Tier 3 Overview

AgWeatherNet (AWN) has initiated a "Tier 3" program, starting in 2020, to incorporate approved private weather stations into our network of AWN-maintained stations (Tiers 1 and 2) and federal government stations (Tier 0).

AWN does not charge for participation in this program, but does ask that all participants share their data (through AWN) with NOAA and the National Weather Service—and not share data with any public network other than AWN.

Participants are responsible for station purchase, installation, maintenance, and annual weather station provider data service charges.

Participant benefits include:

  • Site-specific application of AWN decision support tools via;
  • AWN data management;
  • AWN Quality Assurance / Quality Control processes; and
  • AWN site-specific weather forecasting (under development).

User Access

All Tier 3 stations are privately purchased, installed and maintained.

By default Tier 3 stations are open access for all AgWeatherNet or AWNfarm users. Accessibility is no different than that for AWN-maintained stations. Private station owners can opt for restricted access to their stations on AWN platforms. For restricted access stations, AWN generates a station-specific key code that the owner and those they designate can use to access the station.

Tier 3 options:

  • Tier 3a – Open access
  • Tier 3b – Restricted access
All Tier 3 station owners and others they designate have free real-time (API) and archive access to data from the stations they install and maintain.

Poorly maintained stations will automatically be designated Tier 3b to restrict public access.

WSU Decision Aid System (DAS)

At this time, the WSU-DAS platform will not run models for AWN-managed private station weather data. This DAS policy might be reversed in the future.
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