Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Medford, OR

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ORC019-029-033-035-037-CAC049-093-

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR
103 PM PDT WED MARCH 18 2015

...DROUGHT STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED FOR LAKE COUNTY...

SYNOPSIS...
OREGON GOVERNOR BROWN DECLARED A DROUGHT EMERGENCY FOR
LAKE COUNTY OREGON ON MARCH 17,2015. ALSO ON MARCH 17, 2015 KLAMATH
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVED A STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO DROUGHT
AND WERE REQUESTING A DROUGHT EMERGENCY FROM THE GOVERNOR.

ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR, IN SOUTHERN OREGON MUCH OF
KLAMATH AND LAKE COUNTIES ARE IN D3-EXTREME DROUGHT. PARTS OF
NORTHERN KLAMATH AND NORTHWEST LAKE COUNTIES ARE IN D2-SEVERE
DROUGHT. THE SOUTHERN CASCADES AND PARTS OF THE ROGUE VALLEY IN
JACKSON COUNTY ARE ALSO IN D2-SEVERE DROUGHT. IN FAR NORTHERN
CALIFORNIA ALL OF MODOC AND FAR EASTERN SISKIYOU COUNTIES ARE IN D-3
EXTREME DROUGHT, AND MUCH OF THE REST OF SISKIYOU COUNTY IS IN D2-
SEVERE DROUGHT.

DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE THE RESULT OF REGIONWIDE RECORD LOW SNOWPACK.
AS OF THIS MORNING IN SOUTHERN OREGON, THE SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT OF
THE SNOWPACK WAS ONLY 6 PERCENT OF NORMAL IN THE KLAMATH BASIN, 11
PERCENT OF NORMAL IN THE ROGUE/UMPQUA BASINS, AND 16 PERCENT OF
NORMAL IN THE LAKE COUNTY/GOOSE LAKE BASINS. THE SNOWPACK WAS LESS
THAN 50% OF NORMAL IN THE HIGH ELEVATIONS OF SISKIYOU COUNTY WITH
SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE CONDITIONS EASTWARD INTO MODOC COUNTY. RESERVOIR
LEVELS RANGED FROM WELL BELOW NORMAL TO NEAR NORMAL. THE LOWEST
RESERVOIRS WERE IN LAKE COUNTY AND EASTERN KLAMATH COUNTY IN OREGON
AND MODOC AND SISKIYOU COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA.

MUCH OF SOUTHERN OREGON AND FAR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HAD BEEN
DESIGNATED AS A PRIMARY OR CONTIGUOUS NATURAL DISASTER AREA BY THE
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DUE TO DAMAGES AND LOSSES CAUSED BY
THE DRY CONDITIONS. GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS INCLUDE ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS
AND EMERGENCY LOANS FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...
WINTER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE MOUNTAINS HAVE BEEN GREATLY
IMPACTED. SKI AREAS HAVE BEEN CLOSED FOR PART OR MOST OF THE SEASON.
OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS SNOWMOBILING AND CROSS COUNTRY
SKIING HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY LACK OF SNOW AT ALL BUT THE HIGHEST
ELEVATIONS.

MOST AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS WILL OCCUR DURING THE IRRIGATION SEASON
BETWEEN MAY AND OCTOBER. DUE TO THE POOR SNOWPACK, STREAMFLOW
FORECASTS INDICATED WELL BELOW NORMAL LEVELS INTO RESERVOIRS AND
ALONG UNREGULATED STREAMS, SOME OF WHICH MAY BECOME DRY EARLY IN THE
IRRIGATION SEASON.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... THE NEXT UPDATE WILL LIKELY BE ISSUED IN LATE
MARCH.

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QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS...PLEASE REFER ALL QUESTIONS TO
W-MFR.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV.

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SANDLER



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