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Cool temps continue in California

Cool weather continues all this week in California. Although the rain has stopped for now the cool temperatures have remained and will stick around into next week. Oxnard and Santa Maria will experience maximum temps in the mid-50s through the weekend and all next week. Minimum temps will range from the high 30s into the upper 40s over the next 10 days. This is about 10 degrees below normal for this time of year.weat

The Coachella Valley will also be on the cooler side with maximum temps in the mid-60s and minimum temps in the mid- to upper 40s for the next 10 days.

There are more storms lined up to hit California this weekend and into the middle of next week but nothing like they saw this past weekend. As of right now the predicted rainfall totals are fairly low for each storm. Intensities of rain and timing will vary upon location, but all regions up and down the state will see more rain next week, including Coachella, which should see some next Thursday.

Salinas and Castroville will definitely see rain this weekend and the majority of next week with overall rain totals over higher than two inches. 

STRAWBERRIES

Strawberry production numbers out of Florida are down 37 percent this season so far compared to one year ago. Central Mexican growers are down by 12 percent in production compared to this same date one year ago. That combined with the stoppage of product coming out of Oxnard over the weekend and the first half of this week and the Valentine ’s Day pull have caused a demand-exceeds-supply situation.

Florida and Mexico are experiencing perfect conditions with maximum temps in the mid-80s and minimums in the upper 40s. Over the last few days, both regions appear to be shipping more product on a daily basis than recent weeks. With great weather forecasted for the next 10 days production numbers should continue to rise.

Production on all commodities out of Florida should continue strong or pick up a bit as we head into next week. All major growing regions from Plant City south down to Homestead will see max temps next week in the 80s and minimum temps in the 60s. The hottest days next week will be Tuesday and Wednesday when most regions can expect to see high temps in the upper 80s. There are chances for sporadic rain this weekend and mid next week but these storms will not bring colder temperatures and will only drop minimal amounts of rain.

Yuma, AZ, continues to pump out lettuce with seasonal production numbers up about 12 percent over this same date last year. The area saw some colder temps earlier in the week as a result of the cold front that came in from California. High temps Wednesday and Thursday were only in the mid-50s and the low temps were in the upper 30s. That cold front has now passed through and the temperatures will begin to climb again. Weekend max temps will be in the upper 60s, and by Wednesday of next week will be touching 70. The next five days will see minimum temps in the 40s but by next Wednesday the minimum temps will be in the mid-50s and should remain there for the foreseeable future.

Temps continue to rise in Culiacan. This weekend will see maximum temps in the 90s and minimum temps in the upper 50s. Next Tuesday will cool off for the day with a maximum temp of only 85 but then by the weekend of Feb. 16 the max temps will be back in the low 90s and minimum temps close to 60. There is no rain in the 10-day forecast. Look for production to remain strong.

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)