A group from the USDA Agricultural Research Station (ARS) has introduced a web-based application to help.
"We wanted to make an application that addresses some of the most basic questions that producers tend to ask about the current year's weather," explains Steven Mauget of ARS.
"How does this year's rainfall or growing degree days compare with recent years?
These closely-spaced stations shed light on local weather features associated with thunderstorms and gust fronts.
The web application can be used by anyone interested in the data, such as farmers, certified crop advisers, and extension agents.
It mainly covers the ten-county area surrounding the city of Lubbock, TX.