March 1, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made Monday, February 29, 2016.

This is the final daily report of the 2016 bloom season. The next scheduled report will be posted on Monday, March 7, 2016. In the event of any significant occurrences prior to that date, this site will be updated as soon as possible.

Taken throughout Colusa County, photos for today’s report show the jacket stage and developing nutlets in the Nonpareil variety, the jacket stage in the Monterey variety and a down-the-row shot of a Nonpareil and Carmel orchard.

Weather in the Sacramento Valley remained warm Monday with overnight lows staying in the upper 40s and daytime highs reaching the low 70s. Light winds and clear skies warmed the air early and provided bees with an opportunity for 6 to 8 hours of very good work.

Orchards continue to turn green throughout the northern region. Observers are reporting that less than 10% of flowers have petals remaining in all varieties. Warm weather has encouraged nutlet development and will continue for the next few days. By Friday, a powerful storm is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the area, and is forecast to last well into next week.

By Jereme Fromm

Conditions

High Temperature: 73°F
Low Temperature: 47°F
Wind: 0 to 2 mph. Gusts up to 5 mph.
Sky Conditions: Clear, sunny skies.
Bee Activity: 6 to 8 hours of very good activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Ryan Christy
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%%%%%%98%2%
nonpareil%%%%%3%97%%
california%%%%%1%99%%
carmel%%%%%2%98%%
peerless%%%%%%100%%
monterey%%%%%1%99%%
butte%%%%%7%93%%
padre%%%%%8%92%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.