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Rain to hit California, Florida's roller coaster continues

Rain is coming to California, but the rain predicted for Mexico from these same storms had pretty much fizzled out. In Florida the roller coaster continues with unstable temperatures. weat

The coastal growing regions of California will see the most rain while the deserts will stay relatively dry. Depending on locations throughout the state you may see rain start as early as today or as late as Monday. Castroville is expecting the highest rain totals in the state. They will see up to 0.75 inches today, a break on Saturday and then five straight days of rain. The seven-day total of rain for Castroville is expected to be over five inches, which may affect artichokes.

Santa Maria and Salina are expecting up to one inch of rain today, dry over the weekend and then starting Monday will see four straight days of rain with totals over three inches. In the veg region of Oxnard and the avocado-growing regions of Santa Paula the rain most likely won’t start until Monday and will continue through Thursday. Totals will be over three inches.

The Coachella Valley has a 50 percent chance of 0.1 inches of rain on Saturday and then a better chance on Wednesday and Thursday (up to half an inch).

The San Joaquin Valley will see rain daily from Monday through Thursday -- more than two inches of rain throughout the valley.

Friday, Jan. 18 will be calm and mostly dry throughout the state but there is another storm lining up to hit on Saturday, Jan 19.

In Mexico, San Quintin, Baja California has an 80 percent of rain for tomorrow, but besides this they are only expected to see cloudy skies from these storms. There is a 40 percent chance of a light shower for Thursday, Jan. 17.

The chance for rain in Culiacan has also been reduced. Today there is a 40 percent chance of a light shower.

The only location with a decent chance of rain from these storms is Ensenada, Baja California, which lies only 70 miles south of San Diego. There is currently a 50 percent of rain daily from Tuesday through Friday (up to one inch total). Strawberries and artichokes are coming from here right now.

Air temperatures in Florida continue to be unstable. Last night the major growing regions throughout southern Florida had minimums in the mid 40s. Immokalee specifically had a min temp of 44. Tonight the min in Immokalee will be 55 and 59 on Sunday. Come Monday the minimum will be back down to 49 and 44 on Tuesday, Jan. 15. By Saturday, Jan. 19 the minimum temp will once again be back to 59. The maximum temps will also rise and fall between 80 and 69 over the same days.

Things are mainly calm throughout mainland Mexico for the next 10 days. The berry-growing regions of Michoacán and Jalisco are experiencing normal temps with only minimal chances of light showers for this weekend in some regions but not all.

El Bajio region of Guanajuato and Queretaro are also experiencing normal temps right now with only a slight chance of showers for Sunday.

Lime-growing regions of Veracruz are expecting normal temps with a strong chance of showers for Sunday and Monday (half an inch total). The Key limes regions of coastal Colima and Guerrero will have normal temps and no rain in the forecast.

After a few nights of cold temps in Chile earlier in the week things are back to normal with max and min temps within the normal range for this time of year. There is no rain forecasted for the next 10 days.

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(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)