Map showing the locations of the 13 weather stations in the network. They are located in Pine Point, Hubbard, Perham, Wadena, Otter Tail, Parkers Prairie, Staples, Clarissa, Little Falls, Westport, Rice, Becker, and Hastings.

 

Expanding Regional Access to Local Weather Data

Daily crop water use data (also known as evapotranspiration) is a crucial piece of information that irrigators need to efficiently manage water. Weather station information is required to precisely estimate water use of the growing crop.

The MDA partnered with the East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Wadena SWCD, Pope County SWCD, Benton County SWCD and Dakota County SWCD to install weather stations across central Minnesota. The weather stations are placed in agricultural settings with the intent to provide data for agricultural producers and those involved with atmospheric research in this environment.

Daily crop water use estimates for a particular field can viewed online with the Irrigation Management Assistant

Additional Weather Stations

Through a partnership with the North Dakota Ag Weather Network (NDAWN), these central Minnesota weather stations are now integrated into the NDAWN crop modeling, air temperature inversion, potato blight, and mapping applications. In addition, weather information from the stations is now available in real-time (5 minute interval) via the NDAWN website and mobile application. The mobile application is called "NDAWN Inversion" and provides basic real-time weather information and air temperature inversion alerts. It is free to download at both the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).

Across Minnesota there are now 29 weather stations incorporated into the NDAWN weather station network providing a reliable real-time source for ag weather data across Central and northwestern Minnesota.

   Weather station in a field.Weather station data available includes:

   - Daily Rainfall
   - Air Temperature (Max/Min)
   - Air Humidity (Max/Min)
   - Dew Point
   - Wind Speed (Max/Min) and Direction
   - 4 inch Bare Soil and Turf Temperature