STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION:
 WWW.GOV.CA.GOV/NEWS.PHP?ID=18368
 ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES:
 HTTP://WWW.ACWA.COM/CONTENT/LOCAL-DROUGHT-RESPONSE

 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

 CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
 U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR
 CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD
 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES
 UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
 COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO
 COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA
 ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES

 QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS...

 PLEASE REFER ALL QUESTIONS TO W-LOX.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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