WxTalk Webinar #39


Webinar #39 - Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Agricultural Meteorology:  Layer Upon Layer"

Brad Rippey
Office of the Chief Economist
World Agricultural Outlook Board
Washington, DC


Mark Brusberg
Office of the Chief Economist
World Agricultural Outlook Board
Washington, DC


The field of agricultural meteorology may be best described as what it is not.  Practitioners of this narrow subset of the meteorology spectrum are not professional forecasters, nor are they restricted to computer modeling or programming.  Indeed, some agricultural meteorologists are skilled forecasters and programmers, but those roles are secondary to their expert analysis of the impact of weather on U.S. and global crop yield and production.
Increasingly, however, agricultural meteorologists are adept at layering meteorological and agricultural information in a geographic information system (GIS), and providing up-to-the-minute analysis of agricultural weather impacts as they relate to world agricultural supply and demand.  Analysis that was once done by hand, bent over a light table, in hours or days, is now produced in minutes, layer by layer, in a GIS.
At USDA, a small group of five agricultural meteorologists provides weather intelligence for an economic team, which produces the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.  In addition to a support role, the meteorology group releases its own set of products, including the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin.  And, with its expertise in impact analysis and geographic information systems, the USDA agricultural meteorology group has been instrumental in other roles, such as the development and production of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

View the Webinar by clicking here: http://youtu.be/GTDFCGYJ1xk

View Brad's presentation slides (14MB)

View Mark's presentation slides (4MB)


Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin: 

U.S. “Ag in Drought” Maps: 

U.S. “Ag in Drought” Archive: 

U.S. and Global Crop Maps: 


U.S. Drought Monitor: 

Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) Data & Products

North American Soil Moisture Database

U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN)