Weather information is vital when planning and conducting agricultural operations. SASRI provides access to real-time and historical weather data, and offers an installation and maintenance service for automatic weather stations.
SASRI records and processes meteorological data continuously from a grid of automatic and manual weather stations across the SA sugar industry. This data and related weather applications can be accessed via SASRI’s WeatherWeb.
All information can be viewed or downloaded in the form of maps, graphs or reports. The ‘Real-Time Weather’ component of the website allows users to view current weather information from a range of sites. Rainfall and temperature figures are updated every five minutes, and the site also provides evapotranspiration values and a fire danger index. Real-time weather information is useful for decision making regarding irrigation, chemical application and harvesting operations.
WeatherWeb also provides links to a range of sites that provide short, medium and long-term weather forecasts.