Meeting to feature climate outlook and Mesonet weather stations discussion

Submitted by David Hallauer

One of the “untapped” weather resources available to Kansans is the Kansas Mesonet — Established in 1986 at Kansas State University research centers and experiment stations across the state, these stations provide valuable current and historical weather data for ag producers, businesses and homeowners.

Complete with current conditions, and sub-pages like Weather, Agriculture and Fire, it provides information on everything from soil temperature to growing degree days to heat indices. If you check out the Kansas Mesonet sites, you will note a coverage gap in Northeast Kansas. The result of that gap is a lack of information that can best be solved by more station locations.

To see what can be done to fill this gap, the Kansas Mesonet and Meadowlark Extension District are hosting an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 19, at the Nemaha County Community Building in Seneca. The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. with a presentation at 3:45 p.m. by Kansas Mesonet Network Manager Christopher “Chip” Redmond.

In addition to discussing the Mesonet and filling a gap in northeast Kansas, Redmond also will discuss the current climate outlook for spring, issues related to planting and fieldwork, as well as weather concerns going into the growing season. The meeting should conclude by 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

To help with refreshment planning, all attendees are asked to please RSVP to the Seneca Office of the Meadowlark Extension District by noon on Monday, March 18. You may call 785-336-2184 or e-mail for questions and/or to RSVP.


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