Weathermelon Weather Report - November 5, 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 the latest around all growing regions.
COACHELLA VALLEY SAW FREEZING TEMPERATURES LAST WEEK
We knew it was going to get cold, but not this cold. Last Thursday and Friday, isolated locations in the Coachella Valley saw minimum temperatures dip below the freezing line. Thursday’s mininimum temperature at the Thermal Airport was 32° while Friday saw the minimum temperature drop to 30°. Saturday and Sunday saw minimum temperatures in the mid 30°s. Please check with shippers to see if any commodities were damaged. Green beans and bell peppers coming from this region potentially. Things will change this week as the desert region enters another warming trend.
WARM TEMPERATURES RETURN TO CALIFORNIA THIS WEEK
After a week of normal to below normal temperatures, California will experience another warming trend.
The Coachella Valley, which had minimum temperatures in the 30°s last week as mentioned above, will begin to rise starting today. Maximum temperatures this week will be back into the 90°s and minimum temperatures back up into the upper 50°s. These warmer temperatures will last through Sunday before dropping back into the 80°s for next week, which is normal for this time of year.
In the coastal growing regions of Santa Maria, Salinas, and Oxnard, warmer temperatures will return this Friday and last through Sunday. Expect to see maximum temperatures in the 80°s for the weekend. Temperatures will drop a few degrees come next Monday, but maximum temperatures will remain in the mid 70°s all next week, which should be good for berries and veg from these regions.
Baja, CA, and regions of San Quintín will also see warmer temps this weekend.
HOT TEMPERATURES CONTINUE IN SOUTHERN FLORIDA
The growing regions of southern Florida including Belle Glade, Immokalee, and Homestead continue to see maximum temperatures near 90°s with minimum temperatures in the lower 70°s. These temperatures are well above normal for this time of year. In fact, the entire month of October saw temperatures well above normal. This region has now seen 15 continuous days with maximum temperatures above 90° going back to October 21.
Temperatures will finally begin to cool down to normal starting Saturday as maximum temperatures drop into the low 80°s and minimum temperatures into the mid 60°s.
Look for production out of these regions earlier than normal due to the above average October temperatures. Look for good supplies of green beans for Thanksgiving.
COOLING TREND COMING TO GEORGIA
The southern Georgia growing regions of Moultrie and Bainbridge, which are still shipping fall veg items and some mature green tomatoes, will see temperatures drop by 15° overnight this Friday as a storm front comes through. Maximum tempeartures are currently hovering around 80° with minimum temperatures around 60°.
On Friday, look for maximum temperatures to only get into the mid 60°s while minimum temperatures will be in the low 40°s and a possible temperature in the 30°s in isolated areas. Also, look for up to .25” of rain on Friday. These cooler temperatures will last at least through next Wednesday, November 13.
Look for production out of this area to slow.
Currently, there are no storms forecast in the Atlantic for the next 48 hours.
In the Pacific Ocean, there is a disorganized disturbance with rain several hundred miles south-south west off the southern tip of Baja California peninsula. The storm is moving north-north west approximately 15 mph and is not anticipated to make landfall or affect any Baja, CA, growing regions.
Thank you as always for your support. We will be back later this week with another report.