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
500 PM PDT THU NOV 20 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 /NOVEMBER 18TH 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...

THERE CONTINUE TO BE LOCAL...STATE AND NATIONAL NEWS STORIES ABOUT
DRY WELLS IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY...EXCESSIVE GROUND WATER
DRAWDOWN AND THEFTS OF WATER FROM MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEMS. 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.

A RED FLAG WARNING WAS ISSUED FOR THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS FROM
NOVEMBER 16TH THROUGH THE 18TH DUE TO EXTREMELY LOW HUMIDITIES. SOME
STATIONS REPORTED SINGLE-DIGIT RELATIVE HUMIDITIES WELL INTO THE
OVERNIGHT HOURS.

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
NOVEMBER 19TH...FRESNO RECEIVED 1.08 INCHES OF RAIN WHILE
BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 0.80 INCHES.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BAKERSFIELD FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST
THROUGH NOVEMBER 19TH WAS 71.4 DEGREES. THIS IS THE WARMEST SUCH
PERIOD ON RECORD.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT FRESNO FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST THROUGH
OCTOBER 15TH WAS 71.2 DEGREES. THIS ALSO WAS THE WARMEST SUCH PERIOD
ON RECORD.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6-10 DAY OUTLOOK ISSUED OCTOBER
15TH FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION
OVER CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

THE LATEST 8-14 DAY OUTLOOK SLIGHTLY FAVORS DRIER THAN NORMAL
CONDITIONS FOR THE WFO HANFORD WARNING/FORECAST AREA...BUT OTHERWISE
HAS EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE-...NEAR- OR BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION.
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE FAVORED.

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 PRECIPITATION
FOR CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD DECEMBER-JANUARY-FEBRUARY FAVOR ABOVE-
NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND 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 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...

18 DECEMBER 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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