Cold Snap during Apricot bloom
The weather in Malatya continues to be cold with rain and snow, daytime temperatures of only 5 to 8 C which is 7 degrees below normal. There have been only mild frosts of 0 to –2 C over the past few days causing no visible damage, and tonight is forecast at –2 to –3 depending on the area. A degree or more colder than this and we will be in trouble.
We are approximately 40% in bloom, with the remainder of the trees expected to pop as soon as we get a couple of sunny days. It has been cold and wet to date regardless on any possible frost damage, far from ideal weather for pollination.