Soil moisture levels remain lower than normal in Illinois
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[September 23, 2013]
CHAMPAIGN -- Soil moisture
levels remain lower than normal, according to Jennie Atkins, program
manager of Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring at the Prairie
Research Institute, Illinois State Water Survey, University of
Soil moisture at 2 inches averaged 0.19 water fraction by volume
statewide on Sept. 15, which is lower than the historical average of
0.23 wfv. Moisture levels were highest in northern Illinois, at an
average of 0.24 wfv, with the higher levels due to precipitation in
the region on Sept. 15.
Conditions were wetter at the deeper soil levels. Statewide
moisture levels at 20 inches averaged 0.31 wfv, with the highest
moisture levels measured in the southern portion of the state.
Soil temperatures declined from August. Temperatures at depths of
4 inches under bare soil averaged 69.4 degrees statewide on Sept.
15. The highest temperature, 75.7 degrees F, was measured in
The Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program, known as
WARM, collects hourly and daily weather and soil information at 19
stations across the state. Daily and monthly summaries are available
on the WARM website,
http://www.isws.illinois.edu/warm/, and in the Illinois Water
and Climate Summary,
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soil temperatures and moisture levels are also available on the
[Text from file received from
State Water Survey]
The Illinois State Water Survey at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a division of the
Prairie Research Institute, is the primary agency in Illinois
concerned with water and atmospheric resources.