Weather Service Report


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AXUS76 KHNX 210100 CCA
DGTHNX
CAC019-029-031-039-043-047-107-202200-

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY - HANFORD CA
500 PM PDT THU NOV 20 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. ON SEPTEMBER 16TH...GOVERNOR BROWN 
SIGNED LEGISLATION THAT REGULATES GROUNDWATER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 
CALIFORNIA/S HISTORY.

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR /NOVEMBER 18TH 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...

THERE CONTINUE TO BE LOCAL...STATE AND NATIONAL NEWS STORIES ABOUT 
DRY WELLS IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY...EXCESSIVE GROUND WATER 
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 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.

A RED FLAG WARNING WAS ISSUED FOR THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS FROM 
NOVEMBER 16TH THROUGH THE 18TH DUE TO EXTREMELY LOW HUMIDITIES. SOME 
STATIONS REPORTED SINGLE-DIGIT RELATIVE HUMIDITIES WELL INTO THE 
OVERNIGHT HOURS.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

FOR THE PREVIOUS 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.

FOR THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION YEAR TO DATE...JULY 1ST THROUGH 
NOVEMBER 19TH...FRESNO RECEIVED 1.08 INCHES OF RAIN WHILE 
BAKERSFIELD RECEIVED 0.80 INCHES.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT BAKERSFIELD FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST 
THROUGH NOVEMBER 19TH WAS 71.4 DEGREES. THIS IS THE WARMEST SUCH 
PERIOD ON RECORD.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT FRESNO FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1ST THROUGH 
OCTOBER 15TH WAS 71.2 DEGREES. THIS ALSO WAS THE WARMEST SUCH PERIOD 
ON RECORD. 

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER 6-10 DAY OUTLOOK ISSUED OCTOBER 
15TH FAVORS ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION 
OVER CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

THE LATEST 8-14 DAY OUTLOOK SLIGHTLY FAVORS DRIER THAN NORMAL 
CONDITIONS FOR THE WFO HANFORD WARNING/FORECAST AREA...BUT OTHERWISE 
HAS EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE-...NEAR- OR BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION. 
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE FAVORED.

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 DECEMBER-JANUARY-FEBRUARY FAVOR 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 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 DECEMBER 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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