Washington State University researcher Gary G. Grove will step down Sept. 1, 2018, from his role as director of AgWeatherNet, Washington’s Agricultural Weather Network.
This fall, WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences will select a new director for AgWeatherNet, one of the largest and best automated agricultural weather station networks in North America.
Grove, a WSU plant pathologist, has led AgWeatherNet since 2015
“Under Gary’s leadership, AgWeatherNet has continued to expand, develop new decision aids and share new technologies with growers who depend on accurate, locally-relevant, real-time weather data,” said Rich Koenig, CAHNRS Associate Dean and chair of Horticulture and Crop and Soil Sciences.
“For 30 years, AgWeatherNet has been an important tool for Northwest tree fruit growers and many other important industries,” he added. “We aim to build on that legacy as we select a new director.”
At sites across Washington, WSU researchers have been recording weather data daily for more than 100 years.
Installing its first station in 1988, AgWeatherNet today brings together data from 176 automated stations, providing growers and residents with forecasts, crop and disease models, and many other decision-making tools.
Standard AgWeatherNet weather variables include air temperature, relative humidity, dew point temperature, soil temperature at 8 inches, rainfall, wind speed, wind direction, solar radiation and leaf wetness. Variables are recorded every five seconds and summarized every 15 minutes, providing a running record of weather that affects Washington agriculture.
Learn more about AgWeatherNet here.