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
850 AM PDT THU DEC 18 2014

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

SYNOPSIS...

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

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR /DECEMBER 16TH 2014/ CONTINUES TO DEPICT
ALL OF THE WFO HANFORD COUNTY WARNING/FORECAST AREA...EXCEPT THE
KERN COUNTY DESERTS AND THE HIGH COUNTRY OF YOSEMITE NATIONAL
PARK...UNDER EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS /CATEGORY D4/...WHILE
THE KERN COUNTY DESERTS AND THE HIGH COUNTRY OF YOSEMITE REMAIN
UNDER EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS /CATEGORY D3/.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

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. THERE
CONTINUES TO BE SIGNIFICANT MEDIA COVERAGE ON THE ON-GOING DROUGHT
CONDITIONS. THESE REPORTS INCLUDE DISCUSSION OF SIGNIFICANT RE-
ALLOCATION OF WATER RESOURCES FROM THE EAST TO WEST SIDE OF THE SAN
JOAQUIN VALLEY...FARMERS FORGOING PLANTING OF SOME CROPS...
REDUCTION IN AIR QUALITY DUE TO PERSISTENT STAGNANT AIR...AND LOSS
OR REDUCTION OF GROUND WATER.

THE OVERDRAFTING OF GROUNDWATER HAS CAUSED SUBSIDENCE IN PARTS OF
THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY...ESPECIALLY IN MADERA AND TULARE COUNTIES.
THIS SUBSIDENCE LIKELY HAS CAUSED SOME REDUCTION IN THE SPACING
BETWEEN SOIL PARTICLES DUE TO COMPACTION. THIS COULD IMPACT THE
AVAILABLE SPACE AVAILABLE FOR GROUNDWATER STORAGE...AND SOME
AQUIFERS MAY NOT RECHARGE TO PRE-DROUGHT CAPACITIES.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

PRECIPITATION...

RAIN SEASON...
FOR THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION YEAR TO DATE...JULY 1ST THROUGH
DECEMBER 16TH...FRESNO RECEIVED 3.18 INCHES OF RAIN...OVER HALF AN
INCH MORE THAN THE SEASON AVERAGE THROUGH THE 16TH OF 2.66 INCHES.
THE NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE RAIN SEASON IS 3.66
INCHES.

FOR THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION YEAR TO DATE...JULY 1ST THROUGH
DECEMBER 16TH...BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 2.35 INCHES OF RAIN...OVER AN
THREE-QUARTERS OF AN INCH MORE THAN THE SEASON AVERAGE THROUGH THE
16TH OF 1.53 INCHES THE NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE
RAIN SEASON IS 2.08 INCHES.

DECEMBER...
FOR THE FIRST HALF OF DECEMBER /DECEMBER 1ST THROUGH 16TH/...
FRESNO RECEIVED 2.09 INCH OF RAIN. NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE FIRST HALF
OF DECEMBER IS 0.77 INCH...AND THE NORMAL FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH IS
1.77 INCH.

FOR THE FIRST HALF OF DECEMBER /DECEMBER 1ST THROUGH 16TH/...
BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 1.69 INCH OF RAIN. NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE
FIRST HALF OF DECEMBER IS 0.47 INCH...AND THE NORMAL FOR THE ENTIRE
MONTH IS 1.02 INCH.

ANNUAL...
SO FAR THIS YEAR /JANUARY 1ST THROUGH DECEMBER 16TH/...FRESNO HAS
RECEIVED 7.26 INCHES COMPARED TO THE NORMAL OF 10.50 INCHES. THE
NORMAL FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR IS 11.50 INCHES.

SO FAR THIS YEAR /JANUARY 1ST THROUGH DECEMBER 16TH/...BAKERSFIELD
HAS RECEIVED 3.69 INCHES COMPARED TO THE NORMAL OF 5.92 INCHES.
THE NORMAL FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR IS 6.47 INCHES.

2014 LIKELY WILL BE THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE CALENDAR YEAR WITH
BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE RAIN DEFICITS FOR BAKERSFIELD AND
FRESNO ARE /AMOUNTS IN INCHES/...

                BAKERSFIELD                FRESNO
                ACTUAL    DEFICIT          ACTUAL     DEFICIT

2014*            3.69      -2.23            7.26       -3.24
2013             3.45      -3.02            3.01       -8.49
2012             4.41      -2.06            9.97       -1.53
2011             4.39      -2.08           10.93       -0.57

TOTAL 4-YEAR DEFICIT       -9.39                      -13.83

* 2014 DATA THROUGH DECEMBER 16TH

TEMPERATURE...

DECEMBER...
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR BAKERSFIELD FOR THE FIRST HALF OF
DECEMBER /DECEMBER 1ST THROUGH THE 16TH/...WAS 57.7 DEGREES...9.1
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR FRESNO WAS 55.2
DEGREES...7.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

YEAR TO DATE...
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BAKERSFIELD FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST
THROUGH DECEMBER 16TH WAS 70.3 DEGREES. THIS IS THE WARMEST SUCH
PERIOD ON RECORD.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT FRESNO FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST THROUGH
DECEMBER 15TH WAS 70.0 DEGREES. THIS ALSO WAS THE WARMEST SUCH
PERIOD ON RECORD.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6-10 DAY OUTLOOK ISSUED DECEMBER
17TH FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION
OVER CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

THE LATEST 8-14 DAY OUTLOOK ALSO FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES
AND BELOW-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 PRECIPITATION
FOR CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD JANUARY-FEBRUARY-MARCH...THE OUTLOOK
FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND 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. THE LATEST DROUGHT
OUTLOOK FROM THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER INDICATES SOME
IMPROVEMENT IN DROUGHT LEVELS IS LIKELY TO THROUGH THE NEXT THREE
MONTHS.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

15 JANUARY 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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