METSTAT provides high quality climate mapping solutions for a variety of applications, including agricultural interests, PMP studies and risk-based analyses. In fact, METSTAT played an integral role in the development of NCDC’s Climate Atlas of the United States. We utilize an expansive in-house database of archived climatological and meteorological data coupled with cost-effective interpolation methods to create high-resolution maps of virtually any climate/weather variable. Using the latest geographical information system (GIS) technology, a variety of formats can be developed to meet your needs.
METSTAT has derivable the following climate/weather variables:
- Mean Maximum/Minimum Temperature
- Mean Heating, Cooling, and Growing Degree Days
- Dew Point Temperature/Humidity
- Snowfall and Snow Depth
- Freeze/Frost Dates
- Drought Indices
Temperature is a major determinant of the rate of crop development, growing-degree days are used to track the development of crops and to estimate the time of harvest.
This data can be used to derive the average freeze/frost dates. The growing season, the period between the last spring freeze and first fall frost, is important to understand the growing conditions for cultivated crops.
The type, timing, and amount of precipitation received during a year play a critical role in crop productivity. The number of days between rain events and average monthly rain is important for determining the number of days available for fieldwork.
The slightest warming or cooling of our climate may change the amount and timing of snowmelt and runoff in western regions. A warmer than average climate/season may cause less snow to accumulate and yield less water. The change in runoff volume and timing means that western farmers may need to make new choices when deciding what crops to plant and at what time of year.