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
740 AM PST THU JAN 15 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.

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR /JANUARY 15TH 2015/ EXPANDS THE AREA OF
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT TO INCLUDE ALL OF MARIPOSA COUNTY AND YOSEMITE
NATIONAL PARK. THE DROUGHT MONITOR NOW DEPICTS ALL OF THE WFO
HANFORD COUNTY WARNING/FORECAST AREA...EXCEPT THE KERN COUNTY DESERT
AND INDIAN WELLS VALLEY...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 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. 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. THE HANFORD
SENTINEL LISTED THE DROUGHT AS ITS TOP NEWS STORY FOR 2014. ON
JANUARY 11TH...THE FRESNO BEE CARRIED A FRONT-PAGE STORY ON THE
IMPACTS OF THE DROUGHT ON THE SMALLER COMMUNITIES OF THE CENTRAL
AND SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY.

THE OVERDRAFTING OF GROUNDWATER HAS CAUSED SUBSIDENCE IN PARTS OF
THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY...ESPECIALLY IN MADERA AND TULARE COUNTIES.
THIS SUBSIDENCE LIKELY HAS CAUSED SOME REDUCTION IN THE SPACING
BETWEEN SOIL PARTICLES DUE TO COMPACTION. THIS COULD IMPACT THE
AVAILABLE SPACE AVAILABLE FOR GROUNDWATER STORAGE...AND SOME
AQUIFERS MAY NOT RECHARGE TO PRE-DROUGHT CAPACITIES.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

PRECIPITATION...

RAIN SEASON...
FOR THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION YEAR TO DATE...JULY 1ST THROUGH
JANUARY 14TH...FRESNO RECEIVED 3.38 INCHES OF RAIN...1.37 INCH
LESS THAN THE SEASON AVERAGE THROUGH THE 14TH OF 4.75 INCHES.

FOR THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION YEAR TO DATE...JULY 1ST THROUGH
JANUARY 14TH...BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 3.32 INCHES OF RAIN...0.68 INCH
MORE THAN THE SEASON AVERAGE THROUGH THE 14TH OF 2.64 INCHES

DECEMBER...
FOR DECEMBER...FRESNO RECEIVED 2.29 INCHES OF RAIN. THE NORMAL
RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH IS 1.77 INCH.

FOR DECEMBER...BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 2.02 INCHES OF RAIN. THE
NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH IS 1.02 INCH. DECEMBER 2014 WAS
BAKERSFIELD/S 5TH WETTEST DECEMBER ON RECORD. THE WETTEST
DECEMBER ON RECORD IS DECEMBER 2010 WITH 5.82 INCHES OF RAIN.

ANNUAL...
FOR 2014...FRESNO RECEIVED 7.46 INCHES OF RAIN COMPARED TO THE
NORMAL OF 11.50 INCHES.

FOR 2014...BAKERSFIELD HAS RECEIVED 4.02 INCHES OF RAIN COMPARED
TO THE NORMAL OF 6.47 INCHES. 2014 WAS BAKERSFIELD/S 12TH DRIEST
CALENDAR YEAR ON RECORD. THE DRIEST CALENDAR YEAR ON RECORD IS
1959 WITH 1.87 INCH.

2014 WAS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE CALENDAR YEAR WITH BELOW-NORMAL
PRECIPITATION. THE RAIN DEFICITS FOR BAKERSFIELD AND FRESNO
/AMOUNTS IN INCHES/ THROUGH DECEMBER 31ST 2014 ARE...

                BAKERSFIELD                FRESNO
                ACTUAL    DEFICIT          ACTUAL     DEFICIT

2014             4.02      -2.45            7.46       -4.04
2013             3.45      -3.02            3.01       -8.49
2012             4.41      -2.06            9.97       -1.53
2011             4.39      -2.08           10.93       -0.57

TOTAL 4-YEAR DEFICIT       -9.61                      -14.63

TEMPERATURE...

DECEMBER...
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR BAKERSFIELD FOR DECEMBER WAS 53.7
DEGREES...5.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. DECEMBER 2014 WAS
BAKERSFIELD/S 5TH WARMEST DECEMBER ON RECORD. THE WARMEST
DECEMBER IS DECEMBER 1977 WITH 57.1 DEGREES.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR FRESNO WAS 51.9 DEGREES...5.4 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL. DECEMBER 2014 WAS FRESNO/S WARMEST DECEMBER ON
RECORD.

YEAR TO DATE...
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BAKERSFIELD FOR 2014 WAS 69.5 DEGREES.
2014 WAS BAKERSFIELD/S WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT FRESNO FOR 2014 WAS 69.1 DEGREES. 2014
WAS FRESNO/S WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE
TEMPERATURE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1887...FRESNO HAS HAD THREE
CONSECUTIVE WARMEST YEARS ON RECORD.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6-10 DAY OUTLOOK ISSUED JANUARY
14TH 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 PRECIPITATION
FOR CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD JANUARY-FEBRUARY-MARCH...THE OUTLOOK
FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND 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...

19 FEBRUARY 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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SANGER

WEATHER.GOV/HANFORD


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