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LIST OF WXACTION ALERTS BY INTEREST AREA

LIVESTOCK
  • Intense Heat – Risk Analyzes heat index(HI). Note HI is cooler than actual temp when relative humidity (RH) is less than ~ 30%
  • Extreme Cold- Risk Evaluates wind chill 
  • Freeze Notice (water pipes/wells) – Risk  Notifies when freezing temperatures may occur that would cause pipes, faucets and well houses to freeze/burst.
  • Rain 6 hr. Amount – Opportunity  Evaluates if 6-hr rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Heavy Rain – Risk Evaluates if rain multi-day amounts exceed criteria.
  • Freezing Rain/Ice Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day ice/freezing rain accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Snow Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day snow accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Strong Winds – Risk Evaluates if wind speeds and gusts are forecast to be above specified levels
  • Strong Sustained Winds — Risk Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be above specified levels.
  • Hurricane Force Winds – Risk  Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be hurricane force and stronger.
  • Ice Accum Wire Fence – Risk Evaluates if ice accumulations will exceed criteria that will weigh down electric fences.
  • Freeze Notice (Livestock Water Troughs) – Risk  Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur to cause ice layers to form in stock water troughs.
  • Herbicide General – Opportunity – Notifies when precipitation and wind speeds and wind gusts are conducive for applying herbicides. It does not include temperature criteria or a sectored drift region for sensitive areas. Plus and Pro clients can include a sensitive drift region in a Custom Herbicide alert.
  • Herbicide General – Risk Notifies when precipitation and wind speeds and/or wind gusts are NOT conducive for applying herbicides. It does not include temperature criteria or a sectored drift region for sensitive areas. Plus and Pro clients can include a sensitive drift region in a Custom Herbicide alert.
  • Livestock Heat Stress—Risk Determines when the USDA livestock heat index indicates extreme heat conditions that could impact livestock health.
  • Prescribed Burn Expert – Opportunity Evaluates when wind speeds, relative humidity and temperature forecasts for opportunity rangeland burning conditions in the summer. This prescription is for those experienced with prescribed burning. Winter alert covers Oct – Jan; Spring alert covers Feb – May; Summer covers May-Sept.
  • Prescribed Burn Landowner – Opportunity Evaluates winds, relative humidity and above freezing temperature forecasts for opportunity rangeland burning conditions. This alert is focused for Landowners that have experience with prescribed burns.
  • Prescribed Burn Landowner Beginner – Opportunity Evaluates winds, relative humidity and above freezing temperature forecasts for opportunity rangeland burning conditions. This alert is focused for those that are newer to prescribed burning.
  • Prescribed Burn – Out of Prescription Criteria —Risk Evaluates when the wind speeds, temperatures, and relative humidity levels are NOT conducive for prescribed burning.
ORGANIC FARMING
  • Intense Heat – Risk Analyzes heat index(HI). Note HI is cooler than actual temp when relative humidity (RH) is less than ~ 30%
  • Extreme Cold- Risk Evaluates wind chill 
  • Freeze Notice (water pipes/wells) – Risk  Notifies when freezing temperatures may occur that would cause pipes, faucets and well houses to freeze/burst.
  • Rain 6 hr. Amount – Opportunity   Evaluates if 6-hr rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Heavy Rain – Risk Evaluates if rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Freezing Rain/Ice Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day ice/freezing rain accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Snow Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day snow accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Strong Winds – Risk Evaluates if wind speeds and gusts are forecast to be above specified levels
  • Strong Sustained Winds — Risk Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be above specified levels.
  • Hurricane Force Winds – Risk  Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be hurricane force and stronger.
  • Freeze Notice (Berry) – Risk Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur – Berry operations.
  • Freeze Notice (Vegetable) – Risk Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur – Vegetable operations.
  • Freeze Notice (Vegetable & Berry) – Risk Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur – Vegetable & Berry operations.
CONVENTIONAL FARMING
  • Intense Heat – Risk Analyzes heat index(HI). Note HI is cooler than actual temp when relative humidity (RH) is less than ~ 30%
  • Extreme Cold- Risk Evaluates wind chill 
  • Freeze Notice (water pipes/wells) – Risk  Notifies when freezing temperatures may occur that would cause pipes, faucets and well houses to freeze/burst.
  • Rain 6 hr. Amount – Opportunity  Evaluates if 6-hr rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Heavy Rain – Risk Evaluates if multi-day rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Freezing Rain/Ice Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day ice/freezing rain accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Snow Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day snow accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Strong Winds – Risk Evaluates if wind speeds and gusts are forecast to be above specified levels
  • Strong Sustained Winds — Risk Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be above specified levels.
  • Hurricane Force Winds – Risk  Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be hurricane force and stronger.
  • Freeze Notice (Berry) – Risk Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur – Berry operations.
  • Freeze Notice (Vegetable) – Risk Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur – Vegetable operations.
  • Freeze Notice (Vegetable & Berry) – Risk Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur – Vegetable & Berry operations.
  • Herbicide General – Opportunity Notifies when precipitation and wind speeds and wind gusts are conducive for applying herbicides. It does not include temperature criteria or a sectored drift region for sensitive areas. Plus and Pro clients can include a sensitive drift region in a Custom Herbicide alert.
  • Herbicide General – Risk Notifies when precipitation and wind speeds and/or wind gusts are NOT conducive for applying herbicides. It does not include temperature criteria or a sectored drift region for sensitive areas. Plus and Pro clients can include a sensitive drift region in a Custom Herbicide alert.
  • Hay Operations – Opportunity Evaluates if there is a forecast 72 hr. of lower rain chances to cut, dry and bale hay.
  • Prescribed Burn Expert – Opportunity Evaluates when wind speeds, relative humidity and temperature forecasts for opportunity rangeland burning conditions in the summer. This prescription is for those experienced with prescribed burning. Winter alert covers Oct – Jan; Spring alert covers Feb – May; Summer covers May-Sept.
  • Prescribed Burn Landowner – Opportunity Evaluates winds, relative humidity and above freezing temperature forecasts for opportunity rangeland burning conditions. This alert is focused for Landowners that have experience with prescribed burns.
  • Prescribed Burn -Out of Prescription Criteria —Risk Evaluates when the wind speeds, temperatures, and relative humidity levels are NOT conducive for prescribed burning.
NO-TILL FARMING
  • Intense Heat – Risk Analyzes heat index(HI). Note HI is cooler than actual temp when relative humidity (RH) is less than ~ 30%
  • Extreme Cold- Risk Evaluates wind chill 
  • Freeze Notice (water pipes/wells) – Risk  Notifies when freezing temperatures may occur that would cause pipes, faucets and well houses to freeze/burst.
  • Rain 6 hr. Amount – Opportunity  Evaluates if 6-hr rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Heavy Rain – Risk Evaluates if multi-day rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Freezing Rain/Ice Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day ice/freezing rain accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Snow Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day snow accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Strong Winds – Risk Evaluates if wind speeds and gusts are forecast to be above specified levels
  • Strong Sustained Winds — Risk Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be above specified levels.
  • Hurricane Force Winds – Risk  Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be hurricane force and stronger.
  • Freeze Notice (Berry) – Risk Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur – Berry operations.
  • Freeze Notice (Vegetable) – Risk Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur – Vegetable operations.
  • Freeze Notice (Vegetable & Berry) – Risk Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur – Vegetable & Berry operations.
  • Herbicide General – Opportunity Notifies when precipitation and wind speeds and wind gusts are conducive for applying herbicides. It does not include temperature criteria or a sectored drift region for sensitive areas. Plus and Pro clients can include a sensitive drift region in a Custom Herbicide alert.
  • Herbicide General – Risk Notifies when precipitation and wind speeds and/or wind gusts are NOT conducive for applying herbicides. It does not include temperature criteria or a sectored drift region for sensitive areas. Plus and Pro clients can include a sensitive drift region in a Custom Herbicide alert.
  • Hay Operations – Opportunity Evaluates if there is a forecast 72 hr. of lower rain chances to cut, dry and bale hay.
  • Prescribed Burn Expert – Opportunity Evaluates when wind speeds, relative humidity and temperature forecasts for opportunity rangeland burning conditions in the summer. This prescription is for those experienced with prescribed burning. Winter alert covers Oct – Jan; Spring alert covers Feb – May; Summer covers May-Sept.
  • Prescribed Burn Landowner – Opportunity Evaluates winds, relative humidity and above freezing temperature forecasts for opportunity rangeland burning conditions. This alert is focused for Landowners that have experience with prescribed burns.
  • Prescribed Burn – Out of Prescription Criteria —Risk Evaluates when the wind speeds, temperatures, and relative humidity levels are NOT conducive for prescribed burning.
HAY/ALFALFA PRODUCTION
  • Intense Heat – Risk Analyzes heat index(HI). Note HI is cooler than actual temp when relative humidity (RH) is less than ~ 30%
  • Extreme Cold- Risk Evaluates wind chill 
  • Freeze Notice (water pipes/wells) – Risk  Notifies when freezing temperatures may occur that would cause pipes, faucets and well houses to freeze/burst.
  • Rain 6 hr. Amount – Opportunity  Evaluates if 6-hr rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Heavy Rain – Risk Evaluates if rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Freezing Rain/Ice Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day ice/freezing rain accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Snow Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day snow accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Strong Winds – Risk Evaluates if wind speeds and gusts are forecast to be above specified levels
  • Strong Sustained Winds — Risk Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be above specified levels.
  • Hurricane Force Winds – Risk  Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be hurricane force and stronger.
  • Herbicide General – Opportunity Notifies when precipitation and wind speeds and wind gusts are conducive for applying herbicides. It does not include temperature criteria or a sectored drift region for sensitive areas.  Plus and Pro clients can include a sensitive drift region in a Custom Herbicide alert.
  • Herbicide General – Risk Notifies when precipitation and wind speeds and/or wind gusts are NOT conducive for applying herbicides. It does not include temperature criteria or a sectored drift region for sensitive areas. Plus and Pro clients can include a sensitive drift region in a Custom Herbicide alert.
  • Hay Operations – Opportunity Evaluates if there is a forecast 72 hr. of lower rain chances to cut, dry and bale hay.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
  • Intense Heat – Risk Analyzes heat index(HI). Note HI is cooler than actual temp when relative humidity (RH) is less than ~ 30%
  • Extreme Cold- Risk Evaluates wind chill 
  • Freeze Notice (water pipes/wells) – Risk  Notifies when freezing temperatures may occur that would cause pipes, faucets and well houses to freeze/burst.
  • Rain 6 hr. Amount – Opportunity  Evaluates if 6-hr rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Heavy Rain – Risk Evaluates if multi-day rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Freezing Rain/Ice Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day ice/freezing rain accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Snow Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day snow accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Strong Winds – Risk Evaluates if wind speeds and gusts are forecast to be above specified levels
  • Strong Sustained Winds — Risk Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be above specified levels.
  • Hurricane Force Winds – Risk  Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be hurricane force and stronger.
  • Freeze Notice (Berry) – Risk Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur – Berry operations.
  • Freeze Notice (Vegetable) – Risk Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur – Vegetable operations.
  • Freeze Notice (Vegetable & Berry) – Risk Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur – Vegetable & Berry operations.
  • Herbicide General – Opportunity Notifies when precipitation and wind speeds and wind gusts are conducive for applying herbicides. It does not include temperature criteria or a sectored drift region for sensitive areas.  Plus and Pro clients can include a sensitive drift region in a Custom Herbicide alert.
  • Herbicide General – Risk Notifies when precipitation and wind speeds and/or wind gusts are NOT conducive for applying herbicides. It does not include temperature criteria or a sectored drift region for sensitive areas.  Plus and Pro clients can include a sensitive drift region in a Custom Herbicide alert.
ORCHARD
  • Intense Heat – Risk Analyzes heat index(HI). Note HI is cooler than actual temp when relative humidity (RH) is less than ~ 30%
  • Extreme Cold- Risk Evaluates wind chill 
  • Freeze Notice (water pipes/wells) – Risk  Notifies when freezing temperatures may occur that would cause pipes, faucets and well houses to freeze/burst.
  • Rain 6 hr. Amount – Opportunity  Evaluates if 6-hr rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Heavy Rain – Risk Evaluates if multi-day rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Freezing Rain/Ice Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day ice/freezing rain accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Snow Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day snow accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Strong Winds – Risk Evaluates if wind speeds and gusts are forecast to be above specified levels
  • Strong Sustained Winds — Risk Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be above specified levels.
  • Hurricane Force Winds – Risk  Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be hurricane force and stronger.
  • Freeze Notice (Fruit trees) – Risk Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur –  fruit trees.
TURFGRASS
  • Intense Heat – Risk Analyzes heat index(HI). Note HI is cooler than actual temp when relative humidity (RH) is less than ~ 30%
  • Extreme Cold- Risk Evaluates wind chill 
  • Freeze Notice (water pipes/wells) – Risk  Notifies when freezing temperatures may occur that would cause pipes, faucets and well houses to freeze/burst.
  • Rain 6 hr. Amount – Opportunity  Evaluates if 6-hr rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Heavy Rain – Risk Evaluates if multi-day rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Freezing Rain/Ice Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day ice/freezing rain accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Snow Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day snow accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Strong Winds – Risk Evaluates if wind speeds and gusts are forecast to be above specified levels
  • Strong Sustained Winds — Risk Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be above specified levels.
  • Hurricane Force Winds – Risk  Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be hurricane force and stronger.
  • Freeze Notice (Turf) – Risk Notifies when near, freezing and subfreezing temperatures may occur – Turfgrass/lawns.
  • Herbicide General – Opportunity Notifies when precipitation and wind speeds and wind gusts are conducive for applying herbicides. It does not include temperature criteria or a sectored drift region for sensitive areas.  Plus and Pro clients can include a sensitive drift region in a Custom Herbicide alert.
  • Herbicide General – Risk Notifies when precipitation and wind speeds and/or wind gusts are NOT conducive for applying herbicides. It does not include temperature criteria or a sectored drift region for sensitive areas. Plus and Pro clients can include a sensitive drift region in a Custom Herbicide alert.
CONSTRUCTION
  • Intense Heat – Risk Analyzes heat index(HI). Note HI is cooler than actual temp when relative humidity (RH) is less than ~ 30%
  • Extreme Cold- Risk Evaluates wind chill 
  • Freeze Notice (water pipes/wells) – Risk  Notifies when freezing temperatures may occur that would cause pipes, faucets and well houses to freeze/burst.
  • Rain 6 hr. Amount – Opportunity  Evaluates if 6-hr rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Heavy Rain – Risk Evaluates if multi-day rain amounts exceed criteria.
  • Freezing Rain/Ice Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day ice/freezing rain accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Snow Alerts – Risk Evaluates if multi-day snow accumulations exceed criteria.
  • Strong Winds – Risk Evaluates if wind speeds and gusts are forecast to be above specified levels
  • Strong Sustained Winds — Risk Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be above specified levels.
  • Hurricane Force Winds – Risk  Evaluates when sustained wind speeds are forecast to be hurricane force and stronger.
  • High Tunnel Install—Risk Evaluates when winds speeds will impede the installation of High Tunnel Plastic.

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