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/ARSUserFiles/30123025/IMAG0077.jpg Phenocam equipment at CPER


ARS staff learning about climate monitoring equipment located at CPER

Weather data and Technology

By providing this information for use we hope to assist members of the public in retrieving the information they may need. We ask if you are going to use any of the data found on this page that you reference your source in any published work. Please contact us if you need weather data from CPER or HPGRS as we have listed data sets we have but have not given access to them here. Contact: Nicole Kaplan - for more information.

CPER has been collecting and recording weather data since 1939. Daily Precipitation at CPER is collected at the HQ manual by staff. Other data has been recorded through the years both manual and by automated technologies. Currently located across from the HQ is a Campbell Scientific  met station. Recent year CPER has become involved with some new technology and has add a lot of equipment recording weather related information: LTAR, SCAN, NEON and Climate Hub.

HPGRS has been collecting and recording weather data since 1978. Daily precipitation was collected at the HQ manual by staff 1978-2005. Other data has been recorded through the years both manual and by automated technologies. Currently located near the HQ is a Campbell Scientific met station.

Hourly and daily data can be downloaded here.  Hourly data can be retrieved in near-real time (with a 1 hr lag).  See drop down under table on webpage.


Unit Met-Stations (2004-current complete year)                       

Other historical data is available upon request.

CPER Precipitation measurements taken manually at HQ at 8:00 a.m. daily during work week.

Please contact Nicole Kaplan if other data is needed. Please credit ARS-RRSR for data if used in any publications.

/ARSUserFiles/30123025/IMG_2953.JPG David Smith, ARS tech checking equipment.


Long-Term Agroecosystem Research

We have been a member of this network since 2012. The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Long-Term Agroecosystem Research network consists of 18 Federal and university agricultural research sites with an average of over 50 years of history. The goal of this research network is to ensure sustained crop and livestock production and ecosystem services from agroecosystems, and to forecast and verify the effects of environmental trends, public policies, and emerging technologies.


The Soil Climate Analysis Network  (SCAN) began as a soil moisture/soil temperature pilot project of the Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1991. The system is designed to provide data to support natural resource assessments and conservation activities. The SCAN system focuses on agricultural areas of the U.S. and is composed of over 200 stations. A typical SCAN site monitors soil moisture content at several depths, air temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, liquid precipitation, and barometric pressure. There are 2  SCAN stations at CPER and they have been collecting data since 1994.

SCAN Data: SCAN Nunn  and SCAN CPER sites.



The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), operated by Battelle, provides open, continental-scale data that characterize and quantify complex, rapidly changing ecological processes. Their page is intended for investigators interested in using NEON data and resources in their research.

There is a NEON data collection station at CPER, established in 2011.




Northern Plains Climate Hub

Northern Plains Climate Hub, purpose is to deliver science-based knowledge, practical information, management/conservation strategies, and decision tools to farmers, ranchers, forest landowners that will help them to adapt to weather variability and changing climatic conditions.

Fact Sheet - about the establishment of the USDA climate hubs.


Other Links for Weather information:

Near Real Time Data

Intermountain West Climate Dashboard

Rocky Mountains-High Plains Dashboard

Legacy Data: Shortgrass Steppe Long Term Ecological Research Program Collection

The legacy International Biome Program collection 

National Weather Service – Climate Prediction Center

High Plains Regional Climate Center

National Drought Mitigation Center

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

University of Wyoming –College of engineering

Water Resources Data System & Wyoming State Climate Office

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, & Snow Network

National integrated Drought information System