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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ELKO NV
831 PM PDT WED APR 27 2016

...DROUGHT STATEMENT FOR NEVADA...

...SEVERE TO EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS REMAIN IN PARTS OF
CENTRAL AND WESTERN NEVADA...

1/ NEVADA DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATIONS...

AS OF APRIL 20 2016...THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN NEVADA WERE
DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL DROUGHT DISASTER AREAS DUE TO
DAMAGES AND LOSSES CAUSED BY THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS: LANDER...
HUMBOLDT...WASHOE...PERSHING...CHURCHILL...STOREY...CARSON
CITY...DOUGLAS...LYON...MINERAL...ESMERALDA...NYE...WHITE PINE AND
CLARK.

THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN NEVADA WERE DESIGNATED AS CONTIGUOUS
NATURAL DROUGHT DISASTER AREAS: ELKO...EUREKA AND LINCOLN. FROM
USDA.

SEE WWW.USDA.GOV/DROUGHT /IN LOWER CASE/ FOR MORE INFORMATION ON
DROUGHT DISASTER DECLARATIONS AND ASSISTANCE.

2/ CURRENT DROUGHT INTENSITY IN NEVADA...

THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR /DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/ IS UPDATED WEEKLY
BY THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. IT IS A SYNTHESIS OF
MULTIPLE DROUGHT INDICES AND IMPACTS THAT REPRESENTS A CONSENSUS OF
SCIENTISTS IN MANY FEDERAL...STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES...AS WELL AS
THOSE IN PRIVATE INDUSTRY.

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS USED BY THE USDA TO DETERMINE DROUGHT
SEVERITY...TO DECLARE DROUGHT DISASTER AND IS THE MECHANISM USED TO
PROVIDE AID TO THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY. IT IS ALSO THE PRIMARY
TOOL USED BY THE NEVADA DEPARTMENTS OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND
WATER RESOURCES TO RESPOND TO AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR DROUGHT AND
TO MITIGATE DROUGHT IMPACTS THROUGH THEIR DROUGHT RESPONSE PLAN.

AS OF APRIL 16, 2016...THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFIED MOST OF
WESTERN NEVADA AND A SMALL PART OF CENTRAL NEVADA AS IN SEVERE
DROUGHT /LEVEL 2 OF 4 LEVELS OF DROUGHT/ OR GREATER WHILE MOST OF
EASTERN...NORTHEAST AND SOUTHEAST NEVADA WAS CATEGORIZED AS
ABNORMALLY DRY TO MODERATE DROUGHT. PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NEVADA
ARE DESIGNATED AS NOT HAVING ANY DROUGHT CATEGORY.

THE AREA OF EXTREME DROUGHT IN NEVADA INCLUDED ALL OR PORTIONS OF
THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...

CARSON CITY...CHURCHILL...DOUGLAS...ESMERALDA...LANDER...LYON...
MINERAL...NYE...PERSHING...STOREY AND WASHOE.

DROUGHT SEVERITY WAS CLASSIFIED AS EXTREME OR EXCEPTIONAL FOR ALL
CALIFORNIA COUNTIES BORDERING NEVADA FROM SOUTHEAST LASSEN COUNTY
SOUTH TO WESTERN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY. THE AREA OF EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
/DROUGHT LEVEL 4/ INCLUDED THE SIERRA CREST PORTION OF SOUTHERN MONO
AND INYO COUNTIES.

3/ SYNOPSIS...

BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION OCCURRED OVER NEVADA FROM OCTOBER 2011
THROUGH EARLY 2015. SINCE MAY OF 2015 MUCH OF THIS REGION HAS SEEN
ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION... ESPECIALLY IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN
NEVADA AND SMALL PARTS OF WESTERN NEVADA WHERE PRECIPITATION OF
150 PERCENT OF AVERAGE HAS BEEN NOTED.

MUCH OF THE ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN THESE AREAS OCCURRED IN
THUNDERSTORMS AS A VERY ACTIVE MONSOON DEVELOPED AND CONTINUED
THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF JULY. WHILE THIS ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION
AIDED RANGE CONDITIONS IN MANY AREAS...IMPROVING GRAZING CONDITIONS
BEYOND THOSE SEEN IN 2014...THE COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF RAIN DID LITTLE
TO ALLEVIATE POOR WATER SUPPLY CONDITIONS IN AREAS THAT RELY ON RUN
OFF FROM WINTER SNOW.

SINCE THE START OF THE WATER YEAR IN OCTOBER 2015 ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION HAS OCCURRED ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA WITH THE EXCEPTION
OF PARTS OF SOUTHERN MONO COUNTY AND SMALL PARTS OF EASTERN ELKO
COUNTY...CENTRAL PERSHING COUNTY AND CLARK COUNTY.

THIS ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION FELL FAIRLY CONSISTENTLY THROUGH THE
FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THE WATER YEAR...BUT FEBRUARY REVERTED BACK TO
BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR MUCH OF THE AREA. ADDITIONAL STORMS
IN THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH BROUGHT ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION BACK
TO NORTHWEST NEVADA. MOST OF THE REMAINDER OF NEVADA SAW NEAR TO
BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN MARCH.

THE MIDDLE OF APRIL ALSO SAW ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER MUCH OF
NEVADA. SOME AREAS NEAR THE OREGON BORDER IN NORTHWEST NEVADA SAW
BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION DURING THIS PERIOD.

THE EARLY PRECIPITATION PRODUCED MOUNTAIN SNOWS THAT BOOSTED THE SNOW
PACK IN NORTHERN AND EASTERN NEVADA TO GREATER THAN 100 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE THROUGH THE END OF JANUARY WHILE VALLEY SNOW AND RAIN
AIDED SOIL MOISTURE. THE DRY CONDITIONS IN FEBRUARY RESULTED IN A
LESSENING OF THE MOUNTAIN SNOW PACK WITH RESPECT TO AVERAGE. ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN MARCH ONCE AGAIN BOOSTED THE SNOW PACK TO
NEAR OR ABOVE AVERAGE FOR MUCH OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN NEVADA.
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES IN EARLY AND MID APRIL RESULTED IN
INCREASED MELTING AND STREAM FLOWS IN NORTHERN NEVADA.

/SEE:HTTP://WWW.WRCC.DRI.EDU/WWDT/ARCHIVE.PHP?FOLDER=PON6PER/

4/ DROUGHT IMPACTS...

THE WINTER OF 2014/15 WAS THE FOURTH STRAIGHT WINTER WITH BELOW
NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR MUCH OF THE AREA. FALL 2014 AND EARLY
FEBRUARY 2015 BROUGHT SOME RELIEF...ALONG WITH CONVECTIVE RAINS FROM
A VERY ACTIVE MONSOON PATTERN IN JUNE AND JULY 2015 AND ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION SINCE THE START OF OCTOBER 2015. THE FOLLOWING
IMPACTS...WHILE NOT ALL INCLUSIVE...REPRESENT SOME OF THE MOST
IMPACTFUL EFFECTS OF THE CONTINUING DROUGHT ON THE REGION OVER THE
LAST YEAR.

A/ RANCHING...

THE US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCED IN MARCH 2015 ITS
LIVESTOCK FORAGE DISASTER PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO OFFSET GRAZING
LOSSES IN 2015...SIMILAR TO BENEFITS THAT WERE AVAILABLE FROM 2011
TO 2014. FROM FORT WORTH, TX, STAR-TELEGRAM, MAR 26, 2015.

DUE TO DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATIONS THROUGHOUT ALL COUNTIES IN
THE REGION...RANCHERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OBTAIN VARIOUS FINANCIAL AND
TAX RELIEF SOLUTIONS THROUGH USDA. SEE THE USDA FARM SERVICES AGENCY
WEBSITE FOR DETAILS /WWW.FSA.USDA.GOV.

B/ AGRICULTURE...

SUMMER 2015 MARKED THE THIRD IRRIGATION SEASON IN A ROW WHEN MANY
FARMERS DID NOT RECEIVE A FULL ALLOCATION OF WATER. THIS WAS
ESPECIALLY TRUE IN THE LOWER HUMBOLDT BASIN AND THE CARSON BASIN
BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR.

HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...

NO DELIVERIES WERE MADE FOR EITHER THE 2014 OR 2015 IRRIGATION
SEASONS ON THE LOWER HUMBOLDT BELOW RYE PATCH RESERVOIR. MOST FARMERS
AND RANCHERS IN THE LOWER HUMBOLDT BASIN DO NOT SUPPLEMENT SURFACE
WATER WITH GROUND WATER. WITH STORAGE INCREASING IN RYE PATCH RESERVOIR
DUE TO RUN OFF FROM AN ABOVE AVERAGE SNOW PACK IN THE UPPER HUMBOLDT
BASIN...DELIVERIES WERE COMMENCED IN MID APRIL TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS
IN THE LOVELOCK AREA.

THE FIVE COUNTIES OF THE HUMBOLDT RIVER WATER AUTHORITY
/HUMBOLDT...ELKO...EUREKA...LANDER AND PERSHING/ HAVE REINFORCED THE
STATE OF NEVADA ACTION DECLARING A DROUGHT RESOLUTION THAT WOULD
ENCOURAGE NEVADA AND FEDERAL AGENCIES TO COORDINATE TO BEST HANDLE
DROUGHT IMPACTS IN THE HARD HIT AREAS.

CARSON RIVER BASIN...

IN EARLY MARCH 2016 THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE TRUCKEE-CARSON
WATER DISTRICT SET THE 2016 MINIMUM ALLOCATION AT 70 PERCENT OF
NORMAL DEMAND FOR THE NEWLANDS FEDERAL RECLAMATION PROJECT. WATER
DELIVERY WAS SET TO COMMENCE ON MARCH 21, 2016.

TRUCKEE RIVER BASIN...

LAKE TAHOE DROPPED BELOW ITS NATURAL RIM LATE ON OCTOBER 15, 2014
FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2009. THIS MEANT ONLY A SMALL TRICKLE OF
WATER WAS ESCAPING LAKE TAHOE AND BY OCTOBER 17, 2014 VIRTUALLY NO
FLOW WAS LEAVING LAKE TAHOE. WITH RECHARGE FROM MELTING SNOW AND
STORMS...THE LAKE ROSE ABOVE ITS NATURAL RIM ON APRIL 9TH...ALLOWING
A MINIMAL FLOW TO RETURN TO THE TRUCKEE RIVER BELOW THE LAKE.

DUE TO THE DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATION THROUGHOUT ALL COUNTIES IN
THE REGION...FARMERS MAY BE ABLE TO OBTAIN VARIOUS FORMS OF
FINANCIAL AND TAX RELIEF THROUGH USDA.  SEE THE USDA FARM SERVICES
AGENCY WEBSITE FOR DETAILS /WWW.FSA.USDA.GOV.

C/ FIRE DANGER...

AS OF APRIL 25, 2016...FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS LOW TO MODERATE FOR
MUCH OF NEVADA.

SEE HTTP://WWW.WFAS.NET/IMAGES/FIREDANGER/FD_CLASS.PNG FOR CURRENT
CONDITIONS.

AS OF APRIL 1, 2016...THE NIFC SIGNIFICANT WILDLAND FIRE POTENTIAL
FORECAST FOR THE REGION WAS NORMAL FOR ALL OF NEVADA THROUGH MAY.
THE WILDLAND FIRE POTENTIAL IS FORECAST TO RISE ABOVE NORMAL FOR
NORTHWEST NEVADA FOR JUNE AND JULY.

SEE U.S. FOREST SERVICE WILDLAND FIRE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM WEBSITE FOR
DETAILS...HTTP://WWW.PREDICTIVESERVICES.NIFC.GOV/OUTLOOKS/MONTHLY_
SEASONAL_OUTLOOK.PDF.

D/ FISHERIES...

IN LATE JANUARY 2016 A GOLDEN ALGAE BLOOM DEVELOPED ON RYE PATCH
RESERVOIR IN PERSHING COUNTY, NEVADA. THIS BLOOM WAS BELIEVED TO BE
DROUGHT RELATED AND THOUGHT TO HAVE OCCURRED PRIMARILY BECAUSE THE
RESERVOIR HAD BEEN LARGELY STAGNANT FOR THREE YEARS WITH NO FRESH
WATER FLOWING IN FROM THE HUMBOLDT RIVER COMBINED WITH ELEVATED
MINERAL CONTENT...LOW LEVELS OF NUTRIENTS AND COLD TEMPERATURES.
NEVADA STATE WILDLIFE OFFICIALS FEARED ALL OF THE FISH IN THE
RESERVOIR HAD BEEN KILLED BY THE ALGAE BLOOM BUT WOULD NOT KNOW FOR
SURE UNTIL SPRING ARRIVED. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, JAN 25,
2016,

SEE THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE WEBSITE /HTTP://WWW.NDOW.ORG/
FOR FISHING CONDITION INFORMATION.

E/ VEGETATION AND WILDLIFE...

PROLONGED DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND PESTS HAVE BEEN NAMED...ALONG WITH
OTHER FACTORS...AS A REASON THE CITY OF RENO WAS RAPIDLY LOSING MANY
OF ITS TREES. A TREE INVENTORY PROJECT SHOWED THAT RENO WAS LOSING
TREES AT A RATE OF 235 PER YEAR ON ITS PUBLIC LANDS. FROM LAS VEGAS,
NV, SUN, OCT 2, 2015.

F/ GROUND WATER...

SCIENTISTS FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAVE BEGUN A STUDY OF
WATERSHEDS IN 6 WESTERN STATES IN AN ATTEMPT TO GAIN INSIGHTS THAT
COULD HELP RESOURCE MANAGERS BETTER ALLOCATE SCARCE WATER SUPPLIES
DURING FUTURE DROUGHTS. NEVADA AND CALIFORNIA ARE INCLUDED IN THIS
STUDY OF NEARLY 500 STREAMS IN THE WESTERN U.S. ONE OF THE KEY GOALS
OF THE STUDY IS TO DETERMINE WHICH BASINS ARE MOST VULNERABLE TO LOW
SNOWPACK AND WHICH BASINS HAVE THE KIND OF GEOLOGY THAT CAN MITIGATE
A LACK OF SNOWPACK WITH GROUNDWATER. FROM SACRAMENTO, CA, BEE,
SEP 10, 2015.

G/ URBAN AREA DROUGHT IMPACTS...

RENO/SPARKS...

THE TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY /TMWA/...SERVING THE RENO AND
SPARKS NV AREA...ASKED ITS CUSTOMERS IN THE SPRING OF 2015 TO
VOLUNTARILY REDUCE THEIR WATER USAGE BY 10 PERCENT FROM 2014`S
LEVELS. DECREASED WATER SUPPLY WAS EXPECTED TO LEAD TO TMWA USING
ITS BACKUP DROUGHT SUPPLIES AND INCREASED GROUND WATER PUMPING TO
SATISFY WATER NEEDS DURING THE SUMMER OF 2015. FROM RENO, NV,
GAZETTE-JOURNAL, MAR 19, 2015.

TMWA ANNOUNCED ON JUNE 23, 2015 IT STARTED USING ITS DROUGHT RESERVES.
TMWA`S PROJECTIONS SHOWED THAT THE 10 PERCENT REDUCTION THEY ASKED
CUSTOMERS TO MAKE WOULD ALLOW TMWA TO RETAIN 5000 ACRE FEET OF WATER
IN ITS UPSTREAM DROUGHT RESERVE RESERVOIRS. THIS WOULD HELP TMWA
MAINTAIN SUFFICIENT RESERVES FOR NEXT YEAR IF THE DROUGHT CONTINUES.
FROM MYNEWS4.COM AND KRNV TV, RENO, NV, JUNE 23, 2015.

THE NEAR NORMAL WINTER OF 2015-16 IN THE SIERRA HELPED RECHARGE TMWA`S
RESERVES. IT WAS ANNOUNCED ON APRIL 20TH THAT TMWA WAS NOT ASKING
ITS CUSTOMERS TO REDUCE THEIR WATER USAGE FOR THE COMING IRRIGATION
SEASON...UNLIKE THE PREVIOUS YEAR. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL,
APR 20, 2016.

H/ TOURISM AND RECREATION IMPACTS...

THROUGHOUT THE WINTER OF 2014/2015 NUMEROUS SKI AREAS WERE IMPACTED
BY THE LACK OF NATURAL SNOW.

A FEW SKI AREAS IN THE SIERRA CLOSED IN JANUARY 2015 DUE TO LACK OF
SNOW INCLUDING THE TAHOE DONNER CROSS COUNTRY AREA AND HOMEWOOD MOUNTAIN
RESORT. NUMEROUS OTHER SKI AREAS IN THE SIERRA CLOSED BY THE MIDDLE
OF MARCH 2015 DUE TO LACK OF SNOW. THESE INCLUDED: SIERRA-AT-TAHOE...
SUGAR BOWL...DONNER SKI RANCH...SODA SPRINGS AND JUNE MOUNTAIN.
TAKEN FROM MULTIPLE NEWS REPORTS AND WEB SITES.

AS OF MID NOVEMBER 2015...EARLY SEASON SNOWFALL HAD ALLOWED MOST SKI
RESORTS IN THE SIERRA TO OPEN EARLIER THAN EXPECTED.

5/ HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS AS OF APRIL 26, 2016...

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON APRIL 26...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT 167
CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 79 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF
212 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON APRIL 26...FLOWS ON THE PIT RIVER NEAR CANBY WERE ABOUT 370 CFS
OR 90 PERCENT OF THE 412 CFS AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON APRIL 26...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR PORTOLA
WERE ABOUT 215 CFS OR 50 PERCENT OF THE 432 CFS AVERAGE FLOW FOR
THIS DATE.

D/ LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE RIVER BASINS...
APRIL 26 STORAGE ON LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE BASIN RESERVOIRS WAS AS
FOLLOWS.../NOTE...AF IS ABBREVIATION FOR ACRE FEET/.

LAKE TAHOE......38840 AF... 5 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 10 PCT OF APRIL 30 AVG
PROSSER RSVR.... 8786 AF...31 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 63 PCT OF APRIL 30 AVG
STAMPEDE RSVR...85916 AF...38 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 59 PCT OF APRIL 30 AVG
BOCA RSVR.......25429 AF...62 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 85 PCT OF APRIL 30 AVG

APRIL 26 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE TRUCKEE
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS... /NOTE...CFS IS ABBREVIATION FOR CUBIC FEET
PER SECOND/

TAHOE CITY...  15 CFS...    9 PCT OF  176 CFS AVERAGE
TRUCKEE...... 180 CFS...   41 PCT OF  444 CFS AVERAGE
FARAD........ 715 CFS...   50 PCT OF 1440 CFS AVERAGE
RENO......... 635 CFS...   48 PCT OF 1310 CFS AVERAGE
VISTA........ 675 CFS...   49 PCT OF 1370 CFS AVERAGE
WADSWORTH.... 380 CFS...   37 PCT OF 1040 CFS AVERAGE
NIXON........ 375 CFS...   44 PCT OF  855 CFS AVERAGE

STEAMBOAT CREEK...
APRIL 26 FLOWS ON STEAMBOAT CREEK WERE AS FOLLOWS...

AT STEAMBOAT.......... 4.7 CFS... 22 PCT OF 21 CFS AVERAGE
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/.. 5.8 CFS... 41 PCT OF 14 CFS AVERAGE

E/ CARSON RIVER BASIN ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
APRIL 26 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE
CARSON RIVER ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WERE AS FOLLOWS...

EAST FK CARSON NR MARKLEEVILLE... 588 CFS...  92 PCT OF  642 CFS AVG
EAST FK CARSON NR GARDNERVILLE... 561 CFS...  75 PCT OF  751 CFS AVG
WEST FK CARSON AT WOODFORDS...... 185 CFS...  67 PCT OF  275 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY........ 700 CFS...  99 PCT OF  704 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL....... 700 CFS... 104 PCT OF  675 CFS AVG

CARSON RIVER BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
APRIL 26 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 94229 ACRE FEET...32 PERCENT
OF CAPACITY...OR 46 PERCENT OF THE APRIL 30 AVERAGE. RELEASE FROM
LAHONTAN ON APRIL 26 WAS 650 CFS...89 PCT OF THE 733 CFS AVERAGE.

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN...
AS OF APRIL 26...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 13280 ACRE
FEET...31 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 55 PCT OF THE APRIL 30 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 16670 AF...28 PCT OF CAPACITY...AND 38 PCT OF THE
APRIL 30 AVERAGE.

APRIL 26 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE WALKER
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS...

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  64 CFS... 32 PCT OF 202 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR...... 400 CFS...100 PCT OF 399 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR...... 390 CFS...109 PCT OF 358 CFS AVG
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON.......... 320 CFS... 88 PCT OF 362 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............  55 CFS... 37 PCT OF 149 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ  0 CFS...  0 PCT OF  60 CFS AVG

G/ HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY APRIL...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 29040 ACRE
FEET...15 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 30 PCT OF THE MARCH 31 AVERAGE.

APRIL 26 FLOWS AT VARIOUS POINTS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN WERE AS
FOLLOWS...

MARYS RVR NR DEETH...........  350 CFS...... 160 PCT OF THE 219 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR NR CARLIN....... 1100 CFS...... 142 PCT OF THE 776 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT PALISADE..... 1100 CFS...... 121 PCT OF THE 911 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT BATTLE MTN ..  760 CFS......  96 PCT OF THE 789 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT COMUS.......   695 CFS......  88 PCT OF THE 789 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY.......   540 CFS......  90 PCT OF THE 598 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM..   180 CFS......  32 PCT OF THE 557 CFS AVG

6/ LONG RANGE WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR NEVADA...FROM THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...

THE OUTLOOK FOR THE MONTHS OF MAY THROUGH JULY IS FOR ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION FOR ALL OF NEVADA.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...THIS DROUGHT STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED IN MID
MAY.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT AND HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS
MAY BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS.

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR.........................  DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU
NOAA DROUGHT PAGE...WHICH INCLUDES DROUGHT MONITOR......  DROUGHT.GOV
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER.....................  WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV

NWS ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE...  WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS
USGS HYDROLOGIC MONITORING.....................  WATERWATCH.USGS.GOV

NWS CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER......  WWW.CNRFC.NOAA.GOV

NWS NORTHWEST RIVER FORECAST CENTER...........
WWW.NWRFC.NOAA.GOV/WS/

NWS COLORADO BASIN RIVER FORECAST CENTER........  WWW.CBRFC.NOAA.GOV/

NEVADA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE...
WWW.NV.NRCS.USDA.GOV/SNOW/

NWS CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER LONG RANGE OUTLOOK MAPS...
WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/PRODUCTS/FORECASTS/

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE...
HTTP://WWW.NV.NRCS.USDA.GOV/SNOW/INDEX.HTML

CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF WATER RESOURCES............ CDEC.WATER.CA.GOV/
CALIFORNIA WATER CONDITIONS..... WWW.WATER.CA.GOV/WATERCONDITIONS/
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES...........  WWW.ACWA.COM

NEVADA DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES.................. WATER.NV.GOV/
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO................... WEATHER.GOV/RENO
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ELKO..................  WEATHER.GOV/ELKO
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS.........  WEATHER.GOV/LASVEGAS

TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY........................  TMWA.COM
SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY........................  SNWA.COM
LAS VEGAS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT........................ LVVWD.COM

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.........  WWW.USDA.GOV/DROUGHT U.S.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FARM SERVICES AGENCY... WWW.FSA.USDA.GOV

U.S. FOREST SERVICE WILDFIRE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM FIRE DANGER CLASS...
HTTP://WWW.WFAS.NET/IMAGES/FIREDANGER/FD_CLASS.PNG

NATIONAL SIGNIFICANT WILDLAND FIRE POTENTIAL OUTLOOK...
HTTP://WWW.PREDICTIVESERVICES.NIFC.GOV/OUTLOOKS/MONTHLY_
SEASONAL_OUTLOOK.PDF

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A SYNTHESIS OF MULTIPLE DROUGHT INDICES AND
IMPACTS THAT REPRESENTS A CONSENSUS OF SCIENTISTS IN MANY
FEDERAL...STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES...AS WELL AS PRIVATE FIRMS.  THE
DROUGHT MONITOR IS USED NATIONWIDE BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE TO DETERMINE DROUGHT SEVERITY...TO DECLARE DROUGHT AND
IS THE MECHANISM USED TO PROVIDE AID TO THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY.

INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND U.S.
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OBSERVATION SITES...US BLM...CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA
DIVISIONS OF WATER RESOURCES AND STATE CLIMATOLOGISTS...NEVADA
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE...PERSHING COUNTY WATER CONSERVATION
DISTRICT...WALKER RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT...WALKER RIVER PAIUTE
TRIBE...FEDERAL WATER MASTERS...TRUCKEE/CARSON IRRIGATION
DISTRICT...AND NWS OFFICES IN RENO...ELKO AND LAS VEGAS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION
STATEMENT PLEASE CONTACT...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
2350 RAGGIO PKWY
RENO NV 89512
PHONE...775-673-8100
WEATHER.GOV/RENO
REV.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
3720 PARADISE DRIVE
ELKO NV 89801
PHONE...775-778-6716
WEATHER.GOV/ELKO
LKN.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

$$

LW


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