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As was predicted, Wednesday night into Thursday morning was the coldest day of the 2019-20 growing season so far in the coastal state of Sinaloa, Mexico. The low temp in the Culiacan growing region dipped to 39 in the pre-dawn hours of yesterday morning. In Los Mochis, approximately 75 miles north of Culiacan in the state of Sinaloa, the low temp dipped to 34 Thursday morning. Although not as big of a player as Culiacan in veg, it is nonetheless an important region that supplies product to the Nogales market this time of year.weat

These temps are not cold enough to do any damage to the fruit or plants, but expect a definite slowdown in production over the next few days. Also expect to see very light color on tomatoes as these temps don’t allow the fruit to ripen as quickly. One last thing to consider is the possibility of rain damage to first plantings, which may also lead to less product getting shipped to U.S.

Starting today temperatures will warm up with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the upper 50s. Another storm front will come through the area early next week with a chance of light rains on Monday and Tuesday and cooler temps Tuesday and Wednesday.

Warming trend coming to Florida
A cold front will make its way across southern Florida today bringing a chance of light rain and cooler temps to all major growing regions from Plant City south to Belle Glade, Immokalee and Homestead. All these regions will see min temps tonight in the 40s, with Plant City the coldest at 42.

Tomorrow a warming trend will begin as high temps will be in the upper 70s and lows will be in the upper 50s. By Monday highs for all regions will be in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-60s. Temps will remain at this level all next week. Look for a possible uptick in volumes across the board next week out of Florida.

Mexican Berry Regions
All major Mexican berry regions in the states of Michoacán, Jalisco and Guanajuato are experiencing perfect weather conditions at the moment. Depending upon the exact location high temps are ranging from the upper 70s to the low 80s. Low temps are in the upper 40s to the low 50s. There is no rain in the 10-day forecast. Look for volumes to continue to be strong.

Unstable air passing through California this weekend
There is a 40 percent chance of up to 0.25 inches of rain this Sunday in Southern California coastal berry growing regions. At this time there is no rain predicted for the desert growing regions of the Coachella Valley, Imperial Valley or Yuma. Look for the temperatures to be stable from next Tuesday through the end of the 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)

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