Field Office Guide Supplement - Climate Data
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is charged with managing all five natural resources: soil, water, air, plants, and animals, plus human considerations (sometimes abbreviated as SWAPA-H). SWAPA-H management requires an understanding of these resources, as well as interactions between them. Many concerns about the resources can be addressed through climate information and specific climatic data.
Climate is an important factor driving the agriculture of a given region (along with soils, water available for irrigation, societal influences, economics, and others). Under many situations, climate is the determining factor which defines which crops can be grown in an area. For example, although the soils and economics of North Dakota may support growing cotton, the climate there (specifically temperature and precipitation) would not allow cotton to grow and mature.
In addition to providing condensed references to other sources of climatic information, such as a glossary of climatic terms and definitions of climate elements and station metadata, this page also provides examples of climate data reports available from the National Water and Climate Center (NWCC).