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We knew it was going to get cold, but not this cold. Last Thursday and Friday isolated locations in the Coachella Valley saw minimum temps dip below the freezing line. Thursday’s min temp at the Thermal Airport was 32, while Friday saw the min temp drop to 30. Saturday and Sunday saw min temps in the mid-30s. Green beans and Bell peppers coming from this region at this time. Things will change this week as the desert region enters another warming trend.weat

After a week of normal to below-normal temps, California will experience another warming trend.

The Coachella Valley will begin to rise starting today. Max temps this week will be back into the 90s and min temps back up into the upper 50s. These warmer temps will last through Sunday before dropping back into the 80s for next week, which is normal for this time of year.

In the coastal growing regions of Santa Maria, Salinas and Oxnard, warmer temps will return this Friday and last through Sunday. Expect to see max temps in the 80s for the weekend. Temps will drop a few degrees come next Monday, but highs will remain in the mid-70s all next week, which should be good for berries and veg from these regions.

The Baja California region of San Quintin will also see warmer temps this weekend.

HOT TEMPS CONTINUE IN SOUTHERN FLORIDA
The growing regions of southern Florida, including Belle Glade, Immokalee and Homestead, continue to see max temps near 90 with min temps in the lower 70s. These temps are well above normal for this time of year. In fact, the entire month of October saw temps well above normal. This region has now seen 15 continuous days with max temps above 90 going back to Oct. 21.

Temps will finally begin to cool down to normal starting Saturday as max temps drop into the low 80s and min temps into the mid-60s.

Look for production out of these regions earlier than normal due to the above-average October temps. Look for good supplies of green beans for Thanksgiving.

COOLING TREND COMING TO GEORGIA
The southern Georgia growing regions of Moultrie and Bainbridge, which are still shipping fall veg items and some mature green tomatoes, will see temps drop by 15 degrees overnight this Friday as a storm front comes through. Max temps are currently hovering around 80 with min temps around 60.

On Friday look for max temps to get into the mid-60s while min temps will be in the low 40s and a possible temp in the 30s in isolated areas. Also look for up to 0.25 inches of rain on Friday. These cooler temps will last at least through next Wednesday, Nov 13. Look for production out of this area to slow.

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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