Weathermelon Weather Report - September 17, 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.
HEAT WAVE COMING TO CALIFORNIA BERRY REGIONS
Get ready for an end-of-summer heat wave to hit the coastal veg and berry regions of California next week. The growing regions of Salinas, Santa Maria, and Oxnard will experience a prolonged heat wave starting this Saturday and going into the end of next week.
Current high temperatures in these regions are in the lower 70°s and low temperatures are in the lower 50°s, but by Saturday high temperatures will be in the mid to upper 80°s where they remain all next week. It appears Tuesday will be the peak of the heat with a high temperature of 87° and a low of 63° in Salinas.
These warmer temperatures should lead to a bump in production of berries, peppers, lettuces, etc. out of these regions.
VANCOUVER BLUEBERRY REGION TO SEE RAIN TODAY
Today, the border region of British Columbia and Washington just south of Vancouver will see 1.00” of rain with more to come later in the week. The high temperature today will be only 60° and a low of 48°. This is the first overnight low into the 40°s this summer. Temperatures will warm back up in the mid 60°s for the remainder of the week and lows will be in the lower 50°s.
SOUTH AFRICAN HEAT WAVE PICKS UP STEAM
The heat wave in the table grape and clementine growing regions of South Africa will intensify this week. Last Friday, we talked about temperatures warming up from the mid 60°s last week into the 80°s for early this week. Well, things have changed, and temperatures are expected to go higher with max temperature into the 90°s by Wednesday. Temperatures will peak on Thursday with highs for most regions in the mid 90°s and few isolated temperatures above 100°.
Keep an eye on clementine volumes if pulling from Africa and also the upcoming table grape season.
EASTERN U.S. TO COOL THIS WEEK
Regions as far South as Georgia and into Tennessee and as far north as New Jersey and into New York will see cooler temperatures come tomorrow. The average temperature will drop 10° from Monday’s max temperature to tomorrow’s max temperature. Highs will drop from the 80°s into the 70°s. These cooler temperatures will remain through Friday. On Saturday high temperatures will warm again back into the 80°s where they will remain next week.
A larger area of low pressure located a few hundred miles South-Southeast of Acapulco, Mexico, is producing widespread showers and thunderstorms. Although the circulation of this system is not yet well defined, environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for the development of a tropical depression within the next day or so. This disturbance is expected to move to the West-Northwest near or just offshore of the coast of Mexico.
Interests along the Southwestern coast of Mexico should monitor the progress of this system.
- Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent.
- Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.
The disturbance we talked about last Friday in the Atlantic has turned into hurricane Humberto and is currently spinning off the coast of Georgia due north of the Bahamas. The hurricane is projected to head Northeast out over the Atlantic without affecting any land in the U.S. No land areas in the U.S. will see any rain associated with this storm.
Thank you as always! We will be back later this week with another report.