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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. The last forecasted storm will come through this Sunday dropping rain in all major growing regions across the... Read more
Record rainfall in California, desert melons cooling off
The excessively rainy and cold winter in California continues with record rainfall up and down the state this past Sunday. The San Joaquin Valley, Stockton, Sacramento, Fresno and Bakersfield all broke half-century-old records. Total rainfall was anywhere from 0.5 inches to an inch depending on location. The total amount of rain for the season in Sacramento is... Read more
California feeling a chill between May storms
Round one of California's storms came down yesterday in the northern part of the San Joaquin Valley. Sacramento received 1.5 inches while Stockton received an inch. These regions are big suppliers of cherries and blueberries this time of year. At the southern end of the valley around Bakersfield and Fresno the rain totals were under 0.1 inches. Along the... Read more
Get ready for cherry prices to skyrocket
The San Joaquin Valley is expected to get hit by two major storms and colder temps that have the possibility to affect the cherry crop and cause serious damage to other stone fruit crops.  Starting Wednesday night into Thursday, a storm is anticipated to hit all growing regions up and down the San Joaquin Valley dropping between 0.5 inches to an inch of... Read more
Cherries, stone fruit and tomatoes getting wet; heat wave hits Northwest
The southern end of the San Joaquin Valley will most likely see some rain today, which may affect the cherry crop and stone fruit. Rain coupled with hot weather in the upper 80s and 90s next week has the possibility of causing splitting in the cherries and possible staining in peaches. As of last night, the Bakersfield area has the highest possibility of rain... Read more
A magical May is sharing some not so magical moments with lower-than-normal temperatures and light rain. CHERRIES: Light rainfall is expected May 8-9 in some, but not all, early cherry-growing regions. This may slow down production volume end of this week with growers worried that rain causes come cracking of the cherries. May 7 was the first rain forecast that... Read more
Storms hitting California, heat wave coming for the Northwest
Yesterday a storm came through California bringing light rain and wind to coastal growing regions from Santa Maria south through San Diego. Another storm is coming later in the week. The San Joaquin Valley is expecting more rain this Thursday and Friday. Bakersfield and Fresno can expect 0.75 inches over the two-day period. Farther north in Sacramento they will... Read more
Southern Florida getting hit by tropical disturbance
Although the hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June 1, the National Hurricane Center has already identified the first tropical disturbance of the season. A trough of low pressure that extends from south Florida northeastward several hundred miles over the western Atlantic is producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. Expect heavy rains... Read more
Heat wave out West ends abruptly
Yesterday saw an abrupt end of the heat wave as a cold front came through the Coachella Valley area and dropped temps to 84 for a max and 59 for a minimum. Temps will begin to warm again tomorrow and will reach a high of 100 by Friday. Come Sunday, May 5, temps will cool again and will see a max temp of 87 on Monday, May 6.  SAN JOAQUIN VALLEYA late... Read more
Western heat wave to continue this weekend
The extreme high temps for California and Arizona that started Wednesday will continue through Sunday. Temps this week in the San Joaquin Valley are averaging 17 degrees above normal for these dates. Many crops in the valley are coming on line, and this heat will speed up the process. Cherries, blueberries, stone fruit and veg, including broccoli, are new crops... Read more
Major heat wave out west to shake things up
The next five days may be a major game changer in the produce world for product coming from California and Arizona. Today will see the beginning of five days of extreme heat for the growing regions of the San Joaquin Valley, the desert regions of California and Arizona, as well as northern Sonora, Mexico. Not only will the maximum daily temps rise significantly,... Read more
California cherries get some cold rain, mini heat wave headed out west
With the harvest start date for California cherries is fewer than 15 days away, another cold winter storm came through the Modesto and Sacramento regions last night, bringing up to 0.4 inches of rain and dropping the minimum temps down into the 40s. Once this region gets past this storm the weather for Thursday and Friday should be beautiful with highs... Read more
Temperatures throughout California this week were a little cooler due to the wind and unstable air. Temperatures throughout the state, however, will be 10 degrees warmer tomorrow and Sunday compared to today’s high temps. The coastal growing regions of Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard will be in the low 70s this weekend, while the San Joaquin Valley will see high... Read more
Rain coming to the South, Oxnard expects good strawberry volume and quality
It appears the growing regions in Georgia and northern Florida will see decent amounts of rain over the next five days. The growing regions of Blackshear, Homerville and Jessup, GA, can expect approximately 1.5 inches of total rainfall over the next five days. These regions are preparing for the start of blueberry harvest. The heaviest rainfall will come... Read more
Big storm headed to cherry country; Coachella Valley could start early
Sacramento, CA, is a big growing area for California cherries. Right now, this region should be in bloom or already have fruit on the trees. Today and tomorrow Sacramento is expecting some light rain, but Thursday through Saturday the region is expecting a storm with up to 1.5 inches of rain. The bulk of the rain is expected to hit Friday (up to one inch) and... Read more
More rain coming to California
Earlier this week it looked like California might be out of the rain cycle, but new storms have developed over the past few days that are predicted to hit next week. The first storm will hit Monday bringing possible rain to growing locations in the northern half of the state. Salinas along the coast may see some light showers as well as the Sacramento Valley... Read more
One more California storm; Sinaloa is hot, hot, hot
One last storm system will come through California this week. Coastal growing regions of Salinas and Santa Maria will see approximately 0.25 inches of rain today and Wednesday. The San Joaquin Valley growing regions of Modesto in the north and Fresno in the middle of the state will see about half an inch of rain. This appears to be the last storm system that... Read more
Rain returning to California, blueberries catching cold
After a weekend of beautiful weather in California, the winter storm pattern that the state saw for the last two months will return this week. As of right now there are three storms lined up out in the Pacific with potential to bring rain and cold weather. The first and best chance of rain will be tomorrow. Rain totals will be anywhere from 0.25 inches to an... Read more
Southeast to get hit with rain, cold temps
A low pressure trough will come through Florida this weekend bringing rain and cooler temps starting Sunday. Temperatures will drop by 10 to 15 degrees across the board and the rain will stay around through Wednesday of next week. Immokalee will drop from a high today of 88 to a high of 70 next Tuesday with minimum temps in the mid-50s all next week. They... Read more
Get ready to promote domestic peaches and blueberries for Easter
Warmer temps are coming back to Florida next week. This week has been on the cool side due a cold air mass that was sitting over the Southeast. This cold air has moved on and warmer temps are returning. By Sunday the areas of Belle Glade, Immokalee, Homestead and Plant City will all see high temps in the upper 80s and even some 90s on Monday and Tuesday. Minimum... Read more