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Coldest temps of the year to hit California

California's storms started last Friday evening and brought rain off and on through yesterday afternoon. The heaviest rains occurred on Saturday, and now the coldest temperatures of the winter are coming to California this week.weat

Overall Oxnard received over three inches of rain; this is a main region for strawberries right now along with celery, cabbage and other winter veg. Santa Maria received 2.5 inches through yesterday and is currently producing broccoli, cauliflower and other winter veg items. Supplies on all commodities out of these regions are expected to be affected. It might be several days before growers can get back in the fields to pick.

Fillmore and Santa Paula, CA, a main growing region for avocados in California, received just over six inches of total rain from these storms. With the upcoming California season starting later this spring this rain could be beneficial to the crop.

Right now there is a 40 percent chance for another storm to hit California this upcoming Saturday and another chance for a storm on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

A bast of cold air is coming behind this latest storm. Tonight and tomorrow night will be the coldest nights of the week with minimum temps dropping down to 34 for Santa Maria and 37 for Oxnard.

In the San Joaquin Valley, the National Weather Service issued frost and freeze warnings for early Wednesday and Thursday mornings. For the region between Bakersfield and Fresno the NWS is anticipating temperatures to dip down below freezing with isolated pockets getting down into the high 20s for several hours.

These latest storms continue to bring snow to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which is beneficial to summer irrigation supplies in the San Joaquin Valley.

In Florida, the Sunshine State is finally living up to its moniker. Weather is finally back on track and production should pick up over the next 10 days. All current growing locations can expect maximum temps in the mid-80s and minimum temps in the mid-60s. There is no rain on the immediate forecast aside from a slight possibility for rain on Wednesday, Feb 13.

Weather in Culiacan is beginning to warm up with maximum temps reaching up to 90. The minimum temps will remain in the mid-50s. Thursday night will be the coolest night of the week at 51 but will be back to 57 by next Saturday. The highest maximum temperature will be Monday, Feb. 11 when it will reach 92. Look for production to remain strong from this region of Mexico with good supplies in Nogales and McAllen on Bell peppers, cukes, and tomatoes.

The states of Michoacán, Jalisco and Guanajuato are experiencing great weather these days with maximum temps in the mid-80s and minimum temps in the mid-40s. There is no forecast of rain in the next 10 days. This is perfect weather for berry production. Volumes should be good on strawberries out of Mexico and crossing in McAllen for the Valentine’s Day pull.

The state of Veracruz, where 90 percent of Mexico's Persian limes come from, is experiencing perfect weather as they have been most of the past several months. Markets on limes have been soft for some time and there are no weather issues in the foreseeable future that would disrupt supplies and tighten markets. This is a 180-degree difference compared to last year at this time when Veracruz was experiencing heavy rains and cold temps and markets sky rocketed shortly after.

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)