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Cold weather to affect California, Michigan and Oregon production

It appears summer in Michigan might finally be coming to an end next week. Next Thursday, Oct. 3, min temperatures in the state will dip into the mid-40s and highs only reach into the upper 50s. These cooler temps will continue through the weekend of Oct. 4-5. Expect production to slow down at the end of next week.weat

In the meantime, temperatures will remain warm with highs in the upper 70s this weekend. There is still quite a bit of production coming out of Michigan, including tomatoes, blueberries and watermelon. Take advantage of the warm temps this weekend to pick up an extra load or two before temps and production drop late next week.

CALIFORNIA TO EXPERIENCE COLD SNAP – EXPECT PRODUCTION TO SLOW
The entire state of California will see a major cooldown starting today that will last through next Wednesday. All major growing regions from Salinas south to San Diego and inland to the San Joaquin Valley will be affected.

Minimum temperatures in all areas will drop from the 60s into the 40s by Saturday night where they will remain through next Wednesday. The coldest night will be Monday with Salinas and Santa Maria dropping into the low 40s and the San Joaquin Valley in the upper 40s. Temperatures will begin to rise again starting Thursday. Expect production to drop next week in all growing regions. 

The desert regions of Coachella and Imperial Valley will not get hit by the cold.

MAJOR STORM OFF MEXICO’S PACIFIC COAST TO DROP HEAVY RAINS THIS WEEKEND
The coastal regions of Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco can expect high rain totals over the next four days as a storm spins off the coast. Expect to see accumulated rain totals well above four inches over the next four days; the heaviest rain will come Sunday. Items growing in these regions that could be affected are Key limes, blueberries, blackberries and avocados.

OREGON COLD TEMPS START THIS WEEKEND - BLUEBERRIES
If you are still buying berries out of Oregon and Washington, expect a slowdown of production next week as the minimum temps will begin to drop into the 40s tonight and will reach a low of 38 on Monday. Starting Tuesday, Oct. 1 the min temps will gradually begin to warm again throughout the week but will remain the 40s. Expect the remaining production still coming out of this area to drop even more.

ARGENTINEAN HEAT AND COLD MAY AFFECT BLUEBERRIES
Argentina will see some extreme weather over the next week that may affect qualities of the berries. Cooler weather during the last month has caused a delay to the start of their blueberry season, but this weekend temps will heat up jumping 15 to 20 over the next few days, peaking at a high of 100 and low of 81 on Monday. However, next Wednesday a storm will come through bringing rain to the growing regions and dropping the temperatures by as much as 30 overnight with highs only in the upper 60s and lows back into the 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)