Weather Service Report


998 
AXUS76 KSTO 270048
DGTSTO

CAC003-005-007-009-011-017-021-033-035-057-061-063-067-077-089-091 
-095-099-101-103-109-113-115-

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA
500 PM PDT SAT JULY 26 2014

...DROUGHT STATE OF EMERGENCY CONTINUES FOR CALIFORNIA...

SYNOPSIS...
GOVERNOR BROWN DECLARED A DROUGHT STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR CALIFORNIA 
ON JANUARY 17, 2014. ON APRIL 25, 2014 GOVERNOR BROWN ISSUED A 
PROCLAMATION ON THE CONTINUATION OF THE DROUGHT EMERGENCY. THIS 
EXECUTIVE ORDER STRENGTHENED THE STATE'S ABILITY TO MANAGE WATER AND 
HABITAT EFFECTIVELY IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND CALLED FOR ALL 
CALIFORNIANS TO REDOUBLE THEIR EFFORTS TO CONSERVE WATER. THERE WE 
NO CHANGES TO THE DROUGHT MONITOR ISSUED JULY 15. SAN JOAQUIN, 
STANISLAUS AND MOST OF TUOLUMNE COUNTIES CONTINUES IN EXCEPTIONAL 
DROUGHT(CLASSIFICATION D4). EXTREME DROUGHT (CLASSIFICATION D3) 
REMAINS FOR THE REST OF INTERIOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. THE DROUGHT 
CLASSIFICATIONS ARE DUE IN LARGE PART TO THE PRECIPITATION 
DEFICIT...LOW RESERVOIR LEVELS AND INCREASING LOCAL IMPACTS. SEVERAL 
COUNTIES HAVE ISSUED LOCAL DROUGHT EMERGENCY PROCLAMATIONS INCLUDING 
GLENN...LAKE...SAN JOAQUIN... SHASTA...SUTTER...TUOLUMNE AND YUBA. 
TWO CITIES CONTINUE IN A DROUGHT EMERGENCY...LIVE OAK IN SUTTER 
COUNTY AND RIPON IN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY. SEVERAL SPECIAL DISTRICTS 
HAVE ISSUED LOCAL EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS INCLUDING LAKE DON PEDRO 
COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT...NEVADA IRRIGATION DISTRICT...PLACER 
COUNTY WATER AGENCY... TWAIN HARTE COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT AND 
TUOLUMNE UTILITY DISTRICT. COUNTY DROUGHT TASK FORCES HAVE BEEN 
ESTABLISHED IN BUTTE...NEVADA...PLACER...PLUMAS...SACRAMENTO...SAN 
JOAQUIN... STANISLAUS...SUTTER...TEHAMA...TUOLUMNE AND YOLO COUNTIES 
TO COORDINATE LOCAL DROUGHT RESPONSE.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...
AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS INCLUDE SOME FARMERS REMOVING TREES FROM THEIR 
ORCHARDS OR LEAVING THEIR LAND UNPLANTED. FALLOW FIELDS ARE EVIDENT 
BY THE LACK OF GROWTH IN FIELDS SINCE PLANTING SEASON IS ENDING. 
SUTTER COUNTY HAS REPORTED THE LOSS OF 1100 AGRICULTURAL JOBS 
RELATED TO THE DROUGHT.

LOCAL CREEKS CONTINUE TO DRY UP. THOSE ENTITIES DEPENDENT UPON LOCAL 
RUNOFF ARE ARE SEEING IMPACTS. ONE SUCH ENTITY IS A LOCAL YOLO 
COUNTY GOLF COURSE. WITH THE LOCAL CREEK WATER UNAVAILABLE THE GOLF 
COURSE EXPECTS TO SEE $80-100,000 IN LOSSES DUE TO DROUGHT DAMAGES 
AND LOSS OF REVENUE.

GOVERNOR BROWN ASKED FOR A STATEWIDE VOLUNTARY 20% WATER USAGE 
REDUCTION. HOWEVER NUMEROUS WATER RESTRICTIONS AND WATER 
CONSERVATION PROGRAMS ARE ALREADY BEING IMPLEMENTED BY LOCAL 
AUTHORITIES. FEDERAL CENTRAL VALLEY WATER PROJECT ALLOCATIONS REMAIN 
AT ZERO. THE STATE WATER PROJECTS ALLOCATIONS WERE INCREASED TO 5% 
TO AGRICULTURE USERS SOUTH OF THE DELTA AND REMAINS AT 50% FOR ALL 
MUNICIPAL AND INDUSTRIAL USERS.

THE STATE WATER BOARD ADOPTED EMERGENCY REGULATIONS TO REDUCE URBAN 
OUTDOOR WATER USE ON JULY 15. THIS ESTABLISHES INDIVIDUAL TEMPORARY 
PROHIBITIONS LIKE LAWN-WATERING THAT CAUSES RUNOFF...HOSING DOWN 
DRIVEWAYS AND USING DECORATIVE FOUNTAINS THAT DON'T RECIRCULATE 
WATER. VIOLATIONS MAY BE PUNISHABLE BY FINES UP TO $500.  

THE STATE WATER BOARD HAS ANNOUNCED PROPOSED REGULATIONS THAT WOULD 
REQUIRE CURTAILMENTS ON WATER DIVERSIONS ON MILL CREEK, DEER CREEK 
AND ANTELOPE CREEK IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY IF MINIMUM FLOW 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROTECTION OF SPECIFIC RUNS OF FEDERAL AND 
STATE LISTED ANDROMOUS FISH CAN NOT BE MET.

ALL THE COUNTIES WITHIN NORTHERN INTERIOR CALIFORNIA REMAIN 
DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS 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.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES HAS PROVIDED OVER 
131,400 BOXES OF FOOD TO DATE FOR COUNTIES IMPACTED BY THE DROUGHT.  
THIS FOOD AID, ENABLED BY EMERGENCY DROUGHT LEGISLATION PASSED IN 
MARCH, IS TARGETED TOWARD RESIDENTS ECONOMICALLY IMPACTED BY THE 
DROUGHT. THE DEPARTMENT IS WORKING WITH LOCAL FOOD BANKS TO ENSURE 
THAT EACH FOOD BANK HAS A PLAN TO OUTREACH TO THOSE MOST IMPACTED BY 
THE DROUGHT. SO FAR ALL OF THE FOOD DISTRIBUTION HAS GONE TO CENTRAL 
VALLEY LOCATIONS.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
2014 IS THE THIRD DRY WATER YEAR IN A ROW FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 
ISOLATED RAINS FROM THUNDERSTORMS FELL OVER THE MOUNTAINS DURING 
EARLY AND MID JULY. HOWEVER...THESE RAINS HAVE NOT HAD MUCH IMPACT 
ON THE DROUGHT AND THE NORTHERN SIERRA 8 STATION PRECIPITATION INDEX 
IS STILL ONLY AT 59% OF NORMAL TO DATE. THE 5 STATION SAN JOAQUIN 
BASIN INDEX IS ONLY AT 49% OF AVERAGE TO DATE. 

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE NORMAL CALIFORNIA DRY 
SEASON IS IN PROGRESS. VERY LITTLE PRECIPITATION IS NORMAL FOR THE 
NEXT THREE MONTHS. THE LONG TERM CLIMATE OUTLOOKS SHOW NO STRONG 
INDICATORS FOR PRECIPITATION FROM AUGUST THROUGH THE FALL ACCORDING 
TO THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE 
ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH THE SUMMER AND INTO THE START OF AUTUMN.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
RESERVOIR LEVELS FOR THE SACRAMENTO RIVER BASIN ARE ABOUT 55% OF 
AVERAGE AND THE SAN JOAQUIN BASIN IS ABOUT 62% OF AVERAGE AS OF JUNE 
30TH. 

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...THE NEXT SCHEDULED PRODUCT WILL BE ISSUED IN 
LATE AUGUST OR SOONER IF NECESSARY IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT 
CHANGES IN CONDITIONS.

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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://WWW.WATER.CA.GOV/UHJYWATERCONDITIONS/DROUGHT 
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER:  HTTP://WWW.CPC.NOAA.GOV/INDEX.PHP 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO:  HTTP://WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/STO/ 
NWS CA DROUGHT INFORMATION RESOURCES: 
HTTP://WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/WRH/DROUGHTCA.PHP
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES:  HTTP://WWW.ACWA.COM

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
DROUGHT MONITOR
CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES
CALIFORNIA STATE CLIMATOLOGIST
US BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
CAL FIRE
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES
LOCAL COUNTIES AND CITIES

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

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