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
815 AM PDT THU JUN 19 2014

...EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS MOST OF CENTRAL
CALIFORNIA...

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 /JUNE 19TH 2014/ DEPICTS ALL OF THE
NWS HANFORD COUNTY WARNING/FORECAST AREA UNDER EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
CONDITIONS /CATEGORY D4/ WITH EXCEPTION OF EASTERN KERN COUNTY
WHERE EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS /CATEGORY D3/ REMAIN.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

ON MAY 29TH...THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS CARRIED AN ARTICLE ON THE
DRAWDOWN OF GROUND WATER IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY...REFERENCING A
WELL NEAR PIXLEY IN TULARE COUNTY THAT WAS DRILLED TO A DEPTH OF
1200 FEET TO TAP THE LOWERING WATER TABLE.

A MAY 19TH WASHINGTON TIMES ARTICLE REPORTED ON A UNIVERSITY OF
CALIFORNIA DAVIS STUDY THAT ESTIMATED THE IMPACT OF THE DROUGHT ON
THE CALIFORNIA ECONOMY AT A LOSS OF $1.7 BILLION AND A LOSS OF 14500
FARMWORKER JOBS.

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 /SINCE JULY 1ST 2013/ THROUGH JUNE 18TH...
FRESNO RECEIVED 4.81 INCHES OF RAIN OR 41.9 PERCENT OF THE
NORMAL OF 11.47 INCHES. BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 2.41 INCHES OR 37.4
PERCENT OF THE NORMAL OF 6.45 INCHES.

IF NO RAIN FALLS FOR THE REMAINDER OF JUNE...FRESNO WOULD HAVE ITS
SECOND DRIEST PRECIPITATION YEAR ON RECORD...FOLLOWING THE 1933-34
PRECIPITATION YEAR WITH 4.43 INCHES OF RAIN. BAKERSFIELD WOULD HAVE
ITS THIRD DRIEST PRECIPITATION YEAR ON RECORD...AFTER 1933-34 /2.26
INCHES OF RAIN/ AND 2007-08 /2.38 INCHES OF RAIN/. NORMAL RAINFALL
FOR THE PRECIPITATION YEAR IS 11.50 INCHES FOR FRESNO...AND 6.47
INCHES FOR BAKERSFIELD.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BAKERSFIELD FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST
THROUGH JUNE 17TH WAS 64.8 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE WARMEST START OF
THE YEAR ON RECORD...USING ONLY YEARS WITH COMPLETE DATA SETS.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT FRESNO FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST THROUGH
JUNE 17TH WAS 64.6 DEGREES. THIS ALSO WAS THE WARMEST START OF THE
YEAR ON RECORD.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6-10 DAY OUTLOOK ISSUED JUNE 18TH
FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS CENTRAL CALIFORNIA...AND
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 JUNE-JULY-AUGUST...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...

17 JULY 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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