Ken Volk’s 2014 Harvest
growing season is underway in California and the Pacific high-pressure ridge is
well established, likely bringing an end to our rainy season and the start of
daily northwesterly winds coming off the Pacific. Unfortunately, meteorologists
anticipate that farmers and growers in 2014 will continue to experience the
drought conditions of 2013.
New Year’s Day
was preceded by one of the driest Decembers in California recorded history.
January and most of February 2014 were exceptionally dry. Fortunately, at the
end of February and the beginning of March, the jet stream moved south which
allowed several significant storm fronts to bring rain to the Central Coast and
From February 28 to March 3, Southern California saw the start of winter
storm “Titan” which generated high surf conditions from Santa Cruz to San Diego
Santa Barbara’s KEYT reported on this much needed but aggressive weather. This
storm front brought 5.7 inches of rainfall to the city of Santa Barbara and
14.7 inches to Matilija Canyon in Ventura County. This powerful, fast-moving
storm literally crossed the entire United States bringing rain and much
snowfall to the Midwest and East Coast. Despite this significant rain, however,
winegrowers continue to prepare for a sever drought season in 2014.