Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS San Diego, CA

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
432 PM PDT SAT APR 19 2014

...EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHWESTERN
CALIFORNIA...

...THE USDA HAS DECLARED A DROUGHT DESIGNATION FOR SAN BERNARDINO
COUNTY FOR 2014 FOR ELIGIBLE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS...

...SMALL GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR DROUGHT IMPACTED ORGANIC FARMERS...

SYNOPSIS...

PORTIONS OF SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA HAVE EXPERIENCED TWO BELOW
AVERAGE RAINFALL SEASONS RESULTING IN A REDUCTION IN RESERVOIR AND
GROUNDWATER LEVELS. THESE CONDITIONS WERE ELEVATED TO AN EXTREME
DROUGHT DEPICTION (D3) ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAPS WITHIN
ORANGE COUNTY IN MID JANUARY 2014 AND EXPANDED TO INCLUDE PORTIONS
OF THE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND MUCH OF THE COASTAL PLAIN
OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY IN MID FEBRUARY. THE SAN DIEGO AND RIVERSIDE
COUNTY MOUNTAINS...LOWER DESERTS...AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE HIGH
DESERT IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY REMAIN IN THE SEVERE DROUGHT
CATEGORY. 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).

PLEASE NOTE THAT NEITHER NOAA OR THE NWS DECLARES DROUGHTS. DROUGHTS
IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA ARE DECLARED BY THE GOVERNOR THROUGH THE
RECOMMENDATION OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES
AND THE STATE CLIMATOLOGIST. HOWEVER...LOCAL OFFICIALS CAN DECLARE
LOCAL DROUGHT OR WATER EMERGENCIES AT TIMES WHEN THE STATE OF
CALIFORNIA HAS NOT DECLARED AN OFFICIAL DROUGHT. LOCAL WATER
PURVEYORS CAN ALSO IMPLEMENT VOLUNTARY OR MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS ON
WATER USAGE IN RESPONSE TO CURRENT OR FORECAST WATER SUPPLY
CONDITIONS REGARDLESS OF DROUGHT DECLARATIONS. THIS DROUGHT
STATEMENT PROVIDES A SUMMARY OF PERTINENT INFORMATION TO ENHANCE
PUBLIC AWARENESS OF DROUGHT OR ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

AT THIS TIME...IMPACTS HAVE BEEN LIMITED IN EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN
PORTIONS OF THE STATE DUE TO THE AVAILABILITY OF IMPORTED WATER.
RECENT RAINS HAVE ALLOWED PASTURES AND OTHER VEGETATION TO GREEN
UP...DECREASING WILDFIRE POTENTIAL TEMPORARILY. WHERE LOCAL WELLS
ARE FED BY RAINFALL AND LOCAL RUNOFF...SOME SHALLOW WELLS MAY BE
GOING DRY OR HAVE ALREADY DRIED UP. IN ADDITION...THE LACK OF
RAINFALL AND RUNOFF THIS WINTER HAS LOWERED THE FLOW IN AREA
RIVERS...RESULTING IN STRESSES ON THE VEGETATION AND WILDLIFE.

SMALL GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR DROUGHT IMPACTED ORGANIC FARMERS.
MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT WWW.CCOF.ORG.

THE METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HAS DOUBLED
ITS PREVIOUS $20 MILLION ALLOTMENT FOR ITS CONSERVATION REBATE
PROGRAM IN ANTICIPATION OF GREATER DEMAND. IT HAS ALSO APPROVED A
WATER SUPPLY ALERT...REQUESTING ITS MEMBER AGENCIES IN RIVERSIDE AND
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES TO VOLUNTARILY IMPLEMENT AND ENFORCE
ORDINANCES THAT LIMIT OUTDOOR IRRIGATION...PROHIBIT RUNOFF AND OTHER
SIMILAR MEASURES. VOLUNTARY WATER CONSERVATION OF 20% HAS BEEN
ENCOURAGE ELSEWHERE ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BY THE GOVERNOR AND
LOCAL OFFICIALS.

SURFACE STORAGE INCREASES AND GROUNDWATER RESERVES ESTABLISHED OVER
THE PAST FEW YEARS ARE EXPECTED TO HELP MUCH OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
COPE THIS YEAR.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

ORANGE COUNTY HAS BEEN ONE OF THE DRIEST AREAS IN OUR REGION OVER
THE PAST FEW YEARS. WESTERN REGION CLIMATE CENTER RECORDS FROM THE
SANTA ANA FIRE STATION INDICATE 2013 WAS THE THIRD DRIEST...AND THE
THREE YEAR PERIOD ENDING DECEMBER 2013 WAS THE FIFTH DRIEST. RAINS
HAVE BEEN MORE GENEROUS FARTHER SOUTH IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY WHERE
LINDBERGH FIELD LOGS BOTH 2013 AND THE THREE YEAR PERIOD 2010-2013
AS ONLY THE 20TH DRIEST ON RECORD.

A WELL-DEVELOPED MONSOON LAST SUMMER HELPED TO RAISE SEASONAL
RAINFALL IN THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS.

PRECIPITATION SUMMARY FOR SELECTED CITIES...

                     MARCH 2014               SINCE JULY 1 2013

                REPORTED   % OF NORMAL      REPORTED    % OF NORMAL

NEWPORT BEACH    0.46        28%              2.09         22%
TUSTIN           0.76        36%              4.29         33%

IDYLLWILD        2.16        57%             13.64         57%
RIVERSIDE        0.26        13%              2.51         22%
PALM SPRINGS     0.28        46%              1.96         36%

BIG BEAR LAKE    2.68       105%             12.86         69%
REDLANDS         0.48        24%              4.96         42%
EL MIRAGE        0.00         0%              2.68         53%

BORREGO SPRINGS  0.13        15%              4.72         80%
CAMPO            1.27        47%              8.48         59%
LAKE CUYAMACA    4.11        71%             17.52         59%
LINDBERGH FIELD  1.28        71%              4.53         48%


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE LATEST 30 AND 90 DAY OUTLOOKS FROM NOAAS NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER FOR JUNE...JULY...AND AUGUST...
INDICATE NO BIAS FOR ABOVE OR BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR
SOCAL...AND A GREATER THAN 75% CHANCE OF WARMER THAN NORMAL
CONDITIONS STATEWIDE. HOWEVER...THE LATEST 6-10 AND 8-14 DAY
OUTLOOKS ISSUED ON APRIL 19...HAVE A WETTER BIAS...AND EQUAL CHANCES
OF ABOVE OR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
NO SIGNIFICANT INCREASES CAN BE EXPECTED IN THE LARGER RIVERS AND
RESERVOIRS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON.

THE LATEST U.S. SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK CALLS FOR DROUGHT
CONDITIONS TO PERSIST OR INTENSIFY THROUGH JUNE 2014.

NEXT SCHEDULED ISSUANCE DATE...
THE NEXT SCHEDULED DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT UPDATE WILL BE
ISSUED ON OR ABOUT MAY 16TH.

&&

RELATED WEBSITES...
GOVERNORS EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION: WWW.GOV.CA.GOV/NEWS.PHP?ID=18368.
CAL OES DROUGHT PAGE: WWW.CALOES.CA.GOV/NEWSANDMEDIA/PAGES/CURRENT%
20NEWS%20AND%20EVENTS/DROUGHT.ASPX
CALIFORNIA DATA EXCHANGE CENTER: CDEC.WATER.CA.GOV/
CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER: WWW.CNRFC.NOAA.GOV/
DROUGHT MONITOR: DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU
U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL: HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV/DROUGHT/
CALIFORNIA DROUGHT PAGE: WATERSUPPLYCONDITIONS.WATER.CA.GOV/
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER: WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO: WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/SGX/

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
DROUGHT MONITOR
NATIONAL INTEGRATED DROUGHT INFORMATION SYSTEM
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES
CALIFORNIA STATE CLIMATOLOGIST
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SOUTHERN DISTRICT

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

&&

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