March 2, 2015

This report covers conditions and observations made between Friday, February 27 and Sunday, March 1, 2015.

This is the final daily report of the 2015 bloom season. The next scheduled report will be posted on Monday, March 16, 2015. In the event of any significant occurrences prior to that date, this site will be updated as soon as possible.

The photos in today’s report, taken in the Madera and Chowchilla areas, illustrate the progression of bloom in the southern region. The first image is a down-the-row-view of a Nonpareil and Monterey planting with no petals left on the trees, followed by photos of Aldrich and Monterey nutlets and the advancement of leafing on the tree.

A wide variety of weather impacted the South San Joaquin Valley throughout the weekend. High temperatures ranged from the low to mid 60s, while lows ranged from the mid 30s to low 40s. Rain events Saturday evening occurred from Fresno into Kern County, with heavier amounts of rain further south. Observers reported accumulations of over half an inch in some areas of Tulare and Kern counties. Wind speeds ranged from two to ten miles per hour, with gusts up to 13 miles per hour on Friday. Clear skies Friday gave way to partly cloudy skies on Saturday before rain events. After the rain Saturday evening, partially cloudy skies were observed all day Sunday.

Warm weather on Friday allowed bees to put in 6 to 8 very good hours of work. Increased cloud cover and cooler temperatures on Saturday and Sunday limited bee activity in most areas. Bees were only able to put in 4 to 6 hours of fair to good activity depending on the cloud cover and temperatures on those days.

Bloom is nearly over in the southern region. No petals remain and nutlets are beginning to emerge in Nonpareil and California type varieties. Very few petals remain in Carmel and Monterey, as leaves are emerging at a rapid rate. Butte and Padre plantings have very little viable pollen left after the winds and rain over the weekend.

With the bloom virtually over, bee keepers have begun removing bees from orchards. Growers with available water that did not receive rain this weekend are continuing to irrigate to support the growing nutlets.



High Temperature: 65°F
Low Temperature: 39°F
Wind: 2 to 5 mph, with gusts up to 8 mph
Rain: Trace amounds to .5 inches depending on the region.
Sky Conditions: Scattered clouds
Bee Activity: 4 to 6 hours of fair activity outside of rain events.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Ernie Reichmuth
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.

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