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
435 AM PDT MON AUG 17 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 /AUGUST 11TH 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.

COMMUNITIES IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA INTERIOR FACE STATE-MANDATED
REDUCTIONS IN MUNICIPAL WATER USE. CITIES IN THE CENTRAL AND
SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY HAVE BEGUN IMPOSING FINES FOR EXCESSIVE
WATER USE.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

PRECIPITATION...

WATER YEAR...
FOR THE CURRENT WATER YEAR OF OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH AUGUST 14TH...
FRESNO RECEIVED 6.85 INCHES OF RAIN...4.47 INCHES LESS THAN THE
AVERAGE THROUGH THE 14TH OF 11.32 INCHES.

FOR THE CURRENT WATER YEAR OF OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH AUGUST 14ND...
BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 5.33 INCHES OF RAIN...1.03 INCH LESS THAN
THE AVERAGE THROUGH THE 14TH OF 6.36 INCHES

JULY...
FOR JULY...FRESNO RECEIVED 0.43 INCH OF RAIN. THE NORMAL RAINFALL
FOR THE MONTH OF JULY IS 0.01 INCH.

FOR JUNE...BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 0.04 INCH OF RAIN. THE NORMAL
RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF JULY IS A TRACE OF RAIN.

TEMPERATURE...

JULY...
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR BAKERSFIELD FOR JULY WAS 84.5 DEGREES...
0.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR FRESNO FOR JULY WAS 83.1 DEGREES...0.1
DEGREE ABOVE NORMAL.

YEAR TO DATE...
FOR THE FIRST 225 DAYS OF 2015 /JANUARY 1ST THROUGH AUGUST 13TH/...
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BAKERSFIELD WAS 69.0 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE
THIRD WARMEST FIRST 225 DAYS ON RECORD. THE WARMEST WAS IN 2014 WITH
AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 70.1 DEGREES...FOLLOWED BY 1978 WITH 69.2
DEGREES.

FOR THE FIRST 225 DAYS OF 2015 /JANUARY 1ST THROUGH AUGUST 13TH/...
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT FRESNO WAS 67.7 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE
THIRD WARMEST FIRST 225 DAYS ON RECORD. THE WARMEST WAS IN 2014 WITH
AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 69.8 DEGREES...FOLLOWED BY 2013 WITH 67.9
DEGREES.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6-10 DAY OUTLOOK ISSUED AUGUST
14TH FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND FAVORS BELOW-NORMAL
PRECIPITATION OVER CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

THE LATEST 8-14 DAY OUTLOOK FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND
FAVORS NEAR- TO 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 EQUAL CHANCES OF
ABOVE-...NEAR- OR BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER...THE OUTLOOK
FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND FAVORS ABOVE-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.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

18 SEPTEMBER 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/DURFEE/OCHS

WEATHER.GOV/HANFORD


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