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Earlier this week it looked like California might be out of the rain cycle, but new storms have developed over the past few days that are predicted to hit next week.weat

The first storm will hit Monday bringing possible rain to growing locations in the northern half of the state. Salinas along the coast may see some light showers as well as the Sacramento Valley area in the center of the state.

A chance for heavier rain will come next Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6. This storm is predicted to come farther south and hit regions such as Oxnard on the coast and Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley. Over the two-day period Salinas and Santa Maria may see up 0.6 inches while locations in the northern end of the San Joaquin valley will see up to 0.75 inches.

Look for harvests to possibly be affected out of Salinas and Santa Maria during these days. Broccoli and cauliflower are currently coming from these regions. Strawberries are also beginning. Asparagus out of central California has also started and could be affected by the rain.

WARM TEMPS STILL COMING TO CALIFORNIA
The warmer temps we talked about on Tuesday are still coming this weekend and into next week. The desert regions will see a max temp of 91 on Sunday and Monday. The citrus regions of Visalia and Bakersfield will see max temps of 76 on Sunday and 80 on Monday. Oxnard will reach of high of 77 on Sunday and Monday. Temps across the state will cool off a bit on Tuesday and Wednesday but will climb again by Thursday. For the regions not affected by rains look for good volumes and quality.

RAIN IN FLORIDA IS A BUST
On Tuesday we informed you of rain forecasted next week for all regions of Florida. As of today, the possibilities and locations of rain have been greatly reduced.

In the southern half of state, the current forecast is for a 40 percent chance of light showers from Tuesday to Thursday. Belle Glade, Homestead and Immokalee will see 0.1 inches over the three days.

The heaviest rain will be isolated in the northern section of the state in areas such as Alachua, where the blueberry harvest has begun. This region will see up to 0.5 inches on the Monday and Tuesday.

Temps across the state will in the mid-80s a high and mid-60s for a low.

Cantaloupe regions of Plant City and Zolfo Springs are getting close to the beginning of harvest. Look for the first shipments the week of April 22. Watermelons out of Florida should also begin about the same time.

MEXICO

CULIACAN
Temps will remain hot for the next 10 days with highs in the 90s and lows in the upper 50s. Look for production numbers to remain strong.

CIUDAD OBREGON
Look for temps in the 90s through Monday. Tuesday through Friday will see high temps in the upper 80s and then back in the 90s by next Saturday. If production hasn’t started already in this area it is close. This production will only add to volumes coming from Culiacan in Nogales. Maybe look for pricing to come off on most items.

EL BAJIO
Central Mexico region will see perfect conditions over the next 10 days with highs in the mid- to upper 80s and lows in the low 50s. Lettuces and wet veg is coming from these regions.

TORREON
This major growing region in the northeastern state of Chihuahua is also experiencing perfect growing conditions with high temps in the upper 80s to mid-90s over the next 10 days and low temps in the mid-50s. This is another major spring/summer growing region for shadehouse beg. We should begin to see production out of this area sometime next month.

MICHIOACAN
All avocado and berry regions of Michoacán are experiencing perfect weather. High temps range from the mid-80s to the lower 90s depending on the location. Lows range from the upper 40s to the mid-50s.

BAJA CALIFORNIA
Growing regions of the baja peninsula will see the same warmer temps hitting California over the weekend. San Quintin will max out at 78 on Sunday and Monday while Vizcaino will see high temps of 92 for the same days. Min temps will be in the mid-50s. This is great weather for strawberries coming from these regions that ship through San Diego.

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)

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