Data Usage : The weather data (daily
maximum and minimum air temperatures) is used by the program to estimate
dates of different crop stages based on heat requirements starting from the
date of 10% emergence. A user can
choose weather data for the current year, a historic year, or daily historic
averages for a particular weather station.
For the current year, the Rice Development Advisory uses current weather data
for the selected weather station, and uses the station’s daily historic average
for the remaining days of the current year. If the selected weather station
does not have up-to-date weather data, the program automatically uses
up-to-date weather data from either Eagle Lake Research Station (for counties
west of Houston) or Beaumont Center (for counties east of Houston).
a county without a weather station, the program provides three stations
from the counties which are closest to the county selected.
the program currently does not provide daily historic average for a user’s
weather station, users can choose the daily historic average from an available
weather station in the same county as the user’s weather station.
Data Access: The Rice Development
Advisory provides an interface for users to view and download weather data
(both historic and current) for weather stations in all of the
21 rice producing counties in Texas. Registered users can also view and edit
their own weather data.