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Northern California - February 28, 2014

This report covers conditions and observations made on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

This report’s photos for the northern region present down-the-row shots of the Nonpareil and Carmel in the Durham area of Butte County, followed by the Butte and Padre, and the Mission and Padre in the Williams area of Colusa County.

Overcast skies once again covered the Sacramento Valley on Thursday as the lingering effects of the heavy rain that fell during the night drained from the orchards. Most of the approximately one inch recorded in the region fell prior to midnight, leaving just a few tenths to be reported on Thursday’s total. However, winds that blew throughout the night continued during the day and even increased in strength in some areas, scrubbing even more petals from the trees.

Morning low temperatures were reported in the lower 50’s while daytime highs reached into the low to mid 60’s. Observers reported that the relatively warm temperatures inspired the bees to make a weak attempt to work the orchards in the northern areas of the region. However, their efforts were short-lived and they soon returned to the hives, where they spent the balance of the day along with their brethren in the southern areas of the region.

Observers are reporting that the strong winds and heavy overnight rainfall has caused a significant reduction in the amount of open bloom available for pollination. The California type varieties are leading the Nonpareil, Carmel and Monterey varieties towards the completion of the bloom, with all now having the majority of their flowers in the petal fall and jacket stages. Additional storm activity over the weekend is expected to push each of these cultivars towards completion.

Late blooming Butte and Padre have moved beyond their peak bloom and while both were adversely impacted by the stormy conditions, they remain very closely matched and are presenting a slim majority of their flowers for pollination. Each will benefit in the closing days of their bloom period, should weather conditions allow the bees to fly.

As may be seen in the photos accompanying this report, orchard floors throughout the region were covered with the white petals cast from the trees during the overnight storm. While the rainfall was easily absorbed by the soil in many plantings around the region, water could be seen draining from orchards planted on the heaviest soils.

Conditions

High Temperature: 64°F
Low Temperature: 52°F
Wind: 10 to 15 mph, with gusts to 25 mph.
Rain: 0.1 to 0.3 inch, falling mainly during morning hours.
Sky Conditions: Overcast all day.
Bee Activity: 1 to 2 Hours of very weak activity in northern areas. None in south.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Dennis Meinberg and Ryan Christy, 2/28/14
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Bloom Status


Dormant
Green Tip
Pink Bud
Popcorn
Bloom
Petal Fall
Jacket
Out of Jacket
Sonora
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
32%
52%
15%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
30%
42%
20%
8%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
16%
45%
33%
6%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
38%
47%
15%
0%
Peerless
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
35%
50%
15%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
28%
47%
25%
0%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
3%
52%
37%
8%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
8%
53%
36%
3%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region