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Although the hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June 1, the National Hurricane Center has already identified the first tropical disturbance of the season. A trough of low pressure that extends from south Florida northeastward several hundred miles over the western weatAtlantic is producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. Expect heavy rains over certain regions of Florida today and tomorrow.

Belle Glade received over 1.5 inches of rain yesterday and will see more than an inch of rain over the next three days. Orlando in the center of the state will receive roughly an inch of total rain over the next three days.

Southern Georgia will also see some rain this weekend, receiving over an inch of total rain over the next three days.

LATE SEASON COLD FRONT COMING TO CALIFORNIA
To say this winter and spring have been very unusual in California would be an understatement. The amounts of rain, snow and chilling hours the state has received this year have been way out of the norm. Just when we thought it was over here comes another cold front this weekend with rain possible in certain areas.

The colder temps will be experienced Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Look for coastal regions to see highs in the low 60s and lows in the upper 40s.

The deserts will drop from a high of 99 today to a max of 82 on Monday and 87 on Tuesday with a low of 61 before climbing back in to the 90s later in the week.

The San Joaquin Valley will drop down from a high today of 89 to the mid-70s for a high on Sunday and Monday.

There is chance of rain for Monday in the coastal growing regions from Salinas in the north all way south to the avocado growing regions of San Diego. Many locations will also see high winds associated with the front. Some locations in the San Joaquin Valley may also see some light rain.

ASPARAGUS
Asparagus has begun out of Michigan and Washington. If you are looking for domestic asparagus look no further than the states of Michigan, Washington and California.

Michigan can expect temps in the 60s for a high and mid-40s to mid-50s for a low over the next 10 days. There is a decent chance of rain next Tuesday, Wednesday and then again on Friday, Saturday.

In the Walla Walla and Yakima valleys of Washington look for high temps in the mid-70s to low 80s and min temps in the mid-40s to low 50s over the next 10 days. There is no chance of rain in the 10-day forecast.

Mexican asparagus has transitioned from the northern desert regions down into central Mexico and also some from the baja peninsula.

GRAPES
Mexican grapes have begun. Mexico has a little hidden gem of a growing location in the state of Jalisco that is producing first-to-market shipments of Ivory, Cotton Candy and Sweet Ivory varieties. The valley is well known as being the home to some of the larger veg and tomato growers in Mexico as well as tequilla blue agave plants, but it is starting to build a name for itself for the production of table grapes. This region usually comes on sooner than the more famous area of northern Sonora.

The largest village in this region of Jalisco is San Gabriel; the next 10 days will see max temps in the mid-80s and mins in the low 60s. There is no rain in the 10-day forecast.

Hermosillo in the state of Sonora will see max temps this weekend in the high 90s but will then cool off to the mid-80s for next week. There is no chance of rain in the 10-day forecast.

TORREON, COAHUILLA, MEXICO
Shadehouse tomatoes and Bells should be starting out of this are of northeastern Mexico any day now. Temps over the next 10 days will be in the mid- to upper 90s and lows in the low 60s. No rain in the 10-day forecast.

CIUDAD OBREGON, SONORA, MEXICO
Currently seeing production of shadehouse tomato and veg coming from this region of Mexico. This area can expect highs in the upper 80s to low 90s and min temps in the upper 50s.

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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