Being prepared is of utmost importance to a farmer. It’s important to have a spare, because things eventually wear out or break down. One thing that we can’t always be ahead of is weather. Weather prediction in Southern Ontario is difficult at the best of times because of the number of variables involved. Being surrounded by the great lakes, a small change in wind direction can lead to major changes in weather events.
Fortunately, we can get up to the minute results on-line. There are two internet sites that are worthy of your favourite list. The first is Farmzone at www.farmzone.com. This site is a specialized site of the Weather Network. In addition to the regular information, maps and forecasts, of interest to the local farming community are a drying index, degree days, and heat units expected. As well, there’s a link to market information on futures grain markets.
The second is at www.wunderground.com. The Weather Underground is made up of over 34,000 personal weather stations across North America that send data into the central station where it is analyzed and plotted. This creates an impressive network of weather information. They also have apps for smart phones and tablets which bring up to the minute weather information to your pocket or purse. If you wish, you may join your personal weather station to the network.
We can’t (yet) control the weather but at least we can be more aware of what is sliding across the skies and prepare for it.