Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS San Joaquin Valley, CA

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY - HANFORD CA
300 PM PDT THU JUN 18 2015

...EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS MOST OF THE WFO HANFORD
WARNING/FORECAST AREA WITH EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS ELSEWHERE...

SYNOPSIS...

ON JANUARY 17TH 2014...GOVERNOR BROWN DECLARED A DROUGHT EMERGENCY
FOR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. ON APRIL 25TH 2014...THE GOVERNOR
SIGNED AN EMERGENCY DROUGHT PROCLAMATION. ON SEPTEMBER 16TH 2014...
GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNED LEGISLATION THAT REGULATES GROUNDWATER FOR THE
FIRST TIME IN CALIFORNIA/S HISTORY.

ON MARCH 24TH 2015...FRESNO COUNTY DECLARED A DROUGHT EMERGENCY.

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR /JUNE 16TH 2015/ DEPICTS ALL OF THE WFO
HANFORD COUNTY WARNING/FORECAST AREA...EXCEPT THE INDIAN WELLS
VALLEY AND KERN COUNTY DESERT...UNDER EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS
/CATEGORY D4/...WHILE THE KERN COUNTY DESERT AND THE INDIAN WELLS
VALLEY REMAIN UNDER EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS /CATEGORY D3/.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

THERE CONTINUES TO BE SIGNIFICANT MEDIA COVERAGE ON THE ON-GOING
DROUGHT CONDITIONS. THESE REPORTS INCLUDE DISCUSSION OF FARMERS
FORGOING PLANTING OF SOME CROPS...REDUCTION IN AIR QUALITY DUE TO
PERSISTENT STAGNANT AIR...AND LOSS OR REDUCTION OF GROUND WATER.
THERE CONTINUE TO BE LOCAL...STATE AND NATIONAL NEWS STORIES ABOUT
DRY WELLS IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY...EXCESSIVE GROUNDWATER
DRAWDOWN AND THEFTS OF WATER FROM MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEMS.

ON JUNE 17TH...THE FRESNO BEE REPORTED THAT THE CITY OF VISALIA
HAD RESTRICTED LAWN WATERING TO TWO DAYS A WEEK WITH NO WATERING
ALLOWED DURING THE WINTER MONTHS.

ON JUNE 13TH...THE FRESNO BEE REPORTED THAT CALIFORNIA STATE
REGULATORS HAD ORDERED FARMERS AND SOME OTHER HOLDERS OF WATER
RIGHTS TO STOP PUMPING FROM THE SACRAMENTO AND SAN JOAQUIN RIVERS
AND THE SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN DELTA.

ON MAY 31ST...THE FRESNO BEE CARRIED AN ARTICLE THAT NOTED THAT
THE ABOVE-NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF MAY IN MANY AREAS HAD
NOT MADE MUCH OF DENT IN THE DROUGHT.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

PRECIPITATION...

WATER YEAR...
FOR THE CURRENT WATER YEAR THROUGH MID JUNE...OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH
JUNE 15TH...FRESNO RECEIVED 6.42 INCHES OF RAIN...4.84 INCHES LESS
THAN THE AVERAGE THROUGH THE 15TH OF 11.26 INCHES.

FOR THE CURRENT WATER YEAR THROUGH MID JUNE...OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH
JUNE 15TH...BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 5.29 INCHES OF RAIN...1.03 INCH
LESS THAN THE AVERAGE THROUGH THE 15TH OF 6.32 INCHES

MAY...
FOR MAY...FRESNO RECEIVED 0.57 INCH OF RAIN. THE NORMAL RAINFALL
FOR THE MONTH OF MAY IS 0.43 INCH.

FOR MAY...BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 0.68 INCH OF RAIN. THE NORMAL
RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF MAY IS 0.18 INCH.

TEMPERATURE...

MAY...
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR BAKERSFIELD FOR MAY WAS 69.9 DEGREES...
0.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR FRESNO FOR MAY WAS 68.5 DEGREES...1.6
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

YEAR TO DATE...
FOR THE FIRST 166 DAYS OF 2015 /JANUARY 1ST THROUGH JUNE 15TH/...THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BAKERSFIELD WAS 63.5 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE
SECOND WARMEST FIRST 166 DAYS ON RECORD. THE WARMEST WAS IN 2014 WITH
AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 64.6 DEGREES.

FOR THE FIRST 166 DAYS OF 2015 /JANUARY 1ST THROUGH JUNE 15TH/...THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT FRESNO WAS 62.3 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE SECOND
WARMEST FIRST 166 DAYS ON RECORD. THE WARMEST WAS IN 2014 WITH AN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 64.5 DEGREES.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6-10 DAY OUTLOOK ISSUED MAY 13TH
FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES OF BELOW...NEAR-
OR ABOVE-NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

THE LATEST 8-14 DAY OUTLOOK FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND
EQUAL CHANCES OF BELOW-...NEAR- OR ABOVE-NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION OUTLOOK FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS...BASED ON DATA
FROM THE CURRENT STATE OF THE OCEANS AND ATMOSPHERE ALONG WITH
CLIMATE MODELS...FROM THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS INDICATES
THE ODDS ARE FAVORING ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES OF
ABOVE-...NEAR- OR BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD JULY-AUGUST-SEPTEMBER...THE OUTLOOK FAVORS
ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE-...NEAR- OR
BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR CENTRAL CALIFORNIA /SEE LINKS BELOW/.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

WITH NO ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION EXPECTED
OVER THE AREA FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS...NO INCREASES IN AREA
RIVERS AND RESERVOIRS WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

21 JULY 2015...OR EARLIER IF CONDITIONS CHANGE.

&&

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

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
DROUGHT MONITOR
CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY - HANFORD
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES
CALIFORNIA STATE CLIMATOLOGIST
U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
CAL FIRE

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

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SANGER

WEATHER.GOV/HANFORD


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