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Rain returning to California, blueberries catching cold

After a weekend of beautiful weather in California, the winter storm pattern that the state saw for the last two months will return this week. As of right now there are three storms lined up out in the Pacific with potential to bring rain and cold weather.weat

The first and best chance of rain will be tomorrow. Rain totals will be anywhere from 0.25 inches to an inch throughout the state. By Wednesday temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees cooler than weekend highs depending on region. The San Joaquin Valley region, as well as coastal growing regions of Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard, will all see max temps only in the mid-60s and minimum temps on the mid 40s. These temperatures will last well into next week.

There is another chance of rain on Saturday and then a slight possibility of rain for next Wednesday, March 27.

The desert regions will see temps drop this week as well, but at this time there is no chance of rain from these storms.

PERSIAN LIMES TO REMAIN LIGHT
Temps in the eastern coastal state of Veracruz remain cool with daily chances of rain through Thursday of this week. Look for supplies to remain light throughout the week. There won’t be any relief in the weather until Friday.

SOUTHERN FLORIDA TO SEE RAIN
Southern Florida growing regions are expected to see a good shot of rain today: Immokalee, Belle Glade and Homestead will all see over 1.25 inches of rain. There is a slight chance of rain for tomorrow and then more rain for next Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures in these regions will remain relatively warm.

BLUEBERRIES EXPERIENCING COOL WEATHER
Several blueberry-growing regions in Chile are seeing unseasonably cool weather. Growing regions such as Arauco, Linares, Rancagua and Temuco are experiencing minimum temps in the low 40s with some isolated locations dropping down into the 30s. Even though summer is winding down in this part of the world these temps are about 10 to 15 degrees below normal.

Here in the United States, the central Florida growing regions of Plant City and Alachua, which are gearing up for the start of blueberry harvest, will experience cool temps today through Friday. These regions will see max temps right around 70 and min temps in the upper 40s to low 50s. Temperatures should return to normal by Friday of this week.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG IN GEORGIA
Georgia currently is experiencing cool temps with lows in the 40s, but come Saturday things will begin to turn and temps will begin to rise. Next week will see max temps in the high 70s to low 80s, and minimum temps in the mid- to upper 50s. Starting next month, we should see spring berries coming from Georgia.

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)