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Florida's flash freeze, West to welcome heat wave
The temperatures in Florida on Wednesday dropped lower than what was originally projected, with Immokalee dropping to 32 degrees for two hours in the morning, which could affect tomatoes, Bell peppers, green beans, cukes, eggplant and corn. Plant City, which is big in strawberries, also went down to 32. These extreme cold temperatures were a one-night... Read more
Florida near freezing, beautiful weather out West
Tonight will bring some of the coldest temps to Florida so far this winter. Plant City in the central part of the state will see minimum temp of 33 and a high of only 56. These temps shouldn’t affect the strawberries from this region but could slow production a bit. Tomorrow the minimum temp will be 48. Thursday and Friday will be a touch warmer with mins in... Read more
Serious rain for lime country, Florida cools down while heat hits West
Get ready for a possible reduction of lime volume next week -- and an increase in quality issues. Starting tomorrow a large storm front is forecast to hit the Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz region dumping over four inches of rain between Saturday and Monday; the heaviest rain will come Sunday. Along with the rain will come cooler temps for Monday and Tuesday. Look... Read more
Florida cooldown coming, Chilean grapes staying warm
Florida is right in the middle of a week-long heat wave that started last Friday and will continue through this Saturday. Max temps up and down the state are in the mid-80s with min temps in the mid-60s. Hopefully these warmer temps will help bring on production of all items, which have been unusually light the last several weeks. Come next Monday, Jan.... Read more
Florida growing regions heating up
Going into the weekend, weather around the main North American growing regions is fairly quiet.  The Florida warm-up discussed on Tuesday's update starts in earnest today with max temps reaching into the 80s up and down the state. In Plant City temps will peak on Sunday with a max of 87 and low of 69. Temps in Plant City will remain in the upper 80s until... Read more
It's beginning to look a lot like summer in Florida
The entire southern half of Florida will begin a major warming trend this week that will last well into the next. All regions from Orlando south, including Plant City, Immokalee, Belle Glade and Homestead, will see temps rise by 20 to 30 degrees by the end of the week. These warmer temps will last well at least through next Thursday. Look for production... Read more
Temps high for Chilean grapes, low for Mexican limes
The best chance for rain in the strawberry-growing regions of California will be this Sunday and Monday. As of today, the chance or rain ranges from 50 percent up to 80 percent for Sunday and Monday. Rain totals over the two days will range from 0.5 inches to an inch. Tuesday should be dry across the state and then the second storm will come in on Wednesday... Read more
Four days of rain for Calif. strawberries; Christmas cold snap in Mexico
Production out of California could be affected all next week due to rain. The forecast is for back-to-back storms to move into California starting Sunday and remain at least through Christmas day. Look for daily rain totals to range between 0.25 inches to half an inch. If the growing areas of Oxnard, Santa Maria and Irvine do receive the predicted rain, look... Read more
Weather to help pick up Mexican tomato volume
Current temps in the Coachella Valley are nice with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the upper 40s. Come next Monday and Tuesday temps will cool off as max temps will only reach the low 60s and min temps will dip into the mid-30s. These temps will probably not have any effect on the broccoli and lettuce coming from the region but could slow down the production... Read more
California drying out, warm spell for Peruvian blueberries and grapes
Look for southern Florida to have above-average temps this week leading to a possible uptick in production of veg and berries. At the southern end of the peninsula near Homestead look for max temps in the mid-80s all this week with min temps in the upper 60s and even some possible 70-degree min temps this week -- excellent weather for maximum production. Farther... Read more
Strawberries expected to pick up next week
Last week the major coastal strawberry-growing regions of California receive up to two inches of rain along with cold temperatures, leading to a reduction in the volume of strawberries coming from these regions. Max temps were in the 50s and min temps in the upper 30s and low 40s for the majority of the week. Today another storm is coming through Southern California... Read more
Major storms headed toward western growing regions
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. Culiacan, Sinaloa, is expected to receive more than four inches of rain starting later tonight and continuing through Friday. This region has... Read more
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. Many... Read more
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... Read more
Freeze to mark end of Georgia, northern Florida fall seasons
Freezing temperatures tonight and tomorrow in southern Georgia and northern Florida growing regions should pretty much bring an end to any production still coming from these areas. Expect the min temps in the region to be around 32 tonight and 34 on Wednesday night. Minimum temps on Thursday will rise back into the 40s where they will remain through... Read more
First frost coming to Florida, Georgia
Starting today look for temps in and around Quincy, FL, to begin a downward slide that will culminate next Tuesday with min temps touching the freezing mark. Look for the min temp to only reach 43 tonight, which is a drop of 20 degrees from yesterday. Today’s max temp will only reach 66. These cooler temps will continue through the weekend. Next Tuesday a storm... Read more
Coachella Valley hit with freezing temperatures
We knew it was going to get cold, but not this cold. Last Thursday and Friday isolated locations in the Coachella Valley saw minimum temps dip below the freezing line. Thursday’s min temp at the Thermal Airport was 32, while Friday saw the min temp drop to 30. Saturday and Sunday saw min temps in the mid-30s. Green beans and Bell peppers coming from this region... Read more
Lettuce, celery and strawberry volume to drop
After five straight days of high temps in the upper 80s and high 90s and low temps in the mid-50s, the coastal California growing regions of Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard experienced a dramatic climatic change over the weekend. Starting this past Saturday, the high temps in the region dropped by 15 to 20 degrees and will continue on the cool side through this... Read more
Production to increase out of Coastal California
This week a warming trend is coming to coastal growing regions of California and will most likely cause production to increase. The coastal regions of Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard will all see max temps in the mid- to upper 80s with some isolated 90s this week through Friday. These temps are 15 to 20 degrees above normal. The warmer temps started yesterday... Read more
Storms to hit southeastern U.S. and Mexico
The weather in the United States is mostly calm now; however, there are areas with heavy rains on the southeastern coastal regions of the U.S. and Mexico. There are two separate storms converging over southern Mexico this week. One storm has formed off the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico while the other is sitting just off the coast... Read more