Soil moisture levels are high across Illinois
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[April 23, 2014]
CHAMPAIGN — Soil moisture levels
in Illinois were high in the middle of April, according to Jennie
Atkins, program manager for Water and Atmospheric Resources
Monitoring at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research
Institute, University of Illinois.
Soil moisture levels at 2 inches averaged 37 percent by volume
across the state on April 14, just at the field capacity for
most of the soils measured. The highest levels were measured in
southern Illinois, with an average of 43 percent by volume.
Fairfield and Dixon Springs State Park, both of which received
significant rainfall earlier in the week, averaged levels of 49
percent by volume on April 14.
Conditions were slightly wetter
at the deeper depths, averaging 41 percent by volume at 20
inches and 44 percent at 59 inches.
Soil temperatures have declined slightly with the cooler
weather this week. Soil temperatures at 4 inches under bare soil
averaged 51.3 degrees F across the state on April 14, 7 degrees
less than on April 12.
The Illinois State Water Survey's WARM program collects
hourly and daily weather and soil information at 19 stations
across the state. Daily and monthly summaries are available at
the WARM website
and in the
Water and Climate Summary.
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Maps of soil temperatures and moisture levels are also available at
[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.