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This week a warming trend is coming to coastal growing regions of California and will most likely cause production to increase. The coastal regions of Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard will all see max temps in the mid- to upper 80s with some isolated 90s this week through Friday. These temps are 15 to 20 degrees above normal.weat

The warmer temps started yesterday in Oxnard and Santa Maria with a max of 84 and 88 respectively. In Salinas the warmer temps will begin today reaching 84. Temperatures will continue to rise throughout the week peaking on Thursday where Salinas will get up to 90. The warmer temps will continue through Friday before beginning the cooldown on Saturday.

If you are a buyer you may want to take advantage of any pricing opportunities that may present themselves due to a flush because come next Monday the temps will swing the opposite direction with highs in the mid-60s and min temps in the low 40s. These cooler temps should slow production back down. Heavy supplies of strawberries, broccoli and lettuces are still coming out of these regions.  

The San Joaquin Valley and Coachella Valley will also see warmer temps this week in the 80s and 90s, but the temp increase will not be as dramatic compared to current conditions.

San Quintin and Vizcaino, Baja CA, Mexico will also participate in this warming trend will high temps in the mid-80s and mid-90s respectively, which could lead to an increase of production out of these growing regions.

MEXICO UPDATE
Many parts of central Mexico are still experiencing daily rains as part of the warmer tropical weather this time of year; however, there are no major storms currently. The Sinaloa regions of Culiacan and Los Mochis are experiencing perfect weather with no rain in the 10-day forecast. Expect early production out of this region something next month early crops such as eggplant and cukes. Roma tomatoes should start sometime in late November or early December.  

HURRICANE CENTRAL
Tropical Storm Nestor came across the Florida panhandle and through Georgia over the weekend without much fanfare. Rain totals associated with the storm were relatively low, well under an inch throughout the areas. The storm that came though the same area Oct. 14-15 had higher totals, around three inches.

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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