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Northern California - February 25, 2013

This report covers conditions and observations made between Friday, February 22 and Sunday, February 24, 2013.

This report’s photos for the northern region present down-the-row views of the Nonpareil and Monterey west of Arbuckle, followed by the Sonora and Aldrich near Willows and the Price and Peerless near Durham.

Following a calm day on Friday when generally clear skies covered the region, weather during the final weekend of the month turned blustery when strong winds coursed through the region. Minimum temperatures were at their lowest levels on Friday morning when calm conditions allowed readings to dip into the low 30’s in the region’s coldest locations. Winds over the weekend buffered minimum temperatures for the remainder of the period with readings reported in the upper 30’s to lower 40’s on Saturday and Sunday morning. Daily maximums on Friday ranged from the upper 50’s to just over 60 degrees and dropped by a few degrees on Saturday, under the influence of the strong winds that reached speeds in excess of 25 mph.  Slightly lower wind speeds of 15 to 25 mph on Sunday allowed maximum temperatures to rise back into the mid 60’s on Sunday afternoon.

Bee activity reflected the daily impacts of the winds. Observers reported 7 hours of good activity on Friday under the best conditions of the period. Activity was greatly reduced by the windy conditions on Saturday with only 3 to 5 hours of poor activity observed while activity on Sunday was slightly better, when 3 to 5 hours of poor to fair activity was reported.

The bloom in the Sacramento Valley moved ahead steadily over the weekend, led by orchards along the west side of the region. Sonora, Winters and Peerless lead the early blooming cultivars and are followed closely by the California types and the Monterey. Advanced examples of the Nonpareil are now presenting a measurable proportion of their flowers for pollination and are closely matched with the Carmel this year. Advanced examples of the Butte are now presenting the first of their open flowers and lead the Padre, which is moving into the popcorn stage.

Observers are reporting that the bloom is free of fungal diseases at this point in time. Weather forecasters are calling for warming temperatures by the end of the week.

Conditions

High Temperature: 67°F
Low Temperature: 35°F
Wind: 15 to 20 mph.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: Clear.
Bee Activity: 3 to 5 Hours poor to fair activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Dennis Meinberg and Ryan Christy, 2/25/13
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Bloom Status


Dormant
Green Tip
Pink Bud
Popcorn
Bloom
Petal Fall
Jacket
Out of Jacket
Sonora
0%
2%
33%
35%
30%
0%
0%
0%
Nonpareil
1%
20%
42%
30%
7%
0%
0%
0%
California
0%
13%
30%
35%
22%
0%
0%
0%
Carmel
1%
28%
43%
22%
6%
0%
0%
0%
Peerless
0%
5%
30%
40%
25%
0%
0%
0%
Monterey
0%
12%
49%
25%
14%
0%
0%
0%
Butte
9%
38%
42%
10%
1%
0%
0%
0%
Padre
13%
48%
37%
2%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region