Getting Early Warning Weather Alerts Where They’re Needed

For decades, farmers have taken advantage of computerized weather forecasting models to inform their field management decisions. Today, the changing climate is causing farmers to adjust their historical farming practices and crop calendars, making weather forecasts more valuable than ever as the weather becomes less predictable.  Millions of dollars are now being invested to ensure that farmers will benefit from the most accurate data available to inform their on-farm decision-making. aWhere is on the forefront of this burgeoning technology, providing its globally complete weather data to inform farmers of upcoming conditions, worldwide. 

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Extreme Temperature Events & Vietnam's GDP

Climate change is impacting the production of agricultural goods across the planet, and Vietnam is no exception. Vietnam's agriculture sector is estimated to contribute just under 20 percent to Gross Domestic Product (GDP)[1] , a common measure of national economic output, and employs around half of the country's workforce.[2]  As a result, Vietnam's economic performance is tied, in part, to the success of its agriculture sector. However, climate change is causing more extreme weather events to happen, and the rise in extreme weather events can have disastrous consequences for agriculture. Farmers' crops may be destroyed and consumers may face higher food prices due to reduced supply. Furthermore, the negative impacts from adverse weather can inhibit agricultural production in the following year, as the agricultural land tries to recover from these adverse shocks.

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Agriculture, Food Security, and Increasingly Variable Weather

Agriculture – humanity’s most spatially expansive activity – is under stress.  From semi-arid rangelands to humid tropical rice paddies to the USA’s corn belt, agriculture is vulnerable to increased weather variability across the planet.  Yes, current commodity prices are low as recent seasonal conditions have ‘averaged out’, but increasing weather variability is and will continue negatively impacting production.  Agriculture - our food supply - performs best without extreme weather conditions during the growing season.  Yield impacting events, including weather that is too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry, are already occurring more frequently all across the planet. 

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When Average is Exceptional: India’s Monsoon

India was the subject of chatter in both the agricultural and climatological communities during 2015’s El Niño season, regarding the state of the country’s annual monsoon.  India, a major player in global agriculture markets, had already suffered from a poor monsoon season in 2014, and with the El Niño conditions, it was expected to suffer again in 2015.  As feared, 2015 delivered another disappointing year for rainfall to the sub-continent, resulting in crop failure and suffering in the rural parts of the country.[1]  With bated breath, the 2016 monsoon brought hope to the country for a return to “normal” weather conditions to bring some relief to the ailing agriculture sector, and this time, mother nature delivered.

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