Weathermelon Weather Report - May 31, 2019
- by David Robidoux
IRVINE, CA - Good morning, AndNowUKnow readers!
Today, I am bringing you some of the category and weather news from around the industry. Check back twice weekly to see where the rain is falling, the sun is shining, and everything in between.
Tropical Disturbance May Affect Harvests in Southern and Central Mexico
Major rain is coming to southern and central Mexico. A low-pressure disturbance off the southern coast of Chiapas will bring heavy daily rain totals to southern and central Mexico starting today, which will most likely affect harvests for multiple commodities.
Starting today and continuing through at least next weekend most southern and central growing regions of Mexico will see daily rain totals between .50” to 1.25”, depending on the area and day. Along with this rain will come cooler temperatures starting next Tuesday.
A large range of commodities may be affected: limes in Veracruz, broccoli and wet veg out of Puebla and El Bajio region, avocados out of Michoacan, and tomatoes out of Jalisco.
Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz (Persian lime capital of the world), is expecting 1.00” of rain on Saturday and 2.00” of rain on Sunday. Puebla is expecting 1.00” of rain per day Sunday through Tuesday.
Please check the app for other locations and commodities.
Heat Wave Out West
A ridge of high pressure has settled over the western U.S., bringing above normal temperatures to western states over the next five to seven days. The temperatures will range between 5 to 10° above normal in most growing regions. The heat will range from northern Mexico all the way up through Washington state.
The SJ Valley in California will see temperatures in the upper 90°s in most of the valley while at the southern end, Bakersfield will see some 100° temperatures.
The Coachella Valley will have temperatures above the 100° mark all next week.
Salinas and Santa Maria will have high temperatures in the mid-70°s all next week, which is about 8° above today’s high temperature.
Look for volumes to increase and quality to improve from all areas as the cold and rain from last week are in the rearview mirror and warm temperatures will be around the foreseeable future.
Walla Walla and the Yakima Valleys of Washington will also experience high temperatures this weekend with maximum temperatures around 90° today through Sunday. The one difference for this area is come next Wednesday temperatures will cool off dramatically and there will be a slight chance of rain for this region.
Heat Wave Continues in the South
Northern Florida and Georgia continue with temperatures well above normal. Most growing locations in the region will experience max temperatures in the upper 90°s with an occasional max temperature of 100°. These temperatures are 10 to 15° above normal. Minimum temperatures will be in the upper 70°s which is very conducive for plant development and fruit production.
Starting next Thursday temperatures will finally begin to drop 7 to 8° bringing them more in-line with June averages.
Look for volumes to continue strong from these areas.
Two Cold Nights Coming to Michigan
Michigan is expecting a mini cooling trend over the weekend as high temperatures will drop from a max of 78° today to only 63° for Sunday and Monday. The minimum temperatures will drop from 60° tonight to only 43° on Sunday and Monday. These cooler temperatures may have an affect on harvests toward the middle of next week.
Starting Wednesday temperatures will begin to rise with highs reaching into the mid 70°s once again and lows in the mid 50°s. There is a chance of rain for this Saturday and again next Wednesday throughout the state.
Thanks again, and we'll be back next week with another weather report!