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The weather in the United States is mostly calm now; however, there are areas with heavy rains on the southeastern coastal regions of the U.S. and Mexico.weat

There are two separate storms converging over southern Mexico this week. One storm has formed off the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico while the other is sitting just off the coast of Guatemala in the Pacific Ocean. The combined power of these two storms will produce heavy showers over southern Mexico, northern Guatemala and the Bay of Campeche. Expect flooding and mudslides, especially in the mountainous regions of Mexico and Guatemala.

Over the next three days expect rain totals in excess of six inches in some of the lime- and pineapple-growing regions in the Mexican states of Tabasco and Oaxaca.

The storm off the Pacific coast has the potential to become a tropical depression and possibly form a cyclone. This storm will continue in a west-northwest direction at approximately 10 miles per hour, hugging the coast of Mexico possibly bringing rain and wind to the other states along the Mexican coast over the next few days.

If this storm continues its current path it may move into the coastal states of Michoacán and Colima later in the week, which can cause issues with products grown in these regions, including limes, bananas and berries.

HEAVY RAINS AND COOLER TEMPS COMING TO SOUTHERN GROWING REGIONS TODAY
There is a large storm moving across the southern coastal regions today, bringing heavy rains to Arkansas and southern Georgia.

Expect Arkansas to receive well above two inches of rain while Moultrie, GA, will see approximately 1.5 inches.

Along with the rain will come cooler temperatures. Minimum temps in Georgia will drop by 20 degrees tomorrow night, going to a low of 70 tonight to a low of 49 tomorrow. These cold temps will continue through Thursday night before gradually warming again starting Friday. Temperatures will rise over the weekend before cooling off again early next week.

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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