The following links may be used for either assessing past weather events, or forecasting future weather (i.e. precipitation) events. Once you access the link, you may have to adjust the location of the forecast by typing in the location of your facility.
*When discussing the forecast, the current day is always included. For example, a 3 day forecast is for the current day and two days forward.
- NOAA Detail - A comprehensive 4+ day forecast in 6 hour blocks that provides a more detailed daily breakdown of predicted rainfall in addition to many other parameters. Access the map and enter in your address or click on your location on the map to get the forecast at your local site.
- Farmers Forecast - 2 day detailed weather forecast, but does not provide predicted rainfall amount. It does provide more farmer related factors such as soil temperature and moisture and growing degree days, but be sure to check your own fields for these factors as every location will vary and websites usually just give an area average. (Source: The Weather Channel)
Current Weather Conditions
- WSU AgWeatherNet – Current, detailed weather conditions for the Whatcom County area. Use this information for assessing temperature, wind speed, wind direction, etc. prior to applications or irrigation events. If necessary, adjust your practices accordingly to accommodate current weather conditions. (Source: Washington State University)
Previous Weather Events
- AccuWeather – A look back at total daily rainfall amount up to the current day. Use this information to asses how much rain has fallen in the past 2 days as an indicator of soil moisture and field conditions. (Enter in your location then click “more historical weather data” for historical information).
- Weather Underground – Access historical data for total daily rainfall. Use this information to asses how much rain has fallen in the past 2 days as an indicator of soil moisture and field conditions. (Enter in your location then click on “Weather History for This Location” on the left for historical information).
Long Term Forecast and Discussion
The following two sources provide a discussion of the long range forecast as well as current weather events. This can be used for anticipating coming weather events and planning your manure applications accordingly. However, please be sure to always check the short range forecast prior to application.
Other Weather Pages
Here are a few other pages that you might find useful.
- Farm West - A Canadian based page that gives a short range forecast as well as good information on manure application practices as they relate to the current weather and season.