New Cameras

Last week the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, usually referenced as NDAWN, upgraded three stations in southwestern North Dakota.  The Carson, Hettinger and Mott stations were transformed from tripod to towers.  With this upgrade these stations now how all-season rain gauges, allowing for measurement of water in snow this winter.  Plus, these sites now have… Read more New Cameras

Soil Temperature Errors

This is the time of year that the soil temperature data from the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, usually referenced as NDAWN, is widely used.   NDAWN has 161 sites, meaning 161 different ways that rodents, the wind and thaw/freeze cycles try to destroy the soil temperature sensors at these stations.  In turn, you may find… Read more Soil Temperature Errors

Frost Depth

NDAWN, the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, not only monitors the weather, but also monitors soil conditions.  The soil temperatures are probably used the most during the spring planting season, but the temperature data is also quite valuable this time of the year.  NDAWN has approximately 50 stations with soil moisture probes that go down… Read more Frost Depth

Inversion App

The North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, usually referred to as NDAWN is currently beta testing an inversion app.  The app that will be available for both iPhones and Android devices will send you an alert when an Inversion is in place at selected NDAWN station.  The app will also work for tablets as well.  Besides… Read more Inversion App

New NDAWN Stations

The North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, often referred to as NDAWN has added several stations to the network this month.  There are now 98 stations within the network with the addition to stations near, Steele, Maddock, Crystal, Northwood, Genoa and Ray, North Dakota.  Also a station was added in April near Ottertail, Minnesota.  The 99th… Read more New NDAWN Stations

Spray Drift

Spray drift, especially when dealing with dicamba, continues to make the news this growing season.  It appears that North Dakota has had nowhere near the problems of some other states, but some drifting problems have occurred locally.  Particle drift is often associated with the wind and that is why generally speaking spraying should be done… Read more Spray Drift

Flash Warming

The northern plains are known for rapid shifts in the weather and Sunday into Monday was yet another example of this.  On Sunday morning, most of North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota recorded a low temperature in the -20s.  Then on Monday morning when we were all waking up, the temperatures for much of the area… Read more Flash Warming

NDAWN Changes

If you use data from the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, commonly referred to as NDAWN, some changes occurred on November 1.   The most notable change is that wind chill maps now appear instead of dew point maps on the current page.  A secondary change is dealing with rainfall.  Historically the rainfall maps will go away… Read more NDAWN Changes


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… Read more NDAWN Data