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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
Cold front may put an end to Michigan's growing season
Michigan’s growing season, which has continued longer than normal this year due to the unusually warm temperatures, might finally be coming to an end. Today many growing regions in the state will see a cold front come through bringing rain and much colder temperatures. Areas that only yesterday saw a high of 73 and a low of 60 will see a high of 48 and a low... Read more
Unexpected storm hits Florida tomato growers
Florida's fall tomato-growing region of Palmetto and Ruskin saw heavy rain yesterday. The unexpected storm dropped over three inches of rain in less than three hours. There was no wind associated with this storm. Approximately 100 miles south in the growing region of Immokalee they received some rain last night but not nearly as much as in Palmetto. COOL... Read more
Record-breaking heat in the Southeast
The last several weeks have seen excessive heat and a lack of rain in the Southeast. Temperatures throughout the region have been well above normal with highs in the upper 90s and many locations above 100. Many high temp records have been broken in cities from Florida to Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee over the past two weeks. To make matters worse, the region... Read more
Mexican growing areas hit by Tropical Storm Narda
Over the weekend Tropical Storm Narda strengthened, dropping heavy amounts of rain along Mexico's coastal regions of Colima and Michoacan. The storm is hugging the Pacific coast moving up through the states of Sinaloa and will be into Sonora by tomorrow, hitting growing areas for veg. COOLDOWN COMING TO THE MID-ATLANTICTomorrow will be an extremely hot... Read more
Cold weather to affect California, Michigan and Oregon production
It appears summer in Michigan might finally be coming to an end next week. Next Thursday, Oct. 3, min temperatures in the state will dip into the mid-40s and highs only reach into the upper 50s. These cooler temps will continue through the weekend of Oct. 4-5. Expect production to slow down at the end of next week. In the meantime, temperatures will remain warm... Read more
Cool weather could finish off Northwest blues
As the Blueberry season winds down in the Northwest, the cold weather next week might finally bring it to an end. Starting this Thursday, nightly low temps in Oregon and Washington will dip into the 40s for the first time this season. By Sunday the low will be 44 and the high will only be 62. These cooler temps will continue through at least the 10-day forecast. Overall... Read more
Tropical storm headed toward growing regions
Over the past two days Tropical Storm Lorena has been hugging the west coast of Mexico along the states of Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco, dropping several inches of rain during the process. The storm has now left the coast and per the National Hurricane Center it is headed toward the Baja peninsula. The storm is expected to scoot up the pacific coast dropping... Read more
Heat wave to bump California veg and berry production
Get ready for an end-of-summer heat wave to hit California's coastal veg and berry regions next week. The growing regions of Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard will experience a prolonged heat wave starting this Saturday and going into the end of next week. Current high temps in these regions are in the lower 70s and low temps in the lower 50s, but by Saturday... Read more
Northwest cooling, but summer holding strong in Michigan
The heat is coming to California this weekend. Expect temperatures to be hot today and tomorrow; they will begin to cool off starting Sunday. Temperatures will be in the upper 80s today and tomorrow in the coastal growing regions of Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard. Growing regions just inland from the coast such as Hollister, Santa Paula and Soledad will see... Read more
Cold, rain to affect blueberries; heatwave hitting California
The cooler weather in the San Joaquin Valley will continue through tomorrow with max temps in the mid 80s. Starting Thursday temps will begin to warm day over day, reaching a peak of 101 on Saturday in Fresno and Bakersfield. The northern end of the valley near Modesto and Sacramento will reach 99 on Saturday. On Monday the heatwave will break, and max temps... Read more
Coastal North Carolina takes the brunt of Dorian
Hurricane Dorian is causing severe damage to the North Carolina coast, dumping enormous amounts of rain. The coastline between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington saw record-setting rainfall yesterday and continues to rain into this morning. We are talking about rain totals well above 10 inches so far and there might be more to come today. The growing region of Fayetteville... Read more
North Carolina watermelons to bear the brunt of Hurricane Dorian
As of today the heaviest rainfall from Hurricane Dorian will fall on the coastal plains of North Carolina this Thursday, according to the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center. Winds are anticipated to be upwards of 30 miles per hour on Thursday for the region, with rain totals up to six inches. This region of North Carolina is a... Read more
Excessive heat for the Northwest, San Joaquin Valley and Chile
Parts of Oregon and Washington can expect excessive heat today and tomorrow. In Oregon the entire length of the Willamette Valley from Eugene up to Portland will see high temps today and tomorrow in the upper 90s with some isolated 100-degree temps. This is about 10 degrees above Monday’s highs. This valley is a big player in the berry markets this time of year... Read more
British Columbia cherries warming up as Chile gets winter heat wave
British Columbia, which is large producer of cherries and berries this time of year, will experience a heat wave starting today and lasting through next Wednesday. Temperatures will rise approximate 10 degrees above where they were yesterday. Max temps will range from the mid-80s to low 90s depending on the exact location in the area. These warmer temps could... Read more
East gets rain, West gets a break from heat
Showers are returning to the eastern half of the country, heat out West is dissipating and there is a potential tropical depression forming out in the Caribbean. RAIN THIS WEEK FOR EASTERN HALF OF COUNTRYAlmost the entire eastern half of the country will receive rain this week, which should be a welcome relief for many who haven’t see precipitation for well... Read more
Record heat coming this weekend
A massive heat dome out west will bring record temps to multiple California growing locations this weekend. Saturday and Sunday will be the hottest days of the summer so far.  The southern half of the Salinas Valley from Gonzales down to King City will see max temps of 100 on Saturday and 103 on Sunday. Farther south the growing region of Santa Maria will... Read more
Excessive heat coming to California, storm to hit N.C. watermelon growers
California will experience a heat wave all this week that will affect several major growing regions. All points of the San Joaquin Valley will see max temps well above 100 all week. Bakersfield and Fresno will be at 105 today and tomorrow but will rise to 107 on Thursday where it will remain through Monday of next week. The northern end of the valley will... Read more
Excessive heat warnings through the weekend
The majority of the Midwest and Northeast — including numerous growing regions — will experience their first major heat wave of the summer this weekend. The combination of excessive heat and humidity will lead to heat indexes of well above 100 — and even approaching 110. This heat should break on Monday or Tuesday depending on location. Expect high temperatures... Read more