Climate information should be evaluated in the inventory phase of planning an AWMS. Weather often dictates when waste can be land applied and for how long it must be stored. Extremely low temperatures cause problems with equipment and freezing of wastes in storage and treatment facilities.

Long-term weather characteristics should be evaluated as related to climatic extremes in temperature or precipitation. The amount of precipitation for a location can dictate consistency of the waste and subsequent handling techniques and equipment needs. For instance, an unroofed waste storage structure in a humid climate can be expected to receive a certain amount of precipitation for a given season of the year. Knowledge of local weather records is essential for proper planning.

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