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Excessive heat warnings through the weekend
The majority of the Midwest and Northeast — including numerous growing regions — will experience their first major heat wave of the summer this weekend. The combination of excessive heat and humidity will lead to heat indexes of well above 100 — and even approaching 110. This heat should break on Monday or Tuesday depending on location. Expect high temperatures... Read more
Extreme heat hitting growing areas throughout the country
It appears the majority of eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and western Tennessee escaped any serious rains from Hurricane Barry. As of late Monday evening, rain totals for the past 48 hours were under 1.5 inches for this region, though there be isolated areas with higher totals. This should be good news for the local watermelon deals coming out of these areas. What... Read more
Tropical storm Barry bringing heavy rains to the Mississippi Valley
Tropical storm Barry is projected to make landfall sometime Saturday along the Louisiana coast. As of right now Barry is still officially a tropical storm (wind speed 39 to 73 miles per hour) but has the potential to become a hurricane by Saturday (wind speed 74 mph and above). Barry is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 20 inches over southeast... Read more
Hurricane forming, heat hitting California and Michigan
Starting this Thursday extreme high temps are expected to hit California, which could affect quality of many commodities.  In the southern deserts where grapes are still being harvested, look for a high of 115 on Thursday and 118 on Friday. Saturday through next Tuesday will experience a high of 116. Low temps will remain extremely warm during these six... Read more
Daily rain for the East Coast, heat hanging over Michigan
Above-average temperatures continue in Michigan with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the low 70s. These temperatures are approximate 10 degrees above normal for both the high and low. By the time the heat breaks they will have experience over 10 consecutive days of above-average temperatures. These warmer temps will continue through at least Friday. On Saturday,... Read more
Heat hitting growing areas in U.S., Chile still bundling up
Above-average temperatures continue in Michigan. Highs over the next seven days will be well above normal: into the upper 80s with a possible 90 degree temperature coming next Monday. Minimum temps are also above normal at 68 over the next seven days. Temperatures will finally drop back down to normal of 80 for a high and 60 for a low by Saturday, July 6.  WARMING... Read more
Chile gets chilly, Garden State set to break loose
Last night many growing regions of Chile experienced freezing temps with minimums dropping as low as 27 in certain areas. Other regions only saw minimum temps in the low 30s. There were also isolated showers last night with some regions receiving up to 0.25 inches of rain. Last night will be the coldest night of the week. Today, Wednesday and Thursday will warm... Read more
Hard freeze could hit Chilean citrus
Get ready for extreme cold temperatures and rain to hit regions of Chile next week. Low temperatures could drop to as low as 26 degrees on multiple nights in certain regions of the country. The coldest nights are expected to be Monday, June 24, Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th. During the five-day stretch the minimum temps are expected to go below freezing... Read more
Chile's first winter storm is on the way
Starting next Monday many growing regions in Chile will experience at least four days of cold, wet weather. The storm will affect the middle of the country. High temperatures in these regions are currently in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-40s. Come Sunday temps will begin to drop, and by Tuesday, June 25 max temps will only be in the mid-40s and min temps will... Read more
Western heat wave ends, but more heat coming
The heat wave that engulfed most western growing areas the last six days came to an end yesterday, and temperatures for the most part have returned to normal.  Although the heat is over you might want to keep a close eye on the quality of products coming from certain regions out west at least for a few more days. The heat can be good for some regions... Read more
Heavy rains in Mexico, cool temps coming for cherries
The tropical disturbance discussed last Friday has moved north over to the Gulf of Mexico side of the Yucatan Peninsula. This disturbance will likely produce heavy rains over portions of southern and eastern Mexico during the next few days. Heavy rains are also likely to spread over southeastern Texas and Louisiana through Thursday. Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz... Read more
Tropical disturbance may affect southern, central Mexico; heat wave out West
Major rain is coming to southern and central Mexico. A low-pressure disturbance off the southern coast of Chiapas will bring heavy daily rain totals to southern and central Mexico starting today, which will most likely affect harvests for multiple commodities. Starting today and continuing through at least next weekend most southern and central growing regions... Read more
One last storm for Calif. growers, heat wave to hit NJ
There is finally light at the end of the tunnel for California growers. After what seems like an endless parade of storms this winter and spring, it appears things will finally turn the corner next week -- but only after one last storm this weekend. The last forecasted storm will come through this Sunday dropping rain in all major growing regions across the... Read more
Record rainfall in California, desert melons cooling off
The excessively rainy and cold winter in California continues with record rainfall up and down the state this past Sunday. The San Joaquin Valley, Stockton, Sacramento, Fresno and Bakersfield all broke half-century-old records. Total rainfall was anywhere from 0.5 inches to an inch depending on location. The total amount of rain for the season in Sacramento is... Read more
California feeling a chill between May storms
Round one of California's storms came down yesterday in the northern part of the San Joaquin Valley. Sacramento received 1.5 inches while Stockton received an inch. These regions are big suppliers of cherries and blueberries this time of year. At the southern end of the valley around Bakersfield and Fresno the rain totals were under 0.1 inches. Along the... Read more
Get ready for cherry prices to skyrocket
The San Joaquin Valley is expected to get hit by two major storms and colder temps that have the possibility to affect the cherry crop and cause serious damage to other stone fruit crops.  Starting Wednesday night into Thursday, a storm is anticipated to hit all growing regions up and down the San Joaquin Valley dropping between 0.5 inches to an inch of... Read more
Cherries, stone fruit and tomatoes getting wet; heat wave hits Northwest
The southern end of the San Joaquin Valley will most likely see some rain today, which may affect the cherry crop and stone fruit. Rain coupled with hot weather in the upper 80s and 90s next week has the possibility of causing splitting in the cherries and possible staining in peaches. As of last night, the Bakersfield area has the highest possibility of rain... Read more
A magical May is sharing some not so magical moments with lower-than-normal temperatures and light rain. CHERRIES: Light rainfall is expected May 8-9 in some, but not all, early cherry-growing regions. This may slow down production volume end of this week with growers worried that rain causes come cracking of the cherries. May 7 was the first rain forecast that... Read more
Storms hitting California, heat wave coming for the Northwest
Yesterday a storm came through California bringing light rain and wind to coastal growing regions from Santa Maria south through San Diego. Another storm is coming later in the week. The San Joaquin Valley is expecting more rain this Thursday and Friday. Bakersfield and Fresno can expect 0.75 inches over the two-day period. Farther north in Sacramento they will... Read more
Southern Florida getting hit by tropical disturbance
Although the hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June 1, the National Hurricane Center has already identified the first tropical disturbance of the season. A trough of low pressure that extends from south Florida northeastward several hundred miles over the western Atlantic is producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. Expect heavy rains... Read more