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Northern California - March 4, 2013

This report covers conditions and observations made between Friday, March 1 and Sunday, March 3, 2013.

This report’s photos for the northern region present down-the-row shots of the Nonpareil and Monterey in the Durham area of Butte County, followed by the Nonpareil and Fritz and a shot of the Winters in the Williams area of Colusa County.

Bright, clear skies on Friday slowly yielded to increasing clouds over the weekend, with overcast skies covering the Sacramento Valley by Sunday. Minimum temperatures on Friday morning were widely reported in the upper 30’s to lower 40’s, with readings on Saturday running a few degrees higher due to the partly cloudy conditions. Minimum temperatures increased again on Sunday morning as overcast skies covering the region held minimum temperatures in the upper 40’s to lower 50’s. While minimums increased over the period, afternoon temperatures were reported at their warmest levels on Friday, when observers reported high temperatures in the low to mid 70’s. Readings dropped into the upper 60’s to lower 70’s on Saturday afternoon, with Sunday’s readings ranging from the mid and upper 60’s to as high as 70 degrees.

Observers reported that the best bee flight of period was noted on Friday when 8 to 9 hours of excellent activity was observed. Saturday’s increasing clouds did not cause serious difficulties for the bees, allowing 5 to 7 hours of good activity, while heavier clouds and a few scattered showers on Sunday reduced the bee’s efforts to 5 to 6 hours of fair activity.

The relatively warm nighttime temperatures over the weekend have provided for a strong surge in bud development and a rapid increase in the pace of the bloom. Having reached its peak bloom at the middle of last week, the Sonora is now moving strongly into the petal and jacket stages. The California type varieties, as a group, reached their peak condition over the weekend and lead the Nonpareil, which is at or near its peak bloom. While the Monterey has begun to shed petals, this variety, which is slightly ahead of the Carmel, is still approaching its peak bloom. The late blooming Butte and Padre are now well into their bloom phase and can be expected to make good progress over the next few days, given the large percentage of their buds now in the popcorn stage, poised to move into bloom.

Conditions

High Temperature: 70°F
Low Temperature: 49°F
Wind: 0 to 5 mph.
Rain: 0.05 to 0.2 inch, falling from early morning scattered showers.
Sky Conditions: Overcast
Bee Activity: 5 to 6 Hours of good activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Dennis Meinberg and Ryan Christy, 3/4/13
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Bloom Status


Dormant
Green Tip
Pink Bud
Popcorn
Bloom
Petal Fall
Jacket
Out of Jacket
Sonora
0%
0%
0%
0%
40%
37%
23%
0%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
18%
70%
12%
0%
0%
California
0%
0%
0%
8%
64%
23%
5%
0%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
33%
60%
7%
0%
0%
Peerless
0%
0%
0%
0%
55%
35%
10%
0%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
24%
68%
8%
0%
0%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
30%
70%
0%
0%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
37%
63%
0%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region