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Extended rain coming to California, Culiacan returns to normal temps

A couple nights of cool weather are coming to Florida this week and next, and a significant amount of rain is coming to California and Baja California Mexico next week. After 10 days of extreme cold in the state of Sinaloa, temps are finally back to normal, but reduced supplies are coming from the region.weat

This Wednesday and Thursday, Florida can expect minimum temps in the low 40s. Plant City and Arcadia will have a minimum of 42 both nights while Immokalee will have a minimum of 43 these nights. Tonight and Friday will see minimums in the upper 50s but the two nights between will be chilly. Maximum temps will also be cooler Wednesday and Thursday only getting into the upper 60s and low 70s.

Next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will also see lower temps with minimums back down in the mid-40s for these same growing regions. The eastern coast growing regions of Belle Glade and Homestead will see cooler temps this Wednesday and Thursday but will not experience the cooler temps next week. There is no rain in the extended forecast for Florida.

Temps are finally back to normal after 10 days of extreme cold last week in the state of Sinaloa. From Dec 26. through Jan. 4 the growing regions of Ciudad Obregón, Sonora south through Los Mochis, Sinaloa down to Culiacan saw minimum temps in the upper 30s to low 40s, the effects of which are still being felt in Nogales with reduced supplies of all commodities coming from these regions. This week the temps are back to normal with maximums in the mid- to upper 80s and minimums in the mid-50s. Hopefully we will see production begin to pick up on tomatoes, Bell peppers and all other items. As of right now there is a 40 percent chance of rain in Culiacan this Thursday (up to 0.25 inches).

Conditions are currently set so that Southern California is in the pathway of all winter storms. After receiving a good shot of rain this past weekend the growing regions of SoCal and NoBaja are expecting more storms starting this Saturday and continuing daily through at least next Thursday, Jan. 17. Oxnard could see between 0.25 and 0.5 inches of rain daily Saturday through Thursday. In Irvine, CA, the rain will start Sunday and continue daily through Thursday. The Coachella Valley will see 0.5 inches rain on both Monday and Tuesday. This rain could affect harvests.

Ensenada and San Quintin, Baja California will see rain starting Saturday and continue through next Wednesday. Due to the strong tomato market the region of San Quintin has been able to extend their season longer than normal but these rains might finally bring that to an end.

Many blueberry-growing regions in Chile are experiencing cold and rain right now, which may affect production this week.

Temuco had rain yesterday and will today and tomorrow. Tomorrow night the minimum temp will be 36 and 41 Thursday night, very unusual for this time of year down there. The region of Arauco is also experiencing rain and will have a minimum temp tomorrow of 43. The maximum temp these same days will only be in the mid-60s. By Saturday temps will be back to normal with maximums in the mid-80s and minimums in the mid-50s.

Yuma is experiencing normal conditions for this time of year with high temperatures in the mid- to upper 60s and lows in upper 40s. Yuma is expected to see some rain from the same storms hitting California but not as drastically. As of right now there is a 70 percent chance for 0.15 inches on Saturday and a 40 percent chance of 0.25 inches next Tuesday. 

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(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)