view current print edition







Record rainfall in California, desert melons cooling off

The excessively rainy and cold winter in California continues with record rainfall up and down the state this past Sunday. The San Joaquin Valley, Stockton, Sacramento, Fresno and Bakersfield all broke half-century-old records. Total rainfall was anywhere from 0.5 inches to an inch depending on location. The total amount of rain for the season in Sacramento is now at 24 inches, 40 percent above normal.weat

Along the coastal growing regions, Salinas also saw record amounts of rain for this date at 0.35 inches. Santa Maria also saw rain, but only 0.2 inches, which did not break the record.

These are winter storms out of Alaska bringing cold temps and snow to the higher elevations, not the warm summer tropical rains one would expect for this time of year. Sacramento's max temp was only 57 on Sunday and Fresno was only 67. These regions should be in the 90s right now harvesting fruit for Memorial Day weekend, but they won’t even get into the 80s until May 28.

There is another chance of rain for today, Thursday and Saturday in the various growing regions of California.

Phoenix, Yuma, Imperial and Palo Verde Valley are experiencing the effects of the storms coming through California. Although these regions won’t see any rain, they are experiencing cooler temps and high winds. These regions which should all be in the mid-90s right now but are experiencing max temps in the low to mid-70s with wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour today and tomorrow. Temps won’t get back to normal until Friday. Coachella does have a 40 percent chance of rain tomorrow.

High temps in Georgia and northern Florida will continue well into next week and will peak on May 28 with some locations getting as high as 102. Look for increased production on all commodities coming from this part of the world.

Weather in the broccoli- and lettuce-growing regions of Mexico looks great now. In the states of Guanajuato and Aguascalientes max temps over the 10 days will be in the upper 80s and mins will be in the upper 50s.

San Quintin region of Baja California will experience cooler temps this week as part of the same storms hitting California. Max temps this week will be in the mid- to upper 60s and mins in the mid-50s. There is about a 40 percent chance of light showers tomorrow.

In the La Laguna region of Torreon, Coahuilla temps will be right around the century mark all this week with overnight lows around 70. We should see good volumes of shade house veg begin to come from this region.

Citrus regions along the eastern coast of Mexico will experience a high temp today around 100 but will cool off during the week to a high of 90 on Saturday. The minimum temps will be in the mid-70s all this week.

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)