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Get ready for a possible reduction of lime volume next week -- and an increase in quality issues. Starting tomorrow a large storm front is forecast to hit the Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz region dumping over four inches of rain between Saturday and Monday; the heaviest rain will come Sunday. Along with the rain will come cooler temps for Monday and Tuesday.weat

Look for a possible pause in harvests on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Also keep your eyes open for rain damage on the fruit that hits McAllen, TX, next week. Harvesting too soon after a rain or while the fruit is damp can lead to black spots.

COLD WEATHER TO PAUSE FLORIDA PRODUCTION
After 10 consecutive days of above-average temperatures in the major Florida growing regions colder temps and possible rain are expected to come through the state. Temperatures will begin to drop starting Sunday with min temps dipping into the 40s.

On Monday the min temp in Plant City (strawberries) will be in the 30s and will reach the lowest point Tuesday night, getting down to 36. By Wednesday the nightly min will be 47 and then into the 50s by Thursday. Max temps will remain in the low 60s. Look for a dip in production.

In Belle Glade (row crops) temps will also drop but not as much as Plant City. Look for min temps in the mid-40s on Monday and Tuesday of next week while max temps will remain in the mid-60s. Expect production to dip a bit next week.

By Saturday, Jan. 25 look for temps to return to normal throughout the state.

WARMER TEMPS COMING TO THE WEST
A warming trend is forecast for the inland western growing regions starting this weekend. In the deserts of California and Arizona look for max temps to climb into the mid- to upper 70s Sunday through Tuesday of next week. Coachella could see a high of 80 next Tuesday. These above-average temps may help production coming from these regions on everything from lettuces to strawberries to broccoli. Temps should drop by five degrees on Wednesday and remain cooler throughout the rest of the week.

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)

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