Drought -- National Drought Mitigation Center


Date of this Version

February 1997


Published in Drought Network News Vol. 9, No. 1, Feb. 1997. Published by the International Drought Information Center and the National Drought Mitigation Center, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska – Lincoln.


Successful crop management and production require a precise and thorough understanding of agroclimatic conditions of a region. A crop experiences a range of weather conditions during its vegetative and reproductive phases. Although the agronomic inputs at optimum levels decide satisfactory and stable crop yields, the range of weather and climatic optimum prevalent at important crop stages determine the ultimate yields. Thus, even with all inputs at our disposal, we cannot afford to ignore the environmental conditions experienced by the crop. Systematic and continuous measurements of weather elements provide basic data input for tuning any type of computer-based forecasting system. This data also forms the basis for characterizing the climate of a region. We have, therefore, made an attempt to characterize the weather pattern over temperate Kashmir (India) based on location specific data, further presenting results of forecast analyses done at our level. The analysis is based on medium-range weather forecasts received from the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, New Delhi.

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