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Southern California - February 28, 2014

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

This report’s photos for the southern region a down-the-row look at the Nonpareil and Carmel and a close-up of the petal fall and jackets of the Nonpareil in the Chowchilla area of Madera County, followed by a shot of the Independence variety in Kern County. 

Heavy rain fell in the southern San Joaquin Valley overnight dropping petals from the trees in orchards throughout the region. As in the central region, most of the rain fell prior to midnight, thus placing the bulk of the measurable precipitation, nearly 0.5 inch, in the previous day’s total, leaving from 0.1 to 0.3 to be measured on Thursday, with greatest accumulations reported in the Madera and Fresno County area. Morning low temperatures dipped into the mid and upper 40’s under partly cloudy morning skies, with afternoon highs just reaching the 70 degree mark.

Observers reported that Thursday’s partly cloudy skies and light winds provided a strong contrast to the previous day’s conditions and plenty of opportunity for the bees to work the fields. As a result, observers reported 6 to 7 hours of very good activity for the day, focused primarily on the Butte and Padre.

While the stormy conditions experienced on Wednesday caused a decline in the proportion of open flowers available to the bees, conditions on Wednesday night put the finishing touches on the bloom for many orchards around the region. The bloom of the Nonpareil and California type varieties is now on average complete, having dropped below the 10% threshold. Carmel and Monterey are following closely behind, and will complete their bloom over the weekend.

Late blooming Butte and Padre emerged from the stormy conditions in the best shape and still have the majority of their bloom open and available to the bees. While the Butte was pushed beyond its peak bloom by the storm, Padre fared much better and remained at its peak through Thursday. That being said, many Padre plantings around the region were also casting petals to the winds and can be expected to decline rapidly in the face of additional rainfall forecast for the next few days.

Conditions

High Temperature: 70°F
Low Temperature: 46°F
Wind: 5 to 10 mph
Rain: 0.1 to 0.3 Inch, falling prior to sunrise.
Sky Conditions: Partly cloudy.
Bee Activity: 6 to 7 Hours of very good activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Ernie Reichmuth and Matt Willson, 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%
0%
5%
89%
6%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%
35%
60%
0%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
6%
33%
61%
0%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
13%
57%
30%
0%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
15%
45%
40%
0%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
0%
60%
29%
11%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
2%
79%
19%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region