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California feeling a chill between May storms

Round one of California's storms came down yesterday in the northern part of the San Joaquin Valley. Sacramento received 1.5 inches while Stockton received an inch. These regions are big suppliers of cherries and blueberries this time of year. At the southern end of the valley around Bakersfield and Fresno the rain totals were under 0.1 inches. Along the coast Salinas received half an inch while Santa Maria received 0.25 inches. Strawberries and lettuce are coming from these regions.weat

Round two of these May storms will come ashore tomorrow, bringing another 0.75 inches of rain to the Sacramento area and to the coastal regions while the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley will receive approximately 0.25 inches.

There is potentially more rain in the forecast next Tuesday and then another possible storm for Friday, May 24. 

Another issue with these storms is the cooler weather. Bakersfield this time of year should be experiencing max temps in the 90s but yesterday had a high of 67. This region won’t see a max temp of about 76 until next Saturday, May 25. Sacramento had a max temp of 58 yesterday, which is 30 degrees below normal for this time of year. These cooler temps might also affect summer crops from this region such as Bell peppers, melons and grapes. 

These storms are anticipated to bring several feet of new snow to the Sierra Nevada mountains. The accumulation this season is astronomical. 

The same storms mentioned above are bring cooler temps to the desert growing regions where summer crops are starting to harvest. The Imperial Valley of California will experience max temps in the upper 70s and lower 80s for the next 10 days. This region should be in the mid-90s heading into the second half of May. Look for possible slow down in crops from these regions.

Georgia is currently experiencing perfect weather and will see a heat wave come through the area by next weekend. Right now the Peach State has high temps in the low 90s, but starting Monday temps will begin to rise slightly every day, and by Friday, May 24 the region will above the 100-degree mark. Expect several days of temps above 100. This same heat wave will extend north into the Carolinas.

The Yakima and Wenatchee valleys of Washington state are experience some rain and cooler temps at the moment. Yesterday the valleys received somewhere between 0.25 inches and 0.75 inches of rain. 

Hood River, OR, which is a big region for cherries, is also experiencingr unseasonably cooler temps and rain. The next five days have a good chance of daily rain with max temps in the 50s. The normal high temp for this time of year is 72. All this wet and cooler weather out west might make for interesting season for cherries all the way through the summer.

The garden state is experiencing great weather for this time of year. Temps were a little on the cool side last week but things have definitely turned around this week. With high temps ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s and low temps ranging from the mid-50s to mid-60s over the next 10 days, things are setting up nicely for a possible early season out of the region.

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(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)