27 November 2009

Technology helps deliver weather information fast

Technology is changing the way weather information - past, present and future - is captured and delivered. At South Dakota State University, climatologist Dennis Todey says today's communication tools - especially computers and the Internet - helped bring about these many changes.

As the Internet has become mainstream, scientists and the public have worked together to gather and share weather information to hone in on as small as a two- or three-mile radius region.

Farmers and ranchers use wind speeds, temperatures, precipitation and more data to make wise management decisions. Scientists also use that same information to determine warming and cooling trends.

“Climate is becoming so much more of an interest now,” Todey said. “I think you're going to see additional weather-related products that serve agriculture and will help people in their ability to produce.”

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