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Forecasting minimum temperatures in the Santa Maria agricultural district
  • Published Date:
    1994
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  • Corporate Authors:
    United States, National Weather Service., Western Region,
  • Description:
    The National Weather Service Office in Santa Maria has developed a method of forecasting minimum temperatures for each of the 14 key agricultural temperature stations in San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties. Data were collected from the past 15 winter and spring frost seasons to develop a PC program called "Analogous Days". For further assistance in forecasting minimum temperatures, data from the past four seasons were used to develop a minimum temperature forecasting scheme, using surface pressure differences, 850mb winds and temperatures, and winds at 1000 and 2000 feet. The purpose of this project is to develop a better method of accurately forecasting minimum temperatures for each of the key agricultural temperature stations. Growers in the Agricultural District need to know the expected minimum temperatures in order to take precautions for their frost sensitive crops and plan field activities. This project will also benefit the National Weather Service after Modernization and Reorganization (MAR) occurs.

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