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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
945 AM PDT WED NOV 19 2014

...EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSIST IN CENTRAL AND
SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA...

SYNOPSIS...

MOST AREAS IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA HAVE EXPERIENCED
THREE BELOW AVERAGE RAINFALL SEASONS RESULTING IN A REDUCTION IN
RESERVOIR LEVELS...LOWERING GROUNDWATER LEVELS AND DRIER THAN USUAL
VEGETATION THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO HEIGHTENED WILDFIRE CONCERNS.
CURRENTLY THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFIES 80% OF THE STATE OF
CALIFORNIA IN EXTREME AND EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT AND 55% OF THE STATE
IN EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT. THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFIES DROUGHT
INTO FIVE CATEGORIES OF INCREASING SEVERITY: ABNORMALLY DRY
(D0)...MODERATE DROUGHT (D1)...SEVERE DROUGHT (D2)...EXTREME DROUGHT
(D3)...AND EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT (D4).

ON JANUARY 17 2014 CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN DECLARED A
DROUGHT STATE OF EMERGENCY IN CALIFORNIA. THE FULL TEXT OF THE
EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION CAN BE ACCESSED AT:
WWW.GOV.CA.GOV/NEWS.PHP?ID=18368.

ON APRIL 25 2014 CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE
ORDER TO REDOUBLE STATE DROUGHT ACTIONS. THE FULL TEXT OF THE
EXECUTIVE ORDER CAN BE ACCESSED AT: WWW.GOV.CA.GOV/NEWS.PHP?ID=18496.

ON JULY 15 2014 THE CALIFORNIA STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD
APPROVED AN EMERGENCY REGULATION TO ENSURE AGENCIES AND STATE
RESIDENTS INCREASE WATER CONSERVATION. LOCAL AGENCIES COULD ASK
COURTS TO FINE WATER USERS UP TO $500 PER DAY FOR FAILURE TO
IMPLEMENT CONSERVATION REQUIREMENTS. THE TEXT OF THIS REGULATION CAN
BE ACCESSED AT:
WWW.SWRCB.CA.GOV/PRESS_ROOM/PRESS_RELEASES/2014/PR071514.PDF

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

THE INCREASED DRYNESS IN THE SOUTHWESTERN U.S. HAS LED TO INCREASED
WILDFIRE POTENTIAL...ESPECIALLY ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

ACROSS THE STATE MULTIPLE WATER AGENCIES AND JURISDICTIONS HAVE
IMPLEMENTED MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS OR VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION
MEASURES.

SOME AREAS HAVE DECLARED DROUGHT EMERGENCIES OR HAVE DECLARED WATER
SHORTAGES. THERE HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS TOO. THE
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES (ACWA) HAS A WEB PAGE AND
INTERACTIVE MAP THAT SUMMARIZE THESE IMPACTS.

THESE WEB PAGES CAN ACCESSED AT THE FOLLOWING LINKS:

WWW.ACWA.COM/CONTENT/LOCAL-DROUGHT-RESPONSE

WWW.ACWA.COM/CONTENT/DROUGHT-MAP

FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF RESERVOIR LEVELS IN CENTRAL AND
SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA.

GIBRALTAR RESERVOIR IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT 12.6% OF
ITS STORAGE CAPACITY.

JAMESON RESERVOIR IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT 47.9% OF
ITS STORAGE CAPACITY.

CACHUMA RESERVOIR IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT 28.7% OF
ITS STORAGE CAPACITY.

TWITCHELL RESERVOIR IN SANTA BARBARA AND SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY IS
CURRENTLY ONLY AT 0.0% OF ITS STORAGE CAPACITY.

LAKE NACIMIENTO IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY IS CURRENTLY ONLY AT 16%
OF ITS STORAGE CAPACITY.

LAKE SAN ANTONIO IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY IS CURRENTLY ONLY AT 3%
OF ITS STORAGE CAPACITY.

LOPEZ LAKE IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT 42.5% OF ITS
STORAGE CAPACITY.

LAKE CASITAS IN VENTURA COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT 52% OF ITS STORAGE
CAPACITY.

CASTAIC LAKE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT 29% OF ITS
STORAGE CAPACITY.

PYRAMID LAKE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT 93% OF ITS
STORAGE CAPACITY.

IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT CATTLE RANCHERS IN SAN LUIS OBISPO...SANTA
BARBARA...VENTURA...AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES HAVE BEEN FORCED TO
SUPPLEMENT THE DIET OF THEIR HERDS WITH PURCHASED ALFALFA AND HAY
SINCE NATURAL GRASS SOURCES ARE LACKING DUE TO THE CONTINUING
DROUGHT CONDITIONS.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

CURRENT WATER YEAR (JULY 2014 THROUGH OCTOBER 2014) RAINFALL TOTALS FOR
SELECTED LOCATIONS ARE:

SAN LUIS OBISPO 0.00 INCHES OR  0% OF NORMAL TO DATE
SANTA BARBARA   1.18 INCHES OR 97% OF NORMAL TO DATE
OXNARD          0.71 INCHES OR 88% OF NORMAL TO DATE
LOS ANGELES     0.30 INCHES OR 32% OF NORMAL TO DATE

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

NOAAS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER OUTLOOK FOR
THE NEXT 30 DAYS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IS INDICATING AN EQUAL
CHANCE OF ABOVE NORMAL...NORMAL...OR BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THIS MEANS SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL
ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH FALL.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

WITH GENERALLY NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION EXPECTED OVER THE AREA FOR
THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE...NO SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN AREA RIVERS AND
RESERVOIRS IS EXPECTED.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED IN MID DECEMBER 2014
OR SOONER IF NECESSARY IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN
CONDITIONS.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...

CALIFORNIA DATA EXCHANGE CENTER:
HTTP://CDEC.WATER.CA.GOV/
CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER:
HTTP://WWW.CNRFC.NOAA.GOV/
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR:
HTTP://DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU
U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL:
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV/DROUGHT/
CALIFORNIA DROUGHT PAGE:
HTTP://WWW.WATER.CA.GOV/WATERCONDITIONS/
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER:
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD:
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/
LOSANGELES CALIFORNIA DAILY STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS:
HTTP://WATERDATA.USGS.GOV/CA/NWIS/RT
CALIFORNIA DROUGHT STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION:
WWW.GOV.CA.GOV/NEWS.PHP?ID=18368
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES:
HTTP://WWW.ACWA.COM/CONTENT/LOCAL-DROUGHT-RESPONSE

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR
CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES
UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO
COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES

QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS...

PLEASE REFER ALL QUESTIONS TO W-LOX.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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