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Climate resources

Weather and climate resources

An excellent one–stop shop for finding weather and climate resources is the Minnesota Climatology Working Group, which is a collaboration between University of Minnesota and the State Climatology Office with the Department of Natural Resources. Tools of special interest to irrigators include the following:

Evapotranspiration (ET)


We live in a world of increasing precipitation variability, and in the absence of an infield rain gauge, radar based estimates that are ground verified offer farmers a rapid and fairly accurate estimate of rainfall. Growers can also get local agricultural forecasts from the the National Weather service database through the University of Kentucky.

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