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Northern California - March 4, 2014

This report covers conditions and observations made on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Today’s photos for the northern region present down-the-row shots of the Nonpareil and Peerless in  the Durham area of Butte County, followed by the Winters and Nonpareil and finally, the Monterey and Carmel in the Williams area of Colusa.

Overcast skies and wet conditions typified the weather in the Sacramento Valley on Monday, providing more rain for the orchards in the northern region. Owing to the moisture laden air, temperatures were quite stable during the day, with morning lows reported in the upper 40’s and afternoon highs rising only into the mid and upper 50’s. While growers in the region’s northern area experienced winds of 10 to 25 mph during the day, those farther to the south enjoyed relatively calm conditions, with wind speeds generally remaining below 10 mph.

Official rainfall totals for the day varied widely, ranging from 0.05 inch to as much as 1.2 inches, with greatest amounts reported in the region’s northern areas. When combined with the cloud-darkened skies, the precipitation held the bees within their hives for the entire day and observers reported no significant activity in the orchards.

As may be seen in the photos accompanying this report, the bloom in the Sacramento Valley is quickly winding to a conclusion. As with the San Joaquin Valley, Butte and Padre remain the only varieties presenting viable bloom for pollination and plantings with a significant proportion of flowers available to the bees are quickly disappearing. The balance of the region’s varieties have already shed the preponderance of their petals to the ground and have their nutlets growing and differentiating within their protective jackets.

As may be seen in the accompanying photos, the recent rains have left orchards in the region quite wet. However, the drought continues and growers are hopeful that the rain and snowfall reported above the Lake Shasta elevation will translate into increased run-off needed for the coming irrigation season.

Conditions

High Temperature: 59°F
Low Temperature: 48°F
Wind: 5 to 10 mph in southern areas, up to 25 mph in northern areas.
Rain: 0.05 to 1.2 inches, falling all day long.
Sky Conditions: Overcast all day.
Bee Activity: None,
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Dennis Meinberg and Ryan Christy, 3/4/14
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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%
0%
80%
20%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
3%
17%
69%
11%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
13%
77%
9%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%
35%
58%
2%
Peerless
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
78%
22%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
33%
59%
7%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
0%
16%
50%
33%
1%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
0%
22%
45%
33%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region