Northern California - February 15, 2013
This report covers the conditions and observation made during the week of February 10, 2013.
Today’s photos for the northern region present the first open flowers of the Sonora near Chico, followed by the green tip stage of the Aldrich near Arbuckle and the still dormant Butte near Dunnigan on the Westside of the valley.
Dry conditions dominated the Sacramento Valley’s weather over the past week, with bright, clear skies providing good support for the developing flower buds. Morning low temperatures ranged from the upper 20’s to lower 30’s for the first half of the period, then warmed into the upper 30’s and lower 40’s for the balance of the week. Daily maximum readings followed a similar trend, varying from the upper 50’s to mid 60’s early in the week, then rising to the upper 60’s and lower 70’s in the period’s closing days.
Bud development in the northern region is progressing steadily in advance of the bloom. Observers are reporting that the Sonora and Winters varieties are presenting a scattering of open flowers along the tops of the trees along the west side of the region, with buds of these early-blooming types moving into the pink tip stage in other areas of the valley.
Growers have been busy completing last minute operations in advance of the bloom. Machinery can be found in orchards around the region mowing excessive weed growth and applying down-the-row herbicides. Growers have been hoping for additional rainfall prior to the start of the bloom due to the very dry soil conditions. However, those with water available have finally given in and spent the week irrigating their plantings.
The lack of inclement weather has allowed for unimpeded access to the orchards and beekeepers can be seen scurrying throughout the region delivering hives to the orchards.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Photos: Dennis Meinberg and Ryan Christy, 2/15/13
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