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Central California - February 25, 2013

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

Taken in the Westley area of western Stanislaus County, today’s photos for the central region present the developing bloom of the Sonora, Nonpareil and Carmel.

Following a relatively calm day on Friday, blustery winds dominated the weather during the final weekend of February. Morning low temperatures were reported at their lowest values on Friday morning when the calm conditions at sunrise allowed readings to drop into upper 20’s and lower 30’s. Readings rose to balmier levels on Saturday morning when early morning winds held temperatures in the upper 30’s to mid 40’s, then settled back into the mid and upper 30’s under calmer conditions on Sunday morning. Daily maximum temperatures exhibited a more uniform pattern, reaching into the upper 50’s to lower 60’s on each day during the period, with highest values reported on Friday afternoon. 

As previously mentioned, winds were the dominant factor in the weather over the weekend. Winds were strongest on Saturday when speeds reached 20 to 25 mph in all areas of the region, then diminished slightly on Sunday when winds of 15 to 20 mph were recorded.

Observers reported that bee activity followed a pattern allowed by the winds with 6 hours of good activity reported on Friday, followed by 5 to 6 hours of poor activity on Saturday when the strong winds and partly cloudy skies reduced the bees’ desire to work the fields. Better activity was reported on Sunday under bright, clear skies. However, while the bees worked for up to 7 hours, their activity was described as poor to fair due to the impact of the winds.

The bloom in the central region moved ahead strongly over the weekend, most notably on the west side of the region along the I-5 corridor. Within the various varieties, the Sonora made the strongest surge, particularly along the west side where plantings there are approaching their peak bloom. In contrast, Sonora plantings along the east side foothills are displaying as little as 15% open bloom. In all areas of the region this year, the Sonora variety can easily mislead the casual, drive-by observer into believing that the percentage of open bloom is much lower than actual, owing to the weak bud sets contained in many Sonora plantings. California type varieties continue to lead the Nonpareil, while the Carmel is currently running neck and neck with the Monterey. The late blooming Butte and Padre are also moving ahead steadily and are now moving into the pink tip stage.

Prime activities within the orchards over the weekend included irrigation of those plantings that have not yet received any supplemental water and mowing of excessive weed growth within the orchards.

Conditions

High Temperature: 61°F
Low Temperature: 34°F
Wind: 15 to 20 mph.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: Clear.
Bee Activity: 7 Hours fair to good activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Mel Machado, 2/25/13
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Bloom Status


Dormant
Green Tip
Pink Bud
Popcorn
Bloom
Petal Fall
Jacket
Out of Jacket
Sonora
0%
0%
16%
32%
52%
0%
0%
0%
Nonpareil
0%
18%
67%
9%
6%
0%
0%
0%
California
0%
6%
66%
16%
12%
0%
0%
0%
Carmel
0%
42%
55%
2%
1%
0%
0%
0%
Monterey
0%
24%
73%
3%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Butte
4%
68%
28%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Padre
8%
80%
12%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region