Weather Service Report


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CAC003-005-007-009-011-017-021-033-035-057-061-063-067-077-089-091 
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA
1000 AM PDT FRI JUNE 27 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. THE US 
DROUGHT MONITOR ISSUED JUNE 17 HAD SOME CHANGES. SAN JOAQUIN, 
STANISLAUS AND MOST OF TUOLUMNE COUNTIES WERE DEGRADED TO 
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 ARE BEGINNING TO DRY UP. THOSE ENTITIES DEPENDENT UPON 
LOCAL RUNOFF ARE JUST NOW BEGINNING TO SEE 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 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 
81,000 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. 
DESPITE GOOD RAINS FROM LATE FEBRUARY THROUGH EARLY APRIL 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 HAS ARRIVED. VERY LITTLE PRECIPITATION IS NORMAL FOR THE NEXT 
FOUR MONTHS. THE LONG TERM CLIMATE OUTLOOKS SHOW NO STRONG 
INDICATORS FOR PRECIPITATION FROM JULY 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 58% OF AVERAGE AS OF JUNE 
25TH. 

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...THE NEXT SCHEDULED PRODUCT WILL BE ISSUED IN 
MID JULY 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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