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Southern California - February 25, 2013

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

Today’s photos for the southern region present a down-the-row shot of the Nonpareil and Sonora in the Chowchilla area of Madera County, followed by the developing bloom of the Fritz and Monterey in Kern County.

Blustery winds blew through the Madera and Fresno County areas on Saturday and Sunday, reducing the bee activity in those areas, but leaving the balance of the region’s orchards relatively unaffected. Minimum temperatures were reported predominately in the mid to upper 30’s on Friday, with a few areas dropping into the lower 30’s. Readings increased by a few degrees on Saturday morning in all areas, then dipped back again on Sunday morning. Daily maximum temperatures reached into the upper 50’s and lower 60’s on each day during the period, with warmest temperatures reported on Friday and Sunday mornings and coolest values on Saturday, under the influence partly cloudy skies and fairly brisk winds. Winds played a dominant role in the weather over the weekend, when speeds in the teens were recorded in the Madera, Fresno and Kings County areas all day on Saturday and through Sunday morning. Calmer conditions were reported all day Friday and on Sunday afternoon.

Bee flight reflected the impacts imposed by the winds, with 6 hours of fair to good activity reported on Friday. Only 2 to 4 hours of poor to fair activity was reported in the northern areas of the region on Saturday under windy conditions, while the Kern County area reported 6 hours of fair activity, influenced slightly by partly cloudy skies. Observers in all areas reported 6 to 8 hours of good activity under calmer conditions on Sunday.

The bloom in the southern region advanced steadily over the weekend, slowly breaking free of the influence of the cold temperatures experienced over the past week. Observers are reporting strong movement in the Sonora variety as the large proportion of buds in the popcorn stage at the end of the last week transitioned into bloom.  Observers are reporting relatively weak bud sets in the Sonora, which can easily give the casual observer a reduced impression of the actual amount of flowers available for pollination. As in the other regions of the state, the California type varieties are leading the Nonpareil as well as the Monterey, which advanced strongly over the weekend and is now moving into bloom. The Carmel is trailing the Nonpareil slightly, but observers are reporting that the potential overlap between the Nonpareil and Carmel remains quite good. The late blooming Butte is now moving into the popcorn stage, while the Padre continues its evolution into the pink tip stage.

Forecasters are calling for increasing temperatures over the coming week.

Conditions

High Temperature: 60°F
Low Temperature: 30°F
Wind: 5 to 10 mph
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: Clear.
Bee Activity: 6 to 8 Hours of good to excellent activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Ernie Reichmuth and Gerald Guthrie, 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%
20%
22%
58%
0%
0%
0%
Nonpareil
0%
9%
65%
19%
7%
0%
0%
0%
California
0%
4%
56%
23%
17%
0%
0%
0%
Carmel
0%
44%
52%
4%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Monterey
0%
25%
61%
10%
4%
0%
0%
0%
Butte
0%
60%
37%
3%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Padre
2%
83%
15%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region