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West to warm this weekend, Texas grapefruit gets a chill

A ridge of high pressure will bring above-average temps to California growing regions this weekend.

Starting tomorrow, temperatures will rise by 15 to 20 degrees above where they were most of this week. Oxnard, CA, will have a high temp of 80 tomorrow, 82 on Sunday and 77 on Monday. Salinas will see max temps this weekend of 71, 75 and 75. Santa Maria will have highs of 80, 78 and 80.weat

Look for a possible uptick in the supply of strawberries this weekend and early next week. Lettuces from this region are on the way out.

Desert regions of Coachella will also see warmer temps. Coachella will see max temps of 90 Saturday through Monday. Look for supplies of Bell peppers to increase over the weekend into early next week.      

Beware as the warmer temps will peter out by Tuesday as a storm front comes through California bringing cooler temps and a chance of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. High temps along the coast will drop back into the 60s and min temps back into the low to mid-40s.  The desert region max temps will drop from the 90s down to the mid-70s for the remainder of the week.

SOUTHERN GEORGIA SAW FREEZING TEMPS THIS WEEK
The freezing temps anticipated for southern Georgia and the panhandle of Florida materialized. The coldest temps were in the region of southwestern Georgia and the panhandle of Florida where the min temp on Tuesday dipped into the 20s and was in the mid-30s on Wednesday. Look for serious damage to any remaining fall crops from these regions.

As you got closer to the coast in southeastern Georgia and the eastern coast of Florida the temperatures were not as harsh, with minimum temps staying mostly in the low 40s with an occasional 39 in isolated areas.

Farther south into the Orlando and Lakeland area, which is a major region for winter strawberries, there were no issues with cold temps. This region is just scratching the plants, but volume should begin to pick up in the next couple of weeks.  

TEXAS GRAPEFRUIT RECEIVED A BLAST OF COLD AIR THIS WEEK
The same cold front that blasted the eastern half of the country made its way as far south as McAllen, TX, in the Rio Grande Valley. This region of Texas is a big shipper of red grapefruit this time of year -- some of the best grapefruit in the country.

Temperatures dropped 40 degrees overnight from a high of 87 on Monday to a high of only 44 on Tuesday. The min temps also dropped from 55 on Monday to 36 on Tuesday. The cold temps remained Wednesday and yesterday but by today the max temp will be 64 and will be 74 on Sunday with min temps back into the mid-50s.

This cold weather isn't expected to have any negative effect on the grapefruit.

HURRICANE CENTRAL
A very-late-season tropical depression has formed in the Pacific off the southern tip of Baja California. The storm is heading in northernly direction and is forecast to make its way to the Cabo San Lucas region of Baja California sometime Sunday. This storm has sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. It is not known at this time how much rain the storm will bring.  

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)