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Florida blues chill out, tomatoes tighten and the West stays wet and wild

It's chilly in Florida this morning. Things have changed quickly in last few days as another cold front descends upon Florida. Alachua woke up to a freeze warning, and Orlando and Plant City had morning lows of 42 degrees. These three locations can expect up to 0.25 inches of rain over the weekend with lows in the 40s all next week. This cooler weather will definitely push back the start of blueberries out of Florida and may also affect supply of strawberries next week.


For all of you in the tomato business the areas of Immokalee and Palmetto/Ruskin, FL, will also experience cooler weather with rain over the next several days. Lows will be in the 40s this morning and tomorrow morning. Rain is expected over the weekend and then minimum temps will be in the 40s all next week. Expect tomato market to tighten even more. Prices could end up in the upper teens next week. We will revisit on Tuesday.

Out West the wet and wild March continues. Rain is predicted for this weekend throughout all coastal growing regions and the San Joaquin Valley. About 90-100 percent chance of rain along the coast and 60 percent chance in the San Juaquin Valley -- up to 0.5 inches. There will be a respite on Sunday, but then starting Monday there is a chance of rain every day through Friday. Coastal regions could see over two inches of total rain next week. Also starting next Tuesday expect minimums throughout same coastal areas and San Juaquin Valley to be in the 40s. Production will definitely be affected.

The desert southwest will continue to have perfect weather with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. As of right now there is a 60 percent chance of rain for Friday, March 16 in Yuma and the Coachella Valley. Good supplies of lettuce are still coming out of Yuma, but production out of other desert regions -- Coachella and Imperial -- are slowing down.

Right now Honeydews are coming out of Guatemala and Honduras. Cantaloupes are mostly out of Guatemala and Honduras with some supply also coming out of Costa Rica. Temps in these regions are highs in the upper 90s and low 100s and minimums in the upper 60s and low 70s. Honduras is a drier climate with average humidity around 50 percent while Guatemala is much moister with average relative humidity above 80 percent. There is no chance of rain in the long term forecast. The season is in still in full swing and should continue for about another two months wrapping up by the second week of May. Mexico is also a big player this time of year for honeydews with crossings mostly through Nogales.

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(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)