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Freezing temps in the San Joaquin Valley could damage tree fruit, almonds

More freezing temps are hitting the San Joaquin Valley this week -- and are expected to last all week. Look for issues to the citrus harvest and any veg that may be coming from these regions such as asparagus and broccoli.weat

Another major issue they may come from these freezes is damage to the early flowering of almonds and peaches. As we move into the second half of February, there should be some early varieties already blossoming. These freezing temps are expected to last through Friday night. There is also a chance for some rain on Wednesday up and down the SJV. The highest possibility of rain will come tomorrow with up to 0.5 inches.

ROUGH WINTER CONTINUES IN CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA
Oxnard and Santa Maria are experiencing a tough winter. Over the weekend fields were still wet, preventing harvesters from getting in and picking strawberries. This week these regions will experience cold temps at night, getting down into the mid- to lower 30s. The max temps will mostly be in the mid-50s this week. These regions won’t see highs in the 60s and minimums in the 40s until this Sunday or Monday of next week at the earliest.

CULICAN COOL ALL WEEK
The production slowdown in the Culiacan has begun. Sunday and Monday nights saw a minimum temp of 48. Tonight will be the coldest night of the week with a minimum of 44. The minimum temps are predicted to remain in the high 40s through Monday, Feb. 25. Max temps this week will be in the high 70s and low 80s. Production will be affected. Please take precautions to avoid being caught off guard as supplies tighten.

FLORIDA CONTINUES ITS HEATWAVE
Look to Florida to replace Culiacan's lost volumes this week. Florida is right in the middle of a heat wave will all major growing regions experiencing temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above normal. Belle Glade, Immokalee, Homestead and Plant City are all experiencing max temps in the mid- to upper 80s and low temps in the mid- to upper 60s. These warmer-than-normal temps will last into the middle of next week at least. This heat they are experiencing in Florida will probably bring their peach deal on a little earlier this year.

BAJA CALIFORNIA: RAIN THIS WEEK
Ensenada, Mexico, will see rain on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, which will most likely affect strawberries coming from this region. They will see up to an inch of rain over the two days. They will also experience below-average temps with highs remaining in the mid-50s and lows in the upper 30s to low 40s.

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)