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
850 AM PST THU MAR 26 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...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.

ON MARCH 24TH...FRESNO COUNTY DECLARED A DROUGHT EMERGENCY.

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR /MARCH 24TH 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/. THE
SIERRA NEVADA IN KERN AND SOUTHEASTERN TULARE COUNTIES SHOWED
DEGRADATION FROM D3 TO D4 DUE TO THE LACK OF RAIN AND VERY LOW SNOW
WATER EQUIVALENTS IN THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA.

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 MARCH 23RD...THE FRESNO BEE CARRIED A STORY ABOUT HOW THE DROUGHT
WAS STRESSING THE SIERRA NEVADA PINES...MAKING THEM SUSCEPTIBLE TO
BEETLE INFESTATIONS AND INCREASING THE FIRE RISK FROM DEAD TREES.

ON MARCH 22ND...THE FRESNO BEE CARRIED A STORY ON THE REDUCTION OF
HYDROELECTRIC POWER AS A COMPONENT OF CALIFORNIA/S POWER MIX AND THE
SUBSEQUENT INCREASE IN EMISSIONS DUE TO AN INCREASE IN NON-RENEWABLE
FUELS FOR POWER GENERATION.

U.S.A. TODAY ON MARCH 18TH CARRIED A FULL-PAGE STORY ON THE
CALIFORNIA DROUGHT.

THE LATEST SNOW SURVEY...ON MARCH 24TH...PLACED THE SOUTHERN SIERRA
NEVADA SNOWPACK AT ONLY 10 PERCENT OF NORMAL.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

PRECIPITATION...

WATER YEAR...
FOR THE CURRENT WATER YEAR TO DATE...OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH MARCH 25TH...
FRESNO RECEIVED 4.59 INCHES OF RAIN...4.81 INCHES LESS THAN THE AVERAGE
THROUGH THE 10TH OF 9.40 INCHES.

FOR THE CURRENT WATER YEAR TO DATE...OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH MARCH
25TH...BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 4.53 INCHES OF RAIN...0.85 INCH LESS
THAN THE AVERAGE THROUGH THE 25TH OF 5.38 INCHES

MARCH...
FOR MARCH 1ST THROUGH THE 25TH...FRESNO RECEIVED 0.06 INCH OF RAIN.
THE NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH THROUGH MARCH 25TH IS 1.71 INCH.

FOR MARCH 1ST THROUGH THE 25TH...BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 0.27 INCH OF
RAIN. THE NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH THROUGH MARCH 25TH IS 1.02 INCH.

TEMPERATURE...

MARCH...
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR BAKERSFIELD FOR MARCH 1ST THROUGH 25TH WAS
62.7 DEGREES...5.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR FRESNO FOR MARCH 1ST THROUGH 25TH WAS 62.6
DEGREES...6.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

YEAR TO DATE...
FOR THE FIRST 80 DAYS OF 2015 /JANUARY 1ST THROUGH MARCH 21ST/...THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BAKERSFIELD WAS 56.6 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE
THIRD WARMEST FIRST 80 DAYS ON RECORD. THE WARMEST WAS IN 2014 WITH
AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 57.2 DEGREES.

FOR THE FIRST 80 DAYS OF 2015 /JANUARY 1ST THROUGH MARCH 21ST/...THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT FRESNO WAS 55.3 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE THIRD
WARMEST FIRST 80 DAYS ON RECORD. THE WARMEST WAS IN 2014 WITH AN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 56.9 DEGREES.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6-10 DAY OUTLOOK ISSUED MARCH 25TH
FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION
OVER CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

THE LATEST 8-14 DAY OUTLOOK ALSO FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES
AND 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 APRIL-MAY-JUNE...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...

24 APRIL 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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