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The southern end of the San Joaquin Valley will most likely see some rain today, which may affect the cherry crop and stone fruit. Rain coupled with hot weather in the upper 80s and 90s next week has the possibility of causing splitting in the cherries and possible staining in peaches.weat

As of last night, the Bakersfield area has the highest possibility of rain (100 percent chance of 0.58 inches) today while Fresno has a 50 percent chance of a light rain. These are the areas that have most crops currently in production.

Cities at the northern end of the valley are not predicted to receive and rain today.

The growers in California are not out of woods as another storm is lining up to hit California next Thursday and Friday, May 16-17. As it stands now, next week’s storm has the potential to bring higher rain totals than today’s storm.

HEAT WAVE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
The heat wave in Oregon and Washington begins today and will last through Sunday. Yesterday the Wenatchee Valley had a high temp of 81. Today the same region will have a high of 88 and will get to 91 on Saturday. Sunday will be 88, and by Monday things will begin to cool off again. By next Wednesday and Friday there is a 50 percent chance of rain. This region is getting close to cherry season as well.

HEAVY RAINS HITTING MATURE GREEN TOMATO GROWING REGIONS 
Summer tomato-growing regions of Quincy FL, southern Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas are getting hit with some heavy rains at the moment. Rain totals range from one to three inches over the next three days. Quincy and southern Georgia should be close to starting while other regions will start harvesting sometime next month.

Farther south along the peninsula of Florida these growing regions can expect to see rain on a daily basis now. Belle Glade, for example, can expect to receive rain of 0.15 to 0.25 inches of rain every day for the next 10 days. Immokalee can expect the same. Watermelon currently coming from these regions. 

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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