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Michigan’s growing season, which has continued longer than normal this year due to the unusually warm temperatures, might finally be coming to an end. Today many growing regions in the state will see a cold front come through bringing rain and much colder temperatures.weat

Areas that only yesterday saw a high of 73 and a low of 60 will see a high of 48 and a low of 43 tomorrow. These colder temps will continue through next week. Next Monday the low will be into the 30s.

Although Michigan is pretty much wrapped is season for all commodities there are still few growers shipping tomatoes and celery. These colder temps could finally stick a fork in the Michigan summer season.

OXNARD EXPERIENCING HIGH WINDS
Santa Ana winds are hitting the growing region of Oxnard, CA. Sustained winds are above 30 miles per hour and temps are warm with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the 60s. Bell peppers and strawberries are coming out of this region right now.

COLD NIGHTS IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY HAVE BEGUN
The cold temps we talked about on Tuesday have materialized. Last night was the first night of the cooling trend with a low of 44 in Stockton and 46 in Tracy. The nightly lows will remain in the 40s through Monday of next week, but even so temps will only rise by a few degrees for the rest of the week. Expect lows to remain the in the low 50s and some 40s through the end of next week.

Mature green tomatoes, cantaloupes and honeydew melons are still coming from this region. Expect a slowdown of remaining production.

EXTREME WEATHER CONTINUES IN ARGENTINA
Blueberry-growing regions of Argentina continue to see extreme weather changes that may lead to production and quality issues.

The last several days has seen unusually hot weather with max temps in the upper 90s. Tomorrow will be the hottest day of the heatwave with a high of 101 and a low of 81.

A storm will come through the region on Sunday and Monday bringing over two inches of rain and dropping temperatures. By Tuesday temps will only see a high of 65 and lows in the 40s and 50s. Temps will begin to warm again next Thursday but will only get into the 70s.

The temperature swings over the last several weeks of 25 to 30 degrees from one day to the next are not ideal for fruit production.

HURRICANE CENTRAL
In the Pacific there is a large area of thunderstorms several hundred miles southwest off the coast of southwestern Mexico associated with a trough of low pressure. A tropical depression is likely to form over the weekend as storm moves northwest at five to 10 miles per hour. There is a 90 percent chance for a cyclone forming over the next five days.

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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