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One last storm for Calif. growers, heat wave to hit NJ

There is finally light at the end of the tunnel for California growers. After what seems like an endless parade of storms this winter and spring, it appears things will finally turn the corner next week -- but only after one last storm this weekend.weat

The last forecasted storm will come through this Sunday dropping rain in all major growing regions across the state. Some locations may see up to half an inch. Along with the rain will come more cold temps. The entire state (except for the desert regions) will see max temps only in the mid-60s on Sunday and some min temps will dip into the 40s. For a frame of reference, a max temp in the 60s for Bakersfield and Fresno is 25 degrees below normal for this time of year.

Volumes are expected to be down next week with this storm coming through.

Starting Wednesday of next week temps will finally begin to warm with all growing regions in the San Joaquin Valley reaching into the mid-80s and along the coast into the low 70s. There is no rain forecasted past Sunday.

RAIN COMING TO HOOD RIVER, OR
Daily rain is hitting the Hood River area of Oregon right now. Yesterday through Monday will see light showers throughout the area. Today will see cool temps with a high of only 57 and a low of 43. Next week the highs will be into the 70s. Cherries will be starting out of this region shortly.

HEAT WAVE COMING TO THE DESERT SOUTHWEST
Temps over the weekend in this region will dip into the low 80s and upper 70s due to the last storm coming through California, but starting Wednesday, May 29, temps will finally get back around the century mark where they will remain until at least Saturday, June 1.

Look for production to pick up next week out of the desert regions of California and Arizona.

WARM TEMPS CONTINUE IN GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA
Unseasonably warm temps continue in the region with highs up around 100, approximately 15 degrees above normal for this time of year. Look for volumes on products out of this region to increase.

DAILY RAINS IN MICHIGAN
Starting today the growing regions of Michigan will see daily thunderstorms with rain totals anywhere from 0.20 to 0.35 inches daily. This rain will last at least through next Friday. Temps will continue on the warm side with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the low 60s.

NEW JERSEY HEAT WAVE
This Sunday will see a high temp of 90 in New Jersery, about 18 degrees above normal for this time of year. High temps next week will continue in the mid- to upper 80s. There is a slight chance of a shower for Monday but nothing that growers should be worried about.

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)