WEATHER AT A NEW MEXICO VINEYARD
The Viticulture program at the Department of Extension Plant Sciences is currently focused on meteorological research with respect to grape varieties for Northern and Southern New Mexico.
Weather and climate are important aspects of growing grapes for vine production.
Currently there are eleven weather stations at select vineyard across New Mexico. The plans are to expand this vineyard network and work with the New Mexico Climate Center to establish a hearty Aggie Weather Station Network. - if you would like a station please click here
On-Site Weather stations are tools to measure changes in current atmospheric conditions and track this data with the goal to identify local variability with more accuracy because it is local.
Stations used are Davis Weather Stations. All data collected is available at the following links.
NMSU- Main CampusLatitude: 32° 16.92' N Longitude: 106° 45.60' W Altitude: 3891 feet
NMSU, Fabian Garcia SC VineyardsLatitude: 32° 16.73' N Longitude: 106° 46.29' W Altitude: 4378 feet
Black Mesa WineryLatitude: 36° 10.68' N Longitude: 105° 58.32' W Altitude: 5785 feet
Corrales WineryLatitude: 35° 14'50.92" N Longitude: 106° 36'8.41" W Altitude: 5030 feet
Estrella Del Norte VineyardsLatitude: 35° 53.88' N Longitude: 106° 00.54' W Altitude: 5890 feet
Heart of the Desert WineryLatitude: 32° 59.23' N Longitude: 105° 58.80' E Altitude: 4534 feet
La Chiripada Winery Latitude: 36° 11.80' N Longitude: 105° 52.85' W Altitude: 6046 feet
Luna Rosa WineryLatitude: 32° 15.72' N Longitude: 107° 48.82' W Altitude: 3727 feet
Ponderosa Valley WineyardLatitude: 35° 38.52' N Longitude: 106° 40.80' W Altitude: 5902 feet
Sheehan Winery, Portales, NMLatitude: 34° 11.17' N Longitude: 103° 18.81' W Altitude: 0 feet
St. Clair's VineyardLatitude: 32° 13.93' N Longitude: 108 31.85' W Altitude: 4307 feet
Wines of the San JuanLatitude: 36° 45.72' N Longitude: 107° 44.53' W Altitude: 5617 feet
On the Left is the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B (RBpi2).
In June of 2016 these will be deployed at select stations across New Mexico.
The Raspberry Pi 2 is cost effective as well as durable in the field as shown by the New Mexico Climate Center. Through studies done by the NMCC the RBpi2 is a good replacement for large data logging systems (i.e. laptops) and maintains quality data while uploading those data points to the NMCC servers.
Look for new information and updates added to the site soon.
Evapotranspiration and Growing Degree Days
Calculate Your Irrigation
- Growing Degree Days (GDD), or heat accumulation, is useful in determining if plants have received enough heat to proceed through normal developmental stages such as flowering, fruit set, and veraison.
- Evapotranspiration (ET) is the measurement that helps determine irrigation strategies and levels, and is an indirect way of measuring how quickly a plant is losing water.
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Visit the Western Regional Climate Center to check current observations, forecasts and monitoring as well as find historical climate information and much more.