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Northern California - February 27, 2013

This report covers conditions and observations made Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

This report’s photos for the northern region present the bloom of the Nonpareil and Butte in the Dixon area of Solano County, followed by the peaking bloom of the Price and the developing bloom of the Butte in the Durham area of Butte County.

Tuesday delivered another clear day in the Sacramento Valley with not a cloud in the sky. However, as one observer reported, the strong winds returned to the region with a vengeance. Morning lows in wind sheltered locations were reported in the low to mid 30’s, while breezy conditions in most of the region held minimum temperatures a few degrees higher. Daytime highs were widely report in the mid and upper 60’s. Winds were once again the dominant feature of the day’s weather with sustained winds of 10 to 15 mph and gusts in excess of 25 mph reported throughout the region.

Observers reported that the warming temperatures and bright sun provided ample reasons for the bees to leave their hives. However, their efforts were impaired by the winds and observers reported only 5 to 6 hours of fair to good activity for the day.

The Sacramento Valley’s bloom continued its strong development, even as the brisk winds tugged at the trees. Observers reported that the Sonora and Peerless were shedding a few petals due to the action of the winds, even as these early blooming cultivars continued on the path towards their peak bloom. All varieties have made a strong move into bloom over the past 48 hours. In addition to the Sonora and Peerless, the Nonpareil, Carmel, California types and Monterey all have the majority of their buds either open and available for pollination or in the popcorn stage, poised to open.  Late blooming Butte and Padre are also moving into bloom with a significant proportion of their buds currently in the popcorn stage.

Growers with water available continue to irrigate their orchards.  Some have commented that sensors in the orchards are reporting adequate moisture levels deep in the root profile. However, moisture levels from the surface down to a depth of two feet have been reduced and growers are irrigating to restore moistures to their proper levels. Growers are also mindful that any water used for frost protection in the coming weeks will also go towards increasing soil moisture levels and are careful not to apply more water than is needed at this time.

Conditions

High Temperature: 69°F
Low Temperature: 33°F
Wind: 10 to 15 mph, with gusts to 25 mph.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: Clear.
Bee Activity: 5 to 6 Hours of fair to good activity in windy conditions.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Dennis Meinberg and Ryan Christy, 2/27/13
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Bloom Status


Dormant
Green Tip
Pink Bud
Popcorn
Bloom
Petal Fall
Jacket
Out of Jacket
Sonora
0%
0%
2%
38%
60%
0%
0%
0%
Nonpareil
0%
2%
23%
45%
30%
0%
0%
0%
California
0%
1%
11%
47%
41%
0%
0%
0%
Carmel
0%
3%
37%
38%
22%
0%
0%
0%
Peerless
0%
0%
2%
48%
50%
0%
0%
0%
Monterey
0%
1%
25%
40%
34%
0%
0%
0%
Butte
0%
6%
47%
38%
9%
0%
0%
0%
Padre
1%
12%
52%
31%
4%
0%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region