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Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)

Climate and Weather Resources to Support Water Decisions

a box of wires attached to a pole which is a weather station


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Climate is the driving force for numerous industries and especially influential on water management within Kansas. This presentation focused on Kansas's climatic data and its influences on water decisions/issues. Changing environments present additional challenges in sustaining water quality and quantity. Data accessibility is critical to help agriculture agents provide the best decision support to their clients. Today's presenters examined some data sources and how agents can utilize them. 

While climate focuses on longer trends, current real-time decisions based upon weather are especially critical. This presentation also focused on weather resources and how to utilize them in an operational scenario. This included the Kansas Mesonet and additional tools available to agents. Speakers also discussed applications to livestock, environment and soil availability, and irrigation resources that can support decision management.

Day Three presentation slides
Kansas State Mesonet
Kansas State Climate Office
National Weather Service
United States Drought Monitor
Climate Prediction Center
Weather FRET (forecast reference ET) data
Community Collaborative Rain Hail Snow (CoCoRaHS)


Mary Knapp, Climatologist, Kansas State University

Chip Redmond, Assistant Meterologist, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University


David Hallauer, Meadowlark Extension District

Cody Miller, Phillips Rooks Extension District