Moisture Levels Decreasing from Last Week’s Highs
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[June 19, 2014]
levels are falling from the highs seen last week due to storms
across the state,
according to Jennie Atkins, Water
and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) Program Manager at the
Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University
last week caused increases in soil moisture levels across the
state. On June 11, statewide levels at 2 inches averaged 0.36
water fraction by volume (wfv), the field capacity of most of
the soils monitored.
drier weather, levels have fallen since that time to averages of
0.28 wfv at 2 inches and 0.31 wfv at 4 inches on June 15. The
highest numbers were seen in southern Illinois with a regional
average of 0.33 wfv at 2 inches.
were wetter at the deeper depths. Statewide levels averaged
0.37 wfv at 20 inches and 0.44 wfv at 59 inches on June 15.
There was little change at these depths in the first two weeks
temperatures cooled slightly during the second week of June, but
had returned to near normal levels by the end of the week. On
June 15, soil temperatures at 4 inches under sod averaged 70.4
degrees F statewide. Temperatures at 4 inches under bare soil
averaged 71.9 degrees F.
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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 can be found at the WARM website (http://www.isws.illinois.edu/warm/)
and in the Illinois Water and Climate Summary (http://www.isws.illinois.edu/warm/climate.asp).
Maps of soil temperatures and moisture levels can also be found at
the WARM website (http://www.isws.illinois.edu/warm/soiltemp.asp).
[Text received; LISA SHEPPARD,
ILLINOIS 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