A high pressure ridge brought
dry, but cool conditions to California at the
beginning of the week. This dry pattern was
broken by a cold front that was brought in by a
low pressure trough from the Northwest. This
system spread rain across Northern California
beginning on Tuesday and persisted across the
North through Wednesday evening. The trough
deepened and formed a cold low pressure center
over the Southern California coast as it moved
south. This brought heavier rains to Southern
California by Thursday and continued through
Friday in the extreme South and the Southeastern
interior. Meanwhile, that Southern California
low created a strong northerly wind that
developed over Northern California on Thursday.
These winds spread into Southern California and
generated a Santa Ana wind episode in the
Southland for the weekend. The weekend was dry
and cool over Northern California and the
showers in the South were gone by Sunday.
Mid-week rain showers slowed
planting progress for wheat. Strong north
winds that followed the rain system dried the
soil allowing planting to resume. About
two-thirds of the winter wheat fields were
planted and over a third of the crop had emerged
by week’s end. About two-thirds of the winter
wheat crop condition was rated good to
excellent. Producers’ main activity of the week
was plowing down cotton where harvest was
completed to comply with the Cotton Plowdown
Wine and raisin grape
harvest was complete in Fresno County. Wine
grape harvest was nearing completion in the rest
of the State. Vines continued to lose leaves
and go dormant. Late table grape harvest
continued, including Autumn King, Autumn Royal,
Crimson Seedless, Red Globe and Scarlet Royal
varieties. Harvest continued for
pomegranates, kiwi, Asian pears,
and Fuyu and Hachiya persimmons.
Apple harvest remained active. Olive
harvest was complete and harvested groves were
pruned. Satsuma mandarin and other
tangerine harvests remained active. Navel
orange harvest increased. Some oranges
were held to improve color before shipping.
Lemon, Oroblanco and melogold grapefruit
and pomelo harvests continued.
and walnut harvests continued at a slower
pace. Harvested nut orchards were pruned,
irrigated, and fertilized. Tree removals were
ongoing and land was prepped for tree planting.
Imperial County reported
lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower
and other winter vegetables were harvested. In
Fresno County, the wet conditions were helpful
for the winter vegetable crops. In Stanislaus
County, onions were planted and basil
was harvested. Unsold pumpkins were
plowed back into the ground in San Mateo County.
Range and non-irrigated pasture
remained in fair to very poor condition. More
precipitation was needed to improve foothill and
valley range conditions.
Sheep and cattle grazed on idle
fields, dry land grain and alfalfa fields.
Livestock supplemental feeding of hay and grain
continued. Calving season continued and lambing
was underway across the State. The commercial
harvesting season for Dungeness Crab started
slowly as high winds made offshore conditions