Florida's flash freeze, West to welcome heat wave
The temperatures in Florida on Wednesday dropped lower than what was originally projected, with Immokalee dropping to 32 degrees for two hours in the morning, which could affect tomatoes, Bell peppers, green beans, cukes, eggplant and corn. Plant City, which is big in strawberries, also went down to 32. These extreme cold temperatures were a one-night phenomenon. By Wednesday night and Thursday morning minimum temps were back in the mid-50s where they will stay for at least the next 10 days.
Heat wave coming to West late next week
While temperatures in California and Arizona are forecast to be average for the next seven days, on Saturday, Feb. 1 the temps will significantly rise as coastal regions such as Oxnard and Santa Maria will see high temps reach into the mid-70s. The desert regions of Yuma and Coachella will reach into the mid-80s. These warmer temps will continue into the first week of February. Look for good volume and quality on products out of these regions.
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(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)