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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
430 PM PDT SUN NOVEMBER 23 2014

...EXTREME TO LOCALLY EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE OVER
PORTIONS OF SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA...

...THE USDA HAS DECLARED A DROUGHT DESIGNATION FOR SAN BERNARDINO
COUNTY FOR 2014 FOR ELIGIBLE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS...

...SMALL GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR DROUGHT IMPACTED ORGANIC FARMERS...

SYNOPSIS...

PORTIONS OF SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA HAVE EXPERIENCED TWO BELOW
AVERAGE RAINFALL SEASONS RESULTING IN A REDUCTION IN RESERVOIR AND
GROUNDWATER LEVELS. THESE CONDITIONS HAVE PROMPTED AN EXTREME
DROUGHT DEPICTION ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAPS WITHIN ORANGE
COUNTY...THE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MOUNTAINS...RIVERSIDE COUNTY WEST
OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY...AND SAN DIEGO COUNTY WEST OF THE DESERTS.
MUCH OF ORANGE COUNTY HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
CATEGORY THAT COVERS THE CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA. PORTIONS OF
THE HIGH DESERT EAST OF THE APPLE VALLEY...THE COACHELLA VALLEY...
AND MUCH OF THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY DESERTS REMAIN IN THE SEVERE
DROUGHT CATEGORY. THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFIES DROUGHT INTO
FIVE CATEGORIES OF INCREASING SEVERITY: ABNORMALLY DRY (D0)...
MODERATE DROUGHT (D1)...SEVERE DROUGHT (D2)...EXTREME DROUGHT
(D3)...AND EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT (D4).

PLEASE NOTE THAT NEITHER NOAA OR THE NWS DECLARES DROUGHTS. DROUGHTS
IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA ARE DECLARED BY THE GOVERNOR THROUGH THE
RECOMMENDATION OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES
AND THE STATE CLIMATOLOGIST. HOWEVER...LOCAL OFFICIALS CAN DECLARE
LOCAL DROUGHT OR WATER EMERGENCIES AT TIMES WHEN THE STATE OF
CALIFORNIA HAS NOT DECLARED AN OFFICIAL DROUGHT. LOCAL WATER
PURVEYORS CAN ALSO IMPLEMENT VOLUNTARY OR MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS ON
WATER USAGE IN RESPONSE TO CURRENT OR FORECAST WATER SUPPLY
CONDITIONS REGARDLESS OF DROUGHT DECLARATIONS. THIS DROUGHT
STATEMENT PROVIDES A SUMMARY OF PERTINENT INFORMATION TO ENHANCE
PUBLIC AWARENESS OF DROUGHT OR ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

SURFACE STORAGE INCREASES AND GROUNDWATER RESERVES ESTABLISHED OVER
THE PAST FEW YEARS...AND THE AVAILABILITY OF IMPORTED WATER...ARE
HELPING MUCH OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COPE THIS YEAR. SO WATER
SHORTAGES ARE NOT EXPECTED. HOWEVER...MOST DISTRICTS HAVE NOW
IMPLEMENTED STAGE/LEVEL-ONE OR TWO MANDATORY OUTDOOR WATER USE
RESTRICTIONS.

THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD APPROVED EMERGENCY
REGULATION TO ENSURE WATER AGENCIES AND THEIR CUSTOMERS INCREASE
WATER CONSERVATION IN URBAN SETTINGS OR FACE FINES OR OTHER
ENFORCEMENT. THE REGULATION IS INTENDED TO REDUCE OUTDOOR URBAN
WATER USE.

CRITICALLY DRY FUEL LEVELS CONTINUE TO BE REPORTED ACROSS THE
WILDLANDS. IF WARM AND WINDY SANTA ANA CONDITIONS DEVELOP...THERE
WILL BE A SIGNIFICANT WILDFIRE THREAT.

OTHER IMPACTS...

THE LACK OF RAINFALL AND RUNOFF THIS WINTER HAS LOWERED THE FLOW IN
AREA RIVERS...RESULTING IN STRESSES ON INDIGENOUS VEGETATION AND
WILDLIFE.

WELLS FED BY RAINFALL AND LOCAL RUNOFF...MAY BE GOING DRY OR HAVE
ALREADY DRIED UP.


CLIMATE SUMMARY...

ORANGE COUNTY HAS BEEN ONE OF THE DRIEST AREAS IN OUR REGION OVER
THE PAST FEW YEARS. WESTERN REGION CLIMATE CENTER RECORDS FROM THE
SANTA ANA FIRE STATION INDICATE 2013 WAS THE THIRD DRIEST...AND THE
THREE YEAR PERIOD ENDING DECEMBER 2013 WAS THE FIFTH DRIEST. RAINS
HAVE BEEN MORE GENEROUS FARTHER SOUTH IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY WHERE
LINDBERGH FIELD LOGS BOTH 2013 AND THE THREE YEAR PERIOD 2010-2013
AS ONLY THE 20TH DRIEST ON RECORD.


MONTHLY AND SEASONAL PRECIPITATION SUMMARY FOR SELECTED CITIES...

                    OCTOBER 2014              SINCE JULY 1 2014

                REPORTED   % OF NORMAL      REPORTED    % OF NORMAL

NEWPORT BEACH    0.02         5%              0.04          7%
TUSTIN           0.00         0%              0.05         17%

IDYLLWILD        0.00         0%              3.59        102%
RIVERSIDE        TRACE        0%              0.37         54%
PALM SPRINGS     0.00         0%              1.19         86%

BIG BEAR LAKE    0.00         0%              0.87         29%
REDLANDS         0.00         0%              1.25        110%
EL MIRAGE        0.00         0%              0.32         32%

BORREGO SPRINGS  0.00         0%              0.32         25%
CAMPO            0.00         0%              1.31         60%
LAKE CUYAMACA    0.00         0%              0.94         24%
LINDBERGH FIELD  TRACE        0%              0.08         10%


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE LATEST ONE MONTH AND 90 DAY OUTLOOK FROM NOAAS NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER FAVORS ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES
AND PRECIPITATION OVER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THROUGH FEBRUARY.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
NO SIGNIFICANT INCREASES CAN BE EXPECTED IN THE LARGER RIVERS AND
RESERVOIRS UNTIL LARGE RAINFALL EVENT...OR A SUSTAINED STORMY PERIOD
DEVELOPS ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

THE LATEST U.S. SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK CALLS FOR DROUGHT
CONDITIONS ACROSS THE REGION TO ABATE SLIGHTLY THROUGH FEBRUARY.

NEXT SCHEDULED ISSUANCE DATE...
THE NEXT SCHEDULED DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT UPDATE WILL BE
ISSUED ON OR ABOUT DECEMBER 15TH.

&&

RELATED WEBSITES...
GOVERNORS EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION: WWW.GOV.CA.GOV/NEWS.PHP?ID=18368.
CAL OES DROUGHT PAGE: WWW.CALOES.CA.GOV/NEWSANDMEDIA/PAGES/CURRENT%
20NEWS%20AND%20EVENTS/DROUGHT.ASPX
CALIFORNIA DATA EXCHANGE CENTER: CDEC.WATER.CA.GOV/
CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER: WWW.CNRFC.NOAA.GOV/
DROUGHT MONITOR: DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU
U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL: HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV/DROUGHT/
CALIFORNIA DROUGHT PAGE: WATERSUPPLYCONDITIONS.WATER.CA.GOV/
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER: WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO: WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/SGX/

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
DROUGHT MONITOR
NATIONAL INTEGRATED DROUGHT INFORMATION SYSTEM
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES
CALIFORNIA STATE CLIMATOLOGIST
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SOUTHERN DISTRICT

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

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