30-Year Normals

30-Year Normals

Agriculture is very much a weather-dependent pursuit. The success or failure of both garden and field crops in any given year depends primarily on the rainfall and temperatures. Even pastures should be managed with an eye to the sky.

30-Year Normals

With this in mind, it is a good idea to know roughly what type of weather you can expect in an average year. Oregon State University has a series of 30-Year Normals maps of the United States that will be very useful to you as you pursue your country living adventure. This information can be critical in determining which practices make the most sense for your local climate.

Information displayed by the map includes:

  • Precipitation.
  • Mean temperature.
  • Minimum temperature.
  • Maximum temperature.
  • Mean dewpoint temperature.
  • Minimum vapor pressure deficit (a measure of the moisture saturation of the air).
  • Maximum vapor pressure deficit.
  • Elevation.

Data can be viewed by month or as an annual average.

Great way to get a handle on your local climate!

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Motivated by her experience growing up on a small farm near Wichita, Kansas, Michelle Lindsey started Homestead on the Range to supply Kansas country living enthusiasts with the innovative resources that they need to succeed and has now been keeping families informed and inspired for over five years. Michelle is the author of two country living books. She is also a serious student of history, specializing in Kansas, agriculture, and the American West. When not pursuing hobbies ranging from music to cooking to birdwatching, she can usually be found researching, writing, or living out the country dream.