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 PST MON DEC 21 2015

...EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSIST 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 /OCTOBER 15TH 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 LOSS OR REDUCTION OF
GROUND WATER AND STRICTLY IMPOSED WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES IN
MANY COMMUNITIES. THERE CONTINUES TO BE LOCAL...STATE AND NATIONAL
NEWS STORIES ABOUT DRY WELLS IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY...EXCESSIVE
GROUNDWATER DRAWDOWN WITH POSSIBLE CONTAMINATION AT SPECIFIC DEPTHS
AND THEFTS OF WATER FROM MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEMS.

THE PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL PRECIPITATION DURING THE PAST 30 DAYS RANGED
FROM LESS THAN 50 PERCENT OF NORMAL IN THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND
DESERT TO 60 TO 90 PERCENT OF NORMAL ELSEWHERE OVER THE CENTRAL
CALIFORNIA INTERIOR. ALTHOUGH THE SIERRA SNOWPACK IS CONSIDERABLY
HIGHER THAN THE PAST FEW SEASONS TO DATE (75 PERCENT OF NORMAL)...THIS
IS ONLY ABOUT 19 PERCENT OF THE APRIL 1ST AVERAGE. ADDITIONALLY...
HISTORICALLY LOW WATER LEVELS PERSIST AT ALL OF THE MAJOR RESERVOIRS.
CONCLUSIVELY...NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO THE DROUGHT CLASSIFICATION
STATUS OCCURRED THROUGHOUT THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA INTERIOR DURING THE
PAST 30 DAYS.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

PRECIPITATION...

FOR THE CURRENT WATER YEAR OF OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH DECEMBER 20TH...
FRESNO RECEIVED 3.59 INCHES OF RAIN...WHICH IS 0.88 INCHES ABOVE THE
AVERAGE THROUGH DECEMBER 20TH OF 2.71 INCHES. THE WETTEST WATER YEAR
TO DATE IN FRESNO FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH DECEMBER 20TH
WAS IN 1996 WITH A TOTAL OF 6.32 INCHES OF RAIN.

FOR THE CURRENT WATER YEAR OF OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH DECEMBER 20TH...
BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 1.18 INCHES OF RAIN...WHICH IS 0.36 INCHES
BELOW THE AVERAGE RAINFALL THROUGH DECEMBER 20TH OF 1.54 INCHES. THE
WETTEST WATER YEAR TO DATE IN BAKERSFIELD FOR THE PERIOD OF OCTOBER
1ST THROUGH DECEMBER 20TH WAS IN 2010 WITH A TOTAL OF 5.80 INCHES
OF RAIN.

FOR NOVEMBER...FRESNO REPORTED 1.74 INCHES OF RAIN. THE NORMAL
RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER IN FRESNO IS 1.07 INCHES.

FOR NOVEMBER...BAKERSFIELD REPORTED 0.61 INCHES OF RAIN. THE NORMAL
RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER IN BAKERSFIELD IS 0.64 INCHES.

TEMPERATURE...

FOR NOVEMBER...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN FRESNO WAS 52.0 DEGREES...
WHICH WAS 2.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

FOR NOVEMBER...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN BAKERSFIELD WAS 53.5
DEGREES...WHICH WAS 1.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

YEAR TO DATE...FOR THE FIRST 354 DAYS OF 2015 /JANUARY 1ST THROUGH
DECEMBER 20TH/...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN FRESNO WAS 67.3 DEGREES.
THIS IS THE FIFTH WARMEST FIRST 354 DAYS ON RECORD. THE WARMEST
WAS IN 2014 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 69.8 DEGREES. 2013 WAS
THE SECOND WARMEST FIRST 354 DAYS ON RECORD IN FRESNO WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 67.4 DEGREES.

FOR THE FIRST 354 DAYS OF 2015 /JANUARY 1ST THROUGH DECEMBER 20TH/
...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN BAKERSFIELD WAS 68.7 DEGREES. THIS TIES
WITH 1978 AS THE SECOND WARMEST FIRST 354 DAYS ON RECORD. THE WARMEST
WAS IN 2014 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 70.1 DEGREES. THE THIRD
WARMEST FIRST 354 DAYS IN BAKERSFIELD OCCURRED IN 1981 WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 68.3 DEGREES.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6-10 DAY OUTLOOK ISSUED DECEMBER
21ST FORECASTS A 50-60 PERCENT CHANCE OF BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES
OVER THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA INTERIOR WITH NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

THE LATEST 8-14 DAY OUTLOOK FORECASTS A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND A 35-45 PERCENT CHANCE OF 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 CENTER INDICATES
THERE IS AN EQUAL CHANCE OF ABOVE...NEAR...OR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES
ALONG WITH A 35 PERCENT CHANCE OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD JANUARY-FEBRUARY-MARCH...THE OUTLOOK
FAVORS A 40-50 PERCENT CHANCE OF ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND A
50-60 PERCENT CHANCE OF 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 WATER
LEVELS ARE EXPECTED IN RESERVOIRS AND RIVERS WITHIN THE CENTRAL
CALIFORNIA INTERIOR.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

21 JANUARY 2016...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/
WESTERN REGION CLIMATE CENTER: HTTP://WWW.WRCC.DRI.EDU


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
DROUGHT MONITOR
WESTERN REGION CLIMATE CENTER
CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY -HANFORD
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES
CALIFORNIA STATE CLIMATOLOGIST
CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES
U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
CAL FIRE

QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS...PLEASE REFER ALL QUESTIONS TO
W-HNX.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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DURFEE/OCHS

WEATHER.GOV/HANFORD



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