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California storm to hamper harvesting veg, berries and avocados

Spring is here, and California is due to get hit with a storm bigger than any that came this winter. Rain will start later today and continue through Thursday in most locations. Expect harvest of strawberries, broccoli, celery, lettuce, other veg, citrus and avocados from these areas to be curtailed or halted altogether for the majority of the week and quality to be affected for a time.

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The Coachella and Imperial valleys, Yuma and Ensenada, Mexico are not expecting to see any rain from this storm.

Looking beyond this storm there is no more rain in the current 10-day forecast. Starting Friday California will begin to dry out, and by next Tuesday we can expect highs in the 70s.

Get ready for Florida blueberries to bust wide open next week. As mentioned last Friday, central Florida warmed up a bit over the weekend but between yesterday and today it will receive up to an inch of rain and minimum temps will drop back down into the 40s starting Wednesday through Saturday. However, starting Sunday, March 25 high temps will finally be in the 80s and minimums will be in the upper 50s throughout next week. Expect production to finally break loose.

Florida tomatoes will follow the same pattern. Growing regions will be unusually cool Wednesday through Friday this week with highs in the mid-60s and minimums in the 40s, but by Sunday highs will be in the 80s and minimum temps will be in the 60s. More rounds should begin out of Florida by the week of March 26.

MEXICO, ROMA TOMATOES - Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico can expect highs in the mid-90s starting Wednesday and continuing through Saturday and then will be in the high 80s next week. With the warmer temps Romas out of this area should being in earnest. Expect heavy volumes for April and May and prices to drop to minimums again.

Central Mexico and Baja California should expect perfect weather for all veg and berries, and watermelon regions have good weather as well.

Fall is coming to Chile and the major blueberry regions will see a storm roll in this Wednesday and last through Friday. They will see rain totals of .25-.75 inches and cooler temps.

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)