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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
200 PM PDT THU NOV 17 2016

...DROUGHT STATEMENT FOR WESTERN NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA...

1/ NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATIONS...

AS OF NOVEMBER 16, 2016...ALL COUNTIES IN NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND
THE EASTERN SIERRA ALONG THE NEVADA BORDER...EXCEPT ALPINE COUNTY...
WERE DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL DROUGHT DISASTER AREAS BY THE U.S.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. ALPINE COUNTY WAS DESIGNATED A CONTIGUOUS
NATURAL DROUGHT DISASTER COUNTY.

THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN NEVADA WERE DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL
DROUGHT DISASTER AREAS DUE TO DAMAGES AND LOSSES CAUSED BY THE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS: LANDER...HUMBOLDT...WASHOE...PERSHING...
CHURCHILL...STOREY...CARSON CITY...DOUGLAS...LYON...MINERAL...
ESMERALDA...NYE...WHITE PINE AND CLARK.

THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN NEVADA WERE DESIGNATED AS CONTIGUOUS
NATURAL DROUGHT DISASTER AREAS: ELKO...EUREKA AND LINCOLN. FROM
USDA.

SEE WWW.USDA.GOV/DROUGHT /IN LOWER CASE/ FOR MORE INFORMATION ON
DROUGHT DISASTER DECLARATIONS AND ASSISTANCE.

2/ CURRENT DROUGHT INTENSITY IN WESTERN NEVADA AND EASTERN
CALIFORNIA...

THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR /DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/ IS UPDATED WEEKLY
BY THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. IT IS A SYNTHESIS OF
MULTIPLE DROUGHT INDICES AND IMPACTS THAT REPRESENTS A CONSENSUS OF
SCIENTISTS IN MANY FEDERAL...STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES...AS WELL AS
THOSE IN PRIVATE INDUSTRY.

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS USED BY THE USDA TO DETERMINE DROUGHT
SEVERITY...TO DECLARE DROUGHT DISASTER AND IS THE MECHANISM USED TO
PROVIDE AID TO THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY. IT IS ALSO THE PRIMARY
TOOL USED BY THE NEVADA DEPARTMENTS OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND
WATER RESOURCES TO RESPOND TO AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR DROUGHT AND
TO MITIGATE DROUGHT IMPACTS THROUGH THEIR DROUGHT RESPONSE PLAN.

AS OF NOVEMBER 15, 2016...THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFIED A
LARGE PORTION OF WESTERN NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA AS IN
MODERATE DROUGHT /LEVEL 1 OF 4 LEVELS OF DROUGHT/ OR GREATER.

MONO COUNTY REMAINS THE ONLY PORTION OF EASTERN CALIFORNIA OR
WESTERN NEVADA WITH EXTREME DROUGHT /LEVEL 3/ OR HIGHER. ONLY THE
FAR NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY WAS CATEGORIZED WITH LESS THAN
EXTREME DROUGHT WHILE THE MONO COUNTY PORTION OF THE SIERRA CREST
WAS CATEGORIZED AS HAVING EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT/ LEVEL 4/.

PARTS OF LASSEN COUNTY...NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY...THE SURPRISE VALLEY...
AND SMALL PARTS OF NORTHEAST PERSHING COUNTY WERE CATEGORIZED AS HAVING
ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS.

3/ SYNOPSIS...

SINCE JUNE 2015...ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION HAS OCCURRED ACROSS THE
ENTIRE AREA WITH THE EXCEPTION OF PARTS OF SOUTHERN MONO COUNTY IN
CALIFORNIA AND PARTS OF CENTRAL PERSHING AND CHURCHILL COUNTIES AND
NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY IN NEVADA.

ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION FELL FAIRLY CONSISTENTLY THROUGH THE
FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THE 2016 WATER YEAR...STARTING IN OCTOBER
2015...BUT FEBRUARY REVERTED BACK TO BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR
MUCH OF THE AREA. ADDITIONAL STORMS IN THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH
BROUGHT ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION BACK TO THE SIERRA...NORTHEAST
CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA. MOST OF THE REMAINDER OF NEVADA SAW
NEAR TO BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN MARCH.

THE MIDDLE OF APRIL ALSO SAW ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER MUCH OF
NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA. SOME AREAS NEAR THE OREGON BORDER IN
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA SAW BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION DURING THIS PERIOD. THE MONTH OF MAY SAW TWO PERIODS
OF MODERATE TO HEAVY PRECIPITATION CONFINED MAINLY TO WESTERN AND
CENTRAL NEVADA...BUT SOME PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA
BENEFITED AS WELL.

THE MONTHS OF JUNE AND JULY WERE QUITE DRY OVER THE EASTERN SIERRA
AND WESTERN NEVADA. THERE WERE SHOWERS IN PARTS OF NORTHEAST
CALIFORNIA IN EARLY JUNE. THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED RAIN IN SOUTHERN
MONO COUNTY AND PARTS OF MINERAL AND LYON COUNTIES IN LATE JUNE AND
EARLY JULY. AUGUST WAS BELOW NORMAL WITH REGARD TO RAIN FALL...BUT
THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH SAW A FEW DAYS OF MORE MONSOON-LIKE
THUNDERSTORMS. SEPTEMBER 2016 SAW A CONTINUATION OF RELATIVE DRY
CONDITIONS THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH. THE SECOND HALF OF THE
MONTH SAW A RETURN TO A MORE FALL-LIKE PATTERN WITH COOLER
TEMPERATURES ALONG WITH SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS.

OCTOBER 2016 HAD WELL ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR MUCH OF THE
REGION DUE TO TWO SEPARATE ATMOSPHERIC RIVER TYPE EVENTS. THESE
STORMS BROUGHT FROM 200 TO 300 PERCENT OF NORMAL RAINFALL TO MANY
LOCATIONS. SOME AREAS EXPERIENCED THEIR WETTEST OCTOBER ON RECORD.
THIS HELPED EASED DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN MANY AREAS AND PUSHED SOME
RESERVOIRS ABOVE THEIR AVERAGE CAPACITY LEVELS FOR OCTOBER.

AFTER THE WET OCTOBER...THE FIRST HALF OF NOVEMBER REVERTED TO A
VERY DRY PATTERN. A COUPE OF WEAK STORMS SYSTEMS BROUGHT LESS THAN HALF
AN INCH OF PRECIPITATION TO THE NORTHERN SIERRA WITH FAR LESS FALLING
IN WESTERN NEVADA AND NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA.

/SEE:HTTP://WWW.WRCC.DRI.EDU/WWDT/ARCHIVE.PHP?FOLDER=PON6PER/

4/ DROUGHT IMPACTS...

THE FOLLOWING IMPACTS...WHILE NOT ALL INCLUSIVE...REPRESENT SOME OF
THE MOST IMPACTFUL EFFECTS OF THE CONTINUING DROUGHT ON THE REGION
OVER THE LAST ONE TO TWO YEARS.

A/ RANCHING...

THE US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCED IN MARCH 2015 ITS
LIVESTOCK FORAGE DISASTER PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO OFFSET GRAZING
LOSSES IN 2015...SIMILAR TO BENEFITS THAT WERE AVAILABLE FROM 2011
TO 2014. FROM FORT WORTH, TX, STAR-TELEGRAM, MAR 26, 2015.

DUE TO DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATIONS THROUGHOUT ALL COUNTIES IN
THE REGION...RANCHERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OBTAIN VARIOUS FINANCIAL AND
TAX RELIEF SOLUTIONS THROUGH USDA. SEE THE USDA FARM SERVICES AGENCY
WEBSITE FOR DETAILS /WWW.FSA.USDA.GOV.

B/ AGRICULTURE...

SUMMER 2016 MARKED THE FOURTH IRRIGATION SEASON IN A ROW WHEN MANY
FARMERS AND RANCHERS DID NOT RECEIVE A FULL ALLOCATION OF WATER.
THIS WAS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN THE LOWER HUMBOLDT BASIN AND THE CARSON
BASIN BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR.

LOWER HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...

NO DELIVERIES WERE MADE FOR EITHER THE 2014 OR 2015 IRRIGATION
SEASONS ON THE LOWER HUMBOLDT BELOW RYE PATCH RESERVOIR. MOST FARMERS
AND RANCHERS IN THE LOWER HUMBOLDT BASIN DO NOT SUPPLEMENT SURFACE
WATER WITH GROUND WATER. WITH INCREASED STORAGE IN RYE PATCH
RESERVOIR DUE TO RUN OFF FROM AN ABOVE AVERAGE SNOW PACK IN THE
UPPER HUMBOLDT BASIN...DELIVERIES WERE COMMENCED IN MID APRIL 2016
TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN THE LOVELOCK AREA. ALLOCATIONS FOR THE
2016 IRRIGATION SEASON REACHED APPROXIMATELY 30% OF NORMAL.

THE FIVE COUNTIES OF THE HUMBOLDT RIVER WATER AUTHORITY
/HUMBOLDT...ELKO...EUREKA...LANDER AND PERSHING/ HAVE REINFORCED THE
STATE OF NEVADA ACTION DECLARING A DROUGHT RESOLUTION THAT WOULD
ENCOURAGE NEVADA AND FEDERAL AGENCIES TO COORDINATE TO BEST HANDLE
DROUGHT IMPACTS IN THE HARD HIT AREAS.

CARSON RIVER BASIN...

IN EARLY MARCH 2016 THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE TRUCKEE-CARSON
IRRIGATION DISTRICT SET THE 2016 MINIMUM ALLOCATION AT 70 PERCENT OF
NORMAL DEMAND FOR THE NEWLANDS FEDERAL RECLAMATION PROJECT.

ALLOCATIONS WERE LATER RAISED TO 85 PERCENT...BUT IN EARLY JULY THESE
ALLOCATIONS WERE CUT BACK TO 75 PERCENT. THE BOARD OF TCID CITED
TRANSPORT LOSSES AND APPLICATION TO FIELD LOSSES AS THE BASIS FOR
THIS CUT. FROM NEVADA APPEAL/LAHONTAN VALLEY NEWS, JULY 7, 2016.

TRUCKEE RIVER BASIN...

LAKE TAHOE DROPPED BELOW ITS NATURAL RIM LATE ON OCTOBER 15, 2014
FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2009. THIS MEANT ONLY A SMALL TRICKLE OF
WATER WAS ESCAPING LAKE TAHOE AND BY OCTOBER 17, 2014 VIRTUALLY NO
FLOW WAS LEAVING LAKE TAHOE. WITH RECHARGE FROM MELTING SNOW AND
STORMS...THE LAKE ROSE ABOVE ITS NATURAL RIM ON APRIL 9, 2016...
ALLOWING A MINIMAL FLOW TO RETURN TO THE TRUCKEE RIVER BELOW THE
LAKE. THE LAKE LEVEL PEAKED AROUND JUNE 12, 2016 ABOUT ONE FOOT
ABOVE ITS NATURAL RIM. WITH DECREASING INFLOW AND INCREASING
EVAPORATION THE LAKE LEVEL DROPPED BELOW THE NATURAL RIM AGAIN ON
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016.

DUE TO THE DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATION THROUGHOUT ALL COUNTIES IN
THE REGION...FARMERS MAY BE ABLE TO OBTAIN VARIOUS FORMS OF
FINANCIAL AND TAX RELIEF THROUGH USDA.  SEE THE USDA FARM SERVICES
AGENCY WEBSITE FOR DETAILS /WWW.FSA.USDA.GOV.

C/ FIRE DANGER...

AS OF NOVEMBER 16, 2016...FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS LOW TO MODERATE
ACROSS MUCH OF WESTERN NEVADA AND NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA. THE AREA
AROUND SOUTHERN MONO COUNTY AND FAR SOUTHEAST MINERAL COUNTY
WAS RATED AS HIGH TO VERY HIGH. THIS AREA DID NOT BENEFIT FROM
THE VERY WET CONDITIONS IN OCTOBER.

SEE HTTP://WWW.WFAS.NET/IMAGES/FIREDANGER/FD_CLASS.PNG FOR CURRENT
CONDITIONS.

AS OF NOVEMBER 1, 2016...THE NIFC SIGNIFICANT WILDLAND FIRE
POTENTIAL FORECAST FOR NOVEMBER 2016 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2017 IS
PROJECTED TO BE NEAR NORMAL.

SEE U.S. FOREST SERVICE WILDLAND FIRE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM WEBSITE FOR
DETAILS...HTTP://WWW.PREDICTIVESERVICES.NIFC.GOV/OUTLOOKS/MONTHLY_
SEASONAL_OUTLOOK.PDF.

D/ FISHERIES...

IN LATE JANUARY 2016 A GOLDEN ALGAE BLOOM DEVELOPED ON RYE PATCH
RESERVOIR IN PERSHING COUNTY, NEVADA. THIS BLOOM WAS BELIEVED TO BE
DROUGHT RELATED AND THOUGHT TO HAVE OCCURRED PRIMARILY BECAUSE THE
RESERVOIR HAD BEEN LARGELY STAGNANT FOR THREE YEARS WITH NO FRESH
WATER FLOWING IN FROM THE HUMBOLDT RIVER COMBINED WITH ELEVATED
MINERAL CONTENT...LOW LEVELS OF NUTRIENTS AND COLD TEMPERATURES.
NEVADA STATE WILDLIFE OFFICIALS FEARED ALL OF THE FISH IN THE
RESERVOIR HAD BEEN KILLED BY THE ALGAE BLOOM BUT WOULD NOT KNOW FOR
SURE UNTIL SPRING ARRIVED. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, JAN 25,
2016.

SEE THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE WEBSITE /HTTP://WWW.NDOW.ORG/
FOR FISHING CONDITION INFORMATION IN NEVADA. FOR CALIFORNIA FISHING
INFORMATION...SEE THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
WEBSITE /HTTP://WWW.WILDLIFE.CA.GOV/.

E/ VEGETATION AND WILDLIFE...

EARLIER IN THE YEAR IN THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE
NOTED AN INCREASE IN TREE-KILLING INSECTS AND TREE MORTALITY MOVING
NORTH INTO THE BASIN. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, MAY 25, 2016.

F/ GROUND WATER...

SCIENTISTS FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAVE BEGUN A STUDY OF
WATERSHEDS IN 6 WESTERN STATES IN AN ATTEMPT TO GAIN INSIGHTS THAT
COULD HELP RESOURCE MANAGERS BETTER ALLOCATE SCARCE WATER SUPPLIES
DURING FUTURE DROUGHTS. NEVADA AND CALIFORNIA ARE INCLUDED IN THIS
STUDY OF NEARLY 500 STREAMS IN THE WESTERN U.S. ONE OF THE KEY GOALS
OF THE STUDY IS TO DETERMINE WHICH BASINS ARE MOST VULNERABLE TO LOW
SNOWPACK AND WHICH BASINS HAVE THE KIND OF GEOLOGY THAT CAN MITIGATE
A LACK OF SNOWPACK WITH GROUNDWATER. FROM SACRAMENTO, CA, BEE,
SEP 10, 2015.

G/ URBAN AREA DROUGHT IMPACTS...

RENO/SPARKS...

THE NEAR NORMAL WINTER OF 2015/16 IN THE SIERRA HELPED RECHARGE
TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY`S /TMWA/ RESERVES. IT WAS ANNOUNCED
ON APRIL 20, 2016 THAT TMWA WAS NOT ASKING ITS CUSTOMERS TO REDUCE
THEIR WATER USAGE FOR THE COMING IRRIGATION SEASON...UNLIKE THE
PREVIOUS YEAR. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, APR 20, 2016.

MAMMOTH LAKES...

EVEN WITH A NEAR NORMAL SNOW PACK FOR THE WINTER SEASON...MAMMOTH
COMMUNITY WATER DISTRICT /MCWD/ CUSTOMERS REMAIN UNDER LEVEL 3
RESTRICTIONS. MCWD HAS RELIED ON HEAVY GROUND WATER PUMPING DUE TO
THE ONGOING DROUGHT AND THE LEVELS OF THEIR WELLS WERE AT HISTORIC
LOWS IN LATE 2015. THE RESTRICTIONS ALLOW FOR WATERING ONLY 2 DAYS
PER WEEK BUT INCREASE THE ACCEPTABLE HOURS TO 1 AM TO 6 AM AND 8 PM
TO 11 PM. FROM SIERRAWAVE.NET, JUNE 1, 2016.

H/ TOURISM AND RECREATION IMPACTS...

THE BOAT LAUNCH AT THE NEVADA`S SAND HARBOR STATE PARK ON LAKE
TAHOE`S EASTERN SHORE CLOSED IN EARLY AUGUST 2016 DUE TO LOW WATER
CONDITIONS. THIS MARKS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON LOW WATER
CONDITIONS HAVE PROMPTED AN EARLY CLOSURE. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-
JOURNAL, AUGUST 1, 2016.

WASHOE LAKE IN THE WASHOE VALLEY OF WESTERN NEVADA BETWEEN RENO AND
CARSON CITY IS DRYING ONCE AGAIN. THE LAKE WAS DRY PRIOR TO THE
WINTER OF 2015-16, BUT REACHED NEARLY HALF FULL AFTER THE WET WINTER.
THE STATE PARK SUPERVISOR AT THE LAKE NOTED THAT ONCE THE HOTTER
TEMPERATURES OF JULY AND AUGUST HIT, THE LAKE STARTED DECREASING
FROM EVAPORATION. THE LAKE IS FED BY 11 STREAMS AND EVEN WHEN FULL
IS ONLY 12 FEET DEEP. THE STATE PARK ON THE SOUTH AND EAST SIDES OF
THE LAKE IS VERY POPULAR BECAUSE OF ITS PROXIMITY TO RENO AND CARSON
CITY AND DRAWS THOUSANDS OF VISITORS EACH SUMMER. FROM CARSON CITY,
NV, NEVADA APPEAL, SEPTEMBER 2, 2016.

5/ HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS AS OF NOVEMBER 17, 2016...

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON NOVEMBER 17...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT 59
CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 102 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 58
CFS FOR THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON NOVEMBER 17...FLOWS ON THE PIT RIVER NEAR CANBY WERE ABOUT 35 CFS
OR 30 PERCENT OF THE 116 CFS AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON NOVEMBER 17...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR PORTOLA
WERE ABOUT 32 CFS OR 36 PERCENT OF THE 89 CFS AVERAGE FLOW FOR
THIS DATE.

D/ LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE RIVER BASINS...
NOVEMBER 17 STORAGE ON LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE BASIN RESERVOIRS WAS AS
FOLLOWS.../NOTE...AF IS ABBREVIATION FOR ACRE FEET/.

LAKE TAHOE......     0 AF...  0 PCT OF CAPACITY..  0 PCT OF NOVEMBER 30 AVG
PROSSER RSVR....  9065 AF... 32 PCT OF CAPACITY..100 PCT OF NOVEMBER 30 AVG
STAMPEDE RSVR... 90052 AF... 40 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 69 PCT OF NOVEMBER 30 AVG
BOCA RSVR....... 11907 AF... 29 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 57 PCT OF NOVEMBER 30 AVG

LAKE TAHOE IS LISTED AS HAVING NO STORAGE SINCE THE LAKE IS BELOW ITS NATURAL
RIM AND WATER CAN NO LONGER FLOW OUT OF THE LAKE.

NOVEMBER 17 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE TRUCKEE
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS... /NOTE...CFS IS ABBREVIATION FOR CUBIC FEET
PER SECOND/

TAHOE CITY...   0 CFS...    0 PCT OF  167 CFS AVERAGE
TRUCKEE......  35 CFS...   21 PCT OF  165 CFS AVERAGE
FARAD........ 204 CFS...   52 PCT OF  391 CFS AVERAGE
RENO......... 202 CFS...   52 PCT OF  389 CFS AVERAGE
VISTA........ 275 CFS...   52 PCT OF  526 CFS AVERAGE
WADSWORTH....  90 CFS...   29 PCT OF  312 CFS AVERAGE
NIXON........ 110 CFS...   45 PCT OF  243 CFS AVERAGE

STEAMBOAT CREEK...
NOVEMBER 17 FLOWS ON STEAMBOAT CREEK WERE AS FOLLOWS...

AT STEAMBOAT.......... 2.4 CFS... 32 PCT OF 7.4 CFS AVERAGE
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/.. UNAVAILABLE DUE TO MAINTENANCE

E/ CARSON RIVER BASIN ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
NOVEMBER 17 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE
CARSON RIVER ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WERE AS FOLLOWS...

EAST FK CARSON NR MARKLEEVILLE... 115 CFS...  97 PCT OF  119 CFS AVG
EAST FK CARSON NR GARDNERVILLE... 112 CFS...  87 PCT OF  129 CFS AVG
WEST FK CARSON AT WOODFORDS......  26 CFS...  70 PCT OF   37 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY........ 146 CFS...  86 PCT OF  170 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL....... 163 CFS... 111 PCT OF  147 CFS AVG

CARSON RIVER BASIN BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
NOVEMBER 17 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 27024 ACRE FEET...9
PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 21 PERCENT OF THE NOVEMBER 30 AVERAGE.
RELEASE FROM LAHONTAN ON NOVEMBER 17 WAS 1.7 CFS...7 PCT OF THE
24 CFS AVERAGE.

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN...
AS OF NOVEMBER 17...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 12020 ACRE
FEET...28 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 70 PCT OF THE NOVEMBER 30 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 20190 AF...34 PCT OF CAPACITY...AND 123 PCT OF
THE NOVEMBER 30 AVERAGE.

NOVEMBER 17 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE WALKER
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS...

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  28 CFS... 108 PCT OF  26 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR......  80 CFS... 131 PCT OF  61 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR......  48 CFS... 126 PCT OF  38 CFS AVG
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON..........  71 CFS...  63 PCT OF 112 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............  19 CFS...  25 PCT OF  76 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ  0 CFS...   0 PCT OF  54 CFS AVG

G/ LOWER HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...

IN EARLY NOVEMBER...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 12900 ACRE
FEET...7 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 17 PCT OF THE OCTOBER 31 AVERAGE.

NOVEMBER 17 FLOWS AT VARIOUS POINTS ON THE LOWER HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN
WERE AS FOLLOWS...

HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY.......  4.1 CFS....   7 PCT OF THE  58 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM..  0.9 CFS....   5 PCT OF THE  19 CFS AVG

6/ LONG RANGE WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA...
FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...

THE OUTLOOK FOR THE MONTHS OF DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY IS FOR ABOVE
NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR ALL OF WESTERN NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA
AND EQUAL CHANCES OF NEAR...ABOVE AND BELOW PRECIPITATION.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...THIS DROUGHT STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED IN MID
DECEMBER.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT AND HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS
MAY BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS.

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR.........................  DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU
NOAA DROUGHT PAGE...WHICH INCLUDES DROUGHT MONITOR......  DROUGHT.GOV
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER.....................  WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV

NWS ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE...  WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS
USGS HYDROLOGIC MONITORING.....................  WATERWATCH.USGS.GOV

NWS CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER......  WWW.CNRFC.NOAA.GOV

NWS NORTHWEST RIVER FORECAST CENTER...........
WWW.NWRFC.NOAA.GOV/WS/

NWS COLORADO BASIN RIVER FORECAST CENTER........  WWW.CBRFC.NOAA.GOV/

NEVADA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE...
WWW.NV.NRCS.USDA.GOV/SNOW/

NWS CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER LONG RANGE OUTLOOK MAPS...
WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/PRODUCTS/FORECASTS/

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE...
HTTP://WWW.NV.NRCS.USDA.GOV/SNOW/INDEX.HTML

CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF WATER RESOURCES............ CDEC.WATER.CA.GOV/
CALIFORNIA WATER CONDITIONS..... WWW.WATER.CA.GOV/WATERCONDITIONS/
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES...........  WWW.ACWA.COM

NEVADA DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES.................. WATER.NV.GOV/
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO................... WEATHER.GOV/RENO
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ELKO..................  WEATHER.GOV/ELKO
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS.........  WEATHER.GOV/LASVEGAS

TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY........................  TMWA.COM
SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY........................  SNWA.COM
LAS VEGAS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT........................ LVVWD.COM

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.........  WWW.USDA.GOV/DROUGHT U.S.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FARM SERVICES AGENCY... WWW.FSA.USDA.GOV

U.S. FOREST SERVICE WILDFIRE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM FIRE DANGER CLASS...
HTTP://WWW.WFAS.NET/IMAGES/FIREDANGER/FD_CLASS.PNG

NATIONAL SIGNIFICANT WILDLAND FIRE POTENTIAL OUTLOOK...
HTTP://WWW.PREDICTIVESERVICES.NIFC.GOV/OUTLOOKS/MONTHLY_
SEASONAL_OUTLOOK.PDF

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A SYNTHESIS OF MULTIPLE DROUGHT INDICES AND
IMPACTS THAT REPRESENTS A CONSENSUS OF SCIENTISTS IN MANY
FEDERAL...STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES...AS WELL AS PRIVATE FIRMS.  THE
DROUGHT MONITOR IS USED NATIONWIDE BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE TO DETERMINE DROUGHT SEVERITY...TO DECLARE DROUGHT AND
IS THE MECHANISM USED TO PROVIDE AID TO THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY.

INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND U.S.
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OBSERVATION SITES...US BLM...CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA
DIVISIONS OF WATER RESOURCES AND STATE CLIMATOLOGISTS...NEVADA
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE...PERSHING COUNTY WATER CONSERVATION
DISTRICT...WALKER RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT...WALKER RIVER PAIUTE
TRIBE...FEDERAL WATER MASTERS...TRUCKEE/CARSON IRRIGATION
DISTRICT...AND NWS OFFICES IN RENO...ELKO AND LAS VEGAS.

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

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
2350 RAGGIO PKWY
RENO NV 89512
PHONE...775-673-8100
WEATHER.GOV/RENO
REV.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV



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