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Florida heats up while Culiacan cools down

Florida saw rain on Wednesday, as well as lower temps for the day. Today things are back to normal but get ready for the heat coming next week. Starting this Sunday and continuing all next week temps will be well above normal in Florida. Belle Glade, Homestead, Immokalee will all see max temps in the upper 80 degrees, with some isolated 90s and mins in the upper 60s, possibly getting as high as 71 degrees for a minimum in Homestead on Monday and Tuesday. With these higher temps, expect veg production to increase. Maybe look for promotable volumes.weat

Even Plant City further north will see highs in the upper 80s and lows in the high 60s. We should see production of strawberries increase as well.  

These higher temps continue at least through next Saturday.  

Today and tomorrow will be the hottest days of the week in Culiacan with high temps reaching 93 degrees and a low of 61 degrees tonight. Looking beyond today and tomorrow and starting Monday, Culiacan will begin a week long cool-down. Sunday and Monday nights will have a minimum temp of 49 degrees and by Wednesday the minimum temp will drop down to 45 degrees. The minimum temp is forecasted to back up to 50 degrees for Friday and Saturday. Look for production to slow down next week, which could possible help clean up extra inventories brought on from the current high temps. These cooler temps will also affect the Baja peninsula. If you deal in any product out of San Diego coming from Baja look for possible slowdowns in production next week.

It is getting repetitive to state this but yesterday saw the biggest storm to hit parts of California so far. The biggest rain totals were toward the southern part of the state due to an atmospheric river that was directed right toward Southern California. Coachella saw approximately one inch of rain, parts of San Diego up to five inches of rain and the growing regions of Ensenada, Mexico received 1.5 inches. Irvine saw 2.5 inches and Oxnard one inch. Even Yuma received some rain yesterday. Needless to say this rain should affect harvests.  

The current forecast is for another storm to come through next Wednesday.

Further north the rain is not as intense but Santa Maria and Salinas are expecting to receive over 1.5 inches between yesterday through tomorrow.

This is by far the wettest winter in California in quite some time, maybe going back over 10 years.

The eastern coastal plain of Mexico that includes the states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi and Veracruz will be experiencing their own mini heat wave this weekend. This is the region with a high concentration of citrus such as Red Grapefruit in Nuevo Leon, Oranges in San Luis Potosi and of course the capital of Persian Limes in Veracruz. Starting today these regions will see high temps in the mid-90s and will peak on Sunday with some areas getting over 100 degrees. These temps are about 20 degrees above normal. The minimum temps will be in the mid-60 degrees for most regions but some will get as high as 70 degrees. These extreme high temps will last through Monday and then will cool down by 15 degrees on Tuesday.

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)