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A large tropical disturbance has formed in the Pacific off the southern tip of Baja California. This storm will produce heavy rains over the growing regions in the southern Baja peninsula and northwest mainland Mexico.weat

Culiacan, Sinaloa, is expected to receive more than four inches of rain starting later tonight and continuing through Friday. This region has started shipping cukes, eggplant, green beans, Bells and tomatoes, and it is on the cusp of beginning its tomato harvest. Look for production to be disrupted by this storm. Culiacan will also see some cooler temps associated with the storm with mins dropping into the 50s by Saturday and remaining into next week.

Along the southern end of the Baja peninsula expect two-plus inches of rain around La Paz. This a big shipping area of tomatoes right now. The berry-growing region of Ensenada, Baja California, will receive two-plus inches of rain with min temps in the 40s over the next three days.

SERIOUS STORM TO HIT WESTERN U.S.
The first winter storm of the season is poised to hit California growing regions starting today and colder temps are coming.

As of last night, Oxnard and Santa Maria are expected to see half an inch over Wednesday and Thursday. Salinas is expected to receive more than an inch of rain between today and Thursday. All three regions will see cold minimum temps starting tomorrow with temps dropping to 33 for Wednesday through Friday in Salinas and Santa Maria; Oxnard will dip into the upper 30s. These are your three main California strawberry regions right now.

The desert regions of Coachella and Yuma will see a chance of rain on Thursday (half an inch) and cooler temps. Coachella will see min temps drop into the low 30s for consecutive nights while Yuma will dip into the low 40s.

ANOTHER STORM ON THE HORIZON
The coastal California regions won’t get much of a chance to dry out before another storm is expected to hit Salinas starting Saturday and continuing through Tuesday, bringing an additional one-plus inches of rain to all major regions. This rain will hit farther south into Oxnard starting next Monday. Look for a reduction in production of strawberries over the next week.

PERFECT WEATHER IN FLORIDA THROUGH SUNDAY
The growing regions of central and southern Florida will experience high temps in the mid-80s and mins in the low 60s through this Sunday without a chance of rain. Come next Monday the temps will drop by 10 to 15 degrees across the board with max temps in the low 70s and min temps in the upper 40s. Immokalee will see min temps of 44 next Monday and Tuesday.

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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