Sunday, April 20, 2008

Updated Weather Report

Growers around the state are talking about the "crazy spring of 08". From Mendocino to Santa Barbara temperatures have been fluctuating wildly. Frost has been seen in areas that typically don't suffer from it, and some areas are even predicting that it may yet snow.

Although here in the valley the weather has been quite warm - I turned the AC on for the first time this week - up in the hills the overall mean temperature has been low. Some growers are predicting that the season is running up to a month behind schedule.

Meanwhile there's been hardly any rain in the mountains since late February; some light showers are predicted over the next couple of weeks, but nothing significant, so it seems increasingly likely that the mountains will see less than 50" of rain this season. That plus a long growing season could mean exceptional quality fruit. Fingers crossed.