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More rain headed to western growing areas

Another shot of rain is coming to the west of the United States and Mexico next week. The rain will start today in Northern California and make its way down the coast of Baja California and Sinaloa by Thursday afternoon into Friday.wear

Today the areas of Salinas and Santa Maria are expecting up to 0.25 inches of rain and the same amount tomorrow. Temps for these regions will be in the low 60s for maximums and mid-40s for minimums.

The rain in Oxnard, CA, will come Wednesday and Thursday. They are expecting about the same half-inch over the two-day period. Thursday night the minimum temps will drop down into the upper 40s. Tuesday, Dec. 11 will be the coldest night of the next 10 days with a minimum temperature of 44.

The Coachella and Imperial valleys of California and Yuma, AZ, will have a lesser chance of rain on Thursday only: up to 0.25 inches in both locations.

In San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico they are expecting half an inch of rain on Thursday. Maximum temps over the next 10 days will be in the upper 60s and minimum temps in the low 50s. Culiacan, Sinaloa is expecting rain both Thursday and Friday with totals of 1.25 inches. Starting Friday in Culiacan the temps will drop a few degrees with maximums reaching only in the low 80s and minimums in the low to mid-50s.

Next Tuesday there is another chance of rain for these same regions.

Besides the rain coming to the aforementioned parts of Mexico, the country is experiencing typical weather conditions this week. The berry-growing regions of Michoacan are the only other exception; they will experience some below-average temps this week with minimums in the 40s.

In Florida temps see-saw over the next 10 days. The state is coming out of a mini heatwave that saw temps in the upper 80s and low 90s over the past four days. The more important thing for production was the warm nights over the past four days with minimum temps in the 70s. That will all change today as the minimum temps once again drop down into the 50s tonight and in the 40s for Wednesday night. Minimum temps will then rise once again into the 60s for the weekend and then back into the 40s by Monday, Dec. 10.

All locations in Chile and Peru appear to be having normal conditions for this time of year.

The Weathermelon app offers consolidated lists of global growing regions for each commodity; a 10-day detail forecast for each region; current radar maps (U.S. only); estimated harvest start/end dates for each commodity; monthly average high/low temps for each region; and custom daily alerts for temperature, precipitation and severe weather based on 10-day forecasts.

(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)