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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS NV
300 AM PDT SAT JUN 18 2016

...EXTREME TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE ACROSS WESTERN
SAN BERNARDINO AND WESTERN INYO COUNTIES...

SYNOPSIS...THOUGH MOST SITES HAVE SEEN LITTLE PRECIPITATION IN THE
PAST MONTH, THE REGION IS ENTERING A CLIMATOLOGICALLY DRY PART OF
THE YEAR. THUS, EVEN THOUGH MOST SITES IN THE REGION HAD BELOW
NORMAL PRECIPITATION THIS PAST MONTH, AVERAGE VALUES ARE GENERALLY
QUITE LOW ALREADY. FOR EXAMPLE, DEATH VALLEY RECEIVED NO
PRECIPITATION IN MAY, BUT THE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION AT FURNACE CREEK
IS A MERE 0.03 INCHES FOR THE MONTH. SIMILARLY, LAS VEGAS RECEIVED
0.04 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION IN MAY, BUT THIS WAS ONLY 0.08 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL. MCCARRAN RECEIVED 0.02 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION ON JUNE
11, WHICH IS THE FIRST TIME THIS STATION RECEIVED MEASURABLE RAIN IN
THE MONTH OF JUNE SINCE 2009.

NEVERTHELESS, A STARK EXCEPTION TO THE RELATIVELY DRY CONDITIONS
THIS PAST MONTH HAS BEEN INYO AND ESMERALDA COUNTIES. THE SAME
SYSTEM THAT BROUGHT RARE PRECIPITATION TO LAS VEGAS ON JUNE 11
PROVIDED SUBSTANTIAL RAINFALL TO MUCH OF THE SOUTHERN SIERRA, OWENS
VALLEY, AND ADJACENT ESMERALDA COUNTY, WITH SEVERAL OBSERVING
STATIONS REPORTING 0.25 INCHES TO OVER ONE INCH OF PRECIPITATION ON
JUNE 11-12. THIS PROVIDED CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT IN SHORT-TERM
DROUGHT INDICES TO THIS REGION. COMBINED WITH THE SUBSTANTIAL
PRECIPITATION MOST OF THE REGION SAW IN APRIL AND EARLY MAY, DROUGHT
CONDITIONS APPEAR TO HAVE IMPROVED SOMEWHAT ACROSS THE REGION.

THE MOST RECENT U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWED MOST OF THE REGION
OUTSIDE OF THE SOUTHERN SIERRA IMPROVING BY ONE CATEGORY. THE
EASTERN SLOPES OF THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA REMAIN IN D4, OR
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT. EXTREME DROUGHT, OR D3 CONDITIONS, EXISTS
ACROSS THE OWENS VALLEY, WHITE MOUNTAINS, AND WESTERN SAN BERNARDINO
COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS, OR D2, EXIST ACROSS
MOST OF ESMERALDA COUNTY, CENTRAL INYO COUNTY, AND CENTRAL SAN
BERNARDINO COUNTY. THE REST OF ESMERALDA COUNTY, SOUTHWESTERN NYE
COUNTY, EASTERN INYO COUNTY, MOST OF EASTERN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY,
AND EXTREME SOUTHERN MOHAVE COUNTY ARE IN D1, OR MODERATE DROUGHT,
CONDITIONS. EXCEPT FOR NORTHEASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY, THE REST OF THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS COUNTY WARNING AREA IS IN D0, OR
ABNORMALLY DRY, CONDITIONS.

DUE TO THE SEVERITY OF THE ONGOING DROUGHT, DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED TO PERSIST ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA.

THE LATEST SEASONAL FORECAST (JULY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2016) ISSUED BY
THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER SHOWS THERE ARE EQUAL CHANCES OF
BELOW, NEAR, OR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE SOUTHERN GREAT
BASIN AND MOJAVE DESERT. ABOVE NORMAL CONFIDENCE EXISTS DURING THIS
THREE-MONTH PERIOD FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE ENTIRE
REGION.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... AGRICULTURAL

LADWP AND INYO COUNTY SUPERVISORS COULD NOT AGREE ON A PLAN OR
PROPOSED REDUCTIONS TO AGRICULTURAL INTEREST, WHICH MEANS THERE WILL
BE NO CHANGE AND AGRICULTURAL LEASES WILL GET 45,000 ACRE-FEET FOR
IRRIGATION. POTENTIAL AGRICULTURAL LOSERS COULD BE THOSE LEASES
DEPENDENT ON SURFACE WATER.

A CALIFORNIA NUT COMPANY HAS MOVED SOME OPERATIONS TO NORTHWEST
ARIZONA. ONCE FULLY DEVELOPED THE OPERATION COULD DRAW UP TO 24,000
ACRE-FEET A YEAR OUT OF KINGMAN`S AQUIFER.

FEBRUARY 25, 2016 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SECRETARIAL DROUGHT
DESIGNATIONS WERE ANNOUNCED. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
DESIGNATED CLARK, NYE, LINCOLN AND ESMERALDA COUNTIES IN NEVADA.

DECEMBER 23, 2015 INYO AND SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA
WERE DECLARED AS PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS DUE TO THE ONGOING
DROUGHT. ALL FARM AND RANCH OPERATORS IN THOSE COUNTIES ARE ELIGIBLE
FOR LOW INTEREST EMERGENCY LOANS FROM THE USDA FARM SERVICE AGENCY,
PROVIDED ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS ARE MET. FARMERS IN ELIGIBLE
COUNTIES HAVE EIGHT MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF THE DECLARATION TO APPLY
FOR LOANS TO HELP COVER PART OF THEIR ACTUAL LOSSES.

IN LATE OCTOBER 2015, WATER FLOWED IN THE LOS ANGELES AQUEDUCT FOR
THE FIRST TIME IN SIX MONTHS AFTER WORKERS REMOVED AN EARTHEN AND
CONCRETE DAM THAT DIVERTED WATER. A DEAL WAS REACHED TO KEEP FLOWS
IN THE OWENS RIVER. THE LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF POWER AND WATER
MOSTLY FULFILLED IRRIGATION CONTRACTS LAST SUMMER IN THE SOUTHERN
END OF THE OWENS VALLEY. DUE TO THE ONGOING DROUGHT, LIVESTOCK HAS
BEEN ESTIMATED TO BE REDUCED BY 40 TO 50 PERCENT IN THE OWENS VALLEY
IN RECENT YEARS.

WATER SUPPLY

THE CURRENT LAKE MEAD WATER ELEVATION ECLIPSED THE LOWEST RECORDED
ELEVATION FROM 2015 AND NOW SETS A NEW RECORD FOR BEING THE LOWEST
SINCE THE RESERVOIR WAS BEING FILLED IN 1937. THE RECORD WILL
CONTINUE TO BE BROKEN AS THE WATER LEVEL IS PROJECTED TO CONTINUE
TO LOWER THROUGH THE END OF JUNE.

THE LATEST U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION GIVES LAKE MEAD ONLY A 37
PERCENT CHANCE OF FALLING INTO SHORTAGE CONDITIONS NEXT YEAR. BUT
THAT CHANCE RISES TO 59 PERCENT IN 2018. THE U.S. BUREAU OF
RECLAMATION DECLARES A SHORTAGE WHENEVER AN ANNUAL STUDY PROJECTS
THE RESERVOIR LEVEL WILL BE LESS THAN 1075 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL ON
JANUARY 1. A SHORTAGE COULD FORCE ARIZONA AND CALIFORNIA TO
IMPLEMENT WATER RESTRICTIONS, AND SOME ARIZONA FARMERS WOULD LOSE
THE WATER THAT FLOWS TO THEM THROUGH THE CENTRAL ARIZONA PROJECT
CANAL.

THE NEVADA DROUGHT FORUM, A STATEWIDE PANEL, HAS RECOMMENDED
STATEWIDE WATER METERING, WATER EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR NEW
DEVELOPMENT AND ADOPTING TIER RATE STRUCTURES TO PROMOTE
CONSERVATION. THE STATE`S BIGGEST WATER USER, AGRICULTURE, WOULD BE
ENCOURAGED TO USE DRIP IRRIGATION, CROP COVERING AND CONVERT
PLANTINGS TO LESS THIRSTY VARIETIES. THE REPORT ALSO ASKS LOCAL
GOVERNMENTS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF THIRSTY LANDSCAPING REQUIREMENTS
SET BY MANY HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS. THE SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER
AUTHORITY`S CASH FOR GRASS PROGRAM HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL AND HAS
REPLACED MORE THAN 173 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF TURF GRASS (MORE THAN
3,000 FOOTBALL FIELDS) WITH LANDSCAPING THAT`S A BETTER FIT FOR
NEVADA`S CLIMATE.

THE VICE PRESIDENT OF SUSTAINABILITY FOR MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
TOLD A PANEL OF THE NEVADA DROUGHT FORUM THAT CONSERVATION EFFORTS
BY THE COMPANY HAVE SAVED ABOUT 2 BILLION GALLONS OF WATER SINCE
2008. THE COMPANY HAS INSTALLED LOW-FLOW FIXTURES AND CHANGED
METHODS FOR DOING LAUNDRY AS PART OF THEIR WATER CONSERVATION
EFFORTS.

GROUND WATER

GREAT BASIN UNIFIED AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT BOARD APPROVED A
REVISED STATE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN WHICH WILL HELP BRING OWENS LAKE
INTO COMPLIANCE WITH PM10 REGULATIONS WHILE SAVING WATER.

THE LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER IS PLANNING FOUR NEW
PRODUCTION WELLS IN INYO COUNTY. ONE WILL REPLACE A WELL IN LAWS,
TWO IN BISHOP AND ONE IN BELL CANYON WEST OF BIG PINE.

THE NEVADA 78TH LEGISLATURE IS DISCUSSING TWO BILLS RELATED TO
GROUND WATER. SENATE BILL 65 WOULD UPDATE LANGUAGE AFFECTING WATER
RIGHTS AND GROUNDWATER AS WELL AS IMPLEMENT SEVERAL CHANGES TO LAWS
AFFECTING DOMESTIC WELLS. SENATE BILL 81 EXPANDS THE POWER OF THE
STATE`S WATER AUTHORITY TO GOVERN AND MANAGE GROUNDWATER SHORTAGES
IN AREAS SUFFERING FROM SEVERE DROUGHT. BOTH BILLS FAILED TO GET OUT
OF COMMITTEE DURING THE NEVADA 78TH LEGISLATURE.

INYO COUNTY SUPERVISORS PASSED A THREE-PAGE DROUGHT PROCLAMATION FOR
INYO COUNTY. THEY NOTED THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE SITUATION BY
POINTING OUT THE VERY LOW SNOWPACK IN THE SOUTHERN SIERRA, DRY WELLS
AROUND BISHOP AND CONCERNS ABOUT USE OF WATER ON THE DRY LAKE AND
THE NEED FOR LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER AND INYO
COUNTY TO PLAN FOR DRY TIMES.

RECREATION/TOURISM

THE LOW LAKE LEVELS IN LAKE MEAD CONTINUE TO IMPACT RECREATIONAL
BOATING CHANNELS BY REDUCING AREAS THAT BOATS CAN PASS THROUGH. THE
FALLING LAKE LEVEL HAS RESULTED IN THE CONTINUED CLOSURE OF THE ECHO
BAY MARINA AND BOAT LAUNCH RAMP AT ECHO BAY.

NATURAL SPRINGS IN THE SHEEP MOUNTAIN RANGE IN SOUTHERN NEVADA HAVE
RUN DRY IN SOME INSTANCES FORCING HIKERS TO HAVE TO BRING WATER WITH
THEM.

FIRE WEATHER

THE LATEST SIGNIFICANT WILDLAND FIRE POTENTIAL OUTLOOK FOR THE REST
OF JUNE CALLS FOR ABOVE NORMAL ACTIVITY TO DEVELOP ACROSS NORTHWEST
ARIZONA AND SOUTHERN NEVADA.

FOR JULY ABOVE NORMAL SIGNIFICANT FIRE POTENTIAL WILL CONTINUE IN
THE FINE FUEL AREAS OF FAR SOUTHERN NEVADA AND NORTHWEST ARIZONA
WHILE DEVELOPING IN THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA.

FOR AUGUST-SEPTEMBER NORMAL SIGNIFICANT FIRE POTENTIAL WILL OCCUR
ACROSS NORTHWEST ARIZONA AND SOUTHERN NEVADA WHILE ABOVE NORMAL
SIGNIFICANT FIRE POTENTIAL CONTINUES IN THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA.

AN AERIAL SURVEY WAS DONE BETWEEN AUGUST 10TH AND 14TH, 2015 ACROSS
THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA IN SOUTHWEST INYO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA AND
SHOWED SOME POCKETS IN WHICH GREATER THAN 15 TREES PER ACRE WERE
DYING DUE TO STRESS FROM THE DROUGHT AND OTHER SOURCES SUCH AS BUGS.
WILDLIFE

CONSERVATIONISTS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CAME TOGETHER TO BUILD A
WATER CATCHMENT FACILITY IN THE RUGGED BLACK MOUNTAINS IN WESTERN
MOHAVE COUNTY. THE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE WATER FOR BIGHORN SHEEP AND
OTHER WILDLIFE IN THE AREA.

THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT CONDUCTED AN EMERGENCY ROUNDUP OF WILD
HORSES IN THE SPRING MOUNTAINS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA FROM AUGUST 29TH
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2015 IN THE COLD CREEK AREA. A TOTAL OF 201
HORSES WERE ROUNDED UP. THE HORSES WERE SUFFERING WEIGHT LOSS DUE TO
STARVING FROM THE DROUGHT, WHICH HAS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED THE
AMOUNT OF VEGETATION THAT CAN GROW FOR THE HORSES TO EAT. SOME
HORSES WERE EATING THE BARK OF JOSHUA TREES BECAUSE THEY HAD NOTHING
ELSE TO EAT. A TOTAL OF 28 HORSES FROM THE 201 ROUNDED UP HAD TO BE
EUTHANIZED BECAUSE THEY WERE SO BADLY EMACIATED. THE REMAINING
HORSES WERE TAKEN TO A FACILITY TO BE FED AND NURTURED BACK TO
HEALTH.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

DATA BELOW IS OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH JUNE 15TH

 ARIZONA            PCPN     NORMAL     PER

BEAVER DAM          7.69      5.64      136%
PIPE SPRING NM      7.86      5.74      137%
KINGMAN             5.19      7.08       73%
WIKIEUP             5.03      6.98       72%

 CALIFORNIA

BISHOP              3.87     4.69       83%
DEATH VALLEY NP     2.74     1.95      141%
BARSTOW-DAGGETT     2.14     3.13       68%
NEEDLES             3.00     3.55       85%
JOSHUA TREE         3.38     3.98       85%

 NEVADA

LAS VEGAS           4.28     3.21      133%
MT CHARLESTON      19.35    18.87      103%
PAHRUMP             5.80     3.95      147%
MESQUITE            4.79     6.25       77%
CALIENTE           10.64     7.08      150%
DYER                4.62     4.03      115%

 PCPN   - 2016 WATER YEAR PRECIPITATION
 NORMAL - WATER YEAR NORMAL (STARTS OCT 1)
 PER    - PERCENT OF NORMAL

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE LATEST SEASONAL FORECAST (JULY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2016) ISSUED BY
THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER SHOWS THERE ARE EQUAL CHANCES OF
BELOW, NEAR, OR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE SOUTHERN GREAT
BASIN AND MOJAVE DESERT. ABOVE NORMAL CONFIDENCE EXISTS DURING THIS
THREE-MONTH PERIOD FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE ENTIRE
REGION.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

RECORD PRECIPITATION OCCURRED IN THE GREEN RIVER AND YAMPA RIVER
BASIN DURING MAY LEADING TO SOME SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN THE RUNOFF
GUIDANCE. LAKE POWELL IS FORECAST TO RECEIVE 6.5 MAF OR 91% OF
AVERAGE DURING THE APRIL-JULY PERIOD.

AS OF JUNE 14, 2016, LAKE MEAD`S ELEVATION WAS 1072.70 FEET OR 36
PERCENT CAPACITY. LAKE MEAD HAS NOT SEEN LAKE ELEVATIONS THIS LOW
SINCE THE RESERVOIR WAS BEING FILLED IN 1937. THE OUTLOOK IS FOR THE
WATER ELEVATION TO STAY AROUND 1072 FEET THROUGH THE END OF JULY
BEFORE RISING TO AROUND 1080 FEET BY THE END OF 2016.

LAKE POWELL`S CURRENT ELEVATION IS 3611.57 OR 53 PERCENT CAPACITY.

DATA FOR RESERVOIRS ACROSS THE REGION (AS OF 6/14/2016)

RESERVOIR                   PERCENT FULL

LAKE MEAD                        36
LAKE MOHAVE                      94
LAKE HAVASU                      96

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENTS ARE
NORMALLY ISSUED ON THE THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH IN WHICH EXTREME
DROUGHT CONDITIONS EXIST IN ANY PORTION OF THE SOUTHERN GREAT BASIN
AND MOJAVE DESERT. THE NEXT SCHEDULED ISSUANCE IS THURSDAY, JULY 21,
2016. IF A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN THE DROUGHT CONDITION IS
ANTICIPATED...OR OCCURS PRIOR TO THIS DATE...AN UPDATED STATEMENT
WILL BE ISSUED.
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RELATED WEBSITES...

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING WEB SITES:

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR
DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU

NATIONAL INTEGRATED DROUGHT INFORMATION SYSTEM
WWW.DROUGHT.GOV

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV

ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE     WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS
USGS                         WATER.USGS.GOV/
COLORADO BASIN RFC           WWW.CBRFC.NOAA.GOV
CALIFORNIA-NEVADA RFC        WWW.CNRFC.NOAA.GOV

ADDITIONAL SITES:

NEVADA DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES   WATER.NV.GOV
CALIFORNIA DEPT OF WATER RESOURCES   WWW.WATER.CA.GOV
ARIZONA DEPT OF WATER RESOURCES      WWW.AZWATER.GOV

NEVADA STATE CLIMATE OFFICE          WWW.CLIMATE.UNR.EDU
CALIFORNIA STATE CLIMATE OFFICE      WWW.CLIMATE.WATER.CA.GOV
ARIZONA STATE CLIMATE OFFICE         AZCLIMATE.ASU.EDU
WESTERN REGION CLIMATE CENTER        WWW.WRCC.DRI.EDU

NWS FORECAST OFFICE LAS VEGAS        WEATHER.GOV/LASVEGAS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL AND WESTERN REGIONAL CLIMATIC
DATA CENTERS...THE USDA...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS
AND THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...PLEASE CONTACT:

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - LAS VEGAS
PHONE...702-263-9744
W-VEF.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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