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
530 AM PDT THU MAR 12 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 /MARCH 5TH 2015/ DEPICTS ALL OF THE WFO
HANFORD COUNTY WARNING/FORECAST AREA...EXCEPT THE INDIAN WELLS
VALLEY...KERN COUNTY DESERT AND THE SIERRA NEVADA IN KERN AND
SOUTHEASTERN TULARE COUNTIES...UNDER EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS
/CATEGORY D4/...WHILE THE KERN COUNTY DESERT AND THE INDIAN WELLS
VALLEY REMAIN UNDER EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS /CATEGORY D3/. THE
SIERRA NEVADA IN KERN AND SOUTHEASTERN TULARE COUNTIES SHOWED
IMPROVEMENT FROM D4 TO D3 DUE TO THE RAINS AND ACCUMULATING SNOWS.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

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.
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.

ON MARCH 9TH...THE FRESNO BEE CARRIED A STORY ABOUT THE FARMING
COMMUNITY OF CANTUA CREEK...WHO RESIDENTS ARE UNABLE TO PAY THE
PROPOSED INCREASES IN THE COST OF WATER SERVICES AND MAY LOSE
SERVICE.

CNBC.COM ON MARCH 3RD CARRIED A STORY ABOUT THE ESTIMATED IMPACTS
OF THE DROUGHT ON THE CALIFORNIA ECONOMY...INCLUDING AN ESTIMATE OF
A STATE-WIDE ECONOMIC LOSS OF ROUGHLY 3 BILLION DOLLARS BY PROFESSOR
RICHARD HOWITT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS.

THE FRESNO BEE ON MARCH 4TH CARRIED A STORY ON THE EXTREMELY LOW
SNOWPACK AND SNOWPACK WATER EQUIVALENT ON THE SIERRA NEVADA.

THE FRESNO BEE AND HANFORD SENTINEL FOR FEBRUARY 28TH CARRIED TOP OF
THE FRONT PAGE STORIES ABOUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT FARMERS WOULD GET
ZERO ALLOCATION OF WATER FROM THE FEDERAL CENTRAL VALLEY PROJECT.
THE HANFORD SENTINEL ON MARCH 3RD CARRIED A FRONT PAGE STORY THAT
FARMERS ON THE STATE WATER PROJECT ARE FORECAST TO GET 20 PERCENT
OF THEIR HISTORIC CONTRACTS THIS YEAR.

THE FRESNO BEE AND HANFORD SENTINEL ON MARCH 11TH CARRIED STORIES ON
THE PURCHASE OF 1000-1500 GALLON TANKS BY KINGS AND TULARE COUNTIES
TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY POTABLE WATER TO RESIDENTS WHOSE WELLS HAD RUN
DRY.

THE MARCH 11TH FRESNO BEE ALSO CARRIED A STORY ABOUT THE POSSIBLE
IMPOSITION OF STAGE FOUR WATER RESTRICTIONS ON THE DROUGHT-STRICKEN
COMMUNITIES OF EL PROVINER...CANTU CREEK AND THE O`NEILLS FARMING
COMMUNITY IN WESTERN FRESNO COUNTY...AND STAGE THREE WATER
RESTRICTIONS FOR SHAVER SPRINGS...SOUTHWEST OF SHAVER LAKE.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

PRECIPITATION...

WATER YEAR...
FOR THE CURRENT WATER YEAR TO DATE...OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH MARCH
11TH...FRESNO RECEIVED 4.59 INCHES OF RAIN...3.89 INCHES LESS THAN
THE AVERAGE THROUGH THE 10TH OF 8.48 INCHES.

FOR THE CURRENT WATER YEAR TO DATE...OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH MARCH
11TH...BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 4.53 INCHES OF RAIN...0.30 INCH LESS
THAN THE AVERAGE THROUGH THE 10TH OF 4.83 INCHES

FEBRUARY...
FOR FEBRUARY...FRESNO RECEIVED 1.13 INCHES OF RAIN. THE NORMAL
RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH IS 2.03 INCHES.

FOR FEBRUARY...BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 0.90 INCHES OF RAIN. THE
NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH IS 1.24 INCH.

TEMPERATURE...

FEBRUARY...
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR BAKERSFIELD FOR FEBRUARY WAS 58.9
DEGREES...6.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. FEBRUARY 2015 WAS BAKERSFIELD/S
SECOND WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD...AFTER FEBRUARY 1907 AT 59.0
DEGREES.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR FRESNO FOR FEBRUARY WAS 57.0 DEGREES...
5.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. FEBRUARY 2015 WAS FRESNO/S WARMEST
FEBRUARY ON RECORD SURPASSING FEBRUARY 2014 AT 56.8 DEGREES.

YEAR TO DATE...
FOR THE FIRST 70 DAYS OF 2015 /JANUARY 1ST THROUGH MARCH 11TH/...THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BAKERSFIELD WAS 55.1 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE
THIRD WARMEST FIRST 70 DAYS ON RECORD. THE WARMEST WAS IN 1978 WITH
AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 56.4 DEGREES.

FOR THE FIRST 70 DAYS OF 2015 /JANUARY 1ST THROUGH MARCH 11TH/...THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT FRESNO WAS 53.7 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE THIRD
WARMEST FIRST 70 DAYS ON RECORD. THE WARMEST WAS IN 2014 WITH AN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 55.9 DEGREES.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6-10 DAY OUTLOOK ISSUED MARCH
11TH 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 EQUAL CHANCES OF
ABOVE-...NEAR- OR BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD MARCH-APRIL-MAY...THE OUTLOOK FAVORS
ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE-...NEAR- OR
BELOW NORMAL 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...

9 APRIL 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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