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Southern 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 southern region present the declining bloom of the Sonora and a down-the-row shot of the Nonpareil and Carmel in Madera County, followed by a shot of the Nonpareil and Monterey in Kern County.

Bright, clear skies on Friday gave way to increasing cloud cover as the weekend progressed, with overcast skies covering the northern half of the region on Sunday and mostly cloudy skies over Kern County. Observers noted morning low temperatures on both Friday and Saturday morning in the lower 40’s with minimums on Sunday rising into the low to mid 50’s under the insulating effect of the early morning blanket of clouds. Daily maximum temperatures increased from Friday’s reported levels in the low to mid 70’s, reaching into the upper 70’s to lower 80’s on Saturday. Maximum temperatures then fell back into the mid 60’s to lower 70’s on Sunday afternoon.

Observers reported outstanding opportunities for pollination over the weekend with 9 hours of excellent activity reported on Friday and Saturday in all areas of the region. Bee flight was diminished slightly in the Madera County area under cloudy skies Sunday morning, which delayed the start of the day’s labors. And even with a few drops of rainfall that at best just wet the pavement, observers noted 7 hours of excellent activity in the northern areas of the region, with a full 9 hours of excellent activity in all other areas.

Relatively warm nighttime temperatures over the past few days (certainly the warmest seen since last fall) have help to push the bloom ahead strongly in the southern region.  Led by the Sonora, which peaked at mid-week, the California type varieties are now at or near their peak bloom and moving into petal fall. Nonpareil is also very near to its peak condition with advanced plantings also starting to shed a few petals to the ground. The Monterey leads the Carmel, with both having the majority of their flowers now open and available for pollination. The southern region’s Butte plantings are now running neck and neck with the Carmel and are followed closely by the Padre, which is moving strongly from the popcorn stage into bloom. Observes are reporting a wide variation in the amount of open bloom visible in the Padre and in some Butte plantings, with the extreme values running from 30% to 80% open bloom.

Conditions

High Temperature: 72°F
Low Temperature: 50°F
Wind: 5 to 10 mph.
Rain: A few scattered drops during the afternoon.
Sky Conditions: Overcast to mostly cloudy.
Bee Activity: 9 Hours of very good to excellent activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Ernie Reichmuth and Gerald Guthrie, 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%
72%
25%
3%
0%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
3%
11%
85%
1%
0%
0%
California
0%
0%
2%
5%
85%
7%
0%
0%
Carmel
0%
0%
10%
25%
65%
0%
0%
0%
Monterey
0%
0%
5%
15%
80%
0%
0%
0%
Butte
0%
0%
12%
23%
65%
0%
0%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
22%
38%
40%
0%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region