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It appears the majority of eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and western Tennessee escaped any serious rains from Hurricane Barry. As of late Monday evening, rain totals for the past 48 hours were under 1.5 inches for this region, though there be isolated areas with higher totals. This should be good news for the local watermelon deals coming out of these areas.weat

What these growers do need to be worried about is an extended heat wave starting tomorrow and continuing through the weekend. This heat wave will encompass most of the Midwest. The NWS is forecasting highs in the mid-90s with excessive humidity causing the heat index to reach as high as 110. 

Watermelon growers in the North Carolina coastal areas will also experience heat this week with highs in the mid-90s and a heat index of well over 100. Two of the newest locations for watermelons to be added to the Weathermelon app are Seven Springs and Goldsboro, NC. Both locations will see highs in the mid-90s this week.

Temperatures in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York will begin rising starting tomorrow with a max temp of 94. Temperatures will continually rise throughout the week hitting a peak of 98 on Saturday will a min temp of 77 on the same day. Temperatures will remain in the 90s through Monday. On Tuesday, July 23 things will change, and max temps will drop back down into the 80s. Look for production to increase over the weekend and into early next week.

California begins to cool down today after five days of excessive heat. We should be seeing more product in the marketplace from this heat but be careful of qualities. Starting today temps will drop back to normal in the San Joaquin Valley as well as coastal growing regions. Temps will remain in the normal range until Tuesday, July 23 when they will rise once again through the end of that week.

Michigan growers get ready for one more shot of extreme temps this weekend. Look for temps in the mid-90s starting Thursday and peaking at 96 on Friday. Max temps will drop back down into the 80s next Monday.

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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