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Northern California - February 27, 2014

This report covers conditions and observations made on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

Today’s photos for the northern region present the declining bloom of the Butte and Padre in the Chico area of Butte County, followed by the Nonpareil and Carmel and a shot of the Padre, all in the Arbuckle area of Colusa County.

Overcast skies covered the Sacramento Valley on Wednesday as the first of two storms forecast to sweep across the state came on shore. Light, scattered showers began early in the morning, accompanied by winds of 5 to 15 mph. However, the intensity of both increased dramatically at the end of the day, with winds reach to 30 mph after sunset. Temperatures were quite stable during the day, with morning lows dipping only into the lower 50’s and afternoon highs rising only into the upper 50’s. Rainfall totals during the daylight hours ranged from a few hundredths of an inch to 0.2 inch. However, heavy rain was reported after sunset as the brunt of the storm hit the region, dropping up to 1.2 inches prior to midnight from thunderstorms that roamed through the valley.

Observers reported that bee flight was significantly impacted by the storm’s arrival and was held to only a few hours of very poor activity.

Butte and Padre plantings across the Sacramento Valley were caught at or near their peak bloom as the heavy weather swept into the region. Butte is running on average slightly ahead of the Padre and has moved just beyond its peak bloom, while the Padre was hitting its peak as the storm arrived. While both held onto their petals tenaciously in the face of the increasing winds, the heavy rain and strongest winds that struck the region after sunset will no doubt have an impact on the degree of petal fall to be shown in tomorrow’s report.

Previously peaked Nonpareil and the California type varieties, along with the Carmel and Monterey were all casting petals to the winds, as is shown in the photos accompanying this report. However, observers also noted that some varieties, most notably the Carmel, were holding out surprisingly well against the winds during the daylight hours, but it remains to be seen how well they faired through the more violent conditions after sunset.

Conditions

High Temperature: 59°F
Low Temperature: 51°F
Wind: 2 to 10 mph, gusting to 15 mph during the day. Much stronger after sunset.
Rain: 0.1 to 0.2 inch during the day. Up to 1.2 inches after sunset.
Sky Conditions: Overcast All Day.
Bee Activity: None...Only a few hours of very weak activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Mel Machado, 2/27/14
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Bloom Status


Dormant
Green Tip
Pink Bud
Popcorn
Bloom
Petal Fall
Jacket
Out of Jacket
Sonora
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%
39%
44%
12%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
47%
34%
14%
5%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
28%
42%
26%
4%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
60%
33%
7%
0%
Peerless
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
35%
64%
0%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
41%
39%
20%
0%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
7%
63%
27%
3%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
17%
71%
12%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region