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West Texas Mesonet Agro-Climate Monitor

posted on 2024-02-13, 13:40 authored by Steven A. Mauget, Gary L. Leiker

West Texas Mesonet Agro-Climate Monitor shows the precipitation, temperature, weather forecast for mesonet stations in West Texas. Although dependent on rainfall and other climate factors to produce crops, West Texas crop consultants, extension agents, and agricultural producers have few tools that allow them to track the current growing season’s climate conditions and determine how current conditions compare with those of past years. The West Texas Mesonet Agro-Climate Monitor (ACM), a JavaScript web application based on daily data from Texas Tech University’s mesonet weather station network, was designed to meet this need. By displaying continuously updated information on variables such as soil temperature, cumulative growing degree days (GDD), cumulative precipitation, and first freeze dates, the ACM allows producers to monitor planting conditions, track crop development, and compare current conditions with those during the previous 10 yr’s growing seasons. In illustrating how mesonet data might be used as an operational climate data resource, the ACM might also serve as a conceptual model for other high resolution climate tools that estimate measures of current climate using continuously updated daily data sets.

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Data contact name

Mauget, Steve

Data contact email


United States Department of Agriculture


  • Not specified

ISO Topic Category

  • environment

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

models; computer software; Texas; weather forecasting; rain; climatic factors; crops; consultants; extension agents; growing season; Internet; soil temperature; heat sums; planting; meteorological data; data collection

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:040 - National Research

Primary article PubAg Handle

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

Mauget, Steven A.; Leiker, Gary L. (2019). West Texas Mesonet Agro-Climate Monitor. United States Department of Agriculture.