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
330 PM PDT THU SEP 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 /SEPTEMBER 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...

ON AUGUST 23RD...THE FRESNO BEE CARRIED AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE RE-
EMERGENCE OF THE RUINS OF THE OLD TRIMMER JAIL...WHICH HAD BEEN ON
THE BOTTOM OF PINE FLAT LAKE...DUE TO DROPS IN THE WATER LEVEL OF
THE LAKE.

ON AUGUST 24TH...THE FRESNO BEE CARRIED A FRONT-PAGE STORY ON WELLS
IN THE COMMUNITY OF EAST PORTERVILLE GOING DRY. BOTTLED WATER WAS
BEING DELIVERED TO RESIDENTS OF EAST PORTERVILLE.

ON AUGUST 19TH...THE THE HANFORD CITY COUNCIL RESTRICTED WATERING OF
LANDSCAPING TO TWO DAYS A WEEK.

ON AUGUST 29TH...THE FRESNO BEE REPORTED THAT EDISON LAKE WAS AT
ONLY 5 PERCENT OF CAPACITY..AND CARRIED A FRONT-PAGE STORY ON THE
IMPACT OF THE LOW LAKE LEVEL ON BUSINESSES ON THE LAKE SHORE.

ON AUGUST 29TH...THE HANFORD SENTINEL CARRIED A STORY ON A POSSIBLE
DEVELOPING BLACK MARKET FOR WATER SALES.

ON SEPTEMBER 7TH...THE FRESNO BEE CARRIED A STORY THAT REPORTED THAT
THE RATE OF SUBSIDENCE ALONG THE DELTA-MENDOTA CANAL HAD INCREASED
FROM A HALF INCH PER YEAR TO A HALF INCH PER MONTH.

ON SEPTEMBER 13TH...THE FRESNO BEE CARRIED A STORY ON ALMOND GROWERS
IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY WHICH NOTED THAT THE ESTIMATED COST FOR A
WELL CAPABLE OF SERVICING 20 ACRES WAS AS MUCH AS 100 THOUSAND
DOLLARS.

ON SEPTEMBER 13TH...THE HANFORD SENTINEL REPORTED THAT THE CITY OF
AVENAL AND THE AVENAL STATE PRISON COULD BE OUT OF WATER BY THE END
OF 2014.

WILDFIRES...INCLUDING THE MEADOW FIRE IN MARIPOSA COUNTY...SAW RAPID
INITIAL 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 PREVIOUS 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.

FOR THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION YEAR TO DATE...JULY 1ST THROUGH
SEPTEMBER 18TH...BOTH BAKERSFIELD AND FRESNO HAD RECEIVED ONLY 0.01
INCH OF RAIN. THE NORMAL RAINFALL FOR JULY 1ST THROUGH SEPTEMBER
18TH IS 0.08 INCH FOR BAKERSFIELD AND 0.09 INCH FOR FRESNO.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BAKERSFIELD FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 17TH WAS 73.0 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE WARMEST SUCH
PERIOD ON RECORD...USING ONLY YEARS WITH COMPLETE DATA SETS.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT FRESNO FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST THROUGH
AUGUST 15TH WAS 71.7 DEGREES. THIS ALSO WAS THE WARMEST SUCH PERIOD
ON RECORD.

FOR THE FIRST 17 DAYS OF SEPTEMBER...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT
FRESNO WAS 84.5 DEGREES...THE WARMEST SUCH PERIOD ON RECORD. THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BAKERSFIELD FOR THIS PERIOD WAS 84.9
DEGREES...TYING WITH 1979 FOR THE WARMEST FIRST 17 DAYS OF THE
MONTH.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6-10 DAY OUTLOOK ISSUED SEPTEMBER
18TH FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS CENTRAL CALIFORNIA...
AND HAS EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE-...NEAR-...OR BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION OVER CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

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 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER...THE ODDS
FAVOR ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR CENTRAL CALIFORNIA WITH EQUAL
CHANCES OF ABOVE-...NEAR-...OR BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION /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...

20 NOVEMBER 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

WEATHER.GOV/HANFORD


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