Currently, Rappahannock does not have detailed weather data records. What is available is extrapolated from outside sources. There are a few scattered weather stations keeping long-term records including one at Sunnyside Farm, one at the high school, and one in Gid Brown Hollow which has been operating for about ten years.
With more stations and better collaboration it is possible to monitor changes in weather patterns to help farmers and other landowners adapt to changes in climate. The data can provide accurate information on temperature, precipitation and other variables.
Because we sit at the top of our watershed, all of our water ultimately comes from precipitation, not from an upstream source. We have heard stories of springs drying, storms becoming more severe or weather patterns becoming less predictable. It is beneficial to monitor these changes.
Rappahannock is a rural and agricultural community and therefore dependent upon the quality and quantity of its water resources. To be informed stewards of our natural resources, increasing the capacity to collect, maintain, and analyze weather data will benefit our community.
After research and discussion, RLEP has determined that the benefit of strategically placed weather stations in Rappahannock is a worthwhile investment and is purchasing two weather stations.