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
900 PM PDT THU MAY 14 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 /MAY 5TH 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 MAY 13TH...THE HANFORD SENTINEL REPORTED THAT THE ESTIMATED
FLOW OF THE KINGS RIVER FOR THE PERIOD APRIL THROUGH JULY WAS
EXPECTED TO BE THE LOWEST FLOW EVER RECORDED.

ON MAY 12TH...THE FRESNO BEE REPORTED THAT THE CALIFORNIA STATE
WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD WAS CONSIDERING CURTAINMENT ORDERS
TO THE STATE/S MOST SENIOR WATER RIGHTS HOLDERS.

ON MAY 8TH...THE HANFORD SENTINEL REPORTED THAT HANFORD CITY PARKS
OFFICIALS WERE CUTTING HOURS AND REDUCING THE NUMBER OF DAYS AT
SPLASH PADS.

ON MAY 5TH...THE HANFORD SENTINEL CARRIED A FRONT-PAGE STORY ON
THE INCREASED FIRE DANGER DUE TO THE DROUGHT. THE FRESNO BEE CARRIED
A SIMILAR STORY ON MAY 7TH.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

PRECIPITATION...

WATER YEAR...
FOR THE CURRENT WATER YEAR TO DATE...OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH MAY 13TH...
FRESNO RECEIVED 6.12 INCHES OF RAIN...4.77 INCHES LESS THAN THE
AVERAGE THROUGH THE 13TH OF 10.89 INCHES.

FOR THE CURRENT WATER YEAR TO DATE...OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH MAY 13TH...
BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 4.61 INCHES OF RAIN...1.58 INCH LESS THAN THE
AVERAGE THROUGH THE 13TH OF 6.19 INCHES

APRIL...
FOR APRIL...FRESNO RECEIVED 1.25 INCH OF RAIN. THE NORMAL RAINFALL
FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL IS 0.95 INCH.

FOR APRIL...BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 0.08 INCH OF RAIN. THE NORMAL
RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL IS 0.52 INCH.

TEMPERATURE...

APRIL...
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR BAKERSFIELD FOR APRIL WAS 65.5 DEGREES...
2.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR FRESNO FOR APRIL WAS 64.3 DEGREES...2.3
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

YEAR TO DATE...
FOR THE FIRST 120 DAYS OF 2015 /JANUARY 1ST THROUGH APRIL 30TH/...THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BAKERSFIELD WAS 59.7 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE
SECOND WARMEST FIRST 120 DAYS ON RECORD. THE WARMEST WAS IN 2014 WITH
AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 60.0 DEGREES.

FOR THE FIRST 120 DAYS OF 2015 /JANUARY 1ST THROUGH APRIL 30TH/...THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT FRESNO WAS 58.6 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE SECOND
WARMEST FIRST 120 DAYS ON RECORD. THE WARMEST WAS IN 2014 WITH AN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 59.8 DEGREES.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

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

THE LATEST 8-14 DAY OUTLOOK FAVORS BELOW-ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES
AND NEAR- TO SLIGHTLY-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 JUNE-JULY-AUGUST...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. 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...

18 JUNE 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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