Local Weather

The local weather is an important factor when managing working lands. It can be the difference between a profitable or unprofitable yeah. Weather is the behavior of the atmosphere from minutes to months; climate is the longer-term behavior of the atmosphere over space and time. The resources below provide our users with information for managing the risks associated with weather and climate. For additional information, see the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration’s pages.

In conversation with Nelson Cecarelli, Owner of Cecarelli Farms on June 5th, 2017 Well before the installation of a RainWise MKIII weather station at Cecarelli Farms this past January, Nelson Cecarelli was itching to harness the power of his own on-farm data. The year prior,...

Cecarelli Farms Talks Data Driven Decision-Making

Provides climate data and develop spatial climate data sets to reveal short-term and long-term climate patterns for the continental United States.

Prism Climate Group

Herford cattle near Miles City, MT

Researchers in the Northern Plains have been studying different ways of managing rangelands during drought -- including matching forage demand with forage production through adaptive management. Here is a summary of on-going research into adaptive management. Adaptive Management...

Adaptive Management: Matching Forage Demand with Forage Production

Rangelands in shrub steppe of the Inland Northwest support livestock via a wide diversity of plant species. Locally, large amounts of bare ground contribute to the relative fragility of rangeland ecosystems, making them especially sensitive due to local rainfall events, drought...

Northwest Rangelands, Weather and Climate

Local weather and climate affect Northwest working landscapes by determining forests composition and affecting forest growth, disease, and soil health. Understanding current weather and climate is important for supporting sustainable timber production in the Northwest. The...

Northwest Forestry, Weather and Climate

Local weather and climate determine the commodities produced and affect growth, disease, and soil health. Understanding current weather and climate is important for producing crops sustainabily. The Northwest Climate Hub works to support use of current and projected information...

Northwest Agriculture, Weather and Climate

Northern Plains Climate Hub (NPCH) Vulnerability Assessment The Northern Plains has experienced increased weather variability and climatic changes throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries. The NPCH Vulnerability Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and...

Northern Plains Climate Hub (NPCH) Vulnerability Assessment

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