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
1137 AM PDT THU JUL 17 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.

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR /JULY 17TH 2014/ NOW DEPICTS 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...

ON JULY 13TH...THE FRESNO BEE CARRIED AN ARTICLE ON WATER SALES
WHICH STATED THAT PRICES FOR WATER WERE AS HIGH AS $2000/ACRE-FOOT.
THE PREVIOUS DAY...THE FRESNO BEE HAD REPORTED THAT CALIFORNIA WAS
SHUTTING DOWN SHOWERS AND FLUSH TOILETS AT STATE PARKS.

ON JULY 15TH...THE HANFORD SENTINEL REPORTED THAT THE WESTLANDS
IRRIGATION DISTRICT WAS BUYING WATER FROM PLACER COUNTY IN NORTHERN
CALIFORNIA.

THE SAME DAY...THE CITY OF MADERA IMPOSED NEW RESTRICTIONS ON LAWN
WATERING ON JULY 15TH...LIMITING LAWN WATERING TO TWO DAYS A WEEK.
/THE FRESNO BEE...JULY 16TH/

ALSO ON JULY 15TH...THE CALIFORNIA STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL
BOARD APPROVED EMERGENCY CONSERVATION MEASURES..INCLUDING A BAN ON
THE "DIRECT APPLICATION OF WATER TO ANY HARD SURFACE FOR WASHING."

ON JULY 16TH...THE HANFORD SENTINEL FEATURED A STORY THAT CITED A
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS STUDY ESTIMATING THAT THE DROUGHT
COULD COST CALIFORNIA $2.2 BILLION IN AGRICULTURE LOSSES AND ADDED
EXPENSES...AND THE LOSS OF 17100 AGRICULTURE-RELATED JOBS.

WILDFIRES...INCLUDING THE NICOLLS FIRE IN EASTERN KERN COUNTY...
HAVE SEEN RAPID GROWTH IN THE DRY VEGETATION.

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.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

FOR THE PRECIPITATION YEAR...JULY 1ST 2013/ THROUGH JUNE 30TH...
FRESNO RECEIVED 4.81 INCHES OF RAIN OR 41.8 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL OF
11.50 INCHES. BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 2.41 INCHES OR 37.2 PERCENT OF
THE NORMAL OF 6.47 INCHES. THIS WAS FRESNO/S SECOND DRIEST WATER
YEAR ON RECORD...AND BAKERSFIELD/S THIRD DRIEST.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BAKERSFIELD FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST
THROUGH JUNE 30TH WAS 66.0 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE WARMEST FIRST HALF
OF THE YEAR ON RECORD...USING ONLY YEARS WITH COMPLETE DATA SETS.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT FRESNO FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST THROUGH
JUNE 30TH WAS 65.8 DEGREES. THIS ALSO WAS THE WARMEST FIRST HALF OF
THE YEAR ON RECORD.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6-10 DAY OUTLOOK ISSUED JULY 16TH
FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS CENTRAL CALIFORNIA...AND HAS
EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE-...NEAR-...OR BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER
MUCH OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA EXCEPT FOR THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA
WHERE THE OUTLOOK FAVORS NEAR-...OR BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

THE LATEST 8-14 DAY OUTLOOK HAS EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE-...NEAR- OR
BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION...BUT FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES.

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 FOR CENTRAL
CALIFORNIA...WITH EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE-...NEAR- OR BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION.

FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD JULY-AUGUST-SEPTEMBER...THE ODDS FAVOR
ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR CENTRAL CALIFORNIA WITH EQUAL CHANCES
OF ABOVE-...NEAR-...OR BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION. GRAPHICS FOR
THESE OUTLOOKS CAN BE FOUND ONLINE /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 CURRENT DROUGHT
OUTLOOK FROM THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER INDICATES CURRENT
DROUGHT LEVELS ARE LIKELY TO PERSIST THROUGH THE NEXT THREE MONTHS.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

21 AUGUST 2014...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/INIGUEZ

WEATHER.GOV/HANFORD





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