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On September 30, the end of Water Year 2014, the Northern Sierra 8-Station Precipitation Index seasonal total was 31.3 inches, which is about 63 percent of an average water year (50.0 inches). This water year was the eighth driest on record for the 8-Stations. Also on September 30, the San Joaquin 5-Station Precipitation Index seasonal total was 20.4 inches, which is about 50 percent of an average water year (40.8 inches). This water year was the third driest on record for the 5-Stations.

 

The California State Meteorologist is a function of the California Department of Water Resources' (DWR) Division of Flood Management. The California State Meteorologist prepares weather summaries for forecasting and flood operations and coordinates DWR's meteorological activities with the National Weather Service and other relevant government agencies and interested parties. Other activities include advising on developments in meteorology and climatology and representing California's interests in the meteorological aspects of water resources; coordinating data collection on wind, temperature, radiation, humidity and evaporation; advising engineers on meteorological conditions affecting design of hydraulic structures, and planning and coordinating meteorological studies for refining forecasting techniques regarding water supply and floods, especially at key geographical locations that concern DWR.

The Weather and Climate Newsletter, written periodically by the State's weather and climate staff, is available through the California Data Exchange Center.

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