One of my responsibilities of my job at NDSU is maintaining and running the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, commonly referred to as NDAWN.  It is a network of 82 weather in eastern Montana, North Dakota and western Minnesota.  Each station provides updated temperature, dew point, humidity, wind, soil temperature and other data every 5 minutes, 24 hours a day.  These data also serve as inputs for several agricultural applications that give heads up to several crop diseases as well as calculations to aid in understanding the current status of your crops among other functions.   On the NDAWN website, which can be found at NDAWN.org the table and maps update automatically every 5 minutes making it an ideal tool for understanding current weather throughout the area.

Daryl Ritchison