Hourly and daily data summaries are a popular feature of NEWA. Several updates have been made to improve user experience and deliver enhanced data sets.
Certain Rainwise stations collect soil temperature data, soil tension (moisture), or both. NEWA locations linked to instrument panels with these optional sensor add-ons now report calculated hourly and daily values in weather station summary pages. Temperature values are reported in degrees Fahrenheit. Soil tension is reported in centibars or kilopascals (what is this?).
Calculated soil temperature and tension values are an average of all reported data points within a given period of time. For example, a station set to a 1-minute data collection interval gathers 60 soil temperature readings in 1 hour. The calculated value reported for that time period will be an average of the 60 soil temperature readings.
Data presented in hourly and daily weather summaries are now presented through an improved user interface (Figure 1, Figure 2). Key features include:
Soil temperature and tension reporting (when applicable).
Collapsing location name.
Sort by column functionality.
Figure 1. New features in hourly weather summaries.
Figure 2. New features in daily weather summaries.
Data quality control
Calculated daily values made using fewer than 24 hourly observations are now marked with an “i” to notify users of an incomplete data set (Figure 2).
A variety of programs and informational resources are available to inform your farm adaptation plan. NEWA provides real time forecasting tools for insect and disease pests. The Cornell Smart Farming Program provides tools for growers to address longer term climate concerns. The Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate project provides a specialized set of tools for livestock producers. A number of reports have also been published recently that have information useful to the agricultural community.
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CLN eLearning is designed to help Extension Professionals, Professional Crop Advisors and Professional Foresters incorporate climate change into their existing program areas and become Climate Literate. Many of our modules offer Continuing Education Credits from SAF and CCA.
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The 2014 USDA Climate Change Adaptation Plan includes input from eleven USDA agencies and offices. It provides a detailed vulnerability assessment, reviews the elements of USDA’s mission that are at risk from climate change, and provides specific actions and steps being taken to build resilience to climate change.
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