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Central California - March 4, 2014

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

This report’s photos for central region present the developing nutlets of the Sonora south of Modesto and the dwindling bloom of the Nonpareil and Carmel in the Ripon area of San Joaquin County.

Foggy conditions at sunrise in the San Joaquin and Stanislaus County areas transitioned into partly cloudy skies on Monday morning. Skies grew increasingly cloudy as the day wore on, becoming a general overcast by mid-day as another wave of rain swept across the region by mid-afternoon. Morning low temperatures were reported in the mid and upper 40’s while daytime highs were reported predominately in the upper 50’s, with warmest locations rising to the mid 60’s.  Rain continued to fall in the northern San Joaquin Valley into the night, with totals ranging from 0.1 to 0.25 inches.

The inclement conditions shortened both the bee’s work hours and their ability to work the fields, allowing for 2 to 4 hours of poor activity in the San Joaquin and northern Stanislaus County areas and up to 6 hours of fair activity in the Merced County area where showers arrived later in the day.

The bloom in the central continues to wind down under the pressure of the inclement weather that has impacted the region over the past few days. Observers reported that the most notable change was in the proportion of flowers that have lost their petals entirely, no doubt aided by the rainfall that has swept through the region. As seen in the first of today’s photos, nutlets of the Sonora are emerging from their protective jackets and have started to differentiate in size. This natural process will occur in all varieties as they emerge from their jackets in the coming days. Typically, the nutlets will segregate into two or three sizes as they grow, with the weather conditions in the coming weeks playing a large role in the proportion that fit into each category. As they grow, the larger will be retained to harvest and the smaller will be shed from the trees.

As the nutlets of the previously flowered varieties continue in their evolution from jacket stage to developing nutlet, the Butte and Padre varieties continue to present the greatest proportion of viable bloom. 

Conditions

High Temperature: 65°F
Low Temperature: 44°F
Wind: 2 to 10 mph.
Rain: 0.1 to 0.25 inch, falling from mid-afternoon on into evening.
Sky Conditions: Overcast all day.
Bee Activity: 2 to 4 Hours of poor to fair activity in northern areas, increasing to 6 hours of fair activity from Turlock south.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Mel Machado and Karen Stone, 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%
1%
83%
16%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
7%
87%
5%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
7%
91%
1%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
2%
9%
88%
1%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
11%
87%
1%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
0%
16%
24%
60%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
0%
18%
27%
55%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region