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After five straight days of high temps in the upper 80s and high 90s and low temps in the mid-50s, the coastal California growing regions of Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard experienced a dramatic climatic change over the weekend. Starting this past Saturday, the high temps in the region dropped by 15 to 20 degrees and will continue on the cool side through this week. Max temps in the regions will be in the low to mid-70s while the min temps will be in the low 40s. weat

These three growing regions are the major players in lettuces, celery and strawberries right now, accounting for more than 90 percent of the current production of these three crops. The market on lettuce and strawberries has been soft but we might see a tightening of availability as the temps cool this week. Look for markets to move upward.

If you deal in Iceberg lettuce you might also be pulling from the central San Joaquin Valley. Fresno, which last week experienced high temps in the upper 80s and lows in the mid-60s, will this week see temps drop to highs in the low 70s and min temps in the low 40s and a possible mid-30s. Look for production from this area to drop as well.

LOOK FOR BELLS, BEANS AND CORN TO TIGHTEN
The Coachella Valley last nigh saw the min temp drop down into the 30s. Tonight, the low is forecast to be 45 and then 38 again on Wednesday. These colder nights are expected to last through Friday. In Bakersfield the min temp last night was 44 and will be in the 30s by tomorrow night. This region will see these cooler nights through the weekend.

These cooler nightly mins are 15 to 20 cooler than they were last week. With San Joaquin Valley region being the major player in Bell peppers and sweet corn at the moment, look for markets to tighten even more this week. The Coachella Valley is coming online with Bells, beans and corn but is still relatively small compared to the current San Joaquin Valley production. Look for production out of Coachella to remain tight until the weather warms back up early next week.

CALIFORNIA CITRUS REGIONS TO SEE NEAR-FREEZING TEMPS THIS WEEK
The major San Joaquin Valley citrus-growing regions of Visalia, Delano and Dinuba will see min temps in the low to mid-30s tonight through Friday. The coldest night will be Wednesday when temps will get down to 32 in some isolated areas around Visalia.

FLORIDA HAS PERFECT WEATHER
The weather in the sunshine state couldn’t be better with growing areas such as Belle Glade and Immokalee experiencing max temps in the upper 80s to low 90s and min temps in the 70s. Look for production out of these regions on Bells and veg to begin any time now. There are still a few scattered showers forecast for later in the week, but overall the weather is perfect. These warm temps will continue for the foreseeable future. 

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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