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Storms hitting California, heat wave coming for the Northwest

Yesterday a storm came through California bringing light rain and wind to coastal growing regions from Santa Maria south through San Diego. Another storm is coming later in the week. The San Joaquin Valley is expecting more rain this Thursday and Friday. Bakersfield and Fresno can expect 0.75 inches over the two-day period. Farther north in Sacramento they will see rain but totals are not expected to be as high. Cherries and blueberries are currently coming from these areas.weat

The coastal regions of California have a 20 percent chance of rain during these same two days. The desert growing regions did not see any rain but did experience winds of 25 miles per hour yesterday and also today.

Florida and southern Georgia can expect six consecutive days of rain starting this Friday. Over this period Bainbridge can expect more than two inches of rain; Quincy, FL, can expect about 1.25 inches; and farther south all growing locations up and down the Florida peninsula can expect multiple days of rain over the next 10 days.

Asparagus has started in the Wolverine State. Yesterday and today Michigan growing locations will see light rain, but come Wednesday and Thursday the rain will intensify dropping about 1.25 inches over the two-day period. Friday will be the coldest day of the week with a max temp of 53 and a min temp of 39 before beginning to warm again heading into next week reaching a high temp in the mid-60s.

Starting today the Walla Walla and Yakima valleys in Washington will experience an eight-day heat wave that will see temps rise from a high yesterday of 79 to a max temp of 89 on Sunday before cooling again next Wednesday down into the 70s again. The lows during this heat wave will remain in the mid-50s.

Oregon will also experience the same heat wave with the Willamette Valley reaching a high temp of 89 on Saturday and Sunday.

Asparagus is currently coming from Washington and blueberries are about a month away in both Washington and Oregon.

The grape region of northern Sonora will experience cooler-than-normal temps over the next eight days. The normal temps for the month of May are 96/62. Starting today max temps will remain in the 80s and will only get to 82 on Friday with a low of 57. This area was experiencing highs in the low 100s only a couple of weeks ago. By Tuesday, May 14 max temps will be back into the mid-90s.

Veg has started out of Baja California, Mexico with tomatoes to start later this month. In the northern region of San Quintin the climate is very stable with daily highs reaching between 66 and 69, and lows in the mid-50s. There is a 50 percent chance of light showers this Friday.

Farther south in the region of La Paz you can expect temps to cool throughout the week, with Sunday and Monday of next week being the coolest days, only reaching a max temp of 80. The normal high temp in May is 92.

The eastern coastal regions of Veracruz and Tamaulipas, which are big citrus regions, will experience warmer-than-normal temps later this week with high reaching into the low 100s. Currently max temps are in the low 90s. The minimum temps for the same time period will be in the high 70s with the possibility of daily thunderstorms.

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(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)