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Western growing regions getting hit by rain, cooler temps

There are two storms converging over Southern California, Arizona and northwestern Mexico over the next few days. Remnants of Tropical Storm Raymond coming up from Mexico will drop over an inch of rain throughout northwestern Mexico and the Southwest in the U.S. This storm will mix with a cold trough coming down from Alaska, bringing colder temps to the area.weat

Many major growing regions will see rain and cooler temps from these storms.

In Mexico, the following major areas will see rain today and tomorrow: Culiacan and Los Mochis, Sinaloa, which are preparing for the start of their winter deal. Ciudad Obregon and Hermosillo, Sonora, which are still shipping fall veg and melons. In Baja California the regions of San Quintin and Ensenada will see rain. San Quintin is still shipping tomatoes and other shadehouse veg while Ensenada is shipping berries. All these regions will see cooler temps this week and into next.

In the U.S., Yuma, AZ, will see over an inch of rain between today and tomorrow. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for all southern Arizona. Yuma is kicking off its winter wet veg crop.

This storm will clear out by Wednesday but then the cooler air coming from Northwest will come through dropping temps 10 to 15 degrees overnight.

Expect max temps in Yuma to go from 80 today to 69 on Thursday with min temps in the low 50s.

The coastal California regions of Oxnard, Santa Maria and Salinas will not see any rain from these storms.

CHILEAN BLUBERRY REGIONS EXPERIENCING HEAT WAVE
Major blueberry-growing regions in Chile are currently experiencing above-average temps. Since last week max temps have been in the upper 80s and will peak today with max temps in the mid-90s. The average high temp for this of year is 76. These warm temps will continue through this Friday before beginning to cool down on Saturday. Next week max temps will be in the mid-70s with min temps in the mid-40s. Look for a possible uptick in production this week.

These same locations are production areas for peaches, grapes and nectarines out of Chile, which should begin shipping sometime next month.

CALIFORNIA COOLDOWN BEGINS TODAY
California coastal growing regions experienced above-average temps this past weekend with areas such as Oxnard reaching 93 on Sunday and Santa Maria getting up to 88. Minimum temps were in the mid-50s. These warmer temps should have helped strawberry production.

Things will change tomorrow as the cooler air moves in and drops max temps down to 61 and min temps in the mid-40s. Look for production from these areas to slow down.

In the San Joaquin Valley, where lettuces and grapes are still being harvested, look for max temps to drop from the mid-70s down into the mid-60s starting tomorrow; min temps will also drop, reaching a low of 37 on Sunday and next Monday.

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)