Weather Service Report


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AXUS76 KHNX 212015
DGTHNX
CAC019-029-031-039-043-047-107-182000-

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY - HANFORD CA
115 PM PDT THU AUG 21 2014

...EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS MOST OF THE WFO HANFORD 
WARNING/FORECAST AREA WITH EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS ELSEWHERE...

SYNOPSIS...

ON JANUARY 17TH...GOVERNOR BROWN DECLARED A DROUGHT EMERGENCY FOR 
THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. ON APRIL 25TH...THE GOVERNOR SIGNED AN 
EMERGENCY DROUGHT PROCLAMATION.

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR /AUGUST 19TH 2014/ CONTINUES TO 
DEPICT ALL OF THE WFO HANFORD COUNTY WARNING/FORECAST AREA...EXCEPT 
THE KERN COUNTY DESERTS AND THE HIGH COUNTRY OF YOSEMITE NATIONAL 
PARK...UNDER EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS /CATEGORY D4/...WHILE 
THE KERN COUNTY DESERTS AND THE HIGH COUNTRY OF YOSEMITE REMAIN 
UNDER EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS /CATEGORY D3/.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

ON JULY 25TH...THE HANFORD SENTINEL REPORTED THAT KINGS AND TULARE 
COUNTIES WERE PLANNING JOINT MEETINGS ON OF THEIR WATER COMMITTEES 
TO DISCUSS GROUNDWATER ISSUES.

ON JULY 26TH...THE FRESNO BEE CARRIED A FRONT-PAGE STORY ON 
GROUNDWATER PUMPING AND GROUND SUBSIDENCE OF PARTS OF THE SAN 
JOAQUIN VALLEY FLOOR...INCLUDING WESTERN TULARE AND NORTHERN KINGS 
COUNTIES.

ON JULY 31ST...THE FRESNO BEE CARRIED AN ARTICLE ON THE CALIFORNIA 
DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE SUSPECTING A LINK BETWEEN THE 
DROUGHT AND WATERFOWL DEATHS.

ON AUGUST 4TH...THE HANFORD SENTINEL REPORTED OM A INCREASED RISK 
OF THE WEST NILE VIRUS IN KINGS COUNTY...ATTRIBUTED IN PART TO THE 
DROUGHT REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF WATER AVAILABLE IN THE KINGS RIVER 
AND RURAL SWAMPLANDS...FORCING MOSQUITOS TO FIND WATER SOURCES IN 
POPULATED AREAS. ON AUGUST 21ST...KINGS COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS 
CONFIRMED THE FIRST HUMAN WEST NILE VIRUS CASE IN THE COUNTY.

ON AUGUST 6TH...THE FRESNO BEE REPORTED THAT THE STORAGE AT 
MILLERTON LAKE WAS 270284 ACRE FEET...51.9 PERCENT OF CAPACITY. 

ON AUGUST 13TH...THE FRESNO BEE REPORTED THAT THE COMBINATION OF 
DROUGHT...LAST WINTER/S FREEZE AND PERIODS OF WINDY WEATHER 
CONTRIBUTED TO A 45 PERCENT DROP IN CALIFORNIA/S TABLE OLIVE CROP. 
THE PAPER ALSO REPORTED THAT THE COMMUNITY OF MADERA RANCHOS HAD 
BANNED OUTDOOR WATER USE EFFECTIVE AUGUST 14TH.

ON AUGUST 19TH...THE HANFORD SENTINEL REPORTED THAT THE THE HANFORD 
CITY COUNCIL WAS CONSIDERING RESTRICTING WATERING OF LANDSCAPING TO 
TWO DAYS A WEEK.

WILDFIRES...INCLUDING THE JUNCTION FIRE NEAR OAKHURST IN MADERA 
COUNTY...AND THE WAY FIRE NEAR WOFFORD HEIGHTS IN KERN COUNTY... 
SAW RAPID INITIAL GROWTH IN THE DRY VEGETATION.

THERE CONTINUES TO BE SIGNIFICANT MEDIA COVERAGE ON THE ON-GOING 
DROUGHT CONDITIONS. THESE REPORTS INCLUDE DISCUSSION OF SIGNIFICANT 
RE-ALLOCATION OF WATER RESOURCES FROM THE EAST TO WEST SIDE OF THE 
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY...FARMERS FORGOING PLANTING OF SOME CROPS... 
REDUCTION IN AIR QUALITY DUE TO PERSISTENT STAGNANT AIR...AND LOSS 
OR REDUCTION OF GROUND WATER.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

FOR THE PRECIPITATION YEAR...JULY 1ST 2013/ THROUGH JUNE 30TH...
FRESNO RECEIVED 4.81 INCHES OF RAIN OR 41.8 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL OF 
11.50 INCHES. BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 2.41 INCHES OR 37.2 PERCENT OF 
THE NORMAL OF 6.47 INCHES. THIS WAS FRESNO/S SECOND DRIEST WATER 
YEAR ON RECORD...AND BAKERSFIELD/S THIRD DRIEST.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BAKERSFIELD FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST 
THROUGH AUGUST 15TH WAS 70.2 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE WARMEST SUCH 
PERIOD ON RECORD...USING ONLY YEARS WITH COMPLETE DATA SETS.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT FRESNO FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST THROUGH 
AUGUST 15TH WAS 70.0 DEGREES. THIS ALSO WAS THE WARMEST SUCH PERIOD 
ON RECORD.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6-10 DAY OUTLOOK ISSUED AUGUST 
20TH FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS CENTRAL CALIFORNIA... 
AND HAS EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE-...NEAR-...OR BELOW NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION OVER CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

THE LATEST 8-14 DAY OUTLOOK HAS EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE-...NEAR- OR 
BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION...BUT FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES.

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 FOR CENTRAL 
CALIFORNIA...WITH EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE-...NEAR- OR BELOW NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION.

FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER-NOVEMBER...THE ODDS 
FAVOR ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR CENTRAL CALIFORNIA WITH EQUAL 
CHANCES OF ABOVE-...NEAR-...OR BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE 
NORTHERN HALF OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA...BUT FAVORS ABOVE NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION FOR KERN AND TULARE COUNTIES. GRAPHICS FOR 
THESE OUTLOOKS CAN BE FOUND ONLINE /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 CURRENT DROUGHT 
OUTLOOK FROM THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER INDICATES CURRENT 
DROUGHT LEVELS ARE LIKELY TO PERSIST THROUGH THE NEXT THREE MONTHS.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

18 SEPTEMBER 2014...OR EARLIER IF CONDITIONS CHANGE.

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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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