Weathermelon Weather Report - October 8, 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.
PALMETTO/RUSKIN SAW HEAVY RAIN YESTERDAY
This Floridian fall tomato growing region saw heavy rain yesterday. The unexpected storm dropped over 3” of rain in less than three hours last night. There was no wind associated with this storm. Please check with tomato shippers in the area to see if rain caused any issues to the upcoming crop.
Approximately 100 miles south, in the growing region of Immokalee, they received some rain last night, but not nearly as much as in Palmetto.
COOL DOWN COMING TO CALIFORNIA TOMATO GROWING REGIONS
The mature green tomato growing regions of California will experience some cold nights later this week into next. The SJ Valley regions of Tracy, Newman, and Firebaugh along with the coastal regions of Hollister and Soledad will all see minimum temperatures drop into the mid 40°s starting this Thursday and lasting at least through Tuesday of next week. Firebaugh will see the coldest nights of all locations with minimum temperatures dropping down to 42° this Thursday.
Expect volumes to slow down toward the end of the week. With this region still being the biggest shipping point of mature greens in the nation, be aware that overall volumes may tighten next week as a result of cooldown.
REMAINDER OF COUNTRY EXPERIENCING AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
There is not much else to report around the country today. All other major growing regions appear to be experiencing normal weather conditions for this time of year.
There is some unsettled weather in the Atlantic just off the coast of Florida, as well as Georgia, causing some sporadic showers, but nothing major enough to report.
In the Pacific, there is no activity at this time, at least for the next 48 hours.
Thank you as always! We will be back later this week with another report.